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So hot again today... I have to go do a photoshoot for my sister and her best friend for senior pics... just wish I had my support belt first.
 

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I finally got health insurance (huge PITA b/c we're self-employed) and we decided to just go with the Midwife Center (FSBC) rather than a HB. The HB would cost $1200, and though we had a HB last time and it was good, I didn't find it was the greatest thing ever. The FSBC in our city is very lovely, and the midwives very nice, so the big difference is going to be driving there and driving home. I guess what I'm saying is that being at home is not worth $1200 to me. Now I just have to break the news to my HB MW. I wonder if she is going to charge me for the two visits we've had already.
 

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<b>MP</b> - I wish it would warm up here!!! I'm SO annoyed at the weather here right now, it is suppose to rain all week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We really have not gotten a spring here. Granted I live in the PNW, so rain is expected - but its usually beautiful this time of year with some rain here and there maybe...this is NOT normal! It's really messing with me because I don't have the right kind of maternity clothes for this weather and I don't want to buy any because it could/should warm up and dry out any day!!! Ugh, I'm so aggravated. Not to mention I can't take my walks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> Uh...sorry about the side rant lol. I meant to ask you why you can't wear your support belt? Did you not get it yet, or is it just too hot?<br><br>
Anyway, today is going to be crazy stressful and busy. The apartment remodeling is going to take longer than we thought and I'm feeling super displaced. I cannot wait to be able to move back in! Just gotta get through these next two weeks *sigh*.<br><br>
Good news though, I've been taking dandylion and putting coconut oil on that rash that I thought might be PUPPS and it seems to be going away <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> I'm also getting really excited for my trip to California in June to see my Bestie and family! They are throwing me a baby shower while I am there too, so I'm excited for all the loot too lol. In other news I think I've picked out a good package deal to start my cloth diapering stash. I just hope this babe stays in newborn stuff for awhile. My DS was 9lb 11oz.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I finally got health insurance (huge PITA b/c we're self-employed) and we decided to just go with the Midwife Center (FSBC) rather than a HB. The HB would cost $1200, and though we had a HB last time and it was good, I didn't find it was the greatest thing ever. The FSBC in our city is very lovely, and the midwives very nice, so the big difference is going to be driving there and driving home. I guess what I'm saying is that being at home is not worth $1200 to me. Now I just have to break the news to my HB MW. I wonder if she is going to charge me for the two visits we've had already.</div>
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Hmmm, I'd imagine she would...unless you've put down a non-refundable deposit or something. The MWs around here (well, my mw and another that I checked out) require a non-refundable deposit up front and a certain amount at every prenatal, none of which is refundable but it all goes toward the final fee. Don't know how it would work if they just expected the full fee at the end, but I'd imagine she would expect something for holding your spot and for the time and effort for the prenatals she has already done. Wow, I'm ranty today eh.<br><br>
Anyway, some of those FSBCs are insanely beautiful. We have one about 45 minutes away from here that is SOOO nice. I've wanted to HB since forever, but I even considered it because its so beautiful and I hate my tiny apartment lol. In the end I went with the HB because I did the BC thing last time and still felt like I was receiving institutionalized care - but I think that is a personal preference thing, plus it would obviously depend on the practice. It's great your insurance will pay for it!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmmm, I'd imagine she would...unless you've put down a non-refundable deposit or something. The MWs around here (well, my mw and another that I checked out) require a non-refundable deposit up front and a certain amount at every prenatal, none of which is refundable but it all goes toward the final fee. Don't know how it would work if they just expected the full fee at the end, but I'd imagine she would expect something for holding your spot and for the time and effort for the prenatals she has already done. Wow, I'm ranty today eh.<br><br>
Anyway, some of those FSBCs are insanely beautiful. We have one about 45 minutes away from here that is SOOO nice. I've wanted to HB since forever, but I even considered it because its so beautiful and I hate my tiny apartment lol. In the end I went with the HB because I did the BC thing last time and still felt like I was receiving institutionalized care - but I think that is a personal preference thing, plus it would obviously depend on the practice. It's great your insurance will pay for it!!</div>
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She doesn't ask for payment at prenatals. Last time we just gave her a lump sum and that was that. I have the money this time - I just don't feel like it made that much of a difference to be at home.
 

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Hmmm not sure how she would handle it then. Nothing in her contract about it or anything?<br><br>
This will be my first HB, my last was a cesarean but I got all my prenatal care at a FSBC. So far the experience is vastly different for me but I think it's just because the BC I was going to was staffed my CNMs and I hardly ever saw the same MW twice...kinda didn't have that personal feel. I'm sure that was just that particular birth center, they vary so much. Other than that though, the nuts and bolts are probably not really all that different at all. I'd go with whatever my insurance covered too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Plus no worrying about renting a birth tub lol...something on my mind a lot these days!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmmm not sure how she would handle it then. Nothing in her contract about it or anything?<br><br>
This will be my first HB, my last was a cesarean but I got all my prenatal care at a FSBC. So far the experience is vastly different for me but I think it's just because the BC I was going to was staffed my CNMs and I hardly ever saw the same MW twice...kinda didn't have that personal feel. I'm sure that was just that particular birth center, they vary so much. Other than that though, the nuts and bolts are probably not really all that different at all. I'd go with whatever my insurance covered too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Plus no worrying about renting a birth tub lol...something on my mind a lot these days!</div>
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We couldn't do a birth tub b/c we live in an ancient converted barn and we didn't think the floor could hold it! The FSBC has whirlpool tubs.
 

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Last night we ordered our first stash of cloth diapers (GMD prefolds and two covers). So exciting! DH and I talked about the different types of cloth diapers, and he is totally on board with the prefolds.<br><br>
We've registered for some more covers, so hopefully we'll get few at the baby shower in July!<br><br>
So extremely excited about something that will catch pee and poop. So weird...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I am sooooooo crabby. Tweaked my back slightly because I was stupid and pulled weed for way too long on Sat, then went for a 3 hour meandering walk at a festival on Sun, and occasionally picked up and carried my kid. And work is ticking me off. BLEH. Today is the first time I had a "how much longer" feeling, because I am tired and irritable!
 

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My DH is so great. While I left town this weekend and went to visit family, he stayed home and painted two rooms of our house. Now the room the baby's stuff will be in (nursery/office) is a beautiful light teal and it makes me so happy!!<br><br>
I visited with one of my cousin's on Friday and her two kids are obsessed with my pregnancy. They are a 3.5yo boy and 2yo girl and are awesome kids. Friday night after I left, they decided to play "my name" and were stuffing babies under their shirts and asking each other "is it a boy or a girl?" Sooo cute.<br><br>
Oh and I changed my first diaper in years and years on a two month old. It was awkward and exciting all at the same time. However, she was dressed in the most impractical baby outfit ever. Getting her one leg out of the jumper to change the diaper was a real challenge. I now realize I have to watch how the clothes open and close because if they are a hassle, why put the baby in them?
 

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Spent half of my day out in the heat taking pictures of my sister and her best friend.<br><br>
I need food, a cold bath and sleep. Thank goodness they understood me needing to take many breaks sitting down in the shade and that I had the foresight to bring a few frozen bottles of water. By the time we were done the last one was getting warm.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am sooooooo crabby. Tweaked my back slightly because I was stupid and pulled weed for way too long on Sat, then went for a 3 hour meandering walk at a festival on Sun, and occasionally picked up and carried my kid. And work is ticking me off. BLEH. Today is the first time I had a "how much longer" feeling, because I am tired and irritable!</div>
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Sorry about your back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm crabby too. I'm complaining about everything!<br><br>
Mae-I can't believe you were outside all day today. It was another scorcher here. I met with my advisor then had lunch with a friend and then slept in the air conditioned bedroom until it was time to pick up DD at preschool. Walking 2 long blocks to my car killed me today!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>MP</b> - I wish it would warm up here!!! I'm SO annoyed at the weather here right now, it is suppose to rain all week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We really have not gotten a spring here. Granted I live in the PNW, so rain is expected - but its usually beautiful this time of year with some rain here and there maybe...this is NOT normal! It's really messing with me because I don't have the right kind of maternity clothes for this weather and I don't want to buy any because it could/should warm up and dry out any day!!! Ugh, I'm so aggravated. Not to mention I can't take my walks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> .</div>
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I'm in the pacific northwest too, and what I've noticed is that our weather tends to be pretty much opposite of the rest of the country. So this winter when they were all getting dumped with snow, we have a VERY mild winter. And now that they are getting scorched, we're still using our heaters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Our heat index was 98... it suuuuuucked but I was getting paid and my sister would not stop bugging my mom if I didnt do it.<br><br>
ETA - wooo! I just got a new bed and dresser that MATCH and arent broken unlike the others I have!<br><br>
I am so excited!
 

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Mae, I am soooooo sorry you are dealing with the heat. It was super hot the summer I was pregnant with ds--so not fun, especially since there's no A/C in the house. I lived in front of fans that summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br>
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Soooo, I'm back from my first prenatal. And honestly, didn't feel like there was much point.<br><br>
I got tsk tsked about waiting so long (even though it took some arm twisting to get them to schedule an appointment w/o insurance approval), blah blah blah. Pee in cup, weight check. Got literally 5 minutes with a nurse practitioner. 2 minutes of which she was using the doppler to find the heartbeat. NOT an OB.<br><br>
My next appointment?<br><br>
Get ready for it......<br><br><br>
..............................................JULY 21st<br><br>
Yep, 8 whole weeks from now.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> They also gave me a bunch of paperwork to take to the lab without asking me. I have already had a ABO/rh test done. That doesn't change, yet they want me to do it again. And an HIV test, etc etc. Ugh. I don't want to end up paying for those if I have to pay out of pocket, kwim?<br><br>
So tomorrow I get to call the appointment line, probably get bitched at for an earlier appointment than JULY, no clue who I'm going to talk to about which tests I want/don't want, etc. My appointment was literally at closing time, so no time to start a fight. I'm tired and this has been a BIG reason for putting off scheduling an appointment. I don't want to do my own prenatal care by fighting people, kwim? But this is the only hospital that will even consider scheduling an appointment with someone without insurance approval, so I'm stuck.<br><br>
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Good part is I'm waiting for my veggies to finish steaming and I'm eating turkey with onion rice & veg. With butter and SALT. Lots of salt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> And there may or may not have been a few pieces of Symphony milk chocolate sacrificed a few minutes ago. Baby demanded it, ya know? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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JTA Mom - you can skip as many tests as you want. Based on the experience of my friends who had hospital births, docs have a standard protocol and they just run down the checklist - same for every patient.<br>
Which is why I see a midwife. Are midwives even an option for you, or something you'd be comfortable with? All the midwives I know have a sliding fee scale as well.
 

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Ugh, JTA Mom. I'm sorry. Everyone should be able to find a provider who treats them with respect.<br><br>
Mae--it's hoooot here too, but I am enjoying it. I *love* summer!<br><br>
My ankles and feet, however, do not love summer. They're puffy already. Good times. I was horribly, horribly swollen with DD1, and I really hope to not repeat that.
 

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Pregnancy is determined to claim me as a casualty. I was supposed to be serving on the jury of a big trial starting yesterday, but what was I doing instead? Passing a kidney stone! Lovely. And pain city.<br><br>
I had one once before two years ago. In that instance, I was dehydrated and it made sense. In this one, no sense, except for the fact that I take a GIANT calcium supplement every night for my crazy legs. Compounded with the 3-4 16 oz glasses of milk I'm drinking every day, it spelled trouble for my kidneys.<br><br>
I am in the feeling sorry for myself zone, but in happy news: 99 days until due date. Y'all, we're in the impending baby zone! (or maybe I just have to tell myself that because between the kidney stone, continued nausea, and heartburn, I'm not sure i can make it otherwise.)<br><br>
It is SOOO hot here, also, but at least swimming is available! We went out to my friends' lake on Sunday and swam and grilled all day. I don't want to think about how that might have contributed to my kidney stone, so let's not dwell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was a bit swollen too, last night when I took off my shoes... thank goodness I actually expected it after what all I did yesterday!
 
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