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new to lj [30 Apr 2009|12:50pm]
Name: kym
Age: 23
Location: north phoenix
Interests: music, relaxing outdoors, movies, camping
Children's names and ages: james-9 months
Something interesting about the way you are raising your child/ren: hmm..nothing interesting that i can think of
Favorite/Invaluable Item you have that has aided in your parenting: his swing..that he is now too big for :(

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Pregnant Mother Casting [31 Oct 2008|02:09pm]



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Name: Allison
Age: 26
Location: Northwest Valley
Interests: photography, as you wish, music
Children's names and ages: Nathan 10 months
Something interesting about the way you are raising your child/ren: I'm a single mom... but that's not really very intersting
Favorite/Invaluable Item you have that has aided in your parenting: Live Journal. LOL

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Intro Post [08 Mar 2007|01:06pm]

Name: Jen
Apache Junction
Reading, Sci Fi, movies, supernatural
Children's names and ages:
Landon age currently 7 months old
Something interesting about the way you are raising your child/ren:
First child, I work full time and so does my husband.
Favorite/Invaluable Item you have that has aided in your parenting:
To start with it was the Boppy, Landon uses it now to help him sit up, and when we were nursing it was wonderful.

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sorry, didn't see this one [20 Feb 2007|11:24am]

Name: cat

Age: 22

Location: az

Interests: reading, theatre, the rocky horror picture show, buffy the vampire slayer, things of that nature

Children's names and ages: alex 2, girl on the way 4 months

Something interesting about the way you are raising your child/ren: hmm, i don't know. i'm a stay at home mom. my husband and i are very into halloween, we even got married on that day so our son loves scary movies and skeletons. he's not afraid of anything that we know of.

Favorite/Invaluable Item you have that has aided in your parenting: babytalk and american baby magazines.

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question from the newbie... [20 Feb 2007|11:14am]

[ mood | curious ]

hi, i've just joined and am hoping someone can help me out. my son is two and too old for the playgroup i regularly take him to. he is small for his age so i have been continuing to take him anyway.

it's held at one of the libraries and has a wonderful program. parachute play, stories, bubbles, music, playtime you name it.

at this same library they have a group for his age range, but the kids sit and listen to a lady read a story and then play. not as stimulating or fun.

does anyone know of a place i can take him where he fits into the age range, again he's two, and still has as much fun as the little guys?

i don't feel comfortable giving any information as to where i live, if you can give me specific locations we can figure out if it will work for us. we already travel a little ways to get him to this one so distance isn't much of a factor.

free or cheap is a plus.


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My muchkin is uber! [07 Dec 2006|09:16am]

Kimberly is doing awesome. When she turned 9 months on 11/22 the development specialist came by. She was at the top of the charts on the 10-month assessment (it's only available in two month increments) so I went online and found the next assessment up and completed that one. I was trying to gage what to expect next and figure out a better balance on how to deal with her because on one hand she is advanced and should be challenged but also she is still only 9 months and I want to challenge her at her level but not push her where she's not ready. By knowing what's ahead I can figure out the most appropriate ways to challenge her rather than aimlessly and unrealistically pushing at her. Anyway back to my original point. She took the 12-month assessment and is right on time in every area except gross motor, which are things like standing on her own and walking, and that area doesn't require me to do anything different because with as active and adventurous as she is she just needs to build the muscles and get the co-ordination which she'll do on her own. Anything I do to challenge her in this area would be pushing her beyond her capabilities, and would not at all be fair to her. I will admit that I am all kinds of proud that my little preemie is performing at 3 months ahead of her age, and 5 months ahead if you factor in for her prematurity, which a lot of places do until they turn two or show they have caught up. I am going to guess she's caught up. *beams with pride*

While the overall score was great to see it was the questions each section asked that helped me gage better than anything what to expect next, and what areas to observe in her. Her communication skills, for example, are a big challenge for me. I spend most of my days in silence with maybe some music in the background. Her and I work quietly for most of interactions and I forget to engage her by talking to her whenever I can. By knowing her development level in that area and knowing that I am not really doing a lot to encourage her in that area it gives me guidance on where I need to direct my focus during the day. One of things I am doing is remembering to speak to her more, encouraging her to use her consonants rather than grunting, growling and grring, and taking her out more during the day so she can hear the ebb and flow of daily conversation and not just the stuff at home and with family.

I have started taking her to play groups now as well. At her 9-month well baby visit she noticed and met an 18-month old, and she was quite fascinated by this little person who looked so much like her. She has been around other babies and toddles before, though rarely, and hasn't given them any special interest. Seeing her react with recognition that this child was like her but not the same as an adult showed me that it was definitely time to get her out among her peers. So we went to a reading event at the Tempe Public Library and then played in the play area afterward. She really enjoyed herself and was tuckered out by the end. I was really happy to see that she did not throw a fit when the older kids took the various toys she was holding but rather stared at them with a perplexed expression and then shrugged it off and went and got a new toy. While I don't know for certain I expect that this calm, non-nonchalant, attitude probably won't last forever. That's ok though we'll simply cross that bridge when and if it comes about. I was also really happy to see that all the time I've spent teaching her to be gentle and respectful to all the cats and dogs we have has translated over to other children as well. I told her "gentle" a few times when she was introduced to another kid and she responded by not thrusting her arm out and batting at or grabbing them but instead reaching out and petting them the same way I've shown her she needs to be with the animals. She really is a super smart little munchkin.

A side note: After I came home last night I actually remembered to take the recycling bin out to the curb.  To which the universe responded by rewarding me with the perfect entertainment center for only $10.  Kimberly has started pulling herself up on everything and playing with (see hitting, chewing on, and yanking) everything she can reach.  This has made it annoying since the only good place we had to keep the DVDs, videos, and video games was in places she could reach them and same with the PS2 and DVD player.  This entertainment center has everything either behind glass or in cabinets except the TV itself, thus removing the game of "Keep Kimberly from Breaking the Electronics" from my daily routine.  A bonus point is that it goes great in the room.  I can't wait until we paint this room and put in non-beige carpet because that will make this room shine and I hate just beige and white (which is how things are now).

More pictures here.

Pictures below the cutCollapse )

Not every preemie is able to overcome their challenges like Kimberly did so I encourage everyone who is interested to donate, even just a little, to the March of Dimes.

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My Munchkin is now 7 months [23 Sep 2006|12:55am]

[ mood | Proud ]

So today is 7 months from when Kimberly was born. She was 2 pounds 12.8 ounces and born at 31 weeks and 5 days gestation, essentially 2 months early. Here is my birth story for those interested. Despite her rough start she is doing astounding and is keeping pace without problems with full term babies of the same age.

My little Super-Munchkin is now crawling. She was proudly displaying her skill this morning to us by crawling from her crib to me in search of breakfast. She looked at us with an expression that can only be interpreted as "Look Mom, look Dad, see what I can do? Aren't you proud of me?". To which the only possible answer is "yes". She has started talking in short, but complete, baby-babble sentences. I image if I could translate and understand baby we would be having full conversations.

Kimberly has also gotten her first laptop. I have never seen a child get so excited over anything in my entire life. It's a 1998 laptop that Dennis got for school. It is immune to baby drool and no one cares if she breaks it. the_leaking_pen is tracking down some software with bright colors and such for her. So far she has managed to run Spybot Search and Destroy, fix all selected problems, and then delete Spybot S&D from the computer. If you don't believe me you can ask Kate.

And now for you viewing please, pictures of my perfect little munchkin.

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Java Universe [25 Oct 2005|06:28pm]

New coffee shop in town!!

Located 2 doors down from the College Book Center. NE corner of 59th Ave & Olive.
Open Mon-Sat 7 am to 8:30 pm

Muffins*Pastries*Bagels*Croissant*Solar Egg Sandwich


Cappuccino*Lattes*Italian Sodas*Iced Tea*Soda

Wireless Internet and 2 computers on site.


9189 N. 59th Ave., Ste. #6 Glendale

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Consult your doctor [19 Oct 2005|09:58am]

"Do you have unusual swelling and stiffness? Do you feel moody, anxious, and fatigued? Do you have frequent urination? If so consult your doctor today because you may have pregnancy. Pregnancy can be a serious medical condition so talk to your doctor today about getting a blood test."

So often have TV going on in the backround while I play World of Warcraft and I end up chuckling during most of the medication comcerials. They list of these symptoms and then tell you what you may have and I end up thinking "or you're pregnant". It's also amazing how they exagerate what at time are very normal things, or at least not nearly as serious as they make them out to be. If I listened to those comercials I'd be running to the doctor constantly just to be told I'm fine (I have a good doctor who doesn't just throw meds at me).

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Silent Auction for Phoenix First Assembly Fine Arts Competition [15 Jul 2005|11:05pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Entrance is FREE, meal available, auction is per bids
Silent Auction
Sunday, July 17, at 12:30

to raise funds to support Student Impact National Fine Arts competitors to compete in Denver, CO

You get smoking deals and the youth get to compete at National Fine Arts Competition!

Door prizes and handouts throughout the event!

This Sunday afternoon, July 17, 2005 at 12:30
Phoenix First Assembly Gym, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road

(Take the 51 to Cactus exit, go west to Cave Creek, north (right) past Sweetwater, then watch for the church entrance on your right. Gym is down the steps south of the main parking lot.)

Chef's Special Southwest Cilantro Salad OR Gourmet Chicken Quesadilla w/ Rice & Beans at $6 each
Hot Dog & Chips kids meal is available for $3.00

Opportunity to bid on all the items donated for the kids' benefit:
  • gift certificates to stores and restaurants all over town

  • passes to activities like Rock Cimbing, LaserQuest, Bowling, Golf, etc.

  • services like perm, cuts, color treatments for hair, lube job for automotive, etc.

  • night and weekend passes to local resorts

  • items ranging from Chevy Grill ornaments to a Stove from a new home

  • other collectibles and items beyond imagination or expectation

All good deals, because they generally auction for much less than their actual value!

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For Sale: Various Items see list [26 May 2005|01:00pm]

In an attempt to clean out the garage and closets, I'm selling some stuff, lots of kids stuff! The worst part is, I actually have MORE kids stuff but it made it into the attic over the garage (:

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Found a neat store... [25 May 2005|04:18pm]

Its on lindsey just north of the 60 in tempe/gilbert

Its called "Kid City"

Its a second hand/recycle place to shop for kids (youngins')

They have clothes, cribs, anything you can imagine needed for an infant or toddler rearin'.

They also accept trades, consignment, and buy used stuff.

Just throwing it out there.

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sweet kitties need a new home [15 May 2005|04:56pm]

I don't feel up to writing too much right now, but I just wanted to throw these pics on the site and see if anybody out there in the Phx area might want to adopt a pair of adorable cats - both are neutered males who are turning 2 years old this month and are still very kitten-playful.
Please let me know if you're interested or know somebody who is. If you are willing but can only take one cat, it would have to be Jack because Tom is more sensitive and I don't think he'd do well in a new home without his brother.

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(sorry for the cross-posting, if that kind of thing bugs you)

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call for assitance [01 May 2005|05:56pm]

[ mood | seeking ]

Hello to all - my name is Lauri and I'm a 34 year old newly divorced mother of a 10 year old boy. I live in Gilbert and work in Tempe. I just moved back to AZ in mid-October because my family is here and they've been a great source of support. As wonderful as that is, I am sorely in need of some girlfriends! What's a grown woman to do to meet new friends? (see my latest journal entry lamenting this issue)

Does anybody here know of a women's potluck group or something similar that allows women and their children to get together and mingle? I'm anticipating that this will be especially tough for me because most "mommy" groups seem to be for new or expecting mothers. I'm also hoping to meet people with similar religious, political, and social viewpoints, which I'm finding really tough here in the valley. Please see my interests in my profile and feel free to contact me if you think we might "click". Also please direct me to any other communities that you have found that might be more helpful in this endeavor.


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Howdy. [01 May 2005|10:56am]

Name: Zoe
Age: 28
Location: Phoenix
Interests:Into alot of things, currently babyproofing the house, gaming, sca, and getting back into creating art
Children's names and ages: Zander Aiden, Stillborn March 18th, 2004, Travis Williams Due 8/28/05
Something interesting about the way you are raising your child/ren:To cherish each moment of spending time with them
Favorite/Invaluable Item you have that has aided in your parenting: Help of friends and family ;>

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[19 Apr 2005|10:42pm]

> >
> > The followiing was started by a physician in
> > Birmingham. If we all
> > work at it perhaps it will work.
> >
> > It's at the breaking point.......let's take control
> > of gas prices
> >
> > JUST DO IT NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think
> > this is a great idea.
> > Please read entire message. I think we'd all like to
> > save a little money
> > and this might just be one way to do it. There is
> > power in numbers!
> >
> > Subject: GAS WAR!
> > Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit
> > close to $3.00 a
> > gallon by the summer and it might go higher!! Want
> > gasoline prices to
> > come down? We need to take some intelligent, united
> > action.
> >
> > Phillip Hollsworth, offered this good idea: This
> > than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign
> > that was going around
> > last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at
> > that because they
> > knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by
> > refusing to buy gas.
> > It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a
> > problem for them.
> > BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with
> > a plan that can
> > really work.
> >
> > Please read it and join with us! By now you're
> > probably thinking
> > gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me
> > too! It is currently
> > $2.09 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the
> > oil companies and
> > the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that
> > the cost of a gallon
> > of gas is CHEAP at $1.50- $1.75, we need to take
> > aggressive action to
> > teach them that BUYERS control the
> > marketplace....not sellers.
> >
> > With the price of gasoline going up more each day,
> > we consumers need to
> > take action. The only way we are going to see the
> > price of gas come down
> > is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not
> > purchasing their gas! And
> > we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since
> > we all rely on our
> > cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have
> > an impact on gas
> > prices if we all act together to force a price war.
> >
> > Here's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T
> > purchase ANY gasoline
> > from the two biggest companies (which now are one),
> > EXXON and MOBIL.
> >
> > If they are not selling any gas, they will be
> > inclined to reduce their
> > prices. If they reduce their prices, the other
> > companies will have to
> > follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach
> > literally millions
> > of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple
> > to do!! Now, don't
> > whimp out on me at this point...keep reading and
> > I'll explain how simple
> > it is to reach millions of people!!
> >
> > I am sending this note to about thirty people. If
> > each of you send it
> > to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those
> > 300 send it to at
> > least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)...and so on, by
> > the time the message
> > reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have
> > reached over THREE
> > MILLION consumers. If those three million get
> > excited and ! pass this on
> > to ten friends each, then 30 million people will
> > have been contacted! If
> > itgoes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE
> > PEOPLE!!!
> >
> > Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people.
> > That's all. (If
> > you don't understand how we can reach 300 million
> > and all you have to do
> > is send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it,
> > you just aren't a
> > mathematician. But I am ... so trust me on this one.
> > How long would all
> > that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to
> > ten more people
> > within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people
> > could conceivably be
> > contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you
> > didn't think you and I
> > had that much potential, did you! Acting togetherwe
> > can make a
> > difference.
> >
> >
> > If this makes sense to you, please pass this message
> >
> > Kerry Lyle, Director, Research Coordinator
> > Interventional Cardiology Research Laboratories
> > Division of
> > Cardiovascular Diseases 932 Ziegler Research Bldg
> > 703 South 19th
> > Street University of Alabama @ B'ham Birmingham, Al
> > 35294-0007 Phone:
> > (205) 934-6163 Fax: (205) 934-7360


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Second Hand Shopping [08 Apr 2005|06:35pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Does anybody here have a favorite store to second hand shop for baby stuff? Where is it and what is it called? I'm just trying to find out other places besides the couple I have heard of. Also, do they do exchanges (like Buffalo Exchange)?

Other question as well...
When you are extremely low on money, but have a date night with your husband, where do you like to go/what do you like to do? And you can't say stay at home, because that's not an option. :)

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PAMPERS [04 Apr 2005|10:48am]

OH kay moms! I want to know WHERE to buy the pampers "FIRST STEPS" Do you know where?
Here is a review for them Pampers First StepsCollapse )

I went on the pampers web siteCollapse ) but can't order them threw there!!!

Can someone HELP ME!!

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Hi [03 Apr 2005|10:42pm]

Name: Michelle
Age: 29
Location: Phoenix
Interests: being a mom, my kid, breastfeeding, etc. Besides parenting I love music, movies, hanging out with my husband, etc.
Children's names and ages:Zander - 6.5 months now (9/15/04)
Something interesting about the way you are raising your child/ren: We follow attachment parenting. Breastfeeding is a huge deal to me, I love it. I work full time out(I have to) so I pump breastmilk for my son and he stays with family while I'm working.
Favorite/Invaluable Item you have that has aided in your parenting: We're really happy with AP, it works great for us. I get tired of my friends giving us crap about it though, I wish I had friends that parented the same way.

Other stuff: My husband and I have been happily married for 8 years and I work as a secretary for the fire department, it's a pretty good job.

Here's Zander:

Nice to be here. :-)

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