First - thanks to everyone to your comments on the last post. I have the Baby Bargains book - that's how I've narrowed it down to two. Now it's just a decision between more $$ + more features, or less $$ and less features - but both seem equally safe, so I feel comfortable with either on the safety front.
I'd be happy to share my spreadsheet with anyone who wants it - just send me your email address - whatifthis at hotmail dot com. Then you will truly see how anal I am. I have a tab for baby gear, one for baby clothes, one for the hospital bag checklist, one for diaper bag checklist, one for misc to-dos, and one that I've meant to use to keep track of the gifts I've received and thank you's sent. I've also added a tab with my work-in-progress feeding/changing log - the twin moms that came to our birthing class said it was very helpful to keep a log of when you feed, change, etc. I also read this in one of my twin books. So I've been playing around with that - trying to make it foolproof - so that sleep deprived people can easily fill it out.
So speaking of clothes & gear - specifically of things that have been given to me... in the 21st century - are we yet to a point where it's ok etiquette to send thank-you emails, instead of actual cards? I'm so much faster at getting emails out. Please tell me your honest opinion - would you think it was odd if someone sent you an email to thank for a gift, vs. an old-fashioned card? Or maybe I could compromise and send emails to some of my friends who are more of the email generation, and do the old school kind to my older relatives & my parents friends who probably would expect that?
I am just dreading hand writing these dozens of cards.
Ok - so - I'm 30 weeks (and 1 day) pregnant! Wow - time is really flying. I will have these babies in probably 6 - 8 weeks. Could be less, but I doubt it (given the cervix of steel that I seem to have). I just can't get over how fast this has gone by. Where did the time go? Am I ready? I guess so. The list of things I must get done is actually pretty short. And I still feel so good. I have heard that people hit a wall between 30 -34 weeks - so maybe I'll start feeling uncomfortable and miserable soon.
One of the big things I still need to do is find a pediatrician - I guess I'm supposed to have one on board before their born, to come check on them in the hospital. I've started asking around for a few references. Worst case scenario - I have a list of referrals from the OBs office that I can try calling.
Oh - and I'd heard that you get clumsy when you're pregnant. And boy am I. My poor toes. It seems I always have at least one toe that is bruised and sore these days - because I find myself bumping into things that never used to be a problem. I can't manage to keep a pedicure looking decent for more than a few days.
On the daycare front... we are pretty much 100% decided on going with a Nanny. I've done a bit of research on costs of day cares in my area - ones that would be convenient to my office - and it is unbelievably expensive. The one that would be my first choice is $1760 per infant - or over $3,500 per month for two babies. Ouch! I think I can get a good nanny for about $3,000 a month. So - for less money, I can get the more dedicated care, in my own home - and there are lots of conveniences that come along with that. Like not having to get myself and two babies up and dressed in the morning, and having someone who will do a few chores around the house, etc.
I still don't know how we're going to pay for this. We make good salaries, but carving $3K out of the monthly cashflow is going to be very hard - not to mention other baby expenses on top of that. Funny how you don't really think about this when you're trying so hard to get knocked up. J and I are going to have to sit down and make a budget, and really stick to it, and find some areas to cut back. We haven't had to do that since the first couple years we were married and first bought our house. Honestly things have been easy for us the last several years and we haven't had to pay much attention to a budget. So we're back to living on a budget. But we've done it before, we can do it again. And it's for a good cause.