Thanks! Still getting used to the hair. Liking it overall, but actually "doing" it every day??? Not so much!
Kate, I'm glad that the trial run at daycare went well. I hope that the bottle thing goes ok and isn't too stressful for you or Elodie. I know you'll get it figured out, she won't let herself starve! But I do understand how stressful it would be. We do have pets, two cats. My old guy (he's 13) is a bit more leary around the kids. He doesn't get too close although he doesn't run away or anything from DS1, just stays very still if DS1 is around. Our other cat, Mindy, is DS1's buddy and has been since he was a baby. She is super friendly and super cuddly and incredibly tolerant. DS1 regularly "hides" her under a mountain of pillows, lays on her, etc. and she's totally fine with it. Today she came and sat on a chair with Sander and I and he was tugging on her fur and she seemed totally unphased. I do have to watch her as she will try to cuddle Sander when he's sleeping and wake him up! I am less worried about her smothering him (she's just SUCH a cuddler), he's big enough now to roll away, but I do try to keep her out of the room when he's sleeping.
This is my cuddly princess.
Katie, sorry Oliver is having sleep issues!! Sander was such a rock star and has also been less stellar lately. Maybe it's just the whole "4 month more aware" thing, but long gone are the 6 (or 7 or 8) hour stretches. Now he usually does 3 hour stretches. But, honestly, that is STILL so much better than DS1 was I won't complain. AND some (most) nights, DS1 is the one waking Sander up at least once! Drives me crazy, he comes to our room to pee, or wants to cuddle or nurse, or just be tucked back in and if Sander is in bed with me (which he usually is by 1 or 2 am) it wakes him up when I get out of bed to deal with DS1. I think Sander may also be teething as he's been really hard to get to sleep at night. Tonight it took me 1.5 hours even though I KNOW he was tired when I started putting him down. I'd have him asleep and he'd wake up as soon as I layed him down. If I left him to fall back asleep on his own for a bit it just didn't happen. Anyway, that's just pretty normal I think.
Wow, your move sounds exciting! I hope you find what you are looking for. DH and I have had our house for 10 years, and it's the only house we've owned so I don't have much advice on closing dates. If you had a closing date for your house earlier than the closing date for the house you buy, you could rent your house from the purchaser for a period of time. If I was the buyer, I'd want something in writing to let you stay (but, maybe that's just the lawyer in me). I think it would really just depend on how the buyer's closing date lined up with your plans though. They may need to move in. I guess if you want the proceeds from your house for a down payment, then renting for a month or two after selling your own house would make sense but I sure wouldn't want to move twice either! I can't even imagine moving once! And we aren't pack rats by any means, I just look around my house and can't imagine packing it all up! Do you have a neighbourhood(s) picked out? The house hunting would be so exciting. Are you planning to buy new or to purchase something existing? How do you feel about moving after you just did so much work on your home?
AFM, not much new or exciting. Everyone in our house has a cold that we are just getting over (go figure, DS1 starts preschool and we are all sick a week later!) We're having some beautiful fall weather here, and went to the zoo today with my friend and her son who's the same age as DS1. She is 38 weeks and planning a homebirth. So exciting to see her and remember that it was just a few months ago that it was us waiting on our babes! She was induced with her first, labored forever, had an epidural after like 12 hours of labor, had to have DS1 vacuumed out, etc. so I am really hoping that she can go into labor on her own this time and have an uneventful, natural delivery at home just like she is dreaming of this go 'round. And, while she's convinced it's a boy, I am so sure she's having a girl. Maybe just because I want to buy some cute baby girl clothes for someone! Oh, only other thing of note: my little sis had me accompany her to give my opinion on some engagement rings that she and her beau have been looking at. So exciting. Her boyfriend is an awesome guy.
Oh, is anyone thing about solids yet? With DS we did BLW (baby led weaning) and am planning to do the same again (no purees or cereals, finger foods only). I know it's early, Sander is almost 5 months only. I feel like I should wait until 6 'cause that's what the books say. But he is really good at getting things to his mouth accuretly and can pull himself up to sitting while in his bouncy chair or car seat and sits up really well (not to the point that he can "sit up" on his own, but on my lap or in the bumbo he sits quite well). And he's been trying to get at the food on my plate. This weekend he got a handful of coleslaw and I had to pry it out of his hand. He's tried to get ahold of food on numerous occasions. With BLW they don't actually EAT anything until they can swallow the solid food anyway. He always sits on my lap during meals so I'm thinking of just letting him grab at the stuff on my plate. I am a bit unsure because DS1 was less interested in food for a long time than Sander seems to be, but I also thing DS1 was further ahead physically (rolling over etc. earlier) than Sander is. Thoughts? Also, it seems like there are no recommended restrictions re: foods anymore? When DS1 was a babe, the recommendation was to avoid eggs until 8 or 9 months, nuts until 1 year, etc. Now, from what I can see, that's no longer the recommendation and anything (other than choking hazards like whole nuts, etc.) goes??