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[ - ] Stopped by Hunter today to give admissions office our new address for 2nd Rd info, and was invited to see a "Hunger" assembly by 3rd graders... it was truly amazing. People seem to like dumping on it here, but it really seems like a special place, and I really hope DS gets in! 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.19.08, 02:02 PM Flag
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It is special. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:04 PM Flag
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we disliked it. and we were all set for public, so that's not it. dc accepted, we went elsewhere. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:50 PM Flag
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genuinely curious as to what you disliked, and where you are now? why is it better? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:12 PM Flag
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Tell us about the "Hunger" assembly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:04 PM Flag
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Every year, the wood shop/ceramics art teacher have the children make plates (Empty Plates project) that the parents buy. The proceeds of the sale goes toward feeding the hungry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:07 PM Flag
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Sounds nice. I'm not sure I want my child using the jig saw at 10yo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:08 PM Flag
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For younger kids, "studio arts," one of their weekly "specials," is ceramics, not woodworking. My 1st-grader loves clay, although I'm not so sure about her talent. Nonetheless, I happily overpaid for the plate she made. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:36 PM Flag
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Believe me, the kids are fine with all the woodworking tools. And they build great, useful things, like a small bench. Clay is definitely more popular with my dc but I think working in wood is practical. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:40 PM Flag
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^^^Oh - and good luck to the OP and her dc! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:40 PM Flag
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OP: I'm sure it was like many other such assemblies at other schools, that are all wonderful... and wherever DS ends up he'll do great, and it will be special too... but i just got such a nice vibe. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:08 PM Flag
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you really want it don't you? can almost taste it. maybe it will happen. your post makes me think you think it will. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:44 PM Flag
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OP: i do. we have other options, if this doesn't work out, but it's far and away our top choice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:50 PM Flag
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we felt similarly about a school when we were going through this. guess what? Dc is there now. Just felt right. Hope you get what you want. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:16 PM Flag
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"stopped by"? couldn't have called? you can be honest, looking for a little face time? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:09 PM Flag
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so snarky [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:15 PM Flag
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isn't this the snarky mom's website. very mean but informative people. i actually kinda like it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:26 PM Flag
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but oh, so true... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:45 PM Flag
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i snark therefore i am. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:49 PM Flag
[ - ] Give me an easy sample dinner menu for 4. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:58 PM Flag
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Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli -that's what we having tonight. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:05 PM Flag
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pork loin, broccoli and an easy cobbler (non pie form) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:07 PM Flag
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pork chops, roasted potatoes, carrots. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:34 PM Flag
[ - ] Today were the Chirstmas at Carols for St. Bernard's and I must say it was fabulous. The boys were great. My DS is in K and didnt perform but the school has such a family vibe. To everyone who wants their dc to get accepted, GL. You will be very happy at St. Bernard's. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:46 PM Flag
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OP [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:47 PM Flag
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Sorry for the triple posts but having technical difficulties...lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:47 PM Flag
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It was nice at Grace also. The best part was at the end when the processing kids burst into cheers when they saw it snowing outside the church door. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:50 PM Flag
[ - ] Is there a healthy non-stick (non teflon) cooking pan available? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:41 PM Flag
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Buy a good stainless one (all-clad), used properly food doesn't stick. For eggs buy cheap teflon and toss at the first scratch. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:50 PM Flag
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but is there a healthy non-stick that I can use for eggs? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:53 PM Flag
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Gracious Home carries a new kind from Cuisinart that is supposed to be environmentally friendly and cannot flake off [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:48 PM Flag
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A well-seasoned iron pan (like Lodge) doesn't stick, but they're a pain to maintain imo. I have a non-stick All Clad and it hasn't scratched at all yet (had it for about a year) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:52 PM Flag
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Call Broadway Panhandler for advice. BTW, I almost cried when SIL tossed out 50-yr-old Lodge after MIL died--all the junk they saved and she tossed that precious heirloom! Still miss both MIL and her Lodge, could do w/o SIL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:40 PM Flag
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What about the Green Pans on HSN? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:51 PM Flag
[ - ] Which is better CSH or MM? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.19.08, 01:35 PM Flag
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define "better." MM has great facilities but CSH seems to have a reputation of being more rigorous. What do you want? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:12 PM Flag
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Academics [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:12 PM Flag
[ - ] Hey, go ahead and sleep. Wake up in four years to find this dude's trashed the country just like the ones before him. I know this isn't as exciting as whether your DC got 96 or 97 on the ERBs -and how that might affect their application to Yale - but you'd do well to start paying attention. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:29 PM Flag
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I believe his predecessor is the one who has trashed our country, thank you. Mr. Obama will be doing his level best to clean up the mess. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:31 PM Flag
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honestly, what has he done so far, keeping in mind that he's not even in office yet, that's making you so nutty?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:35 PM Flag
[ - ] What did u get your dh for christmas? mine is so picky. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:25 PM Flag
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Tickets to Billy Elliot. Also ice skates & bag so we can skate as a family. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:26 PM Flag
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scotch, opera tickets, a sweater and make magazine [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:28 PM Flag
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wallet, moma membership, dali print (on ebay). books. will get him some tshirts too probably. I put more effort and thought into his presents. to keep that from pissing me off, I buy myself things I really want, wrap them and put them under tree. I say they're from the cats. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:34 PM Flag
[ - ] Parents of rejected siblings: How did you react? Do you think the school was right to recect DC No.2? Did you retaliate? 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:25 PM Flag
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How can one retaliate? A friend of mine is in this situation, but they had heads up that there may be an issue, so not a shock. Older dc loves the school and thrives there so I don't think they will pull her. They seem to be focusing on trying to make sure #2 will get in somewhere. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:42 PM Flag
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OP: That's what I meant by "retaliate", pull DC No. 1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:45 PM Flag
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pissed. no valid reason for it, except there were more sibs than they wanted to admit, and we are not big players at the school. as for retaliation, the schools have you by the short hairs if you KWIM. hate to pull out #1 over this, but feel no committment to the school. OTOH, don't want to harm #1's position in the school either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:46 PM Flag
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In school a tt at least?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:47 PM Flag
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ecfs. UB 2nd tier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:49 PM Flag
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Jerks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:12 PM Flag
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ECFS grad here and ds was rejected last year with high 90 ERBs. Have donated every year since graduating but not massive $$$. They waited until the last possible minute to tell us which made it even worse and then I recieved a solicitation for donation a week after the rejection. Really stressed us out but ended up getting into a TT. Their loss. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:20 PM Flag
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This makes me stressed out (ds is a legacy as well) but at least I'm glad we know rejection is a very distinct possibility [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:34 PM Flag
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How did you spin this to other schools? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:38 PM Flag
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PSD was able to quickly get out the word to our 3 top choices that they were it and that legacy school was not in our top 3. We also communicated this in letters. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:08 PM Flag
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^^FWIW, we were lucky it worked out well for us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:10 PM Flag
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this is what totally sucks about their new policy. They no longer do early decision, which means you have no chance to communicate to a top 3 that your sib/legacy school is not in your top 3. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 06:58 PM Flag
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np; hey, it worked out better for you! #2 is at a TT instead of 2nd tier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 07:04 PM Flag
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they suck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:44 PM Flag
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Was this for pre-K or K? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:36 PM Flag
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both. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:48 PM Flag
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So this was last year? Where did your #2 end up? we will be applying next year with a sib and very, very worried about this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:37 PM Flag
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How's Horace Mann's sibling policy? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:49 PM Flag
[ - ] Random question, but do your kids ever eat Indian food? if so, what are some dishes they eat?? I love it and am trying to get kids interested. 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:24 PM Flag
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No, they find it too strange, alas. They even rejected the rice. :( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:28 PM Flag
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have you tried tastybite? they make indian food. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 05:22 AM Flag
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Start with tandoori chicken and naan. Offer chutney (sweet, not hot) to dip naan into. Work up to mild, saucy stuff like korma and masala. If you go our, gut the puffy bread (poori?). Kids love it. My parents introduced me to it early and I always thought of it as a real treat. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:30 PM Flag
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Yes, they eat whatever we do. We get it a little less spicy, add extra raita and rice, order naan and mango laassies (sp?) too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:31 PM Flag
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op: good advice..I just made some chicken w/a simmer sauce I got at trader joes. thinking it will be fairly mild. but it's hot as hell!! and my brown rice came out weird. crap. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:37 PM Flag
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Just add plain yogurt until they will eat it! Also mix in sweet chutney. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:39 PM Flag
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op: oh, good one. this will work for ds, dd probably not. thanks!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:43 PM Flag
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My children are very adventurous eaters... they love garlic nan, potato and chickpea dishes with masala curry. They also eat bananna fritters and non-spicy samosas. The love jasmine rice, as well. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:40 PM Flag
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Every child I know (except my 15 year old) loves Chicken Tika Masala. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:29 PM Flag
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indeed, that's the one my kids love [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:41 PM Flag
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Yes. Any curry with chicken or shrimp. And I made a curry with cauliflower the other night that they loved. 2 and 6 yo (we lived in London when #1 was a baby and she started eating curry before turning 1 yo). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:36 PM Flag
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yes. they like saag paneer, mattar paneer, and veggie pakoras, as well as most of the breads. love mango lassia, theywill also eat soem mild shrump curries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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np: Mmm, now I'm in the mood for Indian :) I've been feeding both kids Indian since they were toddlers. They like chicken tikka masala, samosa, naan, and rice mixed w/the chick tikka masala sauce or mattar paneer sauce. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:45 PM Flag
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My 5 yo loves nan and will eat tandoori chicken (or other oven-baked style chicken) b/c she doesn't care for sauces (can't sell the masala) SHe also loves rice and usually goes for the mulligatawny soup as well [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 09:40 PM Flag
[ - ] DS got invited to a dance at the Wldorf on Sunday. He cannot remember the name. Anyone know what dance this could be? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 12.19.08, 01:22 PM Flag
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Santa dance! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:23 PM Flag
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how old is ds? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:26 PM Flag
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17yo [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:27 PM Flag
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OMG! Feel sorry for this kid. at 17, his mommy is posting on UB trying to find out what dance he has been asked to. why not just castrate the poor kid now? I mean, c'mon...he's 17. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:48 PM Flag
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seriously! yikes! 17 yo boys during my day had a lot more on the ball. but then their mothers tended to hover a lot less. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:51 PM Flag
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what's the alternative? zoned public? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:33 PM Flag
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^^^mispost!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:34 PM Flag
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gold and silver? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:37 PM Flag
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Isn't this Debutantes Ball or something? If I'm not wrong, he is supposed to dress up formally in tuxedo etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:50 PM Flag
[ - ] I have a 3.5 year old son who prefers to wear dresses,loves to carry a purse, wears hankerchiefs on his head to mimic 'hair' and likes to play princess games. Normal-ish? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:12 PM Flag
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Sure. Does he have a lot of girls in his life? Kids are just beginning to figure out gender roles at this age...My 3.5 ds loves to be "Gloria" from Madagascar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:22 PM Flag
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Not really. But he only wants to play with girls. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:41 PM Flag
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Normalish, but would you have a heart attack if he were gay? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:26 PM Flag
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OP: nope. doesn't matter to me. Just curious about whether we shuld "indulge" him or gently encourage other interests. Like, he loves dresses, so we encourage him to draw different dresses etc. Maybe he'll become a designer LOL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:40 PM Flag
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Well, if he were a girl, would you indulge her? I say let him follow his interests. Maybe he'll suddenly get butch, but I'm thinking not, so it's great that you are looking forward to having a little designer! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:56 PM Flag
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I would consult a child psychologist or some other expert. Does not sound totally not normal, but at the same time something I've never seen, and I know lots of boys. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:31 PM Flag
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really? A psychologist at 3.5? Otherwise he's very happy. He does say he's a girl when we ask though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:41 PM Flag
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You have been watching too much Dr. Phil. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:01 PM Flag
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He says he's a girl when you ask? This is the only reason I might consult someone. Sounds like it might be a little more than just normal playing with other things. Then again, maybe not. We have two boys who are strictly the opposite of feminine to the point of embarrassment sometimes, so my input might be skewed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:05 PM Flag
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I think at 3.5 they have good understanding of their own gender. So if he says he identifies with being a girl, yes, I would consult a specialist regarding how to best address this, meaning ignore, encourage, discourage, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:10 PM Flag
[ - ] Who here has yet to start their Christmas shopping? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:03 PM Flag
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Finished except for one gift for a friend. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:22 PM Flag
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She didn't ask who was finished. She asked who hadn't started yet so she could feel a little better! Are you the same one who, on her second pregnancy was "tiny" and wore her skinny low jeans all the way through? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:54 PM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:55 PM Flag
[ - ] Have you ever considered hiring a PI to see if your dh was cheating on you? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:00 PM Flag
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yup and yup he was and yup i got half. (no kids) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:05 PM Flag
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good for you! and he sucks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:20 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm doing my health savings election for 2009, when I'll be having baby #1... any ideas how much should I budget for the hospital stay to cover my 10% copay? Delivering at Lenox Hill if that makes a difference... TIA 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 12.19.08, 12:55 PM Flag
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My total costs, hops, ob, anast, with a vaginal delivery were about $22 - 25K in 04 and again in 06. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:59 PM Flag
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WAIT--your insurance reimburses you though, right?! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:01 PM Flag
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OP: wow, thanks. I was waaaaaaaaaaay off in my guess. Whew. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:04 PM Flag
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$25k sounds about right. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:22 PM Flag
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10% copay? Are you sure? I only had to pay out of pocket deductible, everything else was covered. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:21 PM Flag
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definitely whatever your deductible is and then assuming you're OB and hospital are in-network, i'd ballpark another $1K. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:27 PM Flag
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also, the pediatricians and anesthesiologists may not be in network. we got screwed with those costs (OB and hospital were in-network). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:29 PM Flag
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np--anesthesologists never take insurance in my experience [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:46 PM Flag
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or: i delivered at cornell a couple of months ago and insurance covered the anesthesiologist. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:13 PM Flag
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I had to pay $200 maternity deductible (it was separate from my reg ded) and we also paid $1500 for a private room. I also ended up paying about $300 in various co-pays for lab tests and the Nicu doctors [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:55 PM Flag
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delivered at Lenox in 2007. I had BCBS HMO I paid $500 total. Make sure you get preauth for the birth. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:05 PM Flag
[ - ] Smoke some ERB. 0 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:55 PM Flag
[ - ] Well, it's almost 4pm, just popped open a bottle of red. Anyone else?! 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:53 PM Flag
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omg - pour me a glass please. on my way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:56 PM Flag
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i wish! it's 4:12 pm and i'm still sitting at my desk trying to look busy. :( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:13 PM Flag
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Cheers! I'm with you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:11 PM Flag
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pouring now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:13 PM Flag
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Going to a holiday open house in 28 minutes. Not that I'm counting or anything. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:32 PM Flag
[ - ] Did anyone try acupuncture and get pg? We are TTC for 1 year and OBG wants me to go on clomid next month if I don't get pg. Trying to avoid it. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:51 PM Flag
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I tried it once and it was pleasant but I don't know that it helped. I took clomid (lowest dose) for a month and then the cycle after that I had a longer luteal phase and the cycle after that I got pg- I think the clomid might have jolted my system back into pre-pill shape if that makes sense [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:57 PM Flag
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It does, thank you. So is three cycles pretty normal for how long it takes to get pg on clomid? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:59 PM Flag
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i did it for a while before ttc and i conceived easily at age 37, I think it heloed and many people swear that it did. GL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:58 PM Flag
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ty! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:59 PM Flag
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I did it. was getting ready to start clomid but started the acupuncture just to feel better before. it made a big difference I think. I felt physically and mentally better. as it turned out I got pregnant on my own, before I started the clomid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:21 PM Flag
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