Hi ladies. We're doing fine over here, luckily most important things are going smoothly. Kusha's been walking for a week and now he wants to walk everywhere. He's also going through some kind of fussier-than-normal growth spurt, and not sleeping well at all, so I'm pretty sleep-deprived but keeping it together. Trying to finish my thesis so that I can graduate and focus on Kusha and finally getting our house in order (it's a cosmetic fixer and we bought it while I was pregnant, so naturally we've made very little progress). I'm planning his first birthday party (!) at a local park, and my parents are coming from DC. My mother-in-law is also coming. I'm afraid to make a list of invitees, I'm pretty sure it's going to be huge.
I finally made an appointment with my naturopath and the cloud of PPD is slowly lifting. I got records from the hospital from birth (in the admitting paperwork, the reason for transferring was "failed homebirth" - thanks, L&D) and freaked myself out with the surgical report. I have a lot of thoughts about how things worked out. What I'm taking away from the whole thing is that I refuse to consent to anything I'm uncomfortable with (ignoring PROM, inducing with castor oil, being told to push when I don't feel pushy), and I refuse to be rushed next time around. And I'm going to choose my care provider a lot more carefully. I feel like my midwife let me down in a big way.
We're nowhere near weaning, he's obsessed with the boob! I'm generally tolerating it ok at night though the last few nights he's insisted on staying latched for an hour+ at a time, and I honestly can't deal with it anymore. Hopefully this phase will pass soon. I have a feeling that when he eventually weans, it won't be pretty.
Oh yeah, period is still MIA. Had a pregnancy scare because of some spotting exactly 7 days after I *thought* I ovulated but 4 pee sticks say BFN. Thank you, universe.
Rozzie and Kamiro (OneMore? What's your real name again?) - Passover was... well, crazy. The oldest kid in attendance was 4 years old, none of the kids want to sit still or eat and the service was pretty rushed and hectic and maybe a it confusing for the kids - but we were trying to get it done before the kids ended up as melted puddles of whining under the table. In the end, we didn't finish it (I said "you drink two more glasses of wine and everyone shouts, 'next year in Israel' and then that's it") because my oldest, Nigella, was laying on the floor crying and my friend's 2 year old was in his mother's lap melting down about something or other so everyone just went home to get kids into bed. It was fun and crazy and chaotic but even with the inglorious finish I think we'll try again next year. It would also DEFINITELY have helped if my husband was home. I'm an awkward hostess, I really require him to help smooth things over and be the calming influence.
As far as Hebraic goes, I suppose that makes sense! My parents aren't Messianic because to be that implies that you were Jewish to start with, and we weren't- but they call themselves Messianic to self-identify. My sister married a man from Israel. He isn't religious, but he keeps Passover and the other feast days as a culture thing (can't even begin to explain to you how in love my parents are with my sister's husband! He can read all the prayers in Hebrew and help them with some of the more formal services), he just identifies as Israeli which makes it pretty easy.
Maryam - so sorry to hear about the PPD. A birthing experience that leave you feeling let down definitely doesn't help with anything- I hope next time, whenever that happens, you can look back at it with happy memories. I'm glad it's starting to clear up a bit for you. As for a boob-obsessed baby- yep, I hear you there. My first weaned at 3 years old for that reason- and it was a forced wean. We were pretty slow and gentle with it so the tears were pretty minimal. She didn't think she was ready but I was done- also probably helped that i was pregnant with Everett so the milk was disappearing anyway.
Birthday parties- super low key. Will go to my mother in law's house. They'll make dinner and have a cake. That'll be about it.
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Summer 2013 chat for May 2012 mamas