Self indulgent parent thread

So we've been trying to get our 1 year old son to let us brush his teeth ever since they started coming in at like 3-4 months and pretty much never had any luck until a week or so ago I decided to take him to the bathroom with me as I brushed my teeth and gave him his toothbrush. Now he'll take it and chew on it and even move it around a bit. Considering before he would force a toothbrush away from his mouth just a couple weeks ago, this is a major triumph.

Also, pics:
I just discovered pumpkins!
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Some doofus photobombed the foreground of this one:
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That pumpkin pic is begging for the "ERMAGERD" treatment.

Gravey wrote:

I don't want to oversell it, but as stupid and obnoxious as they are—and truly they are the stupidest "collectors edition" bonus ever—the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 nightvision goggles are a pretty sweet parenting accessory. I, almost regrettably, don't own a pair myself (and MW2 was the only COD game I've ever purchased), but Mrs. Gravey's cousin does. I had my wife jokingly ask him to borrow them, and he non-jokingly lent them to us.

So. I am a grown man and I have checked on my sleeping baby in the middle of the night with cheap, video game-branded nightvision goggles. No apologies. (Especially considering the plethora of unnecessary parenting crap that is hawked in earnest.) Definitely recommended if you have the opportunity.

I hear having a lamp with red light is just as effective, but night vision goggles sound way cooler.

Bonnonon wrote:

I hear having a lamp with red light is just as effective, but night vision goggles sound way cooler.

Well, really there's a night light, another night light on the baby monitor if needed, the lamp is on a dimmer switch, the crib-side clock lights up dimly if you press it, and if none of that's enough, we'd just shine our iPhone displays on her. But why forgo the additional option of nightvision goggles?

Parent advice: Son is ten months old and now doesn't want to sleep through the night. He wakes up at least three times and it is a little old.
Help?

Is he teething? has the weather changed (is he hot or cold) they're my guesses.

Or maybe the sky is gray, the grass is green, and babies are still trying to get themselves organized and it is often very difficult to find a root cause for what's going on. They aren't machines, and I've seen a lot of new parents get caught in this mode where they think they've "figured out" the baby, but as they grow it's a crap shoot even a couple weeks later. This continues until they're 24 years old (he'll be 25 in two weeks so then I'll start saying that date ).

Deal with things as best you can, investigate and try stuff for sure, but don't get your cape caught in the intake if it takes a long time. Take care of you and your wife, too. ((((((((((John and Family)))))))))))

He has already has eight teeth and he generally runs hot. It is the rainy season in Oregon so maybe that is it.

JohnKillo wrote:

Parent advice: Son is ten months old and now doesn't want to sleep through the night. He wakes up at least three times and it is a little old.
Help?

After one who slept through the night starting at 6 months, and still does at 4 barring a thunderstorm followed by one who didn't, and then another one that does exactly what you're saying, all you can really do is roll with the punches here. Try and create a routine for the guy to get used to, but when(not if) that fails, soothe as needed to preserve your sanity.

GL hoss, right there with ya.

JohnKillo wrote:

Parent advice: Son is ten months old and now doesn't want to sleep through the night. He wakes up at least three times and it is a little old.
Help?

Sleeping through the night is actually the exception, not the rule. My boy's one and rarely sleeps through the night. I don't know any babies of the same age that routinely do. Babies didn't get the memo that they're supposed to sleep through the night by age X which is why there's so many books about it.

It's not abnormal, you're not doing anything wrong. All three of you should work together to make it work for you. It'll come right in time.

Thanks for the advice. I still watch him on the weekends in between X-Com which is awesome. I will just try to nap more at lunch I guess.

My wife organized a Halloween meeting for her mom's group and one of the ladies is a photographer so we got some nice shots of my daughter in her costume. Who who who is the cutest baby...
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I am going to also cross post these images from the halloween thread. I decided to carve a wine barrel out of a pumpkin that says milk on it and got my daughter to wear the pumpkin.

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TOO MUCH CUTE

Gravey wrote:
Bonnonon wrote:

I hear having a lamp with red light is just as effective, but night vision goggles sound way cooler.

Well, really there's a night light, another night light on the baby monitor if needed, the lamp is on a dimmer switch, the crib-side clock lights up dimly if you press it, and if none of that's enough, we'd just shine our iPhone displays on her. But why forgo the additional option of nightvision goggles?

Plus, it helps you avoid triggering the trip wires on the perimeter Claymores. Directional anti-personnel mines going off really mess with the sleep routine.

FlamingPeasant wrote:

TOO MUCH CUTE

+1

My little man turns one today. We made it. I feel I've grown almost as much as he has. Overwhelmed.

Maq wrote:

My little man turns one today. We made it. I feel I've grown almost as much as he has. Overwhelmed.

Grats to the wee one (and yourself). Here's to many more milestones together.

Congratulations Maq and mini-Maq!

And the NDA on releasing the pictures of my daughters in their costumes has been lifted!! It is hard to believe that they are 7 and 5.

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I thought the NDAs on pictures worked the other way with daughters, you stop releasing them after a point?

Anywho, more Halloween

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There goes the neighborhood.

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That's an awesome picture, Prozac, and a very handsome little boy you have there. It made me grin in a way that normally only my little Abigail can make me do.

Yeah, I was lucky to catch that shot. with the delay on the camera it is really luck of the draw sometimes as to whether you get a good picture.

Prozac wrote:

Yeah, I was lucky to catch that shot. with the delay on the camera it is really luck of the draw sometimes as to whether you get a good picture.

Super cute!

We had the same problem with our digital for a while. See if it has a sports mode where it can take several frames in succession. We got some our best baby shots that way.

My 12-yr-old daughter just got back from a 3-day school overnight. It was her first out-of-town trip without me or her mom. She's normally a pretty brave kid, but she didn't want to go at first. We (teachers and parents) talked her into it. And she had a blast. I mean, who can not have fun on a ropes course and a zip line?

My 9-yr-old, son, meanwhile, used YouTube to teach himself how to make a retractable paper throwing star. He also taught himself to do a card trick. Guess which third-grade card shark will be doing Show 'n' Tell today?

I didn't want to open my own thread but I thought I should mention why I haven't been gaming recently.
This is the new addition to our family :
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This is one of his first pictures. We still don't have that many pictures of him because all he does is eat and sleep (he didn't change much either). He was born on Nov 2nd. (Friday) at around 11:20pm weighing 3.75~Kg (8.2lb) . We drove 20 minutes to the hospital and he quickly got out 20 minutes after we arrived. Yesterday he got indoctrinated into Judaism (circumcised ) .

On the day he was born I also took my daughter to the park fly a kite. We bought the kite before the store closed (3pm on Friday ).

Congrats Niseg!

The gaming time comes back, eventually, (so I'm told)

Good work Niseg!

here is 6.5 months SERIOUS BATMAN
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and HAPPY BATMAN
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1st Birthday present from Granddad.

KA MATE! KA MATE!

What a past few weeks...

-Wifey is due with baby #2 on Nov. 8. On Friday, Oct. 19, I leave work early to take wifey to hospital due to elevated protein in her blood. They decide to admit her and monitor her. Very early on the morning of Sunday Oct. 21 they decide they need to induce her. After several hours stuck at 6cm dilation, it's determined that the baby is in the birth canal but her head is not tucked into her chest. A C-Section is required. Our daughter Maya is born on October 21 at 2:13pm. With the unexpected C-Section (our son was vaginal birth) wifey remains in the hospital through the 24th. Mommy's plans are all thrown off - she's laid up for a few weeks.

-Daddy plays single parent from Oct. 19 - Oct. 24th, while going back and forth from son's preschool to the hospital to the house to get supplies.

-Wifey and Maya come home on Oct. 24th.

-Hurricane Sandy decides to pay NJ a visit on Oct. 28th. I am in Essex County, NJ which is not hit as hard as the shore but withstands some damage.

-Power goes out Monday morning Oct. 29th. I check with all nearest relatives who are also without power. Now daddy has to deal with the stress of a practically immobile wife who is recovering from major abdominal surgery, a newborn baby who was born 2.5 weeks early, and a son who has PDD-NOS and is just barely off the autism spectrum - all while trying to make sure the house stays warm (don't have a generator), food is supplied to all, and there are enough lights to get around. Stress level = off the charts.

-Mom & Dad say that on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31st, they have power back. I still do not. I pack up the family and necessities, make sure the house is okay to be abandoned for a few days, and hightail it over to mom & dads.

-Scheduled to return to work on Nov. 6 but there is a major problem with gas in NJ and both our vehicles are on less than a quarter tank. Gov. Christie signs rationing law into effect - days are split odd/even depending on the last digit of your license plate. Both my vehicles are odd numbers. I head out at 11:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. After passing close to 2 dozen gas stations which are closed (either no power, no gas, or both), I find a gas station that's open and has gas. I hop on the line which is backed up over half a mile on the shoulder of the highway. 0- minutes later, I'm filling my tank and my gas cans. I decide I should probably fill up my other vehicle too. Head all the way home, no power at the house still, swap cars, and head back to the gas station for another 60 minute wait; but a full tank. Get back to my parents at 3:30am and crash.

-Stay at mom & dad's almost 5 days until power is restored to our house mid-day on Sunday, Nov. 4th.

All I know is that my tax return this year is going to buy a generator and a gas fireplace so that should disaster strike (last year we got hit by Hurricane Irene and lost power for 5 days, this year it was Hurricane Sandy), I'll have lights, heat, and hot water.

Mommy and baby are doing well. Daddy is just starting to get his sanity back. Our son, Émile, has been wonderful through everything. Here's a pic of our daughter Maya and Émile in his Halloween costume.

That's it for me. Getting my tubes tied.

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