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#1 squeaza

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:32 AM

I thought it high time that I tried to give back at least a little of what I have got from this forum over the years!

I joined while planning my wedding, but also in the lead-up to me moving back to Australia after 7 years overseas. The forum was great in giving me some idea of the reality that I'd be moving back into, and I even went to an i-do meet a week after coming back, where I met some girls who have remained friends to this day wub.gif

Work craziness has meant that I haven't posted so much in the last two years, but I have still been coming on and reading every day or two.

It is now however, through my pregnancy and now with our little baby that I-do has been such a wonderful source of inspiration, advice, practical matters, support etc. etc. etc.

It was an i-do member that sent me some OPKs that ended up working for us, and i-do girls who have patiently read my insanely long posts in the TTC cafes and Mums-to-be groups (it's my fingers I swear, they have a mind of their own).

I haven't written much about it before this, but over the last year I have been absolutely terrified about becoming a mum. Excited, yes, but terrified. My life has been very focused around my music since the age of 10 or so, and the thought of not playing the piano for 8 hours or so a day for a while scared me. I also am a perfectionist and a bit of a control freak ph34r.gif and was aware that these two don't always mix with dealing with babies and kids.

Through reading other people's experiences, listening to people's advice, learning from how different members were coping with sleep/reflux/dietry problems etc, I managed to build up a knowledge of what might happen, but also a realisation that there was nothing I could do to 'fix' these things, and therefore I have been preparing myself to have no expectations or plans, but to be prepared to go with the flow.

Apart from all that, there's been the practical research I could do - I have read about people's breast-feeding journeys, picked people's brains about using cloth nappies, read equipment reviews, bought a heap of stuff second-hand from girls here etc. etc. etc., so when the day came I felt I was as prepared as I could have been.

The midwives in the hospital kept on commenting on how good my knowledge of things was, and how relaxed I seemed about everything. I wanted to tell them that without an incredible forum full of wonderful women I would have been a stressed out new mum unsure.gif lost in a sea of new and bewildering things like nappies, rampant hormones and leaky boobs.

Anyway, thank you all for everything wub.gif I couldn't have got to this point in this state without you all, and I hope that I can help people like people here have helped me smile.gif wub.gif
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#2 Sagacious

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:54 AM

Squeaza - thank you for such a beautifully written post.

I feel the same way about the support from the lovely people on this forum, and know that there are so many people to help me with my questions and queries about pregnancy and having a baby. Just as they have for my engagement, wedding planning, general life queries and so on.

This forum is a wonderful source of information and I've always considered the people here as friends, whether I have met them in real life or not wub.gif
I very much look forward to picking your (and many others') brains in the months to come!

All the very best with your new baby Squeaza - I am sure the ladies who helped you will feel so blessed to read such a heartfelt post of gratitude.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 12:19 PM

What a fantastic post! Exactly how I feel, love that you've put it in such great words.



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Posted 10 October 2010 - 12:52 PM

Great post, and it is exactly how I feel.
All the wonderful ladies here have opened up my eyes to so many things.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

Fantastically written post!!

And like the other ladies, I totally agree. Whenever I have a problem (especially concerning Kiara) the first place I think to go is I-Do.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:30 PM

What a lovely post Louisa! wub.gif

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:11 PM

Thanks for posting Louisa biggrin.gif

I totally agree with everything you wrote and also say thanks to I-do biggrin.gif

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 08:47 PM

Where's the LIKE button??!!! biggrin.gif

Great post, I feel the same way about i-do, it's a wealth of information on here and I love it.

I also love reading your posts and think your fingers do a great job wink.gif laugh.gif

#9 la_jeune_mariée

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 08:31 PM

What a lovely post smile.gif

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE(la_jeune_mariée @ Oct 12 2010, 06:31 PM) View Post

I often pass on i-do parenting advice or experiences in real life, but because I'm too chicken to tell people that I read about it on a forum, I instead say vague things like 'x happened to a friend of mine'. Recently somebody said to me 'You really do have a lot of friends'. I sort of feel like that's true! biggrin.gif

laugh.gif I do the same !


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 01:51 PM

QUOTE(la_jeune_mariée @ Oct 12 2010, 09:31 PM) View Post

What a lovely post smile.gif

I often pass on i-do parenting advice or experiences in real life, but because I'm too chicken to tell people that I read about it on a forum, I instead say vague things like 'x happened to a friend of mine'. Recently somebody said to me 'You really do have a lot of friends'. I sort of feel like that's true! biggrin.gif


I'm exactly the same!
As a SAHM with none of my real life friends having kids etc, you are all my closest friends who I talk to and keep in touch with the most! wub.gif
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE(Porthos @ Oct 11 2010, 09:47 PM) View Post

Where's the LIKE button??!!! biggrin.gif


laugh.gif It's gotta be here somewhere!!!

QUOTE(la_jeune_mariée @ Oct 12 2010, 09:31 PM) View Post

What a lovely post smile.gif

I often pass on i-do parenting advice or experiences in real life, but because I'm too chicken to tell people that I read about it on a forum, I instead say vague things like 'x happened to a friend of mine'. Recently somebody said to me 'You really do have a lot of friends'. I sort of feel like that's true! biggrin.gif


Me too LJM!

Seems like there's a lot of us who feel the same way wub.gif

Wow. This post has really made me think.
What did i do without my I-do girls four years ago? blink.gif

Even hubby asks "How are your I-do girls going?" these days laugh.gif ph34r.gif


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