Wow - read back and didn't realize all I missed!
We haven't had a well baby visit since around the 2 month mark. But even the questions at those are a bit silly - how often and for how long does he/she nurse (um. . .whenver, for as long as it takes?) I am never even good at knowing how many diapers we go through per day. DH took Gabe for one and was floored by the "bottle or breast" question . . . he's like "both?" because Gabe got pumped milk in a bottle when I was at work, and some other times too. Much as I'd love all parents to be informed and educated about all things baby and kid related, what's normal, etc, alot of them are just clueless - So for those parents, I think WBV and questions aren't a bad thing. As for EI . . .it depends on the kid. I think, for SOME kids, EI is really necessary and important. Many parents do not have the time or skill set to help the kids on their own, and some kids have true developmental delays, and giving them a leg up is really a wonderful thing. BUT - most kids will generally catch up on their own. And since most will end up in the school system, giving the tools and skills to manage in that environment is a good thing. I know crunchy parents who wanted to home/unschool but then were faced with a child that both needed more than they could give, and who they found actually seemed to thrive in an environment away from home. so I'm a little meh on EI. If Gabe were evaluated, he'd probably be labeled as having speech delays. But his language and enunciation is growing by leaps and bounds, just maybe not as quickly as a kid in daycare or something.
JJ: It's just nice knowing you are in a good place with her sleep - I know it's been a struggle. and yay for photoshoots! I can't wait to see more of my maternity session.
Carrie: that's what I want to do with Gabe, but I need a clock in his room! I *think* he'd be ok with it. and hooray for shoe tying! I'm glad all of you are in such a peaceful place.
Lost kids . . . Gabe wanders, but hasn't ever really gone out of earshot - yet. Norah . . . I am giving her more opportunity to walk, but I have to restrict that for when I am out with DH or a friend or something. I can't keep up with her by myself (not pregnant, with Gabe too) though we've made a game of Gabe "catching" Norah that's been helpful. Mostly she's just thrilled to explore, but she touches and destroys things far more readily than Gabe did. Need to teach the find a mom trick though.
As of tomorrow - 6 weeks to go. I need to focus on house cleaning and other readiness. We want to make a Charlotte trip next month. Really it would be ideal to do in March, after my bonus, But I think that's a bad idea. (though there is a wonderful natural - meaning water birth, unmedicated, etc- birth friendly hospital in Pineville, outside of Charlotte, should I go into labor on the trip . . .)