In conclusion to my last week's advice seeking....
"Thank you ladies so much for replying to all of these things...
I have decided to stay in Ohio for the time being... I have been at my doula's house for the past night and she has made it so comfortable for me. I honestly think I'm too exhausted mentally to be able to make a 9 hour trip down to NC at the time. I think I could easily rush into things and try to get to my "next place" but honestly, it won't be that long. Plus, say 9 weeks (5 before baby, 4 after) is a little over 2 months. That's just about how long I've lived in Ohio thus far!
I think that moving to NC may be better for me (ie I would feel more homey with my family friends, more grounded) but I honestly believe OH would be better for Nico. Especially since I have spent so much time finding the midwives that believe everything I do about his entrance to the world and even more than that, because I have this doula that will literally be my next room neighbour in helping learn to deal with newborns and breastfeeding and lack of sleep. I've moved all of my life (every two or three years just about) and I know I'll be able to move Nico this next time around. Maybe even one of my friends from NC will come up to help in the process. (:
Thanks so much for the advice though. It was so hard not really having anyone to talk to about this locally (other than either of the two sides I'd be living with). So thank you!!! Of course I'll keep you all updated through weekly chat and stuff."
But also to add... I'm 35 weeks now. (: I'm so excited still about Nico coming and quite frankly, I'm ready to spend a few weeks just being a milk machine, tear soother and just getting able to look at him. I'm ready to focus on something new in my life!
Contractions: Good luck WCM!!! Any changes? I haven't gotten a single contraction or BH yet at all. I honestly just hope one would come so I can mentally put a finger on the beginning pain level. ha.
Baby Prep: It is SO exciting to feel like you have everything ready for the baby. Baby showers tend to get tons of the same things, which makes me chuckle. I always wanted to give my gift first so I wouldn't have to suffer the awkwardness of watching the new mom opening a gift she had already opened. haha. Silly, right? AFM, I was all set up and ready in my last house, but I packed that all up and now will begin setting up again! I enjoy organising though, so I don't mind.