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Hey guys! I'm so sorry I have been away for a few months, the wifi at my inlaws was spotty at best. Anyway, I had the baby on 9/28/11 and brought all my own gluten-free food to the hospital- they weren't sure how to feed me so they went to PUBLIX and bought an Amys bowl! I was like "Um, I hope you didn't bill my insurance for that..."

Jacob was 9 pounds, 11 oz... amazing what a healthy diet can do for you AND your kiddos! I can't wait to jump back in now that I am home. The husband is still deployed (and may be extended) soooo... I guess I'll just have to cook to keep busy haha

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I was just thinking about you the other day! Wondered if the the (not so) little one had arrived. Congrats!

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Welcome back! and welcome Jacob!!

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:D Congratulations!!!!! :D Holy moley K8tling you gave birth to a little linebacker!!!!! ;)B)
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I was just wondering the other day where you'd gone. Congratulations!!!!! Welcome Jacob, yay!

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We have missed you. Congratulations and hope hub gets to meet Jacob soon!

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Congratulations and welcome back.

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Congratulations! Enjoy him; they grow so fast, and I hope your husband will be home soon.

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congrats!!!!

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Congrats and welcome to little Jacob! We've missed you :)

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YAYYY K8!!!!! sounds like you are doing great (except the hubby away part) 9lb 11oz dang it, girl :D sounds like he is pretty healthy! such great news :) and jacob is one of my favorite names: my great grandfather's name and my nephew/Godson's name: jacob. hope dad gets to come home soon. we are stillllll waiting for daughter's husband to get back (extended :( we feel ya) hopefully in february *crosses fingers*

so glad everything is well! :)

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I'm such a sap. It brought tears to my eyes. I hope dad gets to see Jacob soon and wishing you all the best.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Good for you for taking your own food and I am really glad to hear the hospital worked with you to make a good experience!!

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Thanks so much guys, I missed having all of you to ask questions/share vents on sharing a kitchen (my inlaws fed my kid wheat the whole time we were there! THEN suggested I allow wheat into MY kitchen ... yeah... no.). I could see the board but only on my iphone so it was tiiiny.

So SO happy to be home, and breastfeeding is going well this time. I ran out of milk by 3 weeks with Collin and had lost 24 pounds. This time I am holding steady at 180 and breastfeeding VERY well. SO glad I got diagnosed before I had another baby.

So! What have I missed???

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So! What have I missed???

3 people had affairs and one is pregnant & not sure if her husband is the father. The evil doctor was shot & almost died. 4 people came back from the dead. 1 girl was re-cast. Wait......that was the soap opera I watch! :o

On C.com....the usual- constipation, diarhea, bloating, gas, foggy brains, nerve problems, anxiety issues, bread recipes,unsympathetic relatives, "does it contain gluten or not?" discussions, etc.

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On C.com....the usual- constipation, diarhea, bloating, gas, foggy brains, nerve problems, anxiety issues, bread recipes,unsympathetic relatives, "does it contain gluten or not?" discussions, etc.

Not to mention the usual...dredging up old threads from 2004. :lol:

ETA: Also sending my congratulations on your new baby!!!

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hahahahaha I love it.

ok well, that's good to know!

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Congratulations on your baby. Kind of wish I'd been on here for some tips pre-pregnancy myself!

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Yay! Your little one shares my son's birthday, a good day for babies!!! I'm happy for you that breastfeeding is going well, keep it up, mama :)

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