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I am Jen! I am about to turn 30, I have 3 kids and I breastfeed the younger 2! I am unshaved and overweight and really funny and easy to talk to! I homeschool, I'm a feminist and I am unapologetic about all of these things!

But I don't need you to be anything like me!

I just woul like someone with children around dd1s age for her to play with- she is 5.

I live in foster city and I do not have a car M-F until 5. We typically walk about 3-4 miles roundtrip for outings, so I can meet at parks during the day.

I am *really* very tired of getting sneered at for nursing my baby and I'm really tired of being the only mom at the park without anyone to talk to.

I also REALLY like myself and my family and I'm not interested in not being myself.

And if you don't live near me and you dont want to meetup, but you ARE reading this- can you comment anyway?

I could use any commiseration as well.

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I'm chiming in to encourage all area mamas out there to hang out with Jen and her kids!! She is a dear friend and former park buddy before she moved (sob sob). She is a total riot and her oldest says the coolest things ever. The whole family is incredibly lovable and if I could spend time with them constantly I think I would. The best thing is that you can always be yourself around Jen. Go play with her!

Love you honey, we'll try to plan a trip out there soon. xoxoxo
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Thanks for the endorsement mama! I was worried that No one would comment!!!


And btw- we miss the heck out of you all!

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Yes, Jen is wonderful!!! And if your not playing with her, Arizona would like her back

P.S. Do not believe that over weight thing. She is perfect.
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Yes, Jen is wonderful!!! And if your not playing with her, Arizona would like her back

P.S. Do not believe that over weight thing. She is perfect.
Speaking of Arizona... I need to call you about our visit!

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I don't have a 5 year old, but I will totally hang out with you if you want. I live in Santa Clara, but I have a car and driving is no biggie. Just name the day.

Oh, I should probably say, I'm Stacy and I have one kid who is 16 months old (and also still nursing).
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I don't have a 5 year old, but I will totally hang out with you if you want. I live in Santa Clara, but I have a car and driving is no biggie. Just name the day.

Oh, I should probably say, I'm Stacy and I have one kid who is 16 months old (and also still nursing).
Deal!

I'm right off foster city blvd... There are a bunch of parks nearby...

Tomorrow? Next week?

My schedule is embarrassingly OPEN

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How about Friday? My kid has just discovered parks so I'm going to have to be a bit hands on so he doesn't kill himself lol!

My only time request is that I miss rush hour traffic.
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Friday is good! I'll check out which ones have the smaller toddler play areas and let you know!

I always have to follow my dd2 close- she is a daredevil and accident prone.

I'm excited!

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friday is good! I'll check out which ones have the smaller toddler play areas and let you know!

I always have to follow my dd2 close- she is a daredevil and accident prone.

I'm excited!
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Hi Jen
I am Shahnaz and am in Foster City. Would love to connect. Two boys 4.5 and 3.
Welcome to the area
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Hi Jen
I am Shahnaz and am in Foster City. Would love to connect. Two boys 4.5 and 3.
Welcome to the area
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Awesome! Any days/times that work best?

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Me me! sigh... Love you Jen, so much! Have fun with the mamas!
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So we just drove around checking out the parks... Man there are a lot!

Gull park on gull ave. Is probably the best bet- toddler sized play structure, older play structure, swings, bathroom and beach.

If that sounds good just let me know a time that works.

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Hi mama!

I'm in Palo Alto, but that's not too out of the way! And I only have one 13 month old. . .so no one for your DD to play with, but I'd love to hang out anyway. I also have another MDC mama friend who is in Redwood City, who might hang out with us too.

Besides what you can glean from my sigi--I'm almost 35, a feminist, and before motherhood swallowed my brain I was a photographer and art historian. My name is Lucinda. I have met a lot of mamas since having my LO, but haven't found many I really click with (my closest mama friend is someone also from MDC). I can be kind of reserved, so I find it hard to make friends, but it's lonely as a SAHM and I'd love to know some really cool women who I can laugh and cry and commiserate with! It'd be nice to spend less time on MDC (gasp) and more time with RL friends. My LO is very active, so we go somewhere where he can burn off some energy (i.e. someplace he can be physical and loud) everyday. He isn't in love with the car (he hates to stop moving), but as long as we keep the trips to under 30min he does okay. So we could certainly come up to your neck of the woods.

Additionally, have you checked out appen.org? Great group! You can't tell much from the website, but they have a couple of park days a week and a number of monthly get-togethers. Lots of older nursing kids and co-sleeping kids. . .it's so nice to find other parents who are as "weird" as you (or I) am!

Feel free to PM me!

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So we just drove around checking out the parks... Man there are a lot!

Gull park on gull ave. Is probably the best bet- toddler sized play structure, older play structure, swings, bathroom and beach.

If that sounds good just let me know a time that works.
Is 1:00 OK? That way I know naptime will be over with time built in to drive. If that's too late I can come earlier and DS can sleep in the car if he needs to (he's a good car kid).

Is it a big park? How will I find you? Just go to the toddler play structure maybe? I'd post a picture but I am soooo not photogenic...wait my kid is though! Here he is.
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Besides what you can glean from my sigi--I'm almost 35, a feminist, and before motherhood swallowed my brain I was a photographer and art historian. My name is Lucinda. I have met a lot of mamas since having my LO, but haven't found many I really click with (my closest mama friend is someone also from MDC). I can be kind of reserved, so I find it hard to make friends, but it's lonely as a SAHM and I'd love to know some really cool women who I can laugh and cry and commiserate with! It'd be nice to spend less time on MDC (gasp) and more time with RL friends. My LO is very active, so we go somewhere where he can burn off some energy (i.e. someplace he can be physical and loud) everyday. He isn't in love with the car (he hates to stop moving), but as long as we keep the trips to under 30min he does okay. So we could certainly come up to your neck of the woods.

Additionally, have you checked out appen.org? Great group! You can't tell much from the website, but they have a couple of park days a week and a number of monthly get-togethers. Lots of older nursing kids and co-sleeping kids. . .it's so nice to find other parents who are as "weird" as you (or I) am!

Feel free to PM me!
I must say, I took for granted having a huge mama tribe. Since dd1 was a baby we were surrounded by open minded, diverse, radical, imperfect, amazing families. I have never felt so disconnected in my whole journey through motherhood!

We have had a hard few lonely months, it would be awesome to really get to connect with others!

I am a very socially anxious person, but I love people... Which makes meeting people hard. I tend to get so excited, that I overcompensate.... Vicious cycle.

I'd love to hang out, anytime.

I'll pm you!

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Is 1:00 OK? That way I know naptime will be over with time built in to drive. If that's too late I can come earlier and DS can sleep in the car if he needs to (he's a good car kid).

Is it a big park? How will I find you? Just go to the toddler play structure maybe? I'd post a picture but I am soooo not photogenic...wait my kid is though! Here he is.
1:00 is great! I'll pm you my number in case anything changes.

It's not too big a park- the toddler structure is right next to a nicely shaded picnic area- I'll try to set up there...

Your ds is adorable! I'll keep an eye out!

I'd venture to guess you won't miss us! I've got short red hair and three loud kids- I'll probably be wearing the baby.

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I live in the East Bay but it wouldn't take long for me to get over the San Mateo Bridge. I have a 1.5 yo baby girl and an almost 8 yo girl who homeschools. I would love to meet up.

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I live in the East Bay but it wouldn't take long for me to get over the San Mateo Bridge. I have a 1.5 yo baby girl and an almost 8 yo girl who homeschools. I would love to meet up.
Awesome!

Dd1 will be so excited! She has yet to meet another homeschooled friend in California.

Would you want to come tomorrow? I think it'd be fun to have a group.... I'm
So excited to talk to other women I might cry

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Awww, I'd love to be there today, but 1pm is hard for us. . .right in the middle of nap time. Maybe we can do it again next week, for us generally either meeting at 10am or around 3pm works best.

And I know of a number of homeschooled kids around your DDs age from the APPen group--I can get you connected

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Awww, I'd love tobe there today, but 1pm is hard for us. . .right in the middle of nap time. Maybe we can do it again next week, for us generally either meeting at 10am or around 3pm works best.

And I know of a number of homeschooled kids around your DDs age from the APPen group--I can get you connected
10 or 3 would work for us most days too.

An yay! On the connections

I told her that I may have found some homeschooled kids to play with and her face just lit up!

I think she was beginnin to think she was all alone, even though I promised other people do homeschool.

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I'm so excited to talk to other women I might cry
I know exactly what you mean! It doesn't help that all the women I know around where I live are college professors. Very nice but very, very busy.
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I would love to try today! Which park?

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I would love to try today! Which park?
gull park

excited to meet everyone!

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Oh, man! I just missed this meet up.

Still interested in a meetup down here too? Pretty, pretty please?

And I totally get the whole 'I could cry thinking of meeting other moms' thing. I don't know why, but this area isn't very, ummm, get together friendly? Plus I find it so hard to just wander over and start up convos. This way, I KNOW that the whole point is to start talking, and hey, I already HAVE started talking to you guys, so there we go.

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So..... Wanna do it again

I'm up to switch parks... Or not. Sunfish park and shad park have Sand but not water but I don't think either of them have bathrooms. I'll check a couple parks out this week and update more.


But I would love to hang out again!

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So..... Wanna do it again

I'm up to switch parks... Or not. Sunfish park and shad park have Sand but not water but I don't think either of them have bathrooms. I'll check a couple parks out this week and update more.


But I would love to hang out again!
I'd only be able to go if it's in the evenings.

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So 10am Friday sound good? Gull park again?


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If you want I can give you a ride.  I have two extra car seats (one Britax and one Chicco bucket).  My windshield has a big crack in it though...will that bother you?  Sorry if that seems like a strange question lol!

 

I'd have to make sure all three seats would fit in the back of a Honda Accord, but I don't see why they wouldn't.

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