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Forum: Life With a Baby   01-31-2016, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By farmer
I have a totally different take on this one. ...

I have a totally different take on this one.

I was a SAHM with my first four kids. We home-schooled and homesteaded, so there were plenty of chores to do around the house.

Now, my bigger...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-20-2015, 04:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 628
Posted By farmer
Yes, that's my strategy as well, katelove. My...

Yes, that's my strategy as well, katelove. My son is also 2 1/2. His latest thing is "I buckle it MYSELF" but then can't always do it, so then I help.

I think the less talk, more action at this...
Forum: July 2015 Due Date Club   07-07-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 873
Posted By farmer
DDC crashing to say congratulations! We were in...

DDC crashing to say congratulations! We were in the same DDC with Atlas and Max. :) Can't wait to read your birth story! Yay!
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   07-01-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By farmer
Oh, no, the stuff I'm talking about is like a...

Oh, no, the stuff I'm talking about is like a foil blanket thing...I actually used the foil/bubble/foil version, so there is an insulated layer. I have a very rustic house with barnboard walls and...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   06-30-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By farmer
I've found the foil stuff to be super easy to...

I've found the foil stuff to be super easy to deal with. We have some vents in our greenhouse that we have to block off in the winter--we just use a staple gun to attach it. Even in the house, I...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   06-29-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By farmer
So, it sounds like you have windows really high...

So, it sounds like you have windows really high up in the bedroom? Do they open? If so, are they designed so that the airflow would go from the lower windows up and out the higher ones?

If they...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-28-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By farmer
That's tough. My DS is 27 months old. He comes...

That's tough. My DS is 27 months old. He comes to work with me (I houseclean and do garden maintenance), and has since he was a newborn. However, about six months ago I decided that nursing at...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   06-28-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By farmer
It would help if you could describe how your...

It would help if you could describe how your house is set up. For example, we are on the grid, but live in an energy-efficient passive solar house, and my bedroom has a greenhouse attached to the...
Forum: Vaccinations   06-21-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By farmer
I'm in NH, and it drives me crazy that we don't...

I'm in NH, and it drives me crazy that we don't have mandatory insurance laws for drivers. My kids' driver's ed teacher was in an accident many years ago caused by an uninsured driver, and she will...
Forum: Babywearing   06-16-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,144
Posted By farmer
I'd consider a Moby for that age. The Ergo isn't...

I'd consider a Moby for that age. The Ergo isn't really designed for a baby that young, unless you use the infant insert which is just bulky, hot and makes the baby into a burrito. :P Oh, actually...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-03-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,305
Posted By farmer
Are you a WOHM and the evening is the only time...

Are you a WOHM and the evening is the only time to get stuff done? If so, can DH (or you) wear him in a carrier on your back to get him to sleep? That way you can have your hands free, but still do...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-29-2015, 05:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,152
Posted By farmer
It looks like you've already gotten some great...

It looks like you've already gotten some great advice. I agree that it sounds like by allowing the dog to be be picked up/manipulated, the dog has become a toy rather than a fellow being living in...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-29-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
Posted By farmer
Popcorn! With butter and nutritional yeast. ...

Popcorn! With butter and nutritional yeast. Also, hummus and carrot sticks (we go through at least a five-pound bag of carrots a week), EGGS (we have ducks/chickens, and have a surplus at the...
Forum: July 2015 Due Date Club   05-26-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,632
Posted By farmer
BabyHawk hands down over the Ergo. I'm assuming...

BabyHawk hands down over the Ergo. I'm assuming you mean a mei tei, not a SSC? I loved my BHs! You can cross the straps when front-carrying (I don't get how anyone can wear an Ergo in the...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-11-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,251
Posted By farmer
The reason I'm bringing the ACA into it, was...

The reason I'm bringing the ACA into it, was simply comparing it to say, mandatory auto insurance.

With the mandatory auto insurance, you can choose not to have it, by not having a car.

The...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-11-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,251
Posted By farmer
The problem that jumps out at me with this...

The problem that jumps out at me with this argument is that we have compulsory schooling laws in effect. It would be different, for example, if kids weren't REQUIRED to attend some sort of...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-11-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,083
Posted By farmer
Honestly, I'd just keep nursing her. Two years...

Honestly, I'd just keep nursing her. Two years old is still pretty young. My older four kids self-weaned at right around four years old, and my 25 month-old is still nursing.

With my current...
Forum: Toddler Nutrition   05-08-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 819
Posted By farmer
One thing I gave my kids, and I had on hand for...

One thing I gave my kids, and I had on hand for myself, when pregnant, were Clif Bars. Pretty sure they're vegan (or at least some of them are). There is another brand, Odwalla, that is probably...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-01-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,245
Posted By farmer
We have a crazy household of a blend of one...

We have a crazy household of a blend of one vegetarian, one must-have-meat-almost-every-night-but-will-be-ok-occasionally-with-tons-of-cheese-meal, one trying to be GF/DF (but not so strict with DF),...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-01-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,245
Posted By farmer
Just wanted to say that I read your post, have SO...

Just wanted to say that I read your post, have SO BTDT both with the veggie issue and the hostile step-kid issue, and will be back to post but have to get to work!

Great food suggestions so far,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-30-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By farmer
I agree, very tricky! It sounds as though you...

I agree, very tricky! It sounds as though you have plenty of time together, so it's probably not that she's feeling like she needs "more". Is she your only, or does she have siblings? Maybe she...
Forum: Diapering   04-29-2015, 05:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By farmer
We ECed, but had a half-dozen of the Bum Genius...

We ECed, but had a half-dozen of the Bum Genius one-size AIOs. I still use them for his back-up nighttime pants, with just a soaker insert. They are pretty absorbent, but I find that two hours is a...
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-29-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By farmer
My first four kids weren't even interested in...

My first four kids weren't even interested in solids until almost a year--their digestive systems are still very immature and solid food before a year is mostly exploratory. I would NOT try to cut...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-27-2015, 05:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,280
Posted By farmer
I just wanted to mention that tea tree oil can be...

I just wanted to mention that tea tree oil can be quite caustic when applied directly to the skin...I remember using it on my DD when she got her ears pierced, and her earlobes blew up and were all...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-27-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 757
Posted By farmer
Is he still nursing? If so, he's probably...

Is he still nursing? If so, he's probably getting a pretty balanced diet between what you mentioned. My son just turned two, and there are days he eats a ton of food, others he doesn't, but he...
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