nursery status?

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nursery status?
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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 10:47am

i'd love to hear where everyone is at with their nursery planning/decorating.

we've been in the new house for three weeks now and haven't done much at all.  i have several items of borrowed baby gear that are just sitting in the room that wil become the nursery.  we bought a 4' stuffed giraffe last weekend (it's so cute!).  i ordered a crib (davinci kalani in espresso) and a crib mattress last night, so now i'm super excited for that to come in.

we're going with a classic/traditional type theme for the nursery, kind of to match the feel of the house (built in 1920 with tons of character still intact). but don't have a ton of details worked out just yet.  i have several ideas pinned on pinterest and will just have to see what i can find that guides me in the process.

Diane

Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:37am

You'll probably find that once you've got into a routine wth BF at home you'll not even think about it when you do it in public, it'll just  be natural to you

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:32am
our building gives us access to an empty suite. it's not plush or beautiful, but it's a private space with a lock on the door. nice to not have to sit in a bathroom stall.

i'm not quite sure yet how i'll feel about BFing in public. i have a hooter hider from a friend. i'm not overly shy or modest, but i definitely don't need to show any boob to strangers. covered might be fine enough for me.

Diane

Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:29am

That's good. I'm not the type of person that could get a boob out in front of people to feed, I'd be one of these sat on the toilet to feed when out n about, so bein able to put it in a bottle was great. The pumpin is time takin but when I was feelin fed up, I had a fridge magnet that said 'every day counts' and that would spur me on to do another day and another day until unfortunately i dried up

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:26am
i have no idea. the whole concept of becoming a food source seems so strange to me! i do have a nice breast pump and will plan to use that as much as i can for as long as seems fit (maybe 6 months or so?). at least we do have the law in minnesota that employers must allow mothers time to pump. not all states have even that.

Diane

Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:19am

It must be so hard to successfully BF too, I bottled fed DS breast milk for 4 1/2 months but I could never have expressed as often as I needed to if I'd gone back to work. I'm hopin to do the same again this time but I know it's gonna be a ton harder with havin a toddler so just hopin to be able to do it for 6w or so to give little boy the best start I can

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:11am
i know. i can't even imagine dropping a 6-wk old baby at daycare. 10 weeks doesn't seem a ton better. DH might take a little time at home (maybe a week?) after i go back to work. if we can afford it, i'm hoping to find someone to do in-home care for us until baby is just a little bit bigger. we shall see.

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Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:07am

That's so tough, I don't know how you ladies do it. I cried when I went back to work after DS and he was 9 months old, to have had to leave him at just weeks old would have killed me.

That crib is gorgeous!

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:03am
forgot to post a link to the crib we got. it looks so pretty and i can't wait to get it delivered and assembled! http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2932217

leila, you're so lucky! maternity leave in the states can really suck, as it's really determined by individual employers.

i get 6wks short term disability. the first week of that is really me using sick time, then i'll get 5 weeks at about 60% pay. that's IT... :smileysad: boo.

i've also been saving my vacation and sick days to lengthen my leave. i took one day off to move and i'm taking one day off in december to be in my SIL's wedding. other than that, no vacation days taken since i found out i was pregnant! that'll bring me an additional 4 weeks, for a total of 10 weeks off. unfortunately, it'll only leave me with a couple days of PTO until i accrue some more, so hopefully the baby will be super healthy!

Diane

Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 10:56am

England is amazing for maternity leave! With DS I worked til 36 weeks, got 6 weeks of 90% wage then a fixed weekly wage for 33 weeks. This time I'm gonna work til 30 weeks ( we can choose to leave at any point from 29 weeks onward and with havin a toddler think the earlier the better this time!) and I'll get 39 weeks at 90% wage. The money is different this time because I worked 4 days last time only work 2 now so if I got the fixed weekly wage if would be more than 90% of my usual wage so that's why I get 90% for the whole maternity leave.

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 10:52am
nickie, good luck with finding space for everything!
leila, we just moved 3 weeks ago. still getting settled, but we're getting close. it's a TON of work, and we've vowed to never move again! :smileywink: you're lucky to be able to plan on being done with work early. i'm just hoping i won't be at the office when i go into labor!

Diane

Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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