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Old 04-27-2012, 04:22 PM   #31
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Hey Pete,
There's a little surprise I bet everyone forgot to mention to the mrs. The agony and I mean agony of first time lactation.
Fingers in ears. "LALALALALALALALALALALALALA!!!"

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Old 04-27-2012, 04:24 PM   #32
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WHAT!! did I go too far again Honestly...I'm not in it for the shock value. These things just kind of get said somehow
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My sister is a family practice doctor in southern WI. When she was in her last year of residency, in a little *tiny* country clinic, she was starting to examine a patient when said patient's 8 year old son came in and said he was hungry...

My sister turned to make a note on the chart, turned back, and the lady was breast feeding the kid. My sis said the kid was tall enough to do it without the mom sitting down.

She saw a LOT of weird stuff in that particular clinic... That was just a regular day for her.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:41 PM   #34
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Ok How come you guys can talk about nursing that may be bordering on incest, but if I talk about the milk part you can't deal?? whats with that?
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #35
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My sister is a family practice doctor in southern WI. When she was in her last year of residency, in a little *tiny* country clinic, she was starting to examine a patient when said patient's 8 year old son came in and said he was hungry...

My sister turned to make a note on the chart, turned back, and the lady was breast feeding the kid. My sis said the kid was tall enough to do it without the mom sitting down.

She saw a LOT of weird stuff in that particular clinic... That was just a regular day for her.


I hope he quits before he starts dating girls.

I wonder he has a t-shirt that says, "got milk?"
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:57 PM   #36
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Pete -

You better go out and buy some boxes of Legos for the future.

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Old 04-28-2012, 02:02 PM   #37
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My sister is a family practice doctor in southern WI. When she was in her last year of residency, in a little *tiny* country clinic, she was starting to examine a patient when said patient's 8 year old son came in and said he was hungry...

My sister turned to make a note on the chart, turned back, and the lady was breast feeding the kid. My sis said the kid was tall enough to do it without the mom sitting down.

She saw a LOT of weird stuff in that particular clinic... That was just a regular day for her.

I wonder how dad fits into that equation. Crazy family dynamic. The kid is probably the parent, cuz it sounds like the mom and possibly dad have no backbone.
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Congrats!

At first the new addition to your family will make things like diy projects take the back seat but as they (yes I said they, it is easy to not stop at one) get older they will be creating the reasons for your diy projects.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:52 AM   #39
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Congrats!

At first the new addition to your family will make things like diy projects take the back seat but as they (yes I said they, it is easy to not stop at one) get older they will be creating the reasons for your diy projects.
I agree whole-heartedly and would expand to say that "they" will become the reason you do everything in life.

We have two little girls under 2 years old in our house, and although it can be hectic at times, I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I'll be surprised if there isn't a third in the next few years........
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I wonder how dad fits into that equation. Crazy family dynamic. The kid is probably the parent, cuz it sounds like the mom and possibly dad have no backbone.
It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Some of the stories she's told...

She's my oldest sister and I'm the youngest son, my fiancÚ/wife/life partner and I had our twins 10 months before she got married. We drove all 3 kids to Madison for the wedding... After witnessing all the work and planning, she said to her new husband "we're going to wait a long time to have a baby". A long time ended up being 3 years.

Speaking of family dynamics, though, her husband (a real stand-up guy - seriously) quit his job to be a stay at home dad while my sis continued working her way up the med ladder. She was devastated the first time that it was obvious that the lil'un preferred daddy.

My girls come find me for playtime or when they're sick. Everything else seems to be 'momma momma momma'. But that's okay. Just happy to be here :-)
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I have a friend who is a Dr and her husband stays home also. Its no big deal these days. The important thing is that the kids are privileged enough to have a parent home. That was my plan and my reason for starting so late. So we could be in a financial position to have that luxury for the kids. Plan "A" fell apart and now Plan "B" ....change of career..selling houses..lets me set my own hours, so I can still be around when I want to be.

By the way, when the kids are little and they are calling for you for comfort when sick or hurt is huge. Doesn't sound like you are second fiddle to me.
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I have a friend who is a Dr and her husband stays home also. Its no big deal these days. The important thing is that the kids are privileged enough to have a parent home. That was my plan and my reason for starting so late. So we could be in a financial position to have that luxury for the kids. Plan "A" fell apart and now Plan "B" ....change of career..selling houses..lets me set my own hours, so I can still be around when I want to be.

By the way, when the kids are little and they are calling for you for comfort when sick or hurt is huge. Doesn't sound like you are second fiddle to me.
I agree that the ideal situation is to have a stay-at-home parent to raise your own children, especially in the years before school (line kindergarten, not the 3 year old kindergarten).

I'm sure I'll rub some people the wrong way with what I'm about to say, but so be it.

Most folks think that they can plan out the "when, where & how" of the entire situation, when in reality, if you're going to stagnate & wait around for what you feel is the perfectly comfortable time to quit your job to raise your child, your child's going to be in school already. I can't think of a more important, or rewarding, job than taking care of your own offspring on a daily basis.

We ran into this situation a little over 1.5 years ago with our first child. My wife worked a fairly ow-paying with strange, long hours 4 days a week. We had the best daycare we could ever ask for, my MIL, but it was the job my wife really felt she should be doing. It was a tough decision, but we decided it would be best for her to quit her job & stay home, watching a few other kids out of the house for a marginal profit as well.

Although it's been tough at times financially with one main income, it is for the best. I'm fortunate to be a small biz. owner, so my income is subjective to what I make it, in some way's, "the sky's the limit". I'm willing to work harder or longer if it means my kids are getting a superior upbringing. Also, you simply learn to adjust your lifestyle accordingly. We don't need to go on a few elaborate vacations a year, we don't need to go out to dinner 3 nights a week, and we don't need to buy a new 80" flatscreen when our current TV is only a year old, simply because it's the latest technology. When it's all said & done, the sun continues to rise in the East & set in the West even with one income in a weak economy.

And this isn't intended to be a "dig" on working mothers or daycare, but simply our first-hand experience.......
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Different people have diff. opinions - it's what makes the world interesting.

My wife will be out for 3 months and then my daughter will be in daycare. We crunched the numbers and both make a good salary and would have to cut down on a lot if we got rid of one job. I went to daycare as a kid and I turned out fine
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Pete; Notice the use of adjectives like luxury and privilege. Definitely not slamming your choice in parental care. Finances necessitates employment for every one of us, so please don't think I'm passing judgement. Only you guys can figure out whats best for your family.

Dad's qualify for mat leave up here. Parental leave is whats its called. You get a combined 52 weeks or just one can use it all.
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Don't get me wrong, I love that I can provide comfort to them when they're sick. In our case, I work and K (my significant other) stays home, though she works on weekends at the humane society on and off. I'm very happy that we have been able to do this for the kids.

And yes, very true, different stuff works for different situations. I commend anyone that has a happy, healthy family these days. Seems like its harder and harder these days.

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