Where were you guys 9 months ago??!!! LOL
I am just popping in to say hi...I am 39, and just had my first child 7 weeks ago. I would have LOVED to have this thread throughout my pregnancy! Sheesh! I found this Mothering forum about the end of my 7th month and it was one of the best things that happened...I've learned so much from the ladies on this forum.
Just wanted to say a few things...
Belly Band: I wore one directly on my belly for support. I started doing it around my 5th month, I found that if I didn't wear it, my back hurt and my belly didn't feel as supported...so if anything, I recommend it not to extend your wardrobe, but to support the belly. Spanx looks like they have some fantastic options (go to www.spanx.com
and click on maternity)
Sleeping: I had no problems sleeping...ya know why? I got a body pillow...the one that is u shape..I bought it on amazon.com...can't remember the name, but it's shaped like a U sort of...IT ROCKS..it supported me from 5-9 months and I swear I wouldn't have slept half as well without it...my DP called it my cocoon.
I also switched from my regular big hospital/OB to a smaller local hospital with a midwife, and it was the most incredible experience ever. It was an all natural delivery with no inductions...It wouldn't have been this way if I hadn't spent countless hours on the "I'm Pregnant" and Birth Stories" threads learning everything I could.
The one other thing...what you think you'll feel like when you see your babe is nothing like you can imagine...it's insanely, incredibly awesome and the love is unlike anything you can describe. The word "daycare" takes on a whole new meaning
when you look into the face of your child...at least that what happened to us....we couldn't bare the thought of having a stranger take care of her during her first year...needless to say, my DP is now a SAHD and I luckily work out of the house mostly, with 2 days a week of local travel. We were maybe going to have a nanny a few days a week, or daycare, and in the end opted for DP to stay home full time. It just can't be any other way for us right now, and we are so lucky to have this option, we understand that this isn't realistic for many...damn maternity leave laws in this country! I wish I could stay home full time, but I am the "breadwinner" so to speak, and my DP had been home the last year working full time on the house we are renovating, so it made sense for him to continue to stay home. (I am from Canada originally, and seriously, we should have moved back there to take advantage of the leave!! LOL!!)
...and oh...take all 12 weeks if you can...I thought I would take 8 - 10...nope...I can't bare to leave my peanut yet...I am just enjoying are long days of uninterrupted bonding....
Good luck with your pregnancies everyone!!! Once your babies come, join us over at Life With A Babe!