Wendi, so glad you're doing well on the 5-HTP! I looked into taking it end of last year (you know, when the babies were babies!!), but couldn't find good info on it with breastfeeding. What does your naturopath say about it? I could really use some of the suggested effects of the 5-HTP, even now that I'm much more level on mood.
: Okay, not THAT level, but you get the idea.
Katie, how exciting!! I have been meaning to comment on your sewing, but have yet to.... It looks wonderful! I am very impressed with what you've made so far, and definitely need to get on your list once you start a business.
Plaid, so glad to see you back! Glad you're doing well!
Sabo, so sorry your nights have been rough! I hope you're sleeping soundly and solidly now! (unlike me!
I need to get to bed, but a few things I wanted to share... And try to catch up here!
Clapping! Judah's really mastered it now. He started working on it about a week ago, and now can do it any time he wants to. It's so sweet!!
And he'll make great noises that sound almost like the cheering we all do when we clap for him.
Walking: He's not walking independently, but about a week ago started walking with the Haba Walker Wagon. He's totally obsessed with it now! (in fact, he's got a few bruises thanks to managing to tip it over - which is not easy to do!) He's super-duper proud of himself for it.
Standing: He will stand independently here and there now. Not really when he knows it, but he clearly has the strength. He'll also do things like moving the walker wagon around while standing still, where the wagon is obviously not supporting him at all. I don't remember when my big boys started doing this, but it does mean one thing for sure: walking and standing alone are on the way!
Mamama: He's finally saying mamamama!! He started about 10 days or 2 weeks ago at night saying "mmmm" when he woke and wanted to nurse. Within a day or two he was saying "mamamama" during the day, and still does, very clearly meaning me and/or "milk." SO sweet!!
My Dad and little brother are in town for two more days, to finish off a week's visit. It's been really neat, as they haven't been here in several years, and my 3.5yo doesn't remember either of them, really. Judah met my Dad in January, but it's been 3 years or so since I've seen my brother. So they've all gotten to know each other better and Judah can even identify "grandpa" when asked.
It's been really sweet.
: In the morning (like a few hours from now) we're all going to an Astros game together, then they leave on Friday, the 4th. My sweet Iain (3yo) will probably be really sad, as he's been very protective of the idea that Grandpa is staying with us and doesn't want him to go away.
A friend from church is having her baby tonight/tomorrow.. Apparently her water broke this evening. Very strange/funny circumstances, but I'm glad that it's a natural start to the birth. (Rather than induction that was recommended by her OB just so she could get a room in the hospital.
Of course I know the birth will only get less and less natural from there, which really saddens me.
But I'm so very passionate about birth that most any hospital birth will be that way for me... The dad was posting updates from the family waiting room while his wife got the epidural, and I was thinking how utterly sad that was...
All that on the tail end of some really wacky dreams last night and the night before, including being pregnant and two months (or was it weeks?) overdue... And one seeing my midwife and her needing to consult with other folks for various conditions I had that were basically unrelated to pregnancy but strange nonetheless...
I've (clearly) been thinking more about pregnancy and birth, Judah's birth, etc., recently and have had, at times, pangs of missing being pg, and wanting to birth again. I do think we'll have another at some point (not too soon!!)... Birth is so amazing it would be hard not to!
But I certainly don't want to be pg now.
: Still, there's something amazing about being pregnant and giving birth and welcoming new life! And it's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since we did all of that!
And, finally (really), if you haven't see The Business of Being Born, you should definitely see it!! There are links to it in my blog, attached-at-the-hip, below.