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That is so cute that he said "Patty". Kaden loves patty cake and itsy bitsy spider. Well, not much is new here, I don't think Kaden is any closer to crawling either and now he gets angry because he can't get to where he wants to go...he rolls ALL over the place and pushes himself backwards to get into whatever he can, but he can't figure out how to go forward. If you put your hand out and he grabs it he will pull himself to you...I even watched him roll as close as he could to the heater vent and put his fingers in the vent (luckily we changed all or vents to the plastic ones) and he pulled himself closer. He is trying to pull himself to standing alot more now too.

Funny how when they were babies we couldn't wait until they'd roll over, and now that they roll over we can't wait for them to crawl...I just wish he'd figure it out because then he'd be happier to get to wherever he wants to go all on his own....rather than scream at Mom until she moves him to where he wants to be. LOL It's like a guessing game right now...try sitting him on the floor with toys, try laying him on the floor to roll and practise crawling, try putting him in his jolly jumper, try putting him in his exersaucer.

Saturday I had 4 friends come over and we did our scrapbooking. It's fun not only to do something creative with my memories, but to see everyone elses too, and most of all, for all of us to just get away and be able to have some adult conversation.

Today we bought Kaden a baby/toddler swing attachment to clip onto Kierra's swingset. It has a 5 point harness and nice full support moulded seat. We hooked it up and I put Kaden in it but at first he got mad at me because he must have thought I was putting him in a carseat or something, but as soon as I started swinging him he LOVED it. This is his second time on a swingset, we went to the park last week and tried out the swings there but their swings aren't really as secure or supportive as this one is.

Kaden hasn't been sleeping well the last couple nights...I'm going to wait a couple more days and make sure he sticks to his regular routine and see if he just had a bad couple nights and it passes. If not I think I'm going to try those Highlands Teething Tablets I've heard so much about...They are supposed to be all natural and completely safe and I've heard so much good things about them...any of you used them before? Kaden seems fine during the day but at night he seems like his teeth may be bothering him...lastnight for example...I breastfed him before bed at 9ish and by 11:30 he was awake again, he wouldn't go back to sleep with his pacifier so I tried feeding him and he didn't want it, I tried sitting him down next to DH with some toys to play while I cleaned up and said goodbye to my girlfriends and he didn't like that either. He had a clean diaper, didn't want to eat and was irritable. I gave him some tylenol and a while later he finally ate some and went to bed but he hasn't been sleeping as well as he had the teeth or a growth spurt are the only 2 things I can think of.

Well, I should go, talk to you all soon.
Sorry about the house, maybe something better will come along. I know how stressful househunting is.

Thats so cute about the throwing things back for you, we'll have to try that too. Yesturday Kierra kept pretending to fall over and Kaden was laughing so hysterically I started laughing too. It was so funny.

Kaden slept a bit better lastnight, I just wish he'd sleep like all your babies...I could use some solid sleep. I don't think it was the meat that kept him up, he had very little of it, maybe 1/2 a teaspoon size cut up into little bits...just enough to taste. He ate his baby cereal and jarred food mostly. I just give him very little of whatever it is we eat along with his regular baby food. He's never really had any problems digesting anything he or I eats, so I am almost certain it was something else.

Well, I should go, have some running around to do today. Talk to you later.
I think I'm going to pack the swing up, the last time I put Kaden in it because he wouldn't sleep, I went in about 10 minutes later to find him sitting up and the swing couldn't swing with his weight distributed like that he can sit himself up in it I think its done...I could just picture him leaning a bit further forward and getting stuck hanging upside down.

One of my books mentioned that we may find they have temporary sleep disturbances around now because they are so excited they are learning how to crawl, walk, stand that they want to practise...the book said it would be temporary.

Kaden has gotten better with his abusiveness...remember a while ago I mentioned how he would hit or pull hair, he stopped hitting and now only occasionally pulls hair...I think he knows what "Be Nice" means now. So it's probably just a stage they go through, you just have to teach them how to be nice...whenever he'd be rough, I would hold Kadens hand and help him gently rub his hand down my face and say "Nice" at the same time...he'd laugh.

Funny how you said Avery likes the remote, so does Kaden, the other day DH was holding him and the next thing I hear is Kaden crying as if it was the end of the world...I walked in the living room and asked what happened and it was because DH tried to take the remote away to change the channel. LOL...needless to say DH gave the remote back real quick.

I enjoyed both pregnancies the same...I found I was able to have more rest and relaxation with the first one though because I could nap whenever I wanted...but when I was pregnant with Kaden I had Kierra at home and I couldn't nap when I wanted, and I was running around with her or dealing with everyday life with a 2 year old so I was much more tired. Plus I think because I had already been through pregnancy and labour, my body seemed to change much quicker so I think the last trimester was tougher because I was bigger and things just ached more. But otherwise I'd do it all over again if I were younger...which reminds me I gotta get DH to re book that vasectomy again...I swear he just cancelled it because he was too scared to go through with it.

Kaden will usually eat most of his veggies (as long as he likes them) if he starts to get fussy I'll alternate a spoon of fruit then a spoon of veggies and he will usually finish all his food. Or if he is really cranky about the veggies, I will just mix the fruit right in the veggies...but since I've been adding tablefood to his food he seems to not be as picky anymore, the flavour must be more appealing...I just cut up/mash some of whatever we are eating for supper and add it to his cereal and veggies and that seems to do the trick. Kierra did the same thing once I started feeding her tablefood...almost as if she was refusing baby food and requesting tablefood. Maybe that is his signal that he wants more flavour from the tablefood. Try adding some tablefood in and see if that helps....I add mashed pasta, veggies, finely cut up meat, small bit of gravy, whatever it is we are eating, so is he...along with his baby food/cereal.

Kaden will take a bottle [B]occasionally[/B]...but only if he is still half asleep and doesn't realize its a bottle, otherwise he wont have anything to do with it, which is why I think weaning him will be harder than it was with Kierra. I told a friend of mine and she said...."Yeah...boys really do like their boobs" LOL

My boss called me yesturday and wants me to come back to work early...he said even if it's just one day a week because he is having a huge problem with staff...I hope he realizes now how good he has it with me. I don't think he realized how much work I actually did before. I think I may help him out...I called the unemployment office and I can earn up to $89.00/week before they start deducting my unemployment I can work about a 5 hour shift a week...which isn't that bad....but I know I have my work cut out for me.

We bought a tent trailer this week. :bouncing: We are camping lovers so it'll be nice to have a tent trailer with the kids rather than the tent. They make tent trailers so much nicer now then they used to...I remember when I was about 6 we went camping and I woke up one morning at about 4 or 5am because the sun was just coming up but my legs were sooo cold...turns out I somehow had slipped one leg out the side snaps or velcro of the trailer so it was hanging out there and I had about 150 mosquito bites....imagine what someone walking by to go to the bathrooms must have thought seeing a leg hanging out of the end of a trailer. LOL They don't make them open like that nowdays so that won't happen again. This trailer even has hot water and an outdoor shower so I can hose the kids down or fill a tub to wash them. We are going camping the first weekend in June.

I forgot to mention yesturday....did anyone watch Mondays Dr.Phil show? I cried like you would not believe! It was about a Mom of 5 kids between the ages 7months and 10 years who wrote in because she is scared her anger will permanently hurt her kids if she doesn't get help. They showed video from her home and she was hitting her kids and verbally abusive and it was sooo sad. I cried and asked Kierra to come so I could hug her and tell her I love her, she asked why I was crying and I said because that Mommy was very mean to her kids and I felt sorry for the kids and I never want to be a mean Mommy like her and Kierra said,"Don't worry Mommy, you'll be normal" She made me smile but I felt such sadness for those poor little kids. I'm anxious to see if Dr.Phil will have them back on to see if the Mom did turn things around. Then lastnight I was watching House and it was about a mother who had some sort of liver condition I think that caused her to hillucinate and hear voices and she went into convusions while having a bath and her newborn baby almost drowned then while in the hospital when both Mom and Baby were getting better (so they thought) the Mom tried smothering the baby..the baby ended up passing away and then they figured out what was wrong with the Mom later...but I cried again! I know thats just a show but it makes you think about the fact that things like that do happen in the world and sometimes the Moms don't even have any conditions that make them do that, sometimes they just don't want their babies...this is why if we ever have another baby it will be a baby we adopt from someone who doesn't want it....we will give that baby the love and nurturing they deserve.

OK....I've rambled on long enough...sorry guys, I don't ever mean to write as much as I do, I just keep forgetting to say things.
I have had a few times where I felt so tired that I was frustrated with Kaden's waking up, but I find now that I am going to bed earlier and getting more sleep myself that when he does wake up I am more patient...I am so used to it too that I think it's second nature. Also, on weekends I get a turn to sleep in, I usually sleep in Saturday and DH sleeps in Sunday. I look forward to those mornings when I let DH deal with the kids...I even put a pair of earplugs in so it muffles out the noise they make so I can sleep better.

Yes, I decided to open a dayhome. I calculated out that if I worked full time and put the kids in a dayhome I'd be losing an entire paycheque for the dayhome alone, so I'd work 4 weeks but only get to keep 2 weeks of pay...which would be gone quick after paying bills and getting groceries. So I calculated out operating a dayhome and I'd make more money that way, plus there are so many things I can claim as deductions at income tax time...we had planned for me to stay home with the kids until at least one of them is in school full time (maybe longer if things are going well) I'm excited! I still have alot to do to get ready but I am happy knowing I will be home with the kids and not at work trying to get through the day pre-occupied thinking about them.

Yeah, wouldn't that be funny if we went to the zoo on the same day!? Not like we would even know it because we have no clue what we all look like. :) I don't even know which day we'll go to the zoo or what the plan is yet...DH gets home from his golf trip Wednesday so Thursday morning we'll leave but we haven't decided if we'll go to the Zoo Thursday or get up and go to the zoo Friday...I'm thinking Friday would be better because then we get more time to see it all. Then we were discussing possibly going to Jasper or Banff for one night too so Kierra can see how big mountains really are. I don't know so much to see and do and so little time...I'll keep you updated though.

Well, I should go DH needs to get on the computer, he is leaving tomorrow morning so it's just me and the kids until Wednesday night...I have alot to do so that will help pass time.

Talk to you all soon.
Funny how they all end up progressing at about the same speed isn't it? Kaden started clapping and doing Patty Cake on his own now, and he knows he's cute so he does it for everyone including strangers.

We went to the medicentre the other day because one of my boobs was itchy, not the nipple itself but the areola. Turns out I had some sort of an allergic reaction or irritation, I think it could be from swimming when we went to Calgary, the clorine was probably just to strong for my sensitive nursing boobies. I used the cream he perscribed just one time and it is already so much better.

Kaden fell asleep in his high chair again at supper, he has done it twice so far but it is so funny to watch him nodding off to sleep while he's eating. He also climbed right into one of his toy bins today...I came in the living room and he was sitting right IN the toy bin. It is a small bin but it was funny to see him SITTING in it.

Well, not much else is new and Kaden is getting into things so I should go, Bedtime soon for both kids, they go to bed in less than an 1/2 hour at 9...ahhhhhhh. (((Rest time for Mommy)))
Talk to you soon.

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