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Ayelet's (tanismom) Lodge!!!

Welcome to your lodge!!! Sorry it's a bit late.

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Welcome to your lodge! Excited to follow your journey with this newest addition Smile

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holycow!! I can't believe I'm 36 weeks, what a crazy pregnancy this hasbeen! Not so much the pregnancy itself, thank Gd, that's been prettynormal, but just everything else that's been going on in my lifethese past 9 months... But somehow I'm here in my last month ofgrowing this little person, and I'm finally starting to slowly feellike I have time to connect with the birth and the fact that we aregoing to have 5 kids very soon!

Thisis my 4th lodge... how crazy is that? I learned so much from thisboard over the past 7 years! (DD is 6.5, I joined when I was pg withher) cloth diapers, home birth, so much about what's important tobirthing women which has helped me on my doula journey... so eventhough I haven't known all of you for the past 7 years, I feel likethis board has been a really wonderful resource and source of supportand love. Thanks!! (I'm feeling so sentimental!!)

Soa brief intro and rundown of where I'm at: I met my DH at a friend'swedding in 2001, exactly a year after my grandfather passed away.About 3 months later, after finally allowing myself to believe thatsomeone as sweet and good and stable as Yoram would be interested insomeone like me (not that I was a "bad girl" just I'd dateda lot of real bums until then... my sense of self-worth was prettymuch nill.) so anyway, that was when Yoram asked me out and I saidyes and 9 months later we got married Smile Our 11th anniversary isnext week on the 24th!

WhenI got pregnant with DS1, I knew I wanted to have a natural birth, b/cit just seemed natural! Why interfere with natures plan? We took aBradley birthing course and didn't really think too much about mydr's tolerance of my wacky birthing choices or that the hospital shedelivers at has a 40% c/s rate... I did have him without pain meds orpitocin - but I didn't avoid much else, AROM, CFM, absolutely no roomto move around, purple pushing for 2 hours, episiotomy, immediatecord clamping, yadda yadda.... and then after handing me my baby fora whopping 10 minutes, he was whisked off to the nursery (DH in tow,thank Gd!) and I didn't see him again for hours. It took every ounceof strength I had to fight the dr's constant push for pitocinand "my" epidural. After that I felt like if I want anatural birth in NJ, I'm going to have to put in a bit moreeffort!

Sowhen I found out I was pregnant again, a little over 2 years later, Ifound a midwifery practice that had come highly recommended. Theysaid that they attend births at a birthing center in a hospital, butwhen I went to tour the hospital at around 31 weeks, I found thatalthough the birth ward was set up to support natural birth, therewas no separate birth center. Aside from feeling disillusioned, I wasalso much less keen on the fact that the hospital was 45 minutes upthe Garden State Parkway (meaning that except at 2am, the drive couldbe up to 3 hours!). So at 34 weeks, we changed course completely and DD was born at home in water with a fantastic MW and thesupport of my incredibly open-minded DH and my doula. Not to mentionDS, who was almost 3 at the time! He moaned with me and rubbed myback and was generally adorable to the extent that I remember!

Then,when DD was almost 2 and I was 10 weeks pregnant again, we picked uplike a pack of lunatics and moved from NJ to Israel without knowingexactly where in the country we wanted to actually live! We spent ourfirst 5 months in an apartment provided by the ministry ofabsorption, which was basically a hole in the wall. By the time wefound a house to rent in an absolutely beautiful rural town in theNorth of the country (15 minutes from the Sea of Galilee) I was 33weeks pregnant and having irregular bouts of premature labor. I'm notgoing to get into the whole story of Yitzchak's birth, but the shortstory is that I hired a MW who was recommended to me, even though Ididn't fully trust her and moreso I felt that she didn't really trustherself. She practices without a license, which didn't bother me b/cshe's been a midwife for 30 years, but she agreed to attend my birthdespite being 30 minutes from the closest hospital and then proceededto tell me for the rest of my pregnancy how dangerous it was and howany little thing could end up "placing me out" of having ahome birth... but I went with it. In the end she decided we needed totransfer when I was 9cm and pushy for absolutely no reason, (she saidthere was swelling around the baby's head. Every MW I've asked sincehas not had a clue what she meant) So I ended up trying to push inthe back of a bumpy ambulance for 30 minutes until they finallystopped outside the ER, where I finally was able to focus my energyand push him out, which no help from anyone. I caught him myself, andthen was subjected to staying in the hospital until the next morningb/c the dr on call refused to sign a release form even thougheverything was fine with me and the baby. I had no shoes or socks, nocell phone charger... DH was with me but they tried to kick him outat some point b/c they don't have private rooms. I told them theycould kiss my ***!!

Anyway...somewhat unexpectedly (although seemingly right on schedule for me!)I was pregnant again about 2 years later. Our lease was up on thehouse we were renting, and I was feeling very traumatized aboutgiving birth again... I prayed every day that I would have a healingbirth experience and that I would find the right birth attendants andchoose the right place to birth. It wasn't easy, but I did find awonderful midwife team and had a truly healing home water birth. Itwas my longest birth, and the most intense. And the experience reallyforced me to face the fears and trauma of my previous birth andaccept them and also to move beyond them to a new experience.

Sohere I am again, my LO is not even 2. We just moved again, to adifferent town, I've hired a different midwife, (the team from lasttime isn't doing home births anymore... grrr!!) and I definitely feellike there are a lot of unknowns again this time. For example, will Imanage to clear out the boxes from the living room in time for me tobirth in there?? (it's the only room big enough for the pool!)

Butat the same time I feel very good here. The community is reallysweet, neighbors have been coming over to help unpack and bringcookies! The house has a really good vibe. I need to clean the moldout of the kitchen cabinets... and the a/c is virtually useless inthe middle of the day... but aside from that its great! The kids havealready made a bunch of friends, I've been able to connect with someof the women I already knew and I've made a few new friends as well!DH is loving it here as well. So all in all, I think we're in a goodplace.

NowI just have to keep this baby cooking a few more weeks and not overdoit!!

Soif you skimmed most of this, I totally don't blame you!!

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Wow, you have had a lot of different birth experiences. I hope this one is everything you hope for.

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I've seen you around here for years, but it's really nice to get to know you a bit better! I hope this is one of your best birth stories yet. I think knowledge is almost everything, and you certainly have that on your side! Glad you're feeling positive about your environment, even though it's so new...can't wait to watch this story unfold! Smile

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:wavehello: Welcome to your lodge! I am so excited to get to follow you through another lodge!

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so tonight starts the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av. It's known as the saddest day of the year - many of the most devastating tragedies in Jewish history happened on this day, which supports a really cool concept in Jewish philosophy that we exist in a spiral, from the creation of the world going towards some unknown redemption. I can't really express much more about how cool that is b/c my brain is in placenta mode! But I'm sure some of you ladies who are not currently having your brain cells commandeered for reproductive efforts can think about it more deeply!

So its a day of fasting that starts the night before, and it's a day of mourning and of praying for the future... obviously I'm not fasting! But DH is and all the kids will be home tomorrow so that's going to be a bundle of fun. We've already kicked off the day with DS2 having diarrhea all over the bathroom floor! I'm just hoping that we have an uneventful 24 hours ahead of us where the children are cooperative, and DH and I get to take it a little easy - since unpacking isn't really so appropriate for the mood of the day.

Today I unpacked 6 kitchen boxes!!! Soooo exciting! I have my dishes out and more of my pots and pans and baking stuff. I still have a long way to go since my kitchen is tiny with very little cabinets. I am going to need one more shelving unit/cabinet and a pantry of some sort. I had to put a bunch of things back into boxes b/c there just isn't anywhere to unpack them to. I am also frustrated at not having any bathroom/linen storage. theres a small medicine cabinet above the sink in the bathroom and that's it. I'm going to need to get some sort of closet or something for linens and toiletries. All that stuff is currently piled in the guest room/office. My brother and SIL and their 2 adorable kiddies are coming to spend a few days with us at the beginning of August, so I really need to get all that cleaned out sooner rather than later.

But I definitely have to pace myself better than I did today. I am so sore and crampy and uncomfortable now! But at least I have a more functional kitchen!

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My house is pretty small without much storage either, so I hear that! They make some pretty slim cabinets for bathrooms that could probably help you out in that area, at least. Maybe baskets under the sink? I have a little wall mounted shelf over my toilet where I keep my makeup and the toilet paper and stuff like that since we have no counter or room for a wall-mounted roll, even. :roll:

Interesting about the 9th of Av. I've learned a lot about Judaism in the last 1.5 years since DD started attending a daycare/preschool at a temple, but that one is new to me Smile Hope it's more mellow from here!

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you're such a busy lady!!! I can't imagine being 36+ weeks pregnant and unpacking all day. I hope you get to take it easy today!

will your Brother and SIL be helpful when they visit if baby arrives before then?

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Lol! we didn't do any unpacking today, but I did do some strategic thinking about what we still need and how to move forward.
I cooked a full meal in my kitchen today for the "break fast"!! I made miso soup, rice, lasagna, and corn bread - yay! I know it's a lot of different tastes and cultures but I had to work with the ingredients on hand - I am sooo overdue for a major grocery trip!

One of the things I'm still getting used to about living at the far end of nowhere is having to drive nearly an hour to the big discount supermarket and stock up on groceries! I grew up in Brooklyn, NY!! I could get any grocery item I wanted 24 hours a day! Including Kosher stuff!! in the local grocery store, I can pretty much count on milk and some overpriced dry goods, but I can't even count on them stocking eggs or fresh bread!

will your Brother and SIL be helpful when they visit if baby arrives before then?

yes they totally will! One thing I really am grateful for is awesome helpful family on both sides! My parents are coming in two days after I'm due (hopefully I'll already be pp!!) and they will help with the older kids at least, they're travelling half way across the world, so i don't expect them to do much else. Although I think they would enjoy taking DH out to a home store to get some nice little things to touch up the house.
plus my dad is a baby whisperer! I know he'll happily take the LO for a few hours at night while they're here. And then after they leave my IL's will probably come up for at least a week and they are awesome! they'll cook, clean, take the kids out, help with whatever repairs, unpacking we still need to do, etc... and both parents will probably offer to take us on a grocery stocking trip, all expense paid! the only problem is I don't have enough pantry space to store extra stuff!!

My BH tightening feeling have been getting a little more uncomfortable and harder to work through the past couple of days... and my tolerance levels are way down. I'm having trouble dealing with my big kids. But my rescue remedy and motherwort tincture are keeping things at bay... tomorrow they go back to day camp and we're going to the pool in the afternoon, so I hope that will help me calm down as well!

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Wow, that's quite a breakfast, haha! I can't imagine how much of an adjustment it would be to have to drive that far for groceries...I guess you'll get really good at planning!

Hope you're able to relax a bit over the next few days, and yay about all the impending help!

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sounds wonderful about all the help! I wish I had that kind of support system!!!!

crazy about the groceries! Glad the older ones go to camp tomorrow. that should make life a bit less hectic! Is the camp and pool local to where you live or is that a drive like the groceries?

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"tink9702" wrote:

sounds wonderful about all the help! I wish I had that kind of support system!!!!

crazy about the groceries! Glad the older ones go to camp tomorrow. that should make life a bit less hectic! Is the camp and pool local to where you live or is that a drive like the groceries?

There's a good supermarket in the town we just moved from which is just a half hour drive. And that's where the pool is too. (there is actually a closer pool, but it didn't make sense for us to get a membership there this summer for a bunch of reasons - anyway, going to my old pool means I am guaranteed to still see my friends this summer!)

Camp is right in the village, my 9 yr old and 6 yr old go by themselves by bike! the 4 yr old is still getting the hang of his bike, but when he does, they can all go together (that's where the pre-school and bus stop for the big kids is too, which means by the time school starts, they can go themselves!!! That is a huge massive whopping plus and one of the main reasons we moved here!!

As far as groceries, even in Katzrin, with 2 supermarkets, we used to do a bi-monthly trip to the discount place and stock up... kind of like I used to do at costco, but this is nothing like costco! not in size or price! maybe the new capitalist members of the gov't will actually bring prices down like they've been promising... here's hoping!!

In other news, my neighbor, who is a nurse at the local well-baby clinic just told me that a few kids have presented with pertussis. she's encouraging me to get vaccinated to protect my baby... she said there was a study that showed that babies who's mom's got vaxed had antibodies for the first few months when the infection can be most dangerous. I'm considering it b/c everyone is so all over each other here that exposure is pretty much a sure thing, but at the same time I've seen some info saying that the vaccine given here won't protect against the strain that is infecting kids here and that most of the kids who get pertussis every year in Israel are fully vaxed. It also happens to be that I would have to travel to Tiberius (where the discount market is, incidentally!) to get the shot b/c it can only be given in a health dept office, not in the local clinics. So unless I really have to, I don't want to do that drive in my 9th month in a car with a faulty transmission and no a/c!!!

The annoying thing is not having access to good information. Everything is so skewed on both sides of the debate. I really don't know what to do aside from pump my family up on immune building things like elder syrup and ecchinacea...

on the funny side, this neighbor, who was not impressed when she heard I was planning a HB, was super happy to hear that I do selectively vax and that my kids are up to date on pertussis and polio which are both having a little recurrence here just now!

Ok, off to pick up my kiddos from daycamp and then get them all ready for the pool!!

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"tanismom" wrote:

The annoying thing is not having access to good information. Everything is so skewed on both sides of the debate. I really don't know what to do aside from pump my family up on immune building things like elder syrup and echinacea...

THIS. SO MUCH THIS.

Glad you do have closer options for food (I drive about 20 minutes to my grocery store voluntarily...there are multiple stores within 5 minutes but I am devoted to Trader Joe's!) and get to see your friends at the pool this summer! That's definitely got to make moving easier to take Smile The idea of kids being able to run off to school by themselves sounds awesome. There's an elementary school right behind us, and the thought of being able to just chuck Addy over the back fence is pretty appealing, but we're pretty sure we don't want to send her to that particular school, unfortunately.

Hope you're still feeling pretty good, and settling in okay!

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The pool was awesome! Had a really interesting multicultural experience there. My friends and I are more comfortable in modest clothes, so we go to the pool in the really cool swim dresses that really look like dresses! and we're not swimming, just getting in the water with our kids, so it's not like the extra bulk is at all annoying (if I were going to actually swim alone, I'd wear a bathing suit!) We also keep our heads covered usually with a cotton scarf or bandana, even at the pool. Anyway, so the two of us are sitting at the baby pool with our kids and 5 muslim women in full black dress come with their LO's, they are wearing white cotton veils to cover their hair and necks, but not their faces. Totally adorable kiddos! and everyone's playing in the pool. One of the women asks us in Hebrew about our dresses, b/c they are fully wet in the pool and clearly less comfortable than we are, so we tell them that it's actually bathing suit material. And they are fascinated! They're like, well we're wearing lycra, but it gets so heavy!
Our dresses wouldn't suit them anyway b/c they don't go down to the floor, just cover the knees and elbows. But they're loving the idea. And we're all laughing and having a good time.
So then a bunch of big kids come and start playing in the pool, and it's always a question when that happens, tell them to get out right away or wait to see if they're going to cause trouble for the little kids... I decided to wait.
Then an Israeli woman comes over with her little girl, and they're both wearing bikinis. And we're all playing and this kids are all having a blast together and I'm thinking about how I relate to all these women. On the one hand, the Israeli woman who is Jewish like me, she's speaking to her kid in Hebrew and it's all so familiar, and she's totally secular and non-observant and that's cool. And then the Muslim women who are gaggling to each other and their kids in Arabic, which is so unfamiliar, although the interactions are exactly what I experience every day. And although I don't know anything about their religious observance, the fact that they're at the pool on a boiling hot day in full dress is something I'm relating to on a religious level.

Ok, so then the fun starts. The big kids get really wild and they're running and jumping into the pool and they knock down one of the little Arab girls and the Israeli mother sees and first screams to the Arab moms to notice the kid and they pick her up and she's fine, and then she screams at the boys that it's so dangerous, and they look at her b/c they're pre-teens and they don't care. So then I get involved (the militant pool mama!) and I tell them in clear Hebrew that they are not allowed to be here, this pool is for babies and they need to get out now or I'm going to get the manager. It takes them a few seconds, but they leave. And all the moms look at me gratefully.... and then we all go back to our peaceful fun at the pool.

And there you have it. The Peace Process at the Pool! I know it was totally OT, but I felt I had to share. Smile

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that was fascinating! thanks for sharing the pool story!

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I love that story.

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my super organized, practical friend came to visit this afternoon with her 4 kids. We had an awesome time! The kids were off playing most of the time, and she and I re-organized and almost completely finished unpacking my kitchen! It looks and feels sooo good!!! My stand mixer is out, my pantry is totally unpacked, and the boxes that remain have jars and containers so I can better arrange the pantry stuff. I'm so excited! I feel so productive! sadly, we also discovered that the bowl of my food processor broke in transit... I'm going to try to find out if I can get a new bowl. The other casualty was a nice big glass salad bowl that we got as a wedding gift... not too bad though all in all! And I sent her home with a box of stuff to give to a woman in our community who escaped from domestic abuse. I'm really bad at purging, so it helps me when I know I am giving it to someone who can really use it!

Anyway, she's coming back next week to help me go through the 5 massive toy boxes that are now sitting outside my back door!!

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Loved the pool story. There are longer fully-covered swim options available, one of my Muslim friends here in the U.S. has one by HydroChic. It's two pieces, a long-sleeved top and long pants, but she says that it's very lightweight, she swims with her kids in it.

Glad to hear your kitchen is getting organized. Want to come help with mine? I've been here 10+ years and am still not quite feeling like my kitchen is settled, lol!

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I really enjoyed the pool story too! TFS

WTG on getting your kitchen unpacked and organized. That's always a great feeling when it's done. Smile

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I worked a little too hard on Friday. After I lit candles to bring in Shabbat, I had a really scare with the contractions... I had been feeling a lot of pressure all day and then as the day was winding down, I started having a few intense contractions. So I had DH bring me a large cup of water and a glass of wine. I drank a lot of water and some more wine, and things calmed down back to normal, thank Gd!! How silly would it be to put myself into labor at 36+4 and have to go to the hospital for no good reason??? So I've been taking it a lot more easy yesterday and today, and I've been fine.
Tomorrow I have an appt at the clinic. I have to have some record of being seen in my last trimester in order for me to be able to register the baby after the birth... blah blah blah bureaucracy blah blah... but the good news is, DH is taking the morning off to come with me (good bureaucracy is that he is entitled to time off for my maternity appts!!) and it's our anniversary! So you know we'll have a romantic morning having an u/s and going grocery shopping! :shrug:

My organizing friend came back today and we got through all the toy boxes!! The end is in sight!! Now I'm switching my focus to the birth area which is our living/dining room. Hopefully some of the neighborhood teens will be coming tomorrow to help me with that.

Going to go help bathe the kids and get them ready for bed...

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Glad you got it under control! I know it's hard to take it easy in the middle of a big transition, but I hope you can manage it enough to keep that baby baking just a little longer Smile Yay for the good parts of bureaucracy!

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You always have some great stories. I'm glad you didn't put yourself in labor. And it's awesome you have help to unpack and organize. I wish I had a friend like that.

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"2sonsplus1" wrote:

You always have some great stories. I'm glad you didn't put yourself in labor. And it's awesome you have help to unpack and organize. I wish I had a friend like that.

ITA with this! Let others do the heavy work; you just do the supervising & instruction-giving! Better to be a bit unorganized & unpacked for a while longer, than have a baby too soon.

Maybe I'm odd but I think going to a prenatal appointment is kind of romantic to do on your anniversary. I mean, that's how you ended up there, you love each other & got married & started a family together. It's sweet! I hope you enjoyed your day.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Maybe I'm odd but I think going to a prenatal appointment is kind of romantic to do on your anniversary. I mean, that's how you ended up there, you love each other & got married & started a family together. It's sweet! I hope you enjoyed your day.

I thought so too!

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"Spacers" wrote:

Maybe I'm odd but I think going to a prenatal appointment is kind of romantic to do on your anniversary. I mean, that's how you ended up there, you love each other & got married & started a family together. It's sweet! I hope you enjoyed your day.

I thought the same thing! (but I was on my phone and it was too much to type :D)

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"Spacers" wrote:

Maybe I'm odd but I think going to a prenatal appointment is kind of romantic to do on your anniversary. I mean, that's how you ended up there, you love each other & got married & started a family together. It's sweet! I hope you enjoyed your day.

I agree, it is sort of the full circle... Smile

We were out late the past two nights at a wedding and then at one of the seven follow-up parties - b/c you know, Jews have no limits on opportunities to party! You don't just get married, you then proceed to have a party every night for the following 7 nights! Anyway, DD wasn't feeling well last night, I thought she might be a little dehydrated, I was feeling crampy, and icky, I ended up taking some skullcap tincture to fall asleep, that really helped! But I was still cramping/contracting while lying in bed trying to fall asleep and I could feel the baby burrowing down lower in my pelvis! it was such a weird sensation!!

Today I definitely feel more pressure in my pelvis and on my cervix... but I need to hold out at least 2 more weeks!!

So then in the morning, DD comes to me to show me all her mosquito bites.... no. they're not mosquito bites, they are chicken pox! She's fine though, not even too itchy. I put her in an oatmeal bath in the morning and then dabbed on a paste I made from ACV, baking soda, olive oil and TTO. Some of them are already crusty, and she's running around having a blast. She had a really mild case last year when DS2 and 3 got it... literally, like she had 3 pocks on her body. So I guess this time she's really getting it, and maybe last year's exposure was enough to make this one a pretty mild case as well.

That's all the news from the front today... here's a cute pic of DS2 and 3 playing outside this morning Smile
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Gosh, that's what you need right now (!!!) Hope you're right and it's a mild case...glad she doesn't seem to be too bothered by it!

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Wow, you just keep coming up with drama & adventure! Glad the chickenpox seems to be a mild case, but fingers crossed it's finally enough to get good immunity so this will be the last of it!

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that's not to mention the two giant cockroaches that just managed to hide under my couch!!!! aaaaaah gross!!!
in good news, another friend came over this evening and unpacked all the breakfront boxes!! (while I sat and drank large glasses of apple juice interspersed with two glasses of wine. these ctrx were almost strong enough to make me want to get up and move, instead of sitting with my feet up and breathing.) Now the only thing between me and birthing in this room (which is the only room where I can fit the pool) is the corner full of boxes that need to be repackaged to go in the attic. (and getting rid of the cockroaches!!! but I think they are coming from the boxes. they like cardboard, so I'm thinking we're going to take the boxes outside to unpack them and then if I still find any inside, I'm going to call an exterminator. sooo gross!!!)
I need help going through the boxes and then DH will need help actually getting them up there. I'm hoping that can be a project for next week when my brother is here, if I can't find some help before then.

I'm going to go take some skullcap and get to bed. and hope my kids sleep until at least 7 tomorrow! this morning the first one was up at 5:30!! argh!!!!

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Yuuuuuuuuuuck...HATE cockroaches! We've been getting them lately because of the monsoon here. They live under rocks and stuff out in the alley, and come in when it rains. :puke2: I normally make DH handle them but he was out of town for 4 days and I had to calmly squash one and pretend it was nothing because Adair was FREAKING OUT and I wanted to set a good example...but yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!! So glad DH is back.............those little black bait box things actually work pretty well for us, I just need to get some more.

YAY for being almost completely set up! Sounds like your body is definitely getting into final-stretch mode Smile

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"cactuswren" wrote:

those little black bait box things actually work pretty well for us, I just need to get some more.

YAY for being almost completely set up! Sounds like your body is definitely getting into final-stretch mode Smile

haha!! first of all, I've so kept it together just for the kids' sake!! but secondly, israeli cockroaches are the size of small mice! they would just laugh at those little black boxes and then just go on living in your house! I'll probably call an exterminator next week. eewww!!

Soooo in other news... I have been having intense contractions about every 10 minutes for most of the day. most of them are less than a minute and I'm sure I'm going to sleep tonight and wake up with nothing tomorrow (I'm praying!!!) but who knows... the fact that aside from drinking water and juice like a fish, I've also had 3 glasses of wine and they're still coming is making me a bit nervous... but that would be a huge first for me - to actually have a baby the first day i have contractions....

Anyway, I'll keep you all posted... hopefully I'll just put up a boring post in the morning saying how everything calmed right down and we all had a good night's sleep!

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Oooooh...I'll be checking in, just in case!

Yeah...our cockroaches are about that big too! (thanks for making me google that, by the way...SHUDDER) Thankfully, they do NOT fly, although I have plenty of experience with that kind too, in Louisiana. Oh, nightmares...

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I forgot to post pics of the house!

it's coming together!

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Nice!

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What a busy week for you! I've been away and haven't checked in. I have bugs of all kinds and sizes (other than dragon flies & lady bugs). ugh!!!!

house looks great and kids look so happy! love it!

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i'm sitting in my bed, kind of still in shock that I have a sleeping baby on my chest. He came barreling out like a freight train, and if i wasnt holding him, I dont think i would believe that I gave birth 7 hours ago!
He's absolutely beautiful, sweet and a nursing champ! I'll post more after the weekend... for now:
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Congrats! I guess those contractions were something!

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adorable!!! love the second picture! congratulations and WTTW little boy!!!

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Oh, my goodness! Can't wait for the full update! What a precious little guy!!! WTTW, baby, and congratulations, mama!!!

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OMG!!!! I can NOT believe this. If I didn't see the pics, I wouldn't believe it. He is adorable, love that second pic! Rest up and enjoy Shabbat, we can wait for the details. Wow, I'm in shock at how quickly that happened.

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He is gorgeous. Congratulations! Can't wait to hear your birth story.

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"Spacers" wrote:

OMG!!!! I can NOT believe this. If I didn't see the pics, I wouldn't believe it. He is adorable, love that second pic! Rest up and enjoy Shabbat, we can wait for the details. Wow, I'm in shock at how quickly that happened.

lol!!! i needed someone who'd been "with" me before to say that! thank you Stacey!! I feel more validated now Smile
Shabbat was very nice and peaceful, the kids are overjoyed and very sweet around him. Even DD is over the fact that he's not a girl, and was willing to fall hopelessly in love with him anyway!!

This boy is determined to gain weight! my milk came in last night!! and so far no engorgement, thank Gd!!!

here's a bit of sweetness from the newest big brother:
[video=youtube_share;owhHiUVl57Y]http://youtu.be/owhHiUVl57Y[/video]

I think I'll give his birth story it's own post...

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SO sweet! Can't wait to read that birth story...when you have a minute, of course! Wink

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Congratulations! Sounds like a quick arrival...excited to read the details. Enjoy your sweet baby boy Smile

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I totally missed your lodge time, I'm sorry, but I caught up and enjoyed reading every bit! Congrats on your newest addition, he is so adorable!

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Just stopping in quickly, finally have the computer to myself for a minute!!
My brother and his family and my parents are here and I'm so happy!!! Little guy is doing great! some of you might have seen my other posts about my feelings on circumcision and you know how I feel about the bris ceremony... maybe I'll write about it here a different time, maybe not. the short story is that I believe that I'm doing the right thing by upholding traditions that have been in place for 6,000 years because I believe in God. The end.

Anyway, thank God, the bris will be tomorrow on the 8th day, despite his weight being borderline (the mohel likes to see at least 2.5kg, he's just under 2.4). I did not want to push it off and have it looming over me for longer than it has to! we still haven't settled on a name! But we'll narrow it down by the morning.

I hope I'll have some quiet time next week when my parents take the kids out, so I'll be able to write up his birth story and let you know what we named him!!

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So glad to hear things are going well! Can't wait to read that birth story and find out what name you decide on Smile

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Hope all goes well with the bris. Can't wait to find out his name.

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KUP on his name even if you don't have time for the birth story!!! Smile Glad things are going well and that you are satisfied with your decision about the bris.

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How are you doing, Ayelet? Hopefully just busy with your new baby and visiting brother, but we'd love to hear his name!

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