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Found a wonderful website from a parenting community
by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at March 15th, 2008 (09:04 am)

current mood: ecstatic

I'm also on www.paganteahouse.ning.com and the parenting community there shared this jewel of a website:


NOt only does it have stuff I was interested in for myself, but the children's page is AMAZING!

Just thought I'd share.

Blessings in the Light

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My poor little Elora is teething
by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at January 31st, 2008 (01:03 pm)

current location: work
current mood: sympathetic

My goodness. Teething pain is the worst pain in the world. There is a reason why that by the time all of our baby teeth come in we no longer remember the pain. It has been said that an adult could not handle the kind the pain an infant goes through when teething.

Elora woke up at 2am screaming. I figured it out when I put my finger in her mouth and felt her gums. They were swollen on the bottom and she chomped down on my finger hard. I handed her to Ryan and I ran across the street to the Kroger (grocery store for those who don't know what a Kroger is) and I bought teething tablets, nighttime formula orajel to rub her gums with (it numbs them fast) and I saw some orajel liquid with cammomile in it. I had not seen this product before so I bought it.

Hylands Teething Tablets are a homeopathic quick dissolving tablet that soothes teething pain when placed under the kiddie's tongue. Now at Elora's age, I held it there with my finger until it dissolved. They are very tiny but I didn't want her to choke. So she had a couple of teething tablets this morning when she was in pain.

Orajel liquid with soothing cammomile. Wow. That stuff worked quick. You put a little of this orange liquid on your fingertip and rub the baby's gums with it. It soothes the baby very quickly. It worked quicker than the nighttime formula orajel.

The nighttime formula orajel. Similar to the stuff adults use for a toothache, but it is a children's formula and it has an ingredient to help a baby sleep better. It numbs baby's gums and Elora was able to go to sleep with about 15 minutes of me using it.

*sigh* My poor baby. I'm proud of her because she is going through such pain and yet she still trys to be a happy little baby. She is getting her teeth. They haven't come through yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't show up in the next couple of weeks.
I guess daddy and I better get used to it. The easy part is all over. Teething doesn't bother me though. Potty training has me worried. I'm glad that's far ahead. I have time to get books and stuff. :)

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by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at January 23rd, 2008 (03:44 pm)

current mood: good

I have decided to totally homeschool Elora at least in the early years. It really has nothing to do with "not being able to cut the cord" as it was pointed out on a debate of homeschool vs. traditional schooling on Surviving Motherhood. (yes, I love that show....I'm a geek, I freely admit it).

I just really feel that Elora can get a better education that way. I'll be able to teach her Italian, French, reading, math, etc. It's only 4 and half hours per day, I control her homework load, I have access to tutoring, etc. I'm going to homeschool her preschool years and assess where we are before Kindergarten. She may tell me at that point that she really wants to go to school and be in a class room, etc. School can be fun for kids and it does have it's advantages. I would place her in public school if she really wants at that point or at any point in her education. I could still homeschool her in areas I feel her education is lacking.

Even by homeschooling, I can put her in extra curricular activities, etc so she is properly socialized.

Please comment on your feelings.....I'm curious on what you all think

by amelie817 (amelie817)
at January 13th, 2008 (09:27 am)

current mood: anxious

hi does anyone have any sort of simple blessing I could say during the birth of my best friend's baby? today may be the day, I plan to be by her side through the whole thing.  Nothing too complicated, just something I could say as the babycomes out or say over her as I hold her for the first time or something.  in the meantime please send good vibes her way (her name is janine morris) so she can mentally settle down,  shes really really really anxious and scared right now and trying to relax to see what is going to end up happening..

thanks all

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by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at January 5th, 2008 (09:54 am)

current mood: amused

I wanted to welcome luvnltforevrmre to the community. I'm sorry if it took a while for me to approve this, I've become too dependant on LJ emailing me but they don't from this account. I get my main journal emails all the time.

Elora is beginning to sit up and she' figuring out she can bat at toys to make them do things, etc. It's fun watching her play and begin to figure things out. She had the last of her two month shots though so she wasn't feeling that awesome last night. I'm at the office today so I hope she is feeling better for my husband. She was happily being fed by him when I left.

Game night is tonight and Elora always enjoys that. We have all our friends over as my husband runs a Star Wars D6 system RPG. She has a wonderful time playing with everyone and listening as the story unfolds. When she is older, I hope she is interested in joining us. :)

walkingatlanta is beginning a new year of walks so she and I are going walking with them on Sunday. EXCITING!

Elora was somewhat fussy at Yule as again she was vaccincated. I hope Imbolc ceremony is more enjoyable for her. I can't wait until she is older and wants to learn about religion.

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Elora's crawling!
by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at December 17th, 2007 (06:15 pm)

current mood: bouncy

Elora won't be 3 months old until Januaray 3rd and you'll never guess what my mom called and told me!

ELORA'S CRAWLING! Mom puts her on her tummy and then spots Elora with putting her hands behind Elora's feet. Elora braces her feet against mom's hands and goes up on her knees. She then goes up on her little hands and off she goes! She's not that sure of herself yet, but she made it to the end of her playmat! ALL BY HERSELF! *sniff* I'm soooooo proud of my little girl....where is all the time going???

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Thoughts and prayers for my daughter today...she got her first shot
by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at December 13th, 2007 (01:09 pm)

current mood: My poor little baby girl

It's nothing huge but she did get her first shots today. I put my momma foot down and only the doctor give her one today which innoculates her from 3 diseases. The doctor wanted her to have 2 shots but I said no. I'll take her next week for the other one. (Currently studies are being done to see if having more than one shot at one time for innoculations is actually linked to autism in children. That, and I don't think she should have that much medicine at one time.)

She's not going to feel well over the next day or so and will run a bit of a fever. Her little leg will swell a little, etc. I've been through this with my niece. *sigh* It was sooooo very hard to leave her today but at least my mom is with her right now and she's sleeping well. She also took another bottle for her. At least right now she's eating normally and doesn't seem to be bothered too much. I'm just going to worry anyhow. *sheepish grin*

She's now 13 pounds and one ounce, 24 1/4 inches long. I *knew* she was getting bigger! Being able to wear her is becomming much more convienent!
She was such a little trooper getting that aweful shot. She only fussed for a second and didn't outright cry at all. She just looked right into my eyes while that needle was going into her leg with no fear at all. As the medicine went in, of course it stung like a bitch and she just let out a cry quickly but then she was quiet. She looked at me as if to say she was glad it was over. They put the band aid on her leg (even though it has bugs bunny on it, it still looks pitiful!) and I got her dressed. She gets her other shot next week. *frowns* She truly has the heart of a warrior goddess. *beams with pride*


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Mother Earth, Great Goddess
by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at November 27th, 2007 (06:16 pm)

current mood: accomplished

Give me the strength to be patient. Grant me the will to be able to go back to work when it's time. Give me the peace of mind knowing my mom will take good care of my daughter and that when I pick her up, I'll not miss out on the little things, like her first steps, her first words. As I cradle her in my arms now, may I have her close to my heart and spirit always.

so mote it be

~A working mother's prayer

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by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at October 31st, 2007 (03:54 pm)

current mood: chipper

Just wanted to tell everyone to have a safe an wonderful Samhain with your little ones! Blessed Be!

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Lots of random thoughts from a Priestess turned Mother
by ladycrystala (ladycrystala)
at October 14th, 2007 (04:43 pm)

current mood: creative

I've been away from the internet for a bit as October 3rd was a very special day for my husband and I. I went into the doctor's office for a prenatal visit and was sent to the hospital for "observation" as I was having contractions that were 2 minutes apart and I was 2cm dialated. Elora was breeched in my womb and by ultrasound she was shown to be firmly stuck in my pelvic area and my cervix. So, in talking all the options over with the doctor, we decided it would be in Elora's best interest to deliver via c-section. Not what I wanted but she could not be turned and I didn't want to overly traumatize her. So at 6:41pm on October 3, 2007, a daughter was brought into the Sullivan Clan. We are so very proud of her. She had some bruising from my pelvic bones on her thighs but that went away after the first couple of days. Elora Jane Sullivan was born at 7 pounds and 12 ounces and she was 20 1/4 inches long. Born a little early at 36 weeks and 4 days she is doing strong and well. A true blessing from the Goddess and God.

Samhain this year is going to be so special. My Uncle passed away recently and I sense my dear Grampa's presence every so often. I will invite their spirits into our circle and set the dumb supper for them. I will invite them to share in the joy of our new daughter as they would have if they were alive. I'm also planning Elora's Wiccaning for Beltaine which is our wedding anniversary. We wanted a baby so badly and didn't think it would be possible to have one (I was once told that my fertility wasn't enough to concieve)that the Druid who married us performed a fertility rite just for us. A couple of months before our first wedding anniversary, we found that we were indeed expecting. What a joy it has been. The pregnancy, the birth, and Elora.....what a magickal experience it is.

Ahhhh, postpartum depression. I didn't think I would get it. I love my baby. We wanted this baby. I started to have a little bit of an identity crisis this week. I *know* who I am now. For the first time in my life I *know* this. I am a woman, a wife, and now a mother. I am happy in these roles. One new role in my life didn't replace what I was before, only added to it. Created another facet of "me". I suddenly became insecure that my husband couldn't see this. Silly, but the feelings were there. I actually broke down and cried when my husband tried to save me the trouble of cooking dinner. I *love* to cook and I hadn't done it yet since coming home from the hospital. I really wanted to cook dinner. I was looking forward to making a nice meal for us. I was still pretty sensitive about it last night. I'm much better today. I went to my office, and I'm attending a gaming night at a friend's apartment near our home. I finally got around to putting away the stuff from the hospital, I caught up on laundry, and the work I wanted to do in the kitchen. I feel accomplished today. Thank the Goddess I could talk to my husband and a friend about how I was feeling. Planning our next coven rituals is helping as well. I am feeling more like myself today. Hopefully this depression will pass. I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday.

I am feeling better today. I'm getting back into somewhat of my old routine with the baby's needs added in the mix and that makes me feel really good. I look in the mirror and my face looks thinner. Though my belly hangs (I *did* have a baby after all so I guess it won't be like it used to be for a while. I wish I could say I had a tight tummy, but I'm always battling a weight problem) I look pretty good and I'm in my old clothes again. I still wear one pair of my pregnancy pants because they look ok loose and I had a c-section so I'm afraid to try on my old pants just yet. :) I'm looking forward to going back to Weight Watchers so this coming moon ritual I will celebrating my motherhood and maybe working on planning a weight loss/health spell for the waning time of the moon.

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