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post #21 of 361
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Kat ~ Yay for the 2nd trimester! joy.gif When are you going to tell everyone? It's getting harder and harder to not share pregnancy stuff on your Facebook. winky.gif

I don't know how you get out and do things so much, either. I have found that I interact with my kids more when we are out, too. At home everyone usually gets busy with their own things. That's good, though. That's because home is comfortable and safe. I have to watch/interact with them more out in public just to keep them safe. KWIM?

We've done so much the past few days that I feel like I don't know which way is up. I want to stay home today and do nothing but Ethan has baseball practice tonight. He had his first game, just a scrimmage, last night and his team won. He didn't get a run but that's ok. He's now all fired up to practice so he can hit the ball out of the park.

JJ ~ I woke up thinking about you, too. Hopefully, you're sleeping. smile.gif

Annie ~ I'd probably sit on my butt and stare at the walls, too. Whenever I'm totally kid free I have no idea what to do. lol.gif

I have to take this darn cat to the vet again. He now has a hole in his neck under his chin that is leaking foamy, pussy stuff. puke.gif I took him to the vet last week because he had what looked like a puncture wound in the same place that was healing up but a large hard ball had formed under the skin next to it. The vet shaved it and gave him a shot of abx. Now that large ball is gone but the puncture wound has opened up to a hole with gunk coming out of it.

This cat is going to break us. First, it was the wound on the back on his neck. We got him neutered, which the vet said would help with the fighting but doesn't seem to have. Then ringworm and now this. I think I've spent $500 on this cat in the last month.

Guess what we finally did that night! winky.gifwinky.gif, nudge, nudge. I still couldn't really care less but it seemed to make dh happy so whatever. Hopefully, that will last him a while because, honestly, I was tired and didn't feel like getting up to do anything after falling half asleep.
post #22 of 361

Yay for DTD! and yeah, at least he is happy :) I hope that spills over into everyday life.

 

We did NOT DTD last night and DH was kind of grumpy about it. oh well.

 

You have no idea how hard it is for me not to say things! But DH really wants us to hold out until Norah's birthday. So that's 5 more weeks. There are very good reasons for it, but it's hard. I don't think either of our families will be totally over the moon about it, so by waiting to share in front of a bunch of people, in a celebratory setting, I think will make them at least put on a happy face for the moment and let it sink in a little before they start griping. Now if one of our mothers does ask before the day, I don't know that I'll be able to lie. (I've successfully sidestepped general questions about when we plan on a third - but a point blank, "are you pregnant?" is a bit tougher)

 

Poor kitty! Wonder if kitty would hold still to put some garlic oil in the wound? cheap stuff, that.

 

I am beyond tired today. Need a kick in the pants.

 

JJ: hope you are doing ok.

post #23 of 361
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We did NOT DTD last night and DH was kind of grumpy about it. oh well.

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Hm...I don't know about putting garlic oil in the wound. I thought you weren't supposed to put anything on a puncture wound. It's literally a hole. I can see inside it. Well, I can see darkness inside it.

On a good note about the cat, I think he mainly fights with the cat next door and they are moving soon. lol.gif Funny to talk about being happy that a cat neighbor is moving.
post #24 of 361

we stuffed medicated dressings (it looked like skinny tape) in puncture wound looking bedsores quite often in the hospital and nursing homes. . . .

 

from what I can tell (gotta love doctor google) oil based things like neosporin, etc and my bright idea of garlic oil, can impede healing, best thing to do is to frequently wash it out with some sort of antiseptic:

 

Bite wounds and claw wounds require special attention not only because they are likely to become infected (which interferes with healing), but also because if the body’s defenses (white blood cells and lymph nodes) are unable to overcome the bacteria, infection may spread from the original wound to the bloodstream. This may result in a septicemia (bacterial toxins in the blood) or a bacteremia (actual bacteria in the blood) and can sometimes eventually lead to death. Although puncture wounds are difficult to wash, you should make an attempt to clean them thoroughly whenever you notice any on your cat. Flushing a mild disinfectant into the wound under light pressure (with a eyedropper, turkey baster, or syringe) is one of the best home remedies because this action tends to wash debris out of the wound. Disinfectants that are used in veterinary hospitals and that you can buy there or in drugstores include 0.001% to 1% povidoneiodine (the more dilute solutions are actually more potent disinfectants and less damaging to healthy tissue), 0.55% chlorhexidine, and 0.125% to 0.5% sodium hypochlorite (one fourth to full strength Dakin’s solution), which can be made by diluting household bleach 1:10 to 1:40 with water. Flushing with hydrogen peroxide, once thought to be an effective wound treatment, has fallen into disfavor due to its weak antibacterial properties. Its foaming action is impressive but is best reserved for flushing debris or blood clots from a wound. If used, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide should never be more than 3%. Do not instill oil-based antibiotic wound ointments or those containing the local anesthetic benzocaine into the wound cavity as oily products may interfere with healing. Any benzocaine absorbed through the skin is toxic to red blood cells. If possible, antibiotics should be administered by a veterinarian from the start of treatment (within twenty-four hours of the bite) since bite wounds are so prone to infection. The biting cat (or other animal) should be investigated regarding the status of its rabies immunization.
 

The cat doesn't belong to the destructive neighbor boy, does it???
 

post #25 of 361
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Thanks for all of that. I think I have some povidone iodine and maybe some chlorhexidine (from my homebirth kit). I called the vet and one of the docs is going to call me back later today. The cat did get an abx shot so we are good there.

No, the fighting cat belongs to the neighbor on the other side of us. I'm not sure that's who my cat got in a fight with, bit or clawed by, if that's what it really is. That's just my guess based on the fact that that cat would come into our garage to eat our cat food if the door was open and the cats would hiss at each other. I've never actually seen or heard them fight.
post #26 of 361
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So, after finally dtd I am a total grump. What do you suppose that says about me? headscratch.gif
post #27 of 361

Another site I read said that often the initial abx do not work, and they may need to culture the wound to be able to prescribe the most effective abx for that strain of bacteria.  (don't know if that was done initially or not)

 

I want to post on FB - but don't - about political stuff. Honestly I don't want to vote for either of the primary candidates LOL. I think we need a complete departure from the status quo, and I don't think either is capable of that. but I do like the e-cards you posted about making soap :)

post #28 of 361
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The next vacation will have to be west and north so that JJ and little a can come. winky.gif

Or tons South! LOL I would have a much easier time convincing DH if we were going somewhere tropical! However much more expensive. 

 

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akind1, You are doing so great with all of this. I can only imagine how tired you must be and yet you are still doing lots of fun activities with Gabe and Norah. You rock mama!

 

AFM, DD signed "more" today. It was totally out of context so I think she was just practicing but it was still very cute! I hope there is a baby pool at the resort. She loves going in the water so much. We spend like 30 mins in the shower every day now. My mom is coming to take her to the children's museum tomorrow morning and give me a bit of a break. I need to do things like vacuum and clean the bathroom, stuff I can't do with Ava home but there's a big chance I'll sit on my butt and stare at the wall the whole time!

 

Yes! Man Kat, I can't imagine dealing with early pregnancy right now, let alone adding an older toddler into the mix as well! You really are a superstar!

 

Aww I love seeing them sign. I -think- Ten has started signing more by tapping her tray with the fingers of one hand (instead of tapping them together). 

 

Hopefully you get a chance to get some stuff done! I'll echo the sentiment of having stuff to do, but also just wanting to sit and enjoy the quiet! lol

 

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I don't know how you get out and do things so much, either. I have found that I interact with my kids more when we are out, too. At home everyone usually gets busy with their own things. That's good, though. That's because home is comfortable and safe. I have to watch/interact with them more out in public just to keep them safe. KWIM?
JJ ~ I woke up thinking about you, too. Hopefully, you're sleeping. smile.gif

Guess what we finally did that night! winky.gifwinky.gif, nudge, nudge. I still couldn't really care less but it seemed to make dh happy so whatever. Hopefully, that will last him a while because, honestly, I was tired and didn't feel like getting up to do anything after falling half asleep.

Yeah, I'm the same. I pay more attention to her one on one, rather than getting distracted. That's why we're trying to plan out one set activity every day. It helps me to feel more like I'm actually 'here for' her babyhood, rather than just passing it by. 

 

Yay for dtd! lol

 

 

I am doing better. Slowly, little, day by day. I think we've found a slow middle ground of effective sleep helping. She's not left to cry, but we are trying to put her in her crib earlier so she's associating it more with being able to relax herself to sleep. Last night she did a 3 hour stretch! The other ones were still every hour, but hey, one 3 hour is nothing to sneeze at. She's not as frantic to nurse every time she wakes either. And her daytime naps (once we get her down, which is still a struggle) have been on average an hour, without us having to go in and keep resettling her. She's been teething really heavily the past few months, so I think there's a good chance that once she comes through this, we're going to notice a bigger difference. 

 

 

Went to the wedding on Sunday, and it went really well. She was quiet throughout the ceremony, then we put her in the Boba and she had a nap during the cocktail and transition time, and woke up just as dinner started. She ate a bit, and then we danced and visited for awhile. Ended up going home at 1030pm, and she slept the whole way home, and then transitioned into her bed without waking up (which neevr happens!!) and then slept for another 45 minutes. That was nice. 

 

We got a lot done yesterday. We've been working on the basement, so we did a bit of that, plus did some running around and errands I've been waiting on for a week or so. I picked up another diaper I've been wanting, and got fabric to recover the glider. Plus we bought the material and finished the inside of our nightstand drawers, which I've been waiting on for a while. It was nice to feel like we wrapped up a bunch of stuff. DH also got to visit with one of his friends from medic school, whom he hasn't seen in a while, which I think was good for him. 

 

Anyways, so yes. I'm still tired as heck, but I think things are looking better. 

post #29 of 361
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Oh, further south and tropical, ok. Hm...somewhere with great SCUBA diving? The Cayman Islands? DH and Ryan are both certified and I have been once. Sean really likes to do that, although he hasn't in a really long time.

A 3 hour stretch of sleep is a big thing when you've been getting only 1 hour snatches here and there.

I saw the photo of you holding Tenley at the wedding. You looked very sexy, mama! Woohoo!
post #30 of 361

Yes, the wedding pics look awesome!

 

I vote for either a cruise then, or somewhere in FL. I really don't want to take my whole crew, plus DH (who at 6 foot 6 and whatever he weighs) on a plane. misery compounded by more misery. I wonder how many of us it would take to qualify for a group rate on a cruise????

 

JJ: that is good sleep! I got 2 nights of good sleep (5 hour plus stretches!) then last night kind of sucked. But she's walking, and I think that that is both helping and not helping.

post #31 of 361
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Oh, I'm scared of cruises. I don't know if I could do that. But, maybe we could meet you all at one of the ports where the ship stops. smile.gif
post #32 of 361

LOL! I don't Scuba, but I do like snorkeling. Any good reefs off the FL coast?

post #33 of 361
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Carrie, I was reading an article yesterday on Slate about judging animal conciousness, and how that should determine whether or not we eat meat (and also views on abortion) and it was interesting. I always did wonder though, I can understand why it would feel wrong to kill an animal, to deprive it of life, just to eat it - but what if the animal died of natural causes or in an accident? (granted, these days it would be just about impossible to know that) but would that hold the same level of wrong-ness? I just always wondered, since I don't really have a moral/ethical/whatever position on the subject. I just eat what tastes good :)

 

I think for me personally it goes a little beyond just killing it.  I can't bring myself to now eat an animal.  No matter how it died/was killed.  I think b/c I have been veg for so long, I don't see it as food, any more than I would see another person as food.  I know that's kind of harsh but for me that's just how it feels.  Now, arguing ethically about cause of death... I guess one could say if an animal died on its own, would you want to eat it?  It could be diseased, infected.  I wouldn't think that would be wise.  Or -- just old age - how much nutrition could it really hold?  I think we need to think more about not can will or will we, but should we?  

That said, I kind of think if I had free range chickens on my land, I wouldn't mind eating an egg it layed.  But.  I wouldn't go buy egg laying hens just to remove the middle man.  I've gone so long w/o it, again, I don't think of it as food.  

 

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Aww I love seeing them sign. I -think- Ten has started signing more by tapping her tray with the fingers of one hand (instead of tapping them together). 

 

Anyways, so yes. I'm still tired as heck, but I think things are looking better. 

 

Yay for early signs!!

Finn is kind of reliable to sign more but sometimes he just touches his hands together as if clapping.  And oh man he will sign all done so emphatically it looks like he's trying to flap his wings and fly away!  LOL!  I'm trying to borrow some DVDs so we can learn more signs together and hopefully the visual will help him more than me just doing it when things are happening.  

Today tho, he's making some sounds that I really noticed.  "D-D-D" when we saw a picture of Dora at the store, and now if/when something drops, he doesn't say Uh-oh but he hums the sound!  It's so cute!

He's pointing to EVERYTHING.  I'm really trying to name all the things and not be as quick to respond to a shriek, but rather use the word and make sure he gets it as well as he can.

 

And JJ I'm so glad things are looking up!  Sleep is so crucial!!

 

Lauri - I only drink white!  LOL!  I'll bring white and whiskey then!  

 

Future trips - I've never been on a cruise!  Idk.  I think when the kids are older (much) we'll try the disney cruise land and sea package with my ILs.

 

Still house hunting here.  We still haven't even been out to look IRL but looking online and seeing what is out there is motivating.  DH has been working hard and is almost ready to paint the breezeway!

 

MW wtg on DTD!  Did he initiate??  I'm curious.  I'm having an interesting fertile time -- I'm not in the mood at all!  Idk what gives. Usually I get the fertile baby crazies but so far this cycle, nothing!

post #34 of 361

Carrie - thanks for weighing in - I was honestly curious. I could easily give up meat (as in cow, chicken, poultry, pork) but I love fish too much to stop eating it. I get, absolutely, not seeing animals as a food source since you don't use them as such. We don't eat cats, dogs, or horses, or bugs here - but in some parts of the world, they are valid sources of nutrition. I wouldn't be up for eating most of those, because it just is weird to me.

 

I think the hardest thing I have to come to terms with with vegetarian/veganism is replacing a "natural" food - like turkey or cheese - with one artificially contrived to taste like that. If you want cheese, eat cheese. But, hey, it's not really my dilemma, since I am on a See Food diet :)

 

House hunting! exciting stuff! I love to window shop houses . . .

 

I want to wait until Gabe is 5 (so 2-3 more years) before we do Disney.

post #35 of 361
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See food diet. lol.gif That's me, too! It's not working in my favor right now.

I don't know much about Florida or snorkeling. I'm not a fan of water stuff. I scare myself thinking about what might be in the water with me. eyesroll.gif

Carrie ~ He initiated after I told him to, sort of. He said a few times that I didn't seem interested, to which I asked how he could know that since he hadn't tried to do anything. He also said that I had verbally turned him down, which is not true at all. I have not told him I didn't want to. It took a while but I guess he finally got the message. He said he was waiting for me because after his last deployment I told him that I didn't like feeling pressured. That had to do with him saying stupid things to me, not being romantic or affectionate. I wish he would ask for clarification on things that I say because he misunderstands me a lot.
post #36 of 361
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I think the hardest thing I have to come to terms with with vegetarian/veganism is replacing a "natural" food - like turkey or cheese - with one artificially contrived to taste like that. If you want cheese, eat cheese. But, hey, it's not really my dilemma, since I am on a See Food diet :)

 

I agree it's kind of an oxymoron.  But, it's not as though we stop eating it b/c we don't like the taste.  We might actually really like the taste!  So it can be hard to not give into indulgences with the analogues.  That said, they are maybe ... less than 1% of what we eat?  Idk.  Mostly we eat all whole foods, fruits, veggies and grains, legumes.  Things like fake turkey slices and daiya would be the equivalent to like....cold cuts and kraft mac and cheese.  Not something you would eat daily or often if youwant to be healthy.  You know what I mean?

 

Lol see food!

 

Nora had a GREAT first day of school!  Whew!  Looking fwd to a fun year.

post #37 of 361
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Carrie - thanks for weighing in - I was honestly curious. I could easily give up meat (as in cow, chicken, poultry, pork) but I love fish too much to stop eating it. I get, absolutely, not seeing animals as a food source since you don't use them as such. We don't eat cats, dogs, or horses, or bugs here - but in some parts of the world, they are valid sources of nutrition. I wouldn't be up for eating most of those, because it just is weird to me.

 

I think the hardest thing I have to come to terms with with vegetarian/veganism is replacing a "natural" food - like turkey or cheese - with one artificially contrived to taste like that. If you want cheese, eat cheese. But, hey, it's not really my dilemma, since I am on a See Food diet :)

Yeah, I've heard some people that eat road kill- because it's died of natural causes. I -get- it, but... ewww! 

 

And yes, I totally agree about the replacement food. I think that's why the Daiya food scares me so much! lol Aside from like veggie burgers, it makes me laugh when I see people talking about "Oh I made the best chicken strips the other day!" And I know they're vegetarian or vegan. I'm like ok... I get the strip desire. But... then just call it potato strips, or bean strips or whatever. Why the need to make it into a "meat replacement"? 

 

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See food diet. lol.gif That's me, too! It's not working in my favor right now.
I don't know much about Florida or snorkeling. I'm not a fan of water stuff. I scare myself thinking about what might be in the water with me. eyesroll.gif
Carrie ~ He initiated after I told him to, sort of. He said a few times that I didn't seem interested, to which I asked how he could know that since he hadn't tried to do anything. He also said that I had verbally turned him down, which is not true at all. I have not told him I didn't want to. It took a while but I guess he finally got the message. He said he was waiting for me because after his last deployment I told him that I didn't like feeling pressured. That had to do with him saying stupid things to me, not being romantic or affectionate. I wish he would ask for clarification on things that I say because he misunderstands me a lot.

That's good that you guys got a chance to talk about it a bit more. DH and I had a good talk the other day, and I felt a lot better, but then the next day AF started. Figures. 

 

I know the Florida keys has snorkling. But I can't snorkle or scuba. DH would love to learn though. Me, I'm with MW-- I'd rather pretend the ocean is empty :D 

post #38 of 361

Baby_Cakes, I'll bring some white too. My Whole Foods has a label called Three Wishes that is ridiculously cheap and very tasty so I'll bring some of their red and white.

 

MW and JJ, I'm with y'all. I like to see the bottom of whatever water I'm in! That's why I loved the beaches in Thailand. The water was crystal clear. I'm good going wherever. Just need to start saving my pennies!

 

Williamsburg question...are you guys bringing high chairs? I just thought of that today.

 

Ava signed "more" today for real...so cute!

post #39 of 361
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Aw, man, Dylan isn't signing or talking. He's been squeezing his hand together like "milk" but he does it for anything he wants. It's not just for milk. He said "mama" twice the other day, too. Kellen heard him. He didn't mean me, though. He was just babbling and making noises. He hasn't done it since.

JJ ~ I meant to mention that I watched a show about dumpster diving and living completely on foraged food, including meat. There was a man in England who ate only road kill. He would even feed it to his friends when they came over to eat. I get the idea but I couldn't do it, either. I could possibly do the dumpster diving. They don't eat someone else's half eaten food. They collect untouched, wrapped food that's been thrown out by restaurants because it wasn't used that day.

Annie ~ I'm glad you asked about that. DH would probably have thought of it. We have a portable seat that goes on a chair. We'll bring that. We may have a 2nd one. If we do, I could bring that if you don't have one and don't want to buy one.
post #40 of 361

I might just break down and buy one. Walmart  has one that sits in a chair for $17 and I've been thinking about getting something like that anyway and putting away the big highchair because it takes up so much space. I'll think about it. In the meantime, if you confirm that you do have a second one, can you let me know?

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