Cribs

Carey - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm new to facebook and especially to Mothers in Wheelchairs but am very excited to have found you all. I'm 34, soon to be 35 in March and am a mother of two beautiful little girls that are 5&6. I also found out that my husband and I are expecting a new little visitor around July, our third and most likely final child. Boy has this pregnancy been opposite than they other two but am managing quite well since I stay home now. The first two I worked full-time about an hour plus from home.



I'm wondering just what you all used as cribs and if you have any pictures to share. We used an ordinary crib with no adaptions to it the first time around but since my spastisity has increased I'd rather use something a little easier this time around. Plus, I gave away the old crib to a friend whose adoption isn't final and really don't want to ask for it back now.



Any ideas would be more than appreciated and I have done a lot of searching and finding extra sites such as Parents with Disabilities and such that has been very helpful too.



Shannon, I especially loved reading about your experiences, finding myself laughing at how similar that things sound.



Hope to talk to you all very soon,

Carey



PS: I am a 16yr post Spinal Cord Injury (T7-8)

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Shannon - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your reply. I shared in a post to Carey about the crib that was so helpful to me, you can read that for more info. Same comment to you...if you would like to share anything about being a mother in a wheelchair, please do so on my blog www.momsonwheels.net.
Great to hear from you!
Shannon

Shannon - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hi Carey! I am thrilled to hear from you! I have just returned today from vacation. Unfortunately, I was unable to check the group and it seems rude that I didn't reply......sooo sorry.
The crib I used had a door in the side rails. It is manufactured by Babee Tenda. Google that name. They do not sell in stores, but I am currently working on becoming a distributor for them. Please feel free to leave any tips or experiences in the comment section of the Moms on Wheels blog.

Again, I apologize for the delay and I am so excited to hear from other M.O.Ws.
Shannon

Carey - posted on 02/26/2009

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Sounds like your last two came about as quick as my first two. My girls are 15 months apart.



I have to agree that reading some of Shannon's insights on motherhood hit the spot. I know exactly what you mean about blowout situations and trying to be delicate yet efficient when trying to keep both you and a child from getting so dirty that both need a shower plus the carpets needing scrubbed as well as anything that you encountered from point A to point B. This is when having my mom living close to us comes in handy even though I try not to call on anyone's help that often. Sometimes you just gotta do what ya' gotta do.



Thank you for responding!! Hope to hear from you again. I have a few good stories of my kids trying my patience and me being in a chair as an advantage to them getting away with things. Plus friends stories that were shared by other wheelchair users that will make you smile just thinking about it.



Carey

Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2009

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i'm interested in hearing what other moms have to say about cribs, too.



i just turned 33, with 3 kids - 4 yr old, 18 month and 4 month old.



esp with our first, i wondered what it would be like to talk with other moms in my same situation. my girfriends and i may share blow-out horror stories, but they sometimes forget that they were able to hold their baby out at arm's length on the trip to the bathroom for the massive clean-up. ; ) reading shannon's blog about looking for what toy was blocking her forward motion when it was in fact her child holding the wheel made me smile.



there is nothing special about our crib although we did a lot of looking for something sturdy enough for me to lean and brace against. i'm a double amputee and with no legs in the way have the luxury of wheeling right up to the crib rails. i use swaddling blankets a lot to pick up babies or lower them down like a make-shift sling. my oldest had a very strong neck and would tolerate my picking him up by his sleep sack. it sounds pretty crude, but it worked.



best wishes to everyone.



jennifer

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