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Syndee- That's too cold for me! I'm already sick of the thirties!! Have fun sledding!

mia- congrats on the new computer! Sorry you had to spend the dough, but enjoy it!

ecoteat- hope you got some sleep! I also have lost the locket my grandmother gave me, she never knew that though. I'm hoping to replace it when we get out of debt (I'll probably be a grandmother by then!!)

Well I started back at work. The first night I just did 4 hours, not too bad. Anna didn't really want to take her bottles from her Daddy, but she did and was okay. Last night I worked for 8 hours, and she barely ate one bottle! (I pumped 4 thinking that's how much she'd drink while I was away!!) She was kinda fussy and just didn't want to sleep for her Daddy. So we've had a strange day today, taking turns sleeping and Clara just kinda playing on her own a lot. I hope Anna gets better about the bottles! She needs to eat when I'm on my 12 hour shifts next week!

Any other babies super good at the computer? Dan had downloaded some simple baby-kid games and Clara has totally mastered the computer. I wished we hadn't opened that can of worms, all she needs is more screen time, but it is cool how well she can negotiate it! I'm now having to police the computer and make her play with her toys! So I'm hoping that will also motivate us to spend less time on here too! Speaking of which, I've rambled too long! Have a great week everyone!

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Sydnee, I'm impressed that you are ready for Christmas! I'm waiting for a bunch more packages to arrive in the mail and I need to get the out-of-town things ready to ship out. THEN I'll worry about the last-minute things I forgot about! I'll definitely be braving the city this weekend.

Kathryn, how are you feeling adjusting to work again? It's probably easier on Anna to have you gone when she's mostly sleeping, but when do you sleep? My sister will be in the same boat this spring and I can't seem to wrap my head around the logistics of that!

Mia, Phoebe's had a hard time going to sleep this week too. I'm attributing it mostly to her wonky schedule on preschool days, though. When she goes to school, she can't nap until 4, which is really late. But she NEEDS that nap by then. Today she slept from 4-6:30, and then it took forever to get her to sleep at bedtime. She would beg and whine for me to stay with her. Then she was begging and whining that she wanted to come into my bed. She hasn't slept with us in well over a year! Where did that come from? The night before, she screamed and cried that she didn't want me to leave. In a fit of fury, she smacked me, so I got up and left the room, closing the baby gate behind me. I left her alone to shake the gate while she stomped and screamed for a minute before I told her I wouldn't come help her go back to sleep unless she was in her bed. She got right in bed, we snuggled, and all was right with the world. WTH? I think I need to limit her preschool day naps to one hour or something. This is crazy.

So, crazy day tomorrow--I need to finish getting ready for the school staff party in the morning, go to school, and come home and have the party! It will be fun, but I'll be glad when it's over.
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Am popping in to post my 1000th post in my favorite place on MDC! ::
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We are having a crazy week here. Ugh. I'm looking forward to next week when all the Christmas prep is done.

Hugs to all the May mamas!
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Helloo May Mamas! It seems i so rarely get online now days since i babysit weekdays and i've been seeing someone for about 6 months and that takes up my weekends :

YAY! for Mama Beakley! thats so awesome!!

I'm sorry to hear about the sickies but its the season huh? :

I'm actually very lucky/thankful that DS has not once been sick since last winter I started giving him Juice Plus+ and honestly he has not gotten sick since! (woohoo!) Has anyone ever heard of/taken it? Its a whole food supplement that provides the nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains (blah blah) lol.. Just thought i'd share the info and if you want i have a link to where you can get it, (I signed up to sell it but haven't really sold any, i hate "sales") My homeopathic/natural ped is actually who recommended it to me and Dr. Sears is really big on it too...

Lucas is getting a full drum set from grandma for xmas (ohh boy thats gonna be loud) he is really into music right now.. he has a little guitar that he loves to play and sing with... I sometimes miss the snow but its going to be in the mid 80's here christmas day so i guess we'll be playing outside!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed holiday!!! I'll try to check in more often.. its always great to hear how great the little ones are doing! they grow up too fast!!

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Yay, Mary! It seemed like it took me forever to get to 1000, and now I'm almost at 3000! Does that mean I spend too much time here or just that I've gotten more efficient with my posting?

Jackie, DH's PCP sells Juice Plus, and w looked over the brochures once, but our first reaction was that it seemed odd for his dr. to be selling a specific product. But it did look good, and I've been thinking I need a supplement (especially for iron) so I was wondering about that stuff again.

We just had my school's staff party here and it was really fun. Phoebe was the only kid there and she had a blast. She played Santa during the Yankee Swap and was SO HAPPY the whole time. She is so much fun in social settings.
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Hi everyone! We're in the midst of a BIG snow storm - yay! Dh is out right now sledding w/the big kids, for the second time today. LO was out earlier & had a great time.

I was doing some last minute holiday things today & realized I had NOTHING for dh! I am a bad wife. I get so caught up in the kids, I totally neglect him. Of course, every year we say no gifts for the adults, then he buys me "just a few things" and I have nothing for him. So I found some cute camping things online for him - let's just hope they get here on time!!!! How's everyone else doing w/holiday prep?

Question - I am thinking about getting LO some cloth training pants in an effort to help her make the connection a bit better and of course be more environmentally friendly. Does anyone use these and/or have any recommendations? She sits on her potty several times a day, of her own choosing, but has only peed a couple times. (And I am pretty sure they were accidental. She seemed to have no idea.)

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Hi, everybody!

I HATE the first trimester. Let that suffice.

Anyway, Max I wanted to say that for us, cloth training pants have been kind of a waste of money, except for night-time insurance after the LO is pretty nearly 100% dry. For my kids, the cloth training pants were just too much like cloth diapers. They felt free to pee in them! Whereas undies feel different and they got the idea better that way.

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Mamabeakley- I hope this passes soon!!

Max- I agree with the training pants idea, I think it'd be better to go straight to regular underware (or nothing at all like we did for a while!) it's cheaper too!

We had a great snowday today too! Clara loved playing in the snow with her Daddy, if you want to see the pics go to www.txmominct.blogspot.com Have a great weekend everyone!!

Mama to Clara 5/2/06, & Anna 11/4/08 and wife to Dan 6/8/02
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Thanks for the info mambeakley & Kathryn. That just saved me a bunch of money! I'll go right to the underpants.

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wow two post in one week is alot for me.. lol but i'm all on my own this weekend and ds is playing so i have a few min..

Max- I agree w/ mambeakley & Kathryn about the underwear, Lucas potty learned/trained before he turned two and we went right into big boy undies and it really seemed to help.

Mamabeakley- I hope the first trimester goes by fast for you.. I really had a hard time with it when i was pg.

Wow it looks like you all got lots of snow! that must be nice.. luke keeps asking for snow for christmas but since its in the 80's i doubt he'll get it! but we will get to go strawberry picking on christmas eve and he'll enjoy that and we'll make some homemade strawberry ice cream for christmas day.

ecoteat- Alot of doctors sell/recomend Juice Plus+.. Its really just fruits and Veggies that have been reduced to juice powder concentrate (Fruit: apples, oranges, pineapple, cranberries, peaches, acerola cherries, and papaya. Veg: carrots, parsley, beets, kale, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, and rice bran and oat bran) The gummies are actually really tasty and DS loves them! he actually got into them and ate half a jar I called the ped and he just laughed and said its not possible to over dose on fruit but he might get gas (he didn't).. I'll PM ya if you want more info.. they aren't too pricy either..


Off to walk the dogs and to bath and bed time!

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Max, we use the Gerber training underwear. They just have an extra layer between the legs. They are pretty cheap, and are nice quality. But until Phoebe is accident-free (she's so close!) she usually wears a waterproof nylon cover too. Buying AIO waterproof training pants seemed like such a waste, and she'll wear the undies long after she doesn't need the covers anymore. We bought covers from pottypatty.com. Bummis makes them too.

We'll be hunkering down with a Nor'easter tomorrow. Looks like it might be a snow day Monday! Even if it isn't, we might have to miss school because we have a gas leak in the building no one knows how to fix! The gas is turned off, but there are strict rules about serving hot lunch, which we can't do. It's completely ridiculous. We've already had 3 "snow days" and none of them were because of snow! We'll be in school until July at this rate.
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Hi mamas..

I just got a call and my older brother (1 of 3 older brothers) got robbed last night at gun point they held a gun to his head and he had over $900 on him (he was leaving a bday party at the casino) granted he makes a good living as a hair stylist, thats alot of money for anyone to lose this time of year and to have a gun put to your head.. I can't imagine how horrible that must have been : We are all just so thankful he is okay..

please keep him/us in your prayers..

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Oh Jackie, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. How terrible! I will keep him in my thoughts & prayers.

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Jackie, that is so awful. I can't believe how terrible some people can be. I'm glad your brother is ok!
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I just wanted to pop on & wish everyone very happy holidays!!!! I hope you all have wonderful holidays w/your families and safe travels to those who are on the road. I'll be thinking about you all. :

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Hi everyone, a quick wish for happy holidays

I've just finished wrapping the LO's gifts and am popping off to bed, our trip was thankfully uneventful and I'm so happy to be back home with my LOs.

And Jackie, how scary! I'm just glad nothing physically terrible happened to your big brother!
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Just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas! I hope you have a lovely day with your little ones and families! :
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Hoping everyone had a very, very merry christmas!! lucas and I both got very spoiled! he got a full drum set from my mom that he loves! now i need some ear plugs.. lol

~Jaclyn~ Mama to Lucas Wyatt born 5-3-06
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Happy Happy Happy to everyone.

I had a wonderful Christmas. There is not much in the world cuter than a 4 and 2 yo opening their presents.

I feel awful (whine, whine). But DH is being wonderful about taking care of the kids so I can rest. It helps that this is his slowest time of year at work. Only 5 more weeks of awfulness to go :

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Hello everyone! I'm glad to hear everyone had a nice holiday. Ours was great. The kids had a wonderful time & are now happily playing w/all their new loot. The roller skates were a big hit w/my older three and LO is really enjoying all her gifts as well. She got a bit overwhelmed w/all the presents & excitement (we had three separate gift exchanges, one w/each set of grandparents and then ours on xmas) so we had to work on toning it down a bit for her. She was very happy to open one gift & play w/it right then, as opposed to the frenzied openings my big kids do.

Enjoy your weekend all!

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X-posted in toddler but wanted to ask you guys too

"Weird question but i was just wondering if your toddler draws pictures? DS has been drawing since about 18 months and since about 2 y/o i can actually tell what he is drawing! over halloween it was always pumpkin or scarecrows and now he drew me this (without ANY help, heaven forbid i offer to help him ever, lol)

(Snowman)

http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/share....tate=RETRIEVED

He is left handed, No one else in the family is.. we all wonder where he got it from.

I didn't know anyone with toddlers to ask if their toddlers draw.. thanks :thum

he has been so inconsistent with hitting milestones= crawled early at 6mo, 1st step at 8mo, walking by 9mo, no words til 18mo, and only really started talking around 2y/o but was completely potty trained/learned by 23 months! so he was all over the place but i guess it all balances out in the end..

thanks and happy holidays!

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Jackie, that drawing is amazing! Phoebe still just does whole-arm scribbles, mostly. She'll do a roundish motion, but can't quite draw a circle yet. Also, Phoebe LOVES drum sets. DH has one and she climbs up there and rocks out all by herself. Lucas will have a blast!

We had a lovely Christmas. Phoebe got a few nice toys that she is really enjoying, some books, and lots of clothes. Just a few minutes ago, while nursing to sleep, she asked, "is Santa Claus going to come while I am sleeping?" Her verbal skills amaze me every day. Yesterday, out of the blue, she said "I have a big vocabulary!" A week or so ago (stop me if I've mentioned this already!) she asked how to spell Amy and when I spelled it, she said, "it has a Y like Wyatt does!"

Max, of course roller skates were a big hit! And Phoebe also wanted to play with each toy and read each book right away. It was so cute when she'd open a book and snuggle up next to me right away to read it to her.
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Sounds like you all had wonderful Christmases, yay!

Our Christmas was the most relaxed we'd ever had and it was just soooo nice all around. All three of the kids loved their gifts and we all enjoyed having my brother with us again.

The day after was another story as the 5 day old baby of a client died of fatal congenital heart defects. The funeral is tomorrow and I know I'm just going to do a lot of bawling. On a better note, I think I've found a preceptor and will be officially apprenticing this spring. :
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BBM, how awful about that baby. I was once a nanny for the kids of a neonatalogist. She often talked about what an emotional roller coaster it was caring for tiny, sick babies. I hope your client's family can heal peacefully from such a tragedy. Did they know before the birth something was wrong or was it a complete surprise?

Earlier today there was something popping around my head that I wanted to post here, but I can't remember!

I did also want to talk about nursing and weaning. Phoebe and I are still loving nursing, but I'm starting to think it wouldn't be so bad to guide her to weaning in the not-so-distant future. (I know--how wishy washy can I be!? But this is a huge change of heart from a few months ago when if dh even mentioned weaning he got an earful!) But she currently nurses when she wakes up, a couple hours later, and 1-3 more times before bedtime. Then she nurses 1-2 times during the night. That's a lot. I can't even wrap my head around going from 5-8 nursing sessions a day to zero. How? The only idea I've had so far is to start talking about how someday there won't be milk anymore and she won't nurse anymore. And then when it gets closer to her birthday, if it looks like she's up for it, do a countdown to stop when she's 3. She might go for that, if we made it fun, like an Advent calendar or something. And I think if we connected weaning to celebrating her birthday, it would be a positive thing. I always had this sense that I wasn't fully onboard with CLW, but I had never been able to envision an end before this week. Oh, I'm so conflicted. Who here is still nursing? How did/will you wean, and when?
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Hey mamas!

BBM- i'm so sorry for the family of that baby

ETA: Is this the family? http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1017851

So sad..


Amy- Lucas still nurses but we've cut down alot, started just by dropping one nursing at a time (normally he would nurse when he woke up, before snack time in the morning, after lunch, after dinner, and to bed) now he has pretty much given up napping : lol so that one is done with and slowly i cut out the other day time ones (dropping about 1 a week) started in Oct and now we're down to only nursing at Night and maybe a rare nap if its been a busy day.. He gets upset if we talk about not nursing so i don't bring it up alot.. I just try to do other fun things during his normal nursing times during the day.. its hard because reading book/snuggling always leads to him wanting to nurse so we have to save that for bedtime but we do other things like crafts, art, building blocks, or most days we play outside alot (I know this doesn't work for alot of your northern mamas, but its still in the high 70's here) Good luck and let me know how it goes! i'm feeling pretty done with it most days but i'm trying to hang in there!

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BBM, how awful about that baby. I was once a nanny for the kids of a neonatalogist. She often talked about what an emotional roller coaster it was caring for tiny, sick babies. I hope your client's family can heal peacefully from such a tragedy. Did they know before the birth something was wrong or was it a complete surprise?
It was a surprise... he became symptomatic when he was 4 days old after previously checking out fine during the usual newborn exam at home and a checkup with their family doctor. Heart defects often show up around 3-5 days old.

Ducky- no, that's not the same mom. The funeral was today actually.



As far as nursing goes, Audrey weaned a couple of weeks ago... it was gradual and she was down to once/day. Then she would occasionally skip a day and then one day I realized it had been a few days since she had asked to nurse. She did ask to nurse around 2 weeks after she had last asked but was easily distracted... between AF visiting and no milk I knew I would have that horrible nails on the chalkboard feeling. So her age of weaning falls in between the other two kids (dd1 at 20mo and ds at 32mo). Do what works for you and Phoebe!
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[QUOTE=busybusymomma;12877530]

Ducky- no, that's not the same mom. The funeral was today actually.

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wow.. how sad for both familes.. i just came across it in "new posts" and thought it was the same family since they both had congenital heart conditions/defects but now that i read it, you said 5 days the other baby was 5 weeks.. i got confused..

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Hi all. Ducky, that drawing is awazing. I think you have a budding artist on your hands! LO is still just enjoying scribbling and choosing her colors. But, when my nephew was this age he was drawing faces and he is now a very talented artist. Funny story about the first time we knew he had talent - one time when he was around 2 or 3 he had been sent to his room by his mother for misbehaving and he was not happy about it. He had a big easel in there. When his mom went up to talk to him the easel was full of angry faces! He had never drawn anything like that before. It was so impressive that he was able to channel his angry feelings into art even at such an early age.

BBM, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of the baby. I cannot even imagine what the family is going through. They are in my thoughts. But yay for you having an official apprenticeship!

Amy, my kids were a bit younger when I weaned so I may not be much help. I stopped night nursing first, then cut down on day nursing until it was only just before naps & bedtime. I then shortened those nursing sessions and finally just stopped. Phoebe is so bright, that I'd think she'd need more of a logical explanation. I might try explaining that mama's milk is starting to go away now that Phoebe is a big girl and try cutting back some feedings to get you both used to it, then I think your countdown to three w/a big celebration would be a special, loving transition.

Mamabeakley, I feel for you! I always had tough first trimesters too. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Mia, glad you had a nice trip and a good holiday.

My kids are on holiday break, so yesterday we spent the day w/my closest girlfriend & her kids. (There were 7 kids all together!) We had such a nice time, even though she & I barely got to finish a sentence. We try to get together once a month. Our kids are like cousins, so it's really special to me, especially since you all know the situation w/my sister. Today my mom & I are taking the kids to a matinee.

I hope everyone has a great day! :

Happy mama of four Wild Things
"And now," cried Max "let the wild rumpus begin!"
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