Monday, July 11, 2016

Each Child is Different

Baby #3 aka Brennan celebrated his full moon end of last month but I only managed to blog about it now. Initially, I planned a full blown post about his first month. However, my laptop suddenly broke down. It kept on freezing on me numerous times until I had to *take a deep breath* let it go, turn away and slam the door. Needless to say, now I have become poorer by RM 2k++ to get a new one so I can continue blogging. Further, I was busy looking after baby, Naomi and my house as usual then caught a stubborn flu so blogging took a back seat for a while.

Baby #3 and his full moon goodies.

For Brennan's full moon celebration, we didn't do any fancy schmancy party or dinner buffet as I'd rather hold a more happening celebration for his first birthday. Few days before his full moon, we went to Muar to pray in my husband's grandma's house as per his family tradition (I just tagged along). Then on the weekend, we distributed some full moon goodies to a number of close friends and family who reside in Seremban. This time around, each of the full moon gift that we gave away consisted of a marble cake, two angku kuehs and two red eggs.

June 2016: Big sister and baby brother.

When talking about newborn care, I thought that having a second baby has automatically made me a more experienced Mom especially since I had the hands-on experience of taking care of a newborn under my belt. On some parts of newborn care I think I indeed got the experience but the truth is, every day I am actually still learning new things from Brennan because he practically throws me many new lessons every now and then - stuff that I didn't encounter while raising newborn Naomi four years back. For examples:

Boobs vs. Bottle

I am happy to say that so far I have a more successful breastfeeding journey with Brennan. My breastfeeding experience with Naomi back in 2012 was nothing to be bragged about as she was mostly on formula because I thought I just didn't have enough milk for her.

I direct latch Brennan since his birth and am nearly there in exclusively breastfeeding him. However, sometimes I still resort to formula when my husband and I put him at his grandparents' house for a couple of hours or during the occasion when I am drop dead tired, want him to sleep longer past midnight or my breasts are insanely sore from breastfeeding or acting as the baby's human pacifier for much too long.

While we didn't have any problem with feeding Naomi using bottle, we are struggling in feeding Brennan formula when we have to because he loathes bottle and refuses sucking the bottle nipple. This said... Boobs win!

No Sky Juice, Please

Some people insisted that once baby has been introduced to formula, he must be fed with some plain water afterwards. Guess what, my second baby hates water too. It took Naomi like 15 minutes to make her get used to drinking water after drinking formula but with Brennan, this effort has never been successful to date.

Fortunately, doctor advised us not to give any water to Brennan at the moment as the little man doesn't need it yet given that he mostly drinks breast milk and breast milk is 90% water. In fact, my breast milk is a much better water for him because it has nutrients, antibodies and everything good for the baby. As such, instead of giving Brennan water after formula feeding, we were told to give him 1-2 tsp of breast milk instead.

Poop Strike

Brennan had regular bowel movements on his first month. Everything about his digestion system was text book as per what the clinic's nurses briefed us - that Brennan should be pooping meconium on his first days of life followed by 4-8x bowel movements in a day on his first few weeks. He obligingly did so until July arrived... All of sudden, my baby son just stopped pooping. After two days of poop absence, my husband and I panicked so we brought him to see his Pediatrician in town first thing in the morning. His doctor did a quick check on his tummy and declared that baby's digestion system was actually normal. Apparently it is not uncommon for breastfed babies to pass motion once every 3-4 days because breast milk contains all the good stuff for the baby's body and it easily absorbed by their body so they have little waste to remove from their body.

The catch with this poop strike is the 'wind'. Baby's tummy will be gassy and he may cry a lot or not sleeping well if he has too much wind in his stomach. Given this situation, Brennan's Pediatrician prescribed him with some colic drops. What an experience this one was as I really don't recall having this issue with Baby Naomi and she never had to take any colic drops during her infancy.

After 5 anxious days and loud symphonies of foul-smelling 'wind' emission on the 5th day, Brennan finally passed his output before midnight - which we greatly rejoiced. Good Lord, never before I treasured my baby's poop like this. These days, Brennan still doesn't pass motion daily but he does it like once every two or three days.

Tearful Bath Time

Newborn Naomi disliked bath time but only for the first few days. Brennan hates bath time all the time and he is still not a big fan of it until to date. I don't know why he always makes his once-a-day bath time so dramatic one. Luckily, his Mom still manages to stay cool as a cucumber when he bawls during bath time otherwise she'd have grey hair sooner than she thought. Nonetheless, I must give him some credits now because he cries and screams less during bath time lately. I hope I don't jinx it by saying this now...

Oh, the Sensitivity!

Naomi had some red patches on her face for her first few weeks but they disappeared completely in the coming weeks and now she has a beautiful and smooth skin. Brennan also had some red patches on his face but they last until this very day. Not only the red patches he has, he also develops on-and-off tiny acnes on his face and rashes on his body as well. All these become very obvious after he gets really angry or cries heavily but generally the redness subsides after his angry episode passes.

His Pediatrician has prescribed him with some ointments to treat the harmless redness and rashes on his face and body but these skin issues had not disappeared entirely as yet. Doctor has advised me to quit taking any alcoholic food during my confinement and refrain from drinking cow's milk temporarily as Brennan may be allergic to it. As a matter of fact, we still don't know for sure what causes his rashes or what food or drink that I consume leads to his rashes. I do hope this is just a temporal thing tho'.

Learning that Brennan's skin is likely more on the sensitive side, the nurses and doctor from the government clinic where he gets his monthly check up and vaccination encouraged me to use a very mild baby soap/shampoo for Brennan, the natural or organic kind. Better yet, let him just bathe with warm water only. I am okay with the first suggestion but not so convinced with the latter because my baby sweats a lot and I'd like him to smell nice and fresh after his bath.

With the above lessons, I came to understand that just like how each pregnancy is different; each baby is different because babies are born with their individual characteristics and have different needs. What works for one might not work for another so I can't expect to raise or treat each of my children with the same method or routine.

Speaking of Brennan's sensitive skin, the good folks at EnviroHome have been so kind in sending me a bottle of Top-to-Toe Baby Wash for Brennan to try.

Baby posing so cute after bath.

EnviroHome's Top-to-Toe Baby Wash is made of 100% natural ingredients so it's totally safe. This Baby Wash gently cleanses newborns' and babies' hair as well as their delicate and sensitive skin without irritation or drying.

Handsome, clean and smells great after bath.

This product is colorless, doesn't lather much and has no overwhelmingly strong fragrance; yet it still cleans my baby well and makes him smells so good and fresh after bath.

6 weeks old: One more photo spam!

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