QMama: Whoa! That was unexpected! Many congratulations to you on bringing your little one safely into the world, and best wishes as you both recover and (re)gain your strength. Please keep us updated if you can. I know that NICU stays are really hard, so take good care of yourself if you possibly can, and get lots of help. Do you have a LC to help with BFing (assuming that's your plan)? You could send a PM to 2EZ for support, since she recently did this. And she and her family are so happily at home now (according to their facebook pics)...you'll get there soon. Congratulations again.
Isa: You look fantastic! Pregtastic! We need to get together again. And I forgot that you could probably help me sew my ailing sling. I might take you up on that, since I'll use the Maya as a backup (once I have my dream sling, which I'm hoping is the one in the mail to me now from a babywearing leader upstate--a Natibaby linen/cotton blend that was converted to a ring sling from a wrap). The shoulder on the Maya just isn't wide enough to be comfy enough to be my main ring sling (yes, I'm getting obsessed--that's fair--but I'm not nearly as crazy as the women on the facebook babywearing groups, trust me). I still need to try out that lovely silk that you gave me...maybe tomorrow. Love the pic of DP reading the father book. That's one for the scrapbook for sure.
Carmen: Yay for 5 weeks! Every single day counts, and the week changes are the best. I looked forward to Wednesday every week, because I could count up to the next week.
KS: Sorry about the possible measles (or, rather, the panic about them).
Starling: BOO to the flu. I had a 24-hour stomach bug a month or so ago and couldn't believe how much worse it was with a babe who woke up every time I left the bed. Thankfully it was quick. I hope you're feeling better already. And YUM to your Ellaroo. I'd love to know which carry is stand-up-proof, though Lilah isn't doing that (yet). There are lots of instructions on wrapababy.com, and the videos by "wrapyourbaby" on YouTube are great, too. Long walks on the beach in Costa Rica with the babe in a cool, lovely wrap sound like heaven. The sleeping baby in a wrap while walking on the beach was the best part of my FL trip over the holidays.
AFM: Long story short, Lilah's first day of campus childcare did not go well. For various reasons (shots yesterday, upset tummy today, who knows what else?), she wasn't feeling well and would neither poop nor sleep, not even when I came by repeatedly to nurse and comfort her and to try her over the potty. She was giving me every sign that she needed to go poop all day long but wouldn't go (I swear the people working there must have thought I was CRAZY for holding her over the tiny toilet 5 times while she did nothing). The minute we got home and I got her to the bathroom, she emptied her bowels. SIGH. She had bouts of real happiness. She loved being played with and watching the toddlers, but whenever we'd leave, she'd be fine for about 15 minutes and then get more and more upset until she became inconsolable, at which point they called me (as I requested). DP and I took turns coming to help her in between meetings and classes, and her two designated caregivers were very attentive and tried everything they could think of. She was well cared for, but she wanted us...especially me. She only slept when DP took her on a walk in one the daycare's strollers (I'll bring a carrier next time). Part of the problem seemed to be the noise level. With a bunch of toddlers and tons of enthusiastic interns and caregivers interacting constantly with the kids, it was REALLY loud. Even the nap room was louder than she is used to, since they play soothing music and people are walking in and out. She is really sensitive and gets overstimulated easily. I don't know whether she'll adapt to a louder environment or whether she just needs to be cared for at home until she is older. Thankfully, we're only doing this two days/week, but that also means that it will take her longer to adjust. I broke down a few times during the day as caring colleagues asked how she was doing, but they were understanding and sympathetic. I did manage to teach my class (for the first time since last May), and it went fine. I have a grad seminar tomorrow that I'm bringing Lilah to. I never imagined doing that, but the in-laws are out of town, so I guess I'll manage, and I've given the students a heads up that our first class might be short and chaotic. Time for all those carriers.... I can just see myself bent over, shirt hanging open, as I get Lilah into a back wrap. (Ok--sorry--that wasn't short--but thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts).