Anonymous said: My wife's dad and stepmother are wickedly inconsiderate, pushy, self-centered, and by far the most dysfunctional people I've ever known. My wife and I don't want the step-mother's influence near our toddler because she gets her kicks from different varieties of manipulation (the children they have together all have issues as well), and her dad chooses to ignore this problem. Without starting WWIII, how do we approach creating barriers when reasoning with them has so far proven to be futile?

thedaddycomplex:

This sounds familiar.

I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of speaking to adults like adults and, if they can’t handle that, that’s their problem. So, if you know WWIII is a possibility, I guess just prepare for WWIII and have the hard conversation. And if discussing barriers hasn’t worked before, maybe do that whole shock-and-awe thing by not allowing them to be around your kid until the behavior changes.

Because, as I said in the linked post above, your baby is more important than the resulting awkward silence during Thanksgiving dinner.

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co-signed.

Repeat after me: 

Adults are responsible for the emotional welfare of their children. If someone is threatening the emotional welfare of your child, it’s up to you to establish and enforce boundaries with that person. 

And if they complain or try to manipulate you, stick to your guns. 

Friday Five - medical edition

  1. I made an appointment at a community acupuncture center for next Saturday. 
  2. Insurance approved our next cycle. We’ll be doing a frozen embryo transfer (just like last time) with our last embryo. I’m not very confident about this last one since it’s from the same cycle as the rest, but there’s no reason not to since it’s our last frozen embryo. If it doesn’t work I’ll likely do another fresh IVF cycle.
  3. Before I can start my frozen cycle, my infertility doctor wants me to see an immunology allergist to see if they can figure out why I had a reaction to the intra-muscular progesterone injections. Thankfully, i was able to get an appointment for next Friday. 
  4. Remember when I was freaking out early last month because I thought I had a hole in my tooth? The dentist thought some glue that was leftover from when I had braces in my teens must’ve chipped off and filled it, no big deal. Well, I noticed another one. She thinks the enamel is deteriorating in a few places and wanted me to get tested for acid reflux, even though I have no symptoms other than the enamel thing. But that would mean getting an endo-scope done, and I think that’s overkill. I don’t know why it’s happening - but it could just be from all the hormones I’m on. I’ve decided to just take a Zantac before bed while all the IVF/pregnancy stuff is going on and hope for the best.
  5. My arms are covered in little mystery bruises. Harry hasn’t been rough with me and I can’t remember banging myself anywhere. I’m going to chalk it up to my on-again off-again mild anemia and meal plan some red meat this week. 
kidsactivitiesblog:

50 Autumn Activities
I really want to try #39 - what about you??

reblerging so I have this for reference. I LOVE FALL!!!!

kidsactivitiesblog:

50 Autumn Activities

I really want to try #39 - what about you??

reblerging so I have this for reference. I LOVE FALL!!!!

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mommy-marathons-and-motorcycles:

the—kel—smith:

bromancing-the-stone:

The most ignored words in the world.

I like this

mommy-marathons-and-motorcycles:

the—kel—smith:

bromancing-the-stone:

The most ignored words in the world.

I like this

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Seriously, y’all. 

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Oh, balls.

Acupuncture isn’t covered by my insurance. Can’t complain much though because it covers all of our infertility stuff and is the best health insurance I’ve ever had. 

It really isn’t a huge deal though. I just sent an email to a community acupuncture center in the area. They operate on a sliding scale, same as the one I went to before we conceived Harry. 

Hope I can start next week. 

growinguplast:

Jim Gaffigan - Lazy - KING BABY

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jim Gaffigan also has 5 young children. 

All week we’re basking in our laziness. If you are the laid back type and have some good tips when it comes to parenting, cooking, self-care and relationships please share your stories! Submit here or tag them #growinguplazy or #growinguplast.

mahinamama:

Just a reminder to all of you lovely mothers out there. You all rock!

mahinamama:

Just a reminder to all of you lovely mothers out there. You all rock!

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growinguplast:

mrstu:

#lazyparenting -uh practising #teamwork and #helping each other. #taptgul #friends

Perfect.

nice.

growinguplast:

mrstu:

#lazyparenting -uh practising #teamwork and #helping each other. #taptgul #friends

Perfect.

nice.

griffinsmommy:

meandgavin:

plurmama:

may-mommy-and-daughter:

What size diapers are your 14-16 month olds In? I feel like Aria has been in size 3 since she was 9 months old lol

In sposies, Till has been in size 3 for quite some time and the snaps on his cloth haven’t…

Harry turned 2 & 1/2 a month ago. He’s been in size 6 for quite some time. I’m not sure what to do once he outgrows them since I’m not pushing potty training until he’s ready and I’ve only seen up to size 6.