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post #181 of 261
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Originally Posted by Oliver's Mama View Post

With all 3 of my kids, I have gotten the immediate response, "oh, that's an old family name, huh?" Anyone else get that?

 I'm guessing they mean the name sounds old and no one in their right mind would name a child that unless they were obligated by tradition.  oh, and the answer is no, all 3 times. Oliver, Eli (Elijah) and Eleanor.  It's not outright rude, but it's awkward.

 

Oliver is becoming a popular name, and I bet Eleanor will too in the next few years. That's weird that people assume they're family names because traditional names are very trendy right now.

post #182 of 261
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Originally Posted by Oliver's Mama View Postid 

With all 3 of my kids, I have gotten the immediate response, "oh, that's an old family name, huh?" Anyone else get that?

 I'm guessing they mean the name sounds old and no one in their right mind would name a child that unless they were obligated by tradition.  oh, and the answer is no, all 3 times. Oliver, Eli (Elijah) and Eleanor.  It's not outright rude, but it's awkward.

 

I think those are really cool names, FWIW. I offered Oliver as a boy's name for this LO, and DF immediately veto'ed it. Same for Elijah. I haven't approached him with Eleanor. I told him he has to offer some names, before I offer more names for him to veto. orngtongue.gif

 

The landlord brought us a new-to-us fridge yesterday, I was so excited! It even a little bigger than the old one, and hopefully it will keep everything frozen! I'm so disappointed, though. I thought my pumpkin ice cream was okay when I checked it, but when we emptied everything out last night, it was liquid. greensad.gif

 

I went to order Subway for DF and I this afternoon, and when I ran my card that it was declined. I was seriously upset, but asked them to hold the food so I could run to the ATM and get some money. When I went to ATM, it said something about card is invalid, please visit your bank. So I go in and talk to the teller, and she asks me if I tried to withdraw nine-fifty out of the account. I said yeah, but that was before I realized they had a $500 withdrawal limit. She said something about where did I try and withdraw the $9.50 out, and I was like, "Wait, you meant nine dollars and fifty cents?" and then told her I've never tried to withdraw that amount. ($9.50, really? Why not just $10?) She said okay, and asked me about a couple of other charges (1.77 to Blue Palms. 3.97 to justgive.com or something), and a 140 something charge for somewhere I've never heard of.) They cancelled my card, and issuing me a new one. But very frustrated, because the first time I order something on the Internet, and I get my card number stolen. So I'm going to send an e-mail to the website (cafepress.com) and let them know that my information was stolen from there, and also to Amazon, but the teller said Amazon is very secure, so it had to have been cafepress. Just frustrated. At least everything will hopefully be okay.

post #183 of 261

Paid the application fee on a new apt. today. We won't hear back until after Christmas about if we got it or not. But I'm so hoping we do. I think we will get it, may have to pay extra deposit though due to our credit. If so we'll be moving in Jan 25th. Honestly, TMI but I'm just excited to be able to have sex with my husband again! Being in the house with my Dad all the time has not fared well for our sex life. We would have sex on the floor like teenagers so the bed wouldn't make noise LOL. Although I did get pregnant while here so I guess sometimes it was okay. That and taking a shower with my DH. Nothing sexual, we just always used to shower together to wind down the day. It was our talking time. Haven't done that in a year. Its felt too weird doing that with my Dad in the house.

 

And I found my present from DH today! I'm getting a new camera! I so need one too, my current camera stinks and takes horrible pics. The silly man hid it in the kitchen where I keep my mixer and other baking stuff. Um hello...I told him I'd be baking stuff for Christmas this week! I'll just pretend like I didn't see it.

post #184 of 261

bmcneal: That's a really common thing card thieves do. They'll charge a few really small things first, often to a charity website, to make sure the card works. If it's valid, then they'll start racking up the big charges. Someone did it to me once, but the card company flags those patterns because it's so common and they contacted me ASAP to confirm it wasn't me. Fortunately the CC companies are usually very good about expunging the fraudulent charges.

 

Midwife appointment today went fine. They're always so short! I don't mind, it just feels weird to drive 20/30 minutes both ways, and only be there for what feels like 15 minutes. lol

 

Had to shell out the cash for some salon-grade shampoo/conditioner/treatment today. This pregnancy has just ruined my hair. Instead of getting that normal, thick pregnancy hair, it's gotten thinner (and my hair is super fine to begin with) and SO dry/frizzy/damaged. I've tried switching to a good shampoo from the drug store, tried a hot coconut oil treatment, but no luck. The new stuff seems to have helped though! My hair is MUCH less frizzy today. It is kind of a pain though, because I have to shampoo, rinse, treat and wait five minutes, rinse, condition and wait five minutes, and rinse again. Makes my shower twice as long. Fortunately the treatment thing only has to be done every few washes, and not every time. I love the smell too. It doesn't smell like anything in particular, just "salon product" ya know? I've always loved the smell of the products they use when I get my hair cut. Drugstore shampoos never seem to have quite the same sort of scent. Anyhow, it's nice to feel pretty again. I've been growing my hair out for a looooooooong time. So to have it so frizzy and damaged looking when it's so long was making me really frustrated. I never took very good care of my appearance in my teens and early twenties. Now I've learned how to do my hair and make-up better, and gotten in the habit of doing it regularly. YouTube tutorials for those sorts of things are awesome, btw. And during my pregnancy with DD I didn't put ANY effort into how I looked. It made me feel frumpy and ugly. I've been determined not to feel that way this time, and so far I've actually been feeling prettier. :)    I don't bother with hair/make-up daily or anything, especially since I often don't go anywhere on a given day.

 

I'm excited for Christmas (less than a week!). @_@   But I'm sad it will be over so soon! It's my favorite holiday and I love the season leading up to the holiday itself. Fortunately DP has a full 8 days off from work, so we'll get to spend a lot of quality time as a family. We've got free passes to Zoo Lights, and a free pass to an indoor play centre, plus we're using the Christmas money his family sent to pay for a visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. We've been before, but didn't expect to get to go again. DD's wanted to go back to the "dinosaur museum" so badly though, so this will be a fun treat for us all. We're going to try to talk her Uncle into coming with us (it's fun for adults too)!

post #185 of 261

IronMam...I, too, think the salon stuff makes a significant difference with hair.  I'm not normally a fan of products far from natural, and even with shampoos and stuff we try to stick with as natural as ingredients as we can (though homemade and no-poo simply do not work for us here with our water type...tried it several times and it's just not happening!).  But I get the salon stuff from my mom who's a cosmetologist (I admit I've never had to pay for it, and if I did who knows if I'd still use it...it looks ridiculously expensive!) and really, nothing compares to how it makes my hair look and feel.  And I know that doesn't necessarily mean it's best for my hair, but it makes ME feel good and like you said, THAT alone can make things much more bearable.  I've been trying to take better care of myself this time around as well...just to make efforts into my appearance.  I never wear makeup or anything (other than mascara) but I've just been trying to dress up nicer and wear some of the new jewelry I've acquired (have a friend selling Premier and hosted her first party and received a ridiculous amount of free jewelry LOL), and even on my frumpiest, bloatiest, ugliest, most uncomfortable days, it really does help me feel better about myself.

post #186 of 261

Oh and I'm SOOOOO excited for Christmas too!!!  DH is working a 48 so we've been cleaning and baking all day, and will do the same tomorrow.  The days leading up to Christmas are like the last weeks of pregnancy...they take forever! LOL  It's definitely my favorite holiday and I just love the whole atmosphere and the time with family, even in the craziness. :)

 

We are also celebrating our 9th anniversary tomorrow. :)  DH is working, so we actually just went out for a few hours last Sunday.  But it's crazy to think next year is our 10th already!  It's gone by fast.  It's been wonderful, though. :)

post #187 of 261
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Originally Posted by 1babysmom View Post
 I never wear makeup or anything (other than mascara) but I've just been trying to dress up nicer and wear some of the new jewelry I've acquired (have a friend selling Premier and hosted her first party and received a ridiculous amount of free jewelry LOL), and even on my frumpiest, bloatiest, ugliest, most uncomfortable days, it really does help me feel better about myself.

 

It really does! I think, aside from the just feeling prettier/more confident, it feels good to do something just for myself...especially important as a mommy who does so much for everybody else. It's amazing what even just throwing on a necklace can do to take me from feeling frumpy to at least a little put together/stylish. That may be why I have so many Mommy Necklaces...though, I don't have as many as I used to (I sell the ones I end up not wearing much online).

 

For years and years I refused to buy any of the high-end cosmetics and stuff because I thought it was just a rip-off...but for some things I've found it really matters for quality. Other things, I'm all about the cheap brands. For example: liquid foundation. I never wore it because it always looked terrible and fake. I finally tried the Makeup Forever High Definition foundation at Sephora (the sale's ladies will apply it for you if you want to try something), and it looked SO natural but actually covered the rosacea-like redness in my cheeks! And the Urban Decay 24/7 eye-liners really are as fabulous as everyone says they are. They go on so smooth and STAY on really well. But, on the other hand, the expensive primers? Nope. I don't buy those. I actually use Monistat Chafing Gel. It's got the same ingredient that makes the expensive primers work, but it's way cheaper. And lipstick/lipgloss? Meh. Avon, mark., drugstore brands, etc. suit me fine for that. I like to check out the reviews on MakeupAlley and Amazon before I decide to buy/try something new.

post #188 of 261
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Originally Posted by 1babysmom View Post

We are also celebrating our 9th anniversary tomorrow. :)  DH is working, so we actually just went out for a few hours last Sunday.  But it's crazy to think next year is our 10th already!  It's gone by fast.  It's been wonderful, though. :)

 

Congrats! Our 7th is on the 27th! :)

post #189 of 261

Any thoughts about traveling 8-10 hours away for a baby shower? My family wants to throw one in the late winter. We will drive there, but I imagine we can break it up. Is it crazy to do something like that when I will be about 7-8 mo pregnant?

post #190 of 261

Munchkin08 - if it was something I wanted to do, I wouldn't let the distance stop me. If it was something I didn't want to do, I'd use the distance as an excuse to back out. ;)

 

If you want to, but are worried, would they be willing to host one nearer to you?

post #191 of 261

Jeesh. I spent almost all day trying to make our family Christmas "card" work properly. I usually do a website, instead of mailing cards. It's cheaper, it's easy to share, and I can include tons of pictures/info from the previous year. But there were just so many technical problems. But I won out in the end. It's super cute so I'm happy.

 

DP has two days off work (his weekends are currently Friday/Saturday, switching to Sunday/Monday in January), but then he only goes back to work for one day before getting a whole 8 DAYS off of work for the holidays! Oh, I am so excited! He has worked a lot of overtime and holidays this year, so it is going to be nice to have him home for so long, especially since our anniversary is the 27th.

post #192 of 261
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Originally Posted by IronMam View Post

Jeesh. I spent almost all day trying to make our family Christmas "card" work properly. I usually do a website, instead of mailing cards. It's cheaper, it's easy to share, and I can include tons of pictures/info from the previous year. But there were just so many technical problems. But I won out in the end. It's super cute so I'm happy.

 

DP has two days off work (his weekends are currently Friday/Saturday, switching to Sunday/Monday in January), but then he only goes back to work for one day before getting a whole 8 DAYS off of work for the holidays! Oh, I am so excited! He has worked a lot of overtime and holidays this year, so it is going to be nice to have him home for so long, especially since our anniversary is the 27th.

 

Don't you hate when that happens? I'm glad you got it figured out, though. smile.gif

 

DF just went in for his 12th 10 hour work day in a row, but after today, he'll have... ten? days off, so I'm *so* anxious for seven o'clock tomorrow morning! Even though we get to spend a little more time together since I stopped working, we don't get much, so to have so many days off, I'm so excited! love.gif

post #193 of 261
Happy Solstice!

We've got a bunch of candles lit this morning instead of electric lights. And later were having stew and wassail. Then we're going to watch The Grinch and have "Grinch Punch." smile.gif

Might bake some cookies today too.
post #194 of 261

I don't think I'd travel 8 hours for a baby shower.. mine or anyone else's lol.  Why can't they come to you?

post #195 of 261
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Originally Posted by IronMam View Post

Munchkin08 - if it was something I wanted to do, I wouldn't let the distance stop me. If it was something I didn't want to do, I'd use the distance as an excuse to back out. ;)

 

If you want to, but are worried, would they be willing to host one nearer to you?

Agree with above.  I can't imagine asking a pregnant woman to drive 8 hours away, while 7-8 months though.  Besides the obvious going into labor issue, that's going to be incredibly uncomfortable, and it'd probably be more like 12 hours, counting all the bathroom stops you'll likely need.

I think a half-way location could be a reasonable alternative if you and the hosts really want to get together.  I don't think it would be rude at all to ask them to come closer, if not all the way to you.  The average woman would be understanding of the physical struggles of pregnancy, and the obvious risk of being so far from your birthing location of choice.

post #196 of 261

Random.. but I burst out laughing seeing a McD's ad on mothering.com lol.. 

post #197 of 261
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Originally Posted by alaskanmomma View Post

Random.. but I burst out laughing seeing a McD's ad on mothering.com lol.. 

 

Wow- I just saw it too. That IS funny. Are they trying to target the pregnant ladies? That burger doesn't even look good. Yuck!

post #198 of 261

I'll be the bad guy and say I LOVE McD's, but not the ad I expect on here... and that burger looked gross -.- I was expecting it to be an ad for like.. a frozen burger brand or something until it popped up saying he was a McDonald's farmer lol

post #199 of 261
I work at McDonalds and cannot stand the burgers! Its not even real meat! The only burgers I like right now are from Red Robin. I think when my taxes come in, I am going to take my brother and daughter out there, as he has always taken me. Its a strong craving lol!
post #200 of 261

My friend had her baby today, and another friend had twins on Wednesday... needless to say, I have to have a prep talk with my uterus to keep Calliope in there, because it wants to evict now and get baby cuddles and snuggles and newborn smell. DAMMIT!

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