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Forum: Stay at Home Parents   08-16-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,801
Posted By McGucks
"You are a stay-at-home-mom! That must be so...

"You are a stay-at-home-mom! That must be so much fun!"

It might be for some people. It is not for me. I love my son, but "fun" is rarely the word I would use to describe my days.

I find being...
Forum: Life With a Baby   08-07-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By McGucks
Tell yourself, as many times as you need to,...

Tell yourself, as many times as you need to, that all is well. If she is still nursing and growing, give ourself a big pat on the back, smile, and enjoy.

The "Solids by Six" (months) is a...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   08-06-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
Posted By McGucks
Nothing natural worked for me...Gential Violet,...

Nothing natural worked for me...Gential Violet, exposure to air, breast milk. Nystatin just worked, and worked fast, and worked beautifully. Diflucan worked great for me for vaginal yeast...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   08-06-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Posted By McGucks
Quick caution...almost all non-alcoholic beers...

Quick caution...almost all non-alcoholic beers contain a trace amount of alcohol...that's why you have to be 21 to buy them (it's either .5 or .05%).

I craved champagne with DS 1 so badly my...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-01-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 104
Posted By McGucks
For us, it's cow milk since our son drinks some...

For us, it's cow milk since our son drinks some of it.

Always organic peanut butter, stocking up when it is on sale, store-brand only.

If half-and-half is on sale.

We have had less money...
Forum: Parenting   08-01-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,400
Posted By McGucks
The new "Max and Ruby" series is a wreck. The...

The new "Max and Ruby" series is a wreck. The ones before the show were funny, understated, and a favorite for sure. The new ones have bunnies with the same names, and that is where the similarity...
Forum: Parenting   07-31-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,400
Posted By McGucks
Baby Einstein books, to me, are intolerable...

Baby Einstein books, to me, are intolerable because the art is so lousy and they never have good stories.

Any book that has sound effects is donated or goes to the resale store. I have never seen...
Forum: Parenting   07-31-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,400
Posted By McGucks
I do not like the "No, David!" books...too sad...

I do not like the "No, David!" books...too sad and mean.

I have no objection to "Llama, Llama, Where's Your Mama?" Yes, he goes to daycare. So do the children of lots of loving parents.

Love...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-30-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 938
Posted By McGucks
I do love half.com for stuff that is not...

I do love half.com for stuff that is not time-sensitive...but some media mail takes up to three weeks. Any ideas there?

Thanks for the responses, moms!

We are sort of also saving money by not...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-27-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 420
Posted By McGucks
OP...you are not alone!...

OP...you are not alone! http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif

I have some diagnosed conditions that exacerbate normal mama bear concerns about my 3 year old being touched. Many people...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   07-27-2013, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By McGucks
I tried Gentian Violet from CVS. I tried every...

I tried Gentian Violet from CVS. I tried every natural approach recommended, and none of them touched it for me.

I swear by Nystatin, a prescription topical anti-fungal. Worked fast and worked...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   07-27-2013, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 126
Posted By McGucks
Nystatin (a prescription anti-fungal) worked...

Nystatin (a prescription anti-fungal) worked fast miracles for me. My understanding is that it is also safe for the baby to nurse after it is applied, but I often gave my worst side some "breast...
Forum: Breastfeeding   07-26-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,858
Posted By McGucks
Nursing became physically neutral (no longer...

Nursing became physically neutral (no longer painful) when my guy hit around three months. I had awesome lactation consultants, wonderful LLL support, and no interfering issues such as supply,...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-26-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 938
Posted By McGucks
I was fully supportive of his taking a gap year,...

I was fully supportive of his taking a gap year, working at his current job, or volunteering. I also encouraged community college.

He had absolutely no interest in any of these options. He got...
Forum: Site Help   07-25-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 89
Posted By McGucks
http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1387143/what...

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1387143/what-position-did-you-give-birth-in/0_100

Can somebody knock out the extras? I have no idea what happened.

Thank you!
Forum: Birth and Beyond   07-25-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By McGucks
Cyclamen...I am so sorry for your loss and thank...

Cyclamen...I am so sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing your story with us. What a sad, terrible ordeal.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-22-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 480
Posted By McGucks
We do not have a t.v., but recently got Netflix....

We do not have a t.v., but recently got Netflix. We have really enjoyed the Richard Scarry "Busytown Mysteries," "Pingu," and "Bob the Builder."

Last night, we saw the one based on Daniel Tiger...
Forum: Parenting   07-21-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 800
Posted By McGucks
Toys are, IMO, are only outgrown when the child...

Toys are, IMO, are only outgrown when the child (or teen or adult) initiates their passing them along

My 40 year old husband, who is emotionally mature and happy and healthy, enjoys playing with...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-19-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 938
Posted By McGucks
I know, I should have worded this "How are you...

I know, I should have worded this "How are you coaching your child through their college expenses?"

If you have any BTDT advice or are wading through this for the first time, I would love some...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-18-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,080
Posted By McGucks
I am not a big fan of registries, though I...

I am not a big fan of registries, though I understand and can appreciate why people use them.

I think any of the lovely handmade suggestions would be more than enough.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-17-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 399
Posted By McGucks
I do not mind powdered creamer in my coffee...

I do not mind powdered creamer in my coffee (though I prefer fresh), but powdered creamer in tea seems an abomination.

When I was pregnant, I gave up coffee and switched to morning decaf tea....
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-17-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,948
Posted By McGucks
YES to Asiago's sling idea. I cannot stand the...

YES to Asiago's sling idea. I cannot stand the "pass the baby" expectation, and I could not use a sling comfortably until DS2 was a much older child (c-section). Newborns do not need to be passed...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-16-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,948
Posted By McGucks
This would be a "hell, no" for me. A lot of my...

This would be a "hell, no" for me. A lot of my post-partum comfort revolved around being around very familiar places and people. I am also not very comfortable traveling in general, so I would not...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-16-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,899
Posted By McGucks
I use store-bought wipes without fragrance, then...

I use store-bought wipes without fragrance, then rinse them in hot water before I use them. I figure this helps get some of what is on them off, and my LO thinks it is fancy to get warm wipes.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-14-2013, 05:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By McGucks
The IL thing can be very, very hard. My MIL...

The IL thing can be very, very hard.

My MIL used to give our nephew milk behind SIL and BIL's back, despite their instructions not to due to the child's lactose intolerance...MIL said she "knew...
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