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Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   Yesterday, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By Smokering
Well, I nagged him about reading baby name books...

Well, I nagged him about reading baby name books again the other day and he sighed and said "To be honest, I've sort of become resigned to Morris". So I might have convinced him by default? I'm cool...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   Yesterday, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By Smokering
Heh, sort of. First off, contrary to the...

Heh, sort of. First off, contrary to the impression of nearly everyone who sees it, it's Smoke-ring, not Smoker-ing. (Pause for effect!)

I chose it when I first went online in 2002 or so. I was a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   Yesterday, 01:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 605
Posted By Smokering
I have a lot of feelings about this too. :p ...

I have a lot of feelings about this too. :p

On the one hand, yes, there's nothing wrong with being girly. Heck, from a certain point of view I'm very girly: I usually wear skirts/dresses, my...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   Yesterday, 12:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 374
Posted By Smokering
I'm one of six girls. One of us has full-blown...

I'm one of six girls. One of us has full-blown autism; one's relatively normal; and the rest of us are teetering on the edge of the spectrum. (Incidentally, it annoys me no end that they removed the...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   03-29-2015, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By Smokering
First off, I sympathise: that sounds seriously...

First off, I sympathise: that sounds seriously annoying. And I'm with you on the 'surfing the web while watching movies' thing - drives me nuts. One screen at a time, people! Watching a movie...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-28-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smokering
Aww, thanks guys! Mandamamma, yes, I am a writer,...

Aww, thanks guys! Mandamamma, yes, I am a writer, sort of. I do freelance writing for a pregnancy/birth/parenting magazine here in NZ, and occasionally for other magazines (though less often since...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   03-28-2015, 01:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 497
Posted By Smokering
I suggest trying, trying, trying tons of stuff...

I suggest trying, trying, trying tons of stuff before you buy anything. Go to a department store and ask one of the makeup ladies for a demo - choose a friendly-looking one and tell her you don't...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   03-28-2015, 01:15 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,183
Posted By Smokering
After my first birth my cervix clamped down on...

After my first birth my cervix clamped down on the placenta as it was coming out. The doctor had to manually remove it with forceps, or was it just her hands? I'd say it was the worst pain ever, but...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   03-28-2015, 01:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By Smokering
I would have focused less on my desired birth...

I would have focused less on my desired birth atmosphere - home waterbirth, chicken soup bubbling in the crockpot, etc - and more on preparing to deal with the actual pain. My planned homebirth...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   03-28-2015, 12:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Posted By Smokering
I don't know if you can generalise, really. But I...

I don't know if you can generalise, really. But I come from a family with 6 kids, with varying age gaps. I was very close in age to my two older sisters (18 months apart each) and we fought a LOT...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-27-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smokering
Oh wow, yeah! Newborns are just great. I know...

Oh wow, yeah! Newborns are just great. I know some people don't like 'em - maybe because they don't look like the stereotypical magazine-photo baby of four months old, all plump and white (if they're...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-27-2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 64
Posted By Smokering
No, that doesn't sound creepy at all! I've read a...

No, that doesn't sound creepy at all! I've read a lot of books by midwives and they tend to have that emotional investment in their clients - I think it goes with the job, to some degree. I've never...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-27-2015, 02:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 64
Posted By Smokering
Oh man, I'm sorry about your fourth birth fiasco!...

Oh man, I'm sorry about your fourth birth fiasco! I charted with DS, and I didn't ovulate until Day 25 (unusually late even for me) that cycle; plus he was eight days late. If I hadn't had a MW who...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-27-2015, 02:32 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smokering
DucetteMama: I think that's really nice, having a...

DucetteMama: I think that's really nice, having a shower for every baby. In NZ you might have one for a first baby, the first baby of a different sex or the first baby after a really long gap, but...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-26-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 602
Posted By Smokering
It is rather unlovely, isn't it? I had really bad...

It is rather unlovely, isn't it? I had really bad pelvic girdle pain with DD, triggered by moving house - though I swear I wasn't heaving heavy boxes around or anything! - and my midwife told me it...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-24-2015, 09:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 600
Posted By Smokering
Refashioned shirt #2...

Refashioned shirt #2 (http://www.mothering.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) ! This one's longer and looser-fitting, which (somewhat to my chagrin) I realise makes it look like I...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-23-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 600
Posted By Smokering
Just regular terry towelling, I guess? You can...

Just regular terry towelling, I guess? You can usually get it at fabric stores - or some people cut up old, soft towels to use - handy if you have a nice towel with a hole or bleach stain at one end....
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-23-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 600
Posted By Smokering
Yesterday I refashioned a men's shirt into a...

Yesterday I refashioned a men's shirt into a maternity shirt. It was tricky and I didn't get it quite right - for once in my life the shoulders were too wide, so I had to recut them using another...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-22-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 668
Posted By Smokering
I'm scrabbling around for vegetarian recipes at...

I'm scrabbling around for vegetarian recipes at the moment. We're not remotely vegetarian, but limited ourselves to buying 3 things of a meat a week this year, and this week I used up two of them on...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-22-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smokering
Heh! No, I'm not; but sometimes I pretend to be....

Heh! No, I'm not; but sometimes I pretend to be. :p I'm happy to report DH's party went off without a hitch! He didn't suspect a thing; everybody showed up; no-one got seriously injured (though one...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-20-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smokering
I did not. Not remotely. I might have done, only...

I did not. Not remotely. I might have done, only I decided at the eleventh hour it'd look better with a border. It does, but now it's slightly too long AND too wide for the batting. So I would've had...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   03-20-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 230
Posted By Smokering
To my knowledge, lotus birth is a spiritual...

To my knowledge, lotus birth is a spiritual practice relating to energy and life force and so on, so I imagine hacking the placenta apart would be contrary to that philosophy. But practically, you...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-20-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,524
Posted By Smokering
I'm up bizarrely early for me, but I can't sleep....

I'm up bizarrely early for me, but I can't sleep.

Today is DD's seventh birthday party. I've made tiny sugar cookies (she helped me ice them while I bit my perfectionist tongue; and actually,...
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-20-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 602
Posted By Smokering
So I got up sedately off the couch yesterday and...

So I got up sedately off the couch yesterday and my pelvis fell apart and clanked onto the floor. Ow. I will be very happy to not be pregnant any more.
Forum: June 2015 Due Date Club   03-16-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 357
Posted By Smokering
Yeah, actually, I think you're right. People...

Yeah, actually, I think you're right. People aren't doing the nudge-nudge-wink-wink just-you-wait thing this time around, which is a great relief. And now you mention it, I was planning a HB with my...
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