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Forum: Personal Growth   07-25-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By spruce
I think PPA is even more debilitating than PPD in...

I think PPA is even more debilitating than PPD in some cases (such as mine). I don't remember so much of my older kids' lives at the beginning, because I was so scared ALL. THE. TIME. Just ask...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-24-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By spruce
Definitely, sierramtngrl, please wait, and while...

Definitely, sierramtngrl, please wait, and while you're waiting, please look around for help....especially with the PPA. I had it so badly after my son was born, and nobody ever told me there WAS...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-24-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By spruce
Having been in a situation similar to this, I...

Having been in a situation similar to this, I would just leave it up to her to bring the subject up. As long as you don't snarl when his name is mentioned, she will feel free to ask or request or...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-24-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 576
Posted By spruce
oh, and the question! I have never been late...

oh, and the question! I have never been late for a cycle without being either pregnant or newly nursing. My cycle returned at 10 mos postpartum this time (which was awesome, because usually I...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-24-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 576
Posted By spruce
Mothering Moms Growing Older

I looked around and couldn't find a proper place to post a question about menopause. I have kids ranging from their 20's to a 15mo, so I'm definitely still "mothering," but now my body is doing some...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By spruce
Hi! Totally doable. I homeschooled my...

Hi! Totally doable.

I homeschooled my daughters (many moons ago) in an 18x20 cabin with no running water. :-)

1) Make sure you give away or sell anything you don't use regularly or really...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2013, 10:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 201
Posted By spruce
We don't have any issues so far with the...

We don't have any issues so far with the glassware or the burner.  :)  I love your homemade ideas, too!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 201
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Fillyjonk http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1389612/chemistry-kit/0_50#post_17457861)
 spruce - really...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2013, 05:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 201
Posted By spruce
We are using Thames and Kosmos Chem C3000.  It...

We are using Thames and Kosmos Chem C3000.  It is our "fun" science, and my 12 yo especially loves it.
 
As for books or texts...things like Steve Spangler's "Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes" are...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 127
Posted By spruce
Oh, fillyjonk, I thought you were looking for an...

Oh, fillyjonk, I thought you were looking for an organizational tool for reading by age or by subject?  Looks like bookhing is more like Little Free Libraries, which really interests me also.
 
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2013, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 127
Posted By spruce
i don't have any recommendations, but I am also...

i don't have any recommendations, but I am also interested in replies here. 
 
My 12 yo and 9yo sons read like I do...whatever is in front of them....:)  so I hope to help them organize their...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-07-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
Posted By spruce
:hug    Today is our 3rd daughter's 18th...

:hug 
 
Today is our 3rd daughter's 18th birthday.  EIGHTEEN.  Believe, me, I know the "I blinked" feeling!
 
Hug him a little harder...my 12 yo son just started being physically standoffish if...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-24-2013, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 376
Posted By spruce
Thanks for the Bravewriter tip!  I love the idea...

Thanks for the Bravewriter tip!  I love the idea of poetry teas...and I think my kidlets will love it as well.  :)
 
My 9yo is  a dedicated fable writer...he loves to write that one type of story,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-23-2013, 01:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By spruce
Hi, Rainbow.    I want to preface this by...

Hi, Rainbow. 
 
I want to preface this by saying I am not a whole-life Waldorf homeschooler.  We tried full-on Waldorf last year and it was a bit much for me...but we use a lot of the styles of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 500
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by AAK http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-22-2013, 08:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,079
Posted By spruce
My babies don't follow this pattern. They have...

My babies don't follow this pattern. They have been:

Girl, 6 lbs, 11 oz, 3 days past EDD

Girl, 8 lbs, 0 oz., 21 days (yep, 21), past EDD

Boy, 7 lbs 10 oz, 10 days past EDD

Boy, 8 lbs 7...
Forum: Homebirth   12-04-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,181
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by phathui5 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1363237/apparently-im-high-risk/0_50#post_17157748)

That...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-04-2012, 01:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By spruce
Is this just celebrities as in actresses/actors,...

Is this just celebrities as in actresses/actors, etc., or do you mean celebrities like people Mothering parents read about and follow up on because of parenting issues?

I'd like to hear more from...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-01-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,038
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by philomom http://www.mothering.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1366760/what-do-you-think-of-this-name/0_50#post_17154506)

Nope. Loading...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-01-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 985
Posted By spruce
As to cost, obviously it varies. I got...

As to cost, obviously it varies. I got distracted while chatting with my midwives and had a blood draw done for basic tests without really asking what they were testing for...

...result, a bill...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   10-25-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 992
Posted By spruce
Absolutely you should!

Absolutely you should!
Forum: Women's Health   10-24-2012, 01:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By spruce
http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif...

http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

As someone who has had asthma since childhood, and who has a child with asthma, I sympathize with your predicament.

Just a few thoughts, from...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-06-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 538
Posted By spruce
We still homeschool our 17, 11, almost 9 and...

We still homeschool our 17, 11, almost 9 and almost 7 year olds. Since we live in interior Alaska, it's a little tougher for us to get everyone out of state, but we have tons of good travel...
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   09-11-2012, 01:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 580
Posted By spruce
We have about 36F right now, down to about 34F...

We have about 36F right now, down to about 34F at night. My carnations and hanging lobelia still look grat, as do my daughter's really large daisies. Other than that, are garden is kaput. The trees,...
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   09-08-2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 580
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by happyblessedmama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
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