September 22, 2010 - 2 Responses

i started a new blog

come visit me at My Lemonade Stand, a new start for a new mom!

hope to see you on the other side


September 22, 2010 - 2 Responses

I use to think that leggings were only for girls … that was until I came across Knotty Baby Wear on Etsy and FELL IN LOVE with the leggings for boys! Did I mention how much I LOVE them! Just love them!

Not only are they ubber cute, but you don’t have to take them off when you change their diapers. I’ve managed to dirty a few pairs of pants when I put them too close to a dirty bum or when my little guy decided to surprise me with a little yellow sprinkling.

I’m having a craving…

September 21, 2010 - One Response

can you guess what it is?

Milk Be GONE

September 21, 2010 - 3 Responses

A few days ago when I was nursing Nate, his face started to get red, he couldn’t breath, was gagging while spitting up his breast milk all over the place while trying to scream all at the same time. I completely freaked out. I didn’t know what to do and I had no idea what was going on. Seeing him in so much discomfort broke my heart and I felt absolutely helpless. That’s when things started to make sense to me…

First there were signs of small rashes around his mouth which would spread to his cheeks and eventually even around his eyes. I noticed they would appear during and or right after a feeding. A couple minutes or a couple hours later they would simply disapear as if they were never even there. But as soon as he fed again, they’d make their magical appearance. I don’t think the rashes bothered him though, he never scratched at them or was aggitated in anyway.

Then…the anquish during a bowl movement or passing of gas. His face would turn red, his breathing got heavy and he would scream and cry in pure frustration. This would go on for a while until he felt comfortable again and as quick as it came, it would go away and he would be fast asleep with a smile on his face as if nothing even happened. I wasn’t so worried about the pressure as I’ve been told infants do this during the first few months of life since their digestive systems airn’t fully developed yet and everything is still very new to them and he was having regular bowl movements, dirtying his diaper on average 8 – 10 times a day with no major issues. But one night, his crying was so bad he… WE were up all night. I would rub his stomach for him and he would calm down a bit, but as soon as I stopped, he would start bawling again. I knew then that something was not right.

As a lactose intolerant mother myself, I know what it feels like when I have dairy products, but as a grown adult I can deal with it after indulging in an icecream cone or a nice piece of pizza here and there. But an infant… my heart goes out to him. From what I can gather, it seems as if Nathan is allergic to milk and reacts mildly to it. Slight rash, stomach discomfort, vomiting sour milk and a constant stuffy nose which causes him to breath really heavily, especially when feeding.

As of the other day, I stopped eating dairy products and we switched his formula to Similac which is lactose and soy free of all milk products. At first we noticed a slight difference in his appearance after a feeding but now, after 2 days, he has no rashes and slowly he’s fussing less. 2 nights in a row he slept very well. Unfortunately for me, now I’m going to have to really watch what I eat and no more indulging in late night ice coffees, ice creams or pizza. I guess I’m being forced to start eating better.

Umbilical Hernia

September 20, 2010 - One Response

When Nathan’s belly button fell off I was so happy that it fell off clean, but when the little lump where the stump used to be didn’t go down, I started to get worried. So I did a little research and realized that Nathan has an umbilical hernias which are common in newborns and infants younger than 6 months. They occur when part of the intestines bulge through the abdominal wall next to the belly button. In babies with umbilical hernias, you may see bulging around the belly button area when the baby cries. With Nathan, when I push his belly button in, it goes flat but when he’s pressuring to dirty his diaper or to cry it comes out again. Unlike other types of hernias, umbilical hernias may heal on their own, usually by the time a baby is 1 year old. If not, surgery can repair the hernia.

Has anyone else had to deal with umbilical hernias with infants? I really hope his goes in naturally on its own. Surgery on a baby is something I want to avoid at all costs.