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post #61 of 302
oh flapjack... sorry about all your stress.

we went camping this weekend. It was fun, Jackson ate a bug ( I think, and not on purpose ) but also quite tiring. We hiked up Engineer Mtn...well, not all the way, but most of the way (it's 13,000 some ft but you start at probably 10,000). The wildflowers were *amazing*! After carrying Jackson up in my KKAFP my shoulder hurt and my legs were oh so tired. Dh took him for the hike down so that was nice.

I finally got my ergo yesterday! : I have been wanting one since mid-May but had my heart set on a brown organic one. They were sold out on the website until July then I was waiting to see if my bro would buy it for me and while I waited they sold out again I was bummed but luckily they had one at the local shop so I rushed down to get it! I haven't used it much yet but I'm going to take it grocery shopping today, yay!

We are going to see Mike Gordon at the end of the month... it will be Jackson's first concert!! I am super excited.

We are in teething hell right now, day is fine but evenings are super cranky, Jackson won't sleep in his crib(next to our bed) anymore, and he is a super restless sleeper. It sucks and I just want it to be over and have my happy, good sleeping baby back

Jackson is reaching for everything except food and gets really pissed when you take something away or he can't have it. Yep, he's got his father's temper.

Lisavark, what kind of ec pants did you get?? They sound awesome. We do pretty well at home but so far I have resisted ecing while out and about because of the logistics involved (how in the heck do you get clothes and diaper off and on, pee in a toilet stall? I'm sure there's a simply elegant solution I'm totally missing) and those pants sound super easy!
post #62 of 302
Hooray for multi-quote!

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I think I may also get one of those mesh feeders (does anyone have those?) for frozen blueberries, watermelons, etc.
The mesh thing is getting us through cutting these first teeth. I put in frozen bananas (messy, sticky, but he'd eat them all day if I let him) and frozen grapes (because they never seem to actually get broken down, so essentially, he's just sucking on something cold.) LOVE them.

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And while I'm still breastfeeding a million times a day, I need twice the regular iron. I don't think I'm getting it because I've been getting dizzy now and again.
Have you tried green smoothies? I load mine up with spinach or kale (though you won't taste the spinach nearly as much as you will the kale). Blueberries cover a lot of the taste. Anyway, because it's already broken down, your body will absorb it better.

Also, if you are cooking anything, cook it in cast iron. That's what kept me from being anemic this last pregnancy.

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So since I've been actively losing my baby weight I've found that I've started eating a predominatly vegan diet, totally by accident! Mostly it's cause DH eats at work (we <3 Google) and I can't be bothered to cook anything for myself so I just have a salad. I read somewhere that vegetables supply you with minerals and fruit for vitamins, so I've been making an effort to really increase my fruit intake. I haven't been taking any supplements and I feel really good! I've recently had my blood checked and I don't appear to be deficient. It's kinda interesting to see in practice that you can get what you need from fruits and veg (avoiding processed stuff).
I fell into the raw diet totally by accident as well. But I've never felt better!

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Ramona and I still haven't been apart since the horror at the hospital. Anyone else not been apart yet?
Blake and I were apart during one dental visit. In fact, I've put off the follow up visits that I need to have because I don't want to be away from him.


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Speaking of holding... (nice transition, eh?) Beco carriers are on sale
http://www.theportablebaby.com/becobabycarriers.html
I am considering, but I don't know if I should get a Beco, Ergo or Pikklo.
I've never tried a Beco, but I did want to chime in and say that I would happily kiss the ground of whoever invented the Ergo. Blake LIVES in that thing when we are out. It is SO much more comfortable than those crazy Snugli things that I USED to use.


Now that that is done, here is our update.

Blake weighs roughly 17 pounds. (We missed his 4 month wbv, and his 6 month isn't until the end of August, so that's using the bathroom scale and subtracting.) I pulled a back muscle from hoisting him up so much, and am still suffering through with just lidocaine patches. My doc does Internal Med, and said that there's really no muscle relaxers or pain killers that are approved for nursing women, and will only prescribe the lidocaine patches. If anyone knows of anything I can take, PLEASE spill!

Back to the boy -
The way he crawls is HYSTERICAL to watch. For about a week, he'd only move his right arm forward, so he wouldn't actually get anywhere. Then he figured out that he'd have to use his other arm. So now, he moves his arms, one at a time, then pushes up on his feet and jumps (and lands on his knees), then repeats the process. He looks like a drunk frog.

But, before this, he would just push his face into the floor and push with his legs, so I'm just happy he's figured out how his arms work.

No teeth yet, but EVERYTHING goes into his mouth and the drool is UNREAL.

He also does this fabulous thing that Taylor also started doing at about the same time. We're down to one poop a week. He's not constipated, and I've been told that breastfed babies sometimes do this. I'm not complaining!
post #63 of 302
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I am especially loathing the extremely limited nature of my internet time.

I've loaded videos of the bigger three kids to the net. Here's the catch: You have to be one of my Facebook friends to see them, because I"m paranoid like that. If you're there, it's all good; If not, I'm Rynna there, too... not too hard to find, I'm recognizeable. PM me if you wanna make friends and you can't find me. I'm going to feed my children. It's one of those crazy things you have to do more than once a day. : Hopefully, I'll get a video of Bear later today. :
post #64 of 302
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Hi!

DS is just about 6 months, too, but developing on his own timetable. He's been diagnosed with low muscle tone and will start EI therapy this week.
how did you know he had low muscle tone?

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We're cursed with drama here. The government is insisting on giving us more tax credits than we think we're entitled to, my FIL's carers are being imbecilic cretinous doo-doo heads (again) and my psycho neighbour has started up again. The stress is finally starting to tell on me and Steve as well- I know we've handled the last year pretty well, but I'm overdue a break. Playamama, I think I'm planning on jumping on a plane in your direction tomorrow- a party sounds like just what I need.
oh mama! i'm so sorry your neighbor is psycho. you should TOTALLY come out here for burning man!! a week in the desert full of art and folks and different community stuff, look up burning man dot com for just a little bit of an idea.

baby fussy, must go! she is just a fuss budget and has pooped like 6 times today?!?
post #65 of 302
eh. I am behind again!

Busy here. DS2 is rolling, no crawling, he can sit if I hold him but not on his own, he screeches (no words!).. and DS1 is really beginning to interact with DS2.

I am busy because I am trying to start a Pre-School Co-op for homeschoolers around here, I am leaving Thurs to visit my mom, and I am just plain tired.

Going to bed in 10 minutes!!!

I will catch up!
post #66 of 302
ok wow...how many pages already...I think one for each day :sigh

We are doing well here. henry is getting over his second lovely daycare illness. He had a cold, and seemed to be getting bad but we got some vapor bath and a vaporizor and he is doing a lot better. I wish he would sleep better at school.

I am finishing up my first 10 weeks of school, i just turned in both of my final projects...next week will be calm but after that another 10 weeks with two new classes.

things fell through with the house we were going to rent, the complex did honor our original 6 month lease so we are looking for a new place to live...ugh moving again and this time int eh head it going to suck.

henry is working on sitting up still, he can hold himself up for about a min or so. He has started a new sound ba,ba,ba soo cute. We love it. He is rolling from side to side but not all the way, although he rolled onto his tummy in the bed the other night...it was cute. He LOVES his johnny jumper. He is actually 6 months old today :
He really is changing so much. I wish I had more time to keep up and to update.

gotta run.
post #67 of 302
oh i also wanted to add that I have been sending Henry to school with 4 ounce bottles. His teachers have been telling me that his poop is green and runny. I assume that it is runny b/c it is always runny but the green makes me think of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. How can I pump and get enough hindmilk?

also henry has been having solids for a bit now. he usually only has oatmeal but sometimes we add either banana or avocado. I was reading on dr sears site that you start out with about a teaspoon but work up to abotu 1/4 cup...that seems liek a lot. Am I just making him hungry? I feed him about a tablespoon but dh says he has feed him more than that before. he does always seem hungry afterwards...we gave him more tonight and he seemed to want it. any thoughts?

oh anyone use the happy baby frozen food?

ad I have to celebrate...we got henry ahd HMO plan and I thought we had to switch doctors...but we dont!! we can keep our dr I am so excited. : I really like our dr...not the staff...btu our dr!!!
post #68 of 302
don't have time to comment, but just wanted to say it's nice to read everyone's posts
post #69 of 302
Finally got around to posting some more recent pics of Jackson! Here they are:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11944418@N04/2735404979/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11944418@N04/2735404301/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11944418@N04/2735403775/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11944418@N04/2736229498/

I love reading about everyone else's babies... keep it coming all of you!!
post #70 of 302
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Lisavark, what kind of ec pants did you get?? They sound awesome. We do pretty well at home but so far I have resisted ecing while out and about because of the logistics involved (how in the heck do you get clothes and diaper off and on, pee in a toilet stall? I'm sure there's a simply elegant solution I'm totally missing) and those pants sound super easy!
Ah, I am so happy I subbed this thread this month!! :

Shouold have said this in my first post, but the EC training pants I got are from here: www.ecawarebaby.com. The exact ones I got are an older version, I think, and I have a couple different kinds (I bought them on diaperswappers), but my favorites right now are the non-waterproof with a belt that snaps around the waist and then velcro for the main part. It is SO EASY to undo the velcro with one hand while holding her with the other, and then I just hold it back and pee her. I'm using them all the time when I go out now; it's so much easier than diapers.

However, firecat, when I was using diapers, I'd do pretty much the same thing...in a toilet stall, I would usually hold her with one hand, unsnap her diaper with the other hand, take off the diaper with the hand I used to unsnap it, hang the diaper over my shoulder or on something in the toilet stall or hold it between my knees, pee her, and then sit on the toilet and hold her in my lap to put the diaper back on. As for clothes...um, yeah, she doesn't wear clothes that require taking off to pee. Sometimes a onesie that I snap to the side--usually while holding her in my lap before I go into the bathroom. But usually she wears a dress or t-shirt, and I cut off the bottom of most of her onesies to make them into t-shirts. So the diaper is the only thing to take off.

I did used to put a changing pad/sling on the floor and take her diaper off that way when she was littler and didn't have good head control.

Er...not to hijack the thread or anything..!
post #71 of 302
oh!! well, that makes total sense now that you've explained it to me in detail
I will have to check out that link. Not that I really have any $$ to spend right now... Today I decided to try out the 2T training pants I have and they are loose but stay on so I am going to use those for now I don't get over to the ec forum much so it is good to talk about it here too.
post #72 of 302
here it is LMBO I looked for this thread and couldn't find it for the life of me lMBO Eli is doing good he is crawling and pulling up and sitting up and well everytyhing he is just to small to be doing LOL he does NOT like to be wore anymore I guess just too much for him to do and he doesn't like to be in them LOL unless we are at the grocery store and I have him facing out and he can touch everythihg LOL, his 6 month ck up the doc said he has fallen off his growth curve but whatever he is doing more than most 6 months old so I am not going to worry about it, I do give him solids a couple days a week bc he LOVES them LOL he hates that he can't have everything that I eat though LOL anyways that is about it,

I can't believe it has been 6 months already LOL
post #73 of 302
Please can everyone hold my husband's uncle in their prayers/thoughts/ the light for me please? He was hospitalised over the weekend after passing blood and having excrutiating stomach pains- they drained some fluid off this afternoon and have confirmed that it is stomach cancer, but the stomach cancer alone is unlikely to worsen and can't/won't be treated. What nobody knows yet is how bad everything else is- they're running tests on his liver tomorrow.

Oh, and River's sleep patterns are driving me nuts. What does everyone else's bedtime routines look like? 5/7 nights, he's up again 20 minutes after going to bed I NEED my evenings to stay mine, it's the only time I get.

Ellymay Sorry to AAM, but it's lovely to see you again.
post #74 of 302
Thoughts your way Helen s

Alex's sleep is still atrocious - two 20/30 minute naps today. Not much help on the nighttime front, although he's stretched things out to three hour intervals except for the early morning when he's up every hour and then starts the day around 5.

His nursing behavior is driving me up a wall - very fussy at the breast some times and then he'll be happy as a clam the next, there really seems to be no discernable pattern except he's usually happier if it's been more than an hour since his last feed. I've been doing some remembering and I think things started getting dicey around the time he cut his first tooth. I still don't know what to make of it, but my sweat is just starting to smell like maple syrup so hopefully a little boost in supply will help. Thankfully the biting has stopped, but I'm a bit raw from the near constant nursing at times and his latch when he's fussing.

On carriers, my girlfriend has a becco butterfly that she loves - I'd get one myself but my middle is still too big for one and even on sale I can't justify the cost. We've been using my SBP solarveil sling and a kozy carrier I borrowed from someone. I'm hoping to make myself an onihumbo for back carries soon - something with an internal sling like the butterfly so I can get him on my back easilly.

Lorax - good luck with EI - my friend has her lo in for hypotonia as well and he's been making fantastic progress with OT. Don't know if you have yet, but if you have any questions/concerns or just want to vent I know there are a few moms over in Special Needs who have BTDT.

Alex just started making "B" sounds today and it's been so much fun listening to him babble away - almost sounds like jargon at times which is very cool.
post #75 of 302
MAMAS!
Hi! Page 4! We rock!
Helen! I am so sorry that everything is shambles for you right now! I will think of your Uncle in law....

AlwaysByMySide
YAY for multi quote! How do you do it?
Anyhow I have a green smoothie nearly everyday! I love them! I use spinnach or kale, and I learned the hard way not to use too much kale because the fiber in it will turn it gelatinous! I also learned that mustard greens are not good in a green smoothie! UGH!

So on the baby carrier front, I bought a Beco Butterfly and it's so pretty! I love it! I think it's very similar to a buckle tei, kinda sorta. I find that it's not as comfortable as a wrap, but the ease of putting it on is worth it. Also in my search for the perfect carrier I read a lot of bad stuff about ergos... not the carriers, but the company, they aren't very nice and ethical, which kinda bothers me.

Okay I've been reading along here and pretending to know what you're talking about, but I'll fess up, what is Burning Man?

I went to my fertility clinic today and it seems that my labour from hell just keeps on giving! You know how a uterus is an upside down triangle? My triangle points at the top are all rounded out which is indicative of scarring and it seems in my case and awful lot of it. Which is a little upsetting because when I had a similar procedure done before Trixie was conceived my uterus was perfect. Now I have all of this scarring. I don't know what to think! Is it from pregnancy? From the c-section? Left over placenta, or other birth debris? Right now chances of me getting pregnant are low low low. So in sept I get to go in for the thingy where they put more tools in my uterus, including wee scissors to clean it all up.
At 16 weeks the ultrasound tech said that she was a boy then at 20 weeks they said she was a girl, and I joked that I didn't admit any scissors... I may be punished for that joke now it seems.

So that's my day. I think I will take some pictures of my bee-yuu-tiful baby to share with you all.
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Please can everyone hold my husband's uncle in their prayers/thoughts/ the light for me please? He was hospitalised over the weekend after passing blood and having excrutiating stomach pains- they drained some fluid off this afternoon and have confirmed that it is stomach cancer, but the stomach cancer alone is unlikely to worsen and can't/won't be treated. What nobody knows yet is how bad everything else is- they're running tests on his liver tomorrow.

Oh, and River's sleep patterns are driving me nuts. What does everyone else's bedtime routines look like? 5/7 nights, he's up again 20 minutes after going to bed I NEED my evenings to stay mine, it's the only time I get.

Ellymay Sorry to AAM, but it's lovely to see you again.
((((HUGS)))) I will keep him in my prayers!

and yeah I have such a hard time keeping up w/ things I'm a bad board member LOL.
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Please can everyone hold my husband's uncle in their prayers/thoughts/ the light for me please? He was hospitalised over the weekend after passing blood and having excrutiating stomach pains- they drained some fluid off this afternoon and have confirmed that it is stomach cancer, but the stomach cancer alone is unlikely to worsen and can't/won't be treated. What nobody knows yet is how bad everything else is- they're running tests on his liver tomorrow.
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Okay I've been reading along here and pretending to know what you're talking about, but I'll fess up, what is Burning Man?
Mwahahaha! Burning Man is... an experiment in radical temporary community. Remember me talking about Wickerman a few months ago? Burning Man is a much, much, MUCH larger thing upon which Wickerman was based. There's a whole host of things about which you can read, but I have a feeling that it's one of those things you don't properly understand unless you're there.
post #78 of 302
Hey all...quick fly by....lol....

Really, Lucy's poo is thick...I flung it in the toilet again tonight....is that ok? I've been trying to chug more water....
post #79 of 302
Flapjack Thoughts are with you and your family. Remember to take care of yourself. Your plate sounds rather full.

Lots of milestones have been made in recent days around here. Eli is just growing too fast. Monday night he figured out how to sit up on his own. He gets into his little downward facing dog position, then moves into the little frog like position, lean to one side and he's on his butt. It's so cute!!

He also slept through the night last night for the first time!!!! He slept in his crib too. He's been spending a little less time in our bed on the account he is such a restless sleeper. I still woke up at 1:30 but he didn't. We'll see if it happens again tonight.

I'm also still fighting with my milk supply. Seems I can't get anymore than 6 ounces pumped out over 3 sessions during the day. I used to get at least 5 each time. Argh.

I work on a special project team at work-there are four of us. Two of us got promotions on Friday making three of us higher level titles than the four person. She was super ticked and peeved because she didn't get a promotion. It was in my developement plan before I went out on leave for 12 weeks so she has no room to bi**h. She should have put it her plan. She left on friday mad over the whole deal. Then she called in Monday and Tuesday. By lunch on Tuesday we were told she was going to be out on medical leave at least until the end of the month. She deals with some OCDC and depression on an everyday basis and is medicated for both. On one hand I know she was having some issues with her meds and feel bad she has to deal with it. I've been treated for depression a number of years ago myself so it's not like I don't understand. On the other hand she made the two of us that got promotions feel bad about getting them. She felt like she was entitled to a promotion because we got them.

I don't always want to be there-I would rather be at home with my little man, but since I have to be there I'm going to make the most of it.

Anyway it made for a long day yesterday at work so I was super worn out when I got home yesterday. I told my husband he was in charge of supper. He looked at me and said "I work all day-supper is your department". WHAT!!!! He's never said anything remotely like that in the almost four years we've married. We ended up ordering Chinese.
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Flapjack and Nausicaamom, on the subject of evening sleep, here's what I've been trying...

I've been researching all sorts of fascinating things about sleep and babies, and I was amazed to learn that in a lot of cultures, they don't bother with bedtime routines. Italy and Guatemala were the two places I remember. They just let the babies and children hang out with the adults till the kids collapse in somebody's arms. After so many nights of swaddling, nursing, and FIGHTING to get Anastasia to sleep, I was sick and tired of the bedtime routine...so I decided to try something similar. I've been trying slinging her in the evening and letting her fall asleep when she wants to. It's been GREAT. I'm a social butterfly and want to be out hanging out with people in the evenings, so for me it's been wonderful...I just wear and hey, she falls asleep! She fusses some but not so much that I can't hold a conversation. Some evenings (like tonight) I do end up bringing her in to bed and nursing her there, but I'm not spending hours doing that like I used to. It's twenty minutes, tops, and I'm not spending any time struggling any more. She was doing a lot of fussing at the boob in bed and it was driving me nuts.

I kind of had to give up on the idea of my evenings being baby-free, which was hard (I hear you on that, flapjack!), but as it turns out I'm getting a lot more free time in the evenings, because once she's asleep I can put her down, and while she was falling asleep I can do what I want anyway.

She still wakes every two or three hours at night though.
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