Thanks for the shopping ideas, Emily! Keep them coming as they occur!
So I'm a little bit crampy today. This pisses me off, as it feels exactly like menstrual cramps and thus reminds me of menstruation. I'm pissed, specifically, because at some point I have to start menstruating again. And then I'll have to do it for 20 more years.
Hm, perhaps I have entered the late-pregnancy crabby phase.
A quick funny story about my mom. My mom has been one of those extremely pushy moms who is using the birth of her first grandchild as an excuse to act like we are closer than we really are -- insisting on being invited to my labor, threatening to camp outside my house in her car when I declined her insistant self-invitation to my labor, offering to buy a bassinet and a stroller for her house so that I could leave my child at her house for an overnight any time I wanted (since I'm SO likely to do that when my kid is small enough for a bassinet!), and just generally being a pain in the neck who doesn't respect my wishes.
She's really cooled off lately -- I don't know if my dad talked to her, or what. So anyway, I'm having a pleasant conversation with her yesterday. Let's call my mother-in-law Carol, because that's her name. So my mom on the phone yesterday says, when is Carol coming to visit, is that October or November? I SIGH with exasperation (that crabbiness again!) and say I don't know, no formal plans, I just know that they'll insist on visiting at some point after the birth. So then my mom says, I have just one request. And then she pauses a LONG, LONG time. I'm thinking she's going to try to make me call her when I go into labor or something else that I'm reluctant to do, and I'm trying to think how I'm going to wiggle out of the promise while not getting into an argument with my mom, when finally she pops out with it. "I just... I want to see the baby before Carol does." For some reason this totally cracks me up, and I say I'm sure that will happen. My parents are only a couple hours away; my in-laws are much further away; my parents can totally come up for a short visit and go home again even before I'm ready for "visitors" in a major sense. In the background my little brother tells my mom she's terrible. She says, "I know, but she (carol) already has a lot of grandchildren and this is my ONLY ONE!"
So I have finally been able to wholeheartedly accede to one of my mother's requests. She gets to see the baby before my mother in law does.