Christmas: Norah is getting playsilks and a sort of tissue box to store them (so she can pull them out, hopefully, instead of tissues - among other things one can do with playsilks), a doll, and a box with a couple books and a pillow pet mini. My mom is getting her some toys (a doll house, some ball popper thing that requires batteries, and IDK what else. She's in charge of the annoying toys that stay with grammy LOL). MIL is getting Norah books.
Gabe is getting a 3 wheeled radio flyer scooter with helmet, an imaginext space station, and one other thing that I've forgotten. He was going to get a doll too, but I am sticking to my 3 gift rule per kid, and decided he could play with my old dolls instead. MIL is also getting him a toy dinosaur, I don't know what all my mom has gotten him.
MW: while we may not have as many toys and stuff as you, I hear you - it's hard to give people ideas - I honestly don't want more things, and with kids so close in age, they really don't NEED more. As Gabe gets older, he will be getting things that perhaps Norah shouldn't play with yet, but that's it. I love the idea of the open ended Waldorf-y type toys. I wish they were cheaper LOL
Annie: yay on the doula stuff! are you part of a hospital doula program, or do local doulas have connections with the hospital? I don't know that our local hospital would be so on top of the doula things. They do have a free doula program, but I'm not a huge fan. You don't mee tthe doula until you're at the hospital, and I want to meet my doula and make sure she works with us before seeing me in the midst of labor.
Weaning - hugs. I still am sad about Norah's weaning. She won't take the breast when offered, just pokes and pinches my nipple. The only thing that makes it bearable is knowing she's not my last nursling. I HATE that she nursed for such a "short" time (11 months and 3 weeks, LOL - so much longer than a lot of people I know!) One one hand, I don't really like nursing while pregnant, but on the other, I really enjoy nursing in general. *sigh* and hugs. Not much you can do if she's not interested, unless she's just going through a strike? It's up to you whether to push through it (keep pumping and offering, and she might regain interest) or take the opportunity to wean.
I am so ready for Christmas to be here and done. Though I'm not looking forward to seeing DH's family. Evidently at a birthday party this last weekend, Norah was trying to go into the 3 year old's bedroom to play with toys (because that's where ALL the toys were) and her dad (who doesn't have custody of her - this is at the grandma's house, who does) kept blocking her and telling her no that she coudn't go in there, and he *may* have smacked her hands. 1) she barely knows this guy 2) why the world are you even *thinking* about putting your hands on someone elses child in an unkind manner 3) why would you not let a kid play in a kid's room? Neither Wayne, nor I, nor MIL knew about this until yesterday, when one of DH's aunts called to talk about it. HELLO. if you see this crap, come get me so I can lay into the idiot. you do not mess with a pregnant mama bear.
He's not supposed to be at Christmas dinner, but we will see. (he's not invited, but idiots tend to show up when unwanted) GaHHHHH.
Sorry - All of us are very hot about it. Next time we see him, he's gonna get an earful from at least 3, if not more, very angry mama bears!