Hello all--time for me to attempt some personals...
Ad astra--Congratulations on the arrival of your twins! What a wonderful surprise to hear that two babies have been welcomed to the world! I hope they get the feeding thing down soon so they can be home with you and DP.
Brite--I am so very sorry for everything you have been through over the last few weeks. I know how difficult it is to be blindsided by bad news about your baby, especially so late in pregnancy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you this weekend as you try to make it through until Tuesday. I am sending you strength and resolve as you learn more about this little one. I know you are doing everything you can to bring her into the world lovingly and safely. Big hugs to you, mama. Special thoughts out to your brother in law and his gf in healing from their loss too.
As far as the early weeks, we needed diapers/wipes, swaddling/receiving blankets, breast pads, nursing bra/tanks, nursing pillow (if you don't already have one, make sure you've got lots of pillows on hand to make nursing comfortable), baby soap, a few outfits (I really love the baby gowns because they make for easy diaper changes and many have the mitts to keep them from scratching themselves), burp cloths (plain prefold diapers or just extra absorbent cloth will do just fine). Quick healthy foods/snacks like yogurt, fruit, granola or whatever you like--you'll be ravenous with breastfeeding and will need little things that you can grab quickly without a lot of prep. Do keep us posted on how things are going. We want to support you in whatever ways possible.
Isa--Can't wait to see pics!
Sara--You look fantastic, mama! Hang in there, just a few more weeks til you meet Soren!
Yellow--I love the pictures! H is such a gorgeous little boy and I love the third picture of you sitting with him on the stairs. You two look so happy! I love that you're talking about #3 now too! How exciting. Congrats on the baby weight! That is awesome and I am looking forward to the day when I can say the same! That reminds me that I should really step onto the scale...
Library--I think your DP should be done with her dissertation by now. I am so happy to hear that you'll be making an exciting move and will finally be done with the mean girl once and for all. And I second Mizyellow, we need some more pics of Alice.
Crystal--I have been following your posts for the last few days and when I read about some of the things going on with your DP, I was heartbroken for you. You have really gotten some fantastic advice from the folks on this board. I hope that you and DP are able to take the necessary steps for making changes in your relationship. Your LO is so handsome, by the way. I love the photos!
AFM--I just got back from my trip to the Midwest two nights ago, the one where I traveled solo with two children, carseats, luggage and the whole nine yards. It went really well. I got lots of assistance from kind travelers, the airline and the rental car people. It was great! Baby S did much better on the flight to Chicago than on the way back. I think flying in the morning was definitely easier on the kids. We had a wonderful time with family and they absolutely showered us with love and affection and plenty of good food. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to see Isa, but she was doing more important things like finally having her baby (yay!)
In other news, I am going back to work full time on Monday. I don't even want to think about it. Baby S is currently sleeping and intermittently nursing on the Boppy while I'm typing this. She is too tiny and perfect to send to day care. I went to do another site visit at the day care before I left on vacation last week. It was an f-ing nightmare. The woman who was working with the infants clearly had a cold. Was she at home? No. She was at work, coughing, sniffling and sneezing. And she kept coughing into her hands, not the crook of her arm. I was disgusted. I am seriously rethinking this place. I will give it a one-week trial and continue to look at other options. If I could, I would stay home in a minute. These babies grow so quickly and I can feel the time slipping through my fingers already. It is interesting how my perspective has shifted this second time around. Maybe because I know that this is our last child. Work is the last place on earth I want to be and I'm going to try and enjoy this last day of maternity leave...sigh.