Virginia - I didn't think you were overreacting either. That is a good way to think about things, though.
Mary - yikes, 2 am? I did that at NYE and the next morning was awful. The large amounts of alcohol I had consumed didn't help either! HA! Glad you like the book. I haven't read it yet, but maybe one day.
Katie - oh your poor dog. That's how our poor Brodie always gets hurt by Zuul. Brodie is a whiny annoying dog (I love him, but he is) and sometimes Zuul just can't take it anymore and clobbers him.
Cari - great to hear from you!! Yes, I've had a little spotting like that around implantation time BUUUUUUT I've also had plenty of regular cycles where I had spotting around that time before AF showed. So really you never know. And geez, if your DH really didn't want any more kids would he really be okay with no birth control other than avoiding O time? heh
AFM - not too much to report. My knee feels better. I got a ton of cleaning done this weekend. We also spent a ton of time at the pool. It's HOT out! Nothing else, really...
Cari - Good luck! I've had everything from no signs of spotting at all (with Sean) to full on bleeding through the first trimester (with Calvin)... So no clue about the spotting, but it could be! Are you planning to POAS?
Lauren - I want to go to the pool. We've never taken the boys to the pool, and I'll bet they'll love it. Hopefully we can find the time at some point this summer. We usually just end up setting up their baby pools, slip 'n slide, and water sprinkler in the yard.
AFM - I've been getting ready for Sean's birthday party. It's two weeks from yesterday. I can't believe it's so close... I swear I'm in denial. :( How is my baby boy going to be 3 years old already??? I'm having an Angry Birds themed party... It should be cute, but I need to figure out a cake solution. I want it to be cake that he can eat, so I feel compelled to make it since it basically has to be a vegan cake with all of his allergies (conveniently, I work with a vegan who has given me a few good recipes). But I also want it to look cute (and I suck at cake decorating).
Mary - You did the right thing, hope the police dealt with it appropriately.
I think there are some icings you can do without allergins, can you use icing sugar? As kids my sister and I used to ice our cupcakes with icing sugar and water turned into a paste, with a few drops of food colouring. Then you could top your cake with some plastic angry bird toys/cake decorations.
Katie - Congrats on the milestone for Rory, Natalie never really crawled properly, went from army crawl to upright.
Hope your dog is ok.
Cari - Hi :wavehello: I think Lauren is probably right.
Feeling mostly better, my stomach is a bit touchy today but other than that things are well.
ARGH! I am getting soooooooo frustrated with my mom, I need to let Natalie's school know what dates I need care for over the summer, and my mom wants to take the girls to the cottage at some point. She hasn't picked a date so it's making giving the school dates difficult.
Amanda - Yeah, I've found icing really easy... If it includes milk, it's usually only a very small amount anyway, and I can easily substitute soy. We use a good dairy-free margarine that I can easily put in place of butter, and one of my favorite icing recipes just uses crisco, no dairy at all. The cake is the hardest part for me... I struggle with getting the right consistency without eggs... It always wants to fall apart, and it's either too moist or too dry. I did buy some "Egg Replacer" that I've heard great things about, so I'm going to do a practice cake with that next Wednesday when I finally get a day off work, and hopefully it'll turn out well.
I hope your mom hurries up and picks a date so you can let the school know what's going on!
AFM - I'm realizing each day how totally NOT ready I am for Sean to turn 3!! For real!! I keep remembering more things I need to do, and I am running out of time to do them. Like it just dawned on me today that I need to take some 3-year pictures of him. Now I feel totally unprepared for that... What will he wear, etc? Hahaha... I'm so not ready. Why do my babies have to grow up so fast?!
ETA: Baby fever. I just saw on my facebook that one of my college friends is pregnant again. She's 16 weeks with her 4th. She already has 3 boys. She isn't finding out the sex of the baby before it arrives, sometime in November. After I read that post, I scrolled down and saw multiple other pregnancy/baby posts, and of course it sparks the baby fever. Today is CD1 for me, yippee! LOL. I really should keep track this time... I haven't been tracking my cycles AT ALL, like I can't even remember what day my last period started, but I think this cycle was only 25 days long. I guess it sounds short, but that's pretty average for me.
Cari - good to hear form you! I've never had implantation spotting, but I know many of women do. When will you test?
Mary - GL with the baby fever. I just got a birth announcement in my e-mail this morning. :D
Lauren - glad you're doing well.
Amanda - hope you get the summer figured out.
AFM: DH is so darn excited to add a 4th. I'm still not really feeling any baby fever, but I'm not opposed to trying. I decided to try some girl sway things (TMI) I won't be doing shettles because I hate timing BD, but I'm trying to get rid of my week of fertile CM.
Amanda - I hope your mom gets you those dates soon!
Mary - I love that you're having an Angry Birds themed party! Xander LOVES Angry Birds (or "Cooks Angry" as he calls them, I have no idea why he calls birds "cooks," it's just something that stuck even though I know he could say "bird" just fine haha). Anyway, I'm curious to see how you decorate - I'm sure they're so popular that there's lots of stuff out there. GL experimenting with the cake. Also, have you had Sean retested for his allergies? I know kids often outgrow these things, I just don't know how quickly that happens... That'd be awesome if he managed to outgrow at least a few of them at some point!
Virginia - GL swaying for a girl. I'm glad your DH is excited. Hopefully your baby fever will step up soon.
AFM - wow I really overdid it yesterday. It's been SO hot (mid/upper 90's) and full sun, so being outside is brutal. Since I have a kid that lives to be outside, well, yeah. I spent most of the afternoon/night nauseous and feeling awful because we spent too much time outside. Today is the last really hot day for awhile, so I'm going to try and get Xander outside early and then keep him in. haha. We'll see how this goes!
Only a few more days left of the first trimester for me! I haven't gained any weight, which I find crazy. I think I gained like 7 lbs with Xander! But I was also sitting at my desk all day long at work with co-workers constantly bringing me snacks. haha. I have my first doctors appt on Friday morning! I can't wait to hear the heartbeat!!!
Lauren - ugh, we're getting the heat now. Ick.
AFM: baby fever hasn't stepped up. I think part of the problem is Ollie teething and not sleeping well. Another part is TMI I've never really gotten to enjoy being fertile before. I was on BC until just before we TTC #1 and have been pregnant/BFing ever since. And I've realized the past few months that I like being fertile. It's fun. Every month I get to spend a week feeling energized and extremely attractive (and rather sore in the abdomen, but that's okay). I don't mind trying for another baby, but I think I might like it to take 2-3 months this time so I can enjoy the trying. IYKWIM.
BUT... we're going to a wedding Saturday and staying at a hotel overnight. CD12. Last cycle I Oed CD13 and this one seems on track to be similar. So... we'll get a pretty good try, I guess.
Virginia - I heard that a lower calorie intake tends to make girls... used to have a link to the article. I know what you mean by the whole loving the being fertile thing, that's one positive about DH's big V, I get lots of those cycles, that and I don't have to deal with the moodiness that comes with BCP. Of course this month I was sick right through O, go figure.
Lauren - Hope you can find something to bring Xander inside, maybe try making cookies inside with him or doing a craft. Natalie loves painting with her cars, take cars and washable paint, squirt some paint on a plate then drive the cars through the paint then on a piece of paper.
My mom didn't get the dates but I did talk to the School about the summer camp and thankfully they are flexable over the summer.
Natalie is learning dance in school, and having a blast, she was showing me a couple of the moves she learned, it's so cute.
Yesterday she found a clip on earing wore the thing the entire day, it looked great on her. She really wants her ears pierced (Dana and I both have them pierced), I'd love to do it but am so unsure I want to have to keep it clean for her.
Nat's school holds a "graduation" every year for the kids, it's really just a year end celebration and thank you to the staff.
Dana is excited for summer, as much as she likes school I think she's looking forward to the break. She goes to Vancouver with her grandma a few days after school lets out.
I'm almost back to normal from my sickness, stomach is still a little off and my appetite hasn't returned fully.
Our yard is mostly finished on one side, just need to seal off are yard since our neighbor built most of the fence. The contractor who we hired to do that and put a fence up on the other side called me today, apparently the neighbor claims that the fence she built is 6" on her property and does not want us to attach to hers or have our small section of fence on her property. She's NUTS! Anyway since she made this claim I dug out the survey from when we bought the house and DH did some measuring, the fence is on her property but only by 1.5" not the 6" that she claims. Who'd have thought this would be the hassle? Anyway we will have the contractor put the fence right on the property line if there are any issues.