Week 29: Just Keep Swimming

Player One
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Player Two
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Level 29 Human Bard/Fighter
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 164 +??
Shoe Size: 10 10.5
Bra Size: 34A 36B 36C/38B

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12
Con: 19 16
Int: 12
Wis: 14
Cha: 18

Highest skills: Bluff, Gather Rumors, Knowledge (Folklore) (History), Athletics

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), General aches and pains (-2 Con), wth mornings (-1 con)

Level 30 Human Warlock/Ranger
Height: 5’8″
Weight: Redacted
Shoe Size: 11
Bra Size: 36B

Str: 17 15
Dex: 12 11
Con: 12
Int: 20
Wis: 16
Cha: 16

Highest skills: Heal, Knowledge (Science) (Arcana), Spot, Listen, Swim

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus

Diseases/Curses: Too Much To Do, Tendonsis (-1 Dex, -2 Str)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 15.20″ crown to heel
Weight: 2.54 lb

Str: 5
Dex: 5
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 14

Highest skills: Grow, Swim, Hide
Feats: Self-Sufficient, Stealthy, Heartbeat, Growth, Wiggle, Kick, Roll
Diseases/Curses: Hiccups

Lady Jr is stealing all my calcium and chunking up like a proper woodland creature preparing for the coming winter.

This week, she’s (very specifically) the size of a New England cottontail rabbit:

 

Overall: Things are getting real. Nothing I wear will disguise this bump anymore, although some things just make me look fat. I’m still not really getting any comments unless someone already knows I’m pregnant, and I am A-OK with that.

Working on getting my next appointment set up with the new OB, but getting my records faxed is like pulling teeth. Hopefully I can get this cleared up soon.

The wedding was fun, if at times exhausting. It was a two-day extravaganza and I think I was still recovering from the long flight out there on the first day. The second day was awesome and I cried and I danced and I ate too many cupcakes and then we had to leave much too early because we had flights at 5am the next morning.

That was hard, and being next to the window in a three-seater on a 3.5 hour flight with two strangers who either slept the entire time or refused to acknowledge my plaintive motions to get up and pee was also hard, and realizing my wife had flown off on a different plane with the car keys was very hard, but everything turned out all right and a friend delivered keys to me at the airport and I made it home and cuddled cats and NOW I don’t have to get on another airplane for at least the next six months, hopefully the next year. Lady Jr has flown four times already and I am done done done.

 

Fun(!) New Symptoms: Lady Jr seems extra punchy lately, especially when I lie down. I’ve noticed if I’m sitting & bend forward, she will start wriggling and kicking. I assume because I’m cramping her style.

As for me, boy howdy have I invested in Tums. Heartburn is almost a daily experience, but 100% whenever I eat too many carbs. I have Tums with me at all times now and it’s been a lifesaver.

I’m also losing some of my second trimester steam. It might have just been the travel, but I am so. exhausted. No time for that nonsense, though, because I have an apartment to pack and a move to ready for this week.

I am also officially out of breath after going up one flight of stairs.

 

Things Acquired for Lady Jr: Some awesome dance moves.

 

Exercise: Does dancing count? Otherwise I managed to lift once and ellipticalled a bit and otherwise just walked around.

 

Appointments: One today. Just a check-in, so it should be all right as long as no one mentions my weight. I’m 99% sure Lady Jr is a-okay what with all of her regular wiggling.

 

Dr Lady: Doing SO well. We went to the wedding without her walker and while it sometimes hurt to get around, by the next day there was no lingering soreness or pain. She still can’t walk very far, but that distance is slowly lengthening each day. The important thing right now is that she rests enough between distances and doesn’t try to over do it.

 

Progress Photo:

EDITED TO ADD NEW PHOTO WEEEE:

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Week 28: The Storm

Player One
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Player Two
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Level 29 Human Bard/Fighter
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 164 +??
Shoe Size: 10 10.5
Bra Size: 34A 36B 36C/38B

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12
Con: 19 16
Int: 12
Wis: 14
Cha: 18

Highest skills: Bluff, Gather Rumors, Knowledge (Folklore) (History), AthleticsFeats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, Morning Mania

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str),  General aches and pains (-2 Con), wth mornings (-1 con)

Level 30 Human Warlock/Ranger
Height: 5’8″
Weight: Redacted
Shoe Size: 11
Bra Size: 36B

Str: 17 15
Dex: 12 11
Con: 12
Int: 20
Wis: 16
Cha: 16

Highest skills: Heal, Knowledge (Science) (Arcana), Spot, Listen, SwimFeats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus

Diseases/Curses: Too Much To Do, Acute Tendonsis (-1 Dex, –2 Str)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 14.80″ crown to heel
Weight: 2.22 lb

Str: 4
Dex: 5
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 14

Highest skills: Grow, Swim, Hide
Feats: Self-Sufficient, Stealthy, Heartbeat, Growth, Wiggle, Kick, Roll
Diseases/Curses: Hiccups

Lady Jr is working on her sleep cycles. And growing. Always with the growing.

This week she’s covered in spikes and about the size of an echidna:

 

 

 

Overall: And so it begins. For the next four weeks, life is going to be dialed up to 11. We’re attending a big, extravagant wedding on the east coast this coming weekend, then Dr Lady will be off to a Science Conference for the following week while I hurriedly Craigslist/donate as much as possible, then we’ll have the Weekend of Shoving Stuff Into Boxes, followed by the Week of Driving With Cats, and we’ll end with closing on our new house and unpacking a moving POD and generally moving into said house, all while juggling OBGYN appointments, working remotely, and trying to make sure Dr Lady doesn’t re-injure her foot.

Phew.

 

Fun(!) New Symptoms: It’s like I hit the third trimester and suddenly my body has become a whole lot harder to move. Now I understand exactly why the third trimester gets so hard, and I am afraid. I’m having to invent new ways to put on shoes, changing into workout clothes at the gym has become an interesting game of balance, and there are only one or two comfortable ways for me to sit. I am no longer the chipper morning person I was – instead it takes about three hours for me to fully wake up, no matter how much sleep or coffee I get.

I’m a little worried about this coupled with the next four weeks, but then I’m also grateful it’s all happening now, and that afterwards I’ll be working from home. Omg, how did I luck out finding this job.

 

Things Acquired for Lady Jr: A lot of books and a handful of delightfully decorated onesies from the mini shower.

 

Exercise: Lifted twice, walked quite a bit, and went for a mini hike on Saturday to pick raspberries.

 

Appointments: I had one on Friday to take the 3 hour glucose test, which I thankfully passed. Next appointment is on Monday, which will be my last visit with this OBGYN. I’ve started the process of transferring to a new OB in Michigan and will hopefully hear from them soon to set up my next appointment – which will fall pretty much right when we arrive in town, since I’m now on the every-two-weeks schedule. Woo.

 

Dr Lady: She’s off the knee walker completely now and is just icing and using a brace. She gave me permission to sell the walker while she’s away at her conference, so we’ll see if we can recover some of that cost. She won’t be able to carry anything heavy for the move, but I think we have enough friends/help lined up on both sides that we’ll be fine.

1.5 days left in the lab for her and she is NOT STRESSED AT ALL NOSIREE (maybe a little bit, okay a lottle bit).

 

Progress Photo:

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(Surprise) Mini Shower

My wife is the best wife. ;.; She has been apparently sneaking around for the past month to get all of our local friends together and have a mini baby shower/going away/please take our stuff party. And I had no idea.

My first inkling that something was going on was Saturday morning, when I saw the note that had been left out for me.

For some reason, I thought by “mini,” she meant super mini, and I got it into my head that it was going to be us, maybe a friend or two, and some cupcakes.

Haha, nope. More like all of our friends. It was great. I was so happy that they could all make it and chat and eat snacks with us. Lady even got some onesies for people to decorate and a blank alphabet book that people filled out with desert-related things.

It was chill in all the right ways. We chatted and laughed and chased pokemon and ordered pizza and then eventually migrated to the floor to play some Cards Against Humanity. Carefully not reading aloud some of the cards due to little ears being present.

I had just come to terms with not having any sort of shower, too. Between moving and it only being the beginning of the third trimester and going to a new place where we wouldn’t know anyone, I just assumed it wouldn’t happen. And I was okay with that because the bigger showers with all the diaper games and weird stuff just aren’t my jam.

But this – this was perfect.:)

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Passed!

I do not have GD!

I think I psyched myself up to receive bad news and now I’m just ecstatic. So now I just keep on doing like I’ve been doing, which is exercising regularly and not overdoing it (much) on cake.

I’m just so glad I don’t have to be neurotic about carbs. This pregnancy is the first time I haven’t been on a diet or allergic to something in my entire adult life and the prospect of having to start counting carbs and watching everything Very Closely had me close to tears.

Omg.

Okay, now time to find an OB in Michigan.

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3 Hour Glucose Test

tl;dr – it’s awful

Longer version: Even though I’ve cut my caffeine way back, going without my morning cuppa was difficult. Not eating, meh. I used to do intermittent fasts before TTC, so that wasn’t as big a deal.

But oh gosh, 100g of pure sugar on an empty stomach? That was awful. It was like chugging orange syrup. At first I was like, yeah, gross, but I got this, and then the nausea hit and I was no longer 100% sure I had it. I made the mistake of drinking some water, which made it even worse, but my strong stomach won out in the end and I didn’t throw up. Woohoo.

After that first hour, I started feeling more normal again, and then it was just a waiting game. Three hours and four blood draws later and I have two sore hands and an assurance that I will never have to take that test again.

Find out tomorrow morning.

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Week 27: Hellooooo Third Trimester

Player One
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Player Two
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Level 29 Human Bard/Fighter
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 164 +??
Shoe Size: 10 10.5
Bra Size: 34A 36B 36C/38B

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12
Con: 19 17
Int: 12
Wis: 14
Cha: 18

Highest skills: Bluff, Gather Rumors, Knowledge (Folklore) (History), Athletics

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, No Shits Given, Morning Mania

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str),  General aches and pains (-2 Con)

Level 30 Human Warlock/Ranger
Height: 5’8″
Weight: Redacted
Shoe Size: 11
Bra Size: 36B

Str: 17 14
Dex: 12 11
Con: 12
Int: 20
Wis: 16
Cha: 16

Highest skills: Heal, Knowledge (Science) (Arcana), Spot, Listen, Swim

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus

Diseases/Curses: Too Much To Do, Acute Tendonsis (-1 Dex, -3 Str)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 14.41″ crown to heel
Weight: 1.93 lb

Str: 4
Dex: 5
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 14

Highest skills: Grow, Swim, Hide
Feats: Self-Sufficient, Stealthy, Heartbeat, Growth, Wiggle, Kick, Roll
Diseases/Curses: Hiccups

Lady Jr’s brain is firing up and she can actively control more and more limbs. This might explain the increase in kicking, rolling, punching, and general jiu jitsu.

While her ears aren’t quite as big, this week Lady Jr is about the size of a fennec fox:

 

 

 

Overall: Still feeling fine, mostly normal. A little more heartburn than usual, but that was probably due to the increased bread intake while we were away from traveling and house hunting. I pretty much already covered all of last week in my house hunting post, but suffice it to say that I pretty much just slept all weekend. I am definitely not bouncing back as easily as I used to.

 

Tests: This Friday was my 1 hour glucose tolerance test. My OB is usually pretty late so the hour didn’t make my appointment any longer than usual. The glucose drink tasted like flat orange soda. Blergh.

I got my results back this morning and apparently I failed it “just barely.” I don’t know what that means except that I get to take the 3 hour test this coming Thursday. I’m… a little bummed. Honestly, more than a little bummed. Even going into it knowing that I’m predisposed to GD because of PCOS hasn’t helped soften the blow. I think it hurts more because my diet has been pretty crap lately, with a treat pretty much every day and way too much bread, and I know I could’ve done better.

We’ll see how the 3 hour goes, but maybe this will be the kick in the butt I need to finally stop giving myself excuses to eat crap.:/

 

Fun(!) New Symptoms: Lady Jr is so kicky! It’s just getting more intense. Also I can really see her moving around on the outside now and I spent 30min last night just watching my belly. It’s both cool and really, really weird. Like, this is my body but I have absolutely no control over what’s going on in there. Lady Jr can start swing dancing if she wants and all I can do is watch.

I’ve also been having this recurring nightmare where Lady Jr kicks or punches so hard that her little limb goes straight through my stomach. Of course, these are the sorts of dreams that are hyper vivid, so the creepiness lingers after I wake up. I hope they go away.

 

Things Acquired for Lady Jr: A house. o.o

 

Exercise: Aaaaah… damn. A little walking while we were looking for houses. I was really tired after we got back, but managed to go for a swim yesterday morning. I need to step it up this week (quite literally) and figure out a way to circumvent the heat. It’s just so hot. Monsoon came and went and now it’s 105+ the rest of this week. I can’t even. How am I supposed to go for walks in this??

 

Dr Lady: Doing so well! She didn’t need her boot or knee walker at all to look at houses, although we brought the walker for getting through airports. She’s replaced the boot with a smaller brace and just has a bit of soreness at the end of the day now. I think she’s done with the knee walker, honestly, but we’re going to wait and see if we need it for travel next week before selling it.

She’s still stressed about the time crunch at lab and she’s worrying about whether or not this house is the Best Possible House, which is only natural. I worried about that right up until we made the offer, and re-crunching the numbers and looking at the area on google maps has helped.

 

Progress Photo, 26w6d:

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House Hunting

Well, that was a week.

We saw 21 houses in two days, narrowed it down to three, and finally offered on one yesterday. They accepted our offer late last night, while we were flying home.

Assuming the house inspection goes all right and Murphy’s Law doesn’t take affect, we’ll be closing right around the time we arrive in Michigan.

I’m a little woozy and hungover from it all. I would definitely not advise trying to find and offer on a house in three days, but if that’s your only option, it is doable. And for the third time in our home-hunting lives (well, apartments before this one), our plane tickets have been worth the expense because we picked a house that wasn’t in our top 5.

We also learned a lot from looking at all those houses. I can more confidently pick out a house on Zillow based on photos and description alone than before. But then, it really depends on the area/market/etc. Our experience house hunting in MI was vastly different from experiences I’ve read/heard about house hunting in Denver, Georgia, and even here in Arizona. You just gotta know what’s going on and how that affects prices.

For example, for us it meant:
a) Yes, overall houses are super cheap
b) But there’s a reason some are even cheaper than others, and
c) That market is still in the beginning of recovering from the foreclosure crisis

Meaning lots and lots of empty, abandoned houses. Lots of otherwise good houses in semi-empty neighborhoods. Lots of houses with pretty skin – i.e. new paneling, new paint, new windows – but really bad bones. Since the market is already pretty cheap, it just doesn’t make financial sense for someone to put a lot of money into repairing a house when that won’t translate to much of an increase in value. So you get slap-dash cosmetic repairs that look great in photos but don’t make the place safer.

All that is to say that after the first few really bad houses, we were able to just poke our heads inside and decide pretty quickly. Our priorities shifted from a cool kitchen and good looks to solid structure. And then when we finally found the One, we both knew it.

Yeah, but what about the house??

Well, it’s in our price range, which means it’s not super fancy. It was a rental, so it’s a bit of a blank slate, but it’s in really great shape. Two bedrooms, clean basement, big open kitchen, nice yard, in a great neighborhood, and close to Dr Lady’s new job. Honestly, not as Cool or Exciting as some of the other houses, but we won’t have to do anything to it and it’ll be a lot easier to sell when we move on.

Now comes the fun part of hoping there are no delays and everything comes together right when we get there.

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