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post #21 of 52
I am Jenny (jenholle) and I'm 35 years old. I have been married to DH Wally for over 8 years. This is my fourth pregnancy and will hopefully result in a third child for us (had a m/c between DS and DD). We have a DS Quentin who just turned 6 and a DD Ariel who just turned 3. We will not find out the sex of this baby. DH wants to but I am adamant. I really want a surprise this time!!! There was a little more of a gap between #2 and #3 than I would have liked b/c of a health scare I had last year that resulted in me finding out i might have a clotting disorder. Hopefully it won't effect me too much during this pregnancy, but I will have an OB, a perinatologist, and a hospital birth. I will go natural again as I did with DD using hypnobirthing. I was recently trained as a doula and will use a doula with this birth as well.

I work part-time as a school counselor and love my job and my hours. This April baby will be great as he/she will not go into any day care until almost 6 months of age.

Can't wait to get to know all of you!!!!
post #22 of 52
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-Wanted to get pg, but now that I actually am...I keep thinking...ahhh "What was I thinking? Am I crazy????"
That is soooo me too!! I'm glad I'm not the only one.

I have loved reading all of your intros! What a cool group of mamas we have here.

I'm Amy, married for 4 years to Jason, and we have one daughter, Brynn (12/03/05). We were always conviced that we would only have one child, but over the past few months, the topic kept coming up. We made lists of pros and cons of having a second child, talked about it ad nauseum, and then finally at my last month's book club, I saw my friend's 3-week old DD; I came home and said, "I want another baby!" And, the rest is history!

We are very fertile together; we concieved pregnancy #1 five days before our wedding, and I found out I was pregnant on our honeymoon. I lost that pregnancy at 11 weeks, and then took a few months off to recover. The first month of trying after that, we concieved Brynn! I had a very easy and normal pregnancy with her, and a long labor in a birth center with a "midwife" (hmph!) and fabulous doula. After 30 hours in labor, I ended up with a c-section, largely in part to the unneccessary interventions of my midwife. So yes, I still have some issues about that. And a little anxiety about miscarriage, too.

This time around, I am hoping for (and already dreaming of!) a VBAC. I have a wonderful midwife, and I'll be delivering at a somewhat progressive hospital. It's not as naturally-oriented as the birth center where I labored with Brynn, but I am not quite comfortable with an HBAC, so there ya go. I also plan to have a doula, but haven't figured out who of my many doula acquaintances it will be.

I'm a SAHM currently. I have a master's in language disorders that I'm not using at all, and will be completing post-partum doula certification later this year. I'm also in the process of working toward becoming a board certified lactation consultant.

Dex_Millie - wow!! That is so awesome that you just found out!
Carol - My husband was in the Navy until last year. He was in the supply corps, so we've been in Athens, GA, Norfolk, and then Dayton OH (where he worked at Wright Patterson AFB).
I can't find the post from the wife of the Marine who is going to be leaving, but my heart goes out to you! I know that must be so hard.
post #23 of 52
I'm Rachel, and I'm 36. I have one son, who is 13 months old, but came 7 weeks early. This will be our second living child (I lost my son's twin about a third of the way through the pregnancy).

We have many challenges with our DS, who has developmental delays and a genetic immune deficiency (as well as FTT, low tone in his feet, feeding delays, life threatening allergies, etc etc etc....I post a lot on the SN board if you want the nitty gritty). He was developing normally for the first five months, but began having setbacks that got bigger and bigger and bigger. We still don't know the root cause of his issues (which all seem to be motor-related), and will be adding a geneticist to our list of specialists we see with him in a few weeks. He's in speech and physical therapy twice a week.

I am a registered nurse with a background in pediatric intensive care and research, but currently SAH with DS because of his medical needs. I am trying to find work (we moved here six months ago), but will need a mostly WAH job because his immune disorder means we need a one-on-one nanny in our home. At least I will have built-in childcare with the next baby!

We are thrilled to be having #2, but only recently decided we wanted to TTC. I got pregnant in our first cycle of trying, which is amazing, considering my doctors said I would never conceive on my own (severe endometriosis and a history of cervical cancer). I keep picking up the HPT and checking it again, a week later.

I am super nervous about this pregnancy because i have loads of risk factors (I posted in the PAL thread in our DDC). I sometimes feel I don't fit in at MDC because circumstances dictate we have a tremendous amount of medical intervention with my son, and this pregnancy will be VERY highly managed medically as well. My dream is to have a boring pregnancy that ends with a term baby who doesn't end up in the NICU!

I will try my best not to be a downer, I promise! If there are other mamas-to-be with high risk pregnancies in our DDC, please let me know- maybe we can start a thread dedicated to that as well.

Oh, names- if we have a girl, we are going with the name we picked out last time. If we have a boy, he might be nameless because we already used the one name we could agree on! :P
post #24 of 52
I will reveal my name when I told my friend that might still be on this board!

Married to DH for just over 3 years and we are expecting our first child. Very excited and still need to make lots of decisions...

We conceived on our first cycle trying, 3 months after stopping the pill. I thought we totally missed the egg, since I got what I thought was my period, and what I thought was poor BD timing at ovulation time. Luckily, I have been charting the FAM way and noticed my temps were not going down. I entered my handwritten chart into Fertility Friend and I had miscalculated my ovulation date. Tested a week after my 'AF' and got 2 quick BFPs. That was so shocking after being disappointed with getting 'AF'!
post #25 of 52
Dawn from Michigan here, we're expecting baby number five - edd April 8, 2009. I always say I had "two, twice"... since Autumn (17) and Blake (14) are from a previous marriage and now live with their dad, and Zoe (7) and Dmitri (6) are mine with my current husband, Michael. Michael and I have been together eight years (our anniversary was July 29). He's a psychologist, and while I do have a Masters in psych as well, I'm also a doula, birth photographer and writer... which I do as a sahm, mostly.

I had the last two babies at home, and since we've moved to a rural area, I'm looking for a HB midwife in these parts. I've considered going UC as well. I have minor thyroid issues (controlled with very little meds) but I don't think it will be a big problem.

We don't vaccinate, we cloth diaper, I breastfeed as long as I possibly can (my milk seems to dry up around the sixth month for some weird reason no one can explain). We gentle discipline, homeschooled up until this year, when the kids BEGGED to go to school, and I gave in. I'll probably pull them when school gets "boring" and more "work" than "fun" around 2nd or 3rd grade.

We also live on a few acres, grow an organic garden for our family, and are getting chickens and bees in the spring.

(p.s. About Illinois - man, the more I hear about that state, the more scared I get. If the rest of the country did the same, I'd move to Canada. Home birth, vaccinations, the whole thing... it's like a police state in Illinois! :x Isn't there a doc that will come to your house to do home births in Illinois, though?)
post #26 of 52
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(p.s. About Illinois - man, the more I hear about that state, the more scared I get. If the rest of the country did the same, I'd move to Canada. Home birth, vaccinations, the whole thing... it's like a police state in Illinois! :x Isn't there a doc that will come to your house to do home births in Illinois, though?)
Home births are legal in IL, attended by both doctors and midwives. But direct entry midwives aren't allowed, just CNMs, and OBs who will do home births keep dwindling because of the cost of insurance - the result is that there are very few providers, and incredibly few if you're not in the Chicago area.
Here in Chicago, there are two licensed midwife practices that do HBs, and a couple doctors, I believe, and a couple other midwives and OBs farther out away from the city. I'm torn, though, since i"ve heard mixed things about the two midwife practices here in Chicago, and I love my (hospital-only) midwife so much.
Vax exemptions are no problem, you just have to claim religious exemption (whether or not you choose not to vax for religious reasons).

A bill FINALLY passed this year allowing for the first few birthing centers to be built in the state, and a bill allowing direct-entry midwives to be licensed is stalled. It really needs to pass.
post #27 of 52
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Home births are legal in IL, attended by both doctors and midwives. But direct entry midwives aren't allowed, just CNMs, and OBs who will do home births keep dwindling because of the cost of insurance - the result is that there are very few providers, and incredibly few if you're not in the Chicago area.
Here in Chicago, there are two licensed midwife practices that do HBs, and a couple doctors, I believe, and a couple other midwives and OBs farther out away from the city. I'm torn, though, since i"ve heard mixed things about the two midwife practices here in Chicago, and I love my (hospital-only) midwife so much.
Vax exemptions are no problem, you just have to claim religious exemption (whether or not you choose not to vax for religious reasons).

A bill FINALLY passed this year allowing for the first few birthing centers to be built in the state, and a bill allowing direct-entry midwives to be licensed is stalled. It really needs to pass.

I am pretty sure that the doctors that DID homebirths no longer do them.

Also, NONE of the CNM's in the are do HBAC's.

But, yeah.. it is a policed state... SO GLAD we will only be here for another year and a half. Uggh.. I hate the midwest.
post #28 of 52
Hi I'm Maya

-I'm 28 and I've been married for three years to my college sweetheart (we've known each other since we were seventeen!)
-This is our first pregnancy(!) after trying for a couple of months. Of course I'm totally paranoid since it's the first and I hope it goes smoothly!
-I want a girl and DH, of course, wants a boy
-I'm currently working but I hope to "retire" in April 2009 :
post #29 of 52
Hi I'm Heather a 32 year old mama partnered to Matt (not married) We have been together for almost 5 years. We have a newly 2 yo girl and I have a 8 yo old boy from a previous marriage, he has a 9 yo girl from a previous marriage. I am a non vaxing cloth diapering veggie mama.

This is TOTALLY unexpected. We are excited, but I am super nervous. I just donated all of my maternity clothes, and luckily I have a bunch of baby clothes left.

I am planning on having another homebirth. I want a midwife there, but I would love if Matt would catch the baby, although I know he wouldn't be down for that.. a girl can dream. I am thinking I don't want to find out the sex, I found out with my other two and I think a surprise would be nice.

I had our dd in a pool in my kitchen. The day before she was born we filmed a parody film and put it up on youtube, it has become quite a "hit" lol actually half of the people hated it and half of the people loved it. Regardless we had fun and it helped Matt relax about the birth. My first birth was 26 hours long and it was in a hospital. My dd's birth was at home and it took about 8 hours, so if I am lucky this one will be nice and quick... not too quick though.

I am excited to get to know all of you.
post #30 of 52
Hi! I'm Rochelle. I'm 21, married for almost 2 years. We're finally pregnant after 14 months of trying. This is our first and I plan to UP/UC as long as nothing seems off. I'm actually due March 30th, but I have a feeling this will be an April baby...a very strong feeling.
post #31 of 52
Hi everyone! I'm dipping my toe in, and hoping for a sticky baby so I get to know you all better...

I just found out this morning that I'm expecting baby #6. We'd been TTC for a few months, but I've had some medical issues (high BP, and had gallbladder surgery in June) that forced us to put it on the back burner for a while. I'm very excited, and still a little in shock, too!

I'm 36, have been married for 11 yrs. to my wonderful DH, we HS part-time (alternative curriculum) and are generally quite crunchy, as you can tell by my sig. Although the logical part of me knows we need to wait to tell the kids, I am bursting with the news, b/c I know they will be sooooo excited; they've been begging me for another sibling for months now, lol. We are going to need a bigger vehicle, though -- we've totally filled up our minivan.

I have had a great variety of pg and birth experiences, some good, many not, although the end result (my kiddos) has been completely fabulous. My first two children were preemies (33- and 31-wkrs.) due to severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. My second two children, on the other hand, were full-term, born with midwives in the hospital and very minimal interventions. My fifth baby, who is now 2, was to be a planned home waterbirth, but she went into distress at 35 wks. (stopped moving completely in utero, very scary), and I ended up with an emergency c-section. Then, hours after birth, she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and thus began our initiation into the world of a child with SN. So, whew, lol! It's all been quite the ride!

So the long and short of it is that while my natural inclinations are to have as little medical interference with pg as possible, my reality necessitates that I have, at the very least, dual care (OB/HB MW) and quite a bit more monitoring. I am quite fortunate to have found an extremely HB-friendly OB -- he would even support me trying for a HBAC -- but my wonderful MW from Sophie is no longer practicing, and I am concerned that I won't find another true gem who is willing to look past my checkered medical hx to help me have as non-intervention-filled a birth experience as possible. Frankly, most HB MWs don't like to touch clients like me with a ten-foot pole. So I don't know yet what I'll be doing; if I decide to just give up on the HB idea, I will definitely be hiring a doula for my hospital birth. Or perhaps I can find a MW who would agree to be my doula, and if all goes smoothly, stay home when the time comes, after all. I've got a lot more pg to get through before then, though!

I've had both a sweet little neice and nephew born in the past six weeks, and I'll tell you, holding a sweet, squishy newborn REALLY brought home to me how much I wanted another little one of my own. And strange as it may sound, I can't wait to BF again -- my 2 yo, unfortunately, weaned the earliest of any of my babies (13 mos.) and her older sister weaned at 3 1/2 yrs. back in Jan.

Then again, I've spent the past few weeks helping out my SIL with severe thrush issues (ouch!), so maybe I shouldn't be so keen after all, lol!

Hoping all goes well for all of us and that I get to know you all more over the coming months...

Guin
post #32 of 52
Hi all!

I'm Nicole, married to Eric for 11 years this month.
We have three boys: Holden who's 11, Ethan who's 6 and Casper who will be 5 this Friday (8/8)
I'm fully expecting that this little one will be a boy too.
EBD is April 12, 2009
We'll be having a homebirth again, Casper was also born at home.
No routine ultrasounds, testing etc.
post #33 of 52
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-mom to Erin who was born on 8/16/06 (same month as scraphappy-Red's Madeleine!)
HA! Madeleine was born on 8/17/06 at 1am. What time was your Erin born?
post #34 of 52
Hi.

I'm Bri
-Wife to Ryan for 2 years
-Mom to Kimari (17 months)
-I'm still nursing
-My EDD is April 20
post #35 of 52
I'm Michelle and I'm 28. I have been married (legally) for almost 7 months. DH is in the Coast Guard for another year and a half. Our "big" wedding is actually this Saturday!!!!! No champagne toast for me but I am totally ok with that This is our second pregnancy (we lost the first one) and we are VERY excited and only slightly nervous. I work full time as an admin. I found this website randomly and don't know if its intended more for people who have hbs, ucs or the use of a midwife, but I will be sticking with a hospital birth as I really like my OB and the hospital is practically across the street. I do plan on trying to have this baby naturally and am pretty confident that I can do that! I hope its ok to belong to this forum with that being my decision, but I think that it is (this forum seems very welcoming to all). I'm just excited to have a bunch of online pregnant friends who I can share this experience with (actually this website has been completely distracting me from my work since last week - oops!!).

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all better!

Michelle
post #36 of 52
I'm Melissa. DH and I have been married for 4 1/2 years and we have an almost 17 month old son. I was really hoping to have a homebirth this time around but DS was a 36 weeker and my gut feeling is telling me go to the hospital again this time. Boo! I'm due April 7th and want a little girl so bad!! And yes I will be finding out! If it's another boy I will need some time to process the "loss" of my little girl! lol
post #37 of 52
Oh.. we had to hardest time in IL with the vaccine exemption. It isn't as easy as just claiming religious exemption.. you have to write a letter which includes certain words, etc.

When I submitted our vaccine exempt here in IL we had to turn it in four different times before it was "right" and we got the laws off the internet and thought we had followed them. I actually had to contact a ACLU lawyer because the lady was giving us such a problem. It was rediculas. In Virginia we just signed a paper.
post #38 of 52
I'm a homebirth midwife and I'm due April 5th with my 3rd babe. I will be blessed to have a sister midwife attend my homebirth.

Because I haven't told my clients yet, I'm going to keep my identifying details private for now. After I let all my clients know, I'll out myself a bit more here. I hate having to keep these things secret, but it's the internet.... and I just am not ready for clients to find out yet.
post #39 of 52
Hi! I am Lydia and I am due 4/10!

-Married to DH for almost 6 years
-have 3 sweet kiddos (DS '03, DD '05, DD2 '07)
-starting to homeschool/unschool this fall
-doula, though the mama I have now will be my last for awhile...family first.

I think that is it! Getting excited to know you all!

ETA: Anyone else SUPER sick? My poor DC, they are being so neglected! If I move...I puke. I get about a 1 hour grace period in the afternoon, otherwise, sick sick sick!
post #40 of 52
Hi everybody!

I'm Erin (27). I've been married for 3 1/2 years and have a 21 month old DD who still nurses. I'm due 4/14 after having a m/c on 7/2 (Rachael was conceived right after a m/c, too).

I plan on having a homebirth and am in the process of finding a midwife. I had a horrible hospital birth with DD. We aren't finding out the gender, and want to go as medical-free as possible, although I wouldn't object to an u/s.

I plan on tandem nursing.

Right now we live in a 1-bedroom apartment, but we'll hopefully have a house before this baby is born. It will be cutting it close though.

I've been having some m/s, I didn't get it with DD until 7 weeks. I'm trying to follow the Brewer Diet.

I can't wait to get to know all of you better!
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