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I have a 4 year old, but I also have kids who are 13, 11, 8 and 3 months.  :)  ~Alicia
Actually, it's a lot easier than that now that the law has changed.  Here's what's required now: http://www.examiner.com/homeschooling-in-mankato/what-will-be-required-of-minnesota-homeschoolers-under-the-new-law and here's the form to turn in: http://www.examiner.com/homeschooling-in-mankato/mha-releases-new-reporting-forms-letters-to-superintendents-and-more   You don't have to report anything to the state until your child is 7 that school year.    There are...
I'm in rural SW Minnesota too, in Westbrook. We travel to Mankato to see family and take part in homeschool events quite a bit though. My kids are 2, 6, 10 and 11. ~Alicia
There's a good book that talks about elimination diets and the stuff you can eat. It's old but still good and is called "Is This Your Child?" by Doris Rapp I think. When it was written, soy wasn't the staple it is now so I don't think she eliminates that. I did, though, and do suggest it. You can eat a lot more than you think if you want to try two weeks. Some ideas: veggie soups, potato/veggie hashes, smoothies, brown rice with veggies, leftover brown rice with...
I wouldn't worry too much about cutting calories. Our bodies are designed to feed our babies even when food is scarce. It's not healthy to dramatically cut calories (for you or baby) but if you merely cut down, it shouldn't affect your supply. If you're hungry all the time then maybe the answer is in changing what you're eating. I'd suggest lots of fiber especially in the forms of fruits like apples, veggies like broccoli and nutrient dense carbs like brown rice. ...
Sorry you're having such a tough time. I'm not sure what you're planning on supplementing with but I thought I'd mention MilkShare if you didn't know about it. It's a group that matches up mamas with extra milk with those who need it, via a yahoo group. The milk is basically free (other than shipping costs and such if mothers don't find local donors). Here's info on the group: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2...-milk-to-spare There are LOTS of generous mothers...
I'm already so bothered with the way the media is using this as an excuse to warn against co-sleeping (and even breastfeeding). I wrote a slightly snarky article in response, warning about the dangers of holding your baby (at least without government approved safety devices). http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2...ing-your-baby# It's such a terribly sad story. I really feel for the mother. No matter what caused the baby's death, it's every mother's worst nightmare....
(whoops, mistaken post and I can't delete it!)
My girls (3 and 4.5) usually do crafts at the table while I clean. I don't do a whole lot of it in big chunks, and that way we can all talk and be together while I'm doing it. They also help. They know our motto is "You have to clean up one mess before you make another" so they'll run around putting stuff away to get out the next mess. I wrote up some stuff that works for us here, too: http://www.magicalchildhood.com/articles/tornado.htm Some of the ideas...
Thanks for the sites and recommendations! I tried to get a doula but there are none near me. My husband is supportive and my doctor is pretty cool. With each child I've become better at being my own advocate too. Feeling better now. Thanks!
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