bedtime routines: we are pretty consistant about the bed time for the older kids but usually consists of "oh crap it's 8 hurry hurry brush your teeth jammies, go go go . Then they get stories and who reads the story depends on how dd2 is doing (my ds1 loves to read) and the 2 oldest put themselves to bed and I will put the next 2 down if the baby is ok if she is to crabby either my 7 yr old or 9 yr old does it. Sometimes they bath before bed and sometimes not.
The babies routine is she gets pj's, a story, and a nurse at the same time as the others. She will fall asleep several times but unfortunately won't stay asleep unless I am in bed with her. Sleeps on her own in the swing during the day just fine but will have none of that at night.
emma- have your renewed your medicaid since the baby was born? My understanding is pg is good for 6wks after the birth (so in nov you would have still been covered under that) but after 6wks the baby needs their own and the mom will prob only qualify for family planning medicaid. Were your other kids dropped? Medicaid will back pay (I think it is for 90 days) so if you know you still qualify than when you get it all worked out it will get covered.
Katico- Glad you liked the newsletter (now you know what we look like). Sorry you are having a hard time. About having more kids, it is about changing your expectations. With my first 2 my house was pretty put together, there was always a home made dinner on the table and my kids were always cutely dressed and clean. Not so much anymore. Tonight we had leftovers from last night, we eat at sweet tomatoes about 1x a week because it is cheap, my kids dress themselves and sometimes they match but not usually. I wash there faces before we leave but I usually miss someone (same goes for hair). They may or may not make it out of the house with coats and we have only made it out of the house without shoes 1x and it was only 1 kid and it was summer. Silly me I told him to go get in the car and didn't mention he should put on shoes first. lol Some people handle larger families more gracefully but this is how it looks for us and I have to let it be ok OR I will definately go insanse.
Work- for those of you that have started back to work i wish you the best of luck about babies taking bottles, etc.
trinket- sorry your van cost more than expected but congrats on a "new" car!
Rosemary- love the pic! Your house looks so comfy. Where is all your crap?!?
AFM- We have dd first dr appt. tomorrow. I am kind of excited to see how much she weighs. We are going to request he schedule a hearing an vision too so that will give us some answers. I got my dr to agree to see me and the 3 little ones this week and dh and the 2 olders next week. We will see how that goes, hopefully not too hectic.
I was going to clean my house today and spent 3 1/2 hrs picking up and never got to the cleaning phase. Can't do it tomorrow bcs of the dr appt. By thurs I will have to pic up again. ugggg I really really need to mop my floors.
Ds2 is really into cooking and we just cooked up a storm this weekend. (home made baklava, etc) Last night he made corn bread muffins ALL by himself. He can't read so I verbally stepped him through the recipe and made sure he had the correct measuring tools but he did everything else himself! He even pre-heated the oven put them in took them out, etc. He wants to be a professional chef (has wanted this for 3 yrs now) and I am so excited to see him starting to gain some independance. This will help me a lot in the future:).
Is anyone else starving? the last couple of days I am so hungry, even wake up in the middle of the night to eat. dd doesn't seem to be eating more than normal.