There has been a massive Tylenol recall:
Giving your baby over the counter fever medication just got scarier.
Johnson & Johnson is pulling all infant Tylenol off the U.S. market after 17 parents and caregivers reported problems with the redesigned bottle’s dosing system. A total of 574,000 one-ounce bottles of grape-flavored liquid Tylenol for infants are affected by the recall.
The recall is the latest in a long series for J&J; a total of 25 Tylenol products have been pulled from the shelves since September 2009.
Read more (Huffington Post)
Guest post written by Jenny Robertson
I was so excited yet so nervous when I found out that we were finally pregnant. It seemed like I’d waited for this moment for such a long time! Well, the first thing that I thought about, after telling my husband, was how we were going to decorate a nursery. I’ve decorated all of the rooms in our house and I like to think that they all very modern, so I wanted to carry that into our nursery.
I started searching online right away to see if I could find some good inspiration for a funky and modern nursery. While I was looking, I ran across the website homeproimprovement.com and after I looked through it a little bit I decided to use them to help remodel our guest bedroom, which I have a feeling we’ll start using a lot more often. I wanted to do this months ago anyway, so it was a blessing to find that information.
I found all kinds of inspiration for a funky nursery, including some really bright color pallettes that are what you would imagine for a kid’s room but doesn’t clash with the rest of our household.
We had a magical moment today.
We saw Santa.
Baby’s first time.
Son was filled with awe.
Santa came riding in on a dog sled today in Park City. Thanks to Allison for telling us about it!
Here we are waiting for Santa. (Check out the really cool red yurt in the background!)
You can see Santa yourself coming riding in here:
After we were invited into Maxwell’s to meet Santa. We stood in a short line and both kids got to sit on Santa’s lap. Baby girl did not like Santa one bit.
But it was precious and we loved it. Thank you Maxwell’s for creating a moment that I will cherish forever.
Look at that face!
My heart if very full today thinking about baby girl turning 11 months today. A lot has happened in the past year. A major milestone for us while I was on bedrest was to get her to 34 weeks. (About this time last year). I think back at that time, the days and weeks spent cooking this sweet little angel.
Our lives have been so blessed with her. She has the sweetest temperment. Over the last month she has really started to interact. She points with her little crooked finger at everything and says, “Ohhhooo”. The world is a very exciting place.
It has been so interesting to see the difference between a son and a daughter. To see the kids interacting and loving to be together.
We are very blessed to have this sweet girl in our life.
Happy Golden Birthday Baby!
Poor little baby girl got her finger stuck in a t-ball today. Those fat delicious little fingers were too chubby to get out of the hole. Every time she’d grab the ball it would tug on her finger.
All the while, our 3 year old was sobbing that we can’t cut his t-ball and that he was so sad he can’t play t-ball anymore.
Of course she had a major blowout and was covered in poop while screaming.
Thankfully, my husband came to the rescue and we were able to cut the remaining t-ball off.
Sweet little girl was exhausted and fell asleep in daddy’s arms. Poor jelly bean.
This was REALLY important for me to read, so I’m sharing it.
(via Power of Moms)
We’re going to be talking a lot over the next month about The Power of Progress, but before we get too carried away with lots of pie-in-the-sky plans and goals, I wanted to address a special group of mothers that often have a hard time feeling like they are making any progress: the mothers of infants.
Each of us wants to feel a sense of progress in our lives. We’re born with an innate desire to make something more of ourselves, and can do amazing things when we take that desire and couple it with the gifts and resources we’ve been given. But mothers of infants often struggle in this area–especially if they had very progress driven lives before having children.
All the standard markers used to signify progress–grades, diplomas, paychecks, promotions, awards–disappear once you become a mother. Maybe more than any other career choice (and I consider motherhood a career choice), motherhood fails to provide concrete measures of success.
Or does it? I remember visiting the pediatrician’s office a few months after my first child was born and feeling a sense of pride when he proclaimed my child happy and healthy, attributing her well being to my conscientious care. After several months of feeling like my life was nothing more than one eternal cycle of nursing, burping, changing, washing, rocking, and consoling, I suddenly felt a sense of accomplishment. I had single-handedly kept another human being alive and well for months on end! (Okay, my husband helped a little.) From that experience I learned to measure progress in a way I never had before: based on my child’s health and happiness. After all, what could be more important?
Important as it is, mothers still need to have interests and pursuits that fill their wells, and opportunities to progress outside the realm of motherhood. (Saren did a wonderful job covering that here.) But that’s why I’m singling out mothers of infants, because when you have an infant in your care, that kind of progress is next to impossible! Mothers in the tough, early months of caring for an infant around the clock have to think outside the box when it comes to measuring progress. And they have to work even harder at not getting discouraged when that progress seems slow.
Without the usual measures of success to define progress, mothers need to create their own definition of progress. Without a boss or a deadline to keep them motivated, mothers need to be their own boss and create their own deadlines. And considering the pace of life with infants (demanding and unpredictable), measuring progress in terms of finished projects or responsibilities outside the home just isn’t realistic.
That’s where The Bloom Game comes in.
If you’re the mother of an infant that feels like your brain is turning to mush and your goal each day is just to survive, I’m inviting you to sign up for this wonderful online resource through The Power of Moms website. Here’s a sampling of the kind of do-able goals you can make with this fun, easy game created by the founders of our website:
Get outside with your children for a few minutes each day.
Drink a glass of water before each meal.
Make arrangements with a spouse, relative or friend for you to go shopping alone.
Spend 5 minutes a day in prayer.
Turn on uplifting music or educational podcasts while doing laundry or dishes.
Take 5 minutes at the end of each day to note all the things you accomplished. (Keeping your cool in a stressful situation definitely counts!)
Set time limits on the computer and TV for yourself.
Reserve a book just for you at the library and pick it up the next time you go with your children.
While the most important progress we make as mothers is in fact raising intelligent, compassionate, productive human beings (and that’s huge!), The Bloom Game provides a way to also feel a sense of personal accomplishment, in small but meaningful ways.
I know what some of you out there are thinking about this list of goals. It’s insulting and humiliating. You’re more capable than that, right? But it’s surprising how an infant can humble you, and even more surprising how they can mold you into a more grounded, selfless, disciplined person if you allow yourself to let go of previous definitions of progress and success. There will be time enough in the coming years for a fast paced life filled with exciting projects and opportunities. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re growing your best self as you put your child first during this relatively short time in both of your lives.
QUESTION: How do you define progress and success as the mother of an infant?
CHALLENGE: Sign up for The Bloom Game!
Why is this so important? It means that if my water were to break or if I were to go into labor the risk is much reduced.
According to Baby Center
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
See what your baby looks like this week.
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.