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#1051 of 1080 Old 04-30-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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Re potty learning. Both my kids got out of diapers when they were a bit over 2 years old. DD1 was 2 yrs 6 wks and DD2 was maybe 2 yrs 3m. I do think there is something to that, their window, I guess. I wasn't going to cause huge battles over going in the potty, but I was all about getting out of diapers early versus later. Thank goodness my kids worked with me on that.

As for toys at the playground, it isn't an official rule, but we generally don't take toys along because then we have the sharing thing. I have seen it work both ways with others. So I guess I don't have any useful answers.

I feel like I might be getting a cold. Got a sore throat. DD2 is already asleep with an earache. She has had a runny nose for weeks, which is very unusual. DD1 decided it was entirely too early to go to bed, so is here playing. Today was an absolute gorgeous day here. I spent most of outside working in the garden. Ripped down the lattice and DH is putting new up. Who would have thought we would have a grape arbor in Brooklyn, but the house came with it and the grapes are actually good! I even blew off going grocery shopping because I wanted to enjoy the weather, although now I am wondering what I am going to send along in lunch bags for the kids tomorrow. I don't know if it is because of possibly getting sick, working outside all day, or soon getting AF, but I just feel like sitting on the couch and being a lump.
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results are posted! my standing was actually much better than i expected!

311/2996 overall - i was 312/2639 last year - how's that for ironic?
6/210 age group - i was 11/238 last year - different age grouping, though
42/1487 women

and pics from the whole weekend of racing - including dd's 1/2 miler on sat. i'm in the orange hat - the pic of the guy waving is not dh, but our friend matt who i could NOT catch the entire race. he passed me at about 3 miles, and was a stone's throw ahead of me the entire next 10. grrrr.

eta: in the pic of ds smiling widely, you can see his tooth that he smashed a few weeks ago. lovely, eh?
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I just bought a little potty for the back of my car. I'm not worried about when we're at home, but I am worried about the hours we are out and about. DD loves it when I change her diaper in the back of the SUV, so I'm hoping she'll be psyched about peeing back there if she needs to go. She comes with me to work every day and we usually go somewhere after, so we're gone for hours at a time and a bathroom isn't always readily available... then there is preschool on Mondays, library on Wednesdays and Music Together on Fridays. I'll be sure to have lots of spare clothing changes. Whee. (Or should I say wee?)

She's 2.5 exactly (half birthday was Sunday) and now I'm all freaked out about missing the window. Thanks, guys. :

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Summary from day 1 PL: K, age 2.5 exactly Peeing was an absolute breeze-no accidents at all the entire day-with the exception of nap. Pooped once in the morning with hesitation. Needed to poop at night but refused. We didn't push it, but sat with her while she tried. Put diaper on tonight for bedtime-hopefully she poops first thing in the morning when she wakes up while still in dipe. Kind of worried about this. Don't want to force, maybe tomorrow I will suggest putting on a dipe to poop if she needs to? I don't want to confuse her and really want to keep the dipes off as much as possible though-hmmm-we will see.

Sharing at playground-we dont take anything there either for that very reason. Its tough.

Did 1 hour of yoga today-felt great. Hopefully will get a run in the morning.
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Pumpkinseed, my kids were younger, but we gave them dipes for naps and nighttime at first, but not during waking hours. Initially they both resisted pooping in the potty, so would save it for post nap or in the morning (in the diaper). We just let it go and eventually they got it. I never wanted to get in the habit of offering a diaper for pooping, and fortunately, we didn't have to. You could always give constipation remedies if it becomes too much of an issue to make it happen easier.
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Hola mamas...wanted to stop in and let you know I am reading along! Feeling good, recovering well from the 20 miler...hoping the marathon is just FUN. I missed shearing, but the sheep looked much cooler, if unsure about their new, nerdy haircuts. And maybe I have lost my mind, because I placed an order for a pair of emu chicks. We'll have to pick them up south of Madison the weekend after the race!: Rocky's eating lots of carnivore food, and starting to seek attention and activity. She's clearly bored, and definitely much improved. I have also caught a cold. So much I'd love to share about no more babies, potty learning...but it's already bedtime and the kids have yet to calm down, so off I go. Tomorrow, darlings!
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I also have a backpack related question...J absolutely HATES the backpack now, but there are times when I really still want to wear him or need to (the zoo, a bead store!). I have been wondering if a (gasp) framed backpack is the answer. I could probably get a used one...what do y'all think?
We have a Tough Traveler that we found at a thrift store for $8. It was the best piece of kid equipment we ever had. Dd loved it, dh loved I loved it. Are framed backpacks not AP or something?

GMM - Whatever you and dh decide about kids it's all good if you agree. I think it's probably a good idea not to jump into surgery seeing as you've got that covered, circumstances do change unexpectedly sometimes.

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I have another parenting question regarding sharing. Livi recently got a sand bucket and shovels to use at the park. When we are there, other kids want to play with it. Most often, she doesn't want them playing with her. What do I do about that? Do I respect her choice that she doesn't want to share and play with the other kids? Do I try and get her to share?
Your dd is so little I think it is probably more important to back her up on not sharing if she doesn't want to, just to let her know that it is fine for her to not want to share, that her things don't become community property just because they are in a public setting. I mean, our things aren't up for grabs just because we're in the park right? And it is useful for other kids to learn the same thing on the other end, that just because someone has something it doesn't mean it's free for the taking. That is a tough thing though, I remember having the same worries. As dd got older though it was easier for her to share, or to tell other kids she didn't want to. These days if she has something very often she will offer to share it. Very different from when she was littler!

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Thanks for the ankle advice!! It felt so much better wrapped today! Except when I did a little squat and had it the opposite of pointed (what is that?) and it screamed a bit until I could get out of that position.

Yay for little pumpkinseed!!!

cReb, can't wait to hear!!!

kate~mom, great photos!

WTG on the 20 1jooj and cReb!!!

Monica...giving thought to the sharing issue. It gets complicated when she's lived through having bigger kids take her toys.
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Sharing: We used to bring toys for DD and toys for sharing. However, if another kid took them from her, then she's got a point! I try (not always succeed) to gently point out that both parties have to agree to the sharing, otherwise it's not sharing. If a kid took her toy, then she can speak up (or ask you to speak up for her, modeling how to ask for the toys back).

Pottying: DD was terrified of sitting over any opening until nearly 3 years old, so window or no, we dealt with the power struggle of using the potty starting at 3. DS gets regular lessons on the potty so no such fears develop.
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Good evening, everyone!

Pumpkinseed ~ Re: the outdoor shower: I live in Florida, so we pretty much use the outdoor shower year-round. I actually like it much better in the winter, to stand outside in the hot water and feel the cool air on me.

Potty-training ~ I believe in the 'window' also. I think that window is pretty big, so I wouldn't worry about missing it. Ds was just two when he was interested in using the toilet. Dd was not quite 2.5 when she began. We did the naked thing with both dc and it worked very well. Ds was naked in the house for about a week. He had a few accidents during that time, but nothing that can't be cleaned. Dd only had one accident, she was standing on the wood floors and it puddled all around her and she didn't like being 'closed in' in the puddle. She was also impressed with the quantity of it, as I recall!! She said something to the effect of how she has more pee in her than our dogs!! Clearly, she watched them go to the bathroom often!!

Someone mentioned putting a kiddy toilet in the back of their car ~ we did that with both dc and it was such a huge novelty for them. It came a close second for ds, who (still, at age 7) prefers to use the outdoors as his restroom. Ds also had trouble pooping on the toilet and waited for nap time or bedtime to do that. After we eliminated a lot of dairy from his diet and his bowel movements were much more easy for him, he began using the toilet for them.

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We had a GREAT family day today. Just what we all needed. dh had the day off and it was a PD say so the kids were off school too. We all piled into our bed and had a good snuggle this morning then came downstairs and made blueberry pancakes. Then we headed up north of here and dh visited my mother (the kids and I are still too germy to go in the nursing home) while the kids and I played at the park. They had so much fun togetehr, no fighting, just pure play and imagination and I read some of a novel. Not a school book, an actual novel, sitting on the shore if Georgian Bay. What a treat. We had a picnic there and then headed up to this abandoned ruin of a mansion that looked like an old castle - it was so COOL. We xeplored and hiked back there then came home. The only downer of the day was that dd had an eye exam and found out that she needs reading glasses. So far she is handling it well, but she's nervous. We had a yummy curry dinner, activities after supper, and everyone is in bed now.

Did we ever need this kind of a day. Tomorrow I plan to complete and submit two more essays as long as this computer co-operates. And go for a 5km walk in between the 2 projects.
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Got an Ergo carrier yesterday. I got it to take to Ireland. I really like it so far. I got the organic denim. Do any of you have the backpack? Do you use it? Is it worth it? I got the fanny pack. Not so sure if it is what I needed. We'll see.
Love, love, LOVE my Ergo. I don't have the backpack, but have heard from people that do, that they love it as much as the carrier. Oooh, and lucky you going to Ireland! Have a blast!

Kate~mom and 2BB - Great running! I nearly fainted just looking at that map! and great pictures!

RR - I think I'm ruined for the treadmill. I had to do a treadmill run this morning, and could barely make a mile and a half. I was so freaking bored! I know, just get over it, but it sucked. Oh well, I'm outside with the jog stroller tomorrow.

I spent the rest of the day gardening, so got good exercise that way, as well as preparing 3 beds for planting! Hopefully this weekend, things will be able to go in the ground.

Potty training - Emily trained herself at 2, Katie at a few months over 3. There were pros and cons to both. With E, of course, no more diapers, but, there were a lot more accidents. We also had strange potty anxiety for a few months. That seems to have mostly passed, but it wasn't anything we went through with Katie.

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whew. we're moved. the guy who bought our house was an absolute a**. About everything. But there shall be no more traveling back to our old place. Our new place rocks.


Sorry for the extreme lack of personals
patti ann - I have one of those backpacks -- when do you need it? I'd sell mine to you (it was used a handful of times). PM me if you're interested.

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Whoa kerc!!! That happened so fast!!!
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Thanks for the ankle advice!! It felt so much better wrapped today! Except when I did a little squat and had it the opposite of pointed (what is that?) and it screamed a bit until I could get out of that position.
The opposite of pointing is flexing And it doesn't surprise me that it's easier for you to point (extend) than flex right now. You're probably compensating a bit when you walk to keep from flexing much, but in neutral times (like when you're sleeping), the foot falls foward and the extension has a chance to return (to the detriment of the flexion, sometimes). It sucks, but you HAVE to flex it and stretch it out in that direction or you risk losing some of that range of motion and leave yourself more susceptible to reinjury. You also should concentrate on not compensating. It really just prolongs the process and dorks around with your balance/spatial awareness. How's the swelling and discoloration?

A couple of the PTs with whom I observed recommended that some of their patients wear ankle braces to bed (and only to bed) -- that will help the joint stay stretched a bit.

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RR - I think I'm ruined for the treadmill. I had to do a treadmill run this morning, and could barely make a mile and a half. I was so freaking bored! I know, just get over it, but it sucked. Oh well, I'm outside with the jog stroller tomorrow.
Personally, I think it's OK if you don't get over it :-) I hate the TM, too. I only semi-appreciated it when I was in Iraq and Okinawa because I hated running outside in those climates. Actually, Iraq was way better than Oki because at least the mornings were cool(er). I am sooooo not a humidity person. Not even a little. Not even at all.

Patti -- my SIL swears by her Ergo. Her DS2 has pretty much lived in it.

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On potty learning - in general I think we underestimate our kids in the US. I think going diaperless and just putting up with some wetting accidents generally works. If they really aren't ready, then going back to diapers for a while is fine. My oldest dd was my oldest potty learner at 2 years 7 mos, the boy were both 2 years 3 mos, and with my littlest we did EC part time and she was done with diapers at 22 mos.

RR - I took yesterday off after running 3 on Sat and 6 on Sun. What should I run this week with my half on Sat? I was thinking maybe 3 today and tomorrow, tomorrow with a little "tempo" run in the middle of it, and then off until Sat?

NRR - I think I'm raising a bunch of screw offs. Not only is older ds not exactly distinguishing himself at college, but now my 7th grade dd got kicked off the academic team for being inelegible for the 3rd time due to failing science again. Science has no tests, all the grades are from homework/in class work and she just doesn't do a lot of it, despite being asked repeatedly if she has anything due and having good space and time to do it in. She lives for academic team, so you'd think knowing she would be removed from the team if she didn't turn in homework last week would have been a motivator, but apparently not. I don't know what else to do to motivate this kid, who is scary intelligent, but just doesn't care about a lot of things. This is the teacher I don't get along with either, so enlisting her help isn't really an option (her idea of help is to yell at me about my kid, criticize her, and insist we "make" her do better) And she has to have this teacher for 2 classes next year yet. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, I'd love to have them! (In fact, I'd like to have any ideas - brilliant, good, mediocre, not-great, you name it.)
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CherylAnn ~ awesome pictures! What scenery too. You look so "fresh" considering you just finished a marathon. Congrats to you again. I hope to run one next year myself .

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drjen, sounds like you are doing the best you can. my brother was a lot like that, and he (although nearly failing high school) is a wonderful adult, is an artisanal chef, and thinks he had undiagnosed ADD and other LD when he was younger, although he was clearly very smart. so, not sure if that's what's going on, but I know it is so very frustrating according to my mom.

we are going to REI this morning, finally, after our run, and I may try ds out in some of their backpacks and then buy one off craigslist if he likes it. there were tons on there yesterday and I just missed a $20 one :

ds is begging to go in his "slow-ty" (stroller) so I guess we must run!
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cherylann - how do you look so wonderful in those pictures? you look like you just went for a brief walk, that's fabulous!

bec - i hate the treadmill too. so much that i've given them up forever.

DrJen - maybe your dd just wants to see what it's like to 'not' do well. to see what will happen. 7th grade is a hard time when your friends tend to change a bit and you start to try things that you'll end up giving up as you mature a bit. Can you take a special trip and see a science museum or do some special nature exploration?

Kerc - congrats on the move!

brought my shoes for a walk this afternoon. it's been raining for a couple of days so even trail running on the generally dry trails is out of the question (here it's customary to avoid sensitive trails until mid to late May to lessen erosion). yesterday i fell off the 'no sugar' wagon, but i'm getting right back on today.

my friend is being induced for #2 this morning. she's only 3-4 days overdue, and she was at the doctor yesterday and just told him she wanted to be induced and that today worked well for her and he said okay. i hope everything goes okay with it. for as much as I don't agree with that kind of thinking, she's my friend and i don't want to see any 'i told you so' things happen.
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nevermind about the friend - turns out her water broke last night and the baby arrived shortly after they arrived at the hospital. everyone is healthy and happy. i'm trying to decide if i should go for a visit today instead of my walk.
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i'm in the orange hat - the pic of the guy waving is not dh, but our friend matt who i could NOT catch the entire race. he passed me at about 3 miles, and was a stone's throw ahead of me the entire next 10. grrrr.
kate~mom - may I say that you have very toned arms? : seriously - not flabby looking at all. Do you lift weights or are your arms naturally like that?

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I just bought a little potty for the back of my car. I'm not worried about when we're at home, but I am worried about the hours we are out and about.
We have a travel potty too. We've actually only used it a few times. It folds up an uses a plastic bag for the liner. We did the potty blitz (or boot camp) over a couple of days when we weren't going anywhere. Then after that, we would make sure she peed before we got in the car to go anywhere.

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I am sooooo not a humidity person. Not even a little. Not even at all.
Are we identical twins separated at birth? I HATE, HATE, HATE humidity. When we used to race sailboats in the summer, I would just wilt in July. 90+ degrees with little wind and high humidity - ack! No thank you. I've always said in winter you can always put more layers on but in summer, once you're naked, that's it.

Drjen - I wish I had good advice for you about your kids. For your ds, do you think he's really a 4-yr college type of guy or more of a tech school person? When I was an academic advisor here at the U, I used to see kids who were so clearly being pushed into a 4 yr degree by their parents and very unhappy about it. I'm thinking in particular of a kid who was being pushed into engineering when he should have been studying drafting at a 2 yr school. But, then again, it could just be that your ds is finding his way, trying it figure out what's interesting to him, or trying to figure out how to study if his college work is challenging but high school was not.

For your dd, does she just not like science? Or is it perhaps more connected t to the teacher and she's not being challenged? I hated almost every literature class I had in school because I hated filling out the stupid question packets. I liked reading books and read a lot on my own but I didn't want to figure out the author's motivation for writing the story this way or that and I thought the question packets were just idiotic. Will your dd talk to you about this? Is there a way you can help her articulate why she doesn't want to do the homework?

I'm sure you've thought of all of these things. I just remember that when I was in school, I tended to get B's in classes that I found boring so I would do just enough to get by but I would work hard for A's in subjects that I liked or where I liked the teacher.

RR: I didn't run this morning. Both dd and ds were all stuffy and coughing last night so we didn't sleep well. My throat was scratchy this morning too but mostly I just slept a little too late for running. Ah well, I think this is supposed to be a light week in my schedule.
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I'm back and will have to catch up. Just read the last two pages here. We had a nice time although it was almost literally freezing. I did not take a coat. I took about 5 shirts and wore 3 of them each day with my sweater and a scarf. I had to buy a hat. None the less we walked around everyday for 4-5 hours looking at different parts of the city.

I took my running gear, but no way was I getting out there in the misty freezing rain with gusting wind to run..and I don't even own clothing to run in weather like that.

Came home last night and it was great to see the kids! I hear from my Mom that dd's teacher was on a raging tear last week...she was out sick 3 days and came back the day we left in a serious black mood. Well..I"m off to talk to the principal this week as soon as I can make an appointment. The bad thing is that the early years principal died and her funeral is on Wednesday...so there is no school that day and that's the day I was planning to talk to the elementary principal. I'm not feeling like complaining about that though because I am still alive.

Even worse..I can't run with MB and HBM on Wednesday now because there's no school! Friday???

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DrJen I see a lot of college kids like schatz does, just in a slightly different role. I think it takes a lot of kids a year or so to figure out how to succeed in college. It's so different than high school, and a lot of kids struggle with the loss of structure. For your DD, I wonder if you can negotiate that she do independent study for those classes? Have her figure out what she wants to and needs to learn for those classes, make a plan, and have her do it with supervision from another teacher (maybe a HS science teacher) instead. She's got a great track record for working independently based on her science fair performance.
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Crud! Mamabeth -- forgot to tell you that we scored an older REI frame pack off our neighbors and have been LOVING IT. I gotta say, I think it's still pretty darn AP to have your child up high and happy, where they can see the world and talk to people. Dan uses it more than me and they are quite a team. Dan's *Dad* loves it, too. When my ILs were visiting, I think FIL took Nevie on three walks in one day.

I wish we had the Sherpani pack just because of the nice little stirrups that would take the pressure of baby's spine, but we couldn't argue with $50 for the pack when it was in near-perfect condition.

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It's May Day mamas - come on over!

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DrJen, I was one of those smart kids who needed a few good lessons from the school of hard knocks. Seems like 5th - 7th grade were those years for me, too. Love & Logic principles would suggest that your dd's teacher yelling or criticizing her only add to her apathy -- like the teacher is making it her problem instead of giving it back to your dd. If your dd can own her own situation with loving, sympathetic adults around (who don't "rescue" her or fix it for her), that might be a strategy worth looking into. Tough, though, considering that it's important for teacher & parents to be a team on this kind of thing and from what you've said, that relationship is a bit broken.

well, i'm rambling and I need to pack up the computer and load up the car. Nevie and I are off to my sister's house! I am not looking forward to the drive (Nevie + Car = not so hot lately), but it will be great to be there.

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Goodness, where is everyone?? So quiet now for hours!

Not quite as beautiful day as yesterday, but still seems pretty nice. However, instead of being out, I am heading to the library to find knitting books. I simply must find something new to make. I tried to start sewing today on the number of projects I have lined up for that, but found I didn't have the right color thread. So that is on hold for the moment.

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kate~mom - may I say that you have very toned arms? : seriously - not flabby looking at all. Do you lift weights or are your arms naturally like that?.

i lifted a bit last summer, but now all i lift is ds (a lightweight at 25 lbs. ) and my bags for work
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