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What has your experience been like? I'm active duty army & am expecting our first in December. Woohoo!
 

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OMG I feel like crying, I'm so happy I'm not the only one! Congrats on your future addition! I'm active duty coast guard...and yes, I'm in Kansas...don't ask. I have a six month old son, and my experience has been challenging to say the least. I fought hard, but I was able to get Tricare to cover my home birth, my command to give me my own room with a lock to pump breastmilk, and dodge the flu shot they wanted to give me while pregnant! I'd be more than happy to share any stories/tips with you. We're not alone!
 

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We have two other pregnant women at work, though one'll be PCSing before she delivers. We also have one who's done a couple of UC homebirths!<br><br><br>
And yes, it does feel like we're all alone sometimes, doesn't it? At least as far as presence on message boards goes, anyway.
 

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that's awesome! there were a couple of women pregnant at the same time as me at my work too, but they all thought I was crazy with my views on things. It's just really cool to see other like-minded military mamas out there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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One of the other women does think I'm crazy, the other one tends to think more like I do on a lot of things. I try not to offend the first one, even though I'm disappointed in her choices - we DO still have to work together, lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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not a military mom, but i worked in the infant room at the daycare when we were in germany (dh is AD army)... be prepared for it being killer to leave your baby.... most of our AD moms cried when they dropped off their 6 week old for the first time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> its long days, but i think its harder on the moms than the babies. dont be afraid to tell the caregivers how you want your baby card for......<br><br>
oh, and check into a pump- im preggo with our first and just did our hospital tour, and the nurse said (hear at least, i dont know if its every post, i never heard about it while we were in germany) that the base loans a hospital grade pump to active duty moms. you deliver at a civillian hospital here, and they give you new parts to the pump, then the base loans you the actual pump.<br><br>
good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh, and check into a pump- im preggo with our first and just did our hospital tour, and the nurse said (hear at least, i dont know if its every post, i never heard about it while we were in germany) that the base loans a hospital grade pump to active duty moms. you deliver at a civillian hospital here, and they give you new parts to the pump, then the base loans you the actual pump.<br><br>
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that's wonderful to hear. I was completely unaware of this, but fortunately I received a medela pump-in-style as a baby shower gift, so I was set.<br><br>
What was the most difficult for me was convincing my command that breastfeeding was best for my baby, and that I needed to pump 3 times a day. Try talking about breastfeeding to a bunch of salty sailors! They had no clue. What made it even harder was the fact that NONE of the other moms I work with EVER breastfed. I'm proud of myself for sticking to my guns though, and getting what's best for me and my baby.
 

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Wow, that's cool about the loaner pump! I'll have to check that out here.<br><br>
I still haven't decided what to do about daycare. I'm in Korea, where there's an abundance of nannys to be hired (if you're willing to pay $900/month). I also have a friend at work who is willing to work with me by seeing if her nanny would be willing to care for Peanut. I keep telling myself that it's only for 4 months and no long-term psychological damage will be done, lol. Then I retire! Yay!<br><br>
I'm also not very happy about the passport/visa requirements. I'm not really excited about taking my few-days old infant out in December in Korea just so the ppl at the embassy can see he/she really exists & process our passport application. Stupid government. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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