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post #101 of 151
Major Suckage, Rhi. I'm so sorry.
I'm also sorry for those of you without AC. Ours broke for less than 24 hours (easy, cheap fix thank goodness) and it sucked. I can handle it, but handling it and trying to get LO to get his nap, etc. Yuck. Poor little guy was so sweaty in his swaddle. (as lightweight as I could find)

I was so excited about today, I thought I had figured out the nap times and we'd have a great day. Not so much. I have to remember to be thankful for hte little progress I've seen, and the fact that I can actually put him to bed easily now. That in itself should have me happy. I think I'm just too tired to be happy. He seems to need a nap about 1 hour after he gets up, then 1.5 hours after he wakes up from that nap, and similarly for the rest of the day (if he gets good naps). What about your LOs?

I'm looking into getting a jumperoo for T. Found on on CL that isn't too expensive that I like. We'll see.
post #102 of 151
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triony -- Sprout goes about 2 hours between naps during the day, but he sleeps 12 hours (with a few wakings) at night.

snoopy -- I'm due to fly solo this weekend. DH is going to GenCon (sci-fi convention in Indianapolis), leaving Friday morning and coming back Sunday afternoon. He'd wanted to take DD with him, but I just couldn't imagine what she'd DO all day. So I told him I'd keep the kids myself. We'll see how it goes.... I'm used to doing weekends MOSTLY myself because of his work schedule, but with no break....
post #103 of 151
anyone heard from MPP?
post #104 of 151
Naps - if we're home or in and out on a schedule I can control Kelsey takes 3 naps averaging 45 mins - 1 hour in length. Sometimes she'll end up with a shorter 4th nap in there (like today). Sometimes she'll just get 30 min naps in. She sleeps about 12-14 hours a night though.

Baby clothes - I'm keeping quite a stash as of right now, I'm giving away some since we're 99% sure we are done, but it is too soon and I can't part with more yet. I'll reevaluate in a few months. I'm also keeping all my faves to make into a baby clothes quilt when my kids have kids, sniff, sniff. Guess I have to learn to quilt by then.

So today we did make it to the aquarium, but DD1 had a tantrum within 5 minutes of getting there - she had brought a roll of smarties candy with her and forgotten them in the car. She wanted to go back to the car (20 min round trip walk in the heat), I said no, then she wanted to go home (45 min drive each way plus paying for parking) so again I said no. She did recover and have a good time, but I never know what to do when she has a tantrum on an outing. The threat of "we'll go home" doesn't work because that is usually ok with her, but not with me. I don't really want to go home, like today there was no way I was just going to pack it in and turn around and go home 5 mins after arriving, but I don't know what to do or say instead.
post #105 of 151
I think mpp moved recently and doesn't have Internet? She hadn't updated her blog either.
post #106 of 151
guess who latched on tonight for 30 minutes JENNINGS!!!!
We only had one visit with the chiro, but she said I might see some difference and he did it! no crying nothing!!! I hope we can nurse more, but he's the boss..I cried, but told him they were happy tears
post #107 of 151
ericka, yayayayayayayayay!!! you are working so hard, but mostly at seeing results

yeah, mpp lives in the boonies now and has no internet at home. i wonder if she's gotten her chickens yet...

baby clothes: charlie has about 5 onsies and rompers that fit him right now, which seems like a good number. and we have a couple of shirts and a sleep sack for nighttime. has anyone else used a muslin sleep sack? i love ours, he wears it every night over a long sleeve shirt. keeps him warm enough but not hot, and i can adjust our sheet on his feet/legs if i feel he needs it.

the rest of his clothes are in a box. the ones he's grown out of are in the bottom, topped by a layer of receiving blankets, and all the too big clothes (all hand-me-downs and gifts) that he's not into yet are on the top for rifling through. as he grows out of things, i am getting rid of what we didn't use, and keeping everything we liked and used.... for now. most of it is unisex, so will work for a second babe of either sex.

i still have all the knit longies that he's grown out of on a shelf, just for me to look at . once his room is not a construction zone, which has to happen today, i'll put them on the new shelves in there so i can continue to gaze at them from time to time...

i keep telling the little guy not to get any bigger.

we had our first developmental follow-up appt yesterday, charlie's four month one. the PT who met with us and him in the NICU did his evaluation. it was a lot of fun watching him play with her on a mat on the floor. he's ahead of schedule for his age by a couple of weeks, and he's not rolling over yet. i know some of our ddc babies are, you overachievers you!

oh, and he's 13lbs, 11oz and 25 1/2 inches long, plump but certainly not a big chub of a baby.
post #108 of 151
ericka! I'm soooo excited! word of warning that L's chiro visits only helped for a day or two at first- but it got better.

anyone heard from Sehbub lately?
post #109 of 151
YAY, ericka!!!
post #110 of 151
Excellent news, Ericka!! :
post #111 of 151
YAY Ericka!

DD weighed in at 15lb13oz yesterday. She's not the all-around-huge that my other kids were, she's shorter and rounder. Carrying her is kind of like carrying a squirmy rock.

I weigh a pound MORE than I did at 4w postpartum. UUUuuuuuggghhhh.
post #112 of 151
for Ericka!!!!

I channeled my inner ancient woman earlier today. I was kneading pita bread dough while sitting on the floor, nursing Mercy. I can totally see how you'd damage your back doing that every day, but it still yielded what will probably be one of my favorite nursing pictures.
post #113 of 151
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guess who latched on tonight for 30 minutes JENNINGS!!!!
We only had one visit with the chiro, but she said I might see some difference and he did it! no crying nothing!!! I hope we can nurse more, but he's the boss..I cried, but told him they were happy tears
I'm so excited for guys! I'm not even going to post about how crappy I'm doing today because that is so awesome it overrules my day!!
post #114 of 151
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for Ericka!!!!

I channeled my inner ancient woman earlier today. I was kneading pita bread dough while sitting on the floor, nursing Mercy. I can totally see how you'd damage your back doing that every day, but it still yielded what will probably be one of my favorite nursing pictures.
Awesome! Biblical!

And HOORAY Ericka, that is such a big win for you guys!

I am doing okay over here. Tired but okay. And that feels like a big win too.

But a question for you working moms - how the hell do you do this?! I'm workin, albeit for myself and so on a super random schedule, and it constantly feels like I'm getting nothing done. Doesn't help that my office is at home and babysitting is still patchwork, need to fix that. UGH, I love my work but I REALLY wish I could take a year off!
post #115 of 151
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I'm so excited for guys! I'm not even going to post about how crappy I'm doing today because that is so awesome it overrules my day!!
Ok, I'm glad I didn't post how crappy the day was, because bedtime was awesome. THere were a few hiccups, like DS busting out of the swaddle 3 times so I finally resorted to the Miracle Blanket (which was less than clean ) and some complaining. But... (drum roll please) he put himself to sleep!!! There was very little nursing and he unlatched and groaned (he makes funny noises) himself to sleep. All on his own!!

I really didn't think I was being consistent enough with the NCSS unlatching to make a difference, but it seems to have. Now if we can just fix the HORRENDOUS RIDICULOUS lack of napping.

Oh, and I also dropped a toy on his head today and made him cry.
post #116 of 151
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Originally Posted by jsh7809 View Post
But a question for you working moms - how the hell do you do this?! I'm workin, albeit for myself and so on a super random schedule, and it constantly feels like I'm getting nothing done. Doesn't help that my office is at home and babysitting is still patchwork, need to fix that. UGH, I love my work but I REALLY wish I could take a year off!
I don't know how I do it. I just do. I haven't quite figured out how yet. I remember before she arrived just simply not understanding how it could possibly be done. She'll still only sleep ON me most nights, too. Sometimes she'll give me a long stretch in the nap nanny, but a lot of nights I'm too scared to move her and wake her up. But, basically we have a routine. When my alarm goes off I move her over into the nap nanny. I go get myself ready. I get in bed and nurse her, then change her diaper and get her dressed. Then I take her to daycare. Then I go to work. I go get her after work and we come home, let the dog out, and sit down to nurse for a while. Then we do whatever for a few hours. Then I take a shower, get bottles ready for the next day, and go to bed while DH bounces her to sleep. He tries to give me 1/2-1 hour alone, and then he brings her in to me, where I nurse her (since she usually starts to stir when he brings her to me), and we both fall asleep. Lather, rinse, repeat.
post #117 of 151
Erica:

LNF: Nothing like getting biblical.

Working: I worked when Camille was a baby which was pretty rough. She was in daycare but refused the bottle so she reserved cycle. I just remember being very very tired.

I started grad school when Piper was three months and will start teaching again in about three weeks so R is about the same age Piper was. I don't have outside daycare and do a lot of my work at home. Right now I'm just getting the syllabus together. I do a LOT of work while nursing. And I'm trying to get in a couple of hours in while she sleeps at night. If I really need to get something done, I can see putting her in the jumperoo and letting the kids play with her. But yeah it's mostly nursing. With Piper, I wrote one of my best papers while lying on the floor breastfeeding (my professor loves that story..he's cool that way). Mostly it's just play by ear. You learn to get a little bit done at a time (I like to do things in big bursts but just can't now).

AFM: Feel like a bad mom because I just noticed that R has a horrible raw rash in her neck fold
post #118 of 151
So apparently August 5th is my day to suck - I stupidly backed into a parked car today while leaving the pool - the lifeguard's car of all things. I did the exact same thing last year!! In both cases, the cars I hit were parked in a spot where they weren't supposed to be, but it is still my fault. The accident was minor, the damage was minor (broken taillight cover for me and small dent and a scratch for him) but I can't get over it. I've had a sick feeling in my stomach for hours and I keep hearing the crunch over and over in my head. The guilt led me to do a huge housecleaning tonight to try and "make up for it" to myself, since DH could care less, he is great like that. So now I have to figure out how much this is going to cost us, whether or not to report it to our insurance company and deal with them raising our rates or just pay for the damages to the other guy's car out of pocket. Figure out if I should replace the carseats, etc. This just sucks!!!!
post #119 of 151
thanks everyone
going to try again tonight...he refused today, so hoping that he'll want to tonight. slow slow slow is what I keep telling myself.
snoopy-I hit two old people with grocery carts today. I know it's not the same, but one I about knocked over and I did hurt him..all on accident
ginger- it happens to all of us. J has a double chin and it's so hard to keep clean with the drooling
post #120 of 151
yay for jennings!! hope he does better tonight.
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