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Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-12-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By Ma Cactus
She lives in Mass and we live in western NY, so...

She lives in Mass and we live in western NY, so about 6 hrs drive.
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-12-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By Ma Cactus
Private fostering? Going to raise my cousin's baby for ~2yrs - any advice?

My cousin (in MA) just found out belatedly that she is pregnant and due in Sept. She is not at a phase of her life where she can keep the baby and was considering giving it up for adoption. We are...
Forum: Parenting   08-08-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,469
Posted By Ma Cactus
One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer...

One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer (which led to a game we call 'you twerked my snerk!' whereby my 3yo squeezes my nose and then laughs himself sillly)
Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   08-05-2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,699
Posted By Ma Cactus
I am still nursing my 3.5 year old DS, and I...

I am still nursing my 3.5 year old DS, and I have hit several rough patches when I thought I would have to wean him or go nuts, but they passed.  Recently it occurred to me that a natural limit is...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-27-2013, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Ma Cactus
Thanks so much everyone.  The judge sent them...

Thanks so much everyone.  The judge sent them back to Mom on Tuesday.  I am so glad we stuck with them (after that first week we were ready to throw in the towel). However bad I thought I was, the...
Forum: Diapering   06-27-2013, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By Ma Cactus
hmm, I think the wool +contour combo was pretty...

hmm, I think the wool +contour combo was pretty bulky.  DS did not seem to notice at all, but he was also older (10 mos I think) before we had leakage issues and had to go that route. 
The other...
Forum: Diapering   06-27-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By Ma Cactus
The judge sent them back home on Tuesday, so it...

The judge sent them back home on Tuesday, so it is out of our hands now.  The Mom did tell me she had been trying with him since age 15 mos, so maybe that was part of the problem, that he was so...
Forum: Diapering   06-21-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By Ma Cactus
We had good results with imse vimse wool covers...

We had good results with imse vimse wool covers and happy heinys bamboo or terry contour inners.
How old is she?
Forum: Diapering   06-21-2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By Ma Cactus
Still mostly in disposables- he is now peeing on...

Still mostly in disposables- he is now peeing on the toilet whenever we ask but is opposed to pooping there - and big boy poop is SO voluminous! And, er, gross. So we are still using the evil...
Forum: Diapering   06-13-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By Ma Cactus
We have recently started fostering a 5yo boy who...

We have recently started fostering a 5yo boy who is not potty trained.  I never used disposables for my own son, but have been for the last week because nothing we have can contain a big boy pee,...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-13-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Ma Cactus
Thanks so much everyone.   One week later,...

Thanks so much everyone.   One week later, things are getting a bit easier.  We spent the weekend camping with several other familes so there were lots of people around to help keep tabs on everyone...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-06-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Ma Cactus
We just started fostering two boys ages 5 and...

We just started fostering two boys ages 5 and almost 3 on Friday.  I have one bio son, age 3.5.  I am on my first half day of work (DH is home with everybody - we don't have childcare set up yet). ...
Forum: Elimination Communication   05-09-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 294
Posted By Ma Cactus
There was an interesting article about exactly...

There was an interesting article about exactly this topic but I cannot find it (flyrabbitfly - do you know where it is?).  The basic point was that a 'potty strike' at this age may very well be the...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-09-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 8,859
Posted By Ma Cactus
Hi All I am Rivka, biomom to 3yo DS.  We are...

Hi All
I am Rivka, biomom to 3yo DS.  We are certified for children 3 and under and pregnant/parenting teens.  We had our first placement in the latter category last week and it unfortunately did...
Forum: Montessori   04-16-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Ma Cactus
Nenegoose thank you.  I had not thought of it...

Nenegoose thank you.  I had not thought of it that way and it is surprising to what extent one can self-flaggelate when you just keep turning things over in your own head and finding yourself...
Forum: Pets   04-15-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Ma Cactus
We tried to acclimate our pups to our chickens,...

We tried to acclimate our pups to our chickens, but unfortunatley none of the chickens we had around at the time had any kind of courage (we had one previously that would peck the cats on the nose...
Forum: Elimination Communication   04-15-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By Ma Cactus
If he goes as soon as the diaper goes back on,...

If he goes as soon as the diaper goes back on, that probably means he was tense while you were offering, which might mean you were tense!  Things that can help are blowing on his head, singing a...
Forum: Elimination Communication   04-15-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 352
Posted By Ma Cactus
If he is walking, you can also try letting him...

If he is walking, you can also try letting him go standing up into a wide mouthed jar or yogurt container.  Lots of little boys love doing it 'like Daddy'.  
Forum: Elimination Communication   04-15-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 247
Posted By Ma Cactus
When we were at 12 mos I was starting to get...

When we were at 12 mos I was starting to get really antsy for something to change, but DS was way too interested in other things at the time.  He was very verbal about everything else so that was...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-14-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By Ma Cactus
My DS started stuttering right age 30 mos- we...

My DS started stuttering right age 30 mos- we were on a month long visit out of state at the time, so his did seem stress triggered.  He also was an early talker so we were very surprised.  It only...
Forum: Montessori   04-14-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Ma Cactus
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by nenegoose http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1374606/continue-next-year#post_17327987)

 
I understand why...
Forum: Montessori   04-11-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Ma Cactus
SO MUCH FOR THAT! Shortly after my last post, I...

SO MUCH FOR THAT! Shortly after my last post, I got his pre-teacher-meeting report, and it said that he has decreased in confidence and independece since he began last fall, and every section of the...
Forum: Montessori   03-07-2013, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Ma Cactus
I think we have also resolved another issue,...

I think we have also resolved another issue, which was hanging up his jacket.  For some reason he was always opposed to doing this, or even trying to do it, and as the other kids learned how, I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-04-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By Ma Cactus
One of my neices did not stay dry at night until...

One of my neices did not stay dry at night until she was 5, and that was ok.   I think most kids don't stay dry at night until they start producing enough of a hormone that helps decrease urine...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-04-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By Ma Cactus
Those look great!  I so wish you were open when...

Those look great!  I so wish you were open when DS was a baby - we also had a difficult time finding undies.  We will definately look you up if we have any more babies!
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