Things have been going well over here. I’m still alive, not TOO stressed out considering all the life changes and events happening around me, and baby is finally kicking like crazy and making me constantly aware of his presence (which is still the ‘awww, adorable’ stage and not the OUCH YOU JERK stage). I thought I’d pop in and give a run down on some things.
On Saturday, I went out to visit Rosie and gave riding the good ol’ college try. Let’s just say — it didn’t go well. I couldn’t really lift the saddle onto her back without feeling like I was going to hurt myself, so I had to get someone to help. Bending over to pick her hooves and put her boots on was awkward. And then riding was almost the worst thing ever. Her jog is really smooth, but the bouncing up and down was tugging on the skin around my belly. I was getting out of breath super fast. Loping was actually the most comfortable thing to do, but she was so lazy and I was having to really push her forward which was exhausting. Not to mention, my riding pants are now too small for me so I had to ride with them unbuttoned.
I’m sad to say that I believe that was probably my last time riding until after little man is here this fall. I thought I could make it a bit further in my pregnancy, but honestly it’s not worth it. My horse is an angel and I feel very safe on her, but I couldn’t stop thinking of how scary it would be if she tripped and fell or something. I’m thankful I have someone riding her twice a week for me – though I have to be honest that my horse costs are really weighing on my mind right out. Our board is like $490 just for the paddock, $30/month for her lunch feedings, and then if I have them add shavings to her stall it’s like $7/bag. At some point I’m going to have to seriously look at these costs, because with daycare costs impending I’m a bit fearful of spending too much on Rosie.
Today was my 24 week OB appointment, and it went pretty well. She only wanted me to gain a pound a week max, but I gained 6 pounds in between my two monthly appointments. Oops. The nurse who weighed me actually said “we like to see women only gain about 15 pounds during pregnancy”. To me, that feels insane. A baby at birth is like 8 pounds and then placenta, extra blood your body is making, water retention, extra cushion, breastfeeding weight – I just don’t understand how someone who wasn’t LOSING weight in the beginning of their pregnancy due to lots of vomiting or something could even end up with only 15 lbs gained overall. Having said that, I’ve gained 40 pounds. I know it’s a lot. My husband says I’m focusing too much on weight and beating myself up over it – but how can I not when my own doctor says I’m gaining too fast? It’s really difficult to just relax and enjoy my pregnancy when I’m either nauseous or terribly bloated and hungry all the time, and being berated for my weight.
In happier news, I have a very real bump now and people are starting to look AT it, which is both reassuring and awkward/uncomfortable. I am exclusively in maternity clothes now. My tailbone has been getting very sore, making it hard to sit in the same position for long. Sleeping is pretty uncomfortable, but hugging a pillow has really helped. I’m out of breath a lot easier now, still peeing 3-4 times a night, and having some insomnia which is disappointing when I am tired all day. But I love feeling the baby boy move around inside me. My husband and I played him music the other night and it was really cute. We also spent some time feeling out the pregnancy part of his baby book. It’s starting to get more real now, especially since I have my first of two baby showers at the end of this month! I’m not looking forward to the 3 1/2 hour flight there and back, but it will be awesome to spend time with family and friends. Having a baby celebration is exciting, and my mom just sent me a photo of the cake she ordered and it’s super cute. 🙂
Things are trucking along with our sale. After having one sale fall through, our current buyer is still moving forward and has 17 days left to close their escrow. They removed contingencies today, so if all goes well – we might be temporary non-home owners in a bit over two weeks. We’ll be renting back the house from the buyer (at a crazy expensive rate) until we can buy something new. I’m nervous as hell, but I think it will all work out. Worst case, we’ll be renting a house for a year. It’s not optimal with baby on the way, but I also don’t want to rush and buy something that we don’t love. We did put an offer last night on another property that we LOVE, but unfortunately it already has an accepted contingent offer and ours is just a backup offer so the odd are slim to none that we’ll get it. Trying to keep my chin up without getting my hopes up, and that’s tricky. San Diego housing market is rough.---------------
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