~ There's No Place Like Home
Well, the trip to Greece is over, and it was fun, but I'm glad to be home. On Saturday Aaron and I went back up to the Acropolis to check out the ruins. I've included a photo of me in front of the Parthenon (probably the most recognizable ruin in Athens). It was cold that day, so I'm bundled up a bit, but you can still see how big my belly is getting. After that we came back to the hotel and rested a bit before heading out on a half-day trip to Cape Sounion, the southernmost point in mainland Europe, to see the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. It was very cool. Then it was back to the hotel for a dinner of takeout pizza and early to bed (we had to be up at 4 am to get to the airport).
I'll spare you the details of the long and boring flight home, but gosh was it good to get back. It's so nice to eat home-cooked meals again. The food in Greece was tasty, but it included a lot of pastry and oil. I think Aaron and I just about cleaned out the fresh produce section at the grocery store when we got back. The other thing I won't miss about Greece is the cigarette smoke. There's no such thing as a non-smoking section (well, they might mark a table or two as non-smoking, but they're right in the middle of the smoking ones). I'm totally spoiled by the anti-smoking laws here, and I'm glad to be back where the air is clear (if icy cold).
Since we've been back I've been putting more thought into the baby's room. I can't wait until we get our furniture (we're getting a coupon from a friend) and to start decorating. I'm re-thinking the whole decal thing, and might just make some jungle animal art for the walls. I can't believe how expensive baby accessories are - and how many things they try and convince you to buy. I'm working on figuring out just what we need, and how to do it in the most inexpensive way, and still have it look it good. Wish me luck with that.
I also had my doctor's appointment this week, and it went better than expected. I was shocked to see I only gained 3 1/2 lbs (I guess all the walking I did in Athens counteracted all the food I ate). I feel huge, but I guess it's not as bad as I thought. I also had to go for the Glucose Test, which went better than I thought it would, however I didn't know I was getting it done and had had coffee, juice, toast and fruit for breakfast, so we'll see if I pass or not. I hope I don't have to go back for the three-hour test.
The other thing I did this week was start reading about labour and delivery. I've been avoiding it so far, because I didn't want to scare myself, but I figured it was time to cross that bridge. Surprisingly, it wasn't the descriptions of labour that freaked me out, but what happens after birth. I guess I just always thought that you had the baby and things went back to normal, not that you had to endure weeks of cramps and bleeding on top of dealing with a newborn! I guess I was being pretty na´ve. I mean, I suppose it all makes sense. After all, it takes nine months to get your body to that point, why would it all go back again after just a few hours in the delivery room? But it's just something I had never thought about. And the idea of pain and bleeding worse than my periods is pretty scary, considering how bad mine usually are (I pretty much end up in bed with heating pads and the strongest pain meds I can find, and am still in agony). Oh well, just need to concentrate on what I'm getting out of this - a beautiful baby who will make it all worthwhile.
Right, well, I guess that is all for this week. Until next week,