Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Christmas came early!

Well for J and Bryan, not me. I'm still waiting for Santa to pay up on my list. But we ordered J's new car seat already which was going to be a Christmas gift but since he's growing like a mutha' we had to put our request in early. I'm actually glad to be done with the infant seat, that thing is a bitch to carry and because that's it's purpose I feel obligated to take it in and out instead of leaving it in the car like any other car seat. I don't even use the damn thing in a stroller anymore since he hates it so much.

Bryan finally got to order a flat panel HDTV after 4 years of begging. I gave in. He saved up his allowance and the rest is an early dating-anniversary/Christmas gift from his lovely wife. I'm excited to have a TV hanging on our wall because when your house is only 10 feet wide, every inch counts. I'm curious to see how Bryan handles all the dangly cords because he's notorious for making them into a big ol' clusterfuck. We'll have one of our PC's hooked up to it too so there will be a ton of cordage, but good news we won't have to fight over the PC anymore. This could save our marriage!

I snatched up a few of a friend's cloth diapers despite Bryan's "that's worse than buying someone's used underwear" wishes. I figured it's best to try them out, see if/what I like before investing a bunch of moulah. I have some all-in-ones, fitted and pre-folds. So far I only tried the Lukes Drawers all-in-one and at first glance that style is my favorite but it leaked pee like a mother fucker. The poop stayed in though. It doesn't seem like I could have it on wrong as there is only one way to do it, and he didn't have it on for hours and hours. I was pretty disappointed, maybe it was too big because I had it on as tight as it would go. I guess I might give it another chance, it did feel all nice and cuddly on his bummy-bum-bum while it was clean. Oh and I also got a couple of her used Robeez which are in great condition and the exact styles I wanted. Can't beat that, eh?

Remember how Bryan's gas was stolen. Well the access to the gas tank is on the inside of the car so they had to pry open the little flap thing and now it doesn't close perfectly. So everyday now I see more and more cars on the road that looked like they had theirs pried open too. Lame. Mine opens from the outside, wonder why they didn't go for something easy like that? Well gas prices are back down, shouldn't be an issue anymore. Hopefully.

J has a GI appointment Friday, curious to know how it will go. I'm not expecting anything I don't already know. But maybe it'll shut my mom up who keeps telling me "breastfeeding is obviously not good for J and you can't live like this! If you are trying to be a perfect mom it will never happen." Thanks for your support. If she's that upset about it, maybe she'll dish out the $300 week to feed him the specialized formula and she can come over and "dropper feed" it to him since he's still not taking a bottle!

Speaking of which, does anyone have advice on how to get him who used to take a bottle but no longer will, take a bottle again? I followed all the tips on the breastfeeding sites, tried before, during and after feedings, I've tried, Bryan's tried, we've tried different nipples and bottles. I'm certain we've tried everything. I'm not willing to starve him into it or force it on him. Don't want to make the kid fear eating. So if someone else has to feed him other than me, we have to use a dropper. Yeah that's efficient. I think he likes the comfort he gets from nursing too which the tiny plastic stick just ain't doin' for him. Only a boobie will do. Hopefully he'll be an early sippy-cup user. Not that I'm trying to get away from him, there just might be a time I'll want to be gone for more than 2 hours. And when I do leave him, I rush and feel stressed wondering if he's starving at home throwing a fit.

I've been putting him to bed earlier now too. It was Bryan's suggestion and we noticed he started getting fussy around 7 pm every night recently. It finally dawned on me that he's up so much more during the day now he may not feel like staying up until 10pm. So we watch for his signs. It's hard for me to time it right still because it's like as soon as we're done eating I need to get him to bed. I'm getting better at actually having him in bed before he turns into Dr. Jeckyl-sleepy-pants. It's been working great, he was asleep by 7:15 tonight, and has been asleep for the last 45 minutes. He will probably wake up in a few minutes though. He's like clockwork, wakes up about 45 minutes after he goes to sleep. I guess it's the transition from REM to deep sleep or the fact he usually fell onto his back which he hates. So we just go in, straighten him out and caress him for a minute and he's back out. I don't even need to nurse him like I was. Then he'll sleep for a couple of hours. We're still waking up about every 2 hours, sometimes 3. I am pretty sure it's his belly because I don't nurse him everytime. If it seems like it's his belly, I pull him onto mine and it seems to help or soothe him and we'll fall asleep like that sometimes for a couple hours. If he is really hungry then he let's me know that wasn't what he wanted. I can usually tell the difference in his whines and squirms.

So anyway, enough rambling? I think so.


Blogger The Mom said...

Nice carseat! DJ got his 50" HDTV he's been wanting forever for Valentine's Day and he loves it. I think more than me. Ava didn't want the bottle at first either. I did the old have-dad-feed-while-I'm-out-of-the-room and that didn't work. She finally took it when I tried and held her tummy to tummy just like breastfeeding. Just try one bottle a day or a couple times a day, whether it's you or someone else feeding him. He's bound to get used to it and take it eventually. Or nurse him a little and then sneak the bottle in. If he's starving he'll be mad he's got to figure out this new tool and won't take it. Hope it works out! I know how you feel wanting to keep the nursing going, but it's a blessing to be able to switch to the bottle now and then too! Good luck!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Ohhh, a Britax! I'm always envious of those people who have those seats. I could never justify the cost of one on our limited income but they sure are nice!

As for the bottle - keep trying. Or skip it altogether and try a sippy cup with the valve removed. There's no rule that says baby must use a bottle if he's not getting it straight from the tap ;)

Congrats on the new T.V. Those are really nice!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Girl, I am so understanding the dropper madness. We had to do that for a couple weeks, then we fingerfed, and finally I just gave up and nursed all the time. As soon as I gave up, she started to like the bottle again! Go figure....;)

10:39 PM  
Blogger dakotablueeyes said...

Oh I hated carrying the infant seat too but Kaylie loved it, now Keith hated the dam thing so I was in a store listening to him scream and walked to the baby department put on one of those baby carriers stuck him in it and he shut right up. Apparently just wanted to be nestled close to my body. So I never had to carry the carrier with him, just stuck him in the pack and went about my way.
Oh wow, let me know how you like the flat panel. I would put mine on the ceiling if I got one. But my kids would no doubt still find a way to get in front of it.
My gas flap opens from the inside too. Oh that so sucks.
Well he's your baby, not your mom's so you do what you wanna do with him.

7:29 AM  
Blogger mamaloo said...

My son wouldn't take a bottle either. All that precious liquid gold would go bad in the bottle. We could be gone 6 hours and he'd just wait for me. After a while, I would just try a soft topped sippy cup. Nuby (Nubby?) has them and Kieran would drink from that a bit. Try him with water in the sippie or bottle first and if he takes to that, he might switch.

But, if all else fails: he will not starve himself to spite the bottle! Don't worry! He'll take just enough from the bottle so that it takes the edge off and then wait for his favourite restaurant to show up and unsnap her bra :)

8:07 AM  
Blogger Nerd Girl said...

Well, Lovegirl wouldn't take a bottle from me, and initially wouldn't take one from my hubby. My mom gave her her first bottle,and once she realized that she was still getting the good stuff, she was good to go! Maybe letting a non-parental unit give him the bottle will work? Good luck!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a lurker reader, but I saw a bottle on that kind of looks and seems to act like a boob. Here's the link, it might help him. Good luck!

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Oh, yeah I forgot about those bottles that look like a breast. I saw them in person for the first time last weekend at my LLL Conference. They're worth a shot, I suppose!

Good luck!

11:02 AM  
Blogger KELLI BELLY said...

Your brave to try the cloth diapers! I'm sure Bryan will be loving his tv. You'll love it too I'm sure! Gianna wouldn't take a bottle at first either , we just kept trying and eventually she gave in. Did you try the AVENT bottles and nipples? My girls seemed to like them the best. I've seen the boob bottle that Carol's talking about. I think they have them in the "One Step Ahead" magazine. I was always curious about them. He'll take it eventually so you can get a break. I remember trying to go to the movies. So I'd feed her right before I left and try to time it 2 hours to the tee. Worried she wouldn't take the pumped milk from the bottle. We just kept trying :),

11:14 AM  
Blogger Kira said...

i apologize for your mother's not very nice remarks! She she should be proud to have a daughter who wants nothing but the best of care for her son. :)

1:32 PM  
Blogger holli said...

That's the exact carseat we have - LOVE IT!!! What cover did you get? I swear, if you use all three methods of attaching it, it's like a freaking rock in your car.

I'm still blown away by the stolen gas thing. Did gas prices go down - I hadn't noticed.. SIGH!!!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

ive got two of those carseats. they rule.

I hate hearing about this ongoing GI problem and am hoping some good news comes out of your next doc visit!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

J is spoiled, not even we would put out the money for the Britax (mostly cause they don't look as high tech and cool as the one we got. Is it just me or do they look like the carseats they had in the 80's?). And Brian is spoiled too. I have been begging John for just a bigger TV for 3+ years now with no luck, and he gets a Flat Panel? Can I come over?
Can't wait to hear how J's appointment went. I really wish they had some answers for you hun. I told John about how restricted your diet is and he was shocked you are still moving around. LOL. But I agree that Breast milk is best and especially if formula is going to cost you over a grand a month.
As for taking a bottle we switched bottles 4x before we found one Gavin liked. Also my mom had problems getting all her kids to take bottles. So she'd have my Dad take his shirt off and stick the bottle in his arm and trick us into taking it. Maybe that will work? Best of luck!

1:32 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

breast bottles rock and one step ahead has em'.
I think the luke's drawers were just too big. did the pee come out the sides or the top too?
i am gonna try rumpsters all in one's from www.kelly's if i can do some wheeling and dealing.
Bum ware is one everyone raves about. good luck mama. i'll email more cloth dipe info.
like how to fold the prefolds in the bummis i gave you...which a likely too big:)
and i will always give BIG UPS to fuzzibunz.

3:44 PM  

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