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post #421 of 491
Christine - What a gorgeous house! A house like that would sell for $350K here in Charlotte. We have both ends of the spectrum here in Charlotte in regards to house prices. You can buy a house for as cheap as $45K and as expensive as $10 million. It is crazy!

Chrissy - We are getting together on the 31st of May. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the NC Sept. Mommas. BTW I will need directions to your house.
post #422 of 491
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Originally Posted by zen-ozz
but would have had to stop at a bout 5 months if I hadn't started taking Dom. What a life saver it has been!
I tried Domperidone for a couple of months. It did increase my supply by making my 2 or 3 working milk glands work like CRAZY! Which meant that I needed to nurse at least every 2 hours or I leaked all over the place. Overnights were very ... um... juicy :LOL but I still didn't get enough milk to feed any less formula. Wasn't worth the cost.

Think of my mom tomorrow, please, she is having surgery to remove a benign cyst on a salivary gland. I have to take her to the hospital at 6 AM :yawning: so I'm actually hoping that Tristan gets up to nurse before 4 AM!! Jo is staying home with T so that he doesn't have to spend the day with me in a germy hospital...

j
post #423 of 491
Holli - what a cutie Mari is!
Savannah - that's not an avatar, I think you got tagged with a DDDDC by someone!
Harmony - Happy B-day! I didn't know. I didn't get to the post office today, but I will send the material tomorrow.
Jen - praying for your Mom. :

My dh is out chasing tornados with his brother this week in Kansas and Oklahoma, etc. I'm not too happy about this. I told him not to orphan his son before his first birthday. He called last night all excited because they had seen the "Twister Sisters" out on the road - some famous storm chasers, for those of you who watch the Weather Channel. I told him he's a geek, and he said that most of the professional storm chasers they've met are REALLY geeky.

Alex is getting up on his knees and elbows and rocking back & forth.
post #424 of 491
Holli, Mari is adorable!! I love the Ergo pic, too. I'm so glad to know it works well for you guys. I'm hoping it'll work well for me and DH. Do you guys have a waist extender? The one I tried on didn't, and it seemed to fit fine, but the lady said it should sit lower, and I'd probably need one. DH, who has no waist :LOL almost certainly does.

Hmm, naking is very hard on a bar stool! Thinking the comp's gonna have to move to the dining table afterall.

Jen, congrats! Hope it continues! Hope all goes well tomorrow! That's really good that you'll be able to leave T tomorrow. I hate having to take babes into hospitals!

Iain ate a bunch of sweet potatoes on Saturday - and sure, enough, there they were, back on Sunday! It was one of those times when I though, ah, all I just change him on my lap here in the car - and then I'm quickly crawling out of the car with a half open diaper, trying not to get it all over me. :LOL Hopefully my wash routine will work with this dipe, too - so far I'm doing pretty well with keeping 'em stain free these days! Anyhoo, I think it was the most solids he's eaten yet! He really seemed to like them.

I tried sunning some dipes today on my new fold-up drying rack, out in the front yard (the only spot with afternoon sun), and I came home to find dirty paw prints on them. : Stinkin' cat walked on my dipes!!! Thankfully the rust stains my washer is leaving AGAIN did lighten a bit...

It'll be good to get home!!

I'm sure I meant to say more but that's all I can manage for now! :LOL
post #425 of 491
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Originally Posted by StacyL
My dh is out chasing tornados with his brother this week in Kansas and Oklahoma, etc. I'm not too happy about this. I told him not to orphan his son before his first birthday. He called last night all excited because they had seen the "Twister Sisters" out on the road - some famous storm chasers, for those of you who watch the Weather Channel. I told him he's a geek, and he said that most of the professional storm chasers they've met are REALLY geeky.
How funny!! :LOL Is this just for fun, or is there a bigger purpose behind his going out there? I'm terrified of tornadoes, but I think actually "chasing" them would be less fearful than wondering if one's going to come to my house! And I'm so not surprised that tornado chasers are "geeky!" :LOL Hope he gets home safe and sound!!
post #426 of 491
Heather, solid poops are washing out fine for us; I'm sure it'll work for you too. I'm liking the little plops into the toilet, but today a more mushy diaper didn't fall off into the toilet like that and I got some on my fingers. EWWW. LOL

I love the movie Twister. Hey, I saw on the news some wicked baseball-sized hail. I hope he doesn't come across any of that!! I'm sure he'll have a blast doing his geeky deed, though, LOL.

Heather, your stamped cards are just beautiful, thanks!

Good golly, the printed microfleece at Joann's today was $14.99 a yard! The solids are $9.99, which is a lot for El Cheapo here. Ack! No wonder I seem to be spending more on making dipes than I'm earning...
post #427 of 491
Ya know, it might've been easier if it was solid. :LOL It was actually still liquidy - just dark orange!! I am *not* looking forward to that mushy stuff! :LOL

Savannah, I meant to say YAY! about you guys all going together!! That'll be so good for you all to be together the whole time - but EEK! Getting ready in two weeks is a bit scary! I love the DDDDC too - too funny! :LOL I'm sure your swap partners will understand your not having everything done in the next 2 weeks!

I'm glad you like the cards! It's so hard to figure out value for things like that - I hope it seems like enough to you! At some point, I just couldn't do *any.more* so I decided I had to be done. :LOL I hope the baby card will work - I really wanted to make it GN but not yellow and green, but I couldn't figure out another color palette. I took pics of all of them and I think I'm going to put them on my website with the other cards I've made (none are up yet, though).

Iain is literally chasing Gabriel around the living room, as Gabriel scoots away with his train track. He's seriously getting around! :
post #428 of 491
Is anyone else having trouble getting their babe to eat solids? Mine just doesn't seem to have any interest. Everything I introduce he makes a face and spits out!

And anyone else have a nursing acrobat? It's amazing the different positions and angles they can get into and still nurse!


Well, my guy is walking like crazy. I read in the Dr. Sears Baby Book that high need babies will often walk early so I'm not surprised that mine is. He's also just learned to stand up by himself from any position which has made things easier. Before he would scream and cry for me to pull him up and walk him around by the hands. Now he can pretty much do it by himself! I just have to watch him like crazy as every day he gets faster and faster.

Regarding the Ergo, they are the best! My baby spends about half the day in ours. What a lifesaver that carrier has been!
post #429 of 491
Tudobem - Lucy is not into baby food at all. But, she loves to eat soft foods cut into little chunks like sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas and also loves cheerios. She absolutely hates anything pureed though, even the same things she loves as chunks. So, you might want to try something soft and chunked up, to see if he just isn't digging the pureed stuff.

Ybecca - I hope you love your Maya. Of everything I have, it is really my favorite. Its the most versatile and easy to use. The fabric is a bit stiff when it first comes, but the more you wash it the nicer it gets. I am SOOO jealous of you going on that yard sale hike if it is the one I think it is. Where are you starting from? Maybe I'll come with you one year, I've been wanting to do it forever!

NCmamas - lets all bring every kind of sling/carrier we have to Chrissy's, then we can all try them out.

Jen - yay on the non-SNS!!! I hope it happens again soon.

Chrissy - I've got one of those guardian angel window guards that is meant to be used on a second floor window. Its basically bars that cover the window so you can open it when the window is nice, but it is easily released by an adult (no way a kid could do it) in case of an emergency. I had it for when we were living at my mom's, but we don't need it anymore. So let me know if you want it for your new house.

So here's my big excitement.... I made a Mei Tai two nights ago and it came out so great!!!! I made it out of a really nice denim. I really wanted one for my train ride to NC. Anyway, it was so easy that I want to make a ton more of them now. Plus it only takes a yard of fabric, so its really cheap to make, too. I'll post pics tomorrow, its too late now! :

Hope everyone is sleeping peacefully!
post #430 of 491
Let's see if I remember everything.

Buying a House.
We are currently renting but our Landlord has made mention of his willingness to sell to us. We love the neighborhood and the house is great (wish it had one more bedroom/office size space). We haven't stayed a one particular place long enough to actually buy. The longest we've lived in one house was our last one for almost 2.5 years. We have had NINE addresses in the eleven years we've been married. Between moving to and from NC while David was military and then moving around the Houston area (Spring, ClearLake, Galveston, Katy and Meyerland/Bellaire) and now moving to Austin... we just haven't been able to decide exactly WHERE we've wanted to buy. Then the whole issue of buy 'new', buy & restore or built comes up. We had just decided to buy a house about 1.5 years ago when the company David worked for... ceased operations. Nice. So we ended up using part of our house nest egg while he was trying to built up clients and doing consulting. Then the military activation... its on hold until he gets his AGR orders, right now he's on ADSW (temporary contract) orders and no one will give us a loan on those. We are hoping to be able to buy within the next year. Who knows, he might got to Kosovo for a year on a civilian contract and make $275K. And THEN we buy a house.

Holli-
Mari and Liam look so comfy with the Ergo. She's a cutie! I hear it as Mar-e in my head.

Ergo-
I like using mine. I forget to use it sometimes. I also love to use pouches a lot too. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of me carrying Aidan in the Ergo. I need to figure out how to use GIMP to resize my pictures. We haven't reinstalled Photoshop8 onto my computer since the harddrive crash. David keeps saying he'll get around to it... I never really liked my Maya wrap, I've had it for three+ years and I think I used it more to strap Tori and Jack into restuarant highchairs and only a couple times as a sling. I never got the hang of ring slings.

YEAH Savannah! Glad you decided to all move together. :LOL At your DDDDC!

NC get-together.
I still wish I was in NC to get to go to a NC Sept gathering. :

Jen-
YEAH on the SNS-less nap!! And will be keeping your mom in our thoughts.

StacyL
: about your DH the geek tornado chaser. Too funny. The things they find fun... I'll bet the Pros are TRULY geeky. : :

The weather here has been SCORCHING!! We hit 98 today and it's been up to 96 everyday for the past 5 days. Thankfully the humidity isn't as nightmarish as Houston. It's been around 75% humidity. David always has Mondays off so we try to do those too crowded on the weekends kind of fun things. We went down Barton Springs today. It's the local water hole that's in the middle of Austin on the edge of our HUGE (like Central Park kind of park) park. The water is a "hot" 62 degrees year round. I took some nice pictures and some cute ones of the kids.

Again, I'm going to try to figure out the GIMP program. I just tried to resize a picture and it keeps freezing up. I think this 'new' motherboard that David decided I should use along with the 'new' harddrive is a total piece of crap. I can see why HE isn't using it anymore I swear this set up works like watching molasses move. :
post #431 of 491
Speaking of scorching... I hear it's already 110 in Phoenix this week.

I was wondering if it would be possible to make a mei tai that is designed to hold twins. If any of you can work up a pattern for me, let me know. Or if you can draw/write out how to tie on my wrap so that I have both babies in the back carry... It seems for the mei tai, all I would need is a wider main panel and an extra pair of straps at the bottom center. But maybe it could use a piece of fabric inside that divides the two sections? Hmmmm...

and what the heck does DDDDDDDDC :LOL stand for?
post #432 of 491
Okay, my morning musings..

Mari is pronounced Mah-ree, rhymes with sari. It's from her middle name -- Marisol so has the Spanish sound to it.

Heather, yes we did get the waist extender on the Ergo! lol

We normally have solid, roll into the potty poops here, but the other day she had one that must be what everyone refers to as "peanut butter poops". It was quite the surprise and made me really appreciate the solid ones. LOL

Mari will eat anything we offer her. She was actually exposed to a lot of things in Guatemala so I admit we may be more risky than others. But, she loves hummus and black beans too even. Actually, the hummus is quite possibly her favorite food ever. We've moved more into the 9-10 month food suggestions now because she really is liking chunkier textures now. She's not so good with feeding chunks on her own yet.

There is a chance she may crawl too. LOL I guess she has been reading the comments here. She's spending more time on her tummy and getting up on all fours. But, she still loves to "walk" too. We did get her this little wagon, and she is getting better and better with it. It moves a little too fast for her, but she cracks up the whole time she is using it. So far we are right next to her while she uses it:
http://www.radioflyer.com/specialty/specialty_12.html

Samantha, I love Austin but I do not miss the weather! Summer in NC is nothing in comparison. It's actually been kind of on the cool side here, and we have a baby pool itching to get a trial! Of course, whenever I think of tornadoes I think of our life in TX.

That is so cool that the Sept. NC mamas are getting together. I don't think I could do it on a weekday unfortunately. I try to keep regular work hours b/c I work for a big corporation. We'll have a cloth diapering gathering sometime soon I hope!

So now we are thinking about getting a frame-style backpack infant carrier. Liam took a 2-hour walk with Mari yesterday and had her in the stroller but she gets bored and he can't walk that long with her in the Ergo or other carriers. He seriously walks the entire time. He's crazy! The weight is too much on the shoulders and back as opposed to the hips of the frame-style. It's Liam's birthday today so maybe we can find one for them!

I had her in my Kozy on my back the other day and that cracked her up, but man it's hard to get used to 19 lbs of squirmy baby! We haven't had much luck with pouches or slings. Liam had some success with her in the hip carry in the Maya sling.

Oh! She learned how to clap! She loves it when we sing and clap with her and she figured it out. She doesn't quite make any sound when her hands hit but she has finally figured out how to repeatedly get them to smack into each other. She is so proud!

We had our first post-adoption visit from our social worker on Sunday. I thought Mari would just stare at her, which she tends to do in new situations. But, I think having her at our house made Mari comfortable because she was all smiles and laughs, babbling, etc. It was a riot.

Are babies this age supposed to know how to use straws? It's kind of weird to try to figure out what she knows how to do but she can drink from her sippy cup, regular cup, and apparently a straw too. We had no idea!

Holli
post #433 of 491
Wow, Tudobem, your babe is WALKING?! OMG!! There's an early bird for you! Oh, and I think it is still normal (and fine) if DS is not that interested in solids. A close friend of mine has an 11 month old who refuses to be fed anything by spoon. I mean, refuses!! Shuts his mouth tight. So, he likes finger food cereals, like cheerios and veggy booty, but really isn't that interested in anything else. My friend was so worried, but her DR said he looks fine and is happy and healthy, so don't worry. Breastmilk or formula is still the main source of nutrition anyway.

Holli -- I think it's pretty talented of Mari to know how to use a sippy cup and a straw. She can hold the sippy cup by herself? Yeah, I think that's pretty early... Thor can hold his and put his mouth on the spout but doesn't understand that he needs to tip it up to drink out of it.

Oooo, now I'm just dying for an Ergo...
post #434 of 491
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Originally Posted by msrog
and what the heck does DDDDDDDDC :LOL stand for?
It stands for Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Someone makes a $2.50 (I think) donation to MDC, and then gets to assign a DDDDC to a member and it lasts a week.

Here's some info:
DDDDC
post #435 of 491
Sistermama: The yard sale we do is the one that goes along hwy 53 - from like ohio to alabama. We drive up to Kentucky or northern tennessee and work our way home. It's fun, if you are a yard sale hound, which my in-laws are. We have a three-camper caravan planned this year - the first time DH and I will have our own camper on the trip. Big Fun! You should definitely join us!

TurboDem: Robin hasn't been a great eater, but she eats some food at least 2x a day. CHunky is interesting to her, but takes longer to eat. I think she likes the food just fine, but doesn't like sitting still. she tries to climb out of the high cahir, off my lap, etc. But, if I feed her in her jump-up or standing at coffee table, she eats like a champ. Her new favorite foods: black beans (like Mari) mixed with rice cereal and half a boiled egg yolk, all mashed up. ANd the millet-brown rice-lentil porridge. SOunds delish!

RObin is really into food off our plates. I've been letting her try anything that isn't spicy or seems really inappropriate. today she's had half an olive, pizza crust, tomato. IS this really bad? She really likes it and eats it better if either she can pick it up or we give it by hand rather than spoon.

My SIL and MIL and I had a big food-making event today - pears, apples, butternut squash and carrots , plus we ground grains to freeze and made some porridge. It took all afternoon, but it'll probably get her through toddlerhood.

Robin is thinking about walking on her own - she's just about to take the first few steps w/o anything to hold onto. She'll walk holding onto one of our fingers pretty good. And she definitely qualified as high needs when the GERD was raging....hmmmm

She tried clapping A FEW WEEKS AGO, THEN STOPPED, BUT SINCE WE WENT to graduation friday, she won't quit! She wedges her bottom hand under my boob, and claps while nursing! It's so cute.

Sorry - she hit caps lock.

Jen - your mom is in our thoughts! My mom just found out a growth in her thyroid is benign - after 3 months of tests, mri;s, etc.
post #436 of 491
TurboDem:
Sorry TudoBem!! I had a list of stuff I was tryuing to remember!
post #437 of 491

drop in center for mammas??

Hey moms. I just posted to parenting and I realized I should have asked you guys first. Lulu and I were going for a walk this afternoon with another momma and we began cooking up this little plan ..


We have a little mom's group going here out in the mountains. We are all AP moms and it is a great support. But what do we do the other four days of the week?? And what about all the other lonely moms/kids?

We are considering creating a small center for parents and their kids. There is no place central (like a park) where parents and babies hang-out. When we get bored and lonely, we all just have to go to the mall (boo-hoo) and spend money (blech).

We realize we need a place that is open each day for parents who are into natural parenting to gather with their kids. Something simple with a space and some yard to play. Classes on parenting, bfing, natural birthing could be offered.

We imagine forming a non-profit, doing fundraising and charging a sliding fee scale for membership (with no one to be excluded for financial reasons).

Has anyone ever created such a thing or been part of one? What do people call it? I don't even know what to look up on search!


Liz
post #438 of 491
Yesterday Kate fell off the couch, front flip style, right onto her head. She cried really hard for a few minutes. But then she stopped. It was red for most of the day, but there is no bruise. My mom says not to worry about it, but I'm second guessing myself. Do I need to take her to the doctor?
post #439 of 491
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Originally Posted by CatskillMtnMama
Hey moms. I just posted to parenting and I realized I should have asked you guys first. Lulu and I were going for a walk this afternoon with another momma and we began cooking up this little plan ..


We have a little mom's group going here out in the mountains. We are all AP moms and it is a great support. But what do we do the other four days of the week?? And what about all the other lonely moms/kids?

We are considering creating a small center for parents and their kids. There is no place central (like a park) where parents and babies hang-out. When we get bored and lonely, we all just have to go to the mall (boo-hoo) and spend money (blech).

We realize we need a place that is open each day for parents who are into natural parenting to gather with their kids. Something simple with a space and some yard to play. Classes on parenting, bfing, natural birthing could be offered.

We imagine forming a non-profit, doing fundraising and charging a sliding fee scale for membership (with no one to be excluded for financial reasons).

Has anyone ever created such a thing or been part of one? What do people call it? I don't even know what to look up on search!


Liz
that sounds wonderful!!
post #440 of 491
Liz ~ I love your idea! Can I come and play?
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