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  1. Sciatic nerve pain, maybe? And to answer the original question: changing a diaper We never quite figured out what happened in my back (had an immediate MRI to rule out a herniated disk), but it sure sucked for a while.
  2. My husband's family does a week on the beach every year. 25 people stuffed into one house! Whew, that was an adjustment (especially since I've never actually gone WITH him, he's always had to work) given that I have NO extended family, just my parents and sibling. We've talked about meeting family other places for a vacation, but they always end up coming to us since we move so much.
  3. I'm sure she's seen worse than you want to consider
  4. Hey, we are living near tokyo. There's a DZ just north of the city, but we haven't been yet (long trip with a two year old in tow). You have to arrange your trip a week prior so they can file paperwork. There's a membership fee/insurance (prorated for one month, I believe) and you have to buy jump tickets in advance (pricey outside the 30 jump ticket block). You'd need to take shinkansen to get up here (about a 3 hour trip from Kyoto to Tokyo) then local train and bus to get there. There are two other Japan dz's listed on here. Maybe one is closer to Kyoto. I'm sure the fees and paperwork issues will be the same. Best of luck!! I've heard it's worth the trouble to jump here. Enjoy your time in Japan! Kyoto is a great place to be for a couple weeks.
  5. You guys are making me really nervous for if Patrick ever leaves the military (not that he's necessarily treated any better, it's just a familiar type of crap).
  6. Definitely neither. It's a hotdog. No matter what you put on it, there's really no dressing it up
  7. What she said. I drove Austin to SE Alabama and back last year (thankfully broken up by about 8 months, but with a toddler). Torture. Pure torture. Even with interesting audiobooks. Best of luck to you!!
  8. amstalder

    Broke my butt

    Dislocated tailbone? Yikes. I hear those little donut pillow help with tailbone injuries.
  9. You should have seen Valinda flying with the kids when they were little. She was pro, with toys and snacks and books to keep them busy. I'd be up front in the cockpit and she'd have 'em all to herself. Valinda is a saint. Sam and I have our system down and he's a flying champ, but I have no idea where my sanity will be once there's more than one little rascal
  10. That's been known for years; not a secret at all. Here's the reasoning behind it I've read: The cost savings of carrying an infant on your lap will encourage you to fly. The extra expense of paying a full ticket for a small infant would encourage many young parents to change to an auto trip, which is much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. So, basically, it's safer to fly with an unstrapped infant than to drive with one in a car seat. Ahh, the amazing things bean counters come up with. This. And frankly, flying with a lap baby is torturous after about 6 months, and I have a small kid. Can't tell you how relieved I was when he turned 2 and I no longer had to have the internal debate over buying him a seat or not.
  11. I realize this thread is a couple weeks old, but it's been awhile since I've been on... So it's new to me! If she can find a place that takes card, a plain old magnetic strip is fine. Remarkably, credit card use is pretty limited. Also, she'll likely only be able to get money out at the post office (double topped capital T on a red sign); they give a good rate. Tell her not to be frustrated if the lawson's ATMs don't work. Also, the yen is down currently compared to USD, so it's not AS expensive as everyone makes it out to be, thankfully. I hope she has a great time!
  12. Also, for you guys to read at your leisure
  13. Totally typical. My ears were pierced as a baby. They always give me trouble, so I don't wear earrings much, but they've never closed on me.
  14. I just wanted to point this out for anyone with little experience caring for an uncircumcised boy. The foreskin should NEVER be retracted for cleaning before it does so on its own (sometime between 2 and the end of puberty). Until that time, it is fused to the head of the penis.