SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard Trying to balance work, weight loss, and family? Share tips for keeping your whole family fit and healthy. SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard Balancing life, stress, health and weight loss I'm a mother of an 11 yr old with autism and learning disabilities. DS also has seizures. I have another who is 4. I'm a homemaker and caregiver fulltime because of the special, unexpected, and constant needs of DS. Due to poor sleep and wandering behaviors on the part of DS, we lost many hours of sleep, for yrs, for fear he would wake and escape. We slept in shifts. I now have thyroid issues and a form of PTSD. Though DS sleeps well now and wandering is not happening, I still can not shake ... Mon, 14 May 2018 11:47:41 EST Mother's day I was raised by a dysfunctional mom. <BR> Having 3 kids, how do I make it a special day when it brings tension? Wed, 9 May 2018 16:00:51 EST surgery on the 22nd Good morning, this is my first day in Spark people. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the best post surgery protein shake is and who wil tell me all of the vitamins and minerals I will need post surgery? Wed, 2 May 2018 10:32:45 EST PAS (parental alienation syndrome) I been dealing with PAS for years. I don't know what to do now Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:22:04 EST 20 month old sleep My daughter has never been a good sleeper and it's been affecting my mood, job, and weight loss goals. We seem to be finishing a particularly rough (up every 30 min to 2 hrs) patch for the past couple of months - as far as I can tell, a combo of teething, ear infection, and something behavioral. But I am still fairly shell shocked. Any positive stories, good sleeping tips for toddlers, or suggestions on how to raise above it all and still make to to the gym more than once a week? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:25:38 EST Is it endo? Hi, everyone, I need some advice. It has been a long journey for me. It's been 5 years. Since then, we have been TTC. Got married to husband 6 years ago. It's time we became parents. However, nothing seems to be working for me. I have been having sharp pains lately. They start in my lower abdomen. They get worse during periods. And don't even get me started about intercourse. Everything is wrong. What could it be? A friend said it might be endo? Any suggestions? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:17:51 EST Starting Week Three <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be the third week that we have been eating clean and quitting Pepsi cold turkey. I am starting the third week of restarting the C25K program, and my older boys (11, 8) joined with me while the younger two were playing and napping, yesterday. I didn't take that into consideration. As they ran on the treadmill, I ran along side of them for encouragement. Needless to say, I did two ro... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:11:16 EST Weight loss and TTC Hi all. I have been a member here for a while now. I did some posts regarding my difficulty with the weight loss journey. However, I couldn't get much response. If anyone could help me on this one, it would be great. I have endometriosis. I don't know if that is the reason for my sudden weight gain. I gained 10 kg over the last few months, which is a lot. The reason I need to lose weight is that it's interfering with my TTC journey. Endo alone makes it difficult to conceive. Now, this extra w... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 12:45:19 EST Treasure trove of old love letters I’m a military wife. This is my 2nd marriage, and is also my husband’s 2nd marriage. There is a box he has of mementos from his 1st marriage. It came to my house when he first moved in with me. I was helping empty boxes and came across it. He casually closed it up and said it’s just a bunch of old stuff that he doesn’t have the time or desire to go through. He said some of it is his and he wants it, but some of it is hers and it would be rude to toss it. He says he knows he needs to go throug... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:53:06 EST Family issue, unable to give time Lots of love to all members. Friends I’m here to get your opinion and help. I’m currently facing many family issues and I confused about what should I do. I and my husband, both are doing an office job and trying to build up our home. We come home very late, maybe at 9 or 10 pm. We are used to this routine as we are doing it since the time of our marriage. We did not have a child for years. Then we decided to fulfill this desire with the help of the surrogate mother. We have twins by surrogac... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:41:35 EST Infertile We are possibly dealing with a problem of Infertility. I and husband both are infertile. My husband threshold is below level. And so do I have many problems my uterus is not able to carry a child. My husband uses to smoke a bit more than usual so he just infected his sperm motility. We are looking for more options to have our own baby. Because it looks dream to me right now to give birth to my own child. This hurts a lot to be the childless women. I feel so depressed as well for many days but... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:40:42 EST Time Management for Workouts " <BR> Hello, dear ladies, how are you all doing? I hope you are all reaching your weight loss goals. As for me, I am still struggling with routine. I also have endometriosis. It makes me gain weight faster. So much for health, huh. <BR> My doctor has recommended me to lose 7 kg at least. I have a baby daughter through surrogacy. I hardly get time to work out now. I have a full-time job. I'm also taking some online art classes. Then my baby girl takes up any time I manage to be left with. I ... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:55:01 EST Gaming is Good For Kids? Hi all, <BR> I want to know, is gaming good for kids. My kid playing long hours, I want him to understand that It's not cool for him, but he always reverts to me saying daddy you are also working on PC, Actually I do Blogging and Web Designing so I get to sit in front of PC. <BR> How can i make him understand in a better way? Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:19:11 EST Help Hi beautiful ladies, I'm new to this forum. I am writing here to describe a problem that I am facing. I have had one MC before. I have endometriosis. This is the reason I am unable to get a BFP easily. I have been trying to chart my ovulation and everything else. Nothing seems to be giving me any hope until now. Now recently I did see a very faint line on my test. My periods are also late by 15 days. But shouldn't the line be darker by this time? These tests show results up to 3 days late in ... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:24:31 EST This blog is asking for advice <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471799 </link> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:34:13 EST Teenagers diet Hi all not sure if this is the right forum to post but here goes <BR> My 14 year old Aspergers,ODD,hypermobile,Scoliosis and ocd son has to lose weight for an operation on his spine we are starting the gym tonight (I hope so but if he has a bad day at school he’ll change his mind and won’t go), he gets a lot of pain so he doesn’t exercise much but he likes the weight machines at the gym (obviously with my supervision), he’s very particular about his breakfast and is stubborn with changing it... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 02:39:40 EST Helping Kids With (English) Language - cute video I don't have a baby in the house any more - he is almost 20 now... but I just saw this adorable video and thought I would share it for parents or grandparents or caretakers of little kids learning to read ... or I guess English as Second Lanuguage or Adukt Literacy programs? I am not picky!! <BR> <BR> "How the Cow Ate The Cabbage" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ooks/how_cow_ate/how_the_cow_ate_cabba<BR>ge.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <em>149... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 00:16:42 EST Busy mom Hi! So I work fulltime in a deli and I'm a single parent. I'm struggling with eating healthy. I'm a stress eater and I'm always under stress. I work and take care of my daughter. I sometimes don't have time to eat or pack a lunch. My schedule isn't always the same. I need ideals meals that are quick and ideal snacks..can anyone help? <em>244</em> Sun, 4 Mar 2018 19:44:18 EST newly divorced I have this new identity that I HATE. <BR> Sadly the ex is a horrible co-parent who doesn't communicate. When he does text, he lies. I try so hard NOT to talk badly about him in front of the kids. <BR> But it slips sometimes. <BR> Any advice? Sun, 4 Mar 2018 17:04:27 EST Help! Getting WLS/Gastric Sleeve - meal prep/plan Hello everyone <BR> <BR> boy does it feel weird to be back on here.... was viewing my profile and man I feel disappointed in myself for not continuing with my initial weight loss plan... but I am back with some great news, I am finally getting weight loss surgery/Gastric Sleeve. <BR> <BR> So I went to see my dietitian yesterday and it was very informative but now that I'm at home and kinda of going over everything, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated by the meal plan that I'll ha... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 12:06:07 EST Advice needed Hey everyone! I hope you all are doing great! I am here to share a problem my cousin is going through! In the hope that someone might be able to help. She basically is an anorexic patient in addition doctors say that her hormones are unable to produce good healthy eggs. This means that her chances to conceive are less! Is there anyone who help in this matter? If yes please do! Thank you Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:26:47 EST Healthy Self while in-house Parent with Dementia? Kind of reversed of the subject here. But then, when you have an 87 year old mom brought to you because she was exploited and neglected by your brother who lives in her home out of state, there is a bit of reverse parenting tempered with respect for her to figure out how to juggle it all. It becomes like a parent attempting to get a stubborn child to do what they need to do and still hold the I am the daughter and she is the mom. <BR> <BR> They say eat WITH them but when she still hasn't ac... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:24:59 EST Struggling to lose I am becoming increasingly frustrated because I eat well, measure, track and workout with barely a budge on the scale. The minute I stopped all of this hard work keeping track of my calories I immediately pack on the pounds. It seems I can't win no matter what I do. Any advise? Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:22:55 EST Teenager that is a salad dodger I am a single mum, to a 6ft3 17yr old eating machine, sorry, boy. I am on a limited budget and work full time so time is tight. What I find really difficult is finding meals that we can and will both eat. My son eats peas, sweetcorn and cucumber and that is pretty much it on the veg stakes. I am looking for ideas and tips for healthy meals for the two of us, Any suggestions welcome Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:08:42 EST Overeaters Anonymous Hello all, <BR> <BR> I was curious if anyone would like to join me in this thread discussing OA and the steps. I have found that my relationship with food is unhealthy and effecting my realtionship with my husband. Which of course alters the family environment for the kids. Let me know your thoughts! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:22:55 EST talking to kids Today one of my sons said I was getting fat...maybe his bad role model dad is rubbing off on him. I said that I exercise as much as I can. I don't feel bad, just wondering if your kids ever laugh about the word "fat". I think they know at an early age, it can be hurtful. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 20:48:14 EST How do I blog How do I blog Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:03:56 EST Largest Family You've Ever Seen (in person) 21 plus the mom and dad; this family's in town and adopts the 'unadoptables' and they do wonderfully with all their children. <BR> <BR> Our family has 8 kids [all my wife's and Brady Bunch thing happening here!] plus a grand nephew we're guardians for. <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 05:26:29 EST 35 weeks tomorrow and I need some motivation! It took a while for me to get into the clear (healthy pregnancy range) with this pregnancy after my previous miscarriage. I was on progesterone for almost 6.5 months and I still have to take it easy as far as lifting and walking all day. <BR> <BR> With that said, my doctor thinks baby Connor is completely healthy and fully developed judging from our last ultrasound. He's just fattening up until he's ready to make his enterance into the world. <BR> <BR> This whole time I've been trying to e... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:34:17 EST PPD How do I get help? I don't have a PCP but I have an OBGYN. <BR> If I try to get a PCP I think it would be a while before I can get an appointment. I'm not sure what to do. But I'm not doing well. My partner has been very aggravated with me for a variety of reasons and so I can't ask him for help. Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:11:38 EST My sister isn't excited about my weight loss.. My sister and I are very close. We both have trouble with weight gains and attempts to lose. Since I've started trying to lose weight, my sister has been very negative. I know she loves me and supports me but I guess it's hard when she's not in a place where she's ready or able to try to lose weight. I understand that. My problem is that she doesn't want to hear about my success/failures. If we go shopping, she is negative about my shopping smaller sizes. Since we spend a lot of time together... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:38:39 EST Keeping kids busy I plan to get back to the gym on a routine now that it's cold out. My kids have to tag along but I don't want them feeding into the screen-addiction. <BR> Other than color, what are some things they can do while I'm working out? <BR> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:03:46 EST How do I help an Obese Daughter? She is 22 and has aspergers syndrome. Very highly functional. She has been steadily gaining weight all her life. I dont know how much she weighs but my guess is around 200 lbs. Possibly more. 5'4". Her weight has been an issue her whole life. She has tried a few things. I have tried everything I can think of to help her lose weight. Her efforts have been minimal though. She is well aware she is overweight. She is a smart cookie and an A student in college getting a bio degree. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:35:11 EST Planning for old age within the family I was surprised when my mother died to discover that she had bought insurance products from people who called her on the phone or who came to the house. Surprised because she was extremely secretive with her eight children about her assets and refused to allow any of us to help her plan. Surprising even more because one of her sons is a financial planner. The most she'd allow him to do was mow her lawn or take her shopping. <BR> <BR> When one of my siblings called me Thursday to discuss... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:05:36 EST male infertility We all talk about female infertility. It's common and we don't think about this but I am now more interested in male infertility because my husband. We recently found out that we problem to conceive because of his infertility. The most common issues that lead to infertility in men are problems that affect how the testicles work. Other problems are hormone imbalances or blockages in the male reproductive organs. In about 50% of cases, the cause of male infertility cannot be determined. The mos... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:21:30 EST 20 year old daughter My daughter is 20 years old. She finished a two year college degree over the summer. She is basically a great kid. I am not comfortable with her new choice of friends and late nights/early morning running around. She is a responsible young lady in most ways....she is a server at a restaurant making pretty good money, she has a truck and pays for it, she pays her own cell phone under her own account. <BR> I pay her vehicle insurance (I always have, it seemed fair as she was a working stud... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:43:00 EST Never felt so bad Hi there, <BR> I suppose you could call this a cry for help. I had a baby 5 months ago, and my tiny frame (5ft 3, 102lbs) was destroyed by carrying my gorgeous chunky son (10lbs 11 at birth). <BR> It's one thing having to contend with the plethora of stretch marks covering my chest, stomach, legs, bum and arms, but it's another having to deal with the now frumpy, out of shape, hanging body I have. <BR> My stomach hangs to my groin, I have fat deposits that make me look 6 months pregnant. A w... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:05:12 EST Never mind No responses, so never mind. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:28:44 EST is a mile to long ? I want to walk but I have my kids t hat are 7 and 5. Is a mile to long a walk for them do you think. I could take a stroller and if they get tired could sit d\for a min. what are your thoughts TIA Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:14:07 EST How much is it fair to expect of your partner? I've been in a relationship for a year and 9 months now. Throughout the first year of that, I was going through a pretty traumatic life experience and ended up with bouts of anxiety and depression, and as a result I gained a lot of weight. I've gotten through the bulk of the trauma and am mostly back to my old self, except for the added weight. <BR> <BR> My partner and I knew each other for 3 years before we became a couple, so all he knows of me is this fit woman that he can envision spend... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:32:39 EST Teenage Knuckleheads I have a 14 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. They argue with each other. Their grades are not great. I cannot trust them with electronic devices. They would be up all night on them if they are not confiscated. My son seems determined to fail. My strong willed daughter has turned into a follower. I spend so much time focused on them and my husband that I don't have much time for me. How have you managed the struggle. How do you find time for yourself and your fitness. I am trying to fi... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:38:31 EST my daughter has not been eating well lately hi there <BR> my daughter is 13.5 years old and has always been a picky eater, but lately i have noticed she may go for long periods of time without eating,unless i am on top of her to eat which i can't always be, because i have so many other things to do. i had her doctor do bloodwork, and she is fine, her iron is abit low but not too much cause for concern. <BR> <BR> like most kids if there is junk in the house she will gravitate towards that instead of the healthy stuff. she than compla... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:36:53 EST Feeling overwhelmed Hi, Moms! I consulted with the doctor. He said I have infertility issue. My eggs are not mature and periods are not at the time. I married my husband five years ago. I am a 33-year-old woman living in Los Vegas. It's been a great time until I found that I am not able to get my own child. <BR> It was so frustrating moment for me. I believe that it takes a lot of time to get out it. Even I faced some career issues because of that. Even I faced a lot of sleepless night and panic attacks. I al... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:27:09 EST Chickenpox? Has anyone here ever seen chickenpox? My 13 year old started the week with a fever, sore throat, and a nasty cough. Now she has red bumps with white dots in the middle on her belly and back. It's not poison ivy or any of the other normal summer time issues. I was thinking maybe chickenpox, but none of my kids have ever had them. I had them in the 80's but I don't remember much about them. <BR> <BR> Does anyone remember what they look like or how they make you feel? <BR> I'm taking her to the... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:04:30 EST Kids time with other parent I don't know how to deal with the other parent acting like an extra child. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:48:36 EST Pre-Op started today! Surgery date 6/30/17 I am 9 hours into my first day on the pre-op diet and I am starving! Any suggestions? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:42:54 EST Skinnytaste: Dinner Meal Plans (70+ weeks) I mostly hang around the diet and nutrition board (where I advocate meal plans and a low carb diet), but found this family-oriented site with 70+ weeks of dinner meal plans. The meal plans occasionally include pasta, so don't make my low-carb list, but that doesn't mean you can't serve your family healthy dinners -- particularly kid-friendly ones -- and let someone do the work of meal planning for you. Pages include summaries of ingredients used so you don't have to flip through and compile f... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:49:10 EST almost one month I had my band removed and VSG surgery on May 15/2017, today I am down 20 pounds, I am so happy! So far I am having a pretty easy recovery, this week I did Zumba twice and got over 5K steps 3 times, so increasing the exercise a little. Hope you are all doing well. Have a great day! Mary Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:28:22 EST . . Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:48:12 EST Good recovery I think I finally found the right board. I had a lap band removal and VSG on 5/15/2017. I am almost at 3 weeks recovery and doing great. The only setback I've had is that when I try to do more strenuous exercise besides walking, I get a sharp pain in my lower left side and take it easy for a few days. But so far I am down 16 pounds and to me that is great! I don't have as much to lose as some, so I know I will lose slower. This is the lowest weight I have been at in 10 years. So I am e... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:00:22 EST Sleeve on 5/15/2017 Hi Everyone, I had my lap band removed and sleeve done on 5/15/15. I am healing nicely and have to set a timer to remember to drink. I can only get 2 oz down every 15 minutes, but so far so good. Thanks for posting, I feel like I have a lot to learn . Had my staples removed Monday and she reminded me that a leak can occur if you progress your food too fast. So two more weeks of full liquids, bah humbug, but I know in the long run it will be the right thing, Just dealing with a whole lot ... Tue, 23 May 2017 13:07:49 EST Adult child at home w/depression & anxiety. Was wondering if anyone else out there has an adult child living at home (and not working) due to depression and anxiety or other mental health issues? <BR> <BR> I'm torn between wanting to be super-supportive (which I try to be) and frustration that things aren't getting better fast enough. <BR> <BR> It's been a long, hard climb to get her through school and then college and I have very little emotional reserves left. <BR> <BR> Some days it feels like there's no hope at all and I just w... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:09:30 EST Anyone here pregnant?? :) Hi there! I am 5 months pregnant and now that my nausea is completely gone and my energy is somewhat back to "normal" I am trying my best to stay active and eat healthy again after a horrible first trimester. :) I just want to feel good about myself at this point rather than horrible. <BR> Any other mamas out there? This will be my 3rd. I was a lot heavier the first 2 times! I wasn't where I wanted to be weight wise before getting pregnant with this one but I am still not as large as I used ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:47:47 EST Any tips for weight loss whilst breastfeeding? I am currently breastfeeding my 6 month old baby. I have been tracking over 1,500 calories most days and try not to go too far below in case it effects my supply or something. I don't see any options that can be set to record breastfeeding on tracker, does anyone know how you do this? Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:49:56 EST Need to vent Just need to vent and wasn't sure where to go without upsetting anyone especially my husband. Maybe I'm in a mood and maybe I'm being selfish. But I'm tired of feeling like I'm the only one trying to keep things exciting. I'm sure it's normal to get in a funk and men are men (sorry guys) but I've noticed the past couple weeks everything aggravates me. We have only been married since Nov both in our early 40's. I just feel unappreciated. Not really sure how to even describe it... Ok my ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:53:19 EST Back to healthy life after death of sister I lost my big sister about 7 weeks ago after an elective surgery. The world inside disintegrated while outside I kept a brave face for the family. I also stuffed all the pain with food. She wouldn't want that so here I am. Wish me luck. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:57:52 EST anxiety medication I am on sertraline 100 mg, once daily for anxiety and depression. Since going up 125 mg I been getting alot of side effects, painful joints, swelling in hands, feet, and legs. Weight gain, extreme headaches, twitches and or shaking, nausea all the time, painful stomach. What does other people take for meds. And if you are taking sertraline has these happen to you. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:37:39 EST i think my daughter might have PCOS hi everyone, <BR> my daughter is 12 almost 13, she started her period a few months ago... but her cycles are not regular she gets one like every 6 to 8 weeks.. i am concerned, because i have PCOS and my cycle was like clockwork intially and than by age 15 they completely stopped. <BR> <BR> when i told my daughter your eating habits are not that greatest, she gets defensive. i have tried to tell them fruit before junk, yet i still see her heading for the pantry closet especailly when i am n... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 06:22:29 EST Obesity in youth Why do parents let their children become obese? <BR> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:37:15 EST Safety of kids I recently bought a home in Toronto. It’s a double storied building. The casement window upstairs are open without any window stops. They all are very large in size. I have 2 small children and younger one is too naughty. I’m afraid about their safety. Before shifting to the new home I need to solve the problem. So i’m thinking of re-installing the window with a more safer one but I don't know which one will be best. My friend suggested(<BR>/windows/compare-wi... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:18:23 EST What's your biggest challenge for weight loss? Hey lovely mums, <BR> <BR> I managed to lose weight prior to having kids and I did pretty well but now that I have a 17 month old I am finding it a real struggle! I am super tired working full time and taking care of him -he's also been sick loads since he started daycare so I'm up at nights and I always end up turning to chocolate and junk food to keep me going! Plus no time for a gym membership. I'd really like to fit back into some of my old clothes! Anyone else struggling with this? Fri, 13 May 2016 05:44:05 EST Going thru a divorce I am going through a divorce. I'm not happy about it, but I'm not overly upset either. My kids aren't even real upset about it. But it still brings a lot of stress and stress eating. I really want to feel better and be healthier, but I seem to be sabotaging myself. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:17:13 EST Pregnancy at 38 Hi! I am a 38 year old woman and will be TTC (trying to conceive) shortly. Currently tracking ovulation pattern in hopes of conceiving a boy which are lacking on my spouse's side of the family (Shettles Method). I have 2 great kids already and we will be trying for that third little miracle. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to reach out to other women who are in the same stage of "older maternity" and would like to share stories. The last time I was pregnant, I was 29 but I have never felt so health... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:12:29 EST How to get a teen to drink water? I am stumped at how to convince my teen to drink water. There are days he does not drink much of anything at all. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:29:48 EST How can I help my husband? <BR> My husband had been big ever since we met 10 years ago. But he's really started gaining weight this last year. He is a stress eater (like me), but while I've been making changes to address my weight and health, he is not at all. <BR> <BR> Last night really opened my eyes. He brought home McDonalds. I did ask him to, my fault. But, while I split 10 chicken nuggets and a medium fry with our 2yo, he ate 20 nuggets, a double cheese burger, and a large fry. <BR> <BR> He tried to encourage... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:13:58 EST The AUTISM PDD-NOS ASPERGERS Sharing Thread Hi, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to have a designated Autism thread for those of us with children, grandchildren, relatives or just friends that have Autism and related disorders. <BR> <BR> My son and grandson have Autism, in their case Asperger's and PDD-NOS respectively. They are both very intelligent and highly functional. My son is 31 years old and my grandson is 13 years old. I am proud to say they are both doing fantastic. My son is getting married in a few months to high swee... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 02:41:55 EST How old are your children? My dd is 12 years old. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:15:06 EST Gastric Sleeve Surgery Anyone on this sight have the Gastric Sleeve Surgery? <BR> <BR> I was sleeved on 1/3/12 and looking to create a support group through SparkPeople. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:01:08 EST Does anyone else have the c-section pouch? Help! I'll be the first to admit, I never had a tight and sexy stomach- however- after having an emergency c-section.. I now have this pouch like stomach! Well, it's almost like a flap where the scar is.. anyone else?.. and how do you deal with this.. and tone it??. Thanks! Sun, 1 May 2011 23:36:30 EST pregnancy calories/weight did anyone keep track of their calories and nutrition during pregnancy to try and keep their weight gain within the "normal range" (20-25 pounds according to my doc)? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:58:28 EST Mirena IUD and weight gain I got a Mirana IUD last may and since then my weight has been gradually creeping up which I attributed to the stress of my PhD program. Now that I have been eating clean and working out hard for 30 days, I am shrinking inches but the miserable number on the scale is staying the same. I have been doing some reading and some women have claimed to have gained on it while the package insert says no. My doc says weight gain is not a side effect to her knowledge and will not take it out just for... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:28:56 EST Loving Our Husbands ( and children too)!! Good morning ladies! I thought we might like to share the things we do with our husbands to keep the bonds of love strong. We touched on that in another thread, but somehow it seemed to have turned negative. So here is a fresh start.Everyone is welcome to join in on the conversation and we all make a pinky promise not to have any harsh judgements on anyone else!!! Each of us have ways we show our love to our husbands and children. Lets have fun sharing them!! We might just add a spark to each... Fri, 3 Mar 2006 10:30:18 EST