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Wow! 
I haven't posted here in awhile!!

Life is good.
I am good.
I am gestating once again! Planning and preparing for a HBAC. The wee kiddo looks just like Liam did...but without the boy parts! Honestly don't know what I'm going to do with a girl, but I'm sure it will be wonderful :) 



Liam is going to be turning 2!! When did two year pass by??
He's still nursing, but has cut waaay down. He's sweet and intuitive and incredible. Love cars and boats. Elephants and camels. Rides bareback with me everyday on his horse. Is genuinely a wondrful "easy' boy. I love him more and more every day.

It's canning season, so I'm busy preserving all the goodies from our CSA and local orchards to get us through the winter.

So, yes, overall, all is well.
I'll try harder to be more active in this space!

Posted for my own reference...

Midwife Checklist

There are many, many questions you can ask a potential midwife. I have tried to put together a complete list, but you may have thought of other things to ask! Pick and choose which questions you want to use as you interview to find the perfect care provider for you.

  • What type of midwife is she?
  • CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) With a PhD in Nursing Science
  • What kind of training does she have?
  • Where will she attend births?
  • Lakeland Hospital
  • What prenatal tests does she require? What does she recommend?
  • None
  • Will you choose the back obstetrician or does she have someone she works with? Who is it?
  • Yes. Dr Scott Baetes
  • What is her view on labor and birth?
    • Can you walk and/or move around during labor?
    • Yes! A must.
    • What positions can you birth in?
    • Any that feel comfortable. Perfers: squat, all fours, birth stool, in the water
    • Can you eat and drink during labor?
    • At will
    • How will she monitor the baby?
    • Intermiditly, with a doplar
    • How often will she monitor the baby?
    • Once every hour or so until transition
    • Can you labor in water? Can you birth in water?
    • Yes.Yes.
    • Will you have to have an IV?
    • No!
  • What conditions will she transfer you to obstetrical care for during pregnancy ("risk you out")? What is her rate of prenatal transfer?
  • Plecaenta Previa. Breach position :(. Sever pre-E. Labor before 36 weeks.
  • What conditions will she transfer you from home to hospital for? From birth center to hospital? Will she stay with you if you have to transfer?
  • N/A
  • Will she provide complete prenatal care?
  • Yes
  • Will she stay with you continuously throughout your labor and birth, or could someone else in the practice relieve her? Would she be busy with paperwork?
  • She is the only care provider that will be with me unless she is stricken down by lightening:)
  • Will she attend the birth, or does it depend on who is on call?
  • She will attened.
  • What is her rate of transfer from home? From the birth center?
  • N/A
  • What is her cesarean section rate? Assisted delivery rate?
  • C rate: 3% assisted deilvery: 5%
  • What her view on episiotomy?
  • Only in crazy severe circumstances. Not adviseable otherwise.
  • What procedures does she perform immediately on the newborn? What can wait? Will she wait if you request it?
  • Everything can wait.Mother s allowed a BARE MINIMUM of 1 hour to bond with baby before anything is done. Newborn exam is done with baby in mothers arms. Weight and cleaning are done as soon as mother is up to getting up and watching.
  • Will she provide you with education as you prepare for the birth?
  • Yes. Quite a bit. From all sides of the spectrum.
  • Who will she bring with her to the birth?
  • N/A
  • What will she bring with her to the birth?
  • N/A
  • How long will she stay after you deliver your baby?
  • 6 hours
  • What kind of postpartum follow-up does she give?
  • 2 hour check. 6 hour check. 12 hour check. 24 hour check. then care as needed and LC folow up as well.
  • When does she recommend your home birth or birth center birth baby see a pediatrician or doctor?
  • 2 weeks and then at will.
  • How long does an appointment normally last? What is a typical appointment like?
  • 45 min to an hour
  • How many babies is she catching during a month?
  • 10-15
  • What happens if two clients are in labor at the same time?
  • She makes it work :)
  • Has she ever missed a birth?
  • Yes
  • When will she come to you after you begin labor?
  • As soon as needed
  • Will she do a breech delivery? Twin delivery?
  • No. Yes.
  • What does she do in the event of a long labor? A "stalled" labor?
  • Natural forms of encouraging labor to progress, walking, massage, herbs, nipple stim, etc pitocin or cervial stretching as last resort.
  • What does she think of premature rupture of membranes (PROM)?
  • Almost never a good idea
  • How long does she wait to cut the cord after the baby is born?
  • Until it stops pulsing
  • What does she do if there is a post partum hemorrhage?
  • uteren massage, encourage breastfeeding, eat some placenta, shot of Pit if needed
  • What are her fees and what do they include? What is her payment schedule?
  • N/A billed through hospital
  • What does she do if a mother goes "post dates?" What if a mother is approaching 42 weeks?
  • Natural encouragement of labour
  • Is she certified in neonatal resuscitation? Does she carry oxygen to the birth?
  • Yes. Yes
  • Why did she become a midwife?
  • How many births has she attended as primary caregiver?
  • 5,643
  • Does she doing regular continuing education?
  • Yes! Loves it
  • Where will my prenatal visits be at?
  • Elkhorn Clinic
  • What does she expect regarding self-care during pregnancy?
  • Education, diet, exercise, mediation
  • What is her view on nutrition and weight gain during pregnancy?
  •  
  • Have she ever had to resuscitate a baby?
  • Yes
  • Have she ever lost a baby? What were the circumstances?
  • Yes. Preterm birth.
  • Will she help me with breastfeeding?
  • Yes
  • How does she feel about circumcision? Immunization?
  • Hates the very idea of it. Persoal choice.
  • How do I get my baby's birth certificate?
  • Through hospital.

We are now horse owners

1 Bay Peruvian Paso 10 years of age. Sweet and wonderful in every way. Bought for Liam.

1 Sorrel Peruvian Paso. 14 years of age. Strong and spirited, but extremely well trained for us. Comes complete with papers from Spain.

That's right ladies and gentlemen. We got BOTH horses.

The friend who's horses I'm training went half with us for both of them and has agreed to keep them at her farm for us in return for training services.

I am over the moon!!

I have wanted for so very long to be back to being involved with horses. I sold my final foal that I had lovingly raised and trained about 5 years ago, and the pining for another has not at all lessened since then. Getting hired on as a trainer this year was wonderful! But now owning a horse of our very own is just.....awesome.
Matt is thrilled! I thought for sure that this would be a no go with him, but he is head over heals about the idea of having our own horses  for us and the kids.

Pictures and more horse raving to come!

She's here!!

She did it!
Rebecca gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at home in the water Friday afternoon!
Labor was long but she was born in just one push. A healthy 7lbs 5oz.

Welcome to the world Delia May!!
You are loved by us all more than you could imagine :)

Why yes, we are crazy. Why do you ask?

We are going to a few different farms tomorrow to look at ponies in hopes of finding one for Liam.

More on this later....

Glee

It is so flipping awesome to have a potty trained boy!!!
I have the hardest sleeping kid in the world!!

When he sleeps, he SLEEPS!

Now, he does still wake 2-3 times a night (as well he should, light sleep periods and even wakeful times during a sleep cycle are extremely important to the developing child's brain. Especially from birth through the age of three. *This Public Service Announcement is brought to you by the letter Y*) but god help you if you have to try to wake the kid when he doesn't want to be wakened. 

Just now I was reaching across him as he was napping and spilled the tall glass of water I was holding all over him. And he did nothing but rub his face, moan a quiet "Noooooooo" and roll over! :p

Sickening

Goddess....I remember reading about an incident just like this in one of my grade school HISTORY(!) books.

As time goes by

Today I was really struck by a visual reminder of just how little Liam still is.....how far he has yet to go.

Matt took of his wedding ring last night and set it on the dresser while he went out to rotate the tires. I found it while Liam and  I were dusting this morning and so I handed it to him to hold for a bit. He loves pointing  out our "ings" to us daily, so I thought it would be fun to let him wear it for a bit.
What I didn't anticipate however was the gutteral emotional reaction that I would have to seeing the ring I placed on my husbands hand the day we took our vows so big upon my little sons thumb.
I teared up immediately looking at his small soft fingers so carefully rubbing his fathers ring. They are such a stark contrast to Matt's strong, big, weathered hands. 

I've been thinking all day about how quickly two years has passed. And how everyday I can see more and more of the man he's going to become. A man so very much like his daddy.

So brave. SO brave! Strong, compassionate, introspective, observant, outgoing, FUNNY!
I could, of course, go on and on :) 

How lucky I am to be entrusted with his care and keeping as his tale unfolds.

Beat

Quiet but strong,
small but steady,
and fast as a little mouse.

So wonderful to hear.