Attending to the Baby-Spreadsheet: I've ticked off most of the items from the "to get" page. Still pending: a changing table and diapers. We obtained most of the lotions and potions from France, gadgets from Germany and a number of trolleys and shelves from Ikea here in CH. Baby clothes, blankets, etc were not a priority as we already have a generous stash accumulated from Little E's baby days and items received from The G, a few close friends and E's parents.
The nursery will have to come later: This is because of our impending relocation. A shame, as I don't feel like doing much these days, except for lying down on the sofa reading or decorating a baby's room! I realise I should be more productive given that I still have things to do. For instance, completing Portuguese homework as well as laundering the baby clothes, persuading E to assemble the Ikea stuff and packing the hospital bag. Sigh.
A few books I've enjoyed reading this past week: They are not exclusively related to pregnancy. You might say that I'm taking my mind off the inevitable, for the time being, maybe traumatised from watching those birthing videos. Eiks.
- I read this amusing story about the breaking-up of a marriage yesterday and could not stop. Indeed, I finished it in one sitting (I can see why it has received so much praise and am now reading this memoir by the same author, keen to continue hearing her thoughts).
- This relatively new book, about happiness at home, has not only re-inspired me about constructing a living space I love but also provided me with fodder to re-examine my once staunch support for adopting "extreme minimalism" measures (something I first questioned when I realised how happy I was to be reunited with my treasures from HK).
- This true account about how a couple downsized and simplified their life was an entertaining read and reminded me that I did well by de-cluttering massively when packing up to leave HK and how I must be careful not to go back to mindless and pointless shopping sprees.