Hola! Yup - it's sure a chatty group! I'm very pleased that there's so much good news out there! Az had a good release and confirming of her excellent mothering, Lisa got to be TV mom of the week! Jessi feeling better about the crazy birth - except for Karen who was wide awake when she shoulda been snoozing... it's all about the good stuff! My good news is the clothes I ordered I have to send back 'cause they're too BIG!
So my little poopaloopsticks stayed home with Dad while dd and I went to the ceremony, which went well (for me, mostly because I could get there on time and w/out the baby, which would not have made our lives easier, I'll tell ya THAT!). Instead of konking out around 7, which he ALWAYS does, he and dad were watching the NBA semi-finals ...glued to it. It's gross. Anyway, he was wide awake and when he saw me he totally smiled HUGE and laughed and launched himself off dh's knee - it was truly heartwarming for me.
I took him out to lunch at a local place and sat outside and he watched traffic in this rapturous way and squeeled at the busses and motorcycles (louder? smellier?
). I read Funke and enjoyed being OUT and the newfound lovliness of my baby (not infant) in public. I'm quite happy the infant stage is over and we've moved into the baby phase of life. He's delicious! People came from tables and tables away to goo and gaa with him... felt very special
Welcome back Michelle! I'm glad you had a good trip - I hope you don't spend precious time reading ALL the posts...it's a lot, already!
Laura: so...how was star wars!!! I think we're going to go to a matinee too... stuff it if people think it's bad for baby. There's one theater nearby that is smaller and doesn't have the massive surround sound speakers. we'll go there. he'll be fine.
Tiger - funny that Ihad a I'm-Not-Sleepy man today too. Maybe it was in the air... We haven't had to do too much in the heat yet, but we did use a backpack w/dd almost all summer long for adventures. Used the sling on hip for around house/town. But I didn't get the sling till she was about a year (10 mos I think) and she was already in the backpack by then (how I survived w/out anything for 10 mos...well, 8 mos is beyond me. We did use the stroller, but not all that much. I guess it was mostly carseat then...sigh).We have the Hawaiian gauze, the backpack for later in the summer when it gets good and hot, and the slings for whenever...I think it's catch as catch can. avoid the worst of the heat, and give them to dh as much as possible (oh, in Joyce's case, I suppose that's not too practical...I guess then you'll have to get one of those beanie hats with a built in fan!). That's my tactic!
Jessi - it sure sounds like your midwife really understands how traumatic your birth was for you guys! That's great, that you have that connection and have a good raport, so that she can help next time (am I presuming too much? Next time?)! Let us know how the mummy tummy goes - that's a cool idea, just getting rid of some of my fat would be awesome (oh, I know, get on the exercise ball! But what I want to do is hit the trail!!!). I don't think all the books are about relationships...I didn't pick them for that, anyway. I tried to keep them to p-backs that are easier to tote around and have in bed with baby, and ones that might fit into your interests... somehow w/all the zillions of books around here, I can never seem to find ones that are great for someone else... I'm glad you liked this one better.
Kathy - do you want the diaper cream or the baby calendula cream. they're different. the diaper cream has zinc in it, the calendula doesn't (and smells better, but doesn't work as quickly on a rash). lmk
Az - ask dh if he wants to sell the ergo - maybe we'll pick it up if he's not going to use it. I'd sure feel better spending a little less and getting one 'used' (doesn't sound like you've actually used it, tho) then buying another carrier new... The flece pants sound like EXCELLENT advice. Maybe I'll surf around and see if there are any sales on. Weird about JamTots. We've had EXCELLENT luck with them. If you tell her in a nice but firm way that 2 wks isn't ok and you'd rather have a refund for that item, she'll probably be ok with that. I called her once because I put in an online order and then changed my mind and opted for the blue strip star butt longies. She was really nice about it. I called at like 7:30am on a sat. too. oops! Forgot they're on the west coast... give it a shot - she's possibly somewhat harrassed by the delay in shipping. I found (find) their longies VERY long, but perfect in the rise and waist. go figure. On teething, dd always got circles under her eyes when she was teething. kind of purpley. Also she often (but not always) had a drippy nose to match her drippy mouth and drippy eyes. It wasn't pretty, even for a pretty little baby. You'll notice some changes that stick around for a while and then vanish - that's probably teething, because teeth will press up against the gum and then receed and then press up again a few times before they erupt. a lovely process. Oh, and my mom is the 23rd of Dec., and if she weren't my mom I'd probably like her, 'cause she's funny and smart and likes art and theater and music (some) and travels a lot...but she's my mom and so there's all this crazy baggage. Not sure where all that came from. need sleep... almost done here.
don't ask why, 'cause there is NO good reason, but once again I watched the circumcision video that's floating around this site. It absolutely disgusts me that they do this to babies for no darned good reason. People who have good reasons aside, because they have reasons, for a doctor to do this to a baby w/out consent and w/out a reason should be charged with criminal assault, imo. ugh (shiver in a bad way).
my pouch is half-way finished now! woohoo for the 50 yard line!!!
Jeni - sure thing on the trade! Don't make it a rush order, but maybe don't send any small sized ones...better to hang and grow into one than use it for all of 2 wks, right?
Oh yeah - Az - I got those Liz's Hemp diapes. and they were sort of too small very quickly too. Ok, WAAAAAAYYYYY cheaper than the tykie's but I know how you felt. The liz's are super stretchy, luckily, so I'm squeezing his teeny tiny butt into them, but if he had a butt one centimeter bigger, we'd have been out of them already. I think maybe Megan would still be in prefold size...Laura???
Karen - hope that you looooved your shower! That's been my excuse twice for dh to take Ori at a godforsaken hour - he spit up in my hair, and it dribbled right down my back and into every crease and crevice...yumm indeed!!! :LOL! I do feel like a bad mama wanting wanting wanting...it's all about making life as easy and simple as possible. KWIM? If there's something out there that could make life easier, pleeeeeeease let me have one!
Lisa - ya know, hearing about the nurse-in really made me wish we were living somewhere there were more than the 6 ap families that live here. It's just tough. The hfs co-op is 20 min. drive, and does have a large clientelle, but they come from ALL OVER the area. I know of only 2 families in this area that are crunchy and theyr'e both extremely insular. They are private, don't answer phones or doors (not always, but almost all the time), and don't come over to stuff when invited. It drives me nuts. Ive given up on them. too bad... I'm sure glad you've found a wonderful community of mamas and kids that relate to you and what you're going through. let me ask, before Lauren was born, did you anticipate this kind of involvement in these kinds of groups? I'm asking because with dd I was TOTALLY clueless and didn't get into groups until she was a lot older (thus no sling for 10 months). So I was curious...
Ok, time to hit the sack and catch up on the posts since I started this. I'm sorry if I left anyone out - never intentional, of course. I hope you all have a great Friday evening and weekend!!! Andy.