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#91 of 106 Old 07-24-2004, 05:17 PM
 
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I'm waiting for the heartburn to kick in! I had it really bad with my last pregnancy I'm just assuming I'll have it again but so far so good! I don't remember when it started last time but I certainly feel like it had already started by 29 weeks (where I am now).

By the way Clara did NOT have piles of hair as birth, very little in fact so the old wives tale didn't work in our case!
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Any other first-time Mamas thinking this may also be their last? My DH and I always wanted to have one baby, adopt one baby. I've waited so long to get pregnant, and it seems to be going by so fast! It makes me sad to think this may be my only pregnancy!

I thought I was the only one excited about diapers!!! So far we have 36 kissaluvs, and plan on using prefolds after that with Prowraps, Bumpy Wool Covers, and Aristrocrats for night-time use.

Gottaknit, I'm so sorry about your sister. I can't believe she would be so inconsiderate! My in-laws are really uncomfortable with the birth center, co-sleeping, even cloth dipes (they won't even buy them for us). Last night I was crying about the lack of support I'm getting, and my DH really helped me through it. I'm beginning to realize that I shouldn't feel the need to justify our decisions. WE need to be happy with our decisions, since WE'RE living with the consequences. No matter how I rationalize it though, I still feel very sad about not having supportive family. Baahhhh!

Mtnjenny - I hadn't thought about freezing soups. I'll try that! We love this brown rice waffle recipe, and it freezes really well, you can just toast them (like Eggos, I guess)! Healthy, quick breakfast or snack.

I'm at work this weekend since my DH is still painting - wow, I never knew painting a whole house would take so long! Anyway, I should get back to work! Take care everyone!
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I can't believe how much I love reading all these posts.

Flitters, so glad to hear your pup is OK. Amazing how much those little critters mean to us, isn't it?

Wannabmommie and others, I never even knew what heartburn was until I got pregnant. I'd see dh eating Tums and I actually thought it was kind of gross - now I'm eating them every day and I hate it!! Forcing myself to stay upright for as long as possible after eating anything helps a lot.

Gottaknit, the big sister thing is hard sometimes. Mostly, my sister is great and we get along well, but then once in a while the "big sister judgment" comes through and...OUCH. I think it's extra hard coming from a sister because you do love them, and you do care what they think, and they can be so dang harsh sometimes. Glad that dh can help put things in perspective for you.

For anyone who cares to help out a newbie, I'm overwhelmed by the diaper thing, especially after seeing your stashes! I just can't go crazy spending money, but I want to have the things I need so this can be successful. So here's my "stash," if you can call it that, try not to laugh... Any feedback would be appreciated!

48 regular prefolds (inherited from sis)
tons of somewhat "cheapo" covers (inherited from sis)
12 size 0 kissaluvs fitteds
12 Booster Doublers
12 Super Soaker Doublers
30 cloth wipes
Bi-o-kleen laundry det.
Bi-o-kleen Bac-out

I know there's gaps, please fill me in for infant and beyond! Thanks!

bluehalo, how do you dye your prefolds? That sounds like fun!
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MtnJenny - You may wanna get some infant or preemie prefolds for those first few weeks. Or more fitteds. You can use regular prefolds on an infant, but I imagine they would be HUGE for a while. Other than that, your stash looks like it is doing fine!!! Maybe pick up a new-ish cover or two in case your hand-me-down "cheapo" ones aren't so great! I'd hate to find that out and have nothing else when the baby comes. Good covers are a must, or else you may be looking at a big mess!

Oh, and for everyone with heartubrn - you can also try papaya extract tablets. They are kinda chalky like tums, and they work wonders on heartburn for me. They are also all-natural and gentler on your system! They taste a bit funny...kinda strangely minty.
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LOL! I love reading these posts, boy am I behind now!

First, I have to tell you all about our lovely day in Lucymama's town! We went to Peninsula, Ohio on a last minute whim (otherwise I would have tried to contact you, Katie!) and had the loveliest day! We had lunch on the patio and DD was great the whole time, then we walked along the towpath that Katie often speaks of. My god it was good to be back in the woods! I just don't get in the park enough here, and our neighbourhood, being rather ratty, has very little green stuff in it. I could just feel the peace settling into my spirit with the water and the trees, etc. We just had such an amazing time, and I loved watching DD explore. We saw bugs and butterflies up close, she discovered she loves footbridges (kept walking back and forth over them, lol)...it was just a wonderful, peaceful, day. Katie, your town is lovely!!

And...I'm really glad we had that day b/c when we got home we got some bad news. We have a property we've been trying to sell, and had found a buyer..things were set for September and I just got an email saying she's backing out. We were really counting on the money to help us with our move, etc...well, I started freaking out b/c I'm already way too emotional, etc...I was thinking the worst. But then finally DD went to sleep and I sat down with DH. He made me realize it isn't as bad as I thought, AND he told me that if he must he's going to go to his father to borrow some money to tide us over for a bit. I cannot tell you what a huge thing this is for him: he and his father have had their troubles and this means a MAJOR swallowing of pride for DH. And, my Mum could easily help us out, and would without hesitation, but DH wants to "take care of it" and go to his father. I so admire him for that (and my mother would worry silly about us). So I'm feeling so much better! my DH!!

wow, so many things to reply to.

so happy about the doggie, flitters!

krnflwr: I'm so glad I'm not the only one dealing with this toddler issue, let's keep in touch on this issue as it gets closer!

gottaknit: that sucks about your sis, but your DH sounds awesome! i think he is very right about her, it's bitterness coming through. those birth horror stories are so ironic since it's almost always the hospital's own ridiculous way of treating labouring women that get them into that situation in the first place!

courtneylogan: I feel SO bad for you! I recall experiencing my first over-100F weather the summer that DD was born, when we were in Boston. We only had an air conditioner in the bedroom so I spent all my time in there. I was STUNNED when I'd walk out of the room to go to the kitchen or bathroom - it was like walking into an oven. I cannot IMAGINE how you dealt with it, and hopefully you have your A/C now!!

stanleymama: welcome to the third trimester!!!

Amelia: you can make your own wrap carrier pretty easily by just buying the appropriate length of fabric yourself. That's what I plan on doing. I got some intructions/tips on that from a site called MamaToto, but I can't find the link right now so I'll get back to you on that (or ask on the sewing/crafts forum, or the babywearing forum). I can't really afford to buy any more slings, but my mother is a great sewer and I got some patterns online so I'm hoping for a fleece pouch and a wrap carrier (though that really doesn't require sewing anyways).

As for dipes, well my mother paid for most of them as a baby gift. I didn't start with CD's with Emily until she was 8 months old, and I had always dreamed of a newborn stash. I swear I had more fun planning it out and ordering than I might actually using them....NAH!!!

Mandi: I just have this gut feeling that Sasha will be our last. TBH, I had always just "seen" myself with two kids, a boy and a girl. Not sure if it's because that is society's expectations or what, but that's what we are getting. DH and I have talked about maybe a third, but I just have this strong feeling of completeness now. I have heard other mamas say they felt "done" or "complete" and then they knew. I have always referred to our "kids", plural, even before Sasha was conceived, like I knew we were having more than one. And now I just know that Sasha is it, we're done. So, I am trying hard to savour this pregnancy. It's such a unique and amazing experience!!

Okay, I really need to get my butt to bed! hugs to you all, mamas!!!

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Piglet!!! I am so glad you came down to Peninsula!!! (I was actually in YOUR neighborhood today, how funny! We went the the West Side Market)

I was hoping you would get a chance to see Ohio's pretty spots before heading back to BC! I'm glad you liked my town. My dh works at the Blue Heron Bookshop (if you saw it) and we live a few doors away from the 2 restaurants. We love living in the valley!

I'm glad Emily liked the towpath! Lucy loves it, too, especially the bridges, like your dd. Lucy likes to fill her pockets with rocks to throw over the bridges into the river. She could do that for hours!!! We take her there almost every day because we are so close. We took a walk this evening, in fact! It's good to have it close by, it keeps me in shape while pregnant. I plan to walk it in early labor. Call me if you wanna come down again, and Lucy and I will hike with you!
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I love reading, but have pretty much given up hope trying to keep track of who said what and replying to individuals. I'm trying not to spend as much time online, so I'm not able to be as thoughtful replying, so my apologies all around!

For dying the prefolds, I use fiber reactive dyes (like Procion dyes from Dharma Trading) and use my own slap-dash adaption of a Low Water Immersion technique (LWI) that makes kind of a crackle dye look. If you look at Dharma's website ( http://www.dharmatrading.com ) or google for LWI, you should get some more info. If you want more detailed info about how I do it, let me know and I can send you some more links and/or type up a brief how to. I'm far from an expert, but it's a pretty forgiving technique, with plenty of room for improvisation

We too are thinking this will be our last baby. As has already been mentioned, I'm feeling a really lovely sense of completeness, and generally can't imagine myself with more than two kids. Honestly, I'm concerned about being spread too thin with this 2nd child (as excited as we are to be having him). But having an only for 4+ years has kind of "spoiled" (for lack of a better term) all of us! I'm sure we'll cope and be fine after some initial adjustment ... but more than two kids sounds like too much for *me* ... I really admire the moms that seem to do it so gracefully ... or even the moms that just embrace the chaos and roll with it. I'd be a basketcase :LOL

Not having famillial support really sucks, I'm so sorry for those of you that are dealing with stuff like that. My only sibling had his first child about a year after Ethan was born, and our relationship became very strained after that. They're really into Ezzo, and scheduling, and CIO, and spanking and punitive discipline. Needless to say, our parenting styles and philosophies are on either end of the spectrum, and it can definately create tension at times. It's gotten better, but it's still really hard at times. I've gotten so much better at not taking what other people think to heart, be it my brother, or my parents, or my in-laws ... it's hard b/c on one hand I feel so conditioned to at least *consider* their input, etc. But I'm pretty much entirely comfortable now telling them "Topic X is not up for discussion." End of conversation. I know we're going to catch some flack for not circ-ing this new baby (E. was circ'd ) ... but it's honestly not something I'm willing to debate. If they're legitimately curious, I'm happy to share information, but that's about it.

Off to clean out the pantry ... I'm not sure if I'm starting to nest, or maybe my house just *really* needs it (both maybe? ... ) but I've been on a super-organizing streak lately. Weird :P
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Thanks so much Piglet for the information on the wrap. I found the website, it was very helpful. I never would have thought that making a wrap was so well easy! I think even I can handle finding and buying the right fabric of appropriate length. And, I am totally a non-sewing, non-crafty person, but I think I can do that. I can't wait to get to the fabric store and pick out a fabric! .

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I've double checked my counting and yes... I've made it!

I am at 30 weeks!!!! :

10 weeks to go, give or take a couple of weeks of course.
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I'll be joining you tomorrow Mirthfulmum! How can there only be 10 weeks left??????
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Hey mama's! Just got in this evening, so I'm jumping right in here.
Oh! Miles was an angel in the car. He sat and looked out the window for the whole trip. He liked looking at the Mtns. and farms. Very cool

QOTW: The vision for my birth is to labor in the evenning (alone), hop into our hottub out in the gazebo with LOTS of candles and hopefully by that time we'll have found a good price for a chiminea which will be roaring. I plan to labor in the tub until I feel the urge, and then shimmy into the sunroom to birth.When I imagine it, I see myself squatting with my hubby squating opposite me. MIles was out in 3 pushes, so that's what I invision this go round. Then a feast and a family NAP!


oh mama's is getting so close!
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Welcome back momadance. Glad you had such a great trip.

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