It’s hard to believe that I am in the final stretch. The next few weeks are going to fly by based on work and social commitments and then we will have a newborn. Bananas. My sixth appointment is today at 9:30. Now that I live in Oceanside, I go to that clinic. I hope they do better this time.
The receptionist is nice and navigating a new check-in system. They are running 10-minutes behind. Annoying but understandable. The intake is the same, weight, pregnancy test, vitals and a brief chat with the NP.
I have gained 12 pounds in total. She is still fine with this. I can expect to put on 12 more in the next 2 months for baby, placenta, liquid and even bigger breasts! My vitals are nails and the results from the blood panel are in. I am not anemic. In fact, my iron levels are in the healthy range.
This is such a miracle and a testament to what healthy eating and reasonable exercise can do to heal the body. When I was anemic, I was running 30-50 miles a week, eating a low-calorie/high-carb diet and drinking 5 to 6 days a week. I smoked when bartending and it is unlikely that I slept more than 5 hours a night -- in addition to my full-time job, I bartended late and taught Indoor Cycling early. Why? I have no idea. It was a different time. And at that time, more was better.
As my pregnancy progresses, my choices naturally evolve. If I have taken a morning hike, I must make a choice to avoid the gym in the afternoon. Yes, a bi-weekly Barre class and weekly Yoga class keep me sane and connected to my community. However, my priority is to rest and to enjoy my new home.
Time is moving too fast and too slow. The pace of check-ups accelerates to every 2 weeks and then to every week. It’s already time for the last ultrasound. Milestones come fast! But, nights are slow. I toss and turn through most of them which makes the week feel like it drags on.
At night, I consider what kind of mother I want to be. And, I don’t know. I mull over where she will sleep and where the animals will sleep. I worry if she will breastfeed easily or if she will be colicky. I don’t need to know any of this today. When I let it go, I drift off.