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We planned #1. #2, #3, and especially #4 were the result of sloppy birth control.
I don't know if older kids are easier, but they are more fun. I like them. I love my baby, but she drains me. The older kids challenge and entertain me. Watching your baby become a teenager is a blast! First homecoming dance, glimpse of his adult sense of humor, overcoming growing up challenges -- much more exciting than first steps and first words. You know what comes next with a baby. With a teen, every day is a new day!
Definitely mad. What you say or do about it after the fact depends on your history with your MIL.
I can't think of a book I would forbid my child to read, short of pornography. Discussing a book is the best part!
I have 20 months between 1 and 2, and 26 months between 2 and 3. I had three under 4 for a couple of months. I didn't plan it that way, but it worked out great. I went through all the baby craziness all at once, and then I had three little kids who were the perfect age to be great playmates. I say the closer the better. (Except now my first 3 are tweens and teens, and I've found myself starting over! )
Do you think she'd go back to sleep in the am if you laid down with her a bit? My 2.5 yo doesn't nap, and she goes to sleep at 11 pm, but she sleeps until 11 am. I actually really like that schedule because she is awake when the rest of the family is home at night to provide entertainment. I have to pick her up and put her in the car at 6:30 am to take the kids to school, but we get out of the car and head straight back to bed. I lay with her until she is back asleep...
That is very typical 10 yo girl stuff, unfortunately. All you can do is give your daughter the advice and encouragement that the pps mentioned. Moms can't really get involved at this age. Moms talking to moms about girls' social squabbles make them worse (unless there is something way over the line), and girls do need to learn to deal with this mess, even though it is hurtful and unfair.
I don't know that I have any "rules" with my 2.5 yo, but I do try to explain why she shouldn't do certain things. She's touched hot things before, so if I tell her that the stove and the curling iron and the water faucet can get "hot, hot, hot, and burn you and hurt you," she knows what I mean. At Christmas, she dropped a large glass snowglobe, and it made a sound like a bomb going off and glass went everywhere. When she wants to handle something that is glass or...
I've nursed 4 kids through toddlerhood in every concievable public place. I never got a negative reaction (even deep in the heart of Texas!) I think negative reactions are rare. I'm just sorry there are any at all.
AmeliaBedelia, I think you hit the nail on the head. My daughter hates to be noticed for anything! Sometimes I think she'd be invisible if she could. I think she'd absolutely hate it if she wore a new outfit to school, and everyone complimented her on it. I'll have to keep that in mind next time we are at the store. (Personally, if I get lots of compliments on something I wear, I put it on everytime that it's clean!)
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