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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 10:23pm

AFM - I found out last week that the assistantship at school that I was promised last spring

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 11:22pm

Christine-For naps, Maxim still takes 2 naps...one at 10:00am for an hour and then another at 2pm for 2 hours.

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 2:50am

Ella- I'm so sorry!!! I would be livid! Your department sounds awful, I hope something works out! Watching your friend's daughter for a day should help at least.

Christine- We switched to one nap at around a year. Teddy just wasn't taking 2 good naps anymore. Teddy goes down around 1 and sleeps 2 hours. He could go down earlier (as early as 11) but he does best if we do a fun activity, then lunch, and push nap time back. He still goes to sleep between 7 and 8 depending on the day, and gets up around 7 ish.

Ruby- Teddy has a spoon, fork and plate for every meal. I love the plastic plates from Ikea because they are a soft plastic that you can't break- he already broke a few other ones. He just recently started getting interested in using the spoon and fork and normally he switched over in the middle of the meal but I figure that is how you learn- no pressure but it is all there if he wants to try:)

Cassie- Isn't it frustrating that one of the ways kids deal with changes has to be in the middle of the night?! LOL I know it is hard but just try and stick with it and I bet Simon will be over it in a week or so. I also wouldn't worry about the milk since it is just for a short period of time.

Mari- Your week sounds awful, I hope it gets much much much better!!!

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 7:25am

Ella,

First of all, huge (((HUGS))) on this crappy situation!! Do they not even post these things for others to know? Are there any other campus jobs you could apply for, even if they're not a TAship? I would be livid, too. How did your DH take the news?

As upset as you are, don't give up! You're so close to the finish line

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 7:37am

Re: naps

Ella - This may be a dumb question, but if Eliza is sleeping from say 11-1, when does she eat lunch? LOL

Ruby - For Maxim's morning nap, do you wake him up after the one hour mark?

AFM - When Selin was at the sitter, she was primarily just taking an afternoon nap right after lunch, but towards the end and per my suggestion, she started taking a morning nap there too, depending on the day. The sitter would say that by lunchtime, without the morning nap she was just so exhausted and irritable. Like Ruby said, if Selin doesn't get her morning nap, she is so tired and restless so it seems she still needs some sort of a rest, maybe I should just limit how long she sleeps, even though I hate to wake a sleeping baby?

And this is all our routine at home. If we have to go somewhere for the day, like today we're heading out to my parents' house after breakfast, then she usually won't nap elsewhere in the morning because she's too excited/too much going on and she'll only take an afternoon nap. In the car on the way there, she's visibly tired and will fuss but lately it's taking her forever to fall asleep for her morning nap in the car. It's a 45 min. ride and sometimes she doesn't fall asleep until we're about 10 min away (I think Adrienne posted something like this - doesn't it suck Adrienne? LOL)

Keep the responses coming, looking forward to hear what everyone has to say. :-)

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 7:48am

Suzie - Glad you're having a great vacay and I'm sure Grey missed you as well! When DH and I had our date last weekend, we mostly talked about/missed Selin! How exciting to be TTC in Jan! I'm hoping at the very latest we'll start then as well. I'm not thrilled about possibly being hugely PG in the summer, because summer weather doesn't agree with me as it is (I get nauseous/headaches when it's extremely hot

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 9:19am
Wow, thanks Christine! I really appreciate all this advice - really. I am so not good about thinking outside the box in terms of making money. Except for selling things on eBay, I have never really made money outside of a regular old job.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, too, I know I should probably finish the degree, and I will. I know I can do it (well, at least I *think* I can)... and I know this is a totally normal grad school phase, especially now that I'm nearing the end. Academia is such a difficult world to be in sometimes (especially with a family), but I know there are many jobs/areas that are hard because of politics, unfair policies, lack of funding/space, etc... so I'm not alone! But the lack of support I feel from my department is especially disheartening. Makes me sad - I used to love it there!

Oh and to answer your other question -- Eliza eats lunch after her nap, so she eats a pretty late lunch (1:30 or 2!). It works for us though - we are out and about in the morning before nap, we come home and she goes right to nap, then after she wakes up, she eats lunch and then we do something in the afternoon.

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 12:37pm
Ella - that really, really sucks about the assistantship. Universities are so screwed up about things like that. I contemplated quitting my PhD numerous times and, in all honesty, I do regret not leaving when I had the chance. I won't get into it much here, but PM me if you want to talk about it, why I regret the decision, etc..

As for making extra money, Christine gave you some great ideas. Also, are there any courses in your department or related area that a lot students have to take to get into a program (like medical school or something)? One of my friends runs this end-of-semester review for anyone in 1st year physics (right before their final exams), and she makes a KILLING. She charges $50 per student (there is a professional company who offers the same thing, but charges $100, so the students "save" money this way), and she does 3-4 sessions of 100 students EACH. It's insane. It's a bit of work to get it all set up, but then you just run the same session over and over again.

Anyway, I hope you can find another assistantship or some other way to make extra cash. Good luck with the decision on whether to stick with it or not. I'll just say for the record that you would NOT be a failure if you choose to leave. (((hugs)))

**waves hi to everyone else! I've been reading, but don't have any time to post these days!**




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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 5:59pm

Yes I do wake him after his morning nap but not the afternoon and just let him go as long as he wants in the afternoon.

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 6:55pm

In just a couple of days, I got way behind on this thread!

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