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    Good luck Bridget!
    DH has also been sick and sleeping on the couch for the last couple nights. Tonight he said "May I lie with you tonight?" It was just so archaic and funny I laughed. Truthfully I'm a bit disappointed that I won't be able to sprawl out.

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    That's great, Bridget!

    Kate, that's funny.
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    I'm feeling guilty now. I haven't felt 'spunky' in over a week. Just the idea makes me feel slightly nauseous.

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    I haven't felt it in a couple of months, to be honest. At least I had an IUI - does that count?
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    It's been weeks here! Sadly I don't think we've done it since we got Bo in the last week of March. It just feels weird, with the dog right there. Then I got sick, and DH got sick, and there's nothing sexy about DTD with someone who's constantly coughing.

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    LOL! We have to kick the dogs out before we can do anything. It's just too weird with them watching. They hate being shut out, though, so then they whine and scratch at the door. I can relate.
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    I haven't had too much frisky feeling myself. But we also had some illness and now my skin condition is acting up a bit and where it's acting up is just not great. Just got to wait it until it heals up. I have tried doctors for years....my entire teens and 20s. They cannot do anything for it. I was put on antibiotics for YEARS. Seriously, I was on cipro for over five years. And minocycline for probably 3-5. Have seen derms, endocrinologists, infection specialists (don't know why since it's not infectious but one doc wanted me to see one). I'm actually really annoyed that I was on drugs like that for so long when it's clear in the literature that it doesn't help as it's not an infection most of time (a spot can get infected and if I saw that, I would head to the doctor for that). HS was even on Mystery Diagnosis once. I'm just happy that it occurs in places that are covered with clothes and DH is accepting and doesn't care (other than when a spot is sore and hurts). I also run searches very 6-12 months to see if anything new is out treatment wise but that isn't usually the case.
    Right now I'm trying zinc based on a few things I found in a database....but I have been BAD about my vitamins so probably partially why it's acting up.

    As far as dogs, yeah that is a problem! For a long time we locked Cosmo out. It's only been in the past 2 years that she stays in the room. I don't know how she knows but she will get off the bed (where she sleeps and thinks it's hers) and go curl up in a corner on the floor. Molly isn't a problem as she sleeps in her kennel.

    I think that I got a hairline fracture in my foot. Same one that I hurt the toe...which actually is almost all normal now. But I slipped on the floor and almost did the splits Saturday and I was trying to not hurt the toe more and now the foot hurts....same pain as the last time I had a hairline fracture in my foot (just different one 5.5 years ago).

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    Ouch Jennifer...and here I was thinking your mysterious stubbed toe was funny. Not so much any more

    Are there any good natural pain remedies for ovarian cysts? I remember y'all recommended tea to prevent them but Jesi has slacked on that and she's having an awful time tonight. In Dryden, of course, which is 45 miles away. She's getting the entire dorm's attention and I'm 1/2 expecting an RA to call and demand I come get her. I'm sure she'll be ok. I've told her to take ibuprofen and either soak in a hot tub or use a rice sock for pain...but I'm not sure if there's something else she can do? I hate that it gets so bad for her. The first time it happened, I swore her appendix was about to rupture she was that bad. I just might let her dr prescribe pain medication for when it's this bad.

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    Poor Jesi, I don't know what to suggest other than what you mentioned.

    Hope you are feeling better Chrissy, and everyone that is under the weather.

    When I met dh, I slept with 2 dogs and 1 huge cat, so uh that was a problem. We would have to kick them out and shut the door. We could hear them sniffing at the door and whimpering, lol. When we would open the door they would all three file back into the room, as if to say "sheesh, I am glad you're done, I am ready for bed!!!" Now we don't have any pets but we dog sit, and he sleeps in bed with us, we both love him and fight over who gets to cuddle the dog. But he has to be booted out of the room too. heh ;)

    So excited to see my dad and step-mom tomorrow, they are coming for a week long visit. My dh has it so easy, my dad and step-mom are completely laid back and nice, and they visit us for 1 week once a year. I cannot say the same about my MIL.

    Gilly's new phrase is "I am gonna beat you up", but he means I am gonna beat you, as in I am faster than you! He kept saying it tonight while riding his bike, despite me telling him the correct phrase. "Mommy, are you gonna beat me up????" oh sheesh child, hush!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raspberry View Post
    When we would open the door they would all three file back into the room, as if to say "sheesh, I am glad you're done, I am ready for bed!!!"
    lol - ours do that, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raspberry View Post
    Gilly's new phrase is "I am gonna beat you up", but he means I am gonna beat you, as in I am faster than you! He kept saying it tonight while riding his bike, despite me telling him the correct phrase. "Mommy, are you gonna beat me up????" oh sheesh child, hush!
    Travis used to say that, too! He's moved on to the more Yorkshire saying now and when he says he's going to beat me or that he's beaten me at something, he says, "I've bet ya, mumm" or "I'm gonna bet ya." The only southern thing I've passed on to the boy is that he drops the g's off words, so at night, he'll say, "Night, night, mummy; see you in the mornin'." LOL.

    I hope all you ladies got your groove on if you so desired! I'll just say that for myself, I am making up for all those years as an abstinent teenager....hee hee

    Jennifer, sorry to hear about your foot!

    Shelley, it sounds like you'll have a great time while your dad and step-mom are visiting. Do they not live very close to you?

    I've been trying to keep my homesickness at bay, but little things every day make me a little melancholy. I really do hate the weather here. I think moving to Spain might not actually be a pipe dream of mine, especially with my arthritis...I need some nice dry hot weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raspberry View Post
    So excited to see my dad and step-mom tomorrow, they are coming for a week long visit. My dh has it so easy, my dad and step-mom are completely laid back and nice, and they visit us for 1 week once a year. I cannot say the same about my MIL.

    Gilly's new phrase is "I am gonna beat you up", but he means I am gonna beat you, as in I am faster than you! He kept saying it tonight while riding his bike, despite me telling him the correct phrase. "Mommy, are you gonna beat me up????" oh sheesh child, hush!
    That's awesome that you get along so well with your step mom. Have a great visit!!

    and about Gilly beating you up!!! Too funny!

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    I've been trying to keep my homesickness at bay, but little things every day make me a little melancholy. I really do hate the weather here. I think moving to Spain might not actually be a pipe dream of mine, especially with my arthritis...I need some nice dry hot weather.
    Aww I don't know how you do it. I'm sure it must be quite difficult at times. I wish you could come home to visit often enough for your family to drive you nuts.

    Remember how I said a few weeks ago that the guy that was hired with me was taking all the help desk tickets and assigning them to himself when he could? Weeellll....He's had a daycare issue come up so he's off today and tomorrow. Yesterday, our supervisor forwarded two emails from people that had sent in help desk tickets but hadn't heard anything. Lisa (our boss) looked them up and saw they were assigned to Scott. She asked him what the status was on them. I don't think he replied...instead, he forwarded them to me after quitting time yesterday and asked if I could handle them as he was going to be out. He said, "I just didn't have time to get to them." Well yeah, because you overbooked yourself! I don't think Lisa is annoyed and I'm not going to make a big deal about it, but it is kinda nice from my end. I had been asking Scott if there was anything he needed me to help with (ha-we're equals!) because I didn't have much on my calendar, and he kept assuring me he could handle it. Obviously not. Hopefully that nonsense will stop now. There's no reason for us to be competitive. I'm all about teamwork-let's just get all the tickets done, m'kay?

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    No groovin here either. That kinda goes without saying. It's been about 2 weeks, and likely won't be for at least until the weekend, assuming dbf keeps being nice and doesn't "act up" somewhere between now and the weekend, lol. And although dbf is still on my sh!t list, we did communicate a bit last night. It must have been the wine (of which I had 3 glasses, YUM!). I felt like a blabbering fool, but I had so much to tell him about our weekend. He was actually being polite and listened through it all too, made eye contact and had NICE things to say, instead of the often cynical, rude, or otherwise nasty comments he often makes about everything.

    I think I finally feel rested too. The weekend really took a lot out of me, all the driving, walking around the zoo and then the aquarium and all that fun stuff. Not to mention listening to Seren cry in the car, which broke my heart and caused me a huge headache and my nerves were so frazzled that I couldn't make it better for her. She slept the first two hours of the three hour trip there, but on the way home she cried off and on the whole 3 hours home, aside from the last 45 minutes she slept. But I knew she wasn't hungry, had a clean diaper, and all that. We stopped once and she was happy as a clam but as soon as I put her back in her seat she cried. She just hates being in her carseat, always has, though its gotten way better as she's gotten older. I am hoping I didn't traumatized.

    Anywho. That is all for now.

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    It's exhausting traveling in the best of circumstances...add kids to it and it's a whole other realm of exhausting.

    I don't think Conner likes the car much either. He's the only one that doesn't. Even at 5 he still throws fits and is rather difficult the whole time we're driving somewhere. It's starting to really bother me because the closest stores are about 15 miles away and he just cannot keep it together that long. I'm not sure what the solution is.

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    We've hardly had sex at all the past month.... With trying to avoid O time, work, school, Nolan sick and sleeping with us.... On and on... Now I don't think he'll be getting any for a while, a$$

    Anywho.... We have chickens!! It was a hobby of DHs for a while when he was unemployed. He got SO bored at home and bought a crap ton of chickens. Now that he's working so much, he has just let them free range around the yard... Good thing our neighbors are cool about it because they float to the ones on either side of us as well. They are funny and the cats enjoying chasing them, cracks me up

    Liz I'm sure Seren will be fine Nolan hated his car seat as well, I have seen a HUGE improvement since we moved him to a convertible. He likes it alot better

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    We had a huge car seat improvement when we switched to a convertible as well. DS is MUCH better about it than DD was. She was a nightmare for the first 1.5-2 years of her life.
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    Yeah I hope Seren keeps on outgrowing the dislike of the car. Like I said, she's a TON better than when she was a newborn.

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    I can't really blame them though, I wouldn't want to be strapped down staring at the ceiling either

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    Yeah and I plan on getting her a convertible sooner rather than later. I decided I wanted to stick with the bucket til the weather warmed up (makes getting her to the car and keeping her warm a bunch easier), which it mostly has. With Remy we waited until he was at the max height, which was a little bit after 1 year. (She uses his old bucket seat, but it expires in Nov) but anyways, the one I want to get her is close to $250 so I'm trying to hold out just a BIT longer before I splurge on that expense.

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    We didn't switch him over until he was a year, he's still technically small enough for an infant seat I think

    That is alot! I had a hard time splurging for the MyRide! I'm guessing Britax?

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    Yeah Remy is in a britax frontier, and we love it. I'd like to get into a britax sooner than R went into one. We got a random evenflo one in the basement she COULD use but I hated the straps on it. They were always twisting.

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    My cousin has one of the Evenflo's and I didn't like it.... I dont' know why, it just was so... awkward I love the Myride! I even like the cheap-o Cosco (I think thats the name of) one that I bought for the sitter and my mom, better than the Evenflo.

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    Yeah I just really want to buy one seat to last her a LONG time. Since this will be the first seat I'll have bought in a long time (since I didn't need to buy her one, since she used Remy's old one, then I just got Remy's britax a year ago) I think the price will be worth it. Though, still not wanting to pay so much for it, which is why I'm trying to save up my swag bucks so I can get it cheaper off amazon, or else wait until price lowers somewhere else. Just playing it by ear for another month or so.

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    I have been looking at getting this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER for a carseat myself. Still deciding between red or black. And still saving up the money. I'm either waiting for Amazon to drop the price or until I have at least half in amazon credits....Currently have around 55 I think.

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    I understand Liz, it will definitely last forever!!!

    Jennifer that looks really neat! I loved having a travel system for Nolan. It was really useful when we went to the flea market, fairs, and things like that. Being able to switch him over without waking him up was very convenient!!

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    Kids who are unhappy in the car make it so stressful! Baby S. cried everywhere in the beginning. R. does not like curvy roads. We drive a lot, though, and we sometimes drive for long distances, so it's nice to have children who tolerate it well now. They usually look at books or at the scenery or play with toys. They often grab something to play with on their way out the door, and I have a box of toys in the car for kids who sit in their seats right away and start putting their buckles on without messing around.

    I used to be a Britax mom, but I can't say enough good things about the Graco Natilus 3-in-1 once they're ready to sit up, facing forward. That car seat will last mine through grade school.

    I did a little more reading on melatonin recently and decided to try it for a few nights. I think what held me back before was that it was usually used on older children, and most often children with ASD or ADHD. This time I found some articles that discussed it being used on children as young as 6 months, and neurotypical, so I decided to try a small dose. Let's just say it's a miracle. I don't know if this is the first time ever, but both R. and S. went to sleep within 15-30 minutes after stories without yelling and without acting groggy, just a few yawns and a cuddle. I'm hoping a few nights of using his crib for sleep might get him accustomed to seeing that as a place where he actually sleeps instead of throws fits, and he will go to sleep peacefully without it. I'm going to ask his pedi about it at his 2-year appointment. Our goal is to have him get enough sleep, to not have hours of emotional trauma every night, and to not have pharmacological intervention to achieve this, but so far we have not been able to achieve this, so we have to figure out the best balance.


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    I'm glad you found something to get your through an interim at least L. I didn't even know you could get melatonin like that. I guess we do learn something new every day.

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    I have heard of low doses of Melatoning being used on little ones. I'm glad it seems to be working!

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    Ugh! The carseat is so hard when your little one hates it. B screamed all the way home from the hospital in his carseat as a newborn and he didn't really get used to it until he was 11 months, and even then he just became predictable enough to put in the car right before or after his naps. I'd have my driving route planned out before every car ride so I'd know my pull-over spots ahead of time and would always be within a few minutes of one at all times. I spent hours pulled over in the back seat with him. That was one of the hardest things to adjust to as a new mom. Here I had all this free time I'd never had before, and I love to wander around by car, but every car ride was just too traumatizing, so I ended up staying home most of the time. It was hard to believe it would ever get better, but of course it did.

    We've had a little friskiness in the house over here. It helps that I've recently been coming accross recommendations from both naturopathic and allopathic doctors that say how great DTD is for both your physical and mental health, so we've embraced it as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. LOL. I think one of the root herbs I've been taking lately for other reasons - dong quai - has actually had the unintended side effect of, ahem, earlier bedtimes for me and DH in the house. (Mornings would be an impossibility for us because B is an early riser... which is too bad, because I used to always be able to count on DH being an early "riser" as well.) ;)

    Erin, I meant to tell you, I've totally gotten into GCB. I had this one tedious task for work that didn't take too many brain cells, so I could do it in front of the TV, so I watched back-to-back episodes while I worked and got caught up on the show. The dialog is really clever, the men are all hotties, and I love how all the characters are so flawed. The churchiness is a funny recurring backdrop. The pastor is a really likable character (although unbelievably cute), and it's always entertaining when the church is used as a way to juxtapose bad behavior with this supposed place of holiness.

    Ash, I totally feel you on living where you hate the weather. I so miss the weather in Los Angeles. But more later. Gotta start m'day!

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    Awesome! Remy is so hard to get calm for bed. It's like his mind races and he can't get settled down. He is still wired and ready to play. Most nights end with tears because he will not let me leave his room. Or once I close the door, he pops up and bangs on the door, or opens it and stands there yelling at me. (which is why there is still a baby gate at his door, so at least he can't run out wreaking havoc.)

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