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I need advice! Ellie is three wks, and I thought by now the older boys would have calmed down a bit, but they are still so excited by her presence. They constantly want to kiss her, poke her, touch her, hold her, get her attention, etc. It is completely overwhelming. They seem to have thought she would come out playful and they are disappointed that she sleeps so much and can't focus her eyes on them.<br><br>
I feel like all I do is say, "Stop touching her!" and, "Not right now, she's sleeping," and "You can hold her again later." I don't want to turn them off of her, but I also wish they could self-entertain (without being destructive) for a little while and give us both a break.<br><br>
How can I get them involved? Any creative solutions? I'm so tired that I just can't seem to think of anything. I have them help get diapers at changing time, and they like to watch her get a sponge bath, but mostly she's in the sling or the swing and they just get in her face, bump her, wake her, ugh! HELP!
 

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My 22 month old LOVES to burp the baby....poor William is going to have wiplash one of these days!<br><br>
I have no advice for you, just wanted you to know you are not alone..my kids won't leave the baby alone at all. The worst is when I get him to sleep somewhere other than my arms, and one of them wakes him up. Ugh, I could scream (and I have, unfortunatly).<br><br>
I did get out a box of toys I had put away a while ago that are "big kid" only toys...things like sturdy paper dolls, games, etc...That has helped a bit. But I know once those toys are old news, I will be back to square one...<br><br>
~C~
 

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Alexandria is constantly getting in Ryker's face trying to kiss him and she kisses him hard.<br>
I know i feel like i'm constantly telling her to get away from him he's sleeping.<br><br></span>
 

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Me too. He's tall enough to reach into the pack'n'play and he can climb up on our bed...I literally cannot leave DS2 alone anywhere in the house without DS1 being able to get to him. My poor bowels.<br><br>
My sister was worried about me leaving him alone with the <i><b>dog</b></i>...I just laughed at her.
 

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It's a difficult age. In fact, Owen, upon waking from a nap, wasn't happy I was holding Jared, and slapped hom on the head. I cried, then we had a talk.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I hope it doesn't happen again, but like I said, it's a difficult age. Usually he's vey caring and gentle, but it can change with the blink of an eye.
 

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Never mind age- my 4 yr old dd is all over Maggie. She loves her and loves talking to her and Maggie responds. But yes, she wakes her, climbs on me to kiss her etc. She also wants to touch her and her touch is way too strong. She was too disappointed that Maggie would not play w her.<br><br>
Right after she came home I explained that Maggie needed to grow some more and that one day she would love to play with her but now she needed to sleep and grow to become bigger. Liz replied- "should we plant her??" DH was planting flats and said the past day they needed to plant them so they would grow.
 

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that is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!
 
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