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Colleen

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His due date is January 23 but our first was two weeks early…
Second is normally early too...


Poor thing though January birthday sucks when your younger cause everyone is either poor, busy or the weather sucks. I started doing a half birthday in the summer 10 years ago and love it lol
 

Ron

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Second is normally early too...


Poor thing though January birthday sucks when your younger cause everyone is either poor, busy or the weather sucks. I started doing a half birthday in the summer 10 years ago and love it lol
Never thought about that, we actually have a few January birthdays though so it shouldn’t be too bad
 

Colleen

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Never thought about that, we actually have a few January birthdays though so it shouldn’t be too bad
Probably more annoying for me because I'm right after Christmas, but yah... I wish my parents did a half birthday for me when I was younger.
 

Ron

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Probably more annoying for me because I'm right after Christmas, but yah... I wish my parents did a half birthday for me when I was younger.
Good to know for the future if it does become a thing

My wife and son already share a birthday so well have all sorts of birthday shenanigans to deal with
 
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Yikes. 8mo had a mild reaction when trying peanut butter for the first time.. actually second because she had a taste before. Few hives and some redness but she seems fine other than that.
We're now completely nut free. Both kids severely allergic (ER visits and epi-pens).
 
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Colleen

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There are no vacations with kids under 5

It’s just you scrambling to exist while they have fun
We always have taken our kids out on vacation... while it sucks working around naps they're all great memories.

This is also why we take a mommy and daddy trip alone once a year though :0
 

Ron

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We always have taken our kids out on vacation... while it sucks working around naps they're all great memories.

This is also why we take a mommy and daddy trip alone once a year though :0
definitely great memories and still fun to see them experience something new but to me it’s not a vacation because there’s no relaxation for the parents
 

Colleen

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definitely great memories and still fun to see them experience something new but to me it’s not a vacation because there’s no relaxation for the parents
Different for us maybe because I have a 12 and 5 year old... the oldest helps and isn't a butthead to travel with anymore lol
 

Kafka

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I took my 1yr old twins on a road trip to visit family 5 hrs away for Christmas. It's just babysitting them in a different location. :rofl: the whole time we were just looking forward to the night hours when they went to sleep.
definitely great memories and still fun to see them experience something new but to me it’s not a vacation because there’s no relaxation for the parents
What if you took your kids to the grandparents? Does that not help ease the burden? Then you and the wife can ditch for a day or two?
 

Ron

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What if you took your kids to the grandparents? Does that not help ease the burden? Then you and the wife can ditch for a day or two?
My in laws are mostly useless, they can watch the kid by themselves for 2-3 hours. My parents are non existent.

It depends family to family
 

the_antsy_honda

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We do this ... don't listen to these other guys lol

Obviously not even has that to rely on, but for us it's been helpful in helping us remember we're adults and not just patents :0
It's nice to have a break sometimes, and grandparents can do that, but I think the mindset needs to change from "it just felt like babysitting in a different location" to "this is now my life"
You aren't babysitting IMO, they're your kids. You're just existing as normal. Make them part of your life and enjoy it. Or at least tell yourself to.
 
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Colleen

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It's nice to have a break sometimes, and grandparents can do that, but I think the mindset needs to change from "it just felt like babysitting in a different location" to "this is now my life"
You aren't babysitting IMO, they're your kids. You're just existing as normal. Make them part of your life and enjoy it. Or at least tell yourself to.
Yep agreed... the trips we do take with them are fun!
 

Kafka

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Did you guys ever do genetic testing on yourselves as parents or on the baby? A year ago, i had a genetic test for my sudden adult hearing loss that came back inconclusive which basically means they can’t say for sure there isn’t a genetic component to it. I would hate for my baby to have this.
 

Kafka

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Wife got her first ultrasound. Sucks we couldn’t be together cuz she flew to LA first (our flights got fucked up and I’m flying out tomorrow). BUT IM FREAKING OUT SHE SENT ME THE THING.
 

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