Add me? TTC in the future.
I work with young people and have been posting on MDC for a while in some of the threads. I'm glad this tribe exists.
I'm 22 and will probably be TTC in 2-3 years. I plan to TTC with a known donor in an intentional community. I live in a politically radical (think anti-capitalist, feminist, bikes, vegan) collective in Boston right now and hopefully well into the future, with nine friends. I've talked to them a little less than casually about potentially having kids around the house in the future and they always seem pleased about the idea. Some of our friends in other houses and family situations have had kids and we all agree that the collective situation is the ideal family setup for us. I'm looking to have a non-nuclear family/community when the time is right. I'm interested in co-parenting with interested individuals, and I have a feeling a few of them will be interested in venturing out that way with me commitment-wise. I lead a polyamorous lifestyle that I think I'd like to maintain in the future. I think I'll have the more serious version of that conversation with my friends in about a year so that we can start getting everything together and establish a timeline.
In the meantime, I'm taking good care of myself, emotionally and physically. I've decided to finish my art degree at a fancy pansy school and dive back into art.
To answer some of the standards:What kind of birth are you hoping for? Water, home, home water, hospital, etc?
I want an unassisted water birth, either at home or in the forest/ocean somewhere. I want my gorgeous, radical female friends to be my birth support. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, but I know I do not want a hospital birth unless, of course, in the case of a serious medical emergency.Any name ideas?
All my name ideas are androgynous because I plan to allow my child to choose their gender or not, regardless of sex. My favorite name right now is Lujah.Where do you want to live/where do you live?
I want to live between city and rural homes. In collective living, this is an affordable possibility, which is exciting.How many kiddos do you want, and does anyone plan to adopt?
The plan is to start with one and see how the chips fall.Do you have any thoughts on age spacing at all?
Let breastfeeding be my guide.Do you have any hobbies?
I'm an artist, a community organizer and youth advocate.What do you do as a job?
I'm a part-time nanny, full time collective member. Finishing my studio art degree soon. I make art - primarily experimental performance work that attempts to challenge the childhood/adult binary through the body. I run a DIY publishing house called Hello and / in the Forest. I also run a safespace for youth - a daytime alternative to school where young people can get the help and support they need to facilitate their own education outside of compulsory schooling in Boston. That's a lot of jobs and not a lot of money-making, but I love my life and wouldn't have it any other way.Any non-crunchy confessions?
Though I'm anti-capitalist, I like spending my extra(?) cash eating fancy meals with the bourgeois at elite eateries that source from local farms where all the waitstaff look delicious and dress in high fashion. I also own an iphone. Big oops. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
I haz kitty! She is beloved by all the collective members.Do you have anything stashed away for your future kids?
Vintage picture books, sourced from library sales and the like. Radical children's literature. A few wooden animal figurines from flea markets.Favorite food?
Vegan gluten-free, mostly raw.What brought you to MDC?
I'm another of those who have been here since high school. Who knows. I love this place!
I'm loving following this thread!