Escher: I think it makes good sense to be wistful about this part of your life ending/changing as you become parents. It *is* a big transition, and I think it is healthy to be conscious of that and to process the emotions that come up.
Seraf: Funny that you are trying to find stuff to register for. In addition to Escher's suggestions, I might include swaddle blankets/wraps, a warm cover for the carseat for winter, a few blankets to be special for this baby, a soft structured carrier if you don't have one and might like to add it to the sling collection, carseat(s), wet sacks for cloth diapers on the go, nursing pads and bras, nipple balm, diaper cream, waterproof pads for the baby to lie on in your bed (and/or a waterproof cover for your own mattress), a co-sleeper if that sounds attractive, an exersaucer type thing and/or bumbo seat, some puzzles or blocks or something, board books, baby book... Not sure what else.
MizYellow: So was Sat. your last day of work? If so, what are you doing today besides eating ice cream?
AFM: I'm 1.5 cm! At least, I think so. I had the less experienced midwife today, and she said that I'm 1.5 cm open at the bottom of the cervix but closed at the top. So does that "count" as 1.5 cm or not? She couldn't tell how effaced I am because the top of my cervix is still closed. She says that I'm definitely "softening up," though, which is good news. I'm having plenty of BH, so I'm glad that they are doing something!
I got to see the baby on the u/s, because she wasn't positive from feeling the baby that she was head down. Thankfully, she is head down but not at all engaged. Like Seraf, she said that with second and later babies, they often don't engage until labor starts, so I guess that is how this will go. It does make me nervous that she'll turn, though. I got to see her little face, and she was opening and closing her mouth and then sucking on her fingers--so sweet! I can't believe that I have this full-grown baby just hanging out in there. So bizarre.
My mom is trying to figure out when to fly out. We'd decided that she'd fly out once I'm in labor, and she has plane tickets for next Mon. the 25th that she can change without any penalty. So the question is whether she should just come out next Monday, even if I'm not in labor or whether we should stick with the original plan (which would mean that she probably won't make it for the birth). I'm not crazy about the idea of her hanging around with us waiting for labor, but she is super helpful and could help us get stuff done around the house to prepare (cleaning, freezing food, etc.). And she is pretty good at staying out of the way. At the same time, I like the idea of this labor being centered on my and DP without the dynamic that my mom creates. I think I'm leaning toward just letting her come once I think I'm in labor and not before...though I know she'd love to be at the birth if possible. Ugh. I don't know. Maybe I'll go into labor before next Monday anyway! I'm kind of hoping for next weekend...