LOL! I love reading these posts, boy am I behind now!
First, I have to tell you all about our lovely day in Lucymama's town! We went to Peninsula, Ohio on a last minute whim (otherwise I would have tried to contact you, Katie!) and had the loveliest day! We had lunch on the patio and DD was great the whole time, then we walked along the towpath that Katie often speaks of. My god it was good to be back in the woods! I just don't get in the park enough here, and our neighbourhood, being rather ratty, has very little green stuff in it. I could just feel the peace settling into my spirit with the water and the trees, etc. We just had such an amazing time, and I loved watching DD explore. We saw bugs and butterflies up close, she discovered she loves footbridges (kept walking back and forth over them, lol)...it was just a wonderful, peaceful, day. Katie, your town is lovely!!
And...I'm really glad we had that day b/c when we got home we got some bad news. We have a property we've been trying to sell, and had found a buyer..things were set for September and I just got an email saying she's backing out. We were really counting on the money to help us with our move, etc...well, I started freaking out b/c I'm already way too emotional, etc...I was thinking the worst. But then finally DD went to sleep and I sat down with DH. He made me realize it isn't as bad as I thought, AND he told me that if he must he's going to go to his father to borrow some money to tide us over for a bit. I cannot tell you what a huge thing this is for him: he and his father have had their troubles and this means a MAJOR swallowing of pride for DH. And, my Mum could easily help us out, and would without hesitation, but DH wants to "take care of it" and go to his father. I so admire him for that (and my mother would worry silly about us). So I'm feeling so much better!
wow, so many things to reply to.
so happy about the doggie, flitters!
krnflwr: I'm so glad I'm not the only one dealing with this toddler issue, let's keep in touch on this issue as it gets closer!
gottaknit: that sucks about your sis, but your DH sounds awesome! i think he is very right about her, it's bitterness coming through. those birth horror stories are so ironic since it's almost always the hospital's own ridiculous way of treating labouring women that get them into that situation in the first place!
courtneylogan: I feel SO bad for you! I recall experiencing my first over-100F weather the summer that DD was born, when we were in Boston. We only had an air conditioner in the bedroom so I spent all my time in there. I was STUNNED when I'd walk out of the room to go to the kitchen or bathroom - it was like walking into an oven. I cannot IMAGINE how you dealt with it, and hopefully you have your A/C now!!
stanleymama: welcome to the third trimester!!!
Amelia: you can make your own wrap carrier pretty easily by just buying the appropriate length of fabric yourself. That's what I plan on doing. I got some intructions/tips on that from a site called MamaToto, but I can't find the link right now so I'll get back to you on that (or ask on the sewing/crafts forum, or the babywearing forum). I can't really afford to buy any more slings, but my mother is a great sewer and I got some patterns online so I'm hoping for a fleece pouch and a wrap carrier (though that really doesn't require sewing anyways).
As for dipes, well my mother paid for most of them as a baby gift. I didn't start with CD's with Emily until she was 8 months old, and I had always dreamed of a newborn stash. I swear I had more fun planning it out and ordering than I might actually using them....NAH!!!
Mandi: I just have this gut feeling that Sasha will be our last. TBH, I had always just "seen" myself with two kids, a boy and a girl. Not sure if it's because that is society's expectations or what, but that's what we are getting. DH and I have talked about maybe a third, but I just have this strong feeling of completeness now. I have heard other mamas say they felt "done" or "complete" and then they knew. I have always referred to our "kids", plural, even before Sasha was conceived, like I knew we were having more than one. And now I just know that Sasha is it, we're done. So, I am trying hard to savour this pregnancy. It's such a unique and amazing experience!!
Okay, I really need to get my butt to bed! hugs to you all, mamas!!!