Katie - GL with the interview process! It all sounds so exciting and terrifying. Especially if it goes well and you need to move! Yikes. (c;
Ash - glad the swim lessons went well. I'm going to sign Xander up for the March classes... I'm a little nervous. He loves the Parent Tot Splash class that we did for years, but that was me holding him int he water playing for 30 minutes. Now that he's 3 I'm not allowed in with him and they're actually going to teach him to swim without floaties. I have a feeling the first 2-3 classes are going to be a total nightmare.
Mary - I have a peanut allergy and the only chocolate I've ever been able to eat is Hershey chocolate, the label has never had a peanut warning... However, I read that Hershey has two different plants and they keep one of them completely peanut/nut free to make the regular bars and some of the Hershey Kisses, so that's why some of their stuff has a warning and some doesn't. I guess the bars I have available around here are from the nut-free plant... But seriously, people don't get how terrifying a peanut allergy is. I seriously have panic attacks whenever I realize I stupidly ate something that could maybe just ever so slightly possibly contain a shred of peanut - and I'm only moderately allergic! And my DH is an a$$ and still eats peanut butter and stuff around me. I used to completely freak out whenever he'd eat it, but have since chilled out since I've never had any sort of reaction from being around him when he eats it. I do NOT kiss him if he eats it, though. lol
Speaking of allergies... So I think I have a sesame allergy now! I just made a huge batch of granola and decided to throw in a ton of sesame seeds since they're good while breastfeeding, but when I ate it my throat did the same thing it does when I eat peanuts! Crud! I tried the granola three different times just to make sure it wasn't something else or a fluke, but I only got this feeling after eating the granola. At least it's pretty easy to avoid sesame... I'll just avoid it until I can get tested. I plan on seeing an allergist soon so I can have a complete test done on all nuts, legumes, etc. as well as seasonal allergy stuff. Plus to ask my stupid questions like how strict do I need to be with different allergy warnings. Like can I still eat stuff that's manufactured in a facility that also has peanuts, or should I avoid that too? I already avoid anything made on shared equipment or that may contain traces of peanuts, but I'm not as strict about the facility. I would be if I had a severe allergy, but since it's moderate I'm a little more laid back about it (except when I was pregnant).
Everything else is good. Benjamin is such a cutie (of course). Xander is too (of course, heh). It's been sunny for three days in a row, so I'm feeling good! Even if it has been cold...
Sesame is actually a rather large PITA (not to be a debbie downer) my FIL is severely allergic and sesame oil or oils with sesame oil in it are a problem, breadcrumbs can be a problem, cross contamination with bagels and rolls are a problem....the time my SIL ordered hummus and almost killed him wasn't so good (apparently there's a lot of sesame in hummus or was in this particular hummus no one thought to ask...). We had to be careful with the folks who catered our wedding to be sure meatballs were made with sesame seed free breadcrumbs, rolls were not contaminated anything fried was safe etc. His allergy is severe but it was rather surprising that sesame seeds turned up far more than we imagined....
Evan 12/10/09 9lbs 5 and 1/4 oz 21.5"
Rory 12/2/11 10lbs 12oz and 23"
Mary - Poor Sean! I saw the pic of his eye! I hope he is feeling better!
Lauren - Hi! That sucks about the sesame seeds! Do you like oatmeal cookies? My friend made me these and brought them to the hospital after Sam was born. They were soooo good, I didn't mind "having" to eat 3 a day!
Katie - Are you all done with interviews, now? So glad you've gotten most (or all) of them out of the way! Fingers crossed for you!
Virginia - Yay doubling numbers! Congrats!
Ash - I think we're going to put Owen into swimming lessons this summer, but I'm not sure where. I need to check out our local community pool. I have a high school classmate I used to swim with who teaches at one of the private pools, but their swimming lessons are like every day for two weeks! It's kind of crazy for a 3 year old IMO. I'll have to see. He's starting soccer at the Y in April - super excited for that!
AFM - Lazy weekend here, more or less! Well, today I went to the gym and did my "long" run for the week - 4 miles - then went and picked up a pizza, haha. Nothing like being counter-productive, right?! But I had a 50% off code for Papa John's, so we went ahead and just did that for dinner. We probably shouldn't have, though, because we have a fridge FULL of leftovers! Tomorrow I have a shoot in the morning, then lunch with a friend and her daughter, then... well, then I think I might go to the grocery store ALL BY MYSELF since DH is off for the holiday. Haha! Awesome how alone trips to the store become a little vacay post-kids, right?
Jen: woohoo, a grocery trip alone is like heaven! Nice going on the 4 miles. You deserved pizza
Lauren: I thought Brekke would struggle with the swimming lessons since I couldn't get it, but she did great - probably 10x better than she would've done if she had me there for a crutch. That's not cool that you have to deal with food allergies, I can only imagine what a huge PITA that would be.
Mary: hope Sean is feeling better today! I hear ya on the lethargy freaking you out - that is what really pushed me into taking Dane into the doc when he had that rash. If my DD was acting that way, I'd probably chalk it up to her being a girl and wanting to milk not feeling well, but when my wild boy doesn't want to do anything, it's pretty clear something is up!
Virginia: GREAT numbers!!!
Katie: that's interesting, I had no idea sesame seeds were in that many different foods.
Stayed at the in-laws condo all weekend so DH & DD could ski. Brekke is improving a ton - she can actually do it on her own on the easy runs but gets nervous when she remembers you aren't holding her and has taken a few pretty good falls. But she's still the cutest little thing going down the mountain since she's so tiny still. It's DH's b-day today...trying to think of something fun to do but coming up short at the moment. Thinking of maybe filling his truck with balloons while he's at work (I have extra keys). Anyone have any awesome ideas?
I love the balloon idea Ashley! I can't top that.
Katie - yikes that stinks that your FIL is severely allergic. I'm glad I don't have a severe peanut allergy, just a moderate one. If I have a sesame allergy, I doubt it's severe, buuuut...
Now I'm wondering if I'm just coming down with a cold. My colds often start with my throat feeling weird, the exact same way my throat feels when I eat peanuts, and I'm wondering if the granola was just so rough on my throat that it made it more noticeable. Today my throat felt the same way in the morning even though I hadn't had any granola, BUT I had drank out of the same water bottle that hadn't been washed (stupid, I know). So honestly it could be an allergic reaction from that... Or not. But my throat is still weird tonight, though not as much (though I haven't eaten anything hard), and now DH has a scratchy throat and Xander took an insanely long nap, as he often does before getting sick... So I don't know now. The plan is to play it safe and avoid sesame until my doctors appt in a few weeks and I'll ask her to run a test then.
still hanging in there. I have to decide when to have my u/s. I could go Friday at 6w0d (and have DH come) or put it off until next week and go alone. I'm a little worried 6w might be too early for a HB, but I really want DH there. I was told to do it sometime between 6 and 7 weeks.
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 for 26 months
baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
8.16.12 & 12.16.12
Virginia: GL deciding when to go in. I can understand wanting your DH to be there, but I'd rather wait than just see a normal sac but still stress out about whether things are going okay or not. JMO.
Lauren: yikes, hopefully it is just a coincidence.
Looking at sit n stand strollers. Anyone have one they like? Graco has one that I like a lot but it won't hold my BT car seat. So I'm leaning towards a Joovy Caboose. Such an important decision to stress about, I know
Ashley - Hope you thought of something fun to do to your DH for his birthday.
I saw some pictures of Brekke skiing on FB it's too cute. Natalie has been out on skates a few times and is becoming quite the skater, she'll be better than me in no time, LOL.
Sorry not helpful with things for multiple kids, with a 10 year gap you don't have to worry about those things.
Lauren - I hope it is just a cold, and that it's stay is short.
Virginia - Your numbers seem to be doing well, I would probably go closer to 7 weeks just cause I'd want to make sure they can see everything well.
DH has some sort of allergy, it's new and we know it's a food one but not sure what, he broke out in hives when eating Organic Mary's Gone Crackers and Chapman's Chocolate Mint Ice Cream with Magic Shell on it. Our family doctor is sending him to an allergy specialist to see if they can figure it out.
Had a busy weekend. DH's (and his twin brother's) birthday was Saturday so we had his family over for dinner on Friday. Saturday we ran errands, went out for dinner, dropped the kids off at my parents and went to see the new Die Hard movie, it was a great evening. Sunday, we picked up the kids and went to Dana's hockey, then had dinner at my mom's. Monday (family day holiday here) we went to the Science center, it was a fun day.
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Today I have been catching up on laundry, and got the stairs vacuumed. Apollo left one of my shoes in the middle of the stairs and I fell, thankfully I am just a little sore and it more just scared me.
* Amanda *
Amanda: sounds like a busy weekend! Sorry you tripped on a shoe - BTDT with my kids leaving crap on the stairs. Glad you weren't seriously hurt!
I'm questioning if someone drugged my kids today (kidding of course). But seriously, they've both been sleeping for 3 hours. LOVE IT! DD normally takes a 2-2.5 hour nap, but DS usually takes 1.5 hour one. I should be getting stuff done like cleaning but instead am updating my "space" on my BB and uploading pics off my camera. Oh well, gotta do that sometime I guess.