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For the actual birth... do you have any advice to get mamas? Like what foods and drinks to have on hand? What PP pads work best? Things like that, the little details that you probably don't think about in advance (at least my scattered brain doesn't!!).
I never got the mesh undies from my hospital birth...I'm always confused when people talk about them.
Um, I had tortillas and frozen oj concentrate with dd. With ds2 I can't remember. Labor was 4 days though, and I ate pretty regular up until a few hours before he was born.
I agree about it being almost over when you freak out. I don't scream or get mad at dh in labor, I cry and just lose it that way. When I get to that point, we know it's soon.
We used lots of towels too. I just like a small space to labor in, with dd I spent a little time in the bath/bathroom, and most of the time over some towels/garbage bags in the living room. With ds2 I spent most of it in the bathroom because I was leaking water and didn't want to make a mess. After he was born in the bathroom, dh helped me hobble to my towel/shower curtain pile in the dining room and I hung out there for a while.
Not sure exactly where I'm going to labor this time. Depends on the time of day. I might spend time in the bedroom if it's day time, that way I can escape the kids. If it's night time though, I'll labor in the living room mostly I'm sure. And maybe the kitchen some if I can stay quiet. We share the kitchen wall with the neighbors.
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