February Playgroup

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Thu, 02-02-2012 - 11:25pm

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~Christine

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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 9:27am
Hello Ladies,

I've been reading the thread, sounds like you all are doing well. Happy Birthday Christine!

Sandy, hope your Kinect injury heals up!

Ash, good luck with your 2 weeks with Teddy alone!

Andi, sorry about the sickies! Going 8 months without a sniffle is awesome! We were the same around here. He got a really minor drip around 10 months (which now I believe to be teething) and his first real sickness (pink eye and a cold) at 14 months...2 weeks after enrolling in daycare, of course!

Grace, glad you made it to Germany safely! Sorry for all the bumps though, but I'm sure it will get better as you get used to your new environment.

AFM, my boy is 21 months today! I cant believe he will be 2 in 3 months time. Its gone so fast.

Busy lately but all good stuff. Now TTC is on my mind. I thought we would be TTC after my birthday in May but now I'm thinking of moving it to October. Our 5th anniversary is in October and we're going to Chicago. I would like to be able to drink plus I would also like to lose some more weight and do a boudoir photo shoot for my DH as a gift. Plus with my job I'll have been there over one year and hopefully will have my registration in place too. I dont want to think about mat leave until I know for SURE this job is secure and registration is required. I've applied, just waiting for it now. Hopefully I get it without any problems but its unsettling right now waiting The downside is, I was hoping for a late winter/spring baby again (February would be cool) but now waiting til October, it would be late summer....ugh...the thought of being PG in the summer makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it. Anyway, I havent even brought it up to DH yet because I think he's ready anytime I am but would be a bit disappointed to wait until the fall.

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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 9:38am
Hi, ladies. My parents have been visiting from Pennsylvania this week, so I've been online very, very little. We had a wonderful visit, and I was so sad to see them go early this morning. We didn't do anything big, but it was wonderful to have Grandma and Papa with us through our regular routine. We did visit a nearby botanical garden. It is a fabulous, kid-friendly place, so we decided to get an annual pass that allows for two free guests at every visit.

There is another reason that I've been sort of avoiding the board. DH and I have made a big decision, and I guess I was feeling shy about it. I'm not looking for any controversy or debate here, and I know the subject can be divisive. Anyway...enough procrastinating! We have decided to homeschool. We aren't pulling the kids out of school, so really nothing will change until after this school year. Even then, we plan to continue sending Jonah to preschool at his current program. Preschool is free for four year olds in Florida, and we love the program here at the Methodist church! Fletcher will do most of his "sit down" work in the mornings while Jonah is at Pre-K, and we'll save all/most of the fun, hands-on activities for afternoon when Jonah is home. Charlotte will be along for the ride :)

We have discovered an amazing homeschool community here. We will be part of a co-op that is really cool. The core subjects are done within individual families, but they work together on "extras" like art, music, phys. ed., Spanish, and Bible. They do wonderful trips, class parties, and other events, so I don't feel that my kids will be missing out on many of the joys of traditional schooling. At the same time, they will experience things that aren't possible in a regular school.

We will carefully consider our decision at the end of each year in order to truly respond to the ever-changing, individual needs of our kids. Cory and I are both teachers. We love schools and have a great respect for the teaching profession, and that hasn't changed. We plan to support our community's schools in many different ways, but we think this homeschool co-op is the best choice for our family at this time.

I'm SO excited!!!! :D
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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 1:57pm
Erica- I'm not a big supporter of home schooling, and don't have a problem with the fact that it is illegal here in Germany. That being said, I think your plan for homeschooling is absolutely the ideal! It sounds like there is a great community in place so your children still get to spend some time with other kids, you can get help on subjects you feel less capable of teaching, you actually have a teaching background, and you didn't decide to make the change lightly nor have you decided to make it a forever thing if things would happen to change. All I can say is good on you- I am sure it will be great for all of you! :)

Ruby: I can understand wanting to wait and I am sure your DH will too. The job thing was so stressful and terrible for you, it makes sense to wait to get pregnant until it absolutely isn't something which you will have to worry about:)

Christine: Just some things that you can't get here like cereal with marshmallows, wing hot sauce, beef jerky, etc. Nothing too interesting or exciting- obviously no cooled products are imported so my choices are limited. Lucky you-we can't go out to eat with Teddy he can only sit still for about 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops! Even at home it is the same. But I don't mind too much we have babysitters and I know in a few years he will do much better in a restaurant setting.

AFM: I prevailed and made myself a salad and pasta! Yay actually I still have morning sickness so I just felt sick at the thought of pizza but at least I didn't order anything.

There is a big thing happening in Hamburg right now- we have a river called the Alster which is dammed and creates two lakes right in downtown, well currently the outer one is frozen over- something which happens very rarely and the ice is so thick that it is safe to go on. There is a big event going on this weekend on the ice with stands selling food,drinks, and crafts and lots of people skating, sledding and walking on the ice. Teddy and I went this morning and it was so fun. It was crazy to be able to walk across something which normally is such a big divide!

He was also back to his normal sweet cute self which was such a HUGE relief. I'm so glad he isn't whiny like he was yesterday all the time or I would probably go crazy!
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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 9:35pm
Ruby- sorry about TTC but if you wait I will have a buddy. It seems everyone from this group ttc#2 is either pg or TTC way before me and I will be by myself in the fall. Glad we are waiting now due to the uncertainty of dh's job and by fall all should be in place and the loan paid off. I actually want a summer baby this time as I hated a winter baby. But fall would be ok too.

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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 10:24pm
Sandy - you won't be alone in the fall... that's our target TTC time right now as well. But only time will tell.

Ash - I wanna know what American food you ordered as well.

Erica - congrats on finding your home-school co-op. I would love to home-school Ray, but it's just not in the cards.

AFM - Teddy is turning 1 on Wednesday and his party is next weekend and I am just not in a "planning" mode. I have no desire to figure out the menu, no desire to plan the shopping trip. I have no idea what we're getting him as a gift... yeah... I'm just having a terrible mental block on this. I need some motivation.
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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 8:52am

First of all...

Christine, happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!

Ash- Good luck handling Teddy without DH. I wopuld be terrified too!!! Usually weekends are my big break, because DH is home all day, isn't super tired (like on weekdays after work), and Fede enjoys all his daddy time. The forzen lake sounds wonderful! I hope you have tons of fun! BTW... how is the cold weather treating you? My brother moved to Berlin some months ago, and this is his first german winter, and it totally caught him off guard... He can't believe the -11ºC or something he had a few days ago! Oh! and don't worry about the lack of desire to cook. I uusally love cooking, but during the 1st trimester it just sucks!

Erica- I think the homeschooling idea sounds wonderful!! It is a carefully thought idea, and I think you will do great!!!

Ruby- I think you are doing the right thing waiting a little bit about TTC... that way, your job will be solid and you won't have to worry about it.

Kate- I'm not huge on birthdays either!! Personally I had a big(ish) party for Fede at his 2nd birthday than his first. At 1yo they don't get much of what's going on vs. at 2yo they already have more defined preferences in terms of entertainment, food, toys etc... You could do this as a very low key event with close family/friends, a cake and just relax about it!

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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 1:53pm
Mari- That sounds so great! I know Teddy absolutely loves going to daycare now and it is so good for him to spend that time around other kids. I'm sure Fede will just keep warming up to it. Also you look fab!! Congrats on Fede starting to acknowledge diaper changes as well- that is exciting!
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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 11:16pm

Erica - Sounds like homeschooling will be a good fit for you guys! That's great that you've got a great community there too. How's it going with starting your LLL group? :-)

Ruby - I sent you a PM today and it asked me to choose from three different profiles of yours so hopefully it went through to you.

Kate - I felt the same way about Selin's upcoming party (next weekend). My parents watched her for a good chunk yesterday so I could hit the dollar store and party store and I got a lot of stuff. Once I was out in the stores and buying everything, I got more excited about it. We just had small parties with our respective families for her 1st birthday. We're not going with a theme or anything for this one (didn't really do that for her nursery either, I'm not much of a "theme" person). Once DH gets home from his trip, we have to decide where we're getting food from, most likely doing pizza and salad. I'm actually ordering her cake from Costco. For $17.99, I can get a half sheet that feeds 48 ppl. My ILs got one for our nephew's bday back in Nov. and it was delicious! The choices are a little limited but for the price, you can beat it. I'm doing favor bags for all the kids with V-Day candy, a pencil, and a little notepad. I bought most of it from the dollar store so it was very inexpensive. Trying to keep things as simple as possible. Oh and I sent invitations via Evite so saved time and money there too!

AFM - Just talked to DH, he is heading to the airport and will be home tomorrow afternoon. I am so ready for him to come home. Being with Selin for the last 10-11 days by myself (except for weekends at my parents' house) was totally exhausting! And with my accident and planning for her party, I barely had time to just relax because there was always somewhere I had to go after work or something I had to do after she went to bed.

We went out to lunch with my parents today for mine and my step-dad's birthdays (thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!) and had the most delicious Lithuanian food (Kate I was thinking about you!). Selin even ate some of my step-dad's duck and loved it. She kept calling it 'chicken' and I didn't want to try to explain to her what it was so we just went along with it, lol. Was proud to see her embrace her Lithuanian side, even if she's only 1/8th. She's been talking up a storm lately and just blows me away every week with new words. I think we're going to have a Chatty Cathy on our hands. :-)

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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 8:19am

Happy birthday, Christine!

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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 8:25am

oops...I forgot...

Christine, things are moving along with the LLL group.

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