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    Aw poor Kai. Oscar had a similar moment because he wanted to be a mommy. Unfortunately I can't buy the parts for that.

    Myles, where're you staying? DC is one of my favorite towns... good thing since I get stuck there with clients more often than I'd like. You'll have a blast, I'm sure.



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    My children were used as fake orphans in a Nigerian scam.

    http://blog.lyds.org/2010/09/21/my-orphans/


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    Oh, WEIRD. Did she send you the picture? Think it was swiped from here?



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    No, she never wrote back to me. It is really hard to take a picture off APA. It would have been far easier to take it off my blog.


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    I'm not really sure how much to believe of her story, anyway.


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    Oh Lydia! That's really frightening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylilies View Post
    I'm really pissed off today because I gained back a good bit of weight that I've lost so far. I almost cried in front of my personal trainer when I stepped on the scale. Back to the drawing board.
    It just seems like food has one thing or another in it. I'm not supposed to eat too many carbs, but it seems like a lot of low carb foods have high fat, high sodium or no flavor LOL. I mean, I can eat fish all day but that gets expensive (even though we're like 5 minutes away from where they catch the fish) I don't like protein shakes or bars and I'm not a big fan of meal replacement anyway because it doesn't teach you the right way to eat real food. I'm so frustrated.
    Don't worry about one setback. Hey it's great that you can afford a PT. Back when I could afford one, mine told me that the key to lifelong weight management is the ability to "get back on the horse" with little drama when you stray off whatever path you're on. I think it could totally have been water weight anyway.

    I couldn't ever do meal replacement. *shudder* I love real food way too much!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post

    We were told Gwennie (actually Guinevere but it's too hard to type and we usually just call her by her nickname) was a mix of Australian Shepherd, Mastiff, St. Bernard, and Rottweiler. We thought we was going to be huge, 100lbs plus, but she ended up 55 lbs - actually the dog in demigraf's picture could be her littermate they look so much alike. Gwennie is brindle like a mastiff, and has a small, narrow head like an Aussie but a much larger and more muscular body in proportion to her head.
    Both my dogs are rescue mutts, but the one on the left is brindled too and - according to the vet - mostly Aussie Shepherd and Akita, so I can see why your Gwennie could look like him. I'd love to see a pic.

    Quote Originally Posted by The10Eels View Post
    I confess I may have just single handedly sabotaged my sisters relationship with her new boyfriend... totally didn't mean to... and I feel like sh!t for it....
    I don't think anything you did could have forced either one of them to choose to end it. Maybe you just contributed some information that wasn't out there before, but it's their choice whether or not to stay together.

    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post

    Kai said to me last night that he really wants to be a girl when he grows up. When Savana told him he couldn't his little bottom lip started to quiver and his eyes filled and he said he doesn't want to be a boy anymore. I asked him what it was about being a girl that he liked and he said, "Girls get to wear beautiful shiny earrings and boys don't."
    I assured him that he could wear beautiful shiny earrings if he so chooses. I'm going to pick up some sticker ones when I get a chance.
    This made me smile. You're such a good mommy.


    Quote Originally Posted by stash View Post
    Myles, where're you staying? DC is one of my favorite towns... good thing since I get stuck there with clients more often than I'd like. You'll have a blast, I'm sure.
    I think my hotel is in G-town on 30th & M. I'm excited about D.C. I haven't been there in 7 years, maybe? I wish I could stay longer, but I can't miss Halloween with the family and besides that, I'll probably miss Bodhi too much. This'll be my first time away since he was born (door still open to bringing him). My favorite thing to do in D.C. is eavesdrop. I always overhear interesting conversations when I'm there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    My children were used as fake orphans in a Nigerian scam.

    http://blog.lyds.org/2010/09/21/my-orphans/
    That is just a shame. If that woman's story is true, I think about what she must have invested in the adoption emotionally.

    If it makes you feel better, or just chuckle meanly for a little bit, here's a link to a website of a bigtime "scambaiter":

    http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/

    I heard about this guy on NPR. The site might be a few years old now. He starts writing back to the Nigerians that try to scam him, posing as an easy target. And then he gets the scammers to do all these crazy things to get to his fictional money, like send pictures of themselves holding up crazy signs, travel outside the country and get stranded without enough money to get home. His pranks are kind of cruel and infantile, but he's quick to remind his critics that he scams that are coming out of Nigeria are a billion dollar industry. Plus, some of the links/photos on his site offend me, but I confess I laughed a lot reading all the back-and-forth e-mails he posted with him posing as a rap mogul, a porn star, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    If it makes you feel better, or just chuckle meanly for a little bit, here's a link to a website of a bigtime "scambaiter":

    http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/

    I heard about this guy on NPR. The site might be a few years old now. He starts writing back to the Nigerians that try to scam him, posing as an easy target. And then he gets the scammers to do all these crazy things to get to his fictional money, like send pictures of themselves holding up crazy signs, travel outside the country and get stranded without enough money to get home. His pranks are kind of cruel and infantile, but he's quick to remind his critics that he scams that are coming out of Nigeria are a billion dollar industry. Plus, some of the links/photos on his site offend me, but I confess I laughed a lot reading all the back-and-forth e-mails he posted with him posing as a rap mogul, a porn star, etc.
    Oh that's funny!! I love his disclaimer...we love all people, but not in illegal ways!

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    So Josh said he wanted to be a witch for Halloween, and it got me wondering, why are there only girl witch costumes?
    I'd totally go for him being a witch. It would be a nice homage to my favorite musical, Wicked I'd even paint him green.
    I bought him a pirate costume so he can dress up for King Richard's Faire, and then I nearly blew a gasket because I reminded him many times not to lose any pieces and he ran around in it for a bit and when I took it off him I couldn't find the belt. I asked and asked where he hid it and he wouldn't tell me. I turned the house upside down looking for it. Turned out it was stuffed in one of his trucks. I feel like I'm losing my mind some days. I was mostly mad at myself because I know he loses (hides) things easily and I didn't keep a good eye on what he was doing.

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    Oh and I thought I posted this already but apparently it didn't go through. How totally weird about your kids, Lydia. How did she find out who they really were and how did she find you? What happens next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    That is just a shame. If that woman's story is true, I think about what she must have invested in the adoption emotionally.

    If it makes you feel better, or just chuckle meanly for a little bit, here's a link to a website of a bigtime "scambaiter":

    http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/
    I used to browse 419eater.com back in the day, which is pretty similar. And yes, if it's true I really feel for her. I googled her and she's got a somewhat naive presence on the internet looking to adopt, so if that is not a created identity she would definitely be vulnerable. I even liked the names she chose for them and they would have fit them. I'm not giving really specific details because I don't want posts about this to be searchable.

    Quote Originally Posted by daylilies
    Oh and I thought I posted this already but apparently it didn't go through. How totally weird about your kids, Lydia. How did she find out who they really were and how did she find you? What happens next?
    See, this is what I don't get. I'm not sure how she found my blog, or how she found out who they really were, and I'm suspicious that she hasn't written back after I answered her inquiry. She offered to send me the information the scammers had sent her, and I asked her to also give me any information the police had provided her. That was 10 days ago. She has not replied. I was sympathetic and understanding, but not too involved if you know what I mean.


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    I twisted my ankle coming out of the twins' preschool today while I was holding Soren. I fell down on the pavement, elbows and knees and managed to mostly protect Soren. He has a little red mark on the side of his face. I tore a hole in my knee, both pants and flesh. My heart skipped about 10 beats. Soren stopped crying before my heart stopped pounding.


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    Oh no! I hope you're both ok. That must have been really frightening. I know I've fallen while holding a child before...it's just awful, but amazing how mommas can instinctively protect their children

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylilies View Post
    I was mostly mad at myself because I know he loses (hides) things easily and I didn't keep a good eye on what he was doing.
    Robbie does this too. The other day he took his bottle and put it in his toy box and covered it with his blanket. Then like four hours later he got it back out and started drinking his rancid formula
    He took my phone and covered it with his stuffed dog, took dh's wallet and hid it in one of his diapers. We think he threw our remote in the garbage too

    Lydia, that is so scary and weird. Hopefully you can get some answers.

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    Anytime something is missing and we ask Savana where it is she runs in her room and comes out with it. She's a huge hoarder. When I deep clean her room I find things like toys stuffed in a sock inside a purse inside a suitcase. All the dogs leashes wrapped in a baby doll blanket. My wooden spoons tied with yarn and shoved into a paper bag. Strange stuff.

    Lydia, I'm glad you're okay. I tripped with Savana in my arms once trying to step over a baby gate and felt like my heart stopped. Luckily I just stumbled into the wall before I hit the floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    I'm seriously so stoked for you! omg-I really wish I could be there. You're so lucky!!!
    I really wish I could go too! How awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    My children were used as fake orphans in a Nigerian scam.

    http://blog.lyds.org/2010/09/21/my-orphans/
    That is so strange.


    I confess I've been so busy, and usually I'm holding Charlotte if I'm on the computer, and I hate typing one handed, that I've been very quiet around these parts. But I try to keep up.
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    Yes! he sounds exactly like Savana (except he never tells us where he hides things, and we find it like a week later)
    Glad you're both okay, Lydia! I'm actually really surprised I've never fallen with Josh. I fell once when I was pregnant though and it was really scary. I remember I posted about it on APA, lol
    I hope the whole adoption scam is fake. My husband was wondering how someone falls for that kind of thing (not you, fake adoptions I mean). Not to insult anyone who has...but if you were adopting a child wouldn't you really look into the adoption's credentials, and do people really adopt kids they've never met before from Nigeria?

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    I'm not sure. Like I said, I don't know if her story is real. But some people want so badly for something to be real that they'll believe some sketchy stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    Uh oh. What happened?
    She texted me and asked if my mom told be the bf emailed her. I said yes, and she said she hadn't confronted him yet, and asked what I thought...

    I said I didn't know what to think, and thought it was kind of weird that he would email that and then ask us not to talk to her about it..

    then she replied "Wait.. What exactly did he email mom??"

    Apparently all my mom said was that he emailed introducing himself and saying he couldn't wait to meet us.. we had to be great with as wonderful as my sister is......

    oops... so I spilled the beans, and apologized. I guess they were fighting anyways, and this was the final straw... they broke up late last night.


    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post
    Ash, is it because you told your sister what he confided in you? Because I think that's okay, for what it's worth. She's your sister. Perhaps he should have found someone else to confide in.

    Also just wanted to throw out there that I have no illusions of dbf making any significant changes. I know eventually we won't be together anymore. It's just a matter of time.
    1- Thank you...
    2- I honestly knew that B and I wouldn't last either.. and that it was just a matter of time. I think the biggest reason I was so upset about it is because I had JUST had Charlie... and my hormones were all over the place... and I was in a place with NO ONE but him, and his family.

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    I don't think anything you did could have forced either one of them to choose to end it. Maybe you just contributed some information that wasn't out there before, but it's their choice whether or not to stay together.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midgeend View Post
    I really wish I could go too! How awesome.



    That is so strange.


    I confess I've been so busy, and usually I'm holding Charlotte if I'm on the computer, and I hate typing one handed, that I've been very quiet around these parts. But I try to keep up.
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    Without providing any detail, I spent the morning at the courthouse today and am not happy. At all.


    Quote Originally Posted by The10Eels View Post
    I confess I may have just single handedly sabotaged my sisters relationship with her new boyfriend... totally didn't mean to... and I feel like sh!t for it....
    I agree, don't feel bad. It's not your doing, and your sister was armed with information to make a good decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    My children were used as fake orphans in a Nigerian scam.

    http://blog.lyds.org/2010/09/21/my-orphans/
    So I'm not the only one living in a TV movie of the week? That is so bizarre!

    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    Both my dogs are rescue mutts, but the one on the left is brindled too and - according to the vet - mostly Aussie Shepherd and Akita, so I can see why your Gwennie could look like him. I'd love to see a pic.
    Here's Gwennie ... never mind the destroyed table behind her.
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    Lydia, I just read your blog entry ... it does sound fishy if she did that that she would stumble on your blog and realize it was the same children. Something here doesn't quite add up.
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    hugs Gwenn

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    Why do I insist on reading threads I know are only going to irritate me?
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    Somehow the pile of checks from my daycare parents that I put in the back pocket of my jeans, fell out while I was shopping and Goodwill with the kids. They paged me while I was paying and as soon as I heard it I knew and my hand went straight to my pocket to realize they were gone.
    Well, someone had kindly turned them in and I was so so grateful. While I was profusely thanking the employee that handed it to me she said, "It's not me you need to thank" and handed me a piece of paper where was written the name, address and phone number of the woman who turned in the checks.

    Why would you leave that information aftter turning something it? It wasn't like a scarf, where maybe she could have it if I never claimed it. And now what? Am i supposed to call her, send her a thank you card? Wft?

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    Sounds like she was hoping they would give it to her ... which, if they were checks, she wouldn't have been able to deposit anyway as they were not made out to her. At least, my bank wouldn't accept them. They had a hard time with DH and I trying to deposit a check made out to DH into my account, even though we were both there in person with ID. That's strange ... I don't think I would want to thank her. Then again, I would appreciate that she did it!
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    I don't really want to contact her. But the employee that handed them to me was all serious like, "This is who you need to thank." AND said she needed to make a copy of the paper before she gave it to me so I stood there and waited while she did that. Why do they need it?
    The thing is I appreciate it so so much. But I also don't feel like she's a hero or anything. I mean, it's common decency right? And common sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post
    Somehow the pile of checks from my daycare parents that I put in the back pocket of my jeans, fell out while I was shopping and Goodwill with the kids. They paged me while I was paying and as soon as I heard it I knew and my hand went straight to my pocket to realize they were gone.
    Well, someone had kindly turned them in and I was so so grateful. While I was profusely thanking the employee that handed it to me she said, "It's not me you need to thank" and handed me a piece of paper where was written the name, address and phone number of the woman who turned in the checks.

    Why would you leave that information aftter turning something it? It wasn't like a scarf, where maybe she could have it if I never claimed it. And now what? Am i supposed to call her, send her a thank you card? Wft?
    How odd.... I agree with Gwenn... I would appreciate that she turned it in, but I dont think I would want to thank her!!!


    I confess my mom called me while I was at work, which she NEVER does.. I automatically assumed something happened with one of the kids...

    She said Charlie broke out in a really bad rash... She called the doctor and after a few minutes of questions etc he said she has Roseola...

    Its viral so theres nothing we can really do, but give her lots of fluids and try to get her to rest as much as possible..

    After reading about it when I got home I saw that one of the other symptoms/side effects is Irritability...

    Maybe would explain why I had to pack the girls up and leave from their first sleepover since Charlie was screaming non stop the other night...

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    Hey Midge, I've been wondering how you've been-good to see your post.

    Bridget, that's weird about the address thing. I wouldn't do anything with it. The woman did the decent thing by turning the checks in, so I don't see why you'd need to do anything with her address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post
    I don't really want to contact her. But the employee that handed them to me was all serious like, "This is who you need to thank." AND said she needed to make a copy of the paper before she gave it to me so I stood there and waited while she did that. Why do they need it?
    The thing is I appreciate it so so much. But I also don't feel like she's a hero or anything. I mean, it's common decency right? And common sense.

    Yes.

    Maybe she just left her info in case there was any reason why you might need to find out where she had found them or something. Whatever the case, I'm sure she went home feeling good about having helped, and you feel good that you didn't lose the checks, and the store clerk probably felt good about doing a super thorough job somehow So, everyone feels good.


    I am still decompressing from having spent a full week with my brother, his wife and their kids. They are like the opposite of me in some of how they parent. It's really strange, because it's like they're super super attached to their older daughter, but not in a healthy way - I don't know how to explain it, more like they just have zero boundaries...and then with their younger two, it's as though they're just an afterthought, and absolutely no thought or planning goes into how they are raising them. And the middle child has some pretty significant delays, and really needs more attention, although she doesn't *demand* it, so she doesn't get it. It makes me sad, and it makes my mom sad too. My mom is always wanting to step in and help, and say something, or help them get parenting classes or something - but she doesn't want to come across as The Mother In Law kwim?
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