Who's your ped? I never even thought to ask about peds while I was here. I'm not really thrilled with the one I have and I'm not even that extreme in my medical choices for my kids--really just the lack of vitamins and fluoride off hand--that and there's the fact that the extended nursing really seems to throw the woman for a loop, not so much that she's critical of it, she just doesn't understand how it operates. Oh and I would never tell her that my babies sleep with me. Anyway, if I could find someone a better match philosophy-wise, that would be swell.
As for the birth of my new one, I'm really torn up about this whole thing. I want to just move back to where I came from with the midwives I had and the hospital I had there with the nursery nurses who only show up if you call them. And it's SOP for the baby to never leave your side. Ok, so I did have one or two dumb nursery nurses at the hospital ("here, dear, put this formula on your nipple to encourage your baby to latch on"?!? blech!) Anyway, my OB is with PHA, so now I'm even more anxious. So anymore you can tell me about that would be great. I actually live closer to Wayne Memorial, but have heard less than glowing reports about the hospital in general which makes me nervous, and with those midwives, they're in with OB's and there's no guarantee who will be there for delivery. Both of my other children have been born grey and in need of some assistance for the first while--DS was with an idiot misogynistic OB who had me in a race against another laboring mom, and there was dark meconium in the amniotic fluid, so that's what went on with him; still not exactly clear on what went on with my DD who was with a midwife, but she was having issues before labor, so anyway--babies' early problems coupled with the fact that my husband is paranoid, homebirth just really isn't an option. AAAAACK!
I should check out the LLL mtg. I live in Wayne Co, but the LLL here pretty much just consists of having a contact person if you need help, no real mtg anymore. I didn't think of heading to Scranton. Though if I remember correctly, you said it's at 10:30, which wouldn't give me enough time to get my DS off the bus from school. And, I'm not currently nursing. But maybe DH will help me get there for some baby-and-me time after the new one arrives. So, I will keep that in mind.
OK, that was long rambling. I've just been desperate for some like-minded company and information. My family is in the area, but my sister is the only one my age and she parents in a completely different way from me. (she followed and swears by her ped's advice to let her babies CIO at EIGHT weeks--for instance!)
: Thanks for any help you can offer.