Is it normal for my toddler to like licking my face?
Is it normal for my toddler to like licking my face?
I have a 9 month old baby, and we live in Barcelona. It's getting pretty hot here and she's not dealing with it too well. I give her water every 30 minutes, give her sponge baths, keep some moisturizer in the fridge which I massage [on] her. I was wondering if anyone else had some tips on how to keep baby cool?
When we are outside, I keep her in the shade with a hat on, SPF 50 sunscreen and lots of water.
Pregnancy is a journey filled with growth and learning. LilSugar reader Beaner has been bringing our readers along on her journey and is asking the Community for their thoughts on delivery in The Pregnancy Posse group.
In my Prenatal Yoga class last week, one woman said that she's camping out a week before her due date so she can get the epidural as soon as she has her first contraction. I know that giving birth will involve pain, but after reading a lot about natural childbirth, and seeing the documentary The Business of Being Born, I have a whole new perspective on how going drug-free will benefit both me and my baby. I was curious though to see what you other moms-to-be are planning on doing for your births.
Daycare. My daughter is always sick . . . just wondering if other moms had similar problems with child care?
I just got a call from my OBGYN this morning that my quad screen results showed an increased AFP, making me "at risk" for neural tube defect. I have been Googling and searching all morning. I realize that this could mean absolutely nothing, and I'm trying not to freak out. I have a sonogram scheduled in two weeks for "a detailed ultrasound of baby's anatomy". I am 17 weeks.
Has anyone else had this happen and what was your outcome?
After reading the LilSugar post about food blogger and cookbook author Molly Wizenberg I was inspired by her passion for creating family memories in the kitchen. I rushed out and got her book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, so I could try the recipes. They are delightful, and through she didn't tailor her cookbook to children, I have found many of the recipes on her blog are family-friendly options because they are simple and aren't loaded with sweeteners. I made one of her family favorites — Raspberry-Blueberry Pound Cake — with my children last week. I substituted blueberries for blackberries (they are in season again!), and sweetened with fruit juice. It was a huge hit!
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My daughter's currently in a Catholic preschool. We had planned to send her there for kindergarten in September, but now I just don't know. They are in a very difficult financial situation and just told that teachers they will not be returning this fall. The plan to keep the school open which is grades Pre-K to grade 8 and combine K through 2 and 3 through 5. They plan to do this with 1 teacher and an aide for K through 2. I'm very concerned that she (my daughter) will be left behind and not get the attention that she needs. The principal is trying to assure parents that what they are trying to do is similar to the Montessori program. (The) problem is Montessori teachers are specially trained and in our school they will be winging it. While I'd hate to see a school close, I feel like I should get out now and start fresh at a new school. The problem is most public and private schools had their registration in February and March. Am I crazy or does this plan for combining grades actually seem like it would be beneficial?
When we moved into our new house, we already knew that our son Max was a wild thing and we decorated his nursery accordingly. When it was time to move him into a big boy bed, we didn’t want to lose the Where the Wild Things Are theme so we helped Max grow up with some new furniture that complemented our creative theme.
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I used FitSugar's recipe but basically lightly tossed the kale in olive oil and baked. I happened to buy dinosaur kale and next time I will buy a kale with a slightly softer stalk or remove more of it before I bake them. But all in all the chips were tasty, crunchy, and definitely healthier than any chip out of the bag. My niece even enjoyed a few to my amazement.
To entertain my niece and nephew, we made a box of pudding since it is easy to have them help. Once the pudding was finished to surprise them I served it in an ice cream cone topped with sprinkles! They said they loved pudding in a cone even more than ice cream. I think it would be great dessert option for a nontraditional birthday party.
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My neighbor recently made her son an adorable birthday cake! He wanted an ocean themed party and an octopus cake! So with one round cake and one square cake and some very creative cutting she created this great cake! He frosted and decorated the finished cake. The suction gummi circles were a really nice touch!
When I got married, on our wedding website I did have a fun counter until the wedding and my SIL in law had a similar one when she was prego with my niece but yesterday I was amazed to find a counter for when you are ovulating! I know people are probably excited about the prospect of getting pregnant and having a child but I was amazed that people will share their ovulation schedule with everyone! I feel this information is very private personally and something I would never share with the Internet but maybe others don't feel the same.
Okay, so I recently found out I was pregnant. I told my boyfriend and he says cool and says he would have to get a better car and a better job or a second job and a place for me and him to live. He has also said that he would quit drinking while I was pregnant. Then I tried to talk to him the other day and asked him what he wanted me to do and he said he didn't care it was up to me. I don't know what to do or what he means by that. I don't know if he is scared or what and we haven't talked very much since I found out so I don't know if he is just freaking out cause of this all or what. I told him I didn't want him to resent me and I didn't want to make his life harder and he keeps telling me it is up to me about whether I should keep the baby or not. I don't know what he means. I need advice.
I have been married for a couple of years and I am in my early thirties. And like any couple, we have talked about what we want children-wise. We have both decided that in a few years, we would have one child and then a couple years after that adopt another. I definitely want to experience being pregnant and having a baby but after talking to some of my friends many of them tell me it is hard to adopt children once you are in your late thirties! I was wondering if anyone had adopted a child and knew about any age limits for the parents. I don't want to miss out on an opportunity to help a child in need because the system thinks we are too old.
A friend of mine got us two CDs from Babytrax for my daughter's first birthday. She loves music and is full of energy, but when it's time to wind down we pop in the Babytrax CDs. We use it most when she's at her peak fussiness during car rides, and the music has an amazing calming effect. The pieces are so soothing, especially for baby, but also for mom and dad! I think what we liked most was that the music is "real". No tinker toys, sound effects, or anything else like that. The piano pieces are absolutely beautiful and our daughter actually responds to the music. We've gone back to the site and bought more. They have seven albums available on their site. If you're a music lover like my husband and I are, or want to introduce your little one to music, I highly recommend giving Babytrax a listen.
I love fun, colorful bold tees, especially when they're super soft, comfy and organic! Good for kids and good for the planet, Hatchling Kids tees are made of organic Supima cotton with azo-free dyes and environmentally safe inks. This adorable rabbit food tee featuring a bunny with a tummy full of veggies, hopefully, encourages kids to eat theirs. Even Kate Hudson's son Ryder and Madonna's son David have been spotted wearing the Hatchling Rabbit tee out and about. The brand offers shirts for boys, girls and infants at $26 and can be found at: http://www.HatchlingKids.com
This was so simple to whip up tonight. Seriously, between ironing, measuring, and sewing, it took maybe 20 minutes. I used an Ikea baby changing pad inside the fabric, and then measured and sewed the fabric. The fabric, too, is from Ikea, and is ridiculously trippy and silly. I love the swimming goats on it. It also slips on and off easily for cleaning purposes. I should probably sew a couple more covers just to be safe.
Since we're going to be sleeping with the soon-to-arrive baby in our room, we're leaving this room as a half-nursery, half-guest room for now, so we're trying to integrate things somewhat, which means that the cradle is in the corner of the room, waiting to move to our bedroom, and that the sleeper sofa will likely stay in this room for a while.
To see the rest of the room, read more
I had gone into pre-term contractions at 33 weeks, but was able to stop the progression of the pre-term labor for 6 weeks. Suffering, the mild contractions every couple minutes to half hour, I had a pre-natal checkup on June 9 (week 39) at around 1:30 p.m. and was then scheduled to return two days later for a Non-Stress Test to ensure that the contractions that I had been feeling were not causing my baby any harm. On the same day, I went into active labor @ 5:00 p.m. Was admitted to the Kaiser Redwood City @ 7:00 p.m., and due to insufficient progress, I requested to be sent home to continue laboring, as oppose to choose some sort of medical procedure to induce labor.
I was laboring, but not efficiently up until June 11 @ 2:45 p.m. when I arrived for my follow-up Non-Stress Test. My water then broke on the examination table where they were going to check my water levels. Of course, the doctors wanted to still do the stress test, and so the doctor didn't see me until about 3:45 p.m. after the nurses had completed their exam and tests. The doctor came in and then said, as he was stepping into a puddle of amnio, "I think it's safe to say that your water broke." Of course, he's saying this with my back on the examination table, my legs in the air, and a metal dealie and a light shining into my vagina! I was like, "Uh... I know." They called the ambulance and I was wheeled to Kaiser San Francisco, at which I arrived there at almost 5:00 p.m. and placed into triage. Com'on! I'm OBVIOUSLY laboring here. To see what happened, read more
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