Friday, October 26, 2007

A cautionary note on the use of plastics, especially on newborns, babies, and children

Worth reading, I think:

"Hard-knock plastic"

A woman murders a pregnant woman and cuts the baby out

I am still dumbfounded and shocked that this would happen. Haven't been able to get it off my mind since I read about it this morning. In Skidmore, Missouri, Lisa Montgomery, who was 39, killed an expectant mother - Bobbie Jo Stinnett - and cut the baby out of her womb. There was evidence that Montgomery had done internet searches on how to do Caesarean sections. She killed Stinnett by hitting her over the head and strangling her. The newborn wasn't due for another month. She had taken the newborn to Melvern, Kansas, where Montgomery was showing off the newborn as her own, when she was caught.

Verdict in stolen-baby case: Execution

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What's our little girl up to these days?


On the sleeping front, I'm happy to report that, for the most part, the Ferber method seems to be working. She still sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night, crying (screaming, if you care to be more melodramatic), but she soothes herself back to sleep without us coming to her rescue. When she does cry, she'll cry for at most five to ten minutes, off and on. I'm also training her to sleep until sometime between 7 and 7:30 AM. Anywhere between 5:00 and 6:30 is a really bad time for her mommy to get up for the day. She seems to be adjusting to that quite well. She hasn't decided whether she's turned into a 1 nap per day girl, yet. For several days, she's only taken one nap during the day, but today, she took two. She sleeps 10 to 11 hours overnight.

On the eating front, she's still taking baby food, but she finds adult table food much more exciting. Whenever it's tender enough (and not too salty), I let her have some. Lately she's been hungry ALL THE TIME. I'm thinking she's on some sort of growth spurt. How do I know she's hungry? She signs "eat" and "more" over and over again until she gets something, and we wait too long, she gets really mad. She's totally digging cow's milk now. Not sure how much she consumes a day, roughly 6 to 10 fl. oz. a day. Still getting nursed once a day, first thing in the morning.

What is she saying? The usually vocabulary is still there: "hi," "bye," "hold me" (in Chinese). She says, "mommy" (in Chinese) and "daddy" (in Chinese), but I'm not certain she realizes what she's saying. This past Sunday, when we were at Diana & Monte's home for lunch, she learned to say "doggy" (in Chinese) quite quickly. That's actually quite easy to say, once a baby can make the "g" sound.

She's happy crawling and cruising furniture. Not very interested in walking or standing without leaning on something. Not worried. She'll walk when she's ready. She's honing her hand / eye coordination. She doesn't just pull things out of containers and throw them on the floor anymore. She still does that. But, she'll place things in containers. She was even putting Cheerios in a small neck container today! Took a bit to hit the target, but hey, she was trying quite hard.

Loves to emulate my gestures and my speech. Waves "hello" to everyone non-discriminantly. I'm definitely not in favor of discrimination of people, but I don't want any strange scary men approaching me because my daughter decided to wave at them.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Internet acronyms all parents should know . . . wow, times have really changed

When I first started using the internet, there definitely weren't these acronyms. I've definitely oblivious to a bunch of acronyms, especially after reading these off of
  • POS: Parents over shoulder.
  • PIR: Parents in room.
  • P911: Parent alert.
  • PAW: Parents are watching.
  • PAL: Parents are listening.
  • ASL: Age/sex/location.
  • MorF: male or female.
  • SorG: straight or gay.
  • LMIRL: Let's meet in real life.
  • KPC: Keeping parents clueless.
  • TD2M: Talk dirty to me.
  • IWSN: I want sex now.
  • NIFOC: Nude in front of computer.
  • GYPO: Get your pants off.
  • ADR: address.
  • WYCM: Will you call me?
  • KFU: Kisses for you.
  • MOOS: Members of the opposite sex.
  • MOSS: Members of the same sex.
  • NAMOPKT: Not a lot of people know this.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

My milk supply is waning and she's finally getting used to cow's milk

I've noticed in recent times that my milk supply isn't enough to satisfy Isabella anymore, not even for the one nursing session a day that occurs. She gets nursed first thing in the morning, and that's it so far as nursing is concerned. Hey, she's nearing 13 months old, and well, at this time, I'm ready to wean her. Anyways, I nursed her on both sides yesterday morning, and I could tell she wanted more. I was half asleep as she was nursing. She kept sucking. Something clearly communicated to me she wanted more. Then she chewed for a second on my nipple. OUCH! She hasn't done that in a LONG time. When I unlatched her, she communicated "milk," using sign language.

Finally, I dragged my lazy butt out of bed, asked her what she wanted again, and she repeated her request for "milk." Having finally given up the idea of keeping her quietly in our bed, I put her in the high chair, while I poured cow's milk into a sippy cup. Away she drank! Many a sip.

Speaking of which, I am happy to report that nearly three weeks after starting her on cow's milk, she's finally liking it. Yesterday, she drank the most she's ever drank in a day, about 5-6 ounces. Today, well, she drank 3-5 ounces within a few hours in the morning.

Oh wait, let's go back for a moment. After feeding her milk and some breakfast food, I was able to go back to sleep for an hour. See?! That was too early for her to wake up, too!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sleeping, eating, and what not

What's happening in the Changley household these days? Well, not much to report on the Lily & Troy front. We're keeping busy doing our stuff.

Isabella's going through different sorts of new things. We agreed, as of last night, that she's undergoing the Ferber method, so far as sleep is concerned. She doesn't wake up during the night every night. But, the fact that she does, sometimes several times a night, screaming for me . . . Well, we've decided that she needs to learn to soothe herself to sleep. Not that she never does. But, this separation anxiety stuff, in the middle of the night, has gone on too long. What's the Ferber method? Let her cry herself back to sleep.

Sound cruel? It's actually not. She's 12 1/2 months old now. She doesn't need to eat in the middle of the night. She's dry. I am certain it's separation anxiety related wakings. This is actually going to be better for all of us, including Isabella, in the long-run. She needs to learn that Mommy & Daddy haven't abandoned her in the middle of the night and go back to sleep.

Naps these days have become a piece of cake. Never thought I'd hear myself say that. I read her cues pretty carefully. The yawning, grabbing her ears, getting grouchy. I also ask her whether she wants to sleep. She signs "sleep" back to me when she's tired. I do her bed-time routine: read her a story, put on some classical music, and lay her down in the crib. I used to stay with her until she's asleep, with my hand on her back. But, I don't do that anymore. I tell her it's time to sleep. Unless I'm going to sleep myself, I leave her room, leaving her door ajar. She'll cry for five to fifteen minutes, and then she's down.

What sort of naps does she take? Same as many moons ago, twenty to forty minute naps. Shocked? Well she's always been that way. Yes, we keep the room as dark as we can. Yes, it's not noisy in there. She's just not much of a napper. But, hey, last night she slept from 8:45 PM - 7:30 AM without getting us up! Wasn't that awesome?

Food. Well, Isabella's showing less and less interest in baby food vegetables. Even the stuff she used to love: squash, winter squash, butternut corn & squash, sweet potato & corn, sweet potato, she's not that interested in them. And it's not that she doesn't like vegetables anymore. I made a vegetable soup yesterday. She ate a decent portion of that. It had carrots, lentils, couscous, peas, green beans, corn, potatoes, and celery in it. She was more interested in that, to be sure. It's a bit of a difficult transitional phase, because we can't give her everything we eat, just yet. Not everything we eat is edible for her. Some of it's too tough. Some of it's just not nutritious. Some of it's too salty. Whatever. So, we're not going to completely phase out baby food, just yet. . .

She's finally getting used to cow's milk. She'll drink lots more sips at a meal or snack-time than before. Still not consuming enough to write home about. Can't tell you how many fl. oz. she consumes a day. We're working on that. Hey, she does get calcium and iron from other resources: yogurt, chicken. I can't think what else.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I was desperate, and now the caffeine is ruling the world (I mean me!)

I was desperate for coffee. Was driving to Starbucks to do some academic work, while Troy watched Isabella. Nearly fell asleep on the way (to any worried family reading this, don't worry, I wasn't really going to fall asleep; relax!).

Had the smallest size drink they had. It was a decent Java Chip Frappucino. Kept me awake whilst I trekked through the argument of this dude writing on Aristotle. Trying to work on an article for publication.

Anyways, Nearly 7 hours later, the caffeine is still very much in my body. It's nearing midnight here, and I need to go to bed. I've watched two episodes of Heroes and one episode of Ugly Betty online. I'm taking my shower, brushing my teeth, and hoping I'll fall asleep after that. We all know that Isabella has no mercy, I mean knowledge, that Mommy needs her beauty sleep, too.