August - Infants and Toddlers

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from misslily. Show misslily's posts

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    All valid points Lemon - but it is incredibly frustrating to have to pay for health insurance and then have something this important that isn't covered.
    It falls under "lifestyle enhancer" or some such nonsence.  Like glasses. I'm sure my DH would be totally incapacitated without his glasses (unable to drive, read, walk across a room), but he just spent $550 out of pocket for a new pair of lenses. Didn't even get new frames. And that was WITH a "discount" from BCBS.
    Why glasses and hearing aids are "lifestyle" issues and viagra and the Pill are health necessities is simply beyond me.
    I'm just saying that if we're all paying into a system that covers "everything" lets go ahead and actually cover everything.

     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from RedFishBlueFish. Show RedFishBlueFish's posts

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    It always seems like the few things that you need are the ones that aren't covered. Standard of care for eye exams is annually, but mine only pays for every other year. I pay out of pocket for that and my year's supply of contact lenses (never covered), but it's under $300/year. I too would be incapacitated without vision correction and my plan doesn't pay for glasses either.

    The Pill is also cheap, at least the generic version as far as pharmaceuticals go, so it's easy to mandate coverage for it without insurance companies balking.

     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    And, why are hearing aids and glasses lenses so darned expensive to begin with?  If they were fairly priced I'm betting that the insurance companies would be more likely to cover them.  $550 for a discounted pair of lenses?  What are they made of and how technologically advanced can they be?  Thousands for hearing aids?  I get they are sensitive, small pieces of equipment, but really, I can only assume the mark up is astronomical. 

    But, no matter how much those necessities are, they should be covered; I'm not intending to excuse the insurance industry by bringing up the cost point.  Just wondering how everyone involved in the availability and price of these things can sleep at night.
     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from RedFishBlueFish. Show RedFishBlueFish's posts

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    The market sets the price, same as anything else. I know more about glasses than hearing aids, but the same things probably apply.

    For glasses, there is a huge price range depending on where you go. I have friends who were going to an ophthamologist (MD) and paying out of pocket for routine vision exams to the tune of nearly $1K. They were shocked that I paid about $120 cash for an exam with an optometrist (OD). They don't have any major vision issues, aside from needing corrective lenses, and realized they could have been making different choices.

    Lenses are expensive to get them thin, yet powerful, plus extras like coating so they don't reflect light in a way that's dangerous for driving. You get what you pay for. I opted out of the reflective coating for mine (backup when not wearing contacts) and they really are awful for night driving. If I had to wear them all the time, the coating would be necessary.
     
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    I really do understand price point economics and how there are many factors that drive price, but it still has an absurd feeling to it to me, that even the best glasses lenses on earth can be upwards of $500.
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from RedFishBlueFish. Show RedFishBlueFish's posts

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    Really? Lensmaking is a very delicate process. You have to get the contours just right for a prescription and a tiny variation can make the difference between perfect vision and blurry vision. My prescription has to be changed by one degree (0.25) because of headaches and now signs 100 ft away are blurry. The difference in contour in a lens is nearly microscopic.

    If you add in bifocals (or trifocals), trying to get two lenses with different contours to fit together seamlessly in a thin lens (without looking like Steve Urkel anyway) is a challenge. Everyone's eyes are different and you can't just pick up any old pair. Custom-made things cost $$$.
     
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    I said it feels absurd, and what we feel about spending doesn't always reflect the facts associated with a price. 
     
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    I'll just add that we went to 4eyes - not some pricey boutique.  He needed bifocals and we did get the non-glare lenses because I think that (1) they look better and (2) they provide better vision.
    :)
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from LCGCmomma. Show LCGCmomma's posts

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    So I'm late to the game for updates in August - DS is 8 1/2 months old and doing well. He rolls around and moves CONSTANTLY. Changing a diaper is a real event at this point! He sits up pretty well, but still needs pillows/you behind him or to the side since he does get tippy especially when reaching for things. He also has started rolling onto his side and trying to push himself up to sitting. He gets about 2/3 of the way back up, and then gets mad that he can't go further. On the upside, this seems to have helped him realize that he can control his falling while sitting, so we have had less trouble leaving him to sit by himself.

    Just within the last week and a half he seems to have a lot more going on. His first tooth finally broke through (I feel like he has been teething FOREVER). And he is finally learned to clap his hands (he had been doing a hand slapping thing for a while, but now can do the palms together).

    He now gets up on all fours into the real crawling position, and even rocks a little sometimes. This lasts for all of about 15 seconds before he plops right back with a thud onto his belly. Mostly he really wants to crawl but looks like a beached turtle with his arms and legs all moving at once but not in a productive way. DS also wants to do a lot of jumping and moving while standing up. If you hold him under the arms he goes nuts! It is really cute and he thinks it is wicked funny.

    DH and I are also having DS move to a new daycare. He has been in the big center that is next to my work since 3 mo old (when I had to go back full-time). It is just not convenient, even for me sometimes, since I travel to several locations each day for work and it is a hassle with traffic for DH to do pick-up. So we have found a great in-home daycare down the street from us and we switch over at the end of this month. The other daycare centers near us start with kids 15 mo and up, so we plan right now to have DS be in-home until that point. We also just couldn't afford the center at my work - even with the work discount, it was breaking the budget. I don't know how people do it with more than one LO!
     
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    I heard a thing on NPR a while ago about Zenni Optical -- http://www.zennioptical.com/. Apparently you get some information from an exam and send it to them and they send you glasses for $15 or something. I don't wear glasses so I don't know the details. There was some issue with exam-givers not having to tell you the distance between your pupils so you have to measure it.
     
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    Oh, is this thread about our kids? Well, mine is doing well too. She's 2.5 now, fully conversational, can read and assemble from magnet letters a handful of basic words (USA, mommy, daddy, her name, cat, book, and p00p), and can write her own name and "dad." She has an amazing sense of humor and is very sweet. She's dead serious about her "chores" and helping mommy. Her favorite music these days is Jonathan Richman and the Bay City Rollers. She's also developed a weird thing for Styx but I don't want to make too much of a big deal about it. She's pretty imperious and will channel her past life as Genghis Khan from time to time and command us to do things, but she's starting to realize that that approach isn't particularly effective. She's beginning to assert her femininity and demand "pretty girl" things, which she pairs with "superhero" things. All in all she's shaping up nicely.
     
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    I know that USA isn't technically a word.
     
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    Way to go lemon slice! As you may know, I teach kindergarten, and it amazes me when kids come and don't know their letters let alone be able to figure out how to put them together to make words!  She'll be a star by the time she's in K!  Oh and gotta love styx. 
     
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    Could be worse, she could have Beiber Fever...

    So here's a strange thing to worry about. My daughter (11.5 months!) has completely changed her sleep habits over the last couple of weeks. All her life she's taken short naps in the day time and only being able to sleep in our bed, with us, when we are sleeping at night.

    She got very wiggly and was all over the bed, so one night when she wiggled too much, I put her in her crib - she sprawled out and instantly fell asleep!

    For the past two weeks she goes right down in her crib with no trouble at 7:30-7:45, and sleeps solidly, no wake ups, no nursing and when I don't wake her up because of my schedule, she will sleep until 7:30 a.m. - and then take a two hour nap at 10, and another around 2-3 pm!
    She has perfect sleep habits and I did nothing to make this come about!

    She has started walking, maybe she is wearing herself out during the day or alot is going on developmentally? Is this just a phase or did I really win the baby lottery?
     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    Don't get too settled in with one particular sleeping pattern, for good or for bad.  Whatever it is, it will change as she continues to grow and have different developmental needs.  Enjoy it while it lasts, though, and try not to worry about whatever is next or when it might change, again.
     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from IPWBride. Show IPWBride's posts

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    ML - my son loves his crib.  We started him there at 1 week, but still to this day, he sleeps so much better in his crib than anywhere else.  He will actually take a 2-3 hour nap in his crib whereas at Nana's the most he'll go is 1 hour in the P&P (which he's also used reguarly since 3 months old but clearly doesn't quite like as much).  Perhaps your DD just likes having her own sanctuary!  I agree with Kar, be prepared as sometimes it can change again, and again.  But at some point, for many of us, we become good sleepers.  So maybe her time is now :-)
     
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    [QUOTE]Way to go lemon slice! As you may know, I teach kindergarten, and it amazes me when kids come and don't know their letters let alone be able to figure out how to put them together to make words!  She'll be a star by the time she's in K!  Oh and gotta love styx. 
    Posted by ajuly09[/QUOTE]

    Oh, it's all the babysitter. She's a former preschool teacher!
     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from luckinlife. Show luckinlife's posts

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    Ml - You are describing a totally normal sleep pattern at that age.  That is great.  Enjoy and I would never go back!  I think you are saint for having DD in your bed that long.  I just need my sleep.
    It is funny because recently after reading a story sometimes DD (now almost 10 months) turns to look at the crib rather than stay with me for a few minutes with the pacifier.  She loves the crib and when she is ready, she is ready.
     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from ml2620-2. Show ml2620-2's posts

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    LIL, not a saint at all, totally selfish. I just miss her so much after my 12 hour work days that I really loved having her in the bed. I'd keep her there is I wasn't worried about her wiggling enough to fall off the bed! I actually really miss having her right there when I wake up and being able to just look at her!
     
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    ML - we have a new habit in our household that I admit I love.  DD wakes up around 6-6:30 in the morning, and DH goes and gets her and we all snuggle in bed until I have to get up at 7ish.  I love it! I thought DD would struggle and want to get up and play, but she is very happy to snuggle, sometimes falling asleep, sometimes not.  If I take the pacifier out she'll just sort of stare at us or up at the ceiling and make little coos.  It's so cute.  It's a habit I wouldn't mind keeping until she's, oh, maybe 18 or so.
     
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    Poppy, you might want to get rid of the pacifier before age 18 though.  
     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from ml2620-2. Show ml2620-2's posts

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    Poppy, such bliss! I get up at 4:45 AM, if I wake DD up in the process she has a snuggle with Daddy while I get showered dressed and packed for the day - then around 5:30 ish, I climb back in to bed with them (fully dressed!) for 5 minutes of baby cooing, family snuggle bliss. I agree, nothing is better. I swear it sustains me throughout my days.
     
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    [QUOTE]Poppy, you might want to get rid of the pacifier before age 18 though.  
    Posted by Lostgrouse[/QUOTE]

    But, how nice and quiet might it be through the tween/teen years if she didn't?  LOL!

     
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    Cute ML and Poppy.  You know ML it is so funny because right before I go to bed I love checking on her and then thinking about her sleeping so comfy.  I totally have had the thought of bringing her into the bed but I know my little DD.  That would be the end of sleep for all of us!

    Tonight the last thing I heard her say on the monitor before falling asleep was mamma, mamma. She wasn't crying or upset, just talking. I am sure it wasn't for me but it was so sweet!

    BTW - we are still using a sleep sack.  Are you all using regular blankets?  What about stuffed animals in the crib?  She has a lovey and that is it.
     
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    In Response to Re: August - Infants and Toddlers:
    [QUOTE]My daughter (11.5 months!) has completely changed her sleep habits over the last couple of weeks. and then take a two hour nap at 10, and another around 2-3 pm! She has perfect sleep habits and I did nothing to make this come about! She has started walking, maybe she is wearing herself out during the day or alot is going on developmentally? Is this just a phase or did I really win the baby lottery?
    Posted by ml2620-2[/QUOTE]
    The recent change might be due to her switching away from her 2 naps to 1 nap.  I think my DD changed from 2 naps to 1 at around 12 months.
     

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