Baby/Kid Chat -- December

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Baby/Kid Chat -- December
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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 12:25pm

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Mon, 12-06-2010 - 10:53am
Sarah - sorry to hear about the sucky Santa! I've been meaning to ask you, if you don't mind talking about it, how you and DH handle the two different religions with the kids?

I have yet to meet a family that practices two religions - it seems like one spouse always converts but for DH and I, neither one of us want to convert (I'm a practicing Catholic and DH is a non-practicing Muslim but he's just uncomfortable with religion in general, not just Catholicism). Selin is baptized but DH is not comfortable with it or with her receiving any other sacraments. It's something we were planning on discussing with our couples therapist because we need to find a happy medium.

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Mon, 12-06-2010 - 1:10pm
Well DH's parents are Christian and Hindu, and my parents are Jewish, though my Mom was Catholic until she converted when I was in college.

DH's Mom was never overly religious, neither is his Dad to be fair, but he was always just raised with Hinduism as the primary religion, but never went to Sunday school or such for that. He went to temple maybe once a year or every other year. They also celebrated the Hindu holidays and did a secular Christmas and Easter. DH is fairly non-religious now, though he will say he is Hindu if asked.

As for us we were raised Jewish, it was what my parents agreed on. We did get Easter Baskets and Christmas stockings, we never had a tree or anything though unless we were visiting my Grandparents (on my Mom's side). I identify more strongly Jewish then DH does Hindu.

For now we are just incorporating traditions from both side. I do need to find a good temple to join, so that the small ones can do religious school. We have taken them to be blessed at the Hindu temple though, and have been to one or two other ceremonies there. They have also both been named at my parents temple down in Atlanta and Desmond is in a Jewish preschool, which Eloise will also be attending starting next year.

DH and I just try to work together to figure out what works best for us. I do plan to raise them Reform Jewish, but with exposure to Hindu culture and ceremonies as well, plus they have exposure to the Christian side of my family as well. We just figured out between us what we feel we can compromise one, like I compromised on a Christmas tree, even though if I had my choice we won't have one, because DH really likes the tradition. DH compromised on the idea of Jewish preschool, and them learning about the cultural.

It is a bit easier for both of us, since we both come from mixed religious families and we are both more culturally religious then religious religious, if that makes sense?



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Mon, 12-06-2010 - 9:28pm

Sarah - It sounds like you and DH have the perfect arrangement when it comes to practicing both of your mixed religions. I wish my DH and I could come to an agreement like that. Hopefully our therapist will be able to help us get to that point.

Adrienne - I totally understand what you mean about taking bits from different religions. Hey, whatever works for you guys! I don't knock anyone that doesn't practice an organized religion, it's just what I know and what I was brought up with so naturally I want my children to be exposed to it as well. DH on the other hand has been in a mosque only a handful of times in his life and overall he has been in more churches than mosques! His family is not religious at all and they pick and choose when they want to practice, like sometimes they eat bacon (pork), sometimes they don't. Sometimes they celebrate holidays, sometimes they don't.

Question for you ladies...I met a woman and her infant DD from my moms group for a playdate at the library this afternoon because she's a teacher (at my church's school, actually) and we have a few things in common. We were there for

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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 2:12pm

Hi Ladies!

We were just on holidays for a week in Egypt so I just quick skimmed the posts.

Congrats to David on his first birthday!!!

Cassie- I so feel for you! Hope things somehow change for the better.

Christine- Facebook for me is absolutely no big deal. Like being friends for me on FB is actually a step less then exchanging numbers or something like that. I honestly thought everyone used it that way so I was surprised to read your post. Just ignore the request- nothing will come up and maybe in a few weeks you will feel comfortable with it.

Alyssa- Theo had colic not reflux but I do know I would give any medicine that I thought would really help with pain and comfort issues in babies.

Moms of older babies- I LOVE reading your updates it is so interesting to hear all the things they can say and do and how they really become their own people!!

AFM: Holidays were great. Teddy was sick the whole time but that doesnt seem to really bother him as he was happy almost all the time, only the nights were sometimes a bit long. He is really speedy army crawling now but also so close to real crawling, he is constantly getting on hands and knees now. He also loves standing while holding onto things and pulling himself up to things so I think cruising can't be too far away.

Here are some pics if you all want to take a look:)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=474&id=233200005&l=b39e15b0db

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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 3:10pm
Happy 1st birthday, David!!

Ash - Looks like you had a fabulous trip! Egypt, wow!! I really envy you - you get to be a SAHM AND go on fabulous vacations! You're living my dream!! :-)

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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 8:08pm

Christine: I ditto what Ash said, I don't think FB is that big of a deal and I would definitely friend someone before giving them my phone number, etc.

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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 9:16pm
Adrienne - James David is absolutely adorable! Logan was long and although not really skinny clothes that worked the best were carter's. Their onesies are the longest and skinniest I have found and Logan was able to wear them the longest. Just thought I would let you know. I love reading your blog and keeping up with you!

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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 9:42pm

Name/DH Name: Ashley and Pete

Kids names and ages: Logan, 9 months

Pets names and ages? Dusty (dog), Dakota (dog) - both 6 and Hershey (cat) 13

Are you also NPP, WTT, TTCing, or PG?

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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 10:41pm
Ashley!! So great to hear from you!! I'm glad you got my message - I was beginning to think we lost you due to the board upgrades. I PMed a few other people we haven't seen in awhile (Jay, Cheryl) but haven't heard back from them.

I also wanted to tell you that I too will be student teaching in January! I haven't gotten my school placement yet, frustrating to say the least!, but they said we will start the week of the 10th. How long is your placement? Mine is 15 weeks. We should exchange email addresses so we can swap stories. Send me a PM if you want my address.

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