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Forum: I'm Pregnant   07-10-2013, 03:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 835
Posted By Pepper44
We used this in the past and plan to use it...

We used this in the past and plan to use it again.  I love it! 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Humanity-Family-Sleeper-co-sleeping-maternity/dp/B000LTN72S...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-28-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,541
Posted By Pepper44
My almost seven year old still struggles with...

My almost seven year old still struggles with this!  She always wipes, but her panties are often dirty.  She's otherwise a very clean kid and I've been worried about how to handle the issue!  I...
Forum: Women's Health   04-04-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 398
Posted By Pepper44
I believe it's a scientific fact that sugar...

I believe it's a scientific fact that sugar lowers your immune system's response, which causes you to have trouble fighting off germs and bacteria after holidays like Halloween when kids might eat a...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   04-01-2013, 06:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,161
Posted By Pepper44
Why not just be honest?  Say your kiddo gets...

Why not just be honest?  Say your kiddo gets grumpy at the end of the day and/or you guys are not morning people and you don't feel like carpooling because the car is your time to decompress for a...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   03-29-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By Pepper44
Anyone else ever had a pregnancy where they are...

Anyone else ever had a pregnancy where they are just miserable the entire time?  First morning sickness, then a horrible week long stomach bug, and then several colds in a row from my kids resulted...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-26-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,377
Posted By Pepper44
Do you have the option of going to an allergist...

Do you have the option of going to an allergist and getting food allergy testing done?  We finally did this with my DD after she would have belly aches all the time, never slept more than 2-3 hours...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-26-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 956
Posted By Pepper44
I also agree it depends on personality, and...

I also agree it depends on personality, and sibling status.  If you have an older sibling then it's easier for sure.  First/only child is much harder, especially if they are "needy" and not...
Forum: Family Safety   03-26-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,780
Posted By Pepper44
I'm glad you were able to help her some.  Even...

I'm glad you were able to help her some.  Even if it's only temporary because it doesn't get maintained it's still better than it was.  One less layer of dirt!  I feel sorry for her.  She has to be...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-26-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By Pepper44
When I did childcare for another child close in...

When I did childcare for another child close in age to my own I found it very hard, mainly at nap time when they both needed me to get them to sleep.  Though in this case the 4 year old might be...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-26-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 444
Posted By Pepper44
We also sidecarred the crib and loved that...

We also sidecarred the crib and loved that arrangement!
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-26-2013, 12:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 444
Posted By Pepper44
Ikea makes a great waterproof mattress pad....

Ikea makes a great waterproof mattress pad.  They are made of a PUL like material with cloth so it's not slippery or crinkly at all, but 100% waterproof and can be washed and dried multiple times...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-18-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 608
Posted By Pepper44
The kids love being hosted and all beg to be...

The kids love being hosted and all beg to be chosen. Of course many of them want to be adopted, but mostly they just love to see life outside the orphanage and to have an attentive parent paying...
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-08-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Pepper44
Our pediatrician also recommends Bio Gaia brand...

Our pediatrician also recommends Bio Gaia brand probiotics for infants, starting at two weeks old.
Forum: Life With a Baby   03-08-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,214
Posted By Pepper44
My 2 year old (almost 3) never slept more than 2...

My 2 year old (almost 3) never slept more than 2 or 3 hours in a row in her entire life until we did allergy testing recently and discovered she is allergic to milk.  Eliminated all casein, and she...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-06-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 608
Posted By Pepper44
Has anyone else here ever hosted an orphan from...

Has anyone else here ever hosted an orphan from an Eastern European country?  We've hosted twice now, both times from Ukraine.  
They are matching up kids for this summer right now and there are...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   03-01-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By Pepper44
My ducks decimated my entire garden one year!...

My ducks decimated my entire garden one year!  No ducks or chickens in a garden at all unless you want the whole thing dug up and eaten quickly.
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-01-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 16,488
Posted By Pepper44
I think maybe what it boils down to is that...

I think maybe what it boils down to is that anything possibly related to race is politically incorrect in the minds some people. Or maybe taboo would be a better way to describe it?  
 
Personally...
Forum: Parenting   02-28-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By Pepper44
She sounds off her rocker!  I wonder if there...

She sounds off her rocker!  I wonder if there are some other underlying issues you aren't aware of?
 
I would expect some extra meltdowns from a toddler or preschooler on a big trip in an...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-28-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By Pepper44
What about having something fun waiting in the...

What about having something fun waiting in the car, like an exciting snack, or different toy, or even something like the iPad or iPhone if you're comfortable with that.  Whatever might distract her...
Forum: New Member? Introduce Yourself!   02-28-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By Pepper44
I don't think screaming at him once would make...

I don't think screaming at him once would make his speech disappear. Many parents, myself included, have lost it and yelled at their families in moments of extreme stress!  Ranted and screamed, even...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-28-2013, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By Pepper44
We are in a similar situation--we bought a 1,000...

We are in a similar situation--we bought a 1,000 sq ft home as a starter home.  Now we can't sell it for what we owe because there are so many new construction homes all around that are newer and...
Forum: Parenting   02-26-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 746
Posted By Pepper44
I would pay $15 for two or three hours of...

I would pay $15 for two or three hours of mother's helper work.  I think that's perfectly fair for an 11 year old who will just be playing with the kids for a few hours, especially if you include...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-26-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,032
Posted By Pepper44
We live near a busy six lane road and train...

We live near a busy six lane road and train tracks.  We've lived here for five years and I still hear the noises!  Sirens at all hours that make my dog howl, trains hitting the tracks and blowing...
Forum: Family Safety   02-23-2013, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By Pepper44
iPhone is so easy! Unlock, hit the green phone...

iPhone is so easy! Unlock, hit the green phone button, dial a number.  My two year old knows how to call people on it!  She can also Facetime people, which is dangerous if say you are walking out of...
Forum: Allergies   02-22-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By Pepper44
On Monday we confirmed that 2.5 year old DD is...

On Monday we confirmed that 2.5 year old DD is allergic to milk, so DD and I have cut out all dairy including hidden casein. Ever since then I've been feeling absolutely terrible! Headaches, very...
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