tillymonster - Congrats on gettings DD's room set up! I share your dragging of feet and I salute you for completing it!! As far as baby books, we had ordered this one, but then had to trash it because we had that late-in-the-game name change and I had already been writing everything in pen. I felt like a dork for just scratching it out and it was so inexpensive, that we figured we'd buy another one. But hah hah, now it's out of stock, so we're back to square one. Issues I normally have with baby books are it including pages that will NEVER be filled (no baby shower for #3, so I want it to not include those pages) or it dragging on an obscenely long time (some of these go to 5 years? That's a recipe for insuring that I won't complete it or I'll be fudging dates on milestones!). If I was a mom that was totally on it, then I would simply do a 20 page 12X12 scrapbook for each child, thereby customizing it for each kid (not putting hospital information for 2/3 of my kids, no awkward blank pages on baby shower stuff, able to customize paper background to the style/personality of each child. I still think I might eventually do that, just pirating date milestones from the other books and printing new digital photos. Maybe this is what I'll do when the kids are all working on homeschool projects in like, what, 7 years?!
vc2013 - I am sorry things never really went right with your manager, but congrats on being on mat-leave now! Hopefully some time away from that dork you're working with will calm him the heck down, because he sounded ridiculous! I wish you luck regardless, but I hope you're able to forget that jerk for a bit and focus on "you time"!
Wall of text ALERT! I got a bug to do something about our co-sleeping situation last night, so we inaugurated a new setup. Previously we had two foam mattresses on the floor - a full next to a queen. However, two problems existed with that setup:
- the full-sized queen mattress (despite being labeled firm) is in fact quite soft, to the point that if an adult sleeps in it (usually DH) it turns into soggy bread with the adult essentially sleeping on the floor in a mattress-taco
- in order to keep the baby on the edge of a bed and adult out of the full-sized mattress, it would require both DDs to sleep next to Daddy, something they have yet to find palatable (especially DD2 who still nurses to sleep). Neither girl is ready to transition to their own bed in the next room, something we don't feel the need to press the issue. (Long term plan is to move the girls at the same time to the new room, but with DD2 still being really tactile in sleep, we're not optimistic about it currently.)
We bought our previous mattresses off of Overstock.com and while we can kind of afford to buy a new full foam mattress from there, we're so gun-shy of the soggy mattress incident occurring again, that we're afraid to buy online unless we can guarantee a certain degree of firmness. I don't even know if local mattress places sell cheapy foam mattresses for us to try out, or if they're all in the $700+ range. We've looked at the Ikea Finnvik mattress, but it's like, right at the upper range of what we can afford (at $329) and it's 3 inches shorter (not as tall) than our current mattress. So the solution last night was to put the full-sized soggy mattress away, possibly permanently, and to put DDs' twin mattress for them to share next to the queen. It worked mostly okay - a little of jostling for position at first, but they eventually settled down. Even though the baby is technically going to be "next" to DD2, there is a 7 inch height difference between the two mattresses. Feeling DD2 climb onto our mattress definitely wakes me up, so I don't think it'd be an issue. The only other downside to this current setup is that with DH and I sharing a mattress again, we are HOT, literally. We both tend to run hot and the combination of foam + two hot adults is making us toss and turn a bit more. We're willing to accept this downside if this is truly the best situation, but we're still pondering...
Another solution we've considered is putting the girls on the full-size mattress but a bedrail in-between the grownup and DDs' bed. However, I think the "fence" between the girls and the baby seems a bit draconian for the time being, so I have mixed feelings about that. I am sharing this to offer my situation up for some armchair examination and to see if anyone has any ideas that I haven't overanalyzed to death yet!