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Oy oy oy. My sister's doing the test. I don't think I am. I have an anxiety disorder already - from too much information. I think this would put me over the edge. Having an anxiety disorder (OCD), I tend to live my life AS IF, anyway, so I try to take as many preventative measures as I can -- healthy lifestyle is all any of us can do. I'll wait and see what happens with my sister. If, God forbid, she tests positive, I'd qualify, anyway, for the test, I believe. Either way, HUGS.
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I've never had poutine in my LIFE. Yes, I'm Canadian. But my husband LOVES it!
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Ooooooooh my gosh. What a beautiful comment. What an inspiring comment. And just what I needed to hear. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I particularly loved what you said about courage -- and converting all the fear and anxiety I have into courage and trust. Wow. I needed to hear that. I should plaster notes all over the house and car saying HAVE COURAGE or I AM COURAGE! Love it. THANK YOU! You are such a wise one. Love you! xoxo Haley
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I tried to edit my last reply to include the following, but too late! So, here's what I wanted to add: I'm a testament, I believe, to the fact that you can be a "mommy blogger" AND preserve your children's privacy. Also, they're a little young, still, for their friends to "have anything on them," but what I meant to say was that I don't even write anything about them NOW that their friends could have on them LATER! It's one of my qualifiers for what I do/do not write about them!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on Why I Blog at Canada Moms Blog
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Yeah, it's pretty awesome. I liken it to how they're going to get to see their ultra sound pictures! We never got that opp. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on Why I Blog at Canada Moms Blog
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At 4 and 2 years old, though, I definitely blog differently than when they were infants. I am very careful what I write about them -- it's never too personal, and never anything their friends could "have on them." It's now more about my experience as a person - as an individual who is a mother. This isn't about writing about my children. I definitely have things I'm comfortable and not comfortable with. If anything where THEY'RE concerned makes me the least bit anxious - I don't write about it.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on Why I Blog at Canada Moms Blog
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Awesome, awesome, awesome. THANK YOU.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2009 on The Tongs of Optimism at Canada Moms Blog
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Awwwwww! So sweet! So true! (If you could make me a meal plan, and a blurb, while you're at it, that'd be great....) ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2009 on So I Think I Can... Um... at Canada Moms Blog
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Oh! Is it still on!? And, btw, we knew you were a NERD, but a 1986 Regional Spelling Bee participant??? ;) Love ya!
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2009 on Spell, Check at Canada Moms Blog
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This is really beautiful. And I totally relate!
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2009 on How Did I Get Here at Canada Moms Blog
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I like dat BOOM BOOM POW (Black Eyed Peas).... And Britney's IF YOU SEEK AMY. *ducks and RUNS*
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Oh, DUHHH! I should have known that!!!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2009 on I'm NOT Pregnant. Just Fat. at Canada Moms Blog
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Remind me..., what's bf'ing??!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2009 on I'm NOT Pregnant. Just Fat. at Canada Moms Blog
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I don't know where my comment just went! Was just saying that Evan's words are so infuriating. Moms have to do what's best for themselves and the family (the two go hand in hand). Period. End of story. Enough with the generalizations, eh? It's IGNORANT. And it's unfortunate that someone with such influence is promoting such ignorance.
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This is infuriating, to say the least. I personally think that one of the WORST things a mom can do is stay home if her heart's not in it. Moms need to do what's best for them as an individual and what's best for the family (the two go hand in hand). Every case is different. Yeah, so TIRED of all the generalizations and judgment. It really is just plain IGNORANT. Sad that she's so influential.
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This debate is never over, unfortunately. And that article was one of many links peeps sent me to cover. So, I'll leave that doozy to the Albertans proper!
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Yes yes yes! Exactly! All the comparisons, the differentiations, the "measuring up" (as you put it) to impossible ideals within and among all these mom "categories." Love the last line in your comment. That's where it's at. That's what gets lost in all the bickering.
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OMG, I just wrote a whole 'nother post! ;)
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I totally get what you're saying, too, Karen. Also, I've known you for some time and KNOW that you don't make broad assumptions like that. Sheesh, indeed! I have VERY part-time help. I work A LOT with the kids around. (But, my job is very new - I have yet to figure out how to balance it all.) I just had a conference call a little while ago. Most of the conference call was had with my MUTE BUTTON on so that they couldn't hear (not my children but) me disciplining while at work. I want to EXPLODE when I have to work without my nanny here. that said, I make it a point to schedule conference calls when I have the nanny. But, like today, calls often run longer than her hours. That's when I run into CHAOS. And a large sum of my salary, of course, goes to my nanny. So, not privileged, per se, no! Absolutely not. But, people OFTEN do ASSUME that I am privileged BECAUSE I have help -- and that's probably where those commenters' angry responses came from. I.e., because they're so sick of SO MANY people ASSUMING wahming with daycare/nanny care indicates privilege. When, that's often not the case. FOR the record (and I'm totally sunstroked right now, from the park - WHILE CONFERENCE CALLING - go multitasking! - so forgive rambling), I read your comment and was in no way offended and in no way thought you assumed I (or any of us WAHMs with help - WAHMH??) was privileged. Like I said, the angry words were probably a result of constantly fielding this very assumption. AN ASSUMPTION THAT COMES WITH ALL THIS CATEGORIZING!! Damn, categorizing! ;)
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Wow! Thanks for bringing this to our attention! What a blessing that they were rescued...! And what a strong woman your friend is....
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Oh, you know I'M THERE! Yay bTrendie! ;)
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So CUTE! Happy Birthday!!!
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We have WAY too much stuff. And, the worst part..., my kids have way too much stuff. And, it's like we can't go anywhere without them begging me for MORE stuff (well, at least the 4 year old). And I don't blame them! And I don't blame myself! I don't think they're spoiled. I think -- I totally agree with you -- that it's our society making us crazy with DESIRE and WANT and equating THINGS with happiness and feeling good and escape and etc. etc. It's a big problem. Another big problem is my house is simply too small for my kids' toys, my toys, my husbands' toys (do NOT take that the wrong way! ;)), and even my cats' toys. So we live among clutter. Inevitable, unavoidable clutter.
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With my children, I said NO ONE but family is allowed at the hospital. I couldn't believe it when my husband went to visit his friend at the hospital the day after the birth -- who WANTS to be seen or socialize immediately after a life-changing event like that? I didn't get it. I also didn't want anyone SEEING me looking my absolute worst! Lucky me - one of my READERS was recovering from her C-section at the same time I delivered my son! She was kind enough not to approach me. She emailed me about a week later to say she saw me, and I was like THANK YOU for not saying hi because I would have been mortified. She and I correspond now about our kids. ;) After the birth, I and a lot of my friends have hidden upstairs while husbands entertain guests and briefly bring the baby down for show-and-tell. You can rest then, or take a shower. Try not to stress about it. It'll be smoother than you think. :)
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Ohhhh, I completely relate. COMPLETELY. I've opted to work at night, and I have a part-time nanny three mornings a week - which I'm thinking of expanding to four mornings a week. It's working out really well. I'm definitely able to work while she's here/out with the kids, and the house gets cleaned (which really saves me time). I'm also still around to pick my daughter up from school - and I leave my son with the nanny. It's really convenient. Sometimes the work does get to be too much, and I, too, remind myself constantly, as you so perfectly put it, "that my job, ultimately, is to make sure they are healthy, happy and loved." I also remind myself that my working is for their benefit, too: mom's happier and more fulfilled, and we have more financial freedom (which makes daddy happier and less stressed...!)
Toggle Commented May 23, 2009 on Working two part time jobs at Canada Moms Blog
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