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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 09:34 AM   5001
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Apple - That stretch of sleep sounds amazimg! I do the same and worry if it's been awhile. So I reaĺy like hh vying the crib right there becauae I can just look at him and drift back asleep. Sounds like you got not all figured out to encourage him to sleep on his own! I certainly don't.

Ally - Life is definitely different with a baby! I bet he will grown to love those outings!

I'm sorry about your breast. You just can't catch a break in that department.


DH is off today so hoping I start to feel better.

I don't want to jump the gun, but I think mostly cutting carbs is working. I generally eat one meal with carbs then avoid them the rest of the day. I'm down at least a pound or two. I've been up and down so I'm not sure where I was, but I'm 1 pound down from my lowest. Here's hoping.



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 10:05 AM   5002
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Hi all! I have been terrible about being on here and keeping up since Calvin was born, and I am sorry about that. I've been struggling with accepting Calvin being our last baby and have for the most part stayed off the site completely. It is still not set in stone but seems more likely than not. I am only just starting to process and thought it would be nice to get caught up and see how your little ones are all doing!

Calvin is doing great. He is a big baby- is 9 weeks and as of 4 days ago weighed in at 15 lbs 12oz, 24 inches long. Hes a boob monster and nursing is going great. He has been in 6 month clothes for the last month. But he is starting to fit into smaller 9 month.

He is sleeping great and for the last week has done a 7-7.5 hr stretch, eat 30 min, sleep another 1.5-2 hrs. Compared to my first who didn't sleep anywhere close to that until 17 months it's been wonderful. Daytime sleep changes day to day. On a good day he will take a 90 min AM nap and 3 hr afternoon nap. Other days he doesn't sleep at all during the day. He has been a belly sleeper since 2 weeks and we are getting ready to move him to his own room in the next week or so.

He is a chatterbox and loves talking (which is a brand new wonderful experience- my oldest has a speech disorder so we never got coos and whatnot with him).He does great in tummytime and can scoot himself a little. He also moves his legs like he's walking if you hold him up under his arms. He has really been enjoying being up on his feet lately. I suspect he will be early on the physical side like his brother was (though I would be VERY happy if he slowed down a bit...Not ready for him to grow up so quick).

As for me, I had the baby blues for about 3 weeks and was having a hard time connecting to Calvin. Had a good emotional talk with DH and things got a lot better. I had PPD with DS1 but am very happy it hasn't been the same way this time. I have been struggling with body image lately. I gained 67 lbs (after losing 70 before getting pregnant). So far 25 is off bit I've been stuck here for several weeks. No period yet and I know hormones are playing a big role but it is still hard to deal with. I know it will eventually come off. Sigh

I'm working on catching up reading but in the meantime hope this finds you all well!



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 10:31 AM   5003
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Kk - Thanks for checking in! I love that Calvin is a big baby! They're fun, but hard to keep up with! Seems like you can't keep them in any sizes for too long! Glad he's a little chatterbox for you! T also loves to talk up a storm and likes to scream at us if he's bored. T also enjoys being up on his feet. He actually doesn't like laying down for long periods while he's awake. He wants to be sitting up and if he's in a reclined position keeps trying to sit himself up.

Super jealous of his sleeping habits!

You've lost 70 before, so I know you can do it! If you need support I'll be glad to be there for you as much as I can! I've always struggled with my body image and I've got a lot more than pregnancy weight to lose! I was stuck for awhile, but I'm hoping my recent change works. Seems to so far, but I know I need to throw more activity in there. I keep thinking "When the warmer weather comes", but I know I can do stuff around here I just need to quit making excuses!



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 11:14 AM   5004
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I know Ali- I keep having to switch his clothes around in the drawers. I'm thankful we have pretty much all hand me downs...I would have been so upset if I had paid a ton of money for clothes and then he never got to wear them!

That's great T is doing so well! I know Calvin is fascinated with his big brother...Does T watch O all day? We joke that Calvin came out wanting to be a big kid so he can keep up with Charles lol.

And I am just taking the sleep one day at a time. Charles was the worst sleeper for a year and a half. Very very very attached to me and would only sleep 2-3 hours at night at a time. The 2 times Calvin has gotten extra clingy it's almost sent me into a panic remembering how bad it was before (PPD didn't help the situation before). I am just extremely grateful for how well he is doing so far.

And thank you for the encouragement. I know eventually it will come off, it's just slow going for now. And it's been such beautiful weather here lately but it's hard to get outside because Calvin just wants to eat all the time! Would love an accountability partner to get extra movement and exercise in. I'll make a commitment to go on at least 3 walks this week as a start!



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 12:27 PM   5005
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Kk - We definitely have to start somewhere and 3 walks sounds like a great start! Looking at the weather it seems we have a high chance of rain the rest of the week. Today would be a good day for a walk, though! So I'll go for a walk today and if I can't go for a walk another day I'll do some indoor exercising. I work the next two days so I don't want to be too ambitious and go for 3 days this week.

T does watch O quite often! O makes sure of it and T smiles and talks to O a lot when he's playing with him. O is so in love with him and it's totally adorable. This morning when O woke up I laid T with him and he just laid there snuggling him and giving him kisses. Wish I had my phone because it was so cute! I definitely think T will be hitting all his physical milestones early. O did, but T has a lot more encouragement since I'm sure he'll be wanting to keep up with O. I keep saying "You just watch.. he'll be the first one that O says "I love you" to." We can't get him to say it to us. He's usually all "Yeah." He calls him Teddy and Teddy Bear all the time. If he's sleeping in the other room he's all "Teddy?" looking for him.



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 18:19 PM   5006
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I will definitely get out for a walk this evening too and will check back in afterwards. Losing weight is not fun at the beginning but so worth it once results start being seen! Next week I'm doing a 7 day clean eat program (out of town this weekend or would do it this week). Hoping it helps me detox from sugar a bit...Definitely my downfall!

That is so sweet that O was snuggling him! And I love e that he calls him Teddy/Teddy Bear

Charles doesn't really want to snuggle or hold Calvin but he is fairly protective of him and likes helping get diapers, blankets etc for him. It's sweet seeing that natural big sibling behavior come through



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 18:56 PM   5007
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How is everyone else doing today? I'm feeling a little better since I got to spend some time with DH. It really makes a lot of difference to be able to talk to someone other than children! Especially ones that can't hold any sort of proper conversation!

I managed to get out with DH and the boys for a walk. We stopped at the park to let O play. That ended in a disaster because he did not want to leave and he was tired. So he was screaming at the top of his lungs. I had to flip kids with DH to get him to even remotely calm down. He was tired so that didn't help. Got him chilled out and I was able to put him in the stroller and we finished our walk. T was awake since he woke up while we were stopped at the park and was awake the rest of the way. Kind of fussed for awhile and got moderately upset at times, but thankfully never full on mad. I was using the carrier with him. My hips hurt from it and now my knee is messed up, but overall it felt good to go out.

Kk - I do get sugar cravings sometimes, but I have always been more of a salty food lover. Which is still no good. I hope I start to see results soon, otherwise I'll get discouraged. I've lost weight before by counting calories and exercising, but that was before children and now I can't seem to find time to properly count anything. So, I need another way to help cut back calories without having to count. So I'm hoping just cutting most of my carbs and only have some during one meal at most it'll do the trick.



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 19:57 PM   5008
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AliJo - thanks! I had no interest in jumping in puddles myself, lol. I managed to stay clean until the last minute of course when she jumped in a huge puddle on our sidewalk and splashed me on the way inside.

Oh that's convenient that you can easily let the dog out! Sheesh, and two cats! I'd get a cat if I wasn't allergic. I used to want a dog, but DH didn't want one and I now realize I wouldn't want the responsibility anyway.

Yes, it feels much better to finally be feeling the love for Jack!

Lol at O being so excited at the park. I'm sure he will be happy to be around other kids once he starts daycare or preschool. I'm just now thinking about moving DD from her daycare to preschool in the fall. I had planned to just keep her at her in-home daycare, but the other boy that's a little older than her will be heading to kindergarten and then it will just be her and a few younger babies. It might be better to get her into real preschool where she'd be with other kids her age.

Sorry you had a bad night. I know how that is...feeling run down and over it even when there's nothing particular to cause it.

Literati - I'm so sorry you are feeling so down and tired. I know it will get better when V stops being so fussy in the evenings. Does she settle in a carrier? I swear I've used my carriers more with Jack in a matter of weeks than I ever did with DD. He will settle if I keep moving, which can be exhausting, but not as bad as trying to hold him. Also...earplugs? Not to ignore V, but it can make the crying less unbearable to deal with. DH used to always put in earplugs when putting DD to sleep because even being held and bounced she would cry.

Apple - hope you all are not too sick!

Awesome night of sleep for you! That's nice that Ollie will settle on his own sometimes. Maybe one day I'll give that a try, lol.

Angel - oh, men! They don't get it when they're not on the front lines all day as it were. I'd get frustrated with that too. It's tough that you don't sleep well with Melody in the bed. I seem to be cursed with children that don't sleep well either with or without me, but at least I sleep better with them next to me, even if it's broken sleep. I hate getting out of bed for any reason.

Ally - yes I remember with DD having to rush to DTD when we did get the chance because she would only sleep for 30 minute naps and 30 mins at the start of the night!

We will probably do the Tae Kwon Do - glad to know you enjoyed it!

Glad you enjoyed your weekend away, even if it was a little stressful with Isa.

Oh I really hope you don't get another bout of mastitis! You poor thing!

Kksy9b - sounds like Calvin is a thriving healthy boy! Such good sleep you're getting! Sorry you were having a hard time connecting with him - it's been a slow process for me with Jack too, but finally getting there.

AFM - I'm going to join AliJo and kksy9b on the walking challenge! I went for a 30 min walk outside today with Jack in the carrier. We should have a few more nice days this week so I'll try to get out for more walks, but can do the treadmill if not. I'm also going to try to get back into making green smoothies...I used to have one every morning way back when, but haven't done it in ages.

I've left the house four days in a row and will be out again tomorrow for PT and hopefully taking DD to her dance class. This morning I handled getting up with both kids, getting them both dressed and fed, myself presentable, and took DD to daycare all by myself! Felt so accomplished, lol. DH was pleasantly surprised. Gonna try to do the same tomorrow.

Other than that...annoyed that DD had an hour nap at daycare so bedtime will be delayed. Need to talk to our provider about maybe not allowing her to nap.



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 23:17 PM   5009
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Slammer - Glad you're joining on the challenge! I can hope I get competitive and that will motivate me, but I doubt it! Either way, I did get out for a 45 minute walk and if I didn't say I was going to it probably wouldn't have happened! I like wearing T for walks since 1) I get to hold him close while walking and 2) helps burn more calories form the added weight! I bet if I wore a weighted vest I wouldn't be able to handle it as well because it wouldn't be my son.


So I totally forgot our stroller lays down flat. Was nice to be able to put T down for a minute in it! I would have pushed him like that for awhile but O wasn't behaving so we didn't allow him to walk. Definitely handy for diaper changes as well! I refuse to use many diaper changing tables in public. We generally did it in the car or during nice weather we did "air butts". An "air butt" is when I'd have DH hold O up and just change his diaper in the air real quick (just wet diapers.. not going to get too adventurous). We have that down pat! Wouldn't work for T till he's bigger probably. I can still change him on my lap anyways. I actually only used a diaper changing table with O like.. twice. Once when he was pretty young still, then another when he got a bit older. The one where he was older.. yeah that ended up with a lady walking out rolling her eyes and shaking her head at us. DH was standing out waiting and saw it and she just kind of looked at him and quickly looked away. Yeah lady, my child doesn't like the cold hard changing table. Lay on the floor partly stripped and tell me how you like it.

Well, better get some sleep. I have a long day. Going to get up early, go visit my grandma, get my haircut and O's (ha.. not eager for it.. he doesn't like to sit still and last time was a disaster!), then back home and off to work for 6 hours. BLAH Then I get to come home get T bathed and to bed then I have a full day of work the next day. DH will do O's bath, but I may end up doing both. Or at least get T done then switch out with DH so he can finish O's bath. He won't do T's.. he's too nervous with him being so small still. He didn't do O till he was sitting up. He would if I asked him, but he just doesn't like it and I won't make him do something he's uncomfortable with unless it's really needed.



 
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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 07:56 AM   5010
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kk- so nice to hear from you, glad calvin is doing well! i understand feeling bad abour your body, i am sure the weight will come off. don't give yourself such a hard time, your body just went through a lot... for the second time

ali- glad you are feeling a bit better after having some time with dh. it really does help! fingers crossed for the weight loss. sounds like you have a busy day... hope all goes well

slammer- i am glad you have managed out the house and amazing how you managed handling both kids and getting them ready- supermum!

afm- had an appointment at the breast clinic and they scanned it. Said no more absesses or anything just now but that the little lump i have is the tissue lactating and producing more milk. They said it should clear up on its own and probably best if i slowlt start to wean him onto formula to avoid another case of mastitis. Im ok with this as was planning to bf for 6 months only anyway. I just need to be supercareful and fingers crossed no more problems.



 
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