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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by smerkin View Post
oh and....

WE'RE PREGNANT!!!
It's still very early but DH and I are both thrilled. Due date is around the beginning of August.
YAY!!! Are you in the DDC? I've been stalking it...we started TTC this month and I'm *patiently* waiting to find out! I should find out in the next week....hopefully earlier.

Wouldn't that be FUNNY if we were in 2 DDC together!!!!

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by smerkin View Post
oh and....

WE'RE PREGNANT!!!
It's still very early but DH and I are both thrilled. Due date is around the beginning of August.
CONGRATS!!
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by jenniferadurham View Post
YAY!!! Are you in the DDC? I've been stalking it...we started TTC this month and I'm *patiently* waiting to find out! I should find out in the next week....hopefully earlier.

Wouldn't that be FUNNY if we were in 2 DDC together!!!!

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That would be awesome!! Best wishes!! Hope to "see" you there soon.
post #24 of 29
What are the big birthday plans?

There is a cake in the oven as I type this... because........ TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY!!!! Aside from some cake and some present opening we might go out to a mexican resturant. Our daughter has had all 4 of her birthday's at a particular mexican resturant that is about 5 blocks from our house and if we can figure out how to pay for it, the 4 of us will probably go after dh's gets home from work. Family has been visiting over the last week with birthday wishes. My dad's 72nd birthday was yesterday. He came over and the two birthday boys danced and sang to some 50's music in the living room.

How are you handling birthday + the winter holidays?

Birthday is easy. He isn't old enough to care about having a party and a bunch of guests. I'm so happy to see my baby grow but kinda sad at the same time yk. I look at pics and remember when he was tiny... ALMOST makes me want another baby.... but, not. Not going to have another. Winter has been easy so far. Cold but, no snow. I'm happy with that. I don't mind the ability to cover up my spare tire with sweatshirts either!

How's life adjusting and settling in for you with an extra member?

Easier than adjusting to my first. Breastfeeding is still going well despite having thrush again. Pain set in a few days ago. While I think ds has been generalyl easier than dd was at the same age, most of the ease could probably be contributed to by my being better educated and mentally and emotionally prepared.

Any medical issues?
With Ds? His pulmonary stenosis has gotten a tad bit worse since discovered at 4 months but, still not needing any intervention. If he does need some intervention at some point I've been assured it's a simple procedure, nothing is implanted permenatly, and it has no effect on his activity level. Me? LOTS of medical issues. I'm actually very ill. Can't afford to see the specialists I need to see or even a regular doc different from my primary. Can't get insurance. Chairty program only allows me to see one doc and he said daignosing me is beyond him at this point. Not good.

Are we walking? talking? problem solving? starting trouble?

All of the above! Been walking since 9-9.5 months. Now running and climbing! He says, mama, dada, sisssss (for sister), and key (kitty). He can identify lots of things around the house. If we say them he can find and point to them correctly. He also makes engine noises every time he plays with a toy car or truck. The noises are actually pretty accurate! Lots of trouble starting. Stealing dog kibbles and eating them, pushing large objects over to the window so he can climb up and see outside, figuring out the various locks around the house, figuring out how to open the gate in the hallway. He also figured out how to open the fridge by himself this week.
post #25 of 29
Hey there, mamas!

I was an infrequent (okay, almost never) poster but often lurker on the original DDC. Life was a bit traumatic during my pregnancy and it seemed easier/safer to stay offline, but I still craved the camaraderie of other pregnant women. I'm sorry I wasn't around to get to know you ladies better.

I came here looking for the group because I thought you might be talking about gifts for your little ones in a few weeks, and I was looking for inspiration. But I read through all of the responses (so far) and had to add my own info, as well as congratulate you all on your journey so far. Your babes sound wonderful, and extra congrats to all the mamas who are pregnant again.

What are the big birthday plans?
How are you handling birthday + the winter holidays?
(*sigh*) DS was born on the 25th, so I am staring down the barrel of this dilemma every year for the rest of our lives . . . and I do not know what to do. I think after this we're going to do half-birthdays, which is also somewhat problematic because June 25th is the day after a big holiday for our family and will regularly intersect with a big community camping weekend. But, what can you do?

This year, we will be heading to DH's family's celebration on the 25th, but I am going to try to make the 24th a special one for our immediate family and a couple of close friends--the women who were at DS's birth (and preceding days of labor). Fire in the fireplace, pajamas on, some cozy food & beverages--we were cocooned together in a snowstorm for days leading up to his birth and the week after, so it feels like a time to pull in close and reminisce.

How's life adjusting and settling in for you with an extra member?
Life has been crazy, hectic, and absolutely wonderful with DS in it. His big sister is madly, completely, head-over-heels in love with him and has been since the day he was born. The feeling is absolutely mutual. Our biggest challenge has been the fact that she wants to pick him UP all the time, and the size difference is just way too small for that.
During my pregnancy I was helping take care of my dad in the end of his life; we moved into a new house when I was 36w pregnant; DS was born, had a cold by the time he was 6d old, and we both developed a wicked case of thrush when he was 3w old; my dad died the day before DS hit 4w. It was a rather roller-coaster start to his little life, and one thing we noticed was that from the moment he was born he has been a total ray of sunshine. Not to say that he never cries (the boy can HOWL!) or sleeps wonderfully (he sleeps like a baby) or is an "easy" baby (he has his challenges, like almost all babies) . . . but he has been a joyful little soul, and a source of joy for everyone around him, since the beginning. When he was newly born, he was laid back and uncomplaining about all the driving to doctor's visits and then hospice for my dad. When he was sick (I had thrush on my nipples that hurt like crazy, but this poor boy had it in his mouth AND major diaper involvement that looked awful), he was as patient as could be about all the topical treatments and the weeks of healing. He's just a smiling, happy, agreeable baby that gives out a lot of shining love to everyone who holds him or interacts with him.

Any medical issues?
We've had several colds (DS got that first one at six days old, courtesy of DD) and a bout with the flu. Other than that (and the agonizing bout with thrush in the beginning), we've been fairly healthy. We are very blessed.

Are we walking? talking? problem solving? starting trouble?
Walking: he cruises holding on to furniture (or adult hands) like a champ, and will stand unassisted only when he is holding onto a surface and then gets distracted by things he can pick up--he'll fill both hands and just stand there, seemingly unaware that he *IS* standing on his own. We figure once he notices that, it will be a quick leap to his first steps.
Talking: he says "mama" for me. He also uses the "ma" sound for other things, but clearly knows that it means something with me--a couple of weeks ago he was quite congested from a cold and was saying (what I thought was) "BA ba ba ba ba" from his carseat behind me. I was playing along, and repeating his words, and he kept getting more insistent. When he got frustrated, I tried changing it to "MA ma ma ma ma" and he sat silent for a minute and then giggled and started playing again. I felt bad that the poor little guy was so stuffed up that he couldn't make himself understood.
Other than that, though, he is a babbler and a pointer and a SHOUTer. (We've been calling him Dino Baby for most of his life because of the noises he makes.) He KNOWS what many signs mean, but seems to have absolutely no motivation to use them because he is so good at getting his point across by pointing and bellowing. Ah, well; at least the signs help us communicate with him . . .
Problem solving: ohhhh yes, it has been really interesting to watch him figure out how things work. He has a level of focus that his sister did not have at the same age, and so we will watch him repeat a process over and over with a very serious, studious expression on his face. It's priceless.
Starting trouble: He is a delightful baby with a definite knack for finding the least appropriate item to play with/eat in a room and going STRAIGHT for it. At a Halloween gathering indoors, he was crawling around on the floor and picked something up. My husband asked for it, and DS handed it over (he IS great about that, thankfully; he will hand over anything he picks up if you request it), and it was a live bee. Months before that DH had broken a glass in the kitchen and we had kept the area clear while we picked up, swept, and cleaned the area. Less than an hour later I saw DS pick something up and start to put it in his mouth--asked for it and received a small chunk of glass that had escaped DH's attention when he was cleaning.
post #26 of 29
One year?? really?

What are the big birthday plans?
How are you handling birthday + the winter holidays?
Ziya's b-day is tomorrow and his 'uncle' terrance is taking us out to lunch while daddy's at work. we did a family party over Thanksgiving. My sister made a crayon cake and we took the obligatory face in cake pics.

How's life adjusting and settling in for you with an extra member?
life is good. I wish i could master washing my hair with baby in the shower so it's been a bit of a greasy year for me

Any medical issues?
We have some kind of allergy I can't figure out. After heading to the park he always ends up with a rash, bt it's not worth fussing about.
Are we walking? talking? problem solving? starting trouble?
not walking alone yet but doing everything else. The kid is a climber! get himself in his highchair. pushes high chair to t.v. to climb up and stand on the dresser. gets out of his crib/pack n play. climbs over safety gates. I can wait for the walking, then he'll be unstoppable! he knows dada and ma and chats in little person language to anything that won't leave. recently he's figured out how to turn the phone on, clapping, waving and "touchdown"


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post #27 of 29
I started a thread in the TODDLERS forum

come join me!!
post #28 of 29
What are the big birthday plans?
We had planned a Winter Onederland party for his birthday (the 19th). I was making yarn snowballs, we were going to have juice sno-cones, Pin the nose on Frosty (probably more like "eat Frosty's nose...), etc. Sadly, no one we invited (out of 15 invitations) can make it so I guess it will just be us I now know better than to plan his party so close to the holidays--everyone is leaving town! Next year, earlier party!

How are you handling birthday + the winter holidays?
We actually have 2 birthdays right before Christmas. DS is on the 19th, DH is on the 20th. I'm thinking we'll try and have 2 separate dinners/cakes because DH isn't real excited about sharing his special day Oh, and our anniversary is the 27th, so add in Christmas and New Years and we'll be about partied out for the year!

How's life adjusting and settling in for you with an extra member?
Wonderful. I can't imagine him not being here. I am so happy he is in our lives.


Any medical issues?

He has only had 3 colds since birth. About halfway through his 3rd one now, actually. Makes my heart so sad to hear him cough, though He also has some mild eczema. We've found a few things that aggravate it that we try and avoid: almonds, some dairy (not cheese, though...), and polyester clothing. He also is allergic to cinnamon. If it touches him, he gets a bright red, bumpy rash.

Are we walking? talking? problem solving? starting trouble?
Took off walking at 10 months and is nearly running. He loves doing laps around the house! He is also a climber and I've found him inside our fireplace more than once He says mama, dada, dog (dod), duck (dut), light (dit), and to my dismay, NO. That just started this week. Ugg. He signs dog and all done. We love watching him problem solve! Just this week he figured out how to turn on the light switch. He's been able to turn it off for a couple weeks, but now can flip the switch up as well. Aww.

He does get into lots of "trouble"--eating lots of paper, pebbles, cardboard, fuzz, you name it. He's fascinated with cords and outlets. And toilets. And the refrigerator. And the dog's teeth (weird, I know...he loves to pet his teeth...). We've been introducing the sign for "stop" to indicate which things he should not touch. So far, he laughs every time we do it. So as you can see, it's pretty effective

We still struggle with sleep. Although, it has been getting a bit easier. We used to start him in his crib, then bring him in with us when we went to bed. He would wake up 2-3 times between going down and joining us. Just last week, we got a twin mattress and put that on the floor. Now he starts there and will stay asleep at least 3 hours before waking. I have been joining him there and staying the rest of the night. We are going to start trying Jay Gordon's night weaning method after he turns 1. I am hopeful it will help him get some longer stretches of sleep--he just seems so tired with all the night waking. Plus, we want to try for #2, and I haven't had my first PPAF yet...so maybe it would help with that?
post #29 of 29
Hi everyone - room for one more?? I've lurked around here on and off for over a year, but it's time to post!

Kiddo will be one on the 28th - yikes!!


What are the big birthday plans? Not sure - I think we will just do something fun with the 3 of us.

How are you handling birthday + the winter holidays? We will be traveling to see both sets of grandparents before and after Christmas so we'll celebrate 3 times! I think we are going to try to always be home on kiddo's birthday so it doesn't get lost in the after Christmas rush.

How's life adjusting and settling in for you with an extra member? It's been a fabulous year!! Right now, things are a little crazy as I'm a full time PhD student and trying to finish up my semester. I'm very excited to have a whole month ahead where I just get to be mama. We have also started thinking about #2 - I'd be happy to have another Dec. baby

Any medical issues? Nope - we've been very lucky so far!

Are we walking? talking? problem solving? starting trouble? First steps a few weeks ago and he really took off this past week. It's still so funny to see this little guy motoring around! No words yet - lots of word-like sounds and he definitely is starting to understand more and more of what we are saying. So fascinating to watch him figure things out. The new favorite activity is emptying out drawers and investigating all the contents.
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