Amy, I definitely think the teeth could be a part of it.
Finley had been sleeping beautifully, almost through the night every night, but lately he has been nursing a couple of times a night again. I'm not sure what is going on, but from all the reading and MDC lurking I've done, it seems like it's pretty normal for their sleep to be on and off for these first two years, what with all the developmental changes going on, and teeth coming in.
I know it doesn't make it any easier, and I'm so sorry you're having a hard time. I hope you're able to come up with a solution and/or come to place of peace (and rest, the hard part, I know!) with it.
I should be sleeping with Finley now, during his nap, but I'm not too terribly tired, and just want to have some grown up time now.
Helen, are you feeling better? I hope so!
s_kristina, so glad that the 2-3 years of hard sleep paid off with Annette. It gives me hope! Not that Finley's sleep is horrible at all, but it is less than perfect, and I hope our approach will give him a peaceful relationship with sleep as he gets older.
Spughy, your description of Rowan's going to sleep ritual had me laughing so! She sounds adorable, and Finley definitely has nights like that. Sometimes he's asleep in five minutes, and other times, it takes an hour. Usually, it is somewhere in between, around 15-20 minutes. Sometimes, though, I'll start singing a song that he doesn't want me to sing, and while he nurses, he shakes his head NO, very emphatically. So funny.
oh, and Spughy, after you shared eating cheesecake last week, I was inspired to indulge in some myself...I thought it sounded so good. So when DH and I had our "coffee date" while MIL was in town, we split a slice of cheesecake. YUM.
Oh, and Finley doesn't really have a word for nursing. Mostly, he signs "bed", because we almost always go to bed to nurse. And he also signs "milk". If he says anything, it's "Mooommmmm".
So...to go to my pregnancy paranoia, what do you think the chances of me getting pregnant are with this story: (hope it's not TMI)
stopped minipill, so as to start FAM.
had discussion with DH about how we are not safe yet to have unprotected sex until I start my cycle again, as per FAM's instructions.
we agreed we'd use condoms most of the time, and if it seemed I was definitely not fertile, with no CM, etc, maybe just use withdrawal, and take that risk.
on the particular day, I told DH I thought I was fertile, and we needed to be careful.
that night, we started to DTD, without a condom (don't have them in the house yet). I assumed he'd withdraw, and we'd take that risk. I'm always reminding him to withdraw, if we feel worried/if i missed a pill or two (that's how I got pregnant the first time, missing pills), and he hates it, so I thought this time, I'd refrain from the obvious, since we'd had the discussion literally a few hours earlier.
He didn't withdraw.
I had fertile CM and my cervix was in a fertile position (soft, high, open).
I haven't had AF yet, as you know, and Finley does still nurse quite frequently.
How worried should I be??
I'm 7 DPO now, and don't really have any symptoms, except I do have some tightness/cramping down there, but it could be digestive issues/my head/or hyper-awareness.
I know this doesn't really belong in this thread, but I just thought I'd see what you all think...
I would be both thrilled and scared if I am pregnant, and I'd be both relieved and a tiny bit sad if I am not. I have been having babylust lately (especially as I've been getting more sleep and Dh and I have had some alone time...similar to your comment, Amy!), so I definitely have mixed feelings. Would love it, but it isn't how I envisioned our life going right now, and was looking forward to more of a spacing.
No need to dwell on this as a thread, just wanting to put it out there
Finley is such a joy. We've been having a wonderful time together, and he had a major breakthrough yesterday: he got into the pool!!! (The baby blow-up kind). We've been playing in it almost daily, though he's been too scared to get in. I have occassionally tried putting his feet in, when he thinks he wants to go in, but he has screamed and cried. Yesterday, I asked if he wanted to go in the pool, and he said "yeah", as he has often done before. But this time, he didn't cry when I put him in, and instead, we splashed and played and had a wonderful time! I am beyond thrilled. It seemed like he would never get over his fear of water.
Today, I tried having him play a bit in the bath with the water, as a playtime only, but he wasn't too keen on getting in the bath, just stayed outside of it, pouring cups of water in the bath. It's progress and hope though!
His constipation also seems to be getting a bit better. The only thing I've really done differently with his diet is reintroduce yogurt, one of his favorites. Go figure.
He loves playing peekaboo, buckling his high chair straps (over and over and over again, very focused, very serious), stirring water and playing with water, listening and singing to the Beatles (especially Hey Jude, She Loves you, Penny Lane, and Yellow Submarine), and reading books.
Hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend.
My SIL is coming over, because her relationship is falling apart, and she is kinda falling apart. Talk about major drama. Don't know if I've told you all about him, but last week, he downed 15 of her percosets (sp?) that she had from her surgery (nice timing, guy...attempt suicide while your gf is on crutches, one week post-op). She called 911 and he's been in the psych hospital all week. He confessed to being a cleptomaniac and stealing a lot of things, including things from his job, (and he turned himself into the job) so he's obviously lost his job, and he has several other "secrets" she hasn't told us about, and also that he hasn't told her. He's the one that left his year old daughter back in Iowa to be with her. And cheated on his wife with her...and the divorce isn't final. What a mess!!!! It has been such a challenge for me and DH to know how to handle it. We are just trying to focus on supporting and loving her, and keeping our feelings about the guy, and her choice of guy, separate. So hard.
Anyway, thanks for reading my LONG and selfish post!
More soon, all you lovely mamas.
Have a delightful summer weekend.