saturday night whining

I’m sure I have complained before about the fact that living in the boonies means we have no options as far as high-speed Internet access, yes? There’s no DSL here, no cable, na-da. Instead, our Internet connection is through a satellite dish, which sucks because it’s only slightly faster than dial-up. And when the weather is bad – like, say, today – the connection just flakes out altogether. Bah.

(I’m actually typing this entry in Word so I can copy and paste it whenever our Internet access decides to come back.)

Since I haven’t been able to goof around online today, I’ve actually been pretty productive. Dave and I went to the supermarket, I started dinner in the crock-pot, and I cleaned the kitchen. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but believe me, I move pretty slowly these days, so that ate up quite a bit of my afternoon.

Then, I decided to make an attempt at organizing the baby’s room. We’ve been acquiring lots of baby gear over the past several weeks, plus I did some major shopping yesterday. All of the stuff has been sort of randomly scattered throughout the house, so I decided to try to tidy it up. 


This baby sure has a lot of gear for someone who isn’t even here yet, doesn’t she? And that doesn’t even include the toys and bouncy seat that we’ve picked up at garage sales, plus baby clothes, bibs, sheets, blankets, etc. Lord have mercy. 

For the record, other than that impressive assortment of boxes in the corner, the only piece of furniture in the entire room is a crib. But I feel like we’re in pretty good shape overall. The only things I know that we absolutely need before the baby arrives is:

* A dresser – I have some empty Rubbermaid bins in the garage that I can use for clothes storage if I absolutely have to, but I at least need someplace to put a changing pad. 

* A Boppy pillow – I meant to get one yesterday and forgot. (It wouldn’t have fit in the cart with all the other stuff I was buying anyway.)

* A glider rocking chair – I know exactly the one that I want, and the store where it’s located, I just need Dave’s car to get it home.

In other news, tomorrow night Kris and I are going to see the Indigo Girls. I’ve seen them in concert at least 3 or 4 times before, and they always put on a great show, but I’m really dreading it this time. I don’t know any songs off of their last two albums, and the whole point of seeing a band like the Indigo Girls is to sing along. Plus Kris went to quite a bit of trouble to get us really good seats way up front, which is great except that I’ll be getting up to pee every twenty minutes. And honestly, the idea of sitting in a narrow uncomfortable auditorium seat at 7 months pregnant doesn’t sound all that appealing, either.

But, I promised Kris ages ago that I would go, and I paid $50 for the ticket. I already feel guilty for not being there for her as much as I should have been over the past several months. She moved here less than 3 months before I got pregnant, so I’ve been very much caught up in my own little holy-god-we’re-gonna-have-a-baby world, and I haven’t been paying that much attention to making sure that her transition here was any easier. She seems to be doing ok, although I know it’s still really difficult for her sometimes. So if it makes her happy to have me tag along to a concert that I’m not necessarily enthusiastic about? I can deal with it. Besides, I keep reminding myself that this will probably be the last concert I see for a very long time.

4 thoughts on “saturday night whining

  1. I saw the Indigo Girls with my best friend (one of Gaby’s godparents) when I was pregnant, and it was actually the first time I felt Gaby move.
    I hope you have a good time tonight. 🙂
    And isn’t it amazing how someone so small requires so much stuff?

  2. The Pack & Play with the bassinet is so great. We set ours up in our bedroom and that’s where she sleeps at night. The fabulous crib we put in her room? she uses it about 10 minutes a day to play on her tummy after a diaper change. Once she sleeps through the night that’ll change, but for now, Pack & Play is where it’s at. 🙂 So’s the boppy pillow.

    You’ll have fun at the concert, I’m certain. Say hi to Kris for me!

  3. Yeah, we’re planning to have her sleep in the Pack & Play in our room for the first month or two. As long as I’m going to be getting up several times a night, she might as well be nearby.

    And Shannon, funny you mentioned that, because the lady next to me said that she saw the Indigo Girls when she was 8 months pregnant, and that her son was bouncing around the whole time. I did get quite a few kicks during the show – although, oddly, none during the opening act (who was, quite frankly, awful).

  4. I read all sorts of blogs everyday and never comment, but I have an irristable urge to give baby advice, so I’m forced to comment now. My husband makes fun of me when I go up to pregnant women who are working on their registries in Target and say things like, “Oh no, you don’t want that, let me show you what you *really* need.” That said, I agree that the bobby is the bomb. On the other hand, I’m not a Baby Bjorn fan. I thought I would be. I wanted to be just like Angelina Jolie toting around baby Sahara. I used mine just a few times. It was torture on my shoulders – even with an eight to ten pound baby. After she hit eleven pounds, forget it! By far the very best baby item I bought was the Sutemi Carrier ( The only bad thing is you can’t use it until the baby is around four months. The great thing is you can carry a HUGE baby all day long in it. It distributes the majority of the baby’s weight onto your hips rather than shoulders. I can still use it with my 23 pound (16 month) baby with no problem. I took her to France at one year and carried her in it for hours every day and I was never once uncomfortable. YOu can also nurse while she’s in it (if you’re into that), and even people passing on the street can’t tell. It’s worth its weight in gold!

    Good luck with everything. I’ll try to keep my unsolicited advice to myself now!

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