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Forum: Breastfeeding   05-09-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,550
Posted By ihave7kids
Wish this website had been available to me when...

Wish this website had been available to me when I was a first-time mom...this advice would have saved me a LOT of heartache.
Please, no matter how good you feel, allow your body to REST and just...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   04-12-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,953
Posted By ihave7kids
I would happily use a male midwife if he was...

I would happily use a male midwife if he was gentle and supportive of natural birth.  In my experience, I have seen both good and bad male and female OB's (very few midwives in my area).  My primary...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-25-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,397
Posted By ihave7kids
Oh, how terrible!  I always figured as long as I...

Oh, how terrible!  I always figured as long as I watched them closely, it was OK, but maybe not!
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-25-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,707
Posted By ihave7kids
While I have an advanced degree and could be...

While I have an advanced degree and could be working and earning a good salary as I did before kids, I choose to stay home and to homeschool my children.  It is what makes me happy, but it is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-25-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,397
Posted By ihave7kids
apeydef, Just curious...why do you think...

apeydef,
Just curious...why do you think balloons are not age-appropriate for a 15 month old?
I wouldn't leave him or her unsupervised with one, but you can certainly have fun with one!
Forum: Life With a Baby   02-21-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,742
Posted By ihave7kids
Tura Lura (did I spell that right?  It's an...

Tura Lura (did I spell that right?  It's an Irish lullaby), and hubby sings U2 songs to them.  There's one that I used to have on tape and played it for my oldest when he was a baby, now he sings it...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-21-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,397
Posted By ihave7kids
Ha!  Yes, we've done that one too!  And after a...

Ha!  Yes, we've done that one too!  And after a Costco trip, we also like to build paper towel roll towers.  The toddler uses the first two or three rolls, as high as they can reach, then you help...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-19-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,802
Posted By ihave7kids
I went through a similar situation when my...

I went through a similar situation when my oldest was born, 16 years ago!  None of my close friends has kids yet, and the women I did know with kids were all working full time.  I ended up going to...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,397
Posted By ihave7kids
Oh, I just thought of another one!  Blow up a...

Oh, I just thought of another one!  Blow up a couple of balloons and play "keep off the floor".  My kids all LOVE that one...even the big kids!
Forum: Parenting   02-19-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,475
Posted By ihave7kids
We homeschool, so we can be flexible, but...

We homeschool, so we can be flexible, but usually we stick with a routine of 8ish bedtime for everyone but the baby, who is 3 months & doesn't have a routine yet.  Hubby does prayers with them, then...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,397
Posted By ihave7kids
Well, this has been a hot topic at our house...

Well, this has been a hot topic at our house lately since we've been housebound with all this SNOW!!  I'm always looking for ideas to keep my toddler busy so that I can help the others with...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-13-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,713
Posted By ihave7kids
I would have no problem nursing someone else's...

I would have no problem nursing someone else's little one if the need arose, although I haven't done it to date.  Don't think I'd want my baby or toddler to nurse with someone else...maybe if I had ...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   02-06-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,323
Posted By ihave7kids
jwilsie, One of mine was born on April1st...

jwilsie,
One of mine was born on April1st too!  It was his due date, and I kept telling myself, "No baby ever comes on his due date!"  Ha!  Hard to believe he will be 13 in a few weeks :)
Forum: Birth and Beyond   02-06-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,323
Posted By ihave7kids
With my first, it broke at 5:30 in the morning...

With my first, it broke at 5:30 in the morning when I got up to pee, and it happened when I sat down on the toilet...very convenient!  Contractions started an hour later, and he was born at 5:30 pm....
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   11-06-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,321
Posted By ihave7kids
I've been a SAHM for almost 16 years!  Oldest is...

I've been a SAHM for almost 16 years!  Oldest is about to turn 16, and baby # 8 is due next week.  If I wasn't so sleep-deprived, I could probably come up with a long list of things, but honestly I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-28-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,034
Posted By ihave7kids
I love the suggestions posted here! I agree that...

I love the suggestions posted here! I agree that all kids' personalities are different, and some are definitely more social/needy than others! One rule we have in our house is that we are not...
Forum: Learning at School   09-12-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,609
Posted By ihave7kids
Cornflower Blue, Your post was very...

Cornflower Blue,
Your post was very insightful, and I value your opinion as an experienced mom! The part that resonated most with me was where you talked about kids being carried, nurtured, always...
Forum: Learning at School   08-27-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,017
Posted By ihave7kids
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-26-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,497
Posted By ihave7kids
I just went to a wellness lecture at our...

I just went to a wellness lecture at our chiropractors office, and learned that microwaving food kills all the nutrients and changes the molecular structure of the food. It becomes unrecognizable to...
Forum: Learning at School   08-24-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,017
Posted By ihave7kids
Miranda, I agree with giving them all the info...

Miranda,
I agree with giving them all the info before they need it, so that they can make good choices. My point was that the info without the "why not" is insufficient in my opinion. I think the...
Forum: Learning at School   08-24-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,017
Posted By ihave7kids
Sorry, hit the wrong button on my phone... The...

Sorry, hit the wrong button on my phone...
The integrity of the whole child is so important, and just like they can't do Algebra before they master basic math facts, they have to be ready for more...
Forum: Learning at School   08-24-2013, 07:02 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,017
Posted By ihave7kids
Wow! There are some widely divergent opinions...

Wow! There are some widely divergent opinions here. I'm finding it fascinating to read them all, and I am so glad to be homeschooling my children. As a homeschooling mom, I am able to decide when...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-24-2013, 06:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,497
Posted By ihave7kids
Thanks for all the great ideas, ladies! I am a...

Thanks for all the great ideas, ladies!
I am a SAHM homeschooling our oldest 5 children, with 2 toddlers and a new blessing on the way, due in Nov. The only way to keep things running smoothly and...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-23-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,023
Posted By ihave7kids
Yes, nursing on demand is ok! My opinion is that...

Yes, nursing on demand is ok! My opinion is that as long as baby is happy, all is right with the world! If nursing, snuggling, closeness makes baby happy, then it's working!
Forum: Healing Birth Trauma   07-25-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 751
Posted By ihave7kids
I completely understand where you are coming...

I completely understand where you are coming from, and your fear about your second birth!  Trust your body and your baby to do what they know how to do!  Hire a doula if possible, make sure your...
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