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  • Sacha,

    Apparently a lot of midwives get totally over Enya in the course of their work

    Wonder if funeral directors tire of Eric Clapton?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19697 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I am not due until *March*

    Right moving on to names then?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    I am not due until *March*

    Right moving on to names then?

    Heh we got into the habit of calling our friend's bumps, Otto.

    Surprisingly none of them chose to name the child that?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Yeah my son was due in 'March' too, sometime near the end - he has a mid feb birth date .... be prepared (keep a loaded boy scout in your purse) .... we didn't buy anything until the baby shower (which happened after) - don't end up having to do what I had to do which was to wander panicked thru a baby shop buying anything that looked vaguely useful

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2609 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Do like Ollie or Felix.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    My partner thought I was insane insisting on having everything bought and set up by 36 weeks until #1 decided to turn up 3 weeks early.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Dental health... well it's nice to be asked, but the extent of my expertise is that I read dental journals while I worked a reception desk at a dentists' office when I was a university student... 30 years ago...

    Don't know about toothpaste... I suspect it helps to loosen plaque, which is extremely sticky and difficult to remove - and the re-mineralising aspect of it would be useful.

    Your teeth can be sound and your gums diseased, this is something to be aware of as you get older. They can fix any tooth, in any state - but they can't fix the bones under the gums, once periodontal disease becomes serious and bone loss gets underway.

    One of the interesting things to emerge is the link between gingival health and general health - cardiovascular disease, arthritis, any auto immune disorder etc).

    Gingival health of pregnant women is also strongly implicated in health of both mother and child:

    Gingival Health

    Oral infection, especially gingivitis and periodontitis may affect course and pathogenesis of a number of systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, preeclampsia and low birth weight. The purpose of this essay is to evaluate current status of oral infections, especially periodontitis, as a causal factor for systemic diseases.

    Periodontal disease is a big cause of miscarriage and probably one of the easiest things to guard against.

    There has always been a known link between good teeth and good health, but relatively recently it has become apparent this has nothing to do with being able to eat a wider range of foods (as was once believed) but more to do with the underlying periodontal health and the effect that has on the whole system. All illness is inflammation, basically, and bad gums are a source of inflammation that is constantly being fed into your bloodstream.

    My childs dentist informed me a few weeks ago that we are born with mouths free from bacteria (makes sense) but we spread it to babies and children by kissing them, sharing cups etc.

    Yes, and younger children often get decay earlier than their older siblings for this reason. Though most babies have picked up the pathogen one way or another before they have teeth.

    Sofie - the salivia thing - I gathered from the journals I read the pH of an individual's salvia influences the rate of replication of the bacteria that cause dental decay, so some mouths are more hospitable to the pathogens than others.

    Actually the bacteria only sort of cause the decay...

    My sister & cousin (teachers, the both of them) used to tell their classes of kids (primary school) about how the bacteria themselves don't cause the decay... it's the bacteria poop that causes the decay.

    The parents of said children reported gratefully that their children were now very dedicated brushers and flossers.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Random people would walk up to Kirsten in the supermarket and try and touch her stomach etc.

    Reminds me, saw a movie other night, of course I can't remember the title, but Simon Pegg on bus touching a woman's stomach ,listening,etc.gets friend doing the same, looks up and says"I can hear it"woman gets up looks perplexed and says " I'm not pregnant"

    Got it! How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I am not due until *March*. You guys are totally screwed. I will be whining annoyingly for weeks yet.

    OH, so you want to go down that track then. Anyone care to explain to Danielle about those "baby on board" signs we sometimes see on cars... and what they really mean.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4341 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    My other made a "Baby in Boot " sign for my car. Well, you had to be there.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    Right moving on to names then?

    I took to calling our bump Josh Junior, or Joju ("even if it's a girl -- especially if it's a girl...") Unfortunately, this seems to have stuck among some of my friends, who don't seem to care that we actually gave him a real name once he was born.

    Our birth story: we went for a hospital birth, but delayed going to hospital as long as possible. He popped out 45 minutes after we got there - there wasn't even enough time for my wife to get onto the good drugs. The only recommendation I can give is "have a small baby".

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    My other made a "Baby in Boot " sign for my car. Well, you had to be there.

    No, it's already funny on spec.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    We had 'Crouching Tiger & Hidden Dragon', for the twins. It was topical, and wholly appropriate.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I mostly just called him 'the parasite' for several months (much to my mother's horror).

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Greville Whittle,

    I mostly just called him 'the parasite' for several months (much to my mother's horror).

    I was informed, with no room for misunderstanding, that 'Greville Spawn' and 'Podling' were not acceptable ever. :)

    I've been a good boy since that conversation. Although it has been hard finding names that we like, and that work ok in both Danish and English.

    Hamiltron • Since Oct 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Lego?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Hahahah....

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Anyone care to explain to Danielle about those "baby on board" signs we sometimes see on cars... and what they really mean.

    I used to resent those signs... I felt they were trying to say they had precious cargo on board and could I please try extra hard not to crash into them. This seemed to be suggesting I wasn't taking driving seriously and had spare capacity to be extra careful, when in fact I was already trying as hard as I possibly could not to crash into any car, regardless of who or what was on board.

    But they don't bother me so much now that I've realized the true meaning.... they are not a warning of them being in extra need of care because of they are more valuable than others.... it's a warning of them needing extra care on account of their own driver being distracted and being more liable than average of making stupid maneuvers requiring my avoidance...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Big baby, small baby makes no difference - it's the position that counts. At least in my experience. My nicely positioned 9lb10oz second was eleventy squilion times less painful than my 6lb13oz posterior until the last minute first.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Also - Baby on Board signs. I'm pretty sure they come free with some carseats meaning you can let them clutter up your floor or feel guilty about dumping plastic into landfill or hang them in your car.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Lego?

    My parents couldn't be bothered with a middle name for me. All other siblings got variations of Maria.(catholics for ya) and Stansio, but me, well what do you put between Sofie and Bribiesca along with my Mother telling me I was adopted (when I wasn't) but that is her Irish sense of humour.She still laughs about that.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I used to resent those signs... I felt they were trying to say they had precious cargo on board and could I please try extra hard not to crash into them. This seemed to be suggesting I wasn't taking driving seriously and had spare capacity to be extra careful, when in fact I was already trying as hard as I possibly could not to crash into any car, regardless of who or what was on board.

    Or, as Marge said upon receiving one: "great, so finally people will stop intentionally ramming into our car".

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Also - Baby on Board signs.

    ... were originally a fad because of a single incident where the mother was rescued from the car but the baby wasn't noticed and died. Logically the sign should come out of the car when the baby is not on board.

    Of course when paired with the loser sticker it all makes sense.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    it's a warning of them needing extra care on account of their own driver being distracted and being more liable than average of making stupid maneuvers requiring my avoidance..

    Yeah. "I'm chronically short of sleep, probably distracted by a screaming thing in the back seat, and chock full of hormones that may (or may not) cause me to make irrational descisions" doesn't fit so well on an easy-to-read rear window sign.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    I mostly just called him 'the parasite' for several months (much to my mother's horror).

    Yeah, my wife was never that keen on me referring to her as the "vessel for my seed"...

    Big baby, small baby makes no difference - it's the position that counts.

    True - I would also recommend plenty of time on hands and knees, rocking the wee dear into the right place. That was our midwife's instructions to my wife, and the little guy ended up the right way around without need for manual positioning.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

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