Copper- don't beat yourself up! I work full time (just 8 hours at a time, though - can't imagine going for 12 hours - wow!) and it is exhausting. DS1 was/is similar and watches more TV than I would like. He is not good at independent play, either, even when I suggest stuff, and isn't interested in helping me (he does like to help daddy cook), so when I'm overwhelmed/exhausted, TV it is. DS2 is a whole 'nother animal. Just last night, we were all watching Christmas specials on TV and he watched for a few minutes and then started playing with trains by himself for a full 20 minutes! He's only 2.5 - DS1 at 6 still wouldn't occupy himself for that long. I feel your pain and I am lucky they aren't both like that.
lovingmommyhood- Thanks for the response and reassurance. 0-1 wasn't too bad for me and neither was 1-2 (at first). At the moment, though, they are starting to fight more, so the difficulty was delayed . When they are playing well, though, it is so heartwarming I could cry.
mamalimey- you and copper make me tired just reading about your jobs - Thank you both for all your hard work!
Miranda- Welcome and congratulations! That is a lot to wrap one's head around in such a short time, but it sounds like there is a lot of love and happiness – how awesome! Don’t know how true to life the show “Sister Wives” is, and I know your dynamics are probably different, but I caught 2 episodes a few months ago on a whim. I have to confess I thought I would dislike it, but once they explained everything, I was like “you know, that makes a lot of sense”.
Baby_Cakes- I plan on taking my last digi today or tomorrow. Are you still testing? So much fun to see those lines come up or the word “pregnant” come up. How’s the midwife search going?
Birdie B.– Thanks for the well wishes for my vbac! Did you call your midwife yet? I gotta get crackin’ on calling the OB I might be using.
Beantown– Thanks for sharing your experience with hypnobabies. A long time ago (before I had kids) I tried a self hypnosis tape I found at the bookstore. Don’t know if it was a good one or not, but just like yoga, I was worried I wasn’t breathing right or something. I am hopeless!! Anyway, is there some kind of teaser you can try on the web or something so you don’t have to buy the whole program? Maybe I’ll try to find something I can test out. I have some fermented CLO in the fridge – it is nasty! I shoot it down in some OJ.
earth-mama– That’s neat how DD was with your midwife and assistant. I only ever had DS1 to my OB to get my c-section staples out. You could tell he was nervous about the doctor hurting me. That was sweet, too, because I’d never seen him worried about his mama.
KnittingKara– Welcome and I’m glad you have a good feeling! I do to .
MrsMike– Oh my goodness – you had me in tears. I worked at a kennel attached to a big veterinary hospital summers during college. I got to help the techs out once in a blue moon, but never saw anything like that. How heartbreaking! I know we were always sad even at the kennel when one of our “regulars” died, so I can’t even imagine .
mkat– Welcome and Congrats! Our DS1 was the first grandchild/nephew on both sides too – it was a very exciting time almost 7 years ago. Yay for your DH coming around! Good luck on your Midwife search!
AFM– Not much to report – have to get around to calling the OB. I’m dragging my feet. I have waves of nausea every now and then, and would feel fantastic except I have a cold or a sinus infection going on. Yuck! I see some are already discussing monikers. Let the name game begin !!