DD's birthday is the beginning of December, so I've started to think about it. The theme will be Jungle and I plan on taking a stab at trying the Wilton Animal Cracker cake pan to make either a monkey or tiger cake. DH doesn't want to have the party at our house b/c he doesn't think it's big enough. The only people that will probably come are grandparents and a few of our friends, so I don't see the problem. If we don't have it at our house, I'm not sure where we'd have it since it will be too cold to have it outside.
We've never seen how DD would react around a life size character but we did go to a 2 yr old bday party that had a life size Elmo. The older kids loved him but the little ones were totally freaked out. As soon as he left the birthday girl started asking about him but while he was there she cried and hung onto her mom. I think I'd wait a few years for the life size characters but that's just me.View Thread
I voted LATCH but the car I had when DD was first born didn't have the LATCH system. DH hated installing the carseat with the seatbelt and I just never felt that her seat in my car was as secure as her seat in DH's car.View Thread
I've found that every parent is different and to not question their decisions even if it sounds crazy to you. We had friends who didn't feed their baby anything other than breast milk and baby food until she was over 1 b/c they were afraid of choking. She had only three teeth and the parents felt she need more before she could have puffs. When she was like 8 months they were over and I offered a puff to the baby, the mom broke it until 4ths before giving her a piece. She choked on it a little and the mom totally freaked out. She probably choked b/c it was too small. Anyway, once they took a baby CPR class then they started her on real foods.
Don't feel bad you didn't know. If the mom says something, be honest and say you assumed since he was older that he was on solid foods. You didn't do anything wrong. It wasn't like he was choking.View Thread
I wanted to be kind of young before I had kids but I also wanted to be married for a little and satisfied with my job first. I was afraid if I got pregnant and didn't like my job, then I would dread coming back from maturnity leave when it would be hard enough leaving a new born. DH and I got married right out of college, so we were 21. After about 2 years of marriage we starting thinking about kids but I wasn't happy with my job. Once I found a job that I liked enough to come back after maturnity leave, we decided to start trying. So I met my "goals", I was still young (26), married for almost 5 years and had a job that I didn't mind coming back to. We wanted our kids to be between 2-3 years apart, so we're working on #2 now.View Thread
1) I'd go with an area rug. I'm not sure how it would be to clean those foam things.
2) DD's room is back the hallway a little from our living room and we keep toys in both spots. She knows when it's time to put them away where they all go. I find this easier b/c she's not a big fan of playing alone yet, so having the toys right there is easier for us. Having some in her room helps with the clutter of the living room.
3) We still use a baby monitor b/c her crying isn't as loud as when she was a baby. I think we'll use it until she's old enough to realize that she can just come into our room to wake us up.
Our crib was recalled a few months back and while waiting for the one we wanted to be in stock, we just transitioned DD to a twin size bed. I purchased the extra long side rail and pushed the other side up to the wall. She does great in it! We moved her around 18 months, she's 21 months now and Saturday morning was the first time she climbed out of it. We don't have a problem with her climbing out at night but she did fall out once....she was fine. I personally don't see the point in wasting money on a toddler bed when you'll need to purchase another bed when she's older. To help make the transition more exciting for DD, we got new bedding and decorations for her room and made a big deal out of her big girl bed.View Thread
HAHA!! That's awesome. Did you expect to have your first embarrassing story so soon? I sure didn't and here's mine.
DD gets a paper from daycare everyday. Side 1 shows what they ate, how much, diaper changes and naps. Side 2 normally shows what they did/learned during the day. Well last week DD's paper on side one said Note for Mom: Over. It starts out saying how adorable DD is and that she's never met a child like her. She continues to tell me what happened today. She was holding DD and she grabs the DCP's chest and says "Kennedy's boobies!" then lefts her shirt and says "Squishy belly!" I about died reading that. Luckily I wasn't there but I still felt embarrassed!! At least the DCP took it well.View Thread
Aquafor...LOVE THAT STUFF!!! It's a little expensive and I only use it for really bad rashes but you just need a little. DD has had some pretty bad rashes that she screams when I change her diaper or give her a bath. I put this on at night for bedtime and by the morning there's not rash or very little. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it. If you look around you can find coupons on the internet.View Thread
I don't have any advice either but I too want to thank both you and your DH for the sacrifice you are making to keep our country safe! I also wanted to share that reading both your post and magsnemma post, I had tears in my eyes. I can't imagine not seeing DH everyday for months/years at a time. Good luck and I really like all the ideas provided.View Thread