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@Liz McBride Now I want to read that. Sounds interesting.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on "I Promise You, She is My Daughter."
@WholeStrides HA HAA HAA HAA HAA... "My vagina." I DIED.
@candycane She's not yet 2, and a lot can happen in 3 months (it certainly did with my son.) I'm sure she has more than 50 words (though honestly I've never sat down to count) she just has her own version of things. And she doesn't drop the first consonant of every word - just certain words. I know she CAN start a word with a hard consonant because she does. She can Say "Book", but she prefers to say "inky" instead of "Binky". Who knows why. But nothing seems wrong to me yet. I'll certainly discuss it with her Ped at her 24 month appointment, which seems a long way away.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Baby Language "Eh-Po-zhun".
@HMH_Andrea Thank you! We've talked to the pediatrician about this but he just keeps giving us the "Eh, so, he's gifted... not much you can do about it." His preschool teacher believes he's gifted too and is trying to help us come up with a plan for managing his behavior. I need to start reading more because I know he needs a different approach than my other children. I was gifted too (and am highly sensitive) and I had the attention of the teachers and administrators at every single school I went to (and this was in the 80's.) I had special needs treatment and he's probably going to need the same.
@jet_set Jolene says "elk" for milk, but she says it rarely because she refuses to drink it. It's either booby milk or nothing for her. But she does point out when her brothers have "elk." She says Agua both for water she drinks and for water in the bath, or rivers, or when it rains -- basically any water she sees. It's ADORBS.
@junebug1990 Jonas also didn't walk until he was 17 months old to the day. Then, one day he just got up and started running. It was like he just didn't want to do it until he had perfected it in his head first. Your daughter may be the same way!
@MarjorieZMarino I was (am) too. I haven't read that book but it's on my To Do list.
@LasVegasMidwife No problem, you can still donate through the PayPal button using your credit or debit card. When you get to the screen that asks you to login, just look for the link that says "or continue with a credit card" or something like that. I used to donate to a certain fund all the time before I had a PayPal account. Thank you!
5 months ago on On Negotiating with Terrorist Amy
@MelissaFerguson I'm doing everything I can do prevent him needing braces. I've needed dental surgery and braces for YEARS that we've never been able to afford and my entire jaw is screwed up because of it, so I'm not going to sit around and do nothing if there's something that can be done to reduce his risk of needing work done. John has perfect teeth and Jonas's head is just like his, so I think we could probably avoid them by taking appropriate precautions. Our dentist agreed that it needed to come out.
5 months ago on Shark Teeth and Tooth Fairies
@AmberStrocel You sound just like HH! He cannot stand it, and he's usually the one in the house who's totally fine with gore. I'm usually the one puking, but I'm okay with teeth. Probably because I've had so many of them pulled myself.
@bargainbrit12 I added up the cost of the ticket, flight, hotel, ground transportation, food, and whatever promo materials I needed (buttons, business cards) and that was my total.
5 months ago on Announcing my BlogHer '12 Sponsor & How I Snagged Them
@ghostlove That sounds beautiful.
5 months ago on My "Push Present" Dream Come True
@rixa.freeze you know what's funny though - I think if a non-mom was watching us have this conversation, they'd be thinking, "you're HAPPY with 2-3 hours of sleep!?! Are you nuts!?!" It's hilarious what parents will settle for. I remember just being relieved if I slept for an hour. My prebaby self is HORRIFIED.
5 months, 1 week ago on Things To Do While You’re Pregnant – Part IV
@rixa.freeze that sounds like heaven, but was never my experience. The unbelievable exhaustion was surely what flared up my postpartum depression and anxiety every time. At least the last time, I had the placenta pills to keep me energized during the day. But the nights... See above comment. I would have another kid if I was able to sleep.
@ajlperry we coslept too, but since my daughter didn't sleep, I was still up rocking her. I remember learning to sleep sitting up with her on my chest in the glider. Totally not the safest thing, but it was either that or standing up. No inbetween. Oh, brutal. Do I sound a little traumatized? Because I am.
@Tammy Soong Yes, ask any doula in your area where the volunteer doula services are. In my area, some doulas work for doctors so they are covered directly by insurance. There's also Chicago Volunteer Doulas who are available at a couple local hospitals. Many doulas-in-training will provide their support for free (I did my first 3 births for free.) But sometimes a more experienced doula is really worth the money.
5 months, 1 week ago on Things To Do While You’re Pregnant* – Part III
@CandiceHoke1 we're actually planning on spending the night in Little Rock on the way back! Keep in touch.
5 months, 1 week ago on Things To Do While You're Pregnant* - Part I
@TracyVetzalMainwaring There was only one kid at the whole rink wearing a helmet and I remember her very clearly because I was absolutely convinced that SHE was going to slice off someone's fingers with the way she was behaving. While everyone was putting their skates on and waiting for the ice to open, she was jumping off this seat/platform IN her skates and landing on the ground right where everyone was sitting tying their laces. In one instance, if she'd landed a few inches to the left, she would have cut off one man's fingers and sent them flying. It was like a horror show playing over in my head, but her parents weren't making her stop. Funny that they cared about her head, but not about her jumping skates-first into a crowd of people!
5 months, 1 week ago on The Grinch On Ice (...Or Me on Figure Skates.)
@josiedee Well, it's not really your job to criticize another mother's birth, is it?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on (VIDEO) 43 Year Old First Time Mom, Home Waterbirth
@VanessaManz I dunno, I'm just one of those people - when I get super "bored" reading something, I just click the little "X" and close the window. I don't leave a long comment explaining to the writer how bored I am. But then again, I don't assume that everyone reading it feels the same way I do. For the record, commenting on things I see in the world and making light of them *IS* who I am. And many people enjoy my humor and perspective (as evidenced by the people other commentors both here, on facebook, and on twitter.) So, no, I will not change my writing based on the demands of one "casual follower." But thanks.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Get Off My Internets: My New Favorite Place on the Web