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Week 26
~ Is it possible to spend the next 14 weeks in water?

Oh the itching!! Just when I get adjusted to the new size of my stomach, it expands some more and I feel like I am bursting at the seams! The skin is so painful, tight, and itchy and I don't want to scratch for fear of horrible stretch marks. Unfortunately though, I've woken up to find myself scratching in my sleep. I did find some relief with an Aveeno oatmeal bath treatment. It was probably just a coincidence, but when I sat in the water the baby scooted or floated all the way up to my ribs and then slowly settled back down once I was in there for a minute. I wonder why he/she did that? I've taken two of these baths and this happened both times. I can't remember when the last time was that I enjoyed a nice warm bath and it felt so nice to sit in there and soak. After the oatmeal bath, some oil on my skin before drying off, followed by a rub-down with my favorite belly cream I felt so much better!

I also got my membership at the local YWCA this week so that I could take an aquacise class. Now that I think of it, the chlorine in the pool might be part of the reason for my extra itchy skin but it's definitely worth it. The class was all old ladies, except for me, of course, and I kind of got the feeling that I was crashing their party since they spent most of the time chatting so the next time I went I did laps with a kickboard instead. Floating in that pool felt almost like not being pregnant at all except for the little kicks and squirms in my tummy. I loved it! Getting out of the swimming pool, however, was a very different story! I felt like I weighed a ton and it wasn't easy to get out of there. Still, I can't wait to go back! During labor, I will try sitting in the bathtub to manage the pain. I can see how the weightlessness in the water might give a little relief.

The most exciting change this week has been the weather. It's only slightly cooler but there is a hint of fall in the air. When I leave for work early in the morning and feel that crispy air I get butterflies in my stomach because I know that, once the cold takes over, the baby will be here! I always thought it would be perfect to have a newborn in the Spring but now I'm looking forward to snuggling him or her in warm blankets and little hats. And what could be cozier than feeding my tiny new baby near a crackling, glowy fireplace? Just 14 weeks to go and (when I'm not grouchy, weepy, or in some kind of pain) I'm giddy with excitement!

Next week baby and I are going to visit Grandma, Aunts and Uncles in New York!
~ Liz

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