Wednesday, November 12, 2008

got pictures

Well, yesterday Seth very heroically went through all of our pictures, sorted out the good ones, resized them and did all the stuff that I'm not good at (i.e., don't know how to do), and posted them to our flickr page. There are some from our trip to Colorado in August, some from my baby shower here, and a couple really new ones, just to show how totally huge I am now, and also the cuteness of the baby room now that it's all set up. Also some lovely pictures of a toad, if you like toads. Now that the page is off the ground, hopefully we will be fast about posting pictures of Mark once he arrives. Which will be very soon, no matter what! I mean, the official due date is two weeks from today, so that's soon enough already, and I really think that it's going to be sooner than that. And I know, that's what every pregnant woman thinks, and they're always wrong (how can they be always wrong?), but it's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Here's the link the the flickr page:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

big day!

election day, that is. i did briefly imagine going into labor while standing in line to vote (although friends who voted early assured me that pregnant women got to go to the front of the line), but there wasn't even a line - we were in and out in ten minutes! and there were kids selling donuts outside - what a perfect voting experience. i felt like a responsible mother-to-be, casting a vote for the future. hope i cast it the right way! i'll certainly be glued to the election coverage tonight, although i'm resisting turning the tv on until at least 6.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

baby needs

Okay, I finally got around to putting together a list of things we still need for the baby - only to find that there's really not that much left that we need! Wow, we're actually prepared. Nevertheless, here are a few either needs or just wishes - including links to examples I've found online, just for reference. By the end of the list, it's basically just things I like....
Hopefully, someone (Mom, I'm counting on you) will think of a few things that you know we need, but we don't know!


Crib bumper


Glass bottles

Closest thing to baby cowboy boots I could find!

Swaddling type thing - looks cosy

Cute clothes...

sorry the links aren't actually links - I'm not really a pro at this. I had to split them up over lines, otherwise they didn't fit!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Friends and family

Well, when Seth and I went to our first childbirth preparation class a couple weeks ago, we were hoping we might meet some nice couples we could make friends with, people we could share this experience with. After we left the first class, Seth said, "We're not going to be friends with any of those people." Not that they're not nice people - most of them, anyway, as far as I can tell. But I think we both realized that the shared experience of being about to have a baby is not enough to constitute a friendship, if that's all you really share. One woman said she and her husband were in the middle of renovating their house, and I thought, "Okay, we have something in common..." until she mentioned that they were late for the class because they were waiting for the contractors to show up with their new cabinets. The minute I heard the word "contractors" it became clear we didn't have so much in common - we'd be waiting a long time if we had to wait around for contractors!
But this is what I really realized: we don't need new friends. We already have wonderful friends, and wonderful families, with whom we already share a great deal of common experience and understanding. It just so happens that some of our very best friends, and almost all of our family members are far away - some much further than others. So we don't get to see you or talk to you as much as we would like. But we want to stay in touch, particularly now. This blog is my solution, at least for now - a place to unload some of my thoughts, and feel like I'm addressing all of you in some way. Also a way to pass the time, which definitely feels like it's dragging at this point...
And one more self-serving (or baby-serving) motive: I've just had a local baby shower, but some of you who are further away have expressed interest in knowing what sort of baby gear we still need. My wonderful mom was looking into "online baby showers," but they turned out to be kind of complicated. If you are hearing about this blog, please don't think that it's only because I'm hinting that I want presents! But for those of you who did want to know what we have already and what we don't have yet, I'm going to post a wish-list with, if possible, links to things I've found online that are something like what we're looking for - just to make it as convenient as possible. Maybe my mom can serve as the running inventory of what has been taken care of, to prevent doubling up? If anyone does not know how to get in touch with her, let me know and I will email you her contact info.
So that's the raison d'etre for the blog! We're also setting up a flickr site which I will post a link to, so that you can see (if you want) semi-exciting pictures of me getting bigger and bigger, and soon enough much more exciting pictures of Mark Timothy Ross Wood!