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beckyjo

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  1. My daughter does complain about it. For example, we went on a tour of a national lab this weekend. 3 hours of little bit of walking and a lot of standing on concrete floors. She said her back hurt from standing on the drive home and took some advil. Her curve was moderate and required bracing, but she has been out of the brace for a year now - no further treatment.
  2. Anecdotedly (I don't think that's a word), my child who was on constant antibiotics due to a malformed kidney system is the only one who is most definitely NT. She was on a constant dose from age 3 months to 18 months in order to prevent kidney infections. She had 3 major infections during that time as well as 2 surgeries necessitating higher doses as well. My other two children took very few antibiotics as infants, although my oldest had recurring ear infections leading to tubes around 3 years. They are both "quirky"; my oldest was not given a label, and we've never had the other diagnosed.
  3. I'm pretty sure I'd be diagnosed as would my brother and my cousin if we were growing up today. Of the 3 of us, only 1 is employed - my cousin has an at-home coding job. I dropped out to raise kids. My brother has been unemployed or underemployed for 15-20 years. My mom has some autistic traits, and I really wonder about my grandmother. As for why to diagnose as an adult, I've been contemplating it partly to show a family history. I have 2 kids that may qualify (1 is pretty stereotypical HFA girl-style; the other has some traits and some others that aren't). Both deal with anxiety (as I did when I was younger, and as my brother still does). Without the family history and so far no one has been diagnosed, insurance won't pay for genetic testing, but it's pretty obvious that a "lighter version" runs through my mom's family.
  4. We have a wide arch from the living room to the dining room/kitchen. The piano is tucked to one side of it - it sticks out into the arch, but there is more than enough room to pass it. Our living area stuff is on the other side of the arch. I don't have anything on the wall above it - there is a cutout in the wall since the other side is the foyer and they cutout the wall to make it more open.
  5. I just read the book You Need a Budget, and I cruised the site to see what they offer. Apparently, it is free for a year for students. DH took a break this semester, but he is signed up for next semester, so I guess I'll give it a try. It might work for you too; it connects to the app on your phone, so you could both see it to track the categories.
  6. I started and ran a secular co-op for about 5 years, but it's now defunct. CC is definitely one of the strongest influences in the area now, although there are a couple of Christian co-ops still around. There is a secular group (spun off from the previous co-op) that meets at a forest preserve one day a week, but they are expensive for what they offer in my opinion. So we now do a variety of things for social activities/structure. Your kids are young; I'd look into getting them into 1 day of classes (for DH's peace of mind) and then set up a structure with a routine. Classes could be found at museums, libraries, scouts, 4H, or a co-op. Maybe a rec sport would be enough for you? My structure at that age would look like: one day a week would be class (whatever you decide), one day would have a library trip (storytime?), one day a week park day or field trip.
  7. OMG, I made it 1/3 on one strip of the leg the one and only time I tried it. Never, never, never again! So many tears and screams and profanity!
  8. That's when I break out A Slob Comes Clean method of focusing on just one little area and 1) throw garbage away and 2) run the easy stuff that has a home to its home right now. It makes a dent at least.
  9. Got some stuff to Once Upon a Child and boxed up the the stuff they didn't take for Thred Up. Not much $, but out of my house and a little bit of cash for it is nice. Returned extra swimsuits to Justice - I ordered 3 and DD got to pick the best. Kids went through their closet this morning (I made them de-junk the floor) and got rid of several old toys. They're in the goodwill pile at the moment. Dropped off 5 books at the Little Free Library in front of the elementary school.
  10. Oh, so true. 4 of the 5 of us use OTC claritin (subscribe and save from Amazon); the last one uses a prescription. 2 of the 5 use Flonase. 1 has to also do the nasal rinse. The allergist wants to add in an eye med too. I get Puffs for the season as well (subscribe and save from Amazon) It's depressing how much we spend in medicines.
  11. It's been hit or miss here too. My oldest has a couple of shirts from Maurice. She keeps a tiny wardrobe, so she has worn these at least 1 time per week in the fall/winter for 3-4 years and they are still going strong. I just bought a tee for my middle DD, and it ripped in the wash the second time I washed it. They did return it with no hassles though. I bought myself a tee there a few weeks ago, and so far, I love it. I have a couple of shirts from thrift stores that are Maurice's and they've been wonderful.
  12. My kids all enjoyed doing Perfectly Perilous Math: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSSS1GB/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
  13. In DD's case, she had knocked out her front baby tooth when she was 3. When she smacked it, it shifted the adult tooth. It grew in so that it stuck out of her mouth. It rested on the front of the bottom lip, which was causing it to shift outwards even more. We were afraid the tooth was going to get hit (dd has some balance issues) and break off. Also, ortho was hoping to make enough room in the mouth for her adult teeth. He used headgear for this. Unfortunately, she still needed an expander (he didn't use that due to speech delays during her first round). So, her first round saved her front tooth (which she preceded to chip off 3 months after her braces came off anyway!) and expanded her mouth a little.
  14. Made the kids try on their spring/summer clothes the other day. Youngest grew (yay!! she's below the 1st percentile still, but she grew!), so all of her clothes from last year were a no-go. Made a list of what needs to be purchased and contacted some friends to see if they could use last year's clothes. I have a little corner of the room where the goodwill/giveaway pile is. It's growing pretty quickly; I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to set up a table at the neighborhood garage sale in a month or two.
  15. I'm currently paying for kids' 3rd set of braces (for 2 kids, one kid ended up with 2 phases). Oldest child was $5900 (overbite and crossbite). Insurance paid $1500 over the time she had the braces - paid ortho directly every quarter. Ortho gave us a 10% break since she had the second set of braces for our family. She had 4 teeth pulled which was covered under regular dental insurance. Middle had phase 1 which was smaller and we had better insurance. It was $3500, of which insurance paid $2000. She had headgear for this phase. It was mainly to save a tooth she damaged (it stuck straight out sideways, so ortho pulled it back inline) and expansion. She is currently in phase 2, which consisted of a palette expander and braces (overbite, crossbite, something else I'm not thinking of). It's $6800, of which our insurance pays $1000. For phase 2, she had 2 teeth pulled, of which the insurance company put it against our $1000 braces limit. Child #3 will get braces next year when middle child's come off - we have to spread out the payments; we can't afford two in braces at one time. We've had 3 different insurances since DH has switched jobs. Oldest had to wait a year in order for the ortho insurance to kick in, so hers were on from age 14-16 even though she was ready well before that. We paid a 25% downpayment when the braces went on, and spread the payments over the time the braces are on - no interest loan from the ortho. We use the FSA to pay for them monthly. We found invisalign to be more expensive than braces. I never looked at smile direct; I'm not sure I trust an ortho who doesn't see my kids in person.
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