Hello Pretty Mamas,
I've been reading along too but don't always have the time to respond or ask questions, etc.
Chase_mommy - if it turns out that you aren't able to do the Mama Pads because of the bed rest situation, I would think the organizer would be understanding. No? You volunteered and agreed, you were intending to do so, but this was an unexpected and unforseen circumstance.
Why YES, there ARE things called stores that will still be there when the baby comes! Seriously! So funny how alarmed some folks become if you don't have all this "stuff". Sorry to hear your BP has been doing wacky things, and it's good to know it's back to normal. This is a tough time for you and your family because of you and dh having an unknown/uncertain near future WRT jobs.
Anything on the horizon for him? You haven't said much about dsd lately, how are things with her?
Terrilein - You are looking lovely and round! Like a fertility goddess! To hell with the comments! My gma also keeps asking me if I am having twins because I am rotund and way out in front. I think there was a thread about this before too... that in their generation they were encouraged not to gain much weight etc.
As for your rant about dh... I can relate to a lot of what you said... we went through a period of time (oh years, actually!
) when it was obvious that he just.did.not.get.it. It took some serious counselling sessions for him to "get it", make some SMALL progress (which is better than nothing)... and in the end I had to decide what I could live with. A message for me too was that I had to adjust my expectations. Not happy to hear that, let me tell you!
But important to realize for the sake of our relationship that I had a reduce or adjust my expectations. Anyway, sorry for the little veer off into "all about me", just saying this because it really strikes a chord with me.
Even though we have some adjustments and improvements, I've had to kind of resign myself to living with some things that I don't like because that's just the way it is.
Majazama - are you getting your thyroid levels tested? My pdoc also did an extra anti-body test for thyroid (it's a newish thing, dunno if your doc knows about it). Sorry to hear about the drama with SIL! Your garden, community and girls sound very lovely.
Good on ya for calling for help with babysitting and housekeeping!
It DOES take strength to reach out for help and I can totally see how that would be empowering!
As for the "husbands are idiots" comment -- I am about to say something conversationally, and it's not to put you on the spot or embarass you or anyone else! I just wanna say that sometimes with statements like this, I imagine it turned around, like what if my dh and some of his friends were standing around and saying, "wives are idiots". Would I like that? No. Would I think it's fair to blanket all women with one sentence because someone did something he didn't like? No. So I'm just gonna say let's try to keep it specific about our beefs related to our husbands, and not lump everyone all together as idiots, okay? Okay, that's me off my box now