Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Today is Ben's first Halloween. He is all decked out in his Halloween gear. We didn't get him a costume. There isn't as big a selection for 6 week olds as you think there would be. He still looks cute. Don't take my word for it though, judge for yourself.
There haven't been any trick or treaters yet, but it's still early and it's about 90 degrees in Central Florida today. I can't blame kids for staying in until it cools down.

I had to go to Ft. Lauderdale for work this week. It was my first time away from Allison and Benjamin since he was born. I have to say I really missed them. Allison hooked me up and sent me 2 videos, but it wasn't quite the same as being there.

I thought about them a lot, but there were a few times that scents reminded me of Benjamin and made me smile. The first, GermX hand sanitizer. I can no longer smell GermX without being reminded of him. The second was the diaper aisle of CVS. Clean diapers are now one of my favorite smells. It hasn't quite passed bacon, but it's quickly climbing the charts.

The last thing I'll talk about is the Angel Care Baby monitor. It monitors sound like every other baby monitor, but it also has a sensor to detect if Benjamin is breathing. If 5 seconds go by, it chirps once. If 5 more seconds go by without sensing movement, it alarms. Over the past 2 weeks, it has alarmed 3 different nights.

Each time we rushed into the nursery and Benjamin was fine. He has started moving around his crib. We put him down to bed int he middle, by morning or feeding time, he has been moving to different corners or sides of the crib. We originally thought that he was just moving too far from the sensor, but the last time it alarmed, he was very close to center.

Last night we decided if it alarms again, to see if he is breathing before touching him or moving him back to center. We need to figure out if they are false alarms, if the sensitivity needs to be adjusted or if Ben is in fact not breathing during the night. It alarmed twice last night. Both times he moved from center and when Allison checked on him, he was breathing just fine. After the second alarm, I decided to stay up and sit in his room. I stayed in there from about 2:45 - 4:05. In that time, he moved from center, but the alarm never went off. He never stopped breathing. I listened and watched him for over an hour and he was fine.

I think tonight I may pull an all nighter and stay in his room. If the system alarms again, I need to know why. I'm sure he is fine, but I'm not willing to take the chance. If I can lose sleep to play video games, go to a club or study for a test, I can lose a night of sleep to make sure my child is breathing. I'll keep you posted.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.


Victoria said...

The Angel Care Baby monitor sounds interesting - how does it work? And Ben looks adorable in his Halloween outfit.

Allison C said...

The Angel Care monitor is awesome! It gives you great peace of mind. There is a motion sensor pad that goes underneath the mattress. It's about 10 inches by 10 inches. That plugs into the Monitor. When the monitor is turned on, it will sense if there is motion or not. So, if the baby stopped breathing, there would be no motion so it alarms. It comes with two hand held units to have in your bedroom or other places in your house that will also alarm and also works as a regular baby monitor so that you can hear the baby.

Anthony C said...

Our friend Rene recommended it to us. She used it for her daughters and loved it.

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