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Cloth at night can be so hard, for the longest time we were just having to wash everything come morning because he had soaked through it all. We're currently using a cotton prefold + a bamboo/cotton flat  and it's been wonderful! His pajamas can fit over his diaper and I don't have to wash his sheets everyday :)

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I don't usually have a problem with our cloth leaking. It only leaked last night because it wasn't a night diaper set up. The problem is that D has been getting irritated by the littlest bit of wetness/urine. His foreskin has been constantly red and swollen, sometimes even cracked and bleeding. We put him in sposies and it looked almost completely healed after just one night. I put him in cloth for the day and all the redness and irritation came back. After 3 days of sposies at night he was completely healed. I don't know if he is extremely sensitive to his own urine or what.

I've tried stripping my diapers but that doesn't seem to help. I use only Charlie's soap, which is supposed to be one of the gentlest, least irritating detergents there is, and always do extra rinses with every wash. I'm going to try Castile soap next time since I already have that in the house.

Ethan has sensitive skin and is circumcised didn't have an issue like this. Kellen is intact and never had an issue with any of it. It doesn't matter what kind of diapering system I use, either. I don't know what to other than switch to sposies.
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That's kind of how it used to be at night until we switched to sposies but it didn't start until later in the morning so I usually got more hours of sleep. Even with that, it's always much, much harder for me during my lp. I get extremely irritable and emotional. I am much more quick to get very angry and kind of explode and go on rants. It's really horrible. I spent the weekend feeling like I was constantly complaining to/about and nagging dh. It's like my mouth opens up and stuff just starts spewing out before I can stop it and no matter how much I tell myself to shut it, my mouth has a mind of it's own. Add horrible cramps that wake me up and keep me up at night and having to pop ibuprofen every few hours and it all just sucks. At least I know I definitely Oed, though.

 

These are my PMS symptoms to a tee. I'm telling you, carrots!!  It helped me SO MUCH and it can't hurt.  I literally see red and can feel my mouth starting to flap before my brain could even stop it!  It's awful.  It's out of control!  I can't even begin to describe how much it changed just after 2 days of carrot juice. I was a new woman.  I drink it daily now and my moods are so even its redic.

 

I think I'm starting to feel human!!

 

Finn's eyes look slightly better and have less discharge.  He's still acting totally normal, barely bothered.  I'll keep up the bm in his eyes.  Fx'ed it clears up soon!

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Carrots?? Really? I may need to get some also, any idea what is in them that makes such a difference? 

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This is where I first heard about it:  http://mamanatural.com/a-carrot-a-day-keeps-pms-at-bay/

 

Idk how it works but it just does.  I feel amazing.  I make whole juice with about 1 cup of raw carrots and a handful of frozen strawberries in my Blend Tec.  I also usually add greens and protein powder.  

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Very cool Carrie, I'm going to have to look into a juicer/blender type something! 

 

MW: Have you tried topping his diapers with a fleece liner? Most likely you have run the gamut of options, I just love our cloth and can't imagine not being able to use it :(

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I already eat lots of carrots. I eat them alone and in salads and in all kinds of dishes that I make.

Yes, lyterae, I have tried all my different diapers with various different materials. Nothing makes a difference except that PUL seems to make it worse. I am very upset at the prospect of not being able to use my cloth. I refuse to give up.
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lyterae-- I was thinkking the same as MW with day 25 or maybe even later. Hard to tell with the missing ones. 

 

MW-- that sucks about the diapers! When we were having stink issues, DH was at the point where he wanted to just switch to sposies and I was soooo unimpressed by the idea! Made me very sad at the idea of not using cloth anymore!!

 

Had a better day today. Ten actually spent some time playing with me and was in a really good mood. She did skip her afternoon nap and we paid for that, but otherwise it was good! And I got a lot of cleaning up done too! And... DH made cookies last night that are without a doubt the BEST cookies I've ever eaten. We ate almost the entire batch last night. 

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MW I have heard taking Vitex can help with PMS symptoms.  I believe it is safe while nursing since so many women who are ttc use it.  

 

So, we risked it and went to target today.  I think the days of Finn sitting in the cart while we shop are coming to an end!  He got out a few times and walked holding my hand.  No more leisurely strolls!   It's hard b/c Nora wants to linger and look at things, and he wants to GO!  We'll have to adjust.  It was fun tho.  I love hanging out with these kids!  They are just a barrel of laughs!  

I kept wiping finn's hands and trying to keep him from touching his eyes too much.  Hopefully we didn't spread our germs.  I was just going NUTS being cooped up indoors.  Im finally starting to feel better.  Just still a bit of a cough and my voice is hoarse, and a runny nose.  I think so far my eyes are ok.

 

I need to go dig up 11 points from the kitchen.  'Night ladies!!  See you tmw morning, coffee in hand!!

 

(PS.  I'm not telling school N had pinkeye.  They require a DR NOTE to come back.  FFS.  It's freaking pinkeye.  You can see it or you can't.  smh.  Finn can stay home tmw while I do drop off. NTM her case was so incredibly light -- she only had redness for 2 full days.  I think I'll just play dumb.)

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Carrie ~ Do you know how long the virus/bacteria can hang around after symptoms are gone? I'm not afraid of germs but I would be more than a little upset if I found out someone knowlingly sent her child to school with a potentially contagious illness.

WRT diapers, there have been a few times when my diapers have come out of the dryer smelling like poo. I don't know what that's all about. I washed them yesterday with the Castile soap and a little bit of baking soda and they still smelled. I put cloth on D for bed last night and he tossed and turned all night. He doesn't look red or irritate this morning, though.

I'm not in the mood to start taking any new supplements. I'd rather just leave things the way they are for now and see what happens. I don't want to start taking any hormone adjusters before my cycles have even come fully back yet.
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Oh I hear you.  Yes, they say as long as they have no visible symptoms (no longer pink in the eye, no more discharge) they are fine to return to school.  She was clear on Saturday.  So Sat, sun, mon - 3 days of clear with no signs of it at all.  I wouldn't risk it if she still showed any signs.  They are the most contagious before symptoms present, anyhow.  I'm not trying to be a jerk about it.  She really is fine. She had a very mild case and it cleared up fast.  

 

I would be mad too if someone knowingly sent their child to school sick. I'm not trying to sneak her in sick under the radar.  I just meant needing a dr approval for a virus we didn't need a dr for seems silly.  

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Ah, ok. I honestly didn't know so was wondering. Most viruses are contagious for at least a day or two before symptoms show up. I think I've read somewhere (but it may just have been something I heard) that they are contagious for 4 days after symptoms show up. I think I've also read or been told that they can still be contagious for longer than that. I think that was for upper respiratory viruses, though.

Anyway, D is becoming such a stinker. If I don't immediately drop whatever I'm doing when he wants me, he pushes, kicks and pulls on me. It drives me mad. He'll push my legs away from the counter when I'm trying to cook or wash dishes. He pulls on my arms and pushes the computer when I'm trying to read or type. He climbs on/behind me and kicks me. He screams and has a fit. There's part of me that feels like I need to show him that I'm not going to drop everything for him all the time. He needs to learn to wait. But, there's another part of me that thinks he's so young and still needs me to be immediately responsive to him. I'm worried that making him wait will send him the message that his needs aren't important. And, just being with me is still a need for him at such a young age. The only way to make him late is to remove him from my presence, like putting on the other side of the gate we have between the family room and kitchen or buckling him in his seat. That doesn't feel right at all even if it's barely for a minute.

Part of my problem is that I cannot stand to be interrupted. If I'm doing something, I want to focus on just that and get it done. I don't like having to stop every few minutes to do something else. On the other hand, whatever I'm doing isn't usually so important that he has to be finished right then and there. There's really no reason why I can't stop and come back to it later.
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Ah, ok. I honestly didn't know so was wondering. Most viruses are contagious for at least a day or two before symptoms show up. I think I've read somewhere (but it may just have been something I heard) that they are contagious for 4 days after symptoms show up. I think I've also read or been told that they can still be contagious for longer than that. I think that was for upper respiratory viruses, though.

Anyway, D is becoming such a stinker. If I don't immediately drop whatever I'm doing when he wants me, he pushes, kicks and pulls on me. It drives me mad. He'll push my legs away from the counter when I'm trying to cook or wash dishes. He pulls on my arms and pushes the computer when I'm trying to read or type. He climbs on/behind me and kicks me. He screams and has a fit. There's part of me that feels like I need to show him that I'm not going to drop everything for him all the time. He needs to learn to wait. But, there's another part of me that thinks he's so young and still needs me to be immediately responsive to him. I'm worried that making him wait will send him the message that his needs aren't important. And, just being with me is still a need for him at such a young age. The only way to make him late is to remove him from my presence, like putting on the other side of the gate we have between the family room and kitchen or buckling him in his seat. That doesn't feel right at all even if it's barely for a minute.

Part of my problem is that I cannot stand to be interrupted. If I'm doing something, I want to focus on just that and get it done. I don't like having to stop every few minutes to do something else. On the other hand, whatever I'm doing isn't usually so important that he has to be finished right then and there. There's really no reason why I can't stop and come back to it later.

 

 

I think he's still very young.  Nora and Kellen are at the age now where they need to be patient.  Mommy cannot stop what she's doing to come right this minute, let me finish what I'm doing.  But Dylan and Finn are just way too young.  They still need us very much right that minute.  The way I handle my frustration (and trust me, it gets to me, too) is I just have to stop and realize whatever it is I'm doing can wait, like you said.  Also, what does it look like to the child?  Is what I'm doing above their line of vision?  Do I look like I"m just staring at something?   

When I just had Nora and I would sit and read a book, she would often pull at me and say "you're just staring at that.  Come!"  She had no concept that I was *reading*.  That was an eye opener.  It's obvious in hindsight but at the time it was huge for me.  Now I try to think about what I must look like to them when I'm busy.  And usually it can all wait.

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The way I handle my frustration (and trust me, it gets to me, too) is I just have to stop and realize whatever it is I'm doing can wait, like you said.  Also, what does it look like to the child?  Is what I'm doing above their line of vision?  Do I look like I"m just staring at something?

Ok, yeah, this is what I'm feeling but I also just want to finish something, ya know? Ugh! I need to get my mind back to that place of understanding that this time with D is very short and the more I respond to him quickly now the more he'll be able to wait when he's older because he'll trust that I will respond to him.

Kellen still doesn't get that I'm reading when I'm sitting and looking at my computer. If it's not out loud, it looks to him like I'm not doing anything.
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I started feeling like I was getting pinkeye so I put milk in my eyes. All my symptoms are gone!  Yay breastmilk!!  

 

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