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Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   04-21-2015, 02:09 PM
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Posted By bellyfruit
financing building off the grid

Has anyone had success obtaining a loan for building a home yourself off the grid? If so, where did you get it and what were the terms?
TIA!
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-05-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By bellyfruit
OP here. I think I am definitely having trouble...

OP here. I think I am definitely having trouble with my ego and feeling disrespected. This spills into everything. With my 5yo I feel it strongest, which is hilarious really, as I know intellectually...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-31-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By bellyfruit
Don't feel guilty for being tired at the end of a...

Don't feel guilty for being tired at the end of a whole day caring for others! I am so done by dinner- I find it painful to go through the motions of bedtime.
One trick I use is to get them ready...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-31-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By bellyfruit
Things learned from experience.

For moms with a number of years and/or children under their belts, I am curious how your parenting has changed. What rules did you start out with that turned out to be unnecessary? What biggies...
Forum: January 2015 Due Date Club   12-28-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 60
Posted By bellyfruit
I have that manual Medela one. It works fine. If...

I have that manual Medela one. It works fine. If you are with your baby most of the time when they are little their is hardly ever a need to pump. Just for a feed or two to stash in the freezer in...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-12-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,001
Posted By bellyfruit
I guess it is a matter of remembering that they...

I guess it is a matter of remembering that they are in fact playing, and have the minds of children. Gun play is about power, and a game of tag, and good and bad. And it does not mean to them that...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-21-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 587
Posted By bellyfruit
I think you have gotten really good advice here....

I think you have gotten really good advice here.  I think it is easy to get caught in a trap of trying to not let our firstborn experience any discomfort.  But it does not actually serve the child...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-21-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By bellyfruit
My 7yo dd does these things- the excessive...

My 7yo dd does these things- the excessive talking, interrupting, pushing verbally.  I think it is a combination of verbal skills being her strong suit and wanting attention.  But, as an introvert,...
Forum: Babywearing   02-05-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By bellyfruit
Hey ladies, I am on the prowl for a fleece...

Hey ladies,
I am on the prowl for a fleece pouch sling.  Preferably one that is sized- not adjustable.  Any recommendations?
TIA!
Forum: Breastfeeding   01-15-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By bellyfruit
I love the Melinda G t-shirt bra.  And Bravado...

I love the Melinda G t-shirt bra.  And Bravado makes lots of great nursing bras.
Forum: Homebirth   01-02-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By bellyfruit
If you want stronger meds than your midwife can...

If you want stronger meds than your midwife can provide, which depends on the laws in your state, then simply go to your regular doctor and ask for them from her. Just tell her that you want care...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   12-31-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By bellyfruit
I would breastfeed first for every feed.  Only...

I would breastfeed first for every feed.  Only after offer formula.  Supply is directly related to demand, so the more often your baby suckles, the more your breasts will know to make.  Pumping does...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   12-27-2013, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 853
Posted By bellyfruit
I don't think it is dangerous at all to fall...

I don't think it is dangerous at all to fall asleep while nursing and co-sleeping. That's kind of the point- to get sleep while your brain is synched up with your babe.
I use pillows and a...
Forum: Life With a Baby   12-13-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By bellyfruit
I would do something warmer for his legs and...

I would do something warmer for his legs and feet.  Wool or fleece pants to go over cotton ones, and shearling or fleece booties with socks for the feet.  My kids always get cold limbs on winter...
Forum: Life With a Baby   12-04-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 290
Posted By bellyfruit
GMD prefolds, covers, favorite is Bummis Super...

GMD prefolds, covers, favorite is Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, and cloth wipes
Ergo type carrier
Baby swing 
Big bed for co-sleeping
Stroller- my favorite is the City Mini as it's lightweight,...
Forum: Breastfeeding   12-04-2013, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By bellyfruit
I do not consider myself modest at all.  But I...

I do not consider myself modest at all.  But I only ever nurse in public by lifting my shirt, and then the baby and shirt cover me up.  I don't lift my breast out the top of my tank tops in public-...
Forum: Diapering   12-04-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By bellyfruit
Any time we have had a bad rash it turned out to...

Any time we have had a bad rash it turned out to be yeast too.  I only use water on my wipes though- we are sensitive to soap.  
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-13-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By bellyfruit
I would let her know you are scared of taking it...

I would let her know you are scared of taking it and ask her if she has any alternative ideas.  Monistat, Gyne-lotrimin, or Yeast Arrest (boric acid suppositories) are all safe in pregnancy.  
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-30-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 12,066
Posted By bellyfruit
I totally agree with preemieprincess.  And,...

I totally agree with preemieprincess.  And, really, you just can't live your life caring what others think of you.  So some folks look down on me for being at home with my kids?  Oh well, I like...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-23-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By bellyfruit
Without an outside structure determining my...

Without an outside structure determining my schedule, I find that I can get stuck not meeting my own needs and feeling overwhelmed.  Theoretically, sahming could be the most awesome life choice we...
Forum: Homebirth   10-22-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By bellyfruit
I have not torn with any of my births.  But I do...

I have not torn with any of my births.  But I do know it is entirely possible to not tear in a subsequent birth.  I do not know the circumstances of your first birth, but if you received an...
Forum: Diapering   10-14-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 146
Posted By bellyfruit
Have you tried using calgon water softener...

Have you tried using calgon water softener powder?  It worked for me on my cotton diapers when I lived in a place with water so hard it was rust colored.  And could you set up a water softener that...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-14-2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By bellyfruit
sweet.

sweet.
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-08-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 771
Posted By bellyfruit
Glad you have made some progress.  None of us...

Glad you have made some progress.  None of us should get run into the ground by the tasks of everyday life!
Forum: Diapering   10-07-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 570
Posted By bellyfruit
If you are using a normal flannel receiving...

If you are using a normal flannel receiving blanket, I would say a large birdseye flat is a little bit more absorbent.  But still not as absorbent as a prefold.    
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