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Lauren was up at 7:45 today. I really don't like the sevens. Steve got her up and brought her to bed with me, with her bottle.

Yes, she's 2 1/2 and still has 2 bottles of milk per day. I'm not 100% crazy about it but a) she needs milk and WILL NOT DRINK IT OUT OF ANYTHING BUT A BOTTLE (I know - I've tried) and b) she only has it at home - one in the morning and one before bed, which does NOT go to bed with her. She is not roaming the malls with a bottle, like some kids i've seen.

Then we went to the gym. It is SO hard to be motivated to go to that place in the summer, so I put my membership on Pause for the summer. For $10/month, it's paused and the time gets extended at the end. I did this last summer too and it was SO worth it. We'll go back in mid-August when Nick starts his summer camps there and we have to be there anyway.

Then we had lunch. Why do I find it SO hard to find something for that child to eat? She ate 1/2 a PB&J today. Sometimes she'll eat one piece of toast with cheez whiz. Sometimes grilled cheese. Sometimes Chef Boy-ar-dee. Sometimes soup, but that's really hard for her to feed to herself.

And why won't she eat raw veggies? She WILL NOT. I used to put it off to "she has so few teeth, it must be hard to chew" but her eye teeth are finally coming in. Still no 2 year molars though. I'm not worried - both Steve and I were slow to get and lose teeth. I lost had my last baby tooth pulled when I was 15, and Steve had his last one pulled in 2002 before he got his braces. Anyway, my point is, she needs more raw veggies. I am going to try cucumber this week. Wish me luck.

We watched Sesame Street at 2pm on PBS Seattle. Well, I dozed. She watched. Until I realized she was sleeping too. Oh, how sweet to have a 2 year old snuggled up and sleeping in your arms.

Of course, now the bastardly construction vehicles are making noise in the court and she woke up. But yay for hour long naps! :)


Date: 2005-06-15 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know, if you just don't give her the bottle, eventually if she wants the milk bad enough, she'll take it from a cup. Not the most fun thing to have to do but it might come to that at some point. Not that I've ever had to do this mind you, so I really don't know what the hell I'm talking about. You can totally ignore me if you like, really, I will understand.

At least she's not roaming around with the bottle in her mouth all the time. I agree with you on that.

Date: 2005-06-15 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Agreed. It's good she's drinking a lot of milk. But you probably should try to get her off the bottle. Try offering it only at mealtime in a sippy cup.

Date: 2005-06-15 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
did that. she won't touch it.

even chocolate milk. won't touch it.

i bought new bigger Milk Only Sippy cups. She won't touch them.

so what do i do? not give her milk for a couple weeks? force feed her? or suck it up and let her have a bottle for a little while longer?

we're going on holidays in a couple weeks and i'm thinking with everything else being so different, we might try to lose the bottle along the way too. who knows?

(sorry if i sound defensive, it's just that i KNOW she should be off the bottle, but she's not making it easy.)

Date: 2005-06-15 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
After I posted, I realized that you've probably already tried that. Your restraint in not yelling "DON'T YOU THINK I ALREADY TRIED THAT" was appreciated.

I don't know what to do. Kids at that age can be very stubborn. I know. I have one. If you try again, just ensure she's getting her nutrients through other food (cheese, yogurt) and vitamins.

Re: Bottles

Date: 2005-06-15 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
but here's the thing. she DOESN'T want it. except in the morning. and if i put it in a sippy cup she WILL NOT DRINK IT. I tried this for a couple weeks back in Feb/Mar. all that came of this is she got no milk. And at bedtime? Well forget about it.

Of course right now we (okay, Steve is, i caved and came upstairs) are in the middle of a "No freezie til you eat your carrots" argument.

the sevens

Date: 2005-06-15 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's strange when the kids sleep past 7 in our house. Of course, they are waken up by 6:30 daily to be taken to daycare, so sleeping late on the weekends isn't an option for me anymore.

Re: the sevens

Date: 2005-06-15 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh, see, we don't have to do daycare.

we are making a go of it with me working Saturdays and Monday nights. and more recently, Fridays 10-5 but then Steve's mom comes to watch her.

Date: 2005-06-15 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
don't panic -- my sister is three, and she occasionally still has a bottle at bedtime. the world has not imploded yet, so I think it might be safe.

the main arguments for weaning off a bottle seem to be: dental problems & possible ear infections if she drinks from a reclining position. Well, she's never had an ear infection in her life, and ... they're baby teeth. So what if they're not perfect? Besides, she's my mothers daughter, she's doomed to braces anyway.

funny -- for two years, she was perfectly fine drinking milk from a sippy cup. A few months ago, she decided that she was done with regular milk, and will now only drink flavored milk. She gets such a small squirt that I can't even taste it, but it makes her happy. :)


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