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september chat?? please forgive if there already is one

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hmmm did i miss it? and um, yes, it took me 21 days into this month to realize that it was no longer august... just checking in with you ladies.  it seems like life is taking over for so many of us as we all try to get back to "normal" (whatever that may be) School is back in session and we're finally getting a break from the brutal heat, which is so nice.  we are spending lots of time outside, which i love, and i'm excited for the fall weather.  i was hoping to really be fitting into my wardrobe by now, but that's still very much a work in progress. i have started exercising again, and it feels good to be taking a little time for myself.  Collin is getting very mobile these days, scooting and ALMOST crawling.  he hasn't quite gotten the cross crawl pattern figured out, but i'm sure it will be soon.  I've enjoyed making him a few batches of baby food, and now own more dollar-store ice cube trays than any normal person should, but so far he has enjoyed applesauce, bananas, carrots, avocado, sweet potato, and oatmeal.  i made him some plums but then realized he should be closer to 8 months, per one of my books (can't recall which), but i think he could use some help with constipation, so I was considering adding that in sooner rather than later.  any thoughts? what are you cooking for baby? 

 

in other completely unrealted news, we are puppy sitting for the most adorable little dog (booboo) and oh my goodness i would love to get one of these little guys for dd for christmas.  but dh, aka the grinch, doesn't want a dog.  maybe booboo's "parents" will forget he's here and let us keep him.  dd really does have so much fun with him.  are you guys animal lovers? anyone with lots of pets?  looking for help convincing dh!

 

anyway, i'm enjoying a quiet moment on the patio with ds in his exersaucer and dd sleeping inside.  oh what a moment.  :) 

 

sorry no personals but i couldn't figure out how to check the aug thread without deleting this one..will be back for personals 

 

hope you are all doing well!!!!

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we just did food for the first time, well pureed food. She has sucked on fruit before. I fed her squash, she enjoyed gnawing on the spoon and sort of liked the food, but she also gagged a bit.

 

We have a bunch of animals, well less than we used to. 3 cats and a dog, but one of our cats has decided to retire at our neighbors house, so we have to go visit him. The dog is nice but drags in sand and destroys our blinds when he looks out the window and gets into the trash and I am so not the person to help convince anyone to get a dog, I am much more of a cat person.

 

Is there a september one? I just came to look today. I've been busy decluttering the house and now have boxes and boxes for the garage sale which I don't really want to do because it will be so overwhelming setting it up. I have an excuse to not do it this weekend since Saturday is smithsonian's free museum day (you can go to their website choose a museum and get a voucher to print out to get into a museum off their list)

 

Coraline is cute and awesome and way more mobile than my other kids have been, or at least the whole she pulled herself to standing and cruised before she is even 6 months old bit of it. Not sure when the others got mobile without checking their baby books, but Jewel was my earliest pulled to standing (the day she turned 6 months) so , yeah.

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Coraline sounds quite motivated! I love the little montage photo you posted.

Chiro - did your hair stop falling out? Mine is still coming out in huge volumes. It's disconcerting. greensad.gif I have a widow's peak, except I have short hairs filling it in (approx the same length as Odin's new-growth hair).

Odin has two little lower teeth coming up. They have breeched the surface and are ridiculously sharp! I was surprised by that. I'm in no rush to give him food though. I am sort of scared of the process, not sure why.
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read somewhere that really big hairloss after having a baby can be linked to thyroid problems.  couldnt hurt to get levels checked, especially if you have other sympyoms

 

we tried foods but my lo got a horrible diaper rash, so we're holding off a while longer.  my son has sooo many food intolerances, i don't want to take any chances with the baby :)

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We don't have any pets, but at some point would love a dog. We might wait until Holden's older though (like 4/5ish)

Haven't started food yet, but judging by the joy he takes in eating his probiotic powder, he might be an early eater. This kid just thinks probiotics are super awesome.

Rosie: my hair is still falling out too. It might have slowed down a bit though.

Chiro: that is amazing what Coraline is doing already! Go Cora, Go Cora!
Holden has rolled over from front to back a total of 3 times, and back to front once. He can sit on his own for about 5 minutes, loves to stand, is a maniac in his jolly jumper, but just not into rolling.

Another "lovely" development is the screeching. Ugh. It's the worst. His soft adorable vocalization a have turned into ear splitting screeches and screams. We had to leave swimming lessons early last weekend because he was so loud no one could hear the instructor. I was like "umm...I'm gonna go feed him" right...
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courtney, coraline does seem so motivated! maybe because she's trying to keep up with her siblings?? 

 

rosie-- i don't envy you having a nursling with teeth! i know it's only a matter of moments before collin has chompers of his own, but i'm enjoying the gummy smiles while they last! the food thing has been really good for us, so i wouldn't worry too much! i'm sure it will go great when u guys are ready!

 

I don't seem to be losing as much hair at this point, and some of bald spots are filling in again, but now i have these patches of new growth, which look odd up against my already long hair, and as all of it is curly, it essentially looks like a mini fro right, head band style... nice. thank you, hormones, thank you.

 

moss-- i had considered checking into the thyroid issue, but haven't gotten around to it yet...

 

day-- i with you on the screeching.  C is doing the same thing.  he's learned that he is capable of producing noise, and he likes it :) hope your LO settles down soon!

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I'm going to try to follow and join in this month's chat!

 

Chiro- We have five cats, a dog , and one rat here. Not so much like a zoo but it feels like I have nine kids most days! Love them all though.

 

Thursday- I'm envious of Coraline's cruising! Wulfie still mostly rolls and does a modified army crawl. He sure does know how to launch himself from my arms in the direction of what he wants though!

Rosie- My hair just recently stopped coming out in mini handfuls. Probably doesn't help that I've been coloring it :S

 

Day- I hear you on the screeching! We call Wulfie our little raptor with all the noise he makes! He was saying ma ma ma for a while and it has just gone to the screeching now.

 

 

I started a part time job at an awesome natural minded toy store. It is fun to get out for a bit, but also hard to avoid buying lot's of things for the kids while I'm working!  I'm finally feeling like I'm out of the worst parts of what turned out to be a moderate case of ppocd/anxiety. I never knew it existed until I started having panic attacks and weird intrusive thoughts. Still get anxious about silly things but it seems to be getting a little better everyday. 

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chiro- I think we are finally getting into our new normal now that we know people where we live and kind of have our house together. I don't really recommend moving with a 6 week old across states but it has worked out pretty well now.  As far as a pet, I would love to have a dog or a cat. Probably a dog to run with but I really don't want the responsibility and up keep right now.  A pet is in our future and I love caring for one, I just know it does not fit in our life right now at all.  Hope your DH comes around by christmas, you still have time :)  thanks for the thread, this month has been a little rough, I appreciate reading it!

 

courtney- really missed seeing you before you left, I am definitely hoping to see your sister soon. I cannot believe coraline is pulling up on things! I mean I can't but I can after seeing her, she was definitely a very mobile and determined girl. So precious. I hear you on the decluttering. I think I have become a mad woman with the amount of organizing and house projects I have listed or taken on. Somehow my house doesn't feel any cleaner yet but I am right in the middle of it.  How was the trip back to FL?

 

rosie- my hair is falling out all over the place and it is annoying. I can't tell that much on my head but I am tired of my hair being everywhere. We didn't start food with DS until he was 7 or 8 months because I was worried about sensitivities and he wasn't sitting up unassisted or all that interested until then.  DD is just now getting the sitting up thing so maybe in a month or so, I am not in a big rush and it seemed to work well for us to wait.  Just like everything else, remember that you have the best feel for when your kid is ready or not. I think the hard part in parenting is when your kid is ready and you might not feel ready and you have to either figure out how to make yourself ready or go for the ride with your kid regardless.  Food felt big for me with my DS, he was ready before I was and I was fine right after his first bite, just a little sentimental because the whole first food thing :)

 

moss- so sorry about the diaper rash. that was why we waited w my DS. he was sensitive to dairy in my milk and we have a family history of food allergies. we just took it slow and he can eat everything but straight milk or cheese now at 2.5. (err 2 3/4 how did that happen!)

 

day- lol I love the screeching. DD gets louder and louder and it always seems to be right when everyone is being quiet and listening to someone talking. A lot of it is just her talking with other people and trying to interact.  She waits until it is quiet because she is usually taking it all in if it is loud.  It is funny and I forgot about that w DS.

 

raven- so sorry about the anxiety pp but so glad you are feeling better. I am glad you get to go out and boy it would be hard for me to not want to buy everything in a natural toy store!!

 

AFM- going to try to keep it brief. This month has been rough but also good. I got super sick right before we went to the beach which was awful, fever at 102, aches and nausea. Lasted 48 hrs then all better. Happened again yesterday and then today, all better.  If it happens again next month I am going to the doctor bc either it is sushi that I ate or it is related to my body trying to ovulate. I haven't had my period for a couple of months when it had come back and I do have a history of weird cysts on my ovaries prior to trying to get pg with DS.  As far as positive stuff :)  I had an awesome first family vacation at the beach and it was too short.  We visited the in laws before it for 24hrs which worked well bc it was short.  DD did pretty well in the car and, drum roll please, as of two weeks ago she has started FALLING ASLEEP in the car without any crying. One day she cried, the next day she didn't. I did not do anything different and it is awesome. I can now drive to see people and even take a road trip to see family. I can't wait!  Kristy, that means we need a play date!  I have also gotten really plugged in with a church and community of ladies here which is nice. I like being able to walk to see friends and just have friends for DS to play with. I had to take a break from mdc to kind of open up socially. DS is now in a mom's morning out play group on mondays and this monday was the first one. He loved it. I was a little sad leaving him and it felt weird to not be with him for a little over 3 hours but I think I can get the hang of it lol.  It was crazy how easy life was with one kid. I got a lot of errands in...and a disclaimer here, one kid is not a piece of cake and I honestly think being a first time mom is the hardest thing ever.  but when you have acclimated to two, going back down to one for a little while feels easier.  ok update on dd ( almost done with my novel) she is sitting up for good amounts of time but does still fall over if she gets really excited, has two teeth poking through on the bottom and likes to test them out on me sometimes, loves rolling and scooting. she can only scoot backwards though and does a very enthusiastic superman to try to move forward, it is hilarious and not productive at all.  She has smiles only for her brother and a laugh that is adorable.  I am really enjoying being a mommy to two.  ok I will be back but I figure I won't completely drown you all with stuff :)

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dayle- screeching-yes, all my kids are good at that. Cora got so upset today while we were driving I finally pulled over at target, went into bathroom and tried to change her diaper she shrieked like she was being tortured, and I mean that literally. after having 4 kids if I had heard that I would possibly have thought they were forcing bamboo shoots under her fingernails. someone may have thought that because they knocked on the door and asked if everything was okay.  Her diaper did have pee on it, but I think the proper thing to do would have been to nurse her first. lesson learned.

 

 

Raven congrats on the part time job and i totally hear you on the wanting to buy everything. that's totally how it was ages ago when I worked in a thrift store.

 

Flavor- i was so sorry not to see you guys again before I left. I really wanted to. The trip back was fine, i flew, the only weird thing was when this guy reached out and stroked Coraline's cheek without even talking to me. Glad you have started to find a community of people, that is so important. Meredith also just went to a church recently, hope she finds some more friends too.

 

as for Coraline's movements, she only cruised that one time.

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flavorful1 - I'm so happy that your babe made the car-happy transition!!! It's like a brand-new world!

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Thursday- laughing about your comments on the dog.  I am much more a cat person, too.  We had to put down our 15 year old kitty two weeks before Mo was born, and the boys were hoping for a puppy, but there was no way I was taking that on right now!  But then we got two kitties-- each from different places, and MAN what a headache.  We've had them now for two months and they still don't get along at all.  I have to keep them separate and have focused time each day to help them try to get used to each other.  I was joking with the vet: she gave me a pheromone spray to use for them to calm them down a bit.  I asked where the spray for me was, because it has been SO STRESSFUL.  :)

 

I can't believe folks have babies pulling to standing or cruising already!  My babes are pretty gross-motor oriented, but Mo is doing his best to tripod sit without falling over.  I am still getting used to him being able to roll all over the living room.

 

I am so glad to hear others are still having hairloss.  Mine has been so bad this time around that I just last week cut all 24 inches of hair off and got a pixie cut.  I was just so tired of finding these huge clumps of long hair all over the house.  In the laundry.  In the shower.  On my pillow.  It was worse than having a St. Bernard in the house.  I miss my long hair, but on the upside, hennaing it is so easy now!

 

As for solid foods, we've only tried some solid pieces of avocado.  I don't know if I'll do any purees at all this time around. QUESTION: What lists of food introduction order are you all using?

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Um picture of th hair aletheia?? Sounds cute!
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I'd also be interested in food intro lists. It still seems that Odin is far off. He sits happily playing with a toy at a high chair while we eat. No lunging after our food yet. Only our phones. ;)

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We won't be following any particular lists. Right now, Grady isn't really showing me many signs of interest, but once he is, we'll start with something basic like avocado or sweet potato to see how he does with swallowing, getting it to his mouth, etc. Once he does well and is ready, we'll introduce whatever appropriate foods we are having with dinner. We don't do purees and I don't do the "one food at a time followed by a 3 day wait thing" .... I am more into feeding real food right from the get-go. It's definitely a Baby-Led Feeding/Weaning approach and it is just what feels right to me. But then, we don't have a family history of food allergies, etc. If any pop up, obviously we'll change our approach. Myself and the kids are/will be vegetarians so no meat anyway, and obviously we're cautious of choking hazards.

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We won't be following any particular lists. Right now, Grady isn't really showing me many signs of interest, but once he is, we'll start with something basic like avocado or sweet potato to see how he does with swallowing, getting it to his mouth, etc. Once he does well and is ready, we'll introduce whatever appropriate foods we are having with dinner. We don't do purees and I don't do the "one food at a time followed by a 3 day wait thing" .... I am more into feeding real food right from the get-go. It's definitely a Baby-Led Feeding/Weaning approach and it is just what feels right to me. But then, we don't have a family history of food allergies, etc. If any pop up, obviously we'll change our approach. Myself and the kids are/will be vegetarians so no meat anyway, and obviously we're cautious of choking hazards.
This is what we do. It worked well with our ds.
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That's pretty much what we did the last time around, too, but mostly because I was too exhausted to research anything or make any babyfood.  :) 

 

Another question- those of you with older children, have you had any sibling adjustment issues?  Our middle child has been really struggling to find his identity after the birth of his baby brother.  We made a big deal out of becoming a big brother, and I think it backfired.  His only idea of a big brother is his big brother, DS1.  And right now, he wants to BE DS1.  Even down to what his big bro is being for Halloween.  He doesn't want to have his own favorite color, etc.  

 

He is also has stopped trying to learn new things, and instead gets goofy.  I think he is really afraid of not being able to do stuff like his big brother, because that means he isn't a big brother.  

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I cut all my hair off too wild.gif a few weeks ago. feels so good, it was down to my but and now its above my ears!

 

Ursa isnt ready for food yet but we are also a baby lead weaning family, we will let her self feed when she starts stealing stuff off our plates and getting it in and down on her own 

 

my older DD did have some adjustment issues, she is still nursing (4.2years) and had a few tired moments where she really didnt like sharing,,,, its better now. 

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itsy- that sounds like a major haircut! and i keep meaning to get a photo on here... but haven't done it yet.
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I want short hair pics too!

I'm thinking we might start solids soon (Holden's 5 months) He's showing a lot of signs that he's ready (sitting, pincer grasp, putting everything in his mouth, and very interested in our food) We might try bone broths next week when we get back from visiting my parents for Thanksgiving weekend.

On another note I got my period today greensad.gif I'm actually surprised it stayed away this long considering Holden hasn't night nursed since about 8 weeks? Ugh. Wuh Wahhh...
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