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With the long days of summer upon us, many moms are being forced to entertain their children and keep them occupied and even learning. For us, summer is the perfect reason to try out new toys and go on adventures. In past years, cars and trucks were all the rage. This year? This year is all about dinosaurs!
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Both of my good friends have had kids or are having them very soon. S has twins and now lives an hour away with her fiance, and B is pregnant, due in September and lives with her jerk of a fiance. I don't get to see either of them anymore since B discovered she's expecting. When we do all hang out together, all I hear about is babies and what she needs to get and what she should expect. Yesterday I went to S's parents' to hang out with her and B, and all I did was eat & play with S's kids. Everything I said to anyone was ignored, it was like I wasn't even there.
Or else someone will judge us for not getting back in the gym quick enough. They'll think we're a lazy slob who doesn't care anymore. Worse yet, we'll feel that way about ourselves. What's wrong with us that we don't look like that 6 weeks postpartum?
Who else has felt that way? I have read article after article and seen story after story of celebrities who go insane right after delivering their babies in order to "get their bodies back." We've all seen it. We are bombarded by it. I actually think it has become sort of an expectation that once we pop out our little ones, we should bounce right back. As if nothing had ever happened. Instantly.
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I look at different parents around me and cannot stop and ask myself: What makes someone a good parent?
My parents had a lot of problems in their relationship but stayed together from the beginning and tried to raise me and my brother "equally" or so it seems. I had a very tight upbringing, where my dad was not scared to smack me around if I "misbehaved". Quite honestly the worst thing I ever did was come home half an hour late once and told my dad to stop yelling at me. For this I got smacked across the face. Maybe I was worse then I remember, I did have hot temper (and still do).
My grades had to be always A's nothing lower, or else. It was either my mom's and dad's way or the highway. Arguing with them was useless, no matter what I said or expressed I was wrong. I wanted to take art classes because I loved art, but they refused since "its not a career". I had to dwell into sciences and mathematics. I'm a science teacher now with a decent salary at 23, married to a wonderful young man, owning our own two bedroom apartment and expecting a little boy this October. So I guess I turned out well. My brother who is still 16, gets a lot more leverage then I ever did. More Here...
What a weekend so far! It's the busiest one I've had in a while. I think I held my own pretty well for 35 weeks preggo.
Friday morning I went to my chiropractor. I'm basically seeing her once a week at this point to get adjusted and make these last weeks of pregnancy more comfortable. She can only do so much for me, but it's better than nothing. I don't even want to know how I'd feel without her adjustments. She also employed the Webster Technique while I was there. The Webster is a technique that chiro's use on preggos like myself to help their babes turn because mine, bless her little heart, is still breech. She basically pressed really, really hard on some important ligaments that support the uterus to help them loosen. This basically gives the baby more room and my uterus more flexibility for her to turn. Space is scarce for her these days, so turning is either a chore that my body is making too difficult for her or she's just being stubborn. Whatever the case I want to start making an effort to help her turn. She just may turn on her own around 38 weeks, but for now I can at least try to help her along. I have an ultrasound on June 15th to check her position. If she turns before then, great! If not we'll see what my midwife has to say about that.
How old do you think a child should be before they are allowed to play outside by themselves?
I live in a neighborhood that is considered very safe. The other moms in the neighborhood will let their kids, some as young as three, play outside with out any one watching.
Phoenix is now five and a half. I've never let her play outside with out adult supervision. She wants to be able to play in the backyard by herself. Our backyard is pretty big, not fenced and you can see parts of it from the street because we live in a culdesac.