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I caught an interesting thread title on the July 2006 DDC and saw all sorts of cool thread topics going on in addition to the general "is this typical of a pregnant woman?" type threads and I scanned through a bunch of their pages. I'm sure other DDCs have other things going on, but here are some thoughts from the July mamas: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=366654" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=366654</a><br><br>
So what would you like to see?<br><br>
Mama swaps? First tri? Second tri? Third? Two of them or all three?<br><br>
Birth beads?<br><br>
Virtual mama blessing (aka blessingway)?<br><br>
Get to Know You threads?<br><br>
Other ideas?<br><br>
~claudia
 

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I saw a 20 questions type thread on another ddc. I thought that might be fun. I was thinking of asking the OP of the thread if I could copy her 20 ?s, they were really good, I thought. Maybe we could try that?
 

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That sounds like a really neat idea! I appreciate the initiative you're taking in perking up our DDC mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for posting this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I think they're all great ideas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I especially want to do the birth bead swap thing.<br>
And I was tempted to copy/paste the 20 questions thread about a month ago as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I agree we need a little livening up <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 think I'll do that 20 questions thing! Oh and I too would love to have a birth bead swap! I think that would be so much fun. <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'd love to see a 2nd trimester swap. We're all approaching the end of our 1st tri's, and (forgive me if this sounds really insensitive) after the first trimester is over we'll have a more permanent list of who will be here to the end.<br><br>
I know it was very hard for me to receive so many of the gifts that were being sent to me from swaps AFTER my son died, and pick up all the cards that said, "Congratulations on your beautiful baby!" or "What a miracle" etc, imagining him wearing those booties and shirts...<br>
I would guess it would be a similar feeling for moms who have suffered miscarriages.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'd love to see a 2nd trimester swap. We're all approaching the end of our 1st tri's, and (forgive me if this sounds really insensitive) after the first trimester is over we'll have a more permanent list of who will be here to the end.<br><br>
I know it was very hard for me to receive so many of the gifts that were being sent to me from swaps AFTER my son died, and pick up all the cards that said, "Congratulations on your beautiful baby!" or "What a miracle" etc, imagining him wearing those booties and shirts...<br>
I would guess it would be a similar feeling for moms who have suffered miscarriages.</div>
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That doesn't sound insensitive, mama. I actually think the opposite, that you're being very sensitive. A 2nd trimester swap sounds great. And hey, does the 2nd trimester start after 12 weeks or not officially until after 14?
 

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I like the second tri swap idea also! (hehe I'm pretty much up for anything)
 

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I like 20 questions & birth beads!
 

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I, too, would love to do birth beads... I lurked a lot on my youngest's DDC month but never participated and then so wished I had when everyone started swapping beads. I don't wanna miss out this time!
 

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Can someone explain birth beads to me? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I would love to do the birth beads, but before I get excited, Im wondering if us canadians can participate<br><br>
I also like the idea of 20 questions,<br><br>
And we need to get another belly pic thread going!
 

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so glad to see so many of you reply! since i posted this on a friday and lots of people don't visit or read mdc as much on the weekends, i'll wait another few days before assessing what it looks like most people would be up for.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> it's really nice getting to know you all!<br><br>
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Me too!! I also like the concept of virtual blessingways, but I don't know how that would work. I am for most anything <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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virtual mama blessing i started for local mamas last summer: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=322519" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=322519</a><br><br>
birth bead swap would work kind of like this:<br><br>
each person who wants to participate would X number of beads out to the other mamas participating (we could each send them on our own or we could send them to one person along with some shipping money who would them divide them up and send them out to the other participating mamas). each mama participating could string them on a necklace or a bracelet or do whatever with them and always have a reminder of other mamas who are going through the same pregnancy and birth process as she is. it's a nice reminder when in labor to touch your necklace or bracelet and know someone is wishing you well. you can do a search on google for blessingway birth beads and read a whole bunch more ideas about them.<br><br>
does that help answer your questions?<br><br>
~claudia
 
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