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Wow, breech babies (turn, baby, turn! a lot of my friends did the hip tilt things and it worked) and almost-due babies (let us know when to light that candle! ) and WOW.
I admit I skim a lot, in order to keep up. But I do keep up (most of the time

So, I'm a little out of it these days; my "vitamins" are making it REALLY hard to get a good night's sleep! I am hoping that taking them both first thing in the morning will help with nighttime. But hey, at least I'm not tired all the time anymore! Just twitchy and manic, whee.
(apparently those side effects SHOULD go away in a couple of weeks--it just sucks to feel like I'm on bad speed until then. )
(also, Rowan seems to be unaffected, thank the goddess; he nurses so infrequently so that's not a surprise. Also, NOTHING has EVER affected him--not caffeine, not sugar, not dairy, not spicy food. I know I am infinitely lucky in that!)

Sorry, I REALLY don't mean to be all "me me me", it's just on my fractured mind at the moment. One of my friends is having lots of family issues right now, and I feel like SUCH a loser with my petty brain issues. I know mental illness doesn't work this way, but I just want to KICK myself and say "GET OVER IT!" *sigh*
Anyway.

It is reassuring for me to hear that my little Pooperton isn't the only one that answers "Do you want to wear yellow socks or blue socks?" with "RED ONES!!!" and "Eggs or cereal for breakfast?" "PANCAKES!"
I get a lot of "what's that sound?" too, along with "What's this song, mama? Remember this song? Remember this movie? What's that?" I try to remember to ask him a question back like "I dunno, Rowan, what IS that sound?" or song, or whatever. It's a fun, fun age...but also kind of an annoying one.
The whining. Ack. :
One super-cute thing though; several times, this week, when he's awakened for the day or after nap, he reaches his arms out to me and says "I NEED you, Mama!" : DH went into his room Sunday morning and Rowan made him carry him to our bed because "I need Mama!"
It definitely tempers the "GO AWAY, MAMA!"'s I get when DH is around sometimes.

Oh, we saw the new Charlotte's Web movie yesterday morning (it was the Baby Pictures movie). I decided to bring him (we hardly EVER go anymore--the movies, surprisingly, usually are not kid-friendly) because it used to be my FAVORITE book (and cartoon movie--remember that? I still have it on VHS!) and he LOVED it. It made me so happy to share some of my childhood with him. Now we'll have to watch the old movie together sometime.

Ugh--I just vaccuumed and put the Legos away--and now, the Legos are back out--ALL OVER the place. :

Have a wonderful day, everymama. I don't know what I would do without you all.
post #282 of 412
Thanks for the turning thoughts everybody! Keep 'em coming.

So, the chiro thing was nice and we will be going back. Alison is so not woo woo and is finding more than interesting that she's doing all these things. She has acupuncture today, we did moxi, talking to the baby, and hip tilt last night, and she'll do chiro and massage tomorrow. She's laughing that it is now her fulltime job to convince this baby to turn. We've been having heart to heart talks about why this baby might have moved on Friday (she worked until Thursday, we don't feel ready for the baby, she is hung up on having the "right" kind of birth, etc.) Our doctor will do an inversion if needed after Alison readies her body with these other techniques. She is really freaked that this may mean a c-section. Her OB does do vaginal breeches but only if a host of criteria are met so - turn, baby, turn!

There has been so much else said here - Claudia's husband gone for 5 days, EL accident, Renae vitamins, Fiddle's blessingway, fruit leather, PDX MMF babysitting - I can't think straight right now to craft a response. I will be back, thanks again for the baby turning thoughts.

post #283 of 412
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EL, glad you are okay! That sounded scary.:

Ooh, Lisa, I'm thinking of you and Alison (esp. Alison). Dunno if you remembered that L was breech till I had some PT to manipulate my pelvis... I do think the experts can help.

Re choices--with T, I could totally do the 2 choices thing--it *always* worked. Doesn't work at all with Z.

Renae, ack on the not sleeping vitamins. I really hope *that* settles down.

Beth, nice to "see" you... the blessingway sounded awesome.

Heather, we started Z with the fruit leather in long thin strips (to try to encourage some chewing, esp. on the sides/in back). He often couldn't do it, but it motivated him to try more than some other things.

5 days as a solo mama would send me over the edge (with all due respect to Elsanne).

I have such a hard time imagining Jacquie's G whining, because he was such an angel the 2 times I've seen him...

I had such a weird dream about one of my friends... I dreamt that her dh auctioned off one of the letters in their last name so he could get more sleep (they have 3 little ones, too). Hmm.... maybe I should try it.
post #284 of 412
Fiddly! So happy to hear your blessingway was filled with love and good energy. I know thinking of you all thinking of me helped me through E's labor/birth.

Lisa--lots of wiggly turning thoughts! I was so not woo woo before my SI joint went out after E's birth and now I more often take the kids to the chiro when they're sick or when they fall than to the ped.

Renae--hope things even out before long with the vites. Rowan sounds like such fun these days (when he isn't being exasperating!)


My dilemma du jour....when to cut the nap?? She totally still needs it and will sleep 3-5ish, but then the past few days has been up til 11pm and still up at 7ish. Eek. Her behavior has been atrocious. What to do??
post #285 of 412
KK-- I would totally sell my e and r to the highest bidder for more sleep or a maid or something. good tip on the fruit leather! She really backslides w/ her chewing when I don't keep on it.
post #286 of 412
it occurred to me last night thinking of alison that i have never asked my ob if he does vaginal breech births. something to ask. i'm glad alison is trying 'woo woo' and if she is feeling like she isn't in labor land yet she probably still has a good solid week or something left. plenty of time to turn

renae - brain issues are not petty. they aren't. they're a physiological issue just like any other. and i appreciate your talking about them. i hope the bad speed feeling settles soon.

speaking of bad speed did anyone watch frontline on meth last night? a lady talked about shooting up through her pregnancies those poor kiddos. four of them. that is sick. it is a sick drug. but that's depressing....


pinkerbuttertoast that is so cute. i do some choices. and i definitely ask him the questions back.

doug did school pickup yesterday and said isaac was in the preschool 2 class. eeeeeeeeeek my baby is growing up. i don't know when they'll move him up but they usually spend a month or so transitioning them. one of the 2 teachers of that class lived in our house for 10 years. funny huh? and i found out by talking to her husband at the coffee shop. this big city is like a small town sometimes.

have a lovely day all :
post #287 of 412
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EI had such a weird dream about one of my friends... I dreamt that her dh auctioned off one of the letters in their last name so he could get more sleep (they have 3 little ones, too). Hmm.... maybe I should try it.
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My dilemma du jour....when to cut the nap?? She totally still needs it and will sleep 3-5ish, but then the past few days has been up til 11pm and still up at 7ish. Eek. Her behavior has been atrocious. What to do??
Sell her, or maybe just one letter of her name, for a little more sleep.
post #288 of 412
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I'm procrastinating... I should be tidying, but I'm nak... T's having a couple of friends over after K (with their mom, who I really like, but she is so much more the wife material--esp. housewife--than I am... not a put-down, just a statement of fact that her house is *waaay* more together than mine... and she talks about how she likes to vacuum and dust while her boys are in K : ).

I came back because I wanted to comment on a few things I forgot.
Pottying: I am definitely of the "no pressure" school. I ask once or twice, and that's it. You want a dipe, no problem (esp. for pooping). I have a few friends who went totally over the top with PTing, and their kids have had way, way, WAAAAY more accidents (sometimes multiple times a day) to a much later age (past 4 1/2) than they should (IMO), and I do believe that it was because it became a power struggle. The only things little kids have any control over is eating and elimination. If either becomes a power struggle, bad things happen (accidents, encopresis, unnecessary feeding issues).

Napping: I do believe that kids do better napping till at least age 3, but part of that is that *I* need the nap (. Supposedly, developmentally, it's good for them to keep napping. HF, have you tried to shorten the nap? We try to not let Z nap too long/too late, and it seems to help with the bedtime. But yeah, totally sell your letters. But not to me--I'm not buying.
post #289 of 412
Els- you crack me up.

This morning we went to an open house for a different preschool and there was the child of the woman's car that I hit. He didn't know me, but I recognized him, because, really- how many kids are named Zion? And there was a photo from their home birth of his sib on the wall, so it was definitely him. Can I send my kid to the same school as this person who's life I totally disrupted? Also there- two other friends from childhood. People I haven't seen in 15-18 years. Totally bizarro. It was a nice school, but sweets is concerned that it isn't academically rigorous enough. For example: they encourage kids to express themselves, so if a child is a poor speller, they will encourage the correct spelling by calling it the "standard spelling" but not necessarily correct the child. I can appreciate trying to nurture creativity, but spelling is a major component of our growing society of internet communication- I don't want to give my kid a handicap from the start, you know?

And sometimes I worry that I'm getting ahead of myself here. Ug.

Lisa- turn, baby, turn! You can do it!

Potty- I'm with KK here. Having gone through the potty experience where we were all stressed out and having a lot of trouble until we realized that we needed to chill, I can vouch for the no-pressure method. Once the lentil realized he had a tool to work with, he ran with it. When we took away the pressure, he quickly realized that it was a lot more fun to get the deed over with and move on than it was to drive his parents crazy and sit on the potty all afternoon. Plus, we gave him m&m's as incentive to pee, and he liked that a hugeobuncho.

nap- is she getting enough exercise during the day? With the lousy weather, we have to struggle to get the lentil running. Two nights ago we had him running from room to room for about 30 min just to get a little exercise. We made it into a game- he'd run into a room and we'd say "You can't eat lunch in here!" and then he'd run into the next room and we'd repeat until he was in the kitchen. then we'd say he could eat lunch, then he'd start all over. hilarious fun, let me tell you. Of course, we had to run with him, but it wasn't so bad. What about moving her nap to earlier in the day? The lentil naps at 12:30, but that's because that's when his school has nap. He typically naps 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours at a stretch.

Yay for the second Tri, Jaqueline! That's great! Yay!

Yay for the wonderful ceremony, Beth. It sounds so sweet and peaceful. Thinking of you in these next few weeks.

renae, hang in there! (where's the kitten hanging from a branch smiley when I need it?)
post #290 of 412
zion....hugeobuncho...just had to point those out.
post #291 of 412
you'll be proud of my self restraint. i got out of the shower and went upstairs and isaac (who had been sleeping) had closed my bedroom door and his bedroom door. i said 'where are youuuuuuuuu?' and he opened his door 'i hiding' 'are you pooping?' yeah. do you want to use the potty. no. ----> 'ok!'



i have a PL deadline in my head of june. and well i need to let that go. although i finally talked to the director of the school/daycare today and if he is not PL 2 days a week will be $550. ACK. that is insane. $425 if he does PL. that is also insane but i really want to do it. i am also signing baby up now to start there at age 2. she said 'now is the time!' it is so freakin hard to get in. so i feel like i have a plan at least.

i'm along the rigorous academics line myself so that would sort of freak me out about that school. then again it all matters how clearly they present the correct spelling.

we aren't anywhere near spelling yet. one would have to be able to identify letters to do that : but if you have a lock to pick....we'll he's your boy.
post #292 of 412
there's a zion amongst one of the portland mdc mamas. he's 3.5 and an incredibly sweet kid. names seem to repeat themselves in my life: zion, orion, ruby, lily, cole/colton, oliver, aidan/aiden.

on the potty boy calls...

~claudia
post #293 of 412
EL---I agree with sweets on the spelling thing. The lentil seems pretty ahead of the curve w/ language stuff and I'm thinking the inventive spelling w/o correction would confuse him when he's a bit older. C is way into letters and spelling these days (or just asking how to spell everything and copying) and although for now at 2 I don't correct when she sounds out bakery as "bacre"...but at 4-5 I think she would be ready for getting it right. I know I make judgments about poor spelling /grammar online and in print so I kwym.
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A lot of excitement today. I was hoping to go to a great talk today, but I happened to be involved in a bit of a car accident on my way there. It was horrible- the other driver had a little infant in the car and I was so worried about her that I forgot to worry about my little babe until after the police came. Then I freaked out. But it wasn't a bad accident, nobody was hurt, and my airbags didn't even deploy even though I hit her directly with my front bumper. Since I already had a prenatal appointment scheduled for today, I just went home and rested on the couch until it was time for the appointment. At the appointment they were kind enough to give me a little ultrasound to check on the babe, and I got to see the heartbeat! It was so thrilling to see that little flickering kidney bean. ah. Baby's first photo. So everything looks fine, and as long as I don't start cramping or bleeding in the next few days we're in the clear. so stressful- when I got to the clinic for my appointment, my blood pressure was up at 145/something. I didn't even know my body would go that high! I'm usually a lot lower, say 100/60. dang.
I'm so so glad you all are OK. Accidents are incredibly scary-one of my big fears in life. Hope you're dealing with all of this OK.

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In the 2nd trimester as of today!!!!

Yay! for second Tri! Hope it brings you better-feeling days and nights!

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and on other fronts, bill's work is d***ing him around about going to japan this week and the flights are becoming less and less convenient, i.e. he would have to leave saturday MORNING and wouldn't get home until THURSDAY MORNING!!! it would maybe be fine if he went on saturday EVENING and came back Wed morning, but damn, 5 days is too long people...

~c
Grrr. :

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We're heading off to see a chiro in a minute...the baby IS breech. Prayers, ideas, and incantations welcome.
Sending non-breech baby vibes to Alison. I'll think of her when I light my new candle tonight.

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I'm still preggers (due in 1.5 wks), but feeling much more ready to greet the new babe than I was with L at this point. The blessingway was AMAZING! I was really feeling the need for support from the mamas who mean the most to me, and that totally happened. The coolest thing was, during the time when everyone lit candles and strung blessing beads for the babe and I, I had cervical contractions the whole time we went around the circle. It was the strangest, most amazing thing. They stopped when I got up after the blessings, then kinda came and went for the rest of the blessingway, then completely peetered out after everyone left. I guess it was just my body's way of saying, "I feel safe and supported and ready to labor in this moment." Apparently, babe said, "that's great mom, but I still have some growing to do."

So... if I go over my EDD, I'm gonna pick a day and have all the may mamas light a candle for me, and see if we can't get some of that same energy going.
What a powerful experience! I'll definitely light a candle for you anytime you want!

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So, I'm a little out of it these days; my "vitamins" are making it REALLY hard to get a good night's sleep! I am hoping that taking them both first thing in the morning will help with nighttime. But hey, at least I'm not tired all the time anymore! Just twitchy and manic, whee.
(apparently those side effects SHOULD go away in a couple of weeks--it just sucks to feel like I'm on bad speed until then. )


Oh, we saw the new Charlotte's Web movie yesterday morning (it was the Baby Pictures movie). I decided to bring him (we hardly EVER go anymore--the movies, surprisingly, usually are not kid-friendly) because it used to be my FAVORITE book (and cartoon movie--remember that? I still have it on VHS!) and he LOVED it. It made me so happy to share some of my childhood with him. Now we'll have to watch the old movie together sometime.
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I remember when my vites screwed with my sleep, even if I took them in the morning. : It did even out after a few weeks, but still...

Glad you liked Charlotte's Web! I've been toying with the idea of taking the girls to go see that, because, hey, I really want to see it. It's all about me, y'know?

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My dilemma du jour....when to cut the nap?? She totally still needs it and will sleep 3-5ish, but then the past few days has been up til 11pm and still up at 7ish. Eek. Her behavior has been atrocious. What to do??
These days, Katie's not napping much. Mainly because on days Sarah's home from Pre-K, they go down for "nap" time ( Iuse that term veeerrry loosely) and ineveitably end up playing while they're supposed to be resting. Then on days Sarah IS in Pre-K, it's a bit of a whirlwind of me going to drop Sarah off, coming home, wind down, rest, wake up to pick up Sarah. So most days that doesn't happen either. So the good thing is bedtime is usually pretty easy and effortless (and early too, so I can chill). Fortunately, though, Katie's not terribly grumpy without her nap. I just have to make sure I have her in bed by730-800 in order for her to be sociable the next day.
post #295 of 412
Forgot what I was going to say...

Katie's got a yeast infection. Poor kid.
post #296 of 412
yippee yippee yay-yay-yay!!! bill just called and he doesn't have to go to japan at all this week!!!

doing a little sunshiney happy dance, because the sun is actually shining in middle of winter oregon...

~claudia
post #297 of 412
Yay for not being totally alone, Claudia!!!

Sherri I just remembered while laying on the floor playing with my girls that you had a girls' night out a while back...how was it? Sooo sorry to hear that Katie has the yeasties. Yucky! Will you do cream externally?
post #298 of 412
Sherri--ack! Hope it clears for her soon!

Claudia!! Yay!! That must be such a huuuuge relief!!

Well with all the potty talk....I dare any of you to match my girls talent Toddler humor gotta love it--- I'm in the kitchen chopping peppers for dinner and I hear "Mommy, come look! I pooped letter C!" Um, yes she did. What talent. : See what you have to look forward to Jstar? Now I just can't wait until she's coordinated enough to use the potty upstairs all teh time and ditch the baby potty on the stair landing.
post #299 of 412
Your daughter knows the letter C?!? And can poop it?!? I sense a ddddc in the air...
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at least she's not pooping in my tupperware! :
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