Mother Nerves

Nicole - posted on 01/14/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So I just wanted to share about my little girl. She is coming up on 20 months and everything we have had to do with her has been well easy. She started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks of age, always a happy child. She took to eating solids when we tried her with them, took to her high chair no problem. If she got fussy with the high chair we moved her to a booster seat at the table and no more problems. I have found myself haveing a fight with her because she wants a bath on non bath nights...which I give in and she gets her bath. Seriously..wouldn't you give in too? Argueing with a 20 month old and telling her no to having a bath? How foolish. Anyway, I find my journey with my first child a little nerve racking. When it came to weaning her off the bottle, I was nervous, did it very slowly. Explained in full detail to husband how I wanted to go about it, but when all was said and done, not a single fuss about moving to the sippy cup-again easy. My daughter has always been attached to her nuk. It's a comfort item for her but again, it was time to wean. We've tried random days but she just cries all the time so we gave in and gave it back. Last night was a differnt story. We actually lost her nuk. Not on purpose. We looked and looked but couldn't find it. She was sad, but didn't fuss, went to bed and started the day fresh..again no fuss. Meanwhile I'm awake half the night wondering if she's going to wake up and want her nuk and what do I do to calm her. No fuss. I guess I just make things out to be worse then what they really are. My daughter is a blessing and really making parenthood easy on me. Was/is there something in your journey as a parent that you thought was going to go horribly bad and it was actually a good thing? Thanks for all your stories and I hope you can relate a little to mine.

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Schmoopy - posted on 01/29/2011

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I had a similar experience with weaning from BFing at 18 months. I was soooo worried about what DS would do. I was DREADING it. But when it came down to it, it was no big deal! He just went with it - no fussing.

But he's pretty demanding in most other areas. So I've got my work cut out for me.

I'm glad he's my 2nd child, b/c I'm much more patient knowing that EVERYTHING is a phase. So when he throws a tantrum, (most of the time) I'm able to patiently and kindly kiss and hug his tears away. Just hang in there with the bath thing - before you know it, you'll be arguing with her to take her bath when it's bath night! LOL...

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2011

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I have also had a really good baby - went from bottle to sippy cup easily, adapted well to new big bed just this week. The one thing I think we are going to have trouble with is getting rid of dummy - he only has it for sleeps and we have always just automatically given it to him at bed time - would like to wean him off bu he just cries if he hasnt got it, luckily he doesnt have it during the day - i simply dont let him.

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My#2 has been a pleasant surprise. She is always smiling and loves to make me laugh. That is the biggest blessing I could have ever asked for. Thanks for sharing about the joys. I can always use more of that.

Nicole - posted on 01/27/2011

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I would have to say the easiest thing with my daughter is telling her "no". She listens so well. Like today she stood on top of her little tikes drum. I told her "no" and she stepped right down and went about her way. There was one day my son was on punishment and had to sit in time out. He got off his bed and my daughter put her hand out to him and yelled "NO"! She understands very well. Even at bed time.

Tiffany - posted on 01/25/2011

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My son is 20 months and he is VERY active and voices his opinions about what he likes and doesn't like (he does not speak well yet) but seems to get his point across lous and clear. He is avery active child...never a dull moment. We kinda had it rough at first but then it went smooth....teething and solids no problem. However he has never slept in his own bed, he kept his bottle till 17 months but has not and will not drink a drop of milk since (he was on Nutramagin till then). He is very routine oriented....if you do somethin out of order he will let ya know. He stills has his pacifier....not constant but it keeps him content. Other than him bein picky and very determined to get his way...he is a wonderful child....so very loving, bright, and smart. My daughter who is 9 years old was a wonderful baby and toddler....3 and up has been somewhat of a nightmare....sassy, mouthy, picky, hardheaded, and the list goes on. Kindergarten was absolutley the worst year ever!!!! But like her brother she is a beautiful, intelligent, and loving child. So I guess the pattern here is Me (and their daddy of course) and lettin them be that way....I always strived to give them routine and stability no matter what and I think it wasjus as much for me as for them but that is ok. I will take full responsability for them and their pickiness. They are both wonderful blessings in my life and love them!!!

Lela - posted on 01/19/2011

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Nicole my 20 months old is the same way. He just throw his pacifier out of bed at 8 months and never wanted it again. It took him one week to change from bottle to sippy cup. He is so well behaved and all boy. He has always gone right to sleep at bedtime/nap time. We are getting him a toddler bed for his 2nd birthday. I am stressing that he will not be a good sleeper after that...but hopefully he will surprise me like he always does.
My daughter is 4 months and is the same way. Very laid back, great sleeper.
My husband and I are truely blessed to have these two miracles! I just love watching them play and learn new things daily!

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2011

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Nicole, I'd love to have a baby like yours. I do have to say that neither of my children are difficult children. They have chosen their own battles over time but have made life really easy on me. I cherish them every day and am amazed at each personality. I'll admit I've found myself brought to tears by how much joy and unexpected pride they give me. My son excels in school and my daughter seems to be eager to follow in his footsteps. We've had our struggles...but it usually is because I'm too stubborn to listen to what their little selves are trying to tell me. There are days when I want to rip my hair out from frustration...but I look back and those are the days that don't make memories.

Ricky - posted on 01/14/2011

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I was surprised how easy my son gave up his bottle. I heard nothing but how hard it was to wean babys off. So around 6 months I slowly started introducing the sippy cup. He wasnt having it (not understanding that you had to tip it). Around 7-8 months we went to a movie and my son go ahold of my cup and started sucking on the straw (it was fruitopia with melted ice). He refused to give up the cup so we went out and bought the straw cups for him and that was the end of his bottles. Just like that he was done with them, no fuss no long months of weaning.

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