Hello! I got invited to check this board/thread out since I have a little girlie born in November!! Thanks Sherri!
She told me to just jump right in, so
here I am!
My name is Julie, I have a son who's almost 2 1/2 named Connor - he's wacko sometimes, but he's MINE! And then I have a daughter named Justice - she'll be ONE in 1 week and 1 day - OMGosh!! Right now I work FT as a Payroll Coordinator at a Manufacturing company, so the kiddos are in daycare all week - blech.
I skimmed the thread a bit and just a "where we are" thought, I have her birthday party planned for that Saturday, I've gotten some girly 1st b-day decorations off ebay (MAN I love that place!!) I plan on inviting the kids from her class (all around age 1 but less than age 2) but I don't expect many will come. I have friends and stuff with some older kids and they will come too. I've decided to make it an Artist Party. I've taken some pics of Justy and I'm turning them into black and white coloring book pics (kind of) so the kids that come can pick one or two and color them, then we'll use some construction paper and some contact paper and make them into placemats. Then we'll also have the big glass door that the kids can color on with dry erase markers, and I'm going to make #1 shaped cookies with plain white frosting on top that the kids can "paint" with food coloring. And I"m going to make her a #1 shaped cake too. Needless to say, I'm taking a half day off the day before the party to do my baking
I'm new to Cloth Diapering, but I'm getting it figured out I think! Thanks again Sherri!
Justy just moved up into the 1yr old room at daycare, so up until now I've had to go thru the day to the daycare and nurse her - no bottle, no thank you - kid won't even drink BM out of a CUP! If it's not straight from the boob she'll just pass!! BUT since moving up, she hasn't needed me! They have a schedule that they follow unlike the baby room, so she eats lunch now around 11-11:30 and then down for a nap. When I call at 11:45 to check on her she's already asleep! They know to call me at the drop of a hat, I can be there in less than 10, but they haven't called all week! So we seem to have just cut out the midday feedings, I nurse at pickup and then several more times in the evening - and she's a night eater too, so add a couple more feedings in there. We had cut out the mid-morning feeding a while ago and were just recently phasing out the mid afternoon feeding - but the milk in a cup wasn't really working and I HATE pumping! Plus I forget the dern thing all the time! So I decided to go ahead and start giving regular milk at daycare and then she gets me at the end of the day, and on the weekends. Luckily I've never had any supply problems so I don't see this being a problem!
Connor is very active, loud, sensitive, and CUTE!! LOL! Okay, I'm biased! He's my little man and I've recently discovered that I don't feel very good about the way I've been parenting him. A lot of yelling and threatened spankings, and spankings that leave a bad taste in my mouth. So I've found a name for what I'd like to do and it's called Gentle Discipline. I've been working very hard the past couple weeks to enforce this with myself and I find that it feels right, so it's not so hard to do. I still yell sometimes, but it's not his fault, I'm a yeller by nature anyhow - so any cutbacks that happen in that field at all are an awesome start and I feel good about it!
He ran away from me yesterday and took off thru a parking lot towards 5 lanes of traffic. I was carrying his sister and couldn't catch him, he thought it was a game. A nice lady was closer than me and grabbed him for me (thank God!) and I didn't yell or scream or spank or hit, I just grabbed him by the arm, squatted down and started crying as I told him how badly he'd scared me and that he can't run like that. THAT felt like the way the mom in me should've handled it and it felt good. I don't know if I "scared" him into not running out in the road - he's only two, I'm sure he'll do it again - but he did get a glimpse of raw emotion from cause and effect. I'd rather connect with my children that way!
So that's a bit about me and I hope I can fit in around here nicely!