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People just don't get it sometimes…

Today I saw a news report about a woman who was homebirthing here in Indiana whose baby didn't make it. The story portrayed all homebirths as unsafe and crazy. It even incorrectly referred to the birth as unassisted (midwives were present) and did nothing but scare people. While the story did have a tragic outcome it's not a accurate representative of most homebirths and that is why they story upsets me. Homebirth is not for every woman and every pregnancy which is why there needs to be adequate laws and regulations in place to protect women and midwives (like there are in Tennessee). Homebirth should be an acceptable and viable option for most but thanks to one sided stories, scare tactics and profit driven laws it is not. This is sad...

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Just having a relaxing 4th of July here at home.

Just spending the day in bed today with Everly and N. This is our first day as just the three of us, all the family is done visiting now. Everly was up all night fussing so a lazy, napping day is just what we need. It's a rainy 4th of July here. We'll see if any neighbors set off fireworks tonight like they were doing last night, probably not since it is raining. It's all good though! Everly got to see her first fireworks last night in our backyard. The neighbors have been setting them off for days. That is enough for us. Oh and for those of you who entered the baby weight contest I've got results! Sadly only 5 people entered the pool. The morning my water broke I weighed...

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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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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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My body = my decision: A rant about big medicine

Today the Indiana Midwifery Licensure Bill is being heard and there is so much dirty politics surrounding it right now. Big medicine doesn't want to bill to pass and now The Indiana State Medical Association is playing the abortion card to get the bill killed in the house. The bottom line is we all deserve a right to make our own choices. If I want to see a chiropractor for back pain as opposed to having back surgery that is my right! If I choose to see a nutritionist about diabetes that is my choice. If I choose to decline the RhoGam shot during pregnancy it is my choice! The insurance companies and the law makers are getting way too involved in these choices and today they are fighting to make sure...

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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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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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The Filter Queen, a cute country home and more landlord drama…

Today was an early and productive day for us. We woke up and headed to our bank to discuss getting some legal documentation against our landlords. You see they closed their accounts prior to the beginning of February and our electronic bill payment to them (for rent) wasn't paid since their account is no longer...

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Welcome to the midwest! We're ice storm virgins from the westcoast.

We are at the OBGYN right now My OBGYN is closed as a result of the level 2 state of emergency Evansville is in thanks to the power outages and road conditions! So I've scheduled this post to keep you all occupied until we get home, gather our thoughts and are able to draft up a post about our latest pregnancy news, stay tuned!  Better yet subscribe to the blog so you'll know when the post goes live first! Actually, the OBGYN never even tried calling us to inform us of the office closure so we're not sure when we'll be rescheduled for the ultrasound, guess we'll be waiting a while to get news on Tater Tot's gender...

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Snow and ice are here but we still have power, woot!

If you read yesterdays post you know we were supposed to be getting this hellish ice storm and tons on snow according to the forecasters. Once N got to work he heard the news and promptly informed me. They said we would loose lose power (thanks Josh for the typo catch!) and that we should all take steps to prepare for the storm. Like I've said in previous posts people in this town are snow wimps, snow doesn't happen that often here and is not managed well by the city so I guess it is only natural for them to freak out whenever a winter storm is headed our way. Anyway we did get some snow and ice, not the 3 inches they said we would though. School is canceled for many...

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We toured The Farm and are super pleased!

Well, we visited The Farm on Saturday and were super pleased with our midwife Pamela. It was pouring the whole way from Indiana to Tennessee and the drive was long but we made it safely in one piece and were super glad we decided to take the trip. Pamela spent over 2 hours with us discussing policies and options. We talked about my health, the progress of the pregnancy, took my stats and she even did an internal examination of my pelvic structure. All went really well! Shoot I even gained another pound and a half between Thursday and Saturday, I weighed in at almost 112! My blood pressure was normal (100/60) and she agrees that my weight gain of about 12 pounds over the course of 16 weeks of pregnancy is...

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16 week prenatal exam was today!

We were up and off to the OBGYN early this morning for the usual listen to the baby's heartbeat and ask questions appointment which is almost completely pointless by the way. If we had the little heartbeat machine at home the doctors appointments wouldn't even be necessary. That is how helpful the doc is! My blood pressure was 100% normal despite my worries about the heart racing and pounding I've experienced. We asked the doc about said heart pounding and were told it is completely normal for pregnant ladies due to increase in blood volume, just like we already read. Interestingly enough my diet modifications (spinach and generic ensure drinks) have decreased the frequency of the heart pounding. I told the doctor this. I know many of you will be able to...

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Prenatal appointments, huge zits and freezing rain fill my brain.

This week I have not one but two prenatal appointments scheduled. I am now in my 15th week of pregnancy (yippie!) and will be meeting Pamela @ The Farm this weekend. We are also seeing the OBGYN on Thursday morning for our 3rd prenatal appointment. N is anticipating the prenatal appointments because he gets anxious to hear that little Tater Tot's heart is still beating. He admitted last night that it is hard for him to trust that all is going as planned with Tater Tot inside my uterus since he can't feel any movement yet or experience the growth and body changes I am going through. Although he does admit to having sympathy symptoms right along with me. I let him feel the tightness in my lower belly where Tater Tot...

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Home buying fun in Evansville, IN- sellers are still greedy even when screwed!

Remember all the times I have talked about trying to buy a home on this blog? Well we are still living the first time home buyer saga. Over the weekend we looked at a place here that was a possible option for us, we met a Realtor that was overly eager to make her money and we once again have home buying on the brain. The main reason we are looking to buy is because of the economic state, it is a buyers market for sure. Houses on the market are in abundance, home prices are falling and lots of people are desperately needing to sell the homes they can no longer afford. Plus with President Obama it is likely we'll see some type of housing market stimulus attempt, you know to...

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In Indiana breathing mold is okay but home birth is not, just an FYI.

Yeah I know the title seems kind of odd huh? I have been tying all sorts of weird things together these days like posts about a ladies hoo-hoo's and mold. This is just the way my brain is working these days...

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I am just a tad angry right now!

Lets see, it has been 18 days since we sent off our rent check and our "we are concerned about mold" letter via certified mail to the landlords. As of today the letter STILL has not been claimed and is sitting at the post office. N called the landlord over the weekend about it and their response was "well, we've been busy and we figured it was returned to you already". She then said once it was returned to us we could "drop it by some store of theirs" or she could come by and pick it up from us. Yeah, you are going to have to come by and get it from us since your laziness is not our issue. We sent the letter off to you like we are legally...

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Watch Freebirthing on Discovery Health next week!

The Discovery Health channel will be airing "Freebirthing" several more times next week if you are at all interested in alternative birthing practices. Freebirthing is basically unassisted childbirth, women who usually have low risk pregnancies learn about the birth process and carry it out on their own without doctors or midwives. They simply tune in to their own bodies and trust that their body already knows how to birth. A quote on unassisted childbirth from www.unassistedchildbirth.com "A woman in labor needs to be supported emotionally, or simply left alone. All the knowledge she needs to birth her baby is already within her. Her job is simply to relax, trust her body, and allow her baby to enter the world." After reading many birth stories I've become more of believer...

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