Hey all! I've been MIA this month, sorry! I've been managing to get here and read new posts once a week or so, but that's about it.
Amanda, good to hear from you! Your little guy is super cute! I loved his monkey picture in the photo thread too! I'm glad Joel is doing so well! I don't know about quantities since Sander doesn't really take a bottle and I'm still home on mat leave, but if he's hungry enough to eat when you pick him up then I would guess he likely isn't getting too too much at daycare. Glad to hear Joel is taking to solids! I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Well, sort of. I remember the stress she was causing you during your pregnancy. So YAY for you for doing what you needed to do to protect yourself and your family! I imagine it was tough, so good on you for being so strong! Oh, we have all hardwood too. With DS1 we bought those cheap foam floor tiles from Toys R Us and put it in the area on our main floor (between the dining area and living room area) that is dedicated to play space. It was so inconvenient to clean, and one of our cats totally destroyed it. So this time we have an inexpensive area rug from Ikea with thicker pile to make it nice and soft. It's the only rug in our whole house and everyone wants to be on it now! So usually it is occupied by two cats and two kids and sometimes me too.
Katie, I'm so glad to hear you had a nice visit with family! Dinner out, without kids?? That sounds like heaven!! DH and I have had 1 dinner date sans kids, for our anniversary. It only lasted 1.5hrs, but it was AMAZING! lol. So nice that Sydney is enjoying playing with the babies. D is really good with Sander too. He is always excited to go in and see him when he wakes up from his nap, wants to play with him on the floor, etc. Although I think some toy jeleousy is just on the horizen. Once Sander is mobile I'm sure we'll go through a little stage. So what I'm trying to do is put all of D's "big boy" toys in the playroom in the basement and leave all the toys that are safe for Sander upstairs. That way at least Sander won't be stealing D's favorite tractor, etc. away from him. And WOW, Christmas gifts already! I remember that you were super organized last year too! Good on you! We don't have much to buy in the way of gifts this year. A couple things for the boys, something for my two cousins on my side (one is 13 the other is 3) and something for 2 of my nieces on DH's side (we drew names for the kids this year. Last year the gift opening was ridiculous!) We've decided not to exchange gifts between adults on either side this year. DH and I don't usually exchange gifts either. We usually jointly buy something we want or need instead (terribly unromantic, I know!) So, anyway, I thing this will be the easiest Christmas yet for gifts! Kids are always easy to buy for!
Kate, I hope you aren't too worried about DD dropping percentiles. I think it's only a concern if it happens over the course of 2 or 3 months, not at one appointment, as it is the trend that they are concerned about. Especially because she could be just about to have a growth spurt, kwim? Has DD been sick? Or is she becoming more active? Either of those things can cause them to drop percentiles. I know DS1 did that at around 7 or 8 months. He was always super active, and then he got a bad stomach bug and was really sick for 2 or 3 weeks. He was already really skinny too. Like 10th percentile weight for length. My doctor said she'd only be concerned if he continued to drop, and he didn't (but he's still skinny as a reed). Anyway, I hope DD is back on track at your next appointment. Sorry to hear that your pumping output has tanked too. Have you tried lactation cookies? I have a link to a really yummy recipe (it is a seriously good excuse to eat cookies!!) I used the "major milk makin' momma" recipe. They could use some raisins or craisins or something but are really, really yummy just as the recipe calls for too. Don't feel bad about the ear infection. If she wasn't totally upset and screaming there's no way for you to know and she must have been handling it fine.. Apparently they don't want to treat them with antibiotics anymore anyway unless they don't go away for a long time. My BIL was telling us that in Europe they don't treat with antibiotics at all for ear infections.
PBM, good to hear from you! Love the faces! Malcom is seriously cute. We're just taking it slow wiht Sander on the solids too. Sander was really keen for the first 2 weeks, then all of a sudden had almost no interest at the table. He likes his rice rusk crackers when we're out and about, and actually does like purees (I just put some on a spoon and he self feeds with it, very messily) but not too keen on eating anything else right now. Right now we're just feeding him in the bumbo and I might try putting him in the high chair this weekend instead as currently he's more interested in trying to get his socks off and eat them when he can see them peaking over the tray. Thinking he's too distracted to try eating!
Well, not too much new here that isn't sort of in the responses above! Sander is doing well. Starting to stretch out naps. He isn't too interested in trying to crawl or even sit himself up when he tips over. But he is really enjoying standing and pulling himself up when I hold his hands. He's also doing a bit of a bumm scooch (very slowly and not that far!) to get to toys he can't reach, etc. We went for his 6 month vaccinations earlier this week and he's now 21lbs! He's about 95 percentile for weight and above the 97th for height. Big boy! I was relieved that he's not too heavy or too long for his infant seat yet. We're getting into real "winter" weather now, and as insanely heavy as his bucket is it is so nice not to have to bundle him up, lug him out to the car, unbundle, and put in the car seat. I can just warm up the car, cover the seat, get him in and go! Otherwise, just starting to think about Christmas! We are going to Maui (cannot wait!) with my parents and my sister and her boyfriend. I have never been and am so excited!