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2 minutes ago, Slache said:

I had a goal to lose 20 pounds this year before I knew about the baby. Now I want to lose 30 between my 6 week checkup and all of 2021.

Pray the baby is an efficient nurser?  My baby got me down to a size 4.  I wasn't even a size 4 in high school.

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You know, saying "ignore this thread" to this group is like saying "don't push the big red button!" 

Homeschoolers.     They always think the rules don't apply to them.

Coming out of my long time lurking because I couldn't ignore this thread..  :leaving:

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4 minutes ago, ikslo said:

Pray the baby is an efficient nurser?  My baby got me down to a size 4.  I wasn't even a size 4 in high school.

I was a 12 on highschool and not overweight. If I'm a 4 I've been dead for at least 6 months.

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1 minute ago, Slache said:

I was a 12 on highschool and not overweight. If I'm a 4 I've been dead for at least 6 months.

I was a 12 in high school too.  And not overweight at all.  

I'm back up where I was in January.  I was doing good until pandemic snacking started.   

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28 minutes ago, Slache said:

I was a 12 on highschool and not overweight. If I'm a 4 I've been dead for at least 6 months.

I was a 10.  I was an 8 when I got pregnant.  I lost too much weight nursing.  Baby had allergies, so I had to work within that.  I could see bones.  I saw a nutritionist/dietician at a teaching hospital.  Nutritionist let student handle the meeting, and she suggested mayo and peanut butter.  Kiddo is allergic to eggs and peanuts.  I did not end up paying for the appointment.

Anyway, I lost weight.:)  I'm a 12 now.  So you can see it is not a long-term solution.  It was not healthy for me.  Baby benefitted.  And I kept my size 4 pants for a long time, just because.

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I've never been a snacker, really.  I think maybe because I inserted coffee into that slot?  I inbibe waaaaaay too much caffeine.  My coffee cup is like a security blanket.

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7 minutes ago, ikslo said:

I was a 10.  I was an 8 when I got pregnant.  I lost too much weight nursing.  Baby had allergies, so I had to work within that.  I could see bones.  I saw a nutritionist/dietician at a teaching hospital.  Nutritionist let student handle the meeting, and she suggested mayo and peanut butter.  Kiddo is allergic to eggs and peanuts.  I did not end up paying for the appointment.

Anyway, I lost weight.:)  I'm a 12 now.  Sp you can see it is not a long-term solution.  It was not healthy for me.  Baby benefitted.  And I kept my size 4 pants for a long time, just because.

I'm sorry.

I'm not sure I have bones.

I would have had the pants framed and hung above my bed.

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DS was hungry all the time and if not nursing, fussed if we were staying still. In pictures from when he was a toddler, I look... angular. I recovered all right, though. 🙂

It's still raining. Who sent these rain clouds? Take them back! Ikslo, are they yours? I'm done with them for a couple of weeks. Kindly put them back in storage if you don't need them.

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2 hours ago, ikslo said:

Lynn's housekeeping and exercise routines match up to mine perfectly.  No commitment to either. 🙂

Lazy women BOOYAH!

It may look like laziness, but I prefer "refined priorities."  😜

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I don't have my doctor in my phone so I googled him and my phone autocorrect his name to Al Qaeda and now I don't want to go.

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2 hours ago, ikslo said:

Pray the baby is an efficient nurser?  My baby got me down to a size 4.  I wasn't even a size 4 in high school.

I never lose weight when breastfeeding, even when my babies guzzle so much they gain a pound a week. Even when tandem nursing a toddler on top of the guzzling baby.

I'm apparently very efficient at milk production 😄

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3 hours ago, Servant4Christ said:

Oh no! Does it move super slow or is it just not overly interesting content-wise? I hope this doesn't happen to us. He loves Rascal, Tom Sawyer, ect and keeps hunting for My Side of the Mountain because he knows it's coming. I let him read most books on his own and then when I see he's about halfway through, we begin reading them as a family to discuss comprehension and such. I only read part of the Google sample and got sucked in so I'll read it even if he doesn't. Lol

I think all textbooks should be pink now because his idea is to get through it as fast as possible and be done with it. Seeing that math is his most reluctant subject, I'm liking his logic. 🤣

I don’t remember.  Content, maybe?  He just didn’t connect. He loved Tom Sawyer. 

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3 hours ago, Another Lynn said:

It may look like laziness, but I prefer "refined priorities."  😜

I bow to your genius!

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7 hours ago, Another Lynn said:

🤣 No.  I'm going to repeat weeks 1 and 2 and then quit.  And then restart and repeat weeks 1 and 2.  And then quit.  etc.  😆

Hey - that’s 2 whole weeks of exercise !

5 hours ago, Another Lynn said:

It may look like laziness, but I prefer "refined priorities."  😜

Imma write this down. 

4 hours ago, maize said:

I never lose weight when breastfeeding

Me neither. I thought it was because my kids were not good nursers. One person told me she lost her weight as soon as she stopped nursing, but that didn’t happen either. 

On a related note, yesterday I wore  size small hiking pants and shirt.  A year ago I was 210 pounds and sometimes able to fit into XL. 

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3 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

Hey - that’s 2 whole weeks of exercise !

Imma write this down. 

Me neither. I thought it was because my kids were not good nursers. One person told me she lost her weight as soon as she stopped nursing, but that didn’t happen either. 

On a related note, yesterday I wore  size small hiking pants and shirt.  A year ago I was 210 pounds and sometimes able to fit into XL. 

I don't know if I'll lose weight when I stop nursing, I've never been in that situation.

(OK, I have stopped halfway through some of my pregnancies but I was pregnant so that doesn't count as a weight loss experiment). I've probably been nursing for close to sixteen years cumulatively at this point...

I am kind of contemplating weaning ds3; it has to happen sometime right? I'm bad at weaning.

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Well.... I have nothing to say. I watched a Christmas movie I enjoyed. Thanks to Angi, I feel the freedom to watch Christmas movies in May. I need to go read another book. I am jamming on my Reading Challenge for this year. Last year I read 19 books the whole year. Here it is mid-May and I’ve already read 13.

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1 hour ago, maize said:

I am kind of contemplating weaning ds3; it has to happen sometime right? I'm bad at weaning.

From the moment you begin giving him something else to eat or drink, you are weaning. 🙂

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7 minutes ago, Ellie said:

From the moment you begin giving him something else to eat or drink, you are weaning. 🙂

By that definition I've been weaning kids for 16 years 😄 you'd think I'd have figured it out by now...

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5 hours ago, maize said:

I never lose weight when breastfeeding, even when my babies guzzle so much they gain a pound a week. Even when tandem nursing a toddler on top of the guzzling baby.

I'm apparently very efficient at milk production 😄

Me neither. I think how your body reacts to the hormones has a lot to do with it. 

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8 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

Hey - that’s 2 whole weeks of exercise !

Imma write this down. 

Me neither. I thought it was because my kids were not good nursers. One person told me she lost her weight as soon as she stopped nursing, but that didn’t happen either. 

On a related note, yesterday I wore  size small hiking pants and shirt.  A year ago I was 210 pounds and sometimes able to fit into XL. 

Congratulations!  I can't imagine the hard work that accomplished that!

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2 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

Good morning!

One thing is for sure - it’s easier to get dressed in a small backpacking tent than in a hammock. 

 

I’m just not even sure how to respond to that!!!

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I’m trying to think through what I want and what I OuGHT to want inregardsto in laws visiting baby. The midwife recommended no visitors for at least the first week so at least I have that breathing space. Then I really want my mom to come. She wants to and I feel like whatever risk there is is going to be oughtweighed by how much better I’ll recover if she’s thereto help. Dh only gets a week and the older kids can keep things going at a basic level, but when she comes she just jumps right in and keeps everything going plus she takes care of me and keeps myspirits up. I am worried about PPD again. My in laws...their wayof helping is to snuggle with baby while it’s happy and hand it back when it poops so I can “get some rest.”  Maybe I am a weirdo, but I just can’t rest away from my newborns well. I just lay there with my heart racing wondering how they’re doing and how soon baby will need me. So then I can lay there miserable or go hang out with them but they are death by a thousand paper cut people and most of their conversation will be about how every good feature in the baby comes from their side.  It was one thing when they didn’t live here and this only lasted for four days, but I have no idea how much they will be over now that they live here. if we give them free reign. So from a purely selfishperspective, there is no benefit to outweigh the risk. But of course we owe them more than that.  I am not sure how much, though. Thoughts?  Iamworried about being unfair to them. It’s difficult to see clearly right now. 

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Good morning everyone! Happy Tea Day! 

Spud, I wish I had some amazing advice for you. In-laws (or parents in general) can be so hard. Perhaps you could set some really stringent rules due to the pandemic? Changing clothes, showering, masking, etc? That way you aren't actually limiting them, but it would make it less appealing to visit. I don't know all the details of your situation, so that may be worthless, but it was the only thing that came to mind when I read your post. (((Spud)))

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45 minutes ago, myblessings4 said:

Good morning!  !  Lynn, I need to go to the store to, come to think of it.  I need to get whatever I'm taking to ds35's house Saturday.

I need to go to the store, too.  I have about a tablespoon of half-and-half left. That constitutes an emergency.

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Morning, Happy Thursday.    I'm doing much better with days of the week but still pretty bad with dates.   I saw something on Facebook about something being closed on Memorial Day and thought "why are they posting that already, Memorial Day is months away".   Except, of course......

Dh should be coming home tonight or tomorrow.  His mother is doing much better (after thinking that this might be the end, she was adamantly refusing to go to the ER when dh was very concerned).    

I've been trying to decide if I want to skip my workout with dd today.  Pollen is awful and concern about the possible shin splints.   But I could still go and just do stuff inside rather than walking.  Which would be the more responsible thing to do.  

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1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

(((Spuds))) That is tough to navigate. Lean on your DH and ask his opinion. You'll come up with a plan together. I'm using the pandemic (it's the perfect excuse) to keep everyone away. It's just too stressful, otherwise. We'll have 1 family member here short-term to help out, but this is mostly just with making meals and keeping the day to day up and running. Anyone who chooses to be offended rather than understanding will just have to get over themselves.

I’m not sure using the pandemic as an excuse will work very well over here. Dh is pretty much in the “just a bad flu” camp so it’s a bit of a touchy subject. 
i guess my favorite compromise right now would be to say, “dh, how about you invite them over for lemonade in the backyard a couple times a week and baby can make a sort of celebrity appearance for 10-15 minutes.”  That way he’d have to talk to them, not me, and baby’s exposure would be less because it’s outside and for a limited time and I could give her a bath afterwards. I’m not sure if they’ll see that as a reasonable compromise or as reactionary, cruel, and offensive, though. 😬

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Morning. Nothing new here, but I'm smoking a brisket and thinking seriously about a blueberry cobbler to go with that for tonight's dinner. I smell like hickory smoke. 

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I survived the AFSA. 
 

Spuds, I am pro-mom gets to decide who, when and for how long and does not need to explain her preferences. Postpartum preferences are very personal and should not need to be explained to anyone. Nor should anyone else’s preferences be considered. Full stop. Give them my number. 

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CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP!

My MIL decided to come visit several times between when the baby comes and her originally scheduled trip. I had Matt tell her no because of the plague. She's a school nurse. She's actually hinted several times that we're going to discuss her plans to move in with us when she gets down here.

I don't mind visitors at all if I like the person. I don't mind people taking the baby and not helping. I know people think it's exciting.

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I guess I prefer if it’s just a visit and not help that it’s nice and short. But I am not a very social person and don’t do a lot of visiting in general, and when I do it’s tiring even whne I enjoy it. So it’s not that appealing to me when I’m feeling lousy. Hold the baby for a few minutes , say something nice, then go. Tbh I’m not great at accepting help either. If someone asks me if they can do do anything my gut instinct is to say no. It probably only works so well with my mom bc she is so similar and knows me so well that she can just jump in without being asked and make things happen. 

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Hey! I need that great quote from Lynn about how she had a kid freewrite for a year and it was like the best year ever. Anyone know where that is?

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3 hours ago, Slache said:

CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP!

She's actually hinted several times that we're going to discuss her plans to move in with us when she gets down here.

 

Uh, what is it about clap clap clap clap that she doesn't understand?!? 😄   Maybe she should join our campfire sing-along and we can 'splain it.

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We are home.  I have banished the Seven Levels of Goat.  Laundry is going.  Dishwasher is going.  Tents and tarps are airing out.  Camelbacks and water filter are disinfected.  Daypacks are emptied and put away.  The rest of the stuff will get sorted and put away once the laundry and dishwasher are done.  Dh will get Chinese take-out for dinner.

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20 hours ago, Junie said:

Are you surviving your audit, ikslo?

Let us know if you need backup.

#ninjaelephantbrigade

Today was better.  Thanks 🙂

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5 hours ago, Slache said:

Hey! I need that great quote from Lynn about how she had a kid freewrite for a year and it was like the best year ever. Anyone know where that is?

I should probably qualify "best year ever."  I think that's a Slache paraphrase for "only year that didn't writing was not a complete failure."  🤣  So I don't have a quote of what I said before, but basically after trying every writing curricula known to homeschool moms and throwing them all against the wall, I told him he had to write something everyday - a paragraph to a page.  I told him if he couldn't think of a topic, I had a list he could choose from.  He wrote everyday (it was a long time ago, but I'm guessing that was 4 days/week).  We did not edit them.  I'm not even sure I read all of them.  But I think we made more progress doing that than many other things we tried.  That was probably around 6th grade?   

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Today was busy.  Dd and I tried a different walking route that didn't have the big hill at the beginning and it went better.  Still stopped to rest/stretch but much better and no weak feeling.   We also talked about doing a shorter warm-up walk and adding some strength training stuff.  So I have to see if I can buy a resistance band.  

I'm giving away my dissection specimens because by the time I can use them they won't be good.   So I hung around for people to pick up.   

Then younger dd had TKD at the science center by zoom.   

Then, with dh still away I had to make dinner.  Was supposed to be pulled pork (bbq sandwich for me) but what dh said was pulled pork is evidently meatloaf.  So meatloaf and broccoli it is.   Then I thought dd only ate the broccoli stalks.  But I had it backwards, she only eats the heads, it's asparagus that she only eats the stalks.   This cooking dinner stuff is hard. 

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Have I mentioned that my dh is also the one who carries most of the mental load around here?  Especially when it pertains to kids preferences around food.  

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