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    Virginia - That's very cool! I've debated if we had a 3rd getting a nanny vs daycare, the costs would be similar to 3 in daycare but both my boys seem to do really well with the interactions at daycare so I'd wind up doing the nanny and a private preschool (public pre school starts for Evan at 4 but Rory would have to be in private if he was <4) and it just seems like they are happy as is. I hope you can figure out something fun to do for the week off!

    Lauren - Ugh - it's so hard with a baby. I'm not a huge baby person to begin with and moments like that are totally frazzling. I will say it is SOOOOO much easier now. Don't get me wrong they can run in opposite directions and create complete chaos but they can also both ACTUALLY walk. I can hold 2 hands and both boys can walk somewhere themselves. They can talk to me and each other and I'm just such a big fan of being able to communicate and move independently. Oh and FWIW we have a melt down probably every other morning b/c Evan can't get his arm through the arm hole himself and winds up screaming at his shirt. I could have given my boys a lot of great inherited traits, sadly for Evan it appears along with any good ones he also got my short tempered nature. Sorry bud.

    Mary - Ugh! I hope you can figure out the symptoms -- I saw you were having another test on FB. I hope it shows you something concrete you can easily fix!

    7:30 already man night fly! It's time for baths and bed for the boys....Evan napped at daycare today though and is totally wired LOL
    Katie

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    Virginia - Enjoy the break once the kiddos start school! I don't know what I'll do this year with Sean doing preschool for the first time. It's only 3 days a week, and only half days, but still. It will be weird! I'll be at work during his school about 50% of the time, but the other 50% will be when I work evenings, so it will be strange to have mornings without him. It will be nice to have a little time where it's just the younger two. Hopefully they can bond... Sean and Calvin are very close and I want Nolan to have some of that also.

    Lauren - It's SO hard to deal with more than one LO. I'm rarely alone with my kids since DH is a SAHD, but I think I would totally lose my mind if I had to deal with more than one of them by myself at a time. If I go out to the store or something, I'll often take one of them with me and leave the other two with DH. Either that, or the 5 of us all go together, lol... I'm sure that's quite a sight.

    Well crap. Yes, I had another MRI yesterday, this time of my cervical spine. It only showed a bit of degenerative change in one disc, relatively minor, and not causing anything to press on my spinal cord. He said there was nothing in the MRI that should cause my symptoms. Next steps are blood tests for lupus and lyme disease. If those are negative, he said he'll refer me on to another neurologist at ohio state to see if they can think of something he hasn't already. Really hoping it isn't lupus, jeez. That's just as scary as MS, if not scarier since I'm having neuro symptoms.

    Calvin's collarbone injury sucks. He's not in too much pain if he doesn't try to use his right arm, but the second he tries to use it, he is in a lot of pain. Blah. This kids just need and empty, padded room. He slept pretty well last night, thankfully. The night before (the night it happened) wasn't as bad as I expected, but he did wake up crying a few times. At some point in the night, DH just went in and slept with him, and I slept with Nolan.

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    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Mary - Lyme did cross my mind a couple times as you've described all you've gone through. It's a weird disease that seems to impact different people differently. At least you are actively looking for a cause. Any chance they will extend your disability?! I mean you couldn't possibly do your job feeling like this could you?
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    Mary - Ask if they think it might be Dystonia, it's a sucky diagnosis but at the very least it's treatable to a degree and not at all fatal. I've had most of those symptoms you are talking about with my Dystonia.

    Sorry to hear about Calvin's collarbone, poor boy.

    Lauren - Natalie is a year older than Xander and she still has days where "I can't" and "I'm tired" are excuses for not getting dressed, preschool days where she has to get up early are the worst! It can be frustrating. This morning she refused to get changed from her PJ's to her clothes.

    Hopefully Xander is more co-operative today.

    *AFM*

    I'm a bit late getting my garden going, still have some planting to do. I planted my peppers, celery and lettuce as well as transplanted my rhubarb. Want to pick up some fast growing plants to fill out the rest.

    Also tried my new ice cream maker yesterday, made double chocolate reeses pieces ice cream, came out a bit soft, even after freezing it for a few hours, tasty none the less. Hopefully the remaining ice cream hardened up over night.


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    Just scheduled a meet and greet appointment with a local midwife practice! They deliver about 30 minutes from my house. The hospital they deliver at doesn't guarantee you a private room....my old one was smaller and generally speaking DID guarantee that. But I think I can survive. I'm meeting with them the last week of the month. No exam just questions and answers. I'm kind of psyched. I was pretty unhappy with my doc at the end of my pregnancy. He was going on vacation and the NP in the office had a major car accident he had NO office visit coverage and left anyway....there was delivery coverage but I didn't have anyone for one appointment. It was just bizarre. Then he TOLD me I didn't have to have an IV then didn't follow through. Never discussed much. Not a bad doctor at all but not at all chatty. So I'll be curious to see what these ladies are like.....and it makes TTC kind of real I'm really thinking about #3 if I'm looking at a new practice!
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    Amanda - I did think of you and wondered what sort of symptoms you had with the dystonia. I know it can encompass quite the range of symptoms too, as can all these other neuro problems... I guess that's why it's so hard to get a diagnosis. Ugh. I hate going through all of this, especially right now while all I really WANT to do is enjoy my mat. leave and my babies.

    The ice cream sounds yummy. I wish we could make that kind. I miss peanut butter soooo much! I have vowed that no nuts will touch my ice cream maker though. Interesting that it didn't harden up after a couple hours. I made a chocolate mint one recently that still hadn't really hardened after a few hours. Once I left it overnight, it hardened up nicely. Maybe it's a chocolate thing?

    Katie - I would love for it to be something treatable like lyme disease. I even joked while I was pregnant that I was going to end up with lyme disease because we went to that property we were thinking about buying and the ticks were really bad... We ended up with them all over us twice. I guess Ohio is generally a low-risk area for lyme disease (per CDC map) and I don't *think* any of them bit me, but it would be nice to get a diagnosis that is treatable with antibiotics. Not holding my breath, though.

    Good luck with the new MW practice. I hope you like them! I'm glad I had a private birthing room each time... Not sure how I'd feel about sharing one. I'm just thinking about how much screaming I did when Nolan was born, LOL. It was such a different feeling from my birth with Calvin. It was so quiet in the room, the hospital seemed a little short-staffed that night, so it was really just my doctor and maybe one or two nurses in there, then me and DH. I had an epidural, just a few pushes and he was out. It was night and day difference from Nolan's birth. I was screaming and there were at least a half a dozen random people in there, hahaha. Sean's birth was somewhere in the middle. Not nearly as serene because he was harder to push out, but I wasn't screaming like crazy either. There were several hospital people in the room, but probably not as many as when Nolan was born. I felt like I had quite the audience for him, haha.

    But... In the midst of labor, you're not going to be thinking about the person on the other side of the curtain. Once it starts to get more difficult, I tend to sorta blank out on everyone else around me like they're not even in the room.

    ETA: Katie - I've been wondering that same thing about extending disability. I seriously don't think I could work like this. I feel like I can barely walk at times. But I'm not sure how it works if they can extend a disability without a diagnosis. Today is my last official day of disability... After this, I'm on FMLA time and only 6 weeks left. Ugh. I'm so scared this won't be sorted out before time to go back.
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    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Katie - I've never been "guaranteed" a private room, but have gotten one every time, even when I had to wait for a room with Oliver. GL with the MW practice!

    Mary - I hope it's lyme or something, not that lyme is any fun! We're in a really high risk area, so i worry about it a lot, especially last summer when Raymond and I both got bitten. Do you have any of the other tick borne illnesses near you? I think they're all pretty nasty.

    Amanda - the ice cream sounds delicious.

    Lauren - pools are so tough with more than one kid. We have a similar thing near us, but we only go to the baby pool, and then only if I have help. I'd do it on my own, but the older boys are potty trained and to get to the bathroom we have to go out the gate, down cement stairs, around a corner near the road, up more cement stairs, and down a hall. It's a terrible design. There's one sprinkler park I'll do by myself because it's all fenced. The one the kids really like is big, busy, and not at all fenced, so I always bring back-up. I used to do a small beach when Raymond was 2 1/2 and Alex was 1, but Alex would mostly just sit in the sand and I always had floats on Raymond. I don't think it makes you a bad mom, at all. It really is just hard to do water things with kids. The bathing suit, sunscreen, etc get easier, but it's almost impossible to bring two little ones out and feel like you can keep them safe around water. Especially if they won't cooperate!

    AFM: it's a private preschool, so it starts at 20m, I think. We don't have a "free" public preschool option, so we pay until Kindergarten. It's not cheap, but it's been great for the kids and I think it'll be a huge help if the third tri is rough for me.
    I tried to measure my belly today and got 19-20cm. I'm almost 22w. I hope I did it wrong.
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    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
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    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
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    Mary - delivery is solo in all the hospitals but it my old hospital you delivered in your own room they stayed there. I think in this hospital you start in a solo delivery room and after delivery move to your room which may have another person in it.

    I have a friend who has been battling Lyme and has been out of work for a total of 8 months over two years on disability....we are in a super high risk area and there is a TON of controversy over the CDC's version of the disease and what people say it is like....I don't really know the truth and haven't researched it but my coworker has been through a lot.
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    There is such thing as non-private birthing rooms? o.O I couldn't imagine. Every birthing room is private here, shortly after you are cleaned up they transfer you that's when you either go to ward (4 to a room), semi-private (2 to a room) or private. I've only been in semi-private and private after giving birth.

    I never screamed much until the pushing with both girls and it didn't last long. Most of my active labour with Dana I cursed through, Natalie I just complained repeating it hurts over and over. During Nat's birth I know the number of medical staff was low 3 or 4 people, and none of them were really prepared cause of how fast things went.

    Virginia - Here there is no free pre-school either, so glad that Nat goes into Kindergarten for so many reasons this fall. She goes to the same school Dana graduates from this year and I know they are excellent so I am happy about it.

    *AFM*

    Work day is over in a few minutes I actually really want to stay, looking forward to dealing with a stubborn/moody 4 year old.


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    Oh, I meant my hospital has semi-private for postnatal. Not for birth. But, even though they were so busy I had to wait for a L&D room I still had a private room for post-natal.
    With Raymond I was the only one "active" in L&D (at a very large hospital) during delivery. I guess Saturday night in December is much less busy than Monday night in late April. I can't imagine why.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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