Conner's birthday is on Halloween, which is on a Wednesday, so we're probably going to do it the weekend prior... Just have a small thing with family and friends at our house. =) I haven't thought about themes or anything.
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June Chit Chat - Page 12post #221 of 3526/18/12 at 10:18pmpost #222 of 3526/19/12 at 4:31ampost #223 of 3526/19/12 at 5:48amThread Starter
I'm am burned out on birthday parties! I so want to declare no more parties, but that's not really fair to dd now that we've started. I think, though, I am going to instigate no more commercial theme parties- no more buying crap from the party store. I'm so sick of that cheap, wasteful stuff. I'd much prefer to spend that money on an activity.
But when it comes to the baby? I'll make him a crown and a cake, and call it good.post #224 of 3526/19/12 at 6:03ampost #225 of 3526/19/12 at 6:22am
I have thought about her birthday but not a whole lot. Her birthday is right after Halloween, but I think we'll wait in that theme for when she's older... Actually I think I've thought about Halloween more than her birthday. I want the girls to have coordinating outfits, but something more original than Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the like...post #226 of 3526/19/12 at 6:55am
Dd2 picked out Jasper's first birthday cake from a book I have before he was born. I'm not sure what I will do... actually, I will do what I did for dd1 and dd2. Sigh. I've been so relieved that the girls are older and their friends' parents don't come to parties. Now I have to go back to the cleaning and decorating and cooking. It seems like that was the norm for little kid parties. We will have close friends and family over, I will cook lunch stuff or a lot of snacks, Jasper will open presents and put cake on his head.
Dd2 was born on 11/11 and Jasper was born on 11/12, so I will have to figure that one out. I guess I will do a party two weekends in a row?post #227 of 3526/19/12 at 6:57amThread Starter
Totally... it goes like this:
nephew #2's birthday
nephew #1's birthday
This is complete birthday and gift giving craziness. I really want to switch to celebrating half birthdays, but everyone else thought that was a dumb idea.post #228 of 3526/19/12 at 7:08am
I hear ya on the craziness on holidays and birthdays! Ours goes like this:
October 7th: Casey's bday
October 31st: Halloween
November 2nd: my day
November 19th: Levi's bday
November (3rd thursday): Thanksgiving
December 16th: Michael's birthday
December 25th: X-mas
December 31st: my grandma's birthday
January 1st: New Yearspost #229 of 3526/19/12 at 7:10am
I think half birthdays are a great idea! I always proposed that to people too and they also thought it was dumb... *sigh* We have lots of family members with birthdays in November now plus Thanksgiving, then my birthday in December, Christmas, and wedding anniversary within one week of each other. DH has given up trying to keep up with it I think.post #230 of 3526/19/12 at 7:46am
Yup, we have December craziness too. We just manage to get through it. I haven't thought about Coralie's b-day at all. I'm not that big on first birthdays. I'll probably get her a cupcake and take a couple pictures.
Brother and BIL's B-days (same day)
Things have been totally crazy around here (to be expected). Over the last few days we staged our house and yesterday a real estate photographer came and took pictures. This weekend we're going to have an estate sale and try to sell most of our stuff. We still have the puppies for another 10 days or so, and they're getting loud and very active. I do have 6/8 sold already, which is great. I'm hopefully going to sell another one today, so they should all easily have homes by June 28th (when they're 8 weeks). Oh, and to top it all off, I got a nasty head cold this week. Yay me!post #231 of 3526/19/12 at 8:00amThread Starter
Thanks, Joanie! I posted to FB to ask people's thoughts on the matter and everyone thought it was a bad idea.
My thinking on the matter is that with Hannukah and Christmas so close together, both gift giving holidays, that time of year is already so much about gifts. Not to mention that there is often travel, visitors, and illness going around as well. It can be difficult to celebrate their birthdays well with all that going on, plus, the gifts get out of hand and nothing is appreciated. So my thought was celebrate their actual birthday with a special dinner and dessert, but reserve gift giving and parties for their half birthdays. That way they could celebrate in the summer- have sunny, outdoor parties, and really appreciate the gifts.
But, the opposition said that you can't celebrate a birthday on a different day than they were born. They were born on the day they were born and that's that. Plus there is travel in the summer months as well and kids like to celebrate their birthdays during school.
Ideally, I would just move Christmas and Hannukah to the summer, but since that's culturally engrained, that's not going to happen!post #232 of 3526/19/12 at 8:23am
Oh man, holidays and birthday kick our butts too!
Oct 10: DH's bday
Nov 2: Greta's bday (Becky, didn't know you had the same bday!)
Dec 10: My mom's bday
Dec 28: My bday
Dec 29: Brother's bday
Jan 3: Brother's bday
DD1's bday is March 1, but I generally start budgeting and planning for it after the holidays are over. Mine is just days after Christmas and I've had so many people "bundle" my Christmas and birthday gifts. My mom always made a point to celebrate them completely separate. Hers is just before the holiday, so she understands. The first year DH and I were married, he put a bunch of gifts under the tree for me and just told me to leave one there to open on my birthday. He knows better now. My birthday gift cannot be under the tree or wrapped in Christmas paper. For this reason, I really hate to get in the habit of combining Greta's birthday and Halloween. I'd like to keep them separate unless she asks for a Halloween birthday. I'm sure it'll be fun for her when she's older and can party for her birthday.post #233 of 3526/19/12 at 8:28am
Abra: I've been thinking of you. We're getting ready to list our house too and man, this is too much work! I'm not good at keeping the house clean enough for people to come look at it. We're signing all the paperwork this week and then the agent will come take pics. He's coming this week to give us some tips on staging it and give us some properties to take a look at. I'm getting excited about it.
We found a couple of houses online we want to go look at... one has a pool! I'm getting excited about that. Also, a little nervous about having little ones and a pool. But the owner's already have a safety fence around it, which makes me feel a little better. I grew up with a pool in our yard. Of course, we got rid of it just after I happened to fall into it in the dead of winter. That may add to my concerns!post #234 of 3526/19/12 at 9:05amWe have crazy end of year birthdays also. September is ODD and my niece., October has DH, my sister, SIL, Halloween. November we have B and Thanksgiving...and since she was born on Thanksgiving im thinking most years until she gets older we will just merge the 2 into one thing. And have turkey and presents :Ppost #235 of 3526/19/12 at 12:50pm
I'm more curious than alarmed right now but I was wondering if it's normal for the white part of a baby's eyes to be tinted a little greyish? I noticed it the past few days, it could've been going on for longer, but nothing seems out of the ordinary with Sora. Hmm. They just don't seem a very bright white like I thought they used to.post #236 of 3526/19/12 at 1:03pm
Joanie, yes a little gray/blue sclera is totally normal. My niece has a genetic disease, one of the symptoms of hers is bluer than normal sclera. When she was being tested after she was born, many of her doctors said a little bit of gray/blue is normal in everyone. Greta's are looking extra gray right now with her eyes being so watery, but hers are always a little gray anyway.
Greta is finally seeming to feel a little better today. We're thinking it's more seasonal allergies than a cold. DD1 started last week and we took her to the doc because she was running a fever off and on, same symptoms she has when she has strep throat. Of course that girl runs a high fever at the drop of a hat. She was fine and her doc said she looked like her seasonal allergies were just flaring up. So, we've been giving her Claritin for the last week. Her nose is still runny, but her other symptoms are gone. Greta has had the clear, runny nose but not much cough. Her eyes are what's so terrible. They are watering like crazy and she is constantly rubbing them, so they have to be itchy. I have a friend that's a pharmacist, so I gave him a call last night to see if there's anything we could do for it. He also said it sounds like seasonal allergies and told us to try a super-low dose of Claritin or Zyrtec. We tried the Zyrtec last night (our store was all out of Claritin or I would have preferred to use that). She slept much better last night and seems a little better today. Still runny nose, but not as bad. Same with the eyes... still there but not as bad. I know with DD1's Claritin it can take a few doses to see any big improvement, so we'll try it again the next couple of nights and see how she's doing. I figure, if nothing else, getting better sleep should help her get over any virus.post #237 of 3526/19/12 at 1:22pm
Joanie - I notice this with KJ from time to time. I guarantee that since you noticed it you're fixated on it more and that's making you think it's a new development. But it's totally normal, don't worry!
Mal - so glad you guys are doing better! It definitely sounds like allergies, with the clear runny nose and watery eyes. Poor babe! I hope you all are feeling more rested soon!
I'm lucky in that all the birthdays in our family are pretty much concentrated in March and May (with a few January, April, and early October ones thrown in). There are no birthdays near KJ's - she's the first November birthday on either side of the family! Also I'm a sucker for Christmas so I rarely feel overwhelmed around the holidays. Just giddy. J, I haven't thought of what to do for KJ's bday yet! I'm just hoping our families can join us to celebrate!
OK, guys, I'm hoping someone has some advice for me. I have insomnia. WICKED insomnia. For example, last night by about 9:30 I was so exhausted I could barely talk. I went to bed around 10. And just lay there for over 3 hours. My mind wasn't even racing, I just... lay there. And I was DEAD TIRED. I would say this is the scenario 5 nights out of the week.
I exercise every day (at least long walks with a baby strapped to me, and sometimes more). I don't have caffeine after the early-ish morning, and I've tried all kinds of things with varying - but mostly minimal - success. Calms Forte (works maybe 1 time out of 10), Rescue Remedy (doesn't work), Valerian root (worked 1 time then not at all after that), meditation (admittedly I'm terrible at this), the works. I cover up the clock so I don't check it obsessively, I put a pillow over my head so it's pitch black, I have a noise machine, KJ isn't squirmy and keeping me up... I just don't know what to do. I'm so sick of being exhausted and I don't even have my baby to blame!
Any ideas?post #238 of 3526/19/12 at 1:36pm
Katie - I'm sorry you're dealing with insomnia! I'm not sure what's in some of those supplements you mentioned, but have you tried taking just Melatonin alone? Around 3-5 mg before bed? Some people take much higher dosages but I feel overly tired the next day if I take more than that. That's the first thing DH suggests for me to take (and has been hounding me about since I'm complaining about sleeping problems on this antidepressant now ). It sounds like you're doing everything else right too, ugh what gives!post #239 of 3526/19/12 at 2:44pm
I've heard of a lot of success with melatonin. I haven't had to try it myself, but I do hear you have to play around with the dosage to find the right dosage for you. I've struggled with insomnia myself. Cutting out caffeine helps me a lot of the time, but I have no ideas for when it doesn't help.post #240 of 3526/19/12 at 5:10pm
Thanks ladies! My concern with melatonin is that it's a hormone and I am nervous about taking that while BFing... although I've had amazing success with melatonin in the past!
I cut out caffeine for a week a couple months ago and my insomnia was better for the first few days. Then after I got used to having no caffeine I was right back to square one. So frustrating!
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