Water Your Grass.

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Water Your Grass.
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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 12:51pm

One of the girls on the Quick & Easy Recipes board posted this quote: if the grass on the other side always seems greener, why don't you water yours?

My challenge for the day is for everyone to water their grass a bit.

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 3:23pm

Monster put a hole between his eyes and needed his first three stitches at 13 months.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 2:28pm
I will look for it, thanks ladies! I tell you, I'm so worn out from him waking up at 4:30-5:00 every day, then not napping this week! I didn't realize how tired I was til I.almost cried in the dr's office the other day when she asked how he was. I never cry! Oh well. At least today he is napping:) I even got a little nap this morning-at 7:00 no less! And my mom will be here this afternoon so I can get things done around here instead of chasing his cranky butt. Mom can chase him! Oh and he's walking about half the time now, so he's got a bruised head, two busted lips along with the cranky butt! Oh my. You can all buy stick in band aid and whatever company makes x ray machines and casts because I have a feeling this boy will be putting them to use. Lots of use!

Manda :)

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 11:26am
LOL yes! I made it about 3 weeks and OUCH!

I couldn't think of the title but I was going to suggest that one too, awesome book.
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Wed, 02-08-2012 - 10:39am

Kim, somehow it's easier to replace bottle nipples than your own nipples, isn't it?

Manda, another book you might check out is Raising Your Spirited Child.

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 7:34pm
We got a lot of the he's so smiley too... and then there were the shopping trips where he screamed his head off and since he was walking at 9 months the chasing him out into parking lots.... (((shudder))) I never thought I was going to make it through the 2s and 3s.... I didn't nurse him but I always wondered if that would have helped since he was so clingy... but after having to replace the nipples on the bottles every 6-8 weeks I decided I'd made the right decisions. ;) If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask, might not work but it can't hurt.
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Mon, 02-06-2012 - 4:47pm
Thanks for the encouragement! You know, the weird thing is that he has always been good when we are out and about. Part of this is due to my willingness to "stick a boob in it" and planning all outings around his sleep. Everyone always comments on what a happy baby he is. When we were in the thick of the colicky, non-napping early months, people would ooh and ahh and say things like "he must be such an easy baby! Look at his smile! He's so chubby!" Well, he was chubby cause he was constantly crying and nursing was the only reliable relief and he was smiling because I always nursed him immediately before taking him out of the vehicle! Sometimes I just wanted to say "looks easy huh? How bout you come over to my house around 5:00 this evening!" It is nice to hear from someone who has been there though. I do have some nice friends, but they are all first timers too, so we don't have a lot of btdt input! I am really thankful he is good in public though. Except for that one time he almost got my shirt unbuttoned in walmart, we usually do pretty welll!

Manda :)

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Mon, 02-06-2012 - 11:42am
(((HUGS))) My second was not an easy baby and while the issues have changed he's not an easy kid either (he's 7 1/2). Do your best, be creative and don't be afraid to keep trying new stuff. I used to joke that I'd read parenting books and do the opposite because the "normal" stuff did not work with him. That is awesome you've got him to 10-12 hours at night, keep focusing on the positives! Is he really hyper/noisy? DS#2 was (Ok he still is) and some of the hardest stuff was all the negative comments and looks we would get... look for the positives and don't let people make you feel bad. They aren't walking in your shoes so they have no clue. Check out the "celebrate calm" website and sign up for the free newsletters. They take a very positive attitude toward difficult kids. We bought the one set of CDs and I can't say that I even made it all the way through them... I would start them and get interrupted so many times I finally gave up. A lot of what they said I was already doing and the stuff I wasn't, was keeping the house organized and clutter free and having a set schedule... not really doable in a house with 4 kids. I had spent a lot of time getting him to accept that life doesn't run on a rigid schedule so going back to that was not right for him. Sorry this turned into a book, I know every "spirited" child is different so it is a lot of trial and error but what I really needed around the 15-18 month mark was just someone saying I was doing a great job and it sounds like you are. Keep up the good work!
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Sun, 02-05-2012 - 10:22pm
With our 15 month old, we are constantly tired and I've been in a funk lately and probably become a.little bitter over this whole lack of sleep situation I've been in for the past year or so. I found a notebook though that I was using as a sleep journal back.when he was 5-6 months. Reading those logs of nights where he woke 10 times and only slept 5 or 6 hours all night long and racked up 2 hours of crying really helps put tonight's sleep in perspective. We've come so far. He sleeps for 10-12 hours every night (even if he thinks the day starts at 5am) and I get at least 7-8 hours. I don't even know how I was functioning back then! I am trying to "water the grass" though. I keep working and trying new things when the old ones quit working so he gets the best rest possible. I have accepted the fact that he's not an "easy" baby, but that doesn't mean I have to give up on making his life, and ours, a little easier. Looking at how far we've come keeps me optimistic for our future.

This little house seems to swallow my dreams sometimes but I'm so thankful we still can afford it in this economy. Its where we came home from our honeymoon, where we brought home our first baby. Its the only house we ever shared. And it is home.

Manda :)

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 5:22pm

Both DH and I are constant grumblers, too.

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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 3:38pm
That is a neat idea, like Jen I've been a funk lately... too much grumbling over unimportant things.
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