Sending good thoughts to all those awaiting labour!
Karli, you should not be apologizing for lack of posting. This is not obligatory! No expectations here! Good for you for getting some help.
saoirse & Katico! I am rooting for a tie in the next day or two.
puente, ugh, that sounds awkward. I hope you can find a resolution. For what it's worth, I find that I tend to get better medical treatment when I cheerfully show up for all recommended tests. (But I am also a 'more data = better' kind of person.)
Rosemary, hugs to you as well. You just described my mood through the pregnancy. Now I feel like myself again. Hopefully the end is in sight for you, too. I'm sure your friend will understand about the cake. And hey, flat cakes can be very chic.
Blog: She is someone with a huge agenda, and has been a presence online for years, if not decades. I think some of her views have nuggets of truth in them, but that totally gets lost in her agenda-pushing and nasty, nasty tactics like what we are seeing here. Honestly, I feel sorry for her. She was probably striving to be hot stuff at one point but got pushed out or burnt out, who knows. So she left, and now she's in her mid-fifties, way out of date clinically, would need to do some serious catch-up work to ramp back up to the clinical field and even more work to break into research, and she can't or doesn't want to pay those dues. So instead she has a blog. It's kind of pathetic. (Nothing against blogs, but they are not on a level with clinical or policy-oriented research.)
AFM, I can sit again!! Put that together with a napping baby and I've actually been getting a little writing work done. I submitted revisions to a paper and am editing another for a co-author. Plus I volunteered to accompany DS1's class on a field trip yesterday that meant walking about 4 miles, and I felt awesome the whole time. (DS2 didn't make it quite all the way through before losing patience, but he slept in the Ergo most of the way, and I just left a little early to go nurse and change him. It meant so much to DS1 that I was there, and it was so nice to spend a few hours outside.) I am so excited. The pain from the tear really sucked for the first 10 days or so, but it's almost gone and overall, this recovery is so incredibly much easier than my c/s last time. Which reminds me:
Mirror: I have taken a couple of looks and was unfazed, but I was prepared for it to look pretty sore. Lots of swelling and bruising, visible stitches, bleeding, and so on, but I know it will heal. Also, I've never worried that much about how it looks. I did not shave, trim, or otherwise groom prior to the birth, which was attended by almost a dozen people in total, so I'm not about to start caring now!