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Julian is still all about the Dinosaurs. Everything dinos all the time. Can't get enough of them. He's also got his last soccer game coming up this Sunday and I'm not looking forward to the temper tantrums on the following Sunday! He holds amazingly mature and complex conversations and never ceases to amaze me with his logical mind. He LOVES the babies and loves to have company over so he can shout, "Look! We have triplets!" He gets very sad on Friday nights when we don't have guests over (we used to have guests over EVERY Friday night but I haven't had my act together every week lately), and says, "When can we have guestseses over again??"

Abby now has TWO teeth. She is also no longer sleeping through the night, which is less thrilling. We are hoping the two are related and therefore the whole sleeping through the night thing will return when she gets past this. Teething stops in, what, a year and a half or so, right? RIGHT?

No sign of teeth yet. THANK HEAVENS. He loves to be carried, so I just bought a new kind of carrier because the Baby Bjorn KILLS my back. I bought a Mei Tai Baby carrier:

It arrived today and I've carried Sam both on my back and on my front and he ADORES it both ways. So it's definitely a winner and it doesn't hurt my back either, so I'm happy.

Ellie lost a full pound in five days. Clearly weaning her off 28 calorie/oz food isn't a fully successful effort (she's still partially on 28 cal/oz food, but less than before). I'm not sure how to handle this. She should still be gaining 1/2 - 1 oz per day. Losing 16 oz in five days is pretty significant, but I've decided not to be neurotic about it - yet. I'll wait until next week to call the doctor about it. If the downward trent has continued, I'll call him. Meanwhile, there's nothing to do other than encourage her to eat as much as possible, so that's what I'm doing.

Mother's Day
We had a great day with our friends J & C, their son N, and C's parents. They came over for lunch and got to hold babies. It's a great deal because they think they're getting away with something holding all those babies while, meanwhile, we think we're getting away with something getting someone else to hold the babies for a brief minute. Not that we don't love holding our babies all the time, but it sure is nice to have an opportunity to eat with two hands for a whole five minute stretch!

That's it for now. More when I get a chance.


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kmelion From: kmelion Date: May 13th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just made my own Mei-Tai... I'll be posting about it tomorrow.

One thing that has me worried regarding back carries is the kidlet pulling off my head covering...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 13th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sam's not big enough to pull off my sheitel or even if I had a tichel on he couldn't. Just make sure you don't have one that dangles down too much? My guess is this isn't too big a problem. I love, love, love it. I didn't think I'd be able to get Sam into a back carry, but I did pretty easily and he ADORES it.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: May 13th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depends how high he is (at this age his head will probably be about neck level) and how dangly your tichel is. Aliza will pull anything dangling (and she's a big girl now) but she can't reach up to my head. So if you don't leave the back end of your tichel dangling, it should be OK.

I'd also recommend learning to hip scoot rather than flipping him over your shoulder. Aliza loves to grab my head when I flip.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 13th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You flip her over your shoulder? That sounds, um, scary and acrobatic and way more adventurous than I'm willing to try! I scoot Sam around my hip! BTW, I still use the Moby Wrap and I like it, but if I'm out in the car or something, I wanted something that I could just pop right on like the Mei Tai. The Moby takes a little more work to get on... so I do still love it and it's still super comfortable.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: May 13th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's OK :) I knew they'd grow out of the Moby at some point anyway as stretchy wraps get saggy with big babies. I have a mei tai as well--they are easier to get on.

Shoulder flip is less scary than it sounds--you cross your arms, grab them under the armpits and flip over the shoulder. For some reason I am severely hip scoot impaired but I can do the flip. Go figure.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 13th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, the girls still like the Moby... Sam doesn't love it, though my nanny gets him in it on her back and he loves it then (I can't get him on my back with the Moby, I'm too chicken).

The Mei Tai seems to be working really nicely so far. Sam is IN LOVE. I haven't even tried the girls in it, because he won't let me put him down! :)
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: May 13th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
i've heard so much about the mai tai. is it really worth the moneY/
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 13th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is really a matter of personal opinion. I've been plagued with back problems since the babies were born and for me the level of pain that I'm in makes it worth the money. Obviously, if I didn't think it were worth the money, I would not have purchased it. You may not feel the same way. Everyone has a personal cost-benefit-analysis to consider.

Toys R Us sells a similar baby carrier for only about $40, which might be a more viable option, but is currently not available online: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2796364

You can also often find used Mei Tais on ebay, though I still find that they run in the $50 range most of the time.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: May 14th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
well it doesn't really matter for me apparently, but i was always interested.
childlight From: childlight Date: May 30th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kind of know you from a shared community and wondered if I could friend you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 30th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
sure. But out of curiosity, where do you kind of know me from? skatured's journal?
childlight From: childlight Date: May 30th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I first saw you a while back in Fertility Issues and was impressed by your strength and recently you gave me a supportive comment in that community.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 30th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah. That was my second guess. Well, what can I say? I'm awesome. I also leap tall buildings in a single bound. :)
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