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#121 of 555 Old 07-12-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Even if it's from calling the red cross emergency number? Someone said the red cross pays for them? Ughh if it's out of pocket then it cant happen
Any emergency or other leave is out of pocket. The army only pays for things they make you do (like move). My husband paid out of pocket to see his baby, as well as to see his son who was in intensive and critical care, in a life-and-death situation. However, this is the case with most employers...

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Dh got his date to ship his stuff out today. We have a general date for him to leave but having the date for his stuff is just more then I thought....

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I'm sorry... We have general dates too but when they started to go through the step-by-step I was almost in tears.

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Dh got his date to ship his stuff out today. We have a general date for him to leave but having the date for his stuff is just more then I thought....
I think I said almost the exact same thing when we packed up DH's stuff. The reality of it sets in.

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Hugs all around.

When DD was born she had to be airlifted to a NICU about 4 hours away, where she spent 3 weeks. Huz' command cut him orders as a "medical escort" for DD so that he could be off w/o using leave and stay at the hospital with her during this time. But he was not TAD or deployed at the time. Not sure if this is helpful.

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justKatel not sure when your DD was born but I know a few years ago they changed rules on medical escort orders.

I have known since we got here a general frame(3-4 week) course that has only been about 10 weeks that we have been here so.All of our deployments have been last min as things were happening never so pre-planned so I didn't expect it to be much before he really left and I know it isn't a huge time before but I was expecting like days before he left for this stuff to ship.

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Thanks for the help, ladies.


I do have a doula... and she is offering her services for free to me, but her and the midwife work very closely together and have done several births. I'm just starting to lose faith in the midwife.

As far as DH coming home is concerned, he wont get pushed back or anything because the guys are doing nothing. The Army overbooked people, so he isn't doing anything. No training. No nothing. Just "busy" work until the next WTC course starts mid August...hopefully, they will have room for him in that one. Otherwise, he will be doing the same thing until September.

If the loan comes out in installments, it will be fine. I am planning on talking to DH about it all next time he calls.

I'm sure we will settle back in to the army life, but it's way way different this time... and last time, I wasn't near my family. I think that made a huge difference. They are just downright toxic sometimes.

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If it is a certain thing with the MW I would talk with her or the doula in passing about it.
Yes being near family can make things harder then they should be. Glad he is at a point it wont set him back.
I think that if you get a aer loan you can do payments.

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first of all, congrats to your son... Jiffy Lube can be a really good springboard into a career as a mechanic if he is willing to get some training... and thats a job that has fairly good job security (whether its cars or machines in factories, they tend to need humans to fix them!) DH is basically a diesel mechanic and plans on getting more training after he retires to focus on doing it as a civilian career... he never thought to get a job as a mechanic, but once he got stuck with this MOS (really was not his first choice!) he realized how much he actually loves doing it!

Secondly... theres a Michaels over by Old Navy right? Do you have anywhere else you would suggest that would be better? And what kind of yarn should I get?
Thanks. My ds has been saying for a while that if he can't be a chef, he'd like to be a mechanic so I think this job will be good for him. He'll get a taste of what that type of work is really like.

There is a Micheal's near the Old Navy. They don't have a very big selection but they might have a few solid colors of Paton's and/or Lion Brand Wool. I wouldn't get the Fisherman's Wool. It's too rough. There's The Tail Spinner in Richlands that will probably have more wool. I haven't been there in a while. I actually tried to go there just the other day but they were already closed. There's also a place called Phootsy's Yarn Cottage in downtown Jacksonville. It's better than Micheal's but maybe not quite as good as The Tail Spinner.

To be honest, I have never used any store bought yarn to make baby items. It feels way too rough to me compared to the stuff I get online. That's me, though. I know others have used and liked the store bought yarns. I've read you can use alpaca, too, but I've not tried it.

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To be honest, I have never used any store bought yarn to make baby items. It feels way too rough to me compared to the stuff I get online. That's me, though. I know others have used and liked the store bought yarns. I've read you can use alpaca, too, but I've not tried it.
What online places do you recommend?

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Thumbs up for alpaca. I've used it quite a bit and it can be machine washable and is sooooo soft. Perfect for baby items.

I'll be sending positive thoughts your way, MK


AFM, still no word back on DH's job next year. So far everyone has been pretty prompt in sending replies until now, so I have a feeling nobody knows the answer or doesn't want to give him one. DH has a strong suspicion that the first person he spoke to may have just told him he had a job in order to get him to go back there when there really isn't one. He says he wants it all straightened out by August in case he has to start checking out job prospects, at this point the likelihood of that seems a lot stronger.

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My alpaca blanket (now a doormat... :P ) shrunk so badly in the washer. How is it washable?

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Thumbs up for alpaca. I've used it quite a bit and it can be machine washable and is sooooo soft. Perfect for baby items.
Have you used it for soakers? I'm not sure if it's naturally lanolized and would be water resistant. I guess it makes sense that it would be since all mammals secrete oils. OTOH, if one is using AIOs or something like Fuzzi Bunz, it doesn't matter. Also, have you used store bought wool or alpaca for soakers? If so, did it work ok?

As far as being machine washable, I'm going to guess that it's probably the same as sheep wool. If it's treated a certain way, it can be machine washable. The sheep wool is usually called superwash then. I don't know if the washable wools would be good for soakers, again because of the lanolin. I don't know how the fibers are treated to make them machine washable. If they are coated with something, that could keep it from holding lanolin.

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Three Irish Girls (always available for ordering, I believe)

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Malabrigo Yarn (always available and most likely to get semi-solid colors)

Hyena Cart Handdyed Yarn (There should always be something available on here since many stores list.)

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Crunchy Cooperative

Yarn Lovers Unite (YLU)

And, of course, Ravelry. You might have to join but people are always selling yarn on there. You can look up by the yarn brands and see what's available.

If you want to get something right away, Ravelry, Malabrigo or Hyena Cart is probably the best way to go. Go for a worsted or aran weight merino. Malabrigo is very soft, excellent for newborns, but it's more prone to pilling and felting. My fave type is Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) but any of them will work. A lot of people seem to like Cestari. I just got that for the first time. I haven't knit it up yet. I like it but still not as much as the BFL. YLU is always having yarn coops. I can't vouch for all the brands and the colorways may be limited but it's something to look at. The yarn is at a slightly discounted price through the coops most of the time. A Mosaic Moon coop starting on the 15th but those fill up fast, I mean within a few hours.

I could go on and on so I'll stop now. Just LMK if you want more info. I have this I could make into something if anyone is interested. I bought it for myself because I love the colors but have decided there's just nothing I can make that I'll wear. It's definitely bright. I'd definitely make some longies or a skirtie for a baby girl if I had one.

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I don't think I said this. You'll probably need a minimum of 140 yds of yarn for a pair of shorts and 200 yds for longies. That's for a small size and the bare minimums. A little extra is always good. If you have to get 2 skeins of 120yds each, for example, so you end up with a lot of extra, I can always make something else like booties and/or a hat.

The Mosaic Moon coop on the 15th is on Crunchy Cooperative.

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For soakers, longies or what ever you want to avoid superwash wool of any type. You want hand wash only wool.
Also anytime you aren't sure if the wool is super-wash/machine washable only hand wash.

I have some store bought wool and online wool longies and after they have been lanolized the online is still little softer but to the point if they weren't side by side you would be able to guess by only seeing one or the other.

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For soakers, longies or what ever you want to avoid superwash wool of any type. You want hand wash only wool.
Also anytime you aren't sure if the wool is super-wash/machine washable only hand wash.

I have some store bought wool and online wool longies and after they have been lanolized the online is still little softer but to the point if they weren't side by side you would be able to guess by only seeing one or the other.
Ok, that's what I was assuming with the superwash.

So, you like the store bought longies just as much as the ones you got online? Do you know which yarns were used for each?

I'm going to the Tail Spinner today so I'll see/feel what they have in wool.

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2 others I am not sure(I tend to buy 2nd hand on wool) and then my store bought ones are Paton I think, if not Lions. They only had those 2 brands and all of one of them were superwash.
When I had to buy online for my own knitting i get them from - http://www.knitpicks.com/knitting.cfm and get Bare Peruvian Highland Wool Worsted Yarn then dye it or get Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn or Shamrock.

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I have several pairs of alpaca longies and treating them with Lanolin in optional, the place I ordered them from said they could be washed as delicates in the washer and they did shrink a small amount the first time but after that they were fine. I only washed them maybe once a month. Alpaca has some kind of natural resin that makes it waterproof and it can't be washed off. I've also made shorties with them (but I don't machine wash those) I purchased the yarn in NY and it was local to me. I also made lots of baby hats and mittens with it.

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I have several pairs of alpaca longies and treating them with Lanolin in optional, the place I ordered them from said they could be washed as delicates in the washer and they did shrink a small amount the first time but after that they were fine. I only washed them maybe once a month. Alpaca has some kind of natural resin that makes it waterproof and it can't be washed off.
Oh, so alpaca might be even better than sheep wool if the water resistant resin doesn't ever wash off. Then you'd never have to lanolize like you do with the wool eventually.

I went to the Tail Spinner and I have to say that I would not buy any yarn there to make soakers, shorts or longies. I don't think they really had much more selection than Micheal's. They carry Cascade wool instead of Patons and Lion Brand. They did have some alpaca that I might consider now in light of what Katie just said but the sheep's wool felt way to rough to me.

There's The Salty Sheep yarn store in Swansboro that actually carries Malabrigo. They might have other good wool.

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I'm back from the Salty Sheep in Swansboro. By far, I'd say they have the best selection of good yarn. That's definitely where I'll go from now on if I want to buy yarn from a store. They have a lot of malabrigo worsted for $11.50 a skein. I didn't see any military green but they had a few different browns. There were also several other wools and alpaca. They carry Blue Sky Alpaca. Would that be good for soakers or is it processed too much?

Like I said before, though, if you are using AIOs or pockets with PUL or separate covers, you can use any fiber you want.

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Just passing the time here until dh starts terminal leave in late Feb or early March 2011. Dh is ready to move on and so am I. It's a bit scary to leave the comfort zone of the military, but it's time.
We're getting out too. I'm so done with the AF (and I'm not even the AD one), but I'm slightly terrified at the thought of having to move somewhere and actually having to make my own friends. Built in friends are nice.
Or not have BAH/OHA. Or knowing I'll have to live somewhere for longer than 5 years. I don't know if I'm ready for that!

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Well ladies,

midwife is on her way... and red cross is about to get a phone call and hopefully DH will be on his way home as well.

A lady from my home church donated money to pay for his flight and just to help with whatever other expenses.... I guess it all really does work out in the end.

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MK hope it goes quickly and easy and everything works out perfect, sounds like it really is.

One good thing about getting ready, he is getting block leave and for the 1st time in 13 years really we are taking a small trip that has nothing to seeing either of our family. Now I just have to plan it.

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midwife is on her way... and red cross is about to get a phone call and hopefully DH will be on his way home as well.

A lady from my home church donated money to pay for his flight and just to help with whatever other expenses.... I guess it all really does work out in the end.

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MK!

I'm tearing up for you, what a wonderful update! You'll be in my thoughts today, easy laboring vibes!

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Well ladies,

midwife is on her way... and red cross is about to get a phone call and hopefully DH will be on his way home as well.

A lady from my home church donated money to pay for his flight and just to help with whatever other expenses.... I guess it all really does work out in the end.
How wonderful! What a blessing!

So excited for you to meet your new little one!

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Ladies who recommended the hypnobirthing book: which book is it that I should get? I saw two but wasn't sure which one...

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Ladies who recommended the hypnobirthing book: which book is it that I should get? I saw two but wasn't sure which one...
I mentioned hypnobirthing and have Hypnobirthing The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan. I can't really recommend it because I only got to page 65 and haven't used it in labor. I'm not saying it's not good. I just don't know.

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We've passed the halfway point with DH's course! I think he's really going to be able to do well as Mortuary Affairs, in the last 6 weeks he's gone to the morgue twice, and with no issues! :P He goes to Dover next week, and that's the last major hurdle before graduation. Now that he's not nervous about the morgue, he's nervous about Dover-- he always has to have a hurdle! He's always been the glass half empty to my glass half full, so I'm not terribly surprised.

He's supposed to be sending me the paperwork to get on the housing list tomorrow, so hopefully we can get part of the wait burned off before we show up!

Angie, proud Army wife to Dan, mom to Kat (4/00) and Gracie (11/09)!!
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