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#61 of 474 Old 07-03-2008, 10:00 PM
 
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Gen, ugh! Yuck on the credit fraud situation, and yuck on your DH thinking he can expect you to do housework in that way. I have been through this with my DH before...we SHARE the household duties in the evening, he works at his work, and I work at the kids in the daytime. Now, to be honest, the chores still fall heavily in my favor, but at least he knows that he better not expect me to be cleaning all day...my job is to parent the kids. (Sorry for the rant, each marriage finds its own way, just hoping that you are happy with yours)
Thanks. I brought this up to him. Apparently his mother was supermom and was able to raise 3 kids, cook 3 meals a day, and maintain a spotless house while his father was at work. But now that I think about it, I bet she had a house girl or some other help. They lived in Kenya where labor is cheap. I know they do now, if this comes up again, I'll remember this point.

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I signed up for our chore wars, too. Can we add adventures that aren't there, or do we have to petition the dungeon master?
Yes, dear dungeon master, how should this be done, the henchlings are asking.



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I had 2 interviews today adn both went well. I have a working interview tomorrow from 8-10 then have to work from 12-4. Wish me luck on my working interview...and henry gets to do drop in for that 2 hours..so we will see how he does.
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Yesterday we went to the community pool. Ashlee loved it there. I took a couple of pics of her chillin on her blanket.
Ashlee is so sweet looking.

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My DD#2 Sagan just said to me the most interesting thing...
"Mama... Do you think I should I quit asking questions about life and just live it?"

Long conversation ensued.
Wow. That is awesome! How do kids have such wisdom, yet as adults we seem to lose some of it and get wrapped up in our dramas etc.. What a shame for us.



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Went out to do some shopping today since Alex has outgrown pretty much everything he has.. stopped in Babies R Us and got a free 8x10 portrait done at the studio there!
What a handsome young guy. Good thing the other girl babies are too young to chase him down at this age.


I just had a crazy day of errands. I had to go back and forth between DP's work and in and out of the car with DD.....:yawning: Half the time I take her out of the car seat and the other half I leave her in. While at the bank I had her in the car seat and she slept peacefully. I had to go to a couple of places more than once because I needed a letter about DP's job and the first letter was not good enough so I had to go back and explain how it needed changed and then run home to feed L. Then DP got a new letter from his employer so I had to go back out to pick up the letter and then take it to DHS.: To finish the day off I went to the gas station. There is a station in town that is well known as the cheapest gas for many, many miles, certainly the cheapest in our whole valley. It is common to have 10 cars waiting in line for gas, cars lined up in the road waiting. While there, the girl next to me called out to one of the attendants that her car had ran out of gas while waiting and needed the attendants to push her up to the pump. I knew my car was running on fumes also, so I shut my engine off for the rest of the wait. I was worried about getting gas while having DD with me, but I never had to get out of the car. In our state it is illegal to pump your own gas so I told the attendant how much and asked if I could just give him the cash since I had DD with me. He apparently does it alot cuz he just quickly took the money and started the pump. : That really made my afternoon so much better! He had no idea though, the poor guy is way overworked.

Hope everyone has a happy 4th tomorrow....even our friends overseas. Here is an article about our local 4th parade. This woman goes to the grocery store dressed as such. I think its cool, and she makes good points.
http://www.dailytidings.com/2008/070...02_jenmoss.php

Ok, gotta do other stuff now. I am beat!
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Beautiful pictures of kids and dogs (Cynthia)!

Eli was still running a temp this morning so I called in to work again. Lucky I have a very understanding boss-she has four step kids and three of her own so she knows sick kids need their mama love. Took him to the dr figuring it was better to go and only spend 20 on a co-pay and get told nothing was wrong vs having something be wrong and pay well over 100 for an ER co-pay this weekend.

Turns out he has a very low grade ear infection on the right side. She said she has seen lots of red raw throats and ear infections in kids lately. His fever is gone and he's getting back to his smiley self. I was even able to get him laughing when I tickled him. He is by far the ticklish baby I have ever met. Armpits and neck are the best spots to get him.

Even though he was sick I loved being home with him. I wish I could do it every day. Need to work on that.

Hope everyone has a great and safe 4th!!

: this is from my daughter. She say this little guy and wanted to put it in the message.

BTW he weighed in at 17 pounds 14.8 ounces today

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River is eating my toes.
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Ugh I cursed myself saying that Alex sleeps pretty well at night.
So sorry! Molly had a terrible night last night and most of today with her sleep, but is already in bed tonight and seems to be doing well tonight so far, so let's hope they both start sleeping well every night!

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Yesterday we went to the community pool. Ashlee loved it there. I took a couple of pics of her chillin on her blanket.
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My DD#2 Sagan just said to me the most interesting thing...
"Mama... Do you think I should I quit asking questions about life and just live it?"
OMG, the kid is like a little Socrates!

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Doncha love those unplannable homeschool moments? I once had a math lesson interrupted by Christopher asking, "Mom, why do people live?"
What in the world did you say? Seriously, now I am wondering...why DO people live?

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I just had a crazy day of errands. Hope everyone has a happy 4th tomorrow....even our friends overseas. Here is an article about our local 4th parade. This woman goes to the grocery store dressed as such. I think its cool, and she makes good points.
Glad that I didn't frustrate you with my crazy rant...and you make a good point, if we all had a bit of hired help, we could all be super mom! And, I LOVE your town nudie. She's so cute! So, it's really illegal to pump your own gas where you live?!!!

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Turns out he has a very low grade ear infection on the right side.
So sorry that Eli had his first ear infection, but I am glad that it was only on one side, and it sounds like it is a bit better now. Glad you have have an understanding boss and got a few days home with him!

OK, 2 quick things...#1: I've started on my post cards:. I'm so excited...they are going to be awesome!

#2...whoever changed my title...I LOVE it and I LOVE you!!!: I just noticed it tonight!! I think I feel a bit (other than the accidentally being drugged part) like Rynna did last week at G.M...I have friends: someone likes me!!!

This DDC ROCKS and you mamas all rock!!!!
Emily

(I'll be back later in the weekend, we are headed to my sister's house for the holiday over the next 2 days.)
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Checking in quickly: if you're a henchling, then you can create adventures and you should have a thing at the top of your adventures page which says "create adventures". If you're not a henchling yet, I'll sort it out in 2 hours time.
Julie, I'll PM you in 2 hours when I get back from the school run.
Emily, your title changed? Really? Oh yes, so it did What is a Matrix, anyhow? Have you got Keanu Reeves hopping around athletically?
Gen, sorry I missed your post about the fraudulent charge on your bank account: we (Steve, actually) had a few of those recently. It stinks- but his were all card purchases so he could just replace the card, not change the account. I'm happy about the trip to the gas station though Small things make me happy.

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cwoodard he looks soooo cute!!

BabyBump sorry about the ear infection I hope it is gone soon

happy 4th everyone enjoy the fireworks!!
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My dh left today for Rothbury, a HUGE music festival that's on it's first year here in MI. I'm so jealous. I wanted to go so badly, but we decided it would be too hectic with a baby. So I have 3 days and nights of seeing what it feels like to be a single mom. At least I don't have to work on top of being the sole person to care for them. I don't know how some women do it.

We're going to my family's cottage on a small lake today, and the kids will get to play with the innumerable other cousins that will be there. : It should be lots of fun! We're meeting dh at HIS family's cottage on Lake Michigan on Monday after the festival for a few days for a little mini vacation. Lots of swimming and sun for us in the next week!
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Have a good trip

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Have a good trip Happy Independence Day, everyone

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s Applecore...I understand being a bit jealous...look at it as bonding time with your lo

ok mamas so I need some advice, some insight...some something.

Henry hasn't been much of a sleeper since he realized the world was going on. I am sure you all may be tired of listening to my sleep woes but I am going to put them out there anyway.

lately Henry's sleep has gotten worse and worse. He was in a good routine and went to bed with minimal fuss....now it is a fight to the finish.

he acts ready for bed around 6ish...I give him a bath and dress him. it is weird no matter what time it is he seems to know a bath means bedtime.
somedays i read to him and ohters I don't...anyway...we usually put him to bed alone which used to work. Now he cries and cries. I sit with him he fights and cries, I try just staying near, same thing, I try walking away..same thing. Once he finally gives in it is all up in the air.
Some nights he will sleep 4 hours some nights only 2 and wake. I will nurse him when all else fails on the 2 hour nights.
when we finallly go to bed, he wakes what seems like every hour to two hours and will only be comforted by nursing...which isn't all bad...but lately he has been waking crying...loudly, and whining...loudly and is not consoled easily.
Oh and this am was the best...awake at 4am playing!!!

at the same time he is not napping well either, some days of course are better then others. but you can tell he is so exhausted and will not sleep, I don't understand.

so the reason for this rambling...is that is really starting to affect me. I am walking around in a very unmotivated cloud. I can't get house work done, my school is starting to slack off b/c I am so so so tired I just want to sit or go to bed.
yesterday at work I was like a walking zombie, I felt like I was't in my own body, I didn't feel better until about 4 pm and last night I had 2 major headaches.

Any ideas onhow to feel better? I know the sleep thing may not work itsefl out for awhile, but I need to feel better, b/c I need to be an active person not a zombie.

Allyn birthmom to S 3/12/03, placed in open adoption 4/06, married to W 6/22/07, mama to H 2/5/08, mama to M 8/26/12.
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Happy 4th mamas! If you are in the US enjoy your day if you are not...still enjoy your day :

Allyn birthmom to S 3/12/03, placed in open adoption 4/06, married to W 6/22/07, mama to H 2/5/08, mama to M 8/26/12.
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birthmommom, I've taken bach's olive flower remedy for exhaustion and it seemed to help...perhaps you can try that? I'm sorry you and Henry are having so many sleep issues; it sucks to be tired/foggy all the time.

Babybump, glad Eli is feeling better!

peace laughing, I totally agree with lovetobemama- when you are a SAHM, your primary job is taking care of child/ren! Any housework done is a bonus, not a requirement. Hope you can get your dp to see the light soon.

cwoodard, adorable picture!

Jezzy, what a cutie you have!

playamama, thanks for the compliments on my garden. I'd love to see pictures of yours.

Today I went blueberry picking and brought home 15 pounds...yum! : Peter just might end up with blue breast milk.

Happy 4th, everyone!

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chore wars question....do you claim points *every* time you do laundry, or just once per day? The other day I did 4 loads!

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So I have 3 days and nights of seeing what it feels like to be a single mom. At least I don't have to work on top of being the sole person to care for them. I don't know how some women do it.
Don't sell yourselves short, married mamas! My DPs took a lot of time and energy and I have been constantly amazed at how much easier things are with this little one than the previous babies, who were all born while I was partnered. I blame a lot of my teenaged son's problems on the energy I poured into an ill-fated relationship during his preteen years that should have gone to my children.

I did want Terran to have a Daddy so I'm not going to beat myself up over it too much, I just hate to see people act as if marriages were something that just happened without any effort at all on the part of the people who create and maintain them.
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Happy 4th everyone!

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, I don't have any real answers for you, since I don't have much experience, but I belong to this yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NoCrySleep2/). In the files section there are success stories posted from people who have been able to get bad sleepers to sleep better. Maybe you'll find something to help in there; I've seen some good information getting posted occasionally. Though it seems like a lot of times, it's a tough struggle until their sleep patterns start to mature around 9 months.

I've been having more trouble with Alex too lately. I don't know what it is.. I know his 2 bottom teeth that are halfway in are bothering him, maybe it's something that happens around 4-5 months commonly because I keep hearing similar things from moms with babies this age, or a growth spurt, or milestones? Just as background - we don't cosleep at night unless he's having trouble sleeping, since I'm a chronic insomniac and just about any little thing wakes me up. I figure we both need some sleep, and he wouldn't get much with me tossing and turning, and I wouldn't get much with his tossing and turning! He slept in our room in a play yard for the first three months and then I started to put him to sleep in his crib - which he took to immediately and easily, luckily. But no child of mine will ever CIO - I listen for him on the monitor and go to him immediately if he wakes up.

It used to take me 30 minutes to get him to bed at night. Now it's taking at least an hour and up to an hour and a half (like tonight). Our routine is to rock/nurse to sleep in his nursery in a darkened room with white noise on. I've made some small progress in that I can pull him off the nipple before he is all the way asleep without him fussing. Then I transfer him to his crib. Lately though, he wakes back up again after 5 minutes. And I have to do it all over again at least once more, sometimes twice more. He's been waking up again now after 3 hours (around 11:30 or midnight) and then will usually sleep until 5 or 5:30, and then he's up for good (though usually ready for a nap around 7:30 or 8:00).

Tonight, he woke back up, I nursed him back into a light sleep, put him down again, he woke up again. He wasn't fussing though, so I lay down on the floor and waited. After about 40 minutes he actually got himself to sleep. So although the whole process took an hour and a half, maybe that is some progress.

We've started adding another step to the routine - we get him into his pajamas and all ready for bed and then Daddy reads a couple of books to him. I finally found a soft, cuddly toy that I want to introduce as his "lovey" and will start including that during reading and nursing to make it part of his sleep routine.

I'm hoping that eventually I will be able to transfer the routine to nap time since right now I still have to nurse him to sleep in bed and then sleep with him. I think I'm going to start trying again soon to get him down for naps in his crib.

No idea, why I had to write a novel about that, but hope it helps to know that you're not alone! So many of the moms in my new mom's group are going through this right now too. And maybe some of the posts in that yahoo group will help.

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I know that I wanted to respond to everyone, but my head is so not capable. I do remember one person asking if it is really illegal to pump gas where I live, and yes, it is. : I love it, I actually kinda don't like to travel outta state cuz Oregon is spoiling me.

Sooo.... my 4th of July has not been what I thought it was going to be. Last night DP and I went out for ice cream and were surprised to find a prime viewing spot for the parade and we marked it so we could show up at a reasonable time in the morning before the parade. DD has also been having sleep issues. Waking up screaming but not hungry. Just needing some comfort and after a bit will go back to sleep. She is waking up about 4x a night, and usually only eats twice. Fast forward to this morning. DD woke at 6:30 and I knew she wouldn't sleep again. So I got up with her and changed her diaper and fed her. Around 7:30 she was OK to sleep again, so I put her in her swing and laid on the couch in front of her to nap. Then around 9AM DP woke and came downstairs as we needed to be downtown for the parade at 10. I woke to and started to feel a pain in my lower abdomen. I thought I just need to poop, so I went upstairs to do that and shower. But, the pain became worse and worse with no urge to umm, do it. Then the pain became such that I broke out in a cold sweat and became nauseous and thought I was going to vomit. :Puke The pain just continued to get more intense, I took off my shirt cuz of the funky sweat and crawled out of the bathroom to lay on the floor. I called out to DP and he called the on-call nurse to satisfy the insurance requirements and was given the go ahead to go to the ER. I was miserable, laying there crying. I think I have a high pain tolerance, so for it to make me cry, I think I have only had that happen one other time, when I had a kidney infection 15 years ago. So we missed the parade and spent 4 hours in the ER. It took 12 mg of morphine in and IV to get me comfortable over the space of 2 hours or so. But they took xrays, blood and urine to find what could be causing the pain. And around 2PM they hadn't determined anything. My white blood cell count was normal, no blood in my urine, or visible stones or other things in the xray. What gives? So they sent me home and I am supposed to go see my regular doc on Monday (not really my regular doc, just the allopathic one). If the pain comes back then I can go back to the ER. They sent me home with a prescription for hydrocodone. It took a large amount of morphine, IMO, to get me pain-free, so how does hydrocodone make sense? I promise that it wouldn't have touched the pain this morning.

Poor DP, we were both looking forward to the parade so much and we couldn't go last year cuz I had all day sickness at the beginning of pregnancy. But we are planning on going to see the fireworks tonight since its not a active event. I hope that it was just some fluke event in some ways, but in others I wish there had been something wrong just to have the satisfaction of results. My biggest worry is if the pain tries to come back full on..... I don't want to go back to the ER cuz they gave me a weak pain reliever.

I'll be back later this weekend and let you all know how I'm doing.

I just read this to see if it makes sense. I think it kinda does, but I apologize for the spelling mistakes and other drug-induced lack of coherence.
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Gen, that sounds scary! I sure hope it doesn't come back. I'll keep fingers crossed for you.

Babybump, sorry to hear about Eli's ear infection. Hope he feels better soon!

applecore, have a fun trip!

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Gen, that sounds scary! I sure hope it doesn't come back. I'll keep fingers crossed for you.
Ah, we cross-posted. Thanks Cynthia.
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Gentle healing, Gen :

Allyn, the Olive remedy should help you deal with the emotional effects of the sleep deprivation but the only solution in the long run is that you need to find a way of nurturing yourself more. If I could give the 1999 version of myself advice, the big thing would be that you need to accept/get/create help if you need it, because a burnt-out mother is worse than useless. Your DH does need to step up to the plate and do more (and if you give me his email address I'm happy to tell him so), and you may wish to think about hiring a cleaner to take that off your mind. I'm hesitant to say this, but: given that Henry sounds a lot like my beautiful, wonderful, talented, spirited, gifted eldest son, I am wondering how much worse things are going to get before they get better. Is there any way at all that you can take a year off from school? 4/5 months was bad for us, but 9 months was a real doozie. By 18 months, though, he was sleeping through the night, at least from 10-5, so hopefully Henry will do the same.

Oh, are you eating right? Fish Oil? That kind of stuff? Are you still on the elimination diet?


OM, I award myself points for each and every load of laundry except the ones that other people put on. As DH ran his first ever load in our new washing machine yesterday (that was bought at Christmas) I tend to rack up a lot of points in the course of a day.

Cynthia : I'm glad you've found a routine that works for you, and I'm happy that Alex has parents like you
I have to admit that I'm on the computer because River is chatting away to himself in bed and it bugs me- it's 3am here. I'm hoping to get back to sleep.

NOS I know in some ways single parenting was easier, but I hope that one day, you find a Steve-equivalent of your very own, if you want one. The presence of a small child in your life is a good way of distinguishing gold from dead-weight, I've noticed.

OK, I'm off to bed, if my miniature tyrant has decided to stop singing at me. Night, all

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Any other C-section mamas here? Was just curious how your scars are healing up. This is my first scar and no idea what it SHOULD be doing. Still seems pretty raised and red! Still gets irritated if my underwear rubs against it too much too. I should probably be using some kind of scar reducing/healing cream on it or something. Anyone have any recommendations?

No c-section, but I have picked up an 8-inch scar across my abdomen in high-school, and I remember it felt like forever before it turned from bright red to eventually purple (I think a bit over a year there) and these days (9 years later) it is still light pink, don't really think about it anymore though. (I actually just showed it to my DP to ask him what colour he thought it looked like these days cause I just really wasn't sure ) I had been waiting for the promised "thin and white" but I think I forgot

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Today was chaotic. I have been searching down a fraudulent charge on my checking account. Somehow some crazy scamming business got access to my checking account. : I have no idea how or even who this company is. So tomorrow I have to cancel my debit cards, close my account and open a new one. Ugh.... that means I have to also notify all the automatic drafts I have set up for payments too. I have to actually go do chores before DP gets home. He's pretty uptight about this.
gods, I feel tired, frazzled and pissed off for you I hate dealing with that kind of crap. I'm sorry

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at the same time he is not napping well either, some days of course are better then others. but you can tell he is so exhausted and will not sleep, I don't understand.

Any ideas onhow to feel better? I know the sleep thing may not work itsefl out for awhile, but I need to feel better, b/c I need to be an active person not a zombie.
Everything you said sounds very familiar. Kaia has never stopped waking constantly at night. Occasionally she will sleep for 4 hours straight at night and I feel like a whole new person and rejoice She doesn't nap either. She didn't use to fight sleep, just didn't nap during the day more than one or two 5 - 15 minute pass outs after nursing and in my arms, and waking and nursing often at night. Now she's been fighting it. Hard core. And it seems like the entire no quality sleep thing is just amplified so much Now I'm spending hours every night trying to get her to stop fighting going bake to sleep, sometimes cranky as all get-out, sometimes just wide awake and having a frickin ball while I try to lull her back into sleepiness. And then getting up at the butt-crack of dawn or earlier. I am NOT a morning person.

So I'm afraid I have no words of wisdom here, except that sometime I let myself have a little extra coffee It tastes even better when you are being naughty : But sometimes I feel a little better when I'm not alone in a struggle.

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OK, I'm off to bed, if my miniature tyrant has decided to stop singing at me. Night, all
You kill me! we call Kaia this too, and she does the same while we try to get her to sleep, it's so bitter-sweet sometimes but I love it

NOS: I'm sorry I don't really have anything to say, I wish I could do better than a virtual hug :

And zowey, the beautiful babies! I love all the pics, but it's almost killed me getting through this thread the last few days, it's taken me a few cups of coffee, a few beers, a lot of nursing sessions and a few baby's naps!! so I'm not responding to each of you, sorry!

gods, I feel like I've just conquered a beast! Um, with me, Kaia and I are finally doing better, ugh mama & baby sick sucks, and I'm glad this one is over with. I didn't really have interest in the chore wars since it will have to come out of my world of warcraft time, which is already few and far between, but, blast it all, you've all piqued my curiosity! Doomed.

A few weeks ago we found a black widow spider out next to our playground (our house is also a daycare for those who don't know) which is pretty crazy around here, so we thought it was super-cool. Er, so we put her in a jar with twigs and grass and sand and whatnot and have been feeding her. Er.. we're not crazy, right? It's just she's just so neat. She laid an egg-sac the second morning we had her - our new friend with her egg-sac and a junebug wrapped up

In other news, we finally got our camera!!! We ordered one 8 months ago but the inappropriate words on-line company was never really going to send it to us, so we sucked up the additional cost and bought one at a store. It is so cool!! it's a sweet digital camera with manual capabilities (the canon rebel xti) I'm dying with joy :

Oh and we're staying home instead of going up to the cabin, the bloody flood waters have killed the car, so we're not going anywhere until we can fix it. It runs, but not well, and not well enough to drive it a few hours, the grocery store was scary enough. It's all wet and smelly now anyway. We shop-vacced a couple inches of water out of it the other day I'm pretty glad we're not going anyway, I like DP's family and all, but it just seemed like a lot of stress and I'm happy for the quiet extended weekend to ourselves

My apologies for the novel, I understand if not everyone can make it through Here are a few pictures from today and yesterday. There are a lot more camera happy shots if you feel like flipping through

with her beautiful all organic monkey from my parents, the spoiled little imp
we discovered this towel here, we think left-over from DP's niece
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drunk. (ok, not really)
lawns are so much fun, aren't they?

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Oh, and another thing! I don't remember if I've really posted about it here, but I've been struggling with yeast since early pregnancy ( your way, salt_phoenix) and I think it's really, really starting to leave my milk-ducts!!! : : This is a really, really big deal for me. The topical spots suddenly faded and turned white a couple weeks ago, and it encouraged me to add something else to my routine (added GSE) now nursing is starting to be less painful. My nips are less red than I feel like I can remember them at this point! I had pretty much been resigned to dealing with it until I had finished nursing and could do a cleanse. I am SOOOO happy and keeping my fingers crossed! Maybe it really *can* be beaten

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Gen that sounds aweful. I hope you are feeling better!

HelenSteve sounds great! My Dh has NEVER done a load of laundry

Juise Yeah on the yeast problem going away and Kiai is so cute!!!

to all the mamas with sleeping issues. I can't complain eccept for she doesn't nap very good. 1/2 seems to be the max she will sleep so I am not getting much done lately.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Oh, and another thing! I don't remember if I've really posted about it here, but I've been struggling with yeast since early pregnancy ( your way, salt_phoenix) and I think it's really, really starting to leave my milk-ducts!!!
Yay! Alex and I had thrush when he was younger, so I totally empathize and hope yours will go away soon!

Ugh Alex's sleep habits seem to be continuing to deteriorate... He woke up 3 times last night. He used to only wake up once! I hope it's just the teeth bugging him and he'll go back to sleeping the way he was once they are all the way through!

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thanks mamas, I will try the olive treatment
I am not however taking a multi and I am going to start. I am still on the elim diet, it seems to be working so we will be on it for awhile.

I am not so much concerned with the sleep, although it would be nice, I just feel bad a lot and tired.
I have found that i have a bit of a cold, so i wonder if that had a lot to do with feeling so worn out.

i will be back to say hey to everyone...need to go nap.

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Don't sell yourselves short, married mamas! My DPs took a lot of time and energy and I have been constantly amazed at how much easier things are with this little one than the previous babies, who were all born while I was partnered.
You're right, NOS, sometimes it is like having a big kid who is often more bratty and difficult than the young ones! But mostly it is pretty great to be married, and I wouldn't change it for anything.


Gen, I can totally relate! I was having gallbladder attacks that were so excrutiating, but it took me a while to figure out what was happening. I'm sorry you don't have any answers, and I hope you don't have to endure it again!

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A few weeks ago we found a black widow spider out next to our playground (our house is also a daycare for those who don't know) which is pretty crazy around here, so we thought it was super-cool. Er, so we put her in a jar with twigs and grass and sand and whatnot and have been feeding her. Er.. we're not crazy, right? It's just she's just so neat. She laid an egg-sac the second morning we had her - our new friend with her egg-sac and a junebug wrapped up
So cool! I love spiders! Scott is totally freaked out by them, though. He'd have a heart attack if I found a black widow and brought it in. But I would be very tempted!

Hang in there, all you mamas with babies that don't sleep well! My first was like that, so I know how hard it is to feel exhausted all the time. If you're feeling really run-down, I'd suggest doing some herbal infusions. Something like nettles, RRL, alfalfa, red clover, or any other "food" herb. Just add a FULL OUNCE of dry herbs to a quart jar, cover with boiling water, cap and leave to steep for at least 8 hours. Then strain and drink within a day or two. Preparing them this way extracts all the vitamins and minerals, and is WAY better than a multi. I always feel so invigorated after drinking one. Red clover and RRL are my favorites for taste.

We had a nice time at my family's cottage yesterday, although we were stranded on the pontoon in the middle of the lake when my aunt accidentally threw the key overboard! My uncle figured out how to start it without the key eventually. The fireworks were a little too much for Twyla. She started whipping her head all around like she just couldn't figure out where to look, so I took her inside. We got home pretty late, and I called Scott at the Rothbury festival, thinking to leave a message. Well, he was asleep in his tent. He had gotten a migraine and had to miss Widespread Panic. Poor guy. He went back to sleep after I talked to him, but ended up getting up an hour later and felt better, so he went and watched Primus. I so wish I was there.

Well, gotta go get ready for another family gathering. Oh, crap. Twyla just peed all over. Oops. Good thing I'm still in my jammies!
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thanks mamas, I will try the olive treatment
I am not however taking a multi and I am going to start. I am still on the elim diet, it seems to be working so we will be on it for awhile.

I am not so much concerned with the sleep, although it would be nice, I just feel bad a lot and tired.
I have found that i have a bit of a cold, so i wonder if that had a lot to do with feeling so worn out.

i will be back to say hey to everyone...need to go nap.
Well, I must say, you'd be amazed at how much being well rested (or not) effects your entire wellbeing. It isn't just a matter of no sleep = tired. Your ability to process, cope, and just generally be able to live as a normal human being goes straight down the drain, too.

Cross-posted with you applecore, darn it, doesn't he *know* he should be having the grandest 'ol time while you're sucking it up alone at home? He's not allowed to not have fun! Is it bad of me to take pleasure in other people getting peed on, too? Well, mostly it's just nice to know that I'm not alone in *still* getting peed on sometimes. At least poopy diapers are a thing of the past! Well, most the time. You should pack the kids up and come throw them in our pool Lemme know if you'd like to.

So I signed up for chore wars. I thought I'd share what my gamer comic had to say about it. I ROFLed when I read it, and peaked at Chore Wars, but that was as far as I went before - Chore Wars Comic In addition, since DP and I are both stay at home and share working the daycare, doing the chores and taking care of baby, I'm making him join the Chore Wars, too. He's Juisy. I hope that's okay? Lemme know if you'd prefer he didn't join in, he understands.

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I know that I wanted to respond to everyone, but my head is so not capable. I do remember one person asking if it is really illegal to pump gas where I live, and yes, it is. : I love it, I actually kinda don't like to travel outta state cuz Oregon is spoiling me.
hey gen, i hope you are feeling better!! we are actually thinking about moving to the eugene area in november. where are you?

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I have to admit that I'm on the computer because River is chatting away to himself in bed and it bugs me- it's 3am here. I'm hoping to get back to sleep.

The presence of a small child in your life is a good way of distinguishing gold from dead-weight, I've noticed.
i hate it when linnaea wakes up and chatters in the middle on the night!! it is so frustrating... then she'll give me a big ol' smile and i'm like, "ugh! i love you so much and you are so cute and you are DRIVING ME CRAZY!!"

and i just love the dead-weight saying. i just had three friends stop by to visit since the 4th of july is a huge time for people to come and camp on the playa and i was thinking, how nice of them to come see me when it's so hard for me to go see anyone

linnaea has just discovered the volume control button and decided she really likes LOUD! she'll just sit there happily screeching loudly.

oops, fussing now gotta go.

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Allyn. ITA with Juise about just how huge sleep deprivation is. Trust me, the world is nowhere near as scary, messy, hopeless, and depressing as it appears to you now. I've had high needs babies before (or at least high enough needs that I can appreciate the fact that Terran is at the far other end of the spectrum and is not a "normaL" baby at all) so I've been hesitant to post about the changes in Terran's sleeping habits, but yes, they are there; it's just the age. I hope the olive treatment helps and that Henry is sleeping for longer periods of time soon.

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i hate it when linnaea wakes up and chatters in the middle on the night!! it is so frustrating... then she'll give me a big ol' smile and i'm like, "ugh! i love you so much and you are so cute and you are DRIVING ME CRAZY!!"

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That's about where we are with sleeping; Terran's most fun, alert, and best wakeful period now begins around 10:30 when the adult children need to start getting to sleep so they can get enough before they have to go to work and school in the morning. I need to be more conscientious about napping with him during the day when i can and seeing that I have enough books, music, and other fun and reasonably quiet stuff to do in our bedroom.

Oh yea; Christopher isn't sleeping in the living room any more so I could do things out there now, I just always forget.


Helen, I see what you mean about chorewars! It's incredibly addictive! I was totally freaking out when the server went down last night. My house hasn't been this clean since before Terran was born...well, at least since the landlord's walkthrough, and that lasted such a short time I hardly even remember it. dd thought I was nuts when I told her I was playing a video game when she could see with her own eyes that I was sweeping the kitchen.

Operamommy four loads of laundry would be four adventures, at least the way I'm counting it. Those of you with larger families should take the double XP and 1 1/2 times XP to make things easier for me, lol.

applecore and Juise I've been getting peed on a lot lately too. Terran is on a full-blown potty strike this week and he knows darned well what he's doing. He shoots me such naughty looks as he quickly arches his back and tells me "no" every single time I hold him over the sink that I just have to laugh and say "Suit yourself." but his skin isn't holding up very well so he needs nekky butt time pee or no pee. I didn't know about EC with my older kids, so I guess I'm pretty much used to it and might as well enjoy the innocuous EBF poops and pees while they last.

Gen I hope you're feeling better now. I'm fortunate enough not to know what gallbladder attacks feel like firsthand, but I've had enough friends who have problems to have some idea. Your fourth of July was definitely worse than mine, even though mine was kind of sucky.

I haven't really enjoyed the 4th since 9./11. Our family tradition was for one of us (me at first and then Jeanita or Christopher as they got older) to do a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. In 2002 I found myself wanting to tell Christopher to keep his voice down because I was skeered that someone might overhear him, think it was a personal conversation instead of a historical document, and call homeland security about the "terra wrists planning to overthrow the government".

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But still, I thought I should take Terran downtown just for the crowds and the fun to at least balance out the noise from the fireworks that would be scaring him that night., Almost as soon as we got there, I had my first unpleasant baby-related encounter for this baby.

I was looking at some tie-dyes for sale at a booth and turned to leave when I felt some resistance, as if I'd caught some clothing on a pole or something, and turned around to find a TOTAL STRANGER grabbing Terran's leg and saying "tsk tsk tsk! His poor little legs are so cold! (it was a hot day and he was sweating) Isn't that THING (our Mei Tai) cutting off his circulation?"

I was so shocked that all I could do was pull him away from those germy nasty paws as fast as I could, glare at the old bat, and mutter "NO!"

But the celebration was ruined for me; i walked around for awhile fuming with a scowl on my face and a chip on my shoulder replaying the scene in my mind thinking about what I SHOULD have said or done to protect my baby, the next baby the old bat decided to paw, and the next new mother, who would probably be closer to dd's age and as insecure as I was with my dd's and might be dissuaded from babywearing.

Yea, my intellect knew that if I really HAD grabbed her wrist with my thumb firmly pressed into the pressure point, yanked her off balance, got up in her face and said "Oh, we think it's okay to touch total strangers without their permission, do we?" and then loudly and vigorously blown my nose into my other hand, spat on it, grabbed her cheeks with the sticky wet germ-stew on my fingers and said "Kootchy-kootchy-koo! I just love to pinch chubby cheeks!" then grabbed her leg in the exact same place she had grabbed ds's and said "Oooh! Such hot little legs! Aren't those stupid looking polyester pants cutting off your circulation?" then I undoubtedly would have been hauled off to jail for an "unprovoked assault on a sweet, grandmotherly lady who was only trying to be helpful."-

It only made me madder to know that the world would see it that way and there really hadn't been much I could have done to protect ds, the next baby the "sweet grandmotherly lady who was only trying to be helpful" assaulted, or his/her younger, more impressionable mama.

Yes, I know that's just the way the world is but I don't LIKE the world because it isn't FAIR!!

I couldn't even enjoy the numerous other total strangers who smiled at me and said "Happy Fourth of July!" or "What a cute baby!" so I decided to give up and go home.

About halfway there, someone said something directed to me from her front porch aross her fairly large lawn. I didn't understand what she said and had almost passed the house, so normally I would have just said nothing or else said "Thank you" and assumed she was saying something nice about the baby, who had fallen asleep nursing in his Mei Tai. However, I was still so upset about the leg-grabber and trying so hard to convince myself that most people weren't like that that I turned around, walked up to the fence and said, "Excuse me?"

"I said, don't you want a blanket?"

Um...it was a hot day so I was pretty sure what she was getting at. So she wanted to pick a fight about NIP, did she? She had chosen the WRONG person at the WRONG time! I may not remember any specific nip incidents that happened over 16 years ago while I transformed from a nervous first time mom huddling behind a dumpster in a dirty alley because "If I can smoke a joint here, there's no reason why I can't feed my baby here." into a card-carrying La Leche League member who didn't blink an eye at tandeming a three year old and a ten month old on a MUNI bus, but I sure knew I wasn't about to say "no", look at the ground, and hurry away as fast as I could this time.

"EXCUSE ME?!?!?!?!?!" brief pause while I shot daggers out of my eyes, "Did you just say that you wanted a BLANKET to put over your HEAD while you ate that ColonelMcTrashburger? Did you just say that you like to put BLANKETS over your HEAD when you EAT?"

"Don't be ridiculous. I asked you if you wanted me to get you a blanket to..um... wrap around yourself and your baby."

"DO YOU LIKE TO PUT BLANKETS ON YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU EAT???!!!!"

"Of course not."

"Then why do you think my baby does?"

"Um...er...ah... it doesn't matter what the baby wants, it would just be more appropriate."

"Oh, so you think it's MORE APPROPRIATE for babies to be smothered by blankets when they eat, huh? I bet you think it's MORE APPROPRIATE foir babies to drink animal milk out of plastic bottles, don't you? You think it's MORE APPROPRIATE for mothers to make their babies go hungry because they might offend stupid ugly ignorant people shoving ColonelMcTrashburgers into their greedy goibbling mouths even though it OFFENDS ME to have to look at trash like you? You make me sick to my stomach!"

And I wish I'd said more about the studies that have shown how women who feel a lack of support for breastfeeding in public are less likely to breastfeed and/or more likely to wean their babies before the WHO's recommended minimum of two years and fewer ad hominems about her physical appearance and taste in corporate food substitute products, but the important thing was that I was loud, obnoxious, embarassing and not about to back down.

She went on for awhile and the ad hominems flew until she realized she was just making herself look stupid and said, "I'm not going to talk to you any more!", crammed the last bit of dead genetically modified organism and hydrogenated fat into her maw and lit a cigarette. I trolled her a bit longer to make sure she was really done, took a deep breath, and told her (and the entire neighbourhood)

"The next time you see a new mother feeding her baby....AND YOU WILL....DON'T....DO IT....AGAIN!!!!!"

and continued my walk. Two blocks later I realized that I felt better. A lot better. A whole lot better. So much better that I was starting to feel bad about how much better I felt.

Terran held up okay through the fireworks, even though they were late and awfully close to the house. I was kind of embarassed when dd walked in to find us rocking out on the bouncy ball to my entire collection of 2004 election protest songs and various GWB mashups, but I wanted something loud and rythmic to drown out the fireworks or at least make them more tolerable. I wasn't trying to indoctrinate the baby. Babies don't care about politics.
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Helen, I see what you mean about chorewars! It's incredibly addictive!

Babies don't care about politics.
chorewars is totally and completely addictive. i got mad at my dad for doing the dishes last night because then i couldn't do them and claim the points!!

and, i just read the rest of your post out loud to my dh because it was SO HILARIOUS!! thank you so much. you just made my day.

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: OMG NOS I LOVE you, haha. I would have *wanted* to do the same, but I need more guts.

ETA: Oh man, totally distracted me from what I was going to say: Yeah, after all the diaper-free time, Kaia's little bum and parts don't seem to take a diaper well anymore at all. She never had gotten a diaper rash before, but not she looks irritated pretty easily. Ahh well. So I get peed on

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NOS, you are awesome! I can't believe someone said that to you. I've never had anyone make comments about me NIP, but if they ever do, they'll get an earful. I'll have to remember some of your lines from that tongue lashing!

ETA: Twyla started refusing to go when I would hold her in position, and I could not figure it out. Then I pulled out my Baby Bjorn Little Potty and sat her on it, and she went immediately. Now that's how she goes every time. I don't know what changed, but I'm just going with it.
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