Finally, 5 minutes to sit and chat here!
I had my 32 week appointment with my MW this morning. I now see her fortnightly, which seems so odd and sudden, even though i am more than ready to be "done" and have this baby! Obviously not now, since that would be rather drastic for the baby, but 40weeks is eagerly anticipated in this house!
On books and films - i just finished Cunt by Inga Muscio and am lending it to various other feminist friends now. I enjoyed it but found that the sort of lines one can draw in the sand as a white lesbian american aren't that handy for many OTHER types of women in the world. Still it had good things in it. I have no films in the offing, i'm waiting for Cemetery Junction, the new Ricky Gervais film to come out at the cinema. The Invention of Lying was appalling but this one has gotten better reviews so hopefully it'll be fun.
I'm nesting a little. Mainly washing baby's things in anticipation, but don't currently own anything to put them in (we'll probably go with storage boxes from ikea as the baby is going in our bedroom where we don't have space or need for a dresser and then in with DD who has masses of wardrobe space they can share. I just did a big load of onesies and sleepsuits (which my babies live in for a few months, i am not excited by "outfits" for people whose limbs are shorter than my feet!) and the nappies are done and waiting to be put somewhere... I sewed my ring sling up last week, and a little receiving blanket which will do for about a day. I've got 3 friends due this summer, one later this month in fact and 2 in July and need to sew up a little gift for each of them too. One i'm doing a sling and a little blanket for, but the other two...no idea. Probably a blanket each actually, since they are so quick. I have some lovely flowery cotton and some super-soft wincyette so i'll probably use those combined for one friend (who is definitely having a girl) and the others...no idea. I made our baby a rockin lap rug for winter, which is red fleece on one side and black-with-flames-cotton on the other....
We still need to buy a new bouncer (DD bent the last one out of all recognition) and i guess i should dig the tummy tub out and wash it out sometime too. Also we need to bring in and set up the cot, we bought a new mattress at the weekend, but my dad has one side of it (we cut bars out when DD learned to try to climb out because it wasn't a drop side so i just provided an exit rather than risking head injuries, and my dad is fitting new dowels where the cut ones were) so that will have to wait. I also need to go buy some strong necklace thread, to thread my nursing necklace, i bought the beads ages ago. And i got a bunch of wool to knit a nice wee cardigan/jacket but am yet to look out my needles. I feel a bit like everything is in chaos and i'm waiting to see through some of the chaos to get everything settled.
I've lost my csection birth plan (in case of transfer) for DD, but can't quite get around to writing another. We're not really going to do a birth plan with our MW because she and i are on the same page ideologically (basically her "normal" aim is a drug-free vaginal birth with everything as natural as possible and she deviates from that only as medically required) and labour is unpredictable enough that i'd rather see what happens than have a fixed idea in my head about how i want it to go. I had a birth plan with DD but as a defence against hospital protocols (it was an NHS homebirth with one ward midwife and one community midwife) which i have no need for with Al, my independent middie.
I'm listing things i have to do before the birth to fill in the time:
- wash baby clothes (In Progress)
- ditto sheets/bedding
- get storage and put clothes/nappies away ready for baby
- set up cot
- sew gifts for 3 summer babies
- write cs/transfer plan
- knit baby jacket
- do 10k (May 9th, i will be WALKING it of course!)
- got to MW's 10-years-as-an-independent-midwife-picnic (last weekend in may when i will be 39+4 or something!)
There's probably a lot more, i add as i go, stops me going mental when i'm overdue...lol