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post #141 of 276

I have two friends currently pregnant with their 2nd's. One got pregnant when her son was about 14 months, and the other got pregnant when her daughter was just 7 months old. Both were planned too. You'd think I'd be living vicariously through them, but no! All they're doing is somehow making me want to be pregnant right along with them! But no plans for that for a while here. I also know a woman who had all three of her children just a year apart... meaning she got pregnant 3 months postpartum each time! Of course, she had a full time nanny so...

post #142 of 276

Nope, no pregnancy here either.  While it's possible that we'll have another one, we certainly don't want a baby this year while we're traveling.  Maybe in another 1.5-2 years after we decide where we want to settle down.  In my previous DDC with Olivine, there were several mamas that were pregnant again by 9mo.  Like the other said, I think we just had a high number of women here that were done with this baby.  I'm sure it will happen soon though.. I'm voting for Joanie or Nicole.  ;)

post #143 of 276

Hey ladies. I haven't been here in forever! I just caught up on the last couple of pages, so forgive me if I'm leaving anything out.

 

More babies... Not now, no thank you! We are so busy right now I feel like my head is constantly spinning. We took a 10 day vacation the end of July and the day after we got back, I returned to work. I've been running around like a crazy person ever since. DH also went straight back into working overtime. So, the house is about to bury us all alive, the girls are just clean enough to pass inspection, somehow we all find the time to eat and sleep, but that's about it. So, no. No more babies right now. 

 

As for Greta... she is finally crawling on her hands and knees. Well, half the time. The other half the time, she is walking on her feet and hands. She is pulling up to absolutely everything, but hasn't quite gotten cruising down. She tries though. She sometimes lets go for a split second before she realizes what she did. She now has 6 teeth! Two on top and four on the bottom. She refuses to take a bottle while I'm working, but I'm not letting myself worry about it. We did enough worrying about breastfeeding last spring. I nurse her often when I'm home and I only work 3 days a week. This is only until she turns one, then I won't worry about the breastmilk or the bottle at all while I'm working. We'll still nurse at home, but she'll get cow's milk at the sitter. Funny story... yesterday I put a new dress on her for church and it was a little long. She was getting so frustrated with it, getting stuck in it when she was trying to crawl around. So, her solution? She would pull the dress up over her head and face and crawl around like that. It was seriously the funniest thing I've ever seen! The dress was thin, so I think she could see through it. She'd just crawl around with her face covered up, then when she stopped she'd pull it off. Rinse and repeat. Hilarious!

 

My oldest is starting preschool tomorrow. I really can't believe it. She's attending our local Montessori school. Which happens to be the Montessori school I compare all other Montessori schools to. It is an absolutely amazing environment. I did some work there when I was in college and have been dreaming of the day I could send my own kids there. Now the time has come!

post #144 of 276

Mal, how much does it cost to have a child in a Montessori school? I don't know much about them but we have one up the road and I've heard such great things about them. I assume it's an extra expense compared to public school?

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Mal, how much does it cost to have a child in a Montessori school? I don't know much about them but we have one up the road and I've heard such great things about them. I assume it's an extra expense compared to public school?

 

 

Very extra.  Very, very extra usually.  I looked into a few for my DD and I only found one that was less per month than our mortgage.

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Very extra.  Very, very extra usually.  I looked into a few for my DD and I only found one that was less per month than our mortgage.

 

Oh wow. bigeyes.gif

post #147 of 276
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Mal, how much does it cost to have a child in a Montessori school? I don't know much about them but we have one up the road and I've heard such great things about them. I assume it's an extra expense compared to public school?

Most of the montessori schools here are soooo so strict. It's like they're trying to pick the most perfect berries from a bush. A friend of mine's son got thrown out for not having ALL of his grades as satisfactory. He's SEVEN!

post #148 of 276
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Oh wow. bigeyes.gif

 

Yeah. I just chose two random local preschools, one Montessori, one just a (popular) school at a church. The Montessori is $770 per month for half day preschool, the church is $175 for the same thing. 

 

I put dd1 and dd2 in some free-thinking, hippie preschool when they were 3.5 and 2. ROTFLMAO.gif  It was great. It was also the first year, so it was pretty cheap. After that, I they had to go to full time daycare, so choosing a preschool wasn't an issue. 

post #149 of 276

I'm in a rural area, so education costs are a lot lower here. I'm paying $175/month for her to attend 4 days a week for almost 3 hours each day. The price goes up if she stays for elementary school, but no where near what I'd pay if I lived in the city. Right now, the only way we can afford to send her there for elementary/middle school is if I could work there. Which I would love to do, but there aren't any openings there. So, we'll just see what happens in the future. I work at a private school right now. If I'm still working there when she starts kindergarten, I will probably enroll her where I work.

 

As for strictness... it really depends on the school. Montessori is not a trademarked method. Anyone can buy some Montessori materials and call themselves a Montessori school. So, you have to do your research to find out if it's legit. I know the teachers at DD's school and they are probably the gentlest people I've ever met. It's like Montessori method with a Waldorf vibe. 

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I love the Montessori ideals, but only if a true Montessori, like Mal mentioned.  Here it is over $6000 a year for a 10 month, 3 half day program.  That's right.  3 half days a week for the school year is, like, college tuition prices.  Ridic.

 

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That's 1/5 of what Billy makes a year!

post #152 of 276
Not pregnant, sperm costs too much and I've only had one PP AF. 2 under one is plenty intense, tho. I can live without doing that pregnant (I'm done anyway, it would be Sara pregnant).

Shay has been standing without pulling up. He squats a lot and he just springs up whenever he feels like standing now.
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Not pregnant, sperm costs too much and I've only had one PP AF. 2 under one is plenty intense, tho. I can live without doing that pregnant (I'm done anyway, it would be Sara pregnant).
Shay has been standing without pulling up. He squats a lot and he just springs up whenever he feels like standing now.

Go Shay!

We have had a burst of mobility here too. Instead of feeling exhausted like everyone else I just feel relief! B is so much more independent. She has also been letting other people hold her.....yes, hold her. Her own grandmother has never held her without her crying, and a few days ago both grandparents got to. Its glorious!
post #154 of 276
Ash, yay! That first bit of mobility is so awesome and opens everything up.

I'm pretty happy with Shay's level of movement. His friends are all starting to walk ( including his cousin who is only 3 weeks older) but I'm happy for a couple more months of crawling if I can get it.
post #155 of 276

Yes, Montessori is pricey usually.  We had the "expensive one" and the "cheap one" in Baltimore, but the cheap one was still $3700 for the academic year, 3 half days a week.  The expensive one was more like $9000.  Even here in corn country, the Montessori schools are in the $3000 range, but 5 half days a week.  I wish we could afford to send our kids there b/c I really value the philosophy.  I also like Reggio Emilia and Waldorf (though the latter only for preschool age).  We'll likely send Austin to preschool next year at a cooperative since that is more affordable. 

 

As for Avery, no mobility for him still.  He's trying, but hasn't quite figured out how to move forward over his leg.  He's still in the poised and rocking stage, but I figure before he turns nine months, he'll get it.  We'll see, though!  That will be my latest baby yet.  But I think he's on the verge of something- mobility, teeth, who knows because he's waking up every 20 minutes at night.  No joke.  I'm a zombie.

post #156 of 276

Levi has a pedi appt in an hour. I'm going to be bringing up some of his mobility milestones and my concern of his head shape.

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Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. TRUTH!

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Levi has a pedi appt in an hour. I'm going to be bringing up some of his mobility milestones and my concern of his head shape.


Let us know how it goes!
post #159 of 276

Nicole, my DD was born 2 weeks before hurricane Katrina and the news footage made me worry about all the babies who needed formula mixed with clean water.  So we don't even need zombies to appreciate lactation.

 

Becky, good luck!

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Brought up everything I'm concerned about with Levi. His dr says he couldn't be happier with his head shape. He's not too worried about his motor skills, since his cognitive and FINE motor skills are spot on. But now, his weight is starting to plateau and he's still refusing solids most of the time. :/

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