Baby/Kid Chat - March

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Baby/Kid Chat - March
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 4:56pm

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 5:12pm

Ruby - I am not a BTDT mom on this subject, but I am with the pumping and I just want to say not to stress yourself out about the pumping. I hate doing it and might have to bump up to 4 times a day. Today I pumped three times and got 16oz and yesterday Gabby ate 18oz at daycare, so at this rate I will start burning through my supply that I have frozen. Anyway what I was trying to get at is that I hate it too, but what helped me was getting a hands free bra to wear - not sure what your setup is. If you don't pump very often then you can take an old bra or sports bra worked well for me and cut holes into it. that way I could at least still be on the computer or do other things while pumping. it helps get me through the hour and a half to two hours a day that I spend pumping.

GL and I have a feeling that we will be following in Maxim's footsteps with the solids as it sounds like Gabby is having the same start that Maxim did...so all this advice your getting is helping me too. As I want to nurse Gabby about the same amount of time. SO thanks for asking the questions here so we can all share in the knowledge.


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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 6:38pm

Name/DH Name: Heather and Britt

Kids names and ages: Lucy, 10 months!

Pets names and ages? Tonka and Chloe (6 year old labs) Ruby (kitty)

Are you also NPP, WTT, TTCing, or PG?

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:02pm
Ok now that I have more time...

Thanks again for your reply. It made complete sense and I agree with a lot of it. I dont think he's getting over fed with solids and honestly sometimes I think he still nurses 6 times a day because I make him....and I make him because all I read is the guidelines for BFing being his primary source of nutrition and I'm dedicated to a full 12 months of BM before introducing cows milk so I really want him to keep my supply up for a few more months. I'm sure if I cut one or two sessions he would be fine with it. But Im afraid to change much with the BFing at this point because of his weight. Im not overly concerned about it but the doc is which is creating anxiety AND I dont want him to be sent uneccessarily for blood work and other crap. Plus I get such little support from my family about BFing that I feel that if Maxim isnt obviously thriving on it, then they cut it down and offer other suggestions that are less than helpful. I KNOW he is thriving on it just fine but they dont see it that way sometimes, especially when it comes to STTN or his thinness (not STTN lately is developmental/teething but they think its food or lack of formula/cereal food related, sight).

Tonight I gave him a bit of pureed corn that was left over from lunch yesterday and he had two pieces of buttered toast (Weight Watcher bread is smaller and I took the crusts off)...he gobbled it up and seemed really happy.

Anyway, that was a random garbled tangent. Basically I do want to nurse less and less but afraid because of his weight "issue". I want him to take in more solids and your suggestions for food ideas were helpful so thank you.

Jess,

I havent pumped regularly since Christmas and my pump output has dropped significantly which is why I find it annoying. I would get 5 oz on just one side and now it takes 2-3 times to get 4 oz from both sides....yes I know thats the "norm" and I had a great oversupply (great because it never bothered babe and I could freeze a ton) before but still, its hard to get used to it take so much time when I do it. I think I have about 50 oz of freezer stash left which would probably get me through my course. But I feel like I should save the stash a bit longer. So I do need to pump at least once a day for the next 10 weeks because DH gives Maxim his bedtime bottle while I'm teaching at night. Its only once a week which is good and its only the 10 weeks right now so hopefully the next time I teach at night in 6 months, he will be ok with taking cows milk before bed on the nights Im not here and I wont be pumping. Im absolutely done with the pump at one year. And it seems like Gabby is a bit ahead of where Maxim was at her age...he wouldnt even attempt to pick things up off his tray and just thought we were crazy, haha!

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:04pm
Oh and can anyone recommend a good sippy cup? The ones I have suck horribly....I feel like I'm sucking my face out when I try it, I cant imagine how he feels trying to get water out if it.

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:09pm

Ruby- We use the advent sippy cups. They don't leak which is great as we had issues with leaking. I went through at least 4 or 5 cups trying to find one that doesn't leak and he loves them. However, he had the advent bottles and we did a cup from the bottles as they have the parts to transition to the cup from the bottle and on to the advent cups. Hope that helps.

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Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:39pm
I used the Avent cups with Ray as well, and loved them.
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 10:27pm
Ruby - I think you're doing a great job with the solids and I would tell your doc and family to shut it, LOL, and just keep on doing what you're doing. I have a friend who was getting the same rap from her doc. Her son is still nursing at 16 months and eating solids like a champ. He is just a little guy! Like Ash mentioned about Teddy, Selin doesn't always eat a ton of food. We just got over a week streak where she wouldn't eat anything but bread and fruit. Now she's back to eating chicken, yogurt, hummus and cheese as well. We don't always give her snacks either. I am also on the quest for a good sippy. She likes the Tommie Tippee and Greensprouts brands. I can only find the latter brand online or at Buy Buy Baby, not at BRU. Selin still dislikes taking her rice milk from a sippy though (at the sitter). I asked about this at her one year checkup and her ped said she is most likely preferring the bottle for milk because it is more comforting. I still keep trying the sippies though in hopes someday she'll take milk from it. She drinks water from it like a champ, strangely enough.

AFM - Big news here...Selin took about 4-5 steps on her own tonight! She was standing and just took off! DH and I couldn't believe our eyes. She did it about three different times tonight. A very proud moment for us. :-)

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 10:49pm

Christine - YEAH!!! How awesome! Hope you can catch her on video.

Ruby - I hear you on the pumping. I can just imagine how frustrating it would be to have to pump twice as much. I definitely didn't think it would be as hard as I am finding it is...and just the want to actually do it. I love the nursing part, and I love the fact that I don't have to pay for formula, but I really hate pumping...

AFM - We are trying to get back to our new normal. We had a few rough nights of sleeping over the weekend on our vacation and she is back to sleeping in her crib. I blogged about it today, so if you want more detail check out my blog (the black and white pic of gabby below). We took her swimming this weekend and that was fun for me. She didn't like it, but didn't not like it, if that makes sense. Our city's community ed has swimming lessons in June, so I am going to sign her up for them. I am super excited about it. She will be just under 10 months then so I think it will be a lot of fun for her and I to do it.


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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 3:44am
In the beginning I was always trying to get lots of calories in at every meal because he was basically refusing to nurse, so I completely understand your fear of dropping a feeding.

Here are the things that worked well for us.I also used a tommy tippee sippy in the begining that wasn't leak proof, water drips out of it right away which is really good at the start when they are just figuring it all out. You don't really need the leakproof ones until they are toddling around and throwing them everywhere.

Adding butter or olive oil to everything.

Baby rice cakes- good for working on holding skills, and at first he really liked the taste.

Baby cookies- these are really good once they start with holding on to things as at least here in Germany they are shaped like a long wide cracker. They are also good once they start to become more picky eaters.

Salmon- I don't know why but Teddy was always willing to eat salmon (flaked on to a spoon or his finger)

Peas, super steamed carrots and other veggies that were steamed or cooked to a point that he could mush them with his fingers- he loves mushing them but also always eats a few.

"Cheesy bread"- bread with butter and cheese that is put in the microwave a few seconds. He also loves this as a sandwich. I love that it take about 20 seconds. This is also good for just sort of sucking on before they have chewing down.

Smoothies- this is more for getting calories in then helping on learning to eat. Bananas, yogurt, applesauce, berries, etc. He loved to drink this from a cup, it is super messy but easy.

French fries- I got ones that were just potatoes and oil and that I baked. They are great as a snack once they have the pincer grasp down.

Pancakes and French toast sticks- These are super fast to make from scratch and the french toast sticks are great because they are also getting protein from the egg. Plus if you have a "dipper" (some kids love to dip things) you can do sticks with jam or whatever.

We also used to add yogurt to everything when he was still on purees :)

I tried things like hummus, avocado, and normal dips but so far he hasn't liked them.

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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 3:45am
Way to go Selin!!!! How exciting:)
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