Christine- My dh and we took turns for the longest time. Sometimes we still do and he'll be 5 months next week. It seems he gets fussy at dinnertime no matter if I feed him before or not. Not sure why. I am hoping as he gets older and gets to eat more and with us it will get better.
Amy- David is going through sleep issues too. But I think it has to do with he has a cold and can't breathe. At 3 months he was sleeping through the night (about 9-10 hrs). Now I'm lucky if he sleeps 6 hrs in one stretch. And this week he doesn't want to sleep in his crib or bouncy chair probably because he hasn't felt good from the cold but I'm not making a habit of him sleeping on me so I am putting him in his crib and he needs to learn. He's put himself to sleep before so it's not like he can't do it. On top of it, I gave him 7oz last night before bed and he goes to bed at 8:30 and he woke up at 11:30 hungry again. I wonder if when I give him bottles I should give him more during the day so he's not so hungry at night. I breastfeed him during the day and when I'm not working but give him bottles at night because it makes him sleep longer since he tended to fall asleep on my breast before he was full and then woke up an hour later still hungry.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Kelly - do you think you might have the reverse problem - that she's not getting enough sleep in the daytime? At her age, she should have one to two daytime naps totalling 2-3 hours sleep, and then 11-12 hours at night. When a baby doesn't get enough sleep in the day, it
Ah, memories of one of us holding Elena while the other ate dinner are flooding back! I've even held her over my shoulder and ate dinner with one hand standing at the counter before. Don't worry - those days do pass! Good luck trying to get your boss to let you work from home
Trying to do persies from memory so my apologies to anyone I missed!!
Ash & Cara - Hope your colicky babies are doing better! (((HUGS)))
Amy - The first HPT I used when I was pretty sure I was PG with my DD was a dud too. I remember it had a funky image in the window, like not positive or negative! I took another one and that one was clearly positive. From memory, it was a 2-pack store brand. Glad you got the answer you wanted!
Sandy - I am so sorry about your family's attitudes while you were visiting. We're driving 13+ hours to Canada in a few weeks to visit my dad and family up there and I am trying to prepare myself for the comments. One of my uncles has a tendency to make rude comments so I'm sure he's going to comment on how much weight I've gained since I was there 4 years ago (he's done this to me before). I'm hoping everyone will be so interested in the baby that they won't really look at me. LOL
Grace - A belated congratulations! I am slightly jealous of you and Kim as part of me would love to TTC for #2 right away but I don't see that happening before next summer for a number of reasons, unless we have an oops. H&H 9 months to you!
Anna - Poor Teddy! I hope he'll be feeling better soon and mommy will be getting some rest! I did have to laugh though at your comment about him headbutting you and slapping your face. :-P
Sarah - Glad to hear AF arrived! I also got a good laugh out of your comments about Desmond and potty training. He'll do it in his own time, I'm sure. :-)
Kelly - GL on the job hunt. I'm sure it is frustrating. I am also planning to ask my boss if I can work from home 1 or 2 days/week so I wouldn't have such a long commute on those days but I'm sure she's going to say no because she's a difficult person. Unless DH comes home early, Selin will be with one of her grandma's for almost 12 hours/day. As for Elena, how is she during the day? I wonder if she has her days/nights mixed up? If you put her back to bed and close the door, does she immediately start crying? We have the Fisher Price aquarium that attaches to the crib and it seems to lull Selin back to sleep most of the time. BTW - LOVE your new siggy! So precious!
Elyse - Great to hear from you and I second Ella about William pictures!
AFM - DH and I have found a trick to get us through the "witching hour" and allow us to eat dinner together and in peace. After watching 'The Happiest Baby on the Block', one night I decided to put our dryer on. We're lucky that our W/D are part of our kitchen so it works well for comforting Selin while we're eating dinner. About 10-15 min. before we're going to eat, I hold her and start rocking her near the dryer and it usually puts her to sleep. Then I put her in the swing and set it to a medium speed right away. This has worked for the last two nights so hopefully she'll keep it up! DH and I were getting frustrated having to take turns speed walking around the house with her while the other ate dinner. She wouldn't go in her swing or PNP awake and wouldn't sit still at the table if one of us was holding her.
We go for her 2-month appt. this Sat. and I'm curious to see how much she weighs. DH and I both guess around 10lbs.
Tomorrow my mom and I are going shopping to find me a dress for Selin's christening in a few weeks. I don't have any suitable dresses and I'm sure my dress pants no longer fit me. I just wish I could lose these last 10 pgcy pounds and "tummy pouch" as easily as I lost the rest of my pgcy weight. Between my face breaking out (which is finally getting better) and all my clothes fitting tight, I'm so self-conscious about my appearance now. :-(
Kelly, I'm sorry Elena is having trouble STTN - that is SO HARD when baby is up so so so early and thinks it's playtime. Eliza does that quite often, too, so I definitely feel your pain!! And you're right, it does feel harder than it was at the newborn stage for some reason... I hope the job hunt goes well - it might take a while to get a call, especially with an online app, I think. For some reason it just seems to me that it would take longer, IDK why!
Anna, you poor mama and poor Teddy :( I'm so sorry he's feeling sick again. Having just dealt with Eliza's first cold, I finally understand what it's like to have a sicky baby, and it is NO FUN! And you have the added stress of Teddy and his eating. I forget... are you still BFing?
Awww Anna, I'm so sorry Teddy is sick! And I'm sorry you may have to start all over with the solid food again too. I meant to ask if you ever cancelled your appointment with the specialist? If you haven't already, I'd probbaly go anyway even if Teddy seems to be okay with his food again. You wouldn't want him to have a relapse and then have to wait so long to book another appointment. We have universal healthcare here in Canada too and as much as I love it, the wait times for specialists and such really can suck! Once you've been in for that first appointment though you can usually rebook follow ups really quickly.
As for my job hunt, nothing yet but I only dropped off my first handful of resumes this past weekend so I keep reminding myself that sometimes it takes a couple of weeks (or more) for a prospective employer to call. I wish I had gotten started earlier but I was holding out some fantasy that my old boss would let me work from home. Ugh. I'm going to drop off resumes at a few more places this weekend too though. It really sucks how limited I am though - I need something really close by so that I can get to work relatively quickly in the evening after DH comes home from work. There are a lot of stores and such in my neighbourhood (a mall, 2 strip malls, 3 grocery stores, etc), but for some reason I still feel really limited.
On the Elena front, I don't know if you all remember me talking about her STTN troubles over these last couple of months, but she's STILL at it. I really miss those days when she would sleep from 9 to 9. Of course that wasn't going to last forever but jeeez - at least 2 or 3 times a week she has me up sometime between 3 and 5 am and is up on average for at least 2 hours!!!! This is almost worse than when she was a newborn because at least then she would have a feeding and then go back to sleep within 20 minutes. Now I'm sitting up with this baby who is completely awake and almost seems to think it's playtime. Argh!
Kelly - the swimming lessons sound fun! Glad Elena is enjoying her swims! Anything new on the job hunt?
Elyse - good to hear from you! William is doing really well - I bet he'll be proper crawling soon!
Grace - congrats!!! I'm SOOO jealous :-) I keep having to remind myself why we're waiting, but hopefully I'll join you soon!
AFM - Teddy has picked up another sick bug. Apart from the disrupted nights, having to clean up sick all the time and dealing with a grizzly, poorly baby I'm also majorly frustrated. Just when I think we're finally on the right track, he gets ill again and we'll have to start from scratch, food-wise! I know it's going to be at least another couple of weeks before he'll touch any food again. I'm so annoyed! :-( Last night, he woke about every half hour, crying in pain. He was in bed with us and just had to have body contact all the time (i. e. he was headbutting me constantly and slapping his hands in my face). Needless to say I didn't get much sleep! Just like having a newborn again ;-)