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Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-04-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 7,244
Posted By smokeylo
Finding this thread is a godsend. On paper, you...

Finding this thread is a godsend. On paper, you would think we are doing just fine, but when we subtract student loan payments, childcare, and many expenses that are coming up (old cars, old house,...
Forum: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico   05-05-2012, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 386
Posted By smokeylo
You guys definitely need to get a group going so...

You guys definitely need to get a group going so that when I move to Tulsa in the next year or so, I can hang with you!
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-06-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By smokeylo
DD1 falls asleep on her own. We could try having...

DD1 falls asleep on her own. We could try having them bedshare... seems like it would be a good step to make. 
 
I'm rather dreading this transition!! I'm such a wuss! But seriously, all the books...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-05-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 506
Posted By smokeylo
With kids that age, you should be able to talk...

With kids that age, you should be able to talk to them and involve them in the process. "With a baby on the way, we have to shift our sleep arrangements. How can we make this work for you guys?" 
 ...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-05-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By smokeylo
We have 2 daughters and have co-slept with both...

We have 2 daughters and have co-slept with both of them since birth. When my younger daughter was born, my husband stayed with our high-needs oldest and I moved into a different room with our baby....
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-05-2012, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By smokeylo
I'm on a listserv for parents of highly...

I'm on a listserv for parents of highly sensitive kids and this seems to be a pretty common issue. We are going through the same thing with my 4yo, highly sensitive DD. I'm hoping we can come to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-31-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,986
Posted By smokeylo
I'm glad people have found those books helpful....

I'm glad people have found those books helpful. They have been game changers for our family!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-31-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By smokeylo
Thank you for all these tips, I don't know why I...

Thank you for all these tips, I don't know why I didn't think about the public library as a source for language learning. I'll definitely be looking into that.
 
I did figure out that Nick Jr...
Forum: Work from Home Parents   01-27-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By smokeylo
Just wanted to say hello. I'm in a similar...

Just wanted to say hello. I'm in a similar situation. I'm leaving a PhD program to adjunct a bit and be a Mom. I definitely think you should look into community college teaching, I really enjoy it...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-27-2012, 11:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 991
Posted By smokeylo
Do Mazda 5s have a lot of cargo space? We want...

Do Mazda 5s have a lot of cargo space? We want to have another baby, and we take long trips to visit family and we need a lot of room for those things. I like the idea/size of the 5, but worry that...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-27-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By smokeylo
I know some people become SAHMs out of...

I know some people become SAHMs out of necessity, or always knew that's what they wanted. If you started out in school or the working world but decided to SAHM, how did you make that call?
 
I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-27-2012, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By smokeylo
Hello,   I've recently made some big life...

Hello,
 
I've recently made some big life changes and it's likely that I will be mostly at home with my daughters -- ages 4 and 2 -- next year. This is a good thing. I know my 4 year old is...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-26-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By smokeylo
I'm not a SAHM, but I'm considering it -- or at...

I'm not a SAHM, but I'm considering it -- or at least, considering taking a huge step back in my career to spend more time with my children over the next few years. Like you, I'm worried about the...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-26-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By smokeylo
I am in a similar situation. I just decided to...

I am in a similar situation. I just decided to leave the PhD program I've been in for years, and am flailing to figure out what to do next. I'd really like to spend more time with my daughters, and...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-18-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 703
Posted By smokeylo
Definitely share it with your supervisors. I'd...

Definitely share it with your supervisors. I'd try to figure out who it was so that if a pattern of behavior is evident, this can be a part of it. Otherwise you'll be worrying about it for the...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-18-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 795
Posted By smokeylo
Hi!   I wanted to join in, too. I take my...

Hi!
 
I wanted to join in, too. I take my comps exams in a month and then I'll be trying to get a prospectus written up and approved ASAP so I can do my data collection in the fall (I'm in an...
Forum: Fertility   01-18-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 311
Posted By smokeylo
How did you know your family was complete?    ...

How did you know your family was complete? 
 
We have two daughters, ages 4 and 2. Our first baby was lovingly planned, and our second was a surprise. I always knew I wanted two -- even better,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-28-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,986
Posted By smokeylo
I disagree with ASD or sensory processing,...

I disagree with ASD or sensory processing, although I can see what might make you think this. This child sounds like a Highly Sensitive Child to me. ...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-28-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,986
Posted By smokeylo
First, you are not alone! My 3 year old is...

First, you are not alone! My 3 year old is extremely intense, emotional, and sensitive. She sounds so much like your daughter. For example, she too wants to only wear short sleeves, even in the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-28-2011, 09:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,271
Posted By smokeylo
My daughter also has a February birthday and she...

My daughter also has a February birthday and she PLed the November right before she turned 3, and didn't get #2 down until close to her birthday. I waited until she clearly showed signs of wanting...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-05-2011, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,477
Posted By smokeylo
Sounds like a nasty virus. She may still be...

Sounds like a nasty virus. She may still be dehydrated. My daughters had a terrible stomach virus last year that left them depleted for quite awhile, although neither lost significant weight (and...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-03-2011, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By smokeylo
I think this partly depends on what field you...

I think this partly depends on what field you intend to be in. For example, I applied to humanities grad school, so I knew they wouldn't care about my math score. I did no math prep. Some programs...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-03-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 795
Posted By smokeylo
I'm a PhD candidate. I had my first daughter...

I'm a PhD candidate. I had my first daughter during my first year of coursework. Then, we had a little accident and our second daughter was born during my 3rd year, right when I finished my...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   09-02-2011, 12:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,436
Posted By smokeylo
Unconventional1, I am sure you'd find a vibrant...

Unconventional1, I am sure you'd find a vibrant community of likeminded families in Des Moines and the Cedar Rapids/IC area. IC is especially crunchy, and a great place to live. I live just north of...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   04-22-2011, 12:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,436
Posted By smokeylo
Anyone in Solon? We just put in an offer on a...

Anyone in Solon? We just put in an offer on a house over there and I'd like to make some local connections!
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