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  1. Hi Butterfly, sorry about this issue in such a time of happiness. I nursed my youngest daughter until she self-weaned at 2 years, and when she was still less than one year old she came down with a beastly case of Eczema. Her pediatrician prescribed a topical that didn't do much, so I took her to a pediatric dermatologist at a renowned children's hospital (luckily in my area) who prescribed Erythromycin - she took that orally for just the one course and the Eczema went away. Like your little love, she didn't have other issues, normal digestion, sleep, growth and development, just that nasty Eczema. I'm not a fan of medication in general, and especially for a tiny baby (who is now 22!) (also thankfully hasn't suffered from it since!) but I trusted the specialist and in our case, it worked. If breastfeeding is working for you then please know there are options to treat Eczema. In my daughter's case it wasn't even a question about breastfeeding being linked to her Eczema. However I know all babies are different. And I know there are other reasons mom's can't breastfeed, etc. I am always supportive of every mom who just wants to do her best. Whatever you choose, your baby will be bonded to you and will thrive - you're a good mom. ((HUGS))
  2. Seraphim, I'm so sorry. Praying for comfort for you and your family.
  3. Congratulations! Very exciting, so happy for you! :)
  4. Hey Pippy, darling, I'd love to have you as my Valentine :) You don't have to buy me flowers or chocolate, but we could do a heart-shaped pizza or something???
  5. Thanks for your post! My daughters (ages 27 and 22) have both been vegan for over 2 years. I just went vegan myself (after a long time being about 90%...) in January. I decided to try it for a week, then just didn't want to give it up. I have always eaten healthy, and still do; however to clarify this change is totally for the animals. It's about compassion to all living things. So far it's been seriously easy, which really shouldn't matter, but I just found it surprising that I haven't missed eggs or chicken (the last 2 things I hadn't given up). The only challenge I've had so far is eating out, which is not always within my control (for example if I have no choice in the restaurant) but thankfully I don't eat out often. When I dine out with my daughters we always pick vegan places anyway, no big deal! I have found a ton of vegan recipes, and the food part of it is much easier than finding beauty/cleaning products that are cruelty free! Once I find something I just stick with it :) Thanks for starting this thread, it will be a great place to share on this topic!!I
  6. Happy New Year! I'm in the U.S./Midwest so less than 6 hours to go :) I really used to enjoy the New Year's Eve parties, but today I had a full day, running in cold/snow, going on errands with my daughter & helping her get ready for a big NYE party (ah...the young....) and I'm perfectly content to sit in my cozy pj's in my cozy house, with a bottle of champagne and all you fine people :) Hope 2020 is wonderful to all of you! Cheers!
  7. Me!!! I actually put mine up on Thanksgiving after my Turkey Trot race. I had some free time and it was nice-ish weather to get in/out of my storage unit so I did it then! Do you have yours up Seraphim?
  8. Happiest Birthday everrrrrrrr sweetheart Pippy!!!!! (((HUGS))) Hope you are still celebrating, and if not, time to start back again!
  9. You're doing great on your new lifestyle journey :) so happy for you. It's so difficult to make lifestyle changes, even though it's "one day at a time" it's still hard! Especially during this holiday season when temptations seem to be on every corner. Happy to hear about your progress!!! You rock!!!
  10. Pippy! I have the same rule......no Christmas until December. Period. That said. . . I noticed in my Netflix feed a new holiday movie. *sigh* I am guilty of binging on The Hallmark Channel which starts playing all Christmas movies, all the time. . . . right after Halloween. LOL. I'm a sucker for the romantic "dreams come true" scenario and I get really sappy in the holiday season hahaha :) xx
  11. I've been a bridesmaid several times. I honestly regretted every one, because frankly to me it's more fun to wear a nice black sexy cocktail dress instead of paying $$$ for a dress I'll never wear again and that I inevitably hated. Also....it's more fun to attend a wedding, bring a gift, dress cute, and just eat/drink/dance and have fun celebrating a friend or family member. You can still change your mind and there are many great comments/opinions here on how to do this. "I'm sorry, but I cannot be one of your bridesmaids. It's not my style, I don't have a lot of free time for the extra bridal activities, and I really just want to come to your wedding to celebrate your marriage and enjoy the happy occasion. I wanted to give you time to choose another BM. You're so kind to ask me, thank you for that. I'm very happy for you and looking forward to celebrating with you!" I'm not the best with words. . . . . and I'm sure other posters have a better "speech" but the key is. . . . this is your life and your free time and life goes by quickly and you won't get the time back. Be very careful in how you use your free time......so have that in mind when you (if you) let her know you cannot be a BM. The key is to be firm and resolute and if she gets icky/dramatic about it. . . that is not your problem it's hers. (someone else said that. . . not being a copy cat). You don't owe anyone....to be their BM and at their beck and call. As abitbroken said (above) if she throws a fit, not your circus, not your monkeys. Period.
  12. Annoying.....you can deal with. SO GLAD it's not dangerous. (hugs)
  13. Ugh, sorry to hear this! I hope you're doing ok (as can be expected) and I hope you have great success in recovering/moving forward. So happy that K is being so supportive.
  14. Great news Jetta! Also - good luck with the songwriting competition!
  15. Ugh, I'm so sorry to hear this! That sucks! I hope you're not in a lot of pain!! Did they put you in an air boot for the ankle? I broke my ankle on a run a few years ago and had a cast, but once I got moved to the air boot life was much easier. It's hot and annoying, but at least you can put full weight on it. I hope you heal quickly ((HUGS))
  16. Thinking of you and sending prayers all is well ((hugs))
  17. My Grand-doggie, is a giant black Lab/Huskie mix, and my sweetheart! I talk to him constantly.... before walking him in winter "Let me put on my GLUBS" (gloves, hahaha) and before we go outside "Let G-Ma go to the baffoom. . . (bathroom, hahahaha) "Let's go walkies" "Let's go for a run-run" His name is Asher but his nickname is "Bub" so I'll come inside and say "Is a Bub at home?" and he'll come and lie down for belly rubs while I say in a silly voice "What's a Bub do??? What's a Bub do???" He moved w/his mom to Colorado last year, and I'll go to visit soon. I had a buffalo-check bandana made for him that says "I Love G-Ma" and I have a matching flannel shirt I'll wear. . . . . LOL. I am a very sane person, but, I'm crazy about that doggo and act a fool :) :) Good thread!!!
  18. I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending love, prayers and light your way......and hugs. (HUGS)
  19. Many great ideas here - I just wanted to offer my congratulations and best wishes! So happy for you both! :)
  20. These situations are difficult for me. Since she hasn't mentioned the musical, I would not mention it at all. Frankly it doesn't seem that she's very invested in your friendship at all. She appears to be more self-absorbed than anything else (your comment about her being triggered if anyone seems more important....). Ask your other friend to go, and enjoy the musical. It's unlikely you'd run into the 'original' friend but if you do, just smile, say hi, and keep walking. It seems that original friendship has run its course. And either way, you really don't owe her anything - you made the promise when your friendship was more solid, if I understand clearly. Also it was a "promise" about seeing a musical together - not a promise that you'd keep a deep family secret and now you're telling everyone. There are level of promises. Things change - friends often grow apart. Life is too short to throw ourselves at "friends" when we get little to nothing in return. Just my thought. Please keep us posted on what you decide and how things go. I wish you the best!
  21. Making a choice to take a cold shower, is much different than being forced into a cold shower. Being forced to take a cold shower is indeed, abusive. It borders on torture. Punishment for toileting issues never works, in fact it can backfire and create even more delays in being toilet trained. Sadly, "parental" anger about toileting issues often results in child abuse leading to death. I belong to a "crime-solving" forum and I read about these types of cases way too frequently. If these people are abusing their kids on video, imagine the abuse that isn't being viewed!!! Terrible
  22. Pippy! :( (HUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSS) I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. My heart breaks for you. Sending healing energy/light and wishes of comfort. xx
  23. I've kept a "paper" running journal for years. I also keep my runs/workouts on a paper desk calendar then file them away each month - I have years of those too. I have gone back and looked at training cycles that facilitated positive race results to try and duplicate the exact training regimen. I use my running journal to track mileage on shoes, "taper time" before a marathon which will include nutrition, cross training, who I run with, weather conditions, how I felt, etc. Everything else I do online - I'm not sure why the paper journal for running! I would guess it's simplicity - as I do my runs at 5:00 am and I don't go online before leaving for work. I sit and eat breakfast post-run and write in my running journal while the details are still fresh. I dedicate each journal to my daughters and I suppose my hope is that when I'm gone they will get a glimpse of my perseverance and passion outside of just being "mom".
  24. I work in a small office of 60'ish people. We have a huge fridge for lunches, etc. but I use freezer packs and keep my lunch in my cube in a container. I never see anyone ask to take or try anyone's food, so odd and rude! Often we offer to share a bite of this or that. . . and many have candy dishes which are for public consumption....and we have a counter in our huge company kitchen - especially for freebies, leftover goodies from a party, things you don't want, etc. . . and we all know that is free for the taking. But ask for someone's food while they are eating it. . . . whaaa?
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