So it is always Summer in Miami… look at these cute finds :).
So it’s Spring Break! and one of my favorite destinations is Vail, Colorado. Having a family ski vacation at Vail is very baby friendly. Staying at a resort that offers day care for your kids is a must, specially if you want to hit the slopes with your hubby instead of taking turns babysitting the kids.
My top choice is Beaver Creek Resort, which offers a great daycare service for kids as small as newborns. Their daycare is conveniently located two stories below the ski lifts. And if you are still breastfeeding, like in my case, you can easily ski down the slopes a couple of times, breastfeed your baby, have a nice lunch, and ski a couple of more times before picking up your kids at 4pm.
The resort also has an ice skating ring and family tubing. In addition, just because your kids don’t ski yet they don’t have to give up the slopes. Beaver Creek has a couple of gondolas for those riders on foot, so that everyone can enjoy the magnificent view.
This year the weather was around 50F during the day, and the skies were clear and sunny. It was the perfect weather to enjoy warm chili and beer sitting by the slopes and to take the kids around to enjoy the snow.
Most babies are already in a head down position between weeks 32 through 38. Only a mere 3% to 4% of babies do not turn. Mine must be special because she fits in this tiny category. So what is a mom to do when her birth plan was to follow a natural delivery? Well, best to keep the hopes high as there are indeed a couple of things you can try to flip your stubborn little muffin.
- Cold and hot presses. This is a very simple technique you can manage to do a couple of times a day at home when you feel your baby is active. Just go to your freezer and grab that bag of peas you never got to cook and place it on the top of your belly, where your baby’s head is supposed to be resting. At the same time, you can place a hot towel on the bottom of your belly. Stay in this position for a couple of minutes. The idea behind it is that the baby will try to move away from the cold and go to the warmest place.
- Music and light. You can try playing music to your baby by placing your ear-buds on the bottom of your belly. Same thing you can try with a lantern. Your baby may want to get closer to either the music or the light. As in the previous technique, do this when your baby is active.
- Yoga headstands and pelvic tilts. Yoga headstands are believed to help turn a breech baby within24 hours. For your safety, and that of your baby, do them with the assistance of a licensed yoga practitioner. Pelvic tilts are very safe and you can do them anytime around the house when your baby is active, and your stomach empty! Try to keep the position for as long as you can, up to 10-15 minutes. Another position is to walk on your knees around the house.
- Hypnosis. You may download a hypnosis mp3 and listen to it whenever you have a time to relax. Listen to it at least once a day. The hypnosis session will help you connect to your baby and hopefully help him or her to turn.
- Homeopathy. If you would like to try homeopathy to help your baby turn, then you can take around 200c of Pulsatilla. Pulsatilla will aid your uterus to grow more evenly so that your baby has more space to turn. Always consult a midwife or doula before taking any homeopathic medicine.
- Moxibustion. OK, here we start getting a bit more complicated. Moxibustion is a very ancient technique employed in Chinese Medicine, which combines Acupuncture and the use of Moxa. Moxa is a cigar shaped stick containing the herb mugwort. The Acupuncturist will stick a needle in each one of your pinky toes and then will burn the Moxa stick close to those acupuncture points. The heat will then stimulate these points and help your baby turn. Success rate is believed to be between 69% and 85%.
- ECV (External Cephalic Version). This is the last procedure you would like to attempt, as it is painful and can result in the rupture of the amniotic sac, sending you to labor. It is usually performed after 36 weeks, and it must be done by an experienced doctor, while under constant fetal monitoring. Success rate is very high, around 65%, although some babies manage to turn back into a breech position after the procedure.
So there are many things you can try before giving up on your breech baby. Also, it is important to note that some babies have been reported to turn head down on the day of delivery. So good luck on that muffin!
I am completely in love of the Australian swimsuit line Triangl. I saw them for the first time on Instagram, and right after I saw them again on the cover of Women’s Health magazine worn by Britney Spears.
These swimsuits are made of neoprene bright colors. They are indeed very unique, and so far you can only get them online at northamerica.triangl.com
As with all the baby products, getting the right one takes time and lots of trials. When it comes to feeding spoons, there is no difference. By the time I got to my second baby I had pretty much tried most of them.
Your baby’s first spoons should be small, since your baby can’t eat much at this time, and the tips should also be soft so they are gentle enough on your baby’s gums. Nowadays you can also get spoons that turn white if the food happens to be over 110°F (43.3°C). My favorites so far are the Munchkin Safety Spoons, which turn white if food is too hot for the baby.
You can click here to get them :).
As 2015 starts, I can’t stop thinking of my new years resolutions to make this a better year for my family and me. These are some of the top on my list:
– Exercise more. I would like to hit the gym at least 3 times a week, and complete either one long run or one Tracy Anderson workout a week. Last year I was very disciplined about my workout routine until I gave birth to my baby girl and found out myself choosing a hour extra of sleep rather than going to the gym.
– Read more books. I used to read lots of books before becoming a mom. After that, of course I kept on reading, but mostly about babies and parenting … this year I would like to go back to my favorite topics, specially historical fiction :).
– Organize my family pictures. This one has been haunting me for a couple of years already. I am confronting that big pile of family pictures this year!
– Potty training my 2 1/2 boy. I hope this one is in my little boy’s New Year resolution list as well LOL.
– Cooking new recipes for my family. Last year I got a couple of nice cooking books because I wanted to try different recipes everyday. Nonetheless, I think I may have prepared 1 or 2 recipes of each :(… This year I would like to at least prepare one new recipe a week.
– Get one massage per month. Carrying a baby around all day long gives me backaches from time to time, so what a better way to fix the problem than getting a massage. I think full time mommies deserve this type of pampering. I love Massage Envy Brickell for regular massages, and I never miss the Miami Massage Month. My favorite Spa in Miami is Lapis, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
– Writing a children’s book. I had written a very good one long time ago but never got to publish it. I would like to see if I can do so this year. It was a really nice story, and I know that my kids would love it :).
These are just some that came into my mind.
I hope we all can stick to our New Year Resolutions :).