Yay, Danile! Welcome, little GIRL. Can't wait to hear the story.
Sorry I've been MIA. First time on MDC since we left OR. Enjoying the family time and warm weather. Huge thunderstorm today after muggy, muggy morning. Aaaah, the South. Lily is as happy as a clam in mud here. It's soooooooooo nice having 6 adults around for her to bounce around; always someone willing to read to her or take her for a walk. Heaven.
Lots to respond to, in no particular order:
Lidocaine: check. Yes, HB MWs in OR definitely carry it; they can give it pre-tear if they think it's going to be bad. I personally had it afterward just for the stitches.
Chiro/cranio-sacral: Love 'em. We did cranio-sacral for Lily when she was tiny up to about age 1.5 for sleeping issues and colds. I've taken her to the chiro once after her big fall off the slide this summer. She was totally fine with it. I love the chiro for myself - in fact, just went to my mom's yesterday for a vacation tune-up!
Flower essences: same as jstar. I have the Bach's and use it every now and then when I think about it, but don't notice a huge difference.
Detergent: Jstar, if you're looking to get rid of the Biokleen, we could use it.
. I've heard the front-loader thing too but we've used Biokleen in both of our front-loaders (rental house and our current) and so far no problems.
Thinking of A and your family, Lisa. How's it going? I would refuse to give a sedative at home, too. That sounds bizarre. Too much that could go wrong if you ask me, the RN. Sheesh.
Christmas traditions: we always opened one present on Christmas Eve growing up, and will probably continue that with Lily. We didn't this year because she had so many toys out already and didn't need any more excitement. We left cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, plus a note. We have a pretty casual Christmas morn with one big Santa gift for Lily plus her stocking (no stockings for grownups) and then opening all the other presents. Santa also put little candy canes on the tree. My dad makes pancakes, and we have a big, yummy Christmas dinner in the afternoon. It was great to have the whole family here this year. My mom and I baked way too many cookies and other sweets so we've been trying to eat better the last couple of days. Unfortunately for my waistline Christmas means sweets and food around here. But it's so fun.
DH and I went out to a movie a few nights ago (Sweeney Todd - oooh!) and are going out to dinner tomorrow. Did I mention that it's heaven?
OK, must skedaddle. Love to my May Mamas and Happy 2008!