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Forum: Meal Planning   Today, 08:45 AM
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Posted By sparklemaman
In response to the questions above, I too love...

In response to the questions above, I too love Asian foods but can't seem to quite pull it off at home, well, I like what I make but my pickiest constituent, my sweet DD, doesn't agree ;) I have made...
Forum: Meal Planning   Today, 08:39 AM
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Views: 45,386
Posted By sparklemaman
Ooh, what a fun thread!! So glad to have found...

Ooh, what a fun thread!! So glad to have found you all :)

Over the weekend I made pan seared scallops, very garlic-y sauteed zucchini and shallots, seared green beans with garlic, roasted beets...
Forum: Diapering   Today, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 441
Posted By sparklemaman
I've used cloth on both my little beans, who...

I've used cloth on both my little beans, who happen to have very sensitive skin. I change very frequently, every 1-1 1/2 hours with a baby under 1, and the sizing is always correct. While rash has...
Forum: Life With a Baby   Today, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 824
Posted By sparklemaman
I agree that regular night waking at this age is...

I agree that regular night waking at this age is completely normal, though challenging. Everything you've written sounds like my own sweet baby boy, who is also 8 months old :grin: He sleeps with me...
Forum: Breastfeeding   Today, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By sparklemaman
I just wanted to send some love and support out...

I just wanted to send some love and support out to you mamas!! It is so hard to have your sleep interrupted and be chronically tired. I know how genuinely painful that is. I also wanted to share that...
Forum: Breastfeeding   07-21-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 4,090
Posted By sparklemaman
Agreed (with the above responses!!). You might...

Agreed (with the above responses!!). You might like to check this out too http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-subscribe/5-places-where-breastfeeding-is-certainly-inappropriate/
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-21-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,734
Posted By sparklemaman
Here are some very cute natural and organic...

Here are some very cute natural and organic options https://www.etsy.com/shop/pillobebe She offers custom fabrics and sizing in blankets, playmats or cork mats. They looks very cool.
Forum: Diapering   06-06-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,212
Posted By sparklemaman
We use Triple Paste and a generic brand zinc...

We use Triple Paste and a generic brand zinc oxide cream ( it is 40% zinc oxide). I like both. Both creams provide a barrier as well as treat/soothe any irritation. I really liked the Mustela barrier...
Forum: Diapering   05-27-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,212
Posted By sparklemaman
I've used Motherease brand Sandy's Diapers (made...

I've used Motherease brand Sandy's Diapers (made for heavy wetters) http://www.mother-ease.com/SandysDiapers.asp with their airflow covers at night with two babes (both all night nursers, wigglers...
Forum: Parenting   05-20-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By sparklemaman
Newborn...

Newborn snuggleshttp://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/320132/width/500/height/700/flags/LL (http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/320132/)
Forum: Diapering   05-20-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,038
Posted By sparklemaman
I agree that it depends on the model you have. I...

I agree that it depends on the model you have. I used a regular top loader for my DD but now have a GE Profile HE Front Loader. While it does clean the diapers, I do typically use a pre-rinse AND an...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   05-20-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,207
Posted By sparklemaman
Honestly, I waited until DD expressed an...

Honestly, I waited until DD expressed an interest in her own "big girl" bed. This meant waiting until she was 4 yrs old. She stopped nursing at night between 2-2 1/2 and I can't see that having gone...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-17-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 827
Posted By sparklemaman
Great question and a great thread!! Oh my, yes,...

Great question and a great thread!! Oh my, yes, I too thought no TV and NO princess ANYTHING!! My DD is not much of a princess girl but in order to maintain peace and not make a bigger issue, she...
Forum: Parenting   04-28-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,805
Posted By sparklemaman
It is hard to narrow down! 1) Fitted...

It is hard to narrow down!

1) Fitted Newborn Diapers: I used kissaluvs and Etsy SAHM made (babycoondesigns) diapers. Love, love, love them! I use Motherease one size and Sandy's for my now bigger...
Forum: Parenting   04-22-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,538
Posted By sparklemaman
I'd love to try Wellbelly!!

I'd love to try Wellbelly!!
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-09-2014, 12:46 PM
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Views: 25,812
Posted By sparklemaman
We also have hardwood and tile and I understand...

We also have hardwood and tile and I understand your concerns. I've always used blankets and small-ish natural fiber rugs (cotton and wool). I do love the lillypad area rug you linked! That...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-07-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By sparklemaman
He could! My DD didn't eat anyrhing until over a...

He could! My DD didn't eat anyrhing until over a year and refused all bottles from the get go. She didn't eat for real caloric intake until she weaned between 2 1/2-3 yrs old. She eventually...
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-20-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 232
Posted By sparklemaman
I have a Hygeia Enjoye Double Electric Pump with...

I have a Hygeia Enjoye Double Electric Pump with internal battery (I only plug it in to charge once a week) and I LOVE it! I had a Medela PIS with my DD but the Hygeia is so much more comfortable. I...
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-12-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By sparklemaman
Hi Katy! I realize your post is a few weeks old...

Hi Katy! I realize your post is a few weeks old but wanted to reply as I've been experiencing similar issues. My little one is 4 months old. I noticed GI distress and green mucosy stool at ~2-3...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-13-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By sparklemaman
I live in cold, snowy, very overcast (read NO...

I live in cold, snowy, very overcast (read NO SUN through the winter) Central NY. I supplement with Vitamin D myself, as my levels were ridiculously low and I was symptomatic (fatigue, mild...
Forum: Life With a Baby   02-06-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,955
Posted By sparklemaman
Justjenny So glad things are going a bit better....

Justjenny So glad things are going a bit better. But can I just say ,Ouch! You are truly a trooper, mama! I too resisted LLL and did not feel at all social. In retrospect, it was postpartum...
Forum: Life With a Baby   01-30-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,955
Posted By sparklemaman
http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gi...

http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif Big hugs JustJenny!! You are a GREAT Mama!!! Please know that no matter how you feel or what you ultimately choose that you are amazing. That said,...
Forum: Life With a Baby   01-14-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,955
Posted By sparklemaman
Hippy I don't think so, I am actually having...

Hippy I don't think so, I am actually having trouble pumping enough for what my baby boy eats while I am at work. That's facinating though! Never heard that! Neither my pediatrician nor LC mentioned...
Forum: Life With a Baby   01-13-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,955
Posted By sparklemaman
Agreed, Serafina! It is harder but those...

Agreed, Serafina! It is harder but those connections are so reaffirming.

I started back to work last week, full time for this week and next, then I begin my every other day schedule. I am...
Forum: Life With a Baby   12-28-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,955
Posted By sparklemaman
Thank you, Dakipode! I frequently think the same...

Thank you, Dakipode! I frequently think the same thing, how did women do this hundreds or thousands of years ago? I completely agree about following your gut and not getting rapped up in expert...
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