Reading through your money issues, I was thinking maybe it would help if just one of you handles bills for the entire family. That way things don't get forgotten or mixed up. In our family, I'm the money manager. It works better for us to have one checking account, one stream of money, one person handling it.
I'm with you - I'd definitely put money towards the debts first. But back child support is as much a debt as the money you owe for your old apartment. Perhaps you can pay those off and then figure out a split with the rest of the money to go toward car repairs, clothes for you and LO and a (less expensive) bed for your DSD. That way you're both comprimising.View Thread
I think you're doing the right thing by following your instincts and taking each situation on a case-by-case basis.
In my own personal experience, I don't give much credence to the idea that LOs will become dependent on something to fall asleep. We co-sleep, and I nursed/rocked LO to sleep for about 18 months. I've seen her slowly shed things like frequent night wakings and needing to be nursed to sleep on her own when she was ready. I have every expectation that she'll leave our bed on her own. And if she doesn't, we'll deal with it when it becomes a problem and not before.
Good luck - sounds like you're doing a great job!View Thread
Don't know if this is of concern for you, but you can check a car seat either with your regular baggage or at the gate free of charge. It also does not count toward your baggage limit.
And security will let you through with a small amount of formula/milk/juice for your LO - you just need to take it out when you go through. Although I've always found it easier to leave that stuff at home and purchase it at the airport.View Thread
Your LO sounds almost exactly like mine. She started crawling the day before she turned 11 months. When I took her to her 1-year appointment, she was only pulling up to her knees. (The pedi was not a bit concerned.) Within two weeks of the appointment, she was pulling up and cruising, and she walked at 15 months - which is on the late side, but completely normal.
She's now 21 months and runs all over the place. We're starting to work on somersaults.
I feel your pain, too! I nurse DD (who is 21 months) and plan to until she self-weans. But she too is going through a phase where I swear she sometimes nurses more than a newborn!! I pretty much let her nurse on demand - but I don't nurse in public anymore, so there are some times when I tell her no (if she persists, I'll usually take her to my car or somewhere private to nurse while I'm outside the house).
Good luck with your BFing! Keep doing whatever is right for you - but do make sure you're making time to take care of yourself. Your daughter needs her mom to be happy and healthy - not stressed and run down!!View Thread
My absolute favorite Easter memory is from when I was around 3. It was the night before Easter, we were staying at my grandmother's house for the night, and my dad told me he had caught the Easter Bunny. I was so excited to see the actual Easter Bunny that I could hardly contain myself!
He took me to the back porch of my grandma's house, and there was a rope on the floor leading out the back door into the darkness. My grandmother lived in a very rural area, so you couldn't see a thing past the door. Looking back now, I'm guessing he tied the other end of the rope to a post outside. My dad and I pulled and pulled on the rope, but the Easter Bunny was too strong for us to pull him inside. After a while, my dad said, "You know what, I think he's too strong. I think we should let him go." I said OK, and my dad went out and freed the Easter Bunny from our rope.
I still remember my excitement to this day. And for some reason, I wasn't the least bit disappointed that I never got to see the Easter Bunny in person!View Thread