Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to Hospital Birth

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I know this is shocking and I am still kind of shocked we are planning a hospital birth this time around. There are only 3 different homebirth midwife companies that attend in the area we live in and EVA Homebirth is definitely disqualified because of our last birth experience (you remember the midwives who told me NOT to try and go into labor the day my water broke because they had another mom in labor and didn't so much as come to check my temperature or verify that my membranes ruptured some 30 hours after I called them and told them my water broke and needed to start inducing labor with natural methods and then tried shipping me off to the hospital after we spent some $4,000 out of pocket btwn. blood work and prenatal visits!) So I set out hopefully to find a different midwife and it sounded good; I even went to an appointment.......but the appointment was downright awful! The office and birth center was filthy like musty clothes and blankets stuffed in corners, dingy fetal dopplers lying around on the floor, toys everywhere, old soda cups....I wish I had taken a picture.....but it was all kind of surreal. If that wasn't enough there was another mom in there with her 2 kids just hanging out at my appointment in the chair next to me who changed her baby's diaper in the chair next to me and didn't even bother to get up and wash her hands....then she starts telling the midwife how she is leaving her husband and dating women and the midwife is just staring into her eyes telling her how much she has been thinking about her lately......She could obviously tell I was taken aback and said, "Oh you know this is how prenatal appointments should be ....a group setting with other moms ". It can't get any weirder right......wrong.... we hear scratching and howling and she says, "Oh that's my pit bull in the other room, I should let him out to play with the kids." UUUUMMMMMMMM NO!  I like animals alot but I don't want a strange pitbull unleashed with my 6 children in the room because this is a breed that makes up 6% of the dog population and does like 80% of the fatal attacking!

 Never the less I am not picky and was just going to sign papers anyway but the Lord intervened and caused her printer to run out of paper and she was supposed to mail the papers to me ....but they never came some 2 months later! On top of this shenanigans Chris is doing truck driving and so there is no guarantee he will be here at the I don't want to go unassisted without a midwife or husband and 6 other children roaming So I called up the local hospital!
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The local hospital has an OB residency program that even without insurance costs less than a homebirth the total would only be approx. $3,200 and if paid within 60 days of birth $2,220! Praise the Lord our insurance covers the whole thing though!  So far the appointments have been good, one of the dr.'s told me I am the expert with this being my 7th child and so it seems they should have no problems with my natural birth plan. =)  Baby is due in about 7 weeks so I should have a birth story soon =)

Friday, August 5, 2016

DIY Thieves Laundry Soap

So we have been Young Living Essential Oil addicts for going on 2 years and embraced the chemical free home!! God has been so good that with sharing our love for aromatherapy we have a nice little team from referrals so our monthly orders are paid for and we get points back with every order =) For this reason I have been using our mandatory $100 monthly order (only mandatory if you want a commission check for that month) to buy the ready made thieves laundry soap for the last year and I love it, I really do, but at $26 for 62 loads I wanted to try and stretch our oily orders further. Especially with alllllllllllllllll the dirty clothes and diapers around this house!

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 So I finally got around to making diy laundry soap!!! I have been using it for about 5 days and my clothes look clean and smell wonderful!!! There are a bazillion different Pinterest recipes for dry and liquid diy detergent so I will share the one I used =)
What you need :
5 gallon paint bucket ($5)
5 caps of Thieves household cleaner (about $2.75 worth of cleaner from the 14.4oz bottle)
1 bar of soap shredded (recommended was the thieves bar soap, but I used Melaluca Geranium) ($10.25)
1/2 cup Borax (about $0.50)
1 cup Washing soda (about $1)
2 cups.Baking soda (about $0.70 worth from the 2lb box)

About $20 for the first time making it and then $15 after that because you don't have to buy the paint bucket again =)  S0 $15 for 160 loads vs. the $26 for 62 loads is more than double the savings!

What to Do:
Boil 4 cups of water, add in shredded bar soap cook on low and dissolve, add in the rest of the ingredients. Fill paint bucket half way with water and then dump in the pot of ingredients. Put the lid on the bucket and let sit overnight. It will be lumpy in the morning so give it a good mixing with a hand mixer. It should bubble up and smell amazing!! Use 1 cup of this mix per load. This makes 160 loads!!! Happy Washing!!!

Numbers 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.