More breastfeeding problems

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday, February 28

This week has been a freakin' disaster.

We took Sofia to hang out with her cousin Elizabeth on Monday. It was fun - but Sofia pretty much didn't sleep all day. And when Sofia is tired, she doesn't eat well. And when she doesn't eat well, she doesn't sleep well. It's a vicious cycle.

So - I've learned the consequence of breaking a newborn's routine. You will suffer ALL WEEK LONG. That night, on Monday, when it was time to feed her and I'd bring her to my breast, she'd scream and scream and scream. So I fed her by bottle for three feedings. She just wouldn't take the breast. The kicker was the middle of the night feed. Sofia is NEVER a problem in the middle of the night. This time the crying and refusing continued.

I cried too.

Gonzo stayed home with me the next day and I fought Sofia all day long to feed her. She did eventually latch each time. I also banished the pacifier. I suspected that she might have 'nipple confusion'. I swear, I feel like I am a hypochondriac with my baby - whatever I read, that's what she's got. Nipple confusion happens when you mix breastfeeding with bottlefeeding. Your baby will eventually prefer the bottle because she can get the milk out with not as much effort. But Sofia needs her pacifier to sleep. I've given it to her for over a month to sleep. And when she doesn't sleep... remember? Yeah. What the heck do I do?

Today was the worst. I fed her successfully at 9:30am in the morning, without much fuss. I was excited that perhaps it was over. Then the worst came. I tried to feed her at 11:30am, at 12:30pm, at 1:30pm, at 2:30pm... no success. I finally gave in and gave her the bottle at 4:30 because I figured there would be NO success in feeding a baby this hungry at the breast. She ate and fell asleep sweetly and deeply. She woke up at 6pm crying, and crying hard. I tried her at the breast - SUCCESS! Then she fell asleep again. And then woke up an hour later crying again! I tried her at the breast, again - and another successful feed.

She's sleeping now. I hope that the next feeding time is better again.
I don't think I can take much more of this.

This is even worse than the Nursing Strike.

New Development

Saturday, February 23, 2008

For new parents, every new development, whether it be eye contact, a smile, grasping an object, or even a turning of the head, excites and causes a great stir. For us, the latest is the pouring out of unintelligible gibberish!

Here is a ridiculously long clip of Sofia in a morning interview with her father.

Getting expressive from Kathy Jimenez on Vimeo.

Daddy cries with Sofia

Thursday, February 21, 2008

So long, Salomon

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A sad thing happened last week. My 12 year old boots finally bit the dust. 12 years! Think about it: I first started my wonderful relationship with my boots at the young age of 16. Sixteen years old! I've had wonderfully warm and dry winters with them. As soon as the weather is cool enough, probably around October, I don those boots, and wear them until March.

Then, one night, a cold and slushy night, I was going over to my parents' house before heading out with Christine. I felt a strange sensation on my right foot - it was wet. It was cold. Huh? When I got there I inspected my shoe... A HUGE GAPING SPLIT! My heart sank. They finally died.

So, crap. The coldest and wettest it has been all winter and I was without my boots. I was forced to buy a new pair immediately. I hate that. I hate HAVING to buy something. You usually overspend and don't get exactly what you want.

Fortunately, Christine had just happened to buy a new pair of boots - Sorels - just the week before. A new 'Get Outside' opened up at Yonge and York Mills and was having a pretty good sale. Fortunately, they had another pair of Sorels in my size on sale too!

So, they're a little overkill. They're rated for -40˚C. I'm not hiking out in Alaska. But they'll last me another 12 years and only cost me $89.

Wet and cold feet. Not for me.

From ours, to yours

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday, February 14

Boosting Creativity!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

On Friday, my mother came over to my house to watch Sofia as Gonzo and I went down to the Eaton Centre to pick up our new creative tool:

Friday, February 8

Last year we bought Gonzo his own camera, his own mini-DV deck, and external harddrive. He had Final Cut Pro Production Suite, but couldn't use some of the programs 'cause our G4 didn't have the graphics card for it. Our G4 is still good, but just not great for video, so it was time to let her go. She is 6 years old and still going strong! Anyway, we got the 20" iMac and loaded it up with 4 GBs of RAM (no, we didn't buy the RAM from Apple. This way, we paid a 10th of what we would have). Also, we upgraded to Final Cut Pro Studio 2. Gonz is FLYYYYYIIING.

It feels good to have the right tools to do your art. Right Matt? Right Margaret? Right Christine?
And, on Friday, I get CS3. So excited!

I'm getting into some of the other things in Apple that I didn't before: iChat - anyone using that? Add me. I've signed up for .Mac too. Learning to take advantage of that as well. I'm looking forward to playing with iWeb, too. You can do so much with .Mac that I didn't really realize.

Anyone on .Mac would like to share some highlights that I can discover?

The last 24 hours

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

...have been really hard.

Sneak Peek at Margaret's Work

Friday, February 01, 2008

Here is a sample of what is going to be shown at Margaret's gallery showing. Believe it or not, this piece is completely handmade. Try your best to make it out!

At *new* Gallery
906 Queen Street West, Toronto
Opening: Thursday, February 7 at 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Exhibition - Wednesday January 30 to Sunday February 17

"First Winter"