Tim has been taking great care of the boys the last few days while I've not been feeling so great. Ivy mentioned today that I might have allergies.... I've been having colds for so long that allergies never really occurred to me. I think she's right. There's really no other explanation (that I know of) for cold symptoms AND itchy eyes.
Whenever I get a cold I try to take it really easy. There's a wonderful story behind that, if you aren't queasy at the moment. When I was about six, I got the flu..... and not the fever kind-- the barfing kind. And I was convinced I was better, because I hadn't barfed in a long time. Dad told me to take it easy, but I was convinced that I was better, so I got up to play. I was at the top of the stairs when I barfed. Yep, poor mother had to clean up my barf on our beautiful beige carpet. Ever since then I've been pretty hesitant to overdo it. But, if this really is just allergies, I'm going to have to start doing a little more. Yes, Spring Break is next week, but nevertheless, I'm sure Tim could use a little help, no matter how strongly he's urging me to rest.
I think the allergy feeling is being compounded by a new stage of pregnancy. Throughout this pregnancy I've had the stomach stretching feeling every once in a while. It would get really bad every once in a while, where I felt like I'd done a million crunches. I have some of that feeling now, but it is more like my stomach is extra extra tight and much, much bigger than it was. I'm a little uncomfortable now sitting Indian style (I reject the PC crisscross apple sauce) when I am wearing my jeans, because they force Ilse up and into my ribs.
Also, I never thought I would say this, but I wish I hadn't learned to breathe correctly in Chambers. I remember back in the good old days where I could breathe and my shoulders would move up (just like most of the population breathes) and then, I went to school and learned the right way. And now, I can't take a deep breath down in my tummy. Humph. :) And I don't know how to breathe the old way any more, so I feel like I am continually out of breath. This part truly isn't a big deal, but I thought I'd put it down for posterity anyway.
And worse....... it is off center. I know. That sounds crazy, but I always thought this part of pregnancy would bother me, and sure enough, if does. Ilse needs to get with the program and try to stay centered. :)
The pregnancy tiredness has come back, and in just a week or so I'll go the glucola test at the doctor. I'm getting a better feeling about it, so maybe it will be ok. And I'm trying to remember to drink lots of grape juice because it does lower blood pressure, according to a recent study. At 28 weeks, I'll begin going to the doctor every two weeks, and Lord willing, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia will stay far away from me, and Ilse will grow to term instead of having to come early.
And here's a secret. I LOVE being in Ilse's room. I just like to open the door and smell the fresh clean air in there, see the pretty furniture, and anticipate being in there for hours.
That's all that's been going on around here. :)