Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope everyone enjoys their first holidays with babes and those of you who are on the second time around also have a ball! Do we have anyone further along than that who is active here? CaCountry, that's right. I'm nervous and excited about our trip to Spain. It will be memorable, and I hope for the right reasons.
Thanks, Boots, for starting the thread and checking in. That's great about the classes you'll be taking. Sounds like fun. Also, I'm glad to hear how well things are going with you staying home with Lyle! Sometimes I wish I didn't have to go back to work in January, but I miss certain aspects of my job. It's certainly bittersweet, since I cherish this time I've had with M. The bob stroller is our present to M (with help from my folks). I plan to get a lot of books while we are in Spain, since we intend to speak Spanish at home and have him learn English at school. So far I am inconsistent but need to make an effort to speak only Spanish soon.
Caly, sorry to hear you keep getting sick. That is what I fear the most. I hope your health improves soon! That is crazy about your m-i-l! She certainly sounds ballsy. I hope it works out, though, and you can enjoy the holidays.
Caheleni, thanks for sharing the pic of baby Rosie! She's so adorable! I snap so many pics of M sleeping on or beside me. I think it's one of the most adorable things.
Lily; i hope that things get easier really soon. I know how desperate and frustrating it can feel at times to try to stay on top of everything and feel like it's slipping through your fingers. A little bit of good, uninterrupted sleep goes a long way, I find. Dh will keep M in the mornings sometimes when he's making breakfast and getting ready for work just so I can stay in bed alone even for half an hour if M wakes up early. It's amazing how good that feels and how much better things look after that time.
CaCountry, so glad to hear you survived the semester intact! Our pediatrician predicts M will be a very active baby once he starts moving on his own. I can tell already, since even before he could hold his head up well during tummy time he was moving his legs like mad and wiggling his body all over the place.
Hi there, Penny! Welcome!
Things here are going pretty well. M is 4 months in 3 days and is so much fun and now he laughs and giggles, which gets rid of any stress or tiredness I may feel. Just some small issues: he definitely still has a milk sensitivity (noticeable blood in stool after I ate just a bit of buttered popcorn) and I've tried to reintroduce other things into my diet with varying success. Soy seems ok, but I had a really small amount and he had a negligible amount of blood in his stool. Eggs made him gassy, so I've decided to limit them. Shellfish didn't seem to bother him.
He has begun to really dislike his chicco stroller setup, though. He gets whiny because he wants to look at the world all the time, not just mom or whoever's driving the stroller. We got a bob jogging stroller (yeah, opened way before xmas) and, while we aren't yet jogging, he loves loves loves walks in it! We also got several baby wearing options from our showers (baby k'tan, maya, and ergo), but M was thrilled when I tried on the baby bjorn that my colleague gave us and I had him forward facing. I know all the problems people report about it, so I find this a little troubling. I can wear him forward-facing in the baby k'tan, but frankly it does not feel as comfy or safe for me or him. The pediatrician ok'd the bjorn, but I am still undecided.
The other thing I'm surprised to report is that we're cosleeping part of the night. He goes down in his arm's reach cosleeper for part of the night, but generally there comes a time when the leg kicking just never ends, despite me trying to soothe him, unless he's next to me. We were planning on getting a full sized crib after the holidays and we'll see if that makes a difference. It is totally adorable to watch him sleeping and snuggle with him in bed, though.
Dh is getting more and more involved now that M is much more interactive and M really likes his dad. Dh still gets uncomfortable when M is whining and I'm eating or whatever, but I'm trying to get him confident in baby-soothing skills so that once I'm back to work he can also do something during the nights if need be (we'll see if that plan works out).
I am pretty sad about starting him in daycare in the middle of January, but plan to make the most of my time at work so that home time is just that--for M and family stuff. I just sent off part of my project which I managed to work on here and there these months while taking care of M. He's become a pretty good napper (especially on me...we'll see if he adapts at daycare), so I can work with him sleeping in my lap (I need to gather everything and keep food/drink nearby and hold any desire to pee to get the most out of it). But I'd rather not have to do that any more, and since around here it's full time or nothing for babies M's age, I will be trying to do 9-5 in the office. I'm a little terrified that pumping is going to consume a lot of time and mental energy, though, every day at work. I can pump well on one boob while he's nursing the other, but I'm concerned about how it will go when he's not around.