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Originally Posted by PancakeGoddess View Post
I'm sorry - that sounds miserable. My sister's MIL is going through this right now, too. Also, what's this about a secret phone? Your dd's grandmother gave her a cell phone without telling you? I'm lost.
I'm lost too. That's exactly what happened. They said they were giving her a cell phone about a year ago, we said no, let's wait until she's about 12. They went quiet. Then a year later I found the phone in her room. She and her grandmother were having text message conversations. :
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I'm lost too. That's exactly what happened. They said they were giving her a cell phone about a year ago, we said no, let's wait until she's about 12. They went quiet. Then a year later I found the phone in her room. She and her grandmother were having text message conversations. :
I'd be sooo A cell phone for such a young kid? AND against your wishes?
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I got DH an ergo for Christmas and we will see how that goes.
I have both and the Ergo is sooooooooooo much better for comfort! I do miss the forward carry which technically you're not supposed to do with an Ergo. I remember ds1 loved the front carry in the BB. This babe would too - he often squirms to get out because I think he is sick of the front carry. I still haven't tried the back.

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I'm feeling a bit miserable, far away from relatives and friends and all at this time, especially as my Mum is on the chemo.


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Originally Posted by sarenka View Post
I'm lost too. That's exactly what happened. They said they were giving her a cell phone about a year ago, we said no, let's wait until she's about 12. They went quiet. Then a year later I found the phone in her room. She and her grandmother were having text message conversations. :
: Wow, that's unbelieveable. Have you confronted them about this?? I'd be seriously :
post #1024 of 1217
We have a period in the morning when the baby is happy to play in the bed by herself when she wakes up. It's helpful during the week so I can get everyone ready for school. We pop in and out of the room, so she knows we're around. But after any other nap....instant .

Sarenka, I would be so if a grandparent did that to me. Talk about undermining the parents. That just teaches kids to sidestep their parents and go straight to the grandparents and encourages disrespect. What did the grandmother say when you confronted her?

I think we're on the mend here. Ds is still feverish, but feeling much better as we caught it earlier than dd1. Ds was up in the night, but thankfully dh stepped up and took care of him. I was busy being a mommy sandwich. Dh got a taste of being up all night. This morning ds said he and Daddy watched two movies in the middle of the night. I'm sorry, but it just makes me : for some reason. I know I shouldn't but .... .

Dd1 is usually up at dawn and I feel so much more rested because we woke up just 15 minutes ago with the sun shining brightly.
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Wow, you've been busy! With blatant disregard for my post count, I'm just going to play Master of the Multiquote and drop it all on ya right here!

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I called customer service today and they are sending me a coupon for a free sitting with 5 free sheets. Better than nothing. Maybe we will get a smile next time!
Good for you. I'm glad they offered SOMETHING. 5 sheets is a pretty good deal.

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Claire, Amy and Sabbath. Claire, lots of posts with just smileys help, too. I recommend finding a kindred spirit, following her around and posting "yeah that" after her posts.
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Originally Posted by sarenka View Post
I'm feeling a bit miserable, far away from relatives and friends and all at this time, especially as my Mum is on the chemo.
and : about the phone. That would really tick me. Is this your mom or your MIL? Not that it matters, it's still wrong.

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question for y'all: how long can your dc entertain him/herself?
Definitely best in the morning. He's usually content for 30-45 minutes then. Throughout the day, maybe 15 minutes here and there, but the best stretch is in the morning.

This week my older kids didn't have school, so I didn't have to wake DS and get him in the car first thing in the morning. You know what I learned? Left to his own devices, he will sleep until 10:00 or 10:30am!! He and Daddy are still asleep in bed. As opposed to my girls, who are up before the sun every day.
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Well, that was shorter than I anticipated. But I missed Tanya's post in the process...
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We have a period in the morning when the baby is happy to play in the bed by herself when she wakes up.
We were enjoying that period when I realized, wait a minute, he can roll over now!

I'm glad your kids are feeling better. And it's amazing what an extra hour of rest will do for you, huh? And good for your DH on the night-duty. I swear, they don't know the meaning of the word "tired". My DH will do some of the night duty, but he can be back asleep in mere seconds. On a night when he complains that he was up three times, I always think, "Yes, but you actually SLEPT in between them." Whereas I am generally still awake. Different perspectives, as usual.
post #1027 of 1217
nak

I just wanted to say this:

I WIN!!!


Dd1 couldn't take her medicine because she couldn't swallow. Now that she can, she is spitting it back at me making us both covered with medicine. So this morning I wondered if she would like "strawberry" milk. I mixed her dose in with a couple ounces of milk and encouraged her to drink until it was gone and it was smooth sailing.

BTW, I did opt for the antibiotics for the strep. There were a couple of reasons, mainly her level of pain but also that it had been a couple days already with symptoms. I didn't have time to research alternative remedies. I'm going to have to focus on that in the coming year. It's something I really want to learn about. I have to say, though, that ds was spared the worst of the strep since we started his treatment the same day. He's still able to eat and drink unlike dd1 for a couple days.
post #1028 of 1217
Oh well done Tanya - glad you're winning!!

Thanks everyone for the : support. I phoned FIL immediately after discovery and was very angry although kept it pretty clear and focused. Undermining our authority blah blah - tried to keep it to that rather than get into discussion about the merits of having a cell phone for a nine year old who doesn't exactly roam the streets at night... he said OK, almost apologised, said they would take it back. I spoke to dd and apologised to her for her having been put in the middle, explained that it wasn't that I wanted to be mean and take it away from her, but that we had decided she shouldn't have it yet in the first place, she said that was OK, that she didn't care either way. Then dh got a text message from MIL saying how 'disappointed in us' she was and when he phoned her she pleaded with him to let her have it JUST so she - mil - could send text messages. Dh says he said no, but I don't believe he said it unambiguously, and I do believe that the phone has not been used since but is still in her room. OK. I don't have any an excuse for this - I tried to leave this one to dh to be honest, to stay out of his massively manipulative family dynamics. but someone has to just act clearly!

I am going to get it now!
post #1029 of 1217
If she wants to communicate with your dd, why can't she just email her? You could set up a parental controlled account and give only MIL the address. I could be naive, but it might take your dd some time to figure out what the email address is so you wouldn't have to worry right away about her emailing strangers online.

I don't understand MIL's desire to have a secret relationship. It's kind of weird. Special relationship, but secret? Nope, still odd.
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Originally Posted by TanyaS View Post
If she wants to communicate with your dd, why can't she just email her? You could set up a parental controlled account and give only MIL the address. I could be naive, but it might take your dd some time to figure out what the email address is so you wouldn't have to worry right away about her emailing strangers online.

I don't understand MIL's desire to have a secret relationship. It's kind of weird. Special relationship, but secret? Nope, still odd.
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Can someone make my baby stop waking up to chat at 3am? She's not just wanting to eat now... she's wanting to babble and keep everyone up. Gah :

She has also upped her nighttime feedings. A lot. It's a blur so I'm not sure how often she's eating, but it's *many* times. So much in fact that she's soaked through her diaper by 4am and usually pooping shortly after I change it : This was a child who used to sleep 8pm-5am and had a decently wet though not soaked diaper when she woke up.

On the bright side her thighs are starting to chunk up a bit
post #1031 of 1217
Glad to hear everyone is healing up nicely at your house Tanya. Strep sucks. I had it 12 times my frosh year of college. Mainly because every time I'd start the abx I'd get a yeast infection so I'd stop taking it. Anyhoo I'm no worse for the wear and I haven't had strep or yeast since then thankfully.

And yes, DHs who take night duty on older children ROCK. DD1 has had a nasty cough which sometimes wakes her up in the night. And she too has been up at the crack of dawn for some reason, and always wants company. DH walks her back to her room and tells her to come talk to us when the sun is up but it's a big ole double standard for the little peanut.

Re: how long R can entertain herself... in the mornings it's a decent amount of time, especially if her big sister is roaming around doing funny stuff. Usually it's long enough to make coffee, eat breakfast and perhaps pack a lunch. As the day wears on her patience wears thin

Sarenka. It's tough to be far from the family at the holidays

(though for some of us it's hard to be close to our families too )
post #1032 of 1217
Thread Starter 
Tanya, I am so thinking about you. Superhuman efforts on your part, lady!



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Originally Posted by PancakeGoddess View Post
bummer.

and, um, weirrrd. My dp turns 42 in January. He played the no-uterus card to get out of having babies.
Amy, I you.

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maybe i should do lots of little posts like this
Almost 100% of my first thousand were on the thread corresponding to dd1, the maymamas. Crazy.


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anyone been travelling in Morrocco or anywhere similar with babes before? We're off in feb for 3 weeks - any tips/ideas appreciated! I've been a few times before but over ten years ago as a single backpacker...everything has changed since then! And dh is a little terrified...
Sarenka, I just want to send some love your way. You have a fabulous sense of humor and are one of the people I most adore on this thread.
Also--does Mexico count? It's like second world, not third, but the one consideration I would take into, well, consideration, is whether or not your daughter's been vaccinated for the big baddies. If/when we ever go to India I would vax for a couple key things: polio being the first.










Sabbath you made me giggle with your posties.





Um...oh yes, Pav? Where are ya? I just got the lac materna!!! Thank you! Only took 3 weeks....: tha's the way it goes down here...

Maybe I can finally keep up with youguys now that it's the holiday weekend, and surely you are all wrapping presents and stuffing stockings! Like me! Wahoooo I am so psyched about that.
Yesterday I gave a private bellydance lesson for 3 hrs, and then she also bought a top I sell (bellydance tops my MIL makes)--almost $90 buckeroonies, right in time for more holiday spending! Wahooo! I just adore making money doing something I love so much.
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thanks for the advice you big time posters you!
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Claire...
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...You're way ahead of me.
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post #1038 of 1217
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Originally Posted by sarenka View Post
I'm feeling a bit miserable, far away from relatives and friends and all at this time, especially as my Mum is on the chemo.

sorry to hear you're going through this

My Mum had chemo about 7 yrs ago -it was a very stressful time
post #1039 of 1217
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yay I'm not the baby

question for y'all: how long can your dc entertain him/herself?

I usually lay DS down on the floor with some toys right when we get up in the morning so I can put the dog out and make some breakfast for myself, and then come talk to him while I eat. Well, yesterday morning I was snuggling with DH while DS was playing in his crib, and we ended up really getting to know one another...get it...and DS never fussed once. This morning, I hopped online after making coffee, and just realized DS has been playing by himself and with the puppy in the next room for 45 minutes, and just now he's starting to complain (I can see him from the computer). When did this happen? And more importantly, why can't he do this when I'm trying to cook dinner??

I guess I can reassure concerned others that even though I hold my baby more than is socially typical, he can, in fact, handle being by himself. phew, I was kinda worried (rolls eyes).
My baby under no circumstances can handle more than 20 minutes. And even that's pushing it. She DOES NOT like being alone, or not in arms. Going mad and crazy over here. With DH working 6 days a week (around 55-60 hours, because he is in retail management and it's a requirement) I hardly EVER have him home when she is awake for more than an hour. So, I am getting tired, cranky and apparently whiny.

Darn it all to heck.
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Darn it all to heck.
: Don't know why, but that got me good. If I had been imbibing a beverage, it would have been upon my keyboard.
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