Mini - congratulations on the new job. Hope you settle in quickly and enjoy the break from the stresses of TTC
Gaia - have you had the flu vaccination? You can get them free on the NHS if you've just had a baby in the UK. I know that won't be the case where you are but shouldn't cost too much if you have to pay. I've had a cold the past week and I think the only way it affected Emilia was she had a gunky eye for one day. I got some drops for it but it was better the next day.
Seaweed - I shall have a look at your journal once I've finished here!
I haven't got into any routine with my pumping and I'm not planning to at the moment. Emilia is enough of a handful without having to think about pumping - she doesn't really sleep in the day. So I'm just pumping when I need to eg when I'm going out for the night (which I've only done once) I have to pump at least twice to get 1 feed's worth of milk.
Gaia - will you be joining the Facebook group? I'd love to see a photo of your LO
Smawfl - aww, so lovely to hear you got your first giggle What kind of things do you do in baby sensory? I've just signed up for baby signing starting next year. Think she'll really enjoy all the singing. She does excited squeals but no giggles yet. She's also started doing the high pitched squeals when she cries sometimes. It's like she has discovered this amazing new thing her voice can do so wants to do it at every opportunity!
Gaia, Munchkin definitely tends to get overstimulated when there are lots of people around, and I have found it is essential to have the carrier with me in all such situations. When he gets really overstimulated sometimes the only way he can fall asleep is if I wear him.
Pusscat, I have heard from mothers of older babies in baby group that they go through a phase around 3-4 months where they like to make loud, high-pitched happy squeals, just to hear themselves do it. The group facilitator calls it the "pterodactyl phase"!
Pusscat - we do get the vaccine free for having a small child and DH and I got it, but it's still only 50% effective...
I just don't like people handling my baby! Lol Also we haven't been in any large groups yet and I wonder about him getting overstimulated?
Oh well guess we will have to suck it up, and nag everyone about washing their hands!
I didn't realise it's not 100%
I also agree Emilia can get overstimulated when there's lots of other babies around and it can be difficult to feed her in those situations. Definitely agree with using a sling to calm things down. It's so lovely seeing her with other babies though, I love it when they look at each other and smile Have you got some groups in mind that you want to go to?
Seaweed - the pterodactyl phase sounds about right. That's exactly what she does. You can see her listening as she squeals and then repeats it It is funny.
Ladies, what would you do:
My best friend came down with the flu last Tuesday (Dec 4). She was supposed to come over yesterday (Dec 10) but I cancelled because I thought it was too close to when she got sick...now she wants us to come to her house this weekend (Dec 15) for dinner. It will have been 11 days after her first symptoms, and everything I have read says you are only contagious 5-7 days after symptoms...
If it were a cold I would think nothing after 11 days, but the flu terrifies me...
Can you rearrange for the weekend after? Not worth going if you're not going to be relaxed because you're stressing about if she's getting germs on your baby! I think you'd be safe to go this weekend though. Just ask her to wash her hands before she holds baby.
If you don't want to rearrange, I would say go and just wash your hands a lot, and ask her not to hold him or perhaps even get close to him. I don't think she'll think you're insane, though. And even if she does think so...you're not.
Edited to add: I definitely would not go if she is still having symptoms.
Emilia has just confirmed she is entering the 12 week growth spurt week. We went to school and she had the biggest meltdown ever! I was sitting in the staff room with her and she was fine when there were just 3 other people in there with us, chatting and smiling away. But then everyone else came in and she suddenly let out the biggest wail Her bottom lip dropped and she cried lots and lots of real tears. Nothing would calm her down and she was so distressed. She was even too upset to feed. Proper stranger fear. It's the first time it's happened - usually she's very smiley and interested in new faces. We just had to come home because northing was working. Even when I did her calm, the moment she caught sight of someone she didn't know she started wailing again. It really effected me and I cried on the drive home. But I know it's a developmental stage they go through. It was really stressful though. We're going back next week for the nativity and trying to think how I can keep her happy. Think I might try the sling.
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