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Forum: Life With a Baby   05-20-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,274
Posted By GISDiva
That first year goes CRAZY fast, doesn't it?...

That first year goes CRAZY fast, doesn't it?  It's hard to slow down and savor it, especially when working full-time.  And I have a six year old as well, it's so hard to even remember what he was...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-20-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By GISDiva
We have a couch from here in the leather cover...

We have a couch from here in the leather cover and it's working out well for baby spills so far.  Much easier to wipe up than our old couch.  It's not super-duper high quality leather, but its...
Forum: Diapering   05-14-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,257
Posted By GISDiva
We do a prewash rinse, then a heavy wash cycle...

We do a prewash rinse, then a heavy wash cycle with our soap, then a full cycle without any soap just to get the extra rinsing.  It works *ok*.  With my son we'd get stinky diapers eventually and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-21-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,699
Posted By GISDiva
I think at this point, you just keep listening....

I think at this point, you just keep listening.  I think it's fairly common for children that age to wonder what it's like to be someone else.  Or maybe it's the start of something bigger.
 
A...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   04-14-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By GISDiva
Oh thank you.  I wasn't looking for advice per...

Oh thank you.  I wasn't looking for advice per se, just wondering who else was out there.  Unfortunately, the Lact-Aid parts can't go into the microwave, I already asked the company that.  :)
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   04-04-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By GISDiva
Just curious if anyone else was out there.  We...

Just curious if anyone else was out there.  We have been using the Lact-Aid since DD was one month old and she is now just over 7 months.  We have been extremely lucky to find a great group of...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-20-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By GISDiva
We do both smoother foods and chunkier finger...

We do both smoother foods and chunkier finger foods as well and she goes back and forth just fine.  :)
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-17-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 923
Posted By GISDiva
In addition to most of the above, I would...

In addition to most of the above, I would *never* buy shirts with characters on them for my son.  Until his face lit up so much at a Spiderman t-shirt that a friend had gotten for him, I got a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-12-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Posted By GISDiva
When I read the post title, I yelled...

When I read the post title, I yelled (internally, since I'm at my desk at work) "YES!"  I do also have one of those kids.  Although, his kind of touching isn't necessarily hurtful, it is supremely...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   03-12-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By GISDiva
Big hugs, mamma.  It is incredibly frustrating!...

Big hugs, mamma.  It is incredibly frustrating!  I have low supply for unknown reasons, could very well be undiagnosed IGT - I was so hoping I would produce more for my second baby who is six months...
Forum: Life With a Baby   02-28-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,741
Posted By GISDiva
Lots of Johnny Cash songs!

Lots of Johnny Cash songs!
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-21-2013, 04:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By GISDiva
We just use hot water here too, you may not want...

We just use hot water here too, you may not want to fuss with the warmer. In fact, my kids never cared what temperature it was anyway, they just wanted to be fed....
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-20-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By GISDiva
We just use our almost-natural dish soap from...

We just use our almost-natural dish soap from Costco, which we water down a bit anyway. I have been meaning to do the soak in vinegar solution like they recommend, but I still haven't gotten around...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-20-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,401
Posted By GISDiva
I've been reading some about thyroid conditions...

I've been reading some about thyroid conditions popping up right after birth too, affecting milk supply. MaggieLC, do you have any insight on that as well? I am getting mine tested this week just...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-11-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By GISDiva
Thanks for the tip! I e-mailed the company and...

Thanks for the tip! I e-mailed the company and it was an emphatic no. Too bad, those steam bags are handy...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-09-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,401
Posted By GISDiva
Honestly, Domperidone is the only thing that...

Honestly, Domperidone is the only thing that really, really worked for me. Not that I have ever had a full supply either, but it's the only thing that made it worth it to keep going.

There is a...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   10-08-2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 566
Posted By GISDiva
I am from WI and I have never heard that. I had...

I am from WI and I have never heard that. I had a homebirth though, so maybe we were breaking the law by not dong ointment. Lol... Update us as to what you find out, I am curious.
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-08-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By GISDiva
Has anyone ever tried cleaning the Lact-aid...

Has anyone ever tried cleaning the Lact-aid parts in a Medela steam bag with a happy ending? I was just thinking the steam would be a good and quick way to loosen up any accumulating gunk, but I...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-05-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By GISDiva
Skelly, I just wanted to say that your post was...

Skelly, I just wanted to say that your post was so right on and I too needed to read that today as we struggle with low supply for the second time and I wonder if it's worth all the hard work to...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   09-20-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By GISDiva
Been there, big hugs to you. The important thing...

Been there, big hugs to you. The important thing is that you find what works for you and figure out what you can live with and still be happy and have time just to be with your baby. I am right...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-20-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 10,816
Posted By GISDiva
Wanted to catch up with you ladies, my baby is...

Wanted to catch up with you ladies, my baby is four weeks old today already! Birth went very well and FAST. Low platelets were totally not an issue this time, may the RRL tea did some good after...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-14-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,739
Posted By GISDiva
It's not something we ever talk about, but just...

It's not something we ever talk about, but just from random comments, I'm pretty sure I was formula-fed from the start (and I assume my sister was too, although I really don't know that for sure at...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-12-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 827
Posted By GISDiva
I just wanted to commiserate, my five-year-old...

I just wanted to commiserate, my five-year-old son is doing this already too and it's exhausting sometimes.  What's even more exhausting is that he's just like his father....
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-12-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 513
Posted By GISDiva
In our house, 4 is when we had to start talking...

In our house, 4 is when we had to start talking about Big Things.  Bullying, where babies come from, trust and respect, relationships with friends...it was hard at first to navigate the "how much do...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   08-08-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By GISDiva
My take on it is that you can't make the pain go...

My take on it is that you can't make the pain go away, but you can learn techniques to cope with the pain that you do have.  Whether that's changing positions, or having a mantra, or swearing like a...
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