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  1. I nursed almost twelve years and stopped this summer. I lost a bit of weight and my appetite went down a lot. Aside from the cup changes I expected, I also lost weight in my upper arms and around my shoulders. My body now looks sharper. Congratulations on your run and I hope the transition is easy for you both.
  2. I wish I'd known that homeschooling would mean I wasn't quite a SAHM anymore. Kindergarten was easy to integrate into our routine. Every year adds more work to my plate and I've had to stretch to integrate siblings. Cleaning and shopping don't get done during the school day. Meals are prepared at night when my husband gets home. A lot of perks my family got used to by having me at home were gone. I'm sure other people figured it out ahead of time, but it was a shock to me.
  3. As a loss mom, I can't even watch the first episode. My father was telling me a little bit about the plot and I can not willing suspend disbelief long enough to wrap my head around having a child die and then immediately adopting another infant. Having gone through that kind of loss, I find it offensive.
  4. I'm so sorry. Sending prayers for you and your family. Take as much time as you need to make memories and enjoy snuggling your son when they change the vent. There is so much sadness mixed along with such profound joy. It is easy to overlook the joy. I hope your overwhelming love for your son is a comfort to you both.
  5. I didn't wear make-up for a long time. After my last baby, I went and had my colors done with some friends. I enjoy it and I like spending a couple of minutes on something that is just for me.
  6. We listened to Peter Pan on audio. My kids are probably younger than yours and they thought it was just OK. On the other hand, I wished I had read it in one of my women's studies classes in college. There is a lot of weird sexist projections on Tinkerbell and Wendy. I was also very much amused by a swearing Tink.
  7. You've gotten some great advice. I found having multiple sets of pumping parts was very important. When you are pumping for a preemie, they don't want you to refrigerate and reuse one set. By having four or five sets, I could wash twice a day instead of after every pumping session. The hospital will provide you with your first kit and you can buy more from them, but I found them cheaper on line. Since there are only three companies that make hospital grade pumps, I'd call the NICU or Labor and Delivery ahead of time and find out. Buying a hands-free pumping bra will also be a game changer. Wishing you and your little one all of the best. I hope your NICU time is short and uneventful.
  8. My presents get funneled into wool, either roving for spinning or yarn for weaving, knitting, and tapestry.
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