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Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-14-2010, 01:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,552
Posted By Natsuki
One way we are funding our children's college is...

One way we are funding our children's college is for me to work at a college - even if you're in an administrative (vs. faculty) position, oftentimes after a few years there your children will get...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-12-2010, 07:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,552
Posted By Natsuki
Don't let the numbers scare you - some of the...

Don't let the numbers scare you - some of the money they quote is based on assumptions that each child means you'll buy a bigger house, larger car, etc...

I think that a larger family is...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-11-2010, 07:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,118
Posted By Natsuki
Remember that toddlers are physical rather than...

Remember that toddlers are physical rather than verbal. ANY verbal instruction you give needs to be immediately followed up with the action to demonstrate what you mean and so she will learn to...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-06-2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 741
Posted By Natsuki
You are the mama - you have to decide what is...

You are the mama - you have to decide what is best and stick with it even through her big feelings. Watching Elmo or TV is not a 'need', it is a 'want', and a want that I am perfectly comfortable...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   01-30-2010, 12:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,428
Posted By Natsuki
I plan to do it at age 4-5. I never planned to...

I plan to do it at age 4-5. I never planned to split the vaccine b/c I didn't want him to get a triple dose of the nasty ingredients in it.
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-29-2010, 02:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By Natsuki
The labor pattern strongly indicates...

The labor pattern strongly indicates malpositioned baby - the piddling contractions, the slow dilation compared to previous labors, the cervical position, and the pushing stage being so much longer...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-29-2010, 02:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By Natsuki
The weight of the baby and uterus on your pelvic...

The weight of the baby and uterus on your pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy is what causes the most issues and is why you need to kegel - c/s birth won't prevent that so yes, you do need to do...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   01-28-2010, 11:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Natsuki
I would recommend the No Cry Sleep Solution book.

I would recommend the No Cry Sleep Solution book.
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   01-27-2010, 07:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Natsuki
I think you're right that she sounds overtired....

I think you're right that she sounds overtired. An overtired baby is not a good thing, and it's good that you're looking for a solution.

Some ideas...

1. Can your partner help put her to...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-26-2010, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By Natsuki
I did skin-to-skin with newborn DD inside a...

I did skin-to-skin with newborn DD inside a fleece bathrobe, under a blanket, and tucked inside a stretchy maternity shirt.
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-26-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,526
Posted By Natsuki
I don't allow throwing food on the floor or...

I don't allow throwing food on the floor or dishes during mealtimes. It is a family standard that I teach my children from the time they start eating with us. If something is thrown down once or...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-26-2010, 10:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By Natsuki
You need to make intentional time to bond with...

You need to make intentional time to bond with her - what is her love language? (quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, etc... - obviously an oversimplification but if you can...
Forum: Allergies   01-24-2010, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By Natsuki
Supplementing the mother with iron will NOT...

Supplementing the mother with iron will NOT increase her bf baby's iron stores. The baby needs to be supplemented directly - but it needs to be done cautiously b/c oversupplementation with iron can...
Forum: Family Safety   01-23-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,309
Posted By Natsuki
We have all hardwood in our home and I don't...

We have all hardwood in our home and I don't worry about my kids falling on that - it has some give and while hard isn't going to harm them.

But falling on tile is a whole different story IMO -...
Forum: Allergies   01-23-2010, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By Natsuki
Wait, your 3 month old is anemic???? That is...

Wait, your 3 month old is anemic???? That is very rare. What were his numbers (and why was he even tested - typically that's not tested for until 9-12 mos)?

The only reason a 3 month old would be...
Forum: Diapering   01-23-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,161
Posted By Natsuki
We've been washing diapers in our HE3 FL for...

We've been washing diapers in our HE3 FL for several years now. Here is what we use:

Detergent: 7th Gen Free & Clear Powder (1/2 scoop - same as for the rest of our laundry)

Wash Routine...
Forum: VBAC   01-20-2010, 12:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,517
Posted By Natsuki
You can email this guy, he's pretty fact-focused...

You can email this guy, he's pretty fact-focused (he tends toward the OB/medicalized model of birth but is honest about that bias which i appreciate): http://academicobgyn.com/
Forum: September 2010   01-19-2010, 11:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By Natsuki
The supplement "More Milk Plus" -...

The supplement "More Milk Plus" - http://www.motherlove.com/product_more_milk_plus.php
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   01-19-2010, 10:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 890
Posted By Natsuki
I read her TIME magazine interview promoting the...

I read her TIME magazine interview promoting the book and was not impressed. She spouted totally inaccurate statistics like "85% of people who get married under the age of 25 divorce" which is...
Forum: April 2010   01-19-2010, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Natsuki
Glad it was helpful...

Glad it was helpful http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif. One thing that really improved my hospital birth experience was requesting nurses with experience in NCB - the ones...
Forum: April 2010   01-18-2010, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Natsuki
FTR, this was my birth plan from a few years...

FTR, this was my birth plan from a few years ago. You might want to add some additional categories to your plan.

First Stage Labor
* A heparin lock without the IV attached unless I become...
Forum: April 2010   01-18-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Natsuki
It's too wordy - you can cut 1/4 of the words by...

It's too wordy - you can cut 1/4 of the words by eliminating 'unless medically necessary' b/c if the situation turns into an emergency your birth plan elements are basically out the window anyway.
...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   01-17-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,482
Posted By Natsuki
Look up the sales tax rate for Bolingbrook....

Look up the sales tax rate for Bolingbrook. Ikea-Schaumburg has a 10% sales tax which really kills you with higher priced furniture. If Bolingbrook is in a different county (i.e., not Cook County),...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   01-16-2010, 12:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 538
Posted By Natsuki
I've also been able to access specific...

I've also been able to access specific medication information from Hale's on amazon.com using the 'search inside this book' feature and typing in the med name...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   01-16-2010, 12:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 568
Posted By Natsuki
The safest way to cosleep is laying on your side...

The safest way to cosleep is laying on your side curled around baby in a C - the upper part is your upper arm (but don't stretch it out straight, curl it up at your elbow so your hand is close to...
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