March 29, 2010

I READ A BLOG

I read The Corner today.
For the first time in a month.

I thought my life of watching TV, knitting, and reading blogs would integrate easily with a baby.  It's not like I'm some big-shot career woman, right?  I could still do my hobbies while she naps.

It's proving far harder to do that than I ever imagined.

She's developed a bit of a projectile vomiting issue.  The cure is to be upright all the time.  That is not conducive to setting her down.

I am currently typing with her over my shoulder.  I have learned to do many things one-handed.

It's a lot of work.  A LOT.  I am in awe of the mothers who've gone before me.

But I read a blog today.  Maybe I can learn to squeeze my old life in between my new life at times.

Posted by: Sarah at 05:31 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 Certainly eventually it gets easier, right?

Posted by: Sara at March 29, 2010 08:13 PM (Z8H9d)

2

yes, it's different.  Yes, it's taking some adjustment......but don't you just LOVE IT!!!!

Eventually you'll get into a new rythm.  Then she'll become mobile and it will change again.  You'll learn to roll with the punches and adapt quickly.  And smell her fuzzy, sweet little head!  Isn't she heavenly?

Posted by: sharona at March 29, 2010 09:45 PM (BeRta)

3 This is why I am such a fan of interweb phones.  I don't hardly ever comment on blogs but I can at least read some stuff while feeding and holding in the dark.  At anytime really. 

And I hadn't read The Corner at all today and I guess there is some ta-ta brouhaha.  Jeez. 

I hope you get in a groove that works (or at least feel acceptance for the non-groove if that is the case).  And most especially I hope her tummy settles down and that stops.  It is no fun getting yakked on and it is even worse getting used to smelling like eau de spit up. 

Posted by: wifeunit at March 29, 2010 10:17 PM (4B1kO)

4 As my wife Tracey will post as soon as she reads this, Acid Reflux.  It is a common cause of projectile vomiting in babies.  Diagnosing it can be tricky as babies are noticeably reticent to open up around doctors.

Posted by: Tracey at March 29, 2010 10:57 PM (x+F0t)

5 I changed the info to me, but I guess that preview blanked it out so now it looks like I'm married to myself. 

Posted by: Brian at March 29, 2010 10:58 PM (x+F0t)

6 Agree on the reflux, zantac worked with the girl-child.
As for learning to use a laptop one-handed, congrats, you've mastered the same skill as every pubescent teen boy since al gore invented the internets.
Finally, if you only have time in your day to read one blog, I fully expect you will make it mine.  I will forgive this transgression, this time, as I attribute it to being baby crazy until your hormones can re-stabilize; pray you do not make this mistake again.
But trust me on the zantac.

Posted by: Chuck at March 29, 2010 11:31 PM (bMH2g)

7 I also had projectile-vomiting issues as a baby.  Mine stemmed from using hand-me-down bottles; Mom didn't know my aunt had used them for cereal and therefore cut larger holes in the nipples.  I would suck down the bottle in no time flat and then promptly spew it at the nearest wall.  I don't suppose Baby Grok could have the same problem?

Posted by: Lissa at March 30, 2010 04:58 AM (mgjM7)

8 Lissa -- She's not using bottles, but let's just say that she's treating breastfeeding like a college beer chugging contest.  I know that's part of the problem...  We are working on fixing it together.

Posted by: Sarah at March 30, 2010 09:07 AM (gWUle)

9 Do you have a baby carrier? Those would help hold her upright without requiring both hands all the time. I couldn't do anything without them! My favorites: http://www.babyhawk.com/ http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/ http://www.mobywrap.com/ http://www.mayawrap.com/ These are all safe and awesome for newborns on up.

Posted by: Tara at March 30, 2010 09:20 AM (jxIjw)

10 Tara -- I do have a Moby and a ring sling, but she wants to be over my shoulder to relieve gas pressure.  She's not as comfy on my chest/belly right now.

Posted by: Sarah at March 30, 2010 10:55 AM (gWUle)

11 When beer foams at the tap, there's usually too much pressure in the line, or the tap/line is dirty.

Since I assume you wash your boobs, try to turn down the pressure in the system.  It may help to bleed off tap pressure prior to pouring.

Just a thought.  And no, It doesn't make sense.

Posted by: Chuck at March 30, 2010 04:34 PM (bMH2g)

12 I think what Chuck is trying to say is to pump a little of the foremilk out (by hand or with a pump) and achieve letdown (if you can) before she latches on.  Forceful letdown and sugary foremilk can cause all sorts of digestive issues.  Ian used to choke, even with nursing shields, because my letdown was so strong.  Then he would arch and scream because of the bubbles it caused immediately in his little tummy . . .  It was pretty horrid.

That's just one factor, though.  Reflux from some digestive disagreement and/or being overfull can cause the same issues.  There are numerous other reasons.

Invest in burp cloths and bibs.  Receiving blankets make really great large burp cloths for spit-uppy babies.   Good luck!  You'll see this through!

Posted by: Deltasierra at March 30, 2010 07:23 PM (/Mv9b)

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