Organiclivingmama - Well, there are tons of natural living mamas out here. I think it seems like it's actually the norm to nurse your kids till two and cloth diaper. Everyone is a hippie in Seattle. I have made lots of friends here for sure. But being around like minded people isn't everything...and it's not necessarily realistic either. For example, the internet is kind of a narrow way of getting parenting advice. I love coming on MDC but the world is not full of people that are exactly like me and that would narrow my ability to learn different and possibly complimentary ways of living...ykwim.
That said, if my family lived out here we would probably stay. The main reason why we're going back is because we want to be closer to our family. Life is short and we want out lo to be able to know his grandparents and family. It's also easier for us too
I had ppd when my son was born and didn't realize it until I started having panic attacks about two months ago. So, knowing what I now know about ppd, I think it would be better for us to raise our son and any future babes closer to our family..and in better weather. Seriously, the rainy weather is pretty bad. It's pretty much gray and dark from November until April. Don't get me wrong, you might see a little blue sky but you will feel the difference....
Finally....I think if you got out of the house more, you might find other mamas that are like minded. I mean, I didn't become the way I am just from moving to Seattle. I have several friends in South Florida that are like me...and I've already met a couple mamas here
So, I'm optimistic.
I hope you find some peace living in Port St. Lucie. My mother lives up there. If I'm ever coming up, I'll send you a post and maybe we can meet up.