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post #941 of 1064
happy birthday cordelia!!!

mamamillet that job does sound great.

I personally am so ready to go to work. I have been at home for 4.5 years now, and then i was home with my first daughter for one year before that. I want to move on to other things. I am hoping for a position at a birth center as a birt assistant until i can swing midwifery school. I kind of feel bad that i don't really want to stay home with Junes but i am just pretty burnt out on it.
post #942 of 1064
Happy birthday Cordelia!

And good luck with the job mamamillet! I'm lucky to be able to work from home. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to try to juggle paying attention to him with getting work done, but I'm happy to have both Katmai and work in my life.

Is anyone else's baby obsessed with books? I never thought I'd say this, but I wish he liked books less! He wants me to read them over and over again and screams when I don't - but he'll turn the pages at such breakneck speed that I barely get one or two words in each time, and the stories sound something like this: "bear! (flip) mouse! (flip) look at the... (flip) now they're dancing! (flip) do you see the... (flip) now... (flip) bunny is... (flip) and they're asleep (flip) all done" Books are exhausting when you go through the same one five times per minute.
post #943 of 1064
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Women infants and children-its a progran for low income moms and their kids that provides food vouchers.
Thank you! I've seen it all over the boards here at MDC and have always wondered. We don't have WIC in Canada.
post #944 of 1064
Esmé is obsessed with books too, although she's pretty dainty about turning the pages and usually turns them in good time. I track the words with my finger, which I think has helped her to figure out that the black marks on the pages and the sounds coming out of my mouth are related. My school-teacher auntie suggested I do that, and it's worked! She loves board books as well as paper-page books, and magazines too. She has a great big basket of books and magazines beside her basket of toys in the kitchen.

We spend a lot of time at the library, and there are two bins there full of board books and she ALWAYS fishes out the one I dislike the most. The Margaret Miller baby books (photos of babies and one- or two words on the opposite page.) I cannot stand those, but there I am, dutifully reading them over and over. I bury them in the bins and she fishes them out.

And we only have two bath books, and Esmé wants me to read them over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. I know them off by heart and I don't particularly want to. I've been thinking of hosting a book swap at my place, to get some new material.
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Makenna is a little reader too. She brings me books one by one until we've read like 10. I too hate when she wants to read the same book over and over and over. But I'm glad she is enjoying them. She is really starting to notice small details in the pictures (like a bird or a cat) and she always makes the sign for pig a page or 2 in advance of a picture of a pig in a certain book - so she has learned to anticipate what is coming up. I think that is pretty cool.

Does anyone else's babe still have cradle cap? Makenna's is hidden under hair but it's def. still there. I tried the oil and tooth brush method last night and now I am off to rewash her hair bc she woke up looking like a greaser. Guess I didn't get the oil out. It didn't even get the cradle cap off either! So other than picking at it while nursing, I don't know what to do about it. Will it eventually go away if it hasn't by now?

Cindy
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We have a reader here too. I can usually choose a variety but then we have our days of "just this one" over and over. Goodnight Gorilla seems to be "it" quite often. Ugh...that book! lol

Fi's working on her second pair of molars right now. Good lord, how many teeth do they get anyway!! She is just so restless at night and up to nurse every 1.5 hours or so. Thankfully she's not up and awake at least. With this latest set she'll be up to 12 teeth. I keep thinking we'll get a break in teething but nothing lasts more then a couple of weeks and then she gets more.

We are having so much fun with Fiona these days. She's into pretend play now. She has some wooden food and bowls that she stirs up and drinks and eats. The drinking ends with "aah". She always offers it to us and says 'thank you" since that is what we say to her. She also puts her head on the pillow and says "night night". too cute! She loves to offer a toy and then pull it back at the last second and crack up as she takes off down the hall with it. I love baby humor!
post #947 of 1064
AKIsland: 12 teeth? Makenna's 3rd just popped through a couple days ago!! I don't think she'll have 12 teeth until she's 2 or 3. LOL. Makenna started pretend play too. I love it! Someone got her a teapot that makes pouring sounds and two little tea cups. She pretends to pour and drink and offer to her baby dolls. Today we opened her last present and it was a grocery bag with stuffed play food. I was suprised she pretended to eat the banana since she won't eat real ones. Also there is a milk carton and I told her it was milk and she made the sign for milk. That surprised me since I thought it just meant nursing to her...so she does know that is has other meanings! :-)

C
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Does anyone else's babe still have cradle cap? Makenna's is hidden under hair but it's def. still there. I tried the oil and tooth brush method last night and now I am off to rewash her hair bc she woke up looking like a greaser. Guess I didn't get the oil out. It didn't even get the cradle cap off either! So other than picking at it while nursing, I don't know what to do about it. Will it eventually go away if it hasn't by now?

Cindy
Esmé has cradle cap under her hair too. A significant amount of it. I don't do anything for it. We don't shampoo her hair, although we're thinking of starting soon. Is there a special shampoo for it?

As for teeth ... Esmé still doesn't have ANY!!!
post #949 of 1064
Makenna just took her first steps! She was balancing next to DH and I said "I bet she's going to take a step" and she took a few. Then we had her going back and forth between us. She took up to 6 steps. Yay Makenna!!

Cindy
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go makenna!!
post #951 of 1064
Yay Makenna!

The pretend play sounds very cute. Katmai doesn't do much of that yet beyond pretending to drink out of various containers and banging on the woodstove with our fire pokers.

AK - Katmai loves "Goodnight Gorilla" too! I usually only leave a handful of his books out at a time so I can switch them out when I get tired of his current set.
And starling - I tried pointing to the words while reading, and that worked to slow him down some. I think I got half the words on the page most of the time (as opposed to the 2 or 3 he usually lets me read). Thanks for the tip.

I just found out that Katmai loves to have his nails clipped. In the past, I've always done it when he's sleeping. Today I tried when he was awake, and he was fascinated. He sat very still staring at the nail clippers while I was cutting. And when I was done, he kept giving the nail clippers back to me and fussing until I did it more! (I found a few nails I could clip a bit shorter the second time). How strange is that?
post #952 of 1064
Owyn doesn't do a whole lot of pretend play yet besides the telephone. Everything is a telephone. Which is strange because we really don't talk on the phone a whole lot, but everything she picks up goes up to her ear and she says "Hi!". Then she brings it to me and puts it up to my ear so I can talk. Too funny!

Owyn had her first hair cut yesterday. The ends were still dark from being a newborn. She never lost the hair she was born with. We just cut the scraggly pieces off and swept her bangs a little so they don't hang in her eyes anymore. She looks like such a little girl instead of a baby! No more rat tail hanging down her back. It was a little sad. I was remembering when I was pushing her out and my midwife said "You've birthed her hair!". You couldn't see her head yet, but her hair was so long, it was already out.

My best friend had her first sonogram yesterday. She's 14 wks along. They could have found out the gender, but they are choosing not to which is just torturing me, I wanna know what they're having! I so excited for her, it was so special to see the pictures of that baby inside of her. My other girl friend is due in May and we're working on planning her baby shower. If anyone has any ideas for a special baby shower, throw them at me! She's crunchy like the rest of us and is on here at MDC but doesn't get on very often.
post #953 of 1064
Nillarilla- Can I just say that you are a sleep genius?! We are on day 5 of what you described doing with your daughter, and wow the change is amazing! I was really starting to feel like a prisoner to bedtime, but it is going so well. I knock on wood as I say this. On the first night, I stood next to her crib and it took about 25 minutes for her to fall asleep and she only fussed for a minute when I laid her down, then rolled over and just went to sleep. She would occasionally look up to make sure I was still there, but then would just roll back over and close her eyes again.

Now, I am standing nearly at the door which is all the way across the room from her crib and it is taking her about 15 minutes to get to sleep. No crying aside from the initial fussing when I lay her down. She will usually stand up in her crib once or twice when I first lay her down. I just walk over, lay her back down and then go back to the door. Today is the first day we've tried it with naptime and it worked just the same as nighttime!

I'm just not sure she'll let me fully leave the room anytime soon. I tried to last night and that was a no-go. It's still pretty new though, so I'm not sweating it too much. Just hoping she'll eventually let me leave the room and be able to go to sleep without me there. Thanks again for that advice, it is saving our lives!
post #954 of 1064
Yeah for our new walker! Go Makenna! Fiona is up to about 10 steps but still does most of her walking holding on to fingers, furniture, or walls. If she really needs to get somewhere she crawls since its faster. I do love watching those wobbly steps though!

As for cradle cap Fiona has it too. The only way I know to get rid of it is to oil up her head to soften the cradle cap and then pick it out with a fine tooth comb. I got rid of it all once and have just noticed she has a bit more in her hair again so I'll do her "treatment" one of these days. I'm not sure if she'll sit still for the combing and picking this time though! Also, from what I know it stays and gets worse and harder to get out if you just leave it. My niece is nearly four and has it really bad and won't let anyone near her head with a comb.
post #955 of 1064
Yay Makenna - another walker! I'm still waiting for Royce to take his first steps. I'm beginning to think it's never going to happen He did figure out how to climb the stairs when we were at Grandma's the other day (we don't have stairs in our apartment). He loves racing up them I wish we had stairs because they can keep him entertained for sooo long!

I don't remember Royce ever having cradle cap, so no advice. It may be because he's never had hair, so the oils couldn't build up the same. I'm also beginning to think he's going to be bald forever!

As for teeth, we're still stuck at 6. It's been months since we've had a new tooth. I feel like he's been teething for a few weeks now, but nothing new has poked through!

Royce isn't too into books. Sometimes he will quietly sit and flip through one on his own. And sometimes I can get him to pay attention to me while I read or just point to animals in the book. He has never initiated book reading by bringing me a book.

Not too much role-playing either. He does have a play kitchen but he uses that more to shove things into the oven. Actually almost all of his play involves shoving things into other things.

I signed Royce up for swimming lessons today! He starts next week. It's a parent and baby group (ages 6-18 months). I hope he enjoys it

And I have to add, Royce is sitting on my lap as I type this and he is wiggling his fingers on the table copying my typing. It's too cute
post #956 of 1064
Mal I'm so glad the sleep plan worked for you! I hate being a slave to the bedtime too. Finally got it so that my almost 4 yr old will go to sleep on his own after his stories and I don't have to sit in the hall anymore!!!! Just remember that if you have a set back like teething, a cold, a vaccination, a trip etc you will have to start over.

Yay for all the walkers. Delia's taken no steps yet either. But my ds didn't walk until almost 15mos so I'm really not concerned. She does the surfing stand without holding on which is quite funny to watch.

Anyone else have a babe who will say words ocassionally in the right context and then never do it again? I find it so strange to hear her talk but to only have her do it sporadically.

Delia enjoyed some lox and capers last night. But she's been 'firing' all her usual favorites except bananas. So now I'm having to try and get creative. Which can be difficult with the combo of allergies we have here. She likes salty things these days, olives, capers, smoked salmon, corn chips.
I made her coconut milk ice cream and she loved that! Pretty funny to watch her eat it though. It was a shock to her each time I put the spoon in her mouth.
post #957 of 1064
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Anyone else have a babe who will say words ocassionally in the right context and then never do it again? I find it so strange to hear her talk but to only have her do it sporadically.
Yes! Royce said 'dog' for a couple of days a while back everytime we read his 'Dog' book. But that was it! Hasn't said it since. He hasn't said ANY words since. The only thing I get is mamamamamama when he's upset or if I leave the room and he's crawling after me.
post #958 of 1064
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My niece is nearly four and has it really bad and won't let anyone near her head with a comb.
Geez ... I had no idea it could go on that long!

We're all about the playground these days. We go to one in the morning, and then another in the afternoon. We've been having beautiful weather here, so have been spending every waking moment outside. She loves the swing, and the slide, and climbing the stairs. She's making lots of new friends and is having a great time exploring.
post #959 of 1064
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Geez ... I had no idea it could go on that long!

We're all about the playground these days. We go to one in the morning, and then another in the afternoon. We've been having beautiful weather here, so have been spending every waking moment outside. She loves the swing, and the slide, and climbing the stairs. She's making lots of new friends and is having a great time exploring.
So jealous! I can't wait to get outside more! This winter has been super cold and super snowy/icy. We've been cooped up in this house for too long. We try to go outside when we can, but with my daycare kids (2 months old, 1 year and 18 months old) it's hard to get everyone outside in this kind of weather. I cannot wait for spring. We'll have Owyn's swing set up and can go outside and play!

Owyn's birthday party is this weekend. We're having a spaghetti dinner for my whole family (about 35 people). We had her 1 year portraits taken on Saturday and it did not go well. She was not in the mood. Later that day she started running a fever and has been congested really bad ever since, so I'm guessing she just didn't feel very good. I hope she's feeling better for her party this weekend.
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I'm jealous of the outdoor play too! Katmai never plays outside. Literally never. Everything is covered in snow, and he dislikes being set down in the snow to crawl (I can understand why), so there's not really anything we can do. He gets outside all the time, but only being worn. He loves it, and I hope it's enough exposure to get him to like going out when things melt out in another couple months.

Gillian and Nillarilla: No walking here either! I'm not worried though. He seems to spend half his time playing standing up (not holding onto anything), so I know his balance is plenty good enough - he just doesn't seem interested in taking steps.

No words here, sporadic or otherwise (though he will say "mummummum!" when upset, but it's not a label). Truthfully, though I know so many of your babies are saying words, and it could happen any day, I just can't picture him talking. He does do the "learn a word then drop it" thing with signs though. He had a number of useful ones going for awhile ("more", "milk") and then decided the only sign he wants to do at the moment is "ceiling fan", which he uses for anything that spins around.
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