Just thought I'd let you know
It's my girl's night tonight! Woot! If you guys don't currently do a girls night at least once a month, you NEED to. You have no idea how much it lifts my mood. I'm so so so thankful to Drew for making it possible, even on nights like tonight, where he really does need to stay and work. I just hope he never starts to resent me for it
Anyone in the Mystic Cloud getting their SO's anything for Valentines Day? I don't normally get Drew anything, but our local Hallmark was advertising chocolate covered strawberries. I saw some in the Harry and David catalog, but man, they were like $50! I know he likes them, so I was wondering where I was going to get them. I was in luck! Woot!
And for the kids at Carson's school, I think I'm going to do the glow bracelet with "You make my heart GLOW!" that I saw on Pinterest. I'm sure they're going to get plenty of candy, so I figure I'll be the oddball
Yeah Vicki. Zumba for wii is ok, good enough for a workout but I think just dance will be better.
Yay for girls night Steph! Hope you have a blast!!
Hey, I'm still here. Just at my dads and have no comp, just my phone. Should be home Tuesday and then I will be more involved again.
Having fun. The kids did awesome with the drive up. Very impressed with halloway.
In case I have never said it before, you ladies rock and I'm grateful to have you all.
Woot! We got a new vehicle! I'm so relieved that we're free from that POS van. NEVER get a Caravan. Junk. Junk, I tell ya!
So glad that the kids did awesome with the drive, Kilah! It always makes the drive 1000 times more stressful when the kids are unhappy. I swear my blood pressure rockets when I hear any sort of cry or whine in the car. Something about being enclosed makes it so much worse.
Wow, I finally read everything and got caught up. Holy drama batman!
Anyway, please coem back, ladies! Don't let the board die...
Halloway starts preschool next week. I am very ready for that. And I think she is too. It will be nice, because then I can do swim lessons with Lio during that time. But I do feel bad that she will be sitting out swim lessons until May when preschool is over. But, it will be good for Lio and me to do somethin together.
I had a good time at my dad's. We took H to Chuck E Cheese and she got a bloody nose. Good times, ha ha. And we did the kids photos. Omg, I got like a million printed of Lio, he took too many good ones. Halloway was more interested in running, so we got a few good ones of her, but not as many as Lio. I was just glad that I got *one* good one of the two of them, and I'm not even super in love with it though.
Oh, and I bought a bikini for Aruba. I am so looking forward to our vacation. I signed up for bootcamp and pilates, so maybe then I'll get my butt in shape for real. I try to work out at home, but it's hard with the kids. So bootcamp is at like 6am, so Jaime can watch them before work. I'm making a real effort to take better care of myself. Work out, eat right (though I was doing fairly good here), bathe more frequently (it's not at bad as it sounds, ha ha), actually brush my hair and -gasp- put make up on! I could honestly count on my hands how many times I actually put on make up since H was born. So I went to Bare Escentuals and bought everything under the sun, and now I feel like a woman again. Who knew something so simple could make you feel so good about yourself?
And I submitted some law school applications. Which I haven't told ANYONE other than Jaime in real life, so we're keeping that one of the down low. I still just haven't decided if I feel comfortable going back to school yet, but figure if I don't at least apply, I don't even have the ability to make the choice rather or not to go. So we'll see. I have mixed feelings. Some days I say I hope I get rejected because then I don't have to worry about it, other days I really want to go, and then sometimes I get upset thinking I could get accepted but then be the one to turn them down. Yeah...we're workin on me being a basket case still.
Anyway, sorry for the essay.
Stephanie, what kind of car did you get? Yay for getting rid of your Caravan!
Kilah, that's so awesome that you bought a bikini! I great way to get in shape. Even if I lost a bunch of weight, I would never look good in a bikini anymore - too much loose skin and stretch marks!
And getting up early is a great way to exercise as well. And law school, you go girl!! Sounds like you are starting to do more things for yourself and that's GREAT and will make you a better mama!!
I am in a wedding this summer so I'm tRYING to get in shape for that. It's a good goal since it's in June.
I just need things to get back to normal around here. DH has done a complete turn around but is still having unresolved conflict with our church. We are definitely looking for another one but we really need to leave on good terms.
Prayers that we would find something that is a perfect fit while we are here!
Also, I am going to try to get DH to get a physical done. He just gets SO depressed sometimes; I feel like there may be a defeciency or diet change needed.
YAY for a bikini Kilah!! I lost 5 pounds this week, so I feel good about that but I am no where near a bikini. LOL. I bet it was fun buying all that makeup!!
Vicki, I am so glad things are going better with your husband!! I hope you guys are able to find a church that works!
Yay for a new vehicle Stephanie!
Steph, yay for a new car car! What did you get?
Kilah, sounds like you're doing awesome things for yourself and that is great. I want to see the pics you got done!
Vicki, me neither on the bikini thing!! lol. And I agree about DH seeing someone/getting checked out for his depression. How are YOU feeling lately?
ARGH! That stupid purple button!
Oh, also, my idea for DH for V Day is a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. If you buy them by the 14th, you get 12 Valentines free and each card has a coupon for a free donut in it! It's select areas, so I hope ours is doing it.
We got a Traverse. I'm in love with it so far
So glad that you're taking the time to take care of yourself, Kilah. It's so important to make ourselves feel good so we can be better mommies.
Vicki, I hope you get things worked out with the church.
I love that I came back to check on things and there is a ton a happy news!
Vicki, I'm glad that things are better for you. I know you will find a perfect church for you and your family. A physical sounds like a great idea. Also I'm in a wedding in April and I have zero prayer of being in shape. I just hope I don't look too whaleish.
I'm so glad you got a new car Steph I know the last van you had was a giant pita. I'm also loving the winter pics you have done of the boys, so awesome!
I usually don't have too many "good" winter pics, but this winter has been so mild that I've been able to take them out and have some fun How's your photography going?? You need to post for some CC on the Photography board!
Steph - I am so glad you got a new car! You deserve it!
Vicki - I am glad you and your DH are doing better. A physical is probably a good idea. And I hope you find a church that is a good fit for you guys. Finding a good church is very difficult, I feel. We are certainly not in love with ours, but unfortuantley, we don't have any other choices, ha ha.
Lindsay - there is no way you will look "whalish" come April! You have stayed in such stellar shape with Fin all ready! You will look beautiful, don't worry!
Oh, I definitely have stretch marks, but you know what, I earned those babies and I have zero qualms forcing the rest of the world to look at them. I mean, they don't bother me and they don't bother Jaime, and everyone else is a non-entity. Although I just went and tried on all my old bikinis, which I could not fit into at ALL after having H since the tops are cupped and sized (i.e., 34 D) and my boobs and girth were just waaaay too big. But now they fit! And the bottoms are all a bit big! Take that pre-baby Kilah!!! Sorry, I don't mean to "brag" or whatever, I am just feeling really good about myself right now, and there is no one else I can tell these things to.
That's awesome Kilah!
and i agree Lindsay, you look great now and I'm sure you'll look awesome when you're in the wedding
So, what is everyone up to this weekend?
Drew's getting his blood sugar checked per dr. orders, this morning, then he says we're going to go out and do something. I've been needing a new bra for a while now, since I'm down to only one, so I'm going to push going to VS. The last time I went they were out of the color that I wanted in a certain bra.
Do you guys wear colored/patterned bras? I just couldn't bring myself to buy a pattern. I was afraid it was going to show through my shirts. I usually wear the nude color. Boring, I know.
I just wear the nude color or black if I wear a black shirt. I'm boring too. I really want to try a patterned bra...they look so fun! Maybe someday.....
Steph, also congrats on the new car!! So exciting! I hope it's a much better vehicle for you. I remember all the problems the van caused.
We were going to go to the Renaissance festival, but Chloe has a little cold going on, so I'm going grocery shopping instead while she stays home with Matt. I know, soooo exciting! I've been needing to do a giant trip for awhile now, so I know I will feel much better getting it done. I just hope Chloe doesn't throw a fit, since I told her we were going to a 'fairy land' earlier in the week and showed her a dress she could wear. Hopefully she forgot about it!
Vicki- Glad things are looking up for you! Also, because of you I now really want Krispy Kreme's! I may buzz through the Dunkin Donuts drive through on my way out of here to satisfy my donut craving! MMM.....
Lindsay- You look great! I cannot believe how crazy active you have been while pregnant! Tennis and all the running around you do with the girls has kept you looking fabulous! I bet you have awesome legs!!
Kilah- I am also jealous of how awesome you look! I soooo want to get in better shape for summer, but I'm just not devoted to working on it. I need to get my act together. Swimsuit season will be here in two months! Eek!
I think I'll accept Steph's invite and start posting over here if it's ok with everyone else. I try to keep the IVF board active but that board goes in spurts.
I'm at a different stage of mommyhood than most of you but I enjoy hearing about your LOs. I have a 9, 10 and almost 11 year old.
Today we are working on Science Fair projects with the older two. Tonight DH and I are going to go to a mystery dinner theatre in our town. Hopefully it will be a good one. Today is 6 years since DH and I's first date.
As far as bras go...I have colored/patterned bras that I don't wear much. I have the frilly, lacey bras but find I don't wear them much because they aren't smooth and you can see them through shirts. I have a hot pink one I like to wear a lot. I like to match my underwear to my bras though. I found I really like Ambrielle bras from JC Penny. I about die when I look at the cost of a VS bra. I found it's a lot harder to buy bras since my breast aug surgery and it stresses me out so much and mine aren't even that big. Have fun bra shopping. I always make DH come in the dressing room with me.
We're not doing anything this weekend. Tom is working and his car is in the shop so he has my car and I'm stuck at home. Which is ok b/c I'm a little under the weather.
yay Meg! Oh and you never showed us pics of your new boobies
I only wear black bras usually. I used to have a leopard print one that I liked a lot. It's always been a dream of mine to have matching bra and underwear sets but it's too expensive and I need good, utilitarian bras that I can wear like everyday.
I hope you have a good day Steph and get some pretty bras!
I am in bra limbo. Between the pg and nursing my boobs are always changing. I told Jason that when I wean this one I want new boobs! I would just like them to be normal looking and not all weirdly deflated. Having said that I have about five old yucky bras that are nude colored. I can't bring myself to spend the money when I don't know how long they will fit. I'll have to check out the brand you recommended meg.
Belle had tennis this morning and she actually did well. She usually just wants to play around and chase balls. Jason and I are going to a homeowner assoc dinner tonight and I'm hoping the food is good. It will be nice to get away from the kids for a few hours, and I don't have to cook!
That sucks that Chloe is sick, hopefully she will be happy to just chill out and watch a movie or something. The only good thing about my kids being sick is that they let me cuddle them. Most of the time they just want to run around.
Tomorrow is chill out and straighten up day. I hesitate to call what I'm going to do cleaning.
Thanks for joining us over here Meg, it's fun to have some new faces!
Halloway had Tae Kwan Doe this morning. She earned a new stripe, so that was fun! Then I took her and Lio to a friend's house to play, and we came home for naptime. Jaime and I did some serious deep-cleaning of the library while we watched some movie with Matt Damon, I don't know the name of it. Adjustment Bureau maybe?
My mom called me out of the blue to just chit chat. Seriously awkward...
I hope the dinner is good, Lindsay!
I mostly just wear nursing tanks. I have a few nursing bras - they are mostly all nude. I have one white one and one black one. But seriously, I'm all about the nursing tanks, ha ha. I told Jaime when these kids wean, I'm going out and buying a bunch of new awesome bras.
Before babies, I wore mostly nude bras, but I had printed and colored ones too. I had a *lot* of bras. Which is funny, because it was uber hard to find my size before babies. So I don't know how I had so many.
So I hope you all don't mind another joiner. I saw that meg decided to hop in and I've been wanting to but didn't want to just barge in, ya know what I mean, but I thought this would be a good time since, like I said, meg just popped in.
Steph, congrats on a new car. We just paid both ours off in january so it will be awhile before we get a new-to-us car. I ordinarily would be happy to have them paid off but we cant even enjoy the extra money cause DH student loans kicked in Jan. 1, boo.
Lindsay, I think I read somewhere that you are playing tennis??? You are amazing. When I was at the end of my 3rd pregnancy the last thing I could do was run around. Props to you! I have no doubt that you will be back in shape in no time!
Kilah, I completely get what you are saying about the need to get showered, dressed and makeup on. It helps so much on my mood. It's just so hard when you don't have a reason to, ya know, like all you're doing is running to the grocery, taking the kiddos for a walk, etc...I feel like why expend the extra energy to do all those things but if I force myself to it really does help. When are you going to Aruba? I am so jealous!
As far as bras go I have white, nude and black and pick according to what shirt I'm wearing that day. I am having such a hard time finding a bra that fits. My boobs are so deflated after nursing 3 babies. They are like flat, hanging pancakes (sorry for the visual). I used to be a 32D and now I don't even fill an A cup. Good thing DH isn't a boob man or he'd be in a bad way!
As for me, DH is out of town at a funeral since Thursday and won't be home until lat Monday night which leaves me alone with 3 kids for 5 days. Ugh, it really has been a challenge so far and I have 2 whole days to go. It is so hard to take all 3 out to do an activity, such as the playground, cause I get so nervous that I will lose one. We went to the library today and it was hard to keep track of everybody and keep them quiet. And lately Will and Emily have NOT been cooperatve at all. Its mostly Emily, she is having these tantrums that come out of nowhere. I'll just say okay guys lets get in the car and go to the store and she turns on a switch and freaks out. I never experienced this with Will so I don't know if its her age, gender or her personality but I am at a point where I don't know how to deal with them any more. Travis is the youngest and the best one in the bunch! lol.
How do you guys handle temper tantrums (hers are just crying and screaming)?
Sorry to ramble on...
How fun to have another new face!
Flat hanging pancakes is exactly what I have going on! So funny you named it exactly! Was it someone close to your husband that died, or just far away? And yeah, both my girls just occasionally flip out. If I can keep my temper, which is where this problem comes from for us, I can usually talk them down by trying lot get them to use their words to express what they want, this is harder for MA, but just the calm talking helps her. Their problem is genetic, yours might just be a phase hopefully. That's awesome that your youngest is your easiest. I am crossing everything I have that will be my case as well. I'll tell you what I tell everyone about tennis. It's easier to play two hours of tennis then to take care of two little kids for the same amount of time. I have also been playing for about 20 years so I'm pretty conditioned for it as well. Some of the ladies on my team want to you tube me because I definitely look funny.
I'm glad we have some more chatters, if anyone else is out there on the lurking fence please feel free to join in.
Whitney...I'll post before and after pics tomorrow or Monday. I went from a barely 34A (probably 34AA) to a 34 B. The surgeon that did my aug will only do an aug to what looks natural. I'm very happy with my results. I am now working for my plastic surgeon. I work for him as a nurse every Wed afternoons. It gives me a little something to do to get out of the house. For those of you that want a boob job, sometimes it's as easy as an implant to give your breast a little lift and fill out the top.
I can't believe all of the things you do with your LO's. I guess I never realized there were all those opportunities out there. Congrats to Halloway for earning a new stripe! I missed out on this age with my girls. They were 3, 4 and 5 when I met them. It's fun to hear of all the things you do with your children.
Lindsay...that is awesome you are still able to play tennis. I have a hard enough time getting energy to exercise and I have no excuse not to.
Steph...congrats on the new vehicle. Sorry your Caravan didn't work out. We have a Town and Country and love it and have never had any problems with it. Some vehicles are just crappier than others. Did you go bra shopping?
We went to the mystery dinner theatre tonight. It's was "ok". It wasn't the best one they've put on. This is the 4th annual one our community theatre has put on. My friend was in it so it was fun to watch her. Our girls stayed with my sister and her family. They had her step-daughter's bday party at a hotel with a pool. It's nice to have a night at home alone. Tomorrow our girls' school has a Family Fun Fest so we will go to that. It's a big fundraiser for their school. I'm baking a cake for the goodie walk. I just have to frost it tomorrow.
Jackie...it's good to have you over here also. I'm glad I'm not the only "newbie" over here.
Did you all see Whitney Houstan died?
Whitney was all over my FB last night. Really with all the drugs and what not it wasn't a huge surprise. Still sad though.
Good info about the boob job, I didn't know there was another choice. I would really like to do something about mine once I'm done with this stage of my life. I'm sorry the mystery theater wasn't very good, but that's awesome about a night alone with hubby. It's so nice to be able to have a little time alone with the husband every once in a while. Helps remind me how much fun we have together. Hope the feast goes well today!
Yay, for joinging in Jackie!
Mystery dinner sounds like fun, Meg! I've never been to one. I'm assuming it's like where you are solving a mystery, not getting mystery food?
Agh, temper tantrums! I know H's are genetic too, haha. Mostly I ignore her. If I talk to her it just fuels it more. Halloway really does need/want attention 24/7, so typically if I just walk away and let her do her thing, she quites really quickly. But if we are some place like the library/store, I just scoop her up and we leave.
I would love like a breast lift when I'm done breastfeeding. I don't really want anything taken out (though I wouldn't be against it) and I definitely don't want anything put it, just lifted would be nice, ha ha. I really thought I wanted a tummy tuck just to get rid of stretch marks, but I think I'm pretty attached to them now. And I've seen too many scary photos of the aftermath of tummy tucks. I didn't want a c-sec because being sliced open freaks the hell outta me, so I think a tummy tuck puts me in the same mind set, ha ha.
We are going to Aruba the last week of March. I'm totally stoked, and so ready to go all ready.
Oh, I took H to the dentist on Friday with me, and she freaking LOVED it. She loved them flossing and cleaning her teeth, and squirting water in her mouth and sucking it out. She cried when it was over. She's soo my kid.
Sorry the dinner wasn't any better than it was meg. We went once, I think DH and I were still dating and it was a neat idea. I hope your cake turned out good and have fun today.
I am too scared to have any plastic surgery done. I think I've seen too many horror after pictures/stories. I think it would help my self esteem though.
Emily would scream for hours, literally scream, if i didn't address the situation (I wish I could ignore her and walk away like kilah!). I've let her go an hour once before and couldn't handle it. I agree with you kilah that if she has a tantrum in public just to scoop her up and leave but I always feel like that isn't fair to the other 2, ya know. Why should they leave when they haven't done anything wrong and are having a good time? Oh the joys of parenting.
What to do today, what to do...I need to think of fun stuff in the house i think. Its not freezing here but the high is like 49 (cold for us!) so I'd like to just do stuff here if I can think of enough things. If anyone has any ideas i am open to anything, lol.
Yeah don't they have those internal bras? or whatever where you can just get a lift w/o implants. That's what I need. I think I have enough fat in there if it could just be redistributed
Yes, the mystery dinner was where someone got killed and you have to try and figure out who did it. There was a dinner before it. We went to another one last weekend that was so good. But they brought performers in from NYC. It was really neat because a local guy wrote it and composed all the music. The story to the one last night was kind of cheesy so maybe that's why I didn't like it.
I wish I had some advice for temper tantrums. I never had to deal with 2 year old tantrums. I've dealt with a few 4 year old ones, but she outgrew them pretty quick.
Our whole family needs to go to the dentist sometime soon. We finally have dental insurance, so I'm going to take advantage of it now.
How long are you going to be in Aruba for Kilah? That would be an amazing trip.
This morning we are meeting my family for brunch. We'll get the girls back then also. My parents and younger sister just got back from a mission trip to Nicaragua late last night so we'll be able to talk with them about that. I guess my dad got bit my a monkey there. I have to laugh about it because it just sounds funny to say "he got bit by a monkey." He's ok. It bit his finger and barely broke the skin. He gave the monkey a bar and took it back to take the wrapper off for it and the monkey got a little angry about that.
Here you go Whitney...here are before/after pics. The after pics are exactly one year after my surgery. I feel so much more confident about myself. I wanted to feel more comfortable in formal dresses and swimsuits. I think they look very natural. Where ppl get into trouble is when they go too huge for their body. My PS will tell a person to find another surgeon if that's the look they are going for. There is a very specific forumla to determine the correct amount for the size of your body.
Meg, those look great! And holy $h!t are you skinny! That's funny about your dad getting bit by a monkey. I'm glad he's okay. I hope they liked their missions trip! My little sister went on one last summer to Cambodia and she loooved it! She can't wait to go back someday.
We are in Aruba for 6 nights. We've been a few times now, and I certainly recommend it to everyone! Seriously best place ever. And it's super kid friendly too!
Jackie - Halloway used to be able to tantrum for hours. I'd take her into her room and plop her on her bed and tell her to have fun and scream as loud as she could. Then I'd go downstairs. It only took a few times of that before it was really not fun, lol. But yeah, it totally made me want to lose my mind. So I'd go in the kitchen or something where I couldn't hear her so much. Probably really bad parenting, but it worked. And yeah, I don't know what I'd do though if I had other kids it was disrupting, especially out and about. Luckily Lio is too little to care, ha ha.
You know it's funny, plastic surgery used to NEVER freak me out. Now it does. Go figure. That being said, if there was something I really wanted done, I would do it. I want to get lasik eventually. When I'm done breastfeeding (because I totally need vicodin if anyone is getting near my eyes!). And I think laser hair removal would be awesome!
We have just been doing major cleaning here today. It's nice when we're both doing it. Things seem to get done much quicker.
meg, they do look great!
So one kid is napping, and the other 2 are doing quiet time. My absolute favorite time of the day! I'm going to try to regroup myself and get through til bedtime, haha. Actually they have all been terrific today, a huge improvement from yesterday for Will and Emmy. Thank goodness! I need to think of something for dinner cause I don't feel like dragging all 3 out to the grocery for one or two things. Time to get creative...
Whitney was all over my FB last night. Really with all the drugs and what not it wasn't a huge surprise. Still sad though.
Catching up from the last 2 days, but I had to stop and LOL at this, because I thought you were talking about OUR Whitney at first! I was like, "Whaaaaa??"
Yay! I'm caught up! You ladies sure were chatty!
So glad to see you over here, Meg and Jackie! I try to keep up, but sometimes I fall behind, and miss stuff. Don't feel bad if you do too!
I did go bra shopping! I thought I knew what I wanted going in, but then I saw a new bra sitting right up front that I HAD to try on. It's the Gorgeous bra that adds 2 cup sizes. Mine are exactly like what yours are, Jackie. I used to be a C, then up to a DD after I had Carson and was nursing, but after BFing 2 kids, they're down to a B. I assume that after BFing our next one, I'll be down to an A. Anyway, I was a little ticked, because they didn't have the nude color in this new bra. We were going to order it to be shipped to the house, but they didn't even have it online! It's a limited edition bra, so they're probably not replenishing them. I wound up with black. It's my first black bra, so we'll see how this goes.
Meg, your boobs look awesome! I have a friend who recently got her's done, and she loves them
I need to clean. My house stresses me out. I so do NOT want to deep clean, but it needs done. I never know where to start
I know I'm forgetting something. Boo!
Jackson is such a terror during church. We have a nursery, but I hate to send him in there. I really want to teach him to be part of the service. But the kid just throws major fits when he doesn't get his way. At home, I just ignore it, but I can't very well do that at church. Sucks. Today, he worked his way out of the pew, and literally laid down in the middle of the aisle. I just ignored him, because I knew he wanted me to do something about it. We sit in the back, so it isn't a huge deal. I just leave church about ready to cry because I'm so stressed by the end of it.
I was in a mystery dinner when I worked for a catering company in college. It was really neat. I'm not the best actress but it was fun. How funny that your dad got bit by a monkey. I'm glad he's ok, and what a funny story. And yes, your boobs look fabulous. That would be a perfect size for me, nice without being over the top.
Jackie I HATE coming up with what to make for dinner. I don't mind cooking, but deciding what to make it such a pain! I wish jason would just say, I want this or that, but he rarely has an opinion. Luckily he never complains about what I make, so I can't be too mad.
Step, are you guys trying or is this just a future child that you will bf? I stopped to check your siggy to look for a ticker. I am so ready to be done. Three was always our number and we have been luckily enough to hit that so I am done done done!
Meg I have an I've question for you. If you do it and it doesn't work do you get some of the money back? My bil and his wife are going to have to do it, and I wasn't sure what the protocol was for that.
Lindsay...are you talking IVF? Some clinics do have a program called a cost sharing program where you pay a flat fee and you get 3 cycles. The fee is generally higher, so if you get pregnant on the first cycle, then you don't get the extra money back. If you don't get pregnant the first cycle, then you get two more cycles. Most clinics have strict criteria to get accepted into the program. At my first RE I think it was $20K or $25K for the program. DH and I chose not to do it because we figured we'd get pregnant the first time and we'd be out that extra money. Boy, were we wrong. We've probably spent a total of $80K in fertility treatments. If I think about it too much, it bothers me so I try not to think about it much. One of the many reasons why we are done and happy with the family we have. It is so emotionally, physicially and financially draining. We actually didn't apply for the program but when we went to pay for the first cycle, they thought we were doing the cost share. Idk if we would've met criteria for the program since there is some bloodwork they didn't do for us and I probably would've been disqualified for high FSH and E2. They really only choose candidates that they KNOW will get pregnant on the first 2 cycles. It's typically buy two cycles get one free with the program. We applied for the program at my 2nd RE and didn't get approved. I think it was because of my high FSH and our history with 2 previous failed cycles. If your SIL ever needs anyone to talk to you can give her my info.
Dinner is always so hard to figure out what to make. There are some days where I just have no clue. Fortunately my girls are not picky eaters at all. They like all types of food. I like to make all different types of stuff and like try new recipes. I get Taste of Home Simple and Delicious and pretty much everything I've tried out of there is good and it's pretty easy stuff.
I'm glad you found a bra you like Steph. It always figures that you find something you like, then you can't find your size. Seems to always happen.
Kilah...where do you stay in Aruba? Sounds like a fun trip.
It sounds like my parents had a really interesting time on their mission trip. I think DH and I will go next year. We've never been there or on any mission trip. It's my parent's 2nd time going. DH and I have also talked about doing a mission trip to Africa. I've always wanted to visit Africa so we thought we'd combine it with a mission trip.
Know what's the worst sound? The sound of a bin full of small toys being dumped out on to the floor. Yeah, just happened here...
Anyway, no, we're not currently trying for a 3rd. I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment. Drew is trying to talk me into starting right now, but I really feel like I want to stick to my plan of waiting until later in the year. I really don't want a baby to be born October-April. There's just too much going on. My b-day in September. Carson's b-day in Nov. Christmas. Jackson's b-day in March. Don't really want to add anything else in there. I think he just wants to ditch the condoms I really feel like I'll be done after a 3rd. I know I'm not done with 2.
I'm so sorry you went through all of that heartache, Meg (((HUGS))). How long have you been a mommy to the girls?
DH and I got married 5 1/2 years ago and I legally adopted them 5 years ago. His first wife passed away very suddenly at the age of 32. I had always felt like I was put on this earth to be a mom. I wanted the experience and bond of being pregnant, giving birth and raising a child from birth. When we were going through fertility treatments I was going to keep going until I got that. After our last failed cycle I had a sense of peace come over me saying we were done. After I made that decision, I felt so calm and content. Maybe I was put on this earth to be a mom to these girls. It was a huge adjustment though. I was 24 and got three children overnight. Sometimes I have to remind my husband that he eased into having three children. He had them one at a time. There are times where I feel like I'm still adjusting. They are very easy children though and very well behaved. I can't imagine my life otherwise and I'm so thankful for my DH and girls.
Meg - I'm glad you are really at peace with just having the girls. I could not imagine suddenly having 3 kids at 24. Of course, I say this and I'm 23 with two, ha ha. But I got the ease into it transition. You are really an amazing woman! And I think a missions trip to Africa sounds phenomenal! I wish my church did stuff like that (my sister and I are different denominations, and she does all the fun stuff ).
Steph - lol at thinking it was our Whitney! I'm glad you got a great bra.
Will reply more later. H just woke up.
Meg I didnt' realize Dh's first wife had passed away. That's amazing that you were able to fulfill that role. But yes 3 kids suddenly at age 24 would be quite the adjustment. They sound like they are just awesome though! Do you have any pics to share?
And your boobs look seriously AMAZING!!
Lol my mom actually got my name after Whitney Houston.
Kilah I'm jealous of your vacation!!
Jackie, I'm glad the kids were good for you today!!
I don't have much advice on the tantrums other than make sure they are in a safe place and then ignore it. That's typically what I tell my clients to do.
I'm having somewhat of a sh!t day as we just found out something is wrong with DH's car and the first estimate was over $800. yeah I have $800 lying around uggghhh. Taking it somewhere else hoping for better news.
Linsay, it was DH aunt (his mothers sister) that died. It was very sudden, heart attack, but Dh had just reconnected with her about a year ago so he feels really good about that.
Steph, if you feel overwhelmed at the moment follow your gut and wait. I would hate for you to regret your decision to start TTC when you arent really ready. Good luck with whatever you and Drew decide.
Meg, i bet you are a great mom and I really believe that things happen for a reason but sometimes we just can't see the reason for some time! I'm glad you are happy and at peace.
Well, i feel bad about dinner...we all had something different. I found some lil smokies left over from our superbowl party so I made those for the 2 young ones with corn and baked beans. Travis also had an avacado. Will had spaghettio's with corn and I had a salad with a fish fillet on top. Not a very square meal but hey, they had fruit for dessert!
Not looking forward to tomorrow, blah, work. I feel like i didn't really have a weekend with DH being gone.
Holy crap photobucket is difficult to use. Idk if it's my computer or what but it was so slow.
DH and I a few weeks ago at a continuing ed gala
Family Christmas pic plus our cat, Punkin
The girls were so excited with the cowboy boots they got me. I was able to open one boot on Christmas Eve and the other Christmas morning.
Meg that is so awesome. I have to say that of all my parents I am closest to my step dad, he and my mom got married when I was three and I have always felt closest to him. It's rare that you will ever hear me call him step dad. He understands me more than anyone and he is so attached to my girls people don't realize he's not my bio dad. I'm sure your girls feel the same way about you. The boot picture is so cute, I love how excited kids get about giving you presents. My sil had both ovaries removed about five years ago, I think it was pcos, but she and my bil really want children so I think they are going to do IVF once they sell her house. They just got married last year, but since they are older 32 and 34 so I don't think they want to wait to long. I am just so excited for them to have a baby, I hope they are successful quickly. I will definitely point her towards the IVF board, I have found wonderful friendship, support, and info from this website.
Jackie that sounds like a great dinner! I am always happy if I can make something that everyone will eat, nutritious is also a bonus.
Steph, you are totally right to wait until you are ready. Drew just has to do the fun part so it's not really fair to pressure you into doing something your not ready for. You will know when you are ready. I haven't been working with my camera too much lately. I have taken some cute pics of the kids, but nothing worth posting for cc.
I would love to go to aruba! What an amazing trip. I can't wait to see pics. Our next vacation is going to MI this summer to visit the in-laws. We are going to New Zealand next year to visit my best friend, but that will be the biggest trip we take for many years. Oh, and Disney in January for the marathon. I'll just do the 10k, I hope, but DH is going to do the half, and our friends we are going with the guy is doing the full marathon. It should be really fun. Jason has never been so he will get his first experience with the girls first experience.
MA woke up sick this morning so I'm hoping she'll take it easy today. We'll see!
Jackie...meals like that are ok. There have been times where I look through the fridge and scrounge something up. As long as your kids are fed and happy, that's all that matters. If we new the reason for everything, then we wouldn't have faith. I do believe I was brought into these girls' life for a reason. I believe some higher power knew I couldn't have children of my own so He gave them to me.
Whitney...sorry about DH's car. What is wrong with it?
I'm so happy. I saved a ton of money last night on 1800contacts.com. I'm switching to daily contacts. It took quite a while to convince myself since they are 3x the money of the contacts I was wearing. I'm a horrible contact wearer. I'll go weeks with taking them out or changing them. I'm thinking that with dailies I'll change them like I'm supposed to. I saw that Walgreens had their contacts on sale for 20% off. I contacted 1800contacts and they price matched them. I was also able to return my unused contacts. So I got a $181 credit from my unused contacts and saved another $100 with the 20% off. I love getting good deals like that.
It's snowing here. Only supposed to be about 2.5 inches. We've really lucked out this year with snow. The girls have onlhy had 2 snow days. I'm wondering if it keeps snowing if they'll get out early. I'm planning on going to yoga this morning. I haven't been there for weeks so it's good to get back in the routine.
WooHoo on the deal with the contacts! I hope you like them!
We haven't had much snow this winter either. I'm hoping it stays that way. We're suppose to get some today though. I hope I can make my trip out of town before it really starts coming down.
Lindsay, I have a friend IRL who is running that marathon too!
That totally sucks about the car, Whitney. What's wrong with it?
Drew was trying to convince me to start trying again. I think that I COULD do it, but, again, I'd rather not have a baby during those winter months. But see, we're most likely moving within the next 12-18 months, so he doesn't want me pregnant in the middle of a move. He's Mr. Logic, don't ya know...
Well, I clearly forgot to come back and post last night.
Meg - I hope you like the contacts! That's an awesome deal, too. I swear I only change my contacts like once every 2-3 months...and I'm supposed to change them like every two weeks. Oh, well.
We are staying at the Marriott Stellaris in Aruba. It's super nice. I love it. But I'd gladly just sleep on a box on the beach. I certainly do not count Aruba as a "big" trip, because we pay for all the major things with hotel and airline points. So this is actually waaaay cheaper than going to visit Jaime's parents, lol.
Whitney - I hope that someone can figure out what is wrong with Tom's car and it cost a lot less than $800.
My goal is to run a marathon some day. I had no idea they had them at Disney. Hm...maybe I will have to make that my goal marathon. But I've got a ways to go right now, since I can only run about 2.5 miles in 30 mins, bahaha! But I start bootcamp (exercise, not military) next week, and pilates, so I just hope it all helps. And once it gets a little warmer out I'll strat jogging with the kids.
Steph - I definitely say wait until you are ready to start trying for another baby. I love my babes dearly, but I could not imagine what it would be like if I had not been 110% on board with having them and at the times we had them.
So Miss H had her first day of preschool today. Well, it was only for an hour, to ease her into it. She did okay, I think. When I left she was fine, when I came to pick her up she was crying. Her teacher was holding her. She said that she would realize that I was't there and cry for a few minutes, then get excited and play, then realize I wasn't there and cry, and so on. But H was very enthusiastic telling me everything she did. She said painting was her favorite. And she was so funny, because she'd say "Halloway painted, then Halloway cried. Then Halloway sang, then Halloway cried." (Yes, she talks about herself in 3rd person. ) And when I asked her if she wanted to go back and do it again she said "Yes! Halloway cry....Halloway color!" So I am hoping this is okay for her. I just keep telling myself that she was really happy to tell me about her day, so it was a good thing. And she was positive about her day, even if she did tell me she cried. I would just feel bad if I'm traumatizing, since she doesn't *have* to go.
Kilah...sounds like H had a pretty good first day of preschool despite the missing you part. I'm glad she wants to go back tomorrow. I'm sure she just needs to get used to the idea of being away from you. Hopefully after a few days it won't be an issue.
I'd like to run a marathon some day also, but I have a long way until I get there. I ran my first 5K last fall when we were in Florida. We ran it as a family so it was fun to do the first one like that. We ran another one a couple weeks later. The sad part is is my 10 year is a better runner than I am. I'm hoping once it warms up outside I get back into running. My BIL ran the marathon at Disney.
Linsdsay...is your SIL and BIL going to use donor eggs or did they freeze her eggs before they took out her ovaries? I wish them lots of luck when they do pursue IVF. That's neat that you consider your step-dad your dad. The girls call me by my name, not mom. I think it's because DH and I call myself by my name. Hope MA feels better soon.
My oldest told me her toes felt funny this morning. She fell at dance lessons last week and landed on her foot funny. I was afraid it was broken but she's been walking on it fine and has no pain. She said her toes felt numb and warm. I checked her foot and her toes looked a little swollen. She has Reynaud's disease and has never had any issues from it so I was afraid she was having circulation problems. I called DH (he's a physician) just to run it by him and he's pretty sure the numbness is the swelling. I'm confused why it would take this long to swell, but trust him. I pushed where she landed on it and there is no pain and she's walking fine, so I'm pretty sure it's not broken. I told her to try to elevate it at school. I think it just kind of freaked her out a bit.
Whitney, I hope you get better news about your car today. We just dumped $550 into DH car because we waited so long to get brakes. It sucks when you don't expect it, to have to put that kind of money into a car.
Meg, what is Reynauds disease?
Kilah, i think H will adjust just fine but I warn you don't worry if it takes more than a week or even a few weeks. When my oldest started preschool he took 6 weeks to adjust. I knew he liked being there but missed me at the same time. he would cry every single day I dropped him off for 6 weeks. Talk about pulling at your heart strings. So many times I wanted to just say forget it this isnt worth it but eventually it got better and now he is fine (of course its been 2 1/2 years! it better be fine now!)
So Emilys school is having there mardis gras parade this friday. all the kids decorate there own wagons as floats and parade around the parking lot throwing beads. i need to somehow deorate emilys. i am so not creative this way. People really go all out for this thing. Last year Will was at the same school Emily is this year and everyone had gone over the top with their decorations and Wills just had a few things attached and I felt so bad for him. This year I want Emilys to be on par with everyone else. Hopefully DH will have some creative ideas when he gets home this evening from his trip.
I admire all you girls that are runners. I wish I had the drive to push myself and get out there and run. I just can't do it.
Reynaud's is a circulation disorder. Her finger and toes turn purplish/blue when she gets cold from poor circulation. It can be treated with antihypertensives to allow more bloodflow to the vessels if they are more symptomatic. She has no symptoms other than the color change. Some ppl have numbness, tingling and pain. That's why it worried me. We would be really hesitant to start meds as she already has low blood pressure and has had episodes of passing out.
Yay for Halloway's first day of preschool! She'll get used to it. Give her some time Oh, and Carson used to refer to himself in the 3rd person as well I think it changed when he was 2.5 or so. Maybe a little later. He used to call himself "Saw-saw", so when Jackson started talking, we encouraged him to call Carson that. So, Carson is "Saw-saw" yet again
Hope that your oldest's toes start to feel better soon, and that it isn't anything to do with her disorder.
Phew! I made the trip out of town and back in record time! We're getting this protective coating stuff put on the new car, and I had to drive it out all by myself. I wasn't sure how I was going to corral the kids and get the car seats in the loaner car by myself, but I managed! Of course, I had to strap Jackson into his seat and leave him in our car while I got Carson's in. Then put him in Carson's seat strapped in while I moved his seat over. He was kinda pissed when I took him out of Carson's. He wanted to sit forward I guess lol! It was weird seeing him sitting forward in that seat. Carson was such a good kid the whole time. Listened to every word I said.
Then we drove back into town and stopped at McD's for some lunch. I can't believe how well they ate! They haven't ate that good in a couple of weeks. And I got myself a Shamrock Shake! Woot!! I love those things, and it always seems like by the time I realize they have them, they're out! I'm surprised that the kids didn't throw a fit that I didn't share
They're sleeping now, and I'm relaxing. I really need the break after my go-go-go morning.