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05-30-2009 01:02 AM
Vegan Princess Thursday girl: Just had to comment...Josephine and Juno look sooo much alike! So adorable!

Cindy
05-30-2009 01:00 AM
Thursday Girl oh yeah i was at a party and someone from kazikstan asked why the baby was wearing that necklace, she said in her country people wear that when they are sick. she didn't specify what type of sickness though.
05-30-2009 12:54 AM
Thursday Girl I THINK i got a 12, but I am not sure. Can't measure right now as Juno is alseep.

Inspired by finn has adult necklaces Gillian, I haven't looked at them yet so I don't know how manly they are. LOL>
05-28-2009 02:21 PM
AKislandgirl Thanks for the info on the amber necklaces. I'm going to buy one today! What length did you get Thursday Girl? I like the length of Juno's in your pic (so cute by the way!)
05-28-2009 01:22 PM
mamamillet I am interested in the amber teething necklaces and will probably get one but...the only info I can find on them being a natural analgesic is on websites trying to sell them. So I am a bit skeptical but they are pretty cute as well.
05-28-2009 12:35 PM
Everrgreen
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What's the deal with the amber? How does that help teething? I never heard of this with my older two, but keep seeing little ones with necklaces.
Here's what it says on the website where I bought mine:

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Baltic amber teething necklaces are worn by teething babies to help alleviate the pains and discomforts of teething. Body warmth heats the amber which then slowly releases oils that are absorbed through the skin. These oils act as a natural analgesic, a great alternative to any medicinal treatments for teething pains.
I think I might start putting it on Royce, it really is so cute. My DH wanted one for himself so they could match, but unfortunately they don't make them in men's sizes!
05-28-2009 10:52 AM
monkaha What's the deal with the amber? How does that help teething? I never heard of this with my older two, but keep seeing little ones with necklaces.
05-28-2009 10:13 AM
Thursday Girl another one who uses amber teething necklaces. junie wears hers all the time. aside from the break away clasp each bead is individually knotted. (you can probably see Junie's in her picture) I got hers from inspired by finn. They are having a storewide clearance, and they are the cheapest I have found anyways. My older daughter had one for years that she wore.

well Junie woke up and threw up this morning and then heaved a bit after her stomache was empty. will be keeping an eye on this.
05-28-2009 01:57 AM
BathrobeGoddess
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http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...category=20874

http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...category=20877

Fiona likes these two things. She's also begun teething. Very drooly, chomping on anything she can get her hands on... I wonder how long until we actually see a tooth though. Which ones tend to come in first? Top or bottom?

I was thinking about getting her an amber teething necklace. Have any of you used one and did you think that it helped? They look so cute! Are they safe to use? I worry about a choking hazard.

I'm sad to see the DDC closing! I feel like I've gotten such great support form you ladies throughout my pregnancy and the early days of life as a mom. Thank you all! I hope I'll be in touch with some of you via FB and on other forums here.
All my kidos wear amber teething necklaces...Linus has had one on since about six weeks...I think they work. They are short so unable to wrap around the neck twice and all have either a magnetic clasp or a break away clasp so they aren't choking hazards at all...even the bead are too small to choke on...
05-27-2009 05:32 PM
Mal85 We have a necklace for Owyn. I've put it on her a couple of times because it's so cute, can't tell yet if it works she's not teething. But they are pretty popular so they must be good for something. I've also heard you can wrap it around their ankle or wrist so it's not a choking hazard while they're sleeping.
05-27-2009 03:41 PM
Everrgreen
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I was thinking about getting her an amber teething necklace. Have any of you used one and did you think that it helped? They look so cute! Are they safe to use? I worry about a choking hazard.
We bought one for Royce - but haven't used it yet so I don't know if it works. They seem to be recommended a lot over on LWAB so they must work at least a little. Most of them that I've seen for sale are made with a plastic safety clasp that will come apart if there is pressure on it. It does say that for safety you should take it off at night.
05-27-2009 02:02 PM
AKislandgirl http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...category=20874

http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...category=20877

Fiona likes these two things. She's also begun teething. Very drooly, chomping on anything she can get her hands on... I wonder how long until we actually see a tooth though. Which ones tend to come in first? Top or bottom?

I was thinking about getting her an amber teething necklace. Have any of you used one and did you think that it helped? They look so cute! Are they safe to use? I worry about a choking hazard.

I'm sad to see the DDC closing! I feel like I've gotten such great support form you ladies throughout my pregnancy and the early days of life as a mom. Thank you all! I hope I'll be in touch with some of you via FB and on other forums here.
05-27-2009 09:48 AM
Thursday Girl Aurora is beautiful.

I agree with you about the price of things. I am more interested in buying safely made fair paid quality items...they are cuter too.

here is a toy that Juniper loves. she looks at it, holds it and gnaws on it.
http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/...0Doll,%20Cream

(if any of you want o buy that or other toys from Oompa, it would be cool if you pm me your email and then i could send you the link and earn some refer a friend loayalty points. But you don't have to)
05-26-2009 02:41 PM
Everrgreen I got Royce in a back carry with my wrap yesterday!! I still need to work on it though, he didn't seem secure enough. But it's a start!

We also have a pouch and a mei tai. I use the pouch on occassion if I'm just running into a store (I keep it in the car). The mei tai we bought for dh to use, so I don't really use that. The wrap is definitely my favourite, I can wear him for long walks and shopping trips. And now that I'm making progress on the back carry it will be very useful.

Royce is also a big baby. Depending on the brand he is wearing either the 6-9months size or the 12 months size. My mil bought him a nice summer outfit in size 6 months and when I went to put him in it the other day it didn't fit. So he didn't even get to wear that once!

We also have a Sophie Giraffe. It and a soft lovey are the only things Royce has held and actually studied. I also have a wooden ring rattle, which he will temporarily hold but doesn't really study it.

Yesterday Royce sat for a few seconds (using his hands to support his weight, not upright), but it was still pretty impressive! He always tries to sit up when I lie him down on his back (it looks like he's trying to do a 'sit up'). It won't be long now and he'll be sitting on his own! Still no rolling though
05-26-2009 02:30 PM
Past_VNE Two new Aurora pics:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y94...g?t=1243358878
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y94...g?t=1243358853
05-26-2009 02:17 PM
Past_VNE I think we're used to the prices of China-made products and that something made safely in a place where workers are compensated fairly really throws us off. We're used to something being priced so low, yet if everyone was paid correctly and factories were clean and ingredients definitely safe, then there is no way it could priced so low. I think Sophie is "expensive", but I remind myself that that's the way it should be and that the Chinese stuff has really skewed my views.

Often, I think about history's lessons of having less, buying carefully and keeping a long time, etc. As an example, a pair of shoes used to cost 2 weeks pay, according to my economics prof back in the day.

Just a tangent....having just watched DH's coworkers' plastic-laden, junk food filled family and realized just what a different world I live in and how very far from mainstream I am, despite seeming pretty normal to myself. :LOL
05-26-2009 01:32 PM
Vegan Princess I think Sophie is sort of a rip off at $20 something for it but my mom bought us one when she was out a couple weeks ago and sure enough it goes every where with us now and usually sits in the sling with makenna.

Cindy
05-26-2009 01:27 PM
Past_VNE I dug out my Ergo last week and was pleasantly surprised that it worked great. Aurora is 15 weeks old now and I just pop her over my head, slide her down my back, spread her legs and...all done, she fits great. She slept through all my barn chores and was doing great.

She's about 11.5 pounds, max and long...I'll measure her when she wakes up.

I also used it to wear her, happily awake, all around the flea market.

I'm so happy to be able to do a quick back carry with her. When a calf escapes or some other "emergency" happens, it's great to be able to take her along, yet out of the way, and do it quickly.

She's teething already, for about a week and a half now. Not severe teething yet, but the watery drool, the gnawing, etc. She's strong as the dickens, but is so laid back. She rolls halfway sometimes, but just doesn't seem in any rush to try to go further. She can commando crawl a little ways, and always does if you put her on her belly.

We picked up a Boppy papasan bouncy seat at the flea market and she thinks it's really great. The toy bar is missing, thankfully. So, instead of staring at things 8" from her face, she watches what we're doing. It's really an unnecessary gadget, but she enjoys being inclined rather than flat out and it lets her see us better if we want to not be holding/wearing her for a little bit.

We never had any baby gadgets with DS. He wouldn't have tolerated them anyway. He also never had any interest in baby toys....at least not when he was a baby. (He loves them now, figures. ) Aurora is the opposite, she loves all that stuff. We still don't have it, but if you show it to her in the store, she's fascinated. I did buy her the Sophie Giraffe, but it's lost in the house somewhere. Any other suggestions on safe/alternative toys? I have one wooden rattle and an Under the Nile cotton jester.

I'll post some pics shortly.
05-26-2009 01:15 PM
monkaha
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I read here on MDC that in Africa they straddle their babies across their backs as soon as their umbilical cords fall off and that it's commonly thought to be good for their hips.
That was just what I wanted to hear! I just kind of "mind over matter" got him to straddle my torso and he did great! He is very big though, and growing out of 9 month clothes at 3 months! At first he got a little stiff, I think, and didn't last as long, but he got used to it quickly. I never liked the infant insert, so I'm really happy that he fits like this. I can even put him on my back! He doesn't really like it as much though.
I'm glad I'm not the only one with a ginormous babe! The 9mos onsies are getting a little tight on Anthony too. I may try the straddle again-I'd like to try a back carry too, but worry that he's still a little too bobbly-heady.
05-26-2009 11:31 AM
Enudely I read here on MDC that in Africa they straddle their babies across their backs as soon as their umbilical cords fall off and that it's commonly thought to be good for their hips.
That was just what I wanted to hear! I just kind of "mind over matter" got him to straddle my torso and he did great! He is very big though, and growing out of 9 month clothes at 3 months! At first he got a little stiff, I think, and didn't last as long, but he got used to it quickly. I never liked the infant insert, so I'm really happy that he fits like this. I can even put him on my back! He doesn't really like it as much though.
05-26-2009 12:19 AM
monkaha
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I'm not sure how it is working for you, but we're still using the infant insert in the Ergo. Does Anthony slip down in it, with his legs froggy-style? I would love to see a picture if you have one. I'm tired of the infant insert but not confident that Eowyn wouldn't slide down too far without it. ETA I think it's normal for them to not be flexible enough yet to straddle.

Try opening the sling up on your shoulder as far as it will go -- that can help with the weight pulling on you maybe?
Hm. The only pics of him in the ergo are close-ups of his sweet face (usually sleeping) and one that DH took looking down at us from the top of a ferris wheel. I'll have DD take one tomorrow. Sometimes one of his feet will slide down under the waist strap, but as long as it's tight enough that doesn't happen. I never had an infant insert, so I'm not sure how that would have changed things.
05-25-2009 09:41 PM
Mal85 Yesterday, we went to visit our friends who just had a baby on May 5th. What a tiny little guy. He was a whole pound bigger than Owyn was at birth, but he looks sooooo tiny compared to her! I just can't believe how much she has grown. I could really tell when comparing her to a brand new baby. That tiny baby stage just doesn't last long enough...

I'm finally calling the doc tomorrow to make her a baby check up appt. We are a month behind. I was debating on vaccinations, so I put it off. I think we finally made a decision in that department, at least for now. And something is up with her lately. Fighting the breast, not nursing laying down at night anymore. I did some research and I'm thinking it's either her ears bothering her or we have some reflux going on... The symptoms are fitting with reflux which really sucks. I was really hoping I wouldn't have to change my diet, but we may have to. I am gonna have him look at her ears to rule it out.

She is our spit up queen, which also leads me to believe we could have some reflux going on. I mean projectile and it happens all. the. time. Doesn't matter how long it's been since she ate. She's never acted like it bothered her before, but just in the last week she's started this fighting thing. I stopped laying her flat, like ever and it seems to be helping. I used to lay her across my lap to get the breast out and that's when she would start crying. So, now I'm keeping her sitting up and she doesn't fight it anymore. She's also elevated in bed now and is doing okay with nursing. It's a weird position for me to get into to be able to nurse her while she is still laying down, but better than having to sit up and nurse her.
05-25-2009 09:16 PM
Vegan Princess Hey Starling: Our little ones are still around the same size. I weighed DD last week and she was 12 lbs 3 ounces at 16 weeks. I was suprised she hadn't even gained a whole lbs since the last time I weighed her almost a month ago. I guess she is slowing down? She eats plenty and has plenty of little rolls and is outgrowing her 0-3 mos clothes in length.

Anyone have their little ones get upset when they drink coffee/caffeine? I had a cup of coffee yesterday and a latte today and DD has been nursing for a few minutes then crying and refusing the boob but downing a bottle of formula. She's never done this before. Nursed fine this morning before the latte. Normally I don't drink coffee or get decaf lattes but they were out of decaf today and hubby made a pot yesterday for the first time in forever. Not sure what else could be upsetting her all the sudden?

Cindy
05-25-2009 08:28 PM
starling&diesel Neat to read all the babywearing posts ... we've used the Ergo exclusively from the beginning. We never had the insert, just used a fleece blanket folded to achieve the same affect. Esmé also sits in it froggy-style now. She does straddle me, but when she does that she wants to be a bit higher up, so I support her with one hand in the carrier. Sounds complicated, but it's not, honest. We love our Ergo, but it's been too hot lately, so we've done our Ergo walk earlier in the morning, and then a stroller walk in the afternoon. It was her first time in a stroller two days ago, and she's enjoying it. She's still too small to even consider a back carry by myself ... she's about 12 pounds at 1 week shy of 4 months. Maybe I'll try it when DP is around. She really loves looking around, so I think she'll like the back carry.
05-25-2009 07:50 PM
justKate Wow, its so nice to read the baby updates! Aubrey is pretty high-needs, but we're doing pretty well. She's started blowing spit bubbles and thinks that's really funny. Also started growling. Thanks Daddy. She's still small--only 11.5 lbs. at 14 weeks, but growing steadily. So things are pretty good overall.

We're having some babywearing challenges because Aubrey is so squirmy. She gets frustrated easily because she feels confined, so we alternate between the ring sling when she's sleepy and one of those dangly-leg carriers when she wants to dance. I don't care for it but she loves it....

Good to hear everyone's surviving these first months! For a while I wasn't sure I would.
05-25-2009 06:55 PM
nighten
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Oh man, that's frustrating! Anthony only sips when we're out and about too usually. Not sure if it's because I'm more modest about it then-maybe he doesn't like my shirt down so far?

Babywearing: I've been using the Ergo for a long time now. I just froggy his legs up. I've tried spreading his legs out so he's straddling me, but he doesn't seem flexible enough for that yet, his hips seem too tight to go out that far. Is that normal? He's simply too heavy right now for the sling. I think he'll be ok in it once he's got the trunk control for a hip carry, but in front (either sitting facing out or froggy-legged facing in) he makes my shoulder hurt. He's 20lb, 8oz as of last week. I need to get another wrap. The one I have that I made with DS1 is too short (I was skinnier when I made it, I guess).
I'm not sure how it is working for you, but we're still using the infant insert in the Ergo. Does Anthony slip down in it, with his legs froggy-style? I would love to see a picture if you have one. I'm tired of the infant insert but not confident that Eowyn wouldn't slide down too far without it. ETA I think it's normal for them to not be flexible enough yet to straddle.

Try opening the sling up on your shoulder as far as it will go -- that can help with the weight pulling on you maybe?
05-25-2009 05:49 PM
Thursday Girl Fiona is so cute, hope she feels better soon.

I think I am going ot have to give in soon and buy a new pouch. DH won't like it, and hopefully our bank account wil allow it. LOL. But that child needs to be held constantly and I can not get anything done. She even needs to sleep in your arms during the day. At night she will sleep in the bed and it's fine. I can do things at night but then i get exhausted from lack of sleep.

This morning i woke up holding her in my arms, her little body was pressed up against mine and her face was resting on my breast with a hand on either side. so freaking cute.

apparently she is sick of dh holding her. I swear I am just not used to such a needy baby.
05-25-2009 05:17 PM
AKislandgirl Well Fiona and I still have colds but she is almost over hers. It's not fun to see your baby sick. I'll be glad when she (and I!) are completely over this.

She has come close to rolling over a couple of times but is really not that into it. She's content to stay on her back. We don't do much tummy time because she hates it. I figure that lying on my stomach and holding her head up and looking around while be carried is good excercise so I'm not pushing it.

We mostly use this stretchy moby style wrap that I got on etsy. I really love it. Fiona sleeps in it quite often. We also have an ergo which I think will be great as she gets a little heavier. We have the leg issue too... seems too much for her to spread her legs around me for now. After reading these posts I'm anxious to try a back carry. I'll let you know how it goes!

I put an updated picture in my sig... for the life of me I don't know why it won't let me do it as a link. Whatever. I've given up trying!
05-25-2009 01:23 AM
Nillarilla I haven't used the pouch lately because she got so big so fast. I know I'll use it again when she can sit better and we can do the hip cradle. I use the mei tai out and about. She loves it and it always settles her right down. I use my woven wrap around the house though. I can't get her on the back in either the mei tai or the wrap without much screaming and distress. So I stopped trying. I'm debating on getting a Beco butterfly because of the insert you can put them in while in a chair and then get them on the back. I know how to do the back carries she just hates the tying process and the lift over the head. I've tried the hip scoot but can't get her high enough with that.

My nipple has been chomped a few times now. She's also started chomping her fingers and she had a red cheek the other day. I think we may have some teething happening.

She loves to stand these days. I can't make her sit on the first try ever anymore. No rolling all the way yet. She still gets stuck partway.
05-25-2009 12:40 AM
monkaha Oh man, that's frustrating! Anthony only sips when we're out and about too usually. Not sure if it's because I'm more modest about it then-maybe he doesn't like my shirt down so far?

Babywearing: I've been using the Ergo for a long time now. I just froggy his legs up. I've tried spreading his legs out so he's straddling me, but he doesn't seem flexible enough for that yet, his hips seem too tight to go out that far. Is that normal? He's simply too heavy right now for the sling. I think he'll be ok in it once he's got the trunk control for a hip carry, but in front (either sitting facing out or froggy-legged facing in) he makes my shoulder hurt. He's 20lb, 8oz as of last week. I need to get another wrap. The one I have that I made with DS1 is too short (I was skinnier when I made it, I guess).
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