Updates!!

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Mon, 10-05-2009 - 8:47pm

I think we need an updates thread, because I miss hearing about how everyone's babies are doing.

So for us, James is 4 months now!! I can't believe how fast it's going, I was looking at him the other day and wondering where my little baby went, it's crazy how fast they change!

We went for his four month appoint last week, and I was really unhappy with the Dr. so I think we'll be trying to do some insurance adjustments and find another one soon. At this appointment James was 15lbs 14 oz, and 25 in long. Which I think makes him about normal. The new dr. didn't tell me what percentile it is like the old one did.

Has anyone else had a baby that dropped drastically on the percentile chart? Like I'm sure James is doing fine, and he still seems big and healthy and everything, but he's gone from the 93rd% percentile to like the 60th or something.

Anyway, everything is going well, we're still not sleepign through the night, but he does (typically) only wake up once in the middle of the night around 5am, so that has been nice!

James still doesn't roll over, but he's getting very close, and he can tripod sit for a minute or so before he leans too far one way or the other.

How are all the other WTT babies??

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In reply to: graceelou02
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 3:08pm

Megan - so sorry about the allergies! Who knows, he may still grow out of them. Would it be possible to bring his own little wheat/dairy free cake to any future birthday parties? Or is that rude? I know that if I was hosting a birthday party it wouldn't bother me in the least - I might even try to provide something myself. I wouldn't be too concerned about his talking yet - apparently I was a very late talker. But I saw on your FB that he is saying "kitty" now so that's great!


AFM - the abscess is MUCH better. I just have a hole in my boob now that is slowly healing. It doesn't hurt anymore, and the only real annoying thing (other than having to keep changing the bandage of course) is that it leaks milk when I pump. Yuck! On that front, I have officially started weaning off the pump. I am so done with it, it's not funny. I'm hoping that by Christmas day, I'll be done.


Elena is getting really close to crawling! Last night she scooted forward about an inch when she was on her tummy. She dug her knees into the floor and her arms cooperated for about one second and that was it, she moved! Eeek! She STILL won't sit up unsupported though. Oh well. In time! She also had her first taste of rice cereal on Saturday. For the most part she wasn't sure what to make of it, but when you've been getting all your meals in liquid form from a bottle, of course this mushy stuff on a spoon is going to be strange. LOL!

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Tue, 11-17-2009 - 1:49pm

Hey mamas,

Just popping in, sorry it's been so long. There's no way I could catch up on all the updates, but just wanted to say to Kelly, yikes and OUCH on the mastitis and abscess and you are absolutely right. It takes a tremendous amount of love and willpower to EP and you've given your LO an awesome start!

I'm not even sure how much I have to update...

Ry is *this* close to walking. He can stand alone when he doesn't notice that he's standing alone (like old cartoon characters who can run in the air as long as they don't look down. As soon as he realizes that's what he's doing, he sits right down, haha. He walks alone with his push-along car toy and he can walk holding just one of our hands, and he's pretty steady. I think he just lacks confidence, but I expect to see that first independent step any day now.

He is EVERYWHERE! Long gone are the days when I could put him down, run into the kitchen to grab a bite and run back. Now he takes off, either by crawling or by hitching a ride on his push-along car, haha. He's starting to really like opening cupboard doors and tipping things over, too, so I really have to watch him.

He still loves books and his favorites are getting longer and more complicated with fewer pictures. He recognizes certain words and points to them in the books, which I think is awesome. We probably read for 1-2 hours a day, but he would be happy to do it all day long I think.

He is still allergic to dairy and wheat. The wheat thing is starting to drive me crazy because I'm really, really tired of having to come up with wheat-free meals, and especially of trying to bake without wheat. He eats what we eat for the most part, so we all have to abide by his dietary needs. Also, we went to a first birthday party and he was upset that he couldn't have cake like the other little ones :(. My friend whose little girl it was was really nice and had fruit for him, but he was so not interested, lol. We tested the wheat allergy a couple of weeks ago, and he definitely still has it, poor fella!

The only thing I'm concerned about is that he's still not talking. I spend all day trying to get him to repeat words and he either ignores me or gets upset so I stop. In general, he doesn't mimic our behavior. He will fulfill commands or requests to point to things and if you ask a question like, "Where is Daddy?", he'll point to Daddy, but if you do something, like clap, or pick something up, or pet the animals, or say a word and try to get him to copy you, he won't do it. I'm not sure if he can't or if he won't, because he has copied phrases we've said on 4 or 5 occasions, but I don't count that as talking because it's not repeatable. He'll say the phrase once and then never say it again. The ped said if he wasn't saying 2-3 words by 15 months, we would be referred to speech therapy, so it looks like that might happen. I can tell when he's around other 1 year olds that he's a little different from them, but he seems to be able to do most of the things they can do, he just interacts with people in a different way. I'm trying not to be too worried about that, but of course I am a bit...

I suppose that's it! I'm going to try to be a more active member of this thread, because I really enjoy reading about the other WTT babies!

-Megan

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 11-17-2009 - 11:35am

Kelly--


That stinks about the mastitis, and I think you are totally right--Elena was very lucky to have BM for so long and I really admire you for pumping.

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 11-17-2009 - 9:21am
((HUGS))) Kelly, I hope your mastitis gets better quickly, I can't imagine how painful it must be.





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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 11-17-2009 - 1:08am

Just want to pop in and say I LOVE reading these updates!! Your babies all seem to be doing fantastic:) :)

This thread is one of my favorite ones to read!



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In reply to: graceelou02
Mon, 11-16-2009 - 1:38pm

Hi ladies!


Sarah - that's pretty freaky that Eloise can climb stairs! Yikes! I thought something like that would come much later. We don't have any stairs in our place, but my best friend has a townhouse with 3 levels so once she's mobile we'll really have to watch her there!


Brita - I think that's called commando crawling. They do that before they really get up on their hands and knees. Elena almost did that about a week or two ago - she was having tummy time and she just sort of dug her knee into the floor and pushed the lower half of her body - her arms just didn't cooperate. LOL.


AFM - *TMI warning* - I am dealing with a horrible case of mastitis that has developed into a nasty, nasty abscess. My doctor put me on antibiotics and told me to go to the ER to have it drained, so I did, but the doctor there told me to give it a few more days to see if it would rupture on its own. Yesterday it did, and today it is just pouring pus all over the place (I warned you about the TMI!), and still doesn't look like it is getting any better.



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In reply to: graceelou02
Mon, 11-16-2009 - 12:07pm

Barrett is taking an extra long nap right now (longer than 45 minutes - yay!!!!) so I thought I'd chime in with a quick update too.

He is working very hard on learning to crawl currently. He's got this goofy little army/bear crawl thing he does now to get around where he is down on his elbows and pushes with his feet. He usually gets his bum and entire leg (except the foot) off the floor (it's quite a sight) and then either manages to inch forward or fall over onto his side :) I guess I need to get the video online. He also has started to get up on his hands and knees, but hasn't figured out how to crawl from that position.

As for food, we've sort of started solids in a really relaxed way. I gave him broccoli last week which he mushed around and sort of tasted but didn't really eat. Then a couple days later I gave him broccoli again, and he dropped every single piece on the floor -no tasting involved, he knew he didn't want to eat that! He has managed to feed himself banana puree from a preloaded spoon but so far that's about the only thing he has actually eaten.

And he is absolutely obsessed with our cat but fortunately not crawling yet so he's only caught the cat's tail once. :D

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Mon, 11-16-2009 - 9:36am

Well Eloise is now 8 months old. She has started reverse cycling, which sucks, she just has little to no interest in nursing during the day because there is so much to do, but it means she wants to nurse almost every hour all night long. I am starting to get really tired! If she would push it to every 2 to 3 hours at night I could deal, but every hour is a bit much even with her in bed so I don't have to move much.

She has 6 teeth now, the last 2 just sort of showed up without me and DH noticing till this weekend. She is working on standing with no support and can do it for a few seconds at a time, I am guessing she will be walking soon eek!

She climbed up the stairs at my in-laws last weekend, which shocked all of us, we didn't know she could climb stairs, but apparently she can.

She will put her arms up now so people will pick her up and show how big she is. She likes to clap her hands, and is quite good at it, which is something she picked up in a past few days as well. She also said dog and clapped at K-line a couple of times so she apparently has 4 words now, dada, hi, doll and dog.

She is also loving playing with her brother, she loves playing with him and helping him with whatever he is doing. He is her favorite person.

As for Desmond, he is talking a ton now and he is becoming a lot clearer so it is easier to understand him. He is also interested in puzzles now and working on 8 to 12 piece ones, which he still needs some help with, and is getting pretty good at it. He also had a growth spurt since he is now taller and has just outgrown our backup car seat for him, which means we need to look at getting him a new one, which is gonna be a bit expensive, sigh.




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In reply to: graceelou02
Sun, 11-15-2009 - 8:18pm

Aw! Teddy is a very secure little boy! That is awesome he likes his school, I hope his eating gets better, from what I hear most kids go through a anti-eating phase.

Daphne's next appt is dec 1st, on our home scale she is up to 12.5lbs. She isn't doing any new stuff aside from growling and eating her hands.






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In reply to: graceelou02
Sun, 11-15-2009 - 3:02am

Finally get the time to post a quick update myself!
Teddy is now 8 1/2 months old, and continuing to do well especially with his motor skills. He too started standing on his own a few weeks ago, albeit only for about 5-10 seconds then drops on his well padded bum :-) He's walking with support, either his little zimmerframe, or on one hand. H'es started to say "Mama" and means it, which I found surprising but of course I'm very pleased! At first I thought it was babbling accidents but about a month ago he started to call "Mama!" when he'd wake up, or say it when I pick him up or tell him off for something ;-)
One thing still not going so well is his eating, but I've decided not to worry about it anymore. He'll come around to it when he's ready I guess!
LAst week he's had his settling in sessions at nursery, which went very well - he didn't cry or was upset at all (I was though, he doesn't miss his mummy, boo hoo). I only left him for 2 and next day 3 hours though. What he didn't do at nursery was eat, sleep or drink milk, but I'm hoping that he'll take at least some milk when I leave him all day next Wednesday. He just thinks all these toys and babies are too exciting!
He's going through a nasty spell of teething at the moment, tooth #4 took forever to get through and was very painful, and now no.s 5 and 6 are nearly out and causing more red clown's cheeks, dribbling, diarrhea and agony!
AFM, I'm returning to work with my hours cut back to a third (only doing 1 1/2 days now). I had planned to do more, but that was before I had Teddy! Now I can't bear the thought of leaving him and one and a half days will be bad enough. Hats off to all you American ladies who go back to work soon after the baby is born -that must be so hard! Part of me is looking forward to the buzz of working life, and just to have some life outside the baby-world; but the other part is very reluctant to leave her baby boy for a whole day!

How's everyone else keeping up?

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