Time is just flying! I’m halfway through my maternity leave and Jude is already 6 weeks old. Unbelievable!
We starting doing baby massages and Jude just LOVES them. He gets all excited and coos and makes the best noises in the world. One of the massages we do is called the ‘I Love You’ massage. See this video to learn more about that. We’re using Jojoba oil for the massage because a masseuse told me that it is the closest oil to natural human oils and it would be the best for use on baby skin.
I’ve also started giving Jude some baby probiotics. Not a whole lot at a time but I figure it’s a good idea to build the healthy micro-organisms in his stomach and intestines little by little since he started out with none when he was born. It’s funny to think that we dose out antibiotics so frequently but never really do much to build the healthy bacteria in our guts once they’ve all been wiped out by antibiotics. Yogurt is really good for this in adults, but since I can’t feed Jude yogurt, he’ll just get a little in powdered form each time I feed him. 🙂 You can typically find probiotics behind the counter in most pharmacies. They have them for adults as well.
My friend Krista told me about gripe water for babies to help soothe hiccups, which Jude is still getting two or three times a day. They tend to make him a little upset and the gripe water completely gets rid of them quickly! Not to mention, some of the other benefits of gripe water are soothing upset and gassy stomachs. . . since Jude is a farting machine, I’m hoping this will help with that as well!
All that to say that this whole mom thing is getting more fun by the day. It’s so cool to see his personality starting to develop and to watch him grow and change everyday. What a blessing it is to be a mom!