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Old 10-29-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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kismetbaby - thank you! I agree - no worries, they'll eat in their own time as much as needed.
Same here - M was 8lb at birth and a little over 24lb at 10 month - we are going to find out how much she weighs now (13 months) next week. They did not mention checking her iron levels at our Peds office... Is this standard or did you have to ask for it? Was it drawn from the vein? How did your little guy handle this?
Sounds like your LO is growing and healthy too! Yay for mamas milk

As for the iron/anemia test. . .both that and the lead test that they did are considered "standard" around here at the 12m visit. But I have had friends (even one in the same Kaiser group as us) not have it suggested. So I don't know how truly common or standard it is. We are generally very against anything invasive, but since we live in an older house we did want to have the lead test and doing the iron test along with it was no extra trauma. . .I have to say though, it was a traumatic event. I thought they would do a heel stick, but they did a venous blood-draw and it was horrible (maybe more for me than N). They didn't get the vein the first time and had to start over on the other arm. He was *screaming* the entire time and reaching for the door. It broke my heart.

Both tests were totally normal. . .but I'm glad to know that neither of those things is a worry. But probably with the next babe I'll opt out.

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our peds office didn't do an iron test, but I get WIC so they did it at the WIC office last week. And just used a finger prick - three drops of blood - and I don't think Rowan even noticed.

I'm so sorry about the blood-draw! That sounds traumatic

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baby bear is walking finally!!!!

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Woohoo for walkers!

Our little guy took a few steps last night. .. .not sure if its time to call it walking yet, but he's on his way. Then he had the worst night sleep, ugh. Hoping it was just from the excitement of walking.

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Then he had the worst night sleep, ugh. Hoping it was just from the excitement of walking.
That's how it was here - especially with naps. Perhaps a correlation to this new-found talent, So much more to explore, who wants to sleep :-)

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Uh oh- looks like K may be the last of our littles to really be a 'walker.' He is a great furniture cruiser and even will take a couple steps holding my hand, but truly walking on his own purposefully? Nope.

My oldest walked at nearly 18 mos, my next one walked at 16 months... so I guess I should be used to this now. He'll do it when he's ready.
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Hey ladies! I have been MIA and just took some time to catch up. Wow, I missed a lot!

Lake is doing really well. He's not sleeping so good, though. His naps are all over the place. Some days he'll take two naps, some days one long nap, other days he barely sleeps. It has really thrown him off and he isn't sleeping so well at night. We've started bringing him into bed at night when he wakes up but that's not really working either. I think he wants the comfort but at the same time, he's not comfortable in our bed. He constantly kicks and spins and whimpers. None of us are sleeping well and I'm just at a loss at what to do. Maybe I should night wean? Maybe he needs to be moved into a bed? Should I feed him more during the day and hope he STTN like he used? Those are all the thoughts going through my head!

Besides that though, he's great! We went trick or treating last night and DH and I didn't expect much. But he was so into it! At first, we carried him to the door and got the candy for him. After 20 minutes, he was walking up on his own and grabbing the candy for himself! He even started saying trick or treat (sounded like tricker tricker)! He is saying soooo much now. He still babbles a lot but there are quite a few words that he says in context like mama, dada, Pawpaw (grandfather), Gam (grandmother), wah (water), thank you, you're welcome, and graham cracker. He has also started barking with our dogs. It's so cute! He is just so amazing! I feel really, really blessed.

I also feel a little guilty about having #2. I feel awful about feeling this way as well. I know that I will love and bond with this child as much as with Lake, but I also feel bad that Lake will be sharing attention. I hate that he might have to do things before he's ready, in order to make the transition easier. It's such a tough place to be. I would like to know what we're having already so that I can start calling LO by a name or at least him or her! It's still a little abstract for me.

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we're also not walking. i thought WE were the only ones left! it's a little strange b/c she's pretty athletic (for a jewish kid...ha ha). she climbs really well and has a great overhand throw. but i'm enjoying being able to catch her, i guess.

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So...I've long been a lurker to the MDC forums, and DS was born August 27th...but is so close to you September 09ers. Can we join in here? We'd love to share a space for thoughts, etc. online with others in the same age range...

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Sunpath8--We're always happy to have more mamas! So WELCOME Care to share anymore about yourself and your family?

And some of our babes were born in either Aug or October anyway.

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Hi SunPath! Welcome!

We've all been sick with a nasty cold, so I haven't taken the time to post. I always think when I post in this thread it needs to be a long update. But it doesn't so here I am - for a minute. My LO calls me "meemee" it's the cutest thing.

OMG I just sneezed 10 times.

Anyhow, she has said a lot of words, but doesn't keep all of them in her current vocabulary. For example, she used to say hair and was obsessed with y hair. Now she doesn't hold my hair to sleep anymore and she doesn't say hair either.

She is up to walking about half-way across the room before dropping down to crawl. It's fun to watch. Still only has 3 teeth- really 2.5.

Well, my minute is up. Was fun while it lasted! LOL!

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Everything is Dada here. That's his only word.
Except... I know he says more. Sometimes it's Dai-da... which I don't know what that means. But that's it.. dada or dai-da.

Tonight Ro got very upset with me in the bath, pointing and dai-da over and over again At The Wall, and there was nothing there for me to find. I have no idea what he was wanting.
Dada is water, bottle, food (with sign), bye (with wave), pacifier, even dirty diaper (which is dai-da)... today was the first one for that, cause he said dai-da and grabbed his butt.
I only know what he wants because he correspondingly Points (thank goodness!).

Does it correlate that his father is never here? Is he actually ASKING for dada? I don't think so. It's just the only word he's speaking this week.

Should I be worried? I'm Not worried. But... a month ago, he was babbling all kinds of syllables, babakatawamabakatadama... and now it's just... dada.

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Everything is Dada here. That's his only word.
Except... I know he says more. Sometimes it's Dai-da... which I don't know what that means. But that's it.. dada or dai-da.

Tonight Ro got very upset with me in the bath, pointing and dai-da over and over again At The Wall, and there was nothing there for me to find. I have no idea what he was wanting.
Dada is water, bottle, food (with sign), bye (with wave), pacifier, even dirty diaper (which is dai-da)... today was the first one for that, cause he said dai-da and grabbed his butt.
I only know what he wants because he correspondingly Points (thank goodness!).

Does it correlate that his father is never here? Is he actually ASKING for dada? I don't think so. It's just the only word he's speaking this week.

Should I be worried? I'm Not worried. But... a month ago, he was babbling all kinds of syllables, babakatawamabakatadama... and now it's just... dada.

my son went on a 'bee-bee' binge a few weeks ago. Everything was bee-bee, pictures of babies in his books, my belly button, his bottle... as best as we could tell, it was his word for everything. Slowly he started adding new 'words' in. Appa for apple etc.

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Don't havetime for much of an update, but... Does anyone else's LO just cram all the food on their plate into their mouth? E used to be such a neat, methodical eater; now it's like he's seeing how much fits inside his mouth. Sometimes he has to spit it out because it's too much to swallow! I like to let him feed himself, but I Think I'm going to have to ration it.

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Don't havetime for much of an update, but... Does anyone else's LO just cram all the food on their plate into their mouth? E used to be such a neat, methodical eater; now it's like he's seeing how much fits inside his mouth. Sometimes he has to spit it out because it's too much to swallow! I like to let him feed himself, but I Think I'm going to have to ration it.
Rowan has always been a crazy eater, so this is nothing new. But yeah, he'll put as much in his mouth as you give him. Give him 5 pieces of cheese, all 5 go in the mouth. So we're definitely doing One.piece.at.a.time.

his new thing is using utensils. He's quite good at it! I still help him load the spoon, but he can get it in his mouth and not drop. the fork is even better and he can 'stab' at things himself.

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Thanks for letting us join you!

A little about us:
I have only one child, Weston - who we call West, and he is the BEST baby in the universe . He was born 8/27/09.

We live in Tucson (hoping to relocate to Minneapolis) where hubby works for a health and wellness resort and I am a children's photographer (website here) and full time mama.

That's a nice, brief little bio, I think

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Diana - Viv hasn't been doing the cramming the mouth completely full... but she will try to hold as much food as she can in one hand. I have a feeling the mouth full thing is coming soon.

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Sounds like your LO is growing and healthy too! Yay for mamas milk
Both tests were totally normal. . .but I'm glad to know that neither of those things is a worry. But probably with the next babe I'll opt out.
13 month visit: 25.6lb "light" and 32 3/4 in tall
Yay for mama's milk

I found out at the beginning of the visit that it is standard for this visit to have iron&lead levels tested (and they said it had to be dawn from the vein, since, according to them, lead levels do not show accurate reading if it's a finger prick). I got so anxious,but, luckily - they don't do it if they can't find a vein, and my little chunky baby has fat rolls (that are slowly melting, as she is getting taller) so they could not see or feel anything but that.

We are supposed to go to a specialist, and I don't know yet...

JordanKX- did they test for lead at your WIC appt?

confustication - No walking here either - M will hold onto the couch and make a step or two, but she loves to crawl to get to her book or toy and then - just sits.

sunpath8 - welcome to the group!

mkksmom - healing vibes mama get rid of that cold, fast.



Also, to share with the group - we got these cute spoons (rubber - BPA and phtalate-free) in the mail (found online - bargain website), and baby M just loves to play with them, design is very clever, they are slightly curved so baby finds mouth easily (and can't gag on them - there is a "shield"):

(if someone is interested): http://babyhumaninc.com/index_files/Page1202.htm

What spoons do you use and please, recommend anything related to feeding.
(I've ordered special suction cups that hold plates onto any surface - if anyone is interested, I'll let you know how it works).

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kikakika...
get the lead test...it's so important. the thing is, if you are concerned about the venous draw (we did one b/c of high levels, she didn;t even cry) you could still try to find a finger prick (they don;t do it at WIC but maybe at your local health department?). they can be very inaccurate but they err on the high side (b/c there may be residue on the skin) in which case then you would go in for a venous draw. so if you came out normal then you could avoid the venous altogether. when we did the venous our levels came back normal but i was glad that, if g-d forbid dd had high levels, we would have caught it. it's nothing to play around with, that lead.
we live in an old house but after reading the lead forums here i've seen so many kid that got it from places other than their residence so it's best to check.

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They check lead and hemoglobin on Viv at her last WIC appointment - just a finger prick (that she really did not like). Still waiting for the lead level report to come in the mail. The docs in our community pretty much always check lead levels at the one year appointment - partially because there are so many old houses here and partly because the earlier you catch lead levels the easier/better it is to treat/fix.

Sunpath - welcome to the group.

Viv figured out this week that turning in circles will make her dizzy. She'll turn herself around 3 or 4 times, then fall down, get up, stagger and go down again... then she laughs and laughs. So cute.

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Oh, how I've missed you ladies! I don't know why I stayed away so long!

Welcome sunpath! Just jump right in, we are a friendly group here.

Kika kika, those spoons look great! I should order some for Lake. He doesn't feed himself with utensils yet and I would like to get started with letting him practice. I'm just so worried about the mess!

Lake had the lead test and had to do the venous blood draw. I had no idea and was nervous but he did really well. The nurse was worried that I wouldn't be able to manage him but I've always wanted to be the one to hold Lake if we do something like that. I sat him in my lap and hugged him tight. He cried for about a minute but was fine before we left the office. He actually had it done at 6 months as well, b/c of DH's job (painter). Everything was fine then and at the 1 yr WBV.

Jennifer, too cute about Viv!

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welcome! i was a due in sept mama, but i was the first to actually have to deliver (in july)

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Don't havetime for much of an update, but... Does anyone else's LO just cram all the food on their plate into their mouth? E used to be such a neat, methodical eater; now it's like he's seeing how much fits inside his mouth. Sometimes he has to spit it out because it's too much to swallow! I like to let him feed himself, but I Think I'm going to have to ration it.
ds just started "chipmunking". packing his lil cheeks full and then spitting out the food. neither of his siblings did this.

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Thanks ladies - I'll call the specialist to check when we can come in for the test.
At the Ped's office, they had a special go-to-guy for baby blood tests, and he was floored by 1)baby fat rolls on her hand (there is a photo of her in our group site), 2)fact that he could not feel where her veins were (he checked both arms and even checked her feet??!).
I'll ask them about finger prick - good idea (tzs) !

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Kika kika, those spoons look great! I should order some for Lake. He doesn't feed himself with utensils yet and I would like to get started with letting him practice. I'm just so worried about the mess!
I just let her play with those spoons (they come in pack of 2), or at least with one, she likes to hold it in her hand, and rub her gums (curretly teething).

There is also this thing: http://www.lildiner.com/ if Lake is like M - testing if plates can fly
I just need to get sturdy, oversized mat for the floor (to go underneath her chair) and we're set!

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Lol, Kikakika, that video is hilarious! That is a great idea though! I'm going to get one for Lake and also his 2 year old cousin. Thanks!

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Hey all!
I've posted in the tribe forum, but noone ever responds to me there. We just moved to Oroville WA. Any mamas in the Okanogan valley? I seriously need some interaction on the weekends. I work FT and am never home to go to the library or park or other mama common areas. I just need to know is anybody out there?

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rockdoctor, I'm not anywhere near you but I know the feeling of needing some interaction. I finally just did an internet search for mom groups in my area and ended up finding a group.  I will meet a few of the ladies this weekend actually.  Hang in there and keep looking!

 

How is everyone?  We've been quiet lately.  DH took Lake to gymnastics yesterday morning.  It's like a huge indoor playground and they have classes for toddlers.  It was the first time they went but Lake loved it.  He ran around and did almost everything.  He listened really well and even jumped in the instructors lap and hugged her.  I'll take him again on Friday for free play.  I'm really excited to find something cheap (only $3 for 2 hours) that he'll enjoy.  DH also plans to enroll him in the Monday class.  I think it will be good for him to be around kids his age too.


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Well, I can't say I have met a lot of people yet, but there is some potential with one mother. We have been going to as many community events as we can to meet people, but the process is slow and mostly retired folks go to these kind of things, so not a lot of interaction with families our age-ish. DD has been getting some interaction with other kids at the library story time with DH. She has been doing pretty well; lots of walking and can climb over obstables if she's not too tired. She has started to enjoy tv, especially sesame street when we put it in for her. Unfortunately, at our house the tv is on way too often, but that is mostly a result of DH being her primary caretaker. When i was home with her, the tv was never on more than two hours a day. I always had so much to do! I think this is common with men though. I just don't think they think it is a big deal if kids are over exposed to tv. Maybe I am over reacting, but it kinda grates at me. I am at work from 6:00 am to 5:30 pm and when I get the tv is on and I KNOW it has been on all day! Then of course I get sucked into it. It is some horrible vicious cycle.

 

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Old 11-16-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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It has been quiet around here--I think the mobile babes are taking up way too much time to be online these days! At least that's the case around here.

 

N is starting to really walk. . .he's still crawling 75% of the time as its way faster for him, but he practices walking more and more. He is quite the opinionated kid lately, oy. Wants what he wants and hates to hear "no" for an answer. I am trying to work with his frustration the best I can, he is happier all around when he gets plenty of physical activity, so I try to fulfill that. So much for my visions of a quiet little toddler who will just play with his toys indoors! Course I wouldn't trade DS in for anything, but it can be really tiring, especially on the weekends when DH and I want to laze around a bit together. . .that's just not happening these days. He's signing up a storm, but still not talking, although I think I have recognized his first real word beyond mama and nana (nurse), "go". Figures as he loves anything on wheels. . .he's been saying it for a few days (maybe a week) now, but it sounded like "doh" to me and it just didn't click. Then we were playing with cars and he was using it every time he pushed the car and I though, "ooooh. . .GO"!

 

I deal with loneliness too and we've been in this place for a year now and I have met plenty of mamas. I think it's partly just being a parent, especially a SAH parent. I don't know, maybe it's just me and I find it hard to connect with people. I think I have also felt lonely b/c DH and I don't have the time for each other we used to. So somedays it feels like it's just me and a cranky toddler and no one who gets it! Funnily, of all the mamas I've met, the one I am closest to is someone I met through MDC (yay for real life MDC friends!). So thank goodness for MDC and this group!


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Old 11-16-2010, 09:12 PM
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well, we just started "walking." it's not much...she'll take a couple steps, realize what she's doing, crouch down into a squat, then stand up again to take a couple more steps. it's so strange, this is a kid who has been climbing for what seems like forever, and can go from standing to crouching to standing again without using hands...the kid's got amazing balance....but she's such a cautious walker. well, it works for us. oh, except that despite not walking, she's taken to trying to WALK up the stairs holding the railing (as opposed to crawling) which is kind of a bummer b/c it means i can;t really trust her to be safe anymore and am going to have to start supervising again. ugh.

 

we also had a ten minute long full-blown tantrum yesterday b/c i needed to use my phone so she couldn't have it. whoa. just sat there next to her until she was calm enough to let me touch her again and then it was over as fast as it started and happy times again. my gosh.


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