Tuesday, November 19, 2013


We just got in from California early Sunday morning. I loved visiting with my family and friends, but noticed it took a toll on Matthew. My baby who was scheduled here at home no longer had a schedule. So, we made the best of the situation and I actually learned a few things.

  1. His morning nap that usually lasts for only an hour? Ya, he's still tired and will go back to sleep with some snuggling.
  2. He's ready to be awake more, but still gets tired super easily so once he starts fussing, yawning, and rubbing his eyes...put the baby down!
  3. He has the capacity to go 7 hours overnight between feedings (but only slept 5 of those hours). Not sure why he won't sleep more then.
  4. No matter what, the kid loves his baths.
  5. When traveling, make sure to throw in a couple of days where he has some down time and don't leave the house.
  6. He'll sleep on a red-eye flight, but I will barely get any.
  7. Baby wearing on a plane is the best idea ever. He sleeps and I have my hands free!
  8. My mom is an awesome grandma. I miss her so much already.
  9. Don't argue with your husband when you're 3,000 miles apart. No good can come from it.
  10. Meeting up with friends who have kids is awesome. I wish we were closer.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chiropractic Care for Infants

When I posted this picture a couple of days ago on my facebook account, I had no idea what controversy it would cause. I captioned it with...

Matthew gets regular adjustments from Dr. D!
Yes, that is my wonderful chiropractor adjusting my three month old son.

From there on out, it seemed like a war took place (by just a few people) in my comments. These comments ranged from telling me that it's dangerous to linking something about how an infant died from cranial-sacral therapy (which my son has also had done) to how if he had issues, then a pediatrician would send him to a physical therapist to really fix the problem and chiropractors can't do that. Of course, this is the condensed version in a nut-shell, but you get the point.

I would like to put it out there that the reason I get my son adjusted is for his overall well-being. Chiropractic care has helped me in SO many ways even when regular doctors couldn't. My husband has even seen how much good it has done for our family and is on board 100%. 

My chiropractor is certified in pediatric care and my pediatrician agrees with us taking him in and has encouraged us to do so! Babies are not adjusted the same way as adults. In fact, she uses light pressure to adjust him and as you can see in the picture, he has really become comfortable with it and loves seeing his Dr. D.

For us, chiropractic care is worth it and not something that's "weird." I still see regular doctors and take Matthew for his check ups and call the pediatrician when needed, but when I was pregnant, we made a decision to take him to get adjusted regularly and he has since birth. It is so much more than people who aren't used to it think, but it's so hurtful to be under attack just because they don't understand and haven't experienced it for themselves.

If anyone knows me, they would know that I do my research and would never choose to do something that would be dangerous for my family. I know the benefits that my family has seen from chiropractic care and even though there are nay-sayers out there who disagree, we will continue to take him along with me to get his adjustments.

Monday, November 4, 2013


This last weekend was so great for me and our little family. We had a much needed weekend away, in a sense, and came back feeling refreshed and rejuvinated.

It was nothing special, in fact, it was set up so I could work. I agreed to make custom curtains for my brother and sister-in-law's new house. I started them when I was eight and a half months pregnant and was put on bed rest before they could be completed. Yes, they've been waiting on these things forever, but have been super supportive. So, when they offered to have us come down and bring the baby so I could get some work done and have plenty of people around to help with Matthew, it was a no-brainer. 

We got there Friday afternoon and I got in a good three hours before dinner. If you've ever made lined curtains with back tabs, you know how much work goes into them...a lot. Saturday, I started around 9am and worked until about 6pm only taking minimal breaks for lunch and to snuggle with my little guy. It was a long day, but I got a lot done. At this point the living room curtains were done, but the dining room curtains still had quite a lot of work left. I was exhausted and went to bed after we put Matthew down for the night. Sunday, I got to work right after breakfast and did another six-ish hours and got them done! I still have to hem the sheers for the windows, but that was meant for another time anyways.

Even though I was working like crazy (and believe me, it was work!), it was so nice to be able to focus and get the job done knowing that Matthew was well taken care of. We had a great time away from all of the chores and distractions at home and looked forward to going back.

Today, it's back to the grind with laundry and errands, but I am so grateful for this past weekend.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Looking Up!

I'm happy to report that things are getting much better as of late.

  • Gerber Good Start Soothe is working wonders for him. He's only fussy at the end of the feeding and isn't screaming constantly when he eats anymore!
  • The doctor took him off of prevacid and so far, he's been doing pretty well. He still has a hard time at feedings, but it's much more manageable.
  • We're getting into a new routine so naps and feeding times are starting to get established.
  • With the new schedule, I have a lot of random "down time" so I'm able to get more done and have time to rest.
  • Matthew has only woken up once in the middle of the night to eat the past two nights! I'm hoping this is his new normal until he can sleep through the night.
  • We've started up house hunting again and found something we like. We're trying to go USDA which means no down payment and a lower interest rate, but there's less eligible in the areas that we're considering. 
  • My husband got a promotion at work and I couldn't be more proud of him. He works really hard and has such a long day so I'm happy that his hard work is recognized.
  • I can't wait for our California trip next weekend! My mom and sisters are excited to meet Matthew and I'm happy to see them again. Twice in one year? That's unheard of!