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    Thank you God for Tin Roof Sundae Ice cream...

    Abby has something known as cyclical vomiting...and it's been a lovely episode of that this week. Caleb starting running a fever last night and was wheezing and coughing and developed a strange rash. 3 hours in the ER and we were both crashed out. We finally gave up and went home around 1 this morning b/c I didn't want to risk being in the ER any longer than I had to.

    So today, off to the pediatrician. She did an immediate strep swab which came back negative so they're sending it off to do a culture but they're starting antibiotics anyway. And they think the rash is totally unrelated and I am so proud of Caleb for not crying when they drew blood. It may be overkill, but they're testing him for some disease (see here: http://www.drmdk.com/html/dr_barin_hsp.html) that affects the lower limbs with arthritis and swelling. I doubt that test will come back positive. My gut says strep and strep rash.

    This is the same doc who tested Hannah for everything under the sun to see why she was so small. I suspected it was from her ear infections and sure enough, after she got tubes in her ears, she's gaining and growing now.

    DH has had 3 job interviews so far and God hasn't opened those doors. So we keep looking and praying and trusting God for what we need.

    I am going to go crash now. Nothing like getting 5 hours of sleep in 24 hours to make a mama cranky!
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Hey Rachael!!!! Welcome to your lodge! I hope the kiddos feel better soon!!!
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    Woo! DH went in to talk to his boss yesterday about not getting hours and he got a huge pay raise, insurance, & a guarantee of being paid 40 hours/week even if there isn't enough jobs to give him that many hours!!! Woo God!

    Caleb has a viral infection and is on the mend. Yay God for that too!

    And yikes...ok...Nate's been measuring 10 days ahead consistently. That would put me at 31 weeks, 3 days today. He could show up in as little as 4 weeks!!!
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    That's great about your DH's job. What an answer to prayer!!!
    So glad that Caleb just has a virus. It's always scary when kids get sick. I HATE going to the ER. I am also afraid of sitting there too long. You never know what you are getting exposed to while you wait.
    Hope little Nate stays put for a while longer!
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    Nothing new really. I woke up this morning feeling stiff and swollen in my hands, legs, ankles and feet. I almost didn't get out of bed. The nesting urge has kicked in...I just wish I had the energy to get all this stuff done. My next appointment is Thursday @ 8:30 for an appointment and ultrasound. I'll update again then.
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Oh man. I really wish I could be on that call with Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake tomorrow. I'm kinda sad again. I wish with all my heart I could have a home birth where I call all the shots. Especially after Hannah's birth and the stupid hospital! It was when i was pregnant with her that I discovered what NCB is. I HATE pitocin b/c my body doesn't react well and it makes a drug free birth nearly impossible. I don't know how to describe it other than feeling extremely conflicted and...anxious. Just one baby God. Just one. I need a textbook, easy delivery where I spend most of my time laboring at home and arrive at the hospital in time to push. I just need one easy birth. I've had so many dreams where I've delivered at home and it was easy and it wasn't painful.

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    I don't know why I'm just now getting around to your lodge, but welcome! You are an amazingly strong woman for making it through everything you've experienced both in life and in pregnancy, I can't imagine how hard it all must have been. Congratulations on your DH's raise and getting insurance!! I hope that will help with your marriage troubles, I know money is definitely a point of difficulty in many marriages (mine included).

    I hope Nate hangs out inside a lot longer, you DO deserve a beautiful natural birh, I hope you get it!
    Jessica (23)DH Logan (23) 8/5/05


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    Welcome to your lodge, Rachael! I don't know why it took me until now to see your lodge either.

    I echo everything Jessica said. I am sorry for all you have gone through. You are a very strong woman and I commend you. I am so happy your DH got a pay raise and insurance. That is great news! I hope Nate stays in there quite a while longer. I look forward to going on your journey with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiningLight View Post
    Oh man. I really wish I could be on that call with Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake tomorrow. I'm kinda sad again. I wish with all my heart I could have a home birth where I call all the shots. Especially after Hannah's birth and the stupid hospital! It was when i was pregnant with her that I discovered what NCB is. I HATE pitocin b/c my body doesn't react well and it makes a drug free birth nearly impossible. I don't know how to describe it other than feeling extremely conflicted and...anxious. Just one baby God. Just one. I need a textbook, easy delivery where I spend most of my time laboring at home and arrive at the hospital in time to push. I just need one easy birth. I've had so many dreams where I've delivered at home and it was easy and it wasn't painful.
    I hope you get it mama! That's how I was with my last one ~ I just wanted one "beautiful easy birth". I spent most of my pregnancy, when I could make myself think of it, visualizing a fast easy birth & fast it was lol

    Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones



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    Wow. No wonder I feel so done. We did another u/s today. Nate is measuring the size of a 36 weeker at 5 1/2 lbs (give or take a pound). I got the standard "go to Urgent Care" if you experience contractions-especially with a cerclage in. And I started nesting big time yesterday. I scrubbed the kitchen, the girls' room and our bedroom and got Nate's crib set up and things organized. I'm telling you guys...I'm not going to make it much longer. I told the docs that and I swear, I love how they listen. "oh, we're going to assume you're going to make it full term" blah blah blah. Yeah, thanks for looking at my 35 week delivery history. I guess that's the joy of being seen at a hospital resident clinic. My blood pressure was 120/80 and I have mild swelling but everything else was normal. I go back in 2 weeks to start my biweekly NST's. I hope I make it 'till then. I'd only gained 5 lbs in a month which is good for me and the high amount of insulin I have to take. To top all that off my DH is having a selfish day apparantly. He's got to go to work @ 2 p.m. and the company that is helping us with his meds only have their pharmacy open from 2-4 on Thursdays. I told him I wasn't feeling up to dragging two small kids through a parking garage to wait in a long line. And then drag 5 kids into the car at 9:30 at night after he gets off work at 10 p.m. Now, all the sudden, I don't care about his health since I told him I'd do it for him yesterday since he has to go to work. Yep, I've spent 34 years of his life not caring about his health...yet he's the one who had a heart attack because he does care. Most of the time I have to remind him to take the 10 different meds he has to take twice a day. But I don't care. I'm sorry if I sound like a baby right now, but his half a$$ed apology of "sorry I got frustrated at you" sounds empty and I want to cry.
    Ryan and Rachael
    Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate

    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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