To my relief, Husband was excused from the jury summons because he served earlier this year, and we had a copy of the last summons to prove it. (I’m so glad we save that kind of stuff.)
Another thing I’m pleased about is that I tested negative for Group B Strep. It’s a bacteria women can carry but not be affected by (30% of all women have it, I read), but that can infect newborns in the birth process and cause pneumonia. Women who test positive receive intravenous antibiotics throughout labor to alleviate that risk. I may end up hooked to IVs or monitors, but at least this is one less, and that’s good!
Let’s see, other things we’ve done… we installed the car seat base today and practiced putting the infant carrier in and taking it out. I’ll take it to an inspection place so experts can confirm if we’ve installed it properly.
We decided on her middle name now! [rant] Just for the record, I’m not one of those people who thinks it’s possible to look at a newborn and say, “She doesn’t look like a [insert name]! She looks like a [different name]!” and then change to a backup name. I’ve never believed anyone looked like a name — at least, not when they are just freakin’ born. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about her name and its meaning and what we hope for her, and that’s not going to change if she has red hair instead of brown or something. I’ve had more people say that to me than I care to think about, and I actually find it irksome. If you think that might be the case for your child, fine, but don’t utter it as a truism. [/rant]
Husband fixed the guest/baby bathroom shower. I’d kind of given up on that getting done, so I’m inordinately pleased. The shower had sliding glass doors instead of a curtain rod. It’s our only tub, and it felt claustrophobic to use. The door would make it hard to bathe a child; I want to be able to easily reach her. (I realize at the beginning she’ll be too small to bathe there, but soon enough she’ll grow; meanwhile, I’ll certainly want to take a hot soak.) So we removed it and put it in storage. Tomorrow I’ll buy a curtain rod and put up a shower curtain. Much more civilized, I think.
My mother sent some more clothing, some of it for cooler weather (coming soon!), so I need to sort and put that away.
Someone recommended putting three layers of fitted sheets on the crib with each layer separated by a waterproof pad. That way when baby leaks in the middle of the night, all one has to do is pull off the top wet sheet and the pad underneath, and there’s a clean, dry sheet waiting. It seems like a helpful idea, so I’ve got the items. I need help putting them on, because this belly of mine really keeps me at arm’s length from most things these days.
Our bag is packed. I keep telling her there’s more room out here, but I know she’ll get here when she’s ready. Until then I’m going to knit, listen to books on CD, take short walks, and love on the cat, who is in for a rude awakening.