nuku, I'm so sorry.. I'm glad your parents are okay but those losses are awful. It must be surreal to see your hometown like this. :(
WCM, I either got my period or had a sixth-week bleed this week, not sure which until next month.
Jen, I might be crazy, but I would take the newborn phase over late (or early!) pregnancy in a heartbeat. Hey, is your grunter also really driven by his reflexes? Mine frequently goes NUTS when she has her stomach against my stomach or chest, grunting and trying to climb me, even if I don't let her feet touch anything. It's really something to see how powerful that force is, totally beyond her control.. I've wondered if other mothers of grunty babes observe the same, or if all of them are like that.
Miranda, the snowman idea cracked. me. up. Can't wait to see chicken pictures!
Cloth diapers/crunch quotient- I'm coming to the conclusion that we're going to do both cloth and disposables. Crunch fail. ;) The balance may change as she gets bigger/I get better with cloth, but right now what seems to work for us is cloth when hanging out at home during the day and disposables overnight and for going out. Cloth wipes all the time. And.. I think I hate traditional prefolds. So much bulk. The GMD Workhorse fitteds are our current winners. I'm not inclined to invest more time/money exploring all the possible cloth options, so it kind of begins and ends with the basic dipe/PUL or wool cover here. Not sure whether to sell off some of the regular diapers or just add more fitteds to the stash.. Guessing 'add' is the best option in case I do warm to them; can always sell the others later.
DTD- Scared to. But ordering lube today..
Irish twins/spacing- If I do have another, ideally I'd like R. to be 4ish. Because I'm lazy, but also because I really like the idea of having a lot of one-on-one time with her. The problem is, I've said I either want one or three (I'm one of three, and two has just never felt right for me, though I know it's perfect for lots of people), and I'm a stone's throw from 30 already.. Only time will tell, I guess!
AFM, R. is "talking" up a storm, smilier all the time (especially with her papi, she's totally a daddy's girl already), and like others, having longer/more frequent periods of alert time where she'll interact or just quietly observe. Lots of fun. I can't wait for the little goofball to come out. (Hands-down winner of Halloween this year was the 3y/o lion who roared at me and dissolved into giggles when I got "scared".. aww.) Here is the best of the bad pictures from our Halloween (I've been leaving pics up for a week or so and then removing because I don't want them out there forever--did we ever figure our whether Mothering has private groups that are really private?):
(The costume is glow-in-the-dark, so nursing her at night was a hoot.)