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post #101 of 366


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Ryker only says : Mama,Da da,Hi,Bye,naaa* when he wants food or sees food*

Last time i weighed him he was 24lbs forgot how tall. He loves walking has been walking since 11months old.

We turned Ryker FFing the start of June since we were going on a 8 hour car trip and moved him to the backseat of the van so he could watch dvds with his sister on the car ride. He was 24lbs when we moved him.

post #102 of 366
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I posted on the recent "how old is too old for a booster" thread and went with the minority that I would not force a petite tween/teen into a booster - and that minority group was lambasted...

...And finally: Birthday Picture Explosion. This includes both her actual birthday, and the party 2 days later. Many pics that are of other kids, cause she was asleep for half of the party. Had the old college gang up (minus two who couldn't make it - we're still a close-knit group after 15 years! ) and the grandparents, and had a great time!!

I know, even as a self-proclaimed carseat freak, I draw the line somewhere - and I too was recently lambasted, for keeping my almost 5 y.o. in a belt-positioning booster even though she sometimes doesn't listen to me regarding sitting in it properly (puts her arm through so the belt is only on her waist, leans over so the seat tips, loosens the belt so she can reach down to retrieve a dropped toy, etc.) I said that I was just going to continue teaching her why it's so important that she sit properly in the booster so she's safe and keep reminding her - but a bunch of other mamas said that's terrible, it's clear she's not ready for a booster and should immediately be put back in a 5-point harness carseat. And the only one that would fit her (at 47 inches and 52 pounds) is the Britax Regent which is ginormous and costs a fortune.

And Heather, those pics are SO CUTE!!! I loved the one of Kait in the car looking over her shoulder like "see ya!" And that's a great idea to hang photos from each month. I may steal that idea for Andrew's party, for which we still haven't set a date
post #103 of 366
: I didn't take any photos of Lu's bday. I guess I was too frazzled. She's going to need so much therapy. I'm thinking of having a fake party to stage some photo opps. It'll be the big family secret. Or, I could steal someone else's online photos and photoshop her face in. Who had a really cool party?
post #104 of 366
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: I didn't take any photos of Lu's bday. I guess I was too frazzled. She's going to need so much therapy. I'm thinking of having a fake party to stage some photo opps. It'll be the big family secret. Or, I could steal someone else's online photos and photoshop her face in. Who had a really cool party?
Half way threw Olivias cake it dawned on us,Hey we have a video cammera. We also never remembered with the boys either.
post #105 of 366
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Originally Posted by The4OfUs View Post
I posted on the recent "how old is too old for a booster" thread and went with the minority that I would not force a petite tween/teen into a booster - and that minority group was lambasted.

Or doing onesy-onesy?

Damn it woman, neither of us are following the pact we made. Remember: No mentioning ecent-day eep-slay!!!!!
1. I think that my mom would be in a booster.
2. what is a onesy onesy?
3. eep-slay? i didn't say nuthin bout no eep slay!!

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Originally Posted by papayapetunia View Post
: I didn't take any photos of Lu's bday. I guess I was too frazzled. She's going to need so much therapy. I'm thinking of having a fake party to stage some photo opps. It'll be the big family secret. Or, I could steal someone else's online photos and photoshop her face in. Who had a really cool party?
I had a cool party. send me her face and i'll shop it in. Then again, we'll need to shop in you, tania and Joey.. and your boobs. Your boobs are nicer than mine.
post #106 of 366
I think it will be one of my themes of motherhood to constantly be slapping my forehead and saying "D'oh! Why didn't I take a picture/grab a movie of THAT before it was too late?"

her baby book is pathetic, too. Once she got mobile I just kinda stopped taking the time (time?!) to sit down and take note of things. So, there are lots of dates preceded by the term "approx." in there. I'm a slacker about that kind of stuff, and it eats into my "me time." So I'm a selfish slacker.

I swear, hearing you guys mention how you've been lambasted about the carseat thing makes me SO GLAD I stick to our DDC and my running group here. I don't have the patience/time/moral energy for "Who is a bad/unsafe mommy?" crap. Life is too darn short and we're all doing the effing best we can. Oh -- I guess I can add the Yarn Craft forum to my safe list, though.
post #107 of 366
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Originally Posted by Megs_BK View Post
Oh -- I guess I can add the Yarn Craft forum to my safe list, though.
You know, you can knit yourself a 5 point harness, then you will be a safe AND crafty mama.


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post #108 of 366
And NEVER say you use a spoon no matter what the food is.
post #109 of 366
Spoons are so mainstream. They're practically abusive.

The knitted 5-point harness...brilliant! Can we knit it with unbleached organic cotton?
post #110 of 366
Make sure it's REALLY organic, not that fake mainstream stuff under the new standards.











: Sorry, couldn't help myself
post #111 of 366
We use forks for our soup.

And we turned K around today. She was very much happier, and we were in the car at naptime even. We'll see if it lasts.

Went swimming at the river last night because it was ridiculously hot here. K absolutely loved it. I guess she likes open water better than the pool. She was squealing and splashing and having fun for over an hour before she was ready to just sit in the shallows with me. Had a blast. No pictures were taken though. I forgot to pack the camera, and unbeknownst to me DH did pack it, but forgot it was in the bag. Doh.
post #112 of 366
Ah, you guys are cracking me up. That's good stuff up there. Will you be here all week? Don't forget to tip the waitress...

Hey, I switched to CDs, so MDC can always stick THAT flag of victory on my brow.

Korin, have you checked out the KAL I started in Yarn Crafts? Want to join us : ?

Candice and Sarah -- are you guys still running?
post #113 of 366
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Originally Posted by chiromama View Post
1. I think that my mom would be in a booster.
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You know, you can knit yourself a 5 point harness, then you will be a safe AND crafty mama.

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That really had me cracking up!


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Originally Posted by Megs_BK View Post
I don't have the patience/time/moral energy for "Who is a bad/unsafe mommy?" crap. Life is too darn short and we're all doing the effing best we can.
Very true Megan - but I have to say, for myself, I have learned a whole lot from the mamas here who have made me question myself, in a good way KWIM? Totally NOT people saying 'you suck as a mother' but saying, hey, maybe you haven't thought that through enough, or maybe you just haven't heard this perspective or whatever. It's all in the phrasing though. For me anyway, I think the occasional honest challenge to my complacency like 'am I really doing my best?' is a much needed kick in the pants! But that is probably just me :

I have no idea if that made any sense whatsoever, because I'm starving....off to make dinner! Yikes, it's late!
post #114 of 366
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Hey, I switched to CDs, so MDC can always stick THAT flag of victory on my brow.
So did I... but I don't think it "counts". Not hardcore enough.....

And Korin, My mom does have a booster.... You know, she needs a pillow :
post #115 of 366
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Candice and Sarah -- are you guys still running?
I've done week 1 three times. We've been having wicked bad thunderstorms that last all night, and I can only get out of the house alone after DH gets home at night.

BUT, he just won me a membership to the gym at the local community college, so I can work out no matter the weather! I'm so excited.

I had my fitness assessment for the new gym on Thursday, and I was shocked. I've lost 41 pounds since I had J, and my body fat is only 35%. WAY lower than I was expecting!

S2 is crying.....bbl
post #116 of 366
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Originally Posted by Megs_BK View Post
Candice and Sarah -- are you guys still running?
Still? Do you mean "yet"? : I did bring the jogger down to the vineyard...
post #117 of 366
Lets see, thanks to MDC, I CD and spend way too much time on the TP and the coops.

I first discovered MDC after getting the Mag at Whole Foods. I read it cover to cover and was like- wow they wrote this for me! I am not a FREAK like my SIL thinks. Of course DH says that is a good thing she thinks that of me. We have always been way more to the left shall we say than my brother and SIL.

Of course they think we have like 3 heads or are from Mars because we are doing this remodel. They live in a mcmansion subdivision that is sooo cookie cutter it isnt funny. I always feel like such a hippie when we go over there.

Maybe this is why Maggie gets these whole body shakes and screams bloody murder when my brother walks in the room : She has taken to hating my Dad and my brother. Both who are bigtime "let me pick you up even though you hate it" people.
OTH, she loves my ILs. They of course are here all year round and she sees them 3-4 times weekly. She esp love my FIL. We call her Grandpa's baby. Of course that really : my parents but they cant say anything since they are in FL half the year.

Anyone else have someone in their life who the baby um tot loves and another who they freak about.
post #118 of 366

lazy update, x-posted from my lj

Sebastian had his one year "well baby" visit today. He's slowed down on the weight gain but has sped up in height, essentially flipping his growth chart opposite of what it was. Now he's about 80th percentile on weight and almost off the chart on height -- 24 pounds 7.5 ounces and 32.75 inches tall. Dude.

(And Qualia's 30 pounds and 37.5 inches tall. She couldn't resist getting "checked out" at the same time as her brother. Also falling on the tall side of the chart.)

Bastian's on track developmentally -- he has a few words, lots of babble and physical expression, and scored very high on receptive language, in that he clearly understands what he's told and can already follow two-step instructions. When he feels like it, of course. *lol* He's had pincer grasp for a while and can throw a ball, loves to climb, has great balance, walks fine, and has no fear. (I'm working on that. I'd like a little fear. Not a lot. Just a little.) He's still not a foodie, but he eats a wide range of foods and can handle plenty of texture now. His iron was just a touch low at 11.4 (they want to see at least 11.5), but Dr. Jill was fine with us avoiding the trauma of a full blood workup and just watching his and my diets and doing another finger stick at his 15-month WBV. We did a lead check, too, but that goes to a lab and takes a week or two to process. I don't think there should be a problem with that, but it's good to know.

So those are all the things they tick off. There's no check for personality, but he's got it in spades. He's still a very giggly baby . . . toddler . . . and loves to play jokes and make people smile. He's also starting to show some very early empathy. A few times now Qualia has gotten upset about something and Bastian will take one look at her, his face will crumple, and big fat tears start rolling down his cheeks. As soon as she calms down, he's all smiles again. Yikes. That's good and bad, in my book. It's a wonderful trait and I love it, but it's so hard to watch him feel someone else's pain. I was that child. It can be a rough road.

He still loves all things music and happily walks around half the day with a recorder in his mouth, tweeting away. Kazoos, drums, keyboard, maracas . . . all things good in his world. Same thing with drawing. He watches Qualia and has figured out how to hold a pen, and he draws on EVERYTHING. Bookshelves, walls, books, doors, himself, his sister, and sometimes even on the art easel set up for the purpose. When he's not playing something or drawing on something, he's climbing it or smashing it. He's a busy, busy boy. It's awesome.
post #119 of 366
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Originally Posted by BundleFishMama View Post
And that's a great idea to hang photos from each month. I may steal that idea for Andrew's party, for which we still haven't set a date
Hey, I stole it from Korin, so feel free to steal my steal!

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2. what is a onesy onesy?
You know, when two lanes merge into one, and people just kind of "get" taking turns letting one car from each lane go? We seem to be able to to that pretty well in the upstate NY-ish places I've lived in, but in PA they just can't quite seem to figure it out and it causes a lot of unnecessary bottling up.

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You know, you can knit yourself a 5 point harness, then you will be a safe AND crafty mama.
This is one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. For real.


Sarah, GREAT update on Bastian.
post #120 of 366
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Sarah, GREAT update on Bastian.
Thanks. This was one of the Big Ones, where they go over all the developmental milestones, and even though I *know* he's ok, it was such a relief to see how well the doctor felt he was doing. The oxygen deprivation was a cause for concern at his birth and they weren't sure if/how that was going to manifest, but it's really looking like it's a non-issue now. WOOHOO!
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