Thanks for starting us off Adrienne!!
How is everyone doing? The closer it gets to my TTC date the more impatient and excited I get! Almost all my friends are pregnant or TTC #2 and I hate having to wait but I know it's such a short time.I keep asking Rob if he is sure he wants to TTC because I don't want to get so excited and be disappointed and he just laughs and says "Yes!" lol.
I am getting so tired of people commenting on how Jensen can still wear 3 month clothes (negative comments). People assume there MUST be something wrong with him. Height wise he needs 3-6 sleepers and pants, onesie and shirt and shorts size he is size 3. He is tall and skinny. One of our other WW babies is in 18 month clothes and I feel like the expectation is babies need to be big or they are sick. He is average size, and he is perfectly healthy. He's never been sick before ever, and he eats a ton. I am just getting tired of people telling me he is too small for the clothes I buy him, when in fact when I put them on him they fit him fine! I think I know what size he is in, I dress him everyday!
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Benjamin and I are doing great. He had a couple fussy days at the beginning of the week, but he was back to being a "perfect baby" today:). He was the happiest baby in my mom and baby yoga class today - he let me do the whole class even though he was awake for all of it. Since he's been discovering his own hands these days, he seems fascinated when I stretch and use my hands. I'm really glad that September has arrived and therefore there are so many more baby programs available. Next week we start a class called Hushabyes that is like stories and rhymes for babies. I'm really looking forward to it.
Amy - Sorry that you are having to deal with negative comments about your little guy's clothing size. Sheesh, what would make people think that they know you're baby's size better than you? Glad to hear you and DH are on the same page about TTC #2. When are you planning to start?
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Those classes sound so fun! I think people just see Jensen and then see the clothes and thing there is no way they can fit, but I don't squash him into clothes. He is tall, but some brands like carter's run longer and he can fit into them just fine. I think being able to wear 3 month an 3-6 month clothes at 7 months is perfectly acceptable. But people seem to think he should be in clothes bigger then his size because he is a boy. No one ever made tiny comments about my niece and she was way smaller then him, to a point where the drs WERE concerned. It's just annoying and I am cranky I think, but it gets to me. It feels like they are saying I am doing something wrong for him to not be a fatty lol!
Rob wants to TTC more then I do surprisingly LOL! All he can talk about is how he wants a girl next, what baby stuff we need to get, how he can't wait to go through all the ultra sounds and everything again. We're gonna start not trying not preventing in November, and then really get serious if January comes and goes with no baby. I am very hopeful things will be ok, but of course nervous for another loss. I really want it to work out next time. But don't we always want that? It's just been so nice having him be excited since Jensen was a whoops and we were planning our wedding and not in our own place yet. The difference is huge and I am so excited that HE is so excited you know?
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Anyway sorry I haven't been on it's been a busy week. David is doing well and has tooth #2 coming in. We are going to Chicago this weekend. My DH's sister got Married in Mexico and is having a cookout/reception for the family at her house. Should be fun.
Hope everyone is doing well.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Happy September! I hope to keep up with this thread more this month.
Its been miserably HOT this week...over 100 degrees with the humidity. We dont have AC at our house so baby and I have been camping out in our basement all week. Today is the first day my upper level doesnt feel like a sauna. I'm really over summer and ready for fall and winter...I just dont tolerate that kind of heat. 80, no humidity and a light breeze is my ideal but I really love 60's.
Maxim is now rolling back to tummy but cant figure out how to roll back. So he gets pretty upset about it and I am now finding him on his tummy in his crib in the mornings. I also strongly suspect he is teething. Naps are continuing to be a nightmare but I'm trying to be consistent with him and I think the teething is a factor. I'm not getting much done during the day now because of the nap issue which is frustrating for me. He still sleeps like a dream at night though, I just wish he wasnt so crabby during the day and evening.
Some days I'm so conflicted about this staying home for the whole year before going back to work. I know I"m committed for 6 months because I want him to be EBF for at least that long and hopefully for a year total. I feel bad that I dont really enjoy being at home but I also know that if I had a car at home, I would be much happier because I could get out of the house more often than I do. We dont have much of a routine which is starting to drive me a little insane...I can live with it during the early weeks but he's 4 months old now. And other days, I'm so not ready to work at all. I know I"ll be a better mom when I am working again, just not sure when that will be. I do know that I"m going to make a point of taking him to a baby and mom swim class this winter. That is really important to me and we'll work out the car issue. Most of the time DH gets rides from a co-worker when I need the car for appts but I feel its excessive if I want to get out of the house to join a mom group or something.
I feel weird that I dont love staying at home and that I"m a bad mother for not loving this time all the time...some days I really enjoy it, other days I just hate it. Last Saturday I went to work the drunk driving course and it was the first "work" thing I have done since before he was born. It was actually thrilling to be out of the house for the day, using my brain again and talking to adults. Last week I was working on revising the materials for the course I"m teaching in October and it was exciting to be focusing on something new. When I'm not spending all my time with my son, I really really enjoy it again when I see him after a few hours
Am I defective or something, lol?? I feel like I'm the only mom that doesnt have rainbows shooting out my rear end about staying home. And I'm so lucky...if I was living in the States I would have been back to work when he was 6 weeks old which is way too early but I dont know if I really want the whole year too. See how conflicted I am about this?
Just want to chime in and say that for me living in a big city and being able to get everywhere by foot, train, or bus but also having a car available makes such a BIG difference.
I'm a very social person and I have stuff going on with Theodor (classes and low key meet ups with friends) almost every day of the week. I think I would go insane if I couldn't get out of the house much.
I also think that having a schedule or at least a semblance of one(we try for wake times of no longer then 2 hours before going down for a nap) really helps as your day has a clear beginning, end, and breaks.
Of course Theo doesn't always play along (we had one week of awful cat naps only 30 minutes 1-2 times a day, but then bedtime got pushed up to 5pm to make up for it, and I believe he was going through a growth spurt as he seems much bigger and heavier and all is back to normal) but for the most part I can plan my day quite well and I find structure quite comforting, as does Theo I believe!
So this is just my way of saying that I think the way you feel is totally normal and perhaps even to be expected a little bit? Staying at home full time isn't for everyone and as long as the time you spend with your child is quality time I think that is what matters not how much.
Plus some days I am just staring at the clock waiting for 6pm and bedtime, and I do love staying at home and I do think this is the right thing for me but how could anything be good and fun and all smiles all the time?? It just isn't possible.
Good luck with your decision of when to go back to work:)
Ruby, I strongly believe that not everyone is "meant to be" a SAHM. Plenty of people need different kinds of challenges in their lives (besides dealing with a teething baby), in order to feel healthy and happy.
If you are ready to go back to work when Maxim is 6 months old, part or full time, I don't think you should feel guilty at all. If you can say confidently that you'll be a better, happier Mommy when you are working, then there shouldn't be ANY guilt involved.
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ROTFL!!!!OMG Ruby!! I had a total deja vu!!! Around two months ago, I was sobbing in my mom's kitchen telling her how bad of a mother I was for not enjoying my stay at home with Fede!!I have good news... It does get better! Since around 6 months Fede is more mobile and also more vocal, so you feel like you are truly interacting. But that's not the point... What I wanted to say is that I totally understand you and that I think your feelings are totally natural. I also don't have a car, and it's maddening to stay inside the same 4 walls for days and days. There came a point when I was giddy about going grocery shopping, just to get out of the house!!!That was part of the reasons why I started going to class. It's only a few hours, once a week, but it's made a ton of difference!! It's a few hours of "me" time and also a time for using your brain (as you said). And yeah, I come home with renewed desires to be with my baby!Other things that have helped are getting to know some couples in the neighborhood who also have babies and toddlers. So we can hang out and have some social life, but at the same time we are all in the same page about bedtimes and such.Oh! And also try to talk to your DH about it. It's hard for them to get it... They are at work all day and they actually can't wait to see the baby when they come home, so they can't really relate... But at least he will know, and maybe you two can figure other ways of making things better.Remember, just as not every woman is cut out to work full time, not everyone is able to be exclusively a SAHM.