Hi mamas! Still here, still sick, but we had a good day nonetheless. Only one short crying spell in the car at the very tail end of errands (dropping off the tax forms - nothing was going to prevent me from doing THAT! That, there, is our tix to Hawaii (after investment), even crying baby). We nursed a lot last night and today, and my milk is back up. Now after only 1.5 hrs. I'm feeling full again, which is a big switch from a couple of days ago, when I just felt (but didn't look) flat all the time.
Nicole - HUUUUUGS mama! I can't believe you have more sickness! I hope her ears are ok soon, no surgery to fix tubes, etc. My little brother had em in twice, because I think they fell out or something, but anyway, he was a champ about it, and got to go to Barbados with my parents (while older brother and I went to YMCA camp - huh?). All things work out eventually. Healing vibes to you all!
Jeni - OMG! That's awful. I woulda slung that baby and gone for a LOOOONG walk right outta there. Give yourself a LOT of credit for sticking it out and not making enemies of your family. I'm SO mamatiger about my babies, it pisses off a lot of people (my parents, especially :LOL ). But my babies do NOT get handled by smoking people
: , they do NOT get handled by drunks
: , they do NOT get left in carseats in their own feces for hours
. I am SO glad you guys are sticking up for your kiddies!!! YEA for the babywatchers of the world!!!
I think I take it kinda personally because my mother was a hard core smoker, I'm sure I can remember the smell of smoke from inside my playpen where I was stuck ad nauseum day after day. Our house keeper (if you can call her that) was a drunk, nice, but a drunk, and once she left me in the park (in my stroller, I was less than 1 yr. old). I finally potty trained on a car trip to the Cape because I couldn't STAND sitting in my wet dirty diapers any more and my Dad said he wasn't stopping the car for diaper changes. Bad memories, maybe, or maybe some of it was just passed on as memories from other people, I can't distinguish now, but these stories are def. touching some sensitive buttons for me (shiver smilie). You done GOOD mama, keeping your baby protected from the worst of the day. Whew!
Karen - Well, you survived the awful crazy hotel (with a splash of fun!), had a good time with your fam., it sounds like, and NOW you get dh too! Woo hoo!!! I got your beauuuutiful mei tai two days ago and we're using it like crazy! Dh doesn't like it to wear on himself, but he likes it on me, and I am LOOOVING it! I am still too scared to put him on my back, but soon. His head control is good these days, but he doesn't seem comfortable wrapping his legs around my waist yet. Too small, him, not me! It really is so SO beautiful, I can't thank you enough!!! Today we walked with him on front for about 40 min., and he was happy as a clam, wide awake, very comfy. YEA!!!
Jess, I don't know what I thought that thing was, like some kind of potion making something I think. I was quite intrigued! Figures Lisa just pluges the sucker into some magical translation source and figures it all out. It IS kinda cool, whatever it is that it does...hmmm.
Az honey, OUCH!!! That SUCKS about you and dh. I know it seems like a big major thing between you (and we haven't heard that you did work it out, so maybe it is still a problem), but really it's only one of the many parts of you as a couple. BIG, MAJOR, yes, but not the only reason you got together, or will stay together. I don't know why men have such a hard time with kids... their own or other people's, but I think it's a selfish thing. They are, not all, but a lot are just big kids, and don't want to have to be a grown up any more than they absolutely have to. When kids come along, they really make them be a grownup more than they might want to, or something. Anyway, I would NEVER excuse his behaviour, he was completely over the line. And ex-h is too, imo. Good luck hon. Just remember that you are doing what you are doing for your kids, not for you. You won't have to fight it out if you go in knowing you are RIGHT and just stick to the line. It won't happen at once, but eventually he'll see that you are not wavering on the needs of the children. Then DUH it'll just be fine again. I hope! And anyway, vent vent vent to us about it, but do NOT feel bad, hide, get depressed about doing right by your kids. Every one pp is so right that you are being a GREAT mama sticking up for them and helping your h's to see what the mature approach is to accepting responsibility at their respective levels. Whew. I can't say I envy you that role, but it's yours, so just do your best! That's all you can EVER do, and almost every time it is enough. Go put miss E in that amazing rainbow outfit and snuggle for a while. you DESERVE it!
Hi Jess! I'm really sorry to hear about dh's lay off. It's good that he's finding interest from other companies, but BAD BAD BAD that you may have to leave the golden Rockies!
Lisa - you are a ROCK of stability among us loonies! Thank GOODNESS you still chat with us and keep us sane.
Gotta love your little sleep fighter! Ori has been doing this weird thing lately. I put him down around 6:30 - 7 (trying to get it a little later than 5pm, which is just SO uncivilized!). He's asleep when I leave him, then about 20 min. later he's up and crying. So I go back up and nurse nurse nurse and then he's asleep and I leave and then he's up and crying again. Tonight he only did it the once, actually, but a couple times he's done it 2-3 times. Quite annoying. I think it's a trust thing, he's building between him and me. A couple of times I think I've actually slept through a cry or two...or maybe a bit longer
: . Once Jerry actually kicked me and I fell out of bed and THEN heard him crying. All because the little fella is just SO sensitive I can't figure out how to sleep with him and actually get any sleep!
If I 'm in a bed w/him I can't move at ALL
and if I'm not, I'm not hearing the wake up signals that preceed the actual crying. I so want to have him in with us, but he's this major revivalist (
), so when I try to move him when he's asleep, it's just like he wasn't ever asleep in the first place
: , WIDE awake. So I've actually taken the co-sleeper down
. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm listening...
Oh yeah, vaxing - we don't vax. BUT I know that the ones that prevent the most serious illnesses (and most likely to be found in the population) are the Hib vaxes (tho I don't see why we need to do them in babies, myself, but once they start school, ok, I can see why then) and Pertussis (tho not likely to kill anybody it is a NASTY disease that causes a LOT of discomfort for the vic and their family). The others are not likely to be in the general population (tho polio is making a small come back in select populations) or the vaxes are not especially effective. Or both. We don't vax because my family has all these auto immune probs and I refuse to even consider initiating an auto immune response that the medical cmty can't control. I shall NOT consider ranting here about it. We go to a fp who does not argue with me, but she plays it by the book and says she told me the spiel when all she ever did is tell me she told me the spiel :LOL
enough of my crap. Sounds like things are crazy all over! Time for me to sleep. Lots of hugs to all the hurting mamas, and healing vibes (minus a few for myself, my head is just POUNDING with sinus and ear infection and a really really super sore throat
but def. better today than y-day) for Nicole and whomever else is in need!