Six weeks to go — I’m hoping it will be more like four weeks as I am so uncomfortable. I barely sleep more than two or two-and-a-half hours at a stretch each night. I awake constantly to go to the bathroom. I can barely breathe because I am so congested and our apartment is so dry and hot. It all makes for a miserable night of sleep. All I want to do is sleep on my stomach. Sometimes I roll halfway over on my stomach and I feel like I am going to delivery a very smooshed baby. Well, at least all this intermittent sleep has prepared me for having to get up with the baby every two to three hours. I can really feel the kicks and the behind moving across my stomach when the baby changes position. The head is down or as they say the baby is “locked and loaded” in the ready position. I feel lots of movement. I would make a good belly dancer these days, but I’m not sure anyone would want to see an eight months’ pregnant belly dancer perform.
As for the weight gain, I am afraid to get on the scale. My jeans are tight and I am not buying any more maternity clothes at this point. Sweats and stretchy pants are most comfortable, so that is what I wear. I constantly wear one pair of corduroys that fit ok. The only problem is that I can’t wash them or they will shrink. Trust me, they need a good washing, too. I still manage to make it to the gym at least once a week for some cardio and, more importantly, to chat with my girlfriend. Since, I can’t play tennis, horseback-ride, ski or do any of the physical activities I enjoy, I have decided to take some interesting courses with my friend. I recently took a photography class that was teaching us how to use all the “bells and whistles” on a digital camera. It was a useful class, and I learned a great deal. Let’s just see how my pictures start to come out. Especially when photographing the baby. Now we are onto a beading course. Yes, beading necklaces and bracelets. I will have to let you know how that goes. It starts next week, and there are four weeks of class. I hope that I can make it for the four weeks. Once the baby is born, I cannot imagine having time to bead or having the patience to do so.