When to Take Your Child to the E.R.

My good friend and fellow mother, Gry, forwarded me this insightful article from CNN.com about when it is appropriate to take your child to the emergency room.

The article lists key symptoms that warrant medical attention. I encourage you all to take a look at it here

The article also encourages parents to trust their instincts. If something doesn’t feel right to you, take your child in.

Thank you good friend and fellow mother, Gry!

Hitting a Frustration Threshold

I have always been an impatient person. I hate waiting in lines, being on hold on the phone, waiting for someone to call me back or answer my text or email. I have an extremely low frustration tolerance.

This low frustration tolerance does not come in handy when having a child.

Today, my son was having a bad day. Was he hungry? Nope. Everything I offered him to eat he promptly rejected. Except for Cherrios. All he wanted to eat today was Cherrios. Try as I might, forcing vegetables in front of him he pushed them out of the way.

I tried to play with him, he didn’t want that either. I thought maybe he was tired, so I attempted to put him down for a nap. But all he did was scream.

Finally, I was completely and utterly exasperated. So I yelled at him:

“What do you want?!!!”

His response: he began crying hysterically.

Needless to say, I wanted to bang my head against a brick wall. Or throw myself out a window. It is during these moments that I wish babies could talk. It would really make things a lot easier.

People tell you:
“Having a baby is hard.”

What they don’t tell you is that sometimes, as adorable as your kids are, they push you to your absolute limit and beyond.

I have never been tested so much in my entire life. And it has really grated on my nerves.

However, I have to tell you, that I feel like (in some bizarre way) being utterly frustrated by my child has made me a more patient person in other situations. I observe myself behaving more patiently in situations in which before I had a child I would have flipped out. So being pushed to a frustration threshold has somewhat of an upside.

Now Hear This: New York City Citizens Help Mom With Stroller!

Today my son and I took a journey from Brooklyn to the illustrious Manhattan. Our mode of transportation: the good old fashioned New York City subway system.

I strapped him into his stroller and hit the road.

Thankfully, my subway station is handicapped accessible so we were able to use the elevators to travel from the street level to the subway level with my son securely fastened in his stroller.

The trouble arrived when I made it to my destination stop. There was no elevator to speak of, and I was going to have to do the inevitable: carry my son in his stroller up the subway stairs.

Until a nice gentleman came to my rescue and asked

“You need help with that, miss?”
“Yes!” I replied instantaneously.

And with that he transported my son up the stairs.

During the course of my journey, several other strangers assisted me with my stroller. And I didn’t even have to solicit their help. They willingly volunteered their services.

And they say New Yorkers are rude and unhelpful!

It just goes to show you. There are some decent people out there, and some of them live in New York City.

Why I Love Steve Burns

The short answer to this question is because my son loves him.

For those of you that don’t know, Steve Burns is the former host of the children’s television show “Blue’s Clues.” The show no longer airs new episodes, but reruns are on Noggin every morning from 7am – 8am.
Blue’s Clues is an educational show that is meant to teach young children (mainly pre-schoolers) a variety of things ranging from counting to where the planets are in outer space.

Even though cognitively, my son doesn’t get a lot of what is going on on the show, he really enjoys the songs associated with Blue’s Clues as well as the fact that it is highly interactive.

The host, Steve Burns, known to the audience simply as “Steve” is very charismatic. The premise of the show is that he is looking for three separate clues in order to figure out a puzzle. Along for the ride is his dog, Blue. Hence the name “Blue’s Clues.”

The show aired from 1996 – 2006. But Steve left the show at some point and was replaced by a character named “Joe” who in my opinion is no Steve.

When my son sees Steve ask a question or sing a song, his face lights up. He even starts bouncing to the beat of the music.

I thought it might just be the show itself that he liked, but he truly can tell the difference between Steve and Joe. He is not engaged very much at all when he watches the “Joe” version of Blue’s Clues. But he goes nuts for Steve.

Steve Burns, I’d like to thank you for entertaining my son. I wish your career still consisted of entertaining babies and toddlers, but I know you’ve moved on to bigger and better things.

Check out what Steve is doing now at his official web page

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

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.


Sarah Fader


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,
CPSIA Certification : http://www.adiri.com/docs/CertificateofConformity.pdf


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.

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