12 Babies Die During a Vaccine Trial

Twelve babies have died during a vaccine trial over the last year. So why haven’t you heard about it? Well, for one it is because the trial has been conducted in Argentina on impoverished individuals who have no resources to raise their voices. What’s more telling? The first one to break the story in the United States was a stock market investment website. The story wasn’t being told to raise red flags or warn the public, to investigate the morality or integrity of the company’s practices, or to spark further research. The article was newsworthy only from a financial perspective. To protect those who have an interest in whether or not to purchase stock from GlaxoSmithKline. Anyone who doesn’t believe that the driving force and bottom line of vaccination programs is about money is sorely mistaken.

Argentina was one of the countries chosen by GlaxoSmithKline to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against pneumonia. They use children from poor families who are “pressured and forced into signing consent forms.” Juan Carlos Palomares, who works for the Argentine Federation of Health Professionals, also known as Fesprosa, said that “in most cases these are underprivileged individuals, many of them unable to read or write, who are pressured into including their children” in these trials. Does anyone else catch the irony in that? How are those who are unable to read and write able to give appropriate consent when they cannot even read the consent forms they are signing? Why is this acceptable in another country but not in our own. This is after all an American business so why would we tolerate this type of behavior? Why do we turn our heads and shrug? Perhaps as long as the unethical business practices are not in our own back yard they are acceptable. Since GlaxoSmithKline can’t perform these types of studies in the United States or Europe, “they come to do it in third-world countries.” I find this completely wrong and I’m not afraid to say so. If we, as Americans, want and feel that a vaccine program is so life saving and so necessary to appropriate health care (which is the general consensus) then we need to be willing to conduct the studies on our own children and reform the laws to do so. But who will push forward their children and raise their hands for a vaccine trial. Would those working for GlaxoSmithKline? Would you? What does your answer tell you?

Many of the parents in the Argentina program have tried to pull out of the program only to find that those conducting the trial “force them to continue under the threat that if they leave they won’t receive any other vaccine,” said Julieta Ovejero, great aunt of one of the six babies who died in Santiago del Estero. Not only are the consent forms often illegitimate but the families are then threatened if they change their minds about participating. Yet, there is no outrage. There is no one sitting on the Dave Letterman show telling this story. There are no capitol marches. These are silent victims because they have no way to tell their stories and would anyone care anyway even if they did? This is the untold story of our vaccine program and this is just one vaccine trial in only one country. There are many, many more.

In the end, it is only twelve babies, right? Isn’t that within the realm of acceptable deaths? What is the number of acceptable deaths that we will tolerate? Despite the deaths that have all ready occurred the program continues on and GlaxoSmithKline accepts the number of deaths as a necessary part of the numbers game. They count on you accepting that as well. In fact, they spend quite a bit of research trying to determine exactly what the number of deaths the American public will accept in order to reach a 90% acceptance rate. Keep in mind that we only have the reported number of deaths. How many side effects have occurred or are yet to occur? Will these trials be an accurate reflection of the outcome we’ll see when this vaccine makes it to the general public? Or will there be yet another vaccine fallout like the one being experienced with the Gardasil vaccine which is quickly becoming a ticking time bomb?

Take a look at the most recent Gardasil statistics, a HPV vaccine recommended for young girls and women. The statistics were gained from HERE.

The Judicial Watch Special Report, Examining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records, dated June 30, 2008, reviews records obtained from the FDA under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Those records paint an even grimmer version of this dangerous vaccine, whose side effects now include:

· A total of 8,864 reported adverse events

· A minimum of 18, but possibly 20 reported deaths. 11 occurred less than one week after vaccination, and 7 within two days

· 45 cases of miscarriages and spontaneous abortions

· 78 outbreaks of genital warts, plus additional cases of facial warts and warts on hands and feet, even in patients who had tested negative for HPV and genital warts prior to vaccination

Additionally, Merck correspondence included in these records state that Gardasil has NOT been evaluated for its potential to cause carcinogenity or genotoxicity, AND, they were permitted to use an aluminum-containing placebo instead of a standard saline placebo.

Since Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum, using an aluminum-containing placebo may paint an entirely inaccurate picture of its level of safety.


For reference, here is the original article on the pneumonia vaccine trial being conducted in Argentina that first appeared on TradingMarkets.com

Buenos Aires, Jul 10, 2008 (EFE via COMTEX) — HPFS | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating — At least 12 babies who were part of a clinical study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against pneumonia have died over the past year in Argentina, the local press reported Thursday.

The study was sponsored by global drug giant GlaxoSmithKline and uses children from poor families, who are “pressured and forced into signing consent forms,” the Argentine Federation of Health Professionals, or Fesprosa, said.

“This occurs without any type of state control” and “does not comply with minimum ethical requirements,” Fesprosa said.

The vaccine trial is still ongoing despite the denunciations, and those in charge of the study were cited by the Critica newspaper as saying that the procedures are being carried out in a lawful manner.

Colombian and Panama were also chosen by GSK as staging grounds for trials of the vaccine against the pneumococcal bacteria.

Since 2007, 15,000 children under the age of one from the Argentine provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and Santiago del Estero have been included in the research protocol, a statement of what the study is trying to achieve.

“Only 12 have died throughout the country, which is a very low figure if we compare it with the deaths produced by respiratory illnesses caused by the pneumococcal bacteria,” pediatrician Enrique Smith, one of the lead investigators, said.

In Santiago del Estero, one of the country’s poorest provinces, the trials were authorized when Enrique’s brother, Juan Carlos Smith, was provincial health minister.

According to pediatrician Ana Maria Marchese, who works at the children’s hospital in the provincial capital where the studies are being conducted, “because they can’t experiment in Europe or the United States, they come to do it in third-world countries.”

“A lot of people want to leave the protocol but aren’t allowed; they force them to continue under the threat that if they leave they won’t receive any other vaccine,” said Julieta Ovejero, great aunt of one of the six babies who died in Santiago del Estero.

Fesprosa’s Juan Carlos Palomares said that “in most cases these are underprivileged individuals, many of them unable to read or write, who are pressured into including their children” in the trials.

According to Fesprosa, “the laboratory pays $8,000 for each child included in the study, but none (of that money) remains in the province that lends the public facilities and the health personnel for the private research.” EFE

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9 Months Pregnant and More Pictures

So, I am in the home stretch pregnancy wise. I am 9 months pregnant and almost 37 weeks along. My due date seems to loom closer and closer (August 22nd). Yesterday, I had a prenatal appointment with Sherry (my midwife) and everything is going great. I am all ready measuring 40 weeks, babies heart beat sounded great (forgot to ask how fast it was going). Baby was also in an anterior position (the position most ideal for labor) for the first time, so that was nice. I think this baby likes to sometimes keep its little hands by its face because every once in awhile I get this awful sharp pain like it is pushing its hands against my cervix or some other organ in there. Very unpleasant. That’s about all I can complain about. Being pregnant in the summer wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but then again we have lovely, lovely air conditioning (which finally works again, by the way). I can still sleep. I can still walk, though I’m sure it looks quite ridiculous so all in all I’m good.

As promised, here are the rest of the pregnancy pictures that Shilowe took of me the other day. I am 9 months (36 weeks) in these pictures.

Exciting News – TIME Magazine

Today I got some very exciting news. Some crazy things fell together and I have been interviewed to be in an article that will be featured in next month’s TIME Magazine! Their article addresses the AMA/ACOG resolutions that encourage legislation against lay midwives and home birth. TIME wanted to speak with women who were going to have their first home birth. Tomorrow, a photographer is being sent to my house to take pictures to go in the article. It is all very exciting and I am so happy to be able to speak out on home birth. The magazine is set to hit the stands on August 18th.

The picture above was taken today by my friend Shilowe. I will update the rest of the pregnancy photos that she took of me today at some point tomorrow.

Below is the resolution put forward by AMA (American Medical Association) and ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists):


AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Resolution: 205

(A-08)

Introduced by: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Subject: Home Deliveries

Referred to: Reference Committee B

(Craig W. Anderson, MD, Chair)


Whereas, Twenty-one states currently license midwives to attend home births, all using the certified professional midwife (CPM) credential (CPM or “lay” midwives), not the certified midwives (CM) credential which both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) recognize[1]; and

Whereas, There has been much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries, with recent Today Show headings such as “Ricki Lake takes on baby birthing industry: Actress and former talk show host shares her at-home delivery in new film” [2]; and

Whereas, An apparently uncomplicated pregnancy or delivery can quickly become very complicated in the setting of maternal hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, eclampsia or other obstetric emergencies, necessitating the need for rigorous standards, appropriate oversight of obstetric providers, and the availability of emergency care, for the health of both the mother and the baby during a delivery; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association support the recent American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) statement that “the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission, or the American Association of Birth Centers” [3] (New HOD Policy); and be it further

RESOLVED, That our AMA develop model legislation in support of the concept that the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the AAP and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission, or the American Association of Birth Centers.” (Directive to Take Action)


Fiscal Note: Implement accordingly at estimated staff cost of $1,929.

Received: 04/28/08


[3] http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications press_releases/nr02-06-06-2.cfm, accessed March 18,2008

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – What Every Pregnant Woman Needs


Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is an herbal tea that should be in the kitchen of every pregnant woman and even those who aren’t (it’s actually good for everyone).

I should preface this post by saying that I was not a fan of tea, herbal or otherwise prior to learning about Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I have never, ever cared for tea and have never found myself compelled to drink it because every time I’ve tried it I thought it was nasty. I am also LDS (Mormon) and we don’t drink caffeinated teas in general so it wasn’t until I became pregnant again that I discovered herbal teas (which are completely acceptable from an LDS perspective). I have to admit that drinking herbal teas still takes some getting used to for me. I am finally starting to actually enjoy the earthy taste of the Red Raspberry Leaf tea (which tastes NOTHING like raspberries, by the way) and it is actually something I am starting to find comforting. I also find it easier for me to drink it iced and with a fresh orange squeezed into it rather than drinking it hot. So, without further adieu please take the time to read about this fascinating herb and all that it can do for you and your family.

History of Red Raspberry Leaf:

Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL) is a pale green leaf produced by the Raspberry plant. The use of Red Raspberry Leaves dates back to ancient Greeks and Romans and has a rich history of being used to treat a wide variety of ailments. Some of the illnesses that they used RRL to treat include: the flu, gum disease, rubella, upset stomach, hangover, diarrhea, fevers, vomiting, menstrual problems, inflammation, etc. The most popular use of Red Raspberry leaves is for pregnancy.

Red Raspberry Leaf Use in Pregnancy:

Many of the complications during pregnancy can be traced back to the mother’s diet, which typically lacks in vital nutrients and minerals that she so desperately needs during pregnancy. Women wise to these needs have recommended herbal tonics during the childbearing years for thousands of years to help both mother and baby experience a healthy, normal pregnancy and birth. Herbal tonics are both safe and effective and they help to improve overall health and prevent any major problems from developing. They also boost the supply of vital minerals and vitamins, increase energy and improve uterine tone. It is important that herbal tonics (teas) be used regularly. Like exercise, they provide far less benefit when used sporadically. That is not to say that it won’t provide benefit if taken on occasion but to reap the full benefits herbal tonics should be taken at least 5 days a week.

One of the most important herbal tonics to take during pregnancy is Red Raspberry Leaf. This is not tea made from raspberries. It is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the raspberry plant. Red Raspberry is the best known, most widely used and safest of all uterine and pregnancy herbs. Most of the benefits that are attributed to Red Raspberry Leaf tea are traced to the nourishing source of vitamins and minerals found in the plant and to fragrine (an alkaloid which gives tone to muscles of the pelvic region and the uterus itself).

Beneficial Vitamins and Minerals Found in Red Raspberry Leaf:

-Rich concentrations of vitamin C

-Vitamin E

-Easily assimilated calcium and iron

-Manganese and magnesium

-Vitamin A

-Vitamin B complex

-Many minerals including phosphorous and potassium

How Red Raspberry Leaf Helps the Pregnant Mother & Baby:

The increased vitamin A intake, in the form of carotenoids of RRL can aid the women’s immune system as well as facilitate healthy skin and bone development for the baby. The Vitamin E helps to promote better circulation in the mother whose blood volume dramatically increases during pregnancy. RRL contains an easily assimilated form of calcium. An increased availability of calcium is necessary in controlling nerve response to pain during childbirth and in aiding bone development in the baby. The presence of fragrine allows the uterus to contract more powerfully and effectively during labor. The high vitamin and mineral content helps to replace those that are lost via blood loss in delivery. The alkaloids that are present will also aid in toning the uterus after birth as it returns back to its usual size.

Other Pregnancy Related Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:

-It increases fertility in both men and women (drink for a few months while trying to conceive).

-Prevents miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage by helping to tone the uterus thus creating a relaxed (atonic) uterus.

-Eases morning sickness

-Reduces pain during labor and after birth: By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery RRL eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.

-Assists in the production of plentiful breast milk

-Can help make labor faster: RRL works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It doesn’t strengthen contractions but it does allow the uterus to work more efficiently

-Studies show that women taking RRL have a reduced incidence of artificial rupture of membranes, forceps delivery or cesarean

Other Uses for Red Raspberry Leaf:

-Treating the common cold or flu (Treat with a RRL fast. Drink only the tea while your symptoms persist. Once your symptoms are gone return to eating fresh fruits/vegetables.)

-Treating sore throat

-Treating diarrhea (Drink 6 cups a day to treat diarrhea)

-Regulating a menstrual period and decreasing heavy periods (Drink 2-3 cups per day. After 2-3 months you should obtain a regular cycle.)

-Treating Acne: It can act as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin which effectively reduces secretions, relieves irritation and improves tissue firmness.

-Can be used as a mouth wash to soothe mouth and throat irritations

-Can lower blood sugar in those suffering with diabetes (Those with diabetes must take care not to take RRL in too high of doses or it could actually cause their blood sugar to drop too low).

Possible Side Effects:

Red Raspberry Leaf has been used for thousands of years and is notoriously safe during pregnancy. From the studies that have been done, no side effects were found. Anecdotally, very little side effects have been reported with its use but like all things, side effects are possible and it is not always best for everyone. The following side effects may be possible:

– Mild loosening of stools

– Nausea

– Some doctors recommend not using RRL during the first trimester or limiting yourself to one cup per day. From my own experience, the advice of my midwife and the experience of my friends we have all taken it during the entire pregnancy without any side effects. But again, you are responsible for your own health and if you are concerned seek advice from your caregiver.

Where to Buy It?

Red Raspberry Leaf can be purchased in tincture form (alcohol based), capsule, pre-bagged or in loose leaf form. I recommend loose leaf form because you are most likely to get the best absorption and it is the cheapest form but for those who can’t stomach the taste capsule form is a good alternative. You can buy the loose leaf tea from most health food stores or online.

Some Online Sources:

Compleat Mother: Loose Leaf

Frontier Herbs: Loose Leaf, available in Organic and in Regular

StarWest-Botanicals: Capsule Form

Red Raspberry Tea Blends:

Red Raspberry Leaf can also come in a blend with other herbs and these are great. The additional herbs have their own benefits and they also complement and enhance each other. My own midwife has her own special blend that she uses and sells through her herbal store. She sells two kinds, what she calls a Full Time Pregnancy Tea (to be used during entire pregnancy) and a Six Week Tea (a blend you use for the last six weeks). All of these other herbs have their own benefits but this post would be much too lengthy to elaborate on them. You can easily make your own blends by purchasing the herbs separately or you can buy a prepackaged blend. There are many prepackaged blends on the market as well.

You can order from Sherry’s store, if you wish, and she can ship it to you. She is based in Oregon and her store is called Naturally Yours. Her phone number is 541-575-1241 and the address is 135 West Main St., John Day OR 97845

Sherry’s Full Time Pregnancy Tea:

Organically grown: Nettles, Comfrey, Lemon Grass, Alfalfa and Raspberry Leaf

Last Six Weeks Pregnancy Tea:

Organically grown: Red Raspberry, Partridgeberry, Shepherd’s Purse, Spikenard Root, Nettle, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Blessed Thistle, Peach and Peppermint

How to Prepare the Tea:

If you’re anything like me and you’ve never made tea before the whole thing can seem a bit confusing. So I will post directions for those who were in my shoes. If you bought the tea in loose leaf form (meaning you have a bag full of herbs sitting in front of you) you can either make it one cup at a time or make it in a larger quantity. If you’re going to drink it hot stick to one cup at a time. If you’re like me and prefer it cold it is easiest to make it in a batch. You can sweeten it with honey or sugar if you like or some prefer to squeeze in a fresh lemon or an orange.

If you’ll be making one cup batches you will need something to put the tea in. A reusable tea bag works well or you can buy a little tea infuser (they only run a few dollars and you can buy them in kitchen departments or stores).

One Cup Directions:

Boil some water and pour a cup of boiling water into a mug. Let cool for just a moment (so you don’t burn the tea leaves) and place 1-2 tsp of the tea into the tea infuser or tea bag. Put the infuser or bag into the hot water and steep (let sit) for 10 minutes. Remove tea infuser or tea bag and you can sweeten the tea if you like (honey or sugar). I prefer omitting the sweetening part and I like using fresh squeezed orange. Some people like lemon.

Batch Directions:

Boil a quart (4 cups) of water in a pan. Once the water is boiling remove it from the stove and add 4-6 tsp of tea directly to the water and stir. Put the lid on the pan and let steep for at least 10 minutes. The longer, the better. Overnight is fine. When you are done steeping you need to strain the water. I use a mesh colander. Take a pitcher, put the colander over it and then pour the liquid/herb combo into the strainer. The herbs will stay in the strainer and the tea will be in the pitcher. I like to fill my pitcher with ice and squeeze fresh oranges into it. You could also sweeten it or use lemon, etc. Put in fridge and enjoy.

How Much Should I Drink?

That is going to depend on who you talk to. Some doctors/midwives recommend a maximum of one cup per day during the first trimester. Others suggest 1-2 cups throughout pregnancy and increasing to a quart (4 cups) a day during the last six to twelve weeks. Personally I did about a cup a day throughout pregnancy and am trying to get a quart in a day now that I am in the last six weeks. Consult your own caregiver, do your own research and do what feels comfortable to you.

SOURCES:

Herbal Allies for Pregnancy Problems

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, Herb & Extract Benefits

Wikipedia – Red Raspberry Leaf

The Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaves

What is Red Raspberry?

Kegel and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

UPDATE:

I wanted to update everyone and let them know how much I think drinking RRL helped my labor and delivery. I had my son at home and it was about a 9 1/2 hour labor which doesn’t seem very short to some people but compared to my 56 hour labor with my daughter it was heaven. But more important than how long labor was, was the fact that labor was amazingly easy. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work and everything but it was completely manageable. I never got to the “wall” where I didn’t think I could do it. My contractions and labor progression was steady. In fact, labor could have been much shorter but I sat on a birthing ball for the beginning of labor (rather than walking around and squatting) to try and slow it down to make sure my midwife was there for the birth (she had to drive across the state to make it). I never felt out of it during my contractions and I was able to stay completely present. I actually didn’t believe my midwife when she told me it was time to push, I made her check because I couldn’t believe I had all ready made it though transition. I had my 11 pound 3 ounce boy at home without a tear and it was a wonderful experience. I believe many things contributed to the success of my pregnancy, labor and delivery but Red Rasbperry Leaf Tea was definitely a vital part of that. You can read the birth story HERE.

 

UPDATE 2:

I just wanted to update and state that I had my 3rd child in May 2012. He was also born at home, as a water birth. I drank red raspberry leaf tea throughout my pregnancy and had the quickest most effective labor yet! Labor was 2 hours from first contraction until he was born. Still hard to believe coming from the mom who had a 56 hour labor with her first child. I know that the tea helped to contribute to my healthy, complication free pregnancy despite the enormous stress I was under (going through a divorce).

I do really recommend Sherry Dress’ teas. She makes them in bulk from organic herbs and she has a few different blends each made for specific stages of pregnancy. She has a Full Time Pregnancy tea, a 6 week tea that you take for the last six weeks and a postpartum breastfeeding tea. Her store is based in Oregon and is called Naturally Yours. You can order by phone at 541-575-1241.

We’re Moving…

Well we are going to be moving, yet again, in a little more than 2 months. Mike and I have tried to promise each other that we would stop moving so often but for one reason or another we have never stayed in one house longer than 2 years. This will be Camdens 5th house that she has lived in and she is only 3 1/2 years old. Poor thing. LOL.

We will be moving back to the beautiful Northwest and most likely in Bellingham or the surrounding area by October 1st. We want to time the move before the winter hits the mountain passes but we’ll also have a new baby so we didn’t want to move September 1st. Our new baby will only be about 4-5 weeks when we move so please wish us luck. I will be pretty much all but useless during the actual move which is nice in some ways but annoying in others. We’ve all ready had members of our Church and our friends offer to help us in any way that we need, so that is nice.

Camden is excited about the move but that is because I don’t think she realizes how far away our friends will be. I am a bit worried on how well she will be able to handle so many changes at once, the move and the new baby. I’m worried she’s really going to regress a lot but I guess there is not much you can do about that. On a positive note, Camden is very excited to be able to see her sister more often and to spend more time with her cousins and see her grandparents more often.

I am both excited and saddened about the move. Excited to be back in the beautiful Northwest and to take advantage of all the wonderful things the area has to offer. I have found some really neat mommy groups to join all ready and have all ready located a liscensed raw milk farm to buy milk from and it will be nice to be close to Trader Joe’s and a food co-op and all the wonderful farmer’s markets, etc. But I am really, really going to miss my friends and it also stinks to be moving to Bellingham in October which pretty much means we will be moving into rain for about the first six months of our move. We keep trying to prepare Cami for the rain but all she says is, “I don’t like rain.” LOL.

We have less than 4 weeks until the baby is due and I am finally starting to feel prepared for this baby as far as organization goes. I’ve made almost all the last minute purchases we need and unpacked all the blankets and burp cloths, clothing, etc. I’m waiting on one more package in the mail that has some diaper pins, snappi’s and cloth diaper liners in it and the only thing we have left to purchase is one small pack of 7th generation disposable diapers that we’ll use for the first few days before I start cloth diapering and also some baby bath soap (I think I will get something by Earth Mama Angel Baby). I still have to wash everything since I got the Allens Naturally soap I ordered on Friday and haven’t had a chance to launder anything yet. I also need Mike to go to the hardware store and buy the eye hook to install in the ceiling for the Happy Hangup we have. I think that’s it?

Mentally, I am getting really excited to have this baby and am excited about the birth. Baby likes to hangout posterior a lot which is really convenient for me because it is not as uncomfortable as when they are anterior but labor wise we want baby to turn anterior soon. I am having a lot more braxton hicks contactions and they are definitely getting stronger but I don’t really think this baby will be early. I’m thinking he/she will be born right around the due date (August 22nd). I should be having a prenatal appointment sometime this week and I will update when that happens. I think Shilowe is also going to take some more pregnancy shots of me this week.

Someone from Church called last week and they want to throw me a baby shower which I thought was really, really sweet. I was definitely not planning on one of those this time around. They are trying to decide if we are going to have it before or after the baby is born since we don’t know the baby’s gender. I am hoping they’ll plan it for after so that everyone will have a chance to see the baby since with the move happening right after the baby is born I don’t think we’ll make it to Church to say good-bye before we go.

Anyway, it’s been hard to keep up with the blog lately so I’m sure it will only get worse over the next several months trying to juggle a new baby, a 3 year old, finding a new place to live and moving across the state. Wish us luck!

Summer Barbeque with Friends

For the next couple posts I am going to post more pictures of my little family than you’ve probably ever cared to see. I’ve had a lot of family members asking to see recent photos so here they come. Sorry it’s taken so long to get them up.

Yesterday was Mikayla’s last day with us for her visit and we wanted it to be really fun. We got together with our good friends Shelby and her husband Mike and their two children for a summer barbeque. We grilled up burgers, corn on the cob, potatoes and watermelon and we topped it off with smores roasted over a fire for dessert (we even had dye free marshmallows that we ordered from HERE). I had a tough time trying to figure out what settings to use with my camera in the twilight so some of the pictures turned out a little funky but we had tons of fun. We didn’t get the girls home and in bed until midnight!

Mikayla will be back to spend another two weeks with us next month right around when the baby is due and we are excited that she’ll most likely be here to witness the birth of our new little one.

Swimming at Shilowe’s

We spent an afternoon at Shilowe’s house to get some pictures of the girls and to let them swim in the pool. Here are some pictures of them having fun. Camden decided she didn’t feel that great and so she only went into the water for a little bit. She sat next to me most of the time telling me to take pictures of her and she was very silly for them.