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#1 of 69 Old 06-09-2010, 10:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thought it was time to roll over a new thread, considering we're a quarter through June!!

It's wonderful to hear about all the new babies and exciting changes in everyone's lives.

Robin is doing great. She has slept through the night 3 times this week, a first for her (yes... the first time in her LIFE she's done this in any kind of pattern). I'm trying not to get too excited. Of course, she does this just as Holly's 4 month sleep regression hits, so I'm still not exactly sleeping.

Robin has ZERO interest in potty learning. We've had a bjorn potty seat for over 6 months with no interest. I'm thinking about getting one that fits in our regular potty so she can use the "big" potty (since she has also rejected her "little" toddler bed in favor of the "big" bed for 6 months). What do you think? I am hoping this will happen over the summer, but I'm also patient and not in any hurry. Just be glad to have only 1 in diapers!!!

Holly is doing well -- 4 months, long and chubby, rolling and playing with toys, such a delight. I feel like I'm finally hitting my stride as Mom to more than 1. At the same time, I just made an appt to talk to a doc about getting an IUD. Feeling pretty certain that no more babies are in our future. REALLY THRILLED not to be nauseous and throwing up this summer!

Sarah N, how are you holding up?

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Yay on the sleep, Robin! My super easy good sleeper became nocturnal in toddlerhood and we still struggle with getting enough sleep and being out of sync with the rest of the world. He went through a phase where he would go down at 10 or 11














for a nice little nap, get up an hour or two later, and finally get down for the "night" as his big brother's alarm went off for school.

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I hope Holly's sleep improves too and that you're able to get enough help that you can take care of your own needs, Lauren. s:

Terran is 100% pee accident free at home and has been for a long time, but the catch is no clothes. He was using the potty, including sitting on public toilets if I forgot to bring a tupperware or mason jar, and frequently returning from a day out and about with a dry diaper or only one change, but we've had a setback from my last job (phonebanking, so I couldn't always respond to him immediately) and it just seems easier to go back to dipes for awhile. Also not having a car makes it a lot harder to find public bathrooms, which aten't exactly plentiful around here, and the bike trailer doesn't give you the privacy that a car does.

I'm cool with it; the diapers are just more convenient right now. There's nothing socially unacceptable about a 2 1/2 year old wearing dipes in public .
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Smokey, major hugs to you on the sleep!! My DS didn't sleep fully through the night until 25 mos old, so not too far ahead of Robin. Thankfully, Molly wasn't born till DS was 27 mos old, so I got almost 8 weeks of good sleep between baby # 1 and baby #2. It was awesome, if short-lived!

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Both kids sleep all night most nights now, and I feel like I am starting to become a normal person again (for the first time in 4 yrs!)

Good luck to everyone on potty issues. Thankfully that is one thing that Molly happily directed at 18 mos. It is so strange to me that it was so long ago now...when they decide they are going to do it...they really can put their minds to things, these little ones
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Well, she woke up twice last night so... we'll see. It really made me want to nightwean, though, having a taste of freedom!!!!

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Things are going well here. I've been promoted (in class only LOL) to Platoon Leader. Means I'm second in command under the Company Commander. Not my cup of tea, but I'm "supermom" so they know I can do it

NOS- Sorry about the pox. I'm hoping we'll find them here in the next few years.

As for sleep. The boys are doing pretty well. Most nights even if they get up, they go potty and go back to bed.

Tristyn has me baffled. 80% of the time she sleeps through the night. And the other 20% she goes down around 10 pm and won't wake until 3-4am. Which is nearly through the night. So I'm pumping like a mad woman trying to keep up with her daytime demand.

Things are going well around here. We're looking to move soon I hope to get closer to work/school. Right now its 80 miles round trip everyday to school. The compound is closer to 95-100 miles round trip. And since all we have is the mini van its costing us an arm and a leg in gas. I guarentee we could save over $100 a month just in gas if we were closer to work. Now to find a place to rent on the cheap.

DH gets his retirement withdraw next month. We actually looking to purchase some land in TN to eventually move to.

When does life get simpler?

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As for pox, well I've not yet decided. DH is pretty certain he has been exposed since he remembers helping take care of his other siblings. So maybe he's just immune? IDK. maybe he had it and it was so mild it escapes his memory? I will probably still do a few other select vaccines. Need to get on that.

Ah well...

DD has invented a new game: alien and rainbow. You take a cord, rope, string, whatever and make shapes - an arc for rainbow and an alien head shape for alien - you can make other things too, but alien and rainbow are the preferred shapes. heh.

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The potty clock will be coming out next month (this month is too insanely busy). Bear's still waking up dry a lot, and of course he's got five people who are all willing to stand around and applaud every time he uses the potty or toilet (a cheering section helps with a lot of things ).

I would like the kids to get the chicken pox soon. Now would be a good time for all of them, I think. Mike's dad drives Amish people, so he spends a lot of time with that community. I might ask Mike to ask him to keep an ear out for chicken pox so that we can infect the kiddos reasonably soon. That's probably the best way to do it around here. I'm not fond of the shared lollipop method, but an undershirt should work just fine. In fact, I can't understand why people don't do it that way more often, it's far less disgusting than sharing lollipops. That said, I have a hilarious video of Bear and Bella doing just that (two, actually ). I posted it to my Facebook page. Kids are so gross sometimes, but I don't even flinch anymore I just giggle and cringe a bit on the inside.

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The pottying is going well, at 1 accident per day (mainly pees, but sometimes stealth poos ).

Wanted you mamas to give me some advice. DS2 is a biter. I have never had to deal with this type of child before. He's left bruises on DD because of this terrible habit. Most of the time, it's just me with the two kiddies, and all my energy and time is immediately consumed by consoling DD who is crying hysterics, and belatedly I tell DS2 in a stern brief message that biting is not acceptable.

DS2 will bite when he's angry, upset, and even when he's over the top cheerful and enthusiastic... He is an equal opportunity guy, so all 4 members of the family have been subjected to his bites, to varying degrees. DD is getting the brunt of it, especially when I am distracted by daily minutae (dishes, a phone call, tending to the kitchen, going to the bathroom )

- The pediatrician, herself a mom of 4, tells me this is a common phase. Please give me suggestions and advice to get me through!!!

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Wow, this thread has gotten quiet! FelixMom, I have no advice for you on the biting - just lots of hugs. I hope it's a short-lived phase.

DD is maybe finally ok with peeing on the potty, but we basically have to get her laughing/surprise her to get her to actually pee. Otherwise, she'll hold it until she has a diaper on. Sigh. We're not pushing it, since any progress would be shot to hell (by our own inattentiveness if nothing else) once the baby comes.

I'm 37 weeks, looking forward to meeting our new little bean! I never felt this impatient when I was pg with DD, but I am soooo ready not to be pregnant any more. As most of you know, it's much hard to keep up with a 2+ year old when you have a belly in the way! Even when I think about the pending sleep deprivation, I think, "But at least I won't be pregnant any more!"

My two best friends are also pregnant - one due a week before me, one due 5 weeks after me. I'm very excited for them!

Otherwise...pretty much status quo here. Work is insane, which is hard for me - I have no focus. DH seems to be doing very well with the summer weather. He gets to spend a lot of time gardening, has a lot of fun outside with DD, and has recently taken up mountain biking. I"m soooo happy that he has a hobby that's just for fun! Hope it sticks.

DD is...27? 28 months? She has her days, like any kid this age. It's a funny thing - when DH is with her consistently during the day, she starts to give up napping. When I'm with her for a stretch of time - boom, the naps come right back. Weird. It's hard for me to believe that she has been talking for almost a year! She has started "reading" stories a lot - she will go through and either recite from memory or talk her way through the pictures - it's great.

What else...we're trying to hatch some chicks, but the mama hen keeps smashing eggs so we'll see. We've been eating from our garden which is great!

And did I mention that I am so looking forward to meeting our new little bean? Hopefully in the next 2-3 weeks? Please?
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So soon! Babies are neat little people.

I'm having mixed feelings about Wickerman this year. I also found out that a friend of mine has a ticket to Burning Man this year but nobody to go with, so it got me thinking about it... but I think tickets may be sold out entirely or I'm completely oblivious, because I can't seem to find that part of the website. And obviously if I can't look at numbers I can't begin to consider going.

I've got an appointment with a dentist this afternoon. I'm hoping she'll do a root canal, I"m very much in need of one.

Bear is probably the most polite of my children. He asks nicely out of habit most of the time. It's absolutely fantastic. While Boobah walks in and whines "I'm huuuuuuuuuungry!" Bear just looks up at me and says, "Could I have a cookie please? Please have a cookie?" It's just too adorable.

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I went skating with Trixie today and she was so good at it. Also the adorable was pretty high!

Hudson's well baby visit was the other day and I asked the ped about his constant spitting up, with every bottle, several times after each bottle. He says that it's reflux, but Hudson's not in pain, but he says that there isn't always pain. Soooo... I can either start him on zantac or start him on solids. I'm not keen on either, but I don't want to do nothing because I'm worried what it could be doing to his esophagus.
he's 5 mos, so close to the 6 mos window to eat, but I don't want to spoon feed him. I did baby lead solids with Trixie and it worked out well. The thought of buying rice cereal kinda icks me out.

What would any of you do?

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But would you have to do rice cereal? Couldn't you just mash up the food you would have given him to feed himself? DD self fed, some of her first food was banana, potato and carrot. I mean, just mashing that food. Maybe he could even feed himself a bit? Either with half a banana, if you help him hold it, or by letting him help with the spoon. DD was so underweight the ped wanted her to start early solids. We tried with oatmeal porridge around 5 months, and she happily grabbed the spoon from me (sometimes I had to help guide it a bit), and put it in her mouth herself. Unfortunately, she couldn't keep the food in there, it just all fell out. So we ended up waiting another month, in the end.
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I'm not keen on either, but I don't want to do nothing because I'm worried what it could be doing to his esophagus.
he's 5 mos, so close to the 6 mos window to eat, but I don't want to spoon feed him. I did baby lead solids with Trixie and it worked out well. The thought of buying rice cereal kinda icks me out.

What would any of you do?
I didn't do BLW with Robin -- she divebombed my oatmeal spoon at 5.5 months so we did cereals and purees with her for awhile. I am sure I will start Holly on solids at 6 months on the nose since she won't take a bottle anymore .

If I were in your shoes, I would probably try the Zantac first, just because the idea of giving a baby solids while they still have a "leaky gut" weirds me out, and it would probably let you know if he really does have reflux or is just a spitty kid. Plus I wonder if throwing more food into the mix might make tummy troubles worse instead of better. But that's just me. We're not too far off from being safely in the solids zone, I can't quite believe it!

Robin is sleeping through the night most nights now. I guess it really was a matter of time... we do nothing differently, but she is often sleeping straight through until 5:30 or 6:30. Not every night but most.

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Well AF has finally arrived. 51 days since my last. Of course its my husband's birthday tomorrow and he has strep throat We can't win for losing.

I've finally decided that I just can't handle all the pumping during the day. I've started nursing her again at night (she'll sleep straight through if I didn't wake her up to nurse) 3-4 times from 11pm-6am and then usually 2 times more before I leave for school at 11:30a. I may try hand expressing over the sink just to have a little stimulation during the day, but otherwise I just can't handle it.

Maybe she'll reverse cycle, but if not at least mom and baby will be happy.

Only about 6 weeks left in the academy. I can barely stand to be there anymore with all the drama. We actually had someone get themselves fired for conduct unbecoming an officer. Its craziness all around.

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I had a very spitty kid in the late '80s before Reflux was a common diagnosis. I have no idea whether she had it or not, but she doesn't have any digestive issues as an adult. It was considered more of a laundry problem back then and out doctor did not recommend early solids.

Sarah Lynne, I'm glad you've just about survived the academy, sorry about all the drama. s:

ds1 graduated from high school and is living with his father again. It just didn't work out to have him here. I have another (private) caregiver position starting in early July so I am trying to enjoy some summer days (even some weekends!) when I don't have to work so I can spend time at the beach, hiking, maybe even a trip down to Southern Humboldt to see my favourite grove of redwoods, where "Endor" was filmed in the Star Wars movies.

A lot of folks in SoHum are very gloomy about the economic implications of legalizing cannabis in California. Personally, I think the overall good for the state as a whole will outweigh the bad, but I do want to see the area one last time before the change takes place just in case I am incredibly naive and all the small businesses are actually funded by grow houses and wind up being replaced by Wal Marts and Colonel McMarijuana chain dispensaries before I have another summer weekend off with a functioning car.

I had a nice visit with Terran's father and am in the very last 2ww of my life--not overly optimistic about conceiving, much less carrying to term, but more at peace with letting go and moving on. Fostering is a possibility in a few years and I have two "honorary grandchildren" now.

I'll be cleaning out some closets in the next little bit and probably offering to give some of you things I don't need any more. Don't be shy about hurting my feelings if you don't need my "treasures" because I'm sure there are freecyclers in this economically depressed area who do.

Terran is becoming more and more his own person. He hates to show off for strangers, but his impeccably polite "company manners" and quiet, shy demeanor are a bit of a hypocritical act in their own way: when he's home and relaxed, he's chattery, sassy, and every bit as opinionated as any other two year old.

Skating sounds fun. Our homeschooling group isn't doing it any more, but maybe I'll see about going to a rink in a few months for a play date or something.

slgt, i'm sending you elvs and wishing you a happy babymoon in case I don't "see" you again before the birth.
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Well, the dentist did begin a root canal. She also did something to one of the nerves in my jaw I think; Part of my face/lips have been itchy, painful, and numb by turns ever since, and that didn't go away when the anesthesia wore off. She also couldn't put the filling in because I had this huge abscess that needed to drain first. She was writing me scripts for penicillin and vicodin when the hygienist who was cleaning up knocked over a bottle of formocresol. I, of course, was standing closest to this broken bottle of formaldehyde-based goodness. The entire floor had to be evacuated, and those of us in the room when the bottle had broken had to be checked out in the clinic downstairs. I was totally fine, just a slight cough and that horrible taste in my mouth, but that still took several hours out of my day.

My mom is in the hospital again; I found out on Tuesday that she had been admitted Monday morning because she had been having precipitous drops in blood pressure which were causing her to faint whenever she stood. She was waiting for a cardiac cath when last we spoke; It had been pushed back twice and when they finally got her in her bloodwork was off and it had to be postponed again. I'll call her in the morning to find out what's going on with that.

The kids are amazing, and I miss them. Mike actually had the nerve to tell me that the thing that would motivate him the most [to get off his ass and get a job and such] would be for me to leave him and the kids. I couldn't believe he even suggested it. Apparently he believes that the reason I haven't taken the kids and left him physically is that I can't do it. Me, of all people! He seems to have forgotten that my mother left my father with four children under the age of five! As much as it would suck, as terrible as it would be, I could absolutely *do* it. I could probably do it with less trauma than my mother did, too.

I've pretty much given up on expecting anything from Mike. I gave him until 30 June to do something useful but I haven't really seen it. He's probably forgotten the issued ultimatum, or he didn't take it seriously (actually, probably both) so... I don't know. I really don't want to cut him any more slack, though. I know that much.

I'm also having some complications with my new lover, and trying not to think about it. Actually my life is just full of suck on damn near every front. I mean I haven't even gotten to Friday yet. Oh! The kombucha I made turned out really decent. My next batch will be even better. I didn't realize just how much weaker the tea would become as it fermented (seems pretty obvious in retrospect :doh) so it's a little less tea-flavored than I would like. It's quite bubbly, but not super tangy either. I think that next time I will a) let the tea steep longer and b) try to find a warmer spot for the jar. The kids are going to LOVE it, so I'm going to have to find more sun tea jars.

Sorry this is so disjointed, I'm just in a rotten place, like I said.

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sorry eilonwy, that sounds like a nightmare!! i hate bad dentist experiences, awful awful.

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Dea , if Hudson isn't in any discomfort, do you really need to do anything? DD spit up CONSTANTLY until about 6 months, when the frequency went down remarkably, and she had pretty much stopped by about 7 months. Our pediatrician said just what NOS said - "It's a laundry problem, not a health problem." All of our early pictures of her include a cloth diaper under her head! If he's getting adequate calories, seems otherwise healthy & happy - maybe just try giving it a few more months? Apparently it's common for the spitting up to improve around 6 months, when their little esophagi mature.

Smokeylo, hooray for sleeping mostly through the night! Go Robin go!

Sarah Lynne, Hang in there, 6 more weeks you can do it! Glad the end is in sight.

Heather, thanks for the ELV! I have nightly menstrual-style cramps & backache, but they don't seem to mean anything much this time around. Still waiting - which is fine, I'm only 38 weeks! Hmm, I'll try to remember to post a belly pic here. Sounds like you are at a peaceful place for this 2ww - keep us posted!

Rynna, Sorry to hear about the Glut of Suck in your life. I hope that they are able to figure out what's going on with your Mom, scary.

I'm a few days away from feeling at peace with where things are at work and at our house. There are not enough hours in the day! But I kind of feel like I may be mentally blocking this baby from coming if it's ready, so I want to get past that place and move onto, "Ok, ready now!"

My Dad is so far doing great now that they have a course of treatment for his prostate cancer. At age 71, he has started going to the gym & lifting weights (to counter the osteoporosis & muscle atrophy from hormone therapy). His mindset is great, he's doing as much as is within his power to be strong & healthy, they better to fight cancer with. Mom is holding her own and then some - she's a strong woman.

DD is doing great, but is definitely a terrible 2! Her logic skills are improving faster than we are ready for, and she is pushing every limit that we know of right now. But she's a lot of fun the rest of the time. It will be interesting to see how she does with the new baby. Um.
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Baby logic is so much fun, though. I must confess, I don't fully grok "the terrible twos". In my experience, two year olds are some of the most loving human beings on the planet. I've always really liked two... but I'm one of those weird parents who really likes all of the phases and stages the kids have gone/are going through.

I figure it's something like my love of weather. It's not that I particularly love days at 96 degrees with 98% humidity, but I love looking out the window or standing on the sidewalk and feeling the heat radiate from all around and thinking, "Six months ago, this was all covered in snow. Six months from now, it could be covered in snow again... but right now, a snowball could potentially sublime if I dropped it on the asphalt." I mean seriously, how cool is that?

Of course, I've never had multiples and I haven't experienced the teen years yet. Chibi is 13, though, and if she's any indication I'll still think my kids are cool then, too.

So I put Bear on the potty this morning, as usual, and he peed a ton which was great... but it occurred to me that the BBLP is really too small for him. I thought at first that it was just because I was holding him at a funny angle or something, but it finally dawned on me this morning that all of my other kids were much smaller than this when they used the BBLP. You'd think I'd have realized that sooner. In any case, is there anything out there that's like a BBLP (one piece, inexpensive, easy to find) but a bit bigger? Bear really needs a bit more space to aim while sitting than the BBLP provides him, especially first thing in the morning if you know what I mean. He's also got long skinny legs that he kind of has to fold up like a froggy in order to put his tush down. He's not big enough to be comfortable on the regular toilet, though. Any suggestions, please?

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Rynna, sorry it's so tough...

Has Bear tried the big toilet? Because DSD and DSS used that nearly from the get-go with potty training and they were little mini-kids.

Not alot going on, aside from DSD recovering from a helium-balloon inspired eye-injury.

Really want to take a vacation, but there's not moolah - not even for a staycation. Ah well. Maybe I just need a few days off work.

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Hudson is pukey as ever. Adam's pushing to start the zantac and I reeeeealllyyyy don't want to. I have given him rice cereal, but the leaky gut thing freaks me out too Lauren. AHHH. I figure that rice cereal is pretty benign, (the whole reason I loathe it as a food, but I guess at this point?) I dunno. I agree, perhaps more of a laundry thing. I worry about damage, but as someone suggested on LWAB if there was damage he'd let me know. So I think I'll stop. I suggested to Adam that we could try chiropractic and he lost his marbles. Soooo none of that for the kiddos. hmmm.

NOS, I don't understand why legalization is bad? Is it cause then there will be more companies in on it? I haven't thought about it that way. I've always thought legalization was good. Hmmm.... I guess where I grew up, the grow ops we're happy little hippies, they were nasty-- for the most part. (heh my dad got busted for having one, mostly he was growing tomatoes.)

Rynna... oh the suck factor is high right now, eh? I'm sorry. If you lived closer I'd say, "Come over for some tea and cookies!" So can you imagine some lovely tea and cookies? How's your book going?

Sarah Lynn... you can do it! Really 6 weeks will fly by!

slgt, I am so excited for you!

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NOS, I don't understand why legalization is bad? Is it cause then there will be more companies in on it? I haven't thought about it that way. I've always thought legalization was good. Hmmm.... I guess where I grew up, the grow ops we're happy little hippies, they were nasty-- for the most part. (heh my dad got busted for having one, mostly he was growing tomatoes.)
Well, it's not as simple as "good" and "bad". I know that I'm definitely voting yes on 19 and would urge you to do so as well, but I doubt if everything will be as rosy-peachy as I used to imagine it would be back in my younger days, at least not in the area I call home.

this article explains some of the concerns people in SoHum (and also folks in NoHum who know more about the cannabis industry than I do) have about legalization.

You know me. The flowers are nice, but I want to see industrial hemp being grown here (OUTDOORS!!!! Grow houses are nasty in many ways and this off topic post is going to be too long anyway) and nice, healthy summer jobs in the sunshine for teenage boys and young men that exercise their muscles, minds, and nurturing abilities. Medicine and fun is all fine and well, but I want affordable fabric that is sturdy enough to last an active boy until he outgrows his pants, not until it's too weak to hold yet another patch on the knees. I want to be able to throw hemp milk in the shopping cart even when it's not on sale instead of worrying that I'm letting my "foodie" eat way too much soy.

Anyway, the toy vacation went great Terran actually wore the same diaper for the whole second day because it was easier to find a place to pull over and "water a tree" than it is to find a public bathroom.

It's actually getting pretty annoying to tell my PL'd kid to use his pants as a toilet because there's nowhere legal for him to pee!
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hi mamas!

we're in the forest! and grad school is really hard and i LOVE it!! i've been reading for hours every day and creating lessons and analyzing the nature of science. i'd forgotten what a nerd i am my goal is a 4.0 and i think i'm doing okay so far.

moving was SUCH a nightmare but we're finally settled in and we have a CSA and we go to the farmer's market every week. the kids have been having fun with the parks and our daily dog walk is through trails in the forest, so nice!

i'm glad to read about all the potty learning! our entire house is carpeted (think 80's "luxury" in the bathrooms) and we really can't have many mistakes. once i get a break from school for a week i'm going to hang out with linnaea in the backyard with a water bottle and a package of m&ms.

i can't believe i never thought of bribery with lazlo but i'm at school all day from 7-6 and she'll never get there if i leave it up to curtis. soooo, i'm going all conventional and gonna see if i can bribe her to use the potty.

she really is amazing these days. beautiful and amazing and really hard at the same time.

i think of you all often but i now have two on-line classes so whenever i have a free minute i'm trying to get my posts done for the week.

dea- quickly, i have a friend that gets her kids adjusted all the time and it makes me so nervous! i saw my mom get adjusted when i was a kid and i remembber being totaly scared by it. i think i might try to zantac to see if it helps. what is it that concerns you about it?

nos and emily- glad to see you!!

i'll probably not be on much, if at all, until i get a break from school. until then and happy healthy babies and mamas!!!!!!!!

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Well, the suck level is still on the higher end for me but things seem to be getting better. I found a Froggy Potty for Bear which is bigger. It does have a removable pot, but it just lifts straight up and it doesn't have a ton of other parts. Bear loves it, and his new Potty Clock. I couldn't find a crown for him (Bear actually loves dressing up as a princess with his sisters ), but he was more than happy with the library book Bella chose for them. He also wanted to sit and "read the numbers book like mama"... so he took my sudoku magazine out of the bathroom! It was just too adorable.

I've been going over the Cub Scout religious emblems. Bean is a Wolf Scout this year, and one of the required activities is to learn about your family's religion. Bean is eligible to earn three different awards, and we'll probably do them all. I told Mike that he will have to do the Friends emblem with Bean, and I really like the Pagan program I found online so I'll be doing that one with him. The Jewish program is pretty cool too, and if I can find a rabbi around willing to work with him we'll do that as well. I think that there ought to be a special recognition award for kids from interfaith families who earn emblems from more than one religion. I know Bean isn't the only such kid; He's probably not even the only one in the Pack! I'll ask his Cubmaster about it in the fall. Hm, I wonder if Girl Scouts has an interfaith award...

I can hardly believe how big my kids are getting. I'm still depressed that they're not going to camp (*everyone* needs financial aid these days, so it's harder to get help ) but there's plenty of time to make that happen, and they are getting plenty of experience camping out with family (something I never did as a child). Besides which, during this heatwave camp would suck hardcore. They would have us in the pool as much as possible, but there were so many activities we couldn't do if it was ridiculously hot (the way it is right now) because it was... well, ridiculously hot. Hopefully next year will be milder.

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hey mamas!

just checked in and we're on page 4! i took out some of my bragging from my previous post. i reread it and i was totally embarrassed.

ugh, i have an amazing amount of work to do and linnaea won't take a nap!!!!

i should have just gone to the library but i had this idea i could get her to sleep and it's not working!

we're in the middle of a heat wave, it's not too bad though, not like nevada where it was all glaring white and hot and sizzling.

rynna- i was thinking, have you thought about going back to school? if mike could watch the kiddos then you could have free childcare and get student loans for living expenses? i think i might be biased because it's working well for us right now. is he capable of keeping up with the homeschooling stuff?

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rynna- i was thinking, have you thought about going back to school? if mike could watch the kiddos then you could have free childcare and get student loans for living expenses? i think i might be biased because it's working well for us right now. is he capable of keeping up with the homeschooling stuff?
I'd really love to go back to school, but I have no idea how it would be possible as I have defaulted-upon student loans. There would have to be some sort of complicated money dance involved, and I've been a bit too busy to figure that out.

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Lots going on around here.

Tennessee has been put on hold (I'm silently rejoicing ) Michael finally realized how much of a strain and risk it would be to just up and leave. So we used our money to do other things and plan for Tennessee in the future.

Today we found a house to rent It's literally less than a mile from work Michael bought me a sweet little scooter to drive to and from work! We're saving nearly $200/ mth in gas by making this move and me driving the scooter leaves Michael with the van to do as he pleases with the kids! It's a 3/2 mobile with about an acre fenced in completely, we can keep the dogs and the chickens! The landlord is looking to start a community garden for the 4-5 mobiles on his land and was actually excited that we have chickens! He's a single dad of a 13 yr old girl and super duper nice (as well as great with the kids.)

The rent is $800/mth which is a bit of a climb from $525/mth, but between the gas savings, paying off Michael's mom and my raise once I pass the FDLE exam we'll be more comfortable than we are now!

One weird thing is I'm on my period again. It started about 3 days ago and its only been about two weeks since my last one. Hopefully it will even out on its own, but it bothers me to have my once clockwork cycle be so wonky.

Oh and Tristyn is ------------------ this close to crawling. I can hardly believe how fast the time is flying. Austin will be old enough for kindergarten next August...and my little Steven is gonna be grown before I can blink.

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I'd really love to go back to school, but I have no idea how it would be possible as I have defaulted-upon student loans. There would have to be some sort of complicated money dance involved, and I've been a bit too busy to figure that out.
oh bleh. i had those too and i was only able to get new ones once i had gotten those current. it also takes quite a few large payments to get them active. apparently they want to be sure you're capable of paying them before they're willing to allow you to have your deferments and the like.

maybe you could apply a couple of places and see how much they give you in grants and fellowships and the like. i'm sorry, that's such a big obstacle.

sarah lynne- i'm happy to hear about your new place! tennessee sounds awesome but it'll be even more awesome when you are more financially stable to make a go of it. i'm jealous of your chicken! i can't believe tristyn is getting close to crawling!!! where has the time gone?

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Busy summer, eh? We're doing pretty well. Bear's had three (minor) episodes of hives and one of the poops, but other than that he's been quite well. He seems to be getting taller again, but he didn't get wider first so he looks entirely too skinny for a 30 month old. He also doesn't like the heat all that much, and doesn't seem to have the tolerance for it that his siblings do. He's been using the potty with reminders. Every morning we have a routine: He rolls over, stretches, makes a face and I ask him if he wants to use the potty. "I don't want to use the potty," he says, frowning, and rolls back over to try to go back to sleep... and then he says, "I need to use the potty!" sounding somewhat disappointed by the fact that his bladder has awakened him. I can't blame him for trying to get more sleep, though. I do the same thing, hold it until I'm about to burst and I'm absolutely forced to get out of bed.

I started a new blog and a new please hire me! page recently. I spend entirely too much time on the internet, so I figured I ought to make some kind of effort at something useful. The blog is nothing like the stream-of-consciousness reality show with big words that my old blog was; It's more of a group project.

This weekend is going to be incredibly long and boring for me. I'm not looking forward to it. So what's up?

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Hi everyone!! I miss you ladies.

Things are ok over here. Summer is winding down and I am trying to feel ok with the fact that due to childcare snafus left and right, I got almost nothing accomplished towards my academic goals. I've been a SAHM since the end of June which has been both wonderful and awful . I've just signed Robin up for a wonderful childcare program that's all about discovery and play. It's in this big old house where an old hippie has built these amazing play structures from recycled materials. It's mixed age. I think she will be so glad to be in a new environment and playing with other kids again. She seems to be getting kind of bored.

She asks to go potty about once a day right now, but it seems to be mostly play? She has never actually used it. I'm not sure what to do. I can't decide if this play pottying is worth pushing and making an effort to potty learn or if we should wait until she connects the dots and actually goes wee wee or whatever. So I keep not deciding. I honestly thought potty learning would happen this summer. I'm trying not to feel like she's "behind" by not being really interested in it at 2.5 yrs old.]

Holly is 6 months old and teething. She's just started solids. She's absolutely lovely!

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