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post #81 of 374
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Magnus is a standing fool. He's so funny! And he's huge. I was just watching him tonight and dang...this boy is BIG. He looks like a linebacker! My 3yo and my 9mo wear the same size swim diaper. How crazy is that? (They also were wearing the same size Bumkins dipes, but the 3yo hasn't had diapers for three days... ).
:LOL My boys are the same!! They are so close to the same size (in width not height :LOL).

Yay E on the potty training!!! Akira finally decided to be consistant a couple of months ago. It is so exciting
post #82 of 374
GriffinsMOM

I honestly didnt read your whole post however DH 9.5 months was SEVERLY tongue tied when he was born.. We had a few speech therapy visits and it is AMAZING the difference NOW! She did and taught how to do ORal Motor stretching exercises if we would have left it could possibly lead to speech problems and having difficulty drinking from a cup..........

P M if anymore questions

Michele
post #83 of 374
Karen,
Colin does not want to eat much when his mouth is bothering him !!
He tugs @ his ears too when his mouth hurts.

We need to go to the Chiro again !

I think I give Colin a little ice cream for his b-day or cake with no icing.
The cake is mainly for the big people -
post #84 of 374
i was thinking carrot cake here too, maybe made in muffin tins. dh and i both love it (with choc chips and cream cheese frosting :LOL ). that way we could add treats to our "muffins" but keep some simple for dd. my birthday is the day before, so we'll probably have a joint party!
post #85 of 374
Hi everyone,

I've been unable to post the last few days because the girls have me busy! I'm at work today, though, so I've got internet access all day long.

Thanks for the kind words, mamapenelope (a few days ago). Sometimes I feel like my sanity is hanging on by a thread when I've got two babies demanding my attention at all times (they've just started becoming jealous of each other--when one is nursing the other wants to nurse, when I'm holding one, the other one wants to be held). I'm having soooooo much fun having two babies, it's so fun to watch them interact with each other and play together. It's just so much work. Though it's as much fun as it is work, and vice versa.

Sleeping is easier again and we're still co-sleeping. I think the girls were going through a rough patch--probably teeth. They still only have two each on the bottom, but I feel something popping out on the top in Sophia's mouth. Ava won't let me in there. She bites me if I put my fingers in there.

I may have missed a discussion on this already, but what are you all doing for 1st birthday parties? I'm getting really excited for ours. We went to the mall the other day and got the girls their first pair of Robeez and the saleswoman gave the girls balloons and they LOVED them. It was really cute, they went rolling through the mall in their stroller banging the balloons around and giggled & screamed. Several people stopped to watch them. It was really cute. So we're definitely having balloons. I've got the book Super Baby Food and I think I'll look in there for cupcake recipes. But I'm not sure if we'll do a theme. Are any of you doing themes? Dh thinks themes are stupid, but I think it could be kind of cute...
post #86 of 374
On all of this talk of birthday parties, is there anyone out there not doing a big deal??? I feel like a terrible mommy, but I really had no plans for anything spectacular. I feel like she has no clue that it is any other day and I'm not certain she'd have a good time with a house full of people she rarely sees screaming in her face and making a commotion.

I was just planning on a cupcake with DH & I (and probably my mom). Am I on the wrong track? Should I make this a big deal? I'm really starting to feel like I'm serving her a great injustice.
post #87 of 374
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak
On all of this talk of birthday parties, is there anyone out there not doing a big deal??? I feel like a terrible mommy, but I really had no plans for anything spectacular. I feel like she has no clue that it is any other day and I'm not certain she'd have a good time with a house full of people she rarely sees screaming in her face and making a commotion.

I was just planning on a cupcake with DH & I (and probably my mom). Am I on the wrong track? Should I make this a big deal? I'm really starting to feel like I'm serving her a great injustice.
No, you're not on the wrong track at all. Your dd most likely won't have a clue that it's different than any other day. You're definitely not a terrible mommy if you don't make a big deal about it. The reason I'm making a big deal about the 1st b-day party is more for dh and me. I can't believe we've made it through a year with twins, so I feel I have the right to throw a party to celebrate that. Most of the people that will be there are people the girls see all the time anyway--me, dh, the grandparents and great grandma. Dh thinks I'm a little crazy for making such a big deal about it, but I just want to celebrate the first year of the girls' lives and congratulate us on getting through it.

You're definitely not serving her a great injustice. The fact that you're there for her every day, you love her and take care of her is the best gift she'll ever get.
post #88 of 374
Karen,
I'm using Colin's 1st B-day as an excuse to get a bunch of family together.
That's why I'm kinda making a big deal.
At 1st, we were only gonna have 5 or so folks but I re-met some of my family & thought this might be a good excuse to re-connect a bunch of us.
it's only gonna be 3 hrs for us.
the babes don't remember the party anyway.
If you want to keep it small - too cool ! I'd get a few mylars tho'.
I read d something in a mag about keeping 1st b-days small for the babe - too much over load
Colin got 1 @ the mall & he thought it was too cool !
post #89 of 374
OMG P - I can't tell Emma... she would be mortified to know that she weighs THREE pounds more than her boyfriend

And thanks ladies for the reassurance about the birthday party thing. I was really starting to think I was depriving her of things. I completely understand your reasonings. I think both are awesome reasons for a party
post #90 of 374
Icequeen - we aren't doing anything at all for the big one bday. We have no family or close friends here and so most likely celebrate both our birthdays with a yummy dinner and desert, which is all we ever do....

MamaP - DD just was weighed yesterday for the first time in 4 months and we were sure she was going to be at least 22 lbs..She feels so heavy and chunky. She only weighed in at 19 lbs!
post #91 of 374
I think for me the 1st is a big deal because (like I said before) 1) we've gotten through it (almost!) without me running away or going completely bonkers, 2) the girls are our first born & probably our only children.

On another note: the girls had their check-up on Friday and were weighed for the 1st time in almost 3 months. Ava was 19 lbs. 15 1/2 oz. and Sophia was 18 lbs. 3 oz. I was amazed. I thought for sure they'd be at least 22 lbs. each. They seem like such porkers to me.
post #92 of 374
OK so I guess at 23 pounds my girl is a real porker. LOL. She was at 22 lbs. at 7 months, once she really started moving her weight has not increased so dramaticaly.

Birthday`s...they are not such a big deal in Japan. I want to have a small party for family but am not sure. I think my nieces would like the decorations and cake and stuff. No cake for baby, allergies, but I would like to make her something special. We will see what she is eating in a few months. She is one of the youngest babes here, so I still have time to think. Going to the states and back is still my big project.

Kathryn and Maya 10/28
post #93 of 374
Oh yeah...

G seemed much happier today and I only caught him tugging on his ear once. We go back to the chiro-crack-tor tomorrow...

He has been rolling over to sleep on his stomach. Whenever I walk past or wake up I roll him onto his back but then he rolls right back over again. Should I try to make him stay on his back? Really it is wasted effort 'cause he rolls right back over... I'm not sure what to do about it. Ideas on keeping babies on their backs?
post #94 of 374
Jen, are you concerned about keeping him on his back because of his ears?? or???

Once Emma was able to roll over on her own, I stopped worrying about it.

Your comment about your "big baby" made me recall a comment I got from a lady at the Fair the other day. She actually said in a very loud voice "isn't that a cute FAT baby" I'm so sick of people calling my baby fat You can ask mamap... she's not obese... she's just a big, healthy girl : grrrrrrrr....

Congrats on finishing that project!!! I recall those monsters I used to get and nothing felt better than getting them out of my hair!
post #95 of 374
: Heh. I've been feeling a bit like a bad mommy because I DO want to have a big party for Julie's birthday. Since MIL is planning a family party at her house, which will be really cool, Julie is actually going to have two birthday parties. The family one will involve the korean traditions - I actually need to dig out the han boks from our wedding and get them pressed - and a sit down dinner. The party at our house - well, I'm trying to start getting ready to send the invitations. I think I want to invite all our friends. We have a lot of friends with little kids. It's just going to be in the afternoon, open-house style for a few hours. I'm just going to put out cheese and cracker, fruit and veggie type snacks plus cake and ice cream. I want Julie to have some sort of messy first birthday cake experience. But I also don't want her eating junk. I'm looking for a good recipe now. I think there are some in Cathe Olson's baby food book. I need one with no wheat, which may be a trick.

I know that these parties are all for the grown-ups. They are really just photo-ops, and I hate to admit it (in fact, I don't think I would admit it to anyone in real life) but I kind of want the gifts for her. Is that awful? I want her to get some cool clothes or toys or books that I don't have to pick out and/or pay for. I'll put something on the invitation about no gifts are necessary, but I'm inwardly hoping people ignore that. I am so naughty!

We've been having another tough week here. Julie has been up at 3 or 4 a.m. EVERY night this last week, and in a crabby, clingy mood to boot. I know it's teeth, but I am tired too and it's hard to stay cheerful and creative. We're going back to the doctor's office tomorrow to have her iron levels rechecked. We were supposed to go back a month ago, and I kept putting it off. I hope I've managed to get enough in her, but if they're still low, we're going to start the supplements. Hopefully they will let me weigh her while we're there - she was 22.8 lbs at her 9 month visit, and I don't think she's grown too much but I am curious.
post #96 of 374
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak
Jen, are you concerned about keeping him on his back because of his ears?? or???

Nah... more just that they are "supposed" to sleep on their backs until 1 yr 'cause of SIDS. He has never truly slept on his back, usually on his sides so I could see why he likes sleeping on his belly. Like I said, its kinda' pointless to even try 'cause he just rolls back over.

My posts are getting long but on a related topic... We have something called Parents as Teachers here that is free from the state of MO. A certified teacher comes to your house once a month and talks about development and how to encourage your baby to develop. Well... that is supposed to be the goal. Ours came for the first time when G was about 8 weeks old and she instructed us to put him in his crib when he cried and turn on the TV load enough so that we couldn't hear him. Run the vacuum if you have to drown out the sound... b/c we need the break from it and he needs to learn not to cry so much. G had such severe relux... don't get me started. Anyway, you should have seen her face when I told her he slept on his side b/c we cosleep and he bf's. That really got her started on how that puts him at risk for SIDS, etc. Needless to say, we did not invite her back into our home. But, sometimes when he's lying on his stomach I hear her high pitched voice in the back of head saying, "he'll get SIDS!!! You can't do that!!!"

I hear ya' on the "fat baby" comments. Griffin was HUGE for a while - 12 1/2 lbs at 5 weeks (he was born at 8 lbs) and people can be so rude about it. My own grandmother said to me "he sure is fat isn't he?" last time I saw her... of course, she doesn't win any prizes in the grandmother competition so I tried not to let it bother me. :

Sorry for the long rambling post. Off to check on my muffins...
post #97 of 374
Jen, I just followed your pictures link and watched your birth announcement. It brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful slideshow, and what a beautiful birth and what a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing that.
post #98 of 374
Jen,
You need to do what I did in regards to parents as teachers. I got pissed off and called the director! They are a federally funded program and their intention is NOT to endorse CIO. I raised holy h@ll because their handouts that I was given said to let them cry. They've since revamped their handouts

I've also since gotten a new coordinator!
post #99 of 374
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Originally Posted by ShellyK
Jen, I just followed your pictures link and watched your birth announcement. It brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful slideshow, and what a beautiful birth and what a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing that.
Actually... that isn't my family or my homebirth but I liked it SO MUCH that I put it on our homepage. Coolest thing I've seen on the internet in a really long time... I think I've watched it about 100 times!

For those of you who want to take a peak, here is the link:

http://www.danielfairbanks.com/jude/jude.htm

Enjoy!
post #100 of 374
I just realized Deshi's birthday is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!! Yikes! We will do a cake, I make Akira one in a fun shape every year (1st was a bunny, 2nd was a spider, 3rd was a robot). It is one of the rare occasions we have sugary treats. Every family birthday in dh's family is honored by a family dinner at his parents house and I imagine this one will be no different, although if it is nice we may have in in our yard instead. Last year I was in labour with D on my birthday Usually it ends up being all of dh's siblings (or those that will be around anyway) plus his parents and my parents. We don't have parties with kids and such. That way it is a low-key big event if that makes any sense :LOL I guess I need to start thinking about what kind of cake to make. Maybe a bear.........I guess I will have to figure out what he will love when he sees it
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