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Operation: Keep Belle Busy



There are eight more sleeps until ultrasound. Please let there be a healthy baby. Please.

I kept myself sufficiently busy this weekend and did not pee on anything. To keep myself from peeing on things I drank ALL THE WATER so that my pee would be WAY too diluted to yield an accurate test result. ALL THE WATER helped me to poop a little, which was grand. It also made me get up three times a night to pee. The upstairs flusher is getting a workout.

Friday night the Professor and I went out for a quick and easy dinner where I gleefully paid someone to serve me a bowl of beans and eggplant. I was in bed by 7:45 p.m.

I spent Saturday baking vegan/gluten-free pumpkin muffins that were shockingly good and painting my sewing room. The Professor bought me some new, highly attractive respirator cartridges so I could paint without inhaling any fumes. This sucker is amazing. Not only could I not smell any paint, I could not smell my muffins nor could I smell the cat boxes in the basement. When the super crazy pregnant lady nose kicks in this might become my new best friend. Do you think I could get away with wearing it in public? 🙂 🙂 🙂

Saturday night I was exhausted  so we went to my favorite vegetarian restaurant where I sucked down a huge cabbage salad and a huge bowl of vegan chili. I think I have had vegan chili for at least one meal a day for the past 7 days straight. I want to eat all the beans. We tried to watch a movie on Netflix but by 8:30 I could not keep my eyes open and went to bed.

Sunday I woke up wanting chili for breakfast. I decided that “could” be overkill and instead had eggs and muffins. The eggs tasted like vomit but I ate them anyways.

Then I surveyed my paint job and realized that some of the previous reddish pink was still bleeding through the two coats of tinted Kilz primer and the one coat of “premium” paint. Damn. So I hauled out my painting supplies again and put another coat on the walls. I’m pleased to say that after four grueling coats the walls are finally covered and the room is a wonderful soft gray color. I love it and will post photos next week once we get my new shelf to organize all my fabric.

After paint came yoga, then grocery shopping, then home for vegan chili lunch and working on the Tomorrow’s Children website, then a Tomorrow’s Children board meeting in Frankfort, then home again to make dinner (more beans! THIS PREGNANT LADY LOVES ALL THE BEANS!). Then I had some vegan ice cream and passed out around 8:45 p.m.

This week I’m planning much of the same. I have a list of work projects to tackle at the office. Tonight I have my mindfulness group. Tomorrow morning I’m returning to spin class at 6:30 a.m. and then in the evening will start sewing my chair covers. Wednesday I’m doing dinner with a girlfriend, Thursday morning more spinning and evening sewing, Friday I’m cat sitting and seeing a friend’s band play, Saturday is more cat sitting and a trial run of Thanksgiving Dinner, Sunday is more yoga, grocery shopping and sewing and then an evening date to see David Sedaris live. Then Monday rolls back around and I’ll be down to just one more sleep until ultrasound.

The up side to all of this – I’m getting a lot of stuff done! The downside? The house looks like a bomb went off in it thanks to all the painting. At some point this week I should find time to pick up my mess. But what’s the fun in that?

Ok, let’s symptom spot, shall we?

  • Exhaustion. By the end of the day I’m totally beat and in bed no later than 9 p.m., often more around 8/8:30. Unheard of for me.
  • I’m full of energy in the morning and early afternoon.
  • I want to eat all the beans. Preferably spicy beans with tomatoes.
  • I’m more in love with toast than ever before.
  • Thirsty.
  • Bloated to the max. Not flattering. Possibly due to all the beans. Possibly due to baby? You decide.
  • Crazy mood swings. I’m all happy happy happy and then suddenly I HATE EVERYONE. It’s scary. I pity the Professor.
  • Can I list bloated again? Because I am. And I’m not a fan.

Otherwise, I have very few “traditional” pregnancy symptoms. My boobs don’t hurt. I’m not barfy. No headaches. This leads me to believe that whatever had been cooking in there might have stopped cooking. I guess we’ll all find out on November 6. Eight more sleeps. I can do this.




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  1. October 29, 2012

    Sounds like you’ve been successful! It’s terribly easy to drive yourself bonkers during this wait. Congratulations on finishing painting your sewing room (painting is always more work than anticipated) and hoping that the next few days fly by.

  2. Aspgriswold #
    October 29, 2012

    Beans! Yum!! You can do this!!! Sending many many vibes for Tuesday. It has to be a good day! I’m having my ER for my second attempt at IVF. We both will have good days!!!

    • October 29, 2012

      It WILL be a good day! I’m sending you many good eggy thoughts!

  3. October 29, 2012

    I think those are great symptoms! I was never barfy either, and my boobs only hurt for like two days. Can’t wait to see pics of your room!

  4. October 29, 2012

    You can make it!

    I don’t remember feeling nauseous until closer to 7 weeks. So you could still be in for a rough ride (especially if you have BOGO). Also, your beany week so far has sounded delicious!

    • October 30, 2012

      I agree. I was going to say the same thing. It took me until about 7 weeks to get nauseous or have tender boobs.

  5. October 29, 2012

    Exhaustion and moodiness are great symptoms! You don’t have to have ALL the symptoms. 🙂

  6. October 29, 2012

    I bow to your amazing productiveness. And your ability to eat eggs at this time. (Just the thought of them turns my stomach.)

    The wait for the first ultrasound is cruelly long, but it sounds like you’ve made a good plan for yourself to stay sane. I think the exhaustion is a very good sign that baby is still cooking nicely in there. 🙂

    • October 29, 2012

      It is a horrible wait! Two whole weeks AFTER we have survived the TWW. Ugh. What’s a girl to do?

  7. infertilitycansuckit #
    October 29, 2012

    Fun!! I’ve seen David Sedaris 4 times!! Very jealous 🙂 Glad you’re feeling happy and energized…can’t wait to see the new sewing room!

    • October 29, 2012

      This will be my third time! I can’t wait!

  8. October 29, 2012

    Wow, what a productive week! Exactly what you need! Keep it up and get lots of good rest! Exhaustion and moodiness are definitely good signs. Love the mask pic and can’t wait to see pics of the pretty new color – I’ve been thinking about using a soft grey in our master bedroom. Sounds lovely:)

  9. October 29, 2012

    You can definitely get away with wearing the respirator. I can hardly notice it! I’ll bet it’s all your fault I’ve been craving vegan chili so much. Well, you and the fact that I make a gigantic batch once fall kicks in every year. 🙂

    It sounds like you have a nice, full week ahead of you. Now, stick to that schedule and don’t give yourself time to obsess! I’m looking forward to pics of your new sewing room!

    • October 29, 2012

      Oh chili. I had boring baked chicken, Brussels and quinoa for lunch and every boring bite of it I Longed for beans.

  10. October 29, 2012

    Cute look Belle. I think you could pull it off with the right accessories.

    • October 29, 2012

      Perhaps a storm trooper suit…

  11. October 29, 2012

    Just wanted to reassure you about subtle preg symptoms: I had almost NO symptoms and it freaked me out. I’m now 31 weeks along. Do not believe the myths about morning sickness = a healthy baby. It’s only when symptoms disappear that we are allowed to freak out. 🙂 I am beyond thrilled for you. WTG with keeping busy. Want to come help at my house?

    • October 29, 2012

      This is very good to know. It seems everyone who is pregnant right now is puking their brains out and then here is little Belle, painting her sewing room and running around like it’s any old day.

  12. October 29, 2012

    Ive been reading up on your poo issues and while I am not a dr. consider taking a caplet of magnesium in the morning and another in the evening. It works with posassium as a natural muscle relaxer, and it helps get things um.. moving without giving you the yucks, or gas or anything else. It also might help you sleep a little better and there are no negative side effects for pregnancy. A lot of Americans are deficient in magnesium and dont even know it.

    • October 29, 2012

      This is extremely interesting! I am adding it to my list of strange things to ask the RE next week. Thanks for the poo ass-istance 🙂

  13. October 29, 2012

    I love beans too but you must be a farting machine these days!! 😉

    Wouldn’t you rather be moody and exhausted than pukey and sore booby? I would.

  14. October 29, 2012

    I didn’t get barfy at all, Belle. Not once, with skyrocketing HcG. So don’t believe the hype. My main symptom early on was supernose, & even the fatigue was not off the scale.and I second the magnesium thing. It also stops restless legs and cramps, two second trimester favourites. My ob recommended everyone got on the magnesium supplements.

    And I agree,, the NEXT two week wait is WAAAAAY worse, and nearly sent me out of my mind.

  15. October 30, 2012

    You are a bean-a-holic! And just so you know, I had no ‘normal’ symptoms either. No throwing-up at all, no sore boobs…nothing. If I were a fertile, I would have been one who didn’t know she was pregnant until week 8. I was pretty thirsty for the first month though.

  16. jak #
    October 31, 2012

    i lose power for a couple days and you’ve conquered the world when i get back. how do you have so much energy???!!

    4 coats is insane. i know you like ben moore paints – did you use their new aura paint? i am a big fan. i feel like it sticks to almost anything…..

    post room pictures once you get it all back together!!

  17. November 3, 2012

    I want to get lots of stuff done too, but I’m not allowed. I had nothing but lower back pain and fatigue for a long time in the beginning.

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