Re: Christmas $$ issue
IMO, Christmas does not need to be "fair." Each child is an individual and gets what they need/want. Just because the dollar figure isn't the same doesn't matter. I don't add mine up. Obviously, the baby's 20 month old's gifts are going to cost significiantly less that the other kids gifts.
This year, I was given 5 pre-loved American Girl dolls for DD. She is going to get one of them for Christmas (we are giving them to her over a number of years). It was an expensive gift to someone, but not me. DS got a LeapPad2. It was not free. So even though I spent way more on him, they both got something they really wanted, and I'm cool with that.
Middle school teacher by day, super mom by night
Mommy to The Boss~2007, The Energizer Bunny~2009, and The Princess~2011
My kids are no longer in diapers, but somehow, my computer keeps finding its way back here...