I do usually in the morning, I can put her in her pack and play, and put baby einstein on and she'll watch for 45 minutes or so. But I hate doing that, you know? And she won't play for longer than 15 minutes if I'm dozing, so it has to be the movie. So anyways, I try not to use it, but yes, morning when I -need- that extra 45 minutes, I'll do it. I usually don't fall back asleep, because I'm keeping an ear out for her, but I can doze.
Just do it. In the big scheme of things, it's ok. Isn't it better for her to watch an hour of a movie or whatever than to have you so sleep-deprived that you can't take care of her? Makes sense to me.
I've thought of that a bit lately, but if it makes sense, it doesn't really -feel- like it. Like days when I actually do get more sleep, it's totally easier to deal with, and we have great days. I think it's just a combination of being exhausted-- and then being bitter at her because I'm exhausted.
I felt the same way after Kellen was born. I wasn't sad or immobile or suicidal or anything like that. I was just easily irritated and short-tempered. I convinced myself the problem was sleep-deprivation and exhaustion rather than depression. After Dylan, though, I had to do something. Once I started medication, my anxiety level dropped and I was able to sleep better. It really did make a huge difference for me. If you seriously do have OCD like you've said, you probably have issues with anxiety. Anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand.
I personally would prefer late summer, early fall - gives me the better part of a year to save, and the newest addition will be more ready to travel then. Plus, I just love that time of year!
Passport fees: $165 for an adult, each child under 16 $115. That's for the passport book and card and the "execution" fee. Blah. http://travel.state.gov/passport/fees/fees_837.html
I would love to take a train somewhere, but it means doubling the time needed off - I don't really want to take DH and 3 kids on a plane. Really, really, don't. LOL DH would likely have to buy 2 seats and they would need to be on an exit row to give him leg room. He's a big dude. Unless we could afford business/first class . . . not likely.
JJ: Where are you??? we miss you, I don't think you've posted recently, I hope you are ok.
Flutters: I've been feeling them off and on for a couple weeks. I love feeling a baby move. it's my favorite part of pregnancy.
I had no idea passports cost so much. I thought it was just the $10 or whatever for the photos. Maybe that's because I think military members can get them free or at discounted rates. Or maybe we can just use our military IDs. I'm not sure.
A train would be fun. I'm not a fan of flying. I have a major anxiety attack over even the idea of it. If dh is with me, though, I can do it.