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31 Weeks and Fired My OB’s Office

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Let me start by saying, I loved my OB but when having a baby you don’t just deal with your OB but their whole staff including the office personnel. I fired the first OB I was dealing with at 6 weeks because they were refusing to see me until 12 weeks even though they knew my history of miscarriages and the OB said she wanted to see me as soon as I found out I was pregnant again. Instead of waiting and worrying for 6 weeks about my baby, I found this wonderful OB that actually took the time to listen to me.

This is the heartbreaking part of this story, I didn’t want to leave my OB and did everything I could to deal with the insurance problems to keep my OB. Doug and I even got married in less than a week just so my insurance could change and keep my OB and have a wonderful birthing experience.

Everytime I went into the office, I was unkindly greeted by the receptionist/office worker whom was never nice to me. I began to dread going to these appointments solely because of dealing with this girl. Yes, there was problems with my health insurance because of the marketplace and other problems with the american healthcare system. This doesn’t give any person the right to treat another person like crap, especially a pregnant woman.

I fixed everything with the insurance and went to my appointment on Thursday thinking everything would be great and I would hear Evelynne’s heartbeat again. Well this very nasty girl had another opinion on the situation. She looked at my new insurance and decided it was too late in the afternoon to call the insurance company to confirm anything so she was cancelling my appointment. Mind you, the day before the high risk doctor’s office called the insurance company and had confirmation within 5 minutes! Oh and she didn’t know when I could be seen because the OB is fully booked because he is going on vacation starting the 13th. Are you freaking kidding me???

Meanwhile, the contractions that finally subsided from the prior 2 days started again while I was standing there being told I couldn’t be seen. So with a nurse standing behind the nasty girl, I asked what happens if I go into labor in the meantime. The next nasty answer came from both the nurse and receptionist, “Oh just go to the nearest hospital to give birth”! Ok you are telling me you won’t see me because you won’t confirm my insurance for the OB and hospital but I am supposed to go to the same hospital and possibly have no doctor to deliver my baby??

I barely made it out of the office before the panic attack started and tears streamed down my face. I called my husband to explain what just happened which he could barely understand between my lapses in breathing and hysterical crying. I finally calmed myself down and went to my night class.

That night I spent most of it researching my options for a new OB’s office and hospital because I wanted nothing to do with either now. There is an OB’s office in the same building as my high risk doctor which I called and have an appointment on Wednesday. Thank you God!

No one deserves to be treated like this girl feels she can treat patients, but pregnant women deserve to be treated with even more love and care. My husband called and spoke to the office manager the next day and let her know exactly how unacceptable it was to treat me like that especaially give my high risk nature. It breaks my heart that I had to give up my OB because of his staff but I will not go into weekly visits for the next 9 weeks and have panic attacks over how I maybe treated.

If you are not happy with how you are treated by your doctor’s office then find an office that will treat you with the care and dignity every human deserves. One thing I have learned with having to deal with doctor’s offices is that we have to be our own advocates for our health and well being. Never let anyone treat you less then the amazing person you are!

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Thankful for my Loving Puppy

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We adopted our puppy Max in February after my miscarriage, not thinking that I would get pregnant just a few months later and have both a puppy and a baby in the house. Max is a Plott Hound mix that we adopted from our local animal shelter when he was just shy of 3 months old. His mom was rescued when she was pregnant from the south and brought to New Jersey to be cared for and deliver her pups.

Danyella had been asking for a dog for so long, but I always refused because I am not an animal person. I despise animal fur but I have come a long way with dealing with the fur since having a rabbit that shed for 2 years. One random day, Doug decided to stop by Common Sense for Animals and we both fell in love with Max. We took him home that moment without having any puppy supplies so we had to stop to get him the basics. I surprised Danyella, which I got on tape, by having Max in the car when she got out of school. She cried and held that puppy all the way home.

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Since we have brought him home, he has been the life of our house. Getting himself into trouble all the time but then giving you those sad, “I am sorry” eyes and kisses that make you feel bad for having to discipline him. He loves to bark at everything he sees outside though he is getting better at not barking at the neighbors and the school kids that walk by everyday. He loves to play with his “sissy” and follow his daddy around the house. Max has daddy wrapped around his paw because when Max wants to go out a million times through the night, he will go to Doug’s side of the bed and wake him up… he knows not to bother Mommy until morning. One smart dog!

Max is the bestest cuddler ever (as Danyella likes to say). He will jump at every chance to cuddle with Danyella, Doug or myself. As my belly has been growing, he tries to cuddle with it but Evelynne is not having it. She loves to kick and hit at his head when he lays next to it. With dealing with my anxiety and depression lately, I have been crying a lot lately. Max comes over to me when he sees me cry and places his paw on me and then snuggles right up to me. He does not like to see his Mommy cry at all.

Max has been such a comfort with his cuddles and kisses. As much as I say I am not an animal person, I am Max’ Mommy which is the best thing to be. I couldn’t image our family without Max, even in his bad moments. Do you have a pet that you love like a child?

 

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November Blog Goals and October WrapUp

Dad's All, Folks! presentsIt is hard to believe that it is November 1st! Not only is it November 1st but the first Wednesday of November. The time is flying and the holidays are coming which means this baby girl is coming very soon.

Since it is the first Wednesday of the month, we get to have the October wrap up and November goals post right on time. I will admit that I did not hit every goal I had set out but I am still learning how to adjust to dealing with my pregnancy, school, being a mom and wife, full-time student and business creator/owner plus blogging. I didn’t get to blog everyday but I blogged as much as I possibly could every week which still averaged about 5-6 posts a week. My social media numbers all increased and that was the best feeling to see that I am reaching more people/moms every month. Though some of my blog numbers decreased so now I need to find the happy medium between my blog and social media.

Here is how my numbers compared from September to October

Blog Stats:

September Page views: 2.4K                        October Pageviews: 3.3K

September Visitors: 1.5K                             October Visitors: 2.1K

September Likes: 63                                     October Likes: 41

September Comments: 172                         October Comments: 164

September Most Popular Post: French Toast Filled Roll Ups Recipe

October Most Popular Post: Setting & Keeping A Vacation Budget

My Likes and Comments numbers went down again this month so I do need to figure out how to increase those numbers but the views and visitors numbers are increasing which is amazing to see the views increase by over 1000! My Feed Me Friday posts are still one of my most popular along with Teach Me Tuesday and Vacation Planning and Budgeting. It is great to find what works and doesn’t for my blog.

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Social Media Numbers

September Instagram Followers: 641                        October Instagram Followers: 825

September Facebook Likes: 791                                  October Facebook Likes: 896

September Pinterest Followers: 538                           October Pinterest Followers: 642

September Pinterest Daily Viewers: 1022                 October Pinterest Daily Viewers: 1322

September Twitter Followers: 2388                           October Twitter Followers: 2400

September Google Plus: 22                                           October Google Plus: 22

September Stumbleupon: 52                                        October Stumbleupon: 55

For October, I really took a focus on working my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Each saw an increase in followers/likes but Instagram saw the biggest increase which is where I really focused my attention. I really didn’t do much engaging on Google Plus and Stumbleupon as I had set out to do so there is no real increase on either but now November has some new goals!

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Blog Income:

September WordAds: $2.02              October WordAds: TBD

So the whole WordPress WordAds is a mystery to me but I did earn a couple of dollars which is awesome! I learned it takes at least 2 weeks for them to update this in their system so I have to be patient. I really didn’t do much the Amazon affiliates in October because I am afraid to be to spammy for my readers. I signed up for different influencer sites so that I can begin doing reviews which I would love to focus on baby items when Evelynne arrives.

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Here are my goals for October:

Blog Goals:

Mondays will have become my off days until the baby arrives which then will turn into Mom Mondays and Saturday Baby Day will go away. Tuesdays will be Holiday Teach Me crafts for kids and adults. Wednesdays (besides today) will feature gifts from my online Boutique. Thursdays will continue to be Thankful Thursdays and ways or things to be thankful for in our lives. Fridays will continue to be Feed Me Fridays. Saturdays will continue to update everyone on my Pregnancy and maternity life, until Evelynne arrives at least. Sundays will continue with ways to save for a family vacation.

I want to continue to increase my views and visitors by at least 1000 for the month. I want to increase my likes and comments by 100. I need to find the happy medium in my life to plan out my blog posts, write them and not feel completely overwhelmed in my life with the baby coming and school.

Social Media Goals: 

My Instagram goal is to increase to 1000 followers which I fell a little short in October so November should be easier to reach it with just 175 followers! Same with my Facebook Likes, get 104 likes to reach 1000. The rest of my social media increase goals are to increase by 100. With Pinterest, I need to go through and polish my pins to include hashtags and descriptions. I will be trying to research how to utilize Google Plus and Stumbleupon to their full potential.

Income Goals: 

I have become so envious of other people and their sponsored posts so I am attempting to gain sponsorships for the lifestyle, especially once I have the baby, aspect of my blog. I would to bring to you the good and bad of products to use because you find new products on the market everyday. One thing I have learned with shopping for this baby, there is a million things on the market and reading about other people’s experiences help to make an informed decision for that precious little one in your life. Wish me luck!

I am still finding ways to increase my income and I am so thankful for the guidance of the Mom Bloggers Tribe because I would be so lost without their help and support. Each day is a growing experience and I can’t wait to grow with all of you!

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