It's safe to say that I've "popped" in last week or two. I'm 29 weeks today which all the books agree means I've hit the third trimester. Not much to report on the pregnancy front. I'm still feeling as well as ever, with some swelling in my feet and ankles my only real complaint. It's definitely far worse on the days I don't keep up my fluid intake so I'm trying to remember to drink lots of water, especially as the weather warms up.
Preparations in the baby room are now well underway, with the room now empty and ready for the major work once we return from our Christmas holidays.
The big news is that I have officially finished work for at least twelve months. I genuinely love my job so I feel strongly about returning. However I'm also aware that how I feel now isn't necessarily how I will feel once I have that baby in my arms.
I have friends who've fully intended to return to work, only to find that there is no way in the world they want to leave their child. I also have friends who've stopped work with full intentions of becoming a stay-at-home parent, only to discover that they want and need to get back to work.
With that in mind, I'm trying not to hold myself to any definite plan. Right now I very much want to return to my job that I love, but in six or twelve months I might feel very differently.
One thing is for certain though, having finished up so long before my due date, and never having had any extended period of time off work before, I intend to FULLY enjoy this new-found freedom and make the most of my empty days (for the next couple of months at least).
I can think of plenty of things that I'm going to enjoy about not working, starting now:
- Going to the gym/supermarket/post office between the hours of 9am and 2pm on weekdays.
- Having breakfast at the dining table while reading a book every morning instead of in the office while going through my emails.
- Making doctor's appointments for the middle of the day.
- Being able to sign for parcels at my front door instead of having to line up for them at the post office after 5pm.
- Getting in some MAJOR crochet time.
- Trying out all the recipes that I've saved but never got around to cooking.
- Getting really well acquainted with daytime TV.
Things I will not be doing:
- Worrying about the train timetable.
- Waking up to an alarm.
- Wearing enclosed shoes.
- Sorting out whether the photocopier is broken, the security door is broken, the lift is broken, the coffee machine is broken…
- Trying to figure out what work-appropriate but pregnant-friendly outfit I can wear each day.
- Eating my lunch out of microwaved plastic, or paying $10 for a focaccia.
I wonder how long it will take me to get bored?