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17 February 2006 @ 04:25 pm
I'm curious about something. I keep reading posts where women say their doctors or midwives do cervical checks when they're getting close to term. Is this necessary? Is there any reason for this other than, "I wanna see if it's going to happen really soon?"

Just curious. :)

x-posted in multiparas, intellipregnant and march2006
09 February 2006 @ 12:50 pm
So, what were your thoughts coming up to the birth of your second (or subsequent) baby? I'm 37 weeks now, so technically 'full term', although I doubt this little one will be out before 40w, and it's really starting to hit me!
With my first, by this stage I was much more organised, having been pretty anal about making sure I had exactly the recommended number of onesies, sleepers, etc, packed my bag, I even had the bedding for the crib all in place!
THIS time, although I washed his diapers last week, I haven't gotten around to washing his clothes yet. His room is painted but is currently housing his big sister while we paint HERS. But about the only things we have to go in there are a crib and a wardrobe. The crib is currently full of Emma's stuffed toys because her room isn't ready and we haven't got storage space. If he comes early, I figure he sleeps with us, or in the bassinet attachment to his pram. If he has no clothes, he can wear a diaper and a blanket. I'm just so not worried.
This time I'm far more worried about being emotionally ready, and about how Emma will react. I've come to realise that the material things don't matter, as long as he has someplace warm and a boob to snuggle. Physically, I'm getting to 'get this baby out' stage, but mentally I feel as if I could stay pregnant for months longer quite happily :)
08 February 2006 @ 02:29 pm
I joined last week, and haven't done this yet, so here it goes:

1. Name (how should we address you?) and age: Sam (or Smantha, either one really), 26
2. Location: New York
3. Ages of child(ren):
Jade Corwin-7yrs
Arianna Ivy-5yrs
Kevin Rhoan-1yr
4. Currently pregnant?: Yes, almost 18 weeks :o)
5. What number pregnancy is this for you?: 4th
6. Due date for current pregnancy: July "something"
7. SAHM, WAHM, Work in Office, Student, etc: SAHM
8. Areas of mothering "expertise": I know a bunch of things, but I don't consider myself an expert. I know I have more to learn, but I'm willing to share what I do know with others.
9. Best part of being a 2nd (or 3rd, etc.) time mom: Cuddles, hugs, kisses, play time, story time, so many things :o)
10. Hardest part of being a 2nd (or beyond) time mom: Um, I don't know. I guess there's a few things, but I just take everything day by day.

Hope to talk to everyone soon.

08 February 2006 @ 10:05 am
1. Name (how should we address you?) and age: Syntaria - 31
2. Location: Los Angeles area, CA
3. Ages of child(ren): 1-9mos
4. Currently pregnant?: I'm not yet pregnant, and don't plan to be for a couple of years, but I like informed, intelligent women, and hope to learn here.
5. What number pregnancy is this for you?: n/a
6. Due date for current pregnancy: n/a
7. SAHM, WAHM, Work in Office, Student, etc: SAHM
8. Areas of mothering "expertise":... I don't know. Having researched pregnancy/childbirth extensively? Cloth diapering (excluding wool)?
9. Best part of being a 2nd (or 3rd, etc.) time mom: n/a. My mom (4 daughters) always told me though that the greatest thing about having more than one baby is that you learn that love isn't finite. Having 2 children means you have twice the capability to love, 3 means 3 times, etc. She said that was one of the greatest lessons she ever learned in life.
10. Hardest part of being a 2nd (or beyond) time mom: n/a
31 January 2006 @ 05:36 pm
1. Name (how should we address you?) and age: Heather, 25

2. Location: Texas

3. Ages of child(ren): Ian will be 3 in March, and Violet is 6 months next week

4. Currently pregnant?: NO :P
5. What number pregnancy is this for you?: I've had 4 pregnancies, two ended in m/c, but I am not currently pregnant

6. Due date for current pregnancy: N/A

7. SAHM, WAHM, Work in Office, Student, etc: a little of both. I stay home with my children until the afternoon, when my husband gets home from school (law student) then I go to work for about 9 hours a day. So I am with my kids most of thier waking hours, but I work full time too.

8. Areas of mothering "expertise": Let's see, we cloth diaper, breastfeed, Ian isn't circ'd, and practice 'love and logic'... I had an unmedicated childbirth with Violet, but was induced with Ian at 36 weeks because of pre-e, and he was not breastfed. So I've been on both sides of the childbirth/breastfeeding spectrum.

9. Best part of being a 2nd (or 3rd, etc.) time mom: I feel like I get to slow down and enjoy all the phases with Violet more, I am not as worried, or in a rush to get to the 'next step'

10. Hardest part of being a 2nd (or beyond) time mom: Helping Ian to adjust, and having to go back to work when Violet was 7 weeks old. I stayed home with Ian for his first 15 months, but that isn't financially possible at the moment.
29 January 2006 @ 08:04 pm
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25 January 2006 @ 11:25 pm
My daughter is 3 and I'm 35 weeks pregnant. I've only recently left work, and I've pretty much gotten into the swing of having a reasonable amount of activities for us to do without costing a fortune.
But I CANNOT tire Emma out. The problem is, I tire so easily right now (I have no major problems with my pregnancy, but I am anaemic and get pretty bad sciatica depending on what I do - I've also been really nauseated/dizzy the last 2 weeks) and she has always had boundless energy. Right now it's 11.30 at night and she's still awake, simply because I haven't tired her out enough. It's getting ridiculous.
She has the run of the house. We try to get out of the house for walks and playground visits but because I don't drive and it's summer here, I wilt long before she does when we're outside. I try to take her to a playcentre or the swimming pool once a week, but anymore than that is too expensive (plus the bus rides/walking do me in).
For those of you who've been there, what do I do? How do I get her tired enough that she actually goes to bed by 9.30 or so - 9.30 would be fine with me, she's always had a latish bedtime and she doesn't need to wake up early for daycare now? Dammit, I'd have been asleep at 9.30 if she was.
17 January 2006 @ 09:56 pm
I checked the rules and it said that no topic was taboo so if this is, please let me know.
My husband and I are going to get to celebrate our first anniversary together since we got married. This will be our 3 year anniversary but for the 1 year he was in tech school with the military and for our 2nd year he was in Korea. Since we haven't had one I don't really know what to do. I really need some creative ideas. I have been looking around the area we live in (Portland Oregon) and haven't really been able to find a nice place to stay that we can afford, etc. We really only have one day and it is midweek. I need some ideas! Help please.
15 January 2006 @ 02:04 pm
1. Name (how should we address you?) and age:
Jenissee, 27

2. Location:
Milwaukee, WI

3. Ages of child(ren):
Thane-8, Soren-6

4. Currently pregnant?:

5. What number pregnancy is this for you?:

6. Due date for current pregnancy:
4/2/06, but we are thinking mid to late March

7. SAHM, WAHM, Work in Office, Student, etc:
Full Time Student

8. Areas of mothering "expertise":
Being a working single mother, homebirth, natural living, breastfeeding

9. Best part of being a 2nd (or 3rd, etc.) time mom:
You handle things in a much more relaxed manner

10. Hardest part of being a 2nd (or beyond) time mom:
Individual time for each child, and time for myself
15 January 2006 @ 02:46 pm
Ok, 2nd-time-plus mommies, what pregnancy, labor, and breastfeeding books would you recommend to a first time (or even experienced) mom? What books would you recommend against?

My recommended list:
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Spiritual Midwifery
Husband-Coached Childbirth
Natural Birth, the Bradley Way
Birthing from Within
Birth Without Violence
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Anything by Dr. William Sears

My "Don't Waste Your Time with This Crap" Books:
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Anything by Brian Ezzo