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Bridget's Pregnancy Journal

Week 30 ~ January 13, 2003
~ Are we there yet?

Yeah, I know, I still have some time to go before this baby is ready. I really don't want her to be here yet, I just wish there was a way to speed through the next few weeks. I'm uncomfortable. Actually, I'm miserable. It just happened overnight. Literally! One day I'm fine, lots of energy, no real complaints, and then the very next day, all of a sudden I am gigantic. Seriously, overnight, this baby grew! A ton! I am huge! I'm short-wasted and this baby is sitting right under my ribs. I can't catch my breath and I cannot get comfy at night. I'm itchy. My back just aches by the end of the day, and the pressure on my cervix from sitting on the floor playing with Maddie is killing me! Ya gotta love these last few weeks, eh? I don't think I felt this uncomfortable this early with my first pregnancy. I think I was around 35-36 weeks when I really started feeling uncomfortable. I would be whining every five minutes if I had someone that would listen to me. It does get boring after a while. And fortunately, Maddie does take my mind off how uncomfortable I feel, except at the end of the day when I am wiped out.

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Friday night was the worst night's sleep ever. I woke up around 2am and couldn't get back to sleep until 5:30 am. Maddie woke up at 7 am that morning and I thought I was going to die. Thank goodness it was Saturday and Tom was home or I'm not sure what I would have done. I stayed up for a little while, then I begged him to let me go back to bed. He played with her all morning, fed her lunch and put her down for her nap. By the time I woke up, he had the baby's room taped and two walls painted!! Is he a good guy or what?!

I need to vent about my doctor's office again. I had taken the gestational diabetes test before Christmas and hadn't heard anything so I assumed that everything was ok. Well, at my monthly checkup with Dr. "I hate being an OB," she rushed me out of there so fast I never even had a chance to ask her the results, so I tracked down the nurse. She had to pull the test results from the computer; they weren't even in my chart. Well, it turns out I'm handling sugar fine, but my iron was really low. REALLY low!! Grrrr!!! Shouldn't the doctor have told me that?! I was furious. So for the last five weeks I've been functioning with a pretty serious iron deficiency! Hello?? Could that be part of the reason I've been tired? I haven't complained yet, but I will at my next appointment. It's really frustrating, particularly because this practice has had such rave reviews.

I've been really cherishing the snuggle time with Maddie. At nap and bedtime, I find I hold her long after she's content, just so I can hold her and enjoy the quiet time alone with her. Very soon, my time and attention will be divided so I'm trying to indulge Maddie and myself as much as possible. She turns two on February 1st. I just can't believe how fast they grow up. It seems like just yesterday I brought her home from the hospital.

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