An Uninformative Visit to the E.R.

My son has been vomiting and had diarrhea for a week now. Naturally, I’ve been in constant communication with his pediatrician, who I’m sure now officially thinks I’m the most neurotic Jewish mother ever.

Anyhow, his symptoms have essentially remained the same. Until last night, when he actually coughed so much that he woke himself up at 4am to vomit.
Needless to say I was concerned. His sickness has been going on for over a week now, and if we count the previous colds that he has had its actually been a total of three weeks.
So I put another call into the pediatrician’s on call line. She told me to bring my son to the Emergency Room. So my parents, myself and my son hit the road and headed to the hospital.
We were seen almost immediately by a resident doctor. He asked me what was happening with my son and I relayed the list of symptoms. I also brought a sample of the diarrhea, which my pediatrician suggested that I do.
The resident looked at the sample and snidely told me 
“Ma’am that’s not diarrhea. Diarrhea is pure water”
I was speechless. I didn’t want to get into a semantics argument with this doctor about what was or was not diarrhea. 
Anyway, after he asked me a million questions he concluded that there was absolutely nothing wrong with my son.
“Okay, so why is he waking up in the middle of the night to vomit?” I asked him.
“I’m sorry ma’am you’ll have to ask your pediatrician about that.”
I tried asking him more questions, but his response was the same to each question I asked. So we left with no new information. 
So I returned home only to further harass my son’s pediatrician’s office for answers. Hopefully they will provide some soon. There is only so much frustration I can take before I explode.

Adiri Bottles Shipped

Well folks, I just received an email from Adiri saying that my sample bottle has shipped. Hooray!

I am eagerly awaiting it in the mail so that my son can try it.

We will see how much it actually mimics the breast.

I must say, I have had particularly good luck requesting sample products from vendors so far. I am excited to see what other companies are willing to offer sample products for my review.

Keep checking back here at oldschoolnewschoolmom.blogspot.com for product reviews!


Adiri Natural Nurser
www.adiri.com

FuzziBunz Delivered!

I returned home today with my son in hand to find a surprise package waiting in my mailbox.

It was from FuzziBunz!

I eagerly opened the package to find not only one, but two one size fits all cloth diapers. I was quite pleased.

Upon first inspection, the diapers look very well-made and sturdy. We will see how they hold up to my son’s waste products.

Check back here at oldschoolnewschoolmom.blogspot.com to see my review of the FuzziBunz One Size diapers!

Adiri Bottles For Breastfed Babies

To my dismay, my son stopped taking a bottle at 5 months old. He now exclusively breastfeeds. I used to be able to nurse him and also give him breast milk in a bottle. But no longer.

I was discussing my bottle issue with the mother of a 13 month old. She told me about these bottles made by Adiri which simulate the breast. Apparently breastfed babies really like them.

So I emailed Adiri to ask them for a sample bottle to try. I said the following:

To Whom it May Concern:

I am the mother of a 11 month old, and I am heavily considering buying the Adiri bottles. I am still nursing and having difficulty giving my baby a bottle. He won’t take one.

I currently have blog where I am beginning to review baby products. http://oldschoolnewschoolmom.blogspot.com/

Would it be possible for your company to send me a sample Adiri bottle to try?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Sarah Fader

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I went back to business as usual, and before I knew it, I had a reply from a Adiri! It went like this:

Dear Sarah,

Thank you so much for your interest in Adiri. We would be happy to send you a Stage 1 bottle to review. In order for us to help track our bottle requests, we ask that you please complete the attached form so that we may send your sample out.

Best Regards,
Julie
Adiri.com
http://www.adiri.com/products_html/natural_nurser_faq.asp
CPSIA Certification : http://www.adiri.com/docs/CertificateofConformity.pdf

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I was thrilled! I filled out the form immediately, and I am eagerly awaiting my sample bottle in the mail.

Check back here at oldschoolnewschoolmom.blogspot.com for my review on Adiri bottles.

Help Me! I Have a Baby

Okay, I admit it. Having a baby does come with perks sometimes. Like today for instance. I left the house with my son. It was bad weather, so we decided to drive to the library instead of walking there. My mom was kind enough to let me borrow her car.

But as soon as I reached the car, I encountered a problem. I was blocked into my parking spot by two other cars. Yes, folks, I had become the victim of New York City’s alternate side of the street parking.

What was I to do?

Well, I noticed there was a man hanging out on the stoop across from where my mom’s car was parked.

“Excuse me sir?” I called out to him “Do you know whose car this is?”
I motioned to one of the cars that was blocking my mom’s car into the spot.

“No I don’t, miss, but I can ask my friend who lives on the block.” He said.

His friend stuck his head out of the window and informed him who the car belonged to. Eventually, it was established that there was one man who was responsible for moving multiple cars on the block. It was a community effort.

Anyhow, seeing that I had a baby with me, both these men attempted to help me (graciously). One of the men (the one who was responsible for all the cars on the block) moved the car that was blocking my mom’s car.

Both men then attempted to direct me out of the tight parking spot that I was in.

After many minutes of trying and failing to get out of the parking spot, the man who had a friend on the block asked me

“You want me to do it for you?”

“Okay!” I said without any hesitation at all.

He pulled my mom’s car out of the spot in less than two minutes. He told me that he used to drive limos. It was no problem.

My son was watching all of this in his car seat. Totally mesmerized.

As I got ready to be on my way I said thank you to both men.

“Its no problem,” said the man who was the resident car mover “You got a little one there. You have a lot to take care of.”

“Yeah, don’t worry about it. You got a baby.” Agreed the man whose friend lived on the block.

Having a baby can work to your advantage sometimes. Especially when you are the victim of alternate side of the street parking.

Trying to Remember

Ever since I gave birth to my son, my memory fails me constantly. I joke often that I actually “gave birth to my brain”.

It’s sad actually. I have blocked out entire chunks of my life. Including specific incidents and conversations that I’ve had with people.

When I tell someone that I don’t remember something, its embarrassing. In fact, I used to have a flawless memory. I could recount to you a detailed conversation that I had with someone. That is not the case today.

I spoke with my friend and fellow mom about this today. She told me that she has also suffered a horrible memory loss after giving birth. So its not just me.

The trouble is, when I tell someone that I don’t remember something that happened, good or bad, and they don’t believe me, and there’s nothing that I can do to convince them that I’m not lying.

Believe me, I would like my memory back. It would save me some embarrassing moments. So to all those people that I have offended because I don’t remember something that I said or did, I am officially sorry.

That’s all I can do.

Perpetual Sickness

When my son was young, I kept hearing about how wonderful nursing was. Among its many benefits, it was known for building up a baby’s immune system. Needless to say, I am very pro-nursing. In fact, my son is nearly a year and I’m still at it.

But its not just nursing that builds up a child’s immune system. It is also getting sick.

My son seems to be very good at this getting sick thing.

As a mom, I try to be very active. I take my son out of the house everyday. We go for walks, we go to the library, we socialize with other kids. We are out a lot.

Needless to say, he is exposed to germs everyday. But lately, he just keeps getting cold after cold. And it is truly frustrating.

I am all for building up my son’s immune system, but lets face it, being sick bites the big one. In fact, there was a point where all three of our household members were sick.

My son, my boyfriend and myself were all passing germs back and forth like a game of catch.

I’ve heard from other parents that once my son gets into a daycare/school situation its even worse. Kids pick up colds from one another constantly at these places.

Whatever the case may be, we are stuck in a cycle of perpetual sickness.

Cloth Diaper Update Part Deux

So far I have received several emails from various cloth diaper companies saying that they would not send me samples. Today, however, I received an email from FuzziBunz stating that they would send me a sample diaper to try!

The email was quite simple. It went like this:

Sure, what is your address?

Tereson Dupuy


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