Originally Posted by lifeguard
Sigh. Why does a nap mess up bedtime so severely?!
My son Alex is about 6 months older than yours, and we have the SAME ISSUE. I cannot let the kid fall asleep for even 5 minutes, or he'll be up till 10pm. I feel so bad, because I can see him getting sleepy during the day, but oh my goodness, the 10pm+ bedtime is even worse. I can only hope he grows out of it soon. (And it's also crazy to me, because I *enforced* nap time with my oldest 2 kids all the way until my oldest started Kindergarten at 6yo. But I haven't let my 3.5yo have a nap in the past year, if I could help it!)
Originally Posted by Katico
I rarely wipe for just pee. I use a wet washcloth a couple of times/day to keep her fresh and for poop but that's it.
Same here, though if it's been a whole day with no poop I'll just do one wipe-down at the end of the day. I've never had issues with diaper rash.
Originally Posted by beautifulmoon
livacreature I don't think what you did was CIO at all. Sometimes you have to try to save your sanity. I think when babies get that worked up, anyway, they may not even register whether you're responding sensitively to them or just ignoring them. I had to adjust my expectations for myself in that regard because I was getting anxious and depressed from trying to keep these unattainable ideals. Babies will cry, and it's okay.
Well, I'm returning to work this Saturday. It's only a single Saturday shift for now, but I'm a bit worried because DD still won't accept a bottle very easily. We've only succeeded in getting her to accept the bottle twice. The last time she took it only after she missed a few feedings and only drank a 1/2 ounce or so. Needless to say, DD and I never been apart for more than a few hours either, so it'll be a big adjustment.
Ditto on the CIO topic. Sometimes babies just seem to need to cry, and if all you can do is hold them (and maybe even cry along with them!), then that's all they need. As long as they know they haven't been abandoned, I think they're good to go. And honestly, on my 4th baby here, poor Malcolm has been left to cry longer than my other babies at times, because he decides to wake up from a nap when I really *cannot* come and get him. I hate to hear him scream and scream ("I neeeeeeeed you mom!!"), and when I finally get to him he's got tears running down his face... but I pick him up and he's forgiven me instantly, greeting me with the biggest smile you've ever seen. I love babies for their forgiveness. :)
beautifulmoon: Good luck with going back to work! Hope the babe takes the bottle easily. I haven't tried bottles since my 2nd absolutely refused them. It was just too stressful. But then, I've never been in a situation where my baby NEEDS to take a bottle, either. I really do hope it goes smoothly for you all! (And as a side note, heard MIL talking to her sister on the phone, and her sister was incredulous that some baby (unknown age to me) wouldn't take a bottle or a sippy cup at all. I'm a little surprised MIL hasn't pressed the issue with me. Though, if she started asking, I'd probably just honestly say that I don't have a pump and don't care to spend the money/time on one when I can just as easily take him wherever I need to go and nurse on demand.
Originally Posted by Trinket90
But OMG. The man cold is in full swing. He's SO pathetic. Getting in bed tonight he's making sound effects to illustrate that he's cold under his blankets, and then he told me (I kid you not) that he THOUGHT HE MIGHT DIE FROM IT. Oh yeah, die from the same thing I took care of the newborn with for three days?
I HATE man colds. I want to throttle my DH every time he gets sick. I feel for ya, I do.
AFM, Oy. My older 2 boys have been driving me CRAZY the past couple days. They're suddenly throwing tantrums (full-blown, scream-your-head-off, flail-your-body, embarrass-your-parents-to-death TANTRUMS) over the most ridiculous things. What a scene they're making! I feel so mortified, because they're doing it in public places. The best I can do is to calmly (as much as possible) carry them out of the area to someplace quiet, but I feel like everyone who's run into me in the past 24 hours must think my boys are completely spoiled brats. But seriously, I have no clue what to do about their tantrums. Just refuse to give into their demands, I guess. I just wish I knew a way to prevent them. I don't see any other 6yo's (and mostly no almost-4yo's, either!) throwing tantrums. Gah. I feel like a deer in the headlights every time they do this.
Malcolm started getting a runny nose last night. Yay for 3rd cold of his short life. And today he started drooling like crazy. Is there anything that can cause drooling besides teething? Please tell me he's not teething yet!! I've never had to experience it this soon....