In my uncle's garden
Thursday, March 20, 2003

(Six weeks to go. Or maybe four. Or maybe eight.)

There are a few interesting things going on now.

Delphine is kicking a lot, in the afternoons. She is head-down now (and likely to stay that way, apparently), and she kicks and waves her feet around for long periods of time after lunch. She's pretty quiet in the mornings and late afternoons, and then she starts up again in the evening. Blake is becoming quite blasé about feeling her move when I cuddle up to him.

The quality of the movements has changed -- I used to feel sudden, sharp twitches, but now they're slower, and I can trace the movement of a foot from one place to another. (I imagine that she's restless and impatient to get out, but of course she's not, really. You can't be impatient for something you've never imagined possible.)

A lot of the symptoms you're supposed to feel all throughout pregnancy seem to be increasing now: I'm clumsy, and I forget things, mostly words and what I was going to do next. I'll have to double-check with the midwife that this stuff goes away after pregnancy. Fortunately I'm pretty organized, so this level of spaciness only brings me down to the level of a slightly flaky person. I can't imagine how bad it would be if I'd started off flaky.

My blood pressure continues to be normal, as does my weight gain. I think I'm still losing weight under the baby -- I'm very curious to see what I weigh and how I look after she is born. I hope all my normal clothes still fit.

We're in the middle of prenatal classes at the moment -- tonight I think they are going to do a live recreation of a birth, which frankly will be weird. I haven't learned a great deal, but it's nice to have a refresher, and to have visual learning aids to relate my knowledge to. It's also interesting seeing what concerns other people -- one person listed "you don't have to deal with the placenta" as a "pro" for a hospital birth. Dealing with the placenta is pretty easy; you can put it in the trash! I guess people get squeamish.

This weekend we're going to go to a diaper store and get diapers, a diaper pail, covers, and maybe some nursing bras, and other stuff. Then I'll place an order at Hot Tots and we'll have all the baby stuff we need. After that all we will need is the stuff for the delivery. I want to have this all ready by the end of this month. Which is, holy crap, in just 10 days.