Hello Ladies -
Any one out there?
D.'s teeth are super sharp and she is beginning to babble lots. Nursing is going great, and she loves avocados, bananas, apples, peas, lentils, beans and chicken :)
I'm still here. :)
Patrick still doesn't have teeth, but is LOVING feeding himself. He's had so many foods!
Peas, carrots, avocado, banana, apple, pear, sweet potato, squash, turkey, beef, blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter, bread, crackers, rice... I think I've forgotten a bunch. :P
We took a long hard look at the research on peanuts, and decided to follow the advice "Introduce before a year, and watch for reactions with the second and third feedings"; which is based on the theory that a lot of peanut allergies stem from prolonged withholding of the allergen. He was okay with it, though he doesn't seem to be a huge fan!
He did have a reaction to tomatoes though, which really sucks, because we're thinking it may be the cause of his excema (tomatoes in the foods I eat).
When he started crawling at 5 months, we figured he'd develop quickly, physically. I wasn't expecting a baby that would creep at 7 months and try to walk shortly thereafter. I figure he'll be running by 9 months. :P
I'm still here. I've been meaning to check in but we started off 2013 in a stressful way. On New Year's Eve we went early to a party and left around 9:00pm. Elliott was tired and upset and cried most of the way home. Halfway home he started to get hoarse which was unusual because he's cried that long before (total drive is 20 minutes) and not lost his voice. We all went right to bed. On New Year's Day Elliott was still hoarse and a little fussy. During his evening nap I noticed he was wheezing a little bit. You had to be standing right next to him to hear it. The wheezing got progressively worse throughout the night. DH and I "slept" sitting up with Elliott on us. Around 3:00am I said I was going to take him to the ped in the morning. We really thought he was just congested.
When I got to the ped's office the nurse commented on how bad his breathing was right away (stridorous, which I now know). Then, of course I had to undress him so they could weigh and they took a rectal temp reading which really pissed him off so then he started getting worked up and started having retractions (sharp indentations in the ribcage) while he was breathing. They called the paramedics to take us by ambulance to the hospital. Of course DH was at work and I was freaking out and couldn't think straight. They asked me which hospital to go to (there are 3 decent hospitals within a reasonable distance) and I tried to reason it all out in my head but couldn't and in the end just decided to go to the hospital with friends and family close by since I didn't know how long it would be until DH got there.
Elliott calmed down a lot once we were on the ride and just had the stridor but no retractions so they just gave him some blow-by oxygen though his oxygen saturation was never very low throughout the whole day. We went up to ped ER where again they weighed him and took a rectal temp - getting him all worked up again. So then he threw up (this was no regular spit-up) all over me and the floor. They decided to give him steroids by shot in case he threw up again. He got a breathing treatment and then another pretty soon after that since he didn't respond at all to the first one. Diagnosis: serious case of croup which apparently has been really bad this year. The hospital's standard is to give the steroids and then give a breathing treatment every two hours to tide him over until the steroids have a chance to start working. They wanted him to have clear breathing for four hours before sending us home. Elliott and I got to the hospital around 1:00pm, DH was there by 2:00pm. Most kids respond to the first breathing treatment, steroids kick in and they go home in 4 hours. It took us 4 breathing treatments and we got released at 12:00am. It was a long harrowing day. It took us a couple of days to recover from the stress and lack of sleep, but we're all doing much better now and Elliott just has some lingering cold symptoms.
In other news, Elliott has two bottom teeth and will eat anything we put in front of him: potato, sweet potato, broccoli, carrot, applesauce, red pepper, avocado. I'm sure there are more but I can't remember right now. He weighs 16.5 pounds. We have turned into bed sharing parents which I swore I'd never do.
Elliott just woke up so I've got to run. I hope everyone is starting off the new year better than us!
Elliott is doing much better. In fact, I think his symptoms have completely cleared up. I've had a cold this week (could be from Elliott or just being at the hospital). On Wednesday evening it felt like I had a plugged duct and then with the cold I was worried it was mastitis, but the plugged duct cleared during one of the night feedings Wednesday night! I was so relieved. Hopefully we're all on the mend. DH said he knew I wasn't that sick because I still had the energy to get irritated with him.
I hope everyone else is doing well!
You both look beautiful, Maryam.
I feel so surreal seeing all these beautiful baby pics. A year ago we were all anxiously starting to realize the third trimester was on the horizon..and now..here our babes are crawling, scooting, standing and giggling.
We were all so very blessed, and I know we all have went through our trials -- but man...isn't it beautiful?
D. stood yesterday for about 5 seconds on her own. She did it about 4 times. Maybe she will walk at 9 months like her oldest sister. Fun times ahead. :)
Maryam, I had a perfect vaginal birth - no rips, tears, and a live healthy, happy baby.
For some reason though, I am in no frame of mind that I ever want another home birth again. To me it is amazing that each child I am just thankful I lived. Weird, isnt it?
So, even though you may not feel I understand (because in many ways I dont) --- I do understand in some ways about birth trauma, and fear...
Rozzie - It sounds like a stressful time for you! I hope that the nanny helps. I have often wished for a nanny - well, actually I'd really like a personal assistant. Anyway, regarding the biting, someone previously suggested pulling the baby in when they bite to make them release. That has really worked for us. You must be in so much pain. I hope that gets resolved quickly for you.
Elliott has two bottom teeth but must be getting more because last night was awful. We were basically up from 4am-7am. We are all exhausted today!
A couple of weeks ago DH and I were talking about how I'm really not able to keep up with everything lately (baby who doesn't sleep more than two hours, work, household cleaning, cooking, etc.) DH's schedule has been lighter so we joked about him being the house husband. But he took it seriously and has been making a major effort to keep the house clean and cook dinner if I make sure there is food available. What a blessing! I'm still exhausted and feel like I am barely treading water most days, but at least my house is decent and I'm eating.
That's all for now. I just wanted to check in.
Sometimes pregnancy and the DDC feels like another lifetime!
Aria has two bottom teeth, is nursing like a champion day and night, is eating everything in sight (we do BLS so she eats what we are eating), and just now becoming mobile (rolling and scooting and doing the army crawl). It's funny, with my son Oscar I poured over the development books, websites, and newsletters to see if he was on track. I was always in such a hurry for him to move on to the next stage. Now I no longer remember or care when they are supposed to do the next thing, lol.
I was sad when D. got her first tooth...but now I am like "AWWWW"
I have just come to the conclusion she is always cute. lol
Wow, I kind of forgot about this until I got an email notification from the group. I'm glad this group is still around :) These May babies are keeping everyone hopping, I guess!
MLog- sorry to hear about Elliot! We had something pretty similar happen with my daughter just before her first birthday (wow, so long ago!). I thought it was a cold or croup, but finally went to an ER with her at about 3 am. They immediately transferred us by ambulance to the children's hospital where we stayed in Emergency for several hours until they could get us a bed and have us admitted. We were there for 3 days, with steroid shots and hourly breathing treatments to start. She was diagnosed as asthmatic, but seems fine now. It's so SCARY- especially since it feels like no one is telling you anything for the longest time. I'm glad he's doing so much better now!
Jynx- Everett has no teeth, and no signs of any teeth. My daughter got her first tooth at 10 months, and Orrin got his first tooth at about 9 months. My niece just got her first tooth and she's something like 13-14 months. Every kid is different! I think, too, that when kids start getting teeth later they seem to come in all at once, so instead of cutting one tooth and then the next and then the next, Nigella got 4 teeth in about a week!
Maryam- I had homebirth with Everett, and would definitely say something sort of like trauma happened there. Whenever I see pictures of a birth now (like, a friend of mine just had a baby and posted some pictures of her homebirth) I have a very visceral reaction. Kind of like needing to throw up. I can't look at it, think about it- let alone imagine doing it again. Yowzers. We are also totally, totally, 100% done having babies. Never ever ever again. Ever.
Everett is scooting, standing, cruising, and trying to walk. I expect him to walk at 9 months, just like his two older siblings :) He is just now, today, trying to hands-and-knees crawl. He nurses like a champ, sleeps like a baby (ha!), and is starting to babble a lot. He fell off the couch on boxing day (bad mommy) and partially dislocated his hip. We went to a walk-in clinic and an ER and were told, "oh, it's just a muscle strain, give him tylenol." He wasn't eating, wasn't sleeping and just screamed pretty much non-stop, unless you held him PERFECTLY motionless, for 6 days until the local chiropractor did a home visit, came in off his Christmas holidays, and fixed it. He was pretty much perfect a few hours later. I think that set back his cruising/walking a little bit. He's still really scared whenever he wobbles and is much more cautious.
I need to remember to check in here more often! I spent awhile reading updates from all the threads I missed. I missed you guys! Glad everyone is doing well.