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Hello! Can I post here? My guy was due 2/22 and showed up 1/30!
YES!! The more the merrier!
Welcome!
post #102 of 302
Hi all, just getting checked back in. Life has been wild lately. Mom is doing great, vacation with my sister was pretty good, she refrained from spanking in front of myself or Grace and the biggest issue we had was over food (she feeds her kids crap). James is sitting very well now. He really wants to crawl and gets frustrated at times that he can't. He scoots around backwards and gets on his hands and knees, but hasn't figured out the forward projection just yet. He is a happy little guy and giving lots of big laughs lately. He is a solids fiend, this is all pretty weird to me as Grace wasn't really eating much until after a year. He demands (yes...demands) food a few times a day (and he's only been eating for just over a week now!) I try to put him off but he knows exactly what he wants. He eats sweet potatoes, green beans, avacado, carrot, banana, applesauce, pretty much anything we're eating that's baby appropriate. I'm avoiding all grains and dairy for atleast his first year so it's fruit and veggies. I just got a Kitchen aid mixer, the "professional" one (oh, it is a thing of beauty!!) with the grinder attachment so I may grind some meat for him at some point as well. The mixer was a refurbished model so it was a great price and we are going to process several deer this winter for ourselves so I need some way to grind some of that meat to stretch our pastured cow we are getting. So anyway.......

Oh yes, this is so gross. Tonight Grace and DH were playing outside while I got dinner ready. James was having diaper free time (we do part time EC) in the living room/dining room so I was walking past him back and forth. Well I walk past hime and I'm like, what the heck is he playing with? Yup, he pooped, scooted back over it and was checking it out. Thank God he takes a pacifier and just happened to have it in his mouth (rare to use it other than sleep times) so it didn't get eaten!! So needless to say we ate diner late after giving him and bath and cleaning the carpet! Where's that puke smiley......

Welcome to all the new mommies joining us! This is a GREAT group of women and we are chatty so good luck staying caught up!

I read thru and though of all of you but I'm only going to go back a little way to respond. Please know I read and thought of you even if I don't type anything!!

Raina, Happy Birthday!! I'm glad your day semi-improved. That really sucks about your husband but enjoy that wine!! A drink really sounds good to me tonight but it's already after 11pm...... Also, about your client making you uncomfortable. It is really hard going into other's homes. If you truely feel unsafe talk with your mentor and possibly the mother, if you feel it appropriate, in order to provide a level of comfort for yourself. As a doula I also find it uncomfortable sometimes in certain people's home but I've yet to feel unsafe. Good luck as you work this situation out!

Helen, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I hope things get themselves straightned and settled soon!

Juise, I LOVE those pics!! Kaia is so cute!

Amy, it's great to see you back around and I would also be upping the water just to be on the safe side. It is also possible that it is a normal change for her. Are her "movements" spacing out as well?

Teeny, good luck on the DCP search! I hope things are okay on the homefront!

Ellymay, good to see you!! You need to change your sig!

Dea, I hope things work out exactly as they are supposed to and hopefully that lines up with your wishes. What a difficult road to travel.

Jenn, so glad the fenugreek is helping you! I hope things lighten up for you and

Heather BabyBump, The pumping issue must be so frustrating!

Cheryl, Jackson is adorable!!

Allyn, try pumping for a few minutes after your milk quits flowing and massage your breast a bit from behind the breast tissue down towards your nipple to the pump "horn" to help get all the hindmilk out you can.

Good night!!
post #103 of 302
salt-phoenix!!!

i've got some really great news for you!! check your pm's!! ::

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MAMAS!
Okay I've been reading along here and pretending to know what you're talking about, but I'll fess up, what is Burning Man?

I went to my fertility clinic today and it seems that my labour from hell just keeps on giving!
um, burning man is really hard to explain because it's different things to different people. the company tag line is that it's an experiment in temporary community. imagine a flat dry lake bed in the middle of the desert... then fill it with a city of 40,000 people... laid out in a circular grid with a 40 foot tall effigy of a man at the center. you have to bring everything you need to survive for a week in the desert yourself... it is a no-commerce event... the only things for sale are coffee and ice... you can check out www.burningman.com for the official party line, but know that it's only a tiny part of the story..

AND!! i sure hope everything works out with your uterus and scarring and conception plans.

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Hey all...quick fly by....lol....

Really, Lucy's poo is thick...I flung it in the toilet again tonight....is that ok? I've been trying to chug more water....
hmm.... doesn't sound quite right but i have no experiemce with it.

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Hello! Can I post here? My guy was due 2/22 and showed up 1/30!
c'mon in!!

teeny, that's really interesting about the gut maturing idea. linnaea has been pooing TONS lately and it makes sense... she's also trying to eat everything!

sorry to everyone i skipped. i just have some really awesome news for salt-phoenix and i couldn't wait to post it!!
post #104 of 302
Closing in on a month of lousy sleep, and I have just been too tired to keep up with the thread Hugs to all the mamas and babies. Hope everyone is doing ok. Sorry I haven't been participating in the thread. We're doing pretty well except for the sleep problems are continuing, and I feel like a zombie most of the time. I did manage to get some cute videos of Alex up on my site. We're off to visit my in-laws in a week, and I am dreading the 10 hour drive and wondering how on earth I'll manage to get any sleep at all while we're there.
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My little brother and a friend are coming for the weekend and almost here, so for those of little sleep, that is so hard. And I really really wanted to share these pictures. I made a couple tutus for her with crowns, and started on the gnomes I really wanted and finally decided to try to make on my own. I've got 3 done so far! They're all in my blog in my sig, the last 3 posts. Take it easy, all, and big-mama!
post #106 of 302
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My little brother and a friend are coming for the weekend and almost here, so for those of little sleep, that is so hard. And I really really wanted to share these pictures. I made a couple tutus for her with crowns, and started on the gnomes I really wanted and finally decided to try to make on my own. I've got 3 done so far! They're all in my blog in my sig, the last 3 posts. Take it easy, all, and big-mama!
Juise, I love the tutus, I've been thinking of something similar for Trixie to use up the massive amounts of tulle I have from my veil from my wedding. I love the idea of using it for my baby in some manner. Although what I'd envisioned isn't nearly as lovely as what you've done!
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Juise.. just beautiful! the tutus and little Kaia i now have gnome envy too..
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Juise - Kaia is gorgeous!!
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Thread Starter 
1. my computer dried out-- i'm back ot only needing a new keyboard. yay!

2. mike and his mother have *both* seen Bear stand unassisted. : both have gotten all excited and run to tell me, and mil said that he tried to take a step. : here's hoping that this is one of those things that theydo to scare their mothers when they're not going to actually walk for another six months. :

3. i'm home, i have a tone of work to do, but i'm so tired i can't see straight. therefore i'm going to sleep.

4. when i wake, i'll bust my hump a bit before reading back a bit and posting

:yawn:
post #110 of 302
i'm needing to get caught up too, but i figured i'd go ahead and post instead of just pm'ing cynthia about Terran's new pants: they only took a few hours, are comfy and cozy, and pulled right up over his CD with the slightly too large fleece cover.

i don't remember if you sew or not, but i sure didn't (except for pillows, curtains and the like) until last year. These are seriously simple trousers like we used to wear when i was a kid, not like the stuff you find in stores these days.

I'll be doing my late summer canning this week and making more T shirts and pants, but will be back when i can be. Terran cut his first tooth and is so close to crawling he can taste it!
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I am new to this thread. My daughter is Lotus Ruby and was six months old on feb 6! She is 16.5 pounds and has no teeth. She is crawling well and has started to pull up on to the furniture in the past week! She is all about mommy right now and won't even let me leave the room without hysteria! Anyone elses baby very attached right now?
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He's getting there I'm holding the words "this too shall pass" in my mind an awful lot.
NOS, thankyou for that pattern I'm going to try and find one that's already over here (or is available for download)
Rynna, you're busting humps? Your life sounds progressively kinkier and kinkier
Juise, I love your tutus
Sarah
Cynthia, sending you many sleepy vibes. We've had a few really bad nights here, and it makes me realise just how spoilt I am.
post #113 of 302
Mamas! I am having a hard time keeping up with all the stuff going on in life right now. Between the move (still unpacking and getting ready for school to start my computer time is in teeny spurts rather than long, luxurious stretches.

Robin fell off the bed 2 days ago. She cried out of fear more than anything, I think -- she has not a bruise or red mark on her. I felt awful. I guess it's an unavoidable thing. Now I'm really paranoid at night and wish I'd ordered the damn Snugtuck Pillow a month ago!!!

She is sleep-rolling and I imagine she'll be sleep-crawling any time now. She stays asleep but rolls back and forth, back and forth. Not very restful, but very cute.

kailotus, my daughter is very mom-oriented right now. In the evening she wants me to hold her standing up like she did when she was a newborn! I'm using the sling a ton again for this reason. I figure maybe it's because they're doing so much developing right now, their little brains need a little break and reassurance?

I will try to keep up! ALSO, my postcards!! Mamas, they are MIA!!! I am looking for them and will get them out as soon as I find them. I have the stamps but not the cards.
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Linda, Sorry, I just really wanted to get your attention. This is probably not news to you but I wanted to mention it just in case you didn't know. I was reading my Reader's Digest tonight and there is an article on allergy dogs. It says poodles, labradors, and german shepards and being trained to detect allergies, it specifies peanut but I don't know if they can be trained for other things as well or not. Anyway, they can sniff playmates' hands to see if they need to wash and things like that. So if you are wanting a dog, it says to google peanut detection dog. It just made me think of you and Charlie!

Cynthia, I hope your sleep improves, that just makes life so hard!

That makes me thing of Emily, how are you doing with sleep these days?

Kailotus, Welcome, what sort of a healer is your DH?

Helen, Busting humps, kinky That is a very odd expression now that I think about it! I hope things do pass quickly for you, I know how that goes and I'm sending you loving, peaceful thoughts.

Lauren, James fell off the bed a couple months ago, he was just starting to try sitting and I propped him on a pillow while I got something out of the dresser. I was just out of arms length and saw him starting to lean (he wasn't even that close to the edge!) and lunged for him. Well he somehow propelled himself forward and off the bed. I was able to get my arm there but did nothing more than tumble him around as he fell. I felt horrible! He was so upset and so was I! Those things do happen to most of us I think. I hope you are getting settled and school goes alright. Hadn't you talked about taking the semester off?
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Hi mamas! My word, if there was a prize for chattiest month, I think we would win! Here goes, I'm going to try, but aas PP have said, if I miss you, please know that I still read your post and paused to think about you.

Raina - happy b-day, and it is hard that b-days get less attention/importance when we get older. It's key to learn ways to treat ourselves at other times, I guess.
Juise, adorable pictures, and I love the gnomes! I just found a cute birdhouse that someone gave us, and decided to hang it in DD's room with a gnome peeking out of it. Maybe I'll see if I can make one from found scraps around the house.
Teeny, good luck finding a DCP. We are going to be faced possibly sooner than later with having to find a short-term one, part-time. We have one lined up for February, but DH is thinking that he may not maintain sanity & sense of self-worth if he is a SAHD for 6 more months, which is when she has an opening. It's such a hard search!
Eilonwy, yay computer! Hope the keyboard is an easy fix.
NOS, good to hear from you again. You certainly keep busy with your sewing projects! I long to have the time to teach myself to sew again & be crafty. Envy!
Kailotus, welcome!
SmokeyLo, good luck as you start to transition to starting back to school, and holy cow after a move, too!

Sleep: After 2 months of trying No-Cry Sleep Solution techniques that didn't help one iota, we decided (no flames) to try something else. She had been waking up every hour or less, sometimes as long as 2 hours, but still. We decided that when she woke, we would let her grunt for a few minutes, go in once her grunts became clearly on the verge of not being happy, and then go in, pick her up, soothe her, put her back down. From that point on, we would stay in the room with her, sing to her, "shhh" to her, keep a hand in her crib, but not pick her up. Lo' & behold, with about 10 minutes of tears one night, she suddenly started just hanging out happily in her crib and drifting back to sleep when she wakes up but isn't hungry!

She is, however, still eating every 3-4 hours, usually closer to 3.

And Poop. Ugh. From once-every-other-day to 2-3 times most days. Even had a couple in the middle of the night in the past week. What gives?!

Did I post about our travel odyssey? Quick recap - 2 weeks of wonderful vacation on Lake Michigan, but a 17-hour flight from hell home. DD was fantastic throughout.

She is teething like mad, the two lowers are already through (about 4-5 weeks ago), and she is working on I think the two uppers. Sigh. Poor kid. All bets are off when it comes to sleep & teething!

I continue to worry mildly that she is physically a bit behind. She is a champion grabber & always has been - she's been grabbing with one hand and transferring to the other since oh, 14 weeks or so? Socially very adept, knows her name, recognizes words dog, mama, dad. She does roll over both ways only occasionally, and usually gets her arm under her when going back-to-front. Just today she balanced sitting on her own for a few seconds. She doesn't do mini-pushups. I think it's fine, I think I'm worrying over nothing. I'm a worrier.

But oh, what a joy she is! We had guests last night whose 5-YO son was falling from the back of our couch onto the cushions and laughing up a storm, and it set DD belly-laughing like nobody's business! I love it!

I'm going to have to start working in the office 2-3 days a week in just a few weeks. Sigh. I've been spoiled, working from home and not having to pump every day. We're going to offer DD sweet potato tonight & see how she does. The only place she hangs out upright is in her exersaucer thingy, so I guess we'll give her food there? Any other suggestions?
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I spoke too soon; The computer died again today. It looks like it came on long enough to allow me to resend the article I'd started for the Wheel of the Year calendar. Did I mention that here? Well, I had a dream while I was at Drum & Splash that an old friend i haven't seen in ten years walked into the office at the Farm and wanted to see the woman who'd written a particular article... and it was me. I woke up and thought, "I wonder how you get to write for the calendar, anyway," and then promptly put it out of my mind because iI'm busy enough. A few hours later, I ran into someone who said, "I'm looking for people to write for the calendar, are you interested?" and I blinked and stared and then laughed and said, "Well, sure!" So that was meant to be. And that my computer would stay online just long enough for me to reformat said article and send it again... well it's just one of those things, I suppose. In any case, I know that the trouble is with the motherboard and not the hard drive, and that's always nice.

Meh.

The countdown is on: one week until school. Sheesh.

I'm reading a bit, but I will admit that I've lost track of things. I've got a lot on my plate just now. It's mostly good, but I'm wickedly busy. Being a jammy git is a lot of work sometimes. I've finally gotten to the point where I think I want an actual boyfriend or two, though, rather than random folks around... and that's kind of nice and scary all at once. Hope all is well with you ladies. I think happy thoughts of you.
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Linda, Sorry, I just really wanted to get your attention. This is probably not news to you but I wanted to mention it just in case you didn't know. I was reading my Reader's Digest tonight and there is an article on allergy dogs. It says poodles, labradors, and german shepards and being trained to detect allergies, it specifies peanut but I don't know if they can be trained for other things as well or not. Anyway, they can sniff playmates' hands to see if they need to wash and things like that. So if you are wanting a dog, it says to google peanut detection dog. It just made me think of you and Charlie!
oh wow! Don't want a pet, but that is NEAT... I would consider it if Charlie goes to school. He can bring his peanut sniffing dog with him!! I am going to pass this along to my allergy group. Thanks!
post #118 of 302
Hi mamas! All I can offer these days is to read and send thoughts your ways!
Sarah, and all, sleep is still a disaster here, so every free minute is devoted to any chore that must be done, and rest. What is going on for us sounds a bit like what SLGT just described. I will have to read back through what you did to make things work and see if we can use something from that. But Molly is in our room, so that might complicate things.

Seriously, things are so bad right now that I wish with all my heart that I were a millionaire so that I could fly you all in here for the week to watch what we are doing, and help me make a plan of WTF to do!!!

Anyway, hi to the newbies, hugs to all with health issues or family members with health issues, and just know I am reading and thinking of you all and missing you!!

Oh, and Molly is just about sitting up perfectly, and the first tooth made it's appearance today!!
post #119 of 302

Hello Everyone!

I am new to mothering.com and just found this thread for Feb babes! My daughter Echo was born 2/20/08 and seems to be pretty much in line with all of your babies developmentally. She sits up unassisted and babbles all day long. She screams when she drops a toy or I take something away from her. She does the mini-push ups and is trying desperately to scoot.
The only thing I find strange is that she shows very little interest in rolling over. She was rolling over from front to back at about 2.3-3 months, but now isn't interested in rolling over either way at all. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is?

Our biggest issue is sleep. She is a beautiful, happy, wonderful baby all day long... until it is time to go to bed for the night. She only sleeps in 45 min-1.5 hour intervals. I have read NCSS and tried her program to no avail. Every time I make a small change I see some improvement, and then a huge regression. It is very frustrating. DH is sleeping on the couch to get some rest so he can work effectively. We have her crib in a sidecar arrangement b/c she sleeps even worse when she is next to me. When she wakes up, the boob is the only thing that soothes her. We use white noise, used to swaddle until she fought it too much and got friction burns on her arms and belly, she sleeps on her belly... I'm not sure what else to try. Her doctor told me that the only thing that is going to make her a better sleeper is to let her CIO and I am not willing to do that. We were thinking of trying the Baby Whisperer's "Pick up, Put down" method. I understand that my decision to AP her has added to this difficulty, but I am having a really hard time surviving on such little sleep. My parenting philosophy is centered around the idea that I will never do anything with or to my daughter that is solely to make my life easier.
Does anyone have any suggestions for help or advice?
Oh, and DD has some food allergies. I have been off of dairy and wheat/gluten since she was 5 wks old. Maybe she is allergic to something else in my diet?
Well, I look forward to joining the camaraderie in this group !
Thanks for any help in advance!
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I am new to mothering.com and just found this thread for Feb babes! My daughter Echo was born 2/20/08 and seems to be pretty much in line with all of your babies developmentally. She sits up unassisted and babbles all day long. She screams when she drops a toy or I take something away from her. She does the mini-push ups and is trying desperately to scoot.
The only thing I find strange is that she shows very little interest in rolling over. She was rolling over from front to back at about 2.3-3 months, but now isn't interested in rolling over either way at all. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is?

Our biggest issue is sleep. She is a beautiful, happy, wonderful baby all day long... until it is time to go to bed for the night. She only sleeps in 45 min-1.5 hour intervals. I have read NCSS and tried her program to no avail. Every time I make a small change I see some improvement, and then a huge regression. It is very frustrating. DH is sleeping on the couch to get some rest so he can work effectively. We have her crib in a sidecar arrangement b/c she sleeps even worse when she is next to me. When she wakes up, the boob is the only thing that soothes her. We use white noise, used to swaddle until she fought it too much and got friction burns on her arms and belly, she sleeps on her belly... I'm not sure what else to try. Her doctor told me that the only thing that is going to make her a better sleeper is to let her CIO and I am not willing to do that. We were thinking of trying the Baby Whisperer's "Pick up, Put down" method. I understand that my decision to AP her has added to this difficulty, but I am having a really hard time surviving on such little sleep. My parenting philosophy is centered around the idea that I will never do anything with or to my daughter that is solely to make my life easier.
Does anyone have any suggestions for help or advice?
Oh, and DD has some food allergies. I have been off of dairy and wheat/gluten since she was 5 wks old. Maybe she is allergic to something else in my diet?
Well, I look forward to joining the camaraderie in this group !
Thanks for any help in advance!
HI Welcome! We have a wonderful group of Feb Mamas!
I wish I had some advise for you, but I don't. We haven't had any sleep issues yet. You made a comment that "I understand that my decision to AP her has added to this difficulty" which made me a little sad. I think being an Attached parent is a wonderful choice and I honestly think that it doesn't make parenting more difficult. I believe that it's made parenting Trixie easier. That being said, perhaps your baby is going through a growth spurt or something else where she would wake regardless, so by being AP you have the tools to deal with it, rather than rely on some other method to leave her screaming and unhappy. (I'm not sure I've made sense....)
Anyhow I hope it gets better and I'm sure some of the moms here can help you out way more.
Mostly I provide the role of cheerleader here since I'm new to the whole parenting gig!
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