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post #101 of 127
Yeah, it's kid #18. If you get a chance to read it, do. It's good so far. I'm growing baby #4 and at times it seems overwhelming. But I'm glad I am blessed with one baby at a time so I can learn to handle that. LOL.
post #102 of 127
Well here it is Feb and I am just popping in to this thread. I always seem to forget its here and then find a mention of it somewhere.

First off belated congrats to DID!!!!! I know its late but do you need anything? I wanted to bring you food but I suck when there are allergies involved and am always afraid I will accidentally use something with some unlabeled allergen.

We are busy here. Allthough this past week has been really quiet. The older two are at Grandmas since Monday. DH fell two and a half weeks ago hiking and had to have surgery on Tuesday to fix his broken nose. My mom offered to watch them and I just could not refuse.

I find myself wanting another one as Naomi nears her one year bday (3/2) makes me wonder if we got the vasectomy too soon too late now I guess there is always adoption.
post #103 of 127
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thanks. i guess i will join then, though most days i dont have much advice for families with "many" kids...mine are so spread out...18, 10 (almost 11), 3 and 4 months right now. im pretty sure we are done (like 99.99999%).
Wow, ours are spread out similarly! Mine are 17, 10, 3, and 14 mos. Plus one in the belly. I had my 1st at age 17. As someone else mentioned, although I have loved every pregnancy & baby experience, I am soooo much more relaxed now than I was in my teens/20s (I'm 35). I was just so crazy-busy, stressed out, in an unhealthy marriage.... now I'm pretty much blissed out & stress free most of the time. I find parenting to just be easier the older I get.

And also, as another PP mentioned, I'm "making up for lost time". I've always wanted a huge family, since the moment I hit puberty I think. But life circumstances didn't allow for it. Now that I'm in a good place for it, my (2nd) DH & I are having the time of our lives making babies together.

I've missed a month or 2 of the thread.... I too always lose it for some reason! But I just sat & read the entire thread so I'm caught up.

As for the question brought up re support & outlets for me to follow my own pursuits... I meet my friends mainly through our homeschool groups. I also enjoy "meeting" people through my blog. I've made some lovely friends online just by discovering each other's blogs. I can't decide if I'm intro or extroverted. It seems to change. I also receive an enormous amount of support from my dh. I never go out without kids, though. Every now & then I get a 10 min shower without kids in the room, otherwise I don't have my own body space. It doesn't usually upset me only because I'm enjoying this season of my life, the baby making season. As for following my own pursuits, they're often kitchen & gardening related. I make all our foods from scratch, we hope to have some land & livestock one day soon... Plus I'm a major book nerd & read a ton. Plus I enjoy our homeschooling...

But in all seriousness, PreggieUBA2C, it sounds like you need some change. : I really wish I had some great suggestions & could be helpful. Is your dh open to allowing you to get out alone sometimes? On a day he's home? Do you have access to a vehicle during the day & could you get out with the kids to a park or something out in the healing sun? Maybe have a hike? A change of scenery? Also, have you taken a close look at your nutrition? In the past I've personally made some big dietary shifts & began new supplements (like adrenal gland supporting tonics because I was tired & faint, chromium for blood sugar regulation, cod liver oil, D3....) & felt amazingly better. I really hope you're able to make some changes & find more joy. :

On to a frivolous topic , I've never seen a Duggar episode because we don't have TV but just the other day my mom said she's going to start recording them for me & send them to me. YAY! I'm really excited!

Re food, we place a bulk foods order monthly that's usually around $400. I spend around $100/week on groceries/household stuff besides, and about $50 monthly on raw milk & our meats from a nearby farm. We're a family of 6 going on 7. Only a portion of our diet is organic because we just can't afford it.

Re dinnertime, ideally I love it when the older kids set the table, I put all the food on it, & we serve & eat together at the table. But our 3 yr old just tries to play with all the food! He'll stab the butter & spill the salad & splash the soup so we spend much of the "relaxing" meal policing him. So we usually just serve ourselves straight out of the pot on the stove & carry our dishes to the table. My dh has this totally bizarre habit of *pacing* when he eats. He will carry his plate around, eating, while pacing & pacing & pacing the room. It's a funny habit, but I've gotten used to it. lol He still engages in our table conversations & stuff.

And re birthday parties, we have small one with just family at home. A few gifts, plenty of tasty mom-made food, nothing huge and/or expensive.


Ok, I think I'm done ing ! lol I guess this is what happens when I lose the thread for months, I feel like I have to post a novel. Heh. Also, my kids are totally sick, so I'm just sitting here breastfeeding Mr Grumpy.

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What is meant by "subbing"? I think I've got all the abbreviations down now, but I'm clueless to this post?
post #106 of 127
I'm subscribing to this thread. I hope to be able to add to the conversation soon.
post #107 of 127
By subcribing, what do you mean? Just reading, waiting to post a thought? Is it just that you are checking out a thread that you don't normally post on?
post #108 of 127
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By subcribing, what do you mean? Just reading, waiting to post a thought? Is it just that you are checking out a thread that you don't normally post on?
When you subscribe to a thread, you can not only mark your place, which I do a lot, it also puts a little check mark by the thread title in the forum, so you can see at a glance which threads you are in, and you can get e-mail notices when someone adds to the thread.

You don't have to actually "subscribe" if you don't want, all you have to do is post anything in the thread if you have you settings fixed.

Many times I just post a : when I am NAKing and can't really comment at that moment.
post #109 of 127
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By subcribing, what do you mean? Just reading, waiting to post a thought? Is it just that you are checking out a thread that you don't normally post on?
If your membership is set to "email notification", you will get an email whenever someone posts on any thread you've subscribed to. Or, if you're like me & don't want to get 80million emails from MDC everyday , you can turn that function off & just click on your "user cp" which is kind of on the upper left of your screen. Your user cp will show all the threads you have subscribed to & you can see if anyone has left any new posts.

You are automatically subscribed ("subbed") to a thread if you post in it. Or, if you don't actually want to join the conversation but want to keep up on the thread anyway, you can click on "thread tools" at the top of the thread you're looking at, & scroll down to "subscribe to this thread".

People often post "subbing" to a thread so that they don't lose that thread. Maybe they want to come chat in the thread when they have time, or they just want to keep up & read every new post. Once they've posted to it (even just the word "subbing") they get the email notifications or can check their user cp to see updates.

Does it make sense?
post #110 of 127
I sub so I get the notifications and can keep up with the thread even though I'm not posting a lot! When I log in, I can go to my control panel first thing, and any thread I've posted in (even if just to subscribe) that has new posts is displayed for me. Otherwise I'd never be able to keep up.
post #111 of 127
So, how is everyone doing? We've had two warm days in a row, and I realize spring really is coming! ::Thank goodness. Winter was wearing on me.
post #112 of 127
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So, how is everyone doing? We've had two warm days in a row, and I realize spring really is coming! ::Thank goodness. Winter was wearing on me.
AM Arwyn's pocket is a pretty great place to be.
post #113 of 127
I've been there since August. :
post #114 of 127
Thanks for the explanation ladies! I'm still learning....
post #115 of 127
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So, how is everyone doing? We've had two warm days in a row, and I realize spring really is coming! ::Thank goodness. Winter was wearing on me.
I was enjoying our warm weather until I went outside tonight and it was freezing again! I wish it would just make up it's mind.
post #116 of 127
I was out and about in just a t-shirt on Thursday, and we shocked orangefoot with the tropical climes of Swindon I'm doing so much better because we've had a few good things happen at once: River's started sleeping more, and DH can get him down for the night (most of the time he doesn't, but he can. And that's HUGE for me) the weather is turning, DH and I are communicating more effectively, and I have the car during the week now, which lets me do crazy things like drive off to Oxfordshire and Bristol to see people and yarn shops and stuff. Life is getting grand And frankly, it's about time.
post #117 of 127
Tropical it was! I was in such a spring-y mood that I went to our Home ed group at Letcombe without a coat yesterday then spent half an hour pushing Frida on the swing with a drip on my nose 'cos it was so cold

Getting out and about to new places makes me feel better too. This week has been great: Monday was a stay at home day, Tuesday home edding outdoors in the cold but chatted to some good people who made me laugh; Wednesday a friend came over and we sewed the hem of a very frou-frou ballet tutu for her dd while the girls made a den under the table in the garden brrrrr; Thursday we spent a good apart of the day with Flapjack; Friday out in the cold but also had fun. All in all a very good week.

If we have a week where we don't meet other humans who are larger than 3ft tall I do get a bit grumpy - especially if it has also been a week where the living room is in such mess that I can't clear the top of the sewing machine cabinet or swing the door open to get the machine out as well

I'm coming to realise that I am addicted to people and talking and listening. on days when I don't see full size folks I credit listening to the radio all day with saving my sanity. Radio 4 makes me think about other stuff and not get stuck in my own bubble. Listen to Old Harry's Game for a good laugh!
post #118 of 127
One thing about being a MOM is when one is sick and hospitalized and needs a mommy there, but the rest of the kids are home also needing a mommy. It has not been a fun few days.
post #119 of 127
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So, how is everyone doing? We've had two warm days in a row, and I realize spring really is coming! ::Thank goodness. Winter was wearing on me.
It seemed nice all week, and then SNAP! Cold weather.
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Spring spring
please be here soon!
post #120 of 127
All the snow had melted here and then suddenly we got 6-8 inches! I am so done w/snow. Average temp here is sopposed to be in the 20-30f and this last few days the high has been in the teens! Done here w/winter! But I may just be a little impatient cause I am due in April and that's usually when "spring" starts here. Dreaming of walks w/ds4 and lo in the wrap w/the pup- in the nice spring sunshine......:
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