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This is our first Novemeber DDC spotlight thread! so, ask away mamas!<br><br>
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Your name is Nic..is that short for anything? do you have a middle name?<br><br>
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?
 

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<b>Your name is Nic..is that short for anything?</b> Yep! Nichole, I do not care much for my name, being a child of the 80s everybody was named some variation of Nicole/Nichole.<br><br><b>do you have a middle name?</b> I do. It's Jean. I don't much care for it, either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><b>Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?</b>I grew up in the area I live in now... a few towns over. I've lived in Lake County, Illinois my whole life. My childhood was... hmm.. my parents divorced when I was 2, I lived with my dad and his parents. My grandma really was the one who raised me and most of the time I feel closest to her (barring her opinions on my reproductive parts). When I was 7 my father met my stepmother. We moved out of my grandparents when I was 9, it was a very difficult adjustment for me. My stepmom was pretty abusive. I moved out when I turned 15, a couple months later I was pregnant with my first baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That ended my childhood. Was that oversharing?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>Your name is Nic..is that short for anything?</b> Yep! Nichole, I do not care much for my name, being a child of the 80s everybody was named some variation of Nicole/Nichole.<br><br><b>do you have a middle name?</b> I do. It's Jean. I don't much care for it, either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><b>Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?</b>I grew up in the area I live in now... a few towns over. I've lived in Lake County, Illinois my whole life. My childhood was... hmm.. my parents divorced when I was 2, I lived with my dad and his parents. My grandma really was the one who raised me and most of the time I feel closest to her (barring her opinions on my reproductive parts). When I was 7 my father met my stepmother. We moved out of my grandparents when I was 9, it was a very difficult adjustment for me. My stepmom was pretty abusive. I moved out when I turned 15, a couple months later I was pregnant with my first baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That ended my childhood. Was that oversharing?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> not oversharing at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I dont like my name either.. the one i was born with.. i changed mine when i was a young teen..also a child of the 80's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Totally keeping that in mind when your spotlight thread comes up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
My family calls me Ko, short for Koko... my cousin (who is more like one of my sisters) called me that when she was a wee one and it stuck.
 

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Do you have any siblings?<br>
Do you have any pets (as a kid or now)?<br>
When you were young what did you want to be when you grew up?<br>
What lesson/memory/experience from your childhood do you want to pass on to your kids?
 

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<b>Do you have any siblings?</b> I do, though no 'full' siblings. I have a sister from my father who wasn't a regular part of our lives until about 7 years ago. From my mother I have 3 more sisters and 1 brother. I'm much older than my siblings from my mother... and I'm not overly involved in their lives, though I've tried to be. I also have 2 cousins (from my paternal aunt), I grew up with them and they are more like real sisters to me than my actual siblings.<br><b><br>
Do you have any pets (as a kid or now)?</b> I do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I grew up always with dogs. I have a Toy Fox Terrier (that puts up with hella crap from my 2 year old) named Zoey. She's a very smart and easy going pup. She's the exact breed of the dog I had (that was mine) growing up, his name was Brutus.<br><b><br>
When you were young what did you want to be when you grew up?</b> I can say I always wanted to be a mama. I didn't really have a mother and I think that really colored my perceptions, I can remember mothering anything that would let me haha! Other aspirations were to cut hair and to be a nurse.<br><br><b>What lesson/memory/experience from your childhood do you want to pass on to your kids?</b> Hmm... that's a complicated one. Really. Be true to who you are, don't ever let anybody take YOU away from you.
 

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You're not oversharing. I love this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
(I'm terrible at coming up with questions, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
Has your parenting philosophy changed over time substantially?<br><br>
Guilty pleasures?<br><br>
What's your favorite part of being a parent?<br><br>
Favorite book?<br><br>
Favorite show?
 

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<b>Has your parenting philosophy changed over time substantially?</b> Yes, quite a lot. The basics are similar but as I've evolved as a person, I've evolved as a parent. I think change is always important. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> As is being open to different perspectives, even if you aren't willing to embrace them at that present moment.<br><b><br>
Guilty pleasures?</b> Um.. boston creme donuts, pork ramen, and pepsi lol... I love a good book, too, but since having my daughter and deciding to keep the kids home I just don't have the attention span to get into a good book like I used to.<br><br><b>What's your favorite part of being a parent?</b> Oh! The love that is like no other between my babes and me. Um, watching these people I birthed evolve and grow and change and become who they are. I'm probably pretty biased but I have some pretty awesome kids! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><b>Favorite book?</b> Oh I have many... I really loved the Harry Potter series, also liked the Twilight series. Right now I'm really digging Birthing From Within, it only took me 5 pregnancies to actually read it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br><b>Favorite show?</b> Not real big into TV. I currently don't have cable... we have Netflix and I tend to catch stuff from the history channel, discovery, nat geo.. etc. Those were pretty much the only channels I watched when we did have cable. I'm a big nerd. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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That's all I usually watch, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We have Netflix and no cable, as well. Best way to go, IMO!
 

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Totally agree!! 16.99?? or 100 dollars/mo??? Hmmmmm.... which do I prefer???? Hahhaha, yeah.
 

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What is your favorite part of being pregnant?<br><br>
Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?<br><br>
What was the toughest part of being a teen mom?<br><br>
What do you find the most annoying or the toughest about being pregnant now?<br><br>
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
 

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<b>What is your favorite part of being pregnant?</b> Oh! The movement, there's just a little bit of magic in those first few movements that gradually turn into big movements. I'm so excited to really feel this babe's presence. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br><b>Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?</b> Either or. I would love a girl for my daughter so she could have a sister, but another little boy would be quite nice as well.<br><br><b>What was the toughest part of being a teen mom?</b> The judgment from other people based on my age alone. Just because someone is young doesn't automatically make them a bad mother. There are plenty of teen mamas out there doing it better than 30 year old mamas, I've found in some ways teen moms do it better because they are constantly forced to prove themselves.<br><b><br>
What do you find the most annoying or the toughest about being pregnant now?</b> I'm not as young as I used to be, lol. My hips are shot from 4 previous pregnancies, I have a hard time going up stairs already. I don't bounce back as easily... it's taken me much longer to get my energy back. My first 3 babies I didn't really have these problems with.<br><b><br>
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?</b> Hmm. I like where I'm at. All of my family is here. My dream prior to finding my husband and having more babies was to take my oldest and myself out to California to live. That's always been my favorite state... I just think it's so beautiful there.
 

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My sister's name is Nichole!<br><br>
If you could change your name to something you totally love, what would it be?<br><br>
Have you ever broken a bone?<br><br>
What's the best food that you make, and will you tell us how to make it?
 

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<b>If you could change your name to something you totally love, what would it be?</b> Oh.. wow... I don't know, I never really gave it thought. Perhaps, Demeter.. I don't know at 30 it seems almost silly to me to think about what I want to change my name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have no idea where I would even look!<br><br><b>Have you ever broken a bone?</b> Yep. I broke my foot, thought it was my toe! I was getting some snacks for my two little boys who were 18mos and 3.5(ish) at the time. I heard my littlest one start to cough and it sounded like he was choking, I went into full on crazy run mode... and caught my pinky toe and the toe next to it on the corner of the wall. It ripped my pinky toe to the side and broke the bone on the top of my foot. That was pretty intense. I didn't go in right away, I drove myself to the nearest acute center the next day.<br><b><br>
What's the best food that you make, and will you tell us how to make it?</b> Ooooh... Hmmm... My husband thinks my corned beef and cabbage is delish, my middle boy said my sheperd's pie is the best, my little boy would say he loves my General Tso's Chicken. I like my chili. Perhaps I'll post a recipe thread? Though I will say I probably lean on convenience things that not everybody here does... like seasoning packets for some stuff, haha.
 

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How did you and DH meet? (I think I remember it's a DH for you, forgive me if it's DP.)<br><br>
How did you come to the decision to homeschool?<br><br>
What do your kids call your grandma?<br><br>
Why is the name '~Demeter~' meaningful to you?
 

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<b>How did you and DH meet?</b> (I think I remember it's a DH for you, forgive me if it's DP.) Oddly enough, I met him through my mother at a time when I was actually visiting with her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We met in very late '97, started dating in late January '98 and married in July '98.<br><b><br>
How did you come to the decision to homeschool?</b> I was unable to register my children on time the year my daughter was born. I was 2 weeks overdue and had been told by my midwife that it wasn't a good idea to stand in line for 2 hours. I decided I would register them late, no biggie, right? I had been giving some thought to homeschooling when my oldest made it to jr. high... we live in a somewhat rough area and jr. high is when it gets icky. Anyway, I went in to register the boys about 10 days after my daughter was born. I was told I had to make an appointment. School started the 15, the appt was for the 22nd. I was pissed, as all registration is essentially is signing 3 papers. I'm more than capable of doing so on my own but no.. I had to see someone and have them walk me through. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> So then I go to my appointment, I'm forced to wait, I'm berated numerous times for registering late, and then the kicker. I'm told my oldest son's 'home' school (the school right down the block from us) doesn't have any room for him, that he would need to go to another school in the district. The only schools open in the district were the really nasty schools that don't have spectacular reputations. Essentially I would have to be in 3 places at one time. I was pissed. I threw a tantrum, lol, and said fine! I'll homeschool then. I did make one last attempt to get him into the school when I called the superintendent but was met with a brick wall. It was one of the best things to ever happen to me. For real! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><b>What do your kids call your grandma?</b>My grandma is adamant that she is GRANDMA. Though in an effort to differentiate my Jakobi started calling her Grandma Grandma. Sage calls her Gigi because she can't fully pronounce grandma yet... and for a short period of time the two little boys called her Ma-Ga.
 

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<b>Why is the name '~Demeter~' meaningful to you?</b> Demeter is the goddess that 'speaks' to me... she has my whole life. I, trying to think of how to say this exactly...., hear?? things... anyway, when I say speaks to me I mean it in an almost literal way. She's an eternal mother, giving so much of herself, she's also an empath.. like me. I've only recently accepted this side of myself, fully giving into it... and I feel a little weird exposing that side. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I'm really enjoying this!<br><br>
What was it like going from 3 kids to 4? What ages were your kids at that point?<br><br>
Have you found it more challenging to parent boys or girls? Has the challenge changed as the kids got older?<br><br>
I love the idea about the recipe thread! I need some new ideas...
 

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What's being a mom to a teen like?<br><br>
When did you realize you were intuitive? (Nic not only predicted my pregnancy, she knew we would gestate together and also has predicted several friends pregnancies)<br><br>
Is this going to be your last babe?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>Why is the name '~Demeter~' meaningful to you?</b> Demeter is the goddess that 'speaks' to me... she has my whole life. I, trying to think of how to say this exactly...., hear?? things... anyway, when I say speaks to me I mean it in an almost literal way. She's an eternal mother, giving so much of herself, she's also an empath.. like me. I've only recently accepted this side of myself, fully giving into it... and I feel a little weird exposing that side. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"></div>
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Oohhh, I love this. It does feel weird to publicly acknowledge it, but I think I know what you mean. I just love images of Deity as female, and they're so hard to find in most popular/common religions around me.
 
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