Hi all- I feel super out of the loop, but I just read through the whole thread.
Social groups: I am happy (and flattered) to act as co-leader as well, but I also feel like many of you ladies are far more qualified than I am! If there is someone else who is really eager to lead, please speak up. I still don't fully know what it means to turn into a social group (or what a co-leader does at all), but I love the opportunity of keeping in touch as our babies grow!
Hiccups- Great description, AKChix0r- I don't recall ever experiencing them, but it helps to know what to look out for!
This weekend we were so relieved that the hurricane (tropical storm at that point) was incredibly uneventful. We live in Boston, and DH's parents in NYC, and we were all supposed to meet up in the Berkshires (Western MA, which got pounded with the brunt of the storm- tons of flooding). We all stayed home, but Sunday, we had power the whole day, no flooding (and a new sump pump in our basement from our landlord), and just a few big branches in our back yard. It also meant that we had an unexpected weekend with no plans, which was the best part of all!
We also saw Harry Potter (10:30 am showing, in 3D, and we didn't get nearly as good a deal as you, Leahs!) It was my goal to watch that movie in a theater before the baby was born. This was also the first movie we've been to since we've been married. We don't go to many movies! Also on Saturday, we ended up going to the funeral for the midwifery classmate of mine who was in the car accident with her family and lost one of her 8 children. I was so glad we were able to go and support them by being there!
Sunday I was in a nesting/baby project mood all day and it was awesomly productive- I was a little whirlwind of productivity! For our co-sleeper, we have the mattress (made from wool blankets), and I am going to make a sort of pillowcase for the mattress. I washed all the fabric this weekend- it is some pretty retro calico patterns my aunt gave me, but it is going to be covered anyway! We're making 2 mattress pads out of the same wool panels, which I lanolized in the bathtub. We'll see how that turned out- have no idea if I used enough lanolin. But I'll attach elastic to the corners of the pad so it slips over the mattress. For sheets, I'm just making flat sheets with elastic on the corners as well that will go over the mattress and mattress pad. One of my biggest weaknesses is probably my dislike of following patterns/ recipies when making things. I much prefer to just eyeball everything and see how it turns out. So, sewing and making things can be more of a challenge, but I am definitely taking the time to measure and remeasure everything I'm sewing!
Baby will sleep in our room, and we have a little dresser for clothes. We have an old buffet that DH wants to strip and refinish (outside), and put that in the 2nd bedroom for more baby clothes and a changing table, but the baby won't sleep there.
Last night I went on a walk with my friend and she told me about her pea pod, which she swears by for travel, and highly favors over a pack-and-play. Have any of you tried the pea pod? Would love to hear your experience/insight!