stay at home mom

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 85 moms have responded )

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I'm 28 with 3 kids: 1,3 and 9. I grew up in NS and miss it very much as I am not very good at making new friends. Guess I never really grew out of the shyness. Anyone accepting new friends into their groups? I'm beginning to feel like I'll only be able to speak baby talk if I don't get around some adults :)

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Shannon - posted on 10/31/2011

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Hey guys, it's been soo long since we last spoke. So much has changed for me! I'm 4 months pregnant with my 4th now (I know, I'm crazy, lol). I bought a lil pub on king and Gage a year ago so I'm workin six days a week now. My husband and I split up but I have a wonderful boyfriend, rob. Still living in the east end of Hamilton. Would love to hear how all u ladies have been doin :)

Stephanie - posted on 11/18/2010

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Hey Shannon. My name is Stephanie and I have been having a hard time adjusting to the city. I grew up in a really small town and it sure is different making friends in the city I would have to agree. I have one boy who is 2. I seem to have a tough time making friends as well because of the shyness bug. Hope to talk to you soon.

Rhiana - posted on 11/16/2010

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Hi Everyone! I'm 28 and I have a 14 month old daughter named Chiyo. We moved from Toronto last year and I'm hoping to make some new friends. My husband's Japanese and we are raising Chiyo in both languages (English and Japanese, I mean)! We live near Gage Park.

Cortney - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hello fellow Moms! 29 Year old Mom of 1 Boy 2.5 Years old. Live South Central Hamilton, (Block from Copps) Working from home with my son, keeps me very busy around here juggling. I sometimes wonder where my clown outfit went, it seems like I'm in the circus at times. :-)
Always looking to meet new people, being a type B personality, it's difficult.
Hopefully everyone is well, and we can have alittle chat soon!
Take Care.

Shannon - posted on 10/02/2009

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That doesn't mean too much anymore, unfortunately. Everything cost soo much, even for just the necessaties. If my husband didn't work two jobs I probably would have to work.

Kathy - posted on 10/02/2009

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If my husband made more, then I would be staying home. The funny thing is we don't live beyond our means!

Shannon - posted on 10/02/2009

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I hear you there. I went back to work with my oldest son after a year and I really feel as though it was too soon for us. After I had my youngest son I decided to stay home until they were older. Glad my husband doesn't mind bringing in all the money, LOL.

Kathy - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hard .. very hard.. I feel as though I am missing out on so much but at the same time I do value some adult time.

Shannon - posted on 10/01/2009

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Mine was nice and relaxing. Tried to put my son in jk but after two weeks decided he just wasn't ready. How is it being back to work?

Kathy - posted on 09/30/2009

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It was busy. We were adjusting to going back to work and my daughter in daycare. How was your summer?

Kathy - posted on 03/18/2009

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I have been to a few. I use to go to the one by King's Forrest quite a bit and now live near them. Hamilton has some beautiful sites. I hope you enjoy them!!!!

Annabelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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Are you mom's loving this nice spring weather?! 



We may head out this weekend to finally check out some of the waterfalls that Hamilton supposedly has.



I've lived here for a year and have wanted to find these falls for so long now.  Hopefully I can take some nice pics!  Any of you guys been to any of the falls?

Kathy - posted on 03/11/2009

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You will have so much fun!!! I can't wait to start speed walking again.



We're a sick household. I have a sinus infection. My daughter has had a fever off and on since last Thursday and also has a cold as well as my husband. We're all going stir crazy!!



Take Care!

Annabelle - posted on 03/11/2009

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So we've signed up for swim class in Ancaster for April.  I definitely can't wait for Spring to finally come!! I feel bad for these little kiddies who are cooped up indoors all the time.!  And I definitely need to get running again.... (actually most people call it jogging/fast-walking.. hehe)



 



Hope you're all doing well.  :)

Kathy - posted on 03/04/2009

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We go to Huntington Park on the east Hamilton Mountain. We just signed up for the next session. I'm looking for something else to pick up. Mother Goose is fun too.

Annabelle - posted on 03/04/2009

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Where do you go for her swim class?  I'm looking to pick up something once this Salsa babies is done and I know Kiana just loves the water. 

Kathy - posted on 03/03/2009

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My husband apparently will be investing in Smith and Weston when she becomes of age!!!!!



That's good to know. I think I may look into signing for the next session...



Tomorrow is our last class for baby fit. So, I need to look into something else to get my butt moving...

Annabelle - posted on 03/03/2009

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No coordination needed really for this class.  Everyone's there to just have a good time.  I found myself just doing the steps wrong but I didn't really care.  As long as it went with the beat!



I do feel like my shoulders are a little tight now but hopefully it'll loosen up.



Oh yeah, and Kiana will not have any boys over if my husband has anything to do with... hehe.

Kathy - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hi Annabelle,I love it when babies squeal cause they are having fun!! Sounds like Kiana will be bringing boys home a lot sooner!!!! Do you have to have a lot of coordination? Sadly, I lack that. Do you think you will be sore tomorrow?Glad you had fun. Thanks for the information!!

Annabelle - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hey Kathy



I just finished the first Salsa Babies class.  It was definitely fun I tell ya!  Kiana was the loud squealler in the group.  She was just happy and excited.  She was flirting with some of the baby boys (What a girl!)



They teach you the basic latin steps and it is a good start to getting fit again (I'm definitely out of shape!)  This is a bigger group (24 moms) but I would definitely consider joining the next session too.  And they have Salsa Tots for toddlers too.



 

Shannon - posted on 03/02/2009

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My brother called my daughter kiara for the first month of her life cus he liked it better then her name... Gabrielle. He later named his daughter Tiara!

Annabelle - posted on 03/02/2009

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My husband liked the name Kiara funny enough.  But once we saw the name Kiana we knew that would be the one.



Salsa babiesis based out of Toronto but they have classes in Hamilton and burlington too.  And it's not too bad I guess..... $72 for 6 weeks.  This one is every Tuesday at the Blossom Club on Upper Paradise and StoneChurch.



Check out www.livelaughlearn.ca There's a link there for the salsa babies class in Hamilton.



I'll let you know how the first class goes! Hopefully I haven't lost all my rhythm since before the baby.

Annabelle - posted on 03/01/2009

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I should definitely make better use of the Early Years Centre.  We are registered in Salsa Babies which starts on Tuesday.  I'm super excited.  I always welcome a little dancing!  And Kiana loves music so it'll be nice.



 

Kathy - posted on 03/01/2009

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LOL, I miss social interaction as well. I have joined alot of groups through the Early Years Center. Grayce and I are enrolled in baby fitness and mother goose and we are also enrolled in swim classes too. She loves the water. I know a few staff members in surgery through work. I miss chatting up Robyn and Mary. However, I still do not want to go back. I feel like I am going to miss so much when I return to work.

Annabelle - posted on 03/01/2009

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Thanks, it's funny because my friends call me Anna and my family calls me Ann.  Go figure.  Kiana is a Hawaiian name meaning moon goddess (probably explains her first 4 months being up all night).



I work in Adult Surgery.  Been there for about 4 yrs now.  Honestly don't miss it much considering the nursing shoratges and stuff.  I do miss the social interaction with my co-workers though.  Conversations with a 6 month old can only go so far. (lol). She always gives me looks when I start talking about The Bachelor (pretty much the same look my husband gives me about that topic).

Kathy - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hello Annabelle,



I absolutely love your name and your daughter's name. Which department at MUMC do you work at? I worked there approximately 6 years ago in the Pediatric wards, outpatient peds clinics and the High Risk Clinic (business clerk). I now work for a pediatric ortho surgeon from MUMC (in his private practise).

Annabelle - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hey all!



I was just reading your posts here and hope to join in on the lovely conversations.  I'm Annabelle, 29 (30 in May - yikes!) and live on the west mountain in Hamilton.  I just moved here a year ago and still don't feel like I'm 'home'.  We used to live in Burlington which we will most likely end up moving back to in the future.  But for the present time, we live here. 



I have only one child, Kiana, and she's 6 months old today!  My oh my does time fly.  She unfotunately has the silly sense of humour like her mother (as seen from my profile pic).



I'm also a nurse and I work at Mac (but on mat leave til Aug).  Anyway, I hope to chat with all of you soon.  :)  

Shannon - posted on 02/26/2009

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Thanks. That's such a cute pic of your little girl. Where did you get it done?

Shannon - posted on 02/03/2009

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Oh, I went to college for bookkeeping and office admin. I was a little disappointed by it though. I personally enjoy doing the books manually and nowadays you have to everything on the computer. I like the computer, don't get me wrong, but it took the fun out of bookkeeping. I worked some time in the prison down east and I enjoyed that more then I would've thought so I'm thinking I might do something in Social sciences. I figure I got enough time to research it and poke around a bit before I make a decision. I don't want find myself in the same bind as last time. Meanwhile, Fernan I applying for Peel Police and I'm trying to help him through that. He's having a hard time passing the admission tests. We have our fingers cross for March's test.

Shannon - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter had a few ear infections when she was little but my boys haven't had any yet...knock on wood. But lots of the colds. Grrrrr. I'm just glad it's not me getting sick with them cus nobody cares when I'm sick, they still expect me to be the mommy. I do much better when I'm healthy. Some more sleep would help too but I guess I can't be too picky!



Never been one to really enjoy snow myself. I leave it to Fernan (my husband) to deal with the cold outside. Although I did take my daughter skiing last winter and we had tons of fun. We were really sore, but enjoyed it all the same. It's definately something I would want to do again. I can't wait till the boys are old enough to go too. Maybe next time I'll be able to get her off the bunny hill! lol

Kathy - posted on 02/03/2009

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My Grayce is sick too with a cold. Daddy decided to share it with her. I took her to the doctors yesterday and she may also have the start of an ear infection, but it is too early to tell. Grayce woke up at the same time as your daughter, Jackie. I ended up bringing her into bed with me. My husband has been sleeping on the couch!



My side is the same as yours Shannon where girls tend to outnumber the boys. However, on my husband's side, it is all boys. It will be interesting to see what the next baby will be.



Hello Jennifer. Congratulations on your son!!!!



Is everyone enjoying the snow?

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Thank goodness you brought some testosterone to the family! ;0) What would the world be without boys? :0)



Thankfully, all went well last night. The boys both got up to go for a potty run just before I went to bed and to get their noses re-sprayed to help with their coughs and then Alida got up for a quick nurse, so I was able to get some sleep. The boys slept through and Alida did pretty well until about 4:30 when she got really stuffy again - poor baby :(. She slept on and off until about 7:40 and then she was up. I'll be glad when her cold goes.



What is your degree in and what are you hoping to go back for?



Hi Jennifer! Congratulations on your baby boy! Boys are wonderful, as you will continue to see :0).

Shannon - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hello Jennifer. I live off Gage by Lawrence. It's very convenient being so close to the park! My kids are always full of energy and it's a good outlet. It'll be even better this year cus my youngest is walking now.



Sorry to hear your kids aren't feeling well, Jackie. My boys are both sick, too. Hope you had luck with them all waking at different hours. Mine always wake up at the same time and then they just feed off each other.



And I definately believe we are done with this baby factory. I know my husband would probably like more. He was an only child. But I'm pretty sure I had enough. I may feel differently in a couple years but as of now, I'm done. I really want to go back to school and I don't want to have any babies at home when I do that.



We definately need more boys. My two boys were the first boys in my family in 24 years. I believe I've counted 13 girls since my brother was born 27 years ago. My boys are being "girled" to death. lol

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Shannon! I also live by gage park! One block north of king and about 5 west of ottawa :-)



Hello everyone! I'm Jennifer - 25 years old - mom to a 7.5 month old son ;-)

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I know Amherst well and have been there as well as travelled through it many times.



After posting my reply, I realized that I am a bit overwhelmed for tonight. My husband had to go to BC on business, so I'm alone with the 3 kids, which is ok, but Alida is sick and Micah has a cough, so the night is not going to be fun. I only got a couple of hours last night and I'm hoping that while on my own, no one will wake up at the same time! ;0)



We haven't had the chicken pox yet, so we'll see what happens when we do.



Are you and your husband planning on any more kids? We're still hoping for at least one more and I'm hoping I can convince my hubby for another :0). He's 9 years older than I am, so he thinks he's getting old :0).



I've just opened the windows after reading what you said about being inside - you make a good point. I know that over in Germany, they open the windows for about an hour every morning to circulate fresh air and from what I understand, they don't have as many colds as we North Americans. I think I'll give it a go - anything to stop the cold sharing :0)



I hope you get some nephews to balance out the girls!



Have a super day!

Shannon - posted on 02/02/2009

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I grew up in Amherst. I'm always in disbelief with what they call a snow storm up here. A few cm and they're shutting down schools! We go to build a snowman and it's only a foot high. Not like when I was a kid in the maritimes. My daughter went down for new years though and got to see a real storm. She was amazed. We are hoping to go down over the summer and rent a cottage for a couple of weeks. My grandmother is in the middle stages of alztiemers (I know I spelled that wrong) so we would like to spend some time down there with her before she doesn't know us at all anymore.



My kids are all sick too. And it seems like they are all taking turns! I've been up to my ears in tylenol, thermometers, cough drops, vaporub and buckley's (for my husband!). But if they're feeling up to it we still take them out to play when we get some snow. Half the reason they keep passing it around is because they are always stuck indoors during the winter. That's why it's less common in the summer to get sick.



I don't speak french beyond what they teach you in school. My husband does though. He grew up in Quebec although he fears losing it as well. It's his third language and he rarely gets to use it. I had Gabrielle in french-emersion for a year and she did really well but I had to transfer her to another school because I was going back to work.



My first two didn't get the chickenpox needles. They didn't have them when Gabrielle was getting her needles and Xavier got the chicken pox before his time for the needle. Sebastian gets the needle next month. After dealing with the chicken pox with the older two I definately don't wanna go through it again with Bastian. Xavier still has huge scars from the worst chicken pox I've ever seen. They look like cigeretted burns. And a couple on this head got infected and his whole face swelled up, he looked like the hunchback of notre dame! It was really sad to see him suffer that way. My daughter had a normal bout of them but then she got hives along with them which made treating them a little trickier. Months later and she still had some spots left! There is a patch you can buy that freezes where the needle goes. It helps a lot. My boys never cried over a needle!



I guess the first couple of months after Sebastian was born I felt very overwhelmed and often questioned what I got myself into. It's better now but I still have days where I wish I had a mute button! lol.My mom had 5 kids and I'm the oldest so I'm used to a lot of kids. I also have 5 nieces and 2 more on the way (but I'm hoping for some nephews this time:))

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I do speak French - I'm rusty as I don't get to use it much around here, but I use it when I have the opportunity. I actually taught French for 2 years and we have a good friend who is French and teaches at Vanier High School in Hamilton. I practice now and again with him. How about you?



It's funny that you mention the accent. I still get teased every so often - especially when I say, 'bagel" - I guess my Maritime accent comes out loud and clear on that word :0).



My daughter is going for her 4 month needles on Friday, my oldest just had his 5 year booster last week and thankfully my middle one is on a reprieve from needles :). I don't like them either, but we do the basics - I opt out of the chicken pox one as I'd rather them get it naturally and guarantee immunity.



My husband just said 2 nights ago that our daughter had a great night, when she had woken twice - he slept through the whole thing! ;0) It's a good thing, though as he helped with the boys in the morning and let me sleep in a wee bit to recover. I guess God made it so that us mommies have better hearing at night and our hubbies less so and thankfully we as mommies wake up! :0)



We do have our crazy moments, but never really overwhelming. I've learned from some great friends as well as have read some great resources. Our children are an amazing blessing and a great part of our lives, but they don't run our lives - we just train them :).



Right now we are struggling with getting rid of colds in our house. I feel like we have been in a never ending cycle of pasing colds around since the middle of December. Aside from hand-washing and increasing the kids' vitamin C, I'm not quite sure what to do. Hopefully this will be the last round and we'll be able to enjoy all the snow, which I've missed since being here. Winters back east are great, here they aren't bad, but this year had been perfect with the temps and snow for playing outside. Hopefully we'll be able to get out more in the next week or so more regularly.



Are you headed back east anytime soon? Whereabouts in NS are you from?

Shannon - posted on 01/31/2009

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I know Riverview. I have a very good friend who grew up there. Do you speak french? I find I have met a lot of people who are from Atlantic Canada here in Hamilton, mostly a lot of older people though. It's funny cus I never realized we all had an accent until I hear people talk from down there and I have to wonder, is that the way I sound? My husband does most of our driving but I must say having to drive everywhere has made it a lot harder losing that extra baby weight!!

I just got Sebastian's 12 months needles done on Monday. I'm a little late. I have a bad fear of needles so it doesn't take much to make me procastinate that! lol. My husband never wakes through the night. I think his snoring is what wakes up the baby half the time!

I find it amazing that you don't feeled overwhelmed. I feel like I'm going crazy sometimes. I'm gonna have to get some pointers from you!!

Kathy - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi Jackie and Shannon

Thanks for the good wishes. We will be trying again very soon. My daughter is now 6 1/2 months and had her needles yesterday. Last night was a very difficult night for her and I. My husband slept through the night!!! Your children are cute. The traffice use to never be this bad. It was not until the city started putting in more stop lights and not timing things right. I wish Hamiltonians were friendlier and I have lived here all my life. Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

Cheers,

Kathy

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Hi Shannon - it is busy, but a good busy and not overwhelming, so that is ia blessing :0). I am originally from Riverview - just outside Moncton. My family is all still there so I go back at least once if not twice a year and we have lots of visitors here ;). I really like Burlington. We are in Aldershot, which I really like. It's close to everthing and I don't have to drive too far for anything. The one down-side to Hamilton/ Burlington area is rush-hour traffic. Having never grown up with it, I still don't like it. I have no problems driving, but hate just sitting and going nowhere :0). Thankfully, I don't usually have to venture out during those times!



Wow, going back and forth must be tough! I think if I could bring the Maritime way of life and thinking to Ontario, that would be ideal, but maybe that is what we are for - haha! :)



I hope your doctor visit goes well for your son.



Hi Kathy! I echo Shannon's wishes. I hope things go easier for you this time around. How old is your daughter?

Shannon - posted on 01/30/2009

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Wow, hopefully you all have an easier time this time. You must be so happy to have your daughter.

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