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This is why we love him, even though he pees on the laundry now and again. #tolerantcatistolerant
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Cuddle with my Do.
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Seventeen weeks with baby number nine! #belly #bump #bumpie #selfie
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Share if you agree.
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Night Shift getting her beauty rest before work tonight. #1AMvideoswontwatchthemselves
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Rainbow sweater proceeding. #knitting #cardigan #rainbows
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Zika, pregnancy, and me

2006 Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame This 2006 image depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito as she was obtaining a blood-meal from a human host through her fascicle, which had penetrated the host skin, was reddening in color, reflecting the blood?s coloration through this tubular structure. In this case, what would normally be an unsuspecting host was actually the CDC?s biomedical photographer?s own hand, which he?d offered to the hungry mosquito so that she?d alight, and be photographed while feeding. As it would fill with blood, the abdomen would become distended, thereby, stretching the exterior exoskeletal surface, causing it to become transparent, and allowed the collecting blood to become visible as an enlarging intra-abdominal red mass, as is the case in PHIL# 9175, and 9176. As the primary vector responsible for the transmission of the Flavivirus Dengue (DF), and Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the day-biting Aedes aegypti mosquito prefers to feed on its human hosts. Ae. aegypti also plays a major role as a vector for another Flavivirus, "Yellow fever". Frequently found in its tropical environs, the white banded markings on the tarsal segments of its jointed legs, though distinguishing it as Ae. aegypti, are similar to some other mosquito species. Also note the lyre-shaped, silvery-white markings on its thoracic region as well, which is also a determining morphologic identifying characteristic.

Aedes aegypti mosquito, mid-meal.

So, being a.) human and b.) pregnant, I am personally concerned about the Zika virus.  I live in central Oklahoma, and we have A. aegypti mosquitoes, though not year-round. I am at low risk for Zika.

That doesn’t mean I’m not a little worried.

So, on that note, I went off looking for ways to repel Zika skeeters. Those ways are the following:

  1. DEET
  2. Permethrin
  3. Picaridin
  4. Lemon eucalyptus

DEET is greasy and more toxic than the other options, and not much more effective. It works against ticks and mosquitoes when applied to skin, but can damage fabric and smells bad.

Permethrin works well for mosquitoes but less so for ticks as they are growing in resistance. It’s still pretty good though. It’s applied to clothing but not to skin. It lasts for a long, long time, much longer if clothing is machine washed in cool to warm water, air-dried, and not ironed.

Picaridin is  as effective as DEET against both mosquitoes and ticks, has no odor and no greasy feel.

Lemon eucalyptus oil works as well as DEET on skin, but lasts for a shorter time. It’s still fine for hours, though. It has a very strong citrus/grass smell. Not unpleasant, just very strong.

We are going with picaridin. Specifically Sawyer Premium with 20% Picaridin. It has no detectable odor, even to my pregnant nose, and felt like nothing on my skin. I could barely notice that I had something on in the crease of my inner elbow, but only if I paid attention.

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The Gleeson 8! Not gonna lie, this was the best, for certain values of best, of about forty pictures. Clockwise from top left: Trixie, 10Gilbert, 11Gloria, 8Faith, 16Clementine, 2Bede, 13Abby, 14Dorothy, 3
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Can it be that Night Shift is finally asleep?
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Bunnies in the yard.
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Earlier: "Mom I need tape."
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Last one. Really trying to get a shot of her haircut. I trimmed about three inches of curls off to eliminate tangling – with luck, anyway.
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Wow, Madeline. You caught Remy.
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Gloria and Trixie haven't ever really explored the rods. I got rid of ours when Dorothy became mobile and that wasn't anywhere to keep them without baby interference. I just bought a new set – to be used upstairs only – and they are deep in, even refusing offers of Minecraft from Gil and their friend Asha. Next week I'll bring out the lab sheets. #unschooling #homeschooling #miquon #math
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The guy playing Kennewick Man in this documentary looks kinda like Dave Grohl.
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Very photogenic and dangerous F2-3 tornado about two hours south of me (just north of Sulphur, OK, just crossed I-35) #okwx
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second OB visit

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Today was the second OB visit. She was totally unconcerned that I had declined the early ultrasound. Didn’t bat an eye. I said I had decided against it since it was for dating purposes only and I had good dates anyway. She was all, “Oh, yeah, that’s totally fine, no problem. Still on for the 20 week scan though, right?” To which I concurred. She’s very chill.

But guys, guys! Why didn’t anyone tell me hospital births were so expensive?!? (Ok you probably told me.) Our insurance covers 80% and we are still looking at like $1500 out of pocket. Holy cow. And that’s an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. That’s like, the minimum. And doesn’t cover labs or ultrasounds. I’m not sure about making it to the next visit, let alone the 20 week scan. That’s an awful lot of money for a contingency plan. But then, it can be pretty scary to give birth in a hospital with no documented prenatal care, which is how homebirth transfers are seen here. I did it once (Gloria) and we lucked out. We got to the hospital, she was born less than a minute after I got to triage and then we left before it could go pear-shaped. I hear horror stories about parents getting tangled up with social services for refusal to submit to hospital procedure.

I don’t know. I’ll sit on it for a while.

But the baby’s heart beat was audible, yay! Pew pew pew. He was 146 bpm. Still kinda getting used to that “he” stuff. I may have bought a few tiny things for him already…

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Quine loves a good Leap Frog video.
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Happy Mother's Day! Flowers from my dad and my church.
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Father has some boss vestments. #catholic #ascension
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Bede has recently developed a fondness for sketch comedy. He favors MAD. I'm always pleased when he finds a new interest, especially one so developmentally appropriate for a 13 year old boy, but ohhh the body function jokes. #poopisfunny #savemeeee
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The colors of Gloria's sweater really are this vibrant. #knitting #topdownknitting #yokesweater #rainbow
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Clementine waved and said "Bye!" to Sean this morning. Unprompted. We may have melted into a puddle of mush.
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Me and Chava!
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"It's the hen and the cock and the baby chicks family. And he is going to work, goodbye we love you."
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