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message 1: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Oct 27, 2010 10:18PM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Do you have 'em? If so, How many, ages, etc etc... If not, do you want 'em... As a mother... I know we all like to and sometimes need to talk about our little monkeys..

I'll go first... I have 3 boys.. Ayden, who will be 14 in February..*sniffles*.. and Cameron, who will be 9 in April.. and Marek.. My baby.. who will be 6 in March.

Love 'em all to peices, which I guess goes without saying.. But here is my thing.. I believe.. unknowingly.. My husband, Myself along with my 2 older boys have created a monster... AAARGH!!! Marek.. Is sweet... Is affectionate.. and funny... and a complete and total spoiled pain in the rump.. To which I take total responsibilty for.. Being the 3rd born and last born.. he fell into the role of 'baby' and we all became slaves to the little guy. How could you not? He has one of those smiles.. That even when he infuriates you.. he turns those eyes and that smile on you.. and you forget why you were mad.. So in turn.. thus.. the monster was created... Help?? Any advice on how to turn the situation around???


message 2: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Oct 27, 2010 10:37PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) 2 and 15. I know, huge gap. I had my first as a teen.

I have no kid advice. Both of mine are making me go gray at the moment. It was a rough day today with the toddler. He has no concept of, "OW you're hurting Mommy..."


message 3: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Stacia (ridiculously repetitive) wrote: "2 and 15. I know, huge gap. I had my first as a teen.

I have no kid advice. Both of mine are making me go gray at the moment. It was a rough day today with the toddler. He has no concept of..."


Lol..That is a big gap.. Me too Stacia.. I was 18 while pregnant with Ayden, and had literally just turned 19 when I had him.. I didn't wait as long in between though.. 2 is a rough age.. I remember.. Does your 15 year old help you at all?


message 4: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Oct 27, 2010 10:54PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) He will when he's home. Unfortunately, he's almost about to turn 16, so he's at that age where he's busy a lot with friends.

Oh and I have two boys as well. I really wanted a girl, but after seeing my older son's girlfriends, I realize I was blessed not to have to deal with teen girl anxiety and rebellion.


message 5: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Oct 27, 2010 10:57PM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Stacia (ridiculously repetitive) wrote: "He will when he's home. Unfortunately, he's almost about to turn 16, so he's at that age where he's busy a lot with friends.

Oh and I have two boys as well. I really wanted a girl, but after s..."


My thoughts exactly.. And I am the same way.. I wanted a girl.. But it wasn't meant to be.. Now I strongly believe I got only what I can handle.. Most days anyways.


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan | 135 comments I have one daughter. She is 3 and a complete handful, lol. Aren't they all. I want another child, eventually. We have been putting off having another child for a few years now until things got less hectic. My husband had an injury at work and had a slipped disk in his back. So he had surgery and then it happened again, worse than before. So another surgery was needed. It was such a long recovery and Addison was at that age where she wants to be picked up all the time, and he just couldn't pick her up. I think it really bothered him. Now he is healthy and back to normal, but unfortunately the place where he worked for 6 years went out of business, lol. We have awful luck it seems. So now he is in the process of trying to find a new job and there are nooo jobs anymore. Very frustrating.

We decided once he can find another job (that is giong to be for long-term) we will seriously consider having another one. I want at least one more, but I'm only 26 and not in a huge rush at the moment, lol. I work full time and keep busy enough with one child and my husband, I can't imagine having one more at the moment.


message 7: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Oct 28, 2010 09:16AM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Megan aka *Mheghan* wrote: "I have one daughter. She is 3 and a complete handful, lol. Aren't they all. I want another child, eventually. We have been putting off having another child for a few years now until things got ..."

I hear ya Megan, Up until recently I worked full time, and had 3... Lol.. I empathize with you.. I applaud your use of intellectual as well as emotional in these decisions.. Most people dont really think it through before deciding to expand there families.. Weighing all the options. Good for you. I am sorry to hear about your husband... I will keep my fingers crossed that he will find a job soon. I know how bad the job market is out there.. It's tough, for sure. It's good that he has recovered from his energy.. something like that could really effect a man's whole being..


message 8: by Wan (new)

Wan (wanwaddell) | 143 comments I have a son, Terry, Jr.. He just turned 9 last week. He is more self-efficient now. He is a happy child but can be smart-alec sometimes.


message 9: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Aren't they all? I know mine certainly are... Sometimes the stuff that comes out of there mouths amaze me..


message 10: by Megan (new)

Megan | 135 comments Shell wrote: "Aren't they all? I know mine certainly are... Sometimes the stuff that comes out of there mouths amaze me.."

I think my daughter is too smart for her own good, lol, and shes only 3. I shudder to think what I'll have to deal with in the future.


message 11: by Megan (new)

Megan | 135 comments Well I guess you can see by my profile pic that she is quite the character, lol.


message 12: by Megan (new)

Megan | 135 comments She use to be so sweet(she still is, but you have to bribe her some days for a hug or kiss, lol)..... http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/2...


message 13: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
She is beautiful Megan... Is that your husband?


message 14: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Oct 28, 2010 10:27AM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
And I hear ya about being quite the character... I have 2 of those..

http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/3...


message 15: by Wan (new)

Wan (wanwaddell) | 143 comments Shell wrote: "Aren't they all? I know mine certainly are... Sometimes the stuff that comes out of there mouths amaze me.."

Oh! yes. Last month, I took him to Kings Dominion's. They were showing a Rock Band stage show so we went in to check it out. (He and I are the biggest Jon Bon Jovi fans). So when did JBJ's song -- he rolled his eyes and actually said it out loud "What a waste of a good song". -- OMG I was about to die.


message 16: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH... Too funny...


message 17: by Megan (last edited Oct 28, 2010 10:41AM) (new)

Megan | 135 comments Shell wrote: "She is beautiful Megan... Is that your husband?"

Thank you. Yes, that's my husband, Jared. Sometimes I think he is more work than she is, lol.


message 18: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
I concur....

http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/3...

I actually have 4 boys.. really... Lol


message 19: by Megan (new)

Megan | 135 comments Shell wrote: "And I hear ya about being quite the character... I have 2 of those..

http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/3..."


What a bunch of cuties! The youngest has that mischievous smile that must keep you on your toes all the time, lol.


message 20: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Yup.. he was the inspiration behind this thread...Lol..


message 21: by Julianna (last edited Oct 28, 2010 12:45PM) (new)

Julianna (authorjuliannad) | 124 comments My son turns 15 today. He's the quiet type, so sometimes he's easy to deal with but others times (like the last couple of days) he gets the teenage "grumpies" and nothing I do can please him.:-)

My 11yo (almost 12) daughter is the complete opposite. They're like oil and water (can't seem to get along to save their lives). She's a chatter-box who never seems to shut up which can wear on an introvert mom like me, especially now that she seems to be getting in a little trouble at school for it. She can also be pretty argumentative. Ugh! I thought they didn't to that until they were teenagers. She can be really sweet sometimes though too, and it's those times I live for.:-)


message 22: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) I have 4 kids -- 11 Gabriela, 7 Sebastian, 5 Giovanna and 2 Natalia. I find the books How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber Liberated Parents, Liberated Children Your Guide to a Happier Family by Adele Faber -- very helpful for ages 5 up to teenagers. :)

Love hearing about everyone's kiddos.


message 23: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Julie (Mom2lnb) wrote: "My son turns 15 today. He's the quiet type, so sometimes he's easy to deal with but others times (like the last couple of days) he gets the teenage "grumpies" and nothing I do can please him.:-)

M..."


My Oldest son.. is the exact mixture of both of yours Julie.. Lol.. He's quiet.. In the sense that he stays outa trouble, chooses good friends.. mostly stays home... However He is also a chatter box.. Going on and on, about the most mundane things.. Like Video games.. and You tube.. Ugh.. It can become too much sometimes.. Lol.. And as for argumentative... Wowsers.. He created the term.. I'm sure. Lol


message 24: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Regina wrote: "I have 4 kids -- 11 Gabriela, 7 Sebastian, 5 Giovanna and 2 Natalia. I find the books How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber [bookcover:Liberated Parents, Li..."

Wow Regina.. Your brave.. I applaud you. Thx for the book recommendations.. Maybe thats what I need with My Marek..

I love hearing about everyones kids too.. It's kinda cool.. Break away from books.. If even for a moment.. to return to reality... Lol

Love your kids names BTW..


message 25: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Thank you! I love your kids' names as well. Last night we celebrated my oldest's 11th birthday. (back to books ....) I gave her a Wrinkle in Time and the Hunger Games trilogy -- which she was ecstacic to get. Then my husband picked up the Hunger Games and stayed up past 2am reading it!


message 26: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_b) Thanks for mentioning that book, Regina! My daughter is still young so she listens for the most part (haha!), but I know the day is coming where she won't as much.

I have a daughter who is 1 1/2 and I'm pregnant with our new one. My daughter, Annabelle, was born at 33 weeks gestation, so this pregnancy is a lot more nerve-wracking. Preemies are a whole different ballgame.


message 27: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Regina wrote: "Thank you! I love your kids' names as well. Last night we celebrated my oldest's 11th birthday. (back to books ....) I gave her a Wrinkle in Time and the Hunger Games trilogy -- which she was ec..."

Thats awesome.. I wish I could get my boys into reading.. You think they would have a love for it naturally.. But no such luck,, Not yet anyways.


message 28: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Kimberly wrote: "Thanks for mentioning that book, Regina! My daughter is still young so she listens for the most part (haha!), but I know the day is coming where she won't as much.

I have a daughter who is 1 1/2 ..."


Oh Kimberly.. Thats scary.. How far along are you? Did you have to stay in the hospital for long after Annabelle?


message 29: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Shell sometimes it is just timing or the right book -- it may still happen. :) Has Cameron tried the Animorph series (if he likes Sci Fi) or the Lightening Thief series? My daughter loves fantasy and sci fi -- and lots of boys in her class (along with her) loved these series.

I am not sure what a teenager would enjoy!!

Kimberly do the docs know why you went into labor early last time? I have a close friend who had her first at 33 weeks, her next 2 babes were born at 40 and 41 weeks. :) My first was at 36 weeks (not too early, and she was normal weight and healthy), but my last 3 were at 39 and 40 weeks. So here's to hoping it was just the first time around for you.


message 30: by Wan (new)

Wan (wanwaddell) | 143 comments My son was born at 36 wk too but he was 7 lbs. 3 oz., 21 1/2 inches long, his head and back was covered with hair (yep his entire back). I'm only 5'2 3/4" on a good day so I was miserable. -- Then, I miscarried all 3 times afterward. I was healthy so I have never considered myself high risk or (I guess) they call it incompetent uterus. Who'd know. That's when I called it quite and had my tubal ligation done. -- My son used to ask for a sibling when he was younger. I had to explain to him what had happened to me (and he seemed to understand). I call him my miracle baby all the time so now he refers himself as my miracle baby as well. :-)

@Kimberly, hope you have a healthy pregnancy and birth. If you don't mind, please keep us posted with your progress. -- One of my friends at work had high risk pregnancy and had to bed-rested for 4 months (but she was diabetic). & she delivered one of the healthiest and cutest babies I’ve ever seen.


message 31: by Megan (new)

Megan | 135 comments Shell wrote: "I concur....

http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/3...

I actually have 4 boys.. really... Lol"


LOL


message 32: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Oct 29, 2010 11:19AM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Wan wrote: "My son was born at 36 wk too but he was 7 lbs. 3 oz., 21 1/2 inches long, his head and back was covered with hair (yep his entire back). I'm only 5'2 3/4" on a good day so I was miserable. -- Then,..."

Thx for sharing your story Wan.. And give your son a hug for me.. as I do believe a miracle baby is exactly what he is..


message 33: by Wan (new)

Wan (wanwaddell) | 143 comments Thanks, I will.


message 34: by VWrulesChick (new)

VWrulesChick Well at this time, I only have 1 BIG kid (aka my hubbie).

We have been marry 7 years and no pitter-patters yet. Yet, I am having lots of fun trying at the moment. Most of my friends have 1 or 2 already, so I am playing auntie for the time being.


message 35: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
VWrulesChick wrote: "Well at this time, I only have 1 BIG kid (aka my hubbie).

We have been marry 7 years and no pitter-patters yet. Yet, I am having lots of fun trying at the moment. Most of my friends have 1 or 2..."


LMAO.. Well atleast your enjoying the attempt.. Lol. That's important.


message 36: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_b) Thanks for the well-wishes Wan, Regina, and Shell! I had a placental abruption which caused my premature labor/delivery, but I had absolutely no risk factors for it (car accident, abdominal trauma, etc.) and I didn't have any of the symptoms of having one other than I went into labor (no heavy bleeding, etc.). I actually went into labor after I got home from my baby shower! It was a very frightening whirlwind to go into labor that soon and they tried to stop its progression with various drugs once I got to the hospital but my daughter wanted out. Thankfully, she was 4lbs.14oz. which is fairly big for a 33wk. baby. She spent 2 weeks in the NICU, but so far she is a healthy toddler with no ill health effects other than she'll need glasses in the next few years. We still have regular follow-up visits with specialists at the hospital to make sure she is developing on track though.

I'm 13 weeks pregnant now with our next baby and so far it's been a completely healthy pregnancy. I met with my perinatologist and I may have to do progesterone shots to prevent preterm labor, but I'm hopeful I won't need them (I'm not big on medication). I will definitely keep you posted on my status :)

Regina--Thanks for telling me of someone who has gone full-term after being in my situation! It's great to hear a positive story after all the negative ones you hear out there. My doctor said I have a 30% chance of having another preemie, but we are looking at it as we have a 70% chance of having a full-term baby. We pray for it everyday! :)


message 37: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
We will pray with you, Kimberly. Thank you for sharing aswell.. What an amazing story.


message 38: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_b) Thanks Shell! We welcome any and all prayers :)


message 39: by Emily (new)

Emily (emdempster) | 5 comments I have 3 kids. Joseph is 4 1/2 yrs, Cailin is 3 years, and Jakob is 18months old. Yes, they're very close. Yes, we think we're done. I find myself babying Jakob quite a bit and know if I'm not careful that I'll have a monster myself. (But, then again he's only 18 months so I still need to baby him).

Good luck to those expecting and trying :)


message 40: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Emily wrote: "I have 3 kids. Joseph is 4 1/2 yrs, Cailin is 3 years, and Jakob is 18months old. Yes, they're very close. Yes, we think we're done. I find myself babying Jakob quite a bit and know if I'm not ..."

Thats exactly what I did... Lol. I hear ya, Its hard not too, when you know your done... Your baby tends to stay your baby..


message 41: by Gaijinmama (new)

Gaijinmama | 10 comments Hi.
My daughter is 7 and her big brother, who is taller than me, is almost 11. Unlikely we'll be having more, but let me know if you happen to see any new stars shining in the East....

Emily, it is my firm belief that spoiling happens to fruit, not children. Go right ahead and love your little ones while they are still little. They won't be "monsters" (what an awful thing to say about a child!) they will be strong, secure individuals who know that they can trust their Mom to be there for them.


message 42: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Nov 07, 2010 06:36PM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
I strongly agree Gaijinmama.. And just to clarify.. I wasn't saying 'MONSTER' In the literal sense.... :s...


message 43: by Gaijinmama (new)

Gaijinmama | 10 comments Shell wrote: "I strongly agree Gaijinmama.. And just to clarify.. I wasn't saying 'MONSTER' In the literal sense.... :s..."

actually, I am Monster Mommy before I've had my coffee in the morning;-) And I do mean that literally.


message 44: by EvaS (last edited Nov 08, 2010 07:12AM) (new)

EvaS (evikes) | 70 comments @Kimberly ***hugs***.... I'm so glad your little one is doing well (hugs for her too!) and congats on your pregnancy!!!!

I have 2 kids – Erika is 8, and Daniel is 3. They have the same birthday (April 17th) and Erika loves telling people that he was her birthday present. We had a scary time when Erika was born for the opposite reason (she was overdue by 11 days and when the nurse broke my water at the hospital, it was dark green; she had ingested so much meconium that she has to be taken to the nicu to be assessed for Meconium aspiration syndrome). She was ok and released but it took about 3 months for her to get her system back to ‘normal’.

They are both healthy & happy – although my son has been a little monkey lately. Always an easy going mellow, happy kid...and no terrible two’s…. but a few months ago he started with the attitude, drama, temper… I think I’m paying for it now (with interest). LOL!


message 45: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_b) Thanks Eva! :)

Meconium aspiration is so dangerous that had to have been incredibly scary. Having a baby is scary enough without complications. I'm so glad she recovered! Isn't the NICU so sad? Ugh seeing all those tiny sick babies is just heartbreaking.

Uh-oh, I hope the same thing doesn't happen with my daughter (taking a turn for the drama). She has always been so easy going, but my husband and I are both stubborn and strong-willed so we joke that one day we'll be doomed and it will come out in her, LOL :P


message 46: by Gaijinmama (new)

Gaijinmama | 10 comments My little girl is stubborn as all-get-out, too, and a definite Drama Queen. I don't see it as a totally bad thing. Although it can be hard to deal with, I figure if she stands up for herself and doesn't cave in easily with me, she won't be pushed around by people later on in life, either. Not a bad thing at all, even though it does give me a major headache sometimes. Especially if she starts up early in the morning before I've had my coffee!


message 47: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_b) Gaijinmama wrote: "My little girl is stubborn as all-get-out, too, and a definite Drama Queen. I don't see it as a totally bad thing. Although it can be hard to deal with, I figure if she stands up for herself and do..."

Great point! I would much rather raise a kid who knows what he or she wants rather than a wishy-washy one :)


message 48: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Well then... when put that way.. I guess I'm raisin some pretty strong, confident, totally non wishy washy young men.. I like that better... lol


message 49: by Gaijinmama (new)

Gaijinmama | 10 comments Thanks Shell. I bet your boys are great, they certainly seem to have a pretty cool Mom.

I think that, of course we have to provide loving guidance, our kids need that, but they have their own personalities from in utero! They are each the way they are, regardless of anything we do, and what works with one kid isn't going to work with all of them. It's important to be flexible. Also known as Wacky ADHD Mommy Changes Her Mind. LOL.
Funny, isn't it. My kids have the same DNA and yet, they're so different. I get annoyed when people say it's because Miss Drama Queen is a girl and
Mr. Gentle Giant is a boy. I am not saying boys and girls are exactly the same (Romance novels would be kinda boring if they were, know what I'm saying?) I just mean that they're individuals. Those of you with more than one son or daughter agree with me, I bet.


message 50: by Mishelle, 'The Book Bag' (last edited Nov 08, 2010 11:10PM) (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 1520 comments Mod
Oh.. MOST definatly.. I have 3 boys, as I mentioned earlier.. and not one of them is the same.. they are all 3, totally individual and unique.. sharing very few traits other than their DNA... It is weird.. I hear that they tend to become more relatable (
http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/3...


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