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Sabbath - no help on the teething - we are miserable here. He is drooling and does some gagging too, though no wheezing. He is sleeping in 15 minute increments and I'm ready to jump off a bridge.

Maria - thank you for the CDs!!! I'm so glad you guys are okay - how scary!!

Heather - no advice on the solids. I'm stressing about this myself. My dcp is still spoon-feeding a 15-month old!! I'm guessing that is what the mom wants but...I'm worried how she will be with my ds...: : I have a bumbo and never use it. He never lasted long in it. Right now I use the high chair. He LOVES it and will play quite a while and it has the nice big tray for his toys. It is nice to cook and not worry about what I will do with him...
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Hello all and happy holidays! I'm just dying to jump back into the daily conversations. I'm starting to insist that my hubby give me daily computer (a.k.a. baby-less) time until I get my laptop. Hopefully I can start fresh with the new January thread!

Things are great with us and in case anyone wanted to catch up on the blog its right here and I look forward to catching up on everyones lives soon!

I'm looking forward to playing with solids... I see a little bit of conversation regarding it and hopefully we can chat about it more! I'm planning to start with some organic banana this week and avocado. Egg yolks too. Anyone have anything to say regarding egg yolks? Seems like a weird thing to feed an infant, but I'm kind of following the nourishing traditions way of eating.
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Maria, that is a scary story! Car accidents freak me out a little. OK, a lot.
I am so glad you all were ok, probably not as glad as you are though!

I wish I could help with the teething, Sabbath. My ds teethed without a lot of pain, but my dd1 teethed and you'd think we were torturing her. We used tons of hyland's teething tablets combined with lots of nursing, cuddling, and cold things to chew on. Frozen wet wash cloths were her favorite. She would also chew on my fingers. Hers were so bad she got those hematoma's on her gums. It looked as awful as it felt. I was tired from her constant fussiness, but we got through it. Propping up your mattress at an angle will help the drool drainage. So will having her sleep up in the crook of your elbow. Makes for an achy arm in the morning, but if you get more than a few minutes sleep it's worth it. Could she be coming down with something else that is making extra mucous?
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April, we're posting at the same time!

As far as solids go, it seems so far off for me since my baby is not even 5 months yet! But, when we do start it will be with things like avocado, banana, steamed broccoli, peas, steamed pears (such a yummy pearsauce that makes...all my dc love it ), apples, etc. Once she does well with all of that we'll probably add some meat. Egg yolks are supposed to be less allergenic than the whites, but I think they are still an older infant food.

The thing to remember is that the foods you are feeding your baby should be nutritious, but they are not necessarily "counting" toward their dietary requirements. Under 12 months, the only requirement is breastmilk and the solids should never replace but compliment a feeding. It helps me to remember that it doesn't matter how many fruits and veggies a baby gets in a day because they are just sampling the fare that's out there and relying on breastmilk for their primary nutrition still. Using whatever healthy diet you follow as a guideline is good and will set the stage for healthy eating later. But you don't have to follow it strictly with a baby since they are still experimenting at this stage.

We have a lot of allergies in our family (not necessarily food) so I would wait on the egg yolks. It might not matter if there's no family history. I don't know how easy to digest eggs are for a baby as an early solid food. I've just not thought of it before!
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Sabbath- we are in the same boat as far as teething is going...the white tooth on the left popped in today! No sleep for him for more than 20 minutes also and lots of nose snot!

Maria- I am so glad everyone is ok, and how scary of an ordeal for you!

The bumbo tray looks great, Mason still kinds flops over to his feet when he is in his, he also doesn't tolerate it for long periods of time. My girlfriend used hers religiously for feedings though!

I hope everyone gets past their colds quickly and Pav, I am going to try out the sprays...the look like a great remedy!

My husband picked up Mason's MRI resilts today! I am in awe of my baby and the fect that he has caught up developmently. I will post one of the 224 images, and it is shocking as far as how much brain matter is no longer there. It effects the left half of his brain, in mostly the temporal lobe. I am going crazy trying to decifer the results, but there are so many big medical words and phrases. From what I can gather it is all reabsorbing fine, but there is some white iron matter in the cavity that could cause some seizures latter in life. I called the nicu were he was born and asked the nurse practioner if I could come by and she could go over them with me. She is so warm and knowledgeable and really makes you feel like she has time from you (which is a big difference from his neurologist who we are seeing tommorrow am). She said yes, and I will go see her tommorrow evening.

One of Mason's scan images

The black whole type area is the part that should be brain matter.

Thanks so much for all of your support and kindness, it is nice to be able to come here and pick back up!
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I thought maybe while I was at it, I would post pics of his outer body to

Mason and his bro...notice the drool caught mid action

Pretty pic

Xmas pic
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Aydensmama - your kids are precious! I'm glad to hear Mason is doing well and all caught up. I hope you get good results when you speak to the nurse/neurologist....

April - Good to hear from you! Lochlan is adorable!! I think egg yolks are recommended but I don't remember the age. I have to avoid eggs as dh was allergic to them until he was 8 - and ds2 gets super-gassy if I eat them...ds2 is just not showing any interest in food at all - I'm hoping it isn't foreshadowing food allergies to come....
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Cori- Thanks!
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Originally Posted by aydensmama View Post
I thought maybe while I was at it, I would post pics of his outer body to

Mason and his bro...notice the drool caught mid action

Pretty pic

Xmas pic
Your kids are super cute! I LOVE the Xmas photo. What a great idea



Maria ~ sorry about your car accident. That sounds really scary. I am so glad everyone is ok. I hope you can still enjoy the rest of your stay.
post #1110 of 1217
Happy holidays everyone!

Aydensmama, good to see you again! Your boys are adorable and so glad Mason is doing well!

Hey April! How did the move go? Are you guys feeling settled and enjoying the frosty north?

Maria, wow! So glad you and your family are ok That must have been very scary.

Sabbath, if Autumn is rolling I might try putting her to sleep on her belly : At least that way no gunk/saliva are dripping into her throat. Hopefully it passes soon. Rachel is teething also and we're having good results with the Hyland's teething tablets. Maybe it's a dumbo's feather thing but she does seem to be sleeping better. I hope whatever teeth she might be getting pop through soon.

Hi Heather! Re: the chicken... yikes. I started chicken with my older daughter when she was like 7 months. I actually blended it with sweet potatoes and peas to make a "dinner." I have never heard it's an 18+ month food! I would be interested in the reason if you find out. Anyway, I WOH and regarding the starting of solids, my DCP is cool with whatever. When the baby can sit up at the table and starts trying to grab food from other kids they ask if it's ok to give cheerios. I think at that point (when she can pince cheerios) I'll send whatever we start with - probably sweet potatoes again since I can blend some breastmilk into it. They warm food in crock pots like bottles so the breastmilk goodies wouldn't be killed by microwaves. Probably pears and apples next. With my older daughter I made everything and froze it in ice cube trays. Then I'd just bring in a couple of cubes per day and ask them to give it around lunch time. They will spoonfeed if you want, though when DD1 started refusing the spoon they let me know so I could bring more finger foods. I have a center and I've never tried the fresh food feeder but I'm not sure on the deal there - whether it would be a "hazard" or whatever. They have state guidelines to adhere to so they have some funny rules (no crib bumpers for example). Anyway, a friend of mine used them and her kids did really well with large chunks of peeled fruit, veggies and some softer meats.

I think that's all I have to say on that subject but let me know if there's something you want to know specifically

Cori, many, many hugs coming your way Blech. R has been up a ton lately too so I had a glimpse into how interrupted sleep (or none at all) can affect your outlook. I hope things get better for you soon and that you figure out the tt issues. What can they do for an posterior tie? My DH had a pallette expander when he was a kid... I wonder if they can/ should do that with a baby? Anyway, here are more hugs Sorry about the pain and the sleep situations!

We had a nice xmas - DD1 was overwhelmed and mainly played with the baby toys : All in all pretty jolly and my mom wasn't too big a hassle. She basically made the entire xmas dinner *and* cleaned up, which was nice
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Oh, funny side note: my mom got us one of those leap frog caterpillars that does phonics, music, etc. So one of the settings is letter sounds and DH and I were trying to get it to say curse words. Every time you get close though it kicks into anti-pervert mode.

A-s "haha, that tickles!"
S-e- "haha, that tickles!"

Plus anything with a -uc or -uk sound and you're outta luck!

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Originally Posted by Quagmire View Post
Oh, funny side note: my mom got us one of those leap frog caterpillars that does phonics, music, etc. So one of the settings is letter sounds and DH and I were trying to get it to say curse words. Every time you get close though it kicks into anti-pervert mode.

A-s "haha, that tickles!"
S-e- "haha, that tickles!"

Plus anything with a -uc or -uk sound and you're outta luck!

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obviously someone else had the same idea in the past....
post #1113 of 1217
OH, there is so much I want to respond to - but this babe is having such a hard time. Current tooth count = 4, and I predict two more within the next week or two. Needless to say, not a lot of sleep or fusslessness going around right now.

Must go, can't type with kicky screamy here. Hopefully the AM coffee moment will happen tomorrow...

ETA ~pi, thanks so much! Got mail yesterday more comments coming when I've had a chance to listen :
post #1114 of 1217
Also Quag I love your twisted self
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Sabbath- we are in the same boat as far as teething is going...the white tooth on the left popped in today! No sleep for him for more than 20 minutes also and lots of nose snot!

The bumbo tray looks great, Mason still kinds flops over to his feet when he is in his, he also doesn't tolerate it for long periods of time. My girlfriend used hers religiously for feedings though!
I panicked originally because I didn't think that this could possibly be normal! I guess because none of my sisters kids did it, it freaked me out. Ah well. The joys of parenthood. She's doing okay. We are taking her in to see the care provider tomorrow because she is wheezing like an old man now. I just want to make sure that we don't have something else going on. Pav - thoughts on homeopathics?

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I thought maybe while I was at it, I would post pics of his outer body to

Mason and his bro...notice the drool caught mid action

Pretty pic

Xmas pic
HOLY FREAKING PRECIOUSNESS BATMAN!!

CUTE kids. Seriously, quite precious. Mason is a DOLL.
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I'm looking forward to playing with solids... I see a little bit of conversation regarding it and hopefully we can chat about it more! I'm planning to start with some organic banana this week and avocado. Egg yolks too. Anyone have anything to say regarding egg yolks? Seems like a weird thing to feed an infant, but I'm kind of following the nourishing traditions way of eating.
April! Lochlan is gorgeous as usual and so much older than the last time I checked your blog. Wow.

As for solids, honestly, we are so not in a rush. DS turns 6 months on Friday but even if we were doing the six months on the dot thing, I'm not going to bother trying anything new while we're on vacation. I'll reassess readiness indicators when we're home.

I think egg yolks are an interesting early food -- I don't know that I would try them before 9 months or so, but I don't know much about NT.

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I thought maybe while I was at it, I would post pics of his outer body to


And your boys are gorgeous!

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Cori, many, many hugs coming your way Blech.
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DH and I were trying to get it to say curse words. Every time you get close though it kicks into anti-pervert mode.
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More get well vibes to the families fighting illnesses.
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ya know, we are going to wait for Autumn's tooth to come through, and then we were thinking about trying sweet potato, banana, or avocado. I am going with the Dr Sears mentality on starting solids as far as what to start with and when. She will be 6 months old in a week, and so I figured we will casually attempt it, but secretly, if she isn't interested, I will be thrilled to death. But, I want to try and if she does like it, it's obviously not going to be replacing her boob time.
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maria - thank goodnes you're ok (nak)
post #1119 of 1217
to all the sick mamas and babies!

Maria, I'm sorry to hear about your accident. I'm happy you are ok.

Christmas was wonderful here. We went to my moms on Christmas Eve and my stupid family actually got through the day with NO fights. It was a freakin' Christmas Miracle!! : Seriously, dh said on the way down that if anyone argued, we were leaving!

We spent Christmas Day at home with our kids. It was so great just relaxing and playing games all day. Here is a picture of Logan with his stocking. He was so excited about it. I only filled the stocking for the benefit of my three dds. They are very into being "fair" and would have been upset if he didn't have one. When I saw this picture, I was so glad I did it.

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p...s/01010728.jpg

As for solids, I'm not sure what to do. Logan is really ready for them. He is only five months, but has been really showing an interest. He had a small bit of banana last week. DD and I were eating bananas and he was FREAKING out. He was grabbing and yelling at me. He really wanted that banana. So I took a small piece and pureed it for him. He only had a few bites, but he really loved it. I'm hesitant to give him foods because none of the other babies ate anything before six months. (one was 9 months) On the other hand, he really seems ready. When they are on the older side of things, I always say we don't look at age, but readiness. Yet, when he's on the younger end, I don't look at it the same way. I hope this makes sense, I'm rambling... must be bedtime.
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Originally Posted by Quagmire View Post
Oh, funny side note: my mom got us one of those leap frog caterpillars that does phonics, music, etc. So one of the settings is letter sounds and DH and I were trying to get it to say curse words. Every time you get close though it kicks into anti-pervert mode.

A-s "haha, that tickles!"
S-e- "haha, that tickles!"

Plus anything with a -uc or -uk sound and you're outta luck!

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This sounds like something dh and I would do!
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