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post #81 of 94
Welp I did it. I rented a waterless cabin. It's less then half as much rent as I'm paying now. So hopefully this living from paycheck to paycheck bull crap will be eased up and I can save enough money for my OWN little cabin in the woods. It's about a mile from the Musher's Hall for those of you who are local.
post #82 of 94
Pinoikoi, I know what you mean about shipping AND carseats. We enjoyed having our Graco Safeseat (it's still going strong--it goes to 30lbs) clipped into both cars (with two bases) and was nice to bring indoors to warm up. I DID NOT let my baby hang out in her bucket carseat for long periods of time, though. She goes shopping with me in her sling. Anyway, now we are needing to move up a size soon. I really should get two--we interchange cars constantly, but two Britaxes would be costly. Plus, a huge one-size carseat (like a Marathon) would not fit in my hubby's car. I'm leaning toward a Roundabout with a booster later. All carseats, I assume, can be passed down to baby #2, when that happens. But three or more carseats for one child? Crazy. Back to the drawing board! That is a really pretty seat you picked. I will have to look into it.

I love Mothering. It doesn't matter when I pop on here, there is always something interesting and relevant.

I live in Anchorage. I am mourning the loss of Sugar and Spice. I used to just go there to talk, lonely mama that I am. I need a place to go hang out with crunchy mamas of toddlers! Any ideas?

My DH and I also hope to start TTC this summer. I am just feeling totally zapped. I've been pregnant or nursing for the past two years. A dentist visit revealed that my life-long perfect teeth were in horrible shape after pregnancy which I think means I must be mineral and vitamin deprived. I felt great last summer, eating from my CSA box, going sugarless, and getting out and about, but I just feel blah after winter. I really don't want to start a baby like this, and I'd like to talk to someone who knows about nutrients and herbs and suppliments who might help me get back on track. Any suggestions, ladies?

Thanks!
post #83 of 94
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Originally Posted by JosieAK View Post
Pinoikoi, I know what you mean about shipping AND carseats. We enjoyed having our Graco Safeseat (it's still going strong--it goes to 30lbs) clipped into both cars (with two bases) and was nice to bring indoors to warm up. I DID NOT let my baby hang out in her bucket carseat for long periods of time, though. She goes shopping with me in her sling. Anyway, now we are needing to move up a size soon. I really should get two--we interchange cars constantly, but two Britaxes would be costly. Plus, a huge one-size carseat (like a Marathon) would not fit in my hubby's car. I'm leaning toward a Roundabout with a booster later. All carseats, I assume, can be passed down to baby #2, when that happens. But three or more carseats for one child? Crazy. Back to the drawing board! That is a really pretty seat you picked. I will have to look into it.

I love Mothering. It doesn't matter when I pop on here, there is always something interesting and relevant.

I live in Anchorage. I am mourning the loss of Sugar and Spice. I used to just go there to talk, lonely mama that I am. I need a place to go hang out with crunchy mamas of toddlers! Any ideas?

My DH and I also hope to start TTC this summer. I am just feeling totally zapped. I've been pregnant or nursing for the past two years. A dentist visit revealed that my life-long perfect teeth were in horrible shape after pregnancy which I think means I must be mineral and vitamin deprived. I felt great last summer, eating from my CSA box, going sugarless, and getting out and about, but I just feel blah after winter. I really don't want to start a baby like this, and I'd like to talk to someone who knows about nutrients and herbs and suppliments who might help me get back on track. Any suggestions, ladies?

Thanks!
Oh, I have the perfect place for you! Come to the Alaska Birth Network meetings! our next one is Friday the 12th. Check out my siggy for a link.

post #84 of 94
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Welp I did it. I rented a waterless cabin. It's over half as much rent as I'm paying now. So hopefully this living from paycheck to paycheck bull crap will be eased up and I can save enough money for my OWN little cabin in the woods. It's about a mile from the Musher's Hall for those of you who are local.
Many blessings as you start this new adventure!
post #85 of 94
JosieAK
How old is your daughter? I have a excellent space in my house that I am thinking about hosting a mom and child play time. I have a three year old and 18 mo old. I promise I am not crazy. Anyone else interested?

I highly recommend attending the AK Birth Network meetings. I had a great time last month. Hopefully I will make it again in March.
post #86 of 94
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So you're the one! I knew I'd seen someone who mentioned surrogacy in AK in their siggy, but I couldn't remember who! I'll be PM-ing you . . .

Are you working for the census from home? That possibility never even occurred to me. I'm in Fairbanks and I'd love to pay my car off sooner rather than later!
PM'ed you back

Census is not from home. my job is actually an office job 8-4:30 but the jobs they are hiring for now will be part time and in the field so you "could" take your baby in a stroller or sling. You will have a week of training (8-4) which is paid at the enumerator wage of $25. Enumerators walk and drive around, knocking on doors and helping people answer the questionnaires that come in the mail next month. In the past years, there has only been a 17% mail back response. So, 83% of the households will have an enumerator come and visit them in person to get the form completed. That is what the next job will be. So after training, you will be working various hours that fit your schedule. Evenings and weekends mostly when people are home. Make your own hours basically. Up to 40 hours a week. $25 an hour.
I did some enumeration last spring and was able to work all 6 of the hours that my kids were in school. It was really great. I could still take my kids to school, run errands and pick up the kids after school and work in between all that.
The only trouble with Enumeration jobs is they are very temporary. You wont have any idea how much work you will get. Some people (not many) only get their paid training week and find out there is no work afterwards. (we had a problem last spring with that. Seems in 2000, they had over 25% of their trainees drop out after doing the training, so this time they over hired to prevent that problem. Only trouble was, this last year, with the economy so bad, the drop out rate was like 2% and so they ended up over hiring but the census WILL always pay for your training even if they dont actually have any work for you. Well it is $1000 worth of training.
The next phase should last a few weeks after training though, so I would guess you could get about $2000+ after your training week.
post #87 of 94
Tammy, that sounds really interesting. The top article on the blog you referenced looked great. I hope I can learn more of the same. I will write down the meeting time and see if I can make it. We took Bradley classes at One Family, and now I take Clara for her well baby visits (to see Darcy Lucey), but I had a homebirth midwife.

Sue, Clara just turned one. She is just starting to interact with other children when she plays. It sounds like fun. I've been contemplating taking her to a story hour at the library or doing a mommy and me music class or something. I have a great network of friends and family in the Valley, but it's just too far for most days of the week.

Thanks for those answers!
post #88 of 94
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Welp I did it. I rented a waterless cabin. It's over half as much rent as I'm paying now. So hopefully this living from paycheck to paycheck bull crap will be eased up and I can save enough money for my OWN little cabin in the woods. It's about a mile from the Musher's Hall for those of you who are local.
Congrats!

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I live in Anchorage. I am mourning the loss of Sugar and Spice. I used to just go there to talk, lonely mama that I am. I need a place to go hang out with crunchy mamas of toddlers! Any ideas?

Me too. I stopped in today and picked up the last cannisters of baby bottom better (back to ordering from Canada I guess) some wipes, and bobux that were on sale.. I was SO looking forward to having a new babe with that brick and mortar store there.. There is one on Arctic across from McDonald's Arctic playground is downstairs (play area/deli type thing) and then there's a cloth diaper shop upstairs called Sweet Camo Baby.. not the slings and organic clothes that S&S had though, unfortunately..

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Oh, I have the perfect place for you! Come to the Alaska Birth Network meetings! our next one is Friday the 12th. Check out my siggy for a link.

You know what? I MIGHT be able to make that one. It is during spring break, right? It is difficult for me to attend things MOST friday nights because dp works and I have 4 boys with me, so I was intending to start going after school gets out, but the 12th just might work.. I will have to double check.
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post #90 of 94
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Congrats!

You know what? I MIGHT be able to make that one. It is during spring break, right? It is difficult for me to attend things MOST friday nights because dp works and I have 4 boys with me, so I was intending to start going after school gets out, but the 12th just might work.. I will have to double check.
Yes, Friday during spring break.
post #91 of 94
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
Quick rant..

I have been trying to find a carseat that will fit the new babe during the newborn phase, that would grow with her, and still not take up too much space in the minivan since the other kids will have to squeeze in there too..

I found one I really like but NO ONE would ship it to me..

why in the world is it true that we live in an era where people can take a vacation trip into space, but carseats are not eligible for shipping to Alaska?


My sister made my day, though. She said not only would she ship me the carseat, she would buy me the one I wanted, too!

http://www.overstock.com/Baby/The-Fi...8/product.html

I like this one because the infant padding seems like it will keep the baby from flopping around too much, plus the headrest is removable, to make the seat smaller while rear facing..

We had the same problem when we wanted to get Aiden a 5 pt harness higher than 40 lbs. We couldn't afford a Britax, but Wal-Mart was having a sale on a Graco that had good reviews and was in our budget, but none of the Wal-Marts around had one in stock. None of them knew if they were going to get any more. Wal-Mart.com wouldn't ship to me OR to the local store. I checked around to other websites thinking maybe I could get it somewhere else, even if I had to pay full price, and nothing. I ended up having it shipped to my in-law's house in MI, since we were planning a trip there anywhere, and swapped seats (their extra car seat was expired).
post #92 of 94
ALASKA BIRTH NETWORK MEETING IS MARCH 12!

We will be discussing all the various childbirth education classes available in the Anchorage Area.

Some of our guest speakers are teachers from these classes.



Please come and attend! Meetings are always FREE! usually we have snacks and there is a place for young children to play safely. Lots of fun for all! Bring your girlfriends and or your husbands/boyfriends if you like. Everyone is welcome.

7pm

One Family Birthing Center

Anchorage.

siggy = linky
post #93 of 94
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I was SO looking forward to having a new babe with that brick and mortar store there..
Another brick & mortor store to check out is in Eagle River - Belly, Baby and Beyond. She does clothes, slings, diapers, maternity & nursing clothes, some toys, and consignment clothings. It looks like she's picked up some locally made consignment items that S&S carried as well. I've gotten what I consider very generous credit for some maternity clothing I brought in - but she is picky (no visible wear).

The owners sister has a women's used clothing store in the adjacent space in the strip mall (same entrance).
post #94 of 94
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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
Another brick & mortor store to check out is in Eagle River - Belly, Baby and Beyond. She does clothes, slings, diapers, maternity & nursing clothes, some toys, and consignment clothings. It looks like she's picked up some locally made consignment items that S&S carried as well. I've gotten what I consider very generous credit for some maternity clothing I brought in - but she is picky (no visible wear).

The owners sister has a women's used clothing store in the adjacent space in the strip mall (same entrance).
I've been in there a few times. I bought a couple of maternity items and some nursing bras.. glad she picked up some more items that S&S had! Unfortunately I don't get out to Eagle River much, but now that we know we are having a girl, maybe a special trip is called for.
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