Colicky preemie brings Mom to her wit's end!

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Today has been a trying day. My baby turned 3 months old yesterday, but is 5 weeks gestationally. He was born at 32 weeks. Parenting a preemie (and first baby) has been a lot more challenging than I anticipated. A little bit after his due date, he started showing signs of colic. The screaming and near constant crying really gets to me. I decided to take the year off from work, which means I am home full-time with this little bundle of "joy". We spend a lot of time walking- every day for about an hour. This helps keep my sanity, get some exercise, and relaxes my baby for a nap.

Social Security and Stay-at-Home Moms

Every May, in honor of Mother's Day, announces how much the work of a stay-at-home mother is worth. Her annual salary, or value, in 2009, since in the real world the salary is a fantasy: an impressive $122,732. It's nice to be valued. What isn't so nice is that although stay-at-home moms are given lip service about their value and importance, full-time stay-at-home motherhood is not recognized as the job it really is.

Missing Daddy: A Toddler's Perspective

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My daughter is 16 months old. My husband's been off work a few months and soon will be starting again. At times he may be away from home for two weeks at a time.

She is VERY attached to him. If she notices he is gone she has a melt down. Today he left for work before she woke up and it was just a rotten day. She pounded on the bedroom door, screamed...

Do you have any suggestions that might make her transition easier on everyone?

He Really Wanted a Boy

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This question deals with gender disappointment.

We just had our third girl. I knew during pregnancy that my husband really wanted a boy this time (as did I) but while I got over it, he still seems stuck on being disappointed.

Any ideas on how to help him move past this? He’s a great dad to our other two -- but this time just seems more disconnected.