We ventured out of town for Easter this year. A nice, six-day getaway to see both our families.
Our three-year-old has flown a lot during his young life, so we’ve never had a problem with him on a plane. Actually, we don’t have a lot of problems with him at all. But when he visits the grandparents, he is nothing but an angel. Maybe they give in to his requests more than we do. Maybe it’s because he has more entertainment options around him. Whatever the case, on this trip, he didn’t whine for nearly a week.
Best. Kid. Ever.
Then we had to fly back home. First, Jack, understandably, said he didn’t want to leave and cried a little. Then he wanted his chocolate bunny to make the pain go away. I think we underestimated the effect of the bunny on an exhausted toddler. There were no meltdowns, but he was irritable and extremely talkative the entire flight (lucky for us it was only an hour and a half). By the time we got home we were ready to let him sleep in the garage.
I guess Jack knew what his five-year-old cousin verbalized after we left.
“I’m really going to miss Jack,” Gavin said. “Now my life will go back to being the same old thing every day.”
If only we could figure out how to make Jack act the same way every day. Then we’d be on to something. But then I guess he wouldn’t be a toddler, would he?
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Here is #2 on the list:
“Two-thirds of women who had their first baby between 2001 and 2003 worked during their pregnancy, and 80 percent of those women worked within one month or less of giving birth. Compare this to the period between 1961 and 1965, when 44 percent of women worked during their pregnancy (35 percent worked one month or less before delivering).”
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And how about those Brits? According to this study, British women are more likely to have a baby by the age of 25 than a husband. Yowza.
Nadya Suleman needs money to pay for all those babies, so she plans to sells Octomom-brand dresses, pants, shirts, as well as cloth and disposable diapers. In doing so, she also wants to protect the nickname bestowed upon her. Suleman has applied to trademark “Octomom” and declares, “OCTOMOM is a nickname by which I am widely known.”
“Nadya has been interested in, and hoping to find, something not so intrusive to the family and babies while, at the same time, [something to] sort of focus on trying to make a little income for herself,” Suleman’s lawyer Jeff Czech told Star Magazine.
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A good article published this morning in the New Jersey Star-Ledger…
Last year, Dana Slomkowski ferried her preschoolers to horseback riding lessons, gymnastics and dance class. On errands to the store, she routinely bought small toys. If her 4-year-old daughter decided to wear only dresses, Slomkowski bought more dresses.
But life for the Slomkowskis has changed since the recession. Now, the children have one activity each. Gone are pricey vacations and long day trips. And if daughter Rory wants a new dress, she raids her piggy bank.
At first, Slomkowski felt guilty about the cutbacks. But now, she believes, her family is better off.
“We have more time, we talk. We may not go anywhere, but at least we’re all home together. Now I’m big on, ‘go outside and play,’” says Slomkowski, 39, a Manahaw kin stay-at-home mom whose husband works at IBM, where there are pay freezes, including no cost of living adjustment this year.