Wow, there's so much to respond to! Long Post Warning.
Ann, what pattern and yarn do you recommend for soakers? Ori looks darn cute. What cute skinny legs he has.
Nicole, your MIL sounds dreadful! After your Friday's post, I was reading in great suspense to hear what happened next with her. You of all people need support from your family, and it sounds like they are not giving it at all. Thank goodness DH is on your side, not under some illusion that his mother's behaviour is rational. I agree that you should pay her for the nose spray (what kind of MIL wants to be reimbursed for that kind of money anyway?) but not the hotel. Crappy that she complained about the ceremony. Episcopalians and Baptists worship the same God so what is her problem with it? Southern Baptists like her make all of us look bad. Ticks me off.
Az, what color is your hair now?
Kudos to the moms who teach their boys to sit down to pee. I dated a guy for a while who did that and it was nice. DH doesn't, and while he's fairly neat and always puts the seat down, if I'm standing at the sink next to him while he pees I can feel a light spray hit my legs. Ew, and I know it's putting a fine mist over half the bathroom. It's really bad after he eats asparagus.
The other day I had Evelyn in the ABC for a while, and when i took her out, she had crusty boogers all over her face. She must have wiped them on my shirt and then rubbed her face in it. At least they were out of her nose without a fight.
Ann, if you're close enough to your doula friend, you should tell her how it bothers you that she criticizes your birth, and how as a doula, she should never come across as condescending to her clients. This is some professional feedback that she really needs.
omigosh Violet is adorable! How cute and fat she is! Even fatter than Evelyn.
I'm glad Lisa confirms that frothy poo is fine. Evelyn does that sometimes. It cracks me up when I see it. (no pun intended)
We also have green poo after a two-sided nighttime feeding. I try to only feed from one side but ooooo they hurt. Her green poo was sooner, though, in the morning.
Eating babies - DH is always saying I'd better not make her look too yummy. The joke is that she'd better not dress up as bacon-wrapped filet mignon for Halloween, or he'll eat her for sure.
Karen, on losing the keys: you and DH are complimenting each other if he worries about the keys and you don't. Somebody has to worry about those things, and somebody else has to be cool about it and not get upset. DH and I are the same way.
Andy, you get to have two lives in your lifetime, at least. One before Becca, and one now with your kids, and when Ori starts school, another new kind. I hope you enjoy them all.
Oh, and ramble away. If people don't have time, they can scroll past it.
Men and sheets - men just don't see why they are important. Whenever a guy sleeps on our couch, he doesn't want to use the sheets, thinking that this is saving me the trouble of washing them. No, you wankers, it is exchanging a simple sheet washing for a huge PITA, no-couch-for-three-days $50 washing of the futon cover! When women sleep there and want to save me trouble, they put the sheets in the washer for me. Sheets are for protecting the mattress, not for our comfort. Somehow, we get it and they don't.
Ann, I am so jealous that you can go a year without wearing shoes! If i had my way, I would hardly ever wear them. Clothes too - especially while nursing.
Heidi, oooo goodie about coming to St. Louis! I would love to get together. What hotel are you staying in, do you know? Downtown is 15-20 minutes from our house, not far at all. We can come out and meet you.
On the diapers: we haven't tried a sposie at night except once. Well, the other day I put a cheap one on her and it leaked at the first pee. What was I thinking, getting cheap ones? I was tired. With the cloth diapers, she'll go about three hours and then get really restless. We change her, and then she settles down for a few more hours before she eats. This is the pattern for the last three nights, anyway. The problem is, if I wake up to change her and she does not eat, then my boobs hurt like crazy and I can't get back to sleep. Friday night sucked for that reason. Sat & Sun were great, 4-6 hours in a block of sleep for me, because DH did that first diaper change at 2 a.m. before he came to bed.
So far the best for her is the Sugar Peas. They run bigger than other dipes, esp in the thighs. The fleece lining on them is the best for wicking by far. I'm also planning to get more pockets for daytime, because with those we can buy a size to fit her thighs (large, at 7 weeks!) and fill it to fit her age. That's the only way to get anything that fits and is trim, I think. We like Cloth-Ease (www.greenacredesigns.com
) and then Snap-EZ (www.snapez.com
) best so far for the pockets. Well, okay, I'll admit it - the FuzziBunz mediums fit the best, but I can't bring myself to go with something so mainstream. In the others, I can get all kinds of crazy colors. Cloth-Ease is much faster to fill custom orders, and their prices are better, and they're side-snap. Snap-EZ has some awesome wipes, with purple-and-white striped terrycloth on one side. Both have clever inserts.
Heidi, if chiropractic is not helping, do you think you should try another chiropractor? I know they all have different styles, and the styles are suited to different patients, so maybe another one could help you more.
Lisa, what are they thinking that Lauren is sick? she just wants her mommy, and some peace.
Lucky me, Evelyn is happy with almost anyone, as long as they hold her and bounce her and walk with her constantly. She loooooves Nana Linda; sometimes Nana can calm her when I can't. Thank goodness, since she stays with her all day.
On DH helping - one good thing about working is that DH and I are on equal footing for needing sleep and showers. He watches her in the morning while I shower. It's fun to come back in and see him playing with her, and her cooing at him.
Okay, done with responding.
We had a fantastic weekend! It was my first weekend after starting work, and I just looooved it. I held her and played with her most of Saturday, and she was a total sweetheart all day. She is playing more and more. She looks at the toys, and at us, and tries to smile and succeeds more and more. Every day she is more fun. I can't wait for her to start laughing.
Yesterday we all went to Hannibal, to my parents', for Easter. At the church they have a cry room in the back, with a changing table and a couple gliders and toys, and windows and a speaker for hearing and seeing the service. We need to find a church with one of those here. After service, the grandfather carried her around and showed her off; he and Nana Cat and Aunt Rachel (15) and Uncle Seth (11) were very proud of her. She wore a dress, but no lace, and bunny slippers that rattle.
After church we visited my brother, who hadn't met Evelyn before. (He's in a wheelchair and doesn't drive.) He is fabulous with kids, so she loved him. Wish he could be so good with adults. Then Easter dinner was excellent, and Evelyn played and slept and played and was delightful until about 6, her fussy time. The trip back (2 hr drive) was not so good; she got really pissed and we had to stop for half an hour or so for nursing, soothing, and nursing. Then she finally stayed asleep and when we got home she stayed asleep for another 6 hrs! Yay!
Gah, my boobs are reminding me that I was supposed to pump an hour ago. Maybe I'll just go home and feed the baby early.
Happy Monday to everybody!