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Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-29-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,634
Posted By emsparrow
I like all these suggestions, but would also add...

I like all these suggestions, but would also add - playsilks and those big kid-friendly clothespins to go with them, I also second the dress-up clothes suggestion, musical instruments, and art...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-29-2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 498
Posted By emsparrow
Thank you! I decided to go with my original...

Thank you! I decided to go with my original head, though it's a bit soft. I've decided to update here in case anyone else has the same question - I did have the wrong wool - I was using roving and...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-22-2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By emsparrow
I was thinking about this today... my dd has a...

I was thinking about this today... my dd has a felt nativity set she plays with and it's made of poleyester or acrylic felt, and I noticed it doesn't hold up as well as her wool felt playthings - I...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-17-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By emsparrow
I think a lot has to do with feel. I've always...

I think a lot has to do with feel. I've always been pretty sensitive, and I really don't like the feel of acrylic felt, but wool felt feels nice. B/c I don't like the feel, I'm not as motivated to...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-16-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 498
Posted By emsparrow
I'm working on my dd's xmas gift - a sack doll...

I'm working on my dd's xmas gift - a sack doll (her first doll). I've tried forming the head now about 5 times and it's still too soft! Am I missing something? Any tips on how to get a really firm...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-11-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By emsparrow
that's a good way to put it. I'm learning that....

that's a good way to put it. I'm learning that. Last night she only woke up 3 times, which is down from 7! Could be a fluke... we'll see, but it was so nice to get a longer stretch of sleep finally....
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-10-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By emsparrow
thank you. I did end up getting pantley's book,...

thank you. I did end up getting pantley's book, and tonight is night #1 of giving it a go! I already weaned my girl off of being carried by daddy, which was not hard at all, as it turned out. Just...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   09-24-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By emsparrow
Well, here I am, one more of the countless mamas...

Well, here I am, one more of the countless mamas who really really wants more sleep about now. My 10mo dd has never slept more than 5 hours at a stretch (and those nights are rare and ended at about...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-02-2011, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By emsparrow
My daughter's first birthday is coming up, and...

My daughter's first birthday is coming up, and I'd love to make a cake for her that is pretty healthy (some sugar is okay, but sugar substitutes like bananas, etc. are even better), preferably...
Forum: Canada   07-01-2011, 01:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,276
Posted By emsparrow
I just moved here, too (from Vancouver) and left...

I just moved here, too (from Vancouver) and left all my AP mamas behind! I'd love to meet other AP, etc. moms and babies here. Will be on the lookout for any meet ups!
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-15-2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By emsparrow
hm, yes, it really could be! I noticed today...

hm, yes, it really could be! I noticed today that if I'm holding her in my lap until she falls asleep that she is so much more peaceful than if i lay her down next to me. I know lots of people say...
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-10-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By emsparrow
My 5mo has, up to this point, hardly cried at...

My 5mo has, up to this point, hardly cried at all in her life, and only fussed a little. But recently she has started crying often when I lay her down (whether it's for sleep or not), when I dress...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-15-2011, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By emsparrow
Thank you!! You all are wonderful. I feel so...

Thank you!! You all are wonderful. I feel so much better and reaffirmed in what we're doing. It does feel right, and we do feel so close to and in sync with her. And I know what you mean bird_verde...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-14-2011, 08:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By emsparrow
I feel like I'm posting on here all the time,...

I feel like I'm posting on here all the time, but I find it so helpful to have some sort of AP community. I've loved AP - had so much joy in parenting and feel that, most of the time, it's pretty...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-11-2011, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Posted By emsparrow
Thank you so much for the encouragement and...

Thank you so much for the encouragement and thoughts! Maybe it's just the hormones, but I teared up reading it... just so good to have another mama's sympathy, and know that she'll be okay and that...
Forum: October 2011   03-09-2011, 10:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,665
Posted By emsparrow
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Forum: Life With a Baby   03-07-2011, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,719
Posted By emsparrow
I love baby clothes, but we haven't needed much....

I love baby clothes, but we haven't needed much. Our girl is not a big spit-upper (and i don't change her for just a little spit-up) and rarely has poo explosions, so one outfit a day suffices...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-06-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,562
Posted By emsparrow
Yes! I get that. My LO will sleep in a carrier...

Yes! I get that. My LO will sleep in a carrier for up to 3 hours but only for 45 min on her own, at best, and that's with me lying next to her for 20 m first. I decided to just enjoy the carrier...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-06-2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Posted By emsparrow
I know there's a recent thread about moving, but...

I know there's a recent thread about moving, but my questions are a little different. I'm not so concerned with packing advice, but I'm wondering how to best respect our baby in our cross-country...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-23-2011, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By emsparrow
Thanks everyone! so so much. I'm feeling a lot...

Thanks everyone! so so much. I'm feeling a lot better. Just had to remind myself that sleeping through the night isn't necessary at this age, or even developmentally best, and tweak a few things so...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-18-2011, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By emsparrow
littlebirdy - thank you so much for the...

littlebirdy - thank you so much for the encouragement! I think acceptance is half the work of parenting, but it's perhaps the hardest sometimes. It's just nice to know that other people are in the...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-18-2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By emsparrow
My dh and i def liked cosleeping, but now our dd...

My dh and i def liked cosleeping, but now our dd is almost 4mo and she's gone back to waking every 3 hours to nurse, as she did when she was a newborn. We thought it was a growth spurt, but it's...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-18-2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By emsparrow
Me too, with my 3 1/2 mo - drives me crazy! I'm...

Me too, with my 3 1/2 mo - drives me crazy! I'm actually starting to question whether cosleeping IS a good idea (we seem to make her restless, and she certainly makes us restless), and I've been...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-16-2011, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By emsparrow
Thank you! I think encouragement is the main...

Thank you! I think encouragement is the main thing I need just now. I will definitely try that post-eating trick, nstewart - thanks!
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-16-2011, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,834
Posted By emsparrow
I agree re: waiting to see. We started out with...

I agree re: waiting to see. We started out with dd sleeping on one of us, then between us, and now (almost 4mo) i'm thinking of moving her into the cosleeper that we borrowed from a friend so that...
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