Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mothering and Diapering Baby #3

Happy New Year!

2016 went by so fast and my tiny baby #3 is going to be 8 months old next week. I cannot believe I have to start thinking and planning for my velcro baby's 1st birthday celebration soon. It feels like it was just few months ago I brought home a newborn baby to my house.

Here are some bits of my journey in mothering baby #3 so far.

BREASTFEEDING

I still fully breastfeed Brennan on demand. I direct latch him and don't express my breast milk so I have zero breast milk stock in my freezer. My initial plan was to breastfeed him for the first 6 months. Turned out, this little fella doesn't fancy formula milk and refuses drinking from bottle (he only bites the bottle teat without drinking any milk from it) hence he only drinks my breast milk and some water (in sippy cup) after his porridge meals.

Actually being able to exclusively breastfeed a baby is awesome. However, to be honest, I have been thinking about weaning my son from breastfeeding for personal reasons for some time now.

Who's there?

Truth be told, weaning a child from breastfeeding is proven to be not an easy task especially if he is not ready for the change and my milk supply is still sufficient (not over abundant but enough). I introduced Brennan to bottle every now and then but most of the time, my attempts were never successful. There was one night when I suffered from bacterial infection and got so sick to be able to lift my finger let alone to wake up and breastfeed my son. I asked my husband to feed him with formula milk but Brennan totally hated this gesture and kept crying for hours until he fell asleep, exhausted from crying, with empty stomach. The aftermath of this episode was blocked ducts, lumpy and painful rock swollen boobs for few days - these are surely the part I loathe the most in breastfeeding.

With that, for the moment, I will continue breastfeeding my son as usual until both of us are ready to break our breastfeeding relationship. Speaking of weaning, I might feel truly liberated when I could finally wean my son one day but at the same time, I guess I will also be terribly sad and miss our nursing sessions too. How ah?

Y U NO STTN?

I have been very sleep deprived since late May last year and yet to make up for my lost sleeps until this very date. Seriously, prolonged sleep deprivation like this goes beyond a tired body and it is absolutely jarring.

When I was pregnant with Baby #3, every time I read new mothers' creating online sleep log, ranting about their little peanuts' sleep patterns at night, I laughed at them and assumed they simply didn't know how to sleep train their babies. What goes around comes around. Look at me know. Eight months in and my baby is giving me the exact same treatment except that I am too tired to do his sleep diary in writing. I could easily produce a dissertation if I were to do that. Waking up multiple times at night to breastfeed Brennan is actually one of the reasons why I want to stop breastfeeding.

Zzz... I don't want to sleep like a baby at night. I just want to sleep like my husband and quit being a walking zombie during the day.

MILESTONES

At almost 8 months old, little Brennan has accomplished the following milestones:

First flight to Indonesia

Right after I bought our flight tickets in early December last year, I morphed into a stress ball for weeks. I could not help feeling nervous about my cry baby's virgin flight. Would he cry inconsolably in the plane? Would he demand his parents to walk him around the plane for the whole 2.5 hours' flight? What if he develops ear pains in the airplane? Etc, etc.

THANK GOD, my fears didn't materialize. Brennan slept most of the time during the flight. I nursed him during take-off and landing to avoid any discomforts resulting from the air pressure changes and it worked. Nonetheless, before we landed to the airport in Surabaya, Brennan did cry loudly and miserably for about 20 minutes because the turbulence was quiet horrible then, even my heart was thumping violently.

Staying in a hotel for the first time

When we arrived to Indonesia for Christmas, we didn't go straight to my hometown because I worried Brennan would get too tired from the long trip. We stayed in a hotel in Surabaya for a couple of nights before heading to my parents' house.

One happy owl and mommy panda.

It was Brennan's first time staying at a hotel. I booked the hotel online and requested a crib in my booking form. To my horror, the hotel provided no crib because they just don't have any baby crib for guests! Tell me, why did the website even advertise baby cribs in the first place? Alas, we had to order an extra bed to fit the four of us. I could not sleep well in the hotel that time because I was too fearful Brennan might roll over and fall down from the bed when he's sleeping. Luckily, he didn't fall.

Looking fabulous in the morning even after a sleepless night.

Visiting Grandparents' house for the first time

Naomi cried for the two days when she first arrived to my parents' house back in 2013. She could not get used to the new place and found everyone was stranger in my parents' house. Brennan did just fine.

Little elf wearing a cute hat knitted by Grandma.

It's just that during our two-week' holiday in Indonesia, nobody could carry him for a long time except me, my husband and my Dad. Brennan cried every time my Mom, aunts or sister carried him so my Mom could not help me much in taking care of Brennan when we were there.

Studio portraits

Taking studio pictures back in my hometown is so much cheaper than taking the pictures here so I took the opportunity to preserve Brennan's babyhood on properly done studio photos. Oh my! Little man was totally rocking the studio!

Little sailor and his huge bear.

Unlike Naomi, Brennan was so much friendlier and (again, surprisingly) not afraid of strangers (read: the photographer) during the photo shoots. In fact, Naomi was throwing tantrums during the photo shoots so we didn't get any nice studio pictures with her this time around.

Anybody wants to hire me to be a baby model?

Two teeth

After months of drooling and gnawing, we finally spotted Brennan's very first tooth cut through his lower gum when we were in Indonesia in December. Then about a week later, another tooth came out too. Nowadays, when he feels like being playful, he'd bite me during breastfeeding. I then scream out of pain, and he cries because I scare him.

I bite.

Dropping and throwing

I am bound to clean my children's mess, all the time. Already it's hard to make Naomi tidy up her toys after she plays with them, these days Brennan finds it thrilling to drop and throw toys for me to pick up. This man has now surely got so much better control over his hands and fingers. And me.

Cruising

Brennan was able to stand up while holding onto something when he was slightly over 6 months old. Now he can shuffle along while holding on to furniture -- one of the last steps of his journey to walking independently. Where did my little baby go?

So short yet so cute.

Crawling

Brennan was a pro at commando crawling quiet early... and now he can crawl properly so fast, especially if he sees and wants to grab his sister's toys. Have I mentioned that these two can fight over toys now? The big sister is so stingy; she would not share her toys or let her brother touch her toys. The little brother is so persistent and curious, he often wants to play and gnaw on his sister's toys instead of his own baby toys. Of late, my husband and I often have to separate our children from fighting over toys.

When they are not fighting.

DIAPERING MY BABY

You see, my son is one very active baby and his physical developments actually progress rather fast for his age. It's not easy to make Brennan stay still during diaper changes (even after I give him a toy to distract him). He rolls over, crawls here and there and sometimes decides to sit down when I try to put on a diaper on him. Therefore for practicality, these few months I prefer to make him wear diapers pants day and night.

Recently, I was introduced to CHIAUS Baby Diapers, a high quality and affordable baby diapers.

Say hello to Chiaus Baby Diapers.

The first time I held Chiaus diapers on my hand, I could not wait to try them on to my son. The diapers are so cottony soft and look super comfortable for my son who is born with sensitive skin.

So happy and excited for his new diapers.

When I noticed that Chiaus diapers are relatively thinner compared to other brands, I must admit I got a bit apprehensive about the diapers' thinness at first. However, after trying the diapers on my son, my doubt was cleared. Although Chiaus diapers are thin, they are very absorbent and leak proof. The diapers are apparently designed thin with soft breathable top-sheet to promote extra comforts and prevent diaper rash on baby so they are definitely a good choice for day and night uses.

Brennan is so prone of experiencing diaper rash despite me slathering nappy cream on his diaper area very often. One trick to reduce his chance of getting diaper rash outbreaks is to let him wear thinner diapers, such as Chiaus diapers, and change his diapers frequently especially after he poops.

Brennan wearing Chiaus Diaper Pants.

Chiaus diaper pants feature very soft and stretchy waist band so they fits babies comfortably. The pants are easy to wear and easy to tear too. Moreover, as the diaper pants are not thick, they allow active baby like mine to move about or crawls freely without any restrictions or discomforts.

Make way! Active baby is coming.

Just like the diaper pants, Chiaus tape diapers are quite thin as well; yet they have excellent absorbency and strong re-attachable tapes. The leak control guards gently and nicely fits the structure the baby's legs to prevent leaks. I changed my son to Chiaus tape diaper last night around 10pm because he did a poo-nami just before bed time. When I checked him in the morning, his diaper was still okay - full but no leaking!

Dry and happy after morning bath.

Chiaus diapers are clinically approved hypoallergenic so Mommies, go try Chiaus diapers for your babies! You can find more info about Chiaus Diapers on their official website. LIKE their Facebook page so you are always in the loop on their latest promotions, products and useful baby care tips.

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Small packs of Chiaus diapers to give away.
Image source: Chiaus Baby Diaper Malaysia.

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Chiaus Baby Diaper Malaysia. All product experience is genuine and featured photos are mine unless otherwise stated.

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