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Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-13-2013, 07:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By strawberryprincess
I can only imagine how difficult it is to change...

I can only imagine how difficult it is to change your plans mid-way, if you have your heart set on something. I think hiring a doula would be an a great idea, and talk with your doula (or any...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-12-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 148
Posted By strawberryprincess
Birth Matters! Help Birth Kalamazoo spread the...

Birth Matters! Help Birth Kalamazoo spread the word!
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   04-21-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 138
Posted By strawberryprincess
I have been considering putting ds (who is 6) on...

I have been considering putting ds (who is 6) on a gluten free diet.  He has several of the usual markers/symptoms for why one might eliminate gluten.  So, I'm trying to move forward with it,...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   03-20-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 598
Posted By strawberryprincess
Has anyone tried the American Girl Magazine?  It...

Has anyone tried the American Girl Magazine?  It says 8 and up, I think.  I have a 9 year old and have considered this one (or asking for a birthday gift) but i've never actually read it.  I'm going...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   02-09-2013, 03:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By strawberryprincess
I have 4 kids and 4 vastly different experiences...

I have 4 kids and 4 vastly different experiences with getting my first PP aunt flow.  It was the worst with my second child, it came at about 12 months.  I had a month of nipple soreness, cramps,...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   01-21-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By strawberryprincess
I have also tandem nursed, and was worried about...

I have also tandem nursed, and was worried about the exact same thing last year, when my 2 year old got really sick and my new baby was not.  Thankfully the baby never got sick (not so much as a...
Forum: Parenting   11-29-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,103
Posted By strawberryprincess
When I was little, my parents took one of the...

When I was little, my parents took one of the bench seats out of the van and put up the wooden playpen for the us to sit in.  At least we were contained and not roaming around the car! I clearly...
Forum: Family Planning   08-28-2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By strawberryprincess
I've been there!  My first two are spaced 2.5...

I've been there!  My first two are spaced 2.5 years apart, 2 and 3 are almost 4 years apart.  I prefer the larger spacing, and was previously scared to get pregnant before the youngest was still...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-10-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,137
Posted By strawberryprincess
I am in the middle of reading No-Cry Sleep...

I am in the middle of reading No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers.
Although I haven't read it all or implemented all that I want to, it has some really good info and tips and ideas...
Forum: Family Planning   06-26-2012, 07:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,109
Posted By strawberryprincess
I have 4 children, and I come from a family of 4...

I have 4 children, and I come from a family of 4 children, so I have thought about this subject a lot!  I don't know that I have a great answer, but these are my opinions about child spacing:
 
My...
Forum: Life With a Baby   06-24-2012, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By strawberryprincess
I've bounced 3 of my 4 babies on balls, they are...

I've bounced 3 of my 4 babies on balls, they are all normal!!  I still bounce my 2 year old to go to sleep for naps.  He still loves it.  The big kids like me to bounce them too, just for fun (it's...
Forum: Family Planning   05-28-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 635
Posted By strawberryprincess
I come from a family with 4 kids, and we fought...

I come from a family with 4 kids, and we fought like crazy as kids.  As adults, we all get along really well, and love to get together often.  There are many spontaneous dinner parties at my moms...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   05-24-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By strawberryprincess
I also say breasts sag due to age and...

I also say breasts sag due to age and pregnancy.  I've been nursing 8 of the last 9 years (tandem nursing right now), and my breasts are larger and saggier than they were a decade ago.  I expect...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   05-24-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By strawberryprincess
Congrats on your new pregnancy!  I think many...

Congrats on your new pregnancy!  I think many moms experience similar feelings/ambivalence about nursing the older child when they become pregnant again.  My oldest was just about 2yo when I got...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-22-2012, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,491
Posted By strawberryprincess
Almost anything by Roald Dahl...Willy Wonka,...

Almost anything by Roald Dahl...Willy Wonka, Matilda, The Twits, etc.
 
I also really like Louis Sachar, he has several humorous books.  I really liked Holes.
 
Junie B Jones series is another...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-22-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By strawberryprincess
In addition to the other advice, I would also...

In addition to the other advice, I would also recommend lots of "kangaroo care", skin to skin contact and baby wearing.  You need to get those bonding hormones freely flowing.  Also, instead of a...
Forum: Life With a Baby   02-16-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By strawberryprincess
Adjusting to a growing family is always bumpy......

Adjusting to a growing family is always bumpy...
I have 4 children, and have had three different experiences with adjusting to new siblings.  My first two had delayed reactions to the new sibling's...
Forum: Diapering   01-31-2012, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By strawberryprincess
With some kinds of diapers, you can cut them up...

With some kinds of diapers, you can cut them up and use them as stuffing in things like pillows, dolls and toys, etc. that you might make. 
 
Great thread, I'm also wondering what to do with all...
Forum: Diapering   01-30-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By strawberryprincess
I could have  written this post!  I did switch...

I could have  written this post!  I did switch to sposies for about a year, when ds1 was in diapers.  i knew it was the diapers, but couldn't figure out how to fix it.  When I did try to cloth...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   01-10-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By strawberryprincess
When my ds1 weaned at 2.5( very slowly and...

When my ds1 weaned at 2.5( very slowly and gradually:only 2-3 times a week) I could still express a few drops of milk for about 5 months.  When I got pregnant again it dried up very early in the...
Forum: Breastfeeding   01-10-2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,051
Posted By strawberryprincess
My breasts are two different sizes, the larger...

My breasts are two different sizes, the larger one produces more and has an easier let down.  But the other "works" fine as well. During pregnancy, they were closer in size, but there has still been...
Forum: Breastfeeding   01-10-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,197
Posted By strawberryprincess
When my first was born, my mother was adamant...

When my first was born, my mother was adamant that new mothers needed to drink plenty of milk so that they could make milk.  At first I thought this was logical, but as I thought about it, I've...
Forum: Breastfeeding   01-10-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 518
Posted By strawberryprincess
I have 4 kids, all EBF, and I have used my Avent...

I have 4 kids, all EBF, and I have used my Avent hand pump many 10 times.  It worked fine, but is still difficult to get more than a few ounces out.  When you are not pumping regularly, it can be...
Forum: Family Planning   01-04-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,264
Posted By strawberryprincess
When i was on the minipill, I also had weird...

When i was on the minipill, I also had weird periods.  My midwife told me that there are some women who choose to stay on mini-pill all the time, not just while nursing.  But it does seem to have a...
Forum: Family Planning   01-04-2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 203
Posted By strawberryprincess
I'm also very fertile, and AF returns early in...

I'm also very fertile, and AF returns early in spite of exclusive breastfeeding/co-sleeping/no pacis or bottles, etc.  After #3, I decided not to go on BC, because i was having some issues with the...
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