Baby Chat: 0-12 mos

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Baby Chat: 0-12 mos
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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 3:22pm

Ash,

Thanks for your support...access to the outside world definitely makes the difference for me when I get the opportunity. I have to wait until the end of the work day to get the car and then I want to escape for a few hours to run errands. It works out ok that way and Maxim gets time with his papa but some days get super long for us. I so wish we could get Maxim to bed earlier but so far, he fights it off until 9pm and most nights its at least 10pm before we can get him to bed for good.

Adrienne,

Thanks for your support as well. I do think I'm one of those that really isnt meant to be at home for the long run. I definitely need more challenges, I think its just the way I'm built.

Mari,

I actually remembered your posts about staying at home and how difficult it was for you. I definitely need to work in some me time...when I do have me time, I spend it cleaning my house which is of course not at all satisfying.

Heather,

Good to hear from you!! Glad to have your words that working is best for you too.

Julie,

Ethan is adorable!! Love his sweet little smile!

Suzie,

Sorry that Grey is having day care adjustment issues!! I'm sure with the usual stress of the new school year, it just isnt any fun for either of you. Hope everything starts to smooth out soon! I'm always so surprised when people say their baby is 6 months old, it seems like such a milestone for some reason...and I'm not that much further behind!

Christine,

I must have missed where you were concerned about being PG?? Maybe in the last thread...anyway, I dont see a line on that test but maybe the pic is blurry. Anyway, I liked the pink line tests better so maybe try to find one of those. I hope it all works out for you in the end. Hugs!!

Jess,

Hang in there honey. Some days I also do not like motherhood all that much, especially when my son is giving me fits over his naps and being crabby as a result. The early weeks are so so hard trying to recover from the PG and taking care of the baby. The BFing does get better. Just so you know, pumping is much harder to maintain for the long run, especially after your supply regulates itself. Lots of moms have oversupply in the beginning making pumping seem easy but when the supply regulates, pumping and nursing or EPing can get so much more difficult. I had tons of oversupply in the beginning and now I can maybe get one pumping session in a day on my overproducing right breast (4-5 oz). The rest all goes to Maxim. There are ways of increasing supply of course but I would just rather nurse. Good luck deciding but try to get to 6-8 weeks before making any major decisions...it really does get easier. Also with the burping, I agree with Ash. BF babies dont burp as much because they dont swallow as much air and its also completely normal for a baby to get mad when being burped...I only really burp Maxim if he is popping on and off the breast frequently during a feed and always if he's on the bottle.

AFM,

We had a whirlwind weekend. First a very rainy and cold wedding on Saturday at a provincial park but it was LOVELY and so much like the bride and groom. Very touching. We didnt get to stay that long unfortunately because it was just too cold for the baby. Sunday and Monday we helped the IL's close up the camp. I'm always happy at the beginning of the summer to have a place to go on the weekends and always thrilled to be done at the end of the summer so I can get my weekends back and spend a little less time with the IL's.

Thanks ladies for your support. I'm still undecided on what I'm going to do and that is in part due to the lack of jobs in this town for my field. I'm fairly sure I could get back on at the old place but it would still probably just be a contract...and I am so against leaving Maxim for just a contract job, not to mention it doesnt make sense financially.

Trying something new with the nap issue. I'm stimulating the crap out of him when he is awake, lol. He did an hour nap this morning and woke up happy. The afternoon is the challenge. He'll do his nap for 45 minutes, wake up pissed off, so today I'm trying something new. I'll get him out, change him and either lightly play with him or nurse him. I did it today and he is going on over an hour now (with the 45 minutes, its more like 2 hours) and still going. Maxim slept with me for 2 hours on Sunday and he was a dream that night before bedtime. Yesterday I didnt want to do that because I think its a horrible habit to get him into (and I cant do a 2 hour nap every day even though some days I love our naps together) so I tried to get him to nap on his own and it was the same 30 minute only battle and then a crabby baby. I told DH he was going to be an only child if we dont get this figured out because I cant stand the crabbiness when I know what the answer is (longer naps) but cant get it to work. Only kidding but talk about maddening. He wont be a happy smiling cherub all the time but this all day and night crabbiness is really starting to wear on me. I'm hoping this new technique works because I think I've tried everything else!!

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 5:29pm

I don't have much time, I promise I'll come back soon and do personals for all the rest of you!!
Ruby- I hope you can figure things out with Maxim's sleep. I'm just beggining to succed in getting Fede out of our bed and sleeping longer stretches... It's so hard!
Christine- I can't see the line, but I'm so anxious now!! Please get another test done so we can be sure!!!

AFM-Fede is doing great! He can stand by himself on the PNP for quite a long while now and has learned to fall on his bum, instead of falling flat like before, so no more cries from that! I've been neglecting the crawling training, cause I really never do any tummy time with him... I hope if he skips the crawling it doesn't do much harm to him. I've also noticed that he is much more interactive, doing all kinds of expressions and noises!
We've also finally moved him outside of our bed, and he is sleeping in the twin bed in our room. The only thing that I need to do now is the night weaning, because I love to nurse him lying down, and most of times I fall asleep and wake up sleeping with him in the twin while DH is stretched diagonally in our bed, Not fair!!! LOL!
Talking about nursing, he did bite me the other day... it was so painful and caught me by surprise that I swore out loud... "son of a b*tch!" Of course I was actually insulting myself! LOL!!! He hasn't done it since though. Anyways, I don't know what to do. The meals are a real challenge, because I can't make him eat any substantial amount of solids... and an increasing number of people are suggesting that I fully wean him, because he clearly prefers the breast instead of other stuff. He is 8 1/2 months, so he's had breast milk for a good while, and we are heading to warm weather, so I wouldn't be so worried about the immunity as in the winter with those respiratory bugs going around... BUT... I'm so not ready!! Every time I nurse him and think of stopping I get so sad!! Usually I'm happy of his development milestones and of seeing him grow, but to wean him would be to loose "my baby" in a way... it's been such a close bond...

As for me. I'm loving the class I'm taking, although it is quite hard to keep up with the assignments. But I guess it's just the kind of challenge I needed! I'm also finishing the project I was doing (working at home) I'm quite proud of the design. It's totally different from the stuff I've always done, but I like it better. So I guess I'm finally shaking off the school's influence and finding my own style.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 6:02pm

Mari- I really wouldn't worry about Fede eating solids at this age. Breastmilk is all he needs until a year. I have a friend that doesn't start solids until her kids get teeth, which with both of her boys has been after 9 months. And they've both turned out great. Before a year solids are really for experimenting and learning, and not for nutrition. I think at that age I probably was only giving James 1 maybe 2 solid "meals" a day. I would just continue offering solids as you've been doing and try to make it fun relaxing time, and not stress out about how much he's eating. When he gets hungry for solid food, he'll eat it.

Christine- I don't really see a line. If you are pregnant though, you should get a clear line in the next day or two. Maybe use an FRER with fmu tomorrow morning? If you're worried about the insurance thing (from your post above) I would wait on going to the midwife. It'd really not necessary to have them confirm a pregnancy, and for insurance purposes, pregnancy isn't a preexisting until it's been confirmed by a dr. (midwife/health care provider). Good luck!

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 6:03pm
Ruby- I wanted to mention, at that age, James was still taking 3-4 45minute naps a day. Is it possible that Maxim doesn't like long naps, but would be happier if you put him down for more frequent short naps? Just a thought. Good luck with it, I know how frustrating sleep can be...
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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 6:39pm

Jessica - Sounds a lot like reflux to me :( Yay for good growth though! It's definitely a big adjustment to be a mom. Hang in there, you guys will adjust and everything will be a lot better soon :)

Christine - Yikes about dropping the BC. TOTALLY something I would do. I DO see a very faint line, however I have seen a ton of false positives that look just like that on blue lined tests. I refuse to use them because it is SO common.

Sandy - Don't you hate when people get so nosy about it? We don't get asked it very often from my side because Jensen is young and my family is more a whoops you're pregnant, then planned pregnancy family, so they just assume we'll be pregnant again when the next whoops happens. However Rob's family started in when Jensen was about 2 months old lol.

Ruby - Good luck with the naps! I always run a fan while Jensen sleeps too so noises don't wake him up because the walls in this house are paper thing and NOTHING is private here, it's ridiculous.

AFM - CD 24 and no O, even OPKs are negative. My last cycle was normal, but I didn't temp to see if I O'd. The cycle before that was the miscarriage, and the cycle before that was a normal cycle as well. So now I am wondering what the heck is going on! Here is my chart if you want to look, I missed some days from either not being home or sleeping through my alarm lol.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/22be69

It's not a big deal because obviously not TTC right now, I just wish things would be normal and easy you know! I am going to TTC in 2 months and this is too close to go time for me to be ok about it.






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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:00pm

Adrienne - Can you change the front page? It's got her as 1 year old and she's 1 month old today! Don't want time to go that quickly! :)

AFM - Hey everyone! Figured I might as well jump in here now. Avery is one month old today, which is funny b/c her due date isn't even until Saturday. We're doing really well. She's been a breeze so far--except for keeping me up around the clock, but that's to be expected. So far her longest sleep stretch was a little more than 4 hours, but it was a total fluke as it's only happened once and it's usually every 2 to 3 hours. :) She's alert more and more though and getting to be more fun every day! I'll try to keep up in this thread, but can't make promises on personals! Need to update my ticker too...

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:35pm

I promised I would post a few pics from the weekend so here they are.
Picture #1- David and his Aunt Jessica (DH's sister)
Picture #2- My SIL and her new husband with the babies (DH's two cousins and myself)
Picture #3- a good shot of David's teeth
Picture #4- The babies with their moms

Amy- Yes it is annoying. It is weird since she always bothered me and not his cousins. Of course his one cousin got pg right after her wedding reception (she got married in Vegas). But they dated like 7 years or so before getting married. They are also a lot younger than we are, in their upper 20's as my DH and myself are in our early and I will be in my mid 30's come the 28th of this month. I think that could be why I am getting pressure as I will be 35. I am not sure. She was about the same age when she had her kids so it's not like she was any younger. Hers are exactly 1 year and 11 months apart but I don't want mine that close. One due to finances we are struggling with David and $ right now and second I don't think I could handle two that close together. David is a handful and I want to wait until he is a little more independent before we have a second one.

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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 5:27am

This is off of memory so I am sorry if I miss anyone.

Erin- I can't bieve tour little one is a month old already. Glad things are going well.

Christine- I didn't see a line either and like the others said I would just wait to do the BW and get some more tests and see.

AFM- we had a good app with the NP yesterday. She is doing well. She weighed in at 8lbs 13oz which is 7oz more than last Wednesday. She showed me a different way to burp her that helps get the burps out better and thinks that will help. She also said we could start a bottle here and there.

I am feeling a lot better knowing that I am doing a good job, that she is gaining weight, healthy, latching on well etc. We have an appt with the cardiologist on Thursday. Not sure if I mentioned it but they heard a small heart murmur at her 2 week check and it was still there yesterday. So they did some xrays last week and it was fine. So this is more of a formality.














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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 11:29am

I'M NOT PREGNANT!!! :-D



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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 12:34pm

Grace

At first, I was going to just let him do the 45 minute thing if thats what would make him happy but then they were getting to only 30 minutes and then sometimes just 20 minutes and he is so not the same baby when he wakes up from a short nap vs. a long nap. He would wake up really upset and not able to get back to sleep on his own. The difference is most apparent in the evenings...he is super crabby in the evenings with short naps vs one nice long nap and maybe two other 1 hour naps (in the morning usually and sometimes he gets a third in) He slept for over 2 hours straight yesterday afternoon and was much much better than the day before when his naps were broken up and super short.

Christine,

Glad you arent PG and that you're happy about it. I think I would lose my mind if I was PG this soon or anytime before Maxim is at least two years old. There are some major financial things we need to take care of before the next baby. I enjoyed my pregnancy but I really like feeling normal again too, lol, and not sure how I would handle two under two.

Ash,

Enjoy your trip to the States and the time with your mom! I also go shopping when I go there and spend way more than I intend, lol! Stuff is just a lot cheaper there and I spent almost 800 bucks on diapers, new bedding for me and some small things for Maxim when I was home in August, haha!

AFM,

I'm slightly obsessed with BabyLegs...lol! I've been trying to squash this nasty little obsession but seriously, they are so cute. He only has 3 pairs now but I bought the third pair yesterday just for DH...they look like footballs with the white threads down the side. He's wearing them Thursday night for the NFL opener. They have American flag ones and I love Canada ones too...and Christmas ones...oh bother! I finally went shopping at this small local baby boutique last month (she runs it out of her refurbished garage) and I'm hooked. She has such cool neat things up there...thank god its at least 30 minutes across town to get to her, or I would be there everyday I think. She had some Facebook only sales last week and I got an amber teething necklace for 10 bucks (normally 18.50). I have two now and they seem to work. Maxim chews a little less when he is wearing his and the drooling seems to be a little less too. When he is napping or sleeping, I wrap it around his ankle.

One of our groomsmen and his wife had their baby on the 6th...she is 5-6 weeks too early so she is in NICU and they cant bring her home for 2-3 weeks. She's 5 lbs and a little beauty with tons of black hair. The mother had issues with a small piece of her placenta tearing away in August which got her in the hospital for a few days for bleeding and pre-term contractions and she was put on bed rest for 2 weeks. Baby is a trooper and doing well enough so that is what counts...any positive thoughts you could spare would be lovely :)

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