Baby & Kid Chat - AUGUST

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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 10:18pm

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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 12:47pm

Andi- We switched at about a year because like your experience he just stopped taking the morning nap- he really fought it and we just thought it was time. It took a few days for the one nap to work but the transition was relatively quick- maybe 3 days?


In the beginning the nap had to be quite early at around 11 and we moved bedtime back by about 45 minutes for about a week so that he could deal with the longer wake times. Now he takes one nap anytime between 11:30 and 1 depending on what we did and he sleeps about 1.5 hours. However in the beginning the one nap was more often 2 hours but as they get older they just need less sleep.


Good luck on the transition!!

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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 11:48am

Liz - Peter cracks me up, your stories about him are hilarious!

Erica - did I already say how adorable your pics were? Well I meant to because they ARE! :smileyhappy: Sounds like your homeschool project is starting out great! 

Ash - I'm glad Ferdi so far is taking it easy on you and you all are settling in well!

AFM - the usual over here. Lots of talking and singing happening, the girls are inching toward 15 months, pretty crazy how fast the time goes.

NAP Question - I know kids vary, but when did you guys all switch from two naps to one, and how did you make "the switch"? The girls' schedule has looked like this for quite a while:

Up: 6:30/7am

Nap 1: 8:30-9:30am

Nap 2: 2:30pm-4/4:30pm

The last couple weeks they have been waking up later, more like 7:30 and they don't seem anywhere near tired when I put them down for a morning nap. Sometimes they will fall asleep after playing in their cribs for 20+ minutes, sometimes they won't sleep at all. I'm thinking they may be ready to quit that first nap. So I'm thinking that means that their afternoon nap would move up in the schedule, earlier in the day, right? Maybe around 11/12? I guess we'll play around with it this weekend and see how they do, but I'm just curious what that transition has looked like for other people. TIA!

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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 10:17am
Peter woke up at 5:55am singing "Call Me Maybe." Seriously kid?!
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 10:15pm
Congrats again Ash! Can't wait to see pics of your boys! :-)

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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 10:17am
Well last night Ferdi was up from 12:30 to almost 4 and refused to fall asleep, even on the breast, but I think he still is so little that I won't hold it against him LOL. Although if you has asked me last night I would have said something a little different!

During the day he is doing great, sleeping for 1-4 hours at a time, nursing well, and sometimes even willing to be awake without being held. Which is a huge change from Teddy. I know colic sometimes sets in during week 2-4 but if he stays like this (I'm guessing normal intermediate fussiness) I would be thrilled.

My midwife was here today and said he was nursing great, and that she isn't worried about his jaundice. We got the go ahead to leave the hospital yesterday as he is in the healthy range but he is def. yellow so we have to watch him- at this point though Teddy was orange (no joke :smileyvery-happy:) and already back in the hospital and my milk still hadn't came so I am feeling WAY less stressed about it.

I'm definitely experiencing the baby blues, but thankfully less then last time. I just get feelings of anxiety, and often feel low (wondering why we did this, is this how life will be now, how will we ever get anything done, etc). Which is very similar to last time and even though rationally I tell myself that of course it gets better and not to worry, emotionally I do still have lots of dips. However I'm taking fish oil capsules which I have heard have really helped some people, and I am just trying to take things a day at a time. It doesn't help that my tear was once again pretty bad so I really can't be on my feet much or sit much- if I could get out of the house I know that would help as well. Thankfully friends should be coming over this weekend, and that always helps take my mind off things.

Teddy is doing great with the baby although he is still too rough- which is really hard to deal with when I am alone with him. Honestly I have NO CLUE how you moms without any help do it!!!! Everything is only working because of daycare and babysitters and DH helping a ton. I am very happy that so far I still also consider him my baby too as a mother had told me she felt negatively towards her older son after the birth of her second and I have to say I found that very off-putting. Of course she said it all got better with time, but I have built such a wonderful relationship with Teddy over the past 2 and a half years that I would hate to suddenly feel negatively towards him.

Erica- FF via Skype- what a neat idea!! It sounds like you had a lot of fun. Sorry about Charlotte :smileysad: It is so hard when kids get sick!

Alyssa- It doesn't look like Ferdi will be that kind of a sleeper- I wish! But I don't mind STing and just getting a few hours of sleep without having to hold him is already a great relief :smileyhappy: I also feel like at about 6 months is when things really start to get interesting LOL.

Mari- You are so right. Any baby was probably going to seem like an "easy one" after our firsts! It is a good thing that we know that no matter how difficult they may be as babies, they still end up SUPER cute and loving as toddlers!!
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:31pm
Toddlers.... that's where it at.

The 8 year old is driving me insane!!! Although I am sure the Asperger's has something to do w/ that.
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 1:50pm

Ash, he sounds just like Julia. I was also really surprised that she would sleep for so long and sometimes I just couldn't wake her up to nurse (that's how I ended on the breast milk bank, BTW).

I suppose that since we had such difficult babies as first time moms, anything else will seem like a piece of cake. I'm sure he will continue to be a sweet and easy baby, and you'll enjoy this "second round" so much!!!!!

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 7:47pm
Ash - so interesting how they are so different! And, you never know about the sleeping being a constant. Evan was a great sleeper right from the get-go, and slept through the night starting at about 3 weeks! Fingers crossed this is the case for you (though makes me fear for what our #2 will be like!).

Also, I'm with you on the newborn stage. It definitely was NOT my favorite, and I'm a much bigger fan of the 6-month age (I think that's when babies are their cutest!).




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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 1:06pm

Oh, Ash...you're too funny!! :smileyhappy:  Newborns make me melt, but my DH always says they are squishy lumps for awhile. :smileywink:  I'm so glad that Teddy is doing well.  It can be such a hard transition.  I hope he continues to do great!

 

AFM:  I am sitting here participating in a Fantasy Football draft with my hubby!  I thought I would check the board between picks.  Our former church did a FF league for the first time last year.  Cory did it long distance from Florida, and I decided to take part this year so that we could have something fun to do together.  Since everyone else in the league is together in the church basement (eating pizza), we are participating via Skype and Facebook chat. The wonders of technology!

Charlotte has a fever AGAIN.  This is really getting old.

 

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 7:25am
Well Ferdi is 3 days old now and it is crazy how different things are!! So far the blues haven't hit but I am going to start taking fish oil just in case. He is sometimes too tired to nurse-never happened once with Teddy! He doesn't scream, although obviously he can cry but instead starts with a sort of whimpering that sounds like a bird which is adorable and much appreciated by my ears. Both nights so far he has done a 4-5 hour stretch- once again Teddy never ever did this so it is a real shock for me, I am trying not to get to used to this in case it changes though! Overall to me he just seems much smaller and more baby like but not necessarily better if that makes sense. I also realized I just do not have this baby gene, don't get me wrong so far I am enjoying this more then the first time and I do love him and think he is cute but the woman sharing a room with me was going on and on about how sweet her daughter was, how beautiful, etc (in a nice way) and all I see is a sort of squished face baby thing that doesn't do much LOL. So far Teddy has been awesome, he wanted to hold him all the time "I take him" and although his handling skills could use some work (stroking turns quickly to squeezing, hand is roughly tried to force open to see fingers,etc) he has been genuinely happy to visit with him. Of course the real test will be tomorrow when we go home!
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