Chit-chat-chatty-chat, that's us! I'm going to make senior member status during this pregnancy. I bet some others will too!
Jen, what a wonderful bounty you have been receiving. If you get lots of extra stuff, you can always feel free to "gnome" us! About the hip pain, I have been getting it from sleeping on one side or the other for long periods of time (no numbness, but would bet they are closely related). A pillow between my knees has helped a TON. I had no pain for several days after I got my massage last week (she worked pretty deep in my hips). My mw suggested more fluffy support on the bed top, like an egg crate mattress. We weren't into the foam thing and decided to splurge and get a feather bed. We've had it for a few nights and it has been really nice, no pain to speak of, but it has only been a few days. My massage therapist suggested self hip massage with tennis balls. I haven't tried it yet, but imagine that it will be helpful if I can figure out how to do it well. I am trying to commit to a massage a month for the rest of this pregnancy, my mt even offered me a discount if I do! Can't pass that up!
Hey, is that ebay thing the guy with the wedding dress? That was hysterical, I can't believe he's getting so much for it!
Anna, I'm so sorry about your meltdown! I would have fallen apart too! I totally understand about not liking the job too, I wore the "golden handcuffs" for several years until they laid me off, I am so much happier now even tho our money situation leaves plenty to be desired, my day to day happiness means so much more than my bank account and credit card balances. Just remember there is freedom on the horizon! I had an emotional outburst the other day, I was listening to some speeches from the Reproductive Rights March in DC that was last week, I was just bawling as I heard these women speaking so passionately. There was a chant "keep your laws off my body" I completely lost it, it just moved me and really touched a part of me that I'm not sure I always honor.
Meredith, that was a really beautiful dream!
Ack, I have too much to say!
I have skimmed and read sections of the Mendhleson book and want to buy a copy. I liked what I read (which is most of) Birthing From Within
. My mw is going to lend me the new Ina May book after one or two other mamas who are due before me. I really liked Our Babies, Ourselves
, I am now reading Childbirth Wisdom
both are centered around different cultures practices and traditions of pregnancy, childbirth and child care. Really makes you see how out of the ordinary modern western practices actually are.
OK, I want to mention this. I think I got a summer job. I had an interview on Tuesday that went really well and the interviewer pretty much told me she wants to hire me. Its a summer day camp counselor position (full time). It will end 2 weeks before I am due. It sounds like lots of fun, playing games, field trips, hiking and crafts with kids all summer. Its close to home (yay!), I really do need the money (starts right when my unemployment will run out), and got me all excited. But I woke up in the middle of the night after the interview worrying, I didn't tell them that I'm pregnant (I am not terribly obvious if my clothing is loose and you don't know me). I know that legally I don't have to and they "can't" discriminate against me because of it, so it shouldn't matter, but I had a feeling of guilt like I should have. Well, they will figure it out quickly enough, and it really shouldn't be a problem as I have been very healthy, active and low risk so far, so I'm telling myself to not worry about it. I think another part of my worry is that I am afraid of taking too much on, as I have no idea how I will feel in my 3rd tri. But I also feel like this was presented to me, and as Anna always says, I should just listen to the universe, look at how perfectly the dates will flow in my life, it fills the gap of no income for me, and will keep me active and occupied all summer. Well, I just had to purge all of that.
I'll shut up now. Even though I could write more and more.....