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You guys are bad, I don't check the board for couple of days, and there is like 10 entries for me to read, it's hard to keep up, lol
S&J: ...done Christmas shopping?? haven't even started thinking about it, it seems kind of early for me to get into it this year, but I did buy 3 Santa soxs (gosh, is that what you call them??), one of course for our little guy. My DH who is jewish even decided to get into it, usually he celebrates w/ me only b/c i'm catholic, but this year he's into it more, asking me what we need for christmas. It's cute.

Kierasmommy; I'm at the same stage, wandering when I should start my DS on rice cereal, I think I'll do more reading on the net, I'll let you know what I find out. Good for you about the 5.5 hr sleep stretch. My DS last night had the best sleep ever. He slept from 9pm to 6am, without waking up even once. I COULDN'T believe it. He usually wakes up at 2am for pacifier, and in the last couple of weeks he started waking up at 12 for feeding again, and 2 or 3 for pacifier, and last night out of the blue he just slept all night. That's 9 hrs, I still can't believe it. Of course I spent all night doing 3 months worth of ironing and didn't go to bed until midnight, so when he woke up at 6 I was exhusted, so I put him in the swing and he slept until I woke up at 11:25 am, at which time I woke him up. You all know what this means, he will be up every 3 hrs tonight ... I'll let you know tomorrow.

Oh, someone was asking about our kids weight, my DS was 16lbs and 26inches, on October 21 ( at almost 3month), I will know his new weight next week when he goes for his 4mo shots. He has to be heavier, I can bearly lift him up in the air.

Well, talk to you girls soon, I'm happy to see that our kids are doing soo well (Ohhh, the dog is sleeping on DS's play mat agian, ...drives me crazy, lol)
S&J It was you that went to the pool, I got you and Boo mixed up because you both had family gatherings the same week!
I pumped about 3 ounces of milk and mixed it with one tablespoon of was the "Nestle Starter" rice cereal and it was really quite runny, it's supposed to be like that, the better they get at their spoon feeding, the thicker you can make the cereal on a gradual basis. After he eats and I wipe him up, then I breastfeed him (from the same side I pumped first, then the other if he is interested)until he doesn't want anymore. If you don't pump it says you can use previously boiled and cooled water, but I prefer the breastmilk, it is better for them than the water. (you can use formula too I think) I only did it 2 afternoons in a row, when he was extremely cranky and he was pretty much inconsolable...not today though. After him being cranky for a week or so and trying that and seeing the difference I am almost positive he must just need more...he is about the sixe of a 6 month old so I wonder if that has made a difference. He has his pediatrician appointment tomorrow so I'll find out...if Kaden is cranky tonight I may try cereal before his bath, then breastfeed him to sleep and see if it makes a difference in how long he sleeps for...I told one of my friends how I felt bad for starting him before I talked with the pediatrician, and she said she didn't always go by the books, sometimes you need to take cues from the made sense because when Kierra was about 6 months old she went through a stage where she stopped sleeping like she used to...she went from regular 7 hour stretches to 3-4 hours at a time, after a month I asked if it could be that she needed something more than her cereal and then topping up with breastmilk before bed and they said it was possible, so after her spoonfed cereal she'd have a bath then get a slightly thickened a bottle of breastmilk with rice cereal (still very runny though) and it helped quite a bit.
Boo, I'm sure they'll accept her passport, they will see she obviously has little control at her young age.
For those of you who don't want blankets in bed with baby...try buying those 1 piece fleece sleepers in a bigger size and put it over babys regular cotton sleeper...the second layer is as good as a blanket but no risk of going over babys head, that's what we used to do when we took Kierra camping...I have a blanket in Kadens bed but it is tucked in at the foot and the sides like Laur said. The blanket only goes up to under his armpits. Kaden also has that wedge thing that prevents them from rolling over onto their belly, so he doesn't go anywhere when he is in that...and I tuck the 2 top corners under each side of the wedge so there is no loose blanket corners. Worked with Kierra and seems good with Kaden, once he outgrows the wedge I'll re-evaluate the blanket and see if the bigger sleepers are better.
Laur Kaden had a good chuckle the other night too, up until then it was just a littl "hee hee" not an all out chuckle...I can't wait until I can get some hysterical giggling out of him.
Kiedy, thats great about the teeth...are you still breastfeeding? I am worried about Kaden getting teeth and biting...Kierra didn't get her first tooth until she was 9 months old (late teether) so I didn't have to worry about that because I had weaned her by the time it poked through.
Well, I should go,

Well, I tried the bottle before bed with a bit of cereal in it, but as usual Kaden refuses to drink from anything except his Mommy! I was lucky if I got a half of an ounce in him and that was only by bouncing myself on the edge of the bed while I held and tried to feed him it. I'm going to dig out the sippy cup tomorrow and see if he'll take that, although I am very doubtful.

Who was it that started their little one on a sippy cup already? And what did you fill it with, I don't know if I should put breastmilk, or water or diluted apple juice...I'm thinking the diluted apple juice may be the trick to getting him to drink it because of the flavor.

We finally got a dusting of snow lastnight(New Years Eve), but not much at all, you can still see the pavement through it. I wish we had a snowfall as well, (with mild weather) so I could take pictures of the kids in the snow...OH! That reminds me I had to buy a winter coat for Kaden now that he will be out of his baby carrier (which had a nice cozy and warm cover so he didn't need a coat) I found the cutest 3-in-1 ski jacket at Children's Place for $29.00cdn. It has a zip out fleece jacket that he can wear in the spring or he can wear the liner alone as well, or wear the 2 zipped together. A friend of ours came over the day after I bought it and he had an adult Columbia jacket, that looked so much like Kaden's I laughed, it was the same colors and everything!

We didn't do anything for the big countdown. I had both kids in bed by 9:30. So I watched a bit of TV while DH watched his shows on another TV. Then I went for a nice shower and bath...only to be interupted by Kadens crying....2 hours after he went to bed again! DH took him downstairs while I got dressed, by then it was 11:45 so I made rootbeer floats for DH and I to drink the new year in with. Kaden was eyeing my float so I gave him the teeniest taste of the icecream, he didn't like it, I think it was too cold. I also tried Nestle's starter Oat cereal on Kaden the other day, he didn't like it very much, he loves the rice cereal still though. I bought a few jars of the starter vegetables as well, but I am going to wait until next week to give them to him, to make sure he adjusts to the oat cereal first.

Today I took out the carseat carrier base and installed the child car seat for Kaden. We haven't gone anywhere yet in it though.

It's normal for them to go through different feeding spurts. Like S&J said, as long as there are wet diapers and she seems normal I wouldn't worry. Thats great that Annaum is standing and sitting with support. Kaden always seems to tip forward over his feet when he tries to sit.

In the UK do you consider feeding them cereal as weaning? I haven't considered myself as weaning Kaden because I pump the breastmilk I mix in his cereal then have him nurse afterward as well, I plan on breastfeeding at least until he is 9 months old, but also introducing him baby foods as a supplement in between or in conjunction with breastfeeding.

:eek: I'm glad you both are ok after your slip. I am always paranoid of falling down the stairs too and get that creepy scary feeling just as I take the first step down the steps...scared I misjudged and will fall down. I fell down a couple of stairs a couple years ago and boy was my butt black and blue!

Well, I should go, talk to you all again soon.
Take care,
Thats great he is rolling so well, Kaden had to have his arms positioned a certain way in the beginning too, but now he figured out how to move his arms on his own to roll over, I watched him this morning stretch his arm out diagonally in front of him toward the opposite arm and then roll.

I think I have the same sippy cup it has a soft rubber sippy spout right? That was the first one I was able to get Kierra to use, she wouldn't take the hard spout ones at first. I'll keep trying with the bottle too, DH tried the other day and got nowhere, I was able to get a bit into him by bouncing again...he likes to bounce....but I can never get a full ounce or more into him. Man he has a temper.

They didn't have the barley cereal when I went shopping last so I skipped to oat but Kaden doesn't like it as much as the rice so I mix the 2 together. He won't eat as much of it either so I wonder if it is more filling? He could eat 6tbsp of rice cereal, but with the oat he will only eat about 5.

I think after all the first grains(rice, then barley, then oat) are used, you start introducing the jarred foods starting with the vegetables first(Kierras book reccomends these at 5 months), then fruits(6months), then meats(7months), I think the boxes of cereal with fruit say 6 months...I would wait until after you have introduced all the jarred fruits first though, because then you can see if he has a reaction to each one, if not then the cereal will be fine. But if you give the cereal with mixed fruit and there is a reaction you won't know what fruit or what actually caused it.

Well, I should go. Hope that helped. I'll let you know how the sippy cup goes.
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. :(

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