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Friday, October 12, 2012

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1. I hadn't realized the rules had changed. I don't think our pediatrician keeps up. Then again, Sophie had some food sensitivites and so do I, so I'm still on the line with that one. My reaction with Anthony was to just hold solid foods altogether until he could feed himself. That solved so many problems-- except the nursing all the time one.

3. Ben, who had so many infections I was afraid we were looking at tubes, loved amoxicillin and hated, hated, hated Augmentin with a passion. Dosing him often took two people. Until near the end of the week when I finally gave in to the idea that it was inevitable we'd force it down his throat and started just taking it.

4. Yay for nightweaning! It was hell for the first week or so but after that made life so much better.

6. I agree. Walking is good. Not having to hold a 30+ pound toddler is very good. I can't imagine it with two of them! I am so in agreement about how thrilling it is to see them moving about like little adults. So adorable!

7. Anthony is my first real climber too. Oy! Into everything! The other day he was trying to stand on the firetruck riding toy so he could push buttons on the tv and was so mad when he kept falling.

And I thought the other kids got a lot of bumps and bruises as toddlers. He easily has as many as all three of them had put together. And I think Blaise and Ben sound a lot alike. With Ben it's arranging cars and trucks in neat rows.

I love to see you blogging again, though I didn't get around to commenting on your last couple of posts. Too many interruptions.

My life has gotten easier and better each time my baby started walking.

I'm anxiously awaiting walking. We've got a 5* cruiser in the house, she often prefers it to crawling, and if she's not walking in the next month, I'm pretty sure she will be by Christmas. So many things will be so much easier once she can holding on to just one (or no!) hand, rather than two. I'm looking forward to it!

I think Coop (17 months on the 26th) is going to be the last walker (and sleep through the night) baby in his internet age group. For me, it is easier to deal with those things because he is my last baby. Soon we'll sleep! And run after him!

LOL, I love the thought of them deciding to be two babies :-). "Hey, we can be double the fun, double the trouble! Let's go for it!"

Walking never bothered me. Mac walked by 12 mos. Nina - she didn't care to be bothered to walk until 16 or 17 mos. Yikes, I don't remember! But it IS in her baby book (one of the few things that is...) I do however remember exactly how old she was when I came into the kitchen and found her on the counter trying to figure out how to get higher... (13 mos. and it about gave me a heart attack. She was TINY. I still haven't figured out how she managed that.) We put away all the stools and the chairs and she still climbed everything. Maybe that's it - walking is EASY. Climbing can be terrifying.

I can't believe they're WALKING. They were JUST BORN.

I too had fresh empathy (strong enough to apply even to my late mother-in-law) for the "When YOU were babies WE never had to..." with related scoffing. I still clenched my teeth ("Yes, MIL, but now car seats are considered safer") [it is wildly unfair of me to use that example, since she never ever said one word about car seats, and in fact was one of the early adopters of car seats, which got her mocked by HER mother and mother-in-law], but I Got It. I was able to say, with sincerity, things like "I know: it's so annoying how ONE DAY it's 'absolutely NEVER this!' and the NEXT day it's 'absolutely ALWAYS this!'"

I wonder if the doctor recommendation is a regional thing? If so, the pediatricians in our area have not yet caught up. They still recommend avoiding things like peanuts.

I have never understood the fear of walking. Crawling babies can get into plenty of things, too. Once they're mobile, it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of difference whether it's crawling or walking. I actually found that my son got into more trouble when he was older and taller and could reach more things. Babyproofing was much easier when he was a young walking toddler.

My late walker was an early and skillful climber too! It was such a drag (you, mother of two of these people, are laughing at me) bc I'd take her to Target or the grocery store and she'd just climb right out of the cart (she could shimmy right out of the strap on the tightest setting) but I couldn't put her down bc she couldn't walk. I was so happy once she finally started walking at 16 months. My other daughter didn't walk till 14 months, and I thought that was late, but she never climbed anything in her life (still doesn't, at 5).

PS: Congrats on night weaning! Also forgot to mention how cute those little guys are--they look like tiny men (tiny Bryans?)!

HOORAY for nightweaning! its a gamechanger. i always love my children more afterwards :)

also this:
the kind of kid who can't be bothered to make mischief when there are so many blocks to be carefully stacked in complex patterns (and so little time)

awesome line, awesome! :) i laughed out loud!

Yes, I was thrilled with walking too! Elizabeth was afraid that she would miss something fun, so I was never allowed to put her down. Ever. When she learned to walk (at nine months), she finally had something to do and I didn't have to carry her constantly.

And I have great sympathy for the climbing and into everything. It's very familiar.

I so agree about walking. My baby is a proficient walker and he's not even 1 yet (astonishing to me since my others didn't start taking steps until well after 1) and I love it. He's so small and it's so cute to see him toddling around and he knows he's big stuff. And he's happier. And I'm happier.

Those little standing babies just about melted my heart!

My two are just now getting to that competent walking stage and they are about 16 and a half months old. I kept expecting it and expecting it and it took so long!! But finally, they started just before they got to 16 months and now they are just going for it. I love it. I agree with you on #6. I couldn't wait until they were walking and thought people just didn't understand the challenges of having two non-walking children and how heavy they can get. I'm thrilled that they are finally walking and now can't wait until they can successfully handle stairs (there are stairs I have to go up and down at our daycare, so I still have to carry them both on the way in in the morning and on the way out in the afternoon).

I rejoiced when my developmentally delayed son finally walked because it meant I didn't have to carry him everywhere. Yeah, there's the fact that your kids then go everywhere but it's so much more convenient.

DD was an early walker, and I thought okay that was easy...until a very short time later I walked out of the living room and came back to find her standing on the sideboard! She'd figured out what to move and then hauled herself up, and was thrilled to be King of the Mountain! I don't fear walking, I fear climbing. I was worried about her trying to climb the drawers of a dresser so we had attached it to the wall during babyproofing, but she never tried that. Because she had days where she wanted to live on trail mix and bottled water, I totally feared that I had a mountain climber on my hands here. The scariest thing adventurous climbers want to do is climb up the slide, FYI, so watch that when the time comes. We wouldn't let her do it ever, but she got away with it in a flash at 5 on the daycare indoor playground, and fell and broke her arm. We say it was the day she took the cure because she never did it again. There was a flirtation with rock climbing walls but that is much safer and the urge has passed anyway. It's great fun having adventurers, but it really made me wish I could dress her in bubble wrap for a few years there!

I just wanted to say that I am so glad you are blogging again and I hope you keep it up. The piece you wrote a while back about how you are a different parent with your twins then you were with your other children...I read that with tears streaming down my face, I identified SO much. It was actually one of the most spot-on things I've ever read about what it's like to have twins.
Please keep writing!

I remember those times of my little one not wanting to take medicine. I figured out if you put the syringe way in the pocket at the end of their gums, they wont taste it. My little one would not fight me as bad after this trick!

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