I would love a quesadilla!! But I'm trying to be really strict with the no dairy thing, especially now with his reflux!! UGH it's tough.
September 2011 Whatever Ladies Having Babies! - Page 12
I hope this LO doesn't have issues with dairy, DS didn't seem to. I love all dairy entirely too much!
The only awkward experience I had with DS in a restaurant when he was a baby was trying to nurse him in a booth, and drink my soda at the same time. I spilled the soda over both of us! I'm so uncoordinated!
I found the group through my doula (it's a facebook group, but for local moms)
glad the Zantac is helping. babies generally get over reflux eventually, don't they? (silly question, but DS didn't have it, so I'm figuring they do, based on other people's kids)
Not a silly question! Yes, they generally outgrow it, usually by the time they can sit unassisted.
i'm really uncoordinated. i always make a mess on myself when i eat. maybe that's why i find doing it with a baby so hard. once they can sit up i find it much easier. i've been fantasizing about when D is 6mo and i can go to a real st-down restaurant rather than a fast food drive thru. altho, we did all eat at a pizza place in the mall the other day and all went well.
i was very pleasantly surprised that i could take all 3 kids to the mall by myself to scope out winter clothes for ethan. i was thinking of waiting until sean is home for his visit so we could all go together. I think we have enough to make it until then. Then I got worried about how quickly new season clothes sell out. A lot of times, by the time I get around to wanting to buy anything, there's hardly anything left.
lol I am. Well sort of. I had yesterday off, and I spent some of it doing running around, and then once I came home, I spent it updating my journal. I have a blog, but I've been horrible at updating it the past few months, so I took some time for that.
I've been here reading though, just not enough writing juice to keep up with replies! lol
My latest 'wow' moment was hitting 30 weeks. I'm just in such awe of that. It makes it feel sooo far along. 29 weeks feels like nothing compared to that. lol. It's also very weird thinking that I should be off work in the next 6-8 weeks. I've been pushing DH to get on with finding a new job, because I am so ready to be done!
I left DD with DH last night to take DSD 13 and DSD 12 to the high school football game. I had already gotten DD ready for bed so she had on a Flip diaper with the microfiber insert. I've found that those do best at night since she's sleeping longer. When I got home, I asked DH if he had changed her diaper. He said he had but he had put her in a PF because he couldn't find anymore Flips. So I didn't go behind him and check his work and boy did I have a surprise when I changed DD's diaper this morning! He had used a BG 4.0 as a cover for the PF and he had not snapped the rise snaps to make it smaller! Luckily, we didn't have any leak issues. Guess I need to do a tutorial before I leave those two alone again!
lol, that's why I'm happy to have almost all pockets with inserts/liners that are interchangeable. DH would totally do the same thing. I'm going to have to sit him down though for some instructions with the newborn prefolds. We've only got about a dozen of them, so it'll be mostly sposies for the first few weeks, so he'll probably use those instead, but still!
I'm starting to write up my lists. Things that need to be purchased before baby gets here (ie and not left until christmas gifts or shower gifts), things we need to get ready in the house for the labor, and then the hospital bag list (which i found a really good master list, so that list at least is completed, even though I won't pack the bag for several weeks. It's exciting. I was starting to feel anxious over the state of the nursery (stuffed floor to ceiling with boxes) so this is making me feel like I'm still making progress.
DD slept in her bed again last night so we're making progress! It's harder for me to sleep though because she's so close to me since we have the crib sidecarred. She's a loud sleeper!
annie ~ my dh would have done something very similar. even after 7 years of cding he can't do it unless the pockets are stuffed and ready to go. i don't get what's so difficult about a snap fitted diaper and a wool cover that goes on just like a pair of pants but he can't seem to get it. at this point, i've decided it's lack of interest.
I got crazy in the kitchen last night and made cake, muffins, and two different kind of cookies. I'm having to hold myself off, because I want to start freezer stuffing, but I should probably wait until at least the end of October. I don't want this stuff sitting in there forever.
What kind of stuff do you guys find you're wanting to eat most after the birth? It'll be December, so I'm envisioning lots of comfort foods. I know for sure I'll make meatballs, meatloafs, and lasagnas (all my moms specialities, she's going to help), and some stews if I can figure out how to freeze them well- but I've never had luck with that. I know people say finger foods, which I'm going to have to stock up on, but I'll also need hearty foods, as will DH. I suck in the kitchen, so I'm trying to start pulling out recipes. I'm trying one night for "saucy chicken" out of "The Big Cook" cookbook. Its meant to be a cookbook for group freezer stuffing- you basically combine all the ingredients beforehand, and then put it in freezer bags, and throw in the freezer. Once you want to eat it, just take the bag out, plop into slow cooker, and voila- a meal.
Anyways, the only other thing I know for sure is getting DH to make lots of banana muffins/breads. Maybe I'll find a good recipe for oatmeal ones too, but that hasn't been as successful.
Ooho JJ, you're on the ball! I say don't wait. Once you hit the later weeks you might not feel like doing any of it, and if it's in the freezer it's not going to go bad. Bang it out while you have the desire and energy to do it!
Our biggest challenge wasn't dinner it was lunch. We're good at throwing together a dinner meal but quickly got sick of pb & j sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches. Maybe you can dig thru and come up with things -- or use your crockpot meals and save some leftovers for next day lunch? I was STARVING after giving birth (well, I'm still starving) but mostly I just wanted lots of nibbly things. Granola bars, sandwiches, nuts, bread, big bowls of cereal. Protein does nothing for my appetite, it's like it HAS to be carb heavy or I'm hungry in a half hour.
I'm srsly starting to think about doing weight watchers. It's only $54 or something for 3 months if I sign up for the online program before 10/15. Chris thinks it's dumb, but I told him that he's not the one who's fat, so he can think it's dumb all he wants. I NEED to do something about this extra 30 lbs. I feel horrible. I ran yesterday for the first time, and though I'm wayyy out of shape, it felt so good to realize I can now start back into a good fitness routine. I'm so ready!!
I'm also...thinking about talking to DH about a vasectomy. Shhh don't say anything to him. I know I'm ready to be DONE. I know he's ready, too. I think we are both just waffling and saying we aren't ready for anything permanent b/c we are worried the other person isn't sure. We just need to find the time to have this conversation.
i think i'm starting to figure this baby out. he's 2 months old today. i'm beginning to notice patterns in behavior when he wants certain things, especially a clean diaper and to lay down at night to go to sleep. it's interesting at night. he'll fuss and scream and won't take the breast until i lay down with him. then he's happy as can be. when he needs to burp, he'll squirm and grunt and kick his legs. i sit him up and he usually burps pretty easily. then we lay back down and he goes to sleep. he's been sleeping in 2-3 hour stretches at night.
during the day a lot of times when he's tired he won't nurse to sleep. he wants to be held on my shoulder and will scream at me if i try to nurse him. i have to get used to that b/c E and K always nursed to sleep. it's strange to have a baby who doesn't want to do that. maybe it's b/c my let-down is so strong that it's not comforting.
i have a burning spot on my right breast. it's been that way since yesterday. i hope it doesn't mean mastitis again. i was told once you get it, you're much more likely to get it again.
Fingers crossed DH will be in a medic job (he's just starting hiring processes with a few of the regions right now), so he'll be here... and not here. lol. He'll generally be working 12 hours shifts for four days straight, and then have four days off, rinse and repeat. So it'll be 7am-7pm for two days, then 7pm to 7am for two days, and then off for four.
I think I might enlist a family member in the area to do a standing food run for me every monday or something- We only have one vehicle, which DH will have, and I don't want to have to shop on the bus. It would be simple things like eggs, milk, cheese, and then running to the deli and getting sandwich meats. The rest we can get as a family on DH's days off, but that way I'll have the basics covered, without having to call people at random for help. Carrie I am a non-stop sandwich eater. As long as I've got good ingredients, I could eat them everyday. I think my challenge is going to be coming up with nutricious soups to add to my grab and go snacks.
Mmmm peanut butter. Yeah, anything with pb works for me-- I've been eating a lot of sliced apples with pb, and that's been good. I'm tlaking like an average sized apple... and 1/2 cup of pb. lol. But it gets the protein in, and it's easy! Hopefully DH will be able to stay on top of making buns and rolls too.
MW- I've heard that with mastitis. Maybe start the hot compresses and massage now to try to head it off?
Carrie- Exciting to be back exercising though! I'm sure you'll find that as you're able to up that more, the pounds will come off a lot faster, and even more than the weight, because you'll be more toned, it should help the way you feel about overall appearance.
JJ, I found that the foods that were the easiest was anything that you could prepare and then let it sit for an hour or so! In those early weeks at home, I found that I would get a minute to prepare something and then DD would need to be held again so my food would have to sit for a while. I also needed things that didn't require a long prep time for the same reason. So if you can freeze stuff in individual portions, that would be great. Also keeping granola bars, muffins, bagels, cheese sticks, fruit leathers, yogurts, etc around that you can just grab and eat in 2 mins.
MW, isn't it so much easier when you feel like you finally understand what they want? DD is starting to get in a rhythm and it's making things a lot easier. But it can also be more challenging at the same time. She really needs a 2-3 hr sleep stretch in the morning and in the afternoon. On the days when we have her cardiology appointments, she doesn't get much of either and it makes for a very challenging evening. She slept in her bed last night but she was up every couple of hours. No long stretch so this morning was hard for both of us.
Baby_Cakes, we'll keep your secret! It's funny because before I had DD, I thought there was no WAY that I wanted to do this again. I am not a good pregnant woman! And I was feeling so protective of DD before she was even born and didn't want her to experience any hurt from having a new sibling. But since I've had her, I want more just like her! Well, hopefully not with a congenital heart defect, but you know what I mean! I would totally love to have another one when she's like 3. But DH is pretty adament that she will be a "limited edition" as he calls her. Honestly I'm fine either way but it's interesting to me that I would even entertain the idea of being pregnant again. But because of religious reasons, we will not do anything permanent so it will be longterm NFP for us.
Yeah, that's what I'm figuring with the start/stop meals. lol. I'm hoping the slow cooker will make that easier-- heck I can just eat it out of the cooker if I need, and then it'll stay warm for me. lol.
On the menu for tonight is "Saucy Chicken." I prepped it just before I started (the point of the cookbook though is to prep like... four of them at once and freeze), and it only took about 2 minutes. Then I just cut up two potatoes and threw them in the cooker as well. That part may have been a mistake, but we'll see. I'm not sure there's enough sauce to cook them, so I might have to pull them out. But-- 2 minutes of prep for yummu flavored chicken isn't bad. And the directions call for boneless skinless breasts, which is what we usually use anytime we have chicken, but I'm sure I could substitute it for a cheaper kind as well. They suggest serving it over rice, so I could use chicken thighs or such, and just remove the meat from the bone before I freeze it... and then not cook at long, since it would be smaller pieces.
I don't know what we'll do long term for BC. I am open to having another baby "at any time". Ideally I'd love this one to be around 2-3 when the next is born, so it's concievable that between LAM and just plain old not having much sex, we could feasibly do nothing and have it work in my favor. DH would love them closer to 5 years apart though- so if I can't budge him on that, we'll go back to FAM in between. And then I want to push for at least one more- using the same methods. But as far as after that... who knows. Neither of us is open in any way of chemical fixes, because of past personal and family experiences, but I also can't imagine a permanent solution. And then... the idea of using FAM for the next 20 years also sounds daunting. lol. I guess a lot of it will depend on how strict DH feels about his child limits after we have the first (and second) child. Right now two is as much as he's willing to bargain. I could see us with 3, 4, who knows, maybe even 5 if financially we were doing ok. I think once he's got his daughter in his hands he'll loosen up a bit. lol.
i'm pumping myself full of vitamin c and grapefriut seed extract. that's what i did before and it seemed to help.
it is much easier once i can figure out his cues and his routine. makes me think of that blog post i read the other day about the 4th trimester. makes sense that it would take about 3 months to get things figured out and settled some.
Oh, no definately soup not grab and go. lol. I just meant as something easy to supplement my grab and go snacking. Because most of the snacks will probably be cold and not very 'hearty', if I can heat up a pre-prepared soup and inhale some in five minutes, I think that will help me feel full and satisfied.
I've read that before about the 'fourth trimester' and you're right, it does make sense. As much as we know about these babies within the womb, it's still a learning curve getting to know them and their habits outside of it too. I'm sad that DH will be working when this one is born, and because he will have just started he won't be able to take time off, like we would have hoped. It sucks because I didn't really want to call in outside help (mine or his mother) but with him not there, I probably will have to at least a little bit for the first few weeks.
reading about the 4th trimester (the blog was mianly about how mothers need help that entire 3 month period and not just the first few days or weeks) got me thinking about a future career. i've wanted to get involved in helping with pregnancy, birth, new baby, breastfeeding somehow. there's no way i could be a midwife or a doula. i'm not open and affectionate enough for either of those. i couldn't be a LLL leader b/c i hate groups and, again, am not very open. pls, i'm not good at being empathetic and diplomatic. but, i could be a PP doula.
i think that would be perfect. i wouldn't have to be or get close to my clients, necessarily. i could if that's how it worked out but it wouldn't be needed. my main focus would be on cleaning and cooking and maybe watching baby for a bit so mom or dad could get a shower or rest a little. i'd be there to offer support and help with breastfeeding and baby care if needed. now i'm very excited about this prospect b/c i've been wondering for a while what i'll do with myself once the kids are grown and i have so much free time.