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post #41 of 58
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Things here are pretty good!  Grandma (my mom) is visiting for a week, which is nice.  I am definitely looking at Tooth #4 on its way...  Looking forward to next Monday when she will be 6 months, as she has been chomping at the bit (so to speak) to play with solid foods.  I think we are going to offer "heritage" foods for her first-- Mango (Filipino), Sweet Potato (Southern/Appalachian/Mixed) and Beet (Ashkenazi Jewish).  We had a hard time thinking of a "whole food" that was Jewish and not full of salt (like kosher pickles, corned beef, etc.)  We thought about kasha (buckwheat) but would like to start with fruits and veggies.  So a beet is good enough-- esp. since my brother has been growing them.  I'm also looking forward to jogging with DD in the jogging stroller-- it will actually be her first time in a stroller of any kind!  Hope she likes it.

post #42 of 58

Hey everyone! Jenny, I'm glad the sleeping thing is getting better. 

 

We have one more week til school starts for my older kids and it can't come soon enough! We're in the middle of a heat wave and my oldest hates the heat so outside play is out right now :(. As much as I'm a little sad my older dudes will be away from me for a good part of the day... I also am looking forward to just baby time. I think I will be a lot more sane haha.

post #43 of 58

Currently dealing with some pretty intense cramps in the ol' uterus, so I'm assuming AF is in my near future.

 

How many mamas have already started their periods? Did it hurt like wow when it came back?

post #44 of 58
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Despite EBF, no pacifiers, etc., etc., etc., I have had TWO periods already, about a 21 day cycle (?), and she's still less than 6 months old.  Anyway, they were fairly normal for me, maybe slightly on the lighter side, no major cramps.  shrug.gif

post #45 of 58
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Currently dealing with some pretty intense cramps in the ol' uterus, so I'm assuming AF is in my near future.

How many mamas have already started their periods? Did it hurt like wow when it came back?
same here, last night when we were out for the tuesday cruiser ride. it was intense and scared me a little.
post #46 of 58

going on here with AF, but   I am not expecting it for another 6-12 months.  

 

DS pulled himself up today... he crawled over to the chair (a kids one, but pretty big for a kid size chair) and pulled himself to his knees and then his feet... WOW  can't believe it happened already.  He seems to be trying these things way sooner than the girls.              

post #47 of 58
No AF here or any sign whatsoever of her return.

My baby has a tooth! Wow! On one hand, I'm amazed and can't stop looking at it. On the other, I'm a little sad, like my baby is growing up so fast.
post #48 of 58
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going on here with AF, but   I am not expecting it for another 6-12 months.  

 

DS pulled himself up today... he crawled over to the chair (a kids one, but pretty big for a kid size chair) and pulled himself to his knees and then his feet... WOW  can't believe it happened already.  He seems to be trying these things way sooner than the girls.              

naomi has been doing that too. she's also really enjoying getting onto her knees and trying to sit up like that and tries to do something like stand from that position and inevitably falls backwards and thumps her head. she looks shocked, but we have carpet. she did tumble over a couple times on the kitchen floor and cried. it's sad and it makes me want to put a garden state helmet on her but she'll learn i suppose. 

post #49 of 58
No AF here - fingers crossed! - though I had a blippy three seconds of spotting a month or two ago that sent me running to the store for the larger size Diva Cup. Huh.

Olive's been doing that pulling-up, standing, and cruising thing for a few weeks. I hadn't realized how crazy it was (except for your comment, ChloesMom, lol) until I talked to my brother (with the niece ten days older) and he told me that my baby is just.plain.ridiculous for how early she's doing stuff. Well, shoot. I felt like I was struggling to keep up! She's doing something new every day or two. Right now her favorite thing is to pull herself up on any flat surface - a wall, the fridge, the dishwasher - and, once she's standing, just... let go. She doesn't really wobble, just looks surprised after a good (one Mississippi, two Mississippi) few seconds and drops. Luckily, she's learned how to get down after she's pulled herself up... just not if she's standing in space. Sigh. Silly girl. Of course, this means I get nothing done when she's awake.

Relatedly, we spent a weekend at the lake with some friends, including my best friend and her 16-month old. She's a hoverer! I'm sooo not! I'd leave the room for a moment (yes, even if Olive was standing) and tell her I'd be right back (like, to grab my tea from the next room) and chatter with her until I returned... without fail, every time, my friend'd be crouching nervously RIGHT behind my baby, hands spread. I told her she was fine, really; that even if she falls /it's okay/ - but she never eased up. Olive even started to get nervous and shaky in my friend's presence! And her daughter is totally not a confident mover. greensad.gif Cause or effect, I dunno. It was just bothersome.

Work's been taking everything I've got - which isn't a lot, after these sleepless nights! How are you mamas with older children managing with back-to-school? Earlier days are tough!

I miss you mamas. Hope all is well. xo
post #50 of 58

Also:

 

This little cruiser has all kinds of inevitable bumps and scrapes. I feel like I'm throwing more breastmilk (and coconut oil, and calendula) onto the surface of her body than into it. She just doesn't have the time to eat anymore. (I sympathize.)

 

And she's discovered how to unroll the toilet paper. Favorite new game.

 

Have I mentioned that I'm tired?

post #51 of 58
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same here, last night when we were out for the tuesday cruiser ride. it was intense and scared me a little.

It definitely made me a little uneasy but it was only a day or two of odd cramping which hasn't returned. Over the past two days, however, I've noticed mild uterine contractions while feeding DD - something  didn't even really feel when I was freshly postpartum.

 

Is this something potentially related to AF returning? I have this horrible fear of unexpected pregnancy this soon pp so I'm feeling a little jumpy right now about unexplained things going on in my body. I never thought I'd say this but I could really use a period right now.

post #52 of 58
Hi ladies!
For once the horrible slow typing thing isn't happening for me, yay!
No AF here, but a few signs that I might be gearing up for it. Teles, (autocorrect always changes your name to telescope orngtongue.gif ) I'd guess it's normal post baby differences with the cramping.

Baby girl is doing well, except for in the car. The car is my least favorite place to be. If we want a scream-free car ride they have to be timed perfectly and that only happens occasionally. It sucks.
She's giving DH and I kisses sometimes, and coyly avoiding kisses often. So cute.
She's starting to scoot a bit, but really doesn't spend much time on the floor. How am I going to keep all the little Lego pieces and beads and coins the older kids always drop around the house away from her exploring little mouth, argh! She's no where near pulling up like some of your mighty babies! Fine with me! smile.gif

I think she's started to sign for milk, but doesn't always do it.
She's definitely not into having other people besides DH and me hold her. It only takes a minute of her staring at their face, looking at me, looking at them, back at me... And then the big sad lip pokes out.

I took the kids to the beach last week and she was delighted with the warm water and her brothers showing her globs of sand and a dead crab. We will try another beach day on Monday so DH can witness the cuteness. And hopefully it'll be worth the horrendous car rides.
post #53 of 58
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Where is everyone?  

 

Typebug, that sounds a little stressful.  Is there any mommy groups you can get involved in?  At the least, check out LLL.

 

 

Our doc asked if liam was saying any 'words'.... he isn't doing much but squealing still.  Not even any 'dadadad' or 'mamamam'.  He does cry more when he wants me, but doesn't call out.  He is reaching his hands out to me when he wants up.  Too cute!

 

He started real crawling last night at 6.5 months.... just the same as DD1.  DD2 started right at 7 months.

 

Come on ladies... tell me how you are!

 Aww I love the reaching too! Thanks for the LLL suggestion. :) It wasn't as bad as I thought returning home. Hubby has been breaking up my weeks working partly from home a couple of days and I went on a big walking adventure with the LO in the ergo and just dropped by all the kid related places that do story/music things for babies to get a feel for what's around. Now I have all the schedules I just have to get brave and go meet all these new people. 

post #54 of 58
Third tooth. Scaling stairs. Trying to stand straight up from kneeling/squatting. Happy Labor Day! (Someone, please, slow this child down. I can't keep up!)

ChloesMama, toooo cute! Reaching, signing, oh my! I'm so inconsistent with signing but I have fantasies about her doing it, so I'd better step it up.

I hear you on the car. Ugh. I finally found a secondhand mirror for O and that helps about half of the time. That, and handing back non-toy things - MY stuff always holds her interest for longer in the car.

TypeBug, that sounds wonderful! Congrats and good luck on getting out there - I bet the classes will really help you acclimate. I wish I had mornings available to take O to classes and storytimes - so great for the babies, and nice for mamas, too. Enjoy!

I've made it to yoga two Saturdays in a row now, and it's been one of the things keeping me sane. I'm also trying to refocus my eating (Id been having lots of breads and sugars :/ ) and - sounds silly, but - take deep breaths during the day. I'm really struggling with staying on top of work (bringing O to work each day and occasionally having my mom come to help adds another difficult relationship twist), house, baby, husband, ... that my own needs get forgotten. I'd love to see some friends, try for daily (!!) yoga/meditation at home, write, read, remember to sit and enjoy my family and laugh and drink tea... I've gotten so uptight in my "old age" that I just don't relax anymore. Even fun excursions make me kinda tense - like I have to make sure it's always.running.smoothly. yuck. (Lighten up!) Anyone else (or anyone NOT) struggling with this, too?
post #55 of 58

i love hearing from you mamas, this group really helps some days, you know?

 

i would love to sign with naomi. are there any resources online?

my MIL just bought a new house, so we got her a giant 8 rolls of paper towels together in the plastic. it was on our living room floor and naomi got to it in the kneeling position, pulled herself up standing and used it as a walker. that girl was walking! it was amazing. 

what do you mamas do for baby proofing cords? 

and are any other mamas going through the separation anxiety with baby? she starts bawling when anyone else holds her, except for hubby with moderation.

also, hubby got a new job and will not be at home working anymore. will be hard for me but it is best for him, he is so unhappy with this job and not having any human interaction. i was getting a little scared with his drinking a couple glasses of whiskey every night, too. no one should have to do that to feel better or unwind after a day's work. 

 

love to you mamas.

post #56 of 58

Hey mamas! OMG sgsnyder! Your babe is so advanced! Lou will be crawling soon... but I'm kinda hoping it takes him awhile because once a baby gets moving what you thought was hard/busy gets to a whole new level!

 

kellybeth, my middle son had intense separation anxiety until he was maybe 1.5. It definitely wasn't just a stage for him as it is for most babies. But, yeah, it's hard to deal with. Nothing worse than handing your baby off to what you think is a trusted person (the dad, your mom, a good friend, etc) and then having your baby wait like you're hurting them :(. 

post #57 of 58
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i love hearing from you mamas, this group really helps some days, you know?

 

i would love to sign with naomi. are there any resources online?

my MIL just bought a new house, so we got her a giant 8 rolls of paper towels together in the plastic. it was on our living room floor and naomi got to it in the kneeling position, pulled herself up standing and used it as a walker. that girl was walking! it was amazing. 

what do you mamas do for baby proofing cords? 

and are any other mamas going through the separation anxiety with baby? she starts bawling when anyone else holds her, except for hubby with moderation.

also, hubby got a new job and will not be at home working anymore. will be hard for me but it is best for him, he is so unhappy with this job and not having any human interaction. i was getting a little scared with his drinking a couple glasses of whiskey every night, too. no one should have to do that to feel better or unwind after a day's work. 

 

love to you mamas.

 

I'm so grateful for this group. I can always vent in the middle of the night, you gals don't judge my weird AP parenting, and there are pictures of cute babies! What could be better?

 

I found an app for free for signing - though the full version looks affordable and even cooler. It's called Baby Signing Lite - MSH, and it has most of the common early words accompanied by a video of a woman very clearly signing each one. Love it. I saw flash cards on it, too, but I haven't had time to try them yet. So far, I've been randomly signing "milk," "I love you," and "Papa" to Olive. I figure I'll get more consistent with practice.

 

I haven't figured out cords yet. Babe LOVES them, too. I just try to reach the cords before she does and either stuff them out of her reach (hard) or just unplug them so that she can gnaw on them (easier, but not safe or good for her to learn). If anyone has any better ideas, I'm open!

 

Can't believe your girl walking! That's so amazing! She's very creative. :)

 

Sending love and peace to you as you and hubby work out life with the new job. Good luck!

post #58 of 58
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Hey mamas! OMG sgsnyder! Your babe is so advanced! Lou will be crawling soon... but I'm kinda hoping it takes him awhile because once a baby gets moving what you thought was hard/busy gets to a whole new level!

 

kellybeth, my middle son had intense separation anxiety until he was maybe 1.5. It definitely wasn't just a stage for him as it is for most babies. But, yeah, it's hard to deal with. Nothing worse than handing your baby off to what you think is a trusted person (the dad, your mom, a good friend, etc) and then having your baby wait like you're hurting them :(. 

 

No kidding about the new level. I'm having daily meltdowns again. Once we've mastered (or think we can handle) one thing, something new starts the process aaaall over again.

 

The separation anxiety is rough here, too! I'm hoping this phase doesn't last too very long. I loved it when O could kinda entertain herself for a few minutes at a time...

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