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<p>how is pregnancy treating you?</p>
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<p>how did you meet your dh?</p>
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<p>is your son excited to be having a little brother?</p>
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<p>i know you had a girl's name picked out.  have you picked a name for your little boy (or are you not sharing)?</p>
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<p>if the baby comes on his due date, he'll be a taurus.  what's your sign?  your husband's?  your son's?  (please humor me, even if you're not into such stuff) <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>i know you've had four losses since your son was born.  are you finally at a place where you can relax now that you've made it halfway?</span></p>
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<p><span>what's your favorite fast food restaurant?</span></p>
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<p><span>name five items you can't get through the day without?</span></p>
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<p><span>is/are there any particular item(s) that you collect?</span></p>
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<p><span>which sense do you consider the least important?</span></p>
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<p><span>what is you favorite form of potato?</span></p>
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<p><span>what store is represented most in your wardrobe?</span></p>
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<p><span>what's the worst quality a person can have?</span></p>
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<p><span>what one person or thing best represents the 80s?</span></p>
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<p><span>what's your most hated household chore?</span></p>
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hi samstress! i just want to start this by acknowledging how *much* you do for this DDC and i am very grateful to you for putting the energy and time into the bead swap, this weekly thread and everything else. you're awesome. thank you so much for your gifts of time and insight. <span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif"></span></p>
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<p><strong>how is pregnancy treating you? </strong> Rough! I'm still throwing up most mornings at 20 weeks. I quit work because of my complicated obstetric history along with the hypertension which just started. And although I kvetch, I am *thrilled* to be pregnant and miserable!</p>
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<p><strong>how did you meet your dh?</strong> On the internets. We both love the band, Hole -or did ten years ago- and met on a fan website forum for Hole/Courtney Love. We messaged and bantered back and forth for a couple of years and then started getting more interested in each other and he drove from KC to Houston to meet me and one month later he moved to Houston and we started our lives together. I heart him so much. My best friend and the best sex I've ever had! lol!</p>
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<p><strong>is your son excited to be having a little brother?</strong> Yes, I think he really is. He might have a hard time with the baby getting more attention as he has been an only for almost seven years now, but he is the one who kept saying we should try again. And when I became pregnant this time, he is the one who had faith in this pregnancy. He kept saying, "This one is going to be a baby, Momma!"</p>
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<p><strong>i know you had a girl's name picked out.  have you picked a name for your little boy (or are you not sharing)?</strong> I am not very good at secrets so of course I'll share! Unfortunately we can't decide. It's driving us crazy.</p>
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<p>We haven't been able to decide on a boys name for the three years we have been trying to have a baby. I like Judah lots, and my husband dislikes it as much as I like it. He likes Isaac but all I can think about is the bartender from The Love Boat when I hear that name. We both like Sean Alexander (which goes well with our Irish last name) but then it would be Sean and Seth Sheridan, which is such an alliteration, and is possibly too cutesy for me.</p>
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<p><strong>if the baby comes on his due date, he'll be a taurus.  what's your sign?  your husband's?  your son's?  (please humor me, even if you're not into such stuff) <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span></strong> <span>I doubt he will come on his birthdate, but  Taurus is ok with me. Another bullheaded stubborn person will fit right in our family! I am Aquarian, Seth is a Capricorn and my husband is a Virgo. My best friends have always only been Libra or Virgo. I don't know why, but it's the absolute truth.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>i know you've had four losses since your son was born.  are you finally at a place where you can relax now that you've made it halfway?</span></strong> <span>I am not calm, but I am certainly calmer than I was even a month ago. The amnio is clear and thus far the only abnormality is tricuspid regurg. We go for a fetal echocardiogram in January. My third loss was at 20 weeks and I am 20 weeks now. I am constantly monitoring fetal movement and trying very hard to let go of what I can not control, but it's hard.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>what's your favorite fast food restaurant?</span></strong> <span>When I was eating wheat, my favorite was Pei Wei for the Pad Thai, but I guess now it's Chipotle. I order the burrito bowl, no beans, no rice with lettuce, steak, corn salsa and pico de gallo, and all the fixins they let me have. YUM. If anyone has any primal type ideas for fast food let me know, because some days I just don't want to cook.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>name five items you can't get through the day without?</span></strong> <span>Hugs from husband and son, good food... right now I am craving some queso dip and fajitas , water, movement from the bebe and my coat. it's getting chilly!</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>is/are there any particular item(s) that you collect?</span></strong> <span>I used to collect salt and pepper shakers. These days, I am attempting to amass jewelry making supplies and beads. I want to begin that as a business/project on the side since I won't be working anymore. I have wanted to do this for a long time. I hope to do beading and lampwork. I also have an ungodly amount of yarn and when hubby graduates, I will be able to start my salt water tank. I am excited! Maybe when the first baby year calms down I can begin the salt water tank.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>which sense do you consider the least important?</span></strong> <span>Smell. Because without sights, I can't work on the projects that I love or see art, without hearing I can't hear music, which is an obsession of mine, I love to touch and be touched and I love to eat. I suppose eating will be dampered by my loss of smell, but I can live with that.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>what is you favorite form of potato?</span></strong> <span>The tater tots from House of Pies in Houston, Texas.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>what store is represented most in your wardrobe?</span></strong> <span>Salvation Army.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>what's the worst quality a person can have?</span></strong> <span>People who lack compassion and empathy and the willingness to do something about it. I am thinking specifically of followers of Ayn Rand. My husband and I had a long discussion last night about Affirmative Action, Tea Partiers, Libertarians, bleeding hearts like myself, and the history of humanity and it ended with me realizing that the essential core of my belief system is compassion and it was reinforced by a facebook status from the Dalai Lama this morning</span>:</p>
<p><span>"</span><span class="messageBody">Compassion is not just being kind to your friend. That involves attachment because it is based on expectation. Compassion is when you do something good without any expectations – based on realizing that 'the other person is also just like me'." I believe in redistribution of wealth and power. Even when it makes things harder for me.</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>what one person or thing best represents the 80s? </span></strong> <span>lol! Well, I have been serious for the last question so I'm in the frame of mind. I think there are two books that best personify the 80's: Bonfire of the Vanities and American Psycho. Other than that, MADONNA!</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>what's your most hated household chore?</span></strong> <span>I do not enjoy scrubbing the floors. At all. Yuck!</span></p>
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<p>Geekgolightly, I loved reading your answers above. I especially love the Dalai Lama quote. I agree wholeheartedly about compassion!</p>
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<p>Do you have an idea of how you want to give birth this time? </p>
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<p>Are you seeing a midwife or doctor? How has your experience been with either one?</p>
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<p>Did you learn any one particular thing with your first son that is helping you through this pregnancy?</p>
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<p>Sorry I caught on late :)<br>
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<p>I loved reading this, geekgolightly.</p>
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<p>And, Sam, yeah you are a research genius! Thanks!!!</p>
 
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<p><strong>Do you have an idea of how you want to give birth this time?</strong><br>
 Like with my last birth, I would love to have a homebirth, but I am 40, obese, hx of preeclampsia, current gestational/chronic unmasked hypertension, and hx of IUGR and multiple losses so I don't see it in the cards. I was seeing a midwife who does birth center births, but since my bp was 186/106, I switched to a perinatologist and have been sticking with that MFM group. They are out of a university hospital with the usual interns and residents. I seriously doubt I will be getting a non medicalized birth at this point, but I really truly don't care as long as I get a baby in the end.</p>
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<p>In my dream of dreams though, I would want to have a birth at The Farm with Ina May Gaskin. I have been a fan of hers since I was a teenager.</p>
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<p><strong>Are you seeing a midwife or doctor? How has your experience been with either one?</strong> I really loved my midwife. I think my perinatologist is a nice guy who treats me with kid gloves. He is very empathic and has made it clear that he is going to do everything he can to make sure I have a baby at the end of this. What more can I ask for?</p>
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<p><strong>Did you learn any one particular thing with your first son that is helping you through this pregnancy?</strong> Yes! I am much more confident about my choices and needs in this pregnancy. I had the absolute worst experience last time being an emergency induction at 36 weeks and a transfer from a home birth midwife. Those docs and nurses treated me like crap! And I took it. This time, if anyone gives me any trouble about any choices I make, I will demand that they come up with evidence for their care plan instead of just taking it like it was gospel. Docs and nurses can be ill informed and lack current knowledge as much as anyone else in any career. I should know, I'm a nurse, and have been in that position where a patient has schooled me, but good. <span><img alt="Sheepish.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Sheepish.gif"></span></p>
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<p><strong>Sorry I caught on late :)</strong></p>
<p>No problem! I am glad you asked some questions because I love sharing. So thank you!!</p>
 
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