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#241 of 267 Old 04-27-2005, 05:00 PM
 
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Hi Mamas-

My mom's gone. I am sad. We had a great time and she was so amazing with Lily. Now I have to remember how to take of an almost-toddler by myself again!

Maggie - so glad your bike was recovered! Know that feels good.

Heather, that is the cutest dress. And you take such great pics.

KK - awesome news on the Z front. Going over to read your other thoughts on the YG soon.

AGrace - well, I was gonna say something positive about your DH thang, but I will trot over to the YG now and read the latest...

Sigh. I wish my mom lived closer. I feel like I still have so much to do, and just can't get anything done. *Breathe deeply, Sarah, your baby's almost ONE and it just goes more quickly from now on!*

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I'm distracted by other things right now, but this is my chance today to post about last night and the nightweaning extravaganza. I have to confess, I am a little less enthusiastic about posting this after seeing how passionately people feel about nightweaning. I guess I post it because I really wish that someone had been out there talking about their experiences with the Dr Jay program. So, here goes.

Last night was night eight. We're not supposed to pick him up, and definitely don't nurse him. He slept from bedtime (7:20) until 10:30. I nursed him, then he slept until 1:00. He went down easily at 1:00, but at 3:30 he woke up and couldn't go back to sleep. We were both so tired, it was a struggle to stay awake long enough to even sing him one song, let alone the fifty that he seemed to want. But we did it- we sang and stroked his baby soft hair and rubbed his back for an hour and a half until he went to sleep again. He slept until 6:00, when I walked him around and sang a good morning song and nursed him. He nursed for a short while, and then was basically up for the day. I was definitely disappointed that he didn't have a better night than the night before, but I am still optimistic that we will get beyond this and venture into a night where we can sleep for longer than three hours at a stretch. And honestly, before we started this program we weren't even able to sleep that long, so already we have major improvements.

gotta go- lots to catch up on before school tomorrow.
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uh....

woweee girls. Where does one start? I hate it when for some reason mothering stops sending me the update email and then I have so much to catch up on when I get back.

FF, psyched for you hon. Yay! Rock on, little mama!

REnae, Sarah, Heather, Meg, Maggie, Jacqueline, Jackie, Lisa, Emmalola, Sherri, KK, Jstar ack! am I missing anyone?, new gals, Hi everyone!

Life is good here. Back from another day at the hot springs. You must understand, it's a rough life :LOL It's so freakin' HOT these days, it's the only way to chill out. I can't believe my punkin will be ONE ON SUNDAY!!! And Lily too!!! OMG!!!

So the weekend was great, gig on Saturday night and then the mexico city 4 hr intensive course I gave, spreadin' the Tribal Love. I made like $260 this weekend!! yay me! I know it's not a lot but for me it's a veritable fortune. Fortune-cito. ("little" fortune)
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OK, I am still reading. I feel so bittersweet over Julia almost being 1.

She keeps waking up a little and crying out, but then stops. I don't wan to go in in case that wakes her up totally.

I have to go make lunches though. Big day tomorrow.

Naomi's is really cool! Her : and too. :LOL

I bribed her into eating peas today, and feel a little guilty (yes, cookie for a taste of peas!)

I feel overwhelmed and can't seem to respond to anyone and so:

to renae and emmalola and whoever needs one.

and : for KKmama, and FF

Welcome back Kermit

OK, now Naomi woke up! At least she rarely wakes up once i am in bed, or if she does I don't notice. :
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So...do we start our May thread in the Toddler forum??
I confess, I haven't even gone there yet! :
I don't have much time to post a lot, I have to get our stuff together for our LLL meeting today while the bebe naps, and I have to vaccuum our living room. Eep! Cat hair everywhere...and we won't talk about the OLD cat vomit I found in the dining room this morning. :Puke
Thank you for the thoughts. We're powerin' through the tough nights, and thinking "this too shall pass"...it will! I know it will. And when Rowan is 14 and sleeping till NOON, I will tell him "you used to wake us every 2-3 hours when you were a baby!"
Hmm...maybe one night when he's a teen *I* will wake him every 2-3 hours to tell him that! :

Anyway. We'll get through it.

I have to go. I posted some stuff in the YG that I have to use smileys for now:
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Read it, you'll see what I mean. :LOL

Have a wonderful day, lovely mamas.
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Wahoo, elsanne! : Yay for the moola and the hot springs.... one day you will suffer an invasion from all of us in the states, I'm sure!

Mamas, I had the most amazing dream last night. It was a birth dream, so intense and detailed and vivid. I can't quite work out if *I * was giving birth or mid-wifing - I seemed to be doing it all. It started during transition and then there was monster pushing and I saw and simultaneously felt the baby crown, turn and come into the world. The whole thing was vivid shades of black, red and brown and had a feeling of warmth and incredible strength and power and mastery. I have some thoughts about what it might mean, but I kinda just like to think of it for what it is - an incredibly positive birth! I woke up so happy.

to Renae and Emmalola - you guys are so brave to be so honest about what's happening with your babies. I admire your courage and willingness to trust this forum. I hope we can be worthy of it!

I'm having such a gratitude attack today.... I just feel so blessed to have found you all and be a part of this great group of mamas....

Have a great day everyone!

(And does anyone know when it will *EVER* get warm in the blasted midwest?!?! I'm freezing my A$$ off, still.)
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Hmm...maybe one night when he's a teen *I* will wake him every 2-3 hours to tell him that!
:LOL Renae, I read the stuff you wrote on the yg and I'll reply when I (hopefully) have more time.

Claudia, . Thinking of you.

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Love you guys!!! : :LOL

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Hey everyone, I am hanging in here with reading and sending my love, albeit only in my head and not in print. I will continue to tough it out with you all with an occasional comment but I am reading, really I am! I agree with everyone who has posted that the May04 mamas are the best of MDC; kind, open, honest, and supportive. I wish all the threads had the same spirit.

I have stumbled on a inspiring and thoughtful site: http://www.mothersmovement.org/index.htm Great great stuff there about motherhood and social change. It is giving me lots to think about and consider. Just thought I would share that with all you smart thinking moms…
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So...do we start our May thread in the Toddler forum??
NOOOOOOOOOOO! I'm not ready for a toddler! HELP! :LOL

But seriously, IMO we should wait at least for everybaby to be one before the big move, dontcha tink? So we move in July?

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Hmm...maybe one night when he's a teen *I* will wake him every 2-3 hours to tell him that! :
:LOL I like your style, Renae! I think Little Missy and I are going to have some eeen-terestink talks about birth control when the time comes...haha.

Elsanne - glad you had a nice weekend. Send some more sun and warmth our way!

Maggie - that does sound like a great dream. And, pray tell, what else might it mean? Hmmmm?

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Oh gawd, Sarah! I just *CANNOT* be preggo again - I can't! :embarassed :LOL

Honestly, I was thinking it had more to do with new avenues opening up in my life, and growing confidence and competence in these totally foreign areas... but not another baby!

Can't even begin to fathom the move to toddler-hood....

Now DH wants to talk.

MOre later
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Nightweaning saga, night nine: he slept from 1:00 to 5:30, the longest stretch he's slept since he was about a month old. I'm much encouraged. I don't particularly enjoy getting up at 5:30 in the morning, but I'd trade that for the frequent night nursings and subsequent backache and brainache and arguments with my husband any day. So, tonight is the last official night of the plan, we'll see how it goes.

Today I was sitting with my classmates and one of the actually asked me if I was STILL breastfeeding. I said yes. Another woman told a story about a friend of hers who was nursing her child while the child was holding a hot dog. She felt this was just incongruent with her image of breastfeeding- to her a baby old enough to eat hot dogs shouldn't be breastfeeding. I told her not to worry, we won't let the lentil eat hot dogs (implying that he will be nursing until he's ready to quit, solid foods be damned!). :LOL

i can't believe we're almost in birthday month. Zoiks!
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Personally I prefer cookies with my milk, but a hot dog, why not I say :LOL


Let's stay in LWAB for at least another month
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Let's stay in LWAB for at least another month
Yes, please! I'm not ready for the move to toddlerhood either! Ack!
I was gonna write more but Rowan's nap is at stake! Gotta go nurse him back down!
(he didn't take a morning nap today--so this afternoon one has to count! )
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we survived our first overnight!! isaac stayed with m last night. i was nervous. she was confident. the phone didn't ring all night long. she called at 8am and i headed on over. he was happy as a clam.

he woke up ONCE i mean, i'm happy but secretly kind of : hahhaha. but seriously--i am very excited it went so well. he squawked at 2am, realized he wasn't with me, sucked down a bottle and slept til 7:45.

yaaay :LOL i'll be able to enjoy my concert trip soooo much more than if it were the first absence. m is SO entertaining, he is just in love. she is great with him


the morning took a major turn for the worse after that though. the daycare director called and asked if we would agree to isaac starting his transition to the toddler room on MONDAY i had been told 'juneish' by his caretakers. on the phone i said 'uhhh sure' but i took him in and his caretakers in the infant room were like WHAT???? he isn't ready. so i marched on down the hall to talk to her and proceeded to sit there while she repeated herself ad nauseum and i repeated myself that he isn't ready. at the point i realised i was getting nowhere i started getting mad and she said 'don't cry' i wasn't going to cry i was going to grrrrrr. so i'm irritated. she's a new director who started when we started and i have heard from others that people are dissatisfied. now i'm seeing why!!! the caretakers in the rooms are wonderful (and i know carole in the toddler room is sweet but that is not my issue). she was just so patronising "i know people have a hard time when their children move out of the infant room" yeah--when they are still infants that aren't even walking! they don't have high chairs in the next room. and they go outside to play so what is isaac going to do? crawl around in the puddles?

ugh. i really don't want to deal with this right now.

on a lighter note: i'll see some of ya'll tomorrow
have a good weekend everyone
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Nightweaning saga, night nine: he slept from 1:00 to 5:30, the longest stretch he's slept since he was about a month old. I'm much encouraged.
: Yay for the progress! seems like the rest will work itself out eventually. his sleeping that long is a big accomplishment, though!

jstar - wahoo! have a great weekend!!! good i think, that he stayed with her before your actual outing so you're able to be comfortable with the whole thing. bummer though, about the yucky new day care director. :

i am in total agreement about not being ready for the jump to the toddler forum.

Thanks for the link Lisa.

zoiks is right. A will be an entire year old in a mere nine days. eeeeks!!! i need to change the nursing icon in my sig to the one with the kid whose legs are flailing about. :LOL

Amelia survived me working at my moms group's huge garage sale most of the day today. everybody kept saying.... "what a GOOD baby!!!" i was so proud. and i scored some great books and more cool wooden blocks for A.

Mommaluv321 where are you? In the midst of moving mayhem? Let us know how it's going and how little Asha's doing if you have a second.

hope everyone has a great weekend, love to all.

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Well, after ten nights on the Dr Jay program, it looks like we have plateau'd out. He seems to have a pattern of waking up at 1:00 and then somewhere between 3:30 and 5:00. The second waking is spent wiglging and squirming and complaining about the state of the world. He usually holds out until 6:00, when he gets his boob back. Then we spend the rest of the day puttering about wishing we weren't so dang tired. According to the program, he should soon give this business up, and I can't wait for that to happen. Because I'm tired, yo. It is nice to have a four hour stretch in there, but not so nice to watch the sun rise from pitch black to full daylight while singing "wheels on the bus" for the nth time.

jstar, I'm sorry you have such a patronizing person giving you problems. I hate that. hate it. grrrrr. At least you have the joy of knowing you're smarter and better and have a great kid, so there.

Happy birthday, lisolil! (loved that!)

We're supposed to go to a barbeque as soon as the lentil wakes up, but it's miserable weather outside. I hate this humidity. Give me a good, dry desert day any time.
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IMPORTANT!!!: CONFIRM your participation in the May Babies Birthday Gift Exchange!!!
See my email on the yahoo group list (I bcc'ed a few of you who are no email on that list) and send me a confirmation email by this Thursday, May 5th that yes, you are indeed still participating! I will share this info with Sarah on Friday so we can make a plan to ensure everyone who signed up send out a gift for a May baby and received a gift for their own May baby.

If you are not on the yahoo group email list, send me an email at cvs @ easystreet.com (no spaces).

Thanks everyone!

warmly,
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LiSoLil... very clever. Happy birthday! This is going to be an exciting month, no? : :

Emmalola, I feel for you. I got my 1st ever 6 hr stretch from Z (I think). At this point, getting more sleep is just making me feel tired. :

AGrace, I'm thinking of you.

JStar--stand your ground... if you don't want Isaac in the toddler room yet, make it clear. And yeah, I'd wait till he was walking, if you can.

No, no, not the toddler forum yet! Have you seen how old the kids over there are? But May 2005 mamas are going to start showing up in LWAB, so we should distinguish ourselves as May 2004. We might scare them.

I was getting all bummed about Z seemingly not making any progress with his oral stuff (and about the nutrition specialist on Tues. pushing so hard about the cup and saying unsupportive stuff about bf'ing--I didn't share that : )... I got really upset last night, cried, stomped around, etc. Then today, dh got Z to drink from a cup for the 1st time ever. : It's the special squeezy straw cup his OT made (she rocks). Anyway, we'll keep working on this... if he can use it consistantly, and if he can transition to BM and then the evil high cal stuff in the cup, we can ditch the NG tube (he just needs to be able to take in calories of some sort, by drinking or eating). Keep your fingers crossed. I want to make a smoothie for him at some point and see if he'll try it... hmm... how can I get 30 cal/oz into a smoothie?

Did y'all know we've received ~a foot of snow in the last couple of days?
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He sure is attached!
This is a bit of a vent, but done with love...

I STILL haven't been able to catch up with the threads, but I still am gonna go ahead and vent to you mamas as if I have known you all along. TIA :LOL

Owen had a cold for the last week or so and it has caused Extreme Clinginess!! (say that loud like it is a sport) I am not going to go into too much detail, I assume a lot of you know what I am talking about. When I would put him down, say to wipe my BUTT or something... something where I just have to put him down... He would kind of hop up and down on his knees and just cry like I hurt his sweet little soul. After going to "sleep" at night, he wakes about 4 times before I get into bed. The other night I brought him out with me and he went to sleep in the sling, which he hasn't done in months. It was kind of sweet, actually, but still...

Tonight dh and I actually somehow managed to get them both down by 8, and we tried to get some cuddle time on the couch while watching a movie. Within 20 minutes, I was all cuddled on the couch with my guy... only it was my little guy, not my big guy . He lies on my chest and every so often abruptly lifts his head, looks into my face as if to make sure it is still me, then gives me this little smile. Like, "ok, all is good. I am with Mama again."

My dh and I own a restaurant and this is finals then graduation weekend at Miami University where we live, so he has barely any time off the last few weeks and the next week or two ahead. So I have been getting so very few breaks.

I know, this post is very broken up... but he will wake up any minute, I just know it!

Does anyone else just have no real time to themselves? I haven't had time to myself in the morning for 2.5 years. DD often doesn't nap, so there is no time to do stuff on my own during the day. After getting them to bed, I just have broken periods of time to get stuff done, as Owen or sometimes both of them wake up several times.

Have you ever figured out just how much time you spend getting your baby(ies) to sleep? I did it once when dd was younger, and I can't even imagine how many hours I have logged to date. If only we got paid for that... even a dollar an hour! I could buy a new roof... I want my back pay.

Sometimes I get really frustrated and feel like a total idiot. I think about parents who started with a bedtime routine from the start, do some kind of scheduling, whatever. They have predictable time to themselves... they take showers... they have clean dishes... they scrapbook and do other hobbies... *sigh*

But I don't plan to change. I know that if Owen needs to come out and sleep on my chest for a while, fine. That's what he needs. It is really inconvenient, but in my mind we don't have too many choices. We don't even have our crib anymore, I gave it to friends who are expecting. I sold my cosleeper on ebay. I can't fathom putting either child in a separate room, none of us are ready for that. Well, I bet dh would go for it, but you know what? He would be in there sleeping with them. He's not ready either.

All I know is I am not having any more children (my tubes are tied) so it can only get easier. I can't go backwards, right? RIGHT?! One day it will get easier... and hopefully I will be so happy I did things the way I am doing them. It all still feels right in my heart and in my mind, but it is just so tiring.

So, how are all of you? :LOL
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OMG Gridley, you totally crack me up! :LOL I *SOOOO* feel you on the 'babe-wakes-4-times-before-I-even-get-in-bed' thing - sometimes more, even! Ridiculous. But yea, it *does* get easier - really. My DD is nearly 7 and was even needier than your Owen sounds like, and now she's a champion sleeper and so independent... : I wholeheartedly believe in the "little takers grow up to be big givers" line. (Or at the very least the taking takes different, easier to deal with forms.)

Jstar - Wohoo! Right on for the sucessful overnight. But what a rotten director at Isaac's school - stand your ground, mama.

Ben-news: He now does a wide variety of animal sounds, most recently hissing for a snake. Also comforts his baby doll - pats his back and says 'shhhh-shhhh'. In less lovely news he quite distinctly and loudly says "NONONONONO!" whenever things are even slightly not to his liking. Ugh. We did have a good bike ride in the Burley today to watch DH run a race.

Can't wait to hear about the MayDay babies celebrations!
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mcsarahb- sorry you're mouring the loss of Your mama (I mean she's gone back to the east coast!). It's so great that the two of you have such a close relationship. And thanks for putting on a kick-a$$ birthday party tonight. So much fun to see the mamas and papas and babies.

emmalola- Do keep us posted about whether nighttime continues to improve. I've really been interested in your progress and am glad you've trusted us enough to post here. I can't nightwean my little skinny guy yet, but will probably put some kind of sleep plan (maybe ala ncss?) into place once his weight is solidly on track again. So I've appreciated being a vicarious participant in your story. Thanks.

Maggie- I am SO happy your beloved bike is back! Sweet Kermie.

Jstar- hadn't read your post yet when I met you tonight. I agree with KK- stand your ground, mama. Use logic with that silly director who assumes your are emotionally high-strung and she's so smart. Maybe get the toddler teachers on your side? I know he's close to walking, but no high-chairs? Sheesh. Clearly, a not even 1-year-old is still a baby! (even if we are getting close, aren't we, mamas?)

KK- Ugh. Those specialists should get together, or stop speaking about stuff outside their fields. I would be SO frustrated. I mean, DUH, of course you want him to move to a cup. DO they think that by being stern with YOU, they're going to magically make things happen for your DS? YOU'RE the one who got this whole ball rolling in the first place because you were concerned about his progress on the nutritional/ developmental front. Don't people get that? Sheesh. Don't let them ruffle you, mama. (Easy for me to say, but as you know, hard for me to actually DO in the same boat :LOL ). You know what you're doing, and that you're trying everything you can, and that you he IS making tremendous progress. And horray for the OT. She sounds great.

Dude, it's almost May.
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oops- forgot about gridley.

Sorry you're longing for some sweet dh alone time. That's gotta be hard. We have nights like that, too, where ds gets up 3 or 4 or more times before we go to bed. Fortunately it's not often, but what a bummer when it does and ya just want to cuddle with your hunny! (the big one )
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woohoo! it's may on the east coast already! and in about 47 minutes it's may here, too!

happy happy day, lily and sol! and sweet remembering of the day you looked into their faces for the the first time, mamas sarah and elsanne!

and happy happy day to lisa, too!

we had fun at miss lily's birthday party at sarah's house! i posted a pic of the four of us portland mamas and our babes in the yahoo group in a folder called portland may mamas. i'm gonna leave the full size one there for a while so you other portland mamas can save a copy onto your own computers if you want. or i can always send you a copy at a later date. i couldn't decide which one was the best so i just put all three there. actually, the second one is probably the best 'cause we're all looking at the camera except marek, who is making his concerned face off to the left of the picture.

anyway, gonna go cuddle with my honey, who made me toblerone chocolate fondue to dip delicious strawberries into tonight and opened a bottle of champagne. hmmm... ulterior motive???

hugs mamas

warmly,
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I wholeheartedly believe in the "little takers grow up to be big givers" line. (Or at the very least the taking takes different, easier to deal with forms.)
I agree with this as well. I have to say I am pretty happy with how my two year old is turning out

Owen actually stayed asleep for a long time after I posted... of course you never know when you are gonna get those stretches, so I wasted mine on the internet. Stayed on chattin' til 1 am.

I am interested in the Dr.J program... gonna have to read back on the progression. The wheels on the bus comment cracked me up :LOL
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Just have a few secs to post this morning, but wanted to say Happy, happy, happy birthday to Sol, Lily and Lisa!! Hope you all have fantastically fun days with your families!

Maggie--we need to get Ben and C together. For one she loves farm animals, but can't make the sounds yet. And because her new word is "yes." If you ask her if she wants something or perhaps I say "no, you may not blah, blah, blah" she'll respond with a "yes" that kinda sounds like a "jyes!". :LOL :LOL

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Happy, Happy Birthday Sol & Lily!!!

: My little girl. Aaaaah. Sounds like a fun party last night in PDX...today we're having a little get-together with Mexican food!!! surprise surprise and a splashy pool for all her little friendies. It's bleepin' HOT here, I'll send some of that to who was it--where it snowed a few days ago--

I can't believe she's one. Wow. Maybe I'll post her birth story over on yahoo.

Gridley, I really enjoyed your sense of humor in your post. Hang in there mama, you're doing a great job.

Claudia, wow your guy is really buttering you up!!! Definite B.J. points there. Enjoy it! I have to say, just for perspective, my man has NEVER buttered me up with anything. *sigh* Maybe I'll upgrade one of these days. *wry chuckle*

"The wheels on the bus" is a song option I had forgotten all about!! Thanks emmalola I'll use it!! tee hee! Now it's totally in my head.
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Oh mamas, it's here!
Our May thread!

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=280859

See you over there, birthday babies!

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