I hope your scans are going well today,newmumjoy, ithappened and sol_y_paz!! I can't wait to hear all the details!!
So glad the fog is lifting somewhat, Thebyr. I hope you can have more enjoyment of the pregnancy soon!
Ccoello, I hope you get the housing situation sorted out soon. I am with you on things tiring me out more than I expect.
Glad the hospital visit was uneventful, Sol. Again, I can't wait for news about your scan.
Tchotchkes, it sounds like you have wonderfully supportive inlaws. We are so far from family, it's hard.
Glad that work is getting more manageable, Veritas and I hope your plan works out! Sounds like a great idea.
Ithappened, I think my dad may come for 2w and my mom for 2 w and they are talking about splitting the time up. Dh's family is even further away, and his parents have never come to the US, so they will have to see the baby through skype and facetime until we can travel at the end of the year. I am not sure about paid help, though.
LeAnn: I had a credit at Motherhood Maternity and bought the Burt's bees belly balm (a solid oil consistency) but I'm also using virgin coconut oil, or mixing the two. They both melt in your hands and then you can slide them over the belly and hips. I shower at night and then put some on before bed. The coconut oil alone may suffice, I've heard. It smells divine (burt's bees doesn't really smell)!
We were away from home in a sunnier place at the end of last week/weekend. It was great--dh was having fun the whole time whereas I had work stuff to do part of the time. I determined that sitting in one place for around 8h one day made my body (particularly legs) swell, despite taking walks earlier in the day and later at night. I feel for those of you who have to be at one desk all workday long. I got a lot of walking in, but not in great shoes, so I have some blisters and muscle aches, but all in all it was a great experience. I ate some great food! But I found that normal amounts of food end up making my upper belly feel like it's going to pop. That happened the first day when we had 2 meals out. Ugh.
The worst part was our wait for the shuttle ride home--an hour just for the shuttle to arrive (we live 25 min from the airport)!? They picked up so many other customers while we waiting and finally on my 3rd complaint call I used the pregnancy card and was nearly in tears explaining that it was totally unacceptable to be sitting outside in the cold for so long when they guarantee a shuttle will pick you up within 15 minutes of calling. I was getting some cramping and really just wanted to lie down. It was a nightmare. If we hadn't taken an expensive taxi ride already from the hotel to the airport, I would have taken a taxi home, but I believed them each time I called that a shuttle was really on the way. They are definitely refunding my money!