This thread is too much fun today. I'm cracking up at all the comments. Particularly back itch.
Welcome to the new heathens! Jump in, or SCUBJIA, any time.
I like Ikea, but my DH hates it. Combined with the fact that the closest one is in Phoenix, which is 100 miles of barren desert away, and I hate Phoenix almost as much as I hate crossing 100 miles of barren desert to get there, I've only been to Ikea like twice in my life. But I do wish we had one here. I don't see why we don't - we have a ton of big chain stores like it and not only does the local population shop here, but tons of people come up here from Mexico to shop, so I'm sure we could keep them in business.
Jennifer, your comment about your grandmother and the orphanage made me My MIL did the EXACT same thing to DH. Not only that, but she made him pack his own suitcase (which he filled exclusively with teddy bears, being 6) and then made him sit in the car, clutching a teddy bear, waiting to be driven to the orphanage. What life lesson that taught him, other than not to trust people in general and his mother in particular, I can't imagine. He does not think it is funny, he thinks it's horrible. She also told him once, "If you weren't my little boy, I wouldn't let my little boy play with you." That and, when spanking him for doing nothing wrong, "If you haven't done anything to be spanked for yet, you will." All true stories. This is why my MIL will never watch my children unsupervised. And if I hear anything approaching that, she won't even see them. And I kid you not, this woman worked as a nanny for years. Can you imagine?
DH still has trouble accepting that I love him unconditionally. No one else ever has, I'm quite sure. It's taken a lot of work.
So, question for all of you. Testing a little girl today, and I heard a lot of that baby-babbling nonsense words and very rote phrases such as "What's that?" and "Here you go." Other than that, just single words, "food" "cookie" "ball", etc. So I asked her mother, "I hear some routine phrases, but does she put two words together in her own way?" The mother looked blank and asked me for an example, so I said, "Does she say something like 'Mommy eat?' " She said no, she will say "I'm hungry." Then I asked, "What if she isn't hungry, but you are eating - would she say mommy eat or mommy eating, or something similar?" The woman looked totally confused and didn't seem to understand what I was asking.
If your kid does that, or did do it at some point, you would know what I was talking about, right? Because the woman seemed to look at me like I was speaking some foreign language or something.
Last edited by Gwenn; 02-07-2012 at 07:32 PM.
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