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post #481 of 507
Mandy, I'm so glad you decided to take the trip! I think it'll be a great time for ALL of you!

Cute pics!!

Anna, congrats on the job! Hopefully when we move back home I'll get that "few hours away" to do Stampin' Up workshops (I need customers, first! :LOL). It really is SO nice to come back to the kids after being gone for just a little while!

Well, Iain's officially moving forward more than backward! He has now conquered the sea turtle finger puppet and moved on to the orange and blue striped sock. :LOL Uh-oh, he's found a Signing Time DVD case that big brother left out... Gotta rescue that...

I guess this is a brief one! Gotta get the big boy in bed for a nap. He's already tried to put cheerios in Iain's mouth (which I've let him play with but he's never tried to eat) and thrown a fit about being in timeout, going potty, etc. So...
post #482 of 507

too many geraniums.....

I'm geraniumed out!!!! Spent about 5 hours in the last two days in close intimate contact with geraniums, my least favorite flower. I've been picking the dead leaves and blooms off of geranium plants (deadheading) And i'm going back again tomorrow for 4 more hours...... I wonder what I'll be doing????? geraniums maybe?

Actually I didn't really mind, I found myself in "the zone". "The zone" is the feeling that comes from familiar work done by hand that doesn't really involved the brain.... just repetitive simple actions. I found my mind wandering all sorts of directions. Very relaxing.

I now have a new place to get online at!!! My mom's house is hooked up now and I'm here a lot. I am hoping this means I'll be able to post more often! If I can get my stepdad to get off the computer... he's currently addicted to playing a game called "World of Warcraft", anyone else has an addict waiting in the wings to kill monsters???

I was thinking about Mothers Day... anyone find themselves ready to make a big deal out of their mother, now that they are one themselves???? I really want to do something special for her, she's done so much for me and I love her so much. I think I'm gonna get her a plant from the greenhouse, she always drools over hanging Fuschia plants, they have big luscious flowers and she never wants to spend the money on them! I really hope the dandelions go crazy in the next week, it's a tradition that we bring her them on Mother's Day, and I want to take photos with Mielle and I in a bunch of dandelions to give her (and have for myself) Time to start the tradition with Mielle!!!
I'm also wondering what, if anything Jerome and Mielle will do for me on Mothers Day...... He blew it big time last year.... actually had the gall to tell me I wasn't a mother yet and that it is the child's job to do something for the mom!!!!!!!! I got him back really good on Fathers Day when I presented him with a handmade card from our unborn child. He was so shamed! Te he heee! He better get it together this year!

Well I miss my baby today, spent too many hours away from her at work, I want to go snuggle her, so.... Later, everyone!
post #483 of 507
I hear you about the geraniums, they are not my favorite either. But I was at the Seattle home and garden show and there was a plant booth that had rare and specialty geraniums. There is a type called a Mabel Grey that smells like lemon drops. You rub the leaf and the whole room smells like lemons! It is the most wonderful plant and since then have been an addict to my *lemon plant* you should find out if they can get one for you because kids love them.

Aidan never had a binkie or lovie, but when he was in the hospital last spring Hans bought him a stuffed dog and he sometimes attaches himself to it. Also his little baby too. I give Bryn a pacifier when he naps because I can spend one on one time with Aidan.
post #484 of 507
I would love to do more for Mother's Day, but our mothers are never nearby.

Matt missed my birthday this year; I'm curious what he'll do for MD. Though he DID bring home flowers tonight!

Hey, we went swimming today! (Actually, the babies and I went splashing and Nicolas went wading, to be precise.) See our water slinging : pictures in the slinging and nursing album in my siggie (pictures 17 and 18). Excuse the wild hair; I had it up all morning and took it down to go into the water. Not that I got to get my head wet, but it was out of habit. The babies did great! Quite cute. Now, like a bad mommy, I've put them to bed with residual suntan lotion AND chlorine still on their skin. We had a really odd, busy night. I guess it will be bath day tomorrow.
post #485 of 507
I should totally be working right now, but it's been a while since I posted and I wanted to check in real quick. I've been loving all the pics! Such cute babies!

I went to a mom's night out last night with the local AP group and had a good time with Jackson in tow. Nice to see other mamas face to face! I just wish that I could get to the gatherings more often.

Lovies: Jackson does have one. It's a satin and flannel store bought lovey about 24" square. He loves to rub it against his face or suck on it. Only it's been washed so many times that it's already falling apart.

Work was going slow on Wednesday, so I finally set up the sewing machine and made a mei-tai type carrier. It's functional and pretty for a first attempt, but there's much room for improvement. The straps are way too long. With any luck, maybe I'll get some time for a second attempt in the next month or so! I'll try to post pics of it later on.

Jackson has started doing Tristan's trick, waking up 5-6 ish in the morning all ready to start his day, and then wham, come 7ish, he's tired and falls back to sleep again. So now, I'm the only crazy one awake here. Oh, but it would work to my advantage if I could find the motivation to get started with work. Sigh. Oh, but I don't want to work and I'd much rather curl up in my bed and sleep!

Okay, enough complaining, must get to work. My grandparents are down from Indiana tonight and aren't very understanding about silly things like work and studying for finals (dh is studying for his very last set of finals and graduates in a couple of weeks).

Have a good weekend mamas!

post #486 of 507
Just wanted to pop on and say have a FABULOUS weekend, Mandy!
post #487 of 507
Yes, have fun Mandy!

Kate has been asleep since 11:40...I just went in to check on her and she's sleeping on her tummy! I hope this helps her start sleeping better at night...up every hour-2hours is killing me!
post #488 of 507
Originally Posted by leomom
I hope this helps her start sleeping better at night...up every hour-2hours is killing me!
I feel your pain! Although last night Thor slept from about midnight to 5:30 without waking.... ahhhh.... it's the first time in over a month!

Have fun, Mandy!
post #489 of 507
Here, Here! Mandy -- Have a blast!

I am not shy about telling DH what I want as gifts for various holidays/occasions. I told him that I want a joint mama's day, anniversary, birthday gift of new pots and pans. Well, yesterday, we went out and I got a set of Calphalon pans! With the pans came bonus gifts, so I was able to get another pan (multi-pot) and two new knives! I am so psyched!
post #490 of 507
Tristan has a square of silk he's quite attached to, as well as a knot doll that I made. He prefers to chew on the doll's hands, but I frequently find him asleep holding the silk to his face, clenched tightly in both fists. Very sweet...

And we read to Tristan frequently. I *finally* have found some German board books. I have plenty of German kids' books, but he could take those pages apart in seconds if given the chance. Hooray for eBay, I've found them fairly cheap. Reading to him calms him down a lot. It's also part of our bedtime routine - Jo reads him up to 5(!) books - Time for Bed, Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Gorilla, Mr. Brown can Moo (can you?), some Boynton books - before I nurse him to sleep. We both grew up in households where books were much important to us than toys... and both of our moms saved most of our kids' books, so Tristan's got a full bookshelf already!

Mandy, enjoy your weekend to the fullest!

Gosh, i wonder if we're ever going to make it to the co-op, or if Tristan's going to sleep all afternoon...?

post #491 of 507
Jen - so funny about the board books, cause I was trying to buy YOU some german board books on ebay, but lost several times. Damn - I was probably bidding against you...
post #492 of 507
Okay, finally have some time to write. MIL stayed an extra 2 days - she just didn't want to leave! Which was fine by me. She helped out a TON!!! We had a babyfood making festival. She made her own baby food for dh and SIL when they were babies - so she offered to help me stock my freezer and of course I said 'Go for it!'. She brought a ton of clothes that she had bought down in S. Florida (where she lives) for ds and even funded a fluff purchase - yeah!!! We also did some clothes shopping for me - which was fabulous. I have a hard time spending money on myself and she to shop so of course, again, I did not refuse. I lost so much weight b/c of dietary restrictions b/c ds sensitivites that all my pre-preggo clothes were too loose on me. I was wearing them, but looked very schleppy. I guess MIL felt bad and wantd to help me look like a hip young mama! :LOL So now I have clothes that fit well and look pretty dern good if I don't say so myself!
Ds is still not too much into crawling - I swear he's just gonna get up one of these days and just start walking! He loves observing EVERYTHING! This child just absorbs his environment! He loves going out and just looking everywhere. He's not too much of a talker - every now and then he'll go "baabaa".
We just got pricing on a new townhome community we've been looking into. It's less than we thought - which is good, but we are just struggling with whether we want a single family home instead. It would be nice to have new construction - get to pick everything out, you know that nothing 'bad' happened to the place, etc...but a single family home would be bigger and have a backyard, etc...We need to weigh the pros/cons. We've been searching for single family homes but the market is fairly slow here - so it seems like the townhouse is more concrete of an option.
Okay - enough of my ramblings. Oh yeah - 1 more thing I wanted to mention. I met up with a local mama who very graciously let me check out her sling collection and diaper stash. She has an Elbee and I was just dying to see one b/c of all the hype. All I can say is I was not at all impressed by it. Sure, it was nice but it was not anymore super fantastic than some other great WAHM dipes out there. Now I feel better that I am not missing out on something. :LOL
Have a great weekend!!!
post #493 of 507
Originally Posted by sistermama
Jen - so funny about the board books, cause I was trying to buy YOU some german board books on ebay, but lost several times. Damn - I was probably bidding against you...

j (aka trumpetjen on eBay...)
post #494 of 507
While G is laying down and Iain is happily sitting on the table with me here, I thought I'd post really quickly!

Jen, I got an awesome package today! Thank you so much!! It all looks great - I can't believe we've got our first Hanna now! I absolutely the blue striped zipper! It's *perfect!!* Gabriel saw the animal zipper and said, "It's too big!" and I looked down to see the tag about washing a few times to get it to size! Too funny. The t-shirts are gonna be awesome this summer with his dipes. Yay! I can't wait to show DH.

We also got a couple of custom dipes today - Bottombumpers dip dye fitteds that DH stalked for me. (He's a good man! ) One is rather raspberry-ish, though. so it may end up on the TP at cost! But the other is blue and yellow and I love it! Plus we got some Haba toys and the new Mac OS X Tiger today - it's been a good delivery day.

Mama Bear, good luck with your decisions on a house! I know how hard that is. Right now, we're dealing with repairs that are going to be necessary on the house we're trying to buy. I just keep thinking how nice it would be to have a new build! But, for us, the new build would not only be much more expensive, but not in the area we want. (This house happens to be in the *perfect* area, which isn't that big!) I hope you can find something you really love!! Oh, and the thing with el bees is the FIT! WOW! I have three now and they're an awesome fit! Really well made, too. Not incredible to look at otherwise, though. :LOL

Iain has a really soft blankie with satin edging that we gave him for Christmas. We got out of the habit of giving it to him to sleep with, but I gave it to him again last night. He chewed on it happily a couple of times and then smiled and slept. (This was, of course, after nursing, too! Used to be I could put him down without nursing to sleep..ah, well...) Gabriel has never had anything he was attached to (besides me! and my hair!), but I think we will encourage Iain to enjoy his blankie.

now nak...

zen-ozz, congrats on the pans! Yay! That sounds awesome! Good pans can make such a difference!

Savannah, looks like you guys had fun! I had to :LOL about being a bad mommy. I always had a hard time with Gabriel giving him a bath AFTER swimming. We'd all be so tired, we'd just go home and sleep! If we get this new place, maybe I'll just hose 'em off after we swim. :LOL

Well, DH is home now and G is still not asleep. Guess I better run! Have a good evening (though it's probably night most places now!), mamas!
post #495 of 507
Isn't it crazy that we're going to be mothers on Mother's Day this year?? I just can't get over it! :

Dh left tonight to go to Memphis for the weekend. We own a townhome there with some bad tenants that are being evicted this weekend and then we're putting it on the market. Pretty stressful for him, and me too, cause I never sleep well when he's away from home. I also have most of the puppies being picked up by their buyers this weekend. The first one left today. I was a little sad!

Alex has learned two days ago how to roll ALL OVER THE HOUSE. He can army crawl a bit, but since he figured out the rolling thing I'm going to have to start baby-proofing because he's into everything! He also said "Mommy" for the first time today. He'd been saying "Mama" for awhile, but it was the first time he got the "eee" on the end of it - it was so cute. We went to JC Penney portrait studio today to get a picture of him taken as a Mother's Day gift for my Mom and MIL. Alex wasn't smiling much though, I think the lady taking the pictures scared him a little. We did get a good one after a lot of effort, but it won't be ready till the 23rd. WTH?

Speaking of dog water dishes, Maggie drank a whole bowl tonight and slobbered it all over the kitchen floor and I slipped in it and seriously hurt my back. I majorly hyper-extended myself trying not to go down. Boy does it hurt.

Pictures of Alex

Pictures of pups
post #496 of 507
Stacy - I was just wondering where you have been... I LOVE the first pic of Alex. You should get prints and frame that one up for the grandmas until you get the prof. ones back!
post #497 of 507
Stacy, what a beautiful family you have! I remember seeing one of those of the three of you - they are really gorgeous pics! Alex is so cute! He's got some really intense looks. And oh my goodness those puppies are cute! Almost cute enough to convince me I'd want a dog. :LOL I hope your back is okay! Eek!! Take it easy this weekend!

Off to try some stamping while the boys are (hopefully) sleeping... Tomorrow we're planning to go to Fresno for a Baby Fest there with lots of AP stuff. They're supposed to have a baby carrier fashion show! I can't wait.
post #498 of 507

Somebody make him sleep!!

Okay, it's 2 am... I can't quite commiserate with those of you whose babes are waking up at 5 or 6... but mine won't go to sleep!! He's very tired, but right now he's perfectly happy to be awake and play. : So, he's in his super-stuffed night time diaper, his ADORABLE new striped Hanna zipper , and he's sitting on the floor playing with books and talking happily. And we have to leave the house at 7. And his brother doesn't want to sleep because he "needs me." And I have things to do but what do you do with a baby who needs to sleep but won't? After you've nursed them until there's nothing left (or close enough), bounced 'em, given them a pacifier, a finger to suck, a blankie to hold, played white noise, had it completely dark... and they're still awake? Ugh.

I'm thinking of putting him in his high chair and taking him into the bathroom so I can get a shower. I need one before we go to the Baby Fest tomorrow and it doesn't look like I'm getting sleep. Of course, now the big boy is in my bed, so I can't shower in my own bathroom. Ugh.

Ya know, I might just go raid the medicine cabinet. :LOL

Hope everyone else is sleeping peacefully!!
post #499 of 507
Heather, I hope you got some sleep! And ouch, Stacy, I hope your back feels better today!

Those puppy pictures are so sweet. I want one, LOL. To add to the dog, cat, bird, and three fish we already have...

Alex is so cute. I also love that picture in the jumper, and the tummy ones in his cloth diaper.

I wish I had remembered to leave the babies slung after swimming so we could just walk straight into the shower in the changing room. Note for next time.

Last night was out of kilter and I ended up putting the babies to sleep in regular diapers and a tee shirt, instead of their regular PJs and fat diaper. So when they woke up a few hours later, I had to redo the diaper and put on the PJs... Well McKenna woke up first, and while I was changing her in the living room across the house, I guess William woke up too. He started crying but I had the pillow/blanket barrier set up and I knew I'd get to him in a minute.

Then all of a sudden his cries were REALLY LOUD. Then I noticed they seemed closer... When I went back there to check on him, he was crawling out the bedroom door and starting into the hallway!!!! He managed to crawl off the bed for the first time. That must have hurt. But lucky for him, we are slobs, and we never finished putting away the futon mattress that we were going to stuff under our bed, so it's bunched up right beside the bed on the floor (those boogers are HEAVY and unwieldy!) and he most likely tumbled onto that. Anyway, he didn't act or look hurt; in fact, he seemed pretty pleased with himself. We had to laugh.

I have a nasty cold, but nobody else has caught it from me, thankfully. I got some rest last night, so today I can go to the National Scrapbooking Day crop that starts in 5 minutes near my house. See ya!
post #500 of 507
Stacy, I knwo I've said this before but you guys are such a cute family!

Heather, I've taken several of those 2am showers...if I'm up I figure, one less thing to do in the "real" morning! :LOL

We're taking Kate to the aquarium for the first time today. They have a rainforest room that is supposed to be a hit wiht babies her age.
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