So there has been an unexpected side effect to this pregnancy that has surfaced lately...very.strange.dreams. Totally and completely bizarre situations and circumstances have been popping up about nightly. Everything from last week's images of my husband being surrounded by mostly naked pin-up models which I became half conscious during the middle of and totally started a conversation with him that was following the path of the dream. He had NO CLUE what I was babbling about! To Sunday night's perfectly rational conversation with little man while he was still in my womb, (but I could hear his voice loud and clear...strangely he sounded just like A) about how I just need to not stress and everything will be OK. (This was the night after Paige lost her baby). And then last night random scenes of someone hunting down and trying to shoot A and I and nearly succeeding except for the intervention of an old friend we haven't seen or heard from in about 3 years, who got shot instead. I told you totally bizarre. I kind of get where Sunday's came from, and the pin-up one could be because as we were channel surfing right before bed, we stopped on a show on the Travel channel that was all about bikini destinations, but the shooting one, NO CLUE. Its just totally weird. And they're just so VIVID, and I'm remembering most of everything that happened, which is even weirder for me.
Yesterday's Dr. appointment went pretty good. Little man was moving around so much that the nurse had a hard time getting a reading on his heartbeat. She found it just fine, but he was SO active he kept interfering with her counts. We did finally get a 152 reading though, so right on with where we were 4 weeks ago. My Blood pressure was 120/80, so still good. Unfortunately, as I suspected, the weight conversation didn't go so well. I've put on 4 pounds since my last appointment 212.4 according to the Dr.'s scale eek!), most of it in the last week. Dr. O told me that if he could wave his magic wand, I would actually LOOSE 10-12 pounds before this baby is born! I asked him what he realistically was expecting, and he said no more than another 10-12 gained. The good news is he said the best thing I can do is find a place to swim since it's easy on the joints and I'll be extra buoyant right now :-) That's awesome! I love to swim, I swam in high school, and truth is I've been wanting to get back into it. The bad news is that means I have to squeeze my bloated body into a swimsuit UGH! So today I will be researching where are possibilities in town to go and swim. I'm also trying out a prenatal yoga class starting next Monday. And it looks like it will definitely be back on the low amylose diet for A and I. That will probably start next week after we get back from my mom's and clean out the groceries in the fridge right now. My biggest struggle is going to be breakfast. I'm really not an egg person on a regular basis, in fact, I've been on a BIG biscuit and gravy kick lately. That's gonna have to stop. In the summer I can do fruit and yogurt and be happy, but in the winter it's going to be tougher. Throw that on top of having to get up a little earlier in order to eat breakfast at home instead of buying it a work (which I should be doing anyway I know) and its going to be a challenge. I'll get there though, I have to.
OK enough rambling. Here's the survey:
How far along: 20 weeks 6 days
Total weight gain/loss: (switching to the Dr.'s scale, I don't trust mine anymore) +7.4, 212.4
Maternity clothes: All maternity or stretchy knit skirts (I LOVE my Old Navy roll top skirts!). Some regular shirts fit, but only on good show off my bump days :-) I have GOT to get some leggings and maternity pants. It is FAR to cold for skirts all the time!!!
Stretch marks: One new one on my belly, left side. The ones on my hips from puberty are ANGRY! I've started using Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion for stretch marks, and it is taking most of the redness, tightness, and itching away. Loving it!
Sleep: Much better. I'm waking up around 3:30 or 4 every night, adjusting the pillow and then usually right back to sleep. I probably should get up to pee, but I know if I do I won't go back to sleep as quickly, and then when the alarm goes off, I REALLY have to go, so it forces me to get up.
Movement: Lots and lots just in the last 2 days! My little boiler is going strong :-D
Cravings: Nothing weird. We've been eating at the Mexican restaurant a lot lately on my prompting, and I've been using more rosemary than usual in my cooking.
Aversions: Still having issues with hot sauce. Just the smell makes me nauseous, which is bad because A puts hot sauce on almost EVERYTHING! Nothing else has been really bad.
Gender: Team BLUE!!!!
Symptoms: Nausea is tapering off to once or twice a week. Heartburn and Sciatica and in full force I keep a bottle of antacids in my purse, in my desk at work, in both bathrooms at home and in the family room!
What I miss: Deer Sticks :-( A got his first dear this year a couple weeks ago and when it cam back from the processor there was 9 pounds of sticks, and I can't have any of it. They're smoked, not cooked :-(
What I look forward to: Working on the nursery when I'm off the week between Christmas and New Year's
Moods: Up, down left, right, in, out....depends on the minute
Milestones: We chose a crib (I think) and got a LOT of work done on the office. Carpets are cleaned, primer and first paint color are up. We should have it all done by the end of next weekend, which will be a WEEK ahead of schedule!!!
Medical Concerns: um...just my weight really. I'm so glad to have to really think of something to put here.
Weekly Wisdom: I learned the hard way over Thanksgiving that I'm not as sensitive to how much or little others want to hear about the pregnancy/baby stuff as I thought I was. My advice based of that interaction, wait for questions and answer them concisely. If people want more information they will ask for more. Always respond to a question about baby stuff with a question about the other person's life/kids/work/whatever. Finding the balance between keeping people informed and jeopardizing conversations is REALLY HARD. I need to make a better effort.
Best moment this week: Feeling that first for real undeniable kick Sunday night. Way too cool!
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