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[ - ] Anyone with 5 dcs in NYC? Seriously .... 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 07.15.08, 11:54 AM Flag
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I know one woman with 3 boys, twin girls and is pregnant with #6. I don't know how she does it. I don't think she has help either, but maybe has family around [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:22 PM Flag
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god bless her...we can barely manage one (and she's an easy kid). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:27 PM Flag
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she usually dresses the boys all in the same outfits....and the girls alike too. I think it saves her sanity! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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jewish? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:34 PM Flag
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nope, but you are right, the orthodox women do it all the time [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 01:33 PM Flag
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I know 2 families - one had twins as #s 4 & 5 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:31 PM Flag
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many many hassidic families. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:36 PM Flag
[ - ] I would really like to have another child, but I am 41 and feeling old! 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:42 AM Flag
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how many dc's do you have? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:49 AM Flag
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I had my second at 41 but I was too afraid to tempt fate and go for #3. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:49 AM Flag
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How many do you have now? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:49 AM Flag
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OP: 2 dcs. I am not complaining, just wishing for another! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:51 AM Flag
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Do you want to have a 3 yo at age 45? I am 43 and am in fantastic physical shape and I don't even think I would want to deal with a toddler at this point. Although I guess if I were rich enough to be able to hand him off to nanny when I'm tired it would be a different story. . . . [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:57 AM Flag
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Yeah, I know. I'm too old. I should just be grateful for what I have. And I am, really .... just sort of wondering out loud, I guess [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:59 AM Flag
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NP: I have a 3 year old at 46 (and older dc). I do feel like I'm more tired, but you know what -- wouldn't miss it for anything. If you really want one, do it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:08 PM Flag
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go for it! then better sooner than later --signed 42 year old mom w/ 3 dc's under 6 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:59 AM Flag
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omg, i am 41 and if dh agreed, i would have #3 for sure. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:53 PM Flag
[ - ] anyone have good suggestions for 6 year old girl bday parties in NYC? 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 07.15.08, 11:40 AM Flag
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american girl tea shop, the palm court at the plaza hotel for tea, build a bear... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:44 AM Flag
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ick, ick and ick [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:50 AM Flag
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what do you suggest? is a movie party appropriate? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:52 AM Flag
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Yes, if its a kid movie. My own DD would love that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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I think a movie party is tough because at that age you really have kids that like all different levels of movie (e.g. my dd still prefers the babyish stuff, others would look down their noses at.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:59 AM Flag
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gymnastics at Chelsea Piers, cooking party (minichefs.com, I think), Central Park Zoo, Victorian Gardens in summer or ice skating in fall/winter [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:57 AM Flag
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These are all boring. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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then you're on your own, sweetie, if you think gymnastics, cooking, the zoo, skating, and amusement parks are boring. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:01 PM Flag
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swimming, tennis or craft studio if not athletic [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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she probably won't like these, either. OP can only respond with "ick, ick, and ick" or "these are all boring" so I'm not sure why she asked for suggestions... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:03 PM Flag
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My 5 yo wants a "nail polish" party w/ mini-manicures and pedicures. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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Deb'd disco dance party--super fun [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:07 PM Flag
[ - ] Just returned from extended family vacation with my brother and his kids and my 2 yr old. While we were away, my ds kept trying to run in parking lots, out of restaurants, etc. My brother emailed me to say that he was really concerned about it and would be happy to share ideas for disciplining him if I'd like. He and his wife spank their kids, but I don't believe in it. We've tried time outs, talking to my ds, etc., but I think he's just too young to really appreciate the danger and is in the phase of trying to test/defy us. Do you think this is unusual behavior for a two-year-old? What else can I do to discipline/teach him not to do this? I was kind of offended by my brother's comment, but I think he truly does care and is trying to help. Maybe I'm not strict enough? 20 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:40 AM Flag
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my daughter ran into the street once and i spanked her not even hard at all just a few taps but i was flaming mad and she has never, ever ran into a street or in a parking lot again. that was the only time i ever spanked her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:43 AM Flag
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this is what two-year olds do, they run. mine runs everywhere, i couldn't stop her if i wanted to. at this young age i see it as my job to chase after her and make sure she's safe, and i've also began to tell her to be careful of cars, which she is starting to get. i think your brother is totally over-reacting. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:49 AM Flag
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OP: thanks. that's exactly how I feel too. it's not like i let him run wild by himself. i chase him all over the place and make sure he doesn't get hurt. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:09 PM Flag
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Some kids need the fear of your wrath put into them. Toddlers especially have no reasoning ability. You don't have to resort to spankling but it's not a negotation when it's discipline. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:53 AM Flag
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does your brother have any other ideas besides spanking? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:55 AM Flag
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OP: My brother didn't send any other ideas to me yet. But during the course of the vacation, he and my sil spanked their older son (7 yo) with a belt. My sil also made several remarks about "having to beat them" -- she said it jokingly, but I felt like it was directed at me. Meanwhile, they let their 3 yo drink diet coke, feed their kids nothing but processed sugar and let them play with guns and swords -- all things that I don't approve of, but would never dream of bringing up with them. Trying to give my bro the benefit of the doubt, but kind of pissed that they felt they had to address this with me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:00 PM Flag
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OP: TOY guns and swords, that is :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:01 PM Flag
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wow, beating with a belt? joking about beating the children? abusive stuff imo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:03 PM Flag
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OP: ITA. I grew up with this -- belt, paddle at school -- and totally don't believe in it for my son. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:08 PM Flag
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this makes me feel so guilty. i'll often say "i have to go beat my children now," when i just mean i have to lay down the law. it makes dh so mad and i've always said "i'm joking - no one who actually spanks their kids would say this." now i realize that they do and i will stop my stupid joking. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:16 PM Flag
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My dad's new wife offered me some constructive advice a few weeks ago. I stopped her and asked if we were "no longer following the rule of polite society that says you don't tell other people how to parent? 'cause I have a bunch of observations I'd love to share with you on your son." It has not come up again. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:09 PM Flag
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OP: Ha! Love it. Great way to shut 'em up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:11 PM Flag
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Normal 2yo behavior. I won't spank but I use the stroller as my control ie you run off and you will be put in the stroller - this seems to work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:57 AM Flag
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ita works for us [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:59 AM Flag
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OP: thanks. that's a good idea. will try. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:01 PM Flag
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I don't spank but my 2 y.o. is required to hold my hand, be carried or be strapped into the stroller. If she bolts one time, she is automatically strapped into the stroller no matter how much she protests. Also, check yourself - do you follow through with your warnings? If your brother felt strongly enough to say something, maybe it's about more than running (or your bro is a know it all.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:14 PM Flag
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OP: Thanks. It did make me stop and think about whether we're disciplining my ds enough and i don't think we are. What else do you do? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:17 PM Flag
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I am no expert. My 2 y.o. is our 3rd and I've learned that it's easier to be proactive in parenting than retroactive. So, it's worth it to me to fight the battle to get her into a highchair (at a restaurant) than deal with her falling off a chair and spilling her food everywhere. Just like I'd rather fight the battle of getting her into a stroller than chase her. But when my older kids are with me I can let her hold one of their hands so she feels more grown up and I feel she's safe. It's easier to compromise when you have more help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:24 PM Flag
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^also - i love the book 1,2,3 Magic. It says it's for kids ages 2 - 12 but I think 2 is a bit young. But I like his no nonsense, no yelling, no spanking philosophy. The author is Thomas Phelan (I think.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:26 PM Flag
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your brother may have easy kids. my first was easy and i judged thought I was the greatest mom in the world. then #2 came and I learned!!! 2 year olds run it happens ecspecially on vac when they are not comfortable [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:29 PM Flag
[ - ] Breastfeeding Moms- I have a 2 week old baby and have avoided the bottle (except in the hospital before my milk came in). It took a day to get him back on, and I had the same kinds of problem with my first... When can I safely introduce a bottle or paci? I don't have time to be this baby's paci like I did with my first... TIA 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:27 AM Flag
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i usually introduced the bottle once db was 2 wks old. if you wait until 5 wks, they have a very hard time accepting it (can't remember why but actually read that there is a developmental reason for this so if you don't do it by 5 wks, wait until wk 7 or 8.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:34 AM Flag
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I don't know if I can make it that long anyway! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:09 PM Flag
[ - ] what age did your child stop napping? and what time was the nap right before it stopped? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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dd1 napped until she was 5 y.o. dd2 stopped napping when she was 2.5 - but that was partially b/c her older sis was getting up so early for school that bedtime was b/t 6:30 - 7pm. dd3 is currently 2.5 and her nap is short but daily. she goes down around 1pm and naps b/t 45 - 90 min. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:36 AM Flag
[ - ] Has anyone ever been a labor coach? Agreed to do it for my best friend (who is going to try for no medical interference, unlike me) and need to clarify to friend's husband (who is feeling threatned) what my role will be. Advice? TIA. 27 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 07.15.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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I was there for my friend when she was in labor (24 hrs long). Her baby's daddy was there also and he was no help. She needs to clarify to her dh why she wants you there. I find it odd that he's feeling threatened by you being there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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oh dear - sounds like your friend needs to talk to her dh. you're being a good friend but i feel sorry for you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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itta. (poster above). During my friends labor, the father and I weren't seeing eye to eye. My view was whatever the mom wanted. His view was no meds..let her push through the pain. It wasn't a nice scene [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:14 AM Flag
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OP: Oooh, I am afraid this is exactly what our issue is. Advice? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:16 AM Flag
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well I just pulled him aside and told him that I wasn't going to argue with him in front of her because that helps no one and only stresses her out. I also reminded him that she is the one in pain and if SHE choses to ask for meds then we should be respectful of her decision and since neither of us could relate (I didn't have kids back then) we shouldn't judge. He still guilted her into no meds for 12 hrs but after than she told him to go to hell (lol). She got meds and was able to rest and relax [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:18 AM Flag
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Wow. So, this guy isn't alone. I have never come across a man so judgemental about his wife not using paid med. Bizarre. I guess I will hold my tongue and see how it unfolds once we get there. He was arguing that I shouldn't be there since I DID opt for an epidural I wouldn't know what she was going through and would encourage her to get the epidural as soon as thyings got tough. Sheesh. I'm with you--whatever mom wants, I'll advocate for... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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np below, her dh is an a$$ too...tell him since he will likely never experience that kind of pain that he should be leaving the decision about meds up to her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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Yeah, it's always a bit strange to hear my husband describe how the amnio wasn't too bad...He was great in labor and delivery and as pregnant (without being annoying at all) as he could be, along with me. As athletes, we both have some experience pushing physical limits, so that may have been in our favor-BUT if I had requested meds, he would've sprinted for the anaesthesiologist. It might be unifying for the trio to discuss what everyone hopes for, expects and is comfortable with; My sister attended our child's birth, along w/my husband and [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:35 AM Flag
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they were so great together and there for one another, as well as for me. Remember that it's seldom a predictable scenario, past some basic similarities and hopeful outcomes. If he's never attended a birth, it's likely he'll be humbled and most concerned about mom and baby, too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:43 AM Flag
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yes amazing how many men feel they know better. I've been pg 3 times (pg now) and because of metal in my back I couldn't get an epi. I don't wish that pain on anyone. If I could have it, I would get it in a heartbeat. Why suffer if you don't have to. Your friends dh is a real JERK [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:25 AM Flag
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I know. It sucks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:31 AM Flag
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np: OMG, her dh sounds like a big dick...wtf kind of husband tells his wife 'no meds' once she decides shw wants them? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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you would be surprised how many men feel like this. BTW my friend got knocked up from a booty call and I couldn't stand this man. Thank god she didn't marry this asswipe [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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OP: Yes, it is a bit awkward. Oddly, it doesn't help that I have known him for a long time. He is very opinionated and usually my friend can handle him and his strong personality, but she seems very nervous about labor. It's their first. How would you describe your role in specific terms? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:15 AM Flag
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the one that needs to be having this talk with him is your friend. All he will do is pull rank as being the father and he may get very snippy with you. She doesn't need hostility in the room. I can't understand how men think they could dictate to a woman in labor HOW to labor. Pisses me off [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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Just tell him that first labors can be long and tiring on even the bystanders....offer to man the camera after the birth if they want...fetch ice chips while he stays with her, stay with her while he runs to get a bite to eat. My best friend was at my 1st delivery and I really liked having a friend with me who had given birth before and could offer suggestions my dh wouldn't have thought of. My thought is sometimes in the throws of labor you feel a bit of resentment toward dh since you are going through all the pain...sometimes a mediator is kind of nice [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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OP: Thanks for the specifics! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:23 AM Flag
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During labor w/our first, our midwife was concerned by a dramatic decrease in fetal heartrate accompanying contractions, so from the get go, plans changed. We hadn't wanted a vaginal monitor-got one; we wanted to continue labor in the hot tub-couldn't. So things change, yet the focus should always remain on low stress and positive attitudes- no matter what changes pop up. That's the talk that needs to be had before labor. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:55 AM Flag
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btw, it was simply a cord around the neck that was skillfully manipulated during delivery by our incredible midwife, w/no cutting. The worries that were expressed later, by my man and my sister were truly undetected at the time and we went home 12 hrs later, with our beautiful baby. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:01 PM Flag
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a dh here: I would not have been happy if my dw had asked a friend to do this. I don't think I fit the description you give of her husband so maybe it is a moot point but I wanted to offer a male POV. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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Why? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 01:01 PM Flag
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Because it would have meant she did not have faith in my ability to be there/do this with her. If the friend acting as a labor coach were a doula or had training in the area -- that would be one thing -- but that is not the case here. -OR/dh [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 04:32 PM Flag
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If I had been alone in the room when midwife went to answer a page and husband went to make calls, I would've had to confront a round of ob residents on rounds-discussing my labor and why I was a likely emergency c-section w/in the hour-alone. Luckily, I had someone whom loves me there, so she could tell them they were silly, mistaken and needed to leave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 01:25 PM Flag
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I did not leave my dw's side during labor for either of our kids. And #1 was a really long labor. -OR [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 04:35 PM Flag
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well since you aren't the one pushing a watermelon out of your penis, I say whatever your dw wants, she gets. It's really astonishing to me how some dh want to tell their dw how to labor. If she wants a friend there, she should be able to have a friend there. I know this is your dc too but this is HER BODY [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 03:37 PM Flag
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I had SIL in with us during labor. Originally it was because I wanted someone who I thought would be more comforting and nurturing during labor rahter than DH who is awesome, but can often be more like "You can do it." rather than "I know it hurts, let me rub your back". In the end though, the best thing was having 2 people there so that each had a break (labor was 30+ hrs) and 1 could attend to me and the other could go find a nurse, go fetch things, etc. And thye alternated those roles. It's impt to remember that you are alone through much of labor and often you don't want DH running off to attend to something and leaving you all alone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 01:18 PM Flag
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Hello. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 04:35 PM Flag
[ - ] re: Taxes -- advice on dealing with taxes on salary of caregiver caring for my child at home, assuming the caregiver is not thru an agency that handles all of that? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:10 AM Flag
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We used a payroll service. Your accountant can help and you can do it yourself. I can't remember the name of the company, but if you google you will find several services. I think the service cost like 400/yr. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:17 AM Flag
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we treat our nanny as an independent contractor, so she's responsible for her own income taxes. we just make out a 1099-MISC for her at the end of the year. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:53 AM Flag
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That's incorrect, unless she is incorporated. She works in your home and if the state ever audited you, you'd be in trouble. A few years back they cracked down on independent contractors in other fields, so doubt a nanny would ever be acceptable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:11 PM Flag
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we used a service called Nannytax [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:08 PM Flag
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if you have an accountant already for your own taxes, have her do it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:20 PM Flag
[ - ] Suggestions for where to apply with dd's 90 ERB. Live in UWS. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 07.15.08, 11:05 AM Flag
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cathedral, shsh, cgps, school at columbia [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:07 AM Flag
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I would add Trevor and ECFS, maybe Claremont if you are willing to go downtown. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:09 AM Flag
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np: if she's willing to go downtown then she should also look into city and country, Little Red, St Lukes, Grace and Friends [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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anywhere you want. Apply broadly and GL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:10 AM Flag
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hmmm that a tough one, while dc has a good score it is not a shoe in anywhere(not that anyone ever is). I would apply broady and listen to PSD. Do you have any schools in mind, if you love a school apply. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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I've heard many schools have a 95 cut off [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:35 AM Flag
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I think this is UB lore. My dd got into 2 tt's with a 93 2 years ago [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:51 AM Flag
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CGPS but you must FC them. Any school like Trevor, Calhoun, MCS, SHSH, Cathedral, MM, CSH, Bankstreet, ECFS, Jewish schools (if Jewish), Montessori, UNIS, or K-5 schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 05:25 PM Flag
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>there were also some Brearley dc's who got in with 90 or lower (according to some posters here), so who knows. Claremont or Mandell. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 05:27 PM Flag
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Unless you have a real disparity in the scores you should apply to any school that interests you. The discussion of cut off scores at 95 is utter nonesense. People get shut out with 99 erbs and people get in with lower than a 90 erb. However, you should apply to schools on a variety of academic levels. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 06:20 PM Flag
[ - ] We're visiting my in-laws in NYC with our 1 year old. Just curious what you do if you don't have a carseat and want to take a taxi with DS? THANKS! 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:59 AM Flag
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I did not take my kids in a taxi until they were 3, then I just hoped and prayed for no accidents. Consider the bus, subway or walking. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:01 AM Flag
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ditto, no cabs without carseats before 3. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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carseats are not required by law in taxis (they're considered public transportation) - so, if you are comfortable doing so, you can just get in one and hold dc in your lap. many people do it. i did many times. but they do tend to start and stop suddenly, so be prepared for that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:04 AM Flag
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go without carseat [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:31 AM Flag
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99.999% of people take their kids in taxi's without a carseat. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:41 AM Flag
[ - ] Anyone deliver with Dr. Sharon Patrick at SLR? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:55 AM Flag
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No, but with one of her partners--loved all of them. My GP recommended SP. I loved SLR also. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:13 AM Flag
[ - ] looking for advice from moms with older kids, i used to live on UWS with newborn-18monthDC. loved it. we were in central park constantly, i ran in the park, truly enjoyed it. however, in many ways i like the downtown vibe much more. here's my question, we're moving back to the city with older DC and now a younger sibling and wondering would i really use central park as much as i think ? would i miss not having all of the green space in other neighorhoods in the city? or does life change so much as DC 39 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:51 AM Flag
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i think you will constantly be in the park [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:53 AM Flag
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do you live on UWS? if so, do you have any advice on which would be the best public school zone to live in? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:56 AM Flag
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UWS, the best elem schools are 199 and 87 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:59 AM Flag
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thanks. any one more or less crowded than the other? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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People complain about crowding in 199, but they have kept class size smaller than the avg NYC public. K classes this yr were about 22 kids, in NYC they can have as many as 28 kids in a K and the class size grows as they get older. People love and 87 and they rave about the principal. The school is larger. I think there were 7 K classes this yr with 25-26 kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:21 AM Flag
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thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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87 is better than 199. 199 pretty mediocre. 87 more creative, better spirit and the new principal is very good; better than 199 principal. Neither school is good for academically gifted, however. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 08:14 PM Flag
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DC's get older that i wouldn't really use it so much as long as we have access to playgrounds and lot of families near us? TIA [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:53 AM Flag
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My oldest is 6, we are definitely at playgrounds less frequently, but we still try and go to CP as much as possible. I need to see green. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 10:58 AM Flag
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i'm with you on seeing green. that's my issue. i truly love and appreciate the park. never took it for granted. was always very happy there. BUT, i also value the low key vibe downtown, the restaurants and it seems i might be able to find some less crowded public schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:00 AM Flag
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I think there are very few good uncrowded schools in NYC. The only one I can think of is 158. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:02 AM Flag
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Do not move to the UWS if restaurants are important to you. I have never understand why there aren't more good one on the UWS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:05 AM Flag
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i do love restaurants A LOT!....BUT, i have to put the kids first so i want that to be the priority. but i like my food!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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the greenery and parks on uws is a life-saver. truly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:01 AM Flag
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The think I love most about UWS vs. other areas - 2 parks and 2 subway lines. CP is my favorite. How old are your kids? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:03 AM Flag
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5 and 1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:09 AM Flag
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my kids are 6 and 2. We spend tons of time in the park. With the younger one, every day. With both kids on the weekends. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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okay, good to know, i wasn't sure if as kids get older they get so busy doing other things that you're not in the park as often. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:13 AM Flag
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we probably use it differently than you did when you had a baby/toddler. We go to the Met, the Central Park Zoo, and a lot of playgrounds that may not be the closest ones to our apt (Hecksher playground at the south end of the park is great for older kids). We go skating in the winter at Wollman Rink, and my older child has little league and soccer games in the park. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 02:43 PM Flag
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also, do you do public school? if so, are you happy? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:14 AM Flag
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We do private. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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unfortunately, not an option. way too late in the game to get in for K this year! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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we are downtown (east village) raising 2 kids (3 soon I'm pg). I love the vibe down here. Lots of kids and the hudson river parks are nice too [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:08 AM Flag
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what are the hudson river parks like? sorry to ask so many questions but we're out of state right now and when i lived there inthe past, i LOVED the east village, however, parks were the last thing on my mind. are they pretty? safe? is there a place to take a run or walk the kids int eh stroller? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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UWSer here, I don't love the Hudson River Parks, you have the Westside highway in the background, as you do in Riverside park, but Riverside Park seems a little further removed or have more trees in between park and highway [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:18 AM Flag
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are there any parks on the east side? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:21 AM Flag
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There is John Jay Park around 76th and East End, which is HUGE, it is a little too big for my taste. That area is zoned for PS 158, which has a mandate for small classes. I like that school. there is Carl Schurz Park in E80s on the river near Gracie mansion, but I strongly prefer the Westside Parks. This from a Westsider who is considering a move East for school. You get a little more apt for your $ on the Eastside, particularly if you are willing to live far East. There are more good schools including 6, 158, 290, 59 and some would include 183. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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any nice parks further south on east side? more towards the 20's - 30's [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:27 AM Flag
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I don't know that area well, but if you are willing to live in Stuyvesant Town they supposed have nice green area/playspace/playgrounds [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:29 AM Flag
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np: madison square park has a nice playground. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 01:22 PM Flag
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do you do private or public school? i dont' know the school situation in the east village. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 06:57 PM Flag
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The East Village proper is in District 1 which has lousy public schools, really bad. Only option is NEST which is a city wide testing program you are too late for (& if you do a search for NEST on UB you will see how strongly people fell for & against it) To be in District 2 you have to be West of 4th Ave and then you have great schools - PS 41, 40, 116, 11, 3 - all very good both gen ed & G&T. But if you are going to look at Styvesant Town or Peter Cooper be VERY careful since one apartment tower can be in one school zone and the one right next to it can be in another (not good) one. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 07:13 PM Flag
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thanks!!! i'll make sure i check with the schools before i commit to an apartment building. thanks again for your help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 09:15 PM Flag
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What is your budget? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:19 AM Flag
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6K or less for a rental [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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check out streeteasy.com. you can search for rentals and purchases by school zone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:26 AM Flag
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awesome! thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:27 AM Flag
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My DD is two, but it's DH that needs the park! I also wanted to say that the BPC area looks pretty green to me. PS89 and 234 are good but FULL. There was talk of turning people away. The East Village school situation is an issue if you are in D1, but Gramercy Park has what looks online to be a really nice great school - maybe it's called ps40 - and I would really look into that. I live on the UES, have lived UWS, W. Village, Soho and also prefer the restaurants and vibe downtown. I think I would find it landlocked now though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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i was definitely considering ps 40 b/c it sounds great, but yeah, it's the park issue that has me concerned. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 01:18 PM Flag
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New York City 07.15.08, 10:48 AM Flag
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Bela at Bliss. I think she works at the Lexington/50th and Soho locations. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 11:14 AM Flag
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Kimara Anhert (sp?) on Madison between 83rd and 84th. Best brazillian I have ever had and I have been getting them for over 8 years. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.15.08, 02:13 PM Flag
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