Baby/Kid Chat - June

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Baby/Kid Chat - June
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Fri, 06-01-2012 - 11:32pm

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Re: Baby/Kid Chat - June
Sat, 06-09-2012 - 11:16pm

Ruth, I hope you have fun visiting with your family!  I'm sure they'll love getting some baby Anu time in.  Yay for him taking a bottle!

Cassie, "doggy porn" is too funny!  I hope your cousin does move!

Sandy, nice picture.  Looks like you had fun!

Andi, happy birthday Juliette and Elia!!  Doesn't it feel a little nuts to be worring about b/c after all you went through to get pregnant?  Look into the "scalpal free" vasectomy.  It might make him feel better about it.  

Andi and Mari, crawling is really important for brain development.  The right arm moving in coordination with the left leg (and vise versa) helps to make connections between the two sides of the brain.  It's fine if they don't do it before they walk, but just make sure to teach them to crawl later and play crawling games around the house (races, tag, going through those little tunnels, etc.)  There's tons of research that supports this, although I can't seem to find the most recent resources I got.

Christine, yay for making the top 5 for the job!  I hope you get it!  Re kayaking, I would assume that if you are fit enough to do it before you get pregnant, it would be safe if you are pregnant.  That seems to be what the doctors say about exercise during pregnancy.  

Amy, sorry about that dude stealing your GPS.  That really sucks.  I've had run ins with D-bags like that, and it sucks.  Glad the kids are all doing well.

Liz, I bet Peter is adorable talking!  I love a good burger too!

Hi to everyone I missed!

AFM, we are just plugging along.  I took Juliet swimming yesterday, after 2 months out of the pool and she did so well.  She so wants to swim on her own and not have me hold her.  She doesn't mind going underwater, and even asks DH and I to pass her back and forth underwater when he swims with us.  Hopefully by the time we go to Hawaii she'll be even better.  We don't have a pool, but are fortunate to have friends who do and invite us over!  

I am getting really excited and nervous for my IUI next cycle.  I'm still nursing though, which lowers the pregnancy rate.  I've been trying to drop a few nursing sessions, but she hasn't been feeling well and she only wants to nurse and not eat.  She seems a bit better today, though, so hopefully we can get down to 2-3 nursings/day.  I just wish I knew how long this cycle was going to be so I could make my travel plans (doing IUI back in old state).   

Any suggestions for ways to entertain kids indoors?  It is just getting too hard to go to the park and do things in the heat.  Everyone is starting to hibernate!






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Sat, 06-09-2012 - 11:34pm

Thanks Amy & Emmy for the kayaking reassurance. I have been before, actually with this same friend when we went to Costa Rica in 2008 and that was down a rather swift river. I am a good swimmer but I'm sure we'll be wearing life jackets so not really worried on that front. It should be fun to get a different perspective of my city!

Emmy - I don't live in the SW, but it does get quite hot in the summer where I live (tomorrow it's going to be high 90's and humid - yuck!) Some suggestions: library, mall, indoor playcafes/gyms/bouncy places for kids. You could also buy a water table and use it in the shade at home. That way you're outside but not in the direct sun. What about playdates at your house with other kids? I forget, did you join a mom/baby group? Try the LLL too - my group has a whole calendar of summer events of free/low cost outings. AZ has a dry heat, right? I used to go to Phoenix for training but I was fortunate they only sent me during the winter months. :-P

AFM - I'm so excited...we FINALLY booked our trip to drive up to visit my dad in Canada at the end of July. We'll be up there for 5 days and I got a fantastic deal on a hotel through priceline.com (my first time bidding). I am so frugal so it feels great to get a good deal and it will help DH on the constant money anxiety front. I can see this becoming an addiction (eBay is already starting to get dangerous for me, lol).

Selin has been a bear this weekend. I'm not sure if it's just the terrible two's or teething but it makes me nervous because in one more week, I'll be home with her most of the summer. We went to the pool today for the first time this summer and she had a blast. We were in a zero depth area and she kept walking to the "deep" end (2ft 6in, I believe) and when I would ask her to come closer to me she kept saying, "no mommy, I'm swimming!" LOL

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 11:00am

Emmy - I haven't seen that actual study, although I've heard of it. I'm sure it's based on the importance of bilateral stimulation (there's an entire branch of therapy that uses bilateral stimulation to help trauma victims' brains process the trauma - I use those techniques with clients). The good news is bilateral stimulation can be achieved in a ton of different ways... crawling in babies is just the one that happens the most frequently and early (and without much parental involvement), but walking achieves a lot of the same, as does drumming, and a lot of other natural baby play. I'd have to read the study to really be able to form an opinion, but my instinct is that any baby who is in a properly stimulating envirnoment with lots of chances for a lot of different movement and exposure to sounds and light (but not the tv) is going to get what they need for brain development even if they don't crawl.

The good news is I spend half my day on MY knees with the girls holding onto my fingers so they can "walk"... with all the crawling I'm doing, I must be a genius by now. :smileywink:

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 11:03am

AND omg, Emmy, yes, it feels ridiculous to be worrying about BC after all it took to get pregnant!!!!!! But the fact is, there's a chance it could happen and honestly, we can't afford a third kid! Financially, three kids under school age in the bay area in california - our daycare costs are already ridiculous - you know how it is over here!! (speaking of, any more word on if you might get to move back??)

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 12:17pm

Well, I am probably worrying over nothing but just wanted to get some insight from you ladies:

Anu is 6 weeks old as of Thursday.  Before I thought he was starting to look at our faces but lately it seems that he doesn't really make eye contact or look at us at all.  If either of us is holding him he seems to turn his head and away and look at the window or celing lights instead.  Also doesn't seem to "flinch" if something comes close to his face.  I think that maybe it will just take him a little more time to coordinate his eyes, but DH is totally freaking out.  What do you think? Is it too early to start worrying about his vision? Or should we try to contact his pediatrician? He doesn't have another checkup for 2 weeks.

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 12:27pm

"with all the crawling I'm doing, I must be a genius by now." hahaha!

It does have to do with gross motor bilateral stimulation.  I know there are lots of other things that acomplish something similar.  But, I'm sure your kids will learn how to crawl.  It might be 6+ months after they learn to walk, but my point was just that 2-3 yr olds can crawl as a game and get the same benefits.  I'm always looking for indoor things to do with Juliet, and the crawling obstacle course is fun!  






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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 5:22pm

Emmy- I totally agree that crawling is important, even if they don't learn it until they are older. I also think just the basic stuff that you learn at a children's gym class like doing a sommersault, walking on a balance beam, jumping on a trampoline, etc are also really good for kids to learn and as a teacher I am guessing you probably wouldn't be surprised how many kids can't :smileywink: I don't think you can start teaching stuff like that early enough.

I think you were also wondering about how weather ideas and I have to say that our Children's Museum here is awesome- air conditioned, lots of great displays, one extra for the littlest ones, and the yearly membership price even made sense for me even though I am only here 3 weeks visiting my mom. So that might be something to look into?

AFM- We made the flight alone here alright. He only slept 2 1/2 hours the whole time even though it started out at 4pm and by the time we arrived it was 7 in the morning our time, but I knew going in that that might happen. Thankfully he was in good spirits and I was able to drink enough liquids in so that I didn't feel any pain/contractions/etc with the baby. I have had a bit of spotting but it was just a ton of lifting and carrying so I know it will be gone in a day or 2.The weather here is unbearable for me (90s) but thankfully should be going down into the 80s starting tomorrow. We live in a climate similar to the pacific northwest (basically never gots hot except for a few crazy days a year) so dealing with heat and humidity is totally foreign for me. Teddy and my sleep is still off but hopefully should be on track when DH arrives on Wednesday:smileyhappy:

 

 

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 5:26pm

Emmy - Totally! For their bday someone got the girls a pop up little  tent thing with mini tunnels that I'm sure will one day fill my entire living room and will make a great obstacle course addition. :smileywink: Sorry you guys have to spend so much time inside.... it's really ridiculous how hot it gets over there. Our girls have gotten so used to going outside every day that they get all cranky if we don't go out. Which sometimes messes with my lazy "stay inside" day itinerary. :smileywink:

Ruthie - definitely think it's just normal new momma worry! It's still pretty early  - I think anywhere between 2-3 months is considered fine. I'd wait until your dr appt and ask then if he still isn't, but it's likely nothing to worry about (I worried about it too, of course). I remember the nicu nurses encouraging us to look at the girls' foreheads instead of directly into their eyes if it seemed like they were avoiding eye contact. Some babies find it too stimulating to have direct eye-to-eye contact but will look into yours if you're not looking directly back at them. We did that for a little bit until they seemed really comfortable. Before we knew it they were staring at us and reciprocal smiling came soon after. (something to look forward to!) :smileyhappy:

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 7:17pm
Ruthie - Blake was the same way. He wouldn't look at us, wouldn't react the way Elaine did. We were really starting to get worried. Then one day he just grew out of it and started looking at us and reacting normally. We really thought there might be something wrong mentally with him, or with his vision since preemies can have vision problems. Now he is always wanting to touch my face, he has great hand eye coordination, and he can definitely tell between mama and someone else and he lets them know it!

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