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post #181 of 213
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Is anyone putting baby to bed any other ways than sucking? I'm getting frustrated that everytime Anna wakes (Esp. minutes after I put her to bed) she needs to be nursed back down. Bedtime is a 2 hr affair some nights. I'm starting to worry that I'll miss a window of changing this if I dont start trying now. I've tried singing and swaying and rubbing and patting but she just gets more worked up until she gets boob.

Is there why point in trying to introduce a soother again or is that just replacing one sucking need with another.
JR goes to sleep in the swing so I: turn on the fan, turn on the cd (he needs music-I've never had a baby this receptive, almost truelly needing it before), give him a blanket (I have 2 flannel ones & am making more that I rotate but try to always have around, esp when bf'ing & sleeping) then nurse laying in bed. Once he's really done eating, I put him in the swing. He typically wakes about 1-2 hours later, I nurse and put him back in. He'll usually go 2-3 hrs then I bring him in bed with me at that or the next feeding which is usually 1-3 hrs after that.

I am still trying to introduce a pacifier. He needs to suck, doesn't handle the extra milk well, but has refused one until now. Neither of my boys has found something to suck (dd1 did her fingers, dd2 sucked her blankie). I introduced a blanket to soothe ds2 because he never took to anything else. That's why I do a blanket with JR. He snuggles it and rubs it on his face. I have a smaller one I use if he's in the crib.

I hope that helps. We've done a musical toy or cd and fan for all our kids but the last 3 slept in the swing until 10 months or so.
post #182 of 213
sew_crafty, I am in the same place. just spent almost an hour getting her to sleep and I know she's going to wake to have me resettle her anytime now. grr. I am working so hard on the patience thing... and reading Wonder Weeks does help some, since it reminds me it is all normal stuff, puts it into context (essentially, that our babies are learning that there is distance and relationships with people and objects at this age - so she knows I can leave her, but doesn't know how to follow me yet and freaks out. hence the clinginess, anxiety, shyness, fussiness, lack of decent sleep lately, phew!)... but it is still so frustrating. I feel like I barely have time to eat, work, sleep (ha!), maybe read a few pages of a book, with regular baby settling every 45 minutes or so until I give up and get in bed with her. I would love to have some time to myself, get some things done, have sex with my husband without interruption (imagine!). I miss those 2-3 hours I had before I went to bed in the past (long ago). but I'm telling myself it should get better soon... apparently 26-29 weeks can be the hardest, and we're in our 26th now. so. if I tell myself it doesn't last forever, that it might start getting better in a few weeks... maybe it will?

otherwise, my mantra right now is:
justaphasejustaphasejustaphasejustaphasejustaphase justaphasejustaphasejustaphasejustaphasejustaphase justaphasejustaphase

momto4plus4, I have the same problem with too much milk but she wants to suck and won't suck her own fingers (so she ends up on mine!) or take a pacifier. she's even trying to suck on her big toes more and more, and I'm like, "girly, your fingers are right THERE!". if I ever try to move her hands gently (or firmly) towards her mouth she gets so pissed and straightens her arms. sigh.

lucky for me she is a total doll in the daytime, babbling and grinning and being a sweetheart. here's a video my mom made:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU9Ob6sivMs
post #183 of 213
Quick update:

We have a tooth!! I could see yesterday it was going to come through soon and today I felt it!! And we started solids today too - carrots, both pureed, whole and cut up into tiny bits. She was not thrilled with what made it into her mouth but had fun playing.

Both things make me both so happy and so sad. This whole last child first things/milestones are just killing me. I feel like I'm mourning her whole babyhood as we go through it. Instead of looking forward to the future I feel like I am desperately trying to hold onto the present and mourning the past......

Quick question: For those doing solids are you doing the whole same foods for 3 days thing for allergy reasons or not? That is what we did with DD1, but I want to give DD2 something new tomorrow especially since she didn't like the carrots today....

Sigh, this thread is so long I feel like I'm never going to have the time to sit down and do a nice update!
post #184 of 213
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!! NO MORE 25!!!

DEAR 25,

DIE A DEATH. OH WAIT, YOU DID... YAY!!!!

NO LOVE,

LNF



Now *I* have some coffee to make!
post #185 of 213
sew_crafty_girl -- Sprout definitely still has the association; since it's sucking his own fingers, though, there's no way for me to break it.

LNF -- Happy birthday!!!

snoopy -- No 3-day wait for us. We don't have any history of allergies or any reason to be concerned. And I'm mourning the stages as we're in them, too. It's weird. With DD, I was all about what was coming next and when she'd get there. Not this time. On the plus side, I feel like I'm actually noticing and appreciating who Sprout is Right Now.
post #186 of 213
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Is anyone putting baby to bed any other ways than sucking? I'm getting frustrated that everytime Anna wakes (Esp. minutes after I put her to bed) she needs to be nursed back down. Bedtime is a 2 hr affair some nights. I'm starting to worry that I'll miss a window of changing this if I dont start trying now. I've tried singing and swaying and rubbing and patting but she just gets more worked up until she gets boob.

Is there why point in trying to introduce a soother again or is that just replacing one sucking need with another.
Well, from day one L has been pretty much put to sleep by bouncing. DH bounces her in the carrier on the yoga ball. But that isn't necessarily any better.

And nursing is how she gets resettled in the middle of the night
post #187 of 213
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solids: we're pretty relaxed too, no trials here, since we have no history of allergies. this week charlie has had a piece of cooked red cabbage, a shred of roast pork tenderloin, a lime slice, which he liked til it started to burn his skin i think ; and a french fry . seriously. it was a real potato though, at a local french restaurant, if that makes it any better.

i swear, even though we're only playing as far as ingesting anything, charlie's new thing is that he HAS to have some kind of food clutched in his little fist while we eat. a toy just doesn't cut it anymore. all i have to do is hold out something long enough for him to clutch, and it stays in his fist while he worries with it. he'll actually sit quietly while we eat in stead of lunging for everything in sight or yelling - yay!

off to try the jelly roll fold, advice i got from the diapering forum since every single poo lately has been a blow-out!
post #188 of 213
And Pepper has graciously invited me to be the Godmother of the Legendary Lecherous Duck Benny!

Re Solids: I don't remember if I posted or not, but Mercy will be about 6 1/2 months old around Thanksgiving, so we are going to let her go gangbusters on Turkey Dinner. I'm not serving allergenic stuff anyways (I'm an asthmatic and I sometimes will react to tomatoes or strawberries) so turkey and sweet potatoes it is!
post #189 of 213
Solids- we're doing roughly three days. But, for instance, she only got butternut squash for one day, because I didn't have a chance to feed her solids for a few more days, and didn't want to give her food that had been sitting in the fridge for so long.

Mostly it's just easy to do a few days of each food- I cook up extra.

We have no history of food allergies in my family, so soon I'll probably start to give her stuff more freely. My MIL was driving me nuts this past weekend with the talk of "soon you'll be able to eat this mac and cheese!" and "can she have potatoes?" (the potatoes in question were a "baked potato casserole" from Dickey's bbq- full of cheese and butter and who knows what else). I'd already told her that I was going to wait to do dairy for a while since she did have issues with it when she was younger. And I would have thought that the pictures I posted made it obvious that she was eating one food at a time right now. She also made a comment about how she'd love to gum on some toast. It wasn't that she said anything really horrible, but it was just sort of annoying. I remember at a dinner soon before my wedding she asked my friend if her son ate sweet potatoes. My friend said yes, thinking about jars of babyfood. MIL proceeded to feed her five month old a big fingerful of restaurant baked sweet potato loaded with butter and brown sugar.

Nobody really pushed us to start solids, but now that we have it seems to have opened the flood gates. If I go visit my family this weekend I'ms ure I'll have to take something for L to eat.
post #190 of 213
I'll nurse J down and he'll be asleep and 10 minutes later he is awake and crying wanting to nurse again...but then he spits up cause too much milk! won't take a paci, won't suck on his hand/fingers/feet....he drives me batty
post #191 of 213
and Happy Birthday LNF...goodbye 25
post #192 of 213
I have something up my sleeve. No, it's not a platinum birthing stool. I'll say more when I know more about what's going on.
post #193 of 213
Back from L's six month appt. ‎Stats are as follows: 14 pounds 12.5 ounces (25th percentile), 26.25 inches (50th percentile), and head circumference of 43.5 cm (75th percentile).

Pedi wasn't too concerned about the drop in weight percentile. She mentioned it, but considering L was bouncing like a mad woman in my lap she said it was obvious that she's a very active baby.

I tried to show her the lip tie, but it was pretty much dismissed. I don't think she actually looked. She just said it if it's not causing problems she'll grow into it eventually.

She handled her shots well. Cried for maybe 30 seconds total and is currently in the pack n play talking to her toys.

She did tell me that I should be offering solids at least every day now, and moving toward 2-3 times per day by 9 months, and that by 12 months they want the majority of her food to come from solids. Whatever. That's probably how it'll work anyhow, but I'm not stressing about it.
post #194 of 213
rhi -- good to hear the appointment went well!

lnf -- do we get ANY hints? Because the birth stool was my first, second, and third guesses.
post #195 of 213
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lnf -- do we get ANY hints? Because the birth stool was my first, second, and third guesses.
wellllll..... can't be up her sleeve when it has to be GRANTED by the April 2010 Mamas!

rhi, glad to hear everything went well. my dr. is equally clueless about solids, but i didn't pick her for that advice, so . huh, i've gotta look up these charts. charlie was 15lbs 9 oz and she said 25th too. no way L's weight and charlie's weight are both 25th percentile! i have no idea which chart our dr. uses, i haven't been concerned enough to ask.
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charlie is squirming in my lap, but i thought some of you guys might appreciate hearing that he just hung out in a wrap for an hour while i cooked gumbo .
post #196 of 213
We're about to fall off the front page! Ack!

LNF - you suck. Spill woman, spill! (also, happy birthday lady, this is going to be an amazing year.)

Nursing to sleep: becky still needs to "nurse to sleepy", but there is a magic moment where I can detach her, get her in bed, and let her find her thumb. if I miss the magic moment, I am stuck with an overtired baby, because she really doesn't nurse to sleep.

Solids - I've been too lazy this week to do solids, other than cheerios. Also: becky loves a bottle, and will hold it for as long as there is water in it. Who knew? Now if i can just manage to pump.

And since I;m doings pictures, how about a few more:

Becky is pushing up onto her knees, getting ready to pull herself up. No, baby!

She loves to take baths with her sisters. The feeling is mutual.

She also loves to eat fabric.

And I am So lucky. Even on bad days, these girls are my little rays of sunshine.
post #197 of 213
just want to say that J LOVES to stand. I mean this kid will stand for an hour...although he can't sit nor really do anything else...but he can stand!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...6&id=559354280 (let me know if the link doesn't work)

We've been to the pumpkin patch twice now. The first time was more photo op and it's a small lame PP and we had plans to go to the big nice fun PP..but now I can't afford it. So today we went back to the small lame PP and I got a 55lb pumpkin to clean out and stick J in for photos...fun times.

Today he wore the same outfit C wore to her first time to the patch, same PP.
baby C(3.5-4m) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...0&id=559354280

J(8m) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...7&id=559354280

a cute picture of the 2 of them http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...2&id=559354280

yes, I am horrible and dress them matching sometimes they are so cute

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...0&id=559354280

oh and today I got short with a woman who asked me if I was sure HE wasn't a SHE. This is ABSOLUTELY the THIRD time I have been asked this question. I ONCE AGAIN responded "every time I change HIS diaper I am sure HE is a HE"...seriously.
post #198 of 213
Adorable pictures, you guys!! Ivy, I especially love the one of all your girls.

Ericka -- at the people asking you if J is a girl. Seriously, what are they thinking?! I guess that's it -- they aren't thinking.

AFM -- I'm loving the BLW book. I'm feeling a lot more confident in letting him play around with our food, not cooking especially for him. Last night he had a corn cake and broccoli. None of it really made it down the hatch, but he played and tasted a lot.
post #199 of 213
rhi - um - I think DS was still mostly on BM by 12 months. LOL - He didn't really like solids much til later. Though now that I think about it, I wonder if that was because of food allergies.

so I noticed dark circles under dani's eyes after doing banana - can you get allergy eyes from food? I am only freaked otu b/c i just has s food interance blood test done and i'm intolerant to bananas (amongst other things). anyway - I think next week I am doing appleas and peas.
post #200 of 213
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jenfl, which BLW book do you have? i didn't get one thinking i'd just read here, but i think i'd like more specific info...

ivy and ericka, great pictures, thanks! J has SUCH red hair, i'm jealous! i keep hoping charlie has it, but it's really more blond now.
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