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Next up is <b><span style="color:#00FF00;"><span style="font-size:large;">huskermommy</span></span></b>! We need to think up some good questions for her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I feel like I have been running dry lately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br><i>How do your other kiddos feel about the new addition to the family? Any cute stories there?</i><br><br><i>In what ways do you consider yourself crunchy?</i><br><br><i>What was your life like pre-kids?</i>
 

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<i><b>How do your other kiddos feel about the new addition to the family? Any cute stories there?</b></i><br>
DD, who is 4 yrs, is super excited! She's been able to watch a few birth vidoes with me and we've talked about what Mommy will do in labor and stuff. She says that she wants to be the one to tell us if the baby is a boy or a girl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> How sweet!<br><br>
DS, is 19 mos, and he has been acting like he knows what's going on. But I don't think he really understands that the baby is coming OUT. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He always hugs and loves on my belly saying "baby" and gives him/her kisses. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I just love it! Except when we go to the store and he wants to pull my shirt up to love the baby. NOBODY wants to see THAT. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It ain't purdy! LOL!<br><br><i><b>In what ways do you consider yourself crunchy?</b></i><br>
Oh gosh... Well, compared to most of the ppl around here (where I live) and those that I talk to in real life, I guess my list would be...<br>
Cloth diapering<br>
Breastfeeding (yeah, I know, it's sad)<br>
Babywearing<br>
Non-vaxing<br>
Non-circing<br>
Co-sleeping<br>
We try to recycle and use fabric grocery bags as much as possible<br>
UC<br>
My first time using mama cloth will be after the babe is born <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Using more natural remedies for any health issues<br>
Hmmm... That's all I can think of right now! It's just stuff we do on a normal, every day basis so it's pretty natural to me. Of course my family thinks I'm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br>
ETA: How could I forget?! Homeschooling... My dad thinks I'm going to screw up my dd because she's not being socialized. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br><i><b>What was your life like pre-kids?</b></i><br>
Wow... What an interesting question! I'm so consumed by my kid filled life that I hardly ever think about what it was like before. I would have to say I was a wild one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I was a little crazy back in the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. I liked to drink. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Waaayyy different from how it is now! DH and I use to go on "road trips" (hate the way that sounds!) and just find some place to go! We weren't married before we started having kids and life was just kind of care free. We spent money foolishly and are now paying the price. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed"> We went out to eat a lot, too. WOW! Sounds exciting uh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We DTD way, way more. <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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What are your hobbies?<br><br>
Most favorite thing about your DH?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<b>What are your hobbies?</b><br>
Well, sadly, not a lot! I always start something like knitting and then I just get busy and 6 months later come back to it! I spend most of my free time trying to learn more about parenting and that kind of thing. It's what makes me happy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I will say my guilty pleasure is the computer. Although, once I'm on here it's hard to get off!<br><br><b>Most favorite thing about your DH?</b><br>
Hmm... Well DH and I have had some "issues" that we're trying to resolve so this is a really good question for me. It helps me look at the positive side of things! I would have to say how he is as a father. I couldn't ask for more. He truly does put his whole heart into being a good daddy. He understands and appreciates all my "weird" ideas about parenting. Even with all our problems the one thing we can come together on is our kids and our parenting styles.
 

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If you want, tell us about your decision to UC? What items have you put together for your UC birth kit?<br><br>
What are some of your favorite things to eat?<br><br>
What is the most un-crunchy thing you do?<br><br>
Okay I know fast food is bad but if you were to secretly hit up a fast food joint, which one would you go to and what would you get?
 

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<b>If you want, tell us about your decision to UC? What items have you put together for your UC birth kit?</b><br>
It was an easy one this time since my last birth was a UC. We just knew we were doing it again! As for the first UC, I always knew I wanted a homebirth. I've always kind of done things the "natural" way. With our first baby I *knew* there was something wrong the whole time and the dr's totally ignored me. I went in for a TON of u/s and they always said everything was fine. I knew better. Even when I went into labor at 21-23wks, they told me to go home. I came back less than an hour later with baby crowning. At that point I realized that dr's don't always know best. I realized that if I wanted to know what was going on with my body I had to educate myself. If someone tells me something, I do my own research first before I draw any conclusions or make any decisions. With my DD I had a terrible hospital birth, again. At the time I didn't know that I had a choice to have a homebirth. It's illegal for midwives to practice in our state but some will do it "underground". I'm a very hands off type of person in labor, too so that makes a difference. I find I do much better if I'm left alone. So, after a lot of reading and a lot of research we made the decision to UC. I have to say it was the most amazing experience! I can't wait to do it again! UC is definitely not for everyone though.<br><br>
I keep things simple as far as supplies. Although I did splurge and bought a scale that's suppose to be here on Friday. We have some of those big plastic sheet type things, lots of old towels, sharp scissors, a cord clamp just in case, dental tape, hibiclens, shower curtains, and an "emergency" list that is there to help DH if something unexpected comes up. It's all ready to go and in totes! I just need a baby now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">.<br><br><b>What are some of your favorite things to eat?</b><br>
Fruit! OMG I LOVE fruit! Second to that would have to be chocolate and desserts. It's my weakness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I could probably live off of Olive Garden breadsticks and salad. Just throw in the Shrimp pasta dish and I'm good to go!<br><br><b>What is the most un-crunchy thing you do?</b><br>
Oh geez, let me think.... Well, we watch TV, if that counts. I know there's a lot of TV free families but we really enjoy watching a movie together as a family. I'm also a spender, so I tend to buy the best that we can afford when it comes to car seats, decor, and the like. There's so many frugal mama's out there and I totally envy them. BUT, I like to shop! We don't have a garden (not by choice) and I've had the AC on this whole time. In my defense, we live on a garden level w/our windows right at ground level and there's these super tiny bugs that look like specs of dust that fly in thru the screens. I'm kind of a freak about bugs so I couldn't handle it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br><b>Okay I know fast food is bad but if you were to secretly hit up a fast food joint, which one would you go to and what would you get?</b><br>
Hmm.... Well, I really like Long John Silvers fish... It's so greasy and totally bad for you, but I'd eat it! I also LOVE Sonic's breakfast sandwiches on texas toast. Mmmm... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: (Gee thanks for that one Jenna! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed">)
 

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Glad to know it isn't just me that watches TV. I like it. I admit. I try to watch good stuff, but, sigh. Law and Order reruns suck me in!<br><br><br>
If you could go anywhere in the world for a month, where and why?<br><br>
When you were there, what would you do?
 

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<b>Glad to know it isn't just me that watches TV. I like it. I admit. I try to watch good stuff, but, sigh. Law and Order reruns suck me in!</b><br>
We really like the Law and Order SUV shows. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> We also really like CSI:Miami. If nothing else is on, I don't mind King of Queens and I always watched Friends when it was on. Yeah, we like the tv. LOL!<br><br><b>If you could go anywhere in the world for a month, where and why?</b><br>
Wow, a whole month!! If I had to pick just one place I would really love to New Zealand. From what I've seen the land is beautiful! I've never traveled out of the country and it would be so awesome to experience that. I'd love to see how things are different and what things are the same. But most of all, I'm a sucker for the scenery. There's something calming and relaxing to me about it.<br><br><b>When you were there, what would you do?</b><br>
Definitely go on some tours and visit some of the national parks. I'd really like to see the Waitomo Caves and I'd probably have to check out the hobbit village where lord of the rings took place.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'm pretty laid back so I'd really just like to travel the whole island and take it all in. In an easy breezy kind of fashion. <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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Do you live the life you thought you would when you were 16?<br><br><br>
What's the most challenging thing about being a "crunchy" parent?
 

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<b>Do you live the life you thought you would when you were 16?</b><br>
Pretty close actually! I always envisioned myself w/a husband and staying home with my kids and well, here I am! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><b>What's the most challenging thing about being a "crunchy" parent?</b><br>
I'd have to say dealing with the comments from others. It gets pretty rough when everyone thinks you are completely out of your mind. It's also really hard to find like-minded ppl around where I live so that doesn't make it easy. I sometimes wish my family was more supportive, but they've toned down on the wise cracks and hurtful remarks.<br><br>
Otherwise, most of it just comes natural to us... We didn't even know we were "crunchy" until I found MDC. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I didn't know what AP was or anything, we just did it because it felt right.
 

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I've always wanted to go to New Zealand too, sigh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
Oh, I liked the ghost question that everyone has been bringing up! Have you had any supernatural encounters?
 

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describe an ideal day in your world.<br><br><br>
what do you like about where you live?<br><br><br>
are you happy or sad that the pregnancy is almost done? why?
 

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<b>Oh, I liked the ghost question that everyone has been bringing up! Have you had any supernatural encounters?</b><br>
No. At least nothing that really sticks out ya know? I mean I've had the weird quinky dinks that make you wonder but nothing I couldn't blame on something else.<br><br>
My parents OTH have and do frequently. They've lived in the house they're in now for almost 20yrs and there have been many spooky occurances. One of the absolute creepiest is when they heard a phone ringing. Not just any phone mind you, like an old, old one. My parents thought I had come home (it was the middle of the night) to visit or something (since I have a key) and thought it was my cell phone. It woke up both of my parents and it just kept ringing and ringing and ringing. So finally my dad (being the logical man he is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) goes downstairs to turn off what he thinks is my phone. He comes down the steps... I'm not there, the lights are all off, and there's still this LOUD LOUD ringing coming from the back of the house! I would've crapped my pants right then and there. But, like I said my father is a logical man so he's still looking for the phone! LOL! He finally walks into the room where the ringing is the loudest and it just stops. Soooo creepy. I would always get weird feelings when I was a kid everytime I was in the back of the house so it totally creeped me out when they told me this.<br><br>
Then after our beloved kitty passed away when I was little they kept hearing a cat meow in their closet. Of course, we had no other animals at the time.<br><br>
Then there's the famous "shadow man". He comes at all hours of the day and night. All you see is his shadow on the wall has he walks by. I'm telling ya, my parents house is CREEPY!
 

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If you could choose the next new restaurant to open in your town, what would it be like?
 

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<b>If you could choose the next new restaurant to open in your town, what would it be like?</b><br>
An Italian place!!! There are NONE here!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: I'd like a nice, cozy, sit-down restaurant. All there is here is fast food, Applebees, and Chances "R" which is just "okay".
 

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<b>describe an ideal day in your world.</b><br>
Oh! I would love to wake up (before the kids) and get my chores done. Then when the kids wake up everyone is in a GOOD mood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and we get ready for the day. We spend the morning running errands as a family, then we have a lovely picnic in the park followed by the kids running around playing getting some fresh air. We maybe visit some family and finish it up with a nice dinner. Everyone's happy and life is simple. Just a day of relaxing!<br><br>
Gosh, I really am boring. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><b>what do you like about where you live?</b><br>
Hmmm... I like that its easy to get to where you want to go. I like that there's not alot of traffic. I like that bigger cities are within an hour!<br><br><b>are you happy or sad that the pregnancy is almost done? why?</b><br>
I'm both!!<br>
Happy: Because last night I thought I was going to die from the pelvic/tailbone pain! And also because I can't wait to meet this little one! I'm excited to see if it's a boy or a girl and what they look like, how much they weigh, etc.<br>
Sad: Because DH says this is our last one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. I also feel like I haven't had a chance to really "connect" with this baby like the others. We've just been so busy. I'll miss seeing the baby do its funky movements under my belly! There's just something so special about pregnancy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What is the #1 piece of advice you have for someone who's about to venture into mommyhood for the first time?<br><br>
Do you feel like your birth experiences were life changing?
 

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<b>What is the #1 piece of advice you have for someone who's about to venture into mommyhood for the first time?</b><br>
Don't worry so much about what is "right" or "wrong" and what other ppl are telling you to do. Instead turn inward and listen to your heart. Do what feels right. If you dig deep and listen to your soul you will be the best mommy you can be!<br><br><b>Do you feel like your birth experiences were life changing?</b><br>
Absolutely! Obviously, with my first, going through the labor and delivery and having to watch him struggle to breath and let him go was DEFINITELY life changing. I realized that life is such a precious gift and each time I've given birth I've been amazed at the miracle. After that point I realized that having a baby was more than just, "oh I want a boy/girl" etc. and I've never taken that for granted. I cherish my children more now because of that first experience. Whenever I get angry or upset I think about how I am truly blessed to have them here with me. Why waste time on that kind of attitude when I should be celebrating their life. Not that some days aren't HARD. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But I know that someday, my ds won't want to sleep in bed with me anymore and someday my dd won't want to sit and talk and talk and talk forever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So whenever I get annoyed, I go back to that place where we lost everything and it reminds me that my children are such wonderful gifts. I guess I kind of feel I am the mother I am today because of our loss.<br><br>
With my dd, I realized that birth didn't need to be so medical and I longed for a better experience, not just for myself but for my baby too. I still feel guilty about letting them do everything they did to her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't know if I'll ever really "get over" it. But in a way, I think that's good. It reminds me. If I didn't analyze the situation and realize maybe that wasn't the best situation for us, then how would I have ever been able to change the future? Being able to meet my dd for the first time was amazing! Watching DH with her and seeing us as a family was incredible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
With my ds, our first UC, I became super woman! There's something so empowering about uc. I don't know what it is! The labor and birth were so peaceful and everything just felt "right". Having DH be so involved in the whole process was really beautiful. I gained a new appreciation for him. He wasn't just standing on the side lines, he was there... Right there. Catching his son. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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That made me cry. I'm sorry for the loss of your first baby, I can't even imagine the the sense of loss and loneliness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That made me cry. I'm sorry for the loss of your first baby, I can't even imagine the the sense of loss and loneliness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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Thank you, Jenna. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It was a really rough spot in our lives. A positive side of it is that it's made me who I am today. Or maybe thats not a positive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">!
 
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