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: Happy Birthday Sydnee :
Have a wonderful day my friend.

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Thank you for the birthday wishes, mamas! I will spend it continuing to clean up our basement, part of our septic that takes the water (no sewage, thank goodness) was clogged, so it all backed up into our fourth level. Thankfully it is not finished, but we had just cleaned and organized it and laid some old carpeting down. So last night we spent pulling upo the carpet so it can dry out. This will be the 4th time this has happened, and each time it was because of a different ordeal. Very frustrating. It could be worse, but still a bummer.

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Sorry you have to deal w/this on your b'day Sydnee. I think you deserve a "do over" so you can get another day to celebrate by relaxing & being treated like a queen! Although I'm sure your family will have some lovely surprises coming your way today.

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Hi all! I haven't gone back and read the thread, but I intend to after I put Nate down for a nap! I really hope you're all doing well! Its been a crazy year here.

I can't believe our babies will be FOUR soon! Its been a wild ride. Matt's in preschool now three days a week for 2.5 hours. He LOVES it. He's a sweet talkative rocker boy who beats to his own drum and I love it. I wish he wasn't so rough with Nathan, but I guess boys will be boys.

Nate just turned two in November. He's still a whiny kiddo, but a complete mushy cuddle-bug.

I've been making more of a go of my business lately and have done some local fairs. I'm also doing community theater again right down the street, and my play opens this weekend!

We bought our first (and probably forever) house in September out in NW NJ. Its a big lovely change from living in NYC. We have about a half an acre of land and live in a restored and updated 1930's log house. The neighbors are wonderful, and the kids LOVE running around on the property and playing with their neighborhood friends.

Oh and we literally just found out on Tuesday that I'm expecting again! I am assuming this baby is due somewhere in December, so by Christmas I'll have a three children, ages 4, 3 and newborn.

Now to put Nate down, grab some lunch, and catch up on the thread!

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Welcome back Green Mama! So good to hear from you. Congratulations on your new house (it sounds wonderful) and your pregnancy!!!!

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Welcome back Cindy!!!! And CONGRATS!!!!! How very exciting, I love living vicariously through all you pregnant mamas, lol!!!

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Congratulations, Cindy

Happy Birthday, Sydnee!

Well, we have some anger management issues in my house, sure . . . DS1, who is now 6, is pretty much an "explosive child". I didn't know this was a known personality until someone on here recommended a book of the same name. And . . . he explodes. Name calling, screaming, hitting, pushing, etc. Helping him stay present and appropriate in his behavior with me and his brother takes huge amounts of my time and energy every day. (He doesn't explode at the baby, does at his dad - but that's DH's problem - and almost never in public - only where he feels safe - with me and DS2.) We're working on figuring out what his triggers are and how to help him modify his behavior. Anyway, DS2, who is my May guy, would I think NOT normally be explosive, but his brother models the behavior and so he does it too . . . to an extent. Not as much. He is kind of a berserker, though, to cope with his brother. So he does hit/bite/attack in various ways - almost only with his brother, though. Not so much with me. Gah. This is an area of challenge for me.

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Bah, 'puter's being ridiculous . I wanna talk! BBL!

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CINDY! Another baby! How wonderful.

Phoebe just finished Skyping with my MIL, so I have to get going. We're off to take the car to the mechanic. BBL.
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~*max*~ - glad your DH is recovering well!
Marylizah - so scary about your DH - glad he's OK. My dad was mugged after leaving his office in Long Beach after work late a few years ago, the guy hit him on the head with a gun & he needed stitches. It really affects your perception of the world around you.
Ecoteat - Annie will sometimes hit or bite DH - he has a tendency to talk things to death with her, I just scoop her up & put her in time out or something, & if she does something obnoxious once, I briefly tell her not to & why, then I try to follow up right away, so she knows "mama means it".
Congratulations, Cindy!

I'm starting to get more sibling rivalry stuff, although usually the girls get along pretty well; it's just I'm hearing, "I'm getting out of the car first, & you're not!" (from both of them - the current rule is that Annie gets out 1st in parking lots, & Beth at home - because Annie won't dash off) & when Beth has something good, Annie frequently decides that she needs to have it.

To go back a few posts (I'm still catching up), we live with our in-laws (well, FIL - MIL passed away a year ago), have been for over 2 1/2 years now; we bought the house from FIL last Nov. & are currently doing a lot of renovations. By the end of May, we hope to get the girls out of our room, & into one of their own! FIL has his own bedroom & bath, & his "special recliner" in the LR - he is real good about following our lead on how the kids should be raised though, which is part of what makes it all work.

Anyhow, haven't been on MDC as much, but saw this post & am glad to be catching up with everyone! It's astonishing that our kids are turning FOUR!!!

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Congratulations, Cindy!!!! How exciting!!

Shabazin, so good to see you back on the thread, too. It's like a reunion!

We had a ridiculous week (mugging, volcano ash closing the Paris airports right when DH was supposed to fly home, then a train strike that made it difficult to get him from Nice to Paris) but he FINALLY arrived at about 2am last night (uh, this morning!). Whew.

Hope everyone is well!
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Shahbazin, how nice to hear from you! I was reading another thread somewhere on MDC about chickens and it made me think of you. We lost a few this spring to a bobcat. How are your animals doing?

Mary, I know the volcano has been a huge nuscience to a lot of people in Europe, but I am DYING to go to Iceland to see it. Does that make me crazy? I have dreamed of watching a volcano erupt since I was little. I was actually looking at airfare to Reykjavik the other day.

Max, how is dh's recovery going?

It looks like Phoebe has pink eye and I'm not sure what to do about it. It's Saturday afternoon now and we can't get to the dr. till Monday. Ugh. She's miserable--her eye really hurts, and it's a goopy mess. Her eyes are always the first sign on a cold and are so sensitive.
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Amy, I hope Phoebe's eye clears up by itself - poor baby!

Mary, I'm so glad to see your DH got home safe!

Shahbazin, it's good to see you here! Good luck with getting your girls into their own room . . . DH's rib is broken, so I've been trying to make sure he gets to sleep on his own (not under DS1 & DS2). I'm excited about the possibility that they'd learn to sleep without an adult in the bed - but I'm not sure it's working. DS2 (my May babe) was up and down a lot last night and finally DH gave up & went to their bed with them so we all could get some sleep. This is all still in our room, BTW. It's not a big issue for us, though - it just seems like it might be nice to see that move towards sleep independence in the 6 & almost 4 year old!

Oi. I am like a day and a half behind on work. My FIL is staying at our house, but somehow this doesn't seem to be adding up to more available work time for me . . . ah, well.

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Oh, Amy, that stinks! We always use breastmilk, but here are some natural remedies I googled for you: chamomile compress & home remedies (never heard of using honey before, I'll try that next time!).

Congrats, Cindy!

Hope you got a do-over for your birthday, Sydnee!

Mary, I'm glad your DH got in ok too! I also was looking at flights to Iceland...lol.

Max, I hope your DH is recovering nicely.

Shabazin, welcome back!

Just another Saturday for us. Went to a discovery toy party this morning, then spent the next couple of hours at the library and the park. I was supposed to go to an open house/open knit tonight hosted by someone in my Ravelry knit group, but the kids are already done for the day--it wouldn't be fair to anyone. Besides, my homemade chocolate pudding came out *terrible*--it didn't thicken up once it chilled at all (and it was *super* thick when it was hot...I wonder what happened?). Oh well, guess I have to wait for that swift another 2 weeks...but that means I can watch Big Love and just knit tonight, sounds like a typical Saturday night w/o dp for me!

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Hi mamas! For some reason I'm not getting updates through my e-mail! It happens occasionally, and if I don't get them in my e-mail it's hard to keep up with y'all!! I can't believe our little ones are almost 4!!! We are planing Clara's party, unfortunately due to our crazy schedule, and the fact that we are in a cramped rent house with my parents we are being a little more commercial than I like, we are having it at our local Chick-fi-Lay. It has a little playground and they take care of everything but the cake, which totally fits into my schedule!! Clara is very excited about it, and so I am too. We are going to do a cute crown craft too, since she is obsessed with crafts!! We are having a fun Clara-mamma day cleaning, cooking and doing laundry. Dan and Anna fell asleep as soon as we got home from church, it's been fun spending some quality time with my big girl! (and be productive too!)

On a not so happy note, I had my first really bad delivery at work. Baby is okay, but even though it was term, it had to be intubated at birth, and get a cool cap. (cools the head/brain to protect from seizures etc) Not really expected either. Of course we have TONS of great deliveries every day, but the bad ones are the ones that stick with you. I'm trying to let it go, but it is still hard!

Well I'll try to read and catch up later. Love you all mamas! Hope you have a great spring sunday!!

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Kathryn, my friend is a midwife and she has had a few sad births. I know how hard it can be.

Max, you must but swamped with family needs right now. I've been thinking about you!

Phoebe, I can get behind a tv and knitting night! DH and I were watching a movie while I was knitting, but then he fell asleep and I got distratced by Ravelry while I was looking at variations of the sweater I'm knitting. I have a few rows of the neckline to do and then finish up the armholes, and I'll have the first thing I've ever knit for myself other than a scarf!

Phoebe's eyes are much better, but we're watching the right one pretty closely--it looks weird. The goopiness has subsided substantially since we started the abx ointment (we called the on-call dr. and he called in a rx). Both eyes were really gooey and sticky, but only the right eye has redness. The redness is is centralized around one area of the white of her eye and in the middle of it it looks a little yellowish and maybe even a tiny bit raised. She's not complaining about that eye feeling or acting any different than the other, though. We might take her in to have it checked out, depending on how it looks in the morning.
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So . . . I applied for a job in the metro area where I grew up & my parents, grandparents, and one brother still live. So we might move. This is both really exciting & absolutely terrifying to me. I know what I'm thinking, but *what* am I thinking ?!?!?

Anyway, I won't hear anything about it for a couple of weeks at least. We'll see.

This is a work day so maybe I'll BBL for personals - but to all my May mamas!

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MB, how exciting! I hope it works out--however it is you really want it to!

We took Phoebe to the doctor today (not our regular one, but I really liked this guy). and it turns out she has a pinguecula, which is a growth on the white of the eye. It doesn't effect vision, but right now it is really irritated. So now we've found out the abx were completely unnecessary (Which I suspected. At least there were just a tiny amount of topical ointment. I'd be upset if we did systemic abx and didn't have to.) and we have eye drops with a steroid in them, which scares me a little, but there doesn't seem to be any alternative. This growth is benign, but it sounds like they don't ever really go away. No one knows what causes them, but it may be related to UV and/or wind exposure and they are fairly common with old people--but not preschoolers! So we are supposed to do these drops for two days and then see our regular dr. Thursday. I'd like to also see an eye specialist, but I guess we'll see where things stand Thursday. I really hope Phoebe doesn't have some weird eye thing for the rest of her life. I probably have 20 browser tabs open right now with info on pinguecula and the eye drops.
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Hi May Mama friends. Thank you all so much for thinking of us. Dh is doing amazing. It is hard to believe the surgery was one week ago. It seems like ages. He is working full time, going for walks each day, and enjoying being pain free for the first time in a very long time. He has restrictions on what he can lift & do for the next six weeks, but we'll take that over the pain any day. We are actually able to start making camping plans now that we know he is going to be OK. Woohoo!

Amy, that does sound strange about Phobe's eye. I wonder how she got it? I am sure you'll get soome good info online. Please keep us posted. I hope she is feeling 100% very soon. And you are so funny about the volcano! Gotta say, that thought never crossed my mind. Although ds is quite a volcano enthusiast. (When he was 5 and in karate, the instructor was asking them to list safety rules. Kids were saying things like, "Always hold a grown ups hand when you cross the street." Ds comes out with, "Watch out for hot lava!")

And speaking of the volcano, Mary I'm glad your dh got home safely! How are you both doing w/the whole mugging incident? I know traumas like that can stick with you for a while. I hope you are both doing OK.

Mamabeakley, good luck with the job application! I too hope it turns out however you want it to. I'm sure you'll be awesome through the interview process.

Alaskaberry, two of my favorite things - knitting & Big Love! I hope you had a nice night. What are you knitting btw?

Kathryn, good to hear from you again. I'm sorry to hear about the difficult birth at your work. That has got to be so tough on all involved. I am sure you were amazing with the baby & the family.

Shahbazin, welcome back! So nice to hear from you. I am sorry about your MIL's passing.

Sydnee, I hope you got some special birthday time in there amidst all the work. Any camping plans for you this summer?

MCB, I was thinking of you today. We have family going out to your part of the world this week to visit more family. Hope all is well w/your crew and your schooling.

Green Mama, that is so great that you are back into the theatre. I think it is so important for us all to have something we are passionate about outside of parenting when we can manage it.

Goodness, it's nice to have a full house here again on our DDC!

Off to bed. Sweet dreams all.

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Hey mommies! I'm being done in by quadratic equations and applied problems . My attempts at catching up on the last two pages of posts are being thwarted! Hope to get out from under the last couple of weeks in the semester madness soon! BBS! .

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Happy hump day, mamas!!! It's another beautiful day here, although we *really* need the rain. It's been a wonderful week, with the warm weather, lots of bike rides and just being outside

Max- YAY!!!!!!! I am sooooo happy he is well, I pray everyday for his healing, and for you We are getting ready to open up the camper in the next few weeks, can't wait!!

MCB- Wow, I didn't understand a word of that, lol!! I HATED math, and anything to do with math.

ecoteat- Sounds like an unusual deal with Phoebe's eye, I'll keep her in my prayers

Mamabeakely- Sending good luck vibes your way!!

Txmominct- Sorry about the sad delivery, one of my previous daycare moms is a labor and delivery nurse, so I've heard many of the stories Sounds like a fun birthday!!

Alaskaberry- Bummer about the pudding How is your weather??

I wanted to share this blog idea with you all, I'm going to make these as party favors for Alayna's birthday, so fun!!

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Sydnee--those are So. Cute. Wow! I haven't even thought about party favors yet, although I probably should, the bday party is in about 2 weeks! Also, apparently you aren't supposed to lick the spoon when making a cornstarch pudding. How was I supposed to know!

Max--I am making Gytha. Twist Collective Winter 2008. It will be in Cascade 220 wool(Green Mountain Spinnery wool is sooo expensive!). And purple. My sister bought the yarn for me, we are both planning on making it. This is the first of 6 sweaters. Or maybe I'll just end up with 2--I need some decent pullovers that don't fall apart after 2-3 washings!

Amy--eep. That sounds worrying. We'll keep you in our t&p.

Mcb--sending happy finals thoughts to you.

Mamab--Good luck!!!

TxMom--That does sound hard.

It's been in the 50s-60s here--finally! Some real weather! The mosquitos are back too. We went on a nice long walk yesterday, of course I wore flip flops and of course had to go through a giant mud pit. Whoops. Boots next time!

Thinking about the birthday party, but not really sure yet where we're having it (park vs house), or how many people we're inviting. Main problem is that a lot of my friends don't get along with dp, so they want to have a separate party for my birthday. I just want to go get my nose pierced and go to the vintage shop all alone! With no one else there to run out of the dressing rooms while I'm trying clothes on. Oh, not Orion, he's very good now in dressing rooms--but Tucker's a runner.

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Alaskaberry, that sweater is gorgeous! I am impressed!!!!

Sydnee, love those favors! I thought they were real fish at first. That will be very fun.

It's 3am & I'm up w/a coughing child.

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We had the most frustrating doctor visit today. We got in with an opthamologist to try to get clearer answers. Phoebe would not cooperate. She wouldn't answer questions at first about the basic eye exam where she just had to identify pictures. She eventually did some. Then she WOULD NOT put her chin on the eye exam thing so the doctor could look closer. We tried making it a game, bribing, holding her down, reasoning, etc. Nothing worked. It was awful. So the doctor used a different kind of light and lens to get a closer look, but it wasn't as informative for her as if Phoebe had just put her damn chin on the thing. DH feels like we must be doing something wrong if we can't get our kid to do something that should not be optional. I think she was scared and overwhelmed, but that she also just needs to do things she doesn't want to sometimes. So the bump on her eye is not red anymore, but there is definitely a bump. It is either a pinguecula or episcleritis, both conditions that no one really knows what causes them, but things that will clear up, especially with the drops we are using. If it is a pinguecula, there might always be a little bump there, but it won't cause any problems. What a fiasco.

I'm a little frazzled by the whole thing, so I'll do personals later.
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Oh, hugs, Amy. How totally frustrating. Can I just say I feel your pain? Where did my sweet, easygoing, good-natured guy go??? Is it the age? The baby? We have battles over stupid stuff every.single.day. It's driving me insane. I can totally picture DS1 doing something like what Phoebe did.

Anyway. I'm glad her eye thing is nothing serious. Have a nice cup of tea (or a stiff drink, depending on the time of day!) and try to relax...

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Amy- Ugh, how frustrating, mama I hope that you will eventually get things figured out.

Marylizah- I'll be in that club too, lol! Alayna makes me C.R.A.Z.Y. I love her to pieces, but honestly, is in a super hard age right now! I am so wiped out exhausted by the end of the day dealing with her whining, tantruming, etc.

Today is my sweet Emma's 7th birthday! We bought her an old pink wrought iron vanity set at a thrift/antique store in town. She LOVES it! It's not a big one, so it fits perfect in her room. Her request for supper was for me to make Monte Cristo's which is her favorite meal. But the naughty mom that I am, I suggested we order out. I know, how terrible of me, but I am EXHAUSTED today. Tomorrow is her friend birthday party, and I need to figure out what type of cake I am making, lol! Then tomorrow night she has her last dance performance. Busy day tomorrow! I think I will sit in the hot tub tonight with a stiff drink, lol....

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Hugs, Amy! DS2 is usually pretty okay in those kinds of situations - but NOT DS1. So I've been there . . .

I just found out DH has to work on DS2's birthday! Rrrgh. We are having a bonfire/fireworks party . DS2 loves those things and will be so excited.

Good thoughts & energy & prayers would be appreciated. I had a rough day yesterday for reasons I don't really want to share in public. But . . . yeah. Prayers.

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Hugs & prayers Mamabeakley.

Sydnee, Happy Birthday to Emma!

Amy, I'm sorry you had such a tough time at the eye doctor. That sounds like it was really rough on both of you. At least if there's a next time Phoebe will know what to expect & maybe you can talk about it/plan ahead of time.

We took our first family hike today since dh's injury. We're going along, having a great time, & come to the big rock the kids like to climb. I'm helping LO on one side. The girls are on top & dh & ds are on the other side. I hear ds start to panic, then dh slightly panicked, "It's OK, I've got you." I get LO down race over, dh had been spotting ds on a very high tricky part & ds fell. To break his fall dh went under him and caught him on his shoulder. Yes, dh who just had surgery & is not supposed to lift more than 5 pounds! He was all, "What was I supposed to do, let him fall?" And I gave him the, "How about not being in that situation in the first place?! You could have just said, sorry (ds) we can't do that climb while I'm still recovering." Men! I feel like I have to follow him around so that he behaves. They are both scraped up, but seem OK overall.

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Just giving us a bump! How are my May mamas doing???

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Sydnee, nice picture!

We do need a bump, eh?

Let's see. I found out this morning that I have a job interview week after next. I must get some clothes that fit! I am at that stage of bf where weight is kind of melting away and certainly nothing from last summer fits! I do not like shopping, either.

DD has a cold, poor baby! The rest of us are healthy so far. MIL & FIL are here this week and MIL is insisting on fixing up our house so we can sell it She's sweet.

Yesterday I found out that a woman I'd corresponded with, a mom of a 7 yo & a 4 yo, a wife, birth activist, and member of one of the congregations I work for, was hit & killed by a vehicle. I'm so sad for her family.

Aaaand - tomorrow is my May babe's birthday! We have fun plans for his party but a hectic work day before-hand - so I hope it all goes well!

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