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I have a little ring box with all 3 of my children's cord stumps in it. My oldest likes to look at them sometimes. I have never known anyone else to keep them but throwing them away just did not occur to me.... Has anyone else made a point to keep them safe?<br><br>
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I wish I had kept ds's. I thought about it and asked dh what he thought and he thought that was weird so i threw it away (which was a little sad and painful). I wish I hadn't done that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Nice to know I'm not weird to have considered it.
 

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I saved DD's. It is on our alter.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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i saved dd's. it's in a box with my cat's ashes....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 

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I wanted to but forgot to tell Dh who did all the diaper changes early on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have a friend whose mom had his for decades but she died, his dad remarried so he expects it is gone. He saved his sons but disappeared after they had some work done on the house. It may have accidentally been built into a wall... who knows. It's unusual and some people will think it weird, but who cares!
 

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I also saved DS's cord stump. Right now, it doesn't really have a home, just tucked in with some special items on the dresser. But it needs a better home, DH almost threw it out... "What's this old raisin doing on the dresser?"<br><br>
I like the ringbox idea. The cord is really quite small.
 

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I saved both ds and dd's stumps. Dh thinks I'm weird. LOL
 

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I like what my friend did with her granddaughter's cord stump. She put it in a little medicine pouch that she wears around her neck with various other medicines in it and when her gd is a year old I think they're going to offer it back to the earth.
 

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When Kaia was born, I sewed her a small leather pouch with a holey stone for a clasp. In it are symbols of the 4 elements (feather, twig from her birth tree, shell, crystal point), her cord stump, a ring that was my great grandmother's, and a few other precious things. I also dried and kept a small piece of her amniotic sac. I plan to give the pouch to her for her first moon or her 13th birthday, whichever comes first. I add special little things to it as she grows as reminders of her firsts.<br><br>
Her birth tree is a pussy willow - we got it when she was born, but I think she was about 5 months old when we finally planted it with her placenta!
 

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We saved the whole cord, but not the stump!! We took the cord and wrapped it around itself to form a spiral/disk and dried it. It's transclucent and beautiful!!
 

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My dd's cord stump fell off when she was just three days old. I didn't have the heart to throw it out. It sat for a while on her dresser, then I tucked it away in a drawer with some of her goodies. It seemed to have dried out a bit sitting out on the dresser; it's smaller than it was when it fell off.<br><br>
I'm happy to have found this thread because my family thinks I'm nuts for saving it. It's a nice affirmation that there are other mamas who care about such details, too.
 

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This is hilarious! I never would have imagined anyone else cared. I saved both of my boys' stumps. They're in a baby box with their hospital id bands, tiny diapers, and first hats... My DH also thinks I'm totally loony, but he didn't throw them away.
 

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Yep, we are saving them too! For now my husband has put each one in a plastic baggy with a piece of paper saying whose it was and the date it fell off. Eventually we'll give them a better home. They fell off one day apart. Neither of us even questioned it - it just seemed like the normal thing to do.<br><br>
For me they are really special, because I didn't have the energy to fight for the babies' placentas in the hospital. I never even got to see the placentas before they were sent to 'pathology'. I really regret that. The cord stumps seem all the more precious because of that.
 

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I put my baby's cord stump in a dreamcatcher over my/her bed. I'm glad I kept it. With the rest of the cord, I dried it and hope to make beads out of it one day like the tibetans do. I acually cooked up my placenta as well. I ate a small, small, peice. I fed the rest to my cats.... one of my cats seems to look at the baby strangley sometimes, so I would not recommend it! The amnniotic sac was buried in the middle of our garden, so it can nourish the plants. All in all, I'm glad I did it the way I did, but next time will be different. I've heard that placenta is a tonic (according to Chinese Medicine) and with my next baby, I want to dry the placenta in the dehydrator to be able to grind it up to take in capsules. Maybe it will stave off the post-pardom craZiNeSs.
 

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but my Dad gave me mine that he kept all these years right before I got pregnant. Of course it is just dust now but hey - it's my dust! I put hers in a little airtight jar - maybe it will survive better than mine did. Dad had mine in a little plastic Easter Egg. I was born the day after Easter. He also kept all my baby teeth along with my notes to the tooth fairy.
 

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I wanted to save my sons stump, and when it finally fell of one day I stuck it on the kitcehn windowsill . Unfortunatly my extremely neat and tidy Mother found it before I came back to fetch it and thinking it was a dead raison or some other piece of crud..tossed it out.<br><br>
She felt pretty bad when I told her. Of course this time around I was more careful and saved my daughters stumps....her cord fell of in two pieces...a little part of me wants to put one part of her cord in her brothers album and tell him it is his someday..but I won't. I sure wish I had not lost his to the trash .<br><br>
I will just put my daughters cord stump into her book in a little envelope and keep it there for her .<br><br>
I am glad to see I am not alone !
 
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