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post #21 of 151
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We've having an explosion of gross motor skills today. She's turned over several more times.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...4845&ref=album

She can happily sit like that for 10-20 seconds at a time. She also likes to stand for about the same length of time. She holds on to my thumbs with minimal assistance from me (I move my hands around to help keep her balanced, but she's holding on to me, not the other way around)

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...4845&ref=album

I bought a set of those foam puzzle pieces that make a floor mat this weekend. I'm loving it. I'm learning all of these things that L can do that I was unaware of!
Hee hee, Nomi does those too! I just took this picture yesterday. We have lots of giggling and chattering too. It's so much fun.

I'm slowly starting to realize how much different my bond with DD is compared to my bond with DS. I don't remember ANY of this sweet, enjoyable newborn stuff with him. All I remember is him constantly screaming and me constantly crying and unable to figure out what was wrong. I don't even remember being excited when he sat up or stood.

As DS gets less manageable as a toddler (26mo), I've been feeling more and more mama guilt about how bad a mama I've been to him. I know that I did the best I could with what I have, but man it's hard to admit that you have a WAY stronger bond with one child. I've been trying to work hard to repair that bond with DS, but OY. Toddlerdom is making it hard.

*sigh* Pensive night.
post #22 of 151
Cecilia rolled from back to front today! That means she's rolling both ways now. I can't believe how big she's getting!
post #23 of 151
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snoopy -- Sure, we've got plenty of houses for sale around here!

sme -- That's rough. Was your DS just a rough baby or did you have PPD or why do you think you had a harder time bonding with him?
post #24 of 151
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OMG! I was just typing that last reply while Sprout had naked time beside me.... I had a cloth diaper over his boy parts in case of pee.... but he did pee, and apparently all the diaper did was aim things so that he peed all over his chest, face (even in his eye!), ear, and blanket above his head!!

post #25 of 151
Mercy can roll both ways. It is cute. She's gotten a lot more social even just in the last couple of days.

I don't think they should shut us down for weeks yet. I mean, some of us only have 2 1/2 months old. SilverSpook didn't give birth until May 17, and in honor of her elephantine awesomeness, our DDC should stay open AT LEAST until August 17. It's only fair.

post #26 of 151
So Kelsey is sitting here watching Playhouse Disney while I pump. I tried turning her bouncy seat completely away from the TV but she still is craning her head around to see it, and she is laughing at it!! Ah to be the younger child. This one is going to have ADD for sure......
post #27 of 151
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So Kelsey is sitting here watching Playhouse Disney while I pump. I tried turning her bouncy seat completely away from the TV but she still is craning her head around to see it, and she is laughing at it!! Ah to be the younger child. This one is going to have ADD for sure......
We have the TV fascination thing going on too. DD1 didn't see TV until she was 2, but DD2 loves it and will lay on the floor with DD1 and watch an entire show while I shower or do dishes. HORRIBLE! Her tiny little brain is rotting.

Ada can roll onto her back sometimes. She gets her arm stuck under her. DD1 never crawled and hardly cared about rolling, so it will be interesting to see what Ada does.
post #28 of 151
We have TV fascination too. Cecilia especially loves cooking shows! I think it's because she LOVES to see people talking and moving, and on cooking shows the host is never off the screen, so she pretty much never gets distracted!
post #29 of 151
E gets pretty distracted by the TV too.

Sme, I don't remember this stage with ANY of my other kids. With DD1 we were mired in colic and PPD at this stage, so I have no idea anyway - but the others weren't really babblers at ALL. All three were late talkers. It is possible that your son wasn't like this as a baby, like with my middle two. It is also possible that like me with DD1 there is something lost there; but I know academically that I was the best parent I could be to her, that her needs were met, that "fake it 'till you make it" worked with her. I have a lot of memories from DD1 that are only triggered by photos, that I really can't access just by thinking about her baby-hood; I thought it was because of the PPD but I also have that phenomenon going on for the middle two, if a little less extreme, and I felt really even-keel when they were babies.
post #30 of 151
S loves tv too... I try not to do it but sometimes I am just so pooped that I need a rest. I mean, I still try to keep her facing me and interacting with me, but...
Lorelei and Nomi are so advanced! S's only rolled front to back a few times, I can see by her crazy kicking legs and little pushes up into a kind of "bridge" pose on her back that she's going to be going both ways soon. She loves sitting but can't do it on her own yet. She spends most of her time with us wanting to be held standing. She loves the jumpy thing but not so much for jumping, just for standing and sucking on her fists . And when she's on her tummy, she seems like she's trying to figure out how to crawl already... gah! That's gotta be a long ways away, right?
We are definitely doing some kind of mild teething... no bumps or anything but all day long all she wants to do is shove something in her mouth to chew on, her tongue is over to one side constantly, she's whiny and a tiny bit feverish. Thank goodness she slept better last night (back to swaddling!) but was up really early this morning with the whiny, nothing-can-satisfy me baby fussin' blues. Normally I just help her wake up, change her, grin at her, and she falls back to sleep - this morning she was obviously tired but sooo fussy and didn't settle until I reswaddled her and rocked and patted her, which normally doesn't work to help her sleep. Those babies, keeping us on our toes!

I must admit I am a little frustrated that she STILL can't find her hands to suck on when she's tired. ARGH! I feel like she's been so close to self soothing in that way for weeks and weeks, but nope. She just wants my pinky... this morning I kept trying to change fingers so it wouldn't prune so much and she was like, "how dare you!".

Still waking up twice a night (occasionally more), bed at 9pm, nurse at 2am, nurse again at 5 or 6, up at 7ish, back to sleep till 8:30 or so. I'm hoping that eventually this will all kinda flow together, but realize that as an EBF baby, it could be years before she sleeps a solid 8-10-12 hours a night with no nursing. I'm okay-ish with that if we can only get her to bed earlier or staying asleep longer. It's those many times per morning wake ups that really get me...

She must be getting really predictable because more and more I wake up a few minutes before she does to nurse! The boobs seem to know when it's time...
post #31 of 151
jess- i think it's more that we're fast with the camera. she can sit unsupported like that for maybe 20 seconds, max. probably more like 10.

she has the strength but not the balance.

i'm going to actively work on that, though, b/c i think she'll really like to be able to sit up in her own.
post #32 of 151
J loves the TV. Anything can be on and he is attached so much he will crane that head around to see it.

no rolling or sitting up here...he is still mastering keeping his head up. Campbell was doing all of that by his age, and was just as premature. But he is a talker and he is reaching for stuff now.
I bought him a Sophie and he hates it maybe he'll learn to like it
I also bought an Ergo. I enjoyed it, although with the infant insert it feels bulky and heavy. I got it at a store that is closing for 20% off!!!
post #33 of 151
Oh yeah, and L is definitely a TV gazer as well. She'll crane her neck around to watch.

It's just not the battle i'm picking.
post #34 of 151
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Sprout wants to watch TV, too, and tries to do so when it's on during the day (once a month?). DD is 3, and I'd actually be ok with her starting to watch some shows like Sesame Street or Sid the Science Kid. But I was so good about her not seeing TV when she was little, and I want to give DS the same. So it's no TV for her, either.

Well, almost. She gets 10 minutes of Peep and the Big Wide World when I clip her nails every few weeks. This morning, when Sprout was napping, it was a nail clipping day, so I did that in the first minute.... and had a full 9 minutes on my own to do morning chores! It was amazing, and I could totally see the appeal of a bit of TV each day!
post #35 of 151
I am kindof a middle of the road person. C never wanted to watch tv when she was little, it could be on and she could care less. Now that she is older and I've had jobs where all there was to do was watch tv, she likes to watch it. She watches Sprout mostly or I put on Boomerang with shows like Yogi Bear/Flinstones/Smurfs/Jetsons.
Jennings loves TV, so it'll be interesting. She loves some shows on Sprout and learns from them, so it's not a big issue to me.
post #36 of 151
Do you think that if I offered to get pregnant now and thus be due in late 2011 that the moderators would keep our DDC open?



Not pregnant, but I our DDC!
post #37 of 151
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jess- i think it's more that we're fast with the camera. she can sit unsupported like that for maybe 20 seconds, max. probably more like 10.

she has the strength but not the balance.


This is exactly Cecilia too. She can balance for maybe 20 second tops, though if I bend her forward so her hands are resting between her legs, she can balance a little longer. I'm also working on this actively, since she's such a strong tiny thing. I figure she'll really enjoy sitting independently.
post #38 of 151
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Okay, okay, I'll Facebook. I know you guys better than I know those random people from high school. You can find me here:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1155000671

Just let me know your username from MDC; I'm just going to friend people I recognize from here.
post #39 of 151
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sme -- That's rough. Was your DS just a rough baby or did you have PPD or why do you think you had a harder time bonding with him?
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Sme, I don't remember this stage with ANY of my other kids. With DD1 we were mired in colic and PPD at this stage, so I have no idea anyway - but the others weren't really babblers at ALL. All three were late talkers. It is possible that your son wasn't like this as a baby, like with my middle two. It is also possible that like me with DD1 there is something lost there; but I know academically that I was the best parent I could be to her, that her needs were met, that "fake it 'till you make it" worked with her. I have a lot of memories from DD1 that are only triggered by photos, that I really can't access just by thinking about her baby-hood; I thought it was because of the PPD but I also have that phenomenon going on for the middle two, if a little less extreme, and I felt really even-keel when they were babies.
Thanks, guys. DS was a really tough baby (rough sleeper, high-needs, LOTS of BF issues), and the PPA/D I had from my horrible birth would have made it tough to function with an easy baby.

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Lorelei and Nomi are so advanced!
Haha, well Nomi isn't rolling yet. She gets up on her sides and then goes back. That may be her humongous cloth diapered butt, though.
post #40 of 151
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Thanks, guys. DS was a really tough baby (rough sleeper, high-needs, LOTS of BF issues), and the PPA/D I had from my horrible birth would have made it tough to function with an easy baby.



Haha, well Nomi isn't rolling yet. She gets up on her sides and then goes back. That may be her humongous cloth diapered butt, though.
I meant offer my one BTDT Sara but got distracted by company. I was not the best mom with my son...just at different times. With ds the colic was so intense for those first three months, that I could only look forward to a future without four hours of crying every night. Once he was out of that stage, I enjoyed him much more but man his early baby days were a blur. And then with my second, I had depressing before and after. I was a HORRIBLE mother to my son, and this is not guilt talking. But we have bonded as the years have gone by and we're now very close (he's ten).

I keep thinking R's big cloth diaper butt is getting in the way but the others mom cloth diaper as well right? Her prefolds are too big (but I refuse to buy smaller ones at this point) and they bulk her out. I've noticed that she'll roll onto her side but has a time getting her bottom swung around. It's not her hand in the way but her butt

And I don't think it's personality either. When I put her in the jumper, she bounces and bounces. She loves to jump, kick her legs, wave her arms around etc. Who knows!?
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