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February 2013 Chat Thread

Duplicating my post from the January thread and just putting it in the correct month :P.

Katie - I have a solution for you a truck and pet friendly hotels, kidding of course, could you imagine? I have 4 pets and it would be difficult to transport them all across a country.

Virginia - I hope this is your month, everything is crossed for you.

Mary - Hope your short Monday flies/flew by. Also hope Calvin's arm is healing well.

Ashley - Hoping Dane's rash is ok, did you switch detergents? I have to be careful with Natalie, she has really sensitive skin.

*AFM*

Had my injections on Friday, really wish a cure could be found for Dystonia. I forgot to take Advil in advance so it was a bit more painful than usual, thankfully the discomfort after isn't nearly as bad as previous times.

Saturday just seemd to fly by.

Sunday I spent the day cleaning up quite a bit, we are hosting Natalie's belated birthday party at my house this up-coming weekend and my house is a DISASTER!

I'm at work today, my morning was ok but by the time luch time came around I was EXHAUSTED!

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Hello all - I guess I should join the February chat, considering it's Feb 4th now, hahaha. Ooops. I probably won't post much tonight.. Just feeling really nauseated for some reason. I've had heartburn all day, so I'm going to try some zantac before bed and hope that helps. But I also have some sort of strange headache. I don't know... It's not even that my head really hurts. It's more like my ears are just sensitive to EVERYTHING. Like we were trying to watch a DVR'ed episode of American Idol and I just wanted to hold my ears and cry, even when the GOOD people sang. Everything just feels incredibly loud and it hurts. Blah.

Amanda - Sorry you don't have any better treatment options for the dystonia and the injections suck. Hopefully someday there will be something better.

Virginia - Updated HPT pics???

Ashley - How is Dane's rash?

AFM - Took Calvin to the f/u appt with the opthopedic nurse practitioner today. They did xrays on his arm and basically told us it looks good so far. They added some padding to the top of the brace thing he has on his arm because it was sorta cutting into his skin on his upper arm. We'll go back next Friday for more xrays. There's a chance that he'll get the pins out then. She said with most fractures, they can take the pins out at 3 weeks, but this particular type of fracture is just unpredictable. So we might find out next Friday that we have to keep the pins in for longer. They like to take the pins out ASAP because they're apparently actually sticking out of the skin (we haven't seen them because he can't take the brace thing off)... But anyway, having them penetrating the skin for that prolonged period leaves him more prone to infection, so hopefully we'll be able to get them out soon. After the pins come out, there's a pretty good chance he'll get a hard cast. I'm okay with that because I'm not ready for him to have his arm out and vulnerable yet.

And... He just pooped and reached his hand up in his diaper, apparently. He had stripped his pants off. He came walking over to me holding his poopy hand out, saying "Eww! Eww!" OMG. Thank goodness DH cleaned him up after that one.

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Amanda: sorry you have to deal with the injections, that would be such a bummer to deal with Sad I actually did switch detergents so I've switched back in hopes of that possibly helping and changed his sheets and washed his blankets he sleeps with too.

Mary: I posted over in January (oops) but it's mostly better on his body aside from his skin feeling kind of rough but his eyes and around his mouth are really irritated still. It's so frustrating to not know exactly what's causing it, but after watching him itch at his eyes today I'm pretty confident the rash is eczema related which obviously has a million triggers and it tough to clear up. That's good that Calvin could potentially get the pins out soon and be in a hard cast..I'd personally feel way less stressed out with one of those bad boys protecting it! And oh my YUCK I saw that on FB about him getting into his diaper...soooo nasty!! I've lucked out with my kids so far not doing that, but my mom says when I was little I used to smear it on my walls when I was in my crib if I got left in there too long.

Baby is kicking up a storm tonight. It sort of bums me out that this is the last time I'll get to feel a wiggly baby in my belly so as much as I've enjoyed it in the past, I'm really relishing in it this time even more. I can feel his little boney whatevers (you know, knee/foot/hand/elbow/something) through my skin and I think it's pretty much the coolest thing ever. DH disagrees and says it freaks him out - haha. We stayed up way too late last night so I'm about to call it a night, maybe watch some of The Followers (new Kevin Bacon TV series) in bed for a bit. Anyone else watch that?

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I posted a new pic yesterday. Things still look probably okay. tests were a little darker this morning. I'm having trouble finding optimism, but I think that's probably expected.

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Mary - Glad Calvin's arm is healing well, hope the pins come out soon. Ewwwww about the poop.

Ashley - I loved baby kick, that's one thing I really miss about pregnancy. My DH always thought the kicks were cool, my sister thought it was weird and nick named Natalie Ripley (Alien Movie) because of it.

virginia - I'll have to check out your sticks, haven't been on the DYSAL boards. I am sure everything will be fine, I'll try to send you sticky and girl vibes all at once. Biggrin

*AFM*

OMG yesterday Natalie was a terror, she trashed the house, her room is covered in toys, the living room covered in kids books, when she was "going potty" put gobs of palm aid (hair wax) in her hair "because it was messy", after washing it 4 times her hair still looks bad.

Thankfully Dana's been good, glad to have a well behaved teen since my 4 year old is a complete terror.

Working today, then I am off the rest of the week, hosting a party for all the winter birthdays in our family this weekend have to get ready for that.

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Virginia - Just looked at your lines, they look great.

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I am really debated on this, any words of advice, DH's birthday is in a week and a 1/2 I got him a small gift, a book at $25, but wanted to get him something a bit more. He really would like the Jame Bond 50th Anniversary box set and I would love to get it for him, my big issue is the cost by the time I pay shipping, taxes and duty it comes out to $200, a bit more than I want to spend right now. The problem is it's a limited time thing, so what do you think I should do?

Here is the link to it.

Amazon.com: Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray]: Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby: Movies & TV

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FRER is clearly darker today. I'm going to try not to test tomorrow (haha). I think I'll hold off and call my doctor Monday if things still look good then. Hopefully I can get BW done at the end of next week.

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Virginia: great news that the lines are getting darker. Yahoo

Amanda: Not knowing your DH, it's hard to say, but if you think it's something that would knock his socks off & it wouldn't be completely unfathomable to spend that kind of cash on a birthday gift, then it sounds great. We go a little crazy for birthdays because we don't buy each other Christmas gifts (we get a "family" or "us" gift if anything) and don't do Valentine's or Anniversary gifts at all. BTW, when is your DH's b-day?? My DH's is the 18th. It's his 30th so a BIG one and I got him a pool table that he has no clue about. Normally I don't spend THAT kind of money on birthdays, but couldn't help myself because he wants one so badly and it is an milestone birthday so it's just a matter of getting it now vs later.

Dane's rash STILL isn't gone, his skin overall is mostly clear other than very rough, but under his eyes still look horrible. Taking him to see his pedi tomorrow. Sometimes just making the appointment seems to clear it up (lol) so maybe we'll get lucky. But if nothing else, I'd like her opinion on what might be causing it and what i can do it give the poor guy some relief - he rubs his eyes all day so it must itch like crazy but being around his eyes, there isn't much I can do.

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Virginia - it's definitely normal but try to stay positive and enjoy it even if it's nerve wracking! Fingers crossed!

Amanda - If you think he'd love it and it won't break the bank I think little surprises like that are really great

Ashley - I'm jealous of the baby belly and poor Dane Sad

Mary - EEWW I have yet to have a kid do that I hope to remain that way LOL

AFM - I'm in Atlanta for work and the company rented the aquarium tonight for dinner. All I could think was how much Evan would LOVE it! We saw a dolphin show and walked the exhibits it is a great aquarium! I'm tired now and definitely read to get home. I want to see my babies. I have a second call (but first real interview) friday with the company. 30 minutes. Their interview process is rated one of the hardest in the industry so who knows but hey no harm in trying. So we'll see what Friday brings....

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Katie - Good luck on Friday. Can't wait to hear how it goes! Yeah, I'd be depressed to go to an awesome aquarium without the kids, hahaha. They go nuts over the pet fish for sale in the tanks at the store where we do most of our shopping, haha. And the lobsters at the grocery store.

Ashley - Good luck with the rash. I know what you mean about making the appointment being the cure to the problem. It's frustrating, but at the same time, you just want it to go away.

Amanda - If he'd love it, go for it!

Virginia - Woohoo for darker lines!!! Stick little bean, stick!

AFM - Day off today, thank goodness. I ended up working a double on Tuesday, so I had to stand for 14 hours. Plus the hour of driving each way made it a 16-hour day. WAY too long. I was sad because the kids were in bed when I left and they were asleep when I got home (11pm). Then I had to work early yesterday also, so I had to be up at 5:30am, so they were still in bed when I left. I hate not seeing them. By the time I got home last night, omg, I was SO exhausted and my ankles were swollen. I'm feeling like it's WAY too early to have swollen ankles. I'm hoping it was just a fluke from working the double shift, not having a ton of time to rest and recover before the next shift. I don't want to start with the swelling already, ughhh...

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Mary - it sounds like the ankles are probably a result of overdoing it for a few days. Definitely relax now! Awww, I'd miss my boys too. Hopefully you don't have to do that again for awhile.

Amanda - I say go for it if it isn't a financial burden on you guys. If he'd be mad that you spent $200 then you may not want to...

Ash - poor Dane! I hope your pedi can get him some relief.

Virginia - congratulations! I'm just now seeing all this!! WOO!

Katie - wow the whole aquarium? That'd be awesome! GL with the first interview!

AFM - DH now has Xander hooked on The Thee Stooges. Oh my! I guess he was obsessed with it when he was a little kid, so he had to go and get my kid hooked. haha. Maybe not the best show for a 3 year old, but whatever.

I've whined before, but I just want to say how much I hate pumping. Ugh!

Benjamin is SO close to rolling over already (he's 6 weeks and change). I find that amazing considering how much he loathes being on the floor for more than a few minutes at a time, so he doesn't get all that much floor time/tummy time. Though he's starting to tolerate more and more... I just can't believe how fast he's maturing!

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Katie: GL today with the interview!!

Lauren: wow, go Benjamin! Brekke took FOREVER to roll over, but Dane could flip back to belly pretty early because I think he figured it out with all of his stretching and arching his head back. It then took him quite a while to figure out the other way. So far my kids haven't been elite rollers Wink

Mary: are you able to down water like crazy during those long shifts? I've read that a lot of nurses have problems with swelling from being on their feet so much and that helps. Sorry about the long days, those are seriously not fun. DH does that sometimes where the kids are asleep when he leaves and again when he gets home and it's hard on everyone.

Saw our regular pedi who agreed the rash is caused by a virus, but she made me feel a lot better about it saying she's seen several of these lately so it must be floating around at the moment. He is acting so much better the last 48 hours+ so at least he seems to be getting better on some level. He wasn't ever "sick" just "off". Okay my kids are fighting better go...

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Hey All!

Mary - glad you've got some home time!

Lauren - no way I can't believe he can already time FLIES!

Ashley - Glad the pedi made you feel better poor kiddo!

AFM - had an interview today. It went well (I think...lol). They said they'd get back to me next week so we'll see. They mentioned they had heard good things about me from the trade which is always nice to hear (and a little nerve wracking that's how word gets back to your company but what can you do...?). So here's to hoping for good news about another interview next week I still have a few ahead....

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just marking my place quickly. We got 2+ feet of snow over the weekend and have been busy.
I'm still pregnant. FRER had a darker test line than control line today, so I'll be calling the MW and figuring out our plan. I'm a little nervous still because I've had no food aversions of nausea and would usually have at least some of that by now. Maybe I'll get super lucky this time.

ETA
here's a FRER from today (17dpo)

I'm thrilled that the test line is darker than the control, but I'm still feeling pretty cautious about celebrating. I just called my MW and I'm going in for blood work later this week and will hopefully have an ultrasound the following week (or the one after) to see if things are going okay.

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Virginia: great line!! Good luck with all that snow!

Katie: GL with the jobs!

Dane has learned to "count" 1-2-3 (he doesn't really count just has it memorized) so we have to do 1-2-3 for everything. It really walks the line of cute and annoying. Wink I have what should be a boring OB appointment tomorrow morning and he'll probably give me the nasty GD test drink for next time. Ugh.

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Virginia - Great line, HH9M to you. We got lots of snow too, thankfully we have a snow blower and DH cleared up the mess.

Ashley - So cute about Dane and "counting". Hope the OB appointment is good, yuck about the GD drink.

*AFM*

After a very busy weekend I am working today, would rather be at home sleeping.

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I just unfriended a high school friend on Facebook, her stupidity was driving me batty, on a regular basis she posts fake amber alerts, fake celebrity deaths, the pictures that say "[insert random word/number] to see what happens next", she thought her family Christmas cards were nice when she looked half naked in some of them due to the dress she was wearing. You get the point, I don't have time for that crap.

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Virginia - It's good to see the test line darker than the control. I hope this bean sticks!! Try not to worry too much on the lack of symptoms (easier said than done, I know).. It's still quite early.

Amanda - I have some people like that who I probably should unfriend, but their drama is too entertaining sometimes, lol. I am about to unfriend some random woman who cheats at words with friends, though, hahaha... Seriously. I think she uses one of those word generator things. What's the point in even playing?

Ash - I hope your OB appointment goes well. I was supposed to have mine today, but that didn't happen.

Katie - Good luck with all the interviews! I hate interviews so much. Funny, the only real job interview I've ever had was for this change of location in my current job that I had been doing for 5 years already, hahaha. I didn't even have a job interview when I got hired with the company. I applied online, met the boss who basically listed the benefits to me, and signed a contract. Hahah... Funny that I didn't interview until 5 years later when I wanted to move from one location to another.

AFM - I was supposed to have my OB appointment and GD test today, but that didn't happen, grrrr. My doc's office called me 45 minutes before my appointment time to tell me my doc had to run out of the office for an emergency C-section and rescheduled me for tomorrow. I guess considering the nature of the job, I should be surprised this is the first time in 3 pregnancies that this has happened. One other time, he personally called me and asked me to come in earlier in the day for my appointment (which was a good thing for me), because he expected to be delivering a baby later. Otherwise, my appointments are always on time, which is great.

In other news, the other pharmacist that I work with has to have surgery tomorrow. He's older and has been having problems suddenly with urinating blood. He went yesterday for some testing, and he didn't say what they found, but he called and told me he needs surgery on Wednesday, and needed me to cover some shifts for him. I really hope he's okay... I have a bit of a bad feeling about it all. Ugh. So today was supposed to be my day off, but I'm working the evening shift tonight. I could have just worked the morning shift, which is what he was scheduled for, but I thought I had my OB appointment, so we switched it all around. I wish I could have known in advance, as I would have rather just worked the morning shift and been done with it. Oooh well. I totally owe him because he has bailed me out in December when we all had the stomach virus, and again in January for Calvin's broken elbow/surgery. I'm a little sad because I had planned on taking Valentine's Day pics of the kids today. It can wait, but it will be post-VDay pics now. Not a huge deal.

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Hi y'all! I got logged out and was super lazy... Haha! Anyhow...

Virginia - Congratulations!! I hope this is a sticky bean for you!!

Lauren - Yay, go Benjamin! That's awesome he's trying to roll over already!! He might be walking at 6 months at that rate! Lol

Amanda - I have people I should unfriend, too, but they do serve as some entertainment. Wink

Mary - That sucks you have to cover a shift, but yeah, sounds like it's well-deserved for him! Boo to your OB moving your appointment, but yay, one more day without having to drink that nasty crap! Wink I hope Calvin's arm is okay tomorrow at his appointment!

Katie - GL with the jobs! I'm sure you did awesome. Wink

Ash - So cute that Dane is counting! Hope you had a boring appointment. Wink

AFM - DH and I finally picked a date - we are putting the house on the market in about 3 weeks! Yikes. We soooo need out of here so bad! We're completely out of room. Our realtor sent us some listings in the area, and there is actually a house not too far from here that would be PERFECT! It's 4-bedroom with a finished basement and nice backyard! I want to look at it, but I don't! Lol I don't want to get too attached to it and then we not sell fast enough! I hope we can unload this place fairly quickly. We're putting it on the market for about $7K less than we paid! Bah, so disappointing, but the market is just crap. At least that loss will translate into a cheaper price on the next house, since everyone is pretty much taking a loss in this market.

Oh, and Sam is CRUISING. Gah. :help:

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Jen: Good luck selling! And yikes, good luck with Sam...that's when thing get reeeeeally interesting Wink

Mary: bummer about having to work but that's nice you're helping him out. Sorry about the doc appointment but at least they called you. I've had my doc out twice delivering and one time they just had the nurse pract. see me and the other time they came in after I'd be waiting like 15 minutes to say he was in delivery and would probably be another 20 minutes so it was up to me if I wanted to reschedule. At that point, I was like "Well, I'm already here so I guess I'll wait".

Amanda: I generally just exclude those people from my posts and/or block their posts so I don't have to look at them. It's pretty rare I "unfriend" someone because seriously people get so butt-hurt over it. :rolleyes:

Had a successfully boring appointment. Measuring ahead 2 weeks, but going off my O day that is almost 3 weeks :eek: Hopefully it'll even out in the next appointment or at least close to because I don't need to be stressing about having a 10 pound baby. Otherwise, all was good - doc couldn't find baby's HB for a few minutes because he was way up at the top of my uterus kind of laying like this (/) across my belly (if baby is the line..does that make sense?) Hope he doesn't get too comfy in a breech position! GD test next time.

So the pool table I ordered for DH's bday is supposed to be getting set up right now, but they are running way behind so now I'm stressing DH is going to get home before they're done (how lame would that be??). So now I have my mom in on it so hopefully I can get DH to meet me at dinner on his way home from work since we aren't going out on actual Valentine's Day and my mom will stay here with the kids (and the install guys!) and let me know when they're done. Crossing my fingers it works out and DH doesn't decide to run home first or something!

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Virginia - that is a BEAUTIFUL line!

Mary - I hope your coworker is ok Sad And boo to extra work though, even if you owe him it's never fun

Jen - if I did relocate we'd need to sell this house and I can't even imagine how we'd manage it and buy another home and move omg I have a panic attack thinking about it. It would be much easier if we could temporarily rent but with the dogs that's not really realistic. I will reserve my panic attack for an actual job offer! GL!

Ashley - hope you got to surprise dh!

Amanda - I hide people relatively often sometimes I defriend

AFM - my one interview got moved until tomorrow so we'll see how it goes. The gal I'm supposed to interview with is a Harvard and Penn grad and this is the total random job that I don't really think I'm all that qualified for so hey roll with it! I should be reviewing things and preparing now but I'm not feeling like it...

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Katie: GL with the interview. Sounds intense!

DH totally blew the surprise but oh well! He started heading home before calling me back and I couldn't get my mom here so I could leave before he got home. The ONE night he decides to come home before 6:30. Anyway, it looks great nonetheless - I'll try to get a pic up tomorrow. I'm way happy with how it turned out. Anyway, making Valentine's cookies tomorrow with my kids and am pretty dang excited (okay I'm just excited to eat frosting...oops).

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I was on Facebook Monday night and one of the girls I was friends with in high school posted that she was having relationship issues with her DH and that she was 8 months pregnant. I PMed her I hope I was of use, which is kinda hard when you've never been in her situation. Her DH told her that he wants to stay for the family, he wants to share a bed but he doesn't want a relationship. WTF? I just let her know that they should both wait until baby is born get through the postpartum and then assess the situation. I think he may be stressed about the whole situation with bringing the 3rd child into the family, since they already have two young kids aged 5 and 2.

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Mary - Boo about not getting the GD test done and over with.

Jen - Glad you set a date to put the house on the market, so glad our market in Canada hasn't gotten that bad.

Ashley - Great to hear your appointment was boring.
Sorry the pool table thing didn't work out as you had planned.

Katie - Sorry the interview got moved, hope it goes well.

*AFM*

I have a few people hidden (mainly family I don't want to unfriend) but I figure if they aren't related and I am not going to talk to them no use in having them on there.

I sent Natalie's Valentines and some heart shaped cookies to school with Natalie today since she doesn't go to school on Thursdays. They are having a little party to celebrate both day.

I'm done with winter and the cold weather. Anyone have an all expenses paid trip to some place warm for me?

Haven't been sleeping well the past couple of nights even my advil/muscle relaxant combo did nothing last night it normally works wonders.

At work today being a Zombie when I shouldn't.

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hi all. I skimmed the posts. I'm just posting quickly before trying to nap while the big kids watch a little TV and Oliver naps. whew.

symptoms are great, actually. Or terrible. The fatigue is kicking my rear. I'm dizzy and lightheaded (got to love low blood pressure plus low blood sugar). I'm hungry and thirsty all the time. No nausea yet still, but I can wait for that. I'd be thrilled to never have it.
Test this morning looks amazing (way better than 19dpo with the BO this summer). I went for my beta this morning and should get the result in a few hours. And we have kindergarten orientation tonight. craziness.

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Virginia - So happy to hear some good news from you finally! You're long overdue. I hope this one sticks.

Don't have a ton of time to post, gotta head to work. But we had Calvin's appointment this morning. He started having more pain the last couple days and we were getting nervous that something wasn't healing right or something. They did xrays today and said it looks like it's healing okay, so he probably just overdid it playing or something. So we go back next Friday for MORE xrays (my poor kid is being exposed to a lot of radiation these days). They talked as though he could probably get the pins out next week and move on to a hard cast or maybe even a removable brace. We shall see.

After that, we had my OB appointment. I did my glucose test. It always makes me feel dizzy and crappy. The doctor surprised me by ordering an ultrasound to check baby's growth at my appointment in 2 weeks. We're on the every-2-week schedule now... WOW. Time flies. I can't wait to see the little one some more. I hope they give me some pics to bring home. He said the ultrasound to check growth is to make sure there's no growth restriction which is sometimes the case with high blood pressure issues. He doesn't think so, though, because my belly is measuring fine.

I'm exhausted with all the appointments and working too much lately with my partner out on sick leave. It turns out he has a tumor in his bladder. They're doing surgery to remove it today. I hope it's benign or something, but who knows... Scary. I really wish there were more people to cover the sick leave so I wouldn't have to do it all and be overly exhausted. I need a nap.

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Mary, Ashley, and anyone else handling 2+ little ones... BabySteals has a great bag today! I got one on a whim about a year ago and it's amazing. I don't know how I got around without it. It's a diaper bag with a built-in hip carrier. It was really good when Oliver was mobile but not ready to walk places with me, when I founds myself out without a stroller, wanted to make a really quick stop shopping, etc. It's not all all-day carrier, but it works wonders for errands. I almost wish I needed a baby gift for someone so I could order one! I have the gray sidekick. It's too bad Oliver is really too heavy for it now.

still waiting on the beta.

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1332! I'll post the corresponding line later.

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Virginia - Congrats! Sounds like a sticky bean! Smile I'm glad you're feeling terrible! Haha. And wow, kindergarten orientation - crazy! GL with that!

Mary - I'm glad Calvin's arm is doing well! I'm sure he just overdid it... he IS two (well, almost Wink ) - guess we can't expect much less from a toddler! I saw my dentist yesterday (I was good friends with his daughter in HS and her two boys are the same age as mine), and he told me his grandson said to him on the phone, "Papa, watch me jump on the bed with my cast!" Hahaha. He broke his leg a few weeks ago, but it doesn't slow them down one bit, right?! Glad your appointment went well, too! Woohoo for 2 week appointments already! Wow, time does fly when it's not your pregnancy. Wink I hope your coworker is back soon!

Ash - Aw, bummer DH ruined his own surprise! Men. Was he at least pleasantly surprised when he saw it? Smile How did your V-Day cookies turn out?! I think we're going to make cupcakes tomorrow. Although, Owen has eaten at least 4 fastnachts since I bought a dozen yesterday for Fat Tuesday... I don't think that kid needs anymore sugar! Wink

Amanda - Crazy about your friend! That was really nice of you to reach out. I totally feel you on the weather thing! I am so over winter! I feel like I haven't seen the sun in months! It literally has barely shined for the last few months, it's depressing. I hope you get some sleep tonight!

Katie - I'd have panic attacks thinking about moving all those dogs (and children Wink ) if I were you, too! How did the interview go today?

AFM - Just putting the finishing touches on Owen's party! Holy crap, I can't believe in a week from tomorrow, I will have a 3 year old! It seems impossible, really. Wasn't I just in the hospital having him?! Lol Anyhow, he is superduper into Batman and Spiderman right now, so we're doing a retro superhero theme. He picked out his birthday shirt from a shop I found on Etsy (a red tee with the Batman logo on it and a 3 in the middle), so hopefully it will be here on time! All I need to do is figure out the food! The party is at 3pm, so I think I'll just do easy finger foods. I'm trying to think up foods to incorporate into the theme... So far all I have is an aqua (the colors are red, aqua, and white) "punch!" (haha, you know, the old pow, bam, etc. from Batman). I have to think of some other things... Any ideas? Wink

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Virginia - YAY BEAN! WOOHOO!

Mary - Glad the arm and your apt were good yay for extra u/s!

Amanda - if you find a free trip south let me know I'm coming too!

Jen - 3 already? crazy! I'm a weak party planner so I'm no help

Ashley - glad the table came out well even if DH ruined the surprise!

The interview seemed ok....she really only asked me 3 questions all situational. I tried to be specific with my answers and stay on target. I have no idea if it was enough to impress. We'll see....coordinating a cross country trip to interview in person (the next step is an all day in person deal) would be a PITA so I hope if they offer it's b/c they are serious and if they aren't then I hope they just say thanks but no thanks now

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Ugh - I just want to say that I hate food allergies. My IL's sent the kids a VDay card, each with a Hershey's chocolate candy bar inside. I saw it when I opened the card for Calvin and pulled it out and said "Sean probably can't eat this." My husband started getting all defensive, like why not, and I told him I know they at least make almond chocolates and probably use other nuts, and they probably make it all on the same equipment, and I'm not risking it. He looked at the label and there was a warning about "shared equipment" with almonds. He's acting like I'm an idiot because 1) It's shared equipment, it's not an actual ingredient, and 2) It's almond and his allergy is peanuts.

But our allergist has always told us we need to do complete exclusion of all nuts and tree nuts, and I'm not willing to risk it, ya know? He has generally been pretty good about not wanting to give them anything that is labeled with their allergens. But this time, he said, "I'm sure he could eat it..." I'm just so frustrated. He always acts as though I'm overprotective, and maybe I am... But I have had classes on what happens to the body on a chemical level during anaphylaxis, and I am NOT risking it. It's scary, dangerous stuff, and if I can prevent it by eliminating a candy, I will. He has other candy in the house that he enjoys and that is safe for him. Grrrr... I just wish someone out there had a shred of understanding or advocacy.

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Mary I think you're smart. I'm really sorry though Sad that HAS to be hard.

I have another phone interview Monday. I'm rather excited.....I think this interviewing stuff is making me competitive LOL we'll see how it goes!

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I'm feeling really nervous about my beta today. I took another FRER this morning and I'm pretty sure it's a little lighter. I'm really hoping it's just that the tests vary, but I'm having trouble believing it.

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Mary: ick, I had the GD test. It actually wasn't bad for me last time, but the first time I almost passed out.

Virginia: I saw that bag - thanks. WOOHOO for great #s Yahoo PS: stop testing girl, you are causing yourself way too much stress!

Jen: cookies were too good and I've given away as many as possible so I don't eat them Smile Cupcakes sound delish - don't worry my kids have had WAY too much sugar this week. Oh well. Retro superhero theme sounds really cute!

Amanda: that's nice that you PMed her at least. I probably wouldn't have but I hate when people air personal info like that on FB looking for sympathy or whatever. But I guess if you were good friends it might be different.

Katie: LOL good luck with the next interview!

DD has her last swimming lesson today until I sign her up again. It was definitely money well spent & I'll probably have her repeat towards the end of next month. It'll be nice to not have to drag DS to them for a while anyway, he gets really bored and wants to throw stuff into the pool :rolleyes:

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2804! It doubled! Now I really know not to trust the darkness of tests. I have to post the comparison (with betas) over on DYSAL because it's a great illustration of what everyone has told me but I've never really believed.

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Virginia - Yay!!! So glad to hear that it doubled, and it's nice that we finally have some hard evidence that those tests are NOT quantitative. I agree, it's hard to believe that sometimes.

Katie - Good luck on the next interview! How many has it been now?!

Ashley - I'd love to do swimming classes with the kids. It's SO hard to do anything like that with my schedule because I never have the same night off two weeks in a row. Literally, never. Grrrr.

AFM - Sean was chasing a ball and ran face-first into the wooden arm of a chair earlier and busted his eye up pretty badly. Ugh. I was at work, but DH was texting me about it, and I felt like it wasn't really a huge deal from the texts. But when I got home, he just made me nervous. He had been napping probably at least 3 hours, if not 4 (and keep in mind he almost never naps anymore). Then when he was awake, he was just laying there. He didn't even want to sit up which is very unlike him, just kept crying a lot, complaining of pain. This was all at least 5-6 hours after it had happened, so I would've thought he would have been feeling marginally better by then. So DH and I got nervous and took him to the urgent care. The doctor looked at his eye, then used some sort of fluorescent eye drops that glow under a black light to check if he scratched the eye at all, but he did not. He said he thought it was okay. I asked if there was any concern about concussion... I was really more concerned with that than the actual eye, as what I could see of the eye looked pretty normal. He was like, "Oh yeah, I didn't even go over that with you..." I'm like, yeah duh.. So we went through all of that, he said possibly a mild concussion, and just to watch it to make sure nothing gets worse... So the doc didn't seem too horribly worried. I was just freaked out by him being so lethargic, I think. Blah. These kids are going to kill me.

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Virginia - YAYYYY now definitely no more tests!

Mary - Jeesh your boys need some bubble wrap! I'm looking forward to SUMMER I feel like there's better ways to safely burn energy out in the yard!

Ashley - I should do lessons or something but after a week of daycare and running around I lacck the motivation

I've had 2 interviews so far with this company. The first was more talking to HR then an interview with someone currently in the role on the team, Monday I have another interview with a team member. If that goes well I'd be flown out to do an all day shin-dig with 4 or 5 people. I also had 1 interview with another company, no word on that. YAY weekend! Ah, finally! it's been a long week!

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I hear ya on being ready for Summer, Katie. While it comes with its own fun set of challenges and safety concerns, it's much easier to entertain them outside. And I miss the warm sun and fresh air.

And YES, woohoo for the weekend! I was an ungodly long week, especially since I ended up stuck working an 8-day stretch. I haven't done a long stretch in a few months since we fixed our schedule to avoid that, so it was quite difficult physically and mentally. Of course, being home isn't much easier mentally right now. Sean is still in a LOT of pain, his eye is nearly swollen shut. It's horrible to look at. He's on a schedule of alternating ibu and tylenol every 3 hours. He still won't eat anything. He has no appetite. It sucks and is stressful.

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Mary I saw Sean's eye on Facebook poor baby! I hope he is starting to feel better today!

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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...

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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....

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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! Wink

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! Smile

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. Wink Haha! Awesome how alone trips to the store become a little vacay post-kids, right? Wink

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Jen: woohoo, a grocery trip alone is like heaven! Nice going on the 4 miles. You deserved pizza Wink

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: Yahoo 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?

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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.

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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.

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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 Wink

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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.

*AFM*

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.

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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.

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Ashley - I'm jealous of the napping! Evan pretty much doesn't nap and if you get 1.5 hours out of Rory it's a miracle. I say enjoy it it's like a gift and you're preg Smile

Amanda - That is scary I'm glad you're ok!

Lauren - I hope you're feeling better! And I'm jealous of your kiddo napping too Smile

Virginia - Crossing my fingers the u/s is great whenever you do it!

Jen - yay for shopping alone Smile typically I never do the shopping so having to go at all would be a PITA for me lol Usually DH brings Evan and they shop together on Sunday afternoons it's their thing.

AFM - Ugh Monday's interview was rather intense. 4 or 5 situational questions "tell me about a time when...be specific, give details" Blah. A couple I felt good about one I felt REALLY was total crap and the rest just eh. The gal I was interviewing with was nice enough but definitely no non-sense. I should hear back this week either telling me thanks but no thanks or setting up an in person interview which would also consist of a cross country trip. So we'll see. I'm feeling like it probably won't happen but we'll see! I'm eager to know either way. In other news with sick kiddos I never wound up getting my hair cut last month and tomorrow I'm off so I'm sendingg the kiddies to daycare, cleaning the house for a few hours and getting a haircut. It will be a lovely day Wink

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