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post #61 of 179

I'm so happy to see this thread. I joined when I was pregnant with ds2, who is now 11. This place truly saved me and was a lifeline when I was without an IRL support system, and it also was such a wealth of information that made me a better person and parent. The one thing I do miss about the "good old days" is that there was more posting and interaction. Due to Facebook, people are posting less on message boards in general. I miss it.

post #62 of 179
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Originally Posted by grisandole View Post
 

 The one thing I do miss about the "good old days" is that there was more posting and interaction. Due to Facebook, people are posting less on message boards in general. I miss it.

so true

post #63 of 179
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Cynthia! How nice to see you on this thread! I think you are the oldest oldie! :-) I'm so impressed with your work that you have been doing locally to promote breastfeeding and other important issues. Meeting you in person is on my wish list too.

 

Same!!  
:Kiss
post #64 of 179

I joined when my oldest was a month old, and lurked for a while before that. He's 10 now. But I've never been a particularly heavy participant.

post #65 of 179

Hi everyone. I joined in 2002 when I was still pregnant with my first. Both my babies were "born on MDC" (due date clubs, etc). They are now 9 and 11, can you believe it??!!!

 

I was also a mod for a while.

 

This place made me the mother I am today. Though time has mellowed me: I used to be rather rigid in my views, an AP zealot really, lol, but I've learned to relax a bit and understand that different ways can work for different families. 

 

I took a break from here for a while and was a bit surprised when I returned to see how much it had grown. In one way this is good because it means more parents are learning about gentler ways to parent.

 

But I do find that in places this board has become rather mainstream and it feels weird to be the sole person advocating for non-punitive discipline, for example. I used to come here to find like-minded mamas and could be assured of doing so, but now sometimes I get into discussions where I feel like I'm the weirdo again (like in the days when cosleeping, extended BF, homeschooling, cloth diapering were all unusual, which is why we came here in the first place!). 

 

Nice to see some old familiar names on this thread!

post #66 of 179
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Piglet!!! :love

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Piglet!!! :love

Agreed (again). :love 

 

Piglet, you were the first of the MDC members who I considered a board "peer" (because we were similarly active, had kids around the same age and started around the same time) to become a mod. I was so jealous!  

 

I also am a bit sad when there is a lonely voice in favor of some alternative parenting choice on threads. Sometimes I'll join a conversation to give voice and support for the alternative view because I do think that's important. For me, I much prefer a world where I'm somewhere in the middle -- not the most radical and not the most traditional/mainstream. I think that situation is the  best way to learn because you feel yourself being pulled in both directions. 

post #68 of 179

Yes, I also am sometimes surprised how mainstream it can be around here. I often throw in a differing viewpoint, but it is frequently ignored. It's all good - I don't feel any need to change anyone. But I do sometimes miss finding support for my more radical, far-fetched notions.

post #69 of 179
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Agreed (again). :love 

 

Piglet, you were the first of the MDC members who I considered a board "peer" (because we were similarly active, had kids around the same age and started around the same time) to become a mod. I was so jealous!  

 

I also am a bit sad when there is a lonely voice in favor of some alternative parenting choice on threads. Sometimes I'll join a conversation to give voice and support for the alternative view because I do think that's important. For me, I much prefer a world where I'm somewhere in the middle -- not the most radical and not the most traditional/mainstream. I think that situation is the  best way to learn because you feel yourself being pulled in both directions. 

 

You guys are so sweet. :blowkiss  This place has always felt like a bit of a home. 

 

I agree that being somewhere in the middle is a nice place to be. Though the middle on MDC is still a bit out there in mainstream land, lol! But yeah, I've mellowed out a bit over the years. 

 

I also seem to no longer know how to parse quotes. The old codes don't work anymore. Time for this dinosaur to learn some new tricks I guess, lol.

 

Isn't life with older kids great? I'm so enjoying the people they have become. And it's not such hard work physically anymore, phew! - whenever I see mamas chasing around after their toddlers I think "yep, I'm done with that!".

 

Looking forward to grandbabies some day though!  :bgbounce

post #70 of 179
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Isn't life with older kids great? I'm so enjoying the people they have become. And it's not such hard work physically anymore, phew! - whenever I see mamas chasing around after their toddlers I think "yep, I'm done with that!".

 

Well, I have a 12 year old and a toddler. ;-)  I still LOVE the baby/toddler thing. That age just fills my heart like no other age so far. But, yes, I also love the older child phase (but was tested to my limits with a reading delayed child - something that I wish to never repeat again).  For now though my 12 year old just is so great, and happy, and so amazingly better than her father and I at many, many things. Most of which we just can't take credit for...because we have no idea where it came from. 

post #71 of 179

This whole thread is making me smile.  :love

post #72 of 179
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Originally Posted by mamarhu View Post
 

Yes, I also am sometimes surprised how mainstream it can be around here. I often throw in a differing viewpoint, but it is frequently ignored. It's all good - I don't feel any need to change anyone. But I do sometimes miss finding support for my more radical, far-fetched notions.

 

I was more middle of the road here, but was very inspired to try some of the things that other moms were doing here. It empowered me to choose the kind of hospital birth plan I wanted, educated me about vaccinations (I am a vax mama but I didn't even know there were choices), and it was refreshing to find cloth diapering moms to talk fluff with. I got into glass storage containers, natural and home-made cleaning products, was proud to be a SAHM, co-sleeping mom, and MDC talked me through some parenting crisis that came up when I questioned what I was doing. I still remember watering my roses with the rinse water of my cloth pads when my MIL was in town!!! The look on her face! I so, so miss pulling cloth diapers off the line-- the fresh fluff. Sometimes it was the strong "extreme" moms here that pushed me to consider trying things I might not have otherwise.  I thought they were extreme but then they acted like it was normal, and I was like, "If they can do it, I should at least consider it." 

 

MDC helped me to break patterns of parenting in my family that were harmful or at least not ideal. I have a *wonderful* relationship with my two daughters. I know that AP shaped them into the people they are today.

 

People at home in my neighborhood found me to be extreme but on MDC I was very very middle of the road on many topics. I lived vicariously sometimes.

 

I have not been fully into the pregnancy/baby/toddler boards here lately to see if there are changes in those areas. However I was very surprised to find the different vax boards now. Before, people might not want to admit they vaxed their kiddos. I admit I have fallen off a lot of the NP stuff. Nursing school pushed me to survival mode and then I started working full time nights (just went to part time nights). I'm now back to trying to get on board with a more sustainable household. Just bought some quail to grow my own eggs. :-) 

post #73 of 179
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You guys are so sweet. :blowkiss  This place has always felt like a bit of a home. 

 

I agree that being somewhere in the middle is a nice place to be. Though the middle on MDC is still a bit out there in mainstream land, lol! But yeah, I've mellowed out a bit over the years. 

 

I also seem to no longer know how to parse quotes. The old codes don't work anymore. Time for this dinosaur to learn some new tricks I guess, lol.

 

Isn't life with older kids great? I'm so enjoying the people they have become. And it's not such hard work physically anymore, phew! - whenever I see mamas chasing around after their toddlers I think "yep, I'm done with that!".

 

Looking forward to grandbabies some day though!  :bgbounce

 

I know what you mean about little kids being a lot of work. I LOVE holding the wee babies at work. I had a month old baby who was born a few weeks early, he was my patient for a couple of nights. His mom had to go home to attend to her many other children and I got to feed, burp, change, and swaddle him all night. He was so very sweet and cuddly but he was a LOT of work. I was glad when his mom showed up to take over-- and she can have the hard job of raising him. ;-)

post #74 of 179

I'm here. :) 

 

Joined in 2002, volunteered to be a mod in 2003, and been here ever since. :)

 

 

I love seeing so many familiar names. :)

post #75 of 179
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Hi Adina!!!
post #76 of 179

It's so weird what I can remember from back in the day. Adina, I remember you getting pregnant - isn't that funny?  

post #77 of 179
Adina, Cynthia, Piglet....anyone remember me? Was very active with my first two. 2006/07...my only TTC child of 4 was TTC'ed here. Computer issues kept me away for a long time, FB made me infrequent. Back on mobile & enjoying older kids boards for the first time.
post #78 of 179
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Originally Posted by USAmma View Post
 

Cynthia! How nice to see you on this thread! I think you are the oldest oldie! :-) I'm so impressed with your work that you have been doing locally to promote breastfeeding and other important issues. Meeting you in person is on my wish list too.

 

Awwwww. :love Thank you USAmma! I would love to meet you as well. You have made great strides yourself and we are very proud!  :thumb

We'll have to figure out how to get together someday. :) 

post #79 of 179

I'm not very chatty but I've been around since 2003.

post #80 of 179

I joined in 2004 under a different name. My youngest was 1 and he was the only one....now 2 more kids later....

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