Howdy! We had a mixed bag today. My most awful thing is that DD got very sick yesterday and it's totally my fault because I totally know better. She is very scent sensitive, among other things. Well, my mom sent us 4 very nice sets of king sized sheets that she has used, but only just a little. They still look brand new. Well, mom used fabric softener on the sheets. I washed them 5 times with various stuff (oxyclean, baking soda, vinegar, bac-out, plain 7th generation) and the smell never came out. I posted here at MDC and got a recommendation for Charlie's soap. So I emailed that company and they said it was all natural and would take out the softener scent. I ordered some online, but got impatient and drove across town last week and bought a bag. I washed the sheets 5 more times in Charlie's. I do think that the Charlie's got out the softener scent. Problem is - Charlie's has a scent of its own. So I washed the sheets a few more times in just plain 7th Generation. (Are you exhausted yet???)
So they still had a light scent on them, but in my greediness for the sheets (that we need very badly) I decided to try them out. Besides, DD has been just *so* healthy lately and I figured that this was a "natural" soap and she'd be okay. noooooo - that very night she began a deep chest cough. She only coughed once, but I knew what was going on. If she had coughed more, I would have probably changed the sheets in the middle of the night. But I didn't. She woke up sick yesterday, and got even sicker today. (sneezing, sniffing, wheezing
)She's just miserable, and I've been just kicking myself for 2 days now.
I kept washing and washing those sheets. But now, even if I washed them 10 more times and finally got out all of the scent, I still wouldn't be able to bring myself to put them on the beds. I'd be too scared - no amount of money is worth putting my poor DD thru this. And now I must go out and find sheets to buy, and that will be a big expense. We only have 1 set of sheets per bed, and I need at least 2 sets (one for the bed, one for the wash) because a newborn will be sleeping on the beds.
On the flip side, we spent a lot of time getting ready for the baby today. Our birthing suite is finally all set up. All of the birth supplies are gathered and boxed up - ready to go. I showed DH the diaper stash & how to use them. He's all excited about it! He went to Target and bought a few things we still needed. I spent a lot of time sitting, and got most of my Christmas envelopes addressed, and I got the newsletter printed out. So the cards can go out in Monday's mail. I had originally thought I'd send out Christmas along with birth announcement, but I'm glad we're going to just send out the Christmas letters - it will reduce pressure to get photos done & birth announcements done in a rush.
We've still got a pretty good "to do" list, but none of it is really critical to the birth. But our lives will be less stressed if we get this stuff done before the baby arrives.
Simplehome - So sorry about the awful day at the library. And kudos for being able to install the carseat. There's no WAY I could do that now!
Kehliouise - Congratulations on your shower/blessing. That sounds actually so nice! (except for the aunt part...)