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I posted on the chat thread, but I know not everyone checks there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
The idea was to pair up with someone whose due date is near yours so that you have a)someone to let us know when you're in labor, b)someone to lean on in the newly post-partum phase (let's face it, there's a big difference between a 2 day old and a one month old!) and c)someone to keep an eye on you. I know I needed someone after my kids were born.<br><br>
So, if you're interested, just post here with your "due date" and I'll pair everyone up. You can either PM me phone numbers/email addresses (whichever you're more comfortable with) and I'll share them with your partner, or once you're partnered you guys can exchange amongst yourselves. Whatever you decide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
We'll keep the signup open until the end of the day Sunday, 1/31.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><br><b>Riverbeauty 3/19 <----> Amandamanda 3/20<br>
momma2girls 4/1 <----> ivymae (Ivy) 4/7<br>
LenaC 4/1 <----> amrijane128 (Amri) 4/8<br>
susla 4/3 <----> *yippiehippie 4/10<br>
dhinderliter (Danielle) 4/3 <----> mandynee22 4/8<br>
*jsh7809 (Jess) 4/5 <----> DoulaAlicia 4/8//March<br>
*Peace+Hope 4/14 <----> mariaz (Maria) 4/17//May<br>
laughingfox 4/17 <----> emmalizz (Emily) 4/21<br>
dogretro 4/18 <----> Sandcastle 4/22<br>
3tammuz 4/18 <----> lizziebits (Liz) 4/23<br>
aims1029 (Amy) 4/19 <----> Pepper44 4/24<br>
*Cecelia's Mama (Aimee) 4/20 <----> bubbamummy 4/24ish<br>
*Oztok5 (Annie) 4/25 <----> sehbub (Sarah) 4/29<br>
smeisnotapirate (Sara) 4/28//May <----> Elecampane 4/30<br>
loveneverfails 4/29//May <----> ColwynsMommy (Rachel) 4/30</b>
 

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I'm interested! My due date is April 20. I'm having a hospital birth with a low-intervention OB.<br><br>
edit: I should add, this is my first baby, so I probably will have lots of postpartum questions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
edit AGAIN: vvvv Like Ivory, I will probably be updating throughout first stage labor, and I bet you a dollar my husband will keep Facebook updated other times. As long as I don't immediately crash out, I'll probably post on my own Facebook once Cecilia comes. But I still want a DDC buddy to post here for me!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm in. Due around April 7th.<br><br>
Oh, and I should add that, unless I drop my phone in the pool, I'll probably update my FB/blog throughout labor. I'm weird like that. I updated all through Alice's birth as a distraction. My midwife still makes fun of me for jumping on the computer within an hour after birth to post a picture. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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My "Due Date" has been adjusted to March 19th... I believe AmandaAmanda is due like 2 days after me... but we were both told our due dates were in April before they were adjusted...
 

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I am interested and I am due April 22. If this labor is like my last three, it be an overnight, weekend labor, daytime birth within three days of my due date and the baby will be at least 9 lbs. Just for that, this baby will be be the complete opposite: born on a Tuesday at midnight, at 38 weeks after laboring during the day, and will be six pounds.
 

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I'm in...my guess date is april 10, this is my first, homebirth, so i'll have my laptop around and my phone<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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In!<br><br>
Due April 28(9?), but not expecting to go until May-ish. Would love to be paired with someone who also doesn't expect to go early. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Having a HBAC!
 

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Im in. Due on the 28th according to my midwife, I think its more like the 24-26th. Went 4 days early with DS too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Im in. Due on the 28th according to my midwife, I think its more like the 24-26th. Went 4 days early with DS too.</div>
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Bubbamummy and I are both in Tucson; might be nice to be matched up, if that'd work for everyone!
 

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Well, I posted on the other thread that I don't need a buddy, since I have a good friend who will be at the birth center with me (at least some of the time) who is an MDC mom. But since others are talking about whether they'll be updating facebook/email/twitter etc, I wanted to chime in.<br><br>
I have this friend who I already know will need constant updates, and will go crazy without them. When my MDC mom friend was in labor he was calling them all the freaking time, and emailing, and even driving me crazy, and I wasn't involved!<br><br>
So, to preempt that this time, I have made him "communications manager" of my birth. So, although I might do some of my own updates while in labor, I'm leaving the majority of it up to him. I think we're going to start a twitter feed for the birth! And I'll give him my facebook password, too. I may also change my voicemail to say, "Rhi is currently giving the world a new life, and any questions related to her labor should be directed to S at _email address_ and _phone number_". And then turn off my phone. My mom has a droid phone, so she can update him easily. And he works for a cell phone company, and is their google phone expert, so he has to have his phone with him at all times, anyhow, and there is no problem with him posting updates, even from work!<br><br>
We'll see how it goes, but it seems like the best situation for everyone. My labor people only have to talk to him, and he can talk to everyone else.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bubbamummy and I are both in Tucson; might be nice to be matched up, if that'd work for everyone!</div>
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sounds good to me at least <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
How far from the birth center do you live? Im on the airbase and sometimes (with traffic) it can take up to 25mins to get there, my labor with DS was pretty short-im scrared of a 'car delivery' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm near the air base; Irvington/Harrison area. My plan is to labor at home as long as I can, and only go to TMC when it's absolutely necessary, but that's going to take some guessing. I have no idea how I'll labor, so I'll be relying on my sister, who is acting as my doula, to help me decide when it's really time to go.
 

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***Updated to here***<br><br>
I'll keep adding names but will hold off on pairing everyone else (unless there are specific requests <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) until Monday morning since the list will close at the end of the night Sunday.
 

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I'm in!<br><br>
My date is 4/25, but I fully believe that I will be going later than that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm a first time mama, so I can use all the support I can get!
 

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Okay, are there any other mothers of preschoolers/toddlers who are waaaay too familiar with "Finding Nemo" who are also thinking of the sea turtle scene - "do you <i>have</i> your exit buddy?" Or is that just me?
 

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Me, I want to! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
My due date is 4/5, first baby and a girl. I know I will have lots of post partum questions and things... and I like the idea of being checked in with. Great idea!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Okay, are there any other mothers of preschoolers/toddlers who are waaaay too familiar with "Finding Nemo" who are also thinking of the sea turtle scene - "do you <i>have</i> your exit buddy?" Or is that just me?</div>
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nope, not just you... but I wasn't going to share my madness... people think I am crazy enough. :rofl
 

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***Updated to here***<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> at the Nemo comment. I thought that too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm also gonna try and pair first time moms with more "seasoned" mamas. Some of us first time mamas set REALLY high standards for ourselves and it's nice to hear that it's okay if you're still in your pajamas and haven't showered in 3 days because you haven't left the couch, as you've been trapped under a sleeping/nursing baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> OR, that it really is okay to use a baby containment device so that you can take a shower alone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I would like to participate if there's anyone else close to me. I'm due sometime the last week of April (the 30th officially but I think it's more like the 26th). This will be my second child.
 

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I would like to participate! I'm due April 8 but I usually deliver one to two weeks early. I also labor FAST so I will try to update when labor starts but we'll see what I have time for!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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