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I know we have a roll call thread that has some info in there but perhaps some of you want to share a little more about yourselves? Get to know you type thread? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I'm really excited to spend the next few months hanging out and getting to know you all. My last ddc was awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Anyway... care to share? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I guess I'll start. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hi! My name is Nic. I'm 30, I have 4 children, 3 boys and a girl. We are an unschooling family. This pregnancy was a HUGE surprise for me. None of my pregnancies have ever really been planned but I was totally thinking that I would poas and then an hour later AF would arrive. Imagine my surprise when the positive line appeared before the indicator line did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I had been recently mourning the fact that my 2 year old was growing up so quickly... she's not much for the sling anymore. She recently started using the potty... all on her own without any help from me. She's just an independent little soul... so yeah I was feeling a little melancholy but really wasn't sure that now was the right time for another one, if at all ever again. I guess the Universe felt differently <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was quite blindsided by the result and I think I shook for a good half hour after I tested. My husband was actually quite happy... funny how we've swapped roles this time around.<br><br>
I'm planning to UC this time around. I was induced with my other 4 and I'm just sick of the hospital interventionalist experience. I was hoping to go naturally with my daughter but went to 42 weeks and had not mentally prepared to go any further really. I swear I felt psychotic at the end of her pregnancy! So.. I'm already mentally prepping for 44+ weeks with this one. Patience mama is what I keep telling myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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As you can see in my siggy, this is baby #7 for us. We hadn't planned on getting pregnant this soon but we knew we wanted another one. We have 3 boys & 3 girls so this will be a tiebreaker. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I am a doula and childbirth educator and am passionate about birth. I have had a variety of experience with my births. My first was a typical hospital birth with an epidural, episiotomy, the works. Then 13 months later I had an un-medicated Bradley birth with a CNM in a hospital. My second set of twins was a planned homebirth but we transferred to the hospital for a cord presenting low and had a traumatic, hasty c-section under general anesthesia. My #6 was another planned homebirth and after laboring all day in the birth pool we transferred again to the hospital but this time had a successful VBAC 10 minutes after arriving. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
I'm looking forward to another homebirth this time and actually pushing the baby out there, climbing into my own bed afterward. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Hello to everyone. I am so happy to meet everyone. We are really surprised to be here so soon. We had just started to try for #2. We have a little boy who is almost 31 months. We have an alternative family structure as you can see by my signature. DP and I are lucky enough to have friends that are willing to give us the greatest gift... a baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Our friends just had a little boy in Oct/09 so Holden is already a big brother <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. We are looking to have an unmedicated birth as possible. I was induced at 41+2 with Holden but had no pain medications. We are looking into seeing a midwife in the area but haven't heard a whole lot about her, (our Bradley instructor recommended her) if we don't use her we are looking between a hospital birth with a midwife (like last time) or using a birth center in the area. DP is nervous about the birth center because our family structure. I am planning to call the first midwife on Monday so we will see.
 

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I am joining you guys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
THis is my 4rth pregnancy, unfortunatly, I had a miscarriage of an unexpected pregnancy at 17 weeks last june. It was the saddest thing I have even been through, and decided it was a sign for us to try for our 5th member of our family again. Here I am preggo again, after 4 hard months of working on it. I am so psyched, and also a bit nostalgic as this will be my last pregnancy. I wish to enjoy every minute of it.<br>
Glad to make the journey with you ladies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I'm Cathy, and this will be our fifth child. We have four girls 7 and under. I'm hoping for another homebirth, our last three were born at home. We'll use the same midwife we had with the others.<br><br>
So far I just have mild nausea and very tender breasts - bfing has been agony for the last week or so lol. I'll be tandem nursing this babe and dd4.<br><br>
Due date is August 6.<br><br>
Yay for babies!
 

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I'm nursing my daughter as well... not really tender and sore but definitely feeling irritable at times with it. Last week was pretty bad but it seems to have leveled off a little bit. I was chalking it up to impending AF. I'm hoping to tandem as well... we'll see what Sage has in mind if she wants to continue all the way through or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Hi everyone! This is baby #2 for us and completely unexpected but exciting (after the shock wore off that is)! I'm hoping for natural labor in a birthing center with a CNM. We are a military family (DH is Air Force) and he was deployed for most of my first pregnancy, he got home about 3 weeks before DS arrived. So I am glad he will be able to share in this whole experience and help prepare for baby's arrival.<br><br>
I'm a SAHM and going back to college in January for a degree in legal studies. It will be interesting juggling home and school but it will be worth it. This pregnancy is different so far in that...I feel great! I had HG with DS from the BFP onward and so far the only symptom I have is craving Mexican food. Crossing my fingers I don't have a repeat.
 

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Hi I'm Larissa. Nice to meet everyone. This will be our second baby. My due date is August 1st. We plan to do a homebirth on an island in Lake Michigan. My ds was born in a free standing birth center near Lansing, but we will not be in the area for this baby to be born there. We spend our summers on Beaver Island, and one generation ago (people my age) were born there all the time, but there hasn't been a baby born on the Island in about 16 years! So hopefully things go as smoothly as they did the first time (with my ds) so that this baby can actually be born on the Island.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I know it might be a challenge to find a caring midwife to attend this birth, but we're hoping for the best. I'm super excited about this pregnancy!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I'll join. We found out last month that we were expecting for the 3rd time. 3days later I m/c'd. We got right back on the horse and now we are expecting again. I will be delivering at the hospital again this time and hopefully I will have another intervention free water birth. I used hypnosis with my second and boy was it different.
 

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I realized I forgot to post a bit about myself here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My DH and I are expecting our second baby! We are beyond thrilled as we had been trying for a few months. We are planning a (healing) homebirth. My birth with DD didn't go as planned (hospital birth with a cnm). It was a vaginal delivery, but a traumatic trip to it. Having a really peaceful homebirth is very important to me this time around as I feel that it will be healing for me and allow me to trust my body again.<br><br>
We live in Kansas City, MO where we moved a few months before DD's birth. We are both originally from the Des Moines, IA area. DH is an attorney and I stay at home. We've been married for over 3 years.<br><br>
I'm pretty crunchy (thus my love of MDC). It started with getting into natural birth things, then it turned into eating a semi traditional foods but mostly just organic whole food diet, then alternative medicine, then cloth diapering, and now it's completely taking over! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's amazing how once you start reading, you leave the mainstream more and more.
 

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I hear you about "leaving the mainstream"... We just had my Brother-in-law and his wife and daughter stay with us for a few days. I will tell you they are as mainstream as we are crunchy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. It was painful at times but I kept my mouth shut! We did get her to use the moby wrap when we went out instead of that infernal stroller that she HAD to bring. Oh well we can only do what we can.
 

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Hey ladies! I just tested positive today, so I believe I will be due in August sometime. This was not a planned baby, as we are going through some really hard, stressful times. We are really excited, but at the same time we are scared and uncertain.... especially when our families are not too happy.<br><br>
This is our third child (second pregnancy for me... first is his from previous marriage but I am mom to her) our son was a home water-birth and a perfect pregnancy overall. Hopefully, this one will be the same <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I don't think I am going to look for a midwife until after the holiday chaos and I really grasp the idea of another baby.<br><br><br>
I have all the classic symptoms.... two days ago I woke up at 4 am and HAD to eat a hot pocket! That's when I really knew. Haha!
 

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I'm too tired to post much her tonight, but I wanted to give a shout out to Evie'sMom! We're in KC, too. We've been here for 6.5 years. There's a wonderful attachment parenting group. We have a forum, but it's also a great real-life community. I can get you the link if you'd like.
 

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So now I'm mostly awake. Mostly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm Kristen. My husband, Jeremy, and I have been married 12.5 years. We have Lily (2/04), who was born via c-section, unnecessarily, imo. She was in a frank breech. We had two miscarriages in a row (9/05 & 5/06). Not fun. In that period, I also had a severe herniated disk in my lower back. Even my chiropractor was talking surgery. But with his help and LOTS of phsyical therapy, we managed to avoid it. Now he calls me his poster child. I do still have nerve pain in my lower leg and I can't curl my toes or flex that left foot fully, but still. No major problems. We had our son, Waylon, in August of 2007 and lost my dad 3 months later to cancer. Cancer sucks. OH! Waylon was born at home in a birth pool in the kitchen with an absolutely wonderful midwife, whom we adore.<br><br>
We were hoping for more kids, but I kinda wanted to lose a bit more weight first. I was quite heavy when we got pg with Lily (250), lost 35 lbs before we got pg with Waylon. REALLY wanted to get under 200 before this one. For health, etc, of course, but also just because I wanted to experience pregnancy at a healthy, normal, weight for me. If I can just try to continue eating healthfully, that'll make me feel better.<br><br>
When ds was 7 weeks old, I already couldn't wait to birth again. My brain can't quite wrap itself around that yet. I can pretty much say I'm pregnant now, but being pregnant and having a baby have proven to be very different things for us. But right now, today, I am pregnant. And that is good.<br><br>
We already told Lily. She would have picked up on it, and for some reason it just didn't feel right to hide it. She doesn't remember what happened before, but she knows about it. Her first reaction was a very excited, "NO WAY!" then, a bit later, "Mommy, I can't believe you have a little baby in your belly. It makes me have happy tears." She was only 3.5 when her brother was born, but she was awesome. Very helpful. And she still pretends to birth her baby dolls.<br><br>
Um, I, apparently, can be a little talkative when I have the chance.
 

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I guess I missed this thread before too.<br><br>
I'm Paula, this is my first pregnancy at 38. DH is much younger than me (29), I was actually on the fence for a while about TTC but he convinced me and now I am thrilled. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Nervous too though, mostly about my age.<br><br>
We got married just under a year ago, bought a house together, and a few months later started TTC. We have two senior dogs so I'm already used to being woken up in the middle of the night.<br><br>
I'm vegan, pretty active (bicycling, karate, hiking, jogging, etc.), and I ride a motorcycle (DH and I have a deal that I will stop when my gear stops fitting).
 

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Hi everyone!<br><br>
I'm Lori and I live in a college town in Alabama. DH and I met in school and loved it here so after graduation got jobs and bought a house here. We have been married just over 4 years. This is our first pregnancy and we are very excited! I have to say I am surprised it happened in just 5 months of trying since I have some ovulation issues. (Although it seemed like forever at the time!) I am pretty crunchy as of the last few years...started learning a few things and just kept growing that way. DH thinks I'm a little crazy, but he's crunchier than he thinks he is.<br><br>
I'd really like to have a waterbirth at home, but I'm not sure if that's a possibility. From the little research I've done, it looks like it's illegal for a CNM to attend a homebirth in Alabama. There's no way I'll try to birth unassisted, this is my first and I know I'd be too scared. If I do have to go the hospital route, I'll probably find a doula. I do like my current doctor, but don't know anything yet about his birth philosophies, etc. I'll probably give him the 3rd degree at my first appointment next week. And who knows? Maybe he'll be cool. I do work at a doctor's office (surgical - general and plastic) and so I know a good many docs and nurses, so maybe if I start asking around I may find a midwife or L&D nurse who would attend a homebirth "off the record" Anyone have any advice for me?
 

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Welcome!!!<br><br>
I would personally find a midwife. If you have a choice of hospital, ask around and find out which is the most natural birth friendly. FYT on this board, local childbirth educators (Bradley, etc.), and doulas would be good people to ask for midwife and hospital recs. Hire a doula who isn't shy and willing to advocate for you.
 

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Hi everyone and congrats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm Meredyth and have been married to DH for almost 9 years. We have 3 boys who kick ass (7, 5 & 15 months).I had a loss in July 07 which shook me to the core. But my rainbow baby helped me through that and I'm grateful to him for that. All my babies have been c/s; 1st was emergency for placenta abruption, 2nd & 3rd for transverse breech presentation. My ob is awesome which is so hard to find, and he is fully supportive of my vba3c. I saw a mw with my last pg and it was not the ideal situation. I'll spare the details, but I will say I never thought I'd think more of an ob than a mw! I will have the most awesome doula and am looking forward to this being a vbac as this is most likely our last baby. I'm trying to just go with the flow as I think I stressed so much about everything last time I was worked up in a frenzy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> That's pretty much it in a nutshell.<br><br>
I'm so very happy for each of you and wish you all a wonderful 9 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Hello! I'm a 31-year-old newlywed who *just* found out we're expecting our first, due in August. My DH and I are in shock, but also thrilled. I was on the fence about kids throughout my 20s, but once I met my DH, I realized I wanted to be a parent with him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
It's SO early and I'm a notoriously impatient person with a fast-paced life and job. This pregnancy going to force me to slow down and look around, I can already tell. I don't know how I'm going to last until August!<br><br>
Oh, and I have NO IDEA how to start finding a doctor or what kind of doctor I want.
 
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