I have had the same posting issues! And go to the gym and let the guilt go!! You'll be a better parent after the exercise, so it's worth it (this pep talk brought to you courtesy of someone who hasn't been taking my own advice about getting childcare for workouts lately)
Penelope, sorry about the marriage issues. I hope your trip gives you the time and perspective to figure things out.
Plady, I can't believe the mom is being such a . I'm glad that your daughter can talk to you about her problems and hope that the counseling helps.
zubeldia, I also got pregnant while nursing and had an easy weaning halfway through. Fingers crossed for you...
RM- awesome run! I'm curious, too, about how you changed your cadence.
Lofty, congrats on the belt test.
A question for everyone about young bikers- when did your kids understand staying to the side of the road. My oldest was either on sidewalks or bike path/trails until she knew left from right and had pretty decent safety understanding (I can say "tight to the right" as a reminder, and she'll get over quickly). She was 4 1/2 when we moved here, where there are almost no sidewalks, and I've trusted her on the roads. My two year old is super keen on her balance bike, and scaring me constantly. We'll bike to the park and back and I have to constantly re-direct her away from the middle of the road. Recently I let her take her balance bike and brought my bike and trailer for when she got tired (I'm so pleased with how the balance bike will hang over the handle of the chariot!), and though I tried to corral her to the side of the road with the bike/trailer, it was a stressful nightmare. She has no concept of staying to the side- and seems to like the symmetry of biking in the middle of the road. I'm contemplating a harness to keep a better handle on her... any other tips? She's only 26 months, and I can't imagine not letting her bike for another year or two until she's smarter, but my options for "safe" biking locations are pretty limited.