How far along? Twenty-eight weeks, four days.
Vital stats? +15.7 lbs, +0 lb from last week (measured on Tuesday for 28 weeks proper). My OB scale has me higher than this again, but it is hard to compare.
Sleep: Generally good. No coughing at night, no waking up to pee yet. I’m waking up really early most days (an hour to 30 min before my alarm), and running through the day’s to-dos, which is not conducive to getting back to sleep or just snoozling. Other than that though, this has been a strong week for sleep.
How am I feeling physically? Relatively healthy, although I still have a cough. I don’t FEEL sick though, which is a nice change. My right ribs still hurt fairly often. I’m still feeling pretty balanced, and generally ok, though I am worried I am in poor shape for labour. Trying to remember to do kegels, and trying to carve out time to work out next week, now that my respiratory system isn’t at half-capacity anymore.
How am I feeling emotionally? Better than last week, thank goodness. I am noticing that I am definitely more emotional than normal (but given normal is essentially robot mode, I’m not super emotional). I’ll get a catch in my throat at things that I would normally feel distance with, or sympathy but not an emotional response. I don’t think I’ve gotten more irrational, but should perhaps ask Pea.
Best moment? A lovely Saturday out hiking and mini-breaking with Pea. One funny Spud moment, where during a departmental meeting where the Dean was presenting a serious and important topic, Spud decided to throw a giant dance party. Which is now visible from the outside, if not very. After about three minutes of this, the person next to me leaned over and asked if that (*broadly gestures at stomach*) was the baby. I nodded, and whispered “they are very excited about this budget model”. Funny that this is visible now, but also a bit distracting! Movements are much stronger now.
Medications: Lovenox, 40 mg sub-cutaneous injection nightly. Baby aspirin, 1 pill (81 g) nightly. Prenatal vitamin in the am, iron supplement at lunch, vitamin D and calcium in the evening. Often iron is once every two days – my OB had said once a day or once every two days, so I aim for about 5 per week.
What I miss? My old bank cards! Clearly not pregnancy related, but I’d managed to memorize my bank card numbers, and the new ones are annoying. This is very small. I had a hard time thinking of something I miss this week.
What I’m looking forward to? Seeing Spud at the ultrasound this afternoon (to confirm confirm placental position, and to check growth). My uterus is measuring slightly behind (27 weeks instead of 28, which, given how inaccurate a measure this is, is not a real worry to me) – my OB wanted to keep the growth ultrasound only because I’m a wee bit small AND anti-phospholipid syndrome can lead to issues with the placenta and small babies. So to be on the safe side we’ll go have a look and a measure, and Pea and I will get to see Spud, which is fun! Also, if anything IS going poorly, better to know. I honestly think I’m just measuring small because I’m tall, but we’ll see.
What have I done this week for the pregnancy? We went to our first of two prenatal classes, which covered ergonomics in the third tri, recognizing early labour, actual labour, and birth. Pea and I agree birth seems intense.
I came out of it ADAMANTLY against having an epidural, but for reasons I recognize are not legitimate. The video on epidurals showed the insertion into the spine, which gave me a mini-panic attack about my dad, and then had the woman handed a bipper with which to control the dose, identical to the morphine button my step-father was tied to for his last month of life. I reacted with equal parts revulsion and hysteria (on the inside only, from the outside I probably looked mildly concerned, which is a reasonable reaction to a birth video when one is pregnant). So… I will have to unpack all of that in the next few weeks, as if induction is FAST or labour is realllly long, I can see wanting an epidural if only to help avoid a c-section.
I filed my leave paperwork with the department, so that is mostly sorted. There is some other paperwork surrounding paying up my retirement plan so it’s not penalized, and going to get EI once officially on leave, but the main declaration has been made.
We still are not much further on the nursery, which we might have a chance to work on this weekend, but Pea’s parents are in town, so we might not. We’ll figure it all out, I’m sure.
Milestones? Today was the half-way mark for lectures for my course. Not a pregnancy milestone, but a big one for me. It is going well, their midterm is next week, and I’m so far still above water. Not bad.