Come away oh human child

for this world's more full o' weeping then ye can understand

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Poring?
weirdlilfaechld
Dan and three of our friends have made a game and are looking to get the funds needed to release it and get their business license and what-not!

Graveyard Smash on Kickstarter

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Spike and Ein
weirdlilfaechld
This is one of the best things I have ever read
http://wearelikeyourchild.blogspot.com/2015/02/do-you-believe-in-your-children.html

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Prada - Nlegh
weirdlilfaechld
I would like to be able to put my baby down every once in a while without that being the only thing that can wake him up.

Either that, or to have an actual butt with some padding.

Either way would make my rear stop hurting.

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Jojo's friend
weirdlilfaechld
How to find out that just because you have read horror stories about people illegally kicking breastfeeding women out of places it doesn't mean that will happen to you when you are too nervous to actually try it yourself without a cover:

1. Mess your neck up by craning it to check your baby's latch at every feeding for two weeks, making it so you can't look down.

2. Go somewhere with your baby where you have to wait so long he gets hungry from the feeding before going in and is about to show the place that he has very strong lungs.

3. Fuss with a wiggly baby and a cover that you aren't quite sure how to use while also holding baby and helping baby latch (and getting smacked in the breast by a little baby hand that feels the need to do that while he starts to eat every single time.)

4. Proudly nurse in public because you are all covered up as if you had any modesty!

5. Get told long after you finished that you had the cover on wrong the entire time and it was only covering the inside 5% of your breast

David Anthony
Elvis - mine
weirdlilfaechld
At 1:58pm David Anthony was born! 7 pounds 2 ounces, 19.5 inches tall, and very strong and healthy!

IMAG0583

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Jojo's friend
weirdlilfaechld
It's 4am and I am up for no reason! Let's organize books, that sounds smart.

Now it's 9am and I am still wide awake. And didn't hurt myself organizing books! Mostly because I got distracted and read the books instead. I wonder if I will crash soon? I also wonder if I am nesting?

Baby has dropped again! All put together I may very well be going into labor very soon here. I think I'm ready?

No I'm really not ready but it's not like I will ever be!

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Autumn
weirdlilfaechld
Most people know that Las Vegas public transit is pretty bad. Not many can say they were left at two different bus stops by two different drivers in two hours.

No classic gaming expo for me, I'm done fighting with rtc. They owe me my bus fare back! Full price two hour pass for a five minute ride that was late in the first place and made me miss my transfer! Paratransit users ride for free and disabled riders ride for half price. The one driver that actually picked me up didn't know and didn't care.

It's illegal to leave a passenger that can pay at a bus stop unless there is no room, but why should the drivers care? It's not like they get in trouble.

This never happens when I am with Dan! So, do I just have really bad luck or does he have really good luck?

Interesting place to find an example of girls being taught to stay quiet
Oracle
weirdlilfaechld
Dan and I went to a childbirth class last week and one experience that wasn't related to birth stood out to me. At the beginning of the class, each couple was asked to introduce themselves and give some information. All of the couples were heterosexual and all of the men were attending with their partners, as requested (and as they really should). I noticed later that the men were completely silent during the introductions as the women gave their names, due date, basic information about the child(ren) they were expecting, and what they hoped to gain from the class.

A bit later, the instructor, a very experienced labor and delivery nurse who has six children and has personally experienced quite a variety of births, was going over some basic information. After some introduction, she asked us for what we knew about signs of labor and that started the exact opposite of the introductions as most of the women stayed quiet and most of the men answered questions. In all honesty, that was what we did as well (though it is rarely a surprise when Dan won't stop talking and I won't start, and that particular dynamic has nothing to do with gender). Then she moved on to preterm birth, how to know if you are in preterm birth, and how to stop it and again asked for what the class knew. This time however, she asked to hear more from the women. The response was silence, at least for a bit. Most of the women were looking at their partners as if checking to make sure it was okay or paying very close attention to the reading material all of a sudden.

Now, everyone in this class struck me as mentally and psychologically healthy with healthy relationships, I obviously do not know for sure, but it did not seem like we had any abusive relationships or relationships where the control was shifted to one member. Everyone seemed to have mutually respectful and equal relationships. Still, no one spoke when the men were asked to let the women speak. At first.

One woman answered bashfully. A second spoke up with a little more courage. The third and fourth women had no trouble answering. As it became clear that it was okay for these women to speak up about their own knowledge and no one would insult them, belittle them, or speak over them for no reason all hesitation disappeared. The third question built on what had occurred with the second. By the fourth question everyone, regardless of gender, answered as they thought of an answer and only held back when someone else was talking. Animated conversation ensued, information was shared, corrections were offered as needed, and everyone learned something.

In a birth class. If there is anywhere you would expect women to feel comfortable talking and most men not so comfortable, it's a birth class!
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Wuss - boo!
weirdlilfaechld
Well today had a bit of a scare.

Good news is that next time I say I think I am going into labor I will be believed

Bad news is that "next time" implies there was a first time and I am only 34 weeks along

Good news is that everything is fine now

Fluffy-britches is okay
Prada - Nlegh
weirdlilfaechld
Prada's tests came back normal and at 2pm after being there since 7am she finally had her surgery. The massive lump was deeper then hoped but still came out clean, so the area has been extensively sutured but it is gone for good. It was unfortunately all mammary tissue so there was a huge scare but thankfully it wasn't cancerous. Her teeth were definitely bad but since stage 4 periodontal disease with multiple extractions was a possibility stage 3 periodontal disease that cleaned up nicely with no extractions is a relief. She did need one filling but the hospital wanted to charge me for the entire packet because it would spoil before they had another dental scheduled and that's bullshit! That's not my problem, why do you expect me to cover it? It's not their problem I had scheduled it the same day as a friend's wedding and I didn't expect them to help me! I argued a bit and ran out of spoons. Prada is the one that could suffer for it. It's infuriating. The tests to make sure her heart was fine took all the money we had, we couldn't spring for more.

She broke my heart when I picked her up! I tried to examine her a bit, not because I don't trust the people at that hospital but... Ok I don't trust the people at that hospital and she gives me these "you betrayed me" eyes. Aw, I'm sorry baby, I know you don't now but you will feel better later! Then she falls right over. I slung a towel under her belly to assist her in walking out but the limited vision from the cone, the inability to use her whiskers due to the cone, and the fact that she was still heavily drugged and absolutely terrified left her dead weight in the waiting room, so I picked her up. Dead weight in my lap was a lot easier to deal with.

She perked up immediately when she saw home and only needed to be guided around corners to get in and flop on her bed where she stayed.

Today she has clearly improved so much and is eating and drinking well, though she struggles with the cone so for now she is being fed. First we put food in her mouth, then we held it in front of her, now we put the dishes in the cone. Next step, eating on her own. That can come when she is no longer in so much pain, so scared, and when all of the anesthesia is out of her system. She tried to take her antibiotic when she saw the treat I had and bit right into it. Oh, that was a face as the powder spilled into her mouth! Offering it on it's own was only a trial though, to see what would work, and I had my hand under her mouth expecting her to spit it out, so I managed to catch all of the powder and the remains of the pill and wrap them in peanut butter. That she had no problems with! So, yes, she needs to lose weight and peanut butter doesn't help with that, but at the moment the antibiotic is priority and we can bare down when she is recovered enough to run around.

The area around the sutures is so red and inflamed! Not enough to signal infection or other problems, it's expected with the size of the surgery area, but it must hurt badly. I'm glad she has pain killers.

I only made it to the reception but that was just so dang cute! Luckily Dan took pictures and video of the wedding for me and had offered to stay with her instead. I was just better suited to stay just in case she needed more intensive care. Good thing Wuss was the biggest worry, checking out the surgery site and making us wonder not if she was going to groom it for Prada but when and eating Prada's food.
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