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August 2013 Chit Chat - Page 54post #1061 of 15028/24/13 at 4:58pmpost #1062 of 15028/24/13 at 6:00pm
Have fun Nicole!
So here was my project today:
It was a blue jean skirt that was 3 sizes too big. I took it in, dyed it red, and put a random Taylor Swift lyric of my daughters choice in the spot my daughter chose for it to go. I would have liked it a bit lower, but I wasn't the boss of this project.post #1063 of 15028/24/13 at 6:18pmpost #1064 of 15028/24/13 at 7:20pmNicole, I don't know that the natural labor stuff really works. But I guess it's worth a try! Maybe they can do a lower dose of pitocin? And if you need pitocin, an epidural isn't the end of the world. I had one with Jasper. But definitely get all the details from your dr.
Ash, you are awesome. I no longer craft. Kids were talking to me this week about making Halloween costumes, and I was like- yeah, no. We're buying. I'm going to have to show my 8 year old dd the skirt and bandana. She would love it!post #1065 of 15028/24/13 at 7:26pmpost #1066 of 15028/24/13 at 7:31pmpost #1067 of 15028/24/13 at 7:34pmThread Starter
Nicole, in order to have your absolute best chance at the birth you want, I really, really, really urge you to do some research on your options (like the things Joanie and Ash mentioned), then talk to your doctor (on Wednesday), then do some more research on your options (bounce ideas off us and read up on risk factors, etc.), and then talk to your doctor again about what it is you want (at your next appointment). I think that there are a lot of things that women don't even think to ask ahead of time or ask for in the moment that could have been the difference between getting the birth you want and ending up with the birth you really didn't want. Knowledge is power, in my opinion. You've still got time to be thinking, reading, and asking, but now is definitely the time to get started!
As for natural labor induction methods, I believe the only ones with actual scientific proof of some success are nipple stim and membrane sweeping. Nipple stim is really difficult to do b/c you basically have to keep at it for a long time. It might be more helpful to kick start a slowing or stalled labor than to actual get it going. But sweeping membranes has shown to actual work for a lot of women. I would highly recommend asking for a stretch and sweep at 37 or 38 weeks. It's something your care provider can do several times so it's not like if you try it and it doesn't work, you can't try it again at your next appointment. With my second pregnancy the stretch and sweep kicked me into labor within 48 hours. I'm not sure if OB's do stretch and sweeps or not, but if it were me, I would definitely be requesting it.post #1068 of 15028/24/13 at 7:37pmThread Starterpost #1069 of 15028/24/13 at 7:57pmpost #1070 of 15028/24/13 at 10:02pmSara that swing is awesome! I love that and am totally stealing the idea for our deck.
I have an embroidery machine so I love to embroider pretty much everything I can ever. Aside from my car my sewing machine is probably the most expensive things I own. It does all things, my capacity for understanding them is what holds me back.
Jaimee I sure wish I could know my neighbors like you do! That sounds like a lot of fun. What are these "babysitters" you speak of? :Ppost #1071 of 15028/24/13 at 10:37pmDH and I just got done with our awesome double date night. Yay! We went to dinner with our newly engaged friends at a Middle Eastern restaurant. Omg yummmm. I had stuffed grape leaves, lentil soup, and shawarma. And then HOOKAH! So fun. I can't believe I'd never tried it before. They came over after and we enjoyed our finished patio for the first time with the fire pit going and a bottle of wine. I'm totally chill. I need more nights like this!
Tomorrow we're having a bbq with four other neighbor couples and our kids. We've all grown really close. I live for these get togethers!post #1072 of 15028/25/13 at 3:24am
Good morning all. Hopefully everyone slept past 5 today (and stayed indoors).
Ash, I stole the idea from somewhere, too. This one is only just big enough for my kids (tallest is 54") and I used a 2 yard sling. It's super fun, as you may have seen in the video.
Joanie, so great that you had such a fun evening.
The baby has a stomach bug so I'm up running a load of laundry and psyching myself into altering a pair of jeans (size 12, and the khakis I'm wearing now are 4, why do I have so many sizes?!). I went fishing into my winter stuff and the first pair or cords I pulled out fit almost perfectly (men's 30) so I'll use them as a pattern.post #1073 of 15028/25/13 at 5:05amWe had a crazy night. Dd1 fell asleep with her reading light on. She woke up at 2 am because it had shorted out and her mattress and blanket were on fire. Dh got the fire out mostly, but our entire house was filled with smoke and fumes so we called the fire department. They came, made sure everything was out, and blew all the smoke out with giant fans. Oh, and threw all the burnt stuff off the deck into the yard.
So we were all in the driveway from 2-3:30 until they said we could go back in. Now, dd1 is still upset, her room smells so bad it's unbelievable, and our house looks like a bunch of firefighters ran through it. I have no idea what to do about her room. The smell is awful. Everything she owns is going to reek of electrical fire and burnt mattress. Any ideas?? Also, she is going to be beside herself when she gets up. She was terrified. I am so thankful that she woke up quickly.post #1074 of 15028/25/13 at 5:37amThread Starter
OMG Amanda! That is so scary!! Well, there you go. A real fire! But, she responded well to the emergency and got help! Good for her! I'm so sorry you had to deal with all that, though, and now deal with the house smelling terrible and full of firefighter debris. What a nightmare! Smoke smell, I think, is one of those things professionals may have to deal with. But you can try cleaning all surfaces well- walls and ceiling included. Baking soda for the carpet. Washing all fabrics that you can. Then you can try some natural air fresheners like a bowl of vinegar in the room for hours with the door shut. Or bowls of coffee grounds or charcoal to absorb odor. Keep us posted how she's doing this morning and how you're handling the clean up. Look, here's me giving you a hippie hug.
Sara, sorry the baby has a stomach bug- I hate those! Hopefully you can pull it off as you usually do with nothing more than a burp.
Joanie, your evening sounded like a ton of fun! Good for you for getting out and hanging with adults! Was Sora with you or did you get a babysitter? Do you have more pictures of your finished patio?
As for our game night, it's something we've done a couple times with our backyard neighbors. Her son as autism and through a government program they get to hire a babysitter a few hours a month. So she has a few sitters she regularly uses for her son. We just tip the babysitter really, really well and she watches all 4 of the kids like a mother's helper. It's pretty great. The kids have a fun movie night with a sitter they enjoy and we get some adult time.
Sara, we met these neighbors before I started the listserv. We actually cut a gate in the fence separating our yards so that we could hang out more easily. It's been great! But the listserv is going really well. I get a few messages a week to post, we organized a neighborhood freecycle day, we have been alerted about possible drug activity in one house, and we have a few projects in the works like beautifying the neighborhood park. I posted free kale and chard from my garden the other day and got to meet several new neighbors when they came over to get some. It was nice! I'm toying with the idea of an end of summer potluck and then some sort of Halloween event next. Maybe a decoration contest?post #1075 of 15028/25/13 at 6:12amOh Amanda, I'm so sorry y'all had to deal with that. So so glad she woke in time. I hate to say it, but anything that can't be washed may need to be replaced. The fact that you rent may work out in your favor there. They have insurance that should cover the carpet if a thorough cleaning doesn't work.
Jaimee, is that the gate Avery went through? So he was still fenced in at least?post #1076 of 15028/25/13 at 6:14amWell, she did ok. She picked up her burning bedding and threw it in the bathtub... And then didn't tell anyone so her room continued to fill up with smoke. Obviously, we aren't going to say anything to her to make her feel bad! She's 11!
Anyway, I don't know that we will be able to get the smoke smell out by ourselves. It is bad. I called the insurance company, but they don't have the adjuster people on the weekends. Deductible is $500. Maybe we can clean all the stuff and wipe the walls.... Not sure about the carpet..? Ugh. I don't know! There needs to be a guide book.post #1077 of 15028/25/13 at 6:36ampost #1078 of 15028/25/13 at 7:24amOh, how scary Amanda. Thank God it wasn't too bad.
I had an apartment fire about a decade ago. We had to paint, replace the carpet, and replace almost everything in the kitchen (It was a grease fire.). We stayed in a hotel for at least a week while they got everything fixed up. My point being, getting rid of the smell was impossible.post #1079 of 15028/25/13 at 7:29amThread Starter
Oh, you're renting! The homeowner's insurance will cover that if your renter insurance doesn't. Not sure how that works, but the owner may be responsible for getting the house back to acceptable standards of living.
Sara, yeah, luckily Avery was still fenced in yesterday, but we can't rely on the neighbors to keep their other gates closed all the time and he has escaped out to their front yard before (while we were hanging out). The other issue is that while most of their yard is child friendly, there are things he shouldn't be getting into (the grill) or doing alone (jumping on their trampoline). Yesterday it was more my worry that he shouldn't be in their yard without their knowledge than my worry that he was unsafe. We keep the gate between our yards closed almost all the time, only opening it when we're hanging out, but someone must not have latched it fully and Avery figures that out quickly.post #1080 of 15028/25/13 at 7:45am
Oh no, Amanda, I'm so sorry! I hope you can get the smoke smell out. That sounds like it was so terrifying for your daughter. I can't even imagine. A simple reading light! Jeesh!
Good luck on the alteration, Sara!
Yep, we got a babysitter, Jaimee. (No hookah for Sora, LOL.) We have a handful of sitters lined up for when we need one. I'm thinking we'll continue this trend to go on dinner dates for a few hours and then come home and finish dates here because it's nice to just pay a sitter for a short time and then Sora is asleep by the time we get home anyway. Score. We really want to plan a weekend getaway in Chicago with these friends we met up with last night, but I'm not sure who I'd trust with Sora for a whole weekend... I'll have to look into it more. The guys want to go to a Cubs or Bears game while we girls hit up Michigan Ave for shopping. There are a few hotels I used to dream of staying at just for one night, right downtown with lake views, but they're uber expensive. I need to look back and see if maybe we can afford a splurge now.
Oh, speaking of vacations, DH offered to watch Sora for a weekend if I want to fly down to California to visit my sister and the new baby! I thought that was really sweet. I'm definitely considering it!
This is the second morning in a row that I've had to throw all of Sora's bedding in the wash. Ugh. So frustrating! She's been leaking out of her diaper by the time she wakes up. I guess we may need to go up to size 6's for just bedtime... Potty training doesn't seem like it's going to go anywhere yet. I attempted to start on Friday and we've had no luck this entire time. Not a single catch. She tells me "no" every time I ask her if she needs to use the potty. We sit her there forever and nothing happens. I'm losing my patience in trying to be consistent, especially since it's back to full time work tomorrow. Her daycare provider is on crutches right now so maybe I should just keep putting this off... It is not coming naturally to me!
I can't remember which patio photos I posted last, Jaimee. I'll take more soon.
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