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June 2006 Mamas - It's October!

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Here we go!

S2 will be 18 months on the 20th. I can hardly believe it!

Crawling, not walking. Climbing everything in sight, opening all doors, going up and down the stairs safely, talking more and more, and communing in some secret language with her brother. Very cool.

And my birthday is in 8 days. :
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: Happy future birthday. Just in case I forget in 8 days.
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: Happy future birthday. Just in case I forget in 8 days.
Don't worry, I'll remind you.

I can do a countdown if you want.

And yes, I am totally kidding.

I told B that I want a maid for my birthday. Just for one day. I want to leave the house with the kiddos and come home to spotlessness. It would be like heaven. This house hasn't been deep-cleaned since we moved in, 'cause I was pregnant and then have been chasing pseudo-twins for the last 7 months, so, yeah. I just want someone else to clean the floors, and toilets, and sinks, and bathtubs, and do the dishes, and vacuum...just once. Oh, and baseboards. It would be heavenly if they washed the baseboards. We'll see if that happens or not.
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Candice, thanks for the law school-based advice! That's exactly what I've heard from folks ahead of me in this program, too. And that's kind of what has to happen anyway, since our little family is all commuting together and Dan doesn't get off work until 5. Long day today, but it went by quickly. Time flies when you're having fun! And getting your a$$ kicked on an anatomy test!

But DUDE, my anatomy prof (male, dean of the program, retired Army reserve Colonel) is a total lactivist! We were bs-ing after lab today and I said something about nursing and having no shame about anything in public -- just glad to show that I'm one more breastfeeding American mother. He just threw up his hands and said "There should never be any issue about that. Ever. It's ridiculous." To which I replied "You now have my undying devotion."
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K got her first bee sting today. It appears that it was hiding by the dog bed and she found it and picked it up. Got her right in the pad of her thumb. Stopped crying right away after I got the stinger out, much more traumatic for me than for her, I think. Although DH looked close to tears too to see her in so much distress. Swelled up a bit, but was down again a couple hours later. Poor baby.
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Poor K poor mama too!
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Candice, thanks for the law school-based advice! That's exactly what I've heard from folks ahead of me in this program, too. And that's kind of what has to happen anyway, since our little family is all commuting together and Dan doesn't get off work until 5. Long day today, but it went by quickly. Time flies when you're having fun! And getting your a$$ kicked on an anatomy test!

But DUDE, my anatomy prof (male, dean of the program, retired Army reserve Colonel) is a total lactivist! We were bs-ing after lab today and I said something about nursing and having no shame about anything in public -- just glad to show that I'm one more breastfeeding American mother. He just threw up his hands and said "There should never be any issue about that. Ever. It's ridiculous." To which I replied "You now have my undying devotion."
Glad to see you have a cool professor!
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K got her first bee sting today. It appears that it was hiding by the dog bed and she found it and picked it up. Got her right in the pad of her thumb. Stopped crying right away after I got the stinger out, much more traumatic for me than for her, I think. Although DH looked close to tears too to see her in so much distress. Swelled up a bit, but was down again a couple hours later. Poor baby.
Poor baby.


We are out and about alot these days. I don't stop here as often as I would like. I tend to keep Lu moving as much as possable ,as this child does not nap unless in the car.

Getting to bed is a night mare. If i don't have the boys down by 7:30 they are awful the next day. That is also the time she wants the most attention.cuddle and nurse for a couple of hrs.: its driving me nuts.
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i hate bedtime. with a passion.
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i hate bedtime. with a passion.
Bedtime is fine here, it's the rest of the night that I hate! Sleeping is all-around tough, though, with these little buggars. :

Anna's out within minutes at 8pm, but then when midnight rolls around she's up every hour until 7am! Yaaaaargh. And this morning she was up at 5:30, in bed next to me, crying, then flailing around for a bit, and then crying again until we were all awake at 6:30... and now DH has her asleep in his arms, reading a book & drinking coffee.

I don't know what it is. I am having AF after a long time with no cycles because of the Mirena IUD (which I just got out), but she is also teething her last two baby teeth, the top canines. I know those are a huge pain. She's also very fussy during the day the past 2-3 days. Poor girl.

I'm working part-time for my dad here at his office, about 5 hours a day. DH is SAH with the kids. It's really interesting, this shift. DH can barely survive for those 5 hours... and of course it's so hard for him to get BOTH kids to nap. I should say that it does take a miracle worker to get Anna to nap without nursing, so I am really in awe when I come home and both of them have slept!

Megs -- Sorry, I haven't been around this thread too much lately -- are you in Med school?

Jes -- I just got stung by a wasp about a week ago and it was horrible! Poor baby...
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crying at night?

Hello all... I'm still pretty new here, but I've got a problem with my boy that I'm hoping might be age-related? Just lately he's started waking up at night crying - I mean, sobbing, really, still basically asleep, just lying like a lump in his bed, and he's almost inconsolable - the only thing that settles him down is a bottle and the rocking chair, and even then he sometimes doesn't go back to sleep but just lays there with his eyes open and sort of staring...

He just had an ear infection, but took meds for it, but we're checkign tonight to see if it went away or not. I also have read that this is the age that dreams can start (he's 15.5 months). Are there other things that could be causing this?

He sleeps in a crib, in his own room (after about 8 months of co-sleeping in one form or another), and so far he's done fine with it, even lately seeming happy and eager to jump out of my arms and into his crib to snuggle up once we're done with our bedtime routine... so I don't think it's that, though I'm totally willing to take him back to bed with me if I knew it would work....

I'm afraid he's in pain, or scared, or something... and I hate that I don't know how to make it better.. he's such a good, sweet little boy, and he usually sleeps so darn well at night, that it's just killing me to see him like this.

During the day he's also had a bit of a change, getting more impatient/less tolerant/more easily frustrated... more crying if he falls or doesn't get his way, little temper tantrum when we leave the park and stuff like that. I chalked it up to his emerging "toddler-hood", but now I'm worried that it's related?

I just want my baby to be okay... does anyone have any advice, or similar experiences?
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eep-slay is....interesting around here. Some nights she sleeps like a rock all night and doesn't make a peep until about 5:30am (these are my FAVORITE nights, and are the rarest)...some nights she's up every 2 hours to nurse for a minute and then back to sleep...some nights she's awake, flopping around for 2 hours and then zonks out (this happens 2 or 3 nights a week)...there is absolutely NO pattern, rhyme, or reason for this that I can tell. It's a crap shoot as to which of the above is goign to happen, though I'm always pulling for the first. .

pleasantstreets, I wish I had some advice - you might try bringing him back with you and see if that helps, but I don't have any experience to say that it would or not. It's so hard to see them unhappy, and you not be able to do a lot about it...hope you figure out something soon!

Oh, and the tantrums? I'd chalk up to getting closer to 18 months (though we've been dealing with the almighty fury that is Kait since about 10 months : )
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eep-slay is....interesting around here. Some nights she sleeps like a rock all night and doesn't make a peep until about 5:30am (these are my FAVORITE nights, and are the rarest)...some nights she's up every 2 hours to nurse for a minute and then back to sleep...some nights she's awake, flopping around for 2 hours and then zonks out (this happens 2 or 3 nights a week)...there is absolutely NO pattern, rhyme, or reason for this that I can tell. It's a crap shoot as to which of the above is goign to happen, though I'm always pulling for the first. .
: except we don't get the first. eep-slay SUUUUUUUX around here. Well, let me rephrase. Once she's out, she tends to do ok (ok can be anything from sleeping 5 hours to up every 2. not ok is up every 45 mins ) but she fights going to bed with every last fiber of her being. some nights it's brilliant and she's asleep at 7:30 after 10 mins of nursing. most nights she's cranky and climbing all over me till 10 or later.

Pleasntstreets - could it be teeth? Ruby wakes up crying when her teeth are hurting. and nursing tends to be the only thing that soothes her.
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chiromama - actually, he is cutting one or two on the bottom, but he's just reacting so differently than he did for his first six that I wasn't sure it was it... course, he could be having more come through that I can't see or feel yet, as I'm no longer allowed to just swipe my finger in and out like I used to! So who knows what's erupting back there!

I have finally started giving him some tylenol before bed, but it either wears off before he wakes up, or it's something different.

Of course, I have to say after reading y'alls posts over the past month, I know I really have nothing to complain about in terms of my own sleep - I just worry for him, and that something might be going wrong for him... We're running by the dr. this afternoon for a quick ear check, so hopefully we'll at least rule that out!

Thanks for the input, and good luck to everyone with their eep-slay issues!
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Hello mamas! Happy October!

Jes, so sorry about the bee sting! *I* hate getting stung, so I'm pretty sure that being a little one makes it 20 times worse ... poor baby!

Sleep .... eh. Things have been really well in that dept, but this last round of teeth is killing that. Like Korin's Ruby, Max will wake up crying from sore teeth and really, nursing is the only thing that seems to bring much comfort aside from sometimes chewing on a toothbrush. Poor dude. I realize they serve a purpose, but I'm starting to hate teeth

Pleasantstreets, welcome! Good to see another June 06 mama here And, I echo the try to bring him back into your bed and see if that helps ... hope you get good news from the Dr's office and his ears check out okay!

Megs_BK - lovin' the comments from your prof re: breastfeeding! Too cool!

Hope all is going well, mamas! We had sort of a cruddy end of September, so I'm SO glad October is finally here!

Best Wishes!
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Pleasantstreets -- That's what my DD does when she's teething badly. She wakes up in mid-cry, then is usually very restless. The only thing that comforts her is nursing off and on throughout the night. Otherwise she just cries and wakes herself fully up. You could try some Hyland's teething tablets, though some people say they don't do anything.

He could be having nightmares as well... my DS started having them when he was about 18 months I think.
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Hi, you guys!

Heather, Nevie is pretty much like Kait in her patterns (or lack thereof). Except, like Ruby, never sleeps through til 5:30. Ah, that will be the day! I've given up the ghost on nightweaning, especially now that nighttime is our prime nursing time. We did just take the frame & boxspring out of our mattress equation and put Nevie's crib mattress next to our bed. I think this is going to be very, very nice. And the guest room is now officially just a guest room (and my office) and someday, maybe three years down the road, we will worry about having a room just for Nevie.

Ashley, I just started Physical Therapy school. So I'm either too lazy to be an MD or too smart to do that much more school without money ;-)
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You'd think that somewhere along the evolutionary line the survival of the species would have meant that teeth didn't erupt until the kid weaned, around 3 or 4. I mean seriously...what do babies need teeth for anyway, except to bite mama? J hasn't even used his teeth yet for their intended purpose, and yet they keep coming, and coming, and coming. Yeesh.
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s to everyone with eep-slay issues. We do okay most nights, some night she just needs to snuggle. Last night, she woke up at 2 am and was inconsolable screaming for ages. Gave some teething tablets and all was well until 930. (of course that wasn't a continuous block of sleeping, just a block of no actual crying.)

Bad things happen in threes, right? Today she slipped, grabbed the table leg to catch herself, did an ever-so-graceful pirouette and slammed her face into said table leg and split her lip. : I'm scared for what's going to happen tomorrow. We may just stay in bed all day.
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Jes and for Katie. seeing your baby in pain or upset sucks.
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Happy October everyone!! the crisp air here in Portland (and the rain) is wonderful. I stopped by Target and got a pair of froggie rubbers for Sydney, now we can play in mud puddles!!! (which she is DYING to do. I watched her walk right into a puddle at the park with her NEW leather mary janes on... all the while I'm saying "Sydney, the mud puddle is not for play now, Sydney.... No No No! and she's thinking "silly mamma... what's she freaking out about, it's only water"!!)

You know, the weirdest thing has happened; Sydney doesn't cry when i put her down for naps anymore. She just stopped. We're on our 4th day of no cry naps. And, not only no cry naps, no cry bed time too. It sounds too good to write here, but it's true! I don't know what happened to my child but I think it might have something to do with her taking a liking to a certain doll and a quilted blanket that she started to carry around and now sleeps with.

We still nurse at night, but only like 3-4 times now and that after 12am... sorry, long post
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