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I need that sewing block toy for madison. she always wants to sew with me. I did find some sewing cards and she was into it for a sec.
post #122 of 1116
Laura,

Maybe Maddy would like a wagon. Although I don't know if that would work on the bus, but it should help for walking only trips.
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She got balloons from the coffee shop once and ran home so fast I was totally blown away! She liked how the balloons streamed out behind her when she ran. I was with Nadine and we joked about having a helium tank and a pocket full of balloons whenever I go out.

We do have a little wagon in our outdoor toy box... I'll pull it out next time we go out. Thanks for the suggestion!
post #124 of 1116
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Tiff Maybe he's scared to put too much hope into this and so is trying to make it seem like a waste from the start. People can be really weird and backwards when they're afraid.
You said it really well, Sara.

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Man, I really want to go to SF again! I want to see more of it. We weren't there long enough last time!
If you go, I hope you will splurge a bit and go to my favorite restaurant, Millineum

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So rather than just sit at home depressed about it, we went downtown! And since we didn't have any plans, I just let Maddy chose what we did, for the most part. We spent a good long time at City Hall. I saw a picture that showed our very own house in 1926, and it was on a dirt road! I think the picture was really to focus on a big historical house down the street. It was pretty cool to see. They had a really cool art installation of hanging mobile type things that go up 20 feet or so, and a big round cushion below them so we laid down to admire the installation. Amelia even loved looking at that! We picked up some maps of things to do, and then ran around some more and Maddy charmed all the personel, and then we walked to the light rail (stopping to pet the sculptures at the art museum) and went up to 23rd to have mexican lunch. Maddy got an umbrella and a sewing block at Child's Play, and I got some lovely Lush goodies, and then we went home.

The walking portions were the hard parts. Maddy first of all takes little half inch steps and glares at me if I tell her to walk faster. I ask her if her legs hurt, if she needs to go potty, does she want to stop and look at something, does she want to stop walking for a little while and I'll find a bench to feed Amelia.... her answer is always, "no." She wants to walk. 0.005 miles/hour. : I would bring the stroller if it wasn't a total PITA, especially since Maddy insists on walking mst of the time anyway. Days like this are truly a labor of love. I just can't bear to keep heor at home all the time just because I dread the parts where she is ... um... challenging. She's challenging no matter where we are. I may as well get out of the house and get some Lush goodies while I'm at it.

That little sewing block toy is awesome. She is so quiet and concentrating with that thing. It was $6.50 at child's play.

I looked up Cliff and my moon sign compatibility, and it is right on. Just today he had some wild scheme (it's doable, but I know how he is...) that has some significant upfront cost, and I told him to finish Maddy's room first. He was like, oh, if I do this, I promise to finish her room. And I was like, you do the room first... and he was grumbly but agreeable. He's lucky I have the forward vision of an aquarius to balance out that taurus moon.
Your day sounds really cool! Thanks for sharing it.

I bolded the part that I TOTALLY GET right now. I believe the noun for it is "toddler".

The moon sign thing is so cool. It was right on for Mike and me, too!
post #125 of 1116
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I just got an email with a code to use for presale Flight of the Conchords tickets. LMK if interested.
I would be! I get paid in the next couple days, unless they pull the same crap they pulled last month. : that doesn't happen again!
post #126 of 1116
I'll have to remember that name, Lee! Thanks for the recommendation.

Although... my big trip this year might be to Atlanta for the ICAN conference. They have chapter leader training there too... I guess we'll see, since it's in April, and I'd have to figure out how to fund it.
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I would be! I get paid in the next couple days, unless they pull the same crap they pulled last month. : that doesn't happen again!
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Presale ends Thursday, February 5 at 10 p.m.

Buy your tickets before the general public at the PCPA Box Office or online!

Tickets are $38.50 plus service charges. Limited seats are available for this offer.
Presale tickets are available at the PCPA box office and online through Ticketmaster.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
For online purchases, use box marked "Internet Presale" with password.

Use password "PCPA" to access presale tickets.
post #128 of 1116
I'm going to see if that can be my Mother's day present this year.
post #129 of 1116
Does anyone know what the limit on the ratio of children/teacher is at a preschool? Here I'd been told that they had a very low ratio of kids on Fridays, but they've switched it up and now it's 11 to 2. Considering how wild it was last week, this is making me very nervous. As does the last minute change. And the fact that she didn't remember I'm coming tomorrow. And the fact that she didn't remember what day I was requesting care.


UGH!

Also, where is Jill lately?
post #130 of 1116
hmm... I'd LOVE to see FotC with Cliff... Amelia will be almost 8 mos. I think we could get tickets, and then sell them if we have to. 8 mos is big separation anxiety time usually!

I just started baking a batch of almond cookies I made the dough for yesterday, and I suddenly realized I had accidentally doubled the butter. They're delicious. I'm going to adjust the ingredients for the rest of the dough when I make the rest, and then we will have almost twice the cookies!
post #131 of 1116
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Does anyone know what the limit on the ratio of children/teacher is at a preschool? Here I'd been told that they had a very low ratio of kids on Fridays, but they've switched it up and now it's 11 to 2. Considering how wild it was last week, this is making me very nervous. As does the last minute change. And the fact that she didn't remember I'm coming tomorrow. And the fact that she didn't remember what day I was requesting care.


UGH!
I think it's 1:10 up to age 5 and 1:15 over age 5, but I can't imagine the chaos that would create.
post #132 of 1116
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As does the last minute change. And the fact that she didn't remember I'm coming tomorrow. And the fact that she didn't remember what day I was requesting care.
That kind of stuff always makes me nervous. However, I could see myself being like that in that position... but maybe that's why it makes me so nervous! I have a higher expectation for the professional than I do for myself. I hope tomorrow's visit gives you the answers you need.
post #133 of 1116
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I think it's 1:10 up to age 5 and 1:15 over age 5, but I can't imagine the chaos that would create.
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post #134 of 1116
Cliff just informed me that we are now profiting off of hosting!
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Hedy, from my understanding, a healthy adult getting RSV is about as bad as a cold. Same for a healthy toddler. she's just got a miserable fever and malaise.
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facebook is amazing. Just chatted with the preschool owner... she was checking in to get a feel for how I was feeling about the kid/teacher ratio change, and she said she had already spoken with the other provider about how Nico would probably require some real bonding time, and that worse case scenario she would come in to help out and spend special time with Nico, if it proved necessary. It must be hard trying to balance the various and sundry needs of so many parents. It seems like there has been a parental schedule change every time the subject has come up. Nice to have a care provider that is willing to try desperately to accommodate parents, but shit! It can't be easy.
post #138 of 1116
yay! I really hope it works out for you!
post #139 of 1116
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That kind of stuff always makes me nervous. However, I could see myself being like that in that position... but maybe that's why it makes me so nervous! I have a higher expectation for the professional than I do for myself. I hope tomorrow's visit gives you the answers you need.
Yep. That is why I am getting increasingly unhappy with Bre's preschool. I figured if you are going to be a preschool teacher for 20 years... you should have a much higher stress threshold.

I was talking to a "friend" from high school on face book. I say "friend" cause we didn't talk outside class where he sat behind me for four years becuase his name was after mine alphabetically. Anyway.. he asked me how long it was normal to nurse. It seems his sister/sil (I never figured out which) had moved in with him and his wife a year ago. She still nurses her nearly 3 year old to sleep. I laughed and told him he was asking someone who still nurses her 2+ year old. 3 and 4 years old is very common and 5 and 6 isn't unheard of. I also told him that the WHO says at least until 2. I hope he cuts sister/sil some slack now.
post #140 of 1116
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Thanks for giving me the date, will put in my calendar! When does mercury go out of retrograde???
It ended on the 1st but there was definitely some funk happening the last few days! I noticed it in my own little world and then was blown away seeing everybody's posts. Feels a bit better now, whatever it was.

I sure hope all the sick ones are on the mend now!
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