I've got a few questions for you fine people of the Internet. First, before I forget, a newly pregnant friend of mine emailed to ask if I had any recommendations for pregnancy books. Since I know she is not interested in hearing STAY AWAY FROM THE PREGNANCY BOOKS! I thought I'd ask you all if you had any suggestions. So! First question! What pregnancy books do you recommend? I have a few, all borrowed from the previously pregnant. I've never opened the What To Expect book. I thumbed through The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. And I have one of those week by week books that I like because there's an illustration for each week, and that I hate because it seems kind of outdated. Other than that, I haven't delved much into the Pregnancy Genre. I did appreciate The Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon (recommended by Moxie, natch) and I wish I'd read something about breastfeeding (ANTYHING, my God, I was so clueless), but I pretty much got all my pertinent info from The Internet.
Next question! Is your kid allergic to eggs? Note: if you reply in the affirmative, you must also add something to the effect of It's No Big Thing. Got it? I've been giving Jack eggs, whites and all, since about 10 months. There are no food allergies in either of our families and I honestly haven't paid much attention to all the Food Rules. I never noticed anything when feeding him eggs, but a few weeks ago Phillip said that he thought Jack was allergic. As evidence he pointed out some little red spots and bumps around his mouth. Since Jack has Weirdish Skin and constantly has something reddish and/or bumpy on his face, I was slow to accuse eggs. Eggs are EASY, people. I don't know about you, but the solid food adventure has been a bumpy road for us. It takes him forever and a day to swallow anything not pureed beyond recognition (although he's improving at a quick rate these days) and then there's the whole "What do I feed you for lunch TODAY?" Things are improving, like I said, but for a month or two there it was one of my Top Annoyances. But eggs! Easy to chew, easy to make, nutritious, he loves them... Anyway, the other night we gave him a little omelette for dinner (since the onset of The Plague, he was getting eggs for dinner pretty often) and OH MY GOODNESS. Red splotches all OVER his face. And if he touched the egg with his fingers and touched his face, an immediate red blotch would show up. Ugh. Terrible! We took away the eggs and within about 15 minutes the splotchiness had disappeared completely. I did some quick online reading about food allergies, enough to properly freak myself out, and have decided to wait until his one year appointment to have an actual cow. In the meantime, no more eggs. (Things that contain eggs don't seem to be a problem. Yet.)
Moving on! This one is going to make you snort, possibly guffaw, and is along the lines of my idiocy when it came to the magic high chair, but! Those of you with a one napper and/or two kids- how do you take a shower? I'm SERIOUS. If the answer is "pack 'n play" then I need to figure out where I'm going to put the new baby when I take a shower (a swing in our bedroom? Bouncy seat?) because the pack 'n play is going to be the new baby's bed. The shower is non-negotiable folks. My lack of a shower during The Plague was nearly as bad as The Plague itself.
Yesterday I had my monthly doctor appointment. I continue to adore my doctor (who scurried into my room out of breath and apologizing up and down for being late and falling all over herself with sympathy when I told her about The Plague and gah, could she BE any cuter?) but I hate hate hate her office. HATE. I know quite a few people who go to this particular office and who all seem to love it, but I can't stand it. The receptionist acts like standing in front of her counter and waiting to check in is an affront to her personal space. I cannot STAND the nurse, who is still the opposite of discreet and sensitive, who makes me feel like a commodity and who seemed to get sort of bent out of shape when I said (politely, I thought) "Actually, it's Maggie, I go by Maggie." (Tangent: I've had two or three people tell me that if they have a girl they're considering the name Margaret. WHY? WHYYYYY? And I can say that because it's MY NAME.) I don't know. I miss my family practice clinic and my family practice nurse and how it wasn't automatically assumed that something was being done with my reproductive system while sitting in the waiting room. BUT. Perhaps this is just ME. And so I ask you, it's not worth switching to another clinic, is it? Being that I love my doctor? I know. Stupid question. BUT SOMETIMES I REALLY WANT TO.
And speaking of names, WHAT DO WE NAME THIS BABY? This is a serious question, people. I had a boy name all ready to go, but the girl names are stumping me. Something classic, something solid, something pretty, something different but not TOO different... Sigh.