New thread, maybe I can keep up on it now!
I used Flybaby way back when, and loved it. Maybe I should look into it again; 8 months was the lowpoint for me with Andrew and it looks like this time was no exception! Right now I really don't think it's something Flybaby can help with, though... I just need more hours in the day.
We still have Andrew (age 7) in a 5-point harness. One of his cousins teased him, but since it's a cousin who hasn't used a car seat or booster since age 3, I don't think Andrew cared. I even convinced my sister to keep her kids in 5 point harnesses as long as possible, recently. This is the last seat available (highest range) so once he outgrows this, he won't even need any booster. We figure he's going to outgrow it anytime in the next year, which is just about perfect, since Wyoming (where we travel to a lot) has the 8 year old law. I'm a worry wart, but we do a lot of interstate travel, and I just don't care what people think.
Kate's going to be good in her Chico baby bucket for a good long time yet, she's not quite to 17 lbs. She went from 75%ile to, like, 35%ile. It's my family genetics kicking in; 'bout time (Andrew was huge).
I have never heard of fly lady....I would really like to have a chef and a personal trainer
As far as carseats go I always keep my kids in them until the reccomended height - weight & age. DD4 was in hers until kindergarten I think the age/height/weight has gone up since then. It would be nice to have Dylan in a booster and Derek in a rear facing car seat but I am not sure of a safe booster for a 3 1/2- 4 year old. I am going to have to research it...
Okay, finally time to respond! It seems like everytime I start reading this thread William wakes up or something happens and I can't respond!
As for carseats, we love our Britax Roundabout and Roundabout 40. Like the others have said, most of the time kids outgrow them for height or they expire before reaching the weight limit so these work for us in my smaller car. The roundabout we can leave rearfacing until William is 2 like we did with Nicholas and still fit someone in the front seat and the Roundabout 40 is smaller than the Marathon or the Boulevard width wise so although it's tight a small person could still sit between the two carseats in the back of my CX-7. I plan to keep the kids in 5 point harness as long as they will fit since it is so much safer, so I am not even thinking about switching for a few years.
As far as people giving their opinions on how I raise my kids I have learned to just let it roll off me. I am lucky in the sense that my IL's keep their opinions to themselves most of the time. They said something one time about me delaying solids with Nicholas until 6 months and I told them about my research, then they made a comment once about keeping N rearfacing until he was 2 and I told them about the AAP's rec and they never said anything again. As far as BFing they have heard my opinion as well, but since it makes FIL uncomfortable when they are around I feed him in the other room. Anyone else I pretty much feed him wherever whenever, but since he is my FIL and I know he is trying to be accepting I do go into another room to feed my babies. So far with William they have kept their opinions to themselves, I guess they figure I have my way of doing things and they are pretty impressed with Nicholas so it must have something to do with it since they still give SIL problems over choices she makes with her kids.
I think I need to do flylady too. I have always been good about keeping the house picked up, but between 2 kids now and talking about TTC again plus me working and the running around we do everyday the cleaning of the big stuff I do periodically isn't getting done and I think flylady would keep me on top of that.
On a side note DH got a new job!!! It is as an analyst for a market research firm. This is really exciting for us because although it isn't really a raise it is getting him into the field he wants to be in and actually using his MBA. It is an entry level position in the firm so there is def room for advancement, it has benefits which his job now doesn't and it is half the commute his current job is, oh and no more Saturday's working! It looks like he will start Nov 1st at his request so he can get someone new hired for his current position and train them. He really likes the people he works for now and doesn't want to leave them hanging, but at the same time he took the job a year and a half ago as a temporary job to hold us over until he could get something in the field he wants to be in.
Mandi- I've never been a schedule person. In fact, I feel trapped by schedules and often freak out when I have to keep up with it. So, I'm not sure how this will work out for me but I'm trying it anyway Shined my sink last night. Got dressed today and will shine my sink tonight. Days 1 and 2 were simple. We'll see what happens.
Congrats to your DH Brandi!!!!
Yay for your dh Brandi!!
I go in the other room to bf sometimes too, like when we did DD1's birthday party or with big family get togethers, mostly out of respect to the grandpas (dh's and mine) and I always do at dh's cousin's house. So, when are you guys TTC??
Danielle- it's not really about schedule, I do well with schedules so I've scheduled myself. It's more about routines and setting a timer throughout the day for 5-10-15 minutes and cleaning. Getting into a routine to do simple things that keep your house clean and motivate you to feel good about yourself.
DH has been loving it, he's made a comment every morning and everyday when he gets home from work so that's made me feel good too, but the biggest reward is how much more smoothly everything in our house is going. Today is my errand day
Congrats on your dh Brandi! I'm jealous of the not working Saturdays thing.
With flylady, I just jumped in where they were. I did the morning routine starting on day 1, and the extra stuff too. The first week or two it seemed like a lot, but now that it's all mostly clean already it goes really quickly. I don't follow it to a T, but pretty closely. Like right now, I'm still sitting here in my jammies and haven't done any morning stuff yet. I'm feeling pretty lazy. But in the next 20 minutes or so I'll get off the computer and get the morning stuff done.
Mandi, that's great that your dh is noticing. Mine hasn't said a whole lot about it, but I know he really appreciates it. When Austin came home after being gone for the weekend he said "It seems really clean in here". Lol. My mom came over yesterday to watch Jack while I took Thomas to preschool, and it was so nice not having to worry about closing this or that door, or what she'll think about a certain area, etc. I think the biggest difference I notice is two different things. 1. the laundry. I sucked at that. Now it's always done. and 2. the bathroom. Boys are sooooo messy, but it's always clean!
I'm definitely not following it to a t trying but I'm not. I too just jumped right in after shining my sink, that's why my living room and kitchen are clean and not so much the rest of the house at the moment cause this week was the living room and during my hot spot times and decluttering I've mainly been working in the main living areas for right now. My bathroom is okay. I need to pick up some cleaner cause my bathtub needs cleaning and our drain needs some draino so I've been putting off cleaning the tub until that's done. Tomorrow is the entry area/dining room day and all of that is already clean (except the shelf in closet by our front door, but that'll take 10min tops) so I figure I can work on the bathroom then. I really try to get the morning stuff done right away, but that's cause I know getting in my clothes motivates me a little more and if I don't do my makeup before the kids are awake I'll never get it done.
Boy, just a week ago Josiah really figured out pulling up and crawling and now he's all over the place! And sadly for me, he's figured out he can open things. I'm actually pretty shocked at how stable he is cruising already and that he'll hold onto something with one hand and reach with his other to pick up something on the floor and he already can get himself down without falling . I thought I remembered that taking a few weeks with my other two, but I really can't remember. I think I'm going to cry when he starts walking, I'm really going to miss having a baby around the house, especially what dh and I call 'happy baby noises', ah I love those and the baby giggles, he's a giggle machine lately. I'm going to be a mess for his birthday, but it's unrealistic to think I can just keep having babies so I always have a baby in the house...I guess
and I should add that my older two are ALWAYS awake before me but I set an alarm clock in their room and they know that it's 'quiet time' and they can't leave their room except to use the bathroom before it goes off, I've trained them well but really it gives me some time to get myself mentally and physically ready for the day, I highly reccomend it to all the moms I talk to.
Mandi- I was reading through some more of it last night and it does seem more routine than schedule which is good. I can't just jump in where they are- I got very overwhelmed when I did that the last time so I'm definitely sticking to the babysteps for now. I didn't shine my sink last night but I felt sick I feel better-ish (it's rainy, I'm tired, so I feel kind of "blah" today) so today I'll definitely get more done.
Josiah has now graduated to the "happy spitter" category... meaning there is nothing more they can do for his spitting, but he's gaining weight so as long as it doesn't continue past 1 year, he's "fine".
Still have to fortify his bottles. We're upping his stomach med a little. Also have to avoid green beans and sweet potatoes for now as they make him puke. (Which is so flippin' odd.)
It is nice to know that the specialist isn't worried anymore even if I'm usually covered in spit up and have black spots all over the carpet from Josiah spitting up (and then dust clinging to it).
Michelle, that's great that the specialist isn't worried anymore!
Xander took 2 completely unassisted steps on Monday. They were sideways though as he was trying to get from my dad to the chair I was sitting in. He usually just drops to the floor and crawls over to me but this time he did it while standing! I felt terrible because Ed was at work and didn't get to see it and it happened so fast that I couldn't get my camera in time I'll just have to make sure I get him next time!
He's in such a hurry to walk!
He had some bbq chicken pizza yesterday but only because when I picked him up, he made it disgustingly obvious that he was NOT going to let me eat it without sharing. I picked the chunks of chicken off so that he didn't choke and he absolutely loved it. I let him indulge but he's not getting that often because it was one of those premade pizzas that you toss in the oven and I'm sure there's tons of junk in there that he doesn't need. It made him extremely happy though!
That's great news Michelle! You must feel so relieved!
Danielle, wow! That's just crazy to me. Jack is nowhere ready to walk yet. The most we are doing here is getting up on his knees. Fine by me I guess, lol.
So I've been using Flylady still, and I just love it!! Like Mandi, it's also encouraged me to spend less time on the computer, which is a good thing. My house is always clean, and I have time to work on projects daily! It's sad how excited this makes me. lol At least I have stuff to do since I'm once again a hunting widow.
I'm excited about it too Susan Last night we even at dinner at the table as a family with candles....dh asked what the special occasion was
I'm pretty lucky this year, dh hasn't gone hunting much and when he does he got permission from a farmer less than 10 miles away to hunt at his farm so he usually goes early in the morning and then again in the late afternoon. Though he's going duck hunting this weekend and that will be an all day thing. He's going to be gone at the end of the month all the way up until our anniversary up at my grandparents cabin and then again when gun season opens, but it's better than last year.
It is supposed to be beautiful out this weekend too so I'm hoping we can do the pumpkin patch together at some point, it's his weekend off, we don't get those often!
Mandi, you are brave to have candles at the table with little kids! My dh has been hunting a lot this year. But I guess I don't mind all that much. Other than the expense of it, and he's kind of messy with all his stuff. But he's making sure to do family stuff too. He took the boys opening of ducks, which was quite brave if you ask me. And then we went to the apple orchard the other day, and the plan for this Monday is to go to the pumpkin patch and do that whole thing. So that should be fun. And I am loving this warm weather! I am going to take advantage and do some cleaning of the garage while it's so nice out. Once it gets cold there is no way I'm touching it until spring.
Oh, and I'm kind of excited! I'm getting my late grandmothers sewing machine. She loved to sew and did it a lot, so I'm guessing it's a pretty good machine. I don't know how to use it at all, so I will have to learn. But it'll be nice to have. It'll be a good winter project for me, learning how to use the thing. lol
Well, I haven't stuck with Fly Lady but I've been sick for like 2 weeks now and I don't really appear to be getting any better I have just about no voice now on top of this horrendous cough I have BLARGH. I figure I'll pick up FlyLady again when I don't feel like garbage.
Michelle, that is great! So glad to hear he is doing so much better! You have done such a great job through all of this!
Danielle, I hope you feel better soon!
Susan, very cool about the sewing machine, I keep saying I need to learn to sew, but still haven't made the plunge.
So, DH and I started Weight Watchers together on Monday and it is going really well so far. It is probably because I am nursing, but I feel like I have plenty of points and can even splurge a little on what I want to eat sometimes with the built in extra points. I have also been working like crazy to earn the activity points. I haven't used any of them yet, but it makes me happy they are there. We'll see what the scale says on Sunday!
Also, I know most of you up north aren't even thinking about swimming, but today at Target I found the deal of the century for next summer. They have all of the speedo floaties (the good ones with the cloth cover), life jackets, the bathing suits with the floaty stuff in them, puddle jumpers and spring float baby floats for $2.99 each! The floaties were $12 at the beginning of the summer when I bought a pair for Nicholas, puddle jumpers are I think $20, the bathing suits are $25, the spring float I think was $20 and the life jackets are $20. I bought 2 bathing suits, 2 puddle jumpers, 2 sets of floaties, 1 life jacket (I would have bought 2, but they didn't have anymore blue ones small enough) and 1 spring float for next summer (and maybe a bit more this year). I figure next summer William will be a year and a half and Nicholas will be barely 3, so the water is going to be crazy. Hopefully by the end of the summer he will be swimming, but I know he won't at the beiginning of the season and I'm not sure which of the options will work best, so for that price I got them all and it was still only $24! So, check your Target where like the goggles and that stuff is.
no lol, Brandi it's been too chilly here to swim (it's not cold, it's just not swimming weather anymore) but that's an awesome deal!
Thanks for the well wishes :), I've decided that while I am not a fan of doctors, I'll be going Monday if I'm not better. I've been sick for like 2 weeks now (I was sick when I started FlyLady but it's gotten so bad that I can't sleep because of the cough so I'm exhausted all the time now.). Me going to the doctor of my own free will says something in itself.
Danielle- That sounds horrible. I hope you feel better soon.
thank you It's so weird because I don't feel sick in the way that one normally has body aches and feels run down. It's just my throat, my ears, some laryngitis and this awful cough so I am very thankful that it's not worse than it is! It's just very irritating and hard to function when I'm constantly coughing.
You know what that makes me think? Some kind of mold irritation. I used to have the same thing happen to me when I lived in my apartment, and turned on the window AC unit.
I'm not sure though because our a/c's are relatively brand new. Also, the cough is mostly gone now- if it was mold would it have gone away on it's own?
I mean maybe I should look into it just in case but wouldn't the mold have to be removed for the problem to go away?
Josiah's first tooth finally broke through! and he's 10 months old today, isn't it crazy? I can't believe that in 2 more months we'll be celebrating his first birthday. He's been sleeping awful the past week or so, I doubt his tooth breaking through will help much, he seems to be taking after his big sisters with getting teeth late but a few coming all at once cause he's got at least 3 others that look *so* close. He's still my earliest baby to get teeth even though it took 10 months, dd2 was 10 months 4 days and dd1 was 11.5 months.
I am SO tired today, on top of Josiah not sleeping well the last week I've had some insomnia, so frustrating especially since I don't feel comfortable taking anything for it while breastfeeding.
It's probably not mold then Danielle. I just threw that out as an idea. But it mostly would depend on how old your house is, not the AC unit itself (unless it's a window unit). It would be in your ducts, not the unit itself.
Yay for a first tooth Mandi! I can't believe you remember when each kid got their first tooth. Heck, I can't even remember when Jack got his.
So, TMI alert. My AF has been so so so heavy! I guess it's probably fine or normal. I've always heard if you are soaking a pad an hour or tampon it's probably too much, but I use a diva cup. In the last 12 hours I filled it to overflowing 4 times! Last night it was full plus I got a lot on my pad. I remember before I had Jack when using that thing that it was never full. One time it got almost full and I was surprised. So this is just a lot for me. I'm guessing it's fine though right? Anyone know at what point to get worried?
I've never used a Diva cup so I'm not sure, I know that supposedly you are only supposed to have a few tablespoons each period, I always thought mine seemed heavier but I always used tampons. I really want to try the Diva cup but since af isn't back I haven't gotten around to buying one, I should look around and see if anywhere local has them.
I didn't remember dd2 off hand, I looked in her baby book when I went to put Josiah's in his baby book yesterday DD1's I remember was 2 weeks before her first birthday, couldn't tell you the day unless I looked, but I was shocked that it was so late. Really I've been shocked with them all, dh and I were in the 7-9 month range when we got our first teeth (based on our mom's memories )
So, he slept AWFUL last night, up 4 times, so obviously the tooth breaking through didn't help things, I don't think it's the other 3 that are close that are waking him, I'd guess they won't come until at least next week. And to top it off he wants to nurse all the time suddenly (probably for comfort) and it hurts! I'm hoping that now that the tooth is through it will stop hurting soon but since he's got a few others close behind I'm really wondering if that is going to happen.
In better news I got my bathroom completely decluttered! , so now our living room, kitchen and bathroom are staying reasonably clean. I really wanted to work on the kids rooms this week but that will have to happen a different week I got Josiah's room clean but his has never really been messy other than some toys that need to be thrown back in their basket for another day Gotta do some grocery shopping today, I'm really hoping I don't get a call from DD2's school. She threw up yesterday about an hour before her bus came to get her so I kept her home and she seemed fine (she seemed fine before she threw up too) all day, didn't happen again, no fever. Still not sure what happened. She was outside with dh and I guess he said she came up to him holding her belly and said she needed a drink of water and then threw up just barely missing him So I'm sending her today, and really hoping she's fine.
Mandi, the things that may come to mind with Josiah wanting to nurse all the time is supply issues. Do you think he's just not getting enough? I have that problem when there is a growth spurt, or I was really having issues right before AF came back. And now I am having issues again that AF is here. Maybe AF is lurking around the corner!! dun dun dun! jk
Yay for getting decluttered!! I have my entire house decluttered, as far as things out in the open. I am having to move on to things that are behind closed doors now. Closets and cabinets mostly. It feels so good to get rid of things, especially when you can give them to people who need them. I got rid of all Jack's clothes that he's outgrown. (except for a few souvenir type things that I'm keeping) It was hard at first, but I have to just tell myself, either the clothes are going to sit in a box until they get that icky sitting around smell and yellowed, or someone else is going to put them to good use. So at least now they are getting used and appreciated! I gave them to a friend who doesn't have a lot of money who is just so grateful, and that makes me feel good. I don't know why I have such a hard time getting rid of the little baby stuff. After I get past the stuff he used in the first few months, it doesn't bother me in the least. Weird, huh?
I also got rid of all my old bridesmaids dresses! Like I was ever going to wear those again. I gave them to my great aunt whom is a seamstress. She loves to use the fabric for other things.
One thing that I am kind of wondering what I am going to do about is Steven and Thomas' room. They keep all their toys in their room, and I need to get rid of some stuff to make room for Christmas. Because they always get a bunch of new toys and I honestly have no idea where I will put anything else?? And it's 90% stuff I would never want to toss. Thomas the train stuff, Geotrax (expensive!!) Wooden train stuff. etc.
Yay Mandi and Susan for getting decluttered! That is awesome! I seriously need to get going with flylady. Laundry is taking over my life. I have really been focusing on dieting right now though. I was doing great after William with losing the baby weight, but then he started solids and the scale started going back up again. So I joined Weight Watchers and DH joined with me. In the last 2 weeks I have lost 7 pounds! I guess it turns put I just forgot how to eat reasonable potion sizes after being pregnant or nursing for the last 3 years. So now that I am getting that under control again I am hoping to get the house in order with all the extra energy I have from eatting better and exercising.
Yay for Josiah getting a tooth too. William's still hasn't come through and I haven't seen a bit of change, so they may just stay put for awhile. It doesn't slow the kid down from eatting though, so I'm not too worried about it.
I was trying to figure out what to do with more toys too. Especially with William's birthday and Christmas so close together it is going to be toy overload in an already full playroom. Susan, if they still play with the geoTracks and trains I would keep them, but if they don't I would sell it. I tried to buy some used last year for Nicholas to save some money and everytime I would email someone they were already sold, so they appear to sell pretty well. Our stuff I think will be leaving the toy room is the "baby" toys that even William doesn't have much interest in anymore, but I'll box them all up and save them until we have another baby around I guess.
I'm definitely not looking forward to decluttering the toys but it definitely needs to be done before Christmas. One thing I've done with toys, not sure how your relationship is with your parents but I sent a lot of our toddler toys to my moms (she has friends with toddlers and my nephew comes over, ect), I'm slowly bringing them back to our house now. I think that is what I'll do with some of our nicer girls toys that we don't have room for or that Josiah will play with eventually. Everything but their favorites are going, some to my moms, some to Goodwill. So if you think they'd let you bring it there and be okay with you taking it back when Jack wants to play with some of it, it might be something to think about. Another thing, this Christmas we're not doing much for toys. The girls are getting a bunkbed and dresser/s. Josiah's getting a toy box. They will probably get a few little things to top it off and that's it from us/Santa. They get tons of stuff from everyone else though, so we'll still need the space. I'm still not sure what to do about the girls dresser issue. They share a room and probably will for some time. I found a nice big dresser (and it has 'crystal' knobs, which I'm sure they'd love) that they could share and still have their own drawers, but then I was thinking maybe I should get them their own? If they got their own the budget would have to be divided and I just can't seem to find anything nice and solid in our budget. Splitting Christmas between 3 kids and having Josiah's birthday is going to make for an expensive holiday season.
Have to grocery shop today, was going to yesterday but Josiah didn't nap until late and then I knew I wouldn't have time to do it before the girls got home.
My kids share dressers and don't mind. You've gotta do what works for your family at the time.
I hear ya on the expense. Christmas, then J's birthday on Jan 18, K's on Feb 1 and A's on Feb 4. Plus my godson's birthday is Jan 23 and my goddaughter's is Dec 21. Holy holiday spending.
We're going light on the toys this year too. And we're working towards getting rid of 60% of the current toys. Most is slightly damaged or not really played with. But we have sent some to my mom's house so my nephew to play with for now. The Goodwill truck comes today and I'm so stoked to empty out toys. It's breaking my heart a little to give away K and J's too small clothes. It's the first time I don't have another child to wear them later.
Oh, the geotrax and the trains are definitely played with. And that's a good idea about my mom's, but she's already got a bunch of toys from Austin.
My boys share a dresser, but it's a smaller one, so they are going to need another one soon. Funny you should say that, I was thinking a dresser for the middle two boys and a toybox for Jack. I'm still on the fence for the toybox though, I'm afraid it'll just become a pile of junk inside it.
Today I'm attempting to dust off my silk plants. I hate that job. I always let it go way too long since they are way up on top of my kitchen cabinets. And there is no good or easy way to do it. I decided to take them outside and use the hair drier to blow the dust off as much as I can while rubbing the leaves with my fingers to get off whatever won't blow off on it's own (which seems to be most of it). Anyone have a good way of doing it that is less work than what I am doing?
I'm no good at dusting and we really don't have much for plants around the house...I'd like some eventually.
I think a toy box would be alright as long as you go through it on a regular basis. The girls have one in the 'toy room' (aka basement carpeted area ) but it's ugly and plastic, and I just have to make sure to go through it and toss the broken, forgotten stuff. I want to get one of those nice ones that double as a seat for Josiah's room, my biggest decision is what color wood. The wood in his room at the moment is white and I know I want a different color when he's out of the crib, I'm thinking cherry, espresso or 'honey'. The honey matches our houses existing woodwork the best, but I think I prefer the cherry.
And I don't *think* it's af. I have kept an eye out for ovulation symptoms since we're not using birth control of any sort and I really don't think I have ovulated...though I guess that's not to say af won't show. Did your milk supply drop with ovulation or just af? Cause the past few days I have noticed some more cm and some side pains, but that really wouldn't make sense since he is nursing more now than before. I'm not sure what my body is doing, I have a head cold so it could be that too. I do think my supply is down a bit, but it's hard to tell since he's not letting me get 'full' the past few days.
Stopping by to say hi how's everyone doing?!
Hi Stacey! How is Emma doing?
I had to run Josiah to urgent care yesterday and he has ear infection #4 (or 5?? I have to ask his dr cause I am losing track, he's had at least 4 for sure). The dr told me to make him an appointment for about a month from now, I think they are gong to start talking about tubes :-? It's just so weird to me, my girls never had ear infections, not even one, and here he is getting a ton of them. I'm just so done with being at the dr's office all the time. I don't think there has been one month this year where we haven't been at the dr's at least once. The dr at urgent care asked if he was in day care, nope he's at home with me and breastfed, two things that are supposed to reduce ear infections and here we are! I'm just really grumpy, I'm sick too. Luckily the dr perscribed me some numbing drops for MY ears I don't have an infection but I have fluid which I guess is what is causing the pain? My sinuses have been so blocked up it's not surprising. So I feel like poo and then dh was hunting yesterday morning so I had to drop the girls off at my moms and then we went and got the kids costumes and there was a home football game so I got stuck in stand-still traffic on the way home...and being in the car really bothers my ears. Dh was complaining the whole time, and then we got home and he took a NAP! He took a nap, cause he was tired from waking up at 3am to hunt. Didn't ask me if I wanted to lay down cause I'm sick, feel awful and was up all night with a baby who also is cranky and probably feels awful too. Then as I'm cooking dinner and all the kids are whinning he has the nerve to ask me why I'm so cranky as he's just waking up. Okay, I'll stop venting, you can imagine that I'm having a bad week already though. I thought I was pretty good though, I didn't say one word to dh all night, I still feel the urge to give him a piece of my mind but I knew I couldn't open my mouth without losing it. End rant. I feel a tiny bit better now
I feel for you Mandi! I was tired yesterday too. While dh and Austin went hunting in the morning, I was home doing everyday stuff. Cleaning, meals, getting the kids dressed, and I also cleaned out our garden and put all the stuff in the trailer. That was a LOT of work!! Then we went out to my parents where I had to play photographer for family pictures. I was tired from sitting around at my parents and asked dh to drive home, usually I drive. He just looked at me and then he said it. "well, I was up at 3am this morning, you got to sleep in". Umm, really? I guess, if sleeping in is getting up at 6:30am, then yeah, I slept in. Plus he was out having fun, his choice!! I hate that when he plays the tired card from hunting. Well bucko, that's the price you pay for hunting, geeze!! lol Right away I gave him the look, and my mom chimed in that it was his choice to go hunting. He pretty much shut up after that.
At least dh is getting a lot of ducks this year, and I found a way to cook them that the whole family really enjoys! So that makes it less painful for him to be gone all.the.time.
Sorry Josiah is getting all those ear infections, that has to be hard. And I hope you are feeling better soon too! The joys of older siblings I guess.
Oh, and hi Stacey! Although I feel pretty caught up with you on FB. I love seeing all the pictures! You are so good about that.
Thank goodness my husband doesnt hunt. He's gone enough for work.
Stacey- Aww! Your siggy pic is so cute. Got a thumb sucker??
Mandi, Sorry your dh didnt think how tired you were Hopefully you feel better soon.
Eli has this low grade fever(99.6-100.4) since sat afternoon. it goes away with medicine. He took 2 four hour naps yesterday! He doresnt have any other symptoms. Its baffling me. Any ideas??
my only suggestion is ear infections but Josiah's symptoms have varied with each one. With this last one he hasn't even had a fever, just super cranky, ear pulling and not sleeping. One time he had a really high fever with no other symptoms. I'd see how he does unless it goes really high, my girls still get fevers for no apparent reason sometimes.
Susan, you have to share how you cook it! I still haven't found a way to cook it that is any good to me. DH just likes duck hunting for fun, not so much for the meat so he usually gives it away but if we could find a way to cook it where it'd taste good it might not bother me quite as much Honestly now that I've had a little rest today I feel better. The hunting doesn't bother me as much as the nap when he knew I was sick and what my morning was like and then he woke up all cranky which made me even more cranky. Oh well, what can you do, at least I've calmed down now so I can talk to him about it tonight
Okay, moms of older boys I need suggestions from those who have BTDT. What are some quality little boy toys for age 1+??? I take it Geotrax is a good brand for trains? But I think they are probably too young for those yet. I know I want to get him some blocks and puzzles but any other ideas? I'm trying to get a list going for myself and anyone who asks for birthday/Christmas and I'm kind of at a loss
Geotrax are great, but he's a little young for that at this point. Most stuff at 1+ is still pretty gender neutral I would think. Push toys where they can learn to walk, little riding toys, activity tables. Maybe some bigger car/truck toys. Water/sand tables are a huge hit. My kids love John deere tractors, and Jack is already showing interest in playing with them. Little tykes car http://www.amazon.com/Little-Tikes-Cozy-Coupe-Anniversary/dp/B001NQHN7S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287515747&sr=8-1
Let's see, what else...... My kids loved the Priddy books. http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780312490836
Oh, Jack likes the elmo dolls too. Except those are only interesting for a few minutes, you know how that goes.
Hope this helps some!
ETA, one of the things I got for Jack so far is wooden letter blocks that are on a little tray on wheels, and one of those wooden squares where there are cutouts of shapes and you put the shapes in the right hole. Here, the link is better than trying to explain it. http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Classic-Block-Cart/dp/B0006GUY18/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1287516096&sr=8-2 and http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Shape-Sorting-Cube/dp/B00005RF5G/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1287516147&sr=8-13
Oh, how I cook the duck. You'll only like it if you like onions and garlic. I just cube up the duck, and fry it with big chunks of onion, and butter, on medium heat. I mince maybe 3 cloves of garlic too. So so good. It takes on the onion and garlic flavor instead of the gamey flavor. Plus, in a separate pan I saute fresh mushrooms and eat it with those as well. YUM.
Mandi~I had chronic ear infections when I was a child. I had them so bad as an infant that I had tubes put in but still got them at least once a year up until I was 16. I also, yearly, had my ear drum burst (until I was 16) and literally my ears would bleed.
It happened in 2008 again (an ear infection and then burst and bleeding) but it hasn't happened since. I always have pressure and what sounds like liquid trapped. It's something I have has to live with. Swim Ear is one of my best friends. I use it often, especially when I am in the water a lot.
I really hope he gets better quickly, it is painful for him and you.
Amanda~I hope Eli is ok. Has the fever subsided?
Susan~Never been a fan of duck (except when we went to China and had Peking there) but my DH LOVES it! He would be in heaven!!
Yay fever wasnt here today. He seemed almost back to normal. Slept like normal but still wihiney.
As far as toys, I liked getting the boys ride on toys/push toys. We got one of those "dinosaur put the clear plastic balls in and it lights up and plays music" thingys for ethan at a yr. He still play with it at almost three. Puzzles? those big chunky ones? May be a little young but not too far off to gain interest in them.
Amanda, can you post a link to the dino toy you are talking about? (nak)
Nicholas loved his rideon/push cars too and the Priddy books are still a favorite. Also, he likes Little People quite a bit and William is already playing with them they love teh garage and firestation http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Little-People-Station-exclusice/dp/B002UV4V4S and http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2634534&CAWELAID=107508639. William will be getting the farm for Christmas http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2443512. Nicholas always loved puzzles too. The chunky ones with the nobs by Melissa and Doug are ages 1+ and William likes the ones that we had for N, so I am getting him a few of his own for Christmas or his birthday, we have this one and the house one already http://www.melissaanddoug.com/barnyard-animals-jumbo-knob-puzzle.
Also, N was always a fan of the Fisher Price baby stuff, music table (which W loves now too) http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=900002&e=storeproduct&pid=45350§ion=inf_view_all and the Laugh and Learn workbench (which I just bought for W too, the updated one) http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=900002&e=storeproduct&pid=52060§ion=inf_view_all. N's other old favorite is this http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Crawl-Cruise-Musical-Jungle/dp/B001K30KJC and W loves it too. I love the Fisher Price stuff and Melissa and Doug stuff, it holds up really well and keeps them engaged.
Mandi~ Emma is doing great!! She got her 2 bottom teeth 3 weeks ago
Pam~ She is an on and off thumb sucker lol
Susan Ya I have an addiction to taking pics and posting them.. lol I am sure people get tired of me haha
I need to get some xmas shopping done.. I can't believe October is almost over already.. it feels like it just got here.
She beat Josiah! He has just the one, the other one looks close as do his top two though.
Thanks for all the ideas!! I think I have a good list, I am getting him the megablocks table for his birthday I think. Christmas will probably include some kind of Little people set, some wooden puzzles and maybe some smaller things. We'll see, I know my mom will appreciate some ideas too. I definitely want to start Christmas shopping soon.
I *still* have this cold, it's the most miserable thing, I feel much better but my throat is sore now and Josiah's still waking frequently at night. I made his follow up for Nov. 9, I am torn on tubes. I'd rather not get them, but I'd also like to avoid all these ear infections. Plus now I'm wondering if this is why he's only saying mama? Everytime the dr has looked in his ears, even during well child checkups where he doesn't have an infection she always has mentioned fluid in his ears. I'm defnitely going to ask about getting his hearing checked at that appointment.
Emma has teeth already?? Crazy!
Did you ever make your pumpkin pie? I found a recipe online that my family just LOVES. I used canned pumpkin though. Like others said, for using your own pumpkin, I think you just cook the pumpkin and puree it, and then use the amount the recipe calls for. The recipe I use is just one can of pumpkin, one can of condensed milk, 2 eggs and spices. I use a tad more spices for that extra flavor. Soooooo good!!
I've been doing some christmas shopping, when I find good deals. I've gotten $450 worth of gifts for $120. Not too bad! I expect to do worse and worse as time goes on though. I can't get that good of a deal on everything, unfortunately. But, it's a great start!
Hi ladies, how are you? I feel like I really haven't been on here for weeks. I lurk, but I have been so busy at work I haven't been able to sneak on. At night I do get to FB mostly.
Hope everyone and the LO's are doing well.
Mandi, I have a good friend whose three year old was like that, always had fluid in her ears and by now (3 years old) she had about 50% hearing loss. She just had surgery 2 weeks ago and they say it looks like her hearing has been fully restored, her speech was delayed a bit, but the doctors said they were honestly amazed that she was talking as much as she was with that amount of hearing loss. She also had to have her adnoids out at the same time, but I don't think the two are that related. I would say the tubes would be worth it and hopefully help him with as many ear infections as the poor gy has had. Good luck on your decision!
Susan, sounds like you are getting great deals! I have been lucky with that stuff so far too. Now I am just waiting for Melissa and Doug to go on sale at TRU and I think I'll be done with my kids, then there's just the rest of the family.
Stacey, that is crazy Emma already has teeth! William still doesn't have any! She is so sweet, thanks for popping in
I have started Christmas shopping Dylan is done...everything looks like fun in the 3+ age group!! Someone had asked about geo trax and Derek does play with them already he likes the non electic train set (we have the zoo) 1 would be a good age to start with those. He also likes the little people garage.
Stacey - Emma is just so adorable!!! love thumb suckers:) 2 teeth already!! Derek just got his 1st on Oct 10.
Susan - wow you are doing great with the deals!!! How do you do it? Your pumpkin pie recipe sounds like the one dh makes... it is sooooo good.
Mandi - hope you are feeling better! Good luck with your decision with the tubes for Josiah ear issues are no fun
Brandi - we have some of those toys you mentioned...we had the musical table I just sent it back to fp Derek got his finger stuck in the back of the computer by the hinge .. I had to pull it out... but he loved the table and would walk around it playing for a while!
Making your own pumpkin puree is super easy! I always use pie pumpkins, not sure if it'd taste the same with jack-o-lantern pumpkins. I just cut the top off, cut them in half, scoop out all the 'guts', cut the halves in half and put them on a baking sheet insides facing up and bake them at 350 for about 45min. Then you just puree it up in a food processor. I don't think there is a huge difference in taste but it's definitely a lot cheaper if you make a lot of pumpkin things, and I do We just finished off 2 loaves of pumpkin bread that I made on Wednesday.
That's good that his hearing recovered Brandi! I think I'm going to overanalyze everything until his appointment.
So, I think my af-free time is coming to an end soon. TMI-AHEAD
When I wiped this morning there was pink. Nothing since but that is the first time I've had any kind of spotting since the post partum stuff stopped. I didn't have any spotting before I got af after DD2 but I had the IUD in, so I'm not sure what to expect this time.