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by robichek
Fri Sep 2, 22:23 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Cry it out vs. Attachment
Replies: 12
Views: 16696

Re: Cry it out vs. Attachment

My philosophy is basically "don't rush". A 3 month old should not be crying it out, a 3 month old doesn't even understand what the crib is, or what it means when they can't see you anymore. But at, say 7 months, or 10 months, the baby is starting to get that there is a point to the separation, that ...
by robichek
Sat Jan 30, 17:20 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

Final update, had the baby on 1/28 (at 41 weeks). Seven hour labor. We had time for one round of antibiotics and baby arrived 3.5 hours later. I do think this one's a little crankier than my first, but I'm happy I could have the relatively unmedicated birth I wanted.
by robichek
Wed Jan 27, 12:07 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

I really appreciate all your input, everyone, thank you!! Luckily I chose my OB specifically because he's a big supporter of natural birth, so he's not going to get pushy until we hit 42 weeks.
by robichek
Wed Jan 27, 9:39 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

You are right. And I've generally come to terms with this and that it's a blessing that they have antibiotics and have figured out the optimal treatment and my baby will be less likely to die from this stuff. That said, I've moved on to freaking out about why I'm a day away from 41 weeks and there a...
by robichek
Sat Jan 16, 18:06 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

Thank you ladies.

To be clear, I fully plan to be on antibiotics when in labor, as prescribed. I also want to make sure I'm loading myself with all the other "good" stuff to help with the bad.

You are all very helpful and I appreciate the comments. Thanks! Something like 5 more days to go...
by robichek
Fri Jan 15, 10:01 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

Thank you, this is really good to know.
by robichek
Thu Jan 14, 20:22 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

Thank you for all the comments. Yes, my husband is also telling me that there are so many other things that could be going wrong or could go wrong and if this is all it is then we will be ok. I do agree and want to be positive about it. It's just hard. :-) I've thought (briefly) about nixing the ant...
by robichek
Wed Jan 13, 11:12 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Re: Group B Strep

Why are you thinking you can't you have a natural birth? I mean, you'll be on antibiotics sure, but there's nothing about group b strep I know of that would force a c-section or epidural. Yes, I definitely hope there is no other intervention during labor... But introducing antibiotics to my baby be...
by robichek
Tue Jan 12, 19:03 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Group B Strep
Replies: 26
Views: 7565

Group B Strep

Just got word that I'm positive for Groub B Strep, and I'm due next week. Wanted a natural/unmedicated birth but that's not as much of a bummer as the idea that my baby will now be at risk for some unforeseen amount of time and I will be freaking out every time he comes into contact with anyone, at ...
by robichek
Thu Jan 7, 10:02 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: not excited about others' pregnancies
Replies: 15
Views: 8213

Re: not excited about others' pregnancies

This thread is such a bummer! :-) But seriously I'm with you. I'm due to have my second baby in 2 weeks and sometimes I just get overwhelmed with how much it's all gonna suck and feel like crying. Luckily the tears haven't started yet. Also luckily my first kid is pretty awesome now. But I have some...
by robichek
Fri Oct 23, 9:37 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Childbirth/infant cpr/baby care classes
Replies: 9
Views: 3656

Re: Childbirth/infant cpr/baby care classes

I agree on lactation consultants. I had to see at least 2 (one at the hospital and one on my own) to figure out what I was doing wrong. Breastfeeding was not easy.
by robichek
Thu Oct 22, 14:36 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Childbirth/infant cpr/baby care classes
Replies: 9
Views: 3656

Re: Childbirth/infant cpr/baby care classes

If you haven't done a lot of your own research already, then I recommend a Bradley method class for childbirth. I think women (and their spouses) end up often finding themselves unprepared for certain things that are completely normal or completely optional but "sound" like they aren't. The Bradley ...
by robichek
Tue Oct 20, 11:33 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: medicated vs. unmedicated birth
Replies: 31
Views: 9705

Re: medicated vs. unmedicated birth

I feel bad that c-section moms feel ostracized in other communities. This is funny to me because I literally have to go to a doctor in a different city, because the few women I know in the "natural/unmedicated birth" community in my area agree that there are few medical centers, hospitals, doctors ...
by robichek
Tue Oct 13, 12:22 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: medicated vs. unmedicated birth
Replies: 31
Views: 9705

Re: medicated vs. unmedicated birth

Agreed
by robichek
Tue Oct 13, 10:32 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: medicated vs. unmedicated birth
Replies: 31
Views: 9705

Re: medicated vs. unmedicated birth

I agree it's not great for me to be so controlling re: the outcome. But I do correlate a healthy baby with a natural birth. Not just from other babies I've seen who had illnesses (asthma for example), but from my own, who is healthy like an ox. Perhaps I just got lucky with him, but I do want to set...
by robichek
Mon Oct 12, 16:29 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: medicated vs. unmedicated birth
Replies: 31
Views: 9705

Re: medicated vs. unmedicated birth

My first labor/delivery was "successful" in that there was never a need for any intervention. I had prepared with Bradley techniques and my husband and doula were indispensable. The staff recommended pitocin because I spent a good 8 hours at 8 centimeters with the baby "stuck" or something, but then...
by robichek
Tue Oct 6, 12:27 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: hospital vs homebirth
Replies: 19
Views: 6280

Re: hospital vs homebirth

I had a natural birth in a hospital with a very pro-natural-birth OB-GYN who I specifically wanted because he was well-known in the natural birth community. My hospital room had a bathtub we were allowed to labor (but not deliver) in. I did have to fight off multiple pitocin recommendations by well-...
by robichek
Thu Sep 17, 21:09 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: What do you wish you had known?
Replies: 5
Views: 2676

Re: What do you wish you had known?

The whole "your heart walks outside of your body for the rest of your life" thing... I wish I had understood that. It's very hard to come to terms with that. I obsess over what might happen to him and what might happen to me as a result. My life and happiness revolve entirely around his and it terri...
by robichek
Thu Sep 17, 21:05 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: What did you hate hearing when you were pregnant?
Replies: 31
Views: 10641

Re: What did you hate hearing when you were pregnant?

My mother and sister have taken to asking me if I'm having twins and if I know why my stomach is so big... this is funny because I'm already at 21 weeks, but would have to gain another 30 pounds to hit the highest weight of my first pregnancy. So really, I'm thinner now and so my stomach looks compa...
by robichek
Thu Sep 17, 9:40 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Vaccines
Replies: 40
Views: 10361

Re: Vaccines

We have been vaccinating one shot at a time, every month like clockwork for basically the last 1.5 years since he was born. We are comfortable with this approach. We're also lucky that he doesn't go to day care and basically is at home with our family all the time so we believe his risk of exposure ...
by robichek
Thu Sep 17, 9:26 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: sleep deprivation
Replies: 3
Views: 1731

Re: sleep deprivation

Apparently there is a new book out called The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Sleep and it is ALL THE RAGE.. http://www.amazon.com/Rabbit-Wants-Asleep-Getting-Children/dp/149617951X If you are still breastfeeding, that may be an issue (not that I recommend that you stop breastfeeding). Topping up before t...
by robichek
Thu Sep 10, 11:08 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Prenatal genetic testing
Replies: 15
Views: 3318

Re: Prenatal genetic testing

I am very pro-testing and definitely wanted the choice/option of not moving forward if there was a major issue. Now there are tests that go beyond the nuchal fold testing and actually just test blood DNA (finding the baby's DNA inside your blood), they are far more accurate (I am told). There is mor...
by robichek
Tue Sep 1, 18:56 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: non-religious parents raise okay kids after all
Replies: 5
Views: 2304

Re: non-religious parents raise okay kids after all

I am quite grateful that I was raised by "godless" parents. They never claimed to be atheists and never claimed to be religious. It simply wasn't part of any conversation ever. There wasn't even a lot of "be a good person" talk. I developed my morality entirely on my own and I am so grateful I got t...
by robichek
Tue Aug 4, 11:06 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: teething necklaces
Replies: 5
Views: 1982

Re: teething necklaces

Oh, that makes more sense. I thought they were talking about the teething necklaces they make for babies. But still, babies chewing on beads... I don't know.
by robichek
Tue Aug 4, 10:39 2015
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: teething necklaces
Replies: 5
Views: 1982

Re: teething necklaces

I always thought the teething necklaces were specifically made of amber because certain properties in amber helped soothe the discomfort or help control the thyroid/drooling that came along with teething? I never heard about them being for actual physical chewing/teething. I would be very wary of a ...