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#1 of 122 Old 10-02-2011, 08:51 AM - Thread Starter
 
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October 2nd! its chilly and wonderful outside! im making vension chili and cleaning! i really wouldnt mind baking some pies today either. i just found out that i could can apple pie filling and i am very very very excited! Time to start working on my freezer stash! i said october 1st! and here i am still not started, i should go plug the freezer in and clean out the dust! im thinking today is most definatley a pie day! and a bannana bread day! oo yum!



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I was just coming to start this thread, so glad you did!!

I think I'll sort baby clothes today. My sister is a nanny for a little boy who was born around when our little guy will be, and the family she works for gave us a HUGE basket of clothes for baby, size 0-3, 3-6 and a few larger outfits too. Plus a few pairs of shoes - robeez, and some other soft soled shoes. Yay!!

Sooooo - what systems do you all have worked out for storing clothes until they're needed?

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Last Christmas we installed a closet organizer (one of the adjustable ones) in our used-to-be office, knowing it would become the baby's room.  It's got tons and tons of space, so we're not doing a dresser, just lots of bins and hanging bars. I went through all the clothing over the past few weeks, and right now I've got all her preemie-0/3M stuff hanging and in bins, and the rest of it is still in rubbermaid containers. I've sorted it from sizes, and labelled it on the outside, so I shouldn't have to touch the other bins until baby is about 3M old. Then it's just a matter of dumping it all in the washer, and hanging/folding it. Thankfully the size of the closet is perfect, that the big Rubbermaids I have, I can fit I think four of them across the bottom of the closet, underneath the shelves. It's a nice use of the space, because it wouldn't be practical for me to put anything down there anyways. 

 

Our problem storage wise is the oodles of toys we have that baby won't be ready for for at least a year. We're building some great storage spaces into our basement, but it's not ready yet, and I doubt it will be before she's born, so they're going to end up sitting in the basement... and it's probably the equivilant of about 6 rubbermaid containers worth of Brio and old time fisher price toys (think back to when we were all kids... my MIL kept it for DH). 

 

I took some photos last night, so I'm going to post them in the progress thread if anyone wants to see the organizer set up. 


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I have boxes of clothes in the closet. Baby's dresser is just one of those little plastic ones.. which usually work out fine for little itty bitty clothes, for a little while. The diapers are stored on the changing table.

 

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We are lucky enough in our new house to have a basement with tons of shelving, we store clothes that are the wrong sizes in plastic tubs according to size and gender on hte shelves (at least that is what we are going too - we did have the tubs stacked in our shed before we moved...the shelves will be so much easier!)

 

My SIL doesn't have much storage, she has really thin plastic tubs for clothes and toys that she stores under the beds....

 

I feel like I have so much to do in so little time...we are still just unpacking at this point, got a ton accomplished today so I am hoping to get to the baby stuff next weekend...if not it has to wait until the second weekend in November because I'm working a second job for several weekends to fund my maternity leave...

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DD was a flower girl in SIL's wedding yesterday. She did a great job and had so much fun throwing flower petals. She insisted on throwing them on her way our as well. It was a really great day but I'm so glad it's all over. MIL and the groom's mom are both very dramatic and there were so many little things leading up to the big day that exploded into ridiculous arguments and my poor SIL was always caught in the middle trying to please everyone. The reception and dance were okay. DH and I felt a little old. SIL is only 20 and her husband is 22 so the crowd at the dance was pretty young, which meant the DJ's played music that would mostly appeal to them. It was either that, or country music which DH and I don't really care for. I commented to DH at one point about playing a song that came out before 2009 and literally the next song they played was the Macarena. Talk about feeling old!

We have yet to get all of DD's old clothes from when she was a baby. It's all in boxes at my dad's house so maybe we'll get it this weekend when we visit. We didn't know what we were having until after both my showers so most of the 0-3 stuff is unisex which is good since I really think this one is a boy. After that we'll have to see. Hopefully we'll get a lot of good baby clothes for Christmas too. I'm not sure where we're going to keep all the clothes since we'll be in our 2 bedroom apartment until the spring. I'm sure we'll find somewhere to keep them though.

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Just had my shower last night :) :) It was SOOO nice.. except I was really sick. Had a horrible headache from the huge weather change we had, and ended up having to run out half way through to throw up.. bummer because I know the ladies who threw it for me worked really hard! Thankfully I was able to pull it together enough to enjoy it as much as I could
 

 

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Awww I'm jealous of all the shower goodies. I'm torn, because I am so shy, and I hated my bridal shower-- I still felt uncomfortable around several of Rob's family, and there wasn't much from my family there. But I'm just so much more excited about this baby, and sharing that... so I'm excited for the baby shower. But I think if we have one (DH now seems to be trying to prep me that we might not actually get one...) it will be after the baby anyways... so perhaps not until January. So I guess we'll see. 

 

mamaecho-- I've been seeing that popup on pinterest all the time lately! It makes me giggle, but I don't have the nerve for it. lol. 

 

Caitlin-- DH laughed at me the other day, because all of a sudden I was like "I... wha... Oh my gosh, we're going to get christmas gifts for the baby too!" It was a big eye opener at just how much more stuff we could potentially be amassing. We've already got all the clothing and most of the little things. Most of the things left are either really small (bottle brush, some books, washcloths) or really big ($500 stroller, $400 glider). We're trying to push as many people towards gift certificates for the strollers as possible, just to leave the gift options available. I can see us running out of gift ideas for people really quickly. 


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Rustydaisies:  I haven't been able to find a flavorful, moist banana bread recipe.  I'd love to try yours!

futuremamaheather:  My idea for storing baby's clothes is to put them in a plastic tote as I find them.  Still in the process of finding them ...

Caitlin0919:  I know how you feel about the music thing... I actually have younger sisters who are still at home (12 and 14) and I don't relate to a lot of their music.   To add insult to injury:   I've even caught myself complaining about the inappropriateness of the lyrics -- that will make you feel old.  (From a hardcore music fan, that's pretty lame)  Whatever.  Rock on!  jammin.gif

mamaecho:  Sorry you were feeling sick.  :(  The breastfeeding hat is precious, though! thumb.gif I've seen those before, and I absolutely want one!

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Hey, I remember dancing to the Macarena in college... uh.. I mean... 

 

*sigh*

 

Oh well- I kind of like being a little older more than being younger.  I feel more settled into the person I choose to be, and don't worry much about what other people think.  If I could magically fix the grey hairs without chemicals, life would be complete. 

 

Things here are busy, but good.  I'm on a 'clear out everything' mission.  My DD's room is going to be shifted over to being a second play room, and  sleeping space for the boys for naptimes over the next week or so.  She's taken to sleeping in my room on her own bed (we have a family sleeping space) and we're putting a set of shelves up in one of the little-kid free zones so she can have storage for her bigger kid stuff. This should make the logistics of our house a little easier if we do have to stay here longer than planned. 

 

I'm going to do a bunch of that today, then tomorrow we have to run into town to get groceries. Hmm.. two year old has learned to move pack and play (his napping spot since he was TINY) across the kitchen.  Hes currently getting into the cupboard with the dog food.  *sigh*  I suppose I should do something about that more than sitting here saying 'hey, stop that! '   Stellar parenting today, really!

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insidevoice, if I had been a baby gear designer when I had toddlers, pack & plays would have roofs and you'd be able to buy velcro pajama and bed sheet sets :)

 

I just tortured myself all night for nothing. DH's moms memorial was yesterday and we talked in the evening. He seemed okay but said something that sounded off... I asked if he'd been drinking and he said "Not yet... I haven't decided if I'm going to" Now, I've never seen him drunk, he's diabetic and alcohol messes with his sugars so he'll have one or two on rare occasions. However, there was the story of his first marriage where he went out and got so drunk that his mom thought he had alcohol poisoning. And when they split up, he went out and drank like that again... so majorly stressful life event, with his brothers (they were there for the first two)... this is the formula for stupidity. He said he'd call back later, but I hadn't heard from him by 10:30 and tried him, no answer. I went to bed & tossed and turned until 2:30 when I sent him a text saying I'm worried, call or text. I went upstairs to see if he'd posted anything to facebook that would settle me down. There wasn't anything from him, but someone had put up a picture of his brother by a fire looking pretty far gone. So I spent the rest of the night trying not to cry, hoping he wasn't choking on vomit or deciding to drive anywhere. He called at 8 this morning to tell me he fell asleep at 9 last night. He slept through everything! So now I'm getting the kids off to school then I'm coming home, having a good cry and going to sleep! he's driving his 'adopted' sister (exchange student from when they were teenagers) to the airport. I wish I wasn't such a good worrier!


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Ohhh.. velcro pajama and bed sheet sets- what a FABULOUS plan!   Yeah,  I have a three year old and a two year old, I'm not above daydreaming about duct tape. :P

 

I'm glad your DH decided to make better decisions last night- my DH doesn't drink normally, but nearly killed himself with alcohol when his mother died a few years ago.  I understand the worry- it's really hard when you can't be right there to make sure everything is ok. 

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I could use some velcro PJs for my 2yo right now....really, you are "hungry" "thirsty" "scared" "have to go potty" etc etc etc all in a 15min period?? And you could not climb the stairs to your bedroom when it was bedtime, but, for some reason have no trouble at all climbing back down after bedtime??

 

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insidevoice~ that must have been so scary, I don't know what I would have done if I got the call that he'd drank too much.

 

LilMomma~ mine still do that some nights! It drives me around the bend. At my parents cabin, there's a bear skin hanging in the stairwell, face down (they aren't hunters, my mom works at a thrift store and it came in there already in rug form) DD was 'scared' of it and demanded an escort anytime she needed to go up or down during the day, but somehow she worked up the nerve to go by it when they snuck out of bed at night!

 

I'm really good and ready for a drama-free day... DS told me that at school today another boy threatened to kill him. He responded with "Try it." and the kid said he's bringing a knife tomorrow. They're NINE! This is over Pokemon cards, seriously. DS isn't scared at all & I doubt anything will happen, but I emailed the teacher. I'm bringing him in the office way instead of letting DS play on the school grounds until the bell rings, just to err on the side of caution tomorrow. 


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I'm really good and ready for a drama-free day... DS told me that at school today another boy threatened to kill him. He responded with "Try it." and the kid said he's bringing a knife tomorrow. They're NINE! This is over Pokemon cards, seriously. DS isn't scared at all & I doubt anything will happen, but I emailed the teacher. I'm bringing him in the office way instead of letting DS play on the school grounds until the bell rings, just to err on the side of caution tomorrow. 


Oh my gosh!  My daughter is a Pokemon crazed kid, but I can't imagine!  I'd be demanding that the school step in- especially if the kid is threatening to bring a knife.  DD's bio-dad took a knife with him to school throughout his childhood, so I know it isn't a new development, but I know how broken his childhood was.  I can't imagine what I would do in that situation... I'd probably be trying to go to school with my kid as a bodyguard!

 

 

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Ok, baby has definitely flipped over most of the time now- his/her head is very low and rolling around in my pelvis.  Such a strange feeling.  My other children haven't dropped into the pelvis nearly so early, but after this many pregnancies, I suppose my body has a plan.  

 

If only the legs weren't finding purchase in my ribs still!  (Darn short torso!)

 

I couldn't sleep well last night, so I got up at about 4am.  While I know I will regret it later, it's kind of nice to have the quiet house to myself for a couple hours.  Ahh- three sleeping children! Summer appears to be having a last hurrah today with highs in the 90s, so I plan to do as little as possible later in the day. Hmm, maybe I can find a movie for the kids and nap.... mmm.. afternoon nap!

 

I *may* have an ultrasound in the next week or so- I've been having very sharp pains in one point of my uterus, and they are worried about scarring and rupture. I think that if I do, I might just see if we can figure out the gender. :D I knew things would get more medical towards the end, so I find ways to make peace with that as I can. 

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Oh my gosh!  My daughter is a Pokemon crazed kid, but I can't imagine!  I'd be demanding that the school step in- especially if the kid is threatening to bring a knife.  DD's bio-dad took a knife with him to school throughout his childhood, so I know it isn't a new development, but I know how broken his childhood was.  I can't imagine what I would do in that situation... I'd probably be trying to go to school with my kid as a bodyguard!

 

 


Oh, the school stepped in. I'm really happy with the response I got when we went in a little early this morning. The principal had already called the kids dad, who called his daycare and had them check the boys backpack. The principal will have a chat with the boy when he gets to school, and he and DS will be separated in class. The teacher said to Roland that he's impressed with how he handling the situation (his "Try it." comment, telling me, not being afraid to come back to school) and thanked me for letting him know right away about the problem. The kid was most likely just trying to intimidate DS, and had no intention of following through, I just wanted to make sure on the off chance that he really meant it.

 

I hope you get your nap this afternoon, a movie sounds like a good plan. I think Blobby is mostly head down now, too. I hope the ultrasound gives you peace of mind and there's no sign of rupturing about to happen. Maybe you have a pulled muscle or something.


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I *may* have an ultrasound in the next week or so- I've been having very sharp pains in one point of my uterus, and they are worried about scarring and rupture. I think that if I do, I might just see if we can figure out the gender. :D I knew things would get more medical towards the end, so I find ways to make peace with that as I can. 


Just out of curiosity...is the pain constant?  I've been having sharp pain too on my right side (where the placenta is), but it's not constant.  I was a little worried about it yesterday, though.

 


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Mummoth:  I'm so happy the school has a good handle on this!  It made me think of a situation I dealt with when my DD was in kindergarten, and the stress of not getting an appropriate response from her school.  Your son seems confidant and wise to let you in on what's going on.  thumb.gif


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Just out of curiosity...is the pain constant?  I've been having sharp pain too on my right side (where the placenta is), but it's not constant.  I was a little worried about it yesterday, though.

 



There is a constant underlying ouch, but this is a sharp/stabby pain, particularly bad whenever I have BH.  It feels 'off' to me somehow.  My OB is good, and not over-reactive, but concerned enough with my history that he put in an order for an US should it not get better in the next day or so.  

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Well let us know he finds!  Mine isn't constant, so I'm not overly-concerned about it.  I'll ask my OB about it the next time I'm there.  It does hurt enough though, that I totally have to breath through the pain, so that's weird.  It lasts about 30 seconds.  Is anyone else having weird pains?  I also had these cramps that were in the front and in my back really low, but I was not contracting when they happened.  They would come in waves every 5 minutes or so.  I'm wondering if the baby was on my colon and I was trying to pass something, because I went a lot later that day, but they were also freaking me out.  Seems like I'm all cramps these days!


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Ok, baby has definitely flipped over most of the time now- his/her head is very low and rolling around in my pelvis.  Such a strange feeling.  My other children haven't dropped into the pelvis nearly so early, but after this many pregnancies, I suppose my body has a plan.  

 

If only the legs weren't finding purchase in my ribs still!  (Darn short torso!)

 

I couldn't sleep well last night, so I got up at about 4am.  While I know I will regret it later, it's kind of nice to have the quiet house to myself for a couple hours.  Ahh- three sleeping children! Summer appears to be having a last hurrah today with highs in the 90s, so I plan to do as little as possible later in the day. Hmm, maybe I can find a movie for the kids and nap.... mmm.. afternoon nap!

 

I *may* have an ultrasound in the next week or so- I've been having very sharp pains in one point of my uterus, and they are worried about scarring and rupture. I think that if I do, I might just see if we can figure out the gender. :D I knew things would get more medical towards the end, so I find ways to make peace with that as I can. 


My baby has recently made residence in my ribs too. I don't remember my older 2 really bothering my ribs all that much, but this one!.... I get woken up with him kicking my ribs!

 

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I had a 3hr glucose screening today. Not fun. I had to stay in the dr's office from 8am-11:30. I did get a chance to work on a paper for a class, but I still would have rather slept in a little more.

 


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I have no idea what position my baby is in :-/ I think she may still be laying straight across!!! She feels kind of low but not super low... and she is definately not in my rib cage.

 

Mummoth- I think you have met your drama quota! I'm really glad the school stepped in and took it seriously though...

 

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My most recent ultrasound yesterday showed both the babies are frank breech.  I was wondering why I feel so beat up - I have two heads and 2 sets of feet kicking me in the ribs.  When I have a BH my belly takes on this weird heart shape.  Now I am trying some spinning babies techniques.  My 2 year old seems to think that if I do an anterior inversion off the couch I am really just creating a human slide for her to climb on (can't be good for my back.)


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I had a really good MW appt yesterday. She was in the area, so she came to the house, it was such a relief because she lives about 1hr15min away. So, all was good, and I see her again in 4-5 weeks. I suppose after that we'll squeeze them a little closer.  My girls loved hearing the HB, I think it's the first time for them both. My 4 yr. old was there was DD2 was born and still remembers it and can't wait for this one!!


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When my past MDC  DDCs ended, we had to find an off-site location to continue chatting as a group.  Unfortunately, a lot of the DDC members didn't come along when the group left MDC.  greensad.gif  Once in a while, I happen across people from my old DDCs in Life With a Babe.

 

This is why I'm excited that MDC is hosting on-site social groups so we can stay in touch without leaving MDC.  I don't think there is much time commitment involved to be the organizer.  I'll have to ask some questions about that...


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When my past MDC  DDCs ended, we had to find an off-site location to continue chatting as a group.  Unfortunately, a lot of the DDC members didn't come along when the group left MDC.  greensad.gif  Once in a while, I happen across people from my old DDCs in Life With a Babe.

 

This is why I'm excited that MDC is hosting on-site social groups so we can stay in touch without leaving MDC.  I don't think there is much time commitment involved to be the organizer.  I'll have to ask some questions about that...



I don't keep in touch with any from DS2's - but, didn't get very involved either as FT student; but, I am still FB friends with several of the people from DS1's - one lady I see pretty often IRL too because we live close and she is also friends with my mom because of homeschooling haha ;-) Even so, the social group sounds liek a great plan...I kinda like you ladies :-)

 

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Thanks, LilMomma83.  :)

I just re-visited the social group thread.  AveryLamb is on top of it.  Looks like we'll be co-leading.  smile.gif 

Other than approving members, the only other responsibility a leader has is to enforce MDC user guidelines -- our DDC has never had an issue with violations, at least not that I've seen.  In the unlikely event that there is a problem, I don't mind taking care of it.


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Thanks, LilMomma83.  :)

I just re-visited the social group thread.  AveryLamb is on top of it.  Looks like we'll be co-leading.  smile.gif 

Other than approving members, the only other responsibility a leader has is to enforce MDC user guidelines -- our DDC has never had an issue with violations, at least not that I've seen.  In the unlikely event that there is a problem, I don't mind taking care of it.


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