More Sam, less crafts.

The ‘busier’ Sam becomes the harder it is for me to actually complete knitting projects. I’m sure you’ve all noticed a lack of very crafty things around here and for that I apologize. But hey, I get to spend my day with this guy, so no complaints here.

And to answer a few Knittybutton reader questions:
Cloth Diapering: Still going strong! We love it. We use BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers and I get the flushable liners, too, which makes poopy diapers easy as disposable. I do a load every other day, and we cycle through about 14 diapers. I have more than that, but don’t find that I need more. I bought some new ones with snaps (instead of velcro like the ones I have) and I can’t wait for them to come. I only have one snap diaper at the moment, but I find I always gravitate to putting that one on him first if I have the option.

Breastfeeding: Still breastfeeding 12x a day. I know, it’s a lot, especially for an 8 month old. But with his GERD he can really only eat small meals, otherwise he throws it up, so he gets lots of small meals throughout the day.

Food: Sam really wasn’t interested in babyled weaning. But his doctor wanted me to make sure he was eating enough, since he wasn’t gaining weight, so we are back to purees. Sam LOVES carrots and sweet potatoes and applesauce. He will happily eat any or all of those anytime. It’s handy because whenever we are going somewhere (or out to eat) as long as I remember to bring some food with us he is a happy camper now. Also, he really likes Cheerios.

Sleep: Oy. We are working on that. Still getting up 2x at night to eat. I am hesitant to try ‘cry it out’ right now, until I know his GERD symptoms are under control. I just don’t feel comfortable letting him cry if he is in pain.

Mobility: He is a crazy man! He is cruising (walking along holding the couch) pulling himself up on EVERYTHING, crawling all over the place, climbing stairs. Whew. It’s hard to keep up with him!

I think that’s all. Feel free to ask me more questions in the comment section if you’d like.


5 thoughts on “More Sam, less crafts.

  1. We too suffered through colic in our house with our firstborn. Many of the suggestions already given might be helpful…and remember that each child is different. Try them all out and see what works for you and your child.If your doctor isn’t helpful (like ours told us we were just oversensitive and overtired parents) find another doctor who will really listen. Even if they can’t cure it overnight, it’s helpful for mom & dad’s sanity to be taken seriously.The books that helped us most: “Your Fussy Baby” and “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” both by Dr. Marc Weissbluth.Good luck!

  2. When my son first switched from nursing to formula, he was having issues with eating and had reflux. We first started with the regular Similac formula, but due to his reflux and issues with spitting up and difficulty eating, our doctor instructed us to switch to Similac Alimentum.

  3. Colic is not a diagnosis. The National Digestive Diseases Dictionary defines colic here on page 11. It’s a description of a behavior that is used when the doctor can’t figure out what is wrong. If your infant is crying all hours of the day, acting extremely uncomfortable, having trouble sleeping, refusing to eat, over eating, passing gas, having diarrhea or mucous in diapers, arching, vomiting etc. it may be the result of reflux and/or a dairy/soy intolerance and not “just colic”. Proper medication for your baby and the right diet for you if you are breast feeding, or the right formula, can make a huge difference in your baby’s comfort. Babies do not cry without a reason. They cry to let us know something is wrong. Sometimes it’s because they are sleepy, hungry, tired, wet, dirty, etc., but sometimes (particularly if it’s constant and inconsolable) it’s because they hurt and it’s up to us and our baby’s doctors to find the right treatment to make the pain stop. Check out the book “Colic Solved” and get a second opinion before your let your child cry constantly if you hear the colic “diagnosis” from your pediatrician.

  4. I never let my child “cry constantly”. And I have repeatedly said that I took him in for multiple visits with several different doctors. I didn’t just accept the ‘colic’ diagnosis, and continued to do everything within my power to figure out what was wrong with my son. I understand that he was trying to tell me something and I now know what it was, but comments like this just make me feel worse about the fact that even though I did all that I could do it sometimes takes a while to figure out what was wrong with him.

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