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#61 of 212 Old 11-10-2008, 02:39 AM
 
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Kavita - The tea party sounded fantastic too
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My DS was a November 05 babe, but unfortunately, I didn't know about MDC back then. Is it too late to join in? I can totally relate to the naked dance parties. DS had one in the back yard with DD yesterday!

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My DS was a November 05 babe, but unfortunately, I didn't know about MDC back then. Is it too late to join in? I can totally relate to the naked dance parties. DS had one in the back yard with DD yesterday!
welcome! i am in nc, also.

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Gunter, I think I have seen you posting in our Tribal Area. I am in the Triangle.

I am just coming up on DS' third birthday and really feeling in awe of our relationship. I have known this little guy for three years, but just within the past month or so it seems like he has really grown up. His language skills, reasoning, problem solving, and creative play have all just taken off. He really is growing into a little boy and is no longer a toddler.

I started a thread asking for ideas for fun birthday traditions. Suggestions?

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Welcome, SeekingJoy. I posted some ideas from my childhood in your other thread.

Kavita, your party sounds amazing! I want to come to your house for tea!

kaspirant, Jacob's truck party sounds amazing, too! It must have been so much fun.

gunter, thanks for sharing photos of the beautiful copperhead cake. Awaken, I would love to see the bus-loader-excavation-train cake, too

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Rowan just came up to me and gave me a kiss and announced she was going to a meeting knitting lesson. So, I guess while we can infer that Mel goes to a lot of naked dance parties, *I* go to a lot of meetings and knitting lessons. (Which is true.)

Welcome, SeekingJoy! Happy birthday to all the birthday boys and girls... love the cakes... we are taking cupcakes to playgroup because it falls on Rowan's birthday, and she has no particular cake requests.

I am being summoned to the knitting lesson. Later!

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Woo hoo! My computer situation is okay!!! : DH called HP and although the computer is 39 days out of warranty, they are going to fix it for free because there is some kind of recall! Yay! And in the meantime, we still had my old laptop sitting around somewhere--the screen was the part that had broken but apparently the rest is okay and we were able to hook up the laptop to the TV with a monitor cable and now my TV is serving as a giant external monitor. : Of course I'm getting a neck ache because the cable puts me at a weird angle to the TV (ie close and looking up but hunched over to type), but hey, that's okay. lol.

Nothing much happening here. It's a rainy lazy day and we slept in. We're still in pajamas in fact although it's noon. Sunday I crashed most of the day, and yesterday I felt much more energetic. Today I'm tired again, and it's a non-preschool day so we're just hanging out.
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The kids and I are moving in with a friend to avoid eviction at our apartment. Kyle will not be moving in there with us and does not know where he will be going. He might be going back on the road and I'll send him papers wherever he might end up at. I'd rather he stayed local for the kids sakes, but he hasn't worked here in a month and I haven't worked in over a week now on top of a badly messed up knee. When we get moved in to her dd's bedroom over the weekend I will have regular internet access again. I don't know when we will be moving out or anything past what is going on this week. Joseph's birthday next week is likely to be a huge mess.

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Oh Kristina

You know, I need a more exotic life. Skye greeted me with "where you been, mummy? Have you been shopping?" when I picked her up from preschool. I hadn't- but we went trawling the Salvation Army after that and got a Dora doll for 10p which made her extremely happy.
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kristina- i am so sorry to hear what you are going through right now. i am glad that you do have a friend that you can trust to help you all. are there any other local resources that would help?

happy birthday to the babies born this week!

sarah- ez plays 'meetings', too! it's usually LLL. she'll sit down and say, "is anyone having any breastfeeding issues?" later she will say, "well, the baby is popping on and popping off." and put her hands up in the air. it's hilarious!

happy belated birthday to jacob!!! great idea about putting the dirt dessert in a dump truck.

kavita- glad the computer will get fixed! i have pj days, too. they are such gentle times.

allright, seeking joy, who are you?! i thought i knew all the MDC mamas in my town!

amy- i miss you and wondered where you were. get the computer/internet back in your house asap!

helen- i need a more exotic life, too. i feel it when ez wants to get a shopping cart to play with. uhm, do i really do that much shopping? we've spent the last two mornings outside just being and seeing what happens. how do you like skye's preschool?

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She loves it I like it, but I'm not hugely excited...part of me is struggling to deal with the fact that she will go and leave me and is absolutely fine about it I honestly hadn't expected that from my little clingon.

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*pokes head in*

It always takes me until the middle of the month to find these!

Still pregnant beyooooond pregnant. Looks like the girls will have closer birthdays than I'd have imagined.

Chloah is going thro a stage of wanting everything the SAME EVERYDAY, same pajamas, same breakfast (apple oatmeal) same coloring pages, same shows in the morning, routine routine routine. and is hellbent if its changed. *sigh* after two straight weeks of the same pajamas we're going to the store to let her pick some new ones out (even though she has an entire DRAWER full) because the meltdowns are too much.

Happy Birthday to the kiddos who have already entered threedom. Three is so much fun (usually)

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amy- i miss you and wondered where you were. get the computer/internet back in your house asap!
I'm here, I'm here! :

Well, we have a computer at home now, but it's an old one that a friend loaned to us, and it doesn't even have ethernet (just a modem) so I think Jason said we need to get an ethernet card and it will work. I hope so! Kavita, I'm glad your computer is OK and we don't have to resort to the lesbian porno idea!

I have been reading along but just haven't had a lot of time to post. Also I've been really tired the past few days (pregnancy insomnia and I just lay in bed at night *worrying* about everything, which sucks.

I'm in kind of a fluxy place right now with a lot of things. The two main ones are that I'm seriously thinking of birthing at home and am working through all of those issues and feelings, and the second is that Brynn's school would like to hire me to help with their speech-path and special ed team, but I'm not completely sure if I will be able to do it because I'm not a certified SLP. I'd like to do it and would LOVE the money (seriously!!!), but it's still up in the air as to whether it would work out. So I'm just kind of waiting to see how that is going to work out.

I'm cracking up reading about what all of the kids are doing. Brynn has her "meetings" too, but she goes to her book club meeting. She'll grab any stack of papers she can find and do the tap-tap-tap thing on the table to get them all straight and say, "I'm getting all of my paperwork ready for my book club meeting." It's hilarious. They sure are our little mirrors, aren't they?

In other news, my f-ing MIL is already completey up my ass about this pregnancy and birth. She was up visiting for a few days, and last night was trying SO HARD to get me to open the door and let her into my thoughts and feelings, but I was not giving in at all. She sat on the couch and said, "Sooo...are you still having concerns?" and I was like, about what? She said, "Well when you found out you were pregnant, you said you were concerned about this baby's birth" or something like that. I said, "No...I'm not at all," and just went back to the book I was reading. At some point later, she said, "So! What's the plan?" and I said, "The plan for what?" and she said, "The plan! For your pregnancy and birth!" and I was like, "Well, the plan is I'm going to give birth sometime in April." End of story. The thing that REALLY annoyed me though: We were sitting at the kitchen table and she got out a piece of paper and wrote,

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Hospital:

And said, "OK, what's your midwife's name?" and I said, "Um, why do you need that?" and she said, "Well, I don't want to have to be saying, 'Hey, Miss Midwife,' at the birth." I said, "You're not going to BE at the birth. Your job is to be taking care of Brynn at that time." She tried to laugh it off and said, "Dang it! That's what I thought you were going to say!" but then proceeded to ask what hospital I'd be at, etc. I didn't want to share with her that we've been talking about a homebirth, but I said, "We haven't completely made up our mind about all of that. We might not be staying with our current midwife." And she goes, "I feel like I'm totally in the dark here!!!" and I said, "What is it you think you need to know?!" UGH, it was just so utterly ridiculous. I so seriously wanted to go off on her, but had to bite my tongue - but it's just my pregnancy and birth with Brynn all over again! I don't know if y'all remember, but when I was in labor with Brynn, she called the hospital four or five times and even one time told the nurse's station that she was *my* mom! So at some point in the near future, I'm going to have to set her straight because we are NOT doing all of that again. I swear, MILs are such a fricking nuisance.

Anyway, sorry that was so long!!!

I better go check in and say hi to my April mama buddies while I have the chance. Hopefully I'll be back on regularly sometime this week!

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Still pregnant beyooooond pregnant. Looks like the girls will have closer birthdays than I'd have imagined.
OK my last post was totally self-absorbed. Sorry!

Jamie19 - poor mama! It's got to be any day now, though!!

Kristina, I'm sorry you are on the move again and not working AND have a hurt knee! I hope your new living arrangement works out for you.

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Jamie19: Hope things get better for you and the family. Sorry you're going through a rough time.

*Amy*: I know what it feels like to have an overly helpful parent. It's hard to get mad, because they want to help and their intentions are good. But it's NOT to get mad because they're all up in your grill about everything! I hope you can find a peaceful solution and that your worries dissolve as you ease deeper into this new experience!

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One of the things I really love about MDC is how much it's made me appreciate *my* MIL who may be a little odd and prone to the occasional guilt trip, but who respects our decisions and our privacy and our parenting values AND who looks after Rowan 2 days a week just because she wants to, and would never ever DREAM of being anywhere close to me while I was in labour. (more out of fear than anything else I'm sure... but still!) Amy, . That must be awfully uncomfortable to deal with.

And to you too, Kristina... I hope things get better for you soon.

Rowan is off to the dentist this morning - just a checkup and a bit of a cleaning. I need to have a chat with the dentist though because at our last visit I got a sheet of suggestions for helping kids avoid cavities and buried in the midst of sensible things (like no juice, avoid sugar, etc.) was the suggestion to wean at a year!!! I was more than a little appalled. I am going to bring it up with them, for sure.

ETA: and speaking of weaning, I think Rowan's gone and done it. I don't recall any boobies or requests for boobies in the last 2 weeks or so... I gues we're done then. Sniff. I'm a little sad, but it happened so gradually in the end that I'm very sure that she was good and ready for it.

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Gunter, I am somewhat of a homebody, although as the kiddos get older, I am braver about venturing out with them both by myself. If there is a group of Triangle MDC mommies that get together, I would love to know about it.

Today is DS' birthday. Yesterday, we celebrated his last day as a two-year old, taking about all the fun things he did this past year and new things he can do. Tonight we will have his special birthday dinner. Unfortunately, his birthday proper has been rocky.

DH got up with him while I was nursing DD, and set him up watching TV on the couch with cheerios with chocolate mixed in. (Un)surprisingly, we have had a miserable day. The sugar swings and crappy mood TV puts DS in means we have had a series of tantrums all day. Great.

I guess we aren't too far out of toddlerhood.

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Welcome, SeekingJoy.

Kristina, I hope things smooth out for a while when you get settled into your friend's house.

These parties sound like so much fun. We are foregoing the peer party this year. We'll do cupcakes and whatnot at my school, and probably a special dinner with present-opening, but that's about it. I think I need another year or so to psyche myself up for this facet of motherhood, or maybe even until he asks for a party.

Amy, I hope your MIL grows to appreciate the importance of her role in the birth. I hired a doula specifically so that dh could be Woody's one-and-only; Joshua's totally OK with that, and I don't leave Woody with anyone else yet, so I think it's going to be the best for everyone. But seriously, I have no other qualms about the birth except making sure that Woody is well cared for during that time. I think it's such an important job, framing this HUGE event for a young child...

Spughy, weaning, whoa! Ours happened kind of quickly like that, too, and totally without issue. I think it would have been torturous if Woody were sad about it (since I had not milk to give when he weaned).

I'm still in total struggle mode with Woody for about 15% of the time. We traveled this weekend, which always brings a bit more stress than usual, but I had about three mommy moments that I wish I could re-do. I can look back on all these times and identify exactly the moment where my expectations exceeded his abilities or my offer of choices was between bad and worse in his eyes, etc., but when locked in that moment, getting slapped or kicked or having to chase him to catch him before he ran into the parking lot... Anyway, I need to channel lots and lots and lots of peace and patience in my life atm.

Oh, and Joshua bought us a station wagon. Did I tell y'all that we were down to just the Wrangler? Not so easy to load a big ole boy in a car seat in the back when your belly doesn't fit back there and he doesn't want to strap in. So yea. A Volvo station wagon, old as can be, not in the best shape, but cost next to nothing. It's not road ready yet. This is totally his project, and I'm trying to see the long-term benefits, or at least not comment on the cost meanwhile...
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Oh, I'm still in total struggle mode with Killian about 15% of the time!! With Ellie its probably only about 10%. : I have very obviously been a mom of little ones for quite awhile, at work today I noticed a knife on the counter and started to fuss at the other people in the office until I realize that DUH! its okay to have a paring knife on the counter in a building where only adults work. I just haven't been able to set a knife down on a counter in YEARS and the concept was honestly surprising/shocking to me.

Ellie's birthday is next Wednesday, but we're having her party on Sunday so the working grandparents/aunts/uncles can come. Just a few families from school and our family and that will be it. She's requested a red cake, so if anyone has a really super-duper fabulous red velvet cake recipe please pass it on! I realized, though, that I had a moment of poor planning when I sent out invites to Ellie's party: my birthday is on Saturday and that means I'll be up late on my birthday baking/decorating a cake, cleaning house, and getting everything ready for the party. I'm trying to do a little bit every day this week, though, so Saturday won't be too much of an undertaking.

I am currently struggling with the realization that its been three years since I was pregnant and had a newborn, and that I'll probably never have that opportunity again. DH is very set about not wanting any more, and I'm doing my very best to look on the bright side, but I actually feel like I'm in mourning. I can agree that our family is the perfect size, and it feels complete, and its hard to even imagine starting all over again now that both are potty-learned and instead of nursing two kids I have one nursling who skips days fairly often... but its just soooo sad to realize I'll never have another baby or experience pregnancy and birth again. And, its especially tough because two of my best friends are expecting in March. Oh, and throw in my 29th birthday this week and I'm suddenly feeling very... conflicted about everything - its just so darn close to 30! I'm not feeling young and cute anymore, I'm feeling like an old woman with big kids. I know its silly, but its a little mental thing I'm going through. My goal is to compete in a triathlon by 30, so that gives me some focus in moving on to the next phase of my life, I guess.

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I feel you, Jen I'm just passing the idea of birthday week on: decorate the house early so that you have decorations up for your birthday too.
Theresa, I'm a big fan of volvos My dad drove them when I was growing up, and I wish they were still in production now. Or that volvo did a seven-seater. Either would work for me
Spughy So, how are you celebrating your post-nursing body? Underwear? Piercings? Tattoos? A boob mould???? All of the above? Large quantities of beer, because you're only getting drunk for one now?
Jamie19, my latest births have been the easiest ones, particularly number 3- I had weeks of prodromal labour, a big stall and then had a baby in three contractions. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but there are worse ways to get a baby out.
Amy you know we're here if you want to talk through stuff, right? About the birth, you mean- I'm happy to listen about your MIL, but I have absolutely nothing useful to say apart from
Welcome, SeekingJoy!

Oh, and it's raining here. AGAIN I'm fed up of walking the streets of Swindon in the wet.

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jamie19~ I'm hoping you have your new baby in your arms very quickly. Hang in there!

Amy and Kavita~ I'm glad you're both back online!!

spughy~ Congrats on the gentle weaning. Did you ever think you would nurse this long with all of the challenges you had early on? I'm impressed

We seem to be easing towards weaning, too. Neela has started skipping some days and has totally given up on nursing any time except briefly before bed. In the past week I think she's only nursed on my right breast once, and on the left maybe five times. The left has always been her favourite, and I think she'd totally wean on one side if I didn't occasionally beg her to please take the right side to give the left a little break. The milk is pretty much gone, though she swears there is still some there. At this stage in her pregnancy I already had colostrum, so I expect it to show up any time now...

QofC~ Happy Birthday to both you and Ellie! And good luck with the triathlon training.

kristina~ Sending you easy moving and knee healing vibes

Teresa~ I love those volvo wagons, too. They last forever and ever; I hope yours is road-ready soon.

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wow.. i cant even imagine nursing ngaio anymore.. i wanted to so much after rue was born, but it was not to be.. she stopped when rue was a few months in utero..so its been well over a year, nearly 2! it makes me sad.. but she asks for milk in a cup. my milk. its funny. she likes it, but she says she is too big to nurse. in some ways in gad that she made that choice, because i can see it being very trying tandem nursing a huge child (because she weighs over 30 lbs now, im sure) and a squirmy wormy almost toddler.. rue is a handful to nurse, she scratches and pinches and tries to crawl away with boob attached..i look like ive been in a cat fight (well my chest does) but no matter what i do she just cries if i try to cover her hands or hold them. i have a nursing necklace but no. she wants to tear up my flesh...but no matter.. i love my nursing time with her.. i hope that i can nurse her till 3 like you mamas with your girls. its inspiring! elwynn self weaned at 2 and a bit as well..when i was pregnant with ngaio.. so we shall see. i have no plans for another baby anytime soon (but some day. ive decided i want at least 2 more) this time around.



so.. : happy birthday's to those 3 year olds!! who ive missed..

my days are busy and full and ive little time for interneting. i peek in on facebook often, but mdc takes longer to load..ah, dial up.. i love and despise you..
im trying to keep up with everything but it leaves little time to write anything..

my days.. im trying to plan a birthday party for ngaio.. nothing big, just some friends from clearwater. i have a few gifts for her and she wants a snail cake..not with snails in it, but shaped as a snail. she loves snails. im trying to do a snail theme birthday.. but so far i just have a few things..we are going to make birthday invitations with snails on them..so thats something! i dont have a ton of inspiration for birthdays this week..maybe next! also we are heading out on the road to vancouver monday. its been a long time. since rue was born.. so im looking forward to seing old friends..and family. i miss my grama a lot.

off i go..baby calls.

 

 

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Hello to all! I am short on time so I can't do the quote thing. . . so here is my brief synopsis
Happy birthday to those who have celebrated already.
to Amy - what a yucky feeling situation.
Spughy - weaned??? Wow. I think I am dreading the day that happens for us. I'm sure it will be much more traumatic for me than for Keagan
Helen- we are fully in the rainy season now too. I feel for ya!
Jen- I am also (still) having a hard time with the idea that there will be no more children for us.


And our birthday fun on Tuesday - poor Keagan got to spend 6 hours of his birthday in the doctor office and then in the emergency room. He was crying inconsolably (out of nowhere) about his side hurting and we couldn't see anything wrong. By the time we got to the doctor office he was so sore he couldn't lift his arms to help get him out of his car seat. He didn't want to be moved because it hurt so much. When we got in the exam room all he wanted to do was lay on the exam table and have me stroke his head He looked like he had a fever, but his temperature was normal. It was the strangest thing. The doc sent us to the ER to have ultrasounds done of his spleen, kidneys, and bladder. They all came back normal, so we have no idea what was wrong. The strangest thing was that during the last 10 minutes of a 45 minute ultrasound he started looking like he was feeling better. By the time we got back in the exam room he was bouncing off the walls like normal. My mystery child. I'm just glad he feels better!

ETA: Oh, and the ER doc told us that in young kids this age when they get "colicky" it could be something wrong with the colon. "So if this happens again just bring him back and we'll do an ultrasound of the colon". Ugh.

Mommy to a wonderfully passionate little one
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Yikes, Susannah - that sounds scary! Reminiscent of the whole episode where I thought I'd broken Rowan's wrist, except we didn't actually make it into the hospital...

Fern, I love the snail cake idea! What a lovely thing for Ngaio to be enthralled with.

The weaning thing is such a non-event that celebrating would seem weird, y'know? Like celebrating getting over a cold. (Not that nursing was like a cold, but you know, just something natural that runs its course.) Actually Rowan DID ask to nurse this morning, but found there was no milk, and wasn't distressed or anything. So, no body piercings or anything - but if it turns out that I haven't gotten pregnant again within about another year, then I'm going to declare myself done with that boobie function and get them reduced considerably, which will likely take care of my remaining back pain for good and that would be nice.

And Mel - no, I didn't think I would nurse this long! I remember at the beginning I was just so desperate to nurse PERIOD that I didn't even think about how long I would nurse for, then when we hit an 11-month nursing strike I just wanted to nurse her even one more month... then about a year ago I started to WANT to wean her, which lasted a couple months, and since then it's just been sort of "meh. whatever." I am so, so glad I pushed through both those first few months and the nursing strike though. I know she's gotten pretty much every drop I could give her (except for a brief period when I actually had more than she needed and I gave a bunch to a friend with supply issues, but that doesn't count...) It's been a journey and then some.

And... I think I am going to take doula training starting in January and set up a doula practise with a friend. I think that sort of thing is much more manageable with backup, and between us we have had pretty much the whole spectrum of breastfeeding issues and birth experiences. We're also not hard-line super-crunchies, and apparently in this city there is a huge lack of doulas who will take doctors' patients - they all only seem to want to work with midwives. I *know* there are a lot of really good, open-minded docs in town and I don't want to go in with prejudices like that, so I think we will find quite a good market for our services. My friend has also been reading about "baby planners" (like wedding planners... only for babies) who help people choose nursery patterns and things for the baby registry, and we had a good larf about that but then thought - why not offer a similar service but almost in reverse? Helping people have lower-footprint babies, minimizing stuff, reusing things you already have (like retrofitting an appropriate dresser as a change table, etc.), checking out used items for them to ensure safety, cleanliness, etc., how to tell the grandparents what you don't want, how to build a cloth diaper stash, and so on. My friend is already a small business consultant and super-organized and whatnot so I think it will work out well.

Postpartum doula & certified breastfeeding educator, mama to an amazing girl (11/05) and a wee little boy (3/13).

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Chlo started skipping days in the middle of summer when she'd nurse but is back to nursing 2-3 times a day... I'm not sure when she'll stop or if lol. Well I'm assuming she will..... sometime.

The MIL woes are running rampant here too. Must be that time of year eh?

We're still thinking about sending Chloah to preschool this spring but not sure...

My oldest loved it but Chlo just seems too young IDK.

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Somewhat OT, but has anyone been watching Little Britain USA and the bitty sketch? Steve and I want to know how that's been going down over there, and nobody seems to have seen it....
Spughy, that sounds wonderful.

Fern, Alex is snail-obsessed too : I have no idea why, but he's showing no signs of growing out of it.

Susannah I'm glad he's feeling better.

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Fern, Alex is snail-obsessed too : I have no idea why, but he's showing no signs of growing out of it.
funny! have you seen this pattern?

 

 

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Oooh-- he'd love that! Thankyou!

Helen mum to five and mistress of mess and mayhem, making merry and mischief til the sun goes down.
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i was at a fabulous homebirth yesterday for my dear friend. we've known each other for years so way before either one of us was preggo. we helped out a lot with the social justice programs at our church (i don't go there anymore but she still does). it was so awesome to watch her be a strong, strong mama birthing her baby at her house, which is just down the road from me!

when i read about you all being preggo now, i wish that i could be your doula! how far is it to indiana and atlanta, again?

ez has been hitting and yelling sooooooo much today. i feel like i cannot do anything right. and, i feel like i am trying but am just overwhelmed. it f n sucks!

i am taking my bff (and her newborn) out for her 30th birthday tonight in just a little while. our kids and babes are having a pizza party at her house.

doula mama to my nov 05 and my feb 08 babes who wrap me in love.
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I'm glad to hear y'all extol the virtues of the Volvo wagon. It is indeed running, and I must say that Woody being able to get in and out by himself and my being able to lift him easily in and out otherwise are huge improvements. Helen, this one technically does have seven seats, if you count the little pop-up seat facing backwards, but mostly we're thinking of the way-back for the dogs.

My house smells deliciously like basil at the moment. I went ahead and pulled up the last of the summer garden, including four big bushes of Genovese and Thai basil, and even dug a brand-new winter garden shaped like a thick rainbow to go around this huge hibiscus growing on the side of the house. (Well, technically Joshua dug it up and I finessed it. Between that and getting the car running, he's got some brownie points to spare!) Pesto and pasta for dinner tonight. Planting the mustard, kale, collards, snap peas, and chard tomorrow. Lesson plans...hmm...some time before Monday...

Woody has this wretched cough that's going around that lasts for 4 to 6 weeks! All the doc could tell us was to get a good natural expectorant and try to keep blowing his nose. Supposedly it's some combination of bacterial infections that wrecks havoc on the mucus membranes. My homeopathic remedies aren't touching it. I'm trying not to worry, but the prospect of a severely depressed immune system for that long has me a little worried. We're 1 1/2 weeks into it now...

Gunter, the bff date sounds fantastic! Hope you had fun.

Fern, those knitted snails are adorable. I'm waist-deep in knitting projects right now (socks for Woody, Clapotis for me, Yoda sweater and longies for little baby) but I want to decorate our Yule tree with little hand-made animal ornaments this year, so I'm putting those on the list.

Jamie, I hear you on the preschool thing. I think Woody is still too attached to me, or at least to the idea of immediate access to me, to be away for hours, but on the other hand, I can see how he'd get a heck of a lot out of it, and I could sure use the time once little baby comes.

Spughy, we didn't celebrate the weaning, either. I think, for me, it was because I felt partially "responsible" for it, like since I was out of milk it was really MY doing, not his. I wouldn't say I felt guilty, but it definitely felt like more a biological than social decision.

Flapjack, I haven't seen or heard of the show. Speaking of, though, has anyone caught Hillary on Dirty Sexy Money?

Jen, I'm turning 31 this year, and I do think that at some point in the past year or so I really began to think of myself as a woman--a mother-woman, a woman with some past behind her--rather than a young woman. I think for me it was a gradual transition rather than an event, though timing-wise it did coincide with my 28th/29th/30th years...
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