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Forum: February 2012   07-17-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,491
Posted By umbrella
I did not expect to be able to even get pregnant...

I did not expect to be able to even get pregnant while having a nurser this young (the last time, my cycle didn't return for 2 years).  My littlest one is 18 months old now, and I'm bummed for her...
Forum: February 2012   07-17-2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,199
Posted By umbrella
We've been driving a sedan with a family of 5,...

We've been driving a sedan with a family of 5, and now with baby #4 on the way, we're going to buy a minivan.   I am strongly leaning towards a youngish, used Toyota Sienna.  Reviews for minivans in...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-26-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,170
Posted By umbrella
That would be like finding compelling arguments...

That would be like finding compelling arguments against a kid being with a sahm, instead of a daycare. Sure, an individual circumstance may have issues, but an argument against the lifestyle choice...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-27-2010, 12:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,593
Posted By umbrella
They often go with me, but I do find the...

They often go with me, but I do find the "serious" grocery shopping to be a little maddening with three kids, so for that, I like to utilize other options, such as doing it when dh is home, doing it...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-12-2010, 04:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 945
Posted By umbrella
We use just the textbooks (which look like what...

We use just the textbooks (which look like what I'd call workbooks, and they are consumable). I've not felt the need for the guide or additional problems.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-26-2010, 02:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By umbrella
My kids do have a lot of teachers, even though...

My kids do have a lot of teachers, even though we're homeschoolers. Between sports, dance, music, co-op, scouts, and just living life and being a part of the community, they are exposed to various...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-26-2010, 02:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,326
Posted By umbrella
Both. We have some family playdates, and some...

Both. We have some family playdates, and some drop off ones (either here or there). They're all good in different ways. Drop-offs can be handy for getting things done, as long as all kids are...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-15-2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,840
Posted By umbrella
Not very well. Frankly, the house and majority...

Not very well. Frankly, the house and majority of childcare, it's just way too much for one person, imo. Taking care of the children during the day, providing the kind of lifestyle for the kids that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-03-2010, 12:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,105
Posted By umbrella
We have it, and so far, I like it quite a lot....

We have it, and so far, I like it quite a lot. We haven't done very many of the lessons, but we've enjoyed the ones we have worked on. At the end of each section, he provides a list of age...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-02-2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By umbrella
I have two older ones, and our 3rd is now a few...

I have two older ones, and our 3rd is now a few months old. My middle child is 4 and high energy but with an easy-going personality. Save for the first month after the baby was born, we've largely...
Forum: California, Nevada   04-12-2010, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By umbrella
In CA, I've only lived in San Diego, and in my...

In CA, I've only lived in San Diego, and in my experience, this is an awesome place to live, especially as a homeschooling family.
Forum: California, Nevada   04-12-2010, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By umbrella
There are a lot of neighborhoods where you can...

There are a lot of neighborhoods where you can do a lot of walking for your immediate needs if you want. However, there's so much cool stuff all around, that you wouldn't want to be limited by just...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   10-18-2009, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 774
Posted By umbrella
Quote: Originally Posted by milimama...

Quote:
Originally Posted by milimama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14543275)
Thanks for the advice ladies!

I am not...
Forum: December 2009   10-18-2009, 02:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,286
Posted By umbrella
re: moms getting priority over MILs: It's kind...

re: moms getting priority over MILs: It's kind of funny for me to type to strangers that I'm okay with my mom being there, but not my MIL, because I think it does imply a sort of typical...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   10-18-2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,160
Posted By umbrella
I would absolutely prefer to wear most bottoms...

I would absolutely prefer to wear most bottoms in maternity versions rather than large or stretchy versions of other things. With tops, it just depends. I have absolutely nothing against maternity...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-17-2009, 11:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 528
Posted By umbrella
I aim for whatever works out to be about 1/2...

I aim for whatever works out to be about 1/2 hour at a time. We do not spend much time on what would effectively be "busy work" doing a bunch of problems when the skill is already mastered, just...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   10-17-2009, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 929
Posted By umbrella
I don't know anything about castor oil, but I...

I don't know anything about castor oil, but I don't consider nipple stimulation, exercise, spicy food, sex, things like that, to really be methods of induction. Most women can do any or all of the...
Forum: January 2010   10-17-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 563
Posted By umbrella
"Cruel" is a bit dramatic, but I'm sure he would...

"Cruel" is a bit dramatic, but I'm sure he would get a bunch of comments throughout his life, in a snickering way. I'd lean against it.
Forum: December 2009   10-17-2009, 05:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,286
Posted By umbrella
It would depend on the person. When I was...

It would depend on the person.

When I was pregnant the first time, MIL invited herself to come at first news I'm in labor, and stay for a week. I had a feeling this wasn't a good idea, and tried...
Forum: December 2009   10-17-2009, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By umbrella
I don't think it's crazy at all for her to be...

I don't think it's crazy at all for her to be there if it's what you all want, and everything is going well.

I personally would much prefer to have an adult (or teen) present whose "job" was to...
Forum: January 2010   10-17-2009, 02:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 373
Posted By umbrella
Quote: ...and we will be under the care of our...

Quote:
...and we will be under the care of our midwife for the first 6wks.
Oh wow. Yeah, the midwives at my practice, it's in the booklet they give you that you need to choose a ped to see your...
Forum: January 2010   10-17-2009, 02:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 448
Posted By umbrella
I'm familiar with that name (Orrin Hatch, as...

I'm familiar with that name (Orrin Hatch, as well as a classmate in high school), and I've always liked it.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-17-2009, 01:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,176
Posted By umbrella
I'm not sure it would really be cheaper to...

I'm not sure it would really be cheaper to copy/print off the pages, not to mention the time spent doing that, considering the workbooks we use are in the range of $8-$11 and about 100-150 pages....
Forum: December 2009   10-16-2009, 10:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,168
Posted By umbrella
I managed to get the seasonal shot, but they...

I managed to get the seasonal shot, but they only have the flumist version of h1n1 right now.
Forum: I'm Pregnant   10-16-2009, 10:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,172
Posted By umbrella
I worked in a few restaurants as a teen, and I...

I worked in a few restaurants as a teen, and I never saw any practices that gave me pause about eating there, or out in general. One was a fast-food pizza place, one was a chain buffet and...
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