Originally Posted by loveandgarbage
My DH had also never held a baby and had never changed a diaper before. You'd be surprised how much of that stuff is instinctual even for men, especially holding positions. DH had to be the first to change diapers because DS1 was a c-section birth... and he got it down in less than a day.
After watching a birth and everyone else manhandling the baby (it sure looks that way sometimes) my hubby was so much less scared of hurting my DS1. With all the others, he's been beyond amazing.
it's pretty natural. i had to pry DD1 from his arms day in and day out. he didn't get to hold DS1 that early and so it was pretty magical for him to get his newborn baby girl. he's never quite recovered from being the man-puddle for these little ladies.
i think as they get bigger, babies movements are different, more stretch and push, and less poke/kick/thump. i like to rub the back until i get a response. my last one was quiet for ONE DAY my entire pregnancy- i went into labor that night. i think they rest and chill out more- but yes, it can be scary. thankfully, my overdue babies wiggle like mad, b/c i have heard so many horror stories from people who think that somehow is encouraging when you're overdue.....
i'm starting to wonder about Jan 27th- as i tend to have full-moon babies (3/4 born within 1 day of full moon), and can feel the baby dropping and practicing this cycle. i usually get an early cycle warning, pressure in the cervix, baby down low, false labor. and today the baby was engaged. last night was pretty intense too. husband reminded me that i have practices on the full moon, so here's a thought that it might be the next one. so feeling a little 'it might be early' but really just on time and that is early to me!!!