Baby/Kid Chat - April

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Baby/Kid Chat - April
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Fri, 04-01-2011 - 11:20am

Adrienne - Hope it's okay that I started this....


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Sat, 04-02-2011 - 8:54am

I agree with Ash 100%.

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Sat, 04-02-2011 - 12:22pm
Christine in this case, I would have no problem telling someone, "I am sorry I can't take the legal liability that your child would be hurt in my car due to not using the car seat correctly, so I can't drive you." Seriously it is your car, you are legally responsible if something happens, so your rules in your car! I might also get a pamphlet about proper car seat usage, try car-seat.org on where to find one. I would not drive her in my car with her child improperly restrained though.

As for us: We did get home yesterday. Eloise loves Sully, she likes to look at him and poke at him and kiss him and try to climb on him and hug him and hold him. He was crying last night and she looked at me with her arms wide, "Baby crying, I hold now!"

Desmond likes him, but has no interest in him when he is crying. When he isn't he doesn't mind him and will even hold him.

Oh Eloise insists on nursing after he nurses now too. Of course that involves her latching on for 1/10th a second and being done, but if her baby is nursing so is she. I don't think she is going back to start nursing again, unfortunately. I may start pumping a bottle a day or so, so that I can give her a cup of breast milk, since the extra calories would be good for her, depends on how motivated I am.



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Sat, 04-02-2011 - 2:28pm
Sarah I don't think I ever congratulated you here- CONGRATULATIONS:) I love the name you picked out and the pictures you have posted to FB are so cute. Desmond and Eloise sound adorable with Sully.
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Sat, 04-02-2011 - 10:56pm
Christine, I agree 100% with the way Sarah put it. I would not want to be responsible for something happening in my vehicle. If you want to ride with us then we need to make sure that he is secured and at less of a chance of being hurt or even killed if we were to get into an accident. Do they have the car seat checks around there? That would also be a good place to get information or drop a hint for them to get the seat checked out.

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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 6:59am

Thanks ladies for all the advice. Now I feel horrible that I drove around like that but I did send my BIL and SIL an email yesterday with some information from our state's website about car seat laws, and highlighting the bullet point about making sure the clip is at armpit level and the straps are snug. I also reminded them that there's a certified car seat tech at our police dept. They probably won't respond to my email but at least I put it out there and if I have to drive my SIL and the baby again (they only have one car so that's why I had to drive because my BIL works far and needs the car to get to work) then I will make sure she has him secured properly otherwise we're not leaving the driveway. Lol

In other news, my DH is driving me crazy with WTT. Last night we watched 'Switched', a cute PG related movie with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Well I guess it got to DH because when we were going to bed, he says, "I think it's time for another baby", and I'm like "we still have the insurance issue" and he goes "well you need to find a job soon with benefits".

Ugh, here we go again! He seems to think I should start a new job and then get PG right away. I don't think that would look good and plus I'd only have maybe 2 weeks of PTO just starting so that means I'd
only get the 6 weeks of FMLA. I've told him repeatedly that #1 - I'm not putting an itty bitty baby in daycare (no offense to anyone else, just my personal issue) and #2 - I'm not working FT with 2 kids in daycare. I agree with him that we're not getting any younger (I'm 32 and he's 35), but we have some logistics to work out first, most importantly get insurance with mat. coverage, before we can even think of TTC. If we don't get new insurance then we won't have mat coverage on our existing policy until fall 2012, which is longer than either if us want to wait but for right now, we have no choice. I'm thrilled he's on board with TTC #2 but I just told him that it will happen when it's supposed to. Argh, so frustrating!!!

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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 3:06pm

Christine
I wish my DH would say things like that. I have the feeling I will have to persuade him again to TTC but we will see. I am hoping he goes with summer 2012. He kind of agreed to it but said he would not set an official date until we talk after David turns 2.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 3:58pm
Honestly with Desmond I found 2.5 - 4ish the easiest ages so far. By 2 1/2 they start listening better and actually sometimes follow directions when asked, which makes it nice.

Eloise is still really easy even at 2, though she is in the I do it myself stage and the crossing her arms and telling you no, rather then having a temper tantrum stage right now. She has actually never had a real temper tantrum, I am gearing up and getting ready for it though! Actually even at 2 she is pretty good about listening and following instructions too, though not always.

Now don't ask about 4! 4 is kind of evil! Seriously sassy and wanting to be in charge. I was told to go to Desmond's room last night and to think about what I did, because I did something he didn't like!

As for snacks, I find it varies based on child and age, I don't know if it really is gender based, Eloise actually eats more then Desmond about half the time. Though Desmond is the one that needs a before bed snack more often. I find that the eating thing just really depends more on age then gender at least until middle school, when boys turn into empty stomachs all the time.

I did kind of want to see a 3 year age difference, but I actually really like the 2 year difference and this time I have a 4 and 2 year difference. I can see how having a 4 year old or a 3 1/2 year old and a newbie, would be a lot easier then a just turned 2 and newbie difference, but really there are good things about all age differences.

I hope you have fun in Florida! My mom is actually probably coming up here around April 15th/16th for a week to play with the new baby and help out with the older two! I bet Florida will be warmer then DC.



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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 7:17pm
Hey everyone, just checking in again,

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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 7:42pm
LOL you guys crack me up.... wait till they're 7... talk about being sassy. Ray went to bed at 6 tonight because of his attitude (and partly because he's coming done with something).

Sandy: Have fun on your trip. I wish I could go some place warm.

Christine: Sounds like your DH has the baby bug bad. That must be hard on you. I agree w/ the previous posters about your car and your rules. Regardless as to how they respond to your e-mail, if they do, I would still enforce your rules (the law) in your car.

Sarah: I applaud you on being able to post so soon after having Sully and having 2 little ones around.

AFM: Things with Theodore are going well. Time is FLYING!!! He's found his hands and it grabbing at things and putting his hands in how mouth. His favorite things are his mobiles, he loves to kick and yell while watching them it's too cute. Ray is doing great at being a big brother, but I worry about him getting "lost" in the shuffle, he's so independent it's easy to put him on auto and walk away.
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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 10:08pm

Hi Ladies - I'm doing things from memory here...

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