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Sillysapling, thanks for your story and your support! I was helped tremendously by being in the shower during labor, but once they started continuous monitoring because of his heart rate, I couldn't be in there anymore. That is the first time I've heard of water making it worse! Labor is a crazy thing. Update: My OB wants to induce me at 39 weeks for a smaller baby. I really love this OB, but I'm seriously doubting the benefit of this approach. Does this actually...
Wow! Thanks for all the replies! I do think the coached pushing was what did me in for tearing, but as Cyclamen said, it may have been necessary in my case too. I was SO wiped out by that point I really have no idea if/when I would have felt an urge to push. I will check out the Brewer diet and have some serious talks with my OB about pros/cons of pain relief this time around. Keep the replies coming though! I'm not due until November and I'm open to ideas!
Hello!  I am interested in getting a few different opinions on my situation.  In 2011, I had my son.  He was born at 41 weeks and 2 days, I labored for 19 hours and had him in a hospital with no epidural.  He was 11 pounds even, and I had a third degree tear and anemia from a post partum hemorrhage.     I had taken a Bradley Class and felt pretty well prepared going in.  But in all honesty, my experience of birth was horrible.  I felt out of control the whole time....
I just found out I'm pregnant, so I have a long while to think about this, but I'd love some tips.  My DS will be almost 3 years old when this baby arrives and we are trying to decide on the best way to make a smooth transition and get the most sleep for everyone!  Currently, DS is 24 months old, and he starts the night off in his own bed in his room, but every single night comes in to our bed around midnight.  He is fully weaned.     Some ideas my DH and I have...
IdentityCrisisMama, I don't mind the piggyback at all!  :)   To answer your questions, I don't think my son would have understood 'no nursies until morning' until around 16 months maybe?  I knew for sure before I started this process at almost 19 months that he would understand it.  He signs like crazy, follows directions, and is just all around really listening to everything we say to him.     I was actually better rested during the night weaning process than I...
Night 4:   Nursed to sleep by 8:30, woke at 12:30 AM and cried for about 5 minutes.  I held him on my shoulder for half an hour until he fell back to sleep.  He tossed and turned a bit throughout the next few hours, but never woke up or cried out at all.  At 4 AM he woke up and cried for 30 seconds or so, drank some water, and fell back asleep laying on my shoulder.  Then he woke up at just after 6 AM, and started crying.  I told him he made it through the night and...
Skycheattraffic, thanks for the suggestions!   I just read your reply this morning.  Last night my DH and I talked about it before bed and decided (also with the input of my mother) that we would try the bedtime to 6 AM stretch again.  I was seriously considering nursing him at 4 AM or later if he woke again at that time, but we noticed that the last two days he's been so HAPPY.  No major melt downs, no big fusses during the day...  So I think his quality of sleep is...
Hello All!   I would love a little bit of input in my situation.   DS is almost 19 months old, and co sleeps with me and DH.  He has on very rare occasion slept through the night before with no prompting from me.  But most nights, he wakes 2 or 3 times to nurse, which was fine...   Well, for the last couple months, he has been wanting to nurse ALL night.  Like, stay latched on ALL night, and he will cry and try to get out of bed and thrash around if I even...
Well, naps and night time sleep have been screwy a few days in a row now.  I am just trying to give him good solid 'nap opportunities' for a morning and afternoon nap.  A couple of days he's really fought it, so I just don't worry about it.  Last night was INSANE!  Down at 7, up at 8:30, back down at midnight (!!!) and then up for the day at 5:45.  So I'm wrecked, but he took both his naps today!  haha, I'll take what I can get.  Maybe he's just growing a tooth or...
My DS is 7 months old.     Night time is bath, lotion, PJs, brush the two teeth, read a book if he's not fussing, and then nurse to sleep.  Sometimes I have to add on swaying and singing too, if the nursing doesn't cut it.     Nap time is not as much of a routine.  I try to walk around holding him for the 10 minutes or so before a nap, change his diaper, and then lie straight down to nurse.  This has worked for months until just recently, when he's started...
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