Monday, October 24, 2011

10 Tips For Surviving a Baby's Cold

You might have to excuse any typos in this post as I'm currently writing this after a looong day taking care of a sick baby.

While it's definitely not our first cold, they don't exactly get easier.  However, I have learned a couple of things that make dealing with a sick, cranky baby a little less painful.

1. Relax the Rules.  I'm usually pretty strict about the rules of baby-raising.  Reese naps exclusively in her crib according to her schedule, we don't watch TV when she is awake, etc.  But when she's sick, I try to go with the flow and make her happy.  So, if a ride in the car will get her some rest or a little Sesame Street takes her mind of the river of snot coming out of her nose, I'm not about to be denying her.

2.  Use What You Can.  Medications that is.  Most cold medications are totally not recommended for babies.  Consult with your pediatrician before giving the baby any medication, even Vicks Vaporub (which I was surprised to hear my doctor nix during our first round with Mr. Rhinovirus).  If there is something you get the green light for, use it.

3.  A Spoonful of Juice.  I have a baby who loves medicines.  Seriously, it's like dessert to her.  She;s totally going to be one of those kids faking sick so she can drink the grape cough syrup.  But that attitude is rare, from what I hear around the playground.  If you do get the OK to give the baby a medication and you can't get her to actually swallow it, try mixing it into concord grape juice or into a flavored yogurt.

4.  Tilt-o-Whirl.  Another homestyle remedy is to prop up one side of the crib mattress by placing a folded up blanket under one end.  This angles the mattress so the baby is basically sleeping uphill, forcing congestion down.  At first I worried the baby would roll down to the other side, but she figured it out.

5.  Get Out.  No, seriously.  Get out of the house.  Fresh air is good for everyone involved.  Even if it's just a walk around the block.

6.  The Munchies.  A corollary to Tip No. 1, is that I give the baby all her favorite foods.  I mean, I'm not giving her Poprocks and soda or anything, but bananas, cheese and pretty much anything dipped in hummus are all on offer.  I'm not about to fight the battle over the broccoli at this stage in the game.

7.  It's Not Technically Torture.  Nasal irrigation is the most effective treatment for a stuffed up nose, but it's not exactly the easiest to administer.  My husband and I call it baby waterboarding.  That said, it works.

8. Call for Backup.  I'm not ashamed to admit that I called my mom today to see if she could come over and play with the baby.  She couldn't, but damn...that would have been nice.  Colds make Reese just so fussy, and sometimes you just need a take a little breather.  A new face gives every one a break.

9.  Get Steamy.  Since most decongestants are off the table, go old school.  Turn on the shower on the hottest setting, close the door and hang out.  Steam up the bathroom until the mirrors are fogged and your hair is frizzed.  It should loosen everything up and get the baby breathing better.  You can also (and probably should) invest in a humidifier...we have this adorable elephant and it comes in lots of other animals.

10.  Treat Yo-self.  Didn't anyone watch that Parks and Recreation?  Anyone?  My point is obvious here. Take it easy.  Once the baby goes to bed (if you can get her to sleep) pour yourself a drink, order take out and sit in silence.  Repeat as long as the cold lasts.

What did I miss?  Any favorite cold survival techniques?

Monday, October 17, 2011


Today, my baby girl turned one.

And thus ended that strangest, hardest, longest year of my entire life.  Like middle school, applying to college, 1L, and training for a half-marathon all put together and then tripled.

But it was also one of the most joyful.

So, happy birthday to my little monkey.  Mommy loves you very much.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Labels We Love: Zutano

I knew Zutano was a brand I was going to like when I received their baby socks from no fewer than three separate women I admire for my baby shower.
Fact: Socks are the gateway drug of baby apparel.

They have colorful, cute-but-not-cutesy basics plus some of the most adorable hats.

I mean, seriously, it's enough to make you want to have a baby.  Or steal one.  Just to buy tiny colorful baby hats.

I'm looking to pick up these soft little booties for fall (let's see her try to pull these off in the stroller, mwah-hah-hahaha!!) and some of their brand new line of crib bedding to perk up the nursery.

Sidebar: What is the statute of limitation on calling the baby's room a "nursery?"  I think I've hit it, but it just sounds so adorable.

I've found that the sizes run a little large, so keep that in mind when choosing seasonal items which might have a built in expiration date.  Like baby thighs getting too squeezable for a certain pair of leggings.

Also, Zutano frequently appears on flash sale site Zulily, so if you feel like stalking and need an invite, hit me up.

Got a label you and your baby love?  Let me know! We are always looking for new attire!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

No Biting

Once upon a time (a year ago) a land far far away (DC)...I tried to conquer the red lip.

{I just wanted to look cool like this girl. Is that wrong?}

Then I up and had a baby and I haven't worn lipstick since.

See, the thing about babies is that you need to constantly kiss them.  It's true.  Plus, they are always grabbing at your face with their adorable little hands.  And if you wear a lot of lip gloss and lipstick it just gets all over them.

And few things are grosser than lipstick on a baby.

And then I read the rave review of Revlon's Just Bitten lipstain in Gothic over at Ain't No Mom Jeans.

And then!  I went out and bought one.

The verdict?

It's pretty good!  Well.  It's pretty good.

The thing about lipstains is that they will never look like real lipstick.  It goes on like a magic marker and it's hard to get it totally even and mistakes are hard to fix.  Once it's on, it looks good and doesn't end up on whichever baby you are handling that day.

But it also wears off oddly, it's a little drying and again, doesn't have the oompf that real red lipstick has.

But it does make a boring outfit pop and makes you look put together and chic when you are just having a mommy date or hanging out by the swings.

P.S. Are you reading Ain't No Mom Jeans?  You should be.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

So That Was My Week

Sorry for the radio silence last week, but we hit a big (yet somewhat unpleasant) milestone.

The first big illness.

The kind where you see the thermometer hit 103.5 and immediately pack the baby up and head off to the pediatrician.


So...that was my week last week!  We are on the mend and preparing for a better week this week!

New posts coming soon!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Form Over Function?

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times published an article about nursing bras.  Their angle was discovering that surprisingly (?) women who are nursing are also interested in having pretty bras that are also nursing bras!

{insert awkward silence}

The article sparked a series of blog posts about how it shouldn't be surprising that women who are breastfeeding might also like to wear pretty lingerie.  Given the "controversy," one of the brands featured in the article, Cake Lingerie, is hosting a survey and giveaway on the topic.

Can maternity and nursing bras be feminine, functional and versatile all at the same time? 

Cake Lingerie will be giving out 30 bras; one each day from 12th Sep to 11th Oct – inviting pregnant and nursing women to judge its fit, function, support, attitudes and designs.  Register your participation at and follow the prompts.

If you are in one of these categories, I highly recommend you check out the survey and Cake's offerings.

As for my opinion?  I do think, just like any lingerie, nursing bras can and should be feminine, functional, and sexy.  Relegating nursing women to terrible looking undergarments is awful!  Maybe the Surgeon General could take up our cause...
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