Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wish me luck...

Today I'm venturing on a 1 hour and 40 minute car ride with 2 kids.

One of which screams when the car stops.

The other gets antsy when there is about 20-30 minutes left in the trip.

I'm driving with Jack & Sadie by myself to CT for the weekend.

Mizzle has a lot to do at work and really isn't going to be around much this weekend and my mom really wanted me to come down with the kids, mostly so that my grandparents could meet Sadie, which is also really important to me. I was very iffy on whether or not I was going to make the trip, because frankly the thought of being stuck in traffic with a screaming baby in the backseat is terrifying.

I used the drive down to our beach vacation as a trial for this upcoming trip. We went to our usual beach house with my parents for the week last week, and because we had so much shit to bring for the kids, Mike and I took 2 cars. He took Jack, I took Sadie. We packed the cars, timed it so she was fed and drowsy and then snapped her in the carseat and I put her in the car and took off. That was a 1 hr 15 min drive, and she fussed when we got into about 10 minutes of traffic but I was able to hold her off from full-on screaming by shoving the pacifier repeatedly back in her mouth.

The past 2 days since we made the switch to the Gerber Soothe formula she has definitely been acting better, less screaming fits, so I figured I would take the chance and drive down to CT. Mizzle and I packed the car last night and all I have to put in there today is my bag, bottles and well, the kids.

So I'm waiting for the bulk of traffic to be over (usually around 9:30ish) and then hopefully will be able to shower and then get Sadie in the car after a bottle.

So think of me this afternoon and send me peaceful car vibes, and hope against all hopes that I don't lose my shit.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yes, they are related.

So remember yesterday how I was saying how different Sadie & Jack are?  Well I thought I'd compile a list of the differences, just for shits & giggles.

  • Jack liked Playtex Drop-In bottles, Sadie likes Avent
  • Jack liked Mam pacifiers, Sadie likes Soothies or Tommee Tippee
  • Jack didn't like the Aden & Anais swaddles and would bust out of them on the regular. Sadie loves them and prefers to nap in them.
  • Jack loved the bouncer and would sit contently in it. Sadie will sleep in it, only if you put her down in it fast asleep.
  • Jack loved the car and had no problem with the carseat. Sadie only tolerates the carseat, and only if the car is moving or if you take her seat out and swing it back and forth.
  • Jack hardly ever peed on me or the changing table. Sadie does it at last once/day.
  • Jack would never nap in a carrier, and Sadie will sleep for 3-4 hours in the K'Tan (granted, I only had the Moby with Jack and I could never get the wrap right, so that probably had something to do with it)
  • Jack's hair was light and Sadie's is more reddish/chestnut
  • Jack was (and is) our big dude, topping the charts at the 95%ile for most of his life. Sadie is our peanut, with weight and height being 70th% and 90th% respectively.
So there you have it. My 2 completely different kids. I mean I didn't really expect them to be the same, but its just kinda interesting to see it all laid out there.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

State of Affairs

So a lot has changed in the past 2 weeks around here. As you saw in my previous post, we stopped breastfeeding, and are now in the midst of finding the right formula. Miss Thang is a gassy, gassy lady!

Jack had been on Similac Sensitive, so we thought we would go with that. Things seemed to be...well...just OK. So I thought I would try the Target brand because well, formula is frigging expensive.  That did not go well. I know other people have raved about it, and nutritionally its identical to the name brand formula, but I found that I couldn't get it to dissolve very well in the water, and it left a residue on the bottle. So if its leaving a residue on the bottle, it has to be doing that inside Sadie's little colon. Hence maybe why she was getting constipated? Girl would freak the F out if she didn't poop on the daily, so we had to figure out something that worked.

So when I was spending hour after hour rocking and bouncing the other day, I decided to research formulas. I'm not going to go into a ton of detail because I don't feel like typing it all out, but I got a lot of really great information from this blog series. After reading that, I decided that we would try Gerber Soothe.

I made the first round of bottles with it last night and it was like the heavens opened up. You know how when you shake a bottle of water how bubbles form and almost instantly disappear? Well that was what happened with the Soothe when I mixed it. Before with the Similac and the Target Sensitive, there would be a 1/4 inch thick layer of foam, no matter how fast or slow I whisked or stirred. No residue on the inside of the bottle either.

We also decided that since Sadie seemed to have regular poops when she was breastfed that we would do a sort of "reverse supplementing". Since deciding to stop BFing, I've been pumping 2-3 times per day and freezing the milk. I've amassed quite the stockpile (like I said before, supply is not an issue for me). So we are adding in a few ounces of breastmilk every day to keep Sadie's pipes a-flowin'.

We are slowly starting to figure her out...though she is still a difficult baby to soothe and to keep content. I've learned (usually the hard way) that usually when something works for Jack, its not going to work for Sadie. I have to keep reminding myself that Jack was a very flexible baby, and Sadie is just not. In fact...I think I'll write a post on how completely different they are!  Check back tomorrow ;)

p.s. I realize this post is a ramble. But I'm just getting back on the blogging horse and it's gonna be a little verbal diarrhea around here for a while.

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