Monday, July 28, 2014

All About Baby Sage

Baby Sage turned one month old on Saturday.  Two months will be here before we know it.  (Like really, I don't think he'll even know it.)  So allow me to introduce you to our newest bundle of eating and sleeping, and joy.

It seems we have forgotten what it was like to have a baby and it's only been two years since Emma.  But we love having a baby in the house.  They smell so good!  And we forgot how much they love to snuggle up on us and the sweet little noises they make.

As best I can tell, Baby Sage's two favorite things are eating and sleeping.  Now we may spend more time sleeping, but let me tell you, that boy does not miss a meal!

He typically wakes around 2 AM and again at 5:30 to eat.  He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when he was born.  And at his two week checkup, he was already up to 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and 21 inches long! Our pediatrician says he is going to be a fast grower.  I agree!

Otherwise, Baby Sage is pretty laid back, just like his daddy.  I guess their name isn't the only thing they share.  When he isn't napping, he loves to play on his play mat and look at the fish hanging above it.  Another favorite spot is in my carrier, and of course, I like having him that close, too!

Now as for Miss Emma, she absolutely loves being a big sister!  Or, as she calls it, "a little momma."  She gathers pacifiers, blankets, bottles, you name it.  She likes being Momma's big helper.

She is so cute.  Sometime she will just sit next to Baby Sage and stare at him while he sleeps.  Of course, other times, she decides he needs his pacifier while sleeping and tries to shove it in his mouth.  Being gentle is something we are working on.

But overall, Emma has handled having a baby brother so well, and that has helped make our transition from one child to two go pretty smoothly.

So far.

I'll get back to you once Baby Sage becomes mobile or stops sleeping so much.

Photos taken by Lauren Tomasella Photography.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Heat Safety Tips for Infants

"The Heat is On" has been our theme this month at Cloud 9.  Of course, that always seems to be the theme for summertime weather in Alabama.

We did a blog post a few weeks ago about keeping your little ones safe in the sun  But today we want to focus more specifically on heat safety, and the dangers of overheating.

Young infants, and newborns especially, don't have as many glands as adults, and they're not yet fully able to regulate their own body temperature.  Therefore, they are at an increased risk of overheating.  This is something I'm mindful of with Emma and Baby Sage.

Emma loves to play outside, but we have to make sure she plays safe.  We typically walk down to the park as a family in the evening just before dinner, letting her play when it's not the hottest time of the day.  I also make sure Emma always has water with her.  Of course, she usually gets too busy playing and I have to remind her to drink periodically.

Here are a few more heat safety tips to help keep your little one safe:

-A general rule of thumb is to dress your newborn in the same amount of clothing you're wearing, plus one layer.  If you cover your baby's car seat with a blanket or something else to transport due to rain, be sure to remove that as soon as you're inside.  It doesn't take long at all for little ones to get hot!

-If you're using a wearable carrier to transport your little one (which we totally recommend!), make sure to dress down a layer, and choose one that is breathable.  Your body heat will help keep your little one warm.

-Bedtime is one of the most important times to make sure your infant does not overheat.  Overheating in bed has been linked to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), so it's something I talk about a lot.

-An ideal temperature for your baby's nursery is between 68-72 degrees.  We swaddle Baby Sage (and did Emma, too), but if you choose not to swaddle, make sure you go for a sleep sack or warm sleeper - skip the loose blankets.  We carry a lot of these great products at Cloud 9.

Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, your newborn may still get too hot.  Be sure to watch for these signs of overheating, and if you see them, get him or her medical attention immediately:

  • Hot, dry skin
  • Very high fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Agitation
How do you keep your little ones from getting too hot?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Traveling With Baby

It seems like almost everyone I know is either at the beach, about to go to the beach, or just got back from the beach.  It's July, the heat is on, and it's that time of the year.

Traveling long distance can be tough for children.  Here are a few tips making travel easier for small children:

 -Having activities kids can do in the car, both by themselves or interactive games everyone can play. 

-Plan to stop every couple of hours to allow your child to get out of the car and stretch.  Finding a local park or just letting them play at a rest stop can also allow children to burn off some energy.

 -If all else fails, and you're traveling with your spouse or another adult, pull over and have someone sit in the back seat with the child for awhile.  A little company can go a long way.

 -When possible, try to plan the trip so at least part of it takes place during nap time for your child.

 That last tip has worked well for us.  When we travel with Emma, we always try to hit the road right around her nap time.  She typically drifts off to sleep before we even get out of Decatur.

 When going to the beach, we usually leave in the evening after my husband gets off work, and Emma sleeps the entire way.  We've been very fortunate, I know!

 Another thing to consider when traveling with toddlers is choosing the right car seat.  I couldn't believe when I read that 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly!  Here is a site with some good tips on choosing a car seat:

 When I was researching car seats, safety was the most important factor for me.  I read lots of reviews and talked to other moms.

 Emma was in a rear-facing seat until 18 months.  Then she wanted to face forward.  I loved looking in the backseat and seeing her smiling face back there.

 Once she outgrew her infant car seat, we looked for a car seat that would grow with her.  Again, after talking with lots of other moms, we decided to go with a Britax Roundabout.  It could be rear-facing and forward-facing!

 In a couple of weeks, I'll be driving Emma and Sage to the beach, by myself!  I'll be joining my husband's sister and mother, and my mother down there.  It's a girls trip!  Well, plus Baby Sage.

 Right now, Sage is eating about every 4 hours and sleeping the majority of the day.  So maybe he will sleep that well in the car to make for an easy trip.

 A girl can hope, can't she!

 I hope you have happy, and most of all, safe travels this summer.