Monday, December 28, 2009
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Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
- Rub and massage the area while in a warm shower or bath.
- Apply moist hot packs to your breasts before feeding. The heat enables the milk ducts to open better and allows for better milk drainage.
- Use massage and heat on the affected side while you breastfeed. After applying heat and your breast is still warm, massage from your armpit down to your nipple.
- Avoid putting pressure on one area of the breast for an length of time and wear a comfortable and well fitted nursing bra.
- Get enough rest (I know that one is easier said than done!).
I rubbed and massaged it and fed Hallie frequently. I also placed a hot cloth on my breast for 10 minutes before and after I nursed. It went away. Another cool thing I found was instead of using a hot cloth which doesn't last long. Fill up a disposable diaper with hot water and wring out until it's not dripping and making a mess. Place it on your breast and the heat will last MUCH LONGER.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
- If it is an allergic reaction to something they ate kids will break out in a rash around their mouth and also inside their mouth. (In Hallie's case also all over her body.) If it is something they touched (plant, grass etc.) it will not be around their mouth. Makes sense, but I had no idea.
- What do you think?
- How much would you pay to go to a 1 hr special CPR/First Aid class designed for moms?
- What questions/concerns would you like taught or discussed?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Also i am wondering what you guys think about giving a bottle of formula to your breastfeed babies? I have had a few people ask if i do just so they are used to that flavor, i never thought about it, but i would like to know if any of you did, and how you felt about it."
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
One of our fellow mothers, Amy, wrote this article about discovering speech delays in children.
Watching children develop can be a mother’s greatest joy. The first time they roll over, when they begin to crawl, or when they start to walk are all milestones carefully documented in their baby books. My oldest son Tyler accomplished all of these things early, and with ease. Though there was something missing. His verbal skills seemed to get farther and farther behind.
At first, I attributed it to the fact that he’s a boy. And boys talk later than girls, right? Pretty soon all the boys his age were talking too. Then I figured it was because he was an only child so he doesn’t have siblings talking to him. At one point I even blamed it on the fact that I don’t let him watch TV so he wasn’t learning language from there, obviously I was beginning to grasp at straws.
Finally, I decided that I should talk to my pediatrician about it. I probably should have done it earlier, but I didn’t want to seem like I was a bad mother. Looking back, it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.
I was referred to the Birth-3 program in our county. Tyler had to be put through testing to assess what his level of speech was. It was harder on me than it was on him. I had to sit there while they asked him questions, gave him directions and simple tasks to perform. I wasn’t allowed to interfere so they could get a good assessment of where he was.
As hard as the assessment was, the results were worse. As the group of therapists sat around and told me the results, it was as if someone was telling me that I was doing everything wrong and I was a horrible mother. I felt as if I had been sucker punched. I went home and cried. It was hard to admit that my perfect little boy wasn’t perfect after all.
Let me explain with rational thinking, time, and hindsight. I had done nothing wrong. My little boy is just speech delayed. At the assessment, they in no way assessed my work as a mother. They were as kind and as helpful as could be.
Speech delays are present in 5-10% of children. Although it can be linked to deeper problems, both mental and physical, for many children it stands alone. With early intervention treatment, they are able to catch up and start school and be ‘normal’.
As a mother, you are the person best situated to assess their development. Every child develops at a different speed. I had a hunch early on that his speech wasn’t developing properly, but I let pride get in my way. Follow your instincts.
If you think your child has some speech delays, talk to your pediatrician. They can refer you to the program in your area. There are often two routes you can take, public (meaning through the school district) and private. Public is often free, though a lot of programs take summers off and you are subject to availability. Private is more expensive, but can still be free or manageable depending on your insurance. If your child needs lots of help, you may want to consider doing both.
Tyler’s therapy started with in home visits. At first I couldn’t figure out what they were doing because it just looked like they were playing with him. But they were showing Tyler how to talk, what to say when, and how to interact with other adults.
After he had passed the informal behavior tests (meaning that he wasn’t going to be mean to other kids and throw tantrums all the time) he joined weekly group speech therapy. This is where the fun began. Every Monday morning we would go to the local elementary school and play. Every week they had different projects to do, things to stick your hands in, toys to play with and climb on. There was singing time, snack time, and group play. He loved it, I loved it, and Henry (my second child) loved it. My husband even took work off a few times to take Tyler. He had so much fun he considered, albeit briefly, going back to school to become a speech therapist so he could play all day.
Now that Tyler is three years old he moves on from the Birth-3 program, to the early intervention program. He had to be reassessed to again assess if he qualified for services. I again was nervous knowing how terribly the first assessment went. The second time wasn’t as bad, I knew more what to expect, and I knew that it wasn’t my fault.
When it came time to learn the results, I was pleasantly surprised. He had come a long way. He still qualified for treatment, which is great because now I get free preschool, but just barely.
Tyler has come a long way. I have high hopes that by the time he enters kindergarten he will be at a ‘normal’ level of speech. Tyler has learned to talk and I have learned to step back and let him figure things out a little better.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- How do you manage your stress?
- How do you not become a mom who yells all the time and is constantly putting your kids in time out?
- How do you enjoy the time with your baby rather than thinking of all the things you need to get done?
- How do you not stress out about germs or someone kidnapping your child?
- How do you not become paranoid?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
- Nursed Hallie until very sleepy yet not asleep.
- Put her in her bed with a Silky blanket that smelled like me.
- Let her cry it out.
- Went in and reassured her with a kiss and a pat on the tummy.
- Had an amazingly supportive husband.
- She is not as clingy
- She plays better on her own.
- She is happier when she is awake.
- She goes to Ben and plays/snuggles with him. (She always wanted me instead of Ben.)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
- Frequent or recurrent vomiting (Hallie's spit up would often be chunky-pre digested milk)
- Frequent or persistent cough (Out of no where Hallie would cough or choke.)
- Heartburn, gas, abdominal pain, or colicky behavior
- Regurgitation and re-swallowing
- Colic (frequent crying and fussiness)
- Feeding problems (Hallie would wiggle while she was nursing b/c she was uncomfortable)
- Recurrent choking or gagging
- Poor growth
- Breathing problems
- Recurrent wheezing
- Recurrent pneumonia