Sunday, February 28, 2010
Shortly after that, we made our way to the Motherland Midwifery potluck. Wow. So many babies! Super cute, but also more stimulation than we're used to as of late - perhaps more for mama and papa than Anjali. We brought our camera but forgot to take pictures. Anjali slept through most of the potluck, save for a good feeding. But there were so many nice people that we met, and it was great to know there is such a strong community of homebirth families. The food was yummy too. Too bad we had to leave early because papa had a gig at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Although Anjali seems to enjoy car rides, when we left the party and got into the car, she was not happy and started to cry. It breaks mama and papa's heart to hear her cry, especially the ones that sound a bit like a little lamb--a kind of quivering tone. We call it the "lammy" cry and we try to avoid it. You can see some pics of her crying below. We considered stopping to feed her, but when we pulled over, Anjali was already sleeping in all her cuteness....
Saturday, February 27, 2010
And we're back: Interruptions always seem to take place after I type in one or two sentences of a post.
Easycare wrap we purchased is made in Austria and Jeremy and I learned the Front Wrap Cross Carry that we were using yesterday and this morning. We love it! Anjali rests peacefully as long as you are moving around and the fabric weave is beautiful, soft, and grippy. I love the sophisticated colors. We also ordered a Girasol in the colorway of blues and greens called Blue Lagoon. Girasol is a German company (baby wearing is very popular in Europe) but the wrap is woven in Guatemala. Unfortunately, the wintry weather patterns of the world have delayed the arrival of that wrap. I think Jeremy will end up wearing that one more, but we'll see. Wearing her allows us to get into the kitchen, do some stuff around the house, and rock her to sleep all at the same time. Veteran mamas even breastfeed in the wrap but that is a technique I am aspiring to. However, as soon as I hold still, to get on the computer for example, she wakes up and has needs that must be attended to.
Friday, February 26, 2010
It seems that Fuzzy, our cat, continues to warm up to the idea that a new bundle of cuteness (cuter than him, but don't let him know I said that) has arrived for good. In the video below, however, Fuzzy is clearly vying for Madhavi's attention with the utmost care and focus. Anjali is in a familiar and favored position in the video...The position that has earned her the nickname "Munchee-Munchee." Of course I was using the video function on our digital camera which, now I know, makes a lot of zooming in and out noise (I have yet to find time to figure out how to properly convert video from out our new hi-tech HD video camera!).
Anjali and I spent the early hours of light on this snowy morning singing a few songs...Well, mostly me singing and Anjali listening. This afforded Madhavi with a few extra Z's. I like to sing Three Little Birds and Blackbird--some kind of bird theme.
Today was laundry day which falls just about every other day. It's safe to say that we need more socks for our daughter. Have you seen how tiny those things are? I don't know how many went into the wash, but only three came out. Thankfully Madhavi ordered more.
Today was also a bathing day. Of course our first attempt in the Primo eurobath we had bought was not the greatest. Clearly, though it says it's for zero to toddler age, this thing was not meant for a newborn. So, a few days ago Madhavi ordered a different kind--A Prince Lionheart Washpod. For the time being we figured we'd give Anjali a sponge bath...Thus far Anjali does not seem to find bathing soothing as some babies do. The sponge bath doesn't help either, since we just sponge bathed her on some towels on the bed and she is not submerged in water to keep her warm. Of course, what arrived later today but a Prince Lionheart Washpod. It'll be ready for next time. Stay tuned...
There was yet another snowfall last night with some howling winds. We think the snow princess moves her hands around in her sleep and voila - snow! To help Philadelphians everywhere, we put some mitts on her so we may get some better weather soon.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The EC has been going really well. We have gone for days without a soiled diaper (wet ones, yes) until this morning when her mama did not follow her instinct and waited until she cried rather than when she fussed. Fussing when she wakes up or crying or fussing out of nowhere is a cue. She used to give a cry more, but I guess she stopped doing that because we were listening to her cues. Little did I know! We promise to pay more attention, Anjali! She is starting to hold her peeing also at times until she potties. We got through the whole doctor's visit today with the same dry diaper! Here is a picture of her being pottied:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Of course there is lots of music around this house. And while Anjali has not yet started banging on drums or tickling the ivories, she enjoys listening to music in her mama's and papa's arms. She especially enjoys it when they sing to her, as these are the voices she heard most during her journey in the womb for 40 weeks. This weeks top picks:
- In the morning it has become routine for Papa to put on three songs by NRBQ and sing along while dancing: Just Ain't Fair; I Love Her, She Loves Me; Yes, Yes, Yes...
- Frank Zappa: Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
- Every night for bedtime we listen to Jeremy's For Anjali CD.
- Ravi Shankar: Chants of India
- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: So Far
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Anjali was able to lift her head and turn it from one side to the other. She lasted about 10 minutes before she started crying which is more than her mama thought she would last. Her sucking her fists is a sign that she is hungry. Once that starts, our world must go on hold. And right now this occurs almost every hour. I particularly like the first photo composition. Anjali is sleeping on a wool blanket her Nani knit her and she is topped with an organic cotton fleece blanket I made. The faux bois rug is the one in her room.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Anjali had to go to the Pediatrician's office this morning for a well baby visit. There being a ton of ice on our street still, her mama was not thrilled about going and had to sit on a Boppy pillow on the back seat to make it tolerable. It was also Madhavi's first time down the stairs. Anajli was so good. She did not cry at all on the car ride there and back. She was all snuggled up in her JJ Cole Bundle Me and is wearing a hat her Nani (her maternal grandmother) bought for her at Loop. She has matching booties on too. The pediatrician noted that she weighs 7lbs, 7 oz and she checked out very well. We are going to try to have Anjali sleep in her bassinet today instead of with us to see how she does on her own and to let her hypervigilant mama get some sleep. The bassinet is next to her mama so she is very close. So far, it's been an hour and we have heard no complaints.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This morning Anjali used the potty for the first time. Of course most of the time she is wearing her cloth diapers which her Mama and Papa diligently change so as not to have a baby wearing her own pee and poop for very long. And while we are not in the full swing of Elimination Communication (EC), we have been trying here and there to learn Anjali's patterns and cues and to get her to go into a receptacle.
Now, any uninformed reader is certainly saying, "are these people crazy? Potty training their newborn?" Well, let's not confuse potty training with EC. Our goal is to strengthen our bond with Anjali by learning, watching and listening to her cues, as well as giving our own cues, to encourage her need to eliminate. In that process she will strengthen her innate control and her ability to communicate with us, eventually moving toward being diaper-less. This involves things like observing how long after feeding she pees (keep in mind infants can pee something like every 15 minutes or so) and bringing her to a potty to eliminate...Or, regularly "peeing" her right after waking up, typically a need-to-go time. We may cue her with with a "Sssss" sound or run water. The other side of this is learning the expressions, sounds or movements she makes when she has to go, reading those cues and acting on them by either pottying her or at least changing her right after she goes if we miss. Basically, why would we want to let our baby sit in her own pee and poop day after day (who would want that?!) for, say, two years, and then tell her to unlearn all of that to "potty train her?
So, this morning after a half hour of holding her, singing and listening to music, she crashed out. And maybe 15 minutes later she was fidgeting a bit, so I thought I'd try our new "hat" potty (see picture). This is a tiny potty for little butts. I held her above it and made the "ssss" sound, and sure enough she went. While this may not seem like the biggest break through in the world--one time our daughter peed and pooped in a plastic hat--this was clear confirmation that we are not insane for trying this! Plus, it worked again this evening!
Stay tuned for updates in the EC saga...