Thursday, April 06, 2006

Maternity Leave Begins

When I was pregnant with Eric I left work a week before my due-date. This time I planned on working up until the end. However, my body will not cooperate with that plan. Suffice it to say, I'm having a common pregnancy-related side-effect that has completely debilitated me. It is manifested in my posterior region and requires that I spend a lot of time lying on my side.

I will say no more. The whole thing is revolting and incredibly painful.

So, I've been out since Tuesday. I've mostly been running around doing errands and going to various Dr's appointments. I saw my OBGYN yesterday. I'm at 2 centimeters. Last week, I was at 1.5. At this rate I'll have the baby in sixteen weeks. (My due date is Monday!) I'm going back on Monday and we'll decide on an induction if we have no action before then. Eric was a week late, but second babies are supposed to be early or at least on time (roughly!)

The two other April Mammas in Eric's class have had their babies as of today. One was a week early, the other is just finishing a scheduled c-section right about now.

Enough of my grumping.

In other news Rich got a new car. (the make and model in this picture is actually the color we got) We went car-shopping on Saturday and as usual we made our decision in about two seconds and we ended up leasing Rich a new Honda CRV and trading in the Evil 1999 Blazer. We had wanted a minivan or something with a third row of seats, but in order to get what we wanted, it just wasn't cost-effective. The really high end minivans get decent mileage and those cost nearly 40k. So, we got the CRV which is really fun to drive. We got a decent deal on a 3 year lease. We probably could have done better if we had shopped around more, but we really like Cambridge Honda. They sell Chevy's too and that's where we got the Evil Blazer. The problems we had were systemic to that particular model, so we never thought to blame them that they sold us a lemon. They're just a little less sleazy than other dealers. Of course the sleaze factor is what gives you room to negotiate, but we had Eric with us so we couldn't really sit down and get the best deal. But it's fine. We can afford the montly payments and we have a safe family car to schlep the family around in.

I was slated to get the next new car. But my 1998 accord runs perfectly. There is no rational or financial reason to trade it in, other than it was MY TURN! But I love my car. The accord has been my favorite car since college. The only problem with my car is that it's a stick and Rich doesn't feel comfortable driving it. Hence we have our "own" cars, instead of 2 family cars.

OK.. I'm officially babbling.


Monday, April 03, 2006

Cushion Update

So, I had resigned myself to my glider cushions being lost forever. Boston Baby was closed. A wonderful good Samaritan who read my blog gave me an older glider, so I am set if the baby comes.

But I still wanted to get cushions for my Dutailier glider, because I love it. It's a great chair to read to kids and it's so comfortable for nursing or just watching a little TV or reading some chick-lit.

So, I called Babies R us. They said they couldn't order the pillows for me, (my glider model was too old) but they had an 800 number for Dutailier. So, I called them and I said the place I ordered my pillows from had gone out of business.

"Boston Baby?" She asked kindly.

"Yes!" I said.

"What is your last name?" I told her and she pulled my order in about five seconds and gave me the number of their local Massachusetts rep. I called him and told him what was going on. He's having my cushions redirected to "Baby Furniture Warehouse" in Reading. He thought they'd be there by next week.

So, I guess I'm back on track! Whoo HOO! So, anybody who has had trouble with Dutailier orders from Boston Baby can call 800-363-9817 and they may be able to redirect your delivery to a different store.

How cool is that?