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Friday, October 31st, 2008
2:08 pm - Pregnant Mother Casting



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Thursday, October 25th, 2007
12:26 am - An update on Richard, for those of you following his story.

Richard entered public pre-school in August as a continuation of services from the Early Intervention folks... Unfortunately, due to a lot of drama and bureaucratical bullspit, he was only temporarily placed, more or less without any evaluations, given the title of "Developmentally Delayed" due to his ongoing speech delay, and that ran out in October. So they needed to act fast and do his formal evaluations to get a new IEP (Individual Educational Plan) in place for him so they could permanently place him into the school system.

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Friday, August 17th, 2007
9:14 pm - Starting school

It's been ages since I've posted in this community, but I thought maybe I'd ask for a little advice and hear some people's experience. I'm not sure if anyone remembers me... My son Richard was diagnosed with a severe speech delay in January 2006, just shy of his second birthday. He had yet to speak his first word and was somewhat behind in other areas because of this. We were placed in the Early Intervention program, which was truly a wonderful thing, and a few other programs which weren't quite as mentionable. He started speaking in May of that year, and has progressed in leaps and bounds since then. Basically, what began as a 65% delay turned into about a 30% delay a mere year later when they did the January 2007 evaluation, just shy of his 3rd birthday. At the age of 3, as many of you may already know, the early intervention program ends and the public school system begins. Since his delay was beyond the 25% mark, he was still eligible for help, which means he is eligible for enrollment in public pre-k with any assistance given as needed to boost him to the appropriate levels. Since his birthday was in March and the school year ended in May, we were given the option to let him go to school for a couple of months (which rapidly turned into a mere couple of weeks thanks to government bureaucracy and paperwork) before summer began, which we declined. We signed him up for a local school for this coming fall... Starting this Tuesday, to be exact. Now, despite his speech delay, Richard is extremely bright. Almost smart enough to get into Kindergarten... if only he could communicate properly. At not quite 3 1/2, he knows his entire alphabet, forwards, backwards, inside out and upside down. He understands the phonetics of it as well. He knows all of his numbers through 30 and some beyond, again in order and out of order. He can read certain words and can even type some on the computer. He's got his shapes and colors down pat. He has the craziest memory I've ever seen; he never forgets anything. He remembers things from nearly 2 years ago. I'm almost worried that school will bore him, quite honestly... but I know he needs the social interaction to boost his communication and social skills. He has progressed so much since his last evaluation in January, I'm almost certain he's below the 25% delay point now, but I'm not going to turn down the free assistance when it's given to us. He'll be given another evaluation in October and if it's found he doesn't need the help, he'll likely be yanked out of school. But, I suppose we'll worry about that then.

So anyway, that's the basic background, getting you all the way current. What I am curious about is this. First off, for those of you who have sent a young child who is used to always being around family members to school/day care, how did you handle it? Especially when the child isn't exactly capable of fully understanding what's being explained to him? Most of Richard's communication comes from identifying and asking for objects, repeating what we say, or creating a sentence out of things we have said to him. Basically, nothing he ever says is original. He never asks us questions or begins a conversation, and when asked a question, he'll likely repeat the question back to you or just say no. It's hard to tell when he understands something, or if he even cares. Also, Richard is pretty nervous and shy around strangers... He's gotten a lot better though. He'll warm up to them given time, but does best when we're around to cling to. Personally, I think he'll do OK, especially because there are other kids around, but my husband is really nervous about him flipping out when we leave. What would you do?

Oh yeah... he's a pretty big boy too. 42 lb., about 43 inches or so tall... Which for both is about the 100th percentile or above for his own age group and about the 50th percentile for a 5 year old. So what I'm getting at here is that he's likely to be the biggest kid in class, although maybe one of the youngest in the 3-4 age group. And he is also extremely strong with a semi-aggressive temper at times. He's normally very passive and sweet, especially around us, but sometimes he can have a mean streak that will just blow you away. Do any of you have experience with this and the teachers? How do they handle aggressive, large children? I don't want my kid to be the next kindergartner in cuffs, ya know? He's not always aggressive, but sometimes the way he handles things is a bit... different. For instance, if he gets hurt, his initial response is to get mad rather than to be consoled. Did that table hurt you? Let's beat that table up then! It's not something that was taught, just the way he is. I just don't want it to be a kid or a teacher.

TIA for all your advice. I apologize for being long and rambly... it's what I do. :)


current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
11:02 am - Anyone near Melbourne, FL?

Hello Mommies!

I'm not in Florida, but I'm a mommy. Well, I'm a "mom" now. My daughters are 16, 15 and (almost) 13.

Which brings me to why I'm here.

My youngest daughter's name is Melbourne. I've discovered that there are cities named Melbourne in:

Derbyshire, UK
Canada - Quebec

Now I'm on a quest. I want to get postcards sent to my daughter from all of the Melbourne's in the world!

We live in Seattle, WA, and we'd be glad to return the favor and send a Seattle postcard. I'd just like to have some kind of Florida picture on the front, and (ideally) have it be postmarked in Melbourne, FL.

Any takers?

I can be contacted by email at lasaim at yahoo dot com for our mailing address.

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Sunday, May 6th, 2007
1:32 pm - I hope this is allowed if not I'll delete it...


Hey everyone... I'm really sorry if this isnt allowed I'll delete it... my family (my husband, our 16month old, and myself plus the one in my belly) have fallen into really difficult times. we bought a house March 8th of this year, and then my husband lost his job, we haven't been able to pay mortgage. My husband has been job hunting but no luck. So our only options here is to sell or allow a foreclosure. I'd prefer to sell. We're not looking for a profit we just want to be able to pay off the loan and cut even on it. My family all just moved to N.C. so we'll be heading over there as soon as we figure out whats going to happen with the house... We're not able to list it with a realtor since we can't afford that so we're trying to sell it by word of mouth (which doesn't make it any easier). So if any of you are in miami, looking to move to miami, or know anyone who would be interested in taking it as an investment property please show them this... any help is greatly appreciated... I really don't want to end up in foreclosure as it will mess up our credit (what little credit we have left)... THANKS




3/2 single family home, corner lot of a culdesac in a very quiet neighborhood, the children play outside and everyone looks out for each other.

The house is a spacious 1570 sq ft and the lot size is 6491 with plenty of space to build on. A chain Link Fence surrounds the grassy patio area. It was built in 1988 and we are just the 3rd owners. The A/C unit is very efficient as it was just replaced shortly before we purchased. The roof was fully redone last year and is still under guarantee.

The living space is covered in 12" tile and the living room has a carpeted insert. The rooms are also carpeted but the carpets do have some stains.

The house features a screened

The electrical seems to be good as our Electricity bill hasn't been higher than $120. Interior walls are in the process of gettting a fresh paint job.

The exterior paint is in "ok" condition but you might want to repaint it at some point. The security bars were removed in order to pass inspection, the bars were set into the concrete, so when they were pulled out some of the concrete was damaged. It can be patched up and painted over.

Price: $295,000/ VERY negotiable

Method of Sale: By owner


Contact Information:

Vanessa Sosa 786-395-7099 or Luis Sosa 954-673-4455

 Miami, Florida (perrine area) on SW 115th Street and 175th Court.-in tiled patio/party room with an adjacent laundry room with washer & dryer. The kitchen is spacious and has lots of cupboards, counter space and a built in pantry. Flat top range, dish washer, double sink, with a window that leads to the party room, great for passing food from the kitchen to the party room. The double door refrigerator is outdated and you might want to replace it. * *Near by access to The Turnpike. Right behind Miami Heights Elementary School. Five minutes away from the Miami Metro Zoo. Within close distance to Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Video Rentals, Restaurants and an easy drive to the Keys.

current mood: hopeful

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Saturday, April 14th, 2007
10:55 am - New member...
brandielicious New Mom Introduction:Collapse )

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
2:18 pm - New Members :)

Name: Elizabeth (Beth to most people though)
Location in Florida: Spring Hill
How long have you lived in Florida? 4 years this July.
Age: 29
Childrens names & ages or your due date: Samantha (4 1/2), Naomi (15 months) and Leia (3 months)
DH/SO name: Sean
Do you work? Nope!! I'm a SAHM :)
What is your favorite Florida activity? I love going to the beach and spending time with my girls in the pool :)
Post a clear picture of you also.

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current mood: calm

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Monday, March 19th, 2007
1:00 am - Steal of the century!

I'm selling my daughter's 6-12M,12-18M, 18-24M, 2T & 3T sized dresses, shirts, pants, shoes, etc on ebay.

Check out the ebay auction here if you're interested.


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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
10:57 am - TV shows for toddlers/preschooler age kids

My son is 2 1/2 now. I've just come to realize, maybe a bit late, that he has outgrown his Baby Einstein videos. While they still entertain him, they don't educate him anymore. They seem to primarily teach what objects are, and now that he knows these things, they are little more than just pretty pictures to watch. I might as well be plopping him down in front of Cartoon Network, which totally defeats the purpose of an educational video. So, my question to you is this: Aside from Sesame Street, (not that I'm against Sesame Street, just that I already know they exist and have placed an order for a few tapes.) what is your favorite educational video for the older toddler to preschool age child? I'd prefer something that is entertaining for the child, but not necessarily so annoying to the adult that we would rather listen to fingernails on chalk board. In other words, no Barney or stuff like that. My son is very interested in the alphabet, numbers, learning new words, etc. just like any other toddler. Also, I'm interested in something with rhyming words. My son has a bit of a delay in speech and also social interaction which we are working on, and I think getting into videos that show people and kids conversing interacting with eachother will help, and also anything that enunciates words well will help him with his prononciation... I don't have cable, and I'm not planning to get it. It's too expensive. I just want to be able to go online and buy it, or go to a store or whatever.

Also, I'm not trying to start a debate here about whether or not TV is good for kids... really. I don't let my son watch that much, but what I do let him watch I want him to learn something from. Not that I have to defend myself, but I know it'll get asked, so there it is. Anyway, please... lets not start a war here. I just want some good advice. K? TIA, everyone.

x-posted to several communities

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Friday, July 21st, 2006
11:23 am - Update on Kyleigh

Heylo Mommies.... Well first of all a little update on my monkey LoL... She is a little over 13 months now and smarter then ever. Growing so fast that I watch her and wonder where she got all those smarts from. She is saying so many things .. and eating so many new things.

Next being is there anyone in the group close to Riverview, FL? If so let me know.. Other then that just saying Hi.

Here are a few pics of Kyleigh in the pool..

current mood: chipper

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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
3:02 pm

I am desperate to find temporary child care in Jacksonville, FL. I am traveling there to care for my mother after some major surgery, and our 2 1/2 year old son will be coming with me. HELP???

I apologize in advance if you receive this post several times. Cut out of courtesyCollapse )

Thank you so much for your help!!! Again, I'm sorry if you receive this multiple times.

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
6:29 pm - New Here

Hi ladies, My name is Brittany and I live in Riverview, FL with my husband Rob and my 1yr old daughter Kyleigh.
I was born in Tampa and raised in Ruskin. So I am familiar with the area. I am 21 and been married for 3 months now to the love of my life Rob he is 25. We have a beautiful daughter Kyleigh Renee, she just turned 1 on June 9th and is SOOOOOO smart. According to her ped. she is very advanced. So we are very happy about that. Well I interested in meeting mommies to beautiful babies and hopefully some local ones so that Kyleigh can have play dates. So if so feel free to reply ... any other questions feel free to ask and here is a pic of Kyleigh that I made :)

current mood: happy

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Monday, May 15th, 2006
2:00 pm - He's Talking!

For those of you who might be following Richard's progress with language. This is short, I promise.Collapse )

x-posted. Sorry-I'm excited and all. :)

current mood: ecstatic

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Monday, May 1st, 2006
12:55 pm - Reintro

X-posted in all my comminities........

I just wanted to update all you fine ladies out there.Say hello to all the newbies...
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Ps-I tried to cut it- but no link....Any help? This is what I typed "<'lj-cut text=Hello again'>my entry" Minus the " and '

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
10:09 am - Baby Video monitor

Sooooo..... I've been looking for a baby video monitor for some time now, because my obsessive checking up on my son sometimes wakes him up. My problem with these is that they seem so terribly overpriced. Well, did some internet searching and came up with this. I just received it in the mail yesterday, and got it all hooked up and working today. The thing is amazing, and I haven't found anything close to it for less then double the price I paid for it. Granted, in the week since I paid, it has gone up about 7 dollars, but it is still amazingly cheap.

If anyone is in the market for an item like this, check it out! It actually comes with rechargeable batteries, so you just plug it in at night, and voila... no more dead battery problems. It is totally portable, and if you are having a hard time seeing the screen, you can plug it into your tv or vcr and view it there! It has a built in clock/alarm, and also a headphone jack if you want to use it but not bother others. God... I'm sounding like a total commercial here, so mods, if this is inappropriate, please delete. I just wanted to share this awesome product with others.


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Friday, March 24th, 2006
12:28 pm - Diaper rash issues

My son NEVER gets diaper rash. He is 2 now. If he does, it's a couple of little pimple like things occasionally. Out of the blue today, he's got some SERIOUS looking rash going on, and it just popped up since this morning. It was non existent when he woke up, a little red by the second diaper change, and now, it's terrible. I thought earlier the redness was from him going down his little slide in just a diaper, maybe a friction rash. But now, it's worse and all over his poor bottom. He's made me 3 poops today, bordering on diarrhea, but not totally liquid. He is normally just a once a day kind of a guy. Could it be something he ate? As far as I know, there haven't been any changes in his diet lately, no new foods or anything. I'll have to ask my hubby. Any ideas anyone? I'm baffled. I'm trying to battle it with some cream and just water for wipes. He's so sore... I should have taken a pic, but it looks like a pretty standard diaper rash to me. TIA


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