I have been crap about posting lately! I am soooo sorry! Things are starting to get back to normal at work for me. I have an Ultra Sound tomorrow so I will definitely post photos and do a proper post then.
I hope everyone is well. I miss you ladies!!!
Beth, LOVE THE PICTURES OF POPPY!!! Man that is one cute little kid!! Yeh for TTC! Fingers crossed. As for the lawyer I just read an article in Time about this very thing. It was in the last couple of weeks. Some states have a second wives club organized around this very issue. Especially when the second wife is held financially responsible if she becomes the primary income producer. A complicated issue, but life alimony seems ridiculous. They did say that several states were looking at reform on the issue so fingers crossed for you guys. Stay well and again love the pictures!!!
Steph, awaiting pictures from you. How are things? You are now further than you were with katlynn aren't you? How are you feeling? How's the BP? I've been thinking of ya. Glad work has calmed down. At what point are you taking leave? Trying to work up until the last or taking some time before the baby comes? How's Katie? Sorry for all the questions, it's been a while since we've heard from you.
Plum, I've got a strider coming in. They're not as expensive as I had thought. I still have to wait until next paycheck, but it's pink and oh so cute!!! I'm so excited for Jo to give it a ride. They have strider bike races here, LOL!!!
AFM, work is busy but good, finally feels like summer. My garden is doing well despite the fact that it is shaded from the garage in the mornings. I think next year I'll move it so it has full sun all day. But the peas, radishes, broccoli, beets, and carrots are happy. Spinach is ok, letuce is struggling as are the parsnips. Tomatoes, too early to tell, but I think they get too much shade to do well at our altitude. I had hoped to go camping this week, but DH is behind due to being sick last weekend ( and a total big baby!!). So it's a mellow home weekend which is good sometimes, means I can go to yoga Saturday morning. Woohoo, keeps me sane. Hugs to all, chris, Vivienne, Angela, hope all is well in your worlds.
Girls I know I am massively overdue for an update, and hope to post a real one soon. For now just a quick note to say I'm reading and loving all the posts and pics!! We have our photo session pics coming soon and I will share some when they arrive. We are well, just crazy busy but things are good. Huge hugs and love and promise more posts soon!!
Hey Anna and everyone! I am SO sorry I hardly write anymore. It seems that things just run in such a way now that I rarely get any large blocks of time, when I might actually be able to read, process and respond. I am so, so sorry! I read everything, I promise - just can't always respond as I'd like.
Quick update from here - we've been sleep training with Reece the last couple weeks. He was not sleeping well at night (nor hubby ) and also could not nap much during the day, and something had to give. So we started focusing on a true routine, and have been trying to set it up so his ONE nap a day ( ) dovetails with EThan's (so mommy can have a break, shower, eat, etc LOL!). It has amazed me, as his preferences on sleep are so different from Ethan (who was still taking two naps a day till almost two!) This kid is only really interested in napping after he's been awake for 6 hours for the day! So far, we've had a definite turn for the better, though the actual training on naps (where he goes down, awake, into his pack n play for a nap instead of being in the swing where he is "rocked" to sleep) started this week. So, today he fussed about 15 minutes, but better than yesterday's solid hour of screaming We've also implemented a pretty steady feeding schedule that seems to help with his gas issues (same thing for dinner EVERY night lol, but it seems to agree with him!).
My little moster is doing great otherwise; almost crawling and is on track to be bigger at age one than Ethan is now
Ethan is doing well, too - talking a lot more (though still can't understand 2/3 of it, he is trying). Little by little he is learning to enjoy the water - we've had him in the pool the last couple weekends and he is warming up to it. Starts preschool 2 mornings a week this fall, and I think he will LOVE that. With my church group meetings and our regular Sundays at church, that will give him 4 mornings a week outside the house before the addition of playdates, etc., which I think will be great for him. He is definitely an explorer at heart!
We had some photos done recently, and they turned out really well for the most part (despite Ethan running 102+ fever that morning ). I will share a couple when I get the final edits (I only have proofs so far).
Otherwise, hubby and I are doing well and are looking forward to our first supper club this weekend. We participated in one this fall, comprised of folks from our church, but it fizzled after the first round of dinners bc the group was fairly disparate. We liked the idea, though and so have put together what I think will be a great group, with kids the same ages/stages etc. Hoping that goes well - we are hosting the first one!
We also went to the beach the first week of June, and I am in the process of editing those photos. Will share a couple as soon as I get them done.
I hope everyone is doing well, and I am so sorry to post and dash. If I can just get these kids on a complementary schedule, I'll be able to check in a little more often LOL!
Anna, I think you mentioned starting Jo's speech therapy? How is that going? I'm super jealous of your garden!! I would LOVE to grow things I can eat. I just never have had a green thumb!
Steph hon, how are you feeling? BP holding steady?
Viv, how's the wedding planning coming?
Beth, I'm super excited for your TTC!!! and LOVE the photos of sweet Poppy!!
Purple, I don't know how you mommies who also work outside the home do it. I'm whacked every day and I don't even have a second job!
Chris hon, are you still TTC? How is Sophie?
And Flutter, YAY!! I'm so glad you are back!! Congratulations hon!! I love her name!
I hope that everyone is doing well. My project is now over so I will be able to start posting regularly again. YAY! I have so much to catch up on!
First, my blood pressure is doing very well thanks to everyone who has been asking. I had a Dr appointment yesterday and it was 104/66. I am still being cautious and checking my ankles to make sure they aren’t swelling up. My regular Dr had some sort of family emergency so for yesterday’s appointment and my next appointment I am seeing a different OB/GYN. I did do the Glucose testing and it was a slightly high, but I did not fast before doing it. So they are going to do it again. Other than that, baby is doing well. I had an ultrasound appointment last week and she is measuring in the 54percentile. I keep forgetting to download the pictures from my phone, but I will.
Katelyn transitioned to a new classroom this week and has been having a hard time adjusting. It is just like when we first started taking her to daycare. She cries when I drop her off. The funny thing is, her old teachers had been taking her over to her new classroom for a few hours everyday for the past 2 ½ weeks. She even has some of her old classmates in her new class. Of course she is fine once I leave, but it is just heartbreaking to leave her when she is crying and reaching out for me. Other than that she is doing great. Learning to put her clothes on by herself. Though she has some issues with her pants (can’t get them up over her diaper LOL). She is also at the stage where all she wants to do is be naked. It is a fight almost every morning to put clothes on her for school. I am still having sleep issues with her. She wakes up almost every night around 1 or 3am and comes into our room. I love her dearly, but it is not a comfortable sleeping situation for me or my hubby to have her in the bed with us. We will probably be getting her a full size bed for Christmas so hopefully with a bigger bed she will not come into or room (also hoping it doesn’t take another 6 months to keep her in her own bed LOL).
Other than that and work being crazy, things are good. My hips are in pain most days and my sciatica has been acting up daily as well, but other than that it is good. I plan on being the pool a lot more. I am also trying to find swim lessons for Katelyn.
Anyway, like I said, I will be better about posting!
Angela - I hope that you get Reece to sleep better as well! Also glad to hear that Ethan is speaking more. I bet once he is in preschool in the fall, his language will increase dramatically. Looking forward to seeing your family photos! Keep us posted on your supper club! It sounds like fun and I may want to copy you LOL.
Flutter – Welcome back – you have been missed and love your avatar she is darling!
Anna – how do you find time to garden? You are truly amazing! I love that you get up early in the morning and taking Jo on hikes with you, take her to the pool (I am sure she is a fish by now!), doing yoga on your own. You go momma!
Beth – Yay on TTC. Please keep us posted and I am wishing lots of baby dust your way (and your way too Chris!) By the way, love the hat that Poppy is wearing…adorable!
Purple – How are you? I know you were kind of like me…work getting busy. I hope that things settle down for you soon!
Viv – I saw on FB that you have to have carpal tunnel surgery! When is it happening? Hoepfully it is not interfering with your wedding plans
Ok I missed anyone, I do truly apologize. Looking forward to getting back in the groove of this thread!
It's Monday, back at work and have some time to catch up. Let me just say to Angela that by the time Monday rolls around I'm worn out and ready to go back to work. I LOVE my daughter but you're on all the time with a little one. At work I have some down time, time to myself and I'm in control versus a two year old. So please don't hold those of us who work on a higher pedestal, I find work much easier than being a stay at home mom. Most days anyway (remind me of this conversation during Christmas season.).
Angela, so glad for the up-date!! So much good info. Glad the sleep training is going so well. I've decided some kids are natural sleepers and some aren't. Some need the sleep help. Jo is one of these. We are AGAIN going through a cry it out phase to get back on track. Glad to hear Ethan is progressing. I'm sure he'll be a non stop talker any day, he's just taking his own time getting there. The beach sounds fabulous!! How did the photos turn out?? Dying to see some pictures. Hang in there mama, lots of hugs.
Steph, how are you doing?? Glad the work project has let up a bit. So good to hear all health signs are good. Poor Katie bug, how is the adjustment to the new classroom going? It's so heartbreaking when they're sad when you drop off. LOL on the naked front. Jo is in the same boat. Although the pants are not too tough, but she would be topless every day if I'd let her. Sorry to hear the hips are bothering you. That was one of my problem areas too when I was pregnant especially towards the end. Are you sleeping with a pillow between your knees at night? I found that helped. Also is there a pregnancy yoga class? I know it sounds crazy, but some gental stretching can really help. I went to yoga up until a week before I was due. Granted its hard to do much, but was well worth it. Lots of hugs to you too. And as work picks up my hiking has diminished.
AFM, All is good. Jo is getting much better with "toddler aggression". There's a web site called 0-3. According to my daycare it's kind of the premiere neurological behavioral go to for little ones and they have excellent articles on all subjects. We've been doing a lot of re-direction and trying to give her other outlets for when she gets angry or frustrated. It's funny because everyone says not to use the word "no" when they're little. But this has backfired for us as I'm now teaching Jo to use the word no. It's a verbal alternative to physical responses. So she is good and oh so sweet. It's funny the older she gets the more I enjoy her. Hearing "hi mama". My heart melts. Angela, we never did get any speach help. I turned in the paper work and never heard back so I'm assuming she didn't qualify. And since doing that assessment about a month ago, her verbal has increased dramatically. I think she was just a bit slower, concentrating on the physical. Yesterday she was playing with my jeans and I said "pocket" and she repeated it right back. (Well a close proximity anyway).
I am well, yoga on Saturdays, but have been slacking on other fronts. Need to keep running. I just like sleeping too much. There it is and I'm admitting to it. Part of the current sleep training is getting Jo to sleep later. It's been working well and she got up today around 6:30. Work is good. Picking up for July. With so much of the country being so hot, we get massive migrations. It's been hot for us. Last week 85. May not sound hot but no one has air conditioning, and it was hot in the hotels. This week cools down (thank goodness because my spinach is not happy). We've stayed home the last few weekends, working and doing things around the house, but think we will once again hit the road on a camping trip next weekend.
Can't think of much else to tell...
Beth, fingers crossed for TTC.
chris, same to you.
Plum, how are things? Been running? We're getting the strider tomorrow. My husband found a KTM (motorcycle) brand strider so we're getting that one. Men.
Flutter how are you?
Vivienne, how are things going? Wedding plans coming along?
Hope everyone stayed cool this weekend! Here in LA (the Valley) it was around 106 Saturday and Sunday and then about 80 something in the evening! My electric bill is going to be through the roof!
Anna - Glad to hear that Jo is improving on her speech and doing better in Daycare. I think I will google the toddler aggression articles. Katelyn is fine in school, but she loves to tell Mommy and Daddy no and then try to hit us.
I agree with you on the stay at home mom. Angela you are a rock star. I too find it easier to be at work then home all day with the baby. I keep saying that I would love to stay at home with the next one (finances permitting), but not sure I could handle it. Angela being home with two of them is amazing and my hat is off to you. I personally think you are working much harder than I am! With that being said, I am looking forward to Maternity leave, but will be keeping Katelyn in daycare full time (or a good portion of the day!).
AFM - Waiting to hear back from the Dr as to when I need to retake the glucose screening. My dr is out so I saw a different person and I emailed her about it and she sent back 3 cryptic messages. I mean, I asked her what a 3 hour study was and how long I should fast, her response and I am copying it from the email "Do it early morning." what the HELL does that mean? No where in that response did it tell me what a 3 hour study was an how long I should fast. I then sent her another email apologizing, but I did not understand her email and asked again what I need to do. Her response "The three hours test has to be done fasting you can do it in the morning , when your are still fastiong!" Luckily someone at work has done it before and they filled me in. I called the dr's to find out when I needed to do this and am still waiting for the "advice" nurse to call me back. So frustrating when I cant see my normal Dr. Le sigh...
Other than that everything is good. We spent most of the weekend in the pool. Katelyn likes to sit on the pool lounge chair and that is about it. I am looking for swim classes for her, but cant find any near by that are for her age. I will keep looking though.
Anyway, that is all that is happening here. Looking forward to hearing from everyone else.
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