The halfway mark

This week I hit the halfway mark in my pregnancy, a milestone that I was very happy to reach. The first half seems to have taken forever and I felt like I was stuck somewhere between 13 and 17 weeks for about three months! In fact, when I think about what happened with Cameron, I start to get slightly panicky as there’s a good chance I am more than halfway and I haven’t done a thing to prepare for this baby. I am determined to be ready this time – bag packed and baby room ready by 32 weeks!

My second trimester is going well. Constant backache is my only woe – most likely caused by carrying my 11 kilogram toddler and hurtling around the house after him with a growing bump. I am in the throes of that nesting phase and am constantly rearranging my lists as my unrealistic goals for the day whizz by uncompleted. I am also taking on rather ambitious projects – not always sensibly …

On Tuesday Cameron was at my parents’ house and a meeting I was preparing for at 08:30 was cancelled. I suddenly found myself with a free morning and promptly decided that now was the time to do a bit of electrical work around the house. Over the weekend the passage light (a dim, cheap, plastic horror which we’ve been meaning to replace) exploded so we’d bought a new one. It needed to be installed in the playroom as it matches the lights in the other living areas, and the current playroom light needed to be moved to the passage. After a quick Google search on how to install a light fitting I embarked on what turned out to be a four hour test of endurance, involving much time up a wobbly ladder, extreme pain for my forearms and at one point a foray into the roof to find lost wires. Now that the lights are up and working and I didn’t fall off the ladder or electrocute myself, it will be a funny story to tell our kids one day.

Perhaps this desire to do things pregnant ladies really shouldn’t be doing can be attributed to preggie brain, which until now has left me largely unscathed. It is making itself more forcefully known however. I was relaxing in the bath the other day, contemplating life and the calming descriptions on my body wash – a bottle of Nivea shower cream with caring bamboo milk and the uplifting scent of orange blossom. Except that as I was lathering up my body I read, ‘Baboon milk’ and for a few minutes smiled contentedly before thinking, ‘That can’t be right. How on earth do you milk a baboon?’ And that folks is really where I think this story should end as it tells you just about all you need to know about my current mental state!

Halfway today

Today I reached the halfway mark in my pregnancy – 20 weeks down, 20 left to go. To mark this auspicious occasion I thought I’d give a bit of an update on how it’s going.

While the first trimester’s exhaustion and morning sickness are far behind me now, there are a host of other weird things going on …

  • My bump has now well and truly popped. Combined with the visit I had from the Cleavage Fairy pretty early on this means that my wardrobe options are getting slimmer by the day (if you’ll excuse the pun).
  • Pregzilla (my irrational, hyper sensitive and super emotional alter-ego) is raising her ugly head with increasing frequency. It occurred to me as I was stomping out of the house this morning, that this is probably a lot less pleasant for those who cross my path on ‘Pregzilla days’.
  • My sinuses are perpetually blocked and my only relief is to use a saline nasal rinse every morning and evening. (It helps, but it’s a sensation similar to being ‘dumped’ by a huge wave.)
  • I’ve got back ache most days as my centre of gravity shifts. (Apparently for every kilogram of weight that goes on the front, seven times that force is applied to your back. So a lot more of this to get used to.)
  • The ligaments and muscles in my abdomen are protesting rather loudly about all the stretching they are having to do.

All of this leads me to agree with my friend Tash, who recently commented that pregnancy is not for sissies. However, I have also started to feel a faint fluttering from time to time as Speckle stretches out and give me a poke. And when that happens I realise just how incredible this entire process is. A foetus’ development is truly miraculous but the way the body adapts to facilitate this is pretty darn impressive too.