i know what you mean!

first verbal EC

Posted on: February 27, 2011

May was sitting with Son on Saturday night after dinner when she said to him “May ddi le^n la^`u i.” (I’m going upstairs to poop). Son took her up to the bathroom and she did her business. This is the first time May communicated before she eliminated. She has been telling me after the fact for a while now, but she has never verbally cue us when she has the urge to go until tonight. Yay for May.

On Thursday I tried to get May to nap without nursing. After 1.5 hours, she did nap. Tonight she was restless at bedtime after having nursed for a while, so I asked her if I could tell her a story instead of letting her nurse to sleep. May agreed, so I told her stories, sang to her, she was still restless. After awhile, I stopped singing and just let her toss around the bed until she finally fell asleep entirely on her own. She has been asleep since – 4.5 hours.

Baby books and experts in the US generally warn about overbundling kids when they are sick and for the most part advise parents to just dress them as usual, with less clothes when they run fever. May doesn’t run much of a fever when she has a cold like this one, just runny nose. If I dress her about 2-2.5 times the amount of clothes she usually has on, then her nose would stop running. Like today, it was 42 degrees and sunny outside. I had the heater at 62 inside, then I had May in 3.5 layers, plus a coat, socks, thick fleece pants, and shoes to keep her feet really warm. That stopped the dripping. Sleeping at night, I run the heater higher than usual, dress her in 1 more layer than usual, and just keep on feeling her head, hands, to make sure she’s not sweating, and that just stops the congestion. This is true for myself as well as An, who used to solve her runny nose problem by going to bed (in Los Angeles!) in a down jacket plus 0 degrees sleeping bag.

I remember Chau, An, and I used to give Danny (Chau’s husband) hell for dressing his kids too warm. He would dress K and N in 2-3x the amount of clothes he had on himself, and saying that he felt their hands were cold, hence he added more layers. Turns out, the hand test works for May. It depends on the child, I guess. May’s hands, same as mine, are excellent indicators for body temperature. When we are sufficiently warm, our hands are warm. It means, in general, that May wears about 2x the amount of clothes as Son and I. Not the recommended +1 layer that popular baby books recommend. It’s more like + a thick coat.


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