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post #21 of 430
here's the party invites i made - i think they turned out awesome! http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/e.../100_9848a.jpg

more pix
this just cracks me up http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/e...p/100_9851.jpg

my girls http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/e...p/100_9853.jpg

she stands! http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/e...p/100_9866.jpg
post #22 of 430
Jeanine you are officially the coolest mom eva, will you be my mom? I'm taking notes on your coolness for future reference btw...

That is an awesome picture of her standing, it looks like she almost can't believe what she's doing.
post #23 of 430
Jeanine - great invite!

I'm feeling conflicted and sad today. I declined my dream job a second time. I should feel happy that I'll get to stay home with baby, but, honestly, Dh is not being as supportive as I'd like.
post #24 of 430
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Jeanine - great invite!

I'm feeling conflicted and sad today. I declined my dream job a second time. I should feel happy that I'll get to stay home with baby, but, honestly, Dh is not being as supportive as I'd like.
Awww Falicia.
post #25 of 430
HELLOOOOOO! MAMAS!

It's been so very long. I caught up a little. The photos I've seen so far on this month's thread are wonderful!

With a mobile babe, there is very very little time at the computer for me these days. By the end of the day I"m lucky if I can keep one eye open to read email.
Marshall is doing great! in general. Right now he is on day 3 of a fever that won't break all the way. It keeps fluxuating between 103 and 100. He didn't sleep well last night and is sleeping right now. Fingers crossed that he gets a good snooze in. I couldn't go back to sleep b/c I had my coffee already
Otherwise, he is crawling and standing like a madman, has 7 teeth.. actually, the 8th pushed through the other day. He loves food but I've been slacking on introducing. Any good way to keep up with this? I've been "making" his food but I feel so behind that I'm almost thinking of buying the Earth Best jarred for him to get more of a variety.

I'm doing sooo much better! The thyroid medication is working really well. I'm totally different person. Due to having energy and Marshall being more active, we are getting out more and I'm slowing meeting other AP mamas.
My knees and feet still ache but my doc wants me to wait a bit longer on the medication. She said it can take a while.
OH! and this is interesting... last month at M's ped appointment, he gained 3lbs. in one month! His doc thinks it has to do with the meds I'm on for the thyroid and my milk supply, which did increase but we think it changed the caloric make up of the milk too. He doesn't think it's formula or solid.(yes we still have supplement). My last blog entry has this info and photos, although they are almost a month old already! Where is the time going??
Marshall is going to be 10 months tomorrow!

Well Mamas, I'm glad to read everyone is doing well. I will try to at least lurk this month
Much
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Nikkihoi - Beautiful pics on your blog! I'm so glad you're feeling better and your supply has improved. Marshall is such a cutie! As for food, have you thought about just letting him self-feed solids? He's old enough at 10 months now to be able to eat table food if he's interested, things like steamed vegetables and fruits. Lately Liam is loving carbs, he still really likes green beans and any kind of green vegetable for that matter. He loves organic prunes that come in the bag and will happily eat those all day if I let him. Cooked beans and lentils are also one of his favorites. It makes it a lot easier when we cook the same things that we're eating and share with him instead of preparing something separate.
post #27 of 430
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Jeanine you are officially the coolest mom eva, will you be my mom? I'm taking notes on your coolness for future reference btw...

That is an awesome picture of her standing, it looks like she almost can't believe what she's doing.

thank you i don't think i've ever been called cool before. weird, yes. cool, no.

i think the look on her face is one of extreme concentration. apparently it's a lot harder to stand than we realize.


falicia - i'm gonna pm you

nikki - glad to hear you're feeling so much better, and 3 pounds is awesome i just feed jamison whatever part of our food seems reasonably appropriate - like last night she had homemade pizza crust. the night before she had kidney beans from our chili, and some grated cheese. breakfast was banana pieces and some waffle. i don't bother with introducing one thing at a time, but i'm lazy like that. and we don't have a history of food allergies.
post #28 of 430
Sweet texasgal: What beautiful pics! Lucy is a doll!

Sunshine: Hope things start looking up for ya. One time our cat was gone for a couple of months and came back home one night like nothing had ever happened. Maybe she'll come back just when you least expect it.

ishy: Glad to hear the sleep is going better. I'm excited to try some things from the NCSS to help Georgia get a little more sleep. I'm going to start next week after oldes DS's late night ball games are over.

jeanine: Cute invites! Can't wait to see the cake. You're such a creative mom. I wish I were, but I'm just too lazy.

nikkihoi: Glad to hear that you and babe are doing better. I agree with Katie, that you can just let him self feed most of the things you are eating (within reason). Last night I made quinoa with veggies, garlic, and ginger and DD lapped it up. It's fun to see her try new things.
I'm getting very, very frustrated with the nursing with teeth. I do not remember having this issue with my other children and they were both nursing when they had a mouthful of teeth. georgia continues to pull and tug and eventually make teeny tiny breaks in the areola that hurt like hell! Sadly, it makes me just want to quit somedays. I can't imagine doing such a thing, but I never imagined it would hurt so bad for so long. This is the 3rd sore in a month.

Our vacation went well, except that her sleep got even more out of whack than it already was. I wore her in the Beco most of the trip so she was really glad to get back home and crawl and cruise around. Oh, and she LOVED the pool. It was her first time in the pool and she was a prune when I'd get her out. Should make for fun times on hot summer days.
post #29 of 430
Jeanine - I'm so impressed with your baking skills and craftiness. Yeah, I definitely see the concentration, she's like a kung foo master I'm lazy too, I started out slowly with foods in the beginning but now he eats everything.
post #30 of 430
Oh, and lets cheer on Alegna in the May DDC, she's FINALLY in labor at 43 weeks and some odd days, she's a trooper!
post #31 of 430
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Jeanine - I'm so impressed with your baking skills and craftiness.
you're still making me blush
and i want you to know *nothing* i do is my own idea. i'd be totally lost without the internet!
post #32 of 430
jeanine - That's how is it with any kind of art, craft, etc. Nothing is totally original, and that's okay. When I did ceramics and sculpture a lot some of my best works came from admiring other artists and getting ideas from their work.
post #33 of 430
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Oh, and lets cheer on Alegna in the May DDC, she's FINALLY in labor at 43 weeks and some odd days, she's a trooper!



Wow, I was cranky at 41w 2d
post #34 of 430
I needed this conversation about feeding. I've been trying to limit DD2, but not sure why. She's obviously ready for table foods, so I'll stop stressing and give it a go. Why not?

bhawkins: Just curious, where in middle TN are you? We're in western TN, near Reelfoot. My SIL is in Brentwood.
post #35 of 430
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Oh, and lets cheer on Alegna in the May DDC, she's FINALLY in labor at 43 weeks and some odd days, she's a trooper!
Thanks for posting this! Angela is a local mama so I've been wondering when she'd finally go! Keeping an eye on the thread now.

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As for food, have you thought about just letting him self-feed solids? He's old enough at 10 months now to be able to eat table food if he's interested, things like steamed vegetables and fruits. Lately Liam is loving carbs, he still really likes green beans and any kind of green vegetable for that matter. He loves organic prunes that come in the bag and will happily eat those all day if I let him. Cooked beans and lentils are also one of his favorites. It makes it a lot easier when we cook the same things that we're eating and share with him instead of preparing something separate.
We're just starting this "Baby Led Solids" with Judah. There's a support thread somewhere around here... I don't remember where now! :doh: I love the concept of letting them eat whatever they can eat. We're introducing slowly, still. Judah's now had raw carrots and raw celery (cold and super soothing on the teeth!), steamed carrots, steamed broccoli, steamed snow peas, and steamed baby corn (if he actually tasted it - not sure!), and a little bit of french bread heel. Most of those were within the last two days. He's just now 8 months, so younger than most of the babes. But he's done really well and has thoroughly enjoyed tasting and trying these things. He doesn't end up consuming much of anything - but that's kinda my point. He did get some of the steamed carrots and broccoli through though - that much was obvious the next day.

I'm not really interested in having him decrease breastfeeding yet, nor do I want a major change in his diaper output. So this is just for "fun" - for exploring tastes and textures - and for keeping him busy while we eat! I really love it so far.
post #36 of 430
Heather - I saw her post in the new threads and had been following it for the last few days. She is so tough to go this long, and not even using any natural induction methods aside from EPO! I'm glad you're enjoying "baby led-solids". Its how we've fed Liam from the beginning and it has been so much easier, not to mention cheaper than buying baby food or having to put the effort into making purees. I'm really glad that he's establishing a healthy independence with food as well.

Food - The diaper output it killing me, the smell alone is enough to make me pass out. I've just been following his cues about when he wants to eat, which is usually 2 or 3 times a day now. I can't eat without him getting into it and wanting to share. Tonight I warmed up some apricot slices for dinner and he LOVED them, I will have to put that on his list of favorite foods now.
post #37 of 430
Thanks Mamas for the conversation and suggestions about the solid feeding. Gosh, I miss you guys...

I've been making purees but as Katie mentioned that takes time and for me that time is usually at night after DS has gone to sleep. And I've been sticking to the easy ones, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears. When I do give something that is actually solid, I have to watch him like a hawk. He loves to put a half of a teething biscuit or apple slice in his mouth, which then of course leads to choking. He's just always so hungry: and in a rush. Seems to be is MO since birth
Anyway, I like the idea of him tasting/eating what we are eating. The only sensitivity might be with dairy as DH has a slight issue with it. And DS seems to react if I have too much ice cream.
Thanks again for your suggestions. I look forward to hearing more and I'll look out for that thread... is within "Life with a babe"?

You may have already been talking about this so sorry if this is a repeat...
Let's talk about nighttime wakings? Is anyone else having this problem? DS wakes up often and lately there is at least one waking where he's just screaming at the top of his lungs. He might nurse for a little bit but that's not it, you run through the list and the next thing you know an hour has gone by by the time you get him back to sleep.
My DH and I have come to the conclusion that it really hurts to grow but DS is so dramatic, it seems. The very loud screaming. DH said last night "I'd hate to see what detach parenting is like". I think DS is just still super High Needs but it gets hard sometimes to have the patients for it every night.
I was just curious if anyone else is going through this.

On the summer notes:
What are you guys using for diapers in the pool?
As for sunscreen, we are using Avalon Organics 18SPF. Seems to work very well and ds where's a hat too.

Katie, thanks for looking the blog. Liam is adorable too!
Thanks for the welcome back. I will try and stay in touch this month.
post #38 of 430
Solids: I feel like Lucy's a bit "behind" on solids. She LIKES them, but gags and occasionally seems like she's choking on a lot of different things that I think should be "easy" foods. My aunt gave us a mesh feeder thing, which I'm sort of on the fence about in regards to it being self-feeding, but Lucy adores the thing and will seriously chow down on it. I guess it's letting her regulate her own intake and she does chew on it to mush up pieces of food, but I feel like it's sort of a cop-out. We had a serious choking scare on a teething biscuit back when we first started offering her solids so that's kind of colored my perspective. She LOVES these rice rusk things we found in the organic section of the grocery store and she chomps them and chews and swallows so I try to give her those to practice, along with the occasional puree, and then for dinner we sort of stick to the mesh feeder lately. I feel like if she can't chew and swallow, she's not really ready, but the way she goes at solids makes me doubt that. *sigh* I guess we'll just keep working on it.

Sleep: Had a couple okay nights (okay in our case meaning she woke up every 1-2 hrs instead of every 30-45 minutes) but an AWFUL nap day yesterday, she stayed awake and miserable for hours beyond what she normally does, then slept in little half hour spurts, then was up and miserable again. I tried the ring sling, which neither one of us has ever really liked, but I just couldn't carry her to walk her around yesterday. My mei tai should be here tomorrow or Friday and we're heading to the chiro in an hour, I hope he can work some miracles on us!

Dh has been loosely diagnosed with sleep apnea after having to go for a sleep study, but he desperately wants to avoid a CPAP machine so he's trying to lose weight and going to explore his options. Poor guy has been sleeping on the couch while we've all been sick because the congestion just makes his snoring worse, but I think not having him to balance out the bed makes it hurt my back worse too!

Swim: We bought two of the iPlay Ultimate Swim Diapers, they're super cute and have a little special padding so that it won't absorb and sink her, but will hold a little pee if she happens to go before we get in the pool, lol. We we going to get a biggish pool because she loves water and we'd like to swim, but ended up with an inflatable 10'x6', 22" deep one to start off with.

Dairy: I've been off dairy except for a tiny amount of cheese and Lucy's rash has faded quite a bit! Of course, all the teeth that I think we coming through have broken through, but she's still drooling a ton and they're all still working their way in, so I don't know if it was the teething or the dairy.
post #39 of 430
Well, Cian has been teething like a madman again. Sunday night was awful and Monday he was so clingy and miserable, I ended up giving him motrin again. We went through lots of teething tablets and gumomile oil and they werent touching it. I felt awful because dd wasnt feeling great either (2 year molars) and I had to wear Cian all day and he would fuss every time I made noise so it was a pretty boring day.

He was great yesterday though He is pulling up on any and everything, cruising around, and starting to let go and just stand. He has also discovered that our ladderback chairs are, well, like ladders. He is constantly trying to climb them, of course, they will topple if somone isnt holding them

Solids, well, he eats what we eat pretty much. We let him self feed. DD wasnt at all interested until around 9 months, and then it was slow going. Cian pretty much dove right in around 6 months.

Obligatory 1st spaghetti pics
yumm

look at those teeth coming in

self feeding

The bath that followed

1st shoes
post #40 of 430
nikki - when i give jamison raw apples or carrots, i grate it. with a small cheese grater, like you'd use for parmesan cheese. it's messy of course, but not the choking hazard it could be with chunks of raw apple or carrot.

ishy - i think some babies have a real strong gag reflux. ds would gag on anything that was not totally pureed until he was 10 1/2 months old. he couldn't eat a *quarter* of a cheerio until he was 10 1/2 months old (jamison's been eating *whole* cheerios for a while now). if she has an interest in food, but can't manage anything but puree, then i'd do puree. if she likes the mesh feeder, i'd use it. at this point it's about taste, texture and practice. she, like my ds, might just need more practice than other babes.
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