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August Chat Thread!

Hi girls. Sorry I've been MIA for a bit. This week has been so hectic with going back to work, making a trip to Michigan to begin the peanut desensitization for Sean, etc.

I called up my family doctor on Monday and talked him into letting me do a trial of antibiotics that would treat Lyme. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but within a day, I was feeling more human than I have felt in months. I had felt like I was walking around in a fog, like I can't even describe it... My head feels clear now. I have not had any weird muscle pain/cramp sensations, and those were pretty much a constant. The pain in my hands has been a constant... It is gone. I still have some weird nerve sensations... Buzzing, tingling, and random muscle twitches... But I've only taken 2.5 days worth of meds, and I really hope that the things that seem better are not coincidental. I feel more like myself than I have felt in months, and I just really hope it continues to get better.

In other news, Sean's peanut thing was crazy. They fed him tiny doses of peanut flour in liquid every 15 minutes. We started with like 1 microgram of peanut protein. Each dose repeated once, then roughly doubled each time they increased. He worked his way up to 1 milligram over the course of the day. I was nervous, watching him like a hawk the whole day. My nerves were SHOT. I felt like I was having a full-on panic attack after they gave him the first dose. My feet went cold, I broke into cold sweat, my heart rate and breathing sped up... omg. The room felt small and I just wanted to go run laps around the building outside to burn off the nervous energy, hahaha. He did great, though. He was happy and playing, and considering we were in the office like 7 hours, he was really well-behaved. He made it through 20 doses (up to about 1mg of peanut protein, like I mentioned). On the 21st dose (the day 1 protocol went to a max of 25 doses and most people react somewhere in the middle) he went from happy and playing to acting withdrawn and cranky. He didn't want to talk to anyone, he just wanted to sit on my lap with his arms around me and hide his face in my neck. Of course, I began to freak... We asked him what was wrong (not supposed to ask him any leading questions) and he just said, "I think they gave me too much." DH, trying not to lead him, said "too much water?" Sean said, "No, too much of that purple stuff" (they had flavored it grape). We eventually got out of him that it was hurting his belly.. The doctor said that is a common presenting symptom. In this treatment, they don't try to push through mild symptoms because a study of 10,000 patients showed a 15% rate of anaphylaxis if they try to push through. So with the tummy ache, we were done for the day and had to observe him for an hour, then we were sent home. They gave him applesauce, which they say really helps their bellies, and a few little toys.. He was back to his playful self in maybe 15 minutes. We now give him the last dose that he was able to take without reacting at home twice daily. He's not allowed to "exercise" for two hours after his dose or sleep for one hour after. So far, so good... But I'm still a nervous wreck.

ETA: Of course as soon as I posted some optimism about the antibiotics, I started getting the weird numb sensations in one of my fingers again. I know neuropathy won't resolve itself in 2 days, but I just wish I had more certainty as to whether or not this is working. I do seem to feel a bit better... I just hope it isn't placebo effect or coincidence.

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Mary - I hope the antibiotics work for you and it isn't placebo.

Glad the peanut thing is going well so far with Sean.

*AFM*

DH got a promotion and a raise YAY!!!

My birthday gifts are ready to be picked up, DH ordered online and won't tell me what they are, he still wants me to open them as if it were my birthday even though it's past.

Pretty quiet here today just getting some cleaning done.

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Mary - I hope the antibiotics work - I think it's totally worth the try ! I'm glad Sean's thing seemed to go well. Did you bring all three boys? What a long day!

Amanda - I hope it's something fun Smile

AFM - I go Wed the 14th to NC. My mom's dog is still hanging on. She had a blood transfusion and spent today at the vet's if her numbers haven't tanked by tomorrow she'll come back home and probably spend the weekend here b/c I'm just more capable than my mom at force feeding her and pilling her. I had to talk to the specialist today b/c my mom is just overwhelmed. So I really hope she pulls through but it's still really touch and go. Between the dog , my mom, work and the job interview I'm toast for the week!

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Mary - I really hope the antibiotics keep helping!
Katie - yes, we'd be moving away from family. :/

AFM: another busy day planned. Whew.

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Katie - Glad your mom's dog seems to be doing better, hope it heals up and pulls through.

Here is what I got for my birthday.

Game of Thrones Season 2 and a Kindle Case that looks like River Songs journal from Doctor Who (it's leather). The colour is off cause my phone camera is not so good in low light.

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Mary - I hope the antibiotics are really helping out so you can put all of this behind you. I'm glad the peanut thing went well. I'm glad Sean told you about the belly ache. If I ever had to do something like that with Xander he would be the type to keep everything in until it was bad...

Amanda - I love that case! Very cool.

Katie - how exciting about the job interview! It sure does sound like you have one heck of a busy week!

AFM - I am so glad it's almost the weekend. I am totally beat by every single Friday... Not a ton going on here, just normal summer shenanigans.

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Amanda - I saw the picture showed the top of a counter and thought "There's no way that could be a picture of a BFP, could it?" I couldn't scroll down fast enough. ROFL Yay for good presents, though!

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Feeling like death today. One of my worst days in a while. I'm really glad I didn't have to work, but I also hate spending my better days at work and having to spend the days I feel like crap with the kiddos. I want to be able to give them my best. Sad I'm just having full-body nerve pain/buzzing/shaking... horrid. I don't know. I know in some cases, treating Lyme with antibiotics can cause a reaction where symptoms worsen before they get better. But I guess there's just no way I can know if that's what's happening or if it's just totally something different that is getting worse. I hate, hate, hate it. Sad

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Mary - I hope it is the antibiotics working. I hope you feel better. I loved the video on fb of Nolan smiling

It has been a long week with my mom's sick dog. She came home yesterday after a blood transfusion and multiple days hospitalized and seems to be doing better today but it is still a long road. Interestingly this autoimmune disease typically has a trigger and in May her Lyme test was negative they 're tested her and it was positive and Lyme has been a known trigger. A nasty disease

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Mary - :bighug:
Katie - crazy. I hope the dog improves. My aunt's dog went through something similar after contracting Lyme.

AFM: 29w and change. Whew. About 10 weeks to go (barring an early delivery) regardless of whether I have a scheduled c/s or not. They'd want to do it at 39w and I usually go into labor around 39w. It had me worried when the previa was complete, but now it gives me hope that if it moves more, but not quite enough, maybe I'll get a trial of labor even without official permission.

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Hi everyone. It has been quiet lately. I know we've been insanely busy here with Sean's peanut stuff, back-to-work, etc.

Virginia - Happy almost-30-weeks! I can't believe you're so far already... Time flies!

Katie - How's the job situation? Crazy about your mom's dog...

AFM - I'm nearly 100% convinced of lyme disease now after the last week and a half on antibiotics. Some things feel better and some things feel worse, but the fact that I DO feel different makes me more convinced. That, and the fact that I'm having or had some symptoms that aren't usually characteristic of MS (MASSIVE, unrelenting pain in knees, omg.. and the issues with my hearing, usually vision is affected by MS, but not hearing so much). Anyway, I decided I was ready to bed money on it and made an appointment with the very expensive lyme specialist near here. I just called today for the appointment, and they didn't have an opening until Oct 24th, uggghhh... So I have to wait 2.5 months and continue to get worse (if that's what I have). Good times.

Sean had his first dose increase in the peanut desensitization today. It went well. I was nervous. He had one little hive pop up right between his eyes, but thankfully, nothing else happened. There was an older boy in there in the same room with us... I'm a poor judge of age, but I'd say maybe 9 or 10 years old? He was dosing up to 5 peanuts twice a day (awesome). It was a little sad though, he had severe food anxiety. He didn't want to take his dose and had a little freak-out before he took it (as whole peanuts buried in chocolate pudding). The doctor didn't see that part, so he thought he did well with it mentally... He came in and told the boy that at least he didn't psych himself out this time, so apparently he has done it in the past. On my food allergy groups on fb, there is a lot of mention of food anxiety in the older kids. Sean isn't really old enough to experience that too much yet, which I'm thankful for. It looked really difficult. This boy was being home-schooled due to his allergy.

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Mary - that's scary and sad Mary (about the boy -- not Sean's dose that's great). I hope you can get Sean on a path early so that he doesn't have to deal with all of that. I think you were smart to get this all going so early. Do Calvin and Nolan go with you guys to MI? Must be very busy in your world!

30 weeks is crazy Virginia!

AFM my mom's dog didn't make it. She put her down yesterday. It was all rather awful but she's (with my help lol) already found a puppy from a great breeder ready to go home in a couple weeks. We'll head out to Maine to get her. And if a breeder sounds strange I should probably preface by saying I'm a dedicated rescue person but I have no issue with good breeders who have spay/neuter contracts and return policies. Rescues and shelters would never have a problem if all breeders cared about and for their dogs for life (my mom will need to sign a contract that if ever anything changed the breeder would be notified etc). So she has something positive and that's good.

I head to NC Tuesday late and interview Wed all morning then fly home Wed evening. Crazy. We'll see how it goes!

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Mary - any chance of going out of state for Lyme treatment? I know your schedule is crazy with work, 3 little boys, and Sean's peanut stuff, but maybe there's someone who could see you sooner and who takes insurance. Or maybe if you talked one more time with your regular doc and explained to him how convinced you are, and that you're thinking of seeing the specialist, maybe he'd take you serious and pursue more treatment? Good luck with everything.

Katie - Good luck with your interview!

AFM: 30 weeks. whew. Another month and we'll be in really good shape.
Oliver has given up the potty. I knew it would happen, but DH was so sure he'd stick with it. And Oliver now tries to change his own poops. Ewwww. Last night he got out of bed and smeared poop all over the bathroom. Thankfully, we were still awake and came up to investigate. It's a pain, but I was surprised that DH really seemed overwhelmed by it. I've cleaned up worse messes by myself.
Oliver has also settled on a name he likes for the baby. At least, he walks around saying it and laughing like crazy. Biggrin We're still undecided.

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Katie - Sorry about your mom's dog. Sad Glad she found a new one to fill the void. That's when I got Peanut... two weeks after my dog died that I had growing up. She was a boxer... Loved that dog, she lived to be around 13. It's crazy for me to think that Peanut will be 7 years old in a few months... Oh how quickly my babies grow, lol..

Virginia - Calvin is in a super independent stage right now and wants to change his own poops too... He'll rip the dirty diaper off with no warning... omg. As for me getting treatment, I'd consider going out of state if I could find someone to get me in sooner who accepts insurance, but I don't even know where to begin as far as finding someone... ugh.

AFM - This morning was my last dose of antibiotic. The last few days have been my best in MONTHS. Not perfect by any means, but sooo much better than a few weeks ago. I'm scared of what will happen now that my antibiotics are gone. I called my doctor and left a message asking for more on Friday, but haven't heard back. We shall see. I guess if I suddenly get really bad again, then that will confirm it for me that if I can't find another doctor, it will at least be worth the money to pay out of pocket to see this one in October.

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Mary - if you can search for providers in a specific geographic area who take your insurance, then I'd start looking in NY/CT/MA. That's kind of the center of Lyme, I think (we used to live a couple towns away from Lyme, CT, actually). I bet chat boards would be good for doctor recommendations, too. Maybe you can find some GPs who know a lot about it rather than a specialist. I know you've tried that, though. I hope you can get more antibiotics or talk your doctor into pursuing more aggressive treatment so you won't have to pay out of pocket.
ETA: DH has swung 180 degrees from pushing for Oliver to potty train to wanting him to have a non-removable diaper all the time. :doh: I'm fine with it when he's napping or in bed at night, because that's when the worst poop incidents have happened. We use a Thirsties snap cover over a disposable diaper because he can't undo the snaps (he takes off cloth diapers, even with snaps). Last night DH actually asked me to order a few more covers (we only have 1). He's never suggested getting any kind of reusable diaper before. So amusing. Of course, I took the offered chance. Wink

Katie - sorry about your mom's dog. Sad What breed is the puppy she's getting? I like your take on breeders. The one my parents got their dog from a few years ago required and application and references and then had a first birthday party/reunion for all the puppies and their owners. Apparently 9 of the 10 puppies were there.

AFM: I've been pretty crampy today. Probably because I've been on my feet almost all day. I'm starting to realize I'll be having a baby in 2 months, if not earlier, and kind of have to get ready. We'll have to find all our baby stuff and clean/declutter the whole house to make room for it. Ugh. But, there's no other way we'll fit the swing, cosleeper, etc. At least we have the carseat as of a few days ago. Our other was "expired" and had gotten wet in storage. I picked up some newborn diapers, nursing pads, and milk storage bags today. Yikes. It's going to be crazy, because we're renting a 3 bedroom which is really more like a 2 bedroom designed for a couple with 1 or 2 kids. Fitting 4 in here, even for less than a year, is going to get squishy. I have no idea where we'll find room for the baby's clothes.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Alex. I can't believe he's four.

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Virginia - Happy Belated Birthday to Alex!

Mary - I hope things start turning around for you soon.

Katie - So sorry about your mom's dog, it's been years since my grandma's dog passed (I would say about 12/13 years) and I still sometimes miss her.

*AFM*

I'm still alive, just been tired lately. DH and I decided to check out Netflix see if it was worth having, I've been watching some shows on my computer with it, though I should do it on the x-box since it is hooked up to our "big" TV.

Here are a few pictures I took at the Butterfly Garden in Assiniboine Park during our trip to Winnipeg Manitoba.

Caterpillars, there are two if you look closely.

Monarch Butterfly on Dana's hand.

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I love the pictures! We usually find some monarch caterpillars and raise them, but I've had no luck this year. I just can't find any. It's so weird.

ETA: some belated 30w belly pics

I was expecting to look bigger this time since it's #4, but it doesn't seem to be happening.

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Love the pics, girls! Virginia, that shirt is cute... Is it one of the ones you made? I like it! Adorable belly.

Just popping in with sad news. I had to give Sean the Epipen for the first time ever today. Feeling like a horrible mom at the moment. It wouldn't have happened if I hadn't subjected him to this desensitization treatment. Ugh. I am stuck questioning my every decision in life. DH acted like I was overreacting with the epi (I don't think so, now that I've had time to step back from the emotions of the situation and think about it... He had a cough, albeit minor... then he got hysterical with stomach pain/urge to vomit... and he turned a scary shade of gray). I've questioned my decision to use the epi a million times over, but I do believe it was best. He is alive and well. I'm left a wreck. What do we do now as far as this desensitization thing goes? I'm terrified that it won't work for him. I still need to call his "peanut doctor" as we call him, but the ER doctors did call him just to make sure it's okay for him to have steroid treatment with his protocol, which it is, so we'll do a few days of steroids. Anyway, just came home to get Nolan some more milk and to pump, so I'm heading back to the hospital. They're observing him for 6 hours.

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How scary! I'm sure the doctors doing the desensitization will know how to handle it and whether he should continue. Good luck. I hope he's back to normal quickly!

(and yes, it's one of the shirts I made. Lol

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Oh Mary I'm sorry. I think you did it right and I think definitely talking to his doc and seeing what they think. They have a lot of experience hugs you have so much on your plate

Virginia love the belly you look great

Amanda pretty pics

I'm at th Philly airport waiting my delayed flight ugh. I am ungodly tired. I got in at midnight was up at 5:30 interviewed from 8-12:30 then started travelling home. The good news is it went really well. I have a two week wait they have two other people but the recruiter (who is the same for all of us) is super optimistic. I loved the company and I'm excited. Nervous but excited. I told her for the right salary we'd def go so we will see what two weeks brings

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Virginia - Cute belly and shirt.

Mary - Scary about Sean's reaction, glad he is ok. Maybe you can dial it back a dose and try to increase later if there are no more incidents. The doctor will know what is best.

Katie - Good luck with the job.

*AFM*

Worked today going to work tomorrow since I need something done before Friday, might take Friday off instead make it a long weekend.

Talked to the people that bought the house next door, they are renting it out which makes me sad, but they told me they are renting to a couple with a dog, no kids, no college students so that's a plus. They gave me their number so if there are any issues I can call.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of getting our youngest pet, Apollo, he's grown in to such a beautiful and wonderful dog.

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I'm feeling unbelievably overwhelmed right now with all my health stuff, Sean's peanut stuff, preschool starting soon, wanting to move, etc. OMG. I really feel like I'm failing at life right now. I talked to the doctor last night about the incident with Sean. He says he's not 100% sure it was full-blown anaphylaxis. He said he will treat it as if it was, but without being able to see it, he just doesn't know. He said if it was, it's only his second case ever of anaphylaxis in this treatment. Maybe I panicked, I don't know. Part of me wonders if I should have just watched him for a bit. But I've also always been taught that if two body systems or more are involved, just use the epi. He was doing the weird throat-clearing cough thing and having stomach issues. So I don't second guess myself for using the epi one bit.. Better safe than sorry. But whether or not it would have continued to escalate or just petered out on its own, I guess we'll never know. The doctor said he would also have used the epi in my shoes, but if we were in the office setting, we could have been checking his vitals to see if his blood pressure was really dropping or not.

He did leave me with a bit of a feeling like we won't make it through this, though. He said the #1 reason people fail the treatment is if they develop stomach issues. Sean's presenting symptom on the first day was stomach stuff, then he has increased burping since this started, and now yesterday he was feeling miserable with stomach issues. Sad I was really, really hoping we would sail through this treatment, but now I'm not sure sure. It sucks... At least if nothing else, it has been a lesson to us in just how severe his allergy is and how to handle it.

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Amanda - Apollo is a beautiful dog! Hope your neighbors are nice

Mary - I'm sorry you have so much stress Sad How is Sean feeling?

So that delayed flight became a cancelled flight. I had told work I needed a day off for the boys/house work blah blah and I took a vacation day so really I could do whatever I wanted. I had not planned on two days and I had no excuse. Management doesn't get sick time at my company we just stay home, no big deal -- except that I didn't want to lie. I'm a wuss like that but it just feels wrong to me. So at 10pm at night I rented a car and drove 5 hours home from Philadelphia. I got to be at 3:30am and got up at 6 for work. Driving the Jersey Pike in the middle of the night is NOT my idea of fun. In a POS Fiat no less. I'm used to a nice heavy Highlander so a little bitty Fiat felt like a tin can. I wasn't impressed. So I was glad to get home safely. And the interview went well. And now I have to just wait. We are having a realtor come over to give us an idea of what we could expect for our house. Might as well get ahead of that, no harm.

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so much moving! whew. I'm glad we at least won't have to sell when it comes time for us to pack up.

Mary - :bighug:

AFM: I might not be around much for the next week or two. DH is taking 2 weeks off work, just because he can. Biggrin I have my next u/s on the 27th, so I'll be sure to update after that. And I'll have to do a bit of work on my computer to figure out all the crazy fall schedule stuff for the kids, so I'll pop in occasionally.

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Katie - That sounds like a disaster! Did you get a vibe from the interview, like if it went well or not?

Virginia - Ugh, I soooo wish we didn't have to bother selling this place. It's such a pain in the butt to even be thinking about it. And we have accumulated so much STUFF. OMG. We've thrown out/given away a LOT, and still just have so much freaking stuff. It's unbelievable.

AFM - I'm coming here to rant so that I don't go on facebook and passive-aggressively attack my uncle for being an idiot. He's an idiot, plain and simple. Always has been, always will be. But my mom was telling me that in a recent visit with him and her mom, he was complaining about his kids' camp not allowing them to bring any peanut products for the safety of the peanut-allergic kids. He was whining that everyone else was being "discriminated against" and all this. Thankfully, I rarely ever see him in person, or else I might squeeze his throat shut with my bare hands and stab him with a few epipens, just to make a point. (Yes, I'm THAT crazy "allergy mom" right now... Grrrrr).

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Mary - your uncle better watch out Wink last I checked no one died from NOT eating pb...why do people get so stupid, yes you need to make a different lunch you will live...

The interview went really well. They told the recruiter everyone was impressed and she let me know. I met with 2 VPs 1 senior VP and the team who would report to me. The COO was the only one who wasn't available due to scheduling conflicts. They have 2 more people coming in but the recruiter told.me it went really well...so we will see. I won't hear officially for two weeks which is frustrating but fingers crossed!

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Mary - I've always wondered how to best balance the peanut thing. Peanuts are my kids' favorite snack. I have no problem with them not taking them to school or whatever. There's actually a full "no nut products or anything which may have contacted nuts" ban at their preschool. We figured it out. But, when we go to playgrounds, we always end up bringing something with peanuts. I try to avoid contamination by having them sit off to the side while they eat and wiping their hands if they get messy. GL dealing with your uncle.

I mentioned to DH yesterday my plan to let Oliver start nursing again, if he asks, after the baby comes. DH wasn't thrilled with the idea. Oliver is such a mommy's boy and I think it would really help him with the jealousy and transition. I was kind of surprised by DH's reaction because he's always been really supportive of BFing. I guess he did kind of encourage the weaning after Oliver turned two. I still plan to do it anyway.

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It's one of those things where I know people in the world won't care if my son eats a peanut and dies. It's really a depressing thought to me, but that's just the way some people are, and I get that. But it's family, you know? He knows all too well that my son has the allergy and I post stuff on facebook that I feel conveys the severity of it to people who may not be aware or understand. So it was really offensive to me that he says he feels discriminated against because his child can't eat PB&J for one week. What about children with food allergies who literally are not allowed to participate in field trips or birthday parties at school... Grr. I think I'm extra sensitive at the moment because I just shot my child with two epipens on Wednesday and because he's about to go to preschool and I'm terrified.

Virginia - Good luck with the maybe tandem nursing!!

Katie - Can't wait to hear about the job. Where is it located again?

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I think your feelings make sense Mary. And I just don't get the poor me I can't send my kid with PB&J. I'm kind of like Virginia we go out of the house with PB b/c my kids eat it non stop but not being able to have it at daycare or school or summer camp to protect other kids and make things more inclusive I'm totally fine with that. And I try to be aware and not eat it too close to unknown kiddos.

The job is in North Carolina. I have so little experience with the south it makes me a little nervous. I have these (likely irrational) fears of god in schools and lessons on the Civil War being a fight for state's rights (that last one stems from a trip to New Orleans I took in college and we went sight seeing and one of the places had one of those pre recorded histories and that was actually how it described the Civil War -- NO mention of slavery...). I figure if I have to we'll find a good completely secular private school. I'm an atheist and I have no issue with teaching about religion but any form of group prayers in school will flip me out. Hopefully I'm just being stereotypical though Smile We'd be moving to a fairly urban area so I'm probably just being a jerky New Yorker Smile

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ROFL I could have written that post, Katie. I'm no too worried because we'd be headed to the DC area which isn't really "south". It's funny, actually. I consider myself a complete New Englander (can even trace ancestors back to the Mayflower) but was actually born down in in the DC area. Hah. I haven't lived out of New England since I was 3, though. I'm kind of nervous about it. I bet you'd be find in a pretty urban area. Hopefully you can avoid expensive private schools!

Mary - the preschool my kids attend is really, really careful with food. They have lists in each room of what each kid is allowed to eat (some allergies, some vegetarians/vegans). They have epi pens. Anything baked from home has to be labeled with the contents and that it contains no nuts or they will send it home unopened and uneaten. I hope Sean's preschool is just as careful so you can relax.

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LOL Katie! Your post sounds like something I would write, hahahah. Ohio is too "bible belt"-ish for me. Hahahah. One of the jobs my DH interviewed for right before we got married was in Savannah, Georgia, and I had the same fears, hahahaha. Thankfully, he didn't get that job. That was when me moved to Illinois instead. I didn't love it either, but I think that was just the city we were in... It was a little run-down. I've heard Savannah is much prettier, as far as scenery goes. But alas, Ohio is my home. Wink

We have our "meet-the-teachers" night Wednesday at Sean's preschool. I hope I leave feeling more comfortable... ugh.

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I am absolutely amazed. Alex, my little giant, had his 4 year old appointment and he's not a giant anymore. He's 42" and 44.5lbs. That's 1.5" shorter and 4lbs lighter than Raymond was at 4. Wow. Just Wow. I can't believe this is the same kid who was off all the charts for weight for such a long time. He was on the same height curve as Raymond through age 2, but started falling off it last year. Then, he was 1" shorter and 1lb lighter than Raymond had been at 3. So, he's dropping further behind.
Raymond, on the other hand, is now 47.5" tall by our home measurement. Almost 4 ft and not even 6 yet. Yikes.

ETA: I just processed the number a little more and growth spurts are weird things. Raymond was 43.5" at age 4, 45" at age 5 (+1.5") and will be 48" by 6 (+3"). I knew he was growing like a weed this summer!

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Virginia - big healthy boys Smile Evan at home was 40.5" at 3.5, I look forward to seeing what he is at 4. I've noticed a lot of his summer shirts and shorts are starting to look small. Crazy how fast they grow.

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Hey girls, sorry I haven't posted in forever. Life has been nuts lately between summer activities and having a two month old so I rarely get a chance to check the site and when I do it's on my phone so responding is a pain. The kids are doing well....Brekke starts preschool next Monday (yay!), Dane has really figured out talking and never shuts up, and my little guy is just growing and starting to get more interactive and fun. He is a little needy, not too bad though, and if he's in a good mood he just smiles nonstop. I'm still not losing weight at all which is incredibly frustrating but hopefully it'll just pick and go crazy once my body decides it doesn't need to hold onto all this extra fat and water! I sort of think my mini pill is partially to blame but at this point I don't know what else to do for birth control so I'll just deal with it.

Virginia: can't believe how close you're getting!! Glad things are going well Smile that's funny that Alex isn't a "giant" anymore. Dane was always above average (not off the charts by any means though) but I'll be surprised if that's still the case. We'll see next week at his and B's doc appt.
Mary: that's totally scary you had to use the epi pen!! Glad things turned out okay but I definitely think you can't be too cautious with that situation.
Katie: I think that's a realistic concern with school in the south. I'm not atheist but would be hugely bothered by organized prayer or other similar things in school. That's why we have church if you feel so inclined IMO. Living in Utah and not being Mormon makes me more easily bothered by that sort of thing I think Wink

ETA: Mary, HLN was talking about Lyme disease this morning. Random.

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Mary - Sorry your uncle isn't understanding of the peanut thing, I do find it inconvenient not being able to send nuts to school especially when Dana was younger, PICKY and loved PB! But I fully understand why it's done.

Katie - Glad the interview went well, good luck.
I would have similar concerns as you with education in certain areas of the U.S.

I am constantly stating to my BIL that Canada is a Cultural Mozaic and that religion doesn't belong in the public schools, I have no problem with devoted time for people to practice what they wish, I have no problem with a child praying before having a meal, but the beliefs should not be forced onto others. I choose to be an agnostic because there is a chance that someone is right but I really don't know who I also don't believe in organized religion.

Virginia - Alex is still a giant compared to Natalie she's over 4 1/2 and still under 40" and 30lbs. Dana on the other hand is getting tall, I would say around 5" 6 3/4".

Ashley - Glad to hear everyone is doing well and your summer is full of fun.

*AFM*

My doctor wasn't able to do my physical so they booked me in with the nurse practioner instead, I actually like her more than the doctor so that was nice. The standards have changed and they don't do a bunch of the tests every year, which is fine by me, I never saw the point when my family doesn't have a history of breast or cervical cancer and I am pretty good about going in if something strange happens in any of those areas. All my blood tests look good (they did them in April when I went in for something else) and my weight/height are healthy. I am still working on sorting out stomach issues and I pulled my hip in June but didn't start actively trying to stretch it out till a few weeks ago so the nurse practioner said keep up the stretches if it doesn't heal she'll send me for physio.

The girls are both in camp this week and they are enjoying it. Dana is in an Adventure Camp, they do tree top treking, canoeing, wall climbing, archery and lots more fun stuff. Natalie is in one called Imagination Station, they are doing all sorts of creative stuff, she's built a maraca sort of thing out of a paper plate, today they are making teddy bears out of socks, every day has a theme.

Dana starts highschool in a little under 2 weeks, she's excited. Natalie starts JK in just over 2 weeks, she's so smart I am not sure what they will do with her. She knows some sight words, knows the phonetics of the letters, can read simple books, knows all her numbers and can do simple addition and subtraction, we also have the Kindergarten level Brain Quest cards and the only ones she struggles with in money, in her defense it's US.

Below is a link to the cards on Amazon.
Brain Quest Kindergarten, revised 4th edition: 300 Questions and Answers to Get a Smart Start: Chris Welles Feder, Susan Bishay: 9780761166603: Amazon.com: Books

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Ashley - I'm still holding on to a few pounds too, but don't worry... It's only been a couple of months! And YES... Everyone has been talking about Lyme lately! It has been on so many news channels and articles over the last few days because the CDC released new estimates of the prevalence. They previously had been saying 30,000 new cases each year, but they knew that was a low estimate due to lack of reporting. Their new estimate is at least 300,000 new cases each year! Ten times the previous estimate... Just unbelievable!

Amanda - Sean starts his preschool in 13 days! I'm excited and scared (due to the allergy thing). We had a meet-the-teachers night last night just for parents, and I think I'll really like it. The main lady seemed like she really has her stuff together. I got to talk to her a bit at the end about his peanut allergy. She had said they need help from parents on occasion (the example she gave was to make heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day or something) and said if you like that sort of thing, to let them know... I didn't normally seek that sort of thing out, although I wouldn't have had a problem doing it if asked. But I volunteered myself for any of those types of jobs so that I can make something that is safe for EVERYONE to eat (if there are kids with different allergies, I will find a way to adapt anything to work for everyone). So hopefully they'll ask me to do that sort of thing, because I *hate* the thought of Sean being excluded due to his allergies.

Virginia - You've got big boys still!! I think Sean was 41.25" and 40.75lb, something like that. Can't remember off the top of my head. It's funny though, because I think at his most recent hospital visit, he was under 40 lbs, like 39.something.

Katie - No news on the job yet???

AFM - I called the Lyme doc back and asked to be put on a cancellation list. They called me back the same day to tell me they could bump my appointment up like 5 weeks sooner than it was originally scheduled. It's still about 4 weeks away, but MUCH better. I need to find a way to get out of work for it, though, ugh... I know the guy I work with will gladly accommodate me, but he is just now getting ready to come back from several months off with bladder cancer, so I hate to even ask him. I already asked him to trade me one shift so that I could drop Sean off and pick him up from his first day of preschool. He offered to trade me anything I needed if the Lyme doc could get me in sooner... I just HATE to ask. His cancer sorta trumps my weird neuro-whatever-this-is.

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Ugh... Just got this message from my SIL on fb...

"I thought we might have some good news yesterday about the boys finally getting a cousin, but as it turns out it was not to be. I had a positive home pregnancy test in early July, but when we went to the OB/GYN yesterday, we learned that the embryo hadn't developed. We were pretty disappointed, so that is what my post yesterday was about. We probably won't tell anyone besides our immediate family, but thank you for asking. We are doing alright."

So sad for them. Sad

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Oh Mary that's so sad Sad I hope they get preg again quickly! As for the job - I won't hear until after next week. They had person #3 this week and person #4 next week then they will decide. So we'll see. Work has been a freakshow so I'm really crossing my fingers. Though we brought in a real estate agent today and losing money on the house is kind of depressing. If I get a signing bonus that balances it I suppose that's good enough though...For some reason AF arrived early this month so I'm thinking I may not hear before I'm fertile in September which is kind of a bummer haha baby is still my back up plan Smile

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Mary - your poor SIL.

AFM: I'll start with the positive. I had a great vacation! Apparently, Oliver loves kayaks. He took most of his naps in kayaks this week. Wink
In not as great news, the previa has not resolved. The u/s today was weird and the doctor seemed confused and said "It's hard to measure". But she seemed to think part of the placenta was right up against the cervix (my MW thinks it was an extra lobe) and the main posterior portion is 1cm from it. So, we're still in the waiting game and I'm starting to research c/s. It's looking more and more likely. Baby boy is healthy and estimated at 4lb4oz.

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Virginia - I'm sorry the previa isn't resolving at this point. Is there still a chance that it'll move? But I'm soooo glad baby is healthy!

Mary - sorry about your SIL. How sad.

Katie - bummer that you'd lose money on the house! I'm looking forward to hearing about the job next week.

Amanda - that camp for the girls sounds awesome! High school already?! Wow!

AFM - Xander started preschool last week! How is that even possible?! So far it's going really well - it's M-F 8-10:30 am. He didn't cry on the first day or anything (though I did, haha), but he seemed a little anxious/scared for a few days. Now, however, he's all smiles when we walk up to his room! I think he really likes it. It completely wears him out, though! He's been soooooooo tired and grouchy since he started. heh. He's been taking extra long naps and going to bed early, but he's still a little crank for most of the day and just looks beyond tired. He's also barely eating, which is so stressful since he's already so skinny. I know he'll adjust, though. He's also turned into a total Momma's Boy again. He will not let DH put him to bed, get his food, brush his teeth, etc. He just won't. It's all "I just want moooooom!" all the time. I'm flattered, of course, and secretly I love it, but it's also exhausting. And I can tell it's really bothering my DH - he's taking it personally. I know it's just because Xander is tired and in the middle of a huge new change in his life, but my DH is still hurt. I'm sure in a few weeks he'll adjust and we can get back to life as normal. Oh, and Xander won't let me read to him anymore! He keeps telling me "I don't like books!" but I think it's just because he's tired. Or so I hope. I know they read a few stories at school, so at least he's getting something... Heck maybe that's why he suddenly doesn't like books anymore? I don't know, it's most likely just because he's tired and wants to get into bed right away (I usually read before naps and bed). I might need to start having a story time at a different time of the day when he isn't so tired...

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Sorry I haven't been around much lately. Life has been hectic! I can't remember if I posted it here, but the doctor I'm going to see about possible Lyme disease called and had a cancellation for next Thursday, so they were able to move my appointment up again. Less than a week now... YAY. The closer it gets, the more I feel a little depressed. It's basically the last thing to rule out before giving in to a diagnosis of MS. I don't *want* to have Lyme disease, but I clearly have something, and I'd rather have it than MS. At least it is possible to beat Lyme. There's no cure at all for MS. Just treatments for symptoms and a few treatments that can slow the rate of relapses by like 30%. Ugh. I keep trying to tell myself that it was not a coincidence that I didn't start feeling better until I took some antibiotics. It's stressful.

Lauren - Sean starts preschool this coming Wednesday... I'm so nervous!! Mostly about the peanut allergy, but also about him in general... I hope he makes some little friends and doesn't feel lonely or unhappy there.

Virginia - Sorry the previa doesn't seem to be resolving. Blaaah! Glad baby boy #4 is healthy and happy in there, though. Smile

AFM - Three-day weekend, thank goodness. I am so sick of work already, and I've only been back for a month. Blah. Where is my winning lottery ticket so I can retire?

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Hey All! Things here have been crazy. Work has been a 3 ring circus. Boys have been good but busy and DH and I have actually had some non-kid-related plans which is fun but hectic. I believe the job is going to make me an offer! They are flying the entire family down next weekend to tour the area with a realtor and I am HOPING get me an offer. It's all a little odd - they are flying us down but haven't given the offer yet. It's hard to know neighborhoods etc with out an offer. Sigh. But I'm trying to be patient. I'm the only person left, they all love me...sooo I'm really hoping b/c I'm very unhappy at work. I need a change. This could be really exciting. But c'mon OFFER.

Mary - is Sean still doing the peanut thing or did his stomach problems stop him? I think Lyme is getting a ton of press because the rate of diagnosis has been so dramatically under reported. I really hope that's it for you b/c like you say you CAN beat it and the sooner the better!

Virginia - I wish you had a better report on the previa but I'm glad he's a healthy baby.

Hi everyone else!

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Good luck, Katie. Sounds promising!
GL to you, too, Mary.

AFM: It could resolve, but it's a long shot, unless the last u/s was somehow incorrect. I'm so, so happy I've made it this far with no issues.