Alicia, OF COURSE, we would LOVE to play! I haven't yet checked my myspace messages for your reply, but am ecstatic we are close by and can't wait to meet you and your little guy. I am so so sorry you are going through this with your friend. I hope the pain gets less each day, and eventually you can either reach out or not, however you feel...
DiD, I am SO sorry to hear about your financial troubles. I second the suggestions from the other mamas, and would definitely look to see if you can sell something. Thinking of you, and so hope that things turn around very soon.
Helen, I'm thrilled to hear that you are wanting to move into the bathroom
Sounds like you had a lovely day.
And Amy, how scary!!! Makes me think I need to take a closer look around here. And your PhD sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Do you have classes to take still?
Michelle, thinking of you in your single phase. I do believe in true love and all that, so I have faith there's a special someone for you, that will come into your life at that perfect moment.
And, oh, so much to catch up on as always!
We are, each day, getting more and more settled here in California, though it feels like the list of getting-set-up stuff is quite long. I am hoping by the end of the week we'll be mostly done with all of that and can start setting up our careers and our life here and really start living. Today we went to the DMV, I bought a car from my grandfather, so now we can drive that around. We are unpacked, but not entirely organized yet. About halfway, and I'm so anxious to get 100% organized, but it's so hard to focus and do it all with Finley running around and needing me. So I have had to surrender that part of me that wants to just get it all done and set up and organized and perfect and do it slowly but surely. But it is definitely fun and inspiring and refreshing to set up house somewhere new and have this new, fresh start.
DH had an interview, and they ended up not needing to hire editors, which is what he does, so that's a bummer. But he has a bit of freelance work, and we'll try to see if we can get the word out and get more freelance work for him.
Finley had a really rough time with all of his teeth coming (well, the molars and canines), and he was bleeding and couldn't eat or drink anything but mama milk, and it was just awful! Poor little guy. And all of this while we were moving in, and roughing it, and sleeping at a friend's friend's house. But now he seems to be okay. Now he is just having a hard time going to sleep, both for naps and at night, unless we're in the car. I hate that! I don't want him to need the car to sleep. We'll have to figure that out.
Another huge problem of his is constipation. I don't remember if I posted about this earlier here, but it is just a problem that is not going away. We have tried almost everything. If you don't mind, can you offer further suggestions, before going to the dreaded suppository, which I fear will make the pooping thing an even bigger and more traumatic thing for my little guy.
eliminated dairy from his diet (though not mine)
give him flaxseed oil daily (he loves this)
try to get him to eat warm cereal with flaxseeds in it as often as possible (he doesn't eat a lot)
eat lots of fruit
encourage him to drink as much water as possible throughout the day (though this doesn't result in a substantial amount.)
I know a next step could be to go to an osteopath, and I would love to do this, but we simply can't afford it right now.
Does anyone know of a gentle, natural stool softener?
Any other ideas or suggestions?
Finley has been hitting us, not hard, but definitely testing his limits. I'm not sure how to handle it either. So far, I have been saying Ow, and please don't hit mommy, that hurts. Don't hit people. Touch gently, please. If he continues, do you think it is too harsh or bad to say, I'm going to go if you hit me again, and walk away to another part of the room if he does? Would love thoughts on this. It's so upsetting, even though I know it is normal toddler behavior. And it's certainly not often, but when it does happen, we're like, where does this come from? I guess it's just experimentation, and sometimes lack of impulse control...
Ok, I promise I'll be better about checking in this month.
I have missed being active. It's just been so difficult to find free time to type. Hopefully that'll increase as we get more set up here.
Happy Monday to all!