Welcome to September every one!
Here is our chat thread :)
D. girl just today started getting up on her hands and knees. I'm not ready for a mobile baby!
casmer - I think our baby is in the same boat. Rolls over regularly but I'm not sure it's with intent. She'll roll onto her belly and then cry because she hates being on her belly. She's rolled from her belly to her back a few times, but I'm pretty sure it was an accident.
I don't know if she's teething or what but she drools constantly. And tries to eat her fist. We keep a bib on her at all times, and a burp cloth handy to wipe her face.
Kusha is a big fan of the hand sandwich, too! also just a fan of chewing on everything he can get in his mouth (the bib is a great idea!) I eat breakfast while he sits on my lap and he's been really interested in my oatmeal, or maybe just the bowl it's in. he moves his face toward it and sticks his tongue out :)
he's about 16 weeks and he isn't rolling yet, but he's trying very hard. he's also starting to reach for things and grasp, but it's pretty sloppy. his big thing (which has been a 'thing' since around 3 weeks) is that he really likes standing up. he prefers it to laying down or being supported in a seated position. I just let him grasp a couple fingers to support the standing position and he's in heaven. oh, and he hates tummy time, but I think it's because he wants to move forward but he can't. he just doesn't like being immobilized.
his personality is still pretty intense, but he's not as big a crier as he was at the beginning. he absolutely resists sleep though, and will tire himself out to the point of frustration. it's really sweet but hard for us!
Maryam- he sounds so much like my first...She turned in to a complete different baby once she got mobile. Just got happier and happier the older she got. Those first six months though? oy.
Dodi loves standing up too.
I have let her suck on a strawberry, eat some (organic lol) sweet potato mush and suck on an orange piece. I bought this silicone mesh food thing off amazon (kind of like the munchkins but even better but craploads more expensive) for the fruit..She is definitely wanting real food. Every one kind of thinks I am being mean to her by not letting her eat solids yet, because she is definitely showing signs of being ready and she loved eating the sweet potatoes, yogurt etc.
Plus she chunked up in the last month! <3 <3
I finally feel like things are working out...
so I am just not stressing on the food. At this time with the previous ones I was feeding oatmeal and rice cereal and baby food daily (no allergies) and they all got apple juice by 4months...this time I feel like breast milk is just good enough.
I bought her a cute sippy cup and some bambu spoon and fork sets, and I figure I'll let her drink some water and eat fruits and veggies if thats what she wants and it makes every one else happy. I really like this being a mom the fourth time around bit. lol
June's open heart surgery is Thursday Sep 6th at 7:30am central time. Please think, pray, send your positive energy to her!!
and to L.
I'm not on the caring bridge page, so maybe someone could update me if they hear anything?
Much love to you both L!
This is my first time checking the board today, I hope the surgery went well for June. I love that name by the way!
DD has been super fussy and seems to always want to sleep, but fights it. I don't know how to do this whole sleep thing. It's driving me crazy. We have started co-sleeping because she doesn't make it long in her crib. We'll seriously be up every hour or two. My hips are starting to hurt a bit from side-sleeping.
She's constantly gnawing on her hand. Is it teething? 3.5 months seems early and I don't see any teeth in her gums.
Maryam and Onemore - my little girl likes to stand as well. I'm *hoping* once she's mobile she'll be happier. She doesn't seem to enjoy the swing and despises the car seat. I put her in the bumbo (I was holding her the entire time) for just a bit the other day and she looked so proud. She doesn't tolerate being worn, although I've been working on it with her. I've taken to just carrying her around at the grocery store and she seems to like it the most. People probably think I'm crazy, but I really want her to be comfortable and going to the grocery store shouldn't be traumatizing for either of us. It's traumatizing enough just being in the car with her. I hope she'll be an early crawler and walker...I know in some ways life will be crazier, but I'm at my wits end trying to keep her happy. This first time mom stuff is hard...
Mine too. I think maybe she's just entering the "in the mouth" phase (e.g. everything goes in the mouth), and her hands are about all she can figure out how to get up to it. My little lady has recently figured out how to get her toes into her mouth, but only manages to hit herself in the head with toys.
My daughter hates her swing. Hates. The second I put her in it, she arches her back to get out. She's OK on her play mat for a bit, until she rolls onto her stomach and then cries about it. Sigh. Luckily she does like her carrier, but only if I'm walking. She's like a shark. If I stop moving, she cries. So we go on lots of walks, and I got a laptop holder for my treadmill
Sleep has been a real challenge for us too. She was doing really well, sleeping 5-6 hours at a stretch and even the occasional 7+ hours, but that all abruptly stopped for no reason we can tell. Now she's up every 2-3 hours
I'm trying to get her to nap during the day some so I can work, but she fights it. I've been waiting 5 minutes to go in when she starts crying, and about half the time she settles herself. I feel bad about it though. If she starts crying hard I go in right away, but usually she's just sort of whining.
This gets easier, right?
well...how do I break this to you gently? Yes and No.
Personally I am finding age 8 to be a real challenge. lol
I'm not having the best of days recently, anyways. Coyotes ate both my cats :( and then my special needs daughter has been stimming and acting out something ferocious and has even started peeing and messing herself again. We went to adopt a kitten the other day in the valley (indoor cat, no chance of a coyote getting her) and DD2 was just griping and griping about how cats eat mice and why would we want an animal that hurts one of God's littlest creatures (I would remind her of this the next time she wants a chicken samwich but alas, it would do no good) and rant rant rant rant rant...
DD1 was trying to distract her with the VCR tapes they had for sale while I juggled Dodi and filled out paperwork, I told the lady I was sorry, DD2 was autistic and just over excited and the lady just bent over backwards being kind about it. The vet came out and demanded to know "WHOSE KIDS ARE THOSE??" and I got to to be the mother who said "Mine." while looking her in the eye like "What you gonna say about it?" LOL.
The lady behind the desk said "They are totally fine" and gave her a death eater look. The lady apologized profusely for the other ladies rudeness, but I didnt think it was a big deal. I was already 5 sheets of red embarassed...I was just thankful they let me adopt the cat to be honest.
2 dead cats in a month, an autistic child freaking out about dead mice, and every thing else going on and I think I would have had reservations about adopting to me. LOL oh well.
Anyways, back with the "Behavior Balance" for her I go. That stuff does wonders and I will not forget to give it to her again. Its been atleast 6 weeks.
So anyways..just been feeling a little overwhelmed (Home school started back up) and just a little bit like "Where did I go wrong?"
Some days I have these feelings like I want to grab Dodi and escape it all for a couple days...and some hours I just want to escape it all BY MYSELF. Once in a great while I'll think about adding my husband...haha
But I stay home and try to be thankful and not be negative.
So thats whats going on in my world lately. Preparing for winter storms and trying to get wood in. Tired. and never sure I'll get this mothering thing right. Babies are so much easier in so many ways.
Ha. My mother said 8 was the worst. There was another girl in my class who was a complete headache, and my mother told me that if I had any inclination to take after her I wouldn't live to see 9.
Our babies are getting so big!
Layla is awesome! She's such an easy baby. I feel so blessed. I'd never stop having babies if they could all be like this. lol
I'm so ready to get her a new carseat though. I *hate* this baby bucket thing. It's so stinking heavy, I can hardly even carry her in it anymore. I don't know how people use these things until their babies are 1!! Has anyone else moved to a convertable seat yet?
we've always been in a convertible since day one... we got some britax huge thingy... but Ambrose seems super comfy in it. I just pop him out and into the ergo... if he is asleep he often stays asleep since he is just used to mom moving him in and out of the seat.
That was my plan, but we just couldn't swing the $300 at the time. The bucket has actually come in handy in a few circumstances, but I'm so over it now. Especially because now any time she poops while in it it goes straight up (and out) the sides of her diaper. We'll be getting the Britax Boulevard 70 soon, and I can't wait. I hope she doesn't poop on the beautiful zebra print! lol
Have you tried pocket diapers? We use those most of the time and they're pretty trim. You can find Sunbaby brand pockets for very cheap. I got 6 for $30 on Spot's Corner. You could probably find them even cheaper if you really shop around, but that was cheap enough for me!