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 So, like many of you, my daughter just turned 4 in July. She started pre-school last week and she already seems to be having quite a bit of problems. I never had her in daycare.. it was usually just us two at home for the large majority of her life so far, so I know it's probably a bit of a shock to her. At home, she's very active and curious and also very independent. She's very smart, however I think her speech is a little delayed. She can communicate, and I of course always understand what she's saying (for the most part) but some people have difficulty with some words. I've tried to work with her on her problem words, but to no real avail yet. She stutters slightly sometimes. Like the thought is right there on the tip of her tongue, but she can't quite get it out sometimes. Anyway, for the most part she's a really good kid. And she's really good with other kids. I have to stop her from running off and hugging every random kid she sees lol. But she started riding the school bus due to my work schedule, and while for the first few mornings she'd hesitate a little, she'd get on with no troubles. I got a call from the principle friday asking to speak to me and she told me that on the bus, Aubrey makes it hard for the driver to even drive because she just pitches a fit, and they told me she's already been in a "catfight" on the bus.. which is just totally out of character for her and I can't understand it. She was excited to ride the school bus, but maybe it's a bit too overstimulating for her, I don't really know. I've never seen her act the way they said she does on the bus. And they said that she doesn't act like that at school either. They ultimately kicked her off the bus, for good.

At school is another story.. her teacher told me that she's not picking up on things like walking in a line and what not.. which I can see, half of the time she's in her own little world and wants to do things on her own agenda and not anyone elses. They told me at school she's just not talking in complete sentences, which is odd. When the teacher breaks the kids up into groups and tells them to pick a play center, she said she just sits there.. and doesn't go anywhere. The teacher has to go and coax her into going to a center, and even then she doesn't play with anything.. she just sits there, not interacting or anything. When we visited the classroom before school started she was amazed and wanted to instantly play with everything. The teacher also told me that she sat Aubrey down the other day and built a tower out of blocks, and then handed them to Aubrey and told her to build one.. and she just put one block up and pointed at it and said "...block." It's just so strange.. she builds stuff with her blocks at home all the time. She also has already had an accident at school.. apparently she forgot to pull her panties down before sitting on the toilet... I never have any accident problems out of her either..

I just don't understand this behavior or why she's exhibiting it.. other than it's just so new to her, but I can't help but wonder why she's not adjusting as well as some other kids and what I can do to better help her adjust in the next couple of weeks. Any help or insight greatly appreciated. I'm kind of at a loss and I've been beating myself up about it.

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1. WHAT IS YOUR NAME? Beth (Elizabeth) Ann Thomas
2. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Michigan, but currently living in South Bend, Indiana.
5. WHEN WAS YOUR BABY BORN? July 9th, 2006
6. WHAT IS THEIR NAME (AND GENDER)? Marcus Alexander Thomas (Male)
7. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CHILDREN? Marcus will be a big brother June 2009
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Ok, I'll bite. :)

Seamus is doing pretty well! He just got over his first stomach flu - boy that was HORRIBLE, lasted an entire week. He's still not speaking super clear, but he's using 4+ word sentences and things, it just takes some guessing once in a while to really know WHAT he's talking about - usually I know for sure what he's saying but strangers need to do a bit of guesswork sometimes. :)
At this point, I'm not concerned, as he's progressing, and learning new words without our prompting, and he's not at all hesitant to correct his speech if we remind him how something is pronounced. :)

He also doesn't eat. lol Ok, he eats, but SO minimally. I've been giving him Pediasure once in a while just try get something into him. I didn't eat much as a kid either, and I turned out fine, so I just assume it's the genes. He's not starving, and he's totally healthy so ::shrug::.

We're also expecting another baby BOY on May 4th! I'm super excited, but also a bit scared. I really worry about losing this special bond I have with Seamus, and his adjustment from being the ONLY attention-needer, to the guy on the sidelines. :/
I'm sure he'll do fine, but it just worries me. I get all weepy sometimes thinking about things like him not being able to just run up and sit on my lap whenever he wants (as in when I'll be feeding the baby or whatever) - I LOVE those times. It's just going to be hard, and I know it'll be fine, I'm just a worrier this pregnancy. :)


A couple weeks ago, Cooper, 2years old already, and Iris (my 3 month old) visited the doctor for the obligatory check up.
Cooper was 27lbs, 35 inches tall. Although he's in the 30-40th percentile for his age and size/weight, he's in good health, which I knew:)
Iris was 14lbs. 12oz. and 25 1/2 inches tall. She's in the 97th percentile! The doctor commented on how she loves breastfed babies, because they plump up so much. I was slightly amused and explained that they were both breastfed babies, but they have different metabolisms. She is a new doctor for us since our old one decided to start teaching at the UW. I like her, and hope that she remembers that Cooper is and probably always will be a light weight kid instead of asking me what he eats:)

They are very different little people. Iris is a happy, easy baby during the mornings and day while Cooper is most likely to be cranky. Then, she's usually fussy as she fights going to sleep for the night. Cooper is a night owl like his daddy and is pretty good while I have a cranky girl on my hands. So, it works out. There have only been a handful of times when I've sat on the floor with two wailing kids, unable to make everyone happy. It's getting easier to manage them both, and I look forward to the day when they can play together.

As the last post reminded me....

Thomas is now 2 years old and we are expecting another due in Sept - 6 weeks to go.  I have to say my pregnancy has been pretty good up until this point and now it is getting harder to run after Thomas.  He is expecting a little sister this time around.  Cant wait to meet her :)  Just thought I'd share the news :)

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I just wanted to ask all the mama's here what they got/are getting for their 2 year old's bday.

Makenna's birthday party is coming up, and I'm at a loss. She doesn't like tv too much and is mostly interested in things her sister likes. I'd like her to be her own person.

So please....any ideas? Or tips please.

Biting self...

Hey everyone... I haven't made a post in forever, but I am sure you can understand being busy with a 22 month old!

My DD, Ashlyn, has started biting herself on her arms! Hard enough to leave marks and bruises the next day. Daycare is getting concerned about it, and have sent two notes home so far. Has anyone ever heard of this or had their children do this?

I have looked online and all the stuff I have found is about biting other people, but not ones self.

Thanks in advance,
Ella and Ashlyn

Pott Training!

So we have just started potty training, 2nd day.. its going good. The only thing is we cant seem to get him to want to do potty when we are out of the house. Anyone else have this problem? Also we have found that he thinks pull ups are nappies so will pee in them. Anyway is anyone else potty training? How is it going? Any tips?
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Russell's Words At 20 Months -
Gone/All gone
Oh no

Thats all the words i can remember that he uses. 26 words. I feel like he is hardly speaking. How many words can your toddler say?
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