23 weeks: cooperate, child

Kid, why do you refuse to let your dad feel you kick?  You beat the shit out of me all day long, and the second I feel some good ones, I tell Merry, he runs to try and feel them, and then nothing.  Brat.

Maybe she’ll make up for it by kicking him constantly when she’s out.  That sounds like a plan.

Had quite a good weekend – allergies weren’t awesome, but that was more due to our cleaning and my house full of dust and pet dander.  Sigh.  Sleeping is getting slightly more uncomfortable, but I wiggle around until I make do.  I have a body pillow, but it takes up so much room in the bed that I hate using it.  Otherwise, I’m still smooth sailing when it comes to the downsides of pregnancy.  Despite my having to take medication, I’m actually having a remarkably easy pregnancy.  I’m still surprised by that.  I should probably shut up about it, lest I jinx it.

I had my first stranger today ask when I was due.  It was super odd, and I actually had to think for a minute before I replied, “October”.  That happened last time at the midwife clinic too – I totally forgot my due date for a second.  Oops.  I really am getting pretty forgetful in some ways. 

Today, I also had a fantastic score at a Goodwill – I found a Moby wrap!  Only $5, and considering those suckers are $60 new, I’m pretty damn happy.  One more thing to check off of my list.  The need to buy part of that list is actually pretty small at the moment – the last three expensive purchases are crib & mattress (which my dad is buying), an Ergo carrier, and some more cloth diapers.  At this point, I only need infant prefolds and size 1 Thirsties covers – I’m totally set with size 2, although I need a few more premium prefolds.  Of course, I keep buying random pockets and all-in-ones that I don’t freaking need off of Craigslist, because I have a problem.

I also decided to randomly check how many points we had with my bank for my debit card rewards program, and holy shit – we have 18,000!  This means we can get up to $150 in gift cards for retail like Kroger or Babies R Us, or about $200 in restaurant cards!  It’s years worth of points, after all, and we’ve never spent any, but damn.  It’s really a great discovery, and I’m looking forward to deciding with Merry what combination of cards to get. 

I have my next midwife appointment a week from tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure that’s my last appointment of my second trimester – I’m sure I’ll be going to 2 week intervals after that.  I’m scared of the third trimester, only because there’s just so much still to do.  Merry has three days off in a row next week – perhaps shit will get done then.  That would be a very good thing.  🙂

My new niece was born today – she’s #3 for my brother-in-law.  In three years of marriage.  (They’re Orthodox Jews, they work fast.)  Seeing pictures of her is only making me antsy for my own little dudette to come, although she doesn’t need to be in a hurry, that’s for sure.  Still, I am the next one to go, so there you are.  And then we’re going to STOP at one kid for a good long while. 

My kitten, Leo, has decided that the Moby is for him, and he’s all curled up on it.  Eh, he has black fur, and it’s black fabric.  That’s what washing machines are for.  😛