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post #81 of 316
OK, I have to get read for the Easter egg hunt at preschool.

To add, Lisa, that bike looks comfortable and useful to boot. I realize that I would have to use a trailer for the two kids, which would be really heavy. Maybe I can find a better solution, like a tandem bike with a seat (so Naomi can do some of her own work)

I am glad to hear Annabel is doing well. What a scary experience.

I guess I knew babies like that existed, but I never seem to have them. Still, I am so glad that she is a mellow baby.

Well, I have very little to cime in on other than that since I am struggling to keep up anyway. But I think of you guys...
post #82 of 316
Is the bike Lisa likes electric? I'm not so interested in the electric bike, but that co. makes good commuting-type bikes. Bikes which are easy to really load up with stuff (like groceries). (But I can also understand not wanting to arrive at work all sweaty.) I'm gearing up for the day L is big enough for the Burley...

Jacquie, what I did after the "it's not yeast" is not the good part of the story. My NP wanted me to see a dermatologist, and she had a specific one in mind (who was very breastfeeding friendly). But that one wasn't covered by our insurance, so I saw a different one. And that one was basically useless and annoying. But yeah, I figured out on my own that washing off the saliva and using Lansinoh helped. Also, in our case, I'm pretty careful about latch as they get teeth. T's lazy latch was exacerbated by using a sippy cup with a hard spout. I really explored this with my then LLL leaders, and I found a cup that had no spout at all (just a soft ring that opens when depressed by one's upper lip). I also wanted to say that *you* could probably benefit from taking acidophilis regularly, if it is indeed yeast.

I want to know who stole our spring. We were supposed to go dye eggs with my mom today, but it's 21F, there's freezing drizzle and a coating of ice on everything (and plenty of accidents on the highway). We're going to go tomorrow.
post #83 of 316
Our egg cartons are sprouting!!

OK, DD1's carton is sprouting. DD2's and my own are... not.
But it's a ton of fun to watch. Both girls noticed that the "plants" are bigger this afternoon.

OTOH, 5" of snow and it just. keeps. coming. :
post #84 of 316
ThreadKillah here to report more than two feet of snow.

We did go to church (not a frequent happening) and the girls keep asking when we can go back. So maybe we'll get more regular with that... everyone enjoyed it.

Things have tapered off so I am certain school is on for tomorrow. Don't know whether I'm happy or sad about that.
post #85 of 316
Originally Posted by Miss Juice View Post
ThreadKillah here to report more than two feet of snow.
OMG that's insane. Where are you, again?

It's rainy here but pretty balmy at 50-odd degrees. I FINALLY finished the yard this morning; put the soaker hose down and a yard of wood chips. Looks good.

Lily's been in LOUD mode today. Happy, just loud and repeating herself all the time. My ears are tired. It may be all the sugar from this morning. The loudness, not the tiredness.

I am tired in general, too. Looooooooong week last week and only one day of rest (today) before it starts all over again tomorrow. Sigh. My mom leaves Thursday and I'm feeling a little sad about that.

OK, I feel like I'm boring and bored. Someone's gotta think of a good question for us, ladies.
post #86 of 316
Seeing as my brain is not working this morning (well, what morning does it EVER? ) I should NOT be the one to think of a question! Wait! I have an idea! Off the top of your head (or off the top of Wikiquote!) post a quote. It can be random, or one that makes you laugh or one that really *means* something to you. Until someone thinks of a good question we can do that!

Here's mine...but it might get us in trouble:
(during an interview with Jade Puget and Davey Havok of AFI)
Interviewer: "Hey Jade, are the rest of the guys jealous that the entire 'Girl's Not Grey' video occurs in your crotch?"
Jade: "Hey Dave, are you jealous that 'Girl's Not Grey' takes place in my crotch?"
Davey: "No, because I'm going to take place in your crotch."

Hahaha! Okay, I am infinitely amused by that. It's even my email sig line right now! I am so naughty.

Miss Juice, WHERE are YOU??? I forget. : Good luck in the snow, hon!
Here, it's darn chilly but sunny. Easter was fun, we should have gone to church but we did not, because we've been really ambivalent about it, which makes me sad because we once LOVED our church...but I think the break was good for us. We'll be back this coming Sunday, I think.
Oh, so I made us a big breakfast, we watched way too much Oswald and Blue's CLues (he got two new DVD's for easter from Gramma) and we hid a bunch of plastic eggs, and Rowan ate his first chocolate bunny...in ONE sitting! but it was fairly small and he didn't go TOO crazy from it, so...haha.
He wanted to keep hiding eggs ALL DAY, so we all took turns hiding them and then finding them. It was a lot of fun.

Lisa, never look a gift-baby in the mouth! or something. I totally know what you mean though. I remember when I was amazed that Rowan was an "easy" baby (besides the sleeping, or lack thereof), back before he was 1...and NOW look at him! : :
Seriously, it's SO good to hear from you! Enjoy the babyness!

I really have no brain today...so I will leave you with the quoted joy and my ! Love to you all!

ETA: OH WAIT!!! A momentous thing I keep forgetting to mention!! We saw LAURIE BERKNER in Boston Saturday, and truly, it was an amazing experience! The way Rowan's face utterly LIT UP when she came on stage...it actually made me AND DH *cry*. : He was transfixed, she sang all his favorite songs (and one of my least favorites... Hehe) and he has his FIRST concert tee! Awww! I can't wait till he's old enough for more shows. I will SO bring him to Warped Tour!
It was a wonderful experience, and I will share pics as soon as I can get them onto the computer.
Okay, bye for real!

post #87 of 316
Originally Posted by KKmama View Post
Dudes. Virally resistant KK sounds like a scary new disease. "Watch out for virally resistant KK. You'll scratch your @$$ off." And isn't Pink Kitty some kind of a drink? (or maybe it's a pornstar name.)

What happened to my email advising that you all are posting? I thought all my threads (all two) were just dead over the weekend. I just got the update email from Renae's post above. Hate coming into class late, I feel all :
post #88 of 316
Originally Posted by elsanne View Post
What happened to my email advising that you all are posting? I
I hate when that happens! Usually for me it's because I forget to update my subscription from month to month or I am somehow logged out of MDC. It always takes me way too long to figure out that it's my fault.

Photos of my whole family are availabe over yonder YG. Use the link in the message - we don't own the photos yet so they are not in the files. Post your comments here if you like because I won't be able to go into the YG to read until later tonight (no access at work).

My favorite quote is the one that I plan to send out when I quit my transit job for midwifery school. It's a cheesy commencement speech quote by Alan Alda but I like it for the bus reference and the focus on brave creativity:

"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you discover will be wonderful: yourself."
post #89 of 316
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." -Marianne Williamson, from _A Return to Love_

This summarizes my experience thus far with serving women as a midwife.

Off to go look at Lisa's family...
post #90 of 316
"That which does not kill me makes me stronger." (Friedrich Nietzshe, translated a variety of ways.) Yeah, a little cheesy, but it's something which has stuck with me over the past 20 years or so. And at least I picked it up by *reading* Nietzsche, rather than from a pop culture source.

I'm feeling very aura-y today... I wound up falling asleep (yesterday) with Z during his quiet time (and apparently, he got up once I was asleep, trotted downstairs, and announced, "Mama's asleep!"), and I woke up very much on the verge of a migraine. I sucked down coffee and tylenol to keep it at bay, and I just barely managed. Despite the extra caffeine load, I sleep like a log, and I woke up still feeling funny (my head just doesn't feel right, and along with the aura sensation, it feels like my vertigo is mildly involved). Dunno what's up, but I can very confidently predict that I will get very little done today. My head feels best on a level, not moving very much at all. Which means of course that I can say, read my email, but that something like laundry is more difficult.
post #91 of 316
Lisa! What a beautiful family! Eleanor looks soooo different from how I envisioned her. What a beautiful girl! And Annabel is precious. Her eyes looked really blue in the one picture, does Alison have blue eyes? And your hair is longer than I thought, for some reason from older pictures I thought your hair was shorter. I was cracking up on the pic where Alison is kissing the penguin-it looks like she's looking at you like "why am I kissing a penguin?" And the pic of you and A smooching Thank you so much for sharing, its been awhile since we've seen you and your clan, so it was nice to have a glimpse into your lives.

Emmalola, how've you been, mama? Thinking of you and hoping all is well.

KK-hope your viral resistancy will help you kick the migraine. I love your DDDDC

OK, off to play Memory...
post #92 of 316
morning. or afternoon. it still feels like morning.

easter was groovy. isaac and i went to church. he was pretty well-behaved. we didnt go to the animal farm because doug moaned about driving that far he spends a ton of time driving the metro area for work whereas i think 'going for a drive' is kind of fun. i live my life mostly in a 30 block radius. so we went to the park instead and doug hiked my easter-egg-like self up to the top of mt tabor and then the best part is that doug went grocery shopping and we went to our friend's house and THEY cooked up easter dinner while i sat on my butt and i did not have to do dishes. awesome!!!!

isaac came downstairs yesterday to find his easter basket on his little table in the living room. and he looks at it. and then he stares at the bookcase for a while. i'm thinking '??????' he finally says 'where'd the easter bunny go?' he did not think this should be a santa-like stealth operation. the easter bunny came to daycare on friday so why wouldn't he deliver his easter basket in person??? silly mama.

baby boy is moving all over the place. hiccups are radiating from many locations these days. so that is good

i didn't get my egg cartons planted. maybe this evening.

right now i suppose i should work. but first i have to check the YG for piccies
post #93 of 316
Lisa--I'm blaming my hormones, but I got all teary looking at those pics. Lovely! I have so many faves. I love all the ones of the four of you and of you and Allison. I miss those teeny tiny froggy baby legs.

Back from CT and exhausted. Why do you always need a vacation after a trip?? We're debating redoing our bathroom this summer which would involve me going to CT w/ just the girls and then inviting myself to Renae's for a few days.

okay...off to raid the easter baskets.... :
post #94 of 316
Heath--you'll be seeing more teeny tiny frog baby legs soon!

Jstar--you made me laugh with Easter Bunny's stealth operation.

Sarahbee stole my alltime fave quote, except that she didn't quote it in its entirety so I will:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3])
post #95 of 316
i'm having a hard day, mamas. bill came home early at his own suggestion after i called him in tears. mostly it has to do with S and his weight gain (or very, very, very slow weight gain -- like an ounce a week for the past month). i timed his nursing sessions this afternoon. right side: 3 min; left side: 2 min; comfort nursed for another 4 minutes. an hour and a half later: left side: 4 min; started comfort nursing so i switched sides; right side: 4 minutes. i got him to latch on on that right side (the second side) while wearing the supplementer and he may have gotten a little bit (like 1/4 oz) from what was in the supplementer, but he took himself off the breast and arched his back like crazy and would not settle down again. finally about 5 minutes later, he burped, and i tried to offer the breast again, but he was too interested in the room, the carpet, the person next to him, simply getting out of my arms. i don't know what to do.

it is not right that he is not gaining weight well, but i am simply at a loss for what to do.

add to it a whiny almost 3 year old and i just feel awful and like a bad mom and like crying. it's not fair. it's just not fair. i can't seem to will these problems to fix themselves.

i don't feel like writing anymore.

post #96 of 316
Aw, TC. mega mega mama-love hugs to you. Feel like a dummy for askin', because certainly you've already said whether your PCP knows/has suggestions?
Regardless, I am sending you warm loving wishes tonight.
post #97 of 316
TC--mucho hugs! I remember back when I was doing that w/ E, plus before/after weighs. Do you think he has any refluxy issues? E's were a bit more obvious, but with the reflux she also has had no desire to eat appropriate amounts (still doesn't) and I'm sure that's rough on you to try and keep up your supply. Thinking gentle thoughts for you and S as you work this all out.
post #98 of 316
So sorry you're feeling down, Claudia. : I don't have anything constructive to say, other than I'm thinking of you all. Big s mama.
post #99 of 316
Thread Starter 
Oh, TC, I'm so sorry you're in this spot. Hug. no- scratch that- BIG HUG!

I spent the last hour reading up on everyone. It's all a blur. my impressions:

yeasties- I had seriously painful nipple yeast with the lentil. The ONLY thing that cured it (and yes, I tried everything short of Diflucan) was gentian violet. I had to do two courses of it, but in the end, GV saved me. I would swab my nipples three times a day after nursing, and I swabbed the lentil's mouth every night for three nights. I think I swabbed my own nipples for a week each time. It worked, but we had to put up with the lentil looking like he was asphyxiating for about two weeks from all the blue. This was after replacing all our washcloths, buying about 30 washcloths so I never repeated exposure with a dirty washcloth when I was rinsing off my nipples, taking GSE both orally and washing my nipples with it, using lansinoh liberally with each nursing, and so, so many tears. kellymom talks about GV in this link. I had to special order the GV from my local pharmacy, but they got it in the next day so it wasn't so bad.

Wouldn't you know it- I'm suffering from yeasties of the other kind right now, and wishing I could use GV down there. I hate the creamy stuff my midwife prescribed, hate having to use it for 7 days, hate that it won't work in the first place, hate that I need to drop another load of cash on an alternative practitioner because the western medicine approach to yeast is so pharmaceutically based. But the cream gets me through the itch for the time being, so I will endure.

Favorite quote: right now, I'm really into the quote "The good you do will come back to you." which comes from seeing a motivational speaker at this conference a few weeks ago. It just resonates for me right now.

Easter: We're not christian. We did an egg hunt with friends, but I really prefer to celebrate this spring celebration closer to the first day of spring. Unfortunately, we've all been so sick this year, we completely missed the boat. If we hadn't been invited to the easter party we went to, easter would have passed us by completely uncelebrated. We were in the air for most of the day anyway, traveling back from the east coast. Note to interested parties- Easter is an excellent day for air travel. no crowds, on-time flights, and cheap rates. rocknroll.

I'm still on east coast time, so I need to get myself to bed. last little bit- I had another prenatal visit today and the baby is healthy. I've gained almost 18 pounds already, and this is distressing. We had an ultrasound while we were in CT, and learned that the babe is a BOY! woo! and healthy! woo woo!

Funny quote: the lentil was going off on his own thing this evening at dinner. He's really into fairies and magic wands and Tinkerbelle and Glenda the good witch, so he was doing some monologue about fairies floating around in the air and interrupted himself to say, "Speaking of floating in the air.... I need to go poop!"
post #100 of 316
Oh, Claudia, I'm sorry. Mega hugs and good thoughts to you.

Emmalola - Boy! w00t! How exciting. Yay for another set of brothers! And what the lentil said is pretty hi-larious.

Lisa - beautiful, cute, funny, and sweet. Sigh.

First day of call starts at 8 am tomorrow. Wish me luck!
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