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Oh! Sweet baby! Love it! Glad to hear the appt went well.
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love.gif kat!

I have been so busy the past couple of days that I feel like my head is spinning. I need a day to just sit home and chill.
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LOL - is that possible? Unless your DH takes all the boys out at once?

 

I know I am not a big fan of tons of ultrasounds, but this early in the game, before you have movement and kicks as reassurance, it's hard to turn down. It still doesn't feel real on some levels, I think because we still haven't told family yet, and are planning on doing that still 2 months away. The practice I was at with Norah at this point didn't do anything at this point. she didn't feel my uterus, try a doppler, or any of that until 16-17 weeks. I think that was largely due to my being rather overweight, but it makes those early visits seem really pointless.

 

Anyway - Carrie - gearing up for party day? I am sure you have tons to do!

 

MW: what are you cooking for french friday?

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LOL - is that possible? Unless your DH takes all the boys out at once?

lol.gif yeah. as long as i can stay home today, i'll be fine. i just don't want to have to run around like the past few days. Yesterday we were at park for about 3 hours. I thought I'd be able to chill when we got home but Sean called to ask if I could bring him some clothes for the function he had to go to. It was right when everyone was getting off work so it took me forever to get off base. I got home just in time to rush everyone into the car to get Ethan to baseball practice (which Sean is supposed to do but he always has to work). Then we spent an hour and a half at baseball practice. WTH? That's way too long to me.
post #165 of 287
Baby!!!!! Oh there is nothing like an early u/s to give you peace of mind!!

My head is spinning with all i need to do. Insane. My MIL texts me this morning that now the weather looks iffy. According to the weather channel it says thunderstorms, but weather underground says partly sunny. Im just going to go ahead. Whatever.

The zoo was great! Hoping to get pics up on fb soon but im so busy, going thru them takes time! Soon!

Finn def had a great birthday.

Never doing a huge party again tho! Im going bonkers! Lol!

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post #166 of 287

Glad he had a great day! and hoping for another one tomorrow!

 

I am doing two biggish parties in the space of a month, God help me. Never again after this year. I swear next year we are going on vacation!

 

I say, party on! you just can't predict the weather.

post #167 of 287
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French Fridays, I've given up. French food is too much work and it's very hard to adapt to paleo. i think we may switch to choosing a different country every week and doing one meal from that country.

Carrie ~ I'm sure the party will be a blast and well worth all the work in the end. Enjoy!
post #168 of 287
I don't think any of the mother sauces in French cooking are paleo. Maybe you could do coque a vin? That's just chicken in wine. (and other stuff) a lot of cuisines are hard to do paleo. oh well.

Tonight is Thai! Yum! And served with rice, so not paleo either.
post #169 of 287
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Also, after a week of me cooking, Sean happily took over again. winky.gif I asked him the other night if he liked cooking dinner every night and he said he did so I'll let him deal with it.

A new Indian restaurant opened up here. I love Indian food! I can't wait until we can try it.
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I asked about illiteracy in my radical unschooling group. The main answer I got was that they think most people who are illiterate are that way as a result of failing at school where they were pressured to learn to read a certain way but a certain age or they were labeled slow or learning disabled or dyslexic or whatever. They also think it can happen when people aren't exposed to the written word much, if they have parents/family members can't or don't read much. Another situation may be when they don't see the need, as in a person who is groomed from a very young age to do a specific job that doesn't require much, if any, reading. There are also examples of people who were illiterate their entire lives and learned to read when they were very old because they wanted to.
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I asked about illiteracy in my radical unschooling group. The main answer I got was that they think most people who are illiterate are that way as a result of failing at school where they were pressured to learn to read a certain way but a certain age or they were labeled slow or learning disabled or dyslexic or whatever. They also think it can happen when people aren't exposed to the written word much, if they have parents/family members can't or don't read much. Another situation may be when they don't see the need, as in a person who is groomed from a very young age to do a specific job that doesn't require much, if any, reading. There are also examples of people who were illiterate their entire lives and learned to read when they were very old because they wanted to.

 

Ahh fascinating.  That's an interesting perspective!

 

I couldn't imagine being that on the ball with cooking any type of meals.  We usually have tacos, burgers, pasta, stirfry, or if one of us feels ambitious, we'll throw together something more unusual like stew, or thrive pizza.  Thrive pizza is my favorite meal right now, but it takes a long time to make.  It isn't paleo.  There's rice and beans in the crust.  But it's so freaking good.

 

I think I got everything I need done.  If not, oh freaking well!

 

I picked up the pictures for the time line.  Can I share two here?  They came out so cute!!  I'm not sure which one I'll decide to use yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #172 of 287
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They are both so cute. Can you use both?

I'd be more on the ball with the food if I had a laptop that worked well. I'm tired of running upstairs every time I want to check something on the internet. I am using my laptop downstairs but it's slow, keeps freezing, shuts down and I have no bookmarks. greensad.gif

Paleo isn't too hard for most things since it's just Sean doing it. Most times he just doesn't eat the starchy side dish. If I were to make a casserole with starch in it or dairy sauce or pizza, I'd either leave some of the meat out of the sauce or casserole or he'd make himself some sausage or something like that. The French is really involved, though, and I'm not up for that. I don't have the motivation to chop and mix and stand at the stove watching stuff cook.

I keep trying to go to my new neighbor's to visit but our schedules are not meshing. By the time I'm ready to venture out, her husband is home from work and wants to do something. Is there a rule about SAHMs not doing things together once the WOH spouses are home? It seems no one can do anything in the evenings or on weekends. I get wanting to spend time with your dp but does that mean you can't have friends along? I don't get it.
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I have GOT to stop losing you guys! lol  Sorry this is going to be a long catchup!

 

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JJ: surely something has happened you can update us with!

Ummm news... POOP! That's my news. lol. We're finally ingesting enough solids that Ten's poop is turning solid the last few days. It stinks, my my gosh, so worth it, for the easier cleanup!  LOL

 

 

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My cycles were always ovulatory from the beginning, but really long. 

I think the rule of thumb is 3-6 months for accurate BDing with charting. However, there are quite a few women that have a really hard time conceiving while nursing a baby. I know at least 2. 

Yeah, that makes sense. It took us 9, but looking at the charts, honestly. We really just weren't dtd enough. The month we got pregnant finally, we dtd 4 times within 'range' (I think like 5, 3, 1 days before, and then one day after O). The first five or so months of whatevering, we really were only dtd maybe twice in the fertile period, but often only once!

 

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lol.gif Yes! You should try trying a pair of socks on a toddler.

Babywearing group today, and there was a baby who had the most GORGEOUS knit lacy socks. 

 

Ten is around a size 3 I think. The size 2s I put on her are too tight, but the size 3 fall off. She's just growing out of the 0-6 robeez. 

 

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Oh, did I tell you all that since I found those FB groups for selling diapers, have sold quite a bit of stuff? Woot! 

YAY!  It's so nice to feel like you're making headway! We've been separating out money from things of Tenley's that we sell (clothes, the bouncer, the bathtub, etc), and all that money goes into her piggy bank. Then when I want to buy 'extra' stuff for her, like wooden toys or clothes she doesn't need, etc, we take it out of there. She's got about $130 right now. Doing well I think! lol  Obviously things she needs, we don't take out of there (ie the baby gate or if I pick up clothing while we're grocery shopping, etc). But this way i can shop guilt free on the auction site and FB swap group. lol

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O boy no I would NEVER rely on it!  Ha!  We use condoms every time and aren't taking ANY chances!!  LOL!

Haha, yeah my doctor asked what we were doing for birth control. I just laughed and said "not sleeping..." lol But really, yeah, condoms every time. Not worth the risk right now!

 

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Finn took his first steps today!!  4 steps!  He walked to me and gave me a BIG HUG!  So proud of my boy!! love.gif

BEST part is seeing them so proud of themselves!

 

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I was so tired this morning, I actually sat at the table and cried. I've finally accepted that I can't change Ava's sleep patterns. At this point, just hoping she'll outgrow them at some point.

Oh Mama!  *hugs*

 

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Are your 1 year olds using forks yet?  Finn will use it if I set it up, but isn't loading his own yet.  Nora was by this time.  Thoughts?

Ten will use a loaded spoon, never tried forks. I don't think her aim is good enough for me to chance that yet! lol

 

Did you do BLW with N? I don't remember. That could account for differences. 

 
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Annie - I hear you. I am often so tired I could cry. and sometimes I do. I am running on 4-5 hours of broken sleep, and I need, need, need to be getting more.

 

 

I am trying to figure out what the kids need for fall clothes. Gabe needs jeans. and some hoodies, a light jacket or two. Norah I think just needs clothes. I think she has some sleepers. and a couple outfits we've picked up on clearance here and there.  The new baby I can't shop for yet, because I want to know the gender first!

Oh god yes!! The doc asked how much sleep I was getting, and all I could say was "Not enough..." I go to bed around 11ish, Ten wakes up at 8. But she's up every 90 minutes or so, and from about 6am onwards, it's more like every 20 minutes (she's in bed with us at that point). I HATE that I'm so tired I'm short with her :(

 

 

I went through all my next sizes of clothing a while back. *gulp* lol I don't need anything. I am however, starting to look at outdoor wear. We've got a snowsuit for her in 12m size, and then I think another one that's 24m size. So we should be good there. They're not super warm, but I figure mostly when she's outside, she'll be in a carrier, so she'll have my body heat. We've got light mitts and hats, but I'll probably buy some warmer ones. I also need boots of some sort. I was going to get Stonz, but I've heard mixed reviews of them lately. I found NorthFace has really nice looking infant ones, but I think they're too small. Do you have MEC in the states? I don't remember. They make a few good styles of soft soled winter booties, and also good hats and mitts, so I think we may take a trip in there to get her outfitted. 

 

What do you do for winter carseat wear? I'm wondering about dedicating a thick fleece zipup or something, and a thick blanket, and having those be her "carseat" warm things. 

 

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Man, there is no way I could get by in a rule of 3. We sometimes go through that many clothes in a day! Last winter Gabe had 10-12 pairs of jeans/pants and that seemed like a good number for him. We are doing the Wittlebee  (autoship clothes) for him, which means I really don't need to get shirts, and  there will be some easy pants in there too. But probably not good jeans and maybe one or two pairs of slacks.

 

With Norah . . . she is such a messy eater! I think I could get by with 5-8 long sleeve, easy rompers and then a similiar number of cute outfits. And then pajamas . . . I do more clothes, because i only really do our laundry once a week or so.

Yup. I think I could get by on 6-7 bottoms, 3 sleepers, and 8-9 tops. And then 2 sweaters. But, not having enough isn't a common problem for us! lol  Though we did get into a size right now where I have only one fitting sleeper. I just put a onesie on her instead though. It wasn't worth buying any.

 

 

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Have you read anything about nightweaning?  I know it's no guarantee that she'll sleep better but was curious where your head was about that.  I know you have a different situation but was just wondering where you are.

 

I'm thinking about it already.

See, I have no desire to night -wean-, but I would like to "night decrease" !! lol  But yeah, I know it's got to be so much harder when you've got the added tasks of pumping and prepping the bottles for it.

 

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I know I am not a big fan of tons of ultrasounds, but this early in the game, before you have movement and kicks as reassurance, it's hard to turn down. It still doesn't feel real on some levels, I think because we still haven't told family yet, and are planning on doing that still 2 months away. The practice I was at with Norah at this point didn't do anything at this point. she didn't feel my uterus, try a doppler, or any of that until 16-17 weeks. I think that was largely due to my being rather overweight, but it makes those early visits seem really pointless.

I felt very lucky that I didn't have an OB until 18 weeks. So I had a visit at 5ish weeks with my GP, which was actually a scheduled checkup. And then she saw me again a little bit later because I was spotting. And I think that was all until the 18 week with the OB. 

 

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I picked up the pictures for the time line.  Can I share two here?  They came out so cute!!  I'm not sure which one I'll decide to use yet.

I love the pics Carrie!!

 

 

Oh my gosh! I made it. lol. I caught up. Ok, I'm going to make a new post for the new stuff in our lives this week. 

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Ok... so, Rob's still recovering from his injury, and surgery. It's coming along, but slower than they like. And he got a callback the other day from the health region that he wanted to work at, asking him to go through the interview process. He had to call them and tell them he couldn't because of his hand :( He's devastated. He's been waiting for them to call for like, two years. Now they finally do, and he has to say no. The woman was very nice, told him to call as soon as he's ready, but still, not the same. 

 

He did "take" that other job at work, but they haven't started him yet, because they can't find soemone to replace him in his department :(

 

Spending some really good family time lately. It's been SOO nice. Also got one wall of the basement insulated and vapor barriered. Trying to keep momentum going!

 

We've been working really hard on the sleep, because I'm a wreck. I hate being sooo annoyed at having to wake up, but I'm just so tired. But, good news, is that we're finally making some progress. She only nurses to sleep about half the time during the night, the other half, she just cuddles into me and we snuggle. Also, because I've been getting frustrated trying to put her to sleep, she's started going down for Rob better. I'll nurse her, and cuddle, but she keeps fighting it. We switch to Rob, and she'll snuggle in and let him put her to sleep. It makes SUCH a difference, because then while he's getting her down, I come out here and have some alone time to myself. So refreshing. 

 

I don't remember who mentioned it a long time ago, but we moved her crib mattress into our room last night to try out. She did really well! Slept a 2 hour, then 3 hour, then 4 hour stretch!! She hasn't done 4 hours in a long time! And then once she kind of half woke up, but just laid there talking to herself, and fell back asleep. Fingers crossed! We'll have to figure something out if this works long-term, because the mattress is totally in the way right now, but if it works, who cares! I'll find some way to work around the space issue. 

 

OH! And I bought a Boba :D  Got it this morning. Soooo happy. Rob can't tie the mei tai with his hand, but he can snap a buckle!  And I tried the Boba Air too. It's cool, and would be a great additional hot weather carrier, but not a substitute for another SSC, I don't think anyways. If you don't have any love handles, I think you'd be able to wear it a lot longer comfortably. But with any added fluff, it starts to dig in. 

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I missed the question about the fork. Dylan isn't using either. I've never tried giving him a spoon or fork with anything on it. He uses his fingers.

I have the hardest time finding winter boots for the boys, especially for babies. I finally found some on Zulily. I got some for Dylan that are soft soled and lined with fake fur or sheepskin or whatever that fluffy stuff is. Kellen's boots were canceled. I don't know why. That's a good thing, though, because it turns out he can wear Ethan's old ones so it saved me money that I shouldn't have spent. Of course, this year it probably won't snow at all.

I just use a cotton blanket in the car but it doesn't get freezing here most of the time. I'm a wimp when it's cold so I just don't go anywhere. No need for bundle up clothes for the baby. Haha!
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Woo hoo JJ good to see you!!

 

Yes, we did to BLW with Nora.  I guess she just got it quicker.  I hand him one with his meals and he'll push things around with it and sometimes get it, but usually he just bangs it and throws it down on the floor!  Haha.  

 

Yay for a boba!  You are going to LOVE it for life!!!

 

Yay for a mattress on the floor working well!!!  I hope it keeps up for your sanity's sake!!  

 

MW - I can't use both.  I printed out a pic from each month 1-11 and then this is the 12 mo pic for the end, the last one.  I'll prob use the one with just him for the timeline, but I adore the one with Nora holding him!  love.gif  I'll frame it and put it in my room.

 

I just put cupcakes in the oven that take 18 min to cook and I have to leave in 10 min to get Nora.  Figure that one out.  I'm in so over my head!!!

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Ah, ok, Carrie. Then, yeah, I'd go with the one of just him since it's his timeline for his birthday. The other one is super cute, though.

I've done that before with cooking. I had to turn it off, run out, and finish when I got back. I don't know if you can do that with baking, though. My red velvet cake that was halfway through cooking when the electricity went out was really dry. I don't know if it was the break in cooking for just the cake because I read those can be dry.

I have decided that if I get another carrier, it will be a Boba. Someone at the Big Latch On had one and there were a few people with Ergos, so I got to compare them. I like the softer look of the Boba and that the back is longer/higher.
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I let them cook b/c you can't do that with baking really.  They were done right at 6:16, so I tested them, pulled them out, ran and grabbed a sleeping finn (transfered him from the bed to the car) and then got Nora.  Batch #2 is in the oven now.

 

I'm kinda pissed at Chris.  He said he'd leave the city at 3 so he'd be home in time to help.  It's 730 and he *just* left the city.  

I've been doing this whole party planning and all the work for it by myself and he promised he'd help with this last minute stuff.  I had to run to 3 places this afternoon, then the cupcakes, THEN get Nora, and now I'm only baking the 2nd batch.  I could have had it all done by now if he came home like he said he would.

 

I'm hoping telling you guys means I won't bring it up with him and I can just let it be.  We've been really bickering lately and I don't want to start another stupid fight.

 

I also texted my MIL to come over and pick up chairs b/c she told me she would.  I said anytime after 7.  She said, "Oh is this for the chairs?" and it really burned me up.  YES it's for the chairs!!  Why else?  Then I said to her I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and scatterbrained and all she replied back was "understandable".  No offer to help or anything.  Ugh, I'm beyond doing this.  Next time, I'm with Kat - vacation instead of a party!  This is BS!!  Or else I just need to learn to delegate and ask for specific help.

 

 

But Finn is going to have fun.  That's what it's really about.  Ok.  I'm going to go pour myself some wine!!!

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That's why I don't do parties. I get too stressed. Sean does it all. You'll get through this, though, and everything will be fabulous! Just remember to relax and have fun tomorrow rather than worrying about whether or not everything is going right.

I haven't mentioned this because it's kind of embarrassing but Sean and I have still not dtd since I got pg with Dylan!faint.gif Do you know how long that is? 20 months or so. So tonight he tells me to take a shower while he's out getting dinner with Dylan. I'm like, 'Why?" He says so that we can maybe dtd tonight. I said, "Like that's gonna happen." He says he'll do it if the kids are asleep by midnight. That gives you an idea of how late we are up with at least one of them every night. The funny part about it is that I think I'm really fertile right now. I've had ewcf for 3 or 4 days. It figures he'd decided to make an effort now. eyesroll.gif
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Our hormones are strong MW, he can probably smell you! Not conciously but you know. The urge to procreate is hard to fight.
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