Has it really been 3 months since I’ve blogged? Wow! I wish I had some profound explanation for my absence but I really don’t. I only seem to be willing to blog while I’m at work. Work has been busy for a while. When I actually feel like blogging, my site is unavailable to me here. Today the stars aligned and here I am.
I don’t have a great way to return to blogging so I’ll just do some randoms today and try to post more frequently.
- As of Thursday, I will be 32 weeks pregnant. Everything is going well so far and this thing is flying by so quickly. I had a bit of a “scare” when an ultrasound at the perinatologist revealed that my kid has six fingers on one hand. Well, 5 fingers and what looks to be a “nub.” That can mean scary things if there is no family history of this issue. Thankfully, I recalled my mom telling me that she had a nub removed when she was born. She also told me that it happens a lot on our side of the family. That eased my fears (and the docs) and I declined further testing (amnio). If the finger is indeed a nub they just tie it off at birth and it falls off and dies. My mother has a tiny bump on the side of her pinky that is the only indication that anything was ever different about her.
- I think I’ve finally accepted the fact that this is a girl. I even bought her a dress! The quality was great (Jason Wu for Target) and the clearance price was right ($59->$17). It also met my qualifications of not making me gag. I’m not a tomboy when it comes to fashion, but I’m pretty basic. I like simple but feminine things. The sheer volume of pink, lacy, sparkly, frilly clothing available for girls requires a major adjustment for me coming from toddler boy land.
- Sister P got engaged over the holidays. Huzzah! She is such an organized person that she has already set a post-Christmas wedding date. I’ll have about 8 months to focus on not looking like a cow in my bridesmaids dress. I like having a “deadline” even though I plan to be gentle with myself.
- I’m not running anymore. I completed the Peachtree City 25K in mid-November @ 19 weeks pregnant. It took me 3:22:57. I didn’t even finish in last place! There was another girl there that was more pregnant than I was at the time. She’s a real speedster when not pregnant, so she finished in a little more than 2 hours. I don’t think I could pull off 15 miles in less than 2:10 on a good non-pregnant day (my half-PR is 1:53-ish).
- Regarding the 25K, the first 5 mile loop felt great and I ran 95% of it. The second loop was harder and my walk/run ratio increased. The third loop felt more like walking than running. I could have continued on in that manner because “running” a marathon pregnant sounded like a cool idea in theory. The reality was that my back was starting to hurt and I was tired of feeling like my bladder was going to explode with every step. They had potties about every 2.5 miles and I stopped at every single time I saw one. I think 15 minutes of my race time was spent in the bathroom! As soon as I left the PoP, I felt like I had to go again within 5 minutes – insanity. This was annoying to say the least. Since I had nothing to prove, I called it a day at 25K with no regrets. I’ll talk about my pregnancy exercise experience so far in another post soon.
- The reality of finances with two kids in daycare has me shaken up. Daycare will cost me more than my mortgage payment. I completely realize that having children is something I voluntarily chose to do. It is just sobering to look at the hard numbers. It is going to be a very tight few years until September 2016 when Lewis is able to enroll in public kindergarten and use school aftercare ($8/day). His birth date of Sept 12th just misses the county kindergarten cutoff of Sept 1st. He won’t be able to enroll in K until he is 6 so we’ll have to pay for private care until then. Sigh. Why didn’t we think about this when planning to have a baby?!?
- I’m very happy that I only want 2 kids because having another is simply not financially practical given my “advanced maternal age.” We’ve been making little changes to save money the past few months and continue to look for ways to cut expenses. I got some great news the other day about a situation and I’m awaiting final written confirmation. Fingers crossed.