We finally bought our nursery furniture. We stopped in at USABaby near us two Fridays ago to show my mom the Romina crib that we liked. As we approached the store location, there were signs posted everywhere that the store was closing. Yep, sure enough it is closing as of September 30th. And, because they were closing, they were offering some great deals.
We walked in and showed my mom the Antonio Crib. Then we asked for a price for the crib, full-size rails, and 7-drawer chest. The owner gave us the price, then said that if we wanted to buy the floor model, he would throw in the armoire for a great deal. We thought it over and went back on Wednesday with a few questions. 1) Was the manufacturer’s warranty still in tact and 2) How old was the floor model? Turns out there was still an active warranty and that the floor model was less than 2 months old! All in all, once I finally did the math, we ended up saving close to $2K on the full set. I would call that a great deal! So, here are some pics of the nursery furniture (although this is not the finish we bought).
We also scheduled our birthing classes. Since I want a natural birth (and I know that’s an offensive term to some, but really, get over yourselves because drugs, although nice, aren’t natural), we (well, I) researched a bunch of different type of classes. The classes offered by our hospital, while they mention the option of a natural birth, don’t really do anything to encourage it. Lamaze, at least by the various reviews that I’ve read, seemed useless. Finally, we decided on the Bradley Method.
The Bradley Method was devised in the 40s by (you guessed it) Dr. Bradley. Instead of trying to distract you from your pain, it encourages working with and trying to relax into your pain. It focuses on moving around to try to ease the pain and it really focuses on having the “coach” or father learn how best to help with the birth. It supposedly has a pretty high success rate (in the 80% range) for spontaneous natural births.
We start our classes in the middle of September and they will run for 12-weeks, almost right up to Charlie’s due date. I think they’re going to be pretty interesting.
PS – I have an interview tomorrow afternoon. The first one since I was laid off (or whatever you want to call it) back in February. It’s for a pretty big national company. But, I’m not sure how I ended up with an interview since it’s definitely not at all in my field and I have NO experience in this area. Here’s a hint for the name of the company