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post #21 of 400
nak

clothes, claire is in 6-9m, mostly for the length. i think she's 13-ish lbs. around the house, i can still use 3-6m onesies unsnapped.

dipes--right now i am using prefolds with bummis, imse vimses, and wool at nite. supposedly thirsties covers are the best over prefolds, so for the next size up i will get those and maybe more imses, and some longies for wintertime Heidi, what are these "olden days" you speak of? my mom had me in disposables! :

showers--well i put claire in the bouncy chair in the bathroom and sing to her, or i just invite one of the older two to come in and hang out with her i would not like having to shower avec bebe all the time--I like hot water! i guess i am lucky claire finds my singing amusing i kwym about having to do everything on your own--my dh pulls about 60 hours a week at work lately, so very often i am having to juggle all the housework, errands, cooking, baby stuff, plus the kids' school too

re: the standing being bad for baby's legs thing--i think that's old advice, and i don't rly believe it. i mean, if babe's capable of doing it and IS doing it, esp. with a big grin on his face, then i think those are all good signs he's ready to be doing it Claire pushes herself up to standing when i'm holding her hands sometimes--usually when she's excited and has those little spring-reflex legs happening

re: the rolling over then screaming--yeah my older two had things like that--they'd get themselves in a position, be all proud of themselves for doing it, and then scream cause they didn't know how to get out of it and then try again! it doesn't last long.

naps/sleeping--not sleeping thru the nite anymore, i chalk it up to growing. claire will only go down for a nap if i nurse her in the slng--she's very particular all i can count on is at least one daily nap that's long enough and deep enough for me to put. her. down. for an hour or two of it. i try to do dishes then, cause doing them with her in the sling KILLS my back. yea i'm all about *me time*, cantcha tell??

the hair loss--not happenin' here! now before you get annoyed with my bragging, remember that i was one of the few who had major hair loss during pregnancy! so i think i lost enough hair then to be able to keep it now
post #22 of 400
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nak

Heidi, what are these "olden days" you speak of? my mom had me in disposables! :

My olden days...my oldest will be 17 next month. I was the weird mom who breast fed until he weaned at a year and kept my child in cloth diapers.

Funny a little off topic. Maggie was crying with dh last night so he brought her to me (I was cleaning). So John tells Maggie how Johnny our oldest was allowed to cry and how mean I was to let him do that and how it broke his heart etc. Thanks husband of mine telling stories to our baby. Johnny had all kinds of health problems and severe acid reflux. He did not sleep at all. Well what I know now it was caused from reflux anyway the experts advices for us was to let Johnny cry it all. It was so stressful and tore my heart out. There was no internet or anyone I knew that thought like me. I had no idea it bothered my husband as much as I hated it until last night when he was telling Maggie how mean I was and that I would not allow him get Johnny. Anyway, I became I closet, "let the baby sleep with you person" as soon as John got deployed. Calm reigned in our house once more. John came back home when Johnny was 16 months old and did not say a thing having him in our bed or any of our other children for that matter.
post #23 of 400
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oh oh oh I wanted to add something about being the weird mom....by the way at the time we lived in Rural North Carolina and the hosptial I had Johnny in had less then 10% breast feeding rate but that is not what I was going to say...gahd I ramble.

I was the only person who used cloth diapers (only poor people use cloth diapers don't you know. : ) Anyway Johnny, potty trained himself at 19 months when his brother was born. We tried to actually stop it. James was just under 2 and potty trained overnight. Levi and Liam were just a little bit over 2 again we had no potty training horror stories. All of them it was child led. I chalk that up to us using cloth diapers.
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post #25 of 400
Welcome to September! I am loving the cooler nights with all the windows open, sittin' on the porch sipping wine after DD goes down...I love this time of year!

Iris was 3 months old yesterday (she was technically a June baby) and she is already 14 lbs. 8 oz. She is mostly wearing 3-6 and 6-9 month clothing.

Dipes: We are using unbleached CPFs with BSWWs, fleece covers, and a few wool wraps. We also have a handful of Happy Hempys and FBs that we have been using at night, but her little thighs are just to chunky for the FBs and they create a HUGE bulge in between her legs. I like the HHs, but they are sooooooo bulky. Any suggestions for nightime? She seems to soak through almost everything except the FBs.

Showers: We have the bjorn bouncer and sit her in it for the few minutes we are in the shower...she likes bouncin' around and hearing us sing to her, so that's what we'll keep doing for now.

Naps: We're also on the 45 minute naps, 5 times a day schedule. I start teaching again next week and will be out of the house about 10 hours a week, so I'm hoping she'll start napping longer in the afternoons while I'm gone, thus eliminating the need for too many bottles.

Milestones: Lots of new vocalizing, grabbing, and lots of new neck strength. No rolling over yet, just rolling onto her side, arching her back like a little mermaid and waking herself up. Melts my heart every time, though.

Carriers: I still love my maya wrap, and DH loves the Babyhawk; We also have a beautiful Mammas Milk pouch sling which is not getting much use these days. I'm dying to try the Ergo...
post #26 of 400
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Any suggestions for nightime? She seems to soak through almost everything except the FBs.
What I found to work for nightime, and I know everyone is different. . . is a thick fitted with a velour innner (personal favorite is bunny huggs) and a doubler with a fleece liner with a wool soaker on top. It worked for Seamus. Now I just use sposies at night. Mickey cannot stand to be even a little wet so it doesn't really matter what I use. I'm up three times just to change him. I could probably use bumkins AIOs for all it mattered with him. I use sposies to MAYBE buy me a little longer
post #27 of 400
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Can you believe it’s September already? Are little bundles are or going to be 4 months old this month. Boy time flies.

My little angel in the last few weeks has stopped sleeping as long as she was. She sleeps maybe 4 hours at a stretch and then thinks there is a nightly buffet the rest of the night.

What size clothes is everyone's babies are wearing?
welcome to the seriously broken sleep club by the time i go to bed, she's already woken up from her long 4-5 hour block and is up every 2 or so rest of the night.

raven is in anything from newborn to 6-12 months depending on the brand. she's mostly out of newborn, or some of it would almost fit if it weren't for her bulky CD's (like Baraka said)

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DH has been out of town so I've been trying to figure out how to do everything on my own knowing I don't have the extra hands to relieve me. Does anyone have any tips- like how you shower.. he doesn't like to be in the swing for longer than a couple minutes most of the time...
I swear I don't work for bumbo, but DP just started his new job here in Hamilton last week (he'd been not working since we moved her on July 19!!!) and so i get my much needed morning shower (it's muggy here, to say the least) I put her in the bumbo with a toy in the bathroom with me so if she starts getting fussy I can talk to her and smile at her, etc.

I don't remember if I answered the diaper question or not before so I'm gonna do it again since I'm having a conversation about them on MSN right now during the day we use unbleached Indian prefolds with either a Bummis SWW or a Wiggle Worms Bottoms cover. We also have 1 bummis fleece and 1 Stacinator fleece but I rarely use them just cause I reach for the other ones first... (and it's HOT out!) At night we use pockets, we have 2 Fuzzi Bunz and 1 DryBees. I actually prefer the DryBees to the Fuzzi Bunz but that's just because Raven is sometimes cranky after her bath and it takes longer to do up the snaps on the Bunz...
post #28 of 400
Hi Everyone!

WOW!!! Time flies!!! May seems like yesterday.

I was originally in the June DDC, but DS arrived six weeks early on May 8th. Since he's a preemie, he's a tad behind on his development, but he's really starting to catch up!!

He has never, ever slept through the night, so now that he's sleeping a four hour stretch, I feel like I'm in heaven!! He has been taking a short nap (less than an hour) in the morning, and then usually goes down for a couple hours in the afternoon. He sleeps happily in his co-sleeper, but he always ends up snuggling up with me every morning around 5 am.

As far as diapers go, we're using G diapers when we're on the go, and thirsties and happy heinys at home. I'm sorry to say that in a pinch we do use the occasional disposable, but we're mostly using CDs. It all seems to be working out well.

Showers? You mean we're supposed to be showering? Just kidding. I usually wake up half an hour before DH goes to work and jump in the shower while DH sleeps with DS. That's working out pretty well. My hair is really starting to fall out. Ick. And I've also noticed that there's a dent in my fingernails, kinda like a dividing line between pregnant nails and post-pregnant.

DS was 4 pounds at birth, and has grown to about 13 pounds. I have to use a nipple shield (a gigantic pain in the rear) while feeding him, and I'm pretty proud that all of those cute little fat rolls are becuase of me!!

Carriers: We started out with a peanut shell, and have progressed to a Moby and I just bought a Baby Hawk a few weeks ago. I love the simplicity of the peanut shell, but we also alike how cozy the Moby is. The BabyHawk is very comfortable for me and we tend to use it the most while out and about.

The way he is starting to kick out his leg while on his back which makes him shift onto his side makes me suspect that he's thinking about rolling over. He grasping lots of different objects and puts everything in his mouth, but he's still working on actually reaching for things. He's smiling and laughing, holding his head up, and sitting with help. Before he was born, I really thought about buying a Bumbo, but couldn't justify spending the money (honestly, haven't humans been figuring out how to sit on their own for millions of years??). But yesterday, my cousin gave me one she bought for her son and couldn't use becuase his legs are too fat (he got stuck in it!), and I can't get over how happy DS is when he's sitting in it!

Ds still has an umbilical hernia that looks like it may be starting to shrink, but I'm not getting my hopes up. This month he goes in for another visit to the opthomologist to have his eyes evaluated for any long-term effects of being on oxygen for so long while in the NICU. Other than that, his health is great!!

I'm still getting used to being a SAHM. It's so weird to not have any deadlines, meetings, etc. At the same time, I couldn't imagine leaving my little one while I went to work. We're also moving this month, which is introducing quite a bit of chaos into our lives, but I can't wait to get out of this heat and into our new house in the mountains.

Happy September everyone!
post #29 of 400
Thanks for the advise on the shower! I have come to the conclusion that I NEED A BUMBO! I think I will buy one when dh gets paid.. though we don't really have the money, I think it is essential if dh is going to be working out of town.

Sparklett- Good to hear your LO is doing so well!

Diapers- We are using Tushies disposables : I am open to CDing, but the initial investment is far more than we can afford right now. I had received 2 cases of Tushies before I considered cloth and I still have 3 more packages left. Laundry is one of the more easier household chores for me, but the rest of my house is a disaster since DS joined us. I just don't think I can put more onto my plate.. when I don't even have a clean plate!
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I'm dying to try the Ergo...
I am not sure if I said this before but I LOVE I mean LOVE my ergo. We tried everything else on the planet but most Maggie would just scream in because of her GERDS. The only thing that worked was the bjorn which I hated (too much preasure on my shoulders) but at least I could buy groceries.

Anyway as I was just at the point that I would always have a messy house and would hold Maggie forever when I tried my friend's ergo and fell in love. They are pricey but for us it was so worth it.
post #31 of 400
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Hi Everyone!


Ds still has an umbilical hernia that looks like it may be starting to shrink, but I'm not getting my hopes up. This month he goes in for another visit to the opthomologist to have his eyes evaluated for any long-term effects of being on oxygen for so long while in the NICU. Other than that, his health is great!!
I hope the appt goes well.
post #32 of 400

feet!

baby ez found his feet today & it's so adorable! he actually got crabby at me when i picked him up from lying flat on my legs b/c he wanted to continue grabbing his toes. even though my girls are only 4 & 2.5, i forgot how fun all these milestones are!
post #33 of 400
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Diapers- We are using Tushies disposables : I am open to CDing, but the initial investment is far more than we can afford right now. I had received 2 cases of Tushies before I considered cloth and I still have 3 more packages left. Laundry is one of the more easier household chores for me, but the rest of my house is a disaster since DS joined us. I just don't think I can put more onto my plate.. when I don't even have a clean plate!
It's easy to be temped by the fancies, but A LOT of people do really well and prefer prefold diapers and simple diaper covers to the fitteds and AIOs. I'm moving toward using more prefolds myself. You could get a decent stash of like 24 diaps and a few covers for less than $50. That's still a lot of money though.

What got me back on the cloth diapering wagon was when I mathed out how much I spend on the disposables (for just the baby) in a month. $40+. EEK! But I do have a baby who CANNOT stand a diaper that's even a little wet so I was changing him at least 10X a day.
post #34 of 400
Mickey is now the master of his hands. They were in his mouth ALL DAY. He seems to like sucking on his first two fingers. He drools a lot. I'm going to have to bust out the drool bibs. I'm probably the only person who uses them . He really likes fingering soft toys too. He's not into his hard rattles & stuff, just the stuffies & lovies.
I think he's going to find his feet soon too. He grabs his shins all the time.
Still no rolling over.

He doesn't really laugh. He smiles and coos & will give an almost chuckle. . .like a chortle I guess , but no laughing. When do they start cracking up? I love that.

Is anyone brushing/cleaning their baby's gums? I bought one of those silicone gum things that goes over your finger. I find it hard to use though. Are we supposed to be cleaing their gums?

Oh, and what's the deal with the lambskin blankets?
post #35 of 400
yes laura, the laughing is the best! ezra has actually been laughing hysterically (until he gets hiccups) for about a month now. i forget when everyone's baby's were born but even a few weeks can make a big difference, ya know?
post #36 of 400
Here's a pic of me and my kids.

Henry was born needing 6 month clothes. He's pretty much out of those, I bought one 9 month outfit and my mom gave me some and now he's in those and 12 month and today I had him in a 18 month onesie. His clothes are so disorganized right now, I just pick stuff up and hope it will fit. The bin I had organized is still at our old house ROFL

I found the box of baby toys. Henry prefers clinging to a prefold or even a cover - today he was going to town chewing on a snap! If I had one of those taggie things, I bet he'd love it. Prefolds work fine too though!

Henry was four months yesterday. Can't believe it. It's so fun.

In other news, Delia hasn't nursed since Saturday morning. I'm not sad. We'll see how far we get. My husband's driven her to sleep both nights. Tonight she was excited about him carrying her into the house "like a baby" so that's cute. I feel bad for her with all the changes the past few months. She keeps saying she didn't want to move, and wants to go back to our old house. She has some good points, but she also says she likes the new place. Poor thing.
post #37 of 400
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Oh boy are we in trouble. Maggie lets us know when she is pissed off. Not necessarily by crying but by yelling at us. Well last night I needed to get some clothes swapped around and to do laundry so John had Maggie and she was super tired and she was not happy that John had her. I can hear Maggie yelling at John every few minutes. So John comes downstairs and he is just standing there watching me do laundry and Maggie is content as can be because she can see me. I asked John why are you down here (he was fixing Liam's computer with Maggie) and John says Maggie made me which is quite funny since she is 4 months old but I heard her and know it to be true. So John leaves and as he is walking down the hallway Maggie says MAMMA! You should have heard her tone. She was mad and it was get your butt over here right now type of tone. John said DID YOU HEAR THAT? and Maggie says it again, MAMMA!. It was so funny. Of course now I am scared 4 months old and already has an attitude. Okay she has always had an attitude. First time she was hospitalized, the nurses nicknamed her drama queen for the facial expressions she would make at them.

It was a good day yesterday with Maggie. John and I were laughing, Maggie had no idea what we were laughing about but decided to join us in laughing which only made John and I laugh harder to hear her laugh.
post #38 of 400
that is too cute Heidi! Claire did something similar, making a sound like *mawwwwmuhh!!!* when i wouldn't pick her up fast enough upon getting out of the shower yesterday My dp's still feeling like I'm "spoiling" her and/or it's my fault she's so intense, yk?

aww emiLy, even tho you say you're not sad about delia maybe-weaning, I'm feeling all teary about it! I remember being all bittersweet about Lili weaning at 28 months, even tho I was so eager for it to happen before then

Laura, abt the drool bibs--omg did I have to use them for Ian--he was SUCH a drool machine! he's soak his entire tshirt if I didn't have a plastic-backed bib on him at all times. i haven't really needed bibs for Lili or Claire, but i certainly understand wanting/needing to use them!
post #39 of 400
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DH has been out of town so I've been trying to figure out how to do everything on my own knowing I don't have the extra hands to relieve me. Does anyone have any tips- like how you shower.. he doesn't like to be in the swing for longer than a couple minutes most of the time...

I put DD in her crib and turn on her mobile, that usually gives me about 5 min to take a shower. She is fascinated by it.

Diapers- We are using Fuzzi Bunz and just love them. No soaking wet mornings!!! The initial investment was a little much, but we have already pretty much broke even with what we would have spent on sposies.
post #40 of 400
You guys have been busy! We just got back from Texas. We got to meet Sarah and her twins. I will post pics when I get a chance.
Trip was stressful. We did get started on ECing S'ang though. Mother spanked my daughter for pinching her. I don't know what kind of message that sends her. I told my mom we don't believe in spakning and she asked, "How do you get her to listen then?"

ECing isn't going great today. I only caught one and missed the rest. We were out and about and that is harder that way if I"m not paying attention to his cues.
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