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Happy Mother's Day Erin!!!!
When you catch your breath, we'd love to see your birth story:
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Originally Posted by Smalls181 View Post
Hi Cara!

I moved to the Soo a year ago (exactly) from Lansing!

I am starting up a babywearing, breastfeeding, AP group in the area. There really isn't a lot of it up here as of yet. I definitely don't fit in around here...

The Charter school is great!

There is a fantastic Pilates studio that just opened up this winter. A few indoor tracks. I gained 10+lbs this last winter. The winters here are so very different than Lansing winters.

I don't run, but I have a few Boarder Patrol mom friends who do.


PM anytime you want! I have a 3 year old daughter.
Hi Lindsay,
Thanks for chiming in! I admit to some nerves around the "don't fit in around here" feeling. So while I'm mostly past the babywearing stage, my youngest still nurses (gasp! at 3! ) and we aim to be good attachment parents.

Forgive my cluelessness, but "Boarder Patrol" means working at the US/Canada border, right? Just trying to learn the lingo! I'm a pretty hardy outdoors runner, but chicken about running alone in the dark so will have to look for a good partner. I'm hoping to take this opportunity to become more outdoorsy, esp. with my kids.

What is the name of the charter school? We are leaving a school we love and want to find a good school home up there. Or I'll be revisiting my long-held homeschooling desires...

What brought you to the Soo, by the way? Thanks again for your info. I'm slow at checking this board, but am interested in connecting with folks before our move!

Cara
post #1483 of 1574
I was nervous moving up here, too, about not fitting in. But now I kind of like standing out and being a pioneer in the overall AP community of SSM. I still nurse my 3 year old, too, and co-sleep, and still occasionally wear her.

Yes, Boarder Patrol is the US/Canada boarder. We have a lot of families that are transported here from BP, or for Coast Guard. They only stick around for a few years, and then get transferred someplace else. =(

The Charter School is called Bahweting. It used to be a school only for Natives, but a few years ago they started getting funding from the Government, so it was opened to all kids. Now, its about 50-50 Native and Caucasian. In early spring, you apply and all of the kids are put in a lottery system. If you dont make the lottery, then you get put on the waiting list. We plan on home schooling after Pre-School. I really like their head start program, so we will do that this coming year. There are some good homeschooling groups in the area that I have heard about, but have yet to touch base with any of them.

We moved up here because this is where my DH is from. He grew up here, and moved to Lansing with me when we first started dating. He never adjusted well to city life, and when things got bad with a violent neighbor, he had to leave. So we moved here, lived with his mom for the summer, and then got into our own place. Its been a good move. Much better than I thought it would be.

I really look forward to you moving up here! It will be nice to have more "crunchy" moms to hang out with it. Maybe we can all have coffee nights!


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Hi Lindsay,
Thanks for chiming in! I admit to some nerves around the "don't fit in around here" feeling. So while I'm mostly past the babywearing stage, my youngest still nurses (gasp! at 3! ) and we aim to be good attachment parents.

Forgive my cluelessness, but "Boarder Patrol" means working at the US/Canada border, right? Just trying to learn the lingo! I'm a pretty hardy outdoors runner, but chicken about running alone in the dark so will have to look for a good partner. I'm hoping to take this opportunity to become more outdoorsy, esp. with my kids.

What is the name of the charter school? We are leaving a school we love and want to find a good school home up there. Or I'll be revisiting my long-held homeschooling desires...

What brought you to the Soo, by the way? Thanks again for your info. I'm slow at checking this board, but am interested in connecting with folks before our move!

Cara
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So yeah.... it snowed today..it actually stuck to my car. Not cool.
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Lindsay and other Soo Mamas,

My husband checked into the charter school, but it doesn't look possible to get both our school-age kids in for next year and it's important to me that they be at the same school. We'll see what happens.

I'd be curious to learn more about the homeschooling groups--I googled but didn't hit on anything.

My husband's on his way up in 9 days. We still are looking for a rental though may have that resolved in the next day or so. Then my kids and I should be up there by the end of June. Or maybe early July after we go on vacation. So much up in the air!

I'd love to meet up with the Soo Mamas/Papas/attachment families when we get there and can find our way around. Hoping that isn't too far away. Let's keep in touch!

Cara
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I don't know how many AP families are around.. but I will see if we can get something tentatively planned for early July. I will be leaving to Minnesota for about 2-3 weeks, late July/early August.

Best of luck with the move! I hope it goes smoothly for you.

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Lindsay and other Soo Mamas,

My husband checked into the charter school, but it doesn't look possible to get both our school-age kids in for next year and it's important to me that they be at the same school. We'll see what happens.

I'd be curious to learn more about the homeschooling groups--I googled but didn't hit on anything.

My husband's on his way up in 9 days. We still are looking for a rental though may have that resolved in the next day or so. Then my kids and I should be up there by the end of June. Or maybe early July after we go on vacation. So much up in the air!

I'd love to meet up with the Soo Mamas/Papas/attachment families when we get there and can find our way around. Hoping that isn't too far away. Let's keep in touch!

Cara
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Kincheloe has a very large homeschool group. It's very Christian orientated, so if you are of another religion it might be a turn off. I can get you in touch with the lady who runs it, she is a very good friend of mine, and a wonderful resource. I don't know of any homeschooling groups in the Soo though.
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Kincheloe has a very large homeschool group. It's very Christian orientated, so if you are of another religion it might be a turn off. I can get you in touch with the lady who runs it, she is a very good friend of mine, and a wonderful resource. I don't know of any homeschooling groups in the Soo though.
I need to get in touch with homeschooling groups! I am Christian, but I prefer groups that are more religiously neutral, because my religion does influence my decision to homeschool.
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Adlai's Birth Story

Well, here it is!

On Sat. May 9th, I was feeling particularly down, because I was foolishly thinking that this baby was NEVER going to be born...I had had NO contractions and no other pre-labor symptoms, at this point, and I was 14 days beyond my EDD (I knew conception date as we were planning this baby).

On this day, I started worrying that I would have to have another hospital birth after having EVERYTHING arranged for a homebirth, again. By hospital policy, I was to be induced (cervadil-style) by Monday if this baby was not born.

So, I took the entire day to connect to the little being in my belly...I walked a mile or two...I sang songs to this baby and had a deep heat-to-heart conversation w/ him...We spent the day by ourselves as big brother and daddy-o went to a cousin's birthday party.

I had been taking black and blue cohoshes as an induction agent, every three hours, since the day before. Finally, I bit the bullet and took two TBS of castor oil around 3 p.m. (which was not nearly as horrible as I imagined it to be). I might not have ordinarily taken anything, but I felt like this was a race against the clock...I was willing to do many natural things in order to avoid hospital induction.

Anyway, the day progressed, and nothing seemed to be happening...then, around 8 or so the castor oil started to take effect, calmly...by 9 my belly felt ill...so I wrapped myself in a comforter, cocoon-style, and fell asleep as daddy put Casimir to bed. Around 10, I felt a familiar twinge...then another...at 10:30, ctx. were suddenly 2 min. apart.

I called Ellen to tell her I thought we were on, but I wasn't sure I was ready for her to come out...I jumped in the bath and ctx. hit and hit...then by 10:50 or so I was puking. I made dp call Ellen back to tell her to come, now! I live about 1/2 hr. from town.

Ellen arrived at some point (no idea what actual time...)...just as I was about to go crazy! And, I worked to get out of the bathtub (wow, what a task!). I waddled over to my temporary downstairs bedroom, got into the hands and knees position (which I planned to birth in....) for one ctx. and decided NO WAY! and fell to a side-lying postion, feeling VERY pushy. Ctx. got totally intense and I started to have a hard to time staying on top of the intensity...I felt like I was going to cry...then, my body totally took over, and after a really hardcore push or two, Ellen told me to feel the bag of waters bulging. Wow! She said we could break it, but I told her NO! I wanted a caul-born baby! In another push or two, the baby flew out, all at once, in the caul, onto his daddy's lap, where the waters burst forth, promptly. Baby was born at 12:34 a.m.

Ellen removed the caul from the baby's face, we wrapped him up, and I laid there, for a moment, feeling totally triumphant and amazing. Wow!

A few more words........
I totally believed that this baby was going be a girl. I'd had no u/s's and was going simply on intuition. Additionally, I'd like to add that EVERYTHING about this birth was different that I imagined it would be. It was like the universe (and this little baby) were proving to me that I have NO control in the grand scheme of life. It is a lesson I seriously needed .
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Oh, Erin! Your story gave me chills and tears of joy for you and your family. What a blessing your birth is! I so understand the feeling of loss of control. For my Chloe's birth, I could never have imagined something so good. It was beyond my imagination.
I pray nursing and baby moon are going well. :
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gotta funny wonky latch at times, but baby is not suffering. he is surely gaining weight (gained a whole pound and a whole inch at one week!). I think the slurping sound he makes at times is more annoying to me than anything!

babymoon is soooo smooth this time.
yesterday (13 days pp) was our first outing beyond the Sand River/ Deerton area, and it went well. even the cartrip went well (I was worried).

I can't imagine never doing this all again! I soooo thought I was done! Perhaps I was wrong............................
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Congrats to you and your new bundle of joy!!!! How inspiring it is to hear of women listening to their bodies and the amazing things that happen!!! Very precious lessons learned- over here too! The blessings of milk and rest to you! You are truely blessed!
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People Magazine mommas!

The article was GREAT and you all are amazing! It is definitely keeper! I feel so blessed to know so many of you and to have had you the Advocates meetings! You are all such amazing mommas, and this story going sooo public will really be a blessing to sooooo many!!

HUGE HUGGS TO YOU ALL...and to by Moses!
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Hi guys...

DH just had a very negative experience with our doctor (for full details, see the "I Am Just Furious!" thread in Parents with Partners) trying to get him to sign off on his medical marijuana card...

Does anyone know of any U.P. doctors who are actually kind and open-minded beings that we could see about this?

Erin, your birth story was just amazing. How wonderful for you and your new son!
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THanks Desiree! Its weird to see!

Leta, have you tried Hardee and Stevenson's office with Dr. Hatfield?

Peace,
Kyra
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Leta, I say what Kyra says...If you're not able to get in w/ them, then try Family Care...there are two docs to be recommended there two that I've heard good things about...Dr. Godec and Dr. Doughty....not sure how they stand on MM...
stupid that you even have to deal w/ this.............................................. ..
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Thanks! I'm going to start calling today and just asking a litany of questions, which no doubt will be annoying for some poor receptionist/nurse/PA, but after having gone through a doctor a year, I'm just going to get more proactive.

IDK how far I'll get, because we are picking up my mom from the airport today. And I'm due Friday!
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I saw the People article and thought it just had to be awesome mamas from mothering. You all are amazing!
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Leta, there is a patients advocate group called The Hemp and Cannibis Foundation that might be able to give you some answers. The web site is
www.thc-foundation.com/michigan and the phone number is 1-800-723-0188 There was talk of them holding monthly meetings in Marquette if there was enough demand so I'm pretty sure there are advocates that are familiar with the area. Maybe they can help find a physician.
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hello yooper mamas! I was just checking in to say hello, how are everyone's gardens coming along? I can't get my basil to germinate, did I miss the boat?
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