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[ - ] Would you trade your 1150 sq. ft apartment with outdoor space in Park Slope (ps 321) for a 2000 sq. ft house in Windsor Terrace (ps 154)? All costs being equal. 2 small kids. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:01 AM Flag
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no way [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:18 AM Flag
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Are you originally from Brooklyn? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:19 AM Flag
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154 doesn't even compare to 321. 1150 sf doesn't sound so bad as long as you have 2 br. You can move when the kids really want separate rooms (middle school?) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:28 AM Flag
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No way. You would pay the same amount of money to send your kids to a far inferior school and live in a neighborhood that was not as nice? Unless there were significant financial reasons to do so, it makes no sense. Also, Windsor Terrace real estate is not nearly as solid an investment as Park Slope. I do not live in Park Slope but know it is a safer bet than these various gentrifying neighborhoods. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:21 AM Flag
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np: Windsor Terrace is pretty solid---has always been a working class nabe, not a fringe nabe. Just my 2 cents though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:23 AM Flag
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I agree. Windsor Terrace is a solid working class neighborhood. However, it definitely has a very different feel from Park Slope. PS 321 and the real estate around it, whether you love it or hate it, are definitely a way safer bet. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:37 AM Flag
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I agree with 5:28 AM. PS 154 is a big step down from 321. If your place is 1150sf, I assume it is a two bedroom (since it is awfully big for a 1br and too small for a 3br). Keep your kids in the same bedroom for a while. That should buy you time until middle school at least:-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:29 AM Flag
[ - ] What is the best fertility monitor IYO? Also, if you have any other great tips for TTC I'd love to hear them! We're going for #1, and I'm excited. :-) 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:52 AM Flag
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i would not recommend the clear blue easy one - it said i never ovulated the month i got pregnant with my ds [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:54 AM Flag
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what would you reccomend? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:59 AM Flag
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Sounds cheesy, but I bought that book, "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," on a rec from a friend and actually used the software that came with it. I got pg with #1 6 weeks after going off the pill (and at 36!) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:02 AM Flag
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np that is a fantastic book. Didn't know it had software [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:03 AM Flag
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The book comes with demo software and I shelled out the $20 or whatever to buy the full version and put my temp etc. in every morning. It was fun seeing my fertility charts and it was also cool that I pretty much knew exactly when I conceived. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:05 AM Flag
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cool [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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i bought the book taking charge and used the clear blue ovulation sticks- with the smiley face. when nothing happened after 4 months, i knew it was time to see a dr. sure enough, sperm problem. diagnosed, fixed quickly, and 1 year later i'm 7 mos pg. good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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OP. Thank you guys for all the great advice!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:16 AM Flag
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Pay attention to your body. Take notes. You can actually know when you're ovulating. Sometimes it's earlier than you think. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 06:11 AM Flag
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ita...once I started paying attention, it became very obvious when I was ovulating. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 06:13 AM Flag
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Before you buy anything, I agree with the above poster. Just read on-line and learn when you ovulate. Hint: egg-white mucus. I used this for b-c for years and got pregnant first mothn at 34 and second month at 37 just byt this and a little simple charting. Yo don't need to buy a fertility monitor [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 07:32 AM Flag
[ - ] Just found out I am having my 2nd boy. I am bummed..wanted a girl. I feel so dumb for feeling this way 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:49 AM Flag
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totally normal. just don't give him a girl's name. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:55 AM Flag
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really? We were thinking Sue.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:05 AM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:08 AM Flag
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I know a boy named Sue [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:58 AM Flag
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don't worry it will get better. I'm pg with a boy after 2 dds. I wanted a 3rd dd and was kind of bummed for a few days but got used to the idea really quickly. Congrats [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:56 AM Flag
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General Topics 05.28.08, 05:24 AM Flag
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thanks that makes me feel better! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:33 PM Flag
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I love watching my boys play together! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:42 AM Flag
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I am worried about feeling the same way. I'm not sure if I should find out the sex. What week are you? I forget when you can find out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 06:01 AM Flag
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I am 20 weeks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:33 PM Flag
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That's why I am not finding out. I figure if it is a boy, I'll be less disappointed when I see my new baby because I'll be happy to see my baby, than if I know early on and he's just a "concept." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:54 PM Flag
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I think this is a good plan. Finding out the sex at the birth is so amazing. It would be hard to be "disapointed" w/a newborn baby. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:23 PM Flag
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btdt, it gets better. My boys are a lot of fun, and #3 was a dd:) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:38 PM Flag
[ - ] PG with #3 and am still amazed how ppl (especially women) won't offer you a seat. I always offer a seat to a pg woman, elderly, mom with small dc, ect. Who are raising these ppl? 44 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:43 AM Flag
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you are in the NE, yes? I don't think we realize just how bad it is until we are pregnant or in need another way. Nothing has changed, it's just the way it is here, unfortunately. My eyes were opened for the same reason when I was pg. Get me outta here!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:53 AM Flag
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op: yes I'm in NYC. I was born and raised here and my parents always showed me manners. I also show my dds to give up their seat to those who need it. It just still amazes me how ppl just play dumb and choose to be rude [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:54 AM Flag
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I agree. I think we are the minority--and I'm not being obnoxious. I truly believe that there are more ppl here who just have no manners. I was 8.5 mths pg and it was so clear my shoes couldn't even get on my feet. Do you think ANYONE on the train got up?? Not one. I sat on the floor [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:56 AM Flag
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i hear ya. same experience. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:53 AM Flag
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absolutely ita, that's why I'm glad I'm outta there - it was shocking to me, I guess we're naive :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:01 AM Flag
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np I've even seen this in the south now. Growing up, it never would have happened. Now though? really crappy IMHO. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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I don't know what train you guys ride, but I've never experienced this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:01 AM Flag
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then that's dumb luck; it also happened to me regularly when I was on crutches [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:02 AM Flag
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dumb luck that in the 25 years I've lived here I've never experienced it? in fact, I've experienced just the opposite. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:07 AM Flag
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General Topics 05.28.08, 05:08 AM Flag
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no, I've seen others complain about the same thing. I don't understand the discrepancy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:11 AM Flag
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well, that's why I suspect dumb luck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:11 AM Flag
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or karma [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:12 AM Flag
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well, I'm not seeing the karma, but whatever [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:17 AM Flag
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You were pregnant for 25 years? Wow. :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:09 AM Flag
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I meant, it's never happened to me nor have I witnessed it happening to someone else [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:12 AM Flag
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oh, and it was the 1,9, D, Q, N, R, and the 2, 3 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:08 AM Flag
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Are you serious? I experience this every day in the morning when it is crowded and people are tired. In the afternoon people usually offer me a seat, but NEVER during morning rush (I take the 1,2 or 3) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:04 AM Flag
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I also take the 1, 2, 3. Makes me wonder why my experience is so dissimilar [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:08 AM Flag
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Do you go during the morning rush (8-9)? The trains are usually packed so tight people can barely fit on them - I'd be shocked if people could even see a pg person, let alone give their seats up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:10 AM Flag
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I'm usually at work by 8 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:13 AM Flag
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^^^I should say BEFORE 8 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:14 AM Flag
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That could be the difference - after 8 people can barely get on the trains. Although I took the 2 at 7:30 this morning and no one offered me a seat (I'm 7 mos pg) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:15 AM Flag
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well, if I see you I'll offer you my seat... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:20 AM Flag
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Thanks :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:22 AM Flag
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i endured 3 pregnancies riding the subway and the train. honestly i was more grateful to people who gave me a seat than resentful of people who didnt. people are absorbed in their own world and dont always notice your pregnancy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:22 AM Flag
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that is certainly true, but there is a certain type of white, middle to upper middle class man (usually in a suit) who SEES you then looks away or buries his face in his paper [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:24 AM Flag
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If I'm standing, and there's someone who obviously needs a seat standing, I pick a guy like that and sweetly ask him if he'd mind getting up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:26 AM Flag
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i would be so mad at dh if i knew he did this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 07:44 AM Flag
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I agree - poster above who never gets a seat in the morning - realistically, if it is a short ride I just deal. If I really feel that I have to sit down (really tired or uncomfortable or long ride) I'll just ask for a seat. No one has ever said no when I ask. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:25 AM Flag
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I often preferred to stand, because it was so hard to get back up [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:45 AM Flag
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i'll never forget, i was about 7 mo pg, with my 2 yo dd on a bus. th bus was somewhat crowded, not bursting but standing room only. I had to hold my 2 yo cross town, and no one gave up a seat for me. well, 1 very elderly AA woman offered, but i declined. and then we glared at the men together [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:42 AM Flag
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you get more flies with honey, honey [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:46 AM Flag
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True, I'd ask a likely suspect if I needed to sit but I'm outspoken. I'd also ask people to help me with my stroller sometimes. 99% people were happy to do it - they just needed to be awakened out of their stupor [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:48 AM Flag
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normally, i agree. but after about 3 crosstown blocks, i had run out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:51 AM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:55 AM Flag
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i will say that i think people who have never been pg, men included, really do not understand how very uncomfortable you can be. not that it makes makes it OK, but i'm just saying. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 07:46 AM Flag
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I totally agree with OP. Having said that (I do give my seat to pg woman -- and I have been pg twice. So I know), I sometime feel hesitant to offer a seat because I'm not totally sure that the woman is pregnant or just bit, well, plump. When it is obvious, it's no brainer. But I don't want to offend people by offering a seat to somebody who is not pg, but look pg... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 08:28 AM Flag
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np: I think that's ok. I've found in 2 pregnancies that it really wasn't until towards the end-- when there was NO mistaking my condition-- that I really needed to sit. Or very early, b/c of morning sickness, but I couldn't expect anyone to know about that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:53 AM Flag
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I disagree. I had twins (in August no less) and never really expected anyone to offer. I'm not disabled or 90 years old for chrissake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 08:56 AM Flag
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I think it's more the principle of the thing for a lot of these women [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 08:59 AM Flag
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np: maybe not, and I get the whole "I am strong woman" pride thing, but let's face it: Pregnant women very often have bad balance, swollen, achy feet, achy groin, and on and on. Offering them a seat is the decent thing to do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:51 AM Flag
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I know! I'm in 3rd trimester and had to glare at a police officer to give up his subway seat. So rude. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:52 AM Flag
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quit being so passive/aggressive! just ask! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 09:56 AM Flag
[ - ] I pay my nanny $12/hr with my 5 mo db - how much can I reasonably ask her to do in terms of housework? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:36 AM Flag
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clean up baby stuff and do baby laundry [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:11 AM Flag
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it's not about the pay, it's about what you agreed when you hired her. Some women won't do hw, others are fine with it. But if she is going to be doing it while she is in charge of the baby, I wouldn't ask anything other than to leave the house the way she found it and baby's laundry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 06:29 AM Flag
[ - ] Need to take a train to Scarsdale...do I take Metro North? is it the line East or West of the Hudson? clueless 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:32 AM Flag
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yes go to Grand Central Station and take their East line. It's like 33 min from Manhattan. I take this to my best friends home [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:34 AM Flag
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thanks much [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:34 AM Flag
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yw [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:35 AM Flag
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^^^ when you buy your tickets just ask the tx agent for the line to go to Scarsdale. BTW if you are bringing kids with you that are of age to pay, there is a family plan that you have to ask for and the kids pay only $1. They won't tell you this but you have to ask for it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:35 AM Flag
[ - ] I have two wonderful boys and would love #3 to be a girl (would be psyched with a boy too). What non medical things can I do to increase my chances of a girl? (bubba meisters included) tia! 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:26 AM Flag
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from what I've read they say to have a girl, have sex a few days before ovulation since the boy sperm swim and die quicker..the girl sperm are slower swimmers but last longer [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:40 AM Flag
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Bubba Meister! The Good Ol' Boy! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:56 AM Flag
[ - ] Is anyone up yet? Does anyone go to playdates fot the first time and feel totally uncomfortable?? I feel really insecure around these women...why?? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:22 AM Flag
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I haven't started for that reason. I've never been around kids or moms (other than my own). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:27 AM Flag
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Really? I force myself to go to these things for my son's sake but I feel very strsnge talking to other people.....i used to be in the public eye a lot but have found it impossible to meet with a bunch of women.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:35 AM Flag
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I completely agree with you! After becoming a SAHM I seem to have become a complete sociophobe...what gives? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.08, 12:01 AM Flag
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yes..it's the unknown that is weird. PLUS we don't know if this other mom will be the judgemental type or be cool. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:29 AM Flag
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^^^it's like a blind date [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:30 AM Flag
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Exactly. Plus you're meeting these prople for you kid to have friends with. What if we don't like them? Do we still let our kid play w/them? It's more complex than just meeting someone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:32 AM Flag
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well it's inevitable that you won't like at least one mom. If that's the case if the dc is very nice I suck it up but meet in a playground where the time spent together isn't that long (you are running after your dc) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:36 AM Flag
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^^also try to invite others to the playground [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:39 AM Flag
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you just have to dive in. i have made a lot of good friends this way. And met a couple wierdos too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 05:10 AM Flag
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so I am not alone? I guess a lot of people feel this way, it always seems like the "other" women are the comfortable social ones ;) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.08, 12:21 AM Flag
[ - ] When di I switch to stage two nipples for the bottles? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:22 AM Flag
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you'll know....betweeen 9 and 12 months.. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:23 AM Flag
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Aren't they suppose to start drinking out of a sippy cup by then? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:25 AM Flag
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when db is taking a long time getting milk out, maybe at 4-5 mo [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:33 AM Flag
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Oh ok. Thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:36 AM Flag
[ - ] DOES IT MATTER?- just had sex with dh in an attempt to conceive. Do I take it easy this am or can I do my usual cardio? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:14 AM Flag
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every time we have conceived, I stayed in bed a while afterwards and kind of propped up my pelvic area. Worked all 3 times [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:30 AM Flag
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for how long? i stuck my pelvic area up in the air for only about 2 mins. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:32 AM Flag
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I usually stayed there for about 15min. I was really hoping something happened [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:36 AM Flag
[ - ] Would you go on vacation with a good friend - family vacation - i have a toddler, she has a newborn? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:02 AM Flag
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i don't vacation with friends esp now that I have kids. I don't see a happy ending for it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:13 AM Flag
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yes I would but with the understanding that they are (and you are) allowed to do what you want when you want. You guys can make beach plans together or maybe plan on eating meals together but don't have to spend every waking moment together [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:32 AM Flag
[ - ] need kids' party space for this weekend in nyc, pref. uws just a big gym or room will do. help...tia 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:38 AM Flag
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Do any of your friends live in a building with a "party room"? (The Lyric, The Montana, etc.) Or what about the JCC or Columbus Gym? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:52 AM Flag
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ymcas [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:07 AM Flag
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Kidville [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:15 AM Flag
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the children's museum- i think most spaces will be booked already [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:16 AM Flag
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how about the park? central park [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:17 AM Flag
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try the 74st Magic. They are usually booked but doesn't hurt to call. They are on the East side [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:38 AM Flag
[ - ] if i take my laptop to a diner/coffee shop, do i just log onto their wireless? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 02:55 AM Flag
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if free wi-fi, like most, you are connected automatically [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:07 AM Flag
[ - ] if i take my laptop to a diner/coffee shop, do i just log onto their wireless? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 02:54 AM Flag
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Dunno about all of them but I was in Starbucks this past week and I overheard someone complaining because even tho they advertise free WiFi, you need to be a T-Mobile customer or something [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:48 AM Flag
[ - ] woke w/a sore throat, what to take for it? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 02:54 AM Flag
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love tylenol sore throat if you can get it- otherwise plain tylenol if you have no other symptoms. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 03:58 AM Flag
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I drink Emergen-C, gargle with warm salt water and maybe some tylenol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.28.08, 04:05 AM Flag
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