mommy2b - Saturday, 2 Feb Hi. My son nights and days were mixed up for about the first 2 weeks. I had my mom to stay with me and help out. My hubby helped but he wasn't able to take time off due to him being promoted to a new job and he didn't think it would look good him asking off. What we did to keep him awake during the day was keeping the blinds open so the sun is shining in, keeping the tv loud and undressing him when it was time for him to eat. He was bad for starting to eat his bottle and getting warm and falling asleep. Undressing him kept him awake. I would also lay down and lay him on my knees and would play with his feet and talk to him. Sometimes he would open his eyes for a few minutes, then doze back off, but I kept up with it to try and keep him awake as long as possible. I also would try and give him a bath early in the evening so that it would wake him up so he would be awake for atleast 45 minutes to an hour before it was time for him to actually go to bed. Then when he would wake up during the night, I would unswaddle him while he was eating and then like the last 1-2 oz, I would swaddle him back up before he drank those few oz so that he would get warm and fall asleep while drinking those last few oz. That tricked really worked. Hope this helps. Sorry if it doesn't make sense or if I have alot of run on sentences. I know how hard it is to have a baby with their nights and days mixed up. I still remember one night trying to warm his bottle while I was holding him he was crying and when I picked the bottle up, the bottom of it fell off and all the milk went all over the counter top and floor. I just bursted into tears b/c i was frusterated and tired. It gets better though. Good luck and congratulations!
FirsttimemommaC - Saturday, 2 Feb He's perfect and you should be so proud!!
wendiest - Friday, 25 Jan PLEASE DO NOT WORRY, EVERY WOMAN FEELS THAT IF THEY SHARE THEIR HORROR STORY THEY ARE SOME PAIN SUPERHERO. YOU CAN HAVE A NATURAL LABOR AND HAVE HARD CONTRACTIONS FOR 12 HOURS. OR GET INDUCED AND HAVE HARD CONTRACTIONS FOR 4 HOURS. IT JUST DEPENDS. EVERY LABOR AND DELIVERY IS DIFFERENT. NO WOMAN CAN TELL YOU ONE HURTS MORE THAN THE OTHER EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF RECOVERING FROM A CSECTION. I AM ON MY 4TH CHILD AND INDUCTION DIDNT HURT ANY MORE OR LESS. DONT FREAK YOURSELF OUT. EITHER WAY ITS UNCOMFORTABLE, AND WE HAVE TO DO IT. AND WE ALL GET PREGNANT AGAIN, AND KNOW WHAT IS IN STORE FOR US. NOONE CAN TELL U WHAT WILL BE WORSE FOR YOU, THEY ARE NOT YOU. YOU WILL GET THRU THIS AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BABY IN THE END. THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT. SO TAKE CARE AND GOOD LUCK. U ARE A WOMAN AND U R STRONG!
Shathon - Friday, 25 Jan What have you heard horror like? I am getting induced on the 29th. I heard the contractions are more painful, and it's not 'natural' but nothing to scary. Thats what a epidural is for right?
2ndtimemama - Friday, 25 Jan Hi hun. I have one child and I was induced. I was at 2-3cm at my app. and was miserable. I hadn't heard anything about induction. So of course the option of that or waiting~I chose to do it! I got the gell and then pitocin at 8:30am. I was having steady contractions but honestly I didn't even feel them hardly. Then they broke my water 4:30pm. As soon as they did there was instant pain and 2hrs. later I asked for epidural. I say my labor started at the time they broke my water since that's when it became painful. But at 10:12pm I gave birth! pushed 45 mins. but being induced was not bad at all. I don't understand the big deal why most ppl don't want to! If this baby is taking too long I'll do it again. The one problem I can see is that there is no pain then bam there is pain but honestly it wasn't that bad~like I said I waited 2hrs. before I had ANY pain meds. I did end up with a 4th degree laceration which is very painful but everyone is different. So if you are thinking of it I'd say go for it! I'm actually really glad I did cuz it was my first baby and labor only lasted 6 hrs. Who knows what it would have been like if I waited. If you are offered induction I would discuss the 'bad' things with your dr. then make a dicision.
mommyslove - Friday, 25 Jan I had a wonderfull indcution and prob. going to do it again. Nothing, is all I have to say. NO PAIN! By the time they start you on it, you have your epideral (?? SPelling on that one?) I promise you, dont sweat it. I had a perfect labor. You will be just fine, dont stress.
Tiffers28 - Wednesday, 23 Jan Wow you are sooo close!! Congratulations!! I can't wait to be there, then again this is my third but with everyone there are new experiances! Good luck to you and your family!
karenc - Sunday, 20 Jan you said you noticed some tightenings -- are they also going on while you are feeling the gas-like pains? it could be practice labor (or false labor, as it's better known) -- when i've had a real contraction (maybe 5 or 6 this whole pregnancy) it hurt a lot, almost like a burning gassy type pain, and my belly got really tight. you should check w/ your doc, but i'm wondering if that's what it is -- your body practicing for real labor.
as far as knowing what labor really feels like, i have no idea either, b/c this is my first. BUT, my midwife and friends who have given birth recently have told me the same thing: you'll know because you can't sleep through the contractions. in fact, you'll have a hard time talking when the contractions really start. so if you have some and you can go back to sleep, it's not really time yet. but if you have them and you can't go back to sleep, and they don't go away if you get up and walk around, it's probably the real thing. hope this helps -- good luck! :)
Jess81Momof1 - Sunday, 20 Jan Trust me you will know when the real contractions come. I promise :) With my first, they started at 5pm and continued all night until 5am in the morning when I went into the hospital. At that point they were about 5 mins apart. I never was able to sleep because they were so painful. With this pregnancy, I have been having lots of pains and aches but I think back to my 1st and rememnber that this is nothing compared to that. Hope I didn't scare you...but I promise you will know when actual labor starts. Good Luck!!
vbaby13 - Wednesday, 16 Jan The doc told me last Wednesday that I was not dilated at all and wouldn't be having my baby this week (meaning before my next appointment which was scheduled for today). My little man came yesterday morning at 8:41 am, only a few days after doc said he wasn't coming soon. So you never know! Good luck.
JulianneH - Sunday, 13 Jan I Love the belly cast idea. How excatly do you do it! Times running out for me I have 2 weeks left!
Lou-Li-Ro - Sunday, 13 Jan Aw thank you so much for your comment you're very reassuring!!! It can be very scary knowing you're growing TWO in there -- double everything! So it can get daunting when you try and imagine how big you'll actually get! Thanks a million for the reassurance! Much appreciated! So you don't have long to go now eh?!Are you having a boy or a girl? Are you all excited?! Congrats and thanks again!!! xxx
Indelible - Saturday, 12 Jan I believe you are having 'practice contractions' which are BH contractions. Your uterus is preparing it's self. I think that's all a very good sign. Congrats! Take care and best wishes.
YolandaLee - Saturday, 12 Jan Sounds like braxton hicks contractions - your body's way of practising.
elle2108 - Saturday, 12 Jan I have never seen a belly cast before, i love it! It looks great!!!
madeline - Tuesday, 8 Jan You are lucky to only have gotten a pimple just now. My skin has been pretty bad for my whole pregnancy. Matter of fact that was my first warning sign that I was preggy! I know you cant wait! Me neither (we are due on the same day). I keep hoping mine will come early :-)
loftisb - Thursday, 3 Jan If your doc hasen't checked you yet you might want her/him to. Because they should check you when you start going every 2weeks to every week until the baby is due. That's what my doc has done with both of mine and everybody else that I know. So good luck
heathershreves22 - Thursday, 3 Jan HOW DID YOURE DR. CHECK TO SEE IF HEAD WAS ENGAGED
ashleyandryan - Thursday, 3 Jan reallly hmm i was hpoing that it was a sign of goign into labor soon lol
niseybear - Wednesday, 26 Dec Everybody said it to me and I didn't believe it til my son arrived. Your mothering instinct kicks in automatically. I can tell when my little one cries because he is hungry, or cries because he is lonely, or cries because he's wet. You'll know if he/she is hot or cold very easily..feel those little feet and hands. My little one and I are out in public now, but not for long periods of time since he is only 3 weeks old. I just can't take him to Walmart though....LOL. Just not ready for that til he's at least over a month. LOL Trust me when I tell ya as a first time mommy, YOUR mommy skills will kick in the MOMENT they put that little one in your arms. GOOD LUCK!