By the time we got home, around 9:30 or 10 pm, I was pooped.
Poopedness notwithstanding, I was awake from 4 am until 6 or 6:30 this morning. I got up to use the restroom and couldn't get back to sleep. My stomach was crampy and I felt really sick. I actually walked around the house a bit thinking I might be in labor (!!!) before things settled down. (Note: the reason I walked around is because practice contractions will stop when you change position, while real contractions just laugh at you when you change positions in an effort to get them to stop. I knew that if I walked around and they quit, it was false labor, also known as indigestion). Women in the 3rd trimester should avoid nachos. Why hasn't anyone thought to put that into the pregnancy handbook?
I haven't done a whole lot of anything productive today. I suppose if I can count making breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner and cleaning them up, that's something. And I helped the kids with cleaning the playroom. I managed to get the rest of the non-baby stuff out of the baby's room (except for a couple of things that are too heavy - BJ will have to get those. He was working on the siding). I tried to chase down a stray dog that I hope was a boxer and not a pit bull (because the kids were playing outside, and if someone's going to get bitten I'd rather it be me - yes, I realize the flaw in that logic), but he got away. He ran off into the woods. That was about it for exercise. Otherwise, I spent most of the day on the couch with my feet up. I even took a short nap after lunch.
Even though I know that I'm supposed to be resting and conserving energy now, and I know that growing a person is hard work, I feel guilty. It's hard to let myself slow down. But I know that I needed the rest, especially after such a busy day yesterday and a long night. It's extremely frustrating to be awake half the night knowing that it's going to impede my ability to be functional the next day. It's frustrating to have to slow down when there's so much I want and need to get done (the baby's room, and OMFG CHRISTMAS!!!). Have I mentioned that I'm cooking Thanksgiving? Hahaha! We may have Chinese. Turkey Lo Mein, anyone? Stir fried cranberries? Kung Pao Sweet Potatoes?
I really do feel good compared with how I felt at this point in my previous pregnancies. I've had very little back pain and ligament pain (knock on wood). I have no swelling in my ankles and feet. I have a lot of heartburn, but Mary Grace and Claire are made of at least 50% Tums, and they turned out fine. It's really a wonder they didn't come out pink and chalky, and that they didn't dissolve during their first baths. None of my offspring ever have to worry about bone density, that's for sure. They got enough calcium prenatally to last until they're well over 100.
I'm trying not to be the whiny pregnant person. And I'm trying not to be a total slug. But it's 8:30 now, and no one's going to judge me if I go to bed, right?