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We had a nice quiet weekend and got our broccoli planted on the farm and then hung around the house due to the weather. I am starting to add the rice cereal back to Claire's formula in hopes it will keep her full during the night and maybe we can cut out the midnight feeding eventually. We will see how it works!
Also, not sure if I have shared this story or not on the blog. I know some of you have heard it. But the weekend before I went into labor, Trent and I participated in several activities including my brother and dad's birthday party, a children's consignment sale, and a farm tour on someone else's farm. It was September 25-26 so I was just 6 months pregnant. This was the weekend before I went to the doctor on Monday and had gained 10 lbs in 8 days (after I had only gained a total of 15 lbs in 6 months).
Well, at the consignment sale I knew I felt bad and out of breath. I had to sit down several times while browsing children's and maternity items. Then I left and went to the birthday party. I was so uncomfortable and after eating, basically wallered on my parents' couch in an effort to get comfortable. I remember my family making remarks about how I looked like I felt really bad. And I did. My dad had taken pictures of us and one in particular of me showing off my belly that day. We thought the pictures had been lost, but I found them on his computer this morning. I have been searching for it because I wanted to see really how big I was.
The next day, we went to the farm tour and I helped register people as they arrived. I had SEVERAL people ask when I was due. When I told them December 22nd, they just looked at me with a crazy look and said "wow, you look like you are due tomorrow!!" I was appalled to say the least! People, especially complete strangers. should NOT tell a pregnant woman that she looks like she is due any day now when she's just told you she has 3 more months to go! I thought "geez, I know I don't look THAT pregnant, do I?!"
Well, you know the rest of the story of how 3 days later I was in pre-term labor. Guess those people were right, huh? I WAS due any day now, just not supposed to be! Seriously, my belly felt like it doubled that weekend. So I have really wanted to see those pictures from the birthday party for a while. It's the last ones that were taken while I was pregnant except for the really great ones of me in the hospital in a hospital gown :(. (We do have one of me a few hours before Claire was born since it was our 8 year anniversary, but that one is not going on the blog!!)
So here it is. I guess after looking at it, I can see why people thought I was more than 6 months pregnant. I carried Claire very low the entire pregnancy as you can tell. Also, I notice how swayed my back looks in this picture. No wonder I had severe back pain! It's really kind of weird to even remember being pregnant. Glad I have the pictures and especially CLAIRE to remember it by!