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post #161 of 229
Kitty, hugs to you. I can't imagine how stressful things must be for you right now. I'm thinking about you.

Chasmyn, cute video! What a doll you have.

Fridgeart, I can't help you with the sleeping thing. Henry needs me to lay down with him for every nap and nighttime, and I always have to run back in during the middle of a nap to nurse him back down, and he's still waking up many times during the night, too. Will I ever sleep more than three hours at a stretch again?

Hopefulfaith, ugh about the credit card being stolen. Identity theft is one of my greatest fears.

Katenbugsmom, ((HUGS)). After doing infertility treatment and only having one frozen embryo left that may not "take" even if we decide to use it, I know what you mean about people taking that miracle for granted.

So...we've decided to move back to our old end of town, though to a nicer (and way more expensive) suburb. I'm psyched but honestly it's a big stretch financially, so I'm also a little freaked out. But I so don't want to raise Henry on this end of town. It's really kind of trashy and redneck and un-liberal, and there's nowhere to walk to. Anyway, I'm going to be busy getting this house ready to sell and investigating houses on the other side of town. I'm a little worried that a move will be traumatic for Henry. I know people do it all the time, but this is MY baby we're talking about, lol. Plus packing up and moving and unpacking may be a nightmare with a toddler. We have this place so well babyproofed!

Okay, just babbling here. I hope everyone has a good weekend. Hugs to you all.
post #162 of 229
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kaitnbugsmom.

NewMama - keep us posted on the move! That sounds exciting for you, but lots of work and worry, too. Wow!

Anguschick - PMed you about your family! I am very curious if we know them/they know us - it sounds like we were around at the same time, and the park service is such a small family when it comes down to it. I love it...most days!! I get to live in really cool places - i.e., there was really nothing better than Yellowstone during the shoulder season --- when it was closed to visitors for a brief period during the late fall/early winter, and the animals got a little more social outside. I'll never forget going for groceries in West and passing a group of wolves just howling away over a bison carcass in the field past OF. I have so many amazing memories thanks to this lifestyle. Downsides? We still don't own a house, being (again) in required occupancy housing....dh is almost 40, and I turn 30 next month. I want a house! My favorite park? Probably Yellowstone, although Pictured Rocks has been really nice, too, to be fair. But Yellowstone just has a special place in my heart. I got married on Yellowstone Lake, for instance...during fire season!! I still can't believe we pulled it off.
...okay, I am so way OT. I could reminisce for a looong time. But I won't! Sorry! Back to your regularly scheduled mama thread!!!!

P.S. - A freezer party sounds GREAT.
post #163 of 229

In a much better mood tonight..

sorry to have vented, it was just weighing heavy on me and talking does help.

Kaitnbugsmom? Hugs to you. I've been in a frump lately because I can't have any more children either. My pelvic floor just plain gave out with Nathanael and so I had my tubes tied once my c-section was done. I know I need to make my peace with it, I mean I'm 43, I have 6 children, enough is enough. I just have these pangs of what if and who would've been born, etc. etc.

I just wanted to say I totally share those feelings with you when people complain. I mean yes the aches and pains are justifyably painful and that coupled with exhaustion makes the process a little less than appealing at times but it's such a wonderful thing that is going on and it's such a joy to look at your child(ren) and know that they once lived inside you, there's such a connection.


On another OT note...my stepdaughter was on the phone with me yesterday and her baby was screaming (seems like he always is). She says "hang on a minute" and then the screaming is almost blood curdling so I know she put him down (UGH) and then he is absolutely silent. I said "WHAT DID YOU DO??" thinking horrid thoughts of smothering or locking him away in some other room (this girl has a selfish streak..) and she said "fed him chocolate"

I could've DIED!! I started going off on her about the detrimental effects but she started to tone me out..etc and so I knew I could only get through so far. I finally said that I was mortified and that it's a major major NOT cool thing to give a 3 month old infant (talk about comfort feeding!) and how it's huge on the allergy scale. etc... UGH I just wanna save the world!!! :

Thanks for all your kind words again, I wasn't searching for attention, just needed a safe place to talk

Kitty
post #164 of 229
Vent. . . Sad . . .
Oh, Mamas, I am writing tonight with a very heavy heart. My IRL friend and I had a huge arguement (essentially over nothing : ) and I am very sad about it. I do not like having arguements and especially this kind of a thing. : We have been friends for about 8 years and she is the first friend I knew that had a child. So we were mama friends together. I have been feeling like the universe was leading her and I in different directions for a long time, and this just feels like this was the straw that broke the camels' back sort of thing. We have decided to just have some space and take some time for now, but this is hard. I feel like I'm breaking up with her or something. Sorry to vent about this here, but I just needed to "talk" about it. My other IRL friends are also friends with this person, so I cannot vent to them so as not to put them in the middle. It's quite frustrating.
Sorry to take this thread to such a depressive place.
post #165 of 229
Hello all! I can second the ready for sleeping through the night. DD still nurses through the night like a newborn, though she is going to bed much better.

It's good to hear that I'm not the only one thinking about a second babe. Congrats - hopefulfaith!!! I've been TTC since August and have bled the majority of that time. I've had AF everyday since August 30th aside from 6-7 days interspersed here and there. I've been to a doc who said wait it out or go on the mini-pill. Neither of those choices seemed right to me. I'm going to a homeopath Thursday.

DD's vocabulary is taking off. The things she is starting to do are amazing. There is a book she has about The Creation from the bible. She pointed at Eve and said mama and Adam and said dada! I couldn't believe it. They were cartoon images too! She is such a joy. :
post #166 of 229
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Hi everyone, shoes, hmm, we're not there yet..but I was thinking bubs deserves some new booties or something to keep his feet warm when we have to go out. He's starting to ///....almost.../// crawl! He is getting up on his elbows and pulling himself along while hiking up on one knee and pushing forward. Nathanael's also beginning to eat more solids now. He looovvves bananas now and squash. I still have to add cereal to it to make it a consistency he'll actually eat.

We had our 1 year evaluation with Nathanael's social worker, OT, PT, Parent to Parent Developmental counselor and the EEE worker he'll get when he's 3. We reviewed our goals we had set a year ago and he's doing pretty good. He can't drink with a cup yet nor use silverware but he is really into imitating while playing. He isnt' saying anything other than dada or babadada bud a dada .. but hey, it's something!

He's also cutting his incisors of all things..Just in time for halloween!!!

He's such a blessing, always so happy and the total joy of my life.

I had a hard day today, our Parent to Parent worker took me to the food shelf for moral support. It was hard. I was homeless, in a battered women's shelter 6 years ago and relied heavily on food shelf and welfare and today made me feel like I was going back. I didn't realize how bad I felt until we were leaving..I felt like I would pass out. I just felt so awful to have gotten down to the point of needing to go to the food shelf. I'm not feeling sorry for myself, just scared and hate feeling like I'm begging and worry for things to get worse..like loosing our home.. oh God I hope it doesn't get that far...

ugh enough about me... I guess I needed to vent..sorry!
Kitty: I didn't see your post before, I am sorry about that. I didn't want you to think it went unnoticed. What size are Nathaniel's feet? I might have some shoes that fit him, Kiernen's feet are kind of big I think, he's in Toddler 6 and 24-36 in the soft booties.
post #167 of 229
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Vent. . . Sad . . .
Oh, Mamas, I am writing tonight with a very heavy heart. My IRL friend and I had a huge arguement (essentially over nothing : ) and I am very sad about it. I do not like having arguements and especially this kind of a thing. : We have been friends for about 8 years and she is the first friend I knew that had a child. So we were mama friends together. I have been feeling like the universe was leading her and I in different directions for a long time, and this just feels like this was the straw that broke the camels' back sort of thing. We have decided to just have some space and take some time for now, but this is hard. I feel like I'm breaking up with her or something. Sorry to vent about this here, but I just needed to "talk" about it. My other IRL friends are also friends with this person, so I cannot vent to them so as not to put them in the middle. It's quite frustrating.
Sorry to take this thread to such a depressive place.
s Andrya. I ended a 20-year friendship when I was pregnant with Kiernen, so I understand where you are. It IS like breaking up, and it is hard. I hope that in time you and she will be able to resolve things.
post #168 of 229
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Shoes:Right now E is in a pair of Stride Rites for outside, and Robeez for inside. I too am looking at winter boots (apparently we're getting a lot of snow this year?!). I like the MEC ones, but might need something more watertight.
Do you think the MECs aren't waterproof? I need something watertight too and I thought these might work, but I cannot find any info.

We tried some rainboots on Kiernen yesterday at the store and he stood there for a second and then burst into tears. He was NOT happy with hard-soled shoes. But ARE there soft-soled waterproof boots? Maybe I ought to start a thread to ask?
post #169 of 229
Oh, I forgot, these are another option I found. They do have a rubber sole and look to be waterproof, too.
post #170 of 229
Hi mamas. I don't visit this thread often but I am wondering how many of you have a DC that sleep through the night? My DS is almost 14 months now and still wakes up at least 2 times each night to nurse.
post #171 of 229
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Hi mama's. I don't visit this thread often but I am wondering how many of you have a DC that sleep through the night? My DS is almost 14 months now and still wakes up at least 2 times each night to nurse.
My almost 14-month old wakes up three or four times to nurse (I think...I'm so tired I really don't know).
post #172 of 229
Chasmyn, you don't have to notice me LOL it's okay! I haven't a clue what size Nathanael is because he's still so "baby". He holds his feet like toes down and feet bunched up. I was thinking of getting him some bootie/sock combo thingies. For clothes he wears 12 months but they're kind of big, 9 month being a bit snug.


K's Mom: Hugs to you, I know how hard this can be, I think fights liek this between our friends can be the most hurtful. I mean serious fights with friends hurt me more than fighting with my hubby. Women tend to have a closeness you can't substitute. I hope, in time, you're able to mend your fences. I had a really good friend years ago who was my roommate in a nice apartment. She always paid her half of the rent but her phone bill was outrageous. I moved out, when I got married the first time, I was stuck with like this $500 phone bill. She kept saying she'd catch it up but didn't and it affected our relationship so badly. We were sooo close and this caused such a rift. I finally called her bawling and yelling at her that friends don't do this to one another etc etc and she got really mad at me and came and gave me the money. We were on a rocky road after that and things patched up a while later but it took time.


Nathanael's sick today, woke up with very watery green diahreah and fever. I have it too..meanwhile I'm the queen of scrubbing my hands ALL the time and felt that I shouldn't have passed it on to him. My dh and I have had this bug a few days. Perhaps HE's not scrubbing enough? I don't know. All I know is he's had a rough day, poor lil tacker. :
post #173 of 229

Oh adoremybabe..

my ds sleeps from about 8pm until 7am : All my kids were great sleepers. Must be my lazy-a__ genes
post #174 of 229
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my ds sleeps from about 8pm until 7am : All my kids were great sleepers. Must be my lazy-a__ genes
I have some serious lazy genes {I'm the only one of my five sisters with ANY income of my own making, almost always have been unless FSSA bennies count as income, then the rest of them might have a bit} and NONE of my kids would sleep that long without some serious drugs
post #175 of 229
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NONE of my kids would sleep that long without some serious drugs
I don't think Adam would, either. Adoremybabe, twice sounds pretty darn good right now.

Andrya, I'm so sorry with you. I hope it works out as it should and brings you peace.

PMing you, anguschick -- my dh knew your bil! Cool!
post #176 of 229

about nighttime sleep

Tova usually wakes once in 11 to 12 hours, although more when she's teething (and she's in the middle of getting three molars right now, so we've had some up and down nights). Hugs to everyone experiencing sleep disruptions -- it is hard to function without a good night's sleep.
post #177 of 229
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Hi mamas. I don't visit this thread often but I am wondering how many of you have a DC that sleep through the night? My DS is almost 14 months now and still wakes up at least 2 times each night to nurse.
I know I don't post here often enough, but this is a simple enough question that won't take me long to think about and post about, LOL!

DS wakes at least 2-3 times, for sure. It's hard for me to know for sure. He starts off the night in a pack 'n play next to my bed, and when he wakes the first time, I bring him into bed and nurse him. We both fall asleep, and after that is where I start losing track. I can usually remember at least one other time he wakes up during the night, some mornings I can remember as many as 5. But since I always just use the boob to pacify him, and fall back to sleep as soon as he's settled, my brain is fuzzy and I don't know for sure. All I know is that he is NOT sleeping through the night at all. His first waking is usually only 3 hours after I put him down, if not less.

Funny thing is that it doesn't really bother me. After 13 months of this, it feels completely normal! I totally don't remember what a full night's sleep feels like
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Funny thing is that it doesn't really bother me. After 13 months of this, it feels completely normal! I totally don't remember what a full night's sleep feels like
Me too! Would you ever have imagined feeling this way pre-baby? :
post #179 of 229
RE: sleep. Please see my siggie for how I'm feeling these days. I think our prob here is that A wakes just a little and then pees and then can't get back to sleep with a wet dipe, so needs to be changed and then can't get back to sleep without nursing. I think she wakes and then says to herself, "I'm wet and oh, yeah, I'm hungry too! Come here mama!". Even tho we EC, she HATES to use the potty at night so we're using dipes. Yawn!
post #180 of 229
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Originally Posted by adoremybabe View Post
Hi mamas. I don't visit this thread often but I am wondering how many of you have a DC that sleep through the night? My DS is almost 14 months now and still wakes up at least 2 times each night to nurse.
ACK! I was going to say maybe you were in the wrong forum since you have a 14-month-old baby. Ack!!!! How did we get to 14 months????: : My little one was born later in August so she's only 13 months today. But still. 14 months sounds so....old.



Sleep: Baby is down 11 to 14 hours at night usually. Now that she's getting molars, it's a free for all a little bit. She'll wake. We'll give her drugs if she's in pain and then I'll nurse her. She woke up SCREAMING from pain last night, so I got a boob in there along with some pain meds and she was feeling better. She went out after a bit of walking. Her top right gum is purple -- just about to break through. She's got about 12 teeth now.
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