Ugh, I’ve been so lazy lately. Still no baby, in case you’re wondering :( We are getting VERY impatient.
Tomorrow I’ll be 39 weeks. I think I may have started feeling practice contractions, but I really don’t know. I haven’t had much in the way of “labor on the way” symptoms. Last week I had some IBS type symptoms, and thought my body might be “cleaning me out” to prepare for labor. But yeah, that went nowhere. I’ve been feeling a bit more pressure “down there.” But other than that, nothing to report. So not exciting.
So, I’ll catch you up on what else has been going on the last 2 weeks.
June 26. 36w and 3d. Think I was headed to the chiropractor…
Speaking of the chiropractor, it’s actually been working wonders! I guess it took a few sessions to kick in or whatever, but I’ve been going 2x a week and my back feels great! In case you are wondering, this is the office I’m going to, and I’m seeing Dr. Baret, he is great! He is very personable, and he remembers details about my life, a first for any doctor here! As far as I know, all the doctors there speak English.
June 29, 36w 6d. My last doctor’s appointment, 2 weeks ago.
This was from my last doctor’s appointment. It was pretty uneventful. We were told he was weighing about 7 lbs at this point. He said “See you in 2 weeks.” And we were sent on our way…
June 30, 37 weeks. Swollen feet are no joke.
I was pretty desperate this day from my swollen feet. My genius husband had the idea to christen the baby bath by using it to soak my feet! He filled it with ice-cold water, and it was pretty great actually!
Jully 1. 37w 1d. You best believe I airbrushed my cellulite right outta this picture!
Well, I tried to anyway…This was the day I went to the pool all by myself for the first time. I took this pic to send to my husband, asking if I was too hideous to been seen in public. I mean I was squeezing my very pregnant self into my old small bottoms, and x-small top. All giant belly, and extra 40 pounds of me. But you know what, who cares in the end?! I’ve seen women of all shapes and sizes here rocking their bikinis. I am growing a person, so I’m cutting myself some slack! (Or trying to at least.) And the pool has been glorious! I’ll probably go twice this week if I can.
Here’s the pool nearest to us. Randomly built into a field. That’s how they do it here…
4th of July at the pool in Lausanne. 37w 4 d.
For 4th of July we just went to the pool in Lausanne. We told folks we were going and to meet us there if they wanted. We had a big bash at our place last year, and this year we just kept it very low-key. I’m hoping next year to spend the whole month of July in the US!
Beer and Chips, what else could you ask for?
Unfortunately, because I was sitting with my feet down ALL day (when I wasn’t in the pool) they got SO swollen :( We borrowed some Epsom salts from my IL’s when we got home, but they didn’t really help. And the next day, we couldn’t find ANY of our own! Finding Epsom salts seems to be a huge hassle here for some reason. I had one friend tell me she found some at Migros, but since I never actually go the grocery store anymore these days…. We did find some online, but they were 9chf for 1kg! My mom actually just sent me some. She paid 4.39 usd for a 6lb bag!
Speaking of all that, I’ve been getting very frustrated lately with how much more expensive things are here! Another example is batteries. Since we put together the baby bouncer, and swing, we decided to get rechargeable batteries for them. We need C and D size ones. So one day I went and bought them, and for 2 batteries it was 25chf! I got 2 packs of each, so I spent 100chf on batteries! When I got home I looked online at Target, and for the same EXACT pack it was 9.99 usd. Seriously…how is that legal??
Did you hear about the Swiss Heatwave?! Yeah, it was a big deal. Temps reported in the upper 90s and even into the 100s. I personally prefer this type of summer over the one we had last year. That is to say, no summer at all. BUT, the fact that air conditioning practically doesn’t exist here, and being 9 months pregnant has not really bode well for me. If we were living in “the real world” where AC was the norm, I wouldn’t even be complaining. But here is what we’re working with…
Our portable AC unit.
Now, we’ve been in this apartment like 3 years I think? And this is the first summer we’ve had to use this here. It’s not great, but it makes it bearable. I just hate the logistics of it…I mean how does this make sense?
You have to leave the door OPEN.
Ok, so you have this exhaust hose coming from the AC unit, and it has to go outside. If we owned our place (perish the thought) we could cut a hole in our window and stick the hose outside. It came with this thing that would close the hole when not in use. Think of a cat door. But since we are renters (like 90 percent of people here I’d say) that’s not an option. So we stupidly have to leave the door open like this. And this is in our living room area. This is actually the best case scenario in our home. We have no “real” windows that slide up anywhere. All of the other windows in the bedrooms are doors, and they either open in towards you, or tilt down into the room, opening at the top. Making it really hard to use the AC, because the opening is much bigger, thus letting in hot air from outside. Plus we are on the ground floor, so you know…bugs and spiders.
One night last week, we were going to use the AC in our room overnight, because I was just SO hot. Well, after D went to sleep, I was reading with my kindle paperwhite, and little bugs kept getting attracted to the light. So around 12:30am I was freaking out and paranoid that our room was filling up with bugs and spiders. I woke D up to tell him to abandon the AC for the night, and shut the damn door/window. About an hour later I woke up, sweating. I started sobbing because pregnancy…and D woke up. He was like, “What’s wrong?” And I was like, “I’M HOOTTTTTTT ::sob:: ::sob::” Like, snot dripping, can’t breathe sobbing. He sprang into action and got me an ice pack and a wet towel. It helped, and I eventually calmed down and cooled off enough to go back to sleep. But UGH, what an ordeal! So yeah, we have a high powered fan pointed directly at us at night, and some nights I bring a wet towel, and/or an ice pack to sleep with me. Not the healthiest thing I’ve heard, but OH WELL!
We have really got to move.
July 8 was my 35th Birthday. If I wasn’t so distracted by pregnancy, and looking forward to the arrival of my son, I might be depressed.
D took off of work, and the plan was to go to the pool. That’s all I wanted to do! But of course, that was the day that the heat wave decided to break, and temps barely made it out of the 70s. Ugh! So we settled for a movie date, and saw The Minions. It was pretty funny.
My mom had asked me what I wanted, and since no one got us the diaper bag we wanted from our registry, I just told her to get that, so she did. She sent some other fun things too.
Awesome Avengers diaper bag.
The bag is from Grandma and Baby Turtle, on Etsy.
For dinner, we went to D’s parents house.
I was 38w and 1d on my Birthday. I was going to do my hair…but I didn’t.
On Saturday, we finally got another pool day. It’s best to get there before 11am to get a good parking spot. We left just before 2pm I think, because it was started to get really crowded and annoying. Because we weren’t officially in the heat wave anymore, the water felt a little chilly. But it was still great!
Handsome husband, unaware that I was taking his pic.
Have I mentioned that D and I pretty much weigh the same now? Oy…
This is what 38 weeks and 4 days of pregnant looks like.
Like, holy crap.
At least I learned my lesson after 4th of July, and brought my “good” chair, so my feet could be up. Not sure what I’ll do when I go back by myself, because this thing is a bitch to carry.
So there you are. Like I said, I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow. I pretty much didn’t think I’d still be pregnant at this point, and I’m really curious as to what the doctor will say at my appointment later today. Stay tuned!