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I have been pretty MIA from this post and finally am getting all caught up on the posts. I will try to do some personals from memory, but no promises as my brain can't seem to hold all of the information it needs to.
Suzie/Christine- Sorry about the teaching troubles. BTDT and am so glad I gave it up. I love actually teaching, but the garabage that we go through without much recoginition is miserable. March-June was always the roughest part of the year as there are so many additional disruptions (field trips, vacation week, assemblies, and weather/spring fever). I used to take my kids (3rd grade) outside for 10 min if the weather was nice and they could earn it through the day. I'd set the timer and let them run 'wild' through the field for the time and that usually curbed the antsy pants for the last 90 min of the day. Although I know your day is very different with having multiple classes, is there a way to give them choice activities related to what is it you are working on (power point, online research, etc). Sorry Suzie I can't remember what you are teaching. I can't imagine being teacher #3 at this point in the school year. My best advice is to keep your teaching consistent since that is clearly something they have been missing this year.
Katie- I hope that your ear infection continues to get better and you are able to keep up with Z. Keeping up with William is such a task. He was full out walking a week past his turning 9 months and hasn't stopped.
Ash/Grace- DH and I are feeling the same way about having a 3rd. If this baby had been a girl, we'd be done, but I am not ready to give up on having a girl. Although if William and James are quite the pair I expect them to be then we might be done at 2. We are also still young and have plenty of time to decide.
TV at DC- We allow William to watch select shows at home although the TV is usually always on if we are home since I have grown accustomed to the background noise and I like to know what's going on in the world - the news/talk show is usually on. The sitter we use often has her kitchen TV on with news or something like that which I have no issue with. If her DH is home, then there is often a hockey or ball game on- not of particular interest to William. I know that the TV is sometimes used for a movie (she has 2 school age daughters and a DC boy in K) which I know William can't sit through so it doesn't bother me. Since the TV isn't being used in place of her interacting with the kids or them being active, I don't have an issue with it on occassion.
AFM- William is out of his crib now. We waited so long since he wasn't climbing out of the crib. He has slept in his big boy bed nearly all night without waking (7:30 - 5:30) and then is awake so I take him to the couch and he has been falling back asleep until 6:30/7:00. We have also started looking into 2day/wk preschool programs for the fall, but aren't having much luck since he is born after the school cut off date. I am determined to find somewhere for him since I know he will need the time away from me once James arrives and I want to make it like a special big boy thing he gets to do. He loves library time and does much better if I don't sit anywhere near him. I also would like some academic element to it- he needs a challenge since he can pick his name out and identify the letters in it along with half the alphabet now.
Suzie - Congrats on the new