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March April Chat Thread

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Hi everyone!  My computer has been in the shop for the last 2 weeks, and they finally decided it was essentially jacked up.  So I bought myself a shiny new pink one!  Anyway, thought we could use a refresher on the chat thread.  Here's a link to the old one.

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1344180/february-chat/120#post_16907446

 

 

What's new with everyone?  Since posting, I've been struck down with stomach flu, the kids have passed pinkeye to each other twice.  Millie has started crawling and pulling herself to standing, and our seeds for our garden have sprouted!  So it has been busy.  

 

Just on the subject of the last chat thread, Tear I'm so sorry you're dealing with friend issues... I know it hurts when we begin to lose one of our nearest and dearest.  I've found that  having babies makes it so hard to connect sometimes-- i think a lot of women when they are pregnant go way inward and don't even really consider how it is affecting their other relationships.  My best advice would be to give it time and try to be open with whatever may come.  I don't have your chat in front of me, but is it right that your bff is pregnant?  maybe once baby comes she will come back to you too, seeking your been-there-done-that wisdom.

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Oh CM, I am sorry to hear about illness! Especially stomach flu. We had a stomach bug this year, and it was the sickest I think I've ever been.

It is crazy that your LO is already crawling. I'm feeling grateful that DD is not yet. Although she's cutting her 4th tooth, and is always to crabby to be put down these days, so maybe she will at least hold out in the crawling regard.

DH had his vasectomy yesterday. I'm a little sad about no more bio children, but I am so relieved to not have to endure the pain of SPD again. It got so much worse in my second pregnancy that I just shudder to think what a third would do to my pelvic joints. DH is in a bit of pain, but considering he got a bottle of narcotics and an excuse to lay around all day, he is dealing quite well.
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Oh CM, I am sorry to hear about illness! Especially stomach flu. We had a stomach bug this year, and it was the sickest I think I've ever been.
It is crazy that your LO is already crawling. I'm feeling grateful that DD is not yet. Although she's cutting her 4th tooth, and is always to crabby to be put down these days, so maybe she will at least hold out in the crawling regard.
DH had his vasectomy yesterday. I'm a little sad about no more bio children, but I am so relieved to not have to endure the pain of SPD again. It got so much worse in my second pregnancy that I just shudder to think what a third would do to my pelvic joints. DH is in a bit of pain, but considering he got a bottle of narcotics and an excuse to lay around all day, he is dealing quite well.

I hope he heals well :D

4 teeth already? We don't even have the hint of one! Hope she isn't biting!
 

 

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DH had his vasectomy yesterday. I'm a little sad about no more bio children, but I am so relieved to not have to endure the pain of SPD again. It got so much worse in my second pregnancy that I just shudder to think what a third would do to my pelvic joints. DH is in a bit of pain, but considering he got a bottle of narcotics and an excuse to lay around all day, he is dealing quite well.


Aw congratulations.  I'm sure it's bittersweet!  And hooray for never again feeling SPD pain!! 

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Cakemama, sorry you all got sick :(   Glad you are back online. You should show us a pic of M! 

 

Italiamom, it sounds like the big V was the right choice for your family. It must be so nice to not have to worry about birth control anymore! I can't wait until we are 100% decided we are done, because for the last 10 years BC has been my responsibility and I'll be happy when it's DH's responsibility. DH is 95% sure we are one-and-done, but I'm only about 80% sure.... I'll wait a few years and see how I feel.  Also, did I notice a while back you referred to your DD as Ellie? Is that her nickname or did you change it?

 

As for me, I'm still working full time. But the week after next is Spring Break, and because our state union agreed to a ridiculous furlough agreement, I have the whole week off. Our pay has been cut all year, but I have to admit I can't wait to have a whole week of NO PUMPING and BABY TIME ALL THE TIME!!! 

 

River is all over the place now, and is much happier than he ever was pre-crawling. I swear this boy just isn't happy in a baby body. The most wonderful thing happened last week. I asked if he wanted milkies and signed milk to him, and he grunted and whined like he usually does when he says "yes", then I called him to me and he crawled across the room into my lap!  I completely forgive him now for all the no-napping and restless teething nights!!! Tooth #4 is coming and he's having a hard time. Poor guy. 

 

I'm off to post some new pics.... CM and IM, you should post some too!

 

 

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Everyone's babies are developing so well. We still have no teeth and still working on a steady sit up, but I'm in no hurry for teeth or mobility right now, especially as we are gearing up to start potty training DS1.

 

I am however really excited that we have finally invested in a chest freezer. It should be delivered on April 2, and then we are going to be ordering a side of Highland beef. There isn't anywhere within driving distance that does grass fed, let alone grass fed Highlands, so we thought if we have to get it shipped we might as well get the breed we want. I know I'm probably a little biased as I'm Scottish but Highlands make the best lean beef I've ever tasted. Back home all the cattle are grass fed and I found it weird when I first moved here and found that it was difficult to find grass fed beef. DH is even excited about having a freezer full of top quality beef instead of constantly having to try and find bits and pieces of grass fed at the grocery store, and paying a fortune for it too.

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Everyone's babies are developing so well. We still have no teeth and still working on a steady sit up, but I'm in no hurry for teeth or mobility right now, especially as we are gearing up to start potty training DS1.

 

I am however really excited that we have finally invested in a chest freezer. It should be delivered on April 2, and then we are going to be ordering a side of Highland beef. There isn't anywhere within driving distance that does grass fed, let alone grass fed Highlands, so we thought if we have to get it shipped we might as well get the breed we want. I know I'm probably a little biased as I'm Scottish but Highlands make the best lean beef I've ever tasted. Back home all the cattle are grass fed and I found it weird when I first moved here and found that it was difficult to find grass fed beef. DH is even excited about having a freezer full of top quality beef instead of constantly having to try and find bits and pieces of grass fed at the grocery store, and paying a fortune for it too.


Awesome!!

We have good selection up here if we're willing to buy half a cow, but I don't have the freezer. That's an excellent purchase! We mostly buy bison because it's my favorite grass-fed cow-like animal. Very expensive, though, can't find it for under $7/lb.

 

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Lyn, a big freezer sounds wonderful! In addition to the cow, I bet you can freeze more meals in there too, to have on hand for those extra busy days.  I love grass fed beef.  My friend hunts feral cows that roam on the state parks lands here and I traded him my vaccuum sealer that I never use for regular deliveries of beef. Depending on what kind of cow he gets, it can be pretty tough or lean sometimes, but it's so much better than the stuff in the store!

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I am however really excited that we have finally invested in a chest freezer. It should be delivered on April 2, and then we are going to be ordering a side of Highland beef. There isn't anywhere within driving distance that does grass fed, let alone grass fed Highlands, so we thought if we have to get it shipped we might as well get the breed we want. I know I'm probably a little biased as I'm Scottish but Highlands make the best lean beef I've ever tasted. Back home all the cattle are grass fed and I found it weird when I first moved here and found that it was difficult to find grass fed beef. DH is even excited about having a freezer full of top quality beef instead of constantly having to try and find bits and pieces of grass fed at the grocery store, and paying a fortune for it too.


'Tis the freezer season it seems!  We just purchased a chest freezer, 1/4 cow, and half a pig with DH's spring bonus.  We went through a farm that I used to get raw milk from, and we also get chickens from them in the summer.  I'm very excited about the prospect of not going to the store every time I want meat (saving $ on gas), and even though it's a pretty substantial up-front investment, it ends up being so much cheaper for meat that is so much better.  The per pound costs are about the same as we pay for ground grass fed beef, but we'll also be getting roasts and premium cuts at that same price.  And this is so much higher quality than the grass fed beef I'm getting I get at Whole Foods.  I can really only get pasture raised pork in the spring and summer.  But I'm so excited to have the extra space to freeze food.  It means I can do way more u-pick berries this summer (for smoothies all year), and I've already frozen a few meat-loafs for later, as well as FINALLY having space to freeze stock.

 

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2whistle.gif (vegan not reading about cows in freezers, lol)

 

Finn is sooooo crabby lately!  Serenity now!  We seriously better get some teeth out of this b/c otherwise I'm going to go insane!!

 

We've been trying to plan a trip to Disney for the past few weeks, and have been going back and forth with plans.  Where to stay, what to do, is it worth it to spend so much with kids so young.  I think we really both want to go, and are going to go, but are hoping it isn't an epic fail, lol.  Nora just happened to see pictures of the hotel we're thinking of staying at and got really excited so...now I feel like we NEED to go, lol.  

 

All the vasectomy talk has me thinking...any other mamas who haven't gotten AF back yet?  We've been just using condoms every time.  I've got no fertility signs or anything.  Idk what we're going to do.  DH and I agreed not to do anything permanent just yet, but we are going to try to prevent.  I'd kind of like my cycle back in some ways (not in others, blech for dealing with af) so that i know when it's safe to go w/o protection.

 

Not much else new here!

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Oooh, Disney!! You know Carrie, even if your LOs are too young to remember, YOU will probably always remember the looks on Norah's face when she meets a princess, or goes in Dumbo. I know some people hate Disney, but some of my happiest memories with just my parents were at Disney World. I think your kiddos would have so much fun, and you too. Disney is fun even without kids, IMO. I can't wait to take my kids to Disney.
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Right!! Im a huge disney fan, I've been there so many times. We are in desperate need of quality family time, and i just can't think of a better place.
We are thinking the end of May. It's our 6 year anniversary, and we went on our honeymoon so it does also have sentimental significance as well. :-)

Nora's favorite movie right now is lady and the tramp, and the hotel has a huge lady and a huge tramp right out in front. That's what she saw on the computer, and she flipped out!




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Michelle - Yum!! Yay for bonuses! :D

 

Carrie - when you say it like that, it made me think of a cow standing in a freezer shivering. Holding a yellow purse for some reason, yay my brain. ;)

Charlie recently got cranky (right after everyone else had it happen and I was all "nnoooooo, we'll magically skip it!" and what followed was not teeth, but mobility. Yee.

 

Now he's tired but he has trouble sleeping because right before he falls asleep he's like, "HEY! I must get down and roll around!... wait, I'm TIRED, this SUCKS!" :P

 

Oh! And not having periods yet, either. My last period was Aug 2010 ;) Unless you count a miscarriage as a period, which I don't! But that was Oct 2010. We just use condoms, too. We hate them, but have found the Kimono brand is the nicest - very thin. We buy them online because they only come in small boxes that cost too much in the stores here.

We don't want anything more permanent as we're probably not done and there aren't any other options that work for me - hormonal makes me crazy, spermacide breaks down my skin and I don't like IUDs.

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It is so crazy to think of how long it's been since I had a period. I think mine returned at 10 months postpartum with DS. I was a bit bummed, but pre-kid mine were just excruciating. Whereas post-kid they weren't so bad.

Becky, I'm sorry to hear about Mr. Grumpy.

And Carrie, I fully expect a vacation thread post Disney so that I can get my fill of cute bab boy chubba topped with mouse ears smile.gif
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Charlie recently got cranky (right after everyone else had it happen and I was all "nnoooooo, we'll magically skip it!" and what followed was not teeth, but mobility. Yee.



Oh no!  Don't tell me this!! We are in the fusspot not sleeping stage now!!!  I like my non-mobile baby, wah!!  dizzy.gif

 

Michelle - you GOT it!  You know I'll blow up this place with adorable pictures!  LOL!

 

Ok.  I need some coffee.  There was very little actual sleep going on last night and today is gray and foggy looking.  Doesn't help matters, lol!

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4 teeth and a full crawler here. He goes all over the place. Such a pain! No AF here. Last time I got it back at 8 months but then after DD1, she was 2.5 before it came back. shrug.gif Wide range there!

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No AF yet here. It came back around 17-18 months PP with DD. DS is scooting (backwards) and pivoting around, but not crawling yet. I think it will happen soon though. Today he maneuvered himself over to the toys and pulled a bunch of them out. He then played contentedly by himself for quite a while.
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Wow, I didn't realize it could take YEARS.  Fun times!  LOL!!

 

I'm so tired.  Ugh.  I need more coffee and a shower so bad.

 

School day today for Nora, so at least I get some down time in the afternoon.  I feel like I'm getting nothing done lately b/c Finn won't nap off of me.  I'm experiencing first hand what a lot of you guys were talking about with 'how do I get dishes done??' sorts of complaints.  I have no idea how to get anything done with a baby that won't nap!  It's exhausting! I was very spoiled!!

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I am really excited to be getting ready to buy 1/2 a cow at a time. It will be a LOT of money up front, but DH has had 2 promotions and 3 raises in the last year and his newest promotion has just been regraded so he gets included in the productivity bonuses for managers. It feels like we've been on a spending spree this past week buying stuff that are one time expenses.

 

My AF, if it was even that, was so light there was just one small gush of blood and 2 days of very light spotting. I've been trying to track CM and no signs of fertility from that. I've always been as regular as clockwork both with AF and ovulation, even after DS1, but then it started after I stopped nursing, so there was no lactation to mess with the hormones. I'm curious to see if I have more bleeding at the end of this month or if it was just a one off kind of thing.

 

Carrie, Disney sounds like a great idea to give you all some time together away from the stresses of every day life.

 

DH is taking the whole week after Easter. We're going to stay with his brother from Good Friday through to the Tuesday as its his mom's 70th on Easter Monday. Then we will have the rest of the week at home not doing much. We are thinking of trying to start potty training DS1 since DH will be home for 5 days with no need to go anywhere or do anything.

 

DS1 is finally beginning to speak more clearly. His favorite thing right now is "in the world" because we keep telling him he's the best boy in the world. He'll also say "Bubba in the world" for "Best brother in the world" while playing with Seth. He is still calling Seth "Esth" which is sooooo cute.

 

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Lyn, you just broke my cuteness meter. "Bubba in the world." >< Gah.

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