rainbow -- you, your DP and your LO are in my thoughts, and i'll keep sending positive vibes your way. i know it's not the birth you wanted, but you are going to meet your baby girl tomorrow! i'm so excited for you! i hope that everything goes smoothly and that you heal quickly. i can't wait to see pictures! big *HUGS*
desert -- wow, those booties and buttons are incredible! i can tell that E.J. is going to be quite the creative little girl with you two for mamas.
justrose -- brag away! isn't that what we're supposed to do, anyway? S. sounds like he's got such an amazing personality, and it really shines through in the photos i've seen of him. (hint: put up more soon!)
amanda -- reading about L. (even the hard, sleep-related parts) makes me sooo eager for this LO to get here. she just sounds delightful. how are you doing with Z being away for so long?
ksdoula -- any updates? i hope you're hanging in there through these uncomfortable last few days. and thanks for reposting that link to the cloth diaper entry on your blog. is there any chance that i could get the password so i can view other entries?
thanks to everyone who wrote such sweet responses to my post about telling my mom.
so, on monday, DP and i went to our first midwife appointment at the hospital where i will be delivering. the midwife and all the other staff were just lovely...what a change from gynowench. when we had our in-take interview and the midwife got to the part on the forms about the father, she asked DP for her information. DP and i both were very surprised but obviously pleased that we were treated like a real couple. i got to hear our little viking's heartbeat again (for the third time in 2 weeks!), and apparently, my cervix is closed, firm and nice and long. we've got another u/s scheduled at the hospital in two weeks, and i'm hoping we'll get to find out the sex. the hospital is focused on high-risk pregnancies, so i'm a bit worried that i won't get to have the kind of birth i want. the midwife (and DP) looked surprised when i said i was hoping to avoid an epidural, and apparently i don't have a lot of choices for what position i give birth in.
i've also been getting a lot of negative comments lately on our decision to do AP. we've had the "you'll crush the baby if you sleep with it" (DP's mom, among others) and "you won't want to keep babywearing when your back is aching and the baby hates it" (from a colleague who used baby bjorn once or twice) even a good friend of mine whom i consider quite open-minded gave me a rather smug, "yeah, let's see how long you last with cloth diapers when you're changing them all the time and your baby has constant diaper rash." after seeing what an incredible resource and source of support this forum has been for me, DP joined a french forum for lesbians who are TTC and parenting. she's only encountered a few people (out of something like 8000 members) who even breastfeed, and on threads about sleep problems there are tons of comments like, "whatever you do, don't let the baby sleep in your bed." i wish i could find some more likeminded peeps in real life here... at least i have you incredible gals.
in other BRILLIANT news, the French national assembly has now swung very strongly to the left, so it looks like our new president will be able to keep his promises on gay marriage, adoption and reproductive access. we will probably have all these rights by next spring, so DP will be able to officially adopt sprout .
we leave tomorrow for a ten-day trip to Bretagne (aka Brittany). i'm planning on eating my weight in crepes and breathing in the fresh, non-parisian air.... ahhhh.
i hope you all have a blast together at pride. please please please post pics so we can see all the little QP&P gaybies hanging out together!
bisous à toutes!