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mommy's little princess

Here she is, just a picture of royalty!

Mom says she's just learning to use her voice... an important trait in a woman. I like to be heard when I'm discontent, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that my daughter can be kinda loud? It'll certainly come in handy later in life.

Then again, mom doesn't live here, she only visits, and thinks Josie's cute when she cries. She is cute... for the first hour or so. And I have to say she was pretty good, she didn't scream the entire evening when they were around. Mom put her on a pacifier training regimen... she says we must use the Nuk pacifiers and there's a technique to getting her to take it. And I'll hand it to her, when the paci works it works great, Josie sits there and gazes off and sucks away and is totally content. But you can only give it to her when she's in that tender in-between stage, when she's not dozing off, but not totally pissed off.

She's four weeks old today! Weight: 10 lbs, 3 oz. We can tell she's bigger... she's getting thighs! and pudgy baby cheeks! I mean, she's been gaining 14-15 oz a week lately which is sort of amazing, considering that it's all breastmilk. Apparently the stuff works.

We bought a baby carrier. Marc's been sporting it around, she's pretty happy in it which is AWESOME but Marc says it kinda bothers his back a little. We got a cheap one, and it makes me wonder what the difference is between a $20 baby carrier and an $80 one. If Josie's going to love being worn for a while, I wouldn't mind investing in a nicer one if it really makes a difference. But if the pricy ones are no more comfortable for us to wear, then I don't see the point. I don't need a designer one made from organic cotton or anything fancy like that, it just needs to hold our kid.

Here are some more pictures just for fun:

Marc models the baby-as-jewelry fashion, complete with demo of what you can do with free hands while still keeping your (normally screaming) baby content!

Cute Josie at four weeks, showing off her pudge:

Super Jo!



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Jul. 7th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
any chance you could borrow one of the more expensive ones? I'd totally lend you ours if we were nearby; my back bothers me in general and until our girl got pretty big, wearing her didn't bug my back in ours. It has lower back support though.

pacifiers: we found that our girl refused pretty much every pacifier, until we used one specific brand. (turns out it *happened* to be Nuk, but I disagree with you mom that you "have" to use that brand) I figured it was like bottles; a lot of things I read said sometimes babies are picky about the nipple they get, that probably translates to pacifiers too. You could try a few different types and see if she likes one over the other. I swear when we figured that out, it was like having a mute button.

I'm sure you got plenty of advice in the previous post, I didn't have time to read. One thing you could try, if it wasn't suggested, is baby massage. I know our Early Childhood Education program has it available for free. I always meant to check it out and never got around to it, but I hear it can help with that kind of thing. Anyway I figure *I* like massage, why wouldn't my kid? ;)
Jul. 8th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Not a must
SF Mom did not mean to communicate must use Nuk - it's a good ortho shape. I've observed babies sometimes show a preference - so when Soothie didn't work so well, it was time to try another shape. Nuk seemed to work well for that inbetween time. Also, calming themselves is a learned behavior - our princess is only four weeks old - she's a beginner -- LOL! She'll figure it out.
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
The only baby carrier I had was a Maya Wrap style ring sling that I made. I LOVED that thing and it's great all the way up through toddler ages. One of the best things was that I could position her so that she could latch on and I could still have use of both my hands!! and I could get up and walk around!! and there was a built in privacy cover!!
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
One of my other friends on LJ loves baby wraps and is just starting a business to sell them if you'd like to email her to get some pointers on which ones work best (in her experience). She's made a lot of posts with pics:


Josie is just too cute, love those pudgy cheeks!
Jul. 7th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I have no advice to give. I just have to say: AWWWWWW cheeks! Aww.

AWWW spacebaby learning about beer at a very early age!
Jul. 7th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
She is so, SO cute!
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Jul. 8th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
I suggest a mei tai too, my friend just sewed me one (you can find patterns online if you don't want to buy one) and it's so much more comfortable than the front pack I had! You can spread and adjust the straps as you wish to spread the weight, and because they're not too thick and padded you don't overheat with them in summer so much (the overheating thing is my friend's experience, it's winter here now so I haven't tested that out).

I love Jo's fingers in the flying picture!
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
From over here, without audio, she's adorable even in the midst of her screaming.
Jul. 8th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
i want to squeeze her cheeks so badly. SO BADLYYYY.

caption on the flying picture: "sometimes, i feel like flyin'. NBD."
Jul. 8th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
I used different carriers for each kid - they each had their own preference!

See if you can borrow some to try them out. I definitely find a different carrier makes a difference, but it's less about price.

We used the Peapod Cuddly Wrap (like a Moby); Ring Sling; and Ergo.
Jul. 8th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
I actually started with a side carrier similar to the one you have and moved up to the sling which worked much better as my daughter got bigger. One thing I notices is that my daughter as calmer when she could see my face and what was going on in the world, which is why the side carrier and sling worked better than the front carrier. It took three months for my baby to be big enough to "wear' though so that also might have factored into her need to see me and the world.
Jul. 8th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Based on my limited experience of carrying around my nephew + my SIL's recommendations, I second the Ergo, the Mei Tei, and a Moby or Maya sling. The thing with the slings, though, is that they can outgrow them pretty quickly (particularly the ones with stretchier fabrics). The Ergo is probably my SIL's favorite + the one that the women on my online birth board love the most (at least, those of them who have already had at least one baby). Yes, it is expensive, but apparently price DOES matter when it comes to baby carriers. Plus, you know, it's your/Marc's back and the current one is causing pain.... time to upgrade - so long as you think Josie will remain into the whole babywearing thing.
Jul. 8th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
The generic Target one ($20) did hurt my back, I ended up returning it for store credit. I heard the Bjorn did the same thing based on reviews from girls on a message board, so I went with a second-hand Ergo from Ebay (originally $80+ but I got it for $40). It is worth it.. the support is great and you barely notice the weight, and Erika is now 15 lbs.

If she likes the wraps, they are also great. I hear the Mei Tei and Moby are awesome. Erika hates them. I have the Maya.
Jul. 8th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
This made me think of you:
"no really, i mean he's so emo that he slits his wrists with folded pages of catcher in the rye while listening to imported smiths b-sides in a room only lit by candle light reflecting off his empty cans of pbr on the floor next to a wallet size photo of his mom and bits of mixtape he made for a girl but never gave her because she said that she thinks sandra bullock is a great american actress"
Jul. 8th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'd check your craigslist for carriers. I love my sling - much more comfy than the Bjorn was at this point (nearly 19lbs!). Jake has a mei tai - too many straps for me but he says it super comfy. The Ergo felt a bit bulky to me but I'm clearly the only person on earth that didn't love it. I have one that is cranberry colored with the waist extender that I'm planning to sell for $50 if you decide you want one.
Jul. 9th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Ye-ow, that looks like it puts all the weight on the shoulders and none on the lower back, and bends you forward. Yes try different ones. Every sling-wearing parent I know has tried quite a few before finding the right one.
Jul. 10th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
She's adorable! And slightly less squishy!
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