Amanda: Thanks for the name of the belly cast kit. I'm excited to try it out. I hope you post pics when it's finished. Glad to hear that you had an enjoyable weekend away. How exciting to know that things are moving along!! It's really interesting that you can be open on one end of your cervix and closed on the other. I would think things would move in a more uniform way in that small space, but everything about this process is news to me. :o)
Seref: What a great belly!!! Renovations were a great learning experience for me, but I'll be really careful when I undertake them again... making sure I don't have quite as much going on at the time. Also, I imagine it would be so much more enjoyable to do them yourself. We worked with a wonderful, accomodating contractor, and at the end he totally dropped out before finishing the job and got frustrated with us when we pushed him to come back and finish up. I didn't like that dynamic at all. I am learning a fair amount about BFAR, but I've been focused on vaccines lately. Still time left... 12 weeks to go.
Escher: I'm having a bit of hormone ramp up too these days. It's really subtle but strong, kwim? One moment I'm fine, and all of the sudden I'll spout out to DW, "Ahhh, I'm so pregnant." Usually this means something along the lines of I can't cook, clean, deal w/____ tonight. You do it. Or, give me a bath, massage, etc. Yep, I've been making my way through the Sears book. I like the format and appreciate the description of the vaccine ingredients and what that means to some experts/families/observers. I also like the research he's included. I wish the book were a little more updated but it looks like I can check the website for more recent information (which I haven't done yet). There are a few I'm thinking we might want to delay or not vax for, and there are some that make sense to me on schedule. What did you think of the book?
Starling: What great pictures!!! Looks like a baby bump to me and your first little one is so very sweet. Lots of gorgeous personality in that pic. I'm envious after reading your response about stuff. For every new thing that arrives from family, friends or that we pick up I keep wondering whether we really need it (not the car seat and some of the other basics). But, it would be so nice to really know what's needed in our house and family, rather than filling our small space with stuff.
2EZ: Nice to see you!! How's everything going?
Mami: Thinking of you and your family and hoping all is well.
QOTD: Stuff... we registered for a fair amount of it figuring we can give folks choices. Our one big ask was a high-chair, but I don't know that we need that for awhile. I don't really think we need all of the stuff on the list. The one thing that I'm still stuck on (no matter how much I read on the diaper boards, watch youtube tutorials, talk to folks) is diapers. I'm drawn to the one size FuzziBuns I think hoping that they live up to the promise of carrying us through infancy and beyond. But because I have no experience with cloth I'm not sure how to approach it on the registry or just by stocking up ourselves. I get that starting out with a 3 day supply is an approach that has worked for others, but should they be all the same brand, or should we get a few different types to see if the babe prefers one or the other and then sell what doesn't work. Still uncertain about this.
AFM: Other than sleep, things are going well. We went to a birthing stories night at our MW practice yesterday. So lovely to meet all of the families and hear about their 4 very different experiences. 3 days of labor for one; 4 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing for another; 8 hours of labor and 20 minutes of pushing for another; and an unplanned hospital birth for the other. Also, two families in my birthing class just delivered, both at home, both in about 12 hours total. That sounds just about right to me. :o) Babe is kicking a good deal, which I love. I think she kicked me in the cervix this morning though... I didn't think she could reach down there. She's all over my belly though, up high one day and down low later that day. Took the first glucose test yesterday... ugh, not fun sugar drink (that can't be good for pregnant mamas). I'm feeling hopeful. Does anyone feel like their nutritional needs really increase in later pregnancy? It seems hard to get enough nutrition now and I didn't gain a pound last month (this is not normal for me... usually have no trouble with weight gain).