Robin, it's so funny you should mention showering! Last night, I tried to squat down in the shower to pick up Eli and I slipped and got stuck!
We don't have a bathtub, just a shower stall so I was kind of wedged in there until Mike could come and lend me a hand to get up again. Poor Eli was so sweet about it! I told him I was stuck and he kept hugging me and patting my back, and he stopped asking me to move. He was such a doll about the whole thing.
I'm hoping that this birth is much easier than Eli's was, but even so the plan is for MIL to walk with Eli around the hospital and/or the mall (which is about half a mile up the road, if that, from the hospital) until right after NewBean is born, and then to bring him in to say hi to his sister
. I told Mike that I want NewBean's first nursing session to be all by herself, because I think that's only fair; I know that if Eli is there and he sees me nursing NewBean he's going to want to latch on too. And then, of course, there's the fact that Eli can't stand to see me in any kind of pain or distress.
He's having an easier time dealing with it than he was a few months ago, but I'm still not confident that he'd be able to deal with labor. I'm not worried about his speech; his grandmother doesn't understand as much as we do, but Eli gets his point across very effectively. Plus, he knows and loves his grandmother.
In fact, if grandma is holding Eli and I go to give him a kiss, he wraps himself around her more tightly as if to say "Don't take me away from grandma!!" (Unless, of course, he wants to nurse. Then it's mamma all the way! :LOL)
Julie, I know what you mean about trying to make sure that #2 has as much stuff as #1.
I'm totally there. Last week, I bought NewBean's baby book (my older brother has one, I don't) and filled in all of the information I could; NewBean's birth sampler is the same size as Eli's and while it's a different pattern it's on the same kind of fabric and it's about the same level of difficulty, and it will have the same amount of information on it. The big problem I'm having is that it was very easy to knit and crochet for Eli because he was born in the winter; NewBean, being a summer baby, has no need for hand-knitted infant sweaters or bonnets or booties, to say nothing of a bag-a-baby or heavy blankets. I guess that stuff will have to wait until I know how big she will be over the fall/winter.
At any rate, I've got a nice, somewhat lightweight blanket that I started to crochet for her. I don't feel too badly that it will never get finished, because the one I started for Eli didn't get finished either. :LOL
I have a Baby Wrap, and I think it's really neat. I haven't been able to use it, though, because I can't get it around my belly. I'm not terribly concerned about plugged ducts, because the band that goes around the boobs is very wide and padded, and I'm really looking forward to being able to carry Eli on my back with NewBean in a regular over-the-shoulder sling. The design makes it look like double slinging will be fairly easy that way. I'll also be able to carry NewBean on my back while I cook or do laundry, which will be very nice.. I had a hard time trying to eat with Eli in a sling or a Baby Bjorn, because my arms are short and I had to turn my head sideways. It was a real pain in the neck! At any rate, I won't know how well it works until a few weeks pp, when my belly is just a big old jellyfish instead of a big, hard beach ball.
I was talking to a good friend of ours (Eli's godmother, actually) and she's guessing that NewBean will be born on 22 June and be 6 lbs, 6 oz. I'm thinking either 20 June and 7 lbs 2 oz or 4 July and 8 lbs 1 oz.
I haven't asked Mike, but I suspect he'll go all zen and say something like "The baby will come when she is ready and be as big as she needs to be."
He's no fun at all! :LOL