Week 28 (November 22-28)
Overall Mood: Excited
Physical Symptoms: Never ending heartburn and hunger
Baby Movement: He has found my ribs- hurts just as bad as bladder kicks
Bump Changes: Still rounding out
Cravings: Cheese, fried potatoes
Any Other Event: Ate way more than I should have on thanksgiving (and the following two days)
Week 27 (November 15-21)
Overall Mood: Exhausted
Physical Symptoms: Fatigue, lots of heartburn
Baby Movement: Waking up to crotch kicks
Bump Changes: Finally rounding out!
Cravings: Sweets, specifically chocolate and cinnamon
Any Other Event: Started Maternity Leave (Early due to COVID risk)
COVID-19 is no joke, especially not to pregnant women. Our main job is to keep the little guy inside of us safe, even though they put us even further at risk. Cases are even higher than when we went into lockdown eight months ago and I work in one of the top three places COVID is commonly spread.
I was recently told by my employer that being afraid of COVID is a “personal fear” and that they likely will not be taking any more measures to protect us beyond making masks mandatory for employees (but a suggestion for not the people we come in contact with and have to stand within 6 feet of throughout our shifts). I understand that they are trying to please the guests, but seriously? No plastic/glass between myself and them? Or a sign that tells them to stand back a few feet and not breathe in my face?
My original plan was to work until I physically can not, or until I go into labor. It was not an easy decision, but honestly, I’m terrified. I’ve already stopped going out except for essentials and I don’t leave the house without a mask. It’s a shame others can’t do the same.
I am lucky enough to be in a position with the company where I can start my leave early. Starting November 25th, I will be on maternity leave until (most likely) May of 2021.
My plan for now is to do online work and try to boost my book sales on different platforms, ultimately monetizing my blog. We’ll see how that goes. I really appreciate everyone’s support, personally or by just reading what I write.
Week 26 (November 8-14)
Overall Mood: On Edge
Physical Symptoms: Round ligament pain, fatigue
Baby Movement: Random kicks throughout the day, no longer just at night.
Bump Changes: Rapidly outgrowing pants! Leggings are becoming my best friend.
Cravings: Cheesy and fried potatoes
Extra: Picked a location for the baby shower! Let the planning begin!
Week 25 (November 1-7)
Overall Mood: Eager
Physical Symptoms: Round ligament pain and stretching of stomach
Baby Movement: Consistent. Mostly just at night, but sometimes in the mornings.
Bump Changes: Rapidly growing. I woke up with a speed bump on my belly on 11/6.
Cravings: Salt and vinegar chips
Extra: His kicks are hard enough to be felt by others. Isaiah was kicked in the face while blowing raspberries on the bump. OBGYN appointment on 11/3. Heart rate is still strong and everything seems to be on track!