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Comment by Dwysquietide on March 4, 2014 at 12:59pm

My middle child is in Kindergarden and was teased by a classmate (from a family that we know well and are as 'forward thinking genderwise as we are!) for picking 'girl colors' to use on an art project. I have drilled it into my kids heads that colors are for everyone and not one gender owns any colors or makes you into something you are not.  I am an artist myself and I hate to have him feel that bad about using pink and purple!

Comment by Tasha Raymond on March 3, 2014 at 8:41pm

We also decided not to find out with our pregnancy. (My dad had a hard time dealing with that. Oh, well.) It was really nice. No having to deal with pink - I'm not a fan of the color - or everything being a shade of blue. We got a lot of greens, which I'm fine with. I love green. :-)

It was a bit of a twist of my parents. They found out with my brother (couldn't with me), went whole hog for disposable diapers, formula fed us, and jump us onto solids at six months.

We, as I said, opted not to find out our baby's sex, love using cloth, I breast fed until Little Mister weaned himself, and did baby led weaning.

Comment by Penny V. on March 3, 2014 at 6:24pm

I fully understand. We've got a case of "Mommy is a Marine, Dad is a Designer" in our house. So I'm fine with my daughters being tomboys, or my sons deciding their favorite activities are tea parties, and so on.

I have decided long ago, to teach them all the same life skills, which in my mind, involves chores. You don't have to be a pro at everything, but for the sake of examples... if a bachelor can hem a pair of pants and sew a button, or a bachelorette can fix a leaky faucet, they're much more prepared for a life as adults, than if they've always only done "boy things" or "girl things", and never had to do chores.

Although I hope at least some of the kids inherit my affinity with animals. It'd be nice to have a sidekick or few around the farm. We already know Peanut likes horses, and they like him or her back. The first kick I felt was when the baby kicked a horse that was nuzzling my belly. Good thing Oz is a good natured boy, he thought it was a fun game and tried to incite a new kick from my belly with some more nuzzling. Since then, horses I've worked with, that normally aren't too keen on cuddles, have made a beeline for the belly. :)

Comment by Dwysquietide on March 3, 2014 at 5:44pm

We didn't find out with all three so I totally understand. I figure it is one of two and it is irrelevant in terms of preparedness for an infant since we do not color code baby items nor wish for a ballet dancer or monster truck driver or any such thing, just that when they are older they can be what they like. 

Comment by Penny V. on March 3, 2014 at 4:32pm

Hi, I'm new to this group. :)

We're expecting our first child to arrive sometime in July of 2014, so it's getting to the point where touching base with other parents might be prudent.

Unlike many Americans, although we had an ultrasound at the 20 week mark (the cost of opting out of other prenatal screening), we did not find out the gender. So we're going with the working title of "Peanut" until we know what we're having.

Comment by Cornelia on August 31, 2011 at 10:12am
Check out the book review and giveaway for "Cleaner Plate Club: More than 100 Recipes for Real Food That Your Kids Will Love". We're asking how you feed your family while sourcing locally and sustainably. http://homegrown.org/blog/2011/08/a-bowl-of-local-wisdom-the-cleane...
Comment by Carol J. Alexander on June 16, 2011 at 8:30pm
I'm working on a new writing project. Ask your little boys, big boys, husbands, or other men in your life: "Why do little boys need a tree house?" Give name credit, state of residence, and age to be included. Can't wait to read these responses!
Comment by Leann Lilly on April 4, 2011 at 11:09pm
There are so many great options these days!  Have you tried using the microfleece liners to wick the wetness away from your baby's skin?
Comment by Jennifer on April 4, 2011 at 11:04pm
I cloth diapered my first with mostly made-by-me fitteds and recycled wool longies. I'm cloth diapering my second too, but I did buy a bunch because wetness was leaving a terrible rash and I didn't want to get into sewing synthetics like PUL.
Comment by Leann Lilly on April 4, 2011 at 10:07pm
New here, just poking around to see what it's all about.  I love cloth diapering, and even though my last little one is out of diapers now, I still love to discuss it.  Anyone else a cloth diapering fan?

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