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post #101 of 236
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Yes
Sign with your baby? Yes
Read to your newborn? Yes.
Work outside the home? No
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No.
Recycle? No
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? N/A
Own or foster pets? Cats, dogs, fish
Follow a religion? Yes
Encourage higher education? Yes
Generally support union activity? Depends
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Sometimes.
Use a pacifier with your baby? No, he wouldn't take one.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? He doesn't have one yet but can if he wants to.
Play pen? I use it occasionally, for a few minutes if I need to go to the bathroom or run upstairs or something
Crib? We have one but don't use it much except to treat it like an upstairs playpin
Baby Swing? We had one when he was young, and he loved it
Excersaucer? It lost his interest after a few weeks

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Yes
Toy guns? Not yet, or maybe ever
Other toy weapons? Plastic sword
Branded characters? Yes

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Sometimes
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? Not yet; maybe in future.
Herbal? Specific remedies that have been demonstrated safe and effective.
Nutritional/naturopathic? Sometimes
Ayurvedic? I don't even know what that is.
Other/describe? I try to exercise and avoid going to the doctor if it isn't necessary, otherwise it's a drain of time, money, and a perfectly good immune system.

Are you a feminist? No. I think the term 'feminist' is misleading anyway. I respect and embrace gender differences, believe a woman's place is wherever she wants it to be, and view childrearing as a much better expression of divine feminity than becoming a CEO
City, Town or Rural? City
Do you vote? No. : We're SC residents living in CO, so... I don't vote in SC because I have no clue what is going on there half the time, don't vote here because I'm not a resident, and just...was really lazy and didn't register to vote for president. :P
Where do you fall politically? Liberal
post #102 of 236
Hey girls! I thought that this might be a fun way to get to know one another...
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 22
Where are you? Louisville, KY, US
Are you currently PG? No way!
Are you/Did you UP? Yes
Are you telling others about your UC plans? I did
Have you UCed before? Yes
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 26
How long have you been with your s.o.? 3 years
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? I've got 2 boys- 3.5 (hospital born) and 9 mos. (UP/UC)
Will your older children be present for the birth? Yes, my oldest was
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes, we all share a full.
Wear your baby? Yep.
Cloth-diaper? Yep.
Breastfeed? Yep.
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No.
Circumcise your baby? No.
Homeschool? Yes.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) No.
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? We don't have a television. We watch DVDs on our laptops.
Sign with your baby? Yes
Read to your newborn? Not specifically.
Work outside the home? I'm a part-time student (getting my BA in December!)
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? No
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? I pretty much go with the Continuum Concept
Own or foster pets? 1 bad kitty
Follow a religion? we're atheists
Encourage higher education? No
Generally support union activity? Yes
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Yes

Baby possessions:
Plastic baby toys? No
Toy guns? we have squirt guns
Other toy weapons? I don't have a problem with them in general, but I don't think we have any
Branded characters? My oldest has Dora rollerskates

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Yes
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? Some
Chiropractic? No, we're too poor.
Herbal? Some.
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes
Ayurvedic? No.
Other/describe?
Are you a feminist? Yep
City, Town or Rural? City
Do you vote? yep
Where do you fall politically? We're anarchists

Use a pacifier with your baby? Yes, with this one.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? Neither of my boys have done that.
post #103 of 236
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 29
Where are you? Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Are you currently PG? No way!
Are you/Did you UP? Yes
Are you telling others about your UC plans? I did
Have you UCed before? Yes (with a doula--so I prefer to say freebirth)

About your family:
How old is your significant other? 34
How long have you been with your s.o.? 4 years
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? I've got 2 boys- 2.5 (UC transfer) and 2 mos. (UP/UC)
Will your older children be present for the birth? Yes, my oldest was. He kept saying "mama!baby! mama! baby! once his head was out
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes
Wear your baby? I regularly wear both simultaneously
Cloth-diaper? part-time; full-time EC'er
Breastfeed? Tandem nursing.
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No.
Circumcise your baby? No.
Homeschool? Plan to send to Indigo Sudbury.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) Whole foods.

Will you/do you:
Watch TV? We don't have TV but watch movies through the computer.
Sign with your baby? Plan to with ds2, got lazy and used ~5 signs with ds1
Read to your newborn? Nope.
Work outside the home? Not currently.
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? Everything I can--including freecycle.
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? Am I naive not to know these abbreviations?
Own or foster pets? not currently
Follow a religion? I attend a place called "Spiritual Living Centre" which is metaphysical spiritual based on Deepak Chopra style beliefs.
Encourage higher education? Yes, but certainly don't pressure.
Generally support union activity? Yes
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Yes

Baby possessions:
Plastic baby toys? Some
Toy guns? no
Other toy weapons? no...but I personallly like swords!
Branded characters? Spongebob! (our exposure is limited to branded characters due to no TV)

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Yes
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? not yet but maybe I should have during pregnancy
Herbal? Yes
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes
Ayurvedic? No.
Other/describe?
Are you a feminist? hmmmmm....probably but I wouldn't define myself as such.
City, Town or Rural? City
Do you vote? yep
Where do you fall politically? Socialist

Use a pacifier with your baby? Rarely, but yes with this one.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? Whay is a Lovie?
post #104 of 236
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 26
Where are you? Northern California
Are you currently PG? Yes
Are you/Did you UP? No
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Some, yes.
Have you UCed before? No

About your family:
How old is your significant other? 35
How long have you been with your s.o.? almost 4 years
How many children do you currently have? 1 If so, what ages? He is 2.
Will your older children be present for the birth? If he is awake, most likely.
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes
Wear your baby? I did, and I will.
Cloth-diaper? Didn't with Aramis for a number of reasons, but I certainly will with this one. Considering trying EC.
Breastfeed? Currently, yes, and will tandem.
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? Selectively.
Circumcise your baby? No way
Homeschool? Unsure yet.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) I am Vegitarian, my son and husband are not. I like to eat raw and low on the processed stuff.

Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Some. I am not a TV fan, but there are a few shows I let my son watch. DH is obsessed with the history channel and Sci Fi.
Sign with your baby? Didn't with DS1, might with this little guy. We'll see.
Read to your newborn? Yes
Work outside the home? Nope
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? Yes
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? I don't know what these mean, so I can't say.
Own or foster pets? Yes
Follow a religion? Not anything organized.
Encourage higher education? Sure! Learning is a wonderful thing..
Generally support union activity? Don't know enough about it to say either way.
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? I have.

Baby possessions:
Plastic baby toys? Some
Toy guns? We play with water guns sometimes..
Other toy weapons? No
Branded characters? Sometimes.

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Yes
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? Not yet, but looking into it.
Herbal? Yes
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes
Ayurvedic? No.
Other/describe?
Are you a feminist? Uh.. I have never used that term to describe myself.
City, Town or Rural? Town
Do you vote? no
Where do you fall politically? Good question..

Use a pacifier with your baby? I was kinda conned into it with DS1, but I won't be using one with the one in my tummy.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? Sure, Aramis' Lovie is my breasts and the flowers on them!
post #105 of 236
How old are you? 24
Where are you? Nebraska
Are you currently PG? Yes
Are you/Did you UP? No
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Not sure if we're going to UC, but we won't share with the whole world
Have you UCed before? No

About your family:
How old is your significant other? 29
How long have you been with your s.o.? 9 1/2 years together, Married 6 years
How many children do you currently have? 1, 22 mos old
Will your older children be present for the birth? Maybe.

Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Baby wouldn't!
Wear your baby? Some.
Cloth-diaper? No.
Breastfeed? Yes.
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? NO!
Circumcise your baby? No.
Homeschool? Maybe. (I was homeschooled)
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) No.

Will you/do you:
Watch TV? No.
Sign with your baby? A little.
Read to your newborn? No
Work outside the home? Nope
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? No (they don't make it easy in our town!)
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? I don't know what these mean, so I can't say.
Own or foster pets? Not right now
Follow a religion? Yes
Encourage higher education? Sure! If it's for you...
Generally support union activity? Don't know enough about it to say either way.
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? I haven't.

Baby possessions:
Plastic baby toys? Some
Toy guns? We play with water guns sometimes..
Other toy weapons? No
Branded characters? Sometimes.

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Yes
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? YES!!!!
Herbal? Some
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes
Ayurvedic? ??????
Other/describe
Are you a feminist? NO!!!!!
City, Town or Rural? Rural Town (6,000)
Do you vote? If I feel moved to.
Where do you fall politically? Republican but I support whoever is in office...

Use a pacifier with your baby? I did with # 1....SERIOUS carseat issues, and then sleep issues later!
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? Yes, she has the blankie that we used for nursing.
post #106 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 29 for year 5... hehehe
Where are you? East TN
Are you currently PG? yes
Are you/Did you UP? yes
Are you telling others about your UC plans? only my sister
Have you UCed before? no, 3 hospital births
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 44
How long have you been with your s.o.? 15 years
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? 3--- ds 14, ds 6 and dd 2.75
Will your older children be present for the birth? yes, kinda
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? not really
Wear your baby? some, but with a lot of holding by all, I have some back issues and have to becareful at times.
Cloth-diaper? yes
Breastfeed? most definitely
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? heck no
Circumcise your baby? yes, religious reasons (possibly by a rabbi this time though)
Homeschool? yes
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) No

Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Yes, but we have limitations
Sign with your baby? Yes
Read to your newborn? Yes.
Work outside the home? No
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? No
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? N/A
Own or foster pets? 5 cats, 5 dogs ..... want one?
Follow a religion? Yes and no, hubby is christian, I am noahhide
Encourage higher education? Yes
Generally support union activity? Depends
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Sometimes.
Use a pacifier with your baby? yes ds1, ds2 stopped at 3 m, yes dd, baby - we'll see.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? yes
Play pen? yes, for naps and when big enough for tummy/floor time (dogs, cats toddlers AHHHHHH!
Crib? yes, cradle next to our bed until about 3 months, then move to crib - hubby and I have too many of our own sleep issues, the kids often end up in bed with us but we encourage them sleeping intheir own.
Baby Swing? YES, can be a mental lifesaver
Excersaucer? NO, a walker, the ones with wheels. They have enough stationary toys and a walker can be gated into a room.

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Yes
Toy guns? well, my boys make guns from EVERY thing and so did my brothers when they were little, so yes.
Other toy weapons? plastic daggers/ hunting knife.
Branded characters? Yes, unfortunately... LOL you mean Spiderman, batman. superman and such... yes.

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Sometimes
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? some, but hubby doesn't think it 'works'
Chiropractic? YES, wish we could afford one right now
Herbal? yes, herbs that have been around for 1000s of years and some meds are derived from them anyway. DH will even take some of those.
Nutritional/naturopathic? rarely
Ayurvedic? That is something with a funky balanced diet I think... nope, not us.
Other/describe? We try to keep healthy, follow herbal remedies when we can and I know a lot of first-aid (I was quite the tom-boy as a kid and had to learn to patch myself up LOL)

Are you a feminist? No.
City, Town or Rural? Rural
Do you vote? No, we have moved several times in the past 10 years and have just not registered in the new area. We may this next round though.
Where do you fall politically? Conservative Constitutionalists. : usually side with republican.

I think I answered them all after copying ... hehe.
Irishred
post #107 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 32
Where are you? Indiana
Are you currently PG? yes
Are you/Did you UP? Planning to. Last baby was attended by a lay mw but was pretty unhindered.
Are you telling others about your UC plans? not many people
Have you UCed before? see above
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 31
How long have you been with your s.o.? 12 yrs
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? 3 (10, 7, 2)
Will your older children be present for the birth? yep
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? yes
Wear your baby? yes
Cloth-diaper? yes
Breastfeed? yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? If we do, it will be when they are older. 2 yr old is still completely unvax'd.
Circumcise your baby? NO!
Homeschool? Maybe a little bit. HS'd 7 yr old through kindergarten.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) no

Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Yes, but we have limitations
Sign with your baby? Not much
Read to your newborn? Yes
Work outside the home? Unfortunately, yes
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? Probably won't. Have in the past
Recycle? yes
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? What is that??
Own or foster pets? 1 dog
Follow a religion? Yes (Catholic)
Encourage higher education? Yes
Generally support union activity? Depends
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Sometimes.
Use a pacifier with your baby? DS1: yes DS2: he hated the pacifier DS3: He used one a few times when we were on long car trips.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? yes
Play pen? yes, but not much
Crib? Ds1: yes, often. Ds2: about 50% of the time Ds3: Has slept in it for naps and a few hours for a total of maybe 2 or 3 nights.
Baby Swing? yes
Excersaucer? Yes

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Yes
Toy guns? I would prefer not, but they always seem to sneak in.
Other toy weapons? Ds#1 &2 are in tae kwon do, so they will soon be training with some real weapons. With proper training and used primarily as artful display of martial arts, I can tolerate this.
Branded characters? Yes

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Yes, but it is well-tempered with the other beliefs and practises!
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? yes
Chiropractic? yes
Herbal? yes, VERY MUCH SO!!
Nutritional/naturopathic? yes
Ayurvedic? Rarely, but yes
Other/describe?Intuitive medicine

Are you a feminist? somewhat
City, Town or Rural? town
Do you vote? yes
Where do you fall politically? conservative-leaning centrist
post #108 of 236
About you:
How old are you? 26 tomorrow
Where are you? Indiana
Are you currently PG? nope.. going to start TTC in March though
Are you/Did you UP? probably.. I might get a check up or 2 due to my C/S and history of pre eclampsia
Are you telling others about your UC plans? a select few. I don't want to hear the negativity from the rest.
Have you UCed before? no
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 25
How long have you been with your s.o.? year and a half
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? 1 dd who is 17 months
Will your older children be present for the birth? maybe
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? yup
Wear your baby? of course, I teach babywearing!
Cloth-diaper?still CDing from the first
Breastfeed? yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? nope
Circumcise your baby? Never
Homeschool? thinking about it.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) nope... but really should lose the extra #s before ttc
Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Some
Toy guns? No. We are gun owners but we believe guns should be respected and never treated as toys.
Other toy weapons? No.
Branded characters? None at this point.
Use a pacifier with your baby? yes. I had a reflux baby last time and the "pacie" is what saved my sanity at times.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? Yes.

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? When needed will will use mainstream healthcare
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes
Homeopathic? We love them!
Chiropractic? Wish we could afford to go regularly
Herbal? some
Nutritional/naturopathic? Can't afford
Ayurvedic? No

Are you a feminist? Of course!
City, Town or Rural? Town
Do you vote? Yes!
Where do you fall politically? Left
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Very little, we only get 4 channels but I can't miss Grey's Anatomy. (hmm what's is say about me that my favorite show is a medical drama!!!)
Sign with your baby? yes and do w/ my toddler
Read to your newborn? yup
Work outside the home? I currently am but will be starting home based child care int eh next 2 months
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? I do right now.
Recycle? not right now but will when we move next month.
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? We have our own brand of parenting that a mix of alot of stuff.
Own or foster pets? We just got adopted by a cat, his name is Neighbor.
Follow a religion? no.
Encourage higher education? Thats a hard one because I have tons of debt from it and am not using any of the acedemic lessons I learned. I think higher ed is a very personalized choice.
Generally support union activity?somewhat
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)?some.
post #109 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 28
Where are you? Minnesota, US
Are you currently PG? Yes
Are you/Did you UP? Mostly. A traditional midwife checked my BP
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Just telling them we are having a homebirth
Have you UCed before? No
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 32
How long have you been with your s.o.? over 6 yrs
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? 3 children besides baby in womb ages 6, 4, and 2
Will your older children be present for the birth? Yes All of them will be if they choose
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes...we all co-sleep
Wear your baby? Yes
Cloth-diaper? Yes and try EC (that is new to me)
Breastfeed? Yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No
Circumcise your baby? Never
Homeschool? Yes
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) Not as of yet

Part 2
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Yes
Sign with your baby? we do alittle
Read to your newborn? Yes.
Work outside the home? with the children at our family owned dance academy
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? we are trying
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? Still finding our way
Foster/Adopt? We are looking to do both in the future
Follow a religion? Yes Catholic
Encourage higher education? Yes but not at an institute
Generally support union activity? Not really
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? We try...am still learning

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Some
Toy guns? No, we hunt and guns are to be respected
Other toy weapons? Swords.
Branded characters? Some

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? No.
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes.
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? Yes weekly for the whole family
Herbal? Some as I learn more
Nutritional/naturopathic? Some as I learn
Ayurvedic? Not familiar with this :

Are you a feminist? Not in the classic way the term is used. I believe men and woman are equal but NOT the same. They are called to different things.
City, Town or Rural? City for now
Do you vote? Yes, I always try to as I educate myself
Where do you fall politically? Conservative mostly with a lot of social concerns that fall on the liberal side. Though I am prolife.

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post #110 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 28
Where are you? Ohio
Are you currently PG? No
Are you/Did you UP? Yes
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Some
Have you UCed before? Yes
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 29
How long have you been with your s.o.? 12 yrs
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? 5 ages 11, 9, 3, 2 and almost 8mths
Will your older children be present for the birth? Nope
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? yes
Wear your baby? sometimes
Cloth-diaper? yeap
Breastfeed? peap
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No
Circumcise your baby? not anymore
Homeschool? yeap
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) eat as healthy as we can

I have too much free time. Have some more crunchy questions.
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? sometimes
Sign with your baby? yes
Read to your newborn? Yes.
Work outside the home? nope
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? no
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)????
Own or foster pets? dog
farm-type animals. no
Follow a religion? yes
Encourage higher education? no
Generally support union activity? no
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? not really up to date on that info sorry

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? sigh yes
Toy guns? yes
Other toy weapons? yes
Branded characters? yes

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Only in emergencies.
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes.
Homeopathic? Yes.
Chiropractic? Yes.
Herbal? Yes
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes.
Ayurvedic? had to look it up..lol...but no
Other/describe?

Are you a feminist? no
City, Town or Rural? City dweller longimg for the country life
Do you vote? Yes
Where do you fall politically? Conservative

Barbara
post #111 of 236
Brilliant idea... I haven't been able to be here in so long and I'm so happy to have such a great way to get reaccquainted with all of you!

About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.)32
Where are you? Ault, CO
Are you currently PG? No TTC
Are you/Did you UP? Not yet
Are you telling others about your UC plans? A select few - one dear friend... all you ladies , my grandma (she and her 8 siblings were all born at home, and she was the only one that a doctor watching the event), ... once I'm actually pregnant it is going to be very hard to keep my mouth shut, but I'll have to.
Have you UCed before? No. Two surprisingly nice hospital births.. my babies had the good sense to show up before the catchers did.
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 43
How long have you been with your s.o.? 7 years, married 6.5
How many children do you currently have? Two If so, what ages? 5.75 and 4.25
Will your older children be present for the birth? Definitely with my daughter, she'll be mad if she misses it, she loves seeing women give birth on TV and I'm determined to show her how much better it can be (and we don't watch those shows anymore) and with my son (younger) we'll play it by ear. He's a little more sensitive than his sister.
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes.
Wear your baby? Yes.
Cloth-diaper? We absolutely will this time, and I hope to start EC as well.
Breastfeed? Yes.
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? Never again.
Circumcise your baby? No, neither of them, nor any future ones.
Homeschool? Yes. I feel that institutionalized education damages children.. even the social butterflies like DD. We'll rely on happy classes like dance, martial arts, and Sunday School for social stuff.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) Uh... my husband and I follow the "blood type diet"... and my son is currently on a very restricted diet (kind of an elimination thing) that doesn't allow any citrus fruits, rice, oats, barley, wheat, rye, bananas, dairy, cheese, canola oil, safflower oil, mustard, coconut, baker's or brewer's yeast, kidney beans or eggs, for crying out loud. Maybe TMI... but I have to whine to someone. Just two more months and we can start slowly re-introducing some stuff. And we're probably 90-100% organic, depending on the week we're having and if we're traveling or not.

I have too much free time. Have some more crunchy questions.
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? Too much (in my own estimation) especially now that I'm in the sticks.
Sign with your baby? I didn't the last two times, but my s.o. really wants to try it, and next time we will.
Read to your newborn? Yes, whatever I was reading.
Work outside the home? No.
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? Never have, God willing, I never will. Uhh... I don't count Grammy!
Recycle? As much as possible. It's harder out here in the country, strangely enough.
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)???? No, I guess not.
Own or foster pets? Sadly no. Someday.
farm-type animals. Not sure how this happened, but we just came back in from checking on the chickens!!
Follow a religion? Presbyterian, Reformed, which is to say Christian
Encourage higher education? Yes, and hoping to have my degree by the time I'm 40 (I haven't started yet!) But I don't think you should go just because you got your diploma and you're 18... I had NO idea what I wanted back then! And I've learned more on this website than I could have in a university per se.
Generally support union activity? Not so much, but it depends.
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Yes.

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Yeeeeaah.... but I do actively discourage my non breastfeeding friends and family NOT to use the polycarbonate bottles.
Toy guns? No.. because they're not... and we want our children to respect and understand the damage done when guns are treated like toys. Which is to say we do have guns in our home. Please, no matter your thoughts on guns, if you teach your DC about safe sex, drugs, and alcohol..etc.. PLEASE teach them to at least tell an adult if they ever come across a gun.
Other toy weapons? Not that I can think of.
Branded characters? Not if I can help it... and I can. But honestly it depends on the character.
Pacifiers and loveys are allowed on a need to cope basis, from the child's POV. DD liked her sucky-thing but we told her it broke when she was a year old, and she was good with that. DS wouldn't take one. Actually, DS became my and DD's lovey...Lovey was his nickname. And my breasts were his!

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Only in emergencies.
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes? I think so...
Homeopathic? Yes.
Chiropractic? Yes.
Herbal? Yes
Nutritional/naturopathic? Absolutely... Nutrition is my new passion!
Ayurvedic? Uhhh... I don't think so!
Other/describe? We do pray for our friends and families when they're (mentally or physically) struggling with health issues.

Are you a feminist? Uhh.. not in the traditional sense? (haha, traditional feminism, right...) but seriously... we're very traditional in the non-feminist way, and yet I recognize and appreciate the benefits I have in my life due to the movement... I loved being an aircraft mechanic in the Navy; couldn't have done it in the 70's when I was born. That having been said, I have some pretty strong opinions against the standard feminist approach as I understand it.
City, Town or Rural? I thought I was a country girl until I moved here... now I long for civilization and a decent cup of coffee after 7 pm.
Do you vote? In 13 out of the 14 elections I've been legal for. Right now, I'm actually boycotting all of my candidates because of their ads... and because I can't find one that supports enough of the issues I support to warrant encouraging them to do another obnoxious campaign. And yes, I'm telling them about it... all of them.
Where do you fall politically? More and more liberal by the day, after being a raging conservative since birth. Still a religious conservative, though.

One more question?
What's the most surprising thing you've found out about your UC sisters on this poll?? A) How many wonderful ways you ladies define "feminist", and how many of those I agree with! B) How young most of you are!! Oh, to have known then what you women know now!
post #112 of 236
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 28 in five days
Where are you? Calgary, AB
Are you currently PG? yes
Are you/Did you UP? Yes
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Some, but I do not lie when asked.
Have you UCed before? No
About your family:
How old is your significant other? We split when I was pg with DD. Got #2 during momentary reconcilation.
How long have you been with your s.o.? N/A
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? Yes a daughter, six months.
Will your older children be present for the birth? Nope
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? yes
Wear your baby? Yep
Cloth-diaper? yes, as back up for EC
Breastfeed? most definately
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No
Circumcise your baby? Never!
Homeschool? Will wait and see. I will make other options available to them and let them chose.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) We are vegetarian.

I have too much free time. Have some more crunchy questions.
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? No. Just the occasional movie. Have never had TV in my life.
Sign with your baby? Not yet. Spose I should start soon.
Read to your newborn? Yes.
Work outside the home? havn't had to yet. will try not to.
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? Preschool, perhaps.
Recycle? Oh, yes!!!
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? Can someone tell me what this is?
Own or foster pets? Nope
farm-type animals. Nope
Follow a religion? Wiccan
Encourage higher education? Yes,
Generally support union activity? no
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Yes.

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? Just the ones we were given
Toy guns? no
Other toy weapons? no
Branded characters? No

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Only in emergencies.
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Hmmm?
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? Yes
Herbal? Yes
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes.
Ayurvedic? Tried it. not for me.
Other/describe? Cranialsacral therapy. Touch for health. Intuitive.

Are you a feminist? No. I beleive that the differences between men and women are more than just the *plumbing*.
City, Town or Rural? Grew up country. No electricity, running water, central heating etc. Loved the way I grew up. Taught me a lot. Have been a city dweller since I left home. Still thank the goddesses for the hot water in my shower everyday, and the central heating that keeps my hair from being frozen to the wall as I sleep. (True story)
Do you vote? No
Where do you fall politically? I am so to the left that I fall off the scale.

Jennifer
post #113 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 26 next month
Where are you? upstate NY
Are you currently PG? No
Are you/Did you UP? Probably not next time
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Some
Have you UCed before? No
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 28
How long have you been with your s.o.? 6, married 4.5
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? DS is 2, DD is 8 mos
Will your older children be present for the birth? if they want
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? sometimes
Wear your baby? sometimes
Cloth-diaper? no
Breastfeed? yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? Not anymore
Circumcise your baby? HELL no
Homeschool? maybe in the future
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) eat as healthy as we can

Will you/do you:
Watch TV? about 1 hour/day
Sign with your baby? a little bit
Read to your newborn? Yes.
Work outside the home? no
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? Not yet, maybe in the future
Recycle? yes
Own or foster pets? dog and horse
farm-type animals. I guess a horse counts as both pet and farm-type
Follow a religion? yes
Encourage higher education? yes
Generally support union activity? no
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? not really up to date on that info sorry

Baby posessions:
Plastic baby toys? yes
Toy guns? no
Other toy weapons? no
Branded characters? no

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Only in emergencies.
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Yes.
Homeopathic? no
Chiropractic? no
Herbal? no, but I'd like to learn more
Nutritional/naturopathic? no
Ayurvedic? no
Other/describe?

Are you a feminist? not by the standard definition
City, Town or Rural? town
Do you vote? Yes
Where do you fall politically? depends on the issue, generally conservative
post #114 of 236
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Originally Posted by trmpetplaya View Post
Follow a religion? Christianity - the teachings of Jesus Christ, not necessarily the teachings of many of his current followers...
Brilliant!!
post #115 of 236
I'm pretty new to this forum and thought this would be a good way to introduce myself

About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 32
Where are you? Troy, New Hampshire
Are you currently PG? Not yet
Are you/Did you UP? Planning to
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Not yet, not sure if that will change
Have you UCed before? no
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 32
How long have you been with your s.o.? a little over 12 years, married 11
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? We're working on our first
Will your older children be present for the birth? N/A
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes
Wear your baby? Yes, already made a ring sling
Cloth-diaper? yes, also going to try elimination communication
Breastfeed? Yes w CLW
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No.
Circumcise your baby? No.
Homeschool? Yes, possibly unschool, still researching
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) I'm almost 100% raw fruitarian.
Will you/do you:
Watch TV? I watch 2 tv shows
Sign with your baby? Yes
Read to your newborn? yes, probably not childrens books though, just whatever I'm reading at the time
Work outside the home? no
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? yes
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? CL
Own or foster pets? yes, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 1 goat, 1 snake and several fish
Follow a religion? we're agnostic
Encourage higher education? No
Generally support union activity? Sometimes, I was a member of a union and would have stayed in the job (I quit) if there was no union involved.
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons (such as formula promotion)? Yes

Baby possessions:
Plastic baby toys? Probably, due to family members
Toy guns? no
Other toy weapons? no
Branded characters? Probably when our child is older and had friends that he/she visits.

Medical philosophy - do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:
Standard medical model (practice-based)? Yes, if it's something I feel I can't take care of on my own (i.e. broken bone needing to be set, serious infection ect)
Evidence-based conventional medicine? Only in an emergency.
Homeopathic? Some
Chiropractic? No
Herbal? Some.
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes
Ayurvedic? some
Other/describe? I generally avoid doctors and medications of any type unless an emergency. DH and I are healthy and have had no problems so it's never really been an issue for us.
Are you a feminist? No
City, Town or Rural? Rural
Do you vote? Yes
Where do you fall politically? Registered Independent.

Use a pacifier with your baby? Not going to, no
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? Probably. I'm a big fan of stuffed animals, that may rub of on our child
post #116 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 21
Where are you? South Dakota
Are you currently PG? no
Are you/Did you UP? no
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Yes, we told some people
Have you UCed before? Aside from the recent birth, no
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 24
How long have you been with your s.o.? Almost 3.5 years
How many children do you currently have? 2- firstborn is almost 3, secondborn is almost 3 weeks
Will your older children be present for the birth? We left it up to chance- he stayed asleep during the labor and birth
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes
Wear your baby? Yes
Cloth-diaper? not currently, might in a few months
Breastfeed? Yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? [B]No{/B]
Circumcise your baby? No
Homeschool? Will likely in the future
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) Umm, we follow what I believe is a healthy diet- mostly organic, whole foods
post #117 of 236
About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.) 28
Where are you? Lubbock, Texas
Are you currently PG? Not yet.
Are you/Did you UP? N/A
Are you telling others about your UC plans? It varies on who I'm talking too.
Have you UCed before? No.
About your family:
How old is your significant other? 36
How long have you been with your s.o.? 8 years
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? One daughter, Willow. She's 3.
Will your older children be present for the birth? If she wants to be.
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Yes
Wear your baby? Yes
Cloth-diaper? Yes
Breastfeed? Yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? No.
Circumcise your baby? No.
Homeschool? Yes.
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) Sort of.
post #118 of 236
Ok - Here are my answers

About you:
How old are you? (If you're comfortable sharing.)29
Where are you? Denmark, Europe
Are you currently PG? Yes, due in february 07
Are you/Did you UP? No, but will pass on some docs visits, as I really dont think they are worth the bother.
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Telling selectively.
Have you UCed before? Almost.. but not planned. When having my second baby last summer she arrived so fast that she was crowning same time the MW got here (planned assisted homebirth)
About your family have two children, a boy 3 years old, hospital marathon birth, and a 1 year old daughter speedy homebirth.
How old is your significant other? 39 tomorrow
How long have you been with your s.o.? 6 years
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages? 2, son 3 years, daughter 1 year
Will your older children be present for the birth? No, dont think so
Will you/do you:
Co-Sleep? Partly
Wear your baby? Yes
Cloth-diaper? Yes
Breastfeed? Yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? yes
Circumcise your baby? Never ever
Homeschool? No
Follow a special diet? (e.g. Vegan,macrobiotic,etc.) We try to buy organic as much as we can (afford)
post #119 of 236
post #120 of 236
About you:

How old are you? 28
Where are you? Sweden, near Stockholm
Are you currently PG? No
Are you/Did you UP? Yes
Are you telling others about your UC plans? Not really
Have you UCed before? Yes, 1st ended in transfer to midwives at hospital, 2nd one in our bathtub!

About your family:

How old is your DH other? 34
How long have you been with your DH? 8 years
How many children do you currently have? If so, what ages?
2 Children - Ages: 3 years and 8 months, also had 6 babies not make it through pregnancy, oldest would have been 12 in January 2007
Will your older children be present for the birth?
Yes, for the labor, fell asleep in the recliner just before I started pushing his sister out.

Will you/do you:

Co-Sleep? Yes
Wear your baby? Yes
Cloth-diaper? casual EC with cloth
Breastfeed? Yes
Immunize/Vaccinate your baby? I immunize baby with my breastmilk! (no vaccines)
Circumcise your baby? No
Homeschool? Radical Unschoolers
Follow a special diet? I follow the food program from RadiantRecovery dot com to keep me sane. We also try to eat biodynamic foods.

Will you/do you:

Watch TV? Yes
Sign with your baby? Yes
Read to your newborn? Occasionally
Work outside the home? No - DH WOH fulltime. I may do healing work parttime in the future, like 5 - 10 hours a week.
Send baby/child to daycare or preschool? No
Recycle? Yes
TCS, TCC, or CL (consentual living)? Yes
Own or foster pets? Now just one Betta male fish. Used to have 4 cats, one died, 3 were adopted out due to DH's allergies Then I had 2 birds, but adopted them out to an elderly couple who really wanted them. Then we had over 20 fish, but adopted them out after our last move. THinking of doing foster cavy care after we have the house in order.
Follow a religion? Yes, buddhist philosophy of life blended with elements from my Native American, Celtic, and Norse background
Encourage higher education? If that is what they desire, yes. I want them to follow their heart, wherever that may lead them - I will follow.
Generally support union activity? Depends on the country. Here, yes.
Boycott companies or countries for human rights reasons? Not actively.
Baby posessions:

Plastic baby toys? Yes
Toy guns? Not interested in that kind of thing yet. Would get one that looks fake if any child was interested. As well as teach them proper gun safety, should that come to pass.
Other toy weapons? Probably, if child shows interest.
Branded characters? Not really. Think some relatives bought some pants with branded chars and winnie the pooh stuffies, that's about it. But if the child showed interest in it, sure.

Medical philosophy
Do you use the following models of care for actual illness/injury:


Standard medical model (practice-based)? No
Evidence-based conventional medicine? On a case by case basis
Homeopathic? Yes
Chiropractic? Yes
Herbal? Yes
Nutritional/naturopathic? Yes
Ayurvedic? Occasionally
Other/describe?
I try to live in accordance with how I think the body would work in the wild. not so easy, lol

Are you a feminist? Follow your heartist
City, Town or Rural? no idea.. town i guess?
Do you vote? Yes
Where do you fall politically?
I use intuition when voting so I don't think I fall anywhere in particular.

Use a pacifier with your baby? Tried, they weren't interested.
Allow DC to have a 'Lovie'? If child happens to choose one, that's fine.
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