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post #261 of 305
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Originally Posted by doudat View Post
I can switch her around pretty quickly in my wrap... Yesterday she had a fit facing out So I switched her to facing in, but once she's on a roll... I had to run home :
I have plenty of slings & pouches, and she does the same thing in them. I have a Mei Tai, same deal.
I haven't tried my ergo yet, as I don't have the infant insert. But she's so big now that she might be ok in it.

I had such a romantic idea that we'd have a great time going to all these places with all my cool carriers. Finally, she's more often in the stroller and we don't go very far from home. I don't like it when she has a fit, I really don't handle the stress well. Don't get me wrong, she's an amazing baby and way less trying than ds ever was, but I'm still a tad jealous of those quiet babies that can go everywhere in a sling with their mamas
Well, there's nothing wrong with strollers imho: ! Finn was a real stroller baby and he still loves his stroller. I think he really liked to stretch out and look around. I also wonder if some babes just get too hot when worn, yk? And he's always slept really well in the stroller. Arlo hates it though, so it's either on the move in the sling (if he's awake) or ergo (only while asleep), or at home nursing.
Oh, I also wanted to tell you that I just put Arlo in the ergo with one leg hanging out and the other tucked froggy style inside....no infant insert necessary!
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Originally Posted by kewpie-o View Post
Oh no! Glad you got it back and it's still in good shape. That woulda been a sad loss!

I can relate w/ PPs that it's freaky when the babe starts screaming while attached to you and it's not easy to take them out. :

I just realized something today that makes me feel like a totally horrible mommy .... I've been reading about other babies rolling over and it dawned on me that I haven't given DD a chance to see if she can roll over on her own. I am constantly holding her. If I go pee or need to put her down to fix food, she's in her bouncy seat. I only lay her down on her liitle play mat thing maybe 5-10 minutes a day (if that). When she starts getting bored of it and fussing, I scoop her right back up. That's pretty much the only flat-on-her-back time she gets (well, except for diaper changes), since she sleeps in my arms or on her side between one of those positioner wedges. I feel bad...maybe I should be giving her more "play" time on the ground. I haven't given her much tummy time either, since I read elsewhere on MDC that holding your baby counts as tummy time since they're using the same muscle groups.

What do you mommas do? Should I try to change our routine a little and put her down to play more? :
The only time Arlo gets time on his back is while I'm changing his diaper, really. I just tend to do give him some diaper free time when I'm doing that (I change him on a bed) and he usually loves to hang out there for awhile. Otherwise he's usually being held by someone.
If she wants down to play than do it, but if not I wouldn't worry about it....
post #262 of 305
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Originally Posted by kewpie-o View Post

A couple weeks ago, I took DD to Target during her "fussy time" of the night (what was I thinking?? : ) and she screamed all through the store. That was back when she was rejecting all types of slings/carriers (she tolerates the Ergo w/ the infant insert sometimes now), so I brought her stroller. I ended up pushing the stroller w/ a screaming baby in my arms the whole time. She was fed, diapered, and burped.....just really cranky, I guess. I felt like everyone was staring at me. I think I did actually get a few annoyed stares that weren't my imagination. I felt like saying, "Hey, we were all babies once. Cut us some slack!"
This reminds me of an experience I had at Target a few weeks ago!! It was AWFUL. I stopped by to pick up a foofie or whatever for Ashton because of his strong need to suck. I thought I could just pop Ashton in the Maya wrap and hold Elijah's hand. Well, as soon as we got into the store Ashton began to scream. Not cry but scream. People were definately staring at us and some even stopped in their tracks and stared at us. I was so stressed out from Ashton screaming and then to have people standing around staring at you was even worse. I stopped and looked at all the people staring at us and said to them "It's stressful enough to have my newborn upset but to have a bunch of people standing around staring at us is embarassing me" Then I got into the bathroom as quickly as possible for recomposure and a little stress relief cry. I think Ashton was just hot and needed to be out of the wrap.

I am not losing weight. I was at least 20lbs lighter pre-pregnancy. It fell off after my first but this time is harder. Of course, I haven't been strictly watching my food intake but I am not eating anymore than I used too. There is a lot going on in our family. With us building a house (nearly ourselves except for subbing out a few things) and having the little ones it seems difficult to get into any type of healthy eating habit because we just eat and run.

Ashton is doing great. He is a doll. I'm really thankful that he seems to be laid back. I am a little apprehensive about using that term because I am scared it will change. He is smiling and cooing. I am sure this is typical for an almost 7 week old but Elijah didn't coo much and still isn't talking. So, I have been kind of taking notice of those differences.

I haven't been around much but I think I have made up for it in this long post.
post #263 of 305
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
Eva is pretty good or great for awhile, but sometimes she wants to stretch and move and doesn't like the restriction of being 'wrapped up'. In arms she can still move her legs, but not in the sling. I just take her out for a bit, but I don't have a wrap. I think I would feel the same if it wasn't an easy-out like the slings. I also don't like it when she fusses in public in the sling because then people are likely to say or think negatively about it/babywearing.
A
exactly!!! but I've been trying to do MTs as they're more comfy for me and hands free, whereas my RS is only so-so... I feel like a bad babywearing ambassador when she fusses... and gets happy when out! ah well, I hope we find a carrier we both like or grow into these
post #264 of 305
Hihi!! Love to hear the screaming-infant-fits stories, makes me feel sooooo much better! Thanks

And I never heard of anyone calling a pacifier a foofie
I must admit I have guiltily started using the binky for a bit of sanity. She won't take it when she's angry though, but it helps if she's being cranky due to sleepiness. She wouldn't take it at first, but now she's seems ok with it.
post #265 of 305
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Originally Posted by St. Margaret View Post
I feel like a bad babywearing ambassador when she fusses... and gets happy when out! ah well, I hope we find a carrier we both like or grow into these
That's how I feel too!!! And I find I get those "I feel so sorry for you" looks when I'm babywearing and she's having a fit!!

Although last week I went shopping with her and we were at H&M when she threw a fit. She was in the stroller, so I took her out & I tried to wrap her. It was quite the spectacle because she was arching back and turning purple, and I was trying to shove a boob in her mouth at the same time... Anyways, I ran out of there and went to nurse her quietly. Then I wrapped her facing out and she was giggling and laughing, people were telling me how cute she was while I walked. Then, people started just looking at me weird. I kept on walking... I finally passed in front of a mirror and noticed she had spit up all over herself, my wrap and my pants I left and went home.
post #266 of 305
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Originally Posted by doudat View Post
That's how I feel too!!! And I find I get those "I feel so sorry for you" looks when I'm babywearing and she's having a fit!!

Although last week I went shopping with her and we were at H&M when she threw a fit. She was in the stroller, so I took her out & I tried to wrap her. It was quite the spectacle because she was arching back and turning purple, and I was trying to shove a boob in her mouth at the same time... Anyways, I ran out of there and went to nurse her quietly. Then I wrapped her facing out and she was giggling and laughing, people were telling me how cute she was while I walked. Then, people started just looking at me weird. I kept on walking... I finally passed in front of a mirror and noticed she had spit up all over herself, my wrap and my pants I left and went home.
See, this is why I don't go anywhere these days!
post #267 of 305
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Originally Posted by doudat View Post
That's how I feel too!!! And I find I get those "I feel so sorry for you" looks when I'm babywearing and she's having a fit!!

Although last week I went shopping with her and we were at H&M when she threw a fit. She was in the stroller, so I took her out & I tried to wrap her. It was quite the spectacle because she was arching back and turning purple, and I was trying to shove a boob in her mouth at the same time... Anyways, I ran out of there and went to nurse her quietly. Then I wrapped her facing out and she was giggling and laughing, people were telling me how cute she was while I walked. Then, people started just looking at me weird. I kept on walking... I finally passed in front of a mirror and noticed she had spit up all over herself, my wrap and my pants I left and went home.
Oh, I'm so sorry, but I had to laugh at that! Hey, it makes a good story. When I have experiences like that, right afterwords I feel like some sort of failure, like I proved something I didn't want to prove. But then when I tell someone else, and I'm laughing, it's funny, and that's all. (ps got the sling, thanks! it was a nice surprise in the mailbox today- i couldn't remember what I'd bought! like you said, if we don't love it we'll find someone who will-but it looks great!)

I have a sick toddler today.: Poor kid. So we're dealing with laundry and buckets and crackers.

Yesterday I was in Walmart (ya, I know) and I had Eva in the sling, and I was approached twice with concerns. The 'cart lady' desperately tried to give me a cart, don't I need one? Shouldn't she go in one? and then tucked the tail up 'in case it caught on something, I was dropping it'. Then another lady came to coo coo, then asked if she had a sunburn, then said, 'don't you have, you know, one of those things to push her in? don't you need one?' (um, is carrying her illegal?)
Then in Zellers (ok, but it's Canadian at least) I couldn't get her in the sling! She was crying because I kept trying and it was twisted and hot and tight and just wasn't working, finally I just carried her around the store. That was fine anyway, I didn't have anyone concerned she wasn't strapped down. Up here, you know, we have to restrain the kids, they're wild!
A
post #268 of 305
Two big experiences today: Liz had her two-month checkup, and I took her out in my brand-new Mei Tai. Both went very well!

She is 12 lbs., 11 oz., 23" long. I knew she was big, but WOW. That's HUGE. And she loves the Mei Tai, which is a big relief for me...I had tried the sling with very little success (she'll only go for it if she's already sleeping and swaddled), and would much rather wear her than use a stroller most of the time.

So...yay! Good day for me!
post #269 of 305
Well, hey guys how you doing!? I didn't even think until now to check here. lol

Mommy brain much? lol

Here are a bunch of different pics...And we are doing great!
post #270 of 305
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She is 12 lbs., 11 oz., 23" long. I knew she was big, but WOW. That's HUGE.
Holy cannoli! And I was happy that Pippa was 7 lbs. 10 oz. at her two month check-up!
post #271 of 305
Doudat- I can't see not wanting to use a stroller too much if you're using the metro. I watched a lady come really close to being separated from her baby in a stroller when it was very busy. Sometimes lots of people just push out without even looking. I tried to help but couldn't get through (She got it out though)
post #272 of 305
yeah, DS has decided he prefers a finger to the pacifier he is taking it occasionally but pretty much wants the boob or a finger.

I have still not ordered a stretchy sling yet, but have found that Johnny will sometimes ride in a baby bjorn - but for running errands he ends up just being held in one arm (he doesn't like the sling I have because I can only ride him in the cradle position and he likes to be upright).

I have been so embarressed the past few days because we have been feeding him EBM in a bottle every other feeding (to let my nipples heal) and I don't want people to think I only bottle feed or that I am uncomfortable NIP...I'm not - I love NIP, in fact I am WAITING for someone to try and tell me to stop or move - WATCH OUT if they try

Tomorrow I start a partime job. : I am supposed to go to work fulltime in August, but don't think that is the right thing for my family so I'm trying to work partime instead - but I interview today and they want me to start tomorrow - I'm freaking out even though it's only 3 1/2hrs a day (twice a week) and DS will be in childcare about 100 yards away from me...but I NEVER thought I woiuld leave him so soon!!!! :

Tomorrow he is also going swimming his first time!!! I can't wait!!! I am a bigtime water person - so I want him to start early!
post #273 of 305
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
The 'cart lady' desperately tried to give me a cart, don't I need one? Shouldn't she go in one? and then tucked the tail up 'in case it caught on something, I was dropping it'. Then another lady came to coo coo, then asked if she had a sunburn, then said, 'don't you have, you know, one of those things to push her in? don't you need one?' (um, is carrying her illegal?)
Uuuughh...people are so weird! That tucking the tail up thing would've really irritated me for some reason. : I guess because I get peeved by older ladies offering unsolicited parenting advice in a passive aggressive and condescending way (Not that that's how the wal-mart lady meant it...it's just how I imagined it in my head.

Speaking of which, I was telling an acquaintance (who is about 10 yrs my senior) about DD's cradle cap and how I've read that Burt's Bee's apricot oil and a very soft bristled toothbrush would remedy it. She barely let me finish and said, "No. Don't get apricot oil. Just use regular baby oil and don't use a brush, use a comb to get the flakes out." : Okay, oh wise one. Teach me your ways, for they are superior and everyone else's ideas are wrong.

Okay...just one more gripe and I promise I'll stop being a Debbie Downer (wah-wah ) My latest beef with the general public is that DD keeps getting mistaken for a boy. I'm not sure why....since every time it's happened, she was wearing a little skirt! I don't know about you, but I don't see many little baby boys in skirts. I think the confusion is caused by the fact that I never put those frilly baby head bands on her. Lots of people around here put those things on their baby girls. No offense, if any of you put baby head bands on your DDs, but they just look uncomfortable to me. My mom actually calls them "brain squeezers". : : I just find it odd that someone would call DD a boy when she has a flowery yellow skirt and pink & white "sneakers" on. :
post #274 of 305
People always think DS is a GIRL! I think because he has lots of curly hair. Also my mei tai is burgandy so for some reason people think that means the baby inside is a girl. I really didn't think to match my baby carrier color to my baby's gender.
post #275 of 305
People often ask what the baby is or just assmume he's a girl. Of course we only buy gender neutral things, so it's to be expected. Every single gift clothing item is blue, like a boy is not permitted to wear any other colours :
I rebelled by getting him some flowered jumpers.
post #276 of 305
Dd is always mistaken for a boy as well, and wearing pink :
The worst part if I find she looks so feminine... And yes it bugs me and it shouldn't!!

Funny about the headbands and bows, first thing dh said to one another when we found out we were having a girl is NO HEADBANDS and no ear peircings!! I find somthing odd in putting a headband on almost bald babies, like what's the function here? There's no hair to hold back But that's just us, no offence to headband lovers please!!!
post #277 of 305
Hi All!
I haven't looked here in a long time-
We're doing great!

My MIL bought us some of those ridiculous headbands, and we HAD to veto them! Usually, I just take the weird frilly gift items and sell them to our used children's store, but the headbands... We had to draw the line. (Unfortunately, my husband made some comments about how ridiculous they were and hurt her feelings...)
I don't care if people mistake my beautiful daughter for a boy, frankly. She's a baby. The biggest difference (at this point) is where the wet spot is in the diaper...
post #278 of 305
People always mistake my DD for a boy. I don't put girly things on her head, and don't have too many pink clothes for her. Yesterday, she was wearing a plain white onesie (cute outfits are too complicated for doctor visits...all that undressing and re-dressing!) and someone referred to her as a "he." I called her a "she," which embarrassed the lady commenting on her.

I said, "Oh, that's okay...she's in drag!"
post #279 of 305
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I rebelled by getting him some flowered jumpers.
That's awesome!

I love a baby in a plain white onesie or t-shirt. I think that looks sooooo cute! That's what DD wears mostly at home. (it just accentuates the cuteness of a cloth diaper, IMO ) I don't know why, but I feel like I have to make sure she wears all of the outfits people have given her before she outgrows them....like it's a race or something. ....which is silly. I should just dress her in things that I want her to wear and forget about everyone else.

I've noticed that a lot of baby clothes just seem so uncomfortable for a baby to wear...with tags, buttons, seams, and ruffles that would be irritating to babies and their super heightened senses. What are these manufacturers thinking? :

On the subject of trying to make baby girls look girly, I always thought it was odd that my step-bro went and had all 3 of his DDs ears pierced before they were even a month old (he lied to the piercer, 'cause I think the age limit is 3 or 6 mos or something). I guess he and his wife just REALLY didn't want their girls to be mistaken for boys. Oh yeah, and they all wore those ruffled head bands too.
post #280 of 305
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Originally Posted by girljen View Post
People always mistake my DD for a boy. I don't put girly things on her head, and don't have too many pink clothes for her. Yesterday, she was wearing a plain white onesie (cute outfits are too complicated for doctor visits...all that undressing and re-dressing!) and someone referred to her as a "he." I called her a "she," which embarrassed the lady commenting on her.

I said, "Oh, that's okay...he's in drag!"


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I've noticed that a lot of baby clothes just seem so uncomfortable for a baby to wear...with tags, buttons, seams, and ruffles that would be irritating to babies and their super heightened senses. What are these manufacturers thinking?
I don't get the uncomfortable baby clothes thing, either. My cousin always dressed her new baby in khakis, a polo, and SHOES! WTH! Dude, my babies wear sleepers or rompers until they're at least a year.
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