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HOW IT WORKS:
We will ask you questions, you will answer them, or if you just have any words of wisdom or basically anything you want to share, post it here- it is YOUR thread! we will have a good time!

(participants: basically no question is off limits, so ask away- but if she doesn't feel comfortable answering, she doesn't have to!)

These first few basic questions so we can all remember who you are!
Name:
Age:
Location:
DDC Baby's Name:
Family (partner, other children, and/or furbabies):


And a few more so we can get to know you better!
What number pregnancy was this for you?:
Occupation:
Hobbies/Interests:
Share one weird/interesting fact about yourself:
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Fun stuff!!

Name: Mary

Age: 37

Location: Columbus, OH

DDC Baby's Name: Emma

Family (partner, other children, and/or furbabies): DH (39), two furbabies (Samson and Delilah). We lost two furbabies last year -- my 15 year-old favorite kitty Simba and our 11 year-old Pepper both died of chronic renal failure within a month of each other.


What number pregnancy was this for you?: #4 -- first "successful" pregnancy. We lost 3 babies in the 3 years we were trying... one at 10w4d, 7w3d, and 8w6d

Occupation: Psychologist -- I work in nursing homes

Hobbies/Interests: Crochet/knitting, mostly for charity. I make tiny baby afghans for a charity called "afghans for angels," which provides baby blankets to mothers who have had miscarriages and stillbirths, and I also make little baby hats and booties for the preemies in the local hospital. I also love music! DH and I own over 600 CD's of various music, from jazz, classical, hard rock, musicals, etc. Last, but definitely not least, I ADORE baking and cooking -- had actually declared a dual major in my undergrad of food science and psychology, but when I learned it would take 6 years to finish both, I left the food science major. DH and I cook all the time, even with the little one in the house. I do hate the dishes though.

Share one weird/interesting fact about yourself: When I was younger, I was in 4-H. On a whim when I was in high school, I entered a 4-H poultry judging competition at the State Fair, and won the entire thing! First try. It got me a free trip to Louisville, KY to the National Poultry Judging competition, where I placed 7th overall. Won several savings bonds and a nice plaque from that. (I grew up on a farm, so probably had a little bit of an advantage with that).

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Wow...So interesting! Food Science? Who knew there was such a major.
How awesome that you love to bake & cook - do you make up your own concoctions? Could you, in theory, make a cookbook up of your and dh's recipes? What a lucky baby to have a cooking mamma!

Also, I raise chickens although have not done 4-h stuff (aside from visiting county fairs). How do you win a judging competition??

And last, how did you learn to crochet/knit? I tried to teach myself while pregnant but the info just didn't stick.
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And last, how did you learn to crochet/knit? I tried to teach myself while pregnant but the info just didn't stick.
there are some really good videos on the internet which is how I taught myself
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How awesome that you love to bake & cook - do you make up your own concoctions? Could you, in theory, make a cookbook up of your and dh's recipes?

I actually have! We have a 3-ring binder where I keep my recipes, whether cut out or from websites, and also the ones I've created. I like to take a basic recipe and then modify it according to our tastes -- we love spicy stuff! I have some really great Indian recipes that we've modified.

Also, I raise chickens although have not done 4-h stuff (aside from visiting county fairs). How do you win a judging competition??


Honestly, I can't wait until we have enough property to have chickens again! There are only 4 categories that you judge in poultry -- you judge the egg quality (both in the shell and out), you judge a chicken carcass, and you judge a live chicken. It's rather easy, compared to judging other livestock. Which my dad made me do first because we had cows on the farm too!

And last, how did you learn to crochet/knit? I tried to teach myself while pregnant but the info just didn't stick.


My Mom taught me how to crochet when I was a kid, and I picked it back up in college. I really only did basic stitches until I got older and had the time and patience to learn the "fancy" stitches.

I taught myself to knit the summer my husband was away for 3 months in Syria for a language fellowship -- found a good book and several youtube videos, and just practiced! I can't do much, but I learned how to cable and have made some scarves. Hubby wants me to knit him a sweater and I am about half-way through the front panel, but I don't know how to decrease so stopped. I need a tutor for that!
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Oh,, decreasing is easy, google a video and you'll be fine. I've learned to knit in the past year exclusively from internet vids and I'm getting pretty good.

What does your user name mean?

What drew you to AP?

How long have you been married?
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Oh,, decreasing is easy, google a video and you'll be fine.

Good idea! I bet increasing is harder than decreasing for me to pick up. I'm such a better visual learning than in a book, so thank goodness for YouTube. (where I also learned how to wrap and how to do my jelly roll cloth diaper folding).

What does your user name mean?

The short version of the story is that when I was an undergrad, a friend of mine knew that I was going to go to school to get my Ph.D. (thus the doc) and since I ran track and cross country in high school, I had (back then) really nice, muscular legs (thus the legs part). He called me "doclegs" and it stuck! It's such a unique userid that I've also never had any problems getting it on any website that I've joined.

What drew you to AP?

AP? I'm not sure what you mean (I'll claim baby brain)

How long have you been married?

Hubby and I have been together for 13 years, but celebrated 11 years of marriage last October. He's my best friend. This is a little more than you asked, but when I met him, I was living in Ohio for grad school (originally from Kansas) and he was in Chicago. It was in the days before cheap long-distance calling on cell phones... OMG, we had the largest phone bills EVER!!
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what issues/current events do you advocate for/ passionately follow? (Not nec. political, but political is good, too..)
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I'm so happy your little girl is finally here Sounds like it was a long journey to get to here!

Are you planning on going back to work at some point? Do you miss your job or are you happy to have a break?
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You mentioned you grew up on a farm and now you are listed as living in a city. Which do you prefer? What do you think are the pros and cons of each?

AP is attachment parenting.

What is 4-H?

I love the names of your furbabies!
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what issues/current events do you advocate for/ passionately follow? (Not nec. political, but political is good, too..)
Boy... a lot! I'm very much a social liberal, and believe passionately in social justice issues. Much of my work is with older adults, and so my main issue is elder rights and justice -- especially for institutionalized older adults. I'm also a HUGE supporter of animal rights. And back when I had time, I volunteered for the Red Cross.

Because of what my husband is studying, I also closely follow the conflict in the Middle East and especially in Israel/Palestine.... but that's a really hot topic, so that's all I'll say.
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I'm so happy your little girl is finally here Sounds like it was a long journey to get to here!

Are you planning on going back to work at some point? Do you miss your job or are you happy to have a break?
Thank you!! I'm SO happy she's here too.... every day when I look at her, I'm just amazed that she's here and in one piece.

Yeah, unfortunately I "have" to go back to work. I'm the primary breadwinner in the house since hubby is still in graduate school, so I'll be going back at 12 weeks. Luckily, I can mostly set my own schedule so we'll try to work around his class schedule so she doesn't have to go to day care.

I can't tell you how happy I am to have a break away from work!!!! I love being a stay-at-home-mom, and wish I could do it full time. But I do admit that I love my job, and I love what I do... I've known forever that this is the right place for me, and so I definitely want to keep doing it.

Ideally, I could just work 3 days a week and be at home the rest. That would be *awesome*.
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You mentioned you grew up on a farm and now you are listed as living in a city. Which do you prefer? What do you think are the pros and cons of each?


When I was a child, I hated being on a farm... it felt so isolated, and I didn't have other kids (other than my brothers) to play with. But now that I'm an adult and live in a city (or really, it's the suburbs), I really miss the farm. I think the big advantage is getting to see where things come from -- we had a huge garden, I got to see calves and chickens being born, and I really learned the value of doing things myself, watching things grow, etc. But again, it was isolating as a child and since we didn't have a lot of money, I also felt like we missed out on things (like traveling as a family, or going to movies).

I dislike the suburbs... I don't know my neighbors, and it doesn't feel very friendly. There are no sidewalks to get to anywhere, so everyone drives, and all the houses look the same. It is very convenient to get to shopping and to work, however.

AP is attachment parenting.

Ahhhh! I don't know a whole lot about it, to be honest.... but I'm learning. I actually found this website on a recommendation of a midwife friend because I was invested in breastfeeding, CDing and natural birth, and have learned more about AP --- although I have to say that I probably would have done AP before I really knew formally what it was. Since I learned all the attachment stuff through my psychology courses, and teach it in my developmental psychology class, I really feel it's important that your child is the #1 thing in your life, your day, your moments. There's no way that you can over-do loving your child.

What is 4-H?

It's an organization like the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, except it used to be focused on rural children. The 4 "H"'s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-H) There are different clubs, and it used to be that the local county fairs were designed for 4-H children to showcase their projects they did throughout the year (livestock, sewing, crafts, cooking/baking, photography, woodworking, etc., etc). Then if you got a high enough place, you could take your project to the state fair. Of course, nowadays (boy, I sound OLD!!) the fair is a place for rides and deep-fried food on a stick... the 4-H part is really a small piece anymore. I loved being a part of it -- that's where I learned public speaking, and how to run meetings, and how to sew.

I love the names of your furbabies!

Thank you!! We thought we were being rather witty when we named them, LOL.
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What is your husband studying? (I'm finishing my PhD in Middle East history.)
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What is your husband studying? (I'm finishing my PhD in Middle East history.)
He's doing a Ph.D. in Geography, specializing in the middle east. He's on a language fellowship this year (Arabic).
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When and how did you decide you wanted to be a psychologist?
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When and how did you decide you wanted to be a psychologist?
Ahhh... that's a great story. In 6th grade, we were required to read a story out of a reader's digest and write a report on it. I picked a story about a brain surgeon and wanted SO bad to have that as my career -- I was fascinated by the fact that our brains were essentially all the same physiologically, but people were so different in terms of personality. Then I learned how much it costs to become a doctor, how long it would take and that I would have to learn to deal with blood, and pretty quickly I decided that being a psychologist would give me the same experience of learning about people and helping them without physically digging in their brains.
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If you weren't going to be a psychologist, what was your plan b?

Whats your favorite dinner recipe?
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Even though my day is way over, I thought I'd pop in to answer these

If you weren't going to be a psychologist, what was your plan b?

Bakery chef!

Whats your favorite dinner recipe?

A Mediterranean pasta with calamata olives, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, and grilled chicken. So yummy!
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Oh, I keep my recipes in binders too! It started when we were required to make one in pastry school. Then...well, let's just say it's good costco sells binders and sheet protector in bulk. One of my favorite ones is my collection of recipes from several years worth of martha stewart living holiday issues. Where do you get your recipes...magazines, books, friends, family, the internet, your own invention?
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