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: Congratulations Lane and welcome Adelaide :

Thanks Kripa for the link to that thread.

We are back from our mini-vacation. Of course, I wish it could have lasted longer. Tomorrow is my 20-week appointment. Wish me luck!

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Hi!

I'm here. Obviously. We made it to the hospital by 7:30 last Monday. By 9:30 my water had been broken and the picotin (sp?) was administered. By ten or so, my parents arrived. I expected them to just hang out for an hour or so, but they stayed for the whole day. For the most part, I did good. We spent the first four hours just hanging around and talking and swapping jokes as though we were in one of our living rooms. My dad and husband, both of whom are a bit tekkie, really liked watching the contractins on the monitor and read-outs. As I told them several times, I KNOW that was a bad conraction. Try living it. It was about two or three that I started to feel bad. I dozed, but I think I was just passing out from pain. The first pain killer the nurse gave me worked okay. I felt a bit sleepy, and like I had a good beer buzz going. I'd forgotton how good that can feel. By four, I was shaking and my teeth were rattling from pain. I think that was the time I threw up. The first drug made me hot and the nurse gave me a Popsicle. When I puked it up (and some bitter medicine that was supposed to taste like grape and I'm not sure what it was for) I asked for the epidural. It didn't fully take on my right leg, so I still had pain which helped. By five I went from only five cm., to ten. Very quickly. The doctor had popped in, but I wasn't ready left, so he went to the hospital on the other side of Columbus. I don't know what time I started to feel the head, but when she started to feel closer, I was started to worry. It was rush hour and I know how bad rush hour can be, especially the stretch of road that the hospital is on. It's a main road from the city and I live near it. From my apartment, it took me about a half hour to get to the hospital during rush hour one day. All I could do was pray.

He did arrive on time, his arrival causing my dad's disapearance. My mom asked me if I wanted her to stay, I told her if she wanted to. So she stayed too. I told Andy once that it would be cool to have her there. After about four pushes (by then the pain I still had in the front and back of my right abdomen had disappeared, but I could still feel enough) at 7:04 PM, Elizabeth Grace was born-- 20 inches, 6 lbs. 2 oz.

We went home from the hospital on Wednesday, both healthy. Thursday morning, we were at the pediatrician's. Elizabeth was coughing and sneezing. I thought it was just do to the environment change and dust in our room (I'm proudly not June Cleaver; More Roseanne, but less rude and crass) and the nurse talked about Elizabeth being jaundiced and her tests before we left came back fine, but Andy still wanted to take her in. And she suddenly wasn't eating as well, either, which she did at the hospital. (She went from taking to feeding like a pro to having to be woken up to eat and then not eating much. When I first spoke with the on-site lactation nurse, she was very impressed and said that if all of her patients were this good, she could work half days. Naturally, that stroked this new mom's ego.) She's fine, though she did go down from her birth weight to 5 lbs, 13 oz at the time we left, and even down more Thursday morning. She's tiny, but she's strong. Now, I can tell she's gotten bigger just from holdng her with one arm while feeding and on Saturday I noticed that her little face has filled out.

She has a whole head of black hair, inherited from grandparents, we just don't know which one(s). All of our parents had dark hair before going gray. My sister and one of his sisters have really dark hair that is almost black. Elizabeth has darker skin like my mom and sister. It would be funny if she did look like them. My sister looks very much like our mom and her daughter looks very much like them. My mom recently showed my niece a picture of my sister when she was her daugther's age and my niece said that she didn't remember being a bunny for Halloween. Anyway, my MIL, SIL and I speculated about whom my daughter might resemble. I said it would be funny if she did wind up looking like my sister and mom and niece. Eh.

Anyway, I've been spending the days in my bedroom as I'm only allowed to go up and down the stairs twice a day. Andy gave me his laptop to use, and I have books and magazines, and 150+ cable channels. Yet, I've been feeling a bit caged already. Eh. It's just until I heal more and Elizabeth is more on a schedule (she started regulating more on Saturday) and she's old enough to be taken out. One of the things the a hospital nurse told me was to wake her for feedings; She slept for four or five hours on Wednesday morning before waking on her own, after we tried to wake her, for feedings. She seems to work better and go to sleep on her own quicker, if she wakes on her own. The first two nights she cried for a few hours at night. Now, she just lays there, half asleep, or just content with her eyes open, which she started to do on Saturday.

It's been good, though. Andy has been taking care of me, bringing me my food and water (and straight decaf coffee today; We're going to ask the ped on Thursday) and doing housework. He's lost a week of work and schoolwork, but the staff at the library and his professors didn't expect him in last week anyway. He showed up for class on Thursday and said his professors were surprised. Eh. I did get out on Thursday evening to spend some time with some friends at somebody else's apartment. Since it was just here in the complex, I went and I the baby to show her off. We're getting together again tonight and I have to take the baby becasue Andy has class.

Anyway, this is me and my life for now.

Happy day,
Laura

PS: A picutre. Had we know we could have dressed her in real clothes, I would have, but the photographer popped in and Elizabeth was not in a happy mood anyway. The fleece blanket she's on is ours, though.
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(Andy and I both have light brown hair. Mine used to be strawberry blonde when I was little and even now, if I spend a several days in the sun it lightens.)

Anyway, it has been about three and a half hours since I put her down.
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: Congratulations Laura and welcome Elizabeth! :

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Argh, I had MDC withdrawals all day yesterday.

Congratulations Laura! Elizabeth is such a sweetie, love the picture.

Pie (how did the 6 wk appt go?) and Emily – I also have had some second thoughts about some of the things that happened during the birth. Namely, I am not sure that I was really in the pushing phase for 5 hours.. I never really felt an overwhelming urge to push, I think I was just trying to make it go faster. Therefore I’m not sure if the almost-hospital-transfer was really necessary. Anyway, I ended up not discussing it with my mw b/c she had something really awful happen to her after ella's birth. I did discuss it with my doula and though she didn’t have definitive answers it did make me feel better. My perception of the birth had also changed drastically at 6 and 12 weeks out compared to what it was when I wrote the birth story.

So last weekend was the one year anniversary of my BFP! Weird anniversary to observe, I suppose, but wow it really brings these huge life changes into perspective. I remember the moment of seeing that line appear on the stick like it was 30 seconds ago - ella was what, 100 cells or so? : cherish your pregnancies as much as the discomforts will allow, it's such a special time.
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: Congratulations ATD_Mom and welcome Alasdair! :

I did a little snooping and found her blog and read that Alasdair was born last week. Lots of births in September!

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Congragulations Laura and welcome to Elizabeth! She's so cute! OMG I'm getting excited. I'm gonna have one of those! !!!

I was in MDC withdrawal yesterday too! I was shocked to notice how much time I actually spend on this site, by how often I had to check to see if it was working again. Fortunately it is premier week on tv so my fave shows are back on, finally Was a long boring summer, thank god I had the show to play.

How are all the other new mamas?
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laura, CONGRATULATIONS! From 5 to 10 quickly? i am JEALOUS! and only 4 pushes!?!?! i woke dd for feedings for the 1st 4 wks and then the ped said her weight gain was so good i no longer had to. how big is your babe?
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so seeing the mw was really healing for me. i almost cried. she was really complimentary about how well i did -- i think i proved myself to her. it makes me pissed that i had to prove that i had more capacities than she thought -- she had presumed, based on lots of experience, that as a child sexual abuse survivor i wouldn't be able to handle the pain down there. this presumption made me feel discounted and crappy. but i am sure that she will not have that attitude going into #2! whom i do want to have with her practice. i also learned that that history, which was in my chart, is why the hosp flagged me as high risk for child abuse and why the dep't of health visitor showed up. which sort of pisses me off.
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Laura, congratulations!! Elizabeth is adorable!

We're doing well. Maya nurses for like, 37 hours a day, but otherwise things are great. I'm getting used to the sleep deprivation! Someone remind me that she WILL eventually sleep through the night, please?
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Becky, those are beautiful b/w photos!

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Laura, congratulations!! Elizabeth is adorable!

We're doing well. Maya nurses for like, 37 hours a day, but otherwise things are great. I'm getting used to the sleep deprivation! Someone remind me that she WILL eventually sleep through the night, please?
Add me to the sleepy sleepy club. This breastfeeding thing is hard work! Plus Benjamin has his first cold (which DH and I also have...SUCKS!) and is very pathetic.

CJ - How did sleep work out well Ella? Can I expect to sleep more than 3 hours in a row anytime soon? How sad is it that I feel like I will always remember Aug 28 as my last full night of sleep?

Pie -Glad you are feeling about about your midwife. You were a real trooper during your labor!

Congrats to both Laura's on their new arrivals. So many babies here now
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Congratulations Laura and welcome Elizabeth! My babe is about the same size, 6 pounds 3 oz at birth (she's more than that now!) and 20 inches long. I love the miniature size.

Becky, I feel you. I'm looking forward to when side-lying nursing doesn't require me to, like, hold myself up with one arm.

CJ, I love your message. Congratulations on your BFP one year ago.

Pie, I'm so glad your visit was healing. And I'm pissed on your behalf about the being flagged! Are you KIDDING me?

Ada had gained her birthweight back as of yesterday. She had the heel stick yesterday and she did great, cried but calmed down quickly. (The least favorite part of my midwife's job.) My milk came in after about 48 hours. The meconium totally washed out of the diapers without staining. People have been bringing us food, which is really fun and delicious and sweet. Are all babies as sweet as mine? She smiles in her sleep and makes little noises to herself. Baby and Daddy are both asleep on the bed beside me now. Note to self: must learn to nap during the day. Else will be delirious forever.
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Oh, Emily, I read your birth story (but didn't get to leave a comment before the disappearance of MDC). I'm glad you wrote it all out. I am amazed at your courage and perseverence and also impressed by your philosophical take. Did writing it all out help you to process?
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Congrats to all the new moms! I love reading the Birth Stories and looking at the photos!

Becky - Maya will eventually sleep through the night, but until then, I hope you get in some good naps between feedings and cuddles. Maya is beautiful. I love all the photos you have posted!

Lane - Congrats and welcome baby Adelaide! How exciting that those contractions were real! Great birth story too. Love the photos, thanks for sharing them! Ada is such a sweet looking baby!

Emily - Thanks for sharing the birth story. Sounds like you had a tough time, but you did great! I'm sorry your family all got a cold. I hope your all feeling better soon!

Piepie - I can't believe Lorelei is 6 weeks old already! I'm glad your appt went well with the mw and you are feeling better about your birth.

Laura - Congrats and welcome Elizabeth. Yet another beautiful baby. Sorry you are feeling a little caged in right now. Hopefully you'll be out and about soon!

Tomorrow is my last day of work! I'm so excited. I work just over an hour from home, and it's an additional 20 minutes to the birth center, so my midwife took me out of work 2 weeks early. Thanks goodness, since getting into the clean room outfits (aka 'bunny suit') is nearly impossible at this point - though I'm sure it's fun to watch.

My little one spun halfway around. She's now got a transverse head (not posterior or anterior). If I crawl around for a half an hour on my hands and knees and then lay on my left side for about 3 minutes, she's completely anterior, so my midwives aren't really concerned. I've been having practice contractions since Friday - every half hour or so, and more if I'm walking around.

It's supposed to be fall and it's 91 degrees outside in New England. There's just something wrong with this picture...
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Congrats Laura and welcome Elizabeth!
Laura it sounds like the induction went fairly smoothly despite the incomplete epidural. Glad you're adjusting to life with a baby but sorry you feel caged already. Elizabeth is beautiful!

Lane
I'm sorry mom's visit was such a disaster. Both the timing of her visit and her behavior were awful. Congrats on Ada's quick weight gain! Is there a set length of time after your milk comes in to do the heel stick/metabolic screen? I've heard it's almost useless at birth b/c the baby isn't metabolizing anything yet, but I'm not sure when it's supposed to be done. What kind of diapers are you using? I planned on using sposies for the first month but just realized how much disposables will cost for that short period of time. Holy cow! Is keeping up with cloth dipes overwhelming on top of everything else?

CJ
happy BFP anniversary! How cute and cool that you remember that! Is the pumping going any better now?

PiePie
I'm glad your visit with the MW was therapeutic. Reading everyone's birth stories is making me realize that birth is a huge deal mentally, not just physically, and it can take a while to process the whole experience and put it in perspective. Glad you made progress in that direction.

Becky good to hear from you. Sorry you're not getting any sleep! Sounds like you have a lot of company here though, for better or worse!

Emily I'm sorry your whole family is sick, poor things!

Jenn sorry your LO is doing weird positions, but glad that your MWs aren't concerned b/c they can get him/her into the right position. I'm so jealous that tomorrow is your last day of work! You're about 3 weeks ahead of me and it's hard for me to imagine working that much longer. The thought of you in a clean suit is pretty funny (no offense). The only lab coat that fits me now is blue polyester and comes to my ankles. Which one of us looks funnier, do you think?

Still nesting here, by shopping. I ordered a bunch of little baby things from Amazon, which somehow ended up costing almost $300 even after 35% off! : I'm dreading the time when nesting actually means cleaning the house - where on earth would I begin?

Dee, mommy to Miss M 11/07 and little Miss I 5/10/10!
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Congratulations Laura and welcome to Elizabeth!!!! Lovely choice! I love Grace for a middle name, too.

Pie - I'm glad that your visit with the MW was helpful. I still haven't processed everything with Isabella's birth and my breast infection isn't helping. I'm just in so much pain still... Saw a lactation specialist today who has me on two major antibiotics AND diflucan for yeast since she thinks that's why I'm having so much pain. Fingers crossed that I see improvement soon since I'm really having a hard time with it. I feel like all of the bonding time I've had is being stolen from me since I can't even hold her that much because it physically hurts to have anything touch my chest.

Becky - We've cheated and let Ella go up to 4 hours between nighttime feedings (which for her is from 2 AM to maybe 9 am since lately she is AWAKE from around 11 to 2 or 3 AM). She's still gaining like a tank and is up a full pound from her birth weight as of today!!! Woohoo!!! Listen to your instincts and Maya... I still don't sleep much, but more than I did the first two weeks for sure.
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Namely, I am not sure that I was really in the pushing phase for 5 hours.. I never really felt an overwhelming urge to push, I think I was just trying to make it go faster.
I too never felt the famous urge to push. Maybe my MW wanted it to be over? An MDC friend whom I have met IRL was allowed to rest for hours between full dilation and pushing. Maybe that would have helped?
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Benjamin has his first cold (which DH and I also have...SUCKS!) and is very pathetic.
same here. the suctioning thing feels totally violent and doesn't seem to get much of the gunk. sorry, tmi! and it is screwing up her nursing -- her sessions are very short, i think because of breathing difficulties, so she fusses (hungry) or needs to nurse all the time.
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Maya nurses for like, 37 hours a day,
this gets easier as they get better at nursing they get more in a shorter time.
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Welcome Elizabeth!!! She's absolutely adorable!

Just got back from my first u/s - a perfect 1.13cm little fetus with a heart beat at 150bpm!! I just got so emotional - just such a wonderful feeling to know that this is really happening. I was (and am still in) the "I'm not feeling anything" crowd, so I really needed to see this to make it feel real. Yeah!

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Wow! Busy thread today, this is great!

Just want to say, Pie, OMG I'm speechless! Flagged? Just for a history of being abused yourself? God! Is that like a NY state law, or something? What did the dept. of health person do/say when they were there? I'd have been PISSED too! The first thing I'd say was "Where the heck were you guys 30 years ago?" !!!! :

Anyhow, just had to get that out! Argh!

Hi to everyone, I'll personalize in the a.m.!
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An MDC friend whom I have met IRL was allowed to rest for hours between full dilation and pushing. Maybe that would have helped?
it would have made a huge difference. Instead, I was jostled out of the tub, moved around like I was doing interval training, given a catheter and cohosh, subjected to some veterinary-like maneuvers... All of which I agreed to but only because I thought it was needed. I also wonder if my bleed-out post birth was because I was pushing my own uterus too hard, rather than letting it do the work. hmm, some more processing going on here too!

Emily - sleep. notsomuch. I don't know why but lo is just terribly restless all night. day habits haven't really changed much so I don't know what to do. It's been about a week. But her 'normal' schedule usually gives us a 5-6 hour break, so there is hope! assuming you can fall asleep right when she does (which I never do).

Hugs to those of you with colds. I'm expecting it any day since the university is a germ magnet. But my whole outlook has cheered up now that the weather is finally cooler here, and leaves are starting to turn. I love fall

Elizabeth - wow, you are really battling through a tough time. I can't imagine that much pain while trying to take care of your nb. I really hope those drugs kick it soon, that's awful.
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Congrats, Laura! Your Elizabeth is just perfect!!

Sarah, I know how you feel--still now at almost 19 weeks I still have moments of not feeling it is real!

Nothing really new here. DH has been working a ton and lots of overtime and then came home last night saying he had to go to Cincinati for a training class for 3 days! I almost started to cry! LOL. I really hate sleeping alone! He will be back Friday night, so it isn't too horrible! I definately have lots of little projects I can do around the house to keep me busy.

He asked me to go with him, but it was last minute and I certainally couldn't call in sick for 3 days! I told him that if he would have told me earlier in the day I probably could have worked it out here at work but oh well.

I also just found out that my family doctor (that I just LOVE!) accepts newborns, so i'm really happy about that. Takes out the stress of trying to find a ped and one that I can trust.

Well, I guess i'll try to find some work to do. My boss is on travel overseas for the next 3 weeks so it will be pretty slow here for me! Ugh!!

PS I updated my belly pics, I've really popped out the last 2-3 weeks!
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Hey Judy, I couldn't see your pics.

I had my 20-week appt today and got to see a much clearer picture of the baby--all the organs and such. All my test results came back and were all good news. Blood pressure is really good and I finally gained some weight--4lbs. Now, let's just see if I can pass my glucose test.

I am also now seeing a chiropractor, which seems to be helping a little. I have to say that the biggest complaint of this pregnancy so far has been the back pain. Oh, and the constipation. I know I shouldn't really complain though, because it hasn't been as bad as some.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Oh, my OB said something pretty funny today. I have a tattoo of the earth on my stomach, of course not thinking about pregnancy at the time I got it. She said, "Well, I guess we should expect this delivery to be earth-shattering!". Okay, maybe just I thought it was funny.

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Oh, my OB said something pretty funny today. I have a tattoo of the earth on my stomach, of course not thinking about pregnancy at the time I got it. She said, "Well, I guess we should expect this delivery to be earth-shattering!". Okay, maybe just I thought it was funny.
It's not just you, Aimee - I think it's darn funny, too.

Had the one hour glucose two weeks ago, and didn't think it was too bad. Just like super-sweet flat pop. Of course, my blood sugar was elevated so I had to have the second (three hour) test last Thurs. No one's called, so I'm assuming I passed. Still didn't think the drink was too bad, but the multitude of needle sticks I could've lived without! Seriously: on that last one they practically had to turn me upside down to get anything.

I signed up for the BabyCenter weekly emails, and the most recent one said 77 days to go! Ye gods.
I'm so ready to be done -- pregnancy hasn't exactly been my favorite life experience thus far. (I think being sick for most of the last six months may have something to do with that!)
On the other hand, I keep wondering "And what exactly am I going to do with this little person all day?"

(Though if Becky's correct, the answer to that is "breastfeed.")

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omg, that was how i was. i didn't realize how crappy i felt all the time until i had her and i was like, hey, i'm me! it is so awesome to not be pregnant.
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Hey Judy, I couldn't see your pics.

Fixed. I was editing my signature yesterday and messed something up, either that or it was because I changed the title of the pictures folder... anyhow it is fixed now!

As far as the earth on your belly, when I read that my first thought was "Mother Earth"
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As far as the earth on your belly, when I read that my first thought was "Mother Earth"
Awww Judy, I like that! My mom described it as "global expansion."

I can definitely see your pregnancy belly now! Too cute.

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Hi everyone,

Just dropping by to catch up on the last 8 pages of posts! I'm sorry I'm not going to personalize since I'm on total SLEEP DEPRIVATION and can barely think coherently.

So Aidan is almost 2 weeks old, he is really into being on the boob constantly. I'm dealing with the baby blues and crying daily - but as Lane mentioned it feels good to cry. I worry about PPD and not bonding well with Aidan and him noticing that I'm feeling low... my DH is wonderful and keeps reassuring me that I'm normal to feel so overwhelmed. IT'S TOUGH not sleeping and dealing with a crying baby that can't let you know that it's because of a burp that he's crying. At least breastfeeding seems to be working out well for now.

I have a lot of processing to do with my birth experience. I think the first step will be for me to write it out. I did end up at the hospital (HORROR) since my water was broken for over 24 hours and because for some reason my body didn't dilate quickly enough even though I had hard contractions (after 12 hours of labor just 4 cm). I ended up all hooked up to all these tubes and unable to move. I got Oxytocin to help my contractions actually dilate me and after over 24 hours of active labor I pushed for 2 hours and got Aidan out on my own without drugs (except the oxytocin). I'm proud that I was able to do that but the experience was so far removed from what I wanted that I'm still in shock I think. Then my placenta wouldn't come out naturally and that's where all the bleeding happened. I'm still super weak, I took a walk today with Aidan in a sling and it felt like a huge accomplishment!

Emily - yes I'm happy we didn't find out... of course when Aidan was born we didn't have a name picked out for a boy! So for the 1st 24 hours he was "the kid". As you know I wanted a girl but Aidan is so perfect I can't imagine anyone else as my firstborn.

Can I mention how nice it is to have my body back? I enjoyed pregnancy but I'd forgotten how much I changed over those 40 weeks. My belly is weird jello... and OMG my boobs are 38G!!! I swear the first few days I had such a difficult time wrangling with them to get Aidan to latch on. One of my boobs is like twice the size of his head, it's obscene!!!!!

So how do I feed Aidan in bed?
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Natalia - wow wow WOW. you are amazing. And Aidan is sooo cute. Congrats again and s for everything you went through.

don't know if you were serious about how to nurse lying down but here's a good link: http://www.mother-2-mother.com/tut-layingdown.htm
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