Aww--poor Max! Can you see the tooth yet wamommy? Hopefully there is an end in sight for the poor dear!
Naps are slowly taking shape. .. (hopefully!) The last two days I was able to get him down for an hour nap (which is HUGE for us!) I've been using a book called "The No Cry Nap Solution" It has a lot of helpful insights which I have been using. I've gotten these two naps in his swing, but this weekend I'm going to work really hard to try to get them in his crib. It's a bit harder with him in his crib because it's not as confined and cozy as the swing. . .I don't think he likes the open space.
He had his 6 month check up on Wednesday. He's still a little one at 15 lbs 3 oz. . but doctor said that's good for him. He is 26 inches long. What do your lo's weigh?
I can't quite see the tooth yet, but I can feel it with my finger. It's a little rough spot on an otherwise slippery gum. I'm hoping once it comes all the way through he gets some relief!
Good job with the naps, Sierra It sounds like you found the right solution for Camden. What a lucky little guy that you stick with it!!
We don't have our 6-month check-up until Aug 27th, because our Dr is out of town. I weighed Max a while ago on our home scale, and he was 19.6 pounds I hate to think what he'll be by his appointment! It sounds like Camden and Teagen's appointments went well. Yay!
Odd question, but do any of your LOs have tiny feet? I mean, obviously they have tiny feet, but TINY feet... even for a baby? Max is so big and has such little doll feet that people are starting to comment. Maybe the Japanese side? DH's mom wore a size 5.... but still. It looks a bit weird on his ham hock leg!
Thanks wamommy! We're trying! He's definitely been a very trying baby. . .my family has not quite seen a baby quite like him. . .lol. It makes him all that more special to me though.
You'll have to post a picture when that little tooth does show up---sooo darling!!
I can't help you with the little feet thing. . .Camden has big feet and really long fingers---people always comment on how big his hands and feet are. haha. . . I think all babies grow parts at different rates. My friends baby has a really small head compared to his body. I think it's just their individualness. However, I'm sure the Japenese side has a bit to do with it. I'm jealous---we all have huge feet over here!
Max's weight sounds perfect. .. I know Camden is only in like the 10th percentile or something. . . poor guy.
I'm trying to figure out what to do with DH. . .I think he feels a bit neglected. He keeps commenting how other people go out on dates and we don't . . .etc etc. The major reason why we haven't is because Camden has been so high needs. . .however, he is starting to get better with strangers, so I'm wondering if I need to step it up and make a date happen. (Though, truthfully, I'm really not looking forward to going out---I really don't want to be away from Camden. I mean, I want time with my husband, but I'm so attached to Camden, I worry if I'm ever away). . .However, I think it's really weighing on DH and I don't want our marriage to suffer. . . Any tips for a meaninful, yet maybe short date where I don't have to worry too much about baby and maybe where I don't have to pump while I'm out? Have any of you ladies been on dates with your DH yet?
I think a date night would be great for you and DH, Sierra! DH and I have gone out a handful of times without the babies...a few times when my mom and sister visited way back in February, once when DH's aunt was visiting, and once when DH's friend offered to babysit. Now my sister is living with us, so once she's comfortable watching both babies at once, I'm sure DH and I can have a date night once in a while.
I miss them when I'm gone, but I don't usually worry much. I guess I'm used to being away, as sad as that is, because of work. I had to take an overnight business trip Monday and Tuesday of this week, and that was my first night away from them. It was tough, but it was great coming home and seeing their big gummy smiles.
The twins are starting to get a bit of separation anxiety. When they're upset or in pain (they've been teething quite a bit lately), they only want me. This poses a problem when I'm at work or otherwise unavailable. I've been up a lot in the night recently because if they wake up and DH goes to them, they won't settle and end up awake for hours. If I go to them, usually I can just replace a pacifier or pat them on the back, and they go right back to sleep.
DH has been getting really annoyed with it, because he spends hours trying to make them happy, and they just whine and cry and get all worked up...then I walk in and hold them for one minute and they're perfectly fine. Even when I do the same thing he's tried 5 times unsuccessfully. He keeps saying "How do you DO that?!" when I'm able to soothe them in 1/50th the time it takes him. I don't know how to answer, because I'm not doing anything special, they just only want me for whatever reason. He thinks they're being stubborn and/or manipulative, and he gets irritated with them and sometimes yells at them or speaks very sternly. I'm hoping it's just a phase.
I think open space is a bit scarey for them too. I put Kiara down on her side. Always did. I imagine this takes away a bit of the feeling of being lost in a big open space? She is usually put down on her side with her comforter duck in her hands to fiddle with.
Being on his side may be worth a try if Camden really hates the open crib?
Kiara almost always turns to her tummy to sleep in the night. For a couple of nights I kept worrying but she sleeps so soundly that way...surely I don't need to keep turning her back? She cn roll to her back, though it is true she won't roll that way nearly as often as rolling back to front...I do wonder if she sometimes forgets how to go tummy to back....
We don't go on dates. I find inviting people to us, either for evening dinner when the kids are in bed, or for a daytime BBQ works well. That way we get grown up conversation, can have a drink if we want and feel like we are socializing and catching up with friends. And we don't need to find babysitters we haven't been on a date for the two of us. Honestly I don't feel the need, we spend every evening together as it is. I don't know if we would have anything non mundane to talk about on a date....
Socializing with others occasionally works well for us
Kiara's second bottom tooth is on the way through
Good luck with your teeth Max x
Haha his littl feet, cute! Are you sure it isn't just the chunky legs making them look teeny?
Wamommy - Imagining poor Max as a teething zombie almost woke Teagen from her nap as I was shaking with laughter. Poor little guy. We've got two teeth on the bottom that have broken through and another that looks like it wants to join in the fun. She has bite marks on her hands from chewing on herself. Teagen has fairly big feet and opposible toes (okay, not really, but they are very flexy and work like fingers). Neither DH or I have really big feet, but hers are very long. I bet his look cute being tiny!
Sierra - Camden is a lucky little fellow to have such a mom as you. I'm glad that you are working through the nap issues. The past three days have been horrible with naps. I think it was because DH was home and Teagen doesn't like to nap if he is around... Daddy is just far too interesting.
DH and I managed to have a date night this week. It was our second since Teagen was born. We went to the local fair for about 4 hours after she went to bed. My parents came over and sat with her. I now have a huge bruise on my thigh from trying to tip the cage over on the "Zipper" which is a ride that DH and I both adore. Unfortunately this cage was smaller than ones we had previously been in and DH couldn't move so I had to do all the rocking.
Getting Teagen to sleep this past week has been an adventure. She can finally sit unassisted for 5 minutes or so while playing with toys. However... she wants to practice sitting... while BF, while sleeping, while doing anything. Is anyone else experiencing this? I've had to hold her torso down while changing her diaper because she tries to sit from the core rather than rolling to the side and then up.
HHS well done Taegan on sitting. It must be such fun to want to try it all the time! Lol. It is funny how when they master something new they want to try it all the time. (Though maybe it doesn't feel so funny in the middle of the night!?). Kiara can sit for a little while but can still wobble and fall at any moment and she can't pull herself from laying down to sitting yet. Her favourite peice of baby equipment has to be the blow up ring we have that she sits in and plays in. she is so happy sitting alone and with er toys. i even managed to have a little float on our lilo on the pool in our garden today (one of those self holding up pools, depth just to my thighs, not a proper swimming pool) while Kiara entertained herself in the shade of the parasol nearby. it felt such a luxury!
But oh we are having wriggly diaper changes! She managed to wriggle and get er foot in it today.,.and then while I shouted for DH to assist wiping her foot while I held her down she managed to get a hand free and somehow get that in the poop too!? Urgh. It was a bit of a three men and a baby moment. Chaos. Lol.
Ooh got to dash, its raining and the full washing line calls....
We don't have date night here either. We tried a couple of times to leave the girls with a friend and go out to lunch. We end up talking about the kids the whole time, anyhow! Our alone time is like Helena's. When the kids go to bed we stay up talking or watching a movie, and that's our time to reconnect.
Good job Teagen with sitting! What a strong girl Max still slumps forward or sideways in a super comical slow-motion face plant. I only have him practice on the bed or carpet so that it isn't painful It will be so nice when he can sit and play! The blow up right you have sounds super useful, Helena. Where did you get it?
I've been feeling really yucky the last few days. I think I may have mild food poisoning or something. It's not terrible, but I'm extra exhausted and have what my girls call "owie tummy." I'm hoping this passes soon! Also, Max has switched his sleep schedule yet again. He now gets up for the day at 6am! Oh, how I can't wait until he sleeps 8-8.
Helena, picturing your poop fiasco cracked me up! Been there, been there... and I know how funny/terrible/chaotic those can be.
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