Heidi - wow, what a sudden change! I hope you guys get the business off the ground quickly. You just moved this summer, right? I hate moving - I'd do a lot to avoid it (unless you don't like where you are). It sounds like you are looking forward to going on your own - best of luck! ANd that awesome about Lukas growing so much. How has the adaptation been for you? Are you in the swing of the new restrictions?
Augs - those pix are great. Looks like such gloomy day, in that nice, fall sense. Anna is quite a little chunk - I didn't really think so until I saw the booty shot! I think all kids/babies develop differently. You hear so many stories of the huge baby who grew into the small adult, and average adult, and tall/big adult, and vice versa. I tend to worry when i know the extra weight is for "unnatural reasons" - excessive formula, poor food choices once they start eating, sedentarism (more for toddlers, obviously). But for a breastfed baby, it seems like it's just nature working itself out. I will say that my neice was always super big (height and weight both off the charts from infancy) - she was in 4T clothes by the time she hit 18 months. She's 4 now, and she's just transitioned to 5T and some size 6 clothes. SHe's super active and healthy - and super big. She's tall and solid. Her dad is 6'4" and her mom is probably 5'5", both average builds. I think she's on her way to being quite tall. But, she also was formula fed from 3 months to 25 months, and generally overfed once she started solids, and I think that made a big contribution to her rapid growth.
Samantha...Um, I know of a "bug" going around that causes nausea....
On births of late... I'm sorry to hear of all these complications/interventions/c-sections. It is so frustrating, and I hate it for the women involved. We have some friends who are pregnant with their second - Due december 25. I was IM'ing with the dad, and said I hope the baby wasn't actually born on Xmas, and he said, oh, well if it's not here by the 22nd, we'll induce. I just had to sign off. these are people we are friends with despite very different convictions about a lot of things - especially parenting (you may remember back when ours were babies and I mentioned our friends who left their baby, awake and alone on a couch with the TV on to fall asleep everynight at her "bedtime"
: ) It's something they are never going to "get" - why inducing her isn't what is best, why planning around a holiday rather than the best interests of the child is ridiculous, why people like them who consent to such crap make getting good medical care harder for the REST of us. I have developed like an internal switch - I feel nothing but sympathy, anger and pain for women who don't get the birth they want, prepare for and deserve. But when I hear from/about people who prefer or don't care about all the ridiculous interventions, I have to shut down a little bit. I've wasted some good energy being irate on their behalfs, and irate at them.
Meg - I'm well into my Christmas shopping too. I made a list of everybody we "gift" so that I can start writing down what we've gotten and what we plant o get. I think I started so early this year b/c i'm looking forward to it so much - i can't wait to come home and visit!! Plus, Halloween and Thanksgiving are going to be so low-key. I'm trying to get organized about RObin's list - especially since it all has to make it to China! My mom is getting her the big Waldorf Doll (I decided to leave the scar off - thank you guys for all your input. I didn't want to put her in the position of having to hear about it more/explain why it's on her doll. When she's bigger, if she wants it added or wants a "big girl" doll, we'll make the decision together then. I really appreciate ya'll's input, as I was having a hard time with it for some reason). We're going to have on her list, for people to "buy" but really we'll get them here: the Ikea doll bed, a tricycle (just a cheap "big wheels" type one - they are everywhere here and she REALLy wants one), and possibly a table/chair set (which feels redundant since we have an awesome set in the US, courtesy of Jen's personal shopping skills). I'm hemming and hawing b/tw the table and some sort of bookshelf/toy containment system. I have some restraint issues with my neice and nephew, actually. But they have 2 other aunts with no kids who over-gift them, so I'm starting to restrain myself!
Other than those items, she needs books and clothes. No little junk, I will beg. nothing with batteries, I will plead. Nonetheless, I am sure that to make up for not seeing her a few months, my family will compensate by buying her tons of cheap crap we don't want or need.
For CLint, I'm kinda at a loss. I know he needs a waterproof 3-in-1 type coat. And hiking boots b/c he wants to hike in tibet and mongolia. but i have to pass a list on to both our familes, and I'll probably pass those things on. We really need to not spend a lot of money on each other this year. I have no idea what I will ask for - I only want baby stuff and clothes, and I don't really want anyone else buying me clothes. I want to make him a quilt...but I made him a quilt top and a blanket last year (and haven't turned the top into a quilt yet). I want to find him some good books on Asia- you know, books for a guy who prefers comic books and graphic novels...
I'm particiapting in the holiday helper thing this year for the first time, and that puts me in the Christmas mood too! I wish I could contribute some of our gently used stuff - I'm definitley ready to pass on some of Robin's toys and excess baby stuff we never really used. But by the time I get back to the US it's too late to ship.