|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
Here at WWAC, we love all Dogs and Cats from the big slobbery Newfies to the cute little Yorkies. That is why it is so upsetting to know that everyday in the United States thousands of animals are euthanized simply because they have no place to call home. We can never stop trying to spread the word about the many resources available for pet adoption.
We are the first to appreciate the agility of a herding dog or the athleticism of a retriever. That is what makes our animal friends so wonderful; they come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. So no matter what type of dog you are looking for, there are always options for adoption. First of all, local humane societys and shelters are a great avenue. Contrary to popular belief, not only can you find the fantastic “heinz 57 mix” at your local shelter, you can often find a wide variety of breed specific dogs. Here is a sampling of dogs that have been available at our Humane Society over the past few months: German Shepherd, Standard Poodle, Weimaraner, Labrador, Yorkshire Ter-rier, Pomeranian, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, and Jack Russell Terrier. This is just at I local shelter in a relatively small town! If you are still not convinced, al-most every breed has it's own rescue organization. There is a even a rescue for the new designer mixes (goldendoodle, etc.) While some of these dogs may need special care, many just happened to end up in families that just weren't ready and they are perfectly healthy and adoptable. When you adopt from a not-for-profit rescue organization there is usually a fee. This fee primarily goes to support the care of the animals and the operational needs of the organization.
If despite all of these options, you still decide you need to purchase a dog from a breeder, you must educate yourself. Make sure and do your research on the breeder. Visit the kennel and see where the dogs live. Get to know the parents. Check with breed specific organizations about the legitimacy of the breeder. Many rescue organizations are also familiar with breeders. NEVER buy a pet online (sight unseen) or in a store. These animals almost always come from puppy mills. Finally if you try so save a pet from a bad situation by purchasing it, you are only supporting the owners business of breeding for profit. If you suspect a bad situation, report it to your local au-thorities and to area rescue organizations.
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
Remember that the right dog will always come your way and there is no harm in being patient until the perfect companion presents him or herself. “Mutts” are always a joy and there is some great fun to be had observing and guessing the breed types that make up a wonderful dog. All of the photos on this page are animals that have been or are currently available for adoption at local shelters.
If you ever visited Whispering Waters Animal Clinic on Blowing Rock Rd. in the late 90's, then you probably met Morty. The photo here is one of him on the re-ception counter greeting clients as they arrived. As are most things in Dr.Maggie's life, Morty's arrival into the Whispering Waters world was one that had been foretold.
Due to the limited time that our animals are able to give us, it so happened that in 1998 Maggie found herself running the Blowing Rock clinic with no resident pets! This just seemed unaccept-able, so Maggie commented to her assistant, Jill, that they needed a big boy (adult) male cat to keep everyone company. Sure enough, a short time later a client called the clinic looking for help. She had noticed a stray adult male cat hanging around her house. The landlord had also noticed the cat and commented that he did not like cats and “had a way to deal with cats”. Unfortu-nately , the next day she found the cat laying on her deck not moving. X-rays found a deviation in Big Boy's spine, where the vertebrae were not aligned correctly.
With treatment and lots of affection from the staff, the cat was slowly able to move around again and make a full recovery. The cli-ent reported that she was unable to keep the cat, so Big Boy be-came Morty; resident greeter at Whispering Waters.
While at the Blowing Rock clinic Morty, loved to sit on the counter and hiss at the puppies. When cats came in, he would casually walk over and sit on top of their carriers until it was time to see the Doc-tor. Morty did and still does love to go after people food. A favorite perch for him is on top of a pizza box or next to your plate! These days he lives the good life with Ann and his kitty roommates where he gets lot of love and attention.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|