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post #21 of 84

Calynde! Yay--three boys club here too :) I'm having the name experience with names. I was in a panic as I had no boy names I really liked, but one just came to me!

 

Jenni--huge hugs!  Lots to deal with, but you sound like one strong mama!!!

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Our plans for this weekend is to make out our registry list with DDs #2 and #3 and then go out for a big lunch.  We have a guard llama coming tomorrow so that should be our excitement for Sunday *LOL*


A guard llama? I think that needs some explanation! LOL!! The registry stuff is always fun. My kids are looking forward to that as well after seeing a couple registering at Target with the little scanner thing. I foresee some arguments over who gets to hold the scanner and such.

 



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Ugh for sick little ones. greensad.gif we all just cycled through the swine flu at our house...tons of fun! I am so happy, though, that we are all healthy enough to get through things like that without complications. I didn't even have to call the doctor...yay!

I have such a big belly already. I really must take a photo!

We found out we're having another boy, so now we are starting to zero in on names more. I keep calling him one in particular, which makes me think baby has sort of chosen it for himself somehow.

Not much else to report. Life is bliss at the moment and the sun is shining today. treehugger.gif


Congrats on a baby boy! I have several names for boy and girl that I like, but not knowing the sex makes me feel like I can't decide yet. I think I just need more time to get to know this bean. I'm sorry to hear that you all had the swine flu, but yay for recovering! One great thing about being pregnant during this time of year is that I got to pass on the flu vax, which I REALLY didn't want since it's regular flu and swine flu together. Next year I'll be breastfeeding so I think I can get out of it again. :D

post #23 of 84

Sorry, I should explain we have alpacas and we are getting a guard llama to put in one of the pastures fro protection.

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Sorry, I should explain we have alpacas and we are getting a guard llama to put in one of the pastures fro protection.


That's so cute! We have a guard cat at our house since the dogs are usually too friendly to actually harm a stranger. :)

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Buddhamom, do the lamas primarily protect the alpacas?  Are they there for strange people or animals?  Do they fight or generally raise an alarm?  Just curious. :)

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I too am enthralled by the concept of the guard llama. I actually Googled the subject which was fascinating for me. I only have a herd of kids and three goldfish.

 

My DP and I talk names almost every day yet come to no real conclusion. At least we agree on a few! I can finally feel the babe from outside but he's still small so no one else has felt just yet. That's ok, I'll hog this little guy to myself while I still can. 

 

I had to buy bigger maternity pants today. It's not because my belly is in the way but because my hips, thighs and bottom are fatter. I secretly hope we don't do one of those how-much-weight-have-you-gained threads in this DDC. The one I belonged to in '06 was big on the subject. Ick and pointless. Regardless, my baby belly is so rad! When not pregnant it's saggy, stretched and a different sort of beautiful. I really like the taut, baby-filled version for a change.

 

I also bought this LO his very first clothes. I have only a few leftover things that are gender neutral. I bought baby clothes! Onesies and light weight pants. Is that ok for a June baby? Last summer my youngest was an infant and wore similar. I've never had a newborn in southern warm weather. Do they need long sleeves? Do their tiny feet need socks all the time? I'm wondering about temp as well as sun cover since, I assume, we'll be out playing all the time. I'll wear him but will also have my mischievous toddler to wrangle. He'll need a hat, I'm guessing. Or I could drape a muslin blanket if needed, I bet. My gosh, can you tell this is my sixth? I don't know how to dress a baby! 

 

I'm so so relieved and happy to finally feel not only peace in having this unexpected new baby but to also feel joy and thanks for his place in my family. It was slow going but I feel extraordinarily blessed by this pregnancy. And by you! Thank you all so much for all that you pour into our DDC. 

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I too am enthralled by the concept of the guard llama. I actually Googled the subject which was fascinating for me. I only have a herd of kids and three goldfish.

 

My DP and I talk names almost every day yet come to no real conclusion. At least we agree on a few! I can finally feel the babe from outside but he's still small so no one else has felt just yet. That's ok, I'll hog this little guy to myself while I still can. 

 

I had to buy bigger maternity pants today. It's not because my belly is in the way but because my hips, thighs and bottom are fatter. I secretly hope we don't do one of those how-much-weight-have-you-gained threads in this DDC. The one I belonged to in '06 was big on the subject. Ick and pointless. Regardless, my baby belly is so rad! When not pregnant it's saggy, stretched and a different sort of beautiful. I really like the taut, baby-filled version for a change.

 

I also bought this LO his very first clothes. I have only a few leftover things that are gender neutral. I bought baby clothes! Onesies and light weight pants. Is that ok for a June baby? Last summer my youngest was an infant and wore similar. I've never had a newborn in southern warm weather. Do they need long sleeves? Do their tiny feet need socks all the time? I'm wondering about temp as well as sun cover since, I assume, we'll be out playing all the time. I'll wear him but will also have my mischievous toddler to wrangle. He'll need a hat, I'm guessing. Or I could drape a muslin blanket if needed, I bet. My gosh, can you tell this is my sixth? I don't know how to dress a baby! 

 

I'm so so relieved and happy to finally feel not only peace in having this unexpected new baby but to also feel joy and thanks for his place in my family. It was slow going but I feel extraordinarily blessed by this pregnancy. And by you! Thank you all so much for all that you pour into our DDC. 


Please no how much I gained or didn't gain!

 

I have no idea how to dress mine either. Most of mine are fall/winter. My last three are August babies, but it soon got cool. It was already cool in the house w/ an evaporative cooler. If we are in this house it will be cool, but hot, hot outside by July.

post #28 of 84

My first was an early July baby. He wore lots of onesies, hats, and socks. I'd wrap him in a light rec. blanket or wear him. It was nice to have the little knit hat to take off/put on as he needed and if he didn't have socks on when he was wrapped or worn, his little feet were cold. I also did lots of t-shirt material (light knit) pull on pants and little 'jackets'. I've seen lots in the stores. But, he really spent a ton of time in onesies or t-shirt/diaper cover combos.

 

I bought myself 2 pairs of maternity jeans yesterday and 3 'maternity' hoodies. I love to wear hoodies and heading back to MT it's going to be cold!  I also figure they will be great over top of a sling with baby in the fall :)

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I secretly hope we don't do one of those how-much-weight-have-you-gained threads in this DDC. The one I belonged to in '06 was big on the subject. Ick and pointless. Regardless, my baby belly is so rad! When not pregnant it's saggy, stretched and a different sort of beautiful. I really like the taut, baby-filled version for a change.


I was actually wondering if this would come up at some point, and was even considering asking (but won't now... winky.gif).  Mostly I just want to feel "normal" - I'm nowhere close to the weight gain "guidelines" on all the pregnancy websites, and I'm too new at this to go rogue and say it doesn't matter.  My MW has shown absolutely no interest in my weight, which I guess is a good sign, and DH keeps telling me "don't worry, everything will be fine", but he's not the one having to buy new pants because his old ones won't button!

Kawa, I love your description of your baby belly!  joy.gif I hope I can have that kind of perspective after my LO is born.

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Amen to that. It sort of always turns into a how-much-do-we-hate-our-bodies thread (ime) which is so sad greensad.gif

 

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Please no how much I gained or didn't gain!

 

post #31 of 84

My daughter is an early July baby and she pretty much lived in onesies until Fall. I did have some pants, one-piece jammies with feet, and little long sleeved shirts (all in jersey knit) in case it was a little cooler. We were also living in Oregon at the time where it's hot during the day and cooler at night. Here in the DFW area it's hot during the day and less hot at night. But we have central air everywhere so the little hats and socks need to be handy for going in and out of stores and such.

 

The only baby clothing that I've bought is a long-sleeved onesie that says "My Aunt Rocks!" because I knew that my sister would love it. She already loves it and the baby isn't even born yet. LOL

 

I finally bought a pair of maternity jeans mainly because the waistband of my smallest pair of jeans is too tight, even though I don't have a belly yet. I lost about 25 lbs so all my other regular jeans were all way too big on me, but now I can sort of wear them. I would rather live in yoga pants, but I know I'll need to get at least another pair or two of pants that are a little dressier. My scrubs all have a drawstring waist on them so I have way more room to grow in them.

 

post #32 of 84

Thanks for the baby dressing tips, ladies!    

 

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I bought myself 2 pairs of maternity jeans yesterday and 3 'maternity' hoodies. I love to wear hoodies and heading back to MT it's going to be cold!  I also figure they will be great over top of a sling with baby in the fall :)

 

I love big hoodies for baby wearing! Last winter I had a great system involving a hoodie, maternity coat, a Beco and some blankets.

 

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I was actually wondering if this would come up at some point, and was even considering asking (but won't now... winky.gif).  Mostly I just want to feel "normal" - I'm nowhere close to the weight gain "guidelines" on all the pregnancy websites, and I'm too new at this to go rogue and say it doesn't matter.  My MW has shown absolutely no interest in my weight, which I guess is a good sign, and DH keeps telling me "don't worry, everything will be fine", but he's not the one having to buy new pants because his old ones won't button!

Kawa, I love your description of your baby belly!  joy.gif I hope I can have that kind of perspective after my LO is born.


Over the years I've gained "too much" and "not enough". Don't worry, everything will be fine! 

 

It was after baby #2 and in my early 20's that I got THE BELLY. I wasn't always so easy about it but these days, whatever. I happen to think that being comfortable in our own skin is more attractive than looking like a non-mama. And props to the moms who keep their pre-kids figure - my SIL has 5 kids, is about to be a grandma and looks flawless in a bikini. My body looks unmistakably like one that has carried and borne many children. I'm really, really proud of what my body has done! I suppose there are parts of me that could be viewed as unsightly but I figure no one whose gonna be naked with me is likely to make that jerky judgement. 

 

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Amen to that. It sort of always turns into a how-much-do-we-hate-our-bodies thread (ime) which is so sad greensad.gif


Sometimes it's really hard for me to stay away from that kind of self loathing.

 

Anything that shifts the focus from Am I Too Fat? etc onto Our Bodies Are Absolutely Amazing! is, IMO, great for growing mamas. Because our bodies, regardless of their possibly not-quite-right sizes ARE amazing. 


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post #33 of 84

I have to say that pregnancy has been hard on my body. Or rather, multiple pregnancies in a very, very short time has been hard on my body.  I don't even come close to looking like the same person and it has been a very hard adjustment for me.  My friend was over the other day and she pointed to one of our wedding pictures and said "who is that girl that Dave married?" ironically, that is EXACTLY what I think every time I look at that picture!  Who is that person?? What happened to her??? 

 

Anyways, it is hard work reminding myself that it is okay to be someone different now.  I am not happy with my body and I know I won't be until I can get it back into shape.  In the last 3 years I have gained a solid 30 pounds of post baby weight that has not been lost and at 5 feet tall - that puts me from a size 2 to a size 10.  Sigh... I have a lot of issues with this.  A lot.  It truly pains me.  I want to be that woman who loves her pregnant body and is proud and happy with all that it has done.  Sadly, though, I am not there yet and don't know if I ever really will be.

 

So I got rid of the scale.  That's a first step.

 

 

 

 

post #34 of 84

I adore this website:

 

http://theshapeofamother.com/

 

It's time to love ourselves and the bodies we have, not loathe ourselves for the bodies we don't have or wish we had, or even wait to love ourselves until we have the bodies we want. It's great to work toward a goal of feeling fit, healthy, active, energetic etc...but it's also okay to love ourselves and celebrate our bodies and all the amazing things they can do (especially during pregnancy!) along the way. I wish that for all of us. grouphug.gif

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This is 12w pp with #5. As I lose weight it gets more....crepey and drapey.  

 

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Ah, the mama apron.  I know many a mama that have this.  That there is a true picture of a mamathumb.gif

 

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I never had trouble losing the weight or having my skin rebound back to before, however I was 19 and 21.  Now I am 40 and a bit nervous it will stay but I am sure my yoga and schleping stuff all over the farm will fix that, hopefully redface.gif

 

@guard llamas, yes they alert.  Alpacas do to but the llamas are much larger (it is a male) and will protect form anything and definitely go after and attack dogs and such.  In fact we have an alpaca Mama who always goes after the working border collie so he can't go in her pasture.  We are mainly concerned about coyotes and such.  Even the alpacas will give a loud "hehehe" (sort of like a zebra sound) noise if you go out after dark and they can't tell who you are. They are great at alerting to fox getting in the coops.

post #37 of 84

I had a totally random dream last night. I went in for my sono, which is on Wednesday of this week, and there was no sono tech. Instead there was a Chinese medicine doctor who started going over me with a fine-toothed comb, measuring ME and looking at my skin and telling me that he would determine the baby's status based on that. He finally got out the sono stuff after I asked him over and over again about it. He set the little thingy on my belly and walked off, but there was an image on the screen. I couldn't really see it because suddenly there were people (a nurse maybe?) between me and the screen. I thought I saw boy parts but I couldn't be sure. Then out of the blue, baby daddy yells out "It's a boy!" and totally ruined the surprise. I was furious with him for doing that, and for even being there in the first place.

 

Then I went into labor and gave birth to a 40 pound newborn who refused to hold still and nurse and was playing in the mud. And no one saw a problem with this except for me! I was terribly upset about the treatment from the doctor and my ex showing up and this huge strange baby that I was sure wasn't even mine.

 

I have such weird pregnancy dreams.

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Anyone know where I can get some fabric or large bedding sheets with a lotus flower print on them?  I have been searching high and low because I have an awsome alpaca fleece filled baby duvet (yes, we make those *LOL*) that I want to make a cover for it and I am looking for something with a lotus print on it. Another snow day here so I will be working on knitting for my little miss. It is funny how some will start their little ones off in onesies and others like me need long sleeves due to location. I have bought some long sleeved and long pants outfits for little miss because here in CT it still gets chilly in the evenings in June.  Especially when we camp, I am putting on long sleeves in the evening even in July as it gets damp.  We are trying to figure out our camp sleeping arrangements because the old '63 vintaqe camper we have is made to sleep 3 and has no specialties like bathroom, stove or heat, which was fine since that was as big as our family was that was still living at home and we are simple.  But now we have our special surprise on the way. I suppose my 5 y.o. will sleep in the bigger bed with Daddy and I will take the smaller bed with the babe.  Either that or poor Daddy will have to sleep outside in the hammock ROTFLMAO.gifThinking about camping makes me happy!  That is one thing we do every other weekend in the summer. 

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Buddhamom...the swiss always dress babies warmly despite the season, and since i've had my babies here, so do i! My second was born end of july and he still wore a little wool/silk pilot cap everyday for his first months. redface.gif

It looks like we are moving your way this summer...maybe you can pass on your knowledge of good camping spots in CT once we're settled in. I don't know the region at all!
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Anyone know where I can get some fabric or large bedding sheets with a lotus flower print on them?  I have been searching high and low because I have an awsome alpaca fleece filled baby duvet (yes, we make those *LOL*) that I want to make a cover for it and I am looking for something with a lotus print on it. Another snow day here so I will be working on knitting for my little miss. It is funny how some will start their little ones off in onesies and others like me need long sleeves due to location. I have bought some long sleeved and long pants outfits for little miss because here in CT it still gets chilly in the evenings in June.  Especially when we camp, I am putting on long sleeves in the evening even in July as it gets damp.  We are trying to figure out our camp sleeping arrangements because the old '63 vintaqe camper we have is made to sleep 3 and has no specialties like bathroom, stove or heat, which was fine since that was as big as our family was that was still living at home and we are simple.  But now we have our special surprise on the way. I suppose my 5 y.o. will sleep in the bigger bed with Daddy and I will take the smaller bed with the babe.  Either that or poor Daddy will have to sleep outside in the hammock ROTFLMAO.gifThinking about camping makes me happy!  That is one thing we do every other weekend in the summer. 



 

 http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabric-shop-by-designer-amy-butler-designer-cotton-print-fabric-amy-butler-39-s-lotus-fabric-collection.aspx 

 

they have some really pretty lotus fabric here. maybe this is something you are looking for?

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