Tuesday, January 13, 2015

6 weeks to go

Aside from the intense feeling of "dear god, 6 weeks is not a lot of time" here's what else is new in my just-entered 34th week of pregnancy:

- Sleep is no longer a thing. 

I have been so, so lucky to get this far with only minimal pregnancy symptoms. I've felt mostly great and, often, very much like my pre-pregnancy self. Until this weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights were some of the worst "sleep" I can ever remember (not) getting. My restless legs will not quit. The baby is at his (pronoun of choice) most active just after I lay down. It's precious and all that good stuff, but it is intense. I'm sorry, baby, that you don't like me lying on my right or left side but I ONLY HAVE 2 SIDES. YOU CANNOT HATE BOTH OF THEM. The heartburn (see below) is most intense when I lay down, so that flares up too. All this makes for a very unpleasant sleep experience.

- Belly now gets in the way of things.

I am carrying low and in front and I have luckily been spared the pregnancy waddle, so far. But my ability to pick things up off the floor of the car has been severely restricted. In any other situation, I can move the rest of my body to reach stuff, but that is not the case when it's directly in front of me. I miss being able to pick up my purse.

- Heartburn. Couldn't get worse? Did.

As mentioned under "sleep (lack thereof)," the heartburn is just out of control. It's been my main gripe since the very beginning of pregnancy, but if it had stayed at the dull roar it had been, I really could have dealt with it for 6 more weeks. Now, I am getting huge waves of stomach acid that take me by surprise and sometimes take my breath away. It's really unpleasant. I've also had to add another pillow to elevate my head at night. Even then, my reflux defies gravity and creeps its way up. I'll be talking to my midwives about some other remedies I can try because I don't want to keep pounding Tums and I cannot imagine 40 more days of this.

- Little bugger spends the majority of his time transverse.

This is just a bother right now, because it's kind of uncomfortable and causing hip pain, but it becomes a pretty big deal as the pregnancy progresses. At this point, the baby should be vertex (head down) and getting all set up for D-day. Instead, he's laying across my pelvis. I don't know how an almost 5 lb., 19 inch long baby is sandwiched sideways in me, but he is. There are some strategies to get the baby to flip, and I'll be discussing those with the midwife. If he stays transverse, my homebirth dreams are impossible and I'd most likely be transferred to an OB and have a C-section. That would really, really suck (healthy mom and baby are the ultimate goal, of course, but I don't want a C-section.)

- We installed the car seat.

We bought the Chicco NextFit Convertible seat ages ago when it was on sale, and finally bit the bullet and installed it this weekend. The LATCH system is pretty amazing. It takes <5 minutes to get it in the car. The main reason for installing it this early was to ensure it fits in my tiny car. It does! As you can see in this high quality picture, it sandwiches nicely behind the passenger seat after only minor seat adjustment. My car can't do LATCH in the middle (seats are split), so it'll have to be on that side. It fit in Nick's car with zero problems. Now, actually buckling the baby in... that'll be interesting.

-We bought furniture! 

I had been lusting after a picture-perfect Pottery Barn nursery but the cost of that furniture was really ridiculous. I was browsing a local yard sale site and saw a 3-piece set of older furniture for a reasonable price. We went and looked at it, and it definitely needs to be refinished (it's 30-some years old) and have new hardware put on, but it is structurally in amazing shape.

We'll still need to buy a new crib, for safety reasons. Still, it feels good to have a big item checked off the list, since our "nursery" is currently in disarray due to the complete lack of any real baby stuff in it.

We also got our beautiful new rocker delivered. It's comfortable and pretty and I cannot wait to rock in it all the time. The door it's in front of goes to the air handling unit, so we won't ever really have to open it.
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