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August 04 toddlers in January 06

post #1 of 27
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I searched back 5 pages to make sure that someone didn't already start a thread for January and it doesn't appear so. Maybe you're all as busy and distracted as me these days.

So I'm curious where the rest of the 17 month olds are developmentally and behaviorally.

DS has been working on his canines and I think that we end up attributing a lot of his testy behavior to that. He’s taken a liking to expressing himself through whining and minor tantrums lately and I’ve got to be honest, it grates on our nerves. However he’s also recently gone through something of a language boom and I guess he’s grown a bit. That was his DCP’s first comment upon seeing him after the two week vacation – she was amazed at how tall he is. I don’t know, all I notice is that he’s getting harder and harder to pick up! We’ve adapted somewhat to his weight (varies between 36-38 lbs) but lately he’s been feeling heavier/more dense. Nothing about that boy is light!

He can say outside quite clearly, can say one, two, three, all cars and trucks are “toot toot”, and is popping out new garbled words every day. They go through a difficult stage before big bursts in development, right? He is also better able to understand communication after spending a week with his 3yr old cousin. He started into one of the collapse on the floor & whine for my attention the other day and when I started asking him what he wanted, something to eat? Drink? He sort of gave me an appraising look and then pointed to a favored cup in the other room and yelled his version of “THAT”. Got him a drink and the tantrum was over. Ahh, how refreshing.

He’s also been a bit kooky with sleeping lately. Last night he went to bed early after the first day back at daycare, but then woke up to the point of talking at 9:30 and wouldn’t really go back down. So I let him get up for a while so that we could get ready for bed, brought him back into bed, turned off the lights and after a little bit of squirming and nursing, he crawled down between our hips and went to sleep. Then he only woke once again through the night and fell back asleep immediately after i pulled him up and under the covers. I feel well rested and that’s the second or third time he’s done this. Weird early nighttime waking, followed by essentially sleeping through the night. Is he learning something? ????? Can I hope that this is a transition away from 2-4 night wakings? If only!

All in all this is a great stage though. It’s so much fun to see all the connections happening in his head all the time.

Oh, and another fun thing is that we gave him a harmonica to play with and once he figured out how to use it he's become quite the little player. I recommend it for super entertainment.
post #2 of 27
I only have a minute, but I thought I'd chime in. Mine is working on canines and tantrums, too. Language explosion in progress, too. Although she is smaller than your little man, she's still growing like a weed.

Be back. Thanks for starting this...
post #3 of 27
Checking in! I have to say, a new thread every month is very difficult to keep up with!

Brady is nearly 17 months and man, can he talk. I think communication is his strong point. He is starting to string 2 words together like, "Watch trains" or "more grapes" or "sneak Daddy!" (his favorite game..sneaking up on Daddy!). He tells us what he wants and much of the time we can understand it.

He still has never slept more than 3 hours straight. He sleeps about a total of 8 hours a night but wakes close to every hour to nurse. I hate this. I really need some sleep! But hey, this too shall pass, right? Right?

He weighs just 21 lbs now and is wearing 12 month clothing. A peanut. He has discovered junk food like cookies and that has been a whole new monster to deal with.

I am going to get a potty chair soon because he is really fascinated with watching Daddy pee and he tries to imitate it when I take his clothes off. He also recognizes when he's going to pee and sometimes announces it. Of course there is no ability to hold it or anything so I know he wont be ready for underpants this year but I figure getting him used to what it is cant be harmful.

I love how Brady engages us or his brothers in play now. He knows what he wants to do and he'll take us by the hand to get us to do it. He asks, "getcha?" then takes off running and laughing. So we have to chase him. Or he brings us a dish from his little kitchen and has us taste it, then leads us by the hand to help him "cook".

Even the changes in his dexterity amaze me. He can manipulate things that were a completel mystery to him a few months ago. They grow so fast! It's both marvelous and heartbreaking.
post #4 of 27
Checking in! I have to say, a new thread every month is very difficult to keep up with!

Brady is nearly 17 months and man, can he talk. I think communication is his strong point. He is starting to string 2 words together like, "Watch trains" or "more grapes" or "sneak Daddy!" (his favorite game..sneaking up on Daddy!). He tells us what he wants and much of the time we can understand it.

He still has never slept more than 3 hours straight. He sleeps about a total of 8 hours a night but wakes close to every hour to nurse. I hate this. I really need some sleep! But hey, this too shall pass, right? Right?

He weighs just 21 lbs now and is wearing 12 month clothing. A peanut. He has discovered junk food like cookies and that has been a whole new monster to deal with.

I am going to get a potty chair soon because he is really fascinated with watching Daddy pee and he tries to imitate it when I take his clothes off. He also recognizes when he's going to pee and sometimes announces it. Of course there is no ability to hold it or anything so I know he wont be ready for underpants this year but I figure getting him used to what it is cant be harmful.

I love how Brady engages us or his brothers in play now. He knows what he wants to do and he'll take us by the hand to get us to do it. He asks, "getcha?" then takes off running and laughing. So we have to chase him. Or he brings us a dish from his little kitchen and has us taste it, then leads us by the hand to help him "cook".

Even the changes in his dexterity amaze me. He can manipulate things that were a completel mystery to him a few months ago. They grow so fast! It's both marvelous and heartbreaking.
post #5 of 27
Thanks for starting us off.

DS is just starting in with the tantrums and such. It's so funny to me how we handle his tantrums VS. how we handled everything with our older DS. When the little one starts thrashing about, we say, "Oh, I see you're upset", and then go on with our business. Amazing. I don't think I ever could have ignored the antics of my bigger son.

My babe is still an incredibly lovey-dovey babe. He's happy most of the time. Likes to kiss and hug a LOT. Will say most animal sounds (baaa, woof, meow, moooo). His words thus far are: momma, dada, hi, and NO. Just started the NO thing last night.

He's an incredible climber. This means many, many bruises. Loves to snack. Will try most foods. And I think he weighs about 28lbs. now.

He must be working on teeth, too, b/c he has been so incredibly clingy (for lack of a better word). Will not let me go, leave the room, etc. Of course, I have to put him down and needless to say, he's not happy. He must be going through something or about to make a big change, b/c the past two weeks have been a bit of a struggle with him in terms of trying to accomplish anything around the house. And believe me, I am not one of those gotta-have-a-perfect-house kinda moms. So, little is getting done.

Just this week he developed a rash, too. But it's a weird rash. It's not really red. Just skin-colored and very dry. No fever or anything, so I've just been watching him. We're thinking it's just very dry skin. But can that come on sort of out of nowhere? He just feels dry in patches, like his skin has become a bit thicker or something.

Anyway, that's all for me. Glad to know the babes are healthy. Hopefully we'll see some familiar faces over here soon.
post #6 of 27
Oh hey! There you are... I never got any updates from our Dec. thread and sorta forgot about it being a new month and all. Thomas thinks he's 3. He takes one big nap in the afternoon instead of 2 short naps. He can also throw some whopper tantrums. I have night weaned. We spent the night away from him for the first time on our annversary. It went great. My inlaws said he did fine. I'm happy. I'm eager to wean because he is being really rough with my nipples and I'm just not enjoying it anymore. He isn't doing it for comfort but rather a snack here and there. Ug. We're down to about 4 times a day and none at night. Have we heard from Laurie or dodo?
post #7 of 27
I haven't updated in a very long time. Alex is a good sized boy. He's 34 1/4" tall and 27lbs. He's working on canines and molars right now so he's not a very happy camper. He says new things everday. He's quite the monkey! Jumps off the couch over and over again. I'm looking forward too seeing what he learns in the next month.
post #8 of 27
I looked for this thread a few days ago. I thought surly we had a new one but couldn't find. So thank you H for starting us off.

Gabi is in the language explosion catagory, still loves to peeve her sister every chance she gets. She climbs climbs climbs and higher every day. Cutting teeth right now and not pleasant. My Dh picked her up from my MIL today and she started throwing up on the way home. Oh I hope I don't get it. That's all I need is to get sick again : She is in my arms right now asleep. Just needs her mama. She's 21 pounds and I have no clue how tall, guess I should measure. Maybe at 18 months. Oh and my colostrum is in and Gabi is nursing everyday again and as much as I will let her. It hurts so bad though.

Thanks for thinking of me Christine. I am doing ok. Finally over the Flu and sinus infec. 35 weeks along and doing really well. BH have picked up quite a bit lately and I began to waddle Thursday evening. Baby moves up and down so much. One min. I think the head will just pop out the next I can't breath. Still struggling with weight gain and actually beginning to feel a little concerned. I mean, with the other two I gained atleast 1/2 a pound a week by now if not 1 or 2. But nothing, notta, zip. I don't think I can change anything. Eating protien and fruits and veggies. I so want this home birth to go smoothly.
I am still working quite a lot at the portrait studio. It keeps me busy and the days and weeks go by so fast. And I have to say, I feel like I am going to the gym cause I get such a workout there. No one there thinks I will make it much longer but I don't feel like delivery is close at all.
post #9 of 27
Savannah is cutting molars- sigh. Talking and signing more all the time. She's up to over 100 signs and probably 60-70 words- haven't counted recently. She loves the cats. She likes to throw balls for them to chase- then she laughs and laughs. She loves to do animal noises too- some are quite cute. She still nurses up a storm- at least 8 times a day.

The child has uncanny fine motor skills. She can unscrew any cap- large or small as long as it's not TOO tight.

Ah, the tantrums... sigh. She is opinionated this one- takes after her mama

-Angela
post #10 of 27
not much time to chat but just wanted to say hi to you ladies. linc is learning more words every day, climbing and rolling and being really physical, losing his nap, wanting to nurse ALLL the time... we traveled to CA and WA for a 12-day post-holiday trip, and i'm never ever getting on a plane without a paid seat for my little guy ever again (three and a half hours with him on my lap on a completely full plane with my husband and daughter many rows away... i think i still have the bruises!).

newest favorite toy: a broom (but i really want to try the harmonica trick! brilliant!). won't wear hard-soled shoes but wants to go on walks all day every day. loves to pretend to pluck off and feed me his toes. he is a joy and a challenge and my sweetest little guy!

more soon... take care!

katje
post #11 of 27
Hi Mamas,

Laurie-Your EDD is approaching soooo fast!

And Katje-I just had to chime in after I read your post. My little one wants to NURSE ALL THE TIME right now, too. DID YOU ALL GET THAT? ALL THE TIME. I've taken to saying, "One minute and done". And sometimes he gets this and will continue playing or whatever. But MAN, it's draining. Although nursing this child has been one of the best experiences of my life, really. I just think he's going throgh something, or is about to go through somethng that is making him more of a mama's baby then ever!

Nice to see you all! More when I can.
post #12 of 27

Room for one more?

Hi everyone!

I'm new to MDC but not to Mothering magazine--I subscribed when I was pregnant and love it. My little guy (Sebastian) was born 8/26/04, and so I was excited to see the August 04 thread. You all seem to know each other pretty well--is it okay for me as a newcomer to jump in to this discussion group? It's so great to be able to chat with other like-minded moms. I hope there's room for me!

Maybe I should tell you about myself? I'm all about attachment parenting; we had a planned home birth, I wore Sebastian in a sling, we're still nursing (he's down to about 4 or 5 times in 24 hours---still not sleeping through the night; we co-slept until he was 11 months and then he was ready to move into his own big-boy bed. But he still wakes up and wants to nurse at least once or twice a night. I'd like to night wean him, but I'm not sure how to go about it....we've tried sending Daddy in and that just makes him really mad. I've tried to go in and just lay down with him, but that makes him mad too....But I definitely hear you guys who are also longing for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep....) Any tips on how to night wean without too much anguish for all involved would be greatly appreciated!

I'm a SAHM during the day; I teach college classes in the evening 3 or 4 nights a week after my husband gets home. It's worked out really well for us. Sebastian is all about climbing these days. He LOVES books, trucks, diggers, things that go. We did baby signs with him and he knows a lot of them---I'd say at least 70 or 80. Language is starting to explode now. He's babbling all the time and practicing the words he knows: yes, no, mama, dada, ball, hot, up, down, Buddha (long story)....there's more, but I'm spacing on what they are now. He's long and lean---he's 32 inches tall and only 23 pounds. He's got 12 teeth (4 molars) and number 13 (a canine) has just broken through. I'll be glad to be through with teething! Infant Tylenol drops have definitely helped us through some rough nights.

Well, I look forward to hearing more about what all of your babes are doing.

Blessings,
Jennifer
post #13 of 27
Welcome!!! Earth Goddess! There is always room for you. So many of seem close because many of us have been together since the early months of pregnancy all the way up to the stage we are in now. Just jump right in, this is the best group of mamas you will ever find.


Todays dilema: Now that my colostrum is in Gabi is back at nursing what seems full time to me. It is quite painful. Almost feels like she is rubbing her teeth against the nipple while she nurses. I have also begun to think about how she will react when this new baby comes in a few weeks.
Calling All Tandem Nursing Mammas: How exactly does this work. How do I make sure the newborns feeding and comfort needs are being met as well as Gabi's? She still seems so young to me and I don't want her to feel excluded or pushed to the side.
post #14 of 27
Hi guys, I’ve missed you all, but I seem to have suddenly and magically lost all interest in the rest of MDC. I think it’s a sign that I’m moving on to a different, baby-free, stage of life.

Like Bears, I’m unphased by the tantrums, so much so that I almost don’t notice them. If I stop to think about it, ds does all kinds of things that would have driven me batty with his sister (biting, climbing, throwing heavy objects with deadly aim, peeing with intent to harm), but I don’t find him remotely challenging. I find him pleasant. I really enjoy his company.

Laurie, so soon until Number Three!
post #15 of 27
Bears and Dodo: How?!!! The tantrums drive me crazy. Specially Bre's (almost 4) Hers usually spark on from Gabi, just trying to act like her big sis. I don't think it's hormones cause it has always bothered me to see a child scream and whale and through themselves thrashing about. Yelling, whining, you name it, it is like nails to a chalkboard to me.

Gabi's big thing is screaming this high pitched thing. Lately I have put my finger to her lips and said Let's use our words Gabi and try to understand what is frustrating her. This has actually made a difference.

New Baby: I had my MW home visit yesterday morning and all went well. We are 36 weeks today and in the clear for a homebirth. I am not at all worried about this little one trying to come early though. The baby is still high and no were near engaged. Sometimes He/She moves down and I feel lots of pressure but right back up to the ribs. Also I just feel so good. If I continue to feel this good I can see me passing my due date easily. She did the GBS screen and I am anxious for those results. I have always been negative but there is a first time for everything. My blood preassure has continued to be low and well within normal ranges. 90/56 What is that? I ran 130/90 by this point with my two girls. I know I have not decreased stress level. If anything it has increased. MW said she think baby is almost 6 pounds. Again, since both the girls were so big I can't imagine having a baby that weighs less than 9lb. We shall see.
Well, lots of energy right now so I am going to go take advantage of it and get Bre's room cleaned up. It's long overdue.
post #16 of 27
I should clarify that a one-year-old's tantrum doesn't irritate me. A four-year-old whining, crying and screaming still drives me up the wall. Check in with me in three years and I might be cured of that, too.
post #17 of 27
Can I join ?

Bug was born 08/27/04, an unassisted home waterbirth. She's about 25 pounds and 33" tall right now.

She is my monkey - she climbs and climbs and climbs. The higher the better. We went to the playground this afternoon, she climbed up the steps of the structure, looked at the small slide but eschewed that for the tall slide and down she went all on her own.

She's a chatterbox - probably closing in on 100 words now. She surprised me this morning by uttering a 4-word phrase "Owee (her brother), wake up please"

She's a nursey-nut. I cannot count the number of times she comes for some milkies during the day, and usually several times overnight as well.

Thankfully, her temper - while quick to hit the end of the fuse - is VERY short lived. Her tantrums don't generally last even a minute.
post #18 of 27
Welcome new ladies! There is always room for more.

It's funny, so much of what all of you are saying is true for us, too. ABKA is in the middle of a language explosion and learning new words practically by the hour. And, what you all said about tantrums is true, too. I can handle 16 month old tantrums with great aplomb. I was so not this relaxed with TEAK.

ABKA does share some her sister's hobbies. They love to read together. TEAK reads and ABKA listens. It's so cute, TEAK even stops to let ABKA fill in words here and there. My heart then proceeds to MELT.

LizaBear: ABKA shares a birthday with your little one!

Laurie: You are amazing. That's all I have to say about it.

Bears: Just a hug 'cause you rock.
post #19 of 27
Nice to read about all the littles. Mine is still a quiet babe, just a few words, but every week, a new one is added. She is a smarty, though. She comes over to me, rubbing her head, even if she didn't bump it, and wants me to give her a hug and kiss. It's so cute. Today she bumped it for real, and I kissed it, and then she walked away and came back at least 5 times for more kisses. Too sweet.

Still nursing several times in a 24 hour period. I really really want her to sleep thru the night, but I know when she does, I'll miss the snuggles.

Totally impossible to take her to the store, she insists on running around and not riding in the cart or stroller. I mean, running fast down the aisle. It scares me. Almost can't take her by myself anymore.

Tonight, dh played with her in the bedroom, and I mopped the floors and cleaned the bathrooms, and for some reason, am feeling very energetic, although its 11 pm. Shall go catch some zzzzzzzzzzzzz's.
post #20 of 27
Oh, DITTO what Dodo has to say on 4 year old tantrums/whining/endless crying. CAN'T TAKE A MINUTE OF THEM!

And TEAKS-How could you tell all the way in Alaska that a little love was what I needed??? Soooo good to see you!
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