I’m on Spring Break: Weekend Recap

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2012

Our first weekend of Spring Break wasn’t anything special, but it was nice to have a change of pace and get out of our normal routine a bit.  I’m SOOOO excited for a week of less work and less structure {yes, I can’t believe I said that either!}

Here are a few of the highlights from this weekend.

Nora had her 4-month doctor’s appointment on Friday… and she got 2 more shots. However, we did get a prescription that should help with the acid reflux we THINK is causing all her crying and irritability.

Let’s hope it works!

She was a trooper and only screamed for a few minutes after the shots — however, the nurses did say that they’ve never heard a baby scream THAT loud!

I also got a very special package in the mail… my t-shirt quilt!!! 

Doesn’t it look amazing!

I decluttered my t-shirt drawer a couple weeks ago and sent in 12 of my favorite tees to Maiden Jane. She quickly transformed them into this lovely quilt — SOOO much better than a drawer stuffed full of t-shirts I never wear anymore.

 

I also sent along an old tie-dye t-shirt and some ribbon scraps that she used to make this fantastic taggie blanket for Nora!

Um yeah… she LOVES her new “chew toy”!

Let’s just say Nora did NOT want to give up her new blanket!

You can see more of the lovely Maiden Jane creations over at her Etsy shop… such cute stuff!

 

On Saturday, we got a 10-yard dumpster delivered and started some SERIOUS yard work.

Well, I should say DAVE started on some serious yard work. I was inside snuggling with Nora because she came down with a little cold Friday evening and her nose was so stuffed up that she couldn’t breathe well unless she was upright. I spent several hours in the middle of the night and during the day on Saturday holding her so she could sleep. Poor thing, I wish I could just help her blow her nose!

Dave’s parents also came over for a bit and helped us move our “new-to-us” fridge inside {our old one finally died}. I can’t believe how much MORE space a “regular” fridge has versus a side-by-side fridge! I’ve never been a huge fan of the side-by-side units, but this just confirms that I will never ever buy a side-by-side fridge!

We’re still using a thermometer inside for a few days… just to make sure we don’t have any temperature problems with this fridge!

We’ve been trying to feed Nora rice cereal for a couple weeks now… but she’s still not very interested. I tried making it really watery but then she just drooled it all over the place; so then I tried thickening it up a bit and she didn’t like that either {she kept making a gagging reflex}

We’ll keep trying 🙂

 

Sunday morning always starts off with cinnamon rolls!

And over all, it was a pretty low-key day. We were busy with church stuff in the morning but had a relaxing afternoon with a nice long nap {Nora will take naps if I let her sleep on me!}

We went for a walk in the afternoon and pretty much just enjoyed our day of rest.

Nora seemed to be feeling better by Sunday evening, but she’s still waking up several times every night {she was only waking up once before her cold} so I’m definitely glad to have a low-key week ahead. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on some sleep!

We have an exciting week of no real obligations ahead {yay!} and I can’t wait to share some of the organizing projects I’m hoping to tackle!

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27 comments

  1. L.

    04/11/2012

    is there somewhere that I can buy used (or replacement) fridge shelves? My freezer has no shelf so it is hard to putt food in it!

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  2. Krista

    04/03/2012

    Regarding the rice cereal. My daughter HATED it. Would never ever eat it, just spit it out or turned her head. When we tried a different cereal, she ate like a champ. Apparently I was the same way. My mother says I refused rice cereal, and I still don’t like or eat rice to this day. My son on the other hand LOVED his rice cereal and was not a big fan of the others. If your peditrician says it’s ok, you might just try a different first food and see if that helps. I have heard pears are good or perhaps the baby oatmeal or something. Worked for both of mine.

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  3. Natalie

    04/03/2012

    We use the little nose saline and the baby comfort nose. It’s like the nosefrida but doesnt’ require you to buy a bunch of filters. You use tissues as the filter. My daughter has allergies so we have to do this daily and she doesn’t mind it!

    About food…we did the Baby Led weaning and it seemed to go well since we waited until she was showing signs of being interested in foods before we started giving her solids. Just an idea for you to check out. There is lots of info on it online.

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  4. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    04/03/2012

    I love the t-shirt quilt idea! I was just looking through my t-shirt drawer thinking that I’ve got to get rid of some of these – I may have to have them made into a quilt instead! Thanks 🙂 And Nora is adorable!!

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  5. Rachel

    04/02/2012

    I really enjoy your blog.
    Regarding acid reflux: Two of my children developed acid reflux. Their stomachs churned and they “spit up” a lot. I was exclusively breastfeeding. Before giving them medication, I changed my diet and got rid of the acid reflux. I had to experiment a little to find what was causing the reflux. For one child it was wheat and the other dairy. It can be caused by some vegetables, dairy, wheat, sugar. Also I was able to reintroduce the offending food after a few weeks. I think some newborns’ digestive systems are more immature. Massage, chiropractic adjustments, can help.

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    Lisa Reply:

    Yep – Those were the things I was thinking too.

    🙂
    Lisa

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  6. Crystal @ Blissful Homemaking

    04/02/2012

    I LOVE the t-shirt quilt idea. I am going to look into that. Your baby is just so precious also. 🙂

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  7. Kathy

    04/02/2012

    I just came across your blog yesterday and got reading about your weeks work from home before your beautiful baby was born. I was giggling inside (no disrespect of course) reading your post about working when your baby was home….. We all think that you have all this time because a small baby just lies there googing and cooing….it is a big shock when they are tiny and having a shower and doing your hair is a big achievement in the early weeks. I’m so pleased to see you enjoying her time…..I will definately be reading your organizing blog as I love that stuff as well. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  8. Jen @ BigBinder

    04/02/2012

    I’m sorry to hear Nora isn’t feeling well, especially during vaccinations 🙁 I am glad to see that quilt though – I have been saving my son’s t-shirts from different stages in his life with the intent on making him a quilt someday, but who am I kidding? I don’t even have a sewing machine! Now I know where to get one made; thanks!

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  9. Lisa

    04/02/2012

    Andrea –

    I have been wanting to post this, but felt nervous. I don’t want to be “that” mom.

    Nora’s crying, cold after her vaccination sounds just like my kids. You might want to read my blog, or give me a call. 🙂

    I would defiantly switch her formula. Our son was an Alumentum and our daughter used Carnation Good Start.

    🙂
    Lisa

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  10. jodimichelle

    04/02/2012

    I love the quilt!! What a great idea.

    <3

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  11. Kim

    04/02/2012

    The failure of my entire motherhood experience was that in 21 years I never was able to teach one of my two daughters how to blow her nose. Go figure. Just thought that might give you a chuckle. Update: somewhere in the last 5 years she finally taught herself.
    Also, I HATED helping hold down my children while they got shots. They looked at me like, why are you helping them hurt me?
    ENJOY your Spring Break!!!!!

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  12. Sarah @ Sarah's Deals

    04/02/2012

    What a great idea for the quilt! If I knew how to use the sewing machine I’ve had for over 3 years now I’d try it myself, but maybe I’ll check out that shop instead 😉

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  13. Katie

    04/02/2012

    Your quilt looks great! I think that is such a neat way to keep the memories of all those great t-shirt type events without the clutter of the never to be worn shirts. Fun!

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  14. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    04/02/2012

    I LOVE the quilt! Looks like a great way to “unstuff” our t-shirt drawers…:-). Hubby’s t-shirt drawer, that is …..

    On the nose thing, baby saline squirters work great. And if she continues to be irritable I’d be happy to talk about it. The #1 problem is typically dairy in the diet.

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  15. Wendy (The Local Cook)

    04/02/2012

    I’m childfree so I have no advice on the stuffy nose, but thank you so much for sharing the Etsy shop! I love the t shirt quilt idea and am also going to share the chew toy idea with my sister, who has a 6 month old.

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  16. Eve

    04/02/2012

    We used locust tree gum or carob bean gum for our baby’s spitups. It thickens the formula milk and helps to keep it in the stomach. It does not ad flavour or calories and is safe for baby. Just a tiny bit, not even half a teasppon, mixed through the ready mixed milk. Miing is just about trying. Here in the Netherlends we have formula that has it already mixed in. It was a lifesaver for our little bean : )

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  17. Leigh

    04/02/2012

    Saline, but skip the bulb syringe and get a Nosefrieda. It seems like a lot spend on something that sucks shop, but it fits on much better, does not stick up their nose and get so much out so easily. Whole Foods usually has them or online. Wish I had had one with my first.

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    Holli Reply:

    I agree, the Nosefrida is a lifesaver along with saline spray. I also let her sleep in her Newborn Rock n Play Sleeper (Dr recommended inclined sleeping), which I HIGHLY recommend. Friends of ours loved it for their babies w/ reflux and we have used it for congestion, so it sounds like Nora could really benefit from it. You can find them on Craigslist for ~$35. Our 8 1/2 mos old still uses it!

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    Cheyenne Reply:

    I’ve heard really good things about a Nosefrieda. Makes me gag a little to think of it. But I guess you and your little one are better off sleeping as much as possible, even if the thought is a little yucky, eh?

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    Leigh Reply:

    It does have a filter so nothing will make it up to you. And frankly kids are so leaky that I have just gotten over it.

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  18. Renee

    04/02/2012

    I agree with the saline and the bulb syringe! I just heard to put Vicks on the bottoms of children’s feet with a pair of socks to help. I’m not sure if Nora is too young for that. Apparently, the Vicks absorbs into the system better that way. I also wanted to mention a chiropractor for the acid reflux. I’ve seen much success with that over the years with children I care for and my own kids.
    Have a wonderful spring break.

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  19. Ivy

    04/02/2012

    I second R’s advise. Little noses saline drops are the best. you could also try rolling a few towels up and putting them under her mattress between the mattress and the frame. To kind of give it and angle so she isn’t laying flat.

    Hope she feels better soon!

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  20. R

    04/02/2012

    I always felt bad for my babies when they were stuffed-up! To help with stuffy noses,I found that saline drops (1-2 in each nostril), wait a minute and then using one of those bulbs for sucking things out really helped. My kids never loved it while I was doing it, but they were much happier after 🙂 They can’t blow their noses, but the bulb does basically the same thing.

    Sorry for the unsolicited advice, I just know how sorry we all feel for babies when they are not well 🙂

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    Ann Reply:

    I second the nasal aspirator. Horrible while you do it but it is like blowing their nose for them and makes them breathe easier.

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    Julie Reply:

    I third the recommendation, not that you asked…but….

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  21. Chris

    04/02/2012

    RE: Babies crying a lot. I didn’t deal with this problem but personally but have friends that did.
    Their doctors have told the mothers to stop milk products, b/c there is something in there, that their babies reacted badly to, since they were nursing. Enjoy your break!

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