Well my 15 minutes of fame is up I suspect. Yes, I think this little article will be my shot at "fame." One of the first blog postings I put up on this wonderful blog of mine was dedicated to an awesome site called TotSpot. Seeing as how I was one of the 1000's of subscribers to join TotSpot, the NY Times journalist CAMILLE SWEENEY and I had a 20 minute chat about my experiences with TotSpot and social networking for babies.
For the 20' minutes we spoke about my experiences about motherhood and using the Internet to connect with other moms and other family members out of province. We spoke about what I had hoped to get out of TotSpot and I had mentioned to her that it will be neat for him to see this virtual timeline along with pictures and journal entries versus a regular baby book that my not include pictures of him at 3 weeks, 6 weeks and older. She also posed the question, "was this his first introduction to the online world?" And yeah, this is like us making a mark for him on the Internet, I had never considered that before.
Many thanks go out to Michael Broukhim, the creator of TotSpot. He's been an wonderful person to have come in contact with. When I had an issue with TotSpot, not only did he contact me personally, he solved my problem amazingly fast. In fact his whole team are very friendly and are more than willing to help.
Interestingly enough the article lists our location as Winnipeg, Ontario and we live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. But my son's name is in the NY Times, how cool is that??? He's also not quite 7 months old, but closer to 6 months, but who's counting? Oh and my husband who was reading over the article noticed she listed me as Ms. Carrasco instead of Mrs. Carrasco, So I guess I'm single for eternity in the eyes of the Times LOL
But none of this would have been possible without the power of Twitter, seriously twitter rocks!!! If not for Twitter my husband would have never seen a tweet from Michael in regards to the NY Times article! Woo hoo for Twitter!
But my Son's name is in the NY Times, how cool is that-oops! did I say that already???
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P.S.-I got a little hyperlink happy in this one LOL
Here is a posting (from BabyCenter.ca) from when Dominic was 6 weeks old, so for all of you parents who think, Oh MY GOD I can't do this anymore, I promise you, you can. I'm proud to say that I'm still breastfeeding 6 months later:
I think I've reached my breaking point. I have been EBF since the beginning and I realize that he's just never going to sleep longer then 3 hours tops.. right now it's 1.5 hrs and max 2 but he's super fussy while he sleeps..I know this is his growth spurt but i can't take it anymore.
I went and bought formula but I can't bare to give it to him. (for all you mom's who are giving formula I'm not saying it's bad at all. Most of you are doing it for some reason or another that has to do with what's best for your child) I'm thinking of giving up BF'ing because it may be what's best for me.
This past week has been really tough with Dom still being sick (still no fever, no cough and his mucous is still clear/white) He was doing so well in his crib but now won't go in it longer then 10 mins.. I understand it's cause he's sick and wants to be close to mom but I'm going to lose it.
Today was esp tough as he was waking every 45 mins and it was taking me an hour and a bit to get him to sleep only to have him wake up and feed again for another 30-40 mins (usually 10-20 mins does it) so i started to question my milk supply.. got DH to buy Fenugreek and blessed thistle.. took some tonight to see if it will up my milk supply.
But my reason for giving it up or atleast supplementing with formula is purely selfish.. I can't do this 1.5 hrs anymore... I'm sooo tired.. I'm over tired and he's so darn fussy when he sleeps that even if he's in bed I don't really sleep. SO i bought some cans of Enfamil... I wanted to get the gentle ease but they only have a big can and it was 30$ so I decided to wait to see if he'll even like it.
Someone once said that if you can make it 6 weeks bf'ing you can do it.. We'll he's 6 weeks today and today has been one of my worst days. I"m so flipping tired i don't even want to go to bed, because what's the flipping point he'll wake up as soon as i put my head down. I'm so sick of him sleeping on me or beside me and still fussing.. I JUST WANT SOME SLEEP. I just don’t think i can do this for much longer. I makes me resent him and i hate that because i know he's just hungry. He won't take the soother because he's stuffed. so he just wants to suck on me and i'm tired of it.
Well ladies, I'm very happy to report that i never gave up breastfeeding, because as they start to sleep longer it was easier for me to offer the breast. It took until he was three months old for him to sleep longer then 3 hours at at time. I promise you that every mom feels lost at one point. This post received so much support from the women on the message boards that i actually cried when i read it. The first 6 weeks are the hardest but the first three months aren't easy either. After three months it got A LOT easier..
Some words of encouragement, not everyone breastfeeds. There are women out there who are fabulous mommies who for some reason or another could not breastfeed, please take that into consideration.
My husband was reading this post saying "oh I remember that," I said "oh do you?!" and he realized that as bad as it was for him it was worse for us.
If you can breastfeed and are managing to produce enough milk, know that I'm right there with you, frustrated with the latch, the no sleep and the constant feeding, it WILL get better.
If anyone needs support or has questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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"some of the info on sleep is useful, but the author's style is terrible, disorganized and he's been known to cause anxiety attacks in a few mothers (including me) because he makes you believe that if you screw up teaching your child to sleep, they are going to be scarred for life! he has all these strict rules about sleep and all these crazy warnings about what not to do, his approach is way too systematic and babies are not robots, I'm sorry" (Daniela)
1. The pictures are AMAZING, especially in the early going when the whole pregnancy seems unreal. You know you are pregnant and yet you don't look it or feel it (other than being tired I didn't have any other symptoms). So the pictures made it seem more real and I felt like I had a window into what was going on inside me. 2. It doesn't just say "this may happen to you" or "you may experience this", it explains WHY our bodies do what they do, respond how the do. I always want to know why something happens or how something happens. 3. The descriptions of what is developing when and how are great. It's not exactly week - by - week, it's more like a few weeks at a time, but the information is fantastic. 4. They cover every topic I was even slightly curious about, with good, clear information.
It's a really great book. She's a children's rights advocate and the book is big on being sensitive to the child's needs, thinking about things from their perspective, etc. It's kind of attachment parenting, but unlike the Sears books, it doesn't make you feel guilty for not co-sleeping or wearing your baby all the time. It's a very balanced approach with lots of practical daily care info as well. However, it's written in a very narrative style, so if you're not a big reader it might be a little annoying/daunting to get through it and find the information you need.
definitely the best book I bought on pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care; his style is very sensible and definitely not preachy like the baby whisperer and healthy sleep habits