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Just a bump and a reminder to spend time with our sometimes exasperating little ones while we can. dd called to wish me a happy Mother's Day last night. It wasn't Mother's Day, but she was a bit stressed and had the time difference backwards.

She lives in Guam now, btw.

Her childhood sure went fast.
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Yipes Heather, was it a surprise to you that she's in Guam? What brought her there, what is she doing there? Do you know if she's ok? I know it's been a rough go these past...has it been almost a year?

SarahLynne, sorry to hear things are so rough with your DH> I hope you guys are able to adjust - you have a lot to work through.

Rynna, I heart math.

I'm 31 weeks along, and just starting to feel uncomfortable. Poor DH, this pregnancy has beat me up a bit. I was only sick for 18 weeks, but since that point I've had a cold for at least one week, a sinus infection that knocked me flat for 3 weeks (I finally gave in am thankful that antibiotics still works sometimes!), and now I have another cold with laryngitis.

Taking care of DD when I can't talk has been interesting. She talks so much, I'm not sure she notices that I'm silent! But I can't go out with her, because I don't have..."voice control"? Can't call to her if she tries to run full-tilt ahead away from me - and I can't run very fast with this belly, either.

Otherwise, things are ok. Found out my dad's cancer is not as bad as it could be, so that's good. Work is work, DH and I spend wayyyyyy too much time together, but it's just for a few years of our lives and we'll work through it.

Hi everyone! Happy Mothers' Day...
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hi mamas!!

happy mother's day to you all!

slgt- i'm glad your dad's cancer isn't as bad as it could be. that's pretty darn good news.

nos- guam?!? how'd that happen?

i'm trying to figure out a house for us to move into. we currently pay $400 for a 3-bedroom, 1800 sq. ft. place with a huge fenced yard and a garden.

we're looking at $900 for a 2 bedroom duplex. plus financial aid won't come through until early august so i'm going to have to borrow some money from family to do this. ugh.

i hope all is well with everyone and their toddlers! and pregnancies sarah and megan and slgt!

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i'm trying to figure out a house for us to move into. we currently pay $400 for a 3-bedroom, 1800 sq. ft. place with a huge fenced yard and a garden.
Wow! I have no idea how big 1800 square feet is, but around here it's impossible to find a three bedroom anything for less than $600/month. It's almost enough to make me want to move to Nevada. Ah, who am I kidding. I want to move to Pittsburgh.

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Wow! I have no idea how big 1800 square feet is, but around here it's impossible to find a three bedroom anything for less than $600/month. It's almost enough to make me want to move to Nevada. Ah, who am I kidding. I want to move to Pittsburgh.
Yeah same here unless you qualify for income based housing. (Which thankfully we do, because we made need to move soon!)

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Wow! I have no idea how big 1800 square feet is, but around here it's impossible to find a three bedroom anything for less than $600/month. It's almost enough to make me want to move to Nevada. Ah, who am I kidding. I want to move to Pittsburgh.
I would love to live in Nevada Here 75 meters is $950 a month. We do have a small yard, but it is ridiculously expensive to live here.

I had my first meeting with the therapist last week. Off for my second today. I am a little ambivalent about starting therapy again, but I also know that I need it.

Otherwise, my pants are getting tight. My weightloss has plateaued and I have totally calmed down on my obsessions about food and minerals and phytic acid. It was doing my head in,

Somehow I missed mothers day. It's not really celebrated here. Belated happy mothers day to the fantastic mums in the DDC.

Oh, and NOS. Guam? That is an interesting destination.

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Spray Day...and nothing in that statement is even a smidge fun...

Praying that I have eye balls and skin on my face when I get home.

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and I have totally calmed down on my obsessions about food and minerals and phytic acid. It was doing my head in,
this happened to me too!

i have to say, i just started researching farmers markets, and suddenly, $900 for rent doesn't seem that bad when you can buy so much amazing, locally grown food.

sarah lynne- hope your day was good!

megan- good for you for doing therapy. it can be so helpful.

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If I would have been eating Cheerios they would have come out of my nose. $600 or less for a 3 bedroom? That exists? HA! Not here. When we were house shopping every extra bedroom was at least an additional 100K... there's a reason we live in a 2 bedroom place!
sigh.
Anyhow I hope mother's day was good for everyone. Mine was a bust, and it pissed me off. Adam doesn't understand why he should make an effort in place of the kids when they don't care. I was not happy with that. I love mother's day and birthdays and christmas, and his family doesn't make an effort and as a result he doesn't. You'd think that after 5 years together he'd catch on, or that he would because I have point blank told him that it's important to me. GRRRRR!
okay rant off.
Oh and Hudson is so dang cute! And Trixie is at the stage where I have my own narrator who narrates our life. It's pretty dang cute too!

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nos- guam?!? how'd that happen?
Well, she's very resourceful, although I guess it could still turn out to be a nightmare that leaves me saying she's very stupid. I don't think so, though, since this is her second trip out there. Her employer pays her transportation from Seattle and she works for three months, during which time she receives small but adequate paychecks, and when she fulfills the contract she gets a large sum that covers her plane fare back to the mainland easily enough.

It sounds like she loves the island and would be better off saving her money than going back right now, though. The schools aren't great, but she can finish up her General Ed requirements and take four classes towards her Philosophy Major on the island.

Yea, it's scary to have her so far away and worry that something might happen to leave her stranded 5800-odd miles from home, but she's alive, she sounds happy, and once we got past the initial awkwardness we seemed to be on good terms again. She left last June and we hadn't spoken since at least October.

Does anyone know if I can still get those prepaid long distance phone cards for a landline?

I pay $900 for a two bedroom here, but it's not in the greatest neighbourhood and I've been here for seven years so that's below market. We have a front and back yard, both of which are fenced. the back is only slightly bigger than postage stamp sized (I have room for either a boy or a garden, but not both) but it's private enough that i sit out there in my bathrobe with unkempt hair watching my naked baby and nobody can see us except the neighbours in the other little house on the lot, who don't seem to mind.

My CSA doesn't start until June, which can get pretty miserable at times, but I did do a fairly good job of canning and freezing last year and one of the nice things about phonebanking and other unskilled political work is that they frequently feed you (and very well) in addition to paying you with money.

Yipes about the spray day, Sarah Lynne; I hope you're feeling better soon.

Megan, I hope this therapist is helpful, but don't be afraid to shop around if you don't click with the first one.

slgt, I bet that's such a relief! cancer sucks, but it's definitely not a death sentence any more. My Mom has survived it three times.

Terran is still nursing a fair amount at night which is fine with me because he's so active and busy during the day. He can be challenging and exhausting just like any other two year old, but he's definitely my "desert baby": I saved the sweetest one for last. <3 <3 <3
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Spray Day is over... Thank God!

Let's put it this way. I said this over and over after I got sprayed. I would rather give birth to a set of triplets out of my nostrils. Thats how bad it was. I never have to do it again so At least I did it. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around spraying someone else, but I imagine in the right situation I could.

Now I get to pump like crazy to make up not nursing/pumping from 4pm yesterday until 8 this morning.

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Ugh! Sprayed with what, and why?

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Ugh! Sprayed with what, and why?
OC Spray Aka Pepper Spray but more powerfl than the kind you buy at the store...picture snot, tears, and drool everywhere and a big red swollen Sarah Lynne face. Someone got pictures/video of me so I'll see if I can get them up.

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I miss you guys. I'm so sick. I'm not having any more babies after this, I can't risk being this sick again, it really, really sucks. I'm 8.5 weeks and I am praying that it starts improving next week. I've done 2 births in 2 weeks and have another one due in 2 weeks. Of course this is the busiest I've been in a year and they all hit right now, ugg.

Sarah Lynn, that sucks! I'm glad you hade it through it and never have to do it again!

Carrie, that is a huge jump, that would be really hard to adjust to the cost difference! I hope you find something awesome!

NOS, I hope DD continues to do well and it's a positive expereince for her! Terran is just a doll, I love seeing his pics on FB.

slgt, wow, you poor thing. You've been so sick! I'm sorry to hear about your dad, but I'm so glad that it's better than it could be! I hope you heal and have a great rest of your pregnancy!

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nos- yes, you can get pre-paid phone cards at costco for $30 for 700 minutes. it's like .029/minute which is why we use them on our landline instead of long distance, it's SO much less expensive. thanks for explaining about your dd's story. it does sound good for her. and i LOVE picturing you and terran in your postage stamp back yard!

sarah- i'm so sorry. i was soooooo sick with linnaea that i totally understand not wanting to risk it by getting pregnant again. i basically stayed in bed for the entire summer because the sunlight would make me puke. at the very least, you can still hope that it will end with the first tri!

dea- sorry mother's day wasn't so hot. my family isn't big on those things either so i don't expect them but the school is big on holidays so laz gets excited and it's kind of contagious.

sarah lynne- OMG! i thought you meant like, spray down the yard with hoses or something. i once maced myself by accident because i was out really late and really drunk and i was showing off how funny it was that my dad had given me mace and it was pointed the wrong way so it went into my face instead of on the wall. it was not fun, and i'm betting yours was about a zillion times worse. glad it's over!!

things are looking up for us. i found a 2 bedroom house that's close-ish to the charter school i want for lazlo and it's $890 BUT utilities are included, so that's like, $720 which actually seems sort of reasonable. i have my fingers crossed it works out.

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Hi All! Been a long, long time since I posted here. Hopefully you all remember me.

Good to hear all the two year olds are doing well. Congrats on all the new babies and soon to be babies. I'm a smidge jealous. I kinda of wanted one more, but husband wouldn't go for it. Not because he didn't want another either, but he made a point about time, money, and being thankful for our beautiful kids we already have. He did go get the the snippty snip, but failed his first test. And we were the ones that couldn't get pregnant to save our lives, then had two 15 months apart. Someone above is laughing at us...... The dr spent like a half hour on the side that had a torsion injury. He 'thinks' that side has never contributed to anything and everything was obliturated in the injury. Dr gave up trying to find anything to cut. That leaves me trying to decide what to do? What if the dr gave up and shouldn't have!

Eli is doing great. He's so active. Loves to play, draw, coloring, antagonize Kendall. Loves to push his babies around in a stroller. Chatters constantly. Trys to read books. A couple he knows so well that he does a good job 'reading' them!

Quinn is awesome. She justt turned a year old which doesn't seem possible. Thankfully she has been slow to do things unlike the older two. Didn't get teeth until 8 months, crawled at 10 1/2. Isn't walking yet. Finally 'gets' a sippy cup-it was a challenge to get her to drink out of one. Seems like she is staying littler longer. On Mothers Day she said her first word 'kitty' and gave me a kiss, also her first. She is so sweet.

We made it a year nursing. I'm so proud of myself for sticking with it. We've started introducing a little milk mostly because she got a hold of Eli's cup one day.

Sorry to hear some are having difficulty with this or that.

Lauren- hang in there....a toddler plus a new baby is tough.....everybody wants / needs you. Seemlingly at the same time. I was used to sing this stupid made up song when the littles would both start crying about whatever, while I was trying to get what they both needed. For what ever reason I helped calm me down and kept me from getting frustrated. The song was usually about why everybody was crying.

Marriage is tough. We definately aren;t without issue. Little knit picky stuff. I get a little jealous of how he makes sure he has time to do his thing, but when I go do something I get 'how long are you going to be gone'? Grrrrr........ Bottom line we need to make more time for each other, without kids. My bday last week was the first dinner in 2 1/2 years we've had without the kids.

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Can't let this thread drop so low!

Babybump! Good to see you!

Sarah Lynne, I don't know how you did that! I hope you're recovered now.

NOS - good to see you too!!

Hello Everyone!

Just for the record, NV's prices aren't all that low. You will not find such lovely rents in the Vegas area, I can assure you of that!

Well we're working on limiting nursing sessions to just before bed and at wakeup. This resulted in some serious melting down, but some amazing distraction of the trouble from the big kids.

Not really advanced on potty past morning wake-ups, but she's getting to the point where she at least lets me know most of the time that she's gone/going.

Also in funny kidisms:

DH mentioned something about casinos. DSD says "what's a casino?" DSS says "it's those big places we used to go bowling!" hahah! Which is true, there are only bowling places in casinos in Vegas. heh.

Another:

DSS and DSD were fighting over a water bottle. I tried to listen to their sides to sort out who's it was... and DD turns to me and says: "Momma, I got this! Okay?" heh

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Unfortunately the OC Spray opened me up for a nasty cold/allergy issue. I have been sneezing, stuffed up, runny eyes and achy ever since wednesday. Of course I don't have the luxury of taking off class. I can't taste or smell anything. I've eaten, but not enjoyed food for almost a week. Its a horrible feeling. I'm hoping its over soon.

I've been nostalgic lately . My kiddos are getting so big. They're independent little guys. I feel like I'm missing out on so much. Austin is very into Star Trek right now. To the point he draws pictures of the enterprise and makes romulin ships out of legos.

Steven is exploring everything. He's the easiest kid to feed, because he has no issues with food. He loves it all. And because he's so active he can get away with it!

Tristyn is growing by leaps and bounds already. She smiles and coos and talks to you like your old friends. Soon enough she'll be crawling and independent just like her big brothers.

I must get ready for class/work now unfortunately.

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Quick question, although I think I have asked this before.... Hillel HATES brushing teeth, and I am at a complete loss as to what to do. When I do try it is a fight, requiring me to hold him down while he screams. Not something I feel comfortable doing, at all.

But he needs to brush his teeth.

I don't want to traumatise him with brushing his teeth and create a situation where it becomes a battle that never ends....

I just don't know what to do.

I have tried to put something on the computer for him to watch in order to distract him. It worked a couple of times, but now it doesn't distract him.

He sees the toothbrush and just freaks out....

Maybe I should put this in the general toddler section?

Argh. I just feel like such a terrible parent as I am not looking after his teeth and I don't know how to.

Otherwise, all is well.

I'm folllowing the thread, will write personals next time

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I hear you on the tooth brushing. At first, we just gave Bear the toothbrush to play with while the older kids were brushing. I'd usually try to get a swipe or two in, but not really argue about it. Now he asks to brush teeth with his siblings, and while he isn't always super cooperative (and still doesn't really get spitting) he's amenable more often than not. I still don't brush his teeth for two minutes, and I still let him play with it before & after, but tooth brushing definitely happens. Does Hillel watch you brush your teeth?

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Yes, he watches me and DH brush our teeth. He knows which is my toothbrush, DH's and his. He just has a serious phobia about his teeth being brushed. I don't know if it is a tactile thing, a control thing or what???? I'm guessing mostly control, as I did brush his teeth successfully a couple of times while he watched Play for Change. That just doesn't work anymore. If he sees my holding his toothbrush he goes nuts.

We have tried giving him one to use while we use another, but no can do.

It's kinda like hairwashing (also doesn't happen) and nail clipping (he lets his grandmother clip his nails, but he won't let me). I'm not worried about his hair, as it doesn't threaten his health to leave it unwashed... it gets a bit sticky in the summer, but not the end of the world (although I am planning to try washing his hair in the paddling pool in the summer.... we'll see) But I do worry about not brushing his teeth. I am terrified of tooth decay.

Argh!

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I'm here and rdg but very busy... things are sort of awesome and awful at the same time .

As for teeth... we're not great about this either. You might look at xylitol use in the meantime. IMO torturing a kid to brush teeth will create more probs long term, so I don't push it if she won't cooperate.

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My supply has tanked Between being sick and having no choice in taking meds (I can't miss class or I'll lose my job) I'm barely pumping 4 ounces during my session (used to get 8) at work and couldn't get barely one last night when I got home ( 4 hours since I had pumped.) DH is getting me some mother's milk tea at the store and I've been throwing Tristyn on the breast every chance I get. I'm about to snuggle up with Steven and see if he can help mommy out. I refuse to fail at this. And I know having to use formula isn't a failing, it just bugs me that I was able to supply plenty and now I can't.

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hi all!!

heather, thanks for checking in, i'm glad to hear from you!

sarah lynne- much love to you too, i'm sorry about the supply , i think you just keep doing the best you can, drink the tea and nurse your littles.

megan- i'm not sure if you remember but linnaea had to have ga and get her four front teeth capped because of decay. i was crazy about brushing but she had enamel defects. i mean, one of her front teeth came in missing a line of enamel across the front, it was the weirdest thing i've ever seen.

so, i vote for xylitol, it can be pricey and you have to use enough to make a difference and mineral paste. the mineral paste (we use mi paste from our dentist) has fluoride and calcium and since it's topically applied i felt fine about using it. what i've done is try to make it fun, she likes brushing teeth in the mirror, and we do "eeeeee" a noise she makes while she shows me her front teeth and "aaaahhhhhh" so i can scrub the backs while we brush in the mirror so she can look at her face while i brush.

if that still doesn't work (ten minutes is about my max to try and make it fun) then i sit down with my legs out in front of me and she will lie down (i used to do it myself but now she wants to do everything "on her own self" so she'll lie down and i put her arms under my legs and just brush her teeth. i figure i probably only do that for maybe one minute to make sure i'm getting a good swipe at each tooth and she gets up and it's all done with.

i did this with lazlo and he now brushes his teeth really well on his own and i just check after he's done.

teeny- thanks for the bump. and yes, we live an hour north of reno in a really small town so the rental market isn't that, uh, competitive. i've got my fingers crossed we get this duplex that's $675.

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It was the pumps fault. I busted out my manual pump and got 10 ounces in 2 sessions. Of course my wrists are killing me, but at least I know things will be ok. Except for my pump being dead...Praying for the money to fall into my lap for a new one.

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Sarah Lynne, what kind of pump is it? It might be easy to fix the problem. Anyhow, I'm glad to hear it's not a supply problem.

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Sarah Lynne, what kind of pump is it? It might be easy to fix the problem. Anyhow, I'm glad to hear it's not a supply problem.
Medela pump in style...only 2 years old. It was my sisters and she never used it. I am very bummed about it.

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I'd totally take it apart and put it back together for you if I was nearby. There are all kinds of parts that can move around and cause you to lose suction, though. It's probably not an insurmountable problem. You might try to contact the company, or see if they have an FAQ or a troubleshooting guide online.

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sarah lynne- i have been trying to think of a way of getting rid of my avent isis. it's only one side but it can be manual or electric. let me know if you are interested.

i'm really glad to hear that it's just the pump though. yay boobies making milk!

i _think_ we've found a place. it has all energy efficient appliances and is in the nicer neighborhood. it's also a half hour from the charter school where i want lazlo to go, but i guess that's not a horrible morning commute for curtis? it's only a ten minute bike ride for me.

ahhhh! night time for me! linnaea is ready to go to sleep.

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Carrie, I was hoping you would reply, I remember you going through surgery with Linnaea. I feel like such a bad parent as I just cannot bring myself to torture the child, but he does have a yellow stain/decay on one of his front teeth. So I don't force the issue, and I worry. And I should just go and see a dentist, but I am postponing it Bad bad parent I am definitely not handling this situation in a stellar way at all.
I like your ideas for teeth brushing. I need to get him on good terms with the tooth brush and work up from there. He really does not like people doing stuff to him (rather like his mum!) And I know I need to respect that.... but.... yeah I am highly conflicted about forcing a child to do something that I know is good for him
Woo hoo for accommodation and charter school and biking to uni

I am off to see my gynae tomorrow morning. Make sure the baby is growing where it should be, and maybe get answers on why my cervix is lying so very low at this stage of the pregnancy.

Sarah Lynne, I am so happy to read that you don't have a supply problem. It is reassuring to know that you have formula if you need it, but I can also understand the desire to nurture your child with your own milk. you can find a solution and get the pump working as it should.

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