Boots, glad I could amuse you with my ridiculousness. I haven't yet had a nightmare about Amazon reviews, but I swear one is coming. I usually just do whatever Consumer Reports tells me to, but in this case I couldn't find a product recommendation. Thus, I am at a loss. In other news, our anniversary was 7/17. Funny how many of us have July anniversaries. Also, good news on the mucus plug (from our DDC thread). It sounds like it and while I know it doesn't mean much, it's a sign that things are moving, however slowly. (Also, nice job on the strategic scheduling! Doctor's appointments are always an awesome excuse to dodge horrible work commitments).
Erica, I'm strep B negative too! (and the other ladies who just found out!) Congrats! It was a huge relief off my mind. It seems like a pretty minor thing, but I really don't want a hep lock put in at all, so this gets me closer to fulfilling that part of my labor plan. And I'm glad you got stuff cleaned up. For me it was just so overwhelming sitting in boxes that I just had to get it washed and put away, come hell or high water. DH still has a list a mile long and is showing no sign whatsoever that he's inclined to attack it. I'm getting a little irritated, since my nesting monster wants everything finished. (Also, I totally have a pic of our little dog in the bassinet. I'll have to upload it soon. Hilarious!)
CA Country Girl, one of the unexpected benefits of not finding out the gender is that we didn't get any cutesy "outfits" per se. We got mostly little green or yellow onesies. A few long sleeved sleepers and so on, but mostly in the larger sizes. So I think we can pretty much leave this kid in basic short sleeve onesies and diapers and still use most of our stuff. I hope. Since it will be HOT here for at least most of August, we definitely wouldn't get any use out of little outfits of any kind, so it's good we didn't get any.
Caly, great news on the bfing front. I've heard it's a lot more challenging than people suspect. I have to read the Ina May book sometime soon to prep myself a bit. And love the smiles! So exciting. Sorry you'll be losing DH on a trip soon. :( That sucks. Hopefully you'll have lots of support while he's gone?
SweetSparrows, I hear you on the double boppys. I actually got two as well, one a hand me down and the other a new one. I'm going to leave one at my office because I'll be taking the kid there from time to time once I start up work again, and it would be nice to have somewhere to nurse. Do you have any place (office, relative's house, etc.?) that you could leave the second one just for convenience? You might even consider leaving it in the car, since I know a lot of women who do a pre-grocery or pre-outing nurse in the car, so I imagine an extra boppy could come in handy there. And I totally agree with you about the Bradley stuff. I pretty much took what I wanted from it and ignored the rest. I do Kegels occasionally, but I squat a ton and have pretty good pelvic floor strength, so I don't feel the need to kegel a thousand times a day. I do pelvic rocks a few times a week and do the stretches and positioning like the polar bear after my workouts (so maybe three or four times a week), but I'm hardly the Bradley A student. I went into it mostly for the information and to mentally prep myself. The positioning stuff will be helpful if I need it, but I'm not freaking out about not doing that stuff religiously. You'll figure out what works for you.
AFM, we just got back from a really nice dinner with three of the couples from our Bradley class. It was a riot. We had a great time and when we got up to leave the entire restaurant was completely awed by the sight of four 9 months preggos waddling away. Almost all of us ordered wine too, so we felt sort of subversive. It was a great night overall. Operation Selfish Time seems to be going into effect more successfully than anticipated. I finished most of my administrative work last week, so I have some mild cleaning up to do and I'm done with that part of my job for the summer. And I came to the realization that sometimes knowing when to stop writing is as important as continuing to write, so my final chapter of the book is almost done as well. I'm hoping one last spurt this week will finish it off. Other than insane irritation that DH does not seem to be taking his to-do list seriously, I'm in pretty good spirits and other than massive cankles and spider veins, I'm feeling pretty good physically. I just really hope DH gets his butt in gear this week, since I may kill him if he doesn't. And that wouldn't be good for any of us. I also had a great day making cloth wipes, some fitted diapers, some soakers, and wet bags with my MIL. Unfortunately, we ran out of time, so she's going to finish the sewing. Since the nesting monster MUST HAVE THINGS DONE NOW I am now struggling to relinquish control and accept that I have no idea when she'll actually finish any of it. Sigh. Nesting monster needs to go eat something and go to bed.
(ETA: Whoa! Sorry about the massive post! Crazy pregnant something over here.... )