Things I will never ever get used to. Ever.
Phantom kicks. So weird. Make me think I am going to end up on “I didn’t know I was pregnant”
Scene: Tonight, while hanging out on the couch, watching an episode of Mickey Mouse, where Donald Duck befriends 8 other ducks.
J: Mom, those ducks quack me up!!!
Apparently 3 is the age where you understand barnyard humor. I laughed. Hard.
365 Project | July 11th - July 20th
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Wyatt, immediately following his lip tie release
Today Wyatt went to an ENT to have an upper lip tie release (frenectomy). We had been last week for a consult, as I suspected that he had a lip tie, and sure enough, he had a pretty severe one. I was so on the fence about whether or not to have the frenectomy done, but in the end, decided to go ahead with the procedure.
When both of my boys were first born, nursing was really painful. I just chalked it up to “building up a callous.” While I do think that was part of it, now I know better. With both boys, the pain was temporary, only lasting for the first 4 weeks or so, and I got by with truckloads of lanolin and nipple shields, and at the end of four weeks we eased into an easy nursing relationship. Jackson, who was supplemented with formula from the start (9 lb baby, blood sugar requirements at birth, etc), self-weaned at 8 months old, long before I was ready to end our nursing relationship. Wyatt has been exclusively breastfed from day one, without a drop of formula, and he is super committed to nursing, and is really protective and territorial about my boobs, so I don’t think that he will be choosing to wean at 8 months like his older brother.
Anyway - over the past seven months we dealt with a couple of issues that made me think that something was off - clogged ducts, nipple pain, etc. It was pretty clear that his latch wasn’t right from the start, but I had thought we were in the clear after that initial few weeks of pain. Then, the worst of it all happened. I had actual cuts on each nipple and one day at work, as I was gritting my teeth through a painful pumping session, I looked down and realized that I had pumped 2 ounces of BLOOD. I felt pretty defeated and grossed out, and consulted Dr. Google about why the heck I had cuts and was bleeding when my baby was already 6 months old. I started looking at photos of tongue ties and lip ties and instantly saw, based on the photos, that Wyatt was pretty severely lip tied.
I did a bunch of research on lip tie releases and made an appointment to have a consult with an ENT, who confirmed that not only did wyatt have a lip tie, but that he has a really minor tongue tie, that can stay as is. I was so on the fence about it at the consult that, instead of moving forward with the procedure, I decided to think about it some more. We went on vacation, I got more nipple pain and a clogged duct, and I made the appointment to have the release done.
So, for a week I was completely dreading this appointment. Feeling kind of like an asshole. Was I just being selfish? Am I hurting him so that I can feel better? Shouldn’t I be able to just deal with the pain so that he doesn’t have to? Every piece of information I could find on lip tie releases is that it doesn’t actually hurt that bad. Our ENT said that it feels as it does when you accidentally bite your cheek really hard. Based on this, I made sure to bite my cheek really hard and see how it felt over a few days - not so bad. I talked to our pediatric dentist at Jack’s cleaning on Wednesday as well. She, too, said it won’t hurt him badly, but that it would be very bloody. I never felt better about making him go have his lip sliced, so I can’t tell you whether or not I am actually a complete asshole or not. Here is what i CAN tell you:
I was looking back at photos of Jackson a few weeks ago, and there is a photo of him leaning his head back laughing. I noticed that he, too had a pretty good lip tie. I wonder now if that contributed to his preference of a bottle over nursing and to his self-weaning at 8 months old.
Overall, the procedure wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected going in. It still weighs on me, because when my baby hurts, I hurt, and I just hope that all of the information out there saying that it is just a “mild irritant” are correct. So far, he seems to not be at all miserable, so that makes me feel a little better about it all. Also, the nurses today commented that his lip tie was one of the tightest that they’d seen, so that helped me to see that this was necessary. In the end, I am happy to have some relief from the cuts and clogged ducts and other ailments. I am also so happy to report that Wyatt’s latch looks completely different now, and I can feel that his suction is SO MUCH BETTER than it was before! It was an instant improvement, and I was astounded!
If you are having troubles similar to ours, and thinking about having the procedure done, know that it’s not as bad as it seems. Also, I feel like I should mention that some doctors and dentists use a laser to complete the procedure, and that it is then cauterized, and so much less bloody, if at all, so if blood makes you really queasy, maybe look into the laser separation instead :).
J: Daddy, you know hot rides?
Z: Hot Rides?
J: Yeah. Its an old car that’s been customized (imagine that with his toddler lisp, if you please)
J: [while putting on ear muffs that Grandpa got him] Oh no! I need my ear mocks!!!
J: [runs to the kitchen table where his kix cereal sits, unattended] Oh man! I gotta finish my ticks!!!
Scene: Day one of our camping trip, Jack did a lot of walking in his crocs. He ended up with a large blister on the inside of each foot
J: (at 1243829432 different times throughout the week) Mommy! Look at my busters! Are they ready to come off yet?
Other things I find adorable: He calls the fly swatter a “flashwater”
Smith Mountain Lake | July 2014
We spent the better part of last week in the new RV (!!!) at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA. The RV is quite possibly the best idea we have ever had. Jackson affectionately refers to it as “the bus” and I am convinced that it just might be his tour bus one day. During the drive he kept saying things like “Zac! I want you to slow this bus down right now!” or “Christy! Is the generator still running?!” (apparently being on the “bus” gives him permission to call us by our names). We were able to tow the boat behind it to an amazing campground with the nicest, most accommodating people running it. The campground, for any interested parties, is called Halesford Harbour, and it is complete with a complementary boat slip for RVer’s, a “beach,” playground, restaurant, water toy rentals, etc. Highly recommend.
Jackson has been going fishing on the boat with Zac all spring and summer, and has been referring to himself as “the Captain” for months. It has evolved recently into “Captain Jack” so when we saw the cute captain’s hat at a store we boated to on our first day, we knew we had to buy it for him. He wore it exclusively for the entire trip, and got SO much attention from other boaters. People would yell “Hi Captain!” from their boats, acknowledge him at any store, and he even was saluted at on the campground (he saluted back, of course).
We did a fair amount of fishing, and a really good amount of relaxing. I was a little worried about how the boys would do sleeping in the RV and how the heck naps would happen, and I was pleasantly surprised that nighttime was easy - everyone slept, and none were disturbed by the others being in a shared space. Naptime didn’t happen very much for Jack, but Wyatt adapted ok, and did take most of his naps on me in the ergo. My favorite occasion, of course is the Bro Nap pictured above.
Also, the top two photos above are the smile that Wyatt reserves for Jackson only. I keep telling everyone that we couldn’t have gotten a better big brother for Wyatt than Jackson is, and I am just feeling really blessed that he loves “his baby” SO much. So much, in fact, that he has woken him up from both nap and bedtime today. That part I could do without ;).
Now that we have our first real “bus trip” under our belts, we are excited for more trips soon! One day I will remember to take a pic of our bus to show you guys too!
365 Project | July 1st - July 10th
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Sunday Funday at my Dad’s house! The bottom photo is him with five of his now seven grandchildren :). We love going over to the pool in the summertime, and I am s proud of Jackson this year, begins regular fish! Look how purple his little lips are in the bottom photo - my lips used to frequently be equally purple as a child.
We are on vacation this week at a lovely gem of a place called Smith Mountain Lake in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay tuned for photos!
I'm Christy. Wife to Zac. Mama to Jackson + Wyatt. Virginia is for Lovers. I'm Crafty. I love my kids and would like to have 3482943820 more. Glad you could join us:)
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