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December 2011 Whatever Ladies Having Babies ~ We are down to one! - Page 5post #81 of 44612/6/11 at 5:59pmThread Starterpost #82 of 44612/6/11 at 6:19pm
Wow, MW, that's a busy day for you guys! Glad they had fun at the children's museum though.
Yeah, I'm open to doing it wherever. I just thought Outer Banks because I knew that you can get big houses there for relatively cheap during the off season. You can rent houses in Sandbridge which is just south of VA Beach. I just think it would be fun for us to get together some time. Maybe in the spring of 2013? Give us all time to plan and for the babies to get bigger?post #83 of 44612/6/11 at 6:29pmThread Starterpost #84 of 44612/6/11 at 7:11pmQuote:Originally Posted by annie2186
AnnieA - I totally think you definitely have it the worst out of all of us!!! I couldn't imagine having to get up and heat a bottle (which is harder than making a formula bottle) to then have to freaking pump! Wow. That sucks. I didn't even comprehend that you had to pump after every feed as well. I mean, what if she doesn't wake up for 5 hours? do you have to get up and pump every two hours anyway? Or is it just everytime she wakes up to eat during the night? Either way - sucks.
If she sleeps longer than 2 or 3 hours, I usually wake up after about 4 hours and get up to pump even if she is still sleeping. If she is still asleep when I'm done pumping then I will just lay down again until she wakes up. When I pump, I just leave the milk on the counter because it gets used before the 6 hours is up so I rarely have to reheat the milk unless she's eaten everything I've pumped and I'm defrosting some. But when she's waking up every 2-3 hours, I have to pump after I feed her or else defrost milk the next time which takes even longer and she gets mad and really wakes up then!post #85 of 44612/6/11 at 10:24pmpost #86 of 44612/6/11 at 10:32pm
Yeah, I am thinking I am waaaaaaaaay far away from you ladies! CO is about 2000 miles from the east coast. No way I am buying that many plane tickets. That would be really really fun though.
I could just imagine what my husband would say if I told him I wanted to do that.
"seriously? you are going to "meet" people......from the internet??" He's not even on FaceBook
It is hard for me to explain what my husband does. The baby baby stage he doesn't do much, but does help out with the older kids. It's hard, but he just really doesn't feel comfortable with little babies. When they get to be about A's age (8 months tomorrow!!! WTF????) he really starts playing with them and whatnot.
He is a really good dad, but being a parent to 4 kids (three small ones) is a PITA some days. Like today, when I thought I was going to have to lock myself in the bathroom for like........ever.
He does help clean because he is a freaking OCD pain in my butt! LOL
AnnieA - that does make sense to just leave the milk out. It's funny how to don't know what to do until you have to do it! I was imagining having to unfreeze milk while DD was becoming more and more awake! It is still way harder than just nursing though....post #87 of 44612/7/11 at 4:24am
I'm totally game for meeting wherever. I really miss NC (I don't think I'll ever really be a South Carolinian at heart). And whenever. If I had the money, I'd be game for doing it, like, now!
DH and I met on the interent, so I don't think he could be opposed to me meeting people that way!
Annie, didn't realize you were in CO. That's where I was born, actually and I still have family in Castle Rock and Centennial. I don't miss it, other than the snow, but that's probably because I didn't live there very long.
You know, it wasn't very hard to leave this morning, and I thought it would be. Maybe because I've done this before (with DS) so I know it's not the end of the world. It's not that I don't and wont miss my babies, it's just that I'm not totally breaking down either.
MW: go you! I can't imagine doing that trip myself with 3 kids. How old is E again? like 8? I think all kids go through a unpleasable stage. not fun.
DD was drooling yesterday morning, big time. I really hope we don't start teething early!post #88 of 44612/7/11 at 5:58am
I think in a few years it might be doable for us! Why not?
MW - I'm proud of you for a spontaneous trip! That's a huge deal for you!! I'm glad the boys had fun while they were there at least. You can't please them all the tim, lol. I'm so sorry D cried in the car, it's SO hard to drive safely for me when Finnley does that. He *just* started outgrowing it. He cries mostly at red lights (or in traffic, ugh) now, instead of the whole time. It's horrible no matter what though.
Kat - Sometimes it downright exciting to go back to work. I used to look at my work days as days "off" from DD (sounds horrible, i know) but on some level I would really enjoy my grownup time. It wasn't that I didn't miss her, but I knew she was happy and well taken care of. I was able to almost put up a mental block. I didn't want texts about if she ate or napped or did whatever -- unless there was a problem, I'll hear about it at the end of the day.
I hope your DH rocks it out and you're super pleased with him tonight.
AFM - ugh, no sleep last night! I was really worried that maybe this isn't normal -- he's waking hourly! I kept telling myself that if he's doing it, it's normal, but it didn't stop me from googling a bit last night. I guess lots of babies are going through this, but man. I couldn't keep up. At quarter to 6, I came to the living toom to nurse him and put him in the swing. Went back to bed, told DH I was spent, and he graciously got up to give DS his paci when he wouldn't settle even in the swing.
Sort of funny, I heard DH get in the shower but fell asleep. I had a dream he decided not to go to the gym, and was on the couch drinking coffee and watching DS. Very realistic. In my dream I decided to go back to bed for extra sleep. It was wonderful! But I kept hearing the baby fuss and I was like, hmm, he's not doing much out there. Then finally I woke up for real and realized he HAD gone to the gym IRL and Finn was out in the swing (not crying) but talking to himself and shrieking loud! Ha. Whoops.
I have to take both kids to the dr today by myself b/c DH has meetings. I'm a little nervous to manage both of them with physicals/WBV and one vax each. I'm more worried about DD, honestly.post #89 of 44612/7/11 at 6:29ampost #90 of 44612/7/11 at 6:55amThread StarterOMG, y'all! I had an anxiety attack the entire way to the museum, over an hour. I'm not exactly sure what I was worried about. I sort felt like I forgot something but that wasn't quite it. I think it was just the fact that I pretty much just dressed everyone and we ran out of the house. We didn't even eat, although Kellen had had a bowl of cereal and Ethan had a fudgesicle. In trying to determine how often we could go to this museum (they have a weekly cooking club), I figured that I spent around $55-65 just for that one trip with admission, parking, gas and lunch on the way. An annual family membership is $99.99 so maybe I can get that next year after the holidays. We'd make that up in 5 trips.
Dylan doesn't cry in the car anymore unless something is wrong. I nursed him right before we left and he had actually fallen asleep. He woke up crying. I pulled over and changed his diaper but that didn't seem to help. I didn't have time to sit with him because we were already late for Ethan's basketball practice. I don't know what was wrong. Maybe he was scared when he woke up because it was dark then and he really can't see anyone from his seat even though Kellen is right next to him and Ethan is behind him and to the left. He fell back to sleep after about 20 minutes of screaming and that just broke my heart. He was fine when we got to basketball, though. He didn't seem to still be upset.
Sean thinks it's a little weird that I have friends in my computer. But he has also met at least one friend I made through MDC and her family and seemed to like them. Of course, being a Marine family they have since moved away. I meet just about all of my friends through the internet these days. It's the only way I can find like-minded people. I don't view it any differently than going to a playgroup or homeschool group that you've only heard about without knowing anyone else there. Seeing a flyer about a playgroup isn't any different than finding a yahoo playgroup that meets locally.
Sean did comment that I seem to make friends with enlisted families. He wasn't commenting like it was a bad thing but just that it was curious. It is. I wonder why I don't come across more Officer's families who are AP and/or homeschool. I don't ever mention Sean's rank because some people can get weird about it and I don't want anyone to think that I think I'm better. I guess the only problem is that Sean can't really socialize with them, depending on their rank. If I remember the rules correctly, he can only socialize with one rank up and one rank down. I don't think that would absolutely exclude him from going to the park or bowling with a bunch of families but we can't invite them over for dinner or something. It's really strange because I should be able to invite anyone I want over without my dh having to leave. That's just stupid. I'll have to look into that more.
I'm sort of rambling but Dylan and Ethan are sleeping so I don't really have anything else to do. hehe You all have been saved. I think Dylan is waking up.post #91 of 44612/7/11 at 7:24am
My dad was a Warrant Officer so I have been on both sides of the Officer/Enlisted thing. Dad could have his platoon? underlings? direct reports? I don't know the right word. over for a barbeque or whatever, but as far as actively socializing it was supposed to be with other officers, or higher up enlisteds, like Master Gunnery Sargents or what have you.
I think the difficulty is likely finding officers with children of similiar age, with similiar parenting styles. Since my parents had us so young (especially me) it was hard for them to find people their age with children of similiar age. almost always skewed way older.
we knew tons of people who homeschooled when we were in Japan, but that's because you could get funding for it. We knew one homeschooling family when we lived in NC, but then we weren't actively looking for them either.
sorry you were anxious, don't you hate that? when you just can't even figure out why you are?
Norah has yet to fall asleep crying. she will just continue to scream until we get where we are going. Now that she will take a pacifier, we can sometimes calm her down en route. With Gabe, I could sit next to him and nurse him in the carseat (big boobs help some things!) but there isn't room for me back there now.
Glad everything was fine though.
oh - I got 7 oz! hooray! I am curious to see how much she eats while I'm gone. Gabe ate a max of 8 oz usually. sometimes only 4.
Yearly memberships are so worth it! the only one we have is the Zoo; but as the kids get older will likely to a museum one. Keep an eye out, sometimes there will even be living social or groupon deals for them.post #92 of 44612/7/11 at 8:30amThread Starteroh, i didn't think of those coupon places. so far, there aren't any for my area but i keep checking.
yeah, dh can have a work-related BBQ or something like that and invite everyone from his unit but he can't socialize individually. the people i know aren't from his unit but they are all staff sargeants or lower. i think maybe he can only socialize with master sargeants and maybe gunnies. although, he may not even be able to do that now that he's a Captain, soon-to-be Major. You should ask your dad for me.post #93 of 44612/7/11 at 9:28am
We see him tomorrow so I just might!
We didn't do a lot of socializing until we moved on base; by that time I was in highschool (on base, obviously) and all the Marines that have kids old enough to be in high school had obviously been in the service quite a while; so all of my classmates parents were officers or high ranking enlisted. OTOH the parents with small children (say the under 10 set) tend to be Sgts and lower (if enlisted) or Captains and below if officers. I usually babysat for these groups. (or people dad worked with that had small kids).
early congrats to Sean on the promotion. I think the insignia for that is a maple leaf. Do the boys get to pin him? (we always enjoyed "pinning" dad - but didn't get to until he went officer.don't know if it's an age thing, or if maybe it's not done by kids as often when you're enlisted?)
I wish the weather was better. DS does so much better if he can have some outside time. Inside all day makes him cranky. (and DH needs him as cheerful as possible!)
ETA: looks like the closest you can get is durham/chapel hill on living social, and Raleigh on Groupon. figures, doesn't it?post #94 of 44612/7/11 at 5:21pm
Annie2186, I didn't realize you were in CO. I think I was getting you confused with MM(Shannon, right?). She's in NC near MW, right? They have the same midwife?
Baby_Cakes, you were brave to take both kids to the doctor by yourself! Last summer, we took all four kids to the doc for their yearly physicals. DH was there as well as their mom so there were three grownups. It was still crazy. Mostly because DSD 12 is TERRIFIED of getting shots or blood drawn. She needed some sort of booster shot (if it had been up to me, I would have just said screw it but her mom and dad have the say on that one) so it took both her mom and her dad holding her down while she screamed at the top of her lungs "GET THESE PEOPLE OFF OF ME!" while the nurse gave her the shot. I was out in the waiting room trying to keep the other three calm. Total craziness!post #95 of 44612/7/11 at 5:26pm
MW, we love our yearly subscription to the local children's museum. Our's offers a "traveler" version for like $40 more/year and so we always opt for that. We can get in to children's museums across the county as well as science museums for free. We usually plan our vacations around where there is a children's museum or science museum. We've gone to the one in Myrtle Beach. My kids loved that one. The one in Baltimore is also great. We've done the science museum in Philly and we always like to go to the one in Richmond. We didn't renew this year but I will do it next year when DD is able to start going to our local one.post #96 of 44612/7/11 at 5:42pmThread StarterWe've never been told that the kids to pin their Dad. TBH, I don't recall ever being at a promotion ceremony for Sean. We did go to the ceremony when he was sworn in as CO of his artillery unit. There was no pinning with that, though. I'll have to ask Sean about that. It will still be about a year before he's promoted even though he was selected before he deployed.
The children's museum does have a premier membership or something like that that gives free access to all children's museums. I'm not sure about other science museums. I'll have to look into that. It was about $40 more. They have a military discount for regular admission (not much, only $1) so maybe they have a reduced membership for military as well. I usually get money from my grandad for Christmas so I think I'll use that to get the membership. I just hope I actually take the kids enough for it to be worth it and don't waste it. I'm not very good at getting out if I'm not expected to.
Ryan is scared of needles. He gives me a hard time for deciding not to vax after he had already had most of his. Poor guy.post #97 of 44612/7/11 at 5:56pmQuote:Originally Posted by AnnieA
Annie2186, I didn't realize you were in CO. I think I was getting you confused with MM(Shannon, right?). She's in NC near MW, right? They have the same midwife?
Baby_Cakes, you were brave to take both kids to the doctor by yourself! Last summer, we took all four kids to the doc for their yearly physicals. DH was there as well as their mom so there were three grownups. It was still crazy. Mostly because DSD 12 is TERRIFIED of getting shots or blood drawn. She needed some sort of booster shot (if it had been up to me, I would have just said screw it but her mom and dad have the say on that one) so it took both her mom and her dad holding her down while she screamed at the top of her lungs "GET THESE PEOPLE OFF OF ME!" while the nurse gave her the shot. I was out in the waiting room trying to keep the other three calm. Total craziness!
Yes, I did it myself! It was crazy, indeed. Nora needed a physical and a form filled out, plus the flu shot, and Finn needed his WBV, his reflux check, and his first two vaxes. I had really pepped Nora up for it, but still when it came down to it she didn't want to cooperate (to put it mildly). It was tricky b/c I was holding Finn (who was chill as could be) and had to at one point put him down to hold Nora down (gently) so the dr could do the exam. She was fully clothed, it was just like pressing on her belly and moving her legs! She laughed once she did it!
The shots were something else altogether. I had explained it the best I could, honestly and told her it would pinch and probably be sore for awhile. I think it was more painful than she thought it would be.
I didn't realize the flu shot had to be given twice the first time around. She has to go back and get another one in a month. ARGH. I'm not going to mention it to her until it gets closer.
Finn did fine, I nursed him so he cried for only a minute. Nora cried hard when he got his, saying she didn't want him to get hurt. I thought that was sweet. She's so protective.
Sorry, no time for personals tonight -- I'll catch up tmw! I'm off to have another glass of wine and hit the sack!post #98 of 44612/7/11 at 5:58pm
Yeah we have two children's museums close by besides the one in our town that the kids always enjoyed going to so we definitely got our money's worth. We didn't renew last summer because I wasn't comfortable taking them an hour away when I was 9 months pregnant. I'll probably renew next summer because the one here in town has a toddler section that DD will be able to play in.post #99 of 44612/8/11 at 10:25am
It worked! DD woke at 5 am (juuuusst as I was finishing up feeding Finn) and called out for me. I told her to come lay in my bed and soon I heard her little feet on the floor and she ran into my room! Climbed up in bed, layed down with her guys, said, "I love you mama," and layed awake until I successfully put Finn down. She asked to hold my hand and we both fell back asleep. I'll even admit it was kind of nice to have both my babies sleeping near me.
This is so much better than a tantrum!!
I would LOVE to ask for a zoo membership. Hmm. That's a good one to think about. Maybe I can talk to grandma for that one. By the time spring comes we'll be wanting to get out of the house for sure!!
Kat - WTG on the 7 oz!!
AFM - I'm thinking about throwing in a pumping session in the mornings. Just to sort of fill in gaps in my stash and what not. Idk, just thinking out loud.
Not much going on today (thank goodness) so we're having a low key day. Finn finally took a nap around 12 so I'm hoping he stays asleep a bit longer. DD and I read a few books while he's been asleep, then she kicked me out to "make a phone call" on her toy phone so I figured she'd had enough of me and I'd hop on here. We're probably going to finish decorating the tree today/tonight. I also baked chocolate chip banana bread, had 2 small pieces, and then froze the rest so I won't completely fall off the wagon with my diet, lol!post #100 of 44612/8/11 at 10:44am
Carrie, glad it worked so well! and you baked too!
All told, I got 11 oz while I worked yesterday. I leave my pump at work, even though I am only in the office one day. 1) I hate lugging that in, plus my laptop and my parts bag 2) it keeps me from being tempted to pump at home. Not that I really am, but I usually get enough pumping while at work for the next work day, plus another bottle. That really is enough I think to build my stash slowly, without overdoing it.
Gabe likes watching me pump. Think he's saying milk. but he tasted a bit that was on the horns (when I took them off) and I think he said yuck! LOL. He doesn't really like cow's milk except for flavored ones like vanilla or chocolate.
I don't know how much your zoo memberships are, but our basic one is like $65 (family) which means it pays for itself in just a couple visits. plus you get a bunch of guess passes and discounts on otherthings, like aquariums. Totally worth it, for us. I like it because if it means we go to the zoo and only spend an hour or only see a couple things, it doesn't feel like a waste of $$. OTOH if I just bought us tickets which I think would run close to $30 - now that DS is 2 - I'd want to make sure we got our money's worth!
DH did fine with the kiddos yesterday, no one had any major meltdowns, beyond first thing in the morning which is always hectic because both DS and DD want to eat at the same time and need diaper changes and just attention in general.
Tonight we are doing a drive-through light show which also has out-of-the-car stuff, like Santa and crafts, marshmallows, and a hayride! should be fun.
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