Poor sweet Ava! See, Gabe cries when he sees the drama on Toddlers and Tiaras - but it's more like a copy-cat mock than empathy. kind of funny. Norah seems to like the show though. (I promised her I would never do that to her in a million years)
Last night sucked. It just did. I know I am still making milk, but it must not be enough to satisfy her late night cravings - hoping she's just going through a growth spurt or teeth or something. She gets food right before bed as it is (usually a yogurt or some dry cereal . . . some of each) IDK what to add to to satisfy her through the night.
Norah doesn't sign, but she does talk. She's got mama, dada, g'ma, pa, water, down, up, dog, banana, nana . . . and those are only the ones my tired brain recalls her repeating with intention. So many more words than Gabe had at this age. She's walking better, and really wanting to run. Need to work on how to get her to safely go down stairs, she is fantastic at getting up them.
MW: how many kids does that family have? obviously a teenage daughter and a son whose of an age with one of yours . . . My mom's mom was that kind of mother. Strict, ruthless. She mellowed in her old age, but I don't think she ever thought what she did was wrong. She probably thought she was doing better than her parents did by her (and she's likely right). Out of her 5 kids, 1 ran away as a teenager (we didn't relocate her until 10+ years later), 1 got pregnant as a teenager (my mom), 1 has had several marriages and gone the other direction in permissive parenting and her oldest daughter just got out of rehab and is pregnant (She's late teens, I don't think she is 20 yet, but I could be wrong) by who knows who, and the youngest was in an emotionally and verbally abusive marriage. The oldest, and only boy, is ok, just weird. I know from talking with her alot she just didn't know any other way to be, and I think just gave up at a point in her kids' teen years. It's kind of sad - I think generally how everyone turned out shows how litte roots they had - they didn't have much support to count on as they were trying their wings. But this of course is pure anecdote and not scientific.
Carrie: in regards to your current house, have you talked to a real estate agent? I would want to know if putting in the time, effort and money that you think your house needs will pan out in more money for your house and/or a quicker sale. Or if it might be worth a slight loss in profit to list it as is? I myself would focus on the sorts of things that get flagged upon inspection: wiring, roof, structure, plumbing. Because those often are deal breakers. The cosmetic stuff . . . HGTV has taught me to believe in staging, but that doesn't have to cost much.