~~~*Sarahsunshine (Sarah's) Birthing Lodge*~~~

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~~~*Sarahsunshine (Sarah's) Birthing Lodge*~~~

I wanted to be the one to start your lodge so it's a bit early. I know that Reed was early so I still want you to have ample time to reflect in a lodge if this one decides to make an early appearance. You may not remember but you started my lodge for Paul's birth and that meant a lot to me.

You really are an amazing person. I know that I haven't "seen" you during the last few months and the challenges that you have had to endure but I can tell that your spirit is strong. You and your family have been through so much but you continue to give so much to others. I think that your continued support for others on Pregnancy.org has helped some of us make it through far less trying times than those that you have gone through.

You and Reed are in my thoughts often and I look forward to sharing this journey with you once again.

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Welcome to your lodge, Sarah! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your journey.

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Sarah!!! Welcome to your lodge; I can't wait to follow you through the next few weeks & beyond...

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Oh my goodness! I wasn’t expecting this so soon! In fact I wasn’t even thinking about it.

I’m not quite ready for it, to tell you the truth, and thank you Rikkiac, for starting it!

I swear this is the 3rd time I’ve started crying this morning (at my desk at work). Another was because of the photos of Reed’s quilt that ErinM has been working on (http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=497920) I haven’t been able to even respond to that thread yet, though I was the first person to see the post...

Fortunately this pregnancy has been fairly easy. Only last Thursday did I start feeling particularly tired, and DH told me to go to bed at 8:30pm. I think it’s because I was a bit anaemic last time, but I can’t just blame it on that. I’ve also felt more mentally sharp throughout this pregnancy – well, until this past week… so maybe mental acuity is related to not being tired.

In terms of preparations for Baby2 (as DH and I have been calling this baby), we are planning another home waterbirth. How it unfolds, we’ll just have to find out. Both DH and I would like to birth in the backyard hot tub again, but I don’t know if that is possible given temperamental April weather in Alberta! We are going to buy a birthing pool to use “just in case” the weather is pretty cool (or raining, or snowing!).

There are tons of things to write, but I am not quite up to it at this moment.

Thank you ladies!

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Welcome to your lodge!!! I look forward to following you through your journey!

BTW, the quilt put tears in my eyes, it is beautiful!! What great friends you have to make such a wonderful gift!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge, and I love the quilt! You have some fabulously awesome July 07 ladies behind you--- you're very lucky to have such friends!

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Welcome to your lodge, I've followed your story distantly, and I cann't imagaine being where you are now. I look forward to reading all about you when you are up to it.

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The quilt is so beautiful.

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge! I was wondering when to start one for you since you're not expecting to go 40 weeks!

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Welcome to your lodge sarah. I look forward to following these last few weeks when you are ready.

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welcome to your lodge. The quilt is beautiful. You have a wonderful board in July 07.

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Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to hear how your last few weeks are going, and I'm looking forward to reading about your waterbirth!

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Yesterday was a really rough day – I started off exhausted (making me a little more emotional), then saw the pictures of a everyone’s beautiful quilt (sorry I haven’t responded yet), then Rikkiac started a birthing lodge on the Birthing Naturally forum (a week early because she remembered that Reed came 2+ weeks early), and then an old co-worker stopped by to visit and asked how Reed was doing…

Needless to say, I think I spent most of yesterday in tears, but I didn’t go home because it’s end of year and I had already filled out my timesheet saying I worked yesterday afternoon... Looking back, I should have.

DH and I were talking about it last night, and he volunteered (!!!) that he had been having a rough week constantly re-viewing finding Reed, and giving him CPR… I can’t even imagine what that must be like. He says he knows that dwelling on those things isn’t helpful, but ignoring those emotions isn’t either. So we talked about it, and hugged each other, and cried, and promised Baby2 that we wouldn’t love him/her any less than Reed, and then played cards…

We had a good sleep last night, and both feel better – except we are a little worried about our pregnant friend who recently found out that she lost two of her triplets. She is going through some stressful stuff too.

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Sarah, can't wait to follow you through your journey. The quilt was beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes, too. :bigarmhug:

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I can't imagine how hard your loss has been on your family. It sounds like the conversation you had with your DH was theraputic for you both. I hope you are able to continue to help each other heal.

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Welcome to your lodge Sarah! I think you and DH are so amazing in the way you are open with each other like that. I admire your relationship a great deal.

I can't wait to follow you in "Baby2"s journey and arrival! Smile

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Shoot! I’ve had a bunch to write about and thought I would do so more often. I thought I’d use this opportunity to write out a bunch of stuff about this pregnancy and what’s been going on. I can’t do it at work, though, because then I’d be a wreck for the rest of the day (well, maybe not always, and I should be doing work anyway!!!).

Anyway, a couple updates on recent stuff…

Sunday, DH and I went to Michael’s and bought stuff to make a belly cast, and we also got some birthday presents for DSS (turning 10 on April 22). We made a belly cast when I was pregnant with Reed at 33 weeks (about). We used Vaseline to prevent the plaster from sticking and it was HORRIBLE. It took days to get off completely, even though we tried everything from regular soap, shampoo, dish soap, bicycle chain degreaser… The plaster also got stuck in my pubic hair and it was terrible to get it off! UGH… It was so horrible I didn’t really want to do a belly cast again because of it.

But then I remembered that for Christmas last year, DSS, Reed, Indy (Dog) and I made hand (paw) prints in plaster, and I didn’t want Reed or Indy to have Vaseline on them to possibly ingest. We used olive oil then and it worked great (and I’m so glad that we have a handprint from Reed in plaster now). So we used olive oil this time again and IT WORKED GREAT!

Our other secret is that we don’t use little strips. We got a couple big pieces of cheese cloth (2yards x 1 yard), folded them into half lengthwise and widthwise, to get 2 pieces about half body/belly width, then got a third piece to hold them together. It works great and goes super quickly. And this time I was smart and wore an old pair of underwear that I just threw out afterwards!!!

I even managed to get the olive oil off with regular soap too – without any help from DH!

Oh! And I have a midwife appointment tonight!

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I'm glad this belly cast worked out better! Pics???

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Sounds like a busy weekend! It breaks my heart to imagaine dealing with a loss, I don't know how you do it. I hope your able to take a bit and work through some of your thoughs before the baby is born. I would imagaine it adds a certain bit of stress to this pregnancy for you. Your going to be a worderfull mama again soon, and my thoughts and prayers will certainly be with you through all of it.

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I'll have to remember what you did for the belly cast. I'm glad it worked out well for you this time.

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That's wonderful that you and dh have such an open relationship to help each other out during your down times. You both are so lucky to have each other!

Can't wait to see pics of your belly cast!! How fun to be able to compare your belly with each pregnancy!

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I'm glad you and DH were able to talk. Sounds like you both needed it the other night.

And I'd love to see pics of the belly cast!

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Well, we had our MW appointment today. It was completely uneventful... gained another 2lbs since 2 weeks ago (now 194)... which I guess is up 21lbs from pre-preg...

My MW cheers whenever I gain weight... measure at 35.5cm - right on target... pee test negative...

Other than that, I was informed by DSS that his mom is thinking about getting him a small dog - because she's allergic to big dogs and because it would be good to learn responsibility... Last year at this time it was that she and her boyfriend were going to get him a husky... I just want to put on the record that that's about the worst reason to get a dog, and I REFUSE to take someone else's problem dog if DSS ever decides to move in with us... or during the weeks that DSS is at our house... or if she's on holiday... and who's going to train it (if she knows what that means)... certainly not a 10yo who can't remember to take his own medication and isn't responsible enough to stay home alone for ANY period of time (according to her)... and buying a pet (that lives 10-15 years) is certainly not a way to teach responsibility IMO... GRRRRRR....

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I forgot to say that yesterday, my MW cleared us for a home birth starting Sunday (April 5). I hope Baby 2 stays in longer because that would only be 36 weeks!!!

I declined the Strep B test, figuring that I wouldn’t allow intravenous antibiotics anyway during labour, and that my last labour was so fast (2.5 hours) that it wouldn’t have had any effect anyway.

Lastly, DH is betting that Baby2 is born on the 17th, and so our next MW appointment will be on the 16th! I hope he’s right! I just want Baby to be born by before the 22nd… That’s DSS’s birthday

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Hi Sarah, I know I'm late here, but Welcome to your lodge!!! I look forward to following you through Baby2's arrival! I actually live only a few blocks from you (50 St & 34 Ave) and I have my own little Reid (spelled different than yours) who came along around the same time that your Reed passed. I'm not sure this is the right forum but I want to pass on my condolenses and prayers. :bigarmhug:

I'm glad your MW appointment went well. Looking at our weather these days, I'd say you'd better plan on having an indoor tub ready, it's plenty chilly to be thinking of an outdoor water birth (BRRR! Especially at night time!! )

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"NorthernBelle" wrote:

I actually live only a few blocks from you (50 St & 34 Ave)

Hey! Cool! Where did you give birth?

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Hey! Cool! Where did you give birth?

At Grey Nuns. I was optimistic that I could have a natural birth there, and I did with DS2, but in the end I had to really fight for it. I was induced due to low amniotic fluid at 41w6d, which I resisted but eventually consented to cervidil. Then, after I was in active labour, even though I had been very clear I wanted a natural birth, the doctors and nurses continued to talk about epidurals and AROM! Luckily labour was pretty quick, but I think if I'd had a long labour, they'd have put more pressure on, and I don't know if I'd have been able to hold out. Sorry, not meaning to hyjack here, I guess my point is that I think ncb in a hospital setting can be difficult, and is more supported at home, so I think a home birth is a good choice!

ETA: Both my boys were born at Grey Nuns, and DS1 birth was filled with intervention and complications. That's a whole other story though.

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Sarah, I'm hoping my LO comes on the 16th. And if my true due date is the 25-26 she'll cooperate like my boys did and go 1 day earlier than my last lol... wishful thinking but hey one can wish right?

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My gut was telling me the 17th too. How funny we are all guessing and will probably all be wrong!

Sarah, I love the idea of the belly cast. You 'll have to post some pics. Glad all is well and you are almost clear for birth at home. I know I felt a lot better once I cleared that 36 week mark that my MW set.

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My BFF came out for the WEEKEND from Ontario!!!

She's leaving this afternoon but so far we've had a great visit even though we basically sat on the floor at the mall for 3 hours yesterday waiting through DSS's Taekwondo promotion test. We both hate malls and shopping, but had plenty to talk about since I saw her last in September...

DH and I picked her up at the airport on Friday and she said that she thought I'd be much bigger than I am... I wasn't surprised - a friend of ours had twins in January and that's what she was used to seeing. Plus, I don't think I am that big. I should get a belly pic today at 36 weeks - I'll have to try to remember. That and a pic of the Belly cast.

As for any other exciting news, it's been a relatively relaxing weekend, but no time for reflecting much on here since I've been socializing instead (and DH even did all the breakfast AND cleanup this morning while we sat on the back porch and chatted! What a great guy!

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How cool that y'all are getting to spend the weekend together! And yay for DH not minding, and helping out! It's great having a supportive DH like that. Mine is the same way, even after 12 years of marriage:-)

Can't wait to see the pics!

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I figured it out! A friend of yours had TWINS in January and that is what your friend expected you to look like. Oh the challenges with typos.....

Happy you had a good visit!
I've been knitting for.."Baby Surprise".

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Glad you had a nice relaxing/enjoyable weekend!!

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I haven’t gone in to any serious reflection yet, but I am definitely not in the “I’m so over being pregnant” stage yet. Maybe I’m lucky, maybe my body just doesn’t do that, maybe I’m just healthy, maybe… I don’t know.

Anyway, I never particularly liked being pregnant, but the past month or two I have felt pretty much normal except for having a belly that gets in the way, and not feeling as active as usual. On the other hand, it’s been late winter and REALLY cold, so I had an excuse too.

Now, it’s spring time. It’s also only 1wk4days until the same gestation as Reed was when he was born. I am definitely not in the “ I want this baby born now” state of mind. I’m in the “Baby can just wait PLEASE for a good while because I am in denial that I’m pregnant.” Well, not really, but I can definitely wait for a while. I’m in no hurry.

Also, I haven’t had any of the end of pregnancy uncomfortableness that I had with Reed – you know the needing to pee 6 times each night, being exhausted, back hurting, shallow breathing, terrible reflux, sciatica… I thought I had it totally easy last time, but I was definitely exhausted and have none of that this time (well, OK, I woke up at 5am and couldn’t get back to sleep.

I also am not very big, belly-wise. I may be “normal” though I’ve seen many people way bigger in the belly than I am. I was never big with Reed – my stomach muscles never separated, and they haven’t this time either. I’m guessing it’s just because I have a deep chest/hips, and I’m tallish (5’8”). Maybe because I’m relatively fit (though I think I’m the least fit I have EVER been!).

As for labour, I hope it’s as smooth as it was last time! It was a Sunday, DH was there, our friends (to help with the home birth) were available, active labour was 2.5 hours, the weather was perfect (I laboured in the hottub in the back yard), I didn’t bleed hardly at all, I didn’t tear, I only bled for 4-5 days afterwards, I had minimal cramping for a couple days afterwards, DS and I figured out breastfeeding quickly (2-3 days), my milk came in within a couple days, I never had any cracking or bleeding or anything… It was just smooth.

So, for those who have been there, can I even hope for as good as that again? I mean, is it often that people have no problems with BFing, and that I only hear about those who do have problems?

I’ve heard that 2nd labours are usually faster than first labours, but then my mom’s 2nd labour was much longer… she was also sick at that time though, and I don’t know what other stresses she had at that time which can definitely affect things.

Anyway, that’s enough for now.

Sorry, no pictures yet.

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Comparing my 1st and 2nd, my pregnancy was awesome with ds2. ds1 I had really bad backaches starting in the 5th month, a chiroprator wasn't even helping. ds2 I did start getting the pressure at the very end and my ribs were sore and bruised but other than that it was wonderful!! As for labor, both started with BHs all day, my water broke with ds1 around 7:30pm and he was born at 11:09pm, I was also pushing for 2 hrs. ds2 after dealing wth bh's all day, by 9pm I took tylonol pm, I needed sleep. Woke up at midnight to contractions 3-4 mins apart, got to the hospital at 4:20 with water intact and he was born at 4:55am. So for active labor or the labor where I KNEW it was it, ds2 was actually less than ds1. His delivery was soo much easier as well, he came out so easily. So my 2nd delivery was my easiest so far. Wink

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I'm late, but just wanted to welcome you to your lodge. Even though you don't know me, you're in my thoughts often and I'm wishing you a quick and easy birth.

I did have some sore nipples and a little bleeding about 5 days pp with DD, but the second time around, breastfeeding was a snap. No soreness, no latch issues... very easy. I can't really compare my two labours as the first ended in a c-section, but generally the second labour is quicker and easier than the first. And then for some reason... the 3rd is it's own entity and can go either way. Wink

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From what I've heard, 2nd labors are quicker and easier than 1st, unless the LO is posterior or there is some complication, but with labor, it's usually good to expect the unexpected. BFing went pretty smoothly for me and my DD--I had one sort of flat nipple that caused some minor latch issues and soreness, but it was bearable. Some babies have more difficulty latching than others, but if you were able to get the hang of BFing easily last time, you probably won't have a lot of issues this time, either.

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I think DH is hitting nesting – and that the weather is definitely helping him out!

I came home after work last night to find that he had cleaned up the living room, dining room, vacuumed the basement, and was in the process of raking the last of the snow off the grass in the backyard… He then got out the blower and blew the leaved away, shovelled some snow onto the deck (which was 18C so it melted really fast). Then he told me his plans for the new and improved doghouse, he completely cleaned up our bedroom (he usually leaves me to deal with my own laundry which I am thankful for!), cleaned off my dresser (where I tend to just drop everything), cleaned all the dishes, vacuumed and mopped the kitchen floor… and probably 10 other things… Oh yeah, he found the list of supplies we need to put aside for the homebirth (amongst 100 other things on my dresser)!

And he’s all excited about doing a whole bunch of things – finding out about Boy Scouts for DSS, organising summer plans, going camping, building a kid’s playground and stage at the North Country Fair (from donations from Reed’s passing – we have about $5000!).

Anyway, he was just making me feel exhausted watching him! So I got in the hot tub and watched from there – and he came and joined me for a little while too!

If the weather is like yesterday on baby day, then I can have my outdoor hot tub birth! Our sunroom was at 24C yesterday – and it only got down to 5C last night so I hope that we are close to sunroom planting time! How exciting! And I hope it’s only going to get warmer (despite most of the snow being gone in the backyard, we still have 2’ on the front!).

Oh, and my pasque flower is starting to come up! I noticed it had two little sprouts (with 3” of ice on each side) on Sunday, then yesterday all the ice was gone and there were about 10 more! I wonder what surprises it will hold for today? DH was pretty excited about seeing a touch of greenery as well – it’s been a very long winter and a late spring.

Oh… I almost forgot. I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. I wanted to get it because my doc made me so much more relaxed about everything after Reed died, and I figured that I could probably use that about now… I love my doctor!

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Wow, your DH got a lot done! I hope you have nice warm weather for your baby's birth so you can do it outdoors, that sounds so nice!

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I have to say your DH sounds adorable! how wonderful to have such support and help. he seems like he is right there along side you through everything. the fact that he is cleaning and motivated you to make those carriers is really awesome! i hope the weather is nice for you on baby day so you get that outdoor water birth!

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Why Robin, of course he's adorable! Wink

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LOL Gardenbug! Smile Yes he certainly is! And WOW he got a ton done! I feel exhausted just reading it! I'm glad he relaxed in the hot tub with you too though! I think that is a great idea to go to your dr, it sounds like you have a fantastic dr!

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Way to go hubby! And 18C in Alberta? Send some of that to the east coast please(including the cleaning husband if you don't mind) Smile

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What a helpful hubby! How nice that would be right now! :rolleyes:

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I’m guilty of not cooperating…

DH has spent the last 3 days cleaning… And somehow I am messing things up…

The other night he was so upset at things in general (mostly his XW), that he never went to bed, and at 3am decided that instead of steaming about it, he would clean up the mess that was bugging him. And he did an immaculate job on the kitchen. At 4am, I got up at 4am (hadn’t been able to sleep either), and helped a bit, and then I sat on the couch and tried to read a natural birthing magazine (Birth Issues). It only served to get me more frustrated since all the articles were talking about how stress in your daily life can affect baby’s development, and how cortisol (stress hormone) easily passes through the placenta to baby and can seriously affect organ and brain development. Geeze… so much for trying to make me more relaxed – instead it made me start crying!

And then DH wouldn’t go to bed because I was up (now it was 5:30am), and then he was upset because he thought I was that upset about his XW acting like a dink (like that’s news – but he was hyped enough that he said he was ready to go over to her house and teach her a lesson). And then he was saying how having a messy house was really upsetting him (well, I can understand that but I knew that he is just as much of a culprit as I am and that his XW was really triggering it), and we were both having a rough couple of weeks thinking about Reed, and just not feeling at all prepared to deal with Baby2…

Anyway, I think we both went to bed at about 6:30am and decided that we were turning the alarm clock off. I woke up at about 8:30am and made some breakfast, and woke up DH at around 10ish… at which point we both called in to work sick (we still were feeling quite emotional and wouldn’t have been very effective at work).

I then worked on putting together the box of homebirth supplies (from the list DH had found) while he watched Lost. Of course, I piled it all on the table in the kitchen. One of the things I needed was “clothes to dress baby in” – which were all in the garage – so I went and got a couple bags/boxes of baby clothes and where did I sort with them? On the table and all over the kitchen floor and counters. Of course, there was some stuff in Reed’s room (to be Baby2’s room) so I went in there and proceeded to move everything around – the highchair in the hallway, boxes of Reed’s clothes on the floor, blankets, fabric to make slings, diapers, baby clothes that my mom made and bought, some baby clothes we bought in Peru last fall, not to mention the shoes Reed had been wearing when he fell in the pond… Somehow some of DSS’s clothes and stuff had ended up piled in there too – so now there are various piles in Baby2’s room as well as stuff strewn all over the upper hallway, kitchen table and floor.

And that’s how I left it while DH and I went to get the rest of the birthing supplies… none of which I needed last time but hey, this time we need to be prepared, right?

At least I made a nice roast for dinner last night (in the crock pot).

And how come when we went to Voldemart (that evil store also known as Walmart) with 6 items on the list that should have come out to $40, we managed to spend $250 on groceries? It just baffles me! And we still forgot to get eggs! I think we’re going to get DSS’s new glasses there, though, because we saw the best kid’s frames so far (very flexible, slightly bigger lenses than before (he’s always wearing them halfway down his nose, but not too big), and they had a really good price compared to the 5 other places we’ve looked.

OK, now I’m rambling.

We ended up having a pretty good and relaxing day – I had a couple naps, got some stuff done (despite leaving it a mess), and am generally feeling a bit better about at least having stuff ready for baby’s arrival…

We even took Indy on a good walk in the melting snow, and we all felt good about that!

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On another note, I have been informed by DH that if baby is born on Easter, and is a boy, that he will be named Aslan – Reed’s middle name – an for those of you who know the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion who C. S. Lewis portrayed as Jesus – and who was resurrected…

Hmm… If he feels that strongly about it I don’t know that I’ll fight it, but really, won’t the kid have enough to deal with knowing that he has an older brother that he never met, and now to be named after him?

I’ll definitely think about it…

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There's always Leo too...
And Christian:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCjyWp3rEk&feature=related

And Aslynn Wink

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