Thanks everybody! Wowwee, I feel so special to have this whole thread to ramble about me. LOL
Kim - Thanks for sharing your experiences - that is kind of what I'm thinking that if this labor goes fast and easily in the beginning, it will probably be easier to say I'm skipping the epi and sticking to it.
And how awesome to have your kids be able to start dinner for you! Oooooh, I live for that day!
Shauna - Ooooooh, I'm so embarrassed that you asked me that. I have done almost NO Hypnobabies. I meant to, truly I did. *Hides face in shame* Did it help you a lot?
I love the name Alissa. I was always super hung up on the first name and the middle name didn't matter at all to me ~ all my kids have family middle names. After birth they don't matter at all, really, other than when the kid is in trouble Like, I doubt my kids kindy teacher even KNOWS his middle name, you know? So I would go with whatever is dear to your husband, and then one day pull it out (like, darling, I think its time to upgrade my wedding band. I was thinking a 2 carat eternity band. Remember when I went with Valentine? Yes darling, me too.) Heheh. Totally kidding. Anyway, I like it.
I agree with Missy on convienance foods ~ and I bet that you have lots of people bring you food ~ I found that with second or more kids people were way less likely to bring gifts ~ especially when the baby was the same sex ~ and way MORE likely to provide meals ~ mom friends have been there and know that that is what you really need.
That is one beautiful baby belly Mama. I love your scarf and your shoes Kidding!!!
Melissa - Ooooh, I hope you're right! If there is anything in the world I love, it's other people's cooking. LOL I laughed about using "Valentine" to get a diamond eternity band.
I love the name. We do that too, and our kids have some....different middle names.
I wont tell you about my second birth But I will say that it was about half the time of the first!
Oh, and I never did anything special to prepare for my births and did all of them with no epi. The last two with nothing at all (though with the second I was like that drug addict, begging). But I am terrified of putting something into my spine, so that fear made it a much easier decision.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
I loved my epidurals, terrified as I was of getting them.
We have some funny middle name things going on as well.
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 10 ) and Juliet ( 6 )
Baking Adventures In A Messy Kitchen (blog)
Oh my kids middle names are horrible (yet meaningful, lol). Valentine is a dream.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
After Ben was born FIL says to me "Benjamin Reid? Just what kind of name is that? Where'd you get that name? It's not a family name." Yeah, well, when you have Herbert, Melvyn, Ernest and Wayne to choose from, it's a pretty simple decision....NOT going with a family name.
And Laurie, the only one afraid of the epi in this house was DH. He passed out cold when he saw the needle go in my spine. There he was, all laid out on the floor, doing this weird hand pointing jerking motion. Everyone went rushing to his aid, anesthesiologist included. I'm like "Hello? I've got a needle sticking out of my back here. Little help please." Second time, no epi, he almost passed out again. Right as Ben was being born he goes "I don't feel so good" and the nurse just told him to go park it on the couch until it was time to take pictures. I loved that nurse.