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Thursday, January 25th, 2007
12:34 am
is anyone still here? i noticed the last post date was aug 2006, unless i am doing something wrong.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
9:44 am
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
7:29 pm
babies and piercings
Xposted to all my parenting communities

what do you think of piercing a babies ears? when is the youngest you would pierce your child's ears/let them be pierced?
Monday, July 24th, 2006
11:05 pm
intro post
X posted to all my parenting communities

Hi! My name is Rachel and I am 21 yrs old. I have a bf and no babies yet but im really interested in learning all the tricks and rules and different ways of raising babies so that i dont make those mistakes when i do have children of my own.

I have been around babies all my life and have alot of experience! my bfs cousin has a baby (my adopted nephew) and right now he is 10 days old and back in the hospital (diarea, blood in urine, early stages of pink eye) and so obviously im stressing now. I will help raise this baby since the mom is a year younger than I am.

I hope this qualifies me to be a member of this community. I know several tricks that i have found to share if asked. Im just looking forward on learning about all the other ways of raising a baby and figuring out which one i want to follow or if i want to do a mix of them all!
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
1:58 pm
Mamarevolution.com was started in early winter 2004 by four young mamas who needed a place where they belonged. Too young and alternative for babycenter and too old for the teen based online communities, they struck out to make a home for mamas who just didn’t fit in anywhere else. After a few nights of brainstorming and women sharing their talents, Mamarevolution.com was born.

Mamarevolution is a pro-choice, feminist community who seeks to support, encourage and educate young women and mothers from all backgrounds and cultures. Our goal is to provide the community and support that is so desperately needed as we fight for our rights as parents and women, and to defeat the social stereotypes that surround young or alternative parents.

While we promote breastfeeding and natural parenting, we recognize that each family is unique and has their own set of needs and customs. We respect and support all families and their allies in their quest to raise strong, positive and socially conscious children.
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
11:50 am
Here's what I sent them in regards to http://community.livejournal.com/may2006/209896.html:

To Whom it Concerns (and that should be all of us):

It has recently come to my attention that default icons depicting nursing mothers & babies may result in permanent livejournal user suspensions. I must confess that the logic of this decision defies me. It is one thing entirely to suspend someone for graphic obscenity, particularly of a violent nature (which I've seen plenty of in the 6 years that I've been a member of livejournal's community), but I can't fathom what could be so offensive about something so NATURAL as a mother feeding her child that would warrant permanent removal! Some of us mothers have been members of the community for a very long time and many of us have been paid members at one time or another, and this action just feels like a slap in the face.

I am one of those mothers. I have a year and a half old son whom, I am proud to say, still nurses heartily. I have another baby on the way, and I hope to have as much success the second time around. My children will nurse until they're ready to stop, and in the state of Kansas, their right to nurse anywhere they please is sanctioned. All over the world, breastfeeding is not only respected as a right, but revered as something beautiful and sacred and cherished -- it has only been in recent decades in western countries, particularly the United States, that breastfeeding has become something of an "abomination." We mothers have been working so hard to re-establish the sanctity of the nursing relationship that so many in the rest of the world take for granted, it's heartbreaking that a company such as yours, which has been so progressive in so many other ways, would turn on us.

I had been considering becoming a paid member again after a very long lapse. I have chosen not to send you any money until icons depicting nursing mothers and babies are no longer deemed offensive.

Thank you for your time,
Abby Campsey
lj user: abbydabby

(xposted to parenting groups)
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
1:43 pm
Posted with mod permission (x-posted)
Come join mommywars!

This community was inspired by the book, Mommy Wars

Do you stay at home with your kids? Do you work? Do you stay at home sometimes and work others? Does your husband stay at home while you work? No matter what lifestyle your family lives, mommywars is a place for you.

mommywars is for talking, venting, communicating, and empathizing. It's NOT for debating which is the "right" way. I want mommywars to become a secure place for moms of all backgrounds to come together. Post here about the trials, tribulations, and frustrations of your parenting style of choice (staying at home, working outside of the home, or whatever in between) and its implications, and about the joys, comforts, and positive experiences you get from your decision. Don't feel like you have a decision? Post your frustrations at mommywars!

Pregnant women are also welcome at mommywars, as is any woman who is thinking ahead about what she wants for her family life. Post your inner thoughts, debate, and dialogue; let's hear what is going on in your head while you're trying to decide what you'll do.

If you've read the book (which I haven't yet), feel free to post comments/questions about it, get a dialogue going.


Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
8:00 pm
Your help

I’m not particularly sure how to start this post, or even if such a post is allowed in this type of community, but I thought I’d give it a shot because I think it’s important.

I’ve never really cared for kids, and I certainly never thought I’d be a parent (both being gay and not liking children), but as I’ve become older, the notion of having a kid has grown on me. I guess time will tell. I have a good relationship with both of my parents, so I like to think they did a pretty good job.

Anyway, as I’m cross-posting this to a variety of parenting communities, the major content is behind an lj-cut for your convenience. Still, I’d appreciate your help.

I‘d appreciate your helpCollapse )

I’d appreciate your help, if you’re willing. I have a feeling many of you would take away from being a member, and your future (or current) children may benefit from your open mind. If you have any questions, please let me know. And again, I apologize if this sort of post isn’t allowed, although I do believe it fits within the scope of this community.


Founder & Maintainer, gsa_lj
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
5:47 pm
i'm 29 weeks pregnant. i had an ultrasound 3 months ago that said i was having a boy. i had an ultrasound on friday and the tech said there was no way there was a penis. boy? girl? strange ambiguous being? only time will tell, i suppose...
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
4:15 pm
moby wrap users
so i've been practicing with the moby wrap since my son was born on the 3rd

the cradle hold seemed to work a couple of times, and i'll admit, he'll still fall asleep that way
but he seems uncomfortable and possibly too big for that particular wrap-style
so today we tried the hug hold and ta-da! it worked fabulously...

i even thought i could discreetly nurse him that way

then he woke up and that wasn't happening

so what do you fans of the moby wrap do with a newborn?

do you remove your babies for feedings, or am i missing something?

x-posted to a few places
Friday, December 16th, 2005
2:01 pm
I'm going to be a careful, liberal parent. I am 6 weeks pregnant with my first child and I am a friggin' hippie. I have no shame about this hippie business. Anyway, I have two things which I have been thinking about that I'd like to get some opinions on.

Liscenced Characters: No. I'm concerned about which way is the proper and polite way to explain that I want to raise thoughtful, creative children and am planning to school them in the Waldorf tradition, and, in short, refuse to let them become obsessed with things like Barbies, Hot Wheels, Leapfrog, Disney, etc. I have a fat list of places that carry good, wholesome, not-plastic, not-cheap, not mentally hindering toys, but what exactly is the most tactful way to say "Shop here for toys for my child, or I'm going to be pissed." (I know I can't field everything, presents come from places you never expect them to, and when that happens I will send them straight along to charity unless we're particularly strapped for cash.)

Pink: Now, I don't hate ALL pinks, just most pinks. Dusty rose, seashell, blush, these are all pinks which I'm fond of. I went to my dear friend's baby shower for her little girl Gabi (my goddaughter!) And there was so much gross pink I almost barfed. Lipstick pink, Barbie pink, carnation pink, Crayola pink, damn pink. I don't know if it'll be a girl that I have, I figure it's a 50% likelihood, and I have morning sickness, so some people might add that up to 55%. I don't have anything against girls being girls, but I have a really big issue with forced sexism. "Because you are a girl, you will wear pink." I like OTHER colors, I want my baby to wear OTHER colors. All I've seen Gabi in since she was born was pink, except this one time when I changed her into blue/green stripes because she was messy. I guess my real point here is, is there any better way to enact a strict no-pink policy at the shower besides not revealing the sex? I really want a lot of yellow and green. Really. I love yellow and green on babies. No sex is the best way to go, huh?

Crossposted to granolamommies, naturalfamily & pregnant.
(Thank you for your patience if you see this more than once!)
Friday, October 28th, 2005
11:23 pm
would it be totally stupid for me (i'm from the united states) to name my child after a canadian prime minister?
3:38 pm
Hi, everyone. I just joined this group and am thrilled to see other parents who are a similar mindset to myself. I am 26 years old and I have an 8-month old daughter who is the sunshine of my world (and, sometimes, the middle-of-the-night moon!). I consider my parenting style somewhat alternative compared to society's standards, but also pretty reasonable and common sense. I try to practice attachment parenting as best as I can, but I am a single mom, so I work, as well as attend graduate school. I also have joint custody of my daughter with her dad. Let's just say that he doesn't neccessarily agree with my parenting techniques completely, but he tries to keep an open mind and choose his battles wisely. We try to be as flexible with each other as possible, so that our child has as much stability as possible between our households.

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know everyone here!
Thursday, October 27th, 2005
12:22 pm
Congested Baby
My 11 month old is terribly congested, and I'm wondering what I can do for him short of an over the counter medication. I'm nursing him plenty and giving him water, because I know extra fluids are necessary when you've got a cold. But he's just so stuffed up. He slept terribly last night, and it breaks my heart to hear his pathetic little cry because of it. :(
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
3:56 pm
hi. this is a really quick introduction. i'm 15 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. my first is 15 months. i recently got married to the love of my life. i've been with her (yes her) since i got pregnant with my son in october 2003. (long story there) anyway, our baby together is due on april 12. i really want to have him/her on his/her due date because it'd be cool to share a birthday with amy ray. (i worship amy ray. i also worship grissom). my son's name is che dylan, by the way, and he's sixteen months old. he's my user icon. :-)
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
7:53 pm
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
7:31 pm
Donate to disaster victims, maybe win a Mei Tai!
I think this is such an awesome idea I wanted to share it with everyone!

Click here for the raffle and info!

It's redhen she's got AWESOME carriers. I've heard nothing but good things. She'll be providing proof that all money donated for the raffle will go to the disaster victims! For every 65 tickets sold ($1 each) she'll be giving away a Mei Tai! Awesome, awesome, awesome! Now go donate people! You were probably doing to do it anyway!

x-posted like crazy!

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, June 17th, 2005
9:49 am
Hylands Teething Tablets!
Lorelai's a girl of many faces... I happened to have a camera near by when I gave her her teething tablets for the night!

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

x-posted granolamommies, naturalfamily

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
10:59 am
Help clean up our enviorment-write your Senator!!!
The scientific consensus is clear. The burning of fossil fuel (oil, coal, and natural gas) and deforestation, are warming our planet by adding more heat-trapping gases to Earth's atmosphere. This warming is driving changes in our climate that will have significant negative impacts on our children's and grandchildren's health, safety, and quality of life as well as our own. And, as the latest science clearly shows, the longer we wait to deal with climate change, the more difficult it becomes and the more serious the consequences. Thus, we have a choice: act now to begin to reduce heat-trapping gas emissions and have to deal with some, mostly manageable, changes in our climate, or continue to pollute our atmosphere with heat-trapping gases and leave our children to face the most serious consequences of climate change.

The build up of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere is changing our climate. These gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) act like a blanket, trapping heat and warming Earth. The more of these gases we release, the thicker that blanket becomes. Two scenarios for emissions later this century have been explored here: a lower-emissions path, which envisions a transition to clean energy technologies; and a higher emissions path, which assumes continued, intensive reliance on fossil fuels. It is clear that the severity of climate change impacts on California will depend on the amount of future emissions. Thankfully, if we act today to implement the steps laid out in The Solutions, we can start ourselves on a path towards an even lower emissions future.

California is an important test case for exploring the impacts of climate changes under conditions where we implement climate solutions now or put off significant action until later. The state's various climate zones and diverse ecosystems are central to its economic strength and quality of life. Perhaps most vital are the state's water resources, essential to California's agricultural economy, expanding population, and unique habitats. These resources are already scarce and likely to be even more strained as the climate warms.

Furthermore, as the most populous state in the nation and the fifth largest economy in the world, California is itself a significant emitter of heat-trapping gases, and has a responsibility to begin reducing this global warming pollution as rapidly as possible. Finally, California has historically led the nation in reducing air pollution and protecting the environment, and therefore emission reductions in California could help lead our nation to transition to more sustainable energy, vehicle, and land-use polices, ultimately affecting a significant percentage of world heat-trapping gas emissions.

Please click this link and write your Senator urging him to pass SB 757--a statewide petroleum reduction bill that will set petroleum usage reduction targets and authorize state agencies to wean public and private fleets from oil dependence.


This may provide clean air for our children in 50 years.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
9:15 am
Ok guys I need carrier help. Ian is getting too heavy for me to carry long periods in the Baby Bjorn we borrowed from a friend. He is getting too tall for the Maya sling because it cuts the circulation off in his little legs.

There are tons of carriers out there and I just don't know which one to get. I would love one that I can convert from front to back but they are usually harder to get the baby on in the back position. Anyone used the Kozy Carrier, Ultimate Baby Wrap, Moby Wrap, or Baby Bundler?

I want something that isn't too expensive (but I am willing to pay for quality) that can be warn front with little babies, back with bigger babies and toddlers. Being able to nurse in it when they are small is a plus but not necessary. It also has to be comfy for someone who is not a size 2. I need to be able to get the baby in and out of it by myself including on my back and be able to bend over and not feel like they are going to fall out. I know...I don't ask much do I?

Any help or advice would be great! Thanks.
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