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post #1041 of 1217
holidays approach
stress is cresting like a wave
crashing on the shore





many things to do
buy and wrap and buy and wrap
there's not enough time


and 'cuz it's not ALL about stress,


gingerbread houses
decorated by children
adorn my table
post #1042 of 1217
I totally missed this thread today! I did not get a notification until now. :

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Originally Posted by TanyaS View Post
nak

I just wanted to say this:

I WIN!!!


Dd1 couldn't take her medicine because she couldn't swallow. Now that she can, she is spitting it back at me making us both covered with medicine. So this morning I wondered if she would like "strawberry" milk. I mixed her dose in with a couple ounces of milk and encouraged her to drink until it was gone and it was smooth sailing.

BTW, I did opt for the antibiotics for the strep. There were a couple of reasons, mainly her level of pain but also that it had been a couple days already with symptoms. I didn't have time to research alternative remedies. I'm going to have to focus on that in the coming year. It's something I really want to learn about. I have to say, though, that ds was spared the worst of the strep since we started his treatment the same day. He's still able to eat and drink unlike dd1 for a couple days.

There are homeopathic alternatives to antibiotics for streptococcuss and staphylococcus bacterias. They are made with the bacterias itselves - called NOSODE remedies. They are GOOD to have at home in case any of you get diagnosted with an infection caused by one of these bacterias.
Here you can buy nosode kit - you pick 4 nosodes from the list, that has Staphylococcinum and Streptococcinum on it.

I did use it in past with FANTASTIC results. I'ts been years ago, when I had really bad sinus infection and went to my ORL doctor who was regular MD but was doing homeopathy as well. My infection was so bad that she really did not wanna wait for the results of the cultivation to find out what bacteria is causing it and mainly what antibiotics will kill it because I am resistent to most exsisting anitibiotics out there. So I agreed, took it and came back about 5 days later, sicker then before. The results were in and she was devastated to tell me that she gave me wrong antibiotics that the bacteria was totally resistant to. I remember it was a strep and she really did not wanna give me another yet different stronger antibiotics so she said she'd give me homeopathic nosode made with strep. NEXT DAY I felt FANTASTIC. week later I came back to see her and she was amazed how well it worked.

Elsanne ~ glad you got the remedy, I hope it will help.

I think DS2 has RSV He has been very congested for past week or so and I myself have a horrible sinus infection so I bought some remedy yesterday for both of us because I thought he had sinus as well. Gave it to both of us, I felt better immediatelly, and I am still improoving, but he has now really loose mucus in his lungs. When he starts laughing he starts coughing and then he's struggeling to take a breath because of all the mucus coming out. He's not feeling good at all. No fever though. The mucus however is really thin - at least it sounds like it.
So I went on-line and read about RSV and I think that's what he's got. He also had a blood in his poop last time I changed him. I think it's all the mucous he is swollowing and coughing up. I know few babies here has RSV latelly - can you tell me more about it?
post #1043 of 1217
is RSV contagious from the computer???

pav, i hope it's not rsv but just a tiny cold. Hope he feels better soon.

That's great news, Tanya. I'm glad that you kids are feeling better.

I need a new brain. ttyl
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Pav, I have bookmarked your post for future reference. Thank you so much!!! This is our first bout with strep throat. I had it as a kid, but I've forgotten what it was like. Now I know I'll recognize the symptoms next time. Cold viruses I know what to do with, but this bacteria is a first for me.

Sabbath, would you like some cheese with your whine? : J/K. I completely understand how tired you are! I've forgotten how that transition from none to one baby wears a mama out. You'd think I'd be more tired with three, and maybe I am, but I don't have time to notice anymore I used to work in retail management what feels like ages ago and I remember this time of year very, very well.

Elsanne, you are always so uplifting with your words. Now I feel all puffed up because Elsanne said I was superhuman!
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Originally Posted by TanyaS View Post
Sabbath, would you like some cheese with your whine? : J/K. I completely understand how tired you are! I've forgotten how that transition from none to one baby wears a mama out. You'd think I'd be more tired with three, and maybe I am, but I don't have time to notice anymore I used to work in retail management what feels like ages ago and I remember this time of year very, very well.
Yeah. A nice brie slightly melted with sliced pears. Get on it.
post #1046 of 1217
Oh, I'm on it. It's not brie, but cheeseball. Of course, technically that's not cheese. Maybe I'll have to get you something really stinky. Like limburger.

post #1047 of 1217
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That is cute! But I understand how frustrated you were. Ugh. I did not like Sears at all with ds1. The only place I've ever like the photographers was Picture People. It is expensive though because you get them in one hour.
The Picture People are GREAT! But expensive. I look for every coupon that I can and go in for the session. Sears was horrible and Penny's is OK. I go regularly to Penny's and get their $7.99 package deals, but I def prefer PP.

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Originally Posted by PancakeGoddess View Post
bummer.

and, um, weirrrd. My dp turns 42 in January. He played the no-uterus card to get out of having babies.
: That cracked me up!

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Originally Posted by kimya View Post
I got DH an ergo for Christmas and we will see how that goes.

Of course.

I called customer service today and they are sending me a coupon for a free sitting with 5 free sheets. Better than nothing. Maybe we will get a smile next time!
THe Ergo is the only carrier that DH will use. That stinks about your photo session. I'm glad that you got at least something from them. I found the customer service at Sears to be awful (at least at the store where I've been).


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I'm lost too. That's exactly what happened. They said they were giving her a cell phone about a year ago, we said no, let's wait until she's about 12. They went quiet. Then a year later I found the phone in her room. She and her grandmother were having text message conversations. :
That is wrong on so many levels!

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Originally Posted by TanyaS View Post
If she wants to communicate with your dd, why can't she just email her? You could set up a parental controlled account and give only MIL the address. I could be naive, but it might take your dd some time to figure out what the email address is so you wouldn't have to worry right away about her emailing strangers online.

I don't understand MIL's desire to have a secret relationship. It's kind of weird. Special relationship, but secret? Nope, still odd.
ITA

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My baby under no circumstances can handle more than 20 minutes. And even that's pushing it. She DOES NOT like being alone, or not in arms. Going mad and crazy over here. With DH working 6 days a week (around 55-60 hours, because he is in retail management and it's a requirement) I hardly EVER have him home when she is awake for more than an hour. So, I am getting tired, cranky and apparently whiny.

Darn it all to heck.
DS has to be held for most of the day too! And he's getting BIG!
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I forgot to add. DS did WONDERFULLY in the 10 hour drive yesterday!!! I couldn't have asked for an easier kiddo! :
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She has also upped her nighttime feedings. A lot. It's a blur so I'm not sure how often she's eating, but it's *many* times. So much in fact that she's soaked through her diaper by 4am and usually pooping shortly after I change it : This was a child who used to sleep 8pm-5am and had a decently wet though not soaked diaper when she woke up.
Is she still not eating much during the day when you're at work? Sounds like reverse-cycling. Ugh.

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I just adore making money doing something I love so much.
I'm jealous - that is so awesome!

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Originally Posted by SabbathD View Post
My baby under no circumstances can handle more than 20 minutes. And even that's pushing it. She DOES NOT like being alone, or not in arms. Going mad and crazy over here. With DH working 6 days a week (around 55-60 hours, because he is in retail management and it's a requirement) I hardly EVER have him home when she is awake for more than an hour. So, I am getting tired, cranky and apparently whiny.

Darn it all to heck.
It does get easier eventually...

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Originally Posted by Miss Juice View Post
gingerbread houses
decorated by children
adorn my table
Great haiku, as always

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Originally Posted by Yin Yang View Post
There are homeopathic alternatives to antibiotics for streptococcuss and staphylococcus bacterias. They are made with the bacterias itselves - called NOSODE remedies. They are GOOD to have at home in case any of you get diagnosted with an infection caused by one of these bacterias.
Here you can buy nosode kit - you pick 4 nosodes from the list, that has Staphylococcinum and Streptococcinum on it.
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Ooh thanks so much for this link!!! Have you ever used colloidal silver? I've seen it recommended here at mdc for strep as well. Didn't your ds have pertussis - did you use the remedy for that? Seems like a good one to have on hand since it is so common.

Tanya - glad to hear kiddos are on the mend!!!

Kimya & Claire - You guys are cracking me up!

Big news here today. Nathan had his first solid food! And it was a total fluke. (Before anyone panics, he will be 6 months next week, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility!) We went out to eat Mexican tonight and dh's dish had a huge chunk of avocado. I said, as a joke since Nathan has shown ZERO interest in food, "Let me see what he'll do with this" and I cut off a tiny chunk and put it near his mouth. He immediately divebombed (made up a word?) my finger and ate it. So I said, "Ha ha - just a coincidence. Let me try again." He took it again. Then the third time, he gagged and I FREAKED out and patted his back and said, "That's it - I'm not ready for this solid thing." : : I like the idea of skipping purees and going straight to food but when he gagged like that it scared me so much. I don't think I'll be able to do it.
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Originally Posted by sewaneecook View Post
I forgot to add. DS did WONDERFULLY in the 10 hour drive yesterday!!! I couldn't have asked for an easier kiddo! :
That's impressive!!!
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Originally Posted by sarenka View Post
I'm lost too. That's exactly what happened. They said they were giving her a cell phone about a year ago, we said no, let's wait until she's about 12. They went quiet. Then a year later I found the phone in her room. She and her grandmother were having text message conversations. :
wow that's pretty bad:

well it's christmas eve night here............. my kids don't know - my nearly 6 yr old thinks it's two sleeps away yet!! This is the only way he will sleep tonight

Anyone else telling fibs to their kids? I feel bad but really....... the whole day will be hell if he's tired!
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(can you tell i'm on a mission to get to 1000? )
post #1053 of 1217
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I like the idea of skipping purees and going straight to food but when he gagged like that it scared me so much. I don't think I'll be able to do it.
If you wait until they are able to pick it up themselves then it's usually not an issue. Maybe his tongue thrust reflex is still hanging on and that's why he gagged. Once the tongue thrust is gone, it should be much easier for him to eat without gagging.

Laura, woo hoo on the easy drive! Here's hoping you make it back just as smoothly!

Claire, that you resisted the urge to tell them tomorrow was Christmas! My ds is 5 and has been counting down the days.
post #1054 of 1217
I don't know what RSV is - although it sounds like dd may have had it! ignorance is bliss - at least she's on the mend now.

Oh dd's struggling in the ergo- just wanted to send thanks to you all for your support - it is indeed weird this secret relationship thing. It stinks. MIL is a very needy woman indeed. That's why I didn't suggest an email account or anything - if she wants to talk to her she just has to use our phone I'm afraid.

Off to ILs now for Xmas!! (Tonight is the big night here, not tomorrow) Wish me luck!

(oh and elsanne - giver of the vibe - special thanks you !)
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Amy, I you.



cori, babies have a really strong gag reflex! It's a good thing

But, I'm all for holding off on solids anyway, so whatever gets ya there

Of course, I say that, but this is the first time I've really considered starting asap because I think a little dab of banana every few minutes might get us through this hour-long drive we have today :

Also, can I just say? K is totally doing that grab-the-boob while nursing, and he pulls it out and squirms and roots when will he cut that out???!

oh well!
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Also, can I just say? K is totally doing that grab-the-boob while nursing, and he pulls it out and squirms and roots when will he cut that out???!
Oh, this is my very least favorite nursing activity. Ow ow ow and then I'm spraying milk all over the room and the rhythm is all messed up. I can handle a little gentle kneading (not that I like it) but the grab and pull and then get mad about it routine is old from minute one.

Christmas eve. All I have left to do is get something for DH, get stuff for our dinner tonight and for our vegetable contribution for dinner tomorrow, and wrap all the presents. Doesn't sound like so much when I spell it out like that.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sewaneecook View Post
I forgot to add. DS did WONDERFULLY in the 10 hour drive yesterday!!! I couldn't have asked for an easier kiddo! :
tHAT'S GREAT!!! I can't believe you could do 10 hours!!! Wow.

I have been letting my wife give the baby banana the few times I've had to leave her for ~4 hrs. She does well with it. We've also tried avocado, all systems go. The baby loves food but until she can get it in her own mouth we're not serious about it. I hate spoonfeeding, just not into it.

Oh, god, coffee is good. I think I need to take a break, I did it the other day--took a coffee break ALL DAY, and no problem! No headache! Shocker, considering how much I drink (2-3 cups per day).
But it's so stinking good--and what's more, it is deeply emotionally tied to good mood for me.

Juicelita, I just love the haikus.

Last night was fun...Viet and I wrapped presents and had punch (a traditional warm, fruity drink down here--no booze) and had fun getting the girls' christmas ready. This is my first time!!!! I know I've said that, but as I seldom remember everybody's deets, I don't 'spect you to remember mine...anyway it is WAY FUN being Santa! Today we go visit people and drink more ponche and eat tamales, then tomorrow morning the gringo Christmas! Yay!
post #1058 of 1217
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Miss Juice View Post
Christmas eve. All I have left to do is get something for DH, get stuff for our dinner tonight and for our vegetable contribution for dinner tomorrow, and wrap all the presents. Doesn't sound like so much when I spell it out like that.

You can do it, missyjuicy, one step at a time.

Last night we all went out to eat as a family (we have never gone anywhere all together as a family) and it was rather chaotic, I survived. But then we walked around, beautiful christmasy evening in town, girls safely snug in backpack/ergo, and we found viet's christmas prezzie, a new hat! I was psyched as he is hard to buy for. He picked it out--then, the person in the shop was a friend of mine, who then gave us her discount! Wahooo! So the hat orig. marked $32 was $20! I just love getting a good deal, and I just love getting somebody exactly what they want.

At home, I jumped in the shower and viet put out a sweet nightie (kind of sexy, but not a negligee) for me to put on afterward--then he had everything all ready when I got out for proper punchdrinking, plus my prezzie, a new fabulous huge artisan mug I had wanted. You gotta understand, though--this man does not DO holidays, ever. Christmas, Birthday Present? : This is real growth for Mr. Viet. So a good night was had. The man is learning how to get what he wants, as am I...
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Originally Posted by elsanne View Post
I have been letting my wife give the baby banana the few times I've had to leave her for ~4 hrs.

Oh, god, coffee is good.

Juicelita, I just love the haikus.

Last night was fun...Viet and I wrapped presents and had punch (a traditional warm, fruity drink down here--no booze) and had fun getting the girls' christmas ready. This is my first time!!!! I know I've said that, but as I seldom remember everybody's deets, I don't 'spect you to remember mine...anyway it is WAY FUN being Santa! Today we go visit people and drink more ponche and eat tamales, then tomorrow morning the gringo Christmas! Yay!
Els, I am jealous of your wife. Does she live with you or does she sleep somewhere else?

I am so with you on the coffee. I only ever have it in the morning. If I don't have any it doesn't matter - no headache, no grumpiness, no problem, but I love it so.

Thanks for the haiku support. I don't want them to get to be annoying to everyone, but I am finding them very therapeutic. I swear it slows me down, it feels GOOD to write them. I've never really enjoyed writing, and I certainly don't consider myself a poet. But I think my haiku are getting better so if nobody minds I'm going to keep it up.

I'm so excited for your first Christmas-as-Santa! I love your tree.
I'm pretty bummed that we are having a damp green Christmas here.
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Claire, that you resisted the urge to tell them tomorrow was Christmas! My ds is 5 and has been counting down the days.
: DD is all about it. We finally got down to "Tomorrow!" and she said, excitedly, "But today IS tomorrow!!" Difficult to explain, that one.
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