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post #81 of 122
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Originally Posted by micah_mae_ View Post

Lol well good for him! My dh is just lazy. Did great in school but has read less than 10 books in his whole life. He doesn't watch birth videos or anything like that. He basically lives moment to moment, no preparations. Drives me insane.

Hey!  We live with the same guy!!!  hug2.gif  This week I'M reading "The Birth Partner" (obviously bought for him) since he's not reading it, I figured I would and flag anything that I NEED him to know.  Frustrating!

 

I think my list is getting longer...  I feel "ready", but there's a TON of little things that I would like done, but that won't effect anything if they don't get done.  And DP has been cooking up a storm - so I know he's nesting, I just wish he'd re-direct some of that energy into the things on the list!!!!!!!!!!  Now is NOT the time to break out the sausage maker I got him two Christmas' ago and start casing his own sausage!!!!!!!  I don't even like sausage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #82 of 122
You're all cracking me up with your Dh talk! This might make a giggle or two:

One of the important things on our to-do list was to upgrade the hot water system in our home we bought and are renovating, since the other one is only a 15 gallon (yikes!) Hot water heater. Not enough for a water birth or even a bath normally. So we've been researching which tankless system to get. Because the tankless are supposed to be efficient and all that. So I picked one out and emailed the info to the guys (my Dh and our community-mate (we all live together and its a great setup for us)). I took my DD to storytime and hung out at the library for an hour or so. Then we walked back home, enjoying the sun and me being in a state of ecstasy about the conveniences of our future home. smile.gif We walk in the door and the guys are working dilligently installing piping, ripping out insulation, the kitchen (which I had just cleaned and organized (took me six hours the day before)) is full of building materials, sawdust, shards of PVC piping and anything else you can imagine. OK. I am still doing OK at this point.

Then they explain what they are up to. Productive and necessary tasks. I'be accepted the mess emotionally now. They proudly announce....we solved the hot water dillemna. I'm curious and ask if they got the links and they did, but when doing further research, concluded that there can be a lot of drawbacks to tankless systems and the lower priced ones can't be trusted etc. Etc. So, I'm thinking, what's the solution? Feeling a little setback in my to do list. One step forward, two steps back?

"We are going to buy a 20 gallon stainless steel pot and an industrial burner to boil the water." Gulp.

I'm pretty easygoing, but this thought was shocking. So I asked a few questions politely. Q: How long does it take to boil 20 gallons of water?
A: 6 minutes.
Internal Reaction: impressive!

Q: where does it get setup?
A: Beside the washer and dryer which is only one wall from the bathtub.
IR: OK. Doable.
(This was going to be setup downstairs and have to be carried up after its boiling...but I notified them that I can't lift 20 gallons of boiling water normally at 120 lbs myself, much less 9 months pregnant, so this was the solution. Set it up upstairs)

Q: what if I am home alone and I want a bath?
A: can't foresee any reason you'd be home alone. Someone will be here to help.
IR: Yeah, okay. This is unrealistic. I know I will be home alone.
Solution: buy the 20 gallon kettle with two holes drilled in it. One has a mounted thermometer and the other a valve, which will be connected to a hose running through the wall and into the bathtub.

This all still sounds complicated to me, but I appreciate that it is something that will last forever possibly.

Q: What does this all boil down to?? Really, where did this idea come from??
A: The kettle will double as a brewing pot to brew beer in for a homebrew coop we are going to start.
IR: Boss! I'm in!

Lol. What an unexpected turn of events. Never a dull moment. Our housemate was placing the order online and his mom walked by. What are you ordering? So he told her. She already thinks we are nuts...that pushed her over the edge. Lol. Can't wait to get this massive pot and industrial beer brewing burner delivered to our house. Lol.
post #83 of 122
This is the kind of stuff that happens to my to do list.
post #84 of 122

Hikingfortruth - eek!!  That would stress me out!!  When will your kitchen be put back together?

post #85 of 122
I was told that I will have the kitchen all to myself by this evening to clean. And, the plus side is, the toilet will be fully installed by then too, so I can dive into cleaning the bathroom too! Woot! Woot!
post #86 of 122
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Originally Posted by hikingfortruth View Post


"We are going to buy a 20 gallon stainless steel pot and an industrial burner to boil the water." Gulp.
 

 

My first thought when I read this was "That would be so awesome for brewing beer!" I hope it works out okay for baths/birth too!

 

 

I'm suddenly freaking out a little bit. This whole time I've been telling myself there's no way this baby is coming before 41 weeks, and it'll probably be 42. So I have plenty of time. Only now I have a strong urge to be completely ready by 37 weeks (3 days from now.) I still have to buy a few more supplies (mainly the hose and adapter to fill the tub), make more freezer meals (I currently have exactly ONE), stock my pantry, finish washing and organizing baby clothes, blankets, diapers, etc, and I'd really like to get my gift baskets for my midwives done. Of course there are a million other things I'd LIKE to get done, but those are the most important. 

 

My DS is in preschool right now, so I really should be going to the hardware store and grocery store, but my pelvis is so out of whack it hurts just thinking about all the walking. 

post #87 of 122
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Originally Posted by hikingfortruth View Post

This is the kind of stuff that happens to my to do list.


So I showed Bill the story. He could not stop laughing... and also worried that they are not thinking too clearly... That is a lot of water to lug... :)

post #88 of 122

So, my home visit is tomorrow. My vacuum cleaner is broken. I have 7 messy kids. I am emotional and almost 37  weeks pregnant. Not a good combo. nut.gif

post #89 of 122

Whatever the opposite of nesting is, that's me! I'm not being a very good mother hen.

 

I could have so much more done, but I have started to not care. Terrible huh?

The house is in a bit of a mess, but so long as the dishes and laundry is done, I'm good.

I haven't done any organizing that I wanted.

I haven't made the birthday banner, shirts or put any of that stuff together and the thing is I'm totally okay if  I don't.

I would like to finish my taxes, but I'm even farting around getting that done.

 

Even my supplementation/priming body for baby has fallen by the wayside.

I stopped drinking my RRL infusions, because I got tired of making it.

I also stopped taking EPO, because I thought it was giving me loose bowels. I haven't noticed a difference though.

I cancelled my chiro appt for today and massage for tomorrow, but that's because I now have a head cold.

 

Maybe all this means the baby is not coming anytime soon.

post #90 of 122
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Originally Posted by eternalw View Post

So, my home visit is tomorrow. My vacuum cleaner is broken. I have 7 messy kids. I am emotional and almost 37  weeks pregnant. Not a good combo. nut.gif


aaah...!  If it's any consolation, my midwife says she'd rather a messy home than one that looks like a model home, because it shows that mom is relaxed and more open to unpredictable situations! 

post #91 of 122
Sami- midwives gift baskets...what a great idea!! Me and Dh were talking about how with our first baby, we were so distracted by the excitement that we didn't even think to offer coffee...now we feel bad about all that and hope to have someone here just to make meals and keep everyone fed, hydrated etc. We had a super long labor. The mw was hanging out for 30 hours!

Eternal- no fear, they solved that one too! There is now a hole in the wall and some sort of elaborate tubing system so you can just hose it right from the pot. They also installed a spicket above the pot to fill it with. They are so crazy. Lol.

Bena- my mw is cool like that too! Doesn't mind a mess or construction zone. wink1.gif
post #92 of 122

hug2.gif Cocoanib!  Hope you're getting lots of rest and feel better soon.

post #93 of 122
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Originally Posted by hikingfortruth View Post


Eternal- no fear, they solved that one too! There is now a hole in the wall and some sort of elaborate tubing system so you can just hose it right from the pot. They also installed a spicket above the pot to fill it with. They are so crazy. Lol

Oh my! Give them both (and you and N.) big hugs from me! I'd be going crazy! Tell them both that come August we will have a homebrew swap... and then we can press together for cider in Oct!!

post #94 of 122
Sounds like an awesome plan!!! Can't wait to see your beautiful family again! And a little booze always lightens the mood. Lol.
post #95 of 122

You gals are talking about brewing, reminds me that we're actually looking for some "exotic" berries for winemaking. My husband wants to try elderberry or gooseberry wine. ;)

post #96 of 122

Oh man, that reminds me of one more thing on my to do list. I brewed a batch of beer so that I would have some good beer to drink after giving birth, but I never bottled it! I better get on that since it takes 2 weeks to condition! (Not that I think I'm going to give birth in the next two weeks, but you never know!)

post #97 of 122
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Originally Posted by SamiPolizzi View Post

Oh man, that reminds me of one more thing on my to do list. I brewed a batch of beer so that I would have some good beer to drink after giving birth, but I never bottled it! I better get on that since it takes 2 weeks to condition! (Not that I think I'm going to give birth in the next two weeks, but you never know!)

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post #98 of 122

Okay, Monday we're going out of town for a couple days (not too far away or anything!) so I plan on making this all happen in the next three days. Today is shopping day and then I'll spend the weekend cleaning, organizing, making freezer meals, and bottling beer. Wish me luck! 

post #99 of 122
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SamiPolizzi View Post

Okay, Monday we're going out of town for a couple days (not too far away or anything!) so I plan on making this all happen in the next three days. Today is shopping day and then I'll spend the weekend cleaning, organizing, making freezer meals, and bottling beer. Wish me luck! 


May the force be with you! We have a similar goal - This weekend will be full of cleaning and organizing for us as well! I thought my to-do list was in pretty good shape, but DH and I made a new list of all the things we want to do before the baby comes and it's SO LONG again. Granted, it's a lot of stuff like "put away the humidifier" which will take all of 5 minutes....

post #100 of 122
Thread Starter 

More or less DONE! All that's really left is some fun stuff that we'll maybe do as a family tomorrow. Big library trip and maybe a stop off at a toy store for something special... Hm, or maybe I'll go browse the toy store while DH takes DD to the library. winky.gif Racking my brain to think of a special gift to give her "from the baby", but she's SO not a toy kid! I think my 2.5 year old would prefer an interesting pair of socks and some nice glitter glue... Maybe if I could find her a cheap working stethoscope for her "birth kit"...

 

 

To buy: 

  • Sports drink, coconut water
  • Placenta bowl
  • Order birth kit
  • Post partum pads
  • Ice pack peri pads
  • Hemorrhoid pads
  • Flushable wet wipes
  • Sheepskin (?)
  • Changing pad cover
  • Freezer storage containers for food
  • Baby bath tub
  • Diaper sprayer (?)
  • Big grocery stock up trip for lazy meal components (Trader Joe's!)
 
To do:
  • Secure a babysitter for DD during the birth
  • Wash all the baby stuff - clothes, diapers, baby blankets, and linens
  • Bring cosleeper and car seat up from storage:
  • Adjust car seat straps
  • Find a place to store baby clothes and diapers (top dresser drawers?)
  • Gather towels, sheets, birth kit, and other birth items in a box
  • Cook food for freezer
  • Buy/make some special activities for DD (coloring pages, busy bags)
  • Make a big library trip to stock up on fresh books for DD
  • Finish knitting a few things for the baby - mostly involves knitting/attaching an i-cord for a hat, and weaving in loose ends and blocking a couple of pairs of footie overalls
  • Wash and (re)lanolize NB size wool diaper covers
  • Would LOVE to knit some more baby socks and vests!
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