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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-29-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By ashleybess
Thank you so much, everyone! This is all so...

Thank you so much, everyone! This is all so helpful. I do feel I need to listen to my gut and have faith that homeschooling is right for us because I feel so led to it. We know an unschooling family...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-27-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By ashleybess
Hello! I'm seeking some advice and...

Hello! I'm seeking some advice and encouragement, particularly from homeschooling / unschooling mamas who have no previous experience teaching like me!
 
My children are 2.5 and 4.5, and currently...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   04-09-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 738
Views: 253,100
Posted By ashleybess
I think about and mourn my son being circumcised...

I think about and mourn my son being circumcised often, but I am feeling especially horrible about it today and so decided to get on here and share my story.
 
We have sort of a unique regret...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-19-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,199
Posted By ashleybess
Isabella and Samantha are both beautiful names...

Isabella and Samantha are both beautiful names in themselves, but the popularity would be a huge deterrent for me. Both my children have uncommon names - my daughter's name isn't even on the SSA...
Forum: Dental   05-09-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By ashleybess
That is good to know, thank you! I still worry a...

That is good to know, thank you! I still worry a bit about calf separation practices as I have heard many grass-fed / organic farms still do that. It just breaks my heart.
Forum: Dental   05-09-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By ashleybess
Thank you! This is all so helpful! We feel the...

Thank you! This is all so helpful! We feel the same way - we need to go full throttle (as much as possible) with remineralizing because the alternative is dental work. We can't get Ds on our...
Forum: Dental   05-06-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By ashleybess
My son had his first dentist appointment last...

My son had his first dentist appointment last Friday and we were told he has several cavities and needs a couple thousand dollars worth of treatment (fillings & crowns). I was so upset I cried in...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-26-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By ashleybess
"Triandem nursing" - love it!!! I got my period...

"Triandem nursing" - love it!!! I got my period back at 5 months pp with DS despite exclusive, ecological (and dang near constant) nursing. I've always wished I were one of those lucky gals who...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-23-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By ashleybess
Well, I took the second pregnancy test -...

Well, I took the second pregnancy test - negative. Granted I had drank a lot of water... but I think I'm going to wait on the blood test for a few weeks at least and see if my period comes on its...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-23-2013, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By ashleybess
Uh oh. You're scaring me a little bit! My...

Uh oh. You're scaring me a little bit! My husband bought a two-pack of preg tests so I still have one left. I'm off to a yoga class but I'll take it later today and see what that says and report...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-22-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By ashleybess
Hi there! Apologies if this is a common thing...

Hi there! Apologies if this is a common thing and someone's posted about it before - I couldn't seem to find anything with a search.
 
My daughter is almost 16 months and my son is close to 3.5...
Forum: Breastfeeding   01-29-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,758
Posted By ashleybess
I should clarify: I am not saying I don't...

I should clarify: I am not saying I don't believe a woman who says she has "screaming pain" while breastfeeding. Having had the experience of having my own sense data invalidated by hospital staff...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   11-29-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By ashleybess
Sarah Wallbaum was our midwife for my daughter's...

Sarah Wallbaum was our midwife for my daughter's birth! She is awesome.
Forum: Breastfeeding   11-15-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,758
Posted By ashleybess
I totally agree, erigeron. The same goes for...

I totally agree, erigeron. The same goes for birth... though I do have a "horror story" followed by a wonderful homebirth, I avoid telling the first one unless explicitly asked, though I do my best...
Forum: Breastfeeding   11-14-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,758
Posted By ashleybess
Hi, I am sorry you had that kind of pain. I did...

Hi, I am sorry you had that kind of pain. I did not intend to invalidate your experience. As you say, though, you had unusual circumstances - tongue-tiedness and flat nipples. This is what I meant...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   11-14-2012, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By ashleybess
Hi there! Well, yes, the suburbs are going to be...

Hi there! Well, yes, the suburbs are going to be much more conservative as opposed to the actual city proper. We live in midtown Kansas City and have a great network of like-minded people though. I...
Forum: Breastfeeding   11-14-2012, 09:30 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,758
Posted By ashleybess
I must say, I don't really like it when women...

I must say, I don't really like it when women use phrases like "screaming pain" to describe the sensation of baby latching in the early days/ weeks. I think this is an exaggeration and misleading...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-31-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,031
Posted By ashleybess
I disagree. Just don't go see an R-rated movie...

I disagree. Just don't go see an R-rated movie if you don't have a babysitter. You can wait until it's released on video and watch it after your child is put to bed.
 
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   10-19-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 236
Posted By ashleybess
We've got it. Haven't been to the ped but it's...

We've got it. Haven't been to the ped but it's pretty obvious. We live in midtown Kansas City. Let me know if anybody wants it.
Forum: Traditional Foods   09-26-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 854
Posted By ashleybess
I hear you! I started worrying about whether I...

I hear you! I started worrying about whether I was doing my children a disservice, too. I really tried to pray and meditate about it and listen to my intuition and let go of any beliefs which had...
Forum: Traditional Foods   09-06-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 854
Posted By ashleybess
Hey there! Thanks for checking in with me. It's...

Hey there! Thanks for checking in with me. It's been going well - I feel so much better and have a lot more energy. It's nice not to have to worry about / remember to take several different...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-24-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,839
Posted By ashleybess
http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/6...

http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/262795/width/500/height/1000 (http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/262795/)
 
26 weeks pregnant with my 21-month-old boy...
Forum: Traditional Foods   07-27-2012, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 854
Posted By ashleybess
Thanks so much! All your stories are so helpful....

Thanks so much! All your stories are so helpful. I've been eating eggs and fish - just can't do the beef or chicken yet. It's difficult - the meat definitely makes me feel better energy-wise, but...
Forum: Homebirth   07-18-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,289
Posted By ashleybess
My homebirth (baby no. 2) was exactly 42 weeks....

My homebirth (baby no. 2) was exactly 42 weeks. That's just when she decided to come. I knew that my mother had me at 42 weeks (sadly, a c-section with no labor - the doc told my mother he could...
Forum: Traditional Foods   07-06-2012, 09:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 854
Posted By ashleybess
Thanks so much for the response! My story is so...

Thanks so much for the response! My story is so similar... I didn't grow up vegetarian, but went veg when I was 14. Once I became a lactating mama I really took a hard look at dairy products and...
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