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Forum: The Childhood Years   04-05-2013, 12:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By CalaRei
At our church nursery, we often have a tween...

At our church nursery, we often have a tween helper in addition to a parent adult supervisor.  They are very close to a mother's helper in this role, and we even give them a small stipend.  I have...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-21-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 838
Posted By CalaRei
We have this book "Sleepy Little Yoga" and...

We have this book "Sleepy Little Yoga" and read/follow it almost every day.  It is lots of fun, and just perfect.  Give it a shot!
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-23-2012, 03:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 803
Posted By CalaRei
We got ours as a Christmas gift last year (kids...

We got ours as a Christmas gift last year (kids were just over 2 y/o).  I like to say it was a better gift to me than them, because it allows me to get a lot done.  Now... there is a lot of...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-21-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 490
Posted By CalaRei
We are very far away from all of our family.  My...

We are very far away from all of our family.  My parents will be coming to visit, but have already chosen and shipped ahead a small(ish) gift for each of the kids.  Hubby's side does send presents,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-16-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By CalaRei
I've come to agree with myself that I will...

I've come to agree with myself that I will always be OK with a few things as substitution for dinner.  Cottage cheese, can of olives, any kind of fruit.  That sort of thing.  No, I won't make a...
Forum: Babywearing   07-17-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 433
Views: 15,479
Posted By CalaRei
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This sling got my baby girl...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-12-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 636
Posted By CalaRei
I get the "if you can't show them... what are...

I get the "if you can't show them... what are they supposed to do" sense from some art books, too.  (First Art)  They tell you not to "amend" your child's artwork, or work along side them to...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-02-2012, 10:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 690
Posted By CalaRei
Phew, am I glad to see these lists from you...

Phew, am I glad to see these lists from you folks.  I keep telling myself to do the best I can and that it's all just a phase.  I especially am comforted that all other kids seem to go through an...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-29-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By CalaRei
If I have a minute to unwind, I'm trying to...

If I have a minute to unwind, I'm trying to retrain myself away from snacks, much like you.  I do like tea, though - I actually like the "ritual" of making it, so maybe that would be nice for you....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-21-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,490
Posted By CalaRei
What do you do when the question or phrase keeps...

What do you do when the question or phrase keeps getting repeated despite you responding to it, sometimes in several different manners?  We've been going with:  "Answer."  "Rephrase answer."  "I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-21-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,688
Posted By CalaRei
I get it from my FIL about their hair.  Harumph....

I get it from my FIL about their hair.  Harumph.  One of the boys has hair that is *harder* to tame when it's shorter, so I like it at a sort of "unkempt bowl cut" length.  Still toddler boy style,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-21-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By CalaRei
Hmm.  At 18 months, I still cut stuff pretty...

Hmm.  At 18 months, I still cut stuff pretty small.  Like, grapes into quarters.  And I peeled apples until 2 or later.  Meats got cut pretty tiny too, for chewability reasons.  There's also a sort...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-13-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 560
Posted By CalaRei
My twins also hated baths, but I ALSO did the...

My twins also hated baths, but I ALSO did the "being ultra safe" new mom thing with only a little water and it being temperate at best.  I'm sure they were freezing.  I'm much more ok with slightly...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   04-17-2012, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 345
Posted By CalaRei
So... I know I shouldn't have supply issues, but...

So... I know I shouldn't have supply issues, but the social issues are really getting in my way this time - especially the "having two 2.5 year olds" thing.
 
My mom's only in town for another two...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   03-12-2012, 09:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 201
Posted By CalaRei
I could cry, because I am in the same exact...

I could cry, because I am in the same exact situation. I'm 37 weeks and had to call begging for something (lidocaine), which didn't help anyway. I can't walk well, let alone get anything done, and...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-11-2012, 10:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 342
Posted By CalaRei
Just keep trying, and don't take it personally....

Just keep trying, and don't take it personally.  (Trust me, I understand how exceedingly hard that last part is.)  Our toddlers almost never eat dinner, even if it's something they LOVE and adore....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-02-2012, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By CalaRei
We use gates all over the house.  I agree with...

We use gates all over the house.  I agree with the sentiment that it's just easier to create an environment that you're not constantly saying no.  And realistically, we still say it all the time....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-18-2012, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,796
Posted By CalaRei
We flew with our boys across the country...

We flew with our boys across the country (Seattle to Pittsburgh, with layovers) at about 18 and again at 23 months as lap babies, and they did great, considering.  Our biggest "bummer" is that...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-29-2012, 09:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By CalaRei
Oh, the food battles.  We're exhausted by it...

Oh, the food battles.  We're exhausted by it right now, and dinner was particularly bad tonight.  They sort of stopped eating anything, especially if it's not fruit.  Sooo... we don't force "one...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-18-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By CalaRei
Check out the Artful Parent...

Check out the Artful Parent (http://artfulparent.com) blog for good ideas, and be sure to check out the books she recommends, too (Young at Art and First Art).  One thing I like to keep in mind is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-06-2011, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By CalaRei
My boys will be two at the end of the month.  I...

My boys will be two at the end of the month.  I feel like just now we're starting to get through the haze of poor sleep.  It's amazing.  But naps are killing me.
 
If it doesn't happen early,...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   09-12-2011, 11:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,634
Posted By CalaRei
I think since they'd have to do a transfer, my...

I think since they'd have to do a transfer, my husband wouldn't be comfortable there.  I don't see mention of VBAC on their site, though, so I'm assuming they can't.  We don't have group health...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   09-12-2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,634
Posted By CalaRei
We just relocated across the country to...

We just relocated across the country to Seattle's Eastside.  With my twins, I went to a midwifery clinic operated out of Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh.  It gave us the combination of security...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   09-09-2011, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,291
Posted By CalaRei
Polyester *is* plastic - melted and spun out to...

Polyester *is* plastic - melted and spun out to be a sort of fiber.  However, I make my playfood with the stuff you're talking about.  I think it's a matter of where you place importance.  I make...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   11-08-2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,490
Posted By CalaRei
37 weeks, and 4 days in the NICU for my smaller...

37 weeks, and 4 days in the NICU for my smaller babe, for retractile breathing.
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