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post #21 of 445
Hi!

SO good to hear about everyone's babes. Its been a few months since I had time to post anything. Life is crazy and wonderful

Leif is sitting and playing and has 5 teeth. Wants to crawl, but doesn't get too far yet without smacking his forehead on the floor. He nurses a few times at night but not too disruptive to my sleep. The only hard part is he still refuses to nap on a flat surface. Its sling or nothing. And I am so physically tired by the end of the day. My girls switched from sling naps to bed naps around 6 months. Maybe he just needs some more time.

He has hit that magical age where I suddenly forgot how hard the 1st few months were and now I want to have another child. This always happens to me right about this age. In a few months it passes and I get a year or so before the baby fever hits again. We were really really planning to stop after 3, now I'm not so sure.

Fall is such a busy fun time for our family, and we are so enjoying the cooler weather! Its fun watching him enjoy the world without us having to sweat on each other so much. He LOVES eating leaves, and here I thought he'd let me delay solids.

Happy October Mamas
post #22 of 445
Hey Everyone! Can't believe it's October! Eli is wearing footie pj's tonight because it's been chilly around here the past couple days. Maybe they will make him sleep better. HA HA. I can hope right? He's turning into a real crazy man. Very loud when he wants to be heard, smiles constantly, and hates when mom leaves the room (that's getting a little old).

Yesterday was my first appointment with my ob. He couldn't find the baby's heartbeat with the doppler so I had an ultrasound. Saw a little head, with what he said were the beginnings of arms, legs, and a little heart beating away. My doctors older two are 16 months apart so he was clueing us in on what to expect!

My sister is moving to Arcata, CA in four days. Are any of you CA moms near there? She only knows one person out there-the guy she's moving there to be with (mixed feeling on that situation but anyways).

I'm trying not to let the economy get to me too much. Tim's 401K has lost four grand in recent times which is yucky. I haven't looked at mine out of fear for how bad it probably looks. We are lucky we have no credit card debit and both have good jobs. More than that we have great kids and another on the way. Much to be thankful for.
post #23 of 445
Wow Heather, I totally missed it!! Congratulations!!! : That's what I get for being too busy to read... did anything else major happen last month??


AislinCarys, Jackson is practicing his pulling up a lot and is quite good at it but he is still combat crawling too. I'm glad you are doing better with Mommy-hood.

I am thinking about doing a mommy tea thing for all my mom friends because I know several other moms but only see one of them regularly. I am finding it harder to be with my other friends because it seems all I know how to talk about anymore is baby related stuff so I need some other people to hang out with who don't mind it. Also I need something else to do with myself (and Jackson) during the week. It will be good for him to be around some other babies too.
post #24 of 445
i'm just going to post so i get one in before it's too late. linnaea stood all on her own for 3 seconds. we went to fly geyser hot springs today and did a little swimming.

linnaea has taken to pinching really tinyt folds of boobie skin in her little pinchy fingers. in i take her away from the boobie she pinches my belly button.

i promise to axtually converse here soonbut i'm naking and it's brush teeth tume,
post #25 of 445
Carrie:, thanks for the awesome post card!! I love it!! Such a great idea!

NOS: your kids sound so sweet!!

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Hugs to the mamas with sleep issues. I'm truly sorry that you're so sleep deprived. Are you all taking care of yourselves at least through good nutrition? I know I have a tendancy to eat really crappy when I'm fatigued.
Um...as I am sitting here reading this (after another night of very broken sleep) I am chowing down on M&M's...seriously, someone come over here and take them out of my hands!!! I am genetically lucky to be generally a thin person, and have GREAT will power when it comes to food (exercise on the other hand...) but lately I am stuffing any chocolate thing I can find into my mouth, and I know it's just the fatigue talking. Oh well, this too will pass.

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Damn Julie. I just read your blog and I'm sitting here crying and worrying Grace....thanks....no really.....THANKS
Yeah that!!!! Thanks for the wake up call, Julie!

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I find I'm coping a bit better with motherhood, recently we managed to get to a Potty Party morning tea 2 train rides away (I don't drive), I've made dinner once, done the dishes a couple of times and baked a cake. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I think I'm getting back, slowly. (I had a rotten pregnancy, difficult birth and really hard breastfeeding experience. + I have a baby who wouldn't let me put her down, but hated slings...)
Congrats on making good steps! I haven't had nearly as rough a time with it as you have, but I did with my DS, and it was literally 9 months before I was really doing well with motherhood, and probably a year before I was accomplishing a lot of chores. Keep up the great work!

As for Molly, she is a dream baby (other than sleep at night, which I will NOT go into again, because I have made my OWN ears bleed talking about poor sleep issues, first with DS, now her and I can't stand to hear myself anymore and am working hard to not subject anyone else to it, either). She has the most wonderful nature I could ever have dreamed of for a baby. And she loves: me with all her heart. With DS, I felt kind of like we were in things together, with mutual love and trepidation, but with Molly, it is unabashed Mommy adoration, and I love it:.

She COULD crawl if she thought about it, but she has decided that it is an insult to be put on her tummy (though she sleeps this way) and fusses immediately until she rolls over...which is also usually immedate. She LOVES to pull up to standing holding my fingers, and would do this all day long if I let her. I am trying to encourage the tummy and work toward crawling before walking, but I am also savoring every day free from a moblie infant, so really I am not pushing either.

She still HATES eating for the most part. It was cute at first, but I did get a lot of peace of mind when DS started eating...like if I was hurt or something, I no longer had to worry about his nutrition because I knew he could at least get by till I could nurse him again, so with her, as it drags on, it's starting to loose it's cuteness, and I look forward to her eating a little bit, at least. She also won't take a bottle, so it will just be a piece of mind thing when she starts liking food. But I do treasure our special nursing relationship, so I shouldn't complain too much!!

And, she was 18 pounds at her 6 mo check up, so i am sure she is way past that now!

Ugh...is it 10:30 already? Gotta go sleep!!!

Love to all!
post #26 of 445
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The concern is with children who CAN'T crawl, or never learn to, a coordination thing, meaning right leg used with left arm etc.
Actually, this is one of those cases where correlation was mistaken for causation. There are some children with developmental issues who never crawl; In fact, it is a statistically significant portion, for certain issues. There are also many children who are perfectly normal and healthy who don't crawl on hands and knees for whatever reason.

Our babies are getting to be eight months old. If, by the eight month mark, your baby cannot do one more more of the following it's perfectly reasonable to call Early Intervention (but not to start breaking out red flags for every known developmental disorder!):
  • Sit independantly on his tush.
  • Move from sitting to tummy and vice-versa.
  • Roll over from back to tummy & vice-versa.
  • Hold & move head well-- turn to look at sounds, look at a toy they're playing with, etc.
  • Get from point A to point B in some fashion. It needn't be hands & knees crawling, but most typically developing babies can "go" at this age.
  • Make babbly baby noises. I'm not talking about discernable words or even linguistically-appropriate gibberish, but random babbles, gurgles, and coos. They ought to be vocalizing by now.

Of course, that's by no means intended to be a comprehensive list or to take the place of sound medical advice (I'll tell you if I think you should blow your doctor off in favor of a second opinion!), but it's to give you an idea of what's slightly worrisome and what's not. My latest mover and shaker, Miss Bellatrix LeBella, is 2.5 now and is doing juuuuust fine, thankyouverymuch. She was *barely* crawling at 8 months as I recall... in fact, she may have been closer to 9 months (I seem to remember that she was older when she started to crawl than BooBah was when she started to walk). She could, however, get into a hands & knees position from sitting. She sat very nicely on her own, and moved to hands & knees and then back to her tushiebuns.

My niece with autism, on the other hand, couldn't reliably sit on her own at 8 months-- often as not, she'd just kind of tip over. With a bit of PT she got the hang of not only sitting but moving to hands & knees and then crawling, but she needed to be taught those things. It was actually quite cool to watch her learn it, because she was a *baby*. Anyway, she only rolled over in one direction, couldn't sit, sure as heck couldn't crawl or pull herself up on things, and held her head very rigidly. She also didn't make a sound *at all* aside from occasional laughing/crying; There was no babbling. She didn't respond to *anything* a lot of the time, from 'painful' stimuli to her name. Very different from your average non-crawler, and clearly pathological.
post #27 of 445
Ashlee gets up every couple of hours during the night too. This is the ONLY place that I will still admit that! I have started telling people that she sttn when they ask. I am SICK of people telling me she needs a bottle with formula for the night.
post #28 of 445
Hey everyone, subbing in

I'm starting to get a bit concerned, because he does not babble AT ALL. Nothing. He does hear though, he's had a hearing test and he definatly turns when I calll or when he hears noise. Just no babbling. He's a sweet good baby (almost too good, ya know) so I'm just starting to get concerned. I think I"m goin to bring him back to the ped. next week. I hope it's nothing, but something is seeming a bit off (even though everyone is teling me I'm nuts, he's just a sweet content baby)
post #29 of 445
Oh and he can do everything on the list except sit independently and babble. HE's almost got a real crawl (it's still army, but he's doing t he up on knees rocking thing more often). Just no babbling at all He can sit for a split second if I sit him up, but that's all. I know his muscel tone is weak, I need to see about starting PT. Nechama had PT from about 5 months until 18 months, so it's not surprising another one of my kids would have an issue.
post #30 of 445
Ok y'all, add me to the mildly worried list. We have several friends who have babies around the same age, and when I hold them, I can feel a discernable difference from DD. They hold themselves taut, and are strong little buggers. DD has always been a bit floppy. She's very long (I think about 30" right now) and slender as babies go (chunky thighs, chins, arms, but slender torso).

She will sit on her own for maybe 10 minutes if she's distracted & playing with something (grass, usually), but generally will immediately dive forward to her belly. She does roll all over the place, but JUST started pushing herself up on straight arms when on her belly - the "mini-pushup" that was supposed to start months ago. She tries to sit up when on her back & can almost do it, and she has pulled herself to standing a couple of times but only holding on to me.

She doesn't appear to be trying to crawl at all. My nephew was crawling & pulling himself up by 7 months, walking at 10 - I'll be surprised if DD is crawling by 9 months at this point.

She's very social, loves people, babbles all day long (no "mama" yet, though ).

One of my concerns is that she's with DH & I most of the time, and not around other people much. Could this be in any way contributing to slower development? Should I worry? I should add that both DH & I are overachievers, so it wouldn't be unlike us to be expecting her to be "advanced".
post #31 of 445
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Oh and he can do everything on the list except sit independently and babble. HE's almost got a real crawl (it's still army, but he's doing t he up on knees rocking thing more often). Just no babbling at all He can sit for a split second if I sit him up, but that's all. I know his muscel tone is weak, I need to see about starting PT. Nechama had PT from about 5 months until 18 months, so it's not surprising another one of my kids would have an issue.
Austin wasn't a babbler either. I don't remember him getting very vocal until 9-10 months old. He kind of went through a growing and learning explosion at that point where he started crawling, talking, pulling up, and getting teeth all at the same time. Try not to worry too much. Some kids are just taking in the scenery and he may surprise you one day and just start babbling away.

So last night DH and I were showering and we were talking because I had been sick all day and thought I was possibly pregnant. He was disappointed because I wasn't pregnant! He wants me to get pregnant so we can have our third and be done for a while. Totally hit me from outta left field, but I was like ok. Problem is I told him Steven isn't handling solids and AF is still on vacation. So God knows when I'll see her again. So for now we're stuck with the terrific twosome and our trio will have to wait.
post #32 of 445
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Ok y'all, add me to the mildly worried list. We have several friends who have babies around the same age, and when I hold them, I can feel a discernable difference from DD. They hold themselves taut, and are strong little buggers. DD has always been a bit floppy. She's very long (I think about 30" right now) and slender as babies go (chunky thighs, chins, arms, but slender torso).

She will sit on her own for maybe 10 minutes if she's distracted & playing with something (grass, usually), but generally will immediately dive forward to her belly. She does roll all over the place, but JUST started pushing herself up on straight arms when on her belly - the "mini-pushup" that was supposed to start months ago. She tries to sit up when on her back & can almost do it, and she has pulled herself to standing a couple of times but only holding on to me.

She doesn't appear to be trying to crawl at all. My nephew was crawling & pulling himself up by 7 months, walking at 10 - I'll be surprised if DD is crawling by 9 months at this point.

She's very social, loves people, babbles all day long (no "mama" yet, though ).

One of my concerns is that she's with DH & I most of the time, and not around other people much. Could this be in any way contributing to slower development? Should I worry? I should add that both DH & I are overachievers, so it wouldn't be unlike us to be expecting her to be "advanced".
I still wouldn't have alarm bells yet. Like I said Austin is developementally fine (some days I can't believe how smart the little punk is) and he didn't start doing any of the stuff you said until around 9 months. The pulling up to standing on their own at this age is quite early in my opinion. Plus if she gets around by rolling she may be content with her mode of transportation ATM lol. Steven can't sit more than 10 minutes either unless there is a toy he's really interested in. *hugs* Don't worry just yet!!
post #33 of 445
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Hey Everyone! Can't believe it's October! Eli is wearing footie pj's tonight because it's been chilly around here the past couple days. Maybe they will make him sleep better. HA HA. I can hope right? He's turning into a real crazy man. Very loud when he wants to be heard, smiles constantly, and hates when mom leaves the room (that's getting a little old).

Yesterday was my first appointment with my ob. He couldn't find the baby's heartbeat with the doppler so I had an ultrasound. Saw a little head, with what he said were the beginnings of arms, legs, and a little heart beating away. My doctors older two are 16 months apart so he was clueing us in on what to expect!

My sister is moving to Arcata, CA in four days. Are any of you CA moms near there? She only knows one person out there-the guy she's moving there to be with (mixed feeling on that situation but anyways).

I'm trying not to let the economy get to me too much. Tim's 401K has lost four grand in recent times which is yucky. I haven't looked at mine out of fear for how bad it probably looks. We are lucky we have no credit card debit and both have good jobs. More than that we have great kids and another on the way. Much to be thankful for.

So exciting to hear about your newest little one!

NOS is near Arcata, and my second oldest DSD is there. Wish I could move there, what a place!
post #34 of 445
slgt nak I wouldnt worry much either my Emily was much slower than the other two too.

Can I rant for a sec? I am so so so sick of people waking up Ashlee. She is NEVER allowed to sleep and it is starting to really p!ss me off: She is not a good napper anyway if she sleeps for a half an hour on her own it is long. Well I knew she needed a good nap. She got up at 8 and I finally got her down for a nap at 2 I was letting her nap on me because I was pretty tired too and thought that I could relax for a bit and she usually sleeps longer on me. Well DS who knows that Ash is sleeping comes barging into the room "I need some money now for a haircut". I said "shhhhh Ashlee is sleeping" and he said "I .NEED. MONEY"! i told him where my wallet was and he said "it isn't there I HAVE to GO"! Guess who is awake after just 20 min! I get up and show him that my wallet is right where I said it was.

I am SOOOOO sick of everyone waking her up. If it isnt him it is the dog, my dd, my dh or someone ringing the doorbell. This poor baby! I am really serious when I say that it is every day......

How can I get this to stop!!!
post #35 of 445
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slgt nak I wouldnt worry much either my Emily was much slower than the other two too.

Can I rant for a sec? I am so so so sick of people waking up Ashlee. She is NEVER allowed to sleep and it is starting to really p!ss me off: She is not a good napper anyway if she sleeps for a half an hour on her own it is long. Well I knew she needed a good nap. She got up at 8 and I finally got her down for a nap at 2 I was letting her nap on me because I was pretty tired too and thought that I could relax for a bit and she usually sleeps longer on me. Well DS who knows that Ash is sleeping comes barging into the room "I need some money now for a haircut". I said "shhhhh Ashlee is sleeping" and he said "I .NEED. MONEY"! i told him where my wallet was and he said "it isn't there I HAVE to GO"! Guess who is awake after just 20 min! I get up and show him that my wallet is right where I said it was.

I am SOOOOO sick of everyone waking her up. If it isnt him it is the dog, my dd, my dh or someone ringing the doorbell. This poor baby! I am really serious when I say that it is every day......

How can I get this to stop!!!
Disconnect the doorbell, lock the door (with everyone on the other side) with a nice note () that says Do Not Disturb for anything less than Serious Injury/Illness, Death or Fire. Turn on some white noise (EX: TV, radio, or fan) to drown out household noises and relax.

As for your DS I would have a talk with him about his lack of preparedness for his day. Lack of preparation on his part does not (and should not) constitute an emergency on yours. He's old enough to be ready in advance and if he needed haircut money that bad he should have thought of it before you were putting the baby down. If he forgot, oh well you'll have to get one another time/day. Its not fair to you to have to deal with something like that when you are resting with the baby.
post #36 of 445
It's nice reading what everyone is up to...I haven't quite finished this thread, but will go back to catch up!

Ella is doing great, active as ever! She took two steps the other night, and is standing alone for a few seconds now. I really DO wish she would hold off a bit on walking, but it doesn't look that way...:


She is eating like a mad woman, she LOVES food. Any food. She grabs stuff out of our hands and of our plate all. the. time. We have to sequester ourselves in the kitchen and eat on the counter so she doesn't see it.


Abby (3.5 years) is an AMAZING big sister, she is so sweet and patient and careful with Ella, and of course Ella just adores her. She cracks up at Abby's antics and usually Abby can get her to stop crying faster that we can. I love love love that they get along like they do, it's really the best thing to watch the together.


Ella is waking up a LOT at night. A good night is sleep at 8 or so, wake at 10, 1, 4 and 7. A bad night is up every hour or so. It's not to nurse all the time, but that's what gets her back to sleep quickest. Sometimes it's for a cuddle and she's fine. OTher times it's because she is stuffy, which seems to happen quite a bit...not sure if it's allergies or a cold or what. She is just like her sister in that they are both very active, so I'm not planning on her sleeping soundly any time soon. Coffee is my good friend....
post #37 of 445
True Blue- We have those terrible hard hard floors too and Jahmari has taken more bumps to the noggen than I can count- (one this morning)

Jahmari just turned 7months. He has no teeth and very little hair

He can sign for milk and says mmmmmmmm. He just this week started pulling himself up to standing! He can sit fairly well on his own but is not so interested in being still. He does this thing where he crawls up DH or I and then turns to the side and lounges against us.

I am trying to EC but having trouble finding positions that work for us.

I weighed and measured J a month ago and at 6 months he was 27" and 18lbs.

We are moving onto my husbands island, Anegada Dec 1. My Mom is coming to visit Nov.1 so she will be here to help me with J while I do things to get ready for the move.

The move is thriling for us in so many ways. We are taking a big leap of faith as DH is quitting is govt job and is going to haul his lobster/fish pots 3X week. On top of that we are going to put all our time and effort into our architecture business and we have already started planting out own food. DH has a nice piece of land that we are biulding on but we are going to rent a little place until we have a generator and some black tanks to collect the rainwater- see exciting stuff I can't wait to be out there with Jahmari on my back working in my garden. aaaaahhhh
post #38 of 445
oh yeah... sleep

We start Jahmari's sleep routine at 6ish. Shower, oil him up, diaper and a little shirt. Then I nurse him and sing to him. If he is still active (rolling around the bed and smiling at me I call in DH who has a lot of patience and he lays with DS and moves him back to the middle of the bed every few minutes until he falls asleep (usually before 8pm)
He wakes around 10:30 to nurse and that is when we all go to sleep together.
He wakes again around 2, nurses, then sleeps until 6 am.
At 6 am he will either nurse and play with DH's hair and nurse again OR
nurse and back to sleep until 7:30-8.

It's 11am now and he is just about to wake up from his nap.

So yeah, Jahmari doesn't cry all night for no reason but I don't get any long stretches of sleep. Sometimes I take the second nap of the day with him and he will sleep a lot longer and I wake up feeling so good. Same thing on weekends. If DH is home (not out hauling his pots) I will curl up in bed with a book or take a nap for a few hours.

I didn't expect anything- this STTN thing was a new thing for DH and I- we were like- what are they talking about? hehe. SO we just say, yeah! He only wakes to eat.
post #39 of 445
Hugs to you mamas worried about milestones. But I really wouldn't be concerned at this point. Ronan didn't sit unsupported until he was 7+ months, and he and Marley were both into their 10th month before they started crawling. I would try to stand Marley up on my lap and get her to put weight on her legs at 10 months, and she would just lift them up. I think some babies are just totally fine with being less physical. Others are more motivated because they have a personality that just wants to GO. Both are fine. You'll know if there are developmental issues as they get older. I don't think figuring that out early is as important as just letting them develop on their own timetable and remaining positive. I'm of the opinion that focusing on negative possibilities can actually make them more likely to occur. It sounds like your babies are doing just fine to me.

Twyla is crawling super fast now, and trying to climb stairs. She's also pulling up and can easily hang on with one hand while keeping her balance. Still no teeth, but she's all over the food scene. I've actually bought some baby food. : I made frozen cubes, but I don't have a microwave (by choice) and sometimes I don't have enough foresight to get her food ready while I'm cooking ours. And the latest development is that she's saying "mama" a lot. : I would have thought that was quite an accomplishment at this age until I met you women and your super babies.

We're still waging war on lice, even though it looks like they're gone. That's what I thought earlier, too! So we're still doing all the checking, blow drying, washing, etc. just to make sure. Bleh, I'm so tired of all of it. My house is a disaster because I just don't have time to keep on top of the lice problem, homeschooling, and housework on top of still making sure that we all eat. :

On a more positive note, I made some BOMB body cream last night. I used grapeseed oil that I had infused with Sweet Annie, so it smells fan-freakin'-tastic and is a very pretty light green. Oh, and we also bought Kleen Kanteens for the whole family- even the sippy one for Twyla. Love 'em!
post #40 of 445
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linnaea has taken to pinching really tinyt folds of boobie skin in her little pinchy fingers. in i take her away from the boobie she pinches my belly button.
I think our girls PLANNED this form of mommy torture together! Ember does this not only all day long at each nursing, but ALL NIGHT LONG too!

I've taken to putting her hands together so that she grabs her own hands. She screams, pulls them away and starts pinching again. We call them "flea bites" but I don't think fleas are even this annoying/painful/irritating. I give her fabric or a cloth diaper to "fiddle" with, but she WANTS TO GRAB AND PINCH MY SKIN!!! :

About the blog: Thanks?
Just laying it out like I see it.
Too bad the dh isn't as touched by the obvious.

EC positioning: I didn't even give EC much of a go until Ember was sitting up well. I had a helluva time trying to hold her over the sink or potty, so I didn't bother much; just tried to stay aware of her signals & timing. Once she started sitting on her own, I pulled out the BBLP and she uses it great! : She still pees SO often that I end up only catching a tiny portion of them, but having her ALWAYS poo in the potty and catching 3-5 pees a day makes me happy. She does often wake up from her naps dry, as long as I get her up at the first "HEY!" and take her potty.

Ember isn't crawling QUITE yet. She's doing this sort of "willing" herself to be somewhere else. She's mobile enough to have already launched herself off the couch AND scooted off the bed during the night though.
She is eating peanut butter and bananas as we speak.
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