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Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   01-09-2007, 03:34 AM
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Posted By blackberrymama
My boys and I just moved to Seattle (Magnolia in...

My boys and I just moved to Seattle (Magnolia in particular) and we sure would like to make some friends or at least meet some people! Any other Seattle-ish single mamas who'd like to get together?...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   12-16-2006, 03:10 PM
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Views: 194
Posted By blackberrymama
My sons and I are moving to Seattle (from...

My sons and I are moving to Seattle (from Bremerton) in just two weeks (I was offered an awesome job yesterday morning!) and I was wondering if anyone knows of a stay at home mama who might be...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-14-2006, 05:39 PM
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Views: 448
Posted By blackberrymama
I've been bringing my 7 month old son to work...

I've been bringing my 7 month old son to work with me since I returned from maternity leave. I work in a small, three-person office so we've never had anything other than an informal verbal...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-02-2006, 01:51 AM
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Posted By blackberrymama
I'm sure this has been mentioned, but one thing...

I'm sure this has been mentioned, but one thing I love about being a single mama is how every decision is new. I get to reexamine every decision I ever make and ask whether it's really what *I* want...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   07-08-2006, 01:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 575
Posted By blackberrymama
I had two babies at St. Joes (very...

I had two babies at St. Joes (very unfortunately) and with both they used these thin cotton blankets with animals printed on them. The blankets also had something like "hospital property" stamped...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   07-07-2006, 09:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 513
Posted By blackberrymama
I blog too! I'm just about to hit my three year...

I blog too! I'm just about to hit my three year anniversary. I know it probably sounds silly, but blogging changed my life. My blog is one of the best things that ever happened to me.
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Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   07-07-2006, 12:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,101
Posted By blackberrymama
I graduated from Evergreen in '97, studied...

I graduated from Evergreen in '97, studied Women's Studies and Psychology, and then went on to pursue a Masters in Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. Now I'm back in Washington working...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   07-06-2006, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By blackberrymama
Yes, indeedy, it is. The only people who are...

Yes, indeedy, it is. The only people who are allowed to legally take care of kids without being licensed are relatives, neighbors if it's not a regularly scheduled occurrance (and as long as they...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-04-2006, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By blackberrymama
My partner and are in the process of separating...

My partner and are in the process of separating and I am having such a hard time. He's the one leaving me and despite his claims to still love me and to want us to be together "when we are ready,"...
Forum: March 2006   04-13-2006, 03:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,120
Posted By blackberrymama
I was due on March 19th and Eden Phyre made his...

I was due on March 19th and Eden Phyre made his appearance on March 27th. I'm a bit late with posting the birth story, but better late than never, eh?

Five days with ruptured membranes, tried for...
Forum: VBAC   04-13-2006, 03:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By blackberrymama
It's perhaps a little late to update this thread...

It's perhaps a little late to update this thread now, but I just wanted to follow up and post my birth story. Sadly, I didn't get my VBAC, although not because I didn't try. If anyone's interested...
Forum: VBAC   03-22-2006, 10:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By blackberrymama
We are planning a hospital birth but are going...

We are planning a hospital birth but are going to labor at a hotel until the last minute since technically the hospital doesn't allow VBACs. We definitely would have preferred to stay home (instead...
Forum: VBAC   03-22-2006, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By blackberrymama
I'm relatively new here and haven't yet had the...

I'm relatively new here and haven't yet had the chance to post too much, but I just wanted to share that my water broke a few hours ago and I'm having contractions. I'm trying for a VBAC and my...
Forum: VBAC   03-21-2006, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 376
Posted By blackberrymama
I also agree with talking to your local ICAN...

I also agree with talking to your local ICAN chapter and watching out for OBs who position themselves as supportive until the end when they suddenly change. I've found that for myself, while I found...
Forum: March 2006   03-21-2006, 03:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By blackberrymama
Congratulations!! Welcome to the world little...

Congratulations!! Welcome to the world little Ivy. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif
Forum: Working and Student Parents   03-21-2006, 03:19 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,374
Posted By blackberrymama
As much as I do love my job (I work 4 hours a...

As much as I do love my job (I work 4 hours a day for an environmental nonprofit), like G&BsMama, I also miss being able to connect IRL with other mamas. There are playgroups in my area and they...
Forum: VBAC   03-21-2006, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By blackberrymama
My story is similar to egoldber's. PROM at 38...

My story is similar to egoldber's. PROM at 38 weeks, failed induction, surgery. I only dilated to 1cm so when I had an exam last week (at 39 weeks) I was so thrilled to find out that I'm already...
Forum: March 2006   03-21-2006, 02:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 935
Posted By blackberrymama
I'm 40w1d too and everything seems like a sign...

I'm 40w1d too and everything seems like a sign of labor at this point. I don't know how I'm going to survive if I have to wait another two weeks! I'm trying for a VBAC so I'm nervous about doing...
Forum: March 2006   03-21-2006, 01:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,341
Posted By blackberrymama
I was due on Sunday and so now every little...

I was due on Sunday and so now every little thing is surely a sign of labor! It's hard to keep getting my hopes up and then feeling let down only to get my hopes up again. Tonight I've been having...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   03-21-2006, 01:27 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,374
Posted By blackberrymama
Absolutely! That's exactly how I felt when I...

Absolutely! That's exactly how I felt when I went back to work. Instead of spending the day feeling annoyed with having to read the same book a trillion times or play trains for hours, I actually...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   03-21-2006, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By blackberrymama
I'm maybe the only one to make this mistake but...

I'm maybe the only one to make this mistake but when I went back to work I was under the impression that using a single manual pump would be enough. Initially it was okay but my supply dropped and...
Forum: VBAC   03-20-2006, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By blackberrymama
Hey all, I've been wondering about this...I...

Hey all,

I've been wondering about this...I know that first time mamas generally go long in their pregnancies (like a little over 41 weeks I think?) but does anything know whether the same is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-20-2006, 03:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 305
Posted By blackberrymama
My son is three as well, just turned last month....

My son is three as well, just turned last month. I guess he's not technically a toddler anymore but he was late enough to "toddling" that I don't feel like we've gotten our fill of toddlerhood yet....
Forum: VBAC   03-16-2006, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 525
Posted By blackberrymama
I agree with Tika that a doula in the hospital...

I agree with Tika that a doula in the hospital is a must have, especially with the current climate surrounding VBACs. I expect that my partner will provide all the emotional and physical support I...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   03-15-2006, 10:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By blackberrymama
I agree that Olympic Hot Springs are well worth...

I agree that Olympic Hot Springs are well worth the hike (about 3 miles if I recall, but I don't remember if that's one way or round trip) and there's a campground at the end of the road/trail (used...
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