Placenta- ate mine with my son and I definitely think it made all the difference! I bounced right back, and felt fabulous a couple of days after. None of the crazy emotional-ness like I had after DD, either. I'm actually encapsulating now on a professional capacity (which by itself is a little weird, honestly... it's not like there's a training course for this!). My next encapsulation is in February.
Cristeen- With my first two I did an amnio to find out about Muscular Dystrophy, since I am a carrier. I had absolutely no intention of terminating but I really felt like I needed to KNOW if something was wrong, that I needed to do that processing before baby made an appearance. They're both fine, thankfully. This one I would have done the amnio except that A. I didn't want to know gender, and it's harder to arrange with an x-linked genetic disease, to get results without gender and B. I had a bad, bad feeling about it. I probably would have done it despite the gender issue except that I kept feeling like it was the wrong decision. So we skipped it. I feel mostly at peace with that decision... mostly. But my risks for transferring are a guaranteed 1 in 4. That's scary. If we had PLANNED any of our pregnancies, we may have tried to do something to avoid this... like IVF, etc. Except we have no money. And condoms are apparently useless, who knew?
Showering with a newborn: DD was pretty high needs- screamed if you put her down, wouldn't sleep unless you were holding her, nursing constantly.... for months. I either showered while DH held her and she screamed, or I put her down and she screamed, or I brought her in the bath with me and she screamed. It got better at about 6 months and I'd put her in the exersaucer/bouncer while I showered, but i needed to be FAST.
DS for the first 6 weeks was just always on the boob. If he wasn't on the boob, he was screaming. So again I showered while he screamed in DH's arms. Once he got past those first 2 months (and had gained a considerable amount of weight!) he started sleeping better, so I'd put on a TV show for my daughter to distract her for 10 minutes (that's as much time as I could get out of her) and showered when my son was sleeping. Now at 2 and 3 years old, I can shower while they both watch TV or SOMETIMES I can do it while they're both playing, although any game they have only lasts a few minutes until one of them is crying. Or both of them. I try hard to avoid the TV- well, we don't actually have a TV, just a few downloaded programs on the computer- but I never have a problem with 10 minutes here and there so I can shower. Sometimes showering makes the difference between me being a horrible, crabby mom and a mom who is willing to play with them.
Eggs from APRIL? Holy moley. I don't really hold to expiration dates, it doesn't bother me at all. I check everything with the smell/taste test, and if it's too old I'll toss it regardless. I would eat eggs that expired in late November at this point, but I don't think I'd eat mid-November eggs. DEFINITELY not April. That's just gross. We also get all our eggs local, free-range, etc.... I don't know if that makes a difference to longevity- probably not?- but I feel better about that then eating expired factory farm eggs.
Forest- glad you have a sister you connect to! Having any family for support is awesome, and sisters are pretty fabulous. I love my sis <3
Also- how is it that people are so good at remembering people's names? I have trouble keeping track of my own screen name/real name thing sometimes. Oy!
We had our appointment with our second midwife today (midwives here work in teams, rotating on-call weeks) and she's pretty fabulous. I asked her what her "birthing style" is, if she encourages one behaviour or another from her labouring moms, and she started going into stories of some of the crazy positions she's had mom's deliver in (complete with demonstrations and sound effects!), her different rolls of hugging, hand holding and encouraging breathing, to dozing in a chair for a woman who is doing so fabulously on her own that she accidentally fell asleep a couple of times. It was a fun appointment. She also just recently weaned her breastfeeding 3 year old so we were comparing stories of toddler nursing antics and reactions to nursing a toddler in public, haha.