ARGH! I had a huge reply typed up, but my toddler came over and smacked the keyboard once and it disappeared. <sigh>
We are having one of *those* mornings..... the kind that start with 40 minute meltdowns because my 3 year old asked for oatmeal, and I complied, but somehow in her head it wasn't oatmeal and she needed OATMEAL. I mostly handled it well, except my one freakout where I yelled at her to STOP SCREAMING (top of her lungs for 30 minutes, is it really necessary?) or I'd put her in her room and shut the door. Of course that didn't help anything.
ASD/Special needs- there are so many judgemental people out there who judge kids for just being kids and haven't got a hope of understanding a child with special needs. All kids freak out and meltdown at some point. I'm as understanding as I possibly can be - my brother is ausbergers/ADHD and I still keenly remember comments and judgements from strangers, of feeling ashamed just for existing, and nobody should be made to feel like that. We have a lot of special needs kids who come through my work because their parents are doing what they can with supplements and gluten free diets, etc. I'm generally known as the one who likes all the "rotten" kids- the ones who whine and wander away from their parents to chat and play with the conveyer belt at cash (understanding that the median age of cashiers where i work is 21).
Rules for talking to a pregnant woman- LOL! Yes, I need one of those. I swear there are days where I want to attack the next person who asks when I'm due... and possibly mutilate the next person who assumes I'm due any day now, and then reacts with horror when I say not until May. I've had strangers argue with me about my due date saying it couldn't be any later than the end of March and I MUST be mistaken (???), or make really aggravating comments how huge I'm going to get and I won't be able to walk let alone stand up- or as one lady so kindly put it, "oh my god, you're going to EXPLODE!" No, no I really don't think I will.
Cristeen- holy productive. Canning, freezing meals, dying dipes, etc. It's awesome that you even plan to accomplish that much, even if it hasn't happened yet! I've been awake for an hour and I'm still trying to motivate myself to do laundry. I have 3 baskets of clean, unfolded stuff that's been sitting in baskets wrinkling for a week now and a veritable mountian of dirty stuff. We also have no clean spoons, forks, or bowls in the house and the living room floor hasn't been swept in a week. Blach.
Food habits: we've been eating a lot of udon noodles with bok choy and some form of protein (usually eggs or nuts). Lots of grilled cheese. I haven't given in and gotten fast food quite yet, but that might be because we haven't got any decent options around here (KFC, McDonalds, or pizza). I'm very rarely home for dinner so the idea of putting a lot of effort into something I won't be able to eat until after the kids are in bed doesn't interest me, especially since my appetite is largely non-existant these days. If the food is FABULOUS, I can squeeze in a remarkable amount but otherwise I eat half my regular portion and feel satisfied. Still making sure to eat every 2 hours, though.
I gotta say, the closer I get to my due date the less interested I am in it. I'm mostly getting more and more frightened about handling 3 kids, and being pregnant is overall so easy for me (I'm sorry for everyone with the opposite problem!), and I enjoy it so much, that switching over to difficult newborn/postpartum stage sounds more lousy than anything.