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  1. I avoided all artificial sweeteners while pregnant...still do :) I would occasionally drink half a glass of wine while pregnant. Wine is natural and has a long track record. The sweeteners...not so much.
  2. Have a complete physical and have a good, long talk with the doctor while you are there. Make a list beforehand of your questions so you don't forget anything...same with your symptoms.
  3. Wow...that's a little harsh, don't you think? There is NO research at all that indicates occasional light alcohol consumption will hurt an unborn child. Hysteria over alcohol is tiresome.
  4. If it bothers you that much, have him take a turn running your child to the therapists, doctors' appointments, etc. And ask him to homeschool for a day or two while you get out and do something. My dh pitched in occasionally, but like the previous poster said, he left me to do my job, and he did his. He cared, but he trusted me to take care of those tasks delegated to me, the stay-home parent.
  5. Europeans seem to have a much healthier view of drinking than Americans. Over here it's regulated beyond belief. I find it crazy.
  6. This describes my involvement entirely. I joined but felt resentful and obligated to have to give them my time. Eventually I became inactive. We did not have sorority houses on our campus. Dh was in a fraternity. It was a good group of guys and not known for excessive drinking...most of the time. :)
  7. I read an article recently about how Rosetta Stone is beginning to struffle financially....evidently there are better programs available much cheaper online, and they offer one-on-one conversations with native speakers. One I've looked at is LingQ.
  8. Not sure if you guys are aware of this, but before Terbutaline and other labor-slowing/stopping drugs were available, moms who went into preterm labor were often given alcohol via iv to relax the uterus and slow/stop labor.
  9. My dd pierced her nose. LOL. It's actually sort of cute. :tongue_smilie:
  10. I got dizzy just reading all the options in the poll. :tongue_smilie:
  11. I think you made the right choices.
  12. Well, dh and I don't agree with mandatory drinking ages at all. We much prefer the European relaxed approach. We brew our own beer. The kids can have some. It's not a big deal. They don't view drinking as forbidden, or something to sneak off and do...and our kids who have gone to college have all remarked about how many kids they see there drinking to excess because they never had access or permission before. Makes you think.
  13. I read it as "male parts," too, which caused me to do a double take. LOL. You know, today in the pharmacy we had a mom come in with an rx for her baby. When the baby was born they didn't have a name, so the insurance company just listed hims as "Male Smith" (last name changed for privacy reasons!). But now the baby is older and has a name, but to the insurance company he's still known as Male. LOL. Poor kid. If I was the mom I'd try to fix this...
  14. You can substitute; if you have any gluten add some of that.
  15. My kid like this is, well, still like this. He's 19. We keep hoping he'll change but he's still pretty cocky. Sigh.
  16. I"m so sorry. You've been in my prayers. :grouphug:
  17. My experience, having taught writing to middle and high school homeschoolers, is that many of them lacked the very basics of writing. They had never been taught to outline or organize. They had no idea that topic sentences exist, nor the importance of them. Citing sources was a foreign concept, and I dealt with plagiarism much too often. :( That said, I did have some very good writers, but most of those had a parent who knew how to write well. The good writers were few and far between, but they were there. I am hopeful that there are some good writing curriculums out there now; there were few to none available when my kids were young.
  18. That seems like such a sad view. Toys can be fun. I know I love mine. As with everything, there is a time and a place.
  19. I can't wait to see it...I love this type of book, so I know I'll love the movie.
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