Well, I haven't blogged in a bit so I thought I'd do a quick catch up of what's been going on with us. I am now going to the doctor every 2 weeks and everything is checking out normal. They told me I have to start doing these daily "kick counts" where I choose a 2 hour period to count and make sure the baby has moved 10 times during those 2 hours. Of course I have felt the baby moving for some time now, but when you assign a number to it, the worry sets in. Of course it seemed like that very next day he wasn't moving much. What if he only moves 9 times - what does that mean? But, no worries. It's all in my head these crazy thoughts. As you can see below, Biscuit is trying to get in on the action. That's another thing.... not only do I have to keep track of the kicks on the inside, but I have to avoid the little paw kicks on the outside. The dogs don't understand why they can't use my belly as a stepping stone to my face for kisses.
A few weeks ago, I was plagued with a side symptom of pregnancy (believe me, there's many) - an ingrown toenail (due to the extra weight and swollen feet). I have never had one before and hope to never have one again! I tried to nurse it myself for a few days before the pain during the night became so bad that I couldn't sleep. It actually would shoot up the bone in my big toe. So I ended up at the foot doctor for him to work his magic. I won't get into detail - just like I didn't get a close up picture of it - but it still took about a week to heal after that. Ouch!
During this time, I wore my flat, roomy winter boots to work which looked a little odd with dress clothes. Because of this - and because of the thought of swollen feet now until the end - I decided I should invest in some cute flats to wear for Spring. Normally, my everyday footwear has some kind of a heel on it. Not a high, spiky heel but rather something chunky or a wedge. In past years, I've bought cute flats only to give up on them after a few wears. They would hurt or rub in some way or another no matter what I tried. I would buy inserts or spongy shields for the heels or toes. Nothing worked. But every time, I convince myself it will be different. I found some cute Skechers and bought them in brown and black. I wore a pair yesterday (after wearing them around the house for a few days to break them in) and found that nothing has changed. I think I just have to accept the fact that the structure of my feet are not made for flats. I wish that weren't the case because there are so many cute options out there! Flat boots are fine because the encompass my whole foot. But anything else will cut into my heel and across the top of my foot - weird!
Lastly, the "nesting" urges can be quite weird. I decided last weekend that the blinds in the bathroom were beyond dirty. So, into the bathtub they went where I meticulously washed each slat, slicing my finger in the process. While I'm at it, the silk plant way at the top shelf in the bathroom needs to be washed too. Oh, and the silverware tray! Just odd little things that you normally let go in your normal cleaning routine suddenly are top priority. Also, about this time last year I made a huge mixed media canvas for our kitchen that consisted of paint, scrapbook paper, stamps, etc.... There were 2 sections of it that bothered me that I didn't think looked "right". So, I finally decided to redo them. That meant resealing those sections once they were done with the clear texture product I used. That lead to me being picky about the edges and touching up this or that. I am proud to say that it is once again hanging on the wall and I feel like someone should take away all of my art supplies so that I do not drive myself crazy over it!
Anyway, that's about it for me lately. I think I need some jewelry studio "therapy" - soon!