Posted on February 23, 2007 by Sarah
Here I am on this Friday afternoon sitting at my desk, looking around at all the last few things I have to do when I finish, knowing that I only have one more of these Friday afternoons at work. It feels pretty damn exciting!
This week has gone pretty well, apart from the fact that I’ve been very tired and very heavy. I had my two-weekly visit with my doctor yesterday, and we both agreed that it’s a great thing that I’ll be finished work soon. My blood pressure is slightly elevated, but I’m hoping all that will go away once I finish. Everything else seems to be going fine. The baby is head down, but not engaged yet. I’ve been feeling her squirm a lot more lately, and occasionally I will feel a hard, twisting bump out the side of my stomach. Dr Pearse was able to indicate by touch which bits were the baby’s bottom and feet. It feels so strange knowing that she’s so close, but I have no idea what she looks like!
So I guess you could say that it’s becoming pretty inescapable and undeniable that I’m going to give birth soon. One thing I wasn’t expecting about pregnancy at this point was the intensity of emotions as we prepare for this momentous, life-changing event. For starters, I was expecting to be more concerned about labour than I currently feel. Don’t get me wrong: I’m sure labour will be challenging, possibly painful and traumatising, but it’ll also be temporary. But after that, I’m going to be a mum! And I’ll be a mum forever!
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Posted on February 20, 2007 by Sarah
It’s been a trying week at work. Yesterday, with help, I ran a 3-hour training session with postgraduate coursework students. The training was held in an unconditioned computer lab with noisy fans, requiring yelling to be heard over the noise. I turned bright red, sweated like crazy, and felt like I was going to keel over. I felt like a complete invalid in the evening.
Today’s resolution? Not to complain so much. I’m going to try to stop complaining about the heat, humidity, the fact that I can’t get comfortable at night, my inability to put my shoes on, pick up things off the floor, and turn over at night, my swelling hands, my elephant-sized girth, stretch marks, tiredness, the UTI, or antibiotic-induced gastrointestinal problems. I’m doing great so far, aren’t I?
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Posted on February 13, 2007 by Sarah
It feels pretty weird to realise that I’m 33 weeks pregnant today, with only 7 weeks today. It seems like only a few minutes ago there were 10 weeks to go! Pretty soon we’ll have a little baby on our hands!
The last few weeks have been beset by a few health problems. Apparently I have a UTI, which I’ve probably had since Christmas. I don’t know if that’s what’s been making me feel so tired, but I have also moved into a deficiency situation with my iron levels (for which I’m taking some super-duper iron tablets prescribed by the doctor). Either way I’ve been feeling a bone-crushing tiredness lately, even though I’ve been sleeping 10-odd hours at night. At work yesterday I felt dizzy and faint, and unable to think of anything else other than having a lie down. So today’s posting comes from the comfort of my own bed today – I’ve decided not to soldier on and have taken a sick day from work.
Throughout it all I’ve been still going to the gym. It really does make a difference to my energy levels, and it’s really important to me to keep my strength up for labour. One of the other reasons I’ve been going is that going to the gym is something I actually enjoy; I love the way I feel after working out. I’m all too aware that my gym-going days will be seriously curtailed after the birth of the baby. Of course, my activities have been modified dramatically and I’ve really slowed down. Often I’m just slowly plodding my way through a session on the rowing machine or on the cross-trainer. I’ve also been doing light weights.* But I have to tell you, I’ve definitely been getting some strange looks from my fellow gym-goers. I guess it is quite confronting to see a heavily pregnant woman, let alone in lycra working out. I wonder if anyone’s tried working out in a burqa?
* I should note that my doctor is fully aware and approves of my gym-going activities.
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Posted on February 12, 2007 by Sarah
We’ve just had a lovely week spent with our dear friends’ pip, Brent, and their baby Tallulah. It was so nice catching up with them, showing them “our Sydney” (primarily, places we like to walk to and eat at). Also, because of Tallulah, we had some great pre-birth exposure to a baby. Here are the things I discovered about Tallulah, and 9-month old babies in general:
- There is nothing like hearing a baby giggle. Nothing. It makes you want to cry; it’s the most beautiful noise in the world.
- Babies are amused by things that you would never expect. Tallulah’s ‘promised land’ was our stereo. She was enticed by its buttons, sliding drawers and flashing lights. We eventually had to barricade it with cushions. However, she still kept up her daily assault: trying to climb over or pull back the cushions. She was also really interested in our fridge magnets, shoes, and newspapers. I’m not sure whether it’s having a librarian and a writer for parents or innate interest, but Tallulah likes paper with things printed on it. She especially likes the way they taste.
- Tallulah was remarkably well-tempered about having her stereo barricaded, and having things taken off her. She’s such a good baby! She hardly ever cried, and I don’t remember her having a tantrum the whole week.
- Sometimes Tallulah had problems getting to sleep. But when she went to sleep, she was out like a light. The smoke detector in our apartment went off one evening (it’s very sensitive to the toaster) and she slept through the whole thing.
- A Sydney summer isn’t just uncomfortable for hugely pregnant women (okay, me), it’s also uncomfortable for babies. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about this one, but suddenly the portable $900 air conditioner seems like a reasonable purchase.
The last thing I’ll say about our visit was how inspiring and wonderful it was to be around such amazing parents as pip and Brent. They are so patient, so loving, and so kind. I am in awe.
I’ve posted some pictures of the visit, along with some photos from my cousin Amy’s recent wedding, on our flickr site.
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Posted on February 2, 2007 by Sarah
One of the big decisions you have to make in the care of your baby is whether to use disposables or cloth nappies. It’s a very loaded debate: you risk derision at every turn. Some people will think you’re mad for spurning disposables – who would contemplate that much laundry? Some will think you’re an environmental terrorist for using disposables – think about the land fill burden you’re leaving for the next generation! The truth be told, it’s a much more complicated decision than you would think. In Australia, where water is a scare resource, washing nappies every day is not necessarily the best environmental choice. And it means that your “visitor caregivers” have a much harder time stepping into your routines. On the other hand, cloth nappies are a LOT cheaper – disposables can cost $40 a week! Sound confusing? We’ve ended up acknowledging all the conflicting sides of the debate, weighing up what is best for us (cost, convenience) and we’ve chosen cloth nappies.
We haven’t gone completely rustic and are going with the big square bits of towelling of old. We’ve ordered these fancy cloth nappies called “Fuzzi bunz” from the States. They’re an all in one nappy with with domes (snaps) instead of pins. They have soft towelling insides and colourful waterproof outsides. You get to avoid the hassles of folding nappies, pins and plastic covers. And don’t they look cute? I realise I sound ridiculously optimistic. I’m sure I sound like a naive woman who’s never cared for a newborn. All I know is that we’re giving it our best shot, and if it all ends up with the fancy cloth nappies sitting on the shelf within a week so be it.
Not much else to add this week. Fortunately, I’ve been sleeping a lot better the last few nights. I also had a visit with my Endocrinologist on Tuesday. Everything is fine, my levels are good, and there’s no change to my thyroid meds.
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