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January 22nd, 2008, 08:08 AM
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Heather the Mama Duk
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Location: San Antonio TX
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When Cameron was born Ani was 19 1/2 months old. I had him at a birthing center. Ani missed the actual birth (she was outside with my mom), but came in immediately afterward. Fritz was born at home and Ani and Cameron were both there (ages 6 1/2 and 4 3/4). They left the room at some point while I was pushing. They got bored. All three will be there this time. They'll be 8 1/2, 6 3/4, and 23 months. It's been my experience that if you treat birth as no big deal, so will the kids. Just make sure you have someone there for your kid(s) that doesn't have to be there for you (i.e. preferably not your husband) in case they get bored or freak out or just plain make it clear they don't want to be there.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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