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I am just moving back to Newport area from 5 years in Asheville, NC. I have had a wonderful life that has been mostly driven by my love for music, (Folk, bluegrass, Grateful, tribal, reggae) and my love of the outdoors. I love to travel (I've been a truck driver and festival goer), love to hike, surf, kayak (sea), and am a trained guide on the whitewaters of NC and TN.<br><br>
Unfortunatly, I've yet to find my niche in Rhode Island...and am slightly scared that my son-on-the-way's only friends will be myself and his father and our dogs. His gramma will live next door to him, but she is very much set on the fact that organic/vegetarianism/Attachment parenting/natural living is over-doing it. She thinks that since her 3 children turned out fine - I need not make new rules and standards for how I want my child raised.<br>
It's truly stressful to have to explain & re-explain that I desire only for my child to have an open mind when/if he choses to eat meat...and that I want to stay away from vaccines.<br>
(But, I love her despite our differences and want her involved in my wee one's life...which is why I've moved from my home & extended like-minded family from NC.)<br><br>
Anyhow, my due date given is Aug 27. Making my son to be an Aries. And I have decided to name him Maitrya. "Matri" meaning love and kindness, and Maitreya being the name that the next coming buddah is said to be given.<br><br>
I look forward to learning and sharing with you beautiful mommas....Please feel free to comment and contact myself. Especially if you are interested in the Newport Jazz, and Blues festivals....or will be attending the Bobby Weir shows coming next month...<br><br>
Infinite blessings and positive meditations for us all...
 

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hello hello i love the name you have consen for your son! i think it would be great for you to get out and find some momma groups or playgroups and maybe even take some sort of shot class like a 6 week cooking class a child is welcom at- there are many things you can do you just have to find them. try picking up the local paper and checking out the activities section!
 

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Welcome! I'm originally from RI but currently living in MA. I do hope to move back to RI this year though.<br><br>
In the Tribe forum, there's a thread for Conn, MA & RI families. Check it out.<br><br>
Peace,<br>
Liz
 

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Hi - welcome to Mothering and congratulations on your pregnancy! Hang in there with the move...someone else has already pointed you in the direction of 'Finding Your Tribe'...I'm sure it would help a lot to have some like-minded mamas in your area you could hang out with while you all nurse babies/watch toddlers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
It's difficult if/when families aren't entirely supportive of our parenting decisions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> You mom may feel that when you make different choices than hers, that you are criticizing implicitly the way she raised you, you know? Not that that makes it any easier, but that might be where she is coming from.<br><br>
I don't have any great advice - both my parents and in-laws are pretty good at keeping their mouths closed (although both my mom and my MIL have questioned how long I breast-fed my kiddos...I offered information about why I've made the choices I've made, and then let them know that it isn't up for further discussion).<br><br>
In any case - MDC is a good place to vent about things like that when our partners are tired of hearing about it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Please do also come down to the Case Against Circumcision forum - lots of very important information there for parents-to-be (and lots of information, as well, to give any friend/relative who might question a decision to leave your son intact!).<br><br>
Glad you found the boards!
 

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just wanted to say welcome! I live in bristol, RI feel free to PM me if you want to meet up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Welcome back to the biggest little state. I lived in Middletown for several years, but I live in Pawtucket now.<br><br>
If your due date is August 27, your little one will be a Virgo, not an Aries. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Your MIL needs to be told, gently, that your parenting- and life-style is not up for discussion. If she trusts that she raised her children well, then she should trust that they will raise their own well, in turn.<br><br>
I know there's a MOMS Club in RI....Lincoln, I think? I'm not saying you'll find a whole bunch of vegan/AP/outdoorsy types there, but you might find a few (or even just one). An acquaintance of mine was very active with MOMS Club when her girls were littler (not too long ago), and she and her partner are a not-so-mainstream, same-sex couple who homeschools.
 

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I'm all the way across this little state in RI! My daughter was born in the Alternative Birthing center at Woman and Infants and I hooked up with a great group up through them. You tend to get a little more consciousness through that group. Of course, this was 4 1/2 yrs ago, so I'm not sure what its like now. Also, have you been to the alternative food coop in wakefield? It could be a good place to meet like-minded folks. When the babe gets a bit older, there is a wonderful playground in Jamestown by the library that you should check out!! We don't get over there much, but the kids love it.<br>
Many Blessings,<br>
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