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Great to see you here, Devin! The photo of Roree and Henry in your siggy is just too cute! :-)
Waving "hi" to everyone else!
AFM - I got my first birthday present from Selin today. She made me a card at the sitter. My heart just melted when she presented it to me. :-)
Aw that's so cute, Christine!
We got something similar - a 2011 calendar, with a photo of Teddy and his handprints underneath, from the nursery for Christmas. It's now on the wall in our kitchen and Teddy loves to point out his "painting"! The first one is definitely the sweetest though, we've now got so much stuff that he painted, drew and crafted I barely know what to do with it all.
Just a quick update on us - only 12 days until Teddy's birthday, I can't believe it's nearly here. His party is all set (well, mostly) and he now gets the concept of parties so he is looking forward to it (we went to his friend Jack's 2nd birthday party last weekend and he's still talking about that!).
The "terrible twos" either haven't kicked in yet, or we're just going to have an easy time, ha ha. While he does get upset/stroppy when I have to remove him from situations he likes, or not give him something he wants, or strap him in his buggy when he wants to walk; he also calms down real quick when I tell him why and that's just the way it is. No leg kicking, no throwing himself on the floor, no screaming at the top of his lungs. I'm really thankful for this as I have seen it with my friends' children, and it must be so hard to deal with that! I guess Teddy's always been rather laid-back and good natured so hopefully (fingers crossed) it won't get too bad in the next couple of years. Oh and DH is convinced that number two is going to be the devil incarnate, as Teddy is so good ;)
That being said, he has just started to test his boundaries - although mostly with DH. I don't know why he just does that with DH, and it's kind of funny to watch but I have to remind myself not to laugh! Things he does are; throwing his toys on the floor, stomping on toys/books, spitting food or drink out - but not in a temper, in a very calm and deliberate way and all the while keeping eye contact with DH. If DH doesn't react, he will even draw more attention to it by saying "I spit milk out!" or whatever he's done. Admittedly DH is very short tempered and will sometimes shout at Teddy when he does it, but he's gotten a lot better recently and really tries hard not to (over) react. Still Teddy does it... well, I guess I can be glad he doesn't
Alyssa - I always found pumping to be hell, kudos to you for planning on doing it for so long! I know Megan and Kelly also pumped for a really long time, I can't even describe the respect I feel. It's so hard.
As for Evan's fussiness - given his age I doubt it's proper teething (although I think almost ALL of us thought around 4 months our babies were teething; only a very few actually do at that age). He could still feel the tooth buds moving under his gums though, in which case I'd give him something cool to chew on.
Otherwise he might need a change in routine? I remember feeling so helpless at Teddy's evening fussiness until I realised he was dead tired and just needed to go to bed earlier.
Alyssa- I pumped for 7.5 months. I work at home and for the 1st 6 months we had a sitter come to our house to watch David. I was able to control David more in those early months than after he turned 6 months. He now goes to a home daycare because he would bother me the whole time I am trying to work. Pumping is not easy but I am glad I was able to do it for that long. Just hang in there.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Not doing personals right now either sorry.
Christine - That is so adorable!!