Rainbow Dancer how recently have you moved from the US? I hope your settling in Nicely and the culture Shock isnt to much. I wish i had Support when i first moved here as the Culture Shock sent me into a depression and it took a while to come out the other side. Ok this happened both times i moved here but the first time i didn't know it was culture shock. Interestingly enough for the most part the culture shock lasted around 6 months.
good luck with adjusting to everything. main thing-- remember to look both ways before you cross the street don't want to get squashed before you get a chance to really start enjoying everything.
Welcome to all the new NZers.
Chickenpox - I don't think there is a particularly NZ way of viewing chicken pox. The vaccine is available but not on the schedule and not subsidised. But it is part of the schedule in Australia now so might be in the future. There was a strong culture of pox parties when I was a child but health providers don't recommend that now due to how serious the illness can be. I figure it is pretty widespread so eventually my daughter will get it but I am not trying to get it. I think you could just feel out the other parent to see what their views are or if they have heard of pox parties before you broach it.
I have heard culture shock is really hard. If you are looking for likeminded parents then La Leche League is your best bet. Or maybe a Steiner playgroup? Some areas have babywearing groups. Maybe have a search on Facebook. I think Playcentre can be but have heard mixed things and since I am not at Playcentre I can't really comment.
I am continuuing to juggle the balance between work and home life. I work two days teaching teen mums and have just enrolled to study to become a childbirth educator. I am hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. My husband is away overseas for two weeks at the end of August and then we move house. So lots happening and just trying to keep calm and look after myself. Also really keen to try for number two once we have moved but also really scared about the reality of dealing with pregnancy plus a toddler plus work and study. Not to mention having to care for a new baby plus Ella. Oh well I have to make the leap at some point.
Due July 2012
I'm Alice SAHM to Noah (2 1/2) and Levi (5mnths) here in Dunedin also. My husband is almost finished his last of 4 years of university, YAY!!! I breastfeed, babywear and try to parent as my intution leads me to. I'm passionate about healthcare systems, mothering and crafting. Nice to meet you :)
I'm another American living in NZ. My name is Vallere and my family moved to Wanganui in January on a one year work visa for my husband. We. Love. It! I'm going to be so sad to go back to the States! NZ is absolutely beautiful, the people are incredibly friendly and helpful, and it doesn't hurt that Wangs is the second most temperate city in the world (really enjoying the mild weather after living my whole life in North Carolina!)
We are working on growing a larger family through birth and (prayerfully!) adoption, and, even though my hubby is a physician, we are a VERY naturally minded family. In the States I worked as a birth doula, we extended bf (I'm a LLL Leader), cosleep, babywear, and homeschool. We're also working towards a more self sufficient lifestyle - back in the States we always had a nice garden, I bake our bread, we eat virtually no processed foods, and I'm LOVING the fact that raw milk and free range eggs are so easy to get here in NZ!
Ian is our oldest. He turns 6 in Nov. He was born in a free standing birth center. It was supposed to be a waterbirth, but after 39 hours of laboring with him in a very poor position, I ended up birthing him side-lying on the bed. He came out facing my thigh with 2 nucal hands. I'm so glad my mw was proactive enough to get me out of the tub, because my uterus was so tired after all that that it didn't clamp down well and I bled quite a bit, which in hindsight, could have been a lot worse in the water. Ian is my smarty pants, and is very sensitive.
Zollie is our middle child. He was a wonderful water birth in the same birth center as his brother - we got there 2 hours before he was born into my hubby's hands. That's been the only easy thing about him! He's been my "high needs" kid. Terrible sleeper, needed to be held constantly, virtually stopped growing at 9 mo. Was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency right around his 3rd b-day (he takes daily injections now - huge stressor for me as we don't vax, but I've had to just pray that Yeshua will protect my little guy and trust that sometimes pharma isn't all evil), and we found that he has a Chiari malformation in his brain when we did the MRI for his GHD diagnosis. Whew! Thankfully, he's grown to be a fun, lovable, perfectly healthy, active guy and he turns 4 in 2 weeks!
Ceirdwyn is our dose of pink :) She was my home water-birth baby, and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect birth! Labor was only about 3 hours, the midwife got to the house only about 30 min before she was born. My boys both got to watch their sissy be born (with Ian exclaiming "She's coming out your BUTT!"). She's been nothing but joy from day 1. She turned 15 mo today and this age is so much fun!
Between Zollie and Ceirdwyn we lost a little girl early in her pregnancy. We are looking forward to meeting our Anna in Heaven :)
We feel so blessed in Wanganui to have found an awesome community of natural minded, homeschooling families who have made us feel so welcome.
Well! Didn't intend to write such a novel! Looking forward to getting to know you ladies on the forums :)
Vallere - Daugher of YHWH, Wife to Dr. Adventure, and Mama to DS(5), DS(3), DD & DD(1)
about our move to New Zealand!
I know this thread is a little old but thought I should introduce myself here. I'm Rachael, mum to a July 08 boy and July 10 girl. My daughter was a VBAC and my experience leading up to and during her birth was what led me to do my doula training through CBI - I am passionate about natural childbirth, and VBACs in particular. I am also a breastfeeding peer counsellor, still tandem nursing both my kids, and a babywearing junkie :-)
Kia ora whanau, I thought I would also jump on this bandwagon. I found this site through the Clean blog by Rachel Wolf (love!). I am a 30 year old social worker from Christchurch who got married to a wonderful man earlier this year. We have been TTC for about 3-4 months now. I am not at the stage of obsessing or stressing too much (she say's, after her 3rd negative pregnancy test) but am just trying to relax and go with the flow and continue doing all the things I enjoy.
Anyone got any cray cray TTC stories that will make me feel better? ;)
Hi there, I live in Whangarei, Tutuakaka coast. I'm Irish, been living here for 13 years, hubby is kiwi from auckland. Our oldest is 16, he's in year 12 in high school and our daughter's 11. We've practiced AP from the get-go and was really surprised to discover that so many people were both unsupportive and just overall funny about our parenting choices to bf on demand, co-sleep, no-vax, babywear.
I run peaceful parenting courses and do parent coaching with clients here in nz and around the globe and love it! I'm VERY passionate about respectfully relating with our children and within the family and all that that entails. I'm a writer for TNP magazine. I've only just clicked that there's a space here on mothering to connect with other parents in New Zealand. We tried to get a Whangarei peaceful parenting group started last year but it didn't quite come together, but keen to put more energy into making that happen again if there's anyone else local to Whangarei on here, give me a shout.