I’m a bit behind on my blogging because in addition to doing all things mommy to my 5-month old baby girl, Kamea, I’m dealing with my dog’s recently diagnosed Lymphoma status (details here). He’s doing better the past two days, thankfully. His news really hit me hard but I’m getting on top of it. I’m inspired by Kris Carr’s new book, Crazy Sexy Diet, to help Zeus kick this cancer’s ass. (The book rocks! It’s awesome for getting anyone off their tooshie to kick their health into high gear and be super stoked to do it.) And, while walking yesterday, my inspired flame was ignited by listening to L. L. Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” because that’s what I’m going to help Zeus do to that cancer (I’m his mama after all!).
I’m getting more excited about taking Kamea out to different places. I like that she’s seeing different things, smelling different smells, and hearing different sounds. I think the beige walls of our home are getting a bit old – lol. One of our more interesting trips out was last week when we went to a big art fair. I didn’t know what to expect so we took her stroller, packed our ERGO baby carrier, and I donned a nursing tank top.
It ended up being a little hotter than I originally expected. And, the sun was shining very bright. By the time we arrived, parked, and had a bite to eat, Kamea was getting a little fussy. I put her in the ERGO, but she wasn’t super stoked about that either (it’s a great carrier, but not the best fit just yet. I’ve since bought another carrier and practiced with it for over a week now. She is so comfy in it and lasts the longest in it… I’ll blog about it soon when I do a comprehensive post with videos about all of the baby wearing carriers I have – what I like and don’t like, etc.). As I walked along, I thought perhaps I could try nursing her in the ERGO. Without knowing much about it, I pulled the sun cover over her head, did a little shimmy shake, and you can guess the rest. Voila – she nursed! I was so excited, although it only lasted a couple of minutes. I know now that I could’ve made it a little easier if I’d lowered the straps a bit.
As our time started to run short and I was sensing that it was time to go, I found a booth with a local gal selling organic baby clothes. She had a clearance rack and I immediately grabbed a cute onesie with a watermelon on it. The lady’s company is called Tiny Tater Tees and the prints are made using real potatoes… hand carved, hand stamped, and hand made for little ones. Pretty nifty, eh? I love supporting local companies when possible.
I made my purchase and we headed out. All in all, it was kind of a difficult trip. But, I was glad that I had a semi-successful experience nursing in the ERGO. That’s cool.
Back in the 7th month of pregnancy with Kamea, I started having hip pain. It never did let up with the birth of her, in fact, it’s become a little worse. For the most part, it doesn’t hurt too much during the day, except when I get up from a seated position and take the first few steps (ouch!). It hurts the worst when I’m sleeping (which sucks when you’re finally trying to get some much needed sleep!). It’s my left hip and the pain hurts whether I’m lying on my left or right side. If I’m lying on my back, it’s okay, but this mama does a lot of side-lying nursing through the night so I need to be on a side. However, one thing that has really helped at night is using my (Blessed Nest) nursing pillow against my back when I’m lying on my side (I knew I’d get more use from this pillow than just breastfeeding. Love it!). Prior to figuring that out, I used to just keep myself up on my side balancing with my own muscles and I couldn’t really relax. I wonder if this contributed even more to the stress in my hip? But, now that I’m using the pillow (and not just any pillow, it needs to be hearty and be able to stand up to my leaning on it), it’s easier to be relaxed in bed.
So, it was getting really bad. I could barely sleep as pain shot through my hip and down my leg so I finally decided to get help at about 4 months postpartum. I was choosing between physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, seeing my MD, (oh, and I thought about seeing a chiropractor). I opted to try the physical therapy first. I went for about 4 visits so far. It has helped thankfully. It’s not completely better but there is improvement. When I’m there I stretch it, do some exercises, they put a heating pad on it, then put electrical impulse things on it, and they rub the heck out of it.
Fingers crossed it keeps getting better, because I think that I want to get back into the gym after Thanksgiving. I need to get my blood pumping a bit, but with my hip acting up, it’s impossible. I’d also like to do some strength training. Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying our gorgeous Arizona weather and walking with Kamea in a babywearing carrier. We go around the block 2-3 times a day. That’s nothing major, but carrying a 15 pound baby strapped to your body does burn some extra calories and build a little physical endurance.
And while I’m on the topic of complaining about postpartum pain, can I bitch about the postpartum hair shedding? I think I’m officially going to be doing a “comb over” like some balding 50 year old man.
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When we set out to create EcoBabyBuys.com, we had one principle in mind. Our mission was to discover manufacturers that offered non-toxic, eco-friendly and fairly traded baby products. As urban mothers, we thought a little bit of style wouldn’t hurt either…
Our goal is also to alleviate any additional stress that comes with being a busy parent. Not everyone finds the time to address the safety record of a manufacturer or knows where to start to look. We take pride in researching our vendors to meet a strict criteria so that we may provide the best and safest possible products on the market for our children. In fact, our introductory letter to our partners listed the following criteria: Read More »
Just before Kamea’s 4-month birthday, we took her for a wellness visit with her Naturopathic Doctor (read about it here). Until now, she has been seeing an NMD (naturopathic medical doctor) exclusively. We’ve been extremely happy with him and look forward to having him be Kamea’s primary doctor. In fact, in addition to being a pediatrician, he’s a family doctor so he’s my doctor, too. Whenever I have questions or issues with my own health, this doctor knows I’m breastfeeding and is familiar with my family so it makes treating me more convenient and, in my opinion, a bit safer. For instance, he’s more likely to take into consideration my breastfeeding Kamea when he’s treating me with medicine or herbs, if the need should arise.
However, Kamea also sees an allopathic doctor (i.e., a “regular” doctor). She had her first visit with him last week. We used the “4-month well checkup visit” as our first experience with him, officially establishing her as his patient in the event that we need him in the future.
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