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  1. Yes, that makes sense, guess I was thinking more towards being in active labor already. Thanks.
  2. Gotcha. just curious, because I’ve actually known quite a few people who have had compressed cords (I mean, like three, so not quite a few). Two were at the hospital and were rushed to csection, and one was at home and rushed to hospital with midwife’s hand elbow deep holding up the baby, and all three ended up being born safe and healthy. So just curious what happened! But that’s awful and I certainly hope for the best!
  3. That is so fascinating. I’m glad it worked well for your friend’s child. I honestly have never heard of this.
  4. I got off FB about nine or ten months ago, and I highly recommend it. 😆 You’ll like people so much more!! Haha.
  5. Holy mackerel. I have never heard of such a thing! I’m so sorry for your friend...how incredibly scary and stressful. Was she at a hospital? How did they not catch the issue during delivery? I hope that they have the best possible outcome.
  6. Oh, and for the record, my husband was actually irritated that nobody reached out to us from church during the pandemic. 😂 He probably would have really appreciated a phone call checking in, lol.
  7. I think it’s perfectly fine for them to have asked, and I think it’s perfectly fine to say no to that ask. it’s not a big deal to call people—I mean, it doesn’t feel like a breach of privacy when presumably these people willingly shared their contact info with the church—but I think it’s kind of annoying to do so. I mean, surely people who WANT to attend church are doing so, and don’t need a teenager calling them to check in if they’re not. that said, I also highly doubt anyone would be combative or rude in response. First of all, 99% of people screen their calls, so they’re likely going to see a number they don’t recognize and let it go to voicemail. Your daughter can then leave a friendly voicemail and people can do what they will with it. And if they DO answer, simply saying, “hi! This is so and so from whatever church, just letting you know children’s programming is up and running, if you’re interested in returning!”, and they’ll say, “okay, thanks for calling,” and that’ll be the end of it. It might be good practice for her. I feel like I had to make tons of nerve-wracking calls as a teenager, including cold calling people when I was volunteering, and it was probably good for me. Nowadays, everyone just texts and nobody has to make or answer uncomfortable phone calls anymore. 😜 of course, in the end, it’s up to you guys and the church should respect your “no.”
  8. I bet someone could cobble together a career doing animal work with minimal human interaction, like combining pet-sitting, dog-walking, dog bathing, and working at a humane society. I used to volunteer at our humane society, and some of the employees there were NOT very interactive with visitors (or the other employees or volunteers), but they did stuff like dog walking, laundry, feeding, cleaning kennels and litter boxes, etc., and nobody seemed to care. They put the friendly high school girls or retired people out front to chat with customers. 🙂 I bet there are also positions at large boarding facilities to just help with feeding, cleaning, etc. Zoos or animal sanctuaries are another idea...just people to help with day to day animal care. i feel like one on their own would not be enough to live comfortably (or maybe even minimally), especially since those jobs tend to be part-time, no benefits, etc., but I think combining a couple of them and being really smart and frugal with finances could be doable. Probably also depends on cost of living and what sort of lifestyle someone wants. Like, a small apt would be more doable than owning a home, etc.
  9. Wow, that’s too bad. Is he going to be able to go off of it in the future? I had a friend growing up who was on growth stunting (but necessary!) medication and he was tiny through high school. His parents finally took him off to hopefully allow him to grow, and he did get a few inches in. He’s 5’5ish today. His brother is well over 6 feet, and both parents above average, too. I know he was bummed, but the medicine allowed him to function! Ugh, tough. annnnnd I just saw this was a zombie thread. 😑
  10. I took it for morning sickness prevention! Not sure if it worked or not—I still got morning sickness, but it was shorter lived than my other pregnancies. No side effects either positive nor negative.
  11. I love Julie Bogart’s brave writer podcast, and I want to use the program, but I have never figured it out. It seems super confusing to me, but I’m sure I’m just missing something...??
  12. Right, which is why I said “and information”.
  13. You are totally in the right to share your experiences AND your opinion, AND information from a less positive viewpoint. People can’t have truly informed consent unless they know all sides.
  14. Yes, as someone who is apolitical but VERY skeptical of MSM, it doesn’t sit well to be lumped into a group of ignorant intolerant trumpers just for believing that our mainstream media sources are typically spinning some narrative. we already know the MSM is heavily biased, right? And that they lie/omit/incite?
  15. I would do a more “normal” salad and a more “normal” dessert. And just one salad. Only because you don’t know these people and have no idea what they like, and also because they are probably planning on a pretty casual dinner. We regularly go to many, many picnics, bbqs, and potlucks. A tossed green salad always goes over well. Most ppl ask me to bring that..it’s kind of become a trademark, even though it’s so easy. My general “recipe” is just mixed greens, maybe spinach, plus a dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, etc.), a fresh fruit (apples, strawberries, pears, etc.), a cheese (feta, goat, etc.), a nut (toasted almonds, candied pecans, walnuts, whatever), and a homemade salad dressing. You probably have one you like. But just like a sweeter vinaigrette style is great. You could also do a pasta salad, corn salad, etc., as those tend to be good picnic style foods. i would not do pavlova. Sounds delicious, but for a bbq, I’d stick with brownies, cookies, bars, lemon squares, etc.—something you can serve easily and eat on a paper plate or with your fingers! Have fun! We’ve been getting together with friends and family and I would be soooo ready to socialize if we hadn’t been doing that! Hope it’s a good time for everyone! (And maybe just give them a heads up about grandpa so they know who to expect!)
  16. That makes sense! Thanks! Maybe I’ll give it a try again sometime. I do find that brushing your teeth is really mentally effective, for whatever reason! Haha.
  17. Yes, exactly. I did Timberdoodle with my oldest for two years and I did find it to be workbook heavy and he didn’t love much of it. However, he DID love the odds and ends...the art, the stem, the games, etc., and it was all academically beneficial, too. What I do now is basically pick and choose and combine Sonlight, Masterbooks, and Timberdoodle, haha. And next year i’m going to add TGATB with it, too! I feel like they’re getting “the best of” what each of those companies do well. Hopefully, anyway.
  18. You might want to look at Timberdoodle. It’s a bit workbook heavy, but the curriculum has lots of hands on stuff, too. Lots of art, STEM, games, etc.
  19. Right, that is true. My oldest is behind where I was at his age when it comes to writing in general, and certainly for note taking and research papers. He’s done very little of that, if any. Sigh. but he knows so much about history and science! tough. I guess when he gets more to the middle school grades I’ll focus on that. My main concern is that he’ll go to public school and be totally unprepared and be at a major disadvantage. Like, I think I can get it all done eventually if he is homeschooled for the long haul—we’re just moving a lot more slowly with writing/research/language arts, etc., but I think we’ll get up to speed eventually—but he would be sunk if, for whatever reason, he needed or wanted to attend traditional school in the next couple years.
  20. Yes, that is probably the actual problem I had. Haha.
  21. Thanks. I think I just struggled...I am such a snacker, and I love to eat. I feel like I ate more than usual during my window, so I’m sure that negated any weight loss I could have had. I didn’t notice any sleep or energy changes, but that’s great that it works for you! How do you manage dinner time? I could never make dinner for my kids and not eat it myself, haha. And social events, of course!
  22. We really do no output for either of those subject. 😬 They are fairly young, and I don’t want to destroy their natural interest in history or science. They both haaaate writing and worksheets. We basically just do living books through Sonlight and listen to SOTW on audio. Discussion. Leave loads of books around for independent reading. (Usborne, DK, etc.) It’s working well, I think, since they seem to know way more than I did at their ages going through public school.
  23. I love Sonlight and think it would be great for junior high age. They have hands on history kits. You could get a core of your choosing (history, bible, literature—GREAT books!), get Math U See or another hands on math curriculum, and then use something else for language arts. (I don’t think their LA program is spectacular.) Maybe try TGATB for LA since that’s what they’re kind of “known for”, and it’s comprehensive. We use Sonlight for science and are pretty happy with it, but it depends on what you’re looking for. You could also look at TGATB or maybe something like Guesthollow for science. And you’d be done!
  24. Does anyone actually notice good effects? Like increased energy, better health, etc? I know it’s supposed to do that, but idk. I was really good about IF a year or two ago...did it for a few months...and noticed zero positive effects. (but had lots of cravings that never really went away.) i finally gave up. would love to lose about 5-10 lbs, have more energy, and just feel better overall. Probably shouldn’t do it while breastfeeding, though, anyway!
  25. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. It sounds so awful. Prayers for recovery.
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