Helen, Brynn is soooooooooo picky and always has been. Despite her little foray into eating with gust a few weeks ago, she's back to refusing almost everything I offer. Yesterday she ate two grape tomotoes while I cooked dinner, and maybe 5 black-eye peas at lunch. And that's it. Sigh. Hey, did you ever get the thrush cleared up, by the way?
I can't believe all of the babies with mouth-fulls of teeth!! Brynn still has just 5, but I think #6 is going to cut through the gums at any moment. I have heard of several babes this age getting molars already, but I don't think she is yet - though if she were, I'd hardly know, since she absolutely will not let me put my finger in her mouth!
I agree with the other mamas who posted about ambivalent feelings toward nursing. I am feeling the exact same way! Some days (or hours, I guess I should say), I really feel like I am ready to wean this child, but then we have these incredibly tender or funny moments that fill my heart so completely. Also, even if I really wanted to wean, Brynn isn't eating nearly enough in the solid food department to compensate!
As for the sleep issue, I'm glad to know we aren't the only ones still struggling in that department. Last night Brynn woke up every hour.
: It's partially just her habit, but I think it could also be that tooth coming in. One really interesting thing we've discovered though is that she sleeps MUCH better if I am not in the bed with her. For the past few nights I have been sleeping in the spare room and leaving Brynn in the bed with Daddy, and she has been sleeping 3 to 4 hours at a stretch, versus 1-2 hours with me. If I'm not in the bed, she is much more likely to just cuddle with Jason and go back to sleep. So we are going to try to make this transition and get her used to sleeping for longer periods of time, but with our trip coming up next week...I don't have really high aspirations right now. But it's good information to know for when we get back into our usual routine.
Someone asked about DH's job search (can't find the post again now), but the short answer is that we're not sure when we will know where we're moving. He is going to be going to these hiring conferences at the end of the month, and he's also got his resume in with FEMA and another private company, so we are *hoping* that we will know something by mid-February. It's really exciting to think about all of the cool places we *might* end up, but I just hate being in suspense! I want to be able to find out what our lives will be like wherever we go. Right now, some possible cities are: Atlanta (which I would love, because I'd be near my best friend again!), somewhere in Nebraska (yawn), Austin (that would be cool!), Toledo (no thanks), Denton TX (near Dallas, so I'm not really thrilled about that since that's where my ANNOYING mother-in-law lives)...and some others I can't remember right off the top of my head.
barcelona, I *was* in Austin (or just south of Austin, to be more precise) in October!! Wish I had known you were there, because I would have loved to have met you and Finley! Well, next time.
Oh, Mel, I laughed when you said that Neela says Melanie. For the past few days, Brynn has been calling me "Mimi" off and on. I have no idea if it's just a fun variation on Mama, or if she hears people calling me Amy and is trying to mimic. Either way, it's really funny.
Spughy, yay on the sugar purging and working out!!
Christy, good to see you again, Mama!!