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post #21 of 43
ears, we typically garden all year long! Last year when we had 15 inches of snow, our kale survived beneath the snow just fine. This year with the baby we took the fall and winter off. I meant to get the garlic in the ground, and didn't.

But we typically start stuff inside now, and then harden it off in March/April. Now I'm just focusing on the soil.

Thanks for all of the calming words about the pertussis! thelocaldialect, that is exciting about the nanny! I would love to have a nanny. In my dreams

Di Linh, I love the picture of E! What a big boy!

Tattooed Hand yeah, the DTaP is freaky one. We've never had a bad vaccine reaction with any of my kiddos, but that one hurts particularly because the tetanus hurts.

And we've always had mostly non-vaccinating friends, and the pertussis vaccine only has like a 70 percent efficacy anyway, and this is the first time I've ever had a scare like that. which is pretty fortunate..
post #22 of 43
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Di Linh, I love the picture of E! What a big boy!
ooh, I forgot to say that too - super cute pic of your big guy!!
post #23 of 43
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Remember I finally got around to buying 3-6 month winter clothes for Everett like 2 weeks ago?

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You have totally made my night with those pictures -- he's a doll!! And yes Momma, the onsie is a tiny bit too small. *grin* But totally worth the squeezing for those pictures!
post #24 of 43
Di Linh, Everett really looks like you!

justmandy - Good for you for cutting back the video games! I have the toughest time keeping DD's screen time under control. We were doing really well with limiting consistenlty, and this week with the Olympics DH is gone every evening and I want to watch figure skating streaming on the web...major backsliding on the tv limits!! Good luck with the diet, that sounds intense.
post #25 of 43
carmel: glad Nico is ok! We had a pertussis scare when dd was 3 and that was scary enough! We don't vax, and pertussis is the dx I'm truly afraid of.

mandy: we're doing TED too, it sucks. I'm eating turkey, sweet potatoes, rice, potatoes and pears and I've gradually added squash, bananas, grapes and apples. I gave eggs a try the past few days and have no idea if he's ok with them because he's getting over another cold and is just a little fussbudget. I'm really having a hard time with the diet because I'm also not sleeping and no sleep and no food= cranky mama.


Baby's age: will be 9 weeks tomorrow

Milestones/Updates: the drool has started here too! lots of fist-eating and general gumming of everything. Lots of smiles and he's trying to coo. It's so funny, he'll get all worked up and open his mouth and nothing comes out. Still wants to be held all.day.long which is getting tiring and my back is sore.

Thoughts: It's been kind of a rough week with the TED and feeling frustrated with Griffin's sleep. I sorta have PTSD over the sleep thing because dd was a TERRIBLE sleeper and this entire pregnancy, I kept telling myself that this baby couldn't be that bad. So far, I don't see signs of ds being a better sleeper than dd. We're getting a reflux wedge made this Friday at Children's Hospital, I hope it helps the sleep situation.

Also, I'm just struggling to get a handle on this two kid thing. Dd has been GREAT and is such a big helper and is so patient most of the time for a kid that was used to undivided attention for almost 5 years. I think I'M having a tougher time. I really miss my time with her and right now ds is demanding all of my time and I feel like dd is getting cheated.

Sorry to be a downer! Just having a rough one.
post #26 of 43
thanks for all the encouragement on the TED :bighug

I've been getting creative and it's amazing how good things taste after not having my regular food for 2+ weeks. I made these pancake things out of quinoa flour, millet flour, sugar and sunflower oil and thought the were the bee's knees. Dh said he was sorry I've become so desparate.

The thing that sucks it I'm afraid of all my suppliments and we have a cold that's getting worse. I'm trying to decide if continued possible exposure to allergens is better or worse then taking longer to beat this cold. With my limited nutrition and sleep, I feel like we'll be sick forever

on another note: the only vax I knew I wanted was DTaP because of the risk of pertussis...now I'm not sure after hearing so many of you are avoiding it. I got The Vaccine Book from the library adn his appt is Monday, I better get to reading. There are no ped's in town that will see a non/select vax kid Talk about medical bullying...
post #27 of 43
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The thing that sucks it I'm afraid of all my suppliments and we have a cold that's getting worse. I'm trying to decide if continued possible exposure to allergens is better or worse then taking longer to beat this cold. With my limited nutrition and sleep, I feel like we'll be sick forever
Well have you noticed any improvement? If not, for sanity's sake, it might be worth just backing off a little and just cutting out the major allergens like soy, dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and corn for another month. Then if things still haven't improved, take him to a pediatric allergist for an allergy test so you can find out if there really is an allergy. Personally I vote for sanity unless you know for sure he is allergic to something in particular. I'm not a big fan of TED though because I don't think it's necessary for most babies. I am a mother to a child with multiple life-threatening allergies so I certainly don't take them lightly. I just know that driving yourself crazy doesn't help one bit.
post #28 of 43
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Well have you noticed any improvement? If not, for sanity's sake, it might be worth just backing off a little and just cutting out the major allergens like soy, dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and corn for another month. Then if things still haven't improved, take him to a pediatric allergist for an allergy test so you can find out if there really is an allergy. Personally I vote for sanity unless you know for sure he is allergic to something in particular. I'm not a big fan of TED though because I don't think it's necessary for most babies. I am a mother to a child with multiple life-threatening allergies so I certainly don't take them lightly. I just know that driving yourself crazy doesn't help one bit.
I have cut out the major allergens for quite some time, I've been off dairy and eggs over a month and everything else (soy, corn, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, beef, chicken, shell fish) for over 2 weeks...except waht could be in my suppliments.

I've been asking ?'s over on the allergy board and have learned a little about how foods are related and have made a couple switches. For example, I know he has problems with tomatoes and alfalfa, they are both high salicylate foods so I swapped out the other high sals foods for low sals foods to see if there's a difference. The alfalfa could also be a grass allergy, which is rice so I switched to quinoa.

I don't mind the diet, it's the unknown that's driving me mad.
post #29 of 43
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thanks for all the encouragement on the TED :bighug

I've been getting creative and it's amazing how good things taste after not having my regular food for 2+ weeks. I made these pancake things out of quinoa flour, millet flour, sugar and sunflower oil and thought the were the bee's knees. Dh said he was sorry I've become so desparate.

The thing that sucks it I'm afraid of all my suppliments and we have a cold that's getting worse. I'm trying to decide if continued possible exposure to allergens is better or worse then taking longer to beat this cold. With my limited nutrition and sleep, I feel like we'll be sick forever

on another note: the only vax I knew I wanted was DTaP because of the risk of pertussis...now I'm not sure after hearing so many of you are avoiding it. I got The Vaccine Book from the library adn his appt is Monday, I better get to reading. There are no ped's in town that will see a non/select vax kid Talk about medical bullying...
Mandy,

your pancakes sounds so good!

And I just wanted to say, that I DO NOT avoid DTaP at all. Honestly, I think it freaks people out because it makes baby so uncomfortable (the tetanus part hurts). I'd rather fear a known danger (pertussis) and protect my baby from it then an unknown, rare danger (possible complications from vaccine).

That stinks that there are no peds. in your town that will allow delayed/selective vaccine!
post #30 of 43
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Mandy,

your pancakes sounds so good!

And I just wanted to say, that I DO NOT avoid DTaP at all. Honestly, I think it freaks people out because it makes baby so uncomfortable (the tetanus part hurts). I'd rather fear a known danger (pertussis) and protect my baby from it then an unknown, rare danger (possible complications from vaccine).

That stinks that there are no peds. in your town that will allow delayed/selective vaccine!
Thanks! It's not like I live in a small town either. I only know of 2 family practices that will see us and one is a friend of ours so I'm not sure if hes just doing us a favor. There's one in a town south of here but it;s an hour one way so I'm not sure if that will work for us.
post #31 of 43
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Milestones/Updates: the drool has started here too! lots of fist-eating and general gumming of everything.
Me too! Everyone thinks it's ridiculously early to teethe but he's uncomfortable when dry and fed, drooling, and gumming everything that crosses his path...what else could it be?

DD wants me to type her name. Here goes. Libby. Oh, and now my name. Mama.
post #32 of 43
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DD wants me to type her name. Here goes. Libby. Oh, and now my name. Mama.
Awwww... that's adorable!!
post #33 of 43
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Me too! Everyone thinks it's ridiculously early to teethe but he's uncomfortable when dry and fed, drooling, and gumming everything that crosses his path...what else could it be?

DD wants me to type her name. Here goes. Libby. Oh, and now my name. Mama.
One of my friend's baby popped out two bottom teeth at 3.5 months.
post #34 of 43
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Me too! Everyone thinks it's ridiculously early to teethe but he's uncomfortable when dry and fed, drooling, and gumming everything that crosses his path...what else could it be?

DD wants me to type her name. Here goes. Libby. Oh, and now my name. Mama.
Early teething seems crazy to me... dd didn't get her first tooth until 10 months! I seem to remember her drooling for a long time before.
post #35 of 43
My dd got 2 teeth when she was 3 months then she lost 4 teeth while she was 4! My kids all have gotten teeth early, the boys were about 4 months.
post #36 of 43
My dad was born with a front tooth - go figure.

Also, I got my Mei Tai in the mail the other day and baby is happily sleeping in it as I type! Yay! However, there were far too many color choices and I think I might have liked another fabric design better... Aww, what I would give to sew this stuff myself.

Can you believe these babies are two months old?? Wow!
post #37 of 43
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My dad was born with a front tooth - go figure.

Also, I got my Mei Tai in the mail the other day and baby is happily sleeping in it as I type! Yay! However, there were far too many color choices and I think I might have liked another fabric design better... Aww, what I would give to sew this stuff myself.

Can you believe these babies are two months old?? Wow!
I always second guess my fabric choices! That is probably why I used to own so many carriers. I know, it's crazy how fast they grow. I can't believe Everett will be turning 3 months in 2 weeks.
post #38 of 43
nak w/ fussy babe

i've been trying to jump in, but it's so hard to type!

di linh- those pics of Everett are so cute!! what a chubs!

We have the same situation here w/ the older kids loving the baby- in a way, I feel like this is a gift for me- my older DS literally hates his younger brother and always has. Truly is angry that he exists and their constant fighting and despising each other has been a real source of depression for me. But seeing them both love the baby, and care for her so sweetly, has been so wonderful. We finally have a normal, loving sibling relationship in our family. We can talk all day about how cute and great she is, and they love it and don't get tired of it! they are always marveling over how they are SO HAPPY to have a baby girl, and that it's the SAME BABY we felt kicking inside, and my 4 yo will stay entertained forever just talking to her and helping me take care of her.

She went to the ped yesterday and was 10# at almost 10 weeks. i have no idea where she is percentile wise, but want to look it up on the WHO breastfed charts when i get time. i have a feeling she's small by some of the weights i've read here! my 7 yo was only 15# at one YEAR so i'm amazed that some of your babes are getting close to that at 2 mos.!

I did do the HIB vax, even though I consider us non-vaxers, it was just an instinct. I don't know if we'll do any more. I'm considering prevnar, and wish dtap weren't so scary and that pertussis came seperately, or i'd consider it.

I also have no idea about milestones...my kids are all small, and slow on milestones compared to others! I guess we are just relaxed people! I got out Dr Sears The Baby Book to look up what she "should" be doing at this age but didn't get to read it yet! Definitely not rolling over yet or trying to! Mostly I notice that she's awake a lot more, and seeing more of what's going on, and smiling, and able to latch on by herself without my help.
post #39 of 43
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just wanted to say hi

Im pretty down and low this week about things. . so im here but don't feel much like talking.. so I'll go back to lurking. more next week

post #40 of 43
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She went to the ped yesterday and was 10# at almost 10 weeks. i have no idea where she is percentile wise, but want to look it up on the WHO breastfed charts when i get time. i have a feeling she's small by some of the weights i've read here! my 7 yo was only 15# at one YEAR so i'm amazed that some of your babes are getting close to that at 2 mos.!

I did do the HIB vax, even though I consider us non-vaxers, it was just an instinct. I don't know if we'll do any more. I'm considering prevnar, and wish dtap weren't so scary and that pertussis came seperately, or i'd consider it.

I also have no idea about milestones...my kids are all small, and slow on milestones compared to others! I guess we are just relaxed people! I got out Dr Sears The Baby Book to look up what she "should" be doing at this age but didn't get to read it yet! Definitely not rolling over yet or trying to! Mostly I notice that she's awake a lot more, and seeing more of what's going on, and smiling, and able to latch on by herself without my help.
I think 10# is good. My others have been small, Chubba Bubba however is a giant. I told dh last night we need to remember how samll he really is (he's almost 14# at 8 weeks, like you my last was about 17# at a year).

I don't know milestones either, I think it's b/c he's #4. I know by insticts if something is wrong. It's probably also because when ds2 was WAY behind and I knew something was wrong, we were brushed off saying he was still within "normal". Apperently "normal" is what ever anyone wants it to be....until it's not. Then you've wasted time.

I've decided not to vax...at least for now. (DTap is scary!) Dh is way supportive . I cancled Levi's 2 mo appt. The dr won't see us if we don't vax. There's a family practice in town that I've *heard* will see us...of course I've heard that one before Eh, I'm not that into dr's anyway. I'll just keep buggin the crap out of my midwife.

Sorry for the overuse of smilies this morning...I must be feeling expressive.

ETA: Hih IH, that's what I did for a couple weeks...take the time you need
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