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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post
 

For those of you with olders in school (elementary and above, not homeschool), what are two ways that you are involved with your kids' school?

 

 

Oh, I um...drop them off, and pick them up.  That counts right?  :lol

 

Last year I corrected papers at home, because obviously I have a smaller child I cant take with me to volunteer.  But I previously was very involved in the PTA, and headed up the Box Tops for Education Program for our school.  I planned collection, rewards, contests, and the most time consuming part-  clipping and separating and sending in.  I have yet to send in my background check for this year, but I do plan on perhaps volunteering in the 2nd grade class on occasion. For school parties or field trips, or maybe on testing days. DS is way too cool to have his mom volunteer in his class, and he would probably die on the spot if I showed up...so...now that Im thinking about it, perhaps I should volunteer in that class too! 

 

I know that when B gets to school I will be so on top of it.  Since she is allergic to nuts you better bet I will be at every class party, field trip, kids birthday, etc- ANYTHING with food at it. 

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Jaimee, I used to volunteer at dd1 and dd2's school by reading to the class, bringing home things to cut out or sort, volunteering at events, chaperoning trips, and I was the room mom for dd2's class two years. I never did anything for dsd's middle school or high school. MS and HS don't make you want to help! Now, I have four kids in four schools. Jasper's daycare really acts like a school. There's a PTA, events, festivals, room parents, and even a silent auction (eyeroll). So I am pretty much doing nothing. There is no way I can volunteer at four schools. I did sign up to do make up for the school play that dd2 is in. That's it.
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Well, my aunt just called me. She got a phone call from someone who goes to our church who heard about our childcare situation. She is a little oldr and all her past daycare kids are in school now, so she was planning to retire. But when she heard about my mom, she wanted to do something. She is offering to watch Greta free of charge. O.O I have noisy kids around right now, so I haven't had a chance to call her yet. I am trying to think of a way to politely decline the free part. I just couldn't accept that without feeling guilty, but the childcare is definitely needed! Fingers crossed this works out!
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Katie, the secret to giving up coffee is to have a weak stomach...... I can only handle drinking it for so long. I wax and wane with my consumption. Lately I peaked at the most I had ever been drinking regularly. I was ending up with like 3 shots of espresso in a single XL latte. In the afternoon. I used to only drink like one homemade cup of coffee in the morning. lol. I was also drinking the yummy coffee with milk and sugars and all of that stuff that wreaks havoc on my stomach. My stomach said no more, and I quit cold turkey. For now. Horrible, right? I don't kow why I put myself through this time and again, but I just LOVE ME SOME COFFEE! I don't get the same enjoyment out of drinking tea, but I have tried many times to become more of a tea person... I'm pretty good at quitting coffee cold turkey. This time was the worst, though. I felt HORRIBLE. I'm sleeping a lot better now. I hope to continue for as long as I can.
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My throat is killing me and I'm officially riding solo for the first time. But of course Layla is sleeping so it's fine.

Mal, that's super awesome. I hope it works out for you.

I honestly only drink coffee because I like it. I usually drink half a cup then I'm over it and switch to water. Caffeine doesn't do for me what it does to others. I can drink coffee then go right back to bed.
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BFing safe cold remedies? Man, I feel like crap.
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Thread Starter 

Joanie, my neighbor is having all sorts of gut health issues and we've been trying to get her off the coffee (and alcohol) for like a year now.  She finally had an endoscopy and found out she has some serious scarring and he told her to quite cold turkey, which she did and she says it's amazing.  The difference she already feels.  I know people say that coffee has so many health benefits, but I can't help but think that the possible cons of regular coffee consumption just don't outweigh the benefits.  I'm really thankful that I hate coffee.  I hate even the smell of coffee.  It's water for me all the time.

 

Mal, that's amazing news!  I think if you are very grateful when you talk to this woman and fully recognize that she wants to do this service for you free of charge, then insist that you pay her X amount a week (don't ask her to come up with a number), she will likely give in and agree.

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Originally Posted by CDsMom1031 View Post

BFing safe cold remedies? Man, I feel like crap.

There really aren't too many.  My recommendation is to focus on the symptoms you need to relieve the most and take medicine specific to those instead of a multi-symptom medicine.   A lot of drugs are L2 or L3, which you may or  may not feel comfortable with, but some antihistamines are L4 b/c they can affect milk supply.  Usually I suffer through as much as I can and then take an nasal decongestant spray when the congestion is causing me not to sleep.  Otherwise, I take a bunch of vitamin C and D, elderberry syrup, green tea gargling, neti pot, etc. But that's me... YMMV.  I've got Hale's Mother's Milk if you want me to look stuff up.  You can also find some info on Kellymom.com.  

http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/aap-approved-meds/

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It's really just my throat that's bothering me the most right now. It's affecting my taste buds and stuff. Are cough drops relatively safe?
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Thread Starter 

Yeah, I think most cough drops are safe.  Menthol is fine.

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I use throat spray... And ibuprofen.
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Conner got out of the tub, ran into the living room, grabbed his weiner and pointed to the bathroom. I said, "Do you want your potty?" He said, "Yeah." I went and grabbed it, brought it to him... He immediately sat on it and peed. =)=)=)
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Originally Posted by CDsMom1031 View Post

Conner got out of the tub, ran into the living room, grabbed his weiner and pointed to the bathroom. I said, "Do you want your potty?" He said, "Yeah." I went and grabbed it, brought it to him... He immediately sat on it and peed. =)=)=)

 

:thumb  If it's not on Snap Chat, it doesn't exist..  We need to get Jaimee to come to the dark side.  I don't tend to use much for sore throats, but I will take ibuprofen or use a nettie pot for congestion.  Like Jaimee, I just try to up my immune system builders and rest.

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I forgot, my kids like warm water with honey and lemon for a sore throat. Or peppermint candy. Gargling salt water may also help.

Abra, speaking of neti pots, I made one out of a Diet Dr. Pepper bottle for one of my kids. Lol.
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I don't think I'll ever use a neti pot again... I'm terrified of saline rinses ever since I accidentally shot the water up my sinus into my ear and caused that bad infection (earlier this year). One of my biggest regrets ever... People, make sure you use those things correctly! *sigh*

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Originally Posted by dashley111 View Post

Perks of a commune: 

- Never a problem getting a babysitter
- I could re-cover Abra's seat cushions with my super amazing sewing skills...

...AND I STILL HAVEN'T HAD COFFEE. 

Another perk of an intentional community: someone else always has coffee.

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Originally Posted by CDsMom1031 View Post

My throat is killing me and I'm officially riding solo for the first time. But of course Layla is sleeping so it's fine.

Mal, that's super awesome. I hope it works out for you.

I honestly only drink coffee because I like it. I usually drink half a cup then I'm over it and switch to water. Caffeine doesn't do for me what it does to others. I can drink coffee then go right back to bed.

Apparently that's genetics. Some people process caffeine and more people can't. I'm like you, most of the time. But I have a threshold too. Its just way higher than most.

I'm tired. Wednesdays are my busy days.
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I've used a nasal aspirator like a Neti Pot too.  Thanks for the warning Joanie, it is important to do it right.

 

Jaimee,  I also suck at volunteering with C's school.  I'm supposed to volunteer for 20 hours at his new school this year.  My dh said that he wants to do a 3D cad workshop with the kids, so that might cover part of it.

 

I like coffee.  Mmm.  I try to keep it to 2-3 small cups a day though.  

 

With all these IC perks, I expect that everyone (including Sara) will be joining us!

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PS, I saw Sara's boobs today.  Well, at least she tried..

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Originally Posted by Abraisme View Post

With all these IC perks, I expect that everyone (including Sara) will be joining us!
I need a better job if I'm going to come.

Joanie, how did you neti wrong?
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Originally Posted by Abraisme View Post

PS, I saw Sara's boobs today.  Well, at least she tried..
LOL I'm in a better shirt for it now, but no longer engorged.
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