Some Days I Wish I Were A Coffee Drinker

I don’t drink coffee, but, some days I certainly understand the inclination. The standard early school year cooties are making their rounds around our house. It is currently Anna’s turn and this one has hit her pretty hard. It takes a lot to get My little sunshine down so I know when she spends all day whining and looks miserable that she really isn’t feeling well at all.

Yesterday all she wanted to do was sit on my lap. Napping was a challenge since she couldn’t breath so she was tired and sick all day long.


But, if I thought yesterday was bad it has nothing on today. Anna was up every hour last night crying. It really irritates her when her sleep is disrupted, especially by a stuffy nose. This morning she woke with a fever and has no desire to be put down. A little Tylenol has helped bring the fever down and my ERGO baby carrier has been a godsend.



A day like today calls for coffee but since I don’t drink coffee I had a salted caramel hot chocolate instead…mmmmm.

Today I am thankful for baby wearing, Starbuck’s on every corner and the small relief offered my sweet girl by children’s tylenol. Tomorrow will hopefully find us better rested and healthier.

Diaper Rashes and Diaper Disasters, The Glamorous Life of a Parent

Diaper rashes are par for the course when it comes to babies. Every baby has them at one point or another during their diapering days. Between foods that cause irritation, spending too much time in a wet diaper, diarrhea or those inevitable diaper blowouts there really is no avoiding them.

Just as diaper rashes are par for the course with wee ones, so are diaper disasters. We parents all have a diaper disaster story tucked away to embarrass our kids with later in life. I’ve got a few good ones from Maya’s projectile spray out the car door while being changed at a highway rest stop that narrowly missed my leg, to Anna’s poop in the bathtub incident.

But, the one that takes the cake, the diaper disaster story I’ll be telling for years to come happened when Anna was just a wee, wee baby, maybe a month or two old. She was a bit fussy (I later discovered the reason), so I was walking a big circle around my living room/dining room/kitchen to calm her down. I was cradling her in my arms and rocking her. Her bottom was pressed into my hands.

As I rocked and walked I, all of a sudden, heard a not-so-pleasant sound coming from her bottom, followed by the sound of something splashing on the floor. I looked down to discover a surprisingly large pile of breastfed baby poop on my living room floor (luckily it is hardwood!) accompanied by poop all over myself and Anna.

It was the biggest blow out I have ever experienced. I was, of course, thoroughly grossed out as I cleaned up the mess. But after I couldn’t help but laugh. Which, if you ask me, is the sign of a great diaper disaster story!

Even with a few nasty blow outs to their names that caused their little bottoms to become a bit irritated, my girls have been pretty lucky in the diaper rash department. We’ve dealt with a few little rashes but nothing too severe, nothing a little time spent sans diaper and a little diaper rash ointment couldn’t resolve quickly.

Since we’ve been lucky when it comes to managing to avoid diaper rashes most of the time, our use of diaper rash cream is primarily to help keep their little tushies dry and irritation free. I’ve used pretty much every diaper rash cream out there at one point or another trying to find the perfect one for my needs.

I use diaper cream more often with Anna than I did with Maya. Anna is in a perpetual state of constipation and between straining and often large, skin-irritating explosions that follow, the skin on her bottom can get red and irritated if I don’t keep on top of it. I apply diaper cream at every diaper change to help avoid the irritation.

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I’ve been using the product on Anna for several days now, and I am very pleased with the results so far. When I first started using it she was constipated so I knew she was about to have a large bowel movement that would likely irritate her skin. It was a great time to give the Butt Paste a try.

One thing I really like about the cream is how easy it is to apply. It is very smooth and easy to handle, and it wipes off very easily. I’m not a fan of creams that clump and are difficult to wipe off the skin during diaper changes so I was impressed that Butt Paste lived up to its claim.

Anna did indeed have a couple of large, potentially skin-irritating bowel movements the other day, and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste did a great job of protecting her skin. I saw no signs of redness or irritation. I think Boudreaux’s Butt Paste will definitely be a new member of my favorites list.

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Baby Poop: Constipation

Once you have a baby poop becomes a fairly common topic of conversation between you and your spouse, you and your parent friends, you and your child’s pediatrician. We are always checking diapers, examining the contents, fretting about too much or not enough poop. Suddenly this topic that was rarely, if ever, discussed is now ever present.

One of the most common worries when it comes to your baby’s bowel movements, or in this case, lack there of, is constipation. Constipation is common in babies when solid foods are introduced. As their bodies adjust to digesting the new foods they can easily become backed up. Some babies require higher amounts of fiber in their diets to keep them regular and can’t handle low fiber foods such as bananas and potatoes. While others will be fine and go their whole babyhood without any constipation trouble.

When your baby is constipated it can be very worrisome for the parent. When a baby gets too constipated it can be uncomfortable, and even painful, as they try to move their bowels. Watching your little one strain and cry as they try to poop is definitely not fun. There are a few things you can do to help your little one get things moving along.

  • Sometimes giving your little one prunes or pears will help things along.
  • Prune juice and pear juice can also help.
  • Gently massaging your baby’s tummy, below the belly button, can help.
  • Exercise can stimulate the bowels. There are a couple of exercises that often help including moving their legs in a bicycle motion while they are lying on their back or holding them in a standing position and letting them bounce.
  • Applying some vasoline around their anus can be helpful as they try to pass harder stool.
  • Inserting a rectal thermometer for a minute if often helpful to get things moving.
  • If nothing seems to help you should call your child’s pediatrician as they may recommend using a suppository to help relieve your baby’s constipation.

Be sure to contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your newborn is constipated or if constipation persists in your 6 month+ baby for more than 3 days.

If constipation is a persistent problem for your baby it will be important to ensure their diet is rich in fiber. Giving them a serving of prunes or pears everyday can help keep them regular. Offering a small amount of water in a sippy cup to a 6 month+ baby can be helpful as well, but be sure to consult your doctor first.

Once babies beginning moving around on their own constipation often becomes less of an issue as the exercise they get every day helps keep things moving. With little ones who aren’t yet mobile be sure to do daily exercises with them, like the bicycle legs and bouncing to help them stay regular.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of constipation issue with Anna. She has a very sensitive system and doesn’t tolerant low fiber foods at all. In fact, I even had to call the pediatrician today since she had gone 4 days without a bowel movement and was definitely suffering. Luckily I was able to help her pass some of the backed up stool and she is feeling quite a bit better. I guess we’ll have to continue skipping the bananas (too bad since she LOVES them) and stick with pears and prunes.

Constipation is no picnic, but luckily, in most cases, with a little help your baby will get things moving and be happy again before too long.

What tricks did you find worked for your little one when they were constipated? Were there any foods in particular that you had to avoid giving them? Any foods that always seemed to help keep them regular?

Breastfeeding Challenge: Is It Something I Ate?

Babies have sensitive, still maturing, digestive systems during their first months of life. Their sensitive digestive systems can pose a bit of a challenge for the breastfeeding mother. The things a mom takes into her body can cause tummy upset, gas and spitting up in their baby. These symptoms can lead to sleeplessness for baby and for mom, extra crying and fussiness and gas pain. We parents hate to see our little ones suffering and we often feel extra guilty if we know that what we ate for dinner caused the gas pain that is keeping our baby up and crying in pain.

Luckily, most of the food we eat doesn’t cause trouble for our little one’s tummies, and some babies are never affected by anything their mamas eat. However, some foods can cause tummy troubles for your little one. Some of the more common foods babies can be sensitive to include:

  • Dairy
  • Gassy vegetables
  • Spicy food
  • Soy
  • Beans
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
Some babies will not show any sensitives to specific foods you eat and you’ll be able to eat freely while breastfeeding. For other babies you may find that some foods you consume, like those listed above, may cause tummy upset, gassiness, fussiness and spitting up in your baby.
What can you do if your baby seems to be sensitive to the things you eat? If your baby appears to be suffering from a food sensitivity to something you ate eliminate that food from your diet to see if that helps resolve the tummy troubles. If the tummy troubles resolve you’ll need to avoid that (or those) particular foods while you breastfeed. If it doesn’t help your baby’s tummy trouble talk to your baby’s pediatrician to see what else may be going on.
Some babies grow out of the sensitivities they had as newborns. Sometimes you can reintroduce the foods back into your diet once your baby’s digestive system has matured. If you do reintroduce foods do so slowly and one at a time so you will know if something causes trouble or not.
Always talk to your child’s doctor about their reactions and ask them for suggestions on food to avoid or eliminate from your diet.

Happy Spitter

These days I spend a lot of time doing laundry, like seriously A LOT. Some days I’m doing at least a load every day, it is a bit ridiculous. Why, exactly, am I doing so much laundry, you ask? Well, you see, I’m the proud parent of a “Happy Spitter”. I know I’m so lucky, right 😉

So, what is a “Happy Spitter”, or as our pediatrician likes to refer to it “The Laundry Maker”? A “happy spitter” is a baby who spits up frequently but is still eating well, gaining weight and otherwise happy. Basically, it is when spitting up isn’t necessarily the sign of a problem or causing the baby any distress, but is just more of a nuisance. And, boy is it ever a nuisance!

Anna is a “happy spitter”. She has been spitting up on a regular basis, and by regular basis I mean almost every feeding, since she was born. We go through a lot of burp cloths, receiving blankets, and clothing (both hers and mine) every day. I have purchased an insane number of burp cloths (I have at least a dozen) and receiving blankets to help avoid having to do laundry every day. It has helped a bit, most of the time I only find myself needing to do baby laundry every other day. Kind of sad when you consider every other day laundry an improvement.

There isn’t anything I can do to stop this annoying habit of my wee one, it’s just something she does. It is probably caused by a combination of a few different things like my overactive letdown, her immature digestive system and the very rapid way in which she consumes her food. There isn’t really anything I can do to stop the constant vomiting. I burp her a lot, and keep her upright for a while after she eats, but really other than that I’m just kind of stuck with it until she out grows it.

Any other parents out there dealing with happy spitters? What tricks have you discovered? Have you found any ways to keep the spitting up to a minimum?

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go fold another load of baby laundry.