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post #201 of 272
I already said this in our May 2006 DDC but...

CONGRATULATIONS ERIN!!!!

: to Quinn!
post #202 of 272
: Congrats Erin (and DH! and Lil!) and welcome Quinn!
post #203 of 272
Congrats!!!! Welcome to the world baby Quinn!
post #204 of 272
Congrats, Erin and family!
post #205 of 272
Congrats Erin! New babies are so lovely.


On a totally unrelated note, is it normal for children at this age to sleep more than they're awake? Nadia will get up at 8am. Nap from 2pm-5pm. Awake from 5pm-9pm. And then sleep from 9pm-8am. It just seems like an awful lot of sleep.
post #206 of 272
Wow - that's a lot of sleeping! Killy goes to sleep around 9:30pm and usually sleeps till about 7:30am, and then will take a nap that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours.

Another tough day today... But, since we've all had colds this week I'll chalk it up to him not feeling well. Now that he's in bed for the night, I'm going through all toys in the house and putting AT LEAST half of them in storage in the basement. I figure I better get ready before MIL arrives with another 10,000 toys for him. She flies in Saturday and is staying for 2 weeks. Last time she was here for 3 weeks and by the end we were really rubbing each other the wrong way. This time I've decided that she will not babysit at all - I think that was the problem. I was a million months pregnant and just wanted to nap and rest, and so she would "watch" Killy, which basically translating into encouraging any type of bad behavior he could come up with. It tooks months to help him learn afterward that spitting on the floor, drawing on himself, and eating off the kitchen floor were not actually appropriate daily activities. So, this time I'm going to be in charge the whole time and not leave her in charge at all, even though its tempting to make use of a free babysitter. I think it will just work out better this way. I hope so, anyway. FIL told me she wanted to stay longer than 2 weeks, but it didn't work with their schedule and I told him that I thought 2 weeks was the maximum that would work for me to not get on her nerves too much - that was the nicest way I could say, "HELL NO can she stay a month!" She's a really sweet lady, but anyone would get tired of constantly having to explain why you parent the way you do, right?
post #207 of 272
QoC, I totally agree with what you've decided and have had to make similar adjustments myself. The kind of "help" I get is not really worth it sometimes, so now when my mother or MIL come to visit I have radically revised my expectations. Generally, the help I receive is much offset by having to trip over another person in my small apartment. I should not complain though because both my mother and my MIL are pretty respectful of our parenting and parenting choices, but there have been moments of static when we butt up against something (like the cheering about what DD eats when I really want her listening to her own body since she has had so many food issues already.)
post #208 of 272
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Originally Posted by Balancin1
I should not complain though because both my mother and my MIL are pretty respectful of our parenting and parenting choices, but there have been moments of static when we butt up against something (like the cheering about what DD eats when I really want her listening to her own body since she has had so many food issues already.)
Yep, the same type of stuff here. Like the fact that I make sure there are lots of healty fats in Killy's diet. MIL thinks kids should only get skim milk because they shouldn't have too much fat. But, she thinks its weird that I don't give him juice. And, she doesn't give a rip about cleaning house and brags about how she never wasted her time doing that when her kids were little, but I look at how her two kids live now (like total ditch-pigs and rely on others to pick up after them) and I don't see how she can still think that was a wise way to bring them up. Plus the fact that we run a business out of our home, so it needs to be somewhat client-ready at all times. Not life-or-death stuff, but its very frustrating to have to justify WHY Killy should pick up his toys occasionally - you know? Or why he doesn't have apple juice or skim milk in his sippy 24-7 (he only gets water or Enhanced Silk).
post #209 of 272
Ugh, Queenie! My mother and MIL are so incredible with James, I need to send them cards or something for not encouraging him to spit on the floor My own mother is pretty sloppy, I'm making a bunch of checklists for her to use when she comes out to help with Sarah in the hope that I won't end up weeping with frustration as the mess piles up. But I don't suggest that tactic with an in-law.

Heather, I think that much sleep is well within the normal range for toddlers - enjoy it! James has just dropped his nap, so he gets about 12 hours at night and then is grumpy all afternoon because he NEEDS the freaking nap : I am hoping that when dd is born, we can all take a nap together and that will help his attitude in the afternoons.
post #210 of 272
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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups
Yep, the same type of stuff here. Like the fact that I make sure there are lots of healty fats in Killy's diet. MIL thinks kids should only get skim milk because they shouldn't have too much fat. But, she thinks its weird that I don't give him juice.
: Sometimes I forget how lucky I am; neither my mother nor MIL would ever suggest that I give the kids skim milk (they're skinny enough!) or that I add juice to their diets. A few months ago, FIL said something to me about juice-- he'd seen something on TV about juice having a lot of sugar and not being good for kids to have all the time. I just smiled and nodded, he was so proud to be "educating" me on the dangers of juice. Then SIL walked in and said, "Um, I think Rynna knew that already, she's always been very strict about the amount of juice that the kids drink... why do you think they only get one 4-oz juice box a day when they're here?" : It was pretty funny.

Sleep-- BooBah likes to go to sleep around 8:30-9:00 and wake around 8:00. She takes one nap every other day, either around 11:45 am or around 3:00pm, but not both and rarely two days in a row. I'm probably going to take the kids out today, so she's very likely to nap around 3. I know that there's a wide range of normal when it comes to sleep at this age; some two year olds still nap twice a day, others don't nap much at all. I'm pretty sure that BooBah's getting enough sleep most of the time, so I don't worry about her. BeanBean, however, has gotten to the point where he fights sleep. This morning, though, he woke up and said, "That was a good night's sleep!" before trotting off to the bathroom. It was pretty sweet.

BooBah's climbing experiments have been more dangerous lately-- like right now, she's climbing on the back of the chair that I'm sitting in while singing "ABC" at the top of her lungs. The thing is, she's singing and not paying attention to where her feet are at all. I'm terrified that she's going to crack her head open this summer, and I won't be able to catch her because I don't run quickly with Bella in the sling.

We've also been having some major biting issues lately, primarily with BooBah biting BeanBean. She actually broke skin on his back twice yesterday, and last night as they were going to bed she bit his finger. I'm not sure if it's the teeth coming in (she's still working on her canines) or something else, but I can't deal with her biting BeanBean, it's just not right. I'm so tempted to get her a wooden chew-toy, like the kind that you give to small animals? Or maybe one of those bones that you give to dogs... but they can't be good for babies.

At least she's only bitten Bella twice altogether..
post #211 of 272
I had my 38-week appt. yesterday. 3 cm dilated, mostly effaced, I think I'm going to make it!

I gave another urine sample, we'll see how to bacterial load is, but I think I've been keeping the UTI at bay. I'm still asymptomatic. Come on, baby, come on...
post #212 of 272
Good luck, Smithie!

Killy cut his final tooth last night! I am soooo relieved that teething is over!!! I really hope that Ellie has an easier time of teething than Killy did. I'm also crazy-happy that he's done teething before she's begun. When he was 5.5 months, Killy had 2 teeth but Ellie doesn't have any yet. Fine with me!
post #213 of 272
we clipped bella's tongue tie last night. it was more traumatic for me than for her; i wish i'd done it when she was born, it would have saved me loads of pain.

happy mother's day, ladies! anyone doing anything special?
post #214 of 272
I'm glad the clipping worked!! I take it nursing is much better!

As for Mother's day dh has something planned but I don't know what. His mom is upset w/ him because he didnt do anything for her this year. I put my foot down 2 years ago and said that I'm a mom TOO and I deserve to NOT cook and clean and wait on others too. LAst year we did something w/ her on Saturday but this year Lauren had a dance competition so I told him he needed to get something for his mom. I got my mom a "Dance Grandma" pin that she had seen and liked. So I feel bad for his mom but not that bad! If she had just picked up her own freaking plate or offered to freaking help all those times when I made and served dinner I might feel differently and we might be doing something differently because I would have planned it. Oh well!
post #215 of 272
Oh Sandi, us too here only it's my mom. I'm trying really hard not to be pissed right now that not only did I agree to have her and my family come up for the day (rather than just spending it with my little family) but that, true to form, they are running really late so there's no way I'm going to be able to get DD the nap she needs today. I wish it didn't have to be a me or her thing with my mom but she does not have the same need for solitude I do so any holiday is going to cause conflict because she wants togetherness whereas I want to be alone. Sigh.

ANYWAY.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone. Hope you all have a nice one!
post #216 of 272
Happy Mother's Day!

After 24 hours of prodromal labor, I took Tylenol PM. It stopped, I slept, I am 1000% better today. But my confidence in my body was a little shaken.
post #217 of 272
Smithie

I had SO much prodromal labor this time around. Several times I called DH home from work and made arrangements for DD only to have everything peter out.

The good news...at least based on my experience....is that labor after all that practice was EASY, EASY, EASY!

We stopped at a restaurant on the way to the hosptial. I was almost fully dialated (didn't know it) while eating dinner. And about 20 minutes before DS was born I was hanging out with my family in the waiting room, nursing Lily.

My labor contractions were SO much nicer than all the BH ones I had for weeks.
post #218 of 272
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Originally Posted by dharmama
Smithie

The good news...at least based on my experience....is that labor after all that practice was EASY, EASY, EASY!
That was my experience too. I went from for to crowning in 45 minutes w/ my second and w/ my third I slept through much of my labor and although it wasn't as quick it was easy. Had actually been awake and moving a bit more she would have come much sooner. HAng in there!


Happy Mother's Day everyone!!
post #219 of 272
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Originally Posted by dharmama

We stopped at a restaurant on the way to the hosptial. I was almost fully dialated (didn't know it) while eating dinner. And about 20 minutes before DS was born I was hanging out with my family in the waiting room, nursing Lily.

My labor contractions were SO much nicer than all the BH ones I had for weeks.
Erin, that sounds like my labors!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you awesome mamas!
post #220 of 272
My labors, too. First labor: 7 hours with 2.5 hours of pushing. Second labor: 2 hours 15 minutes, with onl15-20 minutes pushing - I wasn't sure I was in labor until about 1 hour before Ellie was born! I went from "Maybe this is it?" to "OMG - everyone get in the car RIGHT NOW!"

Mother's Day has been lovely. MIL and I are getting along really well - whew! Killy adores the extra attention, of course. We went to Whole Foods for lunch and ate in their little cafe and Killy was such a trouble-monkey! He kept inciting the other kids to do things they shouldn't be. DH now understands why I don't like to bring him to LLL - he's such an instigator! He was convincing kids to jump on the sofa, run down the hall where they were out of their parents sight, and pull things off the tables. It was really funny, actually.

We had Ellie's baby dedication ceremony at church today and it was lovely! (our faith doesn't do infant baptism, the ceremony is just for the church to promise to support and love her as she grows up) She was all smiles as usual, and Killy behaved very well, too. He was a little awestruck by being in front of the whole congregation - but he wanted to hold the microphone and play the drums!
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