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#31 of 49 Old 04-11-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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Angela, my oldest daughter was like that. It was agonizing to leave her knowing that both she AND DH would be unhappy, likely for hours. It wasn't awful every day, but it was pretty tough. It improved verrrry slowly and she did fine with someone else around 8 months.

this was my first born...it was so hard to function at times.

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Lauren - I think I'm most concerned about my husband's mental state with the crying for hours. He doesn't handle that aspect very well.

I pumped 8 ounces out of one breast (freaking dairy cow - it took 7 minutes) on Sunday to try with Griffin. Since he isn't taking any of it I have to dump it. God, pouring out BM is like a mind kill, isn't it?!
you could do something like milk share or donate to a milk bank.
my DH doesn't handle crying well at all. It makes him very upset. zI told him that it wasn't anything he was doing, but just te baby being a toot



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the blocked tearduct we've been struggling with (constanly cleaning the goop, worrying about it impairing DS's developing vision) is finally cleared up on it's own. Just out of the blue. Yaaay!!!! Now DS looks so bright eyed all the time.
we had this too. it is nice when they can see clearly.

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^^^ I have a thread on milkshare to donate, but haven't heard back. I'm not holding my breath though as I am on medication and I get that not everybody would be willing to take that risk. Luckily, I got to donate a full year after having my daughter. Milk for all!

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This past week I registered my second child for kindergarten! She will be 5 in August. Just hard to believe I will have 2 in elementary school next fall and a baby at home.

Marissa is such a dream baby! She was laying under her play gym contentedly smiling and batting at toys for over an hour the last couple of evenings while I got her older siblings to bed, took a shower, and did some laundry! My other two NEVER did that at this age! She is so happy and mellow most of the time too, just a joy to have around. Another thing she does that the other two did not is sleep too, LOL. Only 1 wakeup time per night...vast improvement over her brother who was still up about 3 times a night at this age. Little sweetie is sleeping on my lap right now.

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See, that is precisely why I would not rely on any method of birth control that may or may not depend on the appetite of a baby. Too difficult to regulate and who wants to route for their baby sleeping LESS?
I agree. We were relying on this method up until this last Thursday when I finally got the Mirena inserted. Ela still nurses every 2-3 hours MOST nights, but DH and I were dtd 3 or 4 times a week and I just started getting too worried about it. We ABSOLUTELY can not have another right now, so IUD it is. So far so good, but it's been in for less than a week.

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... I looked and saw one of my nursing tanks from the dirty laundry basket over her shoulder and under Emily's chin...apparently the SECOND she smelled my "smell" she calmed right down and was her usual smilely self.
OMG that is so adorable, I teared up. I might try that trick when I have to go back to work in 3 weeks. She might not need it though because she and DH get plenty of time together and she's just as comfortable with him as she is with me. In fact, on the days when DH works I swear she KNOWS shen he's about to come home because she gets kind of fussy and impatient, and then he comes home and holds her against his chest while walking around the apartment until she falls asleep. Adorable.

I'm nervous about returning to work. I have to call WIC this week and see about getting a pump, and I'm hoping that I don't encounter any problems with that. DH and I are going to arrange our schedules so that Ela is home with one of us while the other is working, which helps. It might mean that I get to see less of DH, which will be tough, but we'll make it work

As for right now, things are going really well. Ela is a doll and just "talks" up a storm. The other day we were out and about almost all day and she sleeps like a log in the sling, so by the time we got settled in at home I felt like I missed her, even though I was wearing her all day. She's 10 weeks now and getting bigger every day. Over 13lbs and 24 inches long.

She sleeps really well in our bed. Even on the nights when she eats every 2-3 hours we all sleep really well. Side-lying nursing is a godsend.

I'm a little frustrated with my weight. I've been going back to the gym for the past 3 weeks and have seen very little movement on the scale. I had to take a break this weekend on Dr's orders after the IUD insertion, but I got back at it yesterday and plan to go 5X a week until leave is up. I've dropped a pants size and can now squeeze into a size 6, but the scale is being stubborn. I remember when all I had to do was think about losing weight and it fell off. Ugh.

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Micah rolled over today! I was just talking to my friend (whose baby is 3 1/2 weeks younger than Micah) this morning about how he hasn't done it yet, but it's not supposed to be a concern, etc., and that if they're quick to do stuff, it's not necessarily good (or bad) and how Micah hates tummy time. Her baby will be on his tummy for 5-10 minutes. Micah gets fed up after 30 seconds or a minute. So I decided to put him on his tummy, and he started flopping his head over. So I showed him how to roll over (rolled him over once; thought he wouldn't be able to do it cuz his "big butt" cloth diaper lol), and then put him back on his belly. Immediately he did it! And I put him on his belly again and he rolled again! Rinse & repeat about 5 times. Looks like he won't do belly time anymore. lol He also was raising his head really well compared to last week. Even though he's my third, I never thought I'd be so excited about it. lol Just wanted to share.
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Sasha has been doing belly to back roll as well, although sometimes he still likes to be on his tummy for a while. He is also starting to laugh. Overall we're doing well, although I threw out my back a couple of days ago and now it really hurts. I still want to wear him, sigh... so I'm sure I'm not helping it heal.
We're going to our first mama and baby yoga today - so I'm hoping to get some gentle stretches in. Sigh...

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I hate reflux

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Rollers already? Wow! My kid is a freaking lump...I don't plan on him rolling until Kindergarten.

Mary - You willing to try a chiro for Liam? It seriously worked for my daughter.

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Mary - You willing to try a chiro for Liam? It seriously worked for my daughter.
I would do it but our insurance doesn't cover chiro at all. I'm going to check into again though. Maybe my chiro would give a discount or something for an infant.

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Skylar has also rolled front to back but only a couple of times...and not back to front yet. She's really close though and her head control is getting really strong. She liked tummy time when she was younger but hates it now. She'll be 16 weeks tomorrow!! Where oh where has the time gone?!

She has gained weight really well this month (almost 2 pounds) compared with just under 1 pound last month so I'm happy about that and not as concerned as I was. I have tried pumping a couple of times to see if she would take a bottle if absolutely necessary and she did take it from DP once so at least we know if I have an appointment or HAVE to be away for more than an hour that DP can feed her. I will try and pump enough for a few feedings and store it in the freezer. I haven't been away from her for longer than an hour yet and am actually scared to leave her....not because she'll freak out without me there but because I'm afraid I will miss her too much or feel too guilty about being away from her.

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loving all the updates! ds2 is a few days short of 3 months old. he started daycare on monday and is doing so well. our daycare is in my building and dp is nursing (she works across the street) and i can go down and feed him his breastmilk bottle when dp can't make it over. the teachers say he is 3 months going on 8 months because he is so big and can do so many things already. he hasn't rolled over yet but can turn on his side, so it's only a matter of time. he is what our ped describes as a "happy barfer". he spits up a lot but doesn't have reflux.

our daycare is allowing us to cloth diaper, so we made it as easy as we could and the teachers have really bought into it, yay!

he is still sleeping in our room but in the kanoe instead of on dp. once he stops nursing during the night we'll start transitioning him to his crib.

ds1 is such a great big brother - he loves ds2 and will talk to him and bring him his toys and turn on the music on his bouncy chair. we had some behaviour issues and started doing the 1-2-3 magic program a couple of weeks ago and it has worked!

we are so lucky to have two easy-going children.

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Hi All! Just checking in - it sounds like everyone's doing great... And rolling over and everything! Wow! Rosaline is definitely not rolling yet - she just looks around a few times when we do tummy time, then starts sucking her thumb, then falls asleep on the job. She is a pretty lazy chunka lunk .

We're doing good here. I start a new job in a month - I'm nervous about working full time with two little ones, but it will be great for many reasons for our family and for me, so off to work I go. Glad to have this remaining time at home with Rosie - she's a sweetie. I love having a girl. Spring is here and I got the dresses out . I love it! And the hairbows, oh the hairbows! It's fun. She's cooing and laughing and really quite a doll. She sleeps well, but wakes 2 or 3 times per night - which is no less than her brother did, but it's tiring as I'm preparing for the new job, a house move, and a 6 week trip abroad this summer. I'm trying to discourage at least one of those feedings. But I don't want to CIO, so we'll go with the flow. She knows what she needs, and I'll survive with the grace of God no matter how tired I am .

My little boy is adjusting well - but finding it hard to share my time and attention - the honeymoon has definitely worn off and he now has some jealous moments. I'm working hard to spend my time wisely so I have distinct chunks of time to play with him, goof around, do a little craft project, or take him out on my errands and get a treat, etc... This is good for both of us.

My husband is really sweet with Rosie. I like to see him with his daughter. It's been a huge adjustment for us to have 2 kids. And a very busy time as well with me getting this new job. So, we're kind of just rolling with things day by day. I feel like we've grown stronger together though in the midst of these challenges. And it's also nice to be on the other side of the newborn phase as a couple. We can breathe again, and even go on a dinner date.

I am good! I still have a few pounds to drop, and with all the busy-ness of these past few months - my exercise plans have fallen by the wayside. I've been focusing intently on my eating because that's all I've got to depend on for weightloss. (That and hauling my kids around and doing housework, etc... which certainly burns lots of calories, I'm convinced!) I hope to exercise again one day in the future. Ha ha! I never thought I'd say that!!! I'm such an exerciser - but it's just not happening right now and I'm ok with that. I do miss running, but I just don't have it in me right now. I do want to do some more situps, because my tummy just isn't snapping right back into place. I look fine, just want to be tighter and also ready for the next pregnancy (which hopefully won't happen anytime soon, but God only knows).

Anyway! That's me in a nutshell - lots happening, darling baby girl, tired all the time, nervous about transitioning to full time work, but loving this crazy crazy life and family of mine.

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Aw, rolling over, how cute! Ethan hates tummy time so much, he hasn't attempted to roll over yet. He only lasts for mabye 3-4 minutes on his tummy before I take pity on him. He ends up yelling and complaining and spitting and really freaking out. Apparently tummy time is for suckers.

I still have a bit of weight to lose as well, although I will admit I haven't been working on it at all. I'm about 9lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight, and tend to snack too much! I try to get out for walks daily, but Ethan likes to cry through those as well, so I don't take him out as often as I probably should.

We seem to have the thrush finally under control. I'm on a bit of an elimination diet right now, he seems to be reacting to something in my diet. I've been mostly diary free for 3 monthes now, but haven't been that serious with it to this point. So no dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, nuts, corn or fish for me for at least a few weeks.
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I hear ya.

things were going OK, but now we are waking up at 4:45am to start the day.

arghhh.

the sleep thing isn't get much better.

but she is cooing and smiling...just awake WAYYY too much.

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Emma will be 12 weeks on friday, I can't believe it! She is soo cute and sweet, and communicates incredibly well. Today she was fussy and I asked her if she was hungry and she smiled so big, she totally understood me, I was shocked! And pleased! She coos and I swear she is trying to talk already. Not real words of course, but she chimes in on a conversation at the right times. She does not roll over yet, and hates tummy time. She'll last about 30 seconds and then she's just pissed.
She is a great sleeper (at night, naps depend on the day). She's a real trooper being drug to her brother's many practices and games.
As for me, I'm ok, adjusting much better to having a second child and balancing everything. I still have 20 pounds to lose, which is very frustrating, but I am doing everything I can and am trying my hardest not to worry about it. I can't believe this DDC is about to be gone. It seems as if just yesterday we were at the very bottom of the list. If I knew how to post a picture, I would, but I am clueless
I do love seeing everyone else's babies, though, all so cute!
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Holly just hit 12 weeks and is such a delightful little butterball. We've turned a bit of a corner with naps and she's sleeping MOSTLY on the bed by herself for naps. I think she's working on consolidating naps into 3/day but she's not quite there yet. She's holding her head up really well and trying hard to roll all the way over. LOVE!!!

My oldest is sick for the billionth time. She's waking up constantly at night. The fatigue is really getting to me and making my blues that much worse. I have had one great day and one abysmally awful day this week... sigh. Ready for something to go my way for more than 1 or 2 days at a time!! I need sleep, and... SLEEP!!!

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Emily laughed out loud for the first time today.

She definitely has her great grandma's belly laugh that is genetic in my family. SO cute.

No rolling over yet, but she is napping more solidly in two short naps in the monring and evening, and one long nap midday. Then a nice 7-8 hours stretch at night.

So much happiness in one creature and the adoration is hard to beat...then I look at Baron VonMoodypants and I wonder where did all the love and giggles go?

He has his good days then he has days like today where he simply CAN NOT start his day without every single step exactly his own way!



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So, where are we moving, Ladies?
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How have I not posted once at all in this thread?!
I love reading all the updates of you and your little ones, they're growing too fast!
Is this the last month we'll be here then it's on to LWAB?
We're doing well.... Sophie turned 3 months last week and has rolled over once, is laughing (not full belly laughs yet) and is such an observant baby! She loves to look at everythign around her and take it all in. Her personality is starting to get stronger and she's more vocal about letting us know what she does and doesn't like. But she really only cries when she's tired but it can take a while to soothe her and settle her down, esp at night before bed. I think maybe I'm waiting too long to put her down but it's crazy busy and loud here until 730ish so maybe it's too overstimulating for her too.
I'm doing okay.... I do great when things are great but I'm struggling with feeling overwhelmed when both my young ones need me at the same time or when Sophie is hard to console. I'm working on that and hopefully will find a return to my patience and innercalmness (is that a word? lol). I need to take a yoga class for stress reduction but I'm not sure now is the best time to do that as Sophie doesn't do well when I'm gone more than a few minutes. I take a women and weights couse for 1 hour on Fridays and I come home and she's usually crying and my dh is stressed. Only three more weeks and then it's over though.
Wow..that was a long post! lol

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