Congrats Cindy!! So exciting!! Your pics are so cute, love seeing your expressions! The garden looks beautiful and I love the name Rose :) I think it's understandable for your hubby to be a bit disappointed. This ddc really doesn't make a lot of boys lol!
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February '09 Mamas ~ Childhood Chat :) - Page 16post #301 of 9155/13/12 at 5:33pmThread Starterpost #302 of 9155/13/12 at 9:34pm
Congrats Cindy! And Rose is a sweet first name (would be a fine middle name too, of course, but I think it's more common that way than as a first name).
Funny so many girls here! In my town, it's the opposite. Lituya is one of the only ones in a sea of boys. I didn't care too much, but I think my husband would have been a little sad not to have a girl the second time - he wanted one of each. I'm sure he'll be absolutely excited about your little girl soon enough.post #303 of 9155/14/12 at 6:33am
congrats Cindy, How exciting!!! I love Rose, I used it as part of Juniper's middle name. And your hubs will come around, mine has never shared with me his small sadness that there hasn't been a boy but I think he may have shared with others. he adores his girls but I think the reason he's not ready to say for sure he's done having kids is that he would really like a boy.post #304 of 9155/14/12 at 9:44am
Girl! So exciting and beautiful pictures Cindy! I think its the first belly picture we've seen! You look amazing!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. Didn't do anything different here as DH is still away. 3 more sleeps until he's home though! This is the short trip. He'll be gone for most of June so this is our practice run and we've done ok. We did get 5-6 inches of snow yesterday. Good grief!
I've done something crazy though- tomorrow someone is coming to clean my house!! I'm so excited. I'm just going to be sure to declutter today so she can scrub away. I've never had anyone clean for me. She's going to spend a bit more time tomorrow but then come for weekly quick cleans throughout the summer since I"m going it alone for the most part.
My siblings and I are planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary party for this summer. Good grief- pulling teeth would be easier. It's driving me crazy. There are 5 of us but people are dragging their feet on decisions. I said that I was going to do the invitations this week- if they had an opinion on what card I used please weigh in otherwise I would go with my pick. My oldest sister got all worked up about how she was going to do it, blah, blah, blah... fine do it then. She sent me the link to the card (Used tiny prints). It was all wrong! I had to call her back so she could contact the company. She's all huffy about how stressful doing the invite is. Then why didn't you let me do it?! Seriously, what a cluster!post #305 of 9155/14/12 at 11:41am
Cindy-- Yay for another girl!! It really is great having girls. I wanted a boy the second time around, but am so thankful for my Greta-bug. I just love watching the sister relationship develop between Owyn and her. They adore each other.
Sue-- So jealous of the house cleaner! I did tell DH once we get this work done on the house, I'm going to declutter then have someone come in and deep clean for us. The house needs it, bad! And good luck on planning the party. A few years ago, my siblings and I threw a big bash for our parents' 40th anniversary. There are 6 of us and it was almost a disaster trying to get everyone organized and in agreement on everything. I have no desire to do it again anytime soon!post #306 of 9155/14/12 at 2:00pm
Sue I am totally jealous of the house cleaner, I wished like crazy for a house cleaner that year Chris was gone, I should have just done it. Plus plannign that reunion does not sound fun. I'm about to embark on something similiar but less pleasant. My sisters and I need to sort of plan my moms life. She is goign to move to North Carolina were my sister is but she needs to save money so Chris and I are planning on having her move in with us for a couple of months. it should be hellish and corwded. (3 adults 4 kids in a 2 bedroom one bath 900-1000 sq feet). I will survive. I guess we are going to put her in Junes bed, put June in a toddler bed in our room and put a bunch of our stuff in the shed to make room. It's not totally planned yet and we haven't told my mom yet. My sisters are going to help pay for the move and I guess I will drive her up when we go up for my sisters birthday....Junes needs me know, I'm off.post #307 of 9155/14/12 at 2:30pm
Sue: good for you!! I had a house cleaner once/mo when I worked and had them come every few weeks when M was a newborn - it was so nice to not be scrubbing the floor. I still vacuumed and did maintenance but nothing major. That stopped when I quit my job. I'm already wishing we could afford to have someone come after baby is born. LOL. My friend in New Mexico said they have an organization there to prevent postpartum despression and she gets some volunteers to come spend 4 hours/week cleaning her house!!! Her baby is 2 months old already too. Can you believe that???
That party plan sounds awful! LOL! It will be worth it though. :-) Just keep reminding yourself of that.
Courtney: You are an amazing daughter! An amazing woman all around really, but that is very kind. Hopefully your mom will help make life a bit easier by helping with the kids or cooking or cleaning?
Cindypost #308 of 9155/14/12 at 3:53pm
Thank you for all the support regarding the allergy issues. I know we'll get the hang of it. Nilla- pm away. I'd love to hear anything you've got for me!
Kate: Fiona has always been a water drinker. But maybe to make Aubrey more into she can pick out a new water bottle?post #309 of 9155/15/12 at 4:34am
water- my oldest was all into juice (watered down) and wouldn't really drink water, finally I just stopped having juice in the house and consistently offered water and nothing else really. With Juniper it IS more exciting with her own water bottle. each of the kids has their own camelbak bottle, even I drink more water when i make sure to fill my bottle.post #310 of 9155/15/12 at 5:16amThread Starter
R is a good water drinker. I don't always have juice in the house (when I do it's plain oj and I water it down a lot) and I rarely have milk (not sure if I should offer this more?) Sometimes even when we have juice R will ask for just water. I'm always telling him what's good for him what's not and he'll say "I want water because juice has too much sugar and I don't want that" lol. His daycare teacher has commented to me before about R refusing sugar. She told me they offered a second helping of dessert once and R said "oh no thank you, it's too much sugar" lol. She thought it was hilarious :P
Courtney - That is so great for you to do that for your mom. I'm sure it will be stressful but I think it will also be a great (learning?) experience for your kids :)
Sue - Good for you!! I would love to do that :) And good luck with the party planning!
AFM - R had his first soccer game last night! He loved it! It was awesome. The kids were all so cute running around and the parents were trying to teach them what to do. It was kind of hilarious and adorable at the same time :P I posted a pic on my fb wall if you want to see :)post #311 of 9155/15/12 at 10:26am
K is pretty good about drinking water (we almost never have anything other than water or milk in the house, and our well water tastes awesome), but the time we let him get ahold of one of those waterbottles with a straw you bite to let you suck the water out he was overwhelmed with excitement and drank so much he had to pee 5 times in the next hour. So a new waterbottle might work.
Everr - Soccer sounds cute. When I was a kid, we always called littlest kid soccer "beehive ball" because all the kids were chaotically swarming around the ball all the time.
Sue - 5-6 inches of snow! I was complaining about an inch and a half (it did melt fast). I've got a bunch of the garden planted anyway, under row cover, so hopefully all fine. The house cleaner sounds awesome. But I don't think my place is clean enough that I'd even be comfortable having some professional cleaner see it to help!
Courtney - That's great that you can help out your mom, even if it ends up a bit stressful and crowded. Hopefully she can help out with the kids some? I don't know what I'd do without my next-door-grandma (MIL) here.post #312 of 9155/15/12 at 9:21pmpost #313 of 9155/15/12 at 9:46pm
Awww, thanks Nilla! :-)
Sue: I got a good chuckle out of that chicken article you commented on on Facebook. I live in Berkeley and have chickens. LOL. I almost commented, but then I realized the thread wasn't started by you!
Attempting to re-institute the idea of quiet time around here. My mom was in charge of it yesterday and had a few talks w/M about how she needs to let mommy rest now. So we were successful today, despite my mom leaving this morning. We'll see if it continues! It was only 20 minutes each time, but I figure once she gets used to it, I can increase it by 5 minutes each week. And she has to do it in the living room, not alone upstairs.
Tonight we were supposed to try and have her sleep somewhere besides our bed again - but M is currently asleep, sprawled out across my side of the bed. LOL. I guess DH failed at that attempt!
Cindypost #314 of 9155/16/12 at 11:04am
Cindy- funny huh. The comments on that thread sort of cracked me up. I was thinking- um, its me only in a different location!
Everr: Loved the soccer pictures! Too stinking cute! I would love to see the swarm of kids after the ball! :) Hilarious!
One more sleep until DH is home! So excited to see him. I can't wait to process this whole allergy thing with him. I feel like I'm still wrapping my head around it. It's weird to me that he still has no clue about any of it since he's been out at sea this whole time. I'm still planning to take F to a naturalpath when we go south to see what we can do to help heal her gut...
Sunny day- getting ready to set up the painting easel on the deck. We don't have room for it in the house so pretty much just use it during the summer. Fiona's excited. :)post #315 of 9155/16/12 at 12:29pmpost #316 of 9155/16/12 at 12:57pm
Courtney, pics are too cute. :) You really are super generous, I hope that the time with your mom in the house isn't as bad is, err, as bad as it could be.
Cindy, CONGRATS!! I'm so excited for you. I can see DH being a bit disappointed though, mine definitely was although he tried hard not to let it be a "thing" during the pregnancy.
Sue, good for you for getting someone to clean. DH got someone in to clean here for Mother's Day. The best present ever.
Ever, so jealous that you have soccer for R! Everything here starts at 4 or 5 years old. We've done community gymnastics, but i'm sort of disappointed with it. 7 sessions was $60, and then on the 2nd practice we were told that to participate in the recital, you have to spend $32 on a leotard. And then they have pictures taken during one of the practices, and they try to make you buy pictures. Seems like a lot of money for seven 45 minute sessions. I don't know if we're going to do it again in the summer or not.
So I put a rug in front of the refrigerator and am letting Aubs get her own water in a cup from the door. Only 3 giant spills so far today, but I'm hoping she'll drink more so that she can get it herself again. Also going to do the water bottle thing the next time we're somewhere that sells them.
Massive headache for me this afternoon, not sure why. Need to get off the computer I think.post #317 of 9155/16/12 at 7:47pmThread Starter
Kate - The city I live in doesn`t start soccer until 5, but there`s a small town about 20 minutes away that has a 4 and under group. It was $50 for the season and that included his uniform! I`d still like to get him in swimming lessons too, but it`s so hard to get in. I was told to try for the summer session because it`s not as popular, so we may have that for July and August. Hope your headache is gone quickly, that`s not fun at all :(
Courtney - So cute!! I always see these pics of kids falling asleep in strange places. R never falls asleep like that. The only time he falls asleep without a fuss is if I`m snuggling with him.
Sue - Yay for your hubby coming home!! I hope the naturopath has some good advice for Fiona!
Cindy - Quiet time sounds great! The only way I get that with R is with a movie. He will sit and watch an entire movie without a peep. I wish he would play quietly on his own but that never happens. Good luck with the own-bed stuff. We are doing ok here. I`m staying consistent with bedtime and he`s going to sleep on his own (still with a fuss, unless it`s the weekend and he didn`t nap). I forgot to tell everyone but on Monday night he made it the WHOLE night on his own. Last night was bad though.. He joined me shortly after midnight and continued to wake and squirm the rest of the night.
AFM - I`m still job hunting but I think I have an interview at a bakery-bistro place. It would be awesome if I get it. Lots of kitchen work would be sort of practical for work experience as a PHI. And it`s only open 8am-5pm! Besides the stress of not having a job I`ve been enjoying my break. R has still be in daycare so I`ve been going to hot yoga almost daily, plus biking, plus just having a lot of me-time. It`s great! Next week is his last week of daycare unless I find work. And things are still going well with my bus guy ;)post #318 of 9155/16/12 at 8:04pm
Everr: Do some extra hot yoga for me please!! I hope you get the job!! Working in a bakery would necessitate lots more hot yoga. ;-)
Courtney: So cute! M would never ever just fall asleep like that. Ever.
Sue: Yay for DH coming back!! Man is he going to be surprised about all the allergens!
AFM: So I picked up a fire engine toddler bed from a friend of mine. Her daughter is 10 days older than M and slept in it in her own room and requested a twin bed. She also puts herself to sleep all by herself. So I'm sort of talking it up about how her friend was such a big girl when she slept in it. It's set up next to our bed. I also made a sticker chart and she gets a sticker for each night spending at least half the night in it. After 7 nights, she can pick out a small toy. It's time for this to work - so it has to! LOL! This is like the 100th bed iteration we're on - but at least it's only borrowed! Wish us luck! Bed time is now...
Cindypost #319 of 9155/17/12 at 4:27am
Good luck, Cindy! Owyn is still doing well going to bed on her own. She fusses about it every now and then. We just have to make sure to leave her door wide open, then she can see us in the living room. So, now one person is stuck sitting on the couch where she can see us until she goes to sleep. It usually only takes a few minutes and I'm usually putting Greta to bed at the same time, so it works out. We've also kept bedtime at the same time even if she takes a nap. It does take her longer to get to sleep, but she is getting better about staying in her bed at that time. Granted, she does play on her bed for a while, but I don't mind as long as she stays there. She has been wanting to nap lately. She's taken 3 naps this week. I think she's in a growth spurt, her feet grew a size in a matter of a couple of weeks, so maybe that's why she's been so tired.
Funny Owyn-ism... On Mother's Day we were at my sister's for a bbq and they had the kiddie pool set up for the little ones. Owyn kept yelling to her cousins, "Come on, let's get in the cat pool!" It took me a minute to figure that one out. Kiddie=kitty=cat. Lol!
Yesterday was the last full day of school! I'm headed in today for our awards ceremony, then all the teachers are going out to lunch to celebrate the end of the year.post #320 of 9155/17/12 at 8:28am
Mal: Yay for summer!! Cat pool - lol! :-)
Well, she fell asleep in the fire engine bed and stayed in it until 6 am!!! Yay! Definitely a successful night. I know all too well to get too excited about a single night of success though. LOL. Only I'm not taking any crap this time. It felt SO nice to sleep next to DH.
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