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Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-04-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By mamabelle
We had the four that have already been mentioned...

We had the four that have already been mentioned and would also recommend them. The "Baby on the Way" book does not have a homebirth but does mention midwives and the couple in the story go to a...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-20-2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 113
Posted By mamabelle
My son is just 26 months and we've been invited...

My son is just 26 months and we've been invited to hang out with some friends on Halloween and go trick-or-treating.  I don't think he'll be up for much so I don't imagine he'll get a ton of candy,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-06-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 183
Posted By mamabelle
 I completely agree with all of this...


I completely agree with all of this lifeguard!  We did the same thing and it definitely helped him to see the bathroom wherever we went, even if he didn't have to go right then.  We would bring...
Forum: Diapering   10-05-2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By mamabelle
My son is still under 30lbs so I don't have...

My son is still under 30lbs so I don't have advice about the covers in general, but he is a heavy night-time wetter and what finally worked for us at night was adding a hemp doubler (more absorbent...
Forum: Diapering   09-30-2011, 09:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By mamabelle
Hi mamas, DS is 2 and starting to potty train in...

Hi mamas, DS is 2 and starting to potty train in earnest. I have 2 questions:

1. He hasn't pooped in a diaper in a few months, so all of our diaper laundry is just pee-soaked diapers. I have...
Forum: Diapering   09-30-2011, 09:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By mamabelle
I'm sorry, I don't know anyone that will do this...

I'm sorry, I don't know anyone that will do this for you, but I recently went through this project myself, also preparing for new baby. I'm sorry to say, but it really sucked. The bumgenius...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-26-2011, 01:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 770
Posted By mamabelle
Thanks for the facebook tips, I've already found...

Thanks for the facebook tips, I've already found some great stuff on those pages and I just started browsing!
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-26-2011, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By mamabelle
Yep, we're still in the midst of it.  One molar...

Yep, we're still in the midst of it.  One molar stubbornly refuses to come through the gums, though the other three are working their way in.  The chamomile tabs suggested by goldenwillow (above)...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-20-2011, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 770
Posted By mamabelle
I don't have anything new to offer, and I can't...

I don't have anything new to offer, and I can't name anything specific for the young toddler, but I was an avid pregnancy reader like you and then sort of dropped off until my son hit 18 months and...
Forum: November 2011   09-07-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,769
Posted By mamabelle
I've been wondering about this too!  This is my...

I've been wondering about this too!  This is my second and this baby seems much more active, with MUCH stronger movements than my first.  I'm a little intimidated because my first has been such a...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-04-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By mamabelle
Yep, we are maximizing the outdoor distractions...

Yep, we are maximizing the outdoor distractions at this point and trying not to lose our minds the rest of the time.  This whole no-yes-NO-YES business is definitely trying; we can no longer assume...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-01-2011, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By mamabelle
  Thanks Mamas, it is good to be reminded that...


Thanks Mamas, it is good to be reminded that our little ones behavior can change with teething, especially molars.  The 1-year molars were rough and much like you described, neonalee.  Our son...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-01-2011, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By mamabelle
DS turned two last week.  Coinciding with his...

DS turned two last week.  Coinciding with his second birthday has been a week of cranky disposition, tantrums, and potty learning setbacks (he was totally into it for about 6 weeks- at home only,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-30-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By mamabelle
Thanks so much for your reply.  The party was...

Thanks so much for your reply.  The party was right before dinner so I ended up keeping my original food ideas, but took your advice on small plates- very helpful for toddlers!  I decided to create...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-21-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By mamabelle
We have planned our son's 2nd birthday party for...

We have planned our son's 2nd birthday party for this coming Saturday and need some ideas or help!  We are having a large but casual (no theme, giftbags, etc) party at a park with picnic tables and...
Forum: November 2011   08-19-2011, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By mamabelle
I am with you, Sasha's Mom.  Last time I pretty...

I am with you, Sasha's Mom.  Last time I pretty much worked until I went into labor (started feeling really early signals to slow down about 12 hours before any contractions), my son was born 1 day...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-17-2011, 06:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 698
Posted By mamabelle
We had one bad week of tears at night while...

We had one bad week of tears at night while explaining night weaning, but after that DS totally got it and actually did start sleeping through the night!  Like the PP, we would rub his back and...
Forum: November 2011   08-16-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,779
Posted By mamabelle
26 weeks here and baby is transverse.  I wasn't...

26 weeks here and baby is transverse.  I wasn't worried about it and am trying not to be, but this thread makes me a little nervous...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-16-2011, 02:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,362
Posted By mamabelle
I think the only coordination thing that has...

I think the only coordination thing that has really been stressed to me is being able to get their pants down, lots of kids need help getting them back up.  For my son, this has been critical as...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-16-2011, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
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Views: 390
Posted By mamabelle
My toddler thought hitting was hilarious,...

My toddler thought hitting was hilarious, especially when we reacted with exaggerated crying.  I also wanted him to know that I thought hitting was serious and not a game so didn't want to react...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-16-2011, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By mamabelle
Oh that would drive me crazy!  I totally...

Oh that would drive me crazy!  I totally understand your frustration.  My DS is only just 2 so I don't know how relevant our experience is.  I have recently shifted my attitude about toddlers and...
Forum: November 2011   08-16-2011, 09:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By mamabelle
It is so good to hear everyone's excitement.  I...

It is so good to hear everyone's excitement.  I go back and forth as well.  Last time (my first), I was very calm and positive about the whole thing and had a great birth.  My doula and...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-15-2011, 09:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 920
Posted By mamabelle
My son watches Netflix streaming and likes...

My son watches Netflix streaming and likes several of the same shows as your child:  Backyardigans, Kipper, Dinosaur Train, Caillou.  He just this week started watching the Dora and Diego shows and...
Forum: November 2011   08-15-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,164
Posted By mamabelle
Great thread!  I need to start thinking about...

Great thread!  I need to start thinking about this in an organized manner : )
 
TO DO
Get newborn baby clothes and diapers out of storage and organize them somehow.  Can't decide if I have to get...
Forum: November 2011   08-15-2011, 01:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 303
Posted By mamabelle
I definitely work on the unapproachable look and...

I definitely work on the unapproachable look and have not had strangers touch my belly last pregnancy or this one.  Family members and some friends have done some belly rubbing that I was not a fan...
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