Winter Editor's Letter
As labor was progressing with my first child, the time arrived when I was to start pushing. The doctor instructed me to push and count to 10, and when I got to 10, I could take a break from pushing until the next contraction hit. For those of you who have been through labor, you may remember that the pushing phase can be a bit tough. We were probably a good hour into it and I was losing steam. The doctor was encouraging me to keep going and was trying to get my husband involved by suggesting that he count out loud for me on the next contraction. He did, however he didn’t count as quickly as I would have liked. So as he was saying, “Five (long pause), six (long pause)…,” I looked at him and through gritted teeth announced, “I’m already on 10!”
Even the most by-the-book labor can have its tricky points (and, as they say, it’s not called labor for nothing). I think most moms and moms-to-be would agree with me that we’ll do what we can to make labor easier. Olathe mom of three Lauren Greenlee has put together some great tips. And if you are a Type A planner like me, you’ll enjoy Melissa Bellach’s Pregnancy To-Do List.
As winter rolls along, days cooped up inside can get to be long and difficult, and of a case of cabin fever can set in. Kristina Light has put together a great list of indoor hot spots to keep toddlers busy all season long! Also, be sure to check out the calendar at KCParent.com for great indoor activities for you and your little ones.
Stay warm, Kansas City!