5 Signs Your Infant Is Having Difficulty Breathing

  My goal in this post is to help you feel more confident when you have to make the decision between an emergency room trip or waiting for that doctor’s appointment they squeezed you in for five hours later. *Please note I am not a medical professional, just a mom that has a baby that occasionally stinks a breathing.  Please contact your doctor if you have any questions. That being said, my little one aspirates anything that he takes orally.  We use the g-tube for all feedings but he will occasionally aspirate on his vomit or even the bath water.…

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Baby Food Log Free Printable

I’ve been printable obsessed!  I’ve been learning some new programs and having a lot of fun creating useful printables! So here is a free food list tracker and daily food log!  I hope you find them useful. Baby E has started purees but has shown some signs of allergies.  We are also being pushed by doctors to meet daily calorie goals.  I created a few printables to help me keep track of which foods may be causing reactions and then a daily printable to keep track of his feeding schedule. Please feel free to print off a bunch a create…

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What Is Your Inner Voice Telling Your Children?

  Lately, I’ve been struggling under the weight of my youngest son’s health issues.  I spend all day playing nurse, therapist and advocate that sometimes it’s hard to take a step back and see myself as just mom. I recently had a conversation with someone who was finally honest with me and it was eye opening and refreshing. She pointed out that when I talked about him I put a lot of focus on what he can’t do.  I was immediately ashamed.  As his protector, I’ve made it a point to ask family members to refrain from discussing his diagnosis’s in…

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G-Tube Must Have Items

gtube must haves

*This post contains affiliate links, but I don’t recommend anything that I haven’t tried and loved!  Baby E received his Gtube a few months ago.  He received it on a Monday and by Wednesday we were sent home to figure the rest out.  It has been a crazy ride.  I’ll never forget how unprepared I felt the first time the tube fell out into my hands while replacing his pad. I remember googling what I needed for bringing him home and what to expect and surprisingly my search results came up empty.  I thought I’d throw together a quick list of…

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Nissen/G-tube Surgery, Our Story with a Positive Outcome

Nissen Gtube Surgery

  You’ve probably landed here because your doctor has suggested the Nissen/G-tube surgery for your little one. We were in your shoes just a short month ago. It was during our second hospital stay for aspiration pneumonia that my doctor had suggested it. Our son was on the highest dose of Nexium he could have and was still miserable. Couldn’t tolerate more than 20 oz of milk a day, hadn’t gained weight in two months, and of course, there was the pnemonia which we were warned would soon start causing irreparable lung damage. It took me days to make the final decision.…

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Is Your Baby Tongue-Tied?

  When our youngest son was born we had access to multiple therapists in the NICU, one being a speech therapist.  My seven year old was never able to nurse and it wasn’t until a dentist years later informed us he had a lip-tie, did I put two and two together.  I wanted to be sure we didn’t run into the same problems so I asked her to check multiple times for ties and each time she assured me he was fine.  We got home and started working on our nursing relationship.  I ran into the same problems, he wasn’t able…

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Making An Older Child Feel Special After Bringing Home A New Baby

Not only did we bring home a newborn, but we brought home a baby that require more attention and fussing over than the normal baby.  My husband and I were exhausted and barely keeping it together. I went back to work just four weeks after him coming home and we were just trying to keep our heads above water. One day my seven-year-old son broke down over something really silly.  We sat down and had a talk and I realized how much we had been neglecting him emotionally. The two of us had a long discussion about what he needed…

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Things No One Tells You About Leaving The NICU

If you’ve ever had a baby in the NICU you know it was complete and utter hell.  Regardless of if your baby was a grower/feeder or a micro preemie, the journey was stressful and completely draining. I constantly looked forward to that day that I would bring my baby home and everything would be perfect. We would surely all ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. I knew there would be your typical illnesses and I’d miss some work here and there.  I was fully aware we’d possibly be seeing therapists in the future and there may…

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6 Preemie Must Haves For Home Care

My little on arrived ten weeks early.  When we left the NICU 6 weeks later with a tiny little guy I was shell shocked and terrified of taking care of him without the nurses and monitors by my side.  Thankfully we figured it out thanks to the help of some amazing products, and you will too!  Here’s my tried and true must have preemie list.   Kiinde–  This is the only one I found that claimed it safely reheated pumped breast milk (even straight from the freezer) without damaging the good stuff and leaving hotspots. It’s super easy to use,…

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