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<div style="font-style:italic;">LOL Same here. I thought everyone did things this way, and then I started getting online more and found out it's a whole movement. Complete with people thinking I'm crazy. Oh well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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So I'm not the only crazy?? Actaully I picked up the mothering mag one day at whole foods and read it like it was speaking to me. So I went online and boom found out after that coming here no one gave me grief for not making dd cio after getting up to nurse at 9 mos, not making her give up her nursing, I could go on and on....<br><br>
Then I found out it had a name....<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! We are in the process of moving so that we will have a babies' room and a guest room. If we were only having one, we would have had a den and just used the closet as storage but with 3, we need the space. I'm also having our sleeper sofa put in there and plan on sleeping there with the babes until dh gets comfortable with the co-sleeping idea.<br><br>
As for decorating, I like the Classic Pooh stuff and was thinking of pulling the colors from there and then having a few Pooh things around like a lamp shade, a blanket over the sofa back and using Pooh stuff to make little pictures for handprints and footprints. I don't want to go all out with the theme. I LOVE the Dr. Seuss idea, though and might be changing...nothing is set in stone for another week when we paint and I have to choose a wallcolor. I want something neutral since odds are we will have boys and girls but I don't want white. However, the changing table we are getting is white so it has to work together.<br><br>
Next u/s is Monday and I hope we can tell what they are. We aren't telling anyone but I want to make albums for them and would love to do some customizing which I can't do until I know names. Also, we have 1 boy and 1 girl name but need the 3rd. I'd love to get that becaus eI think of them by name and then I get to "and baby c" and feel kind of guilty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
For food, I'm making menus of really easy to prepare food and making lists of the non-perishable or freezable supplies I can buy after our move so that when I bug friends and family I can just ask, "can you pick me up a tomato and 4 cucumbers" or something similar. The new place has twice as much storage int he kitchen, so I can really stock up and not have to live with bags of stuff in the trunk until space opens up. I also want to get a freezer cube for in the garage which would help a bunch.
 

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You're going to tell US aren't you Miriam? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">About AIO diapers: I don't think they're all hard to wash. If they are true AIO - all one piece - those are hard. They dry slow and don't rinse well.<br><br>
BUT, if you get pocket AIO diapers like Fuzzi Bunz, they are super simple and easy to wash. They dry very fast because the soaker part comes out of the diaper. For someone who is overwhelmed with all the diapering info but wants to try, I would recommend Fuzzi Bunz. They work great overnight, too.</div>
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ditto. I had a long post this a.m. but lost it. The only prob with FB is they are more $ upfront, but they have decent resale and you can get them on the TP or ebay if you want to just try used (though I would just go new). They are also pretty under-whelming to deal with. They are trim. Wash easy. Dry fast. Good for new CDers, dads and MILs. And another huge bonus was with my dd3, I only needed 2 sizes: small for newborn to about 4mos and then PT (petite toddler) from then until she potty trained.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As for decorating, I like the Classic Pooh stuff and was thinking of pulling the colors from there and then having a few Pooh things around like a lamp shade, a blanket over the sofa back and using Pooh stuff to make little pictures for handprints and footprints. I don't want to go all out with the theme.</div>
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If you decide to go Classic Pooh, I have a valance in a very neutral Classic Pooh pattern, I'll send it to you if you want it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">but the chance he may not even be here for his child's birth if I'm late makes me sad! Nothing we can do though, this trip is mandatory, he has to run the entire conference there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope it will all work out ... maybe baby will time it so Daddy can be there? I know the idea of dh not being there for our babies birth would be a worry for me ... thinking of you!<br><br>
As for getting ready for the babe ... well, I might clean the house this week, does that count? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I just haven't been feeling too "nesty" lately ... I was around Christmas but now that the New Year is here and I've given myself permission to go baby-crazy, well, I'd rather take nap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Unless you want to count surfing for baby clothes on ebay and looking at knitting patterns that's about all we've done to get ready.<br><br>
I'm a pack rat so we actually have a lot of things from when Jillian was a baby. I don't think we'll be having a shower this time ... whenever people ask me about it I just tell them they can help stock our freezer with lots of good things to eat for after the baby gets here instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Oh, and Miriam, I totally echo Korin - you are going to tell US, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Best Wishes, mamas!
 

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I'm of the camp that true aio's get a bad wrap! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I love true aio's! Right now I use Very Baby, Bum-Ware's and ones I've made on ds#2, and love them. Believe me, I've had tons of washing drama over the last 2 years, but these wash up well (usually do a prewash/rinse, then a hot wash with detergent and sometimes baking soda, then 2 rinses - typically that's all it takes to get them clean; if I forget to mini-shower a poopy diaper, I'll typically run two wash cycles), and dry in 1 1/2 dryer cycles (I've had fitteds that take longer). For the random 1 (actually, it's aways the same one - for some reason on one I made I put way too many internal layers in it) that isn't completely dry, I just lay it open on top of the diapers in their room, and it finishes drying overnight.<br><br>
I actually plan on making a dozen or so true aio's for new babe - I love the idea of a brightly colored bum with a cute tie-dyed advocacy tee!<br><br>
But I felt the need to defend true aio's! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (Oh, and if you are worried about cleaning/smell, definitely get non-hemp true aio's - I love both flannel and birdseye inners with NO microfleece.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You're going to tell US aren't you Miriam? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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I agree- its not like we will blab to everyone what you're having <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> , or maybe we will!<br><br>
I plan on telling you guys what I am having- find out this Thursday- I have a feeling we will not be able to tell.
 

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hey all, i refuse to look through the baby clothes until i know if it is a boy or a girl! no need to try to look for things that MAY work for a girl (we have one boy) if i don't know yet, right?<br><br>
but today, i went and got the crossstitch for the baby--though i can't start until i know what colors i am going to use... and we have two possibilities for birthing centers that i have to call this week.<br><br>
other than that, i am not doing much of anything except eating and sleeping and taking care of ds! he is beginning to get better about falling asleep without having both my arms wrapped around him (i know, poor spoiled child is what they all say...) so i am hopeful that by the time baby gets here we will be able to make room for him/her in the bed. ds is generally all over the place and likes to be tucked underneath my arm so i have been kind of worried as to how i am going to nurse....<br><br>
our u/s is on the 12th, and i have decided i will find out the sex. but we won't be telling the family. we have already told them we probably won't find out so hopefully they won't go too crazy. but i probaby will post it with you guys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
oh, and ds has a nursery. we did it in neutral colors so it would work no matter what the sex is. but we always figured that ds would move into the other bedroom when he was ready.... which probably won't be for a while now...<br><br>
off to give my ds a haircut. good night!
 

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to that i would say, you are lucky! it's funny, if it's not what's your theme?, it's what are your colors? it's also funny because when ds was born, he started sleeping with us because we would lie down to nurse and i would pass out and so would he and bang! we're co-sleeping! i didn't know there was a "term" for it either. or that some people think it is a bad thing. one of the first thing our ex-ped asked us was "does he have his own bed?" to which i answered yes, but thinking, what an ODD question <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> i could go on and on, you just have to stick true to what is in your heart and your gut and know you are doing what is best for YOUR baby!<br><br>
i LOVE that the baby will be born in the summer beacuse allw e need are some tee's and some cute dipes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> and i found all of gabe's newborn lap tees and I think I am going to tie dye a few before the new baby comes. we pretty much have everything else, really want to het a hotsling.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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And as for Mothering, I am so grateful i found it and the forums. That's exactly how i felt when I got my first issue, like, phew! I am not alone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">lol! thank you. there is already so much to think about, its overwhelming! mr. kittyhead says all we have to do is politely listen to the advice, and then do whatever seems right to us. but part of me wants to know what all of these things mean, so that when someone tells me that i "HAVE TO" do something i can explain why "i most certainly do not have to do that!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> this was one of the things I had responded to that was lost with my lost post - I totally agree with your dh and pps - follow your mama instinct. But one additional thing I have learned that has saved my sanity a bit is that I don't have to explain my actions to every person who passes along some inane suggestion NOR do I have to convert them to "my" way of doing things so they can see the benefits. Sometimes I'll confront or engage someone with different philosophies. Sometimes I'll simply state my opinion. And slowly, oh-so-slowly, this big mouth has learned to just bite her tongue and keep her mouth shut. You know, the old smile and nod?<br><br>
If you want to be a happy well-adjusted parent...pick...your...battles... in this regard. You can "do the right thing" by your child without exhausting yourself convincing everyone around you that it's the "right thing" - kwim? And you can politely listen to some brainless yahoo in the check out line telling you about how great CIO is or how horrible co-sleeping is b/c they saw it on some episode of Good Morning America or Oprah or some such crap and just bite your tongue and say nothing. What's the poing of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> and raising your blood pressure, yk? You're not going to have a relationship with this person and the check out line is not going to give you enough time to change sheeple (I mean people) for the most part.<br><br>
Personally, I think some of my hardest parenting battles were here at MDC b/c so many of us are "out of the mainstream" we feel like we have found the answers that just aren't out there in most places and we can really get on our high horses and be just as judgmental as we might perceive that mainstream lady at library story time to be. Does that make sense? I'm not trying to say this is what you're gearing up for kittyhead - not at all. That last line of your post just really struck me. That's so where I used to be at (and still am to some extent <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: ) but that's not always the best place to be. Yes, stand up for what you believe in. But the "smile and nod" has it's place too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">
 

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Happy new year to all of you.<br>
I decided to get the baby stuff down from the attic and realised after sorting through it that I gave 95% away after baby 6 (who is nearly 2).<br>
I have resolved to go and buy white stuff and dye it in bright colours.<br>
Having 6 boys, I refuse to go blue and choose orange and bright green.<br>
I am obsessively knitting and crocheting summer cotton jackets as in Ireland June is mid-summer and all my other babies were born in the winter.<br>
Am also buying toiletries.<br>
Kate
 

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yeah, don't you love people putting in their 2 cents? when i told a friend that i was pregnant, she said, well, have you gotten your son out of your bed yet? um, why do you care where my son sleeps?
 

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kitty head and Leighann,<br><br>
Funny the posts have brought back memories for me. I remember all ready with guns loaded it seemed for anyone giving us grief about what we choose etc. Ezpecially the lady in the checkout lane or "that one mom" in the playgroup or the friend of a friend who said "well it worked for us!!" get my drift?<br>
I remember trying to be polite with a stupid smile on my face and how their info would go in one ear and out the other- or tried to!! Then I was ready to attack!!<br>
But then I realized I hate when people try to give me advice like that when its obvious not something we subscribe to, so we learned-just like I will breastfeed my infant on que and hold onto it maybe for hours someday and maybe years after. There is another mom who will prop her little baby in a carrier/carseat and bundle it up and feed it every 4 hours and get it on a schedule and pick it up when its bottle time. She dosent want my advice about how she could keep a happy baby by nursing and carrying anymore than I want her advice about ferberizing my 2 day old kwim?<br><br>
So kittyhead- like said- I know that you will parent very well and what you learned from your parents will carry over whether there are titles or names or ways of parenting or clubs etc. But I am glad you are rasing these questions now. Congrats on being one step ahead!<br><br>
LeighAnn- loved you post and what was said like a majority of your posts. Keep up the admirable way of doing things! You are a good role model to us other mamas.<br><br>
Hugs to all....
 

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Unfortunately it took me a long while to learn this. But after getting exhausted trying to justify everything to everyone, the ole smile and nod is truley the way to go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> unless i really feel like trying to educate the sheeple who must give their 2 cents.
 

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I found I was more gung-ho with #1 - yk? Which is funny, b/c that's when I knew the least. It's like the more you know, the more you know you don't know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> For me anyway!<br><br>
I envy those of you who have had a more natural, attached childhood. I had some of the basics: was CDed, BFed, my mom stayed home but I also was not gently disciplined, ate crap (one of parent's favorite staples was veg-all - okay people, just b/c it says veg does not mean it's healthy! LOL), didn't co-sleep, etc. How neat to have that be your "normal" rather than what I see as "typical" which is pretty mainstream.<br><br>
I'm kind of looked at (in my family) as the weird one. I don't really mind b/c I'm the only one of my siblings with kids (I think it would be really hard to smile and nod when it comes to family esp. your nieces and nephews). My parents are the kind of people who think that there is only one "correct" way from point A to point B and since "I turned out alright" seem personally offended when I make a choice differently than they did as if I'm saying they were crappy or something. And they see me as very militant and treat me as if I'm always on the defensive even when I'm not. And I'm sure I worry them a lot. I'm homebirthing this time and they are so worried about me. That makes me feel a little bit bad b/c no matter what evidence I provide them not to worry about, they are still going to worry. And I just think what if one of my dd's grows up to be a c-section-on-demand mama - I'd be worried about her and I feel badly for my folks b/c it's kind of like the same thing to them.<br><br>
Anyway... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"> I digress. The really GREAT thing is that I have found a circle of like-minded mamas IRL and that makes all the difference in the world. Not only do I share the natural/attached thing with my best friend, but we are both devout catholics. It's unbelievable the difference that can make in your parenting and just the day-to-day being a mom thing. We lived in the same town, but ironically, I met her thru MDC. And I also have the same thing in an online group that formed out of the spirituality board here at MDC. People look at me like I'm crazy (including dh) but my best friends are a group of about a dozen women from all over the US and Canada who I talk to every day online. All crunchy catholics. Having that support makes it so much easier to do the "smile and nod" when the world gets to me b/c at least I know that (IMO) there are "sane" people out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
That would be my recommendation to the first time mamas - I would guess we have some, right? Get yourself a support circle of other like-minded mamas whether IRL or online b/c IME your childless friends, or your friends or family with children that do things *really* differently, and even your dh just aren't going to cut it when you start having to make and deal with and stick to these decisions every day. I love my dh. I love my family. But there just ain't no one like another mama "on the same page" to get you through the day...
 

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nice post mcimom.<br><br>
unfortunately, i still need to find those friends IRL....
 

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That was our cosleeping experience. Even after DH said no more for the next couple months I would wake on the couch with ds in my arms having slept there all night. Nursing is the best sleep aide a mommy can have. I think I napped away the first few months with ds because I could not stay awake and nurse at the same time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Probably in that really vague way I told the ttc group I was pg. I mean if you guys can figure it out it isn't really telling, is it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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We're leaning towards at least the color scheme right now. I don't know how Pooh it will end up but I think my mom has actually started a quilt in that theme so I might be stuck. I'll definately let you know!<br><br>
I made the mistake of letting dh watch some show about triplets and quints and he is 1) freaked out because the mom gave birth at 30 weeks adn the babes were in NICU and on apnea monitores which went off during the show and 2)obsessed with the idea that we need a crib so that all 3 can nap together and the 2 that aren't in bed with us can sleep together. Does anyone have any idea how hard it is to find a crib big enough for 3 babies? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I found on that is 56x54 online but I need to see it in person because it is so much bigger than others that I'm afraid it is a typo. If so, we might have to make something. Also, has anyone heard about not letting babies sleep together once they start moving? I've read that but I need to find out if it is advice along the lines of "co-sleeping causes SIDS" or true.<br><br>
Onto baby news...A is moving ALOT in the evenings. I'm sure B&C are, too but A likes to do it when I have my evening snack on the sofa with my feet up. The first couple times, I thought it was just some serious gas because it was like a sudden pressure. Then it started going away and coming back throughout the evening. A really seems to like pumpkin muffins and milk! Of course, dh was afraid that he would "bother the babies" if he touched my stomach so he missed it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I hope that when we have our next u/s and he sees the changes he will get less fearful.
 

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I have just announced that I was pg at work. Mind you, some of my (female) co-workers had guessed already! They told me I had "this" glow and that my boobs were bigger so it put them on the way.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
I am showing now, a little bump. The maternity pants are slightly too large but I put a tight top on them and it makes a "belt" to make them stay in place.<br><br>
Re the cloth diapers, I think I'll buy Chinese hand-dye pre-folds from Sunflower Derrieres (advertising on MDC) and some hemp/cotton print nappies from Ella House. I am waiting to find a good shop for the wool covers.... If you guys have some recommendations, please don't hesitate! I may buy mainly in the US anyway.<br><br>
I wanted to let you know about this link too, some nice diaper bags:<br><a href="http://www.kecci.com/cgi-bin/TLSstore.cgi?kvar=shanghai" target="_blank">http://www.kecci.com/cgi-bin/TLSstore.cgi?kvar=shanghai</a><br>
and some gorgeous mei tai:<br><a href="http://meitaibaby.com/" target="_blank">http://meitaibaby.com/</a><br><br>
Love to you all and your bumps for this new year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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