Jr'sMom - I still need to give you a hug even if you ARE feeling better today! I hope you guys had a great Easter and no one drove you too crazy with their concern! I can't imagine looking towards birth with a broken or cracked rib! You can't even use "slow deep breaths" to get through that. Hope things come together somehow for the VBA3C you've been wanting!
MrsBone - I'm usually the guilty party in our house, with DH doing lots of cleaning when he gets home, but the nesting thing is really kicking in... high desire and low ability are making me SO grouchy about the littlest messes around here, so I can't even imagine how much more so for you with all the extra mess and "to-dos" on your list after the storm. Dh has been taking care of his priorities, but not so much mine, and I haven't been noticing until he's gone, so then I'm on hold again for a few days. Argh!
PunkElmo - AWESOME. Nicely done, listening to your own needs and body and finding such a great solution for you guys! And that website is hysterical!
Becca - I could use a little sister about now! :) I hope some of your crunchy crumbs rub off on her a bit while she's spending time with you guys! :)
SallyNichole - I kind of know where you're coming from. With DH gone so much, I find myself going to other sources to discuss, chat, vent, whatever, (like here!) so I that what little time we get together remains sort of "issue free" (not that we can't find a way to get into it easily enough!) and that frequently leaves me feeling like he's not as involved as I need him to be. I usually realize this when I casually reference something and he has no idea what I'm talking about... sigh. He's frequently ok with that too, but sometimes, like, when I'm about to give birth to his child and all, I just really want and need more from him. Hope you guys find a good connection that works for both of you soon!
AFM - We had a pretty good wknd. Dh cooked a lovely Easter dinner for us Saturday with plenty of help from the kids, since we knew he'd be leaving today - and he did. Even knowing it, I still get sad and pitiful. I warned the kids last night that there would be no magical baskets of sugar appearing overnight, (for a few reasons) but my dd - my TEN y/o dd who now wears bras - still woke up and asked me "where her stuff was"... so we actually ended up having an Easter Bunny based reality check this morning. Ds has long suspected that all "mythical" characters like the Bunny, Santa, the Tooth Fairy were bunk, but dd just seemed to want to cling to it all. To my surprise. But it's all over now! I told her she was just seeming so grown up that I felt like she could handle the truth, and there were a few tears, but I was relieved at how quickly she switched over to seeming to be pleased to have whole story, with clarifications on why we believe what we believe. Ds was just delighted to have been right. :) Then we took dh to work, went to the store and bought ourselves some Easter candy. Which I later regretted, but only because the abundance of sugar in their systems was abundantly obvious based on their behavior. One thing dd was happy about is that now that she's not wrapped up in specific mythical expectations, we can color eggs whenever we want - like when we have a kitchen more suited to doing that kind of thing, hopefully in a few short weeks!
I've been sort of suggesting dh consider an extra week off when the baby gets here. Eat rice and beans or something to make that work! Guess that will depend on whether or not we move to a cheaper place or not. I want more time with him!
Unfortunately, something in the happy dinner didn't agree with me AGAIN, and again I've spent most of the day today drinking Gatorade and eating pretzel chips. Stupid squished sensitive stomach!
We keep forgetting to take pictures together, and I don't have one shot of dh and I with me obviously pregnant this time around. Honestly, I don't know if I have them from the first two pregnancies! But we want it this time - we HAVE to get our acts together next weekend!
I actually got some time to myself on Saturday while Dh cooked our dinner. The local Birth Network hosts "Blessingways" each month, with two mamas telling their birth stories. This month, since it's Cesarean Awareness Month, the birth stories were a VBAC and a planned "thoughtful" c/s. The mama with the c/s had marginal placenta previa, leaving her with few options, but she was able to make some plans and have them respected, making a huge difference for her, and she found that just having some say-so helped her to heal tremendously from a traumatic emergency c/s with her last child. The meetings are held at this wonderful Natural Baby store, and not only was it a great get-together, but I FINALLY got to do some shopping while I was there! I've been very patient and not doing it with the other meetings. I really wanted some BabyLegs, but I couldn't find any that were "neutral" enough in color or design - I think my baby clothes shopping is done until LO arrives so I can decide for sure what colors I want! But I did get a cute diaper cover with little frogs on it, some raw silk and hemp diaper inserts (to use initially for me post partum), some hemp and cotton nursing pads, one little snappi, (so I'll have at least that one for the prefolds and flats) and some diaper detergent that was a great price on sale. I can't wait to spend more there ...
Reminding me I'd better get on the ball with things like a bed for the baby and a carseat...
And our A/C died today. It was 85 here today, so it is definitely too warm in here right now! My midwife/landlady said she'd have someone out here tomorrow, and I'm trying to be thankful for that instead of whiny about the heat.