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Will make this quick since Piper is napping on my chest...<br><br>
How are y'all doing?<br><br>
We're pretty good here. Piper's just over 13 pounds, we've gotten the reflux pain somewhat under control, and I'm trying to help her nap more during the day so that it's not such a battle to get her to go to sleep at night (and also so that I can work, which I've been doing for two weeks now).<br><br>
She melts my heart daily. Her favorite trick right now is blowing spit bubbles and smacking her lips together (I pretend she's blowing me a kiss!) - I think she might be teething. She's starting to really enjoy toys which is fun. And DH and I are finally starting to work as a team in this parenting stuff instead of always seeming to be on different pages.<br><br>
ETA: CD'ing is going really well - thanks for all the suggestions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Plus, I found a local mom's group (through my mommy & me yoga class) that I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">! I'm so happy about that.<br><br>
So, what's new with you???
 

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well...right now amelia is throwing one of her new "tantrum" - they have started in the past few weeks, not always everyday, but sometimes at home randomly and now usually when i put her in the car. its like she is really just angry about something. when its in the car i figure she is mad that she has to be in the car seat, but other times **like right now** i have no idea why she is screaming!! i try feeding, changing, rocking, bouncing, nothing seems to work and when i hold her she just stiffens and squirms and really freaks out. we use gripe water and i always give her a dose when she starts this thinking it might be pain of some sort, but it doesnt seem to work and i usually just end up laying her on the couch next to me, on her play mat or on my bed for a little while and then attempt in a few mins to try consoling again. i really dont get it!!<br><br>
other than that her development seems to be progressing, she uses her hands quite well, she can remove her paci from her mouth and hand it to me, she can pick up her toys and grab things really well. normally she is quite happy (minus the tantrum times) and smiles and talks to people. i am not totally sure how much she weighs, but probably close to 13lbs now.<br><br>
she doesnt sleep through the night but usually does a 5ish hr block then a feeding and then a 3ish hr block - so not too bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ok, time to try and calm her again. if anyone has any ideas on the tantrums, please help!!
 

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<b>Katie:</b><br><br>
Have you done any research on reflux? The stiffening and screaming may be signs of it. A baby can have "silent reflux" where the acid just comes up far enough in the chest to cause pain but does not get spit or thrown up. I just learned yesterday that gripe water is a big no no for babes with reflux if it has sodium bicarbonate in it.<br><br>
There is a ton of info online about reflux, and even several threads in this forum. It might be worth looking into, and seeing if maybe she has a food sensitivity that is causing the pain.<br><br>
Otherwise, I would say maybe fatigue and/or overstimulation...?<br><br>
Sorry you're dealing with that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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this brand is one of the few that does not contain the sodium bicarbonate actually. i have not eaten anything acidic fir awhile now as it all used to make her spit up a lot.... she has always been gassy, but the gripe water always seemed to take care if that
 

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I would say to check with your doc. I didn't know what was wrong with Piper until she had an "episode" in the doctor's office at her 2 mo. visit and the doc said, "Oh, poor thing, she's got terrible reflux!". I think that was based mainly on how stiff and straight she got, arching her back to get away from the pain, I suppose. It's so terrible to see your lil one in pain and not know what's wrong or how to fix it... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Darn it, Christina beat me to this thread! I seriously woke up this morning and thought, "May first! I can start the thread!" What a dork.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyway, Darren is doing well on all accounts. Today is a particularly spit-up-ie day (I smell revolting), though.<br><br>
The other day was an awful, "OMG, I cannot handle this, I am at my wit's end, someone take this kid" sort of day, but those are not the norm, thank God.<br><br>
Anyone else kinda miss being pregnant? Not like, 9 months and ready to pop pregnant, but like, 6 months and he's really kicking pregnant? I'm so ready to have another kid. Fortunately, Ryan keeps reminding me that is NOT a good idea right now.<br><br>
Oh, and I've found I have an incredibly dorky love of cloth diapering. Something about the diapers flapping in the wind on the line.... Yup. It's official. I'm a dork. (And I'm not even doing anything "cool" like Fuzzi Bunz....just plain old prefolds, pins, and rubber pants.)
 

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Katie:<br>
Kyla goes stiff and throws a fit when I put her in the car seat. We fight that battle everytime we go somewhere. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Happy May.<br><br>
Life is good, no great! Love being a mom.<br>
Kyla's hand is healing well after burning it at Chili's. New things to watch out for every day. ie, grabbing the fajita skillet at Chili's. So that was our excuse to go find a new doctor. Love the new doctor.<br><br>
Kyla weighs 15.4 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> and is 24". I guess she is health <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyone have any experience with baby waking several times at night and chasing you around the bed? Help, I am not getting any sleep lately. Maybe she is growing?
 

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Happy May!<br>
Liliana is having a particularly spit-uppy day too. I'm thinking teething or a cold unfortunately it's so hard to tell the difference! She's so drooly & mouthy with toys that I suspect teeth. Ds had 2 bottom teeth by 4 mths so it's quite likely.<br><br>
I've had the 2 dc's alone for 4 days while dh battles the flu. And I couldn't coordinate their naps today so I'm so tired!<br><br>
Today's highlight: Liliana rolled over twice (from stomach to back). Then I ran for the videocamera & she hasn't done it since. She's really grabbing things with 2 hands now too.<br><br>
Thanks for the Mai Tai/Ergo feedback. The mt's are cheaper so I think I'll get one & hope my ergo shows up soon. I still think someone borrowed it...<br><br>
The only thing I miss about being pg is being in remission from rheumatoid arthritis. That was the best 9 months of health!
 

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christina - did they tell you anything that you might have been eating that could make the reflux worse??
 

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No, the doctor was fairly clueless, to be honest, about how to prevent the reflux instead of just treating it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Through my research online and with friends, the biggest culprit seems to be dairy, followed by caffeine, spicy food, tomatoes, and soy. Another suggestion I heard was to cut out anything that gave me acid reflux while I was pregnant (which was pretty much everything, but specifically tomatoes and wheat products).<br><br>
We've got the pain under control with Prevacid, now I'm working on identifying the cause by eliminating or limiting things from my diet. As a vegetarian, I can't cut out soy, but I'm going to try everything else. My hunch is that it's a dairy intolerance, and so far I've only cut out milk but not cheese, etc. so I'm doing that this week and we'll see how it goes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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wow...ya those are all things that people have said to me too i have cut out the tomato and spicy food and try to have soy only once a day - but im a vegetarian too and cutting out dairy would be so hard....i might try to cut down on it and see if that helps. if it is reflux for amelia it has just gotten worse in the last 2 weeks and i cant think of anything that i have started eating more of. i pretty much eat the same things everyday....<br><br>
thanks for the advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Darn it, Christina beat me to this thread! I seriously woke up this morning and thought, "May first! I can start the thread!" What a dork.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
Anyone else kinda miss being pregnant? Not like, 9 months and ready to pop pregnant, but like, 6 months and he's really kicking pregnant? I'm so ready to have another kid. Fortunately, Ryan keeps reminding me that is NOT a good idea right now.<br><br>
Oh, and I've found I have an incredibly dorky love of cloth diapering.</div>
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I got on earlier today and there was no new thread and had the same thought but diddn't do it.<br><br><br>
I missed being pregnant as soon as i was done pushing and dh has to tell me no constantly. Even pointed out that if we had gotten pregnant right away they would be in the same class at school. But he's not havin it.<br><br>
I love it so much I brag about it to everyone.<br><br>
anyway we are having an I'm sleepy buy its sticky out fit so gtg
 

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Thanks for the new thread. Happy May Day/Beltane, everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
How are we? We are fantastic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I am really loving little Molly and being a mom. I've grown so much as a person, as a woman. I feel like I have this whole other part to my identity now, and it makes me giddy with joy. I am in a constant state of amazement. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Dh is getting so much better with Molly and they hang out together quite a lot and are content with one another. She is getting big--about 14 lbs, so she's close to doubling her birthweight. Her smile is infectious and she laughs all the time. I find myself doing the craziest things to get her to laugh.<br><br>
I do vacillate between wanting more adult time/thinking about working outside the home to wanting to be a sahm forever. Right now, I'm sah and it's both rewarding and difficult at times.<br><br>
I fit back into many of my pre-preg clothes, which is nice! Woo-hoo!<br>
My mom's group and yoga classes are lifesavers. I've made good friends with one of the mamas and we hang out with the babies a few times a week, which is wonderful.<br><br>
Dh and I joined a CSA, so we get a box of local, organic produce weekly. It has made meal planning/eating better all around. I love getting things delivered, especially healthy things!<br><br>
As for missing pregnancy--NO WAY! I love being so mobile and light on my feet. I love the outcome of the pregnancy, but I am not a joyful pregnant person. I know I'll be pregnant again someday, but I want to wait awhile--maybe 3 or 4 years.<br><br>
Reflux: My friend's baby had this and grew out of the painful part of it around 3 1/2 to 4 months. He still spits up copiously, but it doesn't seem to bother him.<br><br>
P.s. New photos in my siggie--isn't Molly too freakin' cute for her own good?!
 

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I am pretty much a lurker, but felt like posting.<br><br>
Angelina (born 1/18) is doing great. She is just over 13 1/2 lbs and is such a sweet baby. She is just rolling over from back to belly and moving all over her play mat during play time. She is drooling like crazy and just started blowing bubble raspberries.<br><br>
I am newly CD. I love it. I wish that I would have done this with the other four children, but it is never too late, right?<br><br>
I very much miss being pregnant. I know that my DH is definitely done (looking into a V), but I would have a dozen if I could. We have five beautiful, healthy children and I am very blessed, but I can't believe that this chapter of my life is over. I guess I just have some unresolved feeling that I need to work through. In the mean-time, I am enjoying my dd immensely.<br><br>
Reflux isn't fun. Looking back, I honestly think that my ds had silent reflux. He would scream in the car and anywhere that I put him unless he was upright. At the time, I thought he was just a high needs child, but now I wonder if that was what was wrong with him. Good luck dealing with it.
 

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Yes, I do miss being pregnant!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"><br><br>
I thought I might be pregnant this past week, and believe it or not, DH and I were both a little sad when I took a test and it was negative! I never would have thought I'd feel that way, but man, I just loved being pregnant, and I am constantly amazed by this little person sharing our life and I really do want at least one more. We were going to wait another two years before having another, but now...well, it's probably going to be a whole lot sooner than that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Meg, Molly is absolutely adorable! I love her head full o' hair! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Wow, Christina! That's amazing that you wouldn't mind being pg again so soon. Well, at least if it does happen, you'll be happy. I'd be in such a predicament!
 

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I've noticed that lots of babies who are Piper's age, or just a little older or younger, laugh out loud. In "What to Expect the First Year" (a book which I surprisingly like<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, it says that at 4 mos. (1 1/2 weeks away for Piper) a baby should be able to laugh out loud (or maybe it says "squeal"...). In any event, she doesn't do that. She smiles like crazy, babbles a good bit, and blows spit bubbles all the time, but I wouldn't say she giggles or anything like that. When she gets really excited she just smiles and starts flapping her arms, but she doesn't make any noise.<br><br>
Is anyone else's baby not yet giggling/laughing/squealing, or do you think this is something I should bring to the pediatrician's attention?<br><br>
TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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yeah I've been thinking about wanting another baby but its way to soon. I had pg scare about 6 weeks pp and was really relieved that it was negative because I did want to be forced into another c-section because the last one was so recent. We need to be in a way better place financially to even think about more kiddos. Cause that would make 3<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
So we are in full teething mode- poor Lily is not having fun with that at all- the hylands teething tablets are super but I made the mistake of mixing them with breastmilk to disolve them and I ended up calling her doc because she was still so miserable. Turns out you can mix em with anything but a little water or else they don't work?! oops.. They do disolve really well just in her mouth though so thats what we've been doing for that.<br><br>
Lily is really loving tummy time now and she is so cute with toys too. DS brought her one of his toy cars and she actually pushed across her mat. DS looked at me and said "mama, mama sissy car vroom" too too cute! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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Corryn is now just over 11 lbs at almost 3 1/2 months. She is sort- of rolling, but cant figure out how to get her arm out of the way. I swear my older DD was 5 or 6 months old before she figure this out- and absolutely developmentally normal otherwise<br><br>
Christina- my older DD didn't laugh out loud until somewhere between 4-5 months. Don't sweat it! They all develop on their own timetable. Corryn kind of laughs, kind of chuckles- it's pretty darn cute!1<br><br>
We found out last week that Corryn needs spinal surgery for a tethered spinal cord. The simplest explanation of this is that her spinal cord is connected to her tailbone in such a way that it can't stretch as she grows, very potentially causing neuroligical problems for her as she grows. This will be happening June 13th. Even as confident as we feel about the people caring for her, we are scared and worried. She's so little!<br><br>
And no, I defintely don't miss being pregnant.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We found out last week that Corryn needs spinal surgery for a tethered spinal cord. The simplest explanation of this is that her spinal cord is connected to her tailbone in such a way that it can't stretch as she grows, very potentially causing neuroligical problems for her as she grows. This will be happening June 13th. Even as confident as we feel about the people caring for her, we are scared and worried. She's so little!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">'s mama! That must be really hard. I'll send good, healthy vibes your way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
P.S. If you don't mind me asking, how/why did they diagnose that? Was it something you noticed in her behavior, or something that came up in a doctor's visit?
 
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