Hope everyone is doing well...we are still living in limbo here; DH hasn't found a new job yet (though he's in the second and third round of interviews for several good positions). We really, really want to stay here in the Northeast/mid-Atlantic area where all our family and friends are (anywhere between NY and DC, really) but we're desperate enough that we're considering positions (if he is offered them) in Cleveland and in Atlanta, two places I've never even been let alone wanted to move to, so who knows. At least those are both waaaaay closer than Arizona, where we tried moving before!
Unfortunately, we are getting kicked out of my mom's house (it's a 55+ community with no kids allowed, so we knew that was coming eventually! We've been "hiding out" here for almost 6 months after all.) Someone finally caught on and complained to the association, so we have until the end of the month to find somewhere else to live. Just what we need, more stress...and possible expense when we our savings and his severence are all but gone
At the same time, the heat in my minivan broke and we have been driving around FREEZING like you wouldn't believe for two weeks!! The poor kids had to have like 10 blankets on them to drive anywhere. Thank God, a dear friend of our family is paying $500 for a new radiator for us and it's being put in as I type.
Does stress/depression make you want to make drastic changes to your hair? LOL. It always does for me. Last time I made a major change was right after we lost my dad pretty suddenly in '06. I went from light blond to bright red. Now I'm thinking of chopping off my very long hair to a chin-length style or something. Maybe I'm losing my mind.
I'm also an emotional eater, so forget losing the baby weight - every time we get more bad news, I eat more and more. Ugh, gotta stop that and get back to exercising.
Well, speaking of those you actually WANT to be chubby, it sounds like all the November babes are growing so well!
Isabelle is doing great - she'll be 11 weeks tomorrow, and she's close to 15 pounds and 25 inches, which is pretty much where all my kids have been at this point. She is tooooo cute, I have to get some new pics of her
I'm getting a pic taken with a JCPenney coupon I have - a whole bunch of portraits for $7.99! - it's going to be all 4 kids for the first time, in their Valentine's outfits (matching heart dresses for the girls, and a "Heartbreaker" shirt for my little man!) Who wants to call odds on getting 4 kids 6 and under to all smile simultaneously?!?
So....Birdie, thanks for the update on Meadow, I'm so sorry she's facing some complications with her eye after the transplant
but glad everything else is going well. I hope things improve with her eye soon!! She is one brave little girl (and you are one strong mama!)
Teff, I hear you on the oversupply. I have major oversupply that has only gotten worse with each of my kids. I regularly have to pull over during the day and hand-express for a couple of minutes into my empty coffee cup or whatever I have in the car, just to be comfortable and allow Izzy to latch on properly! I wish I could donate - I looked into the milk banks, but the rules state that you can't donate if you've ever traveled to certain countries, one of which is Nigeria, where I worked for several months (it was a long time ago, but still, they don't want my extra milk because of it!
) I am too dogmatic I guess, but I refuse to use a paci, so it's hard for her to comfort suck but she's finally finding her thumb with some regularity, so that's good. I mean, not that good, I don't really want a thumb-sucker any more than a paci-addict like my first DD was (which is why I won't use one again - it was hell trying to get her off of it!) but at least she can comfort herself a little when she's too full to nurse anymore. The spitting up is improving a lot, too, so maybe things are starting to even out.
Oh, and Teff, if you're looking for an LB Superstar (it is a great bag - very stuffable but lightweight), they come up fairly frequently on that BabyBags board I told you about before! Did you ever join, or if you don't want to, do you want me to ask if anyone has one FS on there? I would be happy to look around for you, let me know! I'm a bag addict who can't afford to indulge myself right now so I might as well enable someone else, LOL!
Sorry, I wanted to reply to others but have to go, BBL!