39 Weeks

Date? July 27, 2016

How far along? 39 weeks.

Our baby in fruit/vegetable terms? A small pumpkin (that’s comforting…).

Weight gained? As of last week, I’m 11 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight.

Next midwife appointment? Tomorrow.

Maternity clothes? I am wearing maternity capris that I pretty much wear every day because they fit so nicely. The rest of my clothes that I’m currently wearing are not maternity clothes.

Sleeping? Sleeping has been fine but my inner thighs have definitely been sore so it’s necessary to sleep with a pillow between my legs. 

Embarrassing pregnant moment? Nothing that I can think of.

Baby purchases this week? Nothing this week, I haven’t had time haha.

Gender? My guess this week is girl.

Food cravings? Nothing specific.

Food aversions? Nothing specific.

How’s mama? Much better than last week. Today is my last day of work (I made it) and then I can start nesting, resting and preparing for the baby’s birth. I’m a little anxious about figuring out maternity leave and vacation days that are owed to me that I didn’t know about, but I’m sure it’ll work itself out in some way or another.

Labor signs? Just a few Braxton Hicks. I don’t know what contractions are supposed to feel like so that makes it difficult.

What I’m looking forward to? I’m looking forward to relaxing at home over the next week or weeks until baby is born.

What I miss? I miss sex, it’s been a long time since we’ve had it last. :S 

What are five words that describe how you are feeling this week? Tired, uncomfortable, excited, anxious, nervous.

I booked a house cleaning service back in March because a local cleaning company had a special on. I’ve never paid to have my house cleaned before but I figured a deep clean would be amazing in the weeks before baby was born. I paid a 50% deposit and have really been looking forward to the service. The company was hired to do deep cleaning of the house including vacuuming, moving appliances and cleaning behind, dusting, scrubbing the bathroom, etc. The lady was supposed to come last week but when I followed-up with her, she said that an appointment had come up for her son so she couldn’t come but that she’d come on Thursday of this week. I followed-up with the lady on Monday this week and just this morning she said that she can’t do it. She’s too busy with another contract and the earliest she could book me in is August 23rd. Ummm… no. 

SO annoyed. I realize that it’s a privilege to have a cleaner come, but it’s a treat I’ve been really looking forward to. I prepped the house this week so that it was tidy and ready for the deep cleaning. Today is my last day of work and I’m now 39 weeks. I don’t want to spend the start of my maternity leave scrubbing my house clean, when I’ve worked hard to afford to hire someone to help me with it.

Thankfully I was able to get my money back and I hired another cleaner who can come on Monday to do the same job. I hope it works out with the new cleaner, because I definitely am looking forward to the help. 

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02 Into the Greyspine Mines

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03 Strange Bedfellows

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04 Attack on the Duergar Warcamp

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06 Breaching the Emberhold

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07 The Throne Room

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09 Yug’voril Uncovered

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10 K’varn Revealed

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13 Escape from the Underdark

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27 The Path to Whitestone

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29 Whispers

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35 Denouement

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39 Omens

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40 Desperate Measures

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44 The Sunken Tomb

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45 Those Who Walk Away…

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48 Into the Frostweald

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49 A Name is Earned

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51 Test of Pride

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52 The Kill Box

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54 In the Belly of the Beast

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55 Umbrasyl

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56 Hope

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59 The Feywild

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Who else is #TeamTiredAF

I just found out that I’m owed 16 vacation days! 16! I thought I was owed like 6, four of which were already used this week. I was planning to use the other two next week and then start maternity leave. Now having 12 days leftover, it’s just not possible to use them before maternity leave starts. I wish I’d known!!! Now I’m looking into options of taking the vacation days after my maternity leave is done, and am hoping that it’s possible to do. 

I’ve wanted to shave my hair really short for years. I never did it because my husband was very hesitant about the idea. Not in a bullying, “No wife of mine,” kind of way, but you know how fragile masculinity can be, and he’s my husband and I don’t want to fight with him or make him feel bad about something so meaningless and shallow, so I just let it go. (And tbh I wasn’t sure about it myself.)

Anyway, in the last year, his opinion has changed and I have shaved my hair off. What made the difference? Instead of saying, “I want to shave all my hair” I told him, “I want hair like Furiosa or Negasonic Teenage Warhead.” When I was able to say it that way, he didn’t think, “weird bald wife” or “Britney having a breakdown” he thought, “awesome badass wife.”

I’m just so happy we’re getting more variation in the presentation of women in media. More women, and more kinds of women and it just makes me so happy and my head is so much cooler now that it is shaved.

Husband calls me Negasonic Middle-aged Warhead.