Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Heavenly Gripe

When we took my colicky baby to his pedia during his last visit for a vaccine shot, she recommended gripe water. What the heck is that?!

According to wikipedia, gripe water is - a herbal home remedy for babies with colic, gas, teething pain or other stomach ailments. Its chief active ingredients are ginger, dill and fennel. It is a product which may help to relieve the painful symptoms associated with infant colic.
I had second thoughts on giving supplemental water. I really did want to exclusively breastfeed for as long as I could but after a few more days of colic attacks, (my gosh, kakaawa talaga my son with him turning red, his eyes in agony, clenched fists & hard body) I finally brought myself to purchase 6 bottles of Woodward's Gripe Water from the Assad Mini Mart on Jupiter St. Makati. Each 130ml bottle costs P60 (n0t bad if it could ease him of all that pain).

As soon as I got home, my son started fussing and while I was calming him, bouncing on the stability ball, I asked my maid to take one bottle out and pour 2oz (this was the dosage given by the doc) into a bottle which I fed to him. Right away he began farting, long and loud. I was so happy! Then I studied the bottle and to my dismay, it read that I should only give him 1 teaspoon about 4x a day!!! I know I should've read that bottle before even opening it!!! AIYA! Tsk Tsk Tsk....;(

Paranoid-mummy-me contacted my pedia to ask if the overdosage would do him serious harm. I swear, I was ready to drive him to the hospital! Apparently, the dosage she gave was for another gripe water brand, bummer :P She assured me though that since gripe water is only made out of fennel seeds, the most harm he will get is soft stools for awhile (more like liquid stools since he has soft stools as is). So phew, right? But I really did feel like such a bad mum at that moment. :_(

There goes my first-hand experience with gripe water --- as I type this entry, I look to my left where my precious baby is sleeping peacefully, a very rare scene prior to the magical gripe! I totally recommend to give as life saver gifts in baby showers...truly heaven-sent!

Notes from 11-15-2014: I partially vaccinated Santi but I have chosen not to at all with Maya.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

When Cows Let Go.

I am chained to my 1 month old son because I exclusively breastfeed him. Therefore, I am officially his cow. He milks me anytime od the day. Not only that, he is a high-need baby; wanting me close to him all the time. In the middle of my showers & lunches, I hear him wail for me. Being the soft-hearted mum, I rush to his aid, dropping whatever I am doing. This feels natural to me. My mum instincts tell me that this is just right.

But I also have to be practical - I can't be with him 24/7 forever. (Oh my poor baby!) I also have to nurture myself and my relationship with my partner. I should be able to balance my time and energy on being a mother & a wife. Since my son was born, I have not left his side. I also haven't had some alone time with myself (aside from showering) and my partner. Aiya!

So, I finally decided to open the box in my closet containing the Avent Isis Manual Pump to learn how to express and store breastmilk. I figured that I can leave my son for a few hours with my parents when I'd want a dinner and movie date someday.

This morning I fed my little one 3oz of pumped breastmilk from an Avent bottle. I don't know why but I suddenly felt a tinge of jealousy as he greedily finished every drop of milk from that bottle instead of my breast. No nipple confusion whatsoever by the way :P It just felt so wrong holding that bottle and feeding him from it when he can just feed directly from me...the 'real food source'.

To my surprise, my friend Dee sent me a text message this afternoon saying she feels good when Ben feeds from her because she (also) got jealous from her 2 month old's new discovery - his thumb! (A few days ago, Ben started thumb-sucking which she caught on video and a few photos. I thought it looked so cute!)

We both agreed that this is a start of letting go. Our babies are so young yet they are already starting their path to real independence. I can't help but refer to the piece by Kahlil Gibran on children & parenting below:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
I am a cow... and I have to slowly let go.

Edited -

Take note that I was not able to give Santi the bottle with my breastmilk for more than just maybe 2-3 times during the whole duration of his breastfeeding career. I found it much more challenging to pump than breastfeed directly. No judgement whatsoever to other moms.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What's Your Baby Type?

I really do believe that babies are born into this world with a predisposed character type. Yes, the environment also plays a part into his or her character formation but genetics/nature and, god forbid, his soul from the past life re-imerges into your newborn's attitude.

Take for instance my son - for the first 2 weeks he was a textbook baby. He would just eat & sleep. Yes, he would cry but only because he was hungry and when I met that demand, he would snooze instantly. Then came the 3rd week of his life when he started getting gassy and fussy and would cry and even shriek as if in pain. When I looked it up in my baby books, they say that this is the time wherein they 'wake up' and head towards the adaptive stage of crying, fussing, etc ... from overstimultaion, to overfeeding, to over-everything. It seems as if they are on shock-mode from the adjustment of womb to life outside the womb.

I know all babies are different. My friend's baby never really cried as loud as mine or screamed immediately after waking from a nap (believe me, mine does all the time even in his dreams!). This made me do some researching (what's new :P) and looky at what I found here

So, what's your baby type? I think I have a cross between an active&fussy baby and yes, a colicky one too... I don't mind at all. I love him no matter what. My Santi was born into this world knowing what he wants in life. He demands his milk, attention and my love. That's my boy!

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