Oooh, Steph, you're gonna keep us all in suspense??!!! Yay for Jen!! Can't wait to hear the news!!
Allison, glad you got the carseat thing worked out! I'm a certified carseat tech myself, but just today (at 2 weeks old!) got a carseat for Iain that I'm happy with. We had one from Gabriel that I always thought was just fine - of course, then I put Iain in and realized it was way too big for him! The straps only had one place to come out of the back of the seat, and it was well above his shoulders - it has to be below their shoulders.
: Then I found some pictures of Gabriel in the seat and oh my how badly misused it was!! And I thought I was doing a good job! (This is an infant seat, too, not even a convertible - DH keeps asking how they can make an infant seat that doesn't fit an average sized infant.
So, we now also have a new seat! Got Iain a Britax Companion that fits him well AND fits in our car (found another one we loved the look and price of but it didn't fit in the car AT ALL - we were so bummed!). Knowing they're as safe as they can be is SUCH a relief! And this seat does not budge AT ALL in the car. Woohoo!
I haven't been posting much, but keep reading... Of course, realized I had to sub to this thread, too. No wonder it's been quiet! :LOL We're all doing pretty well. Gabriel has been something else today. Just keeps doing things he's not supposed to do, and not doing what we tell him (at least for the first 15 times). So we're trying to be stricter with things like time out that seem to encourage his compliance. Trying to keep the reigns as tight as they normally would be if we didn't have 1500 things to keep us otherwise occupied, ya know? DH ends up yelling (scolding) at him a lot more, and I'm finding myself more and more short with him. Hopefully we can get it all worked out and get all of us on an even keel.
Iain is doing great. Mostly, anyway. His cord fell off yesterday and we (I) gave him his first bath tonight. He's never even had a sponge bath, so this was quite an experience for him. He settled down as soon as he hit the water! He loved it! I used some of the Burt's Bees kit that Sheryl sent me in the swap. Lots of fun to try everything out! He smells so good, too.
He's a real sweetie and is really doing well except that we think he has reflux. He gets fussy while eating, spits up a lot, has some projectile(ish) vomiting, etc. Gabriel has dealt with reflux till well past 2 years old, so the doctor's gone ahead and called in some antacid meds to see if they'll help (there's another to help things move through the stomach more quickly, but I suggested we try one at a time - the Zantac has basically 0 side effects, but the Reglan can have major ones). I'm wondering if it's more of an allergy, or caused by one, because it was the worst on a day when I drank a lot of milk, and has petered out a little on the days when I haven't been drinking much. I never did find any allergies behind Gabriel's reflux, but always wondered. Thankfully nursing overall has been improving - was dealing with very painful nipples, and had to use a nipple shield. I still use it some at night when I don't pay as much attention to his latch, but it's much better now.
So I've been a little stressed off and on, worrying about things like carseats, reflux, even which diapers to get to replace ones that are backordered too long... Oh, and we've all been sick. Even Iain.
Sometimes all seems fine, then it all seems to pile up at once. Thankfully DH and I have had some time to sit down and talk about stuff in the last couple of days - what a huge help!!
I have to think of some good news... I've lost 20lbs since Iain's birth and 30 total since I got pg! You wouldn't know it, but, hey.
Jeremey's bonus just came through, too, so now we're paying off debts and deciding what big(ger) purchases it's time for. We've been check-to-check for a while, so it's nice to have some breathing room! (Just have to be careful not to do TOO much! :LOL) One of the things I've been waiting on is getting my engagement ring back. I managed to bend a prong on it during the summer moving things out of Gabriel's room, and now I'll have it back soon! YAY! I've been missing it and can't wait to have it back.
I kept joking that I look like a poor man's wife, walking around with just a very simple band. :LOL I like my simple band, but I like it much more with a diamond next to it!
Okay, so that's my good news.. Better go check on laundry and babies and such... We're gonna take Iain to church for the first time tomorrow. Yay! 2 weeks old! I can't believe it!!