If you remember from my New Baby Favorites post a couple weeks ago I told you I’d update you about Raleigh’s jaundice situation! Finally had time to write it all down and gladly can also finally say his coloring is looking amazing and I think we might be in the clear, but also confirmed something I suspected since Hayes was born! Since the Baby Nés system ended up being essential to our situation, I’m happy to show just how cool it is while I spin my lengthy tale…So first the backstory: when Hayes was born the nurses let me know he had jaundice and arranged for at home phototherapy treatments. We did our best with keeping him in the lights but even still as a first time mom my milk took longer to come in than with either Cal or Raleigh, and Hayes’ levels sky-rocketed. He was one point away from being re-admitted to the hospital and both Russ and I were devastated. Like we both sobbed on the way home from the doctor. Each day we dropped a few points until THREE weeks later we got him back under a level 10 and able to get him off the beds. Oh happy day!Now cut to Callum. My milk came in a little faster so his numbers didn’t get as high with Hayes (the only way to flush the jaundice out is through poop so the more they eat the quicker they process it!) but he took the same amount of time. We were beyond frustrated as we took him to the hospital’s lab each day, got his little heel pricked, blood tested and would get the results and he was only coming down a point or less each day. Again, THREE weeks later we got the okay to get him off the bed.[Formula Pods, created specifically by age and nutrition needs. Pre-measured and sealed for freshness! Stick the Pod into the holder and close it up!]
So now with Raleigh, I am a more seasoned mother and I am determined to avoid this situation for the third time. I told my nurses and they helped me get him on the hospitals light beds as soon as possible. I started pumping immediately to entice that milk to come in quicker. I supplemented with formula from the beginning to make sure he was eating enough and happily his levels never got higher than a 13. He spent four days in the Bilibed and got the clear. Being able to hold and cuddle him whenever I wanted is such a luxury I am simply not used to in those early weeks. But, now we get to the part where I confirmed that suspicion.
[Fill up the top with water and press start! Within seconds the bottle fills up and it’s perfectly warmed. Done all one handed, mind you!]
Even though Raleigh has been off the beds for a few weeks now, his skin and eyes are still yellow. Maybe it was PTSD but every time I noticed it in the right light I felt immediate panic like his numbers were climbing back up and all was lost. We had his levels re-tested and they had basically stayed the same. So his doctor confirmed he (and probably both my boys, too) has breastmilk jaundice. A rarity at only 3% of babies, where breastmilk actually blockades the bilirubin from being processed out the liver. So for a few weeks or up until 3 months babies will appear yellow and carry it with them. So really, no matter what I do they’ll have those symptoms until they grow out of it. This story is a-dragging but in closing, my pediatrician suggested 24 hours of formula-only to help re-set and get ahead of his levels and FINALLY his coloring shifted. Even though it took three kids for me to figure it out, I am so happy to know this and to have the tools I need to get it done, especially the formula and a simple convenient system. I didn’t know in advance that I would end up relying so heavily on the system, but man am I glad to have it! Modern advancements are really amazing aren’t they?
Thanks to Baby Nés for sponsoring this review! The system is not meant to treat jaundice and if you have a similar experience with take advisement from your primary care doctor.
Back at the Nordstrom Sale again an this time we’re sharing our picks for BOYS! We’ve broken it down to back to school pieces that you’ll both love and as well as special occasion items.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Fall favorites, great fitting pants, all the best shoes (Freshly Picked moccs $40?!) your guy will walk the halls in style with any of these deals!
They have three amazing winter boot options. SOREL $35 off! // HUNTER $40 off! // BOGS $30 off
Winter Coats at a discount you know you’ll need eventually, so grab now! // A friend told us she buys each of her kids 15 pairs of the exact same socks and each sibling has their own print. So doing laundry is a breeze – just pair up and divvy back out! Makes it so much easier. // Beautiful suits for church or special occasions // Cleats at a steal for Fall sports! // Pajamas they’ll be stoked about.
Now, we’re certain you could find a blog or two that has highlighted all the best deals from the Nordstrom Sale – so instead of doing that we’re going to pare it way down and just show you what we would (and did, bye bye paycheck!) actually spend our money on. Investment pieces all the way down to killer deals, the common thread is that we love it.
We’re loving all the bucket bags, beautiful watches, amazing deals on Marc Jacobs sets, and of course hats galore for Fall! Oh and don’t forget the belt that every Kardashian/Jenner has been rocking, but now at a steep discount!
Romantic tops, shift dresses, lush jackets and vests and hold up– they’re basically giving Patagonia (in all sizes) away.
And because a good t-shirt needs it’s own carousel here’s a handful most under $20. All these tees come in a plethora of colors so don’t forget to click over to see them all! Also the coziest pajama set in the land for under $40. We can’t even touch how many amazing options on denim this year, so head over HERE to peek at your favorites!
And even though shoes are sort of let-down this year, there are still some great options! Winter boots, over-the-knee, beautiful pumps, and sneakers galore. Find them all here.
One of the best parts of the N-Sale is the beauty exclusives and gift sets. They make special sizes and collections of cult favorites and a discount so you can try all that makeup everyone raves about with less risk. Get a good sampling under your belt and then you’ll know what to buy in full size the next time around! Don’t forget Small Fry’s favorites like Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deodorant // Anastasia Brow Kit // Living Proof Hair Products (dry shampoo is THE best) // Mario Badescu for stubborn skin // And all our favorite perfumes, below!
Oh, potty training! Amongst ourselves it is in the top ranking for our least favorite tasks as parents. Keeping your cool and being a constant source of positive encouragement, while trying not to pull your hair out? Where is our Oscar? We teamed up with Lysol
to brainstorm our best potty training tips. Our middle boys are all four so it wasn’t that long ago that we traversed this terrain, and to be honest we still deal with accidents at night on occasion, so we’re for sure not out of the woods! Potty training takes a long time, and sometimes they’re just not ready, and that’s ok! We’ve all found waiting until they are equals a much happier potty training experience!
We created this little film with our main guy Jenner Brown to share our tips, but to summarize you have to be prepared and have the tools at your fingertips. We go through a roll a week of these wipes so of course they are a huge part of any messy job and killing 99.9% of those bathroom germs* in one swipe is a busy mom’s kind of efficiency!