Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A MUST READ for NEW MOMS!

Lately, I find myself wondering why no one told me how the Back to Sleep Campaign, trendy new baby toys, and cradling my baby could cause her to develop plagiocephaly and torticollis...I thought all these were good things. No, I am not encouraging babies to sleep on their tummies, but I had no idea that there were negative consequences to having my daughter sleep on her back. After buying the swing, the bouncer, the saucer, and many other fun baby items, I have been told the best position for baby's playtime is ON THE FLOOR! Wow, I could have saved a lot of money! If you are confused, tune in! Apparently there has been a significant increase in the incidence of plagiocephaly (basically misshapen head syndrome) and torticollis (literally means "twisted neck"). Many times babies are born with a slightly misshapen head due to cramped quarters in the uterus, or a small birth canal mixed with a large head. Often times, if parents aren't overly conscientious, the baby takes the path of least resistance and exacerbates the problem by turning the head to accommodate the issue. Some babies are simply on their backs so much that their head becomes flat. Raylee's problem started because she had a tight neck, and would tend to always roll to the same side. This caused one side of her head to become flatter, and the cycle continued. This caused her to have some slight facial asymmetry, which really frightened me. After being told we were a candidate for the DOC band (a helmet which runs about $3600!), we then sought a second opinion. The physical therapist said that she had a very minor case, and everyone has some sort of asymmetry. She recommended we take an aggressive approach to repositioning and stretching for 6 weeks. Therefore, we have discarded any toy that causes her to put pressure on the back of her head. We have to hold her upright or with the football hold, and she has to have tons of "tummy time." We also have to do a series of neck stretches 4-5 times a day. Whew! All of this is a much better alternative to the helmet, but it is a little exhausting policing how everyone holds and positions her.

If you want more information, read this article! http://www.mybreastfeeding.com/index_files/Torticollis.htm

Great article on the support and importance of breastfeeding!

http://www.phdinparenting.com/2009/07/19/can-breastfeeding-promotion-learn-something-from-drunk-driving-ads/

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Trip to Missouri!

The three of us fought the crowds at the airport to fly home for Fourth of July and my cousin, Chelsi's wedding. We had a great time! My aunt from Chicago flew in for about 24 hours to meet Raylee! I think Raylee was a little overwhelmed with all the new faces and the busy weekend, but it was well worth it. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.




































Wedding in Colorado Springs!

I recently went to Colorado Springs for my high school friend Meghan's wedding. It was absolutely beautiful, and I had a blast getting to know her friends and new husband! I felt a little silly due to the fact that both Meghan and her husband (plus all their friends) are in med school, but hopefully I was able to exude happiness about being a new mom and sacraficing my career for my family. Here are some pictures!











Monday, July 6, 2009

Raylee laughing at Aunt Rachel

video

I will post more about my 4th of July trip later, but here is a funny video clip of Raylee laughing at her Aunt Rachel's "ahhh booo." Very Funny!