October -- Infants & Toddlers

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from winter09wedding. Show winter09wedding's posts

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    so quick question... I need help managing my energy levels without eating. I have a sedentary job that requires me to sit for long stretches (up to 3 hours at a time) with clients- so lots of movement isn't possible (although I do run around during lunch). and DS is up a few times a night now... no idea why (although I swear he has grown an inch in the past week). and I am exhausted... and eyeing the halloween candy. the only way that i can find to stay awake is to eat, and I really don't want to get any bigger.!! and I am trying to limit caffeine because we are TTC.

    I know that exercise is great, but I feel like it is now dark when I leave work, and due to financial pressures, DH is taking a job that will require him to get home later than I do (6:30). so, it is really only a weekend opportunity.  what else can I functionally do during the week...  I chew a lot of sugarless gum. anything else people use at their desks?
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    Ensure your workspace is ergonomically correct.  Fatigue is dramatically compounded when your head and neck (especially) are in the wrong position too long.  If you cradle your phone between ear and shoulder, get an ear piece or phone cradle for the receiver so your head is not tipped.

    Eye strain also makes you very tired and sleepy.  Set the timer and look at far away things for a minute or two every hour.  Get up and walk to the other end of the office and back, focusing on the farthest thing from you as you walk.

    Poor posture and eyestrain will sap your energy and are quick and relatively easy to remedy.

    Also, sitting (even if your posture is good) isn't as good as standing.  If you are on the phone and do not need to type at the same time, stand up while you're talking.
     
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    Is it possible to bring one of those exercise balls (like a birthing ball) into work and use that instead of a chair?  It sounds silly but sitting on one of those instead of a chair FORCES use to use correct posture and helps you strengthen your core.  It might be something a little too "out there" for your office but if it's not, it could make a difference.  Is it possible to stand up and do some stretches every hour, just to get the kinks out of your muscles? 
     
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    lissafro, my aunt is a chiropractor and highly recommends using those balls for office chairs.  They take a tremendous amount of pressure off your spinal discs and naturally help you with good posture - it's hard to slump on one and not cause it to roll.
     
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    Lemon - I didn't read your post as snotty at all.  After my own post, I just realized that I look to you all for a lot of hand-holding without doing my own research, and felt like I needed to make a disclaimer for some reason.

    Winter - I feel for you, as I also have to restrain myself from constantly eating throughout the day.  I also go for the chocolate.  I don't have a lot of suggestions, just that I've found having some crunchy veggies or other "healthy" snacks around can help - the crunching sort of wakes you up a little.  (I'm reaching a bit here, I know...)

    AFM, we got through the big birthday weekend!  She LOVED her parties (one for friends, one for family).  No meldowns, no grouchies.  She's fully walking now, so was delighted to be able to keep up with the older kids.  Unfortunately, she wanted NOTHING to do with the cake, so no frosting-face pics for us.  But I'm so glad she had fun.



     
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    Happy Birthday beautiful Baby Poppy! I love her party outfit!
     
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    she's adorable! and you aren't the only one without an icing picture- DS actually spit out the cake I got into him. that was a great shot. so glad she had fun!! thats awesome!
     
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    Happy birthday Zoe!  Love the photo :o)

    We had a pretty low-key weekend while Daddy was working.  Although we did run a couple errands which entailed putting DD in a shopping cart for the first time.  Shouldn't be as exciting as it was.
    I decided to work on putting her down for naps awake this weekend and it was successful!!!  For her first nap each day, she only cried for like 10 mins and then slept for an hour and 40 minutes!!  She usually only sleeps for 40 mins.  Afternoon naps weren't long, but I still count it as a successful venture :o)
     
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    I hated cake until I was about 10.  My mom was best friends with a cake decorator, and for my 3rd birthday she decorated a cake for me.  My friends were neck deep, and I was waiting patiently, untouched cake in front of me, for them to finish.  I wasn't complaining, just watching everyone.  My mom was embarrassed because her friend who'd made the cake was there, and I remember very clearly her whispering to me, "Kar, EAT your CAKE, the OTHER kids are eating theirs...."  Not knowing the concept of peer pressure I thought that was a very odd thing to say and responded in a way that I thought would be helpful, "But, Mama, those kids like cake."  What could she say?  LOL!!
     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from dz76. Show dz76's posts

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    At DD1 first birthday, she touched her cake once.  To pick it up and drop it on the floor.

    Guess who will saddle up to a perfect stranger for a chance at cake now?

     
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    OMG Poppy!!! Soooooo cute!
     
  12. You have chosen to ignore posts from LiveLoveLearnEnjoy. Show LiveLoveLearnEnjoy's posts

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    Poppy - your DD is so adorable.

    Happy Birthday to all the October babies!

    So I have been a crazy madwoman who forgot what her computer looked like because she hasn't used it in like a month.  Between work, playing with DS and the evening routine and being exhausted there just hasn't been any time.

    It was so great to read all the updates.  A facebook page sounds like a such a nice idea or even a park gathering! 

    No comments here on sleep training.  I have wimped out completely on that front.  Currently DS goes down fine but he stirs a few times a night.  Lately I have been trying really hard to stay in my bed and just let him settle down which he has been doing.  The last two nights have not been great.  Not sure if it is the cold he has had for like a month or teething or something else.  Last night I brought him into bed with us just so we could get back to sleep!  Normally though he stirs a couple of times a night but sleeps from 7:30-8pm til about 6:30-7pm.  He naps about 2 - 2 1/2 hours a day at daycare.  Last night with the lack of sleep he napped today from 11:45 til 3:05 when they woke him up to feed him lunch knowing that I usually pick him up around 4pm.

    He also had his first real accident today at daycare.  He is a very cautious kid, walks around everything rather than just going right over.  Today he tripped and fell hitting his mouth and upper lip on the picnic table bench (metal picnic table bench).  He had a swollen lip but he is fine.  DH was very upset and met me at daycare to pick him up.  He definitely didn't look as bad as I expected when we got him.  He was fine all night, ate dinner no issues.  We did give him some tylenol before bed just in case.  I had some guilt at first for not being there but he was happy when we picked him up.

    We are expecting baby #2 in May.  We will be 12 weeks this Sunday and have our first ob appt. on Friday.  I'm kind of freaking out about having 2 and how we are going to do it but we are also very excited!
     
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    LLLE - Congrats on #2!!  Great time of year to have a baby I'd imagine.  You get a nice summer off and don't have to worry about bundling up the little one.  And so sad about your DS's lip - so glad to hear that he was ok last night.  I am trying to brace myself for that call from daycare once we start next week.  My DS is a little clumsy on his feet, and they have hard tile floors... eek.

    Poppy... Zoe is too cute for words.  That is the best party outfit ever!  I will put a photo on the FB page that also shows DS's dislike for cake :-)  We all have these health-conscious kids already!!

    Just a quick note.  Last Friday DS and I went to the daycare so I could sign all the paperwork.  We dropped DS in his room so I could sit with the director in her office.  He did great!  Went to the teacher without any fuss and when I returned 30 mins later, he was doing a puzzle and sharing the pieces with the teacher (he LOVES to share and gets so excited when you take something from him that he is offering!).  I know we are still in for a transition next week... but I feel a little bit better that he may just be ok there!
     
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    Winter - I feel your pain, I have a sedentary job too.  I try and get out at lunch and I drink a ton of water all day.  It keeps me feeling full and somehow wakes me up.  At home I basically had to get rid of all junk food as I have no will power.  I love chocolate, ice cream, etc - I do not like ice cream with nuts though so that is what I but for DH. 

    Poppy - that pic is adorable, happy birthday to her!

    LLLE - Congrats!  Two is easier than you'd expect.  There are tough moments but there are so many cute moments that the tough ones are easy forgotten.

    IPW - That is great about DS doing well, must make you feel much more comfortable!

    AFM - We changed daycares a couple weeks ago and I'm in heaven with the new place.  The woman is so organized, loving, structured, and education oriented.  DD likes it a lot and has been doing much better with her potty training there than previously. 
     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from poppy609. Show poppy609's posts

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    Thanks all!  I couldn't resist posting a pic... Speaking of pics, I'm loving seeing all of your adorable little ones on facebook.  Thanks, ML, for setting that up!  We need to get more of you on there!!

    Congrats to LLLE!  I'll be closely monitoring the experiences of those expecting #2... DH and I are recently talking a lot about it.  I think ultimately I'd like to go for it, but sometimes it feels overwhelming, like last night when it took DD an hour to get settled in bed.  I"m sorry about DS's swollen lip!!  :(

    I'm glad we're not the only ones with cake-rejection!  She threw it on the floor, too! 

    Fram - I loved the transition into the shopping cart!  Grocery shopping is so much fun now!  She says "Hi!!" to everyone and loves seeing other kids in carts.  And I'm very impressed with your nap success!  It actually inspired me to have a conversation with my MIL last night, who is with DD most days, about naps.  She almost NEVER sleeps in her crib for naps with my MIL.  There doesn't seem to be anything I can do - even though I've told her I want her in her crib, she just can't do it because Zoe will often fuss or cry and MIL gives in.  I almost think daycare would be good for us to help with routine.

    Kar - I was apparently the same way as a kid.  So I can't be too surprised that DD is thatway!

    IPW - so glad to hear DS seems to have already taken to the idea of daycare!  Good luck next week.  Have you had any leads on a new job?  (I think you are job shopping?)



     
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    LLLE - congratulations!!
    Poppy - so cute!!
    Fram - I agree about the shopping cart -- way fun!
    IPW - great about the day care.

    I'm going to start a new thread about sleep... we are a mess over here.
     
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    Super cute  Poppy!  She is adorable!

    I think I am more concerned about DD's absolute love affair with the cake!

    IPW _ that is great news about daycare.  I swear 90% of the time DD is like "don't let the door hit you on the way out".  Occasionally I will get a token cry but not often. 

    LLLE- When in May are you due?  We are due May 18th.  Great time of the year!
     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from dz76. Show dz76's posts

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    DD2 is on the move!  It took 13 months but something finely click after dinner on Sunday and she's now scooting everywhere on her butt.  

    She is so proud of herself.  I actually teared up 'cuz I was a little worried that she was never going to get it. 

    She still can't/won't roll over or get into a seated position on her own but I'll take what I can get.  :-)
     
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    DZ - congratulations!  I know it is stressful; we are in the same position.
    Our 14 month old also started belly crawling and butt scooting at 13 months.  Last week she figured out the sitting up on her own thing!  It is definitely exciting.
     
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    Poppy, wow... good memory.  I had my heart set on one job that I was in the running for.  But sadly, didn't get it (learned last week).  Would have taken me off of the 3 hour commute daily cycle, which really had me wanting the role.  So, I'm still looking, but also TTCing for #2.  If I stay where I am now for another maternity, it will be 14 weeks completely paid.  Not bad... and may just make those 3 hrs a day in the car worth it.

    Medford, meant to tell you.  At our 1 year appt last week, pediatrician recommended an EI eval because DS can't get to sitting from laying down, and doesn't pull up from sitting to standing.  The appointment isn't until Thanksgiving.  We'll see how he does until.  Of course this weekend he pulled himself up two steps of my uncle's sunken living room.  So perhaps it really is just waiting for their own timetable.
     
  21. You have chosen to ignore posts from medfordcc. Show medfordcc's posts

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    IPW, sorry to hear about the job.
    But that's good to hear about the EI evaluation.  I just posted on another thread specifically about EI.  I think you will enjoy the evaluation.  You're right about their own timetable -- and even after being in EI, it's hard to know what the effect is.  No control group.  :)
    But if nothing else, the evaluation helped us to know that all the other areas of development (besides gross motor) were okay.  And the EI visits help us to know how to help/challenge her.
    Re: sitting from lying down - she still can't do it on hardwood because she slides!  She's been doing lots of practice on the bed, her crib, and our one tiny carpet.  So that might be an entry point for your LO as well.

    We actually have an evaluation with a PT in a couple of weeks.  The EI specialist wants to make sure she's not missing anything.  I guess our LO's feet turn out pretty dramatically.
     
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    Poppy-DD is adorable! I love the outfit Fram-Good job with the nap training. That is how we started. DD would never go down for the afternoon nap ( at home) once I started work. I finally convinced DH that we needed to do something to help her sleep better. Once afternoon naps were down, we moved to nighttime sleeping. It took 3 days to train her. IPW-sorry to hear about the job. I'm glad to hear that DS likes daycare. DD loves where she goes. She's rarely upset when I drop her off and often is upset when I pick her up. It's just comforting to know how happy she is. Luck &LIL-Glad to hear you're almost through the 1st trimester. AFM- DD is "speaking" up a storm. She also loves to imitate reading books. Now that she is mobile, I can barely remember how it was when she didn't move. I need to get on board with the FB page. I just need to get over my paranoid issues regarding privacy. On an unrelated n
     
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    ok- daycare talk is upsetting me... my DS is having major problems with drop off- hysterically crying. today he grabbed my hand and walked to the door. then he ran off and I thought he was going to play, but he came back with his lovie. like he wasn't leaving without it. so sad.

    congrats on all the second pregnancies!! and sorry about the job IPW. that commute stinks (I do a similar one).

    ps. nene, what on another note? I can't see the rest of your post!

     
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    Thanks Nene, LIL, and Medford!

    IPW - I'm so sorry you didn't get the job.  However, I think your line of thinking is perfect. 
     
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    LIL we are due the 13th.  I'm excited for May and the nice weather. 

    Medford it took a good month for our DS to settle in and not cry hysterically when DH dropped him off at daycare. I think our DS was similar to your DS...older when starting daycare.  It does get better and now DS is happy when we drop him off and happy when we pick him up too.

    IPW - sorry to hear about the job.  My current commute is 45 minutes but opposite traffic but I remember a day when it was longer and in to Boston in all the fun traffic.  Glad to hear though that DS liked daycare!

    Fram so glad the napping training is going well!  DS always took one long nap and one short one for us. 


     
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