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post #61 of 228
Welcome Guin
Wendybird I hope you get a stretch of calm this week.
bookcase I hope you get some news on your move - waiting is hard!

I wish I had some magical washing solution for sheets and towels but I don't

The four largest people in the house all shower every day. The towels get hung up to dry and it usually takes way more than a week for me to pick one up that smells like it needs to be washed.

Sheets likewise are washed on their 'ick' factor more than a routine. Now that I don't have anyone who wets their sheets in the night they can go for a month at times I think.

I did just buy new sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases for our bed and the boys bunks because ours were getting to be over a decade old and threadbare. They are all 100% cotton and some are fairtraded cotton too. I may wash these more often now because they are so lovely

I hope everyone else is ok and keeping cheerful.
post #62 of 228
Ooooh! All these babies! It makes me want one SO bad! It doesn't help that this cycle or next cycle is my ideal time to get pg because I would like to have a late Sept or Oct babe. DH is still not on board though so I will continue dreaming.

WRT to towels and sheets, I wash the sheets on mine and DH's bed once a week otherwise they stink to high heaven because DH sweats when he sleeps. The kids' sheets don't get washed as much but really they only get slept in an average of 8 nights a month so I think it's fine. Towels get washed usually on a weekly basis although I've been washing them more often this week because we have been going to the indoor pool at our gym to swim since school is out and it is SUPER cold outside! We have towels for the pool and then towels for the shower. Everyone just shares the towels for the shower. You just grab one that is dry!
post #63 of 228
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Patriot(my puppy) has a wonderful new home.I drove 2 hrs to meet the guy who wanted him and am very happy with the fit.I still cried though, and Griffon said he didn't want him to go(so glad he isn't terrified of dogs now).
I am frustrated with myself for really really wanting to have a baby this year. I *have* a baby...I feel mostly complete...I just feel like there is another one waiting. I was so glad with Epiphany because I felt like I might finally feel "the peace" of being done. Now I don't and wonder if my wiring is messed up. Or maybe I am just hormonal.
Heading to bed to collapse, crying wears me out.

glad Patriot has a good new home, however hard it is to part think we will need to rehome our cockeral when we move, maybe the chickens too, and it's going to be very hard for the children especially.

i get that another one waiting feeling. it is crazy. i think one day it will really pass??????????

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Oh yeah and on the moving no matter how thrifty you want to be shut down the kitchen first.
super advice, thank you

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Ooooh! All these babies! It makes me want one SO bad! It doesn't help that this cycle or next cycle is my ideal time to get pg because I would like to have a late Sept or Oct babe.
we have FOUR october b'days in our family, so i'd like an August baby next really. 5 children are winter babes. must be a new year resolution thing for me and dh

thanks for all the towel talk. i like the idea of having just one towel each (and even one set of sheets, though that is probably less practical with still-bed wetters) none of the children wash all that often, but with oldest being now 9 and 10 that needs to change pretty soon!!!!

i'm just craving space so much. we are literally climbing all over things (and each other) around the house. i'm hoping we'll get a better groove with enough rooms to actually have some space from each other.
probably that will queue New Arrival though to fill it out again
post #64 of 228

Do We Qualify?

We have four kids. I didn't think that we had a large family. Granted, all of our kids are pretty young (the oldest is five and the youngest is nearly three months), but I never imagined that I might qualify as a "mom of many."

However, it seems that since the baby was born we've crossed some kind of line. We have an audience where ever we go. I admit that our kids are pretty outgoing, and infants naturally attract attention, but it feels like it's beyond that. People are positive and friendly about it, but yesterday at the grocery store a couple actually stopped shopping to watch us pick out produce. Every time we set foot outside the house I find myself telling people at the bus stop or the mall that "yes, they are all ours."

Are we seriously a big family now?
post #65 of 228
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We have four kids. I didn't think that we had a large family. Granted, all of our kids are pretty young (the oldest is five and the youngest is nearly three months), but I never imagined that I might qualify as a "mom of many."

However, it seems that since the baby was born we've crossed some kind of line. We have an audience where ever we go. I admit that our kids are pretty outgoing, and infants naturally attract attention, but it feels like it's beyond that. People are positive and friendly about it, but yesterday at the grocery store a couple actually stopped shopping to watch us pick out produce. Every time we set foot outside the house I find myself telling people at the bus stop or the mall that "yes, they are all ours."

Are we seriously a big family now?
You have arrived! Congratulations!
post #66 of 228
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We have four kids.

Are we seriously a big family now?
Yes you are
post #67 of 228
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We have an audience where ever we go.
yep, we get counted too

i asked my ds 'how does it feel to be a number!?'
post #68 of 228
Morning, everyone! I'm quite shamelessly enjoying our last day of winter break by lounging in bed, sipping coffee, nursing Duncan, reading board books to Sophie, surfing the web for a new food processor, posting here, and coaching Kieran via the intercom in making Banana Raisin French Toast for brunch. What can I say? I'm all about multi-tasking.

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Welcome, Guin!
I think I've seen you at the SN board.

(I also had HELLP in one pregnancy, btw.)
Hi back! Yes, I read the SN board every day, and post occasionally when I feel I have something to contribute, so I know all about your adventures with Miss Cottonball Button. I've been quite envious reading about all your wonderful adaptive and sensory equipment -- Miss Sophie is a big-time sensory seeker, and in only 3 short years, we've amassed what sometimes seems like our own gymnasium, lol. Trampoline, hammock swing, exercise balls, weighted blankets and vests, not to mention things that light up and flash and make noise galore. Kind of funny, as I'm usually all about natural toys, but parenting Sophie has required a whole different set of tools.

Scandinavia does seem so much better set up to parent SN children than the US -- perhaps I need to persuade DH to move back there? His mom is Danish and his father Scottish, so he has EU citizenship. And I was a German interpreter in my pre-mom life, and still have quite a bit of family there. The one bit I can't wrap my mind around, though, is what we'd drive with this many children. Here, we own a Dodge-Mercedes Sprinter van (10-passenger.) There, I never recall seeing any passenger vehicle much larger than a Mercedes station wagon. How do all you Europeans manage? Do you just rely on public transport as much as possible?

Yes, PIH, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and HELLP Syndrome -- through 6 children I've had them all. They are my particular childbearing cross to bear. I am well aware that I've been extremely fortunate to have never lost my life or my babies to these complications, but having so much medical intervention necessary in my pg's and births and the inevitable NICU stays afterwards is no fun at all.

We were looking through some old newborn photos of the kids the other day, having fun comparing how similar Duncan looks to ALL his sibs (I swear, we make the same baby over and over again, it just changes sex and gets an extra chromosome every now and then ), when Charlie asked me, "Mommy, why don't I have any tubes and wires in my baby pictures?" I realized that she and Cam are my only babies who don't have endless NICU pictures of their newborn days, and that made me immeasurably sad (and guilty.)

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i posted at the end of december thread about washing sheets and towels, but everyone had already moved to Jan!!

sooo - how often do you wash? any wonderful systems going on in your homes?

we're supposed to be moving (but not getting confirmation on this yet ) and we'll have 3 bathrooms if it goes ahead.
unreal we've made do with one so far.
i'm worried about the extra work though!?
We moved 2 1/2 yrs. ago into a much larger house, and now we have 3 bathrooms -- it's such a luxury! Cleaning them isn't so bad, as one is the guest bathroom and is seldom-used, and although I'm usually a baking soda-and-vinegar-only kind of gal for cleaning, I freely admit that when it comes to toilet seats and sinks, etc., Clorox wipes are my friend. Plus, that way I can have the older kids do the wiping up and I just need to inspect afterwards.

As to the washing sheets and towels system,

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Welcome Guin
Wendybird I hope you get a stretch of calm this week.
bookcase I hope you get some news on your move - waiting is hard!

I wish I had some magical washing solution for sheets and towels but I don't

The four largest people in the house all shower every day. The towels get hung up to dry and it usually takes way more than a week for me to pick one up that smells like it needs to be washed.

Sheets likewise are washed on their 'ick' factor more than a routine. Now that I don't have anyone who wets their sheets in the night they can go for a month at times I think.

I did just buy new sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases for our bed and the boys bunks because ours were getting to be over a decade old and threadbare. They are all 100% cotton and some are fairtraded cotton too. I may wash these more often now because they are so lovely

I hope everyone else is ok and keeping cheerful.
Do we live in the same house? While I'm really good at keeping up with clothing and diaper laundry, I fall down on the job with sheets and towels. Now that both big kids' rooms have bunkbeds, I abhore making their beds, even with duvets, so I avoid having to change their sheets at all costs.

Growing up, each of us (5 kids) had a towel bar installed on the back of our bedroom doors where we hung "our" towel -- each one was a different color. It was actually a fab system, and one I mean to implement one of these days, should I ever manage to get around to it.

Guin
post #69 of 228
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Patriot(my puppy) has a wonderful new home.I drove 2 hrs to meet the guy who wanted him and am very happy with the fit.I still cried though, and Griffon said he didn't want him to go(so glad he isn't terrified of dogs now).
I am frustrated with myself for really really wanting to have a baby this year. I *have* a baby...I feel mostly complete...I just feel like there is another one waiting. I was so glad with Epiphany because I felt like I might finally feel "the peace" of being done. Now I don't and wonder if my wiring is messed up. Or maybe I am just hormonal.
Heading to bed to collapse, crying wears me out.
It's so hard to lose a pet, whether by choice or not, and doubly hard when it's b/c your children's needs trump your pet's. I hope Griffon is recovering well. The only pets we currently have are fish (which don't count, according to my opinionated children), but we are likely getting chickens in the spring. Was going to get some last year, but then I had a baby instead, lol. And everyone has been chorusing loudly for a dog for several years now, but I'm insisting we wait until everyone is old enough to not terrorize the poor creature. And hopefully, if we wait a bit longer and play our cards right, the dog can also be trained to be a service dog and companion for Sophie, which would be wonderful.

I am mostly feeling the peace of being done, while knowing it is also the best decision for our family, and yet I *still* get twinges whenever I think about not having another baby around ever again (well, until grandchildren, anyway.) I personally think some women are just wired this way, and it makes little sense to try and eradicate the feelings. Now whether or not you can act on them obviously varies by family, but I completely get the deep ache and the excitement and joy of bringing a new life into the world. It's a miracle each and every time, no question about it.

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Welcome Guinn!!!It seems our 4th little guy is the one who can open child proof locks and scale what for the others were impossible heights to get at things.
Yep, Sophie recently got tall enough and smart enough to learn how to open doors -- I'd become quite complacent that it would never happen, silly me! So for the first time, we purchased doorknob covers to thwart her. The result: now my 5 yo can't get into her own room w/o help, but Sophie can still gain access to any room in the house, as it took her all of two weeks to best the contraptions. She's gifted, I tell you!

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We have four kids. I didn't think that we had a large family. Granted, all of our kids are pretty young (the oldest is five and the youngest is nearly three months), but I never imagined that I might qualify as a "mom of many."

However, it seems that since the baby was born we've crossed some kind of line. We have an audience where ever we go. I admit that our kids are pretty outgoing, and infants naturally attract attention, but it feels like it's beyond that. People are positive and friendly about it, but yesterday at the grocery store a couple actually stopped shopping to watch us pick out produce. Every time we set foot outside the house I find myself telling people at the bus stop or the mall that "yes, they are all ours."

Are we seriously a big family now?
Hi there! I never used to think 4 was a big family, either, until we had them, with the same reactions. These days, people invariably ask us if we're Mormon or Catholic and then look at us utterly bewildered when they found out we're not. "But why do you have such a large family?" they ask. "Because we like children," is our reply, apparently a totally novel concept (around here, anyway.)

Guin
post #70 of 228
Guin - We can get big cars here too. You just buy a minibus or a Landrover with a long wheelbase or a limousine

Or a more sensible choice might be a VW Caravelle Transporter which also has 10 seats. Dh is coveting a Caravelle when and if we grow out of our Honda Odyssey which is a 7 seater import from Singapore.
post #71 of 228
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Guin - We can get big cars here too. You just buy a minibus or a Landrover with a long wheelbase or a limousine
I saw a hearse pass by the other day and thought *hmmm...that has possibilities!*

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Or a more sensible choice might be a VW Caravelle Transporter which also has 10 seats. Dh is coveting a Caravelle when and if we grow out of our Honda Odyssey which is a 7 seater import from Singapore.
The vehicle we just outgrew was an Odyssey, too -- I loved it! We still have it, as a spare vehicle, but may be selling it soon if DH's business doesn't pick up. We got our Sprinter used, although we had to have it transported from Nashville, as there weren't any nearby. I love it b/c unlike the other large vans available here (made by Ford and GM), it has headrests and lap and shoulder belts for every single seat instead of the bench seats, which I feel makes it much safer. And it's diesel and therefore gets much better gas mileage (even better than my beloved Odyssey, in fact!)

Guin
post #72 of 228
Can't put carseats in a Landrover. I'm coveting the 10-seater VW transporter, but there's plenty of 15-seater minibuses around. Isaac has decided I need a stretch hummer
post #73 of 228
Wow, talkative bunch Congrats on the new bundles

My brood has not gotten the concept of using a towel more than once. where I once had lots of beautiful towels I now have a bunch of worn out ones and have just determined I will own nothing nice until my children have moved out.

We have 3 bathrooms and I really woudl rather fewer because the water down here makes HUGE soap scum rings very quickly after the tubs have been cleaned and the toilets....ickthe slime because of the warm water temperature. I will move into a box as long as it is north of the Mason Dixon line.

And as for cars...we need to invest in a 15 psg now
post #74 of 228
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Hi back! Yes, I read the SN board every day, and post occasionally when I feel I have something to contribute, so I know all about your adventures with Miss Cottonball Button. I've been quite envious reading about all your wonderful adaptive and sensory equipment -- Miss Sophie is a big-time sensory seeker, and in only 3 short years, we've amassed what sometimes seems like our own gymnasium, lol. Trampoline, hammock swing, exercise balls, weighted blankets and vests, not to mention things that light up and flash and make noise galore. Kind of funny, as I'm usually all about natural toys, but parenting Sophie has required a whole different set of tools.
Oh, cool. Yes, we have the most awesome sensory room. I love it myself so much that I can totally go in there to feed the baby or read a book. Besides all the sensory stuff it has this utterly vibe of peace and quiet.
And yeah, I know what you mean, I'm all for natural toys too, but parenting a SN child has indeed required lots of other stuff. That goes medically as well, I'm not a big fan of doctors, interventions, antibiotics, drugs etc. but little miss cottonball button certainly requires a lot of lifesaving drugs, and her doctors are so important to us. (They keep saving her life, ya know. )


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Scandinavia does seem so much better set up to parent SN children than the US -- perhaps I need to persuade DH to move back there? His mom is Danish and his father Scottish, so he has EU citizenship. And I was a German interpreter in my pre-mom life, and still have quite a bit of family there. The one bit I can't wrap my mind around, though, is what we'd drive with this many children. Here, we own a Dodge-Mercedes Sprinter van (10-passenger.) There, I never recall seeing any passenger vehicle much larger than a Mercedes station wagon. How do all you Europeans manage? Do you just rely on public transport as much as possible?
Yeah, that is actually why we haven't moved home yet (home is Oz), even though I'm crazy homesick. But it's so much better here for SN children, really, everything is so wonderful for us.
And there are lots of big cars here too! We don't have a car, we don't need one 'coz we live so central that we can walk to most things. And I don't want one really (environment, and I don't like driving at all). But we borrow one maybe a couple of times a year for holidays or something. And we have borrowed a Peugeot 807 that seats 7 sometimes, and my personal favorite, a Chevy Tahoe Hybrid that seats 8. But those are still just mini-vans I guess. But as I said, you absolutely get big cars and vans here too.

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Yes, PIH, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and HELLP Syndrome -- through 6 children I've had them all. They are my particular childbearing cross to bear. I am well aware that I've been extremely fortunate to have never lost my life or my babies to these complications, but having so much medical intervention necessary in my pg's and births and the inevitable NICU stays afterwards is no fun at all.
Yeah, I've had pre-eclampsia and HELLP too. I'm not sure what PIH is?
And although I'm not so fortunate, I'm forever so greatful that me and little miss cotton ball button are still here. Medical interventions and NICU stays are no fun at all, or hospital stays in general. But I'm glad they can save lives. I have this love-hate relationship with our hospital I think, I love it because it saves our kiddos life all the time, but at the same time I hate being there when we have to, we are there way too much.


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Can't put carseats in a Landrover. I'm coveting the 10-seater VW transporter, but there's plenty of 15-seater minibuses around. Isaac has decided I need a stretch hummer
I think I agree with Isaac.
But I'm a sucker for big cars, even though I don't even want a car, but if you are to impress me with one, it better be a big one. Hummers and Chevys are some of my favorites.

And Helen, I almost still jump at you siggy, 13 newborns! Can you even imagine having that many newborns at once?


As for towels and sheets. We each have a towel (or two) that we hang up after use (each have a couple of hooks) and they get used a few times before washed, we wash towels maybe once a week.
Sheets gets changed (and then washed obv.) every other week, or every week. I don't want to deal with it so I have to remember to leave clean sheets out for the cleaning lady every thursday if we take a walk or something while she's cleaning. If we're home she always asks for new ones if they aren't put out.
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Still not willing to do anything permanent and hormonal birth control works the opposite way for me.
Hey, me too! It turns out with that little boost of estrogen, I have just enough to make a baby! That's how we made our first son. Until this pg, I've been medically infertile. Can't you tell? I'm on pg number 8 with four boys to raise so far, and this one is now in week 13, so we'll be expecting an arrival this summer to add on.

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We have four kids. I didn't think that we had a large family. Granted, all of our kids are pretty young (the oldest is five and the youngest is nearly three months), but I never imagined that I might qualify as a "mom of many."

However, it seems that since the baby was born we've crossed some kind of line. We have an audience where ever we go. I admit that our kids are pretty outgoing, and infants naturally attract attention, but it feels like it's beyond that. People are positive and friendly about it, but yesterday at the grocery store a couple actually stopped shopping to watch us pick out produce. Every time we set foot outside the house I find myself telling people at the bus stop or the mall that "yes, they are all ours."

Are we seriously a big family now?
I think this was my post a while ago. I wrote that I didn't expect to be such a spectacle or to have to be so public or recognisable. There are other large families where we live now though, so this is very relieving.

We started out in a busy metropolitan area and we were an absolute anomoly with everyone else having one or none, and only sometimes two- at least in public; maybe the others hid. I was routinely asked while pg with ds1 whether this would be our last! Uhhh, I haven't even seen my FIRST baby! How could I reasonably conclude on any others??? Personally, that is. Still, I thought it was a strange question then and it only became worse, even hostile, when ds2 was showing in my belly- like it was expected that I couldn't possible *want* another baby after this one! What kind of irresponsible ignoramus would want more? I mean seriously.

It's so much better here. People ask how many we'd like, not if we're going to stop, with the expectation that we will. Much friendlier.
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Quick post. Isaac Donovan has arrived! 01/01/10. UC, caught by Daddy.

Welcome Baby Isaac! Can't wait to hear more about him!
post #77 of 228
And Jenny, beautiful pic in your avatar! I'm guessing Isacc? :
post #78 of 228
aaagh - we're moving. this weekend. i'm sitting at the computer in denial now
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Hi mamas! I am always reading this thread. I really should post on it once in a while. It wasn't until this current pregnancy that I finally felt like a MOM I suppose. I have a DD(12), DS(10), DD(8), DS(6), DD(2.5), and baby boy on the way and due in may. So we will have 3 girls and 3 boys!

For some reason 5 kids didn't seem like that many, but 6 seems like for me that I have crossed the threshold. We live in a 1700sqft house. We have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. That extra 1/2 bath is a godsend sometimes!

We recently had to get a new van because our 8 passenger Chevy Express died. We ended up with a 12 passenger Chevy Express. The funny thing is that our first one was sort of unique, and we have very very rarely seen another one like it. The new one was on a lot near our house and caught our attention because it looked a LOT like ours. I told dh that I wasn't even interested in looking at new vans until the current one died....then it died(major engine problem at 200k+ miles). So we are very happy now with a new van that looks much like our old very loved van. This one is a 12 passenger, and we are enjoying the extra space.

I love the idea about the towels! I think I might have to give that a shot. I am about to do a little remodeling work to the kids rooms and dh is going to build some triple bunk beds to give them all some space. I might have to make sure to incorporate a hook for each kid to hang their towel.

On sheets. I try to aim for around once a month to do everyone's sheets. I always make the kids shower at night(at least on school nights), so at least they are clean when they get into bed.

Thank goodness that we get a lot of support and encouragement for our large family. My MIL is an angel and fully supports our desires for a large family. She has celebrated every baby announcement, and she is a wonderful grandma. If my mom doesn't approve she hides it well. She has always been supportive. Both of our families have known that dh and I have always wanted lots of kids, so it's never a big surprise when we announce a new baby. We are also LDS, so we have a huge community of friends who are supportive of our large family. Of course we get an odd random comment from a stranger that annoys me. For some reason the "your hands sure are full" comment makes me want to slap somebody. They all say it like I have never heard that one before.


I am also hitting that point where I am questioning having more. I turn 32 this year. I will probably be 35+ before we consider another LO. Should I just count my blessings and go on??? Who knows? I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it. I have a feeling that there are 2 more waiting for us though, so we will see!
post #80 of 228
Morning, all! I'm in a great mood today b/c I actually managed to exercise last night for the first time in, oh, YEARS, and the endorphins are still coursing through my veins, lol. It was only a short walk on our treadmill (which I had to quite literally dust off to use ), but I walked/boogied to old dance tunes from my pre-mom clubbing days (sigh, quite long ago indeed) and the campy music videos made me laugh. I had such fun, totally unexpected! Perhaps I need to install a disco ball in the family room...hmmm...

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We have 3 bathrooms and I really woudl rather fewer because the water down here makes HUGE soap scum rings very quickly after the tubs have been cleaned and the toilets....ickthe slime because of the warm water temperature. I will move into a box as long as it is north of the Mason Dixon line.
I finally solved our soap scum/ring issues by banning bar soap from the house and only using liquid soap. I'm not sure exactly why, but the liquid soap doesn't create scum the way the bar soap used to. I'm all about making household tasks as easy on myself as possible, as apart from cooking and baking and sewing/knitting, which I *like* to do, I'm not a gifted homemaker. At all.

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Oh, cool. Yes, we have the most awesome sensory room. I love it myself so much that I can totally go in there to feed the baby or read a book. Besides all the sensory stuff it has this utterly vibe of peace and quiet.
For Christmas this year, we made the children a reading nook in part of the our large playroom, and it's quickly becoming one of my own favorite spaces in the house. The base is a round, large tree trunk playtent, with a mesh top (which allows a light to shine into it) and then we installed a wall-mounted reading light with a metal spiderweb over it and 3 huge leaf canopies (from IKEA) that arch over the whole corner to define it. Inside the tent, we put down a plush, fuzzy green rug and lots of big floor pillows, and then we took stuffed animal snakes and birds and wound them over and under the leaves. It's a peaceful, green, jungle oasis in the midst of our larger space. And we placed it next to a large window, so it's flooded with natural light most of the day. Love it!


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Yeah, I've had pre-eclampsia and HELLP too. I'm not sure what PIH is? And although I'm not so fortunate, I'm forever so greatful that me and little miss cotton ball button are still here. Medical interventions and NICU stays are no fun at all, or hospital stays in general. But I'm glad they can save lives. I have this love-hate relationship with our hospital I think, I love it because it saves our kiddos life all the time, but at the same time I hate being there when we have to, we are there way too much.
PIH is the abbreviation for pregnancy-induced hypertension, which is used either as a term for either mild pre-e or to indicate raised BP w/o other symptoms in pg.

As for the hospital, the one where I had my youngest 3 children and where Sophia and Duncan spent their NICU stays is literally down the street a few miles from us, so I pass it nearly every day on my way somewhere. I also feel a love-hate relationship with it; it dredges up some very powerful memories, many of them less than pleasant.

Hanna, my earliest preemie, was born in a hospital about 6 hrs. away from here, in another state. When Sophie was 5 mos. old, we travelled there on vacation and while there, she contracted croup and ended up in the PICU for 4-5 days, in the same hospital where 6 yrs. before, I almost died from eclamptic seizures and Hanna spent a long time in the NICU. And although the PICU was obviously separate from the NICU, it was on the same floor, as well as L&D, where I spent several weeks either on bedrest or recovering PP. The whole experience was surreal, and it brought back memories I didn't even realize I still had. We were so fortunate that Sophie only had a short stay there, b/c I was beginning to hyperventilate in panic attacks just getting into the hospital elevators to reach the 3rd floor.

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aaagh - we're moving. this weekend. i'm sitting at the computer in denial now
I don't blame you one bit -- moving is always an overwhelming concept, even if you have lots of time to plan. Is it a long or short move? Our long moves have always been a ton of work, but strangely enough, less chaotic than our short moves, where not everything really gets packed properly b/c we can make many trips back and forth (or so the theory goes.)

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Of course we get an odd random comment from a stranger that annoys me. For some reason the "your hands sure are full" comment makes me want to slap somebody. They all say it like I have never heard that one before.
Yes, what's with that? That's by far the most frequent comment we get, as well. Talk about the bleeding obvious, lol!

Hey, since we're (sort of) on the topic of laundry/clothing and systems, I'd love some input on my biggest nemesis: SOCKS. They are the bane of my large family existence!

It seems like I've tried everything to keep them straight over the years -- buying each person a different color, buying all white socks and marking them with Sharpie dots on the toe as to whose is whose, washing them all together and having a sock-sorting party once a month, washing them all separately and trying to keep them straight that way -- all to little or no avail.

My end result? We continually have a laundry basket piled to the brim with socks of every imaginable size, color, and sort -- a few lucky ones are paired up, many are not, still others are permanently unmated (though I do try to cull those out every couple months), and no one, not for all the tea in China, wants to tackle the sock bin, as we call it, not even for extra allowance $ or shamelees candy bribery. What to do? Ah, how I love summers here, as all the kids wear Crocs or sandals and I get a hiatus from the sock situation for a few months, lol.

Baby's up from his nap, talk to you later!

Guin
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