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Infant Head Ridges Not Necessarily Craniosynostosis

I want to put this out there for any other mamas who might be going through what I recently went through. In short, here is the info I searched all over the internet to find: A bony head or noticeable ridges does not necessarily indicate craniosynostosis! Continue reading Infant Head Ridges Not Necessarily Craniosynostosis

Soleo Lanz Obermeyer’s Birth Story

With Luna it was slow (read Luna’s birth story here). Contractions started after dinner and I was up all night dancing in the moonlight, too excited to sleep. I shared the sunrise with a hummingbird looking out over the lake, spent the day getting in and out and in and out of the tub, but my cervix just didn’t want to open. Ultimately, I ended up pushing her out partially anesthetized on my back on a hospital bed, 30 something hours after contractions began. It wasn’t the gentle home birth I had imagined, and I really hoped the second would go better.

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Goodbye Granny

Bologna sandwiches on white bread, pickles, candy dishes always filled with m&ms or Werther’s candies, cold iced tea and cans of root bear, searching for strawberries in the barrel planters on the bricked front yard patio, nautical theme decorations everywhere, ocean breezes blowing an American flag, the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival, feeding the ducks torn up pieces of bread at Balboa Island – these are the scented colorful flavorful memories of my Granny who passed away at home yesterday evening.

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Granny on her back patio with my mom (her daughter) and dad, a month ago.

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Luna’s Day at The Beach – Swimming and Surfing at almost 2 years old

It’s been a while since Luna has wanted to get on the board in the ocean. We didn’t want to force it, preferring to wait until she asked. The last few days she has been asking. Yesterday morning she surprised us by riding her first few waves solo. She was even paddling back to dad (with some pushes from mom) after each ride. We didn’t have a camera.

Today, armed with a GoPro we tried again. The waves were a little bit bigger and more consistent so she was a little more nervous, but she did get this one great ride and ended it with a big smile!

Luna’s First Solo Waves

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It’s been a while since Luna has wanted to get on the board in the ocean. We didn’t want to force it, preferring to wait until she asked. The last few days she has been asking. Yesterday morning she surprised us by riding her first few waves solo. She was even paddling back to dad (with some pushes from mom) after each ride. We didn’t have a camera.  Continue reading Luna’s First Solo Waves

Luna’s ISR Swim Lesson

ISR is a philosophy of swim lessons focused on keeping babies and toddlers safe from drowning. This isn’t about play or splashing but teaching a young kid how to save themselves if they happen to fall into a pool. In this video Luna demonstrates learning to float, swim to the step, swim to the instructor, flip over and fall in to float, etc. We loved her instructor Jeannie Lambert!

http://www.infantswim.com

Planning to Tandem Breastfeed

Luna was only 16 months old when I first found out I was pregnant with baby #2. At that point solid food was just something she ate for fun, some days more than others, but mostly she was breastfeeding. My first thought after “oh my god, I can’t believe i’m pregnant again!” was sadness that Luna wouldn’t get to breastfeed for the full two years that I had been planning (at least). I immediately started researching what other moms in my position have done and came across a bunch of inspirational and daunting photos of something I never knew existed – tandem breastfeeding.

tandem 1tandem 2Unfortunately just about the time of the start of my second trimester my milk dried up so we’ve been dry nursing since then. While Luna doesn’t seem to mind too much it can be pretty uncomfortable for me. She has started eating a lot more real food of course. One good thing is that not getting milk in the middle of the night has now led her to sleep the whole night through (most nights), which is a definite blessing!

I’ve read that once my milk comes in for the baby that she will most likely start wanting to nurse a lot more. We’ll see… Looking forward to it (although just a little nervously!)

Surfing 4 Months Pregnant With Baby #2

I’ve currently got an awesome 1.5 year old little girl and am now 4 months pregnant with baby #2. Last time I surfed up until 32 weeks. I’m not sure i’ll be able to go as long this time around. Having the toddler to chase around all day makes it hard to get the rest I need so I anticipate stopping surfing a bit sooner. But before I get to that point, i’m enjoying it! The waves have been awesome in Costa Rica lately!