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Noreen Claire

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  1. THEIR ADDRESS IS 15 OLD HOUSE LANE. From this page: http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g3549/hillary-clinton-chappaqua-house/?slide=1 I was thinking of doing the same thing, and I'm 42!
  2. We currently (jokingly) refer to our homeschool as the Wayside School for Wayward Boys... Maybe we should rethink sooner, rather than later! :lol:
  3. When my mother was my age (42), she was a grandmother. :ohmy: I have a newly 21yr old and a newborn.I can't decide if I'm getting old or still young. (I do have a LOT of grey hairs, though...)
  4. We do what we can do - we raise our children. I think that prevention starts by raising our children with empathy, and acknowledging *our own* implicit biases in order to make sure that we do not pass them on to our children. (I am painfully aware of the biases that were passed down to me by my parents, as I live next door to the poorest city in my state which is now majority hispanic/latino. I am aware of them because they were also passed on to my oldest son, and the things that come out of his mouth sometimes make me cringe. I am now aware, and I try not to pass those biases down to my younger children as I fight to rid myself of them - but it is HARD.)
  5. Congrats on the new baby! The new baby here is 12 days old. We also took 2 weeks off of, and we are all going back to our routines on Monday. (DH took 2 weeks off of work - woot!) I will have the newborn, 2yr old, 4yr old, and 7yr old at home with me. I decided before school started that the 2nd grader would only do cursive, spelling, math, and fun reading, all things that he can do mostly independently, until after the holidays. We will add in language arts, history, and science in January, after we have gotten the hang of having a baby in the house. Sometimes the 4yr old wants to do school work so I have work available, if he wants it, but I'm not worried if he doesn't. He wasn't interested in phonics lessons, so I will try again in January but, still, no hurry. I also have 'school' for the toddler, which is mostly busy work (small puzzles, stamps & ink, stickers, button sorting, etc.) but keeps him out of trouble while DS7 works. School lasts from 8-9:30am right now. In January, quiet time will be when DS7 will do his other subjects that will require my help. For right now, the 4 & 7yr old will watch 'educational' tv/dvds during quiet time so that I can nap w/the baby & toddler. Occasionally, we borrow age-appropriate tablets from the library that are pre-loaded with apps & games for quiet time, and each kid has his own headphones.The boys also enjoy listening to audio books from the library, each with their headphones, as well.
  6. I have always told my pedi that my babies sleep in bed with me. I've also offered to loan her my copy of "Sweet Sleep", so that she could better be able to teach others about safe sleep practices. ;-) She doesn't question my parenting decisions any more - we've known each other a loooong time. (My oldest is 21.) This, exactly. She's a student of medicine, not of sleeping arrangements or car seats or breast feeding or nutrition or schooling or any of the myriad of other topics that come up that I have had to counter her 'mainstream' ideas on over the years. I don't lie about our choices, and I defend them with research and logic. She never gives me crap, which is why we keep her around!
  7. Just a note on how life is funny... my best friend (who I was complaining about not visiting) had her youngest sent home from school yesterday with head lice. After a trip to the treatment place, it turns out that they ALL have it (mom, dad, 4 kids living at home), and have for a while. :ohmy: That's the last time I complain about people not coming to visit... *phew*
  8. Our parish is dying a slow, painful death. The majority of the members are very, very old Polish people...and then there is us. We are in a three-church collaborative now (this is a thing in the archdiocese of Boston to keep costs down and avoid closing more churches), but the main parish in the collaborative includes a thriving k-8 school, so not a lot of homeschool presence. Our local YMCAs (there are 3) have only preschool-aged programs during school time. Nothing offered for my 2nd grader until after school hours. That is awfully lovely of you!
  9. I only stopped having to ask about brushing teeth and reminding to take his epilepsy meds in the last year. (He turned 21 a few days ago!) I do still have to mention washing his work shirts and wearing deodorant, but less and less... I worked in a refrigerated grocery distribution center for years in my early 20s (late '90s-early '00s). Looking back now, there were LOTS of grown men there that had all sorts of learning disabilities and were possibly on the spectrum (from mild to profound issues). They all were very good at their jobs; the jobs paid well and included excellent benefits (yeah, unions!). That's not a bad plan to have!
  10. THIS. We only go to the hospital lab to have blood draws, even though it is a 45 minute ride into Boston. It is totally worth it.
  11. My DS21 was diagnosed with NVLD, inattentive ADD, and is epileptic. I'm sure that there were more diagnoses that could have been made, but I didn't follow it further. He *squeaked* out of high school with only basic classes and crappy - but passing - grades. It took two entire years of poking/prodding/helping/pushing/begging/demanding/fighting to get him into a part-time job at the local grocery store, which has morphed into a nearly-full time job since graduation. He literally sat in my husband's car and wept before an interview at McDonald's because he just didn't want to be interviewed. It's been 2.5 years now, and it was really the best thing for him. This was the kid who was the MOST TARDY senior in his HS class; he now arranges to get himself to work on time every single day. And in a shirt and tie, too! He has moved, though very slowly, from being a bag boy to fetching carriages to learning to empty/service the can & bottle machines to now being a cashier. I know it sounds like not much, but it is a huge thing for him, being such a natural introvert and now having to interact with people all day long. It's been great for him. He's definitely not earning enough to support himself in an apartment alone, but we are hoping that he will get together with buddies to rent an apartment together in the near future. He has a date that we have all agreed to is when he needs to be 'out on his own', and a list of all the things that he needs to do (save money, get transportation, get his driver's license, etc) before that date. He WILL launch, eventually, it will just take a bit more time and effort on our part to get him there. Things that were great for him in high school - things that really brought out strengths we didn't know he had - were JROTC, marching band, and taking an ASL course as his foreign language (through the local CC). There was no way he was going to pass a written foreign language, and ASL really seemed to come to him naturally.
  12. Thanks, I love apple pie! Sadly, I live 30 min north of Boston. ;-)
  13. I was surprised, too, considering that I have had 3 other kids in the last 7 years and had never heard of it before. But, it was asked this time and I said yes.
  14. You can probably chalk it up to my postpartum hormones, but we are just lonely here these days. This is the first year that my 2nd grader is home instead of a b&m school and he is missing being around other kids his age. His best friend from K & 1st grade lived walking distance up the street, but they moved to a new state last month. There aren't any other kids in the neighborhood for him to play with. We will sign him up again for basketball (2 nights/week) for the winter, but practice and games don't really offer him the opportunity to make friends, just teammates. Same with soccer in the spring (we took fall soccer off this year due to me having a baby during the middle of the season.) For the life of me, I can't find an active local homeschool group besides the nonsecular one in the next town over, and my husband and I are wary of joining it (we are Catholic, FWIW). I joined the local moms' group, but it is mostly little-kid stuff that DS7 won't want to participate in, and most of it happens during our home school time. Over the summer my best friend seems to have distanced herself from me - she returns my texts, but she doesn't text me first, like she used to. (She used to text me prolifically.) Also, she came to visit me in the hospital for the last three babies - she hasn't seen this baby yet, and he's already 10 days old. I know that people are busy (she has four kids and a full-time job, but that never seemed to be a problem before) and she lost another friend over the summer to cancer, but it still stings that she's not here. I've never been good at making/keeping friends, and she's been my best friend for over 10 years now. To top it off, my grandmother has been in the hospital/rehab the last few weeks and my extended family has been so busy with her that they haven't visited the new baby (or me) at all. The four year old and two year old don't seem to be affected, but DS7 and I both need friends, visitors, or both! </vent>
  15. Been there, done that; December 1995. It was horrible! I feel for you...
  16. Three-ish weeks ago? I got the DTaP booster, as it is now recommended at least two weeks before giving birth. DS21 came down with pertussis (whooping cough) when he was 6 weeks old and it was the scariest thing I had ever experienced. (His father and I also were very sick with it.)
  17. When I went in to the hospital to have the baby last weekend I took along Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I've read this book (well, the entire series) AT LEAST a dozen times - I would start the series over each time a new book and/or movie was released, as well as reading it to DS21 when he was little. (Sadly, I didn't get a chance to read it to DS7 - he read it himself this summer!)
  18. I also live in MA. The Dept of Revenue terminated my child support collection/payments (a whopping $51/wk) when my son turned 18. Wish I had looked into this further then...
  19. Sorry! Baby Benjamin joins big brothers Nicholas, Wesley, Carter, and Theodore. :-)
  20. This. I did a bunch of research earlier this pregnancy about this topic, as I am 42 and about to deliver and was told all sorts of scary stats by my best friend because that was what she was told when she delivered in a major Boston hospital that deals mainly with 'high risk' pregnancies (of which I'm not). I wish I hadn't deleted the folder full of research papers I had found, because this kept coming up over and over again...
  21. My MIL has paid for classes at the YMCA for each boy for birthdays, Christmas, etc before. She gave them a small toy and we talked about how their class was a gift from Amah & Grandpa every time we went. My mother buys us a basic membership to the New England Aquarium each Christmas, and then I pay to upgrade it. So much better than cheap toys that get thrown away come January...
  22. We have two rentals. One walks over every month (the house is around the corner) and pays by bank check, on-time and in full. The other (the unit is the next town over) gives us the run-around every month and is still paying (never on time, sometimes even post-dated) with starter checks; sometimes he drops it off, sometimes we have to go pick it up. Both units will go up for sale next year, thank goodness!
  23. I see the midwives in my OB/GYN office. The office has recently become affiliated with one of the larger hospitals in Boston and have one of their Maternal Fetal Medicine docs on staff who, I guess, is *technically* in charge of my case due to my advanced maternal age (I'm 42). Because of my age, it was recommended after my 20 wk scan that I have ultrasounds at 24, 28, 32, & 36 wks, and then weekly there after. After discussing it with my primary midwife, I declined several of the earlier scans but have agreed to the weekly scans after 36 weeks, as 37wks+ is when things tend to go south for women my age. I know that they are grading the baby on an 8pt scale at each scan, with overall movements, breathing movements, and amniotic fluid levels being three of the things that they are looking for. It was also estimated last week that the baby was around the 75th percentile, and 7lbs 10oz +/-1lb. The tech kept talking about how 'big' the baby was. I said, "Honey, my last baby was 10lb 12oz - this baby is a peanut!" She nearly fell off of her chair!
  24. We are in MA and we see the public school speech therapist even though my kids are home.
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