Sasha, I haven't read your post, but it sounds like you're up against a very disappointing hard place, and for that I'm so sorry!
We're such a chatty group that I'm having a hard time keeping up with everyone's news!
Lemon, I know you've gotten lots of advice already, but I have to add my $.02! Only a very few of my friends "get it" about my birthing/parenting style. The rest of my friends are great women who sometimes laugh at me or give me a hard time about my beliefs, but I still love them! And a few have been won over to my side just based on what they've seen me doing or talking about. Don't let yourself feel discouraged because you haven't actually had that natural birth experience yet, or because all of the literature you've read supporting not circ'ing has flown out of your head. Find the women who support you (even if it's just us!) and as for the rest, you don't have to defend yourself to anybody. Stay idealistic and the proof will be in the pudding!
Everybody keeps talking about virtual shopping, but I'm afraid to even look around too much because I've got myself on a strict budget. I did go to a few resale shops the other day and found a bunch of nice-looking maternity clothes in my size for super cheap!
I was thrilled to pieces to not have to spend a lot of money clothing myself, yet didn't have to settle for ill-fitting, worn out stuff. I also bought some little 0-3 mo outfits for my Biscuit. I don't even believe that girls have to wear pink, but I think I'm so excited about having another girl that I only realized after I got home that every single thing I bought was pink!
My brother and SIL are in from out of town this weekend with their brood (my SIL is pregnant with #8), so there will be lots of visiting and hanging out going on, and lots of kids running around screaming (with happiness, I hope!). I'm glad, because it'll be too hot to do much else, and work has been super stressful for me lately. I need to have a break and forget about it!
I'm usually a very vivid and prolific dreamer, but lately I don't think I've had ANY dreams. I've either been unable to sleep
or sleeping so hard that I have no recollections of any dreams. It's too bad, because I'm really a believer in dreams being a way to get in touch with your intuition, Self, etc.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Stay cool!