Thank You and Update

by jessicaturner on December 3, 2008

Thank you for all the comments regarding cereal for Elias. I love when you all share your views on parenting! Though many of you said that you did start cereal before six months, which is reassuring, I think I am going to try to wait it out a few more weeks. I already am tired – what’s a few more nights of interrupted sleep? Matthew says I am as stubborn as a mule, but also that he will go along with whatever I want to do. What a guy. :) Love you, baby.

Last night I went to bed at 8:45, lol. So I didn’t get much done around the house, but did get a good amount of sleep. Elias also only got up once (must have been the well wishes you all were sending!).

I wanted to also thank you for the prayers lifted up for my Nana, who has been in the hospital. Our prayers have been answered and a spot opened up at a nice nursing home for her. She will be going there today. Please keep her, my mom and mom’s brothers in your prayers, as I am sure it will be a hard transition. We know this is the right decision though, and that she will be a lot safer. Nana will have to share a room with someone at first, but is first on a waiting list to get her own room, so hopefully she won’t have to share for long. Once she has her own room, they will be able to bring in her things – her chair, big bed, etc. We hope that happens soon, as it will make the transition easier. Here are a couple pictures we took when we celebrated Thanksgiving with Nana and my mom’s side of the family.

Family Photo – Four Generations

Nana and Elias



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Southern Gal December 3, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Take lots of Nana and Elias pictures. You’ll cherish them later and it will give Elias a sense of ‘knowing’ her. I’m not saying she won’t be here long, but having those memories in print are priceless either way. The last of my grandparents passed away a month ago. I have so many pictures of me with all my grandparents when I was younger. (Same with all my children and their grands and great-grands.) I love looking at those pictures and remembering what we were doing then. Even though I don’t scrapbook, I have a running dialogue in my head when I look at them all. Hmm. Maybe I need to write that dialogue out and put some pics with it, eh? Scrapbooking!

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Open your Eyes. December 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I love that family photo…mmm I can imagine a scrapbook page coming on :) xxx.

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Amy December 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I love that tongue that Elias is showing! Sooo sweet!

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Therese December 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Oh Jessica! Your family remains in my prayers…I love my Aunt Marilyn and this is very saddening…lots of HUGS coming your way-it must be hard not to be there today.

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gitz December 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Oh, that last photo is so sweet of the two of them! Pretty obvious that E. worked his magic on Nana :)

I know the nursing home thing is hard… my grandma did NOT want to go when she had to but it had just gotten to a point where it wasn’t safe for her at home. We were able to take her favorite chair and lamp and some of her things, which helped a lot. I’ll keep praying for her and hope she can find some happiness in the transition. I’m so grateful that something opened up so quickly.

Hope you’re feeling a *little* more rested today, friend :)

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smoothstonesinmyhand December 4, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Hi, just wanted to point you in the direction of baby led weaning, since you’re going to wait till closer to 6 months to introduce solids.

I’m not sure how common it is in the States but here in the UK it’s becoming more popular.

The basic idea is at 6 months babies are physically able to pick up food and feed themselves (matching the age at which they start to need more than just milk – isn’t God’s design of our bodies amazing!), so you don’t mush or puree anything. Just set chunks of soft food in front of them at meal times and keep feeding them milk as usual.

As they start to eat more they’ll take less milk – so as the name suggets the baby is leading the whole weaning process. Generally kids are less fussy and the social aspect of eating is reinforced.

When we did it with our eldest son over 2 years ago people thought we were weird, a lot of friends saw how well it worked and used it with their second babies!

I didn’t mean to write so much but thought you might be interested in a different option. If you google it you’ll probably find blogs and articles, the main one babyledweaning.com is a nightmare to navigate but all the info is out there.

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Dee December 5, 2008 at 1:36 am

Aww! Great pictures!

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Sarah December 5, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Hi Jessica:

Just catching up on your posts and sorry if I’m repeating what you’ve already read. I’m glad you’ve decided to hold off on the cereal. I’m another big “lactivist” and think you need to stand your ground on this one.

That said, I ran into the same issue with my daughter a few years ago. Here’s what I did to get her to sleep through the night: I fed her more during the day and I made sure she got plenty of sleep. He might be going through his 5 month growth spurt right now. But regardless, more food and more sleep during the day might really help him sleep more at night. And therefore, you!

Hope it works out! Praying for you guys.

Sarah

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