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Thanks! If you know of a dentist in Anc, that's fine too; I don't mind driving in

ETA: I actually just saw a commercial for a pediatric eye dr saying kids should have an eye exam at 6 months! So I guess I need to think about taking them for an eye exam too, since it's covered.
Hi! I mostly lurk here but I wanted to let you know we see a holistic health dentist here in anchorage named Dr Walsh at Health Centered Dentistry and I just got a letter in the mail today saying they are now offering pediatric care.....
post #202 of 271
I took my just barely two year old into Health Centered Dentistry for a Saturday appointment with Dr. Henry just last week. I was really pleased... much happier than with the other pediatric dentist we've been seeing in Anchorage every month for a year, due to my daughters dental enamel problems. I'm definitely going to stick with them, no question.
post #203 of 271
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Congratulations. And that picture of her and her daddy looking at each other is just priceless! How much did she weigh?
9lbs even. and I'm extremely proud to report that all 9lbs came out in 2 contractions with no tearing! I feel like a superhero!

The 'roids are a bit humbling though. . .
post #204 of 271
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The 'roids are a bit humbling though. . .
I never had them in pregnancy but developed them from pushing with my last birth. The things I found most helpful were actually to utilize a couple of birth techniques whenever I needed to have a BM:
  • squatting (I had a little step stool and would put my feet up on it, or even on the edge of the toilet seat if you're that flexible)
  • pereneal support (I'd just press my finger in a little right behind my anus and it seemed to relieve the pressure...I'm sure it would work on the pereneum to but that was harder to reach )

Witch hazel is also very soothing--I put a little in a peri bottle with warm water and just squirted all over down there. They make tucks pads with witch hazel in them, but a plain bottle of the stuff was cheaper
post #205 of 271
Your baby is perfect, Sarah! I have to agree - the picture of her with her daddy is fabulous.

Jenni, my initials were JAR before I got married and now their JAM. I couldn't do BOB, either. Love the couch! Did the guy swap out the wrong piece?

DD is loving Barnette! : She's just having a blast and I'm involved with the PAC and head of cookie dough sales already. We love it there.

Jenn
post #206 of 271
Sarah, you obviously are the champ at baby naming. I am on U or Y any suggestions?
post #207 of 271
well I am confused.............
We are in Seattle and I am finding that the produce here is EXACTLY the same price if not higher then in Anchorage!
Infact I paid 89cents per pound for Bananas, Not Organic!

Peaches were $3 per pound! I did score some Vine Tomatoes for $.99 but they were on sale.

So, where is great deals? this was at the farmers market AND the grocery.
post #208 of 271
Tammy,

I am not sure where you are, but when I went to the farmers markets in Seattle last summer, their produce was organic and WAY LESS expensive than the grocery store prices. I don't really understand why organic produce in the stores here are generally cheaper than they are at the Farmer's Markets here. Just my observation....
post #209 of 271
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She's here!

Thanks for all your help and recommendations, my midwives were amazing and I really could not have asked for a better birth. Unbelievable.

My slightly incoherant birth story
Congrats!
post #210 of 271
Sarah, how wonderful! What a beautiful little girl!! With my youngest my cervix never went all the way. I had a lip the Natalie got caught on, so the midwife ended up using her finger to push it out of the way. Your LO must have been in a great position, too. I have 3 and the only one I ripped on was my smallest, and I think it's because she was twisted. She started to come out sunny-side up and turned part way out. My 9+ lber was no problem.



For anyone interested, there is at least one booth at the state fair that is selling cloth diapers made by a lady in Wasilla. It is the Stonehill Gardens booth on the red trail, across from kettle corn. She also makes mei tais and felt food, though I don't know if she's selling any of that at the fair.
post #211 of 271
Sarah, NINE pounds! You sure do know how to grow 'em!

My last one was 6.8lbs, and I had a horribly huge cervical lip. I had the midwives from AKH&B here, and I was frustrated that things weren't moving faster. I told D that I thought the baby's head was "off," and she said I was right, and suggested I do some different types of stances to get her head more centered. It helped.

Then I did a cervical check when I thought, "This baby should have been out with that push," and found a cervical lip the size of a baby's arm. It was unbelievable. (D didn't find it because I do my own checks for the most part). I asked her (sitting on a stool in the shower), "What in the world is that?" and as she looked puzzled, it just came to me. I said, "It's a cervical lip, swollen out of proportion. You push it aside and I'll push her out."

And bless her pea-picking heart, Dana did. And Iris was born on the next contraction as I screamed (I never seem to be able to not yell during a birth), all tangled and purple and *tiny.*


I will forever love D and her abilities because she trusted me in those moments, and then she moved out of the way so my DH and I could catch Iris together. We in Fairbanks are so fortunate to have her.

my little story got long, sorry

love, p
post #212 of 271
Congratulations, Sarah! :

Just an update. I had my appointment yesterday morning. I thought the nurse who saw me was wonderful, attentive, concerned, caring, everything you'd hope for in a health practitioner. She checked my IUD and it is there, which I knew, but whatever. Her main concern, just like mine, is the spotting throughout the month, every few days. When I asked her about hormone testing, which is something I'd never heard of until someone here mentioned it as a possibility, she said it is extremely expensive and she doesn't feel it is necessary since I'm still getting my periods, even though the last one was 2 weeks late. Something I didn't mention to her or here (I don't know why I didn't think to until just now) is that the entire month of July has been extremely stressful for several reasons, just a very high level of stress going on all month. Anyway, this nurse suggested I go on the birth control pill for 1-3 months to hopefully even out my hormones. She thought my recent end to my 4 year breastfeeding career, and my weight gains and losses over the past 5 years may have affected my hormone cycle and that it may just need a boost to get back on track. So, I bought one month supply with the intention to begin taking them starting the first day of my next period.
post #213 of 271
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Congratulations, Sarah! :

Just an update. I had my appointment yesterday morning. I thought the nurse who saw me was wonderful, attentive, concerned, caring, everything you'd hope for in a health practitioner. She checked my IUD and it is there, which I knew, but whatever. Her main concern, just like mine, is the spotting throughout the month, every few days. When I asked her about hormone testing, which is something I'd never heard of until someone here mentioned it as a possibility, she said it is extremely expensive and she doesn't feel it is necessary since I'm still getting my periods, even though the last one was 2 weeks late. Something I didn't mention to her or here (I don't know why I didn't think to until just now) is that the entire month of July has been extremely stressful for several reasons, just a very high level of stress going on all month. Anyway, this nurse suggested I go on the birth control pill for 1-3 months to hopefully even out my hormones. She thought my recent end to my 4 year breastfeeding career, and my weight gains and losses over the past 5 years may have affected my hormone cycle and that it may just need a boost to get back on track. So, I bought one month supply with the intention to begin taking them starting the first day of my next period.
I have had the same advice in the past, in regards to regulating my hormones.
After a bit of research, I knew I could not go that route. Its not natural.
Two things I did, were fully switch to Traditional Foods. and never eating anythign processed, and then using Lunaception.
Women in Alaska can have a harder time with regularity in regards to their cycles, because of the constant changing light and dark. Add on the streess you are/were dealing with.
Email me if you want more info, cause it works
post #214 of 271
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YES, we got the correct half of our couch switched out. I have a whole couch now, yay!! :
And a lady from church let me borrow her vacuum yesterday afternoon (since I only have a dustbuster at the moment) so I have a wholly clean house in time for my in-laws to arrive this afternoon. My MIL likes her house to be like a museum :roll I have no desire to have a house like that (and she'd better not try to bring bleach into my house--she uses it on everything in her house, even her cutting boards :Puke ) but on the other hand they have just driven 3500 miles (and are bringing us a bunch of boxes of our stuff) so I did at least want to straighten things up a bit.
post #215 of 271
Thanks for all the congratulations! It's kind of nice to share the love without having to get dressed or shower!

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I never had them in pregnancy but developed them from pushing with my last birth. The things I found most helpful were actually to utilize a couple of birth techniques whenever I needed to have a BM:
  • squatting (I had a little step stool and would put my feet up on it, or even on the edge of the toilet seat if you're that flexible)
  • pereneal support (I'd just press my finger in a little right behind my anus and it seemed to relieve the pressure...I'm sure it would work on the pereneum to but that was harder to reach )

Witch hazel is also very soothing--I put a little in a peri bottle with warm water and just squirted all over down there. They make tucks pads with witch hazel in them, but a plain bottle of the stuff was cheaper
You're a genius. I'd forgotten that I had Tucks pads and squatting (slightly) made everything so easy. Thank you!


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Sarah, you obviously are the champ at baby naming. I am on U or Y any suggestions?
I'll see what I can come up with. . .


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Sarah, how wonderful! What a beautiful little girl!! With my youngest my cervix never went all the way. I had a lip the Natalie got caught on, so the midwife ended up using her finger to push it out of the way. Your LO must have been in a great position, too. I have 3 and the only one I ripped on was my smallest, and I think it's because she was twisted. She started to come out sunny-side up and turned part way out. My 9+ lber was no problem.
I'll have to remember not to get too cocky before the next one. We were quite blessed not to need any manual intervention in that regard. It sounds so uncomfortable? Is it more painful?


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Sarah, NINE pounds! You sure do know how to grow 'em!

My last one was 6.8lbs, and I had a horribly huge cervical lip. I had the midwives from AKH&B here, and I was frustrated that things weren't moving faster. I told D that I thought the baby's head was "off," and she said I was right, and suggested I do some different types of stances to get her head more centered. It helped.

Then I did a cervical check when I thought, "This baby should have been out with that push," and found a cervical lip the size of a baby's arm. It was unbelievable. (D didn't find it because I do my own checks for the most part). I asked her (sitting on a stool in the shower), "What in the world is that?" and as she looked puzzled, it just came to me. I said, "It's a cervical lip, swollen out of proportion. You push it aside and I'll push her out."

And bless her pea-picking heart, Dana did. And Iris was born on the next contraction as I screamed (I never seem to be able to not yell during a birth), all tangled and purple and *tiny.*


I will forever love D and her abilities because she trusted me in those moments, and then she moved out of the way so my DH and I could catch Iris together. We in Fairbanks are so fortunate to have her.

my little story got long, sorry

love, p
I credit the size to all the peanut butter. It's almost all I've eaten for weeks. By the way: having a snack of apples and peanut butter is WAY too good a treat to leave in childhood. If you haven't had it recently, I highly recommend it.

I was super impressed with my midwives. I had J and V and they were right on point the whole time. No matter how much I whimpered and worried, they never lost their patience with me. And J ran back and forth to the bathroom warming a wet compress for me so many times. And D has been SO helpful and knowledgeable whenever I've needed her. She does a great job with that place.
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J was a midwife-in-training during my last birth, and Vanessa was here for my "not-labor" the week before that birth. They're both amazing people.

Dana has been at three of my births.


love, p
post #217 of 271
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I'll have to remember not to get too cocky before the next one. We were quite blessed not to need any manual intervention in that regard. It sounds so uncomfortable? Is it more painful?
I see many more problems with small babies then I do with big babies. Big babies don't have room to mess around in there while little babies have room to get their head's cocked to the side or their hand up by their faces, etc. I lurve me some big baby! Hahaha.
post #218 of 271
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I'll have to remember not to get too cocky before the next one. We were quite blessed not to need any manual intervention in that regard. It sounds so uncomfortable? Is it more painful?

I don't know that it was more painful. I had one that came out, like I said, twisted, and I had had bad back labor with her. The next one came in 2 hours start to finish, so mentally there was no time to prepare. And the last, well, I wasn't swearing when she was born, which was an improvement over the second (I don't normally swear, BTW). I don't remember really feeling the midwife helping, just know she did because as soon as she got that little lip out of the way it was one or two pushes and out Natalie came.
post #219 of 271
I'm looking for a doula apprentice. Now's your chance to learn from a pro without feeling like you are being thown in unprepared. I normally require an apprentice take a doula workshop before accepting them but it is negotiable for the right person. There is one in Anchorage in Oct. Anyone interested?
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Sacred Harp Society in MatSu

I hope its ok to post this here

We are looking for interested parties to help start a Sacred Harp Society in the Valley.
Please bare in mind that you need to be able to carry a tune fairly well.
You can use this as a tool for learning to read music well.
Members would be responsible for paying for their own Sacred Harp book, but we can certainly make a bulk order to defray the shipping cost.
We have room in our home for quite a few people to start out, but would be looking at using the Community center or a local church in the future.
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