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post #121 of 188
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bigger pots/pans: restaurant supply store
I am sure I am going to be needing larger pans soon. One package of spaghetti's is almost not enough
post #122 of 188
Those big pans also call for a bigger stove!

Shoefairy, start stocking up now. I swear my 11 and 13 yo are growing more than an inch a month. 13 yo ds is growing so fast it is noticed at his weekly piano lesson. Where were all the tall boys when I was his age?
post #123 of 188
My kids must be itty bitty eaters, because we still don't go through a whole pack of spaghetti.
post #124 of 188
If I don't pull food out for the girls before he starts to eat ds1 will eat the whole package but the style I buy is only 14 oz not a full pound. He then eats a couple of sandwiches after most meals (5'7" + not quite 100 pounds at lunch so he is not over weight just growing too quickly to keep up)
post #125 of 188
Mine are all fairly young yet. The ten-year-old boy can really pack it away, though, and I suspect it will only get worse, LOL!

After the holidays, I'd really like to talk to you all about small living spaces. I have no idea our square footage, but I do know we have three rooms down (living room, dining room, kitchen) and three bedrooms and a bathroom up. I have a freezing cold uninsulated attic for storage and a basement that would be lovely if it didn't leak.
post #126 of 188
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Those big pans also call for a bigger stove!

Shoefairy, start stocking up now. I swear my 11 and 13 yo are growing more than an inch a month. 13 yo ds is growing so fast it is noticed at his weekly piano lesson. Where were all the tall boys when I was his age?
All of my kids are just growing like weeds. It is crazy. my oldest has mile long legs and a teeny tiny waist. Oy finding pants that fit are so hard. Even slims he needs to sinch in with those adjustable waist things
post #127 of 188
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Mine are all fairly young yet. The ten-year-old boy can really pack it away, though, and I suspect it will only get worse, LOL!

After the holidays, I'd really like to talk to you all about small living spaces. I have no idea our square footage, but I do know we have three rooms down (living room, dining room, kitchen) and three bedrooms and a bathroom up. I have a freezing cold uninsulated attic for storage and a basement that would be lovely if it didn't leak.
Our house is fairly midsized I guess. somewhere between 1200 and 1300 sq feet I think. We have 2 bathrooms, only one working, and one spot on the lower level where we could put in another toilet (in the laundry room) WE have a split entry home (or a raised ranch) DH and I use the lower level as our bedroom b/c we ran out of space
post #128 of 188
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Originally Posted by PreggieUBA2C View Post
What I'm wondering is how 'normal' or maybe just usual it is to be spending nearly all of one's time fixing and managing chaos. By this I mean that I feel like, and timing-wise it works this way, I don't have any time to spend reading and playing or just engaging our boys in meaningful or really connected ways. They seem to go from one crisis to another, and usually that stops for about an hour once I've lost my patience with it, they have their stress-fix and they calm down for an hour.

I should also let you know that both dh and I and our parents and some of their parents/siblings all have forms of adhd. I have the inattentive type and have dealt with it successfully through years of self-initiated behaviour modification. Most of my family self-medicates with drugs and alcohol and dh and his family self-medicate with licit substances like pots and pots of strong coffee and cigarettes but dh uses 'all-natural organic' energy drinks to keep himself stimulated and focussed.

Our boys bear all the adhd markers of our families and I take great pains in helping them to find constructive ways of keeping their brains satisfied. They have an indoor mini and an outdoor 14' trampoline and I teach them many ways of obtaining that rush they need so many times per day to focus, but still, they seek conflict likely because it is pretty instant and doesn't require much effort.

So, they construct crisis after crisis and I'm afraid that when they are grown they are going to complain to me that I didn't spend enough time with them, when there simply isn't enough time in a day to put out all their fires while being foremost engaged in fire-prevention tactics as it is, and then also do the daily chores, food prep, and somehow spend time with them in relationship the way they also need.
I'm glad you had a better day with your boys after your talk with them! I hope the insight you discovered helps in the long run! I quoted the above section of your OP because it caught my eye and reminded me of a resource I have found to be really comforting and reassuring! Thought maybe you'd get some good out of it, too!

http://www.celebratecalm.com/index.html

I stumbled across this website quite by accident a year or so ago...it actually showed up as one of the auto-generated google ads on MDC, and it caught my eye because it appeared on a day when the concept of "calm" seemed like a fantasy! I immediately signed up for the email newsletter; I get one or two in my inbox every week, and they have been very positive for me! I like that the guy puts little or no emphasis on specific "labels" for kids....seems like most "experts" think that once they've applied a label such as ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Sensory Processing, blah blah blah--then their job is over! But really, it's just beginning! A label might have some usefulness in getting started with meeting the particular needs of an intense child, but if it just stops at the label, it invariably does more harm than good, IMO.

Anyway, check out the website, esp. the Quiz and the Q&A section! I'll offer a small disclaimer--I have not purchased any materials from this guy, and I don't know anything more about him than what you can see on the website/newsletters. From what I have seen, there is no conflict with AP values such as Gentle Discipline, etc., but I want to be clear that I haven't fully vetted every resource/article they offer!

Anyway, I hope this helps and offers you some encouragement!
post #129 of 188
Hi SheBear! I'm glad you made your way over here!

When did "they" decide 5 babes made you a grand multip? I thought it was more like 8.

Anyhoo~ Hope everyone is doing well!

Kat
post #130 of 188
I think I have all of my Christmas cards done. I have all of my presents wrapped. Santa has 3 gifts to wrap and we are set for Christmas! If we have extra time I do have supplies to make gingerbread houses using graham crackers. We'll see if we get that far since I'm working (possible extra) this week.
post #131 of 188
Crazy mad rush through to Christmas!

I'm still making gifts. I just sewed 5 felt fish and need to stuff them with wool and a magnet for a present I'm making for Daniel.

Ooh, and I'm getting my hair done tomorrow for the first time in forever!
post #132 of 188
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Ooh, and I'm getting my hair done tomorrow for the first time in forever!
I am officially jealous! I have been cutting my own hair and it is not good.
post #133 of 188
We have a new baby boy Pictures are here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...3&l=c0a2ff1af9
post #134 of 188
Congrats!
post #135 of 188
aww, congratulations flapjack - i hope the birth went well for you both

(edit: you got my 1,000th post!)
post #136 of 188
He's an absolutely lovely baby. Congratulations!
post #137 of 188
Congratulations, He is GORGEOUS!!!
post #138 of 188


About time too, little one!

He looks a teeny bit like his little bro

Congratulations to you all
post #139 of 188
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My kids must be itty bitty eaters, because we still don't go through a whole pack of spaghetti.
We very rarely have leftovers after dinner. Ds#1 seems to have turned into a vacuum.
post #140 of 188
Congrats, Helen! He's beautiful!
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