Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Week 34: Where Has the Last Week Gone?

Hey Humble Readers!  Your friendly neighbourhood energy-lacking hobbit here. 

Autumn here on the flatland is progressing.  The trees are bare, and we have had several frosty mornings.  I had to break down and turn on the furnace last week.  I'm really hoping that the cold weather holds off until December, because my winter coat won't fit over my belly.

Last weekend was really hectic.  Prenatal classes, groceries, church, a visit to Beloved's mom (the furniture that is being painted for the nursery is almost done... yay!), and the local Welcome Wagon's baby shower (more like a trade show than anything).  I was pooped by the end of the weekend for sure. 

Galactic badness from today... I was pan frying some tilapia for dinner, and when I flipped it the oil in the pan splashed up over my arm.  I'm now sporting 6 red welts ranging in size from a grain of rice to a nickel.  It's not the end of the world, of course, but it hurts like the dickens right now.  The upside?  It's distracted me from the cut I gave myself yesterday while peeling potatoes.  Maybe I need to stop cooking before I do some serious damage to myself.

ICLW starts tomorrow, and I'm hoping that I will be able to keep up this month, as it may be the last one I participate in for a while. 

How far along? 34w2d

Maternity clothes? Yup, all the time.  I need to order my nursing bras soon.

Body Oddities? Well, all the weight I lost is slowly finding me again, but I'm okay with that, as is Dr. U.  I'm still not up to my pre-pregnancy weight, but probably will be in the next couple of weeks.  I have gotten some blessed relief from the constipation (I think the Halfling was doing a headstand on part of my digestive tract slowing things down).  I've had a couple of scary low blood sugar moments in the last few days, but I have learned what I need to do to prevent them from happening again.  Boobs are hurting like crazy these days, too.

Sleep? I'm still waking up at 3 in the morning, and then needing naps throughout the day.  It's making it more difficult than I had anticipated to get stuff done.

Best moment this week? My baby shower on Friday.  There were only a few people, but we had fun and some great food.  And the Halfling got some very nice outfits and things.

Worst moment? When my blood sugar took a nose dive on Saturday.  We were on our lunch break from our prenatal class, and on the way to get our lunch, I suddenly felt awful.  Hot, shaky, weak, dizzy, and beyond hungry.  It just came on so suddenly, I was really surprised by it.  It happened again on Monday, to not quite the same extent, but I was able to recognize the warning signs and was able to deal with it a bit better.  Both times, it left me feeling exhausted and mentally foggy for the rest of the day.

Movement?  While it has slowed down a bit, the Halfling definitely has his/her moments of crazy activity.  Yesterday was particularly nuts.  He/she has gone from being on a diagonal (head over my right hip, bum under my ribs on the left) to more of a vertical position.  And he/she seems to have a vendetta against my belly button.

Food cravings? Peanut butter and chocolate!  I am a woman obsessed.  I've also been eating a lot of strawberries lately.

Rings? I actually had to take them off today.  We'll see if they stay off long term.

Gender? Not going to find out, but I think it's a boy.  I think a nurse may have let something slip the other day though when I went in for my NST.  I'm not sure if she saw something in my file or was just making an assumption based on the heartrate. 

Intense Dreams?  Oh man... they are back with a vengance!  Dreaming about mutated chickens, blizzards, and Harry Potter.  Not all at the same time, thank goodness, but still odd enough!

Medical Concerns? High blood pressure (on 50mg Trandate/Lobetalol, 3 times a day... this week began my weekly NSTs, and I am happy to report that my bp has gone way down... last week it was 111/62!), Gestational Diabetes (waking numbers are still off target, but everything else is pretty good, except when I'm stupid), on prescription Zan.tac for heartburn, and on a weeks worth of antibiotics for a slight bladder infection. I will probably be induced in week 39... holy crap, that's soon!

What I miss?  Feeling safe in the shower.  I feel very off balance most of the time, and in the shower I'm constantly worrying about falling.  It has also made shaving my legs pretty darn near impossible.

What I look forward to? My ultrasound next week.  The lasagna I'm making for dinner tomorrow.

Emotional State? Mostly even keeled.  Just tired.


  1. First of all, I am glad that you are so far ahead, and so close to meeting Halfling in person.

    Also, I am not glad about all the damage you are inflicting on yourself - the oil scar and the cutting. Plus, the news on the BP front does not look good.

    I hope those issues get sorted out soon.

    Good Luck!

  2. Cuts, burns, mutated chickens? Wow, heaps is happening LOL!
    Don't worry if you are a bit low on energy, nothing wrong with resting now if you need to.
    Wish I had your lasagna to look forward to-mmmmmm.
    Yay for 34 weeks and an upcoming ultrasound!! Nearly there :)

  3. LOL! Those are typical kitchen occurances for me! I am such a klutz sometimes. Hope your burns heal soon.

    Take care of yourself.

  4. Your kitchen stuff sounds like me. LOL. When I was a cook for a living, insane things happened to me. I gave up filling out incident reports. So just be careful and maybe stick to the microwave for a while :)

    I can't believe how close you are to the end of your pregnancy!


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