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post #41 of 243
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Ugh, Korin, that's a bummer. I hope the waiting reveals nothing. Go, go, gadget boobs -- antibodies ahoy!

Klynne, I just felt inspired to sit and play through the lovely Grieg Nocturne in your honor. While we save for our trip to Norway, I guess some piano-based mental vacations will have to do.

Alright, off I go.
Ohh, I'm so honored! Just picture the beautiful orchards of apple trees in Hardanger fjord while you play. I love Grieg's Troll March or whatever it's called... it's brilliant!
maybe you can set a jar on the piano and give yourself tips (savings) when you play. (or teach your kids to tip using yourself as an example )


The4ofus and bundlefishmamma:

I do the same with Sydney when I'm desperate, it works like a dream ALMOST everytime... sometimes it seems she has that seventh "mamma" sense that KNOWS when I'm sneaking out of the room....

On another front....

*sigh* Yet I live in a country where 75-80% of mothers breastfeed the first 6months, all my friends/aquaintees think I'm nuts to ALLOW Sydney to BF as long as she CHOOSES....

curious: I thought hand/foot /mouth disease was contracted form eating contaminated meats/animals (?). But sorry to hear your fam. got anywhere near it!
post #42 of 243
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Seriously, Sarah your MIL won't speak to you? because your sons penis is whole? SERIOUSLY? People are weird.
She hasn't spoken to me (over the phone) since they visited for 45 minutes in May. They are traveling the country in an RV and were staying 30 minutes away for a month, and saw us (and their two youngest grandchildren) for 45 minutes. They took DDs1&2 for a whole week, but only saw S2 and J for, say it with me, 45 minutes. So yes, you could say issues abound.

Oh, and she says everything's "just fine" but, um, I read a letter that she sent to DH (didn't read to whom it was addressed, just saw her handwriting and expected pics or something) which was supposed to be kept a secret, about how we're gonna ruin our kids 'cause we're not Catholic anymore (but happily go to a different Christian church) and they haven't spoken to me since. Yeah, that was tons o fun. Oh, and they're no longer coming home for Thanksgiving to surprise DH and his bro 'cause they wanna get the most "bang for the buck" with the airline tickets and are going to Cancun instead. Um, ok? SIL is LIVID. Ah, family.

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Yay! Awesome news!
Yes, VERY!


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2. I hate air bake cookie sheets. Why do I own two of them, and why do i continue to ruin perfectly good cookies on them? ANyone want some crappy cookie sheets?
WTH is an air bake cookie sheet?!

And poor Ru. During S2's echo today, she kept signing "all done" with this plaintive, questioning look in her eyes, while the nurse and I tried to hold her down so they could get a good look at her heart. Poor baby. All I wanted to do was grab her up and hug her. NEVER AGAIN! YAY!
post #43 of 243
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Seriously, Sarah your MIL won't speak to you? because your sons penis is whole? SERIOUSLY? People are weird.
Dude. True 'dat. A few months ago, my mom (the elementary school principal) started in on this story: "Ohmygod, Megan. One of our fourth-graders came to the clinic the other day in horrible paint. Turns out he had an infection on his penis *because he WASN'T CIRCUMCISED*" (cue the "bum bum BUMMMMM" dramatic music here"). I interjected, "Mom, he didn't end up with an infection because he wasn't circumcised. It's because no one was making sure he knew how to clean himself." My Dad almost kissed me for saying that. He is violently anti-circ, and so is Dan (well, not violently, but he was very strongly against the idea if we were to have a boy, so I followed his lead and then felt very good about that for my own reasons later). My mom was a bit taken aback at that conversation! She didn't get defensive, though. I hope she thought some more about it. She knows how my Dad feels.

But I must say that, to her credit, she does -- on the whole -- do a good job of praising and affirming me as a mom. I'm a verbally emotional person, so I think the whole sleep issue has been my toughest battle -- so the one she has heard the most about and feels that she has the most "real world" advice to offer.

But, anyway, enough about that mama drama! Sarah, I'm so glad that Sam's heart is good. I hope that you get vision coverage soon. That reminds me that I need to make an appointment for myself!

Nevie has been so fun and funny these last few days. The way she greeted me when I went to pick her up at Baby School today was priceless. I can't even describe her scattered, happy actions -- smiling at me, then running toward, then stopping to wave at her friend, then growling, then coming for hugs, signing "milk!", and just generally being funny.
post #44 of 243

Introducing myself...

Hi everyone! Can I jump in here and introduce myself and my ds? I have a June baby, too, we just made it - the 30th. I read all your posts, just never said anything yet. Well, you all and your toddlers all seem interesting, funny, and smart, too! Except I notice most of you talking about all these teeth. OMG. DS has only 4. This means I will be dealing with teething for much longer I guess. :

He eats everything thats good for him (or feeds it to our dog - he's thoughtful like that) and likes to drink from my cup, which is a pitb, because it over and over and over. He is a CLIMBER. He climbs whatever is climb-able, and he is very good at it, I must say. He climbed long before he walked, which was at 10 mos.

He is smart, hilarious, sensitive, sweet, playful, easy-going. He is my observing, careful, cautious, curious, little explorer. And I love life because of him. What a blessing our children are.

About me: I am an after-school nanny to two other boys - 5 and 7 (a former urban area jr. high, special ed teacher). Would love to someday be a doula, then a homebirth midwife, just doesn't work out for us right now... I just bought my first sewing machine and am teaching myself how to sew in general and then, how to make slings - just to use myself and to give as gifts for now. I think I have the most wonderful husband in the world, and I cannot imagine how he could possibly be a better father....his attitude towards everything in life puts mine to shame (and mine's pretty darn positive, maybe slightly more realistic, though). We are a pretty laid back family and try to just enjoy our lives day to day without sweatin the small stuff.

Ok, time to relax until ds wakes up. yea, since he does that all night long now that he has recently become a learning machine!!!
post #45 of 243
Sarah: So glad S2's heart is healed. Yay! And your MIL is ridiculous. I just don't understand people sometimes.

Korin: I hope you guys dodge the sickness, that one doesn't sound like fun at all.

Jessica: I do the pillow trick too, or a big wad of warm blankets. Most of the time it's convincing enough.

Lori and anyone else I missed: Welcome! Nice to have you join us.

I had something cute to share, but I didn't write it down and now it's lost in the jungle of cuteness.

Oh, and molars are done! Hooray!!!
post #46 of 243
We're : around here. Eep-slay was better last night, after possible all time low the previous 7 nights. There is not enough coffee in this world. She is lucky she's cute. Yessir. The bottom two canines are totally sliced through, which I think accounted for the better eep-slay last night.

Anyone else have a Britax Decathlon? I just got some little baggie of rivets in the mail from them, and I am supposed to unthread something and stick them somewhere to fix some recall. Doh.

Cheap entertainment: take baby to IKEA. Wow, she loved it. They have all those little play stations throughout the store, and then she thought the whole kid furniture section was paradise, just for her. I may get her a table and chair set soon. She likes nothing better than climbing in and out of chairs.

Sarah, glad S2 is doing so well! MIL - grrr. Our neighbors have a new baby, and they had to stop speaking to the wife's mother b/c she was insisting her grandson be circ'd. We told them good for them for sticking up for their child.

No idea how to keep a baby in bed longer in the morning, Jessica. If I knew, I'd be doing it duct tape? When I get out of bed at night after she goes down, I just go, and she seems used to being jostled around now. I used to be super careful, and I think she could sense my fear and wake up! She gets tucked up in her own blanket, not mine, so maybe that helps.

Korin, hope the cooties hold off. Suck. Start spraying those babies in Lysol.

Hi, mom2tatum!
post #47 of 243
Hi Lori! What a sweet description of your family And yay for your DH - and you! - positive, happy people are the best kind, just what we need more of in a cynical, sarcastic world! : I noticed you live outside of Philly - so do I! Well, farther outside than I'd like....we moved from West Chester to Coatesville in December so it now takes me around an hour to Philly instead of 40 min.....still not too bad...but I have lots of friends in the city, so I wish we were closer.

My DS is also a climber - ugh!! He started walking at 11 months, and he's been running - and climbing - ever since. He tries to follow his sisters and do whatever they do, which usually gets him in trouble
post #48 of 243
Welcome, newbies!


S2 is starting to try and climb the bookcases. NO! She is very tall, and can reach very high (I swear her wingspan is longer than her actual height) and yesterday got one knee up on the second shelf of the bookcase.

She also walked out to the car yesterday morning, while holding my hand, stood against it while I opened the door, and then tried to climb in all by herself. But she's not standing unassisted yet. I don't know what to do with that child. Meh.

And yes, HUGE relief that her heart is all better and that I never have to deal with that again. The vision thing isn't a huge issue (she has a hereditary lazy eye) so long as it doesn't get any worse. We may just wait it out and see.


Our house sucks. It's newer, built about three years ago, and is a townhouse. We're on an end unit, which is nice, but have spiders, ants, beetles, crickets, and mice. WTF? I vacuum every day, sweep the kitchen three times a day, don't eat in the living room, and still with the infestation. And our management company is terrible. I've called three times to no avail. 15 months 'til our lease is up, and then I'm going to insist we move. This is ridiculous.
post #49 of 243
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Our house sucks. It's newer, built about three years ago, and is a townhouse. We're on an end unit, which is nice, but have spiders, ants, beetles, crickets, and mice. WTF? I vacuum every day, sweep the kitchen three times a day, don't eat in the living room, and still with the infestation. And our management company is terrible. I've called three times to no avail. 15 months 'til our lease is up, and then I'm going to insist we move. This is ridiculous.
Do you have too-wide cracks that you could caulk? We had a similar problem in our old house (3 mice in 2 months - yuck!!! And I'm a pretty decent housekeeper too, I was shocked!) and the exterminator looked around and said we had big cracks around the foundation, windows, doors, and especially around the pipes coming in under the sink, like in the kitchen and bathroom, which is where bugs & rodents can get in. Supposedly a lot of newer homes have this problem (careless workmanship in areas where they're building like a zillion houses every week!) So DH got a caulking gun at Home Depot and went around plugging those sorts of spaces up and it improved SO MUCH. Maybe try that in the meantime?
post #50 of 243
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Do you have too-wide cracks that you could caulk? We had a similar problem in our old house (3 mice in 2 months - yuck!!! And I'm a pretty decent housekeeper too, I was shocked!) and the exterminator looked around and said we had big cracks around the foundation, windows, doors, and especially around the pipes coming in under the sink, like in the kitchen and bathroom, which is where bugs & rodents can get in. Supposedly a lot of newer homes have this problem (careless workmanship in areas where they're building like a zillion houses every week!) So DH got a caulking gun at Home Depot and went around plugging those sorts of spaces up and it improved SO MUCH. Maybe try that in the meantime?
I will try that, thanks. It's just obscene, and I don't want the babes playing on the floor without me watching them like a hawk 'cause there are way too make creepy crawly thingies.


In other animal news, our dog turned on me today. She nipped S1's foot this morning, and then when I was letting her in from a potty break this afternoon, as soon as I unhooked her from her run she turned and snapped at my hand, then snarled and snapped at me until I got through the kitchen and over the baby gate in to the living room. When I tried to enter the kitchen later, she came tearing across the room snarling, barking, and growling at me, then stood there and growled at me with her hackels raised. I don't know what to do, but I was terrified. I wonder if she's just totally overwhelmed by two very mobile babies and has finally snapped?? I hope we can find her a good home...I don't feel safe with her here, and it's breakin my heart. :
post #51 of 243
wow, sehbub, has your dog ever acted in that way before? THat's ashame it has happened regardless, but I understand that would really being terrifying. But I was just wondering if that was out of character for her, because something else chemically could be going on. Or is she old?
post #52 of 243
Sarah, thats tough.
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oh I have a good question for all of you...does your child use utensils at all? And if so, for what? How well does it work?

We are still using fingers mostly in our house! I offer a baby fork once in a while, but he just plays with it and hasn't quite figured out how to use it to get the food in his mouth. Then, he doesn't eat much and I always say to myself, "why did I even give him the stupid fork in the first place?" (to teach fine motor skills? I don't even know. Can't that wait?)

I see other children his age attempting to use forks and spoons for certain things. I give him a spoon sometimes, if he wants anything to do with his yogurt. But I have to also feed him with a spoon at the same time or not much would get into his mouth. He enjoys dipping the spoon in and then smacking it on his tray to create beautiful yogurt artwork. then eventually he adds other pieces of food to his yogurt creations and the end result is usually dumping the rest of the container only to ditch the spoon and smear his hands in it. Its a mess, but its fun for him, yk?
post #54 of 243
Hey, Lori! Our kids are birthday buddies. Along with Medic's little girl.

Anyway... regarding utensils -- they use little spoons and forks at Nevie's school and her reports have come back that she is "using them very well." At home I am too lazy! And I know I have to deal with her if she's uber hungry later on... so, I try to stick w/ finger foods or feed her myself or *occasionally* load the spoon and let her do it. She can do it with some panache, but it's not very effective yet. Between her school and home, she'll figure it out eventually. Hopefully there will be a lot of finger foods at her college dining facility.

Well, I should go back to cleaning in the basement. I keep checking here at MDC because I am super worried about the new baby of one of my running tribe cohorts. No news. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. Hate this.
post #55 of 243
Hope your dingo's baby is ok, Megs.

Utensils.. Ruby thinks spoons are for throwing. We do lots of finger foods, but if it's something like applesauce, I just feed it to her. She'll figure it out when she's ready. We keep trying... but she doesn't care for it.
post #56 of 243
About the same here, Andrew grabs the spoon and will use it with help, if I kind of help him guide it to his mouth....but otherwise he just bangs it in the bowl and splashes the contents everywhere
post #57 of 243
We don't use utensils except to bang on things. Mostly she wants to eat off my plate, if I give her her own food, she wants nothing to do with it, throws it on the floor and cries for my food. So generally she gets my fork or spoon. Crackers and things of that nature, she'll feed to herself. She still doesn't really like to get her hands dirty.

New trick, walking on her tip toes.

Sarah that sucks about your dog. My dog attacked my dad when I was 8. He had a brain infection that made him snap, we had to have him put down. Very traumatic, we were all in the yard when he attacked my dad. Could have easily been any of us, I think.
post #58 of 243
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curious: I thought hand/foot /mouth disease was contracted form eating contaminated meats/animals (?). But sorry to hear your fam. got anywhere near it!
That's actually foot-and-mouth (or hoof-and-mouth), and only affects animals; hand, foot and mouth affects humans. Confusing, huh? Korin, I hope your pustular eye and all of Ruby and Ryan are OK!!!


Sarah, Yay! on the cardiologist being crossed off the list! And I"m so sorry to hear about your dog. I hope you can either find out what's causing this and treat it, or rehome to a non-kid environment.

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Hi everyone!
: Welcome!

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oh I have a good question for all of you...does your child use utensils at all? And if so, for what? How well does it work?
In yet another way to make me : about how different two siblings can be, Kait LOVES utensils. She uses forks and spoons really well for her age, at least I think anyway. If I load the fork for her she gets at least 90% of it in her mouth. If she wants to use it completely on her own, I'd say she's got about a 50% load-and-eat rate. This seems really good to me, but that also could be because her 3-1/2 yr old brother still doesn't use a utensil all the time. : Go figure. Her best utensil to use is a spork... don't remember where I got them, I think they're Gerber brand and they have a curvy handle and a nice deep well, with little tines at the ends.


Oh, and this waking up at midnight or 1am and being up for 2 hours thing? It's getting REAL old. Thank God for babyproofed spaces with sleeping surfaces I can sprawl out on while she does her thing until she climbs up next to me and passes out again. She's doing this at least 3 nights a week now. She's happy as a clam so long as I don't try to rock or otherwise get her back to sleep until she's good and ready. why I oughta.......

Oh, and another thing. Yesterday when we were out on errands she pitched a holy fit when I tried to put her in the Beco on my back to walk into the stores (she usually LOVES the Beco) - oh no, she had to walk herself...and this morning when DH tried to carry her up the stairs to me, she did it again - she had to walk on her own. I mean, I knew it would happen eventually but I was hoping for a few more months of letting me carry her into and out of places until she was really sure on her feet. She still stumbles and falls fairly frequently, and I hate when I'm holding her hand and she stumbles, cause I always feel like her arm is going to pop out of socket even though I'm not yanking her or anything. Fortunately she thinks shopping carts are fun, so at least once we're in the store she'll sit and ride. Sigh, I'm sad to be at the beginning of the end of the Beco. I love that thing. Anyone else already have this need to walk everywhere instead of being carried? I got to almost 21 months using my Maya pouch on my hip before D demanded to walk everywhere on his own...ooh, maybe I'll dig that out and try that with her. Maybe she's just objectign to being on my back. She hasn't liked the hip carry up to now. Maybe it's time for a change.

OK, I'll stop rambling to myself. Back to work.
post #59 of 243
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wow, sehbub, has your dog ever acted in that way before? THat's ashame it has happened regardless, but I understand that would really being terrifying. But I was just wondering if that was out of character for her, because something else chemically could be going on. Or is she old?
She has NEVER tried anything like this before, at least not to this degree. She mouthed S2's arm when S2 was hoarding the dog's toy one day about 8 months ago, but she's never acted openly aggressive toward me or one of the kids. She seems fine this morning, and is currently curled up beside me sleeping, but DH is done. He doesn't want to wait around and see if she'll do it again.

She's acting totally normal, eating/sleeping/bathrooming normally. She gets walked at least once a day (usually twice) and we spend nap time playing, either outside or in the living room, so she's not starved for attention. I just don't think her temperament is suited for little kids. She's great with teenagers, but not so great with the under 5 set.

I guess we'll call the Humane Society today. DH is gonna ask around in his office (there's only 5 other people) and see if anyone has land and no kids. Our local chapter of German Shepherd Rescue is full.

I hate this. She was my first baby.
post #60 of 243
Sarah, try posting about the dog situation over in the pets forum. There are a lot of people there with experience in behavior stuff and kids. How scary though, I hope you can figure something out. It would be sad to give up the dog, but of course she can't behave like that around kids.

Harper uses utensils. She started with our full-sized ones because I didn't have any baby sized ones, but she managed to use my full-sized fork to eat meatballs one night, so I got little ones. She is pretty good with them and will actually eat more if she can have it cut in little pieces to be speared one-by-one. Pizza has to be cut up now, for instance. Sometimes it is distracting, like the other night she took pieces of pasta out of her bowl with the fork, then replaced them one by one. Better than throwing it on the floor I guess. For messy things like yogurt, I feed her, and she holds her own spoon, but I keep the dish away from her. I am not allowed to be the only one holding a spoon.

Heather, Harper prefers to walk. I slow her down by having her push the stroller or carriage. It works great - I steer, and she is out of the walkway, fully behind the carriage. We're a little slow (come on Korin, I know you want to jump on that one ), so I avoid busy shopping times.

Sorry about eep-slay. Ours uck-sayed last night. The top 2 canines are also right there! Doh.
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