Lots to catch up on, so I know I'll forget to respond to something I wanted to comment on.
Bridget, I'm so sorry for what you are going through with your mom. And I'm glad DBF is stepping up and learning to parent. I want to believe his family is laughing because she is cute - that's something I can picture my family doing and it wouldn't be personal.
Chrissy, you did the right thing. The girl was out of line for getting physical with chidlren that much younger.
Lauren, I'm sorry. I would keep calling, too. I'm certain there is something you can do -- but if there isn't, don't get too down. There's always next semester.
Me (40) DH (47) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12