Pam - a friend of mine's little fella was the same way. W/or w/out speach, he turned out fine. Took him a little longer, is all. By four he was intelligable to all and now at almost 5 he's just fine. Good to get an eval, but don't let it trigger stress at this point.
Michelle - one for you too!
I know that when you weigh every week and there is gain and then ALL OF A SUDDEN there isn't, it feels scary. BUT - it's ok. She's fine. She'll tell you if she isn't. Her color, her behaviour, her pees will all give you info. So use ALL the information, not just one factor, ok?!
I NEVER thought I'd homeschool. Not so crunchy, huh. But I always liked going to school, and I know beca does too. BUT if this coming year isn't BETTER than 1st grade, I think I'm going to pull her. There is a small homeschool cmty here. Not in MY town, of course, but around Albany. We can hook up with them. So that's the short term plan.
Karen - I'm really glad you Dad is on the mend. It may take a whiel, but it looks like he's already relearning stuff and will be doing it for himself very soon. YAY!!! What a weird crappy thing to happen to him.
I thought three was BEASTLY. Worse than two in a lot of ways, although their communication was so much better that it was easier in some ways, too. Jeeze louise, I gotta say I feel for you mamas. Having a 3 yo is just about the hardest thing going (other than living in a war zone, maybe). I'd MUCH rather climb a seriously high mountain :LOL On the flip side, the was nothing more delicious than a 3 yo dripping with ice cream. Or a 3 yo sleeping in the grass with butterflies on their tummy. Or a 3 yo making a snowman. So live for the rewards and just live through the rest... and GOOD LUCK!!!
We had a BRUTAL night last night. He totally poo-pooed his afternoon nap (20 min), then we had swim lessons, so blasted outta here. He swam for a while, but didn't love it. Then he fussed and cried getting changed, so I tried nursing, but NOT interested in that. So back to poolside, which seems to be what he wanted. Just watching the lifeguards etc. Huh? Then home, and he nursed/slept for 30 min. before dinner. He ate almost 3 cubes of sweet pots. Then at about 8ish he was cranky, so I took him up to bed. Beca and Jerry were watching the first Star Wars. At 10pm he was still being goofy, smiley, awake. He peed twice and pooped once in the potty (glad we got the upstairs potty, I gotta say!). It was ugly. I went to sleep, he woke at 12am and when I tried to nurse him he CRIED :cry It was awful. I brought him in to Jerry (who was reading the Harry Potter & the HBP), but we couldn't find ANYTHING wrong. He just didn't want to nurse. Took until almost 2am to get him to sleep (but he finally nursed to sleep). Very weird. Then he was up at 6am and wouldn't nurse much, but wanted to be UP. I'm hesitant to keep offering solids in place of bm, because I know the slippery slope there, but I do want him #1 happy and #2 fed. Hrmmm...
Backpacking your babe IS babywearing, imo. I know what you mean, though Karen. It's just different. I think part of it for dh is that wearing the baby makes them both really hot, and backpacking helps reduce that somewhat. Also the METAL is manly, as are rip-stop nylon and bungee cords. little rings are not. the color coral is not. denim would be, but still, wearing the baby against his skin is just not what he wants to do. OK, so we've got it down to the Tough Traveler Stallion orthis
- which is a british version. I kind of like it a lot, although it's hard to know if I could ever re-sell it, since it's so *different*. The TT would be easy to resell. I think we like the TT better than the Kelty. There sure ARE a lot of Kelty's on Ebay (which makes me think the TT is a better investment).
Allright. I have GOT to vacuum up some of this fluff floating around here. See ya later mamas!