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    I don't know how I do it with three either. I am so exhausted right now. Alex didn't nap today and Oliver barely napped. it was insane.
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    Katie - I hope Rory shakes it quickly too. It sucks to have sick kiddos, boooo.

    AFM - Just had my visit with my relatives that I haven't seen in years and it was really good. We spent most of the time out in my back yard with the kids playing on the swing set (well, mostly going down the slide over and over and over). I couldn't remember exactly how far spaced the kids were, but Sean and their oldest (Emma) are only 7 days apart, and then their youngest (Zoey) is 9 months, so 5ish months younger than Calvin. Sean and Emma actually played really well together for the most part. There were little moments where they each didn't want to share or something, but for the most part, they did really well. It was cute, he gave her a hug and kiss before they left. Calvin was sweet too... He kept climbing on the bottom of the slide and he would slide just a little because he was at the very bottom, and he would say "Weee!" Hahaha.. And then when they were leaving, he was waving and saying, "Bye bye!" It was adorable... I've never heard him use bye bye in context like that before. So anyway, it was a good visit.

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    Virginia, sorry Oliver isn't feeling great after his vaccine. And sorry the kiddos didn't sleep too well!

    Katie, sorry about the sick kiddos again. Yes, chest colds are the worst for little guys!!

    Mary, Glad you had a fun family visit! Man that is craaaaaaaaaaazy about her special formula! Even the regular stuff is crazy expensive. There was a month where we had to supplement a little bit with formula when Xander was around 4/5 months old and we bought two cans. Two. That's all we ever had to buy and I think it was $40-50 w/ a coupon I had! I was so thankful I didn't have to buy that all the time. We didn't had the money for it! Well, we would've had to cut down on what we put in savings...

    Speaking of all that crap. I am so glad I am confident in my ability to breastfeed now. It was such a struggle for the first 4/5 months with Xander. All the kid ever wanted to do was sleep and we could never get a good latch. He was so tiny for so long! Finally something clicked... I never went to a lactation consultant and I really should have. I was so overwhelmed and I know I wasn't doing it right for awhile. I'd look at web sites and books and it was like all the information was in a different language. They'd explain different latches, even have pictures, and it still didn't make sense! We just never got a good latch going. Then one day some veil was lifted and everything made sense and we managed to go for 14 months. Now that I seem to "get it," I am praying I won't have to deal with any of those struggles this time around. I hope I can pop this kid out and we'll be perfect from the get-go! At least this time I wouldn't hesitate to go to a LC if needed to. I don't know why I wouldn't before. I think post-baby hormones just had me in a wreck and I didn't want to go anywhere. Dumb, I know.

    Anyhoo... So we bought Xander a water table yesterday. It's crazy hot out! He seems to like it, but our backyard is full sun with no shade, so we can't stay out there too long. I think I need to take the umbrella off the table and move it around the yard. It's going to be another HOT and sunny day today, so I need to figure something out!


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    Mary - I feel like Cal is just a baby so when you say he's talking it blows my mind! I know he's 1 now but still! I feel the same way about Virginia's Oliver!

    Lauren - Our yard is all sun too. We actually got a tent thing to put up to give some shade this year. I don't think I would have seen a LC if I had struggled with Evan BF'ing. But after BF'ing Evan I would have with Rory. I was lucky though both my boys arrived fat, screaming, hungry and ready to latch LOL I've never even had a cracked nipple. Engorgement and clogged ducts yes though!

    Funny BF'ing thing -- I actually BF in front of my mother. I realize that sounds absurd to most but my mom has taken a LONG time to adjusting to bf'ing. She's a weirdo. But I did and neither of us died. Now Sunday I'll be with DH's family let's see how THAT goes. They might all pass out if I whip it out at the picnic.....(I really am discrete but they are even worse than my mom). but Rory will need to eat so it may have to happen.

    Rory woke a few times last night and I was worried maybe he had an ear infection starting but he's been chipper today so maybe he was jsut struggling to breath well on his back
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    Lauren - Dana had an awful latch I gave up after 3 months (I was just under 20 and had no patience), Natalie latched perfect from the first time 15 minutes after birth to 1 week later when I had to quit so I could go on medication.

    Just posting to mark my spot and say Hi!


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    I'll try to post more when I take lunch, but I just wanted to brag about my own personal achievement, I completed week 2 of a Couch to 5K yesterday.


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    Katie - I'm so glad your mom handled you BFing okay! GL at the picnic.

    Lauren - yay for confidence! I hope it's easier this time.

    Amanda - good for you!

    Mary - glad the visit went well.
    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 restarted at 30mo!
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    Lauren - The way you described your first BFing experience reminded me a lot of how I felt (with not wanting to go to a LC, or anywhere for that matter). I think it's such a weird transition to have your first baby, especially as I was never really around babies growing up, so it was totally foreign to me. I felt like I never really knew what he wanted when he cried. The second time around, I feel like a seasoned pro. Calvin has been a 100% easier baby than Sean, but part of me wonders if he was really easier or if I was just better at it. That's getting a little OT, but that's what your BFing story reminded me of, haha.

    Katie - Woohoo for BFing in front of your mom. I was never comfortable doing it in front of others. I think I could have adjusted if we'd ever gotten good at it, but I was never confident in my own abilities, so I was certainly never comfortable doing it with other people around.

    AFM - SIL's wedding was yesterday! So now my kiddos *officially* have an uncle, haha. We always called him "Uncle Jason" anyway, but now it is official, haha. In fact, my first memory of BIL (yes, I have a BIL now, yay! haha)... We had never met him yet, he was just newly dating SIL when Sean was born. We got a cute flower arrangement delivered to my hospital room, but DH and I did not recognize the name on the card. I have distant relatives with his last name (not the most common name), so I thought maybe it was one of them, but I was not aware of one with his first name. So we had no clue who it was from, really, until SIL told us it was from her boyfriend, haha. The awesome thing about it is that Sean was actually born on BIL's birthday. So it was all double cool... They shared a birthday and he sent us flowers without having ever met us. So we loved him from day 1. Wedding and reception were really nice. I got to ride in a limo with the rest of the bridal party and have some drinks while DH dealt with the kids, which was fun... I'd never been in a limo before. We're tired today though... Friday night was the rehearsal and we didn't get home till 11:30. Then my hair appointment yesterday was at 8:30am, then we didn't get home from the wedding until almost 1am last night (or this morning rather)... So it was a long couple of days and we're taking today as a R&R day.

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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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    Mary, SOOOOOO how did Sean do? Did he make it down the aisle okay?? Glad you got to have some adult time without the kiddos for a bit, too!

    Amanda, WTG!

    AFM, camping (camper camping) was a huge bust this weekend. We came home after a few hours. Xander was a complete wreck. He cried or whined for the entire drive, even though I had tons of activities and snacks, etc. He has always hated long car trips, but this was the worst drive we've ever had. Then he wouldn't poop or pee in the camper bathroom, it must've freaked him out. So he got really upset and peed all over me and my only pair of shorts! It did NOT anticipate that! I kept having awful cramps (it was 93 and we were outside) and I seriously had myself convinced that I was having a m/c - the cramps were THAT bad! And yes, I ws drinking a ton of water... Just too much exertion in the heat. So we gave up and came home. The drive home was the worst part. He just cried and cried and cried. I even had to get in the back seat with him. We got home and he took the worlds biggest poop - so we're guessing that was the problem. He'd been holding it all day and was probably in pain. *sigh*

    We're going to be gone for an entire week next week, many of the days in hotels! TONS of driving! OMG I am not looking forward to our "vacation," it's going to be awful! Hopefully since we're in a hotel he'll be okay with bathroom stuff, but we'll see. We also decided we will bring the iPad along for the car drive. We never wanted to "silence" our child with a gadget in the car, but I think we're at the point where we have to. I figure I'll keep it put away and play with him for the first hour or so (he's usually okay for that long in the car) and once he starts to lose it I'll take out the iPad. I just pray that works! Otherwise we're going to have a lot of awful awful driving ahead of us!


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    Just in catching up with you all. It is amazing how quick some of your kids are growing up! Hope everyone is doing well!
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