Chaz Moms and Moms-to-Be Chat (everyone welcome)

Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by jenv101, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. AllisonPitbullLvr

    AllisonPitbullLvr New Member

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    One of my clients at work (who happens to be BFF's with my boss), makes lotions, soaps, etc. I'll be buying from her.
     
  2. darkchild16

    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    This is what my friends husband is making to store her kids cloth diapers. Im thinking of making the open (hes doing the cubes on that side to) side longer and of course the whole thing taller and 16 inches wide.

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    Choices. they suck.
     
  3. maxfox426

    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    I just use the Johnson & Johnson baby wash... sometimes. Same with the shampoo. Basically, I just use water unless he's gotten into something really messy (mud, finger paint, food caked in his hair, etc.), and then I'll use the Johnson & Johnson. I'll be honest in that I didn't research a lot of bath products, because we got the Johnson & Johnson as gifts. He is 15mos now and we have only used 1/2 of a bottle of each.

    As for lotion, my pediatrician recommended the Aveeno Baby brand. So we have a bottle, but we've never had any reason to inspire using it yet. LOL
     
  4. Barbara!

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    I have a question. I have PCOS. I am constantly missing periods, so I'm pretty familiar with pregnancy tests. The second line never shows up, even I let it sit there for hours and forget about it before throwing it away... Still only one line. Well, this time, I peed on it, saw there was only one line immediately, dismissed it, and set it aside. I came back about 20 minutes later and there were two lines.... There have never been two lines and in my experience and the experience of those around me, the tests only show two lines if you ARE pregnant. So....

    Thoughts here, guys?
     
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    Read the instructions. If you wait too long they can be evaporation lines.
     
  6. jenv101

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    I would pick up another couple of tests, different brands and try them too. Maybe a digital one that doesn't use lines? And do it first thing in the morning!
     
  7. Barbara!

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    It's never happened before though, so I am just weirded out I guess. It was too early to test anyways, but I usually test every two weeks per routine. I may wait a week or so before trying again.
     
  8. PlottMom

    PlottMom The Littlest Hound

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    I don't take them THAT often... but I just took a digital the other day, it clearly said "not pregnant" but I still haven't had a period and its been 2 months & 1 week :/
     
  9. Barbara!

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    I would go to the doctor and get a blood test. I'm used to having irregular periods because I have PCOS
     
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    stafinois Professional Nerd

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    This. Dr. Sears is the best. Well, there are many Dr. Sears. I think that their info is pretty balanced, not gungho pro or anti anything, but good at giving the facts and letting you decide. I think they tend to lean towards, gentle, natural parenting.

    Also, their website covers nearly everything and is very informational and non alarming. Whenever I get worried, I look it us on the Dr. Sears website and am usually calmed down. They probably have a page about, "Oh, your child lost a limb. Don't panic, modern medicine is great! Here is what you should do..."
     
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    20 minutes does seem kind of quick for an evap line to come up, but it's definitely possible.

    I'd definitely be picking up another test.

    Plottmom, lots of things can cause missed periods. Birth control, weight loss/gain, stress, and various medical issues. I'd see a dr if it doesn't come soon, though.
     
  12. darkchild16

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    Ok so I have time to write something in depth down.

    Never write anything off. Advice from moms that have been there RECENTLY and have the same beliefs as you is invaluable. Still everyone does things different so what they may do you might not find the easiest.

    I have 3 under 5 (until Feb) and I have done something different with all 3. The most drastic being Savannah. The ionly thing I have done with ALL three of them is make our own baby food.

    I used to think babywearers were NUTS to wear past the first couple months but I was wrong. OH so wrong. Not all babies like it but of you have a baby that does OMG its soooooo much easier. You can get a NICE long term carrier at Babies R Us for 35 dollars (you can get it at some walmarts and targets too.) Its called the Infantino Sash. It is a tie carrier but it is NOT hard at ALL to do. I was scared to try a Mei Tei (what the name for the sash is called) with Morgan because of his heft but I went to a Babywearer meetup and I tried one with Savannah and I was HOOKED. I could wear her and Morgan at the same time and it was EASY to do alone. I went out and bought it that night and tried Morgan in it at home. Its now my go to carrier in the house because I have to do NOTHING to switch it between the two. I can post a video on how my teacher taught me to tie it (different then the instructions and ALOT more comfy). Savannah is a baby that HATES being put down and the carriers make life SOOOO much easier. Between shopping and everything I cant imagine doing it alone without the carriers.

    Excuse me looking pissy LOL (this is not the carrier I talk about its a different MUCH more expensive one that I LOVE but the price is rather up there :eek: )
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    Cloth diapers. If you can handle them they are AWESOME and I can help you find them cheaper (I paid 200 for 50). They can be daunting and overwhelming at first but it gets easier and better with time. If you plan to cloth diaper you will have to be on the look out for Cloth Diaper friendly clothes. Onesies need to be a size up for the most part (Gerber brand is a waste with cd's) and for little girls leggings and shirts or dresses are still CUTE, girly and work GREAT. Also for the house in the winter LEGWARMERS. You can get them on Ebay for $3 a pair..

    Carseats
    Only use a used one if you KNOW the party you are getting it from. Not all carseats are created equal no matter WHAT any brand claims. They all go through the same tests by federal mandate but there are some that are tested BEYOND that. I would have a CPST help you install. Some will do it for free others charge a small fee because the certification requires CONSTANT education. Your fire department and/or police station usually does not have to take anywhere NEAR the educational classes as a CPST does much less stay up to date on the information. Jeremy learned as a firefighter on a ANCIENT carseat and learned nothing of Latch or anything. (I actually taught HIM how to put the seat in)


    Also if you can borrow a swing and bouncer I would. Babies TEND to prefer one over the other or in my case neither.

    HAVE back up plans for the things you WANT to do and do not think of them as preparing to fail. Have a couple bottles and a can of formula (save the reciepts and do not prep them). You want to have time to make your choice not rushing to the store at 2 AM trying to figure out what you want with a upset baby, no sleep and the stress.

    Most of all be flexible. Babies have their own personalities and likes/dislikes. Things happen out of our control. As long as you take care of your baby you are NOT a failure. Even falling in love with your baby can take time it's not always this instant I'm in love feeling like you see in the movies.

    ETA: If you MUST use baby detergent Purex smells like Johnsons baby wash instead of stinking like powder, also free and clear is cheaper and you get the same result just not the "baby" smell.

    Also you do not NEED the expensive tubs or anything the best tub I have found is the basic tub with the sling, we also use our towels on the babies you can cover the head and they have towels when they are too big for the hoodeds. Bumper pads are advised against. I DID use them and never had issues but you can only use them a short time until you either need to take them off or use the mesh.

    Learn how to swaddle. I know that sounds silly but with the swaddlers out on the market many moms do NOT know how to. If anyone wants I can take a video of me swaddling Savannah.

    Moby blankets are $$ but they are AWESOME. You can get them at diaper.com

    OH and lingere bag for socks. take them off the baby and put them STRAIGHT in there and wash and dry them in it.

    Im sure I will think of more.
     
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    In regards to pregnancy tests, I never noticed a negative test (when it sat in the trash, etc) ever develop a line on the "positive" line area,even after sitting for some time. I'd definitely retest
     
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    Get an assortment of diapers. Some newborn, some One Size, some prefolds/fitteds and covers. Making your own detergent is the cheapest way or free and clear. Buy used either online or find a local store and ask them for local resources (your babywearing group as well)

    I didnt get Savannah ANYTHING but one size and NOTHING fit her :rolleyes: we were expecting a 9 lb baby not a 6 lb tiny little girl. Even now very few outside of covers and prefolds fit her.
     
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    For wraps/slings I had quite a few but ended up loving a simple cloth one. Buy five yards of fabric, get someone to serge or hem it if you can't and you're good. Flannel or cotton works best, nothing with a lot of give. Most of the time I'd put the sling on to fit in the house, put her in the carseat to drive, get somewhere and pop her into the sling and go, no hauling the carseat around, worked well for me.

    Cloth diapers - not that hard, really! If you sew, you can get old flannel receiving blankets from others (I had them given to me by the bagful!), pick up some old towels, some fleece and you can make prefolds that are cute and work great with a rubber snappi. Towel or face cloth inside as a liner, double layer of flannel on the outside and fleece patches for the snappi. I also got wool sweaters and made covers myself, or knitted them, very cute and not expensive at all.

    Carseat we just used what we had, a basic one, nothing fancy.

    For baby food I also made my own, once they were sitting up and able to pick up things they more or less started on finger foods, cut up veggies and fruits steamed at first, then meats, then grains, then quickly onto whatever we were having if possible. Did not do any baby cereal or anything really with either kid.

    Formula didn't use, but if you're expecting, go to the baby formula websites and sign up for their clubs - both pregnancies I did that and got a can of formula sent to me, along with other goodies.

    Also look online for used stuff, there's often things where grandma had a playpen and it was used once a month, and other deals.

    The big thing is to do what works for you and have some common sense, ignore the people who brag how their kid is potty trained at six weeks or walking at five months. Whatever, not your kid, don't worry about them. Also keep in mind babies don't read the books on babies, so they may not be 'textbook'.
     
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    I usually use the dollar store $1 kinds, and it never has either. I'm going to test again in a couple days and see.
     
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    Took it again just now and I'm getting a faint positive. Does that mean its too early to tell? It's not a thick line, but it's there... I will take a picture
     
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    The one on the left is the one from yesterday that I let sit too long, and the one on the right is the one from just a little while ago after it had been sitting for about 4-5 minutes.

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    And sorry to spam... But you guys are probably the only people I have to talk to about this.
     
  19. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    It won't show even a light positive unless it's a positive. Just early.

    eta: Also faint because your pee isn't as concentrated as it would be in the morning.
     
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    Test again in a few days, but I'd say that's definitely a positive!

    However, it could be a chemical pregnancy, especially if your period might not actually be late.
     

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