Originally Posted by prettyisa
Jenny—what is your plan for the stuff (quilt, blessing outfit, etc) that you don’t end up using? I’m making a cross-stitch sampler for the kid and realized (and was told) that it is clearly a boy sampler. Not ok for a girl (it’s all trains and cars and stuff—thought it might be neutral but now that I’m mostly done it’s pretty masculine looking) and I’m wondering what to do with it if we have a girl. Are you going to keep them in case you have another? Give them away?
We are definitely planning on having more, so if they turn out fantastic, I will just keep them. If I'm not so in love, I will give them away after the baby is born. That being said, I have been working on the same blessing gown for a girl since I was pregnant with my first 5 years ago. I'm determined to get it all done, but if not, I will just have to work my butt off after - it's a good excuse to stay in.
Originally Posted by AnnaB77
I have been researching baby cariers and I think I have decided on the Ergo. Has anyone used one? It looks like I could use it for a few years. My DD practically lived in her baby Bjorn but it killed my back when she started getting heavy and I was 12 years younger then. Lol. Any baby carrier advice would be great!!
I absolutely love my Ergo. If I weren't so huge, I would still be carrying my 2 1/2 year old in it. I have hiked 17 km mountains with it and use it constantly. I just bought a new Beco, not because I didn't want an Ergo, but just because it was cheaper. I would recommend the Ergo to anyone.
Originally Posted by NicMom
Any thoughts on how to effectively pad the bottom of our tub for a water birth? I figure towels would work but it seems like they might just be all over the place and get annoying.
Last time we had the fishy pool, but I wanted a soft something to sit on. We used a beach ball and just filled it with enough air and water to keep it down. It worked fantastically. You could do the same with cheap floaty loungers from the dollar store. We had to cut it open and throw it away afterward, but it worked well.
Also, someone (I don't remember who) asked about why I'm doing Hypnobabies on my third time around. There are two reasons: first, as a doula it is really valuable for me to be familiar with all the different methods out there, secondly, I have not had great birth experiences with my first two, and I am looking for ways to make this one better. I have taken Bradley, Hypnobirthing and am very familiar with Birthing from Within, but I wanted even more. Hypnobabies is really great, and because I can do it on my own time and I don't have to go to a class and feel like the odd duck not being a first time mom. I am really enjoying it, trying to believe that I will have a fast, comfortable "birthing time."