Hi Mamas! So glad to be back home....
About due dates and milestones: Ben was 2 days late so nothing seems off there, but DD was a month early, and pretty small, and she was pretty consistently a month behind up until about 2yrs, and from then on I haven't noticed a thing...
There's such a wide range of normal!
Our big trip east was a success! Ben *LOVED* his great-granfather - both of their faces just lit up everytime they saw each other. Flying was good, although there was an awfully nasty woman sitting in front of us on the way home. She couldn't have been more than 20 and the first time Ben bumped her seat she whipped around, glared at me and said in a nasty tone, "He's bumping my seat - make him stop." I didn't respond, but didn't try too hard to reign the babe in either! She soon fell asleep so no further grumpiness ensued. Whatever... Other than that, all was well. I'll post travel tips on the Yahoo group I think
And jstar - thankyouthankyouthankyou for the encouragement/suggestion to nurse the babe while in the carseat! We wouldn't have made it home from Chicago without that! I felt like quite a contortionist, but the minivan had good headroom, so it worked!
We started solids 2 days ago - carrots. Ben didn't hate it, but I wouldn't say he's super excited about the project either. He took about 5 finger-fuls, including one from his sister, so it was fun, if not nutritionally beneficial. We haven't done it again, but maybe tonight. Our co-op didn't have any organic bananas yesterday, so I think avocados will be next on the menu... (How can a grocery store not have bananas???)
A sink full of dirty dishes beckons before the babe wakes up, so I'm off. Hope you all are having a good begining of 2005!