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JJoy -

Witt - Have a glorious wedding - hope you'll share pics!
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Jessica: many to you. Witt is right.....grieving does suck! Ever since my mom and dad died I have had many moments when I thought I was doing "ok" and then this huge wave of sadness hits me and takes my breath away. I hate the feeling at the time, but for some reason I always end up feeling a little bit better afterwards.

Witt: Congrats! Can't wait to see pics!

Update: Andrew is still sick and now so is the rest of the house. Yuck! Have been to urgent care twice this weekend and can't wait until he is over the ear infection and general yuckiness. Lucky for us, our neighbor is a physician assistant and works at urgent care. It helps to know that she takes a greater interest in Andrew!
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:guhs tricia-hope all are well soon!
still : here but just me so far!
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Hugs all around. We've been enjoying an unusually long stretch of nobody being sick. Knock on wood and all the rest... but with three kids it seemed like somebody was sick every day there for months on end!

So, how is it that we get to the end of the weekend and I feel more tired than I felt at the beginning? We did have a ridiculously productive day here today - no less than 5 loads of laundry, shopping for the week, playroom not only cleaned up but majorly reorganized, tomorrow's dinner made in advance... but wow, I'm tired. I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

Pav, if you're checking in, did you find your Ergo? I have only had mine for a couple of weeks and I think I would be lost without it. Today DD2 made me put it on her, with her baby doll on her back. It was too cute - she was practically falling over backwards, but so very proud of herself.
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Congrats on the wedding, Claire! Another one who would love to see pics!

JJoy, to you and your family. Those firsts will always be hard. Much love to ya!

Juice, do your dd's not have slings of their own? My dd has one...just a fleece tube sling and it's super easy for her to use. Although she often ends up with it hanging around her neck and a baby doll dangling precariously from it.
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Oh and my solids question, which I might actually post to the whole board... as you all know, dd is crawling and standing but not sitting. She's nearly 7 months, seems to have lost that thrusting reflex, has two teeth and looks ready to go on the solids. In fact she was found in another compromising situation yesterday - face in the wok which for some reason was on the floor awaiting washing up, licking out the soy sauce like a dog.

But she isn't sitting! Should we go for it?
For me, the teeth were more important than the sitting. My Chiro/ND told me that until they have teeth, they don't have the salivary amylase that starts the breakdown of the food in their mouth. I'd say go with your gut. If you think it's time, let her try a bit. She'll let you know if she's ready. We gave Mattie some things and she just gobbles up the food. I listen to my kids when it comes to food and I'm glad. Emma hated bananas and it was the 2nd thing I tried. She would never eat it and I didn't try to force it like i was advised to. Turns out she has a sensitivity to banana. It gives her horrible blisters on her bum when she poops it out. I know, TMI, sorry, I have no conversation filters (my dh told me so.). That's my take on it. Just wanted to give ya my 2 cents.

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Congrats on the wedding, Claire! Another one who would love to see pics!

JJoy, to you and your family. Those firsts will always be hard. Much love to ya!

Juice, do your dd's not have slings of their own? My dd has one...just a fleece tube sling and it's super easy for her to use. Although she often ends up with it hanging around her neck and a baby doll dangling precariously from it.

I can't wait to see the wedding pics too. Congrats and try to remember that no matter what goes wrong (and something will), at the end of the day, you'll be married to the love of your life and that's what matters. So don't stress over the details, jsut enjoy your day and CELEBRATE!!!

My dd has an adjustable ring sling that an awesome MDC mama made her last year. It's great but I think a tube or pouch sling would be better. WHere did you get your dd's? I may just have to dig out my machine and try to make one. I don't ha ve any room to put it up anywhere here.

Thanks to everyone for all the hugs and support. It was a hard day. I had a slow feeling all day. I really miss my big brother. I wrote him a little letter. So did everybody else. My mom got us each a balloon to tie our letter to and release. And though I'm generally opposed to this practice, it was a bit healing to send our thoughts and feelings up to him in heaven, symbolically. I think it was good for his kids too, who are still small. My SIL said it's hard to imagine how much you'll m iss someone until they're gone. It is. And though, I hear a lot about how it gets easier as time goes on, it does not seem to be getting any easier for me. It seems to be getting worse. And soon, I know, this will pass and my defense mechanisms will kick in. My dh did good letting me not be the main parent in charge today. Emma has been having nightmares, so I put her down for a nap early in the day because she was melting down too much. I fell asleep in her toddler bed with her. Dh had the baby. I have been letting my aunnt feed the baby a little baby food every day. SO my dh set up to do it for lunch today while I slept. She told him that the baby eats a whole jar, the little ones. Dh was skeptical and asked if she was surer and she was. I do not give her thte whole jar, I only give her half, but because I was putting it in a bowl and giving it to her to fees dd, she didn't know. I was surprised that my dh really has been paying attention all this time. He knew that she should only get half a jar and that I separate it out so saliva doesn't contaminate the other half. He did better than I would have expected. I woke up because the baby was whining and my leg had fallen asleep because of how I was laying. I'm feeling drained in an odd way to me. I wanted to go to bed a long time ago but needed a shower. So now I'm off to bed. Thanks for all the love ladies. I don't have anybody IRL I can talk to so it's nice to have such a strong community. I wish I could meet you guys.
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I'm feeling drained in an odd way to me.
It's no wonder, my dear! Look after yourself...

And thanks for the input on solids. She has two teeth. And since I felt she was ready and asked for advice (I thought there might be some digestive process related to sitting that I didn't know about!), yesterday, in the evening dd just sat up, grabbed dh's spoon (he was eating a meat stew in tomato sauce) and just went for it!!! She is quite unambiguously ready. She loved it. I must get the photos on the comouter. it was fascinating watching her relating to food for the first time, a bit like watching a wildlife documentary!!
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it was fascinating watching her relating to food for the first time, a bit like watching a wildlife documentary!!
what a great way to describe it. I totally agree! I've never seen so much intrigue, disgust, attraction, denial, interest and avoidance, frenzy and apathy in such a short time span. And that's not mentioning the mess.
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Juice, do your dd's not have slings of their own?
Slings, yes. It's the ergo they lack

Hugs jjoy, I hope you're feeling better today.

sarenka what a great visual! I'm gearing up for solids here, even though he won't be 6mo for *gasp* FIVE MORE DAYS... I'm hoping it'll make it a little easier for him to stay at grandma's. Not for the hunger/nutrition aspect, more just another fun thing to do while mom's at work, yk?
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Mira, such a wonderful definition of starting solids for a baby!

Juice, oh, the horror! Five days early! Somebody call the AP police
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The joke's on them - it'll take me 5 days to get organized. I am such a procrastinator!
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I have tried solids 6 times now. Nothing. Nada. No interest. Sweet potatoes, bananas, avocado, and applesauce. NOTHING.

It's killing me, because I would REALLY like for her to just have one less feeding a day. I know that this is probably the wrong board to admit that to, but I am getting a little sick of her eating on the hour. I just....need to get a break. And if she doesn't break that tooth through, I swear. I am going to just kill myself. It's her second one, and she basically spends her entire day whining, for lack of a better term, over and over and over and over. And waking up every 1-2 hours at night again. EVERY 1-2 HOURS NONSTOP. I am so f-ing tired, and she just won't stop.

sigh.

each day is one day closer to realizing sanity.
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Sabbath, That sounds really hard.
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:guhs sabbath!
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Huge s I hope she gives you a little break soo nad her teeth comes out soon.
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Oh Sabbath, you sound desperate. Sending for a quick tooth and a well deserved rest for both of you.

It does stop, it really does.
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Sabbath, I wish I had some pearls of wisdom for you. Better yet, I wish I knew what could be done to help Autumn sleep better (and whine less). Just when we get a break some new thing comes along to disrupt it. Hold onto the thought that this is only temporary. Sleep when she sleeps if you can. Newborn advise applies when they start sleeping like one again.

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... I will now stew in my own juices until I feel like dishing something out.







: done stewing, my dear??? Have at me!!! :

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First of all many thanks for all the warm wishes!! The day contained everything, from a classic Mars/Venus argument in the morning with dh to a moment of complete and utter bliss in the snow in the forest when the sun came out. Had a small and sedate party as befits one of my age :
and some beautiful roses...



isn't a hod something people used to carry bricks in??

Wow! Hod really means something! Going to check...
1.a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks, etc., fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder.
2.a coal scuttle.
and then:

Hod, praise; confession

WHO KNEW?!?! See, this thread is educational.

and yaaaay sarenka for a lovely day.

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I really miss my big brother.
: thinking of you sweetie.

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I am so f-ing tired, and she just won't stop.

sigh.

each day is one day closer to realizing sanity.
Aw sweetie, thiiiiis is so hard. Keep on keepin' on, and every so often remember how fast this year will have flown when you look back (and has it not flown thus far, ladies?).

I'm baaaaack! I kicked some bellydance ass this weekend. I RULE!!!! Bwa ha ha ha ha!!!!
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what a great way to describe it. I totally agree! I've never seen so much intrigue, disgust, attraction, denial, interest and avoidance, frenzy and apathy in such a short time span. And that's not mentioning the mess.
LOL Sarenka and waaz - love it

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The joke's on them - it'll take me 5 days to get organized. I am such a procrastinator!
That is so me as well!

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It's killing me, because I would REALLY like for her to just have one less feeding a day. I know that this is probably the wrong board to admit that to, but I am getting a little sick of her eating on the hour. I just....need to get a break. And if she doesn't break that tooth through, I swear. I am going to just kill myself. It's her second one, and she basically spends her entire day whining, for lack of a better term, over and over and over and over. And waking up every 1-2 hours at night again. EVERY 1-2 HOURS NONSTOP. I am so f-ing tired, and she just won't stop.

sigh.

each day is one day closer to realizing sanity.
Oh man can I relate. I confess to wishing for solids as well. And like you, I have one with no interest. Murphy's Law, eh? It *really* sounds like you need a break. You need to take care of yourself as well. Can your dh help out? Or a friend? Does she sleep better if dh holds her (away from the milk source) to give you a little uninterupted sleep? I know this isn't exactly AP either, but does she take a bottle? Maybe you could pump milk to get one sleep stretch? Or a nap on a weekend when dh is home? Mine will often sleep 2 hours with dh, occassionally three away from me (without even giving a bottle).

I just know that each of those little stretches I got somehow helped me get through the rougher times. And it sounds like you are close to your breaking point. I just want to tell you that being AP isn't being a martyr. Your dd needs a sane mama...it is okay to take care of you too. That comes from a mama who didn't do it the first time around and has a new perspective the second time...

JJoy - continues to you too!
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Thanks to everyone for all the hugs and support. It was a hard day. I had a slow feeling all day. I really miss my big brother.
Hey mama. There really aren't words. I'm glad that your dh is such a great guy. Sounds like he really stepped up to the plate. Take care of yourself.

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It's killing me, because I would REALLY like for her to just have one less feeding a day. I know that this is probably the wrong board to admit that to, but I am getting a little sick of her eating on the hour. I just....need to get a break. And if she doesn't break that tooth through, I swear. I am going to just kill myself. It's her second one, and she basically spends her entire day whining, for lack of a better term, over and over and over and over. And waking up every 1-2 hours at night again. EVERY 1-2 HOURS NONSTOP. I am so f-ing tired, and she just won't stop.
Oooh sweetie. This part is always just so hard. And whining is the pits. There's really nothing that grates on my nerves more. Can dh take her so you can get a break? I definately had these moments with ds1, and while he still whines on occasion (he's only two), my tolerance has increased somewhat. Sleep when the baby sleeps, and see if dh/friends/inlaws/strangers passing on the street can pick up the slack somewhat. Motherhood's such a tough gig sometimes.
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