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I got this e-mail today and wanted to pass it on! I have gotten a few nursing covers from them as gifts. They are cute, compact, and easy to use/see your LO. This is such an awesome deal… I just HAD to pass it on!!!!!
Promo code ($45 nursing gift sets for $5!)
I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and give you a promo code for 90% off on our 3 piece gift sets which include the Udder Cover™ nursing cover of your choice, a matching Milk Bands™ breastfeeding bracelet and 2 pairs of 5 ply washable 100% cotton breast pads!
If you’re not currently nursing, you probably know someone who is or shortly will be! They make great baby shower gifts! We are running a promotion where you can get any of our 3 piece gift sets (regular price $46) for only $5 + S&H.
The code is “thanks”.
Go to www.uddercovers.com , click on “Shop Now”, scroll down to the gift sets, select the one you would like and you will automatically be repositioned to the center of the page where you can enter in the promo code! Type in thanks and it will bring your product total to $5! We are not sure how long this promotion can last. You can use the code more than once - you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.
This promotion gives you 1 giftset for $5 + S&H! This promotion code is valid once per transaction, so you can order as many times as you would like! Thanks again for your earlier purchase and have a Happy New Year!
Kids woke with temps of about 101. Both were fairly lathargic. So, I finally gave them a little tylenol. They both perked up pretty quickly. We spent the day morning drinking my juice/salt/water mixture, watching Barney (yes, though this would be my last choice, they ARE sick…), changing nasty sick poo diapers, getting lots of snuggles, and reading books.
I let them stay in their jammies. I figured they would be much more comfortable… and I would love to be able to stay in mine while sick. So, we put on some clean ones and they have been comfortable all morning.
I myself DID shower. I thought about staying in my night gown all day. But since R was due to come around noon (yes, she was coming since she is also sick), I decided a shower was a necessity.
So, I have graced the day in very SEXY mommy attire. I have on an oversized t-shirt… decorated with some juice, maybe a bit of snot, and some tylenol (gotta give hugs when needed). I have on some baggy, but extremely comfortable capris. Glasses and frizzy hair in pig tails complete the look. Maybe I should submit my picture for “best dressed”! lol
Anyway, the kids are doing OK. Their temp has stayed around 100 or below since the 1 dose of tylenol around 7:30. I have been loading them up on liquids, soft foods, emergen-c, and rest. Hopefully, they will be ready to get back to the park soon.
So, my kids have been potty training over the last few weeks… and are OVERALL doing AWESOME!!!! I really think having been in cloth diapers instead of disposables made a lot of the difference.
Anyway, we have finally been going on a few outings. At home I just dump the potty chair in the toilet or bushes and give it a rinse. I hadn’t thought of being out somewhere and having to dump it. You can’t just dump it in the parking lot! (or I don’t think you can anyway ;))
So, I read a tip somewhere and thought I would try it out! When you are out on the go, carry some of your old disposables with you. When they have finished going, put the diaper, inside down into the diaper to soak up the stuff. You could use cloth diapers too! Then, you can just wrap them up and handle them how you normally would.
I tried this and it works WONDERS!!!!!! I’m so glad I found this out in the early stages! No pee/poo sloshing around in my van!!!!!
Though I quit breast feeding months ago, I still remember the period when we had thrush. Zane never got it, but Bree had it on and off for about 6 weeks. I also got it. It basically felt like someone stabbing a shishkabob skewer in my nipples. Not a pretty picture! Nor a pretty memory. Anyway, This is what I finally found that works. Hopefully, it will help you, if you are experiencing the same.
Wipe the baby’s mouth out with white vinegar on a cloth a few times a day. It nuetralizes the yeast beasties. Also, wipe your breasts, if you are breast feeding. She won’t like either, but it is safe. Try to wear breast pads to avoid contact with your bra. Wash the bra you wear for the day in hot water at the end of the day. You can also add a bit of grapefruit seed extract to help kill yeast from your bra.
Take acidophalis a few times a day. This is what is in yogurt. It will also help nuetralize.
On you breasts, put a mixture of hydrocortizone cream, monistate (or some yeast infection cream), and bacitracine. Put it on after feeding.This will soothe and help kill the yeast. You can wipe it off with white vinegar before feeding, though it won’t hurt the babies. I used this triple concoction every time my breasts would start being sensitive at the nipples. This is a safe triple mixture and helps when EVER you start having nipple pain while breast feeding.
My lactation consultant gave me these tips. You want to do what you can immediately before the yeast gets out of hand. We battled it for about 6 weeks. It was excruciating! I don’t want you to get to that point.
Good luck! If your boobs are sore, then there is little doubt that you both have it. For babies, you will see a white coating on the tongue or spots of white on the throat, gums, or cheeks. Hopefully, these things will help cure and prevent further problems.
This made me laugh so hard I was crying! It is hilarious!!!!
So, the Wondertwins are 27 months. A little early for potty training, for the average here in the USA. However, one of the many advantages of cloth diapering is that kids potty train on average of 1-2 years before others! We have had the potty chairs out for awhile now. Then last week my friend, who has 2 1/2 year old twins, said she was ready to start training. So, we decided to jump on the band wagon.
Zane started by going pee in the potty several times on Monday. So, I sent him and DH to the store to get some “Spiderman” underwear. Right after they left, Bree started crying that she wanted princess panties.
So, on Tuesday we went back to the store to purchase more for both… and they have been in panties/underwear since! We are still doing diapers at nap and bed, but the rest of the day, we are out of diapers.
They have been doing pretty good. Bree is best at pooping in the potty, but doesn’t really care to pee in it much. Zane can pee in the potty just about any time he is asked to sit down. Yesterday he just had 1 pee and 2 poop accidents… he isn’t much for pooping in the potty yet.
My opinion… if you want to potty train, SKIP the pull ups!!!! They are just diapers you can pull up and down! They still don’t really feel the pee. Why am I starting my kids so early? They were cloth diapered. They are use to feeling that wet warm feeling and know what it means. Disposables wick away the moisture… So, kids don’t really feel it.
While we won’t be fully potty trained for a bit, the kids are doing AWESOME!!!!! We are giving chocolate graham bears from Whole Foods as a treat (though DH found them last night and took care of about 3/4 of the bag ). They are excited an have been making it to the potty more than not. We also have a little b’jorn potty that we move around. So, the potty is always really nearby, making less chance for accidents!
It certainly isn’t SIMPLE with twins, but it is going much easier than I thought. Anyway, wish us LUCK!!!!!
This is one picture from many… They were taken by Sarah Null www.sarahnullphotography.com
She is amazing!!!!!
Twin ToddlersDad over at little stomaks has a survey group of posts featuring parents from all over the world. The title is Global Toddlers. His topic is “feeding toddlers.” We had the opportunity to be a part of this survey. Our post is here. This is an excellent resource for ideas on what to feed your toddlers and to hear from other parents who might have feeding issues. Our issue has been Zane’s “picky eating” habits.
He has twin boys. His blog is similar in that it shares experiences, tips, etc.
Check it out!!!!!!!
My son currently has the stomach bug… there is nothing like waking at 1AM to hear that gagging sound from a toddler. Anyway, I found this post on another blog and thought I should share. Here is his post. Click on it to link to his site. If you find the article helpful, please let him know. THANKS!!!
I decided to write this article because my daughter came down with the stomach flu the other day. Two days later my son started showing signs of the stomach flu and two days after he recovered my wife started showing signs.
Here are some things that you as a parent should know about the stomach flu.
Stomach Flu is not the Flu
First the Stomach flu, medically known as Gastroenteritis is not the same thing as the Flu known medically as influenza. This means that even if you had your flu shots which help to prevent you from getting the influenza virus you are not protected from getting the Stomach Flu.
What causes the stomach flu?
The stomach flu that hits in the winter time is caused by the Norwalk virus. This is one of many viruses that causes Gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is a general term that refers to vomiting and diarrhea. The thing that makes the stomach flu (Norwalk virus) different from other forms of Gastroenteritis is that its mostly vomiting and without diarrhea, and that it hits primarily in the winter.
How contagious is it?
The next important fact about the Norwalk virus is that it is extremely contagious. If one family member has it then chances are very high that other family members will get it.
The virus is transmitted person to person. This means that if you have it you could easily pass it to your child either by kissing them or holding their hands and then by them touching their hands to their mouths.
According to the Merck manual, it could take anywhere between 4 hours to 72 hours until the symptoms appear.
For how long is someone contagious?
Once you have the symptoms you become contagious for up to 72 hours. The minimum amount of time that you are contagious after you stop having symptoms, i.e. vomiting, is 24 hours. That means that if you vomited at night but feel great the next day you are still contagious and you can easily pass on the virus to others.
This part is really important for parents. If your child got the virus and finished her vomiting episodes at 11pm, she is still contagious for the next 24 hours. That means that even if she feels fine you should not send her to school the next morning. She should stay at home and go to school the following day.
How do I know when my child’s symptoms have stopped?
In my experiences, there are anywhere between two to five episodes of vomiting with about an hour in between each episode. If you child has already vomited three times over the course of three hours and several hours have passed since the last episode then chances are your child’s has stopped vomiting and the worst is over.
Are there any other concerns or health issues that I should be aware of?
Dehydration is the most serious complication that results from the stomach flu because of the loss of so much fluids. Because children are at much higher risk of suffering from dehydration than adults, parents need to make sure that their child has constant fluid intake.
What should my child drink?
The best thing for your child would be a drink that contains the right balance of salt and sugar to replace the loss of essential elements needed for the body to function properly. Electrolyte beverages such as Pedialyte, Gatorade, or Powerade will provide these elements. There is actually a difference of opinion between the Merck manual and the Mayo Clinic. The Merck Manual says to avoid sport drinks whereas the Mayo Clinic actually recommends them. I have heard from a couple of doctors that sports drinks are good for children to drink.
Believe it or not, Kool-Aid is a good alternative if you don’t have any of those beverages readily available. This is because unlike water Kool-Aid contains both sugar and salt ingredients. Just make sure to dilute it a bit so that its not at its usual level of sweetness. Water, on the other hand, is not the best drink of choice because it lacks essential elements. Of course its better than giving your child nothing. If you do give your child water have him/her drink small sips at a time instead of large gulps. Consuming large amounts of water at a time can lead to more nausea.
Some drinks to avoid:
What can my child eat?
Once your child has overcome the vomiting you can start feeding him/her foods that are easier for their stomach to tolerate. Follow this mnemonic to help you remember what they can eat:
B – bananas
R – rice
A – applesauce
T – toast
How to avoid spreading the virus
Whenever you come in contact with someone infected with the Norwalk virus you should wash you hands with anti-bacterial soap creating a nice lather for fifteen seconds. Another option would be to have Purell or similar product in the house so that you can just squirt on your hands and rub until it dries.
There are a few basics most people purchase/receive when having a child. Strollers, cribs, carriers, etc. With multiples you have at least two kids and only two hands … So, most will be a carrier. Let me tell you, not all carriers are created equal!!!!! I have tried my share. Let me tell you about each one and why I liked it or disliked it. Hopefully, it will help you to make the choice that fits your needs.
The Maya Wrap was one of my first carriers. I enjoyed having it for the tiny babies. It is important to watch the video that comes with it, or online if you did not get one. This carrier has a learning curve. I don’t know how many women I have helped when I see them walking around with their baby hanging down by their hips! You have to have it lined correctly and have the baby snug against your body.
I did use this carrier with twins when they were very small. However, it wasn’t a practical, everyday use. I think to use it more with two, you would need two carriers. The thing I liked MOST about this carrier was how instrumental it was in breastfeeding in public. When the twins were only a few months old, I walked around the mall with Z breastfeeding while I pushed B in the stroller. My husband didn’t believe me when I told him! He had to look under the wrap to actually see him! He was in awe how easy and discreet it was!
I also liked it when we traveled to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho when the twins were about 3 months old. DH and I were seated away from each other because of the air mask arrangements and having 2 infants that did not have a seat. I was able to nurse one baby on take off and landing in the very confined space without notice. In addition, it blocked the twins from being distracted.
What I disliked about this carrier is that it was short-lived. I know of some people who can use it for a longer period of time, but at about four months I could not. Having had back problems, it aggravated my back. It goes over one shoulder and around one side. This made me feel somewhat lopsided as they got heavier. I switched often, but got to a point where I couldn’t comfortably carry them. I still kept it with me for nursing until they were about a year … but as a carrier, it had long passed its usability for me.
I didn’t discover the Moby Wrap until the kids were about 10 months. Had I discovered it earlier, I think I would have chose this over the Maya. It wraps around your whole back and gives full support. My daughter also liked being able to face out. This would also be a more stable wrap for carrying newborn twins. The best thing about this one is that you can actually make it fairly cheaply without sewing! You just have to cut the fabric in half. One note, if you do make one, get about 1/2 a yard more fabric than the directions call for… as I found it just a bit short.
Again though, I did not like this as they got heavier. Perhaps with more practice I would have felt more comfortable, but it is not easy to get them on your back … and carrying a heavy baby on the front is hard on the parent. In addition, the fabric is quite long. I found it difficult to put it on without getting the fabric on the dirty ground. If you are interested in creating one here is the site: http://www.mamatoto.org/.
Kelty Hard Frame Carrier
The Kelty Child Carrier is similar to what my parents used for me. I see a lot of people use this type of carrier for hiking. To me, it felt like it put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. In addition, the kids enjoyed kicking me in the back. I know some people who LOVE this carrier. It just didn’t work for me. Your child needs to be a bit older than some of the other carriers. By that time, I felt like it pulled on my shoulders. In addition, my research shows that a child hanging with the support around their crotch is not good for hip development. It takes up a lot of room (can’t just be thrown under the stroller) and was not condusive to everyday ease of use.
Baby Björn Carrier
The Baby Björn is probably one of the most used carriers. We purchased two before the kids were born. That’s what I thought I was suppose to have! I see them everywhere. I am a member of the local babywearer group… and let me tell you, amoung us, this carrier is a joke to baby wearing!!!! Whoever created this must not have worn their baby often! What makes me sad is that many moms who use this carrier quit around six months. At that point, the baby is heavier and it pulls on your back and shoulders. It also does not help your posture. Moreso, as stated with the previous carrier, it is bad for your babies hip development. If you have received one of these or bought one, take it back!
MacLaren Quilted Baby Carrier
The Maclaren Baby Carrier is similar to the Bjorn. I got one of these from another mom… hoping it would work better than the B’jorn. While it felt a little more comfortable, I ended up having the same problems.
I saved the best for last. The Ergo Baby is by far my favorite! There are only a few things I could not live without, being a mother of twins. This is one of them!!!! It is a soft structured carrier. Its design makes the weight of your child be distributed along your hips, shoulders, back, and chest. So, there is no strain on one area. You can use it on your front, hip, or back. We didn’t purchase one of these until the kids were about 13 months old. I WISH I would have found out about this carrier sooner! It can be used from birth to about 45 lbs!!!!!!! With this carrier, you don’t need another!
We had borrowed one to try it out. I immediately fell in love! With caring for a third child while having twins, I needed all the extra help I could get! B didn’t walk until she was about 15 1/2 months. So, I would strap her to my back while I chased the other two around the park. My husband also loved this carrier! While he hardly ever used the other kinds (due to lack of comfort or complexity of use) he was drawn to this one. I found when we went out, he was always taking it, leaving me with a single stroller or carrying a baby. Within a month, we bought a second, we have NEVER regretted it!!!!!
Here are just a few ways it has made our life easier:
- When one of the children is in a “needy, I-have-to-be-held-every-moment-I’m-awake” phase. I just put them in the Ergo. I can have one of them in it while doing housework, care for the other kids, etc. while still giving that child the comfort of being carried.
- When shopping I put one on my back and the other in the cart. It takes away the struggle of using the multi-child carts (which my children are just now old enough for) or having to push a stroller and pull a cart.
- Toddlers are into everything! Having multiples might make a person shy away from parties and other get togethers. Now, when we go to one, my husband and I each put a child on our backs! We can hand them a snack, walk around and socialize, while the kids are able to see everything from our point of view, and they can’t get into things!
- Walking around a festival can be daunting when you are pushing a stroller, especially a double stroller! We put the kids on our back and are free to wonder around as we like. Last fall we walked around for three hours with the kids on our backs. Z was on mine and was 27lbs at the time. I probably could have walked around even longer. The carrier made it so comfortable and easy!
- Some stores have eisles that are just too narrow for a double stroller. I will put one in an umbrella stroller and put one in the Ergo. Then, I can wonder around without feeling trapped by the stroller.
- Now the kids have been walking for awhile. I can hold their hands and we can walk into a store, library, etc. However, as we all know, kids don’t always want to do what you want them to. I have found leaving an area can sometimes be a problem… I’m sure you can recall seeing a child throw themselves on the floor in a fit, not wanting to leave. With multiples, what do you do in this situation? Hold the screaming child in one arm while trying to old the hand of the other? Not take the chance and always take the stroller? I just put the Ergo around my waist when going in. If leaving becomes a problem, I just put the child in the carrier. Then, I still have two hands free for the other child. Or, to carry the other child.
I could talk all day about this carrier. I use mine almost daily. Just today I went to the mall with a friend. I put Z on my back and the other two in the stroller. I wanted to get some exercise and did a speed walk around the mall for about 40 min… probably about two miles. It was so easy… even with 30 lbs on my back. I feel no ache from carrying him! When we went to Florida for hubbys’s Ironman triathlon, I even used both carriers (one on front and one on the back) to walk back to the hotel!