You may recall that, last month, my awesome husband bought us a window clima for the bedroom, and that has been an absolute LIFESAVER allowing us comfortable sleep. I have spent many an afternoon next to that clima, but really, I can only sit in our bedroom for so many days in a row before I start going crazy. I tried to plan my days around going into the bedroom during the hottest part of the day (3pm - 6pm) and would save tasks for that time that could be easily done while sitting on the bed - like folding laundry, writing thank you cards, catching up on email, and reading my pregnancy books. But how boring does that sound? I still attempted to meet up with friends for lunch, run errands, and do the grocery shopping and cleaning in the early afternoon, but even 5 minutes walking outside in the heat made my feet and hands swell up to the point where I thought my fingers and toes would explode. Then, two weeks ago, Michael spent the week in Germany for a work conference, and it was during that week that my body decided to inflict upon me all the classic third trimester pregnancy symptoms: upset stomach, searing heartburn, heart palpitations, backaches, and insomnia. I felt like I was dying. The heartburn was horrible and spread all across my back in a cramp like a charlie horse that wouldn't go away for hours. I spent a few nights sleeping sitting up like I was in a chair and crying to Michael on the phone. I was finally able to get a hold of my doctor who prescribed some Gaviscon, which has really helped. I also changed my diet (eliminating tomatoes, onions, garlic, spicy foods - basically everything good) and try to eat smaller portions more often. I've still had some burning in my esophagus, but nothing like the tortuous heartburn I experienced while Michael was gone. Anyway, this post is not meant to be one long stream of complaints, but just to let you know why I've been missing the last two weeks. I was too miserable to move. The good news is that over the weekend, it poured. And that was just what we needed to break the heat, clear the humidity and bring some breeze into this city. I literally almost cried I was so happy. For the last 2 days we've been enjoying the mild 82° sunshine and even slept without the clima last night! At one point I turned to Michael and said, "I almost forgot what it was like to not be constantly sweating." Now I just have to hope that we've made it through the worst of the Montpellier summer. As hard as these last few weeks have been, I'm just really grateful that the timing of this pregnancy has been such that Bonbon will be born after the summer. I really cannot image having a newborn infant in this weather. Obviously, people do it, but how? For me, I think I would find it really overwhelming.
Other than the heat, I am back to feeling mostly good. I had my Glucose Tolerance Test a few weeks ago, and everything went well. I had been told by my doctor, midwife, and experienced friends here that I would indeed need to drink the awful sugar drink just like in the U.S. and stay at the lab for 2 hours. But when I got to the lab, they took my blood and told me to go home, eat a normal breakfast, and come back in 2 hours to have my blood drawn again. I was afraid I might be losing something in the translation and I asked them 3 or 4 times if they were sure there was no sugar drink for me, and they said No. Go home. So I thanked my lucky stars, went home for a scrumptious breakfast, relaxed on the couch, and went back in 2 hours for the second blood draw. Results were good. We had a whole slew of appointments last week - labor class with the midwife, our 3rd trimester ultrasound with the specialist, and my regular monthly appointment with the doctor. Our ultrasound went great, and the Bonbon is doing well. I really can't believe how clear those 3-D images are - she looks like a real baby ready to come out and she's so cute! Michael and I look at the picture probably 100 times a day. The only concern is that Bonbon is still breech. I'm in my 34th week, so she needs to turn soon! My doctor is sending me to an Osteopath, who will, according to our midwife, "touch on sensitive areas to encourage the baby to turn." She says that it usually works quite well and is something that they often try here before doing an external cephalic version. I've also been doing some exercises from Spinning Babies but I haven't felt her turn quite yet. Michael even tried what I can only assume is an old wive's tale of shining a flashlight at the the bottom of my belly to intrigue Bonbon and get her to come down and check it out. The first time he did it, she went crazy bouncing around in there and we couldn't stop laughing. But now it's old news and she's not really interested in the weird light at the bottom of her cozy home. She is stubborn, just like both her parents. Thanks to our extremely generous friends, we've made some serious progress on getting her room ready and gathering supplies. We borrowed a crib, a stroller, a carseat, a bassinet, blankets, a monitor, a Baby Bjorn and a vibrating baby seat. Michael and I went out and bought a dresser, bookshelf, crib mattress, changing pad, and all the necessary supplies like diapers, wipes, soaps, lotions, nursing pads, crib sheet, baby bath, etc. We have almost everything!
The last big item we want to buy is a sort-of-rocking chair that we found for a steal. I say it's a sort-of-rocking chair because it looks more like an office chair, but it's comfortable, reclines, swivels, has a footstool, and is under 200€, so that's what we're going with. I've also been washing all of her clothes, sheets, blankets, and burp cloths. We are really almost ready!
We just need to finish putting everything away, cleaning up the room, and wait for her arrival. Please think good turning thoughts for us! Any other ideas on how to get her to flip?