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Welcome to the Toddler forum mamas and babes!!<br><br>
Here's a link to our last thread in <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=3218015#post3218015" target="_blank">Life With a Babe!</a><br><br>
Let's start off with a quick roll call and general update if you want. Here's hoping some lurkers and less frequent posters will join in too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Just a quickie update here. Hmmm....where to start? :LOL Her faves these days are books and Babybug magazines and her Little People farm and new LP house. She has started carrying and crawling with things around the house and loves to push her Little Tikes bus everywhere and take on funny passengers like toy plates, stuffed gorillas, blocks and small balls! She is slow with the food stuff still, but lets me know when she is more interested and delights in mooching crackers from me. She definitely prefers crunchy things and cheese --American or shredded cheddar/mozzarella. She had us all laughing the other day when she was grunting mightily for lots of nibbles of my slice of pizza. She was verrrrrry into sucking the sauce off of it! :LOL She is still nursing lots and more often at night now as I think two more teeth (at least!) are on the way. We're in the one nap a day crowd---usually 11-1230 and bedtime at 8 and wakeup at 640am on the dot! Her favorite outside activities are playing with her new sand/water table and crawling around in the wood chips at the park. She has no qualms about getting absoultely filthy dirty. She loves to watch other kids and loves when the older kids come over to talk with her. At the library and playgroup she also loves watching the other babies and after about twenty minutes or so will usually join in with them...more like near them and for the moment will share toys and isn't very grabby. If someone grabs a toy from her she usually doesn't react much just looks a little puzzled. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Latest stats...301/8inches and 22lbs13oz.<br><br>
How's that for a rambling update!
 

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I'm here! Hard to believe I'm the second poster of this thread....not my normal mode of infrequent posting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
Anyway, can't believe we're on the Toddler Board! Wow. Gabriel is crawling/cruising around about everywhere. He plays with all kinds of things, even if it's not a toy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> No walking, but soon. He loves our cats; they have a special relationship of head butting going on. He likes the idea of books, but doesn't initiate them. He also hasn't figured out a lot of imaginative play yet. He mostly likes to bang things together or look at them for a long time (maybe a boy thing!) He also loves watching other kids wherever we go, much like Camille, Heather. Don't have his stats yet as his one-year appt. is tomorrow. He'll be getting his first vaccine as we decided to delay a year and are being selective. He'll get DTaP tomorrow. Wish us luck!<br><br>
Sleep is, well, difficult at times. But, he does usually sleep all night. Albeit in our bed with 2-4 feedings, but he doesn't ever really wake up and neither do I anymore, thanfully. Naps are still at 2, but it varies. Usually he needs a shortish one (30 min to one hour) in the morning about 2-3 hours after he wakes up, and then an afternoon one, usually. Sometimes the afternoon one is long (if I stay by him and read) or short (when I leave the bed). And, sometimes it's way too late in the day and messes with bedtime! We're still working it all out.<br><br>
Okay, gotta change his all night diaper. It's WET!
 

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i'm jessica. ds is isaac. he turned one on thursday (covered in roseola rash...not quite the birthday i envisioned for him). he recuperated in time for his party on monday though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> he had fun playing with all the babes....and it was the first time i'd ever seen him fighting over toys. he used to sort of look and then pick up something else. he's getting quite opinionated lately<br><br>
he is going into a new realm of wanting to do things himself. he'll take the spoon from me and try to eat. he'll take the comb and touch it to his head and this morning i handed him his toothbrush and he chewed on it for a bit :LOL<br><br>
he is walking and getting lots of bumps and bruises. he LOVES stairs. he is a little bit verbal but mostly it is babble. he is still kind of a baldy :LOL<br><br>
i'll get his stats today at his 1yr appointment. wish me strength on delaying the MMR--our ped is not a pro-delayer. he was 26 lb 2 oz, 3 weeks ago and i'm guessing he'll be ~the same. he didn't eat much last week being sick. i am curious to see how tall he is. he is taller than all his little playgroup buddies his age (dh is tall)<br><br>
he loves books with action items like popups, tabs to pull, and fur to pet. other books are still sort of a wrestling match to turn pages. i'm looking forward more to the 'listening to the story' phase :LOL all in good time.<br><br>
he starts each night in his crib ~8-9 and comes into bed with us after the first wakeup. he sleeps until 7 or 8 am. the number of night nursings varies hugely. last night he went from 10pm to 5am <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"><br><br>
dh and i both work fulltime and isaac goes to daycare. he is already in the first toddler room <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: where he is having a lot more fun because they go outside and he can fall in puddles. he LOVES being outside. getting out our backdoor is a major pursuit of his.<br><br>
that is isaac in a nutshell <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
i'll try to post a pic of his birthday tonight.
 

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I'm Sherri, Mom to Katelyn (5.5.04) and Sarah (3.16.02).<br><br>
Katelyn at her one year checkup weighed 24lb 7oz, and was 32inches(?) long. Not sure about the height, but that is pretty close anyway...she has 8 teeth now, and 2 more are on the very edge of breaking through on the top, and two on the bottom are getting there...she has been an early teether, tho, she got her bottom two teet about a week shy of four months of age.<br>
Katelyn is a very pleasant, laid back kid. She's so portable, and loves to go places. She loves watching her big sister play, and often tries to play with her. For the most part the get along really well. Its obvious how much they love each other. Katelyn is busy crawling, cruising, climbing stairs, and just recently learned to stand unassisted. Now she's at the point where she wants me holding onto her hadns while she walks. Today she got so mad while we were outside playing, because I wouldn't let her down when we were in the stones. OUCH! I think walking is just on the horizon for us.<br>
Katelyn is starting to get a little frustrated at times at her inablity to walk or keep up with Sarah. She's much more verbal than Sarah was at this age. She loves to try to repeat and mimic what you just said to her. Her favorite thing to look at and say is Baby. My friend had her one month old over here today and she was enthralled with him! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> She just loved looking at him, and for some reason she wanted to touch (read<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">oke) his eyes.<br>
Katie loves to look at books and loves music. Sometimes when she's in the hip carry in her Hotsling and hears music, she starts to dance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> She loves to dance, and her fave music is the mix Renae made for us!<br>
I sure love reading about your babies! oops, toddlers, now!
 

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Hi, I'm Helene. My daughter is Elysee, she just turned one on May 11th. It was a happy/sad day... I'm always sad on my DC's B-days because they grow up so fast!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">:<br>
DD's just started crawling a week ago and got her first teeth (all 6 of them!) a few days ago. She likes most toys but her favorite by far is a kleenex. She will blow her nose endlessly with it then rip it to pieces. And she's totally in love with her blankees. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
Her favorite diaper (yup, she has a favorite) is a Sugar Peas turtle and ladybug print. I can't put it on her because she just wants to hug it all the time. She also really likes the Baby Einstein collection.<br>
At her apointment yesterday she weighed 19lbs and I can't remember her length but she's quite tall. She doesn't have alot of hair (my DS's already had 2 haircuts each at this age) so she still looks alot like a baby to me (toddler sounds so grown-up). She is a wonderful member of our family and her big brothers love her to pieces and always make her laugh.<br><br>
Hope to get to know all of you and your babies,<br><br>
One question :this is my first time posting in Life with babes, do I have to subscribe to this thread? If so, how do I subscribe?
 

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Hi! I've posted a few times on the thread before, but not consistently. Anna was born in May 04 too. I can't believe she is a TODDLER! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: She was 18lbs 8oz when we weighed her 2 weeks ago, but only 17lbs 11oz and 29 inches at her 1 yr checkup (she's pretty tiny). Her new favorite thing to do is climb on top of her toddler sized rocking chair or her ride on/push toy and stand up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I'm afraid she's going to fall on her face! She's not walking yet, but I think she could if she wanted to do it. She walks great barely holding our fingers, and can stand up for a long time too. Her favorite toys are her books and the cat (luckily the cat likes her too :LOL ). We are still a happy cosleeping family, and she nurses quite a bit too. I've been getting the 'so when are you weaning?' comments alot lately, and I need to think of a smart ass response <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Anyway, I don't have lots of time for the computer but I will try to stop by and say hi again soon!
 

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Oh my, I can't believe it. They are almost all one now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">:<br><br>
Hi, newbies/lurkers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> PinkPixie, you subscribe at the top of the thread where it says "thread tools." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I am Sarah, mama to Lily, born May Day. I've been a SAHM this whole first year, with the exception of teaching prenatal yoga once a week. I'm about to go back to school full time to be a nurse-midwife.<br><br>
Lily is crawling, standing up unassisted and cruising. She walks holding on to our fingers but hates when we let go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"><br><br>
She is super-verbal: we counted up her words the other day and she has at least 50. She's also started mimicking a lot. She loves books, loves being read to and paging through them herself.<br><br>
She's eating just about everything, but not lots of it. Still nurses a ton, mostly all night long. She's in our bed, waking 3 to 8 times a night, depending on whether she's teething or not. Only has 6 teeth, and got the last two three days ago! She has one nap, starting anywhere from noon to 3, for two or three hours, with nursing in the middle.<br><br>
She has red hair, and it's pretty thin so she still looks like a baby. At her one year appt. 3 weeks ago she was 22 lbs, and 29 inches, I think. She looks pretty small compared to other babes we play with, but right around 50% in the charts.<br><br>
She also loves music and dancing, playing outside, and riding in DH's bike trailer. She loves sliding boards and the fake steering wheel on the play structure at the park. :LOL She also loves flowers and will sit in the grass and pick the little clovers and daisies for entire minutes at a time.<br><br>
Whew, I'll stop now. So much going on these days; it's fun to read everybody's posts and imagine these little *toddlers* growing up!<br><br>
Sarah
 

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i love the dancing too. we got in the car this morning and when the music came on isaac started bopping his head <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><br>
i'm getting a lot of weaning comments too lately it seems. pretty indirect ones but sort of people giving me their (not so informed) opinions on extended nursing. but then i also recently saw an old friend who told me she nursed all her 3 kids until 2+. <i>she</i> gets it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><br>
just curious...if our secret pal sent a present we haven't received it. if the present is late.....no problemo. i just want to make sure it hasn't been lost and our pal thinks we are ingrates!!
 

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as an honorary member of the may 04 mamas since i actually have a june 04 babe, i have to say YIPES! are they really toddlers already?<br><br>
i'm claudia, partner to bill, mama to marek, born june 8th, and cat mama to turbo (marek's guard kitty) and jorja (a few branches short of a shrub cat who cracked her molar in half last weekend and had to have it extracted).<br><br>
marek's favorite things to do: sing with us (usually in tandem, he says aaaa-aaaaa-aaaah and one of us says aaaa-aaaaa-aaaah and then he says it back again), take sutff apart (his cone stacking tower, his new wooden shapes puzzle from jacqueline and gabriel (thank you, thank you, thank you, it's great!), his winnie-the-pooh mini book box, his exersaucer (he took the leg off the other day -- i didn't even know they came off!), play in the cat's water bowl or even better the bathtub, shake his shaker egg or his new baby maracas, push buttons on the phone, the remote, the cell phone, the keyboard, the computer tower (okay, he hasn't actually figured this one out yet, but i'm pretty sure it's just a matter of time), listen to us read the doggies book (one dog: woof! two dogs: woof! yap yap! three dogs: woof! yap yap! nnn-nnn-nnn... und so weiter...) stand next to stuff (the coffee table, his exersaucer, my knee when i'm sitting on the floor, my belly when i'm laying on the floor), eat food (especially avocado, oatmeal, and joe's o's) but i think his most favorite thing to do is bang stuff on whatever hard surface is available (the coffee table, the floor, the highchair tray, my shoulder -- ouch!).<br><br>
he's a speedy-mcspeedle crawling machine, and i'm watching for signs of walking but he doesn't seem terribly interested in it yet.<br><br>
six teeth: four on top, and two on bottom.<br><br>
loves to watch people when we're out and about, too. he started waving his hand a couple of weeks ago, but he'll only do it in the middle of the day when we're at home by ourselves or maybe in the middle of lunch or dinner, not when we're actually saying hi or bye to anyone.<br><br>
mostly babbling still, although he's got quite the range of sounds. the latest is "fuff".<br><br>
he only breastfeeds about 4-5 times a day during daylight hours now. he started chewing on my nipple during night-nursing and it was definitely comfort sucking nursing and it was very uncomfortable for me, so i would pull him off and rock him back to sleep instead. this has resulted in nightweaning, which i'm both relieved and sad about.<br><br>
one more time -- YIPES!!! they are really toddlers now!!!???!!!<br><br>
warmly,<br>
claudia
 

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beth, mama to Luke, born may 22, dh is Tom. All 3 of us spend some part of the week at a group home for developmentally disabled adults. dh and i work there, ds volunteers LOL.<br><br>
ds LOVES to strum the guitar, bang the piano, and bang on bowls with spoons (a future musician in keeping w/ family tradition). loves to interact w/strangers (very social, very alert and expressive and active).<br><br>
ds does Not love to injest solids (though biting and spitting them out are fun if they taste ok), or to sleep for long periods of time, or to spend too much time away from the boob. Mama means nurse me, not hi nice to see ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
ds has 8 teeth, 2 more in progress, nowalking/talking yet.<br><br>
OK, babe done nursing, both hands back. oops fussy babe wants full attention. gotta go.</span>
 

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<span>Hi, I'm Renae, DS is Rowan, who turned a year old last Thursday! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">:<br>
Welcome to new/lurking posters, and hi everyone else! Wow! We're in the toddler forum! Neat!<br><br>
Real quick, since I *should* be starting a blanket for a friend's babe whose birthday is in October (crocheting it; and I am SLLLLLLOOOOW! :LOL)<br><br>
Rowan is cruising, *almost* standing by himself, but not *quite* sure enough to do it without grabbing for me or DH yet. Too cute. Loves going UP the stairs, can't figure out how to get down yet. He crawls so fast, I think he thinks "why walk when I can zooooom?!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
He babbles constantly, his new exclamation word is "DA!", while pointing, lately at our ceiling fans. Says "daddy", "mama" (thought not that frequently, weird), tries to sing when we do and seems to copy our words or at least inflections.<br>
He still nurses a fair amount all day and night, doesn't usually go longer than 3 hours without a quick boob check. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> We're cool with this, as long as he wakes, nurses, and goes down to sleep again at night (occasionally we're spending a LITTLE more time (or a LOT) patting, singing, rocking...every day is different!) He only nurses on my right side; a preference since he was about 3 weeks old, and he totally stopped nursing on the left about a month ago.<br>
Nighttime stuff: Rowan stopped co-sleeping at about 6 months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I miss it greatly, but he really does sleep best in his own space (which is only a few feet from us, so we're cool), though every so often we'll nurse in bed and then wake up a few hours later and go "whoah!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
He also loves to eat, though isn't that fond of being in the high chair, and also screams when he is finished too, Maggie, even though we keep trying the "all done" sign. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Fave foods are cheese, goldfish crackers, avocado, this chicken & wild rice jarred organic gerber food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:, squash, sweet potatoes, bread, and fruit! Especially kiwi and grapes (cut into fourths)<br><br>
We had our one-year checkup today, and he weighs 20lb4oz, and is 30 inches long. Tall thin baby! Now, I have some cool and just okay things to share. We are also delaying our shots, and my doc just warned me that "he was gonna ask every time we visit" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> because he really does want to see Rowan vaxed. He supports my decision to delay everything (more or less), but tried to "scare" me by telling me that kids can DIE when they get the measles, and they can get HORRIBLE SKIN INFECTIONS and FLESH EATING VIRUSES if he gets the chicken pox. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> C'mon, man! I mean, I'm not pooh-poohing the seriousness of the disease, but he doesn't need to try to scare us into it! He is also saying that "since Rowan had all his vax's up to now, we HAVE to continue with them at 15 months" (the dtap and hib things, I think)...so anyway...we'll cross the bridge when we come to it. He's letting us go with DIRE warnings. Hah. He did answer all our questions, though.<br>
He also praised the extended nursing, yay, and didn't mention anything about weaning. Woot! All in all a very nice visit.<br><br>
The really, really cool thing that happened today though; he had to send us across the hall for the lead/anemia tests, where they had to draw blood. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> I thought it was a pin-prick! But, I determined I would nurse him during the procedure, so off we went.<br>
When they had us in there they asked DH to wait just outside <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> and then they had me sit in the blood-draw chair and they told me to put my super-squirmy, due-for-a-nap Rowan on my lap. I said "actually, I am going to nurse him while you do this; it'll make it easier for everyone" and they looked at me and each other kind of unsure-like, but they shrugged and said "okay", but before they even "told" me it was okay, I sat down, put him "in the position" to nurse and he promptly latched on (DH said "you didn't really even give them a choice! Rock on!"). He popped off twice; when they put the tourniquet on his little arm, and when they cleaned it with alcohol.<br>
He stayed absolutely still the whole time, didn't even care when they held his arm down.<br>
This is the totally awesome thing; when the needle went in, <i>the boy did not flinch!!!!</i> He nursed, he frowned a bit when they went to put the next vial onto the needle, but he NEVER cried.<br>
Excuse me, I must do this as I relate this story again:<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/broc1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Broccoli">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/broc1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Broccoli">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/broc1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Broccoli">:<br><br>
It was AMAZING!! They were all shocked and amazed as well, said "wow! It really worked!" and I made sure to tell them what a great and quick job they did as well...and we ALL left happy!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Dude, I am SO nursing him during our later vax's!!<br><br>
So, that's my awesome story. I really have gone on too long, so off I go. Have a great night, mamas, it's so cool to see our babies growing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
p.s. and who is calling me a "perfect wife"??? HARDLY! :LOL<br><br></span>
 

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I'm emmalola, mom to the lil' lentil. His birthday was just the other day, and he is now one plus three days.<br><br>
The lentil's favorite thing to do is holding steady for the past two-three months. He loves to walk holding on to someone's finger. I swear, he's been doing this forever. He knows how to walk, he can walk, but he just won't walk without assistance. People tell us the most unhelpful advice about it (namely, he'll walk when he has to, implying that we give him too much) but he just needs that security.<br><br>
He eats pretty well, he really likes chicken, pasta, and strawberries. In the past he's gone through sweet potato periods, avocado periods, and blueberry stage (his blue period) but now he's happy with a chunk of cheese and a long strand of spaghetti. He nurses a lot still, probably about every two hours if I'm around and less if I'm not around.<br><br>
Sleeping has always been an issue for us. We were doing pretty well with nightweaning in order to maintain sanity, but then I got sick and he got sick and we went away for two weeks and the nightweaning went out the window. Well, only sort of out the window. Now, most nights he wakes up three or four times instead of hourly, so I'm content to stay here for awhile. We're going on a few trips this summer, so maybe we'll try again when we're home for an extended period of time and things are more stable and predictable.<br><br>
The boy is 31 inches long and 22 lbs. Another tall, skinny one, just like his dad.<br><br>
He has a vocabulary of about 20 words, and loves to practice with his words whenever possible. He knows "up" and "hot" and "bird" and "bug." the other day I was trying to nurse him and he wasn't interested. He just looked up at me and said "apple." and I gave him an apple and he was happy.<br><br>
I've also gotten a few queries as to when we will wean. I just tell people that nursing is still working for us, so why change it? Nobody has had anything negative to say about that reasoning so far.<br><br>
I'm happy we have a toddler, but I get sad sometimes when i think about my little baby and how quickly that time passed us by.
 

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Oh my, toddlers!<br><br>
I'm Maggie, mom to Ben (the baby) and Caitlin (7yrs), and wife to Chris, my <a href="http://www.thegarterbelt.com/em_adirondackpullover.html" target="_blank">sweater model DH</a>! (This is my friend Elizabeth's new site... check it out you knitters!)<br><br>
Ben in a nutshell: 32.25" tall, 22#12oz, 6 teeth, super-crawler, walks holding hands, and stands with something to hold onto. He talks like a mad-man and just started 2 word sentences this week, as in "GO CAR!" or "No! Down!" or "Book plee!" He yells a lot. He sleeps very little. He nurses as much as he possibly can, if he remembers, that is. He loves riding toys, balls, trucks, books and the sand box. He has a friend who lives next door and every day they see each other and say "Baa!" (Ben) "Caa!" (Calvin) and then crawl/walk toward each other as fast as possible for the first of many tackle hugs. The also 'lay hands' on each other, like their faith healers or something. The boy eats lots of stuff now, but has atrocious table manners! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Pizza is a big fav, as is sauteed tofu. Ben also enjoys sunsets, long walks on the beach, furry kittens, and Olivia Newton John - is he *your* Love Connection?<br><br>
(sorry! Its a little bit too far past my bedtime, obviously!)<br><br>
Renae, I'm glad to hear your DR visit went so smoothly, especially the blood draw! NEver underestimate the power of the almighty-boob! :LOL<br><br>
And now instead of sleeping, I must explore the brave new world of the Toddlers board! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
(And can I just say one more time how bizarre it is that my husband is a sweater model?!?!?! Insanity!)
 

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<span>Maggie, you completely and totally ROCK MY SOCKS!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:<br><br>
And your husband is a sweater model! Check it out!<br>
Um, not much else to say right now, the babe is REFUSING his morning nap, even though he was rubbing his eyes, and sleeping while nursing. As soon as he popped off (of his own accord) he was babbling and playing again.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:<br>
I think I will go to the mall early (we have an appt for our year portrait! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: But um...this oughta be interesting!) and OH, how I need <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/caffix.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="coffee"><br></span>
 

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omg maggie :LOL<br><br>
renae--i wish i could say our blood draw went as smoothly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> it was awful. i don't know if nursing would have worked for us though. i probably would have lost a nipple. it seemed like they took the half life of uranium. but a minute later he was a-ok.<br><br><br>
so they weren't planning to do the mmr yesterday so we didn't have to get into that discussion. he got the hib/prevnar or something<br><br>
my ped is really pushing the nightweaning. she says it's bad for his teeth. (but then again i told her i was a little lax on the teethbrushing so she said i need to step that up because of the night nursing). tell me its ok to night nurse....i'm starting to feel like i should listen to her. i wish isaac was self-weaning in that department...but no such luck. i mean theoretically he is..he has reduced his number of night feedings.<br><br>
he was 26lb 7oz and 32 1/4" tall.<br><br>
i want to get one year pics done too. maybe sunday.
 

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jess: i found this article for you: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/growing_child/child_health/cavities.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/gr.../cavities.html</a><br><br>
more later... babe demanding attention...<br><br>
~claudia
 

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I almost forgot to share this funny story with you all...<br><br>
We went to Boston last week for a few days (just barely missed you, TC). Friday night we ate at Bertucci's in Faneuil Hall <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> Anyway, we had this very pleasant, young male waiter. He was so good to the kids, treated them like people, y'know? Anyway, Katie really took to him, always gave him a big bright smile anytime he came around. So one time he came over to check on us, and he smiled and talked to her, and she did the same in return. He turned to walk away, and she starts signing "more! more!" It was too dang cute!<br><br><br>
today we went to lunch at dh's office. Katie fell asleep right when we were in the car about to turn into the driveway. So I proceed to park the car, get Sarah out, then got Katie out. Still asleep. went inside, talked to the receptist and nurse for a bit, still asleep. Sarah had to go to the bathroom, so I helped Sarah up onto the toilet, conk Katie's head against the metal locker in the bathroom. Still asleep. Help Sarah pull up pants and wash hands. Still asleep. I couldn't believe how hard she crashed in such a short time! Finally I woke her so she would eat something and not totally mess up her one and only nap for the day (she's down to one nap now). Too funny
 
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