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SUSIQZER
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9/18/11 8:06 A

When my DD was about 2 months old, we were having the same issues. Then I discovered the 7 PM bedtime... it was like magic!

Her bedtime routine started about an hour earlier. (Bath, bottle, books, bed.) We alternated nights (still do, actually...), so one of us would handle bedtime and the other would cook.

I can't fully explain how awesome it was to come downstairs at 7, knowing that we'd have a quiet dinnertime.

MAGIC!!

Breakfast and lunch were still challenging for a while, but at least we had dinner!



SREINSTATLER
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9/15/11 6:04 P

It's amazing how similar our situations are! My son is 3 1/2 months old, and there are definitely days that it takes me a couple hours to finish lunch! But don't feel bad about you and your spouse eating in shifts. I know that it means someone has to wait their turn, but it's a great way to show someone you love them!



ZORBS13
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9/15/11 2:57 P

Eat when your kid is asleep. Many dinners were eaten with my son sleeping in his chair, or after he went down for the night.

Hate to tell you it doesn't get better. When your son is old enough for solids and throwing food around, and refusing to eat this or that..it is MUCH harder than what you're going through now.



HABELICIOUS
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9/15/11 10:06 A

You have my sympathy!! I have a 5 week old and I feel the same way as you. I also have a 2 1/2 year old and it took me a while after having her to be able to slow myself down and enjoy a meal. My 5 week old seems to be a needier baby, so I'm always rushing through meals or grabbing the easiest and not so healthiest snack to tide me over. The only reason I'm on the computer right now is because I wolfed down my cold toast (she got fussy when I put it in the toaster) and now she is peacefully napping!!

At least I know from experience that it will get better and will become a distant memory...until you have to relive it again!!





TALLAROO
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9/15/11 8:36 A

I have a 4 month old, and I feel incapable of enjoying my food. If I put him down, he fusses; if I hold him, I can only use one arm to eat; if he's sleeping, I'm trying to hurry and eat before he wakes up; if his dad holds him, I'm preoccupied with the fact that someone's waiting for me to finish. I feel like I'm always just wolfing down whatever's easiest, I barely recognize what's on my tongue, and an hour later I'm hungry again.

I'm not really looking for advice, just sympathy I guess.
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