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<p>a dreary, overcast morning in these parts.  love these kinds of days (we don't get nearly enough).  when it's gorgeous outside i feel like i need to be out doing things, so on days like this i'm happy to indulge myself and just lie around the house.</p>
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<p>dh is planning to make chili for dinner (yum) and we'll probably build a fire.  borrowed <em>the sound of music</em> from the library yesterday.  so, we'll probably watch that as well.  dd has been practicing <em>doe, a deer</em> and <em>my favorite things</em> for the past couple weeks (her class is singing those, among other, songs for their winter sing performance).  so, i thought we'd watch the movie.  very excited.  i'm a huge fan of musicals and hoping dd will share my fondness for them.</p>
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<p>I'm having a great weekend, though finals start Monday, so I have a lot of work today. We went to the Charles Dickens Christmas Faire yesterday after I got out of class and had an absolute blast. Except for the part where I hadn't realized how much time had passed since I had eaten and I got a little overheated and nearly passed out. My friend who is also expecting the same week as me was there though and she hustled me backstage of one of the areas and got me water and cheese and tangerines, which fixed me right up! I finally found some fingerless gloves that I like and aren't itchy, which was really nice. (my work gets really cold)</p>
<p>The fair is fantastic, it's all indoors and covers a HUGE area, full of shops, games, foods, shows (dancing, singing, excerpts from his books as little playlets) Victoria and her consort roam the streets of Victorian London as do chimney sweeps, father Christmas and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. I am really glad I made us go, cause I didn't make it last year because it's always the same time as finals, but I'm not sure if we'll even be living here next year, so I wanted to make sure we got to go.</p>
 

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<p>My weekend is going well.  I just purchased 6 fuzzi bunz xs diapers new for under 12/each shipped. I've never seen them that cheap! I still have 8 or 9 from 5 years ago that appear to be in good condition.  I debated on going ahead and purchasing smalls but decided to wait.  I checked out our old pack and play and realized that since they no longer sell mattresses, I'll need another.  In the process of seeing if dd's old convertible carseat (about three years old) can be used for a newborn since we already have it. I already ruled out the Britax Roundabout purchased around the sametime but will keep it around incase babe grows into it before it expires.</p>
 

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Oh man it sounds like you all had fun weekends!<br><br><b>Samstress</b> - What a great day it sounds like you're having! I love weather like that too, and chili and Sound of Music.. fun!<br><br><b>Elonwy</b> - The Dickens Faire sounds really, really neat! Glad you got to go and have a good time.<br><br><b>Camprunner</b> - Yeah for diaper shopping! I don't think I need to buy much this time since I bought new prefolds and covers for my last baby, but I'm just excited to get it all out and look at it. It'll be so fun putting soft cloth on a newborn again.<br><br><br>
AFM - I'm 18w4d today and feeling really good. I think others mentioned craving fresh fruit and veggies in the last chat thread, and I am too! After not wanting much of them in the first trimester, it's like I can't get enough now.
 

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It's been 5 years since my last one was born and I'm finding I have a very distorted sense of what I have and what I don't have so I'm having to take an inventory. I was worried about purchasing the seconds (the diapers I ordered this weekend were first quality) because they didn't come with an insert. After sorting out the diapers I have, I have extra inserts from last time that I'd forgotten about! No need for inserts right now so my smalls may just be seconds.  Something similar happened with my maternity clothes. I thought I'd need jeans and dresses. It turns out I need a few long sleeved shirts and maybe a pair of jeans.  Oh and I like prefolds too but dh was very excited to get more FB because he apparently really liked them last time.</p>
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<div><strong>Samstress</strong> - I love The Sound of Music.  It's so fun to hear little ones sing isn't it!</div>
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<div><strong>Elonwy</strong> - What an experience you got to have.  That's something that would truly fascinate me!  Glad you found good gloves, too.  I need to find some fingerless ones - I know how hard it can be to find the perfect pair.</div>
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<div><strong>Camprunner</strong> - It's fun to catalog what baby things you have, what you need, and what bargains you can find as you prepare for a little one!! Enjoy the carseat puzzles and shopping for your babe ;)</div>
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<div><strong>ibusymomto5</strong> - So glad to hear you're feeling good and craving the good fresh stuff!  So nourishing to the little ones and good to be done with the first trimester blahs ;)</div>
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<div>Me - I'm just getting caught up on DDC happenings after being mostly MIA for a few weeks.  The week before Thanksgiving we (finally) finalized my DH's step-parent adoption of our oldest three children.  That was a super joyous day for all of us.  Then we packed up and went south to visit family for a couple of weeks.  Now we're home, and settling back in.  My DD, our oldest, has just celebrated her 9th birthday and I can't believe how time is flying!!  Now we have two weeks of homeschooling before a couple of weeks holiday for Christmas and I am really looking forward to that... and finding out if our new baby is a boy or girl!</div>
 

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<p>This weekend was awesome.  We put up all of our Christmas decorations - inside and out.  It's like a Christmas wonderland, and I love it!!!  We've started getting Christmas cards from friends and family, and it's fun to put those up. </p>
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<p>I am really considering cloth diapering for this baby.  I wanted to do it with DD, but DH was not on-board at all and wouldn't go along with the initial purchase.  This time, he's interested, so I'm trying to figure things out.  I am super lucky that there's a brick-and-mortar store in this area that offers a Cloth 101 class once a month.  I just wish they'd post the day and time already!  I was looking at the BumGenius diapers.  Ok?  I really have no idea where to start.  I'm sure it's one of those things where after I figure it out, I'll just kick myself for making it harder than it had to be! <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
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<p>Not that it's terribly important, but my alma mater - Virginia Tech - won the ACC Championship game!  Nothing like Christmas decorations, a Christmas party, and a great football game to make your weekend! <span><img alt="wink1.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>Oh, and....</p>
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<p>We have a name!!! <span><img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>We actually flipped a coin, because it came down to 2 names that we really liked.  Both DH and I went back and forth all weekend, and we just couldn't choose!  So, we got out a quarter</span> and made the decision. <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>samstress, sounds like a nice day and chili sounds really good to me.  I should teach hubby to make it.  ;)</p>
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<p>elonwy, the dickens fair sounds really fun.  Im glad you got to go and have a good time.  That whole hunger thing does sneak up on you. </p>
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<p>It's funny that you guys are talkiing about cloth diapers.  I finished most of hubby's christmas sleep pants and part of DDs christmas night gown.. but when I was making the sleep pants with the yummy OBV I just couldnt resist making some diapers.  I love making diapers.  Ive got a babyshower to go to in a couple weeks so I wanted to make a couple for my friend and I had a bunch already cut out and pinned.. the serger and snap press were out, so I just made a a bunch.  Diapers always make me so happy and so in disbelief that such an itty bitty baby will be here!  I couldnt resist making just one purple, pink and cherry one for a friend of mine that is due in March to try to amp up her budding cloth diaper addiction.  These diapers cost less then 4 bucks a piece in supplies, so if you are thinking of cloth diapering and like to sew you can make quite a stash. These are fatty cakes.. But I also like the not so flat wrap.  I found those at the end of my cloth diapering with DD and am looking forward to making some for the new baby.  I had a bunch of beads I was going through for ornaments and decided to make them both nursing necklaces too.</p>
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<p>So, that's what Ive been up to this weekend.</p>
 

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Oh man, chili sounds so good but tomatoes are still bugging me! :(</p>
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<p>good morning/afternoon all!</p>
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<p>a dreary, overcast morning in these parts.  love these kinds of days (we don't get nearly enough).  when it's gorgeous outside i feel like i need to be out doing things, so on days like this i'm happy to indulge myself and just lie around the house.</p>
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<p>dh is planning to make chili for dinner (yum) and we'll probably build a fire.  borrowed <em>the sound of music</em> from the library yesterday.  so, we'll probably watch that as well.  dd has been practicing <em>doe, a deer</em> and <em>my favorite things</em> for the past couple weeks (her class is singing those, among other, songs for their winter sing performance).  so, i thought we'd watch the movie.  very excited.  i'm a huge fan of musicals and hoping dd will share my fondness for them.</p>
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<b>Kmb9906</b> - Sounds like you had a great weekend too! Cloth diapering is so easy and satisfying, and it saves a ton of money over the long haul. All the options can be pretty overwhelming when you're first learning about it. I'd totally go to the Cloth 101 class! That would be so nice if you could see different types in person before buying.<br><br><b>MamaChef</b> - You are one talented lady! Those diapers look awesome and so cute! Your friends are lucky!!<br><br>
Today is our 3rd dd's 13th birthday. We're taking the day off school, and a little later we'll take her shopping and out to eat, then come home and have cake. I'm sitting here trying to decide if I want to brave the cold for my run or just hop on the treadmill. I ran outside yesterday, and it was COLD.<img alt="cold.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/cold.gif"> It's even colder today but sunny with no wind, so it may feel not so bad. Ahh... I'm ready for spring, and it's not even technically winter yet!
 

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<p>wow Mamachef that stuff is beautiful.</p>
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<p>We also made chili yesterday... paying for it today.  My tummy hurts.</p>
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<p>I stayed up to watch the Steelers win and am regretting it today - can hardly hold my eyes open.</p>
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<p>Dreading my weigh in this week.  I hurt my foot and so exercise has been a bit spotty the last week.  I know it's just a number and it's some of my issues rearing up... but still.  However it will be after my big sonogram so I will have bigger more wonderful things to think about such as the sex of the baby!!!</p>
 

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<p>sounds like everyone had a fun weekend :) ours was relatively quiet, which is nice because our weeks are so extremely crazy busy all the time...i volunteered this weekend for the homeless partners christmas wish list and had a blast, met a lot of amazing men. we interview the homeless in shelters about what they want for christmas and then write their story and up to 4 gifts that they'd like. the community buys them and drops them off for christmas. it's an amazing ministry and is currently operating out of 10 cities. ours is kelowna. you can check it out here: <a href="http://www.homelesspartners.com" target="_blank">www.homelesspartners.com</a> but i don't think that the stories are up quite yet.</p>
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<p>haye is sick again...stupid friggin kindergarten! ugh. any ideas on some concoction i could give him daily that would keep him from getting sick every week? i'm so over the weekly cold/flu that he brings home. luckily my husband and i have avoided most of it but i feel so bad for haye...he's spent the last couple nights sleeping in our la-z-boy in the living room. :( he looks a bit better today, he was pretty sick looking yesterday. </p>
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<p>this month is so insane for me. i don't think i'm going to be around much...i can't believe it's already the 6th. yikes...i have 2 final essays due for my social work classes that i haven't even started yet 0_o. one is 4 pages and one is 10...so that's not so bad, i thought they were both 10 and i was freaking out. i'm hoping to get the 4 pager done over the next 2 days and then work on the big one. ugh. on top of that, i have a huge final project due in english, we have to make chap-books and include all our work from the term in them. i haven't done the majority of the assignments though (my prof knows and doesn't care and honestly i'd pass if i photocopied my notes telling myself what assignments to do and stapled them together - i know because he told me to do that! lol) and i'd really like to put together an exceptional piece of work, so we'll see. it's due thursday after a week long class-wide extension so i'll try and get my butt in gear. i have great high hopes of working on it at night but then i am so exhausted i just pass right out. </p>
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<p>on top of this, we don't buy christmas gifts, we make them so i'm stressing about that. i did cave and had a FREE calendar made over at vistaprint.com (and it looks beautiful from what i can tell!) of all my very good quality photos i took of haye and my nephew matty for my mom for christmas. it cost 10 bucks shipping and was supposed to be shipped on the 15th but it shipped yesterday! i'm pretty happy about that. i still need to make her some pj's though. so now i'm down to 6 customized gifts..we'll see. i have no motivation! lol</p>
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<p>and we are MOVING next month, we got into a co-op that we were soooo excited to get into. i didn't sleep for a few days leading up to the interview! haha. but hands down we got into it. lots of people i've talked to don't know what a co-op is so here's some info on ours: we are getting a 3 bedroom townhouse that is beautiful with a fenced yard for about $730 a month CAD plus utilities. on top of that we qualify for subsidy (shoot, i should fill out those forms) so we should be getting it for an even lower rate which is amazing. there are 58 units at this co-op and they all have kids!!! we know some of the families that live in it and they are all very happy about it. there is a basketball court, dog park, and tennis court, and lots of communal gardens etc. we can continue to compost and add it to the gardens! my husband was so happy about this :p co-ops are based on democracy so everyone votes on things like 1) who is on the board 2) what kind of committees to pass 3) the cost of rent etc...the kids in the co-op recently voted on what kind of playground they wanted and it was just built in october with a grant! so anyways, we are really stoked on moving (it is just down the street too and they will let us start moving in sometime after the 15th!) but it's just a crazy month. i spend all my spare time packing! haha. and on that note, i should feed haye breakfast and try and finish packing up the last 6 boxes we have before we pick derek up.</p>
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<p>We had a pretty good weekend. We walked our Xmas tree home 25 blocks because we don't have a car and Taxis really do not want to put trees on their roofs. :)</p>
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<p>Then we had two family portrait shoots in Golden Gate Park on Saturday. We had planned for another shoot on Sunday, but it got rained out. I'm looking forward to when I'm doing Mom and photography only because the full time job during the week, and then shooting all weekend, editing all evenings is getting a little tiresome.</p>
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<p>This week I'm going to a press event for work, so that should be fun. I'm still not feeling any movement 17 weeks as of Thursday, so I'm a little bummed out about that. But this is my first and I have no clue where my placenta is, so I'm just trying to not think about it.</p>
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<p>My husband started a nightly ritual with the cat and my belly that is pretty cute. He sticks his phone in my pants band or whatnot so that the baby can feel the vibrations and does a hand belly dance while the cat sits on my legs looking unimpressed. :)</p>
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<p>Thanks, Ladies.  Im glad to be able to make things for them instead of buying them.  Im totally not as dedicated as rylee :)  But I like putting my energy into my friends and family.</p>
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<p><strong>annaconda,</strong> it sucks that your foot is still hurt.  I did some barefoot running on the treadmill last week and ended up with huge blisters on the bottom of my feet.  I had to lance them.  Ugh.. but man it helped so much.  I hate it when you hurt a toe because it seems like that takes FOREVER to heal.</p>
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<p><strong>rylee</strong>, Source Naturals makes a homeopathic wellness formula and a tincture one.  I give both of them to DD and feel like it helps.  I also make sure to give her D3 every day and during cold and flu season we take Sambucal.  I think though, those first couple years at school are just tough, but then they have great immune systems.. or so I hear. :)  Your month sounds super busy.  I hope you can find some gift projects that arent super time consuming.  I did the handmade christmas last year except for extra stuff from the store for DD and DH and it about drove me loopy.  I think if I didnt do the cookie packages it would have been a little better, but still.  It was craziness.  Im trying to make a felt ornament this year for everyone instead since they come together pretty quickly and we have tried to buy local gifts predominantly.. or Ive done alot of etsy buying this year. </p>
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<p><strong>reelgeek</strong>, I love the pictures.  My favorite ones are when the weather isnt perfect and you have to improvise, and embrace it.  That little girl's face in the one pic is precious and I love the look on the Dad's face in the red building pic!  Great job!  I love your hubby's little ritual baby belly dance :)</p>
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<p>Happy birthing day!  13!  What a big year.  Sounds like a perfect day for a 13 year old DD.  How cool that you take them out of school and make the day about them.  My mom used to make my favorite meal and it was always chicken parm. </p>
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<p>I focused most of my stash on once they got past 6 months old.  They just potty soooo much when they are little I loved prefolds, a snappi and a wool or fleece cover.  Little Lions has really cheap unbleached prefolds.  We used the infant ones and just folded them down instead of buying newborn.  We also really liked the Thirsties covers, but I kinda got addicted to cloth and didnt want to use PUL after I started using wool.  I dont knit, but I love wool.  This is actually a great time of year to go to goodwill and get cute sweaters to turn into covers.  I made alot of those, then I found hyena cart and saw people were making wool interlock covers.  I got on a yahoo coop for the fabric and had a blast dying it with koolaid and making my own soakers.  Soakers are sooo much easier to sew then diaper covers cause there is no elastin.  I was lucky though, I didnt have a super explosive pooper.. if I did, wool woulda been a pain.  DD was born in Jan so we used the wool as clothes too.  Im so excited that my new washing machine is a front loader and has a wool cycle!  That sounds awesome.</p>
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<p>Im glad to be completely done with the shopping portion of Christmas presents and this morning Im trying to plan out my cookies.  I've got 3 local familes and 8 friends and family all over the US to send them out to.  Everyone keeps having more kids and so those cute little tins I used to send out are a tease now.  LOL.  For the last few years Ive done gluten free and regular but I just dont have the energy to go completely all out this year so Im trying to keep the different types of cookies under 10.  For the gluten eaters Ill do Italian christmas cookies, brownie biscotti, hawaiian wedding cookies, cherry chocolate chunk and pignolis.  For the GF folks Im doing pignolis, sun butter chocolate chunk, sugar cutout cookies and soft ginger spice cookies.  If any of you gf folks have tried and true recipes Id love them.  I havent made the sugar cut outs or ginger spice ones before and was going to do a trial run of those these week.  My nephew is GF/Soy free/dairy free, so that complicates things a bit.  I have a bunch of gum drops and sprinkles and stuff from the gingerbread houses and for the sugar cookies, so I was going to make him some gumdrop pops too.  <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/goodthings/gumdrop-pops" target="_blank">http://www.marthastewart.com/goodthings/gumdrop-pops</a></p>
<p>And a few mushroom ones for DH keeping with the theme.  I have to make hubby some jam thumbprints, but I dont think Im going to make enough to send out too.  Maybe in a couple packages so we dont eat them all.  Im so glad we arent traveling this holiday or hosting dinner so I can get all of this done!</p>
 

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<p><strong>elonwy</strong> - the faire sounds like fun (the nearly passing out does not).</p>
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<p><strong>camprunner</strong> - that reminds me, i really need to take inventory of my diaper cover stash.  i've forgotten what i have.  seems like dd has been out of diapers for so long (but she's only 3 1/2).  gave a bunch of baby stuff to a friend when she had her son last year (clothes, diaper covers, car seat...).  i should probably get that stuff back.</p>
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<p><strong>Skrimpy</strong> - congrats on the adoption.  how wonderful! </p>
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<p>yes, i love listening to little ones sing as well.  i could listen to dd sing all day long.  it's one of the sweetest sounds.  we've been out in public on several occasions while dd is singing and people have stopped me and said how much they love it.  i love that.  waiting for the day someone stops me and tells me to "shut that kid up!"</p>
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<p><strong>kmb9906</strong> - your christmas wonderland sounds lovely.  i love christmas decorations, but can't be bothered to do much myself (besides a tree).  we like to walk around the neighborhood and admire what everyone else has done.  not even sure if we'll bother with the tree this year.  we'll be with in-laws for five days and then at my sister's house for five days.</p>
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<p>as for cloth diapering...it's not nearly as difficult as it seems.  i remember researching cd before i had dd and getting totally overwhelmed with all the choices and information out there.  we ended up just using prefolds and covers the entire time (from birth until she learned to use the potty at two).  will probably do the same this time around.</p>
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<p><strong>MamaChef</strong> - i think in nearly all your posts you talk about (or show photos of) something you've made, cooked, crafted, etc.  i'm so envious.  how do you do it?  LOVE the diapers!</p>
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<p><strong>ryleeee</strong> - wow, sounds like you've got a lot going on.  hopefully you find some relief soon.</p>
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<p><strong>reelgeek</strong> - love the portraits.  also love that you walked your tree home.  we did that last year (probably only about a mile).  the tree was quite heavy and it was just really awkward holding it, so early in our walk home, dh and i decided it would make more sense to run (anything to get home quicker).  so, we're running down this alley, carrying a tree, with our 2 1/2 year-old dd running behind us.  we just had to laugh.  it must have been a funny sight.  i wish we had a photo of that. </p>
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<p>the chili was delicious and <em>the sound of music</em> was fun, but man, that movie is long.  we only made it halfway through.  dd didn't have much interest in the story, but stopped dead in her tracks every time a song came on (she was especially tickled when she recognized one of the songs from class).  dh had never seen it.  he enjoyed it (so far). </p>
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<p><strong>quick question</strong>:  what's an acceptable amount of time to wait before sending a gift to friends with a newborn?  here's the thing...i'm knitting a blanket for some friends who are about to become parents any day now (due date is the 9th).  anyway, there's no way i'm going to be done in time.  i'm probably only about 1/4 finished and it's just been really slow going.  i thought about forgetting the whole thing (keeping the blanket for our little one) and just buying them something.  but i really don't want to do that.  i would love to give them the blanket, but not sure how long it would be ok to wait before sending it.  i'm going to try to finish it as quickly as i can, but i just don't know when that will be.  </p>
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<p>Glad everyone is doing well and had great weekends! </p>
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<p>Mine was really busy, my DD's 3rd birthday was on Saturday and all our family couldn't come on Sunday and all friends couldn't come on Saturday...so we ended up doing two parties, one on each day! It was fun, but very busy!</p>
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<p>I am 16 weeks today and feeling a lot of little bumps in there. I was thinking it still could be gas, but I had my appt. today and my midwife could not find the heartbeat anywhere and I kept feeling little bumps down low on my left and I said to try there, and that is right where LO was! I was grateful for the confirmation that it is movement that I have been feeling! </p>
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<p>Heartbeat was 140 and s/he kept kicking and squirming the whole appt. :D </p>
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<p>This pregnancy seems to be flying by for me, I can't believe i am 16 weeks already! Only 4 more weeks and it is half over :(</p>
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<p>We still have no names we like for a boy, and I have a strong feeling it is a boy, so who knows what the name will be! lol</p>
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<p>Also grateful to be a part of this community! Thanks for listening :)</p>
 

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<p>mamachef - i LOVE your diapers!  i wish i knew how to sew... i'm always thinking about buying a sewing machine but i know it would probably sit around unused.</p>
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<p>ryleee - i'm impressed that you make all your christmas presents!  really, i wish i was more crafty!  and i second the source naturals wellness formula!  the pills are stinky and you have to take a lot of them once you're coming down with something but that stuff is amazing!  they sell a wellness fizz as well that dd sometimes loves but usually once she's sick she refuses everything.  but you could give it a shot with your son.</p>
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<p>samstress - i won a copy of the sound of music a few weeks ago and i was shocked that dd sat through almost the entire thing!  she LOVED the music!  </p>
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<p>kmb9906 - it is overwhelming when first shopping for diapers.  i started by buying some used and some on sale.  it worked really well having a selection because different diapers fit dd better as she grew.  </p>
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<p>realgeek - great pictures!  and walking 25 blocks with a christmas tree would be great exercise!  </p>
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<p>AFM... i'm 15w 3d today and still no movement but we heard the heartbeat today so i know it's coming!  i learned that the hospital that i'm using this time around doesn't even offer epidurals!  good news for me since i don't want one but i feel like that's pretty unheard of these days.  oh, and we scheduled our big US today but they don't do it until i'm actually 20 weeks so it's not until jan 11th!  such a long time to wait!!!  i'm really getting excited to find out what we're having.  i keep feeling like it's a girl...</p>
 

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<p><strong>samstress,</strong> this has just been a run of it.  I do alot of cooking but Im usually not crafting stuff except for the holiday season.  Im really lucky that my DH works from home so he gives me an hour break at lunch every day and often stops early.. so I have alot of support there.  For a couple months I had a nanny coming  for 3 hours one afternoon a week and a date night.  We had to find a new one, but she starts next week, so that definitely helps too.  DD does alot of arts and crafts with me, so while I sew she'll paint or color.  She loves to cook too, so it is a good activity we do together.  It isnt until this year that Ive really been able to resume any of this stuff and enjoy it.   So, dont be fooled.  This last month is not the norm, it's the ramp up to the holiday season.  I hibernated the rest of the year ;)  During the summer we dont do anything but sail and beach ourselves by the water.  Normally I focus all my energy on cooking and maybe do a craft every week or two, if that.. I really need some type of tangible creative outlet. </p>
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<p>Right now, DD is watching 1-2 hours of television a day, so there is another break to get things done and Trader Joes is my buddy.  Im only cooking 3 times a week and making double meals when I can and then filling the other days in with easy stuff, like hubby will make pasta, marinara and broccoli.. or we heat up a side from TJs and I bake some chicken and tofu.  When I can stay organized I can get things done.. I put alot of time into putting recipes into my cooking software so I can build quick shopping lists and keep the pantry stocked.. I only do a shopping trip every 2 weeks normally.  I dont pack our life out with activites.  DD does 2 classes a week at the Y, we go to church.. we entertain once a month, maybe twice.. we go to a playdate a week.. but then we are just kind of introverts the rest of the time.  Growing up my family was always going going going, so I make a real big effort to be home as much as possible.  When you are home alot you get bored and end up working on arts and crafts or constructing elaborate gingerbread houses ;)  Plus, I only have one kid.. and she is almost 3.  The first 2 years looked nothing like this and I think Im a little scared that after this baby comes it's going to be that way again, so Id really like to try and make this Christmas a really good one.  Im likely not going to be sending cookies out next year, I'll be thrilled if I can make us night clothes and buy all the other gifts.</p>
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<p>oh, and I think you can send a baby gift anytime before they grow out of it :)  I once sent a gift so late it ended up being a first birthday present.  I had to get creative and add a wider binding to the blanket because I'd cut it out before the baby arrived intending it to be a newborn quilt.</p>
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<p><strong>PAGreenMama,</strong> Thanks.  Congrats on hearing the little bean's heartbeat!  I hope you feel some movement soon.  I hadnt sewn more then a set of curtains before I got pregnant with DD.  I tried to sew a robe from a pattern once, but it's still half finished in a bin somewhere.  The sleeves totally threw me and I never finished it.  I'd really recommend getting a decent sewing machine if you do get one.  I started with a cheapy and it was so frustrating to sew anything that most of the time Id just end up swearing or in tears.  I just got a good machine this last year its a singer confidence and I got it on sale for 169.00 - worth every penny.  The cheap janome I bought was 80 and it brought me so much head ache.  I will say, if you are going to do diaper sewing, depending on how you sew your elastic its good to have a cheap machine because it will can off your feed dogs.  Ive seen alot of machines on craigslist after the holidays when everyone upgrades.  I do love the new machine tho because it has some fancy stitches and Im looking forward to making an onbuhimo and embellishing it.  Ive been stalking thebabywearer for months and those things are more precious then gold because nobody ever sells them.  Im sure if you bought one you'd find all kinds of things to sew.. it's the time that's a problem.</p>
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<p><strong>ceriserenee,</strong> yay for baby bumps and thumps and YAY for confirmation.  We have a boys name but are having a heck of a time with the middle name for our girls, name.. Elliana.  I just cannot find anything I *love*.</p>
 

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<p>It's late so I'm going to make this quick and come back to reply to others tomorrow sometime.</p>
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<p>Had an appointment with my midwife today. I'm about 15 weeks. We heard the heartbeat with the doppler for the first time today. It was about 145-150. She couldn't get him/her to stay still long enough to get a good reading but said that sick babies don't move that much.  Fundal height was good and I'm pretty sure we are moving my due date a week late (to where I thought it should be from the beginning) based on ultrasound.</p>
 
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