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post #141 of 206
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Yeah, see, an outlet cover wouldn't solve the issue of pulling on the cords.  I would put a coffee table or something right there.  We have our coffee table currently in front of all our electronics so he can't mess with the receiver and the DVD player.

 

Oh and 0% chance of pregnancy.

post #142 of 206
Yes, our TV is mounted also and we just got a nice solid oak entertainment center for below it. My husband made a plexi-glass plate for over the receiver and it has fully closing side cabinets for movies and stuff. It was pricey but worth not having to say no or pick up movies 1000 times a day.
post #143 of 206
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Nicole, I love your new siggy!  Very creative!

post #144 of 206

Nicole, tape the cords to the wall. Wide masking tape, painters tape or something will do the trick.  Tape it up higher than he can reach to the box you're going to put over the plug. If he can't grab them, he can't pull them. You could actually paint over the tape if you want the cords to match the wall if it's going to be a long term thing. 

 

Jaimee, the screaming didn't start til 10 months? Soren has been screaming for at least a month. We are moving into all the phases Shay just vacated. I'm sorry you're sick.  All your babies are winter babies. There are so many viruses in the winter that if you got AF back at around a year each time, it could be coincidence.

 

Bathroom. We cleared everything out from under the sink, he likes to sit under there. We keep the hair straightener hanging on a hook on the back of the door. Shay no longer cares about the toilet which is lovely. We keep the toilet paper up on a shelf behind the toilet because he thinks it's the best toy ever.

 

I have had 2 of the best nights sleep in a while.  I think it's more a reflection of low standards than anything. 2 nights ago I slept from 11-8 with a five minute wake up for a puking kid and a 2 minute wake up with a nursing kid. Last night just one wake up at 6 and I slept until 7.  I'm so glad everyone is adjusting to the time change finally.

post #145 of 206
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Nicole, I love your new siggy!  Very creative!


Thanks! =)

post #146 of 206
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Nicole, tape the cords to the wall. Wide masking tape, painters tape or something will do the trick.  Tape it up higher than he can reach to the box you're going to put over the plug. If he can't grab them, he can't pull them. You could actually paint over the tape if you want the cords to match the wall if it's going to be a long term thing. 

 

Jaimee, the screaming didn't start til 10 months? Soren has been screaming for at least a month. We are moving into all the phases Shay just vacated. I'm sorry you're sick.  All your babies are winter babies. There are so many viruses in the winter that if you got AF back at around a year each time, it could be coincidence.

 

Bathroom. We cleared everything out from under the sink, he likes to sit under there. We keep the hair straightener hanging on a hook on the back of the door. Shay no longer cares about the toilet which is lovely. We keep the toilet paper up on a shelf behind the toilet because he thinks it's the best toy ever.

 

I have had 2 of the best nights sleep in a while.  I think it's more a reflection of low standards than anything. 2 nights ago I slept from 11-8 with a five minute wake up for a puking kid and a 2 minute wake up with a nursing kid. Last night just one wake up at 6 and I slept until 7.  I'm so glad everyone is adjusting to the time change finally.


I don't know how DH would feel about taping the cords to the walls. He's very anal about that kind of stuff... And I know that box would protect the outlet, but the cable still comes from the wall to the TV and there's no way we can move that (We had to drill a hole through the hard word floors for it, boo.). We're probably just going to put something under it... A small entertainment center, or a bookshelf with his toys on it or something.

 

Conner's been practicing his walking more and more. When he goes from the couch to the coffee table and vice versa over and over and over again, we move the coffee table a few inches away each time. Once it's far enough away though, he crawls because he's faster that way. And he's one of those kids that sticks his tongue out when he's really focused and determined, so when he's walking, his cute little tongue is poking out. LOL I love it!

post #147 of 206
Nicole, do this: http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/01/10/mounting-your-tv-to-the-wall-and-hiding-all-the-cords/

I promise sticking cords through the wall is easy! You could probably use the plug as the initial hole... Then just cover over the plug hole with one of those face plates with no holes.
post #148 of 206
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Wow, Sara, a good night can involve puking?  Those are some low standards!  lol.gif

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Wow, Sara, a good night can involve puking?  Those are some low standards!  lol.gif

I know, right? But I got the best sleep! The puking was low key. DD walked into my room and said, "I threw up on my bed." I got up, grabbed a towel and she said, " Can I sleep on the couch?" I gave her a bowl and blanket and went back to bed. I started laundry and emptied the barf bowl in the morning. She rinsed her mouth and all that before even waking me. I hope the other kids don't get it, but she is getting so big.
post #150 of 206
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Congrats Amanda on getting 3rd place in the Halloween costume photo contest!!  What did you win?

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Amanda: We tied, how funny! I didn't even see the Harry Potter baby, I thought we were tied for first. Oh well! 

Jaimee: The prize was a supporter membership to MDC. 

 

The girls and I all have colds this week. All the kids in my class have been passing it around and I thought I had made it when I finished last week healthy, ready for a whole week off. Then, the cold hit me over the weekend. Oh, the luck of a preschool teacher! I've passed it on to both girls. I'm hoping it just doesn't get any worse than it is. We're all still able to sleep okay, just feeling a little puny and extra tired. I had an inservice meeting at work yesterday morning and took advantage of the fact that we'd already paid the sitter. I got a couple of hours at home by myself to rest before DH came home with the girls. It was bliss even if I was blowing my nose and coughing the whole time. 

 

Anyone have exciting plans for the holiday? This is the first time we're trying to get two families done in one day. I expect it to be miserable on the girls and I will probably be ready to come home and crash by the end of it. Hopefully our parents appreciate the effort, though! I guess I should feel lucky that both families are local, so at least we don't have to drive too far. 

 

I got the girls' Christmas gifts ordered yesterday. All I need to do for them is find some PJs and stocking stuffers now. Then, we're onto the rest of our list. I was hoping to find some DIY projects for DD1's teacher gifts, but my motivation is lacking. Greta is getting a little piano and DD1 is getting a big girl dollhouse. I had a really hard time coming up with things for them. I stuck with my 4 gifts rule, aside from their pj's and ornament that they will get on Christmas Eve. I really can't believe it's Christmas season already, but still so excited. I love this time of year. Plus, it means the school year is almost half over!

post #152 of 206
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Oh, sorry, Mal!  I totally missed that was you in second place!  Congrats to you, too!  Wow the November 2011 DDC is really cleaning up the photo contests this year!

post #153 of 206
Congrats to the photo contest winners.

Mal, I'm sorry you're feeling crummy. We tried to do two Thanksgivings last year, by our families are four hours apart and it was awful. We are practically doing the same thing this year, because my brother is coming into town, so we are staying home late to see him before the 4 hour drive. Woo. We also have Hanukkah to celebrate in a few weeks (also 4 hours away, but with all the kids) Then I work Christmas before heading to Arkansas to visit family.

Ari got better and now all the boys are sick. Soren is puking and feverish but the other two are merely cranky so far.
post #154 of 206

We have been lucky so far to avoid sickness.  I think we might get sick this season though. DH works as a Health Care Aide in a complex care seniors home (Alzheimers, dementia etc) and he is bound to bring something home eventually.  He did go get some immune booster shots at the Homeopath office yesterday so keeping our fingers crossed that we will all be healthy (the local health authority is trying to blackmail care aides into getting the flu shot - so he was looking for an alternative).  He has a pretty strong immune system to start with.  

 

I wish we had the dilemma you guys have with doing holidays with family.  I am originally from South Africa, so there is no chance to celebrate holidays there, and we live in Victoria BC while my in-laws live in Ontario... the only family we have on the island is my aunt (mom's sister).  I do see her from time to time, but she has 4 busy busy kids and she homeschools, she also works 1 day a week Occupational Therapist, and is just generally busy ;)  I do miss doing family holidays.  But I can see how it could be tedious too.

 

The rainy season has been a real downer.  With no car, and a little babe who needs to get out it sure sucks to go walking in the rain :(  ick.  It rains for hours without end, and yesterday it poured so much, the 6 minute trip outside with Eli in my Boba (to return a DVD) I ended up with soaked shoes and clothes - the umbrella didn't do anything to stop us from getting wet.  Oh well.  We did have some nicer days last week and Eli and I went to the park quite a few times to see ducks etc and play in the playground.  But when it rains ... oi ... so depressing.

post #155 of 206
My kids have already gotten a cold this year, baby included. Luckily it was pretty light. We don't usually get more than a cold so I will cross my fingers that stick!

I think there are 5 of us with Thanksgiving babies right? Is everyone gearing up for the birthday weekend?

Tomorrow starts a week of pure chaos for us. I LOVE it, I love being busy. I am excited for B's party. I stole the "open house" party from you guys, it's so low stress and brilliant.

We were actually planning a trip to Victoria that I was pretty excited about, but I don't think we will make it now. I have to get my son a passport so we can cross the border with him since DH is not his bio parent. It's a complicated process I thought we could pull off until yesterday when his bio-Dad called and told me he had been in prison :/ which just...complicated life, generally.
post #156 of 206
Autumn, for years I worked in long term care. Only sickness in our house came from the kids. It's not hard to avoid illness if he practices good universal precautions. Illness still come from the kids, they just have a much larger social circle now.

Ash, that stinks about needing the passport. I hope you can get it sorted out quickly.
post #157 of 206

We celebrated our turkey baby's birthday this past Sunday at my parents' house. We figured it would be better to avoid the right-after-Thanksgiving party we would've otherwise had to deal with. It was so wonderful! My mom put the party together, we invited a few friends and in-laws, and there were pizza and cupcakes. I decided not to plan anything extravagant this go-around. I'm not much of a party planner anyway, so it worked out best this way, especially with me not even having to host it at our house! We made out like bandits with toys, too. Woohoo! I guess there is more to come on Thanksgiving Day from my in-laws. Sora is their first grandbaby so they've been going all out. They already gifted her one of those Little Tikes cars, a little scooter she can walk with/ride on, and more. I can't imagine what else is in store for Thursday. Our living room is a mess right now! We're going to buy a toy chest very soon to get organized, and I'm buying Sora a bunch of books for Christmas to even things out education-wise. winky.gif

 

My brother is going to email me pictures from the birthday party and then I'll post them to the birthday thread. smile.gif

 

RE: illness

I have been sick nonstop for the past 2 months with about 4-5 different things - one after another - and I'm FINALLY almost all better! YAY! I was determined to beat this neverending sinus infection on my own and came close to having to go to the doctor because it was getting worse and worse after weeks with no end in sight. I might've ended up with a slight outer ear infection from letting it go so long. Oops. But thankfully my immune system finally kicked both to the curb! I really attribute my healing to all the garlic, bone broths, probiotics, grapefruit seed extract, and other dietary measures I was religious with. Is it weird that I'm proud of my body for fighting so much on its own? LOL. I guess I had lost faith in my body's ability to fight stuff on its own after the years of antibiotic after antibiotic, and now I have a new-found gratefulness for my body's capabilities! orngbiggrin.gif But man, it sure is easier to fight stuff with an antibiotic... the difference between days and weeks. Ugh.

post #158 of 206

No sickness here yet. We're all pretty healthy and rarely get sick, so I'm crossing my fingers it stays that way. Conner isn't around a bunch of kids, either (Or any, really. LOL).

 

Thanksgiving: My parents and older sister will be coming in town TOMORROW, so my house is going to be a freaking mad house. Blah. Not to mention I work Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun... The five days everyone is going to be here... So at least I'll get a break... My poor DH on the other hand, LOL. He's stuck with his in-laws. Mwahahahaha.

 

On actual Thanksgiving Day, we have three meals to go to. DH's Mom's, Dad's, and Step-Dad's. My family's doing TDay on Friday.

 

I'm already over it and it hasn't even started yet, LOL.

post #159 of 206
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My parents are flying in tonight for the holiday.  It will be pretty low key with dinner prep on Thursday, maybe getting and decorating a Christmas tree on Friday, decorating some traditional holiday cookies with the kids, going to parks and out on walks... that sort of thing.  Hopefully we'll stay healthy long enough to enjoy it.  Avalon threw up last night, but not all night, just once.  I think it may have been just a random indigestion thing since she's totally fine today.  FX!

post #160 of 206

Thanks, Jaimee!  I know, Mal, too funny! 

 

We are slightly ill here, too. Not too bad. I had a cold and cough for a few weeks, then it went away. Then, I got a brand new one that Jasper brought home from daycare. He has a perpetual winter snotty nose. Yay! I have to get a flu shot ASAP... it's mandatory at my work.(Children's hospital, though I work at the office park.) I'm ok with it. 

 

So, anyone who remembers my issues with my 10 yo dd, she finally had her evaluation with a developmental pediatrician. He diagnosed her as having Asperger's. I haven't really processed it yet. Lots to think about. Do I get the school involved? How/ when do I tell her? Etc, etc. 

 

Jasper had his one year check-up today. He is small! 20-30th percentile for height and weight. My little cutie!! His doctor isn't concerned with his lack of speech. His problem solving skills and receptive language are great, so we don't need to worry. He's just not talking yet. She said that it is likely he won't say much until after 18 months. She's basing that on her experience. Hmmm... interesting. 

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