Ash - that must feel good to hear that kind of positive feedback! And getting out for a bike ride must have felt awesome :)
Julie - the interaction between the boys does sound cute. I had a women tell me the other day that she has two boys and I'm in for a "treat" bc they are so much fun. I hope she's right for both of us, lol.
Christine - are you interested in having a second right away? If so, you are braver than I am...if I hadn't gotten pregnant the second cycle, my two would be even farther apart! Do what is right for you tho.
Sandy - daycare here is very expensive so I wanted mine farther apart for that reason as well. It is so expensive here, I'm considering private school if they'll take DS1 early - it's cheaper here. Thanks for sharing the photos.
Cheryl - ohmygoodness, congrats!!!! I totally missed that - I only go to this section on the board. You are going to have to 2 little friends with them so close in age. As I noted above, we couldn't do but I'm glad for folks who can.
Ruby - sorry to hear that your inlaws are being way too opinionated. It is very annoying. I had that problem w/my first...it was "he's hungry" every time he fussed at all. I caved and gave him more and more formula (even tho I was BFing) and majorly ruined my supply. HOld firm - you are the mother and what you say goes! And PS, my mother does diaper duty too...MIL does not.
Maybe I'll be able to keep up starting from the beginning this time :-)
AFM, I feel absolutely fantastic right now. I got up at 6am and went to play hockey for the first time since spring break. I SOOO needed some mommy time and some exercise. I'm 5 weeks pp now and the weight is NOT coming off as well as I'd like. Doesn't help that DH has almost lost 20 lbs in his new job, lol. Evan is a great baby. He rarely cries and when he does it is only bc he's hungry. I had 2 days of fussiness last week...and then the 3rd day he slept all day so it definitely made up for it! Fussiness is okay bc he loves the stroller/moby/bjorn and will settle in any one of these...which means I can still run errands or get chores done. DS1 was having a lot of trouble adjusting to the new baby but he's settling in now. He has become a TV junkie tho - where we really limited it before. I'm not too worried bc he won't be watching while we are on vacation (starting next week) and now that the weather is FINALLY turning (we've had cold, rainy days all june - I am not exaggerating here).
Dee, do you live near me. We had the same weather for June! The rain was great because I would rather have that then fire but the overcast days were driving me crazy! Glad your little men are doing well. I hope you have a great vacation.
Ruby, that would be annoying with the inlaws. I guess I should be greatful ( in
Cassie- Well I know dh doesn't want #2 now and neither do I. But before it was if we have a second and lately esp when we were putting David's clothes away that don't fit save it for the 2nd one. Unless we have a girl of course. So maybe his friend having another changed his mind a bit or maybe he was just overwhelmed by David at first.
My husband took David this morning to daycare. I know it was the right decision. Other than my sitter quitting and wanting more $ we've had attendance issues with her and I've had to take 3 days off because of her not coming, leaving early ect. Yesterday I know this you can't control and I felt bad as her husband was in a motorcycle accident. he was fine. But before that it was the chimney guy was coming so her friend covered that day and then before that a tree fell on their other motorcycle. Her husband works out of town a lot and she has to take care of stuff. but then she would be late numerous times as I got stuck in traffic, I got rear ended or my alarm didn't go off ect...so she would stay late those days. I liked her and she was good with David but these were issues. and honestly I don't think I could give her a good recommendation even though I like her as a freind. I mean maybe she just had bad luck but it seemed time after time. At night/weekends she was always prompt when she watched him. so not sure if we will keep her for nights/weekends. Someone else is not going to put up with this especially if she wants $15.00 an hour. plus she knew when we hired her in March that we were paying her 8.00 and she had a 25 min commute. if she wanted more she shouldn't have taken it. Sorry about my rant but it just makes me mad. well at least no more days off b/c she didn't show up.
Well I am done breastfeeding. I have no supply. I pump and get maybe an ounce lucky if i get 2 in the AM. I pumped today and a little under 2 at 6am and then 1 oz at 9:30. Then I fed David last night at 8pm and he was up again at 11 hungry. So I don't think I'm producing enough. I feel sad but I know it's best for him and he doesn't care what he has. I feeel fortunate that i was able to make it 7 months. Plus when I do feed, I feed for about 10 min and after that I have nothing left. That never happened before. Plus they feel full to the touch but I don't feel engorged or uncomfortable. I haven't had that for awhile now. Plus my son now loves his solids and would rather have a bottle than me anyway.
Well I have a really short week at work. we're leaving tonight for Ohio to see the family and David's grandparents and great grandparents. We'll be there through Sunday. So I only worked 2 days this week. I could get used to this!!! :)
Hope you all have a great rest of the week.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Cheryl - Hope you're feeling well! By the way, how did you end up telling DH and your families? I personally loved having a baby at the end of Feb (Selin was born 2/22). I live in the Midwest and while it was still technically winter, it wasn't bitter cold at that point and spring was just around the corner.
Ella - Selin is still battling the bottle, we've been trying it daily since staying at my parents' house as she gets super upset if I try to give it to her, but she still won't take more than .5-1oz when she is agreeable to taking the bottle. Other times she just flat out refuses. Will Eliza be coming to campus with you when you return to school in the fall? How did you go about introducing her to the bottle? Both of our families are giving me flack for not introducing it sooner. Well we did introduce it at 5 weeks and DH was giving her a bottle just about every weekend but then we got lazy and forgot for a few months so it's like starting from scratch again.
Ruby - I'm so sorry to hear about the in-laws issue but I can totally relate! I have a pretty good relationship with my in-laws but after Selin was born, every thing they say or do gets on my nerves! The worst was when my MIL would come check on me every 5 min. when I was nursing Selin at their house. I finally told DH to say something to her otherwise I might snap. She has gotten a lot better. DH's sister is due with her 1st in Nov. so I can't wait for my MIL to hover over her and leave me alone. LOL My in-laws live 5 min. away from us but my family is 45 min. away. Even though they are not miles and miles away, we can't just drop by my family's house like we can with my in-laws and like you, I've never gotten a thanks from DH or his family for living close to them for 5 years now. I would love to live closer to my family but because of where DH and I currently work, our current location makes much more sense.
Dee - I'm not sure what you meant by "are you interested in having a second right away? If so, you are braver than I am..." but I'll answer your question anyway. Yes, I would love to get PG again soon but I'm guessing we won't start TTC until next spring. DH would like to get a new job (his has been unstable all year) and I have one semester left of grad school and would really like to graduate before we have another baby, although I wouldn't be opposed to being PG while finishing up school).
Cassie - Glad the veggies are going well! Someone on my EC just recommended those mesh things to me. Ella - did you use that with Eliza??
Sandy - I really hope you don't have to give up on BFing just yet. Have you tried Fenugreek? Also, please check out the La Leche League!! www.llli.org
Mari - Yay for solids! Fede is adorable as always.
AFM - I've had quite the week. As I posted earlier, I thought I had an infected spider bite for the last two weeks. Well it was improving but still looked nasty and still oozing so I went back to my MW for a checkup this week (and my annual exam - woohoo!) and now she thinks I might have MRSA!! She took a swab and is going to have it cultured so I should hear the results soon. She put me on a different antibiotic as the first one wasn't going to do the job and it's looking better already. In addition to the infection, in the last week I also got stung by a bee/wasp, got a papercut and got a cold!! Selin also had a runny nose and a little congestion but she is no where as sick as I am/was. Thankfully, we have been staying with my parents for the last week but I'm planning to go home tomorrow because my poor kitty is alone and I feel like Selin and I need to go home for a few days. They have been a godsend though and if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be able to rest and get better.
DH has been calling me daily from the military which is sweet but it hasn't really given me a chance to miss him! I'm hoping when he gets home that we'll finally be able to go out on a date by ourselves (haven't had one yet since Selin was born).
I return to work in just a little over 3 weeks. I'm still trying to network and find a PT job but nothing yet. As of now, we have three different sitters lined up - my parents 2 days/week (and I'll be staying overnight since they live far from us), my MIL 1 day/wk and my next door neighbor's mom 2 days/week. Just thinking about the schedule makes my head spin but hopefully it will be temporary until DH gets a better job and I can quit altogether or I find a PT job closer to home. Say a prayer for me ladies that I'm not a complete wreck that first week back! :-(
Christine - I'm so sorry Selin still is having trouble with the bottle. It is so frustrating, I totally know how you feel. It sounds like you are doing everything right in terms of trying to get her to like it - we did all the same things: having someone else give it to her, trying every different nipple out there, trying when she was both hungry and satiated... and nothing ever seemed to work for us. That ONE time she took 2 ozs from my mom was because she was basically desperate and really hungry, I think (that was when she was about 6 mos old). To give you some hope, my friend had what sounds like the same situation you're in with her son; he wouldn't take a bottle before she was to start back to work, so she had to leave him that first day back without knowing if he'd take the bottle or not. That first day was rough, but he finally just started taking it because he had to!
So, I think there is hope that she will take it when you go back to work, though it might be hard for whomever is caring for her at first...
Also, have you considered trying a sippy or trainer cup and ditching the bottle? We switched to using one when Eliza was about 5 months old or so. It took her a while to get the hang of it (we'd try it with water), but once she did it was soooo much better than a bottle. She now drinks water out of it and when I go back to school she'll drink EBM from it. This is the one we have: http://www.greensproutsbaby.com/gstrainer.html
And to answer your question about the mesh food holders, no we've never used one with Eliza, we just give her the fruit pieces to eat whole, but it seems we're in the minority as I've seen soooo many of my friends use those with their babies and they love them! :)
Oh, and my parents are watching Eliza when I go back to classes in the fall. My dad is retired and my mom works half-time so they are able to help us out with her a lot. I know she's not going to like the change, even though it's her grandparents caring for her... she's SUCH a mama's girl and it's only getting worse! But I know she will be fine. I'm so not looking forward to pumping, though...
Okay, that was a novel - sorry! Good luck with everything, I'm hoping you can find something part time soon!!!
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AFM - Sorry to be MIA. Our landlord lost the house to foreclosure and stopped taking my dad's calls, so my dad went online and found our house up for auction and NO ONE has told us anything!! We had planned on moving out on our own in January, and now my dad says there is no point in getting a place with us again if we are moving out in January, which means that Rob had to turn down a job offer to a place he really likes working at because we have to move to Louisiana. Which has me REALLY upset. The place he is working at has him hired through a temp agency so he still gets to work there, but they won't buy his contract if he is moving and he didn't feel right having them buy his contract if we were going to be moving in a few weeks. I am trying to work out a new rent agreement with my dad that isn't going to involve us living here another year as my husband really misses Louisiana, but allows us to save up so we don't have to move and leave all our belongings here (including our bed and the crib) until we can afford to send for it. If we can live here and they will give him a job we could easily start saving now. It's so frustrating because everything was looking up and then my dad just blew us out of the water telling us unless we live with him and his girlfriend another year, we can't rent with them at all. Originally Rob agreed to finish school here so it's not like we are extending our stay in Oregon, but he got his hopes up to be home by summer, but the numbers just don't make me feel secure. Basically if we moved now the bills would have to go unpaid and we would end up there with no money, no jobs, and completely dependent on his parents. Right now we pay for all our own things, and Jensen's, and the thought of someone else providing for my son makes me feel sick. We struggled a lot, and sometimes went without eating, but we have always, always been the sole providers for our son and I have been so proud of that because of all the obstacles we faced. So if I don't post as often coming up here, that's what's going on.
In other news Jensen was doing awesome and I still update my blog regularly if you want to see pictures and hear how things are going. The link is in my siggy!