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2008 Iowa Mama's Thread!

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Hey, it's the end of February! We need a new thread for a new year! So hey, have at it!
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So the boys are home from school AGAIN! I swear to MAUDE we're going to be going until the middle of July if this keeps up.

I'm as sick of winter as the next gal, probably more so since it's like my LEAST favorite season, but I don't want to spend 1/2 the summer waiting for my kids to get out of school!
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Prairie kids (college community) are actually in school today! It has been nice having dd home an extra 9 days (plus countless late starts and early releases), but I agree...they will be going to school on the 4th of July if this continues! We hs'ed last year so I have no idea how many snow days they had, but it can't be this many!
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We didn't have near this many snow days last year. As of last friday our school would be going until June 4th. They're usually out by the end of May. We've had 4 snow days since then I think.
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ds is at school today (he didn't want to go and feels that it isn't fair that "Ellie gets to stay home and have fun all day!" ). I swear, I almost think that homeschooling him would be easier.

Is anyone interested in a "stitch - n - b!tch" group? I was thinking we could rotate homes and take turns bringing treats with the hosting house providing coffee/tea. I've got a couple knitting projects that I'd like to work on more consistently and I'm working on a rag rug. I also want to learn to crochet... Probably on Saturday mornings once or twice a month...

Oh... and I had suggested a Mom's night out a while back... Anyone up for any of the following dates: March 8, March 15, March 29? Dh is working 2nd shift M-F for right now, so I'm only available on the weekends. If it makes any difference, March 8 is International Women's Day.
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Oh... and I had suggested a Mom's night out a while back... Anyone up for any of the following dates: March 8, March 15, March 29? Dh is working 2nd shift M-F for right now, so I'm only available on the weekends. If it makes any difference, March 8 is International Women's Day.
March 15th might work for me, it's the first weekend of spring break so I won't have any homework. AND I start my orientation week for my new job that Monday (perfect timing, don't have to miss any classes!) so it would be a go-out-before-starting-work night for me.


Oh, and I HATE snow days. My classes and DD's age just are not conducive to Aria coming along with me. And her preschool closes on days when IC school district is closed. So I've been staying home from class waaaaayyyyy too much. And I'm a slacker anyway, so it hasn't been helping my grades any. *sigh*
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Subbing will post something later when I am not with kids crawling on me.
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Subbing will post something later when I am not with kids crawling on me.
When is it that this magical time happens D? Cause, I'll have to look into getting some!

March 15th is peachy for me as well, and I can talk Jake into watching the boys 1x a month for S-n-B guaranteed... more than that? : It's iffy.
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Hey girls. Another : day! Hopefully the streets clear off this weekend so I can drive without bottoming out my car on the icy streets!
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Yeah the 15th should work for me as well. I am totally up for the S & B sounds like a great time.
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Hello from Des Moines!
I posted this seperately but wanted to let other Iowa Mamas know about this...


BirthWorks is coming to the Midwest!!!
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Birth Works workshops are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Entry into the certification program is not a prerequisite to attending the workshop. The workshop remains valid towards certification for five years from the date it was held. We encourage those in the certification program to attend the workshop early in their training, but anytime during the two-year training period is acceptable.

The workshop runs from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm the first two days and 9:00 am to 3:30 pm the third day unless otherwise posted. Advanced Educator Training workshops are open to all Birth Works members and birth professionals.

Date: April 11-13th

Location: The Thoreau Center
3500 Kingman Blvd. Des Moines, IA


Cost: $450

Host: Jessica Bottenfield-Biehn, RN CD(DONA)

Trainer: Cathy Daub, author of Birthing in the Spirit

Registration at http://www.birthworks.org/join.html#registration

Topics covered include:
1. Birth Works philosophies of childbirth
2. The systems approach to wholistic health care
3. The impact of emotional learning that makes Birth Works a unique program
4. Human values as the foundation of all decision-making
5. Pelvic bodywork and postural alignment advantageous to the baby in helping to prevent a dysfunctional labor
6. The art of discovering belief systems and changing them if necessary
7. Group facilitation and communication techniques through role plays
8. Setting a supportive atmosphere for classes
9. Components of labor, privacy, pain, and vocalization
10. Comfort measures for labor and labor positions
11. Guilt, blame, and judgment issues as they pertain to birthing
12. Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and cesarean decision making
13. Multi-sensory visualization
14. Grieving and healing
15. Presentation of class topics and wise use of audiovisuals
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subbing and about the snow days!
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Today the boys were late for school because the van was stuck in the ice of our parking pad at the apt. When J was finally able to get us unstuck and I got the boys to school they were still 10 minutes late.

It took over 40 minutes to get out.

I've now parked outfront on the street.
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We are finally in IA! But gotta be honest...wish I wasn't with all this snow and COLD : Why couldn't they move us in May?

We just moved into the house last Fri so we're waist deep in boxes. We are in Springville FYI. But I expect to be spending lots of time in IC this summer once the summer fests and music in the ped mall start up.

I'd be up for SnB too, I haven't got to work on my crochet WIPs in ages.

Can't wait to meet up with some of you again!
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Ann, I was just wondering if you were around, yet. I thought maybe all of this snow scared you back to Washington. LOL
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Today the boys were late for school because the van was stuck in the ice of our parking pad at the apt. When J was finally able to get us unstuck and I got the boys to school they were still 10 minutes late.
That sucks! Like I was saying Saturday, the streets by our house are ridiculous. I watch people getting stuck in the middle of the street all the time.

There is a red truck across from our house right now, that hit a icy rut in the road, swerved into a snowbank and the guy couldn't get out. He just walked off and left the truck there and it has been there for about three days!
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I'd definitely be interested in a get-together and/or a SnB. I'm pretty open on the evening of the 15th (we have pictures in the afternoon).
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I have a gig in Waterloo on the 15th but I'd be interested in coming to the next one.

Have you been to the new AWESOME fabric/yarn store on North Linn St in Iowa City? It's called Home Ec Workshop and it's where Roominations used to be. They did a beautiful job with it. There's a coffee shop inside and they have a 'knitter's breakfast' every Saturday morning. They also have classes, lessons, etc The website's not up yet but it will be here.
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I'm so tired of the ice and snow. Today I braved walking out to the car parked on the street and couldn't get past the snow that had been plowed into our yard. Our neighbor was outside and came over to assist me so I wouldn't slip and fall.

I'm afraid I won't be up for meeting any of you any time soon. Tomorrow is my baby shower and then the rest of the weekends this month will have to be dedicated to getting the nursery finished. Then another baby shower on the 29th and then on into April! Wow! I can't believe April is almost upon us! So much to do and not enough energy or time to get it all done

Oh well, I am grateful for the warm melty day we had today, even if it was very windy. I understand it's suppose to be warm and melty again tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to warmer days.
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