Erin, love seeing your home in video. The view is AMAZING!!! And it was so funny when the reporter said "but with kids?" going to finish it now.
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February '09 Mamas ~ Childhood Chat :) - Page 53post #1041 of 11608/24/13 at 9:39pmpost #1042 of 11608/24/13 at 10:12pmpost #1043 of 11608/25/13 at 9:21amOh! Can't wait to watch and read about my beloved friends!
Just got back from a week at family jam camp, where we had a blast messing around with mandolins and violins and ukuleles and drums and singing our hearts out with a forest full of other (mostly) homeschool families. Sue ... If you could ever coordinate a trip down so that you could join in, you'd LOVE it! E basically stumbled out of the tent in the morning and spent the whole day mucking around in the woods and playing/singing and only came back to me for food and water until she collapsed back into the tent at 10pm and crashed. SO FUN! Gonna get me a mandolin! I'm stoked!
I wanted to drop in and say how reassuring it is to hear how all of our 4.5 yr olds are flexing their might! I've had three post-its on the inside of the front door since E was a toddler: "speak kindly," "gentle touch," & "be mindful." I find they're more for ME lately, as I work to hold onto my parenting equilibrium.
Back later, after reading & viewing!
xoxoxpost #1044 of 11608/25/13 at 12:16pm
Thanks for the camping tips. It was not the best camping trip ever. The site was noisy which was fine but then there were people annoyed with the noise (general chatter and laughing and children) at night and were yelling at them to shut up which was loud and disturbing. There was also a dog barking at all hours for long lengths of time. But the kids did have fun. Em made a friend with our camping neighbours who played with beebee and pellet guns. I was less than thrilled with this but they were not loaded. Then at the end of the trip as we were having our last breakfast the kids stepped in a wasp nest and got swarmed and stung. Totally awful! Em's legs are still red and swollen.
Big News: So I was late this trip with AF and thought it was just travel stress plus I've been having longer cycles. Well when day 8 rolled around yesterday I thought I'd better test just to be sure. Well it's positive. Here comes baby number 3. I'm taking big deep breaths and went to Yoga to find my zen today. I was late last month too and thought I might be because we DTD around the right time last month but then got AF and was slightly disappointed. So we were opening up to the possibility of a third but were not there yet. So weird. I guess I told the universe it was ok? But not knowing and not trying meant I indulged in wine over our vacation. Someone please reassure me that I haven't pickled this baby.
Attitudes of our 4 year olds. Everyone's stories of their littles sound like exactly what we are experiencing. I am trying to find some parenting zen and establish some boundaries.post #1045 of 11608/25/13 at 1:08pmpost #1046 of 11608/25/13 at 4:22pm
Nilla: !!!! Yay!! Congrats!!! No more wanting but waiting. So happy for you!! :-)
I've been down in San Diego visiting family. Looking forward to reading the article about Courtney later, when I have time. We had a nice visit, albeit very fast. Had fun imagining moving down there, even though I don't think either of us truly wants to leave where we are. We love Berkeley. When we got off the freeway in Berkeley on the way home from the airport, we saw two crazy looking guys in major bell bottoms trying to hitch a ride to Burning Man and drove past a lesbain couple pushing their baby in a stroller. We just love the eclectic variety here. Not so sure we want to trade that in for suburbia, even if it means the beach is 5 minutes away.
Cindypost #1047 of 11608/25/13 at 11:19pmpost #1048 of 11608/26/13 at 9:02am
I enjoyed the article too. I like the idea of free range kids but I don't think I could ever really be comfortable with it with little ones. I just remember walking to the strip mall grocery store with my neighbor when I was growing up (probably 10 or so?). It was probably 1/2 mile or 1 mile away and in the middle of suburbia. And I remember being followed by a car and having to run to some condo and knock and the door and ask to use their phone and call my mom. I also got followed around the mall once. Maybe the dangers weren't real and I just perceived them to be? But it scared the crap out of me enough to not want my child in that situation. I grew up in total suburbia, strip malls and houses that all look the same. But now I live in a much more urban area and it just def is NOT ok for kids to be walking around alone. I was at a baby wearing meetup last weekend at a super busy park. My friend let her 15 month old just go off and do whatever and barely glanced at her every 15 minutes to find her. She was fine, but the idea just made me SO nervous for her little one. I guess I am too uptight for free range - or just not ok with my situation. I even feel a little funny w/M playing in the backyard all by herself since our house isn't set up so that i can just peek out a window from what I am doing and see her.
Did I miss the link to Erin's video? Was there a link?
Cindypost #1049 of 11608/26/13 at 2:56pm
Great article Coutney! Love it!!
Nilla!!! Yeah for babies! So excited for you guys! :) Nice to have a fellow preggo Mama in the group!!
Can't wait to watch the video Erin!!
Starling- The camp sounds fantastic! One year I'll make it happen! A mandolin sounds like such fun to learn to play!
Mal- So hard to be in that position at work!! Are you still trying to find a way to get into O's school? So excited about your new house!!
Cindy- glad you had a good visit. Coming home and loving it has great value, imo!
AFU- So DH as you recall was freaked out about doing a homebirth. We did a consult with the midwife and he has come around! Still nervous but he realizes she is not a risk taker, has awesome training, etc... and that I have my heart set on it. Well, then we figured out our insurance would not cover it- so we are talking $4000 out of pocket and that just isn't happening. Hospital birth will be $0! We don't have the $$. So I was soo bummed and explained our situation to the mw. She called me back- she needs child care for her homeschooled 6 year old. 3-4 mornings a week- what did I think about trading?! Hell yeah!!! So, We started today. F has played with the little girl several times already and they are fast friends. I'm so happy this is working out! Screw the system- we'll do it our way! :)post #1050 of 11608/26/13 at 10:18pm
Here's the link again: New Lives in the Wild 2of4 -Alaska -
Cindy -- I can see your point. It's quite straightforward to be free range here where everyone knows everyone else. And I had one terrible experience walking in the city when I was a teenager myself. But still, strange humans are just such a statistically unlikely hazard (compared to cars, boats, alcohol, stupidity, well-known humans, or any number of other things) that I wouldn't base anything on that. I would worry more about city car traffic, though!
Sue -- Awesome. It always makes me happy to see barter situations alive in our modern world -- a little piece of community. Now I just need to find something to trade some of my 25 gallons of blueberries for...post #1051 of 11608/27/13 at 9:31am
Erin: Thanks for the link! Can't wait to watch it. :-) And Berkeley is known for being high on the "strange" factor. LOL. Though I still like to think that most people here have that friendly, hippie vibe. But there are also a lot of homeless and mentally unstable around here bc our city makes it so friendly for them. Take the park 2 blocks from my house. I know there are at least 2 cars with people living in them and the people hang out in the park during the day. And this is the nice part of town.
Sue: Hooray for homebirth!! And for bartering to make it happen. I partially paid my doula with eggs from our chickens since we had too many. :-) I used a brand new midwife (who was a student at M's birth) and that kept the cost down to 3k. But a midwife with 20 yr experience was her 2nd midwife at the birth - so I knew I wasn't just getting a new midwife for my birth.
Cindypost #1052 of 11608/27/13 at 2:18pm
Erin I watched the video yesterday! Loved it! And just did my preorder for your new book! So excited to read it!!! I have to admit I have a lot of mis- giving about leaving Alaska if it comes down to it. If only we had more money to get down to family more often. Or if they would suck it up and ever visit us!!! I asked my mom if she thought my dad might come up for a visit this year. "Well, if you were going to be there long term then maybe but traveling is hard for him" Long term? Define that please- We have lived in Kodiak for 9 years, and Alaska for 11 since our last departure south and move back!!!! Drives me insane!!post #1053 of 11608/27/13 at 3:16pm
My dad never comes to visit either. He came twice when M was under 2, sort of close together. Hasn't been up since. When I saw him this week he said he was embarassed that he hadn't come up and I said he should be. He says he's going to try to come up. But he always has some excuse - work is too busy, he is remodeling his house, his wife, etc. Annoying. It's much easier for him to hop on a plane up than for me to drag 2 kids down! And he is a seasoned pro at traveling - he spent months and months and months out of every yr abroad when I was in high school/college.
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Cindy-- eclectic neighborhoods rock.Quote:post #1055 of 11608/28/13 at 4:06pm
visiting parents--- My mom (north carolina) doesn't have the money to visit. My Dad comes down pretty regularly (a couple of times a year) and is three hours away. My in-laws (Chris's dad and step mom from Seattle) come down every couple of years or in the past (when we had less kids) flew us up twice. My in-laws (mother and step father who live 40 minutes away) have not yet met Coraline and met Juniper only once when we took her to them.post #1056 of 11608/28/13 at 4:50pmHey ladies, just popping in to ask for some prayers/good thoughts/ whatever you believe in.... My mom was diagnosed with metastatic cancer today. Completely unexpected, so I'm feeling pretty blindsided right now. Heading to the hospital with her now. We are hoping to find out where it originated and get a treatment plan in the next couple of days.post #1057 of 11608/28/13 at 5:13pmThread Starter
Oh Mal, I'm sorry. That's really hard. My mom is going through chemo right now for an aggressive lymphoma, she was diagnosed in May. It's really hard seeing her how she is right now, the chemo is really hard on her. So far it seems to be doing what it's supposed to do though. It's a long road though, my thoughts are with you and your mom. *hugs*post #1058 of 11608/28/13 at 6:35pmpost #1059 of 11608/29/13 at 11:49am
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