Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I've hung out here, except for my brief pop-in about the cyst experience, which, by the way, is over now--thank goodness! Thank you to those of you who responded; it was super helpful. My midwives & doc were very reassuring that cysts are normal and come and go on their own all the time. And I was very pleased that mine went away in a couple days.
I just had a great time reading and catching up on how y'all are doing. I LOVE all the photos!!!
Sara, I'm glad to hear you are hanging in there & resting up, healing slowly and surely. Your little ones are adorable!!!
Desert, I loved your super moon pics, and the gorgeous belly pics too! I am so happy for you guys. Sounds like things are going really well. I'm curious to hear others' responses to your sex question. I'm not big enough yet that my belly's really gotten in the way - the main obstacle is my *excruciating* heartburn that comes on strong in any random moment and it is not sexy at ALL! But I'm wishing for you two many fun, comfortable sexy times in the coming months (and years)! ;)
Crystal, I'm sorry to hear that things are still kinda rough out there, but I'm glad to hear that you two had a good conversation about your fight. My therapist always says that it's not conflict that's a problem, but how you deal with it that can become a problem. So being able to process together when you are both calm & able to do so is a really good step. :)
Amanda, I really enjoyed the news article. Thanks so much for sharing, and sorry to hear about your not-so-supportive neighbors. It's their loss - your family sounds amazing, and I always appreciate your wisdom and the stories you share in here.
Brite, I am thinking of you guys! Hang in there just a bit longer, little one! I am sending your family lots of love in this suspenseful time. I have a really good feeling about your upcoming birth, whenever it will be. :)
Dandy! Those are some awesome ultrasound photos! Congratulations, due date buddy!!!! I am so happy that things are going well for you guys. You have inspired me to finally post some photos. Oh yeah, and as an English teacher, I LOVE the comic you posted! Too funny!!! One of my students with two moms was so annoyed with the computer's auto-correct when she was writing a story about her family. It wouldn't let her write "moms'" without giving her a grammar alert. We spent some time trying to teach the computer the truth, but ultimately had to just resolve to ignore it.
AFU, 21 weeks! Yeah! We had our big 20 week ultrasound on Friday. It was so reassuring to see that all the important parts are there and that the baby is healthy, and that there's nothing to worry about at this point! After we had the ultrasound, we spent all day celebrating. A trip to the beach, lots of delicious food, some good exploring and spending time with sweet friends. We are ridiculously excited and happy at this point! Below are some pics from Friday...
This baby already has my nose!
The growin' belly
Take care, everyone! xoxo
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Well, I couldn't figure out how to delete a post. So this is me deleting by way of editing. Thanks for understanding...!
And just one more..
P.S. Happy belated mother's and mothers' day to all of you!
Uh oh. I swear I did not mean to post my message four times. How embarrassing! My computer froze and I thought I lost the whole thing, and tried to re-post it.. guess it's like the opposite of the whole post being lost. Sorry about that!!
planet - beautiful belly and us pics!!!
isa - little E is beautiful! love how you are continuing with the chalkboard! creative moms :)!!!
mizy - your pics are awesome - what an awesome looking fam :)!
ahope - thanks!
sara and seraf - always love your pics! Soren is looking so healthy and cute!!! Hope you are well both of you!
belly button inspection
third birthday morning
thank you thank you thank you!
mommy and two wonderful babes
afm: the weather here turned from fleece to tank tops in minutes. we have the heater on at night sometimes, and are melting in the day. it is lovely.
my DD turned 3. She had two birthday parties with each side of our fam. I loved watching my growing girl: eat supper without any parental input at the kids table, play hockey like a girl (grrrr!) with her older boy cousins, treat her handmade constuction paper cards from her cousins as precious treasures, wear underpants with no accidents for 3 days now!
I've also been watching my two babes together - how Sage's face lights up when Z is near. How Sage doesn't mind being pummelled by her sister - she loves it. she squeals with delight! S is rolling a bit to the side, smiling, and chatting up a storm just like her sister did.
been catching the eye of my wife. smiling while we both watch our little ones growing way too fast.
Good morning, all.
Planet, I got up this morning and went, wow, 6 posts! Sorry it gave you such trouble. I totally understand because it usually freaks out and eats my posts, too. The US pic is great. That is quite a nose, Soren's came out looking quite different than his US. I hope your heartburn feels better.
Isa, you asked about diaper rash a while ago. We change often but babies in summer get pretty rashy. Shay has a neck rash most of the time. My kids are dry almost all the time but they've still gotten diaper rashes. Sometimes it's the laundry soap, sometimes the wipes, sometimes the diapers themselves (Osha's bad rash was a food sensitivity). My favorite is to use plain water to clean baby bits and air dry before re-diapering. Diapers without covers around the house are nice, for airflow. We haven't been brave enough to let Soren sleep without a diaper, but Shay goes longer between pees (I'm not fooling anyone he rarely wears anything on his rump) so I let him hang out naked at night after his last pee to let his skin breathe. I know I'm not the only one, tho. Because you have a girl it would be a bit easier for you to just let her sleep on a prefold for one of her naps (tho Ari used to pee straight up at times, I hear that is the exception). I fully support getting out of the house every day!
We got to see Yellow and her family yesterday, which was super fun.
Shay nursed with Sara for the first time yesterday, too.
This video is Shay's new snarfy noise. You can't tell from the video that he has carrot puree from his eyebrows down. He rubbed his eyes, oh yeah!
OMOM, crosspost, what is she wearing? Is that a swimsuit?
SERAF - yup, we are all into the one piece uv swim suits because we camp a lot and spend many hours in the sun :)
Good morning all~ Sorry I've been out of the loop, but that's how it's going to be for the near future. Even if I"m not posting much, I"m always thinking of you all!!
Planet~ Wow! What great pix, and what an u/s! How sweetly amazing that baby already has your nose. Isn't that the most wonderful feeling? When we had an u/s that showed Alice's foot, with its big monkey toe just like mine, I broke down realizing that this was really truly my baby. So happy for you!!
OMOM~ I love your photos, too, especially bellybutton inspection! Both participants look thrilled.
Saras~ I love your photos too, and second your quest for proper sun protection for my palest of babies. We'd bought the Nutrogena stuff, but apparently it was released that it causes all kinds of mayhem so we threw it in the trash asap! Hats, shirts, etc are all in use, but I guess we'll have to keep looking for some additional protection.
Hello everyone else~ Hope all is well. Rainbow! How are you feeling? How's your baby hanging in there?! Dandy? NosReves? And hello to all you lurkers from the TTC board I'm sending out love that you'll be joining us soon. We need you!!
AFM~ Just crazyness. Our garage sale was much work, but after it was all said and done (including hauling the unsold books to Half Price) we made about $375, so I will not complain. The packing continues. Our POD will be delivered Thursday, Vietnam Vets will come Friday and haul away all unsold garage sale stuff plus whatever other stuff we put out for them so that is a bonus. Our dresses are nearly done (at the first fitting my dress looked AWFUL on me, but we've revamped it and it should look much better now. DP and Ace look awesome) Alice's HFM rash has flared up again. OH, and the cherry on the cake of it all: with four days left in the school year, Mean Girl has 'declined to give me a recommendation' for South Carolina teacher certification because she 'just doesn't think she can give a positive reference' and can't really recommend me for a job. So, several years of shit have culminated in this giant back stab which might effectively end my career. Wow.
Hope everyone has a terriffic Tuesday. I'll post again when I can, and will be reading along meantime. LOVE YOU ALL!!! xoxox
library - that sucks. mean girl. gah. I feel like we should write a saga of the queer parenting board folks vs mean girl. perhaps a graphic novel. queer librarians are so hot - they would sell like mad. someone, please make this. how are things with DP and packing? hoping you are sharing more of the load and stress and doing well :)
seraf - today I'm going to try to remember what my DD1 smelled like. :( I forget. Sage smells different then she did though for sure. ALso on the list for today is to try and describe how sage smells. earthy but not in a funky way. sweet earth baby? I'll work on that.
seeing you two sharing feeding and tandem feeding makes me all wishin that was our situation. a question - was it hard for either of you to let the other feed the other babe? my dp doesn't want to feed sage - and I wish she did - but I also realized that if I walked into a room and she was feeding sage wtihout any warning, i might freak out inside. like I'd need some mental prep to share feeding. I was wondering how that felt for you seraf after 6 months of solo feeding and for your sara with all your new hormones. I wasn't expecting to feel that way - breastfeeding overwhelmed me before I started doin it. DP was cool with me feeding DD1 - but I guess we talked alot about it and she was preped for it. Maybe that is what makes the difference.
sara - how are you feeling? how does it feel feeding Shay vs Soren? Sage started latching with vacuum sucking action that I woudl have found totally overwhelming right off the bat. But it makes me laugh now. Doesn't hurt, just makes me go HOLY CRAP!
wehrli - I'm so so pumped for you. July is so close! Hoping your TTC journey is short and so sweet.
isa - sage started really understanding how to move her hands into her mouth a couple weeks ago. she doesn't such on her hand - but her whole fist. sometimes both of them - with this really serious face. I love it. what is E up to these days? getting smiles yet? how far apart are they? 3 weeks or 4? Sage was March 21st.
Hi everyone! Dandy - are you going to tri pride?!? :)
ladies- deal with harsh acid reflux with Manukaguard - worked wonders for us
Hey~ just a moment but wanted to give a big hug for your support and a hearty second to the idea of the movie/graphic novel of the MDP vs Mean Girl. She hasn't even looked at me today, just walks right past. I do have other references, and will add more, but it's a huge slam if your current administrator can't recommend you for hire. Ugh.
Oop, later than I thought. More soon xoxo
I'm up at DP's family cottage and just have dial-up internet access, so I'm not reading/writing as often as I would like. That said, it's gorgeous up here. We're on Georgian Bay so it's quite a rugged, rocky coast. Unfortunately, the water is super-low this year, so I hope we have a wet June (for the water levels and for our veggie garden at home, which is parched!). I'll take some pics and upload them from home later. We're here for the next 2.5 weeks, so I'm hoping to get lots of dissertation work done. DP is gone to her practicum placement during the day, so it's just me and the dog all day, and the kicking pickle in my belly, of course! :)
OMOM: It doesn't look like we'll make KW pride this year because we're up north. I would've really liked to see you all there! I imagine you're going? We're going to Toronto Pride this year for the first time in forever. Any chance you're making the trip? Those sister pics of your two DDs are gorgeous. Love the purple diaper! Happy birthday to DD1! Those are some fantastic things to be proud of, especially her holding her own at hockey! Atta girl! We should arrange to get together sometime. I'd love to meet your wonderful family!
Rainbow, how you doing? Hope your little girl is contentedly hanging out for a while longer! Sending you positive energy!
Library, Ugh, ugh, ugh... mean girl is just a nasty piece of work! I really hope this isn't career-damaging for you. I love the idea of a graphic novel to document her meanness, and make it laughable. I also hope you get your goodbye party. I wish we could organize something like that for you guys! You deserve it! Congrats on the successful garage sale!! The move is getting so close. It must be awesome to have a long trip across the ocean to look forward to, with time to relax and prepare for the next step of your journey. Can't wait to see the pics of those wedding dresses!
Sara x 2, your family is beautiful! Sara, I'm glad you're starting to feel like yourself again. Sending you lots of positive energy. The pic of you double-breastfeeding is wonderful! The videos of Shay and Soren are so cute. Love the one of Shay trying to eat Soren! Hope you all had a great visit with Mizyellow!!
Mizyellow, hunches as to what we're having? My default pronoun is "she" but I don't know for sure. DP thinks we're having a girl but only because we're having a harder time coming up with girl names. I've been getting predictions of both from people that swear they're able to read a pregnancy accurately. My hunch is leaning towards girl, but only by about 51% so that's not too strong! :) Your family pics are gorgeous, btw! You have a beautiful family!! Hope you had a great visit with the Saras & co.!
Isa, Those pics of E at 1 mth are amazing! What a sweet, beautiful babe! It's sounds like things are going really well with you guys! As for the Karma room, that's pretty funny! It's called that because it's associated with the KARMA fertility clinic. It's an acronym, but I always thought that it's a strange name for a fertility clinic -- it's almost implies that you'll get pregnant only if you deserve to! Ugh. Talk about loading up on the anxiety of TTC! :) Hopefully it has better connotations as an ultrasound room!
Desert, I'll PM you my address, but if you don't want to send stuff to Canada, that's totally okay! Happy 25 weeks! I'm so excited for you guys!
Planet, hey, due date buddy! Was excited to see your post!! What beautiful pics! I love the thumb-sucking! Pickle looked like s/he was doing the same at one point but we didn't get a pic. And you look amazing!!!! So glad you're happy and excited and just enjoying this wonderful time! I have terrible heartburn too, so I can absolutely commiserate. I try not to bend down too much, but to squat instead. That helps to prevent it a little. I hope yours gets better soon.
Wehrli, your TTC news is so exciting!! I can't wait to start following this new journey, and I hope it happens quickly!!
QOTD, Sun protection! We won't have to worry about it too much yet with the babe coming in October and being over 6 mos before next summer hits. But I have to share that one of the small bonuses to our donor was that he has an olive complexion. I'm pasty-white Irish. I burn easily and never tan, so I'm constantly slathering on sunscreen in the summer months, and wearing high-neck, long-sleeved UV shirts. The possibility of giving our kid a little bit of genetic help in that area was a definite plus! :) But, I'm always on the lookout for a better natural, non-toxic sun-screen, so if anyone has recommendations, let me know. We're switching over to Green Beaver from Alba this year. I haven't had a chance to pick any up yet, but I hear it's good.
AFU and in other news. We had a midwife appt yesterday to review the u/s results. Everything is looking great, and so we're on track for a home birth at this point! :) We're also feeling like quite the little family.... we purchased a 2nd hand pop-up tent trailer yesterday with a little kitchen in it! We still have to get the hitch installed on our car to take it home, but we're excited for roadtrips and camping weekends in the future, especially with kid(s). We're already planning our first trip out East to Nova Scotia and PEI in August! Can't wait!
Hope everyone is doing well! Talk soon!
Just dropping in!
Rainbow how are you feeling?
Not much time for personals, just lurking mostly now a days Layla is a handful! .
Hi! I introduced myself over on my newbie thread. I'm reading along and catching up on everyone's story. I've also stalked a few of your blogs and swooned over your lovely family pics.
I'm lurking and looking forward to getting to know you all!
Hey you all! Thanks for appreciating my photos! And just to clarify, in the ultrasound pic, our baby isn't sucking their thumb. It's the umbilical cord and placenta! Pretty amazing, right???
Quick question, what does "EC" stand for? Seems like something I need to learn about!
Dandy, YaY for your exciting midwife appointment! I'm so glad all is well for you guys. :)
I'm loving all the baby photos, keep 'em coming! It fills me with love to see them. The other day I met my friends' 3-week old baby. SO adorable!!! He was like a little burrito, all swaddled up. I got to hold him a lot so his parents could eat and rest. Dreamy times...
Welcome, CountingApples! :)
Sending love to all of you!
hi gals. sorry for the radio silence. i've been tired and unmotivated these last few weeks, and i'm just trying to get through my last week or teaching hell. once it's all over, i'll have a long, long break and will certainly be more chatty. i've been keeping up with everyone on here and FB, and DP and i have been ooo'ing and aaah'ing over all the adorable baby and belly pics. strangely enough, i seem to dream about at least one of you every other night. i've even had a couple of prophetic ones, but that's not unusual for me. i'm 10 weeks and 2 days now, and i have my NT scan in exactly two more weeks. i hope both of our little sprouts are still doing well.... i worry a bit, because i haven't had m/s at all really. i get an upset stomach after eating sometimes and heartburn, but that's the extent of it. i've been "communing" with the porcelain god, as i have to pee a lot during the day and *at least* 4 times a night and i am also struggling mightily with the "bottom half" of the digestive process.... and then there are my boobs.....
i had my second pre-natal appointment with my gynecologist last week, and she said my uterus is gianormous and that i've gained too much weight (she even asked me if i drink a lot of coke....grr) i keep reading that it's good to gain weight early with twins, but she said i was wrong and that i don't need to eat more with twins and then she said that i should see a nutritionist. she also didn't ask me one single question about how i was doing/feeling. i cannot wait for my care to be transferred to the midwives over at the hospital next month....
so yeah, that's where i'm at right now.....back in another tww-esque limbo until we see what's going on in my belly.
library: thanks for asking after me and sorry to have not responded before. i'm soooo p.o.'d with mean girl that i feel like doing something childish to her (tp'ing her house or having 100 pizzas delivered to her...that type of thing). it's probably just the hormones talking, though. have a fabulous trip across the pond! next time you'll have to come down this way.
desert: my EDD seems to be 19 dec 2012 (although the french sites sometimes say the 28th). love the new pics of you and your baby mama, btw.
greets to everyone else. i'll try to get on those personals once i get my grades turned in next week.
gros bisous à toutes et tous!
Hopelessly behind but...
Planet: Beautiful photos! You definitely have the pregnant look now, and the u/s photos are wonderful. So glad all is going well.
Seraf and Sara: The pic of Sara nursing both boys made me laugh out loud. I can't get over the look on your face, Sara. The new pics are lovely, too. "Little-big brother" is just about right. And Soren's eyes are amazing. Seraf: your nursing and wrangling Soren in the wee hours sounds wonderful (for Sara, that is ;-). Your boys are really lucky to have two nursing mamas/babas. Funny that the bottle bothers you. I guess seeing L drink from a bottle bothered me a bit (mostly because it felt like a waste, if I was there and all), but seeing her gulp my milk (leftover from when I was at work) from a sippy cup makes me kind of happy. She just loves the milk so much. I just don't want her to decide that she likes it better from a sippy than from me.
Counting Apples: Congrats and welcome!
Library: GRRR. After all you've done to bust your rear end at work... I'm so sorry. What a wench.
Mami: No one has the right to judge you and your family like that. Growl. If you are open to other faiths/denominations, there is an extremely open, welcoming, and queer-friendly/inclusive Unitarian church here in Geneva. They are so amazing that I almost wish I was some variety of Christian so that we could go there (and send Z to religious school there). Sounds like Isa has some good ideas, too. Happy half birthday to Layla!! She is gorgeous. We are members at the Brookfield Zoo and should go there together sometime!
Wehrli: JULY?! Holy crap! That's awesome!
Nos: So much waiting...even once pregnant. I hope your midwives are much better than your cranky gyno. Yuk. Hang in there. It gets so much better!
Isa: How is the baby wearing going? Love the pics of baby E. Keep em coming!
AFM: I did a workshop on campus that I got paid for and...I bought a new wrap. Hee hee. I love it. It is my favorite carrier so far (ok, except for my beloved grey ring sling). I'm selling two others to keep myself from breaking the bank. It is a linen/cotton blend with little fishies woven in. I only have one not very good pic (tired baby, funny look on my face), but here it is anyway:
Mami~ Such cute photos!!! And WTF to the judgey church people (though that's a pretty redundant phrase in my opinion). Did they actually use the words 'sexual intercourse'? I'm so sorry they treated you like that and I hope you can find something better elsewhere.
nos~ Hey!! Nice to see you and glad you're doing so well (no matter what cranky medical professionals might say...) I never had any morning sickness, etc, so I know what you mean about being anxious sometimes, but I was most definitely knocked up and it all turned out well, so I'm sure you'll be fine. And we will SO be visiting you at some point!!! I LOVE the 100 pizzas idea. For real.
Sara/Seraf~ what a gorgeous family you have. That photo of Shay smooching Soren is adorable.
AHope~ Sleepy baby face!! That is a great sling, though, and she's looking very relaxed in it.
I know there are more I'm missing, but HELLO to everyone else. Today's the last day of school with students and the second to last day ever. I can't wait to be rid of this place, which is sad because it used to be the most amazing school I'd ever worked in. I have zero prospects in South Carolina, but in a way I'm kind of glad for the snub since it might force me out of my comfort zone and make me get a non-school job. I've wanted to switch library types for a while, hopefully this will be a great opportunity. In other stress, our POD was delivered yesterday (and DP kindly noodled on the internet all afternoon and waited for me to get home before starting to put the boxes I'd packed into it. Grrrr...) so the countdown clock has begun in earnest. The magical universe part is that Wednesday Ace and I were playing in the yard and saw a neighbor friend~ a chat led to the info that she had friends who needed a house asap. Long story short, a lovely young couple is going to move in next weekend after we move out, and might even be able to keep the cats for the summer. It's such a weight off. The universe really handed us this one.
More later xoxo