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    Well, we went to the conference - and I'm very glad we did. It was GREAT. Yes, we were camping in the tent trailer, but despite the frost (yes it was a hard frost both nights), the heat in the camper worked, and it stayed warm all night! WOOHOO!

    We met all sorts of people were there (about 160), and another baby who was 4 weeks old, and a gazillion kids. Skyler, who didn't want to go, had a GREAT time, made some friends, and put together a talent show that was a resounding success for everyone On Saturday night.

    I did a workshop on how to make a humanure (human waste) composter and it's super easy. DH did a workshop on making a rocket-mass heater, that hooks up to a water source to make a shower. For those that don't know, a rocket mass heater is a super-efficient wood heater that uses little branches or kindling that burns really fast and creates virtually no smoke because it burns so efficiently. Also some workshops on other things like canning, marketing, water harvesting, etc... I'm so glad we went.

    Baby was great. He slept well, ate well,and my nipples are still sore, but nothing like before we left. I hope they continue to heal. 2 week appointment on Friday!

    Unfortunately, Nana Marie who has been so helpful, is leaving tomorrow and then I'm on my own! Not quite sure how I'm going to do it!
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    Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
    Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
    Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
    Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012


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    Hi Sarah,
    Glad to hear of your adventure. Have you checked to see if he is tongue-tied? For an experienced nurser like yourself with soreness it's something to consider.

    Any progress on a name? Since he doesn't have a name yet, I am interested in what you call him -- do you just say "the baby" or has a nickname evolved?

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    Thanks Janel,

    He is not tongue-tied. The MW checked that... it would be nice if it was a simple solution like that.

    As for a name, he DOES have one! His name is Forrest Reed. Both DH and I love the name Reed, and it's been long enough that we don't feel it's not got any expectations attached. Curiously, though, he's been very similar to Reed in many ways, enough that it's sometimes rather eerie. He looks like Reed, he's calm like Reed, he acts like Reed, he sounds like Reed, he's alert like Reed, and he's caught on quickly to EC like Reed did... No, he's not blond like Reed, though Reed's hair did look dark when he was first born.

    Anyhow, he's a good baby and I just love him! Now just how I'm going to survive the next couple weeks, I don't know. Tomorrow is my first day alone with 3 and I'm scared. Any tips?
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    Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
    Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
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    Awe, I love the name. I like how he's named for his big brother.

    As for being alone with three littles, you'll do just fine! Now I wouldn't advise taking them to Disney World alone, but you should do just fine at the park or grocery store. Just strap on Forrest before you take Leo or Ivy out of their car seats if you do go somewhere. At home it will be easy enough, no problems mama! (The house may not be clean, and faces may be dirty, but it's all fun)
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    Can you write a little about how you do EC? I'm curious about it, but I've always been too nervous to try.
    DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13

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    I've done it about the same for all 4 of ours... but varying the amount of tiredness and time.

    Basically the way we do it is from the time baby is born, when baby wakes up squawks, I hold him/her over the sink and hold them over it. If they pee I go "psss", if they poop I make a farting noise with my tongue. Usually by about 10days they start responding or expecting that when they squawk, that I will take them to pee/poop. After I put on a clean/dry diaper, I feed them. Usually they then fall asleep. My basic rule is that if I have to go change a diaper (which I do as soon as I can after they audibly poop, or notice they have a wet diaper) then I take them to the toilet.

    So far, Reed was petty much toilet trained at 10mo-12mo (not yet walking), maybe wetting himself once a day when at the day home at nap time but not at home.

    Ivy would did great until 6 months and after that would have nothing to do with i t (full flat out tantrum and turned herself into a board). Then at about 14 months she suddenly decided that she would use the potty at the day home and didn't need diapers any more.

    Leo was doing alright, but we didn't really start with him until 2 months old because we had so many difficulties BFing to begin with (mastitis, thrush, latch, colds and every combination thereof). I know people say that it doesn't matter, but I think that is one of the reasons for the huge difference in EC between Leo and the other 3. Now he doesn't want anything to do with it and he's almost 2! Oh well... 2 in diapers at the same time was not my plan!

    So far, Forrest has been following exactly Reed's footsteps. Let's see if we can keep it up!
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    Just got around to viewing your birth album. Amazing and SO beautiful. Your births constitute about 40% of the reason I'm considering a home birth for #2. If I had a hot tub I'd be completely sold.

    Yay for a name! Its great and think its so lovely to honor Reed as you've done. What's your naming process? Do you have a few to pick from and then kinda wait until baby seems to match one or do you wait until baby arrives?

    Its so great that your day home accommodates EC. I've been so frustrated that our daycare can't deal with taking children to the potty until they're 2. T's been ready to ditch diapers for like 9 months but we've not been able to go full force because she's had to wear diapers at school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahsunshine View Post
    I've done it about the same for all 4 of ours... but varying the amount of tiredness and time.

    Basically the way we do it is from the time baby is born, when baby wakes up squawks, I hold him/her over the sink and hold them over it. If they pee I go "psss", if they poop I make a farting noise with my tongue. Usually by about 10days they start responding or expecting that when they squawk, that I will take them to pee/poop. After I put on a clean/dry diaper, I feed them. Usually they then fall asleep. My basic rule is that if I have to go change a diaper (which I do as soon as I can after they audibly poop, or notice they have a wet diaper) then I take them to the toilet.

    So far, Reed was petty much toilet trained at 10mo-12mo (not yet walking), maybe wetting himself once a day when at the day home at nap time but not at home.

    Ivy would did great until 6 months and after that would have nothing to do with i t (full flat out tantrum and turned herself into a board). Then at about 14 months she suddenly decided that she would use the potty at the day home and didn't need diapers any more.

    Leo was doing alright, but we didn't really start with him until 2 months old because we had so many difficulties BFing to begin with (mastitis, thrush, latch, colds and every combination thereof). I know people say that it doesn't matter, but I think that is one of the reasons for the huge difference in EC between Leo and the other 3. Now he doesn't want anything to do with it and he's almost 2! Oh well... 2 in diapers at the same time was not my plan!

    So far, Forrest has been following exactly Reed's footsteps. Let's see if we can keep it up!
    Thanks for the info! Ds1 and I struggled with nursing (he was big, my supply was low, and I had tons of bad advice), and that made our relationship stressful pretty much from the get go. I simply didn't have the energy to do anything with him beyond working on the feeding problems in the beginning. I'd say that you're right, there is a connection--even if it's only that there are 24 hours in the day and you have to pick your battles!.

    I'm glad it's starting well with Forrest!
    DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13

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    Sorry, it posted twice.

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    I love his name!!! I'm with Erin, curious about your naming process as well.

    So glad to hear you went on your trip, it sounds like it was really amazing! It's so hard to imagine you guys are getting hard frosts, it's so hot here this week, bleh!

    Also very glad to hear EC is going so well. My mw, her assistant and I were talking about ECing the other day and talking about how most people will spend more time potty training their puppies than their kids.

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