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Noreen Claire

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  1. 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.
  2. Thanks, I love apple pie! Sadly, I live 30 min north of Boston. ;-)
  3. 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.
  4. 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>
  5. Been there, done that; December 1995. It was horrible! I feel for you...
  6. 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.)
  7. 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!)
  8. 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...
  9. Sorry! Baby Benjamin joins big brothers Nicholas, Wesley, Carter, and Theodore. :-)
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. We are in MA and we see the public school speech therapist even though my kids are home.
  15. So, I'm still pregnant... Due date is in 9 days. The last month went pretty well; my anxiety calmed down and I absolutely crushed my to-do list of all the things that needed to be done before baby arrives. The last week or so, though, the anxiety has come back with a vengeance. I've been having on/off gastro-intestinal issues and each time it happens I get a 4+ hour span of time where I have horrible contractions accompanied by what I guess is adrenaline surges that make me feel dreadful and exhausted. Next U/S is Tuesday afternoon (39wks+1day) and I'm only slightly hoping that they say I need to be induced immediately so that I can get this over with! (I honestly don't want to be induced yet - I usually go over 41wks and I don't want to set myself up for more interventions/possible c-section if it really is too early.) I am going to do some research before my appointment on laughing gas and other pain-relief options. I finished the Hypnobirth book but never opened the CD - I'll do that tomorrow and hope that maybe it will help. Thanks again for all the responses to my original post - I appreciate everyone's stories and perspectives.
  16. DS7 absolutely LOVES audio books! He spent the summer listening to the entire Rick Riordan Percy Jackson series, and just finished The Hobbit. (He likes things that are slightly scary/full of adventure/above his reading level). However, DS4 doesn't really like the audio books - he prefers if his father or I read to him - and distracts DS7 until he puts the audio book away and plays. I will have to search the library catalog again...
  17. So, quiet time isn't going as well as it used to here. Since DS7 is home this year, he and DS4 want to play together during quiet time, and that generally doesn't make it QUIET, if you know what I mean. I'm about to have baby #5 and am hoping that I can use quiet time to get rest for myself each afternoon, while the new baby and DS2 nap. I'm looking for recommendations for some interesting, fun, and (preferably) educational shows (DVDs or Netflix, as we don't have cable) to keep them quiet for 90 minutes or so each afternoon. The boys like Magic School Bus, and are nearly finished season 3. What else is there? They do not have any other screens to use, so apps and games are out. FWIW, this is only temporary, as quiet time turns into History/Language lesson time in the new year for DS7. (The rest of his schooling is finished before lunch each day.) Thanks very much!
  18. After DS7's most recent flare-up (his third), I did a lot of research online and truly believe that it is PANDAS that is causing his problems. Our pedi was open to listening, testing for, and then treating his strep infection. However, they are affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, which may or may not accept PANDAS as a valid diagnosis, depending on the department/doctor/day of the week... Thankfully, he has tested clean since the antibiotics but he has retained some *quirks* (as my husband refers to them), mostly anxiety/fear issues. I would like him to receive some cognitive behavioral therapy to help him work through these *quirks* and have some tools to deal with them in future flare-ups, but my husband is not very fond of doctors and absolutely against therapy/psychology/psychiatry of any kind. This is one of the factors that tipped the scales for me keeping him home this year - keeping him from having to deal with these *quirks* in a classroom full of kids AND lowering his risk of catching strep again in the public school setting. I continue to research to help him the best I can from home.
  19. I have absolutely nothing to add to the conversation, but I just wanted to wave :seeya: hello from 30 minutes to your north. Methuen, MA (on the NH border) here!
  20. I DO have a teaching degree (I have indefinitely put off finishing my dissertation for my doctoral degree in order to have more children/raise my family) and I STILL get crap for deciding to keep my 2nd grader and preschooler home this year! Grrrrrrr....
  21. My 7yr old most likely is suffering from PANDAS. we've had some treatment (not enough, in my opinion, and just enough, in my husband's). Stay strong, mama.
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