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Yay!! It's Turkey month and our babies are getting bigger every minute. Glad I have you mamas to share it with.

Here's a new thread for our chat.
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I've got alot to be thankful for this year - I'm hoping that i can include being yeast free and having a baby that wants to nurse!
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All's well here! Tried to have a candy free Halloween, but my son won the drawing for a bucket full of candy from a local merchant where we live. : He won last year too, sigh.

Things are so much better this month. Johnathan's fussiness has diminished greatly. His crying can be measured in minutes rather than hours, so he must be feeling better.

Have our appt today to find out about Johnathan's new lump, I hope it's nothing to worry about.

Looking forward to hearing how everyone is doing!
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Hey all...I've been off MDC for a few days...you can read why here: sick baby

The good news is that my pipsqueak, who was 4lbs 11oz at birth, is now 9lbs 15oz! Wow!!!!! Now I just have to get her healthy.

I'm exhausted, and sick myself, and am back at work to boot. Tomorrow is a telecommute day, thank goodness. I want to snuggle my baby all day!

How's everyone else? Is anyone else making Halloween candy into its own food group today?
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no time to chat right now, but hopping on to subscribe
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All--

Thank you so much for your support. It's truly been a hard past, oh, 10 weeks and I do not know how I would have gotten through it with you guys helping me out with ideas and solutions.

The babe now weighs 8 lb 12 oz!! She's gained about 1 oz per day for the past 20 or so days and we continue to decrease supplement every few days.

The LC said taking domperidone might be a good idea, so I might take up another MDC member's offer for an extra box she has. MDC is great! The LC also taught me how to nurse in the OTSBH!! What a life improvement THAT is.

Fiddledebi--How goes it with telecommuting and being home with baby? Do you have help during the day while you work from home?

As most of you know, I'm doing the same thing as debi. I'm curious how other mamas do it. Today was glorious. She nursed/slept/nursed/slept and has now been in the sling for 2-3 hours so I've accomplished quite a bit today!!
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Debi - I'm reliving the horrors of ear infections reading your post. It turned out my dd1 had a dairy allergy that caused hers. If you want some BTDT info, PM me. BTW - way to go for being so persistent!

We had a blast last night and Lily was a terrifying devil. I'll post pics soon. Dh makes the sexiest vampire! Me and babe were a farmer and a pea pod.

Annabelle is really thriving. The past two weeks I notice she prefers to be laying in her bouncy chair or on the floor on a blanket, but not held so much. Wow, that's interesting. A bit hard to realize the when she's fussing in my arms, all I have to do is put her down to keep her happy Oh well. The princess gets what the princess wants!

We're going to be introducing a bottle soon. Dh and I really want to go to his company holiday party December 10th (and maybe on regular dates) and I have a very available sitter in my sister who LOVES the girls. So, this month we will be working on bottle feeding. kellymom has some great info. Anything anyone can add from their own experience? Lily never would take a bottle....
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Hi everyone and happy November! My older DD turns three years old later this month....it's really hard to believe. It goes REALLY fast (the years fly but some days drag on forever, as someone once said).

Zoe would have nothing to do with her chili pepper costume. I might try again in a couple of months just for kicks.
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fiddledebi and henhao.... for you Mama's... you're doing wonderful! We're always here with support...

I don't have time to update now.... just wanted to send these Mamas a hug...

Will be back with update later!
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be back, just subscribing...

hope all are well
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Hey gang, I have so much good news! I finally found a good doctor for Clara Justice! He's a FP who's flexible on the vax issue and trained in homeopathy and herbal remedies. His wife is a homeopath and nutritionist, so even though he's an MD, he's very wholistic in his approach. This is a huge relief for me b/c I felt really preassured into getting C her first round of shots. The new doc is asking me how I think she's doing! What a breath of fresh air--a doctor who sees me as the expert on my child! Also, she's up to 12 lbs, 10oz, a big improvement on her birthweight of 3.15 (and she went down to 3 1/2 ) She'll be 5 mos. next week-hard to believe I only have a few more months of exclusively BFing. As Carrie said, so much to be thankful for!
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Originally Posted by ktmama
The past two weeks I notice she prefers to be laying in her bouncy chair or on the floor on a blanket, but not held so much. Wow, that's interesting. A bit hard to realize the when she's fussing in my arms, all I have to do is put her down to keep her happy Oh well. The princess gets what the princess wants!
I was wondering about that too. It's a weird experience for me to set him down and have him stop crying and be more content. He loves to just lay on the blanket and be entertained from a distance.
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I went and saw my new nephew yesterday. Grey is literally twice as big as him! It was such a difference.
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heldt123 - I hope the appointment brings good news.

Debi - Go Mama! Way to advocate for your sweet kiddo. I agree, we are their advocates - I take that job very seriously and woe to the fool who crosses this Mama bear.

Deb - Yay for weight gain and decreasing supplementation! I love nursing in the sling, too.

Kiernen continues to be a very much needing Mama and only Mama lately - I suspect teething because he has no symptoms other than a few green stools, and Kellymom says can be a result of excessive saliva from teething. Also talking to other Mamas this isn't uncommon at his age. He is asleep on me right now

Apparently he is starting to get ticklish, too, because sometimes when I gently stroke his neck or belly I get laughter. Oh, the sweetest sound!

He loves looking us straight in the eye and having conversations with us (DH and I). If he isn't looking into our faces and he happens to catch our eye and make eye contact, he breaks out in the biggest smiles. We are finding more and more things to make him laugh lately.

When we're nursing he always reaches up and holds my hand - finger or thumb usually, but sometimes just hand. If I think he is starting to fall asleep and I try and pull away, his grip becomes tighter and my heart melts like ice cream on a hot sidewalk. I also love the little noises he makes sometimes when he nurses.

When we're asleep at night and he is all swaddled up, he'll turn towards me (eyes closed) and sort of grunt softly to be nursed. I'll nurse him sidelying while DH checks and/or changes his diaper and he'll fall right back to sleep. We have a wonderful assembly line going. But if for any reason his eyes open - and this is new - he will not be nursed back to sleep lying on the bed - he wants to be held and nursed.

I have had many hours lately sitting up in bed, a pillow in my lap to prop him up, nursing him to sleep in the wee hours of the morning. My back is killing me - thank goodness I am seeing a chiro regularly.

Kier has been waking about every hour at night lately, then getting up for the day earlier than usual as well. Of course he still sleeps constantly throughout the day, but once I'm up out of bed, I'm up out of bed. Having even less sleep than usual in only less than an hour increments is really taking its toll. I hope this isn't a long phase.

Also? My hair has been falling out. I can only guess that it is due to stress, but I have no idea what to do about it - any ideas?

Kiernen is in 3-6 month clothing but can also wear 6-9 month. He has officially graduated to medium cloth dipes (we use CPFs with BSWWs) - they are huge on him but I imagine not for long - he still continues to grow so quickly!

He remains disinterested in toys other than his little bugs that hang on his pumpkin seat - those he loves. His bugs and hands are what fascinates him - oh, and lights. Always with the lights. We have so many super cool toys for him when he does take an interest.

Wow, this got to be longer than I intended. Hope no one fell asleep reading!
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Originally Posted by chasmyn
When we're nursing he always reaches up and holds my hand - finger or thumb usually, but sometimes just hand. If I think he is starting to fall asleep and I try and pull away, his grip becomes tighter and my heart melts like ice cream on a hot sidewalk. I also love the little noises he makes sometimes when he nurses.
Sammi does this too -- and it is indeed the sweetest thing ever. She also likes to hold my fingers when we walk around with her in the sling or Snugli (off-topic -- I can't believe I'm using anything other than a sling for babywearing, but boy, she likes the Snugli a LOT!).

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Originally Posted by chasmyn
Also? My hair has been falling out. I can only guess that it is due to stress, but I have no idea what to do about it - any ideas?
It's from nursing. It happened to me with DD1 and it's already happening with Sammi, too. It got pretty dramatic and my hairdresser had to get creative last time. We'll see if it's that bad again. It will grow back when Kier is nursing less. For now, beware the hair wrapped around his fingers and toes!

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Originally Posted by chasmyn
Kiernen is in 3-6 month clothing but can also wear 6-9 month. He has officially graduated to medium cloth dipes (we use CPFs with BSWWs) - they are huge on him but I imagine not for long - he still continues to grow so quickly!
Ha! Sammi just started wearing 0-3 stuff, the little peanut. I can't wait for her to grow into 3-6 clothes, since her big sister was wearing that size in the fall/winter and I have some hand-me-downs for her. Seeing my second baby in clothes I remember loving on her big sister is so neat! I can't wait to compare the pictures!

Thanks to everyone who is cheering me on with regard to our recent health battles. Sammi seems much better today -- sleeping a LOT, but smiling when she's awake. I hope she's really on the mend.

Deborah, regarding telecommuting, I think it can be done solo with just one baby, but with a toddler, it gets really challenging. I was doing it solo with DD1 until DD2 came along, but now I've hired our sitter to come for 4 hours a day on the days I telecommute -- two kids AND work would be impossible. I can still eat breakfast and lunch with the kids, and nurse DD2 whenever I need to, but get uninterrupted work time otherwise. The rest of the work can be done in early morning or in the periphery of the rest of the day. My goal, though, is to ask my boss in the next few weeks to go part time from now on, so that those days I am home are totally dedicated to the kids. To be honest, if she says no, I'll probably quit and try to find something else part time. DH got a raise and we don't absolutely need me to work (though it is nice). I just want to take the time to take DD1 for fun activities, get to know DD2, and adjust the pace of our life a bit. We'll see how it goes.

to everyone -- hope all is well!
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Sneaking a couple minutes of two-handed typing while my chubber wubber snoozes. Should be reading articles. (someone asked how to get work done at home? um, look and what I'm doing and do the opposite! seriously, dh and I had a serious talk about needing to get more efficient. Today was a good start--I even took ds to class for 15 minutes because we had a scheduling overlap, and he did marvelously.

Kate, we're having great success with the bottlefeeding. I HIGHLY recommend the Playtex "Natural Latch" bottles with disposable drop-in liners. I was initially dubious about using disposables, but did a 180 when I found out that the clear, hard plastic in most bottles (Dr. Brown's, Avent, etc), is majorly nasty and contains hormone disruptors. (CHEC has a big section about it on their website, and the last Mothering had a one-pager about safer plastics. They did NOT, however, point out that most baby bottles are on the no-no list, probably because they don't want to encourage bottle feeding) The drop-in liners are #4, one of the safest plastics. The opaque Medela bottles are also okay. The Playtex also has a separate milk pump attachment and storage lids so you can store the milk in the liners. The nipple is great for BFing. (No, I swear I'm not a paid representative of Playtex. It's just a really clever system.)

Anyway, dh gives Jonas one bottle a day. Dh lets him play with the nipple until he sucks it all the way in and gets serious about slurping down. It helps if he squishes the liner up so that there's no air at all in the liner, just milk. It's a bit of a messy process, but ds has had absolutely no nipple confusion, and is laid back about taking the bottle.

And Jonas has started the deep belly laughs this week, as well as opening his hands and trying to grab things. He's such a smiley, happy guy.
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Hey everybody!
Here is a Halloween pic of Emmett as a pea and Coltrane as a cow.
http://www.kodakgallery.com/PhotoVie...vfolderid=2005

- Kerri
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When I tried to open it it said album not found. Is it just me?

Here's Kiernen, our little pumpkin:

Punkin
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Originally Posted by nabigus
Kate, we're having great success with the bottlefeeding. I HIGHLY recommend the Playtex "Natural Latch" bottles with disposable drop-in liners. I was initially dubious about using disposables, but did a 180 when I found out that the clear, hard plastic in most bottles (Dr. Brown's, Avent, etc), is majorly nasty and contains hormone disruptors. (CHEC has a big section about it on their website, and the last Mothering had a one-pager about safer plastics. They did NOT, however, point out that most baby bottles are on the no-no list, probably because they don't want to encourage bottle feeding) The drop-in liners are #4, one of the safest plastics. The opaque Medela bottles are also okay. The Playtex also has a separate milk pump attachment and storage lids so you can store the milk in the liners. The nipple is great for BFing. (No, I swear I'm not a paid representative of Playtex. It's just a really clever system.)
Thanks, Nancy!
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Wow! Great info on the bottles, I will look into that more. Thanks for sharing!

held -hoping you get good news at your appointment

Nancy - our little ones are the same age, ds1 will be 3 at the end of the month

chasmyn - we are in the medium bummis also. what size prefold do you use? infants are starting to seem a bit small for him but the premiums are overwhelming. today was one of the last days for our 3-6 month outfits. another person today asked me if I was worried he would be obese. He is 9 weeks old! And at this point exclusively breastmilk fed! obesity :

fiddledebi - your post about seeing dc2 in hand me downs from older sibling made me smile. I love seeing this on my boys and telling older brother all about when he wore said outfit.

Halloween was fun but our pics didn't come out well. Ds1 was a dinosaur and I went as a nursing mama! One lady came up to me and asked if the baby was a prop and as she came closer, quickly realized he was eating. "Nope! That is the real deal."

So this is officially my first night back at work. The boys are home with dad and I've called 5 times. Dh got a good chuckle on the 5th call in 4 hours. Came back to a bit of a raise and that was a nice surprise. I have a lot of flexibilty for the next few months and it makes it easier.
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