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post #41 of 302
Dea, RJ goes through periods of not eating as much - once it was related to teething; this time, I think it was precursor to a growth spurt.

We have been on vacation for 1.5 weeks now, and head home tomorrow. It's been wonderful to relax on the beach. I went to a yoga class yesterday, followed by lunch with my MIL & 2 SIL, followed by a long romp in the lake, doing some teeny bodysurfing in the waves (Lake Michigan). It was truly the most rejuvinated I have felt since DD was born!

RJ is doing well, I think. The aforementioned growth spurt is incredible - she has literally grown folds in the last 1.5 weeks on her legs, plus an extra chin. It's kind of funny. She has 2 teeth already (came in about 4 weeks ago), and is working pretty hard on the 2 uppers. We are not fans of teething.

question for all of you...she is 5.5 months, and is not rolling all the way over, sitting up on her own, or saying consonants. she can easily roll side to side and does so even in her sleep, and certainly has the strength to roll over, but can't get her arm out of the way. She is very long (approaching 30"), and has a big head, which may have contributed to her late neck strength - it's only really been strong for about 2 months. Should I worry?

Oh - I offered her a nibble of banana a few days ago, and she made the greatest face. I kind of feel like we shouldn't start her on solids until she can sit up on her own - what do y'all think? I think she'd be upright in a Bumpo chair, or exersaucer, but that's not really sitting on her own...

Looks like everyone is having a busy summer, but this thread is STILL growing at a rapid rate!
post #42 of 302
It's great to hear updates on all our LOs. I can't believe how advanced some of our babies are - crawling and talking, oh my!!!

Robin is doing really well. She hasn't been recently weighed but I think she's at least 18 lbs. She's into her 9 month clothes and on the largest setting on her bG 3s... I hope she slims down once she starts moving and they last a little longer, I kind of counted on it!!

She has the sweetest nature and loves to play with toys now. Although she only just hit the 5 months mark, she does get a wee bit of solids in the morning since she was getting very upset that I wasn't sharing my oatmeal with her... I give her some baby oatmeal mixed with a fruit puree, maybe 2 tbsp total solids per day. Her poop still smells like ebf poop and she doesn't seem interested in having much more than this, so here we shall stay until I have a compelling reason to give her more stuff to try!

Thanks for your well wishes on our move -- it was stressful but successful. Now we're working on unpacking, . We're really happy with our new place though, and are saving so much money on rent!
post #43 of 302
Three pages already! Wow!

Eli is doing the tepee thing too. We call it his downward facing dog pose. He'll be up on his hands and tippy toes with his forehead on the floor. Today he spent alot of time on his hands and knees, rocking back and forth. He gets such a big, crazy smile on his face! He was also super snuggly this morning in bed. He was sitting up by me and would lean over and lay his head down on me and smile.

Other than that we enjoyed a beautiful weekend. It was supposed to be hot and miserable but turned out not. Saturday Kendall, Eli, and I ventured out. Stopped at my favorite yarn store/coffee shop/cafe, The Sow's Ear, for lunch and some yarny goodness. Then we went to Target and found ELi a new car seat. We currently have a Baby Trend seat, which I love, but the seat itself weighs a ton and when chunky monkey gets added....well it's getting to be too much to carry. Found a nice Evenflo one in a pretty chocolate brown with bits of sage green on it. Something different than black or gray! It's just sad that he's not my tiny little baby.

Today I got some me time since yesterday Daddy golfed all day in a charity outing. I went for a run and bike ride. I'll feel it tomorrow, but seeing all the bikers out yesterday in WI made me relized how much I miss it. I bought a road bike last spring and gave up riding it once I found out I was pregnant. Too worried I would fall since the tires are so skinny and the bike weighs next to nothing so it flies.....Haven't had it out once yet this year.

Glad everyone likes the postcards!!

Helenand any other knitters/spinners-check out the book Woolbur. Super cute kids book. I bought it for myself!
post #44 of 302
Sorry I have been MIA this week. I openly admit that I haven't read any posts yet, and will try to get to some here in the next few min.

As for us, things are getting ugly in the sleep dept (hence being MIA on MDC). It has gotten so bad that I feel like I am in mini-depression. I don't enjoy the days because I am so tired, and as soon as it starts getting near to bedtime, I just get such a dreary feeling, knowing that its time for night-time parenting to start.
Ben was a rough sleeper till around 15 mos, and my whole pregnancy with Molly, I prayed and hoped that she would be easier with sleep. I didn't co-sleep with Ben, and I figured that was part of his problem. So I spent the whole pregnancy with Molly enjoying the thought of co-sleeping with her, and dreaming that it would keep our bond even stronger, and be the best sleeping choice for the whole family. But instead, it is completely awful. It was perfect for the first 3 mos, but now, I am getting so little quality sleep that I really am teetering on the edge of a mini-depression.
But the thing is, I'm not willing to night-wean a 5-mo-old, and I don't believe in CIO, and we don't even have an extra bedroom for her, so I couldn't do CIO even if I was ok with it...so I don't know what the heck to do. Tonight, just to try something, I put the side of her co-sleeper up (which she uses for naps and some parts of the night), and moved it across the room. I figure she doesn't sleep for more than a 90 min stretch when she is in the bed with me, or in the co-sleeper next to the bed, so how much worse can it get if I move her 5 feet away? I am hoping against hope that my sleep movements are part of what is waking her up, and hoping that moving her away might help.

Anyway, sorry to ramble negatively, but I am so hearbroken right now about how poorly bed-sharing has gone with her...and I am so freaking tired. On top of it all, I am suffering from insomnia because it is so hard to relax into sleep when I know she will be up in any minute.

DS is a great sleeper now, so I know that this stage will some day pass, but things are just really bleak right now. I literally cried as I was trying to get her to sleep tonight.

Hugs to all of you. Thanks for letting me vent. If it wasn't knowing that you guys are here and understand why I don't just have her CIO and having you guys to be able to really give empathy/understanding in this situation, I can't imagine how much worse I would be doing!
post #45 of 302
you guys are all so fast I can't keep up. Grace is now 7 months old and doing pretty much what a lot of your babies are doing. She does that teepee thing on her forearms and toes and with her forehead on the ground and sometimes even scootches backwards a little. If you put her on her hands and knees she'll rock or just sorta sit there and then drop onto her belly. She's rolling but not as a means of getting anywhere. Seems pretty content to NOT move. She is a very proficient sitter now though and has been doing solids for a little while and mostly enjoys them. She gets intense joy from butternut squash that makes her shriek with happiness and wiggle back and forth and wave her arms. She's about 17lbs of chunk right now, so HUGE compared to how she started so that may be contributing to the lack of crawling around here. She's starting to really outgrow her 3-6months clothing now and needing to size up. She just popped through two teeth so that's pretty cute. Latest pic:

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post #46 of 302
Hey everyone, I'm subbing this month for a change!

LaurenB, I haven't been separated from Anastasia either. Well, okay, I went to the neighbor's once for 30 minutes and left her with DH...and another time I went on a twenty-minute bike ride around the park...but other than that, we've never been in different buildings. I went through a week or so when I REALLY wanted to get a break around four months but then I just decided that I love this, and really, what's the point of trying to get her to take a bottle so I can leave for a while? I mean, she won't nurse every two hours forever. LOL.

And on that note, I've swung the other way now and decided that not only do I want to be with her all the time, I never want to start solids. Please tell me how much fun solids are because really, I never.want.to.start. EC'ing is going SO great and nursing is so wonderful, and I feel like she and I are so in sync, and she's certainly not hungry...and I know my ped is going to give me a hard time; I just know it. : I want to do self-feeding and skip the purees, but I don't know that much about it, and this six month thing has kind of crept up on me. She's not six months till the 24th and she can't sit up by herself yet, so I have a few more weeks before I have to worry about it. Meanwhile, DH is holding his breath till he gets to feed her too.

Oh--I got the best diapers EVER! Actually they're not diapers; they're training pants. SO cool. They arrived a couple days ago and she's been wearing them the past few days, and that has made EC even greater...anyway, they snap around the waist and then velcro on the sides so the whole thing pretty much flips down in front so it's really easy to pee her. I can take it off and put it back on with one hand in my lap or standing up in a public place while holding a conversation and standing on my head. Just kidding about the standing on my head part. But they're really, really easy, and SO cute. She wore the cutest ones to our babywearing group on Friday, which gave me a chance to talk about EC to everyone who admired them.

I can't believe your babies are talking!!! Well, Anastasia has sort of talked...more babbling, really. I think she's said dada a few times, but I'm not sure if she was really talking, you know? Is this easier to tell with the second baby? It's hard for me to believe that she might be saying words.

She might have said mama when she was crying, but it was more of a wail so it's pretty hard to tell... Oh, that's been really sweet too: she is REALLY attached to me and I LOVE it! She's started crying whenever I leave the room. Haha, I have a feeling I'm supposed to be frustrated by this, but I honestly love it...it's SO weird when she's crying in someone else's arms and they hand her to me and she STOPS CRYING. It amazes me every time, and it makes me feel so warm and happy and loved.

Oh, and I've decided I'm going to start freelance writing again (that was my career in pre-baby life), and now that I can't think about anything but babies, obviously I'll have to write about that, so I've been researching sleep because I want to write an article on it...it's been really fascinating. In a nutshell, cosleeping is even cooler than I thought it was. Here's a tidbit for you all: one study I read showed that 90% of cultures worldwide cosleep. Actually, in most of them the mothers sleep with babies, and fathers sleep in another bed--usually with older children. Sweet, eh?
post #47 of 302
Everyone is mentioning how mobile their babies are and Trixie doesn't move. She's not making the teepee like some others, she doesn't scootch, doesn't really sit unsupported.... I know that she will do these things in time, but I worry that I'll start to get hounded by family and doctors that I hold her too much or something. RAR!
Speaking of holding... (nice transition, eh?) Beco carriers are on sale
http://www.theportablebaby.com/becobabycarriers.html
I am considering, but I don't know if I should get a Beco, Ergo or Pikklo.... I use a wrap or a pouch all of the time, and she's not too heavy for either, but a wrap takes time and a pouch isn't her favorite, although she's starting to tolerate it more and more. I wonder about the internal pouch on the Beco. I don't like the idea of there being fabric between me and my baby, ya know?
What are your opinions?
post #48 of 302
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Question... when some of you mama's say your child is using "WORDS" what do you mean? Do you actually mean your baby is SPEAKING ACTUAL WORDS? Or sounds?????? I didnt know babies talk that early! Crazy! My daughter didnt actually say a FIRST word that others could understand until she was over 1!!!!! I know every baby is different, just didnt think they talked that young!
In my case? Yes, actual words which perfect strangers understand. Mama, milk, his siblings names, and quite a few others. We have a videocamera now, so once we get a memory card for it I'll be able to YouTube his royal mininess. I wish I could have caught Bean on video, his speech was much clearer than Bear's earlier on; By this age, he had quite a few sentences. People would hear him, turn to look and their eyes would just about pop out of their heads.

Yeah, it's difficult to fathom... but nobody who's met Bean in real life has a hard time believing that he started talking at a month and hasn't shut up since.

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I am so curious to know what other 6 month olds are doing. Even though I have been through it once with my daughter, you kind of forget!

What foods are they trying? And also, have your little ones been sick yet?
Bear is chatty, quite mobile, and beautiful. He's had squash and bananas, and I think we'll move on to sweet potatos. Oh yes, and rice cereal mixed with Neocate.

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question for all of you...she is 5.5 months, and is not rolling all the way over, sitting up on her own, or saying consonants. she can easily roll side to side and does so even in her sleep, and certainly has the strength to roll over, but can't get her arm out of the way. She is very long (approaching 30"), and has a big head, which may have contributed to her late neck strength - it's only really been strong for about 2 months. Should I worry?
Should you worry? I don't know. I will say this: BizzyBug could not roll over at six months, and at eight months was not sitting unassisted. That was enough to qualify her for Early Intervention (and was, in her case, the beginning of a looooong journey).

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I can't believe your babies are talking!!! Well, Anastasia has sort of talked...more babbling, really. I think she's said dada a few times, but I'm not sure if she was really talking, you know? Is this easier to tell with the second baby? It's hard for me to believe that she might be saying words.
I didn't believe it either, until other people understood them. And of course there's babbling versus context; Most babies say "da da da" but are they looking for/talking to daddy when they do it? It's totally possible, though. The babies typically get quite excited when you repeat words back to them, so if you think the baby said his/her name, repeat it and find out -- they do that happy excited baby wiggle (or they say, "YEAH!!" ) and you have instnat gratification.

I'm back from Body Tribal (duh). It was fantastic. Bella poured half a gallon of iced tea onto my computer-- not so fantastic. Here's the real kicker-- I was being pissed off, looking at my laptop (which seems to be entirely dead) and Mike came downstairs and said, "There's something I should tell you. I kind of knew this was going to happen and I took extra money out of my 401K for just this eventuality. There's a special going on, you want to order a new laptop?" : Wow, I'm stoked. Still depressed and angry (the data loss! AAAAAAAHHH!!!) but it could be worse. Anyway... *extremely limited* computer time until I'm back online. Gonna suck donkey balls getting ready for school, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
post #49 of 302
my multi-quote isn't working. burning man staff just arrived by the truckload and the town's free wireless is currently being designated to them, since they gave us the free wireless and all, so i'm having very limited computer access.

let's see

slgt.she is 5.5 months, and is not rolling all the way over, sitting up on her own, or saying consonants. she can easily roll side to side and does so even in her sleep, and certainly has the strength to roll over, but can't get her arm out of the way. She is very long (approaching 30"), and has a big head, which may have contributed to her late neck strength - it's only really been strong for about 2 months. Should I worry?

my friend's twins just started rolling over and they are 5.5 months. linnaea can't sit up by herself and she's six months. she just kind of slumps over on her side. she is moving around a lot but not quite crawling. personally? i'd give her another month or two and then start being concerned.

emily Hugs to all of you. Thanks for letting me vent. If it wasn't knowing that you guys are here and understand why I don't just have her CIO and having you guys to be able to really give empathy/understanding in this situation, I can't imagine how much worse I would be doing!

hugs mama!! no sleep is seriously SO HARD!! linnaea started waking up at 5:45 when she usually sleeps until t least 8 or 9. after three days i put lazlo in front of the tv all day and just tried to dose with her. i was yelling all the time, eating all the time even when i wasn't hungry, and ready to cry at the drop of the hat (or when lazlo poured out all my tea tree oil). curtis was able to get me a nap and i felt like i'd been reborn.

i'm not sure how to get you more sleep at night, linnaea has been consistently sleeping for a big chunk at night since the beginning. though there was a period where she'd only sleep with my nipple in her mouth. as soon as i tried to move her she'd wake. have you tried that? i'm only half kidding, i know how valuable sleep is... it might be worth a try.

we also switch sides about every two hours. so she nurses on my right side and i lay on my left side. as soon as she stirs i move her on top of me to the other side and then we repeat in about two hours. she pretty much nurses or at least has her arm under my boobie all night.

good luck!! the worst for me is when they both wake up and by the time i get them both back to sleep i'm wide.friggin'.awake and i stay up for two hours worrying about stuff.

justmama She gets intense joy from butternut squash that makes her shriek with happiness and wiggle back and forth and wave her arms.

i'm hoping my garden will give us some squash soon. i'm loving this picture of baby happiness!!

lisavark Please tell me how much fun solids are because really, I never.want.to.start. EC'ing is going SO great and nursing is so wonderful, and I feel like she and I are so in sync, and she's certainly not hungry...

mama. don't rush it!! seriously, you'll know when she is ready because you won't be able to keep her away from them. with lazlo i diligently mixed boobie juice with the cereal and tried to feed him right at six months. he could care less and it was frustrating. about 7-1/2 months he was ready!! he grabbed at food on my plate, in my hand, on the counter, on the shelf, in the fridge, i couldn't stop him!! linnaea has made it abundantly clear that she wants my tea or smoothies and she likes large chunks she can suck on.

keep yourself in tune with your babe and you will know when she's ready for solids. one of my biggest regrets with lazlo (other than the chicken pox vax ) is that i didn't listen to him to determine when he was ready, i went by the book, in an AP manner but still not in tune with him.

and She might have said mama when she was crying, but it was more of a wail so it's pretty hard to tell..

linnaea first said mama when she was crying. but now it's pretty consistently said when she wants me or when she sees me. lazlo (wawo) has been pretty inconsistent, but she hasn't ever said it when she wasn't looking at him so i figure it counts. she said hi the other day to curtis and later to some friends. it's kinda like "ha" but she definitely said it to them.

Dea don't like the idea of there being fabric between me and my baby, ya know?
What are your opinions?

so far, my mei tai is my favourite. though i am slowly getting into wrapping (thanks amanda!!) i like wrapping because i can cover her almost entirely and the sun is blistering out here. my ergo is sitting on the shelf waiting for her to get bigger. it's great for hiking (backpack carry) but i don't like it for her age now.

rynna
glad to see you had a good time at body tribal!! and bittersweet congrats on your new laptop
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Dea, I'd look at a buckle tai- I know Ann of Loxley pointed you in the direction of Connecta, but I'm sure there's some US brands.

slgt, neither Alex nor Isaac rolled until they sat, and Isaac didn't sit early either. I wouldn't panic, but I would be quietly observant at the moment.

Emily, big love What I can tell you is that no matter how bad it gets, in five years time you'll have forgotten all about it and possibly be insane enough to do it all again: at least, that's my experience Neither Alex nor Isaac were good sleepers, and 2001 was a doozy of a year.

Lisa, IME its easier to tell that your baby is talking when you're in a DDC with someone like Rynna who believes that babies can communicate much earlier than standard medical textbooks Certainly River has around a dozen recognisable words (well, more than one, and I can't be bothered to count) but I'm not considering him to be a particularly early developer. He's just him. Then again, I don't especially believe in the gifted/talented label, either.
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Can someone go take a look at my new blog please? I'm aiming for the equivalent of Homebirth UK for breastfeeding, trying to correlate as many stories in one place as possible. Contributions very welcome
Very cool, Helen. What a great resource that will be!

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Kaia will be 6 months on the 8th, and boy is she starting to seem like a real peanut compared to the rest of the babies! She's 13 lbs ish at this point. I have to keep reminding myself over and over and over that she has a small mama who has also always been small and it's okay, and squash fears. She's totally filled out and everything, very active, great on milestones, etc... I think I just had this rant not long ago : Why is it so hard to know that she's fine? Does anyone else have a *little* LO?
Yep. I weighed Twyla on my bathroom scale, and it looks like she's about 14 lbs. She'll be 6 months on the 12th. And she's bigger than my other two at this age! Don't worry about it!

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(OH! And by the way, I was thinking about starting a thread on LWAB just for Feb 2008 moms to share pics of their LOs...because I would LOVE to see pics of all our Feb(/Mar) babies. I know people sometimes post links in the long thread, but I thought it might be nice to have a dedicated photo thread, so we can just ooh and ahh without having to write a lot. Would anyone else be into that? If so, I will start one, or someone else can of course!)
Yeah! Post a link if you do.

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I am so excited I just had to tell all you mamas-

DD went peepee in the potty three times today! Oh my goodness! I wanted to take a photo.
Yay! It's so amazing when they first start doing it, huh? My grandma gets such a kick out of it when I put Twyla on the potty. She always asks if she went and then giggles if she did. So cute!


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So, off to buy our new natural latex mattress! I am so excited, we will have a bigger mattress and a more comfortable one and one without fire retardants etc...
We got a chemical free mattress shortly before Twyla was born, and I feel so much better for it! I can confidently lie her on her stomach to sleep- something I wouldn't feel comfortable doing on a mattress with flame retardants.

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question for all of you...she is 5.5 months, and is not rolling all the way over, sitting up on her own, or saying consonants. she can easily roll side to side and does so even in her sleep, and certainly has the strength to roll over, but can't get her arm out of the way. She is very long (approaching 30"), and has a big head, which may have contributed to her late neck strength - it's only really been strong for about 2 months. Should I worry?[QUOTE]

I wouldn't worry. My first was about 7months old before he could sit independently, and he rarely rolled over. He's a smart little bugger now at 6 years old.

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Today I got some me time since yesterday Daddy golfed all day in a charity outing. I went for a run and bike ride. I'll feel it tomorrow, but seeing all the bikers out yesterday in WI made me relized how much I miss it. I bought a road bike last spring and gave up riding it once I found out I was pregnant. Too worried I would fall since the tires are so skinny and the bike weighs next to nothing so it flies.....Haven't had it out once yet this year.
That sounds nice. I love how a little "me" time can really recharge the batteries!

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As for us, things are getting ugly in the sleep dept (hence being MIA on MDC). It has gotten so bad that I feel like I am in mini-depression. I don't enjoy the days because I am so tired, and as soon as it starts getting near to bedtime, I just get such a dreary feeling, knowing that its time for night-time parenting to start.
I've been there, mama! I'm so sorry you're doing this all over again after your last non-sleeper! No advice, just remember that it won't last forever.

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And on that note, I've swung the other way now and decided that not only do I want to be with her all the time, I never want to start solids. Please tell me how much fun solids are because really, I never.want.to.start. EC'ing is going SO great and nursing is so wonderful, and I feel like she and I are so in sync, and she's certainly not hungry...and I know my ped is going to give me a hard time; I just know it. : I want to do self-feeding and skip the purees, but I don't know that much about it, and this six month thing has kind of crept up on me. She's not six months till the 24th and she can't sit up by herself yet, so I have a few more weeks before I have to worry about it. Meanwhile, DH is holding his breath till he gets to feed her too.

Oh--I got the best diapers EVER! Actually they're not diapers; they're training pants. SO cool. They arrived a couple days ago and she's been wearing them the past few days, and that has made EC even greater...anyway, they snap around the waist and then velcro on the sides so the whole thing pretty much flips down in front so it's really easy to pee her. I can take it off and put it back on with one hand in my lap or standing up in a public place while holding a conversation and standing on my head. Just kidding about the standing on my head part. But they're really, really easy, and SO cute. She wore the cutest ones to our babywearing group on Friday, which gave me a chance to talk about EC to everyone who admired them.
Yeah, no rush on solids. Marley was about 10 months old before we started. If she doesn't seem interested yet, then she doesn't need it yet. I totally want those EC dipes! They're so cool! We just use a prefold belt with a prefold at home, and it works fine, so I can't really justify the expense right now.

So I went to a prenatal today, and the husband totally made me feel uncomfortable. That's the first time I have ever felt really judged by someone whose birth I will be attending. The first thing he asked me after being introduced was "What's that tattoo on your arm?" I just felt like if I said that it was a goddess figure he would have kicked me out and told me never to come back (they're very christian), so I just said it was a pregnant woman. Normally I don't feel intimidated by people, but since I'm not the one taking their money, I didn't feel free to throw any attitude around, y/k? Not that they're actually paying the midwife- she's had to really push them to pay anything, and all they've paid is $400, and he's made it clear that he doesn't think they should have to pay as much as she charges. : I told her she shouldn't sign the birth certificate until they pay in full. It sucks because this is the first time I've ever felt like I REALLY don't want to attend someone's birth.

Okay, crankiness ensues- must entertain baby.
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Thanks everyone for the carriers choices! I'm still at odds as to what to get, but I have some better ideas now. I just wish that a wrap was quicker and eaiser to put on, 'cause I love how they feel and Trixie seems to love them too!

applecore I'm so shocked that someone who would want a midwife would be so judgmental! UGH! Sigh, some people eh?
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Bedding -- Lucy's latex mattress from ecobaby just came, I love it! It's just as comfy as ours, so now she can sleep in her cosleeper part of the bed too, even if it's only at naptime! (DH buit our cosleeper before I had DD1 -- it's flush with the bed, really a sidecar type thing).

Carriers -- Funny, but I've been searching for new ones this week too. Lucy is just too hot in our APLX (which, btw, is my absolute favorite ssc). I've bought on the fsot on TBW a solarveil onbu (never saw those before, they look fun!) and a solarweave Connecta. I'm hoping one or both of those will work well to help keep her cool. We have H2Duo that she really likes, but it offers less support and I can't get her out when she falls asleep so it can get awkward, but I do love and recommend it.

Dea, I used to live in NYC and we had a real live store where I could see some things in person. I compared the Ergo, Beco Butterfly, 4th Gen, Pikkolo, Jetpak, and APLX, and went with the APLX. The Butterfly did feel nice with DD1 in it even, but I don't know...I wasn't a fan of the extra fabric. It was like one more step to worry about, and if you are already used to wrapping and mei tais and such, I don't think you'd like it. JMO. I didn't look at the Pikkolo much at the time bc it didn't offer as much support, it's more of a buckle tei I think, and wasn't what I was looking for.

So did we decide our babies' more solid poo was bc of dehydration on our parts? I don't like the look of Lucy's poo, it was solid enough to shake off her dipe into the toilet today. That's just not right for ebf baby!!!
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it's a really special event because the only folks that are out here are dpw (the folks that actually build the infrastructure for the city) and there's lots of us that have been here year after year. there are probably 50 people? and we are right where the man is going to be and there is nothing out there but us, and in 3 weeks there will be 45,000 people!

it's always a touching event but this year, we have a new baby and there is another couple that has twins, they've been coming out for even longer than my mate and i. it's neat to see the next generation. plus, volunteering for dpw is how my mate and i met so it's just really special.
I sure wish there was a miracle this year for us. We just can't afford to go and take the two kids. and we just can't go without them. I mean, We were married out there and I named my daughter EMBER for crimeny.
Soak up some of that playa for me, Carrie, I wish I could be out there with ya.
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So I went to a prenatal today, and the husband totally made me feel uncomfortable. That's the first time I have ever felt really judged by someone whose birth I will be attending. The first thing he asked me after being introduced was "What's that tattoo on your arm?" I just felt like if I said that it was a goddess figure he would have kicked me out and told me never to come back (they're very christian), so I just said it was a pregnant woman. Normally I don't feel intimidated by people, but since I'm not the one taking their money, I didn't feel free to throw any attitude around, y/k? Not that they're actually paying the midwife- she's had to really push them to pay anything, and all they've paid is $400, and he's made it clear that he doesn't think they should have to pay as much as she charges. : I told her she shouldn't sign the birth certificate until they pay in full. It sucks because this is the first time I've ever felt like I REALLY don't want to attend someone's birth.
Well... You know how there are always people posting, "How do I talk my husband into a homebirth?" Perhaps this is one of those cases. Men can be ridiculous about such things, and perhaps she's not brave enough to UC (or perhaps she's one of those "submissive wives" who does whatever he tells her to do). Maybe getting him to talk to a midwife is a HUGE step for her, and she's taking every little victory she can get. I'd focus on her and ignore his sorry butt entirely.

I miss my computer. I feel... incomplete.
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Hi!

DS is just about 6 months, too, but developing on his own timetable. He's been diagnosed with low muscle tone and will start EI therapy this week. He can't sit at all and is very low tone in the trunk, but rolls all over creation. He's really into toys and using his hands, maybe because large motor stuff is hard? Babbles a ton, but no words. DD said her first word around 8 months.

He has his pincer grasp going and uses it to very thoughtfully manipulate any tag he can get his hands on. Very smiley and fun. Sleep is crap, though.

Just tried solids the other day, but I don't think he's ready--most of it came right back out.

BTW, I have a peanut baby too. He's just hitting 14.5 lbs.
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Well... You know how there are always people posting, "How do I talk my husband into a homebirth?" Perhaps this is one of those cases. Men can be ridiculous about such things, and perhaps she's not brave enough to UC (or perhaps she's one of those "submissive wives" who does whatever he tells her to do). Maybe getting him to talk to a midwife is a HUGE step for her, and she's taking every little victory she can get. I'd focus on her and ignore his sorry butt entirely.
If that were the case I'd be more likely to feel like I really needed to support her, but this will be their 7th homebirth! I hope I can ignore his sorry butt! I just feel unsafe in some way. I guess attending homebirths can really put you in a vulnerable position, and you just want to feel like you can trust the folks you are serving. I definitely don't trust this dude.:

Twyla seems to have picked up a little virus. She was all snorty during the night, and even gagged on drainage, which caused her to vomit all over. Thank goodness we're not doing solids yet! I've been puked on enough in the middle of the night to really be able to appreciate EBF puke!
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I sure wish there was a miracle this year for us. We just can't afford to go and take the two kids. and we just can't go without them. I mean, We were married out there and I named my daughter EMBER for crimeny.
Soak up some of that playa for me, Carrie, I wish I could be out there with ya.
oh mama i hear you. i just double-checked and as a local i can only get two guest passes. plus the cost for a guest is $40/day. i think it's mostly for folks who have guests come in from out of town just for the burn. let me see if i can figure anything else out.... i'll pm you.

fyi- i just double checked kiddos 12 and under are free.
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I can't keep up with you guys either! Every time I think I'm caught up I'm not :

Avraham Tzvi is doing really well, rolling all over, about 15 lbs but 28 inches. He has low muscle tone we think so I"m going to bring him into the ped to check it out. Nechama had low muscle tone as a baby and she did some PT.

Still only nursing here, but he tried to grab my pita today. Maybe that was a hint? I was h olding him and he just grabbed and almost got it in his mouth. None of my others were interested in solids until 9 months or so.

I'm loving this age. He's really a pretty happy baby, and I'm just able to sit and *enjoy* I never had one baby in the house, I'm really enjoying the novilty (my other kids are in the house of course, but with the twins there were 2 of them, then with Rivka the twins were still babies so it was all a whirlwind)
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Raina, I was thinking about the "how do I talk my husband into.." threads, and that wasn't our experience. For us, it was more that we were concerned that we would not get a quality, professional, skilful, gentle, unobtrusive service from the midwife who attended River's birth based upon the reputation of Swindon PCT and how the midwives presented themselves. For them, maybe they feel that someone who has visible tattoos won't handle herself professionally : There could be a learning experience in this for you, like covering up a bit more (sorry, I don't remember where your tatt is, but I'm guessing upper arm) at first appointments. It could also be, though, that you just aren't gelling with him. I'd focus on his wife, as Rynna suggested, and see how things pan out.

Rynna, sorry, I missed the laptop drama. Bless Mike

We're cursed with drama here. The government is insisting on giving us more tax credits than we think we're entitled to, my FIL's carers are being imbecilic cretinous doo-doo heads (again) and my psycho neighbour has started up again. The stress is finally starting to tell on me and Steve as well- I know we've handled the last year pretty well, but I'm overdue a break. Playamama, I think I'm planning on jumping on a plane in your direction tomorrow- a party sounds like just what I need.
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