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High school biology teacher, mommy, wife, and black hole of fairly useless information.


Jun
17
answered How do I determine developmentally-appropriate projects for my toddler?
Jun
17
comment how to teach persistence to 3 year old
It's funny how at 3 they can be crazy independent one minute, insisting that they can do it themselves, then melting down because they can't the next.
Jun
17
answered Preparing 3 year old for new baby?
Jun
17
answered Toddler is in bed but wakes up an hour early and walks into our room
Jun
13
comment What should I be teaching my two year old?
I would like to point out that asking a 24-month-old to color inside the lines might be considered developmentally advanced for a child that age. My son (who doesn't especially love to color) didn't really master coloring inside the lines until he was closer to 4, and, while my daughter is certainly neater than her brother was, she hasn't quite mastered coloring inside the lines at almost 3. Judging by the other artwork of kids I see in her class, I don't get the impression that my daughter is an outlier.
Jun
7
answered Do children need hot meals twice a day?
Jun
7
comment How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?
+1 for setting yourself up for disappointment. The point of maternity leave is to allow you to figure out this whole new world you've stepped in to and spend time bonding with your child. It's sometimes a hard pill to swallow to accept that it's not about "me" anymore.
Jun
7
comment How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?
AND, if you're breastfeeding, there's a good chance that your newborn will require a diaper change mid-feed which will require stopping and changing a diaper (5 minutes-ish per feeding), plus burping (which can take 1 minute; could take 10 minutes--who knows? Let's split the difference and assume 5 minutes so that's another 40 minutes). That's 4 total hours of feeding time per day if you're lucky, and it's not likely to be the case because, realistically, new parents aren't very efficient at it. It also assumes zero breastfeeding issues--all of which can lengthen the feeding process.
Jun
7
comment How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?
@justkt: I absolutely agree. Which is why is put in the second half of #1 which explicitly says that this does not take into account cluster feedings, growth spurts, or the fact that some kids just take longer to eat than others. Even IF you assume 8 feedings a day @ 15-20 minutes each that's roughly 120-160 minutes of active feeding per day. If you're bottle feeding, there's bottle prep which will probably take about another 5 minutes each per bottle so you can tack on 40 minutes to that.
Jun
5
comment How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?
@justkt: Both of our kids were bottle-fed which is probably closer to 8-10 times per day in the first couple of weeks, but my son quickly dropped a bottle or two and was down to about 8 feedings per day by the time he was a month old. By comparison, my daughter ate every 2 hours until she was almost a year old and probably took 10 bottles a day that entire time (she ate like a bird). I figured 6-8 was a good middle ground for a child who was post-1 month old. But, yes, if you're breastfeeding you may as well prep yourself for 8-12 feedings a day at least in the beginning.
Jun
4
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Jun
4
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Jun
4
answered What pre-cautions are to be taken by parents in case of sore-throat, chest congestion and fever for toddlers?
Jun
4
answered Grandparent put a diaper on my toilet trained child
Jun
4
comment Grandparent put a diaper on my toilet trained child
+1 for "most kids do not go to college in diapers". That was my mantra when we were potty training my son!
Jun
4
comment How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?
@Beofett: Our Moby was a LIFE SAVER!!
Jun
4
answered I love my step son so much but it irritates me when he compares me to his dad
Jun
4
comment How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?
@MaryJoFinch: +1 for finding mother-baby groups. Isolation is the downfall of many new moms. Finding someone you can have an adult conversation with who knows what you're going through (and your spouse/partner who leaves the house everyday probably won't) is such a vital resource!
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4
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