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Blog - My Baby's Heartbeat Bear

  • SEX PLEASE: More Sex While Pregnant

    This topic generally goes one of two ways while pregnant:

    “WHAT THE F*$& ARE YOU THINKING?? I Do NOT want sex at all right now!”

    Or

    “OH.MY.GOD. YES PLEASE. PLEASE. SEEEEEEEEEEX.” Continue reading

  • Making a Splash: Meet Susan the Octopus

    Eight long tentacles and a smile that can brighten any room, Susan the Octopus is a fun loving animal of the ocean!  She can make friends with any passing squid, and is always ready for a celebration.

    Spending her days sun-bathing near the top of the water, Susan enjoys watching the families on the beach in front of her.  She often likes to swim just close enough to feel their presence, but not so close that she scares them.

    Susan has a secret: she longs for her own family to build sandcastles with.

    One day, Susan was relaxing in the waves and enjoying a brunch with her fish friends as she heard something from the beach ahead.  A panicked yelling from what Susan knew had to be a mother.  She could not find her small child anywhere, and the lifeguards were beginning to search the waters.  Susan knew she could help.  She dropped her prawns and went completely still.  She tried to tune everything else out and listened for a sign of the child.  In the distance, Susan heard a faint “Mama” cry, but more intensely she heard a pounding heartbeat. She sprung into action. Continue reading

  • Why We Co-Sleep and Bed-Share

    Go ahead and start yelling at me now.  I’ve heard it all, as this is not my first rodeo.  Baby #4 is due in two months, and he too will join our bed.  Good thing I’m confident in my parenting decisions, trust my gut instincts, and have done all my research, or all of you who are about to flip out *might* have had an effect on me!

    I will start this article with the fact that there is a correct way to bed-share. There are do’s and don’ts and so many things to learn.  However, after making the decision to keep baby in bed with you, don’t waiver – trust your decision and don’t let others make you feel bad for it.

    Our newborns always sleep with us.  They do until they are old enough to not want to.  Our first baby slept with us until she was 2.5 years old and her baby brother was about 8 months old.  Together, they slept on a mattress on the floor and crawled into our bed if needed.  Our third baby is now 26 months old and still in bed with us, while his 4 and 6 year old siblings bed-share in the room next door.  There are nights when all three littles end up snuggling with us, and other nights when it’s just our two year old.  Once baby #4 arrives in March, we will have four in our bed, until #3 decides a newborn isn’t fun to sleep with, and moves into bed with brother and sister! Continue reading

  • Delayed Cord Clamping: Let it Pulse.

    You just delivered a beautiful, vernix covered little bundle of joy.  Your heart is on cloud 9 and the endorphins are delightful.  The last thing you are thinking about is watching the umbilical cord.  Hopefully, your birth team will already be in practice of letting the cord pulse to completion, but taking the time to watch it happen will help you understand just why it’s so important.

    When your baby is born, there are so many things that happen so quickly, but each one of them has reason. The ACOG, March of Dimes, and many other medical organizations have been trying to help people understand that during this period, we need to practice one important thing: Patience.

    Labor, birth and the time afterward should not be rushed, as there are many important purposes that are occurring between the placenta, umbilical cord, and baby. Continue reading

  • Toddler Hell: Also Known as Bed Time

    What? Bedtime at your house is delightful? BULL. You wouldn’t be reading this if that were the truth.  We have experienced “Bedtime Hell” for the last 6 years.  My children do not fall asleep alone, stay asleep, sleep through the night, or any of that other crap that sleep trained kids do.  Hell, my kids still sleep with us 50-75% of the night, on any given night. (Did you read my post on bed sharing?)

    About 7:30pm each night, my husband casually asks, “Hey, are you going to start putting kids to bed?”  And then I give him THE LOOK. You know what I’m talking about… that look of death, like, “Why in the bloody hell can you not do bedtime E.V.E.R.”  (oh, because you either fall asleep WITH the children or BEFORE the children.) Continue reading

  • Supplements for Pregnancy

    *Always consult your midwife or doctor with questions about supplements, dosage, and other concerns.

    The supplement world is overwhelming and it is so hard to look at the shelves and figure out what to purchase.  I’ve broken it down for you, well at least with the information that I have found!  These are the supplements I take while pregnant:  (I have low iron, so that is always on my supplement list!) Continue reading

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