December Updates

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Fri, 12-04-2009 - 7:23pm

Hey Ladies, I decided to start this thread since James had his 6 month appointment yesterday. I can't believe he's already half a year old!!

James is 17 lbs 8 oz and 26 inches long. He's leveled out, and that Dr. said he's now in about the 50th percentile for both height and weight. His head circumference was 17.25 inches, so I guess that's about 50th percentile as well!

He seems to be doing really well. He sits up by himself really well, and can kind scooch accross the floor when he's on his tummy. He also babbles like crazy, and still says "mama" whenever he's upset (and sometimes when he's not)

We've started solids as well, and James LOVES them, he pants and whines if I'm too slow getting him another bite, it's adorable! I've been making food for him, so he's had oatmeal, sweet potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin and apple sauce. So far he seems to like everything. The apples the least which is surprising, but I think they're kind of sour to him.

Anyway, that's our update, James is really doing very well and I love being a mommy!!

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Sat, 12-05-2009 - 8:44am

Grace, Thanks for the update!! Sounds like James is doing awesome! He is the same age as my niece. she is also sitting up and stuff too! How fun.

Thanks again for sharing!


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Sat, 12-05-2009 - 1:23pm
It is nice reading about how James is doing, Grace!!! That is really sweet that he likes food so much! I'm so thrilled you are happy and doing well. :-)

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Sat, 12-05-2009 - 9:08pm

Grace - just since the other day when I was talking about Patrick falling backwards when he sits, he seems to have mastered it. He's finally able to stay stable while doing things that would have previously caused him to topple. So, that's been pretty neat. He hasn't been really trying to pull up on things the way James was in that video. But, I'm sure it's coming soon. He is starting to try to do crunches, particularly when he's in my lap and trying to nurse while I'm getting settled still!

I think Patrick's coming up on 21 lbs and 30 inches. We're into the Snugride 32, but I pretty much never carry it anymore because I was hurting my back. I got an awesome new sling for him that I'm loving and I'm carrying him in that a lot.

He's really interactive now and pays attention to everything. He's just recently started babbling consonants including "dadada" which amuses DH. But, nothing word-like yet. And we've been doing baby sign language, but no obvious uptake on that yet either.

We're getting into solids, and after one mega-poop that was like a muddy clay and awful, we're doing okay on that "end" of things. We're mostly doing table food. Chunks of banana are his favorite. He also gets oatmeal porridge mixed with applesauce to make it less sticky. Avocado is another favorite. He ate sweet potato, mashed potato, and stuffing at Thanksgiving. (Adrienne, if you're reading - we did an all-vegan except the turkey/gravy Thanksgiving dinner!) Doing table food started out rocky at 6 months, and I thought it wasn't going to work. But by 6.5 months he had it figured out and is now all about the solid food. I do have the issue that I just find it easier to nurse him.

Last night he slept 7pm-7am, waking at 1 and 5 for about 10 minutes each to nurse, which really isn't bad at all.

I can't wait for his first Christmas. It'll be interesting to see how much more mobile he gets by then. I'm just amazed at how much changes week-to-week.

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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 2:58am
I love to hear all those updates!
I have to say I'm a bit envious, as ever, to hear about babies liking their solids ;-) Teddy is still not too keen, at now 9 1/2 months. But what I've noticed is he shows more of an interest now to feed himself, i.e. I just put some bits on his tray and he just picks it up and eats it. I guess it might also have to do with his teeth, as he can bite and chew better now. He's also trying to spoon-feed himself (not very successfully!) but he definitely wants to, rather than me giving it to him. This is also what they noticed at nursery (he likes finger foods and wants to feed himself, and most the time refuses the spoon-foods) so I guess he just wants to be independent and maybe that's why we had all these problems to start with.
At his last appointment he'd actually lost some weight and is now down to about 85th centile in weight (he was just over 22lbs, same as at 7 mths) and 91st in height. The health visitor told me to stop breastfeeding "as soon as possible", in order to "get him hungry" so he'll eat more solids. I've decided I won't listen to her at all anymore; that's just rubbish to say a 9 months old baby shouldn't have any milk.
Other than that Teddy is doing great; he's such a little explorer and emptying the stationery drawer on my desk as we speak... While I am looking forward to Christmas, it's also beginning to dawn on me how much more difficult it's going to be - we can't have a proper tree as he'd just tear that down, and all decorations will have to be super high up. He's a nightmare for destroying things as it is, I daren't think what he'd do to baubles and tinsel ;-)
His standing is getting better every day, he now stands up by himself without holding on, and stands securely for about half a minute. He will sometimes bridge gaps by taking one step without holding on; but I think he's still quite a way from walking.
Speech wise he still only has one word, "Mama", but that's good enough for me :-)

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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 4:00am

Grace - It sounds like James is doing beautifully! It's so cute and great that he loves his solids so much!

Lorien - Holy Toledo, Patrick is bigger than RyRy! Ry's at 19 lbs. 10 oz. and 29 1/2 in. Of course, he's a little peanut, lol.

Anna - Good for you not listening to the health visitor! Teddy is doing just fine and breastmilk is the best part of his diet right now. Stopping when neither of you want to would just be silly.

As for us, RyRy is doing pretty well. He just got over his first real illness, adenovirus. The poor little booger had a very sore throat and fever for 5 days :(. It was extremely weird for me, because although he has many structural health problems he has a very good constitution and has only had 2 minor colds, so I had to get help from other mommies on how to take care of a sickie.

He's SO close to walking! I really can't believe he isn't walking already. He cruises from chair to couch to bookshelf to his push toy with ease. He really just steadies himself with one hand while doing this. I honestly think he could walk, but he's a really nervous and careful little guy and he's afraid of falling.

He's still not talking. I was completely convinced he said "kitty" 4 or 5 times last week, but he hasn't said it since, so now I'm not so sure. He doesn't even say "Mama" or "Dada", so it looks like we'll be headed to speech therapy if things don't change in the next month. I'm planning on contacting Early Intervention in January, because we absolutely cannot afford speech therapy out of pocket and our insurance would likely cover very little of the cost, if any at all.

I'm getting more comfortable with the idea that he may have some type of developmental delay. The differences are becoming more obvious as he gets older. He doesn't mimic actions (like signing, clapping, speech). He's not walking yet (though he still has time on that one). He doesn't feed himself (not even finger foods). The most obvious difference is clearly the verbal component. He is doing a lot of yelling lately, but it's all nonsense babbling with nary a discernible word. It's a gut-wrenching feeling to think that something might be wrong with your child, but I'm still hopeful that it's just a minor delay that will either correct itself as he ages or need therapy but won't be part of a more serious underlying condition. He does communicate through pointing and other gestures and he's clearly aware of his surroundings and knows who some people are and what certain objects are and how they're used, so I think the most serious conditions are probably unlikely candidates.

Well, I'm up experiencing a bout of insomnia right now and I'm finally getting sleepy, so I think I'm headed back to bed. 'Night all!

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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 9:27am

Anna - Glad Teddy is doing great and I would completely ignore the health worker about breastfeeding. Actually can you report her? She is giving bad breastfeeding advice which will cause people to wean early and I bet a lot of the other people she visits don't know as much about breastfeeding as you, so she is sabotaging numerous people's breastfeeding relationships. There should be some way to complain/let the program know.

Grace - I'm glad James is doing great!

Lorien - I have had Eloise in a convertible car seat since 8 weeks old and never took it out of the car before that either because of her complete hatred of the baby car seat. I love my carriers they are so my friend, even though she can sit in carts now, we like to reserve them for Desmond.

I am glad Patrick is doing so well and sitting now. It is great he loves chunks of food, it is funny watching them feed themselves isn't it?

Megan - I am sorry to hear that you think Rylan might have some developmental delays. Hopefully they will be easy to fix or he will figure them out on his own soon. I am actually still debating calling EI for Desmond, because his speech is slightly behind, he speaks now, but is still fairly hard to understand.

As for us, all is good, Eloise got to play in snow for the first time yesterday. She is talking some still, but not all that often. We did hit a few days where she was staying up till 2 or 3 am, but that seems to have ended thank goodness.

She is getting better standing by herself with no support, though she still isn't sure of it, and she has taken 2 independent steps. I figure she'll be walking sooner rather then later. She also loves the stairs, she loves climbing them, we have to watch her carefully at my in-laws because she heads straight to the stairs there.

Other then that we are in the middle of potty training/learning with Desmond, he is getting better about sitting on the potty, but won't pee on it yet. Hopefully he will today, since once he does I think he'll be mostly there.




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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 12:42pm

I love reading these updates! And now I get to be a part of this thread, yay!

Anna - I can't BELIEVE the health worker told you to stop BFing! That's ridiculous. It sounds like Teddy is doing great. I have a friend whose daughter is the same way - they thought she didn't like solid foods until they figured out that she was just really intent on feeding herself. As soon as they let her feed herself, she ate nearly everything!

Sarah - Eloise is looking more and more like Desmond! They are so cute in their snowsuits! Question: You have Eloise in a convertible seat so you just put her in a carrier when you take her out of the car? Now that it's winter, does she mind getting back into the cold car seat? I've been doing that with Eliza - leaving the infant seat in the car and taking her in the Moby - but then she hates getting back in the car seat, and I wonder if it's because it's so cold from being left in the cold car!? She usually falls asleep in the Moby, so I suppose it's quick a rude awakening to be put in the cold seat! Any thoughts?

Megan - I'm sorry to hear Ry still isn't talking, that must be hard for mom and dad :(. But you sound like you're thinking very positively and I think you're right - it sounds like the serious developmental delays aren't likely and it is something that can be corrected quickly with some help. He is such a little peanut! Have any new photos to share?

Well, Eliza is three weeks old now! She's doing great, and she is our pride and joy. We are soooo in love. Nursing is still going really well, and I'm thinking I will start to pump in the next week or so. We'd like to introduce a bottle of EBM for a once-a-week feeding to get her used to the bottle... hoping it goes well. If only so that DH and I (or just me!) can go out once in a while for more than an hour or two! :) Eliza is a pretty content little baby so far, she has really fun periods of quiet alert time, and it's just amazing to watch her take in the world. We do a lot of tummy time, and she is already getting so strong! When she gets fussy, it's generally easy to soothe her (except in the evening when she gets a little impatient - just in time for DH to get home). But it's so funny, the picture above her changing table actually calms her down for some reason - something about it mesmerizes her. When we put her on her changing pad, she'll just STARE quietly at the picture. We can leave her there for 15 minutes at a time and she'll be happy as a clam! Sleeping is still going well. She sleeps with us, and she wakes every 2-3 hours to eat at night, but then goes right back to sleep. So she definitely doesn't have her days and nights mixed up, for which we are incredibly grateful! I went back to school last week, and it went better than I expected. Eliza came to class with me, and my mom came with us. I nursed her for the first part of both my classes (they are each 3 hours long), then she slept in my arms for a while, and then when she woke up I brought her out to my mom and I went back to class. It worked out well, though I was exhausted by the end of the day. Only two more weeks left in the semester. I have about 130 student papers to grade yet, and then I'll be done. I can't wait!


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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 2:36pm

Ella - I am glad everything is going so well with Eliza. As for the car seat, we do get her glaring at us if we wake her from sleep to move her to the car seat, but she doesn't normally mind the moving into a cold car seat, of course her car seat cover is quite fuzzy and snugly so that might help some too. She has never really complained about the transition though she will occasionally wake up if asleep. Considering the issues she had with the infant seat I can deal with the occasional waking vs the full out wailing while in the car seat.

My only thought to help is maybe keep a blanket over the seat when she isn't in it to help keep it warmer, but it is probably just the shock of going from snuggled with Mommy to all alone in the car seat, and I'm not sure there is much that can be done about that.




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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 4:19am

Thanks for your support girls! I'm quite glad I'm a bit more confident these days and know what I want, so I don't feel bad about ignoring that stupid advice. Plus, Teddy is in such a good eating phase at the moment, even with pureed food from a spoon, as long as he has his own spoon too and can "eat" (i.e., dipping it into the bowl and mostly smearing it across his face). Only problem is my MIL. My DH told her what the health visitor said, and she completely agrees - she thinks I'm a freak anyway for still BFing him; and has said to me before that in her opinion his eating problems stem from me weaning him too late. She has FF'd all her three boys from the word go and started them on solids at 2 1/2 months (can you imagine!!)so obviously what I do is a very foreign concept to her. I just hope she won't influence DH too much like she did after Teddy was born.

Sarah, sounds like Eloise and Desmond are doing great! I can't believe how close Eloise and Teddy are both in age and development, I never realised she's only a few weeks younger than Teddy.

Megan, as you say I acn't imagine there are serious problems with Rylan. Boys are supposed to be a bit slower in everything anyway. There's a little boy in my music group who's 18 months old and only just started to pull himself up, he's not even crawling let alone walking but he's perfectly normal! Rylan had a tough start, so maybe he just needs a little extra time. Keep us posted how he's doing!

Ella, aaawwww I love hearing updates on Eliza :-) You're so lucky with her sleep pattern; I bet that makes quite a difference to how you feel. Are you still feeling weepy and hormonal sometimes, or are you out of that phase? -Soon Eliza will start to smile at you, that's always the best cure should you feel a bit down :-) And well done for taking her to classes, I can't imagine how you do it, it certainly wouldn't have been possible for me when Teddy was 3 weeks old!

AFM Teddy just started clapping his hands this morning :-)

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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 5:24am

Ladies reading these updates is so wonderful!!! I love hearing how all your little ones are doing and I personally think they are all perfect:)

It is especially nice as lately I have been feeling a bit uncomfortable as none of my clothes seem to fit right and then someone commented about how I must be weeks farther ahead as I look so big and it is nice to remember that there is a cute little baby that comes at the end of this. Especially when I think I still have 4 months left to go:)

I wish we could all meet though, I would love to see you all and your babies in person. At least pics and videos make it possible to see their cuteness in action:D



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