I’m excited about the GX1 from Panasonic. It’s essentially the successor to my current camera, the GF1. While I’m not in the market for a camera now, or anytime soon, it’s nice to see the camera-line continue in what I consider a good direction.
B and I ordered the the crib and changing tables / dresser we liked over the weekend. We figured out by calling the store that they could order it for us to the store without shipping costs. This is impossible to determine from their website. Anyway, they were having some kind of sale, so we got a decent discount as well. Overall, I’m very pleased. Now, if we can just get it home in one piece when it arrives in a couple of weeks, we’ll be set. This was really the last of the major items we needed – crib, stroller and car seat – check, check, check. A friend is giving us a co-sleeper bassinet, so we’re set there, too.
We installed the car seat in both our cars last night, a process which made me somewhat grumpy. It was actually easy to install the car seat. (Supposedly 90% of people install car seats wrong – a statistic that is either wildly inaccurate or reflects terrible design practices on the part of the car seat companies.) B and I both have 2002 cars, but mine had the Latch and B’s didn’t. (The Latch became standard in 2002.) The annoying part is that it significantly restricts the space for the person sitting in front of the car seat. To me, this is insane. They can’t design a car seat that allows a person to sit comfortably in front of said seat? That’s nuts. I’m sure this varies from car to car and from seat to seat, but seriously, the vast majority of car seats in the majority of cars should permit both a front seat passenger AND a baby, in my humble opinion. The other thing is that B’s car is two-door, and it’s going to be a major hassle getting the baby in and out of the back seat. We knew this, obviously. B was not thinking about babies when he got the car nearly 10 years ago. Nevertheless, it was annoying to realize exactly HOW difficult getting the baby in and out of the back seat will be.
I’ve been starting to read books about labor, something else which is inevitably making me grumpy as well. I mean, this is just a fact of life. It’s documented in the Bible for goodness sake. Still, I obviously wish I didn’t have to go through it. The unknown is as bad as anything else, I think. I just have this desire to emerge with – in addition to my baby’s and my own health intact – with my body intact – ie, not sliced up! In addition, I’m just not sure how I’ll handle the fear of labor. I get VERY nervous sometimes, often in an unanticipated fashion. For example, on the day of a half marathon, I generally am freaking out with nervousness. I feel fine in advance, but I wake up that morning a bundle of nerves. When I got married, I didn’t expect to be nervous, but when the event arrived, I wasn’t able to sleep for the 2 or 3 nights prior to the wedding – at all. Right now, I feel perfectly calm about delivery, but I predict I’ll be nervous / scared as hell when it actually happens. Naturally, everything you read emphasizes the importance of relaxing, which rather pisses me off. I mean, you can’t just make yourself relax.