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Old 07-03-2010, 04:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't see one, so I'll go ahead and start it. And I have to put a party face by it for my four-year-old.

We're back from our long, long trip visiting relatives. DS1 was gone almost the whole month of June, and only saw his dad once in the middle. Poor thing, he had lots of fun (and learned to swim!) but he got pretty homesick by the end. Thank goodness he's such a good traveler. It was way too much driving for a now-four-month-old (and for me!), but he did really well too. They are both so good I feel like I ask more of them than I should, because they usually can handle it. We did cloth diapers the whole trip! I was afraid it wouldn't go so well, but it wasn't a problem. My mom occasionally will put him in a disposable if I'm not around, because she bought some and feels like she needs to use them (sigh), but other than that it was all cloth.

My mom also influenced me to introduce the baby to water. I know they get plenty of fluids from breastmilk, but it was so hot (and I've been using up all my self-control not giving him food off my plate that he wants) that we gave him some. Now he gets super excited whenever he sees a cup or water bottle. I don't give him much, but it's a helpful tool to keep him happy in the car.

So glad to be home! Now we have to figure out our schedule again.
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I don't give him much, but it's a helpful tool to keep him happy in the car.
That sounds like a pretty neat idea to me mama

I thought Iago was getting better, but we just got a temp of 38 degrees celsius here . He still seems quite happy though so . And we were going to go and watch a bit of the Spain game in a bar, darnit.

Hey, how many of you took your babies to chiropractors/osteopaths after the birth?

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Hi ladies I am new here and wanted to introduce myself I am Tiffany, mommy to Paul (2) and my Feb 2010 bundle of joy Thomas.

linchi- I never took my baby to a chiroprator or a osteopath (I am not sure what that is).
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From June

Re:schools. Our kids will go to the public schools down the street. I'm not planning on doing preschool anywhere and may decide to skip 4K (public) too.

Re:nail clipping. I cut DD's fingertip a little bit the day she was born! She came out with super long nails and I had to cut them on day one. I didn't cut DS's nails for the first time until he was weeks old.

Re:nursing. DD is having a tough time nursing at non naptimes too. She is also starting to try and grab my food and opens her mouth that is constantly watering/drooling. I really hope I can hold out and wait until she is 6 months before I give her anything to eat. Like Linchi - I may just do water for a little bit.

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Linchi - yay to using cloth that whole time! That is a lot of work. I usually wuss out and bring disposables when we are away from home, but it always backfires because DD will have an explosive poo and I end up regretting it.

Chiro/Osteopath - no, DD has not seen one. She doesn't seem to have any issues though. I really, really, really want to see one but insurance doesn't cover it.

Welcome trghig! I have a 2 year old and a little baby also.

On Monday we move DS from his crib to the toddler bed, wish us luck (or patience!). I have a strong feeling it is not going to be fun...

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Good luck moving your 2 yr to the toddler bed. We moved DS to a toddler bed this past Dec because he started crawling out of the pnp.

Those of you whose babies are showing an interest in food, do your lo have any teeth? My lo is showing no interest in food. My oldest didn't either until he was about 8.5 months and got his first tooth.
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Welcome trghig!
My DS has his first tooth as of yesterday He is showing interest in food but he isn't ready yet so we will be waiting for quite a while.
linchi- I have taken DS to a chiropractor a couple of times (maybe 3?). He had the cord wrapped pretty tightly around his neck and over his shoulder and around his body. I noticed he kind of favored his left side, especially when nursing. The chiro said there were a couple of places out of alignment and it seemed to help. Now that he is older though, it doesn't seem like he needs it that much. It was neither here nor there for me with him but super crucial for me
I am getting all sentimental now that DS has a tooth. It is like I was just getting through one thing to the next and then all of a sudden almost six months have flown by and my baby is growing up Please tell me time doesn't go this fast for the rest of their lives? Do I ever get a moment when it slows down?
I had a friend have a baby a couple of days ago. It made me miss when DS was a newborn and that special everything being new time. Part of me was tempted to want another baby soon, then I remembered that I am just wistful for what I already had and it wouldn't be the same. It was hard but also such a sweet beautiful time.

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Hello and Happy 4th!

trg - Caleb is showing plenty of interest in food but no teeth. None of my kids have had teeth prior to 10 months, and DD2 didn't get any until 13 months!

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Hi everyone - been so busy but wanted to check in!

DS is doing well - no teeth yet and hopefully not for a while. DD didn't get one until 10.5 months, and I'm hoping for the same here. He's maintaining his growth curve, and is now in 12-month clothing - we had to move him out of his bucket car seat this week because his head was at the "inch below the shell" maximum. Luckily he's also maintaining his 50th percentile weight, so he's not *too* much of a lump to carry. He's wearing the CDs that DD wore at 2... such different kids.

He's also showing some interest at the dining table but I suspect it's just interest in "stuff" rather than in food itself. I have hopes he'll be a late weaner because I do NOT feel ready to start solids any time soon! DD had a banana before she was 5 months and I can't believe he's at that stage now - but I don't think his tongue thrust is fully gone yet.

We are trying to figure out a way for me to stay home when my maternity leave is up in January. I went back to work when DD was 6 months, and while we have a good dcp, I would really love to be home for a couple of years with the kids. So we're learning to be frugal and I'm trying to curb my CD buying tendencies (not very successfully yet!). But I'm going to start part-time EC with DS because he has nasty rashes whenever he gets wet and sposies aren't an option. I'm bringing up the BLPP tonight - DH is going to think I've finally lost my mind...

Flavorfull1 - no it doesn't slow down. Except when they get in a tantrummy phase..

Nicole730 - we did the same thing for a trip we took to see the IL's last month - I took cloth for the visit, but had DS in disposables for the flight because I figured cloth would be a PITA in the airports. And of course DS had a poop explosion, in an over-the-head romper OF COURSE, and I had to change him on the bathroom floor of a restaurant when we got off the plane. Argh! We used cloth on the way back

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What is BLPP?

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We had a tooth cut through on Friday morning and I think she's working on another. Oh, I'm so not ready for teeth. I think her amber necklace is helping a bit, though we have had to use the teething tablets a few times.

I'm trying to decide whether I want to go up to my Dad's place at Houghton Lake this weekend. It's about a two hour drive and it will be by myself but it will be my only chance to get up there this summer.

Jeremy is leaving for a conference in Houston on Thursday. He'll be gone for 10 days and it's only just now kind of hitting me. It will be really weird to be alone all day, and go grocery shopping on my own (we usually go together). We've never been apart that long since we've been married.

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I am getting all sentimental now that DS has a tooth. It is like I was just getting through one thing to the next and then all of a sudden almost six months have flown by and my baby is growing up Please tell me time doesn't go this fast for the rest of their lives? Do I ever get a moment when it slows down?
I had a friend have a baby a couple of days ago. It made me miss when DS was a newborn and that special everything being new time. Part of me was tempted to want another baby soon, then I remembered that I am just wistful for what I already had and it wouldn't be the same. It was hard but also such a sweet beautiful time.
It seriously does. It sucks, but just helps you to remember to enjoy each moment and each stage. Part of me wonders if I will ever be 'done' having babies because I love the baby stage so much. I love the 1 year old and 2 year old stages so far too though.

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On a happy note, DS went right to sleep in his toddler bed! No crying, he was a little upset at first but he didn't try to get out of bed or anything! I hope it always goes this smoothly.

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Re: teeth. My DD was almost 1 year before she got teeth (she walked 2 months before popping out her first tooth), so I don't consider that necessariliy a solids-readiness sign (or lack of). She was totally ready for solids at 6 months, which is when we started.

DS finally pooped out all the sand he swallowed at the lake last Friday. It was this whole thing, involving a massive poosplosion. I told the full story on my blog if you want a laugh at my expense this morning.

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Hey, how many of you took your babies to chiropractors/osteopaths after the birth?
I did! I did it with DS1, too, and he's never had an ear infection - I on the other hand, had MANY ear infections as a child and actually one of my first (worst) memories is having to get my ear drum ruptured manually by the doctor at age 4 or so. Ugh.

Anyway, yes, the baby has been checked twice and was pretty good both times. We get DS1 checked a few times a year, too. Our insurance covers it, so it's not a big deal for us to decide on.

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No teeth here, and all kinds of food-grabbiness. Poor thing, it seems so unfair to make him watch us all eating and not give him anything. *sigh* But I discovered a danger of giving him water to keep him happy! We were at a restaurant yesterday and I was giving him little drips with my straw, and then one of the times I went to put the straw back, and it was my husband's straw, out of his TEA! The baby gave me a big grin... I guess that's his first non-milk, non-water taste (non-grass, non-cat-fur...). Ooops! Luckily my husband doesn't drink sweet tea.

Wish me luck, in a little while I'm taking him in for his four-month checkup. We have a great pediatrician, and last visit he didn't even say a word about vaccines, but I'm still stressed about the possibility of a "we're still delaying" conversation. *sigh* I had a dream last night about an OB appointment where the doctor didn't approve of my unwillingness to get a routine ultrasound every visit, so he got even by keeping us waiting for the "just one more thing and you're done" for two hours! Seems like a waste of the nice late sleep the baby gave me this morning.
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Hi mamas!! Seems like forever since I've posted in this thread!

W is doing great! Turned 4 months on Saturday. No toofies just yet, but he has learned to roll from back to tummy with no problem. Enjoys his little bumbo seat, talks and talks - LOVES to hear himself talk. We go back and forth and he's such a riot!! His little squeals get louder and louder. He's also starting to notice when mama walks away or leaves the room. He doesn't like that too much - which melts my heart.

I'm doing awesome! On a low carb diet with moderate exercise. Not sure how much weight I've lost but my clothes are feeling great, a little loose here and there - tettering between sizes - but I'm feeling energized enough to take on 2 kids!!

Family stuff: got some stupid drama crap going on with my parents - such a long story and stress that I really don't need right now, but it is what it is. DH and I are planning vacations for next year - Turks and Caicos, possibly - and a family vacation to some place soon - like San Diego to visit friends. Just hanging out at home right now, doing a little painting here and there, yard work, stuff like that. Pretty lazy, laid back summer for us. Got some bills to pay off in the next month before we can get a little crazy.

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The low-carb diet doesn't mess with your supply?

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Oops, sorry, the Baby Bjorn Little Potty. DS can sit on it (me holding him) and pee. I've caught 3 pees - 2 yesterday and one this morning. I'm still figuring out the mechanics of it all, but I think it might work!

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Hi mamas,

I'm also pretty new to the board. My name is Nicole and I'm a first time mom, but a 3x step-mom. My February baby, Maxine, was almost 3 weeks early and was supposed to be a March baby! I too can't believe how quickly it's going! She shows lots of interest in eating as well, but no discernible teeth as of yet. Loads of saliva and chomping, and maybe a little rough spot that could be a tooth. Yesterday, when I ate lunch with her sitting on her play mat, I felt doubly guilty because both she AND the dog followed every bite with drool running down their chins !

I'm loving mommyhood, but I feel bad that the dog, cat, horses, chickens, veggie garden, my knitting, the house, the barn, the yard, even the husband, are on the back burner! How do you mommies with more than one LO manage everything?

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My supply has been long gone since I went back to work. It just wasn't in the cards to pump where I work and my supply wasn't keeping up with W's demand. But all is well and he's doing great.

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Perdita good luck with the ECing. we have done it right from the start and love it! I find that I go between being somewhat vigilant for a while- meaning offering ds lots of chances to pee/poop in the potty, and then other times completely letting it go- when it is too overwhelming- and letting him go mostly in his diaper. And other times a middle ground. I am glad that he understands a concept of releasing pee/poop into a toilet/potty even though he is still fully diapered. So I guess we do it semi full time- I at least offer him the potty a couple times a day but when I am feeling energetic I offer it all day long- like every time I think he needs to go. It is fun though, having that communication about it.
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My supply has been long gone since I went back to work. It just wasn't in the cards to pump where I work and my supply wasn't keeping up with W's demand. But all is well and he's doing great.
Oh I'm sorry, I either missed that or forgot. That's what killing my weightloss here - having to eat all the time!

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So, I was riding along in the car today, turned a corner- didn't even accelerate fast like usual- and my DS's car seat tips over! He was fine, I grabbed it right away and then stopped b/c I thought a strap came loose. No strap loose. DS is about 20lbs and in the 97th%ile for height. We have the Graco snug ride and now we need a convertible seat. Anyone have a recommendation?

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So, I was riding along in the car today, turned a corner- didn't even accelerate fast like usual- and my DS's car seat tips over! He was fine, I grabbed it right away and then stopped b/c I thought a strap came loose. No strap loose. DS is about 20lbs and in the 97th%ile for height. We have the Graco snug ride and now we need a convertible seat. Anyone have a recommendation?
Whoa! That's happened to me before, but the strap was loose (when he was in the middle). We have a Britax Marathon (I think?) that DS1 used when he graduated from the snug ride. You can also check out Consumer Reports for their recommendations - I think it's a subscription thing, but I can access it if I go through my public library - the library has a subscription and I can access it via the library's database page, if that makes sense.

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So, I was riding along in the car today, turned a corner- didn't even accelerate fast like usual- and my DS's car seat tips over! He was fine, I grabbed it right away and then stopped b/c I thought a strap came loose. No strap loose. DS is about 20lbs and in the 97th%ile for height. We have the Graco snug ride and now we need a convertible seat. Anyone have a recommendation?
Yikes!! I've never heard of that happening! But for a convertible, I like the Britax Roundabout. Always has good safety ratings and you can usually find a sale online somewhere.

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Eeek on the car seat!

We moved DS into a Britax Roundabout last week as he had outgrown his bucket seat by height. He's at about the 95th percentile for height, and fits the bottom shoulder slots just about right. I doubt he'd fit in DD's Marathon yet - the Roundabout is a better size. But... I suspect that longer-torso'd babies will outgrow it long before they're ready for a booster - our beloved Roundabout will be expired before DS has that problem. It would be worth checking if your DS would fit in a Marathon at his size, flavorfull1.

Katie34 - I'm glad to hear that ECing is working for you. I caught a couple of pees today - I think one was on my cue. Yay! We've been on the move a lot in the past week, and that's not going to let up, so it'll be very part-time for a while, but the more I do it, the more I like the idea. I always though people were crazy for doing this, but now I'm not so sure...

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perdita to me it is so NOT crazy to EC- if one has the time and energy to do it. I figure it is time and energy now invested to save some later- as we all have to potty train them eventually.
In the beginning I was quite obsessive about it- like- running him to the potty every time I though he had to poop- but now I have a better rhythm w- it. Have fun with it!
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We moved DS to a Britax Boulevard when he was still just a couple months old. He was more comfortable in it--he just hated the Snugride too much, plus I just feel like the Boulevard is safer seat (providing the baby fits, which my little chunky monkey did).

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As far as the carseat goes, don't rely on the Consumer Reports. Their studies on car seats are questionable. You can get really good information from the Family Safety section here, and at car-seat.org forums.

I've heard good things about the Graco MyRide 65, Sunshine Kids Radian, First Years True Fit, Safety 1st Complete Air, and Evenflo Triumph Advance.

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ahhhhh . . . you know that moment when your baby finally falls asleep for a nap?
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That moment doesn't happen around here until both kids are sleeping. Which should be just about now. Except DD fell asleep right away and DS is taking quite awhile, which means she will be up way before he is.

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