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spughy, what do you do for really bad eczema for your DH? does my description sound like eczema to you? (i've never had it before...)

Q of C, that is REALLY interesting about the grapefruit thing! cause i have never eating grapefruit in my life til about two months ago, when this thing came up! and i've been eating grapefruit all the time these days. i'll stop and see if that helps. that would be crazy if that is it. thank you for sharing! i hope it works. as for face wash...i guess i could try cetaphil, though i doubt it's my face wash, as i had it for months before this showed up.

and teresa, i kind of hope your DH says something to, though know how delicate and awkward those situations can be...
post #202 of 250
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Originally Posted by barcelona View Post
Q of C, that is REALLY interesting about the grapefruit thing! cause i have never eating grapefruit in my life til about two months ago, when this thing came up! and i've been eating grapefruit all the time these days. i'll stop and see if that helps. that would be crazy if that is it. thank you for sharing! i hope it works. as for face wash...i guess i could try cetaphil, though i doubt it's my face wash, as i had it for months before this showed up.
Oh, how bizarre!!!
post #203 of 250
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spughy, what do you do for really bad eczema for your DH? does my description sound like eczema to you? (i've never had it before...)
I don't know... I think the grapefruit might be a more fitting explanation, especially if you've never had eczema before - it's usually a lifelong sort of thing, DH has had it since he was a baby. But what he puts on it, if it's really bad, is hydrocortisone. Which is not great long-term, as it thins the skin.
post #204 of 250
thanks everyone for the skin help! i'm stopping my grapefruit habit, and i'll let you know how that turns out. i did a bit of online research on grapefruit allergies, and it does look like it's feasible/possible that this is the cause. how wild!

off to finish some photo biz, and then take the boy-child out to play.

hope everyone has a delightful day!
post #205 of 250
I thought I had posted here but I guess I had just emailed the online birth announcement out. It's right here. Kinda redundant to retype that all out.

People either love his name or hate it. Dh and I love it. And that's all I'm going to care about now.

My mom hates it. And has decided to be all mean about it. I'm trying to process that right now and am sooo ticked off by her psychopathic manipulation. It was all I needed to the tip the scales and now I'm feeling anxious and incredibly sad and it's so so so stupid. I'm gonna have to call you soon Kavita, just gotta find the time.

We decided Nolan Bryce was too close to Norman Price (the kid who's always getting in trouble on Fireman Sam) and the boys would probably keep forgetting his name. Holden is the name of a major car company in NZ, and it being a place I'd like to live, we decided it wasn't a good idea to name him the equivalent of Cheverolet here in the States. plus the whole Holden in catcher in the rye thing..

Had my 8day pp visit today and he's gained 14 ounces overall. Lost three in the first day and is up 11 so weighs 9 lbs 4oz now. I'm trying so hard to savor every moment of his luscious newborness. Smelling his neck sends a tingling cascade of contentment through every cell of my body. Sigh. I think I need more baby sniff therapy right now....
post #206 of 250
I'm right there with the naming hassles People are stupid sometimes.
post #207 of 250
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Originally Posted by willemsmamma View Post
People either love his name or hate it. Dh and I love it. And that's all I'm going to care about now.

My mom hates it. And has decided to be all mean about it. I'm trying to process that right now and am sooo ticked off by her psychopathic manipulation. It was all I needed to the tip the scales and now I'm feeling anxious and incredibly sad and it's so so so stupid. I'm gonna have to call you soon Kavita, just gotta find the time.

We decided Nolan Bryce was too close to Norman Price (the kid who's always getting in trouble on Fireman Sam) and the boys would probably keep forgetting his name. Holden is the name of a major car company in NZ, and it being a place I'd like to live, we decided it wasn't a good idea to name him the equivalent of Cheverolet here in the States. plus the whole Holden in catcher in the rye thing..

Had my 8day pp visit today and he's gained 14 ounces overall. Lost three in the first day and is up 11 so weighs 9 lbs 4oz now. I'm trying so hard to savor every moment of his luscious newborness. Smelling his neck sends a tingling cascade of contentment through every cell of my body. Sigh. I think I need more baby sniff therapy right now....
i love his name! but i hear you on the name stuff.. my family all have strong ideas about my kids names. i think they like them now, but we all argued about what rue-bee's name would be. i finally named her what i wanted, but i think tim is still a bit miffed.

on baby sniffing...i still sniff rue everyday all day long . she still smells like a yummy baby to me and she is 2 months old now...i only bathe her once a week or so and just use water and a teeny bit of calendula baby wash (weleda stuff) so she really does just smell like herself, which is So mmmM. *sigh* but she is getting big so fast. i guess she isn't huge, she is still squeezing into most of her NB stuff but she is tall, like all of my kiddos.. tall and skinny. why didnt i get those genetics too? last time i weighed her he was 10 lbs 8oz with a shirt on...at 6 weeks old
post #208 of 250
People can be so ridiculously insensitive with something as personal as a baby's name. I remember when my sister decided to name her son Canyon, in 1994, in our very NOT crunchy family, and my mom and her sisters teased her that they would call him "Gorge." And you can imagine the flack I took from these same women at naming my child Woody. Monique, he's a lovely boy with a lovely name, and though I know you know this, his name will fit him perfectly as he grows and everyone else will simply have to adjust.

Regarding dh seeing his brother slap his nephew, if it were me, I would have made a comment, too, or would have had to have a conversation about it before leaving. We are in great contrast that way; it's an almost physical thing for me that I can't sit with conflict--I have to resolve it and resolve it quickly or I can't move on to anything else in my life. While he was shocked, he tends to sit with things until wisdom comes to him, then works things out from a very calm place.
post #209 of 250
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Originally Posted by barcelona View Post
thanks everyone for the skin help! i'm stopping my grapefruit habit, and i'll let you know how that turns out. i did a bit of online research on grapefruit allergies, and it does look like it's feasible/possible that this is the cause. how wild!

off to finish some photo biz, and then take the boy-child out to play.

hope everyone has a delightful day!
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with this--I tried looking this up but couldn't find what I was thinking of--I think what I had might have been something like a seborrheic keratosis--however it didn't look nearly as horrible as the photos I saw of them online so it didn't make sense to post it because it seemed like that probably wasn't it for you anyway.

The other thing I was going to suggest that you could see if a bit of hydrocortisone cream might work. Usually that stuff works pretty fast (within a day or two) if it's something easy that will respond to it IME. Of course I thought of this initially because I was wondering if it might be fungal or bacterial, and I had the idea of trying some APNO (all purpose nipple ointment, which has equal parts antibiotic cream, Monistat as an antifungal, and cortisone cream. But then it occured to me that this was probably not such a good idea after all because the bacterial or fungal thing is probably not that likely) but a little bit of cortisone might be helpful, even/especially if it is allergy related. Calendula is usually what I try first for skin stuff but can't say that I've had miraculous results with it either.

At this point I feel like I'm not qualified to advise anybody on anything these days!! I've been trying for months to deal with nipple pain, thinking that it was mostly thrush related, and trying everything from the natural methods to the hard-core systemic antifungals, and I finally caved and saw a doctor that I know who is very AP friendly and has a midwifery past of some sort and does births in a hospital and ob/gyn as a family practice doc. She listened to the whole ridiculous saga and looked at it and decided that we should try an antibiotic instead because it seems like it might actually be bacterial and lo and behold, it seems to be finally clearing up. Well, I am not perfect, at least I know that at some point I need to actually consult an outside professional when things aren't working on my own. It's really funny too because I'd made the appointment to get a pap smear and general exam too, and I ended up taking Ella with me and when she was checking the nipples out Ella was very interested and pretty much jumped me and latched on, so then when we did the pap smear I had this ginormous barnacle-girl attached to me and I ended up just hosting her up so she was laying across my chest, scooting down to the end of the table, and having the pap smear like that. It was weird, but it worked.

We are also right now in a really unpleasant and bad situation with the contractor who was building our fence, so please send some good vibes for a positive resolution for all parties! DH and I are both really unpleasantly sick, and Ella is being a little crazy because she's been stuck in the house with lethargic and unhappy parents the whole week. :: Harish has been going to work but not much else. On the other hand it's giving me the opportunity to really work on potty learning--I have decided that I'm just sick of putting it off for reasons that aren't really related directly to Ella, and that I'm tired of messing with diapers when I really think she can be more or less done with diapers already if we give her the opportunity.

Mama Fern--it's good to hear from you! Glad little Rue-Bee is doing well and still smelling her nice newborn smell! I still smell Ella sometimes!

HoneyTree--that sounds like an upsetting incident. I can relate to what you said about how your DH needs to process it differently than you do, I think I am a little more like him too, although I don't like to sit on things too long either.

Monique--hey, operators are standing by, waiting to take your call!

Q of C--it shocked me to read that you never tried grapefruit until you were in college! I don't know why but that seemed really amazing to me. Probably because when I was growing up, a half of a grapefruit with a little maraschino cherry in the center and a little sugar sprinkled on it was the standard prelude to dinner. And I remember my grandparents having oatmeal and grapefruit and coffee for breakfast. I guess to me it therefore seems really ordinary and like one of those things that everyone has eaten. Especially because my mom certainly didn't venture too far into the exotic in the food department. This kind of reminds me of when I lived in Costa Rica--mangos and papayas and passionfruit and guava are really common and you can get them on the street corner. But people really went crazy for apples, because they are rare and imported! And horses there eat bananas, like a horse here would get a carrot or an apple for a treat, which seemed really funny to me.

spughy--Ella is really into "where's this? where's that?" too. Only it's more about where stuff is in the house. And it's often accompanied with a very exaggerated shrugged shoulders/palms up gesture, which is really funny. Then sometimes she'll conclude with, "Maybe closet!" and run off to check and see where it is. Also, "What's this? What's that? Show me!!" She's not so into the street name thing, but she certainly recognizes just about every place she's ever been practically in her entire life even if she's only been there once. And heaven help us, she is fascinated with cutting stuff and always wants to cut her own food and gets mad if we don't give her a knife or if we try to cut something for her. We went to a party the past weekend and there were all kinds of kids running around playing and various types of chaos, and at some point DH found that she'd dragged a stool over to the counter where the food was laid out and was using a sharp knife to saw away at a loaf of Irish soda bread. Eeek! On a cuter and less scary note, last night DH gave her some new playdoh (still in the shape of the can and not all smushed up yet) and she very carefully used the little plastic playdoh knife to slice the log of playdoh into rounds, and then lined the rounds up very precisely all in a line on her section of kitchen counter where she does her playing. When DH and I asked her about what she was doing, she answered, "Making pizza!!!" She definitely is picking up on stuff!

Okay, one more cute brag before I sign off here--I sometimes say, "Good morning, sunshine!" to her, and sometimes tell her that she's my sunshine. And quite spontaneously she told me recently, "Yes! Ella's sunshine. And Mommy's a rainbow!" and now if i tell her "good morning sunshine", she smiles and answers "good morning, rainbow!" She is really the sweetest!
post #210 of 250
That's so cute about the sunshine and rainbow!

My parents don't like grapefruit, so we just never had it in the house. They also don't like lima beans or black-eyed peas, and I never tried those till college, either!

I'm in a very cranky mood at the moment. I won't go into details because I don't want to focus on it, but I'll leave it at: in my next life, I better darn well be the husband because its a much better deal, ime.
post #211 of 250
I was surprised at the not having grapefruit until college too! And me growing up in the wilds of northern Canada we had grapefruit all the time. Guavas, not so much. But... I've still never had black-eyed peas.

Love the "sunshine" and "rainbow" thing! That's adorable. Rowan unfortunately terms everything these days as "poopy!" I just loooove being "poopy mummy!" How long does poo humour last???

QofC, if it makes you feel any better, MY Dh definitely has the short end of the stick right now.

Fern, so good to hear from you!!!

Monique, Caedmon is growing on me... I liked the wikipedia article. My mom wasn't thrilled with Rowan as a name, but she likes it now. I hope your family gets over their silliness soon, you don't need that right now! .

Well, I finally cut my gym off for good. I went for one last workout and then cancelled my membership - although, because they have ridiculous policies on that sort of thing, I'm actually paid up until the end of April, so I might go some more. I will be sore tomorrow, because I pushed myself HARD, but it's good. I'm going to start a new blog about my exercise efforts without a gym, I'll post it when there's enough stuff to read and be useful.
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My grandmother passed away today. I am really feeling sad about it. My mom did end up going up to be with her, which I am really grateful for. She told me that my Grandma was so happy that she came - she told the nurses in her care facility, "my daughter is here!" So I'm glad my mom got it together. She was surrounded by all four of her children, several grandchildren (my brothers included) and her life-long friends. She passed away peacefully and had been given her last rites and said Amen, so, I am thankful for that.

I don't want to hijack the thread, but just wanted to share. If you pray, please just send thoughts of peace to my Grandma. Thanks.
post #213 of 250
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My grandmother passed away today. I am really feeling sad about it. My mom did end up going up to be with her, which I am really grateful for. She told me that my Grandma was so happy that she came - she told the nurses in her care facility, "my daughter is here!" So I'm glad my mom got it together. She was surrounded by all four of her children, several grandchildren (my brothers included) and her life-long friends. She passed away peacefully and had been given her last rites and said Amen, so, I am thankful for that.

I don't want to hijack the thread, but just wanted to share. If you pray, please just send thoughts of peace to my Grandma. Thanks.
amy, im sorry for you loss.
beloved grandma
post #214 of 250
Amy, I'm so sorry.
post #215 of 250
Amy. I am sorry for your loss. I am grateful her passing was peaceful. And I am sending peace to your beloved Grandma.
post #216 of 250
Amy, I'm sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I still miss my grandma terribly and she's been gone three years now.
post #217 of 250
Amy. I'm so glad you had such a strong woman in your life, and I'm sending you much love to get you through these difficult days ahead. Did your mum get there in time?
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Thread Starter 
Yes, she did. She spent a day and a half with my Grandma before she passed.

Thank you all for your thoughts.
post #219 of 250
Amy - I'll pray for your Grandma, your mom (I'm so glad she was able to be with your Grandma, for both their sakes, and for yours) your family, and for you, too. A peaceful passing, surrounded by loved ones, is such a comfort.
post #220 of 250
I'm sorry for your loss, Amy. It sounds like your grandma had a peaceful passing.
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