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post #121 of 680
Yes, Kayleigh is doing that too, mimicing eating with a spoon. She was MUCH more interested in the spoon the other day after I pretended to eat with it. And the tongue thrust has been gone for a few weeks now. We're not doing purees, just whole soft chunks and for now we're just tasting. I'm not expecting her to actually EAT anything for a good long while yet. I am the outcast on my other DDC, everyone else is feeding cereal and bananas and jarred food already. Also, I find it interesting that the "standard" for baby food starters is all stuff that is high-allergen, e.g. wheat, strawberries, rice, and then there's the latex link for bananas and avocados.
post #122 of 680
I have a cal. king Select Comfort too - Laura we are bed-twins! I keep both sides on 100 and have co-slept on it fine with no problems or worry. Well, apart from the normal worry I had with Delia - at least I thought it was normal but maybe now it wasn't? With her I had all sorts of visions of her dying. I thought it was normal. Huh. I haven't had barely any with Henry, but I do have thoughts about cars veering over and running into us. It almost happened for real yesterday. I don't think I have anxiety though.

I don't know if Henry is close to crawling, but he scoots himself all over the place. He sees something he wants, and he can go straight for it at a rapid pace! We looked at doors at Lowe's the other day, but that doesn't really get us closer to having one at the top of the basement stairs. I think I might have to pick up a baby gate for a stop-gap. We need to get some video of him.

Kristen, I am happy to hear someone who knows what they are talking about says mattresses aren't that bad. I don't really want to spend so much money on an organic mattress, so now I feel less guilty. I figured keeping the old bed was the best, but we did buy Delia a normal mattress and I feel better about that now too! (Not that I felt horrible.)

Still no food for Henry. I'm waiting as long as possible. I can't believe so many are feeding already! We thought about giving him a hunk of apple the other night, but resisted. He's got his two bottom teeth in and I don't think the top ones are far behind.
post #123 of 680
Got lost again. Subbing.
post #124 of 680
Okay I think I am all cought up.


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Originally Posted by Krystal323 View Post
hey guys--so Claire wiggled/rolled/crawled/dragged herself halfway across the bedroom today--i'm so proud! (and so daunted at the ever-more-pressing need to vacuum daily )
I picked up Hudson this morning, he was scooting and rolling around on the rug, and he was COVERED in dog hair.

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I get very strange reactions from people when they find out Ben is only 4 1/2 month old. He's tall. DH is 6' 4 and I am 5'9 so he's got tall parents but people are borderline rude when I tell them how old he is. He's 17 lbs 7 oz and 26 inches long. Is that freakishly huge?
Hudson was 27" at his four month well visit. I am 5' 11". Lets just say everyone knows not to but us any clothes with feet attached.


Oh and dh who was not for CD at all when we talked about it months ago is now happily changing dipes. "Saving the planet on diper at a time" is what he says in a superman voice at the changing table.

Crawling: I pray I have a LONG while before that starts.

For those of you who have babes sitting at the table with you...what spoon do you give them? I would be afraid he would shove it down is throat.
post #125 of 680
So far Kade has had little tastes of sweet potato, avacado, peaches, apple and watermelon. He has become so grabby! Lizzy-after you mentioned Sebastian mimicking eating, I started paying attention and Kade does it too. It's so hard not to feed them! I've been picky about what I give him and it hasn't been that often, maybe once or twice a week. I've been giving him just a regular spoon to play with at the table so he doesn't grab my food so much.
post #126 of 680
Emily - I'd hardly call it feeding... I don't think she's actually swallowed anything yet, she just tasting. I'm trying to work at her pace, and she seemed ready for tasting. She'll eat when she's ready and until then we nurse nurse and nurse some more.:

The off-gassing thing is true of PVC, but MOST other plastics have less offgassing and it tends to be a post-process thing, not an ongoing thing. The haze on the window in your car.... that's PVC off-gassing, not dust. yuck eh? Regular spring matresses only have plastic in the cover, polyester... otherwise it's just springs and cotton. Have you ever seen the show "How it's Made"? They have a matress episode, quite neat.

Kayleigh is not scooting or even close to crawling, but if you leave her on her tummy she'll turn herself in circles, never leaving the spot that you left her. I'm sure forward movement isn't that far off!
post #127 of 680
Wow this board moves fast :

~mattress size~ I would love a king! but we have a queen and for now thats what were stuck with (or I could give that to ds and get us a king)

~anxiety~ I've had a few attacks so I do know how it feels... but as far as daily life I don't suffer from it. My mom has it bad and takes Zanix all the time : not sure if I agree with her 'drug' issue which goes well beyond Zanix into hormone stuff, anti-depressants, and the occasional pot smoking.

~VObetz~ Sorry you dh didn't make the Oct. class but like you said in the years to come it wouldn't matter. Is he already hired as a firefighter? My dh is still finishing up his paramedic class : I am so ready for it all to be over. This has been going on for 13 months now!!! This was the first time a class was offered to already paid staff and there were a few glitches in the system so instead of a 9 month program its turned into 13 : Oh well worth it in the end! (really looking forward to the raise )

~emiLy~ I'm sticking to nursing too... I don't think dd would be ready for any food or taste testing things yet. I think I started ds too soon and ruined the extended nursing I wanted to have with him... so I am nursing dd as long as possible :

Sounds like a lot of babes are moving right along with scooting and gearing up for crawling!!! DD seems to be taking her time with things... she isn't really rolling over yet although it seems like she could if she really wanted to. She'll roll to the side and almost make it over then forget what she was doing and flop back. Laughing is still coming along. She seems to get the hick-ups every time she tries
I am in no rush for her to get bigger so if she wants to take her time its fine with me
I do wish she was sleeping better. She is just so restless sometimes in bed. It seems like since I'm there right next to her in bed (topless) then she should be eatting... then she'll get mad when she gets milk... so I give her the binky and that lasts for a while and it will start all over again. Dh thinks I should move her out of bed but I'm just not ready for that yet. To tell you the truth its only when all three of us are crowded in bed together. When dh is on shift and the bed is mine I can scoot to the other side and she sleeps much better. Anyone else have this problem?
post #128 of 680
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Originally Posted by kdtmom2be View Post
there's the latex link for bananas and avocados.
What? I need more info!


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Originally Posted by emiLy View Post
I have a cal. king Select Comfort too - Laura we are bed-twins! I keep both sides on 100 and have co-slept on it fine with no problems or worry. Well, apart from the normal worry I had with Delia - at least I thought it was normal but maybe now it wasn't? With her I had all sorts of visions of her dying. I thought it was normal. Huh. I haven't had barely any with Henry, but I do have thoughts about cars veering over and running into us. It almost happened for real yesterday. I don't think I have anxiety though.
I bet if we had ours set to a higher number it'd be fine. Dh likes his so low--like a 25. I sneak it up to 35 though. At 25 you litterally hit the bottom of the bed if you just sit in one spot. When he gets out of the bed in the morning his side becomes a pit and mine is a plateau. I'd love to try them both at 90ish, but I don't think DH could stand it, wuss

I have visions of that kind of stuff. I don't know if I'd classify it as full on anxiety, but I don't really know much about it all. I know my mom has PTSD issues and anxiety about various things that sorta relate to her traumatic event & I think her behaviors have rubbed off on me is all. I think she and I should do that workbook together.
I just had a thought. I wonder if my increased number of ominous visions about the kids have something to do with just the fact that Seamus is older now and is into/doing more dangerous stuff. He's more capable of hurting himself now. I don't know.
I did get a new supply of B vitamins & they have helped my overall mood tremendously again. I need to keep those in stock for sure.


On the dirty carpet note-- Does anyone have a roomba? I'm wondering if they are kid friendly at all. Probably not. Seamus has finally made the big step in potty learning. He hasn't worn a diaper in the daytime in a week now! He usually makes it to a potty, but sometimes he dribbles on the way. I cannot wait to get the carpet steam cleaned again. Hopefully just in time for Mickey to get more mobile.
post #129 of 680
I've caught Jonas on all fours several times in the last few days. I think he is going to crawl in the next month or so. All of my children have crawled by 6 months, although I'd be perfectly content for them to wait a bit. He's figured out how to scoot backwards, too. He doesn't really like it, though, and fusses about it.

Wow, I am so surprised to see how many babies are already starting to taste solid foods! Jonas is just now starting to notice that we put things in our mouths! He loves to grab at our toothbrushes, and that's about it. I am in no hurry to start solids with him. If he didn't want to eat food until Christmas, I'd be happy with that. He doesn't have any teeth, and he is still pretty tongue-thrust-y.

On a funny note, he's woken me up several times in the last week by blowing raspberries on my breast. He'll start out nursing, and then end up making raspberries. Quite humorous, until I realize how early it is.
post #130 of 680
Clay is eating nothing and not interested in the slightest He is sitting amazingly well now! With no help he can stay up for several minutes now. I love it.

I just rocked him to sleep in our amazing hanging cradle. I love this thing!!

Mastitus fear is gone. Plugged duct seems to be vanishing and the aches and such are gone. Thank goodness. I am putting in a job application this week and working long hours at night to get it together so I can not get sick!
post #131 of 680
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Originally Posted by Synchro246 View Post
What? I need more info!
I don't have more info, but I read somewhere recently that there is a link betweem avocadoes and bananas and latex and that if you have a faily history of latex allergies that you should postpone avacadoes and bananas until after 1 yr of age.
post #132 of 680
the latex thing threw me off too when I read it.... I am relieved I come from some dirt poor peoples, and dirt poor bloodlines tend to not have food allergies.

Akasha is completely into food. She stares memorized at us when we eat. She grabs and gets very vocal... I am staving off the beast as long as I can.
post #133 of 680
no food for ezra either. he acts interested but then again, he's interested in everything i'm touching, holding, tasting or sitting near.....

i've never heard of the latex-banana/avocado relationship but it sounds interesting. and what about the dirt poor-no food allergies thing? i want to read up on that, too, because dh & i both come from simple backgrounds & neither of us have any allergies whatsoever (food or environmental).

on a tragic note, i can't find my mei tai!? i used it last night at costco & haven't been able to find it all day today. i'm envisioning that i put it on top of the car & drove off which is freaking me out. i need to call costco in the morning. i'm not a carrier fanatic & only have the MT, a maya RS & am currently borrowing a gorgeous wrap from a friend to see if i want to invest. the wrap has quite a learning curve, though, so it's not quick & easy for me like the MT. i'm mostly interested in back carries which are a little trickier with the wrap-style. anyway, my friend lent me her rainbow girasol & it's GORGEOUS!!! anyone browse around on thebabywearer?

who's dp can put your babe to sleep? mine can't! it's so frustrating because dh wants to just sit there & have ezra doze off but it doesn't happen that way. it would be lovely if that were the case but it's not reality. you have to MOVE! and then he gets everso frustrated with me when he can't get ezra to sleep as if it's my fault. of course, after hearing those cries i can't resist "the rescue" but dh won't ever learn how to soothe him if i keep taking over. i'm stuck between a rock & a hard place on this one. i guess i'm the mama & just need to do it. or do i?
post #134 of 680
Ok, I was curious, here's some info....

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People who are allergic to latex may also react to banana, avocado, kiwi fruit, chestnut, plum, peach, cherry, apricot, fig, papaya, tomato, potato and some other plant foods. The list is still growing. The reason is that these plants contain proteins which are similar enough to latex proteins to react with our allergy-producing antibodies to latex.
post #135 of 680
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Originally Posted by firemommaof1 View Post
~VObetz~ Sorry you dh didn't make the Oct. class but like you said in the years to come it wouldn't matter. Is he already hired as a firefighter? My dh is still finishing up his paramedic class : I am so ready for it all to be over. This has been going on for 13 months now!!! This was the first time a class was offered to already paid staff and there were a few glitches in the system so instead of a 9 month program its turned into 13 : Oh well worth it in the end! (really looking forward to the raise )
Is he already hired as a firefighter? Well, yes and no. I don't know if its like this across the board, but the process in Clark County goes something like this: Written test, CPAT, 1st Interview, 2nd interview, psych test/suitability exam, drug test, physical - then the Academy.

So apparently they have to extend a conditional job offer to do the psych test, drug test, and physical. So DH got a conditional job offer as an "alternate" for the first Academy. So technically he should be high on their list for the second Academy, but he had something happen in his physical. (But doesn't know what until Wednesday) So he's got to get that cleared before he can get back on the list for the second Academy.

LOL. There's the long answer for you.

Now he's a paramedic for our ambulance service here. And yes - when he's on shift and Emma sleeps in my bed on his side - we both sleep better.
post #136 of 680
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who'd dp can put your babe to sleep? mine can't! it's so frustrating because dh wants to just sit there & have ezra doze off but it doesn't happen that way. it would be lovely if that were the case but it's not reality. you have to MOVE! and then he gets everso frustrated with me when he can't get ezra to sleep as if it's my fault. of course, after hearing those cries i can't resist "the rescue" but dh won't ever learn how to soothe him if i keep taking over. i'm stuck between a rock & a hard place on this one. i guess i'm the mama & just need to do it. or do i?
Dh used to be able to do it but she is more of a mamas girl now. Shes getting slightly more difficult to put to sleep even with me. When she was 9 weeks old my sister had a baby and I left Ash with my dh for 2 days (I came home at night but was at the hospital with sister for the days) He was super good with her. I pumped and he bottle fed her... it was such a learning experience for him and was great bonding. He would be so proud of himself when he got her to burp just so nice to see that he could do it. With ds he was working so much and the bond didn't come until ds was about 4 or 5 months old
anyway... I just rambled on I am in the same spot now (rock and hard place) I usually just go and get her... hes such a help in other ways it doesnt matter right now if he gets her to sleep or I do.
post #137 of 680
My girls nurse to sleep almost exclusively - naps included! They will fall asleep in the stroller or car seat if the circumstances are just right (full bellies + sleepiness) but I'm pretty much the sole sandman.

I've wondered if I should try to break the habit... but I don't think I have the energy or see a real reason to other than what my family would say (someone else has to be able to do it so you can get a break!). Most of the time it's just me and the girls and the easiest way to get them to take a nap is tandem nursing and they sleep way longer in my lap than if I were to lay them down!

Speaking of sleep - the girls just outgrew our co-sleeper. We have a queen sized bed, so there's just not room for the 4 of us in it. I'd planned to just move the crib in it's place - which I did... but I hate it!!! It's not the right level for our mattress and our bed isn't ideal for sidecarring, so it's just a major PITA right now. But tonight DH just agreed to getting a king sized mattress to put on the floor for all four of us - YAY!!!!!!

Koru - was it the MT I was going to buy from you???
post #138 of 680
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I just rocked him to sleep in our amazing hanging cradle. I love this thing!!

Mastitus fear is gone. Plugged duct seems to be vanishing and the aches and such are gone. Thank goodness. I am putting in a job application this week and working long hours at night to get it together so I can not get sick!
Oh tell me more about this hanging cradle : I've heard about them or the baby hammock... interested in them.
Also glad to hear your doing better... good luck in the job hunt.
post #139 of 680
Kiran often goes to sleep with dh. She is usually well-fed when it happens. Sometimes she gets fussy and roots but won't take the breast, and those are the times when only dh can get her to sleep. There's an interesting thing she does where she suddenly cries for no discernable reason. She does it for about 30 sec-2 min, then suddenly she's asleep. It's like the crying and sleep are somehow related. (Hey maybe we should try putting her in a room alone and letting her cry for half an hr . . . NOT)

One thing about sleep, Kiran is doing something that I think dd1 went through, it must be a stage, when it is extra difficult for them to filter the unimportant stimuli from that which they need to react to, so if she hears a noise when she's falling asleep it disturbs her, even if it's not very loud. Makes it hard for her to nap in a house with a 3 yo.

Today we all took the day off and went to Renaissance Fest. It's about a 2 hr drive. The weather was perfect. Dd1 slept on the way so miraculously we had no upsets all afternoon. Late in the day we were at a children's area where dd1 was playing on a slide and I was carrying Kiran around to look and listen to all the sights and sounds. It's so awesome to watch someone experience the simplest things for the first time --the way light shines through trees, the sound of children laughing. And to be there with her, to be the one to introduce her to the world.

Then we got sushi (yes we have to drive 100 mi to get good sushi) and it was Rowan's first time for that. It was such a special day, it felt like our anniversary.

Then Kiran cried most of the way home . . . .
post #140 of 680
We have this hanging cradle and I adore it!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Natural-HandMade...QQcmdZViewItem

The woman is super nice to work with and the cradle folds down into this small carrying case. I took it with me to WI this summer and I will again at x-mas. I hung extra hooks at my moms place so when I arrive I just hang it up and we are good to go!
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