Hey girls, I haven't had a chance to catch up on the thread yet but wanted to pop in and say I'm alive! We were at the lake for 10 days and I didn't have internet access hardly at all. Brekke had a blast playing in the water and sand & we took her tubing and on the waverunner. She loved it! Dane was a happy little guy as usual and didn't complain when we took him out in the heat to boat. Overall, it was a great trip! Also, came home to Dane's newborn photos so I'll try to get a few on photobucket and share them (there is one in my siggy). Hope all is well with everyone :bigarmhug:
Jen - Woohoo for TTC soon. Can't wait to see some new BFP's rolling in on our little board! Seems like an eternity before I'm going to be TTC again, but that's okay... I get overwhelmed with the two we've got, haha!
AFM - Cal officially has some sort of upper respiratory infection. I think it's just a cold... No fever or colored mucus or anything. I knew it was coming... Last night, he kept grabbing and rubbing at his nose/forehead like it was bugging him, and I kept thinking he had to have some head cold symptoms coming soon. Sure enough, we woke up to feed him in the middle of the night and his cry sounded weird (almost like laryngitis, but it's hard to tell since he doesn't talk)... But his nose is super snotty/stuffy and he's coughing a little here and there. Poor thing, he has been through a lot in the last few days. He's still so peaceful through it all... I swear he is zen baby.
Mary - poor Cal. Did the vomiting stop?
Jen - yay TTC!
Ashley - glad you had fun!
Laura - They say brown spotting is supposed to be okay. good luck.
AFM: This is almost exactly like what happened 2.5 months after Alex was born. Then I suddenly had EWCM, O pains, and even a +OPK. My temp went up for 9 days then dropped and... nothing. :shrug: Something similar happened when Raymond was 5 months. I think my body just likes messing with me when I'm BFing. Not too worked up about it this time. I do kind of wish I had had an OPK to take yesterday, though.
BTW: since we have so many photographers, does anyone know an editing program which is easy, preferably affordable, and not too bulky (I have a wimpy notebook computer)? I have no editing software right now.
Ashley - I totally missed your post somehow, but I'm glad you had a good time at the lake. I saw the pics on fb... LOVE them!!
Virginia - I've been using Lightroom. It's kinda expensive, but I got it when they had a coupon for $99, so I got a pretty sweet deal on it. It's a bit of a system hod though, so I'm not sure if something like photoshop elements would be lighter?
AFM - Both kids are sick now. *Sigh* Fun times..
I had the worst nightmare last night. It was a little off, you know how dreams are... But I was still in the hospital after delivering Cal, so he was a newborn, and yet we knew everything about him... All the smiles, his laugh, his oh-so-peaceful demeanor. And they told us he had a birth defect that he would not survive. He seemed fine at the moment, we thought he was perfect. But they said that something was wrong with him where his body couldn't metabolize anything and as soon as he started eating, he would start dying. They gave him a prognosis of 3 to 5 days. OMG. It was such a terrifying dream... I actually woke up to him letting out a little cry, and what a great feeling to realize it was just a dream... Scary...
ETA: I just pumped 18 ounces, OMG...
Mary - What a terrible, terrible dream!! I hate that sort of thing! It always takes a while to shake it off. Sorry both kiddos are sick now. Hope they are feeling better soon!
Virginia - I use Lightroom, too, and I LOVE it. But like Mary said, it is a HUGE system hog. It's been sucking up all my laptop memory while I've been editing the wedding pics, and it is so.slow. I need more RAM or something. You could try downloading Gimp. It's free and is really, really similar to Photoshop. I used it for all my editing before I got Lightroom
Ash - Love love love Dane's newborn pics! They are amazing!! Glad you had fun at the lake!!
AFM - Last day working in the office! I've been covering for the newlywed while she's on her honeymoon for the last week and a half, and today is my last day! I can't say I'm happy! I mean, I've missed Owen, but I've also enjoyed being back in the "worker Jen" mode, too! Then again, I've only been working 9-3, so that probably has a lot to do with it. Feels like half days.
Jen - Do you normally work from home? I can't remember..
AFM - Helllllloooooo baby fever (again)... A girl that I graduated pharmacy school with just had twins yesterday. They are SO precious! A boy and a girl. She has since gone on to med school and is doing a residency to become a pediatrician, which I think is pretty cool, although unusual that she did pharmacy school first. I would have loved to see her in person pregnant with twins. She's probably 5'10" or more and has to weigh about 98 lbs. So to see her pregnant with twins, I'll bet she was too cute and all belly!
Virginia: I have Photoshop Elements 7 & really like it. I have no idea how big it is, but I know it is smaller than some of the bigger ones. It does everything I need it to do and then some.
Mary: sorry about the sick boys and bad dreams WTH...you pumped 18 oz, AT ONCE?? That is insane. I got 5 in one session recently and felt like a milk goddess! Jeez. How fun for your friend with the twins!
Jen: working part-time for a while during my pregnancy made me feel the same way. I missed Brekke like crazy, but it was nice to feel useful in a non-mom/wife way too. Glad you are done though
:wavehello: to the rest of our girls!
Dane has STTN the past 2 nights from about 11 pm - 7 am :woohoo: He has STTN randomly before but this is the first time he's done it 2 nights in a row. I feel rested! Haha. I did a really hard workout Monday night and am still sore but somehow need to motivate myself to run again today...I need to get back in shape!
Well there's 1 gestational sack. So DH and I automatically thought that we're only having a singleton pregnancy... Then we met with the doctor! She's not counting twins out just yet. IF it's twins, they'll be identical.
My doctor did another HCG draw and I'll know the results tomorrow.
The embryo/embryos are JUST starting to grow. I'm measuring 5w, 4d, but my doctor is keeping my May 10th due date!
I go back for another ultrasound in 2 weeks, September 29th @ 12:45 (CST)
I'm SOOO excited!!
~I'll come back for personals later...
Phew I've been away and there's a lot to catch up on
Mary - sorry about the sick kiddos and the dream! YAY on the pumping though LOL I can pump like that so I'm thinking we need a chest freezer this go around then towards a year if I want to think about weaning I can use frozen milk.
Virginia - Yay for people locally to hang out and have the kids play with! I'm a total slacker about finding "friends" with kids. I spend most my free time with dog folks anyway. Oh well
Ashley - I feel so horribly out of shape. Sigh. I'm not looking forward to the post partum get back in shape thing
Jen - YAY for TTC!!
AFM - survived the 3 days away. It's good to be home. I'm beat tonight but tomorrow is a nice normal day home. Catch up on house stuff, try to do work e-mails nothing too exciting. Tomorrow is also our 4 year anniversary. Aww
just had to check on Laura - great news! Now I desperately need sleep. Oliver's sleep has been crap recently.
Oh Laura!~!! TOTALLY Forgot to say CONGRATS!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO exciting
Okay... so I guess I might technically be in a 2ww. Brief history TMI DTD Sat PM. Mon felt O type pains, noticed I had EWCM. Tues had sore ovaries, tons of EWCM, cervix really fertile. Wed all fertile signs faded by evening. Here's the chart But, I have not been following good temping/charting practices. I don't get anywhere the sleep I'm supposed to, temp at a random time around when I get up (not wake) and often BF right before temping. I also haven't been good about checking CM/CP.
I'm not too worried. When BFing my body likes short LPs, if I even Oed. It's really weird if I did O, though. Oliver has been nursing more recently, I've started pumping since I plan to donate milk, DH worked crazy hours last week and the ILs have been on vacation so I've been super stressed. So weird.
HEHE Virginia you and Laura could be the oops club I'll be curious!
30 weeks today!! I should try to get a picture. I'll work on that. I finally did my glucose test. I was late with that. We've just been too busy. But I finally did it and tomorrow I have a doc apt. Being down to every 2 weeks is killer. You feel like you live at the doc. I'm starting to think we better get working on stuff for the baby...room, wash clothing etc etc
Katie - how long before O did you DTD with this pregnancy? It was a while, right?
Seriously, I'm expecting this to be a 4dw (4 day wait) rather than a 2ww. I would be amazed if I actually Oed and had a decent LP.
Mary, I'm so sorry both kiddos are sick and for everything you had to go through with Cal! I hope he's feeling/eating better soon.
Laura, yaaaay for a good u/s!!
Katie, glad your trip went well - how did bunking with the other girl go?
Amanda, glad you got Natalie moved to the teacher/room you wanted.
Jen, yay for TTC time!!
Ash, 10 days at the lake? You're a brave woman! Glad the kiddos did well!
AFM, well count me out for TTC this month. Hopefully next month. I had my annual chest x-ray (I have histoplasmosis and they need to check my lungs every year) and it came back with a "dark mass" in the middle of my chest. I'm hopeful it's just the histoplasmosis acting up, but it could be something else - worse or better. I have absolutely no information at this point, but i go in for a CT scan tomorrow morning to find out. I'm trying not to think about it, but I've had a few panic attacks over the whole thing if I let my mind wander into "worst case scenario" mode. I'm supposed to O in a few days or a week, so I don't want to get pregnant at this exact moment in case there's something wrong and I need more x-rays or medication that isn't good for a embryo. I'm hoping it'll all come back okay and we can TTC next month, otherwise we'll just play it by ear...
In other medical news, I also found out I'm allergic to peanuts! I thought I had a soy allergy, so I went to the dr to get tested and it turns out it's actually peanuts!!! WTF?! I heard your body resets itself every 5-7 years, so new allergies can develop and old ones can go away... I don't think I've always been allergic to peanuts. I started having mild allergic reactions around the time Xander was born and it's only been recently that they've gotten worse. Ugh. So now I get to carry around an epi-pen and don't get to eat peanut butter anymore. Booo! Oh well! At least I have an answer and won't have to lie up in bed at night with a swollen throat freaking out (that only happened a few times, but probably on the nights that I had a big spoonful of pb as my dessert).
In GOOD news, are new memory foam mattress is being delivered today AND my mommy is coming to visit for a few days! YAY!
Virginia my DD from u/s is 5-6 days AFTER we DTD - I personally think my DD is a day or two earlier than that based on O. But I knew we DTD 3-4 days prior to O we weren't preventing but we weren't going to try in Nov and Dec b/c Bdays would be so close to Evan's and the holiday.
Lauren - I hope everything turns out ok!
Lauren - scary! I hope everything turns out fine. I'll be thinking of you!
Katie - 3-4 days is what we did. I forgot how stressful a 2ww can be! Good thing mine should be extra short. But... I had to drop to BFing 3-4x a day to O with the others. I'm still BFing 6-8 times a day around the clock. So, I guess I have no clue what to expect.
ETA: so I told DH there was a "small but non-zero" chance I could be pregnant and he's been joking about it. :jawdrop:
Lauren - Oh no! :bigarmhug: I'll be thinking of you!! Hopefully your CT scan will come back fine tomorrow and you can still catch your egg! Or if not, definitely next month. Sending positive vibes your way! Yay for your new bed!
Virginia - Your temps are still pretty much in the pre-O range at this point from what I see. Although I know it can be really inaccurate when you're not sleeping/temping consistently. I guess only time will tell!
AFM - Yucky, cold, rainy run today! And of course, at dinnertime, the sun came out! Blah. Oh well. I got Owen all bundled up, stuck the rain slicker thing over the stroller, and off we went. Still sucked, though! Sometimes the wind was blowing so hard I could barely push his stroller up the one hill! Oh well. We made it.
In other news, check out my sig.
yay for a chart, Jen! I'm so excited to stalk you.
As for my temps, they're usually pretty consistent. pre-O is usually 98.2 or below. post-O is usually 98.4 and above. Not sure what those two days of 98.4 are doing there. :shrug: Like I said, I've been following none of the temping rules. I'm mostly going on CM.
So I was just on FF (looking at my chart again) and at the top of the page they had "Can I get pregnant from intercourse on the day of the temp rise?... read more" So I clicked it read it... nothing new. But it also kind of waffled on the answer. Below it said "translate" and I caught myself thinking "if I click there maybe they'll give me a yes or no answer."
Why can't they just say "yes, but it's not the best time."?
Virginia - bodies are weird you never know
I need haircut ideas. I've been lazy and I finally decided to just let it grow until I had 10" worth of hair so I could donate it to Locks of Love when I cut it. So I'm about there. 10" will put my hair at or just above my shoulders. I have really fine pin straight hair. It hasn't been this long in a zillion years and it's looking rather blah. Anyone have any good sites for hair styles? I need a hair dresser too but I'm not sure you all can help me there LOL I haven't cut it in nearly 2 years for no other reason than I'm lazy and have generally untreated healthy hair. But it's time for something new, I'm sick of pulling it back 99.9% of the time.....
good luck with the hair Katie. I'm hopeless with mine.
I say screw it. I'm going to wait a few weeks, ignoring temp, and if AF hasn't come I'll test just in case. I'm leaning towards thinking I didn't O. I forgot to temp this morning, which is fine, because it was stressing me out yesterday.
Katie, I just chopped my hair off yesterday. haha. Nothing fancy, just shorter. I'll still wear it in a ponytail 99% of the time and it's easier when it's short. So I'm no help, sorry.
Jen, sounds like an interesting walk in the rain!
AFM, no news on my CT scan. She did it at 8 am and I asked if I'd hear back today and she said no, it'd take til Monday. This made me SO unhappy! I've been under so much stress these last few weeks and that kind of pushed me over the edge. I tried to put it out of my mind and went for a walk with my mom and Xander and then we came home and I started doing dishes and making Xander's lunch, then out of nowhere I got crazy dizzy and almost passed out. So I laid down on the couch and my body was shaking uncontrollably and I didn't know what was happening to me. It wouldn't stop, so DH took me to the ER (called my family dr, but never heard back from them til long after we got to the ER) and they ran a bunch of tests, did an EKG, etc. It turns out I had an anxiety attack! ME!! I'm usually the person to keep their cool, it's my DH who panics about stuff! BUt I guess all this medical stuff has really been weighing on my mind, I haven't been sleeping well, and it all just built up. It was terrifying, I though I was going to have a heart attack or something... But they gave me some anti-anxiety meds and I feel better. A little tired and dizzy now, but I think that's from the meds. I never realized that when you have anxiety attacks it builds in your system over time, it's not just a sudden thing. So that's where I'm at. Boooo! At least my mommy is here, so she was able to watch Xander while were gone.
Lauren - I hope you're feeling better... How stressful!! Histoplasmosis?? That's crazy! I hope you get good news on Monday. Boooo for having to postpone the TTC a bit.
Virginia - Good luck with the maybe oops!!
Jen - YAY for CD1!!! Good luck... I hope it happens quickly!
Katie - You should take a before/after pic of your hair for us. I love before/afters! Don't ask me about hair styles though... I am totally clueless on that, lol. My current haircut is only the second one in my adult life where I haven't just pulled it up into a ponytail 98% of the time. I intentionally got it cut shorter so that I CAN'T pull it up, haha. I'm just lazy with my hair like that, most of the time anyway.
AFM - Lots of news...
1. Both kids still a bit sick, but seem to be on the ups. I think I'm coming down with it myself though, but pretty mild so far. I'm hoping my more mature immune system will handle it a bit better than theirs have.
2. Got the results of Sean's blood allergy test. (Drum roll)... He is now cleared to eat wheat (:yahoo:). But... He did test positive this time to egg (he didn't on the original test), and also still tests positive to milk and peanut. In all honesty, I think the doctor screwed up when reading the initial test. I would guess that when she originally said "wheat" that he actually reacted to egg. The reason I say that is because we took him out for breakfast immediately after that appointment, and he ate egg and his face blew up! It's just toooooo uncanny/coincidental that his body would decide that very moment to react to egg, don't you think? But anyway, I'm just sooooo happy that he can eat wheat again! I still need to figure out something for him to drink as a replacement for milk though.
3. This one I have to tell just because it is annoying. My parents and my aunt/uncle and their kids went on a trip to somewhere in Canada today. They were going to stay in some cabins and do whatever... The people advertised water and electricity, and my parents get there... They have NEITHER. My mom said it's not uncommon for these camping sort of places to advertise as such because they know once they get you there, you're stuck. I would be PISSED. I would seriously tell them this was not what we had agreed upon, not give them a dime of my money, and then turn around and drive elsewhere or back home. I would not pay them a penny. And to top it off, my mom said it's WAY too cold to be there without any electricity (aka HEAT!). OMG, I'm so irate for them.
ETA: Forgot 4. Cal is really getting mobile!!! I wouldn't exactly say he's crawling YET, but he's literally just days from it. And he's now able to go from laying flat on the ground to sitting up on his butt on his own without me moving him. He's just practicing it over and over and he looks SO proud of himself. It's so stinking cute!!
And... My mom emailed me back and said they found a place about 45 minutes north of where they were and went there instead.. Said it's a little more expensive, but very nice. She said the other place reeked of human feces and everything, EWW.
Lauren - :bigarmhug: I hope everything comes back normal and you can relax. That has to be so hard. I'm definitely glad your mom is there to help!
Mary - YAY for wheat! Like I said on FB lol I think dairy/egg free has to be MUCH easier than wheat/gluten free. The milk thing still boggles my mind since he was such a milk addict! Crazy! I really like vanilla almond milk myself but I have no idea if nutritionally it compensates. Evan doesn't drink a ton of milk he's a water kid most of the time.
I kind of sort of forgot to tell DH we were dogsitting a 3rd dog this weekend. He knew we were watching 2 for 2 weeks for a good rescue friend. But I forgot to tell him for just the weekend we were watching a 3rd. He gets home around 7:30 tonight....let's hope he doesn't kill me. It's only until Sunday.
Oh good doc apt today too 30 weeks, HB good, measuring 30 weeks feeling like a whale LOL
I kind of sort of forgot to tell DH we were dogsitting a 3rd dog this weekend. He knew we were watching 2 for 2 weeks for a good rescue friend. But I forgot to tell him for just the weekend we were watching a 3rd. He gets home around 7:30 tonight....let's hope he doesn't kill me. It's only until Sunday.
Do you think he'll notice an extra? How many are you up to now? Hahahaha... Too funny.
I agree... I'm sooooo glad we have wheat back. Ahhhh! I just cheated and fed him a few bites of my flour tortilla the other day. It was the only time I've cheated since the first week and I felt so guilty and paranoid. And here it was fine, hahaha.
ETA: My uncle is a contractor and is building a house for a guy... Well apparently, he gave the guy my number because he wants a pool table for his new house, and we're wanting to sell ours. The guy called me yesterday and I told him I'd send him some pictures of it tonight (which I did). He said yesterday that he was really interested, so I'm really hoping to unload it! We really want that space in the basement for all the kids' toys and a space for them to play other than our living room. Plus it'll be a little extra cash in our pockets, which never hurts. I really hope he buys it!
He did notice but wasn't mad LOL We have 12 with the 3 we're dogsitting. They are all pretty good dogs so it's not so bad.
Katie - your dog thing is hilarious. I always love hearing how many you're juggling and seeing your siggy pics.
Mary - yay for wheat! I hope you sell your pool table.
Lauren - :bighug: I can't believe they're making you wait until Monday! Sorry about the anxiety attack. I've unfortunately had to talk a family member through a few of them. they're no fun.
OMG... I can remember being maybe 6 or 7 and I went somewhere with my parents and my mom's dad/stepmom/siblings. We were all piled into this big van and my grandpa was driving and had this rather sudden severe anxiety attack and lost control of the van. My dad was in the passenger seat and grabbed the wheel, because it was like he suddenly wasn't doing anything. It was the weirdest thing. He said it was an anxiety attack and was fine shortly thereafter. Weird... That's just the moment I always think of when someone mentions anxiety attacks, because it was just so freaky...
Lauren - :bighug: Get some rest!
Katie - 30 weeks already?!? My goodness! I cannot imagine having 12 dogs around the house, you must have quite the patience.
Mary - Cal is going from laying to sitting? Claire hasn't done that yet! Cal is advanced! Does he just watch Sean all the time and want to keep up with him? Claire just doesn't seem motivated in the least. :confused:
Virginia - Obsessing over charts already? Come on and join a new BB!
Jen - Hooray for your first TTC#2 cycle! Can't wait to stalk! What's your plan? OPKs? JLIH?
AFM - Oops! I just realized that I typed "Sept 29th" for my next ultrasound appointment, it's the 30th! I figured a 1/2 day on a Friday would be more fun!
Laura - Cal seems to have just taken off physically. He still was not rolling over at his 4-month appointment. But shortly thereafter, he rolled both ways, and then he just took off. Now, he's exactly where Sean was at this age. Sean was a little later to start talking, though... That seemed to be a really common thing on my first BB... The boys reached physical milestones first and the girls reached the verbal milestones first. There were a few exceptions, but it really seemed to fit that mold most of the time.
I can't wait to hear about your next ultrasound!! I still can't get over how fast it happened this time as compared to last time... LOVE IT!!!
Ugh so I'm having some bleeding. WTH? TMI but I was going to the bathroom and straining a bit and then there was bright red blood when I wiped (and not the back, I was hoping but no). I've called the doc.....no contractions and luckily I can feel him moving but it's still stressing me out. I assume he'll make me go in....
Katie - Hope the bleeding is nothing! :bigarmhug: I'll be thinking of you! KUP!!
Laura - I'm too neurotic for JLIH yet. So I'll be using OPK's! I have my pack of cheapie OPK's and HPT's upstairs in the bathroom, so I am ready to go! Can't wait for your next u/s!
Lauren - Oh how horrible of them to make you wait all weekend! :bigarmhug: I had to look up what histoplasmosis was because I had no idea! Hope it's nothing and everything is good to go for you! I went through some anxiety attacks after my parents moved halfway across the country, and they are NO fun! I was given klonopin to take when I felt something coming on,and OMG you practically pass out after taking them. Those meds are no fun! I hope you can ditch them on Monday when you get good results! Keeping you in my thoughts!
Mary - Yay for having wheat back! That's awesome how mobile Cal is getting! Your house is going to get increasingly crazy over the next few months!
AFM - I moved my CD 1 from Thursday to yesterday. Haha. I had some brown spotting on Thursday, which I thought would turn into AF, so I marked it as such. But by bedtime it had all but stopped. Friday morning when I woke up, it was here full force! So I just moved it to yesterday. It doesn't make a HUGE difference in the grand scheme.
Also, I pulled out my bags of 18-24m fall/winter clothes for Owen I'd been collecting the last few months, only to realize we have NO winter jammies and like... no shirts for him. Haha. So I think after his nap today, we're going to head out to the mall so I can get some things for the poor kid! I ordered some stuff from OshKosh, but I have an obsession with vests and jeans, so that's all I ordered (along with a few pairs of jammies). Haha. So I need to get the kid some long-sleeve shirts, now!
Well 3 hours later everything is fine. Probably an irritated cervix. Pregnancy is one of those things where wait and see just feels wrong KWIM? With my own stuff I tend to wait, see how things go then call the doc. Now I know my cervix is soft but nice and closed, HB is good, no contractions, and I had an u/s my placenta is far awaay and fine, cord fine, baby fine. So if I get more spotting I don't have to worry as much now. I'm ready for this kid to be here LOL
Glad everything was fine, Katie!
Laura - Raymond crawled at 9m and walked at 12m. Alex crawled at 11.5m and walked at 16.5m. They're both absolutely fine. Claire will move when she's ready.
Evan was like Sean he crawled/dragged himself around at 5-6 mo, he pulled up at just under 7 months (I know the exact date only b/c I had my camera next to me and got the pic), and was walking at 10 months. But his vocabulary has only really exploded in the last 2-3 months and real words strung together in the last probably 5-6 weeks. Still with in all the normals but he definitely was a physical kid before a verbal kid. Now he's learned to jump and likes to jump around the house typically leading to him falling on his butt about 100 times a day. He also realized it's fun to jump on the couch and land on his butt on the cushion, that will probably end badly sooner rather than later. And he fell off the coffee table the other day. Sometimes I think I'm raising a monkey.
Sometimes I think I'm raising a monkey.
Ditto. I think it just how boys are. :rolleyes:
Another monkey here! haha.
Katie, glad the bleeding stopped and you feel okay!
Laura, every kiddo is different in every way. Xander still hardly talks (though he does a little more). BUT my mom just informed me that she and her brothers all had to have their tongues clipped because they couldn't talk right! UGH! So he could totally have something like that holding him back, which I'll ask the dr at his 2year checkup in Oct. It always seems like he's TRYING to say a lot, but it just sounds like nonsense. So I wonder... Otherwise he's on track or ahead in every other way.
Feeling better today. I took a pill last night and this morning, but haven't since. It wore off around 1 pm and I've just felt fine, no anxiety. So I won't take anymore until I start to feel anxious. I still can't believe I had an anxiety attack. As someone who is usually so calm, it is just weird. Totally threw my DH and mom, they never expected something like that from me... I blame the doctors office/hospital for making me wait so freakin' dang long in between tests/results! A person can only take so much before they reach their breaking point!
Physically I'm feeling SO much better since giving up peanut products. It's amazing how many I was eating before (though never in large quantities) and it was taking such a huge toll on my body. Never so much that I couldn't breathe or any of those types of symptoms, but my throat was always sore and I was always physically run down and my body just felt weird, under stress - and that's pretty much gone now. Interesting what a food allergy can do to you!
Lauren - glad the anxiety seems to be subsiding. Now if you can get an all clear from the doc and no longer have the peanut issue you'll be in great shape! I hope it all resolves tomorrow! :bigarmhug:
UUGGHHH last night I realized I totally missed something at work. That's what I get for checking my e-mail at 11pm. So I stayed up until like 2am reading b/c I knew I'd only toss and turn stressing about work and there's NOTHING I can do, it's done, the ad is at the printer I can't fix it or change it. I basically missed running Rosh Hashana in the chain ad, my company is owned by a Jewish family they will notice (rightfully so). I didn't miss the entire holiday with out too much boring detail I wrote the special holiday ad, put all the product promotions in place, sent stores all the products they needed but we always run a few items in the major weekly chain ad. THAT is what I missed this year. I'm not a newbie I have no excuse. I'd rather chew glass than go to work tomorrow and have to deal with this. Sigh. I already reached out to the gal who handles all our social/e-media we CAN do something there. Oh the next 9 weeks can't go fast enough.....I need a break! LOL
Katie - You scared the crap out of me. Glad all is well!! Evan and Sean are SO similar... Sean hit the milestones at pretty much the exact same times. Sorry about the work stress... Are you planning on going back on a similar schedule after this baby is born? Speaking of this baby... Any names yet?
Lauren - Glad you're feeling better. I'm SO glad you posted about your peanut allergy and how you felt before vs. after stopping. It's sorta like Sean and his milk allergy. He always drank a ton of milk and ate cheese/yogurt/etc... So for us to have to stop it, we're like "WTF??" And even though I know he can have more underlying types of symptoms, we had struggled with it since we can't see anything outwardly. And of course he's 2, he can't tell us if he generally felt worse before stopping or better after stopping... He wouldn't associate any of it with stopping milk... So I guess it's just good to hear from someone grown who is in a similar situation that we're doing the right thing by withholding the dairy. I did have some mild success with flax milk today, so I'm hoping we can work that into his diet more.
Jen - YAY for CD1 (again, LOL). I hope the WTO is bearable! I always hated that aspect of TTC... I felt like I was constantly WAITING for something, be it O or to POAS. Thankfully, my TTC phase never lasted all that long.
AFM - Not much new here. Trying to figure out how to spend the day. It's gorgeous outside! Sunny, and right now it's 64 degrees, but the high is 76. I sorta doubt it'll get that warm, but you know.
We went to the grocery store last night and looked around at the common wheat foods to see if they contained other things... Eggs, milk. We were happy to find that Sean can eat some regular breads, so we got a loaf of that (some contain eggs/milk, some don't). He has a lot more options with cereal now. I had high hopes for pasta, but they ALL say "may contain traces of egg" because it's processed at a facility where eggs are used. So I wonder how relevant that is. Egg is not an ingredient, not even in the "may contain less than 2% of..." part... But just MIGHT be on the equipment used to make the pasta. So I wonder if it's still necessary to avoid it??
ETA: Some pre-halloween pics for those not on fb:
Katie - When you cut your hair you have to do before and after pics, hopefully you will share them too.
Dana and I are growing our hair to donate too, Dana's is really long right now and shes going for a pixie cut, like Emma Watson, when she cuts it. Her school will let her do it in front of her peers during one of their recongnition assemblies (they recongize student for positive traits like courage and empathy to acadamic to sports) shes excited for it. Mine will probably wait a few months since I want chin length hair when I cut it and that is still a while off.
Must have been so scary to have a bleed, glad baby is doing ok.
Lauren - Hope you are feeling better.
Mary - It's worth asking the doctor about the "may contain egg" warning on the pasta.
The halloween pictures are adorable.
I am on CD38 right now, with no signs of AF, and still haven't heard from my OBGYN for an appointment, these longer and unpredictable cycles are driving me CRAZY!
Dana had a hockey tournament this weekend, her team played well and won in their division. So they walked away with the gold.
Natalie went with us on Saturday, but because she was such a handful I left her with my parents on Sunday. My mom and grandmother took her apple picking, they took lots of pictures she seems to have loved it. I got to bring a bunch of apples home and am going to make some apple butter tomorrow.
Amanda - Maybe you should try temping? Usually the number of days after O are the same each cycle, and it's the number of days leading up to O that can cause the length of your cycle to vary. So at least with temping, you'd have a good idea of when to expect O. It still wouldn't explain why your cycles are getting longer, but at least you wouldn't have to guess at when AF will show up.
AFM - Starting the 9-day week tonight... Ugh.
In happier news, I'm 99% sure we're selling our pool table today, wooohhoooo! A little extra cash in hand, and a lot of extra space for all these toys that are taking over our house!
Sorry I've been kind of scarce. I don't know what happened to Oliver's sleep, but I'm really suffering. He has been waking every couple hours and has decided he wants to be awake and playing for a while in the middle of the night. He's still in our room and I just feed him in bed then put him back down. It's dark and quiet the whole time. I even tried starting cereal a couple days ago (he had all the signs of being ready) but that sure hasn't helped. Ugh. I wish Raymond would take naps so I could catch up.
Virginia - sorry about the crappy sleep I'm so NOT looking forward to that again, ugh. The only thing I'm really worried about with the new baby is losing the nice sleep routine we have. Evan goes to bed at 8 leaving 2-3 hours a night to relax baby free, he takes a nice 2 hour nap, he sleeps all night w/o fail. I'm anxious about returning to up at night, late nights with a baby still awake etc. Some of it is selfish but those 2-3 hours at night are nice....oh well it will all work back out
Mary - Sorry about the long work stretch, ick!
Amanda - Mmm sounds good! We haev some apples I don't typically cook but was thinking about making an apple crisp
I should be getting ahead at work today. It's technically our management picnic there are only 3 of us in the office (b/c we're skipping the picnic) but I just don't feel like focusing. Never good LOL I also need to go up to HR apparently I need to take some aptitude exam so they can look to promote me down the road. I hate those things. It's got behavioral questions and then an exam with all the math stuff etc. Seems dumb to me but whatever I suppose I should be happy they chose me to take it. I really just want to go home....
Katie - Blah... Stupid tests. It reminds me of my mom... They're always making her take personality tests at work, LOL... The results are always the same, so at least it's consistent, but it's interesting like they're trying to read into her brain, haha.
AFM - Ugh... DH's grandma is dying (was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a month or two ago). She'll most likely go tonight or tomorrow. This will be the third grandparent to die between the two of us since June. WTF?
In other news, I think I'm pregnant. LOL. Okay, just sorta joking. I've just been getting fleeting nausea for the last two days as well as overly-sensitive nose. I took an OPK this morning (I have several leftover OPK's, but no HPT's... or maybe 1 HPT stashed away, not sure). Anyway, so I get this near-positive OPK and I can't help but wonder if it's reacting to HCG. LOL. I really don't think so though. I also had a pretty big "glob" (for lack of a better term) or EWCM today, so it could really be that I'm just gearing up to O (or fake O). I did just recently cut out a pump session per day, so that would make sense. We shall see.
Hmm 7 month old baby, cutting down pumping sessions, solids......I think you better test!! Maybe you and Laura will both have babies close together!!
Ya I have THREE personality test things to take that all have 100+ questions all very similar you know trying to be sure you answer honestly or whatever. PITA Then I have to go take the SATs lol not really but it's a SAT type words and numbers test
you better test, Mary!
Honestly... going by symptoms alone I would guess I'm pregnant, too. But, I am now just about completely certain I didn't O, so not possible. I've had everything: frequent peeing, nausea, exhaustion, sensitivity to smells, bloating, and a dip in milk production (was pumping 10oz extra a day this weekend, now feel like I'm barely keeping up with what he needs). ridiculous BFing body.
Mary - Have you POAS yet? Oh and you totally asked this a million years ago, but I work from home ~2 hours in the evening after Owen goes to bed doing just the stupid data entry stuff for the company I worked FT for before he was born. I pretty much dislike it, but the pay is nice and I'd NEVER get what I'm making with them anywhere else for 10 hours a week.
Virginia - Hope Oliver is sleeping better for you these days!
Katie - Boo for personality tests! They are stupid.
Lauren - You out there? Hope everything is okay with you and your tests!! Thinking of you!
AFM - I don't know if there is a full moon or something, but Owen was something else today! Insane! He was just really testing me all day, and I can honestly say I'm SO happy that it's bed time!! I can't take much more of these terrible two's if that's what I'm getting into.
Jen - what makes you think kids stop testing you when they turn 3? If anything it gets worse.
Lauren - thinking of you.
Virginia - Everyone I know says three is worse b/c at 2 they are testing but at 3 they KNOW what is bad and do it anyway LOL I can't wait!
Jen - 10 hrs a week is nice extra money and hey at least it keeps you in the loop if you ever need or want to go back. I hear you on the testing. Ugh Evan has been in to hitting. It's driving me CRAZY. But I try hard not to react and to put him straight in to time out.
You ladies need to TEST!! C'mon entertain us even if it's BFN!
Was at work late today, ugh. Can't beat an 8-7 day. Blah. I have a little mental countdown in my head. 9 more weeks max left! And hey maybe I'll go early
Jen - I remember now! That's not too bad of a deal... 10 hours a week and you can do it from home, get some extra cash. I wish I could do a part time deal! But of course, I still want my DH as a SAHD too, lol... I think I just need to win the lottery.
Katie - Boooooo for a long work day. Those are the worst. Mat leave will be here before you know it.
Lauren - Hope all is well!! KUP on your tests.
Virginia - No harm in testing!
AFM - No POAS here. I think I have one HPT stashed away in the bathroom cabinet somewhere, but I'm not even sure if I still have it. And if I do, I'm saving it until I'm pretty sure it's worth my while to use it. Right now, I'm pretty sure it's just my confused body.
In sad news, DH's grandma died last night. This is our third grandparent between the two of us, just this summer alone! Ugh. Funeral is Friday.
In happy news... Sean is being unusually good tonight... Playing independently and entertaining himself. Where did my terrible 2 go?? LOL.
Oh... And in other news... I woke up at 7:34am today. For the record, I'm usually out the door at 7:25 or 7:30 on the days when I work at 8am. I can get to work on time most of the time if I leave at 7:34, but if traffic is heavy, I risk being late. So...my alarm didn't go off and I got up right at the latest possible minute I should've left... And I still managed to get to work only 5 minutes late!! It sucked, but I got an extra hour of sleep!