My, time is certainly flying. This pregnancy is nearly 3/4 over! So much for weekly entries, huh?
The last time I went to the doctor, we scheduled all my appointments through the end of my pregnancy. It really brought home how close I am to becoming a mommy. I'm so excited! My next appointment is on March 30th, then the three after that are spaced 2 weeks apart, and then all the rest are only one week apart.
My boss and HR have been great about it. They've been letting me take shorter lunches rather than using vacation hours. I'll have very little vacation time available when I go on leave, but at least it will provide a little more than a week's worth of wages. I've been there such a short time that the rest of my maternity leave will be unpaid. But I knew that before we started trying.
Last week, my team at work surprised me with a little baby shower-type lunch. It was so sweet of them. They put together a diaper cake with a rattle, hand wipes, lotion, a bottle, and a bib that says "I was born cute". They bought an adorable cupcake cake shaped like an umbrella. And then, as if that weren't enough, they also gave me a $50 gift card for Babies R Us. I thought it was so generous and thoughtful of them.
Baby moves a lot now. Sometimes it catches me off guard with a really strong kick, and I let out a little gasp, then look around to make sure no one heard me. I'm not complaining; it's really fun and exciting and comforting.
I've finally signed up for online childbirth classes. Unfortunately, I now have to wait for them to call me so I can pay for it. I guess they're taking baby steps into the online world. I would have liked to have taken classes in person, but it's just too hard with my schedule. I'm glad they have this option. It does include an actual tour of the birthing center and facilities at the hospital, so it's not entirely virtual. That will ease my mind a lot.