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  • Inga
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    It was in the 40′s this weekend for us, too, so it felt much later in the fall! Ethan is in soccer, so I guess that’s sort of fall like due to soccer season ;) … I need to muster up some energy to go to apple picking and to the pumpkin patch. We are lucky to have a farm in our town that is both an orchard and a pumpkin patch! Ethan’s class will be going there next month. I so wish I wasn’t feeling so crummy because I’d really love to go along. I’m anxious to start decorating the house with my fall and Halloween decorations, but I’m going to try to wait until October 1st. Ethan and I have been passing the time by admiring the decorations in stores in the meantime.

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    I actually love all the holiday scents, but stores can certainly overdo it, even for those of us who aren’t typically that sensitive to the smell. If my sinuses are burning from cinnamon just walking by, someone needs to rethink the display.

    Fall is my favorite season and I do adore pumpkins! My favorite thing is actually just the ambiance of the pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorations, etc. … but reading this thread is making me want to bake some of my favorite pumpkin spice muffins. They are hands down the best muffin I’ve ever had. Yum!

    … and I’d pass on the pumpkin gum, too. Yuck.

    Inga
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    Right now I can’t do much better than a waddle, but in the past I really liked a book called Run Your Butt Off put out by people at Runner’s World. It’s a couch to 5k type book, but I really liked the writing style and the format of the book. Generally speaking, I really like the writers at Runner’s World anyway. My old library had several copies of the book (that’s where I got mine) so you’d probably be able to try it out before investing in your own copy.

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    Sounds like it’s going to be an interesting experience this winter for us. I was born in Pennsylvania where we had plenty of snow and cold weather during my early childhood, but I’ve been spoiled living much further south for the past 30 years! At least we will be in an apartment this winter, with some buffer from our neighbors, and not paying to heat the old drafty house we left behind.

    I went ahead and ordered Ethan a nice quality coat (with room to grow) for the winter since it’ll get lots of use and thankfully they were having a sale. He really wanted red and it was one of only a couple red ones I could find. I’m a little worried it will be super big since the sizing goes from a size 4 to a size 5-6 and he’s just getting into a size 4 now, but buying the size 4 seemed like a waste. We’ll just have to try out some snow pants and boots to see how big we can get away with. Hopefully, the size 5-6 snow pants and size 12 boots will be perfect to grow into. We should definitely get two winters out of those. Too bad we don’t have a fireplace here. Nothing I love more than a nice fire in the fireplace when it’s cold and snowy.

    Inga
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    We actually do have Meijers here. I thought it was a grocery store though so I’ve never driven across town to go in it. Sounds like something I should check out. I’ve seen a couple of Goodwill stores in town, too, but no other clothing thrift stores. Hopefully since they don’t have a lot of competition, they’ll be better than the Goodwill stores where I used to live (which were pitiful due to so many other second hand stores around). I’m at the point where I might just end up ordering something though. I’m feeling super pregnant, almost always exhausted and have to pee every five minutes so I’m not sure I want to be searching all over town at the moment (usually I’d find the challenge fun). I want to have everything ready ahead of time so when the baby gets here I won’t have to worry about buying all this stuff. Too bad we’re just slightly too early in the season for all this winter shopping.

    We’ve not yet experienced the winter here, but I’m guessing the wind will be brutal. We are in central Illinois and everything is SO flat (flat like I’ve never experienced flat) and surrounded by corn and soy fields so there is no windbreak. When I looked up the average temps it looks like the average winter day will be about 7 degrees colder than it was in St. Louis (where we used to live) making is about 17low-37high Dec through Feb. Snowfall appears to average close to 24 inches per winter, but I’m not really sure how that breaks down, how long it takes to melt, etc. We typically got 3-5 real snow days a year in St. Louis and the snow would often only be on the ground a few days before melting.

    I’m definitely convinced to go for the snow overalls, though. Just thinking about snow on the bit of exposed skin on my back brings back childhood memories of the shock of it! Since we’ll soon have someone to pass things down to, spending the money will be less painful even if they only get a small number of uses (although I’m still not going for those crazy $50-70+ snow pants!). Same goes for boots. How big can you go on boots and have them still be wearable? Ethan is almost a size 10 now. An 11 would not be a problem to wear this year, but I’m not sure it would still fit next year? I remember wearing the same snow boots for years as an older kid, but I paid no attention to sizes back then.

    Thanks for all the advice!

    Inga
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    My son’s new school and our new community are very diverse with people coming from all areas of the world, so it has been fun seeing all the names. Honestly, I have trouble remembering some of them, especially if I just hear them once, but these are ones I remember and have seen written out (all are children):

    Oona
    Liana
    Gabriel
    Noah
    Cassca
    Mark
    Boris
    Annika
    Beatrice
    Sofia
    Arhan
    Kfir
    Callie
    Julia
    Azaria

    Ironically, now that we’ve moved from an area/school that was not at all diverse (pretty much 99% white and Christian) to an area/school with tons of diversity (everyone from Chinese and Indian to South American to orthodox Jews to Amish), we’ve come across way way more Ethans.

    Inga
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    We’ve been spending our weekends exploring our new town. One weekend, we visited the children’s museum, another the sculpture park and we always make sure to get in a visit to another playground around town. This past week, Ethan had his first soccer game on Saturday and his school had a picnic on Sunday. It’s been a nice balance between having activities and having downtime.

    Inga
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    We’ve been generally in the 60s overnight and between 70-80 during the day. The ten day forecast is showing some 50 degree nights coming up soon, though. I’m very ready for jeans weather because I can no longer reach my legs to shave :P I just don’t want it too cold yet, because I don’t want to invest in cold weather maternity clothing. Long pants and short sleeves would be perfect.

    Inga
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    Yikes. I hope he’s feeling better by now! I did decide to get myself vaccinated this year as I wasn’t going to mess with pregnancy/having a newborn with whooping cough. My husband is also planning to get vaccinated before the baby is born.

    Jenni_lynn, they offer whooping cough vaccines at Walgreens for $64.

    Inga
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    I’ve gone through times of really terrible cramps, too. Besides getting regular exercise, I’ve also found they get way better when I’m well hydrated and avoid caffeine. Some months, just drinking a soda would take me from feeling barely crampy to doubled over in pain.

    Inga
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    Thanks, Magster. :) It’s fun to see how much everyone’s kids have grown!

    Inga
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    Ethan and I aren’t big breakfast eaters either. For some reason, the child does not even like waffles, so I guess it’s a good thing he’s not very hungry in the morning because it’s often a struggle for me to find him something to eat that doesn’t involve me cooking before school. I’m not a morning person to begin with and through this pregnancy mornings have been even tougher since I never get a good night’s sleep.

    Ethan’s typical breakfast picks: an Enjoy Life bar (it’s our go to allergy safe brand), a cornbread muffin, two homemade mini “donuts” (muffins baked in a donut pan) or dry cereal. He almost always has juice to drink, but once in awhile he’ll have soy milk.

    My breakfast picks: whole wheat toast w/ sunbutter, cereal (like raisin bran) w/ soy milk, a homemade muffin or a bagel w/ earth balance (our allergy safe butter). Generally, I like bready stuff in the morning.

    My husband is amusingly SO habitual with both his breakfasts and lunches. He always has an instant oatmeal for weekday breakfasts and frozen waffles for weekend breakfasts. When we met 8 years ago, he had a slight variation and ate Cinnamon Life cereal on weekdays. At some point in our relationship, he switched to oatmeal.

    Inga
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    I refused to wear a dress as a kid and I don’t remember other kids dressing up for the first day other than they usually had a new outfit to wear. Picture day seemed to be the one dress up day I remember. I always hoped for a cool weather first day so I could break in my new jeans and other new fall clothes. In some ways I think starting the school year earlier and earlier is messing a bit with wearing the new crisp clothes to school. It’s too hot for the new fall clothes and I’m not going to buy new summer clothes in August unless Ethan has completely worn out or outgrown the stuff he’s been wearing all summer (which has never happened yet). I typically dress Ethan fairly nicely for school anyway (lots of khaki style shorts and polo shirts) so the first day wasn’t any different. A lot of the girls at his school wear dresses everyday, but we weren’t there the first day to see if they were dressed any fancier than usual.

    Inga
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    Nope, you aren’t being unreasonable at all. I wouldn’t buy a new one either. If there’s no consequence, she probably won’t care enough to not do it again.

    Inga
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    Ethan can be painfully slow in the morning, too. What helps me with him is to plan free time into our morning for cartoons, play, etc. I’ll allow 30 minutes of cartoons (usually Curious George) when he first gets up, then I turn off the TV and get on with getting ready for school. If he’s quick enough, he can play for a short while after he gets ready, before we head out the door (and sometimes he chooses to have playtime instead of TV time). I’m not a morning person either, but I’ve found that getting us both up that extra 30 minutes earlier avoids major morning headaches. Obviously, everyone is different, but Ethan is definitely the type to need some time for himself before being forced into the day’s activities.

    Inga
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    I love those Skinny Cow mint ice cream sandwiches! Yum.

    Today, I was (once again) thankful to have such a good kid who lets me take a nap when I need it. I’ve always been a nap person, but I am now getting to the end of my pregnancy and needing a lot more naps than usual. My husband likes to label them … Nap A is while Ethan is at school, Nap B is in the afternoon, and on weekends I sometimes manage a Nap C. Ethan is so good and will just watch a movie or TV or play with his toys while I snooze.

    I’m also very thankful that Ethan enjoyed his day at school today! After the first two awesome days, he’s been not at all happy about the new school with it’s new rules and new kids. Today, he managed to play with some more kids and had a good time :)

    Inga
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    I did the balloon thing with Ethan this year and he loved it! I also decorated the downstairs with more balloons and streamers, so when he woke up on his birthday everything would be all festive :) If you have time, you could also make them a special breakfast and/or have a small gift waiting for them when they woke up (book, b-day card w/ stickers, t-shirt, etc.).

    Inga
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    I haven’t worked for the past 2 years. It has felt strange at times, but generally I like the freedom. My biggest issue with not working is the stress of not contributing financially to the family, especially when money is tight.

    Inga
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    It’s good so far, thanks :)

    Inga
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    Tonight, we had turkey-carrot burgers (per Ethan’s request), corn on the cob and broccoli. It was the first home-cooked meal at our new place. After many many meals of drive-throughs and take-out, the “real” food was much appreciated by all!

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