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post #21 of 42
Liam has 2 teeth coming in! I felt one last night, but on further inspection it's actually 2 and they've receded just a bit back down into the gums, but i can still feel them and see their little holes. Feels like little bits of glass!! He's definitely more hands-on with the teething though, so it's exhausting the both of us.

Tabby Cat, I love the idea of a waterbaby too! Plus we got 20$ parks & rec money for christmas because I really wanted to take Liam to swim lessons. But I really am nervous about the megachlorinated water.. I think we're going to try a drop in swim to see how it affects him, and then go from there. Definitely something to research though. Makes me really want to live somewhere warm! (that and tropical fruit, *drool*)

We're taking an airplane trip in February too - Vancouver to Winnipeg (I just typed and erased and typed and erased that word like 5 times so apologies if it's wrong) so it's only 3 hours. We're holding him. The trip is paid for (dh's mom, who we're visiting.. yikes). I don't feel bad about holding him at all.

Michelle: we're doing raw foods with liam. we choose not to go the cereal route just because of "feelings" regarding grains... that they're not food.. those are just my feelings though.. He's still not up for food though. Pesky tongue reflex still getting in the way. He'll suck on apples though... soo cute.

http://members.shaw.ca/liamspage/apple.jpg

Melissa
post #22 of 42
shaper~ I live in southern B.C, not too far from van. island. I totally understand about you wanting to give your baby only raw foods, but I've come to realize that going totally raw isn't very good for babies during the winter (or anyone, for that matter). When my DD1 was first eating solids, I tried to give her only raw, organic everything. I think one of her first foods was pureed lentil sprouts.:LOL I was pretty good at keeping only healthy things in her diet till she was a year old. She didn't have a grain of salt, or any refined sugar, or honey till one year, and I'm proud that I was so good at keeping her diet pure. I don't know what I'm getting at, but just wanted to let you know, that I felt like that once before Now my DD eats almost everything. It just got way too much to try and make sure everything she ate was "pure".
post #23 of 42
Hi all,

Great to hear about all your babes! Congrats to those getting teeth! Rowan chews on everything and drools a bunch, but no sign of teeth yet. I'm not in any hurry, they're welcome to take their sweet old time...

We will be travelling in February also. My sis lives in London with her boyfriend and we're going to visit for about 10 days. I'm very excited as I've never been there, but a bit apprehensive about the flight with the babe and also dealing with the time change. If any of you wise mamas have any suggestions on how to handle that, I'm all ears.

I picked up a blow up bathtub for him yesterday and used it today because we just had an infant tub and he wanted to sit up straight and splash so badly! He loved it and I like that it's all soft and squishy and comfy for him.

We still haven't tried any food yet, but I guess I will soon. Part of me wants to, but the other half really just doesn't feel like dealing with it. Breastfeeding is just sooooo easy! But...do they eat less often once you add solids?

Have a great weekend all!!!
post #24 of 42
butterflyma-
where can I get Bag Balm? My mother suggested the same and I thought she was nuts...but to here it again makes me think. Also, is it safe for cloth? Thanks for the help

I have looked into the chlorine free, tree free diapers. Unfortunately they are so much more expensive from what I have seen. The reason I used cloth in the first place is b/c we have very little $$ while I stay home. I REALLY need to go back to cloth!!!!! Her butt is brieght red this morning after being in sposies for 2 days. It had looked better yesterday. I don't know what to do.

jen
post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by gigismom
Her butt is brieght red this morning after being in sposies for 2 days. It had looked better yesterday. I don't know what to do.jen
Jen, I know. Those chlorine-free disposables are expensive!! We went through a package verrrry quickly while we were out of town (with no washing machine and too many soacked cloth diapers).
You're probably tired of suggestions... : but... we've been so fortunate with our little girls' tushies... to not have rashes. I'm wondering if it's 'cause we never used any type of bubble bath or soap. ?? I don't know if that might help Selma... just to wash her in water as opposed to using shampoo, soap, etc. I read that somewhere a long, long time ago --about batheing babes in only water.
: My friend makes a healing salve that may/may not be appropriate. Don't know if you could use it with cloth. ?? I'd be more than happy to send some to you if you feel like trying it... or want me to get a list of ingredients from her. I think it's made of olive oil and herbs like golden seal. Dh cut a chunk out of his finger with a knife and that part of his finger grew back! rapidly! Dd calls it "marla's magic" 'cause it works so well for on injuries.
Hoping you'll get relief SOON, Selma!
post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by thekuhlkens
We still haven't tried any food yet, but I guess I will soon. Part of me wants to, but the other half really just doesn't feel like dealing with it. Breastfeeding is just sooooo easy!
That's how I'm feeling.
post #27 of 42
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Originally Posted by *Mamajaza*
She didn't have a grain of salt, or any refined sugar, or honey till one year, and I'm proud that I was so good at keeping her diet pure. I don't know what I'm getting at, but just wanted to let you know, that I felt like that once before Now my DD eats almost everything. It just got way too much to try and make sure everything she ate was "pure".
*Mamajaza*, I think I have a feel for what you're saying. I was really "strict" with Isabella's diet until she was almost 2: only organic, no artificial coloring, etc. She'd never eaten french fries or any fast food or anything "conventional." We took her food to my mom's house, my m-i-l's house, etc. It was a lot of work. My m-i-l would say, "I have peas." when I'd come in with Isabella's organic peas. It really felt like the right thing to do... Ya know, after a baby's been breastfed, not had any sugar/juice or koolaid or restaurant food or anything full of junk... Now it's such a different story I'm sad to admit. : She's 5 and she knows about junk food. Halloween. Valentine's Day... all of that. It's sometimes hard to be an organic whole-foods mama in the middle of the oreo cookie-lay's chips-m & m's belt where most people have no idea what "organic whole food" means. I've been practicing the "art of allowing" here, but I hope that my food philosophy and way of eating and appreciation of organic whole foods is prevalent in her circles of friends where we're relocating. I think it will be.
*Mamajaza* be proud of feeding your little sweetie so well!
post #28 of 42
Jen~ I got my Bag Balm at the grocery store. I'm pretty sure most grocery and drug stores would have it. It's super cheap! (about 3$) I got mine years ago for a tattoo, finished using it, would occasionally use it for dry hands and feet and used it for Caiden's bum. Still, it's 1/2 full! It comes in a green metal tin....

Yeah, adding solids is definitely more work. I think that's part of the reason I was excited about starting it ( weird, I know.) Being home all day with 1 baby can get "routine". When we started food it was "exciting" .
We've been feeding only healthy, mostly organic foods- despite many family members wanting to feed the baby an assortment of innappropriate foods. To add to the difficulty, my MIL came to Caiden's 6 month check up. My ped. (whom I usually agree with) has a very liberal approach to starting solids and said that it was okay to feed him cheese, cheerios and anything else we wanted to except for shell fish and peanut butter! Now my MIL keeps asking "have you fed him cheese yet?" and wanting to just feed him everything. GRRR. I don't have to defend my choices to her, but I end up feeling defensive anyway. I tried to explain to her that while I respect the dr, I don't consider him to be the decision maker in our family. But, when she asks about foods and we say "no, not yet," she says "well the dr said he was ready." [end of rant, now I pause for zen-breathing]
post #29 of 42
Hello all!

mamajaza~ right on, neighbour! winter can be a pain, yep but i have a good feeling about raw foods for us. we'll see how it goes - it's not a problem this year because he's not really eating anything except boobmilk yet. we tried solids with him a couple times in the last week and although he's very interested, he's definitely not ready!! so we're gonna stick to sucking on apples for now, and nixing everythin else.

butterflyma - the rant about your MIL made me laugh, i know it's probably frustrating as hell but it's also funny if only because i can relate SO WELL! (i still havent met my MIL in person yet i'm freaked out about it - one month to go! AHH)
post #30 of 42
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Not alot of time right now but I wanted to stop and say "hi" quickly. I love how many posts there are from July mamas! I just quickly scanned the posts...I will come back later or tomorrow and reply. But I did want to say that pic of the little one with the apple is too cute!!!!
post #31 of 42
well its good to see that everyones still doing well. Kaydence is sound asleep so im typing fast before she realizes i'm not in bed with her and wakes up. she just recently figured out how to blow rasberries and managed to spit on everyone walking down the aisle at church on sunday. i swear everyday she moves around more and more. tonight she crawled over to me grabbed my fingers, and stood up! i was freakin out!! i'm not ready for her to "cruise" yet, but we'll see. as far as solids go, we still are waiting she still has her tongue reflex so i know she's not ready yet. besides bf is much easier and a lot less planning involved! *just a tip for the red butts: cornstarch. i just got that advice from my grandma and it worked wonders. we use cloth but every now and then a spot or two will show up red!! well i'm off to catch a few winks, but its so nice to hear from people on the same wavelength as i am!! my dh is in kuwait right now so i just wanted to say THANKS for all the support i've received from MDC!!
post #32 of 42
Hej from Sweden, everyone! Thought I would introduce myself.... My little munchkin, Alexander, will be 6 months next Friday. I can't believe only 6 months ago, he was all snuggled inside my belly!

Well, it sounds like he is right on track with the rest of you guys. He is not sitting up by himself yet, but he is so close! When I prop him up, he will stay sitting for a little while, but does not really seem that interested in it and will just flop over to the side and onto his belly. He's really into turning over onto his tummy. Which is so surprising! When he was younger he hated being on his tummy. He will still grump about it, but it takes him longer now to get to that point... He wiggles all over the place now. I can see that he would love to crawl, though. He will do his "push-ups" and will also pooch up his butt and try to get on his knees. His core just needs to strengthen up some more and he will be on all fours. Then watch out! lol....

Today, he's also found his scream. He's been just laying there and squealing/screaming. Then he will laugh. He's been babbling a few consonant sounds recently, too. Mainly "ba" and "da". He loves to babble at me! DH is up in Stockholm on a special job for three weeks (he comes home on Sunday... YAY!!!!! ). When we talk on the phone, I always have him talk to Alex. It is so cute! He will get really quiet and then he will start to "talk" to Daddy and smile. It is the sweetest thing!

And there is definitely a tooth popping out! Finally!! It seems like he has been teething forever. Its a bottom front tooth. I have felt the lump there for almost a week and now I can see the tooth just peeking out of the gum.

How have your guys been doing with sleep? Mine still takes three naps a day. About 40 minutes to 1 hour in the morning, 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the second nap, and then 30 minutes to 1 hour for his third. He has been consistently going to sleep at around 7ish (sometimes 8ish). He's been sleeping quite well at night, too. The only bad thing is that he has been waking up at 5:15 to 5:30 a.m.! He used to wake up at 7 or 8. Aaahhh... those were the days. Oh well, I'll just take one of his naps with him.

I started him on solids last week, as he is definitely ready. He did ok with the cereal, or gröt as they call it here, but he LOVES the bananas I started him on this week. Next week, we will introduce applesauce. I make all my own. I don't see why more people don't do that instead of buying it. Its so easy to do!!

So, its nice to meet all of you fellow July ladies with your crabs and lions. Its nice to compare notes with others who are going through the same things.... I look forward to reading more of your posts!
post #33 of 42
Happy half birthday to all our July babies!

The plane trip was a smashing success. Tabitha slept all the way there and part of the way home. On our final landing she didn't want to nurse or take her pacifier so I was really worried, but not a peep.

I'm intrigued by the sucking of apples. Tell me more! DH is teasing me about dragging my feet on the solid foods. We baked a sweet potato yesterday (Tabitha's six-month birthday) but I never got around to pumping milk to mix it up with. Oh well. The next couple of days are really busy so it may have to wait even longer. I'm in no hurry and not doing her any harm, right?

It's deep winter in Minnesota. Some days we just hole up at home. I definitely understand about wanting another "activity" to keep both of us entertained. Maybe we'll have to hop in the tub once she finishes eating and by then she'll be ready for the next nap!

We're on day 8 without a poop. I'm planning to do a glycerin suppository later. Do any of your babies have such infrequent poops? Hers are always nice and soft, no straining when they do come, so I try not to get too freaked out, but after a week, I just can't take it anymore. I imagine this will change once she starts on solid food.

My beautiful girl.

Take care mamas,
Caitlin
post #34 of 42
hi all, typing left handed only as someone sleeps on the right one, sorry for typos..

thank you so much for the well wishes and suggestions for selma's butt . to make a long story short, i have definitively decided that it is an allergic reaction to milk protein in my diet (common in my family). I had kind of tried eliminating before now but never 100%... she is obviously VERY sensitive so i am now completely casein free and am waiting for our bodies to clean out. her rash is already much better (after 2 weeks with no casein) and i expect the same trend to continue. good news is this: we figured it out and she feels much better and it's not the cds!!!!!

we haven't tried solids. i like to wait until she is lunging and obviously wanting food, mostly b/c of the tendancy to food allergies. i figure her body knows when it is ready and she will let me know.
post #35 of 42
Glad to hear Selma's bum is on the mend

Caitlin~funny, I did that exact same thing with a sweet potato Since we started solids Caiden's poos have become less frequent, tho never more than 3 days apart. I love the consistency of them now, they just roll off of his diaper. (Funny, I never would've thought I'd be writing about "loving" the consistency of poop)

Welcome Zootiegurl DS loves potatoes mixed with applesauce and it's so easy to bake and blend together

Next week my sweet babe is 7 months! That just seems so old It really does fly by.....
post #36 of 42
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Originally Posted by butterflyma
Glad to hear Selma's bum is on the mend

Caitlin~funny, I did that exact same thing with a sweet potato Since we started solids Caiden's poos have become less frequent, tho never more than 3 days apart. I love the consistency of them now, they just roll off of his diaper. (Funny, I never would've thought I'd be writing about "loving" the consistency of poop)

Welcome Zootiegurl DS loves potatoes mixed with applesauce and it's so easy to bake and blend together

Next week my sweet babe is 7 months! That just seems so old It really does fly by.....
Thanks, buterflyma! The potatoes and apple sauce does sound like a great mix! Do you have any other good baby food combos/recipes?

I can't believe it! The little man is 6 months today! Deng that went fast.... Half a year already! *sigh* I was looking at his newborn pics... He was so tiny! We went to the doc yesterday for his check up and he is getting so big! 18 lbs! He's not chubby, tho. He's very long.... Can't remember the measurement now.... I think it was 72 cm which is a little over 28 inches.

Soon most of your little guys will be reaching the 7 month mark. Can you believe it??
post #37 of 42
Coming in late here...I haven't posted in months because my biz has been so busy there's little time for anything else.

Quinn will be 6 months tomorrow. He has 4 teeth and two more coming. He's about 22 lbs and a GIANT. He loves being carried in a sling and playing with toys. He's almost sitting up and he rolls all over the place.

The weird thing about him is that he's not a comfort nurser (my DD was). So essentially, I nurse him and we then has to be walked/slung to sleep. It's crazy! He actually cries/fusses himself to sleep most of the time (in arms or sling). I am just trying to go with the flow, but it's a major paradigm shift for me. DD always nursed to sleep easily. She didn't stay asleep though.

The BEST diaper rash cure in the world is Weleda calendula baby cream! I use it for everything! My kids are very rashy in cloth and this works better than anything else - my little miracle.

And Quinn just went about 2.5 weeks without a poop and then blasted me all day Friday. There's no reason to use a suppository unless they are constipated. And they aren't constipated with a breast milk only diet.

I gave Quinn a tiny bit of mashed banana yesterday and he was up all night. Coincidence?
post #38 of 42
Hey, Kristen!! I didn't know your son was so close in age to mine! What a coincidence!

This is Vickie from SlingSisters, btw....

So, yours is not quite sitting up either.... How is he doing with sounds? Mine loves to babble da da and ba ba, etc.

Well, the munchkin needs me! Great to see you here!
post #39 of 42
Hi Everyone

My little tweety is very busy these days. She's crawling all over the place eating things off the floor. I'm looking forward to summer when it isn't so damn cold. I have to really bundle her up all the time here where I live.

I've tried giving her some different things (apple, cucumber, sweet potato) and she always shudders, then gags and throws it up She sure seems like she's interested, but I think that's just that she wants to play with these new "toys" in front of her.
post #40 of 42
Have I missed the February thread?? My computer has been out of commission and I hope everyone is well.
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