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post #21 of 101
Good luck, Nic! I will have to try some rainbow cupcakes, too. Sounds cool.

birthdancedoula-Good luck house hunting! I hate taking the kids to look. Mine would just run around the place in circles while I worried about them breaking stuff.

I have an old friend from high school coming down tomorrow. I'm excited! She teaches prenatal yoga and has had homebirths and folks like that are rare in these parts, so it's going to be exciting seeing an old friend *and* someone like-minded!

The kids are begging to go to the pool, but I'm still trying to cool down from yesterday. No way you're getting me out there!
post #22 of 101
Kittywitty - good to hear that today is going to be better than yesterday!!


And thanks everyone for hugs and support from the last thread. I know I should get something set up for that pp depression, but the counselor I really connected with last time I was struggling, about 4 years ago, has recently moved away. I don't really connect with anyone else at that office, or the lady my doctor has tried connecting me with (she is a psychiatrist and is constantly trying to get me on meds - not something I am interested in atm).

I'm just taking a break to eat my a.m. snack and looking in my lunchkit makes me so happy. I have:
-a yogurt smoothie (all organic made at home with blueberries & rasperries!)
-two yogurt cups
-two hardboiled eggs
-a big tupperware of org. blueberries
-dill pickle soup my MIL made for me!
-a GF muffin with strawberry cream cheese
-an apple
-a juice box
-a small spinach salad
-some really yummy rice crackers
-a really big water bottle I refill over the day

People at work make fun of my lunch kit! It is a small beer cooler, lol.
post #23 of 101
Farren, I like your lunch kit! I do something similar on Saturdays when I work at the shop. And thinking maybe I'd eat better if I did something like that every day!

Just got back from the midwives. The baby us doing GREAT, but I defintely have PUPPs They want me to take dandelion root for that - they say they've had people get rid of PUPPs with it, so I hope it helps me! Still doing hydrocortisone cream for the itching. they also recommended Black Walnut tincture for the pinworms, so I'll start that now and add the DE as soon as I can get some.

DS slept over 11hours last night, after taking the Vermox and starting amoxicillin. Phew! I hope he continues to feel better!
post #24 of 101
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Originally Posted by karen1968 View Post
Farren, I like your lunch kit! I do something similar on Saturdays when I work at the shop. And thinking maybe I'd eat better if I did something like that every day!

Just got back from the midwives. The baby us doing GREAT, but I defintely have PUPPs They want me to take dandelion root for that - they say they've had people get rid of PUPPs with it, so I hope it helps me! Still doing hydrocortisone cream for the itching. they also recommended Black Walnut tincture for the pinworms, so I'll start that now and add the DE as soon as I can get some.

DS slept over 11hours last night, after taking the Vermox and starting amoxicillin. Phew! I hope he continues to feel better!
So sorry to hear about that PUPPPS, that just stinks. Maybe the dandelion root will really work for you too.

But I am glad that your ds is doiing better!

Hang in there!
post #25 of 101
back from raspberry picking with another 2 buckets (probably close to 20 lbs) some are being frozen on trays right now for smoothies ect..and others are beind frozen in big bags in wait to be jam! we also had a quick yummy swim in the lake.. now i think ill knit... though i should probably get on the dishes and laundry (blah!)



karen: s hope that the remedies help fast!
post #26 of 101
Dying of jealousy about your raspberries!

about the PUPPS, Karen. Hopefully the dandelion root helps!
post #27 of 101
Raspberries! My parents sold their house with a giant raspberry patch. There goes my free supply We are going to the Okanagan next week for vacation though, so I'm hoping to fill up on lots of fresh fruit.
post #28 of 101
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Raspberries! My parents sold their house with a giant raspberry patch. There goes my free supply We are going to the Okanagan next week for vacation though, so I'm hoping to fill up on lots of fresh fruit.

aww~ im fortunate to have farmer friends with way too many! plus they ripen every few days, so you just have to keep picking them till the season is over and they have gone away for a few days.. so lucky me~ i do feel very blessed.
post #29 of 101
So it looks like I am out on Maternity leave as of now.

I went to work tonight and I was laid off along with about 200 other employees. I feel better that it was part of a lay off and not based on performance.

I am reeling a little, but not too bad. It isn't a terrible time to take some time off although we have to figure out the finances. I have to apply for unemployment. I just started this job in June, so I am kinda po'd that they hired people only to lay them off. I left another job for this job. Thankfully we just switched to my husband's health insurance in July when I switched jobs. I might go back to school and use my GI bill benefits. I am calling my old boss in the morning, I guess.

C'est la vie!
post #30 of 101
MisaGoat, so sorry to hear! I can't believe they hired you to let you go, I'd be PO'd about that, too.

I love the free raspberries that summer brings! Dimitri's brother has a bush he started back when he was in university and worked on an organic farm, now it is HUGE! We pick about two yogurt containers a week. Mm, last week I sprinkled on some organic cane sugar and made a delicious syrup for our icecream. So bad for me, I know! But soooo good.

So I pretty much spent my entire day at work reading about breastfeeding and ended up finding all these beautiful essays and blogs about it. It has made me so excited to breastfeed! Which is good because for a long time I was quite nervous about it. I'm starting to learn this "trust in your body to know how to be a mother" thing, I think.
post #31 of 101
Farren - dill pickle soup! I've never heard of that! Is it actually made with dill pickles, or is it more of a dill cucumber soup?

Karen - sorry to hear about the PUPPs! But glad to hear your ds is improving.

Fern - aren't raspberries fab? My bil has a 5 acre berry farm - we picked enough raspberries for 3 batches of jam (in jars now) and some strawberries for pie. Mmmmm - blueberries to come at the end of the month!

MisaGoat - sorry to hear about the unemployment...I hope you don't have to scramble too much financially between now and November.

We had a delicious dinner tonight - dh barbequed a steak, and we had roasted potatoes, roasted beets, and steamed beans that we grew ourselves! Dh and I also ate the beet greens (can't waste them!), then we all finished off with some homemade cherry chocolate chip ice cream. Gotta love summer!
post #32 of 101
Ok! Have a moment to post! Here's a pic of the rainbow cupcakes ♥

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...6&id=697190128


And a sorta belly pic

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...2_742137_n.jpg
post #33 of 101
awesome cupcakes!

Raspberries sound great. There were huge blackberries at the farmer's market the last week. We went to a friend's house for dinner last night and she had raspberry bushes but when we went to check them out the raspberries were all gone. One house my parents rented had raspberry and blackberry bushes in the backyard and we made jam. I remember it so clearly and I was only 3 or 4, my parents told me that was the only time we ever made jam. I think my mom still has the jars.

I also appear to have a rash on my arm from gardening earlier. We pulled up a fish pond insert in the yard and I was pulling up all the rocks under it and clearing some plants. I didn't see anything that looked poisonous but there were a lot of spiders. Now my arm has blotchy and is itchy.

We seem to get hung up on the food items mentioned in these threads. Cupcakes, raspberries, coconut ice cream.
post #34 of 101
Nic, the cupcakes are awesome! Happy birthday to Sage!

MisaGoat, ugh! So sorry about the layoff! I hope it all works out for the best.

Raspberries... mmm! I don't suppose they grow here as we've only heard of local blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. We don't exactly live in the best climate for growing many things. But I do love pick-your-own farms!

I can't believe how hot it is in some areas! It's been hot, no doubt, here, but we have yet to break 100 and it's August already! Still, the heat today was pretty sapping. I had to run some errands to get DS1 ready for camp, and it was tough to get back to the car from Target going through the stifling air. Definitely eager for it to turn cooler!

I have been super stressed this week and today has been very depressing. I am feeling like there's no chance we'll have a house before baby comes - or maybe at all. The builder is telling us they can't start our build (even though we've done everything we're supposed to do) because they have too many other homes either in inventory or with a contingency. There's no way we could buy if we didn't sell this house, and while we're sure this house will sell, we are also not pushing super hard to sell it until they've actually, you know, cleared the land! Maybe even started a foundation. I finally got in touch with a friend whose DH works for this company (though not on our side of town), and he's going to poke around tomorrow and see what he can find out. He knew about it already and I'm just hoping he can come up with something good. Today was nothing but bad - even unrelated stuff - and I'm just not really up to coping with it. ETA: We were never made aware of this policy when we wrote our contract, and even our sales agent said she has never heard of it before. So we're arguing that they need to waive it on our house because it wasn't part of the original agreement AND we never even had anyone mention it or tell us to be prepared for that possibility. Sigh.

We did get to visit with some friends today (my 2yo has been in tears routinely because he wanted to go so badly!), and that was nice. And this evening I took the older 2 to a meeting to get ready for a big event our church is doing in 10 days. We're giving backpacks and school supplies to *every* child in the school district our church is in - 3100 kids. And 2/3 are impoverished. There will also be things like photographs, hair cuts, and vision screenings for the first 300 who come to the 2-hour event (whoever doesn't come still gets the backpack and supplies, but will be distributed by the schools, I guess). My boys are so excited to be able to help! I'm really looking forward to it - though I did ask if I could have a chair to sit in while I hand out backpacks. This is a huge undertaking that's been worked on for months, and I'm so glad it's all coming together!

DS1 leaves for his very first-ever time away from home in the morning - earlier than I like to be up! I need to finish packing his suitcase for him. I know he's going to have an awesome time! And then I wonder if he'll be okay showering on his own (he typically has baths and I help him with his hair) and be able to figure out how to dress in a shared cabin as modestly as possible, etc. There are so many little things that come with going off to camp that he's had NO exposure to. But I know he'll have fun! He was literally jumping up and down tonight while talking to a friend who's been before.
post #35 of 101
Heather - I'm so sorry about the house news. I hope your friend's dh is able to help you out...ugh, how infuriating!!!
post #36 of 101
Heather. That is awful. And what a time for all of that to be going on... I am one of those people who believes that everything happens for a reason, so may it just isn't the right time/right house.. Everything will work out, but until then many your way.
post #37 of 101
Heather - Ugh, house stress!!!!!! So sorry to hear about the bad news and the stress that it brings. Buying/selling your home is really up there with some of the worst, or at least that's what I think.

Your school backpack project sounds wonderful. How great of your church to organize such a thing. Before kids I used to be a school social worker in a very impoverished school system and what a wonderful thing that would have been to utilize. Really nice that your kids can participate too and have such a hands-on experience with helping people - especially kids their own age. I also can't imagine the planning that such an event takes. Hope that it all goes off perfectly!
post #38 of 101
Ugh, I got some craptastic news this morning-my midwife is leaving the practice. I am so bummed. I am vbac'ing and she is the ONLY hospital midwife in town. I can't use the birthing center or homebirth with a midwife because of the stupid vbac laws here. So, I'm stuck with a ob. The LAST thing I wanted to do.
post #39 of 101
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Ugh, I got some craptastic news this morning-my midwife is leaving the practice. I am so bummed. I am vbac'ing and she is the ONLY hospital midwife in town. I can't use the birthing center or homebirth with a midwife because of the stupid vbac laws here. So, I'm stuck with a ob. The LAST thing I wanted to do.


I wonder if your midwife could recommend an ob to you that might match with some of your ideals. I hate changing plans.
post #40 of 101
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I wonder if your midwife could recommend an ob to you that might match with some of your ideals. I hate changing plans.
There are 2 ob's in her practice that are "supportive" of vbac's. She told me that my best bet is to labor as long as I can at home to avoid any interventions.
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