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Forum: Trying To Conceive   05-25-2014, 05:04 PM
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Posted By Zirconia
Hello all!  Just curious - we are TTC baby #2,...

Hello all!  Just curious - we are TTC baby #2, and since getting my Mirena IUD removed (around DD's 2nd birthday) and returning to regular cycles, I have had pregnancy-like symptoms during every...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-19-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By Zirconia
Good points.  Although, it seems to me that if...

Good points.  Although, it seems to me that if she was just wanting attention, she'd be more receptive to the myriad other ways I offer her attention - reading books, playing, cooking together,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-19-2014, 11:58 AM
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Views: 173
Posted By Zirconia
My 28 month old has incredibly wild mood swings....

My 28 month old has incredibly wild mood swings.  For example, yesterday she woke up crabby.  Cried all day, followed me around screaming for a "Mommy huggie."  Gave DH the total cold shoulder....
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   05-19-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 608
Posted By Zirconia
My daughter is 28 months old and still nurses...

My daughter is 28 months old and still nurses 3-5 times a day, and sometimes more.  We've enjoyed a wonderful, sweet nursing relationship.  Lately, though, it feels like things are changing.
 
She...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-19-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By Zirconia
My daughter is 28 months old and still nurses...

My daughter is 28 months old and still nurses 3-5 times a day, and sometimes more.  We've enjoyed a wonderful, sweet nursing relationship.  Lately, though, it feels like things are changing.
 
She...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-19-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Posted By Zirconia
My daughter was older when we nightweaned (just...

My daughter was older when we nightweaned (just turned 2).  We started with the Jay Gordon method, but after the first 3 nights, it just seemed mean to give some milk and then take it away.  So, we...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-11-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 492
Posted By Zirconia
I second the suggestion to send him in...

I second the suggestion to send him in secondhand or play clothes for outings!  Even though he comes home filthy, it sounds like fun.
 
Also, hiking sandals (like Keens) are perfect for water and...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-07-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By Zirconia
My two-year-old is erratic with baths (sometimes...

My two-year-old is erratic with baths (sometimes plays for an hour, sometimes throws a holy fit).  If she's really dirty, one of us will get in with her - that always works.  In fact, the other...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-24-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By Zirconia
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by PumaBearclan http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-16-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By Zirconia
Thanks for the feedback! I do think there's...

Thanks for the feedback! I do think there's something to the "less is more" idea, the more I think about it.

When we did our wedding registry, DH requested a large supply of fluffy white towels....
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-13-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By Zirconia
OK - I completely understand decluttering.  But...

OK - I completely understand decluttering.  But are there benefits to simplifying beyond even that?  For example:  In my kitchen cabinet I have two nested stacks of mixing bowls - one ceramic, one...
Forum: Allergies   01-26-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By Zirconia
What kind of "sensitivities test" did you do? My...

What kind of "sensitivities test" did you do? My DH has been to multiple doctors and allergists and it's been a total waste of time and money with no results. Would love to help him get some answers!
Forum: Allergies   01-22-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By Zirconia
My DH has some sort of food allergy, and we...

My DH has some sort of food allergy, and we can't figure out what it is.  We've been analyzing what he eats and trying to narrow down possible culprits - dairy, gluten, etc.  However, we're starting...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-12-2013, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By Zirconia
My almost-2-year-old is going through a very...

My almost-2-year-old is going through a very disturbing phase, totally wigging out when she has to get dressed, change diaper, or get into her car seat. I'm talking a screeching, sobbing, planking,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-28-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 889
Posted By Zirconia
Thanks y'all.  It's really the lack of a break...

Thanks y'all.  It's really the lack of a break that's getting to me.  DD will nap in the car, but then again I'm stuck.  It would give my poor nipples a break, though.  :)  We are getting ready to...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-27-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By Zirconia
I would second what Grover said about having...

I would second what Grover said about having Daddy take over some of the intimate baby-care duties.  I would add, do this when baby's happy - don't expect her to take comfort from DH until they've...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-27-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 889
Posted By Zirconia
My 21-month-old wants to nurse throughout her...

My 21-month-old wants to nurse throughout her naps.  I've done this for almost two years, and I've had it.  I love nursing itself, but I've had it with the total lack of a break whatsoever....
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   09-25-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By Zirconia
Lately while nursing, my 20-month-old DD will...

Lately while nursing, my 20-month-old DD will unlatch and very carefully hold her stuffed dog to my breast and say, "Goggie nurse."  Tonight she didn't want to go to bed and nurse to sleep, but...
Forum: Babywearing   09-25-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Zirconia
We very much enjoyed babywearing throughout DD's...

We very much enjoyed babywearing throughout DD's babyhood, with the Maya wrap, ring sling, and Ergo leading the pack.  Then, around the time she started walking, we started using the stroller more....
Forum: Family Safety   09-11-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By Zirconia
dbsam, yikes!  My husband had a balcony in his...

dbsam, yikes!  My husband had a balcony in his childhood home (a large stately old home with high ceilings).  He says his standard way of coming down the stairs was to flip over the balcony, slide...
Forum: Family Safety   09-08-2013, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By Zirconia
How do you babyproof an interior loft or...

How do you babyproof an interior loft or balcony?  And do you ever reach a point where you stop worrying about your kids (or their friends) climbing over the railing and falling?  Is there any way...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-09-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 271
Posted By Zirconia
Ditto the above suggestions.  We have a sleigh...

Ditto the above suggestions.  We have a sleigh bed with a bulky frame, and it works great.  One tip:  We used a ratcheting tie-down strap from the auto-parts store.  Hook one end to the frame of the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-28-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By Zirconia
I found the "No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers"...

I found the "No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers" book helpful at this stage.  My DD isn't that all over the place, but she still (at 18 months) rarely naps without being latched on, and I wore her...
Forum: Montessori   07-18-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Posted By Zirconia
Oooh, those velcro strips look awesome!  And I...

Oooh, those velcro strips look awesome!  And I saw some cheap blank canvases on sale yesterday.  That might be the ticket!  So far she hasn't messed with anything (she just cries for me when she...
Forum: Montessori   07-17-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Posted By Zirconia
Hi all, I am setting up a Montessori-style...

Hi all, I am setting up a Montessori-style bedroom for my 18-month-old.  I'd like to put some art on the walls, down at her level.  How do I babyproof this?  I'm thinking of doing some of the...
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