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Nov '05 Mamas- It's June!!! Better late than never!

post #1 of 32
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Ok, thought I'd get us started now that half the month is over!

Wow, just read the whole May thread and I missed a LOT!

DID- I am so sorry about the legal situation, I had no idea Somehow I hope things work out ok. I'm so glad the CNA work is going well for you, I knew it would!

Mel- I don't think I heard about Matt's grandfather- I knew he was sick around the time Nora was born. I'm glad your trip went well, and hope your diet can expand soon.

My 3 yr old is tough...he's been so easy most of his life that I knew he was due for a rough patch. He does say and do all kinds of amazing and cute things, and is as adorable as can be, but is also so strong minded and wants to do things his way, and so often every little thing is a big struggle, even when I don't want it to be! He also loves to delightedly torment his older brother, who can't stand the fact that he exists, breathes, or speaks. Just praying this gets better SOON,

before December when I'm supposed to be having a baby! Still percolating along at 12+ weeks, still in a state of wondering how I'm going to take care of 3 kids on my own for 12 hrs a day, 2 of whom can't be in the same room together. I am completely open to advice, mamas of 3 or more!!!
post #2 of 32
Hello! We're doing pretty good... Ellie is in the same situation as the other kids - adorably sweet most of the time with patches of stubborn naughtiness. Its actually pretty funny... Killy never had impulse control but is a people-pleaser. Ellie has all the impulse control in the world, but doesn't give a fig about pleasing anyone but herself. When she's doing something wrong (like destroying her brother's latest robot creation), she smiles the whole time and will happily admit she knew it was wrong and would hurt him. What do you do about that?! Luckily she's very sweet and is usually not in a mood to destroy and just wants to play nicely and share with everyone.

Ellie has had three UTIs since the end of February, and she's got a referral to see a pediatric urologist. I want her to not have UTIs anymore, but I'm really, really hoping it won't come down to a surgery.

I get my IUD tomorrow... I'm excited to be off hormonal birth control, sad to be admitting I won't be having any more kids, and nervous about having it inserted. I read a detailed explanation of how its done, and now I wish I hadn't!
post #3 of 32
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I get my UTI tomorrow... I'm excited to be off hormonal birth control, sad to be admitting I won't be having any more kids, and nervous about having it inserted. I read a detailed explanation of how its done, and now I wish I hadn't!
You mean IUD right? If it helps, removal is worse than insertion, which wasn't bad at all. Sheesh, woman, you've given birth - it's MINOR! I won't lie and say it's completely painless, but the pain is brief, along the same lines as whacking your elbow on something.

DiD, I'm sorry about all the legal stuff you're going through. Congrats on passing your CNA though!

Mary, congrats on the new little one... I'm sorry, I have no advice to provide, I only have one child who is pretty easy to deal with.

Not much new here... DH and Rowan slept in the tent in the back yard last night, and I think Rowan will need a nap today...
post #4 of 32
Um, yeah. LOL I'll edit that!
post #5 of 32
Oh, and if nobody's told you this already, take some ibuprofen before you go in. Arnica helps, too. Spughy's talking specifically about whacking the bony, sticky-out bit of your elbow, the one that leaves you swearing for a while, not the soft and fleshy part It's a nice analogy though.

We're here. Skye's loud. River's cute. Boys are responding to the imposition of martial law (aka start picking up after yourself or your life will be unutterably awful) but DH isn't.

Mary, I'll ask my two. They can't stand to be around each other at the minute either- their teachers literally drew chalk down the middle of the school playground to stop them fighting I'm planning on buying the Sibling Rivalry book from the people who wrote How to talk (etc.)
post #6 of 32
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Oh, and if nobody's told you this already, take some ibuprofen before you go in. Arnica helps, too. Spughy's talking specifically about whacking the bony, sticky-out bit of your elbow, the one that leaves you swearing for a while, not the soft and fleshy part It's a nice analogy though.

Yup, that's what I meant! It's that kind of twingy pain. And it doesn't last long, and ibuprofen is a good idea.
post #7 of 32
Yeah, they told me to take 3-4 advil before coming in, and gave me a misoprostol tablet to insert vaginally 8 hours before (to help with dilation). So, hopefully it'll go easy enough. You'd think after doing natural childbirth twice I wouldn't be such a baby!
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WTH happened to innocent until proven guilty?
It's sad but true. When a man is accused of something like this, if there is no evidence either way it often goes in favour of the accuser. At least that's been Jim's experience with 15 years of his mom working as a paralegal for these exact types of issues. She's been giving him advice on how to handle it, but it just does not look good for us.

I'm just taking it one day at a time. Trying to remember to breathe.
post #9 of 32
Keep your fingers crossed for me. I have a job interview on Thursday!
post #10 of 32
Fingers crossed!

I have a cold It's not very nice.
post #11 of 32
I hope you feel better soon, Helen!

So, I'm in quite a funk. My plan for today was: my MIL arrives about 11am, I go meet my sister and my mom for lunch, then go to my appt to get my IUD, come home and spent the afternoon relaxing with a book and heating pad while MIL watches the kids, then DH was taking the kids to Vacation Bible School. Well, its raining so my MIL won't drive so she called and cenceled this morning. Now, DH is going to drive me and the kids to my appt (its 40 minutes away), then I get to watch the kids all afternoon. That'll be relaxing - NOT. I'm just having a little self-pity-party. Just once I'd like to be able to lie in bed when I don't feel well, but I always have to be up and about and taking care of the kids. I'm not feeling great at the moment due to the cytotec I had to take this morning to prime my cervix. I've got to figure out what to do to cheer myself up, though, I can't spend all day in this funk.
post #12 of 32
Ugh, QofC. I hope the IUD went well, but how crummy to lose the nice day you had planned.

DiD, good luck with the job interview and congrats on passing the CNA course. Big to you and your family- I'm thinking of you.

I hope you feel better, Helen.

We're doing well- though amazed that June is more than half-way done! We just spent the weekend with my MIL which was a nice break for all of us. Neela and Matt camped out in the tent, Matt got some work and writing done, I had a co-parent and co-chef in my MIL, and Neela got to play with the dog. Win-win-win we call it

Neela is still in a terrific stage right now. Nora is both easier and harder than Neela was. She's more mellow, but not a terrific breastfeeder so we're challenged in different ways weathering her short nursing strikes. Side-lying seems to work, but I have yet to figure out what to do with a hungry baby out in public. I can't see myself lying down on the floor of the grocery store to feed her. Last night Neela was watching Nora pull on and off the breast as we were all in bed for bedtime stories and told her "put your mouth on the freaking breast, Nora!" (and then told me to stop laughing, since I had a bad case of giggles over it).
post #13 of 32
Well, I'm back home. I seem to have a very sensitive cervix (I always cramp during pap smears, too) because insertion was incredibly painful. I used my self-hypnosis techniques from labor to get through it, so I didn't cry or scream at the doctor, but it was awful. The cramps are bad, but easing off now. It was the nauseated, hunched over, I-might-vomit type cramps for a couple hours, but now I'm feeling better. A hot pad and some chocolate helped!

Ellie finished her latest round of antibiotics yesterday, and seems to be totally recovered from her UTI. Yay!

DiD - I hope things work out for the best, I'm sorry to hear about all the drama/trauma.

Neela's line made me crack up!
post #14 of 32
Well Neela sounds like she's got a great career as a lactation consultant ahead of her!

Rowan's been bugging me to have another baby SOON so she can try the boobies again. I guess she only gave them up because they had no more milk in them, and she wasn't really ready? She's been identifying much more with babies than with kids her own age for the past six months or so, always wanting to play at being her cousin or her friend's little brother. She's totally lost interest in the little girl downstairs now that she's walking and talking. This is a phase, right???

QofC - sorry it was such a bummer day for you, but at least the IUD is in, right? I hope it works out for you, it is such a stress-free bc method.
post #15 of 32
Hah. Yes, completely stressfree apart from counting the number of times an hour you're emptying your mooncup and trying to figure out if this is too heavy and you're going to bleed to death, panicking over contraception if it doesn't work out and, yes, wait, the joy of it removing itself. SIDEWAYS. Definitely stressfree. : Jen, feel better soon

Still poorly. Still crabby. Teething demanding baby. But I found a breakfast that doesn't leave me feeling sick 20 minutes later, so life is looking up.

Nora and Neela sound gorgeous, Mel. And very funny

Spughy, I'm wordless about the boobies Some kids just like the babies, though...
post #16 of 32
I'm feeling about 1000% better today - yay! Except, that is, for the poison ivy that's all over my legs. Its gotten to the point that its weeping/oozing and you can see the little slime trails down my legs. (shudder) But I got some good recomendations on what to do from friends on facebook, and I'm off to the local dollar store to buy generic zanfel. I hope it works! I think I'm going to get to the gym tonight while the kids are at vacation bible school. I'm not quite up to my usual heavy lifting, but I think a nice slow-paced workout will help me feel more like myself.

In case anyone is curious, its Ellie's fault I have poison ivy! She loooooves blackberries, and all the blackberries around our house seem to grow in the middle of poison ivy patches. I certainly couldn't tell her no, though, when she's asking for fresh berries!
post #17 of 32
I"m glad the IUD pain eased, and hope your poison ivy heals quickly, too.

I had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday AND Nora's first tooth poked through her gum. I loathe teething. But it does make the crankiness and nursing strikes make a lot more sense. :

I offered to let Neela try nursing after Nora was born, but she didn't actually want to do it (just wanted to see if it was a possibility). She will happily drink EBM, though- I learned the hard way not to leave pumped milk sitting around.
post #18 of 32
You all know about how when Lucius was hospitalized back in February/early March and the peds at the hospital were concerned about the size/shape of his head, his lack of a posterior fontanelle and his small anterior fontanelle. They called it dolichocephaly and were worried about craniosynostosis. Well we finally got in to see the pediatric neurosurgeon.

She examined him, measured his head, tested his reflexes and pronounced him 100% perfectly normal. She said he does have a small head (10th percentile) but it's completely fine, he's developing normally and she doesn't even feel the need to have him follow up with her later.

So after all the worries with the leg seizures, the crossed eye, the head problems...he is fine. Perfectly 100% healthy. He outgrew the neonatal myoclonus, his eye straightened itself out and his head and brain are fine. I can finally take a breath and just enjoy my sweet little (well, not so little) baby boy.

He is 17 lbs. and 26 inches as of his last check up. 95th percentile for weight, 50th for height.

Life is good and I have much to be thankful for today.

Like this...
post #19 of 32
Ah, bless him.
post #20 of 32
He is lovely
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