Taylor we had the opposite problem with DD. She has her girly moments and things she's into, but she loves dinosaurs, trucks, building blocks etc. and wanted nothing to do with pink or girly things until more recently. I'm more tomboyish so I didn't care but I could tell some family were surprised (rolls eyes). IMO what kids play with isn't a big deal though I know a lot of people get nervous about that stuff early in life. For instance I mentioned how I'd still use our pink/girly variety cloth diapers on DS when he can fit into them and DD isn't in diapers anymore. DH didn't seem to enjoy that idea but I assured him that if I put DS in a pink/purple overnight cloth diaper, I promise his penis won't fall off. Soon enough DS will be in school and have tons of friends of both sexes to play with.
With the blocks, I'd go with whichever he'd be more apt to enjoy. We have both and our Megablocks have held up just fine despite being larger and thinner.
Last year my mom bought DD this kitchen. We've had to take it away a few times because she just climbed on it but playing house/kitchen is such awesome role play for them. I like the one Tasha linked too.
I'll make a thread for the recipes.
A recipe thread is a great idea! I'm not so great about using my crockpot, but I'd like to use it more often. I have some easy recipes i could share too--I'm all about easy these days!
As for toys, we have 4 girls and 1 boy, and he does play with his sisters, but he also has his own toys. Mega blocks are great--we've had ours for several years and they hold up great. I think a kitchen is fine--sorry I don't have a recommendation, but kids like to do what they see their parents and siblings do.
DH was home all weekend. It was so nice. We cleaned house and hung out. Pretty low key.
It's not so much that Jason cares about getting him a kitchen- Jason's a chef for a living to begin with and has been for 10 years so that's not a big deal. He's a better cook than I am when it comes to non-basic things, he's also trained to be a pastry chef.
It's when you look at Brandon's overall Christmas list that Brandon and I both sat on Amazon and created that it comes into play. His list is mermaid bath toys (because he freakin LOVES mermaids and bath time, he spends the whole time pretending to be one), anything Dora or Baby Jaguar, a Yo Gabba Gabba play tent, a doctor kit, and some Nick Jr compilation DVDs (we don't get an actual Nick Jr channel so the combo dvds are awesome). That's my actual shopping list for him but he keeps asking for a pink kitchen, a pink car, and that Bouncy Furreal puppy.
Also, I'm getting very irritated with Jason's parents. They told me they've already done Christmas shopping a bit for him but won't tell me what they've got. They're very sneaky about taking my firsts with him- as in, when I was in the hospital and they helped babysit Brandon for Jason they took him to the zoo for the first time (which seriously pissed me off because I had asked them not to). I've mentioned a few things we were getting him and I'm concerned they're going to try and buy them first. Kinda okay, because then it saves me money. But it also makes me feel like a failure because it's MY kid and they're trying to out do me.
Ughhh Taylor that would soooo piss me off as well !! I dont know how you kept your calm if you did ! Well listen get what you can for him and thats it !! He doesnt live with them so your gift will be better regardless because he will open yours first ! Thats how i look at it !
Yikes Taylor I can't imagine the in-laws trying to overstep your boundries/go against what you asked like that. I see where the gifts can save money, but it shouldn't be done in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable like that. You'd think they'd want to let you know what they've purchased for him so you don't end up with duplicates. The list sounds pretty well rounded, I hope Jason doesn't over think it too much.
AFM I had my bi weekly appointment today. All was good. By their scale I'm up 25 pounds which shocked me. Their scale has been reading a pound or two higher then mine (instead of within a half a pound) for a couple of months. No one is concerned as I was at a "healthy bmi" before getting pregnant but it's weird to me as I only gained 24 lbs total with DD. He's breech again which I suspected. My mw said we won't worry about that unless he's breech past 34 weeks, but that some babies just don't want to turn until go time. She said her second was breech and she had a version. She said it wasn't too awful which is nice to hear. I am not too worried except that with needing to deliver at 37 weeks, if he is still breech in a few weeks, that it would be a lot of interventions (a version, amnio and then induction) at once but I'm going to cross that bridge if/when we get to it. NSTs starting next week. Joy. At least it will allow some down time to read/crochet.
One of my two is breech. I know they say that he is going to flip, but vertex/breech is a pretty common presentation for twins. My OB said that if they present that way he would do a C-section. I think if they come a little early and are not full-size I would be more open to trying a version. But if they come at 38 weeks full size, I will be ok with a c-section. Even if they are vertex-vertex, baby B can switch to breech on the way out. I know there are lots of positives about a vaginal birth, but with the 3rd degree lac with the last one, I am a little scared this time.
I had a version with Ali. Never again. I will seriously let them do a c-section before a version again.
It was SO painful. And she flipped again AFTER they did it. I got lucky that she flipped back into correct position at 38 weeks.
Tiffany - I can totally understand your reservations. It's always interested me how twins positioning can effect what the other one wants to do. I hope that however you deliver, it all goes smoothly. A 3rd degree does not sound fun.
Taylor - Yikes how scary! Was it the pain that makes you want a c-section over that option again or the flipping thing? The thing I'm most nervous about with a version (besides risk factors but I haven't even looked at that yet) is that he'll just flip back. I don't want a c-section but part of me thinks if baby's in a certain position, it's for a reason?
My dad came by to hang out with Em while I voted which was nice. It wasn't horribly busy but I would have never got it done if I dragged her with me. Voting closes at 7 pm here and I'll be thrilled if DH is home before then. Em got up at 6 am today. Hoping to get her down for a nap soon. I'd have preferred 7 am, but an early nap should mean a more reasonable bedtime. Can't wait to get that all situated again. I took the bag we'll be using for an overnight bag upstairs and started putting some nursing stuff and DS's going home outfit (and some other little things) in it. SO exciting!
I hope everyone who has a breech baby, i hope the LO flips because i heard versions can be veryy painful ordeals ! I told my husband and doctor i will not be doing that and if i need a c section then so be it!
AFM im on my way to vote even though im so tired ! Ughh i cant wait until im 8 months so i can start packing my bag for the hospital and leave it in the car !!! I feel like if I do that now that I will be jumping the gun ! Im just soo excited to see him soon!
Mia, it was really painful and I bruised badly from it. They literally try to flip the baby manually from your belly. I don't know who's brilliant idea it was to ever invent this procedure, but I would never suggest anyone doing it. I'm sure it's helped some but my experience with it was terrible.
If they ever tried to tell me to have a version (my midwife is very anti c-section unless there are no other options), I would make them induce me immediately after doing it. They did Ali's at 35 weeks. . I didn't deliver until 39.4 weeks. She had TONS of time to flip back to breech and she did. Even then, a baby can flip during labor! It's just too risky for me to not have guaranteed results from it.