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WEEK 29 | MONTH SEVEN | BABY BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Hard to believe I'm 29 weeks! It hasn't been a ridiculously fast pregnancy, but its moved at a decent speed. I think that's because I'm enjoying so much. Time flies when you're having fun. I keep trying to slow it down by taking each moment in, letting each day happen with full awareness. I don't want to miss anything! Next week I'll be 30 weeks so I have to remember to register for the second hospital just in case something happens at work that prevents me from getting back to my hospital. Good to have options and be prepared.
I started mapping my baby's movements more lately. Its fun to try determining where things are and how Baby is turning and bending. I'm also watching for the baby to move out of breech position and into a head-down position. Not that it won't move again, but knowing the baby isn't simply used to and comfortable as breech is comforting. I know s/he will turn. My baby knows how to be born and my body knows how to give birth. If I let them, both will work together.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 1
Today was a fun day. First I got to photograph an awesome high school senior. He was a pleasure. It was good exercise for me walking around Minnehaha Falls. It was so serene. I purposely schedule shoots early there to beat the crowds so its really awesome to see the place empty. After that wrapped up I headed right over to the hockey rink to see the remainder of Landon's evaluation. My little hockey player!
The rest of the day was ours until evening when Mike and I went to ValleyScare! We go every year and love it. This year was quite dead however...haha, see what I did there? Yeah. We think because it was homecoming week that a lot of people were out dancing it up. But I welcomed the unusual scarceness. It meant we stood in line for less time and kept moving more. I had trouble towards the end of the night. My feet were really hurting and my back was starting to get sore. I was getting increasing amounts of practice waves as well, which I attributed to lots of walking and standing with very little sitting. I think we sat one during the 5-hour outing and that was when we were in the car leaving. It was a blast to be out with Mike and just having fun together. Plus it felt great to be moving for awhile. I love Halloween!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2
Back to hockey evaluations again this morning. Landon had fun and it was so fun to watch him. He still struggles with some techniques and following directions, but that will come with age. That kid is fast and I hope he'll use that speed well!
I didn't feel many practice waves today, and the couple I felt were quite light. I started reading up on my week 2 Hypnobabies lesson. I love reading that stuff and learning all I can about pregnancy and birth. Keeps me relaxed, informed and confident in my ability to give birth. I fear nothing except not making it in time for a waterbirth. I'm trying to stay open and know that no matter what, as long as baby and I are healthy, everything else is secondary.
MONDAY OCTOBER 3
Had more practice waves today, some that allowed me to stop working for 20 seconds and lower my head into a completely relaxed state. I have to be careful cause I don't want to look ridiculous in front of my coworkers. I always face away. I also don't want to risk being interrupted, so i try to relax as deeply as possible to lesson the pressure quickly. Works amazingly. I can feel them building from nothing all the way down in my cervical region. The pressure moves smoothly upwards towards my belly. By then I'm already prepared by breathing deeply, saying PEACE, picturing my special place (something Hypnobabies teaches you to bring your mind somewhere peaceful and happy...this time its in a circular tub filled with warm soothing water, holding my little baby, Kiley leaning in trying to see, Landon smiling and Mike sitting nearby relieved...a truly happy scenario), and trusting my body to send natural hypno-anesthesia to my abdomen. Within seconds the pressure waves recedes and I'm back to work. Its an awesome process.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5
I stayed home from work today because I woke up with a migraine and knew it would just get worse at work. It was cloudy, which means the fluorescent lights would start to bother my eyes, aggravating my Tourette's and worsening the migraine. It wasn't worth feeling nauseated, dizzy and miserable. I wouldn't get anything done! So I slept longer and took it easy. Plus it was so nice to see Landon get on the bus again and spend time with my little girl.
I noticed after only experiencing two pressure waves all day that I don't get many, if any, while at home. And those I do get are very light and short. In the 8 hours i would've spent at work I only had two waves, both very very mild. At work I have on average 5-7 and there stronger. That's been consistent over the past weeks of monitoring them. They're all manageable and normal but I found that observation very interesting. I drink more water at work too since its right there all the time, and water is known to lessen frequency and strength of pressure waves. Ironic then that I get more during the work day. Its got to be higher stress levels. Knowing that, I'll have to work harder at relaxing at work. Could also from sitting and standing nearly all day in the same spot. Just shows its healthier to not be stuck in an office cube all day every day, and much better to be at home with my family moving about. I will be soon for awhile and i'm looking forward to it.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 6