19 weeks today, folks! Some pretty exciting stuff has happened in the last few days, too.
I snagged 9 barely used newborn BumGenius AIO diapers on Craigslist a while back for a song. Yesterday they arrived and the Professor and I opened them and were SHOCKED at how adorably tiny they are. SO SMALL! We oogled them and got all starry-eyed about the future and then Yum Yum hopped up on the table to investigate… and I had an idea.
No baby yet, but why not pop one of these bad boys on a cat and do a little photo session for my readers? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This did not work. At all. Feisty Maine Coon Yum Yum growled and snarled and looked completely offended when I tried to cover her rear end. Squeaky little Newton bucked around like a bronco when I tried to diaper her. By the time I turned to the other two cats they were nowhere to be found! Sadly this means I don’t have a ridiculously cute cat-in-diaper photo for you guys today. HOWEVER, the weekend starts tomorrow so there is still hope 🙂
This morning we woke up to 2 inches of snow (I know, nothing compared to my Canadian readers!) and a very exciting two-hour delay at work. I decided to use the two hours to try out a new prenatal yoga video I downloaded. I have been going to prental yoga classes and they are a really nice way to unwind, but they are not a workout, per say. This morning I choose the 70 minute “Power Prental” because I really wanted something pregnancy-safe that would still challenge me. While the video is definitely not for the yoga novice, it does a great job of gently stretching your changing body, building strength (my quads were BURNING during parts of it!) and improving balance. In fact, all the balance pose work was my favorite part and by the end I felt I had given my core a serious, but gentle, workout. I highly recommend this video!
It’s there. There is no doubt about it now. It makes me extremely uncomfortable to have people look at it. Like the office janitor. I have not told him I’m pregnant but I SEE him staring at my belly when I walk by. It creeps me out. I also still hide it when we are at the Co-Op, where we know most of the staff very well. I just don’t know what to say if they ask about the bump so I stuff it under a jacket. I am embracing it more around people who know, though. I am still showing it around coworkers and I even allow Jay to touch it sometimes. So that is progress I guess. I just wish people would not stare!
I’m 99% sure I have felt the Chicken for the past three days. Last night I think Yum Yum felt him, too. Let me ‘splain.
So every night I go to bed before the Professor because I cannot fall asleep while a 6 foot 4 inch man wiggles and tosses and turns. So I went upstairs, brought my sweet cat and book, and cozied into the life raft for a nice read. Yum Yum decided it was super lovey time (evidently I was forgiven for the diapering attempt) and came up to lay on my belly. She draped her furry largeness over my bump and started purring loudly. I petted her and cooed, and she purred and drooled, and all was right with the world until the Chicken started poking/kicking her! So not kidding. Right under where she was laying there was this sudden flurry of movement. Her purr stopped. She looked at me with a look of disdain, growled and then stomped back to the foot of the bed. I swear she could sense the baby moving. I doubt she could “feel” him, especially through all her
fat fluff, but her reaction and the timing were just so dead on. Either way, it made me laugh out loud with glee. My kitty. My baby. Nothing but love!
A *Little* Worry
So we are less than two weeks from our 20 week scan. Tragic news is that the Professor has a job interview in NYC scheduled for the day of the scan. He is going to ask if they would kindly allow him to come the day after so he can be here but I worry they will want a reason. I’m super weird about his perspective employers knowing he is expecting a baby in June. I know from my job that a new parent is a high-risk hire in many offices. Kids get sick, parents have to watch sick kids. Etc. Having him reschedule and then have to give reason would be so awkward and would teeter on the edge of inappropriateness. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the dean will have to cancel and reschedule. I can hope, right?
I had not worried about the 20 week scan until he got the interview request last night. The only time I went to a pregnancy related checkup alone is when they found the first pregnancy had died. The thought of going to the 20 week scan by myself is almost too much to stomach and makes me feel physically ill. On top of it all, the past three days I’ve “checked in” on the Chicken I have not been able to get a solid read on his heart tones. He is moving around a lot and I can hear all the moving and shaking. I can get snippets of the heartbeat through the placenta but I have not been able to find the good two-part beat that is the heart itself pumping properly. Of course this has me a little on edge – what if my baby has a problem? I’ve heard of many women getting perfect 12 week NT scan reports and later finding out there is a grave abnormality with their child. And so the anxiety is starting to build.
Doula – Check!
I think I forgot to write about this earlier! We booked our doula last weekend! We met with her over coffee and she was just perfect – calm, down-to-earth and full of awesome information. She is Hypno Baby certified and has a provider in town at the hospital with the level 4 NICU that she loves working with (although she will happily work with my current provider). I have booked a consult with this new provider for next Thursday. I’ll be sure to write a detailed post about my findings.
19 week belly photo to come this weekend along with some maternity style photos from this week!