I was planning on using braided embroidery floss as a tie too, (all that experience with friendship bracelets will finally come in handy! ;) ) but hadn't thought of maybe it not being necessary if you wait for the cord to stop pulsing and be white (thank you ElizabethE!) or that the dyes might be less than ideal for the baby (thank you Tumble Bumbles!). I was thinking I'd get all ... silly or crafty or corny or just happy ... and make us all matching bracelets. Maybe just for the kids. :) I'll certainly have enough thread left over.
I am planning on encapsulating the placenta, and possibly even having a smoothie that day. We'll see how that goes.. If we end up doing a full blown UC, and bleeding is at all an issue, I will definitely be taking a bit of it right away. I was thinking of doing a print, just because I think they look cool, but I don't know if doing both will work.
I've read about lotus birth, that you can stroke the cord or touch the placenta and the baby will respond to that, which is kinda cool, but between wanting to utilize the placenta personally - which is more in line with how all mamas of many species are designed - and just not wanting to pack around a slowly saddening placenta for a week... yeeeeeah.. I don't think lotus birth is for us, either. Not that I think there's anything wrong with anyone else doing it, of course. Seemed like a few years ago a lot of mamas here in the UC forum were doing that or had done that, and now those of us here are largely drifting away from it? Overall, I don't feel like any perceived benefits will outweigh the hassle or loss of nutrition and support for me in the long run. While my son did great when I weaned him at 18 months... I did not. Wish I'd nursed him for months beyond that. I'm hoping that both nursing for significantly longer and having the capsules on hand will help me get through that more smoothly with this baby.
With both of my other kiddos being delivered in the hospital, it was all part of the wham-bam approach, baby already crying and freaked out and someone cuts the cord before you know what hit either of you. I don't think I even saw my placenta! Which at the time didn't matter to me, and is now really weird to me. How can something so important for so long just get tossed to the side like that? Like something we needed to be protected from, you know? I didn't know anything about delaying that then, and we will absolutely be delaying any clamping or cutting this time.
ETA: Dd's cord stump, we did as we were told! And it took forever, two weeksish. With ds, I did a little less than told, and it was off in closer to one week. I'll be leaving this cord stump alone, unless it gets funky, at which point I would use some breastmilk to clear that up. I think it will go much more smoothly this time, though.