One of my blogger friends told me that my posts are "compelling", and I had to laugh given the detailed description I gave in my last post about how I arrange my pillows when I sleep. Even as I posted it, I was thinking, who in the world is going to care about this? But since he found it so apparently riveting, I thought I would post an update.
It turns out, fortunately!, that it was not the freezing cold temperatures that made me sleep better. Our heat was fixed the next day (loose wire on the boiler) and yet I'm still sleeping well.
Secondly, it has to be the new pillow arrangement. Now when I wake up I feel pretty normal. I mean, yeah, I'm a little grumpy because I was sleeping and don't want to get up again to pee, but happily, I don't hurt all over. Except for once last night. That was when I'd somehow (in my sleep maybe?) changed the pillows so that both were lying horizontally under my head, raising my head a lot and leaving the rest of me lying flat. I moaned and groaned with the aches as I got up to pee and then returned to bed, but I put the pillows back into their new position and when I woke up in the morning I felt just fine. I'm so glad to have a solution to this! I was getting a little worried about what the next two months of sleeping would be like.
In addition to the new sleeping arrangement, I've had lots of other pregnancy related activities this week.
I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday - nothing exciting, just a regular checkup.
Tonight J and I went to another childbirth class. This one was on breathing and labor and I'd hoped to find it super helpful, but I guess I did the wrong thing by briefly looking up breathing techniques on the internet the night before, which meant that everything I heard in the class was what I'd already read. Granted, I hadn't previously heard someone demonstrate long "cleansing" breaths or short pants, but truly, they are not elusive concepts. I'm really not sure about continuing this class. We're halfway through and the remaining three classes are on newborn care, anesthesiology, and breastfeeding. I don't know. One thing that is sort of nice is that we are getting the perspective of our hospital and a pretty clear picture of exactly where to go and how things run there and that's something I can't get from reading books.
And then tomorrow we are getting a growth scan (another ultrasound). I mentioned this one before - it's the one my doctor ordered because I was measuring 2 cm "small". Well, since then my measurements are just where they're supposed to be, so my doctor is not at all concerned. I think she just likes to get extra scans done, and since this is already scheduled, then why not. I'm curious to know if the baby will look any different this time compared to the last time.
In addition to these doctor's appointments, another way that J and I have been preparing for the baby is by starting to reorganize the apartment. Unfortunately, right now that means it is in an even worse state than usual! But we went to Ikea on Monday and we now have a couple other pieces of furniture that give us more storage. We previously had our projector (tv) on a black metal file cabinet in the living room, but we bought a tv unit with three shelves and glass doors (to keep prying babies out). In the office, we had lots of stuff either in boxes or strewn around or piled up, so we bought an extra bookcase. (In fact, J is hammering it together right now.) And we're also getting rid of a broken futon (it wouldn't open beyond a "couch" position) that served its purpose in our office, but now we're turning half of the room into the baby's room so we need the space. And I've been cleaning out a dresser I have in the office (e.g., finding a new place to put all my photography stuff), trying to make room for all the baby clothes we have, for diapers, etc. Oh, and we bought a little blow-up changing pad that we're going to put on top of the dresser and use it as a changing table. I think the only major piece of furniture we have left to buy is a rocker/glider. The rest of what we have to do around the apartment is cleaning and organizing.
Of course, we haven't had a single weekend free to do any of this since, um, October maybe? Every weekend since then has been filled by one or both of us being away or by having visitors. Not that we don't love our visitors or the people we're visiting! It's just that we haven't had much time to actually do many of the things we still need to do. This weekend my parents are coming, and I'm hoping they'll be understanding of the current state of our place! After that weekend, we have one more weekend of visitors - either the next weekend or the one after that. And we might have a Superbowl party, but that would just be one afternoon. And there's a possibility of a baby shower (not sure if that is happening or not), but of course, that wouldn't be a whole weekend either. But other than all of that (and work of course, including a grant application that I have to submit before the baby comes), we're practically swimming in free time until the baby gets here! I say that sort of tongue in cheek, but actually it's true that we'll have free weekends and that it will be enough time to finish up the things we have left to do. But I have to say, I'm almost wondering if I will feel less busy when the baby is born. (Ha ha, I'm sure I'll come back to that line and just laugh my head off for even thinking that.)