I am enjoying 32 weeks at this time. Yesterday, I threw up three times. What is up with that? With both my others, pretty sure I was down to maybe three times a week at this point. Heartburn was really gross last week- it has been better this week. I still keep Tums on hand- upstairs, downstairs, and in the car.
This baby has been an especially active little guy. My belly is bouncing all over the place. That is pretty new for me. I also noticed some stretchmarks on my belly that look new, which is weird because he is my third, and I weighed more with my first. I am liking my shape more and more each day, now that I am pretty confident that I look pregnant.
My husband is an atheistic agnostic and I am agnostic; we celebrate a secular Christmas. I love all of the traditions of Christmas "borrowed" from other faiths, like the tree, and enjoy gift exchanges, stockings, Santa... the whole thing. This year, though, it has been just exhausting. Nesting hasn't really set in, the house is a wreck, and my husband has commented how sad it would make him to have the house this messy on Christmas morning. I have promised it will be okay, but I am running out of time rapidly.
For our kids, in regards to the holiday, we emphasize family togetherness, charity, generousity, and peace. I have expounded on the Santa tradition with my daughter... for her, he does remain a magical, real entity, but she also understands that sometimes, when people want to give anonymously, to feel magical themselves, that they can give something under the pseudonym "Santa". She was given an allowance of $20 to choose gifts for her brother- half was from her, the other was from "Santa". I hope this eases her into the age when she no longer believes even a little, and that she doesn't ruin the fun for younger children, and instead enjoys participating by giving without expecting recognition.
I have a friend due within the next two weeks. I am so excited and worried for her. This is her first, and she wants an unmedicated birth, and I worry she won't have enough support on that end. I strongly encouraged her to hire a doula. She has chosen to have her mom, a nurse, act as her doula. Her dad, a doctor who talked her out of the homebirth she had wanted, will be there for labor but she is not sure about delivery. She is not having any other support there aside from her husband, who she hopes is encouraged to step up without anyone else to fall behind.
I was never a social birther- in fact, did not want my parents there- but it worries me that she doesn't have any non-emotionally-invested person who will be there consistently, for support. I hope she gets a great draw on the nursing staff, and that if she doesn't, her husband does act as a great advocate for her. I need to learn to worry about my own problems. They are just less interesting than others' situations.
Hmm... I think that is about it for me for now. OH! My birth kit arrived yesterday! I had fun going through that. I am still worried I am overlooking something. I need some shower curtains and towels and sheets set aside for that, and a mirror and flashlight. Then there is nothing else I can really do to prepare prior to late January- the rest is food and stuff.