yep. still here.
approaching the big 3-9, and no action in sight. i am just now realizing that for some reason i sort of expected to go sooner than last time. as if waiting until 40+3 with annabel would only be balanced out by an earlier arrival with round 2.
i recognize that it’s not even slightly appropriate to complain yet. after 40 0/7 [2/20/14], then i can write a fairly legit whine-filled post, but for now it just doesn’t make any sense.
so i’m not impatient. i will not go for my first run in 5 weeks in an attempt to shake things up; i respect my baby boy’s right to remain in his warm and increasingly cozy quarters.
however, with that said, i’m still TOTALLY OVER being pregnant.
also: it never looks as big in pictures as it does in real life!!
fun fact: i was born 17 days past my due date — if my mother’s dates were calculated correctly. i’m just glad modern medicine won’t allow for that anymore.
so, here’s what’s happened over the last week:
[the important things anyway]
✩ we ordered closets!!! the elfa/container store people will be coming to install tomorrow. i really really hope it works out and will definitely report back. the design process was not as bad as i imagined.
✩ i am feeling much more mentally ready . . .
now that the closet task is set 🙂 car seat base is installed, baby clothes washed/sorted [our nanny did end up doing this, basically of her own initiative – she is awesome], the relevant baby ‘stuff’ has been unearthed, and we even built a cube unit
from target [same one that annabel has, but with ‘boy colors’ . . .heh] to get things more organized in the nursery. i haven’t packed a hospital bag — because that just feels like wishful thinking — but i did write out a list in case something does happen all of the sudden.
✩ i got in some serious relaxation time over the weekend. i took TWO naps on sunday and had a prenatal massage. so, basically i’m never allowed to complain again — this was heavenly. also, my work schedule is lightening, and i’ve been using annabel as my alarm clock [between 6 and 6:30] instead of showering before she wakes up. i am just prioritizing rest because my body is demanding it, and honestly – it feels good.
✩ i found out i’m anemic. and i’m the one to blame, since i stopped taking prenatals quite early [i know, horrible. but i had a hideous aversion, and then GI issues so . . . yeah]. it did kind of make me feel better about getting breathless from things like . . . showering. it’s not horrible — some anemia in pregnancy is normal due to dilution. however, hemoglobin of less than 11 in the third tri is considered low, and i was 9.7.
[yes i restarted taking my vitamins.]
✩ annabel seems to be sort of getting the whole ‘big sister’ concept. she has a great book about becoming a big sister and i see her sort of connecting the dots. however, i’m pretty sure it’s still going to be a bit of a shock. someone likes to be in charge . . .
“i stand IN the basket!”
finally, for fun: the official pregnancy update
who i hope does not mind me pirating her template!]
due date: feb 20.
how far along: on thursday, i’ll be 39 weeks.
total weight gain: 24-25 lbs. similar to my last preg, i slowed down a lot at the end. i think it’s just a matter of anatomic space limitation for food at this point.
exercise: quit around week 34. and totally okay with that.
stretch marks: no. and please, not now in the home stretch of preg #2!!
swelling: only in my legs at the end of the work day. i can see a bit of pitting edema when i press – ew! no problems with my rings fitting, though, which is nice.
belly button: way out. ahh well.
sleep: as much as possible — but with bathroom breaks every 2-3 hours. other than that, i’m still amazingly comfortable in bed. more so than last time, when i remember my hips aching. maybe because i am not stressing my body as much by trying to run 🙂
food cravings: not really any specific food, but i am downing la croix sparkling water at an alarming and expensive rate.
symptoms: as above – many bathroom trips. feeling huge and like i’m lumbering around. fatigue. shortness of breath. all that said, i stand by my preference: i’d rather be 39 weeks pregnant than 10 any day.
movement: the cute little tickles have given way to violent kicks, especially up in my right ribcage. i remember this vividly from last time, so he must be in the exact same position that annabel was.
what i miss: shopping. champagne. beer. deli turkey.
what i’m loving: the fact that friday is my last day of work! so if he comes late i WILL get to spend some of next week lying around, which would be an awesome upside to a later delivery.
what i’m looking forward to: holding him, seeing him for the first time, and introducing annabel to the real “baby boy” that we have talked up so much.
what i’m not looking forward to: labor! and the painful recovery afterwards [i forgot about the squeeze bottle you take to the bathroom until someone mentioned it recently — aghghggh!]. omg i feel like it hasn’t been long enough to forget the pain of the first time around. let’s hope for a speedy and effective epidural!
to those of you buried in snowstorm #3139327: i’m sorry. you should all come visit.
view from josh’s office: the boat show
[yes i’m a little bit jealous, but he also shares his office. that would not be good for pumping!]