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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Ha! Eureka!

So, here it is, the last day of the conference... and I've successfully blogged a pathetic ONCE.
I'm not sure if I should do an excessive recap, or just blog about today, or blah blah blah...
Since arriving, I've met a number of really wonderful people. The overall impression I get is that the atendees at the conference are a bunch of incredible and devoted moms. It's funny, leaving the home environment where most people bottlefeed and overdose on strollers and gerber cans -- and then coming here... it's like a mecca for baby slings and "boob juice". Seeing all the attachment parentng is really heartwarming. Considering there are over a thousand children here, it's amazing that there isn't total chaos. There are generally very few crying babies or children that remain upset for more than a matter of minutes or seconds.

I'll have to write later, perhaps when I am home, to tell you about the sessions I went to. The posts that got deleted included all that information, and my baby just won't allow me the luxury right now of typing it for a third time.

Having a grand ol' time...
Chana

3rd time is a charm...

Okay, the blogger has eaten my past 2 blogs... so this is a trial run - if you see this, it's successful!

Monday, July 04, 2005

Darn the Luck

Readers,

Chana has written two lovely blog posts in the past two days, and blogger.com has LOST them when she clicked the link to publish. She is SO frustrated, as she has a lot to share! We are working on contacting the site and letting them know how difficult this has been for our neophyte bloggers!

Sue Ann Kendall, who did not write this software!!

Friday, July 01, 2005

We're here!

We're here!

I flew into Baltimore Thursday afternoon... Of course, my well-behaved child decided to pick that day to perfect her squawking technique :) After waiting about an hour for my flight to board, I became privy to the few public benefits of having a young child - pre-boarding! We picked a window seat, because I was pretty sure that she might be interested in napping. I saw that we were not the only family to be on this particular flight... Lots of kids, most of them crying and upset at being on the plane. MY baby, however, settled down to nurse within the first 5 mins of takeoff, promptly fell asleep, and slept almost the entire flight. yay.... She woke up about 20 mins before landing, and I could tell her ears were hurting from the change in pressure. Soooo, we nursed again :)
We were very discreet, and upon landing, the person in the seat next to me congratulated my daughter (and me) on a successful noiseless flight.

Now we're all checked in at the hotel.. it's really big, and a little confusing. I feel like I'm going round in circles half the time. The good news is, the hotel was very accomodating with our requests - I needed to be given a hotel room on the lower level because I am an observant Jew and do not use electricity on the Sabbath (Shabbat, Saturday). So, we got a room on the first floor. It's really beautiful - the whole hotel is.

Alright, my baby is tugging at me. Time for a nap, I think.

More to come soon!

Chana

Monday, June 06, 2005

Flying in..

Well, I just booked a flight from Albany to DC! Always a little nerve wracking, since it seems so permanent - I doublechecked the dates, but ultimately ended up scheduling the wrong departure time. After quite a bit of screeching (to my unfortunate mother - unfortunate that she had to listen to me) I was able to change the time at no extra cost. This will be my baby's first plane ride... I'm nervous, but at least it's a short flight - only an hour and 10 mins - plus, she'll be able to sit on my lap and nurse. I've heard that it's good to nurse during takeoff and landing because it helps the baby's ears adjust to the pressure difference.
I'm really excited... can't believe I'm going to a conference as a mommy instead of as a kid or a teen helper! lol. It should be a lot of fun.. I already bought a couple new things to wear, just for fun.

I'm going to my first local LLL meeting tomorrow morning - we're finally moved in to our new apt..

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Intro continued

Hum... I knew I forgot something. Unlike most of the other bloggers on this site, I am NOT a LLL Leader - although I have hosted a hundred or so meetings during my lifetime (my parents' house). I am but a humble member of La Leche League... strangely enough, in the 9 months that I have actually been a mom, I have only attended one LLL meeting (my mom's hometown group) because I have been so overwhelmed with the adjustments to mommyhood. I'm in the process of moving into a new apartment this wknd, which will put me geographically closer to my local LLL group in Delmar, NY, so I am hoping that living closer and having a slightly older baby will assist me in getting to meetings regularly.
Well, I gotta get back to packing/hugging baby.

Chana

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Conference blogger 4

Hi everyone!
It's a couple months before the LLLI Conference, and I'm cautiously typing on the keyboard, hoping not to wake up my sleeping 9 month old daughter. She's snoozing next to her Abba (Hebrew word for "Dad"). I'm a little nervous about making the trip up to DC - it's about 5 or 6 hours by car, and Chava (my little one) is not overly thrilled with cartrips. I really wish the car industry would invent some sort of seatbelt sling that would firmly hold the baby in place while still allowing the mother to nurse. This would certainly make my life a whole lot easier!
I am also thinking about the whole "no stroller" policy at the Conference... while it certainly makes sense from a statistical point of view (a thousand women pushing carts would make an awful traffic jam), I'm not looking forward to lugging a diaper bag around all day. Notice I didn't say anything about putting the BABY in the stroller! ha! She's very particular (I'm told she takes after me) and really only likes to be carried in her sling... which is fine with me. I've got nice muscles from toting baby around all day. Plus, I must admit that I really enjoy snuggling up with her even as I go about my business.
I can't believe she's still unconscious... I don't even know what to do with myself! Well, here's to a successful lead-up to the LLLI Conference and a fun blogging session!

ShaLLLom!
Chana Sidi