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Sarah, NINE pounds! You sure do know how to grow 'em!

My last one was 6.8lbs, and I had a horribly huge cervical lip. I had the midwives from AKH&B here, and I was frustrated that things weren't moving faster. I told D that I thought the baby's head was "off," and she said I was right, and suggested I do some different types of stances to get her head more centered. It helped.

Then I did a cervical check when I thought, "This baby should have been out with that push," and found a cervical lip the size of a baby's arm. It was unbelievable. (D didn't find it because I do my own checks for the most part). I asked her (sitting on a stool in the shower), "What in the world is that?" and as she looked puzzled, it just came to me. I said, "It's a cervical lip, swollen out of proportion. You push it aside and I'll push her out."

And bless her pea-picking heart, Dana did. And Iris was born on the next contraction as I screamed (I never seem to be able to not yell during a birth), all tangled and purple and *tiny.*


I will forever love D and her abilities because she trusted me in those moments, and then she moved out of the way so my DH and I could catch Iris together. We in Fairbanks are so fortunate to have her.

my little story got long, sorry

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Congratulations, Sarah! :

Just an update. I had my appointment yesterday morning. I thought the nurse who saw me was wonderful, attentive, concerned, caring, everything you'd hope for in a health practitioner. She checked my IUD and it is there, which I knew, but whatever. Her main concern, just like mine, is the spotting throughout the month, every few days. When I asked her about hormone testing, which is something I'd never heard of until someone here mentioned it as a possibility, she said it is extremely expensive and she doesn't feel it is necessary since I'm still getting my periods, even though the last one was 2 weeks late. Something I didn't mention to her or here (I don't know why I didn't think to until just now) is that the entire month of July has been extremely stressful for several reasons, just a very high level of stress going on all month. Anyway, this nurse suggested I go on the birth control pill for 1-3 months to hopefully even out my hormones. She thought my recent end to my 4 year breastfeeding career, and my weight gains and losses over the past 5 years may have affected my hormone cycle and that it may just need a boost to get back on track. So, I bought one month supply with the intention to begin taking them starting the first day of my next period.

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Congratulations, Sarah! :

Just an update. I had my appointment yesterday morning. I thought the nurse who saw me was wonderful, attentive, concerned, caring, everything you'd hope for in a health practitioner. She checked my IUD and it is there, which I knew, but whatever. Her main concern, just like mine, is the spotting throughout the month, every few days. When I asked her about hormone testing, which is something I'd never heard of until someone here mentioned it as a possibility, she said it is extremely expensive and she doesn't feel it is necessary since I'm still getting my periods, even though the last one was 2 weeks late. Something I didn't mention to her or here (I don't know why I didn't think to until just now) is that the entire month of July has been extremely stressful for several reasons, just a very high level of stress going on all month. Anyway, this nurse suggested I go on the birth control pill for 1-3 months to hopefully even out my hormones. She thought my recent end to my 4 year breastfeeding career, and my weight gains and losses over the past 5 years may have affected my hormone cycle and that it may just need a boost to get back on track. So, I bought one month supply with the intention to begin taking them starting the first day of my next period.
I have had the same advice in the past, in regards to regulating my hormones.
After a bit of research, I knew I could not go that route. Its not natural.
Two things I did, were fully switch to Traditional Foods. and never eating anythign processed, and then using Lunaception.
Women in Alaska can have a harder time with regularity in regards to their cycles, because of the constant changing light and dark. Add on the streess you are/were dealing with.
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YES, we got the correct half of our couch switched out. I have a whole couch now, yay!! :
And a lady from church let me borrow her vacuum yesterday afternoon (since I only have a dustbuster at the moment) so I have a wholly clean house in time for my in-laws to arrive this afternoon. My MIL likes her house to be like a museum :roll I have no desire to have a house like that (and she'd better not try to bring bleach into my house--she uses it on everything in her house, even her cutting boards :Puke ) but on the other hand they have just driven 3500 miles (and are bringing us a bunch of boxes of our stuff) so I did at least want to straighten things up a bit.

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Thanks for all the congratulations! It's kind of nice to share the love without having to get dressed or shower!

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I never had them in pregnancy but developed them from pushing with my last birth. The things I found most helpful were actually to utilize a couple of birth techniques whenever I needed to have a BM:
  • squatting (I had a little step stool and would put my feet up on it, or even on the edge of the toilet seat if you're that flexible)
  • pereneal support (I'd just press my finger in a little right behind my anus and it seemed to relieve the pressure...I'm sure it would work on the pereneum to but that was harder to reach )

Witch hazel is also very soothing--I put a little in a peri bottle with warm water and just squirted all over down there. They make tucks pads with witch hazel in them, but a plain bottle of the stuff was cheaper
You're a genius. I'd forgotten that I had Tucks pads and squatting (slightly) made everything so easy. Thank you!


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Sarah, how wonderful! What a beautiful little girl!! With my youngest my cervix never went all the way. I had a lip the Natalie got caught on, so the midwife ended up using her finger to push it out of the way. Your LO must have been in a great position, too. I have 3 and the only one I ripped on was my smallest, and I think it's because she was twisted. She started to come out sunny-side up and turned part way out. My 9+ lber was no problem.
I'll have to remember not to get too cocky before the next one. We were quite blessed not to need any manual intervention in that regard. It sounds so uncomfortable? Is it more painful?


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Sarah, NINE pounds! You sure do know how to grow 'em!

My last one was 6.8lbs, and I had a horribly huge cervical lip. I had the midwives from AKH&B here, and I was frustrated that things weren't moving faster. I told D that I thought the baby's head was "off," and she said I was right, and suggested I do some different types of stances to get her head more centered. It helped.

Then I did a cervical check when I thought, "This baby should have been out with that push," and found a cervical lip the size of a baby's arm. It was unbelievable. (D didn't find it because I do my own checks for the most part). I asked her (sitting on a stool in the shower), "What in the world is that?" and as she looked puzzled, it just came to me. I said, "It's a cervical lip, swollen out of proportion. You push it aside and I'll push her out."

And bless her pea-picking heart, Dana did. And Iris was born on the next contraction as I screamed (I never seem to be able to not yell during a birth), all tangled and purple and *tiny.*


I will forever love D and her abilities because she trusted me in those moments, and then she moved out of the way so my DH and I could catch Iris together. We in Fairbanks are so fortunate to have her.

my little story got long, sorry

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I credit the size to all the peanut butter. It's almost all I've eaten for weeks. By the way: having a snack of apples and peanut butter is WAY too good a treat to leave in childhood. If you haven't had it recently, I highly recommend it.

I was super impressed with my midwives. I had J and V and they were right on point the whole time. No matter how much I whimpered and worried, they never lost their patience with me. And J ran back and forth to the bathroom warming a wet compress for me so many times. And D has been SO helpful and knowledgeable whenever I've needed her. She does a great job with that place.

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J was a midwife-in-training during my last birth, and Vanessa was here for my "not-labor" the week before that birth. They're both amazing people.

Dana has been at three of my births.


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I'll have to remember not to get too cocky before the next one. We were quite blessed not to need any manual intervention in that regard. It sounds so uncomfortable? Is it more painful?
I see many more problems with small babies then I do with big babies. Big babies don't have room to mess around in there while little babies have room to get their head's cocked to the side or their hand up by their faces, etc. I lurve me some big baby! Hahaha.
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I'll have to remember not to get too cocky before the next one. We were quite blessed not to need any manual intervention in that regard. It sounds so uncomfortable? Is it more painful?

I don't know that it was more painful. I had one that came out, like I said, twisted, and I had had bad back labor with her. The next one came in 2 hours start to finish, so mentally there was no time to prepare. And the last, well, I wasn't swearing when she was born, which was an improvement over the second (I don't normally swear, BTW). I don't remember really feeling the midwife helping, just know she did because as soon as she got that little lip out of the way it was one or two pushes and out Natalie came.
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I'm looking for a doula apprentice. Now's your chance to learn from a pro without feeling like you are being thown in unprepared. I normally require an apprentice take a doula workshop before accepting them but it is negotiable for the right person. There is one in Anchorage in Oct. Anyone interested?
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We are looking for interested parties to help start a Sacred Harp Society in the Valley.
Please bare in mind that you need to be able to carry a tune fairly well.
You can use this as a tool for learning to read music well.
Members would be responsible for paying for their own Sacred Harp book, but we can certainly make a bulk order to defray the shipping cost.
We have room in our home for quite a few people to start out, but would be looking at using the Community center or a local church in the future.

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I'm home sick today.
Been battling a sinus something or other since Wednesday.
I feel fine, but sound horrible
I really miss Sunday meeting, so I am sitting here listening to accapella hymns on youtube.

Its crazy, cause I never get sick anymore! Its been a couple years at least, since I even had the sniffles.
So, I'm taking extra fermented cod liver oil to help fight it off!

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I'm home sick today.
Been battling a sinus something or other since Wednesday.
I feel fine, but sound horrible
I really miss Sunday meeting, so I am sitting here listening to accapella hymns on youtube.

I know what you mean. When I miss church Sunday morning the whole week just seems weird.
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I am not sure where you are, but when I went to the farmers markets in Seattle last summer, their produce was organic and WAY LESS expensive than the grocery store prices. I don't really understand why organic produce in the stores here are generally cheaper than they are at the Farmer's Markets here. Just my observation....

Down town seattle, Pike's and other places in the Downtown area that I could walk to.

The farmer/vendors were not cheaper. Not on Friday anyway. Now, if you are comparing OUR farmer's markets to the Seattle Farmer's Markets, things were cheaper. Like Seattle =$3 for carrots, Anchorage = $5 for carrots.
But the produce that comes into our stores (organic or not) was the same as Seattle.

It was just disappointing since I remembered the days when corn was 10 - 25 cents each and I was hoping to fill our bag with some yummy's to bring home.

I still ate well while there and it was nice to have FRESH stuff that was no all beat up.
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YES, we got the correct half of our couch switched out. I have a whole couch now, yay!! :
And a lady from church let me borrow her vacuum yesterday afternoon (since I only have a dustbuster at the moment) so I have a wholly clean house in time for my in-laws to arrive this afternoon. My MIL likes her house to be like a museum :roll I have no desire to have a house like that (and she'd better not try to bring bleach into my house--she uses it on everything in her house, even her cutting boards :Puke ) but on the other hand they have just driven 3500 miles (and are bringing us a bunch of boxes of our stuff) so I did at least want to straighten things up a bit.
Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?

I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.
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She's here!

Thanks for all your help and recommendations, my midwives were amazing and I really could not have asked for a better birth. Unbelievable.

My slightly incoherant birth story
She's absolutely perfect... amazingly beautifully perfect! Congratulations mama. Enjoy your baby moon!

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Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?

I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.
Tammy, I use vinegar for almost everything. From stripping pesticides from fruit I can't get organically, to washing my windows to disinfecting stuff

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Anyone on here from Sitka?
DH and I have been offered scholarships to go down there in Oct. for the Sacred Harp singing school:
Its getting close to our anniversary as well, and we have a companion ticket that needs used by the end of the year.
THe scholership would almost cover the other ticket, so if anyone has good ideas of where it would be nice to stay for a couple of romantic nights, that would be awsome.
Something with a kitchen would be nice, as I will plan on packing a cooler with all our food needs.
I have an interesting food allergy to deal with, plus we eat TF on top of that.
Eating out is lethal to our guts

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Anyone on here from Sitka?
DH and I have been offered scholarships to go down there in Oct. for the Sacred Harp singing school:
Its getting close to our anniversary as well, and we have a companion ticket that needs used by the end of the year.
THe scholership would almost cover the other ticket, so if anyone has good ideas of where it would be nice to stay for a couple of romantic nights, that would be awsome.
Something with a kitchen would be nice, as I will plan on packing a cooler with all our food needs.
I have an interesting food allergy to deal with, plus we eat TF on top of that.
Eating out is lethal to our guts
I stayed at this bed and breakfast:
http://sitkaalaskalodging.reachlocal...L_enUS306US306

We stayed in the fireweed room which had a small fridge and a microwave. The owners were super sweet and I bet if you wanted to cook something, they might let you use their stove upstairs. We've stayed there a few times (hubby was down in Sitka for 4 months at a time for a couple of years) and every time they were super awesome folks.

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I credit the size to all the peanut butter. It's almost all I've eaten for weeks. By the way: having a snack of apples and peanut butter is WAY too good a treat to leave in childhood. If you haven't had it recently, I highly recommend it.
I just have to say, since my second pregnancy when I seriously craved apples and peanut butter, I have eaten that nearly every day. And it's been 3 1/2 years. I may have a problem.
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Down town seattle, Pike's and other places in the Downtown area that I could walk to.

The farmer/vendors were not cheaper. Not on Friday anyway. Now, if you are comparing OUR farmer's markets to the Seattle Farmer's Markets, things were cheaper. Like Seattle =$3 for carrots, Anchorage = $5 for carrots.
But the produce that comes into our stores (organic or not) was the same as Seattle.

It was just disappointing since I remembered the days when corn was 10 - 25 cents each and I was hoping to fill our bag with some yummy's to bring home.

I still ate well while there and it was nice to have FRESH stuff that was no all beat up.
Hmm...well, maybe it's the smaller markets then. The one near my mom's house was super inexpensive. Nothing is cheap anymore though, you know?

Does anyone know of any good volunteering activities to do with young children in the Valley? I volunteer plenty myself, but wondering about doing something with the kids, rather than always dragging them along to meetings. Ideas?
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YES, we got the correct half of our couch switched out. I have a whole couch now, yay!! :
And a lady from church let me borrow her vacuum yesterday afternoon (since I only have a dustbuster at the moment) so I have a wholly clean house in time for my in-laws to arrive this afternoon. My MIL likes her house to be like a museum :roll I have no desire to have a house like that (and she'd better not try to bring bleach into my house--she uses it on everything in her house, even her cutting boards :Puke ) but on the other hand they have just driven 3500 miles (and are bringing us a bunch of boxes of our stuff) so I did at least want to straighten things up a bit.
Woohoo! Half a couch can make a whole lot of difference!

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Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?

I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.

We use vinegar for several things at our house (best thing I've found for soap scum) and we have a few cleaners, but they are by Biokleen or Seventh Generation, so it is more natural. Lemon juice works well for some odors as well -- especially fish on cutting boards. Oh, we also use baking soda and sometimes borax. Borax, though, can be dangerous if it gets eaten. It is better than bleach, from what I understand, but there is the possibility of it causing problems.
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We use vinegar for several things at our house (best thing I've found for soap scum) and we have a few cleaners, but they are by Biokleen or Seventh Generation, so it is more natural. Lemon juice works well for some odors as well -- especially fish on cutting boards. Oh, we also use baking soda and sometimes borax. Borax, though, can be dangerous if it gets eaten. It is better than bleach, from what I understand, but there is the possibility of it causing problems.
Baking soda for scrubbing, vinegar as well, and then a few drops of tea tree oil in a pint sized spray bottle for disinfecting if needed.
I have learned to not do this much though, as I want a clean but natural environment to live in.

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Borax, though, can be dangerous if it gets eaten. It is better than bleach, from what I understand, but there is the possibility of it causing problems.
We use a borax dilution in one of our experiments and I found my daughter drinking it (it's clear) at one of our events. Not even an upset belly (of course, I don't know how much she ingested) so, while it *is* toxic, it appears to be one of the safer ones out there (or my child just has an iron clad digestive system LOL)

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OMG I'd have lost it if I saw that! I love Borax for what it can do but I'd have been terrified to see my kid send it down the hatch. She must be a tough kid!

Glad she's ok! (and not even sick! - wow!)

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OMG I'd have lost it if I saw that! I love Borax for what it can do but I'd have been terrified to see my kid send it down the hatch. She must be a tough kid!

Glad she's ok! (and not even sick! - wow!)

Oh... I freaked... don't get me wrong. I was convinced she was going to die a miserable, poisonous death... but hubby, being a former EMT told me to remain calm (coupled with the fact that we were actually at an event in a professional capacity) and keep a very close eye on her... so I followed her around like a hawk and nothing... not even a "my belly hurts" nada. She was 3 at the time. If anything, it eased my comfort level in letting 3 year olds do the experiment. Thankfully, she's never done a repeat performance!

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Tammy, I use vinegar for almost everything. From stripping pesticides from fruit I can't get organically, to washing my windows to disinfecting stuff
White or AC vinegar for most everything - esp if it's a disinfect sort of job. Baking soda if needed but I do have a back up stash of tea tree oil cut with water for 'other' issues that i feel need a little more de-yucking.

To make the vinegar smell better you can add a few drops of orange EO or lemon EO makes a world of difference.

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Baking soda for scrubbing, vinegar as well, and then a few drops of tea tree oil in a pint sized spray bottle for disinfecting if needed.
I have learned to not do this much though, as I want a clean but natural environment to live in.
I've got to get myself come tea tree oil. We also can't seem to find baking soda in bulk quantity since we no longer have a costco membership. It seems nowhere else sells it in anything larger than those tiny boxes.

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This is sort of copied and pasted, sorry. I need ideas!!

Hi, all,

My Dd is turning 14 and we're having a big (for us) party for her Friday night.

Difficulties: We live in Alaska, where it's currently sopping wet, and getting colder.

We will have both boys and girls at the party, but the non-sleepover kids (all boys and some girls) will be driven home at 10pm.

The original plan was for a huge "Twister" "Twist-Off," where all the kids bring a Twister game if they have one, and we battle Twister-style.

That may still happen, just in more confined space (i.e., indoors).

Other than that, I'm at a loss. Most of these kids are black belts in our martial arts academy, they're very well-behaved and very silly people. I want to put on a kick-butt party for her, but I have literally NO ideas.

The kids are fun enough that silly games and goofy stuff is fine, so anything in that order would be a good choice. I don't want a "Let's watch a movie," type party, yk?

Last year for this particular Dd's bday we had a day out at the lakes, with a cookout, and then the sleepover kids came over and we painted her dresser. Yeah, exciting. (It *was* pretty fun).

This year the forecast is for rain, chilly weather, etc. We will probably still have a cookout in the fire pit, but other than that I'm clueless.

So? Food ideas, etc?

FWIW, 1/2 of these kids are homeschooled. We're secular, for what it's worth, but it does mean they don't watch TV and have no idea what the "latest" is as far as shows, fashions, etc.

Thanks for any ideas, I'm almost frantic with worry that it will be a big flop.



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