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June 10th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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With my last birth my oldest was 18 months old, and he was there the whole time. He was so little though he was kind of oblivious of what was going on at times, and my mom/sisters were there to care for him and distract him.

this time, we are planning on just playing it by ear. If my two boys (ages 2.5 and 4) get wrestles or uncomfortable I will have a friend lined up to come pick them up and take them to her house. Otherwise I'm going to have someone at our house that can help care for them during the birth, and take them in/out as needed, especially if it gets long or too intense. We've been doing lots of reading and watching birth videos and talking about birth to try and help prepare them, but if the time comes and they are not cool with being there, they don't have to be. But I do want them there soon after.

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