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Welcome to your lodge Sarah!!! I cannot wait to follow you in this journey!

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I'm so excited to have you as a fellow August 2012 momma! I've followed you before and you've been such an inspiration to me in my journey so I'm extremely excited to be traveling along beside you this time.

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Welcome to your lodge Sarah! So thrilled for you. Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge! I think you're the last of us August Mommas!! I can't wait to see how your journey goes!

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Excited to follow yours too Sarah! You feeling an early bird this time around too?

Oh and so I don't take up any more precious lodge space - Hi Marie! Thanks for the well wishes. We are doing fantastic, and I hope you are too :).

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Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to follow another one of your births!

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Welcome to your lodge! Looking forward to following you on your journey this time around.

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Yay yay yay!! Welcome to your lodge, Sarah!!! August is going to be such an awesome lodge month!!

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You'd think I'd be used to these home births by now, but frankly, I'm just as excited to meet this new little person as I have been for Reed, Ivy and Leo. To have DSS Skyler openly excited as well is a wonderful gift from a teenager!

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And the anticipation on the naming of LO is what I look forward to the most with Sarah Lol It could really be Christmas before the perfect name is found, but as with all the other children I have no doubt it will fit amazingly Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! Add me to the list of people looking forward to following it! Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! I'm so impressed with the number of August mama's on the BN board. It's making for an exciting time over here! Smile

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Hello, Hello!!!!

Thank you everyone for the welcome! This will be my... 4th lodge... I'm sure nothing much has changed, other than the perspective of time and the consequential lack thereof! Wink

I will try to get some things organized and typed up when I get a chance, but just thought I'd stop in and say 'Hi' since Gardenbug told me that I had a lodge.

Yes, I think I am the "last" of the August group, but since I have a history of babies being early, we'll have to see whether I'm actually last to go. Midwife thinks 'boy' because of heart rate (120 at yesterday's appt), and both Reed and Leo were 37wk 5d, and 37wks. Personally, I'm hoping for a little longer, but we'll just have to see. Ivy was 40wks on the dot. As the MW joked a couple appts ago, maybe I should get an ultrasound just so we have a better idea of when baby will be born, and when she should take her holidays!

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Welcome to your lodge! Biggrin

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

As the MW joked a couple appts ago, maybe I should get an ultrasound just so we have a better idea of when baby will be born, and when she should take her holidays!

Lol

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"momW" wrote:

And the anticipation on the naming of LO is what I look forward to the most with Sarah Lol It could really be Christmas before the perfect name is found, but as with all the other children I have no doubt it will fit amazingly Smile

"sarahsunshine" wrote:

As the MW joked a couple appts ago, maybe I should get an ultrasound just so we have a better idea of when baby will be born, and when she should take her holidays!

Haha!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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"momW" wrote:

And the anticipation on the naming of LO is what I look forward to the most with Sarah Lol It could really be Christmas before the perfect name is found, but as with all the other children I have no doubt it will fit amazingly Smile

HAHA!! I can't wait for this!

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Sorry it;s been a while - It was really hot here yesterady and I was just exhausted from the time I woke up.

On the other hand, DH put up the back gate (we haven't had one on one side of the house for about a year), with a latch that the little ones and the dog can't open, so we feel a little safer letting the kids go out in the back yard to play while we were in the kitchen!

Also, our electrician neighbour came over and he and DH re-wired the hot tub. It hasn't been wired for 2 months and that's where I plan for the birth to be. By last night it was up to 35.5 C, so we're almost there! Just need to to tweak the temperature to get it to 37C.

As for names... DH and I actually have some ideas! That doesn't mean we'll be any quicker on the final naming!

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OK, everyone expects the whole long story… and I should go back and summarize my previous 3 birth stories, and how DH and I met, but I’m not going to do that right now. Here’s a brief summary:

- DH and I met in 2005
- DH has a son (Skyler) from a previous marriage – now 13yo
- We got married Sept 2006
- DS Reed born Father’s Day 2007, 2 days before my birthday and 2wk2d early. Water broke at 1am, screaming DSS and his friend throughout the day that I almost strangled, active labour started at about 1:30pm, born at 3:51pm, in our back yard hot tub, 6lb, 0oz.
- DS Reed passed away Sept 2008
- DD Ivy born May 2009 on her due date after about 3 episodes over the previous 2 weeks where we actually called the MW because contractions were 4-5 mins apart, only to fizzle after 3-4 hours. Ivy has been an opinionated and active troublemaker since then! Water broke at 1:30am. Active labour started at 3:30am, born in birthing pool in sunroom at 5:15am, 7lb 3oz.
- DS Leo Sept 2, 2010, at 37 wks on the dot. Water trickled at 6:45am and continued all day, but no contractions all day. (And now I can’t remember clearly so it may be wrong). Midwife came by around 6pm, still nothing. Left at about 6:45pm. Active labour started around 7-7:30ish. Called the MW back. Leo born about 8:45pm, 6lb 6oz.

So, here are the patterns so far (watch none of it hold):
- if it’s a boy it should be early
- birth day generally starts with my water breaking, then nothing for a while
- Once active labour starts it’s fast, intense, and short (and getting shorter each time)
- Midwife is generally there with about 2-minutes to spare!
- Babies are generally small

As for what’s been happening recently. I had a midwife appointment last Friday (July 27). Baby is head down and engaged (has been since 32 weeks), mostly to my left. BP 97/60 something. Baby is very low, measuring at 32 weeks (I always measure small). Heart rate 120 – MW says ‘boy’, DH says ‘girl’. I just can’t decide. I was sure girl early on, but just have no idea at this point. I have a preference for either! I think DH is actually hoping for girl slightly. He always had a slight preference for boys prior to Ivy, but he has commented on several occasions about how much it surprises him how much he’s enjoyed her way more than he ever expected. She’s a bit of a daddy’s girl right now and he loves it! Just found out that I was vit. D deficient back in February (not surprising in the north!), but I’m sure I’m not now since I’ve spent the past 2 months in the garden! I’ll have to watch out for that in the future, though.

Other than that, my MW is planning holidays from Aug 10-20… She’s hoping/thinking baby comes before she goes, but who knows. I hope baby waits until NEXT week at least. Right now I have a bit of a cold. On the other hand, I had minor contractions all night last night… couldn’t decide if they were real or not. They are definitely more noticeable than the tightening from Braxton-Hicks, but not really worth talking about. All low and periodically in my back. In fact, I don’t think I told DH…

That’s all I can think of right now!

Oh! Friday should be my last day of work!

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Welcome to your lodge, I know this isn't the first one I've followed of yours but I can't remember if it's the 2nd or 3rd...

I love that you've kept the sex a surprise Smile

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"lifeisgood" wrote:

Welcome to your lodge, I know this isn't the first one I've followed of yours but I can't remember if it's the 2nd or 3rd...

Umm... It's going to be my 4th lodge, but don't remember how many you've followed!

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I love that you've kept the sex a surprise Smile

LOL! I've never had an u/s so it would be hard to know if it was a boy or girl! LOL!

Hope to hear more from you!

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I've never had an u/s so it would be hard to know if it was a boy or girl!

According to the lady at my office who is "never EVER wrong" if you're all out front its a boy... because we all know the genitals of a fetus determine the shape of your belly Blum 3 LOL!!!!

I like the surprise, too!

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"All out front"... hmmm.. I don't know that I've ever been "all out front". In fact, a co-worker of mine just came and congratulated me on being pregnant (I don't know why I didn't tell her, just never had a chance) and was surprised when I told her it was my last week at work! Must be a girl then, I guess!

I do have a lack of belly photos this pregnancy, though, so it's hard to tell. DH had a fun one from when we were camping, but his card won't fit in the computer and he can't find the camera cord. Sad Fortunately, the camera cord he found fits MY camera so I have some photos to download. If there are any good ones, I'll post them.

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Everyone is always asking me if I'm carrying like I did with my girls or my boy. I carry all of my babies the exact same way, out front and down low. Thankfully people have pretty much stopped trying to get me to guess. I don't know, it's a baby I hope, that's all I know.

Love the footnotes version of your life Lol

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Some camping photos:

Leo's first canoe ride:


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Ivy's "fire":
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Nap Time (Don't tell Skyler he fell asleep first!)
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Doing Dishes:
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"momW" wrote:

I don't know, it's a baby I hope, that's all I know.

LOL - when people ask me if I know if it's a boy or a girl I say "I hope it's not a horse". I find it particularly humourous when they respond "keeping it a secret? That's OK." But it's easier than getting into a conversation about why I didn't get an ultrasound!

And then there are those that think I'm being 'brave' by not only having 'no drugs', but doing a home birth. Um, personally, I'm much more comfortable at home than the hospital. I think they are brave to be at the hospital with an unfamiliar environment, people they don't know, needles, being told where you can be or what position you can or cannot be in, etc... Heck, it's hard enough to labour no matter how it goes, why do you need all that stuff going on too?

Oh, and Chiropractor appointment tomorrow. Actually, I'm a little worried about DTD or any chiropractor appointments recently. I want to finish work this week, and sort of think that if I do too much that may start labour, or get baby in a good position, that baby could come right away and I don't want that - yet! Give it another week at least!

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Oh my goodness, the kids are getting big! Leo's like a kid now. I guess that makes sense since there's one running around my house too.

Isn't this such a typical 4th lodge? Smile Cliff's notes for an intro, no belly pics, and just now getting the tub wired. If I recall correctly, last time your mom dug up links to your previous lodges and you had professional pics done. I remember those pics because they were just so cute!

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Love the camping pictures! These sunflowers are growing up so fast it's amazing. I hope this final work week goes smoothly and quickly for you! Any time I've given notice at a job or even just had a vacation come up, the days leading up to it were tough.

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Great pictures! I love the fake fire... LOL!

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Great pictures!!!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Oh my goodness, the kids are getting big! Leo's like a kid now. I guess that makes sense since there's one running around my house too.

LOL! Running is definitely the word for it. I don't think he has a 'walk' setting. Yeah, I should probably update my signature photos and stuff, but I never got a dandelion photo this year (bad me). And I swear just in the last month Leo has changed drastically. His face is way thinner and more 'little boy' like, he's thinner, his vocabulary has increased drastically, he?s got opinions, and he fights back with his sister and brother! And he is definitely tough and solid (not fat). But he can grab Ivy and pull her down if she is in his way! She only outweighs him by 5 pounds!

"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Isn't this such a typical 4th lodge? Smile Cliff's notes for an intro, no belly pics, and just now getting the tub wired. If I recall correctly, last time your mom dug up links to your previous lodges and you had professional pics done. I remember those pics because they were just so cute!

ROFL! I'll have to dig up some of those! Sorry. I should find the links and post some of the good parts. My birth stories were very long, though, so I don't know that I should repost them all!

Time to go to the chiropractor!

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

LOL - when people ask me if I know if it's a boy or a girl I say "I hope it's not a horse". I find it particularly humourous when they respond "keeping it a secret? That's OK." But it's easier than getting into a conversation about why I didn't get an ultrasound!

And then there are those that think I'm being 'brave' by not only having 'no drugs', but doing a home birth. Um, personally, I'm much more comfortable at home than the hospital. I think they are brave to be at the hospital with an unfamiliar environment, people they don't know, needles, being told where you can be or what position you can or cannot be in, etc... Heck, it's hard enough to labour no matter how it goes, why do you need all that stuff going on too?

Oh, and Chiropractor appointment tomorrow. Actually, I'm a little worried about DTD or any chiropractor appointments recently. I want to finish work this week, and sort of think that if I do too much that may start labour, or get baby in a good position, that baby could come right away and I don't want that - yet! Give it another week at least!

I usually tell people "the kids are hoping for a pony" when they ask what we're having. Then they give me this weird look as I walk away. I can imagine a convo about not getting an u/s would be quite amusing for a minute and then get really old really fast.

I have one friend that I did tell about the hb (except BFF). She immediately said, "you're so brave". I just said "oh heck no, I'm taking the easy way out this time" that's exactly how I feel about it too. I feel like I'm cheating and just taking the easy way out with no thinking on my feet while in labor or fighting about anything or really doing anything but laboring. I don't have to sleep in an uncomfortable bed after I give birth, I don't even have to move from my bed for days if I choose not to. I don't have to change clothes while in labor if I don't want. I get to do whatever I want while I'm laboring, walk up to the park???? don't mind if I do. No monitors itching my belly!! Oh heavens, and NO NEEDLES!!! It really honestly feels like cheating Biggrin and I LOVE IT!!! If I wanted to put some work into it, I'd go back to the hospital willingly and compromise and/or fight about my labor, birth and recovery.

I haven't let DH have any nookie for a while now because I really want to make 38 weeks and I'm afraid that every little thing is going to send me into labor. I have a chiro today that I'm thinking about skipping and setting up for next week. Now watch, I'll be sitting here at 42 weeks begging for natural induction techniques :roll: that would be just my luck!

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I usually tell people "the kids are hoping for a pony" when they ask what we're having. Then they give me this weird look as I walk away. I can imagine a convo about not getting an u/s would be quite amusing for a minute and then get really old really fast.

I have one friend that I did tell about the hb (except BFF). She immediately said, "you're so brave". I just said "oh heck no, I'm taking the easy way out this time" that's exactly how I feel about it too. I feel like I'm cheating and just taking the easy way out with no thinking on my feet while in labor or fighting about anything or really doing anything but laboring. I don't have to sleep in an uncomfortable bed after I give birth, I don't even have to move from my bed for days if I choose not to. I don't have to change clothes while in labor if I don't want. I get to do whatever I want while I'm laboring, walk up to the park???? don't mind if I do. No monitors itching my belly!! Oh heavens, and NO NEEDLES!!! It really honestly feels like cheating Biggrin and I LOVE IT!!! If I wanted to put some work into it, I'd go back to the hospital willingly and compromise and/or fight about my labor, birth and recovery.

I haven't let DH have any nookie for a while now because I really want to make 38 weeks and I'm afraid that every little thing is going to send me into labor. I have a chiro today that I'm thinking about skipping and setting up for next week. Now watch, I'll be sitting here at 42 weeks begging for natural induction techniques :roll: that would be just my luck!

Sounds like you get it!!! Nice to have a few people wround who get it. But you know, I consider myself lucky that I don't really get into the conversatino with many, and if I do, I've only had a very few who are not open minded enough to say - "Hey cool! I wish I'd done/could do that".

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What's the birthing environment like where you are? Do you personally know others IRL that hb? I know around here it just sucks for NCBers. I'm really not even sure any exist, it's like mermaids, you hear stories about them and sightings but never really see one Smile I haven't been able to find another person in or around my town that has done a hb and I know just about everyone around here!

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"momW" wrote:

What's the birthing environment like where you are? Do you personally know others IRL that hb? I know around here it just sucks for NCBers. I'm really not even sure any exist, it's like mermaids, you hear stories about them and sightings but never really see one Smile I haven't been able to find another person in or around my town that has done a hb and I know just about everyone around here!

There's actually quite a few people around that have home births, most of whom I originally met through the midwife. For Reed I had a different MW and she tried to start up a Meet-up group. I met a woman there, and later we managed to reconnect (about 6 months later) through my doctor. Today she and her husband are some of our best friends.

I have also discovered accidentally that the waldorf school where Ivy has been doing a parent and Tot program has a large population of home birthers. In fact, the teacher has 16yo twins who are home schooled and were home birthed by my MW before it became illegal here for twin home births (considered high risk).

Also, in May 2009, Midwifery became covered by our provincial health care so it's not an out of pocket expense. It was supposed to go under review with the possibility of taking it back out this past April, but it's still covered (thank goodness). For DS1 we had to pay $2500 out of pocket - which was worth it but such a shame considering hospital births are so much more expensive!

However, I had never heard of a homebirther other than my "crazy aunt" who had a free birth I believe back in the 70s. Then a lab mate of mine at university when I was in my early 20s had a home birth in Toronto and raved about it since her DD1 had been an automatic c/s at the hospital because of her small stature (I think she's about 4'8"). Made sense for a million reasons so when I got pregnant, that's what I looked into.

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Well, Dh informed me that we have no day home for August... The kids are usually at a day home while we are at work, and I thought I had arranged that for the rest of this week that they would still be there on 'drop in'. Suddenly we have no one to take care of them for the rest of the week, and I called our day home mom and she says that she has a new kid starting tomorrow already so can't take them Wed and Thurs! Next week should be fine because I'm off work (if I'm not too exhausted and baby isn't here yet!)

Hmm... I was going to see if a friend of ours could take care of them, but I haven't been able to contact her all evening... Oy.

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ugh, I hope you get something figured out soon. that's such a PITA!

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We figured it out! A friend of ours that has two kids with a similar age difference, but 14 years older, is going to take care of them today and tomorrow! They love her and she is totally into being outside and doing cool activities (she was a homeschool moderator for one of the home school groups in town for several years), so I'm THRILLED to have them be with her for a couple days. In fact, if I had a choice, they'd be with her instead of their day home - but I don't think she wants to do that.

Now, with me being on leave starting next week, maybe we can work out something with working together with her and hanging out! We used to do that abunch before we DH and I had kids, so maybe it will work out? That would be WONDERFUL!

Not only that, but the kids LOVE her!

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Congrats Sarah! You're so close!

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Hi Janel! How are YOU and your family doing?

DH cracked me up today, I wanted toget to work today (at least) because Aug 1 is my work "anniversary" which means I get an incremental raise, and an extra certain number of days of leave at 100% pay within a year! That means that I get an extra couple hundred dollars a month, and longer pay-out! So baby can come any time now!

I would prefer baby waited until at least Saturday (37 weeks), but my MW says we are cleared for a home birth starting at 36weeks - so all is well.

Oh, and the reason DH cracked me up when I left was instead of saying "Bye! Have a great day!" (or similar) he said "Call me when you go into labour!" LOL! I responded that I'd try to remember!

And when I asked Ivy if she wanted to know what the surprise was this morning (not going to the day home but going to see 'Auntie Connie' for today), she said "Baby is coming today, right?" Had to laugh!

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"Baby is coming today, right?"

Oh Ivy, you crack me up! "right?"

Glad Connie is able to help out!!!!

HI JANEL!!!!

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Woo congrats on the raise and paid vacation days! That's always a well deserved perk! How cute of Ivy and your DH. Biggrin

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YAY! Glad you made it to your anniversary!! Biggrin Extra paid days off and extra pay is always awesome!

I'm glad you were able to find awesome childcare for this week... sounds like things are all falling in to place for you!

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

YAY! Glad you made it to your anniversary!! Biggrin Extra paid days off and extra pay is always awesome!

I'm glad you were able to find awesome childcare for this week... sounds like things are all falling in to place for you!

Oh my goodness! I just looked at the extra entirtlement for leave at 100% pay and it adds an extra 15 days/year!!! It's the biggest increment (but the final one)!

But I also just discovered something else... Our mini-van (Dodge caravan) is a 7 seater. I assumed I could put 2 car seats in the back and have baby in the middle - then when DSS is with us (every other week), we could put up the second captain's chair (they fold down into the floor, and if someone else came, I assumed DSS could squeeze between the two car seats in the back. Unfortunately, it seems that Dodge thinks that even in a 7 person van, there should only be one car seat spot available for the back seat that has 3 seatbelts, effectively turning the 7 person van into a 6 person van! ARGH! One of the reasons we have the van is because it fits 7 people!!!

Anyone have this same issue? Was there another solution?

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Great news on the anniversary and pay raises!

As far as the van seating goes...I had a Dodge Grand Caravan also and it broke down on us in December so we had to buy a new van. We ended up with a Honda Odyssey. We haven't yet tried 3 carseats in the very back yet, but we have two captain chairs in the middle where we will stick DD2 who is almost 3, and then the baby's car seat will be in the other one. Then DS and DD1 will be in the backseat in their boosters so I am guessing they will fit back there ok since its just the two of them.

Good luck figuring it out! Finding enough seats for everyone is always tough.

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Hmm... I think I found a retrofit kit to add more anchors... we'll see how that pans out. Maybe Ivy will grow quickly and gain another 10 pounds and fit in a booster seat? hmmm...

As for car seats, we went out last week and bought two new ones so that we could fit 3 across the back of our Toyota Echo... Cheaper than a new car, but $300 each? Really? They should give you tax breaks for car seats considering everyone has to have one!

But they are still in the box! Maybe we'll get around to installing them this weekend. Cool, though... we chose bright red!

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Car seats are such a pain. Don't even get me started on my own ordeal. Have you looked for solutions on Carseat.org? The ladies on there can be quiet catty but you can find some decent information. Just don't say anything about FFing a child under 15 Wink

Did you get Radians? I'm thinking that might be the solution to our dilemma. Cheaper than new cars .. barely.

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Congrats on a pay raise and extra days! That is awesome! Buying 3 carseats at once - ouch!

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yep, radians (called Diono here - or they just changed their name). We also only got 2, not 3 because we can't return car seats. If we have to get another, so be it...

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Can you not install the new radians/dionos with your regular seatbelts? I have a radian that is a few years old, and depending on where I need to use it in my vehicle, I've used the anchors & tethers or the seatbelt. As long as I install it properly, they seem equally secure.
Congrats on the raise, that's great timing!!

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