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    Hi everyone! So sorry I've been MIA forever. Life has been nuts. We have moved out of our house and are living with my parents (ugh). We still need to finish packing and moving some of our stuff out, cleaning, and fixing up some stuff... Then we need to get the house sold because I can NOT keep living here. I love my parents dearly, but living with them??? Omg.

    In good news, we did find the land we want to buy. We're supposed to meet the seller tomorrow(for sale by owner, it's a land company)... We will sign papers, give him some money, etc. it is wonderful... 7.8 acres I'm the country, on a hilltop, QUIETt, and get this... I found out that my great aunt and both of her two sons and their families all live right there near it, so my neighbors will be family. One of her sons and his family lives in the old mansion of Agnes Moorehead (she played the mom of Samantha on the tv show Bewitched)... She left her estate to a university in the town when she died and his wife works for the university, so their family somehow gets to reside there for free. So, of course, I will demand a tour. And it's like like 4 lots down from the property we're buying, so that has to be good for my property value, right? Lol... Better to have a mansion on a 100 acre estate next door than a shady bar, right? I can't wait until tomorrow is done so we can call the land our own. Even more, I can't wait to sell our house so we can start building!

    In other amazing news, Sean is doing well with his peanut allergy desensitization. He actually only has two dose increases left. This Thursday, he will increase to TEN whole peanuts twice a day, then in two weeks, he will go to 12 peanuts twice a day. Then on May 1st (Nolan's birthday!) he will go for the challenge where he will have to eat 24 peanuts in one sitting. Then... We just go on to maintenance dosing. I am so excited about it! I also register him for kindergarten next week. Yikes!

    As for he other two boys, they are doing well. Nolan is huge. He was 22lb 2oz at his appointment at 10 months (belated 9 month appt). Calvin is finally talking constantly. Time to read and catch up on all of you!!!

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Awesome to hear from you, Mary. And it's doubly aweome that it's all good news! I am totally jealous that you'll be building a house on such an awesome lot. I wish my DH could find a job out of a city so we could move someplace like that. Sean's progress with the peanuts must be such a relief! wow. That's amazing progress. Is Calvin okay with nuts?
    Nolan doesn't sound huge to me... but my kids are monsters. Arthur was 21lbs 13oz (27.5") at his 4 month visit.

    We're doing pretty well. We're getting ready to move (somewhere... who knows where) in a couple months. Arthur is awesome. 5 months now and huge and generally happy. He has 2 teeth already! There are a few pics of him in the March thread if you want to look them up. The other boys are great, too. Oliver is finally talking and turns 3 in a few weeks. Alex is reading (probably almost a 1st grade level at 4 1/2) and super excited for kindergarten in the fall. Raymond is reading at a 2nd grade level and breezing through kindergarten. And... my sister is tentatively pregnant with #1 after her first IVF (2 1/2 years TTC). Her first u/s is any day now.

    I think that about sums up our past 4 months. Whew. Oh yeah, and I've got baby fever.

    I have weight/height stats for the boys. Since they were all at the doc last week when Raymond had scarlet fever (he's all better now!) I got them weighed and measured.
    Raymond is 49" and 53lbs. wow.
    Alex is 43.5" and 48.5lbs (at 4 1/2 the exact size Raymond was at 4)
    Oliver is 38.5" and 34.5lbs
    Arthur is around 29" and 23+lbs. Our scale broke, so I can't really weigh him. Or me. I'm still up 14lbs or so (of 25 gained) as of last month.
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    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    Hi Mary!! Nice to see a full update - though I keep track a bit on FB So awesome on the land! I am totally jealous too. We are house hunting now and it feels like it would be so much nicer to buy land and build what we want except that we can buy more than we can build relatively speaking and I know nothing about buying land or building and it all sounds like a lot of decisions and stress. Great news on the peanut stuff too, so awesome!

    Virginia - big boys, glad everyone is healthy again! GL getting ready to move

    AFM - House is SOLD! Oh Mary my one piece of advice if you haven't already if you're going to be moved out of your house for more than 30 days check with your home owners b/c coverage can change if you don't live there. We had a major issue and thankfully everything was covered but we really didn't know if it would be. It created SO much angst in my world. But we're all sold, it wasn't cheap we lost a good chunk, but we're feeling so relieved to be DONE! We looked at a house today that I really liked but DH did not, sigh. We don't need to buy this second but I can tell finding "perfect" that we both agree on might be a challenge. Oh well, better situation than owning a house we don't live in! Pregnancy is good, my second apt is next week. We saw our families when we closed and that was lovely. Very fast and a little sad to be in and out so quickly but fun and everyone now knows. So that's fun too! Yay for baby #3
    Katie

    Evan 12/10/09 9lbs 5 and 1/4 oz 21.5"
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    I want a house. One with space. Everything is super expensive in our area and there's no space anywhere. I'm hoping some time soon we can get out of the suburbs. I want at least an acre so the boys can run around. Here 1/3 acre is considered a huge lot.

    ETA: Oliver is still nursing. And he's been asking for it more often recently. DH has been dropping hints for, oh, about a year now, that it's time to wean. It's getting to the point where I kind of hide it from him. But, I don't really mind if Oliver keeps going (he turns 3 in 3 weeks). I don't know whether I should try to wean, muddle along, or just tell DH that I'm going to let him go as long as he wants. I never thought I'd be comfortable BFing a preschooler, but... it's different now that I'm getting there. He gets pretty jealous when I BF Arthur, and loves to point out "There are two milks! That's baby's. This is Ollie's!"
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    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    Aww Virginia sounds like he needs it. I felt the same way pre-nursing....maybe I could do it until 1, then I nursed Rory until just shy of 2, and I know if a kiddo seemed to really need it I'd probably go longer. It is good for them and hey I bet it has helped you avoid all the clogged ducts and stuff Added bonus!!!

    I busted out my maternity clothing today! Some of my regular stuff still fits, shirts and pants but I was starting to feel super muffin top-ish. I'm feeling like 15 weeks has FLOWN by!
    Katie

    Evan 12/10/09 9lbs 5 and 1/4 oz 21.5"
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    wow, it has flown by, Katie!

    AFM: DH and I had a talk about #5 last night. He really feels done with 4 and I doubt he'll change his mind. I think I'd like a 5th next summer, but we're hoping to buy a house then, so it could be kind of crazy. I'm not sure I can make myself feel done with 4, I'd really like to have another and be able to go through the pregnancy and newborn phases knowing it's the last. But, I think I need to try to feel done. Life would certainly be easier if we stopped with 4 than if we kept going.
    Amanda, Mary, any advice on how to accept stopping when you don't feel done?
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    I'm interested in this advice too 3 seems like a really good stopping point but man I think it will be hard to think never again -- but I'm not sure that will ever be easy so maybe I just have to accept it!

    Well we just put an offer in on a house! Crazy fast, I know, but we have been looking for about a month and this is the first house we both went YES we could live here. AND it's in the best elementary school in the area by far (ranked in the top in the state) and it has this amazing fully landscaped yard with a fantastic garden and compost. It has a beautiful kitchen with a gas stove and a beautiful gas fireplace. And there is another offer in. It is on the LOW end of our budget which is crazy so we offered asking in full and will see if we can get it. If not we'll keep looking, I'm not going to haggle a ton and offer a lot more than asking but I am hoping we get it!
    Katie

    Evan 12/10/09 9lbs 5 and 1/4 oz 21.5"
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    Good luck, Katie! We found a town in the area which has places we could afford, with space, a reasonable commute, and good schools. DH wants to rent for another year first, though.

    I'm going to let the #5 issue rest until after we move and see how we feel then.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    If I recall your DH has had reservations at some point before you went ahead and TTC so maybe he just needs time and space to think about it. He may come around, especially as the baby gets a bit older and needs a bit less constant care. GL moving, AGAIN! You have moved a lot, I don't envy that! This last move has been hard, I'll be so glad to be settled again.

    We have a verbal acceptance! They countered with a very very minimal request for more due diligence money (money we lose if we back out for no reason but otherwise money that goes towards our down payment/cclosing so really very little risk considering we'd only back out for a major inspection issue) so we said yes and they should be back in town tomorrow to sign! Hopefully nothing changes before then! It's all exciting
    Katie

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    Rory 12/2/11 10lbs 12oz and 23"
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    Katie - Not crazy at all, my house is the first one DH and I loved and we got it even with having to close quick. Glad you got the approval, hope the inspection goes well.


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