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Forum: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island   11-09-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By lexbeach
Have you interviewed the River Valley Midwives...

Have you interviewed the River Valley Midwives (http://rivervalleymidwives.com/)? I don't know of any other homebirth midwives in the area who have been practicing for as long as they have, if that's...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-16-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By lexbeach
It does sound really hard. Especially the part...

It does sound really hard. Especially the part about worrying that your kids aren't being well-cared for when you can't be there to watch over them. It seems like a priority should be you and your...
Forum: Queer Parenting   02-16-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By lexbeach
It's definitely possible (and relatively...

It's definitely possible (and relatively simple!) for two moms to nurse a baby, but not necessarily in the way you might think. I am going to respond to this post both as an IBCLC and as a lesbian...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-26-2013, 07:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,845
Posted By lexbeach
Boredom breeds genius. Kids rarely think up...

Boredom breeds genius. Kids rarely think up especially fantastic things to do if they're not first bored.

We bring zero toys anywhere with us. Not even in the car (long drives are for looking out...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   07-22-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,066
Posted By lexbeach
I find that thinking of the kids' bedrooms as...

I find that thinking of the kids' bedrooms as BEDrooms really makes it feel fine that all that fits in there is their beds. (Anyway we are a minimalist-living family, so there isn't any other...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-22-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 778
Posted By lexbeach
I always find that my kids are overjoyed to be...

I always find that my kids are overjoyed to be given things that we otherwise might not let them use abundantly/ "waste."
 
- a ball of string/yarn and some scissors
- tape! (oh the JOY of tape!)...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-31-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Posted By lexbeach
I am curious to know about any sandals you have...

I am curious to know about any sandals you have for your elementary-aged kiddo that you love. I am looking for some for my 10 and 6-year-old sons (sizes 13-5). In the past they have had keens, but I...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   06-19-2012, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Posted By lexbeach
I had my first singleton when my twins were...

I had my first singleton when my twins were three years, nine months old (I nursed one of the twins until he was 2.5, and one until I got pregnant, days after their third birthday). I had SO MUCH...
Forum: Queer Parenting   06-18-2012, 02:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,376
Posted By lexbeach
Awww, you guys are so sweet. Thanks for the warm...

Awww, you guys are so sweet. Thanks for the warm welcome. My life has been insanely full, and I've been trying to keep it off the internet, but I have missed you all and this community very much. My...
Forum: Queer Parenting   06-16-2012, 08:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,376
Posted By lexbeach
We'll be on the Cape for Family Week this year,...

We'll be on the Cape for Family Week this year, but I don't know that we'll attend any of the organized events (still thinking about it). My mom has rented a house for us (and my sisters, etc.) in...
Forum: Queer Parenting   01-05-2012, 03:28 PM
Replies: 24
  Poll: Boys vs. girls
Views: 3,422
Posted By lexbeach
I remember reading this, too (I think the...

I remember reading this, too (I think the statistic I read was that 80% of babies from frozen sperm were boys), but also remember reading that newer technology has made it more like 50-50 (something...
Forum: Queer Parenting   05-22-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 13,445
Posted By lexbeach
I love seeing your babies, Coco! They are...

I love seeing your babies, Coco! They are delicious.
Forum: Queer Parenting   05-22-2011, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,376
Posted By lexbeach
I think it's awesome, too. Our donor is...

I think it's awesome, too. Our donor is anonymous, but I very much regretted the choice after our kids were born and I was better able to think about it all through their eyes. I've always felt...
Forum: Queer Parenting   04-28-2011, 03:49 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 13,445
Posted By lexbeach
Hi guys,   It's been a while since I've...

Hi guys,
 
It's been a while since I've frequented MDC, and I was glad to pop on here and see this "chatty" thread and catch up with some old names. Nice to "see" you all!
 
My four wild and...
Forum: Queer Parenting   01-25-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,295
Posted By lexbeach
I gestated our first three children and my kids'...

I gestated our first three children and my kids' other mom gestated our fourth. I was never worried about favoritism, and it hasn't been an issue for me at all. I absolutely couldn't love my fourth...
Forum: Queer Parenting   01-25-2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 932
Posted By lexbeach
Hi Natalie,   I would love to connect with...

Hi Natalie,
 
I would love to connect with you. I live in Northampton (just over the bridge from Hadley) with my four sons (ages: 1, 4, and 8-year-old twins). We are looking to create exactly the...
Forum: Queer Parenting   01-22-2011, 07:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,268
Posted By lexbeach
I am so sorry to hear that you and your partner...

I am so sorry to hear that you and your partner are struggling in this way.
 
My wife and I separated 14 months after the birth of our fourth son (perhaps notably: the first of our children whom...
Forum: Queer Parenting   09-04-2010, 02:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,794
Posted By lexbeach
The issue is not the breastfeeding. I feel like...

The issue is not the breastfeeding. I feel like I can say this definitively, as a breastfeeding, non-gestational mother. My youngest is 14 months old as well, and my wife gave birth to him. As I...
Forum: Queer Parenting   08-25-2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,055
Posted By lexbeach
We didn't use a KD (though I wish we could...

We didn't use a KD (though I wish we could have), but of our friends who did, the majority do have contact with the donor's parents, and it is a largely positive thing.

I think that when your...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   08-19-2010, 12:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,610
Posted By lexbeach
I never introduced bottles to my twins. Before...

I never introduced bottles to my twins. Before they were born, I was pretty set on exclusive at-the-breast feeding, and after they were born, I just couldn't imagine when I would ever have time to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   08-16-2010, 12:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,215
Posted By lexbeach
My marriage has been in crisis for several...

My marriage has been in crisis for several months now, and I, too, have grappled with this question. I think it would be easier for me to jump to the divorce conclusion if there were a lot of...
Forum: Queer Parenting   08-10-2010, 09:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,363
Posted By lexbeach
Quote: Originally Posted by quasar...

Quote:
Originally Posted by quasar http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15719304)
Maybe that's quackery, but for us, the only...
Forum: Queer Parenting   08-09-2010, 06:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,363
Posted By lexbeach
I guess I'll be the voice of dissent, not that...

I guess I'll be the voice of dissent, not that it necessarily matters to the OP at this point (congrats on buying sperm!). I think it makes more sense to just go month to month in the beginning...
Forum: Queer Parenting   08-08-2010, 01:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,909
Posted By lexbeach
I mostly liked it. Being in the midst of a...

I mostly liked it. Being in the midst of a marital drama myself, I could relate to a lot of the issues and found the film to be affirming and real in many ways. I especially appreciated Jules'...
Forum: Queer Parenting   08-01-2010, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 633
Posted By lexbeach
We just decided last-minute to head to the cape...

We just decided last-minute to head to the cape for a few days this week. I've never been to P-town during family week before, and while the main draw for us really is the ocean, i'm excited about...
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