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Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-01-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,206
Posted By Bird Girl
Do you have a tent? If you have a tent with a...

Do you have a tent? If you have a tent with a rain-fly, you could have a "Noah's Ark" party! I would make paper-plate animal hats like these: ...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-01-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,519
Posted By Bird Girl
Ah, yes, the air diet. Totally normal. Don't...

Ah, yes, the air diet. Totally normal. Don't obsess about what she's eating--this is the age at which it's best to just put a spoonful of whatever you're eating down on the tray or table and let her...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-01-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Bird Girl
I will say that 3.5, even if he's a precocious...

I will say that 3.5, even if he's a precocious and verbal 3.5, is too young to reliably give self reports about things that he feels very strongly about. If he's had an accident, or if he's decided...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-01-2012, 08:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 787
Posted By Bird Girl
I've been the happiest with the canvas sneakers...

I've been the happiest with the canvas sneakers that I've gotten from Baby Gap and the Gap Outlet. They are a classic look, and between the boys' department and the girls' department, usually come...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-18-2011, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 743
Posted By Bird Girl
My six-year-old really enjoys hearing Jim Weiss...

My six-year-old really enjoys hearing Jim Weiss read The Story of the World. You might try it that way, if you'd like to get an interest in history started without dragging her kicking and screaming...
Forum: Waldorf   09-16-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,782
Posted By Bird Girl
The ikea dolls are a little odd looking in...

The ikea dolls are a little odd looking in person. For me, they fell into the uncanny valley http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley . But if you had a little one who wanted one when you went to...
Forum: Life With a Baby   08-26-2011, 10:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 437
Posted By Bird Girl
I try to be sure that I put DD down for a nap...

I try to be sure that I put DD down for a nap after she's only been awake for one hour. That seems ridiculous, and she's perfectly smiley and pleasant after only one hour, but she nurses, lays down,...
Forum: Life With a Baby   08-26-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,175
Posted By Bird Girl
Oh, she's five weeks old? I would say that she's...

Oh, she's five weeks old? I would say that she's just fussy--many 5-6-7 week-olds have a couple of hours of fussiness at the end of the day. It's just their little nervous systems boiling over with...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-26-2011, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By Bird Girl
Although, if CPS has been alerted because of...

Although, if CPS has been alerted because of your false positive for drugs or your unassisted childbirth attempt, you may want to wait on the beer...
 
WIC can help you get a pump. Call them...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-06-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 30,833
Posted By Bird Girl
Most any wool carpet will not offgas, since wool...

Most any wool carpet will not offgas, since wool is a naturally bug-resistant material. They can sometimes smell of lanolin, but that's not harmful.
 
I will say that my babies mostly laid in...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-05-2011, 11:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 30,833
Posted By Bird Girl
We bought a wool Persian carpet when my eldest...

We bought a wool Persian carpet when my eldest DD was starting to cruise. It was very soft, and I didn't have to worry about offgassing. It wasn't cheap, though.
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-05-2011, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By Bird Girl
Yes, that sounds like too much nursing at six...

Yes, that sounds like too much nursing at six months of age. I know that people around here have exclusively nursed for 12 months and more, but my six-month-olds ate a lot of solids--they ate...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-05-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 545
Posted By Bird Girl
My youngest has developed the in-the-car...

My youngest has developed the in-the-car screamies. And she sits across from her two favorite faces in the whole world--her big brother and big sister. And they will do everything short of detach...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-04-2011, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By Bird Girl
I will say that I took quite a long time to fall...

I will say that I took quite a long time to fall asleep as a child--I was a natural night owl, and I had a very active imagination. I would just lie in bed and imagine all sorts of adventures. I...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   05-30-2011, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By Bird Girl
Well, if you've done something for a long time,...

Well, if you've done something for a long time, and it's no longer working for you, then it's time for a change. But you should understand that your son may put out a lot of effort fighting that...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-26-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By Bird Girl
My older DD will be 9 this summer. We use...

My older DD will be 9 this summer. We use Singapore Primary math, too, along with Life of Fred as a summertime supplement. Fred is lots of fun! For literature and history, I use Sonlight cores, done...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-26-2011, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Bird Girl
Well, to my mind, "time out" means that you...

Well, to my mind, "time out" means that you stick the kid in a spot, like the naughty chair or something, and don't interact with them until a certain amount of time has passed. What I'm suggesting...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-26-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Bird Girl
Yes, that's what a day with someone that age...

Yes, that's what a day with someone that age sounds like. Honestly, though, I wouldn't worry about "confining" her outside of your work hours--we are talking about five minutes or less (use a timer...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-25-2011, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By Bird Girl
Yep, tantrums are part of the package--kids have...

Yep, tantrums are part of the package--kids have full-sized emotions, even if they have hardly any power or ability to do what they want. I'd be frustrated, too! Empathy is a big part of handling...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-25-2011, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Bird Girl
Ugh! 14 months! I would SO MUCH rather deal with...

Ugh! 14 months! I would SO MUCH rather deal with two-year-olds than kids from 12-18 months of age--they're quick, they have absolutely NO judgement of their own, and no self-control, either.  Two...
Forum: April 2011   05-24-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,199
Posted By Bird Girl
She sounds colicky--my oldest child was super...

She sounds colicky--my oldest child was super colicky, and she sounds just the same. I will tell you--my oldest child is an extremely gifted, sensitive child--she plays the violin, and she's very...
Forum: April 2011   05-24-2011, 08:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By Bird Girl
Fiona will be four weeks old tomorrow, so she's...

Fiona will be four weeks old tomorrow, so she's not super regimented yet. She's been waking up pretty late--around 9 or 10, but this morning she woke up at 8. She'll nurse, get a new diaper, and be...
Forum: November 2011   05-24-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
Posted By Bird Girl
I will say that we kept all our formula samples;...

I will say that we kept all our formula samples; we put them down with the earthquake supplies. I want my husband to be able to feed the baby if something should happen to me and, secondarily, if...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-15-2011, 07:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 956
Posted By Bird Girl
In general, it seems like German kids' and...

In general, it seems like German kids' and babies' things are so much higher quality, I would be hard-pressed to offer tips. Do you have soothies gel pads for sore nipples? Those are nice--and easy...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-15-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,055
Posted By Bird Girl
We did yogurt as one of the first foods--if...

We did yogurt as one of the first foods--if you're OK with ripe fruit and full-fat yogurt, they are a gentle start from breastmilk only. Either way, there's no need to rush. Both of mine sucked down...
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