Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"There were two things that helped recently with EC. The first thing I did was disassociate potty and milk. She would sign potty, sit on the potty then want to nurse too. She'd nurse on the potty for 20 mins without even going pee or poo. So I stopped nursing on the potty, which I think reminded Millie what the potty is for. The second was going bare-bummed (which I had tried before and hadn't worked). At first there were several accidents (going on the floor), but they happened as she signed potty and she's finish up on the potty. It was if she had gotten in the habit of ignoring need to go so only really noticed it once it started. I take back what I said about her not having accidents anymore. She still sometimes does go on the floor. When I don't notice that she has gone, she will take a wipe and start cleaning up the floor.
So how involved am I right now? Once in awhile she'll do everything herself: sit down and go potty, "wipe" herself, then dump it into the toilet. But I don't trust her to do everything by herself because she usually spills the potty on the floor as she tries to empty it. So she'll usually sign that she has to go, then I follow her to the potty, wait as she goes, then wipe her & empty the potty. If she's on the computer desk or on the couch when she signs, she needs me to get her off and put her on the potty. I really don't worry about reminding her or giving her opportunities. I trust her enough. So if it's been awhile, I just don't worry about it. I am surprised, though, how long she will hold it when she's diaper free. She'll hold it up to a couple hours.
We only put diapers on her to go out. Since there's not always a potty readily available anyway, she mostly just goes in her diaper while we're out. I just try to change her often and give her an opportunity to go when I change her."
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Elisabeth is 7 months and suddenly I feel like I have a toddler on my hands. She is getting into everything (although not crawling yet, but nevertheless moves very quickly) so I need to give constant attention to where she is and what small objects are around her--this means I have to be dilligent about sweeping and vacuuming because we have crumbs, raisins, paper scraps, etc. (not to mention HAIR) all over the house! The second reason she suddenly seems so mature is that we've entered that phase where nursing is a jungle-gym activity, she is constantly squirming, in motion, trying to nurse sideways, backwards, and upside down!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Next morning update: I found a homeopathic remedy in my book that matches not only my son's cough but his emotional state as well. My husband went out to buy it just before the store closed.... My son was raving delusional and angry in his sleep and wouldn't let me give it to him, so I had to wait until he was awake. (Took a few episodes of stirring and yelling and coughing fits) Then once I gave him the remedy (Drosera) he slept like a rock the rest of the night!!! How awesome is that. Sometimes I feel with homeopathics I am taking a shot in the dark, but then sometimes they work wonders.
Here are some others that have worked wonders for us.
1. Arnica - ALWAYS works for bumps and prevents bruising when a kid hits their head.
2. Cocculus - twice now has got my biorhythms back on track when I've lost sleep taking care of a sick child.
3. Coffea - to sleep and turn off the hyper-active mind
4. Chamomilla - to relax a screaming baby
What has NOT worked for us (not saying they don't work; I should say, what has not ever been the right match for our case) - pulsatilla and a number of cold remedies. I don't know how to treat a cold, they are so darn tricky. But my FIL swears by Zicam.
When I had a cold a few weeks ago, I "fasted" on broth, stewed tomatoes, and only one other meal every day. I only ate according to my hunger. I noticed my congestion got worse with each meal. So after 2-3 days of that I was cured.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
Anyhow, poor girl, she must have an earrache, she can't sleep laying down without waking in pain, so she is sleeping in a carrier (yes, all night loooooong last night). Hopefully tonight is better, since she was upright all day long, and slept most the day. We'll see!
Meanwhile I am alkalizing like crazy (one of the things I did while being a walking bed all night was listen to Shelley and Robert Young interviews). I made a delicious buckwheat cilantro salad with tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice and alfalfa sprouts. Also made a sprout granola with sunflower sprouts, buckwheat sprouts, quinoa sprouts, and mung bean sprouts, mixed with cinnamon and stevia, with sunflower milk poured over it. Not bad! (but I LOVED the buckwheat cilantro salad).
Elisabeth isn't nursing as much, since she isn't (a) hungry, (b) nursing in her sleep, and (c) awake for long. But she needs to be hydrated, so I gave her some pH water in an eye dropper. Also trying to get fresh air, and massage to move lymph, and maximize her wakeful times with laughter and affection.
But gee whiz, this is SO EXHAUSTING!!!!! Yet again I am reminded, it is NOT WORTH IT to eat junk!!