1. I'm starting to feel the fatigue that they say preggo women get. It started a few weeks ago. So far, my pregnancy has been very smooth and non-eventful (aside from #2 below). I didn't get morning sickness, didn't get sleepy and tired during the first trimester, and so far, I have not gotten the puffy legs and swollen ankles that some women experience. But now that I'm in the home stretch, I do feel more tired that usual. I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, but now I think I need at least 8 hours. I'm tired at work by 3 pm (and not the usual tiredness one feels at work). I'm tired as in I need a nap and my belly feels very heavy. Somedays, I even wake up with my belly very crampy and already heavy (like it's about to fall down or something!). At work, I walk around like a penguin by the end of the day and my feet are killing me by the afternoon! Wearing heels (even my low 1.5 inch ones) is a pain and even my maternity jeans are too tight to be comfortable.
2. The hubs and I had a mini-discussion about the car seats. We registered for a car seat and got the Britax Companion Infant Car Seat. As far as car seats go, it's considered top-of-the-line because of all its safety features (hence it's pricey-ness). It also fits the stroller we registered for (the Britax Preview Stroller) and functions as a complete travel system (i.e., the car seat fits onto the stroller). The discussion we had was over the whole infant seat versus convertible car seat issue. A convertible car seat is designed to fit babies 5 pounds to 30 pounds when it is rear-facing and then you can "convert" it to a forward-facing car seat once the kid is about 30+ pounds up until he/she is a toddler (some fit toddlers up to 65 pounds). An infant seat is usually good only until the baby is about 20-22 pounds. The obvious benefit to having a convertible car seat is that you don't have to buy a new one once the baby is over 20 pounds. However, convertible car seats aren't a good fit for newborns and are not easily portable. An infant car seat can be detached from it's base and you can use it to carry the baby around (or attach the seat to a stroller). Most people say that if you can afford an infant car seat, then why not go for it? Anyone have any opinions?
3. The hubs and I have been taking childbirth classes (aka Lamaze classes). It's a 6-week course and we go once a week. Tomorrow will be our 4th class. So far, it's been ok. It's been educational in terms of what to expect when it comes to labor, and they teach you breathing methods to help manage labor pains. I just don't know how on earth you can manage to employ the breathing methods once you are in labor! They showed us an old video (we're talking circa 1981) the other day of women in labor and then giving birth. One lady did not have an epidural at all and she was able to manage her pain quite well. I haven't quite decided on whether or not to get an epidural. I haven't even made up a birth plan yet. For the most part, women nowaways treat it as the norm --but this wasn't the case as early as 10 years ago. I'm going to do the wait-and-see method --if I can handle it, then I won't get one. If I get too tired and my labor isn't progressing, then I will probably get one. If labor is a bitch, I will certainly get one --heck I'm not trying to be a hero. But like I said, if I can manage the pain and I'm progressing well, then I'm down with natural childbirth. Of course, this is just me talking shit at the moment. All bets are off when the real thing comes!
4. I am so looking forward to my maternity leave! I cannot wait! Especially after today since I had a case from hell (and am still in the middle of it). I was originally going to work up until the weekend before my due date, March 2nd. However, I changed my mind after I heard about my co-worker's story of how her water broke about a month early as she was driving to work. I'd rather stay at home when that happens! Also, I figured I may as well relax and take some "me" time because I won't have time to do that once the little bunny arrives! There's nothing wrong with taking time off and being leisurely. So I'm taking about 1.5 weeks off before my due date. Of course the baby may come early or late, but I certainly don't want to be at work when anything happens!
5. The hubs and I have been preparing the little bunny's room. We painted it a neutral beige around November/December (I did one coat and the hubs did the finishing coat) and then the hubs put up a border earlier in January. I chose a Classic Pooh theme because I like it and the designs are not overly "cutesy." So far, the room's a bit of a mess since we just crammed all the stuff we got from our shower in the room; for a while, it was just spewed all over the floor. I recently re-arranged it and unpacked some stuff. It looks a lot better now, but still not complete. We're waiting for a crib and a dresser (for the kid's clothes) and it should be done. I can't wait to work on it when I go on leave.
Okay, I think that's enough stuff for now. More updates to come.