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How are our toddlers???

post #1 of 14
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Hi All!  It's been so quiet around here!  I hope some are still checking in here.... How are your LOs doing?  DD just turned 13 months and on the eve of her 13 month b-day she took off walking/running like she's been doing it for months.  I was starting to think she was going to really push the envelope with the crawling.  She's saying some words, but I started up with signing again and I think it may have confused her, as she stopped saying some words.... Maybe I will stop signing??  What is your LO up to?  What about YOU what are you up to now??  I miss y'all!

post #2 of 14
Hi! I miss this group too. I guess we're all busy running after toddlers now.

I've started giving babe a few cups of almond milk a day and my hormones are all wacky now. I can not wait for this to pass as I'm now an angry, emotional mess again.

I feel like I'm too busy with my older kids and the baby is just along for the ride. I miss being able to focus all if my love into one child. Sigh. But we are doing pretty good otherwise.
post #3 of 14

Ev is turning out to be a great toddler! Baby, no, not so much..but toddler?...he's awesome and easygoing! He's totally nightweaned and sleeps 9-10 hours straight. Made that happen in about 3 nights. He caught on quickly once Dh took over the bedtime routine and he just stopped waking up to nurse just like that! Ahhhhh! I feel like a human again! He's doing what every 14 month old does....empty cupboards, screws on sippy cup tops over and over again, stacking everything stackable, spills water and food everywhere...etc. He's a handful but at least he's happy! He's definitely running...well, more like a speedy waddle which is super cute sans the diaper! He says 9 words consistently: Dahhhh (for Dad), Yaya (his sister), Mmmuumm (Me---Mom!), bye, hi, hello, Hannah (comes out like yah-nah---babysitter), up, yes (which sounds more like a guinea pig noise LOL) and makes a few sounds for animals. 

 
Life is pretty good these days! I really want spring weather to get here and stay! We went out for the last two days and it's so much easier and helps pass the time. He really likes to be outdoors. He stands at the storm door and knocks on the window a lot. Spring hurry it up! 
 
I'm trying to get back to life. I've been exercising 6 days a week and I've lost some weight. I feel really good emotionally and mentally from the exercising too! I've been more mindful about how much I eat and I just feel like I have my life on track again. I've been hanging out with my besties lately and making time for myself. I forgot what it was like to be me! 
 
I hope everyone comes out of the woodwork and checks in! I wish we could all stay connected.
 

 

AppleMark

post #4 of 14

Woah! I found you ladies! I was so bummed out when I couldn't figure out where the group moved to. Nova is 15 months (in 2 days) and we're TTC#2. :) How's everyone been?

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Woah! I found you ladies! I was so bummed out when I couldn't figure out where the group moved to. Nova is 15 months (in 2 days) and we're TTC#2. :) How's everyone been?

I had no idea where the group went either.  SO glad to have found it (by post stalking you) :)

post #6 of 14

Hi. We actually had/have a yahoo group, but no one has posted there in months. I got a message today that someone unsubscribed and when I went to check, I saw an old message about this group, so I thought I'd check it out.

 

M is 13 1/2 months now. He's been walking since 9 months, but still doesn't quite have running down....it's more like controlled falling. Usually controlled, anyway. lol He didn't have any teeth at all until December, but now he has 5 and seems to be working on a couple more. He's still looks bald, but he does have very fine, light coloured short, short hair.  We all adore him. He's really funny and sweet. No words yet, unless you count "uuuuuu" when he wants up. He does have signs for milk, sleep, eat, poo, come, & thank you, though. Maybe drink & more as well, it's hard to tell with him.

 

Here's a picture from his birthday...I can't access anything more recent at the moment thanks to network issues 

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yay! I'm so glad we're reunited! :) 

 

imakecutebabies, I am jealous that your LO will take the almond milk!  Are you a hormonal mess because fertility is returning? I would really like for fertility to return soon, I had hoped to have another by the time this one turns 2 but that won't be happening!

 

Kindermama, E is sooo cute!  And quite the talker, that's a lot of words! I'm glad to hear about the night weaning, I remember when E wouldn't sleep without being latched on so I can't imagine you know what to do with yourself with a full night's sleep.  How did you go about night weaning?  I am really ready to do it Jay Gordon style but I'm such a stinking zombie when woken up in the middle of the night. I couldn't tell you how many times a night DD wakes as I usually, in a groggy stupor, just pop a boob in her mouth when she starts stirring.  I feel this has to change...

 

Kelsey, good luck with number 2! I keep wondering when someone in our group would get pregnant again! I have a friend IRL who has a Jan 2012 baby who is pregnant already...

 

Devaskyla, your little guy is so delicious!  Did he destroy his birthday cake? DD wouldn't touch hers, go figure. :)

post #8 of 14

Element2012- She just took off huh? Isn't it crazy?! 

Nova is a signing baby too! She definately prefers sighing to speaking. Which I'm okay with for the next couple months, as long as she's happy and communicating. She's started cheating by not signing idvidually for everything. Example: being lazy by signing milk for EVERYTHING drink-wise. But she does know juice and drink? I wouldn't stop signing just ask LO to use their words, they understand us more than we think! But you would know better, shes your LO. :) And thank you, we are more than ready for number 2. But if it doesn't happen this month we are waiting until june/july to try again. :( Bummer. I'll know soon I'm 9DPO today!! Horray.

 

imakecutebabies- I'm sorry you're going through a hard time right now. Hugs for you momma!

 

Kewpie80- I'm honored. ;) I went through the old due date clubs post and followed my favorites from the group and tadah! I found them. 

 

Devaskyla- How strange, I was so worried about Nova because she didn't get her first tooth until late Nov at 11 months! Then popped out another in Dec and then her TOP FOUR AT THE SAME TIME (yes i'm shouting) in Feb. She just cut another one this week. Totaling at 7. No molars, thank the heavens. :) And another signing baby, I love it! He looks so sweet, I hope he enjoyed that yummy cake.

post #9 of 14

Kelsey--Wow! Good Luck conceiving #2! I miss being in my mid-twenties and having the idea of future babies. I had so much energy and more of me to go around. Now, five kids later, the thought of another one is downright frightening. It's weird to be "done". Kinda sad. Anyway, you two make beautiful babies. Be sure to keep in touch! I want to hear the good news when you get it! 

 

Imakecutebabies: that's hard! When Ev nightweaned, I was a bit of a mess for a couple of weeks. Then it all leveled out again. Hang in there!

 

Devas- cute birthday pic! Ev looks bewildered and mad in his. He did not like the icing on his hands at all. He asked to get up right away. So much for those fun messy birthday shots!

 

Element- I decided I couldn't take it anymore!!!. So, I enlisted DH to help me. I said to myself (and DH) I will not nurse from 8pm-midnight. He caught on by night 2. A couple of days later, I said, I will not nurse at midnight, I will wait until his next waking around 2-3am. Dh had to soothe him back to sleep at midnight. By the second night, he didn't even wake up for his 2-3am feeding and slept 8pm-6am. After a couple of weeks, I said I won't go in until 7am. He now sleeps 9pm-7am. So I didn't really gain an hour, we just shifted his bedtime later which is fine because it's still early enough for me to have an hour to myself at night. More when DH is home to do the bedtime routine with him at 8pm. Best part of all of this was it impacted his daytime naps...he sleeps 1-2 hours every time and I get to exercise, work on projects, tidy the house and make phone calls. So good to feel like me again. I never felt badly about his crying because Dh was there to soothe him. Dh did not work any night shifts those first 2 weeks just so we could do this. It was worth it! 

post #10 of 14

I missed you guys!!  It's so nice to hear about your lives and your sweet 1/12 babes. :)

 

Q is such a third child.  Just goes with the flow and hangs on for the ride.  It's pretty cool watching her, but even more cool watching her sister and brother interact with her and just love on her like she's the greatest thing ever.

 

I biggest thing was sleep training.  Luckily, I live in a community that has an extremely well-respected sleep clinic in town (so much so that people come here from all over - and call in for advice, if needed) that has a pediatric department.  So I spent two hours with the lady that saved my family (no joke!!) and we came up with a plan that didn't involve CIO or withholding love during the night.  In my sleep log I noted every time she woke for nursing and there were nights that she would be up ten times or nurse every thirty minutes to go back to bed.  I was seriously dying inside.  Anyway, it worked!!  My husband really stepped into this horrible role at night to take over for that twelve hours...and now she's sleeping all night long.  No more nursing all night.  If anything, she'll call out so we can readjust her blankets, but doesn't want to be picked up or bothered.  It's freaking awesome!

 

She's really tiny and was "diagnosed" as failure to thrive at her 1 year appointment.  We did the bloodwork and it just turns out she's small.  Anyway, she ended up gaining two pounds in six weeks with the help of coconut oil and CLO.  She's my first peanut of a kid...it's nice since her siblings are so heavy in comparison!

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post

I missed you guys!!  It's so nice to hear about your lives and your sweet 1/12 babes. :)

 

Q is such a third child.  Just goes with the flow and hangs on for the ride.  It's pretty cool watching her, but even more cool watching her sister and brother interact with her and just love on her like she's the greatest thing ever.

 

I biggest thing was sleep training.  Luckily, I live in a community that has an extremely well-respected sleep clinic in town (so much so that people come here from all over - and call in for advice, if needed) that has a pediatric department.  So I spent two hours with the lady that saved my family (no joke!!) and we came up with a plan that didn't involve CIO or withholding love during the night.  In my sleep log I noted every time she woke for nursing and there were nights that she would be up ten times or nurse every thirty minutes to go back to bed.  I was seriously dying inside.  Anyway, it worked!!  My husband really stepped into this horrible role at night to take over for that twelve hours...and now she's sleeping all night long.  No more nursing all night.  If anything, she'll call out so we can readjust her blankets, but doesn't want to be picked up or bothered.  It's freaking awesome!

 

She's really tiny and was "diagnosed" as failure to thrive at her 1 year appointment.  We did the bloodwork and it just turns out she's small.  Anyway, she ended up gaining two pounds in six weeks with the help of coconut oil and CLO.  She's my first peanut of a kid...it's nice since her siblings are so heavy in comparison!

I hear you when you say "saved my family!". Mama needs sleep or the whole family suffers! 

 

You might already know I'm a homeopath. Anyway, give some homeopathic BioPlasma to Q. It will help her system balance itself so she absorbs her nutrients and gains weight gently as she grows. It's kind of like homeopathic vitamins. Give it a shot!

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

We are working on the sleep thing over here too.  I was so desperate.  DD was waking up every 45 minutes some nights, and though we do bed share, this toddler nurses too vigorously to sleep through.  I had *nothing* left physically and emotionally by the morning time, and the day was just starting! I put up with it forever because I know she's got a few teeth coming through.  Out of desperation a few nights ago I decided no more nursing from 12 am to 7 am like a condensed Jay Gordon method. The first night was bad but not as bad as I thought it would be.  And wouldn't you know a tooth popped through that night, poor thing. By the second night she was getting the idea and she really wasn't even upset anymore by the idea.  Tonight she seems to be sleeping pretty well so far.  And I get to have wine, yay! I feel like she understood when I told her that "the milk is sleeping" and will wake up when it's light out. It's nice to be able to be with her and not have to just bust out a boob to pacify her.  AQ I'm sooo glad for you that you're getting some sleep, I can't even imagine dealing with the sleep deprivation while running after 2 older ones!  For all the forewarning people give you before you have a baby, I found the baby phase to be easy peasy, but toddler is a whole different story!

 

What's everyone doing with the potty now?  We are peeing in the potty here and there, but I would like to get more consistent with it...

post #13 of 14
Thanks! I'll look into the BioPlasma. My other kids were freaking gargantuan babies compared to her!
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by element2012 View Post

We are working on the sleep thing over here too.  I was so desperate.  DD was waking up every 45 minutes some nights, and though we do bed share, this toddler nurses too vigorously to sleep through.  I had *nothing* left physically and emotionally by the morning time, and the day was just starting! I put up with it forever because I know she's got a few teeth coming through.  Out of desperation a few nights ago I decided no more nursing from 12 am to 7 am like a condensed Jay Gordon method. The first night was bad but not as bad as I thought it would be.  And wouldn't you know a tooth popped through that night, poor thing. By the second night she was getting the idea and she really wasn't even upset anymore by the idea.  Tonight she seems to be sleeping pretty well so far.  And I get to have wine, yay! 

Feels good right!! I'm glad you made a change for your overall health! 

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