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I spoke too soon, she didn’t…

Posted by rosanne on Nov 14, 2010 in Challenges, Developmental Milestones, Health

It’s funny to look back and read that last post from only four months ago… I kept waiting for that next moment when we would hear sentences and it didn’t happen and it didn’t happen. At the back of my mind, I could hear my mother saying “but you spoke in full sentences at 14 months”. Another worry was that my daughter’s words were slightly off — she said “sha” for “shoe” and “ba” for “boo”, but when she said “mama” or “uh-oh” it was clear as a bell. What was going on? Read more…

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On the verge of speaking

Posted by rosanne on Jun 26, 2010 in Developmental Milestones

Language acquisition is one of those major milestones that marks a transition from babyhood to toddlerhood but it is not as clearcut as a first step. In our case, communication and understanding move in leaps and bounds. We started baby sign language at eight months and now we are seeing the benefits: a calmer, more confident child who can express her needs. At 17 months, she also now comprehends a huge range of words and uses a few words in place of signs — like her favourite, car, over and over, when she wants to go out, when she sees one in a book and even as they flash by us on the road.

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15 months: learning the world

Posted by rosanne on May 9, 2010 in Developmental Milestones, Educational

Where did three months go? Apparently, a one year old is more of a handful — who knew? More mobile (she started walking three days after her birthday, waiting until her party for maximum audience and impact), more insistent, more aware. I’ve been planning posts on language acquisition, how we’re faring with elimination communication (we recently bought a training seat for the toilet, which seems to strike some people as insane with a 15 month old), why Cry It Out is evil (and why the recent Australian study on it was flawed) and more… but I simply haven’t had the time to do the research (I recently got a promotion at work). They are coming, I promise! In the meantime, I want to share my amazement at the little things. Read more…

 
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Version 1.0: Ready for launch

Posted by rosanne on Jan 20, 2010 in Developmental Milestones, Sustainable Parenting

I cannot believe it’s been almost a year. In one week, my little baby will turn one. Some things haven’t changed at all (like the fact I wrote that sentence and then had to pat her back to sleep for 20 minutes). Others are radically different: she’s almost walking; she has about five clear signs and vocalises vociferously; she points at what she wants; and she now throws a mean tantrum with serious intent. Read more…

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Ten months without sleep

Posted by rosanne on Dec 3, 2009 in Administrivia

I delivered on my first major deadlines at work in the last few weeks. And spent my evenings making a website for my Dad. And somewhere in there, I nursed and played with my little girl — although, truth be told, her Dad did most of that. And as a result, I got run down and eventually ill, but I kept on turning up to work and I kept on dragging myself out of bed in the middle of the night. Read more…

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Sugar and spice

Posted by rosanne on Oct 15, 2009 in Challenges, Educational

Every single day, someone mistakes my daughter for a boy. Why? In part, because “boy” is the default category. In part, because she isn’t dressed in pink, doesn’t have pierced ears and is not sporting one of those lacy bands around her forehead (ugh). It happened again this week, at the pool, because she was wearing a lime green swimsuit that (shock, horror) only covered her bottom. All the other girls were in pink, either one-pieces or two-piece bikinis (for 8-month-old babies!!). It’s just part of a bigger story about gender, stereotypes, Caster Semenya and why she matters, girls’ toys and boys’ toys, and why it’s a big, big mess waiting to happen. Read more…

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Food & Wellness Diary: for the nursing mother who suspects an infant food sensitivity

Posted by paula on Sep 17, 2009 in Health

Baby is not nursing nicely. Maybe there’s a rash. You’ve heard it might be something you ate. This might be so. But there’s no reason to spend the rest of your nursing relationship in chocolate-deprived misery, wondering if it really did make a difference. There are a couple of more scientific things you can do.

The food and wellness diary is my second choice of diagnostic tool. My first, is the two-day low-allergen elimination diet described in “Infant Food Sensitivity: step-by-step self-diagnosis“. The diary is more work, takes more time to get a result, and requires more knowledge (or help) to interpret than the two-day exclusion diet. However, on the plus side, it’s completely safe, easier on your eating requirements, can be used in conjunction with whatever else you are doing, and can help you come to a more detailed understanding of the situation. Read more…

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The boob tube

Posted by rosanne on Sep 13, 2009 in Challenges, Sustainable Parenting

Apparently, up to a third of Australians think women shouldn’t breastfeed in public. I think what’s more worrying about that study is how many people think babies should be weaned at six months and that it’s the 18–24 year olds who are the most ignorant. I have a sneaking suspicion that my daughter is growing up in a more conservative, gendered world than I did, and it scares me. Read more…

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Loving low-residue laundering !

Posted by paula on Aug 31, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

I was always the first to laugh at the idea of being “addicted to cloth nappying.” No way! No matter how many times I heard that said, I always assumed it was some kind of… …evidence of being a little unhinged? Well, here I am, five months down the track, writing a serious post about laundry. The uninitiated should find this a useful primer, and there might even be something in here for the experienced nappier too. Read more…

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Infant Food Intolerance: step-by-step self-diagnosis

Posted by paula on Aug 18, 2009 in Health

Your baby doesn’t seem to be nursing as happily any more. You have your suspicions that it could be an infant food intolerance. Your doctor’s appointment is booked for next week. What now? Baby’s gotta eat! It’s time to do a quick home-spun low-allergen diet, and see what happens. Read more…

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