Baby/Kid Chat -- February!

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Baby/Kid Chat -- February!
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 8:00am

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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 12:12am

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. :-)

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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 4:39am

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

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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 5:56am
Devin - nice to see you!

Christine - awww!! That is so sweet!!

Anna - That is so funny about Teddy with DH. I would find it hard not to laugh as well. I'm so glad that he's so well behaved and laid back for you. So, even if #2 is the devil incarnate, it shouldn't be too bad ;)

AFM - Evan has been giving me a run for my money this week. He's just been so fussy. He screams like I'm torturing him sometimes! I'm not sure if he's teething or something? I can feel a couple lumps in his gums, but is there anything in particular I should be looking for? If he is teething, any suggestions on how I can help him feel better?

I'm still pumping, although my supply seems to be falling a bit behind his demand now. So, I've had to start using my freezer stash and I've also started supplementing with formula here and there. My goal is to wean by the time he is six months. Right now I'm pumping only 4 times a day, so it's not too bad right now (though I don't love it by any stretch! LOL!).




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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 6:45am

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.

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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 8:35am

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.

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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 9:08am
Christine -that is adorable! I make sure to take a picture of Gabby's Artwork and stuff like that so we have it, as I can't imagine saving everything. :) Anna -Funny about your DH & Teddy...he must know that he can get away with stuff with him or something :) Alyssa - I hear you on the pumping, I only pump three times a day and 5 days a week and I struggle to get that in as I HATE It. I just ordered a new hands free bra that doesn't go over my shoulders, so i won't have to take off my sweater while I pump. It's so cold here that it makes me not want to undress to pump. I know I am a baby, but this morning our temp is -11 and with the windchill it's -30. I am so ready for it to be over. Anyway hang in there! You have given him a great gift by going this far. and I agree on the something cool for his gums. A cold wash cloth works. I bought some teethers for Gabby and she doesn't really like them, besides Sophie the Giraffe. Sandy - Glad you and David are doing well!! Thats great on finding the backup. AFM - I think Gabby is finally getting over her ear infection. she is sleeping better at daycare - back up to at least 2 1/2 to 3 hours of naps. and two nights ago she slept really well only getting up twice from 10 on. so that's good. and same with last night. She had a bit of trouble early this morning staying asleep but we finally got her down, so I think it's getting better. At least now she will be okay without going to the doctor until the 22nd for her 6 month check. I can't believe she is almost 6 months. She is sitting really really well now, which I have to say is nice because it makes it easier to change her. She is growing out of her 6 month shirts and stuff, so I have to go through her clothes again and see what I have for 9 month shirts to make sure I have enough. I plan on going to get her a valentines outfit. we don't have a lot of sleepers so I want to get her another one of those....she is growing way way too fast. We are going to start seriously on solids this weekend...DH has been gone and he wants to be there for it, so it's hard, but we are going to do some puree's and some solids and just see how things go. We have a booster seat back from my brother in law now, so it will be easier for her to play around with the food then when we tried it last weekend. and now that she is feeling better it will probably go a little better. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:27pm

Not doing personals right now either sorry.




Thank you for the sig Mary

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 3:27pm

Christine - That is so adorable!!

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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 2:37pm

Hi Everybody,

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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 7:36pm
Ruby - my instinct would be to just calm him down, but I can see why you'd want for him to calm himself down! I'll leave the BTDT's to give you some advice! That is so cool that he's saying mama and dada now! And how is he 9 months old already? Nuts!

Hi to everyone else! Hope everyone had a good Valentine's day!

AFM - Evan outgrew his bassinet, so we decided to move his crib into our room and he slept in it for the first time last night. No problems at all. We decided to do that because neither of us are ready for him to go in his own room yet, but we didn't want to buy yet another thing in order for him to stay in our room. I think it will work great, as he LOVES spreading out when he sleeps.

We are starting to look around for a high chair. I'm IN LOVE with this one:
http://www.cymaxbaby.com/Common/NoBot/Scandinavian-Child-Svan-High-Chair-Espresso-3-Pack-S1085-3.htm

But, I'm not sure if the price is worth it. I mean, you CAN use that chair for life (it can hold up to a 250 person!), but it's so expensive. DH isn't super keen on the price, but he did say I could get whichever high chair I wanted. Any advice on this?




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