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    Charlotte Purls


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    and they call me 'Mommy'...

    Drips and dribbles of my life and the things that peak my interest... mainly the kidlets and knitting.

    Sunday, December 31, 2006

    Why

    why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why for a week now why....

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    Blogger becky said...

    don't you remember the answer, it came in the New Mommy handbook, "because I said so!" ;)

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    Saturday, December 30, 2006

    New International Breastfeeding Icon


    Mothering Magazine has an article this month on it. The abreviated version as well as an interview with the artist is on their site.

    Hip, hip, HORRAY!

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    This Wednesday...

    My new computer will be here. I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. THANK you to my MIL Patty, the sweetest husby around John, my Mom who hates to shop and my MasterCard!!! WOOHOO!!! More pics for you all as soon as I get file sharing up and running so I can get everything transferred over. :D

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    Thursday, December 28, 2006

    Another nail

    Seriously... this is the 3rd thing I've learned lately. I am going to go pork free very quickly. **GAG**

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    Wednesday, December 27, 2006

    Alliance for Childhood

    Importance of Play
    I read an article in the new magazine Kiwi and I was very impressed with the Alliance for Childhood and the article that they contributed to. I am working on coming up with a preschool type 'cirriculm' for Dory as our intro to homeschooling. A friend of mine has made a blog where she writes everyday about what they do and learn. I like that idea and hope/plan to start one soon; I don't want to mix that with this blog.

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    Blogger Lady of Port said...

    I cannot remember where I found this, but maybe you'll find it helpful too :)

    http://www.letteroftheweek.com/index.html

    We don't follow a program yet, but its great for ideas.

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    FYI

    My computer is dying. It has been a slow process towards this, but it can't handle what I want it to do. :( I can't even run disk defrag now. So, I don't think I can download Christmas pictures right now until I figure something out. Really sorry!

    If I am off for a few days/weeks... well that means that the computer just up and quit on me. I am hoping that will not happen.

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    Monday, December 25, 2006

    Happy Birthday Jesus!

    and Merry Christmas to you all!!!!

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    Saturday, December 23, 2006

    Dory

    She's not as much of a picture whore as she used to be...

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    Blogger Stephanie said...

    Oh, how I miss the days when Dory would pose and smile for the camera...where has time gone? Still, she is so precious!

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    Jack


    He looks so bored.

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    Becoming a Doula

    I know what I want to be when I grow up....

    A Doula.

    After having two great births, I want to help others do the same. John and I had thought about teaching Bradley Childbirth classes after Dory was born, but I wanted to wait until I had another birth under my belt. Closer to Jack's arrival, I started to realize that it wasn't Bradley that I loved so much but the natural childbirth itself and that Bradley was only one way of reaching for that goal. Even when a birth goes 'wrong' and unexpected events occur, it is still possible to have had a great birth and i want to help moms facilitate that. Most of this was realized fully when one of my friends at church was due the same time as I was, and we knew she would only be a day or so behind Jack's birth.
    She was very interested in natural birth and had prepared herself for that avenue... but I felt like after talking to her that i just wished I could be there for her to help her through the journey. Now, she never asked this of me, and I don't know if she would have even if I wasn't pregnant with Jack, but *I* wanted to help her and be there for her.
    After Jack was born I found out that the birth had ended up being a cesarean after 2 hours of pushing.. . I felt really bad because I felt like I could have helped her. I wasn't there, so I don't know how, but I still feel like I could have. So now, a good friend has heard me talking about it and has asked that I attend her birth. it should be easy, she's going for her third birth, the second at home. But then, what do I know? I have never attended a birth that was not one of mine... Luckily, I have some great help - my own Doula, Lara, who I love dearly. She doesn't know it yet, but she is going to be a great mentor. :)
    Off to help the world, one new mommy at a time, by helping to create better births. :)
    Okay, so that was over the top... but you get the idea. Birth is a very powerful thing and no matter how it happens, a woman should not be traumatized or regretful about how it happens when it can be such an empowering part of her life. That's what I want to help other women have, empowering births.

    Now, all that said... I'm quaking in my boots... much like cold feet before a wedding!

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    Why I will not eat Bojangles...

    Okay, so it's just one tiny reason...EWWW!!!!!!

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    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Something new!

    I found this by way of another lady on CM who posted something interesting.... and I'm hooked!

    www.etsy.com

    I love how you can find things by color.... that's just creative cool.

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    So Sorry!

    So, it's been a week since I posted. John is in New Orleans, Jack weighs 13 pounds and 7 ounces (as of yesterday morning), Dory weighs over 30, we are all finally well and the house is clean again, and I just got back from Raleigh from visiting my friend Sarah and her son Jeremy who turned 1 on Sunday.

    Lots has happened... do I remember any of it? Nope. I have 2 kids and no brain. :(

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    Blogger MelloYello said...

    Thank you for letting us borrow your hubby, he was one of the most helpful people at the entire wedding! Thanks again!

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    Blogger Jenny said...

    :) no prob, about ready to go and get him from the airport!

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    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    Here's what I forgot to tell you...

    Jack has learned to play. Two mornings ago we played in the bed in the morning getting big baby smiles and coos, yesterday around noon I got HUGE smiles from being a 'typewriter' and bouncing him fast while swiveling from left to right and then swishing him back to the left. Even daddy was here for that fun. It was great to see him start to interact more!

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    Monday, December 11, 2006

    Would you have been a Nazi?

    Well, I'm glad to be a woman now and not then.... due to gender, it likely would have been true. :(

    The Everyday German
    Achtung! You are 46% brainwashworthy, 36% antitolerant, and 0% blindly patriotic

    Had you lived in Germany in the 1930s, you'd have probably just gone along with the flow. Men with guns are surrounding the house next door? The bagel place on the corner's gone? Hmm...whatever.

    The data show you're a decent person who's willing to listen to what people of authority tell you. That's what most people are, and in most times and most places, that's ok. But not then; not there.

    The sad conclusion: you would've missed your Jewish friends, but you would've done nothing about it. Seriously. But rest assured, you would've forgiven yourself eventually.



    The Would You Have Been A Nazi? Test

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    :(

    Poor kiddo... I made a great dinner of salmon, lima beans, asparagus... and broccoli. :( Oops. I didn't know he would indeed be sinsitive.

    Gas city tonight. Poor Jack.

    Poor Mommy. Poor Daddy.

    Dory is sleeping right through it.

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    Sad, but important to know.

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    Sunday, December 10, 2006

    Dory today.

    So Dory came to wake me up this morning and arrived at my bed wearing a size 0-3month sleeper gown, you know, the ones that look like onesies at the top but go past their toes to a large hole for easy diaper access... yeah, she was WEARING it!!! So, anyway, I decided to ignore this portion of our program because I didn't have it in me to tell her that she couldn't wear it. Apparently my ignoring this glaring fact was NOT a part of HER program. As soon as she realized that I was not going to comment on it she proceeded to tell me how the conversation should have gone:

    (All her)
    You say, "Dory Grace!"
    I say, "What mommy?"
    You say, "That's Jacks!"
    I say, "But I want to wear it."
    You say, "No honey, you can't, it's too little for you."
    I say, "No, it's not!"


    At which point I just started laughing at her amazing ability of planning and insight. The cunning little girl had planned this ploy for attention even before John and I were up this morning. Amazes me to no end. And makes me feel bad that I haven't been able to give her enough attention that she is already foreplanning like this.

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    even better...
    She knows that saying prayers means bedtime and that I or John will very shortly be leaving the room. So, tonight when I suggested saying prayers she said, as always, "no mommy, no prayers". I went ahead and started anyway and then she said, "No Mommy, we can't talk to God. He's not home. Nope, uh uh, he's not. God's not home." I stopped and explained to her again how God is always there and is always with us and she said, "Nope, we can't talk to God right now." How's that for a not going to go to bed ploy? I think we need to move night time prayers to another segment of the program...

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    Blogger MelloYello said...

    That is so funny! She's so precocious, and jack is beautiful! I'm bummed that we won't be able to get to see you at the wedding but I'm glad you are all doing well!

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    Jack today.

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    Motherhood is Golden

    I finally came across a piece of jewelry that I can market to the other moms! I like the idea of motherhood jewelry, but so often it is in silver, cheap and chunky. (All of which I am morally opposed to in jewelry.)

    I was approached by another mom recently to make a bracelet for her Mother in honor of her birthday this Tuesday that Incorporated both children and grandchildren... and I did it, well. I am so tickled with my design and how it looks. :) Okay, so yeah, this post is total brag on myself!

    The birthstones are turquoise, turquoise, aquamarine, pearl for the children and then the grandchildren dangle off next to their parents... they are diamond, citrine, and opal. They children are flanked by clear crystals and gold beads and the grandchildren by gold beads. The grandchildren beads are also slightly smaller than their parents, to both denote the difference between them and to not be obtrusively large as dangles. The pictures really do not do the bracelet justice.

    Click the pics for a really big close up.

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    Thursday, December 07, 2006

    We're all sick...

    Except for Jack who gets superjuice. Dory gave us a cold, and I can't even talk from the pain that the minute amount of postnasal drip has caused. Poor John is just a day behind me, and faring worse. :(

    That said, I finally got into SL on John's laptop, and Gail took my picture on Santa's lap... :) The only holiday picture with Santa for the family thus far this year!

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    Breastfeeding in the news

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2701717&page=1

    It is really good to see such a GOOD breastfeeding story for once.

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    Guess who smiled at me today?

    Yep, Jack did!

    He's smiled in his sleep before, but now he did it right after eating when it was not gas and right at me- and John too. :) It was great.

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    Wednesday, December 06, 2006

    Second Life

    Okay... so I'm in. Now what?
    My avatar's last name is Jacks. Cute huh? I couldn't believe it was on the list.

    I have no time right now for Charlotte Mommies, seriously... I'll never find time for this too!


    EDITED: Okay, so I'm not yet really in... I keep crashing the program. I have a feeling that it is my computer. I'll just keep trying.

    EDITED 2: I've gotten in, on John's laptop. And he joined as well. :) We're getting cyber hitched, since I proposed.

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    Monday, December 04, 2006

    One month pics




    Close-ups actually. I love me some cute chubby naked man shoulders....

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    Blogger Stephanie said...

    AWWWWW! He is so cute and chubby, awww! How much does he weigh? I remember Austin being 11-12 lbs at one month, breast milk does wonders!!!!

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    I forget...

    baby brain and sleep deprivation has caused me to forget all of the great things to blog about.... oops.
    Dory said something last night, Jack is Jack, pictures have been made, John got his hair cut, Dory's been under the weather, and we got our Christmas tree.

    I have not been on in the past few days because Jack went on an anti sleeping campaign for a few days. He would wake up at 5pm and not go to sleep, not even a moment, for 6 hours. Two nights in a row we did this, 5-11... Eating, changing, burping, screaming.... soooo close to sleep... no SIKE! WAHHHHHHHHHH!
    So, I broke down. I am an AP flunky... he is now using (ominous music here) a pacifier at times. I can only handle so much screaming and he can only drink so much milk before it hurts and makes him scream more and throw up. *sigh* I hope he finds his thumb soon, I hate pacifiers. Sunday night was fine really, Friday and Saturday were the really hard nights.

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    Blogger Stephanie said...

    Thanks for the update! I read your blog almost daily, and I enjoy the pictures and hearing how everyone's doing! I love and miss you and I hope to make it down in the spring if that is ok.

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