dahlia - dry brushing is done by getting a natural bristle brush ( in the bodycare section at health store, usually with a long wood handle) and brushing in circular motions starting at your extremities and working your way towards your heart. It definitely hurts at first, because your skin is sensitive, but you can also get brushes with softer bristles. It encourages waste elimination, cell turnover, collagen production, circulation-- reduces cellulite, boosts immune system, etc. Benefits outweigh the discomfort. I do this before a shower, then shower, then put on oil after. Admittedly not EVERY day, but probably every 3 days I dry brush, on the days I take the long showers where I wash my hair.
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Yeah the pre-felted is great for the soaker zone of a diaper cover, but for longies/overalls i like the cashmere to still be soft and stretchy. I can just lanolize really well and not use it for a long-period diaper cover, only when I'm in the house and changing super frequently (like, as soon as I detect the diaper is moist). Fitteds & soft longies with super-soft merino onesies were my favorite baby outfit the last two times. :)
Superbeans - I hope you feel better, too.
Yogini - I'm with you on the de-emphasizing the belly! A lot of maternity clothes make me look like I'm ready to pop even though naked, I don't even look pregnant yet.
Serafina - LOL on the cherry comment! I'm pretty jealous of your fiancee. My husband can't even tell when I fish for compliments.
Peacemama - That's so cute. My partner would never read to my belly a baby book. He doesn't even care much for reading books to my three year old (though he likes reading to my six year old, since he finds her books more interesting). I sing to the baby every day once I hit 16 weeks and think the baby can here it.
Ciga - I need to go through the baby stuff we have. I only hold onto what I love, since we moved so frequently in the last few years. Especially since this baby will be birn in a completely different season, I suspect I'll get to collect baby clothes, which is one of my favorite parts.
Yogini - That sounds pretty horrible. I admire your dedication.
AFM: 15 weeks. My daughter brought home another illness. Since the administration discourages handwashing before eating, I get really crabby towards her school everytime I catch something from her. On the other hand, I know I'll appreciate the free childcare come next October.
Well I now have 3 things I have bought for the baby. I had already started my stash with 10 (preowned) GMD prefolds, and today I bought a Kalencom diaper bag and a peek away 4-n-1 nursing kit from zulily. I used the same brand of diaper bag with Dd 5 years ago and loved it (it's 80.00 retail and I got it for 40.00 including shipping) and I have been wanting a nursing cover, and the travel nursing pillow is just a bonus.
We are going super minimal with this little one but those are two extra's that I really wanted so I am happy I have them out of the way :)
Hey everyone! Been a bit absent while my mum was here to help me get ready for painting and emptying the spare room - nursery... Found the hugest stash of baby things I've been storing since DS was born 14 years ago! I was pretty rich back then - thanks to rich ex (the complete opposite of now) so most of it is like new - or new with tags!! And baby shoes in boxes! And crates of toys!
So while wading through 10 storage crates (yep, I'm a proper hoarder, and I always thought it was the ex...) realized I need to buy almost nothing except nappies. I even have breast pumps, sterilizers & new baby bottles!
Feeling a bit rich in baby things right now and much happier about being broke so I can appreciate my decadent years LOL
I didn't answer this week's question.. let me think about that, when I'm feeling more beautiful :)
revolting- don't worry I just saved my thread starter so that I can use it later. Hopefully I'll remember on Monday or at least some Monday. Also good point about the baby being born in a different season. It hadn't occurred to me that I don't have much cold weather stuff for under 6 months since DS was a spring baby. And why does the school discourage hand washing ever? That seems crazy, especially before eating.
susie- that is a freakin awesome stash you uncovered! well done with the hoarding!
serafina- you put it in my head and now I totally want to make wool overalls for this babe
my BFF had her baby last weekend and we're going down to visit and meet him this weekend. Just looking at pictures of this tiny little man makes me soo excited for October I can't imagine how I'm going to feel when I'm actually holding him. Its also pretty amazing to talk to my friend who I've known for 20+ years and hear about how she is experiencing her first baby.
Don't be too jealous. I am *so* into him, that I am by far the one initiating more often, ahem, 'happy time' (as we jokingly say) . Slightly mismatched libidos I suppose (are they ever matched 100% exactly in a relationship?), so I just make lascivious comments in his direction (that are far from subtle) basically nonstop, and once in awhile he reciprocates, cops a feel and makes me feel noticed, and I do a happy dance. :) I just try to keep myself from outright begging. Gotta have some pride, right? :) (If he just weren't so dang sexy, I could control myself! Darn him!) But I know that if the wind does blow the right way and I do get his flag waving, then we have a great connection and are just as into one other--it's only a question of freqeuncy preference/needs. I try to remind myself that during the stretches of time between 'when the right wind blows.' He's a lot more laidback in his needs than I! I guess the roles are a bit reversed in our relationship, and I'm the 'horny dude.'
I'd say yoga, dancing, time outdoors, and good sex! Pregnancy has really made that pleasant for me. I can understand what you mean Serafina, but I just remind myself that once the baby comes there will be long dry times ahead for husband, so it is good he isn't used to doing it too frequently! But we are enjoying that time while it lasts.
Mine will definitely handle dry spells pretty much fine, he is far from a physically needy man. He gets so much out of other areas in life (listening and making music, mostly) --- & he absolutely loves to snuggle, and when we sit within arm's reach he is reaching out to caress my arm or leg, and making me feel loved---that he hardly emphasizes sex at all. Luckily, when it does happen (which is still like a couple of times a week, so not exactly rare) it's amazing. I'd rather have bi-weekly awesomeness than daily humdrum. But better yet would be daily awesomeness!
16 weeks today! Had my midwife appointment and got to hear that sweet heartbeat again. This kiddo is moving all the time though so I feel like I'll be able to make it to my 20 week appt/ultrasound without freaking out too much. I brought DS with me and he was so excited to hear BroSis's heartbeat. My midwife even let him turn on the doppler.
I'm noticing that I'm starting to feel the baby more often! I usually feel him once or twice a day. I'm 13w5d. I'm really looking forward to feeling stronger kicks more often!
I just feel fat. When I get a proper baby belly, I feel very good about myself, but right now it's just mushiness. ...I'm really looking forward to having an obvious bump because then I'll feel like there's a reason for the weight (even though I know now that there's a reason). Plus, I just think pregnant bellies are gorgeous!
Absolutely It's kind of a constant bummer and I think it is just not a good look. I was in a bathing suit at the spa today and there was a woman further along with a gorgeous firm bump and I felt like a spare tire queen next to her pregnant beauty. :/
Same here - I've had the most sporadic little twinges here and there, also right before I go to sleep, but nothing regular or obvious. Since my symptoms have all gone now, I cannot wait for some regular movements to make me feel a bit of reassurance that all is well! Thinking about trying to get an appointment to hear the heartbeat this week - just to help me wait for the 19 week scan. So impatient for that!
i just hit a new challenge in feeling beautiful--i am developing a skin allergy....the same thing happened during my last pregnancy--i became allergic to my underwear. once the pregnancy was over, i was fine again. this time it is something that is making my face itchy & giving me a droopy, itchy eyelid. poop. maybe my pillow case?? i have to switch to 100% cotton pillow cases--& just to be safe, i'm switching to 100% cotton undies as well!!
i hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend!
My calves from my knees down are so freaking dry my skin looks like a cracked lakebed in the desert. eczema?? nothing works.
I'm really frustrated with my husbands lack of ability to cook anything for himself. I just do not feel like cooking him every freaking meal. He announces he's hungry, looks in the fridge, and then proceeds to make toast. and eat all the food that is easily eatable.... which leaves us with nothing but raw vegetables most of the time and then i have to go to the grocery store to replace the ingredients he ate. I really think he's just lazy. He will spend hours making art projects and necklaces and all sorts of creative stuff but when it comes to using a chopping board, knife, pan, blender, food processor, mixing bowls.... he's rather eat toast. SO ANNOYING. I really don't want to have to hire someone to make all the food for the weeks after the baby is born but it looks like I'm going to have to with his complete unwillingness to even try. I can make SOME freezer meals, but cooked food is like 25% of my ideal diet, and i really wanting be eating mostly raw fresh foods, salads and wraps and smoothies and stuff.... not reheated casseroles and pasta dishes and soups and the normal stuff that people freeze when pregnant for after baby comes.
ugh. I'm sending him to cooking class.