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post #201 of 367
AF: Many years ago a friend went to an acupuncturist. I think she had pinched nerves in her shoulder, don't remember exactly. The acupuncturist was examining her ankles and feet and said "you have menstral problems?" Yes, my friend hadn't had her period in almost a year (not pregnant, long story), and she admitted that was true. She saw the acupuncturist twice, and her AF came back the next month and was regular!

Around 10 m PP I still didn't have af, and I told my english speaking moms and tots group how nice it was not dealing with my period. One of the moms said, "OMG! You still don't have AF! You better call your doctor right away." She seriously thought something was wrong with me. I got AF back around 1 year pp.
post #202 of 367

Kids in church

I know we talked about this a couple months ago. I was raving about how child-friendly my congregation is. Come to find out, they're only child-friendly if your kids are silent (or close to it) and I've been getting off-handed comments from people for a couple weeks now. The last straw (two Sundays ago) was when I was approached by someone, supposedly speaking for many, who asked me if I wouldn't just leave my kids in the nursery instead of having them in the service with me. I got pissed and stormed out. My kids (3 and 18 months) are the only kids of nursery age in attendance. There is only one other child (7) and the next youngest is a junior in high school. My kids have one really bad Sunday and then I'm supposed to not have them in church anymore? No way!

I know there are a lot of opinions on both sides of this story. I've comprised a 3 question (plus demographics) survey that I posted on my blog and sent by email to everyone I know who either has kids, attends a house of worship or a combination of the two. If any of you fit into this category and would be willing to answer a couple of questions for me to add to my data, please PM me and let me know... I'll send them your way. I don't want to tie up the whole thread with this... and I think I'll try and find an appropriate forum here on MDC to cross-post to as well.

Back on our regular thread topic, and since I mentioned it above, I can't believe Mikaela is 1.5 today!!!!!! How?!?!?!? This was from Mother's Day this past Sunday -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...e/DSC06637.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...e/DSC06638.jpg
post #203 of 367
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Originally Posted by gen_here View Post
Back on our regular thread topic, and since I mentioned it above, I can't believe Mikaela is 1.5 today!!!!!! How?!?!?!? This was from Mother's Day this past Sunday -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...e/DSC06637.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...e/DSC06638.jpg
Love your babe. And love the view!

Re: church. I think you ought to post another thread, with links, so people can fill out your survey. Great initiative. Somewhat related: I had bf issues with DDs daycare (which I otherwise love.) Got sick of the underhanded remarks. I wrote a formal but factual letter, referred to the health dept's view about bf, and brought it in. It was therapeutic for me and made the daycare manager have a serious meeting with all the teachers and all harassment stopped. If you do it in a really professional way, and give the info to the church, you may see some positive changes! Good luck.

Abadine: thanks for the Horchata recipe. Haven't tried yet, but printed out, and that's half the battle!
post #204 of 367
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Just out of curiosity, and maybe this has already been asked somwhere in the thread and if so, I'm sorry, But, are there any other 11/06 mamas out there who have not gotten AF since ? DH and I have started to talk about TTC for #2 soon, but how the heck can we do that without an AF?!?!?! (I am still nursing, 3 x a day and once at night when she wakes up usually) but, even given nursing i still thought it would have come back by now?)

And, I keep reading about DC's that are getting their first hair cuts..is my DD the only one her age that seems to STILL have hardly any hair??!
I don't have my cycle back yet, but I'm tandem nursing, which I think plays a big role in it. After my son, I had my first PP period a little before 11 months.
post #205 of 367
Gen, great pics. Your DD is super cute. About church, what a nightmare! My parish doesn't allow non-potty trained babies in their nursery. I'm on the other end where I want DS to go into the nursery because he can't make it through the service, and I've been really struggling spiritually lately. I actually think we might switch churches just so we can have a nursery to go to. It's very frustrating.
post #206 of 367
Ugh, so sorry you guys are having church problems. Thank goodness ours is great, but it's 45 minutes away. And with gas prices the way they are (and we have a big truck) we haven't made it regularly in months. We have TONS of kids at our church, which is one reason we go there. Oh, and its the church I've gone to since birth

Asheby is a little parrot now, he will copy everything you say to him. He is sitting on the back of the couch looking out at the rain right now. In fact I should snap a pic of it, its too cute.
post #207 of 367
Re: cycles, I don't have mine back yet either. With my previous ds I got AF back at 18months after weaning at 14 months so I wasn't really concerned yet. Plus I'm not sure if my illness or some of my meds may be affecting mine so I may not be representative of the norm lol. Not that I ever was...

Gen, what a view! Beautiful! I'm on the side of taking kids to church and not making them go to the nursery, although I know others have different views on it. Sorry you're having to deal with the drama though.
post #208 of 367
I still don't have AF back. DD1 and DS weaned at 13 months and AF returned at 15 months. Ella still nurses several times a day so I'm not really surprised that AF hasn't shown up. I bought some vitex a couple months ago but just started taking it last week so week see if that helps. I've also started taking zinc along with my regular vitamins. We're sort of anxious to TTC again but I'm not going to wean Ella just to make it happen.

As far as haircuts go, Ella shouldn't be needing a haircut for quite a while - and she even has more hair than her siblings did at this age.

gen_here - I'd be interested in your survey. Our church situation is a little different because we meet in someone's home but we were in a city with a bigger church when our older two were young.
post #209 of 367
The church issue: Church for us falls right at DD's favorite morning nursing time. When she was smaller, no one said anything, and she was quieter about indicating she wanted to nurse. Now that she is older (and speaks more clearly), I have begun getting looks.

I was also told, by an older lady, that they will have someone in the nursery just so "you can really participate in the service." Uh, it's not tae-bo - it's church. And I can definitely fully participate with my child. I go to church to be peaceful with my family. And DD has had only one sitter besides my mother in her whole life - I am not going to give her to random people during church, thanks.

Because of those frustrations, I have been less inclined to go. I just don't feel that as new parents, the church is doing much in terms of meeting our needs.
post #210 of 367
Yeah, I feel the same way. We go maybe once a month now, and it used to be such a big part of our lives. Oh, well.
post #211 of 367
Oh my, oh my!!! I just have to share the news.

All of the daycare facility workers go on strike next week, for probably min. 2 weeks, could be much longer! I'm talking 140,000 kids whose parents have to provide alternate care, or stay home, take all their sick/holidays.... Not that that is good news, since DH and I both work.

But, I emailed my folks, asking them to come, but really joking, as they have very busy lives themselves and are in their mid 70s. So they call after midnight last night, and booked tickets, and they arrive next Saturday, for 10 days. How cool is that!!!!
post #212 of 367
Wow, how awesome of your parents! James' parents live just down the street and would never help out like that and my mom had a stroke so she can't. You are one lucky girl to have such helpful parents.
post #213 of 367
I'm sorry some of you are having church problems. I've never been but always thought of churches as such a welcoming and tolerant for children.

gen_here - lovely pics! I miss the beach!

AllisonR - You are lucky that you have such awesome parents! Are the daycare workers unionized over there? Are they here? This is surprising news and something I've never thought of.

My daycare lady is on vacation next week so I am will be forced to work from home YAY! Although for some reason I don't seem to get too much done when I'm at home vs. the office but I manage. My employer is trying to reduce our carbon footprint so they are actually promoting working from home/telecommuting if you can manage. Today is the 'anything but drive to work day' and are giving prizes out for the most creative ways to get to work, free bike-tune ups, etc. Too bad I live 40 miles from here or I would have participated. Carpooling counts for something right?

I am so jazzed about this weekend. We're suppose to get record breaking temperatures - in the 90's! I love the heat! What do you think of taking a LO this age floating down a river? We live next to Silver Creek, a meandering stream that flows slower than you walk. I've floated it many times before DD and the deepest the water gets is 2 feet - maybe some 3 foot spots. It takes about 1-3 hours depending on where you get in and out. I have a big, blow up raft that I could fit in with her and dad could float alongside us in the tube. Of course she'd be wearing a life preserver and the water will be 55 degrees (it's spring fed a 55 degrees on every day of the year) What do you think? Yay or nay?

This is the place http://www.anglingservices.com/rivers.html
http://www.nature.org/wherewework/no...es/art415.html
post #214 of 367
Midnightcommando - that looks like such fun! I'd definitely take Homer, with life preservers of course. That's great that your employer is so accomodating and wanting to reduce the footprint her company leaves. Hope you can be as productive as you need to be next week.

Allison - that is awesome that your parents can help out like that! My ILs would absolutely do something like that, but they are in Greece and we are in the US, so not really feasible (not to mention that they don't speak English lol). But if we lived in Greece, they would so be there to help! My parents, not so much. We live right across town and we had a really hard time last summer when I was in the hospital so much and dh was trying to get to work.
post #215 of 367
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Happy Saturday! I wish you all lived nearby and I'd have you all over today to go swimming in our sparkling blue pool (we finally got the algae under control - yipee!).

Whatcha up to?
post #216 of 367
Thanks for the invite! It is rainy here, so we are trying to get bits of yard work done in between.

Hey, how did you finally get rid of that algae? We were able to swim exactly TWICE last year, because we never could get the algae under control and I was so worried about DD swimming in it. Thanks for any ideas.
post #217 of 367
We had Amethysts 6th birthday party today!! It was great fun, but now we are all exhausted. It was hawaiian themed, and she got tons of craft stuff, which is her new fave. Oh and my sister also gave us all great news!! She is pregnant with her first. I am SO excited. But I can feel the baby fever coming on bad. One of my friends just announced her 4th pregnancy on Wednesday also, so I am surrounded! Unfortunately James does NOT have baby fever. Oh well. I am not ready for another quite yet anyway.
post #218 of 367
I understand about the baby fever. I try to work out when it would be best for all of us, but it took us a long time to get pregnant for Fiona. As a teacher, it would be ideal for me to have a May baby, but planning hasn't really worked in the past, so....

I wish there was some formula.

Any of you mamas with more than one, did there come a moment when you just knew you were ready? I keep waiting for that.
post #219 of 367
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I am so jazzed about this weekend. We're suppose to get record breaking temperatures - in the 90's! I love the heat! What do you think of taking a LO this age floating down a river? We live next to Silver Creek, a meandering stream that flows slower than you walk. I've floated it many times before DD and the deepest the water gets is 2 feet - maybe some 3 foot spots. It takes about 1-3 hours depending on where you get in and out. I have a big, blow up raft that I could fit in with her and dad could float alongside us in the tube. Of course she'd be wearing a life preserver and the water will be 55 degrees (it's spring fed a 55 degrees on every day of the year) What do you think? Yay or nay?
I think that sound like a great idea. I just wish we had something like that here.

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I understand about the baby fever. I try to work out when it would be best for all of us, but it took us a long time to get pregnant for Fiona. As a teacher, it would be ideal for me to have a May baby, but planning hasn't really worked in the past, so....

I wish there was some formula.

Any of you mamas with more than one, did there come a moment when you just knew you were ready? I keep waiting for that.
I didn't try to space my kids out. With the first two AF didn't return till they were each 15 months old. I also had a m/c between my first and second. When AF returned after DS we started trying right away - as well as we could with DH living 6 hours away for 8 months and visiting about once a month. We kept sort of trying for about 18 months. Then DH and I had some issues to deal with so ttc wasn't a good idea. As soon as things were sorted out we started ttc. The next month I was pregnant. Things have worked out really well timing-wise. Even with the m/c, if the pregnancy had continued it would have been really difficult timing due to circumstances that arose shortly after the m/c. I really wish that there wasn't the big gap between DS and Ella because it was hard to get back into the 'baby' groove.

I'd like to have a few more children (DH just says 'one at a time') and I don't want another big gap so I'm a little anxious to get going. Now I just need my body to co-operate.
post #220 of 367
I played soccer all day in a womens tournament. We had three games 7:30 am, 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Did I mention that it was 100+ degrees. It was 90 by the 11:30am game. I wore tons of sunscreen but still got burned. I am exhausted we have games first thing in the morning. The night before I went to sleep in my room and Magnus slept with Ross on the couch ALL NIGHT LONG! No nursing, and I woke up this morning at 6:00 am and got all my stuff together and got out of the house and to my game without him waking up. I got home at 9:00am and he nursed then but that was the first time he's slept all night without nursing.
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