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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-18-2011, 05:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 496
Posted By peainthepod
I cut my parents off and as a result, will...

I cut my parents off and as a result, will surely miss lots of family events that I would have otherwise attended. It's sad but completely necessary for my mental health and safety. I know plenty of...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-13-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,854
Posted By peainthepod
I'd post more but the unbelievable number of...

I'd post more but the unbelievable number of flashing ads drive me crazy and often crash my browser. I also don't appreciate seeing ads for things like Totino's Pizza Rolls or some other junk food...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   10-11-2011, 04:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 979
Posted By peainthepod
I so sympathize. I used to be a chronic late...

I so sympathize. I used to be a chronic late night overeater and I think it was a combination of boredom (because I was just sitting around reading and waiting for DH after the kids were asleep) and...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   10-10-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 979
Posted By peainthepod
1 slice of raisin and nut whole grain toast with...

1 slice of raisin and nut whole grain toast with a tablespoon of almond butter
1 banana or apple
2 cups of black unsweetened coffee
 
Sometimes I have low-fat Greek yogurt and granola or a bowl...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-10-2011, 08:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,458
Posted By peainthepod
Yogurt, sweet potatoes, blueberries, bananas,...

Yogurt, sweet potatoes, blueberries, bananas, steamed broccoli...and steamed carrots, cottage cheese, avocado, diced raw apple, heavily buttered whole wheat pasta, brown rice, bites of whatever...
Forum: Parenting   10-10-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,786
Posted By peainthepod
Mine are 23 months apart and we are just now, a...

Mine are 23 months apart and we are just now, a few weeks shy of DD's first birthday, getting into a sane routine and having days where I don't feel like tearing my hair out. There have been many...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-04-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 373
Posted By peainthepod
I run and plan to try them eventually. I've...

I run and plan to try them eventually. I've heard really good things about them from other runners, though I understand they take some getting used to. I do wonder how practical they are in cold/icy...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-04-2011, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By peainthepod
Having our nanny has been life-changing. She...

Having our nanny has been life-changing. She allows DH and me to have time together as a couple and we're so happy knowing that our children are with a woman who genuinely loves them and is...
Forum: Personal Growth   10-04-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By peainthepod
"I understand you feel strongly about this, but...

"I understand you feel strongly about this, but our decision is final."
 
"Thank you so much for wanting to help, but we already have caregivers during the day. We'd love to visit more often,...
Forum: Vaccinations   10-04-2011, 06:22 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,086
Posted By peainthepod
Good riddance. They do us all a favor when they...

Good riddance. They do us all a favor when they demonstrate what little regard they have for the patient's right to informed consent. Anyone who gets "fired" (yeah right, as if you work for them and...
Forum: Parenting   10-03-2011, 05:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,192
Posted By peainthepod
Some of that isn't my style but it's working for...

Some of that isn't my style but it's working for your family, so why sweat it? I won't bother listing the ways I parent differently because it really doesn't matter. If your child is healthy, happy,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-29-2011, 06:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 894
Posted By peainthepod
Snark has its time and place. Menopausal women...

Snark has its time and place. Menopausal women perhaps shouldn't throw change-of-life stones at heavily pregnant ones, especially after being politely asked to stop by multiple people on separate...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-29-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 894
Posted By peainthepod
Eh, if they can dish it out they can take it. If...

Eh, if they can dish it out they can take it. If not, they'll stop dishing it out.
 
When I was pregnant with my first, an older woman acquaintance repeatedly asked me embarrassing questions about...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 08:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,683
Posted By peainthepod
  Quote:Originally Posted...


Quote:Originally Posted by Imakcerka http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1330773/toxic-family-lets-have-it#post_16679451)

Very much...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,683
Posted By peainthepod
And to answer the question about whether it was...

And to answer the question about whether it was hard to make peace, yeah. It was at first. When you grow up in a toxic family, you have a lot of deprogramming to do on yourself before you can get...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,683
Posted By peainthepod
Of course they'll blame you. But they already do...

Of course they'll blame you. But they already do anyway, right? You and I both know that they never take responsibility for their own actions. Ever. That's a huge part of what makes them toxic and...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-29-2011, 06:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 894
Posted By peainthepod
I like using bland, unanswerable responses that...

I like using bland, unanswerable responses that leave no doubt how you feel about the advice-giver but are impeccably polite.
 
"How kind of you to notice." [walk away or change subject]
 
"Oh,...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 06:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,683
Posted By peainthepod
Walking away from my toxic family of origin was...

Walking away from my toxic family of origin was the best decision I ever made. I chose to stop allowing them to corrode my very existence. I have no contact whatsoever with either of my bioparents...
Forum: Homebirth   09-26-2011, 06:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,709
Posted By peainthepod
"Cable guy" approach? No, that wouldn't fly with...

"Cable guy" approach? No, that wouldn't fly with me. It sounds more like she wants carte blanche to flake out on people and be late whenever she wants. I'm so sorry, mama. I would start exploring...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-25-2011, 06:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By peainthepod
Thanks, mama. I ended up just using warm...

Thanks, mama. I ended up just using warm compresses and massage and nursing as much as possible. I spent Wednesday and most of Thursday very achy and with a low grade fever. My breast was hot and...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-22-2011, 10:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,646
Posted By peainthepod
Oh, mama. Your husband (soon-to-be-ex, I hope)...

Oh, mama. Your husband (soon-to-be-ex, I hope) didn't cheat on you because of your body. He cheated on you because he's selfish, dishonest, unfaithful, and unwilling to take responsibility for his...
Forum: Parenting   09-22-2011, 04:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By peainthepod
I would no longer leave my children alone with...

I would no longer leave my children alone with them under any circumstances, and if the ILs asked why I would tell them without mincing words. Your SIL's behavior was unacceptable and I'm afraid my...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   09-21-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By peainthepod
Yep. It wasn't so pronounced with my first baby...

Yep. It wasn't so pronounced with my first baby but with DD, it was ridiculous. I have waist-length hair and it was everywhere, wrapped around DD's little toes and fingers, clogging the bathtub and...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-21-2011, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By peainthepod
Well, I haven't been cutting back on nursing but...

Well, I haven't been cutting back on nursing but I woke up with a hot, tender right breast and a generally icky feeling this morning. I've been nursing and hand expressing whenever possible and plan...
Forum: Parenting   09-20-2011, 05:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By peainthepod
We've been using water, vinegar, and baking soda...

We've been using water, vinegar, and baking soda to clean for years now so it wasn't hard to switch over after the babies were born. I try to use all-natural cosmetics and other products when...
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