Originally Posted by glassesgirlnj
Well, you're talking to a formula feeding mom right now :) -- when I tried EBF, my daughter ended up back in the hospital with dehydration and jaundice. But I did hire two lactation consultants and a postpartum doula (who called my daughter "very, very willful") before going over to formula entirely...
I'm assuming you were referring to the people who don't even TRY to BF!!
You're reminding me of the people in Park Slope, Brooklyn (not where I live) who join the food co-op so they can preach the virtues of organic, local, etc., but then they order their nannies to fulfill their co-op work shifts for them!! Talk about the point flying right over your head.
In other news, Osiris (our ghost boa) just had a lovely shed, including his eyecaps. He's a little cranky now, but that should change once he gets a meal in him...
Yes, of course I am referring to people who choose FF as a "lifestyle choice". It galls me-- not just FFing by choice, I mean how far removed we are (and I am including myself, here) from the natural world.
Your Park Slope sounds *exactly* like what I mean! Asheville isn't like that-- it's not rich by any standards, in the hippie community anyway (the young parents), but yeah about preaching the virtues of organic (or babywearing or no refined sugar or no public school or no meat or whatever...)
Yay for pretty sheds! I love snakes. I used to have a ball python. I miss her. But I do NOT miss cleaning up after her!
Originally Posted by witchygrrl
I wish I could get into UU, just for the sake of the Religious Education. But the few times my DH and I have gone, we just feel, well, bored. The people seem nice enough, and we believe in the values and the social justice (though honestly, I'm not an action person. I'll happily write checks to orgs when I can, but...). We just can't get into the services, though. I need more formalized ritual, and DH just wants to go in the woods and meditate.
DD was asking about Easter yesterday since we went on an Easter egg hunt. I explained to her it's how some people celebrate Spring, like we celebrate Ostara and others celebrate Passover. I'll have to be sure to read "Looking for Easter" to her again this week, but eventually I do want her to know what Christian beliefs are, as it is part of her heritage, and I strongly feel she should be culturally literate.
Culturally literate, YES! That's another point for balance. I brought ds to the UU ages ago just for the RE, though, yes, I am getting extremely bored with the services myself. I want him to know all about other religions! I knew ages ago, when he was little, that if I was dogmatic about keeping him Pagan and not exposing him to other things, I would just grow me a fundie I think he considers himself "half Christian half Pagan" at the moment. Hey, it's his choice, though.
Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin
It also doesn't resonate for me that there is no female deity. For a long time I wondered why I felt like something didn't add up. If we are made in God's image, then why does it take two to make one? Wouldn't we then just be assexual and multiply like cells?
That was awesome. YES.
Originally Posted by ian'smommaya
yay! april thread. thanks for starting this thread and linking from the old one.
You are welcome or starting it-- I didn't link it, though; I have no idea how to do that!
Originally Posted by vydalea Maia, I didn't get to say this on the last thread but I am SOO excited for M's new job. I hope that it helps to bring him steps closer to feeling at peace.
glassesgirl: I also FF after 2 months of trying to EBF. I wanted to BF badly but it was not a good fit for us (we had similar issues with jaundice, loss of weight, etc). I knew I had to do what felt best for myself and Z. "Willful" describes Z to a T. haha. I also like to call her determined and persistent. Since the minute she was born. She's a Taurus, though. Luckily, I grew up with a Taurus dad and sister so I have some experience. As well as a special place in my heart for Tauruses.
M is very humbled and thankful for all y'all's good wishes! He says thanks
I hope I didn't come off as judgmental about FFing moms. All I was trying to say is...well, I can't help it but I *am* judgmental about FFing as a lifestyle choice, but for the moms such as you who tried hard and couldn't-- I am grateful that we have formula at all. It definitely has its place and that is what it's meant for! Babies died of eating "gruel" back in the day when a wet nurse couldn't be found! Formula is definitely a blessing. But a choice? How can one choose not to nurse? Especially my own experience, the urge to nurse is so strong, it's instinctual, like breathing. I don't get how a new mom could deny that urge, no matter how adamantly she thought before birth that she would not want to nurse.
I hope you guys aren't mad at me for saying that. I don't mean you
Tauruses-- ye Gods, I was plagued with them until a couple years ago. Know what I mean? Do the rest of you guys have lots of <insert zodiac sign here> in your lives? I don't know why, but I had a plethora of people born in April or May for a lot of years.
Originally Posted by _ktg_
DOK - I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that it's a simple issue such as a trapped plastic bag
Maia - please tell M congrats on the new job! I saw that as I was trying to catch up on March's thread, oh I am so behind on so much!
Is anyone else feeling just out of sorts, constantly running, but making no progress?
YES! But then, I'm ADD and I've always felt that way Just, sometimes more than others.
M says thank you
Trapped plastic bag-- UGH, I have never had one in my car, but one time one got stuck in my crock pot, between the removable insert and the outside-- oh, YUCK, I do not know how that happened, but for ages, all my crock food smelled like burning plastic
Originally Posted by Aubergine68
Maia (from last month) I have coconut oil in my coffee or tea every morning, with a bit of orange stevia or honey. Yum. Never tried butter.
Nor have I, but I am going to! They sell that Kerry Gold Irish butter here in the poor store. Along with Amish roll butter. YUM! That butter is so good that for the first time I can understand why ds used to eat butter all by itself. That used to freaking gross.me.out. like nobody's business, but I can do it easily with the Amish roll butter!
So I gained 12+lbs over the last 7 weeks, for no apparent reason-- I am back on the weight loss mode again to get it off before I maybe delve into what witchygrrl is doing. That seems to be my only last resort as to why I can lose easily but not keep it off. That is so frustrating-- but I need to figure it out, and soon, because I think yo-yoing up and down 15lb every two months has got to be worse than any of it.
Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin
I'm going a little crazy. I've decided to trying water-only washes for my hair. I tried conditioner only a year ago and had some nice results, but it soon stopped working as nice so i went back to shampoo and conditioner (which means washing every single day and it still looking crummy... blah) here's hoping for good results (though I know it'll have a big adjustment period)
Still researching and enjoying learning about the many faces in Paganism as well as about my culture (Largely Scotch-Irish, with a little Jewish mixed in :) )
I wish I could do that, but I just can't. I have dry hair and I can go maybe a week without washing at all, but mostly I have to wash 2x a week. I can't see the no-poo thing...I'm sure people washed their hair before there was shampoo, but I wonder what with?
Going to get a weed eater I found on Craig's List today for $40. Mine died