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Week 20
~ Home Alone

Sean left yesterday on a business trip to Phoenix. I already miss him, although it's been nice having the bed to myself (when Hannah lets me sleep). Sean will be back on Sunday and I am trying my best to keep things at an even keel while he's gone. There really is a lot I want/need to get done, especially in preparation for our cruise next month. But I also don't want to overdo things while Sean is gone and I'm on my own with Hannah. My PT thinks I may have been having some contractions (I'm not so sure). I slipped on the ice on Tuesday and kind of pulled something in my back a little. I didn't fall so I'm not too worried about it. But my back has been sore and my abdomen has been feeling kind of weird, almost like it's quivering. It hasn't been a regular occurrence but it has been an odd, unsettling feeling. I think a lot of it is the strain on my body from slipping, the stress of Sean leaving and helping him get ready, dehydration and too much activity. If I am still feeling odd tomorrow morning or if it gets worse I will call my doctor. For now I just plan on resting.

Hannah still isn't sleeping well. Last weekend I just decided enough was enough and she was going back into her crib. I set up the Aero bed on her floor and had been sleeping in it for several days till my physical therapist found out and put a stop to it. Hannah is still doing terrible sleeping at night. I've been sitting in her room with her for about an hour till she falls asleep. Then she wakes up 2-4 times during the night. Half of those I have to go in there and calm her down so she can fall back asleep. Naps have been much better though. I sit in her room with her for 10-15 minutes before leaving. When I go she fusses and cries a little bit but puts herself to sleep within 15 minutes of my leaving. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it through the next few days till Sean gets back home.

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Things have been going well with my pinched nerve. I saw the specialist this week. I don't need to go back until April unless there is a problem. I am finally feeling some relief. The pain, although still there most of the time, has started to subside. I still have numbness in my leg but I can live with that for now.

I feel like I should have something to report on the baby front but I have been kind of ignoring it. I feel like if I think about it too much I am going to get overwhelmed. It seems like there should be a huge list of things that need to get accomplished before he arrives but I haven't even made a list yet. I have been mentally going over some of the things we will need to do. One is buy clothes. I never worried about it much with Hannah because we borrowed a lot of clothes from my sister. I think the only thing I purposely went out and bought for her was onesies and undershirts. We have zero for this little guy. I sort of feel like a first time mom in this realm because with Hannah I never had to think about what I would need. It just arrived on my doorstep and I used what I wanted. This time I have to actually think about it, go out and look for it and buy it.

We also have to work on finding a name. I have to decide if I am going to try nursing again or go right to formula. Sean and I also have to discuss circumcision. I was so thankful that Hannah was a girl and we never had to deal with the issue the first time we were parents. Now we don't have a choice and the topic has to be discussed.

I think I will put all those thoughts out of my head for now and concentrate on getting ready for our cruise. I still have to find a bathing suit and I have to make sure I have clothes for the trip. I think I am pretty set for clothes. My only concern right now is a dress for the formal dinner night. I better hurry and get this dealt with. I don't have a lot of time left if I need to order something. For now, Hannah and I are cuddling up at home and enjoying all the snow falling around us.

- Stacie

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