Little reminders – bad and good

PC Diary @ 32W 6D

For some reason I have had little reminders of the Brussels airport terror attacks…perhaps it is because it is my last transatlantic flight before I go on maternity leave…or perhaps it is my hormone overloaded glass cage of emotions more as I get closer to R-Day*.  I get very brief moments of re-experiencing events of that day.  The feeling of my heart in my mouth, the feeling of not knowing if I will see Chris again, the feeling of the heat from the blast run over the back of my head, the feeling of the aches from all the shaking and shivering.  These thoughts have been fleeting as my eyes well up with tears for just a moment, but then I get a kick or a contraction and I remember where I am now and where my near future will be, the tears don’t flow and I move on in my thoughts.

I am very excited to not have any more work travels ahead of me, I think flying transatlantic at almost 33 weeks is a little too much for me.  First of all, I got the all clear from the doc to fly to Luxembourg this week, however, I didn’t know that flying with British Airways they would want a doctor’s note to say I am fit to fly after 28 weeks pregnant. Whoops.  I discovered this the day I was die to fly.  American is who I normally fly with, they don’t need anything until 36 weeks so I didn’t think to check the third leg of my flight would be OK.  So I wore my black baggy sweater and didn’t do up my big black coat…you could only tell I was pregnant if I waddled or stood with my bump out.  I managed to hide it both ways and no one noticed I was pregnant and I was never asked for a doctor’s note!  Phew!  Got away with that one.  I had read online of women who had been turned away for not having a note when flying with BA.

Secondly, because of what happened last time I flew, I have been conscious of all contractions, pains, and strange bodily behaviours as potential indicators of labour.  I had several nights of terrible sleep because I couldn’t get comfortable in the hotel bed, the pillows and mattress were terrible…and one night I got the shivers, shakes and bad upset stomach, as if I was coming down with either the flu or had food poisoning.  I was exhausted after several nights of bad sleep.  I started to worry that Rocky might be suffering…although she has been extremely active the past week.  She has definitely shifted head further down and legs up.  If I am not lying down or sitting laid back I can feel her pushing down a lot more into my pelvis and my poor bladder is suffering.  Also, my hemorrhoids have got worse, they haven’t burst (fortunately), but they have got bigger and sorer as I had constipation followed by upset tummy.  Quite frankly my bum is totally fed up with my bowels!!!!

So that is all my negative thoughts for the day.  Now for some more of the positive to keep balanced….

My travels took me briefly to the UK with two layovers at London Heathrow meaning I got to see my parents, brothers (one of whom is about to turn 18!!! OH MY how did that happen??!) and a friend.  I was reminded of all things British and Christmas!  I love all Christmassy food and drinks! I know it’s quite a way away, but I felt festive.  Rocky was also spoilt with some lovely gifts, my bag barely closed!

I discovered Le Tote!  A little late….but it is a great source of maternity clothes.  I think I will write a separate post about this because it is well worth explaining some more why I like it.

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32 weeks 3 days

*Rocky’s expected delivery due  date!

Rocky – keep baking in there please!!!

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