The 3rd trimester is draining me already. I am so. Exhausted. I used to think your body should be nice to you and let you sleep as much as possible while pregnant because it’s game over when the baby arrives, but maybe this is the body preparing you somewhat in advance. I don’t know. I have an attitude, though. Even if I get somewhat comfortable at night with the pillows, I still wake up tossing and turning, sore, etc. I have been experiencing deep, sore pelvic pain: my hips, lower back, even my thigh bones back and front, etc are all sore. I found out that it’s called ‘posterior pelvic pain’. So that’s fun.
I have had to rearrange my work chair accommodations too. My back was SO STRAINED at the end of every work day and I felt like a zombie. I switched out my chair, put two cushions behind me, one in my lap, and turned over a metal organizer thing and am using it as a footstool. It has made a MAJOR difference. The only soreness I get at work now is the lingering posterior pelvic pain, but no more back strain.
I had my 7 month check-up last week. My weight gain total is up to 13 lbs! Whoooooop! The midwife looked taken aback that I had gained so much in a month but then she realized I didn’t gain ANYTHING until after 5 months. The weight seems to all be in my belly and booty. I had to gone and go up a size in panties (. _ .). They are comfortable dinnamug though. I also had to drink the glucola for the gestational diabetes test. It tasted like flat orange soda. It wasn’t bad at first, but then my throat and stomach started burning. It recognized the treachery and was not here for it. I then got my blood drawn AND a Rhogam shot (because my blood type is negative, so it won’t attack the baby’s blood cells if she has a positive blood type). I think that was the day of Bitches Not Knowing How To Take Blood because the blood draw was PAINFUL and my arm is still bruised a week later from that shit. Blood draws should not hurt past the initial prick. Ugh. The Rhogam shot is painful anyway because it goes in the hip/booty meat and the actual injection of the medicine hurts, but this time hurt worse than others. Hmph.
The good news is I don’t have gestational diabetes, but my blood came back with extremely low iron levels so now I can add anemia to the list. I refused to get iron pills and go back to the dark days of constipation, so at the suggestion of all my hippie friends in my Pregnant After Loss group, I picked up a bottle of Floradix. That stuff is….foul. BUT, I am able to tolerate it because I don’t have to take that much (10 ml twice a day) AND I chase it with guava juice. I need to take the iron with Vitamin C to help absorption; orange juice makes my stomach hurt, I couldn’t find any strawberry juice, so guava juice was it. It’s pretty good.
The majority of the baby shower invites have been mailed, so that’s awesome.
I went to my baby cousin’s birthday party at Chuck E Cheese Saturday and let me just say Minicorn will NEVER. Good lord, that place is like the Den of Inequity for kids. Nawl.
There is a pediatrician where Crabby works who he likes, so we may be going with her. Do I need to do anything beforehand with the pediatrician, or can I just show up after birth with an appointment like HEY HERE’S A NEW BABY PLEASE MAKE SURE SHE WILL STAY ALIVE?
We were trying to figure out how best to allocate Crabby’s limited paid time off after Minicorn arrives. Initially we were just going to have him take as much time from birth until he ran out of hours. However, a book I read stated that the newborn/infant period gets much more difficult around the 1-month mark. The author stated the first few weeks are the baby getting adjusted to the new world, eating/sleeping/pee-pooping, etc. Around a month is when they start asking themselves WHAT IS THIS SORCERY and shit gets real. So the author suggested that the mother have some help ready for that stage, which means Crabby should take most of his paid time off around that mark. To all my mom readers, what do you think about that? Would you say you could have especially used help around the 1-month mark?
One of the few things that has especially been stressing me out is the thought of returning to work and pumping milk for the baby. I share my current office with my boss; there are bookshelves across the middle that function as a divider with some open space at the end. We are not really in an office building, so there aren’t any other rooms I could go to for privacy in this area. So I googled my job and breastfeeding and an entire page dedicated to nursing popped up! I had NO IDEA and I have been here for over 5 years! There are ELEVEN DIFFERENT lactation rooms at my job! About 3 of them are really close to me. SCORE! I don’t have to stress about pumping! I also saw this link about breastfeeding apps and I’m going to add a few of those to my team. I am so, so happy about finding all of this out.
My homie sent me this luxurious comfortable caftan and I cannot wait to stunt around the house in it. Whew, I needed something loose and flowy like WHOA. Big T-shirts were not cutting it.
My other homie Jla sent me this which I am sooooo looking forward to using!
And Vinny sent me the most awesome random box-o-stuff ever! A Moby wrap, books, various salves, all kinds of things. I am so grateful for you all and the support you have given me this far. Minicorn will know she has so many aunties out there.