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Changes in Attitude, Changes in Latitude

I gave formal notice at the bank today. My now-official last day there will be June 30th. The HR lady wanted to schedule my exit interview and asked what my work schedule was for next week. Of course, that's one of the reasons I'm leaving -- I don't know next week's schedule yet.

I'm looking forward to having the rest of the summer off. I've got lots of closets to clean, at least five quilts to make, Dodeka paperwork to straighten out, and we're going to be doing some serious reorganization of the house.

You see, the library, which is in one of the upstairs bedrooms, is going down to the first floor room that had been my mother's room. The furniture in the guest room is moving next door to the room that had been the library. The dresser, chest, and twin-size bed from my mother's former room is going into the yellow bedroom that had been the guest bedroom, and -- with the addition of a few pieces of furniture -- is going to be the nursery.

After being the poster child for failed assisted reproduction, Roper and I have found a gestational carrier up in Wisconsin. We had embryos in the freezer from our last in-vitro attempt. The due date is November 21st.

We'd be grateful for good thoughts and experienced advice.

GHR

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blueeyedtigress
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh, my! Wonderful news all over the place! Congratulations!!!!!!! And lotsa hugs! 8D
tollers
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Woohoo!! That rocks!

I can't offer anything in the "experienced advice" category, but I can do the "happy healthy baby thoughts" thing. :-)

So very cool!
drawshad
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I have recent experienced advice (buy the infant carrier, not the damnable convertible carseat) and will be happy to dispense it at any time. Feel free to tell me to shut up :)
folkmew
Jun. 8th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Heh. I LOVED those infant seats with the base that stays in the car and the seat can snap into the stroller or just be set on the ground. Wow. That was brilliant when they were tiny. Nothing like being able to let a sleeping baby stay asleep I say!!

I also think the Britax Roundabout was worth the money. My kids seemed a lot more comfortable in it than the other one we bought first and the mere fact that you can easily remove the whole cover and WASH it is just sensible! ;-)
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smoooom
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Many good thoughts, many, many. I'm so happy for you, brilliant news.
pheltzer
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Congratulations... guess that gets Alex off the hook for being the official guilty party this year.
daisy_knotwise
Jun. 8th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Guido has suggested we name the child Xavier Eustace. We can call him Excuse for short.

GHR
catalana
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Official congratulations! Sounds like you'll have lots to be thankful for at Thanksgiving...*fingers crossed*
spiritdance
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Yay, welcome to the "club"!

Gee, I now have someone else to pass things along to - in fact, I have a nice infant seat (it has a base that stays in the car, and you can carry the baby along with you in the seat), along with the carriage stroller from the same manufacturer, the the infant seat can sit in. (It's from Compass, http://compassbaby.com/).

LJ groups that I've found to be helpful: plan_survive, filkbabies (there is also a Filkbabies group over on YahooGroups that bardiclug maintains - both FB groups are generally fairly low-traffic).

I'll think of more stuff later, I'm sure.
*hugs*
Yay!
allisona
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Many, many, many good wishes and congratulations!
folkmew
Jun. 8th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ahem. Yes well... I had no idea but I am really thrilled for you guys. As I said to Bill - I've always thought he'd be a fantastic Dad and I know you'll be an awesome Mom!

We'd be grateful for good thoughts and experienced advice.
Bwaaaaa haaaa haaa! ;-)
The good thoughts/prayers/vibes are easy - those you have in spades.
Experienced advice? Er... trust your gut but always search for new answers? ;-) Hee. Really, nothing in the entire world prepares you for actual parenting I'm convinced. It's by far the hardest job I've ever done but also the most spiritually transformative and rewarding. (thank god!) The important thing is to know that we're all doing the best we can and we're all here for each other. Filkbabies is a great source of comfort/advice/friendship through the years (I think there is an LJ community too but there is an email yahoo group).

I'm so happy for you guys. I can't wait to meet the little filker!!!
Hugs!!
daddy_guido
Jun. 8th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
YAY!

congrats to Mama gretchen and DaddyRoper(tm)

Here's the best advice you can get - SLEEP. SLEEP NOW, while you can, and cherish the sleep.

drawshad
Jun. 8th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Sleep is a problem, but don't worry, despite what people insisted while I was pregnant, you DO get to shower :) I haven't gone a day without showering since Alex was born (although I was led to believe that I would get one about once a week).
joecoustic
Jun. 8th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
How wonderful!!

Congratulations and good thoughts!
scarfman
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)

By the way, belated condolences on your mother.

Congratulations on the expectingness. And listen when people advise "sleep now, while you can". You'll never sleep so heavily again.

persis
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Whoo hoo! Yay for you both!

You know this means life as you know it will be gone forever... Parenting, as mew said, is the hardest job out there, and there are *no* manuals. You know you can call on me anytime.

*hugs* :-)
jennlk
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations and good wishes! Not so much with the (recent) experienced advice, though, as my youngest is 9...
tanac
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Wow! I didn't know a thing about it, but I've got my fingers crossed for you and wish you all the best!
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