Emily I love what you wrote! It's important to express good AND bad, isn't it. I'm sure all our DH's can be maddening but there's a reason we're with them! You reminded me of Paul and me a little, too...he's so easy-going most of the time but can be a little bit of a pain about certain things but I love that! I can't stand a pushover. One day when we were just first dating I suddenly looked at him and said, "You're a little bit of a pain in the a$$, aren't you?" He said, "Just a little bit." I said, "That's hot." He is sooooo easy most of the time but also hates to be manipulated and can see through any manipulation...sometimes it still works if he agrees in what I'm trying to do but will always make fun of me for it! Not that I tend to be manipulative but we all have our moments. Here's to men who won't be walked on!
Natalia...I just want to add my voice to the hiring of cleaning help. We pay $100 every two weeks to have someone clean our 3-br, 2,000 sq. foot townhouse. I could never do it, and it keeps DH and I from fighting about who will. It's absolutely worth it. It doesn't have to be every week...every other week works for us, yes by the time they come we're sooo ready for them, but we can vacuum in-between and do touch-ups.
Pie, congrats on finishing birthing class! Hope your cx don't hurt too bad! Are they supposed to ease up? And I can NOT believe cleaning people have judged you for hiring them! That's just dumb! I always feel a little silly hanging out when they're cleaning (like right now) but the fact is, I'm a violinist and I cannot scrub the tub without having to go to the dr. for a cortisone shot. Any kind of repetitive motion can strain my arm or really put me out of the loop. I wish I'd done this at my old apt. When I saw it empty in December, after I'd moved all my stuff out, it made me so sad I lived like that. I should've just paid the money. I couldn't do it myself, it's not cuz I'm filthy, it's cuz it hurts.
CJ...glad you're getting the hang of breast-feeding... actually, noone ever told me it wouldn't hurt! I think I'll miss being pg too...I'm just starting to feel the baby move a little, and it's THE COOLEST! I love the iPood shirt, so did DH. (We're a big iPod family.)
I had to laugh about the similarities between Paul and everyone's hubby's...he hates doing laundry too and often I end up doing it all because I get sick of the smell in the bedroom! If he runs out of clothes I'll find them molded in the washing machine and have to wash them anyhow! So I just do it. We're still in the process of working out who does what...I end up doing a lot more during the week cuz I'm home more, and he chips in on the weekend cuz he's home more. He has a higher tolerance for clutter but I just have to ask him and set aside a time and he'll help. I've started bringing him piles of stuff I find on the counter while he's watching tv and he'll go through it for me, problem solved. We spent this weekend organizing the main floor and it looks so much better. With a desk down here I can at least put the clutter in drawers. I think I'll have to be satisfied with that for now. With him it's a matter of routine...if something becomes part of his morning or evening routine it's a lot more likely to get done.
My old doggie hurt herself! We had the vet come over Saturday (she's a friend) cuz I didn't want to put her in the car, she was having trouble moving since Friday. She says it's a disc in her back that's inflamed and we have to restrict her movement so it doesn't slip. Whatever meds she's on has cured her right back up though! I'm so happy. We still have to make sure she stays rested for a while so it doesn't happen again. She's 10 years old which is good for a german shepherd, but unfortunately this is the kind of thing that usually gets them in the end so I'm sad. I'm afraid her dog park days are over, it's just going to be walking from now on. (sigh) It's so sad that dogs live 1/10th as long as we do, she's my first dog and I don't know what I'll do without her. I can't even think about it! And it looks like I don't have to yet so I'll stop.
Well DH has said that although he's balking at the money the gym is going to cost, if I can go three times this week and prove I'm going to use it and I like the swimming (I have yet to try it) he'll do it. So today I have to buy a suit, ugh. I hate doing that NOT pregnant. Wish me luck!