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post #21 of 48
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My one concern: at his six month apt his grown (both hight and weight) had dropped about 15 percentiles. From 90th to 75th for height and from 75th to about 60th for weight. ANy ideas on what may have caused this? He is EBF and I was thinking it may have to do with increased activity levels? I've searched around but haven't really found anything. And of course, like I said, I'm paranoid! Any experiences or ideas would be much appreciated.

My experience with this is that babies tend to grow like mad for the first few months, and then level off in the second half of their first year. I don't know why that is, but it has happened with all of my babies. They keep growing, but not at that crazy fast pace they had in the very beginning. They also have tended toward getting longer rather than chubbier. I think that part is due mainly to their increased mobility. They seem to stay in the same size diaper/cover combo for a really long time starting around 5 or 6 months, where they sort of blew through the newborn and small sizes.

Great news here! Eleanor has figured out how to crawl! She is fantastically proud of herself, and loves that she can get from here to there and back again. She is also right on the cusp of figuring out how to pull up on everything.

I gave her a couple of minuscule bites of very soft chicken the other day, which she thought was rather interesting. She liked it, and tried to grab some more from my plate. Today, I dipped my finger in my smoothie, and gave her a bit of that at lunch time. She made a super weird face, but asked for more. She also ate/sucked to bits a tiny piece of apple in one of those mesh bag thingies. Other than that, we've not done any solids. I'm not in a tearing hurry to start, since I *really* want her to nurse for as long as possible.

Sleep issues are slightly better. She is still up several times in the night, but at least getting her to bed has been easier. Is everyone's baby still napping morning and afternoon? I think Eleanor may be nearing that transition to one nap, unfortunately.
post #22 of 48
wow, haven't scoped out these pages in months and months, but it was so lovely to see your familiar names! I've been wondering about all these fellow march babies, and it was good to see updates from so many of you.

cora hit seven months on oct 21. no teeth yet, but so close to crawling. definitely on a night nursing kick (she's in the bed with me most of the time) lately. some solids, but it seems to be hit or miss. so different to be parenting my second kid. I just have less time to worry or read up on what she "should" be doing and get to just see her for who she is a little more.

hang in there, mamas! good to hear from you!

wendy
post #23 of 48
Also wanted to add from way back- Ciga, why are you changing diapers in the middle of the night,girl!? Crazy! At all costs find a way to not change a diaper unless it is poopy. I forget where I read that now!! LOL
post #24 of 48
Hello! I wondered where our thread went. I've been hanging out in the Waldorf forum, but decided come see if we had a new thread, and here it is!

I am glad to hear you are all doing mostly well, but sorry to hear some are having struggles.

Sayward: Most hcp use formula charts, and formula-fed babes grow different than babies who are EBF. it is very common for bf babies to gain really quick when they are little, and then have that slow down around six months, hence the percentile drop. As long as he is still gaining, I wouldn't worry! The same thing happened to G.

We are all doing very well. Guthrie is a gem, and is really full of delight. He still wakes frequently at night, but I have mostly mastered the art of sleeping while nursing. I am still very tired, but, c'est la vie. He is eating a few solids now, just veg and fruit, but he digs it. We won't start him on any grains or anything for a couple more months. He is just about 8 months (on... Saturday, I think?), and 19 lbs 20.....something inches. Ha! He is around 50th or 60th percentile for height and weight. (Wow, am I the worst mama ever or what?)
He is crawling, and is just starting to pull up on things.

For thoses mamas who are worried about life with more than one babe, I can tell you that it is actually easier (sometimes!) with more than one. Guthrie will literally just sit and watch his older brothers play for a good half hour, completely enthralled. Also, by necessity, he is worn almost all the time. He definitely gets some play time on the floor, but he is an unintentional continuum concept baby. I will throw him on my back, and forget that he is there. He spends a heckuva lot of time back there, and, since it his been that way since he was born, he is totally usesd to it. Same story with my DS2. Not that I am trying to convince you to have more babies, but I just wanted to reassure you that going from 1 - 2 is usually easier than 0 - 1.

Stay well, mamas!
post #25 of 48
Bumping! Where are you mamas?
post #26 of 48

so, my ds is now just barely 8 months. He is doing great! I do have one concern though- too tired to post all the great things so I will just get to the concern-

I guess it seems that the other babies I know who are his age are doing the physical things lots earlier than he is! He is just barely starting to sit unassisted. He is rolling all around and sort of scooting. but still only sitting for a few days now- and while he did it happily for a few days now (today and yesterday) I try to get him to sit and he just wants to lay down.

other babies I know his age are crawling and also starting to stand!! I wonder if I messed up by putting him a lot into this half high chair thng we have where he is in a sitting but leaning back position?

I know he rolled over on his belly later than the other babies, but he eventually did it and now is a pro on the belly. I know he even kicked much later in utero than other pregnant people I knew! I mean I didn't feel him move till later- so I guess he is physically not as active as some of the others. but he is perfectly smart and aware and always rolling aorund and going after his toys and chasing them down as best he can- like he will roll and scoot to get to them and grab them and put them in his mouth- he is also very aware and smart and does baby talk all the time. I am not worried about any of his milestones- it is simply that he is less physically assertive or whatever- and the other babies are sitting unassisted for months now, and pulling up- while he is just starting to sit. please tell me this is totally fine! Should I get a bumbo chair? i think it is kind of late for that- I am just gonna try practicing him sitting more. I don't want to be comparing him too much to all the others but I do wonder why they are doing these things earlier than he is.

anyone else's baby this way?

post #27 of 48

Snapdragon, I don't have alot of experience in this, but here's a thought.

Are you giving him plenty of opportunity to practice his sitting up? A bum,bo type seat may be a good idea. Also, are you just holding him up during talking and interacting?

DD started crawling as soon as we gave her a chance to. We were restricting her play area a bit, because I was scared of her getting hurt. Seems like as soon as we cleared things out of her way and allowed her to go freely, she did. Now she's crawling and pulling herself up to standing. Man that girl moves fast!

 

Koda is 8 months as of yesterday. Getting around like a wild lady! She's got such a fun and funny personality. everything can be turned into a joke by her. We have so much fun hanging out together and I'm enjoying watching her grow so much each day.

I think I see some more teeth coming in up  top. She's had some fussy teething days, but nothing too bad. She's eating a little more here and there, but BFing is still our main nutrition. She has fun eating and I have fun exploring foods with her.

 

She was 19 lbs at her 6 month visit, but I have no idea how much she weighs now. I forgot how many inches. We may go back in again for 9 months. If not, then 1 year for sure.

 

I love my little lady and I'm just so proud of her. How come nobody ever told me how amazing motherhood is?

post #28 of 48

Hi Everyone!  Yogi is nearly 8 months old and is starting to crawl.  He's starting to express his personality and that is most fun to see.  Also, his interest in solids all of a sudden took off which is nice because there is less pressure on me to pump 4 bottles during the day (i work full time).  His favorite foods are lentils, cheerios, and bananas. 

 

Snapdragon-- I had similar concerns about Yogi and crawling.  We wear him a lot and the daycare holds him a lot bc his older brother (3) will randomly push him over or pinch his cheek.  So I have tried to get him more floor time and that seems to help.  WIth the sitting, just practice sitting him up and let him kind of fall (spot him of course) so he can learn to balance too.  And remember, all babies are different and develop at different paces (i also had a hard time accepting this bc i kept comparing him to his older brother who was walking at 10 months).

 

Kate

post #29 of 48

thanks- yeah he gets lots of floor time- and he is good at scooting. Anyway- I have been practicing him sitting up and he did it again well this morning so I am deciding he is moving along jus fine! I am sure this comparing ones child to others thing goes on and on as they grow! I have to admit I do compare him to other babies and find him on the winning end with lots of other things- he is so handsome and smart and vocal and aware- etcetera-

and I am not a super sporty person- I duck when someone throws a ball my way- I am much more intellectual- anyway- he may just be demonstrating a type of personality. Some of the babies that I know who are sitting crawling etc much earlier are also much more- I don't know, constantly active, sleep less- anyway there are lots of factors but it is interesting to see how their personalities start to be apparent already. So I must try not to worry or to fit him into a tight schedule of how he should be~!

post #30 of 48

I think 8 months for sitting is still well within the range of normal.  My babies were very early (except for DD3), but still normal.  Babies just develop on their own schedule, and there is a big range of normal, so I wouldn't worry.

 

Eleanor is a very busy baby.  She is crawling everywhere and pulling up on everything.  She LOVES paper, and can spot it a mile away; oh my she can crawl fast when she finds some.  She loves trying little bits of whatever I'm eating, but it doesn't amount to much.  She finally cut two more teeth this week, and has slept better since they came through.  Otherwise, she is sort of a middling sleeper; we have some very good nights, and some not-so-good nights.  

 

I am very pleased that I can easily and comfortably get her in the Ergo on my back, and she is happy for a long time.  It makes my day so much easier.  

 

 

post #31 of 48

is anyone else's baby crazy about the telephone?!!  It makes me think maybe I sohld get him a toy with beeps and lights- cause he goes crazy over the phone- we have a cordless phone. And often times I talk to dh when dh is at work and I put it on speaker so ds can hear him and dh talks to ds. So now ds grabs the phone every time I pick it up! He will drop whatever he is doing and go for the phone. But the other day dh was with us and I picked up the phone and ds still went for it- so I thin khe just likes that he pushes buttons and they beep and there is lights and funny voices come out of it!


 

post #32 of 48
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is anyone else's baby crazy about the telephone?!!  It makes me think maybe I sohld get him a toy with beeps and lights- cause he goes crazy over the phone- we have a cordless phone. And often times I talk to dh when dh is at work and I put it on speaker so ds can hear him and dh talks to ds. So now ds grabs the phone every time I pick it up! He will drop whatever he is doing and go for the phone. But the other day dh was with us and I picked up the phone and ds still went for it- so I thin khe just likes that he pushes buttons and they beep and there is lights and funny voices come out of it!


 


DD loves our cell phones. we don't have a house phone. I put it on speaker and she talks too.

Sometimes I can't get the phone from her and she juices it all up. I let her, but DH is not too keen on it :)

post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by Snapdragon View Post

is anyone else's baby crazy about the telephone?!!  It makes me think maybe I sohld get him a toy with beeps and lights- cause he goes crazy over the phone- we have a cordless phone. And often times I talk to dh when dh is at work and I put it on speaker so ds can hear him and dh talks to ds. So now ds grabs the phone every time I pick it up! He will drop whatever he is doing and go for the phone. But the other day dh was with us and I picked up the phone and ds still went for it- so I thin khe just likes that he pushes buttons and they beep and there is lights and funny voices come out of it!

 

IME babies only like the real thing! I remember trying to buy "toy" things and all they want is the expensive and or dangerous thing to chew on! LOL

 

post #34 of 48

Hi Everyone, So glad everyone seems to be happy and loving their little ones to pieces. I am with Sayward & CocoaNib in that I am just over the moon with motherhood (first time) and had no idea I would love it so much. I knew it would be great, but its just not at all as bad as others (irl people) have made it out to be. I love every bit of it and of course our little guy is amazing. He is so happy, waking up smiling, has such a sense of humor, is totally into people/people watching and so "talkative" and getting really mobile these days.

 

Brighton sleeps with us and doesn't really wake but stirs to nurse a few times during the night. He is definitely into eating solids - he has been eating peeled grapes, orange segments (sucking the juice out), peeled pears & plums, at least 1/2 an avocado a day and blueberries. He also loves having drinks of my fresh made veggie/fruit juice combos. I'm really surprised by the combos he will tolerate (everything I have made) including grapefuit/celery very strong ginger in juices and even lemon water, about 2 lemons juiced in water without sweetner. We also have been letting him drink from our glass jars and not using a sippy cup although I'm about to purchase a non/bpa sippy type thing that fits over an 8 oz mason jar that looks really cool and might help when he wants to hold a cup himself.

 

He has been crawling and pulling up on everything, loves his jumper, or us "jumping" him, he loves hiding and playing peekaboo, rubbing his mouth on us and growling like daddy does to him and just giggle at us for anything. He says hi, lub (love), daddy and what we think might be my name - which I just would be so thrilled if thats what he is saying hehehe....

 

We have been secretly wishing I get pregnant the past 3 months and are crossing our fingers this month as I'm a few days late.

 

We haven't gone to any doctors appts but have been doing some weighing and measuring ourselves. He has been between 21 and 22 lbs for the past month, but has grown about 1.5 inches and is about 30.5 inches now. He turned 8 months / 34 weeks last sunday.

 

We live in a one room small footage cabin while we wait till build our forever home, but have just decided to add on an 8x12 room to the back to be our new bedroom so we can put the bed on the floor & provide more floor space for playing in the main room. We are really excited & hope to have this finished by the end of the year.

 

Ciga your blog is great & we started one for brighton - but haven't added to it in awhile - anyone else have one?

http://brightonoconnor.com

 

Would love to see more pics of everyones babes! If anyone wants help with setting up a blog, let me know, I would be glad to help!

 

ETA: the phone - he loves our phone and at about 5.5 months realized we were taking pics with them - I would say smile & then show him the photo and he started to smile whenever I was holding the phone up. It is so cute. After about 2 weeks of that he wanted the phone so we give him our old phone that looks like our current ones, without the sim cards or battery. This way the radiation isn't there and he has nothing to mess up. He is kind of upset that it doesn't light up like ours, but it usually pacifies him unitl we can redirect him to something else.

 

 

post #35 of 48

hey there all, I am glad that this thread is up and running, I miss chatting to you all and seeing what all the cuties are up to.

I however, have not read any of this thread, just subbing, but will be back later to chat w/ you all!

post #36 of 48

Wow! Hello everyone! I was so happy to come here and find this thread with some familiar names from the March 2010 DDC! My DD was in March but my sweet little girl Elinor came a whole month early, Feb 10th, making me the second in our DDC to deliver.

Elinor is 9mos. old now and has been a shining star in my life!  I am holding her right now, as she's cuddled in sleeping. I don't think I could have asked for a happier cherub than her. She is definitely my little sweetheart and most everyone she comes into contact withs too! LOL! I am not saying she is without the stresses but, for the most part she is a pure joy!

I am sorry to see that so many of you are still struggling with some problems. I thought I was the only one who still had to wake up in the night. I guess I was way off on that one! It's so nice to see though that I am not the only one!

 gardenmommy, I am happy to see that some of your night timr difficulties are getting better! When I first read you original post, my heart went out to you big time. I could feel your sadness. As much as we love our babies, times like that make thing super rough and can even make us feel like failures. (((hugs))) to you! Also, I didn't know someone else from my DDC named their baby Eleanor! Beautiful name! Great minds think alike!

My little bugs is not crawling yet. She does get up on all 4s and she tries very hard. I keep thinking she is going to do it but, she finally gives up and just rolls to what she wants! LOL! I guess that is quicker! She also still does not have teeth but, she has had many, many foods and loves samples from the table. She say mmmmmm! She claps, makes noises by clapping her hand to her mouth, twiddling her fingers through her lips or even rolling her tongue around in her mouth. We just decorated for Christmas and he is in awe. She puckers her lips into a circle when she sees everything lit and says oooooo. It is so funny!

Anyway. I am glad to see so many of you here! I would love to keep in touch and I will be sure come back and stay in the conversation as long as there is a thread for us! Hope you all have a great day and even more a restful night! TTYS!

Michelle

post #37 of 48

Hey all! We are doing fantastically well, but are super, super, super busy. I home school DD1, who is 6, DH is working on his master's, and we are just soooooooo busy. Little babe is good - 8 months old and has been crawling, pulling up, and cruising or several weeks. She loves shoes. We were at DD1's home school swim class a few weeks ago and DD2 spotted someone's pile of stuff, crawled over to this pile of bags, towels, clothes, etc., and dug the brown sneaker out to put it in her mouth. How she recognizes a shoe of any color or style, amidst a pile of much more colorful stuff, is amazing to me. lol She sure does love chewing on shoes, though. She's eating a LOT all of the sudden, and drinking like it's going out of style. She's finally started waving and giving kisses, too. We're all in love, of course.

post #38 of 48

 Hithere!

 

Nora is adorable. The past week we've been having really bad sleep though- She wakes up for a while in the   middle of the night. it is brutal! I don't mind nursing through the night as long as we are both right back to sleep but this new thing stinks! Hopefully it is a short lived stage.

 

She is still tiny but loves to eat solid food. We are still trying to do a gut healing diet and it isn't always easy. Like today I may have to succumb to the temptation of leftover homemade apple pie. I just don't think I can resist it. Sigh.........

post #39 of 48

Only four months 'till they're a year old!! Sniff.  My little Ethan is 18lbs now (the last time we checked, anyway) and still nursing away.  He has two teeth and army crawling (tummy scooting?) ALL over the place.  He's learned how to get into a sitting position from his tummy, and is starting to pull up on everything he can.  Such a big boy! It seems like yesterday I was in the hospital with him. 

post #40 of 48
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 Hithere!

 

Nora is adorable. The past week we've been having really bad sleep though- She wakes up for a while in the   middle of the night. it is brutal! I don't mind nursing through the night as long as we are both right back to sleep but this new thing stinks! Hopefully it is a short lived stage.

 

She is still tiny but loves to eat solid food. We are still trying to do a gut healing diet and it isn't always easy. Like today I may have to succumb to the temptation of leftover homemade apple pie. I just don't think I can resist it. Sigh.........

I'm sorry she's still having gut issues! Maya is turning out to be like DD1 wrt that stuff. They both just had weird poop as long as they were ebf, then once they were eating enough solids to have more...well, what would you call it? NOT ebf poop? lol Anyway, once we got to that point, their poop was completely normal - no longer slimy, mucusy, or in any other way weird. DD1's poop tended to be more normal as an ebf baby, provided I was very careful about what I ate, but it wasn't normal all the time. Maya's was basically never yellow and curdy once she was over about 4 or 5 weeks old.  Sometimes it would be yellowish, sometimes it would be curdy, but never both, and mostly it was just slimy. And I know I would definitely be able to tell if it were still weird, because she got a cold which also resulted in some slimy diarrhea for a week or so there a couple weeks ago, and it was definitely not normal poop. Once the cold was gone, though, her poop went right back to the normal poop of a baby who's eating solids. So I guess it's true that for some babies, unusual-looking ebf poop really is just normal, because it's certainly not the case that I changed my diet or started nursing her less after she started solids. I had hoped that would be true for you guys, also.

 

Do you think she's waking because of teeething? Maya does that every time she has a new tooth coming in.
 

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