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Forum: Minnesota, Wisconsin   10-23-2009, 12:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By Stackmama
Can we get some sort of running list of fun...

Can we get some sort of running list of fun things to do with little ones? My daughters are 5 and 2 (we live in Northfield) and I'd like to figure out some good activities to do with them in the...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-07-2009, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By Stackmama
Thanks everyone for making a hard decision very...

Thanks everyone for making a hard decision very easy. http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif: My kids are my joy and they make life worth living. I just wanted to do the best thing...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-07-2009, 01:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By Stackmama
The only thing I will say is that when they are...

The only thing I will say is that when they are at their dad's they do get to run and play more outside because he doesn't work,she works part time, so they have time to do things with them. I work...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-06-2009, 11:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By Stackmama
Thank you everyone for the advice so far. You...

Thank you everyone for the advice so far. You make a great point -- they get the best of both worlds this way. They are in awe by the buildings, big trucks, and hustle and bustle of the city (we...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-06-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By Stackmama
he's hardly stable. He's unemployed and hasn't...

he's hardly stable. He's unemployed and hasn't paid a penny on his child support, which he back owes from January of this year. They only started taking the kids when he got slapped with the...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-06-2009, 09:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By Stackmama
My ex-husband, his new fiance and her 3 kids...

My ex-husband, his new fiance and her 3 kids live about an hour away from the city in what I like to call ' the cornfields.' There are no city busses, it's in another area code, and only one high...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-14-2009, 01:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By Stackmama
My daughters are 5 and 2 and are extremely...

My daughters are 5 and 2 and are extremely artistic little ones. They love to draw, paint, color, etc. The problem is, my walls and carpet hold most of the artwork....
Forum: Postpartum Depression   04-20-2009, 02:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 870
Posted By Stackmama
Please know that your symptoms are very common...

Please know that your symptoms are very common in postpartum depression. I'm not an expert by any means but I know by chance that they are. I battled PPD with both of my daughters and postpartum...
Forum: Postpartum Depression   04-20-2009, 02:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 580
Posted By Stackmama
Oh mama, you have way too much on your plate and...

Oh mama, you have way too much on your plate and that's why you are becoming overwhelmed. You need to have a good discussion with your dh about helping with some of the responsibilities and pronto....
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   04-20-2009, 02:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Stackmama
My 2-year-old wakes up a lot at night, asking...

My 2-year-old wakes up a lot at night, asking for a baba, wanting to come into my bed, etc. Friends of the family have suggested that it's not normal and I should have her checked for why she is...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-16-2009, 10:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,172
Posted By Stackmama
Well, just got done with the bedtime routine. I...

Well, just got done with the bedtime routine. I go in and my 2-year-old is laying between the mattress and the box springs, the sheets are off the bed, and they are laughing at...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-16-2009, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By Stackmama
So basically I'm screwed....

So basically I'm screwed. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif I have to keep 50/50 custody, let the kids go to her house with her kids calling him daddy, and wonder...
Forum: The Mindful Home   03-16-2009, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,648
Posted By Stackmama
You know what's peculiar is I see a carpet...

You know what's peculiar is I see a carpet cleaning company here all the time cleaning carpets in apartments but *rarely* ... if ever! See them installing new carpet. Something tells memy carpet was...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-16-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,172
Posted By Stackmama
Oh no I am sooo appreciative of everyone's...

Oh no I am sooo appreciative of everyone's awesome advice and ideas here. I will DEFINITELY be instituting these.

One question I do have: Should I continue to try to leave dd2 in the toddler bed...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-16-2009, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By Stackmama
My ex-husband left when my oldest was 2 1/2 and...

My ex-husband left when my oldest was 2 1/2 and my baby was 10 months. They are now 5 and 2. He has seen them, and testified under oath at our child support hearing, that he has taken them 6...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-16-2009, 01:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,249
Posted By Stackmama
No clue how you do it. I have a restraining...

No clue how you do it. I have a restraining order against my ex right now because I just can't deal with him (ok that and he was emotionally abusive after our divorce) OR his new fiancee. They have...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-16-2009, 01:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,172
Posted By Stackmama
About an hour before bed, I remind her it's...

About an hour before bed, I remind her it's almost bedtime. The TV goes off, PJs go on, teeth get brushed, hair gets brushed, and she and her sister (who is 2) play (usually pretty rambunctiously)...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-15-2009, 11:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,172
Posted By Stackmama
My 5-year-old just fought me tooth and nail to...

My 5-year-old just fought me tooth and nail to go to bed. She still sleeps with a paci so I let her have that. I turn the bathroom light on, she has that. She has a regular, consistent bedtime and I...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-15-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Stackmama
This is my biggest fear. I have a restraining...

This is my biggest fear. I have a restraining order right now from my emotionally abusive husband that does not include my kids and I worry day in and day out that he is going to file for custody or...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-15-2009, 09:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Stackmama
I have an almost 5-year-old and a 2-year-old. I...

I have an almost 5-year-old and a 2-year-old. I believe my 5-year-old may have either ADHD or SPD and need to have her evaluated. My 2-year-old seems much more well behaved, more apt to listen to...
Forum: The Mindful Home   03-03-2009, 08:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,648
Posted By Stackmama
My two daughters are 2 and 4 and we have lived...

My two daughters are 2 and 4 and we have lived in my current apartment for almost 3 years. We had brand new carpet when I moved in but the kids have completely destroyed it -- pudding, red-colored...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-03-2009, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 235
Posted By Stackmama
I can't say I've BTDT but I can empathize with...

I can't say I've BTDT but I can empathize with you. My almost 5-year-old DD has either ADHD/SID or a combination and I work at home as well. I *really* was deadset on homeschooling. She has...
Forum: Women's Health   03-03-2009, 06:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By Stackmama
I wonder if this is what my youngest daughter...

I wonder if this is what my youngest daughter has. She is 2 1/2 and has had choking, coughing jags at night. She also has eczema and I have asthma, so my first instinct says it's that but if there...
Forum: Women's Health   03-03-2009, 06:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By Stackmama
Wow, I came to post about the exact same thing...

Wow, I came to post about the exact same thing -- what is going on?! My 2-year-old has a barky, dry cough, gasps for air, chokes, and has eczema. I have asthma, so I KNOW this is asthma in her, I...
Forum: The Mindful Home   01-22-2009, 03:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,541
Posted By Stackmama
My 4-year-old decided to pour pancake mix on her...

My 4-year-old decided to pour pancake mix on her bedroom carpet. Then, she decided to get water and 'finger paint' with it. http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif: I'll take my...
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