Baby Chat: 0-12 mos

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:08am
First we co-slept. Jensen slept longer/better if we did. But this was not a practical solution for us on a queen sized mattress with the baby on a pillow between us (so he was raised above us). Rob also needs the intimacy of us in our bed (not necessarily talking DTD here, even just cuddle time) so we had to get Jensen out of our bed. Well Jensen did not like his crib, at all. So we moved him to the swing. He was in that I think about 2-3 weeks, and during that time we would do naps in the crib. Eventually he made it into his bed and we are all much happier for it. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with using the swing so long as they are strapped in. Some babies even need it due to reflux so they are more upright.










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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:13am

Sandy - I think having something with the people you do playdates with sounds like a great idea. You could invite the husbands and then the guys could have some time to hang out together too..I know we have done that with baby showers and bridal showers before.

Cara - Awesome about your girls and the dance team and dance. I was in Dance when I was younger and LOVED It. My little cousin who is four just started her dance lessons and I am so excited for her.

AFM - Thanks for all the advice, makes me feel better. Every time I was putting her in her swing I was thinking of something my mother said to me when my Cousin had their daughter. MY cousin could only get their daughter to sleep in the Carseat and my mom thought it was just horrible...so I guess every time I was putting her in her swing I was thinking of that. But I have to realize it's only temporary.

We did make some progress this past night/morning. I fed her around 7:00 and then gave her a bath at 9:00. Once she was changed I was going to feed her, but she fell asleep and hard, into a deep sleep, so I put her in her crib. I figured she would wake in an hour or so, I could feed her and then go to bed. Well she ended up sleeping until 11:30. I got up fed her, changed her and she went right back to sleep in her crib and slept until 2:30. Now we are downstairs in the swing, but she wasn't too crabby, just wouldn't fall asleep in my arms. I figure it's some progress and I got some sleep so I can't complain.

Yesterday I got to meet my newest cousin Alison. She is adorable. She is a week younger than Gabriella, so my aunt and I had a "Playdate" and put the kids next to each other. I have a feeling they will be close when they get older.

Here are some pictures
http://jessica-mike.blogspot.com/2010/09/1-month.html














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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:25pm

Hey ladies – I’m here for my monthly post, LOL!

CassieJune – Your Hushabyes class sounds like fun! How did it go?

Amy – I have the opposite problem – DS is HUGE! No one can believe he’s only 5.5 months old.

Ruby – Not everyone is meant to be a SAHM, just as not everyone is meant to be a working mom. Heck, I love being a SAHM, yet somedays, I still count the minutes until DH comes home so I can get some things done! Don’t feel guilty at all. You need to do what makes you the best mommy when you’re with Maxim, and if working does that for you, then so be it.

Christine – I’m not sure how I missed that you suspected you were preggo, but I’m glad that you’re not, since that’s what you wanted. And so happy to hear the new job is going well!

Jessica – You gotta do what you gotta do to get some rest. Although, I’m not one to give sleep advice!

Mari – I wouldn’t wean, bc he really gets most of the needed nutrition from breastmilk until he’s around a year old. Some babies just take longer to really get interested in eating.

Ash – I was going to get some babylegs, but now I’m hesitant, since Amos Jr is so big. Hmmm.

Cassie – I’m sorry you’re having such a rough time at work.

Cara – The girls are keeping you busy with their dancing! I loved it when I was younger too.

Sorry and hi to those I missed!

AFM - Amos is still not sleeping, but I'm so sleep deprived that I sleep through his night feedings, so it really doesn't bother me anymore. I'm used to it :) Although, I do look forward to him sleeping through the night!

He's eating solids now - we give him a mixture of pureed foods and finger foods. He loves to feed himself, but didn't seem to be getting full, so we spoon feed him as well. He loves everything (except bananas). So far, he's had rice and oatmeal, of course, along with zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, broccoli, nectarines, peaches, pears, apples, cantaloupe and pineapple. I think that's it!

He’s super active – he rolls all over the place and is working on crawling. He scoots around really well, and takes a few “crawls” on his hands and knees here and there. I’m happy to see it, but bummed out that he’s growing up so fast! I was sitting at the table with him last night, as he was drinking from his sippy cup and eating, and I actually started crying! I miss my little baby, but he’s getting such a personality. He’s so cute and it just melts my heart when he gives me his big toothless smile.
















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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:25pm
Jessica - Just wanted to commiserate! Avery is doing the same thing right now--falls asleep, but she freaks out after about five minutes if I put her down at night. In her case, she just wants to be held. Last night I resorted to us camping out on the floor because I didn't feel like our bed was appropriately baby proofed (too many blankets, pillows and dog). It did buy me a 3.5 hour stretch of sleep though! I'll have to try the swing. Seriously though, it's all about getting through the night, so do what you have to do. :)

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:42pm
Bath time is an awesome exhaustion method. I don't give Jensen a bath anytime but night time because I know it will get him really relaxed and sleepy. He LOVES bath time and wears himself out really well playing in the tub. Those pictures are TOO cute!!! TFS!










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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:51pm
Wow I can't believe how much he is doing so young! He is definitely growing up fast on you. I can totally sympathize with the not wanting them to grow up.










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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 3:05pm

Yeah I think they are quite close in size and if Amos Jr has chubby legs then I wouldn't recommend them, although honestly they have been too tight since about week 2 ...

He doesn't even fit in some of his 9-12 month stuff anymore. I love having a big baby but it would be great if his clothes would last a bit longer LOL!

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 10:54pm

Trying to do personals from memory as I sit here completely stuffed up with a cold! :-(



Jessica - ITA with the others - do whatever you need to do to get sleep right now! I know it has been chilly at night where I live, is it cold enough in your house to swaddle Gabriella? That is the only way Selin would sleep for months, if she was swaddled. Also, have you tried a white noise machine? When Selin would get fussy in the early evening, always right at dinner time of course, white noise was the only thing that would calm her down. We used to use the microwave exhaust fan or the washer/dryer.



Natalie - So great to hear from you! What a big boy Amos is! You guys are NPPing now, right? Can't wait to see your BFP announcement!



Ruby - Love your new siggy. Maxim is darling!



Cara - Wow, you guys are BUSY! I worry about Selin missing her naps on the days I bring her with on my route so I'm glad I'm not alone in that area. She usually does conk out though in the car after our last client of the day. I feel bad when she falls asleep in between clients and I have to wake her to put her in the Ergo or she falls asleep in the Ergo and I have to wake her to put her back in the car.



Amy - How's it been being without Rob for so long? November seems so far away but I'm sure it will be here before you know it.



Ash - Have a wonderful trip back to the States! I hope Teddy does well on the plane for you. :-)



Sorry to anyone else I missed!



AFM - Selin and I are under the weather at the moment. I have a cold and she is teething something terrible. The last time she was teething, it didn't bother her as much but yesterday and today when she was at my MIL's while I was at work, she wouldn't eat or sleep so she was a miserable mess by the time I picked her up. I only brought her with me to work on Tues. when she was just starting to teeth and thankfully my mom is coming back up to watch her tomorrow since it is one of my longer days and we have a family party in the evening so if I had her with me, she would be a mess by the time we'd be leaving for the party if she didn't nap all afternoon. I decided to cancel her portraits for this weekend since I don't know how she'll be feeling come Sat. morning and since I'm sick as well and am busy enough with vacation care this weekend, I don't need one more thing on my plate.



DH and I also offered to babysit for his BFF's 2 kids this Sat. night - their 3 mo. old DS and almost 4 yr. old DD. The kids know us well so there should be no issue there but it will be a little nuts watching 3 kids under the age of 4, 2 of which are infants. I have to walk a dog at 5:30pm so I'll probably bring Selin with me so DH only has to worry about 2 kids. It will be a good test for us, granted we wouldn't have 2 infants at once (unless we had twins). :-)



DH and I are also starting couples' counseling next week. The main underlying issue of our fights is due to DH's issues, which he has been working with a therapist on for at least 5 or so years now, but lately, things have gotten worse so he finally agreed to see a couples therapist. We are having a joint session with both of our therapists next week (they're in the same office) and then they're transitioning us to a male marital therapist. DH always complains that both of our therapists are female and he feels like we're all ganging up on him so hopefully with a male therapist, he won't feel threatened.



Have a great weekend everyone!



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Fri, 09-17-2010 - 12:32am

It's been a long hard 6 weeks. But we are officially halfway done, only 6 weeks left so it's all down hill from here! I have to admit, I am so nervous to see Rob again. Not for myself, but because I am nervous Jensen won't recognize him and won't let him hold him or anything. Jensen has EXTREME stranger anxiety and when Rob left he was not even 7 months old yet and he will be about to be 10 months old when he sees him again so not sure he will remember him. I really do miss him and this single mom stuff is so not for me. I get NO help from my dad and sometimes I just have to sit Jensen in front of the TV and walk away because I need a freaking mental break. Jensen is just very clingy, but it could be a lot worse I know.

I am sorry about you guys having some issues. I hope with the couples counceling you can really work on things. For my parents separate counceling really ruined the marriage. Each counselor was telling them THEY were right and don't give into the other person because they are controlling etc. They really both should have gone together to eliminate all the he said she said. But that's not really important anymore.










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Fri, 09-17-2010 - 4:41am

Amy - I hope these next few weeks go by fast for you so that you can be together with Rob again. I can't imagine being a single mom, but you are doing great from the sounds of it!!

Ash - I hope you are enjoying your time in the states. It's pretty cold here in MN right now, so hopefully you guys aren't freezing too bad.

Christine - Glad you guys are going to counseling. I know for DH and I that helps so much! We did the separate thing and then the together thing and it worked out great. It helped us move from working on our own things to working on the marriage. I know that DH felt the same way about our last therapist. For him it was more the fact that he wasn't comfortable with her than that she was a woman, so I hope this male therapist will help you guys out. Good for you for working on things.

To answer your questions - We have a white noise machine, both on the swing and in her room, seems to be help some. She HATES to be swaddled. She gets so pissy about it, she likes to have her legs and arms out 90% of the time. We have been swaddling her just under the arm pits, but she doesn't really even like that either. The swing is working the best and even the bouncy chair, I got her to sleep about 3 or 4 hours in that tonight.

AFM - today (Friday) I have an appointment with the LC. I don't know if she has a bad latch or what's going on, but my nipples are hurting a ton more than usual and only really the right side. So I am really hoping it's not thrush, but we will see. I am curious to see how much she weighs.

We are heading to the lake this weekend and it looks like we will be bringing the swing with ;) I know DH is going to have a hard time with that, but tough, it's either that or he is going to be taking care of her at night with some bottles. It should be interesting, the entire family will be up there, it's only really for a day, but should still be fun.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!














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