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post #21 of 478
Teeny, I hope the first daycare day goes well! Dh has been bringing up my future employment so I know I will have to do something soon. I am hoping to work at the daycare at the ski mtn again this winter in which case I would get to bring J with me, but ski season is only until the end of march so I will have to do something else then. J is doing better, still a little snotty and clingy but otherwise ok. love your pics!!

PhotoJournMama, Niagra Falls sounds like fun! and mmmm, sushi!

Mommy2Austin, I don't really think its teething but we shall see if one makes its way here in the next week. I've been having some ear problems too, and it's weird.

Rynna, we've been using condoms. I don't have af back yet and although I've noticed mucous changes here and there I haven't really been paying too much attention I am up way too much at night to temp too.

RachelEve14, sounds like he's well on his way! he'll be army crawling and into everything before you know it!

Helen, glad to hear your little scare is over! A friend of mine had the copper iud and she loved it. And got preggo a month after taking it out too (on purpose)!

cwoodard, 25.5 lbs!!! what a big boy! great photos

applecore, congrats on the catch, and hope your drama clears up soon

mama2-4, good luck on finding a daycare person you jive with! I may be in the same boat sooner than I want to be.

on poop: jackson's poo is definitely different than it used to be. He used to be a once a day-er but now he'll go for a day or two in between poos and then have a couple the same day :

and diaper changes: whoa are they a chore!!! He will try to roll over in the middle and does his "I want" whine (yes it is totally a whine...but a lovable one ) and throws a little mini-tantrum complete with screaming when I make him lay on his back. Sometimes I can distract him with a toy but not always. I decided today to do diaper-free at home because I just can't take it anymore!

christmas crafting, etc.: well, first I have to figure out my halloween costume no seriously, I do need to think about some gift ideas esp for dh. hmmm....
post #22 of 478
Hi Juise, we x-posted!

Wow Kaia is pretty much walking huh! : We have just started babyproofing around here. I have to put up the gate this week and get some more outlet covers (I didn't buy enough). I know the feeling of having to take something away from him every 2 minutes because the house isn't in order... good luck on getting it all done!
post #23 of 478
We've had a super busy summer, spent 4 weeks visiting family and at our cottage.
Things went well, Nellah (seen here looking beautiful ) cut two bottom teeth and stopped sttn the entire time we were away! But, we managed and the kids had loads of fun doing all that great cottage stuff.

She's still loving her thumb, and I have no problem with it -- I think it's wonderful that she's able to self-soothe.

Jackson is an amazing big brother I (mostly) LOVE being home with both of them.

We tried our had a solids few weeks ago, but she's a determined self-feeder so I think we'll wait until she's a bit older.

As far as birth control, dp and I had a bit of a scare last month (I was 4 days late) and that has really helped us to talk about what we want to do. I thought I wanted 3 kids, but now neither of us are sure, we're both pretty happy with the way things are going.

Also, Jeff is starting his PhD and I've decided to apply to teachers college for next fall, so the idea of being pregnant again and putting my life on hold (again) is daunting right now.

Nellah rolls over to move around but hasn't figured out the crawling thing yet -- I think it's because she really prefers to be held and walked (which is helping me to develop some great arms )

I'm thinking of putting my ds into some sort of part-time nursery school. He really loves kids and playing and is super outgoing and I worry that being home with Nellah and I all day isn't enough for him. The reason this is coming about is because of something he said to me the other day.

First, you must know that he is Obsessed with with trains. LOVES Thomas, etc. Spends most of his days playing with his trains, reading his books about trains -- you get the idea.

Then, the other morning he says to me "when I grow up, I won't play with trains anymore."

Really (I said) what will you do?

"well, I'll write daddy's pecis (Thesis); and I'll write your pecis; and I'll pick up Nellah."

Granted, Jeff was insanely busy for about 4 weeks getting his MA Thesis finished, but it still threw me. He looks at us and realizes that when he's older he won't play with trains because we're older and we don't play with trains.

So, that's when I said to dp, we need to put him somewhere to play with other kids and just have fun being a kid.
post #24 of 478
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Cynthia FWIW, when River cosleeps he'll attach to any bit of an available person- if I lie on my tummy with my arms up, he's happy nestling to a forearm and that way I get personal space. Then he heads off to daddy's personal space, and I get even more of it
Thanks for that note - I will try to make more of an effort to give him an arm to cuddle with instead of a breast!

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So what's everyone doing for birth control?
Condoms. I tried getting a Paraguard IUD (the copper one), but it popped right back out after it was inserted and it was so (*#$(*#$(*#$ painful getting it done when you don't have your period that I decided not to try again. Still haven't gotten my period yet.

birthmommom, sorry Henry isn't sleeping better yet. We're in the same club still, so I feel your pain!

Mommy2Austin
, congrats on the weight loss! That's fantastic.

applecore
, congrats on your first catch! I bet it's really exciting!

teenytoona
, great pictures! Vaccination is such a tough issue isn't it? It took me quite a while to research it and decide I didn't want to vaccinate Alex, especially after I realized that the 12 hours of screaming he had the night after he got his Hep B shot at the hospital was a vaccination reaction. It took me a little while longer to convince my husband, who hadn't done any of the research. And he still makes noises occasionally about not being comfortable with not vaxing. Whenever he says that though, I tell him I'll give him a few books/papers to read and if he still wants to vaccinate after that, I'll at least listen to him He hasn't read any of it, so I win!

Juise
, wow your LO sounds so mobile! I can understand why you'd be stressed - I hope it doesn't stay stressful for long though So many of our babies are sooo far head of Alex mobility wise. The doctors keep telling me the bigger babies are often slower to crawl and walk. He can sit up on his own when he has a mind to, but usually loses interest and flops over. He's rolling a lot in both directions and enjoying being on his tummy more. And he just started bearing some weight on his legs if I hold him in a standing position. I guess I should be grateful for the lack of mobility as we haven't done any babyproofing yet either, and I feel kind of overwhelmed whenever I think about it. Not even sure where to start!

jaxinsmom, Nellah is adorable!
post #25 of 478
Bear is not walking yet; He is absolutely convinced that he *can* walk, but his long skinny legs haven't quite gotten the message yet.

I'm in a rotten mood. Mike neglected to inform me of a few things and... well, long story short, I'm at my mom's house and I'm leaving BooBah and Bear here, and possibly Bella as well. I'm so angry right now, my head is spinning. I'm exhausted and not feeling well, but I have a lot of work to do and... well, it must be done. : Think happy thoughts at me, if you have them; I may not be online for a day or two.
post #26 of 478
I don't know whats going on, but my thoughts are with you Rynna

Well DH and I had a heart to heart about bc and have pretty much decided to leave it in God's hands. If we get pregnant great! If we don't thats great too I'm just too iffy on all the bc methods available, neither one of us wants to get a permanent fix and I don't have the patience for NFP. If its gonna happen, its gonna happen.

I can't believe I'm still awake! I was up at 6 this morning and yesterday I crashed at 10, but I'm ok.
post #27 of 478
Juise, Ashlee is like Kaia too. I don't think that it will be much longer. She even lets go of things and will stand for about 20 sec. She is also pushing things around walking. It is scarey. She is WAY ahead of my other dc!
post #28 of 478
Danielle, my solution would be for you to spend more time playing trains. Soon enough, we'll all be dead and I don't know if they have Brio in heaven.

My big boys are back at school, complete with full PE kits, bookbags, pencil cases, the works. They also have the worlds best cakes: known as chocolate vortex cakes. Apple puree, cocoa, w/w flour, a bit of sugar, blueberries and a swirl of nutella in each case, topped with a scrape of cream cheese frosting and a chocolate dalek.
post #29 of 478
Thanks Helen -- you're right I should play trains more...I really can't stand it, but I do read him LOTS of train books...

Also, can anyone help me -- I have a bfing question. I posted this in bfing, but didn't get a reply.

So, Nellah has been pulling on my nipple when she nurses. As in, she's latched on and getting milk -- while at the same time pulling away with her head, and pushing on my chest with her fist.



It's painful and I would really like her to stop, but I have NO idea why she's doing it.

Ds was weened by 5 months. I didn't really understand the benefits of breastfeeding and really wanted my life back. So, this is the new territory for me -- and I really enjoy bfing but have no idea why she's doing this.
post #30 of 478
I'm all excited today because I won $50 on my GPT site today That will really help with next months bills!!

So Austin is an escape artist now and gets up whenever he wants in the morning climbs out of his crib over his baby gate and turns the TV on. If only I could get him to sleep in his big bed instead of the crib and I really wouldnt care lol
post #31 of 478
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Bear is not walking yet; He is absolutely convinced that he *can* walk, but his long skinny legs haven't quite gotten the message yet.

I'm in a rotten mood. Mike neglected to inform me of a few things and... well, long story short, I'm at my mom's house and I'm leaving BooBah and Bear here, and possibly Bella as well. I'm so angry right now, my head is spinning. I'm exhausted and not feeling well, but I have a lot of work to do and... well, it must be done. : Think happy thoughts at me, if you have them; I may not be online for a day or two.


Good thoughts coming your way.
post #32 of 478
Danielle- How do you react when you do it? She may be doing it to see your reaction. Also it may be she's just trying to eat and look around at the same time and your breast is in her way lol When Steven gets like that I calmly and firmly say no (not mean just firm) and set him down for a minute sans breast. Then after a minute I'll pick him up and latch again. That usually stops it at the very least for that nursing.
post #33 of 478
jaxinsmom I would try what Mommy2Austin said. That is what I would do too. I hope that she stops!

eilonwy sending happy thoughts your way! I hope that you are feeling better soon!

Mommy2Austin Yeaaa on the 50 bucks! Congrats! what is a GPT site?

cwoodard Nice to see you back! I was wondering where you went to!

flapjack That wedding that you are going to here is only 3 hours away! I hope that we can meet irl!

As for bc. I haven't started ovulating yet. I have also NO clue when I should expect af. I do watch cm. But we aren't preventing. I really wouldn't want to get pregnant right now. I am raising Ashlee pretty much on my own and I am not upset about it but it isn't easy and I couldn't imagine raising 2 on my own right now....
post #34 of 478
Jezzy- Its a get paid to site. I do free offers (signing up or newsletters, doing surveys, etc) and I get paid to do them. There was a drawing for $100, $50, and $25 for signing up for Blockbuster total access and I won the $50 prize Plus I got $25 for signing up for blockbuster!
post #35 of 478
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Jezzy- Its a get paid to site. I do free offers (signing up or newsletters, doing surveys, etc) and I get paid to do them. There was a drawing for $100, $50, and $25 for signing up for Blockbuster total access and I won the $50 prize Plus I got $25 for signing up for blockbuster!
post #36 of 478
I've got a question I'm hoping to get some advice with. We've been working on solids, and Alex is doing pretty well now. At first I was using my stash of frozen BM to mix with his cereal and to practice with a sippy cup, but my stash is gone now. I am having a hard time pumping because he wakes up now when I used to pump, and I'm not able to pump very much anymore when I get a chance to do so. Though I am currently taking a supplement to help with that. So anyway, I am doing my best to build up a small stash for this weekend when I will be away most of Saturday for my sister's bachelorette party.

I'm rambling... the question is... what do I give Alex to drink when giving him solids? Ideally I'd give him expressed BM in his cereal and in a sippy cup or bottle. I really want to get him taking a bottle (or a sippy cup) so that it's not traumatic when I go this Saturday and so that in the future he will continue to take a bottle. I started mixing formula in his cereal and giving him some formula in a bottle since my stash is gone. He doesn't mind it in the cereal, but sure isn't keen on drinking it from the bottle! Are you supposed to just give them water when you give them a solids meal?
post #37 of 478
We're not doing anything for bc yet. No sign of af, and it was quite some time before I saw her after the other kids were born. Up until the last month I would have been happy to get pregnant again, but Twyla screams if I move more than 5 feet from her right now, so that rosy thought has been squashed!

Juise, I don't really know the exact reason that epsom salts work, but it is used internally for constipation. So I figured that for a baby, enough would be absorbed through the skin to be a gentle alternative. I tried, and it worked. I'm sure someone else has tried it, but I had never heard of it being used that way before.

Danielle, maybe you could try bringing Nellah in when she pulls back; like we've talked about when babies bite. Also, I've noticed in my years of nursing babies that they often do those things (pulling, biting, etc.) when they aren't really hungry anymore and are just nursing for the fun of it.

Okay, I'm totally amazed at Kaia, Ashlee and Bear. It seems like babies that little just shouldn't be able to do all that!

, Rynna.

Cynthia, I'd just skip the formula and give some water.

Well I'm so glad school has started again! For the last month a neighbor boy has been coming over every day for most of the day. And while he's a nice kid, he'll show up 5 times while we're trying to do our homeschool work, even though I have asked him to come after 2:00. So I'm sure we'll see him as soon as he gets home from school, but at least we'll have the day to ourselves!

We're going to Wheatland this weekend. It's a traditional arts festival here in MI that we go to every year. Yay! There's great music, dancing, and TONS of stuff for kids. So we get up really early on Friday morning to drive up there and find a good camping spot. I can't wait! It's the only place I know of where you can get fried pickles, too! I've been waiting all year for those! Juise, have you ever been?
post #38 of 478
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Bear is not walking yet; He is absolutely convinced that he *can* walk, but his long skinny legs haven't quite gotten the message yet.

I'm in a rotten mood. Mike neglected to inform me of a few things and... well, long story short, I'm at my mom's house and I'm leaving BooBah and Bear here, and possibly Bella as well. I'm so angry right now, my head is spinning. I'm exhausted and not feeling well, but I have a lot of work to do and... well, it must be done. : Think happy thoughts at me, if you have them; I may not be online for a day or two.
Oh Rynna, hope things get better. :

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I don't know whats going on, but my thoughts are with you Rynna

Well DH and I had a heart to heart about bc and have pretty much decided to leave it in God's hands. If we get pregnant great! If we don't thats great too I'm just too iffy on all the bc methods available, neither one of us wants to get a permanent fix and I don't have the patience for NFP. If its gonna happen, its gonna happen.

I can't believe I'm still awake! I was up at 6 this morning and yesterday I crashed at 10, but I'm ok.
You're a braver lot than I am! But how nice to settle on a decision! Congrats on the $$ win!

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Danielle, my solution would be for you to spend more time playing trains. Soon enough, we'll all be dead and I don't know if they have Brio in heaven.

My big boys are back at school, complete with full PE kits, bookbags, pencil cases, the works. They also have the worlds best cakes: known as chocolate vortex cakes. Apple puree, cocoa, w/w flour, a bit of sugar, blueberries and a swirl of nutella in each case, topped with a scrape of cream cheese frosting and a chocolate dalek.
Ummm Recipe please!?!?:

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Thanks Helen -- you're right I should play trains more...I really can't stand it, but I do read him LOTS of train books...

Also, can anyone help me -- I have a bfing question. I posted this in bfing, but didn't get a reply.

So, Nellah has been pulling on my nipple when she nurses. As in, she's latched on and getting milk -- while at the same time pulling away with her head, and pushing on my chest with her fist.



It's painful and I would really like her to stop, but I have NO idea why she's doing it.

Ds was weened by 5 months. I didn't really understand the benefits of breastfeeding and really wanted my life back. So, this is the new territory for me -- and I really enjoy bfing but have no idea why she's doing this.
Hmm sometimes DD does this too, usually toward the end of the feeding, where she's still getting milk, but starts to be nosy about everything else. I"m not sure what to make of it, but usually she gets a goofy little grin. I usually respond with "what are you doing?" in a probably too-fun voice, but so far no real damage has been done. Heh, lots of help huh? Mommy2Austin has a better bit of advice on that one.


OH Jezzy .

I personally have a hard time reading my cycle signs these days. (It's been tough to ever since Mr Toona came along). I don't know how to tell about AF coming at this point in time, but seeing as she was a mighty rare visitor anyways before DD came along, I imagine it will take a while still. We're doing a combo of condoms and P&P. Mr Toona keeps talking the big V, but has not made an appointment to do so. Sometimes I think about the big T, but really it would be easier if he got fixed rather than me. I very much feel what Rynna said about the fertility being important to her, because I feel sort of like that but opposite. Sort of a means of wanting to finalize my decision to have no more. We're looked into IUD's but insurance does not cover them, so that's out. They only cover pills and the snip-snip.

I have a sleeping/pacifier question. DD usually goes to sleep for the night at about 8 o'clock. I"m still not with it enough to be ready before she is for this. We get home at 6 and between dinner, diaper washing and pump/bottle washing, well it's a beat the clock thing. Thankfully Mr Toona usually handles dinner and we go halfsies on the pump/bottles, but I still feel like there's no evening time at all.

Back to the question - she gets cranky/sleepy for her goodnight nursing/bed at right about 8 pm. I usually side-lie nurse her in bed and then end up falling asleep because she will stay latched on for goddess knows how long. I'd like to be able to transition her from bed to crib at this point in the game (at least until she wants to nurse next, I really need a few more minutes of grown-up time). I'm thinking the use of a pacifier after she's been comfort sucking for a while might help in this process. Such as swap out one nipple for the next. I'm also thinking that maybe if I goodnight nurse her sitting up (in the rocking chair or on the couch downstairs) to get her out of the habit us both lying down to nurse might help too, (it might make the transition to crib smoother too). But I wanted to see if anyone has tips/advice doing so.

I would kind of like her to sleep a bit longer through the night, with less nursing sessions (I need more sleep), but I understand that she needs momma time too, so this is my compromise, I hope.
post #39 of 478
Teeny- I dont see why you couldn't try a paci, but be forwarned Steven refuses to take one. He'll chew on it and play with it, but no way is he going to sleep with it. So just be prepared in the even she doesn't want one. Have you tried to detach her once the nutritive sucking stops? As soon as there is a long pause in Steven's suckling I gently remove my breast and 8/10 time he'll settle into sleep and I can get out of bed. Hope you can get more sleep girl!!
post #40 of 478
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Teeny- I dont see why you couldn't try a paci, but be forwarned Steven refuses to take one. He'll chew on it and play with it, but no way is he going to sleep with it. So just be prepared in the even she doesn't want one. Have you tried to detach her once the nutritive sucking stops? As soon as there is a long pause in Steven's suckling I gently remove my breast and 8/10 time he'll settle into sleep and I can get out of bed. Hope you can get more sleep girl!!
I've done the detaching sometimes. Probably too early. Usually she will keep doing sucking movements, then move her hand around as if she's looking for me, and when I'm not there, or am there but not within latching distance, she starts crying and wakes up. In fact, sometimes she moves her arm around looking for me (to suck or not, I'm not sure) and if she doesn't find me she wakes up crying. I think that's coming up at daycare during her naps too - she looks for me, I'm not there, so she wakes up crying.
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