Hi everyone! I gotta say I get so overwhelmed whe nI jump back in after not looking at the board for a day or two! So rather than reply to everyone so personally, I hope it's not bad board etiquette to just jump in with what strikes me and sticks in the memory!
Yeah, Will....I hope you get lots of close time to heal your bodies and souls. Rescue Remedy sounds like a good thing for all parties.
KAthy, I know what you mean about the weight. I loved the weight loss when I got on the scale the first time, but I haven't been able to be active yet as the recovery from the c-section is on-going. It sucks to have no clothes that fit. My chubby prepregnancy clothes fit, but it's a small selection. So I wear the better looking elastic waist maternity pants still, and the tops selection is slim since by bust line is not! I wish I had a wad to blow on clothes right now!
Also, you asked if anyone else hates weekends- ME! Dh has been working round the clock since baby was born. He got a new programmming job and the learning curve and his virgo meticulousness has him working crazy hours. he does better in a 9-5 that tells him it's time to stop, otherwise he obesses till it's all perfect. Sunday I just went to my mom's so I could have some live human interaction. It's one thing not to have day time company in the week, but on the weekend it just feels wrong. Plus, he's not been avaialble at night either so I get bored. He's working from home, and it's great to have him pop out into the living room and hold Iris, or change a diaper, or have a meal together but he seriously stayed up all night 3 nights last week.
The irony of working form home is that we had a home office for 4 years that was a cluttered mess we never used. We cleaned it out and made it a lovely nursery. Now, DH is actually using it as an office
- we had it set up for that for years and it got no use, now he's on a futon on the floor with a pile of pillows, and has the floor covererd in hardware!
Besides working crazy hours for this new job, he also took on a side project he has yet to start, and his sister's family is coming from Sweden in two weeks- she has a 6 month old boy and a 8 yr boy, 11 yr girl, and 13yr girl. We will want t ospend lots of down time with them, but there is no down time to speak of right now!
Oooo- Camping in Hawaii, I so want t osay we will be there! But like Lisa we are doing the one income thing for a while. Karen was right when she said midiwfery is a business, but a crappy paying one. We have the highest prices for homebirth in the country around here, but with transfers, medicaid births, and insurance screw up we seldome see anywhere close to our fee. Anyway, should we get extra cash this year I think we'll either fly mother in law here from Sweden or go over to visit in summer. We missed our annual trip last year due to lack of funds and we likely will again. But it would be so cool to meet up with everyone and given our list Hawaii IS the natual choice. I could dream that we would have an annual Hawaii trip for us all and actually meet and see our babies grow up...dream dream dream....
Sorry for Paq and the baby ouchies. Iris bonked her head on my collar bone and she hollered in pain for the first time. It was so sad.
And Yowsers on the bad days- what a day from hell, Andy. I hope it is looking up. Sorry about MIL for you and hubby.
Lisa- glad you made it through the wedding and managed to get a bite to eat in somewhere. How crummy Lauren is still so sensitive. It's such a mystery how one baby can be fine with everything and another is sensitive to everything. So great you are aware though. My sister was always overweight, slow going, with terrible acne and headaches every after noon. Later, whe nshe was like 27, she realized she was allergic to peanuts and nitrites. Meanwhile, growing up she had either peanut butter or salami/lebanon bologna sandwiches in her lunch box every day of her childhood. No wonder the poor kid felt like crap and never wanted to do anything! So at least you are in sync with Lauren from the beginning. And the hubby Macgyver-manuevers on the marine batteries gave us a good laugh around here. Dh is always thinking up weird stuff like that. I have to keep the anti hemmorage meds for homebirths cold, and he's been thinking up solar powered fridge solution so I can keep them in the car at all times with the rest of my birth bag. The image of you all watching tv in the big black out was funny.
Jeni- Beas a cutie. Looks like a good size to me. Ditto on the feed on demand ond one sided eating. Is your chiro crazy on the Ezzo thing!? How un-chiropractic of them. Well, some chiros are fundamentalist health nuts and the Ezzo is fundamentalist baby care, so I guess I could imagine two rigid systems actually seeming to fit. But just watch her by your standards and the diapers. OOtherwise, try mothers milk tea (if you are an herbalist I am sure you are onto fennel or fenugreek or alfalfa by now), and lots of barley soup. You can put me on the list for one of your sleepy pillows too! I AM sitting here typing at 2 am!
Thanks Karen for the Luka pics. What big eyes he has! And he looks like you. Hope you enjoy Dh time in thailand, and hope he brings yo all nice presents. And good luck with those phones? Yer back better yet? Mine has HUGELY improved, mostly due to the accupuncture.
Evelyn's getting big, too! Nice to see the new photos. Is she really 15 now? Iris is about 13 now, so I guess thats right.
Oooh- back to the thoughts about camping- anyone got camping/beach advice for little little babies like ours? I am supposed to go camping first week of May. I do each year for International Midwives Day, and we conceived Iris on last years trip. I want to go celebrate her creation at the same place this year. Thing is, I camp at a beach for a week whe nwe do this. I get real brown. I am so worried about frying her being outdoors for a week. I have a solarveil sling. I need a sunumbrella at least. Someone suggested a baby UV suit- but then I'll have a hot sweaty baby crammed against my warm body in a sling, and she's miserable when she's hot! I am afraid its just wrong to go and camp and expose her to so much sun- maybe I would need a hotel, but that would defeat the purpose and be too pricey right now. I have heard you can only use zinc as sunblock on babies under 6 months- something physical to block sun. Any safe sunscreens? The place we camp has shade at the site and we go out on white sand beaches, so there is lots of reflected light from sand as well as overhead whe nwe are out. I would hate to miss the trip, but right now I am unsure I can keep her from burning. I just don't know what it would be like to have her there....
Well Anyways, Annie good luck woth company and let me know your paypal address so I can send you $ for shipping. Hope you get a break away soon! it will be nice that DH can go, I hope it makes for sweet bongin time (oops typo but will leave it- meant sweet bonding time, not bonging or boinging time- but never know you are in hawaii!!!)
Andy, enjoy the visit with yer ma! Hope you get a break from the kiddo craziness...
Nighty- Nite....I gotta work at the birth center tomorrow, a few hours. Iris was ther etoday with me and let me do a good bit of adminstrative stuff while she just layed on a couch talking to herself and smiling. Hope it goes as well tomorrow.
Heidi-still forgetting where spell check is on this thing....