October 27, 2010

Sitting is My New Hobby

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!


  1. "Baby 411" by Denise Fields and Ari Brown, M.D. has been my FAVORITE baby book!! I highly recommend getting it. It's not really a book you read all the way through, it's more of a reference guide for all things baby and it really helps when you have no clue what's going on! And it has a great index in the back so you can flip to whatever issue you are trying to figure out... Just a suggestion. :) Hope the next few weeks go by fast for you! I remember how anxious I was at the end too!

  2. So sorry to hear you still aren't feeling well! Hopefully between the massage and the chiropractor you will get some relief.

    Want to know what's on my to-do list? Mail Baby Wilder's present Friday while I am off work!!

  3. Thanks Maggie! That sounds like a book I definitely need!

    Amanda -- Yay, I'm excited! Since moving across the country, getting mail has become one of my favorite things! :) Oh and I can't wait to find out what baby Dahl is next week! Fun times!


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