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post #161 of 2966
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Welcome alaskaberry! I think with three of us, we definitely have a skewed representation of Alaskans now.

I don't know what to do about shoes either. Katmai hates shoes and socks. He is barefoot whenever it is remotely possible, and yells and tugs to have his shoes off. His grandmother made him some mukluk-type shoes, which are good for outdoors in the cold, but we don't have anything else, and he'll need some more now that he's walking (and that summer will eventually come).

As for clothes, I get too many hand-me-downs, but am rather ruthless in re-donating anything the moment he grows out of it. I don't think I have yet bought him a piece of clothing.

Gillian: Katmai wakes crying sometimes too, particularly if he's in a room he doesn't recognize, but really anytime he can't immediately see me. He's usually fine fairly quickly, though.
As far as language, I think the normal variation is huge, and best to try not to worry. I worried too, until Katmai said his first word (followed by several more) just a couple weeks ago, and suddenly learned dozens of signs as well. Now I feel silly - language is just not a linear thing, I think. And he might be saying words you don't recognize. I know Katmai makes a bunch of sounds we'd never at all identify as attempts at language if he didn't do them with signs.

Katmai finally learned how to go down stairs! (crawling backwards) We don't have stairs at home, but he's seen tons on this trip and has always loved going up, so it's great he can go down as well now.
post #162 of 2966
On talking... Owyn still doesn't talk much either. Lately, I think she is referring to me as mama, and says baba for most other things. She tends to pick up a word for a while, say it consistently, then drop it completely. She makes a funny noise that means kitty. It's more like the phonics version of the letters k and t said over and over again. Yesterday I noticed she was saying "What" a lot. In the right context too. The questions begin, I suppose! She also says dada, but hardly ever in the right context. I'm not concerned, I know it varies so much. The little girl I baby sit will repeat words and sounds she hears from me, but doesn't retain it for long. And my nephew (6 months older than Owyn) only has a handful of words as well, whereas I have a niece 4 months older than Owyn and she is talking in 2-3 word phrases already.
post #163 of 2966
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So today is my first official day not taking domperidone - the medicine I took for the past year to increase my milk supply. It took me since January to wean off of it! My supply has tanked but Makenna is still a nursing fiend. I'm happy to be off of it.

Cindy
Happy no-more-dom Day, Cindy!
I know how stressful it is to go off of it, but congrats to you for taking it for so long, mama! I hope your boobs are full and plentiful for as long as you want!
post #164 of 2966
we moved Jewel (oldest) to her own room when she was 6 months. DH thought she should be in there. She didn't mind, i did. especially when i had to go in there twice a night to nurse her. The absurdity of it strikes me as crazy that i ever did that. Josie was moved in when she was 2. we went to the store and she picked out her own sheets and it was a big deal all around. She still nursed to sleep just in her bed. slowly we weaned her off nursing to sleep. I plan on moving Juniper in when she is 2, but of course that seems like it will really be dependent on if we have all the house construction done.

alaska berry welcome, how funny that we have 3 people from alaska.

talking- same, i wouldn't worry. I know it's hard, I sometimes do and I'm on my 3rd kid and they have all been different.

shoes- we have some fo the leather shoes from target, and a pair of maryjanes from target with soft flexible soles, and one pair of umi's totally cute, but kind of a pia to put on


Yeah for no dom! That's super exciting, and so cool that you did that for her.

Clothes again- I saved what I pulled out of the older girls drawers b/c they all have such different styles (well I don't know what Junes is), now I just need to go through my clothes.
post #165 of 2966
HOORAY for no more dom!!

I feel kinda guilty saying this, but I'm pretty "over" nursing. Aubrey is just so violent and squirmy, it's just irritating having to constantly remove her pinchers/feet/teeth/legs from the part of my body that they're offending. And she's really only nursing to sleep and 2-3 times at night/early morning, but UGH. But there's no other way to keep her calm at night, so when Huz rolls over at 2 a.m. and says "just give her some booby already!" I, of course, oblige. But if she wasn't looking for it, I wouldn't be bringing it up.

Aubs wakes crying about 50% of the time. Reasons are generally: 1) she's alone and didn't want to be; 2) she doesn't have a booby immediately available; 3) she didn't really want to wake but now that she's awake she doesn't want to be sleepy; 4) mama was trying to cut her fingernails while she slept. But the other 50% of wakings are really happy ones, so it balances out!
post #166 of 2966
I've been lurking here for awhile~ my son Max was born Feb. 15th, 2009. All the Alaskan postings made me jump in~ I live in Maine now but was born and raised in Juneau. So just thought I'd say hi and join in the conversation.
post #167 of 2966
Well Royce is feeling better today Unfortunately I got sick too, but I'm starting to feel better already. This stomach bug wasn't near as bad as the one from last month (and seriously, I don't think I've ever in my life had 2 stomach bugs only a month apart!) But the last one Royce never got, last night was bad as Royce was still sick and then I got sick too. We were a mess. But I was more prepared, I had towels covering the bed so I just had to peel the top towel off when it got messy. I'm just glad we're both doing better now, it was rough!

Welcome LynnolaS!! We have such an active ddc - I love it! And I love that we still get new mama's jumping in

justKate - Oh that's hard about the nursing. I have nights like that too, if Royce is waking a lot, and I'm so tired, and then I get in my mind that 'no, I'm done, I'm not nursing anymore' and of course he cries, and for some reason I will hold off. When really it would be sooo much easier if I just gave him the boob and went back to sleep. I guess I just have nights where I want him night weaned, but it isn't really fair for him to have me being so inconsistent. It's just when I get so tired I'm not thinking rationally. Ugh!

And about Royce's cranky wakings. I would say he's more cranky during his night wakings throughout the night, then he is at his nap wake up and morning wake up. So, it's probably a 'I'm awake and I don't want to be and I can't get back to sleep' cry. But he is also cranky at the other wake ups, he needs to nurse before he can fully wake up and be happy. It's like his morning coffee And it's not just the crying it's the full body thrashing (in the middle of the night wake ups), it gets frustrating. He will kick and squirm and sit up then throw his body down on top of me (and sometimes hurt me). It's hard to be patient and understanding when I'm tired and being physically assaulted. And almost always the only way to stop it is to nurse. So, yeah, night weaning should be fun

Cindy - congrats on finally being free of the dom! You should be sooo proud of yourself, you've given Makenna an amazing gift

Starling - do you find it hard to get the shoes laced up on a squirmy toddler? I can't imagine Royce sitting still long enough for me to lace up 2 shoes. But I will admit that the lace-up stride rites are sooooo cute.

And thanks for the reassurances everyone about Royce's talking. I'm always worried about one thing or another
post #168 of 2966
Yesterday and today, Makenna has been nursing SO much. Like non stop. And I am getting the creepy crawlies...like she isn't really nursing so much as comfort sucking and it's making my skin crawl. I think my nipples are sensitive from all the sucking. This morning she woke at 3:45 and I nursed her for over an hour trying to get her to fall back asleep in my bed (after she refused to go down in hers). Finally at 5 I told DH I couldn't take it anymore (meanwhile she was still crying for more nuh nuhs!). So my angel of a husband got up with her and let me sleep. I don't know why I feel so annoyed all the sudden. And don't know why she feels such a need to be continually nursing all the sudden. Well not all the sudden. She always nurses a lot - but this was bad for even her!

Cindy
post #169 of 2966
Cindy--is she cutting molars? Tucker is like that when he is teething, super clingy and wants to nurse non-stop. She could also be coming down with something...

Hi, LynnolaS! Where in Maine do you hail from? My brother lives out in Bar Harbor, and we used to spend weekends at the beach, so I have a soft spot for Maine in my heart. I'm originally from Vermont.

justKate--kwim, it seems like Tucker wants to nurse non-stop on nights when I want to be up.

mckittre--You're yurt gal from the NYT article. I still have yurt-envy!

akislandgirl--LOL, you're right. Weird, huh? What part of AK are you in?

Thanks for the shoe ideas, everyone! I'll have to check on eBay.

Re night wakings: I am so glad that Tucker is a good sleeper. DS1 woke up every 2 hours, like clockwork, but Tucker sleeps 4-6 hours for the first stretch, then nurses from about 2am on -- of course, by that time, I usually just fall asleep with him attached (we wake up around 8am). If I go to bed early, I do wake up every time he wants to nurse, and wake up with my back aching. But that could also be the bed's fault.

No pottying here either (wow, you guys have started your LOs early!). DS1 is still PL. Tucker will take off his diaper as soon as he's dirtied it, though (if he's not wearing a onesie). Makes for some interesting playdates,
post #170 of 2966
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HOORAY for no more dom!!

I feel kinda guilty saying this, but I'm pretty "over" nursing. Aubrey is just so violent and squirmy, it's just irritating having to constantly remove her pinchers/feet/teeth/legs from the part of my body that they're offending. And she's really only nursing to sleep and 2-3 times at night/early morning, but UGH. But there's no other way to keep her calm at night, so when Huz rolls over at 2 a.m. and says "just give her some booby already!" I, of course, oblige. But if she wasn't looking for it, I wouldn't be bringing it up.

Aubs wakes crying about 50% of the time. Reasons are generally: 1) she's alone and didn't want to be; 2) she doesn't have a booby immediately available; 3) she didn't really want to wake but now that she's awake she doesn't want to be sleepy; 4) mama was trying to cut her fingernails while she slept. But the other 50% of wakings are really happy ones, so it balances out!
The "violent" nursing is really why I stopped forcing daytime nursing sessions. She wasn't really interested, but I didn't want to lose the nursing relationship, so I kept tryin. But she would smack, squirm (with nipple in mouth), thrash around. It just wasn't worth it anymore. We're also down to nursing at bedtime and 2-3 times before getting up in the morning. Although, I did nurse her at lunchtime today. She must have spring allergies and pollen is really bad right now, so her appetite just hasn't been great. So, I offered it to her when she refused lunch for the second day in a row and she happily took it.

Sometimes Owyn wakes crying. It's usually a sign that she wasn't really ready to wake up. So, I'll try getting her back to sleep. If I can just get her to sleep for another 15 minutes or so, she'll usually wake up happy.
post #171 of 2966
Just had to share... It is now 6:50 in the morning and Owyn is still asleep in her crib! From 8 last night, no night wakings at all! I am in shock. My first full night of sleep since I was about 7 months pregnant, wow!
post #172 of 2966
Mal: That is so awesome!! I bet you feel amazing. I think Makenna's record is 6ish. Today she slept until 5:45 but she was up at 11ish. Thankfully she went back to sleep for an hour in my bed until 7 too. I was so afriad she'd be up for the day at 3:45 again!!

Alaskaberry: No molars here. She only has 2 top and 2 bottom so far. I had thought she was getting another top tooth bc I saw something but now I don't see it. I know more teeth are iminent and I do think she has been having teething troubles at night but I don't know that that is why she was so into nursing? I also took her temp and she was normal. Who knows?

Cindy
post #173 of 2966
Thanks for the welcome. Alaskaberry, I live in Portland, Maine. Guess we traded coasts! : )
post #174 of 2966
Things here are as good as can be.... My DP has moved 7 hours away so i have been doing the solo parent thing. We did get to spend the week with hime for spring break and it was nice...we will also be spending the summer up with him as well.
DS plays competitive soccer and has practice 3 nights a week and games on sat and sunday. It is taking its toll. this is the first season we have done the competitive route--usually we only do a rec league. It has messed up our bedtime routine in a big way so our nights have been horrible the past two weeks. Willa seems to have a 1-2 hour restless period sometime during the night. She will nurse then toss and turn. If I turn away from her she stirs and cries...but if I stay facing her I end up with a bonk to the face eventually....
Willa is trying to immitate more words lately. She has bye-bye and ball down pat! She is working on dog, brother and lots of animal sounds! I love this age!! Their personalities just come to life. It is so fun to see how different she is from her brother!
post #175 of 2966
Another full night in her bed! She woke up at about 10 minutes until 7 this morning. I'm hoping this will become a regular thing, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I forgot what it felt like to get this much sleep! Although, nighttime is the only time she was nursing, so my boobs are hard as rocks in the morning.
post #176 of 2966
Mal you could try offering first thing in the am and after lunch. These are the two feeds that were constants for my ds and my dd.

Gillian the only time my dd wakes grumpy and crying like that is when she has allergies, a cold, or is teething.

I've been sick and my kids are driving me crazy. To annoyed to really write much right now just wanted to check in.
post #177 of 2966
well I want to be happy right now but I'm not! I think I have thrush and it feels awful! I thought my nipples were just irritated from the non stop nursing Fiona has been doing these last few days but now I know this is more then that. I'm waiting for the clinic to open so I can get an appointment. Ugh... my boobs hurt! And Fiona is feeling crappy too so has been nursing up a storm.

We have been dairy free for 2.5 weeks. The rash is worse. Could it be related to the yeast? Maybe. I'm going to try taking sesame out next because we eat lots of hummus. Then peanuts if its not that. She eats peanut butter but not tons or often which is why I will try the sesame first. Notice how I'm avoiding the gluten. Yeah, not ready to go there yet. Her appt isn't until the 27th. If we need to see the allergist we will have to go to Anchorage. There is a 3 year waiting list for the allergist that comes to the island. Did I already mention this?! 3 Years??? I don't even get how that is possible.

Welcome LynnolaS! I love Juneau. I lived there for about a year and half but live in Kodiak now. I was in and out of Sitka for over 10 years when I was younger. SE AK is my favorite!!!
post #178 of 2966
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Welcome LynnolaS!

I am very glad to finally be back in my own home, and Katmai is reacquainting himself with all his toys. We still have several feet of snow (and it's snowing this morning), but the sun shines in my windows past 9PM these days. And in my absence, an organic food store opened in my town! (a big deal in a town of 300). One of my good friends is working there and bringing her 10 month old along.

I can't believe that some of the babies are cutting down nursing already. Katmai's just as much of a boob guy as he ever was.
post #179 of 2966
Welcome Home Mckittre! It must feel so good to be home. Yes the light is wonderful isn't it?! The only problem is that 6am light... I could do without that. Time to pull the plastic off of the windows and find the blackout blinds!
post #180 of 2966
AKIslandGirl~ cool about Juneau & Sitka! I always really liked Sitka. SE is beautiful~ I miss that.

We're taking Max to an allergist in June~ he's shown signs of sensitivities/allergies since birth. Not fun.

He's still quite the nurser~ although we sort of accidentally night-weaned, which has been nice.

~Lynn
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