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post #81 of 341
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Originally Posted by nancy926
chasmyn - I write for a dental health site so I'm probably more on the mainstream end of things....but I have read that removing amalgam fillings exposes you to way more mercury than would occur if you just left them in. Supposedly once the material sets, there is very little mercury exposure. but that is just what I have read, haven't really looked into it further.
Nancy
That's true if you remove them by drilling. There is a safe way to remove them that will not be worse. Not every dentist knows how to do it, they have to be specially trained, use special equipment, have proper disposal procedures, etc.

Not true about there not being mercury exposure. With every chew, mercury vapors are released. And those vapors are absorbed very rapidly by the brain - about 80% of them. Also with hot food the vapors will be released. And if they are touched by metal, I believe. Very very scary stuff, especially when you consider the possible health effects.

There's a great article about it here.

CarenSwan, amalgams are silver fillings. They are 50% mercury. I'm so sorry to hear about sick baby! And glad to hear things are getting better.

Welcome baby Dakota!

I'm amazed that some of our DDC babies are crawling already! Kiernen sits up well, but still refuses to roll all the way over, and is so anti tummy time. I suspect he'll walk before he ceawls, too! But I am in NO hurry.
post #82 of 341
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Originally Posted by hopefulfaith
How often are we nursing at night?

((laughs softly to herself as she types))

It is, as someone posted here in LWAB, an all night nurseathon sometimes. My ped also likes to emphasize that babies "can go 8 hours at night" - but the baby at my house likes to nurse 2-6 times a night. We cosleep, and I have no idea if he would want to nurse less if we didn't. A and I were only really able to begin side-lying nursing over the last month to six weeks or so, so I was previously getting up in a rocking chair half a dozen times through the night...........oh, how I love nursing in bed now......

My pediatrician for my 4 1/2 month old saids the same thing and ALSO my family friends. What do they know about training babies to "sleep through"?!? And it annoys me because now i feel like i should be changing things to make my baby boy sleeppp longer... should I?
post #83 of 341
What could you change to make your baby sleep longer? You could roll the dice and introduce a nighttime feeding of "food", but you have to weigh the benefits of bfing to the benefits you would get from *maybe* getting more sleep, not to mention the risks you take introducing foods at this point. Nothing is guaranteed.

You could do like I do: Shake head in an affirmative manner. Say convincingly, "Yes, doctor". Go home and do what you know is best. Repeat as necessary.
post #84 of 341
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Originally Posted by ktmama
What could you change to make your baby sleep longer? You could roll the dice and introduce a nighttime feeding of "food", but you have to weigh the benefits of bfing to the benefits you would get from *maybe* getting more sleep, not to mention the risks you take introducing foods at this point. Nothing is guaranteed.

You could do like I do: Shake head in an affirmative manner. Say convincingly, "Yes, doctor". Go home and do what you know is best. Repeat as necessary.
Ahhh i see...so basically makign a baby sleep longer is a game that you have to play
post #85 of 341
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Originally Posted by ktmama
You could do like I do: Shake head in an affirmative manner. Say convincingly, "Yes, doctor". Go home and do what you know is best. Repeat as necessary.


Me too!

I forget who said this - Deborah?, I think it was you? - that the doctor could come over to your house and take care of the baby at night, if he'd like... I LMAO when I read that, and am not sure I won't giggle during our next ped appt. because of it.

Oh, & speaking of sounds, the "haaaaaaai" is the best! That's mainly what we're getting over here, except this week I had a funny episode in the middle of the night (and I don't usually think things are funny then!) -- Adam was up for a dipe change at 4 am, and didn't fall right back asleep -- he started making *all* of the sounds he knew how to make, quite happy with himself. I patted him and said "Honey, let's go back to sleep, okay?" -- and I swear, he made a sound like "Okay!" -- I was so amazed that I was wide awake, and said "Okay!", enunciating it clearly and happily for him. He repeated the same sound -- "Okay!" back to me, and I did it back... By this time, dh was awake, and I kid you not, we "Okay"ed back and forth for nearly a minute. It was so cool!! It is amazing how much they learn.

Oh, btw- welcome, Non!!
post #86 of 341
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Heyyyyy everybody.

Sorry I've been out of it... the teething and nonsleeping... ugh.
Actually, I'm fine with the waking every 1.5-2 hrs, needing to nurse or be rocked back to sleep. No problems with that. We have needed to get up to nurse though because ds also does that thing with the 100mph nipple rip, and it's getting old. Fast. And he just squirms and squirms and squirms. But two nights this week he has decided to wake up inthe middle of the night, so we're awake for 90-120 minutes, and that I'm not cool with. :yawning:

What's really irking me is that he is so distracted. Like somebody else said, if there's a noise, he has to know what it is. He's crying bc he's hungry, but he's arching around to look at the wall because he, you know, might miss something. Gah!

Woops, waking up.
post #87 of 341
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Originally Posted by hopefulfaith

I forget who said this - Deborah?, I think it was you? - that the doctor could come over to your house and take care of the baby at night, if he'd like... I LMAO when I read that, and am not sure I won't giggle during our next ped appt. because of it.
Yep, that was me!

I'll be thinking of you as you giggle your way through the next pedi appt.
post #88 of 341
Adrienne--Hope Owen is okay! I've been thinking about you as I work from home with baby by my side (or over the neighbor's house).

All--
O is not even near crawling yet. That's okay by me! She just rolled from her stomach to back today..she wasn't able to that in December. She used to roll from back to front and then get stuck and then cry.

Ever since I read the Continuum Concept, I've been holding her as much as possible.. I figure when she starts to crawl that she won't want to be held so much, so I'm doing it as much as I can now. Sure, I do sometimes put her down in the swing or her pack and play when I need a little baby-free moment.

I've enjoyed the extra cuddles by doing this.

It's amazing how we used to be confused about what she wanted -- I had trouble knowing when she was tired -- and now I know about 98% of the time what the heck she wants. Pretty neat.

Take care you all!


Oh, I have new photos:
http://www.lifespacecoach.com/gallery/main.php
post #89 of 341
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Originally Posted by chiro_kristin
What's really irking me is that he is so distracted. Like somebody else said, if there's a noise, he has to know what it is. He's crying bc he's hungry, but he's arching around to look at the wall because he, you know, might miss something. Gah!
Me, too!!!!
post #90 of 341
Zoe has tooth #2 coming in! The other bottom front one.

chasmyn - thanks for the link, but I have a hard time reading supposed scientific information without any references....people can make up numbers and put them on a website, and there's no way to know where they came from or if they're reliable, you know? I don't just mean that for this issue, but for any scientific/medical issue.

I do think there are more problems w/amalgam fillings than most dentists would like to think, and that they probably do release mercury long after they are placed. But that's more a gut feeling than anything.

Anyway...I hope the procedure goes well!
post #91 of 341
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Originally Posted by nancy926
Zoe has tooth #2 coming in! The other bottom front one.
wow ur baby is 11 days older than mine and already have 2 teeth! my baby has none yet but could you give me tips on what to do when their teeth come and how would I know if they are coming out. My pediatrician said not to give him anything for the pain/discomfort.
post #92 of 341

my travelling dd!

Well, we're back in slumber land and nursing well again after a week of hell and sleep deprivation. I guess Annabelle was gearing up to become the traveller who's emerged this week. She's literally rolling across the floor to get to where she wants to go. Oh, and shaking toys is new this week too. Also getting more and more steady in the seated position. This is all so exciting!

I'm interested in what some of you here and on other threads are saying about the Continuum Concept. I haven't read it - is it a must?

Just went to my monthly API meeting yesterday and turned four moms onto EC (they saw me taking Annabelle potty). One of the moms sent me an email last night saying that her two month old (also named Annabelle) had pooped three times and peed three times in the potty that afternoon! That's pretty cool, huh? Now that mama is gonna make some pretty undies for my sweet baby. She is literally going all day without wetting - even through long naps on most days. Maybe it's time to be done with diapers....

Life is good, girls Still no Jamie, huh?
post #93 of 341
Oh, there is a lot of information out there - that just happened to have been the most recent article I read. If you're interested in doing the research, the information is out there, I just don't really have the time to post all of the links to all of the things I've read and researched. I've been reading about this for a few weeks now.

Kiernen, too! Little Mister distracted - makes nighttime - getting him to sleep - most difficult! DH has been increasingly more frustrated, as we're both up until Kier finally goes to sleep, which lately has been around 1-2am. Mama and Daddy are tired!

He definitely has his own little sense of humor, he laughs at so many things! When he gets overtired, he will laugh at almost anything, and can even rise to a hysterical pitch, where he is screeching with laughter and his eyes begin to tear up. It is so funny! The cats are his favorite thing to laugh at: they meow! They lick his fingers! They scuffle with each other! So funny!

What a little delight.

Oh, and I love the photos of Olive!
post #94 of 341
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Originally Posted by ktmama
Still no Jamie, huh?
Kate, are you talking about me? If so, thank you!

I'm glad the EC is going so well for you. It sort of fizzled out for us after it got cold. He just won't pee in the potty, shower, sink or anywhere. Sometimes I can catch one in a towel, but it is just too darn cold up here!

Sorry I've been MIA. Things have been totally crazy here. I thought I'd be lucky and miss out on the lack of sleep thing this time around.....yeah, right! After those wonderful months of nice night sleep and 3+ hour naps, I'm in a lack of sleep fog. He went about a month with absolutely no daytime naps with a few car ride exceptions. The last two days he's had about a 15 minute nap, just long enough for me to do some activity with Nathan. And he's gone from pooing 1-2 times per week to 1-3 times per day.

I'm almost caught up on reading the thread, I'll post more later...hopefully he will go to sleep early tonight!
post #95 of 341
Jamie's back! Good to hear from you. Looking forward to more news. My MN sisters and my SD mom are all in FL right now for an extended trip. Sounds nice, huh?
post #96 of 341
Ahhhh, Florida sounds great right now! Hope they have a nice trip and think about all us freezing people up here! What part of MN do your sisters live in?

Deborah - I know what you mean by holding them as much as you can now. I get so annoyed by the people who say that "you'll spoil them," or "if you don't teach them to be without you now...." Bah humbug! I held my 1st all the time and babied him and he is still quite lovable, but sure doesn't blink an eye if he gets to go somewhere without Mommy. Those cuddly years only last so long, sigh.

Right now I am so amazed at the relationship between my two boys...it is just so neat! They have a connection that is totally different than anything I've experienced before, sort of like they have their own world that they slip into. Johnathan gets so excited and happy when Nathan is playing with him. He will jump on his boing (a mattress that I pull out from under his bed to jump on) and Johnathan will just laugh and laugh that wonderful deep belly laugh more than for any silly thing that Mommy and Daddy try to do. It is a whole new dynamic compared to having just one child, and I guess I try not to feel too jealous that my baby thinks his big brother is the most amazing thing in the world, compared to the first child thinking that Mommy was the most amazing thing. : It is just a riot, he will look at Nathan and laugh and then look up at me with that look like "ok, now what'a you got ma?"

Oh and on distraction, I swear that if Johnathan will ever learn to sleep throught a 3yo boy and a 3yo adult man's noise, he will eventually be able to sleep through anything! There is no such thing as quiet in our house, but I'm eternally thankful that I have a healthy, alert baby to pay attention to all our ruckus!

Glad to catch up with you all, btw, all the pics are great!
post #97 of 341
What part of MN do your sisters live in?

They used to live across the street from each other in Edina, then one of them moved about a mile away to 50th and France in Minneapolis. They really miss each other.
post #98 of 341
Great new pics, Deborah! Still as GOR as ever! My little O is nowhere near crawling either. Rolling from front to back and sitting pretty well. Our schedule is sort of working but I wish I had more transition time between Owen and work. DH and I are like tired ships passing in the night.

We took Owen to a ped PT to check his development since he wasn't really smiling at anyone but us. She said that it appears to be a personality thing (shy, maybe) and not the hallmark of a disorder. He's very interested in other people, makes eye contact and listens...just doesn't smile at everyone. Which of course everyone comments about and makes me paranoid. Especially MIL.

Anyway, after that was figured out in a few minutes, she asked if we wanted to work on tummy time since we were already there for a 1 hour appointment. It was awesome!!! I got a much better idea of what we are supposed to be doing and why. Every new parent should have a session like that.

I found that Owen tolerates tummy time better if he's naked. Everything is more fun naked, apparently. Are your babies nudists too?

I'm holding Owen all the time too...also realizing how fleeting this infancy is. I am still laying down for all naps with him since he will only nap in my arms still. Anyone else? My mom is giving me a bunch of crap about it and she's coming to visit in a few weeks. I either have to prepare to stand up to her or wean him from napping in my arms (wish me luck). I wouldn't mind having a bit of non-baby time during the day, but I love to snuggle with my sleeping baby.

Catching up on the past days' conversations: I think it's impossible to force a sleep schedule. These little babies are powerful creatures!!! They are going to do whatever they need to do for their own reasons. I feel like I'm just going along for the ride!

Kate: Any improvement in the sleep? I need to read the continuum thing too.

Chasmyn: good luck with the dentistry! Sounds a bit scary but I would LOVE to get rid of heavy metals.

Nancy: another tooth!! Zoe must be so cute with her little teeth.

Welcome to the new folks and hi to mamas we haven't seen in a while. Jamie...you got to go to FLORIDA??? I would kill for some sunshine! I hope it was a nice trip.

Back to work! Night everybody!
post #99 of 341
Kiernen definitely prefers to be naked, but I haven't tried it for tummt time yet...I think I will. Why that never occurred to me....

He sleeps in my arms, too. He is almost always in arms, and he definitely prefers it that way. If I try to lay him down for a nap he wakes right up. So I sit and read MDC and blogs on my laptop while he naps. I love it - you're all right, this time will be fleeting, so I try and enjoy it while I can.

I only got halfway through CC then I felt so guilty (I have a bad back, sometimes I HAVE to put him down) I stopped. I know it isn't meant to be a parenting book, but I just had to walk away. Someday I'll finish it, though.
post #100 of 341
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Originally Posted by Adrienne
I found that Owen tolerates tummy time better if he's naked. Everything is more fun naked, apparently. Are your babies nudists too?
Yep, we call it "naked time." We spread out a large blanket (because he pivots/rolls so much) and often have to wash it once a day, lol. I don't mind the peeing so much as the POOPING during naked time. It's nice to air out their little bottoms, though. We've been doing it since he was first born for at least ten minutes a day. Sometimes now I do three sessions of ten or fifteen minutes a day. It's pretty funny to see him trying to crawl while his lower half is naked (it's too cold for him to be entirely naked) -- his butt goes way up in the air!

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Originally Posted by Adrienne
I'm holding Owen all the time too...also realizing how fleeting this infancy is. I am still laying down for all naps with him since he will only nap in my arms still. Anyone else?
Pretty much. DH can sometimes get him down by himself. And yesterday I tried substituting me with a pillow, and Henry slept for an hour by himself in our bed! I love snuggling with him and really don't mind that much, but I don't seem to get a whole lot else done during the day. It would be nice to have the OPTION of sleeping with him or not.
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