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    Welcome to your lodge, Ariel! Here's hoping this baby doesn't make us all wait quite as long as Bunny did!
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    Welcome to your lodge!
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    welcome to your lodge! looking forward to following your birthing journey!
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    Yay! So exciting!!
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    Hey ladies!!! Thank you soooooo much!! It's so hard for me to post here from my phone, but I'm on my computer now, so I'll post my intro in just a few minutes
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    Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006

    Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13



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    Hey ladies!!! Thank you soooooo much!! It's so hard for me to post here from my phone, but I'm on my computer now, so I'll post my intro in just a few minutes
    Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006

    Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13



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    Baby #4 is already almost here. It seems like this pregnancy has gone so fast...

    Many of you have read "our story", but here's a recap... In January 2005 I was working night shift at a hotel and going to school full-time when I met my future husband online. He asked me if I was a real person and then if he could call me. He was a young soldier stationed in Korea for his first duty station. It was very unlike me to give out my information like that, but I did and he called. He was so nervous that he asked to call me back later. From there on out, we talked nearly every day on the phone. I can only imagine how expensive his phone bills were... he never told me. We got engaged in October of that year, he left for a year to Iraq in November, and then we were married on mid-tour in May of 2006.

    It took us quite a while to get pregnant with our first child. I remember thinking we wouldn't be able to have children. I also remember thinking that if we were able to eventually have children, that I would take as many as we were blessed with. We did fertility treatments; clomid and provera. It got to be too much so we took a break for a little while and then started back again. I did the regular treatment and then went in on CD25 to see if I had ovulated. The tests said that I hadn't. I remember asking, "What if I just happened to ovulate later that day?" and the OB said, "If your cycle is that messed up, you should just take the provera and start it over again." I didn't take his advice or the provera and got my positive pregnancy test about 11 days later. John deployed to Iraq a 2nd time, and I did the last six months of the pregnancy by myself.

    I was completely uninformed. I took the hospital class with a friend and had the attitude that women have babies every day, why would it be any different for me. We planned to induce while he was home on mid-tour so he could be there for her birth, which was around 39 weeks. Little did I know, there were other plans in store for us. Within a day or so of him coming home I started to get really sick. Long story, short, I ended up with a c/s under general anesthesia, and our daughter spent a week in NICU. She came home the day before he had to leave back to Iraq. She was 6 months old when he came home.

    Once he got home in June, I found out I was pregnant in September. Unfortunately the excitement was short-lived as it was a chemical pregnancy. I didn't have another cycle until November, and then December 2009 we conceived again. During that same month we made the humongous move to Alaska with the military. I suprised my hubby on New Year's Day with a positive test. The next months were a whirl-wind. We found out that he would deploy for the third time a year to the date after he had gotten home from his second deployment. This time to Afghanistan. I chose to move to his family in West Virginia, which didn't go well, so on block leave before he left, we moved down to North Carolina. I was not on good terms with my family, though they were close by. So I got an apartment and pushed forward planning an HBAC with our son.

    Once more, long story short, I labored at home for a very long time and then transferred in for another c/s. This time was easier to deal with for some reason because I had called the shots and been involved in my care. There was nothing else I could have possibly done. I had worked out, eaten right, went swimming nearly every day, walked stairs in labor, you name it I did it! So John was in Afghanistan and came home a week later to help after my c/s. He didn't get to see his new son again until he was 10 months old.

    Once he got home in July 2011, it didn't even take months... more like weeks, and I was pregnant again! I had a fantastic OB who is as close as a doctor can be to a midwife in his philosophy, and in Alaska, HBACs are harder to find a provider for. So we planned a VBA2C, and that is exactly what we had in May 2012!

    In December of 2012 we PCS'd to Ft. Campbell, and just a couple of short months later, I found out I was pregnant again! I have been thrilled with my options for midwifery care here in Tennessee, and we totally based our home purchase off of where I would be able to birth at home. I knew right off the bat it wouldn't be a hospital birth. BACH (military hospital) won't allow me to VBA2C, and neither will Gateway, and I'm not driving to Vanderbilt to be forced to wear monitors the entire time when it isn't evidence based. So we chose Sheryl Shafer to attend us, and the birth is quickly approaching. She is an incredibly experienced midwife in the area, and we will be paying out of pocket for her care. She attends breech, twins, vbamc, and she's been practicing for over 30 years. I loved that she asked me the HARD questions in our first meeting: what if something catastrophic happens? I told her that I would then need her support more than ever, and likely wouldn't get much follow-up if the same thing happened and I was being seen in a practice. She tells me stories, we chat, I get to hear about the recent births she has attended; surprise twins, a mama who delivered at 26 weeks (baby lived because Sheryl acted fast!), a surprise single footling breech... She is everything I think of when I think of a midwife. The perfect combination of practical and willing to use medicines when called for, and encouraging good nutrition, herbs, and exercise.

    All of my full-length birth stories can be read here: Sylvia, Justus, and Bunni's Birth Stories

    Appointments:

    10/14/13 - BP was 120/70, I'm still about 6 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight, and because I have been afraid of having a super fast delivery, Sheryl left cytotec in case of hemorrhage since that is probably my biggest fear. I have a feeling it will go fast, and what if she doesn't make it and I bleed? So now I don't have to think about that anymore All around great appointment as usual. We talked about vaginal exams, and when they might be indicated. Unless anything is out of the ordinary, we will probably skip exams. I am just continuously blown away by her vast knowledge and experience. Almost getting excited!

    10/24/13 - Donna (Sheryl's assistant who also has her CPM) came for my appointment this time. BP was 118/68. We did the GBS swab. Results were negative as usual. I've never had it before. She mentioned baby getting lower, but I don't think engaged yet. Measuring 40 weeks.

    10/30/13 - Sheryl came this time. Still measuring 40 weeks. She says not engaged yet but I do feel like baby has at least dropped a little even if not completely engaged. Everything is good.
    Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006

    Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13



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    Yay and welcome to your lodge. Someone else to stalk!
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    Sounds awesome! Tennessee does sound like a great state to give birth in. Your midwife sounds fabulous. I remember when my midwife left a baggie of syringes in my fridge, that it hit me, "OMG, I'm really going to have a baby here. There are medicines here for it." Get back on your computer on a regular basis now, OK????
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