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post #161 of 223
I think Anna took her first step last night. I'm not ready for this. I couldn't see her feet but I watched her make it from point A to point B w/o holding onto anything so she had to have taken at least one step.
post #162 of 223
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I think Anna took her first step last night. I'm not ready for this. I couldn't see her feet but I watched her make it from point A to point B w/o holding onto anything so she had to have taken at least one step.
Go Anna!

Not so much for not being ready though

Jacqueline - I've been laughing about your googly eye story too! Lately DD has been picking up the tiniest things and putting them in her mouth - little pieces of grass the dog brings in or pebbles from the driveway... I guess her pincer grasp must be good to pick up things that small, at least!

We've also been experiencing an awakening at 3-4 am every night. She doesn't necessarily want to nurse, she just flops around and grumbles a bit. My best guess is that she is starting to be able to tell that her diaper is wet?? So I change her and then generally she will nurse back to sleep. Perhaps this is a good time to begin introductions to the potty? This is my first go at potty training so I'm not sure when to start!
post #163 of 223
Ugh, I don't even want to think about potty training yet. I'm still ignoring that we're going to have to go through that, haha.


What I'm really struggling with is that I want to transition Em to her own crib before the new baby gets here, and it is not going to be easy. Especially since lately she won't even NAP in the crib, she will only nap on me. If I get up at night after getting her down to sleep in the bed, she will wake up hollering.

*bangs head on wall*

Don't know what to do. I want to eventually (like, before I'm 7-8 months along) get her to where her dad puts her down for the night, but I don't know if that's even plausible until she night-weans. The messed up thing is that she night-weaned HERSELF at 6 months old. Was totally sleeping through the night, right beside me. If she stirred, she wouldn't even nurse she would just pop her thumb in her mouth and go right back down. Easy as pie.

Then, about a month ago (I think it may correlate for when this hellish teething session-- all top four incisors-- began, and we've still only got 3 out of 4, don't know what that last one is waiting for-- you can SEE the shape of the edge of the tooth, and feel where the gum is just bulging, but it will not cut through), all of that stopped. She refuses to suck her thumb, she wants to nurse CONSTANTLY, she wakes up 3-4 times a night to nurse. I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm getting up so much to pee which often disturbs her despite how quietly I try to move, but she's sleeping so LIGHTLY. Any noise, any movement, and she'll wake up, when she used to sleep like a rock.

I don't know if this will get better when that last tooth finally breaks through, or whether we're in for a real struggle.
post #164 of 223
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Originally Posted by JacquelineR View Post
I am right there with you, jpi.
We had some googly eyes floating around on the floor from DS1's birthday party that ds2 wouldn't let me throw out. ds3 found and ate one. I only know because his diaper was staring back at me at 1 diaper change
DH thinks I'm nuts for inspecting Luke's diapers, so I'm glad to know I'm not the only Mama who does it!

Luke doesn't have teeth yet either. The pedi has "predicted" teeth since his 2 month WBV

I'm baby-sitting a friend's baby and they're BOTH asleep right now...I can't believe how quiet the house is!
post #165 of 223
hahaha, the googly eye story is hilarious! A couple of weeks ago, I was out turning the soil in my garden and throwing the grubs I found over the wall. My husband and DD came out to visit me, guess all the grubs didn't make it over the wall, because lickety split, dd had one in her mouth. Toilet bowl licking doesn't sound near as nasty after pulling a grub from my daughter's mouth. I think if I had found the grub in DD's diaper, I may have passed out!

Do any of you go camping regularly? We do, and DD has the hardest time at night. We just came back early from what was the most amazing trip ever because I couldn't handle another night of zero sleep. On a regular night, DD wakes up about 4X, which is exhausting enough, but camping it's every 45 minutes or more, and of course, only boob will console her. It's too much for me to handle, but we love camping so we're just not sure what to do. "Sucking it up" can only work so long.

Oh, I also started my second pp period on the camping trip (about a 35 day cycle) and I didn't have any supplies beyond a couple of washclothes (not comfortable!). Nearest town was about 2 hours away, hence the other reason for cutting our trip short. I'm disappointed that af returned at 9 months even though we're co-sleeping and night nursing frequently.

Piper still takes 2-3 short naps a day. She doesn't get enough sleep at night, so the naps are necessary.

She was taking some steps, but seems to have lost confidence after discovering she can use a stool as a push cart to zoom around the house. Love the low tech solutions, though DH felt 'ghetto' and bought her a real push toy yesterday...which she was trying to push around before I even finished putting it together! She pushed it all over the cul-de-sac with a big dopey grin on her face!

Oh, speaking of walking and nice weather and such...do any of your babes wear shoes yet? We really needed some sort of shoe this weekned while camping. She had on double socks for warmth, but was still on the ground walking everywhere. And at home, she's outside alot, and as we live in the desert, we only have dirt and rocks, with the occassional thorny thing on the ground. As much as I don't want her to wear shoes, she needs something on her feet for the outdoors. I was thinking of Robeez?
post #166 of 223
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Originally Posted by OceansEve View Post
I think Anna took her first step last night. I'm not ready for this. I couldn't see her feet but I watched her make it from point A to point B w/o holding onto anything so she had to have taken at least one step.

Marius took his first step yesterday too. But just one. I didn't see him "floating" from one place to another.
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Ugh, I don't even want to think about potty training yet. I'm still ignoring that we're going to have to go through that, haha.


What I'm really struggling with is that I want to transition Em to her own crib before the new baby gets here, and it is not going to be easy. Especially since lately she won't even NAP in the crib, she will only nap on me. If I get up at night after getting her down to sleep in the bed, she will wake up hollering.

*bangs head on wall*

Don't know what to do. I want to eventually (like, before I'm 7-8 months along) get her to where her dad puts her down for the night, but I don't know if that's even plausible until she night-weans. The messed up thing is that she night-weaned HERSELF at 6 months old. Was totally sleeping through the night, right beside me. If she stirred, she wouldn't even nurse she would just pop her thumb in her mouth and go right back down. Easy as pie.

Then, about a month ago (I think it may correlate for when this hellish teething session-- all top four incisors-- began, and we've still only got 3 out of 4, don't know what that last one is waiting for-- you can SEE the shape of the edge of the tooth, and feel where the gum is just bulging, but it will not cut through), all of that stopped. She refuses to suck her thumb, she wants to nurse CONSTANTLY, she wakes up 3-4 times a night to nurse. I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm getting up so much to pee which often disturbs her despite how quietly I try to move, but she's sleeping so LIGHTLY. Any noise, any movement, and she'll wake up, when she used to sleep like a rock.

I don't know if this will get better when that last tooth finally breaks through, or whether we're in for a real struggle.
I hate to ask but...
Is it possible that she's not getting enough milk? I know that my milk dried up around 3 months into my pregnancy with DS3 even though DS2 was still nursing. Em is younger so I'm not sure that would/will happen to you but I thought I should throw it out there just in case.
post #167 of 223
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Less than 2 weeks to go until the trip home begins! I don't have an official date for getting into the US but I do know when he starts the first leg of his trip and that is super exciting

No walking here, she inadvertently will stand on her own for half a second before sitting down but that's it. She doesn't do too much cruising but likes to walk and push different toys around the house. Between her and DS waking up a lot at night, and DH talking to me until 2am every night, I'm not getting much sleep.

Shoes - I bought two pairs of squeaky shoes but neither will fit her for a long time because she has tiny feet, she's in a size 3. My DS was wearing a size 7 by the time he turned one, and is currently in a size 10, so just another example of how different two children can be. I might get her a smaller pair of squeaky shoes because the squeaker is removable and I like how soft the bottoms are. She's currently wearing a pair of soft-soled shoes that my MIL bought her but is about the grow out of them.
post #168 of 223
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Originally Posted by JacquelineR View Post
I hate to ask but...
Is it possible that she's not getting enough milk? I know that my milk dried up around 3 months into my pregnancy with DS3 even though DS2 was still nursing. Em is younger so I'm not sure that would/will happen to you but I thought I should throw it out there just in case.
It's possible, but it's so hard to figure out. I mean I know I still have milk (when she pulls off suddenly I can see it in her mouth) but I don't know how much. She eats a LOT of solid food, both spoon-fed and self-fed, cause I've been worrying about that, and letting her drink water whenever she wants. I wondered if it was hunger that was waking her up, and I've been letting her self-feed a snack before bed, but don't know if that's having any effect...
post #169 of 223
So I've been reading this thread and forgot who said what lol

So a Boba is a baby carrier. It was supposed to be my Xmas present, but we couldnt afford it then. Im loving it, she loves it too. I've carried her in it for LONG periods of time where I was always walking/standing and it didnt hurt my back. She also even let me sit while wearing her and that's a first.

Sophia is a light sleeper too. She always falls asleep while I walk her and she will wake up, for the slightlest thing like changing direction in my walk, going up the stairs or when I transfer her to bed, then I have to nurse her and she might wake up when I stop or when I get out of bed. Im the same way, VERY light/bad sleeper. Both DP and dss could sleep through an earthquake lol

Dss- He is EXTREMELY extroverted, will talk to anyone, everywhere. If we're playing outside he will scream at a passerby "HEY YOU! What you doing over there? My name is (insert full name, middle name and all) do you see my Thomas shirt?". I like that he's not shy, but at the same time I worry about how trusting he is of strangers, any stranger. It's not that I want him to live in fear or anything like that and is not like he's by himself, but I dont know I cant help but worry. I do tell him to only talk to strangers if he's around mommy, daddy, me or another adult like granny, nana, etc
post #170 of 223
ds1 was like that, Auraji. his nickname on my mom's reserve was "Hi".
post #171 of 223
Auraji-there was a boba ad at the bottom of my MDC page my DS is also extroverted and strangers get a kick out of the funny things he says, like "my shoes make me really fast" and he says 'really' like a valley girl.

Kelly-my dd wakes at night a lot as well. Sometimes nothing we do comforts her, I guess it is due to teething, she has 4 top teeth and 3 bottom. I think I'd you want your Dh to put her to sleep the first week might be rough but she will get used to a new routine. It will be super rough for you, it may be better to step out of the house while he puts her down. You may want to think about doing a formula bottle at bedtime, I hate to suggest it but your milk is probably drying up. She may have that need to have a big drink before bed. I know my dd can eat a big dinner then an hour later nurse and nurse.

Katie- fantastic! That few months went by so quickly! Are you planning anything special for his arrival?

Dd is officially walking! She has been cruising and taking steps here and there for2 months but yesterday she walked accross the room! It looks so funny to see such a small baby walking, I forgot how cute it is when they are first teetering.

Shoes- robeez makes a soft shoe with a rubber bottom, I think they call it 'mini shoes'. I got mine at tjmaxx, I need to get a bigger pair because her toes are right up to the top. I think the next size is a 5. Her feet are narrow and some of the GN shoes we saved from DS do not fit her
post #172 of 223
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Less than 2 weeks to go until the trip home begins! I don't have an official date for getting into the US but I do know when he starts the first leg of his trip and that is super exciting


Shoes - I have no idea what size she wears?? Guess I just have to go try some on? It seems like her feet are big but I have no idea. I've never put shoes on her!

I like the Boba carriers, and have been thinking about getting one or something similar (beco or ergo), but they are kinda spendy so I want to be sure I'll use it!
post #173 of 223
Shoes--we have a couple of pairs of shoo-shoos. They're like the soft-soled robeez, but (I think) a little bit less expensive. And there's a sizing chart on the website.
post #174 of 223
I don't know brand names for shoes. I do know that DD is moving out of size 3 soon. I want to take a foot print one her first birthday and file that next to her birth foot prints.
post #175 of 223
I need shoes too, I've been looking around on Ebay. I have no idea what kids shoe sizes are lol I got robeez for 12-18 M from the trading post, because she's almost 12 months and so tall, so Im guessing she has big feet. She's always had big feet.

Im getting a pair of Robbez from a moma here for 7$ shipping and all, need to send her the money on Friday.

The Boba is great. The first time I put it on I thought it was uncomfortable, but I didnt have it on right, the second time was great. I need to figure out the back carry when she's in a good mood. Everytime I had her almost in, she would slip out, but DP put her in and I made dinner with it. I've been able to vaccuum, sweep, mop, do all kinds of things. Im certainly keeping up better with the house. It's also fun to go on walks with her in it. I've been using it a lot everyday, I guess a total of 4-6 hours if I go out for a long time, more. I didnt use my KangarooPouch that much. She would never let me and it wasnt as comfy.
post #176 of 223
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Pottying - I missed this If you started now it would be more like EC. I'm pretty casual about it with Laine but was really consistent about EC with Liam and he was on the potty for #2's by the time he was one 100% of the time. When we moved he developed a hatred for the potty that he still seems to have, I'm hoping when his dad comes home he'll see what it's all about and be more interested in using it, but for now he just screams at me whenever I offer. I'm definitely going to work on potty learning with Laine before age two, probably when she starts walking well we'll introduce it. It's easier to do before they develop a "no" mentality.
post #177 of 223
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Pottying - I'm definitely going to work on potty learning with Laine before age two, probably when she starts walking well we'll introduce it. It's easier to do before they develop a "no" mentality.
This is what I plan on doing too. At least trying to do. She pooped on the potty once because I noticed her I need to poop face and we were already in the bathroom, she was a little weird about it, like what am I doing in this thing lol

Im so excited right now. I've been wanting to move to Mt. Airy for awhile, this amazing VERY crunchy neighborhood. They have an amazing food co-op, a Waldorf school (that we probably cant afford, but my goal is to work so that we can) and I found this AMAZING apt. The rent is cheaper than what we pay now! 995$ with ALL utilities included, we pay 1050$ with no utilities in an ugly townhouse, with trashy drunk loud neighbors who always give me a dirty look and the cops come because they have drunk fights and drunk girls cursing. I HATE this area. There is nothing to do, people are just not the kind of people I like getting close to. I mean there's nice people to, but everyone around my age seems to be kinda problematic.
The building is this wonderful medieval built in 1920, has a swimming pool, elevator. They have laundry/dryer on site. The train station is close, it's all wood floor (YAY NO MORE CARPETS!), it's just the perfect place. I want us to go look at it, because DP should be driving anytime soon. So he can get to work, get dss and everything. I wrote to the people to see when we can go see it and asking when it will be available, it seems they have several renting in the same building.
Im confused though because our lease ended in October and the people who do the repairs said that the owner was asking if we wanted to renew it, I said yea, but they never sent the lease or anything. Dont we need to sign it again to renew it?
post #178 of 223
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This is what I plan on doing too. At least trying to do. She pooped on the potty once because I noticed her I need to poop face and we were already in the bathroom, she was a little weird about it, like what am I doing in this thing lol

Im so excited right now. I've been wanting to move to Mt. Airy for awhile, this amazing VERY crunchy neighborhood. They have an amazing food co-op, a Waldorf school (that we probably cant afford, but my goal is to work so that we can) and I found this AMAZING apt. The rent is cheaper than what we pay now! 995$ with ALL utilities included, we pay 1050$ with no utilities in an ugly townhouse, with trashy drunk loud neighbors who always give me a dirty look and the cops come because they have drunk fights and drunk girls cursing. I HATE this area. There is nothing to do, people are just not the kind of people I like getting close to. I mean there's nice people to, but everyone around my age seems to be kinda problematic.
The building is this wonderful medieval built in 1920, has a swimming pool, elevator. They have laundry/dryer on site. The train station is close, it's all wood floor (YAY NO MORE CARPETS!), it's just the perfect place. I want us to go look at it, because DP should be driving anytime soon. So he can get to work, get dss and everything. I wrote to the people to see when we can go see it and asking when it will be available, it seems they have several renting in the same building.
Im confused though because our lease ended in October and the people who do the repairs said that the owner was asking if we wanted to renew it, I said yea, but they never sent the lease or anything. Dont we need to sign it again to renew it?
That sounds great! In my rental experience I've always had to renew my lease by signing a new lease for such and such period of time. If there's nothing in your current lease agreement signifying that a verbal agreement to extend the lease is valid, then I wouldn't worry about it.
post #179 of 223
Auraji - The new place sounds great and the current place sounds dreadful. I hope you get to change your surroundings esp that your LO will be toddling soon.

Pottying - we bought the Bjorn potty last fall. We're not technically EC, but DD sits on potty 2 - 4 times a day and she goes in it about 50% of the time. I have no clue when she needs to pee. Most of the time I have no clue she needs to poo. For instance, we were nursing the other day and she is calm as a still lake, a perfect nursing session. Somewhere during that nursing, she poo'd and the only clue I had was the odor after she was done. I am not sure when we are going to officially potty train her, but at least she is comfy with the concept. She has also poo'd a few times in her potty chair too.

LO is still suffering from a runny nose and a slight cough. We are signed up for her first swim at the Babies & Parents 30 minute swim time on Saturday. I'm very excited to go, but concerned maybe we should postpone until her cough goes away.
post #180 of 223
On the shoe topic...I wish we could find some. Everything I try his foot is too fat for. I've tried the knock off robeez at Target but they don't fit either. I guess we're sticking with socks for now lol.
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