My three year old daughter always had a challenging time fitting into shoes with her wide foot. I bought her a new pair and she complained that they were too tight when she put them on. I told her to wear them for the day to stretch them out. She spent the entire day at preschool and didn’t say another word. She wore them for two days. On the third day I was taking a sock out of the shoe when I noticed something else in there. The shoe packing paper that is in the shoe in there store… yeah, it was still there! Squished at the toe of the shoe but still about an inch thick of hard paper. Definitely not getting the “Mom of the year” award for that one!
My second child was born and instantly latched on. How different this was from my first child!! I was certain this time breastfeeding would be so much easier, the baby knew what to do, and so did I. I was right…up until about the time she was 5 months old. My milk production had been low since about 2 months and my OB had prescribed Reglan. After 3 months of taking it I had to stop because it caused some pretty BAD depression with me. Well along with that my milk almost dried up completely. I could only pump about 3 oz. every 6 hours- NOT enough and my baby was getting very fussy. So I decided to supplement with formula as well. Well, guess what?! This baby is allergic to cow’s milk based formula-something we discovered after trying 3 different kinds. So I tried soy formula. That was wrong for her too. She hated it and then refused to take a bottle at all. We tried having my husband feed her, used 3 different types of bottles, mixed breastmilk in with the formula, tried just breastmilk to get her used to the bottle again, tried juice, but nothing worked! She starved herself for 2 days. All the while I am crying, praying, and begging for help. Finally a lactation consultant told me to take Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle herbs and power pump at the same hour each day for an hour for 3 days. So at noon, for 3 days I would pump 10 mins, massage 10 mins, pump 10, massage 10, and so on for an hour. When this STILL didn’t work I went to an herbal store in town and learned about “Mother’s Milk” tea which you drink 3-5 cups of tea a day. Finally I found something that worked for me! So now we are on baby food, still nursing, and drinking the tea. It costs more than formula but what could I do with such a strong-willed little girl? Oh, and by the way….she is 9 months old and still won’t take a bottle! Stubborn little thing.
When my oldest daughter was a newborn, I was studying for my nursing boards. One night I asked him to give her a bath while I studied. All was quiet and seemed to be going well….or so I thought. The next morning I went to change her diaper and found a dried puddle of breastmilk poop–you know the kind–on the changing table. “Yuck,” I thought, “What happened here?” I asked. He then told me the wonderful story of bathtime the night before. She pooped on the changing table, then again in the infant tub, and again on the towel. I found the towel full of poop right after he told me the story. I just had to shake my head and laugh. Poor thing, he was trying his best. Although the changing pad cover and towel were badly stained 4-ever, my daughter survived!
One day I was at home and Madison (2 yr old daughter) and I shared a bedroom. Well, I was sitting on the couch and she was playing in our room. All of a sudden she got real quiet so I figured she must be up to something. I went into my room and she had gotten into her baby powder and it was ALL over the bed, all in the floor, all in her hair, her face, clothes, EVERYWHERE! She just stared at me like, “What, Mom?” and all I could do was laugh at her. I ran and got my camera and took pictures of all the lovely baby powder everywhere! Well, just look at it this way, it was the lavender smelling powder and at least it could drown out the stinky diaper smells if there were any!