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Hi all, been busy this past month, but I am going to try to visit here more often again, since I really do enjoy this group. Desmond still isn't sleeping through the night, we're still on the waking every 2 hour schedule, sigh. Not much else happening here, he is taking independent steps occasionally, but he is still in the stage of thinking he needs to hold on even when he doesn't.
Good to see you! I've been sort of MIA too. Just so dang busy. I hardly ever have a chance to sit down at the computer....and when I do, it's because I need to keep up with my food journal and figure out my weight watchers points. :

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I started to feed it to her and she grabbed the spoon out of my hand. So, I would just give her another spoonful and right into her mouth it went. :
hee hee - this is what Scout does too. She has grabbed the spoon out of my hand to feed herself ever since we started her on solids. I guess that's why I've never felt too horrible about feeding her purees - I'm not putting the spoon to her mouth, so she doesn't keep eating when she's full. When she's done, she just stops yanking the spoon out of my hand. She has been eating lots of finger foods lately, in addition to purees. Whole peas, cut-up whole wheat rotini noodles, canned pears (in juice, not syrup), avocado slices, little pieces of meat, and of course her beloved puffed brown rice.

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I have noticed, though, that although she does self feed, if I give it to her on a spoon she loves it so much more. Lazy thing! She loves soups and applesauce and yogurt- easy down, sweet and tasty!
yup - Scout too. I thought about cutting out purees because she does great at finger foods, but she just loves her purees and - I'd feel guilty for taking them away.

Scout has a total of 6 teeth now. 4 on top, 2 on bottom. I JUST noticed that the 2 side top teeth (are they called "eye teeth"?) came in. She was soooooooo fussy a couple nights ago - inconsolable, and was nursing all weird. Her latch was wonky and she kept trying to stick her fingers in her mouth. When I saw those 2 new chompers yesterday, it all made sense.
post #42 of 717
I'm pretty sure Scout said "Mama" (intentionally) the other day for the first time. I left her home w/ DH when I went to my WW meeting and to the store. When I walked through the door, I walked straight into the kitchen because I had some groceries to put down. She crawled as fast as she could, chasing me, and yelled "Mama" really loud. I can't wait 'til she says it again. She has said mama plenty of times before, but this was the first time she said it with purpose and in the right context. I love it!
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Re: homeschooling - we've been homeschooling since my ds was 8 (he's 12 now) and I find this time of year to be really overwhelming and I'm pretty unmotivated to do very much. So we take it slow for a couple of months and then start working a little harder once it looks like spring. We don't follow a very strict schedule at the best of times (we go with a mostly kid-led learning approach) but we do like to do a bit of sit down work when I'm feeling less like hibernating. HSing is great and if you are thinking about it, don't be intimidated into thinking that you aren't capable of doing it...
that's really good to hear b/c it's how i feel when i think about hsing. i do worry if i'm capable or not.
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Originally Posted by kewpie-o View Post
I'm pretty sure Scout said "Mama" (intentionally) the other day for the first time. I left her home w/ DH when I went to my WW meeting and to the store. When I walked through the door, I walked straight into the kitchen because I had some groceries to put down. She crawled as fast as she could, chasing me, and yelled "Mama" really loud. I can't wait 'til she says it again. She has said mama plenty of times before, but this was the first time she said it with purpose and in the right context. I love it!
post #45 of 717
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Originally Posted by jocelyndale View Post
Ronan's working on his upper teeth (3-4, by the looks of it). And his favorite time to bite? :2bfbabe: And he finds it hilarious.

I had to walk into the office, drop him in DH's lap and say, "five minutes." I put together a casserole and tried to decide if putting a bag of frozen peas in my bra would be a bad idea. I decided against it, figuring that if I numb myself, I won't notice he's biting until he gets a chunk.
ooh mama--that's sad and funny. zenon also bites and has made a game of it...and also finds it hilarious. i've actually become nervous to nurse at times.

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I've been off DS lately, it does cause one to frenzy. The gms look nice, but I could never justify the cost. I hear ya, queen, on the fit, it's tough with pfs sometimes. BTW, Scarlet is soooo hard to diaper lately, so squirmy! Sometimes she gets a little pinched just because I can't keep her still, so I'm reaching around to close the darn covers!

The local librairans (that doesn't look right) are trying to get us to come to "lapsit" baby time, whatever you want to call it, but I'm afraid she wouldn't stay in my lap, she is on the move!
zenon too!! (squirming diapering) i end up "bribing" him by letting him play with things he normally can't--like the phone or some of kaylo's toys that he doesn't like to share.
post #46 of 717
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eeeeeeeEEEEEEE! I didn't even realize it was time for a new thread
Ha! I was still checking the old thread...if it weren't for our ddc, I'd never know what month it is!
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post

Hanno- I heard someone say Evangeline with a soft E the other day and now I know. I didn't really know you could say it like that. It sounded nice, more breathy. I might not stress the 'eee' so much anymore.
A
I was always saying it with a soft E as well, but I know a couple of Ava's. I actually like it with a hard E, just because it's a bit different. But let me know what you decide, so I have it right when I'm reading your posts,

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Originally Posted by ShyDaisi View Post
What dipes do you use? Our boys are similar in stature...I was thinking about Ion the other day and wondering what you put him in. -- Especially for only $6 per dipe.



How much are you/were you selling the sandys for? I have been looking for a few smalls to supplement our stash -- the med thirsties are still a little big, and I am still working on the pfs. BTW, thanks for yor comments on that....I tried doing a new fold today and it seemed to work a little better. I laid it under him folded down the back to make the back wings, twisted it where it goes between his legs, and then spread that out across his front...It seemed like it might leak when I read someone elses post about it, but it didn't
Here is a thread about folding prefolds that I found pretty helpful. I still use the newspaper fold with snappis.....

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Originally Posted by krismarie View Post
ooh mama--that's sad and funny. zenon also bites and has made a game of it...and also finds it hilarious. i've actually become nervous to nurse at times.



zenon too!! (squirming diapering) i end up "bribing" him by letting him play with things he normally can't--like the phone or some of kaylo's toys that he doesn't like to share.
: to all of this! Arlo has started biting me in the night when I try to nurse him and then cries if I don't! But whatev, I'm not a chew toy!:

As for food, pretty much anything goes as long as it's reletively healthy and not nuts, although, he mooches food of off Finn and I'm pretty sure he got his hands on his granola bar the other day, so : what can you do? Finn loves to give him food. He was giving him rice dream ice cream yesterday and of course Arlo went crazy when I wouln't let him have anymore. Our little ones are starting to show some independence I think!

A
post #47 of 717
Thanks for the new thread! OK, we're already on our 3rd page! I need to do some serious reading! I've been having trouble getting on this site from work so I haven't been able to read while pumping.

I'm excited that it is the weekend. It's going to be busy, but so far it has been fun. I had time to play with Claire this morning with her ponies. E and I had some breakfast together. I really should shower before Sophia gets up, but I wanted to check in with all of you first.

I'm so cautious with letting Sophia eat much. I'm sure about the egg allergy, but since that is one most kids grow out of I'm just hoping that pure avoidance will work. I think she doesn't do well with mango either, but that is easy to avoid as well. She's not one of those kids that eats everything you hand them. She discovered cheerios and likes those. I also gave her carrots from the homemade vegetable soup and she liked that. I'd like to make it again and let her try more things out of it. Otherwise, it is many purees. She doesn't like chopped up noodles yet.
post #48 of 717
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Originally Posted by MaxiMom View Post

Max turns 4 this month, can't believe it.
Maddie turns 7 this month!!!! I feel old. I'll be 33.
post #49 of 717
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Originally Posted by LilMomma83 View Post

Here's my question......what's everyone doing for V-day????
Celebrating!


I have dinner reservations at a nice place. We'll get dressed up and go out for dinner. We're going late so that Sophia will be in bed. We have a new sitter so I want it to go well for her. She'll only have to get the other 3 in bed and I'm going to have them in pj's. My older sister used to babysit her and now she is a junior in high school!


DH has a surprise for me for my birthday. Since it is so hard to find a sitter for Valentine's Day we're going to do it the following week. I have no idea what it is. I don't think it is a repeat of what we did for his, but I'm OK if it is.

Here's some good news: for a fundrasier for a co-worker with cancer they had a raffle and I won a week's stay at a cabin at a local lake. The girls have only been to a lake once and that was 2 years ago. Claire has never staid overnight anywhere. The older 2 have only been overnight 2 nights in a row and that was pre-claire. It should be interesting. It has a kitchen so we'll be able to cook. I have to check to see if it has a grill which would be nice. It's not on the water which I think is a good thing since the girls are little. If they don't sleep I'm sending them all home with DH and I'm coming back with my scrapbooking stuff to work on all week! I'm not sure when we'll go. I'm checking on dates. It should be an adventure to say the least.
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So, how about waking every 20 minutes? Well, only until, say, 4 when we got a full hour, hour and a half or so.
I'm so ready to quit this job right now!
post #51 of 717
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
So, how about waking every 20 minutes? Well, only until, say, 4 when we got a full hour, hour and a half or so.
I'm so ready to quit this job right now!

That is crazy!! Do you think teeth? Or growth spurt?


I've been hating to say anything because I don't want to jinx her, but since she finally got over her cold, Sophia has been sleeping great. Sometimes she wakes around 2 and wants to eat, but goes right back to sleep. Maybe I'm a bit naughty, but I set my alarm for 2:30 when I go feed her and then afterwards pump the other side. I'm trying to exercise in the morning so I don't want her to wake up during that time. And they are full enough by morning even with pumping at 2:30/3am that it is hard enough to control the bouncing. I wish the body counted extra calories for how much effort those boobs go to with all that movement.

I need to get rid of this weight so I can not be as mortified this summer while at the lake.
post #52 of 717
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
So, how about waking every 20 minutes? Well, only until, say, 4 when we got a full hour, hour and a half or so.
I'm so ready to quit this job right now!
OH no! I hope that the sleeplessness is at it's peak and soon our babes will be sleeping 4 hour stretches at a time...(imagine thinking 4 hours is a "stretch"!)

Trent has been working (clearing snow) since 3:30am on the 1st (I'm not kidding) so I was alone with the kids the last two nights and even Finn was waking. I'm trying to get the muster to go outside and play in the snow (we've got tonnes of it today!!) but I'm just so sleepy. All I want to do is sit and watch a chick flick and knit by myself!

A
post #53 of 717
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Originally Posted by UltimateSerj View Post
i was trying to sell my smalls on ds but i only got rid of a few no one wanted my sandys.. i don't know what to do with them now!
I saw a post on my local freecycle about a woman wanting cloth dipes for her friend so I gave her all of my sandy's and some other diapers I didn't exactly like. I'm keeping all of the smalls I like for the next one.

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Originally Posted by krismarie View Post
ooh mama--that's sad and funny. zenon also bites and has made a game of it...and also finds it hilarious. I've actually become nervous to nurse at times.
I'm so glad it isn't just me! I've even thought of weaning since I have to supplement during the week. There are some times I know she will bite, and then there are the "surprises" finally, there are her nails. Even when they are cut, she can still pinch in a way that hurts more than the biting sometimes! One day when I was sick she bit/pinched me and I screamed so loud I scared myself and started crying. I blame the illness
post #54 of 717
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Originally Posted by MaxiMom View Post
Your home and family are gorgeous! My project for the week is to make my own version of the footprints in the snow. It's a really wonderful picture.
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She looks like such a sweet and thoughtful person. So pretty!
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Just stopped by to share some pics...

Little troublemaker
Help me!
Soooo close!
My first prefold attempt... suggestions welcome...
Just pitiful...
Just laughable...
First pair of babylegs and Thirsties
Just showing off!

As you can see, we tried our first cloth diapers this week with moderate success. I think I might order some smaller prefolds or some flats though -- the ones we have just seem so bulky! It's weird watching him relearn to sit and crawl and stand with the extra padding on his butt!
Our boys do have similar body types (and goofy smiles!). Must have been the day I don't worry too much anymore about getting the prefolds perfect when I use them and many covers have a little pocket so you don't really need to use a snappi unless you want extra snugness. When Ion was little and so cooperative I would try out different folds and bikini twist and getting the front and back perfect, but now if I can slap something on him while he's running away, it's great.
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Originally Posted by krismarie View Post
ooh, too bad about the bdays! if it is water--is she supposed to go in then?? i hope it's not then or that she has a chill midwife who is her midwife, btw? my pg friend in holland uses someone from down kalamazoo way.
she sounds like a great mom already
She's an awesome mom already. It's been so interesting to watch her and her partner grow from crazy teens to responsible, loving and conscientious parents in the past few years. They use birth song midwifery and are super happy with her so far. I'm looking for well-woman care to prepare for my next conception so hopefully I can use her as a resource since my last midwives are clearly not a good match. I really want to have the next baby outdoors and my mother in law has some amazing very private property in Ohio, so that's a possibility too if we can find a midwife there or educate ourselves enough to confidently UC.--sorry for blabbering

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posted new pics on blog. (my homepage link)
goodness your family is beautiful too! are all DDCs as awesome as ours? I think probably not.
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
awww, I just realized Chad and Eva are sleeping. You know, the past 2 nights he's been the one to finally quiet her. Wed night she was sitting in our bed, crying and not settling and he rolled over, hugged he under his arm and said, 'here I am' and she fell right to sleep. (5 am) Last night too- at 4:30 when I'd had it he put her on his chest and she calmed down and slept till 7.
sweet! If nursing Ion down isn't successful then Kamrin dances and sings him to sleep, but he's never got it as easy as Chad! Last month our family had to switch suddenly from nights to days due to Kam's job so we've had to be pretty rigid about bedtimes to try to reset everyone's circadian rhythm. Everybody has to be in bed by 10:00 pm to at least try to sleep. It's been working out okay and we're almost all flipped.
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
Hanno- I heard someone say Evangeline with a soft E the other day and now I know. I didn't really know you could say it like that. It sounded nice, more breathy. I might not stress the 'eee' so much anymore.
A
I like it both ways. I had a friend whose short form of her name was Eve, like Ever and not Eve, like Adam's wife Maybe it's a Franco thing?

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Originally Posted by ShyDaisi View Post
What dipes do you use? Our boys are similar in stature...I was thinking about Ion the other day and wondering what you put him in. -- Especially for only $6 per dipe.
We use primary Kushies and we've had no problems with leaks or fit and they're fast. Problem is, Ion can take them off himself so if it's a time when we'd prefer a diapered baby, we have to put pants on him.
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Originally Posted by kewpie-o View Post
I'm pretty sure Scout said "Mama" (intentionally) the other day for the first time. I left her home w/ DH when I went to my WW meeting and to the store. When I walked through the door, I walked straight into the kitchen because I had some groceries to put down. She crawled as fast as she could, chasing me, and yelled "Mama" really loud. I can't wait 'til she says it again. She has said mama plenty of times before, but this was the first time she said it with purpose and in the right context. I love it!
Awwww!!!! <3 !
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
So, how about waking every 20 minutes? Well, only until, say, 4 when we got a full hour, hour and a half or so.
I'm so ready to quit this job right now!
I hope things gets better for you soon!


Solids- Ion was eating tons of solids since 6 months and now has dropped off to just nibbles here and there and increased nursing--the opposite of what that nurse practitioner said to do for weight gain. I have no idea how to force a child to eat or how to explain to him that he can't have 'NayNay', so I just do what he wants and hope for the best. When he was eating a lot, it was mostly carby foods like potatoes, crackers and bread and now that he's eating less, it's high protein stuff like tempeh, beans and seitan . The increased nursing has meant I've had nothing to pump so I sent off what may be the last 200 oz of donated milk I'm just so sad to not be helping that other family anymore, but grateful that I was able to at all.

Sleep has been pretty okay. We all sleep through from 10pm-6am and then nurses alternately the next 2-3 hours. The trick is that I have to stay in bed too or he'll wake up. And he knows because he keeps one leg over my belly to keep track of my every move. If I don't move, he doesn't 'need' to night nurse and I can lay on my back, but if I try to sneak out then he is suddenly desperately hungry and needs to be latched for an hour with me stuck on my side. I call it my punishment for trying to leave. The same thing goes for naps. If I hold him the whole time (he's sleeping on my lap like a cat right now) I can get him to nap for over an hour but if I put him down, the nap will last 15 minutes tops. Maybe it's a good thing he's not huge.
Ion also seems to have misunderstood the term 'attachment parenting'. He doesn't get that it simply means being in tune and aware of each other and thinks it means that we actually must be superglued at all times. He has the aforementioned night trick and the nap trick and when on my hip he hooks his right arm over my left arm and holds tight if I try to put him down when he doesn't want to or if someone else tries to take him. The only way he can be with someone else is if I cannot be heard, seen or even smelled.
It seems as though my little niece or nephew is staying put for the time being but we haven't moved back to our house because it's such a pain to pack up all our stuff and baby and cats and dog only to have to come back when the baby finally decides to make an appearance. So we stay at the inlaws where we used to live. My mother in law is pretty batty and Ion is having a difficult time getting used to her because she's really loud and hyper and that's just not his thing. He's getting it though and trusting her more and more. We've been working on the new baby's quilt and that's pretty fun.
Here's a question. I know it's not anything like biting, but have any of you had experience with groping? Ion really likes to gently stoke me, and my other breast while nursing and I don't know how to gently discourage this. I don't mind him loving on my arm or belly, but.....
oh and he's found a new favourite musician in Paulo Conte
here are a few pics:
first and only nursing pic, from x-mas (those bruises? Ion biting me!)
grandpa, uncle, dad and baby
sleeping on dad
with gramma yesterday


how's that for a post?
post #55 of 717
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Originally Posted by hanno View Post
I really want to have the next baby outdoors and my mother in law has some amazing very private property in Ohio, so that's a possibility too if we can find a midwife there or educate ourselves enough to confidently UC.--sorry for blabbering

Here's a question. I know it's not anything like biting, but have any of you had experience with groping? Ion really likes to gently stoke me, and my other breast while nursing and I don't know how to gently discourage this. I don't mind him loving on my arm or belly, but.....
i love the pictures!! that nursing one is GREAT! (i : your socks...i have some too )

having a babe outdoors---that always sounds so beautiful but i don't know if i could get comfy. i hope that it can work out for you to birth outside next time

kaylo was a stroker...i think it was hard to stop him but as he got older i could tell him nicely to rub my tummy or my arm instead of my other breast/nipple.

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Originally Posted by arismomkoofie View Post
I'm so glad it isn't just me! I've even thought of weaning since I have to supplement during the week. There are some times I know she will bite, and then there are the "surprises" finally, there are her nails. Even when they are cut, she can still pinch in a way that hurts more than the biting sometimes! One day when I was sick she bit/pinched me and I screamed so loud I scared myself and started crying. I blame the illness
oh yes the nails! if he isn't biting me, he is pinching my nipples. youch. you'd think a scream would scare them from doing it more--i think it stopped kaylo. i definately have screamed out of surprise/pain too.

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Originally Posted by finn'smama View Post
OH no! I hope that the sleeplessness is at it's peak and soon our babes will be sleeping 4 hour stretches at a time...(imagine thinking 4 hours is a "stretch"!)

Trent has been working (clearing snow) since 3:30am on the 1st (I'm not kidding) so I was alone with the kids the last two nights and even Finn was waking. I'm trying to get the muster to go outside and play in the snow (we've got tonnes of it today!!) but I'm just so sleepy. All I want to do is sit and watch a chick flick and knit by myself!

A
oh mama--that's a long stretch to be alone with the boys.

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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
So, how about waking every 20 minutes? Well, only until, say, 4 when we got a full hour, hour and a half or so.
I'm so ready to quit this job right now!
that's so rough!
post #56 of 717
Abba-D (Abby's nickname) is big into pinching one nipple while nursing the other... owwwwww. the only thing that helps is to cover it.
post #57 of 717
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Originally Posted by arismomkoofie View Post
I saw a post on my local freecycle about a woman wanting cloth dipes for her friend so I gave her all of my sandy's and some other diapers I didn't exactly like. I'm keeping all of the smalls I like for the next one.
yeah i don't want to give them away cause i just got bought them in july, and i don't need to keep them cause we are done with babies so hopefully i can sell them!! i am on a snap ez kick right now i have ONE and love it and wish i could get more but need to sell sandys to buy them lol
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Desmond actually slept longer then 2 hours last night! He slept 2 and a half hours . I think we had a 4 hour stretch in there too since I don't remember feeding him from 4am till 8:30am, though my brain could just be forgetting a feeding. That being said I got a nice stretch of sleep all alone in bed, it was so nice. DH took Desmond down when both of them woke at 8:30am and I had the bed to myself till I woke up (at 12:30, I was up till 3am though so it isn't quite as bad as it sounds). It was so nice.

In other news he is really grumpy today, but we think he's teething again, so I'm expecting that 8th tooth any time now, maybe more. Oh and climbing babies are scary.
post #59 of 717
Abba-D (Abby's nickname) is big into pinching one nipple while nursing the other... owwwwww. the only thing that helps is to cover it.
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Originally Posted by Queen of my Castle View Post
So, how about waking every 20 minutes? Well, only until, say, 4 when we got a full hour, hour and a half or so.
I'm so ready to quit this job right now!

It's hard top keep the "they are sick" in perspective when we're sleep deprived. Ugh.


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Originally Posted by finn'smama View Post
OH no! I hope that the sleeplessness is at it's peak and soon our babes will be sleeping 4 hour stretches at a time...(imagine thinking 4 hours is a "stretch"!)

Trent has been working (clearing snow) since 3:30am on the 1st (I'm not kidding) so I was alone with the kids the last two nights and even Finn was waking. I'm trying to get the muster to go outside and play in the snow (we've got tonnes of it today!!) but I'm just so sleepy. All I want to do is sit and watch a chick flick and knit by myself!
4 hours sounds like a dream... A beautiful dream. I'd love to watch a chick flick and knit with ya! Let the men handle the babes :
Liam has been sleeping better since his nose isn't as stuffy, cause a few days ago he'd wake up every 5 minutes crying that his nose was stuffy. I had to threaten with the "poushpoush" aka Salinex to get the boy to go back to sleep.
: here's to tonight being the 4 hours stretch :
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