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It’s been quite a while since you’ve heard anything from Happy Baby Chronicles.  Life has been really busy chasing Happy Baby around.  He’s now 2 and 3/4 years old.  I can’t believe he’s going to be 3 in October!  Time sure does fly.  Our family has been displaced for the past 8 months, so that has contributed to my lack of blogging as well.  We’re finally getting closer to getting back into our home, and I imagine the next month will be fairly busy as well while preparing to move in again.

So, what’s new with Happy Baby?  Like I said, he’s almost 3 years old.  He is absolutely the funniest and most outgoing of all of my children (at this age) thus far.

Chillaxin' in Belize

Chillaxin’ in Belize

Some of his “toddler-isms” have had me rolling with laughter.  It’s so fun to watch him interact with people of all ages.  He seems to really enjoy having his older siblings around.  He can wrestle with the big boys, he loves to hang out and play basketball with them and their friends, yet he can still be found sneaking into his older sister’s room to dig into her makeup collection.  His older sister sometimes uses him as a doll baby and dresses him up in jewelry and hair bows.  He came out the other day wearing one of her creations, and said, “Mommy, I’m fabulous”.  I gather he was coached for that.

Some other news on the Happy Baby home front – Happy Baby is expecting a baby sister right around Christmas 2013!  We were surprised, but nonetheless ecstatic about the new baby on the way.  Now that we know that it’s a girl, I have started shopping around for the best deals on cute little girl outfits, cloth diapers, etc.  I’ve got a pretty decent stash started on custom girlie print fitted diapers.  I’ve also purchased her first Baltic Amber necklace, and an adorable Disney Princess outfit.

Happy Baby has a Baby Sister on the way!

Happy Baby has a Baby Sister on the way!

With another Happy Baby on the way, I’m looking into doing things as naturally as possible again this time.  We are planning another home birth with a midwife, and will be following a similar delay vax schedule as we did before.  I’ve started taking prenatal yoga classes, and have recently begun researching the use of essential oils.  I’ll be sharing everything that I learn with you all.

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Teething Troubles

Happy Baby is teething.  No matter what your race or ethnicity, every mother can relate to teething troubles with her infants.  I’ve read many articles that say something along the lines of “most babies begin to teethe around 4 months of age and cut their first tooth around 6 months of age”.  This is another instance where my kids don’t follow the textbook.

Happy Baby is currently 9.5 months and the first signs of his two bottom front teeth (central incisors) are just visible slightly through his gums.  They’re right there.  Just a couple more days and they should be sprouted.  However, he’s shown “teething” signs since he was around 4 months old.  Drooling.  Chewing.  Gnawing.  Nighttime fussiness.  Daytime fussiness.

There are lots of articles out there on how to deal with teething pain.  Many parents will tell you to coat the baby’s gums with some orajel, or some numbing topical gel that is similar.  Some may even tell you to rub some whiskey on their gums (Ummm…no thanks!)  Some moms and dads will opt for more homeopathic remedies.  I read about baltic amber necklaces being used to help soothe the pain from teething and thought I would give it a try.  In the back of my mind I was kind of doubtful that it would work, but I was trying to stay open-minded.  After a couple of nights of Happy Baby waking every hour during the night to feed and fussy, I finally put the necklace on him.  That night, he slept for 6 hours.  Success!!  He hasn’t gone a night without it since, and has been sleeping normally (for him) for the past 5 weeks.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with baltic amber, here’s a little info taken from Amber-Teething-Necklaces.com  

“Wearing baltic amber close to the skin is a traditional European remedy for baby teething. A natural analgesic, amber will help calm a baby without resorting to drugs. Used for centuries in Europe, amber’s natural anti-inflamitory (sic)  and pain relieving properties are perfect to soothe teething babies. Amber is fossilized resin, which warms against the skin, releasing it’s theraputic (sic) properties safely and naturally.”

Amber Teething Necklace

Obviously, I highly recommend it.  I purchased Happy Baby’s teething necklace from a local shop called Hosie Naturals.  I’m not sure who her supplier is, but you can find these necklaces all over the place on the web.  There’s alot of buzz about the ones offered at Inspired By Finn.  I’m planning to order from them and try out their adult bracelets, anklets and necklaces as well!

At any rate, teething is just another phase of babyhood and it won’t last forever.  In the blink of an eye we will be enduring visits from the tooth fairy, then likely some trips to the orthodontist.

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Some would say there is a correlation between a baby’s personality and how they came into this world.  If their birth was easy, calm, and “drama-free”, then they’re likely to be easy going babies.  Sounds logical, right?

My experience with my other kids would also lead me to that conclusion.  I had my first three kids in the hospital.  My labor was fairly short and simple with all three of them.  My daughter was the quickest (she was also my first), and I would say there really wasn’t any drama involved, until AFTER she was born.  She was healthy, but developed jaundice after she was initially released from the hospital, and then had to be readmitted.  I think this was just more drama for me than for her, because she just baked in an incubator with the bili-lights for a couple of days while I worried!  She has been, from the get-go, a really easy going kid.  Other than the trouble I had with her nursing in the beginning (the first 8 weeks of her life!!), she was a really easy baby.  I would say she was mostly a happy baby too.

My second child was much different.  It seemed really calm for about the first hour after he was born.  It was so busy at the hospital, they had stuck me in a “closet” of sorts to deliver him.  I didn’t care…I was ready for him to be born.  Immediately afterwards, I was in my babymoon phase.  Looking at him, holding him, trying to nurse, etc.  When a nurse finally did come in to check his vitals, about an hour later, she noticed his heart rate was really high and wanted to take him to the nursery to check him out.  That started the drama!  He spent the next several weeks after that at a children’s hospital, diagnosed with SVT (supraventricular tachycardia), a condition that causes the heart rate to be excessively high.  A normal heart rate for an infant is around 140 bpm, where his was spiking around 230 and up (resting rate).  I will say that while he was in the hospital he was an absolute angel.  He rarely cried.  He was so drugged up that I guess he couldn’t do much but sleep and eat.  It’s now that he’s older that he’s probably the unhappiest of all three of my kids. Some would say this is just “middle-child” syndrome, but I wonder if maybe all that drama in the beginning didn’t have a lasting effect on his personality.

My third child was another uneventful birth (uneventful = good!).  He’s pretty happy go lucky too.  Until one of his older siblings starts picking on him.  He is a momma’s boy for sure!  He was a happy baby as well, and that has bled over into his school years.  Not alot seems to really get him down.

Tristan is my youngest, just 8 months.  He was born at home, instead of the hospital.  It was such a relaxing labor and delivery.  There were no nurses barging in to check on me before, during or after the birth.  It was wonderful.  If you want to read about his birth, click here.  I really think that the whole process has had an impact on his personality.  He is always smiling, usually happy (until he’s really tired, but…I would expect that!).

Who’s to say what makes a happy baby versus an “always crying” baby?  Is it nature or is it nurture?  What do YOU think?

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