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post #61 of 89
Where do you order chicks from in Fairbanks?
post #62 of 89
The Feed Store (on College). They have that big chick barn. I think it takes 2 wks to process an order, but don't quote me on that. However, I do remember that it costs $1.50 per meat chick. Don't know about plain laying hens.
post #63 of 89
a lady from church here in Homer has just had to go with her day-old baby to the NICU there in anchorage. This is her first baby and I know she wants to breastfeed but I have no idea how good of support she's getting (and obvoiusly she has no experience). Does anybody have contact info for LLL or a lactation consultant up there who could help her? I think she's pretty overwhelmed by the issues her baby is having (I don't think he's able to feed at the breast, I believe she's going to try to pump and have them give it to him) I can't do much for her from here but I thought at least I could give her numbers of people who could be helpful for her in that one area. (feel free to PM me please!)
post #64 of 89
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I think she's pretty overwhelmed by the issues her baby is having (I don't think he's able to feed at the breast, I believe she's going to try to pump and have them give it to him) I can't do much for her from here but I thought at least I could give her numbers of people who could be helpful for her in that one area. (feel free to PM me please!)
I would suggest that she request an SNS or cup feeder.. If they use a bottle, he may never get back on the breast.. and an SNS or cup feeder would still allow the hospital to record actual amounts of bm that he is getting.

http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...ed=0CBgQrQQwAA

http://www.medela.com/ISBD/breastfee...ts/softcup.php
post #65 of 89
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I would suggest that she request an SNS or cup feeder.. If they use a bottle, he may never get back on the breast.. and an SNS or cup feeder would still allow the hospital to record actual amounts of bm that he is getting.

http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...ed=0CBgQrQQwAA

http://www.medela.com/ISBD/breastfee...ts/softcup.php
thank you! I will pass that along. I hadn't even thought of that.
I also looked up LLL for Anchorage and passed along that phone number.
post #66 of 89
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thank you! I will pass that along. I hadn't even thought of that.
I also looked up LLL for Anchorage and passed along that phone number.
I only suggest because I had serious problems with nip confusion.. I never recommend a bottle early on.
post #67 of 89

Ira Glass

Hi Anchorage mommas,

I *might* have an extra ticket to go see Ira Glass, host of This American Life on NPR on Sunday afternoon. I am thinking the person I was supposed to go with isn't going to make it. So, in case that happens...I don't really want to go by myself. Anyone interested in coming with me?

PM me if so.
post #68 of 89
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english and math (plus experience in history, but he's not officially certified for it yet--he plans to)
There was a math opening at the North Pole Middle School up here in Fbks. As of yesterday I think it was still in-district status only, if it stays open for out of district I'll let you know (if you're interested).
post #69 of 89
There are several lactation consultants in the NICU and 2 in the nursing boutique, so hopefully she'll have lots of support.
post #70 of 89
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thank you! I will pass that along. I hadn't even thought of that.
I also looked up LLL for Anchorage and passed along that phone number.
There is no LLL here in anchorage anymore. But please look at the provider guide at the birth network site in my siggy. I'm pretty sure we have a lactation consultant on our list. If not contact Elke through the Birth Network site. She knows of some Great LC's!!
post #71 of 89
I read this in the Peninsula Clarion, just wanted to share with the Kenai Pen momma's:

"The MOMS Club, an international non-profit organization specifically for stay-at-home mothers, is starting a chapter on the Kenai Peninsula. Most activities are scheduled for the daytime hours and children are always welcome and encouraged. To For more information, call Connie Downs at 262-6712."


I haven't posted here in ages, not very good with keeping up with chat threads. But for those that may remember me, I'm doing good. We're expecting our first baby in late July and are very excited about it. Having a baby has been a great motivator for us, we've been busy working on our house addition. We just finished sheetrocking it and will begin mudding & taping, maybe painting when DH comes home (slope worker). So we are literally "feathering our nest", very fun.

I saw the first flock of sandhill cranes earlier this week, which is a very good sign of spring. We still have 4 feet of snow in our yard but I can smell the sap beginning to rise in the alder and willow, so exciting!
post #72 of 89
ugh! MIL issues.
Sigh............



She annoys me greatly.
post #73 of 89
Thanks for all the tips for LCs in Anchorage. I gave her some info and it sounds like they were helpful there at the hospital even before I got it to her Baby was on IV for a couple of days but has taken to the breast just fine from what I hear. So he was delayed in starting to bf, but didn't have nipple confusing because he didn't have any other nipples... They should be coming home next week so that's happy too.

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There was a math opening at the North Pole Middle School up here in Fbks. As of yesterday I think it was still in-district status only, if it stays open for out of district I'll let you know (if you're interested).
YEs, please do!! Kenai Pen district has just closed funding for the next year (at something like 4million shy of their allowed cap) so they will not be opening up ANY other jobs--what was already listed they can proceed with, but if they hadn't gotten it listed yet oh well too bad now they can't. It's disheartening to say the least, and makes it all the more likely that we will be moving. We are contemplating the Soldotna option as well as Anchorage--especially if we decide to open the business, commercial rental space is about 1/2 the cost in Soldotna of what it is in Anchorage.
post #74 of 89
Alaska Birth Network will be at the Anchorage Baby Fair this Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Stop by and see us!
post #75 of 89
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Alaska Birth Network will be at the Anchorage Baby Fair this Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Stop by and see us!
Where's the baby fair this year? Denaina Center?
post #76 of 89
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Alaska Birth Network will be at the Anchorage Baby Fair this Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Stop by and see us!
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Where's the baby fair this year? Denaina Center?
Oppps! Forgot to mention that.

It is at the Egan Center.
post #77 of 89
Holy smokes, it's almost the end of the month and I'm *just* getting around to subbing this thread!

Hope everyone has had a good month. I've obviously, been way busier than I thought!

I wanted to ask some of the mama's here (I posted this question in the parenting forum too) what are people's opinion of IQ testing?

I've always been really apprehensive of having any testing done on my daughter. We know she's significantly advanced academically and I've never really found any need to have any testing done on her. BUT... the home school director is requesting we have her IQ tested. The didn't give me a reason or explanation, other than if I would consent to it, they would pay for it. I'm a little uneasy about the motives. What *would* be a motive to do that for a homeschool child?????
post #78 of 89
Karen,

I would hope they don't push you too hard on the IQ testing...they really only test for certain types of intelligence, and while we know Emma is significantly advanced, the only reason I can see for it is that they'd want her to work above her age level. If you do it at all, I'd go back in and ask point-blank if there is some special service they will want you to use once she's tested high (which you know she will!).

love, p
post #79 of 89
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Karen,

I would hope they don't push you too hard on the IQ testing...they really only test for certain types of intelligence, and while we know Emma is significantly advanced, the only reason I can see for it is that they'd want her to work above her age level. If you do it at all, I'd go back in and ask point-blank if there is some special service they will want you to use once she's tested high (which you know she will!).

love, p
She's already working WAY above her age level. We went through a bunch of assessments at the curriculum fair trying to determine where to place her next year and math came back at 7th grade, I had her try it, she whizzed through it.

I thought maybe they were requesting it to justify the grade level, but her contact teacher knows her, knows her work and helps me try to figure out what in the world we can do to keep this kid challenged (which is becoming a challenge). She went to the director looking for help for us, looking for resources who have worked with kids like her, because we are both kind of lost. I just wish they'd give me a direct answer.

I'm just scared of a label being assigned to her, and I don't like the idea of that at all. Because what happens if 10 years down the road she evens out with her peers... suddenly she feels less than adequate for being an average kid.. y/k? I don't want that kind of pressure on her. I just want her to keep her love of learning (and hope I can keep up with her).
post #80 of 89
Spring must be here because our monthly chats are slowing way down!

Icequeen, do you think you'd be able to 'feel out' a motive of the homeschool director if you sat down and talked to her about it? Do you think you could tell if she was trying to offer your daughter access to programs or trying to do something less altruistic?

I tested (no IQ, just standardized tests) very high as a kid. I took my SAT's in 8th grade (not as a college entrance thing, just as a placement thing) and it qualified me for some really neat programs. Science and math enrichment that I did and LOVED and language enrichment that I now wish I'd done. Since the programs weren't available to everyone, they really weren't advertised. A group of us were asked if we wanted to take the SAT's, we did, then we were given info on programs we qualified for based on our scores. They tried so hard to avoid people feeling left out, and being an arrogant preteen/teen I worked hard at lording it over everyone at school (public school). Oh the things I'd do differently now. . .

sorry, rambling. Maybe if you're uncomfortable with IQ testing you could try an SAT or some other nationally standardized test. Then it wouldn't be as much about her intelligence as abilities and knowledge. Less personal, in a way. Less potential for hurt if her peers do catch up later in life.
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