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Forum: Waldorf   04-16-2015, 01:21 PM
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Posted By rparker
Our Waldorf school has a mixed ages Kindergarden...

Our Waldorf school has a mixed ages Kindergarden for three to six year olds with the option of attending five, three, or two days either full or part-time. To enroll in Kindergarden here a child...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-06-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By rparker
Hmm, could it be non-nursing related? Cramping...

Hmm, could it be non-nursing related? Cramping could be dehydration. So could the nausea and dry eyes. Are you drinking enough to keep up with how much milk you're producing? This is also one of the...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-06-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By rparker
My youngest started sleeping 8 hour stretches at...

My youngest started sleeping 8 hour stretches at two weeks and my supply didn't suffer at all. She continued to nurse another 2.5 years and at four is still at the top of the growth chart. Having had...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-06-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By rparker
I nursed the same way in front of my older...

I nursed the same way in front of my older daughter's friends at home as I did at restaurants, the library, playgroups, etc. That is I'd make *some* effort to be discreet (keeping the nipple covered...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   04-06-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By rparker
My kids have been vaccinated on schedule (other...

My kids have been vaccinated on schedule (other than opting out of Hep B at birth). At my oldest's 4th birthday well child visit she was given five injections (one for flu since she has an October...
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-25-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By rparker
Hugs. I am so, so sorry. Your feelings are...

Hugs. I am so, so sorry.

Your feelings are most definitely real and valid. How you'll feel about nursing this baby may change once he or she is born, but you won't know until then. Personally, I...
Forum: Lactivism   03-05-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By rparker
Oh, also? I bought a pregnancy test the other day...

Oh, also? I bought a pregnancy test the other day and was given a coupon by Walgreen’s for prenatal vitamins from Similac (I believe, may have been Enfamil, I threw it out)… reminded me a lot of the...
Forum: Lactivism   03-05-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By rparker
Two great responses to the Similac ad

I just came across these today and figured I'd share. Both make great points that I've thought myself, albeit the second is more polemical.
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Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-04-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 681
Posted By rparker
Physically harming animals and siblings,...

Physically harming animals and siblings, particularly continuously and after being corrected, is not normal behavior for a five-year-old, and it has nothing to do with how clean your house is or how...
Forum: Lactivism   03-02-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 23
Posted By rparker
:thumb I love positive nursing in public...

:thumb

I love positive nursing in public stories!
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-02-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 668
Posted By rparker
If you don't have pain or any other kind of...

If you don't have pain or any other kind of abnormal discharge, it's probably hormonal. My guess is that the spotting is just an indication that your cycles are about to return. I had months/years of...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   02-28-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 88
Posted By rparker
This is an old post, but in my experience: yes,...

This is an old post, but in my experience: yes, particularly if you're tandem nursing and comparing the toddler's latch to an infant's. I weaned my oldest at 3 years and 9 months because her latch...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 58
Posted By rparker
Introduction / Bird Nesting

I appreciate the support comments but realized I'm not comfortable having the details of my divorce on a public forum. Moderators please delete.
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By rparker
I'm in the process of a very amicable divorce and...

I'm in the process of a very amicable divorce and he was never abusive, but there are several similarities in our situations: he's 24 years older than me; I've been a SAHM, and at the point I asked...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-26-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 114
Posted By rparker
Oh, one other thing... I have no personal...

Oh, one other thing... I have no personal experience with this, but several of the mamas in my MDC due date club SWORE by teething necklaces, so if he's really struggling you might want to check that...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-26-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 114
Posted By rparker
I nursed my oldest until she was almost four,...

I nursed my oldest until she was almost four, tandem nursed, and nursed my youngest until just before her third birthday... and I was a SAHM at the time with a partner who worked insane hours, so...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-25-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By rparker
I would tell him that if he has a problem with...

I would tell him that if he has a problem with it, then he can go into another room and deal with his problem in privacy. You may want to gently point out that nursing is no different from bottle...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   02-24-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 403
Posted By rparker
There are definitely weird/problematic aspects of...

There are definitely weird/problematic aspects of anthroposophy, although I haven't encountered much of the non-educational aspects of it in our particular school and only have met a handful of...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   02-24-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 403
Posted By rparker
Hope it's going well! I've found Minnesota a bit...

Hope it's going well! I've found Minnesota a bit difficult to make friendships in as an outsider but much better once I began dating someone from Minneapolis and has introduced me to more people....
Forum: Allergies   02-24-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 480
Posted By rparker
My youngest had a rash on her face after eating...

My youngest had a rash on her face after eating shrimp (around 1 or 2 years old) and at 4 she can eat it with no issues. She's still an incredibly messy eater and regularly gets food all over her...
Forum: Allergies   02-24-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 21
Posted By rparker
I breastfed continuously for six years and took...

I breastfed continuously for six years and took Allegra (except while pregnant), Claritin, and Benadryl during that period and Prednizone once for a bee sting (the latter was non-negotiable). The...
Forum: Women's Health   02-24-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 15
Posted By rparker
PMDD and Contraception

Prior to having children, my periods were super regular and heavy but manageable with mild PMS. I began to experience pretty classic PMDD two years after the birth of my youngest child. I had had a...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   02-08-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 403
Posted By rparker
This is why I'm thankful that vaccines haven't...

This is why I'm thankful that vaccines haven't come up yet in any of my conversations with the parents of my daughters' classmates and only with the parent-friends I made/have kept from when they...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   02-08-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 403
Posted By rparker
The probable rate of exemptions at our school is...

The probable rate of exemptions at our school is worrisome, but since my kids are both over 4 and fully vaccinated (and in generally good health) the risk of an outbreak occurring AND them being in...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   02-05-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 403
Posted By rparker
Oh my gosh, it lists the vaccination level at one...

Oh my gosh, it lists the vaccination level at one Waldorf school as being as low as 30%. I knew Waldorf had a higher rate of exemptions, but I had no idea it had gotten as high as 70%. I'm so tempted...
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