Off to Kindle! Thx!
ETA: I should try to remember to tell you what free ones I get that I love. Unfortunately, by the time I get to them, read them, and love them, they cost money.
I confess that I'm kinda confused. I didn't want to post this in NM's because I didn't want to offend anybody, but I'm honestly just.. confused. Why would you WANT your baby to take a binky? I thought it caused nipple confusion and was a PITA to wean them off? Is it because they don't cry as often with them?
Again, I'm not criticizing anybody, I just didn't know it was better for babies to take one. ?
We didn't really have much of a choice. When Ronin was not even half an hour old, he started sucking on anything that came near his mouth. His first picture is in the operating room while I'm getting stitched up, and he's latched onto my thumb like a little piranha. He happily breastfed, and I think I spent nearly half my time feeding him, but even when he wasn't eating he was miserable if something wasn't in his mouth. I think one of the benefits of binky use is that there is something that can soothe and quiet a baby nearly miraculously. Ronin would pretty much whimper if he didn't have it. It helped him sleep, it helped him relax, it helped him become the calm little guy that he is.
If he hadn't taken the binky so easily, I would have been desperate for another solution. It also reduces the risk of SIDS, which is a pleasant side benefit. On the down side, it is difficult to get rid of them and when there is no binky, oh beware beware the wrath of a baby deprived.
I think it's not only about the not crying as much--it's about soothing and making your baby more happy and content. Changing a diaper can stop a cry, but it's not like they get all peaceful because they're dry. A binky is like baby valium only without some of the same side effects.
Man, I need to go to bed. I'm totally rambling, not making much sense, and I don't have the patience to reread this and shorten or edit it.
No, you make perfect sense! Thanks! I had never encountered the need for one since Lore wasn't a constant sucker and was on a near-perfect schedule since her NICU stay. She rarely cried or needed comforting... then again, I held her all of the time and we stuck to the same routine that we learned in the NICU.
Sorry if I seemed ignorant... I remember my BF'ing struggles and how I once read that pacifiers caused the nipple confusion. Of course that isn't the case for all babies!
Mia never had a paci either. MIL & several other people were really shocked and kept going on about it like it was child abuse or something. I think pacis are fantastic for babies with a strong need to suck, but Mia was 100% content without one, so why fix something that isn't broken?
I confess that I really want to cut all my hair off. I want it to be short without it looking like a "mom cut".
Lydia - I do think that having the daycare helped Kai learn to use the potty. Not to mention, Savana. She was taking him to the potty, helping him pull his pants down. She's a great little mommy.
And for the record, I never thought I'd use pull-ups. To me they have always seemed like more of a marketing ploy than anything else. But Kai thinks they are more like underwear and he refuses to put on a cloth diaper. So, here I am, using the pullups that I always tell people not to use.
I want to cut all my hair off too, but DH hates short cuts. These days he's complimenting me on my hair every day and I'm feeling like it's way too long. LOL I just wish I had a cute cut that naturally looked good. I hate fussing with my hair but I want it to look good!
Alright! I'll bite the bullet and try underwear. Since he's doing pretty well in pullups now, maybe it'll be less of a disaster than last time.
Speaking of accidents, Josh spilled a whole cup of hot cocoa on the glider and throw pillows and didn't tell me. I was in the other room and I thought he drank it all until I found it all dry and crusty the next day. LOL Well we've needed a good reason to get rid of that glider anyway.
Bridget, I use pull-ups when we leave the house, and made a point of calling them pull-up underwear. Claire never has an accident in them, and Ro has fewer accidents while wearing a pull-up than while wearing the cloth training pants. I also just recently discovered pull-ups for night-time, which is awesome because Claire gets out of bed and wants to use the potty in the middle of the night.
Sarah, I hope you can find a cut you like. It's hard to find a short one that isn't a mom cut, unless you go for something jagged or spiky.
I intended NOT to use a paci with Oscar. But the child had to suck ALL the time to be happy and selfish me, I wanted to poop without baby on the boob. He got a paci on night two and never had nipple confusion, nursed like a champ, spoke at 10 months, and has no dental issues because of it. He recently (two weeks ago) gave up his "Fi" on his own. At about 2 I limited it to sleeptimes, and he was fine with that.
The paci was a lifesaver. I'll do it again in a HEARTBEAT if the next baby needs one.
I passed out at the eye doctor trying to learn to put contacts in....I stayed with glasses. LOL
last time I went to the eye doc, I warned him I was NOT a good eye person...so he tells me, oh I'm a good person with eyes. Ummm I should think so!
And I have awful eyes. They try to take away my glasses and ask me to read the chart. Well I can tell you the first letter is a huge E but only because i know it is there...I can't see it really without the glasses.
I confess that lately I have been obsessed with boy names. And it has nothing to do with this boy! I was thinking about how we have two girl names picked out for future children but if we were to have another boy in the future...we have NO other names!!
Jimi likes the idea of a Hawaiian middle name since we did a ritual in the Iao Valley on Maui at which time we asked for a child.
I decided today that I like the first name of Serj. No idea why but all of a sudden Serj Tankien came to mind and I have always liked his name but then it just hit me like a ton of bricks today that I would LOVE to use that name.
Whew, glad that's over. Talk about obsessing over the little things that don't even need to be thought about right now!
We are building a house...and I KNOW that DH can handle only one thing at a time in terms of change and he needs time. Yet I can't stop thinking about a new puppy and names for her. It's hard to top a cool name like Cosmo (and we call her Coz and Cozie all the time too).
It will probably be about 2 years before DH is ready for another dog.
Oh and than there are the vacations that we won't have the time or money for a while to take that I'm already trying to plan out.
I tend to be on the obessive side when I get an idea in my head.
I confess I'm currently growing my hair out to my rear end. I think that it's about a year out but my stylish says 6 months. I think that it has about 4 more inches to go.
Layers make it harder to take care of and the shorter it is, the more of a PITA it is to take care of. It's very thick with some natural curl/wave to it....so the weight really helps a lot. When it's shorter or in layers, I have to use a lot of product and make it curly every day. Longer and heavier, I can just brush it out and wear it down.
My DH likes long hair. And I have NEVER had had shorter than an inch or two below the shoulders since I was a baby.
DH doesn't like dye either but I have already told him that if I start getting a lot of grey hairs that I'm coloring it.
and I understand the tradition... Charlie is named after B's grandmother he never met... and had she been a boy she'd have the middle name Dale... Its been the boys middle name on B's dads side for generations...
Though I must admit... Charlene wasn't my first choice... It actually took quite a bit of convincing for me to agree to it..
My first experience with any kind of a pull-up diaper was visiting Stash and Oscar at her uncle's house. They were waiting for us out at the pool and I put swim diapers on the twins. Of course, immediately Claire pooped. I laid down the diaper mat and very carefully took off her suit and s l o w l y and carefully eased down the soiled swim diaper, trying not to get any poo on her legs or anywhere else, and of course she's kicking and wiggling all over the place. Dh was trying to keep Ronin out of the scene (one of the reasons we never changed diapers on the floor here), and it was a very difficult 5 minutes or so, and by the time we got out to the pool I was sweaty and stressed. Only later when I mentioned the saga to one of my friends did I find out they make all of those diapers with easy-rip sides, so I made it much more of a struggle than it actually was. D'oh!
Janeen, I think it's so funny that you're disappointed about dh nixing a boy name for a future baby. You would probably have a hard time with my dh, who has said no to well over 100 names I've suggested for this baby.
I confess I saw this when logging into my email this morning.....
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/201003...neddaysonearthThe massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.
Seriously?? Who's going to miss 1.26 milliseconds?!
I have tried Pandora with limited success. I was hoping to find more artists with music like Enya, but usually hit my song limit per hour quickly cause I keep trying to teach it, "No, that's not like Enya . . . No, that isn't either".
We already have a "no talking with the binky in your mouth" rule, and when he tries I tell him I can't understand him because of the bink. Smart kid - he understands. He takes it out and repeats what he's saying (NOT that that guarantees I know what's coming out of his mouth, though!). I figure around 2 years it will be for naps and bedtime only, and we'll play it by ear from there. I'm not worried about binky wearing at this point.
OMG I hadn't seen that shirt before! I just emailed it to Jimi...hopefully I get a surprise.
I want to get the dinosaur eating the fish applique (or whatever ya wanna call it) for my car too. So I can drive my car while wearing that shirt! Heck yes!
Oh and I guess while I'm at it, I had better finally throw on my bumper sticker that says "I found Jesus! He's drunk in my backseat!"
I've had it for years and have never put it on lol