7 Quick Takes Friday - September 6, 2013

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 Collin and I celebrated 12 years of marriage on September 1! 

We hired Kara to watch our kids and spent the whole day playing Dungeons and Dragons. It was glorious.

Our joint gift to each other was an iPad! I've wanted one for years, so I was very happy when he proposed that idea. It'll come in handy when the baby's born; we can FaceTime with relatives and show him/her off.

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Quick word of warning - the rest of my quick takes are all pregancy/birth related, so if that bores you, feel free to skip them. :)

I could very well have a baby this month (I'm full term as of September 17!). Whoa.

34 weeks, 3 days

Last week, my ExpectNet game appeared gone forever (the domain had expired and was redirecting users to a bunch of Internet ads), so I created a new guessing game at BabyHunch.com. Then ExpectNet came back up, so now I guess I have two. Sigh. Feel free to guess on one, the other, or both.

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On that note, my to-do list for this weekend involves packing my hospital bag, as well as an overnight bag for the kids if they end up staying over at someone's house when I go into labor. If past experience is any indication, if I'm all ready to go by 36 weeks, I'll go past my due date (*cough* Violet *cough*).

I don't really WANT to go past my due date, but it can't hurt to be prepared for a change. With every kid except Violet, I was packing my bag while in early labor.

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The doula drama continues. I set up an interview with a doula in the area, and she canceled at the last minute (sent me an e-mail 20 minutes before we were scheduled to meet) saying her kids had been sick all night so she'd rather not risk getting me sick. Okay, fine, perfectly understandable. So we rescheduled for later in the week, and she didn't show up. I called twice and sent a text, but didn't hear from her until nearly 11pm that evening, when she sent a text saying that one of her kids had hit her head and they'd been at the hospital, and she didn't have my number with her so she couldn't call. Okay, emergencies happen, and maybe in her panic she left her cell phone at home. I called her twice and left messages, asking her to call me so we could talk... and since then I've heard nothing (it's been nearly two weeks now).

You know, I understand that emergencies happen. But if you're running a business, shouldn't you make it a priority to be responsive (as much as practicable) to current and potential customers throughout?  I told Collin I'm starting to think we're on some sort of doula blacklist, given how two in a row have suddenly and inexplicably become incommunicado.

So, our search continues.  We have an interview this afternoon, and another on Sunday afternoon, and hopefully one of them will work out.

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If anyone is incredibly bored and wants to take a virtual tour of The Nesting Place (where both Violet and Gabe were born, and where this baby will be born), you can do so here.

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I start working from home full-time once I hit full-term, thank goodness. The commute is getting pretty rough, physically.

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I've been obsessed with birth stories/videos lately (so much so that I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them), and this is a terrific birth video (nothing too terribly graphic). Feel free to link me up to any that you find especially inspiring (I prefer natural birth stories, especially ones in a hospital setting.)

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  1. I wish I could send you my doula. She was so great; she lived an hour and a half away but came each time I called when I thought I was "ready" but it ended up being an incredibly slow labor. (Three days, to be exact.) She dropped everything each time, though I tried not to call too often, plus, for the 1st night (when we thought it was going to happen that night), she even slept over on our couch and when I woke up, my kids were in the bed with her! I apologized profusely, but she said it was fine and she loved it.
    Hope you find one soon!

  2. I wish I could doula for you! Those two sound terribly unprofessional. I hope you can find a good one SOON!

  3. Yeah, cross that doula off your list. She may have the best of intentions, but she is clearly not in a place where she can make her clients a priority. When you are the person to cancel, you should also be the one doing the footwork to make the next meeting possible and timely.


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