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I am 23 weeks along after having done IVF this summer. My first daughter was conceived through IVF a couple years ago.  As I talk to more and more people about my pregnancy, I am getting asked if we did IVF.  Although I wasn't reluctant to say so last time, I am feeling less willing to discuss our exact conception.  How do others handle this?  Do you mind telling others? And if you wish to avoid it, do you have a polite way of responding.     The one thing I do like...
Sometimes my due date feels so far away and other times it is very fast.  I start a difficult semester soon which ends in April. So I can't believe how much school work needs to get down before the baby. 
I accept that my daughter likes to touch her genitals - it makes sense to me.  If we're at home, I usually pay no attention.  If its public, I use mild distraction.  
For my daughter I've used liquid melatonin, and a herbal tincture of camomile.  I've also used Benadryl when desperate, especially if travelling.  Some of my daughter's struggles were related to food sensitivities too I think and we made a lot of diet modifications.  Yet, with time I also became firmer that she needed to stay in bed.  A gate prevents her from physically coming to where I am.  If she cries at the gate, I wait a bit, then tell her she needs to go back to...
During my first pregnancy with my daughter I was so emotional. And every night at the same time I would cry (like clock-work but not due to any particular one thing).  I was taking lots of supplements/teas/fish oil etc too.  This time I am not nearly so emotional. Pregnancy is so mysterious. I am not taking any supplements (I don't think that is the answer though - it's just that I am more relaxed, tired and unmotivated so I don't take them).  The one thing I am doing...
We do not use soap for our daughter because of skin concerns.  Warm water and a cloth in a tub usually work great. We didn't use shampoo for the first year or so either and her hair was never greasy and it always smelled great.  
I don't really mind comments on size. I was so small last time that sometimes even right before birth I could pass as not pregnant.  Now with this one, I am large from the beginning and have already gained 40lbs at 22 weeks. Despite that somehow the comments don't bother me.  I always assume that they reflect far more on the person and their own concerns/issues around size/weight. I think a lot of comments are also a drive to connect because birth is so amazing and...
I love real trees but I have a fake one from when I was a student 13 years ago.  So now that I have the fake tree I figure I might as well use it since it already exists. I would love to switch to real ones but I would feel guilty. If this one ever breaks, I will love the smell and feel of a real tree. That said, we heat by wood, so I have a lot of opportunities to smell/feel trees.
pek64  I'd be interested in some of the research you mentioned around swaddling and distress. Do you have a source/journal article link etc?  I've only heard positive things about swaddling but I am very interested in other research.
When we finally switched to me doing most of the nights (around 1 month), I would be on until 5am and then pump. Then my partner would have our daughter for a few hours every morning. Usually, the main factor would be that my breasts would get so large and painful that it would wake me up. So even pumping only gave me a couple hours. Then around 6 months we switched to me being on until 2am and then my partner's turn for the rest of the night. If our daughter needed...
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