Originally Posted by BubbleMa
How long will this group stay up? I don't want to leave.
Well, the old DDCs stayed up until the babes were at least 6 mos. I think part of the reason for switching to social groups was so that they didn't feel the need to shut down the DDCs, so they could leave them open permanently. You can always double check in the Questions and Suggestions forum, but I believe that was the point.
And you ladies are so sweet. You really made my day with your sweet words. I'm just trying to do my part to keep everyone sane at this point, and Maryam definitely needed that yesterday. It didn't hurt any that I know her MW and actually took classes from her MW, so I could confidently say that I'd trust what she has to say. I know more than the average bear because I was a MW student for a few years - I eventually decided the lifestyle isn't for me, but the knowledge stuck. And I do play mom a lot - I've been playing that role in real life since long before I ever had kids. It's just kind of my place in life, ya know? The role that suits me. I was the wife that baked cookies for the office, and invited the bachelors over for Thanksgiving dinner, etc. For all that certain members of my family feel like I'm wasting my brain by not pursuing something like a medical or law degree, being mom to everyone is a much better use of my spirit. I do far better mothering adults some days than I do mothering my toddler (who tries my patience at every opportunity!).
During my birth team meeting (last night) my MW was telling the backup about my MW training (and my doula didn't know either), and they were all like... OH!!! That's why she's sitting there not having to explain a lot of this stuff or can use jargon and I follow a lot of it, etc. They made a point of saying that during labor they'll take anything they need to discuss out of the room so that it doesn't engage my higher brain. My doula actually raided my library before she left for books to borrow. I have an extensive birth library, including several of the MW's text books. So any time something comes up that needs a precise answer (like BS readings in a pregnant woman, or the purpose of RhoGam/how sensitization works which I looked up a few MW visits ago), I can pull out a book and look it up, rather than relying on the internet for possibly inaccurate info.
And DS actually slept last night! I'm so thrilled. He only got up once, asked to use the potty, and then went right back to sleep. He hasn't done that in AGES!! (the going back to sleep part) He actually slept until almost 8, without being up half the night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we're turning a corner with his sleep. And his new mattress will be here today, so I can start putting his big boy bed together. I kinda need the crib mattress back in the crib.
Jynx - I'm holding good thoughts for you! I'm so happy you made it to term, when everything indicated you wouldn't, that's a great achievement, my friend. Enjoy your little one!!