JJ: so THIS is the HR stuff you have been fretting about on FB! I wondered . . . IDK - IF you have childcare you trust for Ten, I would go back. It sucks to be going back during the holiday season though. Milk wise, I think she'll be fine, if anything, she'll reverse cycle. Which is tough, but doable. How is she doing on solids? (is she doing any solids?)
Vaxes . . . Ugh. well, you know we don't do any. But if my ped were wanting to drop me for something like that, I'd drop the ped. Not worth it, and shows that the ped would rather your child, should she come down with pertussis (bc really that's the concern, not diptheria or tetanus) she'd rather you receive no care or urgent care than a regular pediatrician. Which is ridiculous. My personal thinking with pertussis - and I talked to our pediatrician about it, should baby be exposed and then come down with it - is that in MOST cases, it makes babies miserable, like any illness you need to make sure they stay hydrated, fed, and sleep well, and of course no parent likes to see their baby ill. She wanted to make sure we understood what to do in the event the baby got sick, and that we could handle it. And what to look out for as signs we needed to see her or go to the hospital. That, to me, is responsible doctoring. I LOVE our pediatrician. We may not do wbv - it's more because I plain forget about them - I actually like the doc, and she's great to talk to - but I really like knowing I have somewhere to take the kids that I trust the advice I'm given and that we won't be looked at as freaks or lectured to death each time we go.
Glad sleep has gotten better too!
Gift ideas: We are going will play food for her play kitchen and doll (and doll things). I know this is very gender biased, but I think it is stuff she will like. FWIW, DS is getting a doll too. He likes playing with them in church nursery, and will be good as we talk through, and experience, new baby stuff (and this way he won't take Norah's dolly). Does she like to stand and push things? IKEA has a great push cart, but I'm sure other stores do too - it's a toy that will last for a while. Play silks are big too - so much you can do with them, and they are gorgeous. If she likes to color or anything like that, then maybe some melissa and doug crayons and the really big floor drawing pad?
Poop and the potty . . . hasn't happened really here yet. One thing at a time. I am the only one comfortable with Gabe being naked so much. Oh well. It's working, I think. though he will be in disposable diapers this weekend, since we will be in Charlotte (IKEA, Concord Mills Mall, and then a football game Sunday! go Broncos!) And Norah will be with MIL and FIL all weekend. I wish them well :) She's been STTN pretty much, so I think that part will be ok. It's whether or not they can keep up with her sneaky mischeviousness and on the go all the time. She doesn't sit still. Ever.
My dad loves that we are naming the baby Theodore. I wasn't sure, because he has always made plain that he is NOT Theodore, but I think he likes the idea of a namesake. We will see what baby gets called once born - Theo or Teddy . . . I tell you, he is an active thing. my placenta is high, on the top wall of my uterus, that may be why I can feel him so well. Norah was Anterior, Gabe was Posterior.
Annie, MW: my dad is/was a Marine, but we never celebrated the birthday. Dad's just not that wrapped up into his identity as a Marine. I mean, they went to balls, and would still go if there was a local one, because they enjoy them, for the most part, but we never displayed his officer sword, or had the MC flag hanging in the front yard, or MC themed scrapbooks . . . I really appreciated that he could separate from his work. BUT. Any excuse for cake, right?