mamabeakley, how sweet of your congregation! It's so nice to feel like you have a little spare cash to spend as you need, and to cover the things that seemed like they were going to bust the budget. I hope you get some really fun, special little extra things. :)
esp, awww, I'm so sorry! I hope you feel better this afternoon. I have no idea what it feels like when baby drops, but I know that any big changes in position can cause a lot of discomfort, not to mention it being on top of everything else! Keep up those cleansing breaths. See if you can get ten or fifteen minutes away and put on some of your favorite songs and just close your eyes.
smerking, welcome! I'll be honest, every time I see your screen name I giggle a little. :) How exciting that you're filling your extra fridge/freezer with meals! I've definitely got the freezer meal itch, but I need to wait until we move (same thing with gathering birth supplies). Just a few more weeks until December 1st and then I can tackle all of those things. What's your favorite freezer meal to make? I've been pinning away on Pinterest but love to hear suggestions!
stegenrae, yay for your home visit! So very soon! Any hot spots for picking up birth supplies? My MW suggested the Dollar Store and Walmart, and to just keep an eye out for sales.
jakesmama, yes, I can totally relate to just losing it. It's only happened a few times, but for me it's just dealing with the fact that we really won't have a "home" until the baby is three months old or so. I know a nursery and all that isn't important, but we will be moving at least three or four times in the next six months until we're settled overseas. Most of the time I'm fine, but sometimes it helps to just have a good cry.
kel, awww, snowsuit! We won't need one here in Florida (and by the time we get to the UK it probably won't be that snowy), but I love how cute that will be. So interesting with your measurements/sizing. It still makes me laugh when some people tell me I look small and others say I look like I'm about to pop!
phatchristy, yikes, dump that china ASAP! Tell your mom she can either take it back, give it to someone else, or you'll give it away. If it's something you won't use, it is definitely not worth hanging on to, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to talk to her about it (and the more negative energy you'll spend thinking about it).
segolilly, hooray for nesting and checking things off of your list! And I'm so glad you'll get to have a fun, crowded Thanksgiving with the people you love. I think knowing that Christmas is such a question mark makes me want to really, really enjoy Thanksgiving this year.
AFM, just finished making black bean and sweet potato burritos to take to a friend who had her first baby a week ago. So excited to see them! My back has been a little sore lately, but nothing too crazy. I got my Medicaid card in the mail today (hooray) and made my first Chiropractic appointment, so I'm hoping that helps a little. I was so excited holding that card, knowing that now no matter what happens, our birth is covered. Such a wonderful relief.
I do feel like I've been checking things off of my list, slowly but surely. There are a lot of things that I can't do until we move into our vacation rental (Dec 1), but I've been finishing some of my craft projects (hat, knit cocoon, bunny toy) and am going to start working on a blanket soon. Also, huuuuge huge blessing: a guy from church left for Afghanistan last week and will be gone until January, and he said we can use his Forerunner! Not only is it wonderful to have two cars again, but now we actually have a vehicle we can put a car seat in (the only vehicle we have is a pickup truck with no extended cab). We are so grateful and I'm so happy to have a little more flexibility (and not have to always be dropping off/picking up DH for work).
I haven't really had any contractions, BH or otherwise. Part of me is ready for them to start, just so I know my uterus is prepping, but I don't want to complain if they start and get annoying. :)
Anyone else think it's kinda funny that many of us don't know whether this will be "baby's first christmas"...or they'll have a whole 'nother year before they hit the first one? :) I'm still hoping for a pre-Christmas (by a week) or a New Year's Baby, but I sure would like that tax break.