40 weeks! Woohoo!
you look nice even without the smile.
if i was given the option of TOL with pit or a repeat c-section, i'd try the pit first. obviously, since i did. i did a lot of research about the dangers of induction for a vbac. all the info i found said that the risk of uterine rupture increased with the use of prostaglandin gels to soften the cervix, not with pit alone. of course, using pit without softening the cervix might make it less likely to work but, if i were headed for a c/s anyway, i'd at least give it a shot.
Where do you take your pictures? That's not your home bathroom, I'm assuming. work?
Yeah, my dad would probably tell me if he had problems or complications from his vasectomy, which he had soon after I was born (one very easy way of knowing that my younger sister wasn't his). He'd probably just he had some problems or pain, though, not get specific about ejaculation. He probably would if I pressed him. But then if it were my dh worried about it, I'd tell him to talk to my dad. My dad would probably be more open with my dh. Maybe we can all ask our dads if they've had any issues so we can pass that on to carrie's dh.
And, yeah, again, on the reading. If kids are in what is called a print-rich environment, they will learn to read. There have been studies that show you don't even have to read to your kids, just have reading materials around. They will be interested. They'll want to know what everyone else is experiencing. it begs the question, are teachers in schools really teaching children to read or are the children just getting it at about the same time that they are entering school and the teachers and schools are just taking credit for it? Ethan likes to collect those free marketing magazines for cars and homes and such. He likes to go through catalogs we get in the mail and collect coupons. all of that contributes to his learning to read. since he's not in school he doesn't have to be reading independently by a certain time so it's not a chore or a source of angst.
different kids read at different times. some may be reading at 5, some not until 10 or 11. it also depends on how we define reading. mkellen was recognizing everyone's names on christmas presents when he was 3. was that reading? it's definitely a step in the process but i'm not sure if i would call it reading. i don't know if he was reading the whole name or just recognizing the first letter. i wouldn't say my 3yo was reading at that point like some might. he can now spell his own name and type it into his mobigo and recognize his name vs. guest when he turns it on. i'd say that's probably reading but it's not fluent or independent reading. just another natural step in the process.
ethan did tha same thing with writing. when he was 3 or 4 he spontaneously wrote ABC on his chalkboard, once.
he never did it or any other letters again like that. periodically, he would pull out some workbooks i bought and do a little bit of letter tracing or completing words but not a lot and not regularly. at the beginning of the summer i encouraged him to be his grandfather's pen pal. that was more to foster a relationship with someone he never sees than to get him to write. he wrote a couple of letters and then got bored with it. then a month or so ago he showed me a paper that he had written a couple of sentences on. i think it was for a video game. he had done it all on his own. he made a sign for something. i was like, "wow! i didn't know you could do that."
it's really cool to see this academic stuff that people say kids won't get unless they are taught in school by teachers coming together naturally and spontaneously.