Thanks for such a thoughtful and encouraging comment! :-) I'm sure the religion issue will come up pretty quickly for us as he grows, considering my fundamentalist, evangelical family. They do not know that the hubby and I are atheists so it should get interesting when our son says something that doesn't line up with their beliefs.
I am very much looking forward to watching him learn about the world around him while forming his own philosophy and opinions...and I'm excited to be a part of that.
1) Enjoy the ride. 2) Whatever works for you and your child works for you and your child. So don't worry too much about all the advice you will be given. 3) You'll be fine - Just remember to sleep when your baby sleeps and don't worry about all the other stuff you aren't getting done for the first few months.
Oh - and The Happiest Baby on the Block was a lifesaver for us. Completely saved our sanity.
It’s always the hardest the first time with anything. The birth is intense, but you can handle it – think of all your mothers and grand mothers and great-grand mothers… I found humming or singing helped me during contractions – also a bath early on – then pillow to lay on whilst standing and leaning on benches whilst gently rocking hips, then back into bath or shower – if you end up on the toilet, they might want to move you so baby isn’t born in there – know that transition is when you feel like going home – but it’s an indication that you’re about to start pushing – this is when you do your hip rocking to get baby moving down - don’t be afraid to push – go with it – it might feel scary – but it’s how it’s meant to happen and all is well – you want to get baby out. You’ll be a star – giving birth is one of those situations that everyone does really well : ) I've not met a mum yet who flunked it! : )
That's a lovely story Mimmon - I've got a nice story like that for my second birth - spending time with my older boy building pebble stacks in the river bed - then hearing a familier sound of pop and feeling all the water coming... LOL : )
He's here! And his daddy and I are having a blast. The past three weeks have been the best of my life! Thanks so much for all of the encouragement and advice. I don't think labor and delivery could have gone any smoother...especially considering he weighed 8 1/2 lbs and I am very small (about 95 lbs). It really was a wonderful experience!