Baby Chat (0-12 months)

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 12:40am

I'll try to pickup where I left off on the May thread...


Cheryl - Hooray for Luke STTN! Hope it keeps up! I also have the WATP DVDs. It's a good workout but I can't stand the instructor so I usually turn the volume down, lol! Yesterday I tried one of the videos from my OnDemand, which I didn't even know was there but someone on my EC mentioned it. It was a good workout and I was sweating pretty profusely by the end of it. Tonight I cut the grass so trying to get at least some exercise in each day. Easier said than done though. Oh and I still have some discharge so I wear a light pad every day.


Anna - Congrats on the house! I hope it all works out for you. Sorry about your DH wavering again. Hope he'll come around soon. Teddy is such a big boy going up and down the slide by himself! So cute about his concern for his friends too. :-)


Grace - Happy belated birthday to James! Saw your pics in the pgcy pic thread - you look great! Btw, are you working now and will you be back at work after the baby comes?


Mari - How's your contract work coming along? I have no advice to offer on the sleeping issue as Selin has been in her crib from day one. Hope you'll find something that works for you!


Ruby - Welcome to the group! Way to go mama on keeping up with BFing and trusting your instincts. And congrats on the weight loss! What's your secret? :-) I'm still trying to lose my last 10 lbs. of baby weight and then some but they just won't budge. Doesn't help that I'm hungry all the time!


Cassie - The job hunt is going ok. I've applied for a bunch of jobs in my area (like 10-15 jobs at least) but nothing yet. I did just get an inside lead on a PT job at my local hospital and my friend is going to put in a good word for me so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Glad your trip to Arkansas went well. Stupid TSA! Don't give up hope about finding another job. I hope your DH's interview goes well.


Adrienne - Can't wait to find out what you're having! Btw, are you planning to return to teaching after the baby arrives?


Sarah - How early is too early to start on the sippy? Selin will be almost 6 months by the time I return to work and I was hoping to try a sippy too so we could skip bottles altogether. Have a great trip!


Ella - Waiting to hear how your night out went!


Noel - So great to have you back in the group! That pic of Jasper is adorable! What an expressive little guy!



AFM - We survived our road trip to Canada! Overall, it went much better than we were expecting. Took us about 17 hours each way. We decided at the last minute to leave at night and it worked out pretty well because Selin pretty much slept until the sun came up. She did really well in the car, except for getting antsy the last hour or so. I bought some paci's to bring with JIC and it was funny because she couldn't quite get the hang of them sometimes so I would have to hold it in her mouth. I only used them during the trip when she wouldn't calm down on her own and put them away once we got home. She doesn't seem to notice they're gone, lol.


DH and I have been having some troubles lately. For the last month or so I noticed he was a bit distant and I brought it up right before we left for our trip. He said he's overwhelmed between home and work and said he needs some space. We had a few arguments during the trip as well but agreed that we want to work things out. What aggravates me the most is that he absolutely cannot stand to hear Selin cry. I told him babies cry and she is not going to be quiet all the time. He also would get aggravated when we'd have to stop often to feed her and wanted to rush through the rest stops. He just doesn't seem to understand that your life changes when you have a baby and you have to adapt to the baby's schedule and needs. We are both seeing our therapists and things have been better just since we've been home from the trip so I think with time they'll get even better. His work situation is improving so that is positively impacting his overall outlook on life at the moment. Please say a little prayer for me as it has not been easy the last few weeks. DH will be leaving soon for his miltary duty overseas (4 weeks) so it will be a good break for us and give him time to think about everything.


As I mentioned to Cassie above, I've applied for a PT position at our local hospital. I heard about it from one of the moms in my mom's group and she's going to put in a word for me and try to get me an interview. It's her old position so she was able to give me all the dirt on it. It's 2 nights/week and one night on the weekends so ideal hours for me. It's 5 min. from our home and full benefits so it would be the perfect fit for me. I might have to get another PT job to supplement my income but I'm hoping if DH's job continues to improve, I could just work one job. Wish me luck!


ETA: Forgot to mention that Selin had her first real belly laugh last night! I was

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 5:26am

Aren't baby laughs just the best thing ever? I had Jensen in hysterics tonight because I was bouncing his legs during a diaper change, and earlier he was trying to grab Rob's magazine, but every time he almost had it Rob would hold it up over his head. Jensen thought that was the funniest thing!

AFM - Still not bleeding but I am not holding out any hope that there is a live baby in there. I keep getting faint positives on the Answer brand tests, which are one of the least sensitive, but downright BFN's on the $1 tests which doesn't make any sense because they are supposed to be more sensitive. So I think the few faint BFP's are either wrong (because they show up within a minute, not after the 10 minute window) or just every now and then I get enough hcg to get a positive but it's on it's way out. I will call my OB tomorrow and see what she wants to do. I am just ready for this all to be over so I can move one you know?

Jensen is now sitting all on his own, which is a lot of fun. He laughs all the time too. One bad thing is he is terrified of "new" women now, especially if like my mom (who he hadn't seen in 2 weeks) tries to undress him for a diaper change. I think it's because of the nurse who gave him shots. He eventually warmed up for my mom but he screams if my sister tries to hold him. It makes me kind of sad that he is so afraid now, especially of family. But it's kind of nice that he calms down and feels better once I pick him up. I am seeing a lot more recognition of me being mommy and me representing safety and fun for him and it's really been the greatest. I can't believe in 6 days my baby is going to be 5 months old!! :(






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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 11:10am
I am not going back to work Christine. I actually was going to respond to your SAHM post awhile back but never got around to it. DH is a grad student, and I stay at home with James. I've always wanted to be a SAHM, so we make it work. Good luck with finding a part time job closer to home ;-)
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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 3:30pm

Christine- I think I spoke to soon about Luke STTN. He was up every 2 hours last night, he hasn't done that since he was first born. To make it worse DH worked 16 hours yesterday so he was tired and wasn't able to help last night. Hopefully it was just a fluke. I like the On Demand stuff, but I haven't really been able to find the time to work out this week. It is frustrating. I am glad that your trip to Canada went well. I am sorry that you and DH have been having problems lately. I hope the two of you are able to work through them. That is to cute about Selin laughing. I can't wait for Luke to start. He loves smiling, the fan is his favorite thing to smile at.

Amy- That is great that Jensen is sitting up now all on his own. I am sorry that he seems to be afraid of "new" women now. Hopefully it is just a stage.

AFM- Dh went back to work yesterday. He has been off since Mid March so it was a bit hard to see him go back. I am sure it will take a while for me to get used to doing things around here without him. He worked 16 hours yesterday so it was a long day without him, and then Luke decided he wanted to get up every 2 hours last night. .That makes for one very tired Momma today. DH works 16 hours on Friday but then has the weekend off. We have a baby shower/cookout on Sunday so that should be fun.

Tomorrow night I have my niece's dance recital to go to. It is there first one, they are 5 and 6. I can't wait to see it. My MIL is going to watch Luke so I can enjoy it and don't have to worry about him.

Luke is 2 months old now, as of yesterday. I am not sure where the last 2 months have gone. It is so much fun to watch him grow and discover new things.

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 5:23pm

Christine - I'm sorry you and DH have had some off weeks lately, that is hard. The transition to parenthood is harder on men, I think. I hope it gets better... and I think you're right about the separation, it might help both of you think through some things and feel more "together" after it's over.

Amy - That's great that Jensen is sitting up already - I love it when they can sit up and play on the floor.

Cheryl - That must be hard to see DH go back to work after so long! How wonderful that he was able to take that much time off after Lucas was born. I hope you get a nice break tomorrow when you go to the dance recital, it's good to get out of the house on a regular basis by yourself!

AFM - I totally forgot to tell you girls how our night out went! Thanks to Christine for reminding me! Well, of course as you all predicted, it worked out fine, I had nothing to worry about. Eliza took 2 whole ounces from the bottle (a personal record for her - ha!) and my mom was able to get her down without too much fussing - my mom couldn't get her to fall sleep until 8:45, which is pretty late for Eliza, but it worked out fine. And we had a fabulous time, so it was well worth it. I think we'll do something like that again this summer sometime - like dinner AND a movie - we haven't seen a movie together (in a theater) since before Eliza was born!




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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 7:23pm

Christine, glad your trip went well. Driving at night was much easier for us also as Simon slept really well. Course he normally does pretty well in the carseat which helped. Good luck with the job search. The one at the hospital I applied for sent me a thanks for trying e-mail. I hope you and DH can get things worked out. I know since my Dh has been out of class and with Simon full time while I am working he realizes alot more and has calmed down alot about things that used to frustrate him.


Amy, crazy what is going on with you. I would definatly give your OB a call and get everything figured out. Then get on some different BC. Good luck! How exciting that Jensen is sitting up on his own. Simon is really trying and wants to really bad. We are working on those core muscles and I'm sure he will be doing it in no time.


Cheryl, Sorry Luke didn't sleep well! I'm sure it is hard to have your DH go back after having that kind of time with him. Matt went back to class but took two weeks off fro his evening job. So I had both him and my mom. Only problem was my mom left and then Matt went back to working so I went from having two helpers to none.


Ella, glad your night out went so well and that your little girl did so great with your mom!


AFM, Matt felt his interview went well. They made all kinds of posative comments about him and his supervisory experiance. Then yesterday he got an e-mail telling him they went with someone else. Needless to say when I woke up he was not in a good mood which in turn frustrated the snot out of me. I had a break down on the phone last night with my mom on the way to work. Between my work situation right now, the fact that my husband can't seem to find a job to count towards his hours because all his experiance is military. He is ready to quit college, and honestly I can't blame him. I feel my degrees are pretty pointless as well. Considering I have friends who have little to no college and don't work yet they get to own houses and new vehicles and had their kids way earlier then I did. Anywho, I won't go into it. I'm just beyond frustrated as well as physically and emotionally drained with it all.


We got some really great deals off of craigslist this week. The high chair I have been wanting has been unavaliable online latly. Its a $140 chair and we got a used one off of CL for $80. Then we got a neat set of drawers with a changing table that flips out for $75. Simon was about to outgrow the PNP changing table so this has worked great in the living room. We also moved his cradle from our room to the living room for him to nap in. He only slept in it a few times but at night prefers his crib in his room.

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 10:07pm

Christine,

I'm sorry you and DH are having problems. I agree with Ella...it definitely takes men a bit longer to adjust to being a new parent. Absence does make the heart grow fonder so the break you will get from each other when he goes overseas may be just what you both need to refocus and get on track. Glad your trip to Canada was a success!!

Amy,

Jensen may be starting a bit of that separation anxiety thing too if he's freaking out about being held by others. Hopefully it passes soon!

Cheryl,

I LOVE that pic of Lucas in your siggy...his eyes are just gorgeous! Sorry about the every 2 hours thing. I really cant believe he's 2 months old now!

Ella,

So glad you and DH had a nice evening out together and super happy that Eliza took a bottle too.

AFM,

To answer the weight loss thing...its been all breast feeding and eating less. I know I'm supposed to get more calories now that I'm BFing but I'm just not that hungry and I drink tons of water which keeps me full longer. I certainly havent had time to devote to exercise yet. I plan to get started on that when we reach 6 weeks. I said before he was born that I'm not doing much of anything until after 6 weeks. I'll probably go for daily walks, weather permitting, do the Wii Fit and try out my DH's new bowflex thing.

Maxim has been on his 3 week growth spurt since Saturday night. Its been a killer too..his 2 week wasnt nearly this exhausting. I slept in the rocking chair with him that night. Then all day Sunday he was held by his grandmother, great-grandmothers and great-aunt at the cottage...literally ALL day during his naps and when he was awake....it was too much because then he expected to be held ALL day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Dont get me wrong...I love holding my baby and I know you cant spoil a baby but I could not do ANYTHING yesterday because he would just cry his head off if I put him down. He's used to be in his crib for nap time so being held constantly doesnt work for him. I've been figuring out the K'Tan so that has helped but still...I cant hold him 24/7. Yesterday I just wanted to cry because I felt so trapped sitting here on the couch with a fussy baby. So we'll have to cut down on the non-stop holding during his naps thing when we have visitors...he just doesnt adjust well since he's so used to being in his crib during nap time. He's been eating constantly, up every 2 hours in the night, fussy and crying and not napping well since Sunday. I *think* he's finally getting out of it today, he was much much happier and he had some decent naps. I'm just wiped out though.

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 10:12pm

"Adrienne - Can't wait to find out what you're having! Btw, are you planning to return to teaching after the baby arrives?"

I actually recently came to a "career" decision. I do want to be a SAHM but I also think I need to keep something going career-wise in order to feel more fulfilled and also to "stay current", etc.

So I think my plan at this point is to apply for a Master's Program in English, and plan to start that in the Fall semester of 2011 (when the baby is 10 months old), and just start with one or two classes and take it slow.

And then eventually after I get my Master's Degree, I want to try teaching college (like a local or community college) English classes (again, maybe only 1-2 classes a semester). I feel like teaching college would allow for more "part-time" work than I would be getting teaching kids--so that's like the "ten year" plan.

When all our kids are in school, I definitely would like to teach full time at a high school at some point, but we plan on having several kids so it probably wouldn't be for a long while, and I'm okay with that.

"We survived our road trip to Canada! Overall, it went much better than we were expecting."

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that!

"DH and I have been having some troubles lately."

I think it is really hard for some men to adapt to being Dads. It is a REALLY huge life change to become a parent, and I think sometimes men can get PPD, too. I think it is good that you guys talked things over--like you said, hopefully it will only get better.

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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 7:43am

Sorry I haven't posted lately but I have been reading. I've been quite busy and tired with David as you'll see by my post. I am at work so don't have time for personals today. Hopefully I will get to them later.


I am having issues with my son getting up hungry at night no matter how much breastmilk I feed him. I fed him more last night and he slept less than the night before.


I was thinking of doing cereals/baby food before bed but then I would have to change up what I give him during the day as I don't want to give him too much.


My lactation consultant suggested doing this. Not sure if it would help but it's worth a try. I started feeding him more for breakfast. I think maybe I will go back to what I was giving him and then feed him more for dinner and before bed or eliminate breakfast and just feed him breastmilk for breakfast. He used to sleep around 6-8 hrs now he's sleeping about 4-5 hours straight and sometimes he even wakes up after 3. This has been going on for a week. Last Saturday to Sunday he was up every 2 1/2 hours. Thank goodness he isn't doing that but he's not sleeping as much as he was. He is also teething which has been going on for 2 1/2 weeks now. I feel a tooth but it hasn't shown up yet. Not sure if it has to do with the sleeping issues. It's just when he gets up he's so hungry and he goes right back to sleep after he eats. When he gets up in the morning he's not really hungry I just think he's not tired anymore or it's because his diaper is full. It was totally full this morning when he got up at 6am.


We go to the pediatrician on Wed for his 6 mo visit so we'll see what she says and suggests. I really didn't want to have to call this week if we're going to see her next week anyway.


Here is what has been going on. We normally put him to bed around 8:15-8:30pm. He has been waking up around 12:30-1:00am. I got him to bed by 1:15 last night. He was up at 12:30. Then he got up at 6:00 this morning. Yesterday he got up at 1:00 got him to bed by 1:45 and then he was up again at 6:45. I wish I could get him on some kind of schedule. We are for most meals and bedtime but just can't do it for overnight and when he gets up. Before he would go to bed around the same time. He would sleep until around 2:30 or 3:00 and then get up at 7:00.


David turns 6 months tomorrow. I can't believe he's already a half year. I also have some pictures I took of him yesterday.




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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 8:21am
Hi ladies- no time for personals- sorry! But Teddy still spends so little time not on me asleep that I can only write a bit, but I do try to check in and read everything.


A little update on us:
My mom was here for 18 days and it was amazing! She was a really big help and I was able to leave Teddy twice for the first time in 7 weeks:D Thomas and I went on a date on one night for a nice dinner, and one time went to the supermarket LOL.


Teddy is starting to smile lots and is a little flirt. He always gives a cute little smile when he meets new people, especially females LOL.


He is the size of many of the 5 month olds I know and is wearing 6-9 months clothes at 9 weeks LOL. He loves to stand with help and can hold his head up now. He does OK with tummy time but gets kind of spastic turning his head quickly from side to side LOL.


We went to mother+baby pilates today and it was SO hard but it feels good to be working out again.I've also been going to mother's meetups and meeting up with friends since about 5 weeks and that has been really good for us. Especially since Thomas has been working 12 hour days since pretty much the beginning and often isn't here.


I've lost almost all of the 40 pounds I gained and fit into all my old clothes except for a few pairs of jeans. We go walking everyday normally for a few hours so that is probably why.


We did two big trips when my mom was here to Berlin, and the Harz mountains. Both trips were 3 hour car rides both ways and Teddy screamed about 50% of the time- he hates his carseat. So that was annoying but he had a great time in Berlin and in the mountains.


He still wakes up every 1-3 hours to eat but the fact that he smiles now and isn't crying quite as much makes it much more bearable to deal with that. I'm following his cues in terms of sleep but so far he isn't sleeping one longer stretch or going to sleep any earlier but the book I like "Healthy sleep habits, happy child" says that for colicky babies this can take longer to appear, so I will just keep waiting...and waiting LOL


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