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[30 Jul 2004|08:56pm]

Did any of you ever have a kid that flat out refused to drink?

Mia is 16 months old and just this past week started refusing her bottle. Or a sippy cup. Or even drinking out of a "big cup" as she's always loved to do.

We just switched her from formula to whole milk, but she was on it for almost 2 weeks before she stopped all together.

She says "owie" when the bottle comes to her mouth, but she still takes her pacifier.

She begs for the bottle, but the instant it gets there she says no.

She will eat anything. My husband got her to drink pedialyte from a spoon.

I just don't understand this and want to know if anyone else has dealt with it. She is staying hydrated. She's producing wet diapers, acting normally aside from this, and is getting fluids other ways (popsicles, Jello, baby food, etc.)

I just need help! I don't know what to do and it's very, very frustrating.

And I wanted to add that she has seen the doctor today. He says she's perfectly healthy and is saying this might just be a behavioral thing. Her asserting her independance and letting us know that she's running the show. It just seems off for her, to me.

(Cross-posted like crazy.)
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[03 May 2004|02:28pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Hi there!

I’m a student in Psychology and Education at Penn State, trying to get some early information for a study-to-be.  Right now, I’m just collecting data to get a feel for the kinds of answers I’ll get by using certain questions (so i can set up a good questionairre for the actual study) and anything you’d send to me would be totally confidential.  I’ve set up a survey with some questions about reading motivation in your kids and your reading behaviors at home.  If you have the time, I’d be thrilled to hear from you!  Thank you so much!

PS:  also, i'm sorry if this isn't allowed in this community, i wasn't certain - feel free to delete me if it's not allowed here.


a quick questionairreCollapse )

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Cross Posted [30 Dec 2003|12:02pm]

Okay, so possibly off topic.... but I'm in the mood right now that I don't know who I know who knows what I need to know.... clear as mud? LOL

If anyone on this list knows anything about Australia or New Zealand... living there, working there, emigrating there.... Marc and I would like to move there with the kids. Please email me!!

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Kids on Vacations [27 Dec 2003|02:22pm]

[ mood | creative ]

I know that many kids around the age of 6 or more know to deal with computers and internet. Of course that it happens under the parents permission and supervision. So here is a collection of sites where kids can have some fun :OP

Kidscom (English)
Barbie (English)
Barbie (Portuguese)
Astronomy for Kids (English)
Bonus.com (English)
Betinho Carrero (Portuguese)
Castelo Ra Tim Bum (Portuguese)
Children's Literature Web Guide (English)
Cartoon Network (Portuguese)
Cartoon Network (English)
Canal Kids (Portuguese)
Education.com (English)
Ecokids (Portuguese)
Guri (Portuguese)
Fox Kids (English)
Fox Kids (Portuguese)
Eliana (Portuguese)
J'Ecris & Je Dessine (French)

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Hospitals.... [02 Oct 2003|02:34pm]

[ mood | stressed ]

(cross posted from my personal journal)

I hate hospitals.... why you ask... long story....
Yesterday looked like it was going to be a nice day. So I did laundry and hung it out to dry. Then it started to rain (at noon), so I went and brought it in. Along with the laundry a wasp decided to come in a visit. It was on my shirt and I didn't see it. Well, my 16 month old did and she grabed it. Yep, she got stung.

Boy did she let out a scream. Got her on the hand by her ring finger. Her hand immideatly went red, and started to swell! Well, lunch was forgotten and off to the hospital we rushed. Thankfully she didn't have a worse reaction. Swollen and red to the elbow. There's a good chance that she could be allergic.... (we'll likely have to go for testing). She cried for a good hour. Wouldn't let us touch her hand at all... not even to ice it, which likely would have made her feel better. 2 hours later the intake nurse came to check on us (still sitting in emerge waiting room), and couldn't believe that we hadden't even gotten the tempra yet. She went and got some... 2 hours later we saw the doctor and got to go home.... so we've got to watch her for the next week, to make sure she's fine....

Not havin' a good week.....

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Milestones [30 Sep 2003|10:30am]

At what age is it normal for a baby to be able to point to and say the words for the body parts (eg: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hair), correctly? I can't remeber what it was and my now 16 month old has been doing it for some time.
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[11 Sep 2003|01:45pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

Hi all. Looking for some help here.....
For the past two weeks I've been watching a little girl in my home.
Some details on this child:
-she'll be one on Friday (tomorrow)
-she doesn't crawl
-she just barely walk with alot of help
-she has little to no dexterity in her hands (ability to hold things, other than stuffies)
-until last week didn't hold her own bottle
-seems very interested in food, but pushes it out of her mouth, or clamps her mouth shut when offered food 90% of the time
-gags on just about any food when it touches her tongue
-screams almost non stop from noon (when my 15 month old get up), until 3pm when we go to get my eldest from school, except for part of the time when she's down for her afternoon nap
-shakes and shivers (seems really excited) when i get her up from her naps

Does this all seem normal for a 1 year old?
Help? Any suggestions on how to make our day go smoother?

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Night Terrors [02 Sep 2003|09:41pm]

[ mood | tired ]

My wee one (she's 15 months), has started to have night terrors. I know there's not much I can do for her (to get her through them), but does anyone know of any ways I can help myself to cope with them?
On nights when she has them she's screaming (but still asleep), starting about an hour after she goes to bed, and once every hour there after till about 4 or 5 am. So I'm getting little to no sleep those night.....

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[18 Jul 2003|09:51am]

I've heard various tales, but I can't seem to find exact info.

My husband and I have heard from a friend of ours, that we'll get $3000 back on our taxes for 2003 simply for having Mia. And that that doesn't even include what we regularly get on our return.

Is this true?

Sorry for the cross-post.
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New image [14 Jul 2003|08:46pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

What did you think about the new Lj picture?

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Adopt [14 Jul 2003|07:45pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

My husband and I are thinking in adopt a child. A newborn :)

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[02 Jul 2003|12:51pm]

Thought this might be of interest to some of my fellow Moms!

Reel Moms. Bring your baby to the movies! I love the idea.

Felt the need to share...

This has been cross-posted.
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[23 Jun 2003|06:40pm]

I'm going to be one of those irritating mom's that x-post everywhere, so sue me! :) I'm proud of my lil' munchkin.

Today Mia is 3 months old! So we took some pictures!


Excuse the blurriness, but my digital camera has gone awry.

Also, there's one more picture I want to share that I found on the camera that I'd forgotten about!

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One day [15 Jun 2003|12:22pm]

One day if i had a babie or more than one they will be named Melissa (girl - A person has gave to me this name in a very confuse event on internet wich happens to me and I start enjoy the name - So, thanks to you girl for introducing this name to me once) and Leonardo (boy)

What do you think?
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[13 Jun 2003|03:58pm]

We bought the Snugli for Mia when I was pregnant because we were on a tight budget and it was cheap. Since, she won't let us put her in it. Flat and refuses. And when we DO put her in it, her head just flops around like crazy.

We've seen MANY people with the Baby Bjorn but it's just so darned expensive.

My question is:

Baby Bjorn - is it worth the $60 difference in price from the Snugli?

Thanks. This post has been cross-posted. I apologize.
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my interview from lesliepear! [10 Jun 2003|12:17pm]

1. How do you feel about the end of Buffy and Dawson's Creek?

2. You are from NJ? What exit?

3. How do you find having a son so far?

4. What would your dream house look like?

5. Where have you travelled to and where would you like to go to?

1. Dawson's and Buffy ending is so symbolic of me growing up. It's an END finally to my adolescence. I understand that I need to get my act in gear and not let what night it is dictate what I will watch on T.V. Although I will probably still watch Survivor forever.

Dawson's Creek was how I labeled all my relationships with guys... I was the friend that fell in love with every boy. But wasn't desired from the start. And Buffy gave me a bit of a sense of empowerment and not to take the backseat in all those relationships.

As you see, they weren't just TV shows for me but instead they were the evolvement of my very own womanhood!

As far as entertainment is concerned, I am wondering what will become of television ... I assume spin-offs are necessary. I mean what will people watch instead?

2. I am indeed from New Jersey. I'm currently living near 8A... exactly as a matter of fact. I have stayed at this exact exit for all of my twenty-eight years.

3. Having a son :) is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I feel such a sense of accomplishment.. yet at the same time responsibility it's amazing. Not just the nurturing of him... but to make him into a good man. I want him to give and take from this world... and know that it's his to conquer. At the same time I hope he respects the world, earth, women... man... I feel such an overwhelming love for him and I can only hope he realizes my love for him isn't a stranglehold but instead a supportive love.... I guess I'm still in awe of him.

4. My dream house is probably located somewhere in Deal. :) It's by the beach and decorated pretty simple. Lotsa reds... blah blah blah. Right now, my dream house is here. It's cool to come home and relax. We just moved in October and needed to settle down, finally!

5. I would really like to MOVE to Spain. Not just visit. Raising Zakkary in America makes me scared. I mean we are so Americanized right now. Like.. I had everything I ever wanted and now I'm raising Zakkary the same. If we lived someplace a bit more simple I could stand back and take it all in. Now it's just dayplanning for weeks... and buying everything in sight. Move me away and then I'll talk about where I want to go on vacations!!!
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From a nanny and a mother. 1 month old, 18 month old and a 3 year old. [06 Jun 2003|12:25pm]

They are all sleeping at the SAME TIME!!!!!!!!!!! time to clean up lunch mess.

Man, this is NOT an easy job. Especially since the 3 year old is so incredibly 3 and is somewhat spoiled rotten. He doesn't like my rules. He cries when Stella takes a toy away. And it's quite obvious that he's used to getting his way. Boy he's gonna have a rude awakening when his little brother gets a bit older. :)

Today I made him eat lunch without a toy at the table. He refused to listen and kept getting up to get the toy...so I had to take tv and the toy away too. He wouldn't eat his lunch because he said he wanted a sandwich after he told me that he wanted Mac & cheese and hotdogs. I made the Mac & cheese and he changed his mind. Of course I didn't make a whole new lunch and he wasn't too happy with me. He said he didn't want to ever come back to my house and that he didn't love Stella. hahahah 3. I told him that if he wasn't a good boy and he didn't eat his lunch that after naptime he couldn't have any cake. He started crying and finally sat back down and ate part of my sandwich and some sweet potatoes.

Stella is really adjusting too. She is going through the biting stage and has bit Fernando 3 times already. She doesn't break the skin or anything but I know she hurts him! Poor guy. Of course I have to discipline her and I don't really know how since she's only 18 months! So I put her in her room for 10 minutes so I could take care of baby Fern.

and I want another one. psycho.
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[05 Jun 2003|12:15pm]

[ mood | content ]

(cross posted from my personal journal)

One year ago... late at night (as it is now)... I gave birth to my second child. It's so hard to believe she's a year old already. I'm so thankfull for having a midwife and a home birth.

Babies change so much in their first year. They learn so much.

I'm also very thankfull that I've been able to breast feed her for the past year. While her feeings have been reduced, I'm still breast feeding her.

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[30 May 2003|01:36pm]

so i did it.
they suckered me in with the free tunnel. okay not really... but i did join.
zakkary is 3.5 months and we joined gymboree play and music today for six months.
he loved it! the parachute thingie... how could i not take him.
they give you $50.00 in gym bucks... i hate gymboree clothes but oh well..... we start in two weeks.
whatever! it'll be cool.
anybody else ever join?
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