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Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-21-2010, 12:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By annmartina
You are awesome for creating the life you want....

You are awesome for creating the life you want. Think how much this will mean for both your kids when they get older - to have parents who modeled working for their dreams and loving their family...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-07-2010, 01:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 677
Posted By annmartina
I have a theory that a lot of my personal desire...

I have a theory that a lot of my personal desire (and that of others) to be fulfilled through career is because of a lack of community in our culture. Our ancestors largely worked in groups all day...
Forum: May 2011   10-30-2010, 04:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By annmartina
It sounds like your mama intuition very much...

It sounds like your mama intuition very much guided you throughout your first pregnancy. Looking back, you wish things had been a little different (like not being misdiagnosed might have been...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   10-26-2010, 02:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 729
Posted By annmartina
I love making salad dressings. In my head,...

I love making salad dressings. In my head, there's two kinds - vinaigrette and creamy. Here's my limited repertoire. I always use olive oil, except for Asian vinaigrette (see below). I don't...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-26-2010, 01:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,107
Posted By annmartina
My 3yo dd watches a few preschool-age shows per...

My 3yo dd watches a few preschool-age shows per week. I'm thinking of switching to letting her watch shows only in Spanish. My reasoning is that she might pick up some vocabulary and become familiar...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-16-2010, 01:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 743
Posted By annmartina
We just started putting out small plates, each...

We just started putting out small plates, each with only one type of food. Dd (3 yo) can select what she wants and put it on her plate. For example, today for lunch I made salad with chicken breast...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-11-2010, 07:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By annmartina
I like to exagerate whatever real emotion I'm...

I like to exagerate whatever real emotion I'm feeling and make it a game of sorts. The emotion I most often exagerate is frustration when dd (3yo) won't go along with my requests. I cross my arms,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   08-29-2010, 05:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,175
Posted By annmartina
I'd be green with jealousy too. Lots of it. All...

I'd be green with jealousy too. Lots of it. All great suggestions from other posters - more time to yourself, enjoy the good parts of your life, etc. What caught my attention was the way most of...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   08-28-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 975
Posted By annmartina
Having to work is a tough situation. However, I...

Having to work is a tough situation. However, I totally understand how staying at home might be trading one kind of stress for another.

My husband and I both worked at the same time for a period...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-24-2010, 03:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,308
Posted By annmartina
Dd is 3 yo 2 mo, 26 lbs and 38 inches tall.

Dd is 3 yo 2 mo, 26 lbs and 38 inches tall.
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-24-2010, 02:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By annmartina
My dd turned 3 in June. She feels increasingly...

My dd turned 3 in June. She feels increasingly powerless now that I've recently started limiting her nursing sessions and I'm trying to understand her feelings and find a solution for all of us.
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Forum: Grief and Loss   08-14-2010, 05:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By annmartina
I'm so sorry. That must be so difficult for her...

I'm so sorry. That must be so difficult for her family, but this is also traumatic for you too. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Your grief is very real, even though this is happening to someone...
Forum: Pregnancy and Birth Loss   07-29-2010, 04:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 126
Posted By annmartina
Thank you all so much! I really, really...

Thank you all so much! I really, really appreciate the ideas. I'm inspired and will put a couple of them into action ASAP.
Forum: Pregnancy and Birth Loss   07-27-2010, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 126
Posted By annmartina
My friend's beautiful little daughter died less...

My friend's beautiful little daughter died less than two hours after she was born about ten weeks ago. It's been a tough journey for my friend, and I'd love to get her some kind of thoughtful gift...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   06-29-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 200
Posted By annmartina
Hello! We've recently moved to the Puyallup...

Hello! We've recently moved to the Puyallup area. I would love to meet new friends and my daughter (just turned 3) is becoming interested in playing with other children and would love to do that...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-20-2010, 02:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By annmartina
Our queen was perfectly fine for the three of us...

Our queen was perfectly fine for the three of us (DH, myself and DD) for quite a while. It started feeling small when she was somewhere in her second year. Since we wanted to continue cosleeping, we...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-19-2010, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 799
Posted By annmartina
We cosleep, bf, bw and definitely consider...

We cosleep, bf, bw and definitely consider ourselves attachment parents too. I remember months 5-6 actually being the hardest in some ways. Dd wouldn't sleep without me at night or for naps and I...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   01-29-2010, 12:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By annmartina
Dr. Niti Solomon. www.naturalwaysforkids.com...

Dr. Niti Solomon. www.naturalwaysforkids.com (http://www.naturalwaysforkids.com). Read my recent post in OR/ID/WA tribes forum! Dr. Niti is a board certified MD pediatrician with an MA in...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   01-28-2010, 11:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 171
Posted By annmartina
Dr. Niti Solomon of Natural Ways For Kids is...

Dr. Niti Solomon of Natural Ways For Kids is awesome. She has a huge range of modalities from homeopathy, nutritional counseling, energy healing, flower essences and more. She is completely...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   01-21-2010, 04:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By annmartina
Have you looked into food allergies? Dairy is a...

Have you looked into food allergies? Dairy is a big one and commonly causes sleeplessness. Good luck, it sounds tough!
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   01-21-2010, 03:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 477
Posted By annmartina
My dd is 2.5 and loves nursing. I work full time...

My dd is 2.5 and loves nursing. I work full time (dh is SAHD) and it's our special connection at the end of a long day. However, I recently had some heavy metal testing done through my doctor's...
Forum: Spirituality   12-23-2009, 05:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By annmartina
Sounds like a pretty tough time! I believe...

Sounds like a pretty tough time!

I believe the planets don't determine our fate, they predict our choices. Point being, you get to choose.

Also, you're much better off for having read your...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   12-23-2009, 04:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By annmartina
It takes dh or myself at least an hour laying...

It takes dh or myself at least an hour laying down with our 2.5 dd before she falls asleep. (On the days she doesn't nap, which is about a third of the time, it's a bit less.)

We've coslept from...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   09-13-2009, 05:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By annmartina
First, hugs! Hang in there. It sounds to me...

First, hugs! Hang in there.

It sounds to me like she is not only hitting some extremely big developmental milestones (walking AND soon to be talking), but also there is a significant transition...
Forum: Life With a Baby   11-05-2008, 07:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By annmartina
Fluoride is more toxic than lead. The FDA...

Fluoride is more toxic than lead. The FDA establishes "safe thresholds" for exposure for toxins like lead and mercury, but has never established a safe threshold of exposure for fluoride . . ....
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