"My oldest will be going to kindergarden, too! We don't have a choice unless we want to pay for private school (we don't), but some of the schools your kids will be going to sound great.
I didn't know you could test the IQ of a 5 year…"
"Both times I knew immediately when I was in labor. With my first I had been having BH, but the first mildly painful contraction felt very different. That labor was 19 hrs long which included 3 hrs of pushing. My OB was giving directions to prepare…"
"The idea of a birth necklace is lovely, but I don't see that happening without it going along with a shower. Like others have said, people are flaky and forget such small requests. I'm sorry so many people are letting you down.
I can get…"
"I'm coming late to this discussion, but I agree with what others have said. Giving birth is about you and the baby you're about to have and the rest of the immediate family. Your mother's feelings aren't important here; it's…"
"Mine is deathly afraid of fire alarms. Two years ago we went to Target and the fire alarms went off. Ever since he refuses to go to Target. He's very sound sensitive, so for a long time he wouldn't use public bathrooms with fans in them…"
"Having a spouse who travels isn't single parenthood, indeed. My husband traveled a lot late last year and for the first half of this year, and it was terrible on me and the kids. However, we still got to talk to him on the phone almost daily,…"
"While we're not against corporal punishment, I find it very hard to be calm about spanking--harder than being calm about a time out of loss of privileges. This very detail makes me really hold back corporal punishment most of the time--what if…"
"My 4-year old's newest insult: "I don't like you! I don't need a mommy! I want to put you in the trash!" This is usually followed by insane crying as I'm walking away from him--I will not stand there and be insulted.…"
I have a son born in March 2008. I've been married for almost 7 years to a great guy. We never knew that parenthood would be so great and yet so much work.
I work part time as a postdoctoral fellow doing research in biomedical science.
What's something about your kid(s) that makes you happy?
I love his smiles and laughs and at his age all the new stuff he's always learning.
What's your most recent kid-related public humiliation?
He's pretty young, so I don't know that I've had a lot of humiliation.
What about contemporary parenting culture pisses you off the most?
Sexism. I hate how boys are encouraged to play with trucks while girls are given dolls. My son has both.
I also despise how girls are always encouraged to wear pink and play with pink building blocks, pink stuffed animals, pink everything.
I have nothing against the color pink, but it's very boring after a while. A lot of boy stuff is blue, but it's not nearly as bad.
Who were you BEFORE you became a parent?
I was a wife, friend, and full time scientist. Not that different from now.
What are you nerdy about?
Reading and sleeping (what parent doesn't want more sleep?!).
Books--a lot of non-fiction lately.
I dislike movies because I have no understanding of them and haven't watched much TV at all since my son was born last year.
OPTIONAL: Do you have a sex life?
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