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post #21 of 153
Hey everyone... it has been a while..

happy new year!!

Khéna is doing great.. he is a typical toddler and is so fun... He has been walking for quite a few weeks now and hasn't crawled in ages...

He says a few words... mama, dada, kéké (his nickname), da-yé (xavier ds#1), colin (ds#2), sparky (our cat), all done, thank you and a few more... he also has many signs that he uses...

He is now 40 lbs and he just started Solids at about 11 months and went straight to what we eat... he loves spicy foods and asian cooking... but really he doesn't eat too much and would rather just nurse... we just went though another round of teething and of moodiness but he has ten teeth now so not too many left...

He still loves to be held and I wear him at least an hour or two a day... but we have started using the stroller when we go out for a walk because at 40 lbs, I get tired quickly when I am keeping up with the other boys... especially with the hills around my place...

As for sleep... we co-sleep and love it... I have no clue if he nurses at night.... really I am against night-weaning anyway, so I wouldn't be trying to change him even if he was... and honestly I just love waking up in the morning to my three boys all cuddled with me...

Here are some recent pics...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/paxye/s...388645/detail/
post #22 of 153
In a rush...
One thing I noticed was that if I feed DS shortly before going to bed (usually a hard-boiled egg or some yogurt), he is MUCH more likely to sleep through the night. At least until 5 or 6, as opposed to being up till midnight.
post #23 of 153
Twogreencars, thanks for starting a new thread.

Dovs mom - it will be so exciting! Been there, it is sooo exhausting with two young ones, but it gets so much better after a few months and everyone settles into the new family dynamics. Because he is young, DS will soon forget he was the only one.

Nursing (long)
Lea was down to night nursing at bedtime, then 2-3 times during the night. She got sick in December and was up at 12,2,3,4,5,6.... I was awfully tired. I let her though, because she was sick and wanted her to get all the milk she needed. But then she kept waking up to bf so many times even after she was better.

So we decided she could sleep next to DH, not between us, but she kept complaining if I didn't move over and BF her. She knew I was in the bed and wanted my boobies of course. I don't blame her, it is warm and cosy, but 5 times a night when I am working full time was just too much. And it was a nibbling, chewing type of BF, not the chow down to really eat BF she was doing before.

So DH started putting her to bed, and I sleep in another room. She was furious the first night - screamed 15-20 min, even though he was walking her, singing, patting.... So I came back in and BF her to sleep like normal. We tried a few times and she wasn't too happy about it and I wasn't going to push it. But after a few nights she was willing to let him put her to sleep in a reasonable amount of time without major crying. And the next night she only cried 5 min, and around 4th-5th night, started waving bye-bye to me, because of course DH was putting her to bed! I think what made it easier is that she feels comfortable falling asleep with DH because she is used to it - he has put her to sleep for daytime naps on the weekend for many months now.
(Edit: Yes, I know some mommas here might consider this CIO. I do not consider it CIO because I always came in and BF her if she got upset, and she was being held, cuddled and sleeping right next to daddy the rest of the time. I am not trying to tell other people here that they should do it this way, or not do it this way, I am just saying what we are doing and what works for us. So please do not throw rocks, this is what WE are doing, not lecturing the world that they have to do the same.)

If she wakes up at night he pats her and rubs her back to sleep. She usually falls asleep again easily within just a few minutes. But around 4:30-5:30 she starts to complain, so I come back to bed and give her a boobie or two. But now I get lots of solid sleep before then! Hurray!!! Of course it also means this turning into the end of our nursing relationship. Sort of bitter sweet.
post #24 of 153
Wowza! 40 lbs! My back can barely handle Asheby at 24 lbs, you must be strong! I can only do it for a short while before I'm done these days.
post #25 of 153
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Originally Posted by AllisonR View Post
Twogreencars, thanks for starting a new thread.

Dovs mom - it will be so exciting! Been there, it is sooo exhausting with two young ones, but it gets so much better after a few months and everyone settles into the new family dynamics. Because he is young, DS will soon forget he was the only one.

Nursing (long)
Lea was down to night nursing at bedtime, then 2-3 times during the night. She got sick in December and was up at 12,2,3,4,5,6.... I was awfully tired. I let her though, because she was sick and wanted her to get all the milk she needed. But then she kept waking up to bf so many times even after she was better.

So we decided she could sleep next to DH, not between us, but she kept complaining if I didn't move over and BF her. She knew I was in the bed and wanted my boobies of course. I don't blame her, it is warm and cosy, but 5 times a night when I am working full time was just too much. And it was a nibbling, chewing type of BF, not the chow down to really eat BF she was doing before.

So DH started putting her to bed, and I sleep in another room. She was furious the first night - screamed 15-20 min, even though he was walking her, singing, patting.... So I came back in and BF her to sleep like normal. We tried a few times and she wasn't too happy about it and I wasn't going to push it. But after a few nights she was willing to let him put her to sleep in a reasonable amount of time without major crying. And the next night she only cried 5 min, and around 4th-5th night, started waving bye-bye to me, because of course DH was putting her to bed! I think what made it easier is that she feels comfortable falling asleep with DH because she is used to it - he has put her to sleep for daytime naps on the weekend for many months now.

If she wakes up at night he pats her and rubs her back to sleep. She usually falls asleep again easily within just a few minutes. But around 4:30-5:30 she starts to complain, so I come back to bed and give her a boobie or two. But now I get lots of solid sleep before then! Hurray!!! Of course it also means this turning into the end of our nursing relationship. Sort of bitter sweet.
Ugghhh...I'm jealous you've been able to accomplish that. DH is unwililng to do anything like that, and Atticus just FREAKS out if he doens't have a boob. He won't go to sleep w/o one.
post #26 of 153
paxye, I've been looking through your pics, your boys are absolutely adorable!! You have some amazing pictures!
Which reminds me, I need to start taking more pics!
post #27 of 153
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Wowza! 40 lbs! My back can barely handle Asheby at 24 lbs, you must be strong! I can only do it for a short while before I'm done these days.
Well I carry him only on my back (and sometimes on the hip) with a really good wrap and of course the weight increased steadily and I have been wearing for 5 years now .. so really when I feel the weight I feel it in my legs and I can't wear him in anything else than my woven wrap... however, DH uses a MT and he has no problems with that either...
post #28 of 153
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paxye, I've been looking through your pics, your boys are absolutely adorable!! You have some amazing pictures!
Which reminds me, I need to start taking more pics!
thanks! I love taking pics and the lighting in my kitchen in the winter makes for a perfect place to do so...
post #29 of 153
Thread Starter 
Wow - 40lbs! DD is heavy for me at 20lbs!

It's so great to hear from you again, Paxye! Thanks for updating us!

Poor old DD has a cold...again...and DD#1 was vomiting in the middle of the night! DS is healthy...for the moment...
post #30 of 153
paxye, we have the same green straw cup. We call it our frog cup. Atticus will not take a sippy since getting used to a straw. He doens't know what to do with sippy. I'm fine with it, but DH keeps pushing the sippy.
post #31 of 153
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Poor old DD has a cold...again...and DD#1 was vomiting in the middle of the night! DS is healthy...for the moment...


get healthy soon vibes comin your way :
post #32 of 153
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get healthy soon vibes comin your way :
Thanks so much! I that vibes emoticon!
post #33 of 153
Hi everyone!
Katiedidbug - I'm sorry it's been rough for you recently. Ruby & I have been going through some similar troubles lately too. I HATE the screaming.
Paxye - That is one cute kid you've got there!! (Actually 3 cuties )
Angrypixiemama- Ruby has started biting as of today - she only has one tiny tooth so it's not that bad but...
Twogreencars - I hope your family gets well soon.

So Ruby's new favorite thing is to climb on the dining room chairs & then stand up and shake them (really heart-stopping!) BUT yesterday I was cooking dinner & bent down to get something from under the sink & when I stood up I find Ruby standing on the kitchen table! So now the chairs are in the living room.

And here is a picture of her new kitchen set her dear Poppa Lonnie (not her bio-dad - he got her nothing ) bought her for Christmas
http://public.fotki.com/windorabug/r...as2007023.html

Take care!
post #34 of 153
Thread Starter 
Jen, I love Ruby's kitchen set - wow - it even has its own clock!!!!!!! Does she love playing with it?

We've got a beautiful wooden kitchen which was DS and DD#1's but I think it's too early to get it out. What do you think?
post #35 of 153
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Originally Posted by windorabug View Post

So Ruby's new favorite thing is to climb on the dining room chairs & then stand up and shake them (really heart-stopping!) BUT yesterday I was cooking dinner & bent down to get something from under the sink & when I stood up I find Ruby standing on the kitchen table! So now the chairs are in the living room.

And here is a picture of her new kitchen set her dear Poppa Lonnie (not her bio-dad - he got her nothing ) bought her for Christmas
http://public.fotki.com/windorabug/r...as2007023.html

Take care!
Atticus' new favorite thing is to climb, too. He loves climbing on the coffee table and standing up. It freaks me out, but it's kinda cute, too.
I love the kitchen!

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Originally Posted by twogreencars View Post
Jen, I love Ruby's kitchen set - wow - it even has its own clock!!!!!!! Does she love playing with it?

We've got a beautiful wooden kitchen which was DS and DD#1's but I think it's too early to get it out. What do you think?
I don't think it's too early. I would love a kitchen for DS, so if you've got one, use it!
post #36 of 153
Asheby has been sneaking into Amethysts room to play with her kitchen for a few months now. He LOVES cooking!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...ember07012.jpg
post #37 of 153
Yeah she is a daredevil. Wish I had thought to take a picture - I just didn't want her to freak out & fall on to the tile floor. My dining table is pretty rickety & I have no idea how she did it so fast!
She does like to play with the kitchen - mostly she likes to open & close the doors & put stuff in the sink. She will bend down & peek in the oven window too which is way too cute.
Why won't she ever nap though that is the question.. Gotta go now
post #38 of 153
Thread Starter 
You mamas are so inspiring! OK - I guess it's time to dig the kitchen out of the shed - shall I post photos? Oh, and I did promise photos of our wooden tree house a while back...didn't I Allison? : We have a wooden preschool's worth of toys ... that's what happens when you've got 2 older kids who were in Waldorf...
post #39 of 153
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You mamas are so inspiring! OK - I guess it's time to dig the kitchen out of the shed - shall I post photos? Oh, and I did promise photos of our wooden tree house a while back...didn't I Allison? : We have a wooden preschool's worth of toys ... that's what happens when you've got 2 older kids who were in Waldorf...
Now I'm really jealous!
post #40 of 153
Thread Starter 
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Now I'm really jealous!
Don't be - just come over and play - we're just several states - ok 1/2 the country away!
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