Thanks for the September chat, hardcore. I missed the August chat, and thought about creating one, but inertia can be very powerful. I'm glad the summer is coming to a close; we traveled to France, Missouri, the mountains, and the seaside in just 10 weeks. It was intense.
Now our life is settling into a nice groove. My husband in working on the basement so we can move the office down there, and the current office will soon be the nursery. I'm scouring the internet, consignment shops, and networking with friends and relatives to score the best possible deal I can get on baby gear and clothing. I made my first trip to Babies R Us the other day and walked out without purchasing anything. I can't believe all of the stuff you are "expected" to buy. My goal is to be as much of a minimalist mama as I am comfortable with.
My mom is going to give me the wooden rocking chair that her mom used with her, and my mom used with me. The chair won't be as comfortable as the new gliders, but I am so psyched to have that piece of mama lineage in my nursery. I've also put my mom to work making wool diaper covers from old sweaters, and my mother in law is making a Winnie the Pooh quilt for the babe. She is a master quilter, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
I found a doula, who I absolutely love. She teaches interval classes for preggo ladies, and I'm excited to do some exercise tailored especially for the work of pregnancy and birthing. I get to learn all about the transverse abdominal muscles. We have also decided to birth at home instead of at a birthing center. The closest birthing center that is in my insurance network is too far from the hospital. My house is a mere 3 miles from the hospital; it just makes sense.
DH and I need to do the work of crunching numbers to see how much time we can both take off. I think we have settled on an au pair for child care, but I am still on about 7 waiting lists for day care (day care in Seattle is such a circus). We can't afford life's extras (like gas) if I don't go back to work. I remember when my mortgage didn't seem "that bad." Now that we are factoring in a kiddo, it seems so huge.
I feel good, thanks to acupuncture and some energy work. My appetite is back and my nausea is mostly at bay. Hooray.
Health and happiness to you all, and major props to you if you have made it this far.