Baby/Kid Chat -- December

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Baby/Kid Chat -- December
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Fri, 12-31-2010 - 4:17am

So I want to do personals before there are so many posts that I can't possibly keep up, so here goes,

Jess: Way to go Gabby on rolling over that is awesome! I'm so sorry that you and DH were sick over Christmas. I never carried the carseat with though, I always just carried Teddy-much easier:D. We have had a convertible carseat from the begining which we don't take out of the car.

Anna- Yeah it didn't bother me to be honest. I mean if he had been crying for the whole hour I was gone that would be different but crying when I pick him up- no problem LOL. 10 months is still quite early for taking proper steps I think! I love the train story, what a sweet son you have. I also have similar issues with DH and TTC. I know I will get the 3 I want but he won't be the one encouraging us to TTC;)

Ella-Yeah we also only got Teddy one present and will continue to do just 1 or 2 until he really understands the holiday- which I guess is around 3 or 4 years of age? Sorry you got so many plastic noisemakers! We did a box of duplo legos and Teddy loves them- well as much as he loves any toy at this point. He takes them all out and then puts them back in the case, and then bangs them together LOL. My SIL gave us a plastic book that sings songs and makes noise and it is annoying and I also don't think it has much educational value- at this age reading to him clearly works much better! Way to go Eliza,standing unassisted and taking steps! I have heard that children who start walking a bit later tend to be much more steady on their feet once they get walking down- you'll have to tell us if this is true for Eliza.

Christine- It is great that DH is excited for number 2 and that Selin has mastered cruising and babbling:) I think it is so neat watching their speech take shape. I hope your insurance issues are dealt with so that you at least know exactly what is going on!

AFM: Today is New Years Eve and a huge party day in Germany. Everyone sets off tons of fireworks at midnight (it is actually quite dangerous people throw them from balconies, they are all over the streets, etc- but of course it is also a lot of fun!). We are having a party here and then DH will probably go out around 2 and I will stay home with Teddy since it isn't my favorite holiday anyway. However I am SO excited my SIL and BIL with a 7 week old baby have offered to watch Teddy overnight so that I can celebrate my birthday in 2 weeks. I can't wait to go out and then be able to SLEEP IN! As we go out quite a bit with a babysitter but of course still have to then get up at 6 or 7 in the morning when Teddy wakes. I can't believe they offered as Teddy was still waking every 90 minutes at 7 weeks but their baby is much easier when it comes to sleep and just in general so they said it wouldn't be a problem.

OK well I am baking a cheesecake and have to get back to it before Teddy wakes up from his nap. I hope everyone has a fabulous New Years Eve and I will "see" you all in 2011!

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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 8:50pm
Ella - I feel the same way about those plastic toys yet our house is FULL of them thanks to my mom! She just can't stop buying stuff from Goodwill or resale shops. Mind you she only buys stuff that's in like new condition but it's still getting to be too much. For Christmas she must've bought at least 10 toys for Selin. At least my MIL got her some wooden blocks. :-)

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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 4:46pm
Ash - Theo is so strong! It definitely sounds like walking is not far off. Watch out, Mama!! But I totally get what you mean about looking forward to it so you don't have to lift/carry him everywhere. I'm the same way - Eliza is 27 pounds; I definitely look forward to her being able to walk places on her own. My back and arms are so sore! The separation anxiety stage started around 9 months for Eliza, too. It's so neat that you're going to the gym twice a week though, and that they have a nice childcare area. Good for mama :)

Anna - I literally "aww"ed out loud at the story about Teddy waking up and saying "choo choo train" in his sleep. That boy is SO SWEET! Glad he's getting into the sibling books, too; I'm sure he's going to be a wonderful big brother.

Jess - We had a great meal at the brewhouse, thanks for asking! I forgot about that cool FB feature ;) I love their salmon burger. DH's family loves the onion rings, but I'm not a huge fan of fried things in general... my MIL thinks I'm nuts, lol. After dinner we hit up a super cute shoe store in the basement of the building and scored a pair of slippers for next winter for Eliza - I love that place! I'm so sorry you didn't have a very fun holiday... the stomach bug is NO fun - DH and I both had that one after the other a couple weeks ago (the weekend of the huge snow storm). It was AWFUL. I decided I would rather give birth again than go through that - and I'm not even kidding!!

AFM - We had a great Christmas, and Eliza had a ton of fun with family. She got lots of presents (even though we requested everyone just get her ONE gift each, no one followed that suggestion - lol). Most of what she got are those light up/sound-making toys that DH and I actually really dislike, so we left a couple of them at Nana's house and then brought one to my parents' house so they won't live at our house - ha! I know, I'm such a mean mama ;) While we don't think those toys are necessarily bad, we'd just rather give her the toys/instruments that she can use to make music herself... so we try to limit those types of toys in general. While we were at DH's parents' house, Eliza really started to practice walking more and more - she has now taken 7 steps unassisted! She's standing on her own, too. I can't believe how fast she's gotten the hang of it. It was only 2.5 weeks ago that she started using her walker, and now she's close to using walking as her main mode of transportation! Crazy. I suppose it's about time - she's 13.5 months old :)

Can't believe tomorrow is the last day of 2010 - that year sure flew by didn't it????

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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 5:23am

Christine - I hope you get that insurance sorted soon! But how cool that DH is totally on board and keeps dropping hints! I think that is worth so much. I have to admit I'm very jealous of all of you who have DHs who want children. It took me SO much time and effort to convince DH we should have a second and he's still making a big fuss about it, ugh.

Ash- sounds like Theo is doing great! That separation anxiety might also be an age thing - I remember Teddy getting all upset for a few weeks when I dropped him off at nursery, when he'd been fine previously. They just become more aware of what's happening. On the plus side, he'll soon know that you come back even when you're gone for a while! :)

About teeth and moving - there is a wide range for both! Teeth as Ella said between 4 - 12 months, although one of my best friends got her first tooth at 18 month so she was worried her daughter would be the same (she wasn't her first one came at 10 months). On the moving front, some babies cruise for a long time before walking, others go from cruising to walking within weeks! I guess for Teddy it was rather long - he was pulling up to standing/walking forwards with baby walkers or cardboard boxes at 6 1/2 months, but only took his first steps at 10 months. His friend Jessica only started crawling at 11 months, but then quickly moved on to standing at 12 months and was proper toddling by 14 months. It varies so much!

AFM we had a good Christmas and Teddy adores all his presents; especially his trains though (we got him a wooden train set). The other night I went into his room to tuck him in before I went to bed, and he half woke and sleepily muttered "Choo choo train!" before going back to sleep. It was so sweet - that must just be on his mind all the time!

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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 5:15am
The little ones ate getting so big!!
Christine - I agree with the others just depends on the kid. A coworker of mine his 16 month old only had 4 teeth where some else I know both her kids got their first teeth at 4 months. Sorry about the insurance stuff I hope you guys can get it figured out.

Ella- glad you guys had a good holiday. How was the brewhouse?? I was going to write something else and totally spaced

Ash- that's awesome about Teddy. I would be the same way if Gabby was 25lbs. Our infant seat is rated up to 30lbs but I can't see carrying a 30lb infant + the 8lbs or so of the carseat.

Afm- our Christmas was awful. I can't remember if I wrote about it or not. I guess I shouldn't say awful because it really wasn't. It just wasn't what I expected. Gabby had a great time. Her schedule got a bit out of whack although I think we are back on track now. Sunday dh got the 24 hour flu and Monday was my birthday and Tuesday I got the flu. Dh was going to take me out but we had to cancel.

Gabby is doing great. She rolled over on Xmas eve(my blog has the video) front to back. And then yesterday at daycare she rolled front to back and back to front. She hasn't done it for us yet and this us the part about bit being a SAHM that I hate. Since I only see her for 3 hours at night before she goes to bed it doesn't leave a lot of playtime. But I am super excited she did it. Although I know diaper changes might prove to be mire difficult soon.

Anyway I hope eveyone had a great holiday.

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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 4:25am

Hi everyone!

I've been reading the posts in my email inbox but haven't had a chance to reply. I hope everyone had a great holiday!

Things are really good here. Teddy is now 9 months and standing all the time. He pulls himself up on everything and has even tried to climb up his dresser!:smileysurprised: I think he will definitely be walking within a month or so. He has wanted to stand basically from birth so now that the strength and balance are halfway there all he does is practice, practice, practice. Yesterday he literally spent 45 minutes doing squats (holding onto a chair and going up and down, up and down) He can even stand without support but only for like a second. He also sometimes doesn't use his feet enough so he pulls himself huge distances with his arms and then sort of remembers to drag his feet along LOL. Everthing that moves is now a walker for him.

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Wed, 12-29-2010 - 10:08pm
Hi Christine! It has been quiet around here lately. I guess a lot of us were/are out of town for the holidays maybe?

Go Selin! I can't believe she's cruising! Eliza didn't start doing that until 12 months - but I know she was kind of behind the curve... that's so neat that she is talking, too, I love it when they talk. They know what they are saying, we just can't understand!

I think there is a huge range for teeth eruption. I have a friend whose son didn't get his first tooth until he was a year old. He's 15 months old now and only has 3 teeth. I wouldn't worry about it.

I hope you get the insurance cr@p figured out soon - how frustrating that even your agent can't figure it out :-/

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Wed, 12-29-2010 - 9:56pm
Wow, it's been almost a week since the last post! Hope everyone is doing well! I cannot believe it will be a new year this weekend!

AFM - We are doing good here. Selin turned 10 months last week and she has mastered cruising. My family and I are all betting she'll be walking in a month or so. She spends most of her free play standing up instead of sitting! She has become even more vocal in the last week and I predict she's going to be a little chatterbox once she does start talking. Still waiting for her first tooth. Is it normal for it to take this long??

On the insurance front, we're working with a new agent to try to figure out out options and even he's frustrated because he can't get a straight answer from BCBS as to what our options are for adding maternity care. So I'm trying to be patient but it's killing me that we're wasting precious time. On the plus side, DH has been mentioning baby #2 a lot lately. On Christmas he said to me, "maybe next Christmas you'll be PG" and tonight at dinner he said how much having kids has changes him (for the better) and then he turned to Selin and said, "you might be getting a brother or sister soon!" I'm so glad he's bringing it up on his own but also find it ironic that it's at a time when we can't even begin to think about TTC because of stupid insurance. :-/

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Thu, 12-23-2010 - 11:29am
Woo Hoo!! Go Simon!!!
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Thu, 12-23-2010 - 10:01am

Anna - What a cutie pie! I love hearing those stories. When my cousin david was little (he is 8 now) he could say Escavator (one of those big machines they have on construction site). it was so adorable how he said it. I LOVE it when they start to talk and put sentences together. so cute! I hope you have a great holiday.

AFM - Just had to share a sleeping success we have had the past two nights. Sorry if this is a repeat, I can't remember what I wrote yesterday. But She has been getting a little to big for the swing to sleep in it all night, she just moves around so much in it. it was starting to scare me. so I put her in her crib the other night after a bath, she was exhausted from it and she slept for about 4 hours and then another 5 hours in it. Well last night she slept from 8:30 to 11:30 and then from 12:00 to 7:00 and I had to wake her up at 7. I couldn't believe it!! We are making progress! I have been putting her in her crib in the morning after I get her dressed so I think that's helping her see that her crib isn't all that bad :)


Have a great holiday!


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