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joy.gifIt's July ----

is time flying or what???

 

Dyed my hair last night. I haven't done that in years and had so many silvers. going grey early lol

not sure it was worth the $7 but didnt hurt much either. I like having dark hair, but it will be auburn by the end of week...

Every 5am nursing I have been pumping extra. got 3 ounces last night stored! yay!  About 15 ounces total in freezer now.

wish i had an electric pump but doing good with hand pump.

 

went to groc store by myself for second time since birth. its only 2 miles away but feels so much longer.

 

Baby D is chunking up!

We are switching to cloth full time again. disposables we got as gift from nice neighbors all gone. just in time too - she was outgrowing. Have to say though i am ashamed to be using made in china dipes --the babyland pockets i bought (stuffed with prefolds) have been a very cheap and easy way to clothdiaper. i suck with pins and snappis right now!

i bought mine on ebay for about $2 a cover (free shipping) though it takes 3 weeks to come. i ordered red & yellow during preg but have now ordered purple, pink and green. the more i have the less wear and tear they'll take.

 

 

after i clean house today, hoping to do the sling shoulder and then start making the mama cloth. All of you getting your periods makes me realize I better get in gear...I probably wont get any of that done, but a girl can dream lol

 

 

Has anyone heard from Linnie three? Hope Just1's move is going well too!

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i am also ashamed that i have some made in china cloth... i joined a couple coops on facebook and got some alvababy & coolababy pockets. they are like $3 apiece from the coop, + fees. trying to figure out nighttime diapering, since i want to quit changing him every time he wakes to nurse in the night, + to prepare for sttn (if that ever happens, haha)--i ordered some (assorted kinds of) inserts from GMD.

 

it is hot and humid here--yesterday i took orryn to get groceries and almost hit 3 birds who were all loopy, standing in the road or flying all weirdly in the heat. i got stuff to make really delicious granola bars (http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/thick-chewy-granola-bars/ made mine w/ granola, cherries, cranberries, cashews, cashew butter, honey, sunflower seeds, pepitas, pecans, and flax seeds). i want to try subbing coconut oil for the butter next time :)

 

baby orryn is doing grear; he has his 2 month check up next friday!! he had some bad baby acne for awhile but it has mostly gone away.

 

next weekend we drive for about 2 hours to stay in a log cabin near a state park for our 1 year wedding anniversary! crazy how much has changed.

 

ps. i finally got my license so i can drive now :)

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yea for hair dye onemore, and drivers license, persephassa! 

 

 

we just went berry picking and had the best time... picked tons of tayberries and raspberries. <3 Now I will watch my husband can jam.  I feel so spoiled because my husband makes such yummy jam.... tayberries make *amazing* jam....

 

Hopefully we will be able to make enough for gifts this year as well... we always end up eating all the tayberry jam. LOL

 

I need to schedule Ambrose's 2 month appointment next week.  He is so cute and makes the cutest sounds these days, and is so smiley and laughing.  things have been crazy with work and the kids being home from school... my goodness.  I wish I had less work right now, but I guess it is better then nothing.  It is just no fun being stress mom with the kids home. I would rather be doing fun stuff!

 

I am looking forward to the 4th of july for the time off. :)

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Congrats on getting your license Perse!  :)

 

Speaking of hair...I'm getting frustrated with mine!  It's long and always in the way.  I cut it all off after DD1 was born, and regretted it the second I did it.  My hair is way too thick and curly to wear it short.  It requires too much attention.  So I don't want to cut it.  I just don't know what to do with it at night.  During the day I just pull it up, but at night that bothers me.  It pulls and hurts.  But having it down it gets everywhere and Layla pulls it, etc.  I'm thinking about wrapping it in a scarf.  What are other long haired ladies doing with your hair at night?

 

What are everyone's plans for the 4th of July?  Is anyone else planning on taking the babe out? 

 

ETA: I sent MIL some pictures of Layla, including one of her in the pool.  She responded, "These are great!  Thank you!  Isn't she rather young for chlorinated water?"  I'm really fighting the urge to send some smart ass reply.  Please send zen vibes my way.  lol  om.gif


Edited by BubbleMa - 7/2/12 at 1:16pm
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Ah the 2 month appt... I should schedule that soon, our doc is so awesome that it takes so long to get in!  With so many appts it seems kinda pointless, but oh well.

 

June's doing well.... open heart surgery will hopefully be put of til she is 4 months old.  Of course my little sis is getting married around that time- of course my big kids are flower girl/ring bearer and I'm matron of honor.... I'm sure it'll all work out fine.  Seems silly but if she has to get it why not before/after, right?

 

If it wasn't for this heart defect stuff I would be starting teaching childbirth classes again NEXT WEEK (was planning to bring baby with me in a sling)... but obviously not doing it now and someone is teaching my class for me.  Seems crazy now!  I won't be doulaing for the near future because I can't leave me sweet babe like that, but I will probably start teaching my prenatal yoga classes again within the next few weeks since that is like 2 hours max being gone at a time.

 

Anyone else thinking about work- full or part-time?  I'm obviously teaching yoga VERY part-time and everything else is going to have to wait a while.  Nice to work for myself so I can decide.  But I'm sure with a sick baby that an employer would've been understanding.  

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I've been working for full month already... since 3 weeks pp. I work at home, though... but it has been a little crazy juggling everything. Than goodness for the ergo! The baby seems super easy compared to all 4 of my big kids being home--with the exception of camp here or there-- while school is out.  I love the summer, but it is a little hectic.... for mama! lol

 

But I really like working, and love my job, so it was an easy thing to return to.
 

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Congrats on getting your license Perse!  :)

 

Speaking of hair...I'm getting frustrated with mine!  It's long and always in the way.  I cut it all off after DD1 was born, and regretted it the second I did it.  My hair is way too thick and curly to wear it short.  It requires too much attention.  So I don't want to cut it.  I just don't know what to do with it at night.  During the day I just pull it up, but at night that bothers me.  It pulls and hurts.  But having it down it gets everywhere and Layla pulls it, etc.  I'm thinking about wrapping it in a scarf.  What are other long haired ladies doing with your hair at night?

 

What are everyone's plans for the 4th of July?  Is anyone else planning on taking the babe out? 

 

ETA: I sent MIL some pictures of Layla, including one of her in the pool.  She responded, "These are great!  Thank you!  Isn't she rather young for chlorinated water?"  I'm really fighting the urge to send some smart ass reply.  Please send zen vibes my way.  lol  om.gif


sending calming vibes... assume she is being concerned and not critical. but hugs, its hard! I have to remind myself these things with my mom. 

 

I have been kind of thinking about getting corn rows... don't know if sitting still for so long will work, or finding the time, but that is what I would love to do with all this crazy hair while it is hot and babe is ... well, a babe. lol

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Forest - i'm so jealous!! Love tayberry jam and can't get the berries here!! I would be making jam right now if i could find them.

As for cornrows, they don't take that long. I had them in HS, and we got half my head done during lunch period. Maybe 2 hrs total.
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Sarah, what about a French braid? I chopped my hair to just above the shoulder but when it was longer @ night I would braid it. Sending zen vibes your way! <3
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sending calming vibes... assume she is being concerned and not critical. but hugs, its hard! I have to remind myself these things with my mom. 

 

I have been kind of thinking about getting corn rows... don't know if sitting still for so long will work, or finding the time, but that is what I would love to do with all this crazy hair while it is hot and babe is ... well, a babe. lol

You're right, I shouldn't assume she's being critical.

 

I think if you went to an experienced braider it wouldn't take too long.  Just bring the babe and nurse as needed.

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Sarah, what about a French braid? I chopped my hair to just above the shoulder but when it was longer @ night I would braid it. Sending zen vibes your way! <3

A French braid might work.  I'll try that tonight.  I always have a hard time doing my own.  Maybe I'll teach SO so he can do it. lol

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I cut my hair shorter- not super short, but just above my shoulders. It's enough that it's out of the baby's face while nursing but long enough that I can stick it back in a ponytail. I'm too lazy to even french braid... okay, and i don't know how, really... I was surprised that my husband doesn't know how to braid. He went to camp every year as a kid, I thought all kids did friendship bracelets and braiding at camp???? He's tried a few times on my daughter's hair, but it's always a disaster. She doesn't sit still long enough yet for me to do a decent french braid on her.

 

I have never even heard of a tayberry.

 

2 months appointment- my 6 week midwife check up is going to be pretty close to the 8 week mark (I think?). I'm seeing her tomorrow, assuming our car is back from the garage in time (battery crapped out- on our return drive home! We had to get boosted when we stopped for gas, and then drive like crazy people with minimum stops so we could make it back without needing more gas). I'm curious to see how much he weighs. He looks HUGE to me, but I'm wondering if my fishscale might be out because it says he weighs only a few ounces more than last week.  

 

LJ- I'm doing placenta encapsulation as my at-home business and was supposed to be getting back to my doula work (brand new doula here!). Except I don't care. Just got a letter in the mail to renew my website and I think I might let it lapse and stop the business. It's too much work/hassle at this point, I'm so disosrganized that I can't return to emails with anything even resembling promptness (weeks go by, ugh!). Definitely just replied to an email sent 9 days ago (!!!) with "wow, sorry, I suck at emails." And she wanted to know how to send me money. Kind of important.

 

Everett has started making cooing noises - so cute! He also will smile/ laugh back at you when you smile at him. I'm pretty sure he can roll onto his belly by himself now, but it's hard to prove because I can't ever put this kid down. Seriously, unless I'm changing his diaper or putting him- swaddled- into a moving baby swing (very tricky! It needs to be moving as he goes into it or he freaks out) he cries..... but I still can't put him in a sling.

 

I've also, for the first time in my life, experienced a blow-out diaper that got all over my shirt, puddled in my skirt, and dripped through to the floor. I had to change my clothes and my underwear and wash my belly with soap and a cloth. And I DIDN'T NOTICE while he was doing it. What the heck?

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I tried to French braid my hair last night, and I just can't do it.  It's a coordination thing, I think.  Because I know how to French braid other people's hair.  I even watched a YouTube video.  So I ended up just putting it in two regular braids.  That worked really well. :)  Layla still grabbed them when I changed her diaper, but they didn't get stuck in her sweaty little hands like it normally does.  :)

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I cut my hair shorter- not super short, but just above my shoulders. It's enough that it's out of the baby's face while nursing but long enough that I can stick it back in a ponytail. I'm too lazy to even french braid... okay, and i don't know how, really... I was surprised that my husband doesn't know how to braid. He went to camp every year as a kid, I thought all kids did friendship bracelets and braiding at camp???? He's tried a few times on my daughter's hair, but it's always a disaster. She doesn't sit still long enough yet for me to do a decent french braid on her.

 

I have never even heard of a tayberry.

 

2 months appointment- my 6 week midwife check up is going to be pretty close to the 8 week mark (I think?). I'm seeing her tomorrow, assuming our car is back from the garage in time (battery crapped out- on our return drive home! We had to get boosted when we stopped for gas, and then drive like crazy people with minimum stops so we could make it back without needing more gas). I'm curious to see how much he weighs. He looks HUGE to me, but I'm wondering if my fishscale might be out because it says he weighs only a few ounces more than last week.  

 

LJ- I'm doing placenta encapsulation as my at-home business and was supposed to be getting back to my doula work (brand new doula here!). Except I don't care. Just got a letter in the mail to renew my website and I think I might let it lapse and stop the business. It's too much work/hassle at this point, I'm so disosrganized that I can't return to emails with anything even resembling promptness (weeks go by, ugh!). Definitely just replied to an email sent 9 days ago (!!!) with "wow, sorry, I suck at emails." And she wanted to know how to send me money. Kind of important.

 

Everett has started making cooing noises - so cute! He also will smile/ laugh back at you when you smile at him. I'm pretty sure he can roll onto his belly by himself now, but it's hard to prove because I can't ever put this kid down. Seriously, unless I'm changing his diaper or putting him- swaddled- into a moving baby swing (very tricky! It needs to be moving as he goes into it or he freaks out) he cries..... but I still can't put him in a sling.

 

I've also, for the first time in my life, experienced a blow-out diaper that got all over my shirt, puddled in my skirt, and dripped through to the floor. I had to change my clothes and my underwear and wash my belly with soap and a cloth. And I DIDN'T NOTICE while he was doing it. What the heck?

Layla is smiling and making noises now too.  So cute!  Last night she rolled from her tummy to her back, more than once!  I'm not ready for her to be mobile!  She's only 2 months old!

 

Also, she now weighs 11 lbs 3oz and is 24 inches long.  She was 7lbs 14oz and 19 in. at birth.  According this chart thingy I found, she's in the 95th percentile for height and about 50th percentile for weight.  http://medcalc.com/growth/ 

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I'm a huge french braider.  My hair is long so I'm always putting it in some sort of braid if I don't have time to blow-dry it straight.... which is always.  otherwise it just looks CRAZY down and it gets annoying in the summer when it's so hot out anyway.

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I wish I could french braid my own hair! my hair is mid-back/waist length and it's driving me nuts. it's either in a braid or a bun because Kusha loves grabbing handfuls of it. I need to find a hairdresser to give me a trim, I think I've reached the limit of how much length I can tolerate.

 

we went to post-natal yoga yesterday. it was our first outing together without my husband. well, my sweet little baby wailed, and wailed, and wailed - I swear the walls were vibrating. I offered him the breast and he wailed with my nipple in his mouth. I rocked him and bounced him and nothing. meanwhile, all the other babies were just hanging out, or if they did cry, they were dainty little sweet baby cries. I guess I didn't realize that my kid's cries are so jarring. luckily they had mommy's helpers and one of them was eventually able to soothe him - he had a lot of gas, apparently. even though I know I shouldn't be, I'm kind of embarrassed by his meltdown.

 

of course, when we got home, he was great. and has been unusually unfussy since. I don't know. we put a flax seed pillow on his belly during naps and that helps with the gas, it seems.

 

he's 13 lb 8 oz at 6.5 weeks (in other words, he's really fat).

 

I can't wait for him to smile and coo even more, and to start becoming mobile. I love watching him grow.

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I wish I could french braid my own hair! my hair is mid-back/waist length and it's driving me nuts. it's either in a braid or a bun because Kusha loves grabbing handfuls of it. I need to find a hairdresser to give me a trim, I think I've reached the limit of how much length I can tolerate.

 

we went to post-natal yoga yesterday. it was our first outing together without my husband. well, my sweet little baby wailed, and wailed, and wailed - I swear the walls were vibrating. I offered him the breast and he wailed with my nipple in his mouth. I rocked him and bounced him and nothing. meanwhile, all the other babies were just hanging out, or if they did cry, they were dainty little sweet baby cries. I guess I didn't realize that my kid's cries are so jarring. luckily they had mommy's helpers and one of them was eventually able to soothe him - he had a lot of gas, apparently. even though I know I shouldn't be, I'm kind of embarrassed by his meltdown.

 

of course, when we got home, he was great. and has been unusually unfussy since. I don't know. we put a flax seed pillow on his belly during naps and that helps with the gas, it seems.

 

he's 13 lb 8 oz at 6.5 weeks (in other words, he's really fat).

 

I can't wait for him to smile and coo even more, and to start becoming mobile. I love watching him grow.


Ambrose was super fussy yesterday, too... I think it must be a developmental leap/growth spurt. Because today he is back to sleeping a lot.

Here is the wonderweek site, which I wish had more information but is pretty cool:

http://www.thewonderweeks.com/index.php/about-the-wonder-weeks/your-babys-10-leaps/mental-leap-2

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I wish I could french braid my own hair! my hair is mid-back/waist length and it's driving me nuts. it's either in a braid or a bun because Kusha loves grabbing handfuls of it. I need to find a hairdresser to give me a trim, I think I've reached the limit of how much length I can tolerate.

 

we went to post-natal yoga yesterday. it was our first outing together without my husband. well, my sweet little baby wailed, and wailed, and wailed - I swear the walls were vibrating. I offered him the breast and he wailed with my nipple in his mouth. I rocked him and bounced him and nothing. meanwhile, all the other babies were just hanging out, or if they did cry, they were dainty little sweet baby cries. I guess I didn't realize that my kid's cries are so jarring. luckily they had mommy's helpers and one of them was eventually able to soothe him - he had a lot of gas, apparently. even though I know I shouldn't be, I'm kind of embarrassed by his meltdown.

 

of course, when we got home, he was great. and has been unusually unfussy since. I don't know. we put a flax seed pillow on his belly during naps and that helps with the gas, it seems.

 

he's 13 lb 8 oz at 6.5 weeks (in other words, he's really fat).

 

I can't wait for him to smile and coo even more, and to start becoming mobile. I love watching him grow.

Yay for fat babies!  :D  Layla's cry is super loud too!  If I'm holding her while she's crying I literally can't hear anything else.  Even SO talking to me just a few feet away. 

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Ambrose was super fussy yesterday, too... I think it must be a developmental leap/growth spurt. Because today he is back to sleeping a lot.

Here is the wonderweek site, which I wish had more information but is pretty cool:

http://www.thewonderweeks.com/index.php/about-the-wonder-weeks/your-babys-10-leaps/mental-leap-2

Cool website!!  Thanks for sharing. :)

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I've been reading along, but I went back to work (part time) this week and all my free time has been spent feeding DS.  It was a challenging week and Monday just about killed me, but I'm slowly figuring out how to make things work.  The secret is to feed DS pretty much every chance I get.  I feed him right before we get in the car to go to work and then feed him when I get there so he'll be settled for a little while and I can actually get things done.  Then I feed him just before I teach so that he's not too fussy for the mom who is watching him.  Feed again before we get in the car to go home, etc. etc.  DH has been great this week.  He takes DS as soon as I get in the door so I can get some down time and he's been taking him in the mornings so that I can get some extra sleep before getting up for the day.  Of course DH had an extremely light work schedule this week.  I'm not sure how we'll do when we're both trying to work a full schedule.  Luckily that won't happen until the end of August.

 

A lot of people are commenting on how I haven't started pumping or trying a bottle yet.  I'm starting to feel defensive about it.  I know they mean well, but I'll have to pump and have bottles for DS five days a week starting at the end of August and even though breast feeding has been extremely painful for me, I don't want to give up this precious time I have with DS since I feel like it's already flying by.

 

This having a baby thing is so bizarre... it seems like we've mostly seamlessly adjusted to the new normal, but then several times a week DH and I will look at each other and wonder how it is we got to this place in our lives.  We have a baby???  How did that happen???

 

I taught a Pilates based conditioning class on Thursday and then today had to fully demonstrate an "African" dance class since I was working with first time dancers.  I'm hoping I didn't overdo it.  I'll be six weeks postpartum this Wednesday.  I'm definitely feeling sore and out of shape, but so far it's no different than any other time I've needed to get back in shape.  Except I have absolutely no abs.  Usually I have no trouble doing the conditioning classes I teach and can outdo the kids with ease - not so now!

 

I think those are all my rambling thoughts for now.  I always want to comment on everyone's post, but am usually too tired to do so one handed. eyesroll.gif

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I got my hula hoop and have been practicing as much as I can (read: not much!) I'm a bit amazed by how sore my abs are after even a short time. I didn't realize it was such a good work out (maybe it's because i have to stop and pick it up every minute? Ha!) I'm already getting better, though, and it's only been 3 days! 

 

We also went to Ikea today... or I did, by myself- hurray!- New kitchen is coming TOMORROW. Which is almost great. Except we still need to pain the ceiling, demo everything, paint all the walls, move sink fixtures and then install the kitchen. And DH is gone camping tonight and tomorrow night (bringing one of the older kids each night, which is awesome for them!). Then Sunday he meets with a friend and then has ultimate. Then monday he's back at work and has ultimate frisbee all that evening... gulp. So basically I won't see him for more than about 4 hours for the next 3 days. I'm only freaking out a teeny, tiny bit so far. I just need a planned activity for Monday and we'll be okay. Probably. I knew this day would come, and I was almost looking forward to it, but now I'm really not.

 

Everett has been remarkably better the last few days. Not sure why but I'm being more proactive about trying to get him to sleep every 60-90 minutes, even if he just had a good long nap, and that might be helping a bit. He's also interacting a lot more, really looking at his environment and working on coordinated movement (like getting his fingers in his mouth), so he's a bit more distractable these days so I get a few minutes here and there while he's busy. Definitely laughing now, too, which is awesome :)

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I got my hula hoop and have been practicing as much as I can (read: not much!) I'm a bit amazed by how sore my abs are after even a short time. I didn't realize it was such a good work out (maybe it's because i have to stop and pick it up every minute? Ha!) I'm already getting better, though, and it's only been 3 days! 

 

We also went to Ikea today... or I did, by myself- hurray!- New kitchen is coming TOMORROW. Which is almost great. Except we still need to pain the ceiling, demo everything, paint all the walls, move sink fixtures and then install the kitchen. And DH is gone camping tonight and tomorrow night (bringing one of the older kids each night, which is awesome for them!). Then Sunday he meets with a friend and then has ultimate. Then monday he's back at work and has ultimate frisbee all that evening... gulp. So basically I won't see him for more than about 4 hours for the next 3 days. I'm only freaking out a teeny, tiny bit so far. I just need a planned activity for Monday and we'll be okay. Probably. I knew this day would come, and I was almost looking forward to it, but now I'm really not.

 

Everett has been remarkably better the last few days. Not sure why but I'm being more proactive about trying to get him to sleep every 60-90 minutes, even if he just had a good long nap, and that might be helping a bit. He's also interacting a lot more, really looking at his environment and working on coordinated movement (like getting his fingers in his mouth), so he's a bit more distractable these days so I get a few minutes here and there while he's busy. Definitely laughing now, too, which is awesome :)

 

I just figured out that this is the key to Layla (and me) having a good night's sleep.  If she doesn't get a couple really good long naps during the day/evening, it's very difficult to get her to sleep at night. You'd think the opposite would be true, but no.

 

How are you going to get all that stuff done by tomorrow?!  Or are they just delivering it, not installing it?

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