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post #81 of 240

LOL Walgreens, OTOH,  is to kill time.  Ha!  We will walk there and poke around and not buy anything or only get a snack.  But, it's part of a longer walk.  Usually we will walk 2 or so miles and just stop in to warm up/cool down in the summer and get drinks.  

post #82 of 240

I could be wrong, but I think my body just doesn't do well with Pit. (after a stalled labor with DS) - so I am really ok with not doing it. I'm fairly confident that something will happen to put my body into labor on its own this time.  If not time, then the breast pump, or God help me, castor oil.

 

We aren't homebodies. Gabe's sickness has me all antsy because I hate being homebound - but his diarrhea really does make all of us stuck at home. I'm itching to be out. positively itching. gah.

 

Our playdate place is the mall, bc it has a toddler play area. But really, we can be at a park year round, unless it's too windy or rainy. Don't do a lot of home playdates, because the mama playgroups I'm in are rather large, and you never know how many people will show up.

 

I wish where we lived was more walkable, but it's just not.

 

It's the weekend, and I'm very much thinking we might be stuck here all weekend. Gabe is feeling a little better, but no where near 100%. I can't believe how hard he was hit with this. I am just not used to sick kids, LOL

post #83 of 240

Cabin fever is the WORST!!  But I'm with you.  I wouldn't be leaving the house with the possibility of diarrhea!  

 

75% of the time we can get outside.  From Jan to March it's pretty much way too cold/windy/snowy.  I mean, we might last 15 min in the backyard, but our hands freeze and it's just no fun.  We have a trampoline inside that can help them get their energy out, otherwise it's dancing, jumping on the couches, running around (literally) upstairs, or just dealing with them being cranky.  It sucks.  So.  Change of scenery is always welcome!!

 

Hugs to Gabe!  Hope he feels better ASAP!!

post #84 of 240

zomg. Worst night ever. It was like having a newborn again. Tenley's already teething hardcore, but has been dealing with it alright, but last night she got a severely stuffy/runny nose almost out of  nowhere. Like she was fine in the afternoon, and by bed she was breathing so loud I thought she'd never fall asleep. She actually did fall asleep very quickly, and slept from 8pm until 10, and then from 10-1 was up crying like every 20 minutes, not wanting to settle back down, arching her back etc etc. At 1 I lost my shit and went into the living room with her and threw the lights on and told her to play then. She didn't like that. It took until almost 2 to get her calmed down and sleepy again- she shrieked every time I put her down, but when I tried to cuddle her, she freaked out even more. Blah. Then she slept from about 2-4, and then from 4 til 730 was up every 20-30 minutes again, thrashing and flipping wildly. 

 

So needless to say I'm exhausted!  Put her down for a nap at 945. By 1045, she'd woken up and had to be nursed back to sleep three times. I gave up. She won't sleep on me either, which I think would be better for her breathing. 

 

And yeah, we tried a new brand of ibuprofen last night, and two nights ago too. Two nights ago was ok, but a little bit off. And last night we have no way of telling how much of it was the meds and how much was just nose/teeth. It was horrible though. Why can't she be a normal kid who gets sleepy and groggy after meds?

 

And it's worse, because I have to leave for work at 2pm, and won't be home again until almost 1230am. So DH is going to have to deal with her alone, and I --know-- it won't go well. He tries, he does, but he has even less patience than I do when we have nights like that.  I know he mentioned going over to his moms for a bit though, and that might help. I'm going to take her in for a long shower with me before we leave,s o hoping that loosens some of the mucus and she can sleep a bit better for a good afternoon nap. She's been wearing her amber necklace, and we've been giving teething tablets. We've been trying to suction her nose too, but I can usually only get one or two tries before she freaks out too muich that I worry I'm going to hurt her. Blah. 

post #85 of 240
She apparently had an alright night! Slept on dad for an hour and 45 mins for a nap, and was pretty cuddly through the evening, an last I heard from him they were cuddling in the rocking chair and shed fallen asleep again for the night. Hopefully she'll sleep til I get home. She needs it so badly!!
post #86 of 240
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Maybe it had something to do with the air pressure and the storm. D had a couple of rough nights Thursday and Friday. He was very squirmy and restless and kept me up from about 3:30 am on. Friday he would not stop trying to pinch and twiddle. Around 5:30 am I finally couldn't take it anymore and I cut him off. He lost it. He started screaming and clawing at me and kicking me. Luckily, dh was up and heard so he came and got D. He cried for a while but did eventually calm down enough that he was able to lay back in bed, nurse a little and go back to sleep. I couldn't, though, so had been very sleep-deprived for at least two days. His naps had also been cut short for 2-3 days.

Last night D got really fussy and inconsolable again around 8 or 8:30. He kept climbing all over me but wasn't happy nursing. He's been doing this funny thing with nursing lately. He'll climb into my lap and ask for nursing, try to pull up my shirt, but when I pull up my shirt and undo my bra, he turns his head away, which is his way of telling us he doesn't want something. I don't know what that's about. Anyway, last night he would act like he wanted to play with something or read a book, shoving whatever it was in my face, but then get upset whenever I tried to do it with him. Again, I had to hand him off to dh. He cried for me but did fall asleep early after dh took him in the bedroom and turned off all the lights. He then slept pretty well last night and I'm feeling a little more rested. Although, I did wake up this morning wondering why I always feel like I have a hangover even when I haven't had a drop of alcohol. lol.gif
post #87 of 240
Bahaha on feeling hungover!! I totally know what you mean!!

The air pressure has got to be so hard on him with a storm like that greensad.gif I'm glad he at least went to sleep with Sean for a bit, that's good! It's funny how even the smallest amount if alone/uninterrupted sleep makes SUCH a difference now!!

Ten slept 8-1030 ish I think and then came Ito bed with rob, and then slept until 630-- with NO wake ups or fussing. It was crazy!!! We have a warm air humidifier with the Vicks stuff in it going in the room and you can hear such a difference in her breathing. I'm just lying down for nap with her right now and have it in again so well see how it goes!

Could Dylan's back and forth maybe be about testing and control? He's checking to see if you'll listen or comply when he asks (ie is she ALWAYS going to let me have milk, or read a book etc etc
post #88 of 240
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We've been running the humidifier, too. It's mostly for me, though, because my skin gets so dry during the winter with the heater on that it cracks and bleeds around my fingernails.

I really don't know. He'll be nursing just fine until I stop him from twiddling me. Then he wants to switch sides. It's almost like he has to check (or prove) that he can still have that, if that makes any sense. I let him switch sides twice and then I say no more. He is getting a little better about that during the day. He still screams and cries but not as long and will usually settle down to nurse on the one side again. i notice him sometimes going to pinch me and then stopping himself. He still fights with me a lot at night. I can't relax and drift back to sleep while he's nursing like I could do with my others because I have to keep my arm positioned to block his hands and periodically push his hands away because he starts pushing on me. Ive been seriously considering nightweaning but I'm trying to make it to 2 years.

Yeah on the hangover feeling. I'm thinking I might as well drink if I'm always going to feel like crap anyway. lol.gif
post #89 of 240

Big hugs JJ. Definitely had nights like that and they do test your patience. I'm so thankful that Ava responds to ibuprofen. It doesn't make her tired, but it does take the edge off the teething pain to let her sleep. These teeth coming in now are awful. Her gums were actually bleeding the other night. greensad.gif

 

MW, Ava has been trying to "push buttons" as well. It's super frustrating. I try to stay calm and reiterate verbally that the behavior isn't ok but man, when she kicks me during a diaper change and then laughs about it? GAH! I think it's the age. They are more aware of what they can do and get a reaction, you know? Ava and I were grocery shopping last night and she was doing ok walking around on her own and then she started taking these plastic coffee cups off the shelf and throwing them. I gave her one or two warnings and then I had to put her in the cart. She wasn't very happy about that. But I felt like it was a natural consequence of what she had chosen to do.

 

AFM, we are flying towards being a 2 yr old. She is less and less interested in my milk. Last night, I gave her a bottle of breastmilk and she took a couple of sucks and said "yuck" and handed the bottle back to me. guilty.gif I did end up getting her to drink it but it just broke my heart. On Friday morning, she was wandering around the house naked and she came up to me while I was pumping and said "poop". I immediately stopped pumping and put her on her little potty and she pooped! While we were at Target later that day, she picked out Thomas the Train underwear. I told her we need to do some more days of poops and peeps in the potty and then we can get the Thomas underwear. She pooped in the potty on Saturday. This morning, she kept trying to hand me a new diaper and was saying "poop". I should have listened to her and put her on the potty but I didn't so she went in her diaper. But I took her with me to dump it in the toilet and we waved bye to the poop when I flushed it. Then we talked about putting poop in the potty so we can get the Thomas underwear. She's such a big girl!

post #90 of 240
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Ava and I were grocery shopping last night and she was doing ok walking around on her own and then she started taking these plastic coffee cups off the shelf and throwing them. I gave her one or two warnings and then I had to put her in the cart. She wasn't very happy about that. But I felt like it was a natural consequence of what she had chosen to do.

D did something similar yesterday when we went on a walk. He did really well walking along with me staying on the sidewalk or in the grass on the side away from the road. I was actually surprised at how far he walked. After a while, though, he started to step into the street. I stopped him and told him to stay on the sidewalk or the grass because the street is dangerous. He did ok again for a little bit but then tried to step into the street again. I told him if he did that again he would have to get in the stroller. Sure enough, he tried it again so I put him in the stroller. He was not happy in the stroller so I told him I'd give him one more chance. He almost immediately tried to step into the street again when I took him out of the stroller. Back in the stroller he went and that's where he stayed for the rest of our walk. Interestingly, once I started moving with him in the stroller he didn't fuss at all.

Wow on the underwear! I'm not ready for D to be out of diapers yet. I still have a lot more yarn I need to make into woolies for him. winky.gif
post #91 of 240

Norah is usually fine in stroller or cart as long as its moving; she can't stand being still. And that's usually my default place for her - Unless I have DH with me, or she's the only child I have with me, it's too much to run after her all the time. She is getting so much more communicative (and demanding) - I love it, but it's frustrating at the same time - because she doesn't take no for an answer! LOL

 

Gabe is feeling much better. I love how quickly kids bounce back from illness. Though the couple days of real sickness he must have lost a couple pounds, and on his frame, it really shows. Trying to fatten him back up :) IDK when he'll be completely done with diapers, but we are at least diaper free in the day time, and in pull ups when we are out.

 

JJ: Sorry Ten had such a rough night! what do you use as a snot sucker? we have the nose frida, which goes better than a bulb, but usually it takes one of us holding her and the other doing the suction - I hate it, but until she starts blowing her nose, she NEEDS it, so we just try to make up for it with lots of cuddles. Hope her sleep continues to improve.

post #92 of 240
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D is usually fine in a stroller as well. I don't mind letting him walk most of the time because he doesn't run off. It's not that difficult to keep him out of the street. He didn't try to dart into the street. He just slowly went strolling off the curb. smile.gif

I don't think I told you all the last time we went to Target I let him walk around (not the time when he did dart around an aisle) and he stayed with me the whole time. Ethan helped me keep an eye on him and make sure he didn't wander off. He even stepped into an aisle to get out of the way of a woman on one of those motorized buggies. As soon as she was passed he came back out of the aisle and walked with us again.

The way Gabe eats I don't see him having too much trouble putting those few pounds back on. winky.gif K doesn't eat much. He's 5.5 years old and only weighs about 37 lbs.

He and D have colds again, stuffed runny noses and coughs. I just use a humidifier and sometimes those Vicks or PediaCare plug-ins at night. I've never suctioned anyone's nose. Ew! I have an issue with anything that comes out of someone's nose or mouth, though. I can't watch anyone brush their teeth. It makes me gag. Sometimes I gag while brushing my own teeth. lol.gif
post #93 of 240
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JJ: Sorry Ten had such a rough night! what do you use as a snot sucker? we have the nose frida, which goes better than a bulb, but usually it takes one of us holding her and the other doing the suction - I hate it, but until she starts blowing her nose, she NEEDS it, so we just try to make up for it with lots of cuddles. Hope her sleep continues to improve.

It's the same idea as the NoseFrida, called a Hydra sense? It's what's available easily locally. It works pretty well, and when she was little she loved it, but now she gets annoyed with it really fast! We tried it in the shower yesterday and that was a bit easier. Even when we try to hold her head down, she thrashes so much that it worries me. blah. 
 
That's so cute about Dylan walking by himself so nice. That seems forever away right now! Other than when we're out somewhere specifically for Tenley, I rarely let her down on the floor. Not so much because she'll dart out or anything, but it's just the combination of mess, and her wearing soft soles, and then her stability. She's not randomly falling down or anything, but she's still a that 'learning' stage, where I think she'd get too distracted with practicing that she wouldn't pay attention to anything. Soon though! Spring/Summer will be better!
 
Yay for underwear, and for pullups only during outings! It's so amazing to watch them all grow up. Ten's not ready for either yet, though if I took a few days and worked on it better, I'm suire she could be. I just haven't really put the time in! But she'll reliably pee or poop on the potty after waking up every time. And she tells us potty when she has to poop, but not so much for pee!!
 
I have today off, trying to decide if we're goingt o stay home and get stuff done, or if we'll go out and do playdate stuff. Hmmmm
post #94 of 240

Yeah, thankfully he does eat :) his appetite has returned with a vengeance.

 

Norah does run and dart, and doesn't obey as well at stop commands as DS did at that age. She's far more reckless. Gabe does like playing "catch the baby" where he runs and kind of hugs her when she gets ahead, but not all the time. depends on his mood LOL

 

Dylan sounds like he's doing great - sorry for the colds though. Coughing seems to take forever to get over.

 

We suction very rarely, but sometimes it's just so necessary. When nursing, not as much, it seems like baby uses it to blow nose, judging from the snot that ends up on my boob. But since we arent' nursing . . .

post #95 of 240
Oh man, we suction multiple times a day when Ava has a cold! Especially right after a shower or bath when everything is loose and comes out easily.

We're stuck at home right now since one of the cars needs some work done so I'm working consciously on potty learning. I've noticed that if pee starts coming out, she can stop it and says "uh oh". But she isn't taking herself over to the potty consistently yet. So working on that. We'll go get the Thomas underwear in a few days.
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D is usually fine in a stroller as well. I don't mind letting him walk most of the time because he doesn't run off. It's not that difficult to keep him out of the street. He didn't try to dart into the street. He just slowly went strolling off the curb. smile.gif

I don't think I told you all the last time we went to Target I let him walk around (not the time when he did dart around an aisle) and he stayed with me the whole time. Ethan helped me keep an eye on him and make sure he didn't wander off. He even stepped into an aisle to get out of the way of a woman on one of those motorized buggies. As soon as she was passed he came back out of the aisle and walked with us again.
 

 

I'm so jealous I could cry!!!  

 

 

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AFM, we are flying towards being a 2 yr old. She is less and less interested in my milk. Last night, I gave her a bottle of breastmilk and she took a couple of sucks and said "yuck" and handed the bottle back to me. guilty.gif I did end up getting her to drink it but it just broke my heart. On Friday morning, she was wandering around the house naked and she camegreensad.gif up to me while I was pumping and said "poop". I immediately stopped pumping and put her on her little potty and she pooped! While we were at Target later that day, she picked out Thomas the Train underwear. I told her we need to do some more days of poops and peeps in the potty and then we can get the Thomas underwear. She pooped in the potty on Saturday. This morning, she kept trying to hand me a new diaper and was saying "poop". I should have listened to her and put her on the potty but I didn't so she went in her diaper. But I took her with me to dump it in the toilet and we waved bye to the poop when I flushed it. Then we talked about putting poop in the potty so we can get the Thomas underwear. She's such a big girl!

 

Oh man what a milestone!  It's early, but regardless, she is such a big girl indeed!  Crazy you can have a conversation and she understands and chooses what to do.  The way they just become little people is amazing! 

Hugs about the milk.  greensad.gif

 

 

Hugs all around for lack of sleep and fussy toddlers!  We are having our fair share of both around here as well!

 

AFM - ended up going to the dr on Sat after the storm.  They did bloodwork to confirm strep (the dr looked at my throat and was positive it was) but my blood revealed it was not!  It was a diff bacterial infection, so I'm on abx.  Mamas, I kid you not, this throat was the worst pain I'd ever felt in my life.  Worse than sciatica.  Worse than pushing.  Worse than getting stitches.  It was incredible.  I am so glad I"m on the mend now and my pinkeye is just about gone.

This has just been an awful winter for us for sickness!!

 

When we walk anywhere Finn has to hold my hand.  He will drop to his knees if he gets frustrated with that, and I warn him to hold my hand or he'll go on my back/cart/pick him up.  He will usually comply with one warning.  If not, he goes where I said, and he is usually ok (but mad) to go where he needs to be.

 

Have to run out food shopping.  BBL!

post #97 of 240
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Oh man, we suction multiple times a day when Ava has a cold! Especially right after a shower or bath when everything is loose and comes out easily.

We're stuck at home right now since one of the cars needs some work done so I'm working consciously on potty learning. I've noticed that if pee starts coming out, she can stop it and says "uh oh". But she isn't taking herself over to the potty consistently yet. So working on that. We'll go get the Thomas underwear in a few days.

Nice! That's fantastic! 

 

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AFM - ended up going to the dr on Sat after the storm.  They did bloodwork to confirm strep (the dr looked at my throat and was positive it was) but my blood revealed it was not!  It was a diff bacterial infection, so I'm on abx.  Mamas, I kid you not, this throat was the worst pain I'd ever felt in my life.  Worse than sciatica.  Worse than pushing.  Worse than getting stitches.  It was incredible.  I am so glad I"m on the mend now and my pinkeye is just about gone.

This has just been an awful winter for us for sickness!!

Yikes! Ouch! I've never had a bad infection, but that sounds horrible!

post #98 of 240

Andrew and I had a wonderful afternoon out yesterday and got to enjoy a night in without kids (Papa kept them for an overnight, Ben's first one!). Feeling super down today though as it appears that AF is on the way and I had just assumed that she wouldn't arrive.

 

Ben is super grouchy today, a side affect from not enough sleep at Papa's and fighting something off. Praying he doesn't have strep as it is going around here also. Sorry you're sick Carrie :( How much snow did you end up getting? We are skirting the freezing mark and everything has iced over, going out today was LOTS of fun. The main roads seem to be okay but the back roads are awful.

post #99 of 240
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AFM - ended up going to the dr on Sat after the storm.  They did bloodwork to confirm strep (the dr looked at my throat and was positive it was) but my blood revealed it was not!  It was a diff bacterial infection, so I'm on abx.  Mamas, I kid you not, this throat was the worst pain I'd ever felt in my life.  Worse than sciatica.  Worse than pushing.  Worse than getting stitches.  It was incredible.  I am so glad I"m on the mend now and my pinkeye is just about gone.

This has just been an awful winter for us for sickness!!

Oh mama! That stinks! I've never had strep as a grown-up. I don't think I would be a very good patient! Hope you are on the mend fast!

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Feeling super down today though as it appears that AF is on the way and I had just assumed that she wouldn't arrive.

 

 

Sorry mama. Big hugs. grouphug.gif

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