Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here she is after having the biggest meal of her life today (5.5 oz):
I love her so much. I am crazy about her. It feels wonderful to love someone so much.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Fortunately, the bites look worse than they feel. She doesn't seem to know they're there. Here's what she looks like this morning.
She had a breakfast date this morning with her babysitter so I had Raquel hold ice on the lid to see if it would relieve the swelling. Nope! So she's out in public right now looking like this. It's a good thing she doesn't have a hunchback.
As it turns out, the screen for Raquel's bedroom window had mysteriously fallen off (or been removed) which I believe is the culprit for the mosquito feast/attack. Her Uncle James was the one to bring this to my attention and fix it, too. Problem solved!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during Maxine's first days of life, we discovered her problem with breathing while feeding. She would sometimes forget to breath while she was enjoying a bottle. She doesn't do that anymore but there is something else she has been doing that really frightens me: she will choke on milk and not always clear her throat, which makes her turn a little purple before I get her to realize she's not breathing. I get nervous but I move quickly to lay her down and slap the bottom of her foot, rub it and/or scratch it and this gets her to "wake up" and cry and breath again. She was doing this at every feeding until I found that one of the types of bottles we have doesn't cause her to choke. They are the Playtex VentAire Advanced (wide) with slow flow nipples (pictured above). I am glad I had several different brands of bottles at home so I could do such an "experiment".
Before I came to this conclusion I went out and bought Evenflow slow flow nipples for newborns. I was pretty disappointed in them as one of them (in a pack of 3) would constantly flow when I turned the bottle upside down. That's not slow flow! Geez?!
Today I bought another 3-pack of these good Playtex bottles (about $13) and I am not going to use any of our other bottles until Maxine is a little older and can handle a faster flow. Not only has she stopped choking but also she has less gas because of the vent holes in the bottom of the bottle. These bottles are slightly more complicated then normal bottles but its nothing compared to the peace of mind they give me (and my baby). Another thing is the nipple is more like a real mommy nipple because it has a wide base and a shorter nipple tip.
I wanted to let you soon-to-be new moms know about this. Not all so-called slow flow nipples are built the same. Some are just faulty altogether. So when your newborn baby comes home and you give her a baba, check the flow first and experiment with several different brands to get the right one for your baby instead of registering for or purchasing a whole bunch of the same kind right off the bat.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Speaking of Raquel, just this morning I realized she is such a patient big sister and older daughter. She's only 4 years old yet she hasn't showed a temper at all any time I've said, "You'll have to wait a minute," when she asks me for something. She just says, "Oh, ok." I'm going to have to make it up to her when Maxine isn't such a newborn anymore.