Monday, January 7, 2013

Moving, again.

We got our lease renewal letter in the mail this week...  Ugh.  We know we're not staying here as it is so expensive!  But the problem is, we don't know where we are going.  We have to figure this out in the next two months though!

To rent or buy debate?

I am sooooooo over moving!  We have had nine addresses in the nine years we have been married over three states!

I am ready to stay put for awhile and unpack every.single.box.  That has yet to happen...

Without going political, the incentives to buy are just not there like they used to be.  I like that is is "ours" though.  To decorate.  Paint.  Hang things on the walls.  You know, make it home.  Every single rental we've lived in, house or apartment, we have yet to hang things on the wall or paint.

Renting makes sense though as then if something major breaks, it is not our savings account depleting...  We can chug away at this stupid student loan debt without worrying about saving for household repairs.  But then again they can tell you you have to be out in x amount of days and then you're at square one again.

Do you own or rent?  Do you recommend it?  Let's talk...

P.S.  PregEase giveaway ends at midnight tonight!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

To Doula or not?!

I absolutely LOVED my ob/gyn Dr. Simckes back in Missouri...  Perhaps the great pregnancy experience under his care was that he also cared for me during infertility treatments?  We had an understanding.  He would let me have my way unless it meant life or death, then he took the reigns.  It was a patient-Doctor respected relationship.  I miss being under his care...

First time labor was overall great.  Charles was my rock and my mom was an amazing supporter.  Overall, I loved the ability to labor as I pleased.  I do have a couple regrets I want to do differently this time though.  Like, I regret them fearing the unknown of it being our first go at it and pressuring me to go to the hospital very early on.  Being admitted at 4cm meant a long time laboring in the hospital!  I want to be home with Little Miss as long as possible.  I regret getting the IV drugs.  Little Miss came out having some brief breathing problems and I can't help but attribute it to my "pain relief".

This time, I'll have Charles of course as my number one.  My mom will be on Little Miss duty so she'll be touch and go on helping during labor.  I fear Charles will become exhausted physically (I required constant pushing on my back that left my mom and Charles physically exhausted by delivery!) and emotionally if he does not have someone to help support him...  I don't know who will be on call for delivery because the practice is like 7 Doctors.  The smallest one I could find in the Charlotte area!  :-(  So I need Charles to be fresh if they try to pull anything.  Yeah, I don't have a huge trust for Doctors.  Especially here where the c-section rates are high!

So to Doula or not is the question...  With a price tag of $500-1000!!  Ouch!  I'm desperately trying to find a Doula who is not yet certified to help cut the cost some.

I would absolutely LOVE to deliver at the birthing center for a water birth specifically just across the South Carolina boarder but they are not crazy about me being on a baby aspirin a day thanks to MTHFR.  They want me to go see a Doctor for approval first.  Fine.  Until I researched this Doctor who just recently lost a wrongful death case against her!  Yeah, if she can't keep her patients alive why would I trust her for approval or not if I would be okay to delivery at the birthing center?!

So back to making the best of the natural birth friendly hospital in Charlotte...

Doula stories to share???  Please do!!!

P.S.  Don't forget to enter the PregEase giveaway ending January 7!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Baby concerns

I have to get this out there...  Hopefully someone has been here too and can offer reassuring encouragement.

My first dating ultrasound with Little Miss was 6w 1d.  That is the only ultrasound she measured spot on her due date!  Every single additional ultrasound she was slowly gaining dates from one day to 2-3 weeks by the end!  This was especially reassuring as my Doctor mentioned he was watching me for IUGR as it is seen in MTHFR patients.

Fast forward to this pregnancy...  First dating ultrasound baby measured one day behind. Second ultrasound, five days behind. Heartbeat looks fantastic.

In three weeks we have our NT ultrasound (going just for the ultrasound) on a different, newer, ultrasound machine. Hoping for a baby measuring on spot!!

Anyone gone through this??

Doctor says not to worry... I am trying not to. Really, I am.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pregnancy Talk

I am still floating on cloud nine that I'm knocked up, again!  Each pregnancy definitely is unique though it is particularly amusing to me when one of my brothers is saying this to me...  :-)

And I'm continuously reminding myself, as not to freak myself out, that my body remembers being pregnant so things are happening sooner the second time around.  Like round ligament pain.

I'm nervous as to when my milk will completely dry up and if this will indeed lead Little Miss to self weaning...

I am excitedly nervous as to how she will do when we bring home the new baby...

I also wonder how long it will be before hubby and I finally agree on a name...

The kicker though, we're Team Green so we need to agree on a boy and girl name!

My latest favorite girls name, Olivianne.  He says no.  I love it!  Nickname Liv or Livi.

I am currently 10 weeks with our estimated due date being July 30, 2013!

Go enter our PreEase Giveaway to help us celebrate!! Ends January 7!

Anyone have any breastfeeding while pregnant/milk drying up/toddler weaning words of advice??