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post #21 of 1645
We need to do a guardianship will too. I've been trying to find someone to help us with that at an affordable price.

It was hard to pick someone out. We have lots of crazy people to pick from but I really want a stable home picked out. Ugh, I definitely don't want the ILs raising her. They are always talking about what "a good whack" will do for a kid. And I know they would try to get custody if we don't have something finalized.
post #22 of 1645
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!! :

Sebastian turned 6 months old on the 19th and is getting his fourth tooth -- he has three on bottom and one coming in on the top. How funny is that? He's started sitting and stays up pretty well, but I still don't get too far away because he's all about the trust fall. We started solid food on his 6 month birthday after 8 solid weeks of him begging for it, and, well, I think it was a letdown. Qualia was a chowhound; Bastian's not so sure about the texture thing. We've done avocado and rice, mashed within an inch of its life and mixed with a LOT of breastmilk, and finger-squished banana so far.

We got Qualia a Casio keyboard for Christmas and while she has fun banging away on it, Sebastian LOVES it. He's always been really easy to soothe by singing and seems to like music, but I'm getting a stronger sense that music's really going to be his "thing." DH is calling him Shroeder (like in Peanuts).

My birthday was on Christmas and dh threw me a surprise party yesterday to celebrate surviving 30 years (mostly) intact. It was really cool. Lots of friends, great homemade Indian food that dh stayed up til 3 am making, some cool gifts (Widdershins by Charles de Lint, an issue of Hip Mama, a niiiice bottle of wine, a gift certificate to our local indie health food store). DH planned the party for months and I had NO CLUE! : He always says he's a ninja. I guess he's right! It was just such a sweet thing to do.

Yeah, I'm liking this whole 30 thing. I feel loved and liberated. All those 20-something hangups are rapidly falling by the wayside.


New Year's Resolutions:

*Pay down credit card debt.
*Declutter the house.
*Learn how to tie-dye.
post #23 of 1645
Augh -- thanks for the reminder. Dan and I need to get our wills redone at Fairchild (Air Force Base) before our access to the free stuff is gone (mid-Feb). We chose one of our mutual best friends from college and her husband for Nevie's godparents/guardians. She's a kindred spirit and an engineer and her husband has a great job... very similar values, etc etc. I know Nevie would have a great life with them. It was kind of hard not to choose one of our siblings, but for various reasons (sibs' values/financial status), we chose not to "impose" our child on them. All of our sibs have great values, and with my sister I know Nevie would be raised very well, but she & her husband are strapped as it is. Darn the way our society pays its teachers! With Dan's older bro, I fear Nevie would be raised to be in pageants and only care about shopping... and with his little sis, I fear she'd be hawking fries at McD's instead of going to college.

Anyway. It's a long story, like all of us I'm sure.
post #24 of 1645
I suppose I had better update my will too. Megs, life insurance could solve your problems regarding your sister and money. A good idea for those who have certain people in mind, but are not entirely comfortable with each would be to do co-guardians. They could check and balance each other. I have my parents first, but if they're not around, I have my two BFFs. One I have known since age 2, and she's a sweet and loving sweet, sweet, sweetheart that would be so good to the girls. The other is an attorney who would handle money well, but would maybe not be too thrilled with having full-time hands-on parenting duties. You can also prepare a document that is sort of a statement of wishes regarding raising your children. It may not be enforceable in court, but violating it may be grounds to have a guardianship terminated in a co-guardianship, and guardians may just be inclined to follow it because they love you or because they don't want to wind up in court.

I hope you all have a great night, and here's to 2007. It will be the best year yet.

post #25 of 1645
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We have 529s, wills, living will, and life insurance. Just paid for this year. We are going to up my life insurance to 1/2 mil or more. DH's is much more and he also has it thru the business. My BIL (the one going thru divorce) is the executer of our will. Bob's older sister in Ohio is the girls' legal guardian. She has 4 of her own, but she is a practicing Catholic which is important to Bob. He wants the girls raised Catholic. Also, my brother has a different idea of what is important, not thats its too far off ours, but it is!
We are legal guardian to our niece Isobel. We are also thinking of putting all of our assets into a trust like my parents did several years ago. That way everyone is already settled and cannot be contested what goes to what.
I highly suggest getting a will up and going quickly. I also have a living will and a signed, notorized statement from both of us in case of a Terry shaivo situation. Let people around you know what your wishes are about caring for you and your children if God forbid something happens to anyone. Remember birth plans? This is a Life plan!

529s are easy to get going and that can be a gift for several years to follow. If you want to pay for your child's undergrad degree, start putting away $800 a month NOW until they are 15 years old. I highly recommend to instead AP as much as possible and breastfeed as long as possible. You will never believe the intelligence it gives a child. Put that money in your retirement because you cant borrow that.
post #26 of 1645
Happy New Year!!

Happy Birthday Meg!!

and

Happy anniversary Candice!!!
post #27 of 1645
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Have we already talked about resolutions? I have a bunch that involve more organization, more writing, more financial moves, and better saving.

You? :
Yes! I do! To become more at peace with all the aspects of myself. Deeper my relationship with G-d and church and family. To work more on completing my accounting courses and to find a local job so I don't have to commute anymore!!!

Happy New Year!
post #28 of 1645
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Happy Birthday, sweetie!

As far as resolutions:
Help us become financially stable
Get back in shape
Keep my sanity with two under a year
and...DON'T GET PREGNANT IN 2007! Considering I was pregnant in 2005 and 2006, I think this is a very good resolution.

Candice - wedding anniversary? congrats!

That's a good one Sarah! We are hoping you don't get pregnant in 2007 as well. Need some time to enjoy those babies!:

Oh yes, I forgot Happy Anniversary Candice and Hope you had a wonderful birthday as well Amy!
post #29 of 1645
Happy New Year!!!! Everyone.

Happy b day! Amy. Happy Anniversiry Candice!

I'm behind in this thread again! I'm here for the AP myself but I do find myself becomming more intune with several other aspects of mdc life.

In 2007 I will lose baby weight! Now I didn't say which baby it was from!: .
Save more money I realy don't need to eat out 2-3 times a week.
Organize more or at least take out the clothes that don't fit anymore.
Get a will! I hadent even thought of this,good call.We have 529,401k and life ins,stocks bonds all that other stuff,but It never once crossed my mind about a will.



Sarah could you do a on line registry for all your diapering wants/needs insted of stuff you have or don't. I wish I did this! it would have made life easier now.

So I too have velcro baby it is sooo anoying she is so needy these days I hope it is a phase.

Off to bed so I have Christmas with DH's bro/sis tomorrow and he's one of 4 and they all have 4 kids each. My neice and nephew are in ny at time sq. for new year celabration! How cool is that I wish I were 21 again. I would do things sooo differintly!:

Oh carriers I think I want a mei tie Olivia was not thrilled with being in the wrap back carry but I was not smooth at putting her there either. What do you have I'm confosed by long/short body,straps: It all makes me dizzy!
post #30 of 1645
Oh, DUR! Happy Anniversary, Candice! That's always a great milestone.

Resolutions...? Hmmm. I generally scoff resolutions. But I think that's an excuse to stay lazy with my physical and personal improvement

I would reallllly like to get into PT school, but after a certain point that one is out of my control, so I can't really use that as a resolution. I'd like to get back on the regular exercise bandwagon. I need to suck it up and order the running shoes that really fit me. Last attempt went down in flames. Gave them to my sister rather than burn them in effigy.

Maybe... cut myself some more slack as a mama and person in general. Nevie will not die, nor will she hate me forever, if she has to be cranky in the carseat for 15 minutes. It does not require me to bash my head against the steering wheel, pitifully proclaiming, "I should never have had children... I am unfit to be a mother... I suck, suck, suck, suck, suuuuuck."

Other than that... I'd like for us to get through a week with no visits to the ER. THAT would be lovely. Because of the aforementioned visits, I am just too darn tired to think of any real resolutions.
post #31 of 1645
Happy half b-day Nevie!!!

Noboby loves me! I think I'm the only one on line. I'm realy going to bed this time!

Olivia signed her first word today!: milk followed be bitting me in the neck. she's cutting more teeth I think. She also has started shaking her head no! I'm not ready for her to have an oppinion yet.
post #32 of 1645
Speaking of birthdays... Amy, can you copy our birthday list into your first post??? Still waiting for the new year here in cali... don't think I"m going to make it... So, Happy New Year Heather and everyone else who is two or more hours ahead of me cause it is already 2007 for you!
post #33 of 1645
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We chose one of our mutual best friends from college and her husband for Nevie's godparents/guardians. She's a kindred spirit and an engineer and her husband has a great job... very similar values, etc etc. I know Nevie would have a great life with them. It was kind of hard not to choose one of our siblings, but
: here, too - Ja has 3 siblings; one he doesn't talk to - the others are cool people and we like them, but they wouldn't raise the kids the way we'd want. My parents are cool, but, well, getting older and my extended family group is dwindling by the year and I want our kids raised around kids and a younger family (as I wasn't, and I think I missed out on something there - I was always around adults a lot as an only child, only grandchild and only niece). DH's parents - well, I frankly do not want the kids raised anywhere near their religion...so we picked 2 good friends of mine from college, becasue we think they'll raise the kids the closest to what we would. I told my parents already, and I'm pretty sure DHhas told his, but nobody else knows.

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DH planned the party for months and I had NO CLUE! : He always says he's a ninja. I guess he's right! It was just such a sweet thing to do.
This is awesome! Happy Bday!!

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Yeah, I'm liking this whole 30 thing. I feel loved and liberated. All those 20-something hangups are rapidly falling by the wayside.
: - Motherhood also made me feel this way

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So, Happy New Year Heather and everyone else who is two or more hours ahead of me cause it is already 2007 for you!
Thanks Angie!! Right back at ya!

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Olivia signed her first word today!: milk followed be bitting me in the neck. she's cutting more teeth I think. She also has started shaking her head no! I'm not ready for her to have an oppinion yet.
yay on the sign, and, well...good luck on the other!

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Maybe... cut myself some more slack as a mama and person in general. Nevie will not die, nor will she hate me forever, if she has to be cranky in the carseat for 15 minutes. It does not require me to bash my head against the steering wheel, pitifully proclaiming, "I should never have had children... I am unfit to be a mother... I suck, suck, suck, suck, suuuuuck."

Other than that... I'd like for us to get through a week with no visits to the ER. THAT would be lovely. Because of the aforementioned visits, I am just too darn tired to think of any real resolutions.
DEFINITELY. and

And oh yeah - Sarah, good idea on the not-getting-pregnant-in-2007 thing, too

Off to scratch off some lottery tickets my parents dropped off yesterday - we never buy them regularly, but it's always a Christmastime gag gift in our family for everyone.
post #34 of 1645
Hey! We finally have our Marlow slide show posted on her webpage. If you click on her name in my siggie then go to video on the top middle of her web page there is a YouTube link of a million photos in a slide show. I think there is close to 105 photos. We made it for my mom for Christmas and now she wants one every year!

oh and it's kind of long and has music.
post #35 of 1645
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Sarah could you do a on line registry for all your diapering wants/needs insted of stuff you have or don't. I wish I did this! it would have made life easier now.
I did one on Target.com for the big stuff we need, like a double stroller : and a breast pump, and then I did one on cottonbabies.com for the diapering stuff we need. We'll see what comes of it.

Yay for a new year! B and I were watching the Times Square coverage on Fox last night, talking about what a big year 2006 had been, and trying to figure out how the heck we got through it. I honestly don't know sometimes what did it for us. Cars breaking down, children getting sick, hospital stays, begging for money, not having food in the cabinets, living off peanut butter and jelly or beans for months...it was a rough year. And he looked at me with tears in his eyes, and looked around our beautiful home, and said, "but all of that crap, all of the nonsense and the pain and the fear and the uncertainty...through all of that, we're together and stronger. I love you so much." : We're far from safe, but WE are gonna be fine, no matter what. And that is what 2006 showed us, hands down.
post #36 of 1645
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Hey! We finally have our Marlow slide show posted on her webpage. If you click on her name in my siggie then go to video on the top middle of her web page there is a YouTube link of a million photos in a slide show. I think there is close to 105 photos. We made it for my mom for Christmas and now she wants one every year!

oh and it's kind of long and has music.

Love it!! What a sweetie. My mom loved the tomato pic from the card, too!

I have to say I love that mustard-colored shirt with the teal embroidery on it - it's so pretty!!

Speaking of slide shows, I have to add one for Kait's 6-month one to post here...
post #37 of 1645
And here it is -

K's slideshow!

Amy, when you copy the bday list onto your first post for this thread, can you linky this to her name or just copy and paste it in next to her name? Thanks!
post #38 of 1645
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Hey! We finally have our Marlow slide show posted on her webpage. If you click on her name in my siggie then go to video on the top middle of her web page there is a YouTube link of a million photos in a slide show. I think there is close to 105 photos. We made it for my mom for Christmas and now she wants one every year!

oh and it's kind of long and has music.
Beautiful! She's come so far!!
post #39 of 1645
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And here it is -

K's slideshow!

Amy, when you copy the bday list onto your first post for this thread, can you linky this to her name or just copy and paste it in next to her name? Thanks!
such a cutie!
post #40 of 1645
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Love it!! What a sweetie. My mom loved the tomato pic from the card, too!

I have to say I love that mustard-colored shirt with the teal embroidery on it - it's so pretty!!

Speaking of slide shows, I have to add one for Kait's 6-month one to post here...
Thank you.

That shirt was on the sale rack at Target for $2.50!

and my sister embroidered the tomato shirt.
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