Jumping in to start the new thread again!
travemumma - I remember being PETRIFIED of tearing before DS1 was born. I wasn't scared about anything else, except that. As it was, I have had 3 babies and zero tears. Using warm oil, perineal massage, and being careful/gradual while pushing will all help avoid tears. And staying off your back, of course, but DS1 was actually born in pretty much the standard 'on your back with knees to chest' position, and I still didn't tear. I'm glad the CD you have seems helpful.
nhklh - I love that (seeing baby move through your skin) :) We call it 'baby TV' cause it's better to watch than anything on television ;)
kalika - I'm glad you found a helpful book. breastfeeding does NOT have to be complicated - for example, I have NEVER done any of those 'prepping' things some books recomend - like 'toughening up' your nipples by rubbing them with a washcloth before baby is born. And you know what? I've spent a total of TEN FULL YEARS nursing children. yes, I've dealt with many of the complications that can come along with nursing (engorgement, thrush, mastitis), but even with those, the solutions are generally simple & don't have to be that big of a deal. I appreciate how much support/help is out there for breastfeeding mamas, but it does often become quite scary when it is presented as such a complex thing!
AFM, I had a lovely night sharing my bed with DS 2 & 3 (10 & 6). DP spent the night with his buddy - it's his buddy's birthday, and they had plans to drink too much beer, watch a lot of football, go to bed, and do it all over again today. My boys & I watched a movie in bed, crashed, and got up to join the rest of the family again today. Other than getting knocked in the head about 50 times, lol, it was quite sweet - DS2 rarely has any interest in sleeping with me these days, so it was really nice.
I made the mistake of googling 'excess amniotic fluid' due to my crazy increasing measurements at my last 2 MW appointments. I'm now chanting affirmations that this baby is healthy & fine. I am just hoping that this week's measurements are a little less scary :/