21 Weeks Old.
First of all, we are still sans humidifier. I ended up ordering a different Crane model, one of the cute animal ones. When it arrived I excitedly (my life! it is full of thrills!) set it up and started it running, and while a fine mist blew out of the penguins beak I thought, "wow, the water is draining into the reservoir awfully fast. That must be half a gallon already. And what's that dripping sound?" The dripping sound was the water leaking into the casing (where the motor is, yay!) through several cracks and holes where the plastic was broken. And running out the bottom of the unit, which I had luckily placed on a tray. Unplug! Dump in tub! Pack back up and return! Oof.
We promptly went out of town (more on that later), so I haven't bought a replacement. Any recommendations? Should I go back to the original model I saw last week?
Meanwhile, we've gone through a bottle of Little Noses saline drops. They're the ones my doctor recommended, and they do a good job of loosening up the mucus in poor, congested Tucker's nose. By the way, I'm glad the doctor warned me that he'd probably get pretty angry the first time we used the drops. I accidentally sprayed instead of dropping (depends on how you hold the bottle/how hard to press on it) and he was FURIOUS. But now he's used to the drops and just splutters a little. His cold is still going strong, but he seems happy enough, as long as I use the drops every so often and we suction out his nose before bed. Nosefrida the Snotsucker is terrifying in concept, and babies do NOT enjoy having their noses cleared, but it does a good job. Ben is better at it than I am—he plays trumpet and has good breath control! It's supposed to be much gentler on their noses since it just goes right in the opening of the nostril instead of further up (bulb aspirators can make things worse by making the nasal passages swell up). Plus it's really easy to get it completely clean, which I've always doubted with the bulbs.
We are up in Vermont on an annual ski trips with a group of friends. One couple couldn't come, but there are still three couples and four kids ages three, almost two, one-and-a-half and five months. (Can you believe Tucker is already five months old? I can't.) Had the full contingent been here there would have been another almost-two and another infant! Crazy; everyone is reproducing like mad. ANYway, we are finally trying out the BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light. I love how compact and lightweight it is—definitely a plus when carrying everything down three flights of stairs and loading the car—and the set-up is a breeze. You take it out of the case, turn it upside down, and it snaps open. Unfold the mattress, place that in the bottom, and you're done. Tucker seems fine with it—we'd put him in it very briefly once at home, but we never got around to any "training" naps or anything. His sleep last night was not great but I blame acoustics—a big open house with six adults drinking large quantities of wine downstairs—rather than the crib! I'm hoping that once he's over this cold and we're back home that he'll get back to his nice 11 or 12 hour sleeps at night...
The big favorite that I've forgotten to mention is the Bumbo seat. We borrowed it from a friend, having heard that some babies love them and others really dislike them. Tucker loves it! He likes sitting upright but isn't quiiiite there yet on his own. Since he was about three months old we've been putting him in the Bumbo to play. He used to slump over a bit, and sometimes now he'll get stuck leaning out to one side trying to grab something on the floor, but generally he sits there and plays with toys on the tray and drools buckets. Vast quantities of drool, all over the tray, the toys, soaking through a bib....it's impressive. Up here in Vermont he's got the best seat in the house, hanging out by the fireplace in his little orange chair! Add in a nice hard Flapsi to chew on and he's in heaven. (See photo.)
Kate Flaim is a freelance journalist and food blogger based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.