Baby Chat: 0-12 mos -- August

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Baby Chat: 0-12 mos -- August
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Fri, 07-30-2010 - 4:58pm

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Okay, this is not totally done yet, but wanted to get it out there.


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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 5:04pm

Amy - That is awesome news about Rob's job!! Jensen is so adorable - is he standing up in the crib by himself already?


Carly - Meant to say earlier that it is so nice to hear from you. I think of you often. :-)


Cara - Sounds like you've had a busy summer! Glad Tenley is turning out to be a happy baby.


Cassie J - I can't believe Benjamin is 11 weeks already! Where does the time go?


Sorry to anyone else I missed - trying to do personals from memory.


AFM - Selin is officially teething. Mon-Thurs nights she was waking up 2-3x's/night, which was torture for me, but last night she finally slept through the night. She had all the tell-tale signs this week: slight fever, runny nose, congestion, nawing.


I actually have a positive update on my job search. For the last few months, I have been in contact with one of the women from my LLL group who owns her own petsitting business and one of her main walkers is leaving so she has basically offered me the job! We're going to meet up on Sunday at her office to go over all the details but DH and I have discussed and based on the info she's given me so far, I'm probably going to take the job. So, I very well might be giving my 2 weeks notice early next week - I can't wait!! I will no longer have to commute and I will be able to be with Selin more during the day and even bring her with me on some of the dog walks as long as the dogs aren't rambunctious. I'll know more after Sunday but so far it sounds like it will work and the lady is really sympathetic to my situation and wants to help me be as close to Selin as possible. She's also a nursing mom so she knows how hard it is to be working and nursing.


DH called me at work this morning and said he was going to be passing through my area so we ended up going out to lunch. For the first time since Selin was born, we went on a date!! It was so nice to re-connect and we actually managed to talk about non-baby stuff. I hope we will get to do it more often.


Not too much going on this weekend other than the semi-job interview on Sunday. I'll keep you guys posted!!


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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 5:54pm

Yay for the date!

Yes he is! He started pulling himself up from laying down to sitting, then from sitting he would pull up on the crib bumper, and I walked in to find him like that. He hasn't done it since but really he is only in his crib at bedtime when he is asleep or when I have to go do something and he won't sit in his exersaucer, which is rare.






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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 10:27pm
Jensen got his SECOND tooth in today!! Guess he decided to give his dad another tooth for his birthday LOL!



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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 12:36am

Cassie J - Glad to hear Benjamin is starting to sleep and little better and go longer stretches between feeds. I really think that 3 month mark is a huge milestone where they kind of seem to get used to being out in the world. I love the smiles and cooing too, T loves to do that too right now. It's so sweet.

Amy - Yay for Rob getting a job, it sounds so great!! Jensen is SO cute! And look at that RED hair! I'm a bit partial to redheads. ;o) Cute little teeth too!

Christine - I'm so glad you have some good news on the job front, hope it all works out for you. That's awesome that you and DH got to go on a date too! It really is important to get some time alone with some non-baby talk!

AFM - Not much new here. I'm really feeling like the whole BFing thing isn't going to last much longer. She will only stay latched for a few minutes on each side and then she cries so I don't think she's getting enough. :( I really wanted to at least make it to six months doing the combo feeding, but it's not looking good. Part of me is sad because she is my last baby so once I'm done, I'm done forever. But the other part of me feels like FFing is SOOO much easier for us and she is growing and doing well so that's all that really matters. I still have a bit of the mommy guilty though, not to mention I'm in a playgroup with three other women with babies ranging from 4 months to 18 months and they are ALL BFing totally successfully and never had a problem. Anyway, I think I've just got to come to terms with the idea that BFing just isn't going to work out for Tenley and I.

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 12:54am

Cara,


Have you checked out your local La Leche League? I am a member of my local group and they have helped me out in many ways. http://www.llli.org/WebUS.html


You don't have to be a new mom to get support and I'm not sure about all the groups but my group also talks about baby things that are non-BFing related.


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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 1:34am
I am so sorry breast feeding is not going the way you wanted it to go :(. Don't feel any guilt if you need to stop. You gave her 4 great months of breast feeding. If you feel you have tried everything and that is all you can do, then don't feel guilty at all. You're a great mom and all that matters is you FEED your baby!






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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 1:43am

This is to everyone- not just Christine :D

Cara- Hugs! I think it can be easy to forget how different all of these babies are. I know I have gotten nice and spoiled by Teddy concerning breastfeeding, and who knows how it will go with the next baby! I can imagine it makes it more complex with Tenley being your last, but I think at this point you can say you gave it your all, and especially since Tenley is your last, it is time to do what is nicest for the family so that you can really enjoy these baby months! Your girls are so cute!

Christine- That sounds awesome about the job! I hope everything works out:) It must have been nice to get some one on one time with DH! We have homeopathic tablets for teething from our doctor and they make such a huge difference, Teddy has needed them quite a few times the past few days, but they seem to work immediately which is great.

Amy- Congrats on the 2nd tooth and the job offer for Rob!

Cassie- Wow that is so cool that Benjamin is already 11 weeks- 3 months for me was the start of a turning point and then 4 months was when everything really settled down (but that is often the case for fussy/colicky babies) now time is just flying by and I wish it would slow down!

AFM: Theo is rocking my world LOL. He did a -10- hour stretch yesterday, and he is still doing pretty great for sleep during the day as well. I know everything can change but I am enjoying this time a lot. His teething is driving me a bit crazy though, I wish the tooth would just come already! Thankfully the homeopathic medicine we have from the doctor works very well. We also hired 2 babysitters last weekend and yesterday one came for the first time. It went great. Teddy only woke up at the end, she gave him a bottle and then he went back to sleep. I just love spending time with him, and am enjoying these months which are just flying by. We also are getting close to our trip to the States in September which should be a lot of fun. He'll turn 6 months there which is just crazy to me!



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Sun, 08-15-2010 - 5:08pm

Finally time to post!!!!
AMY- Congratulations on Jensen's teeth!!! They are adorable!! BTW, I've been looking at his pictures, and he is freakishly similar to Fede!! They could be brothers!! Congratulations on Rob's new job.
SANDY- I hope your DH gets on board with the TTC #2 plans... Maybe levae the BC up to him? That seems to work on speeding things up as far as TTC goes. ;)
CASSIE- yay for Simon getting mobile!!
ELLA-- Congratulations on Eliza's progress!!!! My Fede is also much more mobile (see below)... Isn't it amazing how much they change and learn in a few months??
CHRISTINE- I'm so sorry of all you've been going through with the job and Seline... Is she doing better?
ASH- I'm so glad that Theo is sleeping so well now!! It must be a reward for the struggles you went through in the beginning!
JULIE- I'm not a BTDT mom, but I kind of get what you say about the milestones coming faster than you expect. Although I do think about the things that Fede will be doing in the future, when they finally come, I can't help to remember that just a few months ago he was a tiny newborn!! It's crazy (and a little sad) how fast they grow!!
CARLY- Hi honey!! I'm glad little Tad is doing so well!!
CHERYL- It's good to "see" you. I'm glad Lucas is doing so well, and that your PG is going well too! Hang in there with the meds. I'm sure they will help soon!
CARA- I'm sorry that BF isn't working well for you and T, but you said it yourself, you must do what is best for your baby. In any case, before you give up entirely, try consulting someone, like the breastfeeding board. they may have a couple suggestions so you can make it to six months. Also, your sadness about this being your last time BFing are perfectly valid... Why don't you keep some nursings a day for emotional purposes??

AFM-We are back from our mini vacation! It was just all right, though... It was one of those towns you could tell are much nicer in the summer months, because we kept bumping in those lonely country lanes, with rows of trees, that of course now were bare, but must be gorgeous when green. Besides sight seeing there wasn't much to do, so we got kind of bored, but it was nice all the same, because DH could relax a bit, and he truly needed that!!
Fede on the other hand wasn't/isn't very well. When we left he had a cough, which was supposed to go away with some cortisone drops and steam, but during the stay there got worse and worse... so much that we came home a day early, and when the pedi saw him the cough was on the verge of becoming bronchiolitis. On top of all that, he is definitely teething, and has been for the past week, I can totally see the bump in his gum, but the tooth refuses to come out!! grrrrr!!!!!!
He is a bit better now, but I tell you, it has been a tough week!
On a positive note, he is growing up great! He is finally getting the hang of solids, opening his beautiful little mouth when he sees the spoon! He's doing a lot of veggies, cow, chicken and fish meats, and most fruits (except berries and kiwis). Oh! and some cereals. I do see a preference for sweet things though. His favorites are yogurt and corn cereal with apple and banana. In the mobility department, he is nowhere near crawling, but... he is doing some steps if we hold him standing in the floor! So maybe he will be one of those babies that skip crawling and go straight to walking!!
AS for my news, this week I'm starting with my landscaping class... But They couldn't guarantee my stay there, it all depends on the number of students that take the class... if the class is too full, I'll have to go. Since I'm not a regular student of the university, I'm like "second class" student. But I've talked with the professor, and she seems excited to have me there, so I hope she can put some good words on my behalf.

So there it is, wish me luck with the class and a speedy recovery for my poor baby!!

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Sun, 08-15-2010 - 9:50pm

Amy - Too cute about Jensen's 2nd tooth! I can't believe he's got 2 already! And I agree with Mari that he looks like Fede's brother!


Mari - Glad to hear your vacation was relaxing, if nothing else. I hope poor Fede is feeling better today! Poor baby! I hope you're landscaping class will be nice and full! Selin also tried to take "steps" when he hold her standing on the floor. She has always love to stand, even from the early months, so I've been saying too that I think she'll skip crawling and go straight to walking. Look out! LOL


AFM - My "interview" went very well today and I accepted the position so I'm giving my 2 weeks' notice tomorrow! I have no idea how my boss is going to react but I'm very excited about leaving there and starting over fresh. This will be the first job where I have not worked in an office so it will be interesting for me. It is Mon-Fri 11-3 and I also have one walk on Saturdays at 1pm so very manageable. The owner is super flexible and basically she said I can work as much or as little as I want.


We still have to figure out daycare logistics but my mom has offered to come to our house now since I'll be working just a few hours/day and I told DH he can ask his mom if she wants to babysit a day or 2 now that it will be a much shorter day. The other days I am going to try to bring Selin with me since we're trying to avoid having to pay for daycare since I'll only be working PT. I'm going to keep our current daycare providers for my first week so I can get a feel for the route and the clients and then see how feasible it would be for me to bring her with. The owner has a 9 mo. old son that she brings to work and said I could occasionally leave Selin with her

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Sun, 08-15-2010 - 11:52pm

I thought the same thing looking at a few of Fede's pictures lol! Maybe our husbands are long lost cousins? :)

Congrats on the new job Christine! It sounds like it will be so nice and stress free and you will get in some good exercise!!






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