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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:36 pm 
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crabby - yuck on the pox!


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 Post subject: Re: Ventilation Station
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 5:49 am 
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Not to be ungrateful, but eleven presents from one relative is too damn many.

Ahahahaha! Yes! A friend of mine said a friend of his showed up with two garbage bags full of presents for his daughter. My friend said he didn't know what to say, so he jokingly said, "woman, what have you done!" but that he secretly meant it because, dang, that was a hoard of presents.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 10:07 am 
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Not to be ungrateful, but eleven presents from one relative is too damn many.

Ahahahaha! Yes! A friend of mine said a friend of his showed up with two garbage bags full of presents for his daughter. My friend said he didn't know what to say, so he jokingly said, "woman, what have you done!" but that he secretly meant it because, dang, that was a hoard of presents.

And they each came separately through the mail. That's 22 boxes I had to dispose of! And eleven thank you notes/acknowledgments.


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 Post subject: Re: Ventilation Station
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 10:50 am 
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Not to be ungrateful, but eleven presents from one relative is too damn many.

Ahahahaha! Yes! A friend of mine said a friend of his showed up with two garbage bags full of presents for his daughter. My friend said he didn't know what to say, so he jokingly said, "woman, what have you done!" but that he secretly meant it because, dang, that was a hoard of presents.

And they each came separately through the mail. That's 22 boxes I had to dispose of! And eleven thank you notes/acknowledgments.



this makes me feel better about getting cranky about having to write eleventythousand thank you notes.

never in my life have i received more STUFF than when i had a baby. at the place where my mom works her friend whom she has been friends with since nursing school has a daughter who was born 2 weeks after my brother and we ended up being pregnant at the same time both having girls and apparently it was like a big freakin deal in there office. to cap things off we delivered on the SAME DAY! so i got a million presents from a bunch of people my mom works with. people ive never met and do not know.

soooo many thank you notes.

i felt jerky about getting cranky over something so nice but yeah after awhile too much is too much!!


my vent for the day is we go to two different story times at two different town libraries and at one of them they ALWAYS do that "squishin up my baby bumble bee" song. that song is forked. i sit there and refuse to sing along. i know it's stupid but i think its forked up to teach kids songs about gleefully killing things. :-P

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 Post subject: Re: Ventilation Station
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:03 am 
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I don't think it's jerky at all, LP. I understand that most people consider "stuff" to be less of a burden than I do and that most people have WAY more kid-stuff than we do (I mean, for their birthdays, they get homemade cake and something handmade by me -- I am definitely way on the fringe in that regard), and I understand in most cases people are giving things to be nice, but on the other hand, I feel like giving someone else's kid loads of stuff (unless the parents want it that way) undermines the parents' efforts to give the kids nice things.
I mean, like I said, we are on the fringe, but even if I did buy my kids presents, our financial situation dictates they would have to be modest gifts -- I couldn't compete with tons of gifts from other people.

Oh, and I also don't like that baby bumblebee song! And that one about the old woman who swallowed a spider -- she friggin' dies at the end!!

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DItto on it not being a "jerky" thing. My mom is crazy with buying stuff for Freya, particularly clothes. I think part of it, in her case, is some sort of mild depression/mental illness, but whoa.


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This is not about my kids but this feels like the best place to put this. I have an acquaintance who does not have children of her own. I don't know her experience working with kids, in part because we are not close and because she is that person who is an expert on EVERYTHING. Today she has been waxing poetic on the best ways to raise children, but specifically my children. For instance how I robbed Kid2 out of the childhood she deserves by taking her out of traditional high school. (Note that she doesn't know the full story of our reasons at all). And how I am too easy on Shorty by not making her do extra activities.

Really, if you are not my close friends or family and especially if I have not asked you, stop telling me how to parent.

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 Post subject: Re: Ventilation Station
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:24 am 
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i have never understood why people feel the need to tell other people how to parent. it is a phenomenon that is quite bizarre to me now that i have a kid. we were at my nephews birthday party over the weekend and talking about how BP really is super attached to me and really doesnt let anyone hold her. we go to visit my dad weekly since he's retired and we just play on the floor.she is doing *great* she is so much more comfortable with him and we are taking it at her own pace. my dad is totally cool with this and when she sees my mom (who is still working full time) she is cool with this too and we do things on BP's terms. so my sister in law's mother decided that our system was not acceptable and we should "try harder" to get her to like my dad and let people hold her.
how does one do that? force her to be held by people?
it was all i had in me not to say "yeah thanks for the parenting advise you did a bang up job on your own kids"

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 Post subject: Re: Ventilation Station
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:59 am 
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Now Vax AND Raygold have the chicken pox. UGH. What are the chances they will both be all crusted over by Monday so we can go on our summer holiday? Zero? >:(

Why would you take a sick kid to a playgroup?!! It's bad enough we've gotten two colds since we started going in February or March, but now the damned pox right before our holiday. (It's totally non-refundable because we were trying to keep it as low-cost as possible and it was only 3 nights, but still...)

It's so mild, too. They're not affected at all other than the spots -- no fevers, not sleeping any more, still eating a lot, etc. Vax got his first spot on Tuesday and is only really getting a lot now and only has maybe 20. Raygold hasn't had any until today and only has maybe 20, as well. Beetroot only had a mild case, too, although he probably had close to 60 by the end of it all. But we're stuck here at home anyway. When this is all over, I will have had to spend over 4 weeks in quarantine because of their colds and the pox.

On the up-side, I will have saved nearly £50 in public transport and playgroup fees and another £30 in public transport and coffee by not going on my weekly coffee dates with Percy. :p

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Oh Crabby, that is such bad timing! A pox on the pox!

Seriously, though, try calling/emailing to see if there's any chance you can get your holiday plans changed for free. We were meant to travel over Easter which is when Clara got chicken pox, and KLM and our hotel both changed our reservations (nonrefundable, cheapie internet deals) for free after we contacted them and explained the situation. So it's worth a try.

Glad to hear they're not too spotty, at least.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:30 am 
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I'm not sure the Travelodge and ScotRail are as amenable as KLM, but in any case, this is the only week my husband is free (between school and work) to go on holiday, so he's going with Beety by himself. It's very possible Raygold will be scabbed over by Wed morning and we could pay an extra £20 to take the train and stay for one night, but I'm not sure it's worth it to be there for 20 hours. ;p Maybe if he is looking better by Monday, we could do it for Tuesday, though. It's just a shitty 3-night city holiday, it's not like we're going on some once in a lifetime 4-week journey or something. (That is me trying to look on the bright side and failing.)
Poor Raygold was asking how many days until the holiday and doesn't understand why he can't go -- he insists he is pock-free and they are all "just blemishes."

Vax only had a few new ones today and a lot of his old ones are fading and drying up without even crusting over. He has maybe 30 max and only maybe 10 are juicy. Raygold has more like 80, but most of them are just red dots and only maybe 10-15 of his are juicy.

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 Post subject: Re: Ventilation Station
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Well, I had a chat with my husband and that's what we're going to do -- just go for a day. Mr Crabby is going to call me from a payphone on Tuesday night to see how things are and if Raygold is crusted over, I'm going to book a train for the next morning and Vax and Raygold and I will meet Beet & Mr Crabby and hang out for just one day. ;p Better than nothing!

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Aw, that really sucks, cc! Hope it goes smoothly from here on out at least. How are the boys doing with the pox?


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They're fine! It's like Raygold doesn't even have them -- they don't seem to bother him at all. Vax is a tiny bit fussier than usual at night -- tossing and turning -- but Beet and Raygold did that at his age anyway. ;p

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Poor Raygold was asking how many days until the holiday and doesn't understand why he can't go -- he insists he is pock-free and they are all "just blemishes."


Aww. That's heart-breakingly cute. I hope that your backup plan works out.

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OMG, if one more person tells me "it's just chicken pox" I am going to cry. Or maybe scream. I was really in a bad funk yesterday. it will be nearly a month of quarantine (they all had colds for a week before the pox showed up) by the time we're through with this. I can't wait until I can leave the house and go out in public again.

Back-up plan is a fail -- no summer holiday for the 3 of us (not that Vax cares). They both still have not scabbed over, although finally they don't seem to be sprouting more. They both ended up getting it really badly -- Raygold even took a nap, which he has never ever done (this is the kid who practically didn't sleep until he was 2-1/2). Vax had at least 200 spots just on his head and Raygold's entire chest is covered in spots.

At least there seem to be no complications!

I made Raygold popcorn for breakfast yesterday after Beety and Mr Crabby left and we are going to make paper dolls today.

Oh, and Raygold's pretend friend Lipto has the chicken pox, too. ;p

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BTW, SO many people have told me to just go out anyway! I don't want to make anybody else sick. If they want the chicken pox, they can get it from someone else. ;p

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I'm so sorry cc. I remember my mother saying when we were younger people used to have "pox parties" - getting a kid with pox together with other kids so they could all be exposed at the same time. I truly can't decide if that's brilliant or horrific.


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When I was very young my mother sent me and my sisters to play with a neighbor every day when she had the chicken pox, in hopes that we'd catch it, but we didn't. Then I got it when I was 14 and it was HELL. The older you are the worse it typically is, so pre-vaccine I can understand why people would want their kids to get it while they're young.

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Yup, pre-vaccine, chicken pox was considered pretty much inevitable. My mom sent me to play at Jenny's house when we were 5 so I could get it over with.

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They are still not scabbed over! I am going to be stuck inside this damn house until the end of time!!! ;p

I didn't understand chicken pox parties until my kids got them. Then I was all, "Oh, right, parents wanted to get the pox at a time that was convenient for them, since the kids were almost undoubtedly going to get the pox anyway."

I didn't get the pox until I was 15. Every. single. pock. on my face turned into a zit-pock combo. It was gruesome. I suppose I should be grateful I only ended up with a few scars instead of a face full of them!

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TheCrabbyCrafter wrote:
BTW, SO many people have told me to just go out anyway! I don't want to make anybody else sick. If they want the chicken pox, they can get it from someone else. ;p


Thank you for thinking of others! Chicken pox can cause shingles in people who have had it and it's really rough, especially for anyone with a weak immune system.

If you ever want a few days in Belfast (after July) you're free to have my house, I can easily stay with the Mr any weekend and give you the house to yourselves xx


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And pregnant people!! Babies can die or get all sorts of forked up if the mum gets chicken pox while she's pregnant -- I don't want to kill a baby!!!

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If you ever want a few days in Belfast (after July) you're free to have my house, I can easily stay with the Mr any weekend and give you the house to yourselves xx

Dang, Fezza! I am floored and humbled by your generosity. We're done with our summer holidays, but we've talked about going to Belfast at some point, so if we go, we should all hook up and kick it! :D

Mr Crabby and Beety are home from the holiday. Raygold ran to the door and hugged Beety, "I love you Beetroot!" It was so darling. And after I hugged Beety, Vax crawled over and tried to hug him, too (but fell over in his attempt, so I helped him). We showed Beety the paper dolls we made while he was away and Beety laughed when his head got ripped off in all the excitement.

And now...they are all asleep. Phew!

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sounds like you made the best of a crappy situation!

brotherly love is so sweet!!!

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