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October 2007 Blog Posts (31)

Milk and the bottle

Yesterday, my 18 month old son and I went to lunch with two other moms and their 18 month olds.

My son was whining, "Bottle, bottle, bottle," so I ordered some milk and filled his bottle up. The other kids were drinking water from sippy cups.

I should have taken away the bottle a couple of months ago, when my son would take any old sippy cup, or any old bottle, he didn't care either way. It's too late now -- he's attached to the bottle. Not even the sippy cup with the fire engine can…


Added by Liz on October 31, 2007 at 4:10pm — 2 Comments

A Teething Tot, Talkative 2-Year Old, Teenager, And A Pre-Teen...Oh, What A Weekend!

Despite how hair-raising the title of this post sounds, this weekend was one of the most enjoyable I've had in a while. My sister and I have this new (brilliant) arrangement. Now that we live in separate homes (yes, I moved recently!), we alternate weekends with the kids. This weekend I was on baby duty. And on top of having my 8-month old and her 2-year old, my mom dropped off my 14-year old sister and my 11-year old niece. We had a full house of estrogen -… Continue

Added by Dara on October 30, 2007 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Dan in Real Life movie rant

We saw Dan in Real Life this weekend and it totally rocked. I mean every cliché in the universe was used in this movie, including but not limited to: Gratuitous family bonding, staged parent/child conflict, uncomfortable run-ins laced with sexual tension, but you know what? It totally worked for me. It's hard not to laugh at Steve Carell, and I did laugh hysterically throughout. He totally pulled off a… Continue

Added by Amanda on October 29, 2007 at 12:52am — No Comments

Breastfeeding a 15 month old

Mother in law "jokes" that if he can ask for it...he is too old. Casual acquaintance ask, if we are STILL nursing. Godmother wonders...when it will end. Its kinda hilarious...kinda distorted how the general american culture negatively views breastfeeding beyond infancy. Whats the big deal? Guess because my tits are supposed to be for implants and commercials...not the evolution of the species.

Nursing beyond the first year is considered "extended" or "sustained" breastfeeding. I… Continue

Added by paula on October 26, 2007 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

To Kill 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

A local high school’s drama department’s plan to stage a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” appears to be a losing battle. They can’t keep the dialogue that uses the N-word on the off chance that it will incite an already hypersensitive community. They can’t change the dialogue because to do so could be a copyright infringement.

I would like to think that the adults in our community could recognize that the play’s dialogue is not meant to offend, but to open discussions about…


Added by Tara R. on October 26, 2007 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Retro Video: Peace From Pain

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I'm currently working on an editing project (video) for a close friend. So tonight I was searching for some files on my external hard drive and came across the video of Nia's birth. Don't be alarmed the video I posted is not, I repeat, NOT a… Continue

Added by Dara on October 26, 2007 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Breastfeeding and Teeth Don't Mix!

the not so innocent tooth
Can you see that tooth? I was so excited when I first noticed it one day when she laughed. It's so tiny and cute. But that little sucker is dangerous! Nia bit me for the first time a week ago. In the past she's clamped down, but gums don't compare to teeth. When it happened I let out an "Ouch!" and she just laughed. Can any breastfeeding moms (or former breastfeeding mothers) give me advice on how to discourage her from using me as a teething ring when she… Continue

Added by Dara on October 25, 2007 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

A quiet voice within

I think everyone, or at least I hope everyone, has a quiet monologue going on their head, a comforting voice that guides them through their day. It could be their conscience, God, or some other force that helps them when life gets to be too much or when they have a decision to make that affects more than themselves.

Sometimes the little voice in my head sounds like a more assured Me, sometimes it takes on the tenor of a male voice, other times it sounds remarkably like my Mom. That…


Added by Tara R. on October 25, 2007 at 5:04pm — No Comments

New Mom's Syndrome

After about 1 ½ months after my baby was born, I developed wrist pain that is directly connected to my thumb. It’s a very sharp pain, which I’ve had for almost three months now. I knew it was connected to holding my baby, but now I know that it’s directly related to constantly picking up my baby the wrong way. Today, I thought I really need to do something about it so that it does not become a major problem. As I…


Added by Leticia on October 24, 2007 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Mom blogs in the press

Mom blogs are all the rage, says the Denver Post, and advertisers are taking notice.

Mother Goose Mouse is a Parker mom blogging away and, according to the Post, paying the mortgage. Go girl!

GreebleMonkey is another Denver mom blogger, also part of the… Continue

Added by Liz on October 24, 2007 at 2:07am — 2 Comments

Just for the fun of it

What does it take to get a kid to read a book just for the fun of it?

The syllabus for WK’s English class includes some great books and novellas – “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, and one of my lifelong favorites “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.

These tales are full of suspense, danger, crime and intrigue – perfect reading material for a young male. It’s like pulling teeth.…


Added by Tara R. on October 23, 2007 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Putting Summer To Bed

At 9:00 pm tonight we officially put summer to bed. It was a huge task which kept yelling at us and refusing to submit even when threatened within an inch of its life. My children are all lying in their beds right this minute staring at the ceiling, humming, picking their noses, turning on contraband flashlights, and just plain thrashing about.

School starts tomorrow and despite the constant threats about changing our late summer sleep hours all week, so we could "ease" into the…


Added by Amanda on October 22, 2007 at 12:20am — No Comments

Free Money

The other day I was driving with my favorite 6 year old back-seat

driver. Out of the clear blue, he asked me if I could take him to

National City Bank. When I inquired why, he told me he wanted to open

an account there.

"Why do you want to switch banks?" I asked.

"Because you can earn points and get free checking!" he replied.

In the discussion that followed, my future banker explained what he thought free checking meant.

He thought you could write… Continue

Added by Bad Momma on October 20, 2007 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Child Labor in the United States

While activists take aim at sweatshops and factories that violate labor

laws overseas, there is a growing problem here in the U.S. This issue

affects children as young as pre-school age and is common place in our

Elementary Schools.

It starts out seeming innocuous with fliers and booklets that are sent home in September. Soon the propaganda is

spread in school assemblies. Before parents realize it, their children

are brainwashed into becoming door to door… Continue

Added by Bad Momma on October 20, 2007 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Sorry my first post is a total rant!

OH man I am so tired! I have been having problems sleeping lately. I don't know if its just another symptom pooping up with the fibromyalgia or what but its getting old fast. I have never had a problem sleeping for more then one odd night here and there. I'm going on 2 weeks of haveing issues sleeping. Hmm I could say last night was dew to my want to wake up my husband… Continue

Added by kristie burke on October 19, 2007 at 10:56am — No Comments

Non-makeup girls

You are either a makeup girl, or you're not.

The makeup girls instinctively know how to apply eyeshadow. They know how to make the most of foundation and blush and eyeliner. They have a skin care regimen.

The rest of us slap on some Oil of Olay, foundation, and on good days, a little mascara and lip gloss.

If I were a makeup company, I would target the non-makeup girls -- those of us who are too intimidated to stop at the makeup counters in the mall. The… Continue

Added by Liz on October 18, 2007 at 8:24pm — No Comments

My Unique Experience and the Human Instinct

As I am sitting here, relaxing and drinking a cup of coffee with a waffle, while my baby sleeps, I am thinking there is no better child development class than the hands-on-experience that I get with my baby. Adrian is very receptive to language, and Rob and I really enjoy the various sounds of delight that he makes. It is apparent that conversing, singing and dancing to Adrian grabs his attention and teaches him to…


Added by Leticia on October 18, 2007 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Sticks and Stones

A friend asked me the other day what WK stood for in some of my blogs. She knew it was a pseudonym for my son, but wondered if it meant “Wonder Kid.” I really liked that since, being the unbiased parent that I am, I completely agreed with the assessment. But, no, it’s simply his initials.

Not many people know that he uses his middle name (they do now!), so I had hoped it would lend him a sense of anonymity.

The conversation did get me thinking about what we call our…


Added by Tara R. on October 18, 2007 at 11:50am — No Comments

No homework this weekend!

No homework this weekend - whoohoo! Thursday is the end of the first grading period and the local schools have scheduled a teacher workday, so that means no classes on Friday.


That doesn’t mean we don’t have a full weekend ahead. Thursday after school we are heading to Orlando and the Milk House. That is the sports arena at the Wild World of Sports Resort at Disney World. About three dozen of my taekwondo classmates, students, and I are competing in a Fall National…


Added by Tara R. on October 17, 2007 at 2:24pm — No Comments

What is your body trying to tell you?

'm watching Oprah (yes, I am a stay at home mom) and guess what the topic is: whacky hormones!

Her guest is Dr. Christiane Northrup, who says that at 35 or so, women go through The Big Change (Menopause? Come on, lots of us are just starting to have kids!!) and our hormones go out of whack.

But -- like many in my fleet of doctors have told me -- the whacky hormones are really just a side effect of something else, something wrong in the soul, something wrong in the heart.… Continue

Added by Liz on October 16, 2007 at 6:39pm — No Comments

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