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Hellooooooo!

Anyone home? Where is everyone?

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I am here!

Don't get a lot of time to post nowadays with a toddler demanding my attention and a needy infant. I swear girls are a lot needier than boys! Although you with both boys and girls might not find that.

We celebrated Taine's birthday last weekend with a small family gathering on the Sunday and going to the local xmas parade on the Saturday. This weekend we had proffessional photos taken with Lloyd's side of the family in the morning and then early xmas celebrations in the afternoon with them. Had my first glass of wine in 10 months, was lovely.

Aubrey was really unsettled and wanted to feed the entire time (growth spurt I think). Bf is a lot harder this time around, with my supply being low. We are supplementing with formula and she has taken to the bottle well. I feel kinda stink that I can't exclusively bf Sad

Here are the kiddos:

Taine

Aubrey

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I'm here!

Nicole, Taine is looking so big these days, and Aubrey is so adorable! Don't feel bad for not being able to exclusively bf, every pregnancy and baby is different. Let yourself feel your feelings but try not to beat yourself up. Easier said than done, I know. I felt the same way with the boys.

We are doing pretty well here. Gabe recently hit a growth spurt and gained literally 3lbs in a month. He also grow about an inch and a half. It's ridiculous! He's still a very picky eater though. Isaac has actually lost weight recently, and grown taller as well. This kid eats like a vacuum cleaner...will eat anything and everything you put in front of him, all the time. The doc just thinks he has a fast metabolism like Steve. If Steve skips a meal in a day, he will lose weight. Both boys are constantly in motion too, always wanting to play.

They are doing really well in Early Intervention "school". They love it and have taken to the routine of going there quite well. Isaac can even name some of his friends in their class. His speech has really taken off and he can very effectively communicate his needs. Gabe is getting a lot better, but still has a lot of work to do.

I'm doing OK, a little overwhelmed and stressed but I think that's pretty standard for a mom of two 2 year olds.

Mel, how are you and the kiddos?

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Hi! This board finally let me sign in tonight. So it looks like I'm back... at least for now. Biggrin

I don't know what's up with that, I can sign into all my other boards but this one??

Anyway, I have been reading but no posting. Nicole, congrats on your little girl! I can't believe how big everyone's kiddos are now. Sarah had her birthday party last Sunday. It was supposed to be a small gathering but it turned out to be a raging toddler party. It was HUGE fun! Sarah was a great hostess and never made a word of protest as all the kids played with her toys, slid down the slide on her bed (it's a castle), and ran around the house and yard. We had cake and opened gifts, the adults mingled and watched football. I hid a bunch of toys from the dollar store in the backyard and we had a "treasure" hunt. And i filled Sarah's Radio Flyer wagon with packing peanuts, poured in her huge bag of leftover halloween candy, and all the little kids had a blast sifting through it to find candy. At the end of the day I just swept all the peanuts onto the grass and ran it over with the mower. Easy peasy! And best thing was, no leftover cake! Yay! (I don't eat cake). It was a really fun party.

This evening our town had its holiday season parade of lights and since I just moved here in May I was really looking forward to seeing it. Parade supposed to start at 5:50pm so I packed Sarah up, bought hot chocolate at the coffee shop and set my chair out at the park to see it. I have Sarah in her jammies sitting on my lap sipping her hot chocolate while we waited for the parade to start. A few minutes later I see the first vehicle, the local police car, leading the parade far down the street. And it proceeds to come down our street... and then turn left right before the park. Huh?? What the ... :o So I hurriedly pack up the chair, get Sarah in the car and chase down the parade. I can see it in the distance, headed north on a side street, so I rush through the intersection, whip into the Walgreens parking lot and park near the street. I grab Sarah out of the car and sit her on the hood of the car so she can watch the parade. The cop car is headed our way and pretty soon HERE IT COMES right past us, lights flashing, siren whooping, driving slow and waving, yelling MERRY CHRISTMAS to Sarah. Then the local volunteer fire trucks (4 trucks), the local 4-H float (pickup truck hauling flatbed trailer decorated with christmas lights), the local portable toilet sucking truck all decorated with christmas lights and a really cool blowup Santa that popped out of an outhouse, and one guy driving an antique car decorated with lights. That was it. Parade was over. Biggrin LOL gotta love living in a small town... they never even stopped traffic for the parade. ROFL

One thing I love about having a baby born in December, is that all her lullabies are christmas songs. She really likes Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

I got some bad news a few months ago. My dad was diagnosed with brain cancer and was given 6 months to live. I spent Thanksgiving with him and it was wonderful. My family always has a family gathering on Christmas Eve and I REALLY hope I do not have to work, as this will be my last one with my Dad.

Sarah is still daddyless, one more year to go on the restraining order (DV), but her grandparents (his parents) and her half-brother came to her birthday party. That was super nice. I am still not ready to date anyone, just can't trust anyone yet, and I am starting to wonder if I will ever have a normal healthy attitude about men again. I have been to counseling, I understand that it will come in time but jeesh, it's been almost two years! Gotta be patient I guess.

We have started to wean. Sarah only nurses about once every other day now and only very rarely in public. Hard to believe I managed to nurse this long. Most people think I'm wierd for nursing a toddler but I don't care. I do what my body tells me is right.

I finally figured out how to use Facebook and how to post my status, send messages, etc. I even started playing Gardens of Time. Now maybe I'll tackle the Twitter thing. Smile

I guess that is enough rambling for now. I'm really glad to be back on this board and hope I get to stay signed in.

Dawnyel, mom to Sarah

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We're really busy right now with all the birthday/Christmas stuff. I have things to do everyday this week except today!
Here's a few pictures from his party yesterday, I'll probably add more tomorrow night when we celebrate his actual birthday Smile
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We have his 2 year appt on Thursday, I'm a little nervous about it. He might have to have surgery (and if so I really want to push for it to be done before Dec. 31 :-? between his ear tube surgery in Jan, dh's vasectomy in May, 2 hospital stays for me in August and all the new baby stuff we've met our deductable so it'd be nice to get it done with), plus they found a heart murmur at his last appointment so I'm wondering how that is doing. He's still not talking much, most days it doesn't bother me but yesterday we had 2 other kids here, both 6-7 weeks younger than him and they were both talking so much more than he is. He won't even attempt to repeat words, he does a lot of pointing and whinning

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Between a newborn and a toddler we're super busy too! Rory was born on the 2nd -- 8 days late! So I have 2 Dec babies now. Evan turned 2 on Saturday and we had family all over. It was SO much fun! I don't know why people make such a fuss over the 1st bday 2nd was much more fun b/c he got it so much more. I have no idea where we'll put toys from Christmas the house is over flowing. I need to work on some toy organization.

Evan is such a fun toddler. Rory is kind of a crabby baby LOL Not colicy or anything and really I think Evan was probably exactly the same but it was much easier to sit and perpetually nurse a baby when there wasn't a toddler to tend to. And DH has been home since Rory was born - next week he'll be back to work Sad But Evan will go to daycare 2 days/wk though which will help keep him on routine and give me a couple days of just Rory. Rory's sleep at night is pretty much garbage right now so we've got some work to do before I go to work in Feb. But I recall night being hard until like the 5 or 6 week point with Evan so I'm just taking it night by night.

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Finally! Took me forever to finally log in! Ugh.

I am around. Work is making me very depressed. I am returning to school in January to get my Master's degree.

Connor is a VERY active toddler. Not really speaking yet but definitely knows what he wants and how to get it. His birthday is next Tuesday and I just cannot believe where all the time has gone.

We have been trying (practically) non-stop for #2. Just doesn't seem to be happening. I am hoping my new workout and getting my mind off it with school will finally be what helps. We won't be trying in March or April since I really do not want another December baby. Which scares the crap out of me. What if that is the month it would actually happen?! I may or may not be starting fertility screening in February to see what's all going on up there.

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haha I didn't want 2 Dec babies either.....look how well that turned out Wink I actually was hoping for an October baby but the stomach flu put a damper on that plan and then we weren't trying at all (but not preventing of course) and I got preg and then was 8 days late. Oh well December will be a very exciting month in this house for years to come

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I come by and read every now and then. This yr was pretty crazy. Dh was gone for training most of the begining of the yr, then he deployed to Iraq in May. They came home on black friday, so 6m of just me and Lanie, didn't leave me much time for anything.

Lanie is a comedian. We have our hands full.

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It is good to see we still have some activity on the board. Lol Sorry I cannot reply to everyone. It sounds like we are all doing fairly well.

The girls are doing pretty good. We have language exploding like crazy again. This is exciting. We have sentences on occasion. Plus, I can use the phrase, "Use your words and tell me what you want" and the girls stop fussing and actually tell me what they want. Well, most of the time anyway. I am looking forward to the next year and seeing how my girls mature. I love the sweet innocence of this age. Biggrin

Toni-- I admire you. I know you just had to do it for those 6 months. You didn't really have a choice, but I am sure it wasn't easy. I cannot imagine my DH being gone for a long period of time. :bigarmhug:

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Toni- I"m glad hubby is home!!! Welcome back!

Melanie- I love being able to say "Use your words" and actually having Zayne USE his words!!!

And for us...

We are going through a HUGE hitting phase. He KNOWS it's wrong and that he's not supposed to do it but he does anyway. So we have been doing IMMEDIATE time out for even ATTEMPTING to hit. The sad thing is, Zayne usually only hits me or his sister but NEVER daddy. Go figure huh? I get really frustrated because now he's telling me "hit" as he's hitting me and then "no hit mommy" as soon as I put him in timeout...grrrrr!!!!

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"melnzai" wrote:

Toni-- I admire you. I know you just had to do it for those 6 months. You didn't really have a choice, but I am sure it wasn't easy. I cannot imagine my DH being gone for a long period of time. :bigarmhug:

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Toni- I"m glad hubby is home!!! Welcome back!

Thanks Ladies. I'm pretty use to it. It was his 4th tour in Iraq but the 1st with Lanie.

Melanie - Lanie just says Hand and drags you to what she wants. Certain things she will tell me what she wants other she just points.

Megan - Hope Zayne breaks that phase soon for you. Lanie likes to throw and kick toys, drives me nuts.

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"MrsRiggert" wrote:

We are going through a HUGE hitting phase. He KNOWS it's wrong and that he's not supposed to do it but he does anyway. So we have been doing IMMEDIATE time out for even ATTEMPTING to hit. The sad thing is, Zayne usually only hits me or his sister but NEVER daddy. Go figure huh? I get really frustrated because now he's telling me "hit" as he's hitting me and then "no hit mommy" as soon as I put him in timeout...grrrrr!!!!

Oh, that hitting phase is so frustrating. Sarafina hits when she wants to be funny. She will slap at my glasses or my nose. I don't put her in time out for it because it isn't hard, but we have discussions about it. A nice firm "No" tends to stop it, but only because she hates it when I am mad at her. Keira does not hit, thank goodness. However, she is the most stubborn toddler I have met. When she sets her mind to something, you better not get in her way or deny her.

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Thanks Ladies. I'm pretty use to it. It was his 4th tour in Iraq but the 1st with Lanie.

Melanie - Lanie just says Hand and drags you to what she wants. Certain things she will tell me what she wants other she just points.

Megan - Hope Zayne breaks that phase soon for you. Lanie likes to throw and kick toys, drives me nuts.

I am sure even with 4 deployments, you can never be entirely used to your spouse leaving for an extended period of time. That is funny that Lanie will just take you to what she wants. Do you make her repeat the name of the object she wants before you give it to her? That is what I make my girls do. I am a mean mommy when it comes to that. If you want the cheese, say cheese. Lol Of course, this morning, Sarafina was using her words to tell me something she wanted and I could not understand her at all. She was so frustrated. It turns out she wanted the prescription bottle for her antibiotic. :shock:

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Oh, that hitting phase is so frustrating. Sarafina hits when she wants to be funny. She will slap at my glasses or my nose. I don't put her in time out for it because it isn't hard, but we have discussions about it. A nice firm "No" tends to stop it, but only because she hates it when I am mad at her.

Thats how it started with us...Zayne would hit to be funny and thought it was cute. It's no longer cute!

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Yea, Sarafina thinks she is being cute. I try not to reinforce it. I am not really sure why she does it other than she likes to touch my glasses. I think she wonders why I wear them. Since I wear them all the time, there are times I think she also wonders what will happen if she smacks them. My DH wears contacts 24/7, so I think she is curious about why I wear them. Usually she says "glasses" right before she smacks me. GRRR! Toddlerhood is so hard. It is hard to discipline because they do not have rational thought, and it is hard to figure out why they do some of the behaviors they do.

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"melnzai" wrote:

I am sure even with 4 deployments, you can never be entirely used to your spouse leaving for an extended period of time. That is funny that Lanie will just take you to what she wants. Do you make her repeat the name of the object she wants before you give it to her? That is what I make my girls do. I am a mean mommy when it comes to that. If you want the cheese, say cheese. Lol Of course, this morning, Sarafina was using her words to tell me something she wanted and I could not understand her at all. She was so frustrated. It turns out she wanted the prescription bottle for her antibiotic. :shock:

Yea I usually make her repeat stuff. She's getting better at telling me. She use to just point which drove me nuts. Or she has figured out how to open the door to the pantry and she just brings me what she wants, cause all her stuff is on the lower shelfs. Lanie loves prescription bottles. I empted one and filled it with rice cause she loves to just shake them for the noise.

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We're here as well. Had crazy-busy holidays and are happy to be back at home with our normal routine again. Just updated my signature with a new picture of the boys. We found out in December that we're expected our third baby in August, so that's exciting. Smile

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Congrats Cynthia! How exciting! Biggrin

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Super exciting!!!! August is a great time to have a baby too Smile

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Ah yes the hitting and throwing. Evan has gotten better about hitting b/c we've been really firm with the immediate time outs but lately he gets frustrated with things and throws them. I waffle between calming him down and helping him do whatever it is that he threw and putting him in time out for throwing. It's increased since the baby probably b/c he's doing more on his own and gets angry when the puzzle pieces don't fit or mommy doesn't come the second he asks for help. Patience is a virtue he doesn't possess much of yet!

On the fun side he can recognize his letters now by name so we're working on sounds. For as short as his fuse can be (and it can be REALLY short when he wants something) he has endless concentration for his letter and number puzzles.

We've also been working on less TV time. I have been using it as a crutch when I'm busy with Rory etc and lately turning the TV off has led to major fits.

Rory is a needy little critter. I was very spoiled with Evan who was a super duper easy baby. I don't know that Rory is horrible but he has crying fits and fights sleep in ways Evan NEVER did.