Thursday, January 31, 2013

Inclining the Bassinet

Our Bassinet
I have had many people inquire about how we set up our bassinet. Here is the answer. 

Brinley loved sleeping in the bassinet. She loved it so much, I took it off of its stand and put it in her crib so she could sleep in the bassinet. She slept in it until she was 5 months old. At that point, I had her take one nap a day in the crib, then two naps a day, then three naps a day, and finally added night. By about 5.5 months, she was in just the crib.

A great thing about a bassinet is that you can have it on an incline and keep baby in place much easier. I wish I would have thought of this when Kaitlyn was a baby. She had to sleep on an incline because of reflux and slid down the incline. We had the bassinet, set up exactly like this, in our room and she took at least one nap a day in it until she was 7 months old and finally just too big for it anymore. Something else people have done is put their SnuggleU with baby in the crib and they report it keeps baby in place. We had a SnuggleU at the time, but I never thought of that, either. I kept it in the bassinet at all times. 

There is nothing fancy about our bassinet. It is a Kolcraft, but we have had it for over 7 years. It is old. Amazon has a lot fancier Bassinets--some even have built in inclines that you can remove at some point. Those tend to be between 150-200. Simple ones that are more like the kind we have are more around 50-75. 

When we got home from the hospital with Kaitlyn, my husband took some foam we had from Joanne's. This foam is quite expensive. We had some leftover from when we added it to our piano bench and covered it. If you do end up buying some foam from Joannes, be sure to use a coupon. I think you might be able to get smaller cuts of it, too, but I can't remember for sure.Also, Amazon has some less expensive options: Foam on Amazon 

He traced the mattress on the foam pad and cut it out. He just used a kitchen knife--a cheap one. You can see the cutting is pretty rough. We have since found that automatic knives (like the kind people use to carve turkeys) make it much smoother and is easier. 

He then used a marker to draw an angle on the foam and then cut it so it was at an angle.The angle recommended for reflux babies is 30 degrees.

We put that foam pad in the bassinet, then put the mattress on top that the bassinet came with. We then use a SnuggleU at the bottom. Brinley slept with the SnuggleU until she left the bassinet. She started in the crib with it, then I took it out.

If you have a bassinet already or some foam (or access to inexpensive foam), this way is probably the best. If you are buying a bassinet, I would probably buy one. Here are a couple that look good:

 


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

McKenna Preschooler Summary: 3.5 years (plus 4 months)


One day, the girls decided to have a beach party. They set out towels, got out the swim goggles and flip flops. They were soon in swimming suits, also. We turned on the Beach Boys. They had a fabulous time. And I thought they were crazy because it was -5 below. I turned the heat up so they wouldn't freeze in their swimming suits! They had a grand time though.

EATING
Eating continues on as it has been.

SLEEPING
This month, there has been an interesting thing about naps. When McKenna sleeps for her nap, she is super emotional for the rest of the day. If she doesn't, as I mentioned last time, she is happy as can be but mischievous  So I wonder...which is preferable? I am not sure.

I have started putting her down for naps earlier most days. Brinley is up into the afternoon, so I will put McKenna down at the same time as Brinley since their rooms are right next to each other.

PLAYTIME
McKenna is a person who is pretty much always moving. She will sit down and sit still for books and she does enjoy to sit and do art projects and learning activities. Other than that, she is a mover.

Her favorite days are days that there is no school for Brayden and Kaitlyn. When it is just her and I at home, I do some playing with her. Her favorite thing to do with me is to play with playdough or to play board games. 

BABY SISTER
McKenna is incredibly good with Brinley. When Brinley cries, she does her best to help her be happy. She never complains about the crying. She is patient and calm, which is great since she sits by her in the car. 

McKenna also has no problem with Brinley scratching or grabbing her. She lets Brinley grab at her face and hair and just laughs. The other day Brinley got a fistful of hair out of McKenna's head, and for the first time McKenna said, "Ow!" Then she laughed and told me Brinley pulled her hair out. Then she said, "Oh well. At least hair grows back!" Wow.

PRIMARY
The first Sunday in January, McKenna went from the nursery at church to the primary. I am told she is good, but I have observed that she has a hard time staying seated...which isn't shocking if you refer to my "playtime" section above. The primary president told me she isn't a problem--that she always obeys when they tell her to sit back down. While I am grateful for their patience, I will be working with her to try to get her to a point where she will control herself and stay in her seat when she is supposed to. I don't want her to be a distraction long-term. When I verbally talk to her about it all, she knows all the right answers. She knows what she should be doing. I think she just needs some physical practice to get better at the task. Perhaps she also needs some maturity. I know it isn't asking too much of a child her age to do this, though I also think it is harder for her individually than it was for Brayden and Kaitlyn at this age. 

OUR SCHEDULE

7:30--Wake up and eat breakfast. Get ready. She then can play with siblings. 
9:00-- Chores then independent playtime
10:30--Time with Mommy
12:00--Lunch
1:00--Nap
3:00--Get up. Play with Kaitlyn. Learning activities.
4:30---TV Time 
5:30--Dinner
6:00--Family Activities
7:00--Get ready for bed
8:00--Bedtime 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brinley Baby Summary: Week 24

Brinley in the Exersaucer 

This is a summary for Brinley's 24th week--she was 23 weeks old.

NURSING
Milk supply went back to normal once my period was over. 

SOLIDS
This week, I added prunes at the beginning of the week. She LOVED them. Super loved.

At the end of the week, I added green beans. As with all vegetables thus far, she is just "eh" about them. 

WONDER WEEK 26
Brinley still had some days that seemed to be impacted by some wonder week 26. The thing I have noticed is her having noisy transitions, even in the night. She will talk or "ehhhh...." at sleep transitions. Sometimes even cry. It lasts usually 1-2 minutes. 

PLAYTIME
Brinley is just getting better and better at reaching out and grabbing this. This is always a slightly startling new skill--the baby used to be able to be held on your lap and anything in front of you was safe. Now it is not! Everything can be grabbed.

I think I forgot to mention that a couple of weeks ago I got out the Jumperoo. She loves it! She is figuring out how to jump in it. McKenna likes to stand in front of her and teach her how to jump by example :)

I also borrowed my neighbor's ExerSaucer this week, and she loves that as well. 

NAPS
We continued transitioning out of the bassinet for naps this week. I moved her into the crib instead of the bassinet for her second nap. So she is taking her second and her third naps in the crib. She did well with it and seemed unphased. 

SICK
I think Brinley got my very sore throat this week. She didn't seem to feel well. Happily, she didn't have it as long as I did. I had been sick and had tried so hard to not get her sick. I wouldn't kiss her face even when she leaned forward with the baby "open-mouthed kiss" (don't you love those?). It was so hard to not kiss back! I made sure to wash my hands every time I touched her. But to no avail. At least she got over it quickly. And we are back to kissing :)

SCHEDULE
Our schedule typically looks like this:

7:30--feed with solids--2-4 T prunes and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
8:45--nap
11:30--feed with solids--4 T of pears and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in and 2 T of green beans with 1 T oatmeal mixed in
1:00--nap
3:30--feed
5:00--nap 
5:30--feed with solids--half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (1-2 T) OR butternut squash (1-2 T)--we alternate every other day with squash and sweet potatoes.
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00-8:10



Monday, January 28, 2013

Quotable Mondays: Wisdom


Today's quote is: 

"Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain."

Ah this is so true! We gain wisdom through our experiences. This quote is quite meaningful to me since I just finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowery. If you have read it, you know why. If not, I recommend it. It is quite though provoking. 

This is true in parenting. Moms who are able to give you advice to help solve your problems have either a) read enough information to know what good solutions are or (and most likely) b) have been through the difficulties themselves to know how to help you solve those difficulties. "B" is true of myself. I am able to give advice on how to solve a myriad of issues because I have been through it and know what worked for us to solve those issues. 

So the next time you envy the wisdom of someone you know, recognize the "pain" required to help her achieve that wisdom. And the next time you are going through your own pain, try to hold strong, knowing that this pain will bring you wisdom.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Diaper Dabbler {Giveaway}



I think this is one of the best stores I have ever encountered.

When Brinley was a newborn, I remember wishing that there was some inexpensive way for me to try out the various brands of diapers to see which one we liked best. Little did I know this company existed!

Diaper Dabbler (http://diaperdabbler.com/) offers a variety of diaper packs for you to try out! Their packages include:
  • Mainstream diapers--diapers like Huggies, Luvs, and Pampers.
  • Store-Brand diapers--from stores like Costco or Target.
  • Eco-Friendly diapers--diapers like Earth's Best, Seventh Generation, and Honest Company.
They offer some prepackaged sets, but also allow you to order your own custom set, so you can sample only the diapers you would actually consider buying (for example, as much as I would love to have Target be on my radar, it is too far away for me to use for diapers, so I wouldn't want that in my set). 

In your pack, you will also get a card that has the diapers listed and you can rate each diaper as you try it. You will get several diapers from each brand so you can give it a real try before you make your final judgement.

Isn't this awesome? I think this would make the perfect baby gift, also. You can even order it with wrapping--pink, blue, or gender neutral. Ah, the things we get excited about as mothers ;).

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nap Hints

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The book  Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is full of help on getting babies to sleep well for naps and night. On page 123, Weissbluth offers some ideas for helping your child to nap better.
  1. During your waketime activities, go outside. "...briefly but intensely..." stimulate your little one. Do physical activity. Play in the sandbox, go to the park, take her for a walk, etc.
  2. During waketime and while outside, "...expose your child to light, wind, clouds, voices, music, traffic sounds..." etc.
  3. As nap time approaches, tone it down. 
  4. "...spend an extra long time soothing" with baths, massage, etc. Do your routine in a dark and quiet room.
Those are some ideas for you to try with nap time. If baby isn't sleeping well for nap, considering your waketime activities and your sleep routine is important. Children definitely need enough physical exercise to sleep well. Some experts say that any person, child or adult, who has trouble sleeping at night will do better if he/she goes outside around noon for some sunshine. And remember, the weather does not have to be perfect to spend time outside. You can dress your baby/child for the weather.

I have noticed physical activity to be a huge help in getting mobile children to nap well and sleep well at night.  Our nap routine, however, is pretty short.

Have you found outside time and physical activity helpful for naps? What about the wind down? How long is your routine?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Brinley Baby Summary: Week 23

With my Dad at Brayden's basketball game--she really enjoyed watching basketball

This is a summary for Brinley's 23rd week--she was 22 weeks old. She had just turned 5 months old.

NURSING
This week, I had my first period since Brinley was born. Yeah (said very unenthusiastically). I never noticed this with my other kids, but since I use the Milkies and since I have heard from many moms saying this happens to them, I noticed my milk supply was a bit lower during my period. 

SOLIDS
This week, we added butternut squash to her menu. Like the sweet potatoes, she was "eh." These ones, I baked in the oven to the point of delicious. I don't know why she isn't in love with them (though Brayden says it is because it is squash :) ). He didn't like squash as baby either.

Brinley is a funny, very passive person when she doesn't want to eat something. All of my other kids have had some way of displaying they were not interested in a food that was unmistakable  Kaitlyn would put her hands in front of her mouth. Brayden wouldn't open his mouth. I don't really remember McKenna ever refusing food....anyway, when Brinley is done, she sticks her tongue out a bit and then just looks off in the distance. She doesn't get mad; she doesn't seem to refuse. Like I said, it is very passive. But she is definitely refusing to eat. It is quite amusing. 

Brinley started to get kind of particular about having me feed her solids. In my experience, this is normal if one person feeds the baby. My husband started feeding her once a day and she got over it--she even got so she would eat better for him sometimes. She also has had Kaitlyn feed her sometimes...which is nice and I let Kaitlyn do it, but Kaitlyn is not as "clean" as we are so Brinley ends up with a lot of food on her face. It makes for cute pictures :).

GROWTH SPURT
Brinley had a growth spurt this week. She seemed hungry after I fed her the usual amount of solids, so I would offer her more and she ate it up. Or it could have been she wasn't having a growth spurt but was reacting to my lower milk supply.

WONDER WEEK 26
Brinley had a couple of shorter naps this week. It could have been growth spurt/milk supply reaction or wonder week 26 starting to show some signs. They typically start at 22 weeks. 

SIT UP
Brinley kept trying to sit up on her own this week. Not get into sitting position from laying down, but be sitting in my lap or in something else and trying to get to sitting along. It made me think and I realized at this age, Brayden could sit for several seconds unassisted and Kaitlyn could even longer. I really think of her as being quite a bit younger than she is, so I haven't even tried working with her on it...I guess I should!

SCHEDULE
Our schedule typically looks like this:

7:30--feed with solids--half of a banana and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
8:45--nap
11:30--feed with solids--4 T of pears and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
1:00--nap
3:30--feed
5:00--nap 
5:30--feed with solids--half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (1-2 T) OR butternut squash (1-2 T)--we alternate every other day with squash and sweet potatoes.
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00-8:10

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brinley Baby Summary: Week 22 {5 Months Old}

5 Months Old
This is a summary for Brinley's 22nd week. She was 21 weeks old. Brinley turned 5 months old this week.

NURSING
Nursing continued as normal. I am nursing her five times a day. If I follow the same pattern I did with my other kids, I will move to nursing her four times a day at some point. I like the schedule we have going on right now and don't mind the five. I also like five because I like having that extra feeding to help ensure milk supply stays sufficient. Some moms need to stick with five for milk supply--I haven't ever been that way, but I feel more secure with five.

SOLIDS
This week, we added sweet potatoes to Brinley's menu. She is just "eh" with them. She is interesting with her solids. The first time she tries them, she eats them without making much of an expression at all. She will even go a couple of days eating them just fine. Then she gets to a point where she decides if she really likes them or not. Sweet potatoes are just okay. Some days she likes them more than others. I made them from scratch and I microwaved them...which honestly I have decided is a bit gross. I think they taste much MUCH better baked, so the next batch I do, I will be baking them for her. 

I sometimes mix her sweet potatoes with bananas (a good combination--the compliment each other) and she then likes the sweet potatoes much more.

NAPS
Naps were perfect this week. She is almost too big for her bassinet. I estimate she has a month or two left before she is too big to fit in it comfortably. So I started the process of weaning from the bassinet. I had her take her last nap of the day in the crib. 

WEEK OF PERFECTION
Brinley was really the portrait of perfection this week. She slept for all naps perfectly, ate perfectly, slept through the night perfectly, and was perfectly happy and content all day every day. I have learned, as I mentioned in the past, that these weeks of perfection are typically the "calm before the storm." They seem to precede a wonder week.

SCHEDULE
Our schedule typically looks like this:

7:30--feed with solids--half of a banana and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
8:45--nap
11:30--feed with solids--4 T of pears and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
1:00--nap
3:30--feed
5:00--nap 
5:30--feed with solids--half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (1-2 T)
7:30--feed, then bedtime

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotable Mondays: Faith to Try



Happy Civil Rights Day--or Martin Luther King Jr. Day-- to you!

Today's quote is:
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. 
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quote is definitely applicable in any case in life. It is very applicable in parenting. We take many first steps that are full of faith. Even the decision to become a parent is a step of faith. I also like this idea in line with the idea that "progress is a spiral." With our children, we are taking steps up this winding staircase. We don't see the entire staircase and we don't even always see our progress, but we have faith that we are moving in the right direction.

What have you don't recently that required faith?

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Baby Meal Planner {Free Printable}

Baby Meal Planner

I have been tracking Brinley's foods in my head, just the same as I did all of my other children. Well, that worked fine for them, but with four kids I need to be able to have head space clear unless the item is very necessary in my head. Therefore, I decided to make a sheet I could use to keep track of things on paper.

Nutritionists suggest you feed your family and self the "rainbow." This holds true for baby. The color of a fruit or vegetable indicates the nutrients that are plentiful within it, so when you feed the rainbow, you get a good variety of nutrients. 

While they call it feeding the rainbow, they actually tend to break it up into Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue/Purple, and White. I, however, like to keep the rainbow mentality in my head and just lump white into yellow when I am organizing it all. 

For a list of what foods go in what group, see my post: 

Feeding the Rainbow


Here is my plan with this sheet (I have only had it for a couple of days so it is all new to me). 

I printed the page and then laminated it. If you want to laminate yours but don't have a laminator, you can either take it to your local copy shop or you can even just slip it into a page protector and write on the outside of the page protector.

On the front side, I wrote in the food boxes with permanent marker. You can clean permanent marker by using finger nail polish remover. I wrote the foods she eats in each category. On the front side, I also have a slot for shopping lists and what I need to make or prepare list. For these two boxes, I use a wet erase marker because those will change weekly. 

For the backside, I also use the wet erase marker (you can also use a dry erase marker--I like wet erase just because it is more difficult for the marker to be wiped off). I can plan out which foods she will eat at each meal for the week. This is helpful to keep myself straight and helpful for my husband or mom or anyone other than myself who will be feeding her. 

I made the sheet to be used from the time solids are started until I decide I don't need it anymore, so it has "snack foods" even though she doesn't have snack time yet and "dairy" and "meats" even though she doesn't eat those yet, either. 

If you would like a copy of this, here is the link:

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kaitlyn Child Summary: 5.75 Years

Kaitlyn feeding Brinley

Wow. I typed the title then thought--I got that wrong. Kaitlyn isn't coming up on six. Surely not. She is! 


EATING
Kaitlyn has gotten much better about trying new foods recently. I think our rule that you can't say "I don't like it" at the dinner table has helped a lot with that. She will eat things I never would have thought she would ever try (at least until teenage years or adulthood). That's not to say she never has a picky moment--she does. But she is improving steadily.

SLEEPING
Sleeping is going well and normal. Kaitlyn is still sharing with Brayden. They are great about sharing; we have no issues with them goofing around or talking late or anything. It just makes so much sense to have the two extreme rule-followers in my house share a room--I am not sure why we really ever tried it a different way. Actually, one reason was because I didn't want to have to try to redecorate Brayden's room to be gender neutral. Well, I didn't. I just put her in it without redecorating anything. Does she care? Not at all! She hasn't even noticed. I guess five year olds aren't so concerned about interior decorating :) 

I did make her a quilt for Christmas that matches the room--it is a Hello Kitty quilt. She loves Hello Kitty. It is perfect because it is red, which matches Brayden's room, with some pink and white so it adds some girly flair for her space.

PLAYING
Kaitlyn's favorite thing to do is anything involving art. She loves paper, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, and glue. Here is an example. For Christmas, Kaitlyn's teacher asked parents who could to donate something gender neutral for the kids in the class. I thought about it and settled on a pad of sticky post-it notes for each child. That was hands down Kaitlyn's favorite gift. 

KINDERTUDE
I have coined the phrase. She still has it at times. She is just perfect at school. Then she comes home and seems to need to relieve some of the stress she must put on herself from trying to be so perfect at school all day long. It can be so odd. She is by nature a very sweet and happy person. She is loving and a peacemaker is something that describes her well. But she gets these diva moments that just seem like she has been replaced by some 15 year old girl with an attitude. Time will tell how normal this is for girls. I really think it is highly the stress she puts on herself at school because when there is no school, she is fine all day.

BABY HELPER
Kaitlyn is the type of person to notice a need and do her best to help out. One day at breakfast time, I was about to feed Brinley when she said, "Mom, I will feed Brinley so you can eat breakfast." (that is the picture above) It was so sweet. She is a good help.

SCHOOL
School is going really well. She loves to learn and is very good at school. She is not in the same class as her best friend. She has been surprisingly hesitant to want to play with any other children other than him. She interacts well with the other kids and gets along well with them, but at recess she doesn't want to play with anyone other than her best friend. Her teacher says she is improving a lot, but I assumed she would be more "over it" by now--meaning I would have thought she would have adjusted to the change and not always waiting for him to play with at recess. I definitely have no problem with her having a best friend, but I also think it would be good for her to be good friends with lots of kids. I am not sure exactly what if anything I can do, but I am thinking on it.

SCHEDULE
Here is our typical school day schedule

7:00--wake up. Eat breakfast. Get Ready. Free Play until school.
Go to school.
Come home from school.
12:00--Lunch
1:00--Learning Activities Time
1:30--Play with McKenna
2:00--Independent Playtime
3:00--Practice piano and homework if she has it. Time with Mommy.
4:00--TV time
5-5:30--dinner. Family time
7:00--start getting ready for bed 
8:00--in bed

GOOD BOOKS

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

McKenna Summary: 3.5 Years (plus 3 months)

Mmmm...snow

This is a summary for McKenna as a 3.5 year old plus 3 months....however many months ends up being.

EATING
McKenna is still eating less than I could consider a normal amount for McKenna. I know that when Brayden was a toddler/preschooler and ate very little it stressed me out. It probably did with Kaitlyn, too. But at this point, I know that I give her enough food and that she is an intelligent enough person that she won't let herself starve. We will require a few more bites before she is done if it seems she hasn't eaten much of anything or if she seemed to skip the vegetable portion of her meal, but other than that we don't stress about McKenna and her eating.

SLEEPING
McKenna very much needs a nap each day. If she does not sleep for a nap, she is often quite mischievous by bedtime. She is as happy as can be, but literally seems to be seeking out ways to annoy people. So we aim for a nap each day. There are definitely days it doesn't happen, but most days we do what we can to make it happen, which isn't too hard since we have a baby who sleeps for three naps a day. Naps tend to be 2 hours long. 

At night, she still sleeps about 11.5 hours. 

OBEDIENCE
For most of this month, McKenna was  quite good. At the very end of it, and really creeping into the next month, she started to react poorly to the extra freedom that came with siblings being home from Christmas break. She will definitely benefit from normal routine of everyone being back at school and work.

OUR SCHEDULE

7:30--Wake up and eat breakfast. Get ready. She then can play with siblings. 
9:00-- Chores then independent playtime
10:30--Time with Mommy
12:00--Lunch
1:00--Learning activities
1:30--Play with Kaitlyn
2:00-2:30--Nap
4:30--Get up--TV Time 
5:30--Dinner
6:00--Family Activities
7:00--Get ready for bed
8:00--Bedtime 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Brinley Baby Summary: Week 21

Brinley opening presents Christmas morning
This is a summary for Brinley's 21st week. She was 20 weeks old. Because of the Christmas blog break, I am bit behind on the Brinley summaries; next week I will do two so we can get caught up.

NURSING
Nursing continued on--I still take Fenugreek. Most bottles (or all--I don't know I haven't read every bottle) say to take it three times a day. I shoot for that, but in all honesty I don't remember to do it three times a day very often. I do some days (very few) and the remainder of the days are probably split between 1 or 2 doses a day.

SOLIDS
This week, we added peas to Brinley's menu. I wanted to add something to help moving food through the system since she likes bananas so much. She wasn't constipated, but I believe in prevention.

She was not so fond of peas. Not fond at all. She is my first child to dislike peas. Then she started having runny poop that led to a diaper rash (her first ever). We did have some "runs" going through the family at the time, so I was not sure if she had caught the runs or if the peas would have caused the runs. It is highly unusual to have a negative reaction to peas, but it can happen. So I took her off peas. We will try them again someday. 

4th NAP
This week, the fourth nap was completely gone. We haven't taken a fourth nap since.

WAKETIME LENGTH
Waketime length extended this week a bit. You can see details in the schedule below.

CHEWER
She started to love to just chew and chew on stuff this week. She bites down the way a child will when teething, but I see no signs of teeth at all. And I hope that she is not going to get teeth for many months to come. I much prefer nursing babies with no teeth :)

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