My youngest son is at that age (9 months) where he thinks it is HILARIOUS to grab Mommy’s eyeglasses off my face and start playing/chewing with them. With my first son I indulged him because, AW, how cute — and he broke several pairs of glasses, which led me start buying my eyeglasses online.
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Philanthropy Girl says
So cute. My six month old is just now discovering the joy of playing with momma’s glasses, and I have some BCBGMaxAzria that I just love. Maybe a backup pair is a good idea.
I am really surprised at this.
Of course my son grabbed Mommy’s glasses when nursing – but I wear my glasses all.the.time. I literally gave birth with my glasses on. This was my first disciplining of my son – took my n*pp13 out, set him aside on the couch next to me, took my glasses back, he cried, I didn’t look at him for a minute. I gave him hugs and nursed again when his tears stopped. No more glasses-taking, EVER. Maybe 1-2 times EVER since then.
I’ve worn glasses since 2nd grade and I don’t think taking anyone’s glasses is funny, even for a baby! You are WAY more tolerant moms than I am.
I was going to post asking how to get my 1 yo to stop taking my glasses and this is helpful. I’m going to try this next time she grabs them.
Has anyone tried Warby Parker? I tried a pair of internet glasses from another company and was not impressed–the coating was not very good (glasses always looked smeary after cleaning), and I am convinced they didn’t align the lenses properly despite the fact that I sent in the correct measurements.
I love Warby Parker. I like everything from the styles, the price, the ordering experience, and the quality and sturdiness once they arrive. That said, my city (Boston) has a Warby Parker store, and I tried on about 40 frames before I found the right ones. If you can’t go to a store, I think it would be hard to get it right with the online “trying on” process.
Wearing these now- I really like them! The pink is interesting without being too out there for the office.
+1 I have a very similar pair by DKNY from Target Optical that I love. I have very dark eyes and eyebrows and these don’t cast shadows or make my eye-area look darker/shadowy. They are surprisingly subtle on
Finally Friday is right! All I can think about is my weekend of doing nothing but sleeping!
My appointment yesterday was great, had the 13 week NT ultrasound and got my bloodwork back from Panorama. Everything looks really good! Doc says my risk factors are as low as they can possibly be so there is no need for an amnio. And we found out it’s a boy! I really didn’t have a preference either way, but husband is super excited :) He said he wouldn’t care either way, but I think he’s still excited to have a boy.
I kind of don’t want to tell anyone. My Aunts are INSISTING that it is a girl, and so last night I said “well what if it is a boy?” and she said “send it back or try again!” I know she was kidding, but…what the heck? We’re pretty sure we only want one, for lots of reasons.
At least I don’t have to have the “no pink” fight now! I would have gone for the camo stroller either way. I’m going to start trolling Craigslist, see if I can get a used one, and then just get whatever covers I want.
Congrats!! And so happy to hear all is going well.
I have two sons and I constantly get “You need to have a third and give us a baby girl!!” from my mom (ugh…) and extended family. For all sorts of reasons, we are more than likely done at two kids. And, honestly? I always wanted boys.
All that to say, I’ve learned to mentally roll my eyes when these comments are made and respond with very non-committal sounds. It has to end eventually (I hope).
If you haven’t already, I’d suggest test driving strollers before you drop a lot of cash. We had an UppaBaby Vista which was awesome, but we spent time pushing,folding,lifting all the different ones. What you see on the description might not work in person. If you’ve already done this, nevermind and rock on with the camo.
congrats! As far as telling… We knew the sex of my first before he was born, but some family members wanted to be surprised. Remembering to switch up gender pronouns with them and keeping gender comments from others off facebook was a lot for my pregobrain to handle. Tell everyone or no one; selectivity is hard.
Also, little boys are the best! A handful (never thought I’d say “stop hitting the cat with chopsticks,” but that was my morning today), but so entertaining. My daughter is still a boring infant, though, I’m sure she’ll be fun too, someday. :)
Congratulations! Glad everything looks good. :)
Newly pregnant says
Congrats! I expected a boy and when we found out we were having a girl it really threw me for a loop. I’m excited, of course, but it took me some time to wrap my head around. My MIL was over the moon since she only had sons and BIL has had 2 boys.
Yay congrats! I was happy to see your reply yesterday that you’re taking care of the fun coworker issue. On to the good stuff! So exciting to learn the gender, we’re having a boy too and for us at least everyone was really excited when we told them. It’s hard to criticize the actual situation as much as a theoretical one, you know?
I’m personally super excited to have a little dude on the way and so happy for you!
Yep, working on the co-worker issue. HR has already said something to her once. I’m pretty much just logging the instances and grinning…because it will eventually backfire on her in the long run! Thanks everyone for the congrats!!
My 6 yo daughter has always been tiny, but at her recent physical her doctor became concerned. We have an appointment to see an endocrinologist. I’m a little nervous about having a growth hormone prescribed, but also know that if there is an issue we want to take care of it now. If anyone has experience (good, bad, indifferent) please share. FWIW, my husband is average height and I’m taller, but I also had late puberty and did not stop growing until 23.
Ask about the possibility of constitutional growth delay. This basically means that the kid is a late bloomer, and according to our pediatrician does not require any treatment. Make sure you mention your history.
Thank you for this information, I will mention it. I’m glad to know the medical term for late bloomers : )
Meg Murry says
Not a doctor (nor do I play one on television) but I recently saw an article that I can’t find now that suggested growth charts could be used to as a first step to identify kids with celiac disease. I’d suggest a full workup on allergies and intolerances to make sure she is able to get the nutrition she needs out of what she eats before going the growth hormone route. Is she also very slender and has a high metabolism?
Do you have all her height and weight measurements and can you plot the growth charts yourself, or login to an e-chart to see it (our ped’s software has this)? My pediatrician told us there is no concern if a kid is small, so long as its consistant – because someone has to be in the 10% percentile – but he would be concerned if a kid dropped from the 50th percentile to 25th to 10th, but holding steady at 15th or so like my kids are is ok.
that is actually really interesting. I have two relative with celiac’s and they’re both tiny people.
This is very interesting. She does have stomach issues (mainly lactose) that seemed to settle at 4 years old. We did blood work for allergies at 1 and she was negative for everything. In the 80’s I tested negative for celiac (but the testing was not nearly as accurate then) but was told I was gluten-intolerant; I’ve never tested again but know to stay away. I think I will mention that I’d like some more testing done.
She was 75 percentile until 9 months and then settled at the 5th percentile for a few years, at 4 went down to 3rd percentile, and now at 6 is “not on the chart” for height. Her weight is just barely on the chart.
Help me out Breastfeeding Mamas!
Do I even really need a rocker? or is this one of those things that people say you need, but I’d be perfectly fine just like hanging out on the couch, or in bed? Can I just get a $20 husband pillow instead? Just use a chair? Advice please, I just feel like paying $400 for a chair I use for 6 months just seems kind of silly… Am I nuts?
A regular chair is totally fine. It should be a very comfortable chair as you’ll be spending a lot of time in it, but a chair is fine. I also breastfed while sitting on the couch and in our bed, but I kept the comfy chair in the nursery so I could nurse there at night and around bedtime.
Maddie Ross says
I had a rocker, but I never really fed in it (and never while rocking). I did most of my feeding on the couch or in bed. The rocker was a godsend though for putting little one to sleep from about months 2 – 7 or so. We didn’t get a fancy one from Pottery Barn or anything – just used a hand me down wooden rocker and put a cushion on it.
Maddie Ross says
Also should note that I didn’t keep the rocker in the nursery. We had it in a study that had a TV. Rocking is BO-RING (to me). Watching TV made it passable.
Nursing is also BO-RING. Yes, watching TV made it passable!
Take 3 says
Depends on your kiddo! With my first, I joke that I should have attached a pedometer to his rocker. We spent hours with him in the rocker as a baby, and he is now 3, and still loves to be rocked. I would not have survived without a comfy rocker. OF course, rocking does nothing for my second, who relies on white noise and sucking for soothing. Both kiddos were breastfed, and I could nurse anywhere, it was more about soothing.
I would go to one of the big baby stores, try out a whole bunch (is it comfy to sleep in? is it too big? etc.), find a model you like, then stalk craigslist or a local parent listserve for a second-hand one.
Meg Murry says
I never had a rocker, but I did have a big cushy recliner in the living room that I used for nursing (and slept in during growth spurts) – and like others, I preferred to be in the living room with the TV when baby was young and nursing all the time, and in my bed or just sitting on the floor leaving against the wall once we were down to 1 feeding in the middle of the night.
I did not have a rocker. It was fine. I had one of those husband pillows for my bed and both a boppy and a breastfriend. And as baby got older, any pillow was fine or none at all. when we went thru the tough nights around 2 months when she was just inconsolable during periods of time I though about buying one, but am happy I didn’t. I don’t think anything would have consoled her. It is expensive and it’s not necessary and is only useful for such a short period of time. And I live in a small NY apt… Also, for breastfeeding you’d want to make sure it’s wide enough to use with your nursing pillow of choice, plus you’ll neec an ottoman.
This is what I was thinking of doing. Thank you!
We have a glider in our living room, but our Serious Nursing Spot for all of our kids was an upholstered chair that moved from nursery to nursery that also cost us $13 at an estate sale! It has high arms, which is key for resting your elbows on so you can hold baby up, especially when s/he is a newborn. Neither of my kids needed to be rocked to sleep ever, and I think it’s because we didn’t do it when they were young (totally fine if you do but they may be used to the motion, then, and require it to fall asleep — this happened with my SIL’s kids).
I was perfectly happy on the couch. I think that the only real requirement is that it should be somewhere that you can get very comfortable and even maybe take a nap while upright. Some babies like to be rocked, though.
New DC Mom says
I would recommend a yoga ball instead. It can rock and bounce (and deflate). It was a little tricky figuring out how to balance with the baby at first, but easy enough. I was obsessed with getting a glider when I was pregnant and found a reasonable one on craigslist, but I haven’t really used it.
Ahh had to share: just found out I’m pregnant! Very excited and also quite terrified. DH and I had been trying for several months but last month decided to take a break, so it was kind of a surprise! I took 4 tests just to be sure. So hard to keep the news in. I think we will tell immediate family this weekend.
Congrats!!! It’s so hard to keep it in but the time will fly by!
Newly pregnant says
Congratulations! The first week I think I took multiple tests every day, just to be sure. Also, we’d been trying for several months and after “omg I’m pregnant!” my next thought was “omg what have I done?!” Haha.
My reaction exactly. And then it stayed that way for MONTHS, and then I got excited.
So – to the OP – congratulations, and don’t worry about being freaked out. Totally normal!
Ok, another help question…
Do any of y’all use grandparents as childcare? My mother has offered to watch the baby through the end of the year – baby is due at the end of April – I have 3 months of leave, so she’d be watching him for about 6 months.
How did you go about setting this up? What if I’m currently contemplating matricide? Is it just hormones? Or is this just a bad idea?
My MIL watches our kids one day per week and has since they were born. Obviously this is different from providing full time care, but I can weigh in a little bit.
First, you need to honestly assess your relationship with her. If the matricide comment was purely in jest, fine, but if you have a contentious relationship then NO WAY do you want her watching your kid full time!
Other questions are important too. How is she with kids in general? Is she a reliable person that you can count on, or is she flaky? What happens if you disagree on something you want her to be doing (or not doing) with your child? A compromise on this could be asking her to provide PT care (2 days per week?) instead of all the time.
Logistically: will she watch Baby at your house or her own? How do you feel about her being alone in your house all day? What are your backup plans if she gets ill or goes on vacation?
I think it’s a bad idea. Both sets of grandparents are local and they do help out in a pinch but I’d have to seriously consider whether I’d use either of them on a routine basis. Both offered to come in one day a week to help out when I was pregnant, but then once we got into the nitty gritty (more below) they politely bowed out. Some things to consider:
1. Your mom will be at your house when you get home from work and unlike paid help, will probably not be anxious to get out the door the instant you walk in. People have different relationships with their moms, but mine frustrates and annoys me easily. She also wants to sit and chat for a few minutes when I get home, take care of a few personal phone calls, etc. I don’t blame her for these things but mostly I just want her to LEAVE. I have told her that she needs to leave when I get home, but I can’t actually kick her out because a) she’s my mom and b) she just did me a huge favor.
2. Your mom will be all up in your business. And in your parenting business. If your mom is like my mom she will have a lot of opinions on what you should or shouldn’t do (my mom investigates the entire house for potential choking hazards and then reports back to me every single time, this from the woman who bought my daughter barrettes that are in and of themselves chocking hazards).
3. You cannot really dictate how you want your child to be watched. If you object to, say, grandma putting on the TV to watch the news ever day, your mom will say, “Well this is what I did with you and you turned out fine” and how are you supposed to argue with that?
4. Your mom needs to show up every day by a certain time and can’t leave until a certain time. She can’t take sick days, vacation days, good weather days, bad weather days, exercise class days, meeting up with friends for lunch days. This is a job and she needs to treat it like one, except she’s not getting paid (this is the aforementioned nitty gritty).
Take 3 says
There are some great points to consider here. I can also add that my mom and I have a great – really, really great – relationship. I call her almost daily to chat. However, we parent totally and completely differently, and it would have been tricky to navigate this set-up. I think she would hate being my full time caregiver b/c it would make her relationship with my kids on my terms. Or, it would frustrate me to no end if she disregarded my preferences (more likely :). These aren’t dealbreaker issues, which are almost easier b/c you have to put your foot down if she won’t put the kids in a carseat for instance, but issues like – are snacks available any time during the day? do naps happen at a set time? is tv permitted? Our nanny knows how we feel about all of these things, and enforces our house rules. It’s much harder to tell your mom not to feed the kids a bottomless container of crackers at 4:30.
Ultimately, it would be hard for me to turn away the opportunity for my kids to have a caregiver who really loves them. But, it would be really hard on me, and possibly harmful to my relationship with my mom. You’d have to pick your battles, and make sure there is lots of back-up care available.
My MIL is our full-time child care.
Some things that make it work:
She comes to our house, so we don’t have to equip/baby proof two houses.
She said from the beginning “you’re the parents, I haven’t done this in 36 years, you tell me what you want” Esp with the ‘when to intro solids’ convo, this was a big help, because I knew she was coming from a place of ‘oh, I used to do that, but now we do this’ not “I can’t believe you didn’t give her mashed banana at 3 months are you a monster”
I try to keep in mind what’s really important to me (examples: that DD eats a variety of foods, that she’s happy and naps regularly) and what I don’t really care about (what DD ends up wearing, if MIL puts tupperware in wrong cabinet), and only say something if I’m worried about the ‘important’ column. This has worked for us for the past year.
If you feel like your Mom would disregard you on the important stuff, then it might not work for you.
My mom watched our oldest 2X a week when he was younger. She’s our backup care now when one of the kids is sick (we used daycare), or when we’re really in a pinch and need both boys watched.
I’d agree with everything rakma says. To make it work, you must be on the same page with your mom regarding parenting styles, food introductions, discipline, etc. Even if you’re not on the same page, your mom needs to respect how you want your children raised and follow through with that. Our situation has worked well because my mom and I are fairly similar and where we are different, she respects my wishes and does what I want. I’ve also learned to let go of things are that unimportant (no, my kids do not need to be wearing turtlenecks and jackets if gets below 60 degrees…but whatever) from the important.
As a practical matter, we bought car seats for my mother’s car so that she would have them and could drive the boys around. We’ve also bought a few other kid items for her house (exersaucer, etc.) so that she’s not spending money on them. We also routinely will buy dinners for them, send little gifts, flowers, bottles of wine, and the like as “payment” for the free childcare.
CPA Lady says
You will be hormonal after you have the baby too. If you want to kill your mother now, you will want to kill her x10 if she starts doing stuff with your baby that you don’t like.
My mother came for three weeks after I had the baby. She was very helpful, even though we have a fairly contentious relationship. That said, I would not at all want her to watch my daughter full time. If your mother (like mine) is one of those people who thinks she is always right, it will be a big struggle.
For some people I think there is just a point in time when they stop accepting new ideas, and my mom has reached that point. She’s 70. So she believes in seat belts and car-seats. but thinks all the sleep safety rules are stupid, for instance. I had to put my foot down with her a bunch over that at the beginning. Any kind of new development since she had kids 30 years ago is met with suspicion or outright dismissal.
If your mom is open minded and willing to do what you tell her, it may work out. If she will overrule you or just do what she wants, I’d skip it.
My MIL did a week for us. Was invaluable. Saved us from paying for a full month of daycare for the one week and was awesome for baby.
We use grandparents for winter and spring break and for a few weeks in the summer when our preschool doesn’t offer summer camp. I am almost always contemplating matricide by the end of it because I can’t deal with the judgment from my mother, who did not work when my siblings and I were growing up. Oh, and the constant criticism of my parenting. Other than that, it’s great. Kiddo gets spoiled, but it’s only a few weeks out of the year, so that’s not a big deal.
D. Meagle says
Another thing to consider (more so if this is going to be a long-term situation): if grandma is the babysitter, she has to be a disciplinarian, as opposed to a spoiling grandma. My parents and in-laws offered to babysit on a regular basis, but husband and I had concerns about that, as well as the flip side, where we want the grandparents to be able to enjoy their time with the kids, as opposed to it being a chore/responsibility. Not to say we don’t use them as backup, but those are one-off treat days for them and the kids, as opposed to the normal routine.
We’re trying to choose a new preschool for my 3 year old (due to a move), and I’m really struggling. We have seen a ton of daycares, and so many of them put major emphasis on academic development and assessing the children. I just don’t care. I want my kiddo to do fun stuff that is educational, but I don’t want all this focus on assessing her skills. I just want a pleasant environment with teachers who care. It seems impossible to find.
Are there any montessori options where you are looking? I have both my kids in a montessori school (from 6 weeks to third grade) and we’ve loved it. I’m the same way – I don’t care about assessment at three years old. I want them to be educated, be safe, and just learn to love learning. My kids are really thriving at this school and I like that there isn’t a focus on skill assessment.
I will look through the montessori options again. My baby is actually in a montessori program but they have no room for my 3 year old! We love it!
I totally understand where you’re coming from, but is pre-k free in your area? If not, the focus on academics is likely coming from the parents since kindergarten is much more similar to what people think of as first grade in many states. My husband was shocked when I showed him that our kiddo in kindergarten would be expected to know his letters, numbers, how to spell his name, how to sight-read a few words, etc. etc. Its much more stringent than it used to be, which has trickled down to the pre-ks.
What is appropriate when disciplining your kid’s friends in your house? My 3 y.o. likes to play with a couple of 4 y.o. boys who live on our street. I’m not sure if it’s because they are older or if I have a different parenting approach than their parents, but I think the kids are not well-behaved (name calling, not sharing, wrestling toys away from my (smaller) kid, bossing me around (“get me a snack”), etc.). If they are bossy with me, I make them ask politely. If they are being mean to my kid, I stick to “we don’t call names” type comments. If my kid misbehaves, I am much more direct with him, and of course can impose consequences if it persists. For context, they are usually playing in one room and I am doing chores in another, and get involved only when they come to tattle on each other or I hear crying. I don’t know where the line is in terms of verbally disciplining them in my house, both in terms of not overstepping bounds with the other parents and in terms of letting my kid learn to resolve conflict on his own. Thoughts?
We have house rules that apply to our child and all child guests: say please/thank you, no food or drink goes upstairs, clear your dishes after you eat, etc. We just remind everyone of the rules, our child reminds his friends of the rules, and they mostly get followed. If the kids are just bickering, we let them work it out and only step in if things get out of hand. If I think someone is getting hurt or bullied, I have no issues being a referee and verbally correcting another child. There’s seems to be an understanding among our friends that it is not overstepping to correct someone else’s child. It takes a village and all that. Have you tried talking to the other parents about how they want things handled?
But, that 3-5 age is tough in boys. Their impulse control leaves something to be desired and their emotions and energy run high. We definitely cringe when we see our child step out of line despite our best efforts to not raise a heathen.
Thanks, this is helpful. I haven’t talked to the other parents because when we are all hanging out, they seem perfectly content to let their bigger kids pick on their younger kids. So I suspect they wouldn’t see it as a problem. And maybe it isn’t — I don’t grow up with brothers, so I’m not sure how little boys are supposed to play together. I want my kid to be able to look out for himself and resolve conflicts on his own, but iI also don’t want him picking up (what I consider to be) bad habits (though I realize it is inevitable), or feel bullied.