We are definitely a swing family here.
Aidan naps a lot in the swing. He gets his much needed sleep and I can pay attention to Tori & Jack or get other stuff done. I did worry a little bit about getting "addicted" to the motion but then I read a good point in the Happiest Baby on the Block book. He talked about even if your baby was in the swing for 12 hours of the day (which the baby wouldn't be) that is still less than the amount of rocking motion they were exposed to in utero. Aidan likes his swing, sometimes he wakes up and he just smiles and smiles for 10+ minutes just swinging away. As soon as he starts to fuss, I pick him up. The swing to me is just another extention to a sling/pouch. It provides a similiar stimulation (cradled rocking motion). I do try to sling Aidan when I can but sometimes it just isn't an option. I can't move & unpack boxes with him slung in front.
We've used the swing a few times when they've been sick with congestion. I can only sleep "upright" for so long. We'd set the swing up right next to the end of our bed so we were RIGHT there if they ever needed us.
ITA with Pam/MamaAcorn find what works for you and stick with it!!
I think Jen mentioned it once, it's amazing how your preconcieved ideas of how you are going to mother your child will become augmented by the realities of what will work and what is best for the sanity of the entire family.
|Samantha - if he won't take a paci, have you tried your little finger with the nail down - where the tip is kind of nestled into the palate of his mouth? Jack never took a paci, but he loved some finger sucking.
I've tried but unfortunately he hates my fingers or my knuckle. He'll suck on David's happily sometimes but not mine. I think it's because of my long finger nails even when they aren't polished. Neither Tori or Jack would for me either but would for David.
He's got the "Happy Finger" as we use to call it. I just can't get David to understand that sometimes Aidan ISN'T hungry. Because he'll be holding him and Aidan will be going to town on his finger and he tells me "He's hungry". I'll try to nurse him and Aidan keeps pushing the nipple out. Obviously he isn't hungry, he just wants to suck.
You'd think by the third child he would remember that.
Christmas stress- well the tree is trimmed. From now on I'm going to do it in the middle of the night. I end up doing it all by myself anyway and at least then I'm not having to fight off "helpful" little ones who just want to pull stuff out of boxes but not put them on the tree or a DH who's not participating in any way.
: And for some reason David just can't seem to actually put an ornament on the tree without me nagging him to put some on.
Except the glass mercury balls that he wanted to put on, that I want to leave off of the tree for a couple of years since they shatter so easily.
For 11 years I've tried to make trimming the tree fun with David and... it just isn't happening. So I'm giving up. I take it down by myself late at night so from now on I'm going to put it up by myself late at night. Maybe in a couple of years when the kids are a little older and I don't have to worry about the ornaments constantly being pulled apart or destroyed it can be a "family" event. Don't get me wrong, I have a bunch of ornaments that are "child safe" that they can put on the lower part of the tree but I'll have all the ornaments sorted out and ready for them to do.
At least most of the children's presents are already done, I'm waiting for a couple of things to come in the mail. I just need to get them wrapped and under the tree. I need to get a couple of things for stockings but that's about it. And I need to make some stuff for friends. Mainly baking and cooking. I'm trying to not stress but it's hard because the house is still in disarray. I hate moving. I'm still looking for at least 2 Christmas decoration tubs.
: The one with the nativity set in it and a bunch of the lighted garland.
At least we don't have to try to please a dozen people who always want us to come to their house for Christmas.
Now if they want to see us, they have to come here.
I'm sure we'll go over to Houston to visit after the first of the year or something but we aren't going to kill ourselves during the holidays.
Okay so we finally got around to DTD
over the weekend. :LOL It's only been 10 weeks. :LOL Was a little tender at first but then things got really good.
And I wasn't sore the next day.
Well, there is the little prince now. Got to go.