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from bitterwineuk :
Oh Alice, he is absolutely beautiful. Well done to you and congratulations yet again.x
from wunderwuman :
HOW are you almost full term?!?!?!?! I can't believe it. I'm glad you have such a good relationship with your doula, it sounds like you have really connected with each other.I can't wait to see your little baby boy and love love love the boys' room! Very hapy and cozy looking. :) I'll be thinking of you and sending you "easy" labour vibes (you can hope, right?)
from saliero :
Hi! You were mentioning wanting drawers - well we have these from Ikea in the boys bedroom and they are so big and roomy its AMAZING how much they hold. They look really good too, nice and light (though you can get it in different colours), they're very sturdy and they have matching items AND its only £185!!!! Absolute bargain. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00067830 (if link doesn't work they're from the Hemnes range, something like 160 length, 90 high and 50 deep. Big but beautiful :-)
from wunderwuman :
So glad you're getting ready for baby, I can't believe you're going to have another one really, it just hit me as I was reading, WOW! As for the BH's, I know with my second pregnancy especially that there were DAYS on end with regular BHs that just never stopped... and I STILL went 8 days overdue and was induced. So you never know, You're probably more aware and nervous because of how early Nathan came along. :)
from ebombmom :
Can you not decline the GBS test in the first place? Or, if you have it and are positive, can you not decline the antibiotics and still choose homebirth? Over here 'they' certainly make it sound as if one can't do these things but it is your right to do so and many of my clients choose differently. Also, there are many natural measures you can take now to hopefully result in a negative test result; email me if you'd like any info! Lastly, ever hear of these women called doulas? ;) They can be a great help in labour, with children during homebirth (or with you, freeing up Neil to be with kids), postpartum help etc. Just sayin'. :)
from wunderwuman :
(this is for arthurs mummy post)I don't know ANY mother who doesn't reach the limit multiple times a day! We have to find what works for us (sometimes I ask Steve if he'll give ME the time out). I'm sorry you're having trouble though, it's so hard to be a mom and a wife. I agree with what someone else said, I don't think we're "hardwired" to parent alone (or as a couple). You mentioned a while ago (years?) about getting out in the evenings after the boys were asleep to a prayer group, what about something like that? While it isn't seperation from the boys (while they're awake) it will still give you some time away, and maybe a different perspective from other prayers? As far as you and Neil goes, from what little you said, try not to be too hard on yourself. At the end of long days, hubby is the easiest one to get angry with. At least you guys talked about it! So take what you talked about it and try to move forward with it. Have you seen Fireproof? One thing they suggested, was that everytime you have something negative to say to your spouse, bite your tounge. If you can't turn it into positive, just don't say anything at all. Try it for a week, but it's hard! Good luck and know that you're not alone in the way you feel, your boys aren't "bad" and sometimes dirty laundry needs to be aired to be dealt with. :)
from wunderwuman :
I'm in awe of you!! Still having energy to do housework with three little ones and a bump! Go alice go!!!
from wunderwuman :
This is a comment on your arthursmummy post :) I'm so happy and proud for you that you're doing so well!! I must ask, when you talk about submitting to your husband, what do you mean? Why must he be the leader of the household if in the relationship, you seem to be the leader? Why disrupt the natural balance of your relationship by imposing something that doesn't really work? I'm not criticizing, just curious :) It seems like you do such fun crafts with your boys, and I can't believe how BIG Nathan is getting!!! It seems that all of a sudden, Leila is very "3" and not my little toddler anymore, and so I'm struggling to find stimulation for her... any websites you'd suggest? I'm open to all, especially homeschooling ones, since I suppose that's technically what I'll be doing for a while, even though it isn't my long term goal. :) And as far as your children go, I think you are so blessed, and what others think be darned, it's none of their business. You are happy, and providing a safe and healthy home for your children, what does it matter to anyone else how many children you have? I think it's always very insensitive when people comment on the state of others family that they don't know. I even got comments when Alena was younger about having two that close in age, and I just feel that unless it's something positive, no one has a right to say anything to you about it. It's between you and Neil!!! Anyway, I'm rambling!!
from wunderwuman :
First of all: Congrats!!!! Yah!! I REALLY like the name Noah, and always have :) But you always choose such nice names, I'm sure you'll find something very fitting for this little guy. I still can't comment on your blogspot page, but am reading along :) I watched a movie called "Fireproof" last night and thought of you. It was given to us as a "religious movie that would help strengthen our marriage". I have since noticed it around. Anyway, you can check out the website at fireproofmymarriage.com I really liked the movie, I know you're not a big tv person, but you may want to check it out, or order it or something :)
from lindzeeleigh :
Wow! :) Congrats on your FOURTH little boy! I think we all knew it was going to be a boy again. Tee hee!!
from wunderwuman :
Ohhh!!!! It's four (or five?) your time and I have checked four times already today to see what the ultrasound said!!! Of course, I hope hope hope that all is well with babydot but also that they could see the little bits!!!!!!!
from spring08 :
Oh what was I hear to say. OH yes, with my last pregnancy I felt movement (& got heartbeat) way later than I was used to b/c of the position of the placenta!! Also I've heard good things about Sonlight, personally? We're doing eclectic (I am so lazy, I read you through bloglines & i didn't go comment but I read your entry on blogspot!) Also. I love how much your three littles remind me of when mine were very small, though yours are quite a bit closer in age. Mine are 10! 8! and 6 now!!!
from wunderwuman :
I've been waiting for a Babydot entry!! I'm glad things went well when you told the boys about new baby, and I'm so happy Arthur reacted the way he did, it must have put you at ease :) He is such a good big brother :) I don't blame you for being afraid of giving birth... I was much more nervous the second time because it was like as soon as I became pregnant, the memory of the pain became very real again and uhhhh it just hurts so much!!! It's good to keep perspective that at least you haven't had to push for hours and hours, but second degree tears sound horrible and quite frankly, as scary as the pain part!!! I hope the book you got proves to be helpful. Have you ever thought of attending a Lamaze or childbirth class? Maybe they would have some techniques that would work... ? Good luck and I can't WAIT until you get your next scan and we find out if it's really a little Benjamin in there! (PS I REALLY like the name Benjamin Issac)
from mypinkshirts :
Our family is very religious also and I know many "strict" Christians. I used hypnosis for my first homebirth and it was completely unlike those silly hypnosis shows they do. I was worried but it's much more of a deep personal relaxation. In fact, in my experience as a CBE, Christian, and natural birther, I firmly believe you can incorporate a deep spirituality into hypnobirthing/hypnobabies and use God and prayer as an anchor and part of your scripts. I would look into it a little more, maybe do a little trial run with the relaxing music, deep breathing, and visualizations. In my experience I was letting go and turning it all over - to God. I ended up not using scripts in labor because all I needed were the breathing techniques and prayer. Where I live it's very easy to find Christian hypnobabies teachers. I don't say this to tempt or anything like that. I just felt it was such a blessing to me to really connect with my body and baby in such a deeply spiritual and moving way. If you'd like I can get a "testimony" from my (conservative Christian) cbe friend who teaches hypnobabies.
from wunderwuman :
Also: I'm locking up for a while... email me at kaitlyn_39@hotmail.com of you would like the passwords :)
from wunderwuman :
I have been reading you at blogger, but for some reason can't post comments...? I can't believe that Nathan is ONE already!! Where has the year gone?!?! You are so good at making cakes, I should outsource the girls' if it weren't for that ocean between, haha! I'm glad Neil is taking the day off for his birthday, I know my girls are always so much happier when both of us are home. Also, I don't know the story of Cameron... could you tell it again or link to an entry about it?
from miss-katie :
I think Benjamin Isaac is the best all around choice. My friend has a Benjamin and nobody ever calls him Bennie or Benji, ever ever ever. It is Ben or Benjamin. Plus it's not like you see your brother every day or something. However, I think same first and middle names is a little too much. Just my two cents!
from lindzeeleigh :
I LOVE the name Benjamin, but I think I am biased because that is my husband's name. LOL. I can see that you have a bit of a difficult decision ahead of you because you don't want upset your family or choose almost the same name as your brother. I do love Noah Benjamin as well and it sounds really nice together. Perhaps you will be surprised and have a little girl after all??? Teeheee.
from with-child :
I think four boys will be wonderful, if that is indeed how it turns out (and it seems to be looking that way!) At least you have a niece to do girly things with. And yes, Josie is what I would call a Josephine but my husband is just not that into Josephine. Currently we are leaning toward "Clara Josephine," that way I can at least call her "Clara Josie" at times if I really feel like it!
from sweet-indigo :
I think Benjamin is a lovely name, although weirdly when I read about Babydot for the first time I thought "girl" for some reason, I think because of the "Dot"... so if you do have a girl you can call her Dorothy :D Or... not... But yes, Benjamin is a beautiful name and it's also Biblical, which is nice. Don't blame you for using Blogger to write entries, I originally intended to post both at diaryland and blogger but found that Blogger was much nicer because of the auto saves and saving as drafts and it can even automatically do your html for things like italics and bold and things! So, naughty me, I ended up abandoning Diaryland! I'm sure your baby will be very happy whether you have a boy or a girl, so congrats on whichever one it turns out to be :)
from lindzeeleigh :
I am glad you updated! :) I was wondering how you, Babydot and the boys were doing. Glad to hear the nausea is subsiding and that things are going well. Good luck at the scan, that is not too far away at all!
from libbyo :
Congratulations!!! I am happy for you, and don't worry about those who are "skeptical", God will bless you for your faith and trust in him! Not to mention, you will have such a full and happy life (maybe harder when they are little but it will be soooo worth it!), imagine Christmas when they are grown and all come home with their families! I would have a brood if my pregnancies weren't so difficult - so YEY FOR YOU!!! Maybe pink is in order this time? :)
from wunderwuman :
I'm so glad you're having good days and can't believe you're hearing your babe's heart already. It's SUCH an amazing thing, I don't think I ever made it through a heart beat without tearing a little. I'm very curious about breast feeding while pregnant (not because I want to get pregnant, it's just plain curiosity). Do you think your milk will last long enough until Nathan gets to be a year? Are you still nursing Arthur or just the two younger boys? Will you wean Matthew when Babydot is born? I have so many questions!! :)
from miss-katie :
Popsicles? Broth?
from wunderwuman :
Oh my gosh, I can't imagine that grossness of dumping out a potty with morning sickness!! Seriously, I think it's more gross than changing diapers! I'm impressed that you are managing to do it! Also, I was thinking about you last night (aside: how funny is it that we have never met and yet I think about you and wonder how you're doing on a regular basis?!) and I think this baby is a girl. I'm not sure why, but I got this very strong, sudden and convinced "girl" vibe!!!
from wunderwuman :
I think that as women, we are conditioned to feel that no one else should take care of our children, that we should be able to do it all... and realistically, we just can't. Especially when doing it all means taking care of three young and active children, keeping the house in order and cooking all the meals WHILE pregnant... I think that if you feel the need and can afford it, you should DEFINATELY welcome a little extra help. Think of what help Neil was when he was at home during Nathan's pregnancy and afterwards. Since he won't be able to be at home this time, someone to come in and watch the boys for a couple of hours and maybe clean the bathroom or make a meal while you rest.... it will be SUCH a load off your mind and body! Good for you for getting some bulk cooking done now! You'll appreciate that in a few shorts weeks :)
from wunderwuman :
Wow~ That second test is DEFINATELY a positive! I wasn't convinced yesterday, but the new test is much more obvious. Of course you're attached! I think it only takes a minute, once there is even the smallest part of you that believes there's a baby in there, you're already in love. I'm glad you got some good books, I met Matthew will enjoy looking on this time around too? When will you tell them? I can't believe you've been pregnant four times in four years! I did two in two years and I admire you for having the energy to keep going!!! :) I'll be sending sticky thoughts your way
from spring08 :
Well, congratulations :) Once you have 3, adding another one here or there is a breeze. Though mine were WAY older than yours when I added 4 & 5!!!!!
from miss-katie :
Congratulations! Enjoy your sixteen days :)
from wunderwuman :
Oh my goodness!! Congrats! I hope you don't get so drained this time... don't bother with what your mom said, mine reacted negatively when I told her I was pregnant with Leila, very similar to what your mom said actually... you know they just worry about you but in the end, LOVE being grandparents :)
from lindzeeleigh :
Wow! Congratulations on your pregnancy, Alice! I do hope that you will not be feeling too tired and sick. You never know, maybe it will be different this go around??? :)
from wunderwuman :
I've been thinking about you. Is this your longest without being pregnant since you conceived Arthur? Maybe your body just needs a little bit of a break to regain some reserves before another bean? I don't think you're concerned, I just wanted to let you know I've been thinking about you :)
from lindzeeleigh :
I know it will all work out when and how it is supposed to. :) *hugs*
from wunderwuman :
The week before I tested positive with Leila, I was SURE I kept starting my period and rushing to the bathroom only to find no period. I tested positive after the full week of missing my period (I was not quite so excited to test positive, as she was TOTALLY unplanned but that's another story!). Also, I can't BELIEVE that you might be pregnant again. I only have two and it constantly amazes me how well you cope with THREE little ones, and still want more. Part of me would love to have another child, but another part of me thinks that two will do quite nicely. I love reading your wafflings and watching your family grow :)
from lindzeeleigh :
Your chart is looking pretty pregnant to me. ;)
from lindzeeleigh :
I agree with Kaitlyn, perhaps this is just what happens with you before you then do get pregnant. I am thinking of you!
from wunderwuman :
If this does end up being a chemical pregnancy, perhaps your body just does a "trial run" before the real show :) And also, how has Nathan gotten so old already?!?!?!?!? I can't *believe* how time has flown since he was born. And all your musings and peeing on sticks is KILLING me and making me want another baby!!!!!
from wunderwuman :
So not to fuel the fire, but have you and Neil had any more conversations or come to a conclusion on your quiverfull?
from saliero :
That looks like a pretty nice implantation dip on 4DPO!!!!!
from saliero :
I love reading your pregnancy wonderings, I love charting and the excitment of the 'what-ifs' too and I don't think there's anything wrong with it at all, if people don't want to read your pregnancy diary then fine, but they shouldn't make you feel bad about it!! I do wish you'd update your normal diary more frequently though, you seem to be going longer and longer between posts!!
from lindzeeleigh :
Personally, I love reading about your pregnancy wafflings! It is fun for me to read and follow along with you! :)
from mamabean :
Now HOW do you expect any of us to get any sleep overnight after a post like that. I'll be up at 4 AM checking for a chart update, even though I know if you got a pink line, even "too late," you're pregnant. That's how BOTH of mine were. Sigh. Another muchable boo baby for you. You realize of course that this means you'll have been pregnant TWICE during my own pregnancy. I just can't be pregnant without you, it seems! Hee hee hee. :)
from saliero :
Oh My Goodness - you are so pregnant...!!!!!! :-D
from wunderwuman :
I think one of the hardest aspects of faith to rationalize and explain to others is just that, the faith. There are no answers to the questions you've been asked. You are inexplicably blessed to have not only three healthy children, but a healthy husband, a home and the means to feed and protect your children. Many around the world don't have that, and what can we do but recognize our blessings and help in ways that we believe are the most important.
from mamabean :
He is just so cute and munchable! I can't believe how big and robust he is already - and that he's already three mos. old! I'm glad you're still gooey and besotted and happy about your three beautiful boys - I worried you might get tired and depressed, but you've done wonderfully at managing it all. I agree with Jemma - you were really putting everything together beautifully with Matthew and Arthur. Cooking, FLYing and getting them out of the house. As they all get older, it will continue to get easier, I think. Never 100% easy, but we wouldn't want it to be EASY EASY, would we? I have every confidence you'll work out a great system for running your household, though, and that your boys will have everything they need to thrive.
from tequilamonky :
Oooh I'll be interested to see how your temps an out. My instincts are telling me you're not pregnant to be honest but then I was wrong about Nathan ;) I agree with Wundrwoman above that your plans sound really good and well worth implementing anyway. You had got to that point of organising the houe and the boys before you got pregant with Nathan so I know you can easily get there again :) I have to say that I think you're doing your mother and many other women a disservice when you talk of the reasons women don't have larger families. The majority of the women I know who have made the (often very hard for them) decision to stop at two children (or even one child for some) have done so not because they "don't want all those kids around the place!" but in fact because of well thought through health and/or financial reasons. I know for a fact that many women (myself included!) would happily have large families and many, many children if they felt they could comfortably feed, clothe and house them all.
from wunderwuman :
Well, there is certianly a lot going on in your mind and life right now! I think that you're feelings of "Ahhhh!!!!" at being pregnant are completely normal. I know *I* felt that way when I found out I was pregnant (both times!) but especially with number 2, and my children will be almost two years apart and were (mostly) planned. It's a scary thought because it's such a big unexpected change! But that doesn't mean it's any less of a blessing, or that you treasure it any less, just beause it feels overwhelming at times. (this is if you are, after all!) Your plans sounds like really good ideas that you should implement regardless of if you are pregnant. Imagine if you could get Nathan on a good, indepedent sleep schedule at a young age! You haven't slept for four years, it would be bliss for you to sleep for eight hours every night. And being well rested makes everything else seem less overwhelming, I find, like organizing your house and taking care of rambuncious boys. Anyway, good luck and I am obsessively checking to see if you've updated about little "benjamin" being on the way now or not :)
from nickyslilone :
Hi Alice, I read in your diary entry about using playdough with Matthew and Arthur, and was wondering if you buy it from a shop, or make it? When I worked in the nursery, we had to make a fresh batch of playdough every week because of so many children using it, and thought maybe it might be an option for you that might be cheaper than the shop bought stuff? (plus you can make it in any colour you like, and add cool stuff like glitter) http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/art/playdoughrecipes/traditional.html We used that recipe, give or take (usually doubled the measurements for a LOT of playdough), but used boiling water, and then didn't bother to heat it. Turns out well! And you can add any additional bits and bobs to the dough after the food colouring. Hope this helps a little :)
from lindzeeleigh :
Wow! I can't believe that you might be pregnant again! That is exciting and a little scary all at once. :) I have this sneaking suspicion that you are. Don't ask me why, it is just a feeling!
from wunderwuman :
So sweet! And such a chubby little bunny!! I was wondering if you have ever used Wonderoos diapers? I'm looking at some and wondering how they actually fit new borns. Any advice?
from ebombmom :
CUTENESS! Ok, it weirds me out how parallel our lives are. Ewan and Colin love to coo and lie together chatting, and Colin gives Ewan his biggest gapey mouthed grins! :) Yet, most people say Colin looks most like Seth!
from lindzeeleigh :
I love the photos of Nathan smiling - so cute! I also love the ones of him and Arthur laying together. What lovely boys you have!!
from spring08 :
Oh he is so precious & sweet. The pictures of the boys together just bring back SO MANY memories for me when my 3 were close to those ages (not quite as close together, Jer had turned 4 when L was born and K was 2 already). So so so sweet.
from lindzeeleigh :
Very cool video! Thanks for sharing that, that was amazing. So glad to hear everything is going so well with boys, especially little Nathan. I will be praying and hoping Neil is able to get a job soon.
from nickyslilone :
Hmm.. Just thinking right now, I think I've been a bit bewildered about the faintness of the line because not counting the last one, my last cycles have been around 28-30 days, so at 32 days past last menstrual period, I thought I'd be past 14 days past ovulation - but to be honest I have NO idea when I ovulated - maybe I ovulated quite late during the month? Or maybe my natural cycle is a little longer than I thought.
from nickyslilone :
Looking at those pictures you linked me, I think it's probably paler or as pale as the 10DPO one... it really is extremely hard to see.. I think I will just wait a couple of days and see what, if anything, happens. :)
from beckstar1975 :
Hi Alice I've been reading your blog since I was ttc my first child (he's now 2.5, ds 1 and about to ttc no 3 - you're in inspiration!!). I so sympathise with you about Arthur - and I know you may not agree with what I suggest, but I feel I must say it. Theo gets exactly like that, and it's when he's been in the house a lot and hasn't had other people to bounce off. I know you are going to home-school - but as he's such an intelligent boy I think a lot of it may be boredom and understimulation - have you thought about even a few hours of playschool a week. It seems (and this is no dig, quite the contrary) that you are too busy to do nursery at home, nor should you have to at the moment, but that he could really use some external distraction. Just my opinion, and am honestly not wishing to criticise, but couldn't let it be left unsaid. Good luck and God Bless! b*
from comfortm :
Hi, it never occured to me before now to leave a comment as im not on diaryland much anymore except to read this diary and your arthurmommy one. Congratulations on your third one..i think he looks like arthur..so sorry about your money situation..it happens to us all at some point. I have a question for you, now that Nathan is amonth old, how is losing your babyweight going since you are breastfeeding?
from marlen816 :
Nathan is a cutie. I think he looks like Matthew.
from nickyslilone :
Hi Alice, thanks for checking up on me. Still no period, but haven't tested since last Wednesday - getting a bit downhearted with the negatives. I'm pretty sure (about 90-95%) that I'm not pregnant, and my worrying about it is what's delayed my period. But I will test again with a cheapo test and then ring up the doctor since it's now been a week and a half (ish) since my period was due.
from nickyslilone :
Hey Alice :) I've not really been charting yet because we only started trying part way through a cycle, and I just never got round to charting for a while beforehand. Over the past week I have been taking my temperature, but it's not a BBT thermometer, and I have nothing really to compare it to, since by then I must have already ovulated! But it was in the low to mid 36s - got a 36.2 reading, and as high as 36.4. Don't know if that means anything! It's a bit hard to know since I don't know when I actually ovulated this month! If I get my period this month I'll try charting - with my normal non basal thermometer :S hehe
from legolass :
hi there :-) i stumbled across your diary through a link through a link etc.. i was absolutely fascinated, i think it's amazing you've kept such a detailed record of everything!! i still feel little more than a baby myself, so not ready for all this for a while yet but it's defintely a matter of when and not if - and reading all of your birth stories, while it scared the living bejeezus out of me, also intrigued me as i've never read such a detailed account before. i can't help but wonder how many more you're planning on having!! but please promise you'll keep it up to date if you do, as i'm sure i'll find it all very useful in time to come :-)
from wunderwuman :
Have you tried sleeping Nathan on his belly? I remembered that seemed to work for Matthew. And I know what you mean about the sucking! My daughter sucked our fingers for three months, when she got her first teeth and started to bite (thanksfully it was only ever fingers she bit) and we had to "wean" her off our finger!
from lilpeanut80 :
Oh my! Nathan IS SOOOO CUTE! You may be biased, but you are also RIGHT! What a sweetie!
from wunderwuman :
Michelle just wrote what I was thinking, about hindmilk! And also, I'm sure he will start gaining soon! Is it the MWs who are pressuring you about formula? That sounds so un-midwifey. Also, seeing your little boy sleeping on your chest made me soooooo excited for when my baby is born!!
from ebombmom :
I wonder if nursing Nathan second may be a good idea for a bit? Since he takes in so little, tanking him up with fattier hindmilk instead of abundant foremilk might make a difference. Just an idea. :) He's lovely, and you're such a good mummy!
from marlen816 :
Sweet, sweet pictures!
from lindzeeleigh :
Nathan is so adorable! You are right, he doesn't look like either Arthur or Matthew. I love the photo of him all curled up on your belly. How precious!
from lowercaseg :
OH Nathan *is* beautiful! Congratulations! Good for you for sticking with your mommy intuition as far as feeding goes!
from ebombmom :
Oh my, is he ever cute! I almost burst into tears over the cuteness of him curled on your belly. So precious! and the little tucked-in lower lip! It makes me even more excited to meet my own fresh little bean... :) Congratulations to all of you and I'm so glad you're happily home!
from spring08 :
He is GORGEOUS! Oh. Is it May yet????? I can't wait for baby nameless
from wunderwuman :
I have been obsessively checking for updates. Happy to hear that you are home (along with the "Milk Maid" as my mother calls it) with all FOUR of your boys!! That's interesting about Arthur, although maybe he is finding this new arrival a little more unsettling than Matthew? Although I suppose it's natural for a three year old to self wean too, isn't it? I've heard of children weaning because the milk tasted "yucky". Nathan is absolutely, completely beautiful! I love his little chin and pursed mouth, and I am happy he's so gurgly content with all the milk. :)
from lindzeeleigh :
Yay, I am glad Nathan has arrived safely! :) Part of me wondered if he was going to surprise us and be a girl! Can't wait to see what he looks like. Congratulations, proud mummy!
from spring08 :
Congratulations!! We found out today that we're expecting another boy, hurray!!!
from lowercaseg :
Congratulations!!!
from marlen816 :
Congrats! So very excited for you and your boys, including Neil =)
from miss-katie :
Congratulations! I can't wait to see pictures. Can the hospital get you a pump (and a lactation consultant) to make sure no problems get started in the milk arena? I'm so glad you're both doing well.
from wunderwuman :
Congrats congrats congrats! Soooo happy for you and that Nathan is healthy and s good size! I hope you are able to go home soon and that nursing catches on (I know you're dedicated enough to keep at it :) Congrats!!!
from lindzeeleigh :
Wow, I can't believe that little Nathan is going to be here soon. I hope and pray all goes well for you, Nathan and the rest of your family. :)
from lowercaseg :
Oooo - I am *so* thinking about you and your family - I am sure everything will be just fine!
from wunderwuman :
I remember being at a LaLeche Meeting once and a woman telling us how she lost her mucus plug WEEKS before she went into labour. Apparently, it's only a sign of emmenent (sp?) labour with your first pregnancy! Also, maybe you're just having some discharge? I always get mucus-y and very very wet when I'm near term. In any case, thinking and praying for you.
from mymemry :
I MUST go to bed - I'm getting up REALLY early and going to go to my sister's house to clean tomorrow. James has been doing odd jobs over there (cleaning out gutters, remodeling their bathroom, installing a garbage disposal, etc..) anyway - they have been such a blessing to us financially and I wanted to bless her by doing a FANTASTIC job cleaning - she is paying me $20 bucks an hour to do it and they have a really big house! I did not have time to read this whole entry - scanned it and wanted to tell you that you are a wonderful mummy. You make GOOD, SOUND decisions based on what you think is best for your boys and you LOOK RADIANT! I love you and I LOVED the card yall sent. Thank you. That so blessed me. Please, please tell Arthur that yalls card was BY FAR my MOST FAVORITE card of the year. Maybe ever! Thank you. Just the thought of yall putting that together with your own hands, that sweet boy of yours - and your beautiful hand writing. Thank you! I guess I should add MY two cents in regarding the home birth. It is my thought that you do go to your appt that you set up for that Friday. Pray before you go and allow the Lord to speak to your heart and change YOUR mind and YOUR heart if He wants you anywhere other than the comfort of your own home. You can go - hear what they say and then tell them "thank you for the information, my husband and I will pray about it and do what is in the best interest of my family" Lord knows that you have freedom at home to do whatever you need to do to get through it. Once you go into the hospital- all bets are off. Of course you want what is best for Nathan. You pray, the Lord will lead you into that. Love you. Julie
from tequilamonky :
Hmm interesting. I guess the baby could be a girl since there was no absolute clarity at the scan, then again he could just be a littler boy. My friend's third boy was a full 2 lbs lighter than her first two. Looking forward to hearing the girly name though, got any in mind yet? Oooh and of course if the baby is a girly you'll have no worries about girly (and pink!) clothes and nappies as I'll be sending sackfulls your way ;)
from tequilamonky :
Hehe if we didn't already know what you were having, that midnight pickle munching wuld have me guessing boy!
from wunderwuman :
Oh so many comments! First of all, I am pregnant with number two and have all these fears and concerns about bonding with the new baby, and what about my relationship with my first baby, and if you ever have a minute to write about how you felt before you gave birth to Matthew, I would love to hear about it. Secondly, I think it is so amazing that Neil's unemployment happened at the same time as your third trimester, and really, a blessing in disguise. After my daughter was born, my husband took six months off and stayed home with us. And I had the exact same fears, that maybe I couldn't take care of her by myself (and there was only one, so I know your fears must be ultiplied with two boys and pregnant). But he went back to work and I just did it. So although it is a scary thought, I am sure that somehow you will find a way. Also, I am really happy that your brother will mind the boys for you and I TOTALLY understand what you mean about having more confidence in his baby abilities now that he's a dad. My brothers both love to play with their neice but I never feel like I could leave them alone with her incase she did something they couldn't handle (pooping being on that list!). Anyway, and one last thing, Hurray! for 30 weeks and being so close to meeting your new boy!
from tequilamonky :
Yay to thirty weeks!It actually makes me go "woah!" even more than most as it was around 30 weeks that I first went into labour with both my pregnancies so I know that if I am ever pregnant in the future 30 weeks will be a scary time for me. f course if Nathan is anything like his brothers he'll keep you waiting for a good while yet ;) I think your birth plan ideas sound good. I love the fact that you're considering the whole family in your plans, it just shows what a good mother of many you're going to be :) Please don't worry about not coping with the bys. You have managed it before and will manage it again. Maybe it would be a good time to start asking arund your church now if there are any teenage girls (or boys) who might be up to coming round and helping out. Thanks for the (10!) comments on my diary lol! I actually can't beleive how grown up my two look either! We really must get all our kids together again. I hope to be driving before you have Nathan so maybe then I can drive over and visit and help out a bit wilst the kids play.
from mamabean :
Hi Alice. I know you are very very busy these days and not getting to read diaries like you usually do, but when you have a minute, take a look at my old private diary. Stuff is happening. Love you - M
from tequilamonky :
Yay to now being viable, althouh obviously we want that boy of yours to stay in there for a good while yet! I love the last photo, you and your three boys! I reckon it sould be your new Arthursmummy photo :D
from tequilamonky :
Hope you're all well! I thought maybe Neil being home would give you a chance to catch up with your diarys one evening. Looking forward to hearing how you're all doing xxxx
from andthebaby :
I'm not at diaryland anymore but still reading your diary! Congrats on boy #3. We just had our 4th (boy) and he was 9lbs 3oz. I'm not big either so it was quite a surprise! He's the biggest anyone can remember in any of our families! You just never know :)
from tequilamonky :
Diary #3?
from mamabean :
I can't believe it's been 24 weeks already. Your belly looks so lovely. I'm jealous! I'm glad things are going well, sorry though for the headaches - hope those clear up quickly. Dying to hear more about the Flylady stuff and how it's working for you! I wish you would update diary #3 again, but I know how busy you are. I was really loving that one alongside the others!
from tequilamonky :
Oh and I clicked back onto your older entries to compare this stage with your other pregnancies (I love comnpaing pregnancies, including my own!) and at 23 weeks you had gained 18 pounds with Arthur, 14 pounds with Matthew and 17 pounds with Nathan, so it's more like Arthur which makes sense really since you said Nathan seems more Arthur-shaped :)
from tequilamonky :
Yay to colostrum! Is that earlier or later than with your other two boys? Just wondering if it might be an indicator of whther Nathan will follow his brothrs in that respect. It must be reassuring to know he's viable, although of course we want him staying put for a good while yet ;)
from aisling2005 :
I can believe it ;) And I can relate to the dissapointment at the scan when you find out its a THIRD boy. It was my first u/s when I did it and I was really hoping pink. But we got pink for our fourth so maybe there is hope for you yet ?! Dr. Shettles book is a good one, 70% rate I believe if you follow the methods. Thats how I got my girl ! :)
from reassemble :
Oh, Nathan Martin! I love his name. Congrats! I am a boy-machine, too. It's not so bad. :) He's gorgeous already, too.
from lindzeeleigh :
I was waiting to see your update when I came home today to see if you were having a boy or girl. I swore it was going to be a girl, but I was wrong! I am glad you are still happy that it si aboy, but I think it is normal to feel a little disappointed. I think Nathan is a lovely name and I love how your dad was so thrilled!
from ugottafriend :
Congrats on another baby boy!
from reassemble :
Oh no, I can just SEE Americans reading that you drink red wine and getting rabid. Steel yourself... lol. Mm, I love red wine.
from tequilamonky :
Your other guestbook hates me now too! Here's my message..... I reckon it's perfectly understandable to feel blue the day afer the scan. With Jove, even though we really wanted a boy and were delighted to have a boy ad therefore one of each, I still felt a sadness and sense of loss at the girl that could have been. I felt sad that Jaya wouldn't have a sister so cose in age to her even though I was excited for her about having a brother so close in age. Until you go in for that scan there are two possible children to be really, a boy or a girl. There are two paths your future could take one with a son and brother to your children and one with a daughter and sister to your children. Once you know, you have to kind of mourn the loss of the one a bit as well as getting excited about the other. Does that make sense?
from reassemble :
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from reassemble :
I am jealous of the way you always LOOK pregnant so soon! I never looked pregnant to where other people could tell until I was 6 or 7 months along. In fact, I should email you the photo of me in labor with Mason. I LOVE your belly.
from lindzeeleigh :
Just wanted to say a quick hello - I popped in here through Jenn and wanted to say congrats on baby #3. I hope you will be able to find out if it is a boy or girl. I am going to guess girl!
from reassemble :
I like Nathan Martin. I LOVE the name Martin. But you won't have to worry about it because I am totally sure that you are having a girl. So there.
from reassemble :
For what it's worth (and I am glad Beanlet is alright, of course) ... I think the baby LOOKS like a girl. That is a girly fetus! LOL
from tequilamonky :
Have to be brief as I'm at my parents but just wanted to quickly send huge hugs for the hard time you're having. I have to say tyhough that from what you've written you ARE actually getting lots of help. You certainly have more people helping you than I did when I was at the end of my pregnancy with threatened pre-term labour as you mentioned. As someone else said. Call a cleaner. Also definitely go to your parents. Your mum can look after you and the boys and whilst you're all away Neil will have more free time and less messy people about so he can get the house all tidy and on the market. I know you feel resentful and that people should help more. The thing is people are helping, people do want to help. I know I myself would be over and helping in a shot if I could. People are busy with their own lives though and it is not their responsibility to look after you and your children. People do it because they are lovely and caring and thoughtful but really no HAS to do anything. You guys will get through this. As someone else said it's a wake up call and is going to be tough but I KNOW you are totally capable and able to do this. Just go stay with your mum, get past this tough first bit and then go gung ho into selling the house, buying a new one and getting a cleaner etc. Whatever you have to do to make it work for you all. Lots of hugs xxxxxx
from marlen816 :
Wonderful news!
from reassemble :
I am so glad Beanlet is alright! Your blood extravaganza sounds fun. It would be neat if we got to do that in clinicals! We did UAs today, and the girl sitting next to me found out she was pregnant! So cute.
from bitterwineuk :
I stopped reading this diary when Matthew was born and lost alot of my favourite diaries due to a troublesome old computer. Then I accidentally stumble across this in someone elses list and there is a baby number 3 on the way. I am incredibly happy for you and sorry that you have had such a rough time in the last few days. glad all appears to be settled but will be keeping you in my thoughts. Becca. x
from marlen816 :
This is so good to hear! Still praying =) ((Hugs))
from mummyof3 :
My dearest Alice... I have been reading your diary now ever since you were just pregnant with Arthur! My name is Bec, im 29 and I live in Australia. My husband's name is Daryl. We have 3 children; Lochlan 7, Flynn 2 & our newest arrival is Charlize (6mth’s) Every time I read your entries I say to myself 'One day I have GOT to say hello" but then a little person need's my intension and I never get to. I have just finished reading your new entry titled ~ Scared Silly And I knew that this was the day I had to speak with you, as I can see how scared you are. I to have been through this very thing you are describing and it’s by far one of the scariest thing’s I’ve been through. This happened with our middle child; Flynn when I was 10 week’s also. I to bled like you are and ended up in emergency, and was admitted over night scared senseless. The following morning showed a healthy viable fetus. I just couldn’t believe it due to the amount of blood I was losing and I also had the cramping you are describing. I don’t want to set you up with false hope. I would hate to disappoint you like this, as it’s not my intension. But I want you know that “Our Flynn” was born perfectly healthy and is a picture of health. I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time very quickly and be back on track again. Please know that I am praying my heart out for you and your little bean. Hug’s Bec xox P.S I feel like I’ve known you for a life time.
from pebsmurf :
Big hugs and lots of prayers being said for you!!
from marlen816 :
Alice - Praying for you and the baby. ((Hugs))
from lowercaseg :
I am hoping everything will be okay. Thinking of and praying for you and your family...
from bodega :
I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you and your family.
from reassemble :
Whenever you talk about fish pie and other british-y foods it makes me want to go eat dinner at my parents' house. Now I'm hungry. Anyway... I always bleed with my pregnancies. Not spot, but bleed. Every one except the one I lost, in fact. With Mason, I had cramping also. It's always scary. Every time, whether I know it's normal for me or not. I hope it stops for you SOON.
from lowercaseg :
I just read your newest entry about spotting. I'm thinking of you and praying it is just like your other two pregnancies at this stage! Having similar occurances before IS reassuring! :) You are such a wonderful mama!
from tequilamonky :
Oooh forgot to say! I know it's not as interesting as there's no chance of pregnancy but would you mind having a quick look at my chart this month? It's really confusing me!
from viks :
CONGRATULATIONS :D
from lowercaseg :
I've been lurking for some time (here and at your main diary!) I have a little girl just a BIT older than Matthew. She is 14 months. I just wanted to say congratulations! I'm so excited to follow along in the excitement of your new little one!
from reassemble :
Oh I so agree with that forum quote. I think it's like... the first baby is the one you usually make the most mistakes with, since you have no clue what you're doing. With the second baby, you're on better footing to start with and learn what you need to know. By the time the third one comes along, you can put the things you learned into practice right from the start so things just naturally run more smoothly. Hey, by the time number five comes along, you're breastfeeding the baby in one arm, helping the oldest kid with their reading homework with the other arm, and vaccuming with your left foot (while dinner is on the stove, of course). Heh.
from marlen816 :
Congrats!!
from reassemble :
Congrats! I had three boys in a row too. But that was after Raney, of course.
from aisling2005 :
You. Are insane ;) Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting. Good luck on the girlie. I got 3 boys in a row. We used shettles method for the girlie.
from theflyingrat :
Well, I can't speak for anyone else but I'M excited. I always hold my breath when I click to open your diary after you've updated! I'm convinced that SOON you will be updating with a photo of a positive pregnancy test! So. I'm watching and waiting and excited for you. :) ♥
from mamabean :
I've been keeping an eye on your chart almost daily. Not having ever been a charter myself, I don't always know what I'm looking for. But I'm looking! Just been kindof busy lately, I guess. :) I do think comments in my head sometimes and plan to come back later and write them, but you know how life can be...
from theflyingrat :
I had that exact sensation (the "flash" of pain) when I was pregnant with my daughter! It was even in the same spot and I remember thinking I pulled something! Haha. I don't mean to get your hopes up - it could just be coincidence. Mostly I only had that feeling if I had a particularly busy day, walking around a lot or something. Kent knew before I was convinced with all three of my pregnancies. So maybe Neil is right! :) ♥
from theflyingrat :
I'm thinking of you! I'm sure things will work out as they are meant to but I honestly can't wait until you DO get pregnant again. I looove reading this diary! ♥
from tequilamonky :
lol just seen your chart. Haha you have no willpower (or does Neil actually ;)) looks like you won't be waiting till July to try then!
from beyondthemeg :
It sounds like a good decision. Michael says 'trusting God is not about making him run your life but letting him in on your decisions.' Sometimes my husband is wise, other times he is not, but that's another story!! You need to update the about me bit of your profile I think, otherwise it will appear you've had the longest pregnancy in history, oh, and I miss your little pregnant Alice drawing, love M xx
from tequilamonky :
Oooh wow I got quoted in your diary. I'm glad you took my message the way I meant it, I was worried you might be offended. I was just honestly intrigued as I've had friends on each side of the fence but never one in the middle about it like that. I think your conclusion makes perfect sense. Aw I could see you with three boys too, in fact I had a dream about you the other night that was both happy and sad. In it Neil had agreed that if your third chil was a bo you could try for a fourth to see if it was a girl. Your third child was a boy so you went ahead with the fourth but whilst you were pregnant Neil said that actually he would be happy for 6 after all Then in a sad irony you had a healthy girl as your fourth chld but also suffered complications that meant you couldn't have any more children :( I hope it part comes true and part does't for you :) I worry because I have it fixed in my hea that my third child will be a girl and can't imagine it any other way. I was right for my first two though so maybe? I've got longer to wait than you though!
from reassemble :
I love having a house full of boys, too. There is a special mother-daughter thing with Rayna but even though I'm a bit sad that she'll never have a sister, I was so glad Mason was a boy. I didn't think I cared until we saw his little bits on u/s and I realized how relieved I was. Boys are entirely for their mother. :)
from theflyingrat :
I'm so glad that you're feeling better. I was thinking about you a bunch the past few days, hoping you were all right! I can't wait for the 'I'm pregnant!' update that is sure to come at some point in the near future though. Your pregnancy diary is the MOST FUN diary to read. ♥
from mamabean :
I'm glad you're feeling better. Hope you get some time to get physically and emotionally rested and recharged now so you can enjoy spring and summer with the boys and happily anticipate another pregnancy whenever it comes along! :)
from tequilamonky :
Hiya, sorry I hadn't commented on the previous entry yet, I only just got back online. I'm so sorry you were dissapointed with the results of your lst cycle. And sorry about the row you and Neil had, but pleased to read a much more positive entry today. I am going to go slightly aainst some of the messages here and just say that I think Neil (whilst he made it at totally the wrong time!) did have a valid point about your pregnancies being almost as hard on those around you (an don't forget that now includes two children)as it is for you. Obviously this isn't something you can help at all (although I wonder if you've ever tried evenin primrose oil for mood regulation, I have friends that swear by it!) it could mean that it would be worthwhile getting that extra help you were talking about from the moment you get pregnant, which I guess would mean researching it now at the rate you guys are going lol! Interestng to read your thoughts and plans for TTC. We too have that willpower around ovulation time problem lol! It just shows that we're animals deep down and our base need to procreate outweighs any sensible thoughts! It's true too that men are far worse at that than women ;) You have an interesting dichotomy in your entries at the moment. On the one hand talking of trusting in god to decide when you have your next child and on the other charting religiously and planning for an April 08 baby. You don't seem to be able to decide whether to go one way or the other. You seem to want to trust totally in god but can't bear to give up the control over the situation yourself. I have plenty of friends who do the charting thing but I also have a real life friend who totally trusts in god.... as in no protection, no charting, nothing, she just waits and does a test when she thinks she may be pregnant! Interestingly she has almost identical 2 year gaps between her (so far!) 3 children which she would say was down to god deciding and I would say was how her cycles naturally pan out what with breastfeeding etc. Interesting nontheless! Good luck to you whatever you decide. You're in a ovely position right now, if you got pregnant this month it would be fine and if it took a few moths that would be fine too. A nice place to be, enjoy it :)
from polo-person :
so sorry to hear your news alice, sending you lots of hugs and thinking of you lots today xx
from foursquare :
You know, that's interesting about the theory you've heard of on having a chemical pregnancy and then a very fertile next cycle. That happened to me when I was trying to conceive my second child. I had a chemical pregnancy the first month of trying and then got pregnant with him on the next. I am certain it was a chemical pregnancy the first time. I got a very, very faint positive HPT that morning on 12 DPO I think it was. But it was so faint it worried me, so I went in for a blood test that afternoon. Juuuust after I finished having blood drawn my period began. When the nurse later called to tell me of the negative result, she brushed me off telling me it was just a "false positive". Which I always thought was rubbish. And then my mom did the same thing to me. I've always felt so sad, because I'm so sure a pregnancy had started. I held onto that positive HPT for ages because it was the only proof I had where everyone else was brushing me off. I like to think, maybe that little twinkle that started & ended so quickly is my son that came after. That he came back the next month to try again (and succeeded). I'm sorry to hear this one didn't make it, and I hope you're feeling better soon.
from sentrywish :
oh man, I'm so sorry. That must be hard. And with Neil too. I wish I could give you a big hug. It must be so hard to deal with pregnancy hormones - I can't imagine! Lots of love to you. xxx
from beyondthemeg :
Poor old you :-( July sounds good though (I am not so secretly working oon Mike for July this year too! Some chance methinks). I always wondered about how you coped so well with the previous chemical pregnancies, as I'd really be cut up. Maybe that's silly, but it is how I feel. You have to mourn for those plans etc. Do remember it is hard on Neil too, even though he seems to have a spectaculary male way of expressing things sometimes. He'll get over his simple life thing. It might be worth lining up something to do (or smash!) if things get to much over the next few days, but mostly I'd just pray and ask God to take the hormonal thing for you. Love you xx
from theflyingrat :
Oops.. I commented on that but then I went back to finish reading the entry (I comment in that manner a lot, sorry!). Anyway, I just wanted to say that Kent says that EXACT thing about how he was never sure he wanted kids because he wanted a simple life and all that. When he does say that it makes me feel horrible, like I've ruined his life by having our children! I know deep down that he doesn't mean it (because he does love his kids!) but I know it's hard to hear. And it must have been made harder by what you are going through. About him not wanting to deal with the hormones, I don't know. I mean - if it's hard for HIM to deal with, can't he even try to imagine what YOU are going through?! On the other hand when Neil thought you actually were going to have another child, just a few days ago - he was hugging you and saying how you'd manage. He loves you and he WILL be supportive when you have another baby. I'm thinking of you and *I* appreciate and understand the things you've said and where you are coming from. Hugs. ♥
from lilpeanut80 :
Well, poo. I guess next time will be "the one" for #3 then. I get worried/sad with my husband as well when I sense that he doesn't want a lot of children. I want him to at least be open to the possibility, you know? Of course you know. I hope you get some good rest tonight and the hormones aren't such a bother tomorrow.
from theflyingrat :
I feel so overwhelmingly sad for you, for some reason. I just think you are such an amazing mother. And I agree that babies are babies from conception, whether they wiggle yet or not. ♥
from mamabean :
To clarify what I said about being quiet and treading lightly and smiling and nodding, I mean today would be a day for the people AROUND YOU to do those things, not for you to do those things. Sorry!
from mamabean :
I can see why Neil's comments were so hard for you to hear right now, Alice, or really any time for that matter. You have such dreams of a large family that anything said to sortof threaten those dreams would be tough to hear, on top of feeling sad about the chemical pregnancy AND being hormonal on the first day of your period. In the investment industry, we'd call today Triple Witching Day for you. A day to nod, smile, tread lightly and be very sweetly quiet. I just imagine though that Neil probably has his own feelings about this loss AND about his dear wife and best friend being sad and "soupy in the head" about it. I have read and heard and observed in life that for a man, seeing the woman he loves in pain, unhappy, displeased or disappointed is the hardest thing for him to face. It immediately makes HIM feel like a failure, no matter how unfounded that feeling may be or how completely unrelated to HIM her pain may be. So your pregnancies and post-partem times are very tough on him as he said, and since he KNOWS they are tough on him BECAUSE they are tough on you, and since the misery comes from hormones and is NOT something he can FIX (men desperately need to FIX things!), at a time (now) when he's already feeling down on himself because his wife is sad and emotional, the concept of another pregnancy, which involves loooong periods of misery for his wife, feels like tooooooooo much for him to take on. My guess is that when YOU start to feel better in a week or so and he can see you smiling and laughing and feeling good again, HE will then feel better about himself, more confident and capable, and the concept of another pregnancy will again sound acceptable, even GOOD to him. (This note is going to go on forever, bear with me. I truly believe that's what this is all about, don't you?) Anyway I *am* sorry about this ending up the way it did. If it feels like a loss to you (it does to me, and I'm not even involved), then I don't think you should feel you have to justify or explain your feelings to anyone. I have been on an Alice-Might-Have-A-Bean High all week and when you didn't chart today I guess I really KNEW what had happened (though part of me was still hoping that you were just very very busy) and I just felt sad and down and worn out myself all day. I even told Al what had happened and HE was a little sad. What I mean to say is, ((((( Alice )))))... I'm really sorry. And I wish I could make it better. And I am hoping for your April 2008 baby right alongside you but today I really just feel sad about 'the one that got away.' Love and prayers for a happy, peaceful Easter weekend for all of you... M
from tequilamonky :
I'm off to Hythe for the weekend now so won't be able to check up on how you're doing till Monday! Eeeek, hope the weekend brings good nes for you one way or another. Happy Easter!
from beyondthemeg :
Hope you're not too run off your feet. I guess no big news or we would have heard :-) (unless you are worried about what Arthur might eat whilst updating!). Thinking of you, and still all excited. Well done on the will power if the clearblue is still untouched! Hope Matthew feels ok too. Much love xx
from mamabean :
Argh... no charting today. I hope everything is okay with all of you. Sorry Mr. Matthew is sick, poor little guy! :( Hugs - M
from ntlworld :
Hey Alice... I have some toys here for Arthur... Thomas stuff.. if you send me your address I will post them to you this weekend hope your ok today take care xxxx
from lilpeanut80 :
I am following your "progress" eagerly. I just KNEW I was pregnant this time too, but it took me a LONG time to get a positive test. Long enough to make me scared I was having an ectopic pregnancy (hormone levels not increasing properly, etc.) I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound...I think I was 5 weeks? They didn't see any "baby" but said the uterous lining was thickening AND I had 3 cysts in my ovary (that explained the pain i was having). It was a nervous wait until the next appointment but I finally saw that round blob (6W+) with a heart beat and I knew it was for real! I can't wait for you to find out too!
from theflyingrat :
I had 'increased goop' during all of my pregnancies too. Which started about 3 days before I was able to get a positive test. I REALLY think you're pregnant! Ooh I'm so excited for you! My stomach is all a-flutter with anticipation every time I see your diary has been updated!!
from mamabean :
Still thinking of you today... I'm glad you went to the doctor to put your mind at rest about the bump. I only got a very very faint positive read on a test with Alex on 14-15 DPO (The day of and the day after my missed period), so maybe it's still early for your new bean. I suppose the hormonal levels might progress differently in each pregnancy? Either way, bean now or bean soon, I'm excited for you and Neil. It's only a matter of time! :)
from ntlworld :
hey alice... Well lets look on the positive side (no pun intended hehehe) looks like your lp has lengthened enough to sustain a pregnancy when your ready... if this isnt one allready... I cant stay as calm as you are though... so youre doing well. Praying for the right outcome for you and the family. Come what may God wont put you in a situation that you cant cope with he knows you too well. Take care will be watching for an update soon. Nicola xxxx
from tequilamonky :
oooh interesting about the lump! If mine is the same thing as yours (which I reckon it is because you described it exactly) then it must mean I feel it more just before my period as my cervix is in the right position. Interesting stuff. Not sure what to say about your chart, still looks like it could go either way so I understand your frustration. Hopefully tests will arrive in the second post or tomorrow.
from tequilamonky :
Okay don't panic! I get a lump like that to in my cycle occassionally but I'm afraid to say for me it's usually just before I get my period. That's one of the reasns I was pretty sure I wasn't pregnant last cycle even though I had some signs. Of course it may mean something totally differant in your cycle. I haven't looked at your chart yet today, off to do that now!
from miss-katie :
Poor pumpkin. You have a lot to worry about right now but I reaaaaally don't think cervical cancer needs to be anywhere in the top.... three hundred or so. It just doesn't happen like that; it's generally a progression from abnormal Paps. Plus it's almost always treatable unless it is way far gone. An exam/pap is never a bad idea though and I'm sure you'll be starting prenatal visits soon anyway! I'm excited about the (?) new baby, by the way. I hope she's a girl. :)
from theflyingrat :
I'm with you, I really don't believe that if it were cancer it could have come on so quickly. Plus someone like you who is just MEANT to have lots of children, well. I don't think anything bad will happen. I AM thinking of you and I asked Kent to add you to his prayers (as I don't pray but he does). ♥
from redshoegirl :
Oh poor you *massive hug* if it has come up that quickly, I'm sure it can't be anything too malicious. Easy for me to say though...I have a terrible imagination for these things too! Go and see you lovely doc, I'm sure she'll sort you out. You can always wee in a pot if the postie's late! I have a funny image of you hopping around, legs crossed! Praying for you anyway...I'm CERTAIN it will turn out to be something small/ignorable/easily treatable. Love you xx
from tequilamonky :
wow I really should stop making predictions, I really expected you to get a positive test today! I'm going to follow your lead and make no more predictions just watch and see ;) Hope you get some sleep tonight xxxxx
from redshoegirl :
I only just noticed the link to your chart! Silly me! Tried to call a coouple of times today to be excited, but I know how busy you are. Little beanlet (if there) will still be v tiny...9 DPO still early even for a clearblue. I liked your pretty eye picture by the way - you could see the camera reflected in it!! Hope you enjoy your lasange. Looking forward to seeing you! M xx
from mamabean :
:) Thank you very very very much! Have a great rest of the day and yummo on the lasagne. Slurp!
from crazeemomma :
Alice! Your chart seriously looks pregnant! I cannot wait until your next update! =) I rarely comment but I always read. I have been reading since your pregnancy with Arthur! I have enjoyed watching your little ones as they grow. I have three children of my own that are now ages 13, 11 and 9. As you can see, I had them 2 years apart. They weren't planned (by me) as I was on birth control with each and every one of them. God had plans for me. They were definitely meant to be and I am sooooo glad he had those plans for me because I could not imagine my life without them.. through the hard times and the good. They were definitely meant to be. God has plans for you too. He knows you and Neil are WONDERFUL parents and will not give you want you cannot handle. If you are indeed pregnant (which it looks as if.. peeking at your chart) things will fall into place for you. Just hand everything over to God and he will see you through. Now I will not be able to get anything done today for looking for your name to like up on my list. HeeHee! By the looks of your comments.. you have HUGE support system right here. Sending {{{CYBER HUGS}}} your way!
from donedrifting :
Good luck with things Alice. :) Hope they turn out how you want (I get the feeling although you're scared you do want to be pregnant). I know you'll have a lot of support if you are, from the diaryland community at least :)
from tequilamonky :
dammit lost half my message! Well basically wanted to add that if you need to pour your heart out to someone I'm here. I'm a good listener and will be super supportive. It WILL all be fine whatever the outcome and if I'm reading your chart right you deserve to be excited not scared :)
from tequilamonky :
Okay chart looks pregnant today. Well that's
from sentrywish :
Aw that's sad about your mum. Wish I was there, I'd give you a hug and listen to you! I will pray God will have his way and He will bring you through. He will take care of you!
from mymemry :
I ditto what Megan says!!!! I remember thinking when Nathan was 11 months old (before I knew I was pregnant with Ava) that he was so much easier to take care of than when he was a little baby. Your boys will be practically self sufficient by the time you new little one comes peeping out. Arthur will be THE BIGGEST help in the WHOLE world. He will be 3 then. 3 year olds are SOOOOOO wonderful and so much more capable of being helpful than our sweet 2 year olds. Matthew will be a great distraction for the new baby!! No matter when it happens, Heshe will be a very lucky little one indeed! And YAY for you giving your all to God. He will indeed take care of every fear and hope you have.
from mamabean :
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don't not chart tomorrow! I won't be able to do ANYTHING all day because I'll just be sitting here refreshing my buddy list over and over again until you update! Pleeeeeease? Pretty please with something really yummy like um... cucumbers in vinaigrette... on top? Or hot canned tomatoes? Jacket potatoes? Seriously though, Alice... Of course you have huge concerns about your two boys' needs being met (if you are pregnant). What normal, healthy, loving mother doesn't have concerns about her children (and heaps of guilt, too, because a healthy dose guilt gets delivered after the placenta, apparently) regardless of how many kids she has and how close together, etc etc etc. You know? You wrote an entry about just letting God be in control of your family size and spacing very recently, and just after you and Neil came to that conclusion it seems you find yourself staring a new pregnancy in the face! He heard you! (and apparently He has a sense of humor!) :) I know it's scary and you feel un.. wait.. what word did you use?... you feel insufficient to the task. But you can do it! You can! I just know it. And you'll have help this time, too, and you're more experienced and seasoned in the art of keeping multiple children happy and cared for, already, than you were before Matthew came along. And the boys will TOTALLY love having another sibling... the love your family will have for one another (and you and Neil will have for them) will far far far outweigh any small 'sacrifices' any of them might make in order to have a big, bustling, happy family. I truly truly believe that, and especially so in your case, Alice. You are a fantastic mother and you have a great, supportive husband. Both of you adore your kids and you work well together, so you can do it. God has given you great resources in all of the large family blogs you've found, too. Practically step by step directions! In nine months, you'll be ready and up to it. *insert gentle hug here* I'll be praying. I love you. Sleep well.
from graceforever :
I'm a long time reader of your journal, since you were pregnant with arthur!! You are infact the person that has inspired me to set up my own journal infact!!! Anyway enough side tracking!! I'll continue to be watching and waiting, it's all very exciting checking daily for more news, I wish you all the luck and love in the world, regardless of how this cycle progresses, God has a plan and he will let you know his plan soon enough i am sure, take care x
from beyondthemeg :
bahh! I have necer had so much interest in anyones menstrual cycle. i want to know!! I imagine it must be worse for you (how is that pssible ;-) ). Praying anyway! Same Meg, btw, just different username x
from crazeemomma :
So exciting to see this diary light up again! I wish you the best, Alice!
from tequilamonky :
oooh forgot to say big hugs for the sore nursing! I've had that too for the past week or so (lord knows what's going on wih my body!) and feel your pain!
from tequilamonky :
uhoh temp drop today, looks like maybe chemical pregnancy. Could be wrong still though ;) If it does turn out to be then thinking of you and sending hugs as although I know none of this was planned I know you'll still be feeling down. xxxx
from mymemry :
I agree with Jenn! My heart beats so much faster when I see Alicesbaby in RED!! I am thinking about you!!!!
from theflyingrat :
Oh my, I about get a heart attack every time I see that you've updated here! I'm (quite literally, actually!) on the edge of my seat! ♥
from mamabean :
Still here obsessing. I can't wait to look at your chart in the morning! :)
from redshoegirl :
Crikey, I don't know what to say! Wait and see i suppose! I'm excited about tomorrow x
from mamabean :
It's UP again!! OHMYGOSH. And I did JUST read that diary entry about your twins dream yesterday. So odd that you mentioned it on the day I'd gone back to read it. :) This is driving me NUTS!
from theflyingrat :
I confess, I'm obsessing too! I can't wait to see where this is all going. I'm so excited for you. ♥
from mamabean :
Yes, I'm obsessing too! Major obsessing... I can hardly think about anything else today than whether or not you're pregnant. Chart still looks promising, right? Sigh....
from tequilamonky :
lol you've got me obsessing over your chart too! Hmmmm bizarre stuff about the liquorice. Could it be an aniseed flavour that's come through, have you guys had anything with fennel lately?
from reassemble :
Oh, what you said about the lady who had 14 kids in 10 years and how she "just did" reminds me. A few years ago my grandmother said to me, "Three kids, I don't know how you do it!" and I was like, "Uhm.. I don't know.. how'd you do it with ten?!?" and she said, "Oh... I suppose I just breathed through it." HAHAHA.
from mymemry :
How exciting! I can't wait till tomorrow! Whether you are or you are not, it is so exciting to see all this action here!! I look forward to each and every one of your future pregnancies!!
from mom-to-be :
Hi Alice, it's Andrea! (Denver and Roman's mom!) I know I haven't left you a note in AGES, and I don't update my diary anymore (I'm at livejournal now) but I've been reading faithfully, and WOW! At first I must admit I thought you were crazy (remember, Roman is only four days older than Matthew) and that I could never imagine TTC right now. But since reading your entry with your chart in it I've gotten baby fever! Now is not the right time for us but I am soooo hoping it is for you! I'm so excited! I must have looked at your chart a million times today and said "She's definitely pregnant!" Roman implanted at 4DPO for sure. Don't give up hope- and please update tomorrow, even if it's just an "I got my period" to keep us all from going batty!
from mamabean :
Gasp! I've been checking your chart. Implantation dip AND nausea today!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! We need a new entry. I'm dying here! :) (Maybe I need to get a life of my own?)
from ntlworld :
Alice I hope you are ok today.. i read your diary and I like the fact that you leave the timing in Gods hands. I believe it is important... and I just checked your chart.. lol implantation dip? lol letxs jsut see what your lp shows as this time... hehehe. Well I will keep checking in to see your all ok. Love to all. Many blessings your way xxxx Nicola. x
from reassemble :
Honestly, for my kids (this is Mia btw) having a sibling every couple of years is just the natural progression of things. They will not know what to think when (knock wood) they aren't having another brother two years from now. The trick is, I have found, to be highly organized about everything you can be. I plan our meals when I go grocery shopping. If I know it's going to be a busy night, I cook dinner during lunchtime so I only have to pop it in the microwave to heat it up. We have homework schedules, chore charts, etc. Everyone bathes at once (we have three bathrooms, not all in one tub!) and then line up for tooth brushing, vitamins, etc. Things go smoothly, my house is spotless, my kids are well-adjusted, and I don't lose my mind. Mothers find ways to cope. Kids who are brought up not knowing what it means to be an only child certainly don't consider the routine chaos out of the ordinary. *shrug* Listen to the people who DO have four/five/six kids, not the ones who don't! Ask how they manage! Sure, sometimes despite careful manuevering, crap just falls apart... and I want to scream and tear out my hair... then two hours later, everyone is tucked into bed with teddy bears and blankies and looking like they can do no wrong, and you forget about the bad moments and just think about how lucky you are to be surrounded with such beautiful children.
from pebsmurf :
Try not to let what other people say bother you. I know its hard, but there will always be those that make comments like that. My mom was the most unsupportive person ever with me wanting more then 2 children but she tells me all the time now how well I am doing with my four. She was proven wrong! :) Having more is hard. I will be the first to admitt it. The few months after having Hailey was very hard. But it gets easier with time. I have days when I stop and think how crazy I was to have four kids so close together (yet they are all further apart then yours all would be) and they drive me crazy. BUT there are so many great things about having all four of them as well! I would trade it for anything. Sometimes I am sad we won't be having anymore babies. I have always been pregnant by the time my kids were Hailey's age so its been a different experence these days! :) Anyway rambling, but however it works out just know I will support you! I know how hard and how rewarding it can be to have several children!
from polo-person :
Hi alice! i don't comment very often, mainly becasue i feel a little daft/unqualified to do so since i dont have any babies, but i still read every single entry in both your diaries. I just wanted to say im really excited for you on this next part of your journey and hope god blessess you with a happy and helathy pregnancy when the time is right. Youre a wonderful mum, alice! Poppy x
from tequilamonky :
Oooops just realised I don't mean it at all when I wrote I had no faith or belief in everything working out for the best. I am a Humanist and so my faith is in Humans and the human spirit. It is for that reaon I DO have faith that everything will work out for the best as I have faith in you as a human and in all those humans including me!) around you to support you.
from tequilamonky :
Oooops just realised I don't mean it at all when I wrote I had no faith or belief in everything working out for the best. I am a Humanist and so my faith is in Humans and the human spirit. It is for that reaon I DO have faith that everything will work out for the best as I have faith in you as a human and in all those humans including me!) around you to support you.
from tequilamonky :
Please don't think we won't be supportive and sypathetic if/when the struggles do come with a new baby whenever that may be. It's funny to read what you say about the sibling rivalry thing as I have the same sort of age gap between my brother and I as you do with yours and there was never any sibling rivary AT ALL wich is wh a larger gap doesn't concern me lke it does you. No guarantees I can manage that with my own childen though! Just goes to show how much our own childhoods influance what we want for our own children. Stu is an only child, as is a friend of mine and yet tu was desperate for Jaya not to be an only child and my friend really desn't see why her boy needs a sibling. I'm sorry my message left you feeling unsupported, even as I wrote it I was thinking maybe I should just but out, as it was more about my own feelings than yours. I was just concerned though as you seemed to struggle in those first six months even more than I did and I know how hard it was for me. Also not believing in god myself I don't have that outside influance to have faith in. I often wish I did have a faith like that as it must be great to feel deep down everything will work out for the best. Anyway just wanted to say that I'm not unsupportive and will honestly be there for you whatever happens :) Wouldn't it just be sods law if now I suddenly find out I'm pregnant and then it takes you longer to concieve, then I'll have to eat my words lol!
from theflyingrat :
Oh I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see what happens. I wouldn't worry about the small age gap. I mean, my great-grandmother had 15 kids (with NO twins) and they all got on FINE. I know times are different now but I think it depends on the parents. I happen to believe in you and I think that in your house, the saying "the more the merrier" is MORE than apt. You're a wonderful mum (even when you think you're not) and yay. Maybe you'll have a mini Alice this time! :)
from mamabean :
OH WOW. I am going to be holding my breath to see what happens. You are ready. I mean, you are mentally, emotionally ready, I think. And if you are pregnant, it is meant to be. And if you are pregnant now, it will be hard on you, of course. If you get pregnant in 4 months, that will be hard too. BUT, you want more children, you love the whole process, even if the postnatal period is very difficult for you. Alice, you know what I have noticed as I've read your diaries? YOU ARE HAPPY AND FULFILLED AS A MOTHER. You are MEANT to be a mother. There may be hurdles and struggles, but God has given you what you've needed to bring two beautiful boys into the world AND to give them both a wonderful start in life. If and when you have another child, He'll do the same. I'll support you. I promise. I'll probably be driven a bit crazy by the fact that I have to support you from across the ocean and I won't be able to physically help, but I will support you. (But it really doesn't matter what other people think. If Neil is ready and you are ready and God is ready, the rest of us be darned.)
from tequilamonky :
Nice to see an Alicesbaby entry :) Must say that I reckon you're crazy though lol! It's so funny you and I had the same age gap (just about) between our two and have come to totally OPPOSITE conclusions on what would be a good age gap next. Obviously I don't have the option of as small an age gap so that may be clouding my opinion but having looked at my own kids and those of my friends I've come to the conclusion that an age gap of around 3 years would be good. I just feel that an age gap of that size means your kids are still close but your older child still gets a chance to be the baby for their full amount of time. I feel like Jaya had to grow up too quickly and Jove missed out on devoted attention because hey were so close in age. Obviously I wouldn't change it for the World and I'm sure their age gap wll be great for them as they grow up close friends. I still feel sad though that I somehow shortchanged both my children by having them so close together. That's just how I feel though and obviously you feel differantly so I wish you luck with your plans. Wow looks like you'll be moving very soon then, especially if that unprotected parsnips bears fruit! Very excited for you even if I do think you're nuts!
from babycs :
Hi Alice, congratulations on your first post-partem AF. I am still waiting for mine. I am looking forward to it actually. Maybe not physically, but I'm mentally getting ready to be pregnant again. :b
from mymemry :
Alice - I loved your entry. EVERY BIT OF IT! You are quite a poet, and such a lovely dreamer. I hope ALL your dreams and goals come to pass. EVERY ONE. You are such a good mommy and have such beautiful intentions. Don't you worry one bit about what ANYONE thinks about your plans or goals or dreams (except Neil maybe, hehe). I envy your place right now - James is ALL DONE and there is NOTHING I can do to change his mind. I am starting to realize that it isn't a bad thing that we're done having children. At least I have one of each - I'd rather have 2 of each though. And I bet we WOULD if we were not 32 and 40 years old. I hope you have as many of each as you and your husband's hearts desire. Lovely entry! I can't wait to read more. Julie
from tequilamonky :
Ooooh wow ppaf! Still no sign here at all and it's got me wondering when it's going to turn up. Totally "get" your secret wishes! I have one too.....I would love to adopt a baby girl from India! There I've said it out loud! I love the thought of having more children of my own but I don't feel such a desperate need for it now as I did and would love to adopt. We shall see what the future holds for both of us :)
from lukeysmama :
Wow! Last time I was here you were newly pregnant. Congrats on baby Matthew! :)
from princesse69 :
I love the photos of Matthew. I can't believe he's 6 weeks already. He has a gorgeous smile!
from mamabean :
Hmmm... your guestbook isn't working today for some reason. Anyway I just stopped by to say that I am very glad you have your air conditioner and hoping that all four of you and your grandparents and parents and siblings, etc. are faring well in the heat. Especially those two sweet boys! Also, were any pictures taken of Meg's visit? I so want to see her!
from theflyingrat :
Matthew is so adorable! The yawn photo and the one of he and Neil together are my two favorites. You have such a sweet family, I'm glad things are going well. ♥
from tequilamonky :
Yay! I told you you could do it! I hope you feel suitably proud of yourself. It will get easier I promise you. Having said that I've just had a pretty rough weekend dealing with toddler tantrums but then that's something Jaya was going to go through at this stage anyway and is nothing to do with there being two of them. Good luck for next week, I'm sure you'l do fine :D
from tequilamonky :
It's so bizarre, sometimes I can sign your guestbook sometimes I can't?! Oh well I'll write here instead. I actually reckon Matthew is going to have dark eyes like his brother after all as they look so dark in photos. I thought Jove was going to have blue eyes as they were bluer than Jaya's ever were but actually in photos they always looked dark. Dark eyes will look lovely and unusual with red hair though. I do think you're right on the eyelashes thing though, Jaya's eyelashes were blonde when they first came through and have now turned dark but of course her hair is blonde!
from lilpeanut80 :
Jonas had that exact bouncey seat, and it did calm him well. He was one of those nurse-multiple-times-in-one-hour babies as well. Although he never spit up much, he did have 2 projectile vomiting episodes in the bouncer. I'm suspicious the bouncing was the cause.
from princesse69 :
I like the photo of Matthew on his back and I also think the first one of Arthur holding Matthew is really sweet. I'm glad that Matthew is doing so well. Those Kick and Play chairs are great. We had one and both my children got really good use out of it.
from lilpeanut80 :
I like the photo with Matthew on his back..it is better composition. Although the one of him on his stomach seems a more flattering pose, but his head is too near to the edge of the photo. Final answer: the first one. :)
from bodega :
I've never been a fan of pacifiers, but both my kids when newborns would root but not necessarily because hungry, but because of an urge to suck. I would allow them a binky for 5 to 10 minutes, then take away, and by 3 months old, even sooner with LB, I threw them out. Like I said, I'm not a fan of it, but Matthew just may want to suck. It helped with the stiffness with my kids. Hope this helps.
from lilpeanut80 :
I am encouraged that you are still nursing, especially with 2! I am still nursing my 19 month old and my mom is starting to criticize. It hurts my feelings but I think it is best for his emotional health!
from princesse69 :
Congratulations!!!! I loved reading the birth story of Matthew. Hope you are all doing well. Matthew is absolutely gorgeous! Well Done! xxx
from lowercaseg :
ooohhhhhh!! congratulations! he's beautiful!!!!
from bodega :
Baby blues are normal, and can last for the first couple of months.... But you are such a wonderful mother... Congrats again, can't wait to see more pictures,
from viks :
Congratulations :) I only know (well knew!) 2 people who were pregnant and you both had your baby on the same day! The pictues of Arthur and Matthew together are so gorgous (and heart warming) lots of love viks ps)congratulations to daddy too for delievering him :)
from bitterwineuk :
Congratulations. Wow, that is some entry. It made me all sentimental back to my Matthew being born :). Wonderful pictures and I wish you much much happiness as a family of 4. Becca
from ebombmom :
Yay! Congrats, and welcome to little Matthew! What an amazing birth story. I'm so happy for you all! :)
from bodega :
Congrats Alice!!! Matthew is beautiful and I can't wait to hear more about him!!
from maineland :
congrats! ack.. more later... lucy needs me!
from marlen816 :
Congratulations! Matthew is beautiful =) I love the pictures of him and Arthur together. You look great, too. I can't believe you gave birth at home and that Neil delivered the baby! You are my hero!
from theflyingrat :
Yay! Happy Birthday to Matthew!!! I love this birth story, how nice is it that you will be able to tell him that his very own Daddy helped you bring him into the world?! Those photos of Arthur smiling at Matthew and the ones of him giving him a goodnight kiss are so precious. Also, you look GREAT for having just given birth! Congratulations!!! ♥
from tequilamonky :
Urgh my own boy needs feeding but just wanted to come on quick and say Congratulations!!! Matthew is gorgeous, Arthur is gorgeous, Neil is a star and you're amazing! Right gotta go, will post more later!
from wildrosie :
It's probably a moot point now, but no one's contractions are the same. Mine start at 3 minutes apart, and then they go down to 2 minutes! I will wager that you have already made the call, and that the next entry will be happy news!
from babyontheway :
WOW Alice, you are in obvious labor! With my 2nd and 3rd child my contractions never got any closer then 7 minutes apart. You should really call the midwives and have someone come over and check. I would venture to say, by the progress you are having, and the type of discomfort you are feeling, that you have dilated quite a bit more! It's so excited! I'll say my prayers that sweet Matthew is born healthy and safely!
from tequilamonky :
Yay sounds like early labour to me too! There's still time for Matthew to be born today but if not I reckon he'll definitely arrive tomorrow! Oooooh how exciting! I really hope it happensd overnight for you, that was my dream scenario for my homebirth, that Jaya would just wake up to a new brother. Lots of luck!
from princesse69 :
Good luck with the birth of Matthew! I can't wait to hear about his arrival into the world. Hope you're not too uncomfortable-at least it's not so hot now. I wonder if you've already had him? Hope all goes well for you Sweetie!
from tequilamonky :
Tsk tsk it won't let me sign your guestbook again! Happy 41 weeks! I wonder if you made it?! I hope you've coped okay with Arthur this morning and that the sweep hasn't meant for an uncomfortable night. It's beautifully cool today so hopefully Matthew will feel ready to come out! Big hugs!
from wildrosie :
Hey there! Don't be too discouraged, your baby knows exactly when it wants to be born. My first one was 12 days late, and the second one was 15 days late. I think they just get so comfy in there that they don't want to come out! be patient, and fight for your right to NOT be induced. But walking does help...try in the evenings when it's cooler. Oh, and can you believe, I lived in California, and each time my babies were due (different houses) my air conditioner went out, and it was over 100 degrees!(37c) Not to mention, that I had my second one at home, but the landlord got it fixed in time. I am sure that everything will come out fine in the end. All the best ~Rosie~
from tequilamonky :
Won't let me sign your guestbook again :( Oh well it's after 1.00pm now so either you're in labour or you've had a sweep! I hope that if you had the sweep it wasn't too painful for you. It's raining outside now and lovely and cool so fongers crossed it'll be today. It's JUaya's little friend Elliot's birthday today too :D
from tequilamonky :
hmmm it's not letting me sign your guestbook either! Congratulations on reaching 40 weeks 4 days. I reckon you're right to feel proud, that's pretty impressive! I hope something has happned and you don't need the sweep today but if you do I hope it isn't too painfull. Sending cooling vibes and hugs your way! xxxxx
from theflyingrat :
It won't let me sign your guestbook for some reason! :) I'd say that at this point you are fully entitled to emotional outbursts! I can't imagine being that far along and having so many things happening at once, the way you have. I'd cry if our washing machine broke NOW, haha. I'm sending you baby vibes so maybe Matthew will come tomorrow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I remember I had a really hard time when I went past my due date with Riley. I remember being extremely moody, I think the hormones must build up and that's only worse when you end up a little disappointed at not having your baby in your arms each night. ♥
from mymemry :
Hey there, sweet Alice! I am so sorry you had such a crummy day yesterday. I am tearing up just thinking about it. I will vouch for the fact that the hormones DO HAVE LOTS TO DO WITH IT!! I haven't been very hormonal at all - until I read your entry. Now I just want to cry and cry and cry. Maybe I should. Well, today is the 9th - Arthur's birth 'number'. That would be cool if you had Matthew today - because he and Arthur will both be born on the 9th and because your parents predicted it. I hope the repair man has come and gone and left you with a washing machine in working order. I had an appt with my OB this morning. She doesn't want to see me for 2 weeks. That will be right at 37 weeks along. I'm hot too - nothing I do seems to work in cooling me off. Except a cold shower and Nathan doesn't like to participate in those with me. Nor does he like to be stranded outside the shower door while I take a cold shower. I just can't win! You are beautiful - inside and out. Stretch marks and all! They will fade in time and be a sweet reminder of carrying Arthur and Matthew. I pray that the Lord eases your mind, gives you a perfect peace, and helps you with your labor and delivery. You rest up! Love Julie
from theflyingrat :
I remember feeling that way about my due date with Riley - like it would never come. And I'd get so discouraged/jealous when other people were having their babies and I was STILL pregnant 2 weeks past my due date! Hang in there though. He will come and it will be perfect when he does. ♥
from maineland :
I'm still around and waiting for the arrival of Matthew!! :)
from theflyingrat :
Every time you update now, I keep expecting an announcement that Matthew has arrived. I'm getting all anxious for you! I hope he waits until your parents are there, though. It must be hard having them so far away from you most of the time. ♥
from theflyingrat :
I can't believe how far along you are already! It seems as though it was just a couple weeks ago when you mentioned you were pregnant! I know that missing a certain baby feeling - I felt (feel) that way too. ♥
from princesse69 :
Wow! I've just seen your 30 week belly pic. Baby seems to be growing very nicely in there. Glad things are going well for you.
from jackecjw :
Hello! I first found your site while searching for a place to sell my midwifery/homebirth conference tapes. I emailed your old address & it bounced. After clicking around a few more times, I fould this address. I hope it works! :) I also read one of your entires about the anniversary of your child's death. I too have lost a child & am so thankful for the Lord's comfort and care throughout!! I remember & still to this day (5 years this coming April 25th) like you mentioned - sad for no reason, staring at the weather, ect! Anyway, I'll stop rambling for now! :) I feel blessed to have read your entires & pray of its the Lord's will that we can comunicate more. Blessings! Anita Watkins jawatkins@tds.net
from princesse69 :
Just been catching up with you and checked out your belly gallery and your bump looks really big for 28 weeks. I hope that your mum is here for the birth and she gets to stay longer afterwards. It must be such a bonding experience having your mum at the birth. Take care, love Sharon
from theflyingrat :
We have an ice cream truck around here, too! It's not going yet as it's still winter but it comes around every day from April to the beginning of November. I hope your mum is there for you, it sounds like you'd be pretty upset if she couldn't be. My mother actually made me MORE nervous when Riley was born because she kept blubbering and I hate to see her cry! I'm glad to hear things are going so well, I love your updates here! ♥
from bodega :
Your belly looks beautiful, nice and round!!! You really are glowing!!
from lilpeanut80 :
I just looked at Matthew's belly gallery and wanted to say you look great! What a cute bump!
from bodega :
I had so many BH contractions during my pregnancy, starting at 13 or 14 weeks or so, so I understand what you mean. Mine were very uncomfortable too... when it happened I just layed on my side and drank a glass of water, and it usually went away. But Logan was still born too early....
from maineland :
WOW!! MATTHEW!!!!! How lovely!!! (yeah, it's been a while... Lucy has taken over my life -- of course! -- this whole breastfeeding thing has really cut into a lot of my time! it's of course totally worth it though!)... anyway.... oh, I could talk diapers with you All Day Long, Alice. I'm quite jealous of your Very Baby fitted pattern though. I haven't tried it yet. I'm not sure if I like the looks of their turned and topstiched diaper... since I don't have a serger. But... you absolutely MUST try their AIO pattern! It's a dream! Really! ESPECIALLY the xs ones. Totally adorable and they fit like a dream -- even on a newborn! Oh, I'd just *love* to send you some even, just so you can see how absolutely adorable they really are. They're so darn tiny and cute you'll hardly be able to wait for your babe to wear them. ... at least I couldn't! ... I havne't made nearly as many diapers lately as I would like to make, but I just got more PUL (um, can you believe I now have: black, white, green, purple, turquoise, magenta, navy blue, royal blue, red, neon green, neon orange and sage green? ... hm... I need to use all that stuff up now!), some lovely candy pink velour and some adorable-looking pink stretch terry. I'm quite excited about the stretch terry. I'd like to make some kissaluvs-like diapers out of it. And I finally just got my first order of colored snaps (poppers). I'd only had white until last week! I should have gotten some other colors as well, but I got orange, red, blue, spring green and a goldish-looking color. ... And, if you're looking to try other diaper patterns and want instant gratification (and NO shipping charges!!) you can get the Darling Diapers patterns at http://www.darlingdiapers.com -- they're e-mailed to you in a pdf format. I *just* got the AIO, pocket fitted and moccasin patterns, so I haven't tried them out yet. ... .. but thought I'd pass that along. Gosh... I'm taking up all your notes space with nappy talk! anyway... I'm *SO* excited for you!!
from bitterwineuk :
Awwww, Another boy and a Matthew at that too. As a mother to a Matthew myself, I detest the name Matt, as long as I am his Mother he will always be my Matthew whatever any of his friends call him when he older. Becca
from mymemry :
OH BOY, OH BOY!!! How WONDERFUL!! How EXCITING!! Another little boy blessing!! In my heart of hearts - I hope mine is a boy also (James is hoping for a girl - which would mean that we would be DONE. If it is a boy - I think I could convince him to try for a girl a bit later on) YAY!!!! I am so excited for you. Matthew is a great name. Will you call him Matthew? I think it is lovely that you will be naming him after your FIL. I'm sorry that he is so ill. I know he will feel full of joy and pride that yall have chosen to name your son after him. You take care and CONGRATULATIONS to you and your sweet family! GREAT PICTURES!!
from viks :
I love the name matthew, and "matthew and arthur" go realyl well together :)
from bodega :
Congrats to you, Neil and Arthur!!! Matthew is great name!!! Thanks for sharing the pics, they were amazing!!
from theflyingrat :
Yay, another boy! Boys are great, aren't they? ♥
from theflyingrat :
I can't wait to hear your good news tomorrow! I'm so excited for you! ♥
from mymemry :
By the way! I love to go back and read your entries regarding the growth of the baby every once and awhile. I am 16 weeks along today - I loved reading your 16 week entry!
from mymemry :
Hi Alice!! I think the name yall picked out is just lovely. Emma Jane. A nice ring to it indeed. Arthur and Emma. Very sweet sounding together. I can't wait to hear all about the scan and maybe see a pic or two from it. Take care and rest up while you can!
from vicola :
Hi Alice, Emma Jane is a beautiful name, I think it's a great choice. I don't think she'll get teased because of the maternity lingerie thing, I'm 26 and I had no idea that Emma Jane was a lingerie line so kids certainly won't. She'll be thankful in her teenage years that you gave her a lovely normal name. My friend called her baby Jordanna 10 years ago and now hates it!! Love Vicola x
from treacledabs :
I love the name Emma Jane. It does sound so soft and very special, same as Arthur. If it makes you feel happy, definitely use it, I'm sure you wouldn't regret it. I've never heard of Emma Jane maternity, and don't forget that the baby would just be 'Emma' for everyday anyway :-)
from louise-j :
Hey Just wanted to say that i think the name Emma is beautiful, and i really wouldn't worry about the maternity wear range 'Emma Jane' it's not the first thing people would associate with the name, and alot of people don't even know about the maternity range 'Emma Jane' i know it and i didn't think about it until you pointed it out. As for the SIL having an Ella, i wouldn't even give that a second thought! as i'm sure no-one else will, if you were considering Ellie then maybe that would be an issue but not Emma. My opinion is that is a great name but you do what feels right, Have you thought about Emily Jane?
from theflyingrat :
I really like the name Emma. It is a popular name but who cares? As far as the maternity lingerie thing goes.. I don't think most people would even make the connection. And, for the most part, you're not going to run around calling her "Emma Jane" - you're just going to be calling her Emma so the majority of people won't even know her middle name. I say, go for it. IF Sprout's a girl... I'm not sure it would work for a boy. ;) ♥
from theflyingrat :
Aww you are so cute with your little pregnant belly! I can't wait to find out if Sprout's a boy or girl - you're in my thoughts often. ♥ Also: Thanks for your comment the other day and no need to apologise! I also read but rarely leave notes/comments.
from mymemry :
19 weeks and counting! I've been thinking of you and Neil and Arthur and am so excited for yall. I would LOVE for some of your JOY to rub off on me! I just can't seem to get 'into' this pregnancy and don't really know why. Well, I have some ideas of why - but they are all silly and don't amount to much of anything. I guess it is just hormones. Anyway - I am writing to tell you that your joy is lovely to see and I am just so happy for you. And me, of course. I just like to see you so bubbly all the time. It does my heart good. I love to read your updates (I read a bit at a time!) You take care. Julie
from theflyingrat :
I can't believe you're at 18 weeks already, that seems crazy to me! Good luck with everything this year! ♥
from c-weld :
Hello, Alice! You won't know me, as I came across your diary site today quite by accident. However, I have spent the past few hours reading your entries, and feel compelled to write this note to you. I just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed reading your diary, find your writing style to be lovely, and hope that I might continue to get to know you and your growing family over time. I am married, myself (for almost 19 years now), and have three children: a 15 year old girl, and 13 year-old twins, one of each. I'll be looking forward to updates! I'm happy to have found your site. Our Best To You, Christine USA
from bitterwineuk :
Happy new year. Yay, sprout here this year now. I still think it could be a boy. Hubby and I are trying for a new baby this year too and althogh nothing has happened as yet, we have a name picked for a boy as I am convinced my second child (if all goes well) will actually be another boy. Good luck for 2006 in general too. Becca
from lilpeanut80 :
Hi! Thanks so much for addressing my guestbook questions in your diary. I do have another one, too: I noticed you don't believe in spanking, so I was wondering what other things you do when discipline is required. I am a Christian as well and I value your opinion.
from camham :
Alice, You are sounding upbeat and positive. I can't wait to find out what Sprout is. Is it a boy or a girl? I think a boy. Thank you for the compliment on the new hair do. It was a fun change and I am enjoying it. Has your hair always been long? Looking forward to Christmas updates on Arthur!
from bitterwineuk :
Are you going to find out the sex of your baby or wait for a surprise? I predict another boy. Becca
from bodega :
My best friend and I spend 95% of the time talking about our children, and we talk at least 1 hr a day, if not more. To our friends that do not have any kids, they tend to think we are obsessed with our children, but we don't think that. We just care and love them so much and they are our LIVES!! Whoever wrote you that message is obviously not a mother, because only a mother would realize that the reason we talk about our kids so much is because we love them and they amaze us, not because we are obsessed by them. I would have been bothered by such a message too, but THE HECK WITH THOSE PEOPLE!! (that's what my grandmother always says...lol).
from maineland :
hooray, hooray, hooray for 16 weeks!!! Not much time to write now because I feel I *really* need to get loads done around the house. I'm just about to post in my own diary about some contractions that are going on -- ooh, even one RIGHT NOW. So, please pray that this is The Real Deal because I really am hoping to avoid induction (but, I figure by now, even if that's the way things go, at least my body is getting primed for it anyway!) But... really, I'm not sure *what* it is about 16 weeks, but somehow I even think that just seems like a HUGE milestone! :)
from bitterwineuk :
I love the just kicking stage of pregnancy too. I love how you can really relax with it when resting. Funny how babies want to play when you are ready for sleep. Have a wonderful christmas. Becca♥
from misschrisc :
Alice I just wanted to congratulate you on the new pregnancy. I've never left you a note but I do read this diary from time to time and I really love all the great links you find. You've helped me more than you can know! I followed along with your ttc of this baby, although you were already pregnant when I started reading this one. Since I'm also ttc and temping it has been helpful to hear your experiences (and good tips). Anyway I also wanted to tell you that the chinese calculator w/ lunar age was accurate for baby S. I think you better start shopping for those girl clothes soon!! ;) Chris http://aprettyhowtown.blogspot.com/ http://whenpush.blogspot.com/
from poppy73 :
Hi Alice, sleep issues- argh!!! My 8 month old has been waking every hour or so through the night for the past 4 months. I so sympathise with your sleep issues! I have found a fabulous book 'The no cry sleep solution'by Elizabeth Pantley. (or www.pantley.com.). It is BRILLIANT (she includes co-sleeping) and it is working, we are now having stretches of 4-6 hours. Been meaning to post this for ages, been reading your site since you were pregnant with Arthur, and I was pregnant too. Congrats on sprout! Love Lara x
from lilpeanut80 :
I did the Chinagold chart for my baby (already born) and it was wrong. :o) I guess it does claim only 66.5% accuracy.
from theflyingrat :
Yay for ultrasounds! I always get so excited when I see an ultrasound photo... yes, even other peoples'! Glad Sprout is doing well. ♥
from bitterwineuk :
I was thinking of you today. Glad scan went great after the scary start to the day. That must have been terrifying. So you will find out the sex at the next scan will you? Any gut feeling of your own? I just knew mine was gonna be a boy from about 3 months and I never had a sex scan either. Where I live, they don't reveal it in my local hospital. They charge £50 and send you to a London hospital. Even then, they can;t guarentee the outcome. Stupid hey? Take care and have a great weekend. Becca
from bodega :
I had BH starting at about 12 weeks and had them everyday till I delivered Logan (my 2nd). I wouldn't worry too much about it.
from crazeemomma :
I started noticing contractions with my youngest at around 12 weeks. My doctor told me not to worry as long as there was no bleeding. I know it's hard NOT to worry though. I cannot wait to read all about your ultrasound and see pictures of Sprout! :)
from vicola :
Hi Alice, so sorry to hear about your stoken photos, what a weird thing to happen. This Kerri is obviously a lunatic and hopefull something will be done to shut her nasty little site down soon. Good luck, hope you sort it all out, Vicola
from treacledabs :
No advice, just sending a (hug) because that's such a wierd thing to happen to you :-(
from crazeemomma :
Oh my! That is just creepy! I would email geocities and let them know. If you don't hear from them email them again. Keep on them until they do something about it. My mother had problems with a lady taking pictures from her genealogy site and claiming them as her own and she just kept onto geocities until it was taken care of. Good luck!
from theflyingrat :
That is so scary, Alice! I can't believe how crazy some people are. I don't know what proper procedure is but I would first just tell her that those are your photos and you'd appreciate it if you'd take them down. If she doesn't (And I'm not sure if it's illegal, technically but it should be.) you could tell her that it is and if she doesn't take them down than you will contact authorities. Mention something about identity theft or something, I don't know. It's really scary, though. Are those your ultrasound photos too?? I hope she takes them down soon. ♥
from theflyingrat :
I had chocolate almost every day when I was pregnant with Ri. He's happy and smily too. I wish I'd known that then, though. Maybe I wouldn't have felt so guilty every time I ate some. Haha. ♥
from maineland :
Oh Alice, I've been away far too long obviously, but when I saw this diary of yours highlighted I was intrigued indeed and came in to WONDERFUL news!! Oh, I'm so darn excited for you and your growing family!! And... oh I could go on and on and on about finally making my own darn diapers (and they work! and they're getting cuter!) but that's for another time. Right now I just want to congratulate you!!!
from viks :
Hi alice, i was watching miss congenality earlier- you wouldn't believe how many times ive watched it since you sent it to me :) Thank you once again! I don't think ive congratulated you yet on sprout (love the nickname). Im very happy for you and neil (and arthur of course). Love viks
from theflyingrat :
My nausea was always worse when I was at the computer too. At least when I was pregnant with Riley. Hope it doesn't get too bad for you! ♥
from theflyingrat :
Thanks for the e-mails, you've really made me feel about 800 times better about everything than I thought I could! I love reading this diary. You put in so much detail, all the development things are really interesting. Do you read these things in books or on websites? ♥
from mymemry :
I think my guess is that sprout IS a she rather than a he. I read that girlie sperm live longer but are slower swimmers. So if yall had parsnips like 1-3 days prior to ovulation - I would think sprout is a he. But it looks as if you had parsnips like 4 days before ovulation - thus a she sprout rather than a he sprout. I love both he and she sprouts. I'm with you about another baby. My boys - James, Nathan and ________ but then on the other hand - a little Jill or Julia or Jenna. (None of these will work because James doesn't want another J name. Poo!) Anyway - I enjoyed your email and WILL get back to you soon. Hope you have a good night sleep!! Julie
from mymemry :
Hi Alice. I wanted to share why I haven't watched the video clips - I forgot they were over there! You mentioned them early on in your entry and I just kept reading and forgot you had mentioned them. I am on the lap top now, but I will watch them when I get on the PC a bit later. I love to see Arthur in motion. I'm sorry you were hurt. Also, I wanted to let you know that I started my period yesterday! I was shocked. I virtually no symptoms (a teenie bit of cramping on Sunday afternoon - only lasting a few minutes) Anyway - I am so thrilled. I am scared with as much BF that I am doing that it will go away though. Any thoughts on that? I am trying to wean Nathan at night but he is NOT going for it. I still am nursing him twice. I need to do a bit more research on how to accomplish this. Have a good day!
from theflyingrat :
I'm sure it's okay. After all, you had the spotting with Arthur and look how lovely he is now! ♥
from mymemry :
Just curious - with all your knowledge of conception - I wonder if I COULD be ovulating without having a period? Have you read anything about that? I still am fighting for control over this. I give it up to the Lord, then take it right back!
from bitterwineuk :
where have i been the past few days. Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!! Yay, another d'land baby. I thought the mad spell was over but here we go again. Hooray. Becca ♥
from theflyingrat :
I don't want to scare you. But. I did get the bad feelings the time I miscarried. I refused to buy baby things because I was afraid something was wrong and EVERY TIME I peed I was convinced I'd find spotting. Then I DID find spotting. BUT don't let that alarm you. Because when I discussed the same fears that you are having now, about 30 people told me that when they were pregnant with their 2nd child, they had those same fears. Maybe it's "second baby syndrome" or something but it doesn't mean that you'll miscarry! You're constantly in my thoughts, I'm on your side and I'm sure you'll have a perfectly healthy baby in 36 weeks or so! ♥
from crazeemomma :
Congratulations on a BFP!!! How very exciting!!
from mom-of-two :
Alice, I bled early on during my first pregnancy and my second. It scared me the same both times- but all turned out just great. I had two happy, healthy babies. I hope it doesn't happen again to you, but remember if it does, more than likely, everything will turn out just fine.
from vicola :
Congratulations Alice! It was obviously just meant to be. Hope everything goes well for you and Baby number 2 and the pregnancy isn't too hard. I'm sure Arthur will be thrilled to have a new person to play with!
from boblobster :
Congratulations to you 3!!!!!!!!!!! You must be so excited. Wishing you all the v. best. Am definitely getting broody but we've decided to wait til next year! Bobbiex
from bodega :
Congrats Alice!!! Everything will be fine!! By the way, I hope this doesn't sound too weird but... how do you check your own cervix?
from theflyingrat :
Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you, funny how you decide to not try and then it just happens. ♥
from aisling2005 :
congrats!!!!!!!! wait till you see the brother-otherchild(lol i was about to type brother out of habit) relationship, awwww
from mom-of-two :
Congratulations Alice! I'm so happy for you, Neil and Arthur the soon to be big brother. I'll keep you in my prayers.
from bitterwineuk :
that sounds oh so technical. I wish you luck. I too am hoping for a second child very soon. becca
from theflyingrat :
Kent and I wanted very much to be in control, too. I planned EXACTLY when I wanted my second child to be born (27 months after Riley) and we started trying. Which resulted in a pregnancy right away but then a miscarriage. Sometimes needing control leads to negative things I guess. I am still charting (because I think it's fun too!) but we're not really TRYING trying anymore. It's more of a not trying, not preventing sort of thing. Last time we even specifically tried for a girl (but it was a boy) so somehow I feel like I got punished for that. This time, in my thoughts, I'm making it completely clear that I don't care if it's a boy or a girl as long as I end up with a healthy baby in my arms! Good luck with you & I wish you the best! You will be a great mother to 1 or 20 kids! ♥
from monkymind :
Thankyou so much for your itchy tips! I'm going to try the bath later I'm guessing that cornstarch is cornflour. DH is home today so I'm going to get well looked after to make up for last night. I went to bed at 9.00pm in the end!
from mymemry :
If charting brings you joy, by all means chart away!! It makes me smile thinking about you getting excited about it. If I were as knowledgable as you in this area, I would do the SAME as you. I only wish I had something to chart! I STILL have not started my cycle up yet. I doubt I am even ovulating. Our ideal conception time is Dec or later. Nathan is getting in the trash, I gotta go. Julie
from mymemry :
It's been awhile since you have updated in here. I am wondering what yall have decided to do as far as TTC goes. It seemed to kind of be 'up in the air' in the last entry. Just wondering. XO Julie
from vicola :
Hi Alice, Just to let you know I've got my fingers crossed! From the photos you post Arthur looks like the happiest little soul in the world and you'll make just as brilliant a mum to 2 babies as 1. Good luck!!
from bodega :
When I first got pregnant with this baby, I felt very guilty that I was going to neglect Gwendolyn, but we have all embraced him. Your feelings are normal, and I think that once you figure out that you are pregnant, it won't take long for you to be SO very excited.
from bodega :
I hope you are pregnant. You are such a wonderful mother, and all the signs point to yes. Good luck!!
from mymemry :
I am on pins and needles waiting to for the outcome. You sure do have lots of signs, huh? Thinking about you.
from theflyingrat :
I'm sorry that I've not left any notes lately. I am excited for you I just feel a little stupid about it all. Haha. I wish you the best, you're already a fantastic mum and I'm sure another addition will be right around the corner! ♥
from mymemry :
Alice, please don't take this wrong, but if you put as much energy in flying as you put in your monthly cycle - you would have, BY FAR, THE NEATEST HOUSE ON THE PLANET. I must laugh at that. Isn't it funny how our 'time' is where our heart is? Your heart is on your little one, and 'soon to be' little one. I do know from pictures you have posted in your diary that you ARE INDEED flying around your place. Everything looks just lovely. Great job. It helps when guests come to visit, huh? I am very excited for you!! Very excited. If I EVER start my period again - maybe you could help me with my cycle too?
from linneabear :
Yayyy! I am so excited for you!
from mymemry :
WOW! What a HUGE thing! Planning and plotting for another baby boo! How exciting for yall. Moving the schedule up a bit. I like it! I will pray for you. How's your flying going? It is my opinion that you have more 'time for flying' now - as opposed to this time next year with TWO little boo's. Let me know when and if you want to put our heads together and come up with daily schedules/routines. So happy for you and Neil and **SOON** to be big brother, Arthur!
from mymemry :
We 'planned' Nathan - I know EXACTLY when he was conceived. My heart's desire is to conceive our next without even knowing about it. I know when I ovulate because my desire for parsnips is more evident. So - here's to a little oopsie! April into May.
from theflyingrat :
I cannot thank you enough for leaving the comment in my guestbook. (My pregnancy journal is ababyforme.) Although I am still extremely scared it made me feel 800 times better to know that someone out there has experienced something similar and still gone on to have a beautiful (and he is quite!) baby. Thanks again, I really really appreciate it. `Jenn
from frogmom :
Arthur is sooo cute!!
from thaichic :
What a beautiful family. Congratulations.
from thaichic :
Alice he's so gorgeous. And you're a beautiful mom. Those pictures are really bright with colors. You must use a really good camera.
from thaichic :
I'm so jealous. I wish I could pump more than a couple of ounces. Great job! Take care-Jen
from viks :
i can never believeh ow if i dont check your site for a tiny amount of time he seems to change and have developed so much, ! :) Hope he can get those casts off soon.
from mymemry :
Hi again Alice. I have tossed and turned (quietly) for amost 2 hours on the full size mattress in Nathan's room. I nursed him once just a few minutes ago and really wanted to keep him down there with me and drift off with him flutter sucking too, but I decided to try to put him back in his crib. And he is still in there. I cannot believe it. Anyway this insomnia is killing me. If it's not Nathan waking up every other minute, its my own body keeping me up. Anyway, I just was wondering if you pump any? Does Neil feed Arthur your milk from a bottle? I was thinking if you pumped and built up a good supply (good frozen for 3 months) that you would be able to extend his consumption of breastmilk if indeed he didn't like your milk as well when you get pregnant. Night night. Julie ps I will email you an updated picture of my snuggle puppy first. Julie
from my2monkeys :
Alice, this is what I use to see Makenna while she is rear-facing in the backseat of my car. It works great and gives me peace of mind. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/baby/B0000E3D8L//002-1894857-4660854
from vythien :
Hi :) I have left a couple of messages in your guestbook before, but haven't really made myself known to you. Firstly, congratulations on Arthur being so healthy! And I'm so glad his feet are going so good! I must say I did a conversion of kg to lb, because I thought 20lb didn't quite sit right in my mind, and on an online converter, 7.88kg comes to 17lb 3oz. But even so, that is a great weight gain! Can't wait to see more pics of little Arthur... he's sooooo cute! :) Cathi
from marlen816 :
I can totally relate to the not getting any sleep thing. Between my 8 month old's ear infections and my 2 1/2 year old's hand, foot and mouth deal I have had probably 10 hours a sleep this week! I'll be praying for you! ((Hugs))

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