Oh man, I am a bad blogger. I can't believe it's been a month since my last post. I'd apologize, but knowing me, I'll just do it again. My poor head is just filled with so many things and none of them are complete sentences. I'll hit the highlights and then you can all tell me I'm nuts and to back away from the computer slowly. I won't be offended. I promise.
I did the tacky thing and created a registry for the second kid. I know Emily Post has some strong views on it, but dammit if anything, it's a shopping list for me later. And goodness knows, I'll need all the help I can get remembering what it is I need.
Baby O's room is cleared out and ready for stuff. I can't quite bring myself to put much stuff in there yet. Feels like putting the cart before the horse a little. Other days, I'm ready to have it all done so I can close the door and forget about it until it's time.
I'm scared to death of my maternity leave. It's almost completely unpaid and I'm terrified we're not going to survive it financially. I know we'll have lots of help from family with the baby, but this last move just killed our savings. We're flying blind this time and I have to admit it keeps me up at night.
I tried to qualify for WIC in our new county and I miss the requirements by 60 flipping dollars a month. 60 bucks. I was so heartbroken, because it helped so much with my first child. When I returned to work my milk all but dried up and their coupons for formula saved our tushies. I'm hoping I can produce enough milk to feed this poor kid, otherwise, I have no earthly idea what to do.
E is getting excited about being a big brother. He kisses baby O goodnight every night, which he did completely without prompting. I'm hoping by making him a big part of the pregnancy, he feels like he's a part of baby O's life, too. So far, he's been a good helper. I hope the trend continues!
And the best part is for last! Turns out, I've only gained a whopping EIGHT pounds throughout this pregnancy! Not to shabby for someone in their 8th month, I'd say. All those healthy eating habits came in handy. No gestational diabetes and even my iron levels are doing well. You couldn't wipe the smile off my face for a week when the nurse told me that. Fat girl pregnancy for the win!
It's almost time to make the birth plan and I'm still moving full steam ahead on VBAC. In fact, I'm even thinking of holding off on the epidural for as long as possible. I'm not sure I want to be numbed. I missed so much with the C-Section for E, I want to experience this labor as much as I can. I know it sounds crazy, but I don't want to miss anything.
I am absolutely ITCHING to get back to exercising. I feel so frustrated that I can't move like I want to, or need to. I feel so slow and lumbering. I've been keeping up with stretching and making sure to chase the kid around as much as I can, but it's not enough. I'm dying to get on my sneaks, put baby O in the stroller and hit the walking trails. It's so funny, I never thought I'd miss something like exercise. It's funny how those healthy habits can get ingrained into you.
I've been the coupon mama lately when it comes to grocery shopping. My second time out, I had a great return, spent 29 bucks, and saved 29 bucks! I finally hit the 50% mark. I was over the moon. Unfortunately, the third time out did not net me as good of savings. I only saved about 30% and spent a little over my weekly budget on food. I'm hoping I can stretch the meals a bit to a week and a half to cover the overspending. I'm going to try for some better deals and stock up on regular items this weekend. Perhaps I can get my saving streak back.
I spent a week in bad with a nasty nasty cold and I'm here to tell you one thing. Coughing around a big ol' baby belly = not fun. Never in my life have I hurt in so many weird places than when I coughed. I won't go into details, but let's just say sitting up was not possible for nearly a week. A week!
I think that sums up the crazy for now. I wish I had more to share that was healthy and uplifting. I'm just waddling my way through the all the worries that have been occupying my brain. Maybe next week I can pull it together a little better!