1. I really want to make a fall decoration for our front door, something other than a wreath. When I was a small child, my grandmother told me that “in her day” a wreath on the door signified that someone in the home had passed away. I think wreaths are lovely, especially all the beautiful ones I’ve seen on Pinterest, but I just can’t bring myself to put one on my own door because of what my grandma told me. Any other fall decoration ideas?
2. The North Carolina State Fair started today. David and I are looking forward to going sometime this weekend. From the news coverage, it seems like we should be looking forward to deep fried brownies and cupcakes that look like hot dogs. I don’t think we’ll be trying either of those.
3. I came across this article by the Pew Center about declining births in the US corresponding with the downturn in the economy. While it makes sense that people are putting off having children (or having fewer children) because of difficult financial situations, that’s certainly not the case with the people I know, I can’t even count the number of family and friends we know that had babies this year or who are currently pregnant.
4. Do you send Halloween cards? What about Thanksgiving cards? Most of the people I know of my generation don’t even send Christmas cards, but I love sending out mail. My mom always sends out cards for all holidays, never misses a birth, anniversary or another occasion to send out a card. I started sending out cards of my own as soon as I moved out of the house for college. I love getting mail and I hope that other people feel that same way when they receive my cards.
5. I only have a little over 6 weeks until my due date! We have almost everything we need and I’ve washed all the baby clothes. But I still haven’t really started on my before baby goals. I’m a procrastinator by nature and up until this past week, it felt like I had an eternity before the baby would be here. Guess I better get started…
6. David is preparing for the baby by reading The Birth Partner. I am so grateful that I have a husband who is wanting to participate fully in the birth of our child (even catch the baby!). I know that not all men feel comfortable even being in the labor room, and I want to remember not to take my husband’s enthusiasm for granted.
7. One thing we do still need to get is a rocking chair. I want a real rocking chair, I’m not very fond of gliders, but it seems that classic rocking chairs aren’t as easy to find as they once were. I thought I might be able to find one on Craig’s List but I haven't come across any that would work yet. I am going to start looking around at thrift stores before I break down and order one online.
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