Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Happiest Baby on the Block

I recently watched The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD that I checked out from our local library.  We’re at the halfway point – 4.5 months to go! – and I’m researching as much as I can about infants.  I know little (okay, next to nothing) about tiny babies, so any help I can get is necessary.  Here’s what I learned from the Dr. Harvey Karp’s video.

The fourth trimester

  • Babies are upset because they’re missing the sensations of the womb
    • Sound – whooshing louder than vaccum cleaner
    • Feeling – tight and cozy

The calming reflex – The five S’s

1.  Swaddling

    • Keeps baby’s arms from accidentally bumping self
    •  Swaddling PLUS another s will calm down (usually not just swaddling on own
    • Use a square blanket to wrap all the way around and tuck in front – Down up down up
2.  Side or stomach
  • Hold baby on side or stomach

3.     Shushing

  • White noise
  • Say “shhhh” loudly in baby’s ear – as loudly as the baby is crying
  • You can also use a white noise machine, hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, or white noise cd

4.     Swinging

  • Jiggling
  • Head needs to be free to move around – don’t hold stiff
  • Shake very gently and in tiny movements (two back and forth movements per second)
  • Milkshake position

  • Feet on ground shoulder width, baby laying in side on your knees, cradle head loosely in hands, wiggle knees
  • Calm baby then put in swing to keep calm:  Swaddle baby – strap baby in swing – shake swing for 10 seconds until baby is calmed, then swing

5.     Sucking

  • Baby can suck on your finger or pacifier
  • To help baby get the hang of a pacifier, play with pacifier in her mouth (almost nudge it out)
  • No pacifier if breastfeeding until well developed\

Helping Your Baby Sleep

  • Don’t just set baby down after doing the S’s – continue swing, swaddle, white noise CD


Updated pregnancy timeline

I must admit… my posting (quality and quantity) has definitely taken a hit over the past few months.  I’ve been so busy in the real world that my blogs have taken a backseat.  I suppose it is what it is.  I’ve never used this blog as a source of revenue, or had a large base of subscribers, so this blog really has been for myself.  I suppose that now that I’m pregnant, I will just use and enjoy it – without stressing about the amount I post!  That being said… I do hope I post more, as I always enjoy looking back and seeing what was going on at any given moment in time.

Here’s the latest on the pregnancy (from the beginning!):

1/27/11 – first day of last period

2/12/11 – possible conception date

2/27/11 – started to get a bit suspicious that I was pregnant

3/6/11 – positive pregnancy test!!

3/17/11 – very slight spotting; went in for bloodwork

3/18/11 – bloodwork came back normal – about 66,000 HCG at 6.5 weeks

3/21/11 – ultrasound – saw heartbeat (145 bpm) and our grain-of-rice baby!  also saw a second sac (irregularly shaped and completely empty)

3/25/11 – told my parents by putting a bun in the oven and asking my mom to check on something I had in the oven — I’ve never heard her scream so loud!

3/27/11 – told Paul’s parents by sending an e-mail with the ultrasound picture and calling to ask them for input on some “doctor’s results”

4/14/11 – doctor’s appointment – heard heartbeat (about 11 weeks along)

4/15/11 – told everyone at work the good news

mid- to late April – the tiniest baby bump has appeared (though I can’t rule out bloating…)

4/30/11 – made it through the first trimester!

5/8/11 – my first mother’s day

5/12/11 – quick and painless doctor’s appointment – heard heartbeat again (phew!)

6/3/11 – felt first kick (around 18 weeks)

6/9/11 – ultrasound confirms that IT’S A GIRL!  (I had a slight inclination toward this, and the Chinese Gender Calculator predicted it too – we conceived in January when I was 27)

6/11/11 – we announced that it’s a girl to our families (via pink cake!)

week of 6/12 – I’ve turned the corner from looking chubby to looking pregnant

Other notes:

  • I still get physically sick from either salad or raw carrots (or both, I’m not sure) – even at almost 20 weeks now.  I’ve thrown up less than five times during this pregnancy, and all times were after eating salad/carrots.  You’d think I’d learn my lesson!
  • I’ve had very few cravings.  The first trimester I devoured cheese in any way, shape or form.  Cream cheese, sliced cheese, shredded cheese, melted cheese, cottage cheese… you name it, I ate it.  Last night was the first night we went out specially for one of my cravings – though now I’ve switched away from cheese.  At this particular moment the craving was for Zanzibar chocolate ice cream (I settled for regular chocolate ice cream and Chips Ahoy cookies).
  • I’ve definitely gotten the “nesting” bug.  We’re turning the office into a nursery and redecorating the bedroom.  I’ve also started an organization/cleaning system for our home (which I’ve actually stuck with for over a month!).  I’ll post about this soon… but in case I don’t, it’s based on the methods of