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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 16:20 PM   4721
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Oh Angela. Everything gets that much more intense when we're not feeling our best. If I remember correctly this happened when Ethan was born too. This meaning him getting sick a lot. I'm sure Reece will be okay to spite how little he is he has parents that are giving him all that they can. The pain you feel from mastitis isn't helping either on top of the illnesses you and reese are dealing with. Praise God for MIL's! (((PRAISE))) Maybe you'll be able to get some rest as mil takes care of things. A little rest can provide miracles. Praying God would touch your family and your home, heal all illness and provide strength through the healing process which I pray is swift. Praying also for Ethan's immune system to stay strong and healthy to fight another cold/flu. You just try and rest dear friend. ((hugs))


Anna, I also went out and bought ingredients for chicken soup! It's FRIGID temps here so I needed comfort food. Very funny about the roast chicken. Live and Learn. Roasting chicken is something I DO know how to do. I like rubbing the skin with olive oil slightly and adding chunks of garlic just under the chicken breast. Try and slide a knife just under the skin (gently or you'll tear the skin) Then add the garlic salt and pepper to the top as desired. I sometimes go a bit further and cut half a lemon and some rosemary and thyme which I soak in water for a few minutes gently wipe dry so that it will provide a nice steam inside the bird. To make it crispy on the outside I will turn the oven up to 425 for 1 and 1/2 hours with a 6lb chicken. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before cutting. You should have a nice golden crispy chicken. You also want it moist to the taste as well. You will probably have to tweak it a bit since your on an elevation I'm assuming.

Amelia is doing just fine today. Phew! I was concerned about her tooth so once she went to sleep I used a night light to look at it. No chip thank goodness and she seems to be doing well today. Also her temper is at bay and no inconsolable crying all day from the teething.

I seem to be feeling SO MUCH BETTER since starting back on meat. Granted, yesterday I ate chocolate because I was flipping stressed but even yesterday my sugars were somewhat under control. Today slightly higher but I'm satisfied with feeling good. Making soup as I said so it will be a lovely night.


Anna, glad you were able to save somewhat. You can go REALLY nuts. I'm trying to understand how my sil does it. Again, like you we buy a lot of fresh produce and hardly any processed foods so much of our foods don't get coupons. We try the farmers markets but they don't even compare to our Wegman's Market here. Price Chopper does triple coupons which is AWESOME. If you have coupons you can triple them up to 1.00. I'm loading up on cans of veggies to put away in case of emergencies. While they have more sodium than I'd like, I have found that green giant has cans that have low sodium or no sodium which I've purchased with coupons.

If you have time on the weekend start reading some coupon sites to explain how to double, triple and even get freebies. To me it's a full time job so expect not to do it all since you do work outside the home and need that family time but at least it will give you some tips to get the best deals.

Well, Love to you all!



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 03:34 AM   4722
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Never fear I am still here!!!

Congratulations Steph on the !!!! I am so wanting another but must wait til after the wedding
Oh and yes grommets are teeny tiny tubes to ventilate ears and prevent fluid build up.

Angela all I can say is flip, just flippity flip flip what a ride your poor family is on!

Anna it would be fab if you were preggers! I work at place called The Warehouse Ltd, sort of like Target, red and black uniform, huge range of goods, plenty to waste your money on

Beth I just love Poppy's hat, Callum lives in hats, wears them to bed, the dinner table, shower
You are so amazing with all you do for your family!!

MA, miss you on facey I feel for you with bumps and bruises. Callum is so clumsy he is often covered in marks. People must think we are whacking him!

AFM We have a fun new bedtime routine, it's called I refuse to go to sleep unless you are in the room or are holding me. Otherwise I will scream and cry for an hour I cannot believe we are here again. We haven't a clue as to what started it. At daycare he falls asleep almost straight away!!
Ay curumba.

I am flying solo this week, Chris is in Australia for a conference. It is nice having the bed to myself but so far I've had to share it with Callum and the cats, who, can make themselves three times their mass when on a bed??????

Have realised there are only 11 months til wedding and I must push on with plans. Usually I am very good at organising things but for some reason the thought of organising this, is just terrifying me silly!!

Oh and I may just gloat a little and say we are having a run of 28 plus Celsius days here and I am sitting here wearing a singlet top and shorts

Well I might try and sleep



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 03:53 AM   4723
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I meant to say on the subject of food, Callum eats in swingabouts, one day like a lion next day like a bird and he doesn't 'do' veges.

Breakfast is me first for an appetiser both boobs then weetbix or ricies yoghurt and fruit, water and milk. Water from a water bottle with a straw and milk from a normal cup with handles. He likes to use the same mugs as us for milk.
Snacks are fruit (into pears, grapes, kiwifruit, oranges this week), raisins, cheese, meat, crackers, cottage cheese. Lunch, sandwiches or rolls with ham or chicken, cheese, Vegemite (a yeast spread that sounds horrific and looks worse but is full of iron and B vitamins and tastes delish) or a scone. No peanut butter or muesli bars at daycare though as there are allergies at the daycare.
Dinner is usually what we had the night before as we eat late. Mince, pasta, chicken, (there are always vegetables which get a quick chew and usually removed from mouth and put back tidily on the tray! So cute!), pork, sausages. I'll try anything, if he eats he eats if not I give him the option for some fruit and a yoghurt and he usually eats that. He won't starve!

Teething sometimes quells the appetite and his ear infections also make him only want boobs. There is usually a boob feed before bed too. No sign he wants to stop so I'll just keep going. I kind of feel proud after persevering for so long that we are still going strong



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 09:47 AM   4724
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Hi Ladies,

Been a long weekend - I told someone about what happened with the ultrasound and she said it probably is a miscarriage and they are just waiting 2 weeks to see if I need a D&C or something. This is going to be a very LONG 2 weeks! It wasn't something I wanted to hear so now, of course, I'm freaking out about it.

Viv - I'm so happy for your upcoming wedding! We just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and I remember all too well how fast it creeps up! I planned/paid for the whole thing myself so I know it can be a challenge! Good luck and I'm sure it will be a great time if you just focus on the two of you!

Steph - hoping you are feeling better!!! this morning sickness is a beast, isn't it! And if I have a hubby who was a chef, I wouldn't make a thing!!! but poor charlie can microwave a mean meal but that's about it! I have to cook, otherwise we'd have chips and marie callendar frozen meals all the time!

Anna - not to worry on the upside down chicken! I do one part-way like that! (see below!) It gets more moist breasts, so it wasn't Wrong! Good for you for going organic! I think about it, but when I buy the rotisserie chicken, I'm usually too pooped/stressed to find organic!! But I applaud you for wanting to go organic, I really should be doing more of that!

I roast a whole chicken almost every week. There are 2 ways we like the best, regular and honey roasted. For both I love love love thyme with chicken! for the regular:
liberally salt/pepper the inside cavity. Stuff cavity with a whole bunch of fresh thyme (leave on stems), 1 lemon halved, and 1 whole head of garlic (not individual cloves, the WHOLE head) that I slice in half crosswise. I liberally spread a mix of olive oil and melted butter over the skin and liberally sprinkle with salt/pepper/little more chopped thyme (dried is ok here too). I usually (but not always) place on bed of veggies - carrots, fennel, onions (but I don't eat them afterwards - too oily from the chicken juices, they go in veggie stock later). Roast 1.5 hours, let rest about 20 min covered, enjoy! (use the 20 mins to get the other sides ready!)
For the honey one:
I stuff the cavity with lemon, thyme and onion (rather than garlic). Then for the outside, mix olive oil and honey (1 part honey to 3 parts oil) and more chopped thyme and spread on top - then salt & pepper it. I don't do this one over veggies. Roast breast side down (see!!!!) for about 40 mins (back is golden), take out, flip over, baste with drippings, and roast for 20-30 mins more. done!

I have done the smearing under the skin like Rebekah, but usually just on breasts on the bone with skin as it needs more oomph. Sometimes, I'll cut slits in the skin and let it soak in that way too. But I find using my fingers is the best way to separate skin from flesh, the knife, I'd be poking out the skin! I can ease my fingers in and get my whole hand in there to massage it away!

Angela - SO sorry on the mastitis! That is SOOO painful! Hoping it lets up soon. I got thrush right afterwards, so I lived on that APNO cream! Hoping all is well this week!

AFM - well, Poppy is going to be a year next week!!!! amazing! Planning 2 birthday parties both with same theme - prince's 1st b-day! even have a crown! And he has found stairs! ALL he wants to do when daddy is home is climb up the stairs (he doesn't with me!). And he climbs ALL the way to the top!!! and I shouldn't say climb.....he doesn't go up on his knees. Nope, not my boy, he plants his foot flat on the step, leans forward, bites the next step up (!!!!) and pulls himself up to plant the other foot flat on the step. No climbing for him, he wants to Walk up the stairs!!! Sometimes, he grab on to the balusters (you know, those spindles on the staircase) and pulls up rather then biting the carpet! Such a cutie!!!

Well, munchkin is stirring, hoping he stays down a little more so I can get some laundry done. Hugs to you all!



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 10:43 AM   4725
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Happy Monday ladies!
Beth posted...
"Been a long weekend - I told someone about what happened with the ultrasound and she said it probably is a miscarriage and they are just waiting 2 weeks to see if I need a D&C or something. This is going to be a very LONG 2 weeks! It wasn't something I wanted to hear so now, of course, I'm freaking out about it."

OMG!! I can not believe someone would say that!! What a cold and heartless thing to say!!!! Don't listen to them AT ALL!!! You are still experiencing MS, so I'm sure all is just fine. What a total dumbass!!! Let me tell you what I really think....

Vivienne, so good to hear back from you. Wedding planning can be a bear, and expensive!! Plus all the family drama . . . Anyway just remember what it is all about and elope!! Ok not really, but in the end it's about you and DH, and your love for one another and all else is fluff. So glad all is well and I am so jealous of your weather. Sounds heavenly!! And I am totally with you on getting the whole bed to yourself! Such a nice treat. And if its any consolation, dogs are the same as cats. We have a king size bed. Somehow Dante can take up more than half. Why do they have to lay width wise??!!

Beth, thanks so much for the cooking advice and recipes. Quick question what temp do you cook your bird? I've seen everything from 325-425. I would like a golden brown bird. Happy birthday to little poppy!!! Such a big man now. And stairs, yes we struggle too. Time for baby gates. On organic, I buy what I can and afford. I don't go crazy. I focus on meat and some veggies, but sometimes I have to also weigh where it comes from. If its shipped from holland, is it better to buy the organic from holland or something grown in Colorado but not organic? In that instance I go local. Smaller footprint and supports local farmers. Never easy. Point is, I do what I can but don't beat yourself up or go crazy. There is a list of fruits and veggies they call the dirty dozen. These are the most important to get organic. Start there.

MA, thanks to you too for the chicken advice. Our altitude can mean slightly longer cooking times, but it's baking that really gets affected. Even high altitude recipes are for like 5,000ft. Well we're at almost 10,000ft. Anyway, I will, give the roasting thing another shot. On the coupon front, yes I agree I don't buy too much processed food so I find not much of what I buy goes on sale. And I don't have the time to go crazy, but maybe start slow and see what I can do. Every little bit helps.

Angela, how are things? How are you feeling? How's the boob? How are the boys, especially the baby? Have reinforcements arrived?

AFM, not much to tell. DH got back last night so it was nice to have two sets of hands. Jo had a rough night but the cold seems to be better and she is feeling great. It's cold and grey here, yuck. Thank goodness Mexico is booked.

Love to all!! Anna



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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 10:58 AM   4726
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One more quick thing . . I'd been doi g pretty well staying committed to WW, then yesterday a cute little Girl Scout came over and DH bought $50.00 worth of cookies!! Seriously!!?? How is a girl supposed to turn down a thin mint?? And their 2 points a pop!! Ok rant over ...



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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 11:35 AM   4727
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Super fast post girls but hope to write more later when my mil arrives to backstop me. Man, I need HELP in a bad way right now! Details to follow, but real quick -

BETH honey whoever said that needs a slap! Their intentions may have been good, but how insensitive! To be fair, anything is always possible BUT based on your history so far, your first beta and your continued normal symptoms (plus no bleeding), I think it is MOST likely totally fine, sweetie! Please try not to stress. That is why I mentioned Laura's story to you. They scared her to death and today, two perfectly healthy babies! I really think if there had been a reason for concern, your sonographer would have said something to you. Try not to worry! Can your dr do another beta in the meantime to give you some peace of mind? I would request one!



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 12:03 PM   4728
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Oh Angela, are you ok?? Should I get on a plane?



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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 12:25 PM   4729
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Anna you are sweet! my mother in law just arrived and thank God! It's the cold on top of the mastitis, plus sick baby that is doing me in!



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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 13:20 PM   4730
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Glad back up has arrived!! Hope you can tAke care of yourself and maybe get a nap?? Lots and lots of healing hugs



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