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I didn't see a June thread and since it's really June 1st (how did this happen!!???
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Rynna....do you have the official birthday list?

Wow.

What are your thoughts/feelings about the big 0-1 birthday?

How are you marking the day?

And just for fun....

Describe the first year of your baby's life using smilies!! :LOL

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What are your thoughts/feelings about the big 0-1 birthday?
On one hand I'm a little sad. Lily is our last baby and this year has gone by so quickly. On the other hand I LOVE watching her grow and learn everyday!

How are you marking the day?
We are planning a family party for her first birthday and her sister's 6th birthday the weekend before. On the actual day we'll take her to get her pictures done and have a cake w/ dinner.

And just for fun....

Describe the first year of your baby's life using smilies!!
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What are your thoughts/feelings about the big 0-1 birthday?
I'm excited and a little sad, I would so do that last year over again as hard as it was, but on the other hand, if that year was so much fun, what will the next years bring? It's all so precious. There were a lot of times this last year I didn't think I was going to make it, but I feel like I've been honed by the year. I can't believe I have this fabulous little person in my life now, and every day is a new adventure.

How are you marking the day?
I have a convention in New York that I decided I should go to. It's an annual convention, last year I went hugely pregnant, and it's always going to be around her birthday. So she'll always get to go somewhere new! One set of grandparents is going to fly in for the weekend and my best friend from Jr High on may take the train in to meet up with us, and my best friend from college lives there, so we may all try to hook up. It's going to be a whole weekend celebration, tons of people to wish her a happy birthday, but no "party" per se. I think on her birthday itself we are going to try to go to the zoo.

Describe the first year of your baby's life using smilies!!
(not quite accurate, as I didn't have a hospital waterbirth, but I did spend some labor in the water, and I did have a hospital birth)

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Hmmmm, my thoughts & feelings... I can't believe it's been a year already... I still get giddy sometimes over her being a
girl!
which surprises me, because I was so convinced she was a boy, and I secretly wanted another boy when I was pregnant (I wanted Roland to be a girl... I got it backwards
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Caitlins birthday is the 14th. We'll probably do a quiet family thing on the day. We're inviting Caitlins Aunties & Uncles, Grandparents, and Great-Grandparents over on the 19th for sandwiches & cake at noon.

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She stood unassisted last night for the first time for about 3 seconds... she didn't fall down, she just grabbed back onto the cupboards!!!

WWYD? Kevin went to the doctor yesterday & asked about vasectomies. We've got a bit of a moral dilemma on our hands... (warning TMI) his choices are: have a short waiting period for an appointment, and have the no-scalpel surgery (they do a puncture with a big needle instead of cutting) by the doctor who *aggresively* advertizes that he does 'pain free' circumsicions, and pay about $150. (he does the majority of them in this area, as hospitals have gotten to the point where they refuse to do them) OR get on a 3 - 4 month waiting list, and have the scalpel surgery with an ethical doctor for free (covered by medical). I've told Kevin I'd rather he wait, but of course it's up to him. He *really* likes the idea of no scalpel, but he's a bit concerned about letting *his* foreskin anywhere near a guy whos renound for hacking them off even though he knows that wouldn't happen to him! I suggested that if he goes to that doctor, he should wear an advocacy T, or pay in cash with anti-circ comments written on it...
 

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Teresa, I'd probably try to insist that he wait. Pain-free circs? Yeah, whatever. But, it is indeed your dh's body, so he gets to make the ultimate choice.

The first year....I feel very bittersweet about it. This is my last baby, so I'm a little sad about that. However, watching my little man grow and develop a personality is the coolest! Plus, life actually seems like it's getting a little easier now that he's getting older. I'm sure that comes and goes though. Last week everything seemed so difficult that I thought I wouldn't make it!

For birthdays, we usually do just small, family celebrations. We'll celebrate the weekend before when my parents are here. I may make a cake. On his actual birthday, we'll do something fun together.

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WWYD? Kevin went to the doctor yesterday & asked about vasectomies. We've got a bit of a moral dilemma on our hands... (warning TMI) his choices are: have a short waiting period for an appointment, and have the no-scalpel surgery (they do a puncture with a big needle instead of cutting) by the doctor who *aggresively* advertizes that he does 'pain free' circumsicions, and pay about $150. (he does the majority of them in this area, as hospitals have gotten to the point where they refuse to do them) OR get on a 3 - 4 month waiting list, and have the scalpel surgery with an ethical doctor for free (covered by medical). I've told Kevin I'd rather he wait, but of course it's up to him. He *really* likes the idea of no scalpel, but he's a bit concerned about letting *his* foreskin anywhere near a guy whos renound for hacking them off even though he knows that wouldn't happen to him! I suggested that if he goes to that doctor, he should wear an advocacy T, or pay in cash with anti-circ comments written on it...
i think i'd try to get my dh to wait. but i know part of me would kind of want to go meet the other doctor with the hope that i could talk some sense into him.
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lessee if I can finish a post before being called to the bedroom by squealy baby!!

What are your thoughts/feelings about the big 0-1 birthday?
- I actually realized that I keep forgetting that Kieran is having a birthday, too. Ben's is on Sunday and he's so vocal about it but Kieran's is making less of a splash. I've been thinking back to where I was this time last year, and I'm sure I'll be focusing more on him once Sunday is over

How are you marking the day?
- We're having a big party next week to celebrate our new house and all our June Birthdays: Ben's 5th, Kieran's 1st and my 34th (on the 19th). We're excited, but there is so much to do to make the yard usable it's really overwhelming me right now. As for Kieran's actual birthday, I don't know if we'll do much of anything special.

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there aren't really enough smilies to describe the year I've had... I'm quite happy to be moving onto a new year
 

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i guess i should answer my own questions....i got too carried away with the smilies before!! :LOL

What are your thoughts/feelings about the big 0-1 birthday?

very excited! dh and i have both been in 'pinch me' mode lately...as in...is she real....are we really the parents of this beautiful little girl.
we're feeling like every day is better then the previous....she's giving us hugs and kisses, saying mama and dada (she can't quite say papa yet)...and is just so much fun to be around.

as she is our first...she is kind of our ticket into the "family world," which we both wanted to be a part of for so long. dh has been planning activities to do with her on saturdays while i'm working and is so excited to take her to various festivals, farmer's markets, story hour and other children's events.

i haven't felt much saddness about her moving out of babyhood. probably because she is our first and, god-willing, we will have more babies.


How are you marking the day?

her b-day is on father's day so we're going to have a cookout at our house for both occasions. i will try to keep it as low-key as i can but she is the first grandchild (and first great-grandchild) on my side of the family and i know everyone is just going to be SOOOO excited about celebrating her first birthday. even only inviting family we'll have 30+ people here (hope we have good weather...i don't think i can fit that many people in our house!!
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Sorry I'm late, ladies! Here it is, the Birthday List!

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Queen of Cups: Killian Jameson born 25 May
Smithie: James Kenneth born 30 May
Greaseball: Andrea Zoe born 2 June
prmom: Gavin born 3 June
seedling: Flora Mae born 4 June
wildthing: Landen Drayke born 5 June
LizD: Rowan John born 8 June
rubelin: Kieran born 9 June
Mummoth: Caitlin Heather born 14 June
3girlsmommy: Lillian Eliose born 15 June
Doodlebugsmom: Julian Baker born 16 June
dharmama: Lilia Hope born 19 June
amyforet: Abby born 21 June
eilonwy: BooBah born 24 June
Foobar: Moo born 24 June
Mattjulie: Rowan Atticus born 26 June
bandana: Banyan born 29 June

I think I got everyone who's participating in this thread regularly. If I missed you, or you'd like to change something, please drop me a PM.
 

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thought i would drop in to wish all the june babes & mamas happy birth-day.

both my babes are doing well. kassi and i have been on a huge journey this year, through her health problems and mine. now we are all moving across the country in a physical journey- wish us well!

i remember last year, expecting kassi, wondering how her homebirth would change me, how tandem nursing would- and here we are, the first year gone- so magical.

love, tabitha
 

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Well, we're moved. Not unpacked, but moved.
Things are going very well! It's amazing, we've only moved two blocks but we're in an entirely different neighborhood-- a very sociable one. Half a dozen neighbors have made it a point to say hi, and tell me that they've seen "your adorable little boy" peeking out of the window.
This is right up BeanBean's alley, he loves to run up to people and start chatting. :LOL

At any rate:

What are your thoughts/feelings about the big 0-1 birthday?

Very mixed-- BooBah is probably not our last baby, but we're not planning to get pregnant for a couple years so part of me wants to hang on to her baby days for dear life. On the other hand, it's just so freaking cool to watch kids grow and develop! I want to bawl to see my little girl acting so much like a toddler, but I can't help being excited by every new thing she does.

It feels like it's been a lifetime since she was born, and it feels like it all happened last week. As a family, we can't remember what life was like without BooBah, but it seems like only last week I was pregnant with BeanBean. It's nuts.


How are you marking the day?

Because BooBah's birthday is on a Friday, we'll probably head down to the ILs early and she'll have attention lavished upon her by MIL, FIL and SIL. We'll have a small, family party for her on Saturday, and (
:, keynahara, knock wood) all will be calm, pleasant and sociable, yeilding many great pictures and a happy, contented BooBah.


And just for fun....

Describe the first year of your baby's life using smilies!! :LOL


A project after my own heart! :LOL But I have to start with TTC.


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Yep, today is Andrea's birthday!
We're just going to keep it simple and stay home. I'm baking a carrot cake. For presents, I'm just giving her some gnomes I knitted.

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My thoughts: she still looks like a little baby to me! Recent photo:
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She's been walking well for about 2 months now, but is nowhere near talking. And she's got 6 teeth now.

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A project after my own heart! :LOL But I have to start with TTC.

sure...sure...you just want to use more smilies!! :LOL

hi tabitha! i remember you! nice to see you again.

: Andrea!!!
 

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We actually slept reasonably well last night, and I decided to let everyone sleep late this morning. Then I went to the dentist and dd watched ds, who was also reasonably ok while I was gone, though she called several times.

This was the first time I had been to the dentist (except for an emergency last year) in SEVENTEEN YEARS
: since I got my braces off and said that's it, I'm out. My teeth are in shockingly good condition all things considered. The hygenist looked like she'd cry when I told her the truth though. Getting them cleaned was SO PAINFUL I promised I would be back every six months and assured them I've learned my lesson. No root canals needed, just a few fillings, and I suppose now I'm almost 32 I'd better start flossing.
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My dentist is so gentle and kind I want to go to him every week! I am going to need braces again though.
And he very gently and kindly told me that while he wouldn't know til we see the orthodontist I might want to start thinking about jaw surgery for my bite problems.
I wish I didn't have to go through this but I also don't want to go through the last years of my youth with my chin off to one side, as it has been for a few years. Also the constant discomfort and weird jaw tensions would make it worth the effort.

Sorry for the OT dental rant. I am here busily ruining the cleaning with a cup of coffee.

We had a birthday cake for Rowan and me and my brother-in-law in NYC before we left, but Rowan didn't have any and there weren't presents or anything. My SIL had given him his present when we got there and my MIL is shipping a radio flyer ride-on fire engine here. I don't know what we'll do, possibly a little family thing next Weds and maybe something the Sunday after with friends? I don't want a big influx of presents, I got him enough stuff as it is. I ordered a radio flyer walker wagon and I got a wooden lawnmower toy on ebay for $2.
And while in NYC I got a fabulous lift-the-flap type book and since he doesn't care it's his birthday I won't worry about much else.

I heard the "new thing" in yuppie sections of brooklyn is to have birthday parties for kids with "no presents" from friends, etc. Donations to charity at most. Most of the yuplings are perfectly fine with it and I always thought that sounded like a great idea. Once again something people said I was crazy or weird to think of becomes quite fashionable once the Park Slope Stroller Brigade comes up with it.
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I got grief for my peg perego as not being a good city stroller and that's why everyone has maclarens.
People somehow think they "work" better on city streets. Other than the peg perego being wider I think I like a big stroller better, and my monstrosity of a baby is so large and destructive I don't see an umbrella stroller holding up well. And once out of Park Slope I saw nothing but peg peregos and bugaboo frogs. People (including our inlaws) seem to forget I did in fact have a baby in NYC and I had a nice big aprica stroller and managed those bad bad streets just fine.


Carrot cake sounds yummy and I haven't had any in ages so I plan to make one of those.

Happy Birthday to all these babies! My dd doesn't want him to turn into a little boy, she says.

He seems really happy to be home. It's interesting. He's even napping all alone in his crib, knock wood.
 

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Happy Birthday Andrea!!!

We're leaving for camping a day early!! TOMORROW!!! I'm running around like crazy trying to get everything done. Caitlin is enforcing lots of mini-breaks for me... she's being a kind-hearted Supervisor In Charge of Exhaustion Mamagement today (she's got a real Dr.Jekyl/Mr.Hyde thing going on with that...)

Roland is taking a nap... maybe Caitlin & I should go lay down... I think we will.
 

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My Gavin was missed on the birthday list. His birthday is tommorrow, June 3. I guess I haven't been participating much, I still read up a lot and subscribe each month, but I haven't felt very connected...with anyone lately for that matter (at mdc and irl). Gavin already celebrated part with dh's side of the family on Sun. and we will celebrate with my side of the family tommorrow. We are/did cookouts for his birthday. He loves to be outdoors and loves baked beans (which go with cookouts) so it works well for all of us.

I am answering the q's backwards I guess, but I am sad about Gavin turning 1 b/c it's my last baby...but it's exciting to see him grow and become such an individual. He is doing so much lately (talking, taking small steps, signing and in general just being cute).

Here is my attempt to explain Gavin's 1st yr. using smilies
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