KaPow, that sucks! I hope it feels better sooner rather than later. I feel like extra stuff right now really steals my rest and takes a toll on my bodies.
Sqrrl, I'm so sorry. Did you maybe have PPD? I felt like DD was a needy little monster every time she needed to nurse for many months and am pretty sure I had undiagnosed PPD. You don't HAVE to nurse. If it makes you miserable and makesyour relationship difficult with the baby, I'm not sure it's a net gain, you know? If I had it all to do over again, I would have weaned DD rather than deal with the yeast, mastitis, food allergies, etc., that made us all miserable. DS had thrush and terrible food allergies from practically birth, but nursing him didn't make me resent him at all. I hope you have a better experience this time.
Katroshka, congrats on the refi and the van. Learning to drive is stressful, but it will give you so much more freedom. We live in L.A. (but not near any of the trains), and do use public transportation sometimes, but with little ones and such an awful system, relying on it completely would be MISERABLE. I hope your DH has a good attitude about birth, if not the materials he had to read, you know?
We're pretending it's a snow day in L.A. today. DH is stuck in the midwest, where he had to give a talk for work. Both of my little ones have croup and are miserable. I was up at least every 45 minutes last night fetching medicine and water and propping up pillows, etc. I will probably call a friend and ask her to bring us a chicken today so I can make them some soup, and I don't think they're really in any shape to leave the house.
I'm starting to feel REALLY overwhelmed. DH is going to be gone at least until Thursday night late, and then he will probably give another talk on the east coast in a couple weeks. I have so much I need to get done, and I just need some rest. It's been a really rough month or so for us with DH working late and weekends preparing for these talks. I'm tired of single parenting. I need to relax, do Hypnobabies, and be more than a child manager. I wasn't even particularly sympathetic to my sick kids because I'm so tired. I gave them what they needed, but they got a lot less cuddles and sympathy than usual. I don't want to get sick. I want DH to come home and be PRESENT and help me get ready for baby. It's a hard balance as a SAHM. With the other two pregnancies, I got the last week or two off of work to focus on home stuff. There's no maternity leave when you're a SAHM! There's no end of cooking or dishes or sick kids or bathroom messes and bad reports from school. I feel really whiney today, if you can't tell!