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post #21 of 680
Our weather is so crazy around here! we went from the low 60's into the 80's and now back down to 66. Ashlyn is mostly wearing her long sleeve shirts and soft cotton pants.
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http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...n4.5Months.jpg
I do have a few cotton lined jeans but they don't seem all the comfortable. I don't mind the long sleeve weather but I'm not ready for full blown winter yet. I will have to stock up on some more things for her. I'm in love with a huge second hand store around here that have all the popular brands
So for those mamas that do stuff for Halloween what are your plans for the babes? We usually trick or treat to families houses and last year went to the governors mansion where they have a live DJ and deck the whole thing out. Ds had a blast so we'll probably do that again this year. I'm not sure if I'm dressing up Ashlyn.. she'll probably be in the Mei Tai so no one will see her anyway... but they do have very cute outfits
post #22 of 680
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does anyone have/use a water mesh sling/pouch for the shower? claire's gettin pretty big for the sink, and maybe i could actually shower more often than on an as-need basis that way ??yathink
that is a great idea! i don't have one (and probably won't buy one) but i never thought of that. i regularly take showers with ezra & it's tricky but we manage. a few days ago i put the baby tub in the shower with me & let him play in there while i scrubbed up...it worked pretty well.

i rec'd zero hand-me-downs with my girls but somehow have managed to dress ez without spendy a dime! i seriously have clothes for him through about 18 months.

i made "babylegs" today! it was so super-easy & ezra looks adorable in them. i also whipped up 2 pair of leg warmers for the girls. let's see if i can find the link for anyone who wants to try it out....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/babyhop...454468/detail/

here's a photo of ezra sportin' his new "legs".....

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...e/100_1573.jpg

as far as AF is concerned, i'm such a spazz that i'm not in tune with my cycle & it's effect on my milk supply!? i haven't really noticed any changes in ezra's nursing habits, though, so maybe it's a non-issue. i'll have to be more aware....
post #23 of 680
Ok feeling a little relieved about af and supply issues... I am a little shocked she's back so soon! I am usually a passionate and emotional woman, but d*mn! I have been crazy these last few days. I cried reading the kellymom website...
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And I ditto American Apparel .. we are about to grow out of the few things I got Kash for the beginning... all baby yoga pants and those little tees. Adorable and comfy!

And ya'll impress me so with your home made babylegs and buying PUL for making your own dipes and all....
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amazing the lot of you...

Oh yes and one more thing to report (er...confess):
Remember how I was bragging last week about how I am not spending any $ on anything not completely necessary...diaper swappers and TP and all...
well... I just bought an electric breast pump and some nursing stuff. But in the moment, it felt pretty necessary kwim?
post #24 of 680
Clay wore his babylegs for the first time today and looked as cite at Erza does! I love babylegs! My 5 year old wears them a lot on his arms under t-shirts to make them like long sleeve shirts in this transitional weather so he can whip them off when he gets hot and vice versa. He loves them. Very punk rock he says

Speaking of which, we saw the Care Bears on Fire (google to hear their music on myspace) and ds1 is totally obsessed now. They are preteens and really good. He got their cd and likes to get naked, go up in his lofted space, turn on his cd player, and play air guitar along with them now Funny kid.

Anyone have any amazing toys that their dc loves? We got a few Haba hand me down rattles and this stuffed caterpillar thing and a whoozit (all handed down from my SIL). Clay likes them all - the caterpillar, oddly enough, the most. I like the Haba ones but he seems wholly indifferent about those! So anything your babes are loving?
post #25 of 680
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Anyone have any amazing toys that their dc loves? We got a few Haba hand me down rattles and this stuffed caterpillar thing and a whoozit (all handed down from my SIL). Clay likes them all - the caterpillar, oddly enough, the most. I like the Haba ones but he seems wholly indifferent about those! So anything your babes are loving?
Kayleigh has a stuffed cat from Playgro that we MUST have in the car with us. It is the easiest way to get her to stop crying, she is delighted and calmed by it and she falls asleep in the car clutching its arms. Initially she liked just to suck on one ear, it i microfleece on one side and silky on the other, now she shakes it (it rattles and has a red fish attached that is a rattle as well) and chews every bit of it, it's starting to turn grey.
post #26 of 680
i feel like Ive been gone forever. things are super tight money wise right now so I have given up my internet. UGHHH

I miss everyone.

Nathaniel is HUGE and doing really well. His torticollis is still an issue but not too bad. he can almost turn his head the way he needs to. Lots of time in the wrap has helped him. he has a bit of the sniffles right now but he is doing really well. smiles and he happens to be really vocal too. he sings. If you hit a not, any note, he hits the same one right after. Its really neat!

he sleeps great down at 9 up at 5 I'll take it! we still swaddle him though.

Ive been working through some pretty serious PPD issues as well. my midwife suggested evening primrose,fish oil and vitamin b and it is really helping. Thank God

we started the feingold program in my house in July and my three year old is a different person. Im amazed and relieved. I can actually leave the house with him now without anxiety!
post #27 of 680
Akasha loves stacks of sheets of papers and anything paper-related... mail and bills and grown-up books, etc... and food. She's really into food. We're holding off as long as we can....

All that to say, we also have lots of HABA getting shrugged off...

Ok... gotta tell ya'll. Maybe it's my period. Maybe it's the fact that Todd is being "primary parent" for the evening and there's no baby hanging off my body. Maybe it's the 2.99999 glasses of Pinot I've had. I've posted a very raw and risky thread in the Trading Post just now. It might drown in the overwhelm of jackets and diapers for sale, but nonetheless, it's there. Go read it if you want and know how truly dead in the dirt my last marriage flopped. Ugh. I feel like the pages Faulkner ripped up as he scribbled out his masterpieces... I feel like Southern ashes. Fallout. Failure. Yup it's probably the wine... it always makes me feel like desperation and confused rationality...
but somehow also like a romantic cliff hanger in a dime store novel.

Not well written, but like a miracle is about to happen anyways.....
post #28 of 680
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i feel like Ive been gone forever. things are super tight money wise right now so I have given up my internet. UGHHH

I miss everyone.

Nathaniel is HUGE and doing really well. His torticollis is still an issue but not too bad. he can almost turn his head the way he needs to. Lots of time in the wrap has helped him. he has a bit of the sniffles right now but he is doing really well. smiles and he happens to be really vocal too. he sings. If you hit a not, any note, he hits the same one right after. Its really neat!

he sleeps great down at 9 up at 5 I'll take it! we still swaddle him though.

Ive been working through some pretty serious PPD issues as well. my midwife suggested evening primrose,fish oil and vitamin b and it is really helping. Thank God

we started the feingold program in my house in July and my three year old is a different person. Im amazed and relieved. I can actually leave the house with him now without anxiety!
So good to hear from you AnneMarie!!
Lots of love and hugs to you and your family~
post #29 of 680
Retreat places turn out to be my specialty My mom collects friends with fabulous places! You could easily take the ring and have it appraised or sold and rent a place for the money. Or, my mom's place is always a real option but Dec or January is a rough time to be snowed in in WI and your baby will be very mobile by them so the wood stoves and craziness of an old farm house might drive you nuts! My aunt has a place 10 miles away also that is empty but might be equally challenging!

Buenos Aires is lovely that time of year and US dollars go very far down there!
post #30 of 680
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nak

okay one last thing

does anyone have/use a water mesh sling/pouch for the shower? claire's gettin pretty big for the sink, and maybe i could actually shower more often than on an as-need basis that way ??yathink
I have a mesh sling but don't like it...very itchy.

We do have one of those snug tubs. I just pulled it out of the attick last week and it is working great. I know one step ahead carries it but Target may also, it has been a few years.

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Those are cute, cheap and good for the planet. We love AA.
post #31 of 680
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nak

okay one last thing

does anyone have/use a water mesh sling/pouch for the shower? claire's gettin pretty big for the sink, and maybe i could actually shower more often than on an as-need basis that way ??yathink
I've been meaning to ask how often everyone bathes their babies. Mickey has had 5 baths. That's a little more than one a month :

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Kayleigh has a stuffed cat from Playgro that we MUST have in the car with us. It is the easiest way to get her to stop crying, she is delighted and calmed by it and she falls asleep in the car clutching its arms. Initially she liked just to suck on one ear, it i microfleece on one side and silky on the other, now she shakes it (it rattles and has a red fish attached that is a rattle as well) and chews every bit of it, it's starting to turn grey.
Better get a spare before they become hard to find!
post #32 of 680
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PUL is Polyurethane Laminate and yes, polyurethane is a plastic, pretty much anything "poly" is considered a plastic. PU is the same material that is used in the memory foam mattresses btw, just for interest's sake.
What was PUL designed for? Someone on DS keeps saying that it was designed to be autoclaved & that drying it on high heat is good for it, yet a lot of people on DS seem really scared to do anything to their pul for fear of damaging it. What's the truth?
post #33 of 680
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Those are cute, cheap and good for the planet. We love AA.
Tell me more about AA - the stuff looks cute and cheap ... I think I'll buy some, but why should I?

We bathe Nick in one of those baby tubs. He gets soaped up every week, lately more often, since he's puking due to the :. We sometimes do just water baths as part of the bedtime routine - still trying to figure out a routine ... but at least he's often going to bed before 9 pm.
post #34 of 680
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I've been meaning to ask how often everyone bathes their babies. Mickey has had 5 baths. That's a little more than one a month :
Kayleigh has a shower with me every night (I generally balance her on my knee, both of us standing.... figure that one out!). We only use soap every 2-4 days depending on the levels of stinky neck cheese and how far she managed to smear her poop!

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Better get a spare before they become hard to find!
I haven't ever seen another one, it was a gift from my mom and she got it from some other anonymous person. I'm going to make sure we have a different "lovey" for her to be attached to that we have two of though, before she gets too attached to this one.

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What was PUL designed for? Someone on DS keeps saying that it was designed to be autoclaved & that drying it on high heat is good for it, yet a lot of people on DS seem really scared to do anything to their pul for fear of damaging it. What's the truth?
Well, polyurethane is a thermoplastic, i.e. when it gets really hot it melts. Putting it in the dryer can help to seal up the holes around the stitching. I wouldn't say that it was designed to be autoclaved...it has a melting point between 250-300°F, autoclaves are often used at 250°F and above, so you would run the risk of melting it if you took it up that high. But, below the melting point is a glass transition temperature, at which the plastic becomes malleable and flows to some extent. So, by putting it in the dryer on the hot cycle you should see some "flow" of the plastic into any holes, and any pinpricks should "heal" themselves (to a certain extent). How hot is a dryer anyways?

Here's some info on polyurethane. As you can read for yourself in the Health and Safety section, Polyurethane is INERT and the people who are freaking out about off-gassing of memory foam matresses are simply wrong. In North American the most common blowing agent is carbon dioxide followed by pentane, but carbon dioxide is far cheaper and just as effective. The last company I worked for did extensive testing on their products to check for residual solvents, processing aids, etc. If they are above a certain ppm or even ppb then you aren't allowed to sell them.
post #35 of 680
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i made "babylegs" today! it was so super-easy & ezra looks adorable in them. i also whipped up 2 pair of leg warmers for the girls.
Well, I cut off the tops of a pair of worn out socks and gave them to dd1 once, and she loved them so much I did it with another pair. She wears them mostly on her arms these days. That's about my level of sewing ability.

Kiran has had more than 5 baths, thanks for making me feel less negligent. Not a lot more, but now that dd1 has high lead (up from elevated: ) I think I need to bathe both of them more often.
post #36 of 680
My daughter had borderline lead (a 9) and it turned out to be our water pipes. I stopped using hot water for cooking, and flushed the pipes by running hot water down the drain before filling her tub with some hot, some cold. Stuff like that. Basically, minimized her contact and consumption of hot water that had been sitting in our pipes for any length of time. Just fyi - your lead may vary.

I bought some tops and pants at Old Navy for Henry. Around the house I usually have him in a long sleeve tee, one of several butt-covering options, and some socks. My favorite socks are all wool ones, then cute Smartwool ones, then the Hanes ones which are actually pretty fantastic for how cheap they are. They were not in the baby section (at Target) but the boy section, they're the smallest Hanes crew socks available. Then if we're going somewhere I add an appropriate diaper or training pants and pants to the outfit.

I got him some glow in the dark pajamas with a skeleton on them and I'm going to put him in those for Halloween, hopefully he'll fit into them! They're size 12 months and I haven't tried them on him yet. Need to do that. I haven't thought much about Halloween yet this year. Weird because last year we were talking about what Delia was going to be for months and months. She's going to be a flower girl on her birthday, so that's the focus lately. Maybe she'll dress up as a flower girl for Halloween.

I think I see the whitish bump for his other bottom tooth. I hope it comes in fast. I hate teeth. Although they don't seem to be bothering Henry TOO badly. I just think it's really unfair that babies, while having to deal with everything else they deal with, have to grow teeth in on top! If it were up to me, teeth wouldn't come in until 3-4 when we could be much more communicative and helpful as far as the pain goes. Anyone for a petition?!
post #37 of 680
i've been keeping up with everyone's posts, but we're moving again this week : so for now i'm just subbing the new thread
post #38 of 680
Ok, well it's been ages since I've posted in this thread. Jonas is just about ready to move into a bigger carseat. He's a solid 20lbs. I told him he has to stop growing until it's consistently cold enough for him to wear winter things, because I'm not buying anymore summer clothes! He's pretty much out of 6-9 months stuff (with the exception of a few larger items), and is wearing 12 month clothing.

He is sitting up unassisted, rolls from tummy to back, and is sort of scooting around on his belly. Ok, well, he faceplants on the bed, then digs his toes in a scoots forward. Dh thinks he will be crawling soon.

must go, laundry and babe call.
post #39 of 680
[QUOTE=MommyTeesa;9330776]Tell me more about AA - the stuff looks cute and cheap ... I think I'll buy some, but why should I? QUOTE]

AA keeps their factorys here in America and offers good wages and health care to their workers.

We try to "give" our money to products that are at least making an effort. Some are obvious choices, Toms of Maine. Some one here mentioned it before but we love http://www.betterworldshopper.com

Anyone having problems with BO head . Hudson sleeps with his head shoved into my armpit all night. As a result his head stinks! I am not usally a sweater at night but his head gets to about 1000*
post #40 of 680
I got lost somewhere around thermoplastic, but I'm going to come back when Thomas isn't blaring in the background and see if I can figure out what the heck we're all talking about.

I feel like I've been gone too long.
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