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post #21 of 110
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Max, I just wanted to let you know that dd's favorite book right now is Where the Wild Things Are . Eveytime I read it I think of you She got this book that is a collection of popular stories from the 80's, basically books that I grew up on which is really cool. Goodnight moon is in there, Bedtime for Frances (that was my favorite growing up), the original Curious George, etc. There is probably at least 35-40 stories. We love it. Well both toddlers have colds and are crabby so I gotta go. DD is potty learning and I took away her diapers for the day to see how she does. So far so good....
post #22 of 110
Good grief! I finally find the thread and we're already on page 2? : Just a minute before we run out the door.

In addition to her wheat or strawberry allergy, we've discovered dd is allergic to peas (broke out into hives all over her torso, neck and arms--twice). I am REALLY worried now, as peas and peanuts are the same family. We're getting her allergy tested as soon as we get a referral in the mail from her ped.

Also, she's learned to climb! She goes up the steps on the jungle gyms at the park now. Fun...and tiring!

BBL!
post #23 of 110
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Originally Posted by NYCVeg View Post
Good grief! I finally find the thread and we're already on page 2? : Just a minute before we run out the door.

In addition to her wheat or strawberry allergy, we've discovered dd is allergic to peas (broke out into hives all over her torso, neck and arms--twice). I am REALLY worried now, as peas and peanuts are the same family. We're getting her allergy tested as soon as we get a referral in the mail from her ped.

Also, she's learned to climb! She goes up the steps on the jungle gyms at the park now. Fun...and tiring!

BBL!
Amanda, I may have mentioned it before, but if not, definately check out the book "Is This Your Child?" by Doris Rapp. It is the bible for food allergies in children. It helped me incredibly in figuring out my ds's food issues. Also, the allergies subforum in Health & Healing is a great resource & the mamas there are very supportive.
post #24 of 110
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Originally Posted by Hevyne View Post
Max, I just wanted to let you know that dd's favorite book right now is Where the Wild Things Are . Eveytime I read it I think of you She got this book that is a collection of popular stories from the 80's, basically books that I grew up on which is really cool. Goodnight moon is in there, Bedtime for Frances (that was my favorite growing up), the original Curious George, etc. There is probably at least 35-40 stories. We love it. Well both toddlers have colds and are crabby so I gotta go. DD is potty learning and I took away her diapers for the day to see how she does. So far so good....
That is such a great story. I love the illustrations and I love reading it to my kids, especially ds bc he is a "max" at heart. Your book sounds awesome. I'd like to find that for my crew.
post #25 of 110
Sim is continuing to recover - DH gave me a scare this AM, saying he thought the dog looked funny, but it was just Sim being a bit slow because of his arthritis - most anti-inflammatories are rough on the stomach, so he's not getting any right now. DH finally installed the 2nd car seat; however, it appears that to actually put a child in it will involve going in through the back hatch of the SUV (since it's a 2 door, & the seat is rear facing). Hmmmm. Well, w/an hour's drive each way to go anywhere, I don't suppose I'll be traveling a lot w/2 very small children, not right at 1st, anyhow. Sold some more sheep yesterday - catching & tagging them is not real easy right now, although the new owners got to lead them & load them into their truck themselves. Spent a lot of time lying down after this. DH did come through & hold the goat kid for me that evening (during the sheep catching, he was watching DD & doing some work he brought home) so I could get the beastie castrated. I also fixed the rams' automatic water set up, that was leaking. I need to pack a few more things for the hospital, edit my birth plan in a couple of spots per our doula's recommendations, & get the livestock care sheets put together for my mom, who will be feeding stuff for us for a couple of days. I'm mostly ready. Sort of. I think.
Ecoteat, I like that quote, & hope your DH's back is doing better.
Max, glad your DH is doing better.
Congrats on your lab score, TxMominCT!
NYVeg, I hope your DD doesn't have peanut allergies, & that the ones she does have are the sort that one grows out of.
BTW, w/all this eating discussion, does anyone else's LO put food in their mouth, then just let it sit there w/out swallowing? DD particularly does this w/vegetables (steamed broccoli, spinach particles) & some other things ("chipmonking" I call it), & then it either goes away somehow (often, by dribbling out over the next hour) or else I just get worried about her choking & fish it out w/a finger. The thing is, sometimes it does get swallowed, & I want her to have a variety of foods/textures. Also, is it possible for a toddler to drink water from a cup w/out half of it going down her front? Or should I just be resigned to clothing changes after drinks? :
post #26 of 110
Hi mamas!

It's been so hard to find a few minutes to write anything, things have been : . Jet lag was really really bad this time around, not to mention DH has been super stressed by a work situation and by his job search. So basically we didn't sleep last week. It's the first time since Geo's birth that I've had insomnia!

Anyway, about our trip, Max you asked how Geo did on the flights. Everything went great, healthwise. It's like the trip cured his cold! DH and I were wiped out by chasing an active 1 year old around the plane, but other than that things were great. Geo had a lot of firsts on this trip-- first time swimming in a pool ( he LOVED it!), first time eating ice-cream (homemade, peach, YUM!), first time playing with a dog (he did NOT love the dog, the dog scared him). And he had a great time with my parents.

Now we're in the process of applying for jobs for DH in the States and praying that DH will get laid off (with a nice severance package, hopefully) so that we can move to the US by fall.... Please keep your fingers crossed for us, mamas!

Ecoteat, I think you mentioned that this is a developmental milestone week.... We're definitely dealing with a cranky, clingy baby who now absolutely refuses to sleep in his crib. I hope his mood improves soon! And about your DH's back probs, I may have already mentioned this, but has he tried cranio-sacral therapy? We see an osteopath here who does CS and frankly she cured my DH's chronic back problems. And the nice thing about CS therapy is that it isn't recurring-- you go once or twice, no regular adjustments. Also, that's a great quote and so true. I think having a child has taught me a lot about letting go of my desire to control and make things different.

Max-- Lyme disease?!?!?! Your poor DH! I hope he feels better soon. I gotta say, aside from that your camping trips sound like a lot of fun and a great way to reconnect as a family. And I've been meaning to ask you how things are going with your nephew these days...

BambooMama, hugs to you. I hope you find some answers and feel better soon.

Heyvne, I'd be worried too. Go with your gut. If it doesn't feel like a normal solids-strike (which we go through here on a semi-regular basis) then insist that the doc check Lukey out.

NYCVeg, I hope the allergies aren't severe, I'd be freaking about the possibility of a peanut one too.

TXMom, way to go on the school stuff! Sounds like the program is really going well for you. And your lucky DH, going to Milan for a couple of weeks. Sounds like fun!

Shabazin, I am seriously impressed by all you manage to do pregnant and with a small child!! I'm glad your dog is hanging in there.

MCB, good to see you on the thread, mama!

Well, I'd better run. Have a good day everyone.
post #27 of 110
Well latest family update is that my grandmother is still confused & needs to go into assisted living. I don't know how much she is going to fight it, even though she knows she needs some help.

And my Aunt is having her gallbbladder removed today. They also found masses in her lung, liver and colon. Those they have to biopsy, but it really doesn't look too good since my other Aunt died just a couple of years ago from lung cancer (their dad was a heavy-duty smoker), and this is my moms last living sibling. Hopefully we will know more by tonight...

Bah... it jst gets better and better. And C has been super clingy this last week and I have a headache. :

OK, personal pity party is over now!
post #28 of 110
Mary, glad to hear Geo did so well on the flights. I thought of you often. You asked how my nephew is doing. Well, he moved out several months ago and I feel bad saying it, but it was such a relief. It was like a black cloud lifted from over our home. Times had been so stressful, I really couldn't take it any more. He has his own place & a job now. He says he is going back to college in the fall. (He failed out last round.) He had a college fund that we turned over to him when he moved out. He has blown through quite a bit of that. He is at a point in his life where he really needs to start learning some responsibilty and hopefully living on his own will force him to do so. We are on amicable terms and invite him over for dinner & family gatherings regularly. I want to continue to be there for him as his family, but I do not want to put myself in any position where I am responsible for him and his behavior. He has been making a lot of poor choices, and I don't want my family to suffer from this. The hardest part of it is that I went through all this once already (to a much worse extent) w/his mother, my sister. So a lot of his behavior just triggers my feelings from my sister and I do not want to go there. Phew! That was a long response to a short question. Thank you for asking though. It is sweet of you to remember.

Panthera, I hope your family members are feeling better soon. And big hugs to you. It is so hard to see these things happening to loved ones.

Shabazin, you continue to amaze me! I hope your dog gets well soon too.
post #29 of 110
JUST A QUICK STOP IN TO SAY--MY SISTER HAD HER BABY!!!

aubrey elizabeth--June 11 7lbs 14 oz 20 inches long--and according to my sister she has my long monkey toes!!
post #30 of 110
Phew.... you're a gabby bunch today !

Max, my illness seems to be either the adult version of Fifth's disease, or an allergy to chlorine in our Y pool. At any rate, I'm all better now . Kirsten has a double ear infection though, and Fifth's disease. Pool babe. She's a fuss-monster. Gotta run....
post #31 of 110
Glad to hear you are better JayGee! I hope Kirstin has a speedy recovery too.

Congratulations Auntie Gnutter!!! Wonderful news.
post #32 of 110
hevyne I don't have a tracking number, but I sent it priority so I totally thought it would get there speedy, especially considering that I had sent it late! Its just my luck the way things have been going that that too would go wrong! I hope it gets to you soon or comes back to me so I can resend it to you!

dh is having his shoulder surgery on the 25th, I'm not looking forward to it, as he won't be allowed to use any of the muscles in his left arm for about 6 weeks!

William is nursing a lot more lately, I don't know if its more teeth coming, or if he just really likes that time with mama! He eats a lot of solids too at this point, three meals plus about 2 snacks on a good day other days its nurse nurse nurse and just a little bit of food! I was pretty sick last week, and I think thats why he's nursing soo much now, b/c my milk was probably affected! We really haven't been suplementing with much organic whole milk, b/c William prefers to just not have any milk while I'm away, and I'm completely fine with that for now!

Hugs to all the mama's who have been sick, and Jaygee with Kirsten's double ear infections! Also, in regards to the Pm you sent me, I still haven't received a response if ykwim?! I will send another PM to her tomorrow!
Gnutter congrats to your sister, Nathalie was almost named Aubrey Nichole, but my 2nd sd is named Briana, so we thought Aubrey and briana who could eventually go by brea would be too close! at anyrate I love that name!
post #33 of 110
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Originally Posted by Marylizah View Post
And about your DH's back probs, I may have already mentioned this, but has he tried cranio-sacral therapy? We see an osteopath here who does CS and frankly she cured my DH's chronic back problems. And the nice thing about CS therapy is that it isn't recurring-- you go once or twice, no regular adjustments. Also, that's a great quote and so true. I think having a child has taught me a lot about letting go of my desire to control and make things different.
We should look into that. Our family dr. is a DO and I'm pretty sure she does cranial-sacral therapy. It came up once in conversation that most of her patients expect typical western medicine when they see her, so she usually doesn't offer alternative therapies unless people ask. Which is too bad, but I guess I see where she's coming from.
post #34 of 110
Hey mamas! Remember me???

I stopped posting a while back and have barely been on MDC since...life got very intense and I felt like my need for "computer time" was just complicating the situation.

My DH lost his job back in February so he's been home with us since then. It's been a big adjustment having him here...and now the thought of him going back to work makes me a little sad...once we worked out our new roles and the awkwardness of SO much together-time...it's been a dream having him here with us.

DS is great. Started walking last week and is now walking all over and climbing ladders and slides at the playground. : He's a lot of fun.

I nightweaned him last week and it has been WONDERFUL! I really just couldn't take the night nursing any more and I was becoming a very angry, impatient mama during the day. (My DD still does not sleep through the night so DH and I haven't had a decent night of sleep in 3 years. :yawning

Anyway....we're in a new groove and it's working well. He wakes at 5, I nurse him back to sleep and then get up BY MYSELF!! I've been taking walks, journaling, cleaning the house etc. By the time DD wakes up at 6 and then DS and DH at 7, I've already had a nice chunk of "me time", which is making for a MUCH happier mama.

DH is down from putting the kids to bed so I'm going to go chat with him and hear about his interview today.

I've missed you guys and just wanted to say hi.
post #35 of 110
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Shahbazin- Sounds like you are busy busy!! My dd used to be a chipmink too I used to fish it out at the end of the meal before excusing her from the table Really glad to hear that Sim is doing better

Gnutter- Congrats on becoming an Auntie!!! I have monkey toes too Mine are so bad I pick things up w/ my feet and when I was pregnant I mastered the art so I didn't have to bend over to pick things up.

Mary- Glad you had a great vacation!! We'll keep our fingers crossed for your move!

NYCVeg- I hope you get her allergies figured out. That is a really tough situation Lukey has been climbing too. He gets up on the kitchen table and the couch and yesterday he figured out how to climb out of his crib: I am in search of a crib tent for him. They are expensive buggers!!

Panthera- We had to put my grandmother into assisted living last year and it was really hard but she didn't fight it like we thought. But she was really sad about it so I don't envy your situation at all.

Jaygee-poor Kristina and poor you!! I hope you guys get on the mend soon. They have alternatives to chlorine for the pool if that is what it turns out to be. oh...oops I saw now you said your Y pool; nevermind

MCB- Thank you so much for that link. It really helped!!

Dharmama- Hey there!! Glad to see you found us in the toddler section. Can you believe it!! Toddlers: I just gave birth like a few months ago...or so it seems.

Erika- no sign of the pkg yet I hope your dh's surgery goes well!!

Max- the name of the book is The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury selected by Janet Schulman. I found it on half.com... here's the link I get a lot of enjoyment out of this book b/c I get to remember myself reading these books as a child

Have a great night!! Lukey is fussing again I just wanted to say though really quick that I really enjoy having you guyz here to chat with. Living out here in the woods keeps me from making a lot of friends especially when I have alot of different views on things. So I just wanted to say that I just really appreciate having you here...ok so now reading this it sounds corny but it is the way I feel so you can just think I am a cornball: ...that's ok I can take it
post #36 of 110
Happy Monday mommas! We had a pretty good weekend, we traveled 3 hours one way to my cousin's wedding. Alayna did pretty good, she was fussy the lasy 45 minutes or so, but not bad. The wedding was fine, it's just not that enjoyable when you have 3 kids with you, kwim?? We left around 10:00, and Alayna did great that night, she slept with me and got up twice to nurse. We went swimming for awhile Sunday morning, and then headed back. Of course she only slept *maybe* half an hour on the way home.: The funny thing was that I had a nuk in the diaper bag from eons ago, and gave that to her, she was happy as a lark!

Today she's been a big ole fuss pot, and not napping well, we'll see how tonight goes. DH is gone until Wed. And my daycare baby cried most of the day. Do you know how hard it is to NOT nurse that baby? It kills me. He was in the sling most of the day, but still cried. He's getting a cold, so I know that's the problem, but I'll have to tell the mom that I will call her to come and get him if he's like that tomorrow. It's not fair to the other kids, I didn't do much with them at all, and I hate that.

Today she came up to me and said, "momma up, momma up!" And then a couple minutes later she bumped her head, and said, "momma ouchie!" It was priceless!! She's also big into giving hugs, and pursing her lips and giving kisses.

Hevyne- I hope you get the food strike figured out, it must be frustrating. Is your DH out of town this week too??

ecoteat- I love that statement, so true. And I agree with you, I end up feeling a bit freakish about how I parent, just because I have noone close to me that thinks like I do.:
Hope your DH's back is doing better!

Max- Yikes! How scary, I hope he's feeling better. I'm so worried about Lyme's disease living out in the country.: I love hearing about your camping adventures, and I can't wait until we start camping! I have awesome memories of camping when I was a kid.

MCB- Good to see you mama!! Are you all settled in??

NYCVeg- Ugh, I hope you get DD's allergies figured out, that's so scary. Rachel is allergic to peanuts, and soy. So far I haven't seen anything with the other two, but DH has alot of food allergies.

Shahbazin- Good grief momma, you amaze me with what you do being pregnant!! I'm glad your dog is better.

Marylizah- Ugh, I hope the sleep fairy checks in waaay more this week for you!!!

Panthera- Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

JayGee- Hope your feeling better!! And big hugs to poor Kirsten.

Mom2Nat&Will- Hugs to you mama, hope your DH's surgery goes well.

Dharmama- Welcome back! You've been very missed! I'm glad things are going well for you!!

Oh, I have one more thing, will you guys keep my friend Jane and her family in your prayers/thoughts? She is a very good friend of mine, and is being deployed within the next month. She has 3 beautiful children, 7,6 & 5. I have been sooo sad all day, they just got the news on Saturday. She will be gone for a year.:
post #37 of 110
Popping in for a quick hi before bed, chatty, chatty mamas today!

I wish I had time for personals but I've got a headache that's lasted all day long, though the reason why might crack you up...
Last night was another insomnia episode for me so I finally got to sleep around 1:30ish and then for some reason I thought Selah was falling out of the bed, so I called out to DH to catch her and tried to grab for her myself.

Not such a good idea when I was tangled up in the comforter, so in my effort to get up and grab her I fell off the bed face first with my legs stuck up in the bedding still. DH turned on the little light we have in the bedroom and lo and behold, Selah was sound asleep between him and where I was supposed to be!: I must have been dreaming about it, so now I have a golf ball in the middle of my forehead, just in time for my sister's HS graduation on Thursday and my other sister's and bro-in-law's grad school graduation on Saturday with a huge party to follow! : How embarrassing!

What's even more funny is that Seth popped up from his little bed on the other side of ours and asked DH why I was on the floor, and when DH told him that I had fallen off the bed, Seth asked, "did Selah push her off?"
post #38 of 110
Good morning mamas. Not a lot of time for personals, but just want to say welcome back Erin! We missed you. It sounds like you have gotten into a nice groove. I hope things continue to work out well for you. And a couple of us here are working on the nightweaning, so if you have time, please share the secrets of your success.

Onto our nightweaning plan: I have given up on getting Lo into her crib at night right now. She is just not ready for that, based on how it upsets her when I try. So I am going to try to continue to co-sleep, but just eliminate the nursing when she wakes. Last night I decided I would only nurse her a couple times, w/at least a 3 hour interval in between - and it worked! The other times when she woke I'd just say "Shhhhhh, lay down & go night-nights" and pat her back. I figured out after a couple tries that if I just patted her back, she'd get agitated, waiting for the boob. But when I gave her the verbal cue "shhhhh", she knew what to expect and settled herself back down. She did lots of squirming, but no crying. Yay me! Tonight I will try to not nurse at all, unless she really seems to need it.

Have a good day all.
post #39 of 110
Good morning mamas!

Short on time but wanted to get a few personals in .

gnutter, congrats auntie!

Panthera mama. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Your friend is too Sydnee. A whole year . Oh and moving, bleh, : . I'll be so happy when we finally get a house of our own. I don't want to live in another apartment ever : . But I am grateful we have a place to live of course .

Mary, glad to hear the trip went well! And as you can see, yep, I was in the throws of moving so I kind of dropped off the face of the thread .

Erin! Good to see you mama! Thanks for the update. I've been thinking about how you were doing .

Hevyne happy to provide any help I can . And I feel the same way so we can be cornballs together . You guys are awesome and I'm so glad we get to talk!

Shabazin all I can say is . This will be me when we're PG with #2 : .

Amanda I hope your DD doesn't have a peanut allergy to contend with. Let us know how the tests go : .

Kristina you and Kirsten get well soon!

So DS and I went to the store to get dinner yesterday and he is lovin' this whole walking business. He just runs off down the aisles, fearless . And holding his hand? Pfft. I don't have time for that mama! I gotta go! : .

So Hevyne's link got me thinking. What were some of your favorite books as a kid? One of my all time faves is It's Valentine's Day. Oh man how I loved this book! And I'm planning on ordering it off of ebay as soon as the cash flow will allow. I can't believe they've got the original one that I had!

OK, gotta go!
post #40 of 110
Well, we're totally back to square one with the nightweaning. Everything seemed totally on track and then dd just started waking a lot again...and refusing to rock back to sleep. We tried to have dh go into her one night and she went BALLISTIC--kicking, thrashing, screaming. He couldn't even hold her. So that lasted about 5 minutes. We actually tried just not nursing and letting her freak out in arms...which went on for about an hour. I walked her and rubbed her back and talked to her, but she was just incredibly upset. I really regret doing it, as it certainly didn't help with nightweaning--she finally fell asleep in my arms and then woke up again a few hours later. Then last night it was back to up 6 times. I do not know what to do. If she keeps waking 5-6 times a night, I think I am seriously going to lose it--I mean, before we started trying to nightwean, I was falling apart, miserable, a terrible parent and wife. And now we're right back there and nothing "gentle" seems to be working. Is there nothing between letting her scream alone in a crib (which I won't do) and not sleeping for the next year of my life? I don't know why she won't accept comfort from dh, EVER, but I think that is the big sticking point for us. Of course she doesn't want to sleep if the boob is right there.

dharmama, I would love to hear how you nightweaned. Please pm me if you don't want to post.
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