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post #41 of 293
The HIV thing freaked me out. One of the reasons I am glad DH stays with the babies no matter what. Extenuating circumstances in Ava's case, but still!

Unless I can figure out how to get Norah and Gabe to share a room, we will likely have 4 in the bed. Not sure how I feel about that.

Feeling good. I have less than a week until the ultrasound, I am excited!
post #42 of 293
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That is like that ER doc telling me that D needed abx even though I told her that the nurses collected the blood incorrectly. I think she was stuck on the fact that D had not been vaxed so he must have this nasty disease.

5 in a king bed is a bit much. That's why I want to put the extra twin next to it. I finally got dh to measure everything. Now I just need to get him to buy a frame. He's resistant because he doesn't want everyone in the bed together but he doesn't do anything to change that and I'm not going to because I don't want to so that's his problem.

D didn't sleep well last night, either. I've decided we all have colds and that is the problem. Ethan had been complaining that he was sick for a morning but then said he was fine. Since then, though, he's had a cough and sounded congested. I thought it was his allergies but I've been feeling off and now D has a runny nose and Kellen is fussy.

I'm frustrated with my bathing suits. My nursing suit is too big. When it gets wet it's so loose I'm afraid it's going to fall off. The top of my other suit is too small. My breasts are all squished and popping out the sides and top. I hate that. I ordered a larger top (same bathing suit) and got it yesterday but the straps and body are too big. It's a tankini. So now I don't have anything decent to wear to the pool or beach.
post #43 of 293

Re: the HIV/AZT - if you had done the test during your pg, then Ava wouldn't have needed it?  I know when I had my bloodwork done they did the test.  I consented to it.  I knew I didn't have it but I figured if anything should happen, at least thats one thing that everyone would know.  You know?

 

Finn has been waking up a million times again.  I think this weekend DH is going to sleep w/him and we'll try the whole not nightweaning but no mommy unless it's dire again.  I'm exhausted!

 

MW - that is a total bummer.  Were you planning on going today??  Ugh.  Bathing suits are a crime!  

 

Been really spending my "free time" looking into doula certification.  So many options and so much to think about.  Just trying to get a feel for what I'm going to do.

post #44 of 293
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MW - that is a total bummer.  Were you planning on going today??  Ugh.  Bathing suits are a crime!

Ethan wants to go to the pool every day. We went to the family pool I just learned about yesterday. It was great. Kellen would play in the deeper end by himself because it's only 3 feet at the most. Dylan could crawl or walk around in the very shallow end because it slopes down. It's perfect. I wish I had known that pool was there 4 or 5 years ago.
post #45 of 293
In the specific circumstances with Ava's birth, it wouldn't have mattered if I had done the prenatal test. She was transferred to a hospital where my status is unknown. BUT, if I had known it was SOP I would have tried to decline it on her and get my OB to run the rapid on me while they were in the process of transporting her.
post #46 of 293
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it's even crazier since they all acknowledge that the test is inaccurate on newborns. that seems dangerous to me. those meds aren't without risk and it shouldn't be up to strangers to decide if it's an acceptable risk.

dealing with everyone being extra fussy from sickness today. not fun. And now Ryan just found a spot on D's back that looks like ringworm. WTH?!
post #47 of 293
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In the specific circumstances with Ava's birth, it wouldn't have mattered if I had done the prenatal test. She was transferred to a hospital where my status is unknown. BUT, if I had known it was SOP I would have tried to decline it on her and get my OB to run the rapid on me while they were in the process of transporting her.

 

Gotcha.

 

I got NOTHING house related accomplished today.  Finn's naps have been so screwy -- it's 6:30 pm and he's been out for an hour and a half now.  He took an hour and a half one at 1230.  So messed up.  Usually he does 1130 and then another at 3.  Perfect so I can get all my chores done during the afternoon when Nora's at school.  All I managed today was to fold half a load of laundry.  And I bleached the hell out of the bathroom once I got home from picking N up from school.

That brings me to my next point.  I hate bleach.  But I've tried EVERYTHING to tackle the mold problem in my bathroom and nothing works.  Vinegar, TTO.  Just plain natural cleaner.  Just water.  I think the mold being on the walls really makes my skin break out and it makes me so crabby b/c it's ugly.  I can only imagine what it does to our insides.  Using bleach once a month to kill it -- it's the only thing that works.  What do you guys do in a situation like this?  I hate how bleach smells, and I do dilute it in water.  But still.  I wish I could just ditch all the chemicals and clean naturally!

 

I'm signing up to run a 5k in september right after our trip.  Chris said he will run it with me!!  Just have to get the inlaws to come and watch the kids while we do it.  I hope they agree to come to the race to cheer us on!  I think it'll be fun!  And I get a free t-shirt!

post #48 of 293

caffix.gif  I'm so freaking tired!!  Will this child's teeth PLEASE come in!?

 

It's going to be another hot day for us.  Going to try to get out walking now instead of waiting til later.  Hopefully he doesn't fall asleep in the stroller so he'll take a good nap (and maybe I can join him) midday.  I think he's moving to one nap in the middle of the day.  It's still short, maybe an hour and a half, but it seems to be holding him til 730 pm or 8 for bed.  Idk.  Teeth screw it all up.

post #49 of 293
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I don't know anything about getting rid of mold. I don't like to use bleach regularly, either, but if it's the only thing that works, what can you do?

I'm beat, too. Dylan finally slept a little better last night. He's still real fussy today, not happy with anything for more than a few minutes. I am not feeling well, either. I think I'm feverish, so I didn't sleep well last night even though Dylan did.

And now I think Ethan has ringworm, too. I had been putting coconut oil on Dylan but it doesn't seem to be helping. I may not be applying it often enough. That's hard to do. I'm not sure whether to take them to the doctor tomorrow or see if I can find something at the health food store first.
post #50 of 293

Since having Ava, I HATE cleaning with cleaning products because of the fumes but there's no other way to get the kids' bathroom clean. I just try to do it when she's napping on the other side of the house and keep the bathroom door shut with the exhaust fan running.

 

MW, does the OTC antifungal stuff like Lotramin work on ringworm?
 

post #51 of 293
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MW, does the OTC antifungal stuff like Lotramin work on ringworm?

Maybe but I was hoping to avoid using anything like that. I don't know if that stuff can be used on babies, either. I have some nystatin cream that I guess I could use if I need to. I got a script for some of that for Ethan when he was a baby and had a yeast diaper rash.

DH is making me laugh (sort of). I keep trying to get some time to myself since I had to deal with 2-3 sick kids, including a sick baby, all week while he was at work and I'm sick, too. No matter where I go or what I do, dh comes following along within a few minutes with Dylan needing me to do something with him. He can't seem to do anything for any length of time with him. eyesroll.gif It's kind of funny but it's also a bit annoying. When I say something, he says, "Well, I need to get x, y, z done and I can't do it if I have to chase Dylan around." I'm like, "What do you think I do all day while you are at work?"
post #52 of 293

Ugh, ringworm.  What a bummer.  Nystatin works great on yeast - is it the same?  Is ringworm yeast?  

 

And Yep.  DH does the same thing.  It's frustrating on so many levels!!!

 

I have so much on my mind lately!!  I feel like I'm spinning and can't get anything accomplished!  New friends, playdates, exercise, still wanting to learn to knit (haven't picked up my needles in literally MONTHS and still haven't finished my beginner's square), wanting to read, wanting to get outside and garden, Finn's birthday party around the corner (have to make his wish list) always learning learning learning about parenting issues.  And now this doula certification.  I'm not overwhelmed but I do feel scatterbrained!  No sleep doesn't help.

 

Oh - but I did get a nice nap with Finn this afternoon so I feel mighty refreshed!

 

Teeth #5 and #6 have cut skin!  So - at least they are moving down.  Hopefully we get a break soon.


Edited by Baby_Cakes - 7/8/12 at 4:23pm
post #53 of 293
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Ugh, ringworm.  What a bummer.  Nystatin works great on yeast - is it the same?  Is ringworm yeast?

They are both fungi. Yeast is candida and ringworm is tinea (essentially the same as jock itch and athlete's foot). Not all antifungals work on all fungi so I don't really know.

I always feel like my head spinning when I get out a lot. I want to get Ethan and Kellen signed up for swimming lessons again. Trying to decide between group or private. Ethan wants to do baseball in the fall and registration is now.
post #54 of 293

Is anybody else's baby drinking a lot less milk all of a sudden? Ava was taking about 4 oz at each nap plus bedtime as well as about 3-4 oz during the day and then 4-6 oz during the night. Now she's hardly doing 3 oz at naptimes and she's not consistently taking a second nap so sometimes just 3 oz and then another 3 oz during the late afternoon. She'll still do about 4 oz at bedtime and maybe 4 oz during the night. She's eating more but it doesn't seem like enough to make up for what she isn't drinking. I'm still pumping the same amount so I'm just freezing what she isn't drinking but I guess I'm wondering if that drop is normal at this age?
 

post #55 of 293
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DH is making me laugh (sort of). I keep trying to get some time to myself since I had to deal with 2-3 sick kids, including a sick baby, all week while he was at work and I'm sick, too. No matter where I go or what I do, dh comes following along within a few minutes with Dylan needing me to do something with him. He can't seem to do anything for any length of time with him. eyesroll.gif It's kind of funny but it's also a bit annoying. When I say something, he says, "Well, I need to get x, y, z done and I can't do it if I have to chase Dylan around." I'm like, "What do you think I do all day while you are at work?"

Yup. DH complained today that he didn't have a chance to pack a lunch for work. "I was going to, but then I did the bacon, and I had Tenley thjere!!" *Me, saying nothing.* "And like, I had to watch her, and she needed me, so I couldn't get anything done."    Erm... yup! That's every day! 

 

I think he's angry at me because I took two shots at a birthday party we were just at. It was his sister's 21st birthday, and all she wanted, was to have a family party where she could try a couple different kind of alcohol and just have some fun and a BBQ qith family (drinking age is 18 here, but I guess this meant a lot to her, since she's now legal everywhere). And so they bought her tons of coolers and shots and stuff, but then nobody else would do any. So I said I'd do one. Then was poured another, did it. Done, downed a bunch of water, no big deal.   And... he pretty much hasn't spoken to me since. *rolls eyes*. 

post #56 of 293

JJ: what's the big deal? IIRC did he have addiction issues? and why should HIS sister have to drink alone, what's the fun in that?

 

DH has the kids all by himself the 2 days I am in the office. I honestly don't expect any housework to be done while I am gone, as he says the same thing, I tried, but was watching the kids. I need to teach him to babywear better. Part of the problem is fit; He's so freaking tall, with a long torso, finding a SSC that fits comfortably isn't easy. The one I have fits him,  but how it's worn on the front, I don't like how low Norah is.

 

MW: you might try tea trea oil and/or garlic oil - both have anti-fungal properties. mustart seed paste and also carrot+spinach juice is also supposed to be highly effective.

 

AFM: morning sickness is stronger this time. I have to eat first thing in order to quell the nausea. DS has been very whiney and clingy lately, which further cements in DH"s head that 3 is the limit. With this spacing, It is mine too. with more space between kids, giving the older kids time to become independent and you time to miss the baby stage, I think I could have more kids. This close (Gabe with be 3 .25, Norah 16 months, and newborn) I think the first couple years are going to be challenging, but it will work itself out as they get older to be a really good thing, I think. Nursing seems to be going as well as it can. I'm not stressing over it, and Norah seems to be getting enough. She is also actually getting more food into her mouth at dinner.  I hope it continues for at least another 3 months.

 

Back working today after a week off. Man, I didn't  miss it!

post #57 of 293
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Annie ~ Since I've never measured how much any of my babies drank I have no idea if they started drinking less at around a year. They may start nursing less often so maybe that's the equivalent. shrug.gif

JJ ~ Do you all have an agreement that you won't drink around him? Some people with addictions need those closest to them to abstain as well, at least while they are with each other. Maybe he felt unsupported by you.

Kat ~ Yes, I was reading online about adding crushed garlic to the coconut oil. Again, the biggest problem is putting it on him often enough. That's the thing with herbal/home remedies. They have to be applied way more often and usually for a longer period. I read that the coconut oil needs to be applied 7-8 times a day. The other option is to stick a cotton ball or gauze pad soaked with coconut oil on the spot. When I did that for a day the spot got bigger.

Dylan has started shaking his head for fun. He must get a rush from it or something because he does it over and over and laughs. He also likes to lay on his back on people and shake his head. So funny! Oh, and he's practically running now.
post #58 of 293

where all is the rash? is it possible to keep it covered in oil - like if it's on feet, soak something with oil and cover with a sock? I would really add something to the coconut oil - if at all possible.

 

I think they do get a rush from that. so cute! and running! ack.

 

Gabe was nursing less around a year, but shortly after that we were actively weaning . . . so it's hard to say as far as how much he took in.

post #59 of 293
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There's just one spot right in the middle of his back. What I tried was a cotton ball soaked in oil stuck on with a bandage. It stayed on but the spot got bigger. I've been trying to figure out where he could have gotten it. The only thing I can come up with is the pool. We haven't been anywhere else and that's the only place he's been where his back was exposed. But I thought the chlorine was supposed to kill all that kind of stuff.

Sean and I were laughing about how we can't shake our heads like that because we get too dizzy. lol.gif D also likes to blink hard and nod his head down. He laughs and laughs when he does that, too. Yesterday he was bouncing all over the couch. Thought it was the funnest thing.
post #60 of 293

It's hilarious what kids find funny. I think the tolerance for that stuff decreases with age. Don't know why.

 

It's odd that it got bigger. does it also need to breathe? I have never had ringworm myself, so not sure what would cause it to get bigger. I have had athlete's foot, and that sucked.

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