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Our second momma of the week will be: Kylahroo!<br><br>
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This is baby #5 - does anything about that make you nervous?<br>
What do you like about where you live? What do you not like?
 

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What kind of store is it that you run?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our second momma of the week will be: Kylahroo!<br><br>
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This is baby #5 - does anything about that make you nervous?<br>
What do you like about where you live? What do you not like?</div>
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I just got home from visiting my SIL in the hospital. She just gave birth to my first nephew! My kids finally have a cousin, they're so happy! But, in answer to your first question, no, not really. My kids are convinced I'm having twins and we're all kind of "well, at this point, does it really matter?" LOL! I think by baby #5, having babies is so common that everyone's just super excited about it. My 11 year old is in the other room right now, playing with our 2 year old, asking her if she's excited to have a baby. We're all just really happy! The only thing that could make me nervous would be the possibility of needing more medical intervention than I want (such as a homebirth transfer or hospital birth due to some complication).<br><br>
We live in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. While the big city is very liberal, our suburb is not so that frustrates me. But, I absolutely love our very wooded acre lot. We're looking to move as we're outgrowing our 4 bedroom split-level and would like to upgrade, but probably won't for a few more years.
 

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I was hoping to stay a bit more anonymous, but as the beans have been spilled, I guess it's too late! LOL! I own Kangaroo Korner. We've been in the babysling business for more than 10 years and will actually be celebrating our 10th year online this spring.
 

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So tell us about your other other birth experiences! At home/hospital? Natural/medicated? Most importantly, where they what you wanted?
 

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Birth #1 (1996): Hospital birth. Labored at home for about 24 hours. Contractions were regular, 5 minutes apart. Visited the hospital, only 3.5cm. Wow, was that devastating. Rather than going home, we decided to stay (wrong decision). I was already exhausted and thought somehow that being in the hospital would speed things up. It didn't. It completely stalled things. Eventually got pitocin (did nothing). Labored on and off until I hit about 6cm or so. I was now nearly 48 hours in labor. Docs decided I was too tired to continue (baby was fine) and prepped me for a c-section. I told them, give me the epidural, but I have to sleep for a few hours first. I absolutely was in no condition to care for a newborn. This was about 2am. Slept until about 5am and woke up at 8cm. Dilated fully by 9am or so, pushed for 3 hours and she was born by noon! 56 hour labor, born 2 days early.<br><br>
Birth #2 (1999): Home waterbirth. Had a few contractions on and off on my due date. That evening, thought we should maybe call the midwife (still wasn't convinced I was in labor). She showed up around 8-8:30pm. Baby was born less than an hour later. About a 2-3 hour later max, born on his due date.<br><br>
Birth #3 (2002): Home waterbirth. Tough pregnancy, diagnosed with placenta previa early on (U/S I should never have had). Measuring very baby, baby breech until 36 weeks. Due date came and went. Started laboring after the kids went to bed. Labored by myself all night. Called the midwives the next morning. Labored all day. Started pushing with an unknown cervical lip. That was awful!! Put me back to 6cm and I had to start all over again. Had to dilate for more than 3 hours with the constant urge to push. It was the most horrible birth experience I have ever had. Pushed him out one cm at a time. Big baby - 15.5" head, 10#3. Cord around neck. Bled a lot. Got up to get out of the tub and fainted (had a friend close by who caught the baby). Born 6 days late, on my birthday. About a 24 hour labor.<br><br>
Birth #3 (2005: Home waterbirth. I had actually thought I wanted to try for a dryland birth this time. Didn't happen! After birth #3, I was really ready to have a normal pregnancy and labor. Started laboring in the morning. Layed in bed with dh most of the day. Got in the tub in the afternoon and she was born within a few hours. About a 12 hour labor, born 12 days late.<br><br>
Gotta bring my kids to school and go to work for a while!
 

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How do you manage to get any work done at home with four kids?
 

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Do you mean how do I run my business or how to I manage our household? Either way, it's a good question!<br><br>
My 3 oldest kids are in school, the two oldest kids (6th and 3rd grade) are in school full-time and my kindergartener attends school 3 full days each week. I work at the office 3 days/week - on Monday mornings, my youngest attends daycare at a friend's home. On Wednesday evenings, I pick my kids up from school and drop them off at our 8th grade babysitter's for 1-2 hours. On Friday mornings, my MIL comes to watch the two little kids while the big kids are in school. It's working out VERY, VERY well.<br><br>
I do quite a bit of work at home, too, but that's easy to do when it's mostly computer work and I have a laptop in the kitchen.<br><br>
As far as running our household, for those of you with older kids, you'll know that the messes are more and are larger, but the kids are older and perfectly capable of cleaning up after themselves. When you're in a house with children under the age of 3 or 4, the parents are responsible for the majority of the cleaning. With older kids, I can ask one of them to please "clean off the table", "vacuum the kitchen", "wash the dishes", "fold the clothes", "get your sister dressed", even "make dinner" and expect it to happen. To be honest, the more kids we've had and the older they've gotten, the cleaner my house has been! We despise clutter so have worked really hard on having a "place" for everything. I also hired a housecleaner for the first time - she's come twice and I'm loving it. I wish it could be weekly and not every other week!<br><br>
Anyway, we're in a pretty good rhythm. The kids have their daily/weekly jobs. The 5 year old sets the table for dinner, the 8 year old puts all the clean dishes away (dishwasher and handwashed). They make their own lunches and take care of getting themselves dressed and out the door for school. They clean their own rooms. My oldest (11) is extremely busy with school and gymnastics so she helps out mostly on the weekends and with watching the 2 year old during the week. She's old enough to responsibly watch all the kids for short periods when dh and I aren't going far. We even got a movie in a couple of months ago!
 

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Do you think your hospital experience helped you to endure your third birth? What I mean by that is, did you feel that no matter what, (unless medically necessary) you would stay at home instead of transfering, knowing what being in the hospital could entail?<br><br>
And were you blown out of the water(wait,<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> let me rephrase that....I don't mean literally!!) were you AMAZED by your second birth experience? It is quite a vast difference from #1!!<br><br>
Lastly, did you always want a large family?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you think your hospital experience helped you to endure your third birth? What I mean by that is, did you feel that no matter what, (unless medically necessary) you would stay at home instead of transfering, knowing what being in the hospital could entail?<br><br>
And were you blown out of the water(wait,<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> let me rephrase that....I don't mean literally!!) were you AMAZED by your second birth experience? It is quite a vast difference from #1!!<br><br>
Lastly, did you always want a large family?</div>
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When in labor with my 3rd, a hospital transfer was never even discussed. Yes, my labor sucked and was hard and long, but the baby was never in distress and I was coping. I do not think my hospital birth experience helped me endure it at all as I don't feel I endured my hospital birth well at all. I was so physically exhausted during my hospital birth that nothing was as it should have been. I was able to handle my 3rd birth BECAUSE I was at home, in my bedroom, surrounded by my husband, close friends and midwife (who had also attended my 2nd birth).<br><br>
Was I amazed by my 2nd birth? ABSOLUTELY!!! I came off of my 1st birth, fully planning on having a medicalized 2nd birth - complete with epidural the minute I entered the hospital at 4cm. I honestly don't know where my thoughts changed to homebirth, but they did (by the time dd#1 was 18 months). And I knew I could do it. I knew, beyond a doubt, that I could be in control of my birth experience and have the birth I've always dreamed of. This birth was my dream come true - I actually wrote my "dream birth" as part of my prenatal care and I nailed it to a "T". I spent the majority of my 2nd pregnancy preparing for birth - I read every book available on birth and relaxation. My favorite was actually The Birth Partner (intended for dp or dh, but it meant a lot to me, too). I also read Mind Over Labor which helped a lot. To be honest, I'm sure my relaxation techniques helped a lot, but being in water is a huge benefit for me, too. It instantly relaxes me and my body and allows me to dilate quickly without much pain.<br><br>
To your last question, no, we never planned on having a big family. I'm the oldest of 2 and dh is the middle of 3. No one in my family has had more than 2 children (many had none) and no one in dh's family has had more than 4 so we're setting family records! Our first was not planned - we conceived her a month after getting married. But, once you start, it's hard to stop! The other 4 have been relatively planned. We've joked about having six, but this may be it for me. I'm starting to feel my age (33) and kind of like the idea of the youngest being 5 so we could do more without always having a baby or toddler in the way!
 

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Firing off the barrage of questions:<br><br>
- Where would your dream trip take you?<br><br>
- If you could live anywhere, where would you be?<br><br>
- Where/how did you meet your dp?<br><br>
- How did you decide to start your own business?<br><br>
- Are you going to try for a dry birth this time or head straight to the water?<br><br>
- What would be your ideal birth? Time of day, length, people present, etc?<br><br>
- Are any of your children going to be at your birth?<br><br>
- Who's going to catch?<br><br>
- Do you have any pets?<br><br>
- Where did you grow up?<br><br>
Ok, I'm done being nosy... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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- Where would your dream trip take you?<br><br>
Tough question. We haven't travelled much and actually took our first plane trip with the entire family last April (Cancun). It's not an experience we will share again until the youngest is at least 4-5 years! LOL!<br><br>
I'd love to visit: Australia, Greece, Ireland, Thailand and Africa.<br><br>
- If you could live anywhere, where would you be?<br><br>
Here in Minnesota. Although not necessarily in the city. We have a cabin in Grand Marais - I'd love to live there someday (small city living). I've lived in Minnesota my entire life and cannot ever see being anywhere else.<br><br>
- Where/how did you meet your dp?<br><br>
Our first year of college, first month. Started dating by November, married 4 years later.<br><br>
- How did you decide to start your own business?<br><br>
After my first baby was born, she was a little over a year. Started a small biz with a friend. Just as something to do, other than just being a "mom". After a year, I "sold" the business to her and she opened up a local brick & mortar store that is doing awesome. I opened up a webstore.<br><br>
- Are you going to try for a dry birth this time or head straight to the water?<br><br>
Water! It was a nice try last time, but obviously the water is where I need to be.<br><br>
- What would be your ideal birth? Time of day, length, people present, etc?<br><br>
You know, my babies have all been born between noon and 9pm. This actually works well. I like the idea of getting a full night sleep, laboring through the morning/early afternoon, having the baby, dealing with all the "new baby" stuff for a few hours and then getting another full night of sleep that night. Sounds perfect! We did this the 2nd and 4th time. Dh, midwife, midwife apprentice, friend to watch the kids and kids will be there. Possibly a photographer if we can swing it. Tried last time and she didn't make it.<br><br>
- Are any of your children going to be at your birth?<br><br>
That will be up to them. Historically, the 3 year old has always been right there. The older kids generally prefer to be elsewhere (such as on a different level in the home) and visit shortly after. Last time, they were outside playing! They don't like the loud noises I like, although I'd really like my 12 year old to be in attendance this time. I think it would really be good for her. And, if she attends, I know her younger brothers will.<br><br>
- Who's going to catch?<br><br>
When in the water, it's not quite this simple, although I think dh did last time. My MW is very hands-off and he's good at it.<br>
- Do you have any pets?<br><br>
- Where did you grow up?<br><br>
Eden Prairie, Minnesota.<br><br>
Keep 'em coming!
 

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I'd like to know how you got into the sling business? Was it a love of them that in turn turned job?<br>
I am really enjoying reading more about you! I am so impressed. I have only 3 don't own my own store and barely get things done<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I am really enjoying reading more about you! I am so impressed. I have only 3 don't own my own store and barely get things done<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</div>
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Another good question!<br><br>
In our town, quality slings were not available 11-12 years ago. They sold the NOJO at the local hospital breastfeeding store and there was a mom who sold the OTSBH through her home. When I went to buy one from her, I thought she was a quack - come on, who nurses their kid on demand and sleeps with them? LOL! Little did I know I'd become an even bigger quack!<br><br>
Anyway, I didn't buy from her and ended up with a NOJO from the hospital, having no idea how different they were. A padded sling's a padded sling, right? WRONG!<br><br>
After 3 months of torture, using my NOJO that I had to pin to keep high enough, I found a used OTSBH at a used kids' store for $10. I loved it!! My friend also used an OTSBH with her dd and we decided to buy 6 (we split the cost, it was a HUGE investment at the time) and see what we could do! We decided that every mother had to have one of these! That summer, she went on vacation for 2 weeks and during that time when I had nothing to do, I developed some wooden toys and handpainted them with beeswax. When she returned, we decided to improve them and start doing craft/home shows. We did a show at a local Waldorf school (my first Waldorf experience) along with some other home shows, while continuing to make the toys in our home (and my dad's workshop). It was fun and something to do. Never in a million years did I think it would actually turn into a career. I don't think she did, either!<br><br>
When I opened Kangaroo Korner, I decided to only sell slings (no more handmade toys as they were too time-consuming). For a while, I also had a line of clothing and cloth diaper covers, but that also became too time-consuming after the birth of my 3rd. The store she opened is focused primarily on high quality, wooden/natural baby toys and baby gear (peapods.com in case you're interested). So, for me, it was a natural love of sewing and designing that continued my interest in slings. That and our contination of having babies and always having to be innovative!
 

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What was your last vacation? How do you make time for you and your DH?
 

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Our last vacation was to our family cabin in the north woods - last summer. Headed up there again after Christmas for New Year's. Can't wait and hope we have lots and lots of snow!! I'm still deciding if I'll ski - I didn't last time I was pregnant.<br><br>
Dh and I are actually getting more and more time alone, the older the kids get. MIL retired last year so she's happy to babysit whenever we need her. In fact, she watches my kids regularly on Friday while I work. Our oldest is also capable of watching the kids for short periods of time while we head out alone. We're really not lacking for alone time outside of the house - we eat out and see plenty of movies together. Although, alone time inside the house is another thing all together! Our youngest doesn't usually go to bed until I do (9:30 or so) so having evenings alone almost never works. As much as I love her naps, once she stops napping, I know she'll go to bed at the same time as her brothers (7pm) which will free up our time at night.
 

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High school, huh? I wasn't a big fan of high school. I was hugely into music so band was a big part of my life. After seeing the broadway musicl "Lion King" this past weekend, I remembered the best part of high school was always playing in the pit for the school plays. Other than that, I really didn't like high school much at all. I was too smart to be terribly popular, but not quite a nerd. I'm a very shy person, hard for me to make friends. I've always been one to have a few very close friends.<br><br>
I opted for the new postsecondary option which was available my senior year for those in the top 5% of their class. I moved to the University of Minnesota dorms when I was 17 and lived there my senior year of high school - which is actually when I met dh. We were both music majors. Graduated when I was 20, married him when I was 21 and had our first baby when I was 22. It was a roller coaster few years! We've been together now for 16 years (married for 12). Next year will mark our 17th year together and we'll both be 34 years old - together for HALF OF OUR LIVES!!
 

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What books are you currently reading?<br><br>
What are your fav children's stores?<br><br>
What is your number one parenting tip to new moms?
 

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What are your fav children's stores?<br><br>
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I'm currently reading a book by a local author, John Sandford. It's not very good.<br><br>
For clothing, I love Hanna Andersson, especially for boys.<br><br>
My #1 parenting tip? Tough one! As my SIL just had her first baby, this has been on my mind a lot! How about two?<br><br>
1. Sleep when the baby sleeps.<br><br>
2. Sleep with your baby - purely out of convenience if no other reason. Including learning how to nurse laying down, having dp change baby's diaper while nursing in the middle of the night and keeping, at most, a nightlight nearby. Never get out of bed - no wandering down the hall to a crying baby, no getting up and nursing in the rocking chair, no bright lights, no tv. Sleep is crucial to my survival as a parent and these tricks enable everyone to get nearly a full night of sleep, even in the first week.
 
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