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  1. I was all set to have a natural delivery with our first child. But after 36 hours of labor, I didn't progress past 4 CM, even with cervadil and pitocin, and eventually I had to have an emergency c-section when my baby's heartrate began to drop. Our local hospital network does not do VBACs if you have never had a vaginal delivery before. The closest hospital that does them is over an hour away, and it may be difficult to get to it in inclement weather. We are weighing our options about whether to try for a VBAC or do multiple repeat c-sections. I know all the statistics for both. Believ
  2. I enjoyed Charles and Emma, if you'd like to just give an overview of his life. There's also an abridged Origin of Species (6 hours long) narrated by Richard Dawkins that you might find useful.
  3. I have used the Eureka Enviro Steam Mop to clean houses part time for the past two years. It's still going strong, I've never had a problem with it. It is so superior to regular mopping that I'll never go back! I bought it over the Shark, etc. because it steams at a higher temperature and has a bit more weight on the head (vs. the handle) which helps it do a better job cleaning, I think. :)
  4. Watership Down by Richard Adams would be a great fit for your kids' ages!
  5. Air. We hardly use disks anymore, and you can buy a separate disk reader if you really need it (I think it's around $50). The 13 hour battery and lightness are incredible. I really think you only need a Pro if you are a Pro (a professional)--that is, a photographer, illustrator, film maker, etc. For the average person, I think Air is just fine.
  6. Peter is #205 in last year's name rankings: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi So not super popular (it's not in the top 100 after all), but not extremely uncommon, either.
  7. A one-time BP test isn't really a good indicator. If you're concerned, you should start taking your own blood pressure at home. Do it at the same time everyday after sitting down for ten or fiteen minutes. A week's worth of results should give you a much clearer picture of what's going on!
  8. I clean houses part time for extra income, and I've used an Eureka Envirosteamer for the past two years. I bought it based on the reviews which found that it gets hotter than the Shark and Bissell. I'm 100% happy with it. Despite using it several times a week in rather large houses for years, it hasn't diminished in its performance at all.
  9. Wow! I'd love to do this when our baby arrives this winter. I wonder how you go about finding a caterer who offers this? I usually think of caterers just doing weddings and events.
  10. For what it's worth, I don't think you're asking too much. That list of things is standard for our household at ages 4 +, with the only difference being that they must wash their own clothes. (For safety's sake, I should note that we do not keep bleach within arm's reach or anything like that.) They get consequences for whining or dawdling. We're not a "military" household, either. I think it's just a matter of what expectations you have for your children influencing what they are truly capable of. Even as little as half a century ago, children helped around the house a lot more than they do
  11. I wish I could apologize on behalf of America for what we did to Dresden, regentrude. It makes me sick thinking about it. Maybe Americans' attitudes would change if they knew more about Dresden and the Morganthal Plan. :( Speaking of the Nanking Massacre, you should all watch "John Rabe." It's on Netflix right now. One of the best films I've seen in a long time, and certainly one of the most important regarding WWII history. Here's the trailer: http://youtu.be/Wt9-ME6mQqI
  12. The number one reason underage teens don't name the "rapist" is because the sex was consensual, often with a boy only three or four years older than her.
  13. Which version of Middlemarch did you get?
  14. If you have a Mac, it probably came with GarageBand. If I remember right, there are around 30 free lessons for both piano and guitar.
  15. They aren't here, maybe they are in other states? As a private medical office, they can do what they like. Because this friend does surgery at the hospital (not in-office), the hospital can put its own stipulations on what its staff must do. Our local hospital mandated that you must *either* get a flu shot or wear a mask at all times with a small badge that states you are not vaccinated against the flu while working on their premises. My friend chose the latter but was not at all happy about it.
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