1. Amy – Yes, you have to go . .. and I think some of the Green Moms Carnival members are looking for roommates still . . . . we will all be there – Sommer, Diane, and more. Can’t wait to see you!

  2. Amy, you haven’t expressed anything that I haven’t read about being nervous about attending BlogHer for the first time on a bunch of other blogs – including my own. My advice?

    Go anyway.

    I haven’t heard of a person who’s regreted going even though they’ve expressed some doubts about not knowing anyone there. Because I’m sure you’ll know people there – I’m going. You can say hi to me!

  3. Yes. Go. Get Sponsored. If you get a double sponsorship I’ll go with you and be your roomie ;) Ah. If money grew on trees I’d sponsor you! You have been at this for so long and write one of the best green mommy blogs on the planet (and I don’t say that just cause I now know you in person). The wheels are turning. Don’t we need something to do know that Obama is in office and the chicken ordinance has passed?

  4. Get some xanax and go! Chicago is superfantastic in July.

  5. If it makes you feel any better… about the breatfeeding: my son and I weaned when he was around 15 months. He would go a week at a time and eventually two weeks at a time without nursing. When he would ask for some “milky” I’d always tell him that I wasn’t sure if there was any, but we could try. And there WAS! I couldn’t believe it, especially after some of the two week stretches. But the milk was still there. Eventually he left too big a gap and it went away, but my point is, a few days away shouldn’t be a problem for your milk supply. And if you’re really worried, you can always take a hand pump with you. :)
    You should go! How fun!

  6. You know, maybe Xanax can be a sponsor. I’m sure there are a lot of people feeling the same.

    I used to have horrendous anxiety so understand. Hang in there. That’s the best advice I can give.

  7. I wanted to throw in my experience with the BFing. When my DD was 2 and 1 month, my grandfather died and I traveled to the funeral alone. We were still nursing approx 2x a day, and I was gone for 40 hours or so. I didn’t have my manual pump (because I had packed it up in a box and shipped it elsewhere because we were moving) so I was just on my own. :) I hand-expressed in the shower after my one night away from DD. I felt kind of full the whole time I was away and was a little nervous about leaks but nothing dreadful happened. My DD did really well with my husband; she was sad that I was away at certain moments during the day, but generally was happy and content to be with dad. I did wonder if maybe she would not want to nurse when I returned but she started up nursing again with no problem; she nursed for another 4 months or so. Just thought I would share my experience in a very similar situation…

  8. I concur with your other readers – Go, Go, Go! You’ll thoroughly have a great time and the fact you have not been away from your kiddies at all since their births shows your commitment and need for a tiny break. Plus you can blog about what the experience was like. I’d love to see Chicago someday too.

    Let me know about the possibility of sponsors as well. You’ll also have to get a hotel room, and perhaps that cost can be reduced by having a roommate. Keep us posted of your plans!

  9. You have to go to Blogher, you have to. :) I would room with you, but I’ll have the baby with me and have already a couple events planned in my room for my sponsors. Unless you want to deal with a 3 month old and come to an organic tea party and a baby wearing party. :)

  10. Good for you, Amy! Go for it! I have one question, maybe you or another reader can answer: I am really intrigued by the Blogher conference, it sounds like an awesome learning experience and networking opportunity, but is it just for Blogher-affiliated bloggers? I’m a blogger, but not a part of the Blogher network. Can I still go? Would I be out of place? If I went, I wouldn’t know anyone! Ack! Okay, that was like 10 questions. Sorry.

  11. i think i’m going to go. as soon as they announced it in chicago, i put the badge on my blog. i’m not going to stay downtown, though, to save money i’ll drive back and forth. there are still some other issues involved (family) but hopefully it will all work out…and we’ll meet in person, cuz you should do it. you deserve the break and the real-life connections….

  12. You have to go, I read your blog daily and well I can meet you LOL. I am going all is good except the hotel is stilliffy but hot dang I am going to blogher LOL

  13. I’m bringing my husband, so I can’t offer a room, but I’d love to meet you and hang out.
    It’s a lot of fun. Overwhelming, yes. But in a very good way—-it’s a bunch of women supporting women; always a good thing.
    xoxo steph

  14. Bring your family! Downtown Chicago if filled with fun things to do. Heck, your kids might just want to ride on the train, ride on the elevator. But, you should make it a family road trip. Hit the museums, maybe a baseball game.

    Driving will be cheaper. You’ll solve the roommate issue by bringing your family (and look into renting a condo close to the conference and you’ll save tons of money!). You’ll have support.

    You’ll make connections and start “interviewing” roommates for next year!

    Make it a fun road trip with lots of stops!

    (Just an option) I can tell you want to go, but are conflicted.

    Peace to you.

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