Seraf: You get serious life-skills points for making your own harness. Wow. How does it fasten? Did you put a buckle on it?! Or does it tie? Now I'm curious.
Starling and Wehrli: Thanks for the encouragement and info about milk donation. I'm looking around and thinking about possibilities.
Library: I'm quite serious when I say that if you wanted to get me the shipping supplies (including dry ice, I believe, since that's how milk banks handle it), I'd be happy to send you about 50 oz of milk. You'd have to look into the shipping details, but I'd be happy to share with little Alice! I like the idea of helping premies, of course, but helping people with whom I already have a relationship is also quite compelling. Starling--I'd send it to you in a heartbeat but am afraid that getting it across the border would be really tough. And you sound like you're all set, which is awesome. And Library--dancing to Glee with little kids sounds like some good fun.
Seraf: While I also find the groceries story to be funny, I've also been thinking about what you said before about feeling more alone in the pregnancy. That makes so much sense. I think pregnant women are nearly always more inwardly-focused than usual, which means that it must be extra hard to support a pregnant partner when you are pregnant yourself. And I know that you're not quite ready for baby yet--I hope you get the days off work you need to relax and restore before s/he shows up.
EZ: I agree--you look fantastic! Why only 20 lbs total? Yikes--that seems a bit low to me. But however you do it, I'm glad things are going more or less how you'd hoped.
KS and Seraf: I never got to the point of "get this baby out of me" with either pregnancy. Sigh. But I'm so grateful that I made it to "ok, you can come out if you need to" this time around.
Hi to everyone else!
Update: Z's school had a big event tonight, and besides handling the stress of my mother being across a table from my in-laws (they mix like oil and water), Lilah was super fussy and would only calm down if I held her, but I had my mom, my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, and DP all trying to help by holding her so that I could watch the performance and eat dinner. I so appreciated the efforts to help, but I just wanted to hold her so that she'd stop crying and be content. This got me stressing hard about having to go back to work next week. I'm full time as of Monday, though I'll be on campus only 2 days a week and somehow trying to work from home the other days (with help from DP and the in-laws). I just want to keep Lilah with me and not work...but then I also get really antsy at home with no schedule and need the intellectual stimulation and independence of work. I feel caught between a rock and a hard place, and I'm getting all weepy about it.
Edited by AmandaHope - 10/21/11 at 7:14pm