Monkey Keeper -- Gah. Why on earth would anybody EVER think it's acceptable to say something like that to ANYBODY?! Let alone a clearly pregnant mother?! Because they think they're funny? Because you haven't heard *anything* like that before?! Ugh. People need tact. Too many are lacking that.
Miranda -- um... if you can be gentle with your dh, more power to you ;) I truly think it's easy for husbands/SOs to not think of those kinds of things... they just think/know a baby will come out and be on the outside, but don't realize the process takes a toll on YOU!! And as a first-timer, it's hard to really grasp the impact this baby will have! (heck, even by this fifth time around, I can't tell you exactly what impact this little person will have on our family because I don't know what this baby will be like temperment-wise... ).
Asher -- there's no way I could 'practice' vocalizations without feeling like a complete doofus. Seriously. But... I will say that before dd4 was born, my midwife always has a weekend retreat for clients/SOs and at that we did practice some low tones... and I did utilize and appreciate the use of those during labor. And as for other levels of comfort... I know some women completely lose all inhibitions and can walk about laboring completely naked and not have a care in the world... (more power to them! they totally traveled to labor land!), but I never got quite that un-selfconcious... I wore a nursing tank (Bravado I believe) during birth, but really didnt' care about not having anything on my lower half.
Artificial Red -- Sorry about the BIL situation. It's rotten... ugh. :/ And sorry you feel kind of guilty about encouraging your dh to use BIL in your wedding, when clearly he doesn't feel the same now..
katt -- I'm with you in loving knowing this baby is head down. I totally know that babies can and do flip at about any time, but it gives me a bit of peace of mind knowing he/she is at least in the right position right now.
Carlin -- For as much as I can totally tell this baby is head down, sometimes I really wonder if this IS an octopus I'm growing! Seriously! I wonder how on earth I can feel movements/flailings/shimmies ALL OVER when I *KNOW* he/she is head down, so that kind of *should* limit where the other extremeties can be laying! ... and.. I'm pretty much with you on names... because...
On the name front... ugh... I can't find a girl name I like enough to stick with. Or even really put on a short list. I got "Willa" in my head a couple days ago, but when I suggested it to dh, he said, "oh.. that's... interesting..."... so... oh well. Not sure it's The Name anyway, but I'm getting a bit concerned about not having even a short list. For a while Penelope was on top of the list, but it's RAPIDLY shooting up in popularity and that's just not my style :/ Plus, from naming boards I visit occasionally, I see a Khardashian (sp?) got named that.... hrm... I liked the name meaning of "Weaver" and thus the association with being a weaver of dreams... because somehow in my head that seemed perfect for a rainbow baby. But I still wasn't sure it was The Name either. Have I used up all the good girl names already?! Argh!! I'm just drawing blanks here. There are names I like by sound, but wouldn't actually name *my* child that. .. ... For boys, no absolute set name or anything, but a short list that I'd happily use any off of (Leo, August, Elias, Benedict ... middle name of Michael). With just over seven weeks until my due date (and feeling like there's a lot more 'weight' to this baby.. or he/she has settled down.. or ... maybe even working towards NOT coming out LATE), I feel like I really need to pick up the pace and at least come up with a list.... ack!...
At least whatever stomach bug I had has finally passed. That sucked. Because on top of being a million degrees, I was sick :/ I was sitting in the basement (much cooler than anywhere else), directly in front of a fan, and would still be breaking out into sweats (like the kind before puking... only I couldn't puke... it was like extreme motion sickness... if I stayed motionless, it wasn't quite as bad, but if I moved I was guaranteed to feel sick). Yuck.
Since it's still a million degrees out (with no relief in sight.. except yesterday! It was blissfully only 90*!!! First time in WEEKS!! AAAAAAND, we got a bit of rain! Not much, but I couldn't remember the last time it rained here), I've been getting a lot more sewing done. Even busted out a onesie pattern that I've had forever. I'm not always a big fan of onesies, but sometimes they really can be kind of cute I think. I like that they don't always crawl up the back of baby when baby is being passed around/held all the time. So... I figure I'll make a few more and just see how it goes. I sent one home with SIL so she could put it on her littlest (my new nephew, Lincoln, who is three weeks old now) and see how the fit is.
Off to retreat to my sewing room. It's too hot upstairs. It was only supposed to get to 96* today... but it's already 97* and only 2p.m., so plenty of time for the mercury to continue to rise....