baby hammocks and tiny hands.
A friend of mine recently lent us her Kanoe baby hammock to try out. I have to say I was a bit skeptical at first, because it seemed like it might be unsafe, but once I put Florence down, I saw how secure it was, how it snuggled her tightly, but didn’t suffocate. If she moved around a lot, I wouldn’t be worried about her rolling over…because it’s imposible. It’s excellent for neuromuscular development, teaching cause and effect, plus there are some great reviews from parents with kids that have reflux, different needs, terrible sleepers, or just your average newborn. The hammock does hold up to 80lbs, or a two year old. We are getting ready to purchase one ourselves from the website, www.kanoe.us
Once we have another baby, it will fit nicely in the room, compared to another bulky crib. That’s a thought that’s somewhat escaped us! What if our second is a boy?! Obviously we’ve gone for neutral colors for the nursery, but for Florence we designed the walls to be more feminine, perhaps we’ll have to soon look at various nursery wall decals to suit a boy, that we could install on the other side of the room, should we have a little boy next, that is!
She loves to play in it because it brings her hands together, so toys fit nicely and are easy to grasp. Plus there is a beautiful wooden bar that you can hang a toy from. It rocks, it’s organic, it’s very well made, it keeps baby off of pressure points, it screws into the ceiling, or you can purchase a King Klamp for the Kanoe (what’s with the K’s?!) from the makers of Merry Muscles, which is what I like. This allows the hammock to travel, and not make messy holes in the ceiling (although this is what we will do in the nursery). You can also explore the option of getting a stand (see the website).
Flo’s first nap was excellent. She didn’t nurse to sleep, she didn’t fuss, but rather cooed for three minutes, and promptly fell asleep. And she’s in the kitchen currently, where there is a lot of light and noise. I can hear her snoring away…
It does take some adjusting, and I have to say she’s not always happy in it. It’s not a miracle bed, but it does do a pretty fine job of keeping her calm and comfortable.
Tomorrow we head off to the neurologist, nurse and occupational therapist again. I’m trying not to worry about Florence’s weight, but I have this sneaking suspicion that the neurologist will be nagging us a bit about it. She hasn’t gained anything since our last visit, but did lose some. I believe she’s gained it back, but I’m not entirely sure.
We will see the occupational therapist to get Florence fitted for some teeny tiny hand braces, to turn her hands outwards, instead of in. I can’t imagine how small they will be. Her hands and feet have not grown much since birth, except a bit in length. She is a real living doll!
We are also on the wait list for occupational therapy at home, to see how we can help Florence with feeding herself, grasping food, and all that jazz. I’m not sure how long the wait list is, but I’m sad there is one. We are blessed to have a physical therapist we can see once a week. We have just started taking her to the pool with the PT, although it’s full of very nosey Chinese ladies who can’t seem to understand why Florence isn’t moving much. There were one too many questions for this mama! Society has a way of isolating people.
In any case, we are moving along, desperate for this cold and flu season to be over. I’m in a season of struggling right now. I’m learning/trying to master my fear, however painful and terrifying it may be.
I don’t want to lose her, but I have to let her go. I cannot be consumed by fear.
Deep breaths, long walks, waiting for the fog to clear.