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Hi Boo,
Yeah I figured packing some boxes would scare him and he might take me seriously, he did and was great for 2 weeks, but messed up again this weekend, so I told him he no longer has a choice he has to do counselling as that is my last resort. My sister thinks that he keeps doing this because he doesn't have consequences when he messes up, I don't agree but I guess I may have to start playing hardball and see if she is right.

Kaden did quite awhile to eat in the beginning but with practice they get better, especially if dinner is something they relly like. Kaden sometimes doesn't even give me a chance to fill the spoon again and he is yelling at me that I'm not going fast enough.

So far he has eaten all the single grain cereals (barley, rice and oat) and I've only given him the "beginner" rated baby foods. I think the next rating is 6 months so I will get those next time I go shopping.

Don't be discouraged by Annaum's weight. Don't forget she weighed less than some of the other babies at birth plus she lost some weight in the beginning so had a slow gain to start. Also girls do grow at a slower rate and are also more often smaller than boys. Kierra was 8 1/2 months old before she weighed what Kaden weighed at 5 months.

Troy will be rolling before you know it. Kaden just started rolling from his back onto his tummy just over a week ago now, but he is getting the hang of it. He still rolls from his tummy to his back best. I guess all his floor time has helped. He plays on his playmat every morning plus a couple times throughout the day...he generally doesn't stay on his belly long so I don't call it tummy time anymore.

The teeth can be so unpredictable. Kierra's teeth were very slow...heck she didn't even get her first tooth until she was 9 months old! But even once I saw signs of a tooth coming it could take a week or more to finally poke through. But my best friends little guy one night had no teeth and the next afternoon he had sprouted 3 teeth...just poking through but above the gums anyway. Speaking of teeth.... :eek: one of my friends took her little guy (just 2 months younger than Kierra) to the dentist (his first time) and he has 6 cavities! I am so happy Kierra had a cavity free checkup, hearing that made me want to make sure even more that Kierras teeth are really well taken care of.

I miss the baby carrier too. But Kaden is a pretty good sleeper, most times I can move him to his reclined stroller or bring him into the house still sleeping. Kierra was never like that, she'd wake up as soon as I opened my door to get out of the vehicle and she never would go back to sleep, I honestly don't recall her sleeping in her stroller except once or twice while camping and only after taking a very long walk.

Thats great you got such a great deal, sounds like that highchair will be very useful...I love that it converts to a booster seat too. We bought a separate one for Kierra originally for camping or travelling but we use it in the house too.

I gotta give Kaden some more sitting practice. He can sit with pillows or my legs on either side of him but he doesn't last more than a minute or so.

As for the feeding thing, I think a day means 24 hours from the start of one day to the start of the next day, so night feedings would be included. Kaden still wakes up every 3 - 3 1/2 hours through the night to eat but I'm going to ask his pediatrician next month if I can do something to wean that to longer times between feedings, or if he still needs the nourishment because of his size. Otherwise Kaden usually has 2 solid food meals a day one before his afternoon nap and one before bed. He gets cereal mixed with breastmilk, and I add the jarred vegetable baby food right into the cereal. The fruit he gets as a dessert after the veggies. Then after he is done I offer the breast as a drink to wash down his meal.

Well, Kaden is still sick, poor little guy I feel so sad for him, I even feel a bit of guilt because I should be protecting him from getting sick, I know thats dumb but I do feel guilty, if I would have just stayed home that night he would have been fine. He is really stuffed up so I have to use saline drops and then use the bulb syringe to try and suction his nose and he HATES that. I only use the fat tip syringe I've heard the smaller longer tipped bulb syringes are dangerous for their noses because they can go too deep...anyhow, that doesn't work for very long so he ends up breathing through his mouth most of the time now. His cough doesn't sound much better either, and he doesn't like taking his medicine very much, but I get it into him eventually. The Dr said if he wasn't much better to bring him back in a day or 2 so I'm going to see how he is tomorrow and decide.

Oh, I almost forgot I was watching the news tonight and I don't know where, but somewhere in the world, 2 men saw something floating in the water of a lake or river and they fished out this knotted garbage bag and opened it to find a 2 month old baby girl! :mad: She is fine luckily! They showed the video of them opening the bag and there was water in the bag so she could have drowned or suffocated so easily had those men not been there at that exact time and saw the bag. The mother was arrested and is being charged she claimed she didn't have the money to care for her anymore :blob_fire (!?!) Hello!!!! Since when does that give you the right to kill your child?! What the heck is this world coming to that people think that killing their babies is better than giving them up to a loving family to raise as their own? I was angered to see that not only was the mother dressed to the 9's and had her hair and makeup just perfect, but the baby had been dressed in a cute pink outfit with a matching headband and all...if she was so broke how did she afford for her and her baby to look like they were so well off? And makes you wonder what was going through her mind as she dressed her adorable innocent baby girl then placed her in a garbage bag and tied a knot and walked away? Sad, sad world when you think of how much we love our little babies and then hear about these stories and can't imagine how those poor little babies are so unjustly unlucky to come into a world to parents who don't deserve them. :(
I saw the story on the news too, it happend in Brazil, I was shocked too, couldn't believe it. Now that I have my son, I just can't imagine how there are people out there not loving or caring for their babies. There was a story I heard some time ago about a woman who starved her 10mo old. It just sickens me, if they didn't want to take care of the baby, they should have given them away, many other people would have loved them. So unfare that these babies had to be born to such mothers, isn't it?

My parents and I don't have the best relationship right now, and I often find myself wandering if I got as many kisses and hugs as I give my DS. I want to make sure that he feels loved.

Kierrasmommy, too bad Kaden is sick, it was so hard to watch my DS be sick couple months ago. My DH brought it home, and we all got sick. DH is sick again, hopefully we will be ok this time.

I can't believe how much your kids eat. S&J, Troy has 8-9 table spoons of solids in one sitting, that's amazing. It's a struggle for me to even give my guy 3 table spoons. It is such a production, I sometimes scoop the food off of his plastic bib, b/c so much of it ends up there.

Kierrasmommy, I don't feed my guy at night anymore. He goes to bed at 8pm and wakes up at 8am, I still have to feed him at 5-6am, but I'm hoping to wean him off of that too. My SIL gave me a good tip. Her DD used to wake up at 5 to eat and she had to go to work at 7. So what she did when her DD woke up at 5, she would play with her for an hour and feed her at 6. After about a week she started waking up at 6 and not at 5. SIL said it was exhausting as she had to go to work after that but she persevered and it was worth it.

So, kierrasmommy, you can try to do the same. When Keden wakes up 12am to feed see if you will play w/ him for 1hr before you feed him. You will find that he will then wake up 1hr later for his next feeding. I tried variations of this. If my DS woke up at 2am, and would not go back to sleep w/ pacifier, I played w/ him until his NEXT feeding (around 6am). But after doing this for 3 days, I was sick from exhustion. I think that's just too much. So now if he wakes up at 1 or 2, I don't feed him and put him in his swing, where he usually cont. to sleep until 6 at which point I feed him. I'm tring to get him used to the fact that there is NO food coming duing that time, but I don't like relying so much on the swing. Maybe tomorrow I will start to stay up w/ him agian. Maybe I'd have more success if I did feed him at 3am instead. I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO anymore. I'm trying to feed him during the day 1/2hr before he naps, so he doesn't always associated sleep w/ food, but it's hard to always time it well.

I have to tell you guys, DS is my first child, if someone told me 6 mo ago that he would still not be sleeping through the night at this time, I would have died. It' s absolutely amazing how I got used to the disruppted and limitted sleep.

First haircut, S&J, that's so cute, did you do it, or did you take him to a salon...that's so cute, take lots of pics. I've been trimming DS's hair on and off for couple of months now. He has these individual long hairs sticking strange. His hair is no where close to his eyes yet, probobly b/c his head is so big and the distance to his eyes is that much longer, lol.

You guys have a good day.
I have been using the saline drops too, his nose seems to be getting better now, but I still took him to the dr yestuday because he had a fever and we found out he has a bit of an ear infection, I didn't realize ear infections were contagious...he always asked when Kierra went in with ear problems or colds if she was in day care and then yesturday asked if Kaden was in day care as well or had any siblings. I told him I figured DS got sick because of all the travelling then how hot my mom keeps her house and he said it probably didn't help but the ear infection was caused by a virus he likely caught from Kierra. So he is on antibiotics now, and infant Advil for the fever.

That is so cute that your DS has 4 teeth, I'm still waiting for Kaden's first one. But I'm not thinking it'll be very soon. Kierra was over 9 months old when she got her first. And the last time Kaden let me see his gums they didn't look like there was any action going on in there. He lets me rub his gums but when I try to look in there he sticks his tongue out all over the place so I can't see anything.

Sorry about the house falling through, but I agree that it probably would be better to get something a bit less work, especially when you think that very soon our babies will be sleeping less and crawling and walking before long. I know how much work renovations are and I couldn't imagine feeling as tired as I am, dealing with the kids and trying to get renovations done....the house would be in renovation stage for years! LOL

Yes, thats the start of CIO, I read a book along time ago that mentioned to start doing that, then gradually increase the time increments that it takes before you go in to console baby. I did that with Kierra, not sure how old she was, but I couldn't be as strict as the book suggested...they suggested the very same night to increase the time increments, I did it over a matter of weeks, the first few days I'd go in after 5 minutes, then the next few days I'd go in after 8 minutes and so on, it took longer but I felt better. I'm such a softie. I know I'm going to have to start doing this with DS but I am so not ready, I mean I am ready for the sleep aspect of it after the fact, but not for the tiredness that I'm sure I will have during the process, and I just am not looking forward to hearing him CIO, it's going to break my heart.

I keep forgetting to tell you all. We went grocery shopping last week and there was a stand of "[U]No Fat[/U] Fudge Brownie Mix" the brand name is "No Pudge" all you do is add yogurt and bake. I tried it out because I am a chocoholic who is in serious withdrawal(I haven't been eating as much chocolate, and I definately feel very strong cravings), but I've been trying to watch what I eat more now to lose some extra weight. And I was surprised at how good they were. They were just a gooey and chocolatey as regular brownies! I bought them from Sobeys (IGA) and I definately plan on stocking up on more. I think I'm going to get some frozen vanilla flavoured yogurt ice cream too so I can have it with the warm browines. YUMMMMMMM :D

Kaden said "Da" today, I don't think he knew what it was but thats the first time he pronounced it. DH will be glowing when I tell him.

Well, I should go. Talk to you all soon,

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