Third trimester is off with a bang. Last Saturday morning I was doing some chores when it felt like I strained a muscle in my lower abdominals. My first thought was ouch, that can't be good. My second thought was, crap, I have a lot I wanted to get done today. So I took a few cautious steps and determined I could keep going and of course spent a good portion of the rest of the day doing projects around the house. The next morning I noticed that Caitlyn had dropped and was riding a lot lower in my belly. Like most muscle strains it felt a lot worse after two days, so Monday I decided to check in with my doula and my midwives. After asking a few questions, particularly considering that I didn't have any other signs of early labor, they all expressed that they were not concerned but that if I wanted to come in they could do a quick check to be extra safe. So I headed over in the afternoon and got some affirmation that cervix was still nice and closed, blood pressure was excellent, and baby's heart rate was great. I was advised to take it easy for a few days and that a warm bath or heating pad on a low setting might be soothing. After a few days of minimizing activity I'm feeling much better and can't wait to get back to water aerobics so I can sleep better. Hips have been stiffening up at nights and leg cramps are becoming more regular. Ahhh, the joys of pregnancy. Unfortunately when I arrived at the pool for my first night back tonight someone had thrown up in the pool and the class was canceled. Bummer!
In other news, our good friends Katy and Zach arrived on Monday for their relocation to Bellingham! Not only are they good people and great friends, but they are Caitlyn's godparents also and we are so happy to have them in our lives again. They have been staying with us while they get on their feet and look for a place. It has been a lot of fun reconnecting and catching up and we are taking delight in the possibilities and opportunities before them in this newest adventure. Cordy and Seumas could not be more excited to have house guests. Seumas actually has someone to play with! This morning after Don, Katy and I had already gotten up and started into our daily routine, I caught both Cordy and Seumas sitting outside of the door of the guest bedroom just staring at it and waiting for Zach to wake up too. He is definitely the life of the party as far as the dogs are concerned. Won't the pups be so sad when they get their own place. At least they will be frequent visitors!