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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMangoBabe View Post
    BTW I love your "We The People" avatar. That's from the 9-12 project, right?
    Yes! I am a total America and Glenn Beck lover!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikkiac View Post
    Sorry, that was confusing, it was late. My little brother was born in Kennewick. We lived there for 2 years in the late 80's.

    Yea, no worries I just didn't remember you ever mentioning WA before so I thought I'd ask!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikkiac View Post
    Yes! I am a total America and Glenn Beck lover!
    I was going to pm you and tell you I loved your avatar! But since someone else mentioned it on here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmljll View Post
    I was going to pm you and tell you I loved your avatar! But since someone else mentioned it on here...
    Shh, don't tell anyone I am a Constitutional Conservative that believes in natural childbirth, Capitalism and fears the Almighty. I also own guns. I am a scary combo! J/k.

    Here are some pics for fun.

    Laboring at Starbucks with DH, Brian and my mom in the reflection taking the picture


    DS #1 on the scale


    Our new family Brian, Ericka and David


    Here is a recent photo. He'll be 3 next month!
    Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam



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    Your lil man is so handsome! I love when they look all chubby on the scale too! TFS

    Robin~mother to J 2/7/2007 and P 4/14/2009


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    Quote Originally Posted by rikkiac View Post
    Shh, don't tell anyone I am a Constitutional Conservative that believes in natural childbirth, Capitalism and fears the Almighty. I also own guns. I am a scary combo! J/k.
    Heehee, you crack me up!

    David is such a cutie!
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    Awww! Cute pics! Love the one of David
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    What a cute baby!!! He's an adorable little man
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    My home waterbirth baby...

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    Well, it's 5:30 am and I have been up for hour and a half, unable to sleep anymore. I guess 5 hours is the new limit. I am going to the chiropractor again this morning. I think I am in love! He makes me feel so good! I wish I had seen a chiro in my previous pregnancies and I certainly recommend it.

    My ILs are coming into town this afternoon. They live about 3 hours away in Western Nevada so visits are sporadic. Not sure why as they are both retired but they are always "busy" whatever that means. My MIL will be coming to stay for a few days when I go into labor to be with the older kids so I guess this gives me a chance to prep her beforehand. My parents live about half mile away but both still work so won't be able to help as much.

    I was thinking about DS #2 (Paul's) birth story and sharing it here. Unfortunately, the lodge I had with him is long gone and I am not sure I have ever really put his birth story to paper. In reflecting on Paul's birth I truly could say *see David's birth story*. Unfortunately, they were nearly identical. With Paul, I started having prodromal labor at about 39 weeks 3 days. I would go to bed and be awoken by contractions around Midnight. They would last 1 minute and come every 3-5 minutes. I would get up and labor all night in the family room/ kitchen. I would get on the ball, work on a puzzle, shower anything to stay up and moving. Around 7 am the first night I decided to rest before having DH drive me to the hospital. I woke up around 9:30 am, not a single contraction in sight.

    Like I said, this went on for days (nights) and man, I was getting tired of it! Finally, after laboring all night on the 6th of July to the morning of the 7th, I felt like this had to be it. I will admit, and this sounds so silly now to me, I was really worried about #2 going quickly and delivering at home. How funny to think that 2 years later I would be hoping to birth at home! Anyway, I finally had DH take my to L&D at 6 am on July 7, 2007. What a cool birthday I thought!

    Arriving at L&D I found out that I was still at 3 cm and 70% effaced. I did have a regular labor pattern and I decided to stay. I think, looking back, I was just done. I wanted to have my baby and quit with all this nonsense. Around 9 am my MW came in and urged AROM. Even with having been so well informed and educated and resolute that I would have NO interventions, she convinced me. Hours later, having only progressed to 5 cm, she convinced me that I needed Pitocin. I was told that this was just my body and how my body needed the "help". I could kick myself everyday for having given in to the MW and going against what had been so important to me. Just goes to show that the most stubborn can cave in the midst of labor.

    I labored with broken waters on Pitocin for hours and hours from about 1 pm on. They keep coming and checking me, I was stalled at 6 cm. They would up the Pit and DH and I walked a path in the carpet around the L&D ward. Around 6:45 pm she checked me again, I was still at 6 cm. I freaking lost it. I cried and cried as I sat in the bed. My MW knew not to say anything to me about pain meds or section, I wasn't going anywhere near that.

    I think I sat there for about an hour. I was in incredible pain but just kept my eyes closed and my breathing focused. Looking back now, I realize what was going on. I was finally in transition! At 7:45 pm, I felt the most urgent need to push and I didn't let anything stop me. Unfortunately, I pushed and had a BM in the bed (sorry if that is TMI for some but it is really just part of it all for me). When I apologized DH knew what I meant . My MW was stunned when she pulled back the sheet. She was calling for nurses and yelling, "whoa, we are having a baby NOW and we need to get you cleaned up!" Once I was cleaned up and positioned better on the bed (for them, not me ) I pushed 4 or 5 more times and Paul was born. There was no stopping him! At 8:04 pm on 7/7/07 Paul Alder was born weighing 8 lbs. 12 oz, he was 20 inches long. My MW stitched up the small tear and we were nursing away.

    I do have to say that one thing that was really cool was the support of the nurses. I had nurses from other rooms coming in and telling me how great it was to see a woman go through so much and not have pain meds. They all said it was very rare to ever see anyone do it by choice. It helped me ego and made me feel really good about staying strong.

    Wow, I am long winded when I actually have time to be on the computer. Thanks for reading this if you've made it this far. This is really a place for me to process, one last time, my prior birthing experiences and have them fresh in my mind for this whole new experience. Thanks for letting me share it!
    Last edited by rikkiac; 03-26-2009 at 09:11 AM.
    Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam



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    Some pics to share, me pregnant with Paul:



    The family:


    Paul Alder




    Not the most recent pic:
    Last edited by rikkiac; 03-26-2009 at 09:25 AM.
    Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam



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