Thursday, August 25, 2005

Disciplining a two month old!

I just finished reading my daughter's post about how Sierra threw a temper tantrum in the store. All I can say is: "It's pay back time!" It seems Sierra takes after her mother! You can read all about it here: I think it's hilarious!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Why do they always have to learn the hard way?

My daughter thought Sierra was colicky so she bought some gripe water (didn't do much) and she also bought some Ovol (we think this helped a lot). But, if I told her once, I told her many times, that she has to watch what she eats as long as she's breast feeding. Sierra spent quite a few days when she would just cry, cry, cry and nothing anyone did seemed to soothe her. On the weekend, my daughter confessed that she had been eating raisin bran for breakfast. She cut out milk products from her diet, stopped eating raisin bran for brekkie & also started giving Sierra Ovol and now Sierra is a happy baby again.

I have to back track here. We think that my daughter is lactose intolerant but not to the extent that it would make her ill from eating and drinking milk products. She just always seemed to have a lot of gas and we nicknamed her motorboat. My husband is definitely lactose intolerant and has pretty much cut milk products out of his diet. He developed this intolerance over the last few years.

But, tell me, why is it that children never want to listen to their parents and always have to learn the hard way? I must admit that I didn't always listen to my parents either and yes, sometimes I had to learn the hard way too. Other times, I was right and my parents were wrong, but the older I became the more I realized that my parents had a lot more life experiences to learn from than I had, so eventually I did listen and learned from them.
We now realize that some of the things we did years ago, are now frowned upon by the medical profession as they have learned so much more about the human body. But, when it comes to bringing up baby, young mothers today can learn a lot from their mothers, aunts, grand parents etc. Most mothers develop a "mother's instinct" but sometimes they just need an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on and maybe just a few words of advice. Keeping in mind, of course, that what works for one child may not neccessarily work for another child. But it never hurts to try.

So, to all you new mothers out there, listen to your Mom! She probably did a pretty good job in raising you with about 1/2 the resources available to her that are now available to you. I am amazed at the wealth of information the government has for new parents, not to mention the wealth of information available over the internet. I have a nursing background and spent 4 years working in a new born nursery before I had children. I learned a lot about newborns in those 4 years and had no qualms whatsoever bringing my children home from the hospital, but I have to admit that I sometimes called my Mom up to ask for her advice.

Monday, August 15, 2005

A recent picture of Sierra in her favourite sleeping position Posted by Picasa

Sierra Nicole - age 1 day Posted by Picasa

I'm an Oma!!

I was at work on Wed. June 8th when my daughter called to tell me that her water had broke and she was on her way to the hospital. Little did I know at the time, that my world would change forever that night. It never even dawned on me that this meant that my daughter would be having a baby! DUH!! What was I thinking? I think I was in a state of shock as her baby was not due for at least another month!
About a half hour later, my son-in-law called to tell me that my daughter was in active labour but that we would be in for a long night.
I finished work at 8:00 p.m., dropped in at my hubby's work to give him the news but he didn't want to go with me, I then stopped in at Tim Horton's & got an ice cap and drove to the hospital. I arrived there at 9:15 p.m. and my daughter was in labour.
I won't bore you with all the details, but at 11:15 p.m. I became the proud Oma of a beautiful baby girl - Sierra Nicole, 5 lbs., 18.5 inches long with light brown hair. (So much for the long night)!
Mommy and Daddy were ecstatic and I was over the moon with joy! I rushed to the phone & left a message for my hubby who was still at work. I stayed long enough to see Sierra and my daughter get settled in their room & then went home.
The next day, both my hubby & I went to visit them and we got to hold our little bundle of joy.
I can now add June 8, 2005 as one of the happiest days of my life and becoming a grandmother ranks right up there with getting married (July 15/72) becoming a mother (July 10/75 & Sep. 13/77)as the pinnacle of happiness. Life just doesn't get any better than this!