That's really great that he's so excited to be a SAHD. You may find though that YOU don't want to stop being a SAHM! Good luck!
How are you feeling, BTW? I know our edds are close. Maybe your body is feeling like mine (tired and uncomfortable?) Are you able to sleep at all? Are you still walking a lot? Hope you are well!
Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam
So I’m told!!! And DH realizes that too… But then, as I currently see it, when does anyone EVER really want to go back to work, and he hasn’t had “time off” for 12 years of work – even when SS was in the hospital for 6 months, so he really deserves it! Plus, financially it makes sense (he gets almost full pay on paternity leave), and he would be a terrific SAHD. Can I really deny him time with his own kid that he so rightly deserves? He already has plans to come to my work during lunch so that I can BF and we can visit!Originally Posted by rikkiac
Well, I’ve been feeling tired but pretty good. I’m surprised that I don’t feel super uncomfortable, except 2 weekends ago when I was so exhausted from not sleeping well at all for about 4 days straight. I’ve been sleeping better since then, fortunately, but have had to try to figure out what is waking me up – other than the obvious perennially full bladder! Instead of my usual sleep cycle of sleeping like a log for 3.5-4 hours, getting up to pee, and then doing the same again, barely remembering that I actually got up in the middle of the night, now I have to get up about 3-5 times a night (every 2 hours max), and wake up to the birds singing outside at 5am and can’t get back to sleep…Originally Posted by rikkiac
But then DH and I stayed up until midnight last night talking after SS went to bed, so I know it’s really my fault that I haven’t been getting enough sleep – but who knows when we’ll have the chance to have a nice quiet evening together after baby gets here!
In other things, starting Sunday morning I’ve felt crampy, and though uncomfortable, I can’t really decide whether it’s intestinal/or uterine crampiness. I also had some bleeding on Sunday morning, but even though we went to a ‘Kids run for Cancer’ event for the morning and walked around tons, it went away by noon. I’ve hardly had any trouble with constipation this whole pregnancy – only when I’m dehydrated which is completely understandable. I’ve also had heartburn/reflux a whole bunch in the last month, and as much as it’s not pleasant, most of the time it’s bearable.
I wouldn’t say I’m walking a LOT, but I’m definitely walking quite a bit. Yesterday at lunch a co-worker and I went for a short walk, and I have to walk about 1/2km from my car to work and then back again, and the dog gets walked periodically, and when we take SS to his soccer games, DH and I kick the ball back and forth and help coach the kids. So I wouldn’t say I’m SUPER active, but I’m definitely not a couch potato! I also have been doing lunchtime yoga on average about once a week – though I didn’t go last week because I was so tired. Last weekend, I also played field/street hockey for a short while, but I find if I actually run, my pelvis gets REALLY sore, and I have to get the chiropractor to put it back in place – so that’s out for a little longer than a week or so after I overdo it until I can’t resist again!
All in all, I feel like I’m pretty lucky. I saw a poor woman yesterday who was about 5’ tall and her belly stuck out about 3x as far as mine, and she waddled with her groceries across the parking lot. I’m SO glad that I’m not HUGE like that – that would be SO annoying and uncomfortable.
Oh, and DH keeps saying that when my belly button pops, the turkey will be done baking! Considering it still covers up my entire nail, I don’t think it will. We’ll see, though!
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I think that you must have seen me! I am HUGE!!!Originally Posted by sarahsunshine
My belly button never popped with DS and it's stretched this time but I doubt it's popping!Originally Posted by sarahsunshine
Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam
My DH will be a SAHD too - mostly because I'm the big $ maker and he already works out of the house.....
I'm so happy that this is the plan because I worry about daycare centers (since I used to work for one).....
DH and I have also been doing a bit of gardening... hopefully we can get ours looking nice!
So far no belly button popping here - but maybe your baby will surprise you and one morning you will wake up with a flat belly button!
Well, a continuation on Ericka (Rikkiac)'s question on if I am walking a lot.
We went to SS's soccer game last night and got there 40 minutes early. What did we do? Well, we passed the ball around (the kids that were there , the coach, DH and I), then I got in net and the kids took turns taking shots for about 20 minutes. I used to play goal, and the kids are 8yo, so most of them can't shoot the ball hard, let alone hit the net, so really it wasn't that hard! Still, it was fun to plead "pregnancy" when I didn't feel like running out to get the ball too far! SS scored his first goal of the season last night (and DH and I happened to be looking the other way ).
In other news, DH defected from work 2 days ago and went home and changed the water and scrubbed out the hot tub. It's now sparkly clean and ready for use as a birthing pool if needs be. Indy the dog was also happy to have some company during the day for a change. Then, he realized that he had locked his keys in his office and likely everyone else had left work.. .and he was still wearing his gun which he doesn't like having at home or after work hours...
As for the way things are progressing pregnancy-wise, I woke up at 2:30am with the weirdest feeling... a combination of desperately needing to pee, cramps (not terrible), and intense clitoral stimulation... I went to the bathroom and came back to bed. It went away. It came back, sometimes combined with some aches in my back too. This happened over a couple hours - I have no idea at what frequency, but enough that I didn't fall asleep. I figured it was contractions of some sort, but they couldn't be very serious because they weren't hugely painful or anything. It was a really neat, and enjoyable sensation, but no one ever described contractions in that way to me, but I can't figure out what else it could be!!! They seemed to me (from my sleepy brain) to be relatively regular, though. I just enjoyed the sensation instead of watching the clock! I managed to go back to sleep a couple hours later figuring that if it was anything serious it would wake me up. When I woke up at 7am (by alarm), I told Wayne about it, but they seem to have subsided. I've only felt a couple since I got up. I'm sure they could do this for weeks, and really, I totally don't expect baby to come this early - but you never know.
In any case, I'm at work today and planning to get some last stuff done and cleaning off my desk so I don't have to worry in case I have to take off at any point in the near future. I don't have anything urgent left to do (I finished that yesterday except for one piece I said I'd do for my co-worker because she's gone for the rest of this week). It would just be nice to organize stuff and then work on some small, non-urgent projects for my co-worker so she can focus on the big stuff.
We don't have everything on the birthing list yet (at least organised) - we're planning to get that tonight while SS is at Tae Kwon Do. I think mostly we just need towels and washcloths and to put it all somewhere...
Sarah, I was having contractions last night, and except for the stimulation part, they sound very similar. (Yours may have been more fun though!)
It is great that you are still active at the soccer games for DSS. And it's tough to always be watching a game. I have missed several of my nieces goals and big plays because I get caught up in people watching. But I've never told her!!
Hi Sarah! I am just getting caught up on your lodge... I have been away from my computer and haven't had a chance to keep up to date. I SO enjoyed reading your lodge! I loved one of your first post when your first posts when you talked about your feminine side and your views on being a woman. Thanks for sharing about yourself.
You've done very well staying working this whole time! I took my doc's suggestion and let her put me on sick leave.
Your "contractions" sound very interesting. I am staying open to the possibility of enjoying childbirth and perhaps experiencing something more on the sexual side of things. That would be really neat.
By the way, your husband sounds like an absolute dear! I am glad you are so happy together.
Thanks! I was hoping to do some more of that type of reflection but have had too many other things to deal with lately. I hope to get into it again before baby comes along!Originally Posted by wendles
"I am staying open to the possibility of enjoying childbirth and perhaps experiencing something more on the sexual side of things."
Some women manage to make delivery an orgasm experience. Could it be attitude combined with understanding of the stages your body is going through? It certainly is a very emotional time. Or perhaps it is just luck!
I see your ticker has been changed. Oh! And remember baby, wait until I arrive please.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat