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Forum: The Childhood Years   05-05-2014, 08:03 PM
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Posted By mamapenguin
When I read this, I had a couple of thoughts,...

When I read this, I had a couple of thoughts, which you have probably already considered, but just in case... How long has he been on a diet to address his Celiac diagnosis?  The first thing that...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-22-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 820
Posted By mamapenguin
This will have to be brief for now, but here are...

This will have to be brief for now, but here are a couple of thoughts... I could have written your post, with the exception that my husband is also extroverted, so when he is home, that takes some...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-16-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 381
Posted By mamapenguin
There are usually specifications about the size...

There are usually specifications about the size that the stroller has to fold down to - our jogger wouldn't have met the size specs.  At security, I always have to unload the stroller, fold it up,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-14-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 381
Posted By mamapenguin
That sounds like a very strange policy... what...

That sounds like a very strange policy... what airline are you flying?  I've never had a problem gate-checking a stroller - it's always been waiting for us when we get off the plane.  I've even...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   02-19-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By mamapenguin
Just wondering if anyone here has some wise...

Just wondering if anyone here has some wise words to share:)  My DD is 37 months and still nurses when she wakes up in the morning, before nap, after nap, and at bedtime.  She shows no signs of...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-10-2013, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 310
Posted By mamapenguin
Hemp milk does have a fairly strong flavour.  I...

Hemp milk does have a fairly strong flavour.  I haven't tried adding juice, but my daughter is more willing to drink hemp milk when I add a bit of cinnamon and a drop of maple syrup.  Mind you, we...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-21-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Posted By mamapenguin
There have been lots of great suggestions...

There have been lots of great suggestions already - I would also vote for the Little Bear and Frog and Toad series, which both have longer, more interesting stories but are still very gentle.  My...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-07-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,301
Posted By mamapenguin
Just wondering if anyone has experience with...

Just wondering if anyone has experience with starting their high needs toddlers in playschool.  My husband and I have been talking about enrolling our DD (who is almost 3) in playschool 2 mornings a...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-05-2013, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By mamapenguin
We've had an increase in pickiness around here...

We've had an increase in pickiness around here too.  My DD doesn't like meat, but she always used to eat fish.  She still does sometimes, but it is more hit and miss these days.  Some ideas that I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-20-2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By mamapenguin
Your situation sounds very similar to mine.  My...

Your situation sounds very similar to mine.  My DD is 34 months old, and is very resentful of any attention that I give to, well, anyone/thing besides her.  Or if I try to have her papa watch her...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-08-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 403
Posted By mamapenguin
Yes, we have this issue with drawing too.  We...

Yes, we have this issue with drawing too.  We have an easel and crayons/markers that are available all the time, and every once in a while (usually while I'm busy making dinner), my daughter will...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-08-2012, 02:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By mamapenguin
I feel for you - I'm also trying to come up with...

I feel for you - I'm also trying to come up with a consistent strategy.  Lately, when my daughter is having a tantrum, she throws things around and screams "I want to make a mess".  I take her into...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-01-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 256
Posted By mamapenguin
Ha, we've had the opposite problem all summer...

Ha, we've had the opposite problem all summer long - 2.5 yo DD will only wear long sleeved PJs!  We've had a lot of funny looks and comments too.  The poor girl was sweating in the heat, but trying...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-28-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By mamapenguin
Just wanted to commiserate and let you know that...

Just wanted to commiserate and let you know that you're not alone - and maybe vent a bit myself;-)  From what I've read of your other posts, it sounds like our daughters are very similar - high...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-17-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By mamapenguin
I don't have any good suggestions for you, just...

I don't have any good suggestions for you, just wanted to say that we're right there with you.  My daughter has also started saying she has to pee to get my attention - especially when I'm cooking...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-08-2012, 10:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By mamapenguin
Thanks so much for the extra info about the...

Thanks so much for the extra info about the Potette - that does sound reasonable for carry-on luggage.  I'll order one soon so that my daughter will have time to try it out before our trip.  We have...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-08-2012, 10:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By mamapenguin
We're doing 2 flights each way - a 1 hour...

We're doing 2 flights each way - a 1 hour connector, and then a 6 hour flight, so it will be a pretty long day.  We're not going until September, so I'm going to continue encouraging her to sit on...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-08-2012, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By mamapenguin
Thanks for the replies! I'll look into the...

Thanks for the replies! I'll look into the travel potty option. Does the Potette fold down small enough to fit in carry on luggage (without taking up the entire suitcase)? I'll have to order it...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-08-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By mamapenguin
My daughter is about that size and I find that a...

My daughter is about that size and I find that a trifolded prefold in a Flip cover works well. The covers seem to be generously sized, and the prefolds are working really well for us. We also have a...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-07-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By mamapenguin
Just wondering if anyone has experience...

Just wondering if anyone has experience traveling with a potty training toddler.  DD consistently tells me when she has to pee, and uses the potty, but she still won't sit on a toilet to pee.  When...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-02-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 347
Views: 7,939
Posted By mamapenguin
I had a really rough start nursing my daughter,...

I had a really rough start nursing my daughter, and remember setting goals to make it for just one more week.  Making it to three months was a major accomplishment.  
 
But, we got past it and I'm...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-26-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Posted By mamapenguin
We took DD to the emergency room when she...

We took DD to the emergency room when she swallowed a plum pit last fall.  We were basically told that if she wasn't in any distress, then they wouldn't do an x-ray (the doc said that the most...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-23-2012, 11:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By mamapenguin
I totally agree with the lollipop idea - it's...

I totally agree with the lollipop idea - it's amazing how exciting they are for a kiddo who has never had one before!  We got almost an hour out of one too - worth every gram of sugar:)  I also give...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-23-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 737
Posted By mamapenguin
8:00 DD wakes up.  She usually wants to nurse...

8:00 DD wakes up.  She usually wants to nurse and cuddle for the first 15 minutes that she's awake, and then we'll read or play for a little while.  
 
I make breakfast and we eat around 9.  Then...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-18-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 639
Posted By mamapenguin
Sorry to hear you're having a difficult time.  I...

Sorry to hear you're having a difficult time.  I only have one child (my daughter is 2.5), so I can't speak to the challenges of having a high needs baby while trying to take care of an older child...
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