Monday, October 26, 2009

Here comes Santa Claus here comes Santa Claus...

People have been asking us what Jack wants for Christmas. What he really wants is an iphone, a cup of coffee, and a pair of glasses. He's constantly going after those things and if he got all of them in one day, he'd be in heaven.

Really, he doesn't need anything and he'd be happy if you handed him a measuring cup but if you're looking for ideas, here you go. We're not big on toys that have a ton of "extra" stimulation like flashy lights and electronic music. Basically anything that doesn't require batteries is great. Musical instruments like this are wonderful.

There is a store in Round Rock called Baby Earth that I love. They have lots of Haba toys which are lovely. There's another good toy store near 183 & Mopac next to the Container Store... I don't remember the name of it though.

So he'll be almost 9 months old at Christmas and pulling up on things so a pushing toy would be great. I really like this one and it has great reviews.

Or one of these would work too.

I think something like this would be hysterical:

And we could use one of these although this looks good too.

He could use some bath toys too.

And I'm just going to post a few links to some things that would be good.
water blocks
chunky toy
stacking blocks
zoo blocks
bath toys

Personally, I would just like a full nights sleep. Just one night, that is all.


I'm always looking for a hair brush for this kid and I really like this.

And we always need this diaper cream.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Usefull piggy flu info

People are freaking out over this thing. Most of what people are getting is not as bad as the "regular" flu, the reason it's a bigger deal is because it's a new strain of the flu so very few people have built up immunity to it. I read somewhere that roughly 1/3 of the population is going to get it.

I wasn't really worried about it until Jack got put on these meds and his immune system was weakened. If he got it, it could be really bad and would likely land him in the hospital. That's why we've been keeping him away from people. Because even if you're feeling fine, you could still be a carrier. My mom has been the only one really allowed around Jack because she doesn't work and she's had her flu shot. And we're all getting the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it gets here.

Anyways, we're staying held up in the house for the most part. Here is some good info about how to avoid this stuff...

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature,

it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions.
Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent
proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very
simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of
focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's about time

I know, I've been bad about updating the blog. I could tell you about how little sleep I'm getting. Jack is up 3 to 4 times a night to eat, I feel like his personal Vegas buffet, all you can eat and open 24/7. I feed him every 2 hours which means I get about 1.5 hours of sleep at a time, if I'm lucky. It's worse then when he was a newborn. The newborn sleeplessness only lasted 2 weeks, I've stopped counting how long this has gone on.

There are 2 good things though that I keep focusing on. One is that Jack isn't having seizures. We're watching him like a hawk and I jump at every little twitch but so far, he's good. And the other is that I've lost even more weight because I'm making so much milk.

I love that hat by the way. We got it last year when we were in Yosemite.

This week we are finally getting our kitchen floor re-done. We knew when we moved in that we wanted to replace it but we are just now to the point where we can get it done. The kitchen, dining room and entry way are all being ripped up as I type and the concrete is going to be stained.

They were hoping to have it all done by Wednesday but the floor is being particularly difficult to remove so it might not be done until Thursday.

I'll post before and after pictures when it's all done but in the mean time here are a few of how we're living now.