First off, a few cool things that I have encountered in relation to dealing with businesses. For those of you who have recently given birth and were hardly sent away with any hospital goodies, here is a treat for you. If you call Similac (1-800-232-7677), they will give you a free backpack/diaper bag just for giving birth, cool right? Well you won't be able to pick out whether you get a backpack or diaper bag, you will receive one or the other in just 7-10 business days. All you need to do is call, let them know when you gave birth and at what hospital, simple as that. I received mine very shortly after I called, it was a small black backpack (convenient if you don't want to bring a your full diaper bag).
Secondly, I recently had my motor give out in our baby swing (something in which I heavily relied on to get a few extra hours of sleep) and I was told by a friend of mine to give the company, Fisher Price, a call and see what they could do about it. In his situation they sent him a check for a new swing, but in my case, I called and received a brand new swing motor in just 4 days for free! Not bad I say.
Colic Calm, which is all natural and does not contain Sodium Bicarbonate or any other unnecessary additives. It is 100% money back guaranteed and is supposed to work instantly. In my opinion, it does have a pretty quick effect. The only odd thing about it is that it has a very dark color and can temporarily darken the color of their stools. If you can get past that I say go for it, it works.
Since Judah's birth, on top of the gas issues, I have dealt with thrush, heat rash, a fever of 103, pretty bad sleeping habits, and an apparent milk allergy, which has me off all milk products until further notice. His thrush, which I have no clue where it came from since he was born cesarean, was evident in his mouth because he had the classic white patches. Although we've been dealing with that for months its under control because we got a prescription for that right away. I did read that a mixture of 1 tbspn vinegar with 1 cup water could kill the fungus when rubbed on surfaces the mouth touches (good for breastfeeding moms, although I can't imagine that would taste very good to baby). Although harmless, thrush is a big pain in the rear. I have sanitized, medicated, washed, and sterilized everything that has touched his lips up to my ears and I'm not sure its going to go away until he's done breastfeeding. At least I haven't contracted it myself because I hear it hurts awfully bad.
Now the heat rash Judah got was a result of a domino effect. He has a milk allergy (an allergy to protein in dairy products), which caused blood in his stools. A side effect of a milk allergy is eczema and the only way to treat eczema is with topical lotions. I had used various lotions such as Eucerin and Aveeno and both made him very red (he inherited his parents super sensitive skin I guess). So, of course it being Summer time when this all started, his skin got sweaty and he had a reaction that made his skin seem to literally peel off, gross I know. We ended up getting a prescription for an eczema cream and his skin is 1000 x's better.
I think the worst of all his ailments and allergies was when he got sick and had a fever of 103 out of the blue! One night he had a terrible time sleeping and was breathing rather heavily. He also had projectile thrown up on me just before bed. I didn't think anything of any of it until I went to nurse him and felt his skin was on fire. It was scary needless to say. The next day we spent 2 hours at the doctor's office as they ran different tests. Judah was so inconsolable I actually started crying in the room he was being examined in, it was heart breaking. When we had gotten home we needed to take a nap desperately and the poor guy who that day could only sleep while on me was sweating through his blanket and we were both soaked. It was a true picture of being a mother. Finally, when all was said and done he had two viles of blood drawn, a shot of antibiotics, and a set of x-rays done at the hospital along with a follow-up appointment the very next day. Luckily his fever went down within just a few days with a little Tylenol and love.
On a lighter note I just wanted to share a few baby related websites I often like to enjoy: kids.woot.com, babysteals.com, kidsteals.com. These sites are the type of deal when you can buy the item advertised on that day only. I must say the deals go fast, especially on babysteals.com, but let me tell you, they have such cool stuff! Kidsteals.com is great too but obviously for those with older kiddies, although sometimes they sell full sized minky blankets for adults and well who wouldn't want that on their bed? Check those out, it might be worth it!
There is certainly more to the story of Judah's sleeping habits, but for those of you who were wondering how they are, he would get "Most Improved" in a classroom of babies. I am very proud (and rested).