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post #21 of 435
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Originally Posted by ATruck View Post
Ingrid reached for me for the first time today. It would have felt great, except that she was crying because my dad was holding her. She has started having some issues with other people holding her, but only sometimes.
DD reached for me about a month ago, while I was brushing my teeth and DH was holding her. She was wailing at the time too. I was still thinking, awww.
Anyone gotten a high chair? We busted ours out tonight because her beloved bouncy seat got retired. She likes to sit at the table for our mealtime but the bouncy was not so good after she learned to sit up in it and lean. It was my shower rescue for the last 6 months, and I shall miss it.
post #22 of 435
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After Joshua, I initially lost some weight, then gained it all back. When I got preg with Aaron, I was only 9 lbs less than what I was when I had Joshua. And while preg, Joshua self-weaned around 5 months, and that month, I did NOT gain any weight! So I'm pretty sure the nursing had me gaining weight. It happened to my sister too.

This time around, so far (knock on wood!), I've been losing weight. I'm actually below pre-preg weight and only 9 lbs away from pre-preg-with-Joshua weight. Of course, after that, I still have another 35 lbs to go...
I can't even keep track of what weights were when anymore...I have 50 pounds to lose to get to my pre pregnancy weight with my first though. And about 110 pounds to lose altogether...yikes, can't believe I admitted that!
post #23 of 435
Our update...

TJ is a doll...very easygoing and just happy happy happy. Rolls front to back...tries to go back to front but it's a no-go--maybe due to the chunky cloth diapers? hahaha
No solids here...gonna put that off for as long as possible...at least until he has teeth or can gum cheerios/banannas etc...
He's growing tooooo fast...around 17lbs now...
He was worrying me with his 'twitches'...I was thinking infantile spasms etc...but my mommy sense told me not to worry...so did the Drs...not that I trust them ever, but I'm going to sit back and watch him and let my intuition lead the way.
As for me...I'm in my regular clothes, but everything is in a different place/clothes fit differently (as expected). I just found out I DON'T have an umbilical hernia--but DO have seperated muscles...so my belly is kinda extended...I don't like it...so I'll have to figure out how to work on that (not interested in surgery at this time...again, dont' like DRs and may want another baby--well, I DO want another one, but DH doesn't...ugh)
Anyways...we are doing great here...time is just flying tooooo fast...slow down TJ!
post #24 of 435
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Originally Posted by babymakesthree View Post
I am interested to hear what other moms are doing.
Well...I run my own business...since I can't ever decide on one things to do, write now I am a writer, producer, manager, and publicist. Mostly in the horror movie genre. I like being the boss. :
post #25 of 435
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Originally Posted by babymakesthree View Post
DD reached for me about a month ago, while I was brushing my teeth and DH was holding her. She was wailing at the time too. I was still thinking, awww.
Anyone gotten a high chair? We busted ours out tonight because her beloved bouncy seat got retired. She likes to sit at the table for our mealtime but the bouncy was not so good after she learned to sit up in it and lean. It was my shower rescue for the last 6 months, and I shall miss it.
My DD reaches for me too..but then she grabs my bottom lip and pulls it out..she also pinches really hard! =)

We have a high chair that my older son uses, we tried putting DD in it but she's so short that the tray is almost at eye level and that part of the chair isn't adjustable. It's pretty funny actually. Plus DS gets really mad when she's in "his" chair.
post #26 of 435
Dh is putting ds to sleep as I write this. I am so tired today. Ds did not sleep for more than a few minutes. I could not get him to take a nap at all today. It doesn't make sense because yesterday he slept for 1/2 hour in the morning and 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon. I was so excited. Then today happened and now I feel blah. Oh well. I am a SAHM so I cannot comment on the work/family balance. I have an appointment with a new pediatrician on Thursday who is more alternative than my ped now. Ds has had all of his vaxes except Hep B at birth and now I am having second thoughts. The new pediatrician is in Dr. Jay Gordon's practice so I am looking forward to our appointment but they don't take insurance.
post #27 of 435
I forgot to add that we splurged and bought the Svan High Chair but we haven't put it together yet. I am probably going to give ds some solids for the first time in a couple of weeks.
post #28 of 435
Clayton is rolling a lot. He really gets around, about five feet. He doesn't reach for me yet, but he leans. He has two teeth on the bottom, no solids yet though. Clayton likes the high chair, but DD also wants to sit in it.

I am considering going back to work, but I really don't want to. Daycare is not an option. I can't imagine being away from them for that long. I tried starting my own business, but thats not going so well.

Love reading updates on everyone!
post #29 of 435
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High Chairs

High chairs? Did I hear high chairs? Well...I was a bit...naughty...

A few weeks ago I started a thread asking for advice on what kind of a high chair to use...We've got 2 (!) Stokke Tripp-Trapps for the 2 older kiddos, but I wanted to know what people recommended. It seemed that DD wasn't old enough (or a good enough sitter) to use these yet.

I also searched for wooden high chairs (we're wood snobs )...and I found something called a Rochelle high chair. Beautiful but $$$$$.

I then went on a quest. (Do any of you get "obsessive" and go on quests???) I thougth the "soundest" option would be to get a 5 point harness and backrest for one of our Tripp-Trapps. Not possible, Stokke told me. Our Tripp-Trapps are English. They are different dimensions to the US ones. Just our luck. So - ok, I thought, I'll get the accessories from England. Well...I loaded them into my virtual shopping cart and voila - $180! I nearly pushed that "Complete transaction" button...but I didn't.

Then we nearly went to BRU and got a cheapo plastic number to last until DD grew into one of our Tripp-Trapps.

I went on the local Craig's list. Found a used Peg Perego which was kind of funky (the harness didn't fit through the cushion...)

Then I called all the local consignment shops. Chairs come in and go out the same day. NOTHING except one wooden high chair. I loaded DD#1 and that baby into the car and we went to see it - it was a load of unsafe crap and cost $75 to boot.

Then we went to a baby store and they had one wooden high chair. A natural Rochelle Charlotte. After trying DD in it for 20 minutes - jamming her in with pillows...we bought it. I then went to the other local baby store and got a red gingham cushion for it. IT'S ADORABLE. DD still tilts to the right and likes to knaw on the wooden tray with her 2 sharp, sharp teeth (she's like Sonny in A Series of Unfortunate Events) - but when she sits up sturdier it'll be great! So - that's what we did...DH didn't even kill me for such an extravagent purchase...but it's *really* gorgeous - here's a link to what it looks like - high chair...
post #30 of 435
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Work

Work...hmmm...I'm an attorney, but due to health challenges haven't gone back yet...Dr. says I can go back the beginning of July.

I also have a jewelry business - I make jewelry - from nursing necklaces to earrings to regular necklaces and bracelets from precious and semi-precious gemstones. I concentrate on using stones that are not only beautiful, but have healing properties...I've had custom orders and a lot of local moms and MDC moms have been buying the nursing necklaces.

DH is about to take the Bar Exam...but no job yet for him and $$$$$$$$$$$ is *EXCEPTIONALLY* tight!!!
post #31 of 435
I should mention in case I didn't (I forget things) that I have my own business but run it all from home so that I can stay with the kiddies.
post #32 of 435
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I should mention in case I didn't (I forget things) that I have my own business but run it all from home so that I can stay with the kiddies.

Hi, CAUCmama - what's your business?
post #33 of 435
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Well...I run my own business...since I can't ever decide on one things to do, write now I am a writer, producer, manager, and publicist. Mostly in the horror movie genre. I like being the boss. :
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Hi, CAUCmama - what's your business?
post #34 of 435
Wow, I can't believe how big all the babies are getting!!
Asheby just started rolling over recently, but still hates for me to lay him on his stomach. He has two bottom teeth now. And he has been the fussiest baby ever the past few days. He also seems to have a chronic cough. Pretty bad too. Its always the worst during the weekend, then when the dr.s in the office he seems better, ugh. I don't know what to do! He's been coughing for about 4 weeks now.
Well, I can't think straight today, since he hasn't been sleeping well at the last few days so I'm off.
post #35 of 435
It is so nice to read everyone's updates! Yarrow is just 5 months but she is HUGE!!! Around 20lbs...she doesn't roll at all yet but she does reach for me and sit up a little bit. No where near crawling thank goodness! My eldest crawled and walked very early and my ds didn't do either forever (he didn't walk until 17 months) and I'll take the late mobility! No teeth yet and I really hope she holds off for a good while which could be likely...ds didn't get his 1st tooth until he was 10 months and then it was a top front...he looked like a hillbilly with that one front tooth! So cute!

I *mostly* sahm but I do work about 6 hours a week as an early childhood intervention instructor. I love my job and they would love to have me full time but there is no way...at least until my little ones are in school full days. Plus I do think my eldest needs me home just as much now, at age 12, as she did when she was 2!

I have about 12 lbs to lose before I am at my pre-pregnancy weight of almost 4 years ago! I am a small woman, only 5 ft so that extra really shows. My dh is getting me a new bike for our anniversary/mother's day gift. I already have a Burley trailer and a back mount seat fro Yarrow so my plan is to ride everywhere this summer...kill to birds with one stone...lose the weight and cut down on the gas.

Yarrow slept for 7 straight hours last night and even right next to me I kept waking up in a panic and checking her breathing. cruel nature...gives a night of rest but its so unexpected, you can't sleep!

One of these days I will figure out how to post photos so everyone can see my gerber baby!
post #36 of 435
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thanks!
post #37 of 435
Agggh! Ya'll move too fast and I can't catch up! I want to respond to so many things!

Work: I do; part time at my BIL's. I take Carl and leave Cecilia with my mom, who lives with us. It's a pain BUT I make $15 an hour and the 'commute' is walking down my BIL's driveway, since they live next door to us. I REALLY wanted to quit after Carl but I must have spending money for baby crap which brings me to....

High chairs: we have two Kinderzeats. One I paid for and one that was found at the Salvation Army in AK by my girlfriend. My mom brought it down when she moved in. I also have a lovely restored wooden high chair, a gift from my friend but.....

Solids: I will hold off a little while longer for Carl because he has been so 'sensitive.' He doesn't do dairy so I don't do dairy so my extra weight went away and now I have to.....

Shop: FINALLY I can shop with both kiddos! I love the Peg Perego P3 because Carl can ride and Cecilia stands on the back. I did a dash through the mall and found some jeans that will stay up. I think my thyroid was a little sluggish for awhile this winter but then it all finally got in gear; thank goodness. I feel like me again. So that means....

More babies: when can I have them!: I love raising little babies.

earthgirl: I bet the sleep issues are related to teeth. It takes so long for them to come up. Hope it gets better! Carl is driving me nuts at night also, FWIW. If he's next to me he wiggles and squirms and if he's in the crib I have to put that d*mn pacifier in 87 times. I figure I'll get good sleep in a year or two...

Thanks for the thread, twogreencars.
post #38 of 435

Highchairs, etc

We love our Fisher Price Rainforest highchair. We had a similar experience to a previous poster. I turned from the sink one day last month to find Fiona hanging off one side of her bouncy seat, shrieking with laughter and incredibly pleased with herself. I was terrified and put it away immediately. But we needed some place to give her her meds and keep her upright for 20 minutes, so we broke out the high chair. She loves being up high in it and has a lot of fun.

She is rolling over, but doesn't seem too interested in crawling. She also likes to hold our hands and take steps. That blows my mind!! She is only 5 months old and ready to take off.

I hope everyone is having a great week. I am back to work as a teacher in an inclusion classroom. I only manage it by being crazily organized about our morning and late night routines (bags lined up by the door, etc).
post #39 of 435
Fun topics!

Work: lots of volunteer work and I have a small photography business. Very small . But it's a lot of fun and I hope to branch out as Owen grows. I taught middle school English before I had my daughter, and I will not be going back until they are older.

High chairs: currently do not have one. I have this wooden high chair/rocker thing that could work as a high chair if I add some padding, but I have at least another month before I even think about food so I'll decide what to do then.

Solids: not until six months. Most likely baby led . . . wondering if I can do without the jars. To be honest, I'm not looking forward to it. We're on the go so much and nursing is so much easier! No feed or equipment to carry .

Shop: sometimes we run to the store while DD is at preschool. Owen loves to be out and about . . . he loves all the attention people give him. Sometimes I wear him, sometimes I put him in the stroller, and if he's asleep, I use the snap and go with his carseat (he naps so sporadically that when he does, I don't risk waking him unless I have to).

More babies: *sigh* Owen is my last.
post #40 of 435
Okay...

Work -- not yet, not unless you count law school. Which I do . But I have the best mother in law on the planet, and she moved in with us (into our 1 bedroom apartment! She has been living on the sofa for the past 4 months in a living room that doesn't close off from the hallway!) so that Dov wouldn't have to be with a babysitter when I was in school. Did I mention she moved from Illinois to New York and only goes back for weekends every three weeks or so? I call that dedication! So what that means is that I have a built-in babysitter for when I need to do schoolwork. On the one hand, I feel bad that he sometimes spends all day with her -- on the other hand, he nurses every two hours and I usually play with him for at least 1/2 an hour each time after he's done, so we DO spend plenty of time together. And until finals, I really insisted that if I needed a break to work, DH take him so that they built a relationship. It paid off -- he came home late on Monday, and Dov literally leaped at him. Then he had to put him down to go to the bathroom, and Dov started to cry -- I'd never seen him do that before -- and as soon as DH came out, out came the smiles. It was so sweet. But Dov is definitely spending more time with MIL that he should be these few weeks. MIL is coming with me when I move to the DC region to watch him during my bar review classes, because those start a month before DH can leave his job. I'm hoping that's less intense than finals have been, but I'm not holding my breath.

High chair -- someone gave us a nearly new Chicco, which has a tray cover under which there are toys. We tend to put Dov there while we eat -- he chews on the toys and plays with tuperware and doesn't spend as much time eyeing our food! It has a nice inner padding for an infant which I expect we'll remove when he gets bigger, but for now it's a great fit.

Shopping -- ugh. I didn't gain much when I was pregnant, maybe 20-25 pounds, but instead of losing it, I've been steadily gaining weight since then. I could blame it on the nursnig, but I think it has more to do with eating constantly to keep myself up all night to work on papers. And I started out a size 24; now I'm up a size and at a total loss as to how I'm going to find appropriate business clothing for my job this fall. I'll be working at a federal appellat courthouse, and I think the convention is black business suits, definitely for court week, but maybe also for the rest of the month.

MidwestMeg -- We have a used Pliko P3 too, and I was wondering whether the standing board at the back really worked well. I'm glad to hear it does! Dov is our first, but we definitely hope to have another while he's still young enough to need it. Will we do it right away? I don't know. It would be nice to wait until I was at a job that would give me maternity leave (going back to school a week postpartum just didn't do it for me), but that's not going to make or break my decision about when to start trying for another baby. Also, I'm spoiled. Dov is such a happy baby. Sure, he wants me to play with him a lot -- but if I don't, he might try to cry. He works up a little whimper and then it dies from lack of will. It's the funniest thing to watch! The only times I've seen him really crying were in a carseat when he was little, when DH basically dropped him on the floor (!), and more recently when he got an anal fissure from tying to pass a very loose stool. No, one more -- when he had an ear infection -- but he only started to fuss about twenty minutes before it ruptured! So while I know intellectually that my second could be much higher-needs, I keep thinking, "sure, I could do this with a two year old around!"
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