Hey guys! Just wanted to share a couple things with you real quickly.
First off, these are adorable and awesome, and unfortunately not for sale: Star Wars Flash Cards I’m hoping that they will be available for purchase at some point, because I would buy them so hard.
Also, we’re thinking that we might need to get something from this gentleman’s shop and hang it in Gryff’s room.
Because it isn’t enough to be president. You also have to be awesome.
Also, this is an awesome video: Mr. Rogers Remixed – Garden of Your Mind It has me more convinced than ever about the importance of quality TV for kids. I’m not a big fan of the idea of Gryff watching a bunch of TV anyway, but if he’s going to do it I at least want it to be educational in a real sense. And not frenetically paced, either. Kids are frenetic enough on their own without help from TV. Really, I’d rather have him playing and experiencing the world than watching a show, but I know how hard it is to keep them entertained full time. At some point, we’re probably going to have to set him down in front of a screen if only so we can go pee without having to worry about him setting fire to everything we own.
I also just saw this interview on the book “Super Nutrition for Babies” and it sounds really cool. I dig on a lot of the concepts, as they stress non-irritating, nutrient-dense foods. That’s what I try to feed myself and my wife, so it makes sense that we’d want to feed our babies that way, too. It seems like they’ve got a very WAPF-friendly philosophy, which is cool by me. I don’t think we’ll be introducing grains to our kids at all, no matter how they’re prepared, but that’s a really small quibble in the grand scheme. Ancestral health is a big tent, and there’s room for everyone!
Gaining, Gulping and Grimacing – Gryff has been kinda gassy, and has been gulping milk, something we thought was just his style. Turns out that it could be more than that. This article describes our experience almost exactly, so Jenna’s trying to implement what they recommend. It’s been just a day or two, but I think we’re starting to see some changes already, and that’s a great thing. He’s so happy all the time, but he gets really gassy and you can just tell it’s hurting his tiny tummy. Jenna’s been uncomfortable, too, because she was producing just unreasonable quantities of milk. he was drinking it, but wasn’t ever emptying the breast. part of our confusion on this was the information we received from the lactation consultant at the hospital. She recommended swapping breasts early and often to avoid getting engorged. But when you’re a champion of production like my wife, that just means you spend most of your time at 80% capacity instead of actually working through the milk. So now she’s trying to keep him on one side until he finishes, even if it means that she feeds him from the same side multiple times in a row. Like I said, things are promising so far, and I’ll keep you posted on how it works for both of them over the next few days.
Finally, we’re planning to take Gryff to the Colorado Renaissance Festival on Saturday. Should be a blast! I’m trying to sew some little tunics for him so he doesn’t have to experience the shame of being uncostumed at the event. I’ll try to post some kind of simply how-to on baby tunics if I actually figure it out in time. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for reading!