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post #141 of 291
Abra - I am so, so sorry you are going through this. I have some thoughts, I'll come back later when I'm on my computer so I can type them out more efficiently. Thinking of you today.

Mother's Day was great! DH and KJ and I went to Cannon Beach, OR for the day. Then we went to a whiskey bar in the evening (ok so that was ALL for DH but it was fun for me, too!). My birthday (30th!!!) was on the 9th so overall it was a fabulous week of celebration for me!
post #142 of 291
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Thanks Christina!  love.gif

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Thanks again everyone.  I'm going to visit him today, hopefully he's doing better.  They have him on drugs that are forcing him to sleep, which should help.  He hadn't slept much for nearly a week before he lost it, which added to the fire.

 

Kali - I personally like having a stroller in an airport, only I never put the kid in it.  I use a carrier and we put all the carry on bags in the stroller and push them.  I have a Phil and Ted's Sport stroller and a super cheap umbrella stroller.  The super cheap stroller from Babies R Us works and pushes perfectly fine.  I think that it cost $18?  It wouldn't hold nearly as much as my large stroller, but you could still pack a decent amount of things on it.

 

Jaimee:  Great photos!

post #144 of 291

I have friends who swear by their Cosatto strollers - about $75 here in Canada. I'm not sure if it's a brand you can get in the States. They say it's comparable to Maclaren, which is pretty awesome considering Maclarens are around $250. And I love to have a stroller in an airport, specifically for pushing around gear. And I also found it necessary when travelling with an 18-month-old who was overtired and overstimulated. 

 

ETA: I have a Maclaren, which I love. I got it as a very generous gift from relatives.

post #145 of 291

I had a nice mother's day.  My in laws are in town for a celebration we're having (6 month birthday for Luca, and a belated wedding reception for us).  I love my mother in law.  In fact, I completely forgot about my own mother.  :/  We ate pancakes for supper and drank beer in the back yard, along with some wonderful friends who popped in to visit briefly from NC.  It was nice.  I sent my mom a belated card today.

 

Abra, I'm sorry to hear about your dh.  I have a dear friend who suffers with bipolar, and it has been tough at times for him.  At one point, he had an extended mania, and he was terrified he would not make it through the resulting depression.  He found reiki treatments to help him.  It's by no means better than meds, but it helped him come off his extreme mania and into depression lite.  He really has struggled with it, especially also with alcoholism.  His heart was near failure and so he finally quit drinking, and since then, he's been doing a lot better.  I'm glad you are getting some help around the house and with your kids.  I think the serenity prayer is helpful-just getting through one day at a time (hour, minute).  Also, knowing that when he comes out of it, he'll be a different person, and hopefully he can find some meds that will help.

 

carey

post #146 of 291
Kali, you could also check resale shops. We got a stroller for $50 and across the street they were 200. Wow on five teeth!
post #147 of 291

Soooo cute, Jaimee!

post #148 of 291
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Thanks Jill! 

 

Kali, maybe Craig's List?  You could get a double stroller like a Joovey Caboose.  Gate check it.

post #149 of 291

Jaimee, I love the pics. Beautiful family!

 

Abra, any updates? How is you dh? How are you coping?

 

AFM, Jasper is 6 months now. He's doing great! He's made this shift from lump baby to active baby. All of a sudden, he is interested in everything! And sitting so well. Question: is it normal for them to not want to eat solids after starting? He was super into it for maybe 1.5 weeks. In the past few days he is refusing everything. He makes a face like it's disgusting and turns away. I'm not super concerned, just curious. 

post #150 of 291
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Jaimee, I love the pics. Beautiful family!

 

Abra, any updates? How is you dh? How are you coping?

 

AFM, Jasper is 6 months now. He's doing great! He's made this shift from lump baby to active baby. All of a sudden, he is interested in everything! And sitting so well. Question: is it normal for them to not want to eat solids after starting? He was super into it for maybe 1.5 weeks. In the past few days he is refusing everything. He makes a face like it's disgusting and turns away. I'm not super concerned, just curious. 


^ Conner did that. Two teeth later, he's all into it again.

post #151 of 291
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Question: is it normal for them to not want to eat solids after starting? He was super into it for maybe 1.5 weeks. In the past few days he is refusing everything. He makes a face like it's disgusting and turns away. I'm not super concerned, just curious. 

Definitely normal.  You could wait and try again later or you could continue to offer small amounts of food each day until he's interested again.

post #152 of 291

Anybody else have such an active baby that he/she is kicking, hitting, and scratching you on accident all.of.the.time? I bruise really easily and I must have at least 2-3 dozen bruises all over my arms and legs from Sora right now... She is very animated and strong. She grabs with such force that she even grabbed my wrist with her fingers in such a painful way the other day that she left FINGER bruise marks on it - and it looks like an adult did it to me! GAH!! People are going to start thinking my DH is beating me up. eyesroll.gif The comments on the noticeable bruises have already started. Ugh. I hate bruising easily...

post #153 of 291
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Joanie, yes, my kids have all beat me up with their strong flailing.  I have a couple bruises on my upper thighs right now, which fortunately are hidden by clothes.  I don't have much advice other than to get out of the way!  lol.gif  But the scratching during nursing can be somewhat alleviated with a nursing necklace and the kicking by covering yourself with a pillow or blanket while playing.

post #154 of 291
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post #155 of 291
Joanie, Shay is a brute. If I bruised easily I would be covered. My neck always has claw marks right now. I always thought my lack of bruising was related to high vitamin C intake, but now I think it's genetic. My big challenge is keeping the baby out of his reach.

His reach is getting bigger because he crawls now. He sits himself up from the floor, pulls up to standing and now he crawls (slowly still, thankfully). It's been an explosion of development around here.
post #156 of 291
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Wow!  Crawling and pulling up!!  Being on the late end of this DDC makes me feel like Avery is light years behind.  He's just now sitting up well, but still doesn't roll over (other than the two times he did it in the past).

post #157 of 291
He has been pulling up for about 3 weeks now, we play a lot of standing/walking/dancing games so he might be a little earlier than other kids. He's also gargantuan, so maybe some of that is muscle. 21 lbs 8 oz and 28.5 inches. Most strangers assume he is about 9 months.
post #158 of 291

Dylan is super energetic and always on the move.  I have learned to try to stay out of his way to avoid getting hurt.  He arches and tries to jump out of my arms, he claws and grabs, etc.  I have a mysterious bruise at the very top of my arm, on the backside.  I noticed it when I was drying my hair, and my DH laughed and said "Looks like little baby finger marks".  eyesroll.gif  LOL


He is interested in pulling up but can't get there yet.  He is army crawling all over the house and is up on hands and knees rocking.  I think he'll be truly crawling very soon just because he is so freaking persistent.  When he sees his brother first thing in the morning he starts flipping out, kicking and kneeling and rocking and flailing.  He gets SO EXCITED to see his brother.  It's super cute.

He also gets cranky when older DS is taking his nap.  If Dylan wakes up and his brother isn't up yet, there isn't a thing in the world I can do to entertain him adequately.  He is just cranky until his brother is around.

 

He is also absolutely not interested in food, at all.  Well, I should say he is interested in playing with it, but if it goes in his mouth he is totally repulsed.  Sigh.  Oh well!  We'll try again in a few weeks.

post #159 of 291
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Wow!  Crawling and pulling up!!  Being on the late end of this DDC makes me feel like Avery is light years behind.  He's just now sitting up well, but still doesn't roll over (other than the two times he did it in the past).

 

 

Nah, Bettie *just* started doing things.  Like the last week.  I knew she could if she wanted to for weeks now (she had rolled both way before then did not again for a while), but until this weekend she was a perfectly content lump.

 

 

NOW however...Im thinking its baby gate at the top of the stairs time!

post #160 of 291

I really wish Dionna's picture would've been on the cover of that Time magazine... I don't understand why the woman who did the cover agreed to that photo! It has done nothing but stirred up negative publicity about extended breastfeeding. At least, that's how every.single.person I know has viewed it. I don't agree that "any publicity is good publicity" when drawing attention to this particular subject... I possibly think this has done more harm than good. Even worse, in the aftermath I've seen more news shows and articles trying to lower non-AP or in-betweener mothers' guilt that they are apparently feeling in response to things. So not only has AP been deemed "extreme" and extended breastfeeding has even been made to look sexualized by that photo - completely turning people off - but mothers are also feeling like they're not doing a good enough job with their children, are feeling judged, and are feeling extreme guilt for their parenting choices. Not sure how this was a good thing...

 

Also, the cover girl shouldn't have taken her son onto the Today Show last week. Did anyone else see that? She was interviewed along with Dr. Sears. Her son was acting whiney the whole time and came across as spoiled... which makes AP look even worse. Interestingly, he looked a full year younger in person than he was made to look on the cover of the magazine, so that made me scratch my head. By the way, I had no idea Dr. Sears was so old. lol. I guess I imagined him being different than he was... I can see a lot of non-AP people thinking he was kind of overly lovey and dated from his interview. He didn't get to explain enough about what AP is like, so he made an analogy to explain natural parenting from the standpoint of if you're on a deserted island - these are the things you'd do... When I told my husband about it (and he has a complete outsider's viewpoint since AP is foreign to him), he interpreted Sears' island analogy completely different than I would've and opened my eyes to just how different people can interpret things... further complicating matters. Oy vey.

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