How about a picture with dad this week? Baby is the size of a papaya (or spaghetti squash depending where you look) and is sleeping 12-14 hours a day in cycles. This post is going to be a little random because I am sick of the update categories and feel like they always sound the same. Eating fruit, not sleeping, etc, etc.
I don’t know if you can tell from this picture, but I feel like I have pretty much doubled in size over the past couple weeks. I’ll have to take a regular profile shot next week to compare. I finally removed my belly piercing (sniff sniff) because it was starting to turn sideways due to my bulging belly button and I didn’t want it to end up that way permanently. I do hope to get it back in some day, but if not, oh well. Can moms wear belly rings or is that just for 16 year olds these days? I can pretty much tell now when the boy is sleeping or awake. (Side note: Steve has taken to calling him “the boy” so I’m just going with it). Interestingly, he always seems to be asleep while I am working giving massages. Maybe it’s the slow movement or the relaxing music that does it. He seems to be the most active at night after dinner when I am sitting on the couch. Last night he was performing acrobatics in there and Steve got to feel his son move for the first time! I think I was more excited than he was, but whatever, it was exciting!
The worst thing that happened last week that continues to plague me is the dreaded sciatic pain. Last Thursday I felt a little twinge on the left side as I was giving massages, but nothing really worth noting. I went for a brisk walk that day and everything was fine. Then on Thursday night when I got up off the couch to go to bed, I got an excruciating zing through my left upper butt area. I could barely walk. I hobbled to bed and spent the entire night in pain. I couldn’t even roll over in bed without practically crying, and didn’t know how I would be able to work the next day. Luckily on Friday, it was feeling a little better. I read that swimming can help, so I went to the pool and that didn’t bother it. Friday night at work I was very careful not to make any sudden movements, and while it didn’t feel good, I was able to get through four massages. Saturday it felt significantly better and I was hopeful that it was just a fluke thing. Sunday morning I did a prenatal yoga video that I found online (which I also read was supposed to help). Well, I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t done yoga in at least a year, but it made things worse. I stood up at work (retail job) all day on Sunday and it wasn’t great. Now it is in a state where it feels like it is just on the verge of major pain, so I am being careful with my movement. I have not ran or walked outside since it started, and swimming seems to be the only thing that doesn’t make it worse. At least I can still do that, but lets face it, swimming every day seems like a huge pain. Going to the pool, getting wet, showering at the gym, ugh. First world problems at their finest. I am getting a massage tomorrow which I hope will help. I am just praying that this isn’t something that is going to bother me until July now, my main concern being able to continue working at my very physical job.
In other news, operation declutter the office has commenced. Our house now looks like a disaster zone, but I have made some progress and even sold some items on Craigslist for a little cash. Cash is good. My goal is to purge the rest of the clutter (either through Craigslist or Goodwill or the dump) by the end of the week so we can reclaim our dining room. I got a new desk and moved my computer space into the dining room alcove to make room for Phillip in the office. So far I am loving my new workspace.
I just need to get some sort of shelf above the desk for storage, and possibly new speakers that do not involve the huge subwoofer on the floor and I will be all set. Progress is being made!