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Week 14
~ Holidays and Hormones

This week started with a lovely, FREE weekend away for the whole family. Just from using our credit card, we had collected enough points for one weekend night at a great Gold Coast hotel, with full buffet breakfast included the next morning. It was so nice to be able to get away! Thomas and I had a couple of swims in the hotel pool. He absolutely LOVED it. I even wore my maternity bathers: I figured they cost a fortune last pregnancy so I might as well get some use out of them! We ate out at a little Italian restaurant that Andrew and I have been going to since well before Thomas was born, did some Christmas shopping, Thomas got to sit on Santa's knee, and we played some games together.

I have been feeling slightly less exhausted this week thankfully. Still VERY tired mind you, but not quite to the extent of last week. Part of it is probably due to the fact that I am finally over my cold, and part of it is maybe due to being further into the pregnancy. The back pains have been quite severe though. I now am suffering from three types of back pain: the sciatica, general lower back pain, and a throbbing, aching coccyx. My coccyx was actually broken during Thomas's delivery so I guess it is really no wonder that it is giving me trouble now. I am preparing myself for the possibility that it could break again with little Peanut's delivery, but REALLY hoping that it won't. Last time it took a good YEAR before I could sit comfortably! I have bought myself one of those wheat packs that can be heated in the microwave and used to relieve back pain (and later labour pains!), and it is helping a BIT, but I think I might be headed for the physiotherapist pretty soon.

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With my ultrasound only a month away, I have been thinking more and more about the sex of the baby and worrying about whether Peanut is okay. I know I need to just get on with things and not give in to worry, but I keep remembering my dreadful temperatures in the very early pregnancy when I had that awful flu bug. I am looking forward to having someone take a good look at my baby and giving me some reassurance that everything is okay. I still feel that she is a girl, but I guess time will tell!

I think my hormones are making me prone to getting stressed. Little things can get me down or worried or annoyed, when usually I wouldn't be so concerned about such issues. I am trying to take deep breaths and to not let myself dwell on things which upset me. I feel very hurt by small things like friends not asking me how I am (telling myself that no one loves me or cares about me). Just getting on with thinking about Christmas and other exciting times ahead is helping though.

The clothing situation has been interesting. I can still wear my usual clothes, skirts buttoned usually with belt on the tightest hole etc., but am finding myself starting to want to wear maternity clothes sometimes. Part of it is probably the heat, as they are nice and loose and cool. Part of it is this ever present fear of looking fat. I would rather look pregnant than risk looking like I have a fat tummy.

Somehow I have all these ideas in my mind as to what is "acceptable" as far as my appearance is concerned. I figured that 12 weeks was okay for my tummy to look slightly larger to myself and Andrew, but am telling myself that it would be not okay to REALLY show until I am 20 weeks or so. Silly, I know! I think I need to give myself a talking to!

The movements which I thought I felt last week must have been genuine, because there have been more this week! It is so great! Thomas likes putting his hand on my tummy and feeling the baby. Andrew never seems to be around when the baby is moving, but hopefully soon he will be able to feel something too!

I am back to the obstetrician next week, and this time will actually see the partner of the doctor I have already seen, as "my" doctor is actually planning holidays when I am due. If I like the doctor I see next week, I will probably stick with her for most of the rest of my ante-natal visits. It will be so great to hear the heartbeat again!

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