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Anonymous posted in Holidays Feb 09

Pregnant with Baby 2

How did you all announce to your hubby you were pregnant with baby 2? I have sort of dropped hints but want to come up with some fun way to tell him other than just “I’m pregnant” any ideas with Valentine’s Day coming up?! Thank you in advance!

  • Alexis
    Feb 10

    I found out I was pg when ds#1 was 5 months old. We weren't expecting to be pg so soon. While my husband was out I took one of my sons plain white onesies and a few fabric markers I had laying around and wrote "Guess what? I'm going to be a big brother!" On the front. I put the onesie on the baby and just waited. It took about 20 minutes or so after my hubby got home for him t... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 10

    Well, ladies! I told him today - since today is my birthday- I wrote on a piece of paper “I’m being promoted to big brother October 2019” and put the test on there too, and had my son give it to daddy! He cried!! Soooo excited!!! They’ll be 20 months apart!!!

Anonymous posted in Holidays Feb 08

Valentines gift ideas for hubby

Hi! I know Valentines Day is a “holiday” that many roll their eyes at, but my hubby and I like to do something small and special for each other. Other than the obvious - chocolate, go out for dinner, sex, cards - what else do y’all give your hubs? If there is anything else? 😂😂

  • Kieli
    Feb 09

    My husband had a special coffee cup that broke a while back, so I ordered a new one for him from amazon and of course the day I ordered it he went onto my email and found it! Lol so he was really happy, but not so much a surprise. I like to get him something he’s been really wanting so that way it doesn’t just end up getting thrown out or left sitting around

  • Benjamin
    Feb 09

    My wife scheduled us a couples massage.

Chelsa posted in Holidays Jan 07

Non Toy 1 Year old Gift Ideas

With Christmas just ending, we have too much stuff, but want to get our son something for his 1st birthday. Do you have any recommendations?

  • Tara
    Jan 08

    Book yourselves to see baby/ children’s theatre! We did that as a family to my son’s first, and we- especially his older sis- loved it! He danced and laughed, and was asleep halfway through... I recommend!

  • Sophia
    Jan 11

    1 share of stock that you think will soar. plant a tree.

Cheryl posted in Holidays Jan 01

Christmas gift with strings attached

My husbands grandfather gives his grandchildren $100 every year for Christmas. Since marrying his grandson, I have been included in that. This year, he asked everyone to tell him what we spend it on. I asked my husband why and the reason he gave me was “He likes feeling useful.” I’m a little grumpy about this ‘gift’. It feels like he gave money to all his grandkids so that HE could feel good. ... More

  • Cheryl
    Jan 03

    Thank you Christa. That’s exactly how I feel. I have since asked several other people in my family and they all agree that it’s just a way he wants to have control over people. The family dynamic I married into is ‘grandpa is right now matter what and nobody can argue with him’. It’s very irritating being the only one to see that in the end, he is just a person and he’s not perfect.

  • Robin
    Jan 12

    We send MIL a note thanking her for the “pedi-mani” or facial or something that would be indulgent for you and satisfy their wishes. I think he’s probably just wants a way to remain a part of everyone’s life- and keeps him in touch with you all.

Is Santa Claus real?

I believe in Santa. But I have to know, is he real?

  • Tara
    Jan 06

    Of course he’s real

Morgan posted in Holidays Dec 26

Merry belated christmas everyone

Merry belated christmas everyone what did u all do with your families?????

Anonymous posted in Family Life Dec 23

Rant: pissed at spouse over holidays

Every year my husband and I have a battle royale over the holidays. We spend Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day with his family. The problem every year is that he doesn’t like my family’s Christmas Eve traditions. This includes, going to a relative’s around 5. Santa comes around 7 or 8. Then we go to my parents to open their gifts to grandkids. This has been our tradition at... More

  • Cassandra
    Dec 25

    Christmas Eve is going to church with my parents and then back to my parents’ for dinner and presents. My three year old ends up going to bed a little late. Then Christmas morning is our time and we have his parents come at 10:30 and they stay through dinner. His parents are a couple hours away and don’t usually get a tree or decorate so they like coming to us. Plus we do the cooking and they s... More

  • Jennifer
    Dec 26

    I think one night a year is ok for kids to go to bed late and traditions should be kept

Is it normal?

Does the In-Laws buy Christmas present for you? Is it bad if they don’t buy you anything? My husband family doesn’t buy me gifts but buys his brothers wife gifts. My family buys him gifts.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 27

    My MIL usually always gets all of us something. Now that there are 10 grandkids we’ve told her not to waste her money on the adults. We also don’t do a traditional Christmas with his family DH grandma gives out cards on thanksgiving with money for everyone in them and his mom stops by ours and his 2 brothers houses around Christmas to spend a little time with each family. So she could’ve spent ... More

  • Sonia
    Jan 25

    First, stop buying them gifts - if you can buy them something and not feel bad not receiving something- that would be one thing. Sounds like you buy and get resentful when you don’t receive anything. Means love yourself enough to stop trying to gain their approval. If they don’t buy anything for your children- then don’t take your children over there either. Why put your family in a place ... More

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 20

Getting things done

Hi everyone!! I just need to vent real quick. I have a 9 year old and 16 month old. My 16 month old just started walking and it seems that now I can’t leave him alone with out him getting into anything. I’m a stay at home mom but between my son getting into things more, my daughters activities, my son not wanted to stay on his nap schedule, and me just getting over being sick I just can’t seem ... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    @Bailey That’s a good idea. I write I weekly list, that my family makes fun of, but I seem to never get everything done. Maybe a daily list would be better instead. Thanks!!

  • Jennifer
    Dec 20

    I agree with a schedule. Never do more than you can handle for that day. My daily schedule usually consists of basics; pick up, dishes, sweep (vacuum if you have carpet we don’t) and usually 1-2 loads of laundry. And I have one room a day I deep clean. So while the entire house gets cleaned I’m not stressing over if it doesn’t get deep cleaned every day. As to the kids kids getting into things ... More

Explaining Santa (real or not) to the kids.

I grew up with Santa but have chosen not to do Santa with my daughter. I still understand the need to explain Santa. A coworker of mine said that her sister was trying to explain to her kids who are just now discovering that Santa is not real. Now they feel like their parents have lied to them for years. I came across a cartoon that explains Santa and all the different gift givers from all over... More

Yo posted in Holidays Dec 20

Is it appropriate?

Hello all, It is that time of the year and I dont now what to give the kids teacher for xmass. I was thinking about a gas gift card or a staples gift card? Any thoughts or suggestions on that? I would hate to give them a gift they wont use/ appreciate.....

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    You could always get them an amazon gift card. I think everybody uses amazon these days. And it gives them a chance to really get something for personal use rather than being connected to school (gas to get to work or school supplies at staples). Or even Starbucks gift card. If you don’t want to do the gift card route, you could always put together a gift basket. A basket collection of chocol... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    Former teacher here, I think either would be great! ☺️

Bhavana posted in Holidays Dec 19

New Year celebration with kids idea?

Before kids we would go out to a great club or restaurant, but now that we have little ones we generally are stuck going to someone’s house or are home. Any ideas how we can celebrate New Years with the kids? Thanks

  • AJ
    Dec 21

    If you’re in the Bay Area, the Discovery Museum in the Marin Headlands host a Noon Year’s Eve Party with a count down and balloon drop! Super fun!

  • Wenonah
    Dec 22

    Our community museum is having a Noon Years Party where there will be a balloon drop. So you can check into museums.

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 18

How much do you spend on gifts for kids this Christmas?

Just looking on what’s the average costs per kid depending on the age & whether it’s your own, a godchild, a relative, a friend’s, etc. Please share your thoughts. I found the link below as I google it.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Just celebrating my 1st family christmas reunion w/ the in laws & their kids & also our almost 1 yr old baby’s 1st christmas so it’s a big pressure on my side but I know my husband & I have to stay true to what we can afford & at the end of the day, it’s more about celebrating it w/ your family, friends & loved ones. Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 24

    I don't have any family or friends to spend holidays with so it's just my toddler and I. We didn't get to have a Christmas the last 2 years so I have some things that I bought but was not able to give him, so between that and a few newer things I'd say @$300. He's all I have and Christmas was always really special for me growing up, so I was hoping to make it that special fo... More

Santa: Real or fake?

I've been conflicted with the idea of telling my 4 y.o. that Santa isn't real. It's been a big struggle for me. My husband and I want our son to understand that "Jesus is the reason for the season". It feels like with today’s society kids expect SO many presents and gifts are becoming obnoxiously expensive. We're not wealthy, but were not poor either. We want to better... More

  • Cherrie
    Jan 10

    I think santa spoils imagination, magic, and innocence. I found out at 5 and I bawled. It really made me feel there was no magic. I think that not lying lets your children know you are truthful and the miracles you do talk about are REAL and true and that magic comes in real and true forms through the Lord. But thats just how I felt.

  • Ashley
    Jan 11

    Thank you all so much for your input!! It gave me a lot to think about for next season. We we're already too far into this season to fully make any changes. My oldest seems to be doing better at understanding.

Anne posted in Flying Dec 14

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

Help me pick some good ones to bring on a long flight!

  • Ricky
    Dec 18

    Polar Express, Scooby Doo Christmas, Muppets Christmas, Olsen Twins To Grandmothers House We Go, Shrek Christmas, Ice Age movies

  • Tish
    Dec 19

    We really like The Star, it's the story of Jesus's birth as told by the donkey. Lots of fun silliness but a good message.

Daycare teacher gift card amount?

My son just started daycare last week. He only goes Tuesdays and Thursdays ... so he’s only gone 3 times now. With the holidays coming up, I’m thinking about getting one of the teachers a gift card. First of all, how much do you think is appropriate? Secondly, is it weird to only give one of the teachers a gift card? He’s really taken a liking to one of them so I don’t know the other ones ver... More

  • Ricardo
    Dec 14

    I think all his teachers from his classroom should receive a little token of appreciation. There isn't a "I" in team. As a infant teacher, if this ever happened, I would make sure to keep it fair for everyone and if I get the gift card, I would split it with my team. 💓

  • Andrea
    Dec 14

    Oh jeeze! I’m glad I asked because I definitely didn’t think of it like that. Thanks for the feedback!

Liz posted in Holidays Dec 13

New Year’s Eve baby

Anyone else have a New Year’s Eve baby? What time were they born? Do you celebrate the day of or the following weekend?

  • Andrea
    Dec 13

    I have a Christmas Eve baby, if you consider that pretty similar circumstances. We have a friend party either a week before or 2 weeks after, and always have something small, just us, the day of.

  • Victoria
    Dec 13

    I am a Christmas Eve baby. As a child I don’t remember too much. But I do know that we only celebrated it on my actual day a few times. Not a huge deal but it sucks being clouded around the holidays. With New Year’s Eve that (at least in my house) is more of a holiday we celebrate in the evening since you stay up till midnight, so you could try celebrating her birthday earlier that day to wher... More

Selina posted in Holidays Dec 13

Christmas ideas

I have no idea what to get for my 7 month old daughter. Not wanting to get random toys that will pile up or clothes because she has enough. Any ideas are appreciated!

  • Lucy Kent
    Dec 16

    Blocks! These hold up throughout the years!

  • Jennifer Stamm
    Dec 19

    Both my babies were born just before the holidays. I got them old school silver rattles which were not hugely practical but they were very pretty. They like them now that they're older (2 and 5). My daughter has hers with her "treasures" (mostly a collection of rocks). ;)

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 05

Gifts under the Christmas tree

How do you handle that? If Santa only delivers the gifts on Christmas Eve, then do you leave the tree bare until then? I have friends and family buying gifts and wondering if I should let them put the gifts under the tree now. And if so, how do we explain that to kids?

  • Austin
    Dec 07

    growing up, i had three siblings so we put our gifts to each other and our parents under the tree as soon as they were ready to go, which made for a decent amount of gifts. we were one of those families that opened one each on christmas eve. then christmas morning all the gifts from our parents and santa were set out, which made for a big exciting moment. as a father now, i still don't know... More

  • Jessica
    Dec 07

    I make a big emphasis of wrapping gifts we buy for others and setting them under our tree. Then, as I have time, I’ll wrap gifts for my kid and sneak them under the tree. Sometimes she notices and sometimes she doesn’t (she’s 6). By Christmas Eve, all but Santa’s gifts are under the tree. It’s fun to look at a tree full of gifts, but I know my daughter isn’t going too rip them open.

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