Aug 14 2013

i’ve become a cat.

Have you ever looked at a cat who has been lounging in the exact same spot for hours on end and wondered what it’s like to be them?

I think this week I’ve discovered what that’s like…although I must say it’s more due to incapability rather than laziness.  So I’m 30 weeks pregnant tomorrow.  I start counting down in single digits after that.  I’m pretty stoked,  but I feel basically useless at this point.  I think this point arrives for every pregnant lady at a different time.  Some people work almost to the end (and they are crazy), some people are put on bed rest at 20 weeks.

I’m the kind of person who really enjoys working from home because even if it’s a slow season I always can find something to do.  I actually like housework,  I love to reorganize things,  and I always have a sewing project on the go.  With a baby on the way, there is much of that happening.  Until….this week.  It’s true that I’ve slacked a bit on the housework in the last month but I still have managed to do the necessities (well, to me) like making the bed, general tidying, dishes, etc.  This week, however, I have started to develop a fun pregnancy ailment (with an equally fun name!) called diastasis recti, essentially, my abdominal muscles are separating!  It makes it fairly difficult to sit up, bend over, lift things (any movement involving your abdomen, which is a lot I’ve discovered).  I’m not entirely certain how common it is, but on top of regular braxton hicks (practice contractions) feeling huge and lethargic, it certainly has changed my daily routine.

So I’m feeling done.

But I would really like to make the bed and dust and vacuum and reorganize the kitchen and clean out the closets (and finish that dang dress I started two weeks ago!)  But instead I sit on the couch reading Calvin and Hobbes.  Oh, and dinner?  Poor Dave comes home from working all day…and so far this week all I’ve got done is plan what we will eat…and then he cooks.

Is this normal?  Do other pregnant people feel as useless as I do at this point?

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Aug 1 2013

twenty-eight

Third trimester.
Whoah.

Things we are doing (on top of preparing a nursery) that may seem crazy:

-Redoing our bedroom. It’s been neglected for so long. Our bed is *falling apart*, partly from it being old and taken apart and put back together too many times, partly because it’s got wicker on it and we have a cat. Enough said. I asked Dave that for my birthday present this year (which is two weeks before my due date) I wanted our bedroom to be pleasant. Dave is building a bed frame that can have storage under it. We are also painting (hallelujah! No more slightly pink/white walls!) and I got some new bedding. So. Happy.
- Redoing the floor in our kitchen/mudroom. The mudroom (which is the main entrance) is carpeted. CARPETED. It get’s SO dirty, and it drives me batty. The lino in the kitchen is about 100 years old and is so disgusting. This was an idea I had a few weeks ago, and then we decided that we didn’t want to push the idea too much with our landlady and maybe wait till next year. Well just yesterday she came up to Dave and said that she wanted to have the floors redone! Huzzah!
- Recording an album with our jazz band. We are doing a large concert at Christmas time and really want something to sell.
On top of all this, my photography has suddenly gotten busy and we still have some more gigs with the jazz band.
Oh, and I’m growing a baby. In case you forgot.

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