Self indulgent parent thread

So the little man was very ill with a urinary tract infection a while ago. A few days in hospital, IV antibiotics, that kind of thing. He's just had a followup scan at Great Ormond Street in which he had to be injected with radioactive stuffs then keep still for ages on end.

I'm surprised he managed it but he's done his dad proud.

We do, however, have to deal carefully with the fact he has radioactive wee &/or superpowers for the next couple of days.

Maq wrote:

So the little man was very ill with a urinary tract infection a while ago. A few days in hospital, IV antibiotics, that kind of thing. He's just had a followup scan at Great Ormond Street in which he had to be injected with radioactive stuffs then keep still for ages on end.

I'm surprised he managed it but he's done his dad proud.

We do, however, have to deal carefully with the fact he has radioactive wee &/or superpowers for the next couple of days.

No fun, no fun. This past weekend our little man decided it would be fun to try and play with a wasp. He got stung three times on his hand and was crying like never before. We were worried that he might have an allergic reaction luckily only his had got swollen. He was crawling with a bit of a limp for about and hour then back to normal unless you tried to look at his hand then he would get angry.

IMAGE(http://popspond.smugmug.com/Amanda-Steve/Raw/SS/i-hwdLWfr/0/M/12-06-09-4015-Leland-M.jpg) It was my father-in-law's birthday this weekend and my wife wanted photos of Lee holding the sign and he got very excited to shake/crumple the paper.

Sorry about the wasp (I am seriously phobic of those flying arseholes) but that is a really cute photo!

Both of ours have passed the 'not allergic to bee stings' test.

Eldest started with "what this Daddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" as she picked it up off the grass.

Second one one with "owie owie owie moving splinter" as she put her hand on it on a climbing frame.

Glad yours had no adverse reactions either.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

Both of ours have passed the 'not allergic to bee stings' test.

Eldest started with "what this Daddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" as she picked it up off the grass.

Second one one with "owie owie owie moving splinter" as she put her hand on it on a climbing frame.

Glad yours had no adverse reactions either.

That is great

Toddland wrote:

Is it normal for a two week old baby to be able to roll over? This little girl of mine keeps trying to escape.

momgamer wrote:

Yeah. All my kids did. She'll get too heavy to do it for a while at her next growth spurt, and then she'll get strong enough to do it again off and on for a while. ;)

Ditto me. To make things worse, Ms Lyla(the youngest) is bound and determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking.. she's 5.5 months old of late and refuses to lay down, must be held and helped standing.

Fun things to do when they get older. Teach them to point into empty space and say "who is that sad little boy?"

AnimeJ wrote:
Toddland wrote:

Is it normal for a two week old baby to be able to roll over? This little girl of mine keeps trying to escape.

momgamer wrote:

Yeah. All my kids did. She'll get too heavy to do it for a while at her next growth spurt, and then she'll get strong enough to do it again off and on for a while. ;)

Ditto me. To make things worse, Ms Lyla(the youngest) is bound and determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking.. she's 5.5 months old of late and refuses to lay down, must be held and helped standing.

Be careful with that. I skipped crawling and was running around (literally) at 6 months. Crawling is a major developmental stage and I had to undergo a bunch of occupational therapy when I was about 10 so I could learn to do basic things like ride a bike and catch a ball.

Happy Fathers day Guys!

It is no big surprise that my perspective on Fathers day has changed recently because this is my first. My son who has just crested his ninth month is a rather typical crawling mover and a shaker. He doesn't like being held like he used to and a peaceful sit on the couch with him hasn't happened for months. Today I was rocking him down for his 12:30 nap and after the initial struggle that helps him wind down he quickly fell asleep. I took longer then normal to get up and put him in his crib. I found my self stroking his hair and rubbing his back as he slept. He is a gift and I am blessed to be his father. I don't know that I ever realized how much being dad would change me. I understood there was father-son love, I was a son so yeah I felt it but it is a totally different feeling on the other side. My heart aches with how it has grown. It is indescribable. I got up and gingerly placed him in his crib, he was out. I stood there for several more minutes as he slept, blissfully unaware of how I was and will be watching out for him to the best of my ability for the rest of my life.

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Prozac wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Toddland wrote:

Is it normal for a two week old baby to be able to roll over? This little girl of mine keeps trying to escape.

momgamer wrote:

Yeah. All my kids did. She'll get too heavy to do it for a while at her next growth spurt, and then she'll get strong enough to do it again off and on for a while. ;)

Ditto me. To make things worse, Ms Lyla(the youngest) is bound and determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking.. she's 5.5 months old of late and refuses to lay down, must be held and helped standing.

Be careful with that. I skipped crawling and was running around (literally) at 6 months. Crawling is a major developmental stage and I had to undergo a bunch of occupational therapy when I was about 10 so I could learn to do basic things like ride a bike and catch a ball.

I think it's pretty dependent on the individual; I never had any issues like you describe.

MonoCheli wrote:

Happy Fathers day Guys!

It is no big surprise that my perspective on Fathers day has changed recently because this is my first. My son who has just crested his ninth month is a rather typical crawling mover and a shaker. He doesn't like being held like he used to and a peaceful sit on the couch with him hasn't happened for months. Today I was rocking him down for his 12:30 nap and after the initial struggle that helps him wind down he quickly fell asleep. I took longer then normal to get up and put him in his crib. I found my self stroking his hair and rubbing his back as he slept. He is a gift and I am blessed to be his father. I don't know that I ever realized how much being dad would change me. I understood there was father-son love, I was a son so yeah I felt it but it is a totally different feeling on the other side. My heart aches with how it has grown. It is indescribable. I got up and gingerly placed him in his crib, he was out. I stood there for several more minutes as he slept, blissfully unaware of how I was and will be watching out for him to the best of my ability for the rest of my life.

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Plus you got that whole running Barter Town thing going for you. Which is nice.

Well if we're posting picture of our kids on our shoulders for Father's Day...

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Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

More Fathers' Day pics! Featuring our Secret Stanta present:

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I love the dad/child matching shirt combos you guys have going on
Maq, I have the same set from TG

Prozac wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Toddland wrote:

Is it normal for a two week old baby to be able to roll over? This little girl of mine keeps trying to escape.

momgamer wrote:

Yeah. All my kids did. She'll get too heavy to do it for a while at her next growth spurt, and then she'll get strong enough to do it again off and on for a while. ;)

Ditto me. To make things worse, Ms Lyla(the youngest) is bound and determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking.. she's 5.5 months old of late and refuses to lay down, must be held and helped standing.

Be careful with that. I skipped crawling and was running around (literally) at 6 months. Crawling is a major developmental stage and I had to undergo a bunch of occupational therapy when I was about 10 so I could learn to do basic things like ride a bike and catch a ball.

I had a friend who went through something similar. Had various issues requiring physical therapy which were apparently linked to never crawling.

I guess the lesson here is knock your children down.

So...play Joust with Certis??

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Shameless *hangs head* but here we go..

Please go like Blake's picture if you have facebook...I am trying to win a free photo session! All votes needed and each one helps!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=251087288334182&set=a.251087115000866.50516.149178181858427&type=1&theater

Go now please, vote!

Thank you

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My daughter loves music and when I get home from work everyday we hand out on her play mat. I pull the xylophone out and she or I will take turns making music. Somehow Teagan went on the internet and got me an amazing stegosaurus xylophone shirt. She got herself a onsie to match! My first fathers day was a blast.

Loving the matching shirts trend going on here =)

Had an amazing 5 minute bout of laughter from the little man last night, he's 4 months now and it was the most laughter I've heard from him. The best part, I was making funny noises to the tune of Ennio Morconne's Ecstasy of Gold from Sergio's Leone's The Good the Bad and the Ugly, so we both enjoyed it

FlamingPeasant wrote:
Prozac wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Toddland wrote:

Is it normal for a two week old baby to be able to roll over? This little girl of mine keeps trying to escape.

momgamer wrote:

Yeah. All my kids did. She'll get too heavy to do it for a while at her next growth spurt, and then she'll get strong enough to do it again off and on for a while. ;)

Ditto me. To make things worse, Ms Lyla(the youngest) is bound and determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking.. she's 5.5 months old of late and refuses to lay down, must be held and helped standing.

Be careful with that. I skipped crawling and was running around (literally) at 6 months. Crawling is a major developmental stage and I had to undergo a bunch of occupational therapy when I was about 10 so I could learn to do basic things like ride a bike and catch a ball.

I had a friend who went through something similar. Had various issues requiring physical therapy which were apparently linked to never crawling.

I guess the lesson here is knock your children down.

You guys are making me feel kind of freakish. I played plenty of little league growing up and was biking w/out training wheels at 5 or 6.

AnimeJ wrote:
Prozac wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Toddland wrote:

Is it normal for a two week old baby to be able to roll over? This little girl of mine keeps trying to escape.

momgamer wrote:

Yeah. All my kids did. She'll get too heavy to do it for a while at her next growth spurt, and then she'll get strong enough to do it again off and on for a while. ;)

Ditto me. To make things worse, Ms Lyla(the youngest) is bound and determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking.. she's 5.5 months old of late and refuses to lay down, must be held and helped standing.

Be careful with that. I skipped crawling and was running around (literally) at 6 months. Crawling is a major developmental stage and I had to undergo a bunch of occupational therapy when I was about 10 so I could learn to do basic things like ride a bike and catch a ball.

I think it's pretty dependent on the individual; I never had any issues like you describe.

It's become more prevalent since the introducton of "Back to Sleep" to reduce SIDS. It's also why "tummy time" is now A Thing. Time spent on his/her stomach is a key factor in physical development and since babies generally sleep on their backs now they spend much less time prone. Especially if they skip crawling.

In other news, Fair Lawn High School boys varsity volleyball team took the NJ State championship this year. My older son is in his junior year, and he's the team's manager.

Here are some pictures from the photoshoots that Lucas did for Babies R Us and their Big Baby Book that comes out in August...

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That's the crib and dresser we got but in Cherry =)

So this is a bit late, but I still wanted to share:
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This is my baby. There are many like it, but this one is mine...
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Morgan Marie was born on May 14th. She was a bit premature (35 weeks) so she spent a week in the NICU. Mrs. Hoppa and I are incredibly happy. We lost a son at 20 weeks in 2007 after trying for five years to get pregnant, and to finally have a baby of our own has been like stepping from a dark cave into high-noon sunlight. No matter how tired we are, how fussy she is, or how much weird poop comes out of her, every single moment is filled with unbridled joy.

Some additional joy to share with you good folks:
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Posing after a bath

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Her one month picture.

bighoppa wrote:

This is my baby. There are many like it, but this one is mine...

I was having the same thought this Sunday.

I am glad you have finally been able to have a baby! She is supper cute! I know the whole process can be very disheartening especially when things don't go the way they should. My brother-in-law and his wife were trying for several years and ended up loosing their son shortly after birth and being told they have a genetic condition that will have about a 3 in 4 chance of any kids they have dying the same way if they could get pregnant again at all.
A week before our son was born they finalized the adaption of this little beauty!
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My brother-in-law has often said their struggles have strengthened his love for his daughter and helped him to see how important she is to him.

Absolutely gorgeous bighoppa =)

Congrats, bighoppa!