I've been MIA for about two months now, so I thought I would poke my head in to say hello and give a quick update. I hate to see that so many of our mamas are having a tough time right now-- lots of bad news in the last several posts. I'll be keeping all of you close to my heart and wishing you much strength.
Let's see, the last time I was here was probably December. I took a long leave of absence from my job (which I really don't like, as some of you with really good memories may recall). It will eat into my maternity leave to a significant extent, but it was worth it-- I was just miserable and it gave me a chance to refuel. I've just been back for a couple of weeks now, and so far its manageable-- definitely better than it was before. So that's good.
I am 32 weeks as of yesterday. Babe is head-down and flip flops between left, right, and posterior quite often. Not nearly as active as my first baby, but still gives me some good movements. Has recently discovered my ribs and really seems to enjoy playing with them-- once he or she "finds" them, he/she tickles them for a good 5 minutes or so before moving onto something else. I'm thankfully tall, so the rib-tickling isn't awfully uncomfortable.
I'm gaining a lot of weight these days and at my appt yesterday, the MW said baby is loooong. Interesting. I'm going to try to watch my eating habits a little more closely in the next few weeks-- yesterday I was up *9* lbs. from the previous appointment, two weeks ago! 9! Of course, today, I woke up 5 lbs. lighter than yesterday morning, so who really knows what any of it means. My blood pressure is still the same (110/60-ish) and my protein/sugar still tests negative, so the weight just looks to be a flukey thing. I remember that at about this stage with my first baby, I gained 8 lbs. in 2 weeks, so maybe it's normal for me-- dunno. Going with yesterday's high weight, I've gained 27 lbs. total. Eh. I'm slowly but surely edging towards the 200 mark n the scale, and as much as I'd like to avoid it, I figure I'll gain what I need to and trust it will come off later.
Oh-- and not knowing the gender is driving me batty! I'm well into nesting, and not knowing what to do with all the pink stuff we have (it's strange how gendered everything is, when I thought we were fairly neutral) is making me crazy. We found out with my daughter, but kept it a secret. Now I wish we hadn't found out with her and had done that with this baby instead-- it would make my life so much easier.
I'm hoping I'll think it's worth it when I get the surprise at the end.
Well, after that novel, my update is complete. I'll keep checking in on y'all, even if I don't get to post much. Happy last few weeks! We're in the home stretch!