The lack of posting has been mostly due to the fact that my in-laws came all the way from Boston to help us get the baby's room in order. We didn't manage to get it completely in order, but all of the heavy-lifting got down and that was the important bit. The rest J and I can do ourselves.
Most of the actual home improvement work was done by J and his father. Over a period of four days, they put up some shelves on the wall in the living room (in our new office space), moved the desk from the baby's room to the living room, put shelves on the wall in the baby's room, moved bookcases in the baby's room (most of our books will still be in the baby's room since we don't have any other place to put four 6 ft tall bookcases) and earthquake-proofed them by strapping them to the wall, and painted the accent/mural wall (two colors: green for grass and blue for sky; I've got flower and butterfly wall decals to decorate the wall with), and, finally, put together the crib and the new Ikea chair for the baby's room. This was all the more amazing because my FIL has cat allergies and so could only spend four hours a day in the apt. before the cat dander overwhelmed the allergy medicine and his eyes started watering!
While J and his father were bonding over construction, my MIL and I were shopping. We got a car seat, stroller frame, clothes, crib mattress, bedding, changing pad, and all kinds of baby paraphernalia, mostly necessary (ie bottles), some not-so-much (ie cute dresses).
We still need to touch up the paint on the mural wall, put up the
decals, put the crib against the mural wall, finish painting the
dresser, put together the baby's bookcase, and put up pictures and other
decorations. Fortunately, we have a month and a half to do it, so I'm
certain it will be done by the time the baby makes an appearance!