Life is rather crazy these days. Ethan and Tyra have school during the days, Jeremy has preschool twice a week. Ethan has cub scouts, and Tyra has girl scouts and an after school reading program to go to (since she has been struggling with reading). Dinah and Chloe just stay home with me all the time, but while I am cleaning one thing they are often making some kind of mess somewhere else in the house. 😛
Lately I’ve been spending my days wondering when I’m going to wake up fully. I’ve just been SOOO TIRED! Some days I don’t even get dressed or make my bed, which is really unusual for me. Usually those are the first things I do in a day (right after having my bowl of frosted mini-wheats). I’ve been really lacking in energy, and I spend my time thinking “I have so much to do” then I can’t decide what I need to do, and I’m too tired to get up and do it anyways. The past couple of days have been a little better. Sunday I pulled the whole dining room apart and swept and mopped and I wiped both sides of the plastic table cloth clean. Then I noticed that the kids had got gunk on the underside of the table so I cleaned that and I wiped the table legs clean. Then I refused to put any of the chairs back in the kitchen until I had cleaned all the crusty yuck off. Then I couldn’t just stop there, I vacuumed the fish tank and wiped the algae off the glass, and vacuumed again. I changed the filter and pulled the cave out to scrub the algae off of it, and I cleaned the outsides of the glass and the stand that the tank sits on. Since it’s right there in the dining room it was just covered with food splatters, which is just yucky but now it’s all clean. I don’t know why I was being obsessive over the little details in the dining room, aside from it’s been bugging me and I had the energy and Kyle was home to help keep the kids out of trouble while I got something done.
Yesterday I attacked the laundry pile that has been accumulating through all those days of me having no energy, and I went to clean out any old yucky food from the fridge and I got sucked into pulling everything out and wiping the whole inside clean.
Today, I haven’t been as productive. I continued with washing and putting away more laundry, including washing my bedding. But that’s really all I’ve done today aside from keeping my kids alive. 😛
This week is spring break. So the kids are all home and there’s no scouts or anything. I had a dentist appointment scheduled for yesterday, but the dentist office called to say that something came up and the dentist wouldn’t be in the office during the afternoon, so that has been rescheduled for next week. The kids have learned that they better not even ask me if they can watch a movie or play a video game until their chores are done. So they have been pretty good at getting them done first thing in the morning so that they have the rest of the day to do whatever.
I’m feeling so big and lopsided lately. Of course, people will look at me and tell me I don’t even look big enough to be so close to the end. The baby is sitting down in my pelvis which causes me some lower back/hip issues on my left side. My left leg can’t really support my weight, which means I have to sit down to put my pants on in the morning (or to put pjs on at night), and when it’s really bad I tend to limp. Occasionally the baby will be in a position that causes my right leg to feel like a nerve is being pinched. And it really stinks when these two problems happen at the same time. But baby is head down, all ready for delivery. It’s back is on my left side, and I can occasionally feel it’s rump in the upper left area of my belly. It’s feet are very often kicking me in the upper right area of my belly, and in my ribs/lungs on the right side. Space is very limited in there now. I often have that yucky heartburn feeling, and the ‘do I really need to pee again?’ feeling. In the evenings as I sit here at the computer waiting for the kids to fall asleep, the baby seems to be at it’s peak activity level for the day. I sit here and can watch my tummy rumbling all over the place, and sometimes the baby is really aggressive with it’s kicking which will actually take my breath away and cause me to gasp. So it’s a very active and strong baby, which is rather uncomfortable sometimes but it’s a good thing. 🙂
Every day we are one day closer to this baby’s birthday. I have no idea when it will be, but I know I’m one day closer. As of last Thursday I was one day shy of 36 weeks, and dilated to 2cm already, with the baby’s head low down in my pelvis. My midwife made the comment that she could probably add 4cm to the height of the uterus based on how low down the baby is already. Dinah is SO excited for the baby to be born. She keeps asking when it will come out of my belly. When I help myself to some food, she asks me if I’m eating so the “baby can grow”. She likes to come to me after I’ve put her to bed, so she can put her hand on my tummy to see if the baby is moving. When we ask her if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl she says “I don’t know”, but if we ask if she wants the baby to be a boy or a girl she says she wants it to be a girl and she wants us to name her Ella. We’ll see how that goes, Ella isn’t one of the names that Kyle and I have considered or talked about.
I still have so much to do. I look around and certain areas of my house are looking better (like the dining room 😉 ) but other areas are still so cluttered! It would be so much easier to clean if there was no clutter in the way. Really I’m just going to have to take it one day at a time and declutter and clean up what I can, then just not worry about the rest. Now I think I’m going to go make myself a chocolate hazelnut shake, and when that’s gone I’m going to bed!