I found something pretty interesting today. I may invest in one.
Interesting! I can see that help for a rear facing. We have a van so there's a vent right above, but in the past in our sedans, baby has gotten warm in years past! Cool invention.
DH is building Ikea bunk beds as I type! We're moving DD over to DS's room whenever they're all done. Then I get to put my updates in the baby's room!
What's everyone having for dinner? I have leftover beef kebabs from the 4th that I froze, so we'll grill those, reheat roasted potatoes and probably throw all of that on a salad from the garden. I LOVE roasted potatoes on a salad.
That Noggle thing looks cool! DS is always hotter in the back than we are up front.
AFM: Dinner...has been challenging. Tonight, DS had a PBH sandwich with some cherries and milk before soccer. I ate some leftover broccoli and a small salad because I was too hot to eat anything else. When we got home late (whose idea was 7pm soccer for 4 year olds??), DH had heated up some leftover greens/egg/bacon pie and I had a slice of that. Then some cereal about 30 minutes ago. I sincerely hope I get my cooking mojo back after my early PP period...I really can't stand cooking this pregnancy, where normally I enjoy meal planning, shopping, and food prep, and usually make our own bread, yogurt, crackers, etc. I'm going to prevail upon the loving kindness of my friends and ask for a day to get a group together or 2 of us together to make some freezer meals for postpartum time, and I know that we'll get a "meal train" for early days, thank goodness.
I'm not really looking forward to my ILs and BIL/SIL/kids arriving on Saturday...they're renting a couple of cabins at a lake about an hour from our place, and DH is really excited to see everyone. I mostly just want to stay home and veg/nest. I don't sleep well even in our own king size family bed, let along trying to share a FULL bed with DH and DS, and don't relish sharing a tiny 2 bedroom cabin with my ILs (I'm not even going to address certain bathroom habits in this forum). Not to mention that DH is burning 3 precious personal days to take Monday-Wednesday off. I don't begrudge him his family time, to be sure, but just feel anxious about not having enough time with him home after baby is born (he'll get 2 weeks paid vacation, then the rest would be unpaid FMLA time, which isn't really in the budget). Selfishly, too, Saturday is a big day because it's our small town's Pioneer Days parade, then I want to go to the roller derby bout to cheer for my buddies, and then there's awesome fireworks that evening with ringside seats at a friend's home, but we're expected to report to the lake on Saturday around dinnertime. I might bail and go out on Sunday to spend one night. I don't want to be a b*tch about it and offend my IL family (who are really nice people). We'll see...I'm just rather grumpy about the whole month of July (and kind of everything right now), to be honest. Le sigh.
CDsMom, that Noggle thing looks cool. It also looks like one of those: "Why didn't I think of that" inventions!
Cook, we just built our dining room storage solution last week, it still smells... Haven't put together the crib yet, it'll probably sit in the garage all packaged up until after all the visitors are gone, only then can we finally convert the guest room to the baby's room.
Dinner: lately we've been scrounging whatever is in the fridge, no planned meals. I want to get back on track with that since DH doesn't seem to be able to think of what to have for dinner on his own...
My mother has been sending tons of stuff that she can't resist buying because it's on sale. Of course by the time you add 25 Euros in shipping those sale items suddenly become very expensive! 5 boxes so far, yes that is approximately $160 in postage! I can't stop her, she's having fun and I really should appreciate the fact that a) she is still around to see her grandchild and b) that she's just so excited to be able to contribute.
the month of july is getting me down too. everything feels so difficult! i had a stressful day at work, and had extra BH cxn all afternoon as my reward. my feet are swollen so much in the after noons. it makes me nuts. the other day some older lady at the chiropractors office was like "oh honey, your feet are SO swollen!" thanks for that, i had NO IDEA! i'm still coughin and hacking away with this bronchitis or asthma or whatever the hell an 11-week-long cough can be called. today i was almost in tears because i just cannot imagine being in LABOR with this cough and we are getting to the home stretch where i could actually be in labor with this cough. fml.
my mom and her family have been really annoying about our baby registry and gifts for the babies. it's sweet that they want to give the babies presents. don't get me wrong. but they got mad at me for refusing to do a separate Kohls registry. Which I refused to do because Kohls doesn't sell anything we need or want. Each of them has passively aggressively found ways to show their distaste for me - sending boxes of Kohls baby clothing we don't need in sizes we have too much of, for example. Not one of them has gotten anything off our registry. Which is fine. I don't care. I can provide for the twins myself. But why did you harass me for weeks and months about my registry if you were not going to buy one useful thing off it?!? it is really frustrating and stupid.
my birthday is this week and my mom is also upset i didnt make a birthday wishlist for her to shop from. i don't want or need anything except burritos and another nap! there is such a thing as tyrannical affection, you know?
was it Living Sky whose husband got a new job in the last chat post? that is so exciting! congrats to your family! my DW works rotating shifts and it is really difficult on all of us. i can imagine your relief!
Mrsandmrs; what Tillymonster said. You have to deal with so much more than us since you have the two. It is a little comforting to know that it's not so long now until September.
Tillymonster; men are just weirdos, nothing they do makes sense. I guess it's just a whole different experience for them because they're not the ones with this little baby actually wriggling about within. I'm sure it'll be different once the baby is born.
I think I've pretty much given in to the pregnancy. I've accepted that I'm unproductive and grumpy and have given up trying to fight it. Only 4 and a half weeks until I'm full term, that's pretty mad! But I fully expect to be at least a week late so we'll see. I was actually unexpectedly productive yesterday. I went into the garden to let DD into the chicken enclosure to play with the chickens, and I started pulling weeds, and continued for half the day! The garden is really neglected at the moment, but now it's looking a lot better. Unfortunately the work also killed my hips and ribs. I think I'll be doing more today though! It'll be a good gardening day because it's lovely and warm but also cloudy.
aw, thanks. it's now almost 2am and i should really be asleep. i even took my benadryl tonight. im just too cranky to sleep. i am starting to get to the point where my feet swell all the way up my calves. my legs look so fat and swollen. it is nuts. i sit at a desk all day, but i can really only avoid swelling by being more horizontal - couch or bed - or doing inversions every 30-45 minutes with my legs up the wall. it's a full-time job just to manage my swollen feet.
i hope you get some sleep tonight!
Has anyone else found their quality of life drastically improve when they got a bigger, more supportive bra than the ones they wore pre-pregnancy and early pregnancy?
I'm so glad I don't have to shop around every single brand this time around, as I tried everything with my first two kids, and I know that Fancee Free is my favorite for foam support big size nursing bras. I really feel like suddenly my boobs are up and off my tummy, shaped so flatteringly, and it's so much more comfortable to sit, without feeling like my bra is killing my ribcage and caught in a death struggle between tummy and overflowing bosom. It really just is a lifesaver. Good news and bad news is that Fancee free is cheap nowadays if you find leftover stock being cleared out by retailers/resellers (like where I found mine for 12.99 on eBay), but bad news is that it's because the company went under a couple years ago so now there's only whatever there is left out there and no more.
I bought 8. (hey at 13 dollars with free shipping, why not? I paid 40 each back in the day and thought they were worth it then!) I got 6 in the size that I can a) go ahead and wear now although the cup size is a hair too big and b) will be the right size once my milk supply settles down post partum, and then 2 in a cup size bigger so that I can have something to wear and alternate between during the post partum weeks when my milk comes in and I have massive boobs for awhile.
I think white bras are boring so I am shipping most to an etsy seller who sells gorgeously dyed items, and she is going to turn them into swirl dyed pieces of art in Arizona and then mail them overseas to me. I'm buying tons of my favorite style nursing tops in short/long sleeves and camis, and having them mailed to her as well, so she can do a matching top for each bra. Then when I open up the flap and unhook my nursing bra, it'll be all the more incognito because the bra and top are the same colorway/pattern. I like to camoflauge the whole operation and I remember from last time around which shirts and of course which bra style made me feel like I could really whip out a nipple but JUST the nipple, for feeding in public, with as little hassle or wardrobe malfunction as possible. The less skin that's exposed the better, and I quickly found out which style tops and bras made me feel like I was exposing half my upper body and which made me feel quite thoroughly covered up except for just the areole which promptly went into a mouth in a nanosecond flat, so really eliminated the feeling like I was putting on a show for anyone.
Is anyone else planning their breastfeeding wardrobe to this extent or am I alone in my level of plotting? I have 8 solid color tops with my favorite style stretch cotton nursing flaps that lift and stay out of the way hands-free, and I have just bought 6 ones in white to get dyed to match my bras, so that's two weeks worth of tops before I need to wash/repeat the collection, and of course half as many bras, but a week's worth. I think I have 3-4 sets of nursing pads, made from etsy, with wool or fleece (cant¨remember) on one side and cotton or bamboo absorbency on the inside next to nipple. They are shaped/contoured to fit the boob shape.
I could also discuss baby carrier purchases. Who else has discovered Tula SSCs? I have totally abandoned plans to get a Boba, another Ergo, or a Manduca, now that I have found Tula. I read a bunch of comparison blog posts and this seems to be the winner!!! Yay for a Polish woman who invented them! Plus, there's a local retailer selling them so I don't have to import it myself. Yay!
I bought a Didymos that looked boring in person so I sent it back, and they don't have any patterns in size 6 that I want, so I am looking at Ellevills on the secondary market. Anyone tried it? I love bamboo/silk so that was why I was into it, plus they are so pretty. But pricey, so I am going for used. There's a mama on diaperswappers who may trade me her pink silk/cotton one for one of my prized purses. :)
I wish I could afford some new bras! I usually have very little chest to speak of, but this pregnancy has actually given me cleavage! I've decided there's no point in buying a bra until I've had the baby and my milk has come in, as I just can't afford to get more now, and then more again after birth. I wish I could though, because the ones I own are definitely on the small side!
I've been looking at Didymos too, but I've yet to decide on the pattern I want. Once again, I'm waiting until after the baby is born when I hopefully have a little more money. But until them I have a mei tai with mexican skulls on it, as well as a Moby wrap which will do for the first few months.
Can you believe I was debating between Didymos in the anthrite and Orient for days and finally ordered the black/white anthrite and hated it IRL and wanted the Orient and the very day that I emailed them and asked for Orient in size 6 in exchange for the one I had already mailed back, someone bought their last Orient? If I had emailed a day sooner I would have gotten it. It's limited edition and won't be restocked. ARgh!
But you are right, a stretchy moby will be just the thing until Christmas.
I got an amazing deal on a Storchenweige (spe?) on the local auction site, like 30, whereas I see them going over a hundred used on english speaking sites. I saw the exact model I bought sold for 120 dollars on DiaperSwappers. I feel like I scored! There's a red Storch on sale for 39 starting bid that I am so going to try to snap up. I mean at those prices, you can afford to have a collection!!! I still don't have a jersey stretchy wrap, but I found a hunter green one I will try to buy for about fifteen bucks on the local used auction site. The one that I bought off there (for twelve! cheap!) turned out to be a lot thicker than the t-shirt material I thought it was, so I found a mama on DS who will take that plus some other stuff I have laying around that I'm not attached to, in exchange for knitting two infant wool rompers that I can lanolize and use as diaper covers AND clothes. I'm so psyched. Esp since I didn't pay that much for the wrap and the other stuff. I guess the secondary market locally where I am for baby wraps is just dirt cheap compared to internationally, and I am feeling lucky about it.
I hear you on not being able to afford multiple sizes in bras, but if you can manage just one really supportive bra in a size that is what you would need *right now*, you'll get use out of it again when the baby is several months old and your milk supply calms down. At least that's what I'm figuring. I was a large B/small C, and I am currently wearing a super uber supportive (foam only, no wire) bra in a DD cup that is HEAVEN, because my boobs are up and away off my belly, finally. I didn't realize how uncomfortable wearing bras that didn't help me was until I got into a comfy supportive bra that not only makes me look like I have two fabulous perky (huge) boobs which is so much better than being one uniform blob + a head and four appendages, but also is just sooooo much more infinitely comfortable. I used to barely be able to stand wearing any of my bras, but this one is heaven. Just sayin'..... it's 13 dollars and worth it's weight in gold. The problem with the size you need immediately post partum is that after a month or two, your boobs settle down and don't remain that ginormous so you may not want to invest too much in THAT size, only to need to go down a cup after some weeks, or max a few months.
Can I just plug shamelessly that I posted two beautiful handmade, appliqued diaper bags on the FSOT forum? Go check it out by searching my posts if you want to at least admire how pretty the breastfeeding mermaid applique or love trees look (I had them custom made and I'm proud of how pretty they are). .....AND I posted ISOs (in case you don't want to go look, I'm ISO a Tula or Ellevill or Didymos in pretty color/print, and a Jujube BFF diaper bag). So in case any of you are buying/selling/tweaking your stash of diapering and baby supplies and have what I'm looking for and/or want what I'm offering, maybe we can strike a trade!
Correct bra sizing is my pet project. Most women wear the incorrect size even when not breastfeeding and being pregnant, so I am ever more the vigilant when moms are pregnant or lactating. I went from a 40DD to a 34HH and I feel thousands better, so now I am a bravangelist!
This week I am pissy at eBay and their complete lack of compassion for non-business sellers. DH and I each sold something on eBay and we each got sent to the "resolution center" over the dumbest stuff. I am particularly burned by my buyer because she is a doula from Washington state and she has been extremely rude in our communication. She's getting her refund and I'm getting my item back, but I guess I had this naive rah-rah sisterhood of birth workers and she's just totally shattered that for me with her haughty, holier-than-thou communication style. DH got sent over a guy stating that Lego pieces were missing from this model (they weren't and this guy's feedback has shown that he's done it before to other sellers) but eBay just "ruled in his favor" again so we're out our item AND the cash. I AM DONE WITH EBAY. CraigsList/Kajiji or GTFO!
I've made a resolution to exercise at least a little bit every day. I'm up 30 pounds at 31 weeks and I am totally OVER being fat. I say this while drinking a Dunkin' Donuts vanilla chai, so obviously I am not totally done being fat, but I think I am paying the price for my inactivity in early pregnancy. I feel better when I walk at least a block a day (in addition to household chores, etc.) and the day before yesterday I rode my bike 3 blocks with the girls in the bike trailer (an extra 70 pounds!) so hopefully it makes a difference postpartum. I have the traditional body image issues and I love food, so I'm in for an uphill battle.
Onwards to more positive news - I bought the fabric for receiving blankets, and it's totally ridiculous! I laundered the car seat cover and the swing cover! I laundered the wrap! I am nearly to my binding off of my Age of Brass and Steam shawlette! I pulled down the newborn diapers and covers and located all my pins and soakers! Everything on my birth supply list is bought except crampbark and newborn disposables (for meconium)! I have been a powerhouse on my to-do list this week!