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[ - ] 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
[ - ] Making indian tonight with brown rice. any ideas on how to make the brown rice reasonably tasty? I rarely make rice but with weather today I'm being ambitious. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:42 PM Flag
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chicken broth and buttah [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:42 PM Flag
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Stick in cinnamon stick and a few cloves. If you are really ambitious you can saute some onions, garlic and ginger til brown, add rice and sautee a minute or two, then add water/broth as usual. If you are going all out, you can dice some carrots along with onions,etc--(or cheat and add a bag of frozen carrots, peas). Toss in sultana raisins at the end and let stand for a few minutes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:47 PM Flag
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lots of butter [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:51 PM Flag
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Bake it. Cooks Illustrated Recipe: 1.5 cups brown rice in 9" pan with lid or else foil top. Sprinkle with salt. Boil 2 1/3 cups water with about 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter. Pour boiling water over rice and immediately put the pan into a 375 degree oven for an hour. When you get it out, fluff it with a fork and then put the lid on for another five minutes. Tada! Perfect brown rice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:53 PM Flag
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next time buy brown basmati rice. I hate whole grains, but this tastes wonderful without any seasonings. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:23 PM Flag
[ - ] Brick Members - Are you electing early notification? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 12.19.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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General Topics 12.19.08, 12:56 PM Flag
[ - ] we live on uws, 60s, and i was wondering how can find playdates for my 2 year old dd. we had music together class, but there were only nannies with children who barely spoke english. also, which classes do you recommend for 2 year old around uws? my dd loves music but i would also like to take her to art class. thanks 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:26 PM Flag
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go to the same playground every day and you will start to find a community; mommy & me swim classes at the y; start a play group by asking at playground and in classes, alternating homes [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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i have a better idea go out and get a job, hire a nanny who barely speaks english and let her take the kid to the classes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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holidays making you bitter? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:34 PM Flag
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I love people who have to have babies to make friends. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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she didn't say she was looking for friends -- she's looking for friends for her 2-yr-old -- her own friends might not have 2-yr-olds -- that said, connect with nannies as well as mommies [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:37 PM Flag
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np: but there were children in the music class no? at the park no? what was wrong with them? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:39 PM Flag
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I love ppl like this who never read a post and just reply with their annoying opinions. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:41 PM Flag
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was it the nannies who barely spoke english or the children? WTF DOES IT MATTER?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:36 PM Flag
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you may have to come downtown to find actual mothers caring for their own children but not sure what language they speak [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:39 PM Flag
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np: sancti you know what. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:40 PM Flag
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some of us moms HAVE to work but would rather care for our babies ourselves. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:57 PM Flag
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It does matter if you want to create a relationship with someone and you cannot speak the same language. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:40 PM Flag
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Rutgers Presbyterian Church on 73rd & Broadway use to have a mommy & me group (for moms only, no nanny). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:51 PM Flag
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^^^Here is the website http://www.rutgerschurch.com/childsplay.html [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:53 PM Flag
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the handprints class at Rutgers Church is good and less expensive than other classes. bway and 72ndish. Can't comment on the ratio of nannies:parents, I am one of those horrible WOHM who sent kids to classes with nannies. I occassionally enrolled in Sat class when they were young. How about the library - Amsterdam and 67thish? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:53 PM Flag
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they have a Mnoday story hour at 11am-"Riverside Branch" of the library [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:36 PM Flag
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We meet lot's of poeple at Kidville but it may be a bit far at 83&Columbus [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:22 PM Flag
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Hands on for music and Art -Amsterdam betw 68-69. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:34 PM Flag
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JCC has some great classes for that age. My dd loved the art class there. They also have some classes that are for parents only (not for nannies). Also try classes at NY Kids Club on 68th Street and My Gym on 66th Street. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:08 PM Flag
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oops i posted below before seeing what you wrote! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:34 PM Flag
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also JCC has classes and mommy and me classes [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:33 PM Flag
[ - ] my exhusband is a complete idiot and a total jerk. there I said it. 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:24 PM Flag
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Good for you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:27 PM Flag
[ - ] JUmbled post of the week: A pregnant woman is riding the subway to get to her son's practice when she notices a passenger drop $148 dollars on the floor. She hasn't decided how much to pay her nanny yest, but reckons the $148 would be great. Now only if she could decide which day to pay the nanny. She is sure her DH would want to weigh in on the question but he is massively hung over from his company holiday party so she decides to take the son's coach aside and ask his opinion.... 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:24 PM Flag
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lol you I like [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:27 PM Flag
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who was lookin she hasn't had sex with hubby since last month when he vomited on the living room chair and he ruined their dd's chances at entry to tt school by screaming at Christmas trees and declaring his hope that their son tagged as much tail as possible by age 14. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:30 PM Flag
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And then she asked herself the eternal question - I am 5'4" and 120 lbs...am I fat??? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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ahem, sorry... who was lookin'pretty good because she hadn't had sex with hubby... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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it was then that she decided that her weekly spending habit had gotten a tad out of control averaging about $54k per week, week after week, year after year... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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which hope would surely be realized as the son had found out at a very tender age that santa did not exist when his nanny let the cat out of the bag and his neighbor had given him a barbie doll as a gift. Meanwhile, the grandmother... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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he son soon found himself smoking crack with the girls from Chapin in an abandoned building in the Bronx... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:37 PM Flag
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And couldn't decide how much to tip the doorman...or if $1000 would look like too cheap of a donation to their preschool. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:11 PM Flag
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LOL -- I have been on here way too much recently because I'm recognizing nearly all the references. I gotta get a life. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:23 PM Flag
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great post - yada yada yada [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:44 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone keep a food diary before to track what you are eating? Does it really help with weight loss? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 12.19.08, 12:22 PM Flag
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I tried but gave up after a week - its hard! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:23 PM Flag
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I did it, and still do it pretty much every day. It is essential to weight loss imo.Figure out a calorie target and stick to it by writing down everythig that goes in your mouth (caloriecount.com for the calories). It will change your habits. IMo this is the only weight-loss plan that works lt. gl w it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:30 PM Flag
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I did, but as part of WW. It does work, never realized what all that grazing amounted to before I started to record it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:31 PM Flag
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It is definitely worth trying. Not just weight loss, but you'll see the quality of what you eat might not be what you thought. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:39 PM Flag
[ - ] What is the oldest you are willing to have a child? I know it is a personal decision and there are so many factors that can influence one's choice but what is your own personal cut-off? I am 37 and ttc #2, for me I always said "40" but now that I have a dc, I don't want to be older than 38. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:22 PM Flag
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I've never (and would never) set self imposed limits like that [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:23 PM Flag
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I am 41 and considered it. my follicles are in stellar shape but we decided not to. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:23 PM Flag
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Last baby at 41. Would love another but feel too old now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:56 PM Flag
[ - ] What is the oldest you are willing to have a child? I know it is a personal decision and there are so many factors that can influence one's choice but what is your own personal cut-off? I am 37 and ttc #2, for me I always said "40" but now that I have a dc, I don't want to be older than 38. 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:20 PM Flag
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35 for me... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:21 PM Flag
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why 35? That seems very young to have as a cut off. Geez, we had no.1 at 35, after 2 years of trying and 2 IVF's, no.2 at 38, after 7 IUI's and 2 IVF's, and now want one more. I am 40. Sorry for seeming defensive, but 35 as a cut off?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:25 PM Flag
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np: my cut off was always 27. First db at 41. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:26 PM Flag
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lol. love you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:33 PM Flag
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hey - i am getting a lot of love today. you like me. you really like me! (i did the jumbled post of the week too). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:41 PM Flag
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wow, you are a trooper! seriously. (np, btw) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:40 PM Flag
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yeah, well, I really REALLY love my kids and really love being a mom. And I'm adopted, so being pregnant and having biological connection in the world felt really important. Go figure! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:13 PM Flag
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45 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:22 PM Flag
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Am early pg with #2 at 38. I'm done after this. But always considered 40 the cutoff. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:26 PM Flag
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How old is #1? My #1 is 2.5, so I hope that we can get going on #2 so they are somewhat close in age. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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I'm 30 and DONE [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:34 PM Flag
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how many dc's do you have? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:39 PM Flag
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3 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:40 PM Flag
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you don't live in nyc, do you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:41 PM Flag
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yes I do [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:43 PM Flag
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was just thinking that. also, living here and being from here are different. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:46 PM Flag
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It is 35 for me. I already have 2 dc at 32 and don't too much of an age difference, and I want to move on to the next stage of our lives, without diapers, bottles, strollers. That said, if I had started having kids later, my cutoff would be later. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:59 PM Flag
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General Topics 12.19.08, 02:31 PM Flag
[ - ] My twin boys just got their ERBs back -- 96 and 94. I know these scores are pretty high but will they be able to get into a TT school? It's tough for boys, and especially two at once. But will the tough economic times open up some spaces? Do I still have a shot? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:20 PM Flag
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doubt tt unless super wealthy or connected. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:22 PM Flag
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i know a 91 ds who got into st B but his parents are extremely wealthy and well connected [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:23 PM Flag
[ - ] i'm 16 weeks and finally got to the point yesterday that i can't comfortably button my pants. actually, i can't really button some of them at all. dh and i are on a pretty tight budget and i was really hoping to be able to get through the holidays before having to buy new clothes, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. any suggestions on where to buy reasonably priced, stylish maternity clothes? i would even consider second hand. thanks! 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:12 PM Flag
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old navy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:12 PM Flag
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see if the preppy turtle is still open - consignment - i got some very nice things there - liz lange (and not target liz lange!). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:13 PM Flag
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consignment is best! H&M has cute stuff as well [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:17 PM Flag
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buy some hair elastics and use them to keep your pants together until after the holidays [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:17 PM Flag
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you may also try craigslist... sometimes you can get a full wardrobe reasonably priced [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:18 PM Flag
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try the bella band (google it). it sounds weird but works wonders - im at 23 weeks and haven't bought any new work pants thanks to it -- you can keep them unbuttoned and unzipped and the bella band goes over them, holds them up and no one knows! best investment i've made! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:20 PM Flag
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Gap Maternity. you can also use the rubberband trick-ask someone what to do-to expand the pants or buy belly band. Target maternity too [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:20 PM Flag
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Ask friends for hand-me-downs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:23 PM Flag
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Agree with bella band and hair elastics and Target Liz Lange is pretty cheap. You are lucky you got to 16 weeks! My pants stopped buttoning at 10 weeks. :( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:24 PM Flag
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Agree. Target is the best for decent quality, cute and cheap maternity clothes. I like old navy too, and Destination Maternity/Pea in the Pod for special occasions only. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:27 PM Flag
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i live in manhattan and have been to the target in brooklyn a couple of times and was totally disappointed! is there another one besides the one on atlantic? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:05 PM Flag
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queens is nice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:08 PM Flag
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There is one in the Bx - first stop on 1. I ordered all my Target maternity online [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:57 PM Flag
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I also agree with the bella band. I started needing it earlier than you (about 11-12 weeks) but it really got me through the transition stage. I have to say that once I got to about 18 weeks maternity was more comfortable, but it really helped extend the life of my regular pants. Plus, you can use it post-partum. As for clothes, I've had good luck at Old Navy and Gap. They have sales regularly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:30 PM Flag
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ebay, seriously. I've gotten tons of cute stuff on there, heavily discounted [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:57 PM Flag
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Target, JCPenney, Maternityworks plus [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:12 PM Flag
[ - ] If you still have playdates/interviews, do you mind saying where? Curious to know which schools aren't done already. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.19.08, 12:11 PM Flag
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CGPS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:06 PM Flag
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collegiate playdate left [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:12 PM Flag
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I know people who still have to do parent interview at Spence. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:39 PM Flag
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School at Columbia [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 05:40 PM Flag
[ - ] summer ds (94 erbs) - hold back and start k (tt school) at age 6 since we have VERY strong connections at that school? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 12.19.08, 12:10 PM Flag
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I suggest that you rethink the natural childbirth thing.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:14 PM Flag
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ask the school [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:29 PM Flag
[ - ] trying for #3 for a year. went to fertility specialist Tuesday. Am now 1 day late. would doc have been able to see anything on the sonogram on Tuesday if I were pregnant? He didn't say anything. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
TTC 12.19.08, 12:07 PM Flag
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wouldn't have been able to see anything... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:10 PM Flag
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probably not... the earliest we saw anything was 3-4 days after I was due for period [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:21 PM Flag
[ - ] im debating between a child birth class w ellen chuse or a bradley method class.... i'm hoping for a natural delivery in a hospital. any suggestions? thx. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 12.19.08, 12:07 PM Flag
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Ellen is a nice person and a good teacher, but the classes were excrutiatingly long, and we joked the pain of the class was serious preparation for the pain of childbirth. I'd take a shorter class. We did learn a lot, and it forced my husband to have to sit and think about what it all really meant. Several hours in class after work one night a week for 8 weeks when you are at the peak of your pregnancy... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:38 PM Flag
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were you planning a natural birth? if so do you feel the class helped you towards this end? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:18 PM Flag
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It depends a lot more on the hospital and your doctor. Some hospitals are more accepting to natural but some are very difficult. I had 2 non medicated births at cornell, but I had a great doula who got along w/nurses and drs. But it was not easy to "get my way" and I would recommend a doula before anything else. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:42 PM Flag
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how much are doulas? ive been assuming i can afford one, but maybe i should consider it. how exactly do you feel it is helpful? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:19 PM Flag
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I did Bradley and forgot everything during actual labor. But the class helped my dh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:39 PM Flag
[ - ] need restaurant recs. near arthur ave in the bronx, and times square in the city that are kid-friendly. thanks. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:05 PM Flag
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mars 2112 (?) is great for kids [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:06 PM Flag
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^^but super annoying for adults [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:25 PM Flag
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That place is gross. In Times Square nearly everything is kid friendly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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exactly. tourist friendly generally equals kids friendly. ie: TGI Fridays and Olive Garden. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:36 PM Flag
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Dominick's & Roberto are the two classics up in little italy, bronx. But you can't go wrong just popping into any italian place up there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:37 PM Flag
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Bond 45 and that pizza place...Johnny's?....can't remember in Times Square. Oh, and Ruby Foos. Don't know about Arthur Ave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:58 PM Flag
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TIMES SQUARE AREA - John's Pizza, Carmine's [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:26 PM Flag
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Virgil's BBQ is pretty good and kid friendly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:43 PM Flag
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Roberto Restaurant for the Bronx, traditional Italian, they always welcome children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:00 PM Flag
[ - ] Trying with #3 for a yr. went to fertility specialist on Tues. he did a sonogram. I am now 1 day late. would he have been able to see anything on the sonogram? he didn't say anything. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:05 PM Flag
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I don't think he'd be able to see the sac at that stage. Did he say what he was looking for? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:25 PM Flag
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did you poas yet? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:28 PM Flag
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