1. In 1 week, or up to 7, we're going to have offspring. I'm going to miss having a Puggle under my heart but I am keen to meet them. Not so keen on the regular back ache and slight cramps and other feelings I'm having. Another 7 weeks of that, plus the agony of waking up with sore, will make me a very unhappy person.
2. I have started a "sentence a day" journal for Puggles. This is part of The Happiness Project Toolbox, which includes a Happiness Manifesto:
- To be happy, you need to consider feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
- One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
- The days are long, but the years are short.
- You're not happy unless you think you're happy.
- Your body matters.
- Happiness is other people.
- Think about yourself so you can forget yourself.
- "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light."—G. K. Chesterton
- What's fun for other people may not be fun for you, and vice versa.
- Best is good, better is best.
- Outer order contributes to inner calm.
- Happiness comes not from having more, not from having less, but from wanting what you have.
- You can choose what you do, but you can't choose what you like to do.
- "There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy." —Robert Louis Stevenson
- You manage what you measure.
3. I am having my 2nd 30th birthday tonight. My birthday is actually in a month's time, but that of course is roughly when Puggles is due, so I celebrated early.
EDITED TO ADD: Kate from Craftastrophies completely and utterly outdid herself. She organised my friends (which is probably similar but a lot less fun than herding cats or nailing jelly to a tree) to buy me a Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer:
This is completely blowing me out of the water. I have a freakin' KITCHENAID in my kitchen! And I'm not afraid to use it! There will be LOTS more baking going on here!!
4. I have my blessingway next weekend. I am excited about this but it also feels a little like all my women friends are coming to wish me farewell and good luck on a journey only I can go on, alone. Oh wait - that's exactly what I'm doing.
5. Puggles is growing apace, bobbing in and out of my pelvis depending on what day it is, which is all kinds of fun.
6. My plan is to insist on a 10 day baby moon, where I stay in bed and not a lot else goes on. Gloria Lemay suggested how to ask for help during this period for this but I'm lucky to have friends who are not that intrusive!
7. I've been having some issues with my (low) blood sugar so my midwife encouraged me to get a blood glucose monitor. Easy done - just go to a chemist and buy. Or so I thought. Found the one I wanted and nope, the $35 prices was actually $65. Not ok in my book but my midwife is going to buy it off me so it's not really a matter of $$ at this stage. The consumables though - $55 for a box of 100 test strips!!! SHEESH! Then to get home and test drive it before I have to do a fasting one (first thing in the morning) only to discover that I was sold the wrong test strips. So now I'm waiting for the pharmacist to open so I can go back and sort this out.
8. I'm looking forward to my new body. Soft, squidgy, booby and stretch-marked.
9. The next set of 10 will be "10 things pregnant women won't tell you" because there are some lessons I want to share in the last few weeks of this pregnancy.
10. Happiness is handmade pasta and meatballs.