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one of my most popular entries has to do with unisom while nursing….it gets numerous hits every day! hundreds total since it was posted actually! (

so i thought this too may be helpful to others!

i am dealing with insomnia (for years),and have a 9 wek old son. i didn’t need ANY assistance with sleeping until he was about 4 weeks old….the first month i still had so many hormones and was just plain non functioning from sheer exhaustion and constant nursing that i easily fell asleep. and since he woke so frequently i was worried about taking anything that wouldn’t allow me to easily wake to his hunger cues.i LOVE the release of oxytocin when i nurse my son-it really does help to relax my body and even still if he is nursing a lot that day i will fall asleep at the drop of a hat during our nursing sessions! lol

but after that first month,i no longer could easily fall asleep,nor stay asleep. it was effecting every aspect of my life. so i looked into melatonin. it is *SAFE* to take while nursing. there is a lot of differing information in the cyber world so you shouldask your own doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure-like i did! ๐Ÿ˜‰ it is wise to wait until your baby is a few weeks old before you take ANYTHING for sleep. the most important factor to remember is it must be a low dose!! i’d suggest nothing over 3mg!! and only one per night(of course!)!! once you go into higher mg you risk your baby feeling some effects as well. you should start with even 1mg at first to see if it will help you,then go up from there but not over 3mg!!

melatonin is naturally produced within your body but some people just don’t have enough. i’d suggest NOT taking it unless you plan to be in bed for at least 5 hours…whether that time is spent resting or sleeping….because i can assure you i’ve not gotten 5 hours of straight sleep in months! ๐Ÿ˜‰


isaak had his 2 month dr visit today to check on his apnea issues and a few other lil things.

well, i was right…yeast infection on his neck.dr says keep using the lamisil once a day and the other rashes are like i thought-contact dermatitis and the stork bite on the back of his head is ok even though it has gotten bigger and bright red.

i guessed right- he is 22 inches(my ds2 was 22 inches at birth! lol). and he weighs 10.8!! so he has gained 4 pounds since birth-not too shabby!! icon_heartbeat.gif he is right about 50%th for weight and only about 25%th for height…short and chunky like mama! icon_mrgreen.gif

his head measures 15—lmfao cause ds2,his head at BIRTH was 15!! yea and VAGINAL birth it was horrific to say the least esp with the epidural that did not work,i’m still not over it!! icon_redface.gif

he got 3 shots and i felt so unsure about agreeing to them….ugh.i declined the hep b at the hospital cause did you know it is to protect against an std and only is good til 13yrs of age(about)so i told them if my kid is having sex before 13yrs he has more to worry about with ME than an std!! lol but todays shot was a combo-hep b was mixed in with polio and one other one…he got 5 vaccines and 3 pokes omg that is just too much for little ones icon_sad.gif it is such a hard choice to make with vaccines nowadays i am so worried. we have so manytough choices tomake as parents nowadays.

while waiting for the shots i had him over my shoulder and he was getting hungry so he started sucking on his forearm and OMG did he give himself the biggest darkest hickey!! lmao. i took a photo with my cell phone…goin to try and figure how to upload it later on…or take another with the digi.

the dr thought his cloth diapers were ‘way cool’. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ i’ve finally gotten confident enough to use cloth outside the home too since they hold so well and we have less leaks with cloth than disposable-even at NIGHT when wearing it for many hours straight!

almost 2 months old 9/25 wearing a small fuzzibunz

erika to daddy: how come you didn’t give isaak your booby today? he wanted your milk!



my sweet erika has turned 16 months old(the 27th)!! and the day before doing so-on august 26th she thought- HEY,i think i’ll walk today!! YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so she beat out lukas by like a day! lol he was 16m when he decided to walk regularly!! jakob was 12m when he took off. funny thing,she already is trying to run!! it’s so awesome,you’d think i wasn’t mom to 3 kids with how cool and giddy it makes me watching her toddle around!!

there’s 2 short vids in this entry of her first steps!! in one of them she is seen signing for ‘more’!! awww

welp,i’ve got us down to only nursing before bed now! i’m ready to quit when she is! if she takes much longer i may make that move though! lol i am so ready for some stronger pain pills.ugh! several times a day she will come up to me and pull up my shirt while speaking and signing milk. but she doesn’t want to nurse,she just wants to be sure they are still there i guess! haha

she is talking up a storm now too! and she is a MONKEY! climbing everything and anything! omg! ya she has given me another 20 grays just this month!! she looooooves to give kisses and play with cars!! she’s still not really into dolls or anything ‘girly’.understandable as she does have 2 older brothers and a mommy that isn’t super girly! but i’ve got a surprise coming for her at christmas!!! sshhh!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

she loves to sing when she hears music,it’s so funny!! she is still anti tv-a good thing!! the boys fight over it enough as it is,i don’t need her in the mix just yet!! lol

when the boys are trying to maim one another on a rough day,she is the calm in the storm.she totally helps ease my stress! altho….now that she is walking this very well may change!!! AAHHHH

she has moved up to size large in her cloth diapers. i was totally ok with this-as it meant i could BUY NEW ONES!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ the great thing about cloth is the re sale value is super on most of the ones we use! she still fits a size 3 for paper dipes tho at night time. but her feet are sooooo close to being in a size 4 shoe!!!

today instead of screaming when she wanted more mamelon(watermelon),she looked at me and signed for more as she said more!! yippee!! lukas gets as excited as i do when he sees her sign! he said mommy mommy let’s call daddy and tell him what erika just did!! hehe




she has 6 teeth now!! ๐Ÿ™‚ slowly but surely!! lol



i got chills watching this video and it moved me to tears! for her giving of herself and for all those poor orphaned children ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i wish i could adopt a houseful!!

this woman is amazing and it is just one more way to prove to the world how truly powerful breastmilk-and the amazing ability of the womans body to produce it-really is!!! not only can a woman grow another person within her womb,but she can also nourish the child on her very own bodys milk for many many MANY months! how amazing is that?!?!

i feel very blessed to have been able to breastfeed my children! i just wish i would have been more sucessful at it with my boys.

JIANGYOU, China (CNN) — A Chinese police officer is being hailed as a hero after taking it upon herself to breast-feed several infants who were separated from their mothers or orphaned by China’s devastating earthquake.

Police officer Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, was feeding nine babies at one point.

Officer Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, the mother of a 6-month-old boy, responded to the call of duty and the instincts of motherhood when the magnitude-7.9 quake struck on May 12.

“I am breast-feeding, so I can feed babies. I didn’t think of it much,” she said. “It is a mother’s reaction and a basic duty as a police officer to help.”

The death toll in the earthquake jumped Thursday to more than 51,000, and more than 29,000 are missing, according to government figures. Thousands of children have been orphaned; many others have mothers who simply can’t feed them.

At one point, Jiang was feeding nine babies.

“Some of the moms were injured; their fathers were dead … five of them were orphans. They’ve gone away to an orphanage now,” she said.

She still feeds two babies, including Zhao Lyuyang, son of a woman who survived the quake but whose breast milk stopped flowing because of the traumatic conditions.

“We walked out of the mountains for a long time. I hadn’t eaten in days when I got here, and my milk was not enough,” said that mother, Zhao Zong Jun. “She saved my baby. I thank her so much. I can’t express how I feel.”

Liu Rong, another mother whose breast milk stopped in the trauma, was awed by Jiang’s kindness.

“I am so touched because she has her own baby, but she fed the disaster babies first,” Liu said. “If she hadn’t fed my son, he wouldn’t have had enough to eat.”

Jiang has became a celebrity, followed by local media and proclaimed on a newspaper front page as “China’s Mother No. 1.”

She’s embarrassed by the fuss.

“I think what I did was normal,” she said. “In a quake zone, many people do things for others. This was a small thing, not worth mentioning.” See the quake zone ยป

There has been a huge outpouring of support from families who want to adopt babies orphaned by the quake. But that process takes time, and there are mouths to feed.

Jiang misses her own son, who’s being cared for through the emergency by in-laws in another town, but she is aware of the new connections she’s made.

“I feel about these kids I fed just like my own. I have a special feeling for them. They are babies in a disaster.”

my baby had her 1 year visit today. she weighs 18 pounds and 4 ounces and is 27 1/2 inches tall! her head is 18 inches-big noggin like her daddy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ she wore socks that were 0-6 months in size today!lol her feet are so stinkin cute and tiny!

the doc didn’t hear her heart murmer anymore!! yippee!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ we talked about her gene simmons tongue and he said so long as it fits in her mouth and doesn’t seem to hinder speech it will be ok. if it seems to cause issues in the future we can revisit the discussion.

she is walking with the fisher price walker lion thingy and has started cruising too!! we are still going strong with breastfeeding!!!! and cloth diapering!! ๐Ÿ™‚ i thought for sure about 6wks ago she was about to wean but i was wrong. she has perm. dropped a daytime feeding though,so we are down to about 4 times a day now.

this girl can EAT!! it is amazing what one little tooth can accomplish! lol grapes,watermelon,canteloupe,meatloaf,mandarin oranges,peaches,pasta salad,mac n cheese,cole slaw-it is endless!!! her fave food seems to be mac n cheese and mandarin oranges right now.

she loves to play at the lego table and with the million leapfrog magnets we have on the inside of the front door. she also really loves the leapfrog learning table,i’m glad we still had this from when lukas was a babe!

she is a babbling brook when it comes to vocals! she hasn’t really added any new words but she tries to mimic everything we say and nearly always gets the voice influction 100% correct!! she tries so very hard to say jakob too!! let’s see….. dada,nana,kitty cat,night night,uh huh,eat,done. she hasn’t picked up on the baby signs as quickly as lukas did. i think partly due to kerry not doing them as much as he should. she of course signs milk and understands several more. she has done eat a few times too and tried to do more but it ends up being a clap! hehe

she is a great baby! very social,yet very intense at the same time. she seems pretty easy going around new ppl but won’t open up right away with them. she also hates having her hands,more so her wrists-touched! it’s weird,she twirls her hands and yanks them away if you try to grab them. BUT if she is the one to initiate the contact it’s acceptable!! haha when she nurses if i lay my arm on her side she reaches back there and yanks it off!!! she is very particular! she is ok if i lay it on her butt or cradle her head tho.

her carseat is STILL on the lowest strap settings-same one as the day she was born! lol

i had her 1 yr photos done on saturday.i HATE waiting for them!they won’t be ready til the 9th. i can’t wait!!

all her birthday party pix are in the smugmug gallery ๐Ÿ™‚ we had a blast!!

my baby girl is 11 months old today!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ i swear she has gotten heavier!! when she is in the infantseat and we take her out to the car,it is obvious she has grown! but i guess it is just in length.

the dr. said she has def. gotten longer(didn’t check since she went today for a sick visit),and he is not concerned about her weight…..only i am! lol

i looked back at my records and on january 9th she was 15 pounds 10 ounces naked…on february 25th she had an unofficial weigh in while fully dressed at 17 poundsย 11 ounces and today march 27th while fully dressed she weighed in at 15 pounds 8 ounces. i was a little freaked out. the dr wasn’t tho. since that 17p weight was never recorded since we weren’t there for a visit-just to drop stuff off- he is going by her january weight and she has only lost 2 ounces since then. so since she is lots more mobile and pulling up and sick he says it is ok. i think it may partly be due to us nursing less and her drinking dairyease 2-3 times a day,it doesn’t have alot of calories. so i asked him about maybe me giving her the toddler next step formula in place of the dairyease so she gets more calories. he said i can do that if i want and he gave me some samples.hopefully she likes it and it is ok on her tummy.

when i was telling him she hasn’t nursed in almost 24hrs he said-well now would be the perfect time to wean her. then he looked at me and i guess my expression said it all! lol he says-well,if you want to!

i don’t think it would be fair to ANY child to be weaned while they are ill.that seems mean to me.

she has about 5 teeth ready to pop out.he guesses her first one to break thru within the next 2-3 days at most.we shall see!! ๐Ÿ™‚

here is a photo from a couple days ago:


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