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  #821  
July 26th, 2013, 06:53 PM
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I promised these on the main board.... this is my kitchen table. I forgot to take a picture before I packed some plastic containers... so I'm adding a picture of those.





My guess is 50% or more of what's on that table is going on a trash bag. lol
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July 26th, 2013, 10:20 PM
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I think I figured it out. I can't believe I've been so STUPID!!!

I could have had insurance last year had I just told him that either I got insurance or he could either get 0 sex during my fertile time or we can use condoms during that period. DH HATES condoms and loves sex... he will not love either one of those options!!!

GAH.... I cannot believe I didn't put that together before now... I guess a few drinks are a good idea sometimes.....
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July 27th, 2013, 06:04 AM
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Oh Lordy haha.

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July 27th, 2013, 10:50 AM
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LOL. I'm not a big drinker. But to boost my mood and get some packing done, I bought a bottle of Kahlua. On my way back up the stairs from the car last night... I realized if I'd not have had a miscarriage there was NO way I'd be doing what I was doing (carrying 8 large plastic totes)... which led to me thinking about how I don't want more, and want insurance... and my brain just put 2 and 2 together. LOL.
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July 27th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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Clarity from booze...I've had some of my best ideas whilst a little worse for wear lol.

Hope the packing is going well, saw on fb you found a cleaner- that must be a good job to have ticked off the list.
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July 27th, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Oh heavens yes. I'm going to try and find one to come and clean my new house next week too

I am in agony with my hands.. both of them hurt and I only have a brace for one. even typing is getting harder and harder... and I still have so much to do. I've done NOTHING today... so I'll have to get my rear in gear and do something later tonight.

I just finished watching Beautiful Creatures. If you haven't read the book... read it and skip the movie. I'm very disappointed. I don't usually have an issue saying to myself "a movie based on a book is still a movie, a book is a book." but this book was written dang near perfectly for a movie.. and they messed with it. *sigh*

Now I'm worried about City of Bones next month.
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July 27th, 2013, 06:57 PM
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could all ya' preggos who read my journal please put the following "Ashley, stop reading this we don't want you admitted for a head injury" when discussing car seats in your journals? Because I really don't want to end up hating anyone or getting into a fight.


So here's some friendly advice on car seats for everyone except Jen cause I know nada about British seats, but I'm happy to look it up for you.

1- infant seat -> rear facing convertable-> forward facing convertable/ extended harnessing seat -> High back booster -> low back booster.
2- the above timeline takes 12 years to complete, not 8, not 4'9", not 80lbs... until they FIT in the adult seat or have hit puberty. Babies spines do not ossify until they are nearly FOUR. Until that age, you can rip your babies head from its spinal cord going 35mph (50km for Jen).
3-You do not check your carseat on a plane. You use it for the baby. A checked carseat is a crashed car seat and is trash. Gate checking vs checking at counter makes no difference.. they are not careful with seats
3.1- you have to stow your purse on a plane because you can't keep a hold of it in a crash and it could hurt someone. Your child is a larger projectile and isn't likely to survive being ripped from your arms and thrown around the plane during turbulence.
4- You never wash your harness. No matter how many times it gets puked on, peed on or poo'd on.. you never submerse it. Your manual will tell you how to clean it.
5- Carseats go IN the shopping cart, not on top. There is an exception to that rule for ONE carseat, I don't remember which one. You can wear your baby, or you can use a two cart system/cart stroller system. Doing this can damage the car seat latching system causing it to not hold up in a crash.
6- Each change in seat type is a step DOWN in safety. It is not a milestone to be celebrated, as a mother you should want to cry each time your child needs a new seat.
7- LATCH or Seatbelt, never both. Why? because the seat manufacturer said so.
8 - Buy New. Driving is the most dangerous thing we do every day, do not make the riskiest thing you do even riskier for your children.
9- Always see a CPST to have your install checked.
10- if it didn't come with the carseat you can't use it. No toys, no add on head supports or strap covers. Choose seats that come with these options included in the box. Aftermarket products void the warranty on your car seat. You CAN buy new seat covers and such that are designed FOR YOUR SPECIFIC SEAT from the manufacturer. You cannot however buy the extra products from your manufacture for another seat, or generic items.
11- it is 500x safer to rear face your child until 2. That percentage does drop every day past 2 years old... but it is never NOT safer to rear face your child.
12- you child is more likely to break its legs forward facing than rear facing, that argument is invalid.
13- it is not uncomfortable to rear face. Would you like to have your legs dangling for hours on end or be able to tuck them up on something?
14- Your child cries in the car be cause you've restrained them, not because they are rear facing.
15- Forward facing will NOT cure motion sickness for most children.. but put a towel over them because you can't wash the harness straps if they puke on them
16- Car crash = new seat and your insurance should cover it.
17- There are car accidents you are just not going to survive regardless of the way you face your child. This is not a valid argument for turning your child early.
18- Yes your child is STILL safer rear facing if you are rear ended.
19- You can extended rear face, harness and booster your child for $1.63 OR LESS a month in the USA for an average sized child. That's 12 months x 12 years.
20 - you cannot see most carseat damage. There is no one in the world you can check the seat's integrity with out test crashing the seat...which renders it unusable.
21- Always use your tether!!! This goes for all forward facing seats, and if the seat allows Rear facing tether, use it.
22- No projectiles in the car. The rules is... and no, I'm not joking.. if you would not throw the item at your babies face, it is not safe for the car.
23-"I did it and I survived" is a crappy argument.
24- It is called a CHEST clip. It goes between nipple and armpit depending on the age of the child. It does not go half way down their chest.
25- NO COATS. No excuses. People in Alaska can do it, so you can the rest of us. I have a dozen tricks.. ask.


And last but not least...
READ THE DANG MANUAL!




*gasps for breath*

I rarely rant about this sort of stuff... but I read something earlier and my head about exploded. It doesn't help that Lora and I have been hearing a lot of how Reme can come out of his booster Monday on his 8th birthday. He isn't at the height or weight recommendations, just the age. He WILL booster until I can't booster him anymore... I don't care what anyone (even his own mother) has to say about it. my car, my rules. Of course, she thought he HAD to legally booster until 11... so we're good there


And yes, I am a car seat geek. I help random strangers in parking lots so I can play with them.

I don't brag often ladies... but if there is one thing I am ready for is baby gear. I am a wealth of knowledge, and I love to research. If you are unsure ask me, if you want to know what's on the market, what's got best customer ratings.. ASK. No amt of miscarriages or jealousy will EVERY make me not want to make sure a baby is as safe as it can possibly be! I do however get very pissy when my babies die and everyone else puts theirs at risk. just fyi
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Colposcopy = CIN1+CIN2 cells Polypectomy - August 21st
Him: MFI low count, low morphology, low motillity
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Trying a few cycles of clomid and progesterone. FX this is all it takes.
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July 27th, 2013, 08:59 PM
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one of the things I am worried about is using a carseat in taxis (yay Manhattan). I'm assuming we won't use it much, since we haven't done a lot of taxi use, but for example, leaving the hospital, etc. Feel free to comment on that

Hope you get your issues looked into ASAP
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July 27th, 2013, 11:05 PM
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one of the things I am worried about is using a carseat in taxis (yay Manhattan). I'm assuming we won't use it much, since we haven't done a lot of taxi use, but for example, leaving the hospital, etc. Feel free to comment on that

Hope you get your issues looked into ASAP
Do you know if taxi's have the latch system?

I'm going to assume you guys strictly use transit/subway/taxi's and don't own a car.

Go priceyish. Chicco seats. Keyfit for infant, Nextfit for convertable... They have the EASIEST latch system (like I've seen them installed properly in seconds in videos.. click, click, pull, pull. done.. for seatbelt... thread, click, pull, thread done) of all the available seats. And they aren't the most expensive either.. the Nextfit (which is the seat we have on our registry) runs about 300.. and is one of the longest lasting seats on the market. It's a bit cumbersome though.... but a small wheel system (like for airports) and you're set. The main part is getting it installed and uninstalled.

keyfit install... literally.. seconds. (and if you have a friend with a vehicle to practice in, even better) Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat Installation Video - YouTube

We are doing a Graco infant seat (because DH has chosen a Graco stroller, and it's super light), but I want the next fit because it looks so dang comfy!!!!!

Keyfit runs about $200, Nextfit runs $300. And really.. you could technically skip the infant and go straight to the next fit, it fits newborns wonderfully. And to give you an idea of the longevity you COULD get... Reme turns 8 in 2 days an is 1/4" too tall in the torso for it (17.5" max torso height), but still has 1.75" in overall height (50" height limit) left to fit in the seat (and 8lbs left too, 65lb limit). AND it has an 8 year expiration date.. so you could get birth to booster (and there are some portable folding boosters out there too.. and will likely be more by the time you'd need a booster )

City dwellers tend to use the infant seats for the snap into the stroller feature for the subway/bus system... my Friend lives in Toronto (I know, not nearly as big as Manhattan) and she purchased a Britax system because it was perfect for the subway... it's just not as easy to install (and they do have a car to leave the base installed).

Chicco NextFit Review: Convertible Carseat Nirvana!

Let's say you buy the Nextfit.. $300 looks like a lot if you don't use it daily. But if you used it for 7 years, you'd be really spending $3.57 a month for the amt of time you'd use the seat. That's like 12 cents a day! LOL. You can't buy anything in Manhattan for 12cents!


I love carseats!!!!!!!!! I'm such a geek, but even Reme's on board and tells people how to use them and how long. He's outgrowing his high back booster and had an absolutely MELTDOWN when I refused to buy him a taller one because he likes having the back there in my car. Ha!
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Me: Hashi's, PCOS, Insulin resistant, Multiple miscarriages
175mcg Synthyroid, 1500mg Metformin
Colposcopy = CIN1+CIN2 cells Polypectomy - August 21st
Him: MFI low count, low morphology, low motillity
Seeing MFI specialist/RE in 2015. Vitamins started August 2nd
Trying a few cycles of clomid and progesterone. FX this is all it takes.
Clomid cd3-7 ~ Testing 10/5/14

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July 28th, 2013, 03:51 AM
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Wow thats alot fo information. If I'm honest, I know nada about car seats, except that you should always buy new, never second hand. I have plenty of time to learn though and I shall definately put you on my to do list when it comes to figuring out which best to buy

Oh and we drive in mph here too.

I must say that already, ive started telling DF that he'll need to drive better when he has baby in the car. He's also being told that when i'm the car, baby is in the car so its time to practice!
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Ashley, you have so much knowledge. I appreciate reading that in one place. I think I have come across it in several different website but nothing like that in one spot. I see carseats for sale all the time on Craigslist but we will buy brand new for the reasons (and more) contained in your list.
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Well, we're likely only in the city for the next two years, so hopefully we'll have a car relatively soon - but I will keep that info in mind! Thank you so much!!

It's good to have people who know things
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July 28th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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You're welcome ladies. And Jen really? I didn't realize you guys did mph!!!! I still struggle to convert the numbers in my head because I still see the km's first LOL. Until I get to Canada, then I can't reconvert the numbers the other way .

My family is divided on the car seat thing.. which made me MORE determined to learn as much as I can and keep MY children safe. My aunt wouldn't even let me drive her 2 year old in my car because she knew I'd turn the seat rear facing. Hate to tell her, her kid's only 3 I'd STILL turn her around! But same thing, I won't let that aunt drive my kids around because she's said she'd turn the seat around. *rolls eyes*

My mom likes to say I'm determined to do everything the opposite way of the norm... and she's not long. My grandmother is more accepting of everything, which is very strange. She laughs saying she's looking forward to washing cloth diapers again, she hasn't washed one since I was a baby My mom is a huge supporter of natural birth and breast feeding though. She would be the first person to tell me to shut up, suck it up and just do it.

I said I wouldn't opk this cycle.. but I did take one last night.

CD 10:




I will consider this casual opking... I'm only taking them to find out when to stop the EPO
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July 28th, 2013, 11:00 PM
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CD 11



I feel like AF is coming... dull low cramps. Not O cramps.. just crampy feeling. I wonder if that's the EPO?
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Ashley you are an AMAZING wealth of information. I think all of that is super helpful!! The only thing I had heard before was never to buy second hand so I seriously copied your list into a doc so I wont have to dig through your journal later for it
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July 29th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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lol. I'm sure I missed more than one thing... but I needed to get it out before my head exploded. I was part of carseat groups on facebook.. but I coudln't take the non stop "we are having baby #x?" all the time. One of my JM friends is a CPST and got me hooked... now she asks ME questions about seats hahaha

So I've been up since yesterday afternoon... couldn't sleep. Cleaner comes at 11.. BLAH FREAKING BLAH
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Trying a few cycles of clomid and progesterone. FX this is all it takes.
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July 29th, 2013, 08:42 AM
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Wow, that is so much info!! I am going to have to do the same and copy it into a word document for future reference. Thanks!
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Hope you manage to get some sleep before the cleaner comes, even if its just a quick nap.

I never had cramps from the EPO I dont think, could you have pulled someting packing perhaps?
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It's likely I've pulled something... but the cramps only come after taking an epo dose and then I have nothing until the next one. Apparently it's normal for some women.. but man... annoying

Cleaner bailed.. so another is going to come Wednesday and clean while the movers are here. Going to cost me more (shh don't tell my hubby), but at least I won't have to clean anything before I move out. First cleaner had a migraine poor girl.

So now I have a bunch of packing to accomplish. I did sleep a few hours at least. Hopefully I get to sleep at a decent hour tonight and can pack all day tomorrow.. since I have to be up at 7:30 Wednesday morning blah
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Colposcopy = CIN1+CIN2 cells Polypectomy - August 21st
Him: MFI low count, low morphology, low motillity
Seeing MFI specialist/RE in 2015. Vitamins started August 2nd
Trying a few cycles of clomid and progesterone. FX this is all it takes.
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July 29th, 2013, 02:25 PM
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So glad you were able to find a cleaner to get it all taken care of! That will be a huge help - I hate cleaning up when moving from a place. Hmmm extra cramps do not sound like fun - but I hope it helps get you your sticky BFP!!
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