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February Chat Thread!

Just thought I'd get this started, Happy February everyone!

Natalie is feeling better today so she is telling me I must play with her, so gotta run.

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Yay I can finally jump in!! Wink I always get so behind, even though I read every day!

Amanda - Glad Natalie is feeling better!

Just saving my spot.

Nothing too exciting going on here!

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Mary bringing your chat over here Blum 3

"marymoonu" wrote:

The pharmacy auto-refilled my progestin-only BCP. I'm considering going back to it, or perhaps just resorting to barrier methods.

Does barrier method actually work? LOL. DH and I are awful with barrier methods.

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LOL!! Two days in to the month and I realize I'm still posting in January. Yeah, DH and I are pretty good about using condoms if we KNOW it's a bad time for a baby... And it really is a bad time for another baby for us. I don't think I'm going to use any hormonal BC anymore. I just hate it all. I've been an insane, hormonal weepy mess for days. It is horrid, sobbing at the drop of a hat. I thought I'd keep an open mind and try BCP as an adult... Thought it might have a different effect on me than it did in my teens/early 20's, but no... I feel EXACTLY the same, and I detest it.

ETA: My DH said he can tell a definite difference in me with the BCP vs. without. And thank goodness for that, otherwise I'd be embarrassed by myself right now. I'm just stopping it cold turkey. I only had 4 more days to go before I got to the blank pills anyway. I want this crap out of my system ASAP.

In other news, we're going to go to a craft store shortly to look for some photo props. I'm going to attempt my own pics of Calvin for his first birthday. We'll see how it goes! I have a couple weeks left to plan it anyway. I'm also going to attempt to make his birthday cake myself. I'm sure I can make it taste good... But I doubt I can make it look that pretty. I'm NOT a cake decorator.

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Mary - I fully understand your reasoning behind not wanting to take BCP, though my mood swings weren't nearly as bad as yours I still had them on the pill, I didn't like what they did either.

Good luck with the photos, I know it's difficult to get pictures once they start walking. I can bake some really tasty things too but I couldn't decorate to save my life, LOL. That said I've always wanted to take a lesson in cake decorating at Michaels, but never wanted to do it alone, wish my BFF had more time on her hands (she's single with a house so she works 2 jobs) it would be a great thing to do together.

*AFM*

This is a bit gross.
I really don't know what to do with Dana, she's constantly skipping having lunch and then eating junk in it's place. I'd have less of an issue with it if she didn't try to hide the food she doesn't eat, yesterday I found about a weeks worth of rotting sandwiches in the main bathroom cupboard. In the past she's hidden it in her room, I found an orange that was more green then orange with mold. It's unhealthy in more ways than one between the mold and the not eating properly that kid is going to land herself in hospital. The problem is I've talked with her over and over, called her principal at school and her hockey teams trainer has spoken with the girls about proper nutrition yet she still doesn't listen. I'm going to call my family doctor next and see if she'll have a talk with her. Anyone have advice on dealing with an incredibly picky 13 year old? I've given her options, I've asked her what she wants for lunch but time and time again she keeps just not eating her food. It's frustrating!

Anyway today I am working, hope I can be more productive than Wednesday.

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Amanda - I'm no help I ate nutter butters and ice cream for lunch through most of High School. My sister as a kid used to throw food behind the radiator or hide it in her baked potato skin (pretty creative she was only like 8 lol). We always ate dinner as a family so that was always a well balanced meal but outside of that I probably at nothing but crap. I still don't really care for most lunch foods and eat pretzels and yogurt most days Smile Maybe it's just a phase?

Mary - GL with the pics! I bet you can do an awesome job!

I can't believe it's Feb already! Rory is 2 months old and I only have 2 weeks left of leave! CRAZY! I took pics of him yesterday. He's such a big boy. In Carter's he's wearing 6 month stuff fairly comfortably. It's a little big but fits much better than 3 mo stuff. Monday I'll get actual weight and length info on him at the doc. And he'll get his first shots. Poor baby.

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Mary, sorry about the BCP. I only ever did okay on Yaz, all the other stuff made me crazy (yet I still took it for 10 years, haha).

Katie, I can't believe Rory is 2 months old already!!

Amanda, sorry to hear about Dana's diet. That's such a tough age and there are always body issues. Do you think she's not eating much to stay skinny? Or is she just really really picky?

Jen, HI!

AFM, well my CM has turned watery and I'll probably O in 1-3 days. OMG! I am in shock, like I could be pregnant in just a few days! Not that I'd know for a few weeks, but still! EEEEEEK! For as long as I've waited, it really feels like this snuck up on me! HAHA! Celebrating with some champagne tonight, probably the last alcohol I will be having for a loooooooooong time!

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Lauren - Enjoy TTC. I hope it is a short journey for you! All your TTC excitement makes me miss it just a little! LOL.

Amanda - I had the same thought as Lauren, regarding Dana's food thing. Do you think she's entering eating disorder territory? Trying to stay too skinny? Etc.. What sort of "junk" is she eating in place of her real food?

Katie - I can't believe you're almost back to work already! Time goes way too fast, holy moly! Then again, I can't believe I'm planning for Cal's first birthday... WTF?!?!!?

AFM - Going to my friend's baby shower tomorrow (the one whose baby came early), so I'm going to get to meet a 5 or 6 day old baby. OMG, I'm going to die. And I'm no longer on BCP... I'm going to be in trouble, haha. Speaking of no more BCP... My AF came today. I've never been so happy to see that witch. I just REALLY want to get my hormones back in order. I couldn't handle that any longer. I'm so much happier already...

ETA: 5 babies in the last week amongst my facebook friends. 2 in my mom's family, 3 of my college friends. 3 girls, 2 boys. Baby fever? Nah, I didn't get any sleep last night, so I'm too tired for that now, hahaha. Wink

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Mary - I love the bunk bed photo. I don't know if I could put 4 boys in one room... we'll see how it goes with 3 together! Hope you figure out what to do for BC. I can't do BCP either, sounds like we react the same way. GL with all the babies around!

Katie - good luck with the transition back to work. And I can't wait to hear Rory's stats!

Amanda - I lived off junk as a teenager, too. I think my best advice would be to try as hard as possible not to have junk around for her to eat. And try to get her involved with planning meals and/or cooking dinner. Maybe ask what she'd like than talk about ways you can build a healthy meal around that food.

Lauren - have fun TTC! I hope we get some lovely BFP pics from you in a couple weeks. Smile

AFM: Oliver is so different from the other boys with nursing. My others, if given finger foods and water for lunch would be happy. Oliver eats it then is like "That was great, Mom. Now I want my milk I don't really mind. I figure the longer I avoid Oing the longer we'll have before the next baby, which is good because I've started to realize that with the others I was TTC or getting ready to TTC at this point! I kind of want another, but I know it's better to wait a while.
Oh, Oliver also now holds on with his teeth while nursing. It's not biting (he does that sometimes) just constant light pressure. It's not terrible, but definitely not pleasant. I hope when his next tooth (#8!) works its way through he'll be gentler again. I have no plans to wean him soon, but I'll enjoy the rest of our nursing more if it involves his teeth a little less.

ETA: Who am I kidding... I want another. I'm just not quite sure I want to take on a new level of craziness. And I'd like some sleep. Oliver still gets up 4-5x some nights. We have to move him out of our room, but that means in with the other boys and I'm not sure I trust them enough yet.

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Read up to here, just marking my place since I have to get work done.

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2 month visit and Rory is now almost spot on with Evan at 2 months. 14lbs 6oz Evan was 14-4, 24.5" and Evan was 24 1/4". I didn't check but I think those stats are in the 90th percentile if I recall correctly. The doc joked he could be his own football team someday but I bet like Evan he'll eventually level out some.

DH was hit with a stomach bug last night. It was wicked all night long. I had an off day last week so I'm HOPING I just had it MUCH milder but only time will tell. And we'll see if the boys get it....ugh. So no personals b/c I have to go up and work on disinfecting everything, blech!

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Mary, good luck containing the baby fever now that you're off bcp! Sounds like you're getting hit with it from all directions right now!

Katie, sorry your DH is sick. Hopefully the rest of you are spared.

Virginia, so when is the last time you had a full night of sleep and didn't have to wake up even once? Like five years? lol. But they're worth it.

So, I either already O'd or am about to O. Sometimes I have a really intense O pain and know it happened, but sometimes I don't... I'm really crampy, though, so I know it either happened recently or is about to. We got in lots of BD'ing and I had EWCM yesterday. Not sure about today, I haven't checked. It was playgroup this morning and we've been so busy! So busy that I didn't even remember to check when I peed. hahaha. It's funny how different TTC this time is because I am so busy with Xander. No time to obsess over every little twinge and CM and all that. I just cannot believe that I could be pregnant at any moment now. EEK! Any bets on when I'll have my first phantom pregnancy symptom and what it'll be? haha. I'll have to start my own thread in a week!

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Lauren - Yay for O-ing!! Best of luck to you. TTC is definitely different the second time around. Sean was still a needy not-quite-1-yr-old when we were TTC, and so our BD around O time was not the most spontaneous, LOL... Oh well, we still managed to get Calvin out of the deal. Wink Next time, we're both thinking of taking the JLIH approach (but it's pretty hard when you think of how obvious the EWCM is).

Virginia - Oliver sounds like both of mine when it comes to eating. Sean was never content with finger foods and water. Haha. Calvin has only recently been able to eat finger foods, but he still wants his milk afterwards. I can't believe how many teeth Oliver has already... Cal has been SO slow with teething. He just cut his 6th tooth a day or two ago. He has the front two teeth on the bottom and the front four teeth on top.

Katie - Sorry the stomach bug has hit your house. I really hope your boys don't get it. It was rough on all of us. It's funny though, Cal took it like a champ compared to everyone else. He made us all look like wimps, haha. I swear this stomach bug is like a giant pandemic this year... People on my facebook from all corners of the country have had it. Crazy...

AFM - I got to meet my friend's new baby... SO tiny, I can't believe Cal was that size just 11 short months ago. He was huge by comparison. It gave me a mild, temporary case of baby fever, but nothing irresistible yet. Smile

In other news, I've been asked to do senior portraits for someone who is going to be a senior next year. I have no real intentions of making photography a business, but I'm flattered that someone actually offered to pay me for it. So anyway, I said yes, but I'm not really charging her much for it... Mostly the cost of driving an hour each way and then the cost of prints. It's not until September that we're doing it, so I've got time to get some ideas and whatnot, but I'm excited! Smile

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Talked to Dana about her not eating and worked up a schedule for her lunch this week, she has a variety of healthy foods, Monday and Tuesday went well hoping the rest of the week is good.

My parents hosted a winter birthday celebration on Saturday it was Once Upon a Time (fairy tale) themed, my family combines birthday celebrations to make things easier. Everyone had a great time. Natalie got spoiled and loved all her gifts, clothing included.

Working today, nothing exciting going on here.

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Lauren - GL!

AFM: this bug (or whatever) is crazy. Jan 20th Raymond threw up once then was fine. DH was sick the 27th-28th. Tonight Alex threw up once and has been fine since. :WTF: I hope it's the same bug... but it makes no sense. I really don't want a new one. At least if it is new it seems mild. Ugh. So far it's been one person every 9-10 days. I'm worried about the 17/18th! And about tonight. I feel a bit off, but hopefully it's just my crazy imagination. As it is I've had a cold for 10+ days (lingering because I don't sleep) and fought off mastitis a couple days ago (red, sore, swollen spot but cleared it just as the fever was starting). I need a break, not a bug!

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Virginia - That sounds like us!! A about a week before DH was sick I had an off day. I didn't throw up but my stomach was really upset etc. Then a week later DH was sickc all night - throwing up etc. I don't know if we had the same thing but so far I haven't had what he had. We'll see on the boys.....I'm hoping they can avoid it! GL getting healthy! No sleep is the pits!

Mary - that's awesome on the pictures! Fun!

Amanda - hope work went quickly.

Lauren - GL with TTC!

AFM - sleep has improved a lot lately. I've been getting Rory down by 9 and he's been going until 1 or 2 pretty routinely. A couple nights I've gone to bed right when he did which was great. at 1/2 I've been just sticking him in bed with us....I will tackle getting him to go back to sleep in his crib later LOL Monday he does a day at daycare. I'm nervous but the time had to come. There are only 3 kids total in the baby room and the other 2 are older so hopefully it all goes well. 12 weeks has gone so fast!

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I really don't know how you ladies in the US do it, being sleep deprived from a little baby and working. I love that we get 1 full year off here for maternity or paternity leave, and the government gives a percentage of your wages too. I needed an extra 6 months so I went unpaid for that (and took 18 months), then I only went back part time, but that's the advantage of working for family, I get flexibility.

*AFM*

Natalie kept me on my toes yesterday, today I am at work nothing exciting going on.

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Amanda - Glad Natalie liked all of her presents. We combine parties in my family sometimes too.

Virginia - Sorry about all the sickness. I hope everyone is on the mend. It was so rough when it went through our house.. I think it hit a new person every 2-3 days and it was around 10 days from the time I first got sick until the last person (Sean) got well. Blech!

Katie - I'm glad sleep is improving for you. I felt like I was up every hour last night (pretty sure I was), but it wasn't even the kids' fault. I had too much to drink and kept having to pee, haha... That's only fun if you're pregnant. Wink

AFM - Sean seems to be getting interested in the potty again. I've managed to get him to pee in it a few times over the last 2-3 days. In a couple weeks, I'm going to be on vacation for 12 days. I'm hoping to spend a significant portion of that at home, letting him run around pants-free, so maybe it'll stick soon. Oh, and I have baby fever. HAH. I'm sure it'll pass.

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Lauren - how are you feeling? When do you plan to test?

Katie - I'm glad Rory is sleeping better. Good luck with daycare.

Amanda - that maternity leave sounds nice. I wish the US had something comparable. I'm so glad I can stay home.

Mary - Good luck with the potty. Sounds like the vacation you have coming is the perfect time to PT. And, from my experience, it's actually better letting them run around in underwear than pants-free. Sounds weird, but that way when they pee they feel wet and uncomfortable. It makes a little less of a mess (puddles instead of spraying) and that way you don't miss that they've peed! Are you at all able to sew? I have a cheap/easy way to turn underwear into cloth training pants. It helps decrease the puddling during accidents a little. If you want it, I'll make a new post with some pictures and directions.

AFM: Oliver's 8th tooth came through and he's sleeping so well! As soon as it popped through he went from on tylenol/ibuprofen constantly and waking 4-5 times a night to waking once a night. Whew. He's definitely been my toughest teether. I am not looking forward to his molars!
I'm definitely having some baby fever, too. A former coworker just had a baby girl Friday. It was tough knowing it was coming. Now that I got the announcement it's a little easier... or maybe that's just because it's cold today. Seems like the spring-like days really set off the baby fever. But, DH is still on board with our baby roulette... not that my body is doing anything yet. Oliver's still nursing constantly. But, we have a mini vacation coming up in 2 weeks (my parents are taking the boys for 2 nights) and I'll be pumping. My body does not respond to pumping the way it does to BFing, so I kind of wonder what that will do. Once my body gets back in gear I wonder whether having a slight chance each month will make the baby fever better or worse. Hmm.

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Amanda - Even totally unpaid I'd love a year's leave but I'm not holding my breath. I'm sure big business would scream and cry and the crazies would call it socialism....I'm tired of politics already and the republican primaries aren't even over.....

Mary - GL ! Let me know how it goes. I've been thinking about trying to get going with it but I just don't have the patience right now so I figure I should wait. I was actually thinking maybe when it's a little warmer. I did buy some Mickey Mouse undies for him that are so darn cute!

Virginia - GL with the baby fever! I was thinking the other night we should probably think about back up BC when I return to work. I'll be pumping 3 days a week and my body does respond to the pump but it still isn't the same as nursing on demand. Glad his tooth is in and he's feeling better!

Tomorrow Rory goes to daycare! I'm going to swing in to the office. Talk to my boss, get a feel for everything, try to get all the chatting etc out of the way. Then I'm going to go to the mall. The boys need some clothing and while I do fit in a bunch of work stuff again I could use a pair of black pants a size bigger. I don't REALLY want to buy them a size bigger but my 2 good pairs are just a little too tight and I don't want to squeeze in. I also want to get some make up. Lame, lazy woman confession - I haven't bought any make up since my first date with DH in 2004.

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Katie, if it makes you feel better, I've never bought makeup. I've only worn it a handful of times (prom x2, my wedding, my sisters wedding) and would have no clue how to put it on if I got some.

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Well I'm hardly an expert. Light powder foundation, light blush and some natural eye shadow is about where I max out. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is relatively make up clueless though Smile My husband said "you're buying make up? why? You don't wear it." LOL

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Mary - Doesn't sound like your baby fever is going to pass...

Virginia - I really don't know how you do it, three boys so close together and thinking about a fourth.

Katie - Hope Rory's day at care goes well. I went years not wearing make-up, only recently did I start wearing it, and just on the rare occasion, date nights, nights out with friends, large family gatherings, special events. Of course I work in the office of a wholesale company so I don't have to deal with anyone but my coworkers most of the time. I think if I did deal with people a lot I would put in some effort.

*AFM*

DH and I got a treadmill this weekend bought a $2000 one (before tax and extended warranty) for $850 (thats with an extended warrenty and taxes included). I'm going to probably start walking 3 times a week and work from there, hopefully that will get me into better shape.

We went out for dinner with some friends last night with the girls, afterwards dropped them off at Nana's for the night and went to see the new Underworld movie in 3D, I enjoyed it but you have to like the first two to enjoy this same sort of thing. I was a bit concerned about how the 3D effects would be going into the movie, but they did a great job it just added atmosphere, which I love.

Woke to about 2 feet (possibly more) of snow on the ground, guess winter decided to show up. DH used the snow blower to clear us out and I did the walk by hand. DH did some running around, helped my parents out with some manual labour and then brought the treadmill home in my mom's truck, BIL helped bring it in the house. I got to just take things easy.

Dana's team has their first play-off game tonight, as much as I'd love it for the girls to win in the play-off I am DONE with hockey and would not be saddened if they got eliminated in the first round. I've heard the other goalie (who is supposed to start tonight) is getting cold feet about tonight's game so it's in the air as to who will play.

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Amanda - feel free to send some of that snow my way! We've had almost none all winter and my boys want to go sledding. GL with the hockey game. I wouldn't say I'm seriously planning a 4th right now. I think 18+ months from now would be ideal. But, Raymond's been asking constantly for another baby and it makes it hard not to think about babies. Wink

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Virginia - I actually recently sold my sewing machine because I never used it! I've been thinking about getting a cheap one to replace it. The one I had was really expensive, more than I'd ever need, and so I sold it. Smile It was one of those impulse purchases, haha.

Amanda - I'll take some snow too. We have had basically NO winter. We got 1-2 inches of snow a few days ago, not even enough to cover all the grass, and that's the most we've had all year. Crazy. It has been unusually warm. I wanted a decent snow to let Sean out to play in it, but I'm starting to think it won't happen. And my DH got a snowblower for Christmas, hahaha... He's not going to get to use it.

Katie - Good luck with the transition to back-to-work.

AFM - I go back and forth with the baby fever thing. Part of it for me is not knowing when would be the best timing. DH doesn't want to put it off for years, which would honestly probably be the best decision.. I'm not really interested in waiting that long either. Here's what gets me though... If we're going to have to do it within the next 2-3 years and plan it around moving and me most likely having a job change, then it would be better to do it sooner rather than later. Because if I change jobs within 12 months of having a baby, then I'm not eligible for FMLA, not to mention the company I'd most likely move to is small and might not even have to do FMLA. So in the interest of not having to go back to work after 6 weeks, it would be best to do it now while I have pretty decent maternity benefits... So yeah, that's all a very non-romantic sort of mindset. It sounds "all business" about the whole thing... But I just don't want to wind up in a situation where I'd be forced into returning to work after 6 weeks (can't even imagine) or have like NO maternity benefits at all. That would be terrible...

ETA: Yeah.. I just caught myself trying to convince DH we should JLIH, LOL.. He told me we should stick with our original plan to TTC at this time next year. He's probably right, hahah... stupid fever.

ETA x 2: I'm back on the straight and narrow... I just saw someone post on fb about meeting with a realtor to look at a house, and now I'm focused again. Smile

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Lol Mary, I've got something similar going. DH gets great parental leave right now and if we wait until after a move/job change it might not be as good. BUT, then we'd have space and maybe more time and, since it would mean waiting longer, more sanity!

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Mary - GL making decisions on when to TTC! It's never a simple decision!

Virginia - I wish DH got parental leave.....I suppose he could take unpaid FMLA but work probably wouldn't be thrilled

AFM - we survived daycare day 1. Rory was a little fussy they said but ok. Fussy is kind of his norm so I don't think that's too terrible. I'll have to talk to Merisol, she's there most the day, but the gal I spoke to is the part time late afternoon gal so she was only there 2 hours. I will say he had a fine evening at home after daycare so no red flags there. I swung in to work expecting to visit with friends, do a couple things, update some computer stuff and head to the mall. 8 hours later I put in a full day of work, learned that NOTHING got done while I was gone, that everyone is miserable trying to bring in the fiscal and my replacement was a total waste of space. Sigh. Monday will be the start of a lot of catch up! BAH!

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Katie - I seriously can not get over the fact that you're back to work... It seems like just yesterday you started your leave. Where does the time go?!! Sorry that nothing got done while you were gone. Oh well, it just makes you look even better when you go in and take care of business, hahaha. Wink

Virginia - Tough choice!! Having DH home has been a life-saver for me... I can't imagine doing it on my own, especially with the older ones! I say do it ASAP while he's got the good leave! (hahaha... devil's advocate ;))

AFM - Finally I feel that we're making real progress with Sean's potty training. We haven't been pushing it AT ALL. But over the last week, he has peed in the potty at least once every day, often more than once. Still no poops, but that will come. I'm starting to feel like PTing could soon be a reality though! I can't wait for my vacation to really buckle down with it.

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The sickness has hit our household as well - Xander got it first, then DH, and it hit me last night. This is an awful cold, I'm not even stuffy yet, but I feel like I got hit by a bus!! So I'm sorry for all of you going through the same thing... C'mon Spring!

Mary, GL dealing with the baby fever. It's funny how easily it can mess up the best laid plans. lol.

Virginia, sorry Oliver is teething again. Xander always had a rough time when he teethed, too.

Katie, already back to work!? Glad Rory did okay for his first day at daycare.

AFM, I'm 9DPO today! Wowsa. I've definitely been experiencing a lot of symptoms. Starting at about 4DPO I had crazy sore nipples and some cramping in the uterus area (I later looked it up and that's the same day I got sore nipples when pregnant with Xander). That continued for a few days. I had a tiny bit of spotting on 5DPO, which is good timing for implantation bleeding. My breasts are a little tender now, but the crazy sore nipples have backed off. Still some mild cramping and "heaviness" in the uterus area. Not sure how else to explain it. And today I've been nauseous on-and-off. BUT I also have that cold, so maybe that's causing that? Not that a cold usually causes nausea, but you never know. I feel like 9DPO is a little early for nausea, but what do I know. I don't feel like looking it up... I don't plan on testing early. I tried testing at 10DPO w/ Xander and it was negative, didn't get a positive til 12DPO. I think I'll wait until AF is due, which would be Sat/Sun and if AF isn't here I will test. If she shows, then she shows and that's that. I only have one test and I'm too cheap to go buy more, so that's why I'm holding off. haha.

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Good luck, Lauren! So you'll be testing on Friday-ish? I can't wait to see what happens!

I'm having less baby fever today, thank goodness. I go back and forth with it almost hourly. Haha...

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Lauren - YAY I will be waiting and stalking Smile

Lazy day here. Evan woke up around 11 and cried for an hour last night. He's cutting his bottom molars. I gave him ibu and he got back to sleep. So I kept him home from daycare to rest and relax. It's our last week so we might as well enjoy. he has been fighting naps and I wasn't up for a fight today so I've let him skip that too LOL I will probably regret that around 6pm when everything is a 2 year old tragedy.

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Katie - Sorry to hear that nothing got done during your leave, must be frustrating. Glad to hear that Rory did ok at daycare. Hope Evan's tooth comes through quick and he's feeling better soon.

Mary - Yay for the potty progress.

Lauren - Keeping everything crossed that your symptoms are a sign. And 9DPO isn't too early for nausea, I had "morning" sickness with Dana the entire pregnancy.

*AFM*

Had a good Valentines day, Dana had a hockey game so DH and her went to that, she won the game.

My mom had some tickets to a charity hockey game so Natalie and I went with her, it was good fun, we all enjoyed it. I entered in a contest to win a jearsey, when I went and picked it up I found out it was signed by a bunch of hockey hall of fame players and legands. Bobby Hull was at the charity game so I got him to sign the jearsy too.

DH was a sweetie and picked the girls up a chocolate heart on a stick each, he got me a box of chocolates they were all bought at Purdy's so it's good chocolate too. Biggrin I baked him some Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies for Valentines day, he seems to like them.

Hope everyone had a great Valentines day.

When it rains it pours, Natalie is sick again, I'm pretty sure it's a stomach bug hopefully she'll get over it quick.

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Lauren - good luck! Those sound like great symptoms. Smile

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I'm having less baby fever today, thank goodness. I go back and forth with it almost hourly. Haha...

You and me both. Wink I'm not pushing DH, even though the leave would be awesome. If it happens, fine. If he suddenly decides he's ready, fine. (I know I won't last if he asks for one). Otherwise, I'm going to try to stick with my plan of 3 year spacing.

Amanda - sounds like a great day!

Katie - GL with work. Sounds like it'll be rough starting back up.

AFM: well, Oliver and Raymond both vomited yesterday. I hope it's the same bug Alex had last week. I'm so ready for spring and the end of stomach bug season.

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We might TTC this summer. eek.

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Virginia - LOL! Hey we'll need some TTC around then so I say do it Smile

Amanda - how sweet of DH Smile I'm not a huge Vday person but something small and thoughtful is always lovely

Lauren - how are you feeling?! Smile

Mary - You and Virginia are too funny! There are arguments for and against.....no time is ever perfect Smile

I haven't done much this week.....enjoying the last days of freedom Smile Rory's sleep has really fallen in to a wonderful routine. I know teething and all that crap will come but I can get him to bed by 9 he sleeps until 2 -- even 3 a couple times, then I put him in bed and he sleeps until morning (sometimes waking to nurse but is doing much better nursing laying down). He's SUCH a high needs baby when it comes to touching though. Even in bed he NEEDS to be touching me. I feel so much more sane with a bedtime routine, a couple hours of adult time at night, and only one wake up call at night. It makes all the difference to me mentally! At some point I'm going to have to tackle napping but we'll probably wait a couple more months to try and get that in to a routine and in his crib!

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Katie, glad Rory is in a good bedtime routine. Yes, it makes a HUGE different with your how feel mentally!

Virginia, this summer already!? Wowsa!

Amanda, how sweet of your DH. How cool about the jersey!

AFM, I'm spotting a teeny tiny bit today. D'oh! I'm 10DPO and this is the average time I'd start spotting before AF (last month excluded since I spotted for 11 freakin' days). So far it's pretty much next to nothing, so I'm not too worried about it. I thought about testing tomorrow, but I think I'm going to wait until Sunday when AF is due. Honestly, I'd hate to test tomorrow and end up with a BFP and then have AF still start on Sunday. I'd just rather not know if that's that's the path I'm on, kwim? So I'll wait it out. If AF shows, she shows. I'm okay with that. I know I was super lucky to get pregnant on the first try with Xander and that that isn't always the case, so it's okay if it takes us a few tries. Plus yeah, I had a lot of "symptoms" early on, but in the last few days they've completely disappeared. Ever since I got sick. I was really only SICK sick for one day, but it was one heck of a day! I literally laid on the couch shivering with 6 blankets on top of me all day. I felt nauseous and couldn't stomach a lot of foods... So for all I know I was pregnant, but getting sick like that did the pregnancy in. So yeah, I'd rather not know.

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Virginia - ROFL!!! I love how from one post to the next, your tune totally changed! Did you talk to your DH about it?

Lauren - Try not to worry too much about lack of symptoms. It's still really early for symptoms, and for all you know, that sickness could've been your body reacting to some implantation or something. There's definitely still hope!!!

Katie - Glad the sleep thing is coming together for you. That's such a good feeling!

AFM - We were up at 2am with Cal who had a fever. I swore he felt hot when we were first getting to bed last night, but DH felt him and said I was crazy (I'm not crazy... He was burning up). But I thought maybe DH was right and I was just paranoid, so we went to sleep. When Cal woke up fussy, I told DH to grab me some tylenol... I told him I swear he is hot, let's just give him some. So we did, and then I went to grab the thermometer (that's the product of watching my child have a seizure... Medicate now, take the temperature later, LOL). Anyway, our thermometers all suck and either are inaccurate or nearly dead. Well... We ended up getting an ear temp of 104.5!!!!!!!! We did a rectal a few minutes later as I ran a cool bath and got 103.0. He cooled off nicely in the tub and with the tylenol and I called the nurse line to see what they recommended. We decided that since he was in good spirits (this child is zen, I swear nothing rattles him) and he was taking fluids well and all that, we could just watch him at home and see what happens. I went out to two stores and bought two different thermometers at like 3am. It made me laugh a little bit because our Rx bags at work say, "For that fever at 3am, Walgreen's has the most 24-hour pharmacies" or something along those lines. And I was there buying a thermometer and more fever meds at exactly 3am, haha. Anyway, his fever was gone this morning, but he started feeling like he was getting warm again so we gave him more tylenol. He's napping now. Throughout it all, he hasn't acted like he feels sick or anything, so we have no clue.

But... Here's what stresses me out. Just two or three nights ago, the same thing happened at bedtime. I SWORE he felt hot, and DH told me I was just being paranoid. The child was HOT... I guarantee it. Now I wonder if something has been going on for a few days..? But he doesn't act sick, so who knows...?

ETA: More potty success last night. He even asked to sit on the big potty and peed in it, woohoo!

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Mary - how scary! I'm glad his fever dropped quickly. The kids often feel warm to me but not to DH. I tend to compare them to another kid or to DH since I'm almost always cooler than all the boys. I say go with your instinct and ignore DH. Clearly you're quicker at picking up on a fever! You know, though, I've been told over and over that behavior is the best indication of how they're doing. It's probably just one of those common childhood viruses. Has he had Roseola?

Katie - I'm glad you're getting some sleep. Good luck crib training eventually.

Lauren - I hope the spotting goes away!

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Virginia - ROFL!!! I love how from one post to the next, your tune totally changed! Did you talk to your DH about it?

Yeah, that's about it. At dinner I said something like "you have great paternity leave at this job. Do you know what it will be like if you change jobs?" (he knows what his next job would be) He said "I've been thinking about that. Maybe we should aim to have a baby a few months before I leave." My eyes nearly popped out. I asked whether he was serious, then I laughed hysterically for a bit and ended up standing leaning my head against the wall. I have gone through waves of panic and excitement. So far, panic is winning. I have some things I want to do this summer and fall which would be harder if I'm pregnant. And I was looking forward to having some fun with Oliver when the older boys are in school together in the fall. I don't know. We'll have to talk about it more.

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Nope, he hasn't has roseola before. The only thing I can detect that is a little off is that he might have the slightest bit of sinus congestion. I'm wondering if it is something sinus-related because I've had a TON of customers recently with those complaints... Then I had a bad headache for a couple days and came up with a cold sore. I wonder if I just had a very mild case of it and brought it home to him, or something.. He still seems in good spirits, so I'm not too worried.. Still carrying a low-grade fever even with meds though, so that's a little concerning as we go into the weekend. Everything always seems to go to crap over the weekend or late at night when the doctor's office is closed. For the first time ever, DH is more concerned than I am. I'm usually the big panicky freak when it comes to the kids' illnesses. It feels good to be the calm one for once.

Woohoo for your DH being on board for more babies!! Part of me just wants to do our third one now, but part of me wants to wait. I'd really like to take the JLIH approach, but DH is still wanting to wait a while. I'd probably prefer to wait until Sean is fully (or mostly) potty trained anyway. I don't want to do it too soon and end up regressing and having 3 in diapers. And Cal still wakes 1-2 times most nights. So yeah, waiting is probably best... Hahaha. Oh, and I guess if we did it right away, I'd still be due in 2012, and if I think of my situation with vacation time and all that, it's best to wait to 2013. Okay, those are enough reasons to wait, hahaha. And not to mention the house selling/buying thing...

ETA: Calvin is still taking fluids really well. He refused his favorite snack, graham crackers, so I wonder if his mouth/throat hurt.

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I had a little spotting today and unlike you ladies I'm SO NOT READY for a baby. We've DTD all of twice since Rory was born but random spotting etc has me sufficiently concerned to decide we need to get in prevention mode LOL We'll probably go with condoms at least until I know what my body is doing. I'd have a stroke if we got preggo any time soon! I'd love 3 kids but I have NO desire to be preg again ever. I wonder if that will change...I definitely didn't feel so anti-pregnancy after Evan but if i were never preg again I'd be A-OK with it now....but I want a 3rd someday....bah!

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DH & I went to a dinner last night to recognize outstanding employees at DH's work, it was a wonderful event, the food was excellent and the company good. My parents took the girls so we had a night to ourselves.

Today I am working, a bit tired but I should be able to make it through the day.

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Was having a good day and was getting productive, then DH messaged me saying that his mom wanted us to come to her place for dinner. If you ladies have read any of my past posts about his mother you would know I don't like the woman. She is a "user" and asks DH to do things for her but never helps him out (in the 15 years we've been together shes done us 1 favor). Anyway an invite to dinner often turns out to be her asking for help with something. Plans are still up in the air so who knows what's going on.

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Amanda - GL with MIL.

Katie - yeah, I'd say it sounds like time to start preventing. Good luck, I was so frustrated by my cyclical spotting after Alex.

Mary - You want to JLIH? I think you and I are in the same boat with that... there's very little difference between JLIH and TTC! Sometimes I wish I didn't know how to read my fertile signs.

AFM: not sure what we'll do. I'd be fine waiting another 18m to TTC. I know I could be talked into it earlier. I'm sure we'll go back and forth over it for a while... and then it'll probably happen by accident anyway, huh?

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Amanda, sorry you have to deal with your MIL tonight.

Katie, yeah time to start preventing! I felt very anti-pregnancy after being pregnant, too, but here I am now looking forward to it! hahaha. Time does wonders.

Mary, glad Cal is in good spirits even though he has a fever.

AFM, well the spotting turned into AF. A very early AF. Or not. Remember last cycle I spotted for 11 days before AF started, so maybe a few of my days of "spotting" were actually AF, just very light - kwim? So that'd mean my cycle wasn't stupid short. It was kind of a huge gush of blood and now nothing, but I'm cramping a lot and know more is on the way. I went to the dollar store to buy some more preg tests so I could waste one just to make sure, but they didn't have any. They had OPK's, but no preg tests. WTF? Not even a spot for them! I don't want to buy a full price one or blow the full price one I have in my cabinet because I'm bleeding, so clearly I'm not preggo. But I'm having a well deserved glass of wine right now and I guess I wanted to make sure. heh. Amazingly, I'm not upset. I thought I'd be, but I'm not. I know I was lucky to get pregnant with Xander on the first try last time, so I wasn't expecting to this time. I hoped I would, but I didn't expect to. I think that mindset helped. Anyhoo, onto the next cycle! I will temp this time around, just to make sure that I O. If this next cycle doesn't work out then I will order some OPK's and go into crazy-TTC'er mode. hee hee.

In other news, Xander had a hearing test today that his speech therapist requested. Turns out the kid has fluid in his right ear! There's a good chance that's what is causing his speech delay. He isn't in pain and it isn't infected, it's just muffling his hearing. Poor guy! Hopefully it'll be an easy fix and we can get his talking correctly. We have an appt with our dr next week.

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sorry AF showed, Lauren. I bet you'll get a BFP soon! we've had 1 first try, 1 2nd try, and 1 where I was BFing with a short LP and so have no clue how to count which try we were on (1st or 2nd).

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Booo, sorry AF showed, Lauren. I hope you have better luck next month!

AFM - I wish I could put my babies in a bubble... So tired of illness in this house!! I'm worried Sean will get it and spike a crazy fever like Calvin did. Sad I hope everyone is healthy by the time my vacation rolls around. I want to enjoy my time off work with them!

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Mary - I feel you on the bubble! We've had one cold after another all winter. I'm grateful we haven't had fevers but I just think we're all healthy and BAM someone has a runny nose again. Rory has a little cough and it sounds a little wet and I've gone back and forth but he doesn't cough a lot and I think the wet sound is mostly post nasal in his throat not all in his chest. Poor baby, it was SO much easier to keep Evan healthy, having a brother who goes to daycare is a pain!

Lauren - sorry about AF!

Virginia - GL deciding ... I'll be curious!

Amanda - hope you avoided MIL!

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Have you noticed your kid(s) getting sick a lot more this year? I'm sure part of it is because Xander goes to playgroup and tumbling more frequently than he did last year, but at the same time it just seems like everyones kids are sick more often this year! And this last cold just will not go away! He feels/acts fine, but keeps coughing and having a bit of a runny nose. Same with DH. I got it for one day. haha. I still think that's funny. It goes to show what eating healthy, exercising, and taking your vitamins can do! I like to rub that in my DH's face sometimes. hee hee.

Crud, looks like I'll have to run to Walmart today. I didn't replenish my pads and tampons since I wasn't sure if I'd need more or not. Now I don't have many... I temped this morning and hope I can make it a routine in the next few days. Fertility Friend has an iPad app that DH let me put on the iPad, so maybe I'll start leaving that by the bed to make it easier. It's his work iPad, so I'm surprised he let me. haha.

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YES!! My kids are way sicker this year and I can't blame school/daycare. Sean never hot sick for his first two years, then got sick shortly after his birthday and has been sick ever since, it seems... Just off and on with new illnesses. And now I've got Cal too, so they just pass stuff back and forth to each other.

AFM - I haven't pumped in something like a month now, and I just leaked. WTF. hahahaha... so strange. It's like they just do NOT want to dry up this time around.

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I hope everyone's kids get better soon.

Mary - GL drying up. I hate to think what will happen when I finally try.

AFM: we have crocuses! They just opened this morning. Wow. It's so early. And DH is trying to teach Raymond to play chess. At Raymond's request. We'll see how that goes.

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Virginia - Too funny that Raymond wants to play chess! He's going to be one of those little genius kids who masters it before kindergarten, haha. Smile

OMG... So all day at work, I had horrific pain in my lower right side. I thought I was having some sort of kidney infection starting or something. But then I went to the bathroom to find massive EWCM, so I'm left to wonder if it is some insane O pain. The timing is about perfect. Today would be CD 17 for me. I usually O around this time... Usually somewhere around day 15-17. I am just shocked by how much it has hurt if that's what the pain is from. OUCH.

And I have two pieces of GOOD work news for once!
1. I work tomorrow, then I'm on vacation for 12 days!!
2. I found out this weekend that my store has been selected to be the first in my city to be transformed into a "Wellness" store. From the videos and things I've watched about it online, it looks SO cool! We'll actually sell fresh produce, which I've ALWAYS wanted... I'll eat so much healthier when I can just grab some fresh produce on my way out the door. We'll have a clinic in our store that is staffed by nurse practitioners. Some of the stores like this even have sushi bars, which is just crazy.. Not sure if ours will. But the BEST part for me... They're totally overhauling the pharmacy and it will be a complete change to our workflow. It will change in such a way that I'll spend less time actually filling the prescriptions (the technicians will take on some of the random responsibilities that monopolize my time that don't HAVE to be done by a pharmacist) and more time counseling patients, giving immunizations, doing glucose/cholesterol/blood pressure tests, etc. The videos I watched were really cool.. The patients' last names will show up on big screens when their Rx's are ready, rather than me having to yell it over an intercom, haha. It's happening in June and will take 60-90 days to transform the store. So exciting!

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