It's been a few days since I last wrote... and so now I am closer to 94 days to go. Yikes. I woke up this morning feeling like a truck had hit me. The third trimester is clearly approaching fast. Depending on the source, the 3rd tri begins either at 27 or 28 weeks. I can't believe how this is flying by.
We had a busy week... work, as usual, was frantic. Jen gave a wonderful talk on campus on Friday, which I was so happy to attend. it was on women and health and it reminded me of how fortunate I am to have Deb as my doctor through this pregnancy. Frankly, I have heard of some horror stories about mothers being given interventions that just weren't warranted. Added to that the paternalism of much doctoring - especially when it pertains to child birth - and the medicalization of something that is, after all, a pretty normal and natural phenomenon.
I had an appointment last Monday and everything looks great. We began to measure fundal height a few weeks ago and, once again, the poppet was right on target. My BP was fine, too. I've gained a total of 12 pounds - which is probably a lot more this week - because, despite not changing much in the way of eating and exercise - my body keeps going through these massive growth spurts. This week is the week I am scheduled for our monthly tummy shot. Wowsa, you guys will be shocked!! There is just NO mistakin' that I am pregnant. Now perfect strangers feel comfortable announcing my pregnancy to me.
Anyway, we also talked about birth plans.. or, more specifically, our possible preference for a water birth. Deb is very open to the idea.. and even if we end up just laboring in the tub I feel really good about it all. Next week I also have to go in for the dreaded gestational diabetes test. Given my record drinking juice lately (I'm invariably sick) I am not confident about being able to do the proper test - which involves drinking 50 grams of carbs in some orange gunk. Nancy, my lovely prenatal massage therapist and PT, suggested that I eat a breakfast with the same amount of carbs... there are menus, apparently! We'll see... hopefully I'll feel okay enough to just do the regular test.
Talking of food... I am really looking forward to the day when I can enjoy food again. I haven't really enjoyed anything I've eaten this past 6 months. If I'm hungry I often don't have an appetite, primarily because nothing really sounds appealing. However we did go to the Green Elephant last night, a lovely vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Portland. The food is excellent. And even in my nauseous state it tasted pretty darn lovely.
Going out to dinner was part of one of my plans to spend more time with friends... well, it was very nice, but, unfortunately, I woke up feeling dreadful this morning so we didn't get to spend our Easter Sunday with Jen, David and Sage...so it was a very low key Easter. I painted one wall of the nursery.. this will be slow going!
Here are some decals and pics and bedding we're hoping to get for the nursery.... to go along with the woodland/forest theme
In even more exciting news... Jen and I have been emailing about the baby shower... we're shooting for May 16th with a rain day planned for the 17th. I am really so grateful that Jen offered to host a shower for us. I will have to write a post about it tomorrow. But, really, I am really, really excited about it - and feeling very grateful that I have such lovely friends.