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This is one you learn with trial and error. It does take practice to learn when your baby's upset is "I'm uncomfortable because I have to go" and when it's "I don't want to be on the potty!". It sounds like you're doing the right thing-  it's good for your baby to learn that if he isn't comfortable on the potty, he'll be taken off. It reaffirms his trust in you and keeps the potty a safe place. I know someone who was pushed to do a very harsh brand of potty training by her...
In our last semester of college and NO job offers. Everywhere we've applied and really expected to get in hasn't panned out. We really didn't expect to be in this situation and have no idea what we're going to do... My mom has an apartment she can let us stay in for cheap, we can stay with MIL for awhile (she's in the UK, so can't be more than 3 months unless we can get a visa/permanent residence for me- she's covering travel because she REALLY wants to see her...
We get about $450/month food stamps and generally can make that last the month, including formula, sometimes with a little spare. Add on about $30 because we get meat at the butcher's which isn't covered. At his most expensive, formula was $50/week and we still managed- so, I guess, about $300/month for two adults. Then there was the two months that social security screwed us around and we didn't get ANY help and had no choice but to leave kiddo on the awful WIC formula he...
Ah, I misunderstood this part: "though there is someone a little older than me who I socialise with, when I have time alone. Mark is cool about that, dear man". If it's purely platonic, he certainly should be cool with it! You have every right to have friends, even bi friends that you can talk about your sexuality with. It's really valuable to have someone who understands, it'd be very disturbing if he weren't cool with it.   Now, those were just examples. Even if Mark...
Monosexual people feel attraction to those outside their marriage all the time- there's no reason it'd be less dangerous to the relationship than bisexuality. It's incredibly rare for one person to fulfill your every single need, and people change as time goes on. A person may have a kink that their partner just cannot get into, but meeting another attractive person who does share that kink doesn't mean the person will cheat. Or you may meet someone who's younger, more...
If you don't answer a call, it may be wise to reply with a text/email POLITELY stating that you only want to communicate via email and to please contact you that way. This way he can't say you're ignoring him or cutting contact. If his mom gets in touch with you- send a message to HIM saying that you will only talk to HIM about issues involving your (say "our") child. Always be polite and respectful. If he says something that upsets you, calm down before responding and...
When you're under that much stress, there's only so much you can do not to have stressful reactions. It doesn't sound like you have a whole lot of time for self-care, which makes it harder to be patient. The best thing you can do is (and I know this sounds impossible) to do your best to take care of yourself. Good food as much as possible, try to get in exercise and sunshine. Meditation is a good idea- just take 10 minutes before bed every day. You can find good guided...
Are you still holding her over the sink at 8 months? It may be nicer to have a potty nearby so that she can sit up by herself, it also frees up your arms to play and read books and try to make it a nice experience. She may not like being held over the sink.   You could also try turning the sink on. Not very high, but the sound/sight of running water can help kids go.   One thing that I've found is really important is that they relax. Before the strike, I'd put kiddo on...
It really fixed my priorities. All the petty little things I used to get worked up over stopped mattering. I've also made huge steps in fixing my own health as a side effect of keeping our baby healthy. It's easier to have drive to do the important things because you aren't just living for yourself. It broadens your worldview, your baby's fascination with everyday things can help you appreciate things you take for granted. It's not easy, but it's worth it.
A few questions: -Can this not wait a while? Your eldest son is likely in some of his last years of school, if not his last year of school, before university/starting his own life, no wonder he doesn't want to move! If he's planning on going to university, can it not wait until he starts? Switching countries this late in his academic career may cause problems for him. Depending on his immigration status in the new place, and how much he likes it, I would not be surprised...
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