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post #161 of 474
Well today has been a LOT better with the biting. Maybe he was just in a lot of pain yesterday from teething. So maybe I'll survive this after all! I decided to try really hard to not flinch or pull back from him and in fact, to help him get latched on as quickly as possible as deeply as possible, and I'm close to concluding that I was making the biting problem worse by flinching, pulling back, and otherwise delaying him in order to make sure he didn't bite! He couldn't get a mouthful of breast, so he ended up chomping my nipple. He still bit me once today when I was working on this, but once is a heck of a lot better than how it was yesterday!

I got my nursing necklace in the mail today and just tried it out for the first time. It did definitely attract his attention, and he enjoyed playing with it but the true test will be NIP!

I took a bath with Alex today and he grabbed his feet for the first time while I was holding him in the water. He's been looking at them more often lately, but this was the first time he really went for them on his own. Very cute!

ema-adama
, I read NCSS and really liked it, but have to say I totally failed to keep a log of any sort like you're supposed to. I took parts that I liked and have been using them. Like PPO (Pantley Pull Off method - removing boob from mouth before they fall asleep and removing it earlier and earlier to break nurse to sleep association), introducing a lovey toy/blanket, consistent sleeptime routines, gradually putting them into bed at an earlier stage in the sleep cycle, etc. I've been doing it extremely gradually, but have had small successes. I can take him off the breast before he's all the way asleep now and he won't fuss, but will continue to fall asleep. He's starting to really like this lovey toy that I'm introducing. This past week and a half I've noticed he actually seems to WANT me to transfer him to the crib sooner. He'll start twitching and squirming shortly after he's done nursing, and I think great... I have to start over again. But if I put him in his crib when he starts that, he goes right to sleep and doesn't wake right back up again! I'm sure I'm forgetting something... but I can't think what right now!

Alex's sleep naptime schedule seems to be solidifying a bit lately. He seems to want to nap after being awake for 2-3 hours. And he'll nap for 1-2 hours most time. Occasionally 3 hours. (This is all when I sleep with him). A couple of times he has actually fallen asleep without nursing! He still wakes up at the end of a sleep cycle though (30-40 minutes for him), and I have to nurse him back to sleep most of the time, but lately that seems to take less and less time. Sometimes he actually opens his eyes, checks that I'm there, and goes back to sleep without nursing. Progress I think! I'm going to try sshhing and stroking his head before offering to nurse him back to sleep I think.

So nap times end up being around 8:00 am, noon, and 3pm. The noontime nap often happens in the car or in his ergo because I'm out and about. I think I might just start working on transitioning him to the crib for the afternoon nap soon. I'll keep napping with him in the morning since I need more sleep still at that point anyway.
post #162 of 474
::I GOT A JOB :::



i am so excited....got a position at a very nice daycare...and a really good discounted rate. We won't be at the same center...but I actually think that may be for the best so I am not spending lots of time peeking in! Man am I excited...I was really hoping for this position. We can really use the income...Looks like things are finally looking up.


I will try to catch up later.
post #163 of 474
Hello February Moms! I am a newbie here. My son was born Feb. 22 and is my first. Me, the babe and my husband own a 40 acre organic vegetable CSA until this season is through and then we are selling the farm and moving to the big city so my husband can go back to school. There's a lot going on right now to say the least.
Question, does d stand for dear as in dh ds and dd?
post #164 of 474

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Hello February Moms! I am a newbie here. My son was born Feb. 22 and is my first. Me, the babe and my husband own a 40 acre organic vegetable CSA until this season is through and then we are selling the farm and moving to the big city so my husband can go back to school. There's a lot going on right now to say the least.
Question, does d stand for dear as in dh ds and dd?
post #165 of 474
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Question, does d stand for dear as in dh ds and dd?
it can; the way my ds1 behaves, it can stand for something else too.
post #166 of 474
birthmommom, congrats!!

OGARTMAMA, welcome! There is a good list of abbreviations on MDC here:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=522590
post #167 of 474
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How old is your older LO? Any tips for deciding when to bring no. 2 into the picture?
My daughter is 3 & 1/4 and he is 4 months, so almost 3 years apart and I think it's a good spread. Our neighbors have a 3 y.o. and an 18 month old and I think it's too close and way more work. They came over before the baby was born and I thought to myself that we were doomed! But I think with my daughter being older and more helpful it's better. She'll hold the baby and rock him and check in the carseat while we're driving to see if he's awake for me. Plus physically for my body a greater spread was a good idea.
post #168 of 474
cwoodard - : Hurray for you! Hope the biting stops altogether soon. Reading your sleep stuff was kind of funny because I had just recently started tucking her monkey (in my sig pic of her) in to bed next to her after she falls asleep nursing and I get up. He seems to be just as good as waking up next to mum, because she starts giggling and talking to him when she wakes up, and I am never far anyway. I've also started trying to take the boob away when I know that she isn't really eating anymore, just not asleep yet hanging out on the boob. At first she kind of freaked out and I would put it back, but now many times she will just close her eyes and just go to sleep. Usually much faster, it seems. Funny to hear it out of a book Not that I minded so much napping with her; I got a lot of reading done, but now that I am starting to work the daycare more with DP and phasing his mum out of the scene, I need to be helping out more, not just laying down with my kid I think the MIL and I will get along soooooo much more when she's not over here all day every weekday to help with the daycare. I am soooooo looking forward to her not nit-picking all day even though she doesn't mean to. It just seems like every little thing all day, and I go crazy, and every little thing is more annoying than it should be.

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::I GOT A JOB :::
:: grats!! ::

OGARTMAMA - Welcome!
post #169 of 474
Jusie, glad things are looking up!

Birthmommom: Congrats!!!:

OGartmama: Welcome!

CD, so glad that the biting was better! I thought about you each time I nursed today and didn't get bit! I was worried about your poor skin!

Ema- so cute about Hillel's feet!

Lincap - sounds like a sweet little napper!

Helen, swimming soungs GREAT!!

I am also reading NCSS. Though, Molly is really addicted to the pacifier, not the boob, and even trying it Pantly's way of removing it right before she fell asleep didn't seem to work at all. She is teething right now, and we will be traveling 2 of the next 3 weekends, so I decided to just leave things alone for now, hope things get a bit better, and then move forward with some of her other suggestions once Aug rolls around. For now, DH has moved into the other room with DS, and I sleep alone with Molly. She starts in the co-sleeper, and then comes into the bed some time at night. It's not too bad, but she still wakes up when she comes out of most sleep cycles, so she is up for a few seconds every 1-2 hours. Either the pacifier or boob will get her back to sleep, so we're not up tons. But its just a LOT of broken sleep for me. I haven't gotten longer than 2 hours unbroken in weeks!

Our other issue is that she has begun nursing a TON at night. It's not that big a deal, but her daytime eating has dropped because of it, and its not a trend I like. Today, for example, she nursed 3 or 4 times in the night, and then woke up at 7:45 am, and didn't eat again till1 pm!!! Its frustrating because now I know she can happily go that long without a meal...if only it was at night instead of the day.

I think tonight I will try to let her nurse just for a minute or two and not a whole meal, and see if I can move in the direction of fewer night feedings!

We'll see! Any advice from a mom who has BTDT?
post #170 of 474
Hi Mamas!
I've totally been MIA!
We were on vacation for nearly 3 weeks.
We drove up to Canada from California with the baby! Yes I'm that crazy! (everyone asks) Actually Trixie was really good. She only made a peep if she was hungry, I did spend most of my time in the back seat with her to amuse her, but she was just as happy to watch the trees zip on by.
We had a family reunion while we were home so all of my extended family got to meet her and they were all enamored. The common reaction was about what a good baby she is 'cause she's so quiet and content. I thought it was funny to call her a good baby, but that's a pet peeve of mine. Being a good baby implies there are bad babies, and we know there are no bad babies.
We also went to Vancovuer to see an old friend of mine who's son is a feb baby also. Trixie got her first open mouthed kiss from him! HA!
Now we are home and I am swamped in masses of dirty laundry.
Trixie has a bit of a summer cold now and I feel sorry for her. Her little nose is stuffed up and she hasn't figured out how to breathe through her mouth.
AND!!! I went back to the fertility clinic yesterday to get the ball rolling again! I go in on the 22 to have the blocked tube checked out and reopened if it is indeed blocked then DH and I will start TTC again and if no luck by fall we'll start in on the drugs again. (2 in diapers??? I'm so NOT scared)
So now I see I have 9 pages to get caught up on.
I hope all is well with everyone.
Any big news?
post #171 of 474
Forgot to say hi and welcome to Darciedoodle! Hi! Welcome!

And, Dea, welcome back, and I CAN'T believe you guys are ready to TTC again! Best of luck to you (and keep any fertility far, far away from me!).
post #172 of 474
Sounds like many of us are going through the same sleep issues. Eli starts in his crib but around 2 am wakes up and usually I can't get him settled back into sleep without him coming into bed with us. Then he's out in a matter of minutes. Generally he makes it until 4:30 or 5:00 eats and falls back asleep until 6:00 am. It works.

Lincap- Sounds like our wee ones are very similiar. If I try to hold him and rock him it takes longer to get him to sleep than when I lay with him on our bed or stand by his crib. Usually he's out in minutes.
post #173 of 474
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Well today has been a LOT better with the biting. Maybe he was just in a lot of pain yesterday from teething. So maybe I'll survive this after all!

I got my nursing necklace in the mail today and just tried it out for the first time. It did definitely attract his attention, and he enjoyed playing with it but the true test will be NIP!
Cynthia, I am glad the biting has subsided. I love the amber necklaces too. DD wears her's 24 hours with no problems. She forgets about it as soon as it's on her neck I think.

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::I GOT A JOB :::
:Congrats! I am so happy for you!

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Hello February Moms! I am a newbie here. My son was born Feb. 22 and is my first. Me, the babe and my husband own a 40 acre organic vegetable CSA until this season is through and then we are selling the farm and moving to the big city so my husband can go back to school. There's a lot going on right now to say the least.
Question, does d stand for dear as in dh ds and dd?
Wow, I am so jealous! I would love to have the farm, I grew up on a farm so I am aware of the amount of pain and pleasure they can bring. Alas, I am in no position to buy one and I am not ready to leave my nice valley in Oregon. Good luck with selling it.

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My daughter is 3 & 1/4 and he is 4 months, so almost 3 years apart and I think it's a good spread. Our neighbors have a 3 y.o. and an 18 month old and I think it's too close and way more work. They came over before the baby was born and I thought to myself that we were doomed! But I think with my daughter being older and more helpful it's better. She'll hold the baby and rock him and check in the carseat while we're driving to see if he's awake for me. Plus physically for my body a greater spread was a good idea.


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I think the MIL and I will get along soooooo much more when she's not over here all day every weekday to help with the daycare. I am soooooo looking forward to her not nit-picking all day even though she doesn't mean to. It just seems like every little thing all day, and I go crazy, and every little thing is more annoying than it should be.
I hope things smooth out with MIL. She probably doesn't mean to be nit-picky, it sounds like maybe she really wants to be useful and doesn't know how. Its quite the transition from mother to grandmother and she probably remembers all the things she wishes she knew or had someone to help her with. Just my impression.

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Hi Mamas!
I've totally been MIA!
We were on vacation for nearly 3 weeks.
We drove up to Canada from California with the baby! Yes I'm that crazy!
AND!!! I went back to the fertility clinic yesterday to get the ball rolling again! I go in on the 22 to have the blocked tube checked out and reopened if it is indeed blocked then DH and I will start TTC again and if no luck by fall we'll start in on the drugs again. (2 in diapers??? I'm so NOT scared)
So now I see I have 9 pages to get caught up on.
I hope all is well with everyone.
Any big news?
Dea!! : Its good to hear from you. I am glad you had a good vacation. I'm going to be making a trip to my parents in a week or two and haven't decided if I'll drive 12 hours or fly.

And I hope that the fertility for you is easy this time. But I am in the same boat as lovetobemama.... keep it far away from me I'd rather donate any fertility vibes I might have to you. Good luck and welcome back!

Ugh... was going to post more but DP is hungry and wants me to take DD cuz she isn't sleeping. I think it is the heat getting to her, it's been 100 the past couple days, but at least the humidity is low.
post #174 of 474
It's 10 pm here...what is your lil' Feb baby doing?...my DD just had her first (of, if I had to guess, many) meal...:yawning:
post #175 of 474
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It's 10 pm here...what is your lil' Feb baby doing?...my DD just had her first (of, if I had to guess, many) meal...:yawning:
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post #176 of 474
yay Birthmom on the job Congratulations!!!

Dea nice to see you again I was wondering where you were!
GL at the clinic!! as for the post card thing. Give me your address I will send you one


peace_laughing we are driving to Croatia in a few weeks. I am scared to death of the drive I wish that we were flying. I have flown with the other two every year since they were 2 months old. It is A LOT easier than driving. Sooooo if you can fly do it! You can't walk around in a car when lo wants to be carried and you cant nurse while driving.

Juise I know what you mean by mil annoying you with every little thing. I hope that phasing her out goes smoothly. I couldn't imagine having my mil here every day. I would go NUTS!! Did you set your pet out yet?? I use to have a tarantula, I couldn't imagine having a black widdow around though. She sure is pretty though!

OGARTMAMA Welcome!! I hope that you have fun here!!


Terran : loved your post!! Say hi to your mommy!:

cwoodard glad that the neclace is working. I love mine too.

Ash is getting more interested in solids too. I think that I will wait a while though. I am not ready to quit ebf'ing . She is just getting to big to fast :
post #177 of 474
birthmommom - congrats! Sounds like a good position, and what a relief it always is to have extra income coming in! DH stopped working at the end of May to be home with DD, but has taken on one or two small jobs that he can do out of his own shop in the afternoons after we switch out babycare. It's nice to have those checks!

Dea - welcome back! I can't believe you did that drive...we've done a couple of short drives with DD (up to 4 hours), and based on those decided that we are better of flying out to MI this summer. We usually do the drive (16+ hours) in one day, but even breaking it up into 2 days was daunting at best. Good for you! Plus, I can't believe that you are TTC again...good luck, hope all goes well, and as PP said - keep all those baby vibes coming your way!

OGARTMAMA - welcome, and good luck with your farm this summer!

cwoodward, glad to hear things have calmed down on the biting front. DD has a razor ridge on her lower gum where her teeth are coming in (I had no idea they start out so sharp!), but knock on wood has not been biting down on me at all. Hope things continue their upward trend!

I had a stupid day yesterday...I was running outside in the driving rain to check our car windows, and there was a 2x12 plank sticking out the back of DH's truck. I had my hood up, head down, and - SMACK - took the 2/12 on the chin. We ended up going to the ER to get 4 stitches on the inside of my mouth, where the gum tore away from the lip. OW. I've always been fine with hospitals, needles, etc., but I did freak when she brought out the novocaine needle. I've never had it in my mouth before. Also delayed shock reaction. All turned out fine, though, and I'm popping Tylenol & Ibuprofen to keep the pain down. Eating will be a challenge for a few days, and it will be pretty once the bruising starts...ugh.

What's funny is that right after this happened, while DH was getting me ice, DD popped her teething blood blisters on the washcloth she was chewing on. Poor DH - both of his girls and their dental issues!

AND - ta daaaaaa - DD spent the whole night in her crib! Now, I know not all of you would consider this an achievement, but it's definitely the right thing for all of us. DD slept better (longer, more soundly) than she has in MONTHS, as did I! She woke up 3 times between 8:40 and 6:30 - 2x to eat, and 1x that about 2 minutes of rubbing her back settled. Wheeee!

However, I know better than to expect a repeat performance tonight.

We gave her the Boiron's Camilla last night, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It mellowed her way, way out - like I've never seen before. It was like she was stoned. Anyone else used it before?
post #178 of 474
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I haven't used that brand before, but I've used various homeopathics. I tend to use miniscule doses as infrequently as possible. I hope your mouth heals quickly- have you considered using arnica or aconite to help yourself? Congratulations on the restful night, btw :

Dea, good to see you again : Good luck on TTC- 21 months between my boys was a really nice age gap. You can have all my baby vibes for now- right now I'm terrified of another pregnancy. I read a birth story yesterday that upset me a bit, so right now I'm keeping my legs crossed for a while.

Ogartmama (that was meant to be a welcome smiley, but I like this one too.)

Emily, two things I know:
1) The simplest kind of magic is a homemade birthday cake
2) Nothing else is permanent. Any bad habit can change or be broken, people can drift apart. Be present, live in the now, and stop worrying.

NOS, are we sharing the same child? River is another poster child for exclusive breastfeeding, despite having spent all morning being asked by people when I'm going to start on solids. I'm 75% of the way through Hold On To Your Kids, btw- thankyou for the recommendation. I did notice that he keeps saying it's never too late, though...
post #179 of 474
slgt ouch . hope it heals quickly. Like flapjack said arnica would be good for you!
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Pit Bulls aren't dangerous at all if they're not trained to fight. Spiders are sneaky, and far less trainable. I totally disagree with the analogy.
Proud pit bull owner here. Twyla happily gets her face kissed by our Diego every day. I'd trust a pit bull over a cocker spaniel any day!


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Not having any personal experience I hesitate to advise, but I remember hearing/reading this (I think LLL), that it's worth a try to bring your LO's head into your breast so that he has to open his mouth to breath and then slowly s/he learns not to bite... sounds a bit hectic, but maybe worth trying???
: Also just taking him off the breast and setting him down can work. Sends the message that if you do that, you don't nurse. Obviously this only needs to be a very short time- you can go back to nursing once you've given it a second for the message to come across.

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::I GOT A JOB :::
Allyn, I'm so happy for you! CONGRATS!

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Hello February Moms! I am a newbie here. My son was born Feb. 22 and is my first. Me, the babe and my husband own a 40 acre organic vegetable CSA until this season is through and then we are selling the farm and moving to the big city so my husband can go back to school. There's a lot going on right now to say the least.
Question, does d stand for dear as in dh ds and dd?
Welcome! How cool that you own a CSA! We love getting ours!


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Originally Posted by Dea View Post
Hi Mamas!

AND!!! I went back to the fertility clinic yesterday to get the ball rolling again! I go in on the 22 to have the blocked tube checked out and reopened if it is indeed blocked then DH and I will start TTC again and if no luck by fall we'll start in on the drugs again. (2 in diapers??? I'm so NOT scared)
Awww. I wish dh was ready to TTC. Good luck!

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I had a stupid day yesterday...I was running outside in the driving rain to check our car windows, and there was a 2x12 plank sticking out the back of DH's truck. I had my hood up, head down, and - SMACK - took the 2/12 on the chin. We ended up going to the ER to get 4 stitches on the inside of my mouth, where the gum tore away from the lip. OW. I've always been fine with hospitals, needles, etc., but I did freak when she brought out the novocaine needle. I've never had it in my mouth before. Also delayed shock reaction. All turned out fine, though, and I'm popping Tylenol & Ibuprofen to keep the pain down. Eating will be a challenge for a few days, and it will be pretty once the bruising starts...ugh.
Ouch! Hope you heal quickly.

We got in late last night from our mini vacation on Lake Michigan. Unfortunately, the day we got to dh's family cottage, the toilet backed up, and it was way more than a clog in the line. After dh took the toilet off (he's a plumber), snaked the drain, and still couldn't get it to clear, my FIL called someone to pump the septic, thinking it was full. Well, it wasn't. So they called Mister Rooter to come the next day, and after hours of he and dh trying to figure out where the problem was, they discovered that tree roots had grown through the pipe and plugged it. Needless to say, it wasn't as much fun as we had hoped.

I'm having some real body image issues right now. I have just been feeling really depressed about how I look lately. I know I'm not very big, which makes me feel guilty for even caring. But I'm having a hard time letting go of the thought that I should weight 135 lbs. I know it's stupid. I think women of all sizes are beautiful. Why can't I feel beautiful at this size? :

Okay, now that I've come with my doom & gloom on this cheery thread, I'll go before I have anything else negative to say. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer.
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