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MW - that is so disappointing.  That's like when I get a bug in my ear to go somewhere and get the kids all ready and then can't find my keys.  Anywhere.  I get so mad looking that I call off the whole thing.

How on earth did ryan go to work with no shoes!  LMAO!!

 

Mom2one - that is the sweetest picture!!  Aww!!

And I think his weight is fine.  Finn was at least that.  He's 18 lbs now at 4 months.

 

The earliest I can easily get DD to bed is like 9 -- but she (usually) sleeps in til 9 or 10 the next day.  A few times, Finn has fallen asleep early, like at 730, and at 815 I started DD's bedtime ad it totally worked b/c it's winter and dark out.  Maybe that's another thing to work on!  Earlier bedtimes for all! 
I've never tried moving her once she's asleep.  Hmm.

 

MW - you have a queen!?  With you, AND the boys, you're all comfy!?  My gosh!!  My DH is a lean guy, too.  He's just a bed hog, then.  LOL.

 

Thank you all for listening and for all the advice!!  I love having you ladies to chat with.  

 

 

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Holy cow!!! I feel so far behind!!! Alas, that is pretty much my lot in life at the moment orngtongue.gif

 

 

Ok - I wanted to say about the crying for 10-15 min that MW put on FB....like......forever ago, made me think about J and her inconsolable crying she did from about a month to five months. There were times in those months that she would be *screaming* for like 45 min (or longer) and there was nothing I could do. Poor baby greensad.gif And on that same note, I am just about to schedule her for a speech evaluation! Ugh, fun times.

 

Carrie - yay for no smell! Am I the only one not doing cloth now? redface.gif Maybe I will get some. Maybe some pockets or AIO's. Like 5 or 10 just to try it out and see what happens. 

 

Sorry DD is such a PITA right now. Kids! What if you go to bed with Finn at night when you need to and tell her to come cuddle if she feels like it? If not, then your husband can deal with her? Is bedtime a huge thing that needs to be done at a certain time? If not, I would let it slide on days you *need* to sleep. Your husband can either make her comfy on a couch with a movie and/or make the house really really boring. That way if she is tired she can just go in and lay with you and Finn and then be put to bed later when she is in a deeper sleep? I dunno, I am just kind of brainstorming what I would do in your situation. I would really think outside the box and let some stuff slide during these days of craziness. Probably her going to school will help make her tired on the days she goes too.

 

JJ - I second what everyone else is saying. Figure out a way to get the most sleep in these beginning weeks. I promise the newborn stage doesnt last forever! 

In my experience it is impossible to get a newborn on anything resembling a schedule. Some nights they will go to bed at 5 and sleep all night, some days they will go to bed at 2 and wake up at 7! LOL

With J I drove myself BONKERS trying to get her to sleep in her crib in my room. It was so frustrating. I *hate hate hate* sleeping with a baby! Finally I just gave up and slept with her. I would nurse her and then move away a little bit and keep a hand or something touching her so she knew I was still right there. Also, my husband pretty much slept on the couch of his own accord. At about 8ish weeks or so I was able to start putting them back in their cribs for stretches at night. I think J was definitely my hardest baby as far as colic goes and NEVER sleeping without me being there. That child never took a nap without me, little pain orngtongue.gif

 

I'm sure there are a bunch more things I want to say! I have the next two days off, so I am sure I will be catch up posting over the next couple days! lol.gif

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Such a sweet picture, mom2one. I think the weight is normal. You can't overfeed a BF baby. They usually weigh more in the first 6 months than FF babies (which all weight expectations are based on) but gain less in the 2nd 6 months so that they weigh less, on average, than FF babies at a year. I think that's because BF babies self-regulate how much they eat while FF babies are sort of force fed a specific amount because the parents get so hung up on how many ounces they can see being used in a bottle. Does that make sense?

You made me think of something else for JJ.

JJ ~ Being emotional in the first few weeks after giving birth is normal. It's always good, though, to keep PPD in mind, jic. If things really seem overwhelming to you, seek help. It's better to seek help and find that all is well than to not seek help and have things be really bad.
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Mom2One - love the picture! so adorable!

 

Carrie - I love having you guys to talk to, too! instant sounding board.

 

We are always moving DS as he sleeps. Especially for naps, because he will fall asleep just sitting next to you, and that is not a maintainable position for any of the adults in the house. Or we will kind of intentionally push errands to later at night and let him fall asleep in the car on the way home. Then you just cart him up to bed. Voila!

 

MW: LMAO re: Ryan. what can you do? except just have a good laugh now and then I guess.

 

I am stubbon about going out. If I've gotten everyone ready, we are going out, damn it. I don't care  how much everyone is fussing our how long it takes me to track everything down or push DH out of the house. We. Are. Going. (granted, if the battery died, I'd be SOL - but in every other case). I don't like being stuck in the house!

 

I think 15 lbs at 7 weeks is great! I need to weigh DD, but I think she's just over 11 lbs at 9 weeks. she's been growing longer the last couple weeks, so her weight gain has slowed a bit. At least with the 2 babies I have, it seems they grow long, then chunk up, then grow long some more.

 

Love all these squishy babies!

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we cross-posted.

We had a queen bed when we had just Ethan that me, Sean and Ethan all slept in just fine. We have a king now, which made enough room for Kellen, too. All 4 of us would sleep in it. We're not just lean but we're short, too. I'm only 5 feet and Sean is only 5'6" and, so of course, the boys are little, too.

There's not enough room for all of us with Dylan in the king. I suggested to Sean that we put one of our twin beds next to our king. That would make plenty of room for all of us. He's resistant because he wants to get the boys in their own beds. I'm fine with him working on that when he gets home as long as it doesn't create a bunch of upset.

I ran around in circles a few times trying to decide whether or not to try to use the Jeep to jump my van. It seemed like too much of a pain, especially since we wouldn't be able to make it to bowling in time after all of that, anyway. Ryan is jumping it now so we'll be good to go.
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Carrie - I love having you guys to talk to, too! instant sounding board.

 

Agreed-- sometimes it makes you feel more sane just to have someone to describe it to. You end up kind of talking yourself through it.

 

The spitting up seems to be decreasing, or at least its less often, with big ones still interspersed. No change in her outputs but I'll keep an eye on them.

 

Even with the bed rail, I don’t know that we’d feel comfortable with her in the bed full time with us, at least not this little. We’re just too squished on our own. I have a feeling if I added the rail and put her on the edge, I’d end up not sleeping at all, between being worried about squishing her into the edge, and being squished into a tiny middle portion of the bed myself. And I –want- DH in bed with us. I hate when he goes out to the couch to sleep, it makes me feel more alone and abandoned.

 

In good news—she slept a normal night last night. It was amazing, such a difference. She went down around midnight, in her bassinette, then slept into about 330am, we nursed, and then I fell asleep with her on my chest. She probably could have gone back, but I actually fell asleep, so I just left her once I woke up. She slept then until about 630 again, we nursed, changed, and then I moved her back to the bassinette and she slept until about 930 or 10… I’m not sure, I recall her starting to fuss, and then DH came in and grabbed her and went out to the living room with her, and they cuddled for a bit. He brought her back in at 1030. I think she might have slept longer, but I needed to nurse, and I knew it was time for her too, so we nursed changed again, and came out to the living room. She stayed up for about ten minutes and now she’s sleeping again, while I do human like adult things. Lol. It’s amazing how much better you feel after a nights sleep. See THIS is what I’m waiting for. I don’t care what times it is she’s getting up at, or going to bed, but the fact that she was able to nurse and then actually fall asleep again without screaming bloody murder, AND go to sleep in the bassinette is just miraculous.

 

I don’t remember who it was, but someone mentioned something about heat/blankets, and I think that’s part of it. The last two days we’ve been snuggling her up in warm fuzzy blankets, and it seems to make a huge difference in putting her down and how fast she falls asleep. We’d been avoiding putting her down with that many blankets for suffocation/overheating concerns, but it seems to really make a difference. I’m just keeping a close eye on the blankets being down low, not by her face.

 

Carrie—I don’t remember where I read/heard of it, but what about doing a “mock bed time” with Nora. Sometime before you start putting Finn down, do a whole bedtime routine with her- get her into her jammies, do her bath or whatever, read her stories—whatever your normal bedtime routine is, and then once she’s been in bed for a bit, she can get out, and then your DH can put her to bed ‘quickly’ once it’s time, or take over from there if the bedtimes are close enough. But that way, she still feels like she gets the bedtime routine with you. I’ve heard of parents doing it, and then the kid has an hour or so to play again before bed. It might not save any time if she needs the whole routine done again by your DH, but at least she feels like she has your time and dedication for the bedtime routine.

 

MW—That sucks. I probably would have woken him up. It’s not like he couldn’t go back to sleep afterwards. I’m glad he’s jumping it now.

 

It’s funny, the emotional only started in the last few days, but it’s totally normal so far. The crying the other day was just pure exhaustion, but it’s funny, I started crying a couple times this morning sitting here on the couch with DD, but it was happy tears. Just staring at her and realizing how quickly she’s growing up, and all those little amazements. Thinknig about how insanely long she’s been wanted, and how she’s here with us now after all that time, and just how thankful I am for her. She’s pretty cool. :)

 

Annie2186—I love the pockets, and they’re really even less hassle than I thought they would be. It helps that DH has been so great about doing her laundry. Without me asking, he’s kind of taken responsibility for all of it so far. It’s cute, he looked so overjoyed the first load he did, and he came upstairs and was like “They don’t even stink!” I don’t think he believed that they would actually come clean with the basic washing instructions.

 

Anyways—it’s taken a few hours, and two nursing sessions to finish this lol, so I should go do something else productive. 

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Anyways—it’s taken a few hours, and two nursing sessions to finish this lol, so I should go do something else productive. 



THIS is exactly why I can never get around to answering!!!!!! lol.gif   Status updates of FB are so much quicker or something..........

 

Do you think getting some pockets for A would be worth it? Even though she will *probably, more than likely, unless hell freezes over* be our last? 

post #168 of 446
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annie2186 ~ If you don't mind the idea, you can buy them used so it won't cost too much. You can also try to resell them once you are done to get some money back. I use Diaperswappers these days but I haven't sold much. I think the pockets are more popular than my fitteds, though.
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I love my pockets, so I totally think it's worth it. And I'm a huge advocate now of the diapers we chose- AMP. They're made by a local mama in my hometown who has made a great business out of it, and I've been really impressed with the quality and the fit. We got almost all of ours used, but they're still super clean, and the elastic is still tight, even though the mamas I bought from said they were well loved. The fuzzibunz I got used have not held up as well, and they're definitely the ones I reach for last-- several of them are way too loose on her legs still, not because of the size I don't think, but because the elastic has let go. They also look their age more. Anyways-- I was going to say, they're expensive- I think she charges $20, and that's not including the insert... but they get great prices used too-- most often used I see them going for $20 with the insert... so if you imagine that's been used for one child 7-35lbs, and then sold for only about $4 less, that's pretty good I think. So even if you only use them for one child, then you can sell them and recoup most of your money. 

 

Carrie-- I just remembered you asked about the stroller. It was the City Elite we want too. Haven't gotten it yet, but also haven't had a shower or anything. Not sure if we will... which makes me sad, but I guess you can't dwell on it. We were hoping to get gift cards for it, but at any rate, we'll probably wait until after February. The new 2012 version came out, and there's only really cosmetic color changes- but I do prefer the new colors, and our local store apparently is charging the same price for the 2011 and the 2012... so since I can't really use it until after Feb, it makes sense ot me to wait to buy the new color. The only way I think we'll buy it earlier is if Amazon puts it on sale again before they start selling the 2012s. 

 

Anyways... wish me luck tonight! I slept so well last night that I didn't nap today, so I really hope she has a half decent night again! I'm feeling hopeful. 

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Annie - totally worth it! Now you might want to do one of the many diaper websites trial programs (www.nickisdiapers.com has one . . .I think www.happybabycompany.com has one . . . even BG site, www.cottonbabies.com probably does) just to try a few brands and see what you like and don't like and what fits best on A.

 

Once you decide that, you can hit diaperswappers for used ones. Especially used, I would do pockets. Price wise. I was going to go more the cover + prefold route, but many sellers still want at least $10 a cover, and I can often get a great pocket diaper for that price. Also people don't discount their prefolds as much as I'd like.

 

The FB I just got off of there look nearly brand new. I think alot depends on how old they are, how many kids they've been through, and how large a rotation they were in. The ones I got had only been used a couple times before the mama decided to quit using microfibre. You can get great deals if you buy a bunch from one person (IME, anyway) I got 7 diapers the other week - all pockets and are nearly new - for about $60, including shipping.

 

There are also some beautiful custom diapers that are reasonably priced on Etsy. Just some options.

 

AFU: DD decided she wanted to be awake once I fed her this morning. It is always harder to leave when they are awake, smiling, and talking to you! Since that was about 5:45, I really hope she goes back to sleep for DH . . .since DS won't wake up until probably 8 or 9.

 

I was looking at the calendar and this is the last full working week of the year! OMG - next week is a 4 day work-week, and so are the following 2 weeks. I need to get some baking done!

post #171 of 446
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She stayed up for about ten minutes and now she’s sleeping again, while I do human like adult things. Lol. It’s amazing how much better you feel after a nights sleep. See THIS is what I’m waiting for. I don’t care what times it is she’s getting up at, or going to bed, but the fact that she was able to nurse and then actually fall asleep again without screaming bloody murder, AND go to sleep in the bassinette is just miraculous.

Awesome!!  lol.gif  I'm laughing at human like adult things!  I hear you on that one!!



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we cross-posted.
We had a queen bed when we had just Ethan that me, Sean and Ethan all slept in just fine. We have a king now, which made enough room for Kellen, too. All 4 of us would sleep in it. We're not just lean but we're short, too. I'm only 5 feet and Sean is only 5'6" and, so of course, the boys are little, too.


Ah ok I misunderstood!  DH is 6'1" and broad shouldered, and I'm 5' 6", plus Nora is over 3" and with arms splayed that takes up a lot of room!  LOL!

 



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Carrie-- I just remembered you asked about the stroller. It was the City Elite we want too. Haven't gotten it yet, but also haven't had a shower or anything. Not sure if we will... which makes me sad, but I guess you can't dwell on it. We were hoping to get gift cards for it, but at any rate, we'll probably wait until after February. The new 2012 version came out, and there's only really cosmetic color changes- but I do prefer the new colors, and our local store apparently is charging the same price for the 2011 and the 2012... so since I can't really use it until after Feb, it makes sense ot me to wait to buy the new color. The only way I think we'll buy it earlier is if Amazon puts it on sale again before they start selling the 2012s. 

 

Anyways... wish me luck tonight! I slept so well last night that I didn't nap today, so I really hope she has a half decent night again! I'm feeling hopeful. 


 

I hope you got some sleep!!

 

What's the drama with no shower!?  I thought you were having one.  That's such a bummer.  

Have you looked at the Joovy one?  It's nice.  Not as nice as the City Elite, but it's got good reviews!!

 

AFUs - OMGGG.  This cold is just working its way through us.  DS has it, but he's ok just snarfly.  A cough once in awhile.  DD has it the worst.  I'm feeling pretty miserable too, but I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into a sinus infection like it did while I was pg.  

 

Kat  - I so want to bake!!  What sorts of things are you planning on making?  DH wants me to make an apple pie from scratch and I've no idea how.  Anyone have a good (vegan or easily adapted)  recipe?

 

post #172 of 446

Vegan and baking an apple pie would mean just eliminating the butter, right? so if you have a good pie crust recipe that you have butter substitute for, then you'd be fine using anything. I like apple pie with a crumble topping. I have a recipe at home . . .

 

I want to make no-bake chocolate cookies, more snickerdoodles, and DH is making his famous oatmeal raisin (the only ones I'll eat. He soaks the raisins in rum and vanilla!) . . . And I think I will be forced into making mint-chocolate meringue cookies. (they are super yummy, just not my favorite holiday treat)

 

Hope all of you feel better!

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ooh oatmeal raisin cookies sound delicious, especially with drunk raisins!!

 

I've never made a pie crust. bag.gif

post #174 of 446
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The Fuzzibunz I have have held up really well, too. I bought them used for Kellen, sent them to a friend to use and got them back for Dylan. They are in good shape, no bad elastic or anything. It's funny that you say they are too big around the legs because I have the opposite problem. They are not good for chunky thighs. I have smalls that I can still snap to the tightest setting across the waist but are now too tight in the legs even on the largest setting. It's time for me to try to sell them.

i pick up stuff at the store last night for some baking. nothing fancy. just some frosted sugar cookies and chewy gingerbread cookies.

One of our cats did the sweetest thing. D was on the floor fussing. I was taking too long to get up and get him so he was getting mad and getting louder. The cat went over and laid down next to D as if he were trying to comfort and care for him.
post #175 of 446

awww  - that is so sweet!

 

I usually don't make pie crust, I buy the pillsbury stuff in the refrigerated section. I don't know if there is a vegan version, or if is vegan (I am pretty sure there is some sort of butter in most traditional pie crust recipes)

 

The only thing I like about pumping is the sense of accomplishment.  I got almost 8 oz at my morning session, and should have no problem getting another 4-5 oz this afteronn. yay!

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awww  - that is so sweet!

 

I usually don't make pie crust, I buy the pillsbury stuff in the refrigerated section. I don't know if there is a vegan version, or if is vegan (I am pretty sure there is some sort of butter in most traditional pie crust recipes)

 

The only thing I like about pumping is the sense of accomplishment.  I got almost 8 oz at my morning session, and should have no problem getting another 4-5 oz this afteronn. yay!


The pillsbury stuff is no good, but I'm sure I can find a recipe.  I've just never done it before.

 

I love pumping for the same reason!  I really love filling up those bottles!!  LOL!

 

DD and I bought a gingerbread house kit that we are going to build together and leave out for santa.  Cant wait to do it with her!  Should be fun.

 

post #177 of 446

recipe: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/856

 

looks easy enough :)

post #178 of 446
Thread Starter 
i've made a pie crust before. it wasn't hard. it tasted way better than the premade ones. the tricky part, i've read, is getting it flaky enough once it's cooked. but, it's the butter that gives it that flaky texture and the buttery flavor, of course. i don't know what you could sub for that. i always use real butter for baking because it makes everything come out better.

we got a gingerbread house kit. the boys ate half of it while they were making it. one side of the roof kept slipping down so they finally decided to just eat the whole thing. i think they were making it slide on purpose when i wasn't looking. lol.gif the really fuuny part was their faces after they bit into that gingerbread. it tastes like cardboard. i'm not 100% sure it's edible.
post #179 of 446

Sounds like they had fun though!!  

 

LOL I don't trust this gingerbread either, lol.  But making my own seemed wayyyyy too daunting and not much fun.  The candy decorations it came with are a bit subpar, too, so I think I'll actually go buy some others to decorate with and eat while we make it. 

 

Thanks for the recipe link!  Easy enough indeed!

post #180 of 446
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Making gingerbread is really easy. I think the only thing that might be hard would be shaping the pieces. But since it's mainly just varying sizes of rectangles, that would be easy, too. I think getting the frosting of the right consistency so that it will work like glue is the hardest part. Ryan tried eating the frosting but said it was like glue and nasty. lol.gif I don't think any of that is meant to be eaten. I'm still finding pieces of it with little bites taken out around the house because no one wanted to finish it once they tasted it.
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