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Teething

12 Jul

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I’m calling it. We’re teething. The signs have been there for over a month now from the drooling to the hands in the mouth. But today we achieved the teething trifecta: drool, hands in the mouth, AND crankiness. When you go from having the most mellow, sweet, rarely fussy baby to a massive cranky-pants, you know something is up and if you’re like me, you take to the web for answers. I found this and this article hugely helpful.

Poor baby! We were up early yesterday and then out all day following my 5K down at Stonehill College so she didn’t get to nap on schedule so we thought it could just be complete exhaustion. That, or the giant oreo/marshmallow ice cream sundae I had after dinner last night. (We’ve wondered if dairy bothers her.)

Something about her amped up, irritated cry and need to be held by mom makes me think my sweet baby girl is in a lot of pain and just wants to be comforted though, which leads me to think it must be that she’s teething. In the car yesterday, I let her suck on my pinkie to calm her until I could nurse her and felt her bear down and “gum” so strongly it was just shy of hurting me! That was a first, but I’ve been noticing more and more that she’ll gnaw on my finger instead of sucking when I give it to her to gauge her hunger. Anyways, after a while, I gave her something else to gnaw on which resulted in this hysterical pic:

We recently tried out the Baby Banana Infant Teething Toothbush which she absolutely LOVED and we’ve had some luck with a frozen teether that we just hold for her. I was a little concerned that it was TOO cold though, so we put it into the fridge to chill instead. In one of the articles I linked to above, I read a great tip to regularly massage your infant gums to provide some counter pressure, but also, to help breakdown the tissue that the tooth is trying to break through. I’d already been doing this so I thought it was interesting to learn why it helps. It’s amazing how your instincts work when you’re a mom!

I’m sure we’ll develop some other soothing techniques, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear any suggestions you have for comforting your little one and soothing teething pain.

1st Father’s Day

21 Jun

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Happy first Father’s Day to my incredible husband, Brian. It didn’t take long after we started dating for me to realize you’d make an amazing father, but to say you exceeded anything I could have ever dreamed is an understatement. I can still remember the exact moment I knew we’d have kids someday.

I was killing myself laughing over something you’d said while we were out to dinner at Toscano’s in Boston. There was flickering candlelight and I looked up at you and in that moment thought, “I love him. And he will be the most incredible dad, someday.”

I’ve said it a million times already but it can’t be overstated that I’d never have made it through my pregnancy without your support and encouragement. (And humor!) I wouldn’t have survived the exhausting newborn weeks. And I certainly wouldn’t have survived the weepy and painful weeks of first-time breastfeeding.

For the laughter, love, and light you bring into my life — and now Emilia’s, I am so grateful and so blessed. I love you so much and wish you the first of many happy father’s days.

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Breastfeeding: 12 Week Update

20 Jun

I am SO happy I stuck with breastfeeding. We’re doing so well, it’s hard to remember how close I was to throwing in the towel less than a month ago. I love nursing Emilia. LOVE IT. Do you hear me? I love feeding her.

We turned a corner when we finally got the hang of side-lying nursing. We tried it here and there when she was much smaller, but I don’t think her nursing abilities (or her mouth, or tongue…who knows) were advanced enough for it then. Now we have it down. The midwife who runs the mom’s group I belong to shared some great tips with our group recently for how she nursed in side-lying position with her kids which prompted me to give it another shot. Then, once I had a taste of how comfortable and relaxing it could be, I watched a few YouTube videos for more pointers and picked up some amazing tips, like rolling a receiving blanket into a little log and propping it behind the baby’s back and how to lean forward a bit while on my side to place a support pillow behind my back. Now I absolutely LOVE nursing her. I pull her into bed for her one nighttime feed around 2 or 3:30 AM and she dozes off easily and I slide her back into her co-sleeper. Then repeat again around 5 or 5:30, and then 7:30, when her day has been officially starting lately.


At this last feed of the early morning, she’ll nurse lying beside me either on her back or her side, tummy to tummy with me, while I snooze. Her eyes usually close and her little hand find one of my fingers to grip as she makes these contented, soft “Mmm mmm” noises here and there. My heart just melts. Then, when she’s had enough, she’ll sleepily, gently slip off and nuzzle her nose right into me and relax her body against mine. Here sweet little face looks so peaceful and gorgeous. Occasionally, she’ll smack her lips in the cutest little satisfied way, or throw one arm over her eyes like, “Oh my lawd, this is so good.” It swells my ego in the biggest way, to be very honest! It’s my favorite time with her and I am so grateful that I stuck it out and get to experience these incredible moments with her now.

 

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