- Three is a horrible age. While Cha Cha is so much more enjoyable in many ways, she is also horrible, manipulative, malicious, obstinate little turd of a child most of the time. Despite her behavior of late, I am still undecided about pre-school in the fall. I guess we can decide once we get moved and settled. While I think she would like it, I am not sure how I feel about packing her off when I am a SAHM. I guess I have to figure out the right balance of classical schooling and the kind of education you can only get by just living life. Maybe what I really want to do is a more formal home-schooled pre-school…best of both worlds, or horror on a platter, with a side of wanting to shoot myself in the eye?
- This may just sound like sour grapes, but I think that all the women who smugly comment that “breast feeding is free” need to check their numbers. Baby 411 estimates that it costs $800 bucks to formula feed a kid for a year. That is a good chunk of money, but I really think that once you pay for bras, pads, pumps, bottles, lotions and potions, vitamins and supplements, consultations with lactation specialists, nursing covers, nursing stools, nursing pillows, storage bags etc. I bet you get to that $800 mark pretty quickly. While finances are just one of the billions of factors that go into choosing the right thing for your family, and you can’t put a price tag on finding the right choice (whatever it may be), much like with the diapers doing the math for your situation might be an eye opener. (Note: you do get increasing returns on your investment in BFing with each kid who re-uses the gear, while I am coughing up a new set of $800...but I would still say "free" is a bit of a misnomer.)
- Hylands Teething Tabs are the greatest invention of modern man. They seem to be the only thing that removes a layer of hatred-riddled fury from my teething 6 month old. While I don’t patently believe that just because something is “natural” it is inherently safe or better, I do feel a bit better knowing that I can dose the crap out of her with minimal risks. Just FYI if your kid should happen to break through the child safe locks on her closet and eat the whole bottle, it is pretty much no big deal. Ask me how I know…
- I am curious to know if you can identify a sociopath as early as 8-9 months. Without getting into the gory details there is a kid at story-time who spent the entire duration of play-time moving from kid to kid, smacking them and snatching away their toys. I think that it may have been more than a "possessive phase" and more and early harbinger of some serious bully/Dexter-esque traits. Then again, maybe the kid is just going through a "shithead phase" (see item #1).
- I read a brief article looking at how overweight babies ten to meet physical milestones later and how this may impact obesity later in life. I just have to say: what a crock of crap! It was easily the worst study ever done (okay fine, maybe second to that idiotic one that makes every wackadoo think that vaccines cause autism) and really proves nothing except that kids meet milestones when they meet them and that there is a range ages when meeting said milestone is considered appropriate. Quick stats lesson: if your confidence intervals include "1" then there is not a real correlation. I am beginning to fear that this national paranoia about fat kids will soon have infants on diets and toddlers at Weight Watchers. Because that would totally be healthy.
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