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Oscar the grouch!!  Oh my! I can't wait to see that.  I miss the old sesame street btw. This new version is crap. We've got a classic classic bert and ernie lightshade in Ten's room. It clashes everything in there, but I've had it in every room I've had since I moved home after school. It only seemed fitting that Ten gets it. And she loves it. If I'm rocking her in there, I have to make sure that she's at an angle she can't see it, otherwise she'll just start at it and giggle. 

 

I traded one of my dipes for a Flip. DH groaned because I'm messing up my all-one-diaper stash, but I'm excited to try it out! lol. I'll probably end up putting it in with my doula lending library. 

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Oscar the grouch!!  Oh my! I can't wait to see that.  I miss the old sesame street btw. This new version is crap. We've got a classic classic bert and ernie lightshade in Ten's room. It clashes everything in there, but I've had it in every room I've had since I moved home after school. It only seemed fitting that Ten gets it. And she loves it. If I'm rocking her in there, I have to make sure that she's at an angle she can't see it, otherwise she'll just start at it and giggle. 

 

I traded one of my dipes for a Flip. DH groaned because I'm messing up my all-one-diaper stash, but I'm excited to try it out! lol. I'll probably end up putting it in with my doula lending library. 

 

That's so funny because my big kids complain about the new SS too! Like they get super pissed about it! I usually FF through Abby's Flying Fairy School because Ava doesn't like it. But she loves Murray and his little lamb, partly I think because her babysitter calls her daughter "mi jita" so she's used to hearing that. Occasionally we catch an old SS on Sprout.

post #383 of 409

SUPER bad storm went through my area last night. We didn't lose power thankfully but everyone around us did. It's supposed to be 101 degrees today. I'd lose my mind if we didn't have AC!

 

Took Ava to the pediatric opthamologist yesterday to look at her clogged tear duct. Both of her tear ducts were clogged at birth but her right one resolved itself. The left one hasn't and her pedi wanted it looked at by her 1 yr visit. He dilated her eyes and said they were fine and gave us three options: 1)do nothing and watch for infection 2)in office procedure requiring her to be restrained for like 5 mins and having something going in her eye while awake or 3) doing that same procedure but under general anesthesia in the OR. We chose option 1 and will reevaluate in 3 months. Number 2 will never happen. We still have trust issues from the last surgery and the procedures done on her while she was awake. I don't know why grownups think that since they can't talk, it's no problem to do traumatic stuff to babies. They know what's going on. And since she's going to need to go to regular dr appts for the rest of her life, we need her to not be afraid of doctors.

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Annie ~ That sounds like a good plan.

JJ ~ I think you asked a while back about sunscreen. I only use zinc or titanium dioxide. Ethan breaks out in a rash from the synthetic chemical ones. I think I have some CA Baby and some from Loving Naturals. The Loving Naturals has non-micronized zinc. The micronized zinc is maybe not safe because it can be absorbed through the skin, if I understand correctly. I got both of those through co-ops. I have yet to find a store around here that sells anything with just minerals for sensitive skin.
post #386 of 409
Aww go back a few seasons and sesame street is good!! Before Abby, before they started with journey to ernie...it's not as classic as when we were kids but some of the clips are older. Love sesame street!!

Ok..so...had lunch with a friend today. I was gone for like...5 hours. We went to the mall, shopped, chatted, talked about birth, it was amazing. I think...I think im convinced, and ready to admit I truly want to be a labor/birth Doula. Where do I begin???



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Annie- Wow!  I know you posted bits and pieces when it was going on, but that is one intense birth story! Mama I am so thankful for you that Ava did all she could before the birth to help you prepare. God really did have you guys in His hands with all of that!  I didn't realize that you didn't really get to see her again between the birth and her transfer :( I can't imagine how hard that must have been!

 

Looked at sunscreens today. The only one the store had that looked semi good was the Aveeno stuff, but it was stilll eh. We're going to stop at the health store on our way out tomorrow and see what they've got. 

 

OH! Speaking of. We're doing a last minute hotel night tomorrow for Canada day, at the hotel I work at. It's a super cheap rate, and 50% off food and beverage, and the hotel overlooks the park that does the biggest fireworks. So we're going to go early in the day, walk around and enjoy the park and the activities, and then go back to the hotel, order room service and watch the fireworks from the room. They just opened a big splash pad, so I can't wait to take Tenley to see it!   And I'm very proud of DH for agreeing to it, and saying yes without it becoming an overthought huge deal. I am sooo excited to just spend some comfy time as a family.   And a king size bed for cosleeping!

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Yay Carrie!!   DONA is the biggest organization. I LOVED the training workshop they did, though I personally chose not to certify, as I didn't love some of the restrictions that they place on their doulas. I would start reading, and from there so so so much of it, is just attending births! I did a bunch of training before, but that was because I hadn't ever given birth or attended one. Since you have, and you're more familiar with what can be relaxing or help to deal with the pain in labor, I think you're a lot more prepared than I was when I attended my first birth!

 

Also, I can't say much because who knows who found my profile after the photo was posted on FB from mdc, but someone I know just found out their pregnant, and I'm one of the only people to know, even her husband doesn't know. I am so freaking excited for her, she's got adorable kids, and there's a good chance I'll be her doula. :) 

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Annie- Wow!  I know you posted bits and pieces when it was going on, but that is one intense birth story! Mama I am so thankful for you that Ava did all she could before the birth to help you prepare. God really did have you guys in His hands with all of that!  I didn't realize that you didn't really get to see her again between the birth and her transfer :( I can't imagine how hard that must have been!

 

Looked at sunscreens today. The only one the store had that looked semi good was the Aveeno stuff, but it was stilll eh. We're going to stop at the health store on our way out tomorrow and see what they've got. 

 

OH! Speaking of. We're doing a last minute hotel night tomorrow for Canada day, at the hotel I work at. It's a super cheap rate, and 50% off food and beverage, and the hotel overlooks the park that does the biggest fireworks. So we're going to go early in the day, walk around and enjoy the park and the activities, and then go back to the hotel, order room service and watch the fireworks from the room. They just opened a big splash pad, so I can't wait to take Tenley to see it!   And I'm very proud of DH for agreeing to it, and saying yes without it becoming an overthought huge deal. I am sooo excited to just spend some comfy time as a family.   And a king size bed for cosleeping!


Yeah that's actually been one of the hardest things for me with Ava's birth. I *still* have trouble connecting the Ava I was pregnant with and saw that morning in the hospital with the Ava I met in the NICU and have at home now. I've spent hours looking at the pictures from that day to connect the two Avas in my head. It still feels like the Ava I was pregnant with died.

 

Sunscreen...ugh. Every time I go to Target and start looking at sunscreens, I don't want to commit to any of them. DSD 13 has such sensitive skin and most sunscreens gave her hives when she was little. Ava's skin is super sensitive too like that and I'm worried what the result would be! DSD 13 did do ok w/Aveeno so I guess I could start there. So far, I've just been keeping her in the shade at the water wall.

 

Yay for hotel time! Even 24 hours away will feel like a vacation!

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Yay Carrie!!   DONA is the biggest organization. I LOVED the training workshop they did, though I personally chose not to certify, as I didn't love some of the restrictions that they place on their doulas. I would start reading, and from there so so so much of it, is just attending births! I did a bunch of training before, but that was because I hadn't ever given birth or attended one. Since you have, and you're more familiar with what can be relaxing or help to deal with the pain in labor, I think you're a lot more prepared than I was when I attended my first birth!

 

Also, I can't say much because who knows who found my profile after the photo was posted on FB from mdc, but someone I know just found out their pregnant, and I'm one of the only people to know, even her husband doesn't know. I am so freaking excited for her, she's got adorable kids, and there's a good chance I'll be her doula. :) 


Totally agree! Taking the weekend course would be awesome but I don't think it's necessary to certify. I haven't certified and I've attended 5 births and those were all before I was pregnant myself.

post #391 of 409

Oh I meant to tell you guys. Did you see the pics of Ava playing with the big baby doll on FB? She loves that doll. It's bigger than her. But she likes to hold it, kiss it and try to feed her bottle to the baby. DH and I were laying in bed playing with Ava and the doll the other morning and DH said "She's so funny with this doll. It's almost like she wants to be a big sister." bigeyes.gif I just laughed and said "Uh huh!"....gah!
 

post #392 of 409
Nutroegena (sp?) sunscreen for sensitive skin always worked ok for us in a pinch. Ethan has extremely sensitive skin and it never caused him to get a rash. It doesn't use chemical sunscreens, just minerals. I haven't been able to find it lately, though, so I don't know if it's still made/sold in stores.
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Nutroegena (sp?) sunscreen for sensitive skin always worked ok for us in a pinch. Ethan has extremely sensitive skin and it never caused him to get a rash. It doesn't use chemical sunscreens, just minerals. I haven't been able to find it lately, though, so I don't know if it's still made/sold in stores.


Oooh I saw Nutragena Baby at Target the other day. Maybe I should try that. It looked pretty good.

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Oooh I saw Nutragena Baby at Target the other day. Maybe I should try that. It looked pretty good.

read the label because only the sensitive skin one uses minerals instead of chemicals.
post #395 of 409
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Day one of vacation is boring . Trying to work on potty training, but the boy will sit all day and not do anything. *sigh*

Norah is sleeping well, yay!

Sunscreen, we use a pure and simple one. But we don't have sensitive skin either.
post #396 of 409
What's the vacation for, the 4th? Sean has a wacky leave; 12:30 pm today until 6 pm Thursday. That means he has to work Monday, gets Tuesday-Thursday off, and then has to work Friday. If they're going to do that, why not just give them the whole week? Makes no sense. And, of course, Sean doesn't actually get off until about 4:30 today because he's scheduled to get his Blackberry set up. Who was the genius who scheduled that? eyesroll.gif

Dylan is driving me crazy! He's fussy, fussy, fussy but I don't know what he wants. He keeps acting like he wants to nurse but then just nibbles on me, which doesn't exactly feel good.

We had some crazy weather last night. Just as I was leaving the mall with Ethan and Kellen a wild wind blew in. It was so hard that I had to hold Kellen's hand and pull him to the car. I considered going back into the mall but we only live maybe a mile away. We lost power for a few hours and it rained a bit. Now it's back to hot!
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Yeah, originally we intended to come up there, but money is too tight to travel that far.

I can't let Norah nurse like that. Nipples are too sensitive. I have to imagine she is getting enough since she isn't exactly gobbling up the solids offered, and has enough wet diapers. Maybe his tummy is upset? Teething?
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Yeah, originally we intended to come up there, but money is too tight to travel that far.
I can't let Norah nurse like that. Nipples are too sensitive. I have to imagine she is getting enough since she isn't exactly gobbling up the solids offered, and has enough wet diapers. Maybe his tummy is upset? Teething?

Bummer that you couldn't travel. How long does it take you to get here?

Yeah, I'm not letting him do that, which then just makes him more fussy. I was thinking teething maybe. He's due for his 1 year molars, especially since all his other teeth were so early. I can't feel anything or get him to open his mouth enough to see.

I thought I might have been getting af.gif Saturday. There was just the slightest bit of brownish once when I wiped and I was crampy. But since then all I've had is lots of what appears to be ewcf. Maybe I'm Oing. That would also explain the romantical thoughts about dh. winky.gif
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Yeah that's actually been one of the hardest things for me with Ava's birth. I *still* have trouble connecting the Ava I was pregnant with and saw that morning in the hospital with the Ava I met in the NICU and have at home now. I've spent hours looking at the pictures from that day to connect the two Avas in my head. It still feels like the Ava I was pregnant with died.

Yeah, I can see how that would be hard. The baby you prepared for is almost 'gone' now, and the Ava you have is a totally new baby with new needs and concerns. 

 

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Oh I meant to tell you guys. Did you see the pics of Ava playing with the big baby doll on FB? She loves that doll. It's bigger than her. But she likes to hold it, kiss it and try to feed her bottle to the baby. DH and I were laying in bed playing with Ava and the doll the other morning and DH said "She's so funny with this doll. It's almost like she wants to be a big sister." bigeyes.gif I just laughed and said "Uh huh!"....gah!
 

Too funny!!  We need to get Ten a doll. I'm torn between finding a vintage cabbage patch type doll, and forking out some dough and getting her a good waldorfy doll. 

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Sunscreen, we use a pure and simple one. But we don't have sensitive skin either.

Yay for sleep!!

 

I use whatever on myself, and have never really thought about it, but I want to try to find one with a bit less chemicals in it for Ten. I'm pretty sure I'm using coppertone though. lol. But yeah, we've just been avoiding the sun for the most part, or only being out for short times. So the beach was the first time she needed it. And then yesterday we were walking around the park, so we put some on her as well. Now I only have half a sample packet left, so it's time to buy some to at least have on hand!

 

 

The hotel was really nice. It was such a big deal to me that DH said yes without it being a totally overthought and drawn out guilt trip process, and that totally set the tone for the night. We checked in, and then actually moved rooms, because the first one the A/C was broken. So they put us on the top floor, with a gorgeous view of both downtown and the forks where the fireworks were. We went swimming, which was so awesome, saltwater pool. Then we came back, got ready and walked down to the forks (the park, big tourist destination). We walked around for a bit with Ten in the Boba, got mini donuts, and walked along the river, and then walked back to the hotel. Ordered dinner, which was so good, and I get 50% off, so so much freaking food!  We ordered poutine, which was a big enough portion for an entire meal, and then Rob ordered a kobe beef burger and fries, and I ordered my typical clubhouse sandwich and fries. We ordered off the kids menu for Ten, figuring it would give us a bit of extra snacks and stuff for the evening (oh, I'm laughing in hindsight), and the portion was definitely adult sized-- a massive pile of fries and coleslaw, and then two mini grilled chicken sliders on garlic toast buns- one whole chicken breast split between the two. With a tip, it was $34. And then they sent up a free red velvet cake with fresh strawberries for dessert as a surprise.  My sandwich comes with avocado which I don't like, so I got them to put it on the side. So Ten had some shredded up chicken breast, half an avocado, a handful of coleslaw and two french fries. It was crazy! She just kept shoveling it in. 

 

After dinner arrived, my 21 year old SIL and her friend got there to spend some time with us, so we finished eating and went back to the pool for a while, and then came back to the room, got changed, we watched out the window for a bit (the hotel is right downtown so it's a crazy view), and then nursed Ten to sleep, she was konked out in like 4 minutes. Put her into the far bed (we got a room with two doubles), and then we all crowded around the window and watched downtown while we waited for the fireworks. Fireworks went off, then Rob and I stayed up for another 30 minutes or so listening to stuff on the fire/ambulance scanner, and watching out the window, and then went to bed. Ten slept pretty well, and then we all woke up shortly before 8, got packed, ordered breakfast, showered and headed home. All in all it was such a nice relaxing evening away, and so nice to spend time as a family. 

 

And then we got home. 

 

Last night after my SIL got to the hotel, she laughed and told us that while she was at our house grabbing some drinks to bring, she dropped a can, it got a hole in it, and she had to wipe down all the cupboards, haha, it was a mess, but she cleaned it up, though the cupboards probably need another wipedown. 

 

Let's put it this way... We got home at like 11, it's 12:50pm now, and my MIL just left, after coming over to help us clean up the atrocity that was our house (SIL is at the beach all day). 

 

Ok, so this is the view (old old picture, but you get it,) from our front window/entry. To the right where you can see the room with the brown wall, is the kitchen. Straight ahead is our room, just to the right of that is Tenley's room, and behind the loveseat is the bathroom. She dropped a can of cherry dr pepper, in the kitchen. It hit pretty much every single surface pictured in this photo, as well as ALL of the kitchen. Like everything on our kitchen table, inside one of the cupboards that was open, INSIDE the bowl of my kitchenaid mixer, on the ceiling... Thankfully both bedroom doors were closed, so only the doors got coated, but the bathroom was open, so we had to wash the walls, the tile, the vanity, and the countertop. In the living room the walls were coated, the front window, (which remember, is BEHIND ME in this photo!), Tenley's playmats which are under where I'm standing in this photo, both couches, the TV, my laptop which was on the coffee table in front of the couch. It coated her pack and play, which is currently beside the loveseat, and her high chair, which was in between the two. There's also currently a buffet that sits in between the couch and loveseat on the wall on the left there. It has our photo albums on it. Yup. Sprayed. The floor was coated- I had to get down on my hands and knees and wash the entire thing. Thank God that rug no longer exists, it would have been toast. 

 

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So.... yeah. That was a sucky way to spend our first two hours home after our staycation. Down on my hands and knees scrubbing my gross floor, and walls and every surface imaginable. So now, we're tired again, frustrated, and 2.5 hours behind where we wanted to be today. On the upside... the house is very clean now! 

 

Ok. So, going to go catch up on email and other work now, and finish enjoy our day as a family. 

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