Yeah, kids are resilient. We were never homeless but we did spend a couple of months living in a tiny basement apartment with barely any furniture, no television or phone or anything, while we moved and my mom looked for a teaching job before we could get a real house. I was ten and we spent a lot of time going for family walks and having Tetris tournaments on my gameboy and I hung up a NKOTB poster over my cot and thought it was all just a great adventure.
My house is even smaller than Erin's and my yard no less hot (plus nothing but rocks, dog poop, and weeds) so I don't recommend it.
I pulled my jersey i got in grade twelve out to wear today because it's a bit chilly with the rain, it's actually a liitle baggy. When they were bought and washed they shrank so it was a bit tight in grade 12, so this means my 28 yo self is smaller than my 17 yo self.
Every woman's dream!
Now if only a second baby would gurantee the same results and more, i might get to my goal weight
You can camp in my backyard, Anna! We're putting the fence back up this weekend so that'll keep the coyotes and javalinas out. Its hot out there but we have misters and quite a bit of shade. Oh, and we're putting in a water harvesting system so you'll have water to shower. I wouldn't drink it ....
What is a javalina?
So Lyla slept all night, and Kole was up more than usual, but he's 2 months old so he's excused. She also slept till 9am, which is unheard of. I don't think it helped her attitude as we'd hoped it would. She just fell in the kitchen. There was NOTHING for her to trip over or cause her to fall, she just flopped down and then cried hysterically. Oh well, she's got some new teeth coming in so, I'll blame that.
2 cups of coffee and I'm still so sleepy.
Which one of y'all is going to take in me an my kids when we become homeless because DH can't find a job that pays enough to pay our bills?
2 cups of coffee and I'm still so sleepy.
Which one of y'all is going to take in me an my kids when we become homeless because DH can't find a job that pays enough to pay our bills?
I have a camper in my backyard Anna. Sounds like you need more coffee. Crazy kids.
Ew. Those things are creepy looking!!
Happy Friday ladies!!!
I enjoyed reading your lotto stories.
Anna, sorry you are not getting any good sleep.
Yeah, and they smell like garbage and they have giant teeth.
Happy Friday, Stacy!
SO, I just gave up and ordered a balance bike for Adair's birthday (in two weeks). We'll just have to make sure we take some early morning family walks on the weekends so she can use it before October! I wanted to get her something exciting, because we're planning to use the birthday as a "You're a big girl now, time to say goodbye to the Dede (what she calls her pacifier)" and I want to kind of swap it out with something REALLY AWESOME to help smooth that over. I know we're still in for at least a few awful, awful bedtimes, but I loved the idea someone had somewhere of making a big graduation ceremony kind of thing out of it, where she can trade the pacifiers for the bike, essentially.
I don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try. And she will be really excited about the bike--she's obsessed with them.
Sigh. Wish me luck. I am really nervous, but DH is kind of insisting, and he's right that she's NOT going to give it up on her own, so better sooner than later. I sucked my thumb until I was seven
Good luck Leigh! The bike should help I think!
Yeah, we have a bigger issue with Boars here (Feral Hogs). http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/resources/keep-texas-wild/alien-invaders/feral-hogs-vs.-javelina
Molly, A camper sounds nice. I bet it's cooler in your area than Tuscon, too.
Leigh, I hope your 'swap out the paci' plan works. KUP on that one.
So one of my FB friends (part of that HB group I found) has been posting about successfully potty training her 18month old. We've slacked of on Lyla's training because I couldn't do it alone and DH wouldn't help me. I've recently been trying to restart that but we refuses to even sit on the potty. What gives?
Honestly, I think it's one of those "all kids are different" things and I really wouldn't push it...she'll come around. Addy goes through periods of refusing and periods of loving it, and I'm just trying to go with the flow for now. I read a really interesting article about how most kids really aren't ready until 2.5-3 and the physiological problems that can result from training too early that made a LOT of sense to me. It's here, if you're interested: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-hodges-md/potty-training_b_1424826.html
I'm off to campus health for my annual exam. If I come back without an IUD, shoot me.
If you feel yourself getting weak, call me and I'll run over there and punch you in the ovaries immediately
Also, remember: :puke2: :puke2: :puke2:
WOW - http://www.betweenthekids.com/2012/03/childhood-obesity-double-standard/
Erin! Do it! Get it taken out! You know you want to! And who knows, it could still take several months to get knocked up.
Uh, WHAT? That's insane. Those kids are not even remotely overweight...what is that school smoking???
Putting that kid's numbers in to a standard BMI calculator comes up with a BMI of 19 = NORMAL.
That's a crazy article Anna! WTH! no way those kids are overweight or obese!
Should we start taking bets whether Erin will come back with the IUD or not?
Man, I'll stay in Indiana with the racoons, 'possum and skunks! Wild hogs and hog looking things are gross.
We'll start potty training when I see more signs from her. If she starts having dry diapers after bedtime and naps, etc. She just doesn't seem ready at all yet.
Leigh, I hear you on the paci thing. We're trying to wean her off of it now but I just don't see her giving it up in 4 months. I haven't decided if we're going to cut the paci's to "break them", or just throw them away cold turkey. Does your LO just LOVE her paci too?
Ugh, she's completely obsessed with it. It's going to be a real struggle. I haven't let her have it except for nap and bedtime since 13 months (except for rare special occasions like on airplanes or if she's sick) but she always has it for a bit after waking up and the only way I can get her to give it up without drama after that is to get her onto food so her mouth is occupied. Of course, she naps without it at school just fine, so a lot of it is just habit. But still. When she is tired or upset, she screams for it relentlessly--yesterday she threw a tantrum for about 45 minutes because I wouldn't let her have it after she bumped her head and got upset.
I was kind of thinking of maybe pushing it to Christmas, but DH says and I think he's right that it's not going to get any easier with time. And summer is a good time to rip off the bandaid, since he's home and not all stressed out with working (and if nights are really bad, he can be the one to get up more since he doesn't have to be anywhere in particular the next day). I'm trying to give her lots of mental prep time and pep talks about being a big girl...we'll see. I will be so happy when it's just out of the picture...it seems to trigger just as much drama as it prevents at this point.
By the way, I have never actually seen a javelina except once or twice way out in more desert-y areas. You're pretty safe from most wildlife in town.
IUD still firmly in place! I did it! I persevered! I also asked about how my crap student insurance deals with referrals to the birth center and the OB/Gyn said that all I do is come in, get a PG test (like I'd come in not pregnant :rolleyes:), and then off to the MWs I go. There is one sticky bit though. The high risk OB group that oversees the BC doesn't take my insurance. So, if I risk out of the birth center I'm forced to go to another hospital that I may not like. Oh well. That's not going to happen so I'll just not think about it. Besides, hopefully DH will have real insurance when it comes time to actually birth this future baby and it won't be a problem. She couldn't tell me anything about whether my insurance covers HBs. I'm going to check in with the referral office after the annual contracts have been hashed out in August. I have a feeling HBs are not covered in the least bit.
Yay for getting a Balance Bike!! What kind did you get? I hope it helps with Operation Paci Removal. I also sucked my thumb until I was like 8-9. There's no taking thumbs away. My parents tried putting hot sauce on my thumb. Didn't work. Just gave me a hatred of spicy food that lasted into my 20s.
I never sucked my thumb but I've been biting my nails for years. I got the hot sauce and that no thumb crap put on them all the time, no help, I still do it.
We're pretty much in the same boat with our paci here. The kid loves it, especially when she's at home. I hide them and then poof she finds one. The kid has them hidden everywhere I swear. I'm thinking about either labor day or Christmas just cutting them off. That way it's a long weekend and daycare won't have to suffer as bad either.
I'm really wanting to go swimming this weekend but I just don't know when we're going to have time.
If you feel yourself getting weak, call me and I'll run over there and punch you in the ovaries immediately Also, remember: :puke2: :puke2: :puke2:
Way to stay strong, Erin!!
Leigh, I hope Operation Paci Switch works. We still do one at bed and nap times also. During the day, if I keep them out of sight, no problem. But if he sees one on the counter, he's got to have it. He hasn't had one at daycare in about 6 months. But none of the other kids his age have one either.
Anna, Lyla will come around on the PT. We still just let him sit down at regular times. He grabs his book, flips maybe two pages, then gets up and screams, "yay!" There is hardly ever anything in the potty, silly boy.
Leigh, she doesn't take one at daycare, right? Perhaps changing her night time routine ever so slightly to resemble daycare's routine will help with the transition. That's how I finally figured out how to get Teagan to nap decently on weekends. I have her lay a blanket on her bed like how they lay their mats down, I pull the shade, and sing "nap time baby" a few times while she nurses. Bam, she's out.
Swimming does sound like fun, Molly.
Oh yeah, I meant to respond to that too, Anna. Don't stress the PTing. Even Teagan, who's been in love with the potty for about a year, has periods of being less than enthused. We've entered this really really annoying phase where she answers EVERYTHING with "NO". Even when she means yes. OMG, its annoying. I can ask her if she wants to go potty and she'll say "No" while walking over to the potty. WTF, kid?! Just forget about it for awhile and come back to it. Kids are like timid wildebeests when it comes to things like this. You can't go charging up to them like a lion or they'll bolt for the hills (and poop in the closet). All kids are different and they all figure it out eventually. Even though Teagan loves her potty and has just started actually telling us she needs to go and will use a big potty, she's nowhere near ready to start going out of the house without a diaper (despite what she thinks). I'm guessing we won't get there before the end of the year. So, don't let Teagan's potty-love get you down about Lyla's-potty disinterest.
Ugh!! What's with the no thing? I think it is turning into one of Evan's favorite words!! Hopefully that will pass soon.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I had quite the surprise at my appt. They weighed my and it said 132! That's my goal weight. It's got to be wrong but it still makes me feel good about the amount of exercise I'm getting. I was 129 pre-pregnancy but that was when I was riding 100 miles per week and it was really hard to maintain. I can't expect to get down that low again until my house is free of babies. 132 is my happy weight and its a good place to start a pregnancy. I realize that nit-picking about 3 pounds sounds ridiculous but its actually quite a bit on someone my height and I build muscle really fast so getting my fat loss to overpower my muscle gain is intensely hard.
I think Teagan gets the "no" from her Daddy. We used to call him Mr. No. He's very deadpan and he'll just sit there and stare and then say "No" randomly. He's just a tall, well-educated toddler
Congrats on the goal weight, Erin. That's great!!! I like the well-educated toddler description of your DH!
And that is awesome about your weight, woo hoo! Keep it up, lady. You earn it.
No, Addy doesn't have a pacifier at school--in fact, I don't even send it "just in case" anymore (very recent). That's a good idea about mimicking school naptime to help her go down more like she does there...maybe I'll even put her down somewhere else, like my bed or something. It's just weekends (thank god!!!) I'm mostly worried about nighttime, though, for obvious reasons. And she is STUBBORN. Wonder where she got that from (*whistles innocently*)
The stubborn comment is funny. When DH picked Evan up from daycare yesterday, the teacher said, "he is soo stubborn." I think he was climbing all over creation and wouldn't stop. Hah!! Welcome to my world, lady!! He comes by it honestly, his daddy and mommy are both stubborn.
I'm a big fan of taking baby steps when it comes to changing something so big. I'd make the switch at nap time first and then work on night time. All at once and she might freak out.
DH asked about trying to get T to go down without one of us lying with her until she's asleep. I was like "WHAT?" We JUST got her to go down for him without screaming. I'm not touching anything for awhile.
I'm bored out of my mind. I planned to incorporate edits into my proposal today but I haven't received anything to edit. I have 5 people editing it and not a single one has gotten it back to me. Lazy bastards.
It's slow my way too. I've got all of my stuff done, just waiting on the clock to roll around so I can leave. I may have to leave early. Afterall, it is Friday.
Molly, you should be pleased to know I bought the first book in the 50 shades series last night. I got to chapter 5. So far, no hanky panky, but I think it's close.
Um, that very problem (waiting for edits) is exactly why I have my crowns on a pregnancy web site. Well, that and the fact that I'm ridiculously chatty and love to talk about babies.
Just had my performance review a few minutes ago and it went great, though, woo!
Hmmmm...you make an interesting point about the pacifier. I don't know, though--since she's already off it for nap 5 days/week I kind of feel like we're already near enough to night only to just go for it...honestly I wish I could just let her have it all the time and who cares, a happy toddler is most important, but I don't want her to be so dependent on a piece of plastic for many reasons.
I kind of wish she'd just suck her thumb so I couldn't really do anything about it anyway
For some reason, Evan has started keeping his fingers/thumb in his mouth more often. He never did this before. I guess someone at daycare may be doing this also. I hope that doesn't last long.
Erin, doesn't that just mean there's nothing to correct?
Ok, on the "no" thing: I think that if a toddler is stuck on this it's way better than being stuck on "yes". I mean, think about this when it comes to strangers offering them things or their toddler peers trying to pressure them into things like spiked chocolate milk or sharing pacifiers. Ok just kidding, but I hear you on the no thing. I'm working with Ronan on yes, which he'll do with very exaggerated nodding sometimes (which has often lead to near bloodly noses), but his obsession with Diego isn't helping. There is a part in most episodes where they ask questions, and the first 2 answers are usually no then the 3rd is yes, and Ronan knows this, so he'll say "NAAAAA" and shake his head no to the first 2, then just laugh at the 3rd question. Weirdo.
I think I'll read that series of books soon, but right now I'm reading one of the latest Janet Evanovich books (LOVE those, easy reads, quirky and clever). Anyone read her stuff ever?
I hope the answer to this is no, but has anyone had to deal with a spica cast on their toddler (or other cast even)? Ronan and Remy have both been in them before, but back around 2 months old, so they weren't getting super sweaty or in them longer than 3 weeks, but this one has been on Ro for 2.5 weeks and will need to be on probably SIX weeks! We do a spectacular job (if I do say so myself) of keeping him clean and comfortable (like an ice pack behind his back through the cast during walks to keep him cool, and carrying a misting handheld fan etc) but I swear his cast STINKS. It makes sense- he's a sweaty toddler, but seriously, I don't know how we'll be able to live like this! Anyone have any suggestions? It is kept clean of pee and poo (frequent changes and interesting diaper techniques) but still smells.
Congrats Leigh! Was there ever any doubt you'd have a great review? I don't know you but I doubt it! Good luck with the pacifier. No advice here, neither baby would take one, but I know my sister just went cold turkey with her kids and the biggest issue was when she'd have the next baby and then there were pacifiers around again.
Elin, I absolutely love Janet Evanovich!!! I've ready everything she has. Not real crazy about the diesel books, but love the plum books. I hope she comes out with another one and soon!!
I have no advice on the spica cast. I bet it does get stinky with little toddler boy and summertime.
I love Janet Evanovich!! Her numbers series is my very favorite candy reading. Hilarious
Never had to deal with a cast (so sorry you do!!! I don't know anything about OI except that Jodi Picoult book I read and it sounds just awful, but I'm sure that version was much worse, for the drama.) I think you must know this with your history but I think it's pretty common for casts to get stinky no matter what. All that sweat and dead skin. Poor little guy I know it will be such a relief for all of you to be done with that thing!
OOOOOH JODI PICOULT! Love her stuff Yeah in that book the type of OI the girl (Willow???) has is a worse type. Luckily ours isnt like that!
I'm SO glad you guys are smart and like the Plum series Did you watch the One For The Money movie? I rented it from redbox and thought it was ok! Katherine Heigl wasn't who I was picturing as the part, but it worked I'd say.
That's because you're AWEsome. There's a little box that they check if you happen to be Leigh and below it it says "If yes, skip to end and give employee a big raise".
Oh how I wish. PhDs are just the worst procrastinators on the face of the Earth. My mentor is the worst of the worst.
I swear his cast STINKS. It makes sense- he's a sweaty toddler, but seriously, I don't know how we'll be able to live like this! Anyone have any suggestions? It is kept clean of pee and poo (frequent changes and interesting diaper techniques) but still smells.
I wish I could help you out there. What about some kind of odor absorber? Like baking soda?
Apparently there is a pair of boxes on most fellowship applications that looks like this?
1 Is this application AWESOME? If yes, proceed to question 2. If no, trash.
2 Is the applicant Erin? If yes, forget everything you've read and write a review that makes it appear as if you haven't even bothered reading it. If no, throw money around!
Leigh do you know anyone with a new baby. I have seen it work, with dummy removal by telling them they are a big kid, but such and such is a baby and dummies are for babies so lets give ours to the baby who needs them.
Anna, even though we are close to fully toilet trained I still have a stubborn toddler on weekends. Every kid is different, some get it straight away some take longer so don't feel bad. You will get there, then you too will have the joys of asking if they are finished and standing up to help them off the toilet and getting told down. Yup my kid told me to sit down and put me in my place yesterday morning, he was right though, he wasn't finished
Yes, I thought about that too...I was a little worried about making her jealous of the baby, though? Hmmm...
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention a new crazy word this morning...I brought DD in my bed, and she laid down on the comforter and said "Cozy." and I said "...what? COZY?" and she said "Yes. Bed cozy!" :shock: Well alright, then!
If you were all having such crusiy Fridays I could have stolen you for my work yesterday, iw whipped up three orders ( emergency Ines) went to court for two matters, edited two affidavits and an application and tried to do some case work in there as well
Love the new word Leigh, our newest word around here is bum.
I just made a phone call about science! Does that count as work? I think it does.
Cozy is adorable! She's like a little word sponge.
I have to avoid phrases such as change your bum or wipe your bum because all I hear constantly after that is bum, but he says it so damn cutely,