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post #21 of 379
Hello all! I'm jumping in after being too damn busy to do anything lately. (other than change diapers and fetch snacks for a busy 3 year old)

I love seeing all the pictures of everyone's babes. It seems like everyone's baby has more hair than mine!

At about 11 weeks things have really started mellowing out here. Ephraim is a sweet but intense baby. It's all or nothing with him. It's either all out smiles or all out cries. But what did I expect, I'm the exact same way!

And after having a petite daughter I am celebrating having a baby with rolls. Although it makes diaper changes more of a challenge....

Here's a recent pic of
Ephraim.


And piercings, ouch! I have 2 tattoos and that is enough for me. I can't imagine letting someone stick a needle through my all ready over used and abused nipples. I'm not nearly that tough!
post #22 of 379
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I feel very strongly that all my parts have a purpose even if science hasn't discovered what that purpose is. I'm surprised that people don't see why I want so badly to keep my whole body intact!
Believe me, I know what it feels like. I struggled for 8 years with my gall bladder. I ate pain killers four times a day for a year because I wanted to keep my parts. Eventually I just couldn't take it anymore. I was gonna be so strung out on pain killers, they'd eventually kill me or I was gonna waste away because I wouldn't eat... it hurt that bad. Mine wasn't stones, it was that my gall bladder actually QUIT working. Nothing. I really didn't have much choice if I wanted to live or have any sort of quality of my life.
Maybe if you have stones, get the stones lasered/destroyed? Perhaps it would save your gallbladder? I don't know much about the different conditions or treatments. I just know I wouldn't wish gall bladder problems on anyone. Perhaps if you DO have to get it out someday, you can come to terms with it by having them give it back to you afterwards? This is most definitely possible if you insist it is for religious disposal. Perhaps plant it? Hell, keep it in a jar or dry it and consume it. It would at least be YOURS. Honest, I know what you mean. I can't stand to part with anything... hair cuts included... I always have the stylist sweep it up and give it to me in a bag, so I can dispose of it myself. I usually compost it or put it out for the birds to build nests out of.
When the hospital threw away my placenta... well... I don't think I will EVER come to terms with that. I honestly feel like there is a giant hole in my being.
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post #23 of 379
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I think tattoos are so sexy!
me too! I only have one tho. so far. I definitely want one for jackson. i an not sure what yet. I got a tree of life symbol on my lower back which I love ( not the usual one it is not so "tree" looking more of a celtic knot design with flowers) I got it the summer I got serious about making jewelry... it represents for me strength and beauty and my earthy taurus nature. I might do something related to aquarius for Jackson.

I think that phoenix sounds gorgeous!
post #24 of 379
Hi, can i get in on this thread? there are some cute babies here!

DS, Connor was born Feb. 6th so he'll be 3 months old this week.

he nurses really well (like others have mentioned- by this we can take it to mean ALL THE TIME! lol) and is putting on weight like a madman (8oz in the past 7 days!)

I'm really enjoying mat. leave home with him and we're keeping busy, going to a mom & baby yoga class once a week and a BF group on Fridays...

I'm lookign forward to chatting with you all!

Oh, and here is DS, although this pic is a little old already, this was around 2 months
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_2878-1.jpg

and this was us last weekend
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_2934-1.jpg
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post #26 of 379
Oh, Grace is gorgeous! How's the amber teething necklace working? I'm thinking it might be about time to get one for Terran depending on whether my housing crisis blows up in my face or blows over (it's blowing one way or the other as I type).

Here's my most recent favourite pic or my most favourite recent pic of my squishy sweetie:

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...8_04280120.jpg

I actually suceeded in getting him on my back in the Ergo for a few minutes today, which he HATED, but it tired him out enough that I was able to scrub four month old stale spilled kitty litter off the bathroom floor while he slept in his beloved pouch sling.

Welcome Here, slf; I love Connor's smile! What a charmer!

Rynna, my dd had her nipples pierced for her eighteenth birthday and of course I freaked, but a quick web search revealed that it won't affect their functionality when my dgc are born and she seems to have had a surprisingly easy time with them, considering that she always has a bit more trouble with piercings in general than I do. It's not something I'd personally want to do, but it might be a nice way to celebrate having your body to yourself anfd your unique, special relationship with Bear.

I want that hat too.

My tattoo isn't finished. I had to time it around 2ww's for my own peace of mind, even though the piercing/tattoo place made it pretty clear that they think it would have been safe and I just needed to sign the paper saying I wasn't pregnant for insurance purposes. I'm going to wait on that and donating blood until Terran is on solids because it MIGHT cause a supply dip and the chubster loves to nurse so much that I don't want to put him through the trauma of that even though I doubt if it would put his health at risk.

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post #27 of 379
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Oh, Grace is gorgeous! How's the amber teething necklace working? I'm thinking it might be about time to get one for Terran depending on whether my housing crisis blows up in my face or blows over (it's blowing one way or the other as I type).

Here's my most recent favourite pic or my most favourite recent pic of my squishy sweetie:

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...8_04280120.jpg
Oh my gosh his cheeks are so squishy and beautiful! He's just got the greatest happy little face!!!!!

Gracie's necklace is working awesome for her! She has had it since probably around . .. . . . . . .. . . . . .5weeks??? It's been a long time! She has some pretty serious reflux and the only time I noticed her being uncomfortable from it was just recently when I had taken it off her and forgotten to put it back on(cleaning spit-up off it!). So I am a true believer. My favorite necklace though has gotta be this one on Sara. It's from Inspired by Finn on hyenacart. She's an awesome wahm and the prices are really reasonable from what I can see shopping around. Sara's had hers on for the last year straight and she's 3 so no more teething but I like the look and so does she so I'm not about to take it off!
post #28 of 379
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My tattoo isn't finished. I had to time it around 2ww's for my own peace of mind, even though the piercing/tattoo place made it pretty clear that they think it would have been safe and I just needed to sign the paper saying I wasn't pregnant for insurance purposes. I'm going to wait on that and donating blood until Terran is on solids because it MIGHT cause a supply dip and the chubster loves to nurse so much that I don't want to put him through the trauma of that even though I doubt if it would put his health at risk.

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so did you determine it's safe to get a tattoo while nursing? I want to get 3 teeny ones, one for each girl but I wasn't sure that it was safe while nursing. Not that she would let me leave her for that long right now anyway, but since I plan on nursing at least until her second birthday I was checking! I miss nursing Sara. She weaned at 22months and while I was ready for it to be over, I mourned it a while. It was awkward and uncomfy and sometimes really annoying but I was sad when she was done. Grace is my last baby so I hope she nurses until college!

oh and has anyone donated milk? I have a bunch of milk in the freezer from our preemie days and would love to donate but I'm not sure how to go about it. I can't afford a lot in shipping but Grace won't take a bottle so it's unlikely she'll use the milk and she IS 4 months old now so I need to do something with this milk. It's just such a gorgeous buttery yellow color and I know some little one will really benefit from it.
post #29 of 379
what's a teething neclace?
post #30 of 379
I echo the question - I've been wondering about the amber part and the teething necklace part, both!
post #31 of 379
Hello Mamas!
I've been totally remiss in reading and keeping up. The fam and I went up to visit our families and show off Trixie, it was 2 long weeks. I loved being home but I missed being in our house with everything that was familar, but I loved everyone cooing over my baby. I did walk away with harsh MIL issues, like her telling me I can't hold my baby at the baby shower. But my little baby came to my defense and freaked out and would only be consoled by me. (not that I was happy about her being unhappy, but it nailed my point home, I am her Mama and she needs me!)
I love the talk about piercing and tattooing. I wanted to pierce my nipples for the longest time, but not so much now, I abuse them enough with the pumping! I do want a tattoo for Trixie. I'm thinking the mother celtic knot, I have a tree of life (a lovely abstract celtic knotty one) and a mother one would go well with it. And I'm one to get tattoos to commemorate something.
Regarding my nursing is anyone is following that saga. When I was in Canada I had a prescription filled for domperidone and was able to convince the pharmacist to give me 3 months worth, it's working a little, but not enough to make a difference for Trixie. Right now I'm really working to connect severed ducts in hopes that it will benefit her now, or perhaps future children.

I love the pictures of all of the babies! I'll post some recent ones of Trixie as soon as I can.
post #32 of 379
Hi mamas! I missed our last thread but I'm glad I found this one! It's so great to hear how everyone is doing and see pics of the adorable little ones!

Welcome slf- I agree your little guy is a charmer for sure!

to all of you mamas who have had nursing and other health challenges to overcome and to those of you who have high needs babies. I feel for ya since ds1 was SUPER high needs.

applecore- I had severe gallbladder issues at the beginning of this pregnancy and I was able to resolve them with the help of my naturopath. I definately recommend seeing a naturopath if you haven't already.

Grant, however, is sooooo easy. He is just an angel. I prayed really hard that I would get a mellow baby this time around and I got that prayer answered! He eats about every 3 hours during the day and NEVER cries unless he's hungry or really wet. He sleeps from 9:30 at night to 4:30 in the morning and then wakes to nurse and back to sleep until 7:00. He's about 18 pounds now and 26 inches long. Outgrew the infant carseat and into the big boy one (still rear facing of course).

A couple pics:

Mellow Man

Me and the chubbles
post #33 of 379
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mmmmm... tattoos. now i'm interested. anyone thinking of getting tattoos to commemorate their lo's?
I am planning on getting 3 stars or 3 cherry blossoms!

Nos he is beautiful! His skin is so nice!! Are you putting some kind of oil on it?

All the other babies are soooo sweet!

Anyone beside me loosing tons of hair? I am loosing tons:

slf welcome!!

Here is a recent pic of Ash and her big brother
post #34 of 379
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what's a teething neclace?
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I echo the question - I've been wondering about the amber part and the teething necklace part, both!

copied and pasted from Inspired by Finn
As you know, these amber teething necklaces and bracelets are made to wear but not to chew!

Amber is a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and is a naturaland traditional European remedy for teething discomfort. When amber is worn on the skin, the warmth of the skin releases trace amounts of healing oils on the skin, helping babies and young children stay calmer and more relaxed through teething. Amber is also recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties and benefits to the skin (helps diaper rash too!)

Our necklaces and bracelets are handcrafted with amber beads imported from the Baltic Region. They are made of authentic Baltic amber, the most esteemed type of amber in the world. All necklaces & bracelets are made with round(ish) beads, not chips. The translucency of amber depends on the amount of air bubbles contained within a piece of amber and their distribution. Some believe the color is related to the type of tree source. To the best of our knowledge one 'color' amber is not any more effective than another in soothing teething discomfort.

Infants/toddlers/children should be supervised while wearing the jewelry, and the jewelry should be removed from the child's neck when he/she goes to sleep.

The string the nuggets are strung on is designed to stretch when a good amount of pressure is applied, and break if necessary. Each piece of amber is individually double-knotted on the strand. The necklace fastens with a screw clasp.

Clean with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. Avoid detergents and cleansers when possible as these substances over time will leave a residue on the amber that inhibits it's ability to release its healing properties into the skin.

Please be sure and measure for the length you need. Some babies outgrow a size Small by 4 months - yet other children wear a Small well past their first birthday!
post #35 of 379
all that said, my girls BOTH wear them to bed without problems. As those of you with older children know, most teething pain occurs at night and disrupts sleep. So why take it off then? My kids just wear them under their shirts. But she also sells bracelets that tehy can wear at the wrist or ankle if you are nervous. Some moms hide them under babylegs at night for added insurance that it won't be a choking hazard. Also I believe she still sells shirts with amber beads sewn right into the neckline if you prefer that. If you have any questions I'm sure she'd be more than happy to help. I've ordered from her three times(daddy kept losing our necklaces!) and had excellent customer service and fast shipping all 3. Can't say enough good things!
post #36 of 379
I need to get an amber necklace for Twyla. Marley wore hers for three years and never took it off. I even bathed her with it on. It finally broke about a month ago. She got so many comments on it.
post #37 of 379
wow, i've never heard of that... very cool!
post #38 of 379
Howdy ladies

I totally couldn't keep up last month, but I'll try this time around!!

Steven is doing great. Nursing and gaining just fine

Here are a few Pics:

Steven

Steven and Austin

Steven and Cousin Lily

My little sister had her daughter on April 24. She was a few weeks early, but she's doing great. She's absolutely gorgeous They're gonna be best friends

Austin just turned 2 yesterday I can hardly believe it!

I'm trying to lose weight (which I'm already doing w/o trying) and eat better, but I crave all the bad stuff. And whats worse is if I cant find something I want to eat, I don't eat at all. Hopefully I'll get this all worked out!
post #39 of 379
Yep, me too. I'm slimmer than I was at my fattest, but the wii fit is killing me- it nags you if you don't weigh in every day
What's worse than being fat and having no chocolate in the house? Being fat, having no chocolate in the house and GETTING YOUR BLOODY PERIOD BACK AT 3 MONTHS 3 DAYS POSTPARTUM!!!! Universe, why do you hate me? I had years of screwy cycles TTC and the rest, couldn't you just give me a couple of years of lactational amenorrhea? Please?

Rant over. I'm going to go send my lovely husband for a walk through Chav city and ASBO town to buy me chocolate.
post #40 of 379
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Nos he is beautiful! His skin is so nice!! Are you putting some kind of oil on it?
Nope. That's just the way he came out! Isn't he beautiful? I found myself searching for "a certain shade of brown" among fabric swatches once without even realizing that my new favourite colour is "Terran-coloured". One of my first lessons in this new adventure of being the caucasian mother of a biracial child has been that I although it seems to shock people when I bring up how aesthetically pleasing I find my child's appearance, it is okay for me to respond to compliments in great gushing detail, so I can and I do. The value judgements about his appearance and all the scary stuff don't come until later. Right now, he's just a beautiful baby to me and I don't mind talking about skin colour and hair texture any more than I did with my blondies when they were his age.

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Anyone beside me loosing tons of hair? I am loosing tons:
Oh, it's normal. There are many threads about it on the long hair community boards and nobody's ever found a "cure" for it, you just have to get through it. Mine seems to be lightening up a bit and growing back in, but apparently a more normal pattern is for it not to star until the babe is about three months old. My usual pattern is for my naturally shortish hair to grow longer, thicker, and nicer than at any other time in mny life during pregnancy and then return rapidly to its normal unspectacular shape after birth. Sadly, I didn't notice the positive changes during this pregnancy, but I do have a hairy baby to distract me from feeling too bad about my own appearance.

Terran never lost all of his hair and he seems to be growing back the exact same hair in front, although it's too early to be sure yet.

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Here is a recent pic of Ash and her big brother
They are so cute together! Things have improved between my boys lately, but I'm still jealous; I guess Chris just doesn't like babies or else has been having his head messed with too much by exy.

I'm not going to hijack our thread with too much teenager talk, but you may just be in for it with ds this year; fifteen was a heartbreaker and a roller coaster for me, but we got through it and I'm finding plenty to enjoy about sixteen, even though it is awkward and there is so much that ds1 has to work out on his own much as I wish I could help him.

I went ahead and ordered Terran's necklace from Inspired by Finn and got myself a matching bracelet, which might help mmy arthritis and certainly won't hurt. I don't ever want to take off my birth beads/nursing necklace OR the choker dd beaded for me the first Christmas after she came home from Philadelphia, so I don't really think I can add another necklace for daily wear without looking a bit too much like a Christmas tree.
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