Just a quickie post today because we are currently driving to the cottage right now.
First, here is a new bump photo:
Even though my side profile doesn’t seem much bigger than it was last week, I think my belly has had a growth spurt this week. According to Babycenter, my uterus is the size of a soccer ball, and Dumplin’ is 1 and a third pounds and about 1 foot long.
I haven’t weighed myself lately, but at my last midwife appointment, I had already hit a 30lb weight gain. I feel like I gained a disproportionately high amount this week for some reason. My appetite has also increased, and I think that might have something to do with it. Growth spurt all around perhaps?
This week, I’ve started to notice some additional discomfort. My hands and feet have bee swelling thanks to the hot weather and my keeping busy all day and being on my feet. My feet feel like the bones are walking on pavement, and not being cushioned enough by my soft tissue or shoes. By about late afternoon I feel like my feet are lead weights, and I just want to soak them in a cold bath. Today was particularly bad, as we did a lot of moving of boxes and running around, so I soaked in an Epsom salt bath and massaged my feet with some Antiflamme cream (arnica and peppermint). My pelvis feels loose and heavy too. Despite all of the strengthening that I’m doing at the gym, I’m starting to have problems getting up from deep seats/chairs like the bucket seat in one of our cars. I feel like all of my ligaments are super loose right now, which sucks because I already have super lax ligaments normally.
Sleep has been better this week, but I keep finding myself sleeping on my back, which is by far the most comfortable position for me. I get a little freaked out about it, and often roll on to my right side, which is more comfortable than my left side because of my mild (15 degree double curved) scoliosis. Last night I whipped out the Snoogle again, but I’m still not loving it yet. It takes up half of our queen-sized bed, and makes me so hot that I can’t handle blankets on me.
In other news, we finally moved everything out of what used to be our office, and is now Dumplin’s room. DW then puttied and sanded any holes in the walls, and painted the ceiling. Together we primed and painted the walls, and just have the closet to paint and convert into a changing nook. We plan to convert it into something like this:
She sent Dumplin’ a super comfy pair of sheeps wool booties, a kangaroo fleece (for me or DW and Dumplin’), both of which will be super nice for our cold winters and handy for dog walks. She also gave us some lovely Weleda bottom cream, and a beautiful woven Didymos wrap that is super special because it carried her nephews and nieces and her own adorable baby. We are so touched by her thoughtful and unique gifts! Thank you Friederike.
Overall, it’s been a busy but productive week. Some aches and pains have begun, but I’m still making it to the gym and am moving lots of boxes without issue. Early next week I go in for my glucose tolerance test- the 3 hour fasting version- yuck! Wish me luck, and I’d love some tips for how to survive the nasty sugary experience. Lots of ladies in my due date club complained about how awful they felt for the rest of the day. I’m hoping to avoid that. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Merci beaucoup!