Sept/Oct G2K Glenda, Leah, Cathy

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-03-2010
Sept/Oct G2K Glenda, Leah, Cathy
82
Sat, 09-04-2010 - 1:13pm

Woohoo!!! It's almost fall!!! I hope that you ladies have a great time getting to know each other better over the next couple of months :)

Here are a couple of questions to get you started:

Do the leaves change color where you live?

Are there any special fall events or festivals that you're looking forward to doing?







Powered by CGISpy.com




Thanks Anne for my spiffy new summery name sigs, Lynsie for my super awesome frog sig, and Janet and Dedi for my great back to school sigs!!!







Powered by CGISpy.

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2008
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 9:50am
Glenda I forgot to respond about your idea about withholding things from Andrew until he says the word.
Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2008
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 4:45pm

Never mind what I said about withholding stuff anyway.

Glenda siggy


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2008
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 8:49pm

Oh okay!

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2008
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 3:13pm

Glenda thanks for sending that article - it was helpful.

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2008
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 9:39pm
You're welcome!

Glenda siggy


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2008
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 8:39am

Yes it looked like it all came through - I could see all 10 suggestions.

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2008
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 1:07am

I'm glad it all came through.

Glenda siggy


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2008
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 2:16am


Sorry I've been slow ladies! I'm catching up now!



Glenda, don't you love how a minor project can end up turning into a big one overnight? I'm sorry it's not done yet, I know it must be really stressing you out! Also, how is Alan's sore on his ankle doing? Praying for both!



As for the bouncy, yes we have one. Elena used to love it, but it's kind of hit or miss now. I think because she can't sit up. Makes me wish we had a bumbo chair but I am not spending money on another baby item that I know she's only going to use for a short while.



Cathy, I will continue to be praying for Andrew to start talking. I totally don't think you are crazy when you tell Andrew what everything is that he points too. I think that is so normal. :-) I do that with Gabe too. That's exciting that he said Yeah! I bet it makes sense to him to say mom when pointing at food too, since you feed him. I will also be praying for your DH's work situation and about your decision to possibly go in one more day a week. I completely understand how your DH's stress affects you. I have the same problem when DH is depressed and stressed at work. I don't always notice right away what is happening, I find myself feeling really down and stressed out then I realize that DH has been feeling the same way.



As for us, we are struggling with sleep here. Gabe and Elena are both waking at night. I think for Elena is that '4 month wakeful' period they go through so it should pass. Gabe is the worst, and I think it's actually due to being over-tired. He recently moved his nap to after lunch, but then he also naps for a long time - 2 1/2 hours, when before he was napping 1 1/2 - 2. We usually start his bedtime routine at 7 and he's in bed by 7:30 but he won't go to sleep until after 8. Then he's up at 6 - 6:30, so only 10 or 10 1/2 hours of sleep, when I know he needs to be getting 11 - 12. It really does make a difference in his behavior. So we are working out the kinks, or trying anyway. Today we did lunch at 11:30 instead of noon and I had him in his crib by 12. He only slept 1 1/2 hours so I figured he'd be ready for bed on time.



But then here comes in his eating issues. I may be making a prayer thread on this because it's getting really bad and I'm starting to get concerned. I'm struggling to get anything except mac n cheese, crackers, yogurt and waffles in him. Tonight for dinner I tried to make him pb&j (I made pork chops for DH & I, which I know Gabe won't eat) but he wouldn't take a single bite. Until a few days ago, he loved PB&J and it was one of my 'go to' foods when he won't eat anything else. I know at around 18 months toddlers can have a big dip in appetitie because growth starts to slow, so I decided to 'test' to see if he was really hungry. Usually if he doens't eat dinner I give him a pediassure (one of Megan's suggestions in the other thread I posted awhile back about Gabe's picky eating) but he either doesn't like the taste or isn't that hungry because he'll only drink a couple oz of it. So I decided to 'test' to see if he's really hungry or not and I didn't give him anything else. An hour later he was absolutely flipping out. It was almost bedtime, so we put him to bed with a bottle of toddler formula (he still gets one bottle at bedtime, usually milk. He doesn't get it in his crib, he sits in our lap and drinks it before we put him down). He cried when it was gone and I ended up giving him more 30 minutes later because he wouldn't go to sleep. He drank another 4 oz but he didn't end up going to sleep until after 8 again.



Gabe's lack of eating is really getting to me. Good days are few and far between it seems. Every time I think it might be getting better, he takes several steps back. I don't know what the problem is and how to fix it. I don't think he'd let himself starve. He seems to eat enough of the foods that he likes. But mostly I'm worried about the level of his nutrition. I find myself longing for the day that he's old enough to reason with and I can tell him that he can be done if he just eats two bites.



DH suggested tonight that maybe the reason he won't eat dinner is because he knows he's going to get a bottle later. Maybe it's time to take away his bedtime bottle. I've been resistant because he won't drink milk out of any kind of sippy and with his poor eating I know he won't make it through the night without a full tummy. I am just very confused on what I should be doing. I continue to offer him a varity of foods but he's very adament against eating them. We do sometimes get small successes, he likes bananas all of the sudden and the other day he ate a piece of pizza (not healthy, but at least it was something different!) but yesterday he refused pizza so it's not consistant.


Powered by CGISpy.com



Thanks to Angie, Lindy, Tara and Lynsie


Powered by CGISpy.com


Thanks to Angie, Lindy, Tara and Lynsie for th

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2008
Sun, 09-19-2010 - 3:11pm

Leah and Glenda, thank you both for your encouragement about Andrew talking.

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2008
Mon, 09-20-2010 - 12:21am


Cathy, Gabe is on 1 nap a day. I think he started the transition around 11 months. I know he was down to 1 nap a day before Elena was born. It took awhile though and I won't lie, it was kinda rough. His night sleep was not disturbed though. It started by him fighting his afternoon nap, even though he was really tired. It would take me quite awhile to get him to sleep. Then he shortened the nap to 45 minutes instead of his normal hour and a half, but he would wake up pretty grumpy. I started helping him by pushing his morning nap later and later by small incriments and eventually he got to napping at 11:30 and taking a 2 hour nap and dropping the 2nd nap. He'll let you know when he's ready to start dropping that 2nd nap. The fact that Gabe transitioned to 1 nap a day early makes me worried that he's going to be like myself and my brother - we didn't take any naps at all after age 2. Not by my mom's choice, obviously lol. We just didn't need a nap anymore. If she tried to force it, we'd be up until 11 so she gave up.



Oh, and as for your question, no Gabe can't hear Elena. She is still in our room right now and it is on the opposite end of the house from Gabe's room. They will be sharing a room eventually. I'd like to move her to her crib soon. We moved Gabe at 4 months and it was a great transition. I'm afraid they'll wake each other up, though so we are holding off for now. I know eventually they have to get used to sleeping in the same room together but I'm not quite ready to be up all night while we make the transition.



Thanks for the sympathy about Gabe's eating issues. I just don't know what to think. Gabe seems so skinny to me too, but it's not like his ribs are popping out, so I think he's okay. But I really am counting down to his 18 month appointment so I can discuss it with his ped. I could always call her earlier but I don't think it's necessary unless it continues to get even worse. Tonight we tried lasagna, I thought he'd like the noodles, but nope. He wouldn't touch it and just cried and cried until we let him down from the table. He did drink a pretty significant amount of a pediassure that we offered him, so I know he was hungry. Sigh.


Powered by CGISpy.com



Thanks to Angie, Lindy, Tara and Lynsie


Powered by CGISpy.com


Thanks to Angie, Lindy, Tara and Lynsie for th

Pages