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I agree about convertibles for newborns. We had a Britax convertible seat with my first, and it was great, but not for the first month or so. Maybe it was perfectly safe, but he just looked so little and floppy in it!   This time, we already have a kid in a convertible and a kid in a booster, both less than two years old. When the baby is ready to move out of a bucket seat, the currently-3 year old will be ready to move from convertible to booster, and the current-7 year...
Getting really tired of this round ligament pain business. I didn't have any at all with my first, but it's gotten progressively worse with each one. The last few days it seems to be every time I change position suddenly. 
Yeah, I nursed through pregnancy with my second - the one with the least morning sickness. I do wonder if it helped.   Breast/nipple tenderness has never been a big symptom for me during pregnancy, but with my first and third it was horrible for the first several weeks after birth. With my second - no tenderness at all, and I suspect that was because of nursing through pregnancy.
 Yeah, I was thinking she meant immediately (within 1-3 hours) after the birth, rather than before leaving the hospital. And I'm pretty sure I have seen it done at that time, which makes no sense unless the family is really pressing to leave immediately. With my homebirth, the midwife did it at the visit the next day. It should be mentioned that this is utterly uninvasive and very simple - a probe stuck on the foot, generally - maybe a little annoying, but not painful. It...
I can totally understand various reasons for not wanting blood tests. I don't understand why you would call them mysterious except to be hyperbolically disparaging. There is no reason for blood tests to be mysterious. Get a list of tests that would be run. Google them, or ask on here for an explanation. Then make an educated decision on whether to refuse some or all of them. Or just decide that you don't think that the possible knowledge gained is worth the...
My experience with morning sickness was somewhat different with each of them.   My first and fourth were moderate - I had a lot of food aversions and nausea, threw up a few times, and lost a little weight. Threw up more with the fourth than the first - getting up at 4:45 for work seemed to aggravate it.   My second was, to my recollection, pretty light. Mostly relatively minor food aversions, no throwing up at all.   My third was awful - food aversions to everything...
PKU should ideally not be done immediately after birth - the byproducts that are being tested for aren't going to be found until the baby has had a chance to eat and digest. Every state recommendation I've looked at says to do it at 24-48 hours for healthy newborns, and again at 7-14 days. So I would question that if they tried to do it in the first few hours after birth. (Though it is done before leaving the hospital - I misread the original question. I'm pretty sure I've...
 I was around a blood sugar sniffing service dog today, and am tempted to just consider that my GD test. I'll probably do fingersticks at some point soon - that seems much more sensible to me than the GTT. I had a blood draw the other day and realized afterwards that I really should have just thrown in an A1C, which isn't the most reliable indicator for GD (it gives a rough average of blood sugar over the past 3 months, so won't show a new onset problem), but would have...
Anyone else thinking about pumping?   I've breastfed three kids essentially exclusively for six months, and continued for 2.5-3.5 years with each. It's strange to me to be at all confused about breastfeeding-related matters. But with the previous kids I wasn't out of the house for more than a few hours at a time until after 6 months. Now I'm working 12 hour shifts, and while I don't plan to work full time during the first 6 months or so, I'll probably be doing 1 or 2...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201206/eternal-curves might help with perspective.   Not that I'm totally thrilled with my body image right now. I don't get cute-pregnant-belly, either. I started a new job this week, and once again confirmed that, at 24 weeks pregnant with #4, I don't look pregnant. Just thick in the waist. People say I don't look fat, but I can't imagine what I do look like! DH says it just looks like I had a few too many beers, but I'd rather...
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