Originally Posted by annie2186
JJ - some healthy and easy snacks:
*Special K cereal with the original almond milk (some special K cereals taste better than others, I usually get the really gross tasting ones because they help with my blood sugar more)
*Almonds or mixed nuts or cashews. Just a little handful when I am busy really helps.
*Greek yogurt (I put a handful of mini chocolate chips )
I also have protein shakes, but I get those for free from my brother. I am sure they are too pricey for me to actually buy.
Just a couple quick ideas. I am sure I have more in my head, I will think about it some more.
What else were we talking about? I seriously have ADD. I need to write notes for real.
Seriously! I just quote everything, and then go back and delete anything I don't need to respond to! Otherwise I forget.
Snacks are so hard because I'm so picky. DH eats a lot of yogurt and smoothies, but I can't/won't do either. The texture just icks me out. I have started getting accustomed to hummus though. And we get "Just Right" cereal, and I've been eating a lot of that in the mornings. And I found dark chocolate covered almonds! And we also recently found a good trail mix at costco, so I've been munching on that. Little by little I'm finding more options.
Originally Posted by akind1
I was never really seriously CTA - cycles too wonky for that. And I wasn't nearly as hardcore as some of the ladies on those threads seemed to be!
Now, we are more seriously avoiding, but it means, for us, more use of condoms. because I can't temp anymore to save my life; I am too freaking tired to remember.
Healthy snacks? we do lots of granola bars. Lots.
Yeah, I was charting and giving DH the information, but if I told him I was fertile, and he didn't bother to use a condom, that was ok too! He knew I was ready to have a baby, and he was on the fence. And then we just didn't care at all, and then like Carrie, the last few months I got decidedly not whatever-ish! lol
We are seriously seriously avoiding, with condoms. But between not dtd very often, and my cycles not returned yet, we should be ok for a bit. Which is good, because there's no way I could temp right now. The longest stretch of sleep I've gotten in probably 6 weeks has been about 2.5 hours. And that was once.
Originally Posted by AnnieA
Thanks for the new thread! When we were CTA, DH was avoiding, I was just charting to provide him with the info! And waiting him out! We got pregnant the first time through user error, and then once we lost that baby, we never avoided after that. Got pg w/DD on the third cycle post M/C.
Healthy snacks? Ugh, so bad about this. I have a hard time finding time to eat before I leave for work. Today I've had coffee and a bowl of brown rice w/marinara sauce. So not a good way to feed a mama trying to make milk!
DD has suddenly decided to be a toddler instead of a baby. Yesterday morning when she was sitting on the toilet, she DID NOT want my arm behind her bracing her. She kept knocking it away and giving me this look like "I've got this Mama, leave me alone!"...
We've been drinking a lot of iced coffee! It's amazing how you can wake up, have a cookie and an iced coffee, go about your day, and then at like 4pm you're like... So... I had breakfast right? No... ? Ok well then... I definitely had lunch... oh, no not that either. Hmm. Better make dinner good!"
SO cute! It's funny how potty independent they can be!
Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes
I just bought 2 more GroVia AIOs to supplement my daytime stash. They are so snug and trim. They are no good for naps/bed but they're fine for the rest of the day. I've started CD'ing at night and so far no issues!
He was really starting to blow out the sposies and I had enough. I told Chris to take back the huge boxes he just bought from Costco of the Huggies. I'll pick up one box from Target of the little movers to have just in case we go to grandma's or another odd situation like a dr visit or something.
JJ - oh man do I hear you about the fear of another! After Nora (who was A LOT like Ten sounds) it really crossed both our minds that we were never taking the chance AGAIN!! But...Lauri's right. Something changes! You look at your baby and you see a toddler and wonder...hmm...I could do it at again. It wasn't that bad. It was actually fun. And we get to make another person! LOL! And Finn is the most mellow happy wonderful easy guy -- I couldn't have gotten luckier. I'm so glad we were strong enough to take the chance again.
Also -- she's 6 mo!? Have you started solids??
I thought EC wasn't the same as PL'ing. Don't you still have to go thru it when they get older? I thought EC was more about the parent learning their cues than the baby/child actually recognizing they have to go?
Yay for new fluff! Yeah, we get blowouts almost everytime she poops in a sposie, but very very rarely in cloth. I like the trimness of the the sposie under some outfits, but not worth potentially ruining the outfit! I'm hoping though, as we get more into the EC, we can swap out for her thinner inserts, so the dipes won't be as bulky. Right now she needs all the absorbancy!
I totally get what you're saying about another. I look at T and she already looks like a toddler to me. She's huge!! And she's learning so freaking much every day. We sit and watch her baby videos from like 2 months old, and I want to cry, because I barely remember it. It was such a rough time that I didn't enjoy her like I wanted to. And I miss that small snuggly newborn stage. But then I think about having to do that sleep deprivation again, and the fussiness, and everything we're goingt hrough right now, and I'm like Uhhhh, am I insane? lol
I know! 6 months came so fast! She's experimenting, but not -really- eating anything. She gnaws on carrots, celery, apple, cucumber... and beef jerky :x lol. She's had tiny pieces of egg, noodles, freezie (all fruit), banana and then yesterday we tried pulled pork. She loved it! It's crazy, for a while we were letting her play with foods, and she would put them in her mouth and just let them sit there. And then we gave her the jerky one day, and noticed she was trying to chew it. Since then, everything we've given her, she tries to chew! I gave her a teething tablet in her sleep last night, and she started munching on it! So cute!
EC should generally take the place of PL'ing. They get to know what it feels like to have a full bladder etc, and will hold it for short short amounts of times after they cue you. We're not really there yet, the only one she 'holds' is her morning pee/poop. But it's only a window of a few minutes. But because they get to know the feeling or dry/wet full/empty, they retain the awareness, which is a big step towards pl'ing-- knowing when you have to go, and making the effort for someone to take you there. So... it's a combination of both. A lot of EC parents talk about how once the baby can move by themselves, they will actually head towards the potty when they have to go (ie crawl over to it and pat it until you come help them on). In the beginning though, and for us, yeah, it's a lot of just me noticing when she seems like she has to go. But it's like any behaviorism concept right- if she associates- hey, I felt that weird feeling, and I squirmed, and then mommy picked meup and took me to the potty, and I let go, and it felt better, and mommy got happy... then she's more likely to do it again, and will eventually realize that full feeling = get to potty.
Does that make sense?
Originally Posted by annie2186
JJ - sorry about your husbands hand I guess there are other jobs who need their hands too.
I always wondered how people could deal with the stress of being a surgeon and living everyday life. I mean, years and years of training could all go down the tubes from ONE accident! Crazy stressful.
It IS crazy. I don't remember if I posted on here after the update or not, but he went in for surgery on Tuesday. No notice- he was there for a consult, and they ended up taking him in for surgery. They repaired the tendon, but he's in a cast for at least 4 weeks, and possibly longer, and then will do physical therapy. The surgeon is confident that it's repaired fully and he will regain full function, but you never know, right? So, it's a waiting game. In the meantime-- life sucks!! He can't pick T up, can't do much around the house. And he's whiny as hell. T went back to every 2 hours last night (which is sad that it's an improvement! lol) but HE kept me up every hour, waking up and complaining and whining. I get it, ok. I understand you're in a heck of a lot of pain. But I also need to function, and I can't when you wake me up every time I fall asleep! :(