What else. I bought expensive Burt's Bees Mama Belly lotion to try and prevent the impending stretch marks and it gave me a lovely rash all over my belly. So, rash or stretch marks?
I was granted permission to sign up for birth classes with this birthing class guru lady even though the last class is 2 days after my due date and they want you to finish the class 2-5 weeks before that. I can't attend the earlier session because of work. As it is I have to get a sub for my last dance classes (the last classes before their end of the year recital!) to be able to go to the first class. So I am barely squeezing in birth classes. They were actually really nice and told me that the last class is a breast feeding class and I can go to the earlier session's breast feeding class but unfortunately I can't miss the last two Tues. of classes before recital. So I am just hoping little miss decides to come a few days late.
Every couple of days I use my fetal doppler and check up on Hazy (that is her official nickname...unless we make a last minute decision when she's born). Her HB is so much easier to find now. She is always just a little off to the right way down by my pubic bone. It astounds me that she is still way down there where it's still relatively flat territory while the rest of my belly has exploded like a balloon with all my displaced organs. It's weird. Anyway Hazy's HB is usually around 150 and it always makes me happy to hear it. It's a little reality check because even though my belly is growing it is still an abstract idea to me that there is a real live baby inside me. I can't wait until I can feel her moving.
Should we talk about poop? Lets! Pooping has gotten weird. I am pretty sure it's mostly my Iron supplements that I have to take. My midwife did blood work and I'm anemic. The Iron turns my shit almost black and tends to constipate people. I am having fairly regular BMs but I am always really excited if I feel like it was an especially large one or if it happened without much effort. When I do have to make a BM it's way more urgent then it used to be. Not like I'm gonna shit my pants (yet) but like I gotta find a bathroom and take care of business asap, I can't wait til I get home. Ok, we can stop talking about my shit now.
We officially kicked my pup out of bed :( Sad because she is the BEST cuddler and is so warm and soft. But she insists on sleeping between me and B usually with her head tucked under a chin or buried in an armpit and inevitably her paws end up in someones back. And she has to be under the covers. Total cock blocker. She overheats a couple times a night and switches to on top of the covers down by our feet but then cries to get back under the covers 45 min later. So sleep is disrupted and when Hazy arrives I can't have my dog trampling her while we are asleep! Also I know our sleep will be a thousand times more precious than it is now and we can't have our dog making things worse. The last two nights she slept on her dog bed on the floor next to ours and it's gone surprisingly well. Our old dog is a lost cause. She still cries to jump up and get under the covers in the middle of the night but at least she always sleeps at B's feet. She also wakes B up once a night to go outside and poop. There's really nothing we can do about that so I think that will be daddy diaper changing time, ha ha!
I am going to have to mediate between my mother and my sister over my effing baby shower. My sister is a total pinterest, crafty, baker type and threw my bachelorette party and my surprise 30th birthday party. So it was natural that as soon as I told her I was pregnant she would start planning my shower. She also lives in the same city as me. My mother, who does not live in the same city but lives 3 hrs away, has now lamented twice to me about how she feels sad that she can't throw me a baby shower. I have told her that she can co host the shower with my sister and I have no preference over who is involved but she needed to talk to my sister about it because I knew my sister was already making plans. My mother claims that she has tried to text and call her but my sister ignores her. Sigh. So my sister just texted me today wondering if we can hang out on Sat and talk about the baby shower so I am going to have to tell her to make my mother feel included. All I truly care about is I want there to be donuts and mimosas and I will be having both!
One week from tomorrow is my 2nd midwife appt. I am sure it will be anticlimactic but I am looking forward to it!
At this point I have told all the people I work for that I am pregnant. I am pretty sure I have told everyone who I think should hear it come out of my mouth so all that's left is the FB announcement. B is anxious to do one so that all his peripheral friends know about it. I am still dragging my feet. Once it's out there it's out there. I feel like who gives a shit if all those people know that we are having a baby? If they don't know it's because they obviously aren't close enough friends to have seen or talked to us in the last 4 months so how important can they be? But I have told him we can make an announcement after our midwife appt. next week.
I guess that's all for now! I'll leave you with a picture of my pup, she likes to lie in front of the heat vent until she is roasting hot and panting. So cute!