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post #21 of 117
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I've really got to check this more than once a week!

So I've been going to the gym 3 days per week with a neighbor, and I'm about to add 2 more days. The only way we can work it is for me to get up after Adelaide nurses and sneak off to the gym early in the morning. I am SO GLAD that it's warming up! Plus, I'm finishing that pesky last class for my bachelor's degree, working two days a week (two very full, very long days), and trying to keep up with baby laundry, diaper laundry, and the slob in me. FINALLY making some progress in the house. Finally. Nursing still hurts (yeah, well she's only six months old, maybe it will get better. :eyeroll and I briefly thought I was preggo, I think I was more excited for an excuse to quit breastfeeding than for pregnancy. I didn't mind birth (I napped during transition - had to be woken up to push) but I really wasn't thrilled about being pregnant. Still, it would be a break from breastfeeding and a chance to try again, so some part of me is hoping I just happen to wind up pregnant. I was reading somewhere that Michelle Duggar (from 19 Kids and Counting) had pain breastfeeding for the first 15 children. I suppose if she can stick it out for 15 kids I can stick it out for another 6 months.

Thanks for all the advice/info on carseats and food!

akwifeandmomma - That is so promising. Maybe if you can do it, I can too!

akcowgirl - Good idea. If the soil's no good and I know about it beforehand I will probably be a lot less frustrated if it doesn't work out.

JosieAK - Thanks for all the info! I can't wait to see what you go with. Even though you're still a stranger on the internet, your review is much more valuable than those of the other strangers on the internet, lol. And thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

Purity - I'm glad your DD is responding so well and so quickly to your efforts. It's much easier to change those really ingrained habits when you can see quick results in the child, I think.

Samantha - Any news??

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So... It snowed here on the peninsula. >.< And here I thought summer was soon. Thankfully, my roof is still dripping so at least it's not THAT cold, you know?

Anyways... Haven't checked in for a while... So... hmm... my life.

I'm in the two week wait (because of an oops) but I really think I'm pregnant. My son went from 12+ feedings a day to 1-3 a day within a matter of two weeks, so that drastic change is enough to make me think i might have ovulated even though I haven't had a period since having him. That and I felt it. lol So now... im going crazy waiting. lol
post #22 of 117
RE fairbanks food

this summer there are a bunch of CSA's i've used calypso the last few years and love them as for winter / meats & eggs we now have a local coopt market! it is slowly buch surely getting lots of local stuff in! its in the odd tan building behind the quiznos/sublime/hair um building on the corner of airport and university
post #23 of 117
car seat info http://www.car-seat.org/ you'll have to register, but the people there can tell you a TON about how various seats fit various sizes/shapes of kids. They were able to give me some really helpful info for my very long very skinny kiddos.

we woke up to over a foot of snow here in homer too. yikes! DH (a teacher) got a 6am call that school was delayed 2 hours (so why call us so darn early?!) and by 8:30 or so we had word that it was completely cancelled since the snow kept coming down...so with both DH and 9yo DS home, it's like two saturdays. This always messes with my head.

samantha on the 2ww!!

nak
post #24 of 117
I saw something about carseats for free lately.. free carseat check, and then they are giving away booster seats and car seats to low in come families for $10 donation.. Anchorage Fire Dept Station 12 Sat, March 20 11-2. Child must be present (I guess to weigh/measure them?).

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DH (a teacher) got a 6am call that school was delayed 2 hours (so why call us so darn early?!) and by 8:30 or so we had word that it was completely cancelled since the snow kept coming down...
They have to call by a certain hour contractually.. I know for ASD it is because some people commute, so if you have to be IN the building by 7:15, and it takes over an hour to drive in from the Valley some days... well, then they HAVE to call us by 5:00 am.. although last year, they called so darn early I told my dept chair that I loved her... well, I was half asleep.

In other news I made to Gymboree today! They had TONS of summer outfits on clearance for $2.99 a piece! They said they were "last year's line" and were trying to make room for this year.. last year's or not I found really cute flower and fruit prints! Plus I know with a June baby she will be needing summer outfits in the 0-3 range and 3-6 month ranges.. I bought a whole bag of outfits (including matching sunhats) for less than $30.

While I am on the topic.. looking back on my last summer baby (6 years ago- early July), I am pretty sure I over bundled him.. so here's the question.. right after birth, babies want to be warm and cuddly, so I think little sleepers or gowns, right? so when does their temp "stabilize" enough that that becomes TOO warm? I don't want to make this baby uncomfortable by over or under dressing her.. is it a question of weeks of age? or more weather dependent? Nearly everything I have for the baby so far is cotton so that should help both ways I would think, but I still am not sure about this..

Dp is of the mind that the minute she emerges from the birth canal, she needs to be in ruffles and dresses, but I am a bit more practical than that
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While I am on the topic.. looking back on my last summer baby (6 years ago- early July), I am pretty sure I over bundled him.. so here's the question.. right after birth, babies want to be warm and cuddly, so I think little sleepers or gowns, right? so when does their temp "stabilize" enough that that becomes TOO warm? I don't want to make this baby uncomfortable by over or under dressing her.. is it a question of weeks of age? or more weather dependent? Nearly everything I have for the baby so far is cotton so that should help both ways I would think, but I still am not sure about this..

Dp is of the mind that the minute she emerges from the birth canal, she needs to be in ruffles and dresses, but I am a bit more practical than that
I've had 2 winter babies. I'm definitely bundling #2 less than #1. With #1 I used those fleece "baby bags" for sleeping, plus a light blanket - but we didn't bed-share with him until around 5 months. Wren gets way too warm in them. I noticed she was feeling too warm in more than a ls onesie/top and either pants or leg warmers while indoors at about 10 days.

(Incidentally, a ls onesie under a dress and leg warmers is my favorite way to dress her - so I get your DH's urge, but the combo is also very practical for warmth and easy diaper changes)
post #26 of 117
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(Incidentally, a ls onesie under a dress and leg warmers is my favorite way to dress her - so I get your DH's urge, but the combo is also very practical for warmth and easy diaper changes)
I don't mind long sleeve tshirts, but onesies seemed to mess with our cloth diapers too much..
post #27 of 117
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I don't mind long sleeve tshirts, but onesies seemed to mess with our cloth diapers too much..
If you have a sewing machine or someone who can do it for you, you can cut the bottoms off the onesies and make them t-shirts. As for when to not bundle them so much, it depends on the child, I think. My oldest is hot natured and always has been. Even now she'll run around in shorts and a t-shirt and I'll be in pants and a sweatshirt. Just do layers because you can always take off if you need to.
post #28 of 117
Thanks for the Carseat link, Jenni. I will check that out. Hopefully it's not information overload. : ) I seem to be doing that well enough to myself.

Pinoikoi, I am no expert, my February baby got bundled! I read things like "don't use a blanket or a hat on your swaddled baby." I looked at my tiny baby and said, "No way! It's February, in Alaska, I am bundling my baby the way it seems right to me!" Now, a year latter, we run errands without jackets--either one of us! I throw blankets in the car (I know getting stranded would be scary), but I wear her in a sling while running around and the car is warm from the garage (spoiled me). I imagine I will probably bundle baby #2 less, but I don't think my daughter ever overheated. I'd have to say go with your instincts. It would be interesting to know when a baby can regulate their heat, but it would probably be a weight/chubbiness issue rather than age alone.

I hope I can go to the meeting on Friday. Our weekend is overflowing already, and I can quickly think of three things that could happen on Friday night, but I am doing my best to set it aside. I think it would be really good for me.
post #29 of 117
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Thanks for the Carseat link, Jenni. I will check that out. Hopefully it's not information overload. : ) I seem to be doing that well enough to myself.

Pinoikoi, I am no expert, my February baby got bundled! I read things like "don't use a blanket or a hat on your swaddled baby." I looked at my tiny baby and said, "No way! It's February, in Alaska, I am bundling my baby the way it seems right to me!" Now, a year latter, we run errands without jackets--either one of us! I throw blankets in the car (I know getting stranded would be scary), but I wear her in a sling while running around and the car is warm from the garage (spoiled me). I imagine I will probably bundle baby #2 less, but I don't think my daughter ever overheated. I'd have to say go with your instincts. It would be interesting to know when a baby can regulate their heat, but it would probably be a weight/chubbiness issue rather than age alone.


I hope I can go to the meeting on Friday. Our weekend is overflowing already, and I can quickly think of three things that could happen on Friday night, but I am doing my best to set it aside. I think it would be really good for me.
I have to agree. Trust your instincts. They usually wont lead you astray.
post #30 of 117
SamanthaVV? Got tests?
post #31 of 117
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drool

I'm vain, I know. The cheapo carseat might be all we need, but I am desperately searching the internet for some reason to buy this one instead. I just love the look of it. Buying a car seat because it looks pretty is probably a bad idea. *sigh*
post #32 of 117
Sarah, who can resist a carseat named "Cherry Pie"? Very pretty.

Also, I'm really sorry nursing still hurts for you. I remember the day almost 3 months into nursing when I realized, "Hey, this doesn't hurt anymore!" It was very exciting. I had a very stubborn little nurser who wanted to nurse HER way. I was watching nursing videos and trying new latch techniques two months into nursing her, but she would just latch on again the way she wanted to. I really think her mouth growing larger was a big part of it becoming less painful for me. Then we moved to the scratching phase, then the biting phase. *sigh* At least now, at 13 months, I love her sweet body melting into mine when she sleepily nurses. The playful morning nurses are a blessing too. I hope someday it feels more comfortable for you.
post #33 of 117
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drool

I'm vain, I know. The cheapo carseat might be all we need, but I am desperately searching the internet for some reason to buy this one instead. I just love the look of it. Buying a car seat because it looks pretty is probably a bad idea. *sigh*
That is the one I ordered that I returned! Although, admittedly mine was called strawberry milkshake, not cherry pie... some make and model though. I also liked their key lime.
post #34 of 117
Car Seats - okay "cherry pie" is a good looking car seat. It has the sportiness of a Mecedes Sedan. A Ford works just fine, but just doesn't look as cool. I have looked on Etsy at custom car seat covers - my son's is getting so stained.

Also - what do you do when your lo gets the cover/pad wet (from their drink/pee/snow etc. I've put down a few prefolds but then i have to take the seat out of the car, strip off the pad and hope it dries before we go anywhere. This is the big reason I want a second/spare cover. (The easy answer is no drinks in the car - but that won't work well for us. i am always sucking on a water bottle and not willing to do "do as I say, not as i do.")

Bundling - After playing outside yesterday with the kiddos it was very obvious the 3 month old is just more warm-natured than the 2 year old. More blubber per pound? in thiunking back, DS was cold if he slept w/out a hat for the 1st 3 months. DD felt overly warm if dressed the same way. This last week her in house dress has been a diaper, leg warmers l/s t-shirt and a light cotton hat - and sh'e nicely warm to the touch even when on the floor/chair by herself. DS can be running around the house wearing essentially the same thing - and he looks and feels cold to the touch. So, yeah - go with instincts and every kid is different.
post #35 of 117
I know many people who breastfed through pregnancy (know two right now who are doing it) so it's not a good excuse to stop breastfeeding. Nice try, though! I'm sorry it's still painful.

I can't wait to get our garden in the ground! I hope we have a good garlic harvest this year, too. Last year's didn't even happen. DH moved the garlic and covered it better this year. In May he's taking a few days off work to get the garden ready so we can have stuff planted Memorial day weekend or the week after.

Jenn
post #36 of 117
On the carseat, last time I tried WalMart doesn't ship to Alaska. It's also very hard to get decent shipping here on big items, just FYI. I don't know how much you've shipped or tried to ship since you've been here. It's a beautiful seat, though. Maybe see if Kids, Cradles and Things (on University by Fred Meyer) has it or can order it for you.

Jenn
post #37 of 117
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Apparently most babies outgrow that seat by like 15 months. And I'm not buying that seat, another one, and then a booster. Craziness. And DH would rather get a convertible then a booster, so we're stuck there.

Oh well, maybe I'll find another 'cherry pie' seat, lol. Something tells me the Cosco seat would be fine, I just have to accept it.

Thanks for the support for breastfeeding. I think we're down to pain like 60% of the time, so I just need to stick it out for a while. Jenn, I know people who breastfeed through pregnancy too, but that wouldn't stop me from trying, lol. Last week I finally just pulled out the old nipple shield and gave my nipples a break. It did the trick, until she bit it! Oh well. I've started taking some time to go to the gym and that has done wonders for my ability to cope.
post #38 of 117
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Apparently most babies outgrow that seat by like 15 months. And I'm not buying that seat, another one, and then a booster.
I ordered mine after measuring my just turned 5yo.. he would still have fit in that carseat.. but what made me return it is that the size for rearfacing is pretty small.. so we would not have been able to extend rearfacing the carseat.. I think it would have made it to much longer than 15 months though if I didn't care about extended rearfacing...

There was even a blog where a lady took pics of her 6 mo and 4yo in the same carseat.. but again, limited rearface.

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On the carseat, last time I tried WalMart doesn't ship to Alaska. It's also very hard to get decent shipping here on big items, just FYI. I don't know how much you've shipped or tried to ship since you've been here.
Don't know if walmart will ship, but that carseat (and all its other flavored counterparts) were available from sears, and they did ship it to me.. $9 in shipping so pretty reasonably too, imho.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/search_10...ccoro&sLevel=1

I am still trying to find a truefit, though.. my sister ordered one from ebay to have sent to her, so she could send it to me, but it was "out of stock".. she got a refund, but I just feel like it is one roadblock after another.

Anyone know where I can get a decent priced REVERSIBLE stroller in a feminine theme sent to me? Toys R Us seems like the only place that carries them anymore and they are pretty pricey..
post #39 of 117
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drool

I'm vain, I know. The cheapo carseat might be all we need, but I am desperately searching the internet for some reason to buy this one instead. I just love the look of it. Buying a car seat because it looks pretty is probably a bad idea. *sigh*
and that is reason #4 why I am choosing to not have another baby. $179 for a car seat?? Yikes!
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Unschoolers??

Any Unschoolers here??? We live in Achorage and unfortunatly I dont have much trust in the ASD. Lookin for advice and suggestions (books, places, activities?)
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