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3rd-Jul-2012 02:13 pm - Cole is a bottomless pit
Hi everyone! I'm not really on LJ as much anymore, but I do miss it. It's funny how whenever I want/need advice on something to do with Cole, I still always think to ask here first.

So I don't know if he's growth spurting or what, but he is asking me for food about 8000 times a day. Now, I am not against eating a lot, as long as it's the good stuff. Should I just make him bigger meals? I have to admit, preparing meals/snacks every 30 mins (not literally, but it seems like) is really annoying. Or maybe I could give him for "filling" foods? What is your meal/snack routine?

PS- he's starting kindergarten in August. So exciting! Pre K went really well.

Here is picture of him from the end of April. He rode his first bicycle race that day!

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26th-Aug-2011 09:51 am - Kindergarten!
Niv "Who me?"
Hi everyone! Hope your October not-so-babies are doing well. Mine started public kindergarten yesterday and it went really well. He came home happy, says he made friends, and his teacher seems very sweet. I guess I'm lucky that California's cut-off date is still December 1.

I have a question about the almost-five-year-olds. Niv cries about EVERYTHING these days. He asks a question. I'm not exactly clear on what he's asking, so I give him the best answer I can. It's not quite what he was after. He starts crying instead of asking a follow-up question. (I've tried to tell him that if I don't quite understand what he's asking, he should try asking in a different way. This also makes him cry. Sigh.)

I tell him he needs to play with some toys, that it's not time to watch TV. TANTRUM. Oh my G-D! How can Mommy make me PLAY?!

The other day, I had to FORCE him to go outside and play for half an hour. He started bargaining, saying he'd only play for 20 minutes. He spent 45 minutes crying about how he didn't want to go outside and play before he actually went out, and then he spent another 10 minutes crying before he and his brother actually found out that, shockingly, playing is FUN.

It's just been really frustrating with him lately. He wanted to do a (48-piece) puzzle this morning (great!). He insisted that he "can't" do it, even though his 2.5-year-old brother is perfectly happy to sit down with a puzzle and at least give it a try (and usually eventually succeeds). I gave him some tips to get started (we've done plenty of puzzles together. He's no newbie). He sat there with a pile of puzzle pieces in front of him, whimpering and crying. I don't get it.

I've read that this is fairly normal in the months leading up to turning 5, but I'm going a little batty. I'm due any day now with our third, and I don't have the patience for all the whimpering, whining, and crying. (Whining, I kind of take for granted, with an almost-5-year-old and a 2.5-year-old, but the whimpering and outright screaming tantrums kind of get to me.) Plus, I can't man-handle him (he's 56 pounds) the way I would have if he needs to be in timeout or whatever, so I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling or lecturing myself hoarse, only to have the same conversations day after day.

Maybe I just needed to vent. Haha. Okay, everybody vent about your almost-5-year-olds! :)
10th-Jan-2011 10:08 pm - Know-It-Alls?
Hey everyone,

It's been quiet around here. I hope everyone's October 2006 "babies" are doing well!

I have a question about mine! He's kind of a know-it-all, or at least very argumentative. He'll ask me a question, and when given the correct answer, he'll argue the point and tell me what he thinks, at which point I throw up my hands and wonder why he bothered asking if he thinks he has the answers. I don't know why it drives me so crazy, but I just want him to have the correct information.

By way of example: Today on the way to school, on the freeway, he said, "There's one traffic light on the freeway, right?" I answered that there are no traffic lights on the freeway, because then it wouldn't be a freeway. He said, "There's ONE traffic light." I assumed he meant the ramp meter, so I explained that it's not ON the freeway, it's on the ramp to GET ON the freeway, and that it's not really a traffic light because there's no one going the other way. It's just a meter to control how fast people get on the freeway. He said there sometimes are people going the other way. Then he said there's also a traffic light at the end of the freeway. At some point, I gave up and said, "Okay Niv, you know the answers. Why are you asking me if you already know?" He "Hmphed" at me!

Anyway, you get the idea. Am I approaching this wrong? Is this a normal phase, this "I know all the answers" business? (Until they're teenagers, at least? Haha.) I have this need to make sure he has the "right" answers, but he won't always accept them. (It's not just ME, by the way. He's the same way with my husband and my mom, among others.) I hate just saying, "Okay, Niv, you're right" when he's not, but sometimes it just isn't worth another argument.

(And don't get me started on the "arguments" he and his two-year-old brother have. OMG. "YEEESSS!!!" "NO!!!" "YEEESSSSSS!!!!!" "NOOOOO!!" Sigh. The backseat of my car in the mornings can be an adventure all its own...)
19th-Jun-2010 08:24 am - And now for something funny.
Even though our little ones aren't toddlers any more, I thought some of you would get a kick out of this. Why Having a Toddler is Like Being at a Frat Party
19th-Apr-2010 05:36 pm - Why?
Tell me the incessant "Why? Why? Why?" will end! I thought we'd hit the "why" faze and moved on, but then it came back and now my son asks why about everything. And I do mean everything.. It's driving me nuts.
5th-Mar-2010 08:02 am - :)
I was so glad to come back and see a post about the threenager that many of us might be experiencing. Sheesh. I am so glad to read I'm not the only one!!

Here's my question. I have been extremely sick - 2 bouts of meningitis, complications from a brain tumor, etc. Claire has had a TERRIBLE time sleeping, and I don't know if it's the age or if it is because of my health issues. Often times, she's back in our bed. Before this started she was sleeping through the night in her own room, and now we're lucky if we can get her in a different bed in our room. I don't have a resolution to the health issues, so I wonder if I should just leave it be. The main problem is that she can't sleep until really late. (Which I'm thinking is her waiting up for me to come to bed.)



Leslie - Back to Lj after a few years hiatus
28th-May-2009 01:10 pm - Cradle cap
Awkward - Star Wars
Anyone remember what shampoo works best for cradle cap?
26th-May-2009 05:31 pm - Getting OFF the Nuk (pacifier)...
Any advice here or tricks to get Sophie completely off the nuk...she only wants it at night time but its driving me nuts and I know it can't be good for her teeth.
31st-Mar-2009 08:52 pm(no subject)
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28th-Dec-2008 07:38 am - New birth community for Sept babies

 Mods: Please delete if you don't want this posted.

I've created a new community for those of us due in September.  If you are due between the end of August and the first half of October, feel free to join as well!

Please check it out and join if you'd like: septbabies2009 

23rd-Dec-2008 12:46 am - Curious.
Underoath cover
How did you/how would you introduce the idea of your child having a new brother/sister? We found out we're pregnant with baby number two and I want to get Madison ready for the change. I have until June to do so, but I'm starting to look for books, videos, etc.

Thanks in advance.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season :)
17th-Dec-2008 09:23 am - Nursing strike?

Hi All.  

So, I'm looking for information about nursing strikes and six week olds, but I can't find anything.  Most sites I've found say that a nursing strike occurs later, but Josephine is definitely disinterested in nursing right now.  It's making me crazy!!  I suppose it could be teething; Sydney started teething when she was 2 1/2 months old and I teethed early as well.  But, I just don't know.  She doesn't seem to be really unhappy, but she is usually pretty happy.  She is doing this thing where she will cry like she is tired and nurse for a minute or two and get really mad and push away my breast and then voraciously latch back on only to push it away again.  This usually occurs in the middle of the night, so I'm pretty sure it isn't a milk flow problem (she isn't sputtering and coughing, so I don't think it's coming out too fast and I can hear her swallow, so I don't believe it's coming too slowly).  She just seems angry.  Her belly could be bothering her, too.  I cut dairy out of my diet and her spitting up improved, but I'm not sure what I'm eating now to make her belly upset.  This is so frustrating!!  

The last two days she has not nursed much at all.  She will only nurse for half the time she usually does and she is sleeping more at night.  This, of course, leaves me very full in the morning and I end up having to pump, my least favorite pastime.  

So, I know our babies are all over this phase, but my new baby is having trouble.  Any advice/thoughts?

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8th-Dec-2008 09:08 pm - Crazy mom?
Happy the clam
People are really going to start wondering when Ben's speech gets clearer...

A friend had a zombie birthday party this weekend, and so we explained to Ben that zombies "eat brains." In fact, we were running through the grocery store saying "Eat Brains!" (maybe I really am a crazy mom...) Yesterday, it was raining, and I asked him if he likes rain (which he does), and he said "Eat Brains!" (or "eat rain...")

Today, out of nowhere, when I went to get him out of his carseat, he said "Oh-Em-Gee!" I said, "OMG?" And he said "Bears!" (I know where this comes from, it was just very random at that moment).

Actually, maybe he's making puns. Another thing he frequently says is "Hi Kitty!" But I noticed that it's often in response to my saying "Hi Cutie." But it's definitely kitty-he sometimes follows it with a "meow."

What do you all think? Do barely 2-year-olds make puns? Is he already cursed with this horrible affliction? (Seriously, puns run in my family. I make them all the time, and I have no control over it. It's painful.)
6th-Dec-2008 09:52 am - Language Development
This morning, I could tell just by the way that Babywookie was calling me from his crib that his language skills are *far higher* today than they were yesterday. Isn't it amazing to be able to watch a person grow right before your eyes?
30th-Nov-2008 06:32 pm - Holidays!
Firefly - Kaylee
Now that we are officially in the "holiday season" what are you getting for your newly two year old?

We have lots of blocks and Little People and legos and all that stuf (leftover/shared with my oldest).  I bought her a baby doll to play with because she seems more interested in babies than stuffed animals (we have tons of stuffed animals!).  But beyond that, I keep thinking she doesn't really need anything and she'll probably be happy helping open presents regardless of whether they are for her or not.
21st-Nov-2008 11:46 am(no subject)
Just a reminder to everyone here that the Octoberbabies "Two Year" collage submission period will end in two days (November 23rd)! If you haven't yet, get on over to the submission post and put up your baby!!
16th-Nov-2008 04:10 pm(no subject)
mom and baby
Target is having a truly amazing sale on the Britax Marathon car seats - $60 each ($280 is their normal price). These are apparently the old style seats, which work for up to 33lbs rear-facing instead of 35lbs.


Just thought I'd pass it on in case any of you are in the market.

(ETA: Wow, this one is $42.99!)

(I ended up buying one even though we're pretty happy with our current seat a Graco ComfortSport. Based on my 5 1/2 year old's measurements, it should work for us until she is six or nearly so, eliminating the need for a high-back booster.)

ETA2: According to thystle: A friend of mine just posted this: "i just got off the phone with target. the price was an error. the people in charge are discussing the situation now and no decision has yet been reached about whether or not they will honor the price. we should all get an email in the next couple days."

I checked the website, and both models are now listed as out of stock.
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