Yes, it's been over a week since I posted last, but be glad... If I had been writing consistently, it would have looked something like this: Sunday -- My Back Hurts, Monday -- My Back Hurts, Tuesday -- My Back Hurts, etc. When you're in constant pain, it's hard to think about anything else. Now I know why old people like to talk about their ailments. I'll try not to bog you down with the details but the pain has definitely gotten worse. I read that I was supposed to keep exercising as much as possible but I finally figured out that that, even yoga, was making it worse. If I walk for more than 5 or 10 minutes the pain starts radiating down my thigh, my leg seizes up, and I feel like I can't take another step without collapsing. Therefore, as unattractive as it is, my walking has devolved into hobbling like I'm 90. So, I am no longer exercising and this really upsets me but I guess I'd rather gain a few extra pounds than do permanent damage. I just hope it goes back to normal after the baby arrives.
I have another massage tomorrow (yay!) and I'm going to try to make an appointment with a chiropractor next week. Maybe that will give me some relief. I was supposed to work until next Friday but had to change my last day to this Friday. I have so much left to do and, whereas before I could check 4-5 things off my list every day, now I'm lucky if I get one thing a day accomplished so I felt like I needed the extra time. One kind-of good thing about having to sit a lot is that I've gotten a lot of this done:
Even though just about every book contradicts the next one in its theories about baby care, I've decided to use what I like or agree with from each one and hope I don't screw him up too much. ;) Side note: If you'll notice, the second book from the top is entitled "Diaper Free" -- can I just say, yeah right. That's another gem from my well-meaning coworker. I'm sorry but there's a time and a place to potty-train and it isn't when they are babies and it's definitely not all over my living room rug like a puppy.
I've also gotten a lot of list-making done: "To Do Before Baby's Arrival," "To Pack for the Hospital," "Questions for Pediatrician Interviews," etc. I also have a list of recipes that I'm planning on making and freezing so I don't have to cook for like 6 weeks after he's born. That list led me to sit down on Sunday and make another list of ingredients I need, which is in an Excel spreadsheet broken down according to what section of the grocery Paul (hehe) can find them in. I may not be getting a lot of physical work done but I sure am organized :)
In other news, we had another appointment with our midwife yesterday and it went well. Wilder is growing just as he should and his heartbeat sounded good. He's considered full-term a week from tomorrow. We're probably going to start trying to self-induce in 3 more weeks because a) my sciatic nerve is screaming at me to get him off of it and b) if I'm going to deliver naturally he can't be a 9-pound baby. My midwife told me last week that you're supposed to be able to comfortably deliver your shoe size... meaning if I wear a 7 shoe, I can deliver a 7-pound baby. I'm pretty sure he's getting close to that because at our 3D ultrasound almost a month ago he was already approximately 4 lbs. 11 oz. I don't know how accurate the shoe-size theory is, but I also read that a infant's head is 2/3 the size of an adult head and that scared the crap out of me so, yeah, I think it's just about time for him to go ahead and make an appearance.
Well, I hope everyone has a good rest of your week and a Happy Halloween! I have a funny idea for a Halloween costume if I can get the energy to make it, so I'll post pictures if I can pull it off. Adios!