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post #121 of 1618
Um, okay, I don't know how I broke my sleep routine but I really need to fix it. For some odd reason I've been waking up at 5am for the last few days, and it caught up to me today so I took a nap with Suriya. I'm usually in bed by midnight but I am not even close to being sleepy because of that darn nap. I have to admit, the one awesome thing about being awake before my kids is the utter peace and quiet in the morning.
post #122 of 1618
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please update?!
not such a great appt.

she didn't know what I was talking about...and then said that Sophie would have to go into the operating room at the hospital...for a procedure that she was unsure about....

so not that great.

we are working on latch, but it's so hard w/ all I have to work with...
post #123 of 1618
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How is it going Nicole?
good days and not so good days....thanks for asking...

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Wow, seeing an LC is something every breastfeeder should do! Thanks to you, Lyla, we already have improvements where I didn't know I wanted improvements! Amelia is a little frustrated by the position tweaking, but definitely learning fast. I wish I'd gone with Maddy!

I'm so stoked about donating milk! I want to be charitable and here's something I can do that is extra special and that not everyone can do.
Thank you sooo much for helping out that mama and her babe! Makes me feel good that I got to be the go between...
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I think I want to do another playdate........... next month maybe. Remember when we all used to get together and let the kids play?? Ahhhh memories. I am feeling nostalgic. The grey weather does that to me.....makes me all nostalgic and lovey.

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I love you guys.



I do.




Yes, even you.
One of our best days, Madden had such a great time playing! it was nice to get out of the house for me...

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Happy october! in honor of the new month, my hard drive crashed and yesterday was officially the worst day ever! I'm stealing celeste's computer now.. and am hopefully getting mine fixed today. so... forgive my not reading. see y'all on the flipside!

PS. Happy Belated Birthday, LEE!!
Hugs mama!
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Well that was fun while it lasted, Nico is already better! A little 6 hour sickness, go figure. : He's eaten, hydrated, and just a little more cuddly than usual.
Glad to hear he is better...sorry for your rough day!



Tiffany~ hope things get better round your place...


Happy Belated Birthday Lee!!! :



and school, that gawd that is one thing going good for us. I sooo know what it's like to have difficulty w/kids and school...I hope all everyone's schooling woh's resolve soon!
post #124 of 1618
[QUOTE=PGNPORTLAND;12300368]I havn't btdt but my heart goes out to you. It must be very hard to be on your own with the kiddos without help and I'm sure you miss your husband too. I'm hoping for a great reunion for your family soon! Meanwhile, would you like to try and get together soon? My days off are Tuesdays and Fridays.



aww, thank you that means a lot to me. we are getting into our own groove without papa but with all the "normalcy" i am projecting to the kiddos i still feel a big piece is missing.
that would be great! this Friday afternoon (Today) i am working with Dakota's class in the school garden but next week would be good. how about Tuesday? i will pm you too.
post #125 of 1618
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update on my sister if anyone is interested... she is the one I posted about with the pkd and preeclampsia.

Please pray or say good thoughts for my sister... she has been sent to the hospital. Things are not looking good.

Thanks all,
Heather
praying for your sister (((hugs))) to you.
post #126 of 1618
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Even me? I'm a working mama and never get to go to playdates anymore .

Anybody want to get together on a Friday? Probably not. Oh well.
i know Salila & i would be up for something after school-even today unless it is too late for you. would anyone be up for piccolo park? that is very near me. during school (i work a couple days a week these days) i still would love mama time but-no kiddos-which i have said before is weird for me, but yesterday Ru just climbed up on in my lap, that was really sweet. Hedy your girlie is the sweetest. i think she knew i was missing my kiddos!
i can have a couple mamas & kiddos over here but more than that and it would be squishy
why am i awake???? waah.
post #127 of 1618
My school is great at 'reminders' that no one ever knew about... they seem to forget that a chunk of the school is NEW each year... yah, the other parents bit?? DOes that mean some other parents will come to school and sit the others, or tht you are supposed to find someone to drive yours there?? Weird. Seems to be a 'school' thing tho, the whole crowd control issue, you are just one in the pack.

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Oh, great. I just got a newsy little email from the VFS, and hidden in it is this little remark:



WTF? There so much "Oh, BTW" crap I get to deal with with this place! Am I the only person with a kid in this school who has to work? "Make arrangements with other parents." Well, that's been a flaming success for me already (not). Oh, yeah, no big deal, I'll just rustle up some more child care, Oh, BY the F*CKING WAY.

I want to be one of those parents who doesn't have to deal with crap like this. Yeah, we'll just SLEEP IN Monday morning! So what if I don't keep my job! Sorry. I just needed to rant.

Oh, yeah. And there's two days next week with no school. That snuck up on me, too. Eh. Sorry. Back to work.
post #128 of 1618
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What is it about school right now? Everyone having school issues. Tomorrow is Alexia's last day. The only reason she's even going then is because tomorrow is picture day and her pics are already paid for. As bad as it sounds, I can't believe that she couldn't even make it a month. She begged me to let her go, but they can't handle her. I got an email from her teacher again today. Alexia doesn't listen to her, period. We've raised her to be independent, but not defiant. It's ridiculous.
Sounds like a teacher issue... they have to have had kids before who don't listen, they should know how to deal with it. They can't expect it all...
post #129 of 1618
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Well, the girls both went to bed at 7. I was downstairs from putting Ru to bed by 7:30. I can't believe it. : that Ru stays down for one more hour, so I can go to bed at 10.

I just kept waking her up this afternoon when she tried to take a nap. Nicely, of course. It was really funny, because she looked really surprised each time, and kind of like she really did want to stay awake, but was drifting here and there. I feel bad about it in some ways, but not in other ways, because seriously. I just can't stay up until 11 or later, like she wants when she takes a nap at 4:30 PM.
I *think* we have passed through it, but Kieran was into the 4:30 nap for over a month... sucked with, sucked without. Either way, he just cried until bed, which was luckily long before 11. People love to tell me he must be giving it up- yes there are these times where he just can't/won't, but that doesn't mean he is done, he just takes a break then goes back to it, and is better with- but at 2, not 4!

I'm supposed to be packing. Then we are (if Kieran agrees) going to do the Ladybug walk at our very own Woodlawn park this morning!
post #130 of 1618
Nicole
Did you see an LC in Portland or out where you are? If you want to see another one (I can't believe an LC wouldn't know about frenulum issues) I am totally willing to care for Madden at the location of your choice. Let me know if I can help.
post #131 of 1618
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I am sorry you are having such a hard time Eliza. I am sorry Alexia is too. Question, does she want to come home, or did you decide to take her out because she is not listening?
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Sounds like a teacher issue... they have to have had kids before who don't listen, they should know how to deal with it. They can't expect it all...
Well, I've talked to Alexia and we've agreed to stick it out at least until I can get another meeting with her teacher. She's so advanced that they don't know what to do with her. At home, she's reading Harry Potter. At school, she's reading a book that has 2 words per page. Her math homework yesterday was a "connect the dots" puzzle. On our "own time", she does her multiplication.
It can't be a teacher issue. Normally I would agree, but it isn't just the teacher. She's been a first grade teacher for 9 years. The teacher prior to that had been teaching kinder for almost 30 years. The counselors can't deal with her, the office people can't deal with her. Everyone tells me how sweet and bright she is, but she just doesn't seem to want to do what she's told. I know that I can't expect her to be a mindless robot, but is it too much to ask for her to respect that the other children still need to learn and she can't interrupt their learning time?
post #132 of 1618
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Yeah, it seems that way. The fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants and no support whatsoever seems to make this especially difficult as a single parent. Seriously, they do not sell themselves as an volunteer-cooperative-DIY kind of deal, but that's what it feels like.

I could look at charter schools for next year--in fact I'll definitely at least look at Trillium. That's a pretty involved process in and of itself, though, researching charter schools, applying, the lottery to get in. They're all over the city, too, so I'd end up with a school-work-commute logistical mess any way I look at it.

Makes me wonder just how many single parents just send their kids to the local public school and be done with it. (Not judging anyone who does, BTW...besides which, the rest of my family thinks I'm crazy for struggling to send my kid to private school.)

Need to get back to work, but I'm having such a hard time focusing. My productivity goes down the toilet after about 2pm.
I had a similar experience when I was a single mama. Caleb went to a bilingual montessori school for pre-k and K and that was great;it was on a fee-scale and very supportive. Then I wanted to keep him alternative schools and went through three in the first two years of elementary. Jumped through many hoops, commuted, all that and none worked for us. And he begged to go to our neighborhood public school. I struggled with the idea but once he went and I really connected with our neighbors and got involved in the school, it was a great experience for both of us.
Not at all saying that is what you need to do but it made life so easy for me. It was free, it was close and it allowed us to makes supportive connections with neighbors which can make a huge difference as a single parent. I do believe you can find an alternative school that works for you but I recommend living close to it as that does make such a difference in ease for a busy mama.

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I got some good news today regarding my job -- looks like they have a study for me to work on, and the work is HERE IN PORTLAND!!! : Amazing.
What fantastic news

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So, speaking of enrolling your kid in the neighborhood public school, Tania has decided to go to school and I went to go sign her up today. It's a perfectly nice school (Llewellyn) but I wanted to cry anyway. We're going from a very relaxed family atmosphere to a hectic life where we don't see her for most of the day. She wants to have the kind of childhood that she sees on TV where kids go to school and hate math and think their teacher is lame. I totally understand where she's coming from. I used to beg my parents to let me come home from boarding school and have the kind of life where I walk to school and all that. Well, I'm sure it will all be fine, but I'm feeling a major loss and I just want to cry.
I hear your pain mama. That does sound so hard coming from having a positive homeschooling experience with the family. My older son has gone to public school since 3rd grade and he loves many aspects of it but does struggle with his independent, free-thinking spirit fitting into the authoritarian system. I notice he does well in classes with cool, relaxed teachers and horrible in ones with uptight teachers. But for him, the social "normal" part is wonderful and he says he would never want to homeschool (I have offered numerous times).
It might be something she just wants to check out and experience and then she may come right back home. I am so glad you are listening to her!
post #133 of 1618
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So, speaking of enrolling your kid in the neighborhood public school, Tania has decided to go to school and I went to go sign her up today. It's a perfectly nice school (Llewellyn) but I wanted to cry anyway. We're going from a very relaxed family atmosphere to a hectic life where we don't see her for most of the day.
oh, wow, yeah, that is a big change. i just found out about a blog-ring-discussion group thingie for families who are unschooling "with school" - in other words, precisely what you are talking about - previously unschooling families whose child has opted for school. let me know if you are interested and i will send you the link...

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ME ME ME!!! we have been canning and that is one thing we wished we would have planted this year. Not really sure what the difference is with them being Lemon ones, just littler? and yellow should still make great pickles.
they are round, like lemons - and yellow - AND have a slightly lemony flavor! especially when they are on the riper side...i missed all the people who said they wanted some. best way to reach me about it is email.
lyla@beyondbirthservices.com


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Well, I've talked to Alexia and we've agreed to stick it out at least until I can get another meeting with her teacher. She's so advanced that they don't know what to do with her. At home, she's reading Harry Potter. At school, she's reading a book that has 2 words per page. Her math homework yesterday was a "connect the dots" puzzle. On our "own time", she does her multiplication.
It can't be a teacher issue. Normally I would agree, but it isn't just the teacher. She's been a first grade teacher for 9 years. The teacher prior to that had been teaching kinder for almost 30 years. The counselors can't deal with her, the office people can't deal with her. Everyone tells me how sweet and bright she is, but she just doesn't seem to want to do what she's told. I know that I can't expect her to be a mindless robot, but is it too much to ask for her to respect that the other children still need to learn and she can't interrupt their learning time?
isn't she 7? or younger? in my opinion, yes, that is way too much to expect, even of a much older child - especially one who is so BORED at school, with nothing there for THEM. she has to spend 6 hours a day there and keep other people in the forefront of her mind while doing dot to dots and reading books with two words on the page? my THIRTEEN year old (yes in school) daughter would have trouble in a mind-numbing situation like that, let alone my 10 year old...heck *i* would have trouble.
post #134 of 1618
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Candace - I totally see how you would feel a loss. It's hard when you want to give your child the most rockin stuff ever and then they want just the opposite. I really applaud you for being flexible and open to what Tania feels that she needs right now. I could see how this sort of situation would be a huge challenge for me and it would be so tempting to just push for what I think is best. I think you are really paving the way for a great relationship with Tania by honoring her feelings and her individuality.
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I hear your pain mama. That does sound so hard coming from having a positive homeschooling experience with the family. My older son has gone to public school since 3rd grade and he loves many aspects of it but does struggle with his independent, free-thinking spirit fitting into the authoritarian system. I notice he does well in classes with cool, relaxed teachers and horrible in ones with uptight teachers. But for him, the social "normal" part is wonderful and he says he would never want to homeschool (I have offered numerous times).
It might be something she just wants to check out and experience and then she may come right back home. I am so glad you are listening to her!
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oh, wow, yeah, that is a big change. i just found out about a blog-ring-discussion group thingie for families who are unschooling "with school" - in other words, precisely what you are talking about - previously unschooling families whose child has opted for school. let me know if you are interested and i will send you the link...
Thanks for all the support. Lyla, I'm interested in that group. I think it's going to be kind of a cool experience. We'll be able to walk to school every day. It's about 4 blocks away. They do their science class down at Oaks Bottom. They're really into art. I can go and have lunch with her. It seems like a pretty decent school. Tania's excited. We bought all of her school supplies. She's actually read the whole Student Handbook and gone through the meal calendar and circled ones that sound good.

I need to buy her a lunch box. Where can I get one that's not made in China and is made out of decent materials?
post #135 of 1618
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I need to buy her a lunch box. Where can I get one that's not made in China and is made out of decent materials?
That's a good question. I hate Sprogly's lunch box. We bought it at New Seasons...no idea where it's from. I wanted to try a bento-box-type-thing, but he likes his lunch box.

I agree that it's a very good thing that you're honoring your daughter's choice to go to school even though it wasn't what you'd planned.

Oh, sorry I forgot to email you about the co-op thing, Lyla. Hopefully someone else did...LMK if not. BTW, I can vouch for the goodness of the lemon cukes.
post #136 of 1618
There is one at New Seasons called Laptop Lunches..... we are getting it for River. It is the one that Vegan lunchbox raves about. There is even a flickr group devoted to them.
post #137 of 1618
having been that bright bored child that needed MORE, more stimulation, more challenge, more mroe more from the school, the teachers, more than TAG had to offer (that was a JOKE, one meeting once a month to do puzzles??? come on!) i suggest that you ask for a meeting with the principal, talk to her about Alexias gifts and how you see how bored she is, she is struggling to care about school because it feels like the school doesnt care about her.
they might reccomend some testing, she might have to go into a different classroom for some classes (i did for years), even just skip a grade or two, but she needs to be challenged intellectually way more than she is now. no wonder she is acting out so much, the people who are supposed to be teaching her are leaving her behind and ignoring her gifts and failing to provide the challenge and stimulation she craves.
post #138 of 1618
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KRISTIN!!!
post #139 of 1618
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good days and not so good days....thanks for asking...
Here is hoping that they start all being good days! Can you go see an LC who does know what she is talking about?


And Happy Birthday, Kristin!
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Here is hoping that they start all being good days! Can you go see an LC who does know what she is talking about?


And Happy Birthday, Kristin!
lol! it wasn't the LC that didn't know what she was talking about (at least that's my belief - since it was ME) - it was the ENT...
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