I just wanted to say HI, and thinking of you mamas having a hard time...Fern and Kavita (with your mom)...and MelW being so tired...Fern, where are you moving?
I'm usually not the best at keeping up with the board, but have been worse than usual this month, Helen. Again, so much going on here, mixed with the stresses that you all know about.
A mini update from here is that I have my first night rehearsal on Thursday, so am a nervous wreck about Finley being without me at bedtime, but am also balanced with a bit of calm knowing that he WILL be with DH in his home, so I think he will be okay...And the latest I'll be is 10:15, which is late, but not too too bad.
My mom apologized to me for her behavior at the end of our stay there, and I think it is the first time she has ever apologized to me. So that was both shocking and nice. I think it might be because I stood up for myself more than usual, and am getting stronger. They were in town this weekend for business and we saw them Saturday afternoon, and they were on their best behavior and quite nice with only a couple of comments about why we don't have batteries in our toys and stuff and why we don't let him watch Sesame Street (the TV thing is a battle...we never do TV, but occassionally do bits of movies in "emergency" situations, though I'm sure you movie and tv-free moms balk at that...but anyway, it's one of those issues I'm still trying to sort out myself. Finley hasn't watched anything in almost three weeks, so that's pretty good. That may change on Thursday night).
I'm jealous of you mamas living close to each other!
As for the babylust, I understand it...it comes and goes for me, and lately is pretty strong, though it makes no sense for us right now. Our plan is to wait til Finley is 3 or 4 to TTC.
Helen, sounds like you had a lovely Mother's Day!
Spughy, isn't it marvelous when they sleep in those long chunks? Finley has been back and forth...one night is amazing, the next night pretty restless. I definitely think it helps when he has run around a lot, but it's been freezing and snowing here, so that's been difficult to achieve.
DiD, so glad you feel like you're getting your life back!
Spiritmomma, you too, on the getting your life back
Gunter, I hope you can figure out the rash thing. That would definitely be troubling. I wish I had ideas, but am not great in that department.
As for the teeth, it seems like Finley has been working on his molars forever, literally for months, but they have yet to come through. His gums are really swollen, though. He has his front eight teeth, 4 on top and 4 on bottom, and has since he was 10 months, and nothing since then! He has been wanting to nurse a LOT lately, more than usual, so maybe something is actually coming through...Let's hope!
Sorry this is so very scattered. It's kind of how I feel at the moment, all over the place. This is such a transitional and strange time for us, what with our careers so up in the air, and trying to balance the financial and the creative in our lives. And my eyes are reacting STRONGLY to being on the computer lately...really feeling fuzzy and bad. So I'm going to try to really limit my screen time. I'm on it a lot fixing pictures and reading MDC (when Finley sleeps, but can't type), and trying to keep up with friends via email...I just have to tone it down.
So that's me for now!
Love to all of you!