OF COURSE the Duchess named her baby Charlotte. OF COURSE SHE DID. So now my Charlotte will be one of many in her classes, the name will be so trendy. Not to mention EVERYONE will ask me at the hospital if I’m naming her after the princess.
NO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THE PRINCESS IS NAMED AFTER MY DAUGHTER.
I know it’s dumb. I’m getting over it. But since she came out and they said Charlotte was a front runner, I’ve been on pins and needles just praying they pick something else. I’ve had this name picked for five months. We’ve been calling her Charlie ever since her gender ultrasound. People have asked me if I’ll change it now, and no, I won’t. Although we have considered calling her Rosalie, but that just FEELS wrong. She’s my Charlie girl. The end.
I mean, Kate gets to live in a palace and not worry about student loans or day care. You think the least she could have done is left me my baby name.
Also, she wore almost my exact wedding dress. I’m not kidding you here-I had a wedding dress pattern purchased back in 2008 and we’d bought fabric for it that looked almost identical to the one she ended up wearing. It was a vintage pattern. Then that engagement got called off and when I got engaged to Chief my mom didn’t have time to make it (we got married in three months). Plus, by that time Kate had worn hers, so I ended up going with something somewhat different, although I did wear lace sleeves.
My point is this-I think maybe the Duchess is stalking me. Or she’s my doppelganger, but in much, much smaller clothes.
Anyway, moving on.
Yesterday was my baby shower!
We had such a good time. So many people came which was wonderful and awesome. Charlie got tons of clothes and towels and burp cloths and books and….well, baby things. My aunts bought us our swing and my gramma got us our crib mattress. We got our baby monitor which is really awesome-it’s a video one but it also has two way audio and speakers, so we can talk to her from another room. We tested it on the cats last night and it worked like a charm!
People were great about buying a variety of sizes in the clothes too, so we didn’t get just a ton of newborn stuff or a ton of 12 month stuff. And it was so great having so many other librarians there-lots of great books! The Captain got me a Sandra Boynton set, and if you don’t know who Sandra Boynton is and you have kids/are about to have kids, you need to find out. She’s wonderful! My mom bought me a copy of Charlotte’s Web AND our Ergobaby Carrier.
I was looking last night at things we still need to get (and we’re still receiving gifts, so I’m not rushing out or anything) and the list of essentials is this:
- Travel System (ordering this weekend using BB&B giftcards and a BB&B online 20% off coupon, it’s a $350 set and we should end up getting it for $190 after all of that)
- Changing pad and cover
- Nasal Aspirator
- Nail Clippers
- Trash Can
- MORE burp cloths (because I got a bunch, but they say it’s really never enough)
- Extra Diaper Genie refills
- Baby Powder (we got shampoo and lotion and diaper cream)
I’m sure I’ll think of some others that we haven’t gotten yet, but I really did get a fantastic assortment of things to start Charlie out with. There are some things she’ll need later, like a high chair, that we didn’t receive, but I’m not worried about that stuff just yet. And luckily we have a few gift cards, so that’ll help us offset some costs. I’ll probably do my big “stocking up” on last minute stuff trip in early June.
Some of my favorite things were the ones that were hand made of course. The Captain’s mom crocheted us a baby blanket that matches her room PERFECTLY. I mean, it’s really a perfect shade of yellow. So gorgeous and soft. I was touched she spent all that time on it. And it’s just the right size for a tiny baby to snuggle in momma’s arms. It’ll be a keepsake forever for sure. And one of my storytime momma’s made me a really large nursing cover which is sooo nice for a breasty gal like me AND these really cute stuffed elephants that also compliment the room so nicely. Right now I have them sitting on her bookshelf with her great haul of books!
So it was a wonderful day, and I was worn out by the end of it. The Captain made some really great games (nothing too hokey, you know, like where you smell various things that have been melted into a diaper. No offense if anyone did that…it’s just not for me). Chief sorted and put everything away (except clothes-those are still being washed!) and I just got to sit and watch, which was really nice. I was so tired that I feel asleep at 9:00 and he actually tucked me in. I woke up right as he was kissing me goodnight. That man just makes my heart thump y’all.
In less fun news, the AC unit is really dying. Not completely dead, but the expression “last limb” seems too generous. I feel like it’s balancing on it’s pinky toe right now. It runs all day and night and can’t get the house below 75, and it keeps tripping the breaker because it’s having to pull so much power to work.
So this was a problem for us, especially me. 75 to me right now feels like 85. I usually run cold, but not with the baby belly. I am hot all the time at home. So I was talking to my mom and she fronted us half the money. We have the other half in savings, and we just bit the bullet and decided to get it done. The loan should be finalized in a few weeks and then everyone can get paid back (well, my mom, and the savings account will get some back, but definitely not all….), but between now and then I’ll have air conditioning, and since it’s well into the 80’s everyday here now that is a necessity for this preggo.
They’re coming tomorrow, and by the end of the day I should be breathing fresh, clean, and COLD air. The Captain also let me switch my day off so we could get it done earlier, because she’s aces like that.
Also, small bonus, we’ll now get to include the new AC unit and duct repair in the appraisal of the house-whenever that happens. Silver lining?
I think that’s it for now.