i'm popping out of my clothes...i had to go find some bigger shirts today.
i'm 16 weeks now & i've been feeling little flutters here & then.
for y'all asking about my coop experience. i live in a cooperative house that is set up in a rent style fashion (though there is no landlord.) my cooperative belongs to a bigger cooperative of 11 houses in downtown madison. we have a staff in charge of managing the houses & every house looks after itself as well. my house is an old sorority with 27 bedrooms. it has been a coop since the 1960's. and for some reason, it has always housed families as well as students & other folks. cooperative living is set up so that people share responsibilities, food, and common spaces of the house. its like having roommates, but in a highly organized (at least in our house) fashion. for instance, i am in charge of making sure that all maintenance is done in a timely fashion. i also make snacks for the house & have one dish shift a week. some people cook meals for the house--every night we have a community meal. some people clean the common spaces. some manage our monies. some buy our food. etc. our "rent"--which is relatively low--includes all utilities, internet, laundry, household supplies (tampons, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, batteries, lightbulbs, etc.), phone service, newspapers, maintenance costs.... we each contribute about 100 dollars a month for a fully stocked pantry, fridge, & freezer. we have democratic style meetings to make decisions. we have meetings to vote on potential new members.
i really enjoy cooperative living--though i am a bit of an anarchist--but i am pretty burned out on this one. i hope to someday move to an intentional community that is more of an eco-village. ones like that are usually set up with separate living spaces but in a closely knit neighborhood. usually you have to buy into those ones--either investing in land or purchasing a house. a cool one is starting up in iowa city right now.
i'd be happy to answer any more questions--i should have a blog or write a book about my experiences raising children in a coop! if only i had more time & an entire brain to think with!