On the diapers: I always have to chime in my support for cloth diaper service! We love it! It is SUPER easy! For us it's about the same price as doing laundry at our place (we live in an apartment with coin-op), and also when people want to get gifts for our baby, we suggest contributing to the service. Going on five months and we haven't had to pay for any of the service yet! Just something to keep in mind for all of you cloth diaper ponderers! :)
Desert, we love the Thirsties covers the most, too. What do you mean about stripping the pre-folds?
Cordelia, WOW! That sounds intense, and also like it went really well, considering the situation. What an amazing testament to the strength of your "quirky" family that you were able to introduce DS to your donor's family to such a warm welcome, without drama.
Seraf, we heard about the recall on the Rock N Play (actually, the first person to tell me about it was the guy who sold it to me via Craigslist, which I thought was really sweet and thoughtful of him to share that information with me). We checked ours out and there is absolutely no sign of mold, so we are going to keep using it, probably until the bitter end, because it is working so well for us! We'll just keep checking it every now and then to make sure we're all good. Also, I always love your videos!
Sphinxy, good luck with the snacks! I had to snack SO much when I was pregnant, and I would get sick of foods so quickly; it was tough. We just learned to keep a huge variety of little snacks around at all times (my sweet partner was great at being on top of that!).
Carmen, wow! You have a lot going on. And it's exciting! How are you feeling about your first trip away from you little one?
Pokey, sorry to hear about the placenta previa. I am also thinking positive, upward-facing thoughts for you!
Amanda, what an incredible photo! On the Justin Beiber front, I teach 7th grade at an all-girls school, so I am unfortunately very familiar with his songs (and his face, and his personal life...and pretty much everything else about him! ;) That's so fun that she loves to sing!
Knitting, sorry you feel crappy! The fuzzy crocs sound perfect. I can relate - only to a point, of course! - by the end of my pregnancy, my feet were so swollen I couldn't wear any of my own shoes. I had to go to work wearing DP's grandma's old crocs! You are working hard growing two babies. I'm sending you all my comforting thoughts!
Cananny, beautiful photos! I am thinking of you! Getting so excited about "meeting" them soon!
AFU, Wylie is almost 5 months old! I can't believe how much time has flown...especially considering all those long nights and fussy evenings early on! Time certainly did not feel like it was flying in those moments. We are still figuring out childcare. My mom is now going to watch him for a half day instead of the whole day. That way he can just nap in the stroller and she won't have to take him out on three stroller rides to get all the naps he needs in. She was very understanding and cool with the new plan. She actually seems somewhat relieved herself. We have a friend who can temporarily watch him for the first few afternoons; we need to find a (semi)permanent solution. I was able to spend some time with her and Wylie this morning. She is great with him as long as he's happy, but is rather helpless when he fusses. It is challenging to not jump in and "rescue" him, and to give her a chance to learn, but we are doing it.
The work/life balance is interesting. I am home from work for the day because the 7th grade is currently on their 2-night "Lewis & Clark" trip to Cape Disappointment/Fort Stevens (border of WA & OR) area. It is a great chance to learn and bond with the students and I have always gone in the past. But we are not ready for Wylie and I to spend a night away from each other yet. (I can't imagine when I will be ready for that!) The 7th graders were like, "Just bring him on the trip with you! Puh-leeeeeeaze!" Ha! So I am glad to be home with him, and also sad to be missing out on this important experience for my job.
Hugs to all of you! xoxo