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Press Release: The Big Push for Midwives Campaign responds to ACOG's Newest Position Statment

Displaying a stunning lack of regard for patient autonomy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement this week declaring that the group will “allow” laboring women to drink “modest amounts” of clear fluids during labor while continuing to prohibit access to solid food...

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Everly's first visit with a doctor, an integrated medicine physician.

Everly had her first doctors appointment this week, her 2 month checkup. We saw an integrated medicine physician who seems to be right up our alley in her care philosophy. She's not pushy about vaccinations and didn't freak out when we mentioned E was a homebirth baby. Integrated medicine is a mix between alternative medicine and traditional medicine. When there is a health issue things like nutrition, life style and various alternative therapies are often explored first before prescription medications or other more dramatic solutions are used. We prefer to take the natural route with our health care when possible, I am sure this is no surprise to you considering how Everly was born. Anyway, back to the updates. Everly weighed in at a whopping 11.8 lbs and had a great checkup with...

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Bags are packed, I'm ready to go!

Tomorrow I'll be at The Farm staying in my midwife's birthing cabin right next door to her. I'll be 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and at that point, Tater can basically choose her perfect birthday and come whenever she is ready. I wont be stressing about whether or not we'll make it to The Farm in time, my stress will shift to "will N get back to us in time when labor starts?" but I'll be much better off as far as anxiety goes (I think). Pretty much everything on my to-do list is done, I am ready to go and am slightly excited to arrive at The Farm. On the other hand I am sort of sad to leave the house, pets and N behind. It is going to be...

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Really, 5 min cake in a mug? You becha!

Yeah, so thanks to Witchypoo's talks of birthday cake and wine I was having my own cake craving yesterday. She recommended I search for the 5 min cake in a mug recipe for some instant chocolate goodness and I found it here. Calls for tablespoons of sugar, flour (specifically cake flour), cocoa powder, milk, oil and an egg. Seems simple enough but then you microwave it. Sort of strange if you ask me but what the heck? So I combine my all purpose flour (didn't have cake flour, is there a difference?) , sugar, cocoa and the egg. Then I added the milk and oil and mixed the heck out of it as directed. Popped the mug in to the microwave and stood back. Our microwave makes this strange sound when you nuke stuff,...

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What a night! No sleep, hazardous weather and baby fun…

Last night we were jostled from sleep by the weather radio. *For all my west coast readers who don't already know* It is designed to go off whenever a watch or warning is in effect for our area, you know to make sure you are aware of the possible danger even when you aren't able to hear area sirens or whatever. I guess it is possible to sleep through the sirens, how I am not sure...

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6 weeks until the baby wait begins…

In 6 short weeks I'll be taking a blog hiatus and enjoying the forest settings at The Farm while I wait for Tater to join us. Can you believe that? 6 weeks! I am feeling pretty good about it all and am still totally ready and excited! If you missed the update on my latest OBGYN appointment from yesterday you can read about it here. Some of you already know, we went thrift store rummaging for baby clothes as did Maiden53 (who is a doll for thinking of us) and we've also received some new clothes from N's family and from my grandparents for Tater. This means we have about 30 outfits in varying sizes and styles ranging from 0-24 months! I succeeded in getting them all laundered at the moldy rental...

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Picture this: Talina washing laundry in the pond out back and balancing a laundry basket on her head…

... don't worry I am just kidding around and feeling a bit cheeky right now. It's N's strange sense of humor influencing me again ;-P Happy Friday to all! This is a prewritten (brain dump) post as we are off at the OBGYN early this morning for the 31 week checkup and more fights about the RhoGam shot. When will this OBGYN care be done? (Oh yeah, we need to fire them already.) We are also finishing up last minute cleaning at the old place this morning in addition to running several loads of laundry over there while we've still got access to the washer and dryer. I am trying to make sure we wash all the baby clothes and anything else we might need to launder now because as soon as...

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Wordless Wednesday: WTF? Edition!!

Why must Jack vomit almost every time he eats? Especially now that we have WHITE carpets? Perhaps it is because he is apparently swallowing whole pieces of food as opposed to chewing them like every other animal in the world. Yep, those whole bits came right from his stomach! Nothing like the sound of a cat preparing to vomit waking you from your afternoon pregnancy nap and when you try to quicky move him from the carpet to a vomit safe tiled area. BAM, explosive vomit stream shoots from his mouth and splatters the white carpet. AND, there is not carpet cleaner here for me to clean the mess up with. Double WTF! Called N and told him to either pick me up so orange dye for the carpet or to bring home...

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Weekend #2 in our new place, it's been busy!

I've got 3 posts in my saved drafts that I've been working on. I've written them pretty well but cant seem to actually finish them. They are even decent writing pieces that focus on specific topics rather than my usual "here are the updates" posts like this one. I've been trying to bust out some posts in advance that I'll schedule in June to keep the blog fresh while I am away from the internet waiting for Tater to come. That is the idea at least. If anyone wants to guest post here just sign up as a user and I'll get you all hooked up to be a contributor. Okay, so over the weekend we did get lots done, as usual...

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So glad the weekend is almost here!

Well, we've officially spent the first week in our new place. We are much happier here, obviously and are so glad that the bulk of the moving process is behind us now. We've still got cleaning to do at the old place and we are trying to nail down a walk though appointment time with the slumloards but all in all the craziest part is over now. During the week N had a meeting with some higher ups about his future at the station. Remember how this job was supposed to be an anchoring/ reporting gig? Since moving here his anchor time has been minimal (it's happen once) so he was eager to hear what they had planned for him and his future. It looks like they are hoping to have him...

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Just passing through to leave a quick update or On the move again!

I spent the day trying to get through my feed reader and visit as many of YOUR blogs as I can. I've still got lots of unread stuff and am making my way that direction soon I promise. - Yesterday we signed the paperwork and paid the down payment for our new home. We got the keys and have begun slowly but surely moving stuff in over there. The utilities aren't on there yet but they will be soon and I planned on doing a live video tour of the new place on April 2nd to share it with you. - The video home tour will take place at 3pm Indiana time and will be posted @ http://www.harvestofdailylife.com/webcasts-vlog-live-chat for your viewing and chatting pleasure. It will also be recorded and available for...

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Spring showers and forward motion, are we there yet?

It is a cool, rainy night here in Evansville and I am loving it. I spent the day doing finances, printing the way cute photos we took over the weekend for our scrapbook and I also started making the pregnancy announcements we are having done for friends and family. All in all it's been a productive day despite the fact that slumlady has once again failed to do what she said she would! Yep, we still have not been given the signed copy of the mutual release letter she was having her husband sign, damn hobag! We are all "whatev" at this point, we are moving out either way! N is pretty pissed off though. Oh, did I mention that we are signing the paperwork on our new home on Sunday? We'll...

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25th week prenatal appointment updates and brain dump.

Yesterday was my 25 week prenatal appointment with the useless OBGYN. Got the all clear on mine and Tater's health. Things are still going normally and are on track. I weighed in at 123.5 lbs which is 4.5 pounds more than last checkup. That is perfectly normal when you remember the recommended weight gain during the 2nd trimester is 1 to 1.5 lbs per week. I got my dreaded Glucola drink for the next appointment in two weeks. They are doing my blood glucose test and will also be running my blood work to check for any antibodies that may have been developed during pregnancy. I hate having blood drawn, remember how I passed out at our first prenatal appointment? I hope there is no repeat of that incident at the...

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Um, hi! Can you spray your germs somewhere else, please? [*warning* graphic snot pic ;-)]

As you know we've been busting our butts to get stuff done these days. Yesterday we had my chiropractor appointment, talked with our slumlords on the phone (and got out of our lease), then we went to the bank per their request to place stop payments on the 2 checks we sent them for rent but they never got. At the bank we got the really old and really slow teller lady who was oozing of germs. We explained our situation to her and asked to have the 2 stop payments processed, then we were planning to have a cashier's check cut in place on the 2 stop payments. Easy enough right? Well for starters the old teller lady was hacking up a lung the entire time we were trying to tell...

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The final chapter of the crappy evansville landlord drama.

Today is a good day! For those of you following the rental saga, here is the latest (and hopefully the final) update. After months of certified letters, emails, phone calls and face to face meetings that accomplish nothing we've finally decided to ask the landlords to release us from the lease come May 1st. We decided that asking to be released from the lease was the better way to go. If we needed to get a lawyer and present all our documentation supporting their breach of the lease we could. It is just that starting the legal battle takes much time and lots of money we didn't really want to have to fork out if not necessary. So, N made the phone call to the landlords this morning. He is the professional one...

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Um, did someone die in this house? Man it smells! (Evansville rental home search continues…)

I am going to be honest, this home hunt thing has really made me a downer lately. I know how boring and blah the posts have been and I am trying to not go on and on about the same crap, it is just hard to swiftly change perspective when nothing is actually looking up or improving. We looked a two other home possibilities today and both were basically a waste of time. One was decorated like and also smelled about as good as a nasty no-tell-motel room. You know the cheap indoor/ outdoor carpets in the most disgusting color and the wafting cigarette smoke/ someone died in this place smell? Yep, that was the first place we looked at. We literally walked through the living room, in one bedroom and we're...

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Checketty, check, check those things off that list!

The last few days have been jam packed with adult obligations and what not. We've spent much time at our bank trying to figure out the mystery of our February rent payment. We've researched landlord/ tenants legalities and sent out another certified letter with our March rent payment. We cleaned house with our free, spiffy antique vacuum and we packed stuff up too. Today we had our tax appointment over at H&R block. I've always done our taxes myself online but this year with the moving, the business and all the other financial craziness we decided things were complex enough to pay the $300 to have someone prepare them for us. Taxes only took about one hour 45 minutes and $300 later we were done and our returns are on the...

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