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I'm not super Mama! Holy crap, having three kids the ages that mine are is tough.
Big for you! I don't know how you do it. I only have a 3 year old and Hazel and give daily examples (well... at least weekly) of why I'm not up for Mother of the Year

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It totally "works" for us, but the bed just is not big enough and we don't have room for a king. I'm stiff and sore upon waking, and DH is as well. I guess those are kind of selfish reasons...but they seem like good enough reasons to eventually get her into her own crib/bed. I don't know, I just can't see her sleeping with us when she's 2 or 3. I want to have her in her own room before then - I suppose that's really my goal.
Congrats on the kitty! We have an all black one and we call him Pagan. Olivia has nicknamed him Paggy.

I don't think those are selfish reasons for not wanting to co-sleep. Waking up stiff every day is not fun and if you don't see yourself co-sleeping longterm, then it might be a good idea to transition her out of your bed while she's little. I'm no expert on co-sleeping, though, so I'd check with those that are and see what they think

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Little sigh of relief.... it was really sad for me when my milk dried up with DD#2 and I just don't want anyone else to go through that if they don't have to.
I'd be downright depressed if my milk dried up for Hazel. That's the ONLY reason I don't want to get pregnant before she's a year and probably not before she's 2.
post #22 of 143
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post
Changed I mentioned moving Nora to her crib soon to DH this morning, and he got really quiet and started to tear up b/c he wasn't ready yet! He said he would miss her too much if she weren't in bed with us. So she's staying! (Not like she would have actually slept in her crib anyway!)
I love the "daddy's girl" relationship that my DD has with DH. He really misses her when he doesn't get to cuddle her at night, and she's 5. Now, I'm not saying that Nora will be in your bed that long, but in our case we have 1 bedroom, so where's she going to go? Bryan has never had the heart to move Audrey to her own bed. We'll see how it goes this summer when she gets her own room.

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[Regarding air travel...I've never had a problem. I flew with DD1 when she was 3 months, 4 months and DH took her when she was two. As long as you nurse during take off and landing it is fine.
It was great flying with my DD too. Make sure your first time out is a short trip, however, so if this isn't the case with Calla it'll be less stressful.

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Don't cry! Aww, here's a tissue and a hug. Here's the thing. It totally "works" for us, but the bed just is not big enough and we don't have room for a king. I'm stiff and sore upon waking, and DH is as well. I guess those are kind of selfish reasons...but they seem like good enough reasons to eventually get her into her own crib/bed. I don't know, I just can't see her sleeping with us when she's 2 or 3. I want to have her in her own room before then - I suppose that's really my goal.

We are adopting a kitty though! She is 7 months old, completely black, and incredibly beautiful.
I just went through all of Nora's older clothes to pack them up, and I cannot BELIEVE how small her newborn things are. I can't believe she fit in them! Some were big on her at one point! I found myself crying, though. I kept thinking things like, "Maybe we'll have another little girl someday..." and even though that thought comforted me, it also made me sad. I'll never get my first baby back, you know? I'm so glad I did the packing though. I have a real sense of closure. A chapter of my life has passed. On to more pleasures of growing and learning -- all are exciting and important.

But, geez...those clothes were tiny!
I was always less comfortable (more aches and pains) with cosleeping with DD than DH was (once he returned to our bed when she was 3 months old...) But, this time with DS, I am loving it, and it is better on a different mattress-- my twin bed from college.
Congrats on the kitty! Enjoy.
I got rid of so many of our clothes by passing them on to my SIL with an 8 month younger daughter. Now, I'm so grateful to have those gender non-specific clothes back for Bryson! It's great to see my favorites again (or wait, maybe I horded my favorites, and that's okay too!) It's amazing how quickly they have a whole new wardrobe. I think he was in one of my favorites for 2 weeks.

AAM: You gotta love deleting with a big toe while a baby sleeps on your chest! Oh, I'm gonna miss these days too!

Thanks for the ECing input. I will take it to heart. I've not started to try yet.

I'm thinking I, too, will not be winning any mother of the year awards today. DD had a leftovers night last night, and ate her penne and cheese from a restaurant outing from New Year's Eve. I added broccoli to it (I'm jealous!) and she devoured it. Then, still hungry, she had some Keifer. I heard her start crying about an hour later when I was nursing the baby down, and thought that it may have just been one of the klutzy mishaps she and I are prone to (and tends to result from her flying around the living room and bouncing off the furniture.) Not so. She had vomitted up her dinner! In retrospect, I don't know if it was the past pull date Keifer, or the unrefrigerated penne (cold day in car for 3 hours?) or the combination of the richness of the two.

I know I should post elsewhere with this, but did any of your older kids witness you giving birth? DD did, and now is playing "giving birth" with her friends behind closed doors. The first time she locked the door to play this game a week after Bryson was born, and I wasn't cued in to it. The second time she played with a different friend, and I started to be aware. Then she played with her aunt, and yesterday one of her old friends from PreK came out into the living room where another mom and I were talking and said she wasn't interested in playing "giving birth" with DD and another friend. We play with pretty mainstream people, so I hope I'm not alientating anyone by my daughter's processing of the experience we all shared. (My one regret is that someone is the doctor, not the midwife in her game. But, perhaps that is the pressure of the other kids.)
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I know I should post elsewhere with this, but did any of your older kids witness you giving birth? DD did, and now is playing "giving birth" with her friends behind closed doors. The first time she locked the door to play this game a week after Bryson was born, and I wasn't cued in to it. The second time she played with a different friend, and I started to be aware. Then she played with her aunt, and yesterday one of her old friends from PreK came out into the living room where another mom and I were talking and said she wasn't interested in playing "giving birth" with DD and another friend. We play with pretty mainstream people, so I hope I'm not alientating anyone by my daughter's processing of the experience we all shared. (My one regret is that someone is the doctor, not the midwife in her game. But, perhaps that is the pressure of the other kids.)
My mom, MIL, and mainstream friends would flip out. I think it's normal for a child to want to play out something so important (and interesting) that she witnessed. My 3 year old spent much of the holidays trying to get family members to let her change their diapers. : I don't really know what to think of this, but have let it go on since I see it as normal.
post #24 of 143
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Originally Posted by Orionbelt View Post
One thing that is killing me is teaching our oldest to go potty (yes, I know three is pretty old for potty training but she just wasn't ready before this and even now I don't think she really wants to do it but we felt that when she turned three we had to start).
you are not alone here. i go back and forth between worrying about it for ds3. he just turned 3 Jan. 1. we were doing well for awhile when i was pregnant but there have been some major regressions (one of which is that he wants to nurse all teh time and the other that potty learning has gone out the window). we bought Potty Scotty (a little intact boy that pees) but that didnt help. we then bought Potty Monkey that can be programed to go to teh potty every 30 minutes or so but we havent programmed him yet b/c i keep forgetting. i forget alot of stuff. i need to get organized more than anyone probably. when we leave play groups, i am the one coming back into your house b/c i "forgot one more thing". lol! i just cant seem to get it together! DP bought me a HUGE backpack so i can just stuff that thing with extra clothes and diapers and leave it in the car. im always somewhere and someone gets clothes wet, etc. etc. Argh!!

oh well..i cant stay in the house. i have to get out. and out means not being at home....so its inevitable i will forget things. you have 3 small ones though and i only have 2 small ones so i think you are doing a lot better than i am! reward yourself for maintaining sanity!

as far as the cosleeping, my kids always cosleep until they are ready to get out of bed. its been different w/ each of them. ds3 is 3 and stil in our bed. he's not going anywhere anytime soon. we have a crib side carred so he sleeps in that most of teh time but will often wake to nurse and always rolls into our bed in teh early morning. i wont even mention how long the older 2 coslept. i love sleeping with my kids though and it doesnt affect my sleep much for the most part (sometimes it does)....so its all good here.
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I really admire you all that CD or EC! I just don't have the desire to be that disciplined!

You all have been so busy already and it's only Sunday!

I got out of the house yesterday for a bit and went shopping with my Mom and sis. I think I found a new perfume too! My normal scent was discontinued and DH is so picky with how I smell that I haven't been able to find a new one. Now I just have to wait for our holiday finances to chill and then I'll go buy. It's Tommy Hilfiger Dreaming. Lovely!

My Mom and I also worked out together yesterday afternoon. We did a bootcamp style cardio workout and she had to leave before we finished abs so I did my own 20min ab workout after she left. I felt so good! I felt stronger than I have for the last couple weeks. I'm starting to be able to tell a difference in my musculature.

Ally Rae was asking to go to bed at about 8:30 last night so I went ahead and took her. The bad thing is for her to go to sleep we have to nurse side-lying which is normally great but at 8:30, I really wasn't ready for bed! Oh well. I ended up being awake until after 2am which really sucked. Ally slept until 10:30am though! SHEESH! Growth spurt maybe? Wow.
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Yeah so Charlotte going to be last night at 5 pm did not work out so well. She woke up to nurse at 10, 12, 1:30, 3, 4, 5:30 and up for the day and another nurse at 6:30...I am wiped out! Needless to say, I won't let her go to sleep that early again! I will keep her 6:30 bed time because she seems to get the best sleep when she goes to bed at that time. Poor thing is exhausted today.

Yesterday was a great day though because she gave a really good belly laugh for the first time. She laughs all the time but they are just little 'heh heh's' but yesterday was a big ole belly laugh. I love that sound! :

Got to run...the boobaholic is jonesing for a fix!
post #27 of 143
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I really admire you all that CD or EC! I just don't have the desire to be that disciplined!
We CD and I don't think it's that much work. Of course, I doubt I would do it if I weren't a SAHM. It's no extra work for me to take the diaper pail to the laundry instead of to the trash.

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Changed - That's actually really good to know. I guess I thought about that, and knew it in the back of my mind, but didn't put 2 and 2 together. I mentioned moving Nora to her crib soon to DH this morning, and he got really quiet and started to tear up b/c he wasn't ready yet! He said he would miss her too much if she weren't in bed with us. So she's staying! (Not like she would have actually slept in her crib anyway!)
That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard! It makes me wish we could co-sleep.

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you are not alone here. i go back and forth between worrying about it for ds3. he just turned 3 Jan. 1. we were doing well for awhile when i was pregnant but there have been some major regressions (one of which is that he wants to nurse all teh time and the other that potty learning has gone out the window). we bought Potty Scotty (a little intact boy that pees) but that didnt help. we then bought Potty Monkey that can be programed to go to teh potty every 30 minutes or so but we havent programmed him yet b/c i keep forgetting. i forget alot of stuff. i need to get organized more than anyone probably. when we leave play groups, i am the one coming back into your house b/c i "forgot one more thing". lol! i just cant seem to get it together! DP bought me a HUGE backpack so i can just stuff that thing with extra clothes and diapers and leave it in the car. im always somewhere and someone gets clothes wet, etc. etc. Argh!!
Lol, I'm living proof that eventually everyone gets potty trained. I was the laziest kid and had no motivation to do anything. It took me forever to potty train, to walk, etc. I was too lazy to crawl so I never learned, I just rolled around. Don't worry too much.

AAM: This morning Carolyn was screaming in a new way, and it was really scary. Eating, pacifier, cuddling, nothing would help. We took her temp and she had a little fever. We gave her some tylenol (it wasn't high enough for the dr) and she took a loooong nap. Upon waking up she was FINE. Happy, chatty, hungry. I'm really confused since she doesn't seem sick anymore, but she definitely had a fever. The meds have definitely worn off by now, so I don't know what the problem was.
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Allibut: I agree, CD-ing is just as easy to us as doing disposables even easier b/c there are no trips to the store. We use a prefold diaper service and they bring them to our door once a week. We use our wool covers which with Eucalan wash is almost as simple as washing your hands (requires no rinsing and has lanolin in it).
Sorry about Carolyn's fever. Let's hope it doesn't come back. s

Tara: I am so envious you get to work out. That sounds great your muscles are snapping back.
I am hopefully gonna be able to go back to exercise/yoga/etc. next week. My DH says my wound is looking smaller and I have a f/u doc visit next Monday.
Congrats on baby sleeping so well.

Here is Jasper's New Year's hello to you all:
http://i40.tinypic.com/2rdembl.jpg
and another lounging shot:
http://i43.tinypic.com/nv6zpf.jpg
plus him from today's walk to the park in his stroller:
http://i43.tinypic.com/2menuhe.jpg
post #29 of 143
Was hoping to reply to everyone's posts, but ds is out and I want to get in some sleep before he gets up!

I hope things look up for you mamas, but I just want to say I'm a little jealous of you ladies heading back to work : I chose to be a SAHM and for the most part I love it, but it would be so nice to head out and talk to ADULTS all day!

AAM: ds is sleeping MUCH better, thanks to jencat's post in the 'sleep' thread. I tried 'her way' with ds and he took to it right away and he is actually sleeping in his bed and not ON ME for hours on end, and much longer stretches at night. :

hmm what else.. dh is goin back to work after being off for a couple weeks, not thrilled about that. I'm not a fan of Mondays . He helped around the house and with the kids SO much, which was awesome. I got some breaks and we got ds sleeping better, and he (dh) also took charge of the girls nighttime parenting. We had the girls do the 'no pee at night' challenge (up until a week ago both were still in pullups at night due to health issues) and 90% of the time they woke up dry! yaaaay! It was our week of changes around here, so I'm happy about that.

Other than that, just wanted to mention, I started this thread. Thought it would be nice to look back at some of our old posts

Have a great week everyone!
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Allibut: I agree, CD-ing is just as easy to us as doing disposables even easier b/c there are no trips to the store. We use a prefold diaper service and they bring them to our door once a week.
I almost agree. CD'ing is pretty easy and I do work out of the home. An extra few loads of laundry a week and more frequent changing. I'm just sick of laundry

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ds is sleeping MUCH better, thanks to jencat's post in the 'sleep' thread. I tried 'her way' with ds and he took to it right away and he is actually sleeping in his bed and not ON ME for hours on end, and much longer stretches at night. :
I'm glad ds is sleeping better for you I do something very similar as Jencat. Some would say we've sleep trained since the beginning. I like to think of it as developing sleep habits conducive to our lifestyle.
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Can one of you ladies refresh my memory as to what Jencat's way is?
I am curious now!
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I hope she doesn't mind me copying/pasting some parts of her post : I bolded some parts
-feed the babies every three hours during the day to make sure they get all the calories they need during the day, not at night. We end the night with a feeding at 6 pm and put them to bed around 7:30/8, then wake them for a dream feed at 10 or 11

-When we lay them down either at the official bedtime or nap time, we swaddle them, turn on their womb bear ( i just turn on the baby monitor which makes a static sound), turn on the mobile (no mobile-too stimulating for my ds), sway a little and hum a lullaby. We usually end up putting them down drowsy but awake to try to get them to learn to fall asleep by themselves. If they have trouble falling asleep first I go in and pat them and talk quietly. Then leave. If they cry again, I'll try again. If they cry again, I'll pick them up and pat them to get them drowsy (or sometimes get a burp out!). If they cry again, I may bring them out into the living room and just let them fall asleep on mom.

Hope that helps!
It's actually to the point where my ds doesn't want me holding/rocking/singing to him. He literally pushes me away and arches his back to get away from me. So our 'winding down' time is pretty much swaddling and I get to sing about half a song before he starts getting annoyed with me. So I just put him down, he fusses for 1-2 minutes max. and he's out :

mamanurse, I'm interested in hearing your variation.Would you mind sharing your routine? I'm gathering as much sleep info as I can to have in my 'toolbox'. I am a 'hazard' to myself and my family when I'm sleep deprived. I can't afford that when I'm home with 3 kids and homeschooling 2 of them

edited to add: you know, sleep "training" has always been a big scary thing for me, because I thought it always meant CIO. We do teach our kids to do things they don't necessarily like to do (ie. brushing teeth, using the potty, etc)...I wish I'd looked into some other ways to help my dds sleep when they were babies/toddlers. I know nursing to sleep works for many, but it never worked for us and it's like I had to just keep on truckin' because it was "supposed to work" yk? I would much rather take a few days to help 'teach' my lo's to sleep, then to be in crying-for-hours-on-end, sleep deprived He** for 2+ years just so I can win the most AP mother award. If I sound bitter, it's because I am .lol
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So, I think Charlotte is going through an early growth spurt. She is waking up more now at night for nursing than she did when she was a newborn but I'm alright with it. Knowing that this is our last baby (PLEASE work IUD!!!) I am trying to enjoy every moment...even if the moments are at 1 am, 2 am, 3:30 am, etc! LOL! I am getting pretty tired though and I did fall asleep in the rocking chair with Charlotte last night. I don't think I was there long but I know I'm reaching exhaustion when I fall asleep while nursing.

And totally off the baby topic...my Mom bought us a yogurt maker for Christmas and we put our last batch on last night. We made a Maple Vanilla Yogurt...very yummy! Tonight I think that I am going to try my hand at making biscotti to go with my upteen cups of coffee I have each day!

I'm really looking forward to this week-end. DH and I have decided to throw an Apres Holiday Party. We've invited a bunch of friends and all the neighbors around us. I know a lot of people think our kids going to bed by 6:30 pm is great (it is don't get me wrong) but it doesn't allow for us to get out together as a couple so this will be so much fun! All in all we have about 40 people coming (YIKES!) and we are offering supper to all of them too...what were we thinking! I'm doing a big crock pot full of chili and homemade turkey soup plus a bunch of appetizers. And I've been baking a batch of cookies each night and freezing them for dessert. I think it should be a good time.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Carrie: Just want you to know that I am thinking of you on your first day back. ***HUGS***
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[I]When we lay them down either at the official bedtime or nap time, we swaddle them, turn on their womb bear

mamanurse, I'm interested in hearing your variation.Would you mind sharing your routine? I'm gathering as much sleep info as I can to have in my 'toolbox'. I am a 'hazard' to myself and my family when I'm sleep deprived. I can't afford that when I'm home with 3 kids and homeschooling 2 of them

edited to add: you know, sleep "training" has always been a big scary thing for me, because I thought it always meant CIO. We do teach our kids to do things they don't necessarily like to do (ie. brushing teeth, using the potty, etc)...I wish I'd looked into some other ways to help my dds sleep when they were babies/toddlers. I know nursing to sleep works for many, but it never worked for us and it's like I had to just keep on truckin' because it was "supposed to work" yk? I would much rather take a few days to help 'teach' my lo's to sleep, then to be in crying-for-hours-on-end, sleep deprived He** for 2+ years just so I can win the most AP mother award. If I sound bitter, it's because I am .lol
So... the sleep training thing. I have tried, since the beginning, to put Hazel to bed drowsy. I'm REALLY not into CIO and refuse to let my child "soothe themself" if they are upset. This was particularly easy when she was a newborn and I have tried to continue the habit ever since. I also learned quite a bit from Olvia on the sleep issue and I will say that by 12 weeks she was a professional sleeper and only had a few minor sleep bumps generally clustered around milestones ever since.

We start the sleep routine after I have put Olivia to bed. If dh is putting her to sleep, then I start while he's putting her to sleep. This consists of changing her into her pajamas and then nursing. After she's been burped, I then put her in her sleep sack and swaddle her arms. We rock while I read my book and she sucks paci until she's very drowsy with her eyes closed. This will later change to where I'm reading to her and then singing while she's getting sleepy. I then lay her in her bed still sucking on paci or paci has been spit out at this point. Generally, if paci is spit out I have a near 100% chance of her not "asking" for me again. Sometimes (maybe 2/10 times) she will cry when paci falls out and I have to go and put paci in again. Very rarely do I have to take her back out of her crib (used to be cosleeper) to rock her again. When I do, it's generally because I couldn't respond to her need (paci being replaced) fast enough and she got into a tizzy.

Middle of the night... I DO NOT wake her to do a dream feed. I believe in letting my kids wake up when they will at night and respond appropriately then. In the middle of the night, I change her, feed her, burp her, and will rock her if necessary. I can generally tell if she needs more soothing in the middle of the night and will do it if necessary. Sometimes she fusses a little bit after I put her down, but then settles on her own. This is not crying, but more of a grunting/wiggling type thing.

Again... this is just what works for us and I feel is a gentle way of sleep training her. I'm too selfish to give up umpteen nights of sleep (especially while I'm working) in the name of uninhibited attachment parenting. It sounds like your ds has come a long way for you and that's awesome. I hope you continue to find what works for you.

AAM: I'm doing a "dry run" of going to work today. Two weeks until "W Day" My mom will be here in an hour to watch Hazel. I'm actually going into work today to set up the pump room (and use it) and then coming back around lunchtime. Dh is also taking Olivia to her first day at her new preschool today.

Before I go into work, I'm going swimming and then I will probably go to a coffeeshop for some oats and coffee
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Sounds like what we are doing. Except we don't use a paci (I did try for a bit though)
Ds is still in our room though in a sidecarred crib. I had been doing the dream feed, but like you feel odd waking a sleeping baby.
Past 2 nights I tried without it and he slept a longer stretch before getting up to feed. I'll just play it by ear I guess.

thx for your reply. It makes me feel better for some reason to hear others validate I'm doing the right thing for our family
post #36 of 143
Good morning!

Carrie- hope you're first day back is good!
post #37 of 143
Just skimming...trying to keep up! May have to come back later to catch up.

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Anyway, I just can't imagine trying to do the EC thing. Too lazy.
Ditto! too lazy here too. I do notice G man's signals..like right now, he just blew out his diaper...lol! Besides those dang wool longies are just too cute on him! http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e...DSC00107-1.jpg

Diapers: G man is in medium size now. We CD unless we go out of town. Like this past new years. We were up in the mtns. for 3 days. Just to share a funny on our way up.

DP: G smells like a baby now.
Me: what do you mean?
DP: he has a "baby" smell to him.
Me: *laughing* oh you mean because we have him in disposable diapers?
DP: I guess... (then dp looks at me with a questioning face)...yeah, he didn't smell until we put him in disposables huh?
Me: yep. that's why I cloth diaper.

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Originally Posted by Changed View Post
working- Not to be a downer but keep in mind that *night* nursing is a key part ecological breast-feeding and fertility. I've found that even though some babies start sleeping through the night early, that doesn't always last and in a few months they may be nursing even MORE at night. Anyone who's nursed a 2 year old might be laughing in agreement. Also, if you're going back to work as so many are getting ready to now- cosleeping becomes even more important in keeping up your milk supply. Unless you intend to supplement it's a good idea to try to keep baby with you as much as possible while you're home. If you look at your day in a 24 hour period and factor in an 8 hour work day (that's really more like 9 or 10 because of commuting and dropping baby off with a caregiver) and then add in 10 more hours of separation at night, you're only getting 4 hours a day with your baby for nursing and stimulation. Please don't think that I am trying to do anything but be helpful... I can't imagine how hard it is to go back to work with a LO. I just know how it feels to lose your milk and still want to be able to nurse your baby. You all have my support... good god I hated pumping full time.
This is all that I've been thinking about. With my other kids I was able to stay home while they were little. This is the first time I would have to go back to work (unless I find something I can do out of my home). I'm now thinking of starting a business out of my home (virtual assistant), but i have much more reading to do on that. Good thing I can do my taxes early, will allow me to stay home a little longer.

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School starts back up for me on Monday. I can officially say that next year I'll be a CNM! It has been a dream of mine that's a long time coming and sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am closing in on my goals. I want you all to come to my graduation party!!
Congratulations!!! I was accepted into the nursing program over here for next fall! I want to be a CNM too! Would like to have a free standing birth center up in here North CO, so far only 1 in the state!



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As for bringing a babe to a doula gig...I did that when my ds3 was 2 m/o. I was sooo stressed about it but, like you, didn't have any pumped/frozen milk so he went with me. The little guy passed out in the sling and then I transferred him to his car seat. He slept the whole time. I hope Addie is a good little doula-in-training!
I was just going to ask about this. I'm going to doula for a friend in April (homebirth). I was her doula for her last baby 3 yrs ago and the midwife didn't make it until 10 minutes after the baby was born. That was a cool experience! I think we are going to have her child care provider for the homebirth also watch G man.

AAM: We'll we made it back from the mountains. Hope everyone had a wonderful new years! I've noticed that G man DOES NOT like to be out of his home or routine. He wasn't terribly(sp?) fussy in the mtns. but definitely knew he wasn't home. As soon as we came home he knew it and was so much more pleasant!
Just another pix of my sweet boy! http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e...n/DSC00108.jpg
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Thinking of you, Carrie!
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I've been thinking about you too Carrie! I hope your day goes quickly so you can be with Nora!

Well, Ally went to bed last night at 8:30pm again at her own request. It's great that she's sleeping so well but it's requiring me to go to bed then too!!! I'm just not ready that early!

nak.....

so dh woke me up last night at about 10 to say my Mom was on her way to come get him. their office building was broken into and executive staff was needed while cops were there to do an inventory. they took dh's digital frame i got him for ally's birth. : we're both really upset about it. it was a 10" one that cost like $175! i doubt the company's insurance covers personal items of employees.

ally and i have been busy cleaning today. we're having all the couples from our bradley class over on saturday night for a reunion with the babies. i'm really excited but our house needs a good cleaning.

and, af arrived again this morning.

i hope everyone's week got off to a better start!
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Yep, been thinking of you Carrie today!!!

So... if some of you saw my status on FB... I took Addie to the birth and it ended up being a 44 hr labor! I wasn't there the whole time, thank goodness, but a good portion of it. At one point Dh was with Addie in the lobby b/c the mom needed every available hand and he would text me when she needed to eat. It ended in a Csec due to some pretty scary decels, but the decision to do the surgery was made before it was too scary and baby and Mom came thru ok if not disappointed. Baby was in a VERY funky position the entire time and just could not effectively dilate the cervix. It was very weird to be a doula again after having given birth myself not too long ago, I definitely need some time to process b/c I did have some judgment towards the Mom (which I'm sure I concealed) and that's not good for a doula. There was also a lot about the birth that I think could have gone differently if the Mom had made different decisions - but it was her process and her birth. Anyways, I'm EXHAUSTED still and didn't get a weekend (she went into labor Fri night and gave birth Sun night), which saves my life for the coming week b/c I have a chance to get some help from Dh and do some things for me. And school starts for me today too. In the words of the laboring mom, "I just need a break!" Sigh.
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