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**I'll start the questions and Kristen can answer as she has time, everyone else feel free to chime in and ask her things! There is a thread to sign up if you want to be spotlighted too!**<br><br>
Who is Cleo?<br>
What baby carrier do you use?<br>
Which do you recommend?<br>
Why did you originally join Mothering?<br>
What specific causes mean a lot to you? (ie lactivism, no vaccines, etc)<br>
Does Molly know she's going to be a big sister?<br><br>
What else can you tell us about you, your life, and your current pregnancy?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'm so not good at talking about myself, but I figured signing up for this would be a good way to stop lurking on this board and start participating more.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Who is Cleo?<br>
What baby carrier do you use?<br>
Which do you recommend?<br>
Why did you originally join Mothering?<br>
What specific causes mean a lot to you? (ie lactivism, no vaccines, etc)<br>
Does Molly know she's going to be a big sister?<br><br>
What else can you tell us about you, your life, and your current pregnancy?</div>
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* Cleo was a dog we had (my first child) when I first joined MDC. She's no longer with us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , and the user name kind of makes me sad when I see it because it reminds me of her.<br>
* Right now, I pretty much only use a Beco baby carrier, since it's the only one that is comfortable with the mega-bump I'm sporting. It's actually kind of weird to just be using one carrier, since I've never been one to commit to a single carrier. Given the choice of two, my answer is always "yes".<br>
* Which carrier to recommend? It's really depends on the person. I love stretchy wraps for newborns. Love, love, love them! I always have people tell me they look so intimidating, but then I get them to actually try it out, and they're hooked. Mei Tais are another favorite of mine, especially once baby is big enough to go on your back. I've also recently re-discovered my ring sling love - they are definitely my #1 choice for nursing.<br>
*I joined mothering after this really cool, crunchy mama I met mentioned she came here all the time. It was so exciting to find this whole huge world of people out there that parented like me!<br>
* Babywearing is obviously a big cause of mine. :) And attachment parenting in general. I'm actually going to be doing a class on AP for the local hospital soon, and I'm so excited about the opportunity. I'm also a shameless public nurser. One of my biggest disappointments with my first daughter was that no matter how many times we nursed in public, no one ever gave me a hard time about it! I was all ready with my laws, and my statistics, and a good dose of righteous indignation, but the only comments I ever got were wholly positive. (Even from my 93-year old grandfather. The first trip I took down to visit my grandparents after my baby was born, every time she would cry, he would say "that baby needs to be breastfed!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br>
* Molly knows she is going to be a big sister. She's very excited about the concept of having a baby to keep here all the time to play with. (Because of my biz, we have babies come to visit all the time. She's always sad that they never get to stay.) She self-weaned when I got pregnant, but she's still very attached to the breast. We have lots of conversations about the fact that the milks are now for the baby, but she's not buying it. In a particularly generous moment, she did say that the baby could have my left breast, but the other was hers. :) I love 2-year old logic!!<br>
* What else? I don't know. I'm very excited about this pregnancy, and can't wait to meet the new baby. We had a hospital birth with Mo, but this one is going to be born at home, which is going to be wonderful!!!
 

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Do you know the sex of your baby?<br>
Tell us about the birth of Molly (if you don't mind)<br>
What do you wish you had known before the birth of Molly?<br>
What is your favorite thing to eat this pregnancy?<br>
How many children would you like to have?<br>
What baby items could you never live without?<br>
What are your hobbies?
 

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Other than Babywearing, what is one of your favorite hobbies/talents?<br>
How did you know your midwife was the right choice for you (unless you are ucing?)<br>
What does your s/o think of your crunchy ways?
 

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that is so funny that you never got to defend your right to nip! well that's a good thing!<br><br>
molly sounds pretty articulate. that's great. it's something that worries me about gabbie - I don't know how much she understands because she doesn't talk about things so much!<br><br>
what are you going to cover in your ap class? sounds interesting!
 

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will Molly be present for your home birth?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you know the sex of your baby?<br>
Tell us about the birth of Molly (if you don't mind)<br>
What do you wish you had known before the birth of Molly?<br>
What is your favorite thing to eat this pregnancy?<br>
How many children would you like to have?<br>
What baby items could you never live without?<br>
What are your hobbies?</div>
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* We didn't have any ultrasounds, so we don't know what we're having. I keep having dreams that it is a boy, so it will be interesting to see how accurate my intuition is!<br><br>
* Molly was a hospital birth (that was before I had ever met anyone who had done a homebirth, so I wasn't as well educated about my options). I was actually induced with her, at 11 days after my due date. In retrospect, it was probably a good call. She had absolutely no vernix left by the time she was born, so all of the skin on her hands and feet peeled off in the first days after she was born. My midwives think that the fact that I had an undiagnosed thyroid problem kept my body for being able to go into labor normally.<br><br>
The induction did kick off the classic "cascade of interventions", and I ended up having AROM, epidural, episiotomy, etc. I had done hypnobirthing classes, and that ended up not being helpful at all, since I can't get in the "zone" or stay there with the cast of thousands trooping in and out of the hospital room. (In addition to the medical staff, we had my mom and dad, and my husband's mom, dad, his brother, his brother's wife, their child, his sister, and her son.)<br><br>
I'm not bitter or anything, but it definitely wasn't the birth experience I had hoped for. I learned a lot through the experience, though, and that has shaped a lot of my decisions about this birth.<br><br>
* I wish I had known about the thyroid issue which kept me from having a "normal" birth. I also wish I had thought more about my personality and how it would have affected my birthing experience. I'm an introverted person by nature. I'm friendly and like people, but I find being around a lot of people (especially people I don't know well) to be very emotionally draining and subtly stressful. I'm also pretty hospital-phobic. So the whole hospital birth thing was not a good fit for my personality. It's a personal thing, though. I know a lot of people who like having others around, and find that the medical environment provides them with a certain confidence that allows them to feel like they are in a safe place to give birth.<br><br>
* Favorite thing to eat? Some days the answer is "anything and everything". The top faves are lemon italian ice and pizza. (Really nutritious, I know.)<br><br>
* I think we're stopping at two. I'm already 33, and (if this time is anything like how it was with Mo) by the time I ovulate again, I'll be 36. I just don't know if I'll be up for another three+ years of pregnancy and nursing at that point. I got pregnant with Molly in May of 2004, and nursed her until she self-weaned halfway through this pregnancy. I'm counting on a long nursing relationship with this baby, too. I love gestating and nursing, but there's a part of me that is already ready to have my body back.<br><br>
* What baby items could you never live without? My boobs!!! LOL. Seriously, I never would have been able to leave the house when Mo was little if I would have had to make sure to have formula, clean bottles, etc on hand. I'm just not that organized. I was lucky to manage to have enough diapers with me.<br><br>
* Hobbies? Sad to say, so many have gone by the wayside while my daughter has been young. I did get inspired by a great book (called Slow, Fat Triathlete) and did my first triathlon last summer (and by some miracle, I didn't even finish in last place). I used to be an avid cyclist, though it's hard to find time for long road rides with a little one. I was actually out on the bike for a while yesterday, though, and it was really fun. What else? I'm a homebrewer, and love making my own beer and cider (and it's darn good stuff, too!), I knit, I love reading. I'm also a big Doctor Who fan (particularly the new series; and particularly the latest season with David Tennant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> as the Doctor).
 

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How did you know your midwife was the right choice for you (unless you are ucing?)<br>
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* Well, I have no talents whatsoever. I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't draw.... I am a pretty darn good cook, and an excellent beer maker, if those count.<br><br>
* I met my midwives before I was even pregnant. They were at a "natural birth options" seminar that my chiropractor's office was putting on. The second I met them, I knew that I would want them to deliver any future babies I would have. I did the whole "interview" thing with them, but really I just went with my heart and my intuitiion, and knew that these were women I could put my trust in and feel safe that they would help me have a wonderful birth.<br><br>
* My S/O doesn't know any better. He was one of those guys who just wasn't exposed much to babies, so he thinks the way we do things is normal and that everyone else is weird. We went over to a friend's house when the baby was young, and I had run out of diapers (pretty normal for me... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ). Their twins were only 6 weeks older than Mo, so we just bummed a 'sposie off them. If was pretty funny to watch Sean try and figure out how to work the disposable diaper, as he had never ever used one before. He's also completely baffled by anyone who wouldn't nurse or babywear, because it is so foreign to him.<br><br>
The homebirth took a little more convincing, but once he talked to the midwives, he was completely sold on the idea.
 

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do you still have that thyroid issue this time? I guess you are being treated, do they think you'll go into labor this time?<br><br>
I like to knit too - any current projects?<br>
any name ideas?<br><br>
sorry so many questions! hee.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">molly sounds pretty articulate. that's great. it's something that worries me about gabbie - I don't know how much she understands because she doesn't talk about things so much!<br><br>
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Molly has just gone through this explosion in her language development, and it is wild. The scary thing is just how much she did pick up on before she was able to articulate her own thoughts.<br><br>
I'm not sure what I'm going to cover. The class is actually with the hospital has has the most mainstream clients, so I'm trying to figure out how to keep it useful and non-threatening. I've also only got an hour, so that limits things a bit. I'm thinking of starting with debunking parenting myths (things like, "your baby will be spoiled if you hold it too much". I'd like to bring in contemporary research about how beneficial holdin can be, why you shouldn't let your baby cry it out, etc. And then go on to tips and tricks for things that will help build an attachment and make your life easier, too (BF, cosleeping, babywearing, etc.).
 

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If she wants to be -- we're kind of going to play it by ear. I'm arranging to have her grandmother there to keep her entertained, since I think she is going to have a hard time with me not being able to hold her and pay a lot of attention to her while I'm laboring. I think she would probably love to see the baby come out, though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you still have that thyroid issue this time? I guess you are being treated, do they think you'll go into labor this time?<br><br>
I like to knit too - any current projects?<br>
any name ideas?<br><br>
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My midwives seem to think that since I'm being treated, it won't impede my labor. They had a past client with the same issue, and the difference between the untreated labor and the treated one was radical (3 weeks late with a long prodromal labor to a week early and a very quick productive labor). I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!<br><br>
As for knitting, I'm really hoping to finish the baby sweater that I started knitting before Molly was born (sad, but true). I do a lot more buying gorgeous yarns and planning elaborate knitting projects than I do actually getting any knitting done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
We do have our names picked out (mostly). I got my husband a really, really nice set of personalized poker chips, with his family crest on one side and his initials on the other. We need someone to be able to inherit the poker chips, so we decided this baby should have his initials. So... if it's a girl it will be Sophia Francesca and if a boy Seamus Finn.
 

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I'm going to center on the homebrewing for my questions<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Love it!<br><br>
What beers do you usually make?<br>
Do you have one of those nifty fridges that have been retrofitted with a tap (I see those in all the magazines and wonder who actually has one<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )?<br>
Do you homebrew for you, your dh or both?<br>
Anything brewing right now?
 

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Love the names!<br><br>
How did you and DH meet?<br>
How long have you two been together?<br>
What do you do workwise? (besides Mommy)<br>
Favourite job you ever had?<br>
Whats the (1st) funniest thing that Molly has ever said?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm going to center on the homebrewing for my questions<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Love it!<br><br>
What beers do you usually make?<br>
Do you have one of those nifty fridges that have been retrofitted with a tap (I see those in all the magazines and wonder who actually has one<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )?<br>
Do you homebrew for you, your dh or both?<br>
Anything brewing right now?</div>
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Thanks! My one claim to fame is that I was actually the first ever female president of our homebrewing club. (and I NIP'ed my way through many a meeting :) )<br><br>
I like to make dark beers... barleywine, stouts, porters. I've also made some really awesome IPAs. My favorite was a beer I made up and called an India Brown Ale -- nice and hoppy like an IPA, but a little richer and darker.<br><br>
We did have a "kegerator" in the garage. It was actually a DIY job -- really easy to install taps on a fridge, actually. Unfortunately, it died a horrible death (since it was in the garage, and it died in the heat of the summer with the freezer full of meats and other food. It was the smell <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> that alerted us to the fact that the fridge was no more.<br><br>
DH and I brew together (and enjoy the fruit of our labors together).<br><br>
I haven't brewed any beer since molly was really small. Unfortunately, it's a long, involved, and non-toddler friendly process. We do a couple of batches of cider each fall, though, with juice from our local orchard. I've been thinking of doing a mead (honey wine) too, sometime soon.
 

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How did you and DH meet?<br>
How long have you two been together?<br>
What do you do workwise? (besides Mommy)<br>
Favourite job you ever had?<br>
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Thanks. My mom is kind of uncertain of Seamus, but I like it!<br><br>
* We met when we were both out hiking. We lived nowhere near each other, but it was pretty much an instant connection.<br><br>
* We've been together since Memorial Day 2000. And we've been loving every minute of it!<br><br>
* I just passed the one year anniversary of starting my own business. I run an online store selling baby slings and carriers out of my garage. It's work I can feel good about, when I think of all of the babies in slings thanks to me. :)
 

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anyone else with questions for kristen?
 

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It's been really interesting reading your answers!<br><br>
Are you going to change your username?<br>
Do you have any other pets (other than the poor, departed, Cleo)?<br>
Do you have trouble sleeping with this pregnancy?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's been really interesting reading your answers!<br><br>
Are you going to change your username?<br>
Do you have any other pets (other than the poor, departed, Cleo)?<br>
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Thanks! It's been fun answering all of the questions.<br><br>
*I'll probably wait and change the username once this baby comes, but we'll see...<br>
* We have an ancient 3 legged black Lab mix named Julius, and two cats (Mingus and Murphy). Mingus is really my daughter's cat -- he *should* run screaming from her, because she is a typical toddler when it comes to being gentle with animals, but he just loves her to death. She has a doll stroller, and he'll hop in it and let her push him all around the house. He sleeps at her feet every night, and follows her around the house all day long. It's really cute!<br>
* I've had a hard time sleeping for sure. Which is pathetic, given how tired I am all the time. My new best friend in the world is my snoogle pillow. That's the only way I can even get remotely comfortable enough to actually sleep.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Molly has just gone through this explosion in her language development, and it is wild. The scary thing is just how much she did pick up on before she was able to articulate her own thoughts.<br><br>
I'm not sure what I'm going to cover. The class is actually with the hospital has has the most mainstream clients, so I'm trying to figure out how to keep it useful and non-threatening. I've also only got an hour, so that limits things a bit. I'm thinking of starting with debunking parenting myths (things like, "your baby will be spoiled if you hold it too much". I'd like to bring in contemporary research about how beneficial holdin can be, why you shouldn't let your baby cry it out, etc. And then go on to tips and tricks for things that will help build an attachment and make your life easier, too (BF, cosleeping, babywearing, etc.).</div>
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are you going to teach at UVA????? I'm an L&D RN there - an outcast for the most part amongst my peers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Man! I wish the residents would have to take an AP class - just to debunk some of the myths!
 
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