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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-18-2011, 06:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By peainthepod
I cut my parents off and as a result, will...

I cut my parents off and as a result, will surely miss lots of family events that I would have otherwise attended. It's sad but completely necessary for my mental health and safety. I know plenty of...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-13-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,807
Posted By peainthepod
I'd post more but the unbelievable number of...

I'd post more but the unbelievable number of flashing ads drive me crazy and often crash my browser. I also don't appreciate seeing ads for things like Totino's Pizza Rolls or some other junk food...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   10-11-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 956
Posted By peainthepod
I so sympathize. I used to be a chronic late...

I so sympathize. I used to be a chronic late night overeater and I think it was a combination of boredom (because I was just sitting around reading and waiting for DH after the kids were asleep) and...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   10-10-2011, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 956
Posted By peainthepod
1 slice of raisin and nut whole grain toast with...

1 slice of raisin and nut whole grain toast with a tablespoon of almond butter
1 banana or apple
2 cups of black unsweetened coffee
 
Sometimes I have low-fat Greek yogurt and granola or a bowl...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-10-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,435
Posted By peainthepod
Yogurt, sweet potatoes, blueberries, bananas,...

Yogurt, sweet potatoes, blueberries, bananas, steamed broccoli...and steamed carrots, cottage cheese, avocado, diced raw apple, heavily buttered whole wheat pasta, brown rice, bites of whatever...
Forum: Parenting   10-10-2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,861
Posted By peainthepod
Mine are 23 months apart and we are just now, a...

Mine are 23 months apart and we are just now, a few weeks shy of DD's first birthday, getting into a sane routine and having days where I don't feel like tearing my hair out. There have been many...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   10-06-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By peainthepod
You don't have to see a pediatrician, nor do you...

You don't have to see a pediatrician, nor do you have to do well baby visits if you don't want to. Our first pediatrician, who is very pro-vax, told me explicitly that well baby visits more than...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-04-2011, 05:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 366
Posted By peainthepod
I run and plan to try them eventually. I've...

I run and plan to try them eventually. I've heard really good things about them from other runners, though I understand they take some getting used to. I do wonder how practical they are in cold/icy...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-04-2011, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By peainthepod
Having our nanny has been life-changing. She...

Having our nanny has been life-changing. She allows DH and me to have time together as a couple and we're so happy knowing that our children are with a woman who genuinely loves them and is...
Forum: Personal Growth   10-04-2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By peainthepod
"I understand you feel strongly about this, but...

"I understand you feel strongly about this, but our decision is final."
 
"Thank you so much for wanting to help, but we already have caregivers during the day. We'd love to visit more often,...
Forum: Vaccinations   10-04-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,023
Posted By peainthepod
Good riddance. They do us all a favor when they...

Good riddance. They do us all a favor when they demonstrate what little regard they have for the patient's right to informed consent. Anyone who gets "fired" (yeah right, as if you work for them and...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   10-03-2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By peainthepod
It's not illegal to allow your child's healthy...

It's not illegal to allow your child's healthy immune system to function properly, as it was designed. No one can force you to vaccinate your child without a court order, and those are very rare and...
Forum: Parenting   10-03-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,144
Posted By peainthepod
Some of that isn't my style but it's working for...

Some of that isn't my style but it's working for your family, so why sweat it? I won't bother listing the ways I parent differently because it really doesn't matter. If your child is healthy, happy,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-29-2011, 07:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 880
Posted By peainthepod
Snark has its time and place. Menopausal women...

Snark has its time and place. Menopausal women perhaps shouldn't throw change-of-life stones at heavily pregnant ones, especially after being politely asked to stop by multiple people on separate...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-29-2011, 04:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 880
Posted By peainthepod
Eh, if they can dish it out they can take it. If...

Eh, if they can dish it out they can take it. If not, they'll stop dishing it out.
 
When I was pregnant with my first, an older woman acquaintance repeatedly asked me embarrassing questions about...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,547
Posted By peainthepod
  Quote:Originally Posted...


Quote:Originally Posted by Imakcerka http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1330773/toxic-family-lets-have-it#post_16679451)

Very much...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,547
Posted By peainthepod
And to answer the question about whether it was...

And to answer the question about whether it was hard to make peace, yeah. It was at first. When you grow up in a toxic family, you have a lot of deprogramming to do on yourself before you can get...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,547
Posted By peainthepod
Of course they'll blame you. But they already do...

Of course they'll blame you. But they already do anyway, right? You and I both know that they never take responsibility for their own actions. Ever. That's a huge part of what makes them toxic and...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-29-2011, 07:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 880
Posted By peainthepod
I like using bland, unanswerable responses that...

I like using bland, unanswerable responses that leave no doubt how you feel about the advice-giver but are impeccably polite.
 
"How kind of you to notice." [walk away or change subject]
 
"Oh,...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-29-2011, 07:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,547
Posted By peainthepod
Walking away from my toxic family of origin was...

Walking away from my toxic family of origin was the best decision I ever made. I chose to stop allowing them to corrode my very existence. I have no contact whatsoever with either of my bioparents...
Forum: Homebirth   09-26-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,594
Posted By peainthepod
"Cable guy" approach? No, that wouldn't fly with...

"Cable guy" approach? No, that wouldn't fly with me. It sounds more like she wants carte blanche to flake out on people and be late whenever she wants. I'm so sorry, mama. I would start exploring...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-25-2011, 07:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By peainthepod
Thanks, mama. I ended up just using warm...

Thanks, mama. I ended up just using warm compresses and massage and nursing as much as possible. I spent Wednesday and most of Thursday very achy and with a low grade fever. My breast was hot and...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   09-22-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 7,600
Posted By peainthepod
I think there's also a powerful personal stake...

I think there's also a powerful personal stake in believing the prevailing mythology that vaccines are safe and effective. No one wants to think they've harmed innocent children through quackery or...
Forum: Personal Growth   09-22-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,581
Posted By peainthepod
Oh, mama. Your husband (soon-to-be-ex, I hope)...

Oh, mama. Your husband (soon-to-be-ex, I hope) didn't cheat on you because of your body. He cheated on you because he's selfish, dishonest, unfaithful, and unwilling to take responsibility for his...
Forum: Parenting   09-22-2011, 05:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 480
Posted By peainthepod
I would no longer leave my children alone with...

I would no longer leave my children alone with them under any circumstances, and if the ILs asked why I would tell them without mincing words. Your SIL's behavior was unacceptable and I'm afraid my...
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