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Ending Stats

Player One
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Player Two
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Level 30 Human Bard/Fighter
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 164 196
Shoe Size: 10 11
Bra Size: 34A  38C

Str: 18 14
Dex: 12 10
Con: 19 14
Int: 12
Wis: 14 12
Cha: 18 16

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

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, Greater Braxton Hicks, Labor

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), Greater Anxiety (-2 Wis), Awkward Maneuvering (-2 Dex), Pregnancy Brain (-1 Int), Impatient (-2 Cha), Cramps cramps cramps (-1 Con), Greater Exhaustion (-2 Con, -2 Cha), Greater Recovery (-3 Con, -2 Str)

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

Str: 17 16
Dex: 12
Con: 12
Int: 20 18
Wis: 16 15
Cha: 16

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

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus, Project Queen, Diaper Genius

Diseases/Curses: Recovering from Tendonsis (-1 Str), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Minor Foot Surgery (-1 Dex), Exhaustion (-2 Int)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 20″ crown to heel
Weight: 7 lb 5oz

Str: 10
Dex: 8
Con: 8
Int: 2
Wis: 2
Cha: 20

Highest skills: Grow, Swim, Hide, Sleep, Eat, Poop
Feats: Self-Sufficient, Stealthy, Heartbeat, Growth, Wiggle, Kick, Roll, Squirm, Being Born
Diseases/Curses: Hiccups, Existential Crises, Hunger, Wet Diapers

Lady Jr is a real human being:
Lady Jr

 

I gained 32 pounds.

I went up two cup sizes and two band sizes.

I went up one shoe size (arguably half a size, but we’ll see).

I didn’t get stretch marks.

I never threw up (okay once in my mouth a little).

I went from squatting 165# to 45#.

I only had a few cravings in the first trimester, the weirdest of which was fried chicken wings.

My belly button stayed in, albeit stretched.

My wedding ring came off around 30 weeks.

Highest highs: The return of a feeling of normalcy in the second trimester.

Lowest lows: The unflagging nausea and fatigue in the first trimester.

Would I do it again? Hell no. Just don’t ask a year from now, kay?

 

Honestly, I had a really good, lucky pregnancy. There were some hard parts, but they could (usually) be measured in days. I had a fast and safe, if insane, labor. No complications, no high blood pressure, no GD – I am counting all my lucky stars and thanking the universe for each one.

And now for the next adventure: parenthood.

 

Progress Photo:

41 Weeks

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Week 40: Averages

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 11
Bra Size: 34A  38C

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12 10
Con: 19 18
Int: 12 11
Wis: 14 13
Cha: 18 16

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

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, Greater Braxton Hicks

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Awkward Maneuvering (-2 Dex), Pregnancy Brain (-1 Int), Impatient (-2 Cha), Cramps cramps cramps (-1 Con)

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

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

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

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus, Project Queen

Diseases/Curses: Recovering from Tendonsis (-1 Str), Ingrown Toenail (-2 Dex), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Minor Foot Surgery (-1 Dex)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 20.16″ crown to heel
Weight: 7.63 lb

Str: 8
Dex: 6
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 15

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

Lady Jr is just growing until she becomes fierce like a red panda:

 

 

 

 

Overall: I’m getting really good at existing while pregnant. I’ve got all the moves down – how to pick things up off the ground, how to get out of bed, how to stand up from the floor, how to sleep. I think that lends itself to the feeling that I’m just gonna be pregnant forever.

But willing or not, Lady Jr’s got no more than two weeks left. During my last OB appointment, the doctor clarified their position on inductions – that they would schedule one after 41 weeks if I want, but one would be necessary after 42 weeks. I don’t want to go past 42 weeks for a dozen reasons – big baby, slowing placenta, possible meconium ingestion, let alone my own discomfort – and Dr Lady is weary about a baby on her birthday, so we talked and decided that next doc visit, we’d go ahead and schedule an induction for the 19th. I really really don’t wanna, and I hope my intuition is right that it’ll be sometime this week, but it’s also reassuring to have an end date planned.

I’m also trying to reassure myself with the reminder that so far, this pregnancy has been pretty average. I’m not special, there haven’t been any weird complications, I’ve experienced a normal amount of discomfort and frustration, so I’m going to project out along that theme. Most first time moms deliver between 40+3 and 41+1, so I probably will, too.

So I’ve got at least until Thursday to chill and do whatever I want. There are a few things around the house to do and I’ve got a ton of books and the weather is lovely for walking, even if I can’t go very far. I’m not going to hurry, because I’ve got tons of time. I’m also going to have a special day today, since it’s my due date. Slow, chill, relaxed. Pretend I’m on vacation and try to ignore the increasingly painful cramps.

Plenty. Of. Time.

 

Pre-Labor Bingo:

So far we’ve got:

  • Nigh constant Braxton Hicks.
  • Occasional mild, period-like cramps.
  • Lots of mucus.
  • Increased pressure in my pelvis.
  • Lower back ache.
  • Overall feeling like I’m going to start my period tomorrow.
  • So much cramps, possibly even contractions?
  • Increased appetite.

So I think I’ve been having (practice? prodromal?) contractions, but since everybody and their mother says “oh, you’ll know it when you do,” I’m not 100% sure. They’re different from the Braxton Hicks in that they start as a cramp and then spread upwards, sometimes to my back. I wouldn’t quite call them painful, but they’re not pleasant, either. A few have been pretty intense, but they haven’t been regular or increasing in intensity, so obviously not labor.

 

Preparations for Lady Jr: Little things here and there. The crib has been firmly secured in the side-car manner, complete with bungee cords. We made sure the furnace works (well and also it dropped down to 36 degrees the last two nights so). Lady cut up some blankets for wipes. I mowed the lawn, possibly for the last time this season. Made some apple sauce and cooked another pumpkin so we have all the pumpkin puree in the freezer. Acquired some black-out curtains for the bedroom. Filled my Shuffle up with music.

Idk what else to do, aside from the basic things like vacuuming, laundry, cleaning. We’re as set as we can be without knowing anything about Lady Jr’s temperament and preferences.

 

Exercise: Walking, although it’s still on and off uncomfortable. Lady Jr is sitting on all the important bits down there, which, uh, is not pleasant. Mowing the lawn counts, right?

 

Appointments: One last Thursday.

Met the only male doc in the practice and he was surprisingly adorable. I normally don’t like male docs, especially male OBs, but he’s all right.

Everything looked fine. Had the chat about inductions. Had the chat about when to go to the hospital. I declined a cervix check because I didn’t want to get my hopes up and/or be disappointed. Lady Jr seems pretty low, which is good.

Next appointment is Wednesday, where they’ll do a non-stress test, an ultrasound, and probably check my cervix.

 

Dr Lady: She went in to the podiatrist on Thursday to get her ingrown toenail checked out and they were like, “hey we have a cancellation want to get this fixed right now?” So she had minor foot surgery and they removed the part of the toenail that wasn’t behaving and now she’s in recovery mode. She’s been soaking and resting it and is already in a lot less pain, so I have hope that she’ll be near 100% recovered by Thursday. And then – omg – maybe she will finally be done with foot problems.

Otherwise she’s stressed and impatient and every time I mention I’m having cramps or BH or what have you, she can’t help but get a little excited. And I’m like, dude this could go on for a long time, and she’s like, I knooooow but I can’t help it.

I love her.

 

Progress Photo:

40 Weeks

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Late-Pregnancy Induced Madness

I get it. I really get it now.

I thought – oh, it’s only a few weeks until the end. That’s not much time to go crazy. And everyone knows that first time moms go past their due date. So I know that, too.

But I also thought – hey, JUST IN CASE we should get everything ready. And clean the house. And pack the hospital bag. And dye hair. And put together the crib. Because if we don’t, we’ll totally be blindsided.

And I also thought – this could happen at any time. I mean, I know that statistically it won’t, but it still could.

And then I thought – we just have to make it to October 1st. Lady Jr can come any time after that if she wants. No running/trampoulines/nipple tweaking/giant chocolate cakes until after that date.

And now it’s October 5th and I still have 5 days left until my due date and yet I am 100% convinced that because I haven’t gone into labor yet, I will be pregnant forever.

How did this happen??

I don’t know (yes I do: see preparation fatigue), but I’m playing labor Bingo (is that a contraction? no… is that a contraction?? no…) and looking at the weather. According to this here study – Meteorological factors and timing of the initiating event of human parturition – there is a real (if small) association between high atmospheric pressure and the onset of labor.

And lo, if there isn’t a storm system coming through at the end of this week, followed by a pressure spike.

weather

So somehow I’ve been reduced to weather-watching in the hopes that I can somehow predict the unpredictable.

I can only imagine how much worse this will get once I pass my due date.

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Week 39: Will She, Won’t She

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 11
Bra Size: 34A  38C

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12 10
Con: 19
Int: 12 11
Wis: 14 13
Cha: 18 16

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

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, Greater Braxton Hicks

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), wth mornings (-2 con), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Awkward Maneuvering (-2 Dex), Pregnancy Brain (-1 Int), Impatient (-2 Cha)

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

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

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

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus, Project Queen

Diseases/Curses: Recovering from Tendonsis (-1 Str), Ingrown Toenail (-2 Dex), Anxiety (-1 Wis)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 19.96″ crown to heel
Weight: 7.25 lb

Str: 7
Dex: 6
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 14

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

I don’t know who at Ovia is sniffing glue, but according to them Lady Jr is the size of a house cat, variety American Shorthair. Yeah:

 

 

No.

 

Overall: On the one hand, I know that it’s substantially more likely that Lady Jr will come after 40 weeks. On the other hand I’m 39 weeks and IT IS A THING THAT COULD HAPPEN.

I 100% understand why people start going a tad bit crazy towards the end of pregnancy.

That said, I feel fine. We’ve been ready for this baby since 36 weeks and now I’m checking my watch and wondering if she’ll be on time or fashionably late. I’m still working. I’m still mowing the lawn and doing the dishes and acting like a normal human being.

I’m also in a weird bit of denial. It’s hard to believe there is a legit baby in me and even harder to believe that baby will be coming out. She even wiggles and moves and stretches and I’m still like “…yup…weird stomach doing weird things.”

 

Pre-Labor Bingo:

So far we’ve got:

  • Nigh constant Braxton Hicks.
  • Occasional mild, period-like cramps.
  • Lots of mucus.
  • Increased pressure in my pelvis.
  • Lower back ache.
  • Overall feeling like I’m going to start my period tomorrow.

 

Preparations for Lady Jr: We swung by and officially put our name on the waitlist for childcare this morning. On the one hand, I’m relieved to know we’ll have a place for her that’s nearby and pretty awesome. On the other hand, it breaks my heart a little that we have to do all this in the first place. I’m a little (see: a lot) jealous of other countries where mothers get at least six months off, but I can’t even think about asking for that in a country where three months is seen as generous and I haven’t even been with this company over a year. That’s a whole ‘nother rant though.

We also hit up Costco this weekend, stocked up on basic supplies (toilet paper, soap, etc), and froze some breakfast sandwiches. We went searching for a ring carrier at the second hand stores in our area and, when we found nothing, ended up ordering one online. And we went for a lot of loooong walks. Sun out, sixty degrees – it was lovely.

 

Exercise: Walking. Cleaning. A little bit of lifting – if you can call throwing an empty barbell around lifting. I’ve been doing more kettlebell swings to help keep my hips strong. I’ve also continued air squats when I remember and just keep stretching when I have breaks. The change in weather has been absolute bliss, because I can finally go outside and feel comfortable and not get eaten by a swarm of mosquitoes, so I’ve been taking a number of smaller walks throughout the day.

 

Appointments: One last Thursday.

Cool Story Bro time: Omg my wife. So, I got my GBS results back and I’m negative (yaaay), but Dr Lady was a little disappointed. She admitted to me (and the doc) that if I had been positive, she would have asked for a culture to try and grow in the lab. The doc kind of looked at her for a moment, then promised that – one scientist to another – if she (the doc – who also happens to be pregnant) turns out to be positive for GBS, she will totally call Dr Lady up and offer her a culture. Which made Dr Lady’s day. And that’s the story of how my wife and my OB are the bestest buds now.

Otherwise everything is still measuring fine. I have another appointment this Thursday, then one next Wednesday if Lady Jr hasn’t made her exit by then. I’m starting to think she won’t.

 

Dr Lady: Antsy to meet Lady Jr. Getting into that anxious it-could-be-any-time phase, which is difficult in the lab because most of her experiments are two-dayers, so she has to be able to plan ahead. She’s also super excited about taking two weeks off and spending it with just me and Lady Jr.

 

Progress Photo:

39 Weeks

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Daycares, Oof

We visited our first daycare yesterday. Yes, at 38+ weeks. I know we’re a little on the late side of things, but it’s just been so hard to think that far ahead, plus settling in after the Move and getting all the things done wot are 100% necessary right now.

We actually started looking at the beginning of September, but when our first choice turned out to have a 1.5 year waitlist, we… got a little discouraged.

But Lady Jr will be here, and soon, and although I’ll be working from home when I return, and part time at that, I know I won’t be able to focus with such a cute infant nearby. Plus, I’m a big proponent of early interaction with other human beings and of getting help raising a kid (I am pro-villages). Depending on waitlists, we might do in-home care for a short while, but I definitely want that socialization by the time she’s six months. Plus, I need socialization and I might be hoping I’ll meet some other moms through the daycare.

Anyway, all that’s to say: wow. Daycare. Walking in, I finally realized that we’ll be the parents. We’ll have to think about pre-school someday and then real school. There will be parent teacher associations and baked goods and homework and omg I’m not ready for that.

Thankfully, we don’t have to be ready for that yet, but wow. I’m only just coming to terms that there’s going to be a major change in our lives in the coming days weeks.

I also realized I don’t know jack about daycare. I did a little bit of research to figure out what I should ask, what I should look for beforehand and still went in feeling like I just radiated newb.

But I came out feeling pretty good about this one. They’re reasonably priced (inasmuch as daycare can be reasonable without subsidies), they have a lot of other part-timers, they seemed clean and in control, they’re very close, they have books about bugs (A++ in Dr Lady’s book), they’re literally across the street from a hospital (woo!), and they had a diverse group of kids and adults.

That said, since I fully admit to knowing nothing about daycare, I want to look at a few more just to be sure. So we have another appointment on Monday and hopefully a third soon. Then we’ll make a decision about who’s gonna take care of Lady Jr for part of the week, which seems like a bigger decision than it feels.

Any advice is welcome, although it seems a large part of it is just seeing who we “click” with and feel good about. Also who we can visit together as an openly same-sex couple and not get any weirdness. And doesn’t cost more than I make in a week, oof.

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Week 38: Running Out of Weeks

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 11
Bra Size: 34A  38C

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12 10
Con: 19 17
Int: 12 11
Wis: 14 13
Cha: 18

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

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, Greater Braxton Hicks

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), wth mornings (-2 con), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Awkward Maneuvering (-2 Dex), Pregnancy Brain (-1 Int)

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

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

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

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus, Project Queen

Diseases/Curses: Too Much To Do, Recovering from Tendonsis (-1 Str), Ingrown Toenail (-2 Dex), Anxiety (-1 Wis)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 19.61″ crown to heel
Weight: 6.80 lb

Str: 7
Dex: 6
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 14

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

According to some doctors, Lady Jr is full term. According to others, she needs to wait another week. I’m going to encourage her to stay put for at least another week, even though she’s now the size of a Pomeranian (!?):

 

 

Overall: I feel like once I got hit by the full-size bus that is the 3rd trimester around 34-35 weeks, it hasn’t gotten much worse. I’ve learned to cope with the discomfort and so, even though I’m still limited, having trouble eating, and sometimes need to sit for 20min and catch my breath from just existing, it’s all quite bearable.

Last week at work was rough, but we pushed hard and finished the betas on both big projects with room to breathe. Sometime this week we’ll get the revisions back and done, then turn in the final versions. I’m more than a little relieved. Next big project is due in a month, but I’ll be able to help a bit over the coming week (or two) and then I’m confident my coworker can handle the rest.

I also got some good news in another part of my life that I’ve been sorely neglecting. Whether or not that pans out into shareable news, we’ll see in (again) the coming weeks. This is both the worst and best time to receive any news on that, because on the one hand, I have zero emotional energy or excitement, but on the other hand, at least I won’t be refreshing my email every three seconds until I hear something.

 

Pre-Labor Bingo: At this point I’ve pretty much experienced all the fun bits of pregnancy that I’m gonna experience and now my body is segueing into labor mode. From what I’ve read, pre-labor is the body ramping up for the Real Deal and can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. So nothing means anything but every little thing could mean something! Let’s go crazy!!

So far we’ve got:

  • Nigh constant Braxton Hicks.
  • Occasional mild, period-like cramps.
  • Lots of mucus.
  • Increased pressure in my pelvis. Baby doesn’t appear to have dropped, but she’s moved down a little and/or is stretching out.

So basically still thinking I’ve got at least 2 weeks to go.

 

Preparations for Lady Jr: Less for Lady Jr, more for us at this point. We have two freezer meals prepped and frozen and a handful lined up for next weekend. I am making a shiite ton of gluten-free pumpkin granola for snacks. We washed the cloth diapers that we ordered & received, so those are ready. We practiced our diaper folding skills and I think we both have a basic understanding of how to do it now. I put a few more things into the hospital bag (chap stick, hair tie, lotion…).

We had a tour of the hospital last Thursday. It was very helpful – now when I think about What Is to Come, I have a real place I can picture. It has everything I hoped for for a hospital birth – private room, birth ball, private shower, squat bar, adjustable lights and thermostat, space to walk around, and readily available drugs. My birth plan is pretty simple – stay mobile, avoid drugs unless the pain is stalling things or unbearable, stay flexible – and the hospital seems pretty in line with all that. I just don’t want to feel like I’m being forced into anything or having my agency taken away and they don’t seem like the kind of place that would do that.

 

Exercise: More walking. Lots of walking. We had a friend visiting for the week and we went on a lot of Pokewalks with her, which was awesome. I also did a little lifting, although it’s definitely slowing down even more. I’m trying to just get in a few air squats here and there throughout the day and stay mobile.

 

Appointments: One last Thursday. Everything’s still fine. I forgot to ask about my Group B Strep test from the week before and they didn’t say anything. Probably fine? Of course, now I checked their online portal and there’s… nothing… so. Hmm. Oof, and I made the mistake of looking at my weight. Blrgh.

Another this Thursday. Appointments all the Thursdays!

 

Dr Lady: I’ve started her on a few strength exercises to slowly ease her back into lifting and make her ankle stronger. If it weren’t for her toenail, she’d be walking longer distances. But alas, that’s devolving quickly. She saw the doctor for it and now she’s going to go see a podiatrist. I only hope they can do something in the next week because man, we do not want to be fucking around with foot problems after Lady Jr arrives.

Otherwise, still nesting, still trying to get as much done as she can, in lab and at home. She got the TDAP shot last week and suffered a mild fever for her valiant effort. Now she is up to date on all of her vaccines, though.  Woo!

 

Progress Photo:

38 Weeks

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Week 37: It’s Getting Cramped in Here

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 11
Bra Size: 34A  38C

Str: 18 16
Dex: 12 10
Con: 19 17
Int: 12 11
Wis: 14 13
Cha: 18

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

Feats: Natural Immunity, Iron WillRun, Nap, Greater Braxton Hicks

Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), wth mornings (-2 con), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Awkward Maneuvering (-2 Dex), Bad Sleep (-1 Cha), Pregnancy Brain (-1 Int)

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

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

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

Feats: Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus, Project Queen

Diseases/Curses: Too Much To Do, Recovering from Tendonsis (-1 Str), Ingrown Toenail (-1 Dex), Anxiety (-1 Wis)

Player Three

Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 19.13″ crown to heel
Weight: 6.30 lb

Str: 7
Dex: 6
Con: 10
Int: 1
Wis: 1
Cha: 14

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

Lady Jr is pretty much set to go, it’d just be nice if she stayed put and gained a few more ounces. I hope she does!

This week, she is apparently the size of a skunk, a few of which I’ve seen tottering around our yard during the evening and definitely smelled at night:

 

Overall: Honestly, things are going pretty well. I’m uncomfortable, but that’s to be expected. I’m frustrated with my inability to do basic things – like walk long distances, pick up awkward objects, and garden – but I can still keep up with the cats and my wife and work. I’m learning to work with and around the discomfort, although it’s hard to remember to be kind and gentle with myself.

We went apple picking this weekend as a mini baby moon. I want to do more to get out of the house in the coming weeks, especially as it’s finally cooling down. I can’t help but be sad that I wasn’t able to reach out and make friends before the inevitable baby coccooning happened, but between moving and getting set up and working full time, I honestly don’t know how I could have made that happen. But now it’s autumn and apparently we’re going to mimic the seasons and start slowing down and turning inwards. Hopefully, come spring we’ll be ready to blossom and begin anew.

Work is exciting. Betas on the two big projects are due end of this week, the complete projects are due end of next week. These looming deadlines are the only reason I sometimes expect Lady Jr might come early, hah. Or maybe it will be right afterwards, when I can finally breathe and relax. Or maybe my original prediction of 4 days past her due date, or maybe Oct 16th which is the next full moon – who knows??

 

Fun(!) New Symptoms: Severe hip pain from sleeping. It sucks. It also makes me not want to go to bed, ever. I have a pregnancy pillow that goes between my knees, but it doesn’t always stay there. I am a wiggly sleeper, apparently. I also cannot wait to be able to sleep on my back again. Just 0-5 more weeks!

Hemorrhoids. They’re not severe in the least, but long walks = major discomfort. Suffice to say, I do not appreciate one of my few remaining Fun Activities being severely truncated.

Related: more pressure in my pelvis and everything in that area in general. My bladder is somehow even more squished than it was.

 

Preparations for Lady Jr: We re-arranged all the furniture in the bedroom so that now it makes a little more sense and the crib fits comfortably in a side-car position. We still need to attach the crib to the bed so that it can’t be pushed away – which is very necessary because I’m already doing that on my own, lol – but otherwise we’re set.

We made the final Amazon baby registry purchase, grabbing all of the completion discount we could and the items we think will be Necessary and/or Very Useful. Mostly this is a disparate jumble of odds n’ ends, like a mirror for the car, a changing pad cover, a big-ass water bottle (for me), baby nail clippers, a diaper pail liner, snappis, and a portable changing pad. We are so Ready.

 

Exercise: So much walking. We did an hour-long pokewalk with some of Dr Lady’s science acquaintances on Thursday and we went apple picking on Sunday and I’ve been going for 15-20min walks throughout the day during the work week. I’ve also been doing air squats and stretches whenever I’m stuck in a boring meeting for work and have hit the garage gym for a more “normal” workout.

 

Appointments: One last Thursday. Everything checks out, still normal for growth, still normal heartbeat. I mentioned the shiite ton of BH I’ve been having and the OB wasn’t concerned. OB also doesn’t do cervix checks, which I find somewhat calming. I’ve read too many stories about women who weren’t at all dilated going into labor the next day and women at 2-3cm who stayed that way for weeks, so I prefer not to know either way.

Appointments are weekly now, so I have another one this Thursday.

 

Dr Lady: Manic. Nesting. Adorable as all get-out. She was the one who insisted we get the last few baby things we (probably) need and then get out of the house. She also spent Sunday morning landscaping the yard, something I kept trying to help with but I just. can’t. bend like that. anymore.

She’s easily walking as far as I am these days. She still has an ingrown toenail, but now she has a dr’s appointment to get that checked out this week. Her other foot continues to improve, I just can’t challenge her anymore.

Lab is a bit hard for her, since she will be working up until Lady Jr makes her debut, whenever that is. Since she has to plan experiments and set things up that can take several days to several weeks to complete, it’s a little stressful for her not knowing *when*.

 

Progress Photo:

37 Weeks

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