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#1 of 73 Old 09-01-2010, 05:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone! We're back from our beach vacation! It was lots of fun - Ben loved the ocean (especially the delicious sand). :P Now we're dealing with vacation withdrawal in my four-year-old, but that's how it always goes.

Ben is six months now, and yesterday I gave him his first food - sweet potatoes. I just mashed them up and put them on his little high chair tray, and he started stuffing them in his mouth. He didn't seem particularly excited or surprised, just pleased in a matter-of-fact way, like he's done it before. Funny boy.

Today he's trying really hard to crawl! No luck yet, but I'd better go get him, he's getting frustrated...
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Elsa got to visit with some friends today - my godson and his cousin came up from Detroit. He's almost two and she's about five months. Elsa always thinks other kids are hilarious, since she doesn't get too much time with them. We had a good time but man I can definitely wait for toddlerhood. It looks exhausting.

I think I've decided on a stroller. I'm looking at one of the Jeep ones - either the Cherokee or the Wrangler. They're inexpensive and look like the wheels will hold up on my neighborhood's crappy sidewalks when we want to use it for walks. Plus I want something lightweight and easy to fold up. This should work until I win the lottery and get my Maclaren.

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I think I've decided on a stroller. I'm looking at one of the Jeep ones - either the Cherokee or the Wrangler. They're inexpensive and look like the wheels will hold up on my neighborhood's crappy sidewalks when we want to use it for walks. Plus I want something lightweight and easy to fold up. This should work until I win the lottery and get my Maclaren.
My neighbor had one and LOVED it. I am going to get the jeep jogging stroller when DS is a bit bigger. The big wheels are so much better when at the park or on cracked up sidewalks like we have here due to the heat.

I love love my Ergo. It is so comfy and cooler. DS loves it, too and is napping for the 2nd time today in it. My back feels so much better. It was so worth the extra $.

Looks like we're going to stay in Louisiana until next summer. I have mixed feelings on this. I'm kind of sick of living here, but I found something in my research that is begging me to take data. I'm pretty excited about it.

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My baby just started his first hint of scootching himself forward- yesterday for the first time It was neat cause dh and I both happened to see it for the first time- we're like- wow, he just scootched himself forward a little! then he did it more today- like when he goes on his belly he sticks his butt up and then kind of pulls his upper body forward. Like a little inch worm kind of!
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I feel like posting, but nothing new to report. Elsa is still happier sitting than being on her back. When she is on her back, she spends her whole time trying to sit up - instead of just rolling over and being somewhat okay with her stomach.

How exciting Katie34!

Harpersmion - I like your description of your son's reaction to the food - sounds adorable.

Ambystoma - that's good on the research front. Where do you want to move to?

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Katie-don't you just love it when you and your husband are there for a first and it feels like such an awesome family moment!

I have to say, I'm more nervous about the army crawling over here than excited. Don't crawl yet, son! I haven't babyproofed the house! He's also pulling up on everything and grinning in pride. I need to coat all my house in bubble wrap.

Nicole-we're city people. I want to move to Boston and settle there. But, I can't decide if I want to start my PhD next fall or wait a few years. (The masters has been plenty of work!) And that would mean we would probably be somewhere else. It's just too darn hot here!

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Just returned from our ten night med cruise!!! It was AMAZING!!! The baby was on her best behavior. She napped everyday after we came back to the ship for lunch from 3-6pm. And STTN from 9:30pm-8am. She napped while in the stroller/ergo in the morning for 30-60 minutes at a time. Also, she fit perfectly in the high chairs and it was just SOOOO awesome!!!! We let her try pineapple, carrots, bannanas, etc. She did not want any of them. Just dropped them on the floor. Last night I let her have some mashed sweet potato and she put it in near her mouth and then made a face so then I put it IN her mouth and she then proceeded to puke the whole thing up including the Breast milk I just fed her. UGH. I guess she is not ready for the solids!!! LOL. I should have not forcefed her. I wanted to do BLW but it seems every other kid I see who is 7 months old wants food! Guess not her. Oh well. The cruise was friggin awesome though and she was voted Cutest Baby on Board. All the crew/servers/etc loved her. It made me so happy that she was such a well-behaved baby! She never cried once at dinner and it was almost 2 hours long!!! http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._4851895_n.jpg

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Awesome, Lauren! So glad you had fun. that is so great that your baby was so agreeable!
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I'm sitting here watching DS move across the room. It's not a crawl, not really a roll - he can turn on his stomach and kind of lurches and half-rolls and slowly makes progress. The cats are sitting there pretending he doesn't exist... knowing full well they're going to have to move soon!

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Keeta, I didn't even know Nooks existed til you mentioned it; how do they compare to Kindles? I see the price is similar... I like that you can loan books on it for two weeks, but then I'd have to know more Nook owners...

May I vent? I have no life and get bent out of shape over these things... My baby sister (20) just had her first baby and is complaining on Facebook about her recovery (episiotomy)...normal...but framed as the problem was natural childbirth itself, so one of her friends responded, 'You're telling me! I was lucky enough to have needed a c-section and was out and about for my 21st [birthday] just a week later. And man oh man, I'm doing it the same way next time.' And I just want to whine here, because I'm jumping out of my skin to reply with the increased risks of cesarean and difficulties of recovery. Okay, well, I DID reply, but politely. I wanted to use curse words, though, just b/c she was talking to MY little sister. (MINE!) :P Ugh, I feel like a big baby!

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My baby just started his first hint of scootching himself forward- yesterday for the first time It was neat cause dh and I both happened to see it for the first time- we're like- wow, he just scootched himself forward a little! then he did it more today- like when he goes on his belly he sticks his butt up and then kind of pulls his upper body forward. Like a little inch worm kind of!
So cool!

At DC yesterday, W's teacher said that he got up on all fours and looked at her like "wow, did I just do that?". He got frustrated that he couldn't put two and two together, but then tried it again later on. That boy wants to crawl so bad that he can taste it!

All is going well here! W will be 6 months tomorrow. YIKES! Can't believe it. September is going to be busy month for us with BBQ's, beer festivals (DH and I ), Football and W's baptism at the end of this month.

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I'm sitting here watching DS move across the room. It's not a crawl, not really a roll - he can turn on his stomach and kind of lurches and half-rolls and slowly makes progress. The cats are sitting there pretending he doesn't exist... knowing full well they're going to have to move soon!
Our dogs are the same way!!!

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Just returned from our ten night med cruise!!! It was AMAZING!!! The baby was on her best behavior. She napped everyday after we came back to the ship for lunch from 3-6pm. And STTN from 9:30pm-8am. She napped while in the stroller/ergo in the morning for 30-60 minutes at a time. Also, she fit perfectly in the high chairs and it was just SOOOO awesome!!!! We let her try pineapple, carrots, bannanas, etc. She did not want any of them. Just dropped them on the floor. Last night I let her have some mashed sweet potato and she put it in near her mouth and then made a face so then I put it IN her mouth and she then proceeded to puke the whole thing up including the Breast milk I just fed her. UGH. I guess she is not ready for the solids!!! LOL. I should have not forcefed her. I wanted to do BLW but it seems every other kid I see who is 7 months old wants food! Guess not her. Oh well. The cruise was friggin awesome though and she was voted Cutest Baby on Board. All the crew/servers/etc loved her. It made me so happy that she was such a well-behaved baby! She never cried once at dinner and it was almost 2 hours long!!! http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._4851895_n.jpg
Awww, so sweet! What a great pic. Glad to hear you guys had such a good time!

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So I was going to write all of these individual responses then Malachi did a big poop and his cousin needs some attention so I will be back but here are some pictures that show what we have been up to!
DS enjoying the jumper
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Ooh, Aramat. That's annoying. Congrats on becoming an auntie, though!

Flavorful, those pics are super cute!

Lauren, so glad you had a great cruise! The photo was adorable.

Busymama, I know--we're still bringing up the rear here, but 6 months! Wow! We're just a few days over. It flies by.

I decided not to pump for tomorrow. We're now doing some solids and DS loves them, and given that he's actually usually sleeping for much of the time I'll be gone anyway, I don't think I'm going to bother with pumping or buying formula. I left him for three hours one other time, when I was teaching Bible School and he was down in the nursery, and he totally didn't even miss me or need me. (I privately checked on him every hour and had made arrangements if he needed to nurse, but he never did.) I think if I'm not there in front of him it's not the same thing. I also looked at the orientation schedule (it's for my DD's preschool orientation, for those who don't remember what I'm talking about) and it looks like we might actually get out a bit early.

In other news, we got our first tooth! I was *shocked* because my DD didn't get one until she was almost 1 year.

And here's video of my little ones together. Sorry I'm linking to the post itself because I don't know how to link just to the clip like I would a photo. DD is enraptured by feeding her brother, and he totally thinks she's the bomb. It's cute.

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Lauren - DS is not particularly interested in solids yet either. I'm in the middle of reading Baby-Led Weaning, and it says that from about 6-8 months, many babies are just "exploring" with food, and that anything that they actually eat is accidental. It's not until later in the first year that many babies actually EAT if given the choice. This rings true for me - we tried the usual puree route with DD, and she refused - when we let her feed herself with finger foods at about 7 or 8 months, she suddenly snapped to attention.

Now I've got further into the book, I think I'm going to try BLW full-force - as in forgetting all the "rules" and waiting days between foods etc. We have no food allergies in the house, no reason to worry, so I think I'm going to go for it. Perhaps should get DH's buy-in first though

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Lauren - DS is not particularly interested in solids yet either. I'm in the middle of reading Baby-Led Weaning, and it says that from about 6-8 months, many babies are just "exploring" with food, and that anything that they actually eat is accidental. It's not until later in the first year that many babies actually EAT if given the choice. This rings true for me - we tried the usual puree route with DD, and she refused - when we let her feed herself with finger foods at about 7 or 8 months, she suddenly snapped to attention.

Now I've got further into the book, I think I'm going to try BLW full-force - as in forgetting all the "rules" and waiting days between foods etc. We have no food allergies in the house, no reason to worry, so I think I'm going to go for it. Perhaps should get DH's buy-in first though
thank you for the clarification! I think I am going to try to get my hands on that book! My mom (whom I will be living with while she has cancer treatment and hubby is in Afghanistan) told me that she would be SOOO scared to do BLW and that she is afraid DD will choke! I need her to read it too. She is more granola then I am so it's an odd statement.

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My post is kinda jumbled today. Apologies.

Well, I am surviving at my inlaws! Husband arrives on Monday - CAN'T FRICKEN WAIT. This is the longest we've been apart since we were married -hello cross atlantic long distance relationship survivors- but this is extra torture considering I am at his parents house where we lived while they were overseas. I wonder what changes in the babe he will find!

My back is starting to ache. I kinda had to roll my eyes at the recent baby in the bucket thread on here because right now I'd kill for one. * I would have thought that MIL and FIL would want to hold their first granchild any moment they had free hands, or you know, help a mama change a diaper , but no way Jose (not even one diaper change and I've been here over two weeks). They had friends over today and she was all holding the baby being super grandma but as soon as she was ready to start eating she handed him back to me because there is no possible way she could eat AND hold the baby (100% of the time I eat holding him). I looked for a second hand baby chair that will serve us for this visit, but there was nothing to be found. Seriously I love holding my squishy, ten kilos of pure love baby, but my back needs a bit of a break.

Deep breath /rant over/

Vacation baby is doing great! He has eaten sand and numerous friends fingers (and one nose ), had sand on his face and hasn't complained, nursed all over, been to numerous bars and restaurants and probably a million other things. He is so adaptable to any situation! I had a table of women 'sign up' for a baby just like him.

Next year I think I am just gonna sunbathe topless. It is getting frustrating to repeatedly pull breasts out of their place, replace, adjust. So ya, next year with hopefully faded strech marks I'll be taking the easy way out.

I feel like I am on a mom high ever since giving birth. It feels like I see the world with rose colored glasses. Everytime I look at my son I just want to scream from the rooftops how much I love him. I get big goofy smiles and melt into a pile of goo when he smiles, laughs back at me, or even looks my way. Seriously, does this go on forever? Did I get some sort of weird anti-arch-nemesis of PPD?

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Hey Lauren, I am so curious about the stroller/carseat situation! What happened in the end?

Aramat - were you talking about how isolated you felt living abroad and not speaking the language thing recently or was that just a dream? I totally get you. I really need to find something for baby and I to do when we get back to Lyon that will get me speaking more French. I hope life in Portugeuse is going better for you.

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I feel like I am on a mom high ever since giving birth. It feels like I see the world with rose colored glasses. Everytime I look at my son I just want to scream from the rooftops how much I love him. I get big goofy smiles and melt into a pile of goo when he smiles, laughs back at me, or even looks my way. Seriously, does this go on forever? Did I get some sort of weird anti-arch-nemesis of PPD?
I have this too. Did after DD also. I don't remember how long it lasted, honestly. (Although it did go away.) I was worried it wouldn't happen this time, that maybe I'd have a rougher time or even get the blues, but I'm all silly happy this time around too. I think of it as pay-backs for how miserable I am through the whole pregnancy.

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Linchi we use this "half high chair" (without the tray on it)
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=3867646
and it works well for setting the baby down if you need to.
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Linchi- we were told we could bring the car seat but ended up not doing it. We never needed a cab, we walked/took public transport when needed. It was a great decision!!! I had the ergo and the stroller and I never regretted not having the huge car seat!!!

About the naked beach- we were in corsica and I was trying to nurse her and be discreet about not showing a boob and then I looked up and saw two ladies just walking by with no top on! hahaha I was like... ummmm wtf am I doing!? hahaha

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About the naked beach- we were in corsica and I was trying to nurse her and be discreet about not showing a boob and then I looked up and saw two ladies just walking by with no top on! hahaha I was like... ummmm wtf am I doing!? hahaha
Love it! Makes me want to plan a topless beach vacation next summer. This year I wore a one-piece that dipped down between the breasts to my belly button, so it was easy enough to pop it over, but I'm not sure I have the body confidence to go topless...

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I wonder if Elsa's ever going to actually crawl. She scootches so well and so fast that I can see her just going straight to pulling up and walking without actually getting up on her hands and knees.

We've been spending most of the weekend at my in-laws' because my husband's aunts are up from Missouri. It's been fun but hard at times because Elsa is so hard to put down for a nap if we're not at home or in the car. She falls asleep but doesn't stay asleep, even if I wear her.

We played bocce ball in the yard yesterday and I think she got sunburn on her face. She was in her Moby, it was after 3, and she had a floppy hat on - I didn't think about sunblock. Now I feel bad, even though she doesn't seem to notice. Plus she fell off our bed last week when I left her there awake to use the bathroom. We're in the process of rearranging things but combined with yesterday's burn I still kind of feel like a bad mom lately.

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I wonder if Elsa's ever going to actually crawl. She scootches so well and so fast that I can see her just going straight to pulling up and walking without actually getting up on her hands and knees.

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Plus she fell off our bed last week when I left her there awake to use the bathroom. We're in the process of rearranging things but combined with yesterday's burn I still kind of feel like a bad mom lately.
DS has a "friend" who's 3 weeks older - he is already cruising and hates to crawl. He's extremely precocious, cruising at 7 months, but totally possible that Elsa might do the same. My DD started cruising and crawling on the same day (around 10.5 months though) - so not much crawling in this house either!

DD fell off the bed when she was about 6 months. Oh, I felt awful. No harm done, but boy it was terrible for about a day. DS is getting pretty mobile now - our days of putting him on the bed with bolsters around him is limited... and I should not have him on a change table!!

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I gave Elsa - 6 months and 2 days - some tiny banana pieces today. I had one on the tip of my finger and she tried to grab it a few times, but it kept slipping out of her grasp. So then she grabbed my finger and brought it to her mouth. She ate two pieces and then didn't want anymore. Fine with me!

She somehow moves around while sitting! Scooches forward, backwards, and in circles all while staying in the sitting position. Not too far in any direction yet, but the day is coming soon I'm sure.

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ok so WTF, my neonatal nurse aunt told me yesterday that she can't believe that DD is thriving on just breastmilk and that she is so big! She was suprised I did not supplement with formula at least since she is not keen on the foods yet (we are doing BLW which many in my extended family looks at me with blank stares like I am a moron. Mayhaps. )

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We gave Elsa some honeydew last night. She didn't seem like she knew what to do with it, but I didn't want to put it in her mouth for her if she didn't want it. Eventually it got to her mouth and she seemed...surprised, I guess. Not sure what was going on. So at least I know that we can have her try things but I'm not holding her back like I thought I might be.

I'm laughing at the idea of being amazed by a baby thriving on only breastmilk. The honeydew was the first food Elsa has ever had and she is huge! I'm not sure of her stats right now but at six months she was 20 lbs 5 oz and 28.5 inches. We had some gift cards to use and she needed fall clothes so we went shopping yesterday and she wears size 9mo if it's a onesie, a shirt, or a dress, but a 12mo if it's an outfit with pants. And we bought one pair of little jeans and we needed to buy them in size 18mo! She's just solid and LONG. And blessed with her mother's rear end, god love it.

I think I'm going to move her crib into the nursery since we never ever use it even though it's sidecarred. I want to see if I can start putting her down for naps while she's still awake so it will be easier for her to nap places other than home. We spent most of the weekend at my in-laws' with out of state family visiting and it was hard for her to get enough sleep.

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Juju is huge, but of course taking supplementary formula. However, she has two older sisters that were enormous EBF babies.

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Aramat - were you talking about how isolated you felt living abroad and not speaking the language thing recently or was that just a dream? I totally get you. I really need to find something for baby and I to do when we get back to Lyon that will get me speaking more French. I hope life in Portugeuse is going better for you.
Sounds like me! I really need to find a tutor ASAP!

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Julianna is 8.5 mos (6.5 dev); a few days ago, I put her on her back on her play mat, and when I looked up from what I was doing a few minutes later, she wasn't there! She had rolled over and scooted across the room, and her belly was covered in cat fur! Not crawling, but getting on hands and knees sometimes. Mostly she can do circles on her stomach and scoots backwards. Very cute.

I left Juju crying with the sitter today so I could pick up my 3-yr-old from school alone (with Ju in the sling, I can't pick up the 3-yr-old, and with these loud city streets, I can't hear anything she is saying about her day...plus Juju takes bottles anyway [although we are down to 3 little ones a day!!], AND the sitter [maid/nanny] is already HERE every day, and with a sitter HERE that Juju refuses to USE I was starting to feel trapped...). But by the time I came back, Juju was happily playing with the sitter and didn't even look at me. So, score! I felt so naked and light walking outside without Ju in the sling!

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So, DS is getting more and more interested in food (primarily my food and won't be happy until I let him have a taste). If he likes something, he'll smack his lips and say "mmmm" loudly--so cute!

Funny story over here. My dog is obsessed with people food, so you can't leave anything around him and usually have to put him in his crate when you're eating. I mean, he is really sneaky and has learned different ways to steal your food. DH usually deals with the dog's food grabbing habits, but last night he was playing with DS before bed. I grabbed a piece of Boston cream pie (yum!) and came back to the bedroom, realizing the dog was out. So I put it on the foot of the bed and take the dog to his crate. When I come back, what do I find?

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DH was changing DS into his jammies/nighttime diaper and left DS alone and naked on the bed with my cake. He was shoving it in with both hands and saying "mmmm". You can see cake on the sheets and he would dip his head down and lick the sheets and grin.

And here I was thinking he wouldn't get cake until his birthday. Oh well, damage done, so I covered his nekkid booty with a blanket and took some pics and video.

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Yum, pie!

I just got back from Ben's 6-month checkup. The doctor showed me a weight graph and said, "As you can see, he's sticking to his own little curve right here by the 5th percentile..." Ben's never been 5th percentile in ANYTHING, he's another one of these giant breastfed babies (so sad for your aunt, Lauren31, I think sometimes they don't teach nurses anything at all...), so I asked if he was sure that was the right chart. The doctor showed me the birth date and everything, but eventually figured out that he had the right chart and the wrong graph. Oops, guess that's how medical mistakes happen!
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