Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Snuza... sigh of relief

Since I have several friends with brand new babies right now I wanted to share about this little gadget that has brought me SO much piece of mind. It's called the Snuza Halo Baby Movement Monitor and it is a SIDS prevention monitor.
This amazing little clip has a super ultra sensitive movement detector that detects a baby's slightest breathing movement. It clips onto the diaper with the movement sensor facing up, touching the baby's abdomen, a very small light flashes green with each detected movement (this allows you to easily tell the device is powered "on"). If after 15 seconds no movement is detected, the device vibrates to stimulate the baby. If after an additional 5 seconds movement isn't detected a loud beeping alarm goes off to alert the parents.

When I was 7 months pregnant the best friend of one of my best friends (if that makes sense) lost her 10-week old baby to SIDS he sleeping in his crib right next to the mothers bed, this heartbreaking tragedy of course terrified me beyond belief. That's when I started researching motion monitors and found the SNUZA.

I clip it onto Bowman's diaper every night before his final feeding, right before I swaddle him. Even though he sleeps in his newborn napper right next to my side of the bed, or in his Snuggle Nest actually in the bed with me, this brings me extra piece of mind that if for some reason his breath stopped I would know immediately. It's amazingly sensitive, a few times I've taken it off to change him and sure enough BEEP BEEP BEEP!! startles me 20 seconds into changing him :)

I purchased ours on Amazon. Worth EVERY penny!

Here is a picture I took the other night right before I swaddled him :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Heaven

I'm addicted to this baby. Seriously so in love. (pics from my blackberry)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sweet B

So far all of the pictures I've taken haven been on my blackberry or on AJ's iPhone. Today I got out my fancy-dancy "big girl" camera that AJ got me for my birthday last year (that I pretend I know how to use) and took some pics of my of my handsome Baybo today...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cherish each moment

I wanted to share this link to my friend LeeAnne Stone's blog. LeeAnne and her husband Renzi are our dear friends their son Isaiah is our Godson and whom we named Bowman's middle name after. This post moves me in so many ways but most of all it moves me to remember how precious each moment is and to cherish each that we have. This is all God's gift and we are not entitled to more than right now.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2,630 Days, 1 baby and a plane ticket

2,630 days, 1 baby and a plane ticket. That's what it took for me to FINALLY change my last name!

AJ and I got married exactly 2,630 days ago on July 3rd 2004. I always intended to change my last name and take my husbands last name when I got married because I believe in the traditional approach and because I admire and respect AJ so much that I was honored to be his wife and take his last name. I just never thought it would take me so long to do it! After we were happened and it was busy and exciting! all the sudden WOOSH it's been over six years and I still hadn't done it!

Once I became pregnant I knew it was really time to do it because it's also very important to me that I have the same last name as my child.
About 2 weeks before Bowman was born I finally went to Social Security to begin the name changing process only to discover that I didn't have a valid copy of our marriage license certificate!! Ughhh the saga continued..

Many months ago my mom booked tickets for AJ, Bowman and me to fly to Atlanta for my cousins wedding this weekend. I told her i'd have my name changed for sure by then so she booked my ticket as Allison Jack. All along we haven't been for sure that we would travel with the baby and knew we'd wait until the last minute to decide based on how he and we were doing. Bowman is happy, healthy and stout at 9 weeks and over 14lbs so we decided over the weekend we were going for sure. I don't know when there will be another opportunity for Bowman to meet ALL of my relatives on my dads side. (side story ensues) My dad is one of 7 children and our big family is SOOO special to me along with the small town he grew up in, Mentone, Alabama. Growing up jordan and I went to Mentone every summer to be with Grandmom and Grandad Cash, i have the best memories of this time we spent in the lap of love. Mentone is beautiful, it's located in North East Alabama in the Appalachian foothills. For those of you that are country music fans familiar with the group "Alabama", their song "Down Home" was written about Mentone and my Grandad used to take the Alabama band members fishing on his lake. While we're there we're having Bowman baptized also. Needless to say once we decided we were officially going I was ecstatic. On Tuesday morning I realized that my ticket is for Allison Jack and that i wouldn't be getting on that plane u less I AM Allison Jack!! So I frantically called the Alaska department of Vital Statistics and had them express mail our marriage certificate so I could change my name before the flight..which is TOMORROW! I suppose we are meant to fly south because sure enough the marriage certif. arrived this morning, pretty impressive coming from Juneau in less than 48 hour, and I went to social security and he DMV and am now legally Mrs. Jack!!

Poor AJ is officially stuck with me for good :0)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Not hot to shot

Bowman is 8 weeks old!!! I've been fretting and dreading the first set of vaccinations at 2 months. I cant help it- I just can't make decisions blindly I have to read read read everything I can, do my research and be informed on important matters- my son being most important of all! I'm overwhelmed and don't know what to do! There is such a drastic range of information and opinions out there it's impossible to know where to start. My gut instinct is telling me to proceed with EXTREME caution and so I'm going to listen.

First of all I do believe that vaccinating our children is extremely important, I live in California where we currently have a scary recurrence of Pertussis aka Whooping Cough, which can be fatal to infants. Why Has it made a comeback? Unvaccinated children and adults!

While I believe in vaccinating I do not necessarily believe the standard CDC schedule is the way to go in the best interest of the health and safety of MY child. Case in point- why in the world vaccinate a brand newborn or 2 month old baby for Hepatitis B, a disease contracted by sexual transmission and/or needle sharing?? If the disease is not a threat to my baby, nor will it be for many many years then why is it recommended so young?

The CDC's objective of protecting the masses from major outbreaks is not necessarily congruent with mine as a parent.

I have read Dr. Sears' "The Vaccine Book" and he provides some alternative vaccination schedules that spreads out some vaccinations so they don't have to get so many at once, and delays some others. His recommendations are based on when a child is most at risk for certain diseases and the degree of potential risk of side effect. While his recommendations look ok to me at the surface, that's all they are, recommendations- just his unsupported opinion.

I have a friend from high school who is now a pediatrician with little twin boys. I of course asked for her input and she recommended going with the CDC schedule.

Our pediatrician thinks Dr. Sears can be a bit extreme/kooky and recommended
I read the book "Do Vaccinations Cause That?" which I just ordered on Amazon. I also ordered "Autism's False Prophets" so I guess I'll keep you posted on what more I learn/decide.

While all of the reputable studies out there show the CDC's schedule is perfectly safe, it scares me!! But when I really ponder the source of my fear I would have to pinpoint it to all of the unsubstantiated negative hype I've heard on tv over the years. Floating to the front of my mind is Jenny McCarthy who is a celebrity voice of many parents that insist that vaccinations caused Autism in their children (primarily boys), how terrifying!! It is scary that thousands of parents notice autistic symptoms in their children soon after certain vaccinations... I'm going round and round...

I'd love input from other Mommy's!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oink Oink

Our little piggy-man just ate 9oz of milk in one sitting! I started pumping because of his reflux crying during breastfeeding. Breastmilk in a bottle seems to be easier for him because we can change positions to be more comfortable for his tummy. We've tried different bottles, first I used the Medela bottles that came with the pump, then switched to BreastFlow which uses a double wall nipple that is most similar to the real deal. Finally we've settled on Bornfree glass bottles. He has a lot less burping, spit up and crying during feeding with the Bornfree and the glass doesn't retain any odor like the plastic bottles do. (oh and for the record I'm as shocked as you that I have actually written an entire paragraph on breastfeeding and baby bottles!).

No Caption Necessary

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sleeping Angel

I just couldn't resist... here he is asleep right as I'm about to swaddle him...

Angel Baby

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bath Time!

Finally after 7 weeks, I found a bath "positioner" if you will, that makes bath time a non-drowning potential for baby and far less stressful event for mama . We've tried the euro-style washpod (which should be great once he can sit up on his own), and the PUJ tub which doesn't stay together on its own, maybe because our bathroom sink basin is large, but if thats the case they should state the sink basin requirements instead of claiming it fits in "any sink" this meant AJ had to hold the bottom fold together while I washed the baby or else B would go sliding into the sink water-scary! Both gave me MAJOR heart attacks, and for all the hype I was so disappointed, not to mention fearful for my son's life!!(pictured below are the failed PUJ and Washpod)

I bought this one the other day and its perfect! It sets in our bath tub, I can put the baby in and not have to worry about him slipping into the water or falling out. Now we can be good parents that don't make excuses/procrastinate bathing our son :) YAY for baby-bathtime!!

Here are some pictures, and a little video- I think he looks like a Cabbage Patch doll in the video :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gracious-sakes Holy-moly!

This is hard! My first week at home, alone, with baby man. Hard doesn't begin to describe it. I have new found respect for all of the mothers I know- I had no idea! Being a mom is demanding in every way, mentally, physically, emotionally...etc.

Up until now, my shock of this discovery has been delayed because AJ has been home and he shared caring for baby b, didn't seem so bad, but now with this being AJ's first week back to work and my first week on my own WOW! It's not just that its a lot of work, it's because this is my most precious treasure and I want to be 100% all the time with him. Given all of my Type A perfectionist-isms :), I cant remember a time in my life I have wanted to do my best, more than I do right now, as Bowman's mother. It's the biggest and most welcomed responsibility and honor I can imagine.

It's amazing how easily I feel guilty, over small things- watching the tv for 2 minutes while feeding him only to look back down at him to find the most beautiful blue eyes gazing up at me in wonder and amazement which immediately makes me feel like I've just neglected our son...2 minutes feels like it may as well have been 2 hours. I'm caring for the most beloved little baby, and being fully engaged while fully exhausted is tough people!! ...and I've had help 3 days this week, our Doula Anita came for 4 hours in the mornings. Heaven sakes! I love this little guy so much!!!

(still getting the hang of taking video on AJ's iPhone)