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My Personal Paci Debate

Friday, July 24, 2009

I have a strong love/hate relationship with the pacifier! In the beginning...long before I even knew Babywise exsisted...Kye had a rough day. I broke down and gave him a Soothie Pacifier because I wanted to help him. And it helped! It also started a trend that could not be stopped, our son sleeps with a pacifier. I felt a lot of guilt for starting him on it because of the many negative connotations that go along with pacifier use (the worst? that lazy parents give their kids a paci b/c they don't want to "deal with" them crying and respond to their need). I decided to write about this so that way I'll better be able to decide what to do with the NEXT baby! I find myself all the time saying "ugh I hate this thing and will never use them again." But then at times it IS a blessing (crying baby at church anyone?). Here are the pros and cons of the paci so I'll better be able to make the decision next time: Pros: He sleeps awesome: It really really does

Walking into the Walk-in Clinic

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Since Kye's bad day on Monday he's been fine! However, his diapers haven't been. Since I breastfeed his diapers are always pretty runny (like butterscotch pudding I'd say) but lately they have been like liquid and have been much more frequent than usual. That has lead to the WORST diaper rash this kids hiney has ever seen! I decided yesterday to break down and call the dr. I'm NOT one of those omg-call-the-doctor mother's but at his appointment last week she TOLD me I can call anytime with any questions so I just wanted to make sure he's not dehydrated or something from all the extra poop. Well when I called I got a nurse and the nurse took down all his "symptoms" and said she'd ask the dr. and call me back. When she called back she told me not to give him any juice...um I haven't been. Ever! And to use A&D cream on his rash rather than the Desitin. That was it! She then asked how often he's going #2 and said she'd call me

Kye's Rough Days

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

After Kye's shots on Wednesday he seemed to be fine. He was a little fussy, but not bad. Well Thursday Robyn brought LL over for the play date and while Kye was super cute for a little while, he got VERY fussy. He cried and cried and just wasn't himself, he even had diarrhea diapers after every feeding! I broke down and gave him some Tylenol. The next day he still wasn't being himself but I went ahead with the Rice Cereal b/c I figured it was just a reaction to the shots which I heard is common at the 4 month visit. He was pretty cranky during the day Friday and I broke down and took his temperature and for the first time in his young life he had a mild fever! It was 99.8 which is high for him as he's like his mommy and daddy and has a low body temperature (in the 97 range typically). I gave him Tylenol and just assumed it was the shots as I know it can last a couple days. (Levi was a good boy through it all!) That afternoon I took the temp again and it was hi

Kye's First Baby Food Experience

Sunday, July 19, 2009

This whole food thing has been a little tough for me. First it was hard to figure out how to even begin, then it was a tough choice on when to start. Kye is still young to be eating baby food. Most books recommend to wait until they are 6 months old and Kye is only 4 1/2 months old! However, he is a big boy and he showed all the signs of being "ready." So I knew it was what is best for him, however, it was still tough!!! Eating solids is a big step for a baby! It's the first step to being done with nursing. It's also the first time that I will really start to be responsible for how he handles himself. Even though it made me a little emotional (no actual tears fell, but they were super close) I knew I needed to just do it so I decided to start with the rice cereal on Friday morning. I didn't buy rice cereal when I had gone to Publix but luckily we had some from awhile ago when they gave it out free and we used it once or twice in a bottle (which Kye hated).

Baby Food: Some Complicated Junk

"There are a lot of breast-feeding consultants out there, but what I need now is a solid food consultant." I read that quote and couldn't help but to TOTALLY agree!!! I left Kye's dr. appt on Wenesday feeling like Kye was ready for solids but still not too sure how to go about it. Like I mentioned, Stephanie said that cereal is up to me, to start with veges, to give him the same vege for 5 days then introduce the next one, to feed him 1/2 a jar twice a day, to start him on diluted juice, and to mix juice with his cereal. Okay. She did NOT tell me which vege to start with, what kind of cereal to buy, and what kind of juice to buy. I got to Publix and felt VERY overwhelmed when I looked at ALL the millions of options. This lady who worked there could tell I was confused so she started offering up her advice and I basically tried to ignore her because she said she gave her kid cereal when he was 1 month old and just did everything she wanted no matter what her dr sai

Kye's First Playdate!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

On Thursday Robyn, who I actually met through this blog, brought her daughter, Lorelai, over for a playdate! I've been dying for Kye to get to meet another baby near his age. With him being an only child I think it's SUPER important for him to have lots of interactions with children. Being around other children will not only be fun for him, but in the future it will teach him valuable lessons like sharing, friendship, taking turns, etc. I got a Bumbo off Ebay but still have Mrs. Charlotte's so we set them down in those to see how they responded...Kye is just like his parents: A FLIRT!!! He smiled SOOOO big right when he saw her! It was precious! I think LL was a little shy at first but she opened up too! Look at the cute touching feet :) See him smiling? LL has the prettiest little eyes and they were HUGE when she looked at him. It was probably such a shock for both of them to see another person the same size as they are! LL is exactly a month older than Kye so it was

4 Month Check Up

I hate that we are so off on Kye's appointments! This Wednesday Kye had his 4 month check-up, even though he's more like 4 1/2 months. His 6 month check-up he'll be a week shy of 7 months! They assured me that we will get back on track at his 9 month check-up though which is good! I try hard to handle things that come up with Kye on my own by using the internet, friends, or books. I'm not one of those "omg call the dr." type people. That being said, when I AM going to go to the dr. I come up with several questions to ask because I want to make sure I'm doing things as they would have me do them! Why do we bother dressing Kye up all cute for the visits? He always ends up being naked anyway! Here he is with Daddy waiting for Stephanie to come in! This time the appointment fell at the end of his nap and during his feeding time so we had to feed him a bottle while we were waiting. It worked out well though because he was in a great mood for the doctor!

Found Those Feet

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This week has been some big milestones for Kye!!! He's now in size 3 diapers, has rolled from his back to his belly, and has found his feet! We were eating lunch together (well, I was eating, he watched) and I noticed him checking them out so I ran and grabbed the camera! He's not obsessed with them yet but he is enjoying discovering his new body parts that he never knew exsisted! Checking them out... Realizing there are two of them to play with! He's growing up too fast already!!!

Family Picnic

This past weekend Zach, Kye and I headed to Melbourne yet again! My aunt and uncle recently moved their family out to California and we've been missing them like crazy so we were pumped to get to see them over the weekend during a family picnic! We went down on Friday and made a weekend out of it! On Saturday we had a great time with Mom and went for Kye's first Bagel World trip! He loved it, duh. Of course his favorite bagel will soon be: cheedar cheese bagel toasted with peanut butter, eggs, bacon and cheese! Saturday afternoon Mom watched Kye for a little bit and Zach and I ran to the beach to catch a little sun. It was nice just the two of us. The rest of the day Mom and I watched old home movies (which motivated Zach and I to finally start video taping our child!) then Zach and I rented He's Just Not That Into You that night...it was SO good! Sunday was our family picnic! It was SUCH a blast! It was my idea to rent an outdoor pavilion so I was pretty nervous th
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