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Hi, Mamas -<br><br>
It's not June anymore - it's almost INDEPENDENCE day and since our toddlers are trying to become independent as their developmental task, I thought I'd call our thread after it.<br><br>
I survived my last day at that job, and I'm enjoying a day "off" today. Then we're off to the beach (same beach house I've been to every year of my life but one) for the 4th of July weekend. I'm excited to go - I can't wait to see what my kids think of the ocean this time!<br><br>
What are your holiday plans if any? (Do we have any Canadians or other non-US mamas on here anymore?)<br><br>
Have a great week no matter what!
 

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Hi, everyone. I usually lurk on these threads, as I was a not-too-active member of the DDC, but I figured I'd chime in! We're doing really well, Patrick is a ridiculous ball of energy, and growing so fast, though he's still "small" at 33 inches and 23 lbs.<br><br>
We're just taking it easy for the holiday weekend, and enjoying some family time. I'm looking forward to a long weekend with DH!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
DS is a walkin maniac. He's currently roaming around the living room with his stuffed ape velcroed around his neck. He loves that ape! We're planning on taking him to some Fireworks on Friday night after a bbq with Grandma, and maybe DH and I will go to the movies beforehand and let him have some grandma time.<br><br>
Right now his favorite thing is playing in the dog food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We're trying to teach him how to scoop the food into her bowl to feed her. His vocabulary is growing, too! so far he says:<br><br>
Daisy (the dog's name)<br>
Uh-oh<br>
Woowoowoo (for the police car noise)<br>
Mmmm (when it's time to eat)<br>
More (for a drink)<br>
Da-doo (thank you)<br>
Mama<br>
Ball (this is the universal word. Everything is a ball.)<br>
Dada<br><br>
It's amazing to me how much he picks up and remembers. They are growing up so fast and wonderfully, aren't they?! I just wish he'd cuddle more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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So what is everyone doing for the 4th? We don't usually have big/major plans but I just got an ice cream maker and decided that could be our new tradition - making homemade ice cream. It's part of my effort to feed my family "treats" without buying the stuff in stores with all the bad ingredients. So I'm really excited about our "new" tradition.<br><br>
Joseph loves to sit on the counter while I make stuff in the kitchen and watch. I will sometimes give him stuff to put in the mixing bowl. It doesn't always go that well but it's better than him messing up some other part of the house!<br><br>
BTW... what's the potty training scene like for you and your LO? No major signs of readiness here. I wish there was...!! I am sometimes tempted to let him go bare bottom around the house but when I let him go like that, he eventually comes around asking for his diaper to be put on. We'll see but I think it will be awhile if I let him decide when he's ready.
 

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...It's amazing to me how much he picks up and remembers. They are growing up so fast and wonderfully, aren't they?! I just wish he'd cuddle more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I have a July '07 DD (as well as my May '06 girl), so I know what you mean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
We just had our 17th <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: (there, I got to use that one!) wedding anniversary Sunday. DH was great & watched the girls for 5 straight hours while I got to work on building my "urban chicken residence" (a 10 x 12 pen behind FIL's tool shed). I love building stuff, & haven't gotten to do it for a long time (like, since before Annie was born <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> ), so I was having a ball, sawing, drilling, & hammering away <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> He also made a spaghetti dinner <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Earlier that day, Annie was messing around in her little wading pool, & wanted us to come in with her, so when DH put on some boxers & dabbled his feet in, I put on a suit & Beth & I sat in the pool w/Annie - the 1st time Beth's been OK with water!<br><br>
So it was all a fun family day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
No major interest in being out of diapers yet, here; and BTW, suggestions for eco friendly ways of getting crayon off walls? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No major interest in being out of diapers yet, here; and BTW, suggestions for eco friendly ways of getting crayon off walls? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Coming out of lurkdom to suggest Citr-Solv... but be careful on wallpaper though since Citra-Solv is also great for getting glue off things and getting gum out of hair (ask me how I know that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">).<br><br>
And I have to use this smiley, it's so darn cute. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Hey mamas! Sorry I have been scarce here lately, we have a lot going on at home, so I don't get a lot of time to jump on here. We have been trying to reorganize the house and get ready for our homebirth! We just added a twin bed to our king to give us all more room. We also found someone getting rid of a 30-year old wooden hot tub that needs some work, but it is just what we have been looking for. There is just so much to do! Ack!<br><br>
Hi to all the new mamas!!<br><br>
We are about 85% on the way to getting rid of diapers here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">: DD pretty much has a diaper for nighttime only, and it is usually dry in the am (but she doesn't always want to pee in the toilet first thing in the morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ).<br><br>
We are also pretty much nap-free too. DD has been dropping her last nap since 18 months, and gave it up totally by about a month ago. *sigh* However, the bright side is that she sleeps about 12 hours at night! I miss my down time during the day, but it gives DH and me a little time at night to hang out together.<br><br>
Oops, the native is getting restless. Gotta run!! I'll try to be better about dropping in more often.
 

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We just got back from Texas and had a great time. It's really good to leave our little bubble here in Maine and see how the rest of the country lives. We are pretty removed from American culture and media in our daily lives, and it's always a shock to watch CNN, see people drive big SUVs, and eat fast food. After tasting Houston tap water, I understand why so many people buy bottled water--it tasted so strongly of chlorine! Phoebe traveled wonderfully and had so much fun. The stress of traveling is easy to overlook when you are with such a fun 2-year-old.<br><br>
Potty learning is going well, but slow. We brought the potty with us to Texas so we could keep the poop and pee first thing in the morning routine. She also usually pees right before bed and will often pee and/or poop right after a nap. She got a kick out of using the potty while sitting in front of the big hotel window that looked over San Antonio. I think in the next few weeks we'll make more of an effort to get her to use the potty frequently throughout the day.<br><br>
I'm glad Phoebe still naps pretty regularly! If she was dropping naps during the school year, dh would have freaked. Next fall when I'm back at school, she'll probably go to preschool a couple days a week, so dh will be able to work while I'm teaching. This year he worked while I was home or while Phoebe was napping! I don't think we'll be able to count on the nap anymore.<br><br>
Shahbazin, are you getting new chickens for your coop or is it for chickens you already have? Is this for a laying flock? What kinds of chickens? Our 50 meat birds will arrive Monday or Tuesday, so we need to evict the 3 bigger chicks that are in the chick house, but who aren't quite ready for the hen house. Of those 3, 2 are males, so we'll be eating them anyway.<br><br>
Cekimon, I was away when you introduced yourself in the last thread... so welcome! We're glad to have someone new!<br><br>
Nanners, it's nice to see you here too! I think I remember you from the DDC.<br><br>
I need to kill the last annoying mosquitoes here in Phoebe's room. I've already killed about 8 just sitting here nursing her. That's one thing I LOVED about Texas--I didn't see a single mosquito! Already Phoebe and I are covered in new bites just from today. I HATE mosquitoes.
 

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Hi mamas- just a super quick pop in to subscribe. Welcome to the new mamas & hope you're all doing well. We're definitely hoping that July proves a less traumatic month than June!<br><br>
Happy 4th!
 

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Busybusymama, thanks for the cleaner recommendation - I'll look for some of that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Shahbazin, are you getting new chickens for your coop or is it for chickens you already have? Is this for a laying flock? What kinds of chickens? Our 50 meat birds will arrive Monday or Tuesday, so we need to evict the 3 bigger chicks that are in the chick house, but who aren't quite ready for the hen house. Of those 3, 2 are males, so we'll be eating them anyway....</div>
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I wish I had that kind of space still! I sold the last of my regular flock right after Beth was born, almost a year ago; we're still living in town w/the in-laws since we got burned out, so this will be a very small (like, 4 pullets) laying flock, so as to not bother the neighbors. The friends I sold my old flock to (who I'm buying these from) also breed a variety of chickens, so I'm getting an Australorp, a Salmon Favorelle x Ameraucana or two, a barred bantam Cochin, & maybe a Mille Fleur bantam (depends on the gender of the extra chick).
 

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Hey mamas. I've been so busy w/summer vacation, camping, swimming, family visiting that I lost track of you all. Just subbing for now. Be back soon for personals.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/blowkiss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Blowkiss">:
 

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Speaking of vacation.... my mom lives in South Lake Tahoe and we uesd to go rafting on truckee river when I was a kid. I thought it would be a lot of fun for DH to take joseph to do this over the summer. not sure if he's old enough though... what do you think? He loves the outdoors and water. Of course he'd have to wear a life jacket!! anyone already done this with their LO this age?
 

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Cekimon, I've never been river rafting, so I don't know how this compares, but we started taking Phoebe out in our 2-person kayak last summer. She sits behind me between dh's knees with her life vest on. She loves it!<br><br>
Shahbazin, that's great. I'm happy for you that you are getting chickens again. I love raising our own eggs! Today the big project is dealing with a broody hen without getting attacked by her!<br><br>
Max, I guess you have a good excuse for not being around as much--Camping, swimming, and family are definitely priorities! Speaking of swimming, read <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=11623461#post11623461" target="_blank">this story</a>.
 

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Amy, I just read your swimming/leach thread - I have a serious case of the leach phobia now!!!! What a bummer. It sounds like it could be an amazing place to swim. I hope you can find a way to swim leach free!!!!
 

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OMG Amy! Leeches! I probably shouldn't have read that before bed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Quick question- how many May babes are still nursing? I've been holding out with DD hoping that she'd self wean but she's as determined as ever *not* to wean and it's starting to make me a little batty. I finally feel like my supply is drying up enough that she has to suck so hard that it's uncomfortable for me to nurse.<br><br>
For those of you that have weaned your babes, what do you do?
 

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Good morning, friends!<br><br>
We had a fabulous time at the beach. The kids LOVED playing in the sand (the water was REALLY cold) and DH and I got to have some fun, too.<br><br>
I'm a little worried b/c DS1 has a lingering cough from his last cold and had a fever the night we got back from the beach. We are in the middle of switching health ins. which makes taking him to the Dr. a bit tricky. The fever has gone, now, though - so maybe his body is taking care of the problem itself. LO is fine, although his sleep schedule is way out of wack - he woke (me) up at 5:30, and is now conked out on my lap (it's 8:30 where I am).<br><br>
Let's see . . .<br><br>
LO is still nursing strong, although definitely he will not nurse as much if life is very exciting/I'm working. I feel like my supply is kind of low - he'll nurse me dry and then tell me to "dwink mo water, mom". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Chickens are fun . . . but strictly verbotten by our HOA. Several nearby family members have some, though, so we get to visit!<br><br>
I hate mosquitos, too. LO and I are very very attractive to them for some reason - he has so many bites on his legs that people regularly ask us if he has chicken pox (to which I reply that I wish he did and if they know anyone who does to let us know!). I don't use DEET and even with less toxic bug spray, he and I both will still get some bites. DH & DS1 appear to be basically immune and/or totally unappealing to mosquitos, though - go figure.
 

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Mia, I was wondering who was still nursing too. Phoebe is right now! She nurses before bed, 1-3 times through the night, first thing in the morning, and 2-4 times through the day. We are both still quite happy with this arrangement, and I'm in no hurry for it to change.<br><br>
MamaBeakley, I've given up trying to prevent mosquito bites. The bites themselves don't seem to bother Phoebe, even though she is covered in them, and DH has never been much of an attraction to them. I get eaten alive and use a lot of Afterbite Kids cream! Phoebe and all her friends are so covered in bites it looks like they have some disease. I was just thinking today about how there are probably people who see them and assume that before realizing they're just bug bites!<br><br>
I took Phoebe to a toddler music class this morning and she was so timid! She didn't want to play the piano or leave my lap. But later she sang the songs once we came home. We also did an impromptu strawberry picking session with some of the people at the class afterwards. There's this beautiful organic farm near there that I never knew about. We had such a nice time, and the berries are delicious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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omg- leeches... that totally creeps me out! Makes me think of the African Queen (I need to watch it again sometime).<br><br>
Audrey is still nursing... 2-3x a day. She'll come up to me, press close and pat my breast while saying "na-nas!". I'm actually surprised she's hung on this long because for awhile she seemed like she might be getting ready to wean. Dd1 weaned at 20 months (I was pg again, and dry) and ds weaned at 32 months (pg again, dry) so I'm curious to see if she goes longer since I don't intend to be pg again.<br><br>
She's definitely growing up! She was mad last night when my mom took dd1 and ds home for a sleepover (ds is 5 and it was his first night away from us, dd1 started sleeping over with my parents at 2 and loved it... funny how each kid is different). Anyway, she cried when my mom brought her siblings home and didn't take her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It gave my mom a thrill anyway. LOL I'm not so sure she'd do well sleeping away from dh and I just yet... she does just fine when I'm called to a birth at night but she has dh there.<br><br>
So anyway, my comment above about not being pregnant again... it's official as it can be without one of us having something done (which neither of us is willing to do) that we are done. I am at peace with this, whereas 2 years ago I still really wanted another. I started praying a year or so ago that either I would be at peace with being done, or that dh would soften towards having one more. It's fun seeing some of our May mamas having more babies though!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Hey Mamas! I'm rarely around MDC anymore but i do always lurk in on this thread when I do make it on here..<br><br>
Its so good to hear everyone is doing so well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br><br>
Lucas is still nursing 3-4 times a day and has been fully using the potty since around April/May (it was his idea and i just went along with it and it worked)<br><br>
I babysit a 11 month old during the days now so there isn't much free time around here! I took DS to see fireworks on the 4th and he lovvved it!<br><br>
I'll try to come back later and do personals but if not I hope all of you have a great summer! I know its going to be so much fun with our big 2 year olds! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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