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Old 10-26-2005, 06:29 AM   #31
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Corazon and Sarah, I'd give anything to be able to sleep now but it's getting harder and harder. I'm so uncomfortable and she's so active. There's no "perfect" sleep position for the two of us so I'm lucky if I get 4 hours a night!

Whenever hubby says he's had a good night sleep I remind him that since he's more well-rested now he can have more night shifts when I have the baby!
i totally know what you are talking about PA,i used to have a hard time sleeping in my later months too,i couldnt lay on my back at all,though thats how i like to sleep otherwise,i couldnt breath that way,my baby was very much active too,even when i finally used to fall asleep after a great deal of tossing and turning,i could feel her moving and kicking,sometimes she kicked so hard ,i would wake up thinking theres an earth quake, ,well i took ambiens in my last month,couldnt sleep without taking one...have you tried taking some sleeping pills?
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:44 AM   #32
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Heres a tip for you ladies.....try sleeping in a rocker. During the day when YOU are active it lulls the baby....at night your sleepy and since your not active any more the baby is no longer lulled....and every once in a while, push that knee foot elbow right back where it came from. I can SO remember the odd odd feeling that brought on. It was the worst feeling ever but boy do I miss it!

"What to Expect when your expecting, the first year, and the toddlers years" are life savers if any! My kids are now dang 8 (I did say 7 first then remembered!) and soon to be 5 and I still refer to the toddler one.....ok maybe I just dont want them to grow up!

The best advice ws sleep when your baby does, no matter if your tired or not! Just lay down and rest. The dishes just aint going anywhere, contrary to "The dish that ran away with the spoon!" We all wish, but they really can wait! Trust me on this.

The next best advice I can give you....Having a baby can be VERY frustrating...When you feel at your wits end, DONT be afraid to lay the baby in her crib till you calm down. Babies have an inner sense and KNOW when mommy or daddy are frustrated....crying has never hurt any baby as far as I know, and it will do you a world of good rather then to fight wills! Its hard to do, but once you do it, you feel better and the baby comes relaxed when she senses your relaxed! Not only that but this will help when the baby is older. Well maybe not for all but it did with my son. I certainly wish I had the same gump with my daughter now, and if you knew my daughter you would understand where I am coming from.

But I have blabbed enough....oh and um....you know the 25th is an excellent day for both of you! Its a Friday you know.....and well its a good day to have a baby! hehe

Enjoy your new bundles of joy when the day comes!!!
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:21 PM   #33
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I've been thinking about this for a while. I think the best advice has already been given, sleep when they sleep etc. What I wish someone had told me is about a trick to get them to stay asleep in their cribs.

I always nursed my babies to sleep, and as they got bigger we sang, read stories and just snuggled in the rocker. When they are getting ready for sleep put a hot water bottle, or heating pad on the spot that they will occupy in their crib/basket/bassinet. That way, when they are finished nursing and are fast asleep you can whisk away the heating pad/water bottle and place them onto that warm spot. They will then not notice they are not snuggled up to you anymore and will slumber on peacefully.
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:29 PM   #34
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Alix what a great idea! I am going to start using that right away.

OK here is another piece of advice that I just remembered. When putting the baby down for a nap, do not turn off the TV in the living room. Do not turn off the radio in the kitchen. Do not tell people to leave because the baby needs quiet to sleep. The baby will get used to sleeping with noises all around very quickly and it will make your life that much easier. I am sure this does not work with every baby, but at least try it in the beginning and see if your baby will sleep through the noise.
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Old 10-27-2005, 01:15 PM   #35
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Corazon and Sarah, I'd give anything to be able to sleep now but it's getting harder and harder. I'm so uncomfortable and she's so active. There's no "perfect" sleep position for the two of us so I'm lucky if I get 4 hours a night!

Whenever hubby says he's had a good night sleep I remind him that since he's more well-rested now he can have more night shifts when I have the baby!
Hey PA, do you have a body pillow? It was the only way I could sleep near the end. I would jam that pillow under my belly and between my knees and sort of roll onto it so I was almost lying on my belly/right side. I know many women who swear by their body pillows in the last few weeks. Just remember, that discomfort is God's way of making you WANT to stop being pregnant!
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Old 10-27-2005, 01:29 PM   #36
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I know many women who swear by their body pillows in the last few weeks.
My wife was one! She loved that thing. I got jealous sometimes
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:28 PM   #37
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I've tried pillows gallore, a recliner, you name it, but I think I just have a night owl. She was all over the place all last night no matter what position I tried! I got about 2 hours of sleep and then this morning she was as quiet as could be. Actually so quiet I got nervous and called the doctor. They checked me out and all is well and she's back to her normal activity level again! My doctor said it's preparation for the next 18 years!

LOL--you're right, Alix, this is definitely a good way to start looking forward to the pregnancy being over!
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:33 PM   #38
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I guess my biggest piece of advice would be to go with your gut feeling about things. Whether it's when she's sick, discipline, feeding, or whatever it may be. Have faith in your ability & she will have a full happy life!
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there is someone else who gave birth to a "little" son ;o))

On October 28th, lady elephant Khaing Hnin Hnin gave birth to her baby: A really splendid one with fuzzy black hair, 98 cm tall, 141 kilo.
Happy birthday!



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Old 10-29-2005, 01:13 PM   #40
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Happy almost baby day to you!!!

You're going to be a great mom!!!
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