Warning: novel-length post coming your way!
Oh Katie - you've had so much advice and support - I have nothing new to add other than my faith in you to find the strength in yourself to pull through this difficult time. You know we're all here pulling for you.
I've been off the boards over the last week since work has been so busy - so after what seems to be hours reading to catch up I just want to say how much I've missed you all. I may not post every time I read, but you all serve as a source of strength (and laughter) for me - so thanks to you all!
Courtney - thanks for the mention of the photo - I can't believe how big my belly is getting and wonder how in the world it's going to get even bigger. I'll second previous complaints about clothes no longer fitting. Oh, and Logan kissing your belly is absolutely precious!
Nancy and Courtney - from a post last week (or 2?) about the Organic Baby store here that sells CDs... It's on Clinton Street between 26th and 27th and the official name (I think) is Mother Nature's. She's open on Saturdays, but not Sundays. She also has a registry, so Nancy in planning your shower, you could tell your mom's friend that you've registered there and limit those diaper genie gifts!
QOTW: Knockers, bazoongas, you pick the adjective, I've probably used them to describe my breasts. I was already well endowed to start - 36D to begin - and during my 1st trimerster I measured in at 38DD. Scary thing is, I need new bras desperately so there's no telling how big they are now. As for colustrom, I can express a few droplets when I squeeze - just noticed that last week. Can't tell you how weird this all is for this first time mom. Although I am *really* looking forward to breastfeeding.
Glad to hear that I'm not the only one out there with a tepid sex life; DW and I had a long talk yesterday because it's not for lack of libido. With our recent move into the new house - F*^%ed up financing issues - etc., our stress levels have been high. I was feeling completely unattractive and DW was feeling like I wasn't interested, etc. The best part, though, is that finally talking about it has really cleared the air wrt my frustrations, etc.
Baby Bean is active as ever - her kicks are now getting so strong that my entire belly moves sometimes - it's a riot to watch. Ive been thinking more and more about actually having her here in our lives and I'm getting so impatient to see her little face. We're holding off on naming her until we see her - but we do have a list of names from which we'll likely choose.
For those of you feeling very tired lately, there's a chance your iron levels could be low. I also was feeling pretty exhausted over the last month or so and my last round of tests revealed that I was anemic. I've added more meat to my diet (and a supplement) and my energy levels are 100% better. Turns out, now is the time that our babies start pulling iron (and calcium) from our bodies to lay down their own stores. And iron is also crucial in neural development - so it's pretty important to pay attention to this. (Sidenote: From what I've read, calcium and iron taken together prevent absorbtion of one another, so if you are needing to take a supplement, you need to take them separately.)
So question for all you co-sleepers with pets... Our cat currently sleeps with us and DW is concerned about having him on the bed when the baby arrives and is sleeping with us. What have you all done on this topic?
OK - thanks for sticking with this long post. Happy Sunday to you all.