granite--congratulations! your baby is lovely. i'll look forward to reading more about your birth.
sotohana and escher--i'm sending you good thoughts for bringing your babes safely into the world.
isa--two babies at once! wow. has the shock worn off yet?
hello to everyone else. i hope you are all doing well. i'm at 26 weeks now, and february is starting to sound very soon. my academic work has been taking me five times as long as usual to complete. it has been hard for me to focus, and the connections between ideas that i normally take for granted just don't seem to exist for me right now. it's disconcerting feeling so mentally impacted by this pregnancy.
otherwise, over the past few weeks my dp and i have been setting up the area we started out jokingly calling the nursery, but that now actually feels like an earnest nursery space. the baby will sleep with us, and our upstairs is a loft, so "the nursery" consists of two low bookshelves arranged in an L-shape between our bed and the closet, with a braided rug and rocking chair inside the L. one shelf has our large collection of picture books, a couple of folded quilts and blankets, and baskets with swaddle muslins, etc. underneath. the other shelf will hold the baby's clothes (once the wire storage baskets we ordered arrive) and all of the diapers and diapering paraphernalia. we hung a painting my partner made a few years ago on the wall, a photo of helen frankenthaler (the babe's namesake) and a picture of dp and me. it takes me a long time to adjust to changes within our home space, so it has been helpful to do this so far ahead of time so i have plenty of time to tweak things and settle into the shift. ultimately, the L will be our child's main play area, and the shelves are low so she can access everything. is anyone else doing this type of early home prep?
also, i brought up diapering in this space a few weeks back, and we ended up buying a solid stash to last for about the first six months or so. i know a lot of people like to wait and test out a few different types of cloth diaper before choosing, but i really needed to have our diapers around to feel ready for the baby. diapers are the one big purchase my dp and i wanted to make ourselves, and now we have a bunch of prefolds (newborn and infant), and a couple of fleece polar babies covers that are made locally. then, we chose a handful of these as our go-to cover (http://babyworks.com/cloth-diapering/diaper-covers/nikky-wool-diaper-cover.html), and two kinds of soakers for night--these (http://www.littlespruceorganics.com/disana-organic-merino-wool-cover/) and these (http://www.aristocratsbabyproducts.com/diaper_cover.html).
as far as recombining queer & pregnant with queer parenting, i used to really appreciate the one, unified thread (a few years back) and remember so many helpful ideas and good conversations happening there. i personally would value hearing about other folks' parenting experiences as a pregnant person--i have been collecting parenting anecdotes for years now, and it has really formed my intentions as a future parent.