Lindsay Gill: September 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This person

This person is humble and wouldn't want me saying much about them here.

This person was driving home when they spotted a car that had driven off the road just minutes earlier.  

This person pulled over, jumped out of their car, and sprinted towards the crashed car, which was smoking, not knowing what he would find.

This person found struggling people. 

This person performed CPR on someone they had never met before. 

This person stayed with the family until the ambulance arrived.  

This person ran away once the medics arrived, receiving no recognition from anyone.  

This person wishes he could have done more.  This person aches for these people, and for their family.  The people and family that this person will never see again.    

We are in a world where scary things happen.  Where things don't always make sense.  How will I explain these things to Luke?  I always think about this quote from Mr. Rodgers to help me understand:


This person was a hero.  This person was a helper.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

30 second makeover

                   
1.  Clarisonic Mia 2 in Peony (this adds 2 minutes to the 30 second makeover) but makes your skin into a fresh clean canvas before you begin.  Then I use Caudalie moisturizer.  

2.  Lancome Lit from Within makeup with SPF15 Foundation I got this from Sephora using their new "color match" system.  They take a picture of your skin in 3 different areas and the computer finds which colors would work best, and you can filter the results by type of make up like powder or liquid!  A beautiful African American woman was helping me with my color and accidentally got her finger in the picture of my skin so my first result was a bit off and we had to redo it!

3.  bareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener If you use this to draw a line from the outer corner of your eye to the outside edge of your eyebrow and blend it, that supposedly gives an instant "face lift."  My eyes are too sensitive for this but they also recommend putting a line of this under your lower lashes to make the whites of your eyes "pop."  

4.   Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder which goes on all of the places the sun would normally hit.  This combination palate is great because it can go between seasons since it has a mixture of bronzing colors.

5.  Watt's Up Benefit Highlighter is to be used on cheekbones and brow bones for an extra glow.

6.  Clump Crusher Extensions mascara for luscious lashes.  This one comes off easily with eye make up remover, I can't stand when it takes forever to remove eye make up at night.  Mascaras should be changed every three months for eye hygiene so I hate to spend too much on mascara.

7.  Sugar Rose Tinted Lip treatment with SPH 15 is a nice option that keeps your lips sun protected and treats any dryness.  This is my go-to for lips in my 30-second makeover.

Maybe a splash of perfume and you're out the door!

Have a few extra minutes, and a few reinforcements from middle school?  

Have more than a few extra minutes?  Do your eyebrows, or get them done.  That always makes a difference!  And keep those brushes clean with a good brush cleaner.  They always apply make up better when kept clean.  


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Will the real "Ah-goo" please stand up.

For those of you who don't know, Luke named his bear, "Ah-goo."  We bought a second "Ah-goo" and named him "The Imposter."  The Imposter goes to school with Luke.  This way we don't lose Ah-goo in transit.

You can do it all

I remember starting as a freshman in college, realizing after about six weeks, that this was my new home for the next four years.  It wasn't camp, it wasn't vacation.  It was my new life.

I went through a similar experience when ending my maternity leave.  It sounds ridiculous but part of me felt like going back to work meant that my time with Luke was over, and I felt heartbroken.  Okay, maybe the early days of just mommy-and-baby-Luke-time were ending because he grows up everyday, and I would, in fact, be at work without him.  Everyday with him is, technically, very different from the one before because he's learning at such an incredible rate!  Yesterday we sat and played with tags, today we're pulling to a stand and trying to dive to the next object.  

But I also felt a feeling of "rushing" with my artwork, reading, and appearance as if whatever I was or had done thus far was the finish line for my personal life.  I found myself saying, "but I wanted to learn photography" and "I never got to do my sewing projects." Part of this is true.  Some hobbies and endeavors are best done without kiddos.  But this time with them will clearly pass at such a lightning speed, and you'll need those hobbies and creative outlets when "mom, can you do everything for me?" moves out.  

My own mom got me this book when I was still pregnant.  I opened it up to a sentence that resembled "waking up feeling like you were hit by a truck" and I thought it might be better to hold off until after the delivery.  


Well, here we are.  Reading the book, and Dr. Meeker touched on my exact anxieties.  That you're a mom right now, that's what God needed you to be.  But that doesn't mean you can't wear any other hats.  It just means that right now, being a mommy is your most important hat.  Sure, you won't just punch out when they're 18 and say "that was fun, sayonara sucker!"  But the job description will change and you will need those hobbies and interests again.  

Granted, I'm only about 8 months in, so I'm speculating.  And when I discussed this with an older woman, she gave me the "oh honey you're cute but your life is actually over" look.  But a family friend MS's dad told her "you CAN do it all, just not all at the same time."  I think this was wise and I'm sticking to it!  


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chivalry is not dead...but it is in critical condition.

Today's post was inspired by two things:
1.  This post that my aunt J shared with me.
2.  Getting smacked by a door leaving a pizza shop with my hands full, while a man stood and watched.  I wish it was filmed for your enjoyment.

Source
I started thinking that there are so many things I want my little Luke to know.  Of course, many he will have to learn on his own, and many will be learned the hard way.  I thought about making some artwork with a list of these things, or writing him a long letter.  Instead, I think we already have the best learning environment: he has a dad who exemplifies being a gentleman everyday.  But here's what I came up with, anyway:

1.  Hold the door.  Some women do not want the door held for them, and that is fine.  But in general, it is the respectful thing to hold the door for the person behind you.  If you see someone carrying a pizza and trying to leave the restaurant like a balancing act, offer to help.

2.  No swear words.  In college, in your man cave, you can use swear words.  But around family and friends, and women: no swearing!  It is not attractive.

3.  Say grace before meals.  This is something that we adopted from my husband's family.  It doesn't have to be a loud prayer with hand-holding and the works (like he does) but it can be a quiet "thank-you" for the food you're about to eat.

4.   Use manners.  Today I had a young patient who said please and thank-you.  They said "yes" instead of "yeah" (something I need to work on myself).  When I asked how he was, he reciprocated the question.  This patient really stood out!  I told his mother how polite he was and that it was a breath of fresh air in my day.

5.  Be brave.  We live in a world that can be scary.  Sometimes we fall down and get hurt.  But be brave, and know that we are here to help you and only want the best for you.  I had one patient a while back and when it was time for dilation drops, he looked at his mom.  She said "you are a lion! You are my brave lion!"  He took a deep breath, and leaned his head back for the eye drops.  This was such a unique thing to see, and I hope I can instill that bravery in my Luke.

6.  Dress up.  You don't have to be fancy.  But pull your pants up, and tie your shoes.  You will do better in school and at work when you feel your best.  Eat healthy.  You can have your treats but make sure you give your body the best chance at success.

7.  Don't bully anyone.  People are so fragile.  You do not know what others are going through.  You could be the smile that makes their day, or the frown that breaks their day.  Others may say mean things to you, let their words roll right off you.  You don't need their approval, you are wonderful.

8.  Save your money.  You might not need it now, but you will.

9.  Do your very best.  Give it your full effort.  You won't succeed in everything, but you won't know until you give it a try.

10.  We love you so much.  There are SO MANY people who love you so much!  You'll never know how much we love you.  We would do anything for you.  Please come to us if you need anything, and please ask us anything.  You're never alone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Why didn't I think of that?

For baby:

1.  Gap baby clothes have a gold snap as the middle snap so you can line up the snaps better (hard to explain but if you've  snapped a whole outfit wrong before or every day, you know what I mean.  I bet you could use nail polish to mark the middle snaps on non-Gap clothes.  

2.  This invention on Etsy gives the baby clothes a bit more use as the baby grows! 


For the home:

A desk that folds away.  More space and less head bumps.  



For mama:

A purse organizer insert.  You would think it would be easy to find something in a finite space.  But just in case your purse looks like mine, this could work.  





Sunday, September 22, 2013

Instant Apple Crisp

We went to a beautiful orchard nearby with friends for Luke's first apple-picking experience.  This was a great cost-efficient family outing and baby-friendly with a carrier.  
We got McIntosh apples and today, decided to make apple crisp.  I tried something a little different today using instant oatmeal packages.  Here's how:

1.  Take your baby apple-picking.  When they aren't looking, throw out all the hole filled and rotting apples they chose.  Replace them with edible ones.
2.  Wash, peel, and cut the apples.  We used 12 small-medium sized.  

3.  Mix 3 instant oatmeal packets (we used low sugar maple/brown sugar) with 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup plain oatmeal, and a stick of softened butter.  I added the plain oatmeal to make it a little less sweet, since we had some in the house anyway.
4.  Put apples in a greased pan and sprinkle the mixture over them.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top to taste.

5.  Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes (depending on how crispy you want the crisp).  

We let Luke have a taste!  He loved it.  I'd say it's not as tasty as the real thing but a close runner up and certainly a but easier and faster to make (maybe a little healthier too?) 






Saturday, September 21, 2013

A morning mom moment

JP took Luke for a walk this morning so that I could take my time to get ready for apple picking with friends and a work get-together later today.  All was going swimmingly well until after using my moisturizer, my face started stinging a little.  Oh, maybe because I had used body wash, not moisturizer.  Other things you must keep far away from each other include toothpaste and A&D ointment.  Have a great weekend! 





Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Comfort

I love Fall.  It's, by far, my favorite season.  I hate that it seems to come and go so quickly.  Here's what we love this Fall:
These are a nice treat on a cool night in a big mug.  There's just something about a big mug.
We love sweaters in the Fall.  This blogger shows how to add lace to an old sweater that could use some new life.  I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like a great idea:  Add lace
                          
                                             Stop&Shop has BOGO Fall candles.
                                           This Cider smell and our other Fall scented candle just makes the condo feel so comfy.


Fall decorations.  An easy DIY with a plain wreath from Michaels, some fake Fall foliage and a wire cutter:  arrange to your heart's content! 


This is Luke's new comfort: a toothbrush.  He takes it everywhere with him now.  If you want to see him exceptionally sad, try to take the brush out of his hand.  Even just to put on his sleeve.  He will be very, very sad.




Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Laundry basket labels

I've been searching for a way to designate clean and dirty laundry baskets.  Often times I'll have a basket of clean clothes that I haven't gotten to yet and it will mysteriously have dirty towels in it later that day...  So I came up with this today.  I weaved ribbon through the clean basket!  This will help (maybe) keep the dirty clothes separated from the clean ones until I get a chance to put then away!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A cleaner closet

I have had such stressful mornings trying to get Luke to school that it has become a goal to get him there with everything he needs while getting to work on time with as little stress as possible!  This means we have to be more organized!  

My first stop: the closet near the front door.
We got an organizer from Target :
Now we each have a cubby, there is a cubby for mail, one for things that need to go to Nana's house and a cubby for plastic bags.

There is also a spot for toys that need to be cleaned.  I realized once it was too late that my label could be seen as inappropriate. 

Now all the shoes are organized for quick departures as well with this shoe organizer from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Next stop: the kitchen drawers! 




Monday, September 16, 2013

A new birthday tradition

Today is my birthday!  Twenty-five was a big year for me and my family!  There is a lot to be thankful for!


1.  I was blessed with the privilege to be pregnant with and become mommy to the sweetest little guy, Luke.

2.  I passed my Orthoptics oral boards to become a Certified Orthoptist.

3.  I was able to stand up in my brother and sister-in-law's beautiful wedding.

4.  I became an employee at a wonderful ophthalmology practice in CT.

5.  We said goodbye to a beautiful home in Buffalo and hello to a beautiful condo in CT.

6.  We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in November and JP makes me a better person everyday.

7.  I passed my postpartum glucose tolerance test and am diabetes free.

8.  We have such wonderful family and friends on both sides!  Everyone was so helpful and caring as we welcomed Luke into the family.  From the birth to the baptism, everyone has been so supportive.

9.  My brother and sister-in-law got pregnant! 

10.  My husband started his new job in CT!

My hubby got me roses, a cake, a balloon, and a delicious dinner.  Luke didn't like the balloon!
On another note, we took a trip to Cape Cod in late August with my in-laws.  We were in two cars on the way home and decided to make a quick breakfast stop at Dunkin.  I was first and got a breakfast sandwich but asked the lady if I could pay for the car behind me.  "Are you sure?" she asked, "It's over $13.00!" She thought I was doing a random act of kindness.  I explained that it was my family and that yes, I'd still like to treat them.

This reminded me of a Pinterest pin that someone did a bunch of random acts of kindness for their birthday and I thought I could give it a try!  

I couldn't come up with 26 ideas.  So I settled on something else that I want to make a birthday tradition in my mini family!  I'm going to give a Babies R Us gift card to a local mom in need and who is expecting a baby.

I figure I have a connection as a fellow mom wanting the very best for her child, and a connection with the baby who might share my birthday!  I would love for my husband and Lukester to follow suit.  JP already has a charity in mind for his birthday in November.  Maybe you could do something similar in your family!  


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Picking pillows

We recently signed the lease for another year in our condo.  Now that our transition is finally coming to an end, we feel like we have the time and energy to make the place our own.

We were so grateful to get a beautiful hand-me-down living room from a family member.  It's a big and comfy set and it has been with us through the thick and thin of an action packed couple of years.  

I'd love some new pillow case covers for this furniture!  Here is my pillow cover inspiration so far from fabric.com.  The covers are fairly expensive to buy since we need size 24x24 in. so I'm going to buy the fabric and attempt to make them myself.  Will post the finished products.

These are all from www.fabric..com:

And these are from Etsy:

Pink Etsy Pillow
Monogrammed Etsy Pillow
Navy Etsy pillow

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Get Movin'

When my younger brother and I decided to take my new jogger for a spin (which was a good Craiglist find), I was a little nervous.  I had walked for most of my pregnancy until the last few months when they diagnosed me with pre-pre-eclampsia, then I didn't exercise at all.

Still, I got my iPod all set with some pump-up music and dressed the part of the serious runner that I had been at one time in my life (we're talking high school).

As soon as we started moving, I could feel those natural running endorphins waking up from their year long hibernation!  They started flooding my brain and I couldn't think of anything I wanted to do more than run!  I yelled to my brother, "Let's do a really long run! I can do it! I'm feeling strong!" in the kind of yell that you do when only you are wearing headphones with music but the rest of the world doesn't need your voice any louder.


Mind you we had run about .2 of a mile at this point.  And about 3 minutes later, I had never felt so much fatigue and muscle lactic acid in my entire life.  I was, and am, what you would call "out of shape."

But the importance of getting your bum out of bed to do something is so important, especially when you become a mama.  I remember how good it felt to wake up one morning when I was still home with Luke, and "having" to go into work to meet with an interview candidate.  The purpose and schedule can be just what you need to get yourself and the baby going in the morning.


This morning, my friend SM invited Luke and me to a "Stroller Strides" class in my hometown.  We had a great time!  This is a group of local moms who keep the babies in strollers entertained while doing a light workout and they meet daily.  Definitely something to check out in your area.  They were really welcoming and it would be a great fit for a mom of any fitness level...to get fit!  Here's the website to learn more:
http://fit4mom.com/programs/stroller-strides


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Goals

Our team leaders at work had a great "opener" to our meeting that I thought was effective and worth sharing.  They had a piece of presentation paper taped high up on the wall.  They asked for three volunteers and gave them each a marker.

The volunteers were instructed to stand with flat feet and draw a line as high as they possibly could.  Then they were instructed to draw a line above the line they just drew, again with flat feet.  All three volunteers were able to draw their second line higher.

The point of the exercise was that in a study (somewhere), 100% of the participants could draw the second line higher than the first.  They concluded that you can achieve more when you set goals for yourself.

So go forth and set goals!  Whether it is career goals, health goals, wealth goals, or soccer goals, you are more apt to reach the goals if you set them!








Remembering 9/11

I'm sure you remember where you were 12 years ago today.  I was in 8th grade, in Mrs.Haar's social studies classroom.  She got a phone call and ran out of the room.  Her daughter worked in NYC but was okay.  Many people were not okay. Many people lost husbands, wives, children, moms, dads, siblings, and friends.

Take time today to say a prayer for those families.  Say a prayer for the people that miss their loved one everyday.  Take time today to do an extra act of kindness.  Remember the heroes of the day, both ordinary men and women, and the emergency responders.  Tell your friends and family how much they mean to you while you have the chance.  Vow to have a good attitude at work because you get to go to work.  Vow to be kind to everyone, especially today.

via and painted in Waterlogue

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Anemia stir-fry

Well that sounds disgusting, right?

Wrong!  My Anemia stir-fry is way more tasty than any iron pill I've had!  Having my little Luke left me with very little iron.  I was getting so tired that my husband would come home with hamburger meat, spinach, and kidney beans and scream, "eat these!"

The secret to eating way more spinach than you ever wanted to eat is...fry it up!


You will need:
1.  Shrimp (starting with raw shrimp and cooking them is yummier than starting with cooked and cooking them).  Make sure you know whether or not you will have to de-shell/vein them yourself when estimating how long this preparation will take!

2.  Broccoli (1 stalk)
3.  Red pepper (1)
4.  Onion (1)
5.  Tomato (1 large)
6.  Brown Rice (we used bagged-boil-in-a-minute-or-ten-rice)
7.  Ginger (I can never taste it ground up, I recommend fresh).
8.  Ground fresh garlic (supposedly boosts iron?)
9.  Spinach! (2 bags)

Clean and chop the veggies.  Fry it all up in a wok!  We fry the broccoli first since it takes the longest.  Then add the other veggies.  You can cook the shrimp separately if you prefer.

Voila!  Your anemia-stir-fry is ready to be served!

Busy mama with no time?  Most of this basic recipe is prep work that can be done during a little one's nap time and then just thrown together later when everyone is starving.

Do you have any favorite anemia recipes?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Near misses

I was driving through my hometown when I passed the location of a "near miss" when I was in high school.

I was on the track team and we always ran in groups of about twenty.  We were on the sidewalk when about 50 feet ahead, an empty car came flying in reverse from a driveway on a hill across the street.  It crossed the street and slammed right into a tree.  Evidently, the person had left the car running and got out without putting the car in park.

At the time, we were shocked, but kept running.  Looking back, that could have been exponentially worse!  Thank God there was no one in the car, thank God there were no cars driving on the road that the car flew across, and Thank God that for one reason or another, we weren't about 1-2 minutes faster on our run.  Thank God someone had to tie their shoe or stop for water.

There are many times when we've all been part of near misses, whether we are aware of them or not.  This is why it's so important to say "I love you" when you can, forgive, and be thankful for each and every day.

Something to think about:

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DIY Taggy blanket

Yesterday, I attended my sister-in-law's beautiful baby shower.  I made baby Olivia a Taggy Blanket.  Babies can find tags on everything and like the texture so this puts all the tags in one place.

Here's how:

1.  You will need 2 squares of fabric (I used 10x10 in. fleece and baby fabric) and 4 in. strips of ribbon (I used 16 satin and ribbed polka-dot ribbon strips.)

2.  Loop the ribbon and pin them to the  "right" side on the fleece with the loops towards the middle of the square.  

3.  Put the "right" side of the second fabric on top and sew 3 and 3/4 sides.

4.  Turn it inside out and push out the corners and then finish sewing that side.  

5.  Add a 1/4 inch seam around the edge.  


This makes a cute present topper, too! 



Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Mini Professor

Luke can do something new each and every day.  It is fascinating watching him grow and learn.  I wonder if he is thinking the same thing about us, "Wow, Mom is finally figuring out this nursing thing," or "Yeah, that's what I've been trying to tell you guys!"

Here are a few of the many lessons we have learned from Luke thus far:

1.  Smile at everyone.  At the grocery store, on the sidewalk, at church, you name it and Luke is making people smile.  When we stayed at a hotel, Luke met a woman who worked there who was almost in tears proclaiming, "Thank you, you made my day!"  What is it about growing older that makes you keep to yourself and not acknowledge people around you?  Aren't we all in this together?  What if we could make a few people smile everywhere we went?  I think that's a great goal.


2.  Look at things with awe.  I can remember the first time Luke noticed his mobile.  He made this face where he pursed his lips together. (I miss that face!)  As a January baby, Luke didn't spend too much time outside at first.  When we finally laid outside for the first time when the weather warmed up, you could tell how happy Luke was!  He stretched out and soaked in the sun and fresh air.  If we look around, we can find inspiration in our everyday lives.



3.  Take your time.  I always notice that Luke takes his time to eat his bottle, even a midst the chaos of trying to get to school and work.  We've been trying to follow his lead and make sure we have sit-down meals when we can enjoy food and consciously nourish our bodies.   

4.  Love unconditionally.  There have been many mornings when my hair is in a crazy bun on top of my head and I can tell that Luke's gaze goes upward as he smiles.  He thinks it is hilarious when I look like a mess.  But he loves me all the same and is as affectionate as ever.  The other day, he gave John Paul a spontaneous kiss on the cheek mid-conversation and even shared a Puff with him!  Those were two of the sweetest moments!



5.  Forget social norms.  No, not all together.  But the ones that are ridiculous.  Luke lets out a big burp during church and everyone chuckles as this would be totally inappropriate for adults.  It makes me think of how many things we add to our lifestyle like what clothes to wear and what we should do and say.  I dread the day that Luke questions what he wears or does.  I think he's perfect in every way.  

What have you learned from your children?

Friday, September 6, 2013

To call the Ped. or not to call the Ped., that is the question

To call the Pediatrician or not to call the Pediatrician, that is the question.  My opinion is that if it is a question, just call.  This is especially if it is your first child, and especially if your incessant worry is causing everyone around you to lose sleep and possibly start to dislike you!  Our Pediatrician has a triage nurse that can better help you decide your next course of action, if any.

Personally, I feel like I'm a pretty laid back mom until the "what ifs" start flooding my mind.  That's when I usually give them a quick call (and scour the internet).  We do have these two books of reference but I honestly don't use them as much as the references during pregnancy (I think I stopped at chapter "Three months" and Luke is almost eight!)  It's amazing that pregnancies that have fairly similar symptoms, questions, and issues can produce such different babies!


Also, there is wiggle room in the recommendations now that "parenting" kicks in and different opinion and schools of thought come into play.  When should I stop breastfeeding?  When should I start solid foods?  The research can report their findings and Pediatricians can give recommendations, but I hear a lot of "well that's a personal decision."  Babies hit different milestones at different times and begin to develop their own little personalities!

Keeping the baby safe and healthy, however, is definitely a common goal.  Here are a few of the reasons I have called the Pediatrician and how they responded:

1.  Eczema:  My own research suggested that this could be an allergy to something Luke was eating.  The Pediatrician said that since it was only on his "elbow pits," as I call them, that it was probably just a genetic skin sensitivity or dryness.  He suggested over the counter hydrocortisone cream with a protective layer of Baby Aquafor cream.  This was difficult to do during the summer without clothes to cover the creams, they seemed to just rub off.  The eczema seemed to go away on its own.  If the eczema is on the baby's face or over more of the body, you might need further care as it could be an allergy.  We had good luck with Arm&Hammer Sensitive Skin No Scent liquid laundry detergent, but I know of families who have had to experiment with their soaps.

2. Blocked Tear Duct:  Luke had a blocked tear duct that started after the first week of life.  Mostly one eye, but both had discharge.  This can be normal and most resolve.  The doctors recommend massage and warm compresses until age one at which point they might consider probing or tubes depending on the severity.  Watch for colored discharge which could mean an infection.  The discharge can get worse with colds and congestion.  Otherwise, keep your little towels with warm water handy for a lot of cleaning!

3.  Congestion:  Oh how I wish that Luke could blow his nose!  I hate listening to his stuffy nose and not being able to help him.  We have some luck with the aspirator and Ayr nose drops, but now that he is older, he knows the aspirator when he sees it and does everything in his power to not let you use it.  The Ped. suggested using nose drops before eating and sleeping to help loosen everything up.  Congestion can lead to ear infections which are harder to spot.  The babies with ear infections might have more ear pain when laying down or tug at their ear (but this could be teething, too).  If you suspect ear problems, this would be a good time for a Ped. visit.

4.  Cough:  The Ped. said to watch for a fever or worsening of the cough.  They want to make sure he doesn't have bronchitis.  They suggested keeping him inclined (tough at bed time), keeping him hydrated (milk/formula are enough hydration if they are still taking a bottle), using a humidifier in his room, and watch for any trouble breathing.  Also look for changes in behavior or trouble sleeping.  A fellow mom suggested rolling up a small towel under the head of the mattress for a slight incline for bedtime, what a good idea!

5.  Falling:  This is the worst.  Luke fell twice on my watch.  It was terrible.  It's hard to know if they were hurt or just scared.  The Ped. said to watch for vomiting or any unusual behavior.  He fell right before bed, so the Ped. said to wake him up in the middle of the night and make sure he was fine (I've also read waking them up every 2-3 hours).  I then asked the Ped what I should do if I started vomiting (just kidding), but I was far more upset than Luke was.  I would call the Ped if your child falls, regardless.  I actually felt a bit better after I "confessed" to the doctor that he fell.

6.  Fever:  My Ped. gave us a handout on doses for fever reducer and said to call if the medicine does not bring the fever down or the fever goes above 101 degrees.  We have the thermometer pacifier which I think is the best thing ever, except that I'm not convinced of its accuracy.  We also tried the No Touch Forehead thermometer but every family member was 97 degrees?  We returned that one.  The Ped. said that the rectal thermometer is the most accurate, but that if you use an underarm one, just add a degree.

7.  Teething: Luke has two bottom teeth and four coming on top all at once!  Poor guy has buckets of drool and is chewing on everything.  Recently, he's been grinding his teeth.  I hear from other moms that this is a phase and is normal.  The books say do not use Orajel, that it can be poisonous for babies.  Our Ped. said that if used in excess and swallowed, the baby's throat can start feeling the numbness and they could have trouble breathing.  He said to use a pea size and rub it into the gums really well.  I've heard other moms say it doesn't help their child but I sense some relief when we use it on Luke's gums.

8.  Shots:  Luke got a knot-like bump at his shot site.  The Ped. said that this is a common side-effect and that it should resolve in about 2 weeks.  They suggested warm compress and massage or ice.  We did none of the three and it went away on it's own.  There was also preliminary research that showed that treating a fever after shots could lower the effectiveness of the shot.  Our Ped. said to allow a low-grade fever.  Definitely ask your Ped, though, about what they suggest.


***Again, I am not qualified to give medical advice, I'm simply reporting what I have been told by my Ped throughout our short eight months of baby experience.***

Update on 9/8/13: My friend and fellow mom NK suggested baby Vicks on the soles of the baby's feet with socks on for a cough, it's worth a try!