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Or Michelle! Wasn't that the other uber popular name back then?

Yup...Top ten until 1980, peaked at #2 4-5 times in the late 60's early 70's. To make my name even MORE boring...my middle name is LYNN! MICHELLE LYNN. Ack. Hate it.

HOLY SMOKES!!! YAAAAAY Fern!!! I just can't wait to see pics of that precious babe! I totally wish that I had 6 month clothes to send but considering the fact that Noah's been out of 6 month clothes since he was about 3 months! Let me know if you end up needing anything bigger!

Itsybitsy: Great websites for the kiddos! It's always nice to put faces with names and I just love pics of luscious little babes!
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Fern: If you need advice taking care of 2 babies so close in age, ask peacefulmommy! She is a wonder to behold whilst caring for Noah and the little boy she nannies. ( ) Do you have an ergo carrier or a mei tei that you can use to carry one baby on your back? Peacefulmommy will agree that this is the ONLY way!!!

Spughy: Well, if it makes you feel any better, my particular consciousness shift is taking place in the middle of (or near end to) a really shit time! DH and I have been $600-$900 in the hole on our bank accounts for 2 weeks in a row. Let me tell you, there is nothing like hitting rock bottom to help you see what you DO have. Plus, most of my close friends live on about half or a quarter of what my DH makes every week. It's been a real eye opener for our family. We are learning to live more abundantly... FINALLY. I don't wish any mishaps or hard luck times on you, but I do wish you joy, thankfulness, and peace! :
post #143 of 340
Mary, what do you mean, we don't know Ethan? He's as much part of the group as Elwynn and Killian and Ben- we heard so much about him when we were pregnant and you never talk about him now. And he's still gorgeous, even if he is a handful.
Spughy, I've totally been there, done that and it's really really hard. All I can suggest is that you need to go and talk to your dh NOW about your feelings and keep communicating with him. Little stuff, like him disappearing with Rowan when you were expecting to feed her, can mount up. Go talk to him.
post #144 of 340
We've begun to slack, ladies! Doing my duty, bumping us up.

Today is Noah's family birthday celebration. It has somehow grown to upwards and beyond 30 people. : It's going to be quite the interesting mix of people so keep your fingers crossed that today is a success! I'm soooo looking forward to it being over, it's been a lot more work and $$$ than I had originally planned. I definitely see beer in my near future!
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Peacefulmommy, I'll have one for you now, and you can owe me several double-vodkas later. I am having the day from hell and right now I have no idea what to do.
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night time nursing?

im frustrated.. ngaio has been nursing all night the last 5 days or so.. if i try to sneak away she wakes up and cries and flops around and gets so mad and then i nurse her again so she wont wake everyone up.... im so tired and i want to get some sleep that isn't "on my side being sucked on".. i know it wont be forver but has anyone successfully survived this? i feel like im sleep deprived and suffering from it..
post #147 of 340
wow. slow day!

peacefulmommy- hope the party is great and not too stressful!

helen- I hope your day gets better

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Mary, what do you mean, we don't know Ethan? He's as much part of the group as Elwynn and Killian and Ben- we heard so much about him when we were pregnant and you never talk about him now. And he's still gorgeous, even if he is a handful.
Thanks I guess I assume more people are interested in seeing baby pictures. school has really been lifechanging for him. I may have issues with how they do some things in the public school, but I can't deny the fact that he is thriving there. It's hard to believe that he started school just after I had Ezra- huge changes in just a few weeks for a just-turned-3 yr old, and he handled it amazingly well.
post #148 of 340
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im frustrated.. ngaio has been nursing all night the last 5 days or so.. if i try to sneak away she wakes up and cries and flops around and gets so mad and then i nurse her again so she wont wake everyone up.... im so tired and i want to get some sleep that isn't "on my side being sucked on".. i know it wont be forver but has anyone successfully survived this? i feel like im sleep deprived and suffering from it..
Oh my God, I am sooo right there with you sister. It is so hard. Brynn's been doing that for I'd say over a week now. I'm just chalking it up to teething (one came in the other day, and the other one is still working at it). Could Ngaio be teething? I don't have advice, but just wanted to tell you that you're not alone!!
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Oh I forgot to say, Brynn just surprised the heck out of us by drinking some of DH's V8 (vegetable juice) and *loving it*! It is so crazy what she will and won't eat! Hates bananas but loves black olives and vegetable juice. Go figure!
post #150 of 340
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Helen, I hope your day got better.

Amy, sounds like your girl is a budding gourmet. Encourage her! Give up on the bananas and mashed potatoes - get her some foie gras, artisan sourdough bread, lobster, fresh figs and creme fraiche. Oh and some French brie would probably also go over well.

Yesterday a good friend came over to visit and brought her little boy who is about 6 weeks younger than Rowan. They had a good time together, once the initial shy period passed. There was a lot of kissing - it was SO cute. Today we're going to the company's kids christmas party so she'll get more interaction with other kids, which she's been kind of lacking since DH started looking after her.

Gotta go, DH has a sleeping baby on him and is demanding blankets and food.
post #151 of 340
The day is going. Slowly, but at least the boys are in bed. I'll spare you the details, but basically a "guys, we don't snatch sweeties out of a lucky dip over your brothers head because people think we're hoodlums" conversation escalated into major all-out war, grown-ups against kids, kids against each other like Battle Royale II. Which, predictably, led to grownups against each other The school uniform is still in the washing machine because I can't use the tumble dryer within the hours of darkness because it makes the baby scream, we're out of bread for packed lunches tomorrow and I got a BFN on a pregnancy test. It's really not been the best day ever.
Mulled wine and pizza are helping. Lots.
post #152 of 340
Well, the party was an absolute success! I'm just overflowing with love right now. It's just such a blessing to know how loved Noah is and how many hearts he has touched. It was definitely all worth the time and effort that I and my family put into it! *sigh* I am, however, enjoying a nice cold milk stout, just as I said I would! Goes nicely with a leftover carrot cake cupcake!

Fern: Noah's been doing the same thing. I thought it was just the teething at first but then I found out he also has an ear infection. I've been putting willow/garlic drops in his ears and it's helped tremendously. Whatever is bothering her, here's a for both of you. You'll make it through, mama!

Helen: Have an extra glass of that mulled wine! (mmmmm!) Hope you get some good sleep tonight. BTW...what is a BFN??
post #153 of 340
just wanted to say Hi and i missed everyone and the boards. just got back home after a quick country getaway to see friends, which was lovely...but it is good to be back home.

am looking forward to reading all the posts and catching up, when finley goes to sleep.

hope everyone is well!
post #154 of 340
Helen: So sorry about the BFN... And about the rest of your crappy day... (more ) But tomorrow is another day...

Peacefulmommy: The party was awesome! Your family is really nice. It's so obvious how LOVED Noah is. See you Wednesday!
post #155 of 340
We've been nursing all night for weeks on end now. With a brief interlude of three to four hour stretches in late October. And every one to two hour night waking/nursing for weeks or months again before that. Amy, your blogging about giving up on trying to control sleep really resonated with me, since that was a huge turning point for us. Once I stopped trying to "fix" Neela's sleep (and got significantly better at night nursing and dozing) we were both so much happier. I used to wonder about women who said they had no idea how often baby nursed during the night...and now I'm one of them I can't totally sleep through it, but I also don't often count hours or times that she wakes during the night. Unless it's long stretches of sleep- and then I start to notice.

Helen,

I keep waiting for the picky toddler eating to settle in. Neela will eat most things that I offer, as long as we keep some variety. She likes olives, too- but prefers green olives to black

I'm glad Noah's party went well. Enjoy your stout.
post #156 of 340
Hrumph. It's another day, and so far it's not getting better. Poorly kids, lack of sleep, etc, etc. Plus I feel like crap for shouting at them for being naughty when I should have known they were ill.
Peacefulmommy, your party sounds amazing.
Fern, I really hope you can get some sleep.
So how do your babes eat olives? Do you slice them for them, or ????
post #157 of 340
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Amy, sounds like your girl is a budding gourmet. Encourage her! Give up on the bananas and mashed potatoes - get her some foie gras, artisan sourdough bread, lobster, fresh figs and creme fraiche. Oh and some French brie would probably also go over well.
Thanks Spughy; I was just thinking about this morning! Actually I was going to see if you all have any suggestions because I am a *very* unadventurous eater. We went to the fancy gourmet market the other day so that I could try to find some new things for her to try, but I didn't end up with much. Seems like she's leaning towards salty/savory foods and isn't really interested in anything sweet, except granola (which she loves). I feel like I should be giving her more to experiment with, but I'm just not sure what! It's just frustrating for me when she says she's hungry and wants to eat, but obviously doesn't want the usual offerings (like this morning).

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So how do your babes eat olives? Do you slice them for them, or ????
I either give her a whole one and she bites part off, or I slice it in half for her, like you'd do with a grape.

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Yesterday a good friend came over to visit and brought her little boy who is about 6 weeks younger than Rowan. They had a good time together, once the initial shy period passed. There was a lot of kissing - it was SO cute.
We had a similar experience on Saturday night. We went to watch a movie with our friends and their baby boy who is just about 7 weeks younger than Brynn. They see each other all the time but this time they just had a blast together and were hugging and kissing on each other. It was so cute!

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Amy, your blogging about giving up on trying to control sleep really resonated with me, since that was a huge turning point for us. Once I stopped trying to "fix" Neela's sleep (and got significantly better at night nursing and dozing) we were both so much happier. I used to wonder about women who said they had no idea how often baby nursed during the night...and now I'm one of them I can't totally sleep through it, but I also don't often count hours or times that she wakes during the night. Unless it's long stretches of sleep- and then I start to notice.
I know, me too! Just this morning in fact DH asked me how many times she woke up and I said I really don't know. Physically it is still really hard, but at least emotionally it's not so frustrating anymore!!

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Originally Posted by flapjack
Hrumph. It's another day, and so far it's not getting better.
Helen, so sorry it's been a rough couple of days for you and you got the BFN. I remember how hard that was; it's just SUCH an emotional roller coaster when you are TTC. Here's a little baby dust for you!!

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Well, the party was an absolute success! I'm just overflowing with love right now. It's just such a blessing to know how loved Noah is and how many hearts he has touched.
Michelle, that is wonderful!! I'm so glad it went well for you and Noah. And I know exactly what you mean; I felt that way at Brynn's party too. We are so blessed to have so many good friends here!

We had such a busy weekend! Saturday it seems like we spent hours just trying to find a good pair of warm boots for Brynnie. We went to the mall and didn't find one pair that we liked, so we ended up with a cute pair of trail hikers from Baby Gap. But seriously, why is it so hard to find good shoes for babies? I know I could order them, but I really wanted to see them in person and try them on since sizing is so inconsistent! Anyway, so that took like all day Saturday. Annoying!

Yesterday we went and cut our Christmas tree, which was fun. We got a nice smallish tree, maybe 6', and it looks so pretty in our living room! I feel so Christmas Spirity now! And the fun thing is, we already bought all of Brynnie's presents over the past few months, so now all I have to do is wrap 'em up! I gave up on the idea of making cards and feel much happier about the whole thing today. Maybe next year. So I should be able to get all the rest of the shopping and mailing done this week, and then just be able to enjoy the next couple of weeks.

Oh, last night we went to the holiday potluck that our friends hosted, and we decided to get all dressed up and try to have our Christmas picture taken in front of their tree (it was beautiful). Here is the best PICKture of the bunch!! I was kind of joking with DH that we should send that one out in our Christmas cards, and he was mortified. But I'm definitely keeping one to show Brynn's prom date.
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Amy, you just made me smile. Bless you, and Brynn, and her little nose.
Skye has antibiotics for an upper respiratory tract infection, and we're trying to decide whether to try and postpone the building work tomorrow, especially as Isaac is wheezy. Nobody slept much last night either.
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Amy, that picture is TOO FUNNY!

Yesterday after I got the kids dressed for church I convinced them to stand in front of the decorated fireplace, and they looked awfully cute!

Foods for little toddlers... I just give Ellie everything we eat. Some of our favorites (and therefore hers) are: baked oatmeal, Clementine oranges, MEAT (Ellie's quite the carnivore), pasta, quinoa (one of her absolute favorites), stir frys, cheese and crackers, granny smith apples, refried beans, beans of any kind, pumpernickel bread, edamame, croissants, tortillas with peanut butter and jelly and wheat germ (yep, she's had peanuts - thanks to Killy! : ), yogurt with wheat germ, I make oatmeal and raisin breakfast cookies (just cookies with less sugar and goodies like flax seed, brewers yeast, and/or wheat germ added), pumpkin muffins, banana-flax muffins, lasagna, potatoes fixed any way possible, sweet potatoes fixed any way (mashed with crushed pineapple is especially good!), granola bars, cherios, and here's my total cheat meal for toddlers: a can of nice low-sodium chunky soup warmed up and then drain the broth off - there's a ton of yummy veggies/pasta/meat in perfect toddler sized bites.

Whew! I'm hungry now... I think I'll bake some banana-flax muffins! Of course, I'll have to do the dishes first... ugh.
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This age is fun. We're Nov 10th. The new word is "See?" Everything is: see? as he points it out to us. Apparently I say that a lot.
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