OK, so I just wanted to do a quick "new baby" post. I got a call from my midwife's office, and everything came back normal on my genetic screening tests. Yay! My glucose test was also normal. Also good!
I'm feeling the baby move quite a bit now. It starts up most when I lay down for bed, or when I'm sitting in class. If I sit too hunched over, I think the baby gets a little squished and starts really kicking me. Sugary foods make the baby go nuts (duh) and cold stuff does, too. Tonight we went to my little sister's drumline concert, and anytime there were big bass drum hits, I got a pretty good popping feeling from the baby. He or she can hear now, so I'm sure the loud noises were not very welcome. Sorry baby.
I'll be 19 weeks next Monday, and for now, I still haven't gained weight, but my belly is starting to really pop more. I noticed today I'm already "waddling" a little, and my back has been hurting from my joints spreading. Of course, I've also been busy at work with the littles, and several times this week I've had all four kids, so that definitely adds some strain to my back. But it's good practice!
School is fine, but it's definitely a learning process for me to figure out how to write papers, etc., without any coffee. Sad, but true. When most of your study time falls outside of normal business hours, coffee gets to be a useful ally. But I'll make it (I hope). For now, my plan is to take 2 classes this summer, but then take fall semester off to help adjust to the new baby, and working with 4 kids. Hopefully by the spring semester I'll be able to start back with school. At that point, I hope to only need about 3 semesters more. But a lot will depend on what is available in the night classes. Sigh. I'm sure it will be fine though, even if it takes a little longer.