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Teething is the Pits

Ben is cutting three new teeth right now and as a result is being a holy terror.

B left for a conference last Thursday afternoon so I’ve been rocking the solo parenting gig since then. I know that part of the reason Ben has been so difficult is due to the teeth but my mom suggested that he also could be missing his daddy and is acting out against me because he wants B to come home. I want him home too!

Ben’s front, top teeth are mostly in and the two flanking those are threatening to pop through at any time. He had one new bottom one cut through yesterday. That’s a whole lot of pain for the little man to handle! He has been yelling at me, especially during meals, eating less than normal, and sleeping far, far less during naps.

In spite of having to deal with a little bear for the last 4 days, I’m still itching to get pregnant again. It is getting more difficult every day to think of Ben as a baby now that he is mobile and better expresses himself. He looks terribly old too now that his increased activity level has slimmed down some of his lovable baby chub. He doesn’t snuggle like he used to because there are too many things to discover and kitties to pester. Sniff! Time moves far too fast, my friends.

Through some casual googling, I discovered that Clomid, what it took last time for us to get pregnant, is breastfeeding compatible although I had originally assumed not. Ben is nursing 3-4 times a day with no sign of my cycle reappearing so I think it’s time to call the doctor’s office tomorrow to start making a plan of action. The worst they could say is they want me to stop breastfeeding and keep charting and trying for X months before meds but I’m praying that isn’t their response.

And because baby pictures are wonderful, this is an overtired 10 month old who plays with his hair in his sleep.

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UPDATE:
I called the doctors office this morning and made an appointment in two weeks to see the same OB who helped us get pregnant with Ben. We’ll just have to wait and see how things go.

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State of the Uterus: July

Not pregnant, not even trying really.

I still haven’t gotten a period or had an OPK come up positive. I have noticed a bit more CM than a month ago and had horrible cramps yesterday but other than that, there isn’t much to report.

On the bright side, only 2 months until Ben is a year old and we can work on weaning and possibly taking some positive steps toward baby #2!

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10 Months

I’m just as shocked as usual that I’m already writing a summary for 10 months! Time is flying by!

It seems like Ben gets to try a new food every day. This month we tried great northern beans (loved them), Greek yogurt with fruit purée mixed in (mango and peach), homemade chicken noodle soup, rotisserie chicken and many more. He is a huge fan of chicken so we give that to him often. He is still nursing 4 times a day (morning, after both naps, and at bed time) but we could probably cut it down to 3 if we really wanted to. Nursing after nap time gives him a safe transition period before he has to really be awake and if I skip it, he is a grouch for a while.

Ben popped out two new teeth over the first week of July. He got both of his front top teeth with the left one poking through first. He was a grouch this time around and spent most of each day yelling at me but that let up once the first one came in. I can’t seem to get a photo of them at this point (I’ve tried so many times!) but I’m sure I will eventually. We’re up to 4 total teeth now!

Ben has learned all sorts of new skills this month. He started turning the page when we read to him. Some books we’ve read often enough that he knows how long to pause on each page before turning the page! We’ve started to pull toys out of storage that are meant to be interacted with instead of just shaken or chewed on. Ben has a My Pal Scout B’s aunt gave him for Christmas that says his name, favorite food and color, and sings lots of songs that I picked out. Ben hasn’t quite figured out how to make it sing to him yet but he loves it when it does. I bought him a piano at a consignment store and he loves that too. We also opened a geometric stacker toy that is still a bit beyond him, skill-wise, but he loves taking all the parts off the base.

Ben also figured out how to wave! It is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

The biggest milestone he reached this month is army-crawling! Instead of rolling everywhere, he can now go straight forward and around furniture. We haven’t finished the custom baby gate for our stairs yet so our family room is blocked with the normal gate and all cords and computers are hidden. This kid can move!

I finally committed to changing the rise in his diapers and we haven’t had many leak issues. We started double stuffing his diapers for nap time because that always seemed to be the time he’d leak and, surprise, he started napping longer and doesn’t have any wet clothes issues at nap time anymore. He is wearing a mix of 9 and 12 month clothes still. Most 9 month clothes still fit and most 12 month clothes are a bit big but they stay on even if the shorts go to his knees!

We did a bunch of traveling and day trips this month and he was really flexible. We spent a weekend in Chicago (B had a conference), a family reunion over the 4th, a memorial service for two great aunts on July 6, and all of us spent the night at Grammy and Grampy’s house (my parents) because B and I had an evening, no kids allowed wedding to attend. Ben can definitely still nap in his stroller but not as well as when he was tiny.

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Playing with his Scout puppy

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Went out to brunch with family

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Ben loves his little pool. Too bad it’s been too hot to even swim lately!

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Nose wrinkle cheese ball face!

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Ben will eat anything off a fork

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“Helping” Daddy work

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Time to baby-proof the house!

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Exploring the apartment we rented in Chicago

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Stroller nap in Chicago. You can see the aftermath of his first big-boy spill on his forehead

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Navy Pier

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Messing with the kitty

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I think this ball goes here!

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Such a cute sleeper!

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Going after my computer charger, sneaky boy!

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Giving kisses to the hallway (mirror) baby