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    How the heck did it take us four days to start a new thread!? I guess we just don't post as much as we used to...

    Katie - my DH has been "looking" for a new job for a year now, lol. I don't think he's putting much effort into it, and even if he were he works in a bit of a niche field that he wants to stay in, soooooooooooo it'll probably take awhile.

    AFM - I'm attempting to patch my popcorn ceiling today, like a really big piece! We had our pipes replaced over four years ago and where they tore out the ceiling, they only tacked up new drywall - no patching. So instead of just doing it ourselves or hiring someone, we left it and eventually we got used to it. I finally had that moment about a week ago where I just couldn't take anymore, so I looked up how to do it and bought the stuff. So far it's been pretty easy! Now we'll just see how it looks. I know you'll be able to tell, but whatever. I've seen professionally patched popcorn ceiling and you could tell, it's just the nature of the texture I guess. Bah. But it'll look better than exposed drywall!! Next project will be winter prep in the backyard (tearing down old plants, putting up little fencing around areas that get muddy in the winter so the dang dogs will stay out of it), etc. Then I'm going to replace the caulking around the tubs. I made my to-do list and I'm just going for it! Not sure when I'll have time to like make dinner, clean or be a mom in the next few weeks. hahaha


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    We've been pretty busy, understandably.

    The two older boys have been wonderful, although Alex is going through a "not listening" phase. Arthur is pretty good. He's been sleeping okay, but it sometimes take a couple hours to get him down at night. I wouldn't say he's colicky, but he could get there. Oliver. Oh my. I don't know what has gotten into him. I'd blame it on having a new baby, but it started in the week or two before Arthur was born. His tantrums have gotten much worse again. This weekend he hit his face on the stairs during a tantrum (by accident, DH was trying to sit him down for a time out) and almost knocked a tooth out. We're waiting to see whether it will heal. The 2 days since that he's been really tough. I don't know if it's because his mouth probably hurts or because he has a cold or if there's something else. But, I'm really hoping it improves before DH goes back to work. He and Arthur both need so much one on one time right now. And on top of all that, DH may have to travel to Europe in early December. He never travels for work. What timing.
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    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"
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    Virginia - Good luck if your DH goes to Europe... I would die!! You're used to handling the kids while he's at work, though, so you'll be just fine (if not a bit exhausted).

    Lauren - Come do mine next! We have an area in our finished basement where water got in from above.. It was coming from our chimney or something, weird, I don't know. But it ruined a pretty big section of drywall, including the ceiling which is textured... Shoot me now. I will never have textured ceiling again. We have them through our entire house, it's a PITA to paint.. Flat ceilings with some nice molding or something is what we'll have in our next house.

    AFM - My MS/Lyme/Lupus/Fibromyalgia/Psychosis has been bad the past few days. It's really discouraging because I had been feeling decent. Not great and nowhere near normal, but tolerable, ya know? I was at the point where I thought, "Okay, I can live with this.." And now it is worse again, so I'm feeling sad and frustrated to have no answers. I'm still taking massive-dose antibiotics on the off chance that it is Lyme, but I'm pretty sure they're not working... Been on them at least 6 weeks now. Blah.

    Nolan is doing well... He is HUGE. He might be my biggest baby, which is funny as he was born the smallest. He's starting to crawl.. He's up on hands/knees rocking, and has learned to lunge himself forward... He can get all over the room, but he still hasn't quite perfected the crawling just yet. It's close, though. He loves his brothers.. They make him laugh, it's so cute. And he's sleeping pretty well. Still wakes to eat, but usually goes right back to sleep. I'm not looking forward to teething, though. Hate teething! I always imagine if they were just born already with a little mouthful of teeth, LOL. That's how nursing always felt to me anyway, so I wouldn't notice a difference, haha.

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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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    Virginia - Good luck if your DH goes to Europe... I would die!! You're used to handling the kids while he's at work, though, so you'll be just fine (if not a bit exhausted).

    Lauren - Come do mine next! We have an area in our finished basement where water got in from above.. It was coming from our chimney or something, weird, I don't know. But it ruined a pretty big section of drywall, including the ceiling which is textured... Shoot me now. I will never have textured ceiling again. We have them through our entire house, it's a PITA to paint.. Flat ceilings with some nice molding or something is what we'll have in our next house.

    AFM - My MS/Lyme/Lupus/Fibromyalgia/Psychosis has been bad the past few days. It's really discouraging because I had been feeling decent. Not great and nowhere near normal, but tolerable, ya know? I was at the point where I thought, "Okay, I can live with this.." And now it is worse again, so I'm feeling sad and frustrated to have no answers. I'm still taking massive-dose antibiotics on the off chance that it is Lyme, but I'm pretty sure they're not working... Been on them at least 6 weeks now. Blah.

    Nolan is doing well... He is HUGE. He might be my biggest baby, which is funny as he was born the smallest. He's starting to crawl.. He's up on hands/knees rocking, and has learned to lunge himself forward... He can get all over the room, but he still hasn't quite perfected the crawling just yet. It's close, though. He loves his brothers.. They make him laugh, it's so cute. And he's sleeping pretty well. Still wakes to eat, but usually goes right back to sleep. I'm not looking forward to teething, though. Hate teething! I always imagine if they were just born already with a little mouthful of teeth, LOL. That's how nursing always felt to me anyway, so I wouldn't notice a difference, haha.

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    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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    Lauren - I hear you on the winter to-do list, I have to get DH to fix our garage up, some of the trim rusted and needs replacing. Also need to fix the seals on the doors at the front of our house.

    Should clean up the gardens too, make my spring planting easier.

    Virginia - Hope you figure out what's wrong with Oliver. Natalie is in a phase right now where she takes tantrums, I think the full time school is wearing her out. Does Oliver still nap? Maybe implementing them might help.

    Mary - Sorry you haven't got a diagnosis yet, neurological stuff is so tough to get one for, and to make matters worse it's not consistant. I was very lucky when it came to getting answers for myself, hope you get your answers soon.

    Glad to hear Nolan is growing well.

    *AFM*

    Things at work are busy, I went from doing stuff for our convention to a bi-monthly special to finishing work on a catalogue.

    Natalie and Apollo have been terrors.

    Natalie taking temper tantrums on a pretty regular basis, I think it's the full time school wearing her out.

    Apollo has been chewing on things that don't belong to him, the other day he got a book order form from Natalies school, not so bad, and a hold of a couple of Natalies stuffed toys, thankfully I walked in not too soon after he got those so they were safe. I partly think the dog problems are because he's not getting enough exercise, when we got him he was to be DH's running buddy and they've barely done anything together, Dana and I do most of the walking with him.


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    Virginia - I hate when my DH leaves for training somewhere! That's usually when I call my mom all whiny and stuff until she comes out to visit and keep me company, lol. And it's not that I can't do it, it's that it sucks doing it and I don't wannnna! heh

    Mary - I'm sorry your symptoms are flairing up again. Any idea when you'll get the results from all your bloodwork? And you don't want me to repair your ceiling, haha.

    Amanda - my dogs get destructive if they don't get enough exercise, too. Sorry about the tantrums, we got a lot when Xander first started school too, so hopefully once she adjusts a little more they'll stop.

    AFM - the ceiling turned out okay. I mean it's as good as it's going to get when you're patching a huge chunk of popcorn ceiling. But it's still noticeable as heck. I knew it would be, so I'm not mad or anything, it just stinks. There's definitely no money to scrape down the entire ceiling or anything like that, so we've gotta live with it. I still need to paint it white to match, so I'm sure it'll look a little better once I do that.

    So Benjamin is 10 1/2 months old and still doesn't crawl, or at least not normal crawling. He kind of drags himself around with his hands and uses his legs to help, but he doesn't lift up his belly. He can, he does it quite often, but once he starts moving he drops his belly to the floor. I don't know what I can do to help, if anything, other than put him on the floor a lot. I just feel like it's crazy that he doesn't crawl!! But he can stand pretty well and I figure that once he learns how to pull himself up (which he seems close to doing) that he'll just start walking. lol


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    Don't worry about not crawling! Alex didn't crawl until he was 12 months. He scooted around on his bottom until then.

    AFM: Oliver has been doing better recently. We stopped trying to get him to nap. uh oh. Now he does better going to bed and hangs in there during the day. We've also tried just hugging him when he melts down. Arthur has been sleeping pretty well. He went to bed by 8:30 the past two nights! He only wakes to eat and then goes back to sleep pretty easily. He was up to 10lbs 7oz at 12 days. He gained 18.5oz between 5 and 12 days. That's almost 2.5oz/day! Crazy. Even Alex never gained quite that quickly. I had a bit of a scare yesterday evening when I had a clot the size of a chicken egg and then heavy bleeding. Now I'm on meds (Methergine again, I needed it about 2 weeks after Oliver, too) to hopefully help wrap up the bleeding.

    a picture from yesterday


    ETA: DH was snuggling Arthur this morning while the others were at school and asked "Are we going to do this again?" I should have been clever and said something like "not just yet, let my stitches heal first!" Instead I said something like "oh, I don't know. Let's discuss it in about a year."
    Anyone taking bets?
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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
    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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    Virginia - of course you're doing it again! I'm betting at least 5 maybe you'll even have 6 Perhaps you can have 6 when I have 3

    Lauren - I can't believe he is almost walking I feel like he was just born!

    Mary - Aw growing so fast! Slow down babies. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well Ugh Boo.

    Amanda - Sorry about the chewing. We are pretty much past that with all ours but they are still adjusting to all the changes so are a bit much lately

    AFM - still no movement on our house. Boo. We had someone look yesterday, not interested. Have I mentioned I hate trying to sell the house? I'm so not a fan of renting and I really can't wait to have this chapter done and it could drag on indefinitely. UGH! But aside from that all is well. I was traveling with work last week and went with one guy who reports to me and we had a lot of fun. He's great at his job so I could be a bit more relaxed. This is my first time really having a team that reports to me so it's a new balance but he's incredibly easy to get along with and very very good at his job so we had fun. Back to the grind tomorrow!
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    I'm so glad the job is working out, Katie! Sorry the house isn't selling yet. Hopefully it will soon.

    AFM: The boys already want another baby. I really don't know if we'll do it again, but I wouldn't necessarily mind a summer 2015 baby (18-22 months spacing and probably back-to-back in school). I just hate the idea of ever facing morning sickness again. If I could do it without morning sickness we'd probably have 6.

    I had some nasty pressure and cramping yesterday, just like in the days leading up to my large clot. The bleeding has picked a little again, too. Ugh. Hopefully it won't get bad again.

    I'm doing another craft fair this weekend. It should be interesting with a 3-week-old. My mom will help out. Hopefully it will be fun. It's in the small town where I grew up, so I should see a lot of people I know.

    ETA: Raymond took this picture yesterday (warning, nursing pic!)

    yeah... Oliver unweaned. Silly boy. He likes to join in for a little bit when Arthur nurses. I don't know how long it will last. I've been gently discouraging it, just because he is 2 1/2.
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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
    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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    What a beautiful pic Virginia! I think I'd have taken a nursing 2 y/o to alleviate some over producing Oh that makes me miss having a little one!
    Katie

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