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post #41 of 287

Thanks JJ.  I 100% agree.

 

I keep meaning to mention I'm a HUGE Adele fan!  I love that link you posted, JJ.  If you like that music, see if you like Haley Reinhart.  She was on American idol.  Her album is amazing, I love it.  It's similar, old time-y feeling, and good.  

Not a huge fan of the video - but love the songs.  Check out "oh my" if you get a chance.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpFlGeq0P6A

 

this one is Nora's fave on the cd

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zUNPlzMbwM&feature=relmfu


Edited by Baby_Cakes - 8/5/12 at 8:51pm
post #42 of 287

Catching up.

 

Men and chores . . . DH will vacuum. He will do "his" laundry, but not fold it or put it away. I stopped doing that for him. He hasn't noticed. I have been begging for him to do dishes. I don't like it. He says he doesn't like the kitchen. Too freaking bad. Just because I am home working, doesn't mean I have all this extra time. . I really don't. And I shouldn't have to spend all my free time cleaning instead of enjoying the kids.

 

MW: Ryan's girlfriend seemed nice, I am glad they are back together . . . I hope they can work things out. If not, well, not much to be done.

 

And pictures!!!! Once I get my CD from my friend of our babywearing pics (I have to pic my favorites) I'll share those. They are so sweet! I'll be doing maternity pics with her as well, probably in February.

 

MW: I can't wait to see pics - the boys are so cute!

 

Carrie: dude, that friend is beyond rude. I can see if she wants to have a more adult evening with drinks and whatnot while she's there, I think that is sort of reasonable. Especially if she doesn't come up to NJ often. But to do it on Finn's actual b'day? is kind of ugh. And then to say her DH wouldn't want to come to finn's party?

 

more ugh.

 

But finn's decorations are coming along swimmingly - so adorable!

Norah is getting owls, I am trying to decide between dinosaurs and rocketships for Gabe.

 

LOL - GTG - DS is complaining about poop.

post #43 of 287
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Carrie: dude, that friend is beyond rude. I can see if she wants to have a more adult evening with drinks and whatnot while she's there, I think that is sort of reasonable. Especially if she doesn't come up to NJ often. But to do it on Finn's actual b'day? is kind of ugh. And then to say her DH wouldn't want to come to finn's party?

 

Yes, I agree, and were that the case I probably WOULD go and enjoy a margarita -- but she's doing it smack in the middle of the afternoon, probably (I think) to show off her 1 year old who won't be the center of attn at Finn's party.  And yes, I'm still offended by her DH.  

 

Thanks about the decorations!  I was up til 12 working on those annoying flags!  lol.gif  But I'm really happy with them and I think I have enough.  Just have to make food labels now and cut all those out.  I need to print the pictures for the timeline and assemble those.  I think I will just use twine to make it look at least some what pirate-y.  Oh, and put together the goody bags.  But I need a final head count I suppose to do that.

 

Do they make lego duplo pirate stuff?  If I did that would it be too much??

post #44 of 287

oh, more:

 

signing - that' awesome! I'm thrilled to see Norah waving and clapping :)  She even tries to say bye! when she waves.

 

Carseats: I move out of the bucket more based on skill than size. As soon as baby can sit in high chairs and carts (our two main uses for the bucket) we move to a convertible. If we didn't have a perfectly good bucket seat to use, I would go straight to the convertible.

 

Also, I do really like our Graco MR65. Yeah, it's big and bulky, but so are most. Only the Radian is narrow, but it's really tall since it has such a high RF limit. I love the integrated cup holders. It's silly, but they are a great place to store pacis, toys, and later, drinks and snacks. And it's only $130-$140ish. I looked at the Britax, but it's RF and FF limits are less than Graco, and it's more expensive. I know lots of people that only buy Britax, but really I just can't buy into the hype - and they are super expensive.

post #45 of 287

Britax ARE super expensive for what they are.  I've never had one, though.  This would be my first time buying one.  So far we've had a Graco Snugride (LOVED), a First Years True fit (ADORED), the Alpha Omega Elite (Kinda eh), and the Evenflo Triumph (also Eh).  I had to switch Finn at just shy of 5 months to a convertible and he wasn't sitting yet. But he had outgrown the weight limit.

 

We are talking about buying a 2nd car (used) in a year or so when I start really doula-ing.  Chris wants a Miata.  I told him he is super nuts.  We can't have a 2 seater car as our extra car, plus I think they are ugly and I don't want a convertible.  I want a Beetle.  orngbiggrin.gif  But I'm not sure I like the newest ones.  I think I might want an older one.  I have to see them in person to really decide!  

post #46 of 287

I have two evenflos, and I feel Meh about both of them. my bucket is a babytrend, which is ok. the cover slips off the bottom part too easily, and after 2 kids, its not as cushy as it once was.

 

I really did love my combi cocorro. depending on your child, it will work well from birth until maybe 18 months. It's narrow, cushy and feels really safe. Ava could probably do awesome in it until age 2+. and it's just under $200. For something that goes from birth so well, that's not a bad price. I was not sure about the MR65 at first. I got one used from trusted friend for a steal, and liked it well enough to buy a second for DH's car. We have costco seats for the grandparents' vehicles.

 

Beetles are adorable! do you know anyone with kids though that has one? I would have to try carseats in one to know if it would work. Like the Honda Element, I love it except for the fact that getting kids in carseats in and out of it is a major PITA. so glad we tried when we test drove one. would not buy.

post #47 of 287
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Also, I do really like our Graco MR65. Yeah, it's big and bulky, but so are most. Only the Radian is narrow, but it's really tall since it has such a high RF limit. I love the integrated cup holders. It's silly, but they are a great place to store pacis, toys, and later, drinks and snacks. And it's only $130-$140ish. I looked at the Britax, but it's RF and FF limits are less than Graco, and it's more expensive. I know lots of people that only buy Britax, but really I just can't buy into the hype - and they are super expensive.

^^ Yeah pretty much that. One of the girls in my DDC too, recently said that the my ride is rated as one of the lowest toxicity ratings. Pretty cool!

 

The only thing about a Britax that would convince me is that it appears to be a lot easier to adjust than the my ride. But... that's more important in the younger months, whenb they seem to grow overnight, than in the later ones. But they've got the whole press and slide for the harness straps, etc. Whereas witht he graco, I have to take everything out and rethread. But is that worth an extra $100-150? To me it's not, but to some it might be!

post #48 of 287

Since I let my kids eat in the car (not Norah yet, but it will happen) I tend to adjust harnesses when I have to take the cover off for washing. 2 birds with one stone. It's really not that difficult. And really, I only need to adjust the harness a couple times a year. In the bucket, I feel like I am adjusting it all the time, but the increments are smaller, and it has an easy dial adjust.

 

my contacts are buggin me arggh.

post #49 of 287
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my contacts are buggin me arggh.

 

Mine too!  I need to open a new pair tomorrow.  I think I've had these for at least a month and they're supposed to be 2 week disposables.  Ha.  I wear them as long as I can!!

 

Anyone else find when their LO starts walking that sleep is awful?  This past week has been rough, rough, ROUGH.  Last night I think he was up hourly at MOST.  I think it was every 45 min. Lots of restlessness, thrashing, and up early babbling.  

Did I tell you guys I set up the pack and play next to the bed?  I put him in there in the am when he wakes up and he plays for maybe 10 min only before he starts poking me or shrieking.  I keep the cheerios in my room now too, so I can just put them on the bed and he snacks on them.  It's all I can do that early in the am!!  I'm a zombie!!  


Edited by Baby_Cakes - 8/6/12 at 5:14pm
post #50 of 287
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I had an Evenflo Triumph when Ethan was an infant. I really liked it. It was easy to adjust the harness. I used it when Kellen was first born, too. The only reason I replaced it was because it was in my car when Ryan had that accident so the insurance company paid for my two Britaxes. I never would have been able to get them if I had to pay for them. I really like how easy they are to install and adjust. I had a heck of a time installing the older carseats and I hate having to take them out to adjust the harness considering what a pita they are to reinstall. I did buy the Britax Frontier booster for Ethan a few years back, which I'm not so impressed with. We still use it for Kellen because we have it but I wouldn't buy another one of those.

Britax also supposedly has the only true crash tested side impact foam or whatever it is for the head. Of course, since that's not something required by the US government, there's no way to really know or compare to other carseats that have side impact foam. You can only go buy what the manufacturers claim.

Duplo might make pirate stuff. You should check.

That friend does not sound cool. I agree that maybe it's time to let things with her just go.

Dylan has been sleeping very poorly lately, too. Last night I swear I didn't sleep at all. He just tossed and turned and squirmed and kicked and fussed and nursed. He even sat up a few times crying/screaming, which he hardly ever does. He's now asleep for his 2nd nap today, which is not good. That means he'll probably be up late tonight and I'm so tired.
post #51 of 287

Ya'll I deserve a freaking medal for not losing my sh*t on my aunt and friend for their ridiculous comments on my FB post about circ. Geez louise!

 

I love love love Ava's Graco MyRide. She'll probably fit in that thing until it expires! ROTFLMAO.gifAfter that, we'll probably go to the Graco Argos. Oh! I just went to the Graco site and there's a MyRide 70!!!! Buy that one Baby_Cakes!

 

Friends...ugh. Baby_Cakes, my sister's best friend, who is like my other sister, is like that. She does CIO, FF her babies at 1 yr even though I have talked to her repeatedly about the safety issues, she and her husband spank. We really do not have much in common. But she's like family. I love her dearly. But I do have to accept her faults. She comes to town all the time because her family lives here but something always comes up that she doesn't get by to see Ava. Whatevs. Just have to let it go. She is who she is.

 

Sleep...oh man. It's super terrible horrible no good bad outrageous any other descriptive word you can use. But she's standing and letting go of stuff. She's eating like a maniac. I think she's going through a growth spurt AND learning new skills. Double trouble!

post #52 of 287

Thanks for rescuing me MW and Baby_Cakes! I felt like I was drowning in the absurdity!

post #53 of 287
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I'm kind of scared to go back and check it again, Annie. I don't want to get into a big argument with a bunch of strangers on someone else's page. OTOH, I don't want to look like I tucked tail and ran. I did searched for some data on the risks of circumcision and the healthfulness of being intact but couldn't really find anything. I was very surprised to see that the CDC actually has info essentially promoting the idea that circ decreases the risk of getting STDs, including AIDS, and that the AAP just says to discuss it with your baby's doctor. I thought that they had come out with a statement against routine circ. They do say that don't think it's necessary but they don't actually say it's dangerous so don't do it. Aargh!

Dylan slept better last night. Maybe his sleep was just messed up Sunday night because he never really got a nap on Sunday. He still nursed about every 2 hours but he didn't squirm and kick all night or sit or cry or scream. I love waking up and seeing my boys' faces sleeping. They are so sweet. love.gif
post #54 of 287

I do love co-sleeping, but I am still not sure about adding a newborn to a toddler in bed - MW, any tips on this? Because I am really not sure that we will get Norah out before the baby is born. Alot depends on how long we can and are able to continue to breastfeed.

 

It's still going ok, supply wise, and she's eating a ton of solids. - Her weight is finally increasing again, which is such a relief. For a good month or more it had stagnated and even slid back a bit. I gave her a taste of cow's milk yesterday while I fixed dinner and she was not impressed. LOL need to get more coconut milk.

 

I lost my last contact lens and now I'm in glasses until I can get more. Booo!

 

Yay for sleep!

post #55 of 287
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I shared this on Facebook but here's a link to the photos we got Sunday: http://www.myonlineportraits.com/ViewSharedAlbum.aspx?ShareID=8f2a2509-4861-42a7-926f-940fe5b3589e

Kat ~ I used a bedrail and kept Dylan between me and that. Kellen was on my other side so I didn't have to worry about him rolling over on the baby. There were times when I did roll Dylan over in between me and Kellen because I could not stand sleeping in the same position any longer. Everything was fine, obviously, but it's not recommended to do that.
post #56 of 287

OMG Carrie - I have never had to deal with crazy friends like that! Blah. At least it doesn't seem to be messing up your plans to much. I'm not sure if I said it yet or not - but those flags are so freaking cute! 
I think it was you who were asking how much is to much as far as decorations go. I think I would do the basics that I want/need and then do whatever I had time left to do. I think if you keep taking on projects when your main ones aren't done you might feel overwhelmed.

 

AnnieA - I rarely post circ topics on my page now for that very reason. I actually liked a bunch of anti-circ pages and just liked their status or comment on them. That way people still see them in their feed since the main page is public, and if they feel the need to say anything I have a whole lotta backup! LMAO

 

MW - I think I have been saying D's name wrong in my head all along! You probably pronounce it as Dillon? I am such a blonde sometimes, let me tell ya. 

 

AFM - just trying to survive. As usual. We seem to be having some kind of a cold run through our house. It's not a bad one, just more annoying than anything. 

post #57 of 287

MW: their personalities sure shine, don't they! Love it!

 

I also think at some point soon (before the baby to be sure) going to dismantle the crib my dad built and store it, and move the extra full size mattress in its place, on the floor. I think that might be an easier transition than to the crib.

 

I like anti-circ things and anti-vax things alot, but don't share (as that doesn't work from mobile anyway) or post it myself. I have too many friends that chose these things, after doing their own research, to start a debate on it. It's only people that choose circ'ing or vaxing in complete ignorance that bug the crap out of me.

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I shared this on Facebook but here's a link to the photos we got Sunday: http://www.myonlineportraits.com/ViewSharedAlbum.aspx?ShareID=8f2a2509-4861-42a7-926f-940fe5b3589e

 

I didn't see these on FB! So cute!

 

Akind1 - I can *see* the other side of vaccination. I can logistically see how parents can research it and still think that it is a good idea. I think choosing not to vaccinate M at all was one of the scariest decisions I have ever made (for some reason choosing not to continue vaccinating J wasn't as big of a deal, I don't know why.) but now that I see how incredibly healthy and happy she is it was a no brainer for A. If that makes sense.

 

Circumcision is not something I can agree with. ever.

I can "kind of" see it from a religious perspective, but I am sure there is something else they can come up with at this point. 

 

I REALLY don't agree with the sentiment that "as long as you KNOW the extent of the damage you are doing, ok then". 

I actually feel the exact opposite. If a mom is freaking out because she never did research and circ'd her son/s and is saying "blah blah blah" I totally respect them more than someone who says that they researched it and STILL circumcised. 

There is no other side of the argument to me and I feel it is legalized child abuse. Period. 

post #59 of 287

I get that - I have a friend that chose to circ her son at birth bc family members have had to circ their sons later - around age 4 - and the surgery seems to be a bigger deal at that age - due to health reasons. I don't know enough about the family's health conditions that warranted the circ. She said she chose to do it at birth to avoid needing to do it later. To me, that's like saying, lets go ahead and take out your baby's appendix at birth bc it's not needed, and lets try to avoid scary appendicitiis. But, this is a mom who I like, and believe she thinks she's making the best decision for her son.  I don't feel the need to make her feel bad or guilty about something she can't change.

post #60 of 287
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I don't think I've ever had any issues posting anti-circ or anti-vax stuff on my page. I don't have any worries about making someone feel guilty for decisions they've made, either. If someone is secure in the decisions they've made, nothing I say or do can make them feel guilty. If they allow themselves to feel guilty because of something someone else thinks, then they are not 100% secure in what they've done. That's not my problem or my concern. I'm not going to bite my tongue for fear of upsetting them.

I actually posted a link about a whooping cough outbreak that was associated with the vaccinated in response to a friend who posted a link about a baby who died from pertussis. She said something about how it didn't have to happen if everyone would just get vaccinated. Everyone who had gotten pertussis during the outbreak I posted about had been vaccinated. I said something about not blaming those who aren't vaxed when others get sick. I don't know if my friend realized it was in response to her post. I didn't get any comments on it.

I am so tired today. All I want to do is take a nap.
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