First of all, : Julia!
Boy I bet you didn't think you'd be wishing for a hospital grade breast pump on your last birthday.
Rachel sorry the blood draw was such a nightmare. I hope it goes better next time. Poor little guy!
Becky thanks for all the vax info - that must have been a lot of work! Hope you & Maya are doing well.
CJ your adventures with sweet potatoes are cracking me up. I hate them personally, so I guess I wouldn't expect DD to like them either.
Julia & Elizabeth, I hated that my parents were too strict too but now I appreciate it and will raise my kid(s?) the same way. DH's parents were lenient (mainstream) but he wants to be stricter than I do now. I was a bookworm too!
Jocelyn I'd love to hear more about your DD's b-day party.
Amanda hooray for movies w/ friends and semblances of normalcy!
PiePie sorry your friendships are changing. I guess it's to be expected but it still sucks. Funny that your friend sprayed 409 everywhere after a diaper change. Diapers seemed grosser before I had to change them all day.
Bottles: I've tried several & my best suggestion is to buy ONE of several kinds and see what your baby likes. I've spent way too much $ buying 3 of each b/c each time I thought it would be the "right" one.
Avent Tempo - Short and wide, uses drop-ins, supposed to be good for BFing babies. Used first, DD liked them OK. Refused them after we switched to BreastFlow b/c milk came out too fast even w/ slow flow nipple.
Dr. Brown's - Tall and skinny, narrow nipple, supposed to be good for colic. DD hate them passionately.
Breastflow - Short and wide, special 2-part nipple simulates let down but makes it a pain to clean. Her current fave & most breast-like latch. Drawabacks are potential for milk wastage in nipple & BPA.
Playtex NaturaLatch w/ premium nurser - Regular width, uses drop-ins. Bought one yesterday based on PiePie's suggestion. DD seems to like it OK and I love the convenience of a drop-in and a single piece nipple. Nipple is smaller than BreastFlow & her latch isn't as good though. If we stay w/ formula I may switch to these since I won't need to preserve her latch.