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post #241 of 435

We were doing really well with EC until we went on vacation in July and since then it has been really hit or miss (pun! haha). We have caught about three poops since then. He seriously just doesn't care and doesn't cue at all. We still take him to the potty at EVERY diaper change (about once an hour - or once every two hours if DH is on baby duty!) and more often than not he'll go. And most of the time he's dry over night. We get up 1 or 2 times a night for potties.

 

I'd LOVE for him to poop in the potty... I have a real hatred of poop in cloth diapers. What a mess. 

post #242 of 435

I would just like to share with everyone that I take my dh for granted!! He is out of town right now... Last night, I fell asleep while putting Jasper to bed at 8:00. Dd2 came to wake me up at 9:00. She and dd1 should have already been in bed! Then, this morning Jasper was so cranky and upset, I literally had no time to get ready. I am actually at work wearing jeans, no shower, no make-up... I didn't even get to wash my face!! I guess dh lying in bed with him helps Jasper wake up. I used to be a pro at doing it on my own. Sigh. Also, we ate out for dinner and I packed lunchables for dd1 and dd2. And I didn't do the dishes. Oops... also forgot to feed the cat this morning. 

 

That's all. Just wanted to share the silliness.I think I'm going to leave now and "work from home".

post #243 of 435
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Originally Posted by LunaLady View Post


I'd LOVE for him to poop in the potty... I have a real hatred of poop in cloth diapers. What a mess. 

Yes, it's during this phase, just prior to potty training, that we often resorted to using flushable liners during times we predicted a poop coming.  Our problem with Avery is that he grunts for a lot of reasons.  He'll grunt while chewing on something, while cruising and climbing, etc. so I'm unsure if he's gearing up to poop or just playing and I hate disturbing him if he's playing.

post #244 of 435
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Originally Posted by TalkToMeNow View Post

I would just like to share with everyone that I take my dh for granted!! He is out of town right now... Last night, I fell asleep while putting Jasper to bed at 8:00. Dd2 came to wake me up at 9:00. She and dd1 should have already been in bed! Then, this morning Jasper was so cranky and upset, I literally had no time to get ready. I am actually at work wearing jeans, no shower, no make-up... I didn't even get to wash my face!! I guess dh lying in bed with him helps Jasper wake up. I used to be a pro at doing it on my own. Sigh. Also, we ate out for dinner and I packed lunchables for dd1 and dd2. And I didn't do the dishes. Oops... also forgot to feed the cat this morning. 

 

That's all. Just wanted to share the silliness.I think I'm going to leave now and "work from home".

 

You just reaffirmed my strict no TDY rule.  Don't feel bad, this is exactly what it would look like for me if my husband was not here.  He has been wanting to take a trip so we can pay off our car but...not worth it....

post #245 of 435
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TDY?  Travel During school Year?    Amanda, I feel your pain.  It's awful when dh is out of town.  Just awful.  Not to mention that it NEVER fails that someone, or more likely everyone, is sick while he's gone, too.  I literally get no sleep and then my health fails, not to mention my mental health.  I make (fake) hot dogs or rice and beans pretty much every night for dinner and they end up watching a whole lot of TV.  Dh has the older two with him right now for a trip to Washington state so I'm home alone with Avery.  While it's not a lot of work to just take care of Avery, it is still trying on my patience since he basically won't let me put him down or leave his sight for even a few seconds.  But then dh calls me and tells me that he's losing his patience with the older kids and I just can't be sympathetic.  Come on, they're at grandma and grandpa's house with their aunt, uncle, and cousin, too.  There is so much support in that house right now there should be no reason that someone can't take those kids somewhere and do something with them!  He literally has NO idea what it is like to take care of those kids or all three kids without other adults around.

post #246 of 435
Amanda, you're making me nervous about Sara's upcoming trips. I'm going to give my boys bottles for the first time (my first time giving a bottle to one of my kids, not their first time taking bottles) and do bedtime, nighttime, cooking, cleaning (yeah right) and everything else on my own. Thankfully the big kids will be home, they're actually very helpful. I've started having them make dinner once a week (I laid out all the stuff and O made pizza so far), and clean up after the babies somewhat (they put away every toy on the floor daily).
post #247 of 435

Eli is quite talkative.  His clearest words are Mamma (a mission to get him to say it though, he only uses it if he is REALLY upset), Daddy, Dadda, Pappa, Pappu, Dog, Doggy, This, That, There, Uh Oh, Tee, See, Grampa, Bye-Bye, Diaper, Ducky, and then the beginning of words, so Ba (Bath, this one is quite funny to listen too, he really has the ba of bath down to a science, all that is missing is the th!), Boo (Book, Boots), Bru (Brush) Bu (Bus), Bir (Birdy), Blo (Block), Poo (Poop).  He is really good at connecting words to things, so if I ask him to bring me his horsey, cup etc he looks for them throughout the room, finds them and brings them here.  I love that he is walking too, I say "Lets go change your diaper"  He says: 'Diaper Diaper' and runs off to the washroom where I usually change him.  He is so curious about everything - it is wonderful.  He has these big alert eyes that just drink everything in ... :)

 

I love my DH and am so thankful he is here.  Eli adores him, when he comes home from work he honks his horn of his scooter (we live in an apartment building), Eli yells "Daddy!" and runs off to the door, and if I take to long to come, he comes back and tucks at my pants and with a very serious face says Daddy again.  So we go and he squeals the entire way!  So freaking cute.  Eli wakes up better when my DH is home, but he has been working from 7am, which means he leaves at 6:30am.  So I have been on dealing with his wake ups and he is definitely not a morning person (my DH isn't either - getting up at 6am is torture for him!)

 

Jaimee, I so get the not leaving your sight thing, if I got to the washroom and shut the door, Eli starts crying so bitterly.  It has improved now that he can walk, since he follows me around but I can't go anywhere without him or he cries.  

 

I don't know what it is, but I have been so tired lately (*I am not pregnant we aren't trying yet).  Could just be the colder weather, or something.  I know I was feeling a little under the weather so maybe my body is just working harder to fight it off... oh well... 

post #248 of 435
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

TDY?  Travel During school Year?    Amanda, I feel your pain.  It's awful when dh is out of town.  Just awful.  Not to mention that it NEVER fails that someone, or more likely everyone, is sick while he's gone, too.  I literally get no sleep and then my health fails, not to mention my mental health.  I make (fake) hot dogs or rice and beans pretty much every night for dinner and they end up watching a whole lot of TV.  Dh has the older two with him right now for a trip to Washington state so I'm home alone with Avery.  While it's not a lot of work to just take care of Avery, it is still trying on my patience since he basically won't let me put him down or leave his sight for even a few seconds.  But then dh calls me and tells me that he's losing his patience with the older kids and I just can't be sympathetic.  Come on, they're at grandma and grandpa's house with their aunt, uncle, and cousin, too.  There is so much support in that house right now there should be no reason that someone can't take those kids somewhere and do something with them!  He literally has NO idea what it is like to take care of those kids or all three kids without other adults around.

 

 

Is that what TDY stands for?  lol.gif  I honestly had no idea...all I ever needed to know is that it means me parenting alone.  With my DH in another country.  I guess I never really thought about it. 

 

Is Avery perhaps being extra clingy because everyone else is gone and its different than normal?

post #249 of 435
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I'm sure it does have a lot to do with the older two kids being gone and things being much quieter around here.  I think it's also teeth and the fact that he's been coughing and snotting for a couple weeks and not sleeping well.  Just a lot of fun all around. 

 

I just found out that their flight back to Chicago is cancelled.  They can't get on another flight until the 24th.  Seriously.  They'll be home at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve.  I'm really disappointed.

post #250 of 435
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

I'm sure it does have a lot to do with the older two kids being gone and things being much quieter around here.  I think it's also teeth and the fact that he's been coughing and snotting for a couple weeks and not sleeping well.  Just a lot of fun all around. 

 

I just found out that their flight back to Chicago is cancelled.  They can't get on another flight until the 24th.  Seriously.  They'll be home at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve.  I'm really disappointed.

oh no!!!! Here's to hoping that nothing happens to get the xmas eve flight cancelled. I'm sorry, Jaimee. :(

post #251 of 435

The 24th!??!?!?!

post #252 of 435
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Yes!  It would suck if the storm stuck around or another one came through.  O'Hare cancels flights all the time.  What a huge bummer if they missed Christmas!

post #253 of 435

Can they fly int a different airpot to get home sooner?

post #254 of 435

That's awful, Jaimee! I'm so sorry! I'd be terribly lonely. I feel for you!

post #255 of 435

Aww, I'm sorry Jaimee! I'm totally picturing your husband and kids frantically running through an airport ----"Home Alone"-style. lol.gif The image would've been even better had he taken Avery along and tried running while babywearing. I'm so mean...

post #256 of 435
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Sara, he tried, but to no avail.

 

Those that celebrate Yule... what are you cooking tomorrow?  Please include recipe links if you've got them!

post #257 of 435
What a bummer, Jaimee!! Sorry!

It should totally not be that hard for me to be alone with the kids. They are older! But Jasper has been majorly clingy. Also, dh puts him to bed now, so that's tougher for me. And my older kids are only somewhat helpful. I'm overwhelmed with dh here... I'm just like that. I think it is because I feel like I get home from work at 3 and stay in the kitchen until 7. Seriously. Cleaning, dinner, 4 lunches, cleaning. Ahhh!!! Have I mentioned that Jasper's daycare doesn't provide meals? So everyday I have to pack breakfast, lunch, and snack for him. And label them with the date and meal. Sigh.

Oh, super joy: Jasper can now climb out of his high chair. The last bastion of baby containment has been conquered. smile.gif
post #258 of 435
Amanda, can you delegate lunch packing to your 15 year old? I feel you on living in the kitchen. I always think that the crock pot should be my friend but I can't get it to be. Do you pack leftovers (my kids won't eat leftovers, but they're home for lunch and make their own lunches).

Jaimee, I don't celebrate anything special, but I'm making chicken curry. Tomorrow I will be trying to keep my patient calm about the end if the world. Lol.
post #259 of 435

That sucks Jaimee!  I seriously hope that all goes well from here and they are home by Christmas.

 

We have finally made the decision to scout other countries to move to. We have always wanted to move to a foreign country, mostly somewhere in South America, but it's just never panned out. We bought the plane tickets yesterday for my DH and step-father to go to Costa Rica/Nicaragua and Uruguay.  We are majorly leaning toward Uruguay, but really feel like he should visit 2 different places and get a real feel for them.  He'll be gone for 16 days in February, so I'll have my share of single parenting in a couple of months.  Luckily I do live with my sister, so she will be around to help me, which is nice.  Although, our dog is pregnant again and we'll be in the hectic middle of puppies!  

post #260 of 435
Abra, what happened to settling down in Tennessee?
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