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newborn Tag

First time parent shock and adjustment (it really does get easier)

Just 10 short weeks ago I was literally living in bed. Recovering from childbirth and around the clock newborn care left little time for regular person stuff like showering, getting dressed for the day and cooking. I was crying at the drop of a hat (for no particular reason) and I was sure I (as a person) was gone now that the baby had arrived. I particularly remember crying and feeling like the world was ending the first day N went back to work and left Everly and I alone for the day. Many told me that things would get back to normal following Everly's birth and I didn't believe them. I thought for sure I would forever be a sleep deprived, tunnel visioned shell of a person who was just living...

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This mom is flying solo tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be the first time in almost 10 weeks that I'll be without Everly! For the last 10 weeks I haven't spent more than an hour or two away from her. Tomorrow I'll be spending 8 whole hours away from her, I am not sure how I feel about this. She'll be hanging out at home with N while I go to an all day marching band rehearsal. N wasn't jazzed about spending the day hanging around the school taking care of E (so I could breastfeed her on demand) while I am working. I don't blame him, if I were him would rather spend my Saturday at home relaxing. Besides It's better that she's not out in the heat and blazing sun for that long anyway...

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Small victories and insurance battles…

I have a few moments before we have to head out and just wanted to share a few things. First, Everly TOOK A BOTTLE from N this morning, we are super pleased! She ended up taking the Adiri BPA Free Natural Nurser Bottles I won via a blog/ twitter contest back in May. Unfortunately I hadn't pumped that much milk the night before so the bottle didn't fill her up, she did drink all the milk that was in it though and I breastfed her afterward to be sure her tummy was full. It took N about an hour of her fussing and refusing before she was tired enough to doze off in his arms. Once she was dozing he could get her to drink the bottle. It's a good thing she's getting the...

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Everly's first visit with a doctor, an integrated medicine physician.

Everly had her first doctors appointment this week, her 2 month checkup. We saw an integrated medicine physician who seems to be right up our alley in her care philosophy. She's not pushy about vaccinations and didn't freak out when we mentioned E was a homebirth baby. Integrated medicine is a mix between alternative medicine and traditional medicine. When there is a health issue things like nutrition, life style and various alternative therapies are often explored first before prescription medications or other more dramatic solutions are used. We prefer to take the natural route with our health care when possible, I am sure this is no surprise to you considering how Everly was born. Anyway, back to the updates. Everly weighed in at a whopping 11.8 lbs and had a great checkup with...

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Wordless Wednesday: E's 6 week checkup with our midwife

Over the weekend we made the 4 hour drive down to Summertown, Tennessee for our 6 week checkup at The Farm. We got to stay in our midwife's cabin again, the same one Everly was born in. I had her right there on the floor where the rocking chair is in this photo. Ah, the memories. We had some playtime upon arriving at the cabin. We figured letting Everly stretch out on the bed would be a nice change from being cramped in the carseat all day. E had fun playing as you can see in the above photos. We learned that an increase in humidity impacts a baby's bottom. Poor Everly got kind of rashy while we were in Tennessee so we put a potty pad (left over from the birth...

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Been new parents for 7 weeks now…

... and nobody ever told us that we would be doing chores during nap time, as N pointed out this morning. We did dishes, fed and watered the animals, hung the laundry to dry, stuffed cloth diapers and ironed a few of N's dress shirts while Everly slept for an hour. Nobody can ever really make you understand just how much your life changes once you have a baby! I am not gonna lie, we are so looking forward to when our free time increases a bit once she's older. Right now the constant need to be held is rough on us. Finding the time to feed and care for ourselves is verging on impossible with little 7 week old Everly. That comes with the territory though, that's what we've been told...

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Missing the signs of my overtired baby…

We read that tired babies are fussy and can often seem gassy or colicky when all they actually need is to sleep more. We've learned this the hard way. We bought Gripe Water, Mylicon gas drops, we made catnip & lemon balm tea for her, gave her digestive enzymes and basically tried everything to cure what seemed like tummy pain that caused her to fuss and cry inconsolably. Turns out she was awake way more than she probably should be and she was getting so overstimulated and overtired that getting her to relax for sleep was practically impossible by the end of the night. When we headed home with her everyone was all "babies will tell you what they need when they need it". I nursed on demand, let her sleep when she...

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People just don't get it sometimes…

Today I saw a news report about a woman who was homebirthing here in Indiana whose baby didn't make it. The story portrayed all homebirths as unsafe and crazy. It even incorrectly referred to the birth as unassisted (midwives were present) and did nothing but scare people. While the story did have a tragic outcome it's not a accurate representative of most homebirths and that is why they story upsets me. Homebirth is not for every woman and every pregnancy which is why there needs to be adequate laws and regulations in place to protect women and midwives (like there are in Tennessee). Homebirth should be an acceptable and viable option for most but thanks to one sided stories, scare tactics and profit driven laws it is not. This is sad...

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Headaches, electrolytes and fussy babes.

Everly is screaming and has been doing so, consistently, since yesterday. I am just sitting down to try writing a blog post and I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was going to write about now, figures! E shot more poop around this morning while I was changing her. Every time she does it I just can't help but laugh. Now I am washing a blanket from the bed and scrubbing some orange poo spots on the carpet when I get a few free moments. *drinks some cold grape powerade* Ah, yes! The powerade. So I lived in hot, miserable, Phoenix, AZ for 22 years of my life. 100+ degree temperatures were the norm and I wasn't the best at staying hydrated. I was like a camel, didn't...

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New hair and a clean babe: A Photo Essay

Yesterday I was getting pretty irritated by my huge mop of crazy hair. I mean I don't have the time to do anything with it these days and it's not the kind of hair you just comb and it's ready to go. This means the majority of the time it is piled in a mess on top of my head in a scrunchies. I know scrunchies are from 1980 but they are the only things that are solid enough to hold my mane. Anyway, once something starts to annoy me it is practically impossible for me to forget about the annoyance and move on. The annoyance eats away at my soul until I do something about it. So I am breastfeeding baby E in bed with my pillows propping me up against...

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I am back! Almost back to normal that is…

It's only taken me 25 days but I believe I am almost back to my normal self again. Dang, those postpartum hormones are killer! Add them to the 4th degree tear and to the normal new parent postpartum stress and healing and you've got yourself one bloody, stitched up, stress filled emotional mess of a person. It was a rough three weeks getting used to our new roles, especially for me and my crazy after birth hormones. I am feeling good now (hormonally speaking), the postpartum bleeding has just about stopped and my stitches (from what I can see) are practically healed up. As you can see from the photo, I am getting good at holding Everly in one hand while doing the internet thing with the other. I am still...

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Newborn Diapering and Laundry Detergent, my picks

Everly is just over 3 weeks old and we are still burning through the packs of disposable diapers we've been given. The idea was that while she was having the meconium poop she would wear disposable since that poop can be hard on the cloth diapers. So we were given several packs of disposables to take with us in our birth kit. Then we got her home and still had several packs of disposable diapers to use up, plus we didn't have the time, energy or money to finish growing our cloth diaper stash. Plus, I still had no cloth diaper safe laundry detergent so the diapers I did have couldn't be pre-washed or used anyway. Cloth diapers can't be washed in detergents that contain softeners, dyes, enzymes, brighteners, etc. These additives...

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Winding down: First 2 weeks of parenting comes to a close.

This weekend has been somewhat enjoyable. Having N home to take some of the pressure off me is nice. Everly seems to be doing better this weekend with her fussiness too. We've been doing much experimenting with my diet and other causes of her fussiness and gas. The first thing I did was take dairy out of my diet since I know many other moms (like Veronica) have shared their own issues with breastfeeding and dairy. Everly's gas and fussing didn't improve when I went without dairy for several days. Now I am going without chocolate to see if that is the culprit. Much reading has indicated that chocolate is a problem for many breastfeeding mothers. We are also going to try removing coffee/ caffeine from the diet after we finish testing...

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Reflections on parenthood, 16 days postpartum.

Our baby girl was born 16 days ago. She is adorable and is very healthy. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing natural birth experience and she was afforded the best possible start in life. The crazy thing about childbearing is that after birth they really just hand the baby over to you to figure it all out on your own! It's crazy to think about how little guidance first time parents get before taking baby home and how scary that really is. I was in labor for about 18 hours and then voila I am responsible for another living, breathing being and on my way home 4 days later. I still think it all hasn't fully sunk in for me. Sure the love and attentiveness is there but the gravity of...

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My poor fussy little breastfed baby.

Everly was born 2 weeks ago, it seems like it was just yesterday though. Probably because we've not slept the whole time huh? LOL. We are learning about this whole parenting thing and we are so in love with little Everly. Unfortunately, we've got a fussy uncomfortable baby that we can't seem to calm. Everyone is saying it is colic and everyone has an opinion about her ailment that doesn't seem to help us in treating it. I just hate calling it colic because the name doesn't imply any specific condition or treatment. Everyone just throws their hands up and says "Oh colic, hang in there- it will pass". I am sorry but just accepting that it's a mystery that she'll out grow isn't okay with me. Her fussing is due...

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Just having a relaxing 4th of July here at home.

Just spending the day in bed today with Everly and N. This is our first day as just the three of us, all the family is done visiting now. Everly was up all night fussing so a lazy, napping day is just what we need. It's a rainy 4th of July here. We'll see if any neighbors set off fireworks tonight like they were doing last night, probably not since it is raining. It's all good though! Everly got to see her first fireworks last night in our backyard. The neighbors have been setting them off for days. That is enough for us. Oh and for those of you who entered the baby weight contest I've got results! Sadly only 5 people entered the pool. The morning my water broke I weighed...

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Live Vlog Broadcast Info: Everly's Homecoming

We'll be doing an hour long live broadcast/ chat right here in this post to share Everly with everyone in real time (it can also be accessed here). The broadcast will start June 27th 2009 at 3pm CDST, Evansville, IN time. That is 1pm Arizona time. The broadcast will appear below once the live show starts (old recorded videos will play both before and after the actual broadcast). You'll be able to see us via the video box and using the chat box just below it you can chat with us and ask questions, etc. We hope this is a fun and interactive way for us to share Everly's Homecoming with everyone who is following it! Also, did you see our funny test video? I was changing her diaper right before hand and...

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Home birthing supply kit and Tater preparations.

I still can't believe I am a pregnant lady! Spending my days at home doesn't provide much opportunity for getting dressed up in much more than PJ's or workout clothes. Naturally I have not been able to see just how pregnant I truly am since I am not getting dressed up and going many places these days. Today was another story though. I had my 2nd followup chiropractor appointment to attend so I was up, dressed and even put on some light makeup today. I looked like my usual self except for the baby bump (that I am still not used to seeing). I've been on the lookout for the inevitable stretch-marks and have been applying lotions and creams often. Then my mom informs me that they don't actually appear until after...

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