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The old dr got my iud out!! It was no problem for her. Phew!! Have to wait a month to start trying though. Eeeeck!!!!

Cindy
I'm so glad that she got it out! One month from TTC! So exciting! Can't wait to hear good news!!!!

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We got my ds allergy tested but it didn't show anything. He still reacts though really badly with blotching skin, facial rash, emotional and sleep disturbance, increased mucous production and a sore stomach. So I believe it's probably an IgG reaction. Was scary for a while when we thought it might be anaphylactic but it turns out he just worked himself up so badly he was having a panic attack. Benadryl, Vit C and rescue remedy work well to dampen and sometimes stop the reaction.

Dd it's a blistering bleeding bum rash and either constipation or pure liquid poop. She also screams and her stomach goes rock hard. She will usually vomit the night of ingestion as well. Oh and sour burps will tip me off that she's about to start reacting to something. I took dairy out first and all the symptoms lessened by about 2 weeks then I took wheat out and within a week she was all clear of the rash and the constipation. It was so awful she would cry when she would poop.

I've found a couple flours I like that are gluten free. We eat a lot of millet, amaranth, quinoa, rice and meat and veggies and lentils and beans. Dd can't even have oatmeal. She can have butter in small amounts though which is good. The world just tastes better with butter.
Wow, so much to learn about in the allergy world. It sounds like you have figured out the triggers though. Right now I just don't know. Fiona and I have been off of dairy for a week but her rash seems worse. Her constipation issue is better though. We have had crying with pooping too and its awful. Also lots of straining with little result. Things seem better over the last few days though so I think we are on to something with the dairy. I think we'll stick with dairy free for a while and see if we get any improvement in her rash. Then maybe try the gluten route.

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Forgot to mention dd is getting 4!!!! teeth at the same time right now. We are so not sleeping here.
Right there with you Mama. Fiona's getting her 4 canines in and it is brutal. She rarely ever just cries but today has been a different story. She's been very hard to soothe. Poor babies and poor mamas! Will teething ever end?!
post #122 of 2966
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The old dr got my iud out!! It was no problem for her. Phew!! Have to wait a month to start trying though. Eeeeck!!!!
That's aweseome! Wonderful news, Cindy!

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I've found a couple flours I like that are gluten free. We eat a lot of millet, amaranth, quinoa, rice and meat and veggies and lentils and beans. Dd can't even have oatmeal. She can have butter in small amounts though which is good. The world just tastes better with butter.
AKislandgirl wants my GF flour mix, and maybe you'd be interested too?
Here it is!

This is a great rice flour based recipe ... use 1:1 in most any recipe for great results. It's worth searching out the ingredients.


ALL PURPOSE GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR
2 1/2 C brown rice flour
2 C white rice flour
1/2 C corn starch
3/4 C potato starch
3/4 C tapioca flour or starch
3 tbs xanthan gum

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Poor babies and poor mamas! Will teething ever end?!
At least all of you are nearly finished! Esmé is still working on her first TWO!
post #123 of 2966
Owyn started getting teeth fairly early, just before 4 months old. She has 8 so far, 4 on top and 4 on bottom. But she is slllllooooowwww and steady about it. She'll get one, teethe for weeks, get another. Take a break, teethe for weeks, get one, teethe for weeks, get another. They seem to come in twos but a couple weeks apart, then we get a break for a month or so. She's been working on molars for weeks now and still hasn't had one break through. Luckily, she handles teething pretty well. We have a few restless nights right when one is coming in, other than that it's just a lot of drool and a little clinginess.

Did anyone catch the promo at Franklin Goose last week? It's an online natural baby store that had a promo going, offered $5 store credit for every product review you wrote. I talked to a few people who ended up with well over $100 in store credit. I wrote several reviews and should get $50-$60 out of it. It's taking them a long time to get through the reviews though, because they had so many and lots of their products are now on back order because all the people are using up their store credits. But they have tons of great products. I can't wait to get my credit, Owyn will be getting some new diapers! We're still transitioning our stash to strictly AIOs during the day (pockets at night), so I'll be adding to that.
post #124 of 2966
Thanks for that recipe Starling!

Mal: I did reviews also but am still waiting on credits. I should get about $75 worth! I did my reviews at the end of the promotion (last 2 days) so it will probably be some time before I get my credits since they are so backed up. I'm still undecided as to what I'll get. Maybe some of the cute WAHM clothes.
post #125 of 2966
Just have a minute but wanted to plug goat milk for those with allergy issues. Aubrey seemed to be reacting to cow's milk when we started it, so we switched to goat milk and that seems to be going well. She also doesn't tolerate soy. Oddly yogurt and cheese are okay--maybe they're more processed? I dunno.

Cindy, I'm jealous. I think the idea of a newborn is wonderful, but the idea of a newborn with my toddler is terrifying. It terrifies me right in to celibacy.
post #126 of 2966
Justkate: I hear ya! Now that the iud is out and this ttc thing is really about to begin I'm a lit bit freaking out. I so want another tiny baby but I feel really bad about the idea of taking away Makenna's special one on one time. And sometimes I just feel so tired and like I never get a break that I wonder how I will manage with two. But I suppose if I am already busy and tired and not getting break I might as well have more...at least I won't be having so much time on my hands that I feel like I need to find things to fill it with...it will be filled by caring for #2.

Makenna is SOOO into saying momma/mommy these days. She says it so adoringly and loves to point to me and say "momma" over and over or "my momma". She finally started calling DH dada instead of momma and says that a lot too. She is just so enamored with us...it's the cutest thing ever!

Cindy
post #127 of 2966
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Thanks for that recipe Starling!

Mal: I did reviews also but am still waiting on credits. I should get about $75 worth! I did my reviews at the end of the promotion (last 2 days) so it will probably be some time before I get my credits since they are so backed up. I'm still undecided as to what I'll get. Maybe some of the cute WAHM clothes.
I finally started getting my credits. I have $45 so far. I did those reviews on Monday last week, so on March 29. I did a few more on the 31, the last day, so I'm still waiting on those to go through.
post #128 of 2966
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Justkate: I hear ya! Now that the iud is out and this ttc thing is really about to begin I'm a lit bit freaking out. I so want another tiny baby but I feel really bad about the idea of taking away Makenna's special one on one time. And sometimes I just feel so tired and like I never get a break that I wonder how I will manage with two. But I suppose if I am already busy and tired and not getting break I might as well have more...at least I won't be having so much time on my hands that I feel like I need to find things to fill it with...it will be filled by caring for #2.

Makenna is SOOO into saying momma/mommy these days. She says it so adoringly and loves to point to me and say "momma" over and over or "my momma". She finally started calling DH dada instead of momma and says that a lot too. She is just so enamored with us...it's the cutest thing ever!

Cindy
I'm a little freaked out at the thought too, Cindy. Especially when we've had a bad night or super clingy day, I think how in the world will I do this with two. But I know we'll handle it just fine. Everything is just one day at a time right now. And although I expect it to be difficult, I know it will be well worth it. Years down the road, I'll be watching my two kids acting like siblings and missing my little babies. Having another baby close in age is more for them than for me, I want them to grow up together. We want to have 3 all together, but I think I'm gonna hold out for that third one until after the first two are in school (assuming things go as planned) and enjoy babyhood to the fullest one last time. We'll start TTC as soon as I find a job, hopefully by the end of this summer.
post #129 of 2966
Mal: You'll be awesome with two! Are you kidding...with all the baby sitting experience you got this year? No problem for you! :-)I agree about the third. I may or may not want one but if we do have one, it will likely be a bigger spacing than the 1st two.

Cindy
post #130 of 2966
For those of you a little freaked of making the jump to 2 kiddos just remember that your first will be at least 10 months older than he/she currently is and as they get bigger they get less time consuming. Not necessarily easier but the things like diapers, feeding, nursing all of that takes less time. I really want a third one but it's so hard to figure out when to fit that in. I want our finances to be better and I would like to go back to school. However I am currently studying for my certification exam in my specialty area of nursing and it's not going so well. So I'm thinking that the timing just is not right for me to go back to school. I need to wait until I have at least 2 in school I think. We also want to move out of this city but if we move while I am on mat leave then I have to pay back my top up. I'm waffling between trying this summer or waiting until dd is closer to 2. I really like the spacing between my kids which is just shy of 3 years. I want to be completely done having kids by the time I am 30 so that only gives me 2 years to have this last one.

Starling thanks for the mix I had gotten it from you before and it is a nice one. I find I like to adjust the xantham gum based on what I am making and whether or not I am adding eggs.

The allergy thing is the hardest part of parenting I have encountered so far.

I am beginning to wonder if dd will ever start walking. I never thought she would be this cautious about it.

I bought an ergo today. I have a wrap, a baby trekker, a babyhawk MT, a pouch sling but I bought an ergo. My dh is not going to be impressed but I really needed something that I could get dd into and out of the back carry by myself in a parking lot. I am not able to accomplish that with any of my other carriers. So I tested it out in the store to see if I could do it and I could do it quite easily although it looks a bit precarious so I bought it. Now I have to decide whether or not to sell any of my others. They all have pluses and minuses. I guess we'll see how versatile the ergo is although I bought it in blue with flowers stitched on it so dh may not wear it. I wanted a beco but nowhere in town sells them and I would want to test it first.
post #131 of 2966
I just got a Beco on diaperswappers. I've been using a Babyhawk, which I've become pretty good at doing by myself. But all of her weight was on my shoulders. And although we don't babywear a lot of the time, when I do it's for a long period of time, so I needed something with more support. I sold my Babyhawk on diaperswappers and ended up paying only $30 out of pocket for the Beco. It's a version 1 instead of version 2, but I think it'll work great for us. I can't wait for it to come in the mail!
post #132 of 2966
Oh, how I love my ergo. It's the only carrier we have, other than a wrap and sling that we used in very early days. We use it every single day, and since I wear DD on my back now, it's awesome! I'm so happy with it. Nilla ... I hope you love yours as much as I love mine! I also have the little bum bag thingy that attached to the belt. That way, I don't have to have a bag if we're not going far. I can put a cloth dipe and wet bag in there and we're good. I found that the built-in pocket isn't big enough for a CD.
post #133 of 2966
I love my ergo as well! I use it all the time still. I still usually wear DD on my front bc she is still under 20 lbs and I love to snuggle her and be able to see her. But the times I have put her on my back felt great as well.

Starling - what is this bag you mentioned? Today we went to the zoo and I brought the stroller to carry the diaper bag and our bag of food...but I wore DD pretty much the entire time (except while drinking my coffee since they don't have lids there...but I guess I could have put her on my back and not risked spilling on her).

Cindy
post #134 of 2966
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I use my wrap on the back, and then put one of those oversized fanny packs (REI calls it a lumbar pack) below it. It's great because I can carry diapers, snacks, water bottle, etc... and if I want to put Katmai down, I can stuff the whole wrap in the pack and get it out of my way.
post #135 of 2966
Cindy ... I have this front bag. It's not big at all, but does fit a CD and small wet bag, and even a small snack. That, plus the built-in pocket, does us for a few hours. I do have the backpack attachment too, and might try it out again now that she's on my back. I didn't like it for front carries at all, but it might be okay for back carries.
McKittre ... Your set up sounds great!
post #136 of 2966
Thanks Starling. I had no idea they had so many accessories! Cool!

Cindy
post #137 of 2966
i have been meaning to reply about the 2nd or 3rd child thing but have been distracted or headachey. My kids were a bit further aprt so I think that made it easier. I really like the spacing I have. 2 years 9 months, and 3 years 1 month. The second spacing was easier as the fresh 3 year old (by the time the realize the baby isn't leaving at about 2-3 months and hence when they start to act out and such) is a TOUGH age. Of course righ tnow ALL 3 are freaking out, so i'm off
post #138 of 2966
I took Esmé to a literary soiree the other night, even though it had an open bar ... nobody protested. It's not like she was going to have a martini!
Anyway, Esmé was wandering around on her own, which is weird, because it was loud and there were about two hundred people there and no other kids, and she's normally super clingy and super shy, but she was in her glory and was the belle of the ball. Anyway, there was a table with appetizers on it, out of her reach. But total strangers were giving her food! Carrot sticks and whole grapes, I kid you not! Without asking me! Why would they think that is okay?
And taking her picture without asking ... why is that okay either? The nerve!
post #139 of 2966
Hello all. Thank goodness it is Friday. I feel like this week has gone on forever.

Owyn has discovered she loves to scream. It's like she's competing with herself for the loudest, most ear-piercing scream. For no reason in particular other than she likes the sound. Mommy has had a headache most days this week.

Luckily, DH started putting her to bed this week. I wasn't sure how it would go. I want that to become something he can regularly do before we have another baby. I get the feeling it'll be mostly his job when I have a newborn to care for. It's gone surprisingly well. He took a chair in her room and just hangs out in there until she goes to sleep, it's very sweet. I'll nurse her and snuggle her for a few minutes, then he takes her to bed. It's nice to get the break.
post #140 of 2966
Starling - Yeah, that's pretty annoying! Who gives a young toddler random food?? Especially choking hazard food! They probably had been spending too much time at the open bar Taking her picture is kind of weird too. I'm going to go with the open bar explanation for that one too

For a back carry I use my wrap. I love it, it's really comfy. I still wear him on my front with the wrap a lot too. I also have a ring sling which I use a lot. It's handy for popping him in and out while running errands or even around the house.

Royce is officially walking instead of crawling. He also can get himself up to standing all by himself. It all happened so fast! He still occasionally crawls, but he definitely is prefering to walk AND, he has a new tooth poking through! I'm pretty sure it's a molar, it's pretty far back, but it was just a tiny speck of tooth so I can't really tell for sure.

I am having a tough time right now figuring out what my next steps are on my single motherhood journey. I never planned on being anything other than a SAHM, and it is absolutely killing me to think about having to go to work. Plus I have no idea what I will do for work. I have a BSc. in biology, but have never used it, and on it's own it's pretty useless. So I think I will need some more schooling to get any sort of decent job. But I just don't want to do anything but be with Royce and raise him. I even planned on homeschooling, and now that dream is gone too. I'm hoping that at the very least we can work something out to allow me to stay home until he starts school. I am so sad about all of this
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