22: 55% of 40
22 weeks. It’s been a busier week because of the sanding and polishing of floorboards happening in my house. The weekend was busy with organising and making certain the last of everything was out of the ground floor. We moved everything, even blinds and paintings, etc. Then I used masking tape to tape up the kitchen cabinets and power outlets. I figured it was easier to do this than clean up the dust from sanding after in all those places, and I’m glad I did! Next weekend will be another busy weekend of cleaning and moving things back into place. Next couple weekends, actually!
I was really surprised Monday night how chemically it smelled in the house. I can only guess it’s from old stain, paint, and flooring adhesives being sanded off the floors, but UGH! It was so nasty we opened all the windows in the house, despite it being a rather cold autumnal night. Which meant we then turned out all the lights we could so as to try to not attract mozzies. But the smell made me worry about Sparky. I know it’s fine and I’m just neurotic, but I haven’t even wanted to do any painting while he’s on board, so to have the strong chemical smell wasn’t fun. Tonight we’ll be at a dog friendly guest house because the floor guy is starting the coats of polyurethane seal today. We won’t go back to our house until Saturday morning, and then probably only to open the windows so it can air for a few hours before we go back.
Meals are a down side of the floors being done; I can’t use my kitchen. My husband is happy to have nothing but take away, but I’m not coping well! I’ll be glad when we get to the guest house and I can use a kitchen! But there’s too many up sides to all of it to worry about that too much.
The Fertile One is being so lovely. She gave me some nice clothes she was given that her daughter never got around to wearing; anything boy-ish and new she had. She also gave me a Elmo floor matt with bumpers thingo. She’s already offered to lend me her change table. AND she’s been providing day care for my dog Lottie this week! I thought Lottie would be upset left in our back garden all week, plus she’d be out in the rain as we’re having a wet week. (She’s accustomed to being able to come and go between inside and outside via a dog door.) Plus she’d probably bark her head off and annoy the neighbours because there was a strange man in her house. So The Fertile One has been looking after Lottie, and Lottie has been having a ball chasing her doggie friend Felix around and around and around. She’s been tired at night!
Sparky wiggles for me several times every day. Monday night he was being especially active when I was in bed, so I put my husband’s hand low on my tummy (with my anterior placenta, that’s where I feel him most). He said he felt Sparky a couple times. One night, when I did my usual waking up at a stupid time of the morning, I enjoyed being in bed and just feeling Sparky move. Most likely I’m not going to experience this again, so I do want to try to enjoy and remember the good parts of it.
What I am taking:
- Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold 2 x daily
- Low dose aspirin daily (must remember to ask my OB when I should stop taking it)
- Vitamin D
- This week: ground floor floorboards being sanded/polished
- 22 – 26 April: Easter/Anzac Day long weekend
- 26/27 April: blood tests (full blood count and differential, glucose challenge test, blood group and antibodies)
- 28 April: Next OB visit
- 25 May: 28 weeks (a random good sounding number that lets me add a milestone to May)
- 13 June: Queen’s Birthday
- 22 June: 32 weeks (the earliest I could give birth at my chosen hospital)
- 16 July: Antenatal class
- 19 July: Doctor’s session
- 17 August: 40 weeks