Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo

This is my second jumperoo and I love it.  Bri started to use it around 4 months and loves it.  It can be purchased at many location check out  www.fisher-price.com for current retailers. It looks to be about $90.00 on average.  It is worth the money!  One of the reasons why I love it is because the seat is nice and deep which was an issue with the other jumperoo.  This allows the baby to feel supported while playing.  I would say this jumperoo is definitely a MUST!

Overall 5 out f 5 stars!

Price 5 out of 5 stars

-Median price for jumpers.  Cheapest I found it was $77.54 (9/27/10) online at walmart.com.  Because of the quality and ability to be used for several children the price is not an issue.

Quality 5 out of 5 stars

-The jumperoo I received was used but still in great condition.  I could see this being used by several children and holding up well.

Entertainment Value 5 out of 5 stars

-My daughter will play anywhere form 15-45 min in this which for her is GREAT!  She loves jumping and laughs so much while in it.  She really loves the toys that are attached to it as well.

Safety 5 out of 5 stars

-I feel very safe to leave the room while she is in playing in the jumperoo.  With two large dogs I have to be conscious of how easy toys are to knock over. This jumperoo is very sturdy .  I also was worried about the springs and there being an issue with getting her little fingers pinched.  Not an issue at all with the design of the strap and spring.

Ease of Set-Up 5 out of 5 stars

– When I got it from my friend it didn’t come with the box  just all the pieces.  I had it together with no instructions in a few minutes.

I would highly recommend the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo to another Mom!

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bumGenius 4.0, the ultimate night time diaper…

As a fairly new cloth diapering mama I realized really quickly that I needed a diaper that was going to last through the night for my 4 1/2 month old.  Our other diaper were not going to cut it.  I decided that I was going to give the Bum Genius 4.o a shot.  It worked out great because kellyscloset.com was having a deal that if you ordered $35 worth of merchandise they would send you a free cloth diaper…score!  So I ordered a butternut bumGenius 4.0 One-Size  Stay-dry cloth diaper with snaps for $17.95.  The diaper came with  two inserts, a one-size and a newborn.  I washed the diaper as recommended by the manufacturer and got it on my girls bum as soon as I could.

The diaper is beautiful.  I love the color.  I typically go for girly bold, patterned colored diapers but love this soft yellow ; )  I also like the “feel” of the diaper.  The real test, how long would it last? My daughter typically sleeps from about 9:30pm until about 7:00am with a couple of snacks in between.  She hates her diaper changed in the middle of the night, hence the need for a long-lasting night-time diaper .  I put the diaper on her around 8:30pm and put her to bed at her usual time and she woke up around 7am.  The diaper worked!  She, the bed, and her cloths were dry!  Woo Hoo!  Less laundry for mama! Bonus, the free cloth diaper was another bumGenius 4.0!

Overall rating:  4.75 out of 5 stars

-I would highly recommend this diaper to my friends.

Cost: 4 out of 5 stars

-One of the most expensive diapers I own.  I would have more but I can’t afford to so I will stick to the two I have and use them for my night-time diapers.

Performance: 5 out of 5

-10+hours!

Fit: 5 out of 5

-Some of my other diapers tend to be too bulky with two stuffers but this fit nicely and appeared to be comfortable for my little chunky thighed girl.

Care:  5 out of 5

-Nothing but the usual, cold rinse->cloth diaper detergent/hot water->second rinse->line or tumble dry (although the inserts to require two rounds in the dryer to get dry).

My Breast Friend ; )

My passion for breast-feeding comes from my own struggles with it.  The only reason I was successful was because my daughter hated formula.  Thank GOD!  I would have missed out on one of the most rewarding aspects of being her Mommy.  As a nurse in the NICU, we have been educated and seen first hands how wonderful breast milk is for babies.  When I found out I was pregnant, I decided that I would “try” to breast feed.  I would be open-minded and give it a good effort to see if it would work for our family.

When I had our daughter I breast-fed.  I got sore pretty quickly, but I kept going.  It didn’t take long before I started to dread feedings.  I developed a lot of anxiety (please don’t wake her up, I might have to feed her again…OUCH).  My nipples bled and scabbed.  The baby was doing great, she barely lost any weight and had gained weight by her two-week check-up.  Breast feeding still remained very difficult for me, she wanted to nurse ALL THE TIME, how much can two little nipples take?  I even started to envy bottle feeding parents.  I remember one time in particular, my husband and I were at lunch in a restaurant and there was a mom on the other side of the restaurant feeding her young baby and I sat there watching her  thinking in my head “wow, she has it so EASY!  Just stick a bottle in the mouth and done.”  I’m pretty sure I was on the brink of insanity. Between the hormones of just having a baby, the pain of breast-feeding and what I thought to be a “cranky” baby, I was definitely going a little crazy : )

At about four weeks postpartum the worst thing EVER happened.  I got MASTITIS!   I was SO sick, I felt like I had been ran over by a truck, my nipples were going to fall off and my boob was the size of a watermelon.  I called the lactation center at my hospital, who quickly confirmed my dreaded suspicions.  I then begged my doctor to see me that day (Friday, pretty sure I would have died if I waited until Monday), which they did.  Thank you God again.  I got  in there and they gave me antibiotics and told me to “feed” through the infections….hahaha!  Sure I was definitely going to be able to do that.  It hurt so bad!!!!  So I continued to feed on my “good” side and pumped my bad side and fed her bottle breast milk for my “bad” side feeding.  The antibiotics worked wonders, I started to feel better pretty quickly and was able start to heal my nipples by pumping on the “bad” side.  I continued to breast feed and still struggle.  I really did not like breast-feeding, it was torture.  My daughter loved it : )  So I continued for her. At this point I set up a consultation with Lactation to see what the heck was going on.  My nipples were still tore up and my daughter seemed to want to nurse 24 hours a day.  I remember the drive to see the consultant.  My daughter cried the entire drive (20 min), my “bad” boob was getting more red and swollen by the moment and I couldn’t find the dam center…I was on the verge of tears when I got there.  The consultant asked to watch me feed and then she evaluated my daughters latch and suck.  She said that she thinks that while my daughter was going in my uterus that because she was squished she didn’t develop her left jaw muscles very well and was weaker on the left side and that was what was causing all this trouble.  She wasn’t able to express enough milk therefore not emptying the breast and latching incorrectly tearing up my nipples mostly on the right side.  Okay so how do we fix this?  She recommended that I see a speech specialist to evaluate Brielle and show me some exercises that would help strengthen her muscles.  She also recommended that I see the doc again because you guessed it I was developing mastitis AGAIN!  Same boob, holy crap!  I seriously was traumatized and thought I wasn’t going to make it breast-feeding.  I got some stronger antibiotics and again started to feel better. I made an appointment with the specialist and supplemented (per her recommendation) with formula until I saw the specialist.

Supplementing did not go well.  My daughter HATED formula, she would cry and cry while I tried to get her to take the bottle.  I thought that I was helping her because I didn’t think she was getting enough milk from me (bad latch) and needed more food( I wasn’t getting enough when I pumped now). I even switched formula which didn’t make a difference.  We saw the specialist who said that she did have all kinds of stuff going on with her latch and suck and that I would need to do exercises to help strengthen her latch and blah blah blah…Alright the exercises were next to impossible, it never worked for us.

The big turning point.  I was “trying” to feed her a bottle of formula and she was screaming.  I just stopped and stuck her on my breast and said from that moment on I would do whatever necessary to only feed her breast milk.  I got a prescription for Reglan, started taking fenugreek and pumped like a mad women.  It worked!  I have never again given her formula.  She exclusively breast feeds when I am home and drinks bottle breast milk when I work.  What I haven’t mentioned was that I only feed off my “good” boob.  Call me Mrs. Lopsy!  I was traumatized from the bouts with mastitis, I started to feed more and more off the “good” side and didn’t have the time to pump regularly off the “bad” side.  My production from the “bad” side has decreased to about 1 ounce/day now.  Where my production from the “good” side is about 4 ounces per pump session.  Nonetheless I regret not making a better effort to keep the production up on the “bad” side.  Mostly for cosmetic reasons.  I look pretty ridiculous o O !

To breast feed now is a piece of cake!  At about 2 months it just got SO easy.  It doesn’t hurt at all and I actually LOVE it.  When she looks up at me while nursing and smiles, it is the best feeling in the world.  She is seems so happy when she is breast-feeding.  I am so glad that I stuck with it and can give her that happiness. This is why breast-feeding is now a passion of mine.  I want to help other moms experience this wonderful God-given  gift.  I hope that my experiences good and bad with breast-feeding can give encouragement to other moms to continue and experience this wonderful time with their babies.

I am heading up a project at work to make our unit more “breast friendly”.  Right now I am trying to develop what areas we can improve on and get permission to do a survey with willing participants and get first hand feed back about what we can do in the NICU to make breast-feeding easier and more successful.  I am hoping to present my project to the team for permission in October.  Fitting that its breast cancer awareness month and breast-feeding decreases your chances of getting breast cancer : )  I will keep everyone updated on the progress of my project.

Parenting Styles

How to raise your kids?  Hmmm well my husband and I thought we had pretty similar ideas of raising our children.  We knew we wanted to teach her about God and Jesus and the Bible.  We knew we wanted to teach her  manners and obedience.  We knew that we wanted to teach her about expectations and meeting them.  While all those concepts are still important they really don’t apply to a 4 1/2 month old.  However what is important: answering her cry’s, better yet picking up on her cues so there is no need to cry,  ANTI CIO (cry it out), baby wearing (bonding, building trust and comfort for baby) as soon as I get my new carrier ; ), co-sleeping  (very safe if done correctly) , breast feeding ( so glad that I made it past the first 2 months, the best thing EVER), cloth diapering (personal choice to save money, the environment and better for baby).  I have also said that I was not comfortable with putting my children in day care.  There is nothing wrong with day cares, this is  a personal choice that I have made and I am willing to sacrifice in order to see that it doesn’t happen.  Day cares work for some people and are necessary for others.  I just know they are NOT for me.  In the end I just go with my gut instinct and pray that the decisions I make will help her grow into a happy, healthy, productive adult.  We will just have to ask her in 20 years what she thinks : )

Her Mommy!

The joys of being her mommy!  I could never imagine the joy she would bring into my life.  She is amazing in every way.  I love her smile, her voice, her smell…ugh I am obsessed with her! Just as I am sure most mommies are!  I had always known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a mommy.  As soon as we got married I bugged my husband about a baby, but being the wise planner that he was we waited until I finished nursing school.  Which was very smart.  Nursing school was a doozy.  However I survived and finished with a 3.2 GPA and had landed my dream job in the NICU before I even graduated.  I worked for about a year and finally we started to try.  We tried for a few months with no success.  My husband happened to have a doctor appointment and mentioned we were trying with no success.  The Doc gave him a script for a semen analysis.  We had only been trying for about 3 months so I said lets hold off and see what happens.  For anyone who has ever “tried” to get pregnant and didn’t, you know that every month that you aren’t successful is darn right devastating.  After a couple more months we decided to go ahead and do the semen analysis.  The semen analysis came back with devastating news.  My husband was infertile.  We were told to recheck the results and to see a specialist.  As you can probably imagine we were crushed.  After a couple weeks we picked ourselves up and figured out what we were going to do.  My husband has always been against any usage of IVF or any other “unnatural” method to conceive.  I never imagined us, a healthy 26 year old women and a healthy 30 year old man needing to even worry about that so I never worried about his view regarding these methods.  Well this became an issue for us.  I wanted/needed/longed to be a mother and would down right do whatever we needed to do in order to make that happen.  He saw it as a sign to make some changes to our lives (i.e. move out of state) and still held strong that he would not participate in any “unnatural” way to conceive a baby.  I decided that maybe God didn’t want me to birth our child but to adopt one, this was something Aron was okay with as well. We knew it wouldn’t happen anytime soon but decided that God knows better than we do and if that is the path we were to take then so be it.  Of course this is the shorten version there were many horrible nights of sadness and anger but I worked through it and put my faith in God to give me the child I was supposed to have.  About 1 month after we figured everything out I found out I was pregnant. SURPRISE!   We never repeated the semen analysis, we were to devastated to really put ourselves through that again.  So who knows?  Were the results wrong?  God must have wanted us to learn a lesson, everything on his terms not ours and sure enough after we accepted his will we were blessed with the most amazing blessing he has given us.  One of his very own Angels to care for and love, to raise worshipping him and loving him.  Wow we really did something right to be so blessed.  So I carried her for 40 weeks and 4 days and on April 30th my beautiful daughter was placed into my arms.  I look into her eyes and still wonder what I did so right to have her as my daughter.  Thanking God everyday for this beautiful little person.